Syria conflict: Deadly blasts rock Assad strongholds

Source: BBC

A series of car and suicide bombings has hit two government strongholds on Syria’s Mediterranean coast.

State media said at least 78 people were killed, while a monitoring group put the death toll at more than 145.

Four bombings targeted bus stations in the port city of Tartous and in Jableh, a town to the north, which have until now escaped the worst of the civil war.

A news agency linked to so-called Islamic State (IS) said the jihadist group was behind the attacks.

Amaq cited an IS source as saying militants had targeted “gatherings of Alawites”, a reference to the heterodox Shia sect to which President Bashar al-Assad belongs.

Russia – a key backer of Mr Assad – has a naval base in Tartous and an airbase near Jableh, from where it has conducted air strikes on IS targets across Syria.

The state news agency, Sana, cited a police source as saying that 45 people were killed and many others, most of them women and children, were injured in Jableh.

It reported that two bombs exploded at the main entrance of the town’s bus station.

Photo released by Syrian state media showing aftermath of bomb attack in Tartous (23 May 2016)Image copyrightAP
Image captionNear-simultaneous car and suicide bombings hit the main bus station in Tartous
Aftermath of bombing in Jableh, Syria (23 May 2016)Image copyrightAFP
Image captionJableh’s bus station was also targeted, along with the town’s hospital

A suicide bomber also blew himself up at the entrance of the emergency department at Jableh National Hospital, it added.

A doctor at the hospital said it was bombed less than a minute after the bus station.

“Everything went into emergency mode, wounded people began arriving,” Younes Hassan told the Reuters news agency.

The fourth blast reportedly occurred near the offices of Jableh’s electricity directorate, on the outskirts of the Amara residential district.

Aftermath of bombing in Tartous, Syria (23 May 2016)Image copyrightAP
Image captionA media outlet linked to IS said the jihadist group had claimed responsibility for the attacks
Aftermath of bombing in Tartous, Syria (23 May 2016)Image copyrightAP
Image captionRussia said the attacks underlined the fragile situation in Syria

In Tartous, more than 33 people were killed and 47 injured, Sana said.

A car bomb was detonated at the main gate to the city’s bus station, while a suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest inside the facility, it added.

Bus driver Nizar Hamade told Reuters that the blasts occurred no more than 10 seconds apart.

“People began running but didn’t know which direction to go, cars were on fire, there was blood and bodies on the ground,” he added.

Another suicide bomber blew himself up in a western residential area of Tartous, Sana reported.

Map of Syria showing Jableh and Tartous

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group which relies on a network of sources on the ground, reported that 97 people were killed in Jableh and another 48 in Tartous.

It also said the two bombings at the bus station in Jableh were suicide attacks.

Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said terrorist groups were resorting to bomb attacks against civilians because they were unable to fight the Syrian army.

“We will not be deterred,” he told al-Ikhbariya TV. “We will use everything we have to fight the terrorists.”

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  1. What Is Wrong with Extremist (ISIS,Jihadith etc) Muslim’s Faith?

    Killing innocent people will continue forever until Saudi and Iran accept and obey Human Right and treat all people equally and fairly.

    The book of Hadith is not the word of Allah, but men’s word. Those who follow the book of Hadith blindly will go astray and fall into sinful Syrik. Extremist Muslim use the book of Hadith to justify to kill innocent people like blasphemer, apostasy, Heresy, gay-lesbian, infidel etc. So the book of Hadith create violence, conflict, poverty. but al Quran create peace, happiness and prosperity. Millions innocent people around the world have been suffering, displacing and killed by Muslim’s hands. Nauzubillah,
    I am so sad,pity, heartbreaking and embarrassing too.

    The Roots of violence in Islam today are because the Extremist Muslims believe in ancient Islamic laws or shariah, believe in ancient scholars such as Muslim-Bukhari who wrote the book of Hadith beside the Holy Quran. Muslim-Bukhari, to them, are regarded as if an idol without doubt at all. So whatever Muslim-Bukhari wrote in His book are come from Prophet and Allah.
    This Book of Hadith Sahih Muslim-Bukhari gives a license to Extremist Muslims, fanatics, mullahs and terrorists to take the law into their own hands and issue edicts as to what is blasphemy or apostasy and what is not and innocent people are killed because of this.

    Whereas Allah and prophet Muhammad (saw) have warned in Al Quran;
    Do not place your faith or trust on Idols, Mullah, Imam. Clerics etc they can deceive you,he is human being.

    Do not follow idols / men / scholars.
    ٱتَّبِعُواْ مَآ أُنزِلَ إِلَيۡكُم مِّن رَّبِّكُمۡ وَلَا تَتَّبِعُواْ مِن دُونِهِۦۤ أَوۡلِيَآءَ‌ۗ قَلِيلاً۬ مَّا تَذَكَّرُونَ (٣)
    وَكَم مِّن قَرۡيَةٍ أَهۡلَكۡنَـٰهَا فَجَآءَهَا بَأۡسُنَا بَيَـٰتًا أَوۡ هُمۡ قَآٮِٕلُونَ (٤)
    O humankind, follow what has been sent down to you from your Lord, and do not follow any Scholar (idols) other than His laws. Little you heed to advice! (3) How many a town We have destroyed! Our punishment came upon them at night or when they were having a nap at midday.QS 7:3-4.

    ٱتَّخَذُوٓاْ أَحۡبَارَهُمۡ وَرُهۡبَـٰنَهُمۡ أَرۡبَابً۬ا مِّن دُونِ ٱللَّهِ
    They have taken their priests and their scholars ( like Abu Bakr al-Baghdad, Al Qardawi, Al Zawari, Osma Bin Laden, Muslim & Bukhari, Hurairrah, Hambali, Hanafi, Maliki, Safie etc ) for their Lords ( idols) besides God’s laws. QS.9:31.

    These golden rule is found also in Christianity and Yudaism
    Allah also warn His people in Bible; Do not believe in man (scholar);
    There is no one in this earth who does what is right all the time and never makes a mistake.Ecc.7:20.
    It is better to trust in God’s laws , than depend on man.
    It is better to trust in God’s laws ,than depend on human leaders.Psalm 118:8

    Those who follow scholars (idols) blindly, he will fall into sinful Syrik and go astray.Extremist Muslims strongly believe that the book of Hadiths is authentic Hadith. Those who does not believe that the book of Hadith will be accused infidel, blasphemy, etc. should be punished.

    When the end times will appear young people and bad attitude. They said word by using the word of GOD , when they had come out of Islam as an arrow from his bow slipping . Wherever you meet them , then kill them . Because real people are killed they will get a reward on the resurrection day ” HR Bukhari.

    Anyone of you who saw heresy, apostasy, let is changing with your HANDS, if not able, let the verbal, if not able to let the heart. However, such is weak as weak faith.HR.Muslim

    ” That there is a Jewish woman who often denounce and vilify the Prophet . (Due to the offense ) , then the woman had been strangled to death by a man. It turns out that the Messenger of Allah justifies his blood ” . (Abu Dawud )

    The extremist Muslim kill the apostasy will get reward from God, because Prophet Muhammad(saw) command us to do so;

    Anyone who changes his religion (out of Islam, apostasy) then kill. Wherever you meet them, then kill them. Because real people are killed they will get a reward at the Judgment Day (HR. Bukhari) –(Honor killing )

    The extremist Muslim kill Gay-Lesbian (homosexual), because Prophet Muhammad(saw) command us to do so;
    Word of the Prophet, “If you have people who do act like the people of Lut (liwath) then kill the perpetrators.” (Narrated by Abu Daud, Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah)

    If anyone sincerely supplicates to Allaah for martyrdom, Allaah will elevate him to the rank of martyrs even if he died on his bed.[Sahih Muslim (4695) ].

    Rasulullah SAW in the unity of this issue said: “He came to you – being business ( life ) you are under the leadership of one person ( Imam / Caliph ) – and he wanted to divide the unity of you and your congregation scatters , then kill he ! ” [ HR . Muslim ] .
    Rasulullah SAW said : ” If two people inducted Caliph , then kill the last of the leader, HR Muslim .

    The second wrong is that extremist Muslim still implement the ancient Islamic laws such as; beheading, amputation, flogging, and crucifixion and executing at front of public. They believe that Islamic laws can not be changed forever. That is why we can see the harsh Islamic behavior, not suit with Modern life.

    The more advanced the civilization is, the more subtle sense of humanity so that more stringent restrictions on the atrocities. Or the more civilized a society, the more high sense of humanity

    The result of practicing the ancient Islamic laws, women have to cover their entire body with a cloth, and whole body of women are genitalia or “aurat”, except 2 hole of eyes—-women are forbidden to go outside without accompanied by her brother or husband—-women are forbidden to drive a car—-women have to circumcised—girls are forbidden to get good education like boy,—-women are forbidden to shake hand with a man—women are forbidden to sit side by side with a man—women are forbidden to work at office with men—women are forbidden to be a leader or imam at mosque—women are forbidden to sing a song at public or on TV—-women will get inheritance half than man—-women are forbidden to marry a christian—-males have to have long beard—-males are urged to have wife more than one (polygamous )—males are forbidden to wear the gold-ring—Muslims are forbidden to have a pet-dog—-Muslim are forbidden to marry a christian woman.—Muslims are forbidden to eat meat that slaughtered by Christian—-Muslim are forbidden to say “ Merry Christmas to friends—-Christian are forbidden to enter the city of Mecca—Christian are forbidden to be a leader—-Christian have to pay Jitza (extra tax)—Bible are accused the false book—-International bank ( non Muslim ) are forbidden because of usury-

    The ancient Arab tradition, women are as second class in Arab society still be upheld by Arab people from one generation to the next generation. They feel proud of their tradition.

    Those who does not follow the ancient Arab tradition, are accused infidel, or insulted his tradition.

    So, Extremist Muslim ISIS, Jihadith, Taliban etc are Hypocrisy. They follow some of Allah’s laws, and refuse the rest and they follow their idols. Allah has warned these hypocrisy as following;

    You believe in part of the Scripture, and disbelieve in part? What is the reward for those among you who do that but humiliation in this life? And on the Day of Resurrection, they will be assigned to the most severe torment. God is not unaware of what you do.Q.2;85.

    We can see now how bad their life are. Allah disgrace their life in this world and will be put to the most severe torment Hereafter.

    My suggestion here;
    Please do not follow Extremist Clerics, he will deceive you and bring on you disaster and misery of life.
    Please do not place your faith or trust on Islamic clerics because they can deceive you. Trust on Allah alone or Al Quran alone
    Please be careful with Hadith. There are many false hadith.

    These are messages that we must give the children and the next generation.
    May Allah guide all my brothers & Sisters to the right path.Amen

    “Our Lord, give us Paradise in this world and Paradise in the Hereafter, and save us from the punishment of Fire.” QS 2: (201)

    For You from My Heart.
    All those who read shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; O Allah, be my witness, that I have conveyed your message to your people.
    Wassalamu’alaikum wrwb–With all My love

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