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Switch to Forum Live View What's a 'Shabiha' ?
6 years ago  ::  Jun 10, 2012 - 11:50PM #1
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"The regime uses them for the real dirty work, killing and violent action, especially where it has to go into an urban area and repress resistance," said Jeff White, defense fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Blamed for their participation in the Houla and Qubeir massacres and other assaults, there may be tens of thousands of them, mostly but not all members of the Alawite sect that dominates the government, analysts say."

There was a mention on another thread of 'NATO death squads'.   Here is an article discussing the 'Shabiha' who appear to be ACTUAL 'death squads' in Syria - working for Assad.

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6 years ago  ::  Jun 11, 2012 - 12:16AM #2
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These groups are originally believed to have their origins in mafia like groups who paid off government officials and were left alone due to Alawi family ties.

The term comes from the Arabic word "shbah" which means ghost... because the cars they used to steal from Lebanon under Syrian occupation were "ghost cars" having no plates as they were smuggled across the Syrian border and sold without tarifs...

How religious the Sectarian based groups are is a matter of debate.  What is known is that the Lebanese contacts to their co-believers in Lebanon in Tartus have been the origin of some of the first clashes in Lebanon as well, specifically in the city of tripoli.

They are believed to be the armed groups responsible for attacks against protesters from the beginning (in the beginning we must recall that the Syrian Regime blamed Sunni armed groups for shooting Sunni protesters the very first month of the conflict and claimed army pressence was to protect the anti-regime protesters... it has been 16 months and we still have no explanation why anti-government Salafi armed groups would shoot Sunni anti-regime protesters)

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