Tuesday, January 01, 2013

The Hariri-Sadr recordings on how the Syrian uprising is coordinated

Akhbar Magazine has a series about leaked recordings showing the involvement of Lebanese politician Sakr in the coordination of the Syrian uprising. A look in the cockpit of the Syrian uprising. The leaker worked with Sakr. His motive for the leak was that Sakr seemed only motivated by hatred for Assad but not to care about Syrian people and as a consequence ordered operations with dubious military benefit that harmed the population. He believes the revolution would already have succeeded if it hadn't been for these dysfunctional orders.

Some quotes:
...the source had been working with Sakr for more than a year as part of an operations room established to support the Syrian uprising.

According to the source, there are several operations centers: one in Antakya, one in Adana, and one in Istanbul. He mentioned that Sakr had his own building in the Floriya neighborhood in Istanbul where meetings are held from time to time

He also said that around 20 young men from various Syrian regions are charged with running military operations from the rooms. They coordinate with commanders of armed opposition groups to provide needed funding and hardware, and then they direct fighters toward areas under attack or siege, all under the supervision of Turkish and Qatari intelligence officers.

According to the source, all of this was coordinated through satellite communications devices, especially Thuraya and Iridium satellite phones. He added that the men regularly visit Syria to distribute money to opposition leaders.

leaders from the armed Syrian opposition meet periodically there with Sakr, as well as with representatives from Qatar, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia.

The representatives, according to the source, often provide input and sometimes even instructions and general guidance. For example, a representative could weigh in on the need to deliver the appropriate type of ammunition to a certain location, especially since many mistakes have been made in this regard.

The source then revealed the presence of operations rooms in Lebanon as well, which he said were “actively involved in the Syrian revolution” and are directly linked to Turkey. He added that six Syrians, in addition to a number of Lebanese, run one such room in north Lebanon.

Syrian leaders who come to Lebanon, the source said, are usually received at a villa in the Mount Lebanon area of Faqra. On one of his visits to Lebanon, along with other young men, the source stayed at the villa in question. They all received cash payments,

[...]Sakr was giving Abu Ibrahim, the commander the Northern Storm Brigade, monthly installments of $50,000.

Postscript: Sakr later fled to Europe because he was threatened. But according to some he stayed involved (see here).

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