From the truce of Daraa and “Tanf’s encirclement” to the plane’s dropping من هدنة درعا و«كباش التنف» إلى إسقاط الطائرة

From the truce of Daraa and “Tanf’s encirclement” to the plane’s dropping

يونيو 22, 2017

Written by Nasser Kandil,

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The interpretation promoted by the armed groups in the southern of Syria about an unilateral truce announced by the Syrian army through linking it with the losses of the army, its need to take a breath, and the failure of its military campaign is not compatible with the field facts and the important achievements of the Syrian army that made it close to the borders of Jordan, and it is not compatible with the response of the armed groups to the truce which they a supposed to refuse if this interpretation was right, moreover it is not compatible with the announced US support which was accompanied with the Jordanian support through calling the armed groups to stop their military actions and processes. The intention is to stop what was so-called a month ago “the southern front process” and the accompanying American Jordanian words about the intention to work inside the Syrian territories.

The US failure coincides with imposing a military fait accompli in the southern of Syria and with accepting the Syrian truce within the Russian –American communication channels, it coincides also with imposing a fait accompli by the Syrian and the Iraqi armies and the Popular Crowd on the Syrian-Iraqi borders, that made the US seeking to have control on the borders an impossible matter as long as the groups on which the Americans depend in the ground progress and under their air coverage have become at the south of the deployment of the Syrian army and at the north of the deployment of the Iraqi army, and what is left between the army and the popular crowd is only ISIS, there is no way for the Americans to enter after the area has become pure Syrian Iraqi, and it became clear the presence of the will and the ability to end the presence of ISIS towards the crossings of  Al Kaem and Boukamal, and to complete the encirclement around ISIS in Mayadeen and Deir Al Zour.

The three points on which the Americans depended to prolong the chaos in Syria and to manage it are first; having control on the northern front in the war on ISIS, because of the critical presence of ISIS in the south, to keep the legitimacy of the US presence under the pretext of the war on terrorism, and the cooperation coverage with Syrian component which is the Kurdish groups in exchange of supporting them in their separation plan. The second point is based on having control on the Syrian-Iraqi borders and having control across the borders on the economic, political and military connection  between the two countries, as well as closing the connection between the resistance axis and its strategic base which is represented by Iran, while the third point is by igniting the southern front to open the door of negotiation entitled to stop the war in the south in exchange of the withdrawal of Hezbollah, according to the Israeli security vision.

There is nothing suggests that the US-Syrian attraction or the rapprochement has ended, and there is nothing indicates that Washington has reconsidered its plan to prolong the chaos and manage it in favor of the involvement in the policy of settlements which its title forms the sticking to the unity of the Syrian territories. All of what was retreated by the Americans is what was imposed on them strongly, therefore the dropping of the Syrian plane in the southern of Raqqa by the Americans is to send a message that the US adaptation with the compromises of the south and the middle and the fall of two sides of the US triangle does not mean the recognition of the fall of the third side automatically. Washington feels that the war on ISIS is no longer under its control, so after the withdrawal of ISIS towards Mayadeen and Deir Al Zour on one hand, and after the closure of the roads to Badia and having control on them by the army and the allies on the other hand, as well as the progress of the Syrian army and its allies in the front of the southern of Raqqa, it became the battle of the Syrian army more than being a battle of the Kurdish groups which is wanted by Washington as an exclusive director of the war to control its tracks, so the dropping of the plane is to remind of this exclusivity, but this will not be accepted by Syria and it will respond to it as it should be. The response’s beginnings were by the long-range Iranian missiles which targeted the strongholds of ISIS in Deir Al Zour in order to show that the final battle with ISIS which Deir Al Zour will be its arena will not be waged according to the US agenda.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

 

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من هدنة درعا و«كباش التنف» إلى إسقاط الطائرة

يونيو 19, 2017

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– لا يستقيم التفسير الذي تسوقه الجماعات المسلحة في جنوب سورية للهدنة المعلنة من جانب واحد من الجيش السوري، بربطها بخسائر الجيش وحاجته لالتقاط الأنفاس وفشل حملته العسكرية مع وقائع الميدان وتحقيق الجيش إنجازات هامة جعلته على مقربة من حدود الأردن، ولا مع استجابة الجماعات المسلحة نفسها للهدنة، التي يفترض أن ترفضها إذا كان تفسيرها صحيحاً، ولا مع التأييد الأميركي المعلن والذي سحب معه تأييداً أردنياً مشفوعاً بدعوة الجماعات المسلحة لوقف أنشطتها العسكرية وعملياتها والمقصود الإعلان عن وقف ما عُرف خلال شهر مضى بعملية الجبهة الجنوبية وما رافقها من كلام أميركي أردني عن نيات العمل داخل الأراضي السورية.

– يتزامن الفشل الأميركي في فرض أمر واقع عسكري جنوب سورية وقبول أميركا الهدنة السورية، ضمن قنوات الاتصال الروسية الأميركية، تزامن مع فرض الجيشين السوري والعراقي والحشد الشعبي أمراً واقعاً على الحدود السورية العراقية، جعل السعي الأميركي لوضع اليد على خط الحدود، مستحيلاً طالما أنّ الجماعات التي يعتمد عليها الأميركيون للتقدّم البري بغطائهم الجوي صارت جنوب خط انتشار الجيش السوري وشمال خط انتشار الحشد الشعبي، وما بين الجيش والحشد داعش فقط، ولا طريق للأميركيين بعد للدخول إلى منطقة الوسط التي صارت سورية عراقية صرفة، وصار واضحاً وجود الإرادة والقدرة على إسقاط وجود داعش فيها وصولاً لمعبري القائم والبوكمال، واكتمال الطوق على داعش في الميادين ودير الزور.

– الأضلاع الثلاثة التي بنى عليها الأميركيون خطتهم لإدامة الفوضى في سورية وإدارتها، قامت على إمساك جبهة الشمال في الحرب على داعش، لحاجة وجود داعش جنوباً لا القضاء عليه، والحفاظ على شرعية البقاء الأميركي بذريعة الحرب على الإرهاب وغطاء التعاون مع مكوّن سوري هو الجماعات الكردية، بوعد دعمهم بخطة الانفصال أما الضلع الثاني في الوسط فيقوم على إمساك الحدود السورية العراقية والتحكم عبر الحدود بالتواصل الاقتصادي والسياسي والعسكري بين البلدين، وإغلاق خط التواصل بين محور المقاومة وقاعدته الاستراتيجية التي تشكلها إيران أمام الضلع الثالث فهو إشعال جبهة الجنوب لفتح باب تفاوض عنوانه وقف الحرب في الجنوب مقابل انسحاب حزب الله، وفقاً لرؤية الأمن «الإسرائيلي» هناك.

– ليس هناك ما يوحي بأنّ التجاذب أو الكباش الأميركي السوري قد انتهى، ولا ما يشير إلى أنّ واشنطن قد أعادت النظر بخطتها لإدامة الفوضى وإدارتها لحساب الانخراط في سياسة التسويات التي يشكل عنوانها التمسك بوحدة التراب السوري. فكلّ ما تراجع عنه الأميركيون هو ما فُرض عليهم بالقوة، ولذلك تأتي عملية إسقاط الطائرة السورية جنوب الرقة، من قبل الأميركيين لتوصل رسالة مفادها أنّ التأقلم الأميركي مع معادلات الجنوب والوسط وسقوط ضلعين من المثلث الأميركي لا يعني التسليم بسقوط الثالث تلقائياً، فواشنطن تشعر بخروج الحرب على داعش من تحت إبطها لتصير مع انسحاب داعش نحو الميادين ودير الزور من جهة، وبعد إقفال الجيش والحلفاء لطرق البادية وإمساكهم بها من جهة ثانية، وتقدّم الجيش السوري وحلفائه على جبهة جنوب الرقة من جهة ثالثة، معركة الجيش السوري أكثر مما هي معركة الجماعات الكردية التي تريدها واشنطن مديراً حصرياً للحرب، للتحكّم بمساراتها، وإسقاط الطائرة يريد التذكير بهذه الحصرية، وهو ما لن تقبله سورية، وستردّ عليه كما يجب، وقد جاءت بدايات الجواب بالصواريخ الإيرانية البعيدة المدى التي استهدفت معاقل داعش في دير الزور، لتقول إنّ المعركة الفاصلة مع داعش التي ستكون دير الزور مسرحها، لن تكون معركة تخاض وفق الأجندة الأميركية…

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الوهابية حصان طروادة لتطويق روسيا والصين واستعداء إيران

يونيو 17, 2017

محمد صادق الحسيني

لن يطول الوقت كثيراً حتى يُكشف الغطاء ويُبان المستور من الفيلم الأميركي الجديد، بأن ما وراء «حفلة» قطر إنما هو تهيئة الأجواء لمواجهة أكبر تتحضّر لها إدارة ترامب بهدف استعادة زمام المبادرة الاستراتيجية المنفلت من يدها…!

وكلما يمرّ يوم جديد على العاصفة الرعدية الخليجية المنبعثة من صحراء الربع الخالي يتأكد للمتابع الفطن بأن ما يُسمى أزمة قطر ليست سوى حصان طروادة لتتويج «إسرائيل» إلهاً بديلاً في شبه الجزيرة العربية…!

وإليكم ما تقوله عيون الراصد:

أولاً: يجب أن لا يختلف عاقلان حول حقيقة أن ما يُطلق عليه اسم «الأزمة القطرية السعودية « ليست أكثر من «حلقة من مسلسل هوليودي مضبوط السيطرة» تم التخطيط له وتنفيذه من قبل صناع القرار في الولايات المتحدة، آخذين بعين الاعتبار حيثيات صراع الادوار والنفوذ بين الأداتين المحليتين المتنافستين على قيادة الوهابية والمختلفتين على شكل توظيف الحركات الإخوانية…!

ونعني هنا بصناع القرار الأميركي دوائر الدولة العميقة هناك مثل البنتاغون ووكالة الاستخبارات المركزية الاميركية، وذلك لتحقيق أهداف عدة مجملها يرمي الى تعزيز الوجود الأميركي العسكري وترسيخه في غرب آسيا المسماة غربياً بـ «الشرق الأوسط» مع عدم تحمل التكلفة المالية لهذا الحضور العسكري الاستراتيجي من قبل الحكومة الأميركية…!

هل نسينا أن واضعي مخطط هذه «الأزمة» هم أنفسهم من كان كلّف ولا زال كلاً من السعودية وقطر بدعم التنظيمات الإرهابية في العالم بأسره وليس في سورية والعراق وليبيا والصومال واليمن فحسب…!؟

وعليه فإن السيد الأميركي هو الذي يقوم بتوزيع الأدوار في إطار خدمة استراتيجيته العالمية الثابتة والوحيدة ألا وهي الهيمنة على العالم ونهب خيرات شعوبه…!

وضمن خطوات هذه الاستراتيجية جاء تنفيذ هذه الخطوة بهدف تبرئة مملكة آل سعود من تهمة الإرهاب تمهيداً لدمجها السعودية في ما يُطلق عليه حلف الناتو العربي ومن خلال تسهيل إعلان خيانتها السرية للمبادئ العربية والإسلامية والاعتراف بالكيان الصهيوني والتنازل عن الحق العربي المسيحي الإسلامي في فلسطين…

وها هم عبيد السيد الأميركي في الرياض، وبأمر من سيدهم في واشنطن، يتفاوضون سراً وعلانية مع المحتل الصهيوني وبشكل مباشر، جنباً الى جنب مع رموز السلطه الفلسطينية والحكومه الأردنية، على تسيير رحلات جوية مباشره من مطار اللد الفلسطيني المحتل مطار تل أبيب إلى الديار المقدسة في الحجاز. ولا يُستبعد أن يتم إنجاز الترتيبات التقنية المتعلقة بتسيير هذه الرحلات قبل موسم الحج المقبل، مما يجعل مواصلة مسيرة الخيانة مع الكيان الصهيوني تتسارع وبشكل كبير.

ثانياً: وهذا يعني بالإضافة الى ما ذكر أعلاه أن المخططين الأميركيين قد اتهموا قطر بدعم الإرهاب ولكنهم لم يُبرئوا السعودية من التهمة نفسها، بل على العكس من ذلك تماماً، حيث انهم كانوا قد وجهوا لها هذه التهمة وبشكل اكثر جدية وقانونية عندما سنوا قانون «جاستا» الذي يخوّل متضرري تدمير برجي التجارة العالمية في نيويورك سنة 2001 مقاضاة السعودية امام المحاكم الأميركية وطلب تعويضات باهظة منها. حيث قام فريق محامي أهالي القتلى، الذي يتابع القضية، بتقدير المبالغ التي ستطالب حكومة آل سعود بدفعها بستة ترليونات دولار 6000,000,000,000 أي ستة آلاف مليار دولار وهو مبلغ يعادل ثلث قيمة الديون الأميركية.

لذا فإن الساحر الأميركي المسمّى ترامب لم يحل أزمة مملكة آل سعود بل إنه وظفها لجني المزيد من مليارات الدولارات العربية والتي ستوظف تمويل مشاريع توسعة قواعده العسكرية وتمويل زيادة إنفاقه العسكري الهائل ضمن عمليات الحشد العسكري الاستراتيجي ضد كلّ من روسيا والصين.

بمعنى أن ابتزازه قطر، بعد افتعال أكذوبة الأزمة وإرغامها على تنفيذ الجزء الأول من صفقة طائرات ف 15 والتي تشمل 72 طائرة من هذا الطراز تبلغ قيمتها الإجمالية اثنين وعشرين مليار دولار، حيث وقع وزير الدفاع القطري خالد العطيظة اتفاقيظة توريد نصف هذه الصفقة بقيمة 12 مليار دولار يوم 14/6/2017 في البنتاغون، نقول إن ابتزازه للقطري بعد إتمام ابتزازه للسعودي الذي سلّم الدفعة الاولى من الاتاوة المفروضة عليه أي أن القطري قد شرع في دفع الإتاوة المطلوبة منه لسيده الأميركي كما سبقته الى ذلك مملكة آل سعود وبالتالي بدأت مشاركته الفعلية في تمويل وتجهيز البنى العسكرية الأميركية الجديدة في الشرق الأوسط، والتي سيكون «الإسرائيلي» جزءاً أساسياً منها، بل وله دور قيادي فيها، والموجّهة ضد روسيا والصين وحلفائهم الإيرانيين والسوريين والعراقيين.

ثالثاً: كما تجب الإشارة إلى أن ما يقوم به البهلوان التركي، أردوغان، في اللعب على الحبال في إطار الموضوع القطري ليس إلا جزءاً من المخطط الأميركي لتعزيز الوجود العسكري الأميركي وأداته الشمال أطلسية، حلف الناتو، في المنطقة العربية إمعاناً منه في عمليات التطويق الاستراتيجي المباشر للجمهورية الاسلامية الإيرانية، حيث قواعده الكبرى في العديد والسيليه في مشيخة قطر، بالاضافة الى قواعده الاخرى في مملكة آل سعود وفي مشيخة البحرين، حيث توجد قيادة الأسطول الأميركي الخامس والذي صرّح قائده قبل يومين بأنه أرسل سفينتين حربيتين أميركيتين في زيارة لميناء الدوحة… فلماذا لا تقاطعون الدولة الراعية للإرهاب بدلاً من زيارتها، إذا كنتم صادقين…!؟

نقول إن الدور التركي ما هو إلا جزء من التحشدات الاستراتيجية ضد إيران وكلٍّ من روسيا والصين. وإلا فكيف يسمح السيد الأميركي لذنبه العثماني الجديد بإقامة قاعدة عسكرية وإرسال خمسة آلاف جندي تركي الى دولة تتهمها الولايات المتحدة بدعم الإرهاب!؟

وما هي حجة ترامب في تبريره فرض العقوبات الجديدة على إيران؟ بحجة تهمهم الباطلة لإيران بتمويل ودعم الاٍرهاب وهي الدولة الأكثر تضرراً من الإرهاب والأكثر تصدّياً لمحاربته في العالم كله!؟

إن السماح للسلطان العثماني بإرسال لواءي قوات بحرية خاصة إلى قاعدته في قطر إلى جانب قرار البنتاغون الصادر يوم أمس بإرسال أربعة آلاف جندي أميركي جديد الى أفغانستان لا يتساوق إلا مع خطط العدوان الأميركية ضد القوى الدولية والإقليمية المعادية لهيمنة القطب الواحد…!

ولا تنسوا هنا تصريحات الثعلب التركي المراوغ الجديدة ضد إيران واتهامها بالتوسعية والطائفية…!!

رابعاً: ثم كيف لنا أن نفسر الوجود الكثيف للغواصات الأميركية في شمال النرويج؟ ذلك الحشد البحري الذي تطرّق إليه الرئيس بوتين في حواره التلفزيوني يوم أمس الأول مع الشعب الروسي!؟

هل تريد الولايات المتحدة محاربة كوريا الشمالية انطلاقظاً من القطب المتجمّد الشمالي!؟ أم هي خطوة ضمن مسلسل الاستعدادات الجارية تحضيراً لعدوان واسع على روسيا بسبب فشل سياسة العقوبات الأميركية ضدها والتي ألحقت الضرر بأذناب أميركا الأوروبيين الذين انصاعوا لتنفيذ أوامر سيدهم الأميركي مما كلّفهم خسائر اقتصادية فاقت المئة مليار دولار، بينما تمكنت السياسة الروسية الحكيمة من الحدّ من خسائر روسيا الاقتصادية نتيجة ذلك الحصار وإبقائها في حدود الخمسين مليار دولار.

وما يعزز نظريتنا حول الاستعدادات العسكرية الأميركية الجارية في إطار تطوير ومراكمة الحشد الاستراتيجي المعادي لقوى ومكونات التحالف الصيني الروسي هي تصريحات الأدميرال هاري هاريس، قائد الأساطيل البحرية الاميركية في المحيط الهادئ والتي اتهم فيها روسيا بخرق اتفاقيات الحدّ من انتشار الصواريخ الاستراتيجية. هذا الاتهام الذي لا يمت الى الواقع بصلة وإنما هو تمهيد لنشر المزيد من الأسلحة الصاروخية الاميركية سواء في دول البلطيق او دول أوروبا الشرقية او دول «الشرق الاوسط»…

وما قيام الولايات المتحدة بتحريك بطاريات صواريخ HIMRAS البعيدة المدى من قواعدها في الأردن الى داخل الاراضي السورية وبحجة حفظ أمن قواتها هناك إلا جزء من الإجراءات العدوانية المشار اليها أعلاه. إذ ما هي حاجتهم لصواريخ يبلغ مداها 300 كم؟ خاصة أنهم يقولون بأنهم موجودون هناك لمحاربة داعش في معاقله في الرقة والموصل..!؟

إنها إذن صواريخ العدوان التي يريدون من ورائها التلويح بالقوة للجيش العربي السوري وحلفائه في الميدان السوري في محاولة لوقف او إبطاء سير الهجوم الاستراتيجي النهائي الذي ينفّذه السوري بمساعدة الحلفاء الروس، وتحت قيادة مباشرة للعمليات القتالية من قبل الجنرال قاسم سليماني إلى جانب إخوانه جنرالات الأركان في الجيش العربي السوري وقوات الرضوان اللبنانية وسائر القوات الرديفة…

إنها قاعدة جديدة او تعزيز وتوسيع لقاعدة أميركية موجودة على الأرض السورية أصلاً والتي لن يطول الزمن حتى يتم تدميرها وإبادة من فيها من جنود أميركيين ومرتزقة بمسمّياتهم المختلفة…

إن أرض سورية وبلاد الشام لن تكون لا ممراً ولا مقراً لكم، أيها الحمقى..

إنها معراجنا إلى السماء ومقبرة للغزاة كانت لنا وستبقى لنا..

لذلك ننصحكم أن احملوا أمتعتكم وارحلوا عن ديارنا سريعاً، قبل أن تصلكم عواصف أسودنا التي ستجعلكم كعصف مأكول فيما أموال وعديد عبيدكم الإقليميين هشيمٌ تذروه الرياح..!

ساعتئذ ستترحّمون على ما حصل لكم في بيروت في العام 1983م…!

هل تتذكّرون…!؟

بعدنا طيّبين قولوا الله.

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الدوحة: نخضع للأميركي… فقط

يصل وزير الخارجية التركي إلى السعودية الجمعة بعد زيارته كلاً من الدوحة والكويت (الأناضول)

بعدما تصدرت المشهد أنباء صفقة التسليح الأميركية لقطر، دخلت الأزمة الخليجية أمس طوراً جديداً ينبئ بتمسك قطر برفض «الانحناءة» أمام العاصفة السعودية، ويؤشر إلى إصرار على الفوز بصفقة مع الأميركيين، تحفظ للقطريين هامش التحرك تحت السقف الأميركي فقط، بما يفرغ الهجوم السعودي ــ الإماراتي من مضمونه، ويحمي الدوحة من «استفراد» الجيران المقاطعين وضغوطهم

دخلت الأزمة الخليجية أمس مرحلة جديدة مع انخراط قطر في رهان آخر على الولايات المتحدة، قوامه تفعيل صفقات بيع السلاح، وهو ما يعني القبول بدفع المزيد من الأموال للإدارة الأميركية مقابل تأمين الأميركيين الحماية للدور القطري في المنطقة، وتجنيب الدوحة انزلاق الخلاف الخليجي نحو تصعيد أسوأ من طرف السعوديين.

الرهان القطري على «شراء» حماية واشنطن يسير بموازاة التعويل على حماية أنقرة التي تستعد للتحرك في أكثر من اتجاه، آخرها الإعلان عن زيارة لوزير الخارجية، مولود جاويش أوغلو، للسعودية، وعلى جدول أعمالها بند وحيد: البحث في سبل نزع فتيل الصراع الخليجي.
التحركات التركية هذه توضع في إطار المبادرة القطرية المضادة تجاه الهجوم السعودي ــ الإماراتي، والذي بدأته الدوحة قبل أيام بعدما استعادت زمام المبادرة واستوعبت الصدمة الأولى. اتصالات إقليمية، وتواصل دولي، وتحركات باتجاه مؤسسات القرار في واشنطن، يسعى عبرها القطريون إلى استعمال الأدوات الإماراتية والسعودية ذاتها لمجابهة «العزلة» وكبح جماح تيار في الإدارة الأميركية، يحظى بمباركة الرئيس دونالد ترامب، يلوح بالانحياز إلى الموقف السعودي الإماراتي وتأييد سياسة الإقصاء ضد قطر والتيار «الإخواني» عموماً. المعلومات تشير إلى أن هذا التيار تقابله دوائر أميركية أخرى لا تزال تصر على إبقاء قطر في موقع «الشراكة» مع واشنطن، وعدم التنكر لـ«خدماتها» الجمة عبر السنوات الماضية. لكن بأي حال، لا خلاف بين مؤسسات القرار كافة في واشنطن على جواز إطالة أمد الأزمة إذا ما كانت لمصلحة الاستثمار في تناقضاتها ومن ثم الاستحصال على عقود مربحة ينتجها التسابق الخليجي نحو كسب الود والرضى الأميركيين.
في الجولة الثانية، كسب القطريون الشوط على حساب الرياض وأبو ظبي على ما يبدو حتى الآن. هذا ما يفسره تمكن وزير الدفاع القطري، خالد العطية، من الوصول سريعاً، في هذا التوقيت، إلى العاصمة الأميركية، وتوقيع اتفاق على عجل، أعلن عنه البنتاغون، تبيع بموجبه الولايات المتحدة قطر 36 مقاتلة «أف 15»، بمقابل يصل إلى 12 مليار دولار. وفي الدوحة، أصر مسؤول قطري على تقديم الصفقة كدليل «على أن المؤسسات الأميركية معنا»، وفق ما قال مضيفاً «(إننا) لم نشك في ذلك قط… ودعم أميركا لقطر متأصل ولا يتأثر بسهولة بالتغيرات السياسية». خبر صفقة الـ«أف 15» ترافق مع خبر آخر لا يقل دلالة على أن الاتصالات القطرية أثمرت في الفوز برضى أميركي نسبي، وهو ما أعلنت عنه وزارة الدفاع القطرية في بيان كشف عن وصول سفينتين عسكريتين أميركيتين إلى ميناء حمد الدولي بهدف المشاركة في تدريبات مع القوات البحرية القطرية.

خلاصة هذه التطورات تشي بأن الدوحة لا تزال متمسكة بخيار تحدي الهجمة السعودية والإصرار على رفض «الوصايات»، ما عدا الأميركية منها. وإذا ما كان المطلوب تقديم تنازل ما في نهج قطر وسياستها الخارجية، فإن هذا التنازل سيكون لمصلحة الأميركيين حصراً. وبالتالي، فإن من شأن المضي القطري بهذا التوجه أن يفرغ الموقف الإماراتي السعودي من مضمونه، وأن يفسح المجال أمام الدوحة للخروج من الأزمة، محتفظة بهامشها المعتاد من العمل المستقل عن التحالف السعودي.

وإن كان من المبكر الحديث عن تطور حاسم في الموقف الأميركي يقضي بلفلفة الخلاف الخليجي وفق تسوية مماثلة، إلا أن واشنطن بدت في الساعات الأخيرة غير معنية بالذهاب بعيداً في مساندة التوجه السعودي، وخصوصاً في ظل تصريحات وزير الخارجية ريكس تيلرسون، الذي حذر من «التعقيدات» التي قد تواجه الولايات المتحدة وسياستها الدولية بحال تصنيف جماعة «الإخوان المسلمين» على قوائم «الإرهاب»، بحجة أن الجماعة «تضم أجنحة متعددة باتت ضمن حكومات في بعض الدول». من هنا، تتوجه الأنظار في الأيام المقبلة صوب رد فعل كل من الرياض وأبو ظبي على التقارب القطري الأميركي، مع الإشارة إلى أن الحليفين الخليجيين يصران حتى الآن على مواصلة توجيه السهام إلى الدوحة، وإن بدا بشكل لافت في الأيام الأخيرة توافق ضمني على حصر تبادل الركلات الخليجية في نطاق الساحتين الخليجية والليبية. ففي الشرق الليبي، دعت، أمس، «المؤسسة الوطنية للنفط» إدارة ميناء مرسى الحريقة إلى وقف تحميل شحنات شركة «غلينكور» السويسرية نظراً «إلى صلاتها بقطر»، موضحة أنها تعمل بناء على خطابات من حكومة عبدالله الثني في الشرق.

وفي الساعات الماضية، تطرق وزير الدولة الإماراتي للشؤون الخارجية، أنور قرقاش، إلى الحراك القطري الذي وصفه بـ«الحملة الإعلامية ــ الدبلوماسية الحالية»، معتبراً أنها «لا تتناول القضية الجوهرية: دعم قطر للتطرف والإرهاب». وشدد قرقاش على أن المطلوب من الدوحة هو أن «تتراجع عن دورها الحالي كبطلة الأجندة المتطرفة في المنطقة»، محذراً من أن «تكلفة سياستها غير المسؤولة مرتفعة جداً». وحتى انجلاء الموقف الأميركي بصورته النهائية، يواصل الأتراك لعب دورهم في التخفيف من هذا التوتر لمصلحة القطريين، حيث يصل وزير الخارجية التركي إلى السعودية الجمعة، بعد زيارته كلاً من الدوحة والكويت، من دون أن يقدم السعوديون بعد أي مؤشرات إلى إمكانية أن تقدم المبادرة التركية ما عجزت عنه المحاولة الكويتية، برغم تصريح جاويش أوغلو بأنه يعول على الملك السعودي سلمان بن عبد العزيز لقيادة حل للأزمة.

إضافة إلى تركيا، دخلت الجزائر أمس على خط تقريب وجهات النظر الخليجية، إذ أعلنت الخارجية الجزائرية استقبالها المستشار في وزارة شؤون الرئاسة لدولة الإمارات، فارس المزروعي، بالتزامن مع حضور وزير الدولة للشؤون الخارجية لدولة قطر، سلطان المريخي، القادم من جولة على دول القرن الأفريقي، أبرز ساحات التنافس الخليجي، والذي شهدت عواصمه كذلك جولات في الأيام الأخيرة لمسؤولين سعوديين وإماراتيين.
(الأخبار)

The Brave Builder!

Created on Saturday, 10 June 2017 10:15

Father, they wanted to crush our bones and feed the terrorists the dishes of our burnt flesh! They are those who have been deceiving the entire world for decades. They waited and waited, and soon after your untimely demise, they wanted to take revenge from the Syrian rich and deep rooted history, civilization and culture.

Unable to control, nor to subdue your son, President Bashar, and for about a decade following your demise, the anti-Syrians ewes, new-colonialists, ottomans rallied and exerted every evil effort and backed every terrorists from more than a hundred country; they wanted to eat our flesh, rape our women, stead our resources, and.. and… Here is Syria, the capital of Bashar  Hafez Al-Assad, the man who has been living in the hearts and minds of the millions of Syrians, Arabs and freedom and Resistance fighters.

President Hafez Assad, the builder of Modern Syria, passed away on June 10, 2000 leaving behind unforgettable pages of glory and treasures of unshaken principles and doctrines. “There are always men who can catch history” is an important saying of the great Indian leader Gandhi. The late leader President Hafez Al-Assad did not only catch but rewrote and made history through the depth of his thoughts and wisdom.

I re-asked my son, Hafez, do you remember this  date 17 years back. The answer by Hafez, second year university student, came as no surprise to me: ” year by year, the late president is even greater; we do miss him more and his imprints are crystal clear in every aspect of Syria.”

Yes, the generations of Hafez Al-Assad are indeed lucky, because they have been honored to live under his presidency twice, if not forever! Bashar Hafez Al-Assad is Al-Assad of modern Syria, built by his late father. Syria is being built anew away from terrorism, extremism and treason.  Like father, like son, the Syrians are so proud to have the two men in one as well as in all and for all! Each of them has been the far-sighted man of his age, as well as of the coming! Each of them is the father for all Syrians, particularly the poor among them. Each of them is but God’s gift to all humanity, peace and prosperity.

On the late President’s style-made correction approach, Syria has followed the march under the leadership of his son, Bashar. Once the father changed Syria from a coup-plagued and a barren country to an oasis for progress, democracy and development. The son has pursued the march on the way of modernization, welfare, steadfastness and progress. 17 years following President Hafez Al-Assad’s  untimely demise, millions of the Syrians still feel today, more than ever, their urgent need for his fatherly smile, wise stances, peace efforts, prophetic visions, and the many of much of badly needed force. The Syrians, at least the majority do see the late father in President Bashar.

Personally, the tears of my son, Hafez, who was only six-years that day are still alive inside me with unanswered rhetorical questions: how is it possible even for children to so cry . Emotions, as all know, are never to be exported, imported, neither imposed or whatsoever; they are but to be felt! What might console us, however, is the presence of Assad’s son, Bashar, who, masterfully, has been professional in navigating the Syrian Ship amid the strong storms of today’s crazy world and terrorism into the safety shores; and apart from the heinous treason of those who were supposedly, one day, close associates and comrades! And apart from the warmongers  hunger for killing, disorder and for innocents blood in today’s jungle zoo!!!

On June 10, 2000, the builder of modern Syria, the late president Hafez Al-Assad passed away. 17 years following the untimely demise of the Late president, the question of life and death is still at times a puzzle, as realities on the ground do show; it is unknown whether death ends others’ life or brings it more and more into limelight! Thus, there are many of the livings but dead in spirit, the dead but ever living in deeds as well as words. This isn’t a philosophical theory but rather an observation by a journalist when it comes to the untimely demise of the late President, Hafez Assad, whose presence was even stronger day by day.

Almost all the said and done by the late Assad do remind the majority of his heroic principles stances. The very stances, which came in an accurate translation for a wise balanced policy, based on the principles of unlimited belief in the power of masses and of the Arab Nation, betterment and improvement of the masses living conditions, welfare and prosperity, full return and liberation of the occupied territories and usurped rights, and of strong commitment to peace realization and world legitimacy.

In the Arab masses and Syrians, the late president put his deep trust; they were one of the main sources of his power, and the driving force and objective for every measure and step taken. His 1970 Correction Movement targeted the majority, if not all. The masses, especially the millions of Syrians, were led out of chaos and coups to the shores of safety and rest on the long so far running march of building, development and modernization.

The late president built on the rubbles of pre-1970; 30 years later, the masses voted for President Bashar, who non-stopping has been working to build on the achieved and accomplished during the said 30 glorious years. Remarkably, the symphony was orchestrated to the pulse of the public, their satisfaction and desire. New democratic institutions, constitution, organizations were enshrined; equality, justice the rule of law and its precedence did prevail.

Redistribution of resources to suffice all, everybody was judged in terms of how much work and effort, not of what color or origin. The more you belong to your country, the more you deserve. This was a turning transitional point in the social life, promotion of peasants and farmers status, lifting of restrictions on political parties and on freedom of speech, emancipation of women and so many others.

The liberation of the Arab land occupied by Israel was always, and ever is, the objective and noble aim. For the sake of peace, a just war was launched. It was a war in defense of world peace and security; hence no peace and security without the liberation of the 1967 occupied land. This compelled the other side, some years later, following a further dealt blow and defeat in Lebanon, thanks to the late president for defending and preserving of its present demographic mosaic, to unwillingly take part in Madrid Conference, dragging peace efforts into years of procrastination and futility as Mr. Shamir pledged. During years of on and off rounds of peace talks on the Syrian and Lebanese tracks of peace, others fell into the trap of behind curtains deformed deals! Such a deviation from Late Assad’s long sought for Arab solidarity and coordination did yield the fruits of Adam’s apple. You have by now to pluck the thorns from your hands by your bleeding without-fingers-hand!

The issue of the liberation and return is still for us, as defined and underlined by the great leader of Syria’s most turbulent phase of foreign conspiracies and plots. 242, 338, UN Charter and resolutions are not only the most quoted terms of reference by Syrians worldwide, but also the most frequently repeated guidelines and principles used by the late president. These two resolutions, not to mention Beirut’s Initiative, still dominate the political agenda in our country. Unfortunately,  in the ongoing terrorist war against Syria, Israel allied itself with the terrorists and backed them with every support!

The other side has developed a UN Phobia, not even to mention any UN terms of reference. Israel has developed a complex of fear from its past, rather than capitalizing on the suffering imposed by others; Moslems defended Jews, when the world let them down. The Sephardem are those of Spain, when the origin of the world itself means the prosperous Jews of Spain under the protection of Arabs.

Unfortunately, Israel paid no heed to the serious honest commitment of the late president, nor to President Bashar’s commitment to just and comprehensive peace. The Israeli side summarized the dispute as a matter of a few meters, when it was indeed a struggle between liberation and occupation, dignity and humiliation, logic and illogic. One would have no wonder that the assassination of Mr. Rabin was merely a further step on the long way of aborting every peace effort, and so were the Israeli ongoing slander campaigns of misinformation and distortion against Syria and Lebanon, not to mention Israeli Premier, Netanyahu’s recent hallucination regarding the occupied Syrian Golan.

Peace won’t only secure the interests of the oppressed, but more that of Israel itself. So far, the majority in this part of the region are more than willing to build on the accomplished on the Syrian and Lebanese tracks of peace, and restart from where the talks broke off; it is a win-win solution for all. Yes, peace and only the just and comprehensive peace which would flush out terrorists and bring prosperity, security and humanity to the region.

Arab solidarity was and is still the unaccomplished goal. The late President as well as President Bashar nobly shelved every grievances, differences and plot hatched by some close Arab neighbors and brothers against the stability of Syria. Actually, the repeated calls by the late president for a further Arab solidarity have been recently felt so direly needed for, in light of recent tragedies imposed on a fragmented in tatters Arab World of the ewes! We do miss you Father Hafez, especially in these dark times of twisted facts, Al-Qaeda and Wahabi affiliated terrorism, unjust and groundless accusations, and denial of saving lives!

Further, the United Nations umbrella, Charter, and role have proved themselves to, as the late President for all his life held, the only possible exit out from the region dark tunnel. This exit is sadly still blocked and hindered by selectivity and multi standardization of world affairs and people destiny. Such a blind approach is still leading the region into the more of bloodshed and massacres.

Another strong deep convention held by the late president was to resist occupation. Resisting and repelling aggressors has been the oldest practice by Man against every force of tyranny and oppression including that of nature. Once occupation ends, there is no justification for armed resistance against the other side. It might be changed into civilized peaceful resistance against acts of subjugations, hegemony and domination! The South of Lebanon was liberated, and so the remaining of the occupied would soon be.

Unfortunately, the world turned deaf ears to the late president 1980’s calls for a clear-cut definition of terrorism and distinction between resistance and terrorism. The world had at large to pay for such carelessness and to bear the evil consequences of terrorism. To the disadvantage of every human, in a very short time in the aftermath of the late president untimely demise, the world had been swept by a wave of terrorist attacks by some outlawed gangs, which once were groomed up and patronized by the so called world big powers under different silly pretexts!

Dr. Faustus has to pay for his signed contract with the devil!  Those who signed the contract with the terrorists have to pay a heavy price, as is the case with the losing of the ewes, Erdogan, and the masters! The evil Lucifier and Mephostophilos caused unfortunately the massacring of many innocent civilians worldwide, particularly in Syria, Iraq, Tunisia, Libya, and in Egypt.

The present wanted dead or alive forces of hatred are no more the closet allies of the so-called land of the free! What is even more painful happened when others tried to export their hand-made rotten and evil products to the victimized! Now that the region countries shelter the millions of the disposed refugees, that the press offices are closed, who is to be held accountable? Is it the generous who host them; or the oppressors who uprooted them? Is it the oppressed or the oppressor? If it is the oppressed, the world has to wait ,yet longer, for the more of chaos, killing and bloodshed! If not, the oppressors should by now have realized the futility of alliances with evil; so that a new chapter of coexistence, peace, and security for all can be written.

Syria is now stronger than ever! Actually, an objective transparent reading for the glorious chapters of the late president’s epics would, undoubtedly, lead to the conclusion that the world has lost with his untimely demise, a staunch fighter for just and comprehensive peace, a strong advocate of tolerance, coexistence, and noble dignified life. The leader, who has never surrendered nor ceded a grain of the holy land, passed away only in body. It is an international loss by all accounts. To what extent the other side would capitalize and take advantage of Syria’s ever honest and sincere peace commitments, and of her fight against terrorism, poverty and backwardness is still vague and ambiguous among different issued contradicting signals.

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

alibrahim56@hotmail.com

 

 

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – JUNE 14, 2017: GOVT FORCES BREAK ISIS DEFENSE LINES IN RAQQAH AND HOMS PROVINCES

The Syrian Army Tiger Forces have made a large progress against ISIS terrorists in the province of Raqqah. The Tiger Forces liberated a number of villages, including Jubb Ghanum, Jubb al Abyad, Madakhah, and Bir Inbaj, the Rusafa oil field, the Rusafa junction and reached the Ithriyah-Tabqah road southwest of the area controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Government forces continued developing momentum in the area and advanced in the direction of Habbari oil field with a wider goal to clear the area east of the Khanasser-Iithriyah road from vestiges of the ISIS force. According to some pro-government sources, the Habbari field and the nearby areas were already liberated by the army. However, there are a lack of photos and videos from the area because of a military censorship imposed by the military.

The gains were achieved amid little clashes with ISIS terrorists. A major part of elite ISIS units had been redeployed to the provinces of Homs and Deir Ezzor.

Meanwhile, the army, the National Defense Forces (NDF), Liwa al-Quds, Hezbollah and other pro-government units, backed up by the Russian Aerospace Forces, broke ISIS defense lines in the countryside of Palmyra and fully captured the Arak town, the Arak field and the T3 Pumping Station.

According to reports, more pro-government units are deploying to Palmyra in order to support the government advance on the ISIS-held town of Sukhna located en route to Deir Ezzor. However, ISIS forces deployed at the Huwaisis village north of the Tiyas Airbase still pose a threat to supply lines of any government force that may advance on Sukhna.

The US military has deployed a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) near At Tanf in southeastern Syria, according to the mainstream media. The system was moved from Jordan. The HIMARS deployment dramatically strengthens the US military presence in the area and poses a direct threat to Syrian government forces deployed northeast of At Tanf. Earlier this month, the army and its allies reached the border with Iraq and started setting up fortifications there. Thus, the both sides are considering a possibility of military escalation at the Syrian-Iraqi border.

The SDF continued clashing with ISIS in the city of Raqqah after the isolation of the terrorist stronghold from the northern, western and eastern directions. The SDF is now in control of Al Jazrah, al-Sinaa, and a part of industrial area south of al-Sinaa.

The SDF operation in Raqqah came amid another escalation between Kurdish SDF units and pro-Turkish militants in northern Aleppo. According to pro-SDF sources, over 30 pro-Turkish militants have been killed in the clashes in the area.

The more the battle for Raqqah takes time, the more opportunities Syrian government forces obtain to reach the city of Deir Ezzor before the US-led coalition decides that it needs to capture this oil rich area by itself.

SYRIAN ARMY LIBERATES MORE OIL FIELDS IN RAQQAH PROVINCE (MAP)

In the province of Raqqah, the Syrian Army Tiger Forces liberated the Tawhrah oil fields and the nearby points, pushing towards the village of Resafa. Clashes between government troops and ISIS members were also reported near the Habbari field.

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Syrian Army Liberates More Oil Fields In Raqqah Province (Map)

 

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The Dirty War on Syria: Professor Anderson Reveals the “Unspoken Truth”

Global Research, June 13, 2017

The following texts are excerpts from the Preface of  Professor Tim Anderson’s timely and important book entitled The Dirty War on Syria. The book is available for order from Global Research, place your order here now!

Although every war makes ample use of lies and deception, the dirty war on Syria has relied on a level of mass disinformation not seen in living memory. The British-Australian journalist Philip Knightley pointed out that war propaganda typically involves ‘a depressingly predictable pattern’ of demonising the enemy leader, then demonising the enemy people through atrocity stories, real or imagined (Knightley 2001). Accordingly, a mild-mannered eye doctor called Bashar al Assad became the new evil in the world and, according to consistent western media reports, the Syrian Army did nothing but kill civilians for more than four years. To this day, many imagine the Syrian conflict is a ‘civil war’, a ‘popular revolt’ or some sort of internal sectarian conflict. These myths are, in many respects, a substantial achievement for the big powers which have driven a series of ‘regime change’ operations in the Middle East region, all on false pretexts, over the past 15 years.

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This book is a careful academic work, but also a strong defence of the right of the Syrian people to determine their own society and political system. That position is consistent with international law and human rights principles, but may irritate western sensibilities, accustomed as we are to an assumed prerogative to intervene. At times I have to be blunt, to cut through the double-speak. In Syria the big powers have sought to hide their hand, using proxy armies while demonising the Syrian Government and Army, accusing them of constant atrocities; then pretending to rescue the Syrian people from their own government. Far fewer western people opposed the war on Syria than opposed the invasion of Iraq, because they were deceived about its true nature.

Dirty wars are not new. Cuban national hero Jose Martí predicted to a friend that Washington would try to intervene in Cuba’s independence struggle against the Spanish. ‘They want to provoke a war’, he wrote in 1889 ‘to have a pretext to intervene and, with the authority of being mediator and guarantor, to seize the country … There is no more cowardly thing in the annals of free people; nor such cold blooded evil’ (Martí 1975: 53). Nine years later, during the third independence war, an explosion in Havana Harbour destroyed the USS Maine, killing 258 US sailors and serving as a pretext for a US invasion.

The US launched dozens of interventions in Latin America over the subsequent century. A notable dirty war was led by CIA-backed, ‘freedom fighter’ mercenaries based in Honduras, who attacked the Sandinista Government and the people of Nicaragua in the 1980s. That conflict, in its modus operandi, was not so different to the war on Syria. In Nicaragua more than 30,000 people were killed. The International Court of Justice found the US guilty of a range of terrorist-style attacks on the little Central American country, and found that the US owed Nicaragua compensation (ICJ 1986). Washington ignored these rulings.

With the ‘Arab Spring’ of 2011 the big powers took advantage of a political foment by seizing the initiative to impose an ‘Islamist winter’, attacking the few remaining independent states of the region. Very quickly we saw the destruction of Libya, a small country with the highest standard of living in Africa. NATO bombing and a Special Forces campaign helped the al Qaeda groups on the ground. The basis for NATO’s intervention was lies told about actual and impending massacres, supposedly carried out or planned by the government of President Muammar Gaddafi. These claims led rapidly to a UN Security Council resolution said to protect civilians through a ‘no fly zone’. We know now that trust was betrayed, and that the NATO powers abused the limited UN authorisation to overthrow the Libyan Government (McKinney 2012).

Subsequently, no evidence emerged to prove that Gaddafi intended, carried out or threatened wholesale massacres, as was widely suggested (Forte 2012). Genevieve Garrigos of Amnesty International (France) admitted there was ‘no evidence’ to back her group’s earlier claims that Gaddafi had used ‘black mercenaries’ to commit massacres (Forte 2012; Edwards 2013).

… Two days before NATO bombed Libya another armed Islamist insurrection broke out in Daraa, Syria’s southernmost city. Yet because this insurrection was linked to the demonstrations of a political reform movement, its nature was disguised. Many did not see that those who were providing the guns – Qatar and Saudi Arabia – were also running fake news stories in their respective media channels, Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya. There were other reasons for the durable myths of this war. Many western audiences, liberals and leftists as well as the more conservative, seemed to like the idea of their own role as the saviours of a foreign people, speaking out strongly about a country of which they knew little, but joining what seemed to be a ‘good fight’ against this new ‘dictator’. With a mission and their proud self-image western audiences apparently forgot the lies of previous wars, and of their own colonial legacies.

I would go so far as to say that, in the Dirty War on Syria, western culture in general abandoned its better traditions: of reason, the maintenance of ethical principle and the search for independent evidence at times of conflict; in favour of its worst traditions: the ‘imperial prerogative’ for intervention, backed by deep racial prejudice and poor reflection on the histories of their own cultures. That weakness was reinforced by a ferocious campaign of war propaganda. After the demonisation of Syrian leader Bashar al Assad began, a virtual information blockade was constructed against anything which might undermine the wartime storyline. Very few sensible western perspectives on Syria emerged after 2011, as critical voices were effectively blacklisted.

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In that context I came to write this book. It is a defence of Syria, not primarily addressed to those who are immersed the western myths but to others who engage with them. This is therefore a resource book and a contribution to the history of the Syrian conflict. The western stories have become self-indulgent and I believe it is wasteful to indulge them too much. Best, I think, to speak of current events as they are, then address the smokescreens later. I do not ignore the western myths, in fact this book documents many of them. But I lead with the reality of the war.

Western mythology relies on the idea of imperial prerogatives, asking what must ‘we’ do about the problems of another people; an approach which has no basis in international law or human rights. The next steps involve a series of fabrications about the pretexts, character and events of the war. The first pretext over Syria was that the NATO states and the Gulf monarchies were supporting a secular and democratic revolution. When that seemed implausible the second story was that they were saving the oppressed majority ‘Sunni Muslim’ population from a sectarian ‘Alawite regime’. Then, when sectarian atrocities by anti-government forces attracted greater public attention, the pretext became a claim that there was a shadow war: ‘moderate rebels’ were said to be actually fighting the extremist groups. Western intervention was therefore needed to bolster these ‘moderate rebels’ against the ‘new’ extremist group that had mysteriously arisen and posed a threat to the world.

That was the ‘B’ story. No doubt Hollywood will make movies based on this meta-script, for years to come. However this book leads with the ‘A’ story. Proxy armies of Islamists, armed by US regional allies (mainly Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey), infiltrate a political reform movement and snipe at police and civilians. They blame this on the government and spark an insurrection, seeking the overthrow of the Syrian government and its secular-pluralist state. This follows the openly declared ambition of the US to create a ‘New Middle East’, subordinating every country of the region, by reform, unilateral disarmament or direct overthrow. Syria was next in line, after Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. In Syria, the proxy armies would come from the combined forces of the Muslim Brotherhood and Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi fanatics. Despite occasional power struggles between these groups and their sponsors, they share much the same Salafist ideology, opposing secular or nationalist regimes and seeking the establishment of a religious state.

However in Syria Washington’s Islamists confronted a disciplined national army which did not disintegrate along religious lines, despite many provocations. The Syrian state also had strong allies in Russia and Iran. Syria was not to be Libya Take Two. In this prolonged war the violence, from the western side, was said to consist of the Syrian Army targeting and killing civilians. From the Syrian side people saw daily terrorist attacks on towns and cities, schools and hospitals and massacres of ordinary people by NATO’s ‘freedom fighters’, then the counter attacks by the Army. Foreign terrorists were recruited in dozens of countries by the Saudis and Qatar, bolstering the local mercenaries.

Though the terrorist groups were often called ‘opposition, ‘militants’ and ‘Sunni groups’ outside Syria, inside the country the actual political opposition abandoned the Islamists back in early 2011. Protest was driven off the streets by the violence, and most of the opposition (minus the Muslim Brotherhood and some exiles) sided with the state and the Army, if not with the ruling Ba’ath Party. The Syrian Army has been brutal with terrorists but, contrary to western propaganda, protective of civilians. The Islamists have been brutal with all, and openly so. Millions of internally displaced people have sought refuge with the Government and Army, while others fled the country.

In a hoped-for ‘end game’ the big powers sought overthrow of the Syrian state or, failing that, the creation of a dysfunctional state or dismembering into sectarian statelets, thus breaking the axis of independent regional states. That axis comprises Hezbollah in south Lebanon and the Palestinian resistance, alongside Syria and Iran, the only states in the region without US military bases. More recently Iraq – still traumatised from western invasion, massacres and occupation – has begun to align itself with this axis. Russia too has begun to play an important counter-weight role. Recent history and conduct demonstrate that neither Russia nor Iran harbour any imperial ambitions remotely approaching those of Washington and its allies, several of which (Britain, France and Turkey) were former colonial warlords in the region. From the point of view of the ‘Axis of Resistance’, defeat of the dirty war on Syria means that the region can begin closing ranks against the big powers. Syria’s successful resistance would mean the beginning of the end for Washington’s ‘New Middle East’.

That is basically the big picture. This book sets out to document the A story and expose the B story. It does so by rescuing some of the better western traditions: the use of reason, the maintenance of ethical principle and the search for independent evidence in case of conflict. I hope it might prove a useful resource. Here is a brief overview of the chapters.

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Chapter Overview:

Chapter 1, ‘Syria and Washington’s ‘New Middle East’’ puts Syria in context of the US plans for a ‘New Middle East’, the latest chapter in a longer history of US attempts to dominate the region.

Chapter 2, ‘Barrel Bombs, Partisan Sources and War Propaganda’ addresses the problem of reporting and reading the Syrian crisis. Media channels have shown a hyper-reliance on partisan sources, committed to the war and denigrating the Syrian Army. This is the key barrier to understanding the controversies around chemical weapons, civilian massacres and the levels of support for or opposition to President Assad.

Chapter 3, ‘Daraa 2011: Another Islamist Insurrection’ reconstructs, from a range of sources, the Saudi-backed Islamist insurrection in Daraa in March 2011. Those armed attacks were quite distinct from the political reform rallies, which the Islamists soon drove off the streets.

Chapter 4, ‘Bashar al Assad and Political Reform’ explains the political reform movement from the time Bashar assumed the presidency in the year 2000 to the beginning of the crisis in 2011. From this we can see that most opposition groups were committed to reform within a Syrian context, with virtually all opposing attacks on the Syrian state. The chapter then reviews the role of Bashar as a reformer, and the evidence on his popularity.

Chapter 5, ‘The Empire’s Jihadis’ looks at the collaboration between Salafist political Islam and the imperial powers in the Middle East. Distinct from the anti-imperial Islamic currents in Iran and south Lebanon, Salafist political Islam has become a sectarian force competing with Arab nationalism across Egypt, Palestine and Syria, and drawing on long standing collaborative relations with the big powers. This history provides important background to the character of Syria’s Islamist ‘revolution’, and its various slogans.

Chapter 6, ‘Embedded Media, Embedded Watchdogs’ identifies the propaganda techniques of media channels and the network of ‘human rights’ bodies (Human Rights Watch, Avaaz, etc) which function as megaphones and ‘moderators’ for the Washington agenda. Many have become fierce advocates for ‘humanitarian war’. A number of newer western NGOs (e.g. The Syria Campaign, The White Helmets) have been created by Wall Street agencies specifically for the dirty war on Syria. A number of their fabrications are documented here.

Chapter 7, ‘The Houla Massacre Revisited’ considers in detail the evidence from the first major massacre designed (following success of the technique over Libya) to influence UN Security Council consideration of military intervention. While the first UN inquiry group, actually in Syria, found contradictory evidence on this massacre, a second UN group outside Syria and co-chaired by a US diplomat, tried to blame the Syrian Government. Yet more than a dozen witnesses blamed Farouq FSA Islamists, who killed pro-government villagers and took over the area, holding it for some months. Several other ‘false flag’ massacres are noted.

Chapter 8, ‘Chemical Fabrications: the East Ghouta Incident’ details the second major ‘false flag’ incident of international significance. This incident in August 2013, which nearly sparked a major escalation involving US missile attacks on Syria, was used to accuse the Syrian Government of killing hundreds of civilians, including children, with chemical weapons. Within a fairly short time multiple sources of independent evidence (including North American evidence) disproved these accusations. Nevertheless, Syria’s opponents have repeated the false accusations, to this day, as though they were fact.

Chapter 9, ‘The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and the Double Game’ addresses a recent political doctrine, a subset of ‘humanitarian intervention’ popularised to add to the imperial toolkit. The application of this doctrine in Libya was disastrous for that little country. Fortunately the attempts to use it in Syria failed.

Chapter 10, ‘Health and Sanctions’ documents the NATO-backed Islamist attacks on Syria’s health system, linked to the impact of western economic sanctions. These twin currents have caused great damage to Syrian public health. Such attacks carry no plausible motive of seeking local popular support, so we must interpret them as part of an overall strategy to degrade the Syrian state, rendering it more vulnerable to outside intervention.

Chapter 11 ‘Washington, Terrorism and the Islamic State (ISIS)’, documents the links between the big powers and the latest peak terrorist group they claim to be fighting. Only evidence can help develop informed opinion on this contentious matter, but the evidence is overwhelming. There is little ideological difference between the various Salafi-Islamist groups, and Washington and its allies have financed and armed every one of them.

Chapter 12, ‘Western Intervention and the Colonial Mind’ discusses the western cultural mindset that underlies persistent violations of the rights of other peoples.

Chapter 13 ‘Towards an Independent Middle East’, considers the end-game in the Syrian crisis, and its implications for the Middle East region. At tremendous cost the Syrian Arab Republic, its army and its people, have successfully resisted aggression from a variety of powerful enemies. Syria’s survival is due to its resilience and internal unity, bolstered by support from some strong allies. The introduction of Russian air power in late September 2015 was important. So too were the coordinated ground forces from Iran, Iraq and Lebanon, in support of an independent Syria.

When the attacks on Syria abate the Middle East seems set to be transformed, with greater political will and military preparedness on the part of an expanded Axis of Resistance. That will signal the beginning of the end for Washington’s 15 year spree of bloodshed and ‘regime change’ across the entire region.

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Reviews:

Tim Anderson  has written the best systematic critique of western fabrications justifying the war against the Assad government. 

No other text brings together all the major accusations and their effective refutation.

This text is essential reading for all peace and justice activists.  -James Petras, Author and Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at Binghamton University, New York, Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization.

Tim Anderson’s important new book, titled “The Dirty War on Syria” discusses US naked aggression – “rely(ing) on a level of mass disinformation not seen in living memory,” he explains.

ISIS is the pretext for endless war without mercy, Assad the target, regime change the objective, wanting pro-Western puppet governance replacing Syrian sovereign independence.

There’s nothing civil about war in Syria, raped by US imperialism, partnered with rogue allies. Anderson’s book is essential reading to understand what’s going on. Stephen Lendman, Distinguished Author and Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Host of the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

Professor Anderson demonstrates unequivocally through carefully documented research that America’s “Moderate Opposition” are bona fide Al Qaeda affiliated terrorists created and protected by the US and its allies, recruited  and trained by Saudi Arabia, Turkey, in liaison with Washington and Brussels.

Through careful analysis, professor Anderson reveals the “unspoken truth”: the “war on terrorism” is fake, the United States is a “State sponsor of terrorism” involved in a criminal undertaking. Michel Chossudovsky, Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization, Professor of Economics (Emeritus), University of Ottawa.

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Dr Tim Anderson is a Senior Lecturer in Political Economy at the University of Sydney. He researches and writes on development, rights and self-determination in Latin America, the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. He has published many dozens of chapters and articles in a range of academic books and journals. His last book was Land and Livelihoods in Papua New Guinea (Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, 2015).


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Notes:

Edwards, Dave (2013) ‘Limited But Persuasive’ Evidence – Syria, Sarin, Libya, Lies’, Media Lens, 13 June, online: http://www.medialens.org/index.php/alerts/alert-archive/alerts-2013/735-limited-but-persuasive-evidence-syria-sarin-libya-lies.html

Forte, Maximilian (2012) Slouching Towards Sirte: NATO’s War on Libya and Africa, Baraka Books, Quebec

ICJ (1986) Case concerning the military and paramilitary activities in and against Nicaragua (Nicaragua v. United States of America) Merits’, International Court of Justice, Judgement of 27 June 1986, online: http://www.icj-cij.org/docket/?sum=367&p1=3&p2=3&case=70&p3=5

Knightley, Phillip (2001) ‘The disinformation campaign’, The Guardian, 4 October, online: http://www.theguardian.com/education/2001/oct/04/socialsciences.highereducation

Kuperman, Alan J. (2015) Obama’s Libya Debacle’, Foreign Affairs, 16 April, online: https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/libya/2015-02-16/obamas-libya-debacle

Martí, Jose (1975) Obras Completas, Vol. 6, Editorial de Ciencias Sociales, La Habana

McKinney, Cynthia (Ed) (2012) The Illegal War on Libya, Clarity Press, Atlanta

Putin, Vladimir (2015) ‘Violence instead of democracy: Putin slams ‘policies of exceptionalism and impunity’ in UN speech’, RT, 28 September, online: https://www.rt.com/news/316804-putin-russia-unga-speech/

Richter, Larry (1998) ‘Havana Journal; Remember the Maine? Cubans See an American Plot Continuing to This Day’, New York Times, 14 February, online: http://www.nytimes.com/1998/02/14/world/havana-journal-remember-maine-cubans-see-american-plot-continuing-this-day.html

NAKSA DAY 2017: NEVER FORGET SYRIA’S OCCUPIED GOLAN HEIGHTS AND NEVER LOSE HOPE THAT IT WILL BE LIBERATED

by Jonathan Azaziah

It is completely ballistic that the entire Arab-Islamic world isn’t on fire today to mark 50 years since the Naksa. Beyond that, it’s shameful. The Zionist enemy still exists and is actively attempting to destroy us all, you know! But I digress! Anyway! We have now gone 5 decades since the usurping Jewish entity stole the rest of Palestine–the West Bank, eastern Al-Quds and Gaza–as well as Egypt’s Sinai and Syria’s Golan Heights (Al-Jaulan). While Sinai was returned to Egypt via the traitorous Camp David Accords, Gaza was liberated and there is a good amount (though not enough) of international attention on the ongoing struggle against the Yahoudlings’ land theft in occupied Al-Quds and the occupied West Bank, what is taking place in the occupied Golan Heights has largely fallen to the wayside and isn’t on the radar of barely any Arab, Muslim or “antiwar” organization despite the very real ‘Israeli’ expansionism that is devouring one of the most beautiful, serene and picturesque places on Earth, along with the very real (and very fierce) resistance that is being put up by the Syrian Arab Army, Hizbullah, the IRGC and most especially, Iraq’s Harakat Hizbullah al-Nujaba (HHN).

A brief history lesson is needed. During the course of the Naksa, the usurping, ravenous, serpentine ‘Israelis’ destroyed 134 of the Golan Heights’ 139 official Syrian villages and drove out more than 124,000 Syrians from their homes. Nearly 100 other unofficial villages were also razed to the ground, driving tens of thousands more. It was (and remains) wanton ethnic cleansing. The artificial Jewish regime would illegally annex Al-Jaulan in 1981, sparking the Syrian Intifada, the uprising that would inspire and give strength to the Palestinian people’s very own First Intifada. Since then, some 21,000 Jewish settlers across hundreds of settlements, outposts and occupation businesses have established their presence on this ancient and gorgeous Syrian soil. The 6,000+ (predominantly Druze) Syrians who remain are routinely and ruthlessly repressed by the Zionist occupation, with restrictions on everything from how they can make a living to their very movement. Like they annexed the land itself, the ‘Israelis’ have tried and continue trying to annex the identity of the Syrians who are left, launching campaign after campaign to get them to drop their Souri-Arabi nationality for an ‘Israeli’ one and ultimately absorb them into the Yahoudling occupation army like certain Palestinian collaborators in the ’48 Lands. The residents of the Golan Heights have rejected these overtures however and continue to rep the Resistance Axis full-stop.

What is particularly stunning is that while the Golan Heights has fallen down the Memory Hole and not many in “The Ummah” are paying it any mind, even the ‘Israeli’ Jews themselves, in all of their arrogance, “chosenness” and hatred, admit the Syrian essence of Al-Jaulan. A recent piece in Haaretz entitled, “The Forgotten Syrian Secrets of the Golan Heights”, lays it all out in surprisingly (albeit habasara-laced) graphic detail. Over 1 million Syrian mines, rich in resources–which the article conveniently forgets to mention–remain and the usurping Zionist entity seeks to destroy them all and ultimately extract the wealth beneath. Many Syrian water towers, mosques, schools and hospitals built by the indigenous people of Bilad al-Sham also still stand. Even some military bases of the Syrian Arab Army and pools once used by Syrian officers have yet to be torn down. Instead the ‘Israelis’ have putrefied them with their Jewish supremacist toxicity. The Zionists revel in what they conquered but they’re far too supercilious to realize that all of their “chosenite” joy is as temporary as their entity itself.

For since the ‘Israeli’-led international conspiracy against the Syrian Arab Republic began, a conspiracy that was designed primarily to break up the Resistance Axis and keep the greatest opposition to World Zionism–Hizbullah, Iran and Syria–in turmoil, what has taken place is that the Resistance Axis, with Syria’s armed forces and militant, resilient people at the forefront, has expedited the Mouqawamist project in the occupied Golan Heights. All of the Hizbullah commanders who have been martyred inside Syria over the last several years were targeted by ‘Israel’ for this reason. Thanks to the likes of Shahid Samir Quntar (R.A.) and Hajj Moustafa “Sayyed Zulfiqar” Badreddine (R.A.), there are scores upon scores of Popular Committees that are trained, armed and already moving inside the ‘Israeli’-colonized, ‘Israeli’-occupied zones. Syrian generals, senior Hizbullah fighters and IRGC guides are all advising. And the tips of these Resistance spears and blades are the aforementioned moujahideen of Harakat Hizbullah al-Nujaba of Iraq. HHN formed the Golan Liberation Brigade earlier this year and sent the cancerous Zionist entity into an uncontrollable freak-out. Like the dreams of our people but the worst fears of our tormentors come to fruition, a solid and efficient Mouqawamist infrastructure now exists in Al-Jaulan and it is only a matter of time–not if, but when–the war of liberation begins.

So on this 50th Naksa Day, as we pray for the total freedom of every inch of Al-Quds and the West Bank, not to mention all of occupied Falasteen, and as we continue to strive for the complete dismantlement of ‘Israel’ and the removal of every last Jewish land-thief, let us not forget Syria’s occupied Golan Heights. And let us never, EVER lose hope that it will be liberated and liberated SOON at that. For Souri-Jaulani political prisoners like Sedki al-Maket, Amal Abou Saleh and Bashira Mahmoud, who have all exposed the Jewish terrorists’ working military relationship with Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS. For all of the villagers who have stayed on their lands in spite of the expansionist aggressions. For all of the moujahideen who have taken up arms and ready for martyrdom in the face of this shaytanic enemy. And for all of the martyrs. Mouqawamists the world over are with you. With our hearts, our souls, our writings, our rhymes, our art, our du’a and if need be… Our blood. FREE THE GOLAN HEIGHTS! THE SYRIAN REFUGEES WILL HAVE THEIR RIGHT OF RETURN! DEATH TO ‘ISRAEL’! The struggle won’t rest let alone end until you have your Hizbullah moment and know the nectar-like taste of victory! #‎Naksa50 ‪#‎NextYearInAlJaulan‬

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