Thomas Wictor

New Middle East in one photo. I was 100 percent correct

New Middle East in one photo. I was 100 percent correct

I hate the people who I call “gore crows.” They can’t wait to tell you bad news. It’s a form of sadism. And to be honest, I no longer have patience for those addicted to fear and negativity. The new Middle East arrived in late 2008, and now it’s revealing itself. When I say, “Everything will be all right,” it’s because I know what the @#$% I’m talking about.

Now it’s my turn to crow, but not in a negative way. I was absolutely correct: The Arab League has embedded special operators with the Syrian Democratic Forces (QSD), the goal being to destroy ALL oppression in the country and allow for a pluralistic, secular government to be created by Syrians themselves. I have an unambiguous photo to prove that I was right; I’ll show it to you in a moment.

First, a few comments.

The Syrian civil war has been going on since March 23, 2011, because the people with the new equipment don’t know how to fight, and the people with the ability to fight don’t have new equipment. Both the Iraqi government and Turkey oppose allowing Kurdish fighters to be anything except militias. Kurds use old tanks and armored vehicles because the world has denied them new weaponry. In response Kurds make their own very effective assault vehicles.


There seemed to be no solution to this impasse. Nobody wants a repeat of Operation Iraqi Freedom, so sending in western troops is out of the question. If powerful Arab nations intervened, it would make matters even worse, due to eternal ethnic and sectarian conflict. The motivations of the Arabs who sent troops to Syria would be questioned, and they’d face unrest in their own diverse populations.

Only one approach would work: Secretly attach Arab special forces to one indigenous group, and help that group defeat…everyone. But that would require cooperation among rebel organizations, many of which hate each other. Also, which nations would be willing to sacrifice blood and treasure without getting credit for it?

As for the second question, we may never know the answer. But there’s no doubt that Arab special operators are fighting in Syria without requiring recognition. Here’s irrefutable evidence.

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Those are Arab special operators wearing the shoulder patches of the Kurdish Yekîneyên Parastina Gel or YPG, the People’s Protection Units. As brave as they are, the YPG don’t have special operators.


On March 27, 2015, the YPG in the Rojava autonomous region of Northen Syria announced the creation of the “Yekîneyên Antî Teror” (YAT), or Anti-Terror Units. There’s video of them training.

This is a very sensitive topic, so I’ll just quote a Kurdish blog.

Hezen Taybet are the Special Forces of the YPG. They’re the best YPG fighters. Most of them are former PKK fighters and therefore have a lot of experience…

YAT are the Anti Terror Units. Some are also PKK veterans, others members of YPG-HT. Only the best were chosen. Their missions are infiltration, sabotage and clandestine operations against ISIS.

Until this year, the Hezen Taybet were the elite fighters of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The PKK is listed as a terrorist group by NATO, the EU, and the Saudi-led Coalition, which considers it on a par with the Islamic State, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda, and the Taliban. In 2011 the YAT was the Hezen Taybet of the PKK.


Through the Democratic Union Party (PYD) of Syria, the PKK is essentially allied with Bashar al-Assad. PYD paramilitary forces have attacked Kurdish protesters and are said to use many of the same terror tactics as Assad’s “ghosts” (shabiha). The PKK has a poor relationship with the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) of Iraq; though claims are made that the YPG and YPJ are affiliates of the PKK, in reality the YPG and YPJ are the militia of the Kurdish Supreme Committee, the self-proclaimed government of Syrian Kurdistan. Half of the Kurdish Supreme Committee—the Kurdish National Councilis not allied with the PKK.

Now I have to stop discussing this. Providing more details would be counterproductive.

And just to clarify, while the YPG and YPJ are Syrian, peshmerga are the armed forces of Iraqi Kurdistan. Peshmerga units are controlled either by the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs, the Democratic Party of Kurdistan, or the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan.

See how complicated everything is? That’s why I had no idea if the Arab League could intervene in Syria. But I’ll be damned if they didn’t manage to navigate this treacherous sea. Arab and probably African, Central Asian, and Asian special forces are spearheading the offensives of the QSD. These operators are attached to the QSD, so they wear insignia of units within the QSD, such as the YPG. This a common military practice.

In the photo below—taken in Afghanistan—the three soldiers on the right are members of a US Army Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA).


They wear Afghan Army national insignia on their shoulders, as well as the tab and patch of an Afghan Commando Battalion.

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga have special-operations units, but they can’t be used in Syria because both Turkey and Iraq violently oppose it. The Turks have even fired artillery at Kurds who went too far westward in Syria.

Therefore the special operators in the gray coveralls are Arabs. That’s why Turkey and Iraq have shut up. And that’s why the QSD is the most effective rebel organization in Syria. It’s existed for less than three months; such a new organization shouldn’t be effortlessly racking up victories. You really ought to watch videos of the QSD. Every single person who appears on camera is serene. They now know the outcome.

It’s not that the Arab League is doing the fighting of the QSD. Instead, the QSD has sensibly agreed to let highly trained professionals tackle the nearly insurmountable challenges of unconventional warfare, such as night assaults, hostage rescue, and the capture of booby trapped installations. Every member of an armed force is assigned a task. The Arab operators do one task, while the fighters of the QSD do others. Everyone uses different skills to work toward the same goal.

Meet the new boss: You

Somebody asked me who commands the QSD. As far as I can tell, they command themselves. Believe me, if the Arab League had gone to them and said, “Here’s what you’re going to do,” it wouldn’t have worked. That would’ve meant Sunni Arabs giving orders to Kurds, non-Sunnis, and non-Muslims. The QSD was formed on October 10, 2015. Prior to that, there had to have been unbelievable negotiations.

Imagine being Saudis and trying to convince Syrians that you just want to help. Yes, the Arab League is fighting in Syria in order to defend its own interests. Stability is necessary for the Gulf Cooperation Council to change from an oil-based economy. But those special operators could’ve been inserted with much fanfare, and the Saudis could’ve said, “Out of the way, peasants!”

Instead, the cream of Arab League unconventional warriors is fighting under the banner of the QSD. All the credit goes to the QSD. Which is how it must be. This is the only answer. Those making the decisions are true visonaries. So far their plan has worked flawlessly.

The people who became the QSD required proof before they’d agree to anything. Well, the video below dates from April 27, 2015. It shows what has to be an Arab League AC-130A gunship blowing up its targets and then Arab special operators assaulting a bombed Islamic State fortification.

I can’t confirm that the Arab League has an AC-130A, an American aircraft which the US retired in 1995. But it’s good that I can’t confirm it. Arab League operations security (OPSEC) is just about perfect. Although Arab special operators have been fighting in Syria for eight months, nobody—including me—had any idea.

The QSD had to know if the Arab League was competent. Many clandestine missions were thus carried out as beta tests, using Kurdish vehicles for camouflage and practicality. The reason I’m talking about all of this is that the Arab League is now allowing its operators to be photographed. It’s a message to terrorists and to obstructionist, double-dealing Turkey. Call it a warning.

People told me that the Arab League wouldn’t confront Sunni jihadist groups. Wrong.

A coalition of Kurdish and Arab forces have captured two villages from armed opposition groups in the northern part of Syria.

The Democratic Forces of Syria (DFS) took control of two villages - Tat Marash and Tanab, in the Azaz region of northern Aleppo - after heavy clashes with rival rebel groups, including al-Nusra Front, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights…

The reported advance comes less than a week after DFS seized the strategic Tishreen Dam in northern Syria from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), denying the group an important logistics route between Aleppo and its de facto Syrian capital, Raqqa.

And guess who’s had enough of the Syrian war?

They joined to fight Israel in Lebanon, but after multiple combat tours in the Syrian cities of Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia, and around Damascus, Hezbollah reservists tell The Daily Beast that they are no longer willing to die in Syria’s unending, bloody civil war.

As a result of their refusal to continue volunteering to prop up the embattled government of Bashar al-Assad, they say that the Shia Party of God has cut off the money they were accustomed to receiving: reservist paychecks and permanent family benefits packages. What other consequences there may be remain to be seen.

This comes after Iran pulled most of its troops from Syria. It’s a new Middle East, which will lead to a new world.

Stupid people say, “You can’t kill your way out of the problems in the Middle East!” Hogwash. That’s the only way out. The crazies have to be killed. Sour milk can’t be made unsour again. You have to pour it down the sink.

I posted the quote below on Twitter, and an angry British socialist called me a psychopath.


Actually, the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R) diagnostic tool is relevant when it comes to those who screech histrionically in opposition to war. According to Robert Hare, these are some of the features that define psychopaths.

• glib and superficial charm
• exaggeratedly high estimation of self
• need for stimulation
• pathological lying
• cunning and manipulativeness
• lack of remorse or guilt
• superficial emotional responsiveness
• callousness and lack of empathy
• parasitic lifestyle
• poor behavioral controls
• sexual promiscuity
• early behavior problems
• lack of realistic long-term goals
• impulsivity
• irresponsibility
• failure to accept responsibility for own actions
• many short-term relationships

I’ve seen most of this behavior in literally every single person who presents him- or herself to me as an enlightened, peace-loving, tolerant citizen of the world who cares about THE CHILDREN.

Here’s who really cares about children.

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And here’s how they protect children.