Syria War: U.S. Dooms ISIS Fighters Leaving Raqqa to Death

Global Research, May 27, 2017
Inside Syria Media Center

On May 26, the US-backed and formed of Kurdish and Arab units Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that they are ready to guarantee safety for ISIS terrorists if they leave Raqqa within the next few days, ARA News reported.

Besides, according to a source in the SDF command, who preferred to remain anonymous, the Kurds in cooperation with U.S forces are setting corridors to allow terrorists move towards Palmyra and other towns controlled by the Syrian government. Washington is attempting to lure terrorists and their families out of the city to get them eliminated with mass airstrikes either by the international coalition or Syrian troops with the assistance of the Russian AF, the source added.

Such incidents have already occurred. Today, an Iranian news agency MEHR reported that the Russian Air Force eliminated 32 pickup trucks mounted with high-caliber guns and more than 120 IS terrorists fleeing from Raqqa to Palmyra. Notably, a news website The Baghdad Post wrote on Thursday that terrorists had left a number of Raqqa neighborhoods for unknown reasons. Militants seem to have been trying to use the corridors set by the U.S. to leave for Palmyra when they were hit by Russian jets.

Possible ways of ISIS running away (Source: Inside Syria Media Center)

Regarding this, our experts believe that Washington has taken a perfect position concerning ISIS in Raqqa. On the one hand, by shaping ‘safety corridors’ for terrorists and their families, the Americans want to show the world their ‘humanitarian mission’ in Syria, while on the other they push the militants out of the IS stronghold to doom them to death under the air bombs.

Sophie Mangal is a special investigative correspondent and co-editor at Inside Syria Media Center.

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أولى نتائج زيارة ترامب: خلاف تميم بن حمد ومحمد بن سلمان

 

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مايو 27, 2017
بالنظر للزيارات الخارجية الرسمية التي غالباً ما يتطلع اليها كل رؤساء الدول حديثي العهد أو «الولاية»، فإن التعاطي مع أهدافها يبقى مغايراً عما هو عليه بحالة رؤساء مضى على تجربتهم وقت يسير في السلطة تكفل بصقل مراحل قيادة الدولة، حيث تبدو الزيارات هذه على شكل تبادل للعلاقات المشتركة مع مساعٍ لتعزيزها وتعميقها بقواعد متينة، فكيف بالحال مع الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب الحديث العهد، القادم من خلفية عملاقة من المال والأعمال وعالم الشهرة الأقرب للاستعراض والإبهار منه الى حياة الاتزان والعمق، من دون ان يحظى بما يؤهله إثبات قدرته على إدارة الولايات المتحدة سياسياً بالنسبة للخصوم؟

وعلى أن هدف كل رئيس دولة حصد «الإنجاز» من زياراته الخارجية لتجييرها محلياً، فإن أحوج ما يكون اليها في هذه الأثناء هو الرئيس ترامب بالذات الذي يواجه مخاطر العزل في البيت الابيض على ما اعلنت شبكة «سي أن أن» الأميركية، ولا يزال يقع تحت رحمة التهديدات والملفات التي فتحت نيرانها على تاريخ علاقته بروسيا في مرحلة الانتخابات ودعمه كمرشح كما بات معروفاً، وجرت سلسلة الإقالات من إداراته على هذا الأساس.

نظر العرب لمسألة زيارة ترامب للمملكة العربية السعودية واختياره إياها على أنه تكريم واعتراف بدورها الكبير في المنطقة. وهي بدورها تعاطت معه على هذا الأساس بين ترحيب وحشد رئاسي كبير لاستقباله، لكن الأهم كان ما تم تسريبه عبر صحف أميركية كـ»الواشنطن بوست» قبل الزيارة وتناول شروع واشنطن بالتنسيق مع السعودية لتشكيل حلف عربي عسكري على غرار حلف «الناتو»، ضمن جدول اعمال زيارة ترامب والذي عزز من هذه الفرضية الحشود المجتمعة على الحدود السورية الأردنية «بريطانية وأردنية وسعودية» تراوح حراكها بين التدريب والمناورات وبين حديث عن انتظار ساعة صفر للانطلاق أميركياً.

عملياً، لم يتمّ الإعلان عن أي حلف عسكري في بيان قمة الرياض كبند رسمي، كما كان مفترضاً ولم يتغير شيء من المواقف الأميركية باتجاه تزخيم او تبريد العلاقة بين كل من السعودية وإيران. فبقي النموذج الأميركي المعهود من المواجهة مع إيران سيد الموقف مع فارق تصنيفها داعمة للإرهاب وتبرئة السعودية منه .

كإنجاز محلي أميركياً يسعى اليه ترامب لتحقيق صفقة تاريخية بين الرياض وواشنطن. وهو لم يعد فارغ اليدين بل عاد وجيبه مليئة بما يمكنه ان يقدمه لشعبه كرئيس «ثقة» ومؤتمن على مصير الأميركيين قادر على رسم مخططات اقتصادية وفتح أسواق وفرص عمل كبرى بين البلدين. لكن الإنجاز الأبرز له كما بدت الصورة خلاف خليجي خليجي واضح المعالم وقع بين السعودية وقطر.

الحديث عن خلاف مردّه خرق لموقع رسمي قطري لا يمكن اعتباره ذا قيمة سياسية في أوقات دقيقة من عمر المنطقة. واذا كان هذا الخرق وارداً، فإن مسألة تداركه او لملمته أفيد لصورة مجلس التعاون الخليجي وأوفى للحرص على هذه الصورة ما يستدعي استفساراً سعودياً مباشراً حول ما جرى مع امير قطر الذي نفى مراراً ما قيل حول نقضه ما صدر عن القمة ولا يستدعي فتح حرب إعلامية مباشرة ضمن البيت الواحد.

فتحت قناتا الجزيرة – المملوكة من الأمير تميم – والعربية – المملوكة من الأمير محمد بن سلمان – منابرهما للتصويب على قيادتي الدولتين مع حرب صحف سعودية مؤازرة بهجوم غير مسبوق على أمير قطر واعتبارها مصدر زعزعة أمن الخليج.

القرار السعودي الواضح المعالم يقع ضمن دائرة القلق من الدور القطري. فالدوحة تشكل للرياض مساحة غير آمنة ضمن دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي. فهي في وقت تحتضن حركة حماس الفلسطينية، تفتح قنوات اتصال مع حزب الله في ما يخصّ تبادل الأسرى لدى مجموعات مسلّحة تدعمها من جهة، ولدى الجهة اللبنانية من جهة أخرى ومع النظام السوري ايضاً، حيث أسست لسلسلة صفقات تبادل ومصالحات ناجحة تُضاف اليها العلاقة الجيدة والمنتجة بإيران.

الدور المقلق لقطر استدعى موقفاً سعودياً واضحاً بإعلان الخلاف وحرب المواقف على الإمارة التي يرأسها الامير الشاب تميم بن حمد آل خليفة، وعلى ما يبدو فإن الامير السعودي الشاب أيضاً محمد بن سلمان على خلاف واضح مع أمير قطر، وعلى استعداد كامل لقيادة الخلاف مع قطر بكل أشكاله والرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب الذي حصد الجوائز المالية من السعوديين أعطاهم الضوء الأخضر لقيادة مخطط محمد بن سلمان المباشر ضد قطر، ومن خلفه تركيا التي تشتبك مع واشنطن في مسألة الأكراد وترتبط ارتباطاً وثيقاً بالنظام القطري في سورية. قطر وتركيا تعتبران الأكثر قرباً لقبول مشروع مفاوضات سياسية ناجحة بقيادة روسيا، كان آخرها مؤتمر استانة الذي يحظى بموافقة ودعم تركيين.

الخلاف السعودي – القطري الحالي ليس سوى ترجمة للنزاعات نفسها على الأرض، ضمن جبهات قتال المجموعات المسلحة «داعش والنصرة والكتائب المختلفة» وتمظهر خلاف الدول الداعمة مع فارق ظهورها للمرة الأولى بشكل علني ومريب على مستوى قيادتي الدولتين رسمياً.

ترامب يشعل الجبهة السعودية – القطرية كأولى نتائج زيارته المنطقة ويغادرها مزهواً بالمغانم بدلاً من توحيد الصف واستكمال حروبه بزخم بوجه روسيا «الخصم التاريخي» وحلفها كما كان مفترضاً.

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Syrian War Update – Aleppo, Homs and Rif Dimashq (May 27, 2017): Nationwide blitz

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:30 P.M.) – Following the astonishing capture of 11 villages in the morning hours, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) proceeded to overrun new sites with ISIS unable to establish a new defensive line due to the sheer pace of government advances.

Led by the Tiger Forces, the SAA also managed to impose full control over the Sukariyah cattle farm, Al-Qari and Al-Bandouqa, bringing them within 1500 meters of Maskanah city’s western gates. Maskanah represents ISIS’ last bastion in Aleppo governorate and the main obstacle preventing Suheil Al-Hassan’s troops from entering neighboring Raqqa province.

After expelling ISIS from its last stretch of territory along the Jabbul Lake for the first time since 2014, the Tiger Forces were able to link up with SAA forces on the Aleppo supply line across a narrow part of the salt lake in a major symbolic victory.

Sunni fighters of the Al-Baqir tribe assisted the advance alongside elements of the 5th Legion, recently redeployed from counter-insurgency operations in eastern Homs.

The Russian Air Force conducted dozens of sorties against ISIS fighters in the Maskanah Plains, providing ISIS insurgents little respite and clearing the way for the blitz offensive.

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Fierce Clashes between ISIL, Nusra Front in Arsal Barrens +18 Graphic Content: Gruesome jihadi infighting kills scores along Syria-Lebanon borders

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2: 40 P.M.) – Scores of jihadi rebels have been killed and injured as the self-proclaimed Islamic State blitzed positions for the rival jihadi group Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham in Juroud Arsal along the Syrian-Lebanese borders.

The assault, which began last night and lasted till early morning, was eventually repelled but proved costly for both terror organizations. At least 30 ISIS jihadists were killed in the process including 5 field commanders who led the offensive from three axes.

As for the al-Qaeda offshoot in Syria, 5 HTS militants have been killed along with 6 jihadi rebels from its allied Saraya Ahl al-Sham; an ultraconservative pro-Qaeda faction mainly active in the Qalamoun region.

Following the clashes, the HTS asked the Lebanese Army to transfer 8 of its wounded fighters through the Red Cross to receive medical treatment in government hospitals.

This comes as the notorious jihadi group was involved in negotiation talks with the Lebanese Hezbollah to be evacuated to the northwestern province of Idlib; now entirely under jihadists’ control.

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Trump’s Art of the Deal: Selling Wars and Terrorism

The  Man 0f Shalom = Peace for JEWS

By Finian Cunningham

May 25, 2017 “Information Clearing House” – It would be funny if it were not so sickening. US President Donald Trump’s whirlwind tour through the Middle East was a “triumph” of make-believe rhetoric over reality. Donald “the peace-maker” is sowing decades of further violence in the war-torn region.

The horrific repercussions of American foreign policy are all around us, from the illegal occupation of Palestinian territories to the ongoing wars in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, to the latest terror attack in Britain where 22 people were killed in a suicide bombing at a concert in Manchester.

With a typical inane understanding of the web of international terrorism that American foreign policy has generated over many years, Trump glibly condemned the bombing atrocity in Manchester as the work of “losers.”

Trump – on his first overseas tour as president – regaled Middle East leaders with florid words about peace and prosperity and a faux pretense of historical appreciation, referring to the region as thecradle of civilization,” a sacred land and rich heritage.”

There were minimal details in how Trump would achieve peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, or defeat terrorism in the Middle East. It was all the just feel-good rhetoric that papered over the systemic causes of conflict and terrorism.

The one tangible takeaway was the American president’s mammoth arms deal signed with Saudi Arabia – $350 billion-worth over ten years. It was hailed as the biggest ever weapons contract, with an initial payment of $110 billion. Put in perspective, Trump is selling the Saudi rulers a total three times what Obama managed to achieve over his two administrations – some $115 billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia, which itself was a record high.

The proposed weapons supply is truly staggering, not least because of their destination to a regime up to its eyes in terror sponsorship.

During his next stop to Israel, Trump’s entourage visited the Wailing Wall abutting East Jerusalem, thus giving Washington’s imprimatur to the creeping annexation of the entire city by the state of Israel. Moves are underway to shift the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in what would sound the death knell for Palestinian aspirations to claim East Jerusalem (al-Quds) as the capital of a future independent state.

That would also signal the abandonment of long-standing US policy avowedly advocating a two-state solution. Something which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rightwing Likud government are lobbying for. Everything about Trump’s kowtowing indicates he is a willing patron to Israeli expansionism.

From Jerusalem, Trump drove to the Israeli-occupied West Bank where he met with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem. Families protesting the incarceration of hundreds of hunger-striking Palestinians by Israel were kept at bay, while Trump delivered the ultimatum: “Peace can never take root where violence is tolerated.

Trump would never have the integrity or understanding to deliver the same ultimatum to Saudi and Israeli leaders. Even though the admonishment of “not tolerating violence” there is manifold more pertinent and meaningful.

During the past fifty years since the Six Day War, America has condoned the relentless illegal annexation of land by Israel. The last round of futile “peace talks” ended in failure in 2014, when then US Secretary of State John Kerry adopted the usual policy of turning a blind eye to Israeli settlements and military occupation. The Trump administration is prepared to capitulate even further.

The Saudi and other Arab rulers are also jettisoning any pretense at pursuing a just peace accord for Palestinians.

They utter not a word of protest over Israel’s land grabs and moves to kill off Palestinian claims to East Jerusalem – the site of Islam’s third holy

Trump’s visit to the Middle East – ahead of his trip to the Vatican to meet Pope Francis and then NATO leaders in Brussels – is yet another sign of a geopolitical realignment. It seems an antiquated notion that Saudi Arabia and allied Arab regimes are somehow in opposition to Israel. As if the former are defenders of Arab and Muslim rights.

What’s going down is a tawdry tie-up in the region between American-backed client regimes. This has nothing to do with forging peace and all about consolidating Washington’s hegemony over the oil-rich region. That hegemony is primarily underpinned by Washington’s militarization and saturated selling of weaponry.

Significantly, the $350 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia caused no concern for Netanyahu’s government.

How can it hurt?” Amos Gilad, a former Israel defense official, told the Times of Israel. For now, there’s an alliance between the US and the Arab world against Iran, said Gilad.

The Times also quoted Yaakov Amidror, the former national security adviser to Netanyahu, as saying, Israel has no reason to worry about the massive Saudi-US arms deals.” He added that the latest Saudi arms deal could help pave the way for Israeli-Arab cooperation in the future.

Besides, Washington’s strategic doctrine is that Israel will always be given US priority to retain a so-called qualitative military edge over all other states in the region. That means US arms transfers to its Arab allies will be met with ever-more military aid to Israel, which currently clocks about $3.8 billion a year.

In other words, Trump’s arms dealing are a win-win for the US, more than ever. Mammoth sales to Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf Arab monarchies will drive up American weapons business with Israel. But a virtuous circle for Washington is a vicious cycle for the region whereby an already militarized conflict zone is being deluged with American firepower.

Given that the US-backed regimes are in various ways indelibly connected to territorial strife, sectarian conflict and in particular the sponsorship of Wahhabi terror groups it is almost certain that Trump’s reckless weapons trading will fuel more violence. It is well documented that Saudi Arabia serves as a conduit for American weaponry to Al-Qaeda-affiliated terror networks in Syria and elsewhere.

Still more ominous is how Trump’s military racket is pushing the region into a war with Iran. This fatuous president is giving full vent to Israeli and Saudi propaganda accusing Iran of “fueling the fires of sectarian conflict and terror” in the region, citing Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Yemen. This is a breath-taking inversion of reality, given the nefarious role of Saudi Arabia in those same countries.

In the Saudi capital, Riyadh, Trump called on assembled Arab regimes to stamp out terror by targeting Iran for regime change.

While in Jerusalem, Trump said:

There is a growing realization among your Arab neighbors that they have a common enemy with you in the threat posed by Iran.

Israel premier Netanyahu also remarked that

old enemies [sic] have become allies against a common enemy.

We can be sure that the “common enemy” spoken of is not terrorism, but rather Iran.

Donald Trump, the business tycoon-turned-president, never stops boasting about his prowess on boosting the “bottom line.” He may well boost the profits of American weapons manufacturers by flooding the Middle East with ever-more military arms. But the bottom line for the region and beyond is more wars, destruction, and bloodshed.

Finian Cunningham (born 1963) has written extensively on international affairs, with articles published in several languages. Originally from Belfast, Ireland, he is a Master’s graduate in Agricultural Chemistry and worked as a scientific editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, England, before pursuing a career in newspaper journalism. For over 20 years he worked as an editor and writer in major news media organizations, including The Mirror, Irish Times and Independent. Now a freelance journalist based in East Africa, his columns appear on RT, Sputnik, Strategic Culture Foundation and Press TV.

This article was first published by RT

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Information Clearing House.

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Syrian government forces resume military operation in rural Damascus (VIDEO)

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:20 A.M.) – Syrian Arab Army (SAA) restarted its military operations in East Ghouta region in Damascus countryside after a brief hiatus.

On Friday afternoon, units of 105th brigade of the Republican Guard alongside with Palestine Liberation Army (PLA) and National Defense Forces (NDF) launched a powerful attack on islamist-held positions in Beit Nayem town and its surroundings.

As a result of intense clashes with jihadist militants, government forces were able to advance capturing a string of positions and reaching outskirts of the town.

Below is the video footage of SAA’s operations in the area:

Beit Nayem is located on the southern edge of militant-held East Ghouta enclave (see map). Ten days ago it already became a target of Syrian Army’s attack; however, government troops were not able to capture the town back then as they had faced fierce resistance of the militants.

Multiple violations of the de-escalation agreement by islamists in the area made this town a legal aim for an assault. Besides, Beit Nayem is partially controlled by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS, Syrian Al-Qaeda branch) jihadist group which is not a part of the agreement and is a legal target by all means.

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