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Shabiha (also romanized Shabeeha or Shabbiha; loosely translated "apparitions") are groups of armed militia in support of the Ba'ath Party government of Syria, led by the Al-Assad family.


The Syrian opposition stated that the shabiha are a tool of the government for cracking down on dissent. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has stated that some of the shabiha are mercenaries.

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DOUMA, Syria: It used to provide fresh food for the Syrian capital; now its hungry people are queuing for bread handouts from a truck. ... on walls and shop fronts: “Eastern Ghouta, land of heroes and foundry of men,” and “Douma is the graveyard of the shabiha,” or thugs, referring to pro-Assad militias.
After the provocation, the US plans to accuse Syria's government forces of using chemical weapons … furnish the so-called 'evidence' … and Washington plans to deliver a missile and bomb strike against Damascus' government .... threatened with death by “shabiha” supporters of the Syrian president.

Not content with the destruction of Iraq and Libya based on false claims, they are now pressing for a direct US attack on Syria. As a dangerous prelude, .... Engel and his media team were reportedly kidnapped and threatened with death by "shabiha" supporters of the Syrian president. After days in captivity ...
They also offer an insider account of the death of French journalist Gilles Jacquier, who, according to one regime defector, was assassinated in a government attack staged to look like a rebel assault while Jacquier was reporting in Syria under official approvals. The Syrian government declined to comment ...
What occasioned this diatribe was news of Army of Islam factions having been driven out of Eastern Ghouta by the Syrian regime under the protection of the Russian Army and with the help of Iranian militias. I believe that Bashar Assad, his father before him, his brothers, his Shabiha thugs and the rest of his ...
Tens of thousands were arrested and tortured, while female protesters reported sexual assault by regime thugs, the shabiha.” According to Philips' analysis, from the beginning of the conflict the regime sought to dismantle the Syrian societal fabric as a means to maintain power and quell rebellion. It did so ...

Yet the public in this region, especially with family members in Syria who know well the details of last week's UN study documenting that Syrian troops and government-linked militia, including Hezbollah, have systematically for the past six years used rape and sexual violence against civilians, atrocities that ...
The PKK-Shabiha alliance, which is trying to use mountainous paths as alternative routes, is trying to reach Afrin using the Nubbul-Burch al Kas-Burat-Jebel ... Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and Free Syrian Army (FSA) units are approaching Syria's Afrin city center as part of Operation Olive Branch. As per the ...
The voice of one of the women featured in the documentary shakes as she remembers the dreadful moments leading up to her rape at one of Syria's notorious detention centers. Arrested at a .... She was raped along with her daughters before the Shabiha militia members slit their throats one after another.
In addition to numerous Iran-backed Shiite militia groups in Syria that are fighting for the Assad regime, the Hashd Shaabi or Popular Mobilization Forces ... as the Iranian-backed terror groups and militia continue aiding and abetting Syrian regime in attacks against civilians and moderate opposition groups.
The reference to “popular forces” indicate that the initial units may not be regular Syrian army but paramilitaries composed of, among others, Shia Afghans recruited in Iran, and the Shabiha – the militia of Syria's ruling Alawite community. Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in response to the ...
Seven years into the war in Syria, the cradle of the uprising against Bashar Assad has devastated neighborhoods in what is seen as “Syria's Stalingrad”, ... A mechanic also told Asharq Al-Awsat that he couldn't keep his shop open for long after the shabiha forced him to repair their cars without paying him.
In reality, Al-Bustan has turned into the primary source of financing for different Shabiha paramilitary units unrelated to the official Syrian security agencies. In effect, Rami Makhlouf is using Al-Bustan to set up private military companies controlled by himself. The most prominent such units are Liwa Dir' ...
The International Network to Prosecute War Criminals has added the former Syrian Defence Minister Fahd Al-Freej to its list of war criminals, accusing him ... Al-Freej ordered his militias forces, Al-Shabiha, to suppress the popular demonstrations, arrest thousands of demonstrators and torture them to death.
Strong minority support for the government led Assad to rely on sectarian militias, including the notorious Alawite “Shabiha” paramilitary, armed ... While Russia has economic and geopolitical interests in Syria, as well as an important military base on the Syrian coast, its involvement in the conflict has also ...
Damascus – Damascenes are living in great fear as the Syrian regime comes closer to restoring its complete control over the capital. They fear that the return of the regime will see the occurrence of the crimes that were committed in Aleppo when it recaptured it from the opposition. The city had witnessed in ...
Strong minority support for the government led Assad to rely on sectarian militias, including the notorious Alawite “Shabiha” paramilitary, armed ... While Russia has economic and geopolitical interests in Syria, as well as an important military base on the Syrian coast, its involvement in the conflict has also ...

The Syrian government and armed groups involved in the country's conflict must disclose the fate and whereabouts of tens of thousands of people who have ... opposition groups against civilians, captured members of government armed forces and security forces, and of pro-government shabiha militias.
Damascus – Damascenes are living in great fear as the Syrian regime comes closer to restoring its complete control over the capital. They fear that the return of the regime will see the occurrence of the crimes that were committed in Aleppo when it recaptured it from the opposition. The city had witnessed in ...
Since then, the town has been a stronghold for Syria's battered rebel groups, which have become secondary players since the former al-Qaida affiliate ... past to address thugs sponsored by the Syrian government: “Shabiha, Shabiha” (in reference to plain-clothes security forces hired to attack protesters).
The Syrian pound has collapsed, and costs for staples have doubled, while salaries have gone up just a fraction. ... The security forces, always heavy-handed since Assad's father took power in 1970, spun off the National Defense Force, widely known as the Shabiha, and together they have arrested most ...
As a result of the cycle of bitter vengeance and retribution, often fuelled by deep sectarian suspicion, the Syrian Civil War will continue its descent into chaos. When Assad first unleashed the shabiha to quash the protest movement, the militia warned the opposition: “Assad, or we burn the country.”.
Jikrkhouin Mulla Ahmed, a Syrian activist in Berlin who says he was imprisoned and tortured by the shabiha in Syria, says that when he sees people he is not sure about, he follows them to where they live and reports them to authorities. "These people must be brought to justice for what they did," the told Al ...
A former Assad regime insider has given the first direct account of how Syria's ruling family created the feared shabiha militia that is blamed for some of ... It could prove valuable for United Nations war crimes investigators currently gathering evidence to be used should the Syrian leadership be brought to ...
While they were all gaunt, bewildered-looking Syrian Army conscripts, he was a member of the Shabiha, the feared pro-Assad civilian militia for whom ... with no expectation of mercy, he spoke candidly of his crimes - his casual, matter-of-fact manner telling its own story about just why Syria has become so ...
The white running shoes have grown into a terrifying sight for the people of Syria, who fear the ruthless, lawless Shabiha almost more than the army. Tit-for-tat ... Dr Azzawi, who now runs the Syrian Network for Human Rights from London, showed The Sunday Telegraph a video of the Shabiha in action.
In May 2012, residents of Taldou, near the town of Houla in Homs province, said shabiha had been sent into their village after the Syrian army unleashed a barrage of heavy weapons in response to a local anti-government demonstration. The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said most ...
The Syrian Civil War has become an increasingly complex conflict, ... “Shabiha” paramilitary, armed Christian groups, the Lebanon-based ...
"I was five years old when Shabiha attacked and rounded everyone ... is creating challenges for their well-being inside Syria and in countries ...
President Assad's forces, including the dreaded shabiha death .... missile salvo into a Syrian and Russian airbase at Shayrat in western Syria in ...
Syria: Tens of thousands of disappeared must not be forgotten ... “Amid the brutality and bloodshed of the Syrian conflict, the plight of those who ... armed forces and security forces, and of pro-government shabiha militias.
Since then, the town has been a stronghold for Syria's battered rebel ... thugs sponsored by the Syrian government: “Shabiha, Shabiha” (in ...
For years, the Syrian regime has used siege warfare to bring rebel areas under ... When Assad first unleashed the shabiha to quash the protest ...
Jikrkhouin Mulla Ahmed, a Syrian activist in Berlin who says he was imprisoned and tortured by the shabiha in Syria, says that when he sees ...
... of how Syria's ruling family created the feared shabiha militia that is ... evidence to be used should the Syrian leadership be brought to trial for ...
But inside Syria, their capacity for hideous brutality has long been ... Dr Azzawi, who now runs the Syrian Network for Human Rights from ...
Bashar Assad's pre-war regime in Syria was understood less by formal ... The first and older of the two was the Shabiha, or Ghost Militia derived ...
My Arabic translator, Wissam al-Fakher, a Syrian who had himself wrangled .... He asked me to tell him the news about Syria, and then waved me off. ... well known in the opposition that when the shabiha — President Bashar ...
The Syrian Revolution against the Assad regime began in March 2011 and ... Iran is also responsible for supporting the pro-government 'Shabiha' ... and millions displaced in Syria, yet Iran continues to openly support Assad.
The situation got worse after the Syrian revolutionand ISIS's entry and control ... the governorate contains the largest oil and gas fields in Syria, the most ... and part of them is allocated to fund the Shabiha and the militias that ...
In reaction, Ibrahim Ismael, a shabiha commander, stated that he considered .... Syrian investors who left Syria during the war were from very ...
... extracted from the rubble in Aleppo, “the symbol of Syria's suffering,” has been ... Objective: NATO “no fly zone” and deceleration of the Syrian Arab Army ... “Shabiha” is the derogatory term, employed by the Western backed ...
Syria: Tens of thousands of disappeared must not be forgotten ... The Syrian government and armed groups involved in the country's conflict must ... armed forces and security forces, and of pro-government shabiha militias.
My latest trip to Syria was spent in Aleppo and Damascus. ... of being “shabiha” – loyal to the Syrian government or simply refusing to adhere to ...
... textiles field, and it had been my dream to own a factory,” Raed tells Syria Direct's Noura Hourani. ... The Syrian government is still repairing water and electricity lines that .... The checkpoints and the shabiha rule over us.
“So many gangs and shabiha (pro-government paramilitaries) are in charge. ... the cost of the paperwork at a Syrian consulate has rocketed to $US400 per ... of archeology who worked in Syria for two decades before the war.
In addition, if Turkey ends up in open conflict with the YPG in Syria, the United ... In the worst-case scenario, the Syrian civil war will witness U.S. and Turkish ..... and ultra-violent Alevite paramilitary unit (or, gang), the Shabiha.
Civil society groups in Syria's Idlib are doing what they can to provide aid ... Many chanted “Shabiha, Shabiha, leave our city now,” which is a term that ... gangs that terrorized protesters at the beginning of the Syrian revolution.
Civil society groups in Syria's Idlib are doing what they can to provide aid ... Many chanted “Shabiha, Shabiha, leave our city now,” which is a term that ... gangs that terrorized protesters at the beginning of the Syrian revolution.
Damascus – Damascenes are living in great fear as the Syrian ... One observer went so far as to say that Jawad “is Bashar Assad in Syria.”.


 

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