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Palm Sunday Attacks Against Christians–What are the Ramifications?

At least 44 people have been killed and scores of others injured in bombings carried out at two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt. ISIS has claimed responsibility for both attacks, while the US government, which essentially has served as ISIS’s air force in Syria, has somewhat hypocritically condemned them.

The first attack occurred in Tanta, a city located in the Nile Delta between Cairo and Alexandria. The bomb went off at the St. George Church, where worshipers had gathered for Palm Sunday services. At least 27 people were killed and 78 wounded.

A few hours later, a second bomb exploded–at the St. Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria. Here at least 17 were killed and some 48 wounded.

“So sad to hear of the terrorist attack in Egypt. U.S. strongly condemns. I have great…confidence that President Al Sisi will handle situation properly,” said President Trump.

Mark Toner, the State Department’s acting spokesperson, called the bombings “barbaric attacks on Christian places of worship,” and assured reporters that “the United States will continue to support Egypt’s security and stability in its efforts to defeat terrorism.”

But US efforts to overthrow the President Bashar Assad in Syria would suggest that the US government has little concern about protecting Christians in the Middle East. The church bombings come just three days after the US launched Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airbase in Homs province in western Syria, and this wasn’t even the first attack carried out by US forces against those defending their homeland from terrorist invasion.

On September 17 last year, US coalition aircraft struck a Syrian airbase in Deir ez-Zor province in the eastern part of the country, killing at least 62 Syrian troops. The Obama administration claimed the attack had been an “accident,” but Assad said it was intentional and had lasted for an hour.

Perhaps hardly surprising, then, that Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, commenting on the attack, spoke of the “terrifying conclusion” which the world must draw from it:

“If previously we had suspicions that Al-Nusra Front is protected this way, now, after today’s airstrikes on the Syrian army we come to a really terrifying conclusion for the entire world: The White House is defending IS,” Zakharova said.

And that was back in September.

So let’s see…that’s two US attacks on two Syrian airbases in less than seven months. And in both cases Islamic State militants, almost as if they had been tipped off in advance, launched offensives immediately afterwards.

All this to overthrow a man who heads up a secular government that has protected Christians.

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“After the explosion, everything became dark from the smoke,” said one witness of the attack in Tanta.

“Deacons were the first to run out of the church. Many of them had blood on their white robes,” said another.

In claiming responsibility for the attack, ISIS stated: “The Crusaders and their tails from the apostates must be aware that the bill between us and them is very large and they will be paying it like a river of blood from their sons, if God willing.”

One analyst, in comments to RT, expressed suspicion at the timing of the attacks.

“I talked to some people [after the attacks], and they were all criticizing the terrorists and were wondering why this happened at this time: when tourism in Egypt is improving, when the country is stabilizing, there is international support of Sisi’s regime. So, whoever is doing this [the bombings] is standing behind terrorism. It’s simple to say that they are terrorists, but who is behind the terrorists? This is the issue.”

One who seems to be under no illusion on that score is Archbishop Atallah Hanna, of the Greek Orthodox church of Jerusalem.

“These misguided American policies in the Middle East are a major reason behind the mass exodus of Christians from the region that has occurred over the years,” said Hanna.

“Who created the terrorist groups and who is providing them with money and arms? Who has been destroying Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Libya? Who caused the displacement of the Palestinian people? All catastrophes that Palestinians have suffered and are still suffering from were abetted by American and Western governments,” he added.

Unlike the Christians of Egypt, those in Syria seem to have had a peaceful Palm Sunday.

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Syrian Christians celebrate all across .

This is possible thanks to the Syrian gov’t, which the US wants to overthrow.

 If the Assad government falls, it will, needless to say, be a disaster for Christians in Syria. But there are indications this is precisely the objective the US now intends to pursue.

The Washington Post on Sunday posted a pro-war propaganda piece informing readers the Trump administration has “demanded” that Russia drop its support for Assad. Not requested politely. But demanded.

The story quotes a top national security advisor, Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, who strongly implies that Russia had advanced knowledge of the alleged chemical attack, while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley are also quoted.

“I think what we should do is ask Russia, how could it be, if you have advisers at that airfield, that you didn’t know that the Syrian air force was preparing and executing a mass murder attack with chemical weapons,” McMaster said.

Is Nikki Haley going to hold up pictures of dead Coptic Christians and demand action? I doubt it.

“In no way do we see peace in that area with Russia covering up for Assad,” said Haley. “And in no way do we see peace in that area with Assad at the head of the Syrian government.”

Meanwhile, South Front is reporting that the US is now deploying forces at the Syrian-Jordanian border, and that a Navy ship loaded with US military vehicles has also docked at the Jordanian port of Al-Aqapa.

Palm Sunday in Occupied Palestine

While there haven’t been any church bombings, Palm Sunday in Occupied Palestine doesn’t seem to have been entirely uneventful.

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forces harassed Palestinian worshippers in Occupied during procession cause they raised flags.

Watch Israeli Occupiers attacking Palestinian Christians w/ palm branches in hand, during their march in Occupied J’slm

Israeli occupation forces harass Palestinian Christian in occupied Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

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Israeli forces assault Palestinian worshippers for raising our flag during procession today in occupied East Jerusalem.

There’s a Deep State in America?!

February 18, 2017

by Ramin Mazaheri

There’s a Deep State in America?!

Imagine my surprise when, on my flight back from San Francisco to New York, that’s what my trusty New York Times revealed to me.

My first thought was: I can’t believe how this horrible Donald Trump has set up a Deep State in less than a month?!

Surely Russia was involved in its formation.

Then again, I strangely find myself thinking a lot about Russia these days. I’ll admit it – when my morning breakfast was late it fleetingly occurred to me that the Kremlin was behind this slowdown in my hotel room service.

Putting that aside, I was immediately relieved when by the 3rd paragraph our nation’s paper of record had put to rest my fears of an unprecedented formation of a US Deep State with, “Not quite, experts say….”


I just don’t put anything past the evil capabilities of the Donald!

Reading the article I was surprised to find that the Deep State isn’t what I thought it was – apparently it’s only when the government leaks information to the media?

That’s funny, because one time on the SF-NYC “Job Creator Red-eye” I sat next to an Egyptian guy. Of course I was worried, at first, but I found out it he was a Coptic Christian, so that put me at ease. Who even knew they had those?!

This Egyptian told me about his country’s Deep State, and it sounded really bad:

He said that they colluded with “some Western countries” – he didn’t say which and looked kind of uncomfortable as he said it, for some reason – to stop that great Tahrir Square Revolution which was to guarantee that Israel would be safe.

“Mr. Gypsy” said that the Egyptian version of the Deep State was that their military controlled the economy, and that they bribed, imprisoned and killed people to keep their grip on the economy and control over foreign policy.

It sounded pretty bad.

I told him I was happy that Washington was supporting Al-Sisi’s military takeover with billions in aid, and that he didn’t have to thank me personally for that.

A “military” intertwined with the “economy”…I must admit, it did make me think.

Of Russia! I’m nearly certain that Putin created something similar over thereafter he banned elections, so why even verify it with some research?!

But this Egyptian must not have known what he was talking about, because the New York Times article didn’t say anything about the economy?

What they said was:

“Mr. Trump, apparently seeking to cut the intelligence community, State Department, and other agencies out of the policy-making process almost entirely, may have triggered a conflict whose escalation we are seeing in the rising number of leaks.”

Officials, deprived of the usual levers for shaping policies that are supposed to be their purview, are left with little other than leaking.”

Trump was clearly trying to cut public officials out of the democratic process, and they had no choice but to resort to these “illegal” leaks!

I mean, I’m pretty sure you don’t get elected to be a CIA spy or NSA agent, but somebody up top is and…well, I don’t know if they did the leaks…and I don’t know if the leaks are really true or not…but I’m telling you – we have to get Donald out NOW!

Anything that’s bad for Trump must be good. It’s really that simple, so case closed.

“We’re in a world now where the president is playing to the edge of his powers, and I think there are real concerns about the constitutional implications of some of the actions he’s taken,” said somebody who must be totally objective and perfect because why else would the New York Times choose them?

If there’s one thing Obama never, ever, ever did it was to expand his executive authority in ways unbeseeming to the presidential authority.

If Obama had done that, I would have been in the streets, you can bet! Trust me: I have my anti-Trump “pussy hat” in my closet and ready for the next protest!

Don’t bring up “drones”! You’ll just remind me of this guy at work nobody understands – Fazlollah “Lefty” Bittermani – he’s always doing that!

Between you and me, his last name ends in a vowel, so…you know….he may have certain sympathies. That guy really cheeses me off!

What Lefty doesn’t realize is that we are at war – not with Russia, yet – but with – not Muslims – but with…certain people, let’s just say. And the president has the right to fight war however he wants.

But when it comes to waging diplomacy the president must be restricted as much as possible!

We refuse to accept Hillary’s defeat until the Russians give back the Donbass to the Crimeans! This is simply a question of our humanitarian rights!

Trump is trying to make a liar out of not just Hillary, but of Sylvester Stallone and “Rocky IV” – even when the Russians cheat they are still supposed to lose to the Americans!

Was I back on Russia again? I don’t know…I’m like, obsessed with them, or something?

Back to the New York Times, which always reassures me when contradictions confuse me. Just after that last quote they wrote this:

That has forced officials in agencies to ask how far they will go themselves. As each side begins to perceive itself as under attack and the other as making dangerous power-grabs, it will justify more and more extreme behavior.

So clearly, these officials are justified more and more in extreme behavior…because it’s Trump!

I really wish we had some of these great, extreme officials during the Dubya era, but why bring up ancient history?

One thing is certain: During just four weeks in office Trump has clearly destroyed the culture and future of the United States and must be impeached. These officials – even if they are unelected – should absolutely not be listening to their elected leader!

Why? Well just read the next paragraph, another unassailable analyst of the Times:

“In President Trump, you have a president whose behavior shocks even more than the content of his policies.”

Yes! Behavior, not content!

I was telling my son this recently: He came in 19th place in a recent science competition (but out of 24!), and he was upset that his blue ribbon wasn’t an actual trophy.

I told him, “Son, I’m going to buy you that trophy because your behavior was correct, even if you totally screwed up measuring the contents of your volcano experiment, and it exploded and burned the girl next to you.”

I think the girl was Russian, anyway. She was certainly shocked.

Anyway, the Times goes on to say that now this dangerous Trump wants to appoint someone to review our intelligence agencies. Astounding, the gall of this man! I really think he’s psychologically insane.

“It looks, sounds and feels like a political witch hunt,” said Analyst #1 (the White one, not the Egyptian one). “It’s like pouring gasoline on the fire.”

It certainly does!

What else do you call our top elected official trying to find out what work is being illegally done in secret with taxpayer money?

I am certain this is something Putin would do with his KGB.

And that’s why Russia is not free – because the KGB cannot operate freely to undermine Putin’s attempts at diplomacy!

Don’t tell me I’m wrong, comrade!

“Mr. Flynn, in his short tenure, exemplified the breakdown between the president’s inner circle and career civil servants. He kept the National Security Council largely shut out of policy-making and sought sweeping changes in foreign policy.”

This is the US, not the USSR! Our career bureaucrats need to be in charge, not our elected officials!

Trump simply cannot make sweeping changes to foreign policy – even if he was democratically elected on that mandate – because career civil servants should run the show!

The next paragraph:

“For concerned government officials, leaks may have become one of the few remaining means by which to influence not just Mr. Flynn’s policy initiatives but the threat he seemed to pose to their place in democracy.”

Democracy is bureaucracy!

You vote for a person, they appoint an official, the person you voted for gets voted out of office, but the appointed official stays forever and amasses power – democracy!

I tried to explain this to that Egyptian guy, but he said,

“Then what’s the point of demonstrating and facing down gun barrels if the people can’t demand change?”

I kept telling him:

“But Israel is fine these days? Tahrir worked out great!”

He didn’t get it.

Anyway, Egypt is not the country who is threatening American democracy, and I don’t have to tell you who is, because I’ve just taken that pill that helps me with my compulsive psychological issues.

The Times continued:

Even if each individual leak is justifiable, as insubordination becomes more sustained and overt, it inches deeper into the gray zone of counter-democratic activities.

I already had the feeling that every anti-Trump leaks was justifiable, and that we are still many, many inches away from counter-democracy, so thanks Gray Lady! I almost had to take that other pill for my anxiety!

And “insubordination” is clearly justified because, as I said, in 4 weeks Trump has already proven himself to be a new Hitler! Don’t get me started on Steve Bannon!

“I don’t think you can say in advance what inappropriate deep-state activity would look like, because we haven’t seen this before,” said Analyst #1.

Exactly – this is a totally new day, and this was all appropriate deep-state activity. We’ve never seen anything like this in the history of the world, much less America.

I told this to Lefty back at work and he started ranting about Kennedy. I totally did not see what Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy had to do with this, but who can fathom what goes on in the mind of a Fazlollah?

The main thing is that we get Trump before he does damage to free trade, because my corporation and all businesses are totally helpless against the government.

They have no influence at all…unlike Egypt.

“There, ‘the deep state is not official institutions rebelling,’ he said, but rather ‘shadowy networks within those institutions, and within business, who are conspiring together and forming parallel state institutions.’”

We all know that there is absolutely nothing like this which is happening in America.

And that’s why the idea of business being involved in America’s Deep State did not appear until the 7th-to-last paragraph. I almost didn’t read that far!

And that’s why the New York Times finished on this heartening note:

“This war between the intelligence community and the White House is bad for the intelligence community, bad for the White House, and bad for the nation’s security.”

See? Our so-called Deep State has nothing to do with business. The New York Times is right next to Wall Street, so they would surely know, right?

Now if you’ll excuse me I have to make a call to the Pentagon for my work.

No, I’m in defense contracting or anything, but the Pentagon is the world’s largest employer…hard to work around them in the United States!

And the profit margins – wow!

I’m so glad our owners had a personal contact in there.

Frankly, I thought the New York Times’ headline was a bit too alarmist: “As Leaks Multiply, Fears of a ‘Deep State’ in America”.

But I’m glad they immediately put those fears to rest.

With that content, I would have run a headline like: “Internal leaks justified as Trump could affect share prices”.

I think that would have been more accurate.

Frankly I’m a bit surprised such a non-story could bump Russia off the front page?

Ramin Mazaheri is the chief correspondent in Paris for Press TV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. His work has appeared in various journals, magazines and websites, as well as on radio and television.

Syria is the balance of power & Iraq is the balance of unity سورية ميزان القوة والعراق ميزان الوحدة سورية ميزان القوة والعراق ميزان الوحدة

Syria is the balance of power & Iraq is the balance of unity

Written by Nasser Kandil,

There was a prevailed saying that linked the power of the Arabs with the unity of Egypt and Syria and their weakness in their separation throughout almost a century, this saying has proved its trueness in all the standards of the historical and the contemporary approach, but the one who has formulated this equation did not pay attention that the unity of Egypt and Syria has been always preceded by the unity of Syria and Iraq that led to such an equation, as  the case in the Umayyad and Abbasid eras and in the war of Salah Aidin Al-Yabuobi toward Palestine. When Egypt and Syria have been unified in October War   in 1973 without this solid Syrian Iraqi base, the war has lost its opportunity in achieving its goals once the position of Egypt has changed. And for a period of time there was a political equation that talked about S-S, the intention here is Syria and Saudi Arabia and their meeting as a condition to compensate the absence of Egypt. It was proven that what was produced by this equation at the absence of solid Iraqi Syrian base was mere a truce between two Arab lines, a line that mortgages the fate of Palestine with negotiation, and a line that sees its future with the resistance, however at the moment of choice, the two lines collided and the gains which seemed that they are the gains of S-S has been fallen in Lebanon and elsewhere.

To the extent that the Syrian Iraqi relationship seems a firm insurance policy to the Arab situation, it seems that the West had big interests in its vandalizing and ensuring the weakness of its pivots during more than a half of a century. Repeatedly it was indulgent toward the birth of Egyptian Syrian cooperation or Syrian Saudi cooperation, but the Syrian Iraqi cooperation and integration has remained among the taboos for which national slogans have been formed to justify them.  So for a long time the Syrian Iraqi conflict was a substitute for the most important conflicts and a background for the absurdist conflicts, as replacing the priority of the Arab-Israeli conflict with evoking the Iraqi-Iranian one. At the present time, the Arab situations try to make a reformation that perceives the consequences of the wars of a half of a century ago, after the mightiest wars have ravaged all the Arab countries under the slogan of change and revolution, and before the war becomes the war of terrorism, chaos, and division. Syria and Iraq seem to be closer and coherent in fate than any time ago, where the geographical neighborhood increases

Israel which is the first involved in all the elements and the sources of power in the region does not seem absent for observing and following-up the Syrian Iraqi relationship, but the US and the Turkish sensors seem to be ready for intervening in necessary to prevent every Syrian Iraqi rapprochement and to disable it , and if it is needed to put ISIS in the bordered area and managing the war depending on it to keep the area between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers a weak flank area, and thus to be subject to present and the future tamper., by presenting issues that prevent their linkage. Therefore will not be Turkish withdrawal from Ba’shiqah if it is related with a Turkish withdrawal from the Syrian territories, and there will not be US support to liberate Al Mosul if it is related with having control over the Iraqi borders with Syria.

This time the understanding and the integration between Syria and Iraq seems the necessary prescription for recovery, not mere an additional way for further strength and recovery. The salvation of the two countries from the risk of terrorism does not seem possible without a direct cooperation between their two armies, and having control over the borders before some of the Syrian geography turns to be a temporary shelter for returning back to Iraq and vice versa. While the powerful Syria against the Israeli threat as a criterion for the winning of Syria in the outcome of its last war depends on the geographic linkage with its strategic depth in Iran, and through this linkage it can maintain the position of Syria as a pivotal base for the forces of the resistance. while the economic steadfastness of Iraq as a main salvation from the state of regression which it experienced since the US blockade and then the occupation seems related with the integration with Syria and its access to the oil port across it to the Mediterranean Sea, this integration will be stronger and ever stronger if it is an Iraqi Iranian Syrian integration, as it seems that the standard of the Iraqi exit from the US political auspices  depends on the Iraqi daring to converge Syria and to meet it.

As much as it seems that the recovery of Syria and the Arab situation from the weakness will be through recapturing the sources of force which stand against the Israeli challenges, it seems that the recovery of Iraq and the Arabs from the division and the strife will be by democratic consensus formulas that end the risk of strife and division through surpassing the sectarian tensions which either they ignite from Iraq and thus ignite in all the region, or they cool down in Iraq and thus cool down in all the region, as well as through an Arab Kurdish understanding where there is no place for the Israeli in drawing his hidden lines, on the contrary this understanding will reassure the Kurds for their legitimate aspirations, and provide innovative solutions for the chronic issues of the conflict, in exchange of the reassurance to the unity of Iraq and the cohesion of the sources of its force. Therefore the Iraqi accordance becomes a recipe for reassurance against the sectarian, national and ethnic tensions feared by any Arab country, because they threaten of its inflammation or fragmentation.

The power of the Arabs is by the power of Syria, and the unity of their countries is by the unity of Iraq. The strong Syria with unified Iraq is Arab recipe for the power and the unity, where Egypt and the Gulf will have an important place in that map. This is the unity and the strength of the Levant, the stable starting point for every unity and for every power.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh

سورية ميزان القوة والعراق ميزان الوحدة سورية ميزان القوة والعراق ميزان الوحدة

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– سادت مقولة تضع قوة العرب بوحدة مصر وسورية وضعفهم بتفرقهما، طوال قرن تقريباً، وثبتت صحتها في مقاييس المقاربة التاريخية والمعاصرة كلها، لكن الذي لم ينتبه له من صاغ هذه المعادلة هو أن وحدة مصر وسورية كانت دائماً مسبوقة بوحدة سورية والعراق كي تحقق هذه النتيجة، كما هو الحال في العهدين الأموي والعباسي وفي حرب صلاح الدين الأيوبي نحو فلسطين، وعندما توحّدت مصر وسورية في حرب تشرين عام 1973 دون هذه القاعدة السورية العراقية الصلبة فقدت الحرب فرصتها في بلوغ أهدافها بمجرد اهتزاز موقف مصر. وسادت لفترة معادلة سياسية تتحدّث عن السين السين، والقصد سورية والسعودية، وتلاقيهما كشرط لتعويض غياب مصر، وثبت أن ما أنتجته هذه المعادلة بغياب قاعدة سورية عراقية صلبة كان مجرد هدنة بين خطين عربيين خط يرهن مصير فلسطين بالتفاوض وخط يرى مستقبلها في المقاومة. وفي لحظة الاختيار تصادم الخطان وأطيحت ما بدأ أنها مكتسبات السين سين، في لبنان وسواه.

– بالقدر الذي تبدو العلاقة السورية العراقية بوليصة تأمين راسخة للوضع العربي، يبدو أن الغرب قد اهتمّ كثيراً بتخريبها وضمان ضعف مرتكزاتها خلال أكثر من نصف قرن، وهو تساهل مراراً بولادة تعاون مصري سوري أو سعودي سوري، لكن التعاون والتكامل السوري العراقي بقي من المحرّمات التي صيغت لتبريرها أحياناً شعارات قومية، جعلت لفترة غير قصيرة الصراع السوري العراقي بديلاً عن الصراعات الأهم وخلفية للصراعات العبثية، كحال استبدال أولوية الصراع العربي «الإسرائيلي» باستحضار الصراع العراقي الإيراني. وفي التوقيت الراهن الذي تتجه فيه الأوضاع العربية لإعادة تأسيس تستوعب نتائج حروب نصف قرن مضى، وقد عصفت أعتى الحروب وآخرها ببلاد العرب كلها، تحت شعار التغيير والثورة، قبل أن تصبح حرب الإرهاب والفوضى والتقسيم، تظهر سورية ويظهر العراق أشدّ قرباً وترابطاً بالمصير من أي مرحلة مضت، يزيدهما الجوار الجغرافي حاجة لبعضهما البعض، ويزيد من حاجة العرب لهما معاً.

– إسرائيل كمعني أول بكل عناصر القوة ومصادرها في المنطقة لا تبدو غائبة عن مراقبة ومتابعة العلاقة السورية العراقية. وتبدو المجسّات الأميركية والتركية منصوبة وجاهزة للتدخل عند الضرورة لمنع كل تقارب سوري عراقي ووضع العصي في دواليبه. وإن اقتضى الأمر زرع داعش في المنطقة الحدودية، وإدارة الحرب على داعش بما يبقي منطقة ما بين نهرَي دجلة والفرات خاصرة رخوة لزجة صالحة للعبث الحاضر والمستقبلي، وتقديم التعامل المزدوج مع قضايا واستحقاقات البلدين كإغراء لعدم ربط ملفات أحدهما بالآخر، فلا انسحاب تركي من بعشيقة إذا ارتبط بالانسحاب التركي من الأراضي السورية، ولا دعم أميركي لتحرير الموصل إذا ارتبط بالإمساك بالحدود العراقية مع سورية.

– هذه المرة يبدو تفاهم وتكامل العراق وسورية كوصفة الضرورة للتعافي، وليس مجرد طريق إضافية لمزيد من القوة والعافية، فلا يبدو خلاص البلدين من خطر الإرهاب ممكناً بلا تعاون مباشر بين جيشيهما، وإمساك الحدود قبل أن يتحوّل بعض الجغرافيا السورية ملاذاً مؤقتاً للعودة إلى العراق والعكس بالعكس، فيما تبدو سورية القوية بوجه الخطر «الإسرائيلي» كمعيار لفوز سورية في حصيلة حربها آخر الطريق، وقفاً على تواصل سورية الجغرافي مع عمقها الاستراتيجي في إيران، والحفاظ عبر هذا التواصل على موقع سورية كقاعدة محورية لقوى المقاومة. كما يبدو الصعود الاقتصادي للعراق كخشبة خلاص رئيسة من وضع التراجع الذي يعيشه منذ الحصار الأميركي ولاحقاً الاحتلال رهناً بالتكامل مع سورية ووصوله لمنفذ نفطي عبرها على البحر المتوسط سيكون أقوى وأفعل بقدر ما يكون عراقياً إيرانياً سورياً. كما يبدو معيار الخروج العراقي من تحت الوصاية السياسية الأميركية بمقدار التجرؤ العراقي على التقارب من سورية والتلاقي معها.

– بمقدار ما يقاس تعافي سورية وتعافي الوضع العربي معها من أمراض الضعف، باسترداد سورية لمصادر القوة التي تقف بوجه التحديات «الإسرائيلية»، يبدو قياس تعافي العراق وتعافي العرب معه من أمراض الانقسام والفتن، بصيغ توافقية ديمقراطية تسووية تنهي مخاطر الفتن والتقسيم، عبر تخطي التوترات المذهبية التي إما أن تشتعل من العراق فتشعل المنطقة أو تنطفئ في العراق فتهدأ المنطقة، وعبر تفاهم عربي كردي لا مكان لـ«الإسرائيلي» في كتابة سطوره الخفية، يطمئن الأكراد لتطلعاتهم المشروعة ويقدم حلولاً مبتكرة لقضايا النزاع المزمنة، مقابل الاطمئنان لوحدة العراق وتماسك مصادر قوته، ويصير التوافق العراقي وصفة اطمئنان للتوترات المذهبية والقومية والعرقية التي يخشاها كل بلد عربي وتهدد بإشعاله أو تفتيته.

– قوة العرب بقوة سورية ووحدة بلدانهم بوحدة العراق. سورية قوية مع عراق موحّد وصفة عربية للقوة والوحدة، يصير معها لمصر والخليج مكان لائق في خريطة القوة والوحدة، هذه هي وحدة بلاد الشام وقوتها نقطة البداية الثابتة لكل وحدة ولكل قوة.

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As-Safir: Egypt Pilots Arrive in Syria to Boost War on Terror

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Egypt reportedly sent 18 helicopter pilots to Syria to support the war-torn Arab nation in its fight against terrorism, and mulls more deployments to the same end early next year.


As-Safir: Egypt Pilots Deployed to Boost Syria's War on Terror

On Thursday, Lebanese As-Safir paper cited “well-informed Arab sources” as reporting that Egypt had dispatched the pilots to an airbase in the western Syrian city of Hama on November 12, adding that the contingent was joined by four senior Egyptian military figures upon arrival.

It added that two Egyptian major generals had also been operating at the Armed Forces Staff Headquarters in the Syrian capital Damascus since last month. They have been touring frontlines, including the “Southern Front” in the city of Quneitra.

The daily cited one source “close to the Syria file” as saying that a large deployment of Egyptian troops will arrive in Syria in late January 2017 to take part in military operations “not limited to air support at Hama airbase.”

Major General Ali Mamlouk, the head of Syria’s National Security Bureau, had paid an official one-day visit to the Egyptian capital, Cairo, in October and held talks with senior Egyptian intelligence officials.

The two sides reached an agreement on “coordinating political standpoints” and improving bilateral “cooperation in the combat against terrorism” during the talks, official Syrian Arab News Agency reported at the time.

A month earlier, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry announced that Cairo and Riyadh did not share common attitudes vis-à-vis the ongoing crisis in Syria. Shoukry said that terrorist groups cannot remain in Syria if peace is to be achieved in the conflict-stricken Arab country.

While Saudi Arabia and its allies in the Gulf region, particularly Qatar, are financially and militarily supporting the extremists fighting to unseat Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Egyptian officials reiterated that the crisis in Syria can only be solved through political means.

On Tuesday, Egyptian President Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi said he supported the Syrian army in its war against terrorists.

“Our priority is to support national armies, for example in Libya to assert control over Libyan territories and deal with extremist elements. The same with Syria and Iraq,” he said.

Despite having received billions of dollars in aid from Saudi Arabia, Cairo has refused to align itself with Riyadh on issues concerning Syria and also stopped short of joining the kingdom’s March 2015-present war on Yemen, which has claimed the lives of thousands.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

25-11-2016 | 13:23


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طلائع عسكرية مصرية في سوريا

طليعة قوات مصرية في سوريا. «القفزة الصغيرة التي تحتاجها العلاقات السورية المصرية كي تعود إلى طبيعتها»، والتي تحدث عنها قبل أربعة أيام وزير الخارجية السوري وليد المعلم، قد تكون حدثت، وتنتظر تكريساً قريباً مع وصول ديبلوماسي مصري رفيع إلى دمشق، قد يكون وزير الخارجية سامح شكري أو أحد كبار مساعديه.

فالمصريون توقفوا عن مراقبة ما يجري في سوريا دون أن يتحركوا، وقرروا الذهاب أبعد من استطلاع ما يجري على جبهة الشام ومجالهم الأمني القومي، إلى الانخراط تدريجياً، في سوريا. فمنذ الثاني عشر من هذا الشهر، تعمل في قاعدة حماه الجوية وحدةٌ مصرية تضم 18 طياراً، ينتمون إلى تشكيل مروحيات بشكل خاص. وليس مؤكداً أن الطيارين المصريين قد بدأوا المشاركة أم لا في العمليات الجوية، لكن انضمامهم الى عمليات قاعدة حماه، واختيار الطيارين من بين تشكيل الحوامات المصرية، يعكس قراراً مصرياً سورياً بتسريع دمج القوة المصرية، لأن الجيش المصري لا يزال يملك، برغم أمركة أسلحته الجوية الواسعة في الثمانينيات، أسرابا من 60 مروحية روسية من طراز «مي 8»، فيما لم يتبقَّ من الخمسين مروحية سورية من الطراز ذاته، بعد خمسة أعوام من القتال، إلا النصف تقريباً، وهي مروحيات تطلق صواريخ غير موجهة، ومخصصة لنقل القوات الخاصة، وقادرة على العمل بسرعة في مسارح العمليات السورية.

تَقَدَّم الوحدةَ عند وصولها أربعة ضباط كبار من هيئة الأركان المصرية. وفي مقرّ الأركان السورية في دمشق، يعمل منذ شهر ضابطان مصريان برتبة لواء، على مقربة من غرف العمليات. وقالت مصادر عربية مطلعة لـ «السفير» إن اللواءين المصريين يقومان بجولات استطلاعية على الجبهات السورية، منذ وصولهما الى دمشق قبل شهر. وشملت العمليات التقييمية للضباط المصريين معظم الجبهات، وكان آخرُها الجبهة الجنوبية، في القنيطرة، وخطوط فصل القوات مع الجولان المحتل، ودرعا. وأمس الأول، شارك اللواءان المصريان في اجتماع تقييمي لمنطقة عمليات الفرقة الخامسة السورية التي تنتشر حول درعا. وقد عقد الاجتماع المصري السوري في مقر الفرقة السورية في مدينة ازرع، بعد زيارة استطلاعية قاما بها لقاعدة الثعلة الجوية في ريف السويداء.

والأرجح أن ما يجري ليس سوى ثمرة جهود واتصالات مصرية سورية، تكثفت خلال الأسابيع الأخيرة، بعد سلسلة من اللقاءات الأمنية غير المعلنة بدأت قبل أكثر من عام بين القاهرة ودمشق. الوحدة المصرية وصلت بعد ثلاثة أسابيع من زيارة اليوم الواحد التي قام بها الى القاهرة في السابع عشر من تشرين الأول الماضي، أعلى مسؤول أمني سوري، اللواء علي المملوك رئيس مكتب الأمن الوطني، للقاء اللواء خالد فوزي نائب رئيس جهاز الأمن القومي المصري. وتذهب مصادر عربية الى توقع أن يكون الانخراط المصري أكثر من عملية رمزية، برغم معانيها السياسية والاستراتيجية التي تمسُّ طبيعة الصراع الإقليمي حول سوريا، وأن تتعداها الى إرسال قوات صاعقة مصرية للمشاركة على نطاق أوسع في دعم الجيش السوري. ونقلت مصادر عن مسؤول أمني سوري رفيع قوله إن المصريين وعدوا الجانب السوري بإرسال قوات الى سوريا، وإن موعد ما بعد الثالث والعشرين من كانون الثاني المقبل سيكون ساعة الصفر التي سترتفع بعدها وتيرة الانخراط المصري العسكري في سوريا، دون أن يتبين رسمياً سقف ذلك الانخراط. ويقول مصدر سوري مقرب من الملف لـ «السفير» إن موعد ما بعد كانون الثاني المقبل سيشهد وصول قوات مصرية كبيرة ستشارك في العمليات العسكرية، ولن تكتفي بتقديم المدد الجوي في قاعدة حماه.

ويتقاطع وصول الوحدة المصرية الى القاعدة الجوية السورية، التي تشهد عمليات قتالية واسعة حولها منذ أشهر، مع إعراب الرئيس المصري عبد الفتاح السيسي بوضوح عن دعم مصر لـ «الجيش السوري» في ما يتجاوز كلاسيكيات الدعوة الى مكافحة الإرهاب، وملامسة عناصر ثلاثية القاهرة، دمشق، بغداد، لترميم منظومة الأمن الإقليمي العربي التي أطاحتها التدخلات التركية والأميركية، وهيمنة السعودية على المؤسسات العربية المشتركة، خصوصاً الجامعة العربية التي لم يعد لها أي وجود.

ففي إطار حديث أدلى به أمس الى الصحافي البرتغالي باولو دانتينيو، تقدم الرئيس المصري نحو موقف يُعَدُّ الأقرب من دمشق. وقال السيسي إن

«الأولوية الأولى لنا أن ندعم الجيش الوطني على سبيل المثال فى ليبيا لفرض السيطرة على الأراضي الليبية والتعامل مع العناصر المتطرفة وإحداث الاستقرار المطلوب، والكلام نفسه في سوريا.. ندعم الجيش السوري وأيضا العراق».

ويرفض الرئيس المصري توسيع التدخل الدولي في سوريا حتى تحت أعلام الأمم المتحدة، وإبقاء الجيش السوري محور أي عملية تهدف الى إعادة فرض الأمن والاستقرار في سوريا. وقال الرئيس المصري «من المفضل أن تكون القوات الوطنية للدول هي التي تقوم بالحفاظ على الأمن والاستقرار في مثل هذه الأحوال».
وأشار السيسي إلى أن «سوريا تعاني من أزمة عميقة منذ خمس سنوات، وموقفنا منها في مصر يتمثل في أننا نحترم إرادة الشعب السوري، وأن إيجاد حل سياسي للأزمة السورية هو الحل الأمثل، ولا بد من التعامل بجدية مع الجماعات الإرهابية ونزع السلاح منها، بالإضافة إلى وحدة الأراضي السورية، حتى لا يتسبب ذلك في تجزئة مشكلة سوريا، وصولا إلى إعادة إعمار ما دمرته الحرب في سوريا».

والواضح الآن أن مصر التي رفضت المشاركة في عدوان «عاصفة الحزم» على الشعب اليمني، تبتعد يوماً بعد يوم عن السعودية ومحور البلدان الخليجية المتورطة في المذبحة المفتوحة ضد اليمنيين اللذين تعاملا بغطرسة لا قِبَلَ للوطنية المصرية بها، لا بل وتتجه القاهرة، انطلاقاً من حماه، الى مواجهة محتملة معهما عبر الساحة السورية، وهو أحد أبعاد الانخراط المصري في سوريا، حتى ولو بقي في حدوده العسكرية الرمزية في قاعدة حماه، والتي لن تكون كاسرة للتوازنات الميدانية، لكنها ستظل مشحونة برسائل سياسية وجيواستراتيجية مهمة، إذ يوفر تفاهم الحدّ الأدنى السوري – المصري مجدداً، لو تطور، استرداد حجر الزاوية التاريخي في النظام الإقليمي العربي قبل انهياره في العام 2001 عندما استسلمت عواصم العرب الكبرى أمام ابتزاز الولايات المتحدة لها بعد هجمات أيلول في نيويورك، واندثر تماما بعد الهجوم الأميركي على العراق عام 2003. والأهم أن المصريين، ومن دون المبالغة في حجم انخراطهم وتأثيرهم على المسار العسكري، يتيحون لدمشق مع تحليق 18 طياراً عربياً مصرياً في سماء الشمال السوري، وفي مواجهة تحالف تركي سعودي قطري، ومجموعات سلفية إرهابية، سقفاً عربياً ضرورياً، ومهماً، لصراع شهد استقطاباً مذهبياً حاداً مع انخراط إيران في الساحات السورية والعراقية. ويبدو أن أكبر كتلة سنية عربية تتجه الى تصحيح وجهة الصراع بانحيازها الى دمشق، والى إحداث توازن عربي مع تعاظم الوجود الإيراني والروسي في سوريا. ومن الواضح أن الانخراط المصري بغض النظر عن حجمه يعني أن سوريا خط عربي مصري أحمر، وأنه لا يزال لمصر دور إقليمي، في مجالها الشامي، وأنها مع طياريها وقواتها الخاصة، ربما غداً، طرف في المعركة من الآن فصاعداً حول سوريا.

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Hezbollah is the new Middle East Army

Written by Nasser Kandil,

The West and the Zionist movement strived during half of a century since 1947 to make Israel alone the power which possesses an actual army in the Middle East, to be the feared army of the Middle East, which is capable to wage a war whenever it wants and wins due to two criteria a swift war and a decisive victory. Therefore the war of 1967 after twenty years of the birth of the entity was the actual reflection of that aspiration, but after confused experience with the Israeli, French, and British tripartite aggression on Egypt in 1956 Washington was obliged to intervene immediately in order not to enter in a war of attrition through stopping the war. In the war 1973 the image of army of the Middle East has distorted through the achievements of the Syrian and the Egyptian armies in the war of October and the fall of the Israeli defenses armies, surprising them by the decision of war. But Washington has intervened once again to get Egypt out of the war in a way that was neither a winner nor a defeated as Washington wanted in preparation for the final exit of Egypt from the state of war and where Israel can regain the feature of the Middle East Army. The invasion of Lebanon was a sign of the recovery of Israel from the complex of the war of October. Thus the Agreement of Philip Habib of the withdrawal of the Syrian troops to Bekaa, the final exit of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, having a Lebanese President for the Republic within the confines of the occupation, and signing a peace agreement that devotes the high control to Israel which was known by the agreement of the Seventeenth of May are the outcomes of the return of the spirit to the project of the Middle East Army which sticks to the decision of war.

The importance of the Israeli army has been increased according to the West and the Americans in particular especially after the Iranian Revolution and the disintegration of the army of Shah, which was considered the most advanced army among the armies of Washington’s allies. The coups which ravaged of Turkey have encouraged keeping the focus on the Israeli army which has received fixed military aids entitled; that the military superiority must be kept in its favor among the armies of the region. Because of its army Israel has received financial and technical aids that help it to breathe economically.

Furthermore, the Israeli aggressions have received legal and diplomatic protection in order to keep the army able to wage wars, using the banned weapons, and committing the  atrocities and the brutal crimes, they have disrupted all the projects of the settlement of the Arab- Israeli conflict which do not meet the essential condition which is keeping the high control to Israel, normalizing the relation with Israel as well as legitimizing what it occupied of the Palestinian territories, as a condition for any peace , but even a condition for any distinctive relation with Washington in the region.

The US documents which were published of how to deal with the rule of the President Mohammed Mosseadegh in Iran and preparing for a coup against him after the popular revolution which brought him and the desire of his rule to make good relations with Washington clarified that. The reason is his refusal to make relations with Israel as the Turkish Prime Minister Adnan Menderes who was toppled by planned coup for the same reason, despite what the US documents mentioned of American preference of each of Mossadegh and Menderes to Shah and the Turkish military, as what Boutros Boutros-Ghali the former Secretary-General of the United Nations said about the birth of Camp David accord and the visit of the Egyptian Former President Anwar Al Sadat to Jerusalem, he said that the intention of Al Sadat was to visit Washington to sign a cooperation agreement, but the American response was that the way to Washington passes by Jerusalem. The meaning here is the satisfaction of Israel.

Since the eighties of the last century the Middle East Army entered a war of attrition which the Americans tried to save it from in the war of the year 1956, when Syria and Iran despite their concerns and preoccupations they put their importance for its success, they supported without limits the Lebanese resistance which Hezbollah has formed its matured outcome and its pivotal strength, and which its rise has been culminated by two successive victories in the years 2000 and 2006. The Israeli has entered in a historic strategic impasse where it lost its inherent characteristic as the Middle East Army. The war on Syria has occurred to form the challenge and the opportunity for both Hezbollah and Israel to win the title of the Middle East Army. Israel betted on overthrowing Hezbollah through the gate of this war, by a direct confrontation with the force which tried to compete it for the title of the global Middle East Army. The meaning here is Al –Qaeda organization and its factions. After years of the war of Syria it seems that Al-Qaeda organization is at the last gasp, and Israel looks fading, while the hour of raising the sign of victory by Hezbollah by announcing the winning of the title seems close.

Hezbollah’s achievement in Aleppo’s fields and all the war arenas in Syria coincides with the military show which combines between the regular structure, the semi regular structure, the structure of the war of the secret resistance for an army that includes thousands of fighters or ten thousands of fighters, and which forms the center which fights with the capacity of allied and supportive formations, it does not include the regular armies of the allied countries as Syria and Iran, but the popular formations which are similar to armies, from the National Defense in Syria and the Popular Crowd in Iraq and the Popular committees in Yemen that are estimated with approximately million fighters that spread in the Middle East, They participate Hezbollah in its wars, positions, and issues, putting its leader in a special status as a reference in the wars of the Middle East. The new army which is equipped with the latest weapons technology and which perfects the arts of war emerges after it had exceptional experiences from all of its wars with the regular wars, with the modern air weapons, without compromising of the privacy of war of people and guerilla warfare, and having distinguished skilled courage capable elite forces. While Hezbollah proves this capability within a network of allies, the President of the Republic arrives to the Lebanese presidency from the confines of the resistance, Hezbollah responded to the overthrowing of the Syrian return to Beirut by Washington through tearing the agreement of Philip Habbib through the decision of 1559, and what has led to the exit of the Syrian troops by tearing Sykes Picot Agreement which divided the entities of the region, so it performed its military show with the consent of the Syrian country and its blessings inside the Syrian borders, making the extent of the eastern borders toward Al Qalamoun and the northern borders toward Al Quseir a vital extension of the resistance outside the range of the Lebanese political game and its attractions with the consent and the encouragement of the Syrian country and the protection of its common missile networks with Russia, as the Popular Crowd and Ansar Allah create similar situations in the geostrategic areas in the Middle East. The Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Jayad Zarif in a conference held in Tehran read the new balances of the phase which he described as the international regional transitional phase from the site of Iran which canceled the golden American rule of making Israel a mandatory way to make an agreement with it, Washington was forced to sign the understanding on the Iranian nuclear file without the knowledge of Israel and despite its desire not to sign. Zarif said that the most prominent feature of this phase is the emergence of Hezbollah as a capable force and a force of safety to the movements of the people of the region and the world.

While Israel is losing the title of the Middle East Army, Al-Qaeda organization falls as a supportive project to Israel, the Saudi financial and political role retreats, and while Saudi Arabia and its army sink in the swamps of the war of Yemen, Hezbollah and the network of its allies proceed as a fragile country that lives in the confines of many countries, that does not compete them however integrates with them, coexists with them as a deterrence force and strategic additive value. So it becomes the most important fact which born in the early of the twenty-first century in drawing the equations of the strategies, while the Russian capacity takes the responsibility of paralyzing the regional capabilities such as Turkey, the American capability regresses, and its regression is culminated by the presidential elections that devote the regression to the inward. So there is no longer power that can threaten the growth of the new Middle East Army which is extended from Lebanon to Afghanistan and from Aleppo to Bab Al Mandab.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

حزب الله جيش الشرق الأوسط الجديد


عرض عسكري ضخم لـ حزب الله في القصير في «يوم الشهيد»
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ناصر قنديل
– جهد الغرب وجهدت الحركة الصهيونية خلال نصف قرن ممتدّ منذ العام 1947 أن تكون «إسرائيل»، وحدها من يمتلك جيشاً فعلياً في الشرق الأوسط، فتكون جيش الشرق الأوسط المهاب الجانب، القادر على خوض الحرب ساعة يريد، ويفوز بها بمعيارَيْ، حرب خاطفة ونصر حاسم. وكانت حرب العام 1967 بعد عشرين عاماً على ولادة الكيان الترجمة الفعلية لهذا التطلع، بعد تجربة مرتبكة في العدوان الثلاثي الإسرائيلي الفرنسي البريطاني على مصر عام 1956، اضطرت واشنطن للتدخّل مباشرة لاستنقاذه من الدخول في حرب استنزاف عبر وقف الحرب، وجاءت حرب 1973 لتهزّ صورة جيش الشرق الأوسط، عبر إنجازات الجيشين السوري والمصري في حرب تشرين وسقوط الدفاعات «الإسرائيلية»، ومباغتتها بقرار الحرب، لكن واشنطن تدخلت مرة أخرى لإخراج مصر من الحرب تمهيداً لوقفها على الجبهة السورية بصيغة أرادت لها واشنطن أن تكون لا غالب ولا مغلوب، تمهيداً لخروج نهائي لمصر من حال الحرب، واسترداد «إسرائيل» صفة جيش الشرق الأوسط، ليكون اجتياح لبنان علامة تعافي «إسرائيل» من عقدة حرب تشرين، ويكون اتفاق فيليب حبيب بانسحاب القوات السورية إلى البقاع والخروج النهائي لمنظمة التحرير الفلسطينية واستيلاد رئيس جمهورية لبناني في كنف الاحتلال، وتوقيع اتفاق سلام يكرّس اليد العليا لـ «إسرائيل» عُرف باتفاق السابع عشر من أيار، كثمرات لعودة الروح لمشروع جيش الشرق الأوسط الممسك بقرار الحرب.

– زادت أهمية الجيش الإسرائيلي بعيون الغرب، والعيون الأميركية، خصوصاً مع الثورة الإيرانية وتفكّك جيش الشاه الذي كان يعتبر الجيش الأشدّ تقدّماً بين جيوش حلفاء واشنطن، كما شجّعت الانقلابات التي عصفت بتركيا في بقاء التركيز على الجيش الإسرائيلي ، الذي حظي بمساعدات عسكرية ثابتة عنوانها أن يبقى التفوّق العسكري في ضفته بين جيوش المنطقة، وحظيت إسرائيل بسبب جيشها بمساعدات مالية وتقنية تتيح لها التنفس اقتصادياً، كما حظيت الاعتداءات الإسرائيلية بالحماية القانونية والدبلوماسية، حفاظاً على اليد الطليقة لجيشها في خوض الحروب واستخدام الأسلحة المحرمة وارتكاب الفظائع والجرائم الوحشية، وعطلت كل المشاريع لتسوية الصراع العربي الإسرائيلي التي لا تلبّي الشرط المحوري وهو بقاء اليد العليا واضحة جلية.إنها اليد الإسرائيلية ، وجعل التطبيع مع إسرائيل وشرعنة ما تحتله من الأراضي الفلسطينية، شرطاً لأيّ سلام، بل شرط كلّ علاقة مميّزة بواشنطن تريدها أيّ دولة من دول المنطقة، كما توضح الوثائق الأميركية المنشورة عن التعامل مع حكم الرئيس محمد مصدق في إيران وتحضير الانقلاب عليه بعد الثورة الشعبية التي جاءت به ورغبة حكمه بعلاقات جيدة مع واشنطن، والسبب هو رفضه إقامة علاقات مع إسرائيل ، مثله مثل رئيس الوزراء التركي عدنان مندريس الذي أطاحه انقلاب مدبّر للسبب ذاته، رغم ما تقوله الوثائق الأميركية من تفضيل أميركي لكلّ من مصدق ومندريس على الشاه والعسكر التركي. ومثل ذلك ما يقوله بطرس بطرس غالي الأمين العام الأسبق للأمم المتحدة عن سياق ولادة اتفاقية كامب ديفيد وزيارة الرئيس المصري الأسبق أنور السادات للقدس، فيقول كانت نية السادات زيارة واشنطن لتوقيع معاهدة تعاون، فكان الجواب الأميركي أنّ الطريق إلى واشنطن يمرّ من القدس والقصد رضا إسرائيل .

– منذ ثمانينيات القرن الماضي كان جيش الشرق الأوسط يدخل حرب الاستنزاف التي سعى الأميركيون لاستنقاذه من مثلها في حرب العام 1956، والتي وضعت سورية وإيران رغم كثرة همومهما وانشغالاتهما، ثقلهما لإنجاحها، فقدّمتا الدعم بلا حدود للمقاومة اللبنانية، التي شكل حزب الله ثمرتها الناضجة وقوتها المحورية، ليتوّج صعوده بنصرين متلاحقين في العامين 2000 و2006، ويدخل إسرائيل في مأزق تاريخي واستراتيجي فقدت معه صفتها الملازمة كجيش للشرق الأوسط.

جاءت الحرب على سورية لتشكل التحدي والفرصة لكلّ من حزب الله و إسرائيل ، للفوز بلقب جيش الشرق الأوسط، فراهنت إسرائيل على إسقاط حزب الله عبر بوابة هذه الحرب بمواجهة مباشرة مع القوة التي سعت لمنافسته على لقب جيش الشرق الأوسط العالمي. والقصد تنظيم القاعدة ومتفرّعاته، وبعد سنوات على حرب سورية، يبدو تنظيم القاعدة يحتضر، وتبدو إسرائيل تذبل، وتبدو ساعة رفع شارة النصر من قبل حزب الله بإعلان الفوز باللقب قريبة.

– يتزامن إنجاز حزب الله في ميادين حلب وسائر ساحات حرب سورية، مع العرض العسكري الجامع بين بنية نظامية وبنية شبه نظامية، وبنية حرب المقاومة السرية، لجيش يضمّ آلاف المقاتلين، أو عشرات الآلاف من المقاتلين، ويشكل النواة التي تقاتل بقدرة تشكيلات رديفة وحليفة، لا تضمّ الجيوش النظامية للدول الحليفة كسورية وإيران، بل تشكيلات شعبية موازية للجيوش ورديفة لها، من الدفاع الوطني في سورية والحشد الشعبي في العراق، واللجان الشعبية في اليمن تقدّر بقرابة مليون مقاتل يمتدّ انتشارهم على مساحة الشرق الأوسط، ويشاركون حزب الله حروبه ومواقفه وقضاياه ويضعون قائده في منزلة خاصة كمرجع لحروب الشرق الأوسط. ويظهر هذا الجيش الجديد، المزوّد بأحدث تقنيات السلاح، والمتقن فنون الحرب، وقد امتلك خبرات استثنائية من جمع حروبه مع الجيوش النظامية، مع أسلحة الجو الحديثة، دون التفريط بخصوصية حرب الشعب وحرب العصابات، وامتلاك قوات نخبة مميّزة فائقة المهارة والبسالة والقدرة، وبينما حزب الله يثبت هذه القدرة، ضمن شبكة عنكبوتية للحلفاء، يوصل رئيس جمهورية من كنف المقاومة إلى سدة الرئاسة اللبنانية، ويردّ بعد إسقاط واشنطن للعودة السورية إلى بيروت بتمزيقها اتفاقية فيليب حبيب، عبر القرار 1559، وما انتهى إليه من خروج للقوات السورية، بتمزيقه لاتفاقية سايكس بيكو التي قسّمت كيانات المنطقة، فينجز عرضه العسكري برضا الدولة السورية ومباركتها، داخل الحدود السورية، جاعلاً مدى الحدود الشرقي نحو القلمون والشمالي نحو القصير، امتداداً حيوياً للمقاومة خارج نطاق اللعبة السياسية اللبنانية وتجاذباتها، برضا وتشجيع الدولة السورية وحماية شبكاتها الصاروخية المشتركة مع روسيا، مثلما يبني الحشد الشعبي ويبني أنصار الله أوضاعاً شبيهة في المناطق ذات الصفة الجيواستراتيجية في الشرق الأوسط، ويخرج وزير الخارجية الإيراني محمد جواد ظريف في مؤتمر منعقد في طهران، ليقرأ في التوازنات الجديدة لما وصفه بالمرحلة الانتقالية الدولية والإقليمية، من موقع إيران التي مزقت القاعدة الأميركية الذهبية بجعل إسرائيل ممراً إلزامياً للاتفاق معها، وأجبرت واشنطن على توقيع التفاهم حول الملف النووي الإيراني، من وراء ظهر إسرائيل ورغماً عن رغبتها بعدم التوقيع، فيقول ظريف إنّ السمة الأبرز لهذه المرحلة ظهور حزب الله كقوة اقتدار وأمان لحركة شعوب المنطقة والعالم.

– بينما تفقد إسرائيل لقب جيش الشرق الأوسط، ويسقط تنظيم القاعدة كمشروع رديف لـ إسرائيل ، ويتقهقهر الدور السعودي المالي والسياسي وتغرق السعودية وجيشها في مستنقعات حرب اليمن، يتقدّم حزب الله وشبكة حلفائه العنكبوتية، كدولة رخوة تعيش في كنف دول عدة، لا تنافسها، تتكامل معها، تعيش وتنمو برضاها كقوة ردع وقيمة مضافة استراتيجية، ليكون الحقيقة الأهمّ التي تولد مطلع القرن الحادي والعشرين، في رسم معادلات الاستراتيجيات، وبينما تتكفل القدرة الروسية بشل قدرات إقليمية مثل تركيا، تتراجع القدرة الأميركية ويتكلل تراجعها بانتخابات رئاسية تكرّس الانكفاء نحو الداخل، فتغيب القوة التي يمكن أن تهدّد نمو جيش الشرق الأوسط الجديد الممتدّ من لبنان حتى أفغانستان ومن حلب حتى باب المندب.

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“Exclusive to Syrper” by Canthama



The latest terrorist offensive in western Aleppo ended up in another failure and with very heavy losses. After 3 VBIEDs used and hundreds of rockets fired against civilians during the entire day last Thursday, with 12 terrorists killed and 100+ wounded, the terrorists counted no gains whatsoever, while sustaining the following losses:

2 Tanks

6 BMPs

15+ 4×4 pick ups/technicals


1 Bulldozer

Map credited to @loomisroberto


The attack had started from 3 axes: Al-Zahraa` District, Minyaan Village and the Al-Assad suburb toward the 3000 Apartment Complex. All 3 VBIEDs were destroyed before reaching their targets, which slowed down considerably any advance by the terrorists, as you can see by studying the impressive photo below taken at the exact moment the SAA tank hit the VBIED.

As the battle continues in the western Aleppo sector, the 1 day- long humanitarian cease fire will be implemented in the eastern side. This was reportedly the last opportunity for the terrorists to leave eastern Aleppo with their lives and light weapons. The RuAF has been kept from attacking the terrorists in Aleppo for over 2 weeks in an effort to build confidence so the terrorists could leave with their lives. This concession ends late Friday November the 4th.

As this weekend approaches and the end of the “humanitarian cease fire” comes, many new actions in and around Aleppo are expected, such as:

1) RuAF will be back in full force bombing the terrorists locations in and around Aleppo city and rear positions.

2) On Friday the Admiral Kuznetsov battle group arrives on the Tartous/Lattakia coast, with it 30+ fighters and 18-20 attack helicopters. Besides the additional airpower, there will be many ballistic missiles and cruise missiles that will most likely be tested in the next few weeks.  Watch for the new 20-mile range anti-tank rocket to be deployed as Ziad reported last week.

3) Rumors continue making the rounds on the possible campaign toward Al-Baab and Dayr Haafir in order to cut ISIS access to Turkey and block the Turkish-backed terrorists’ advance toward the Al-Baab-Maskana Plain.

4) Resumption of the offensive to finally clean eastern Aleppo from terrorists.

5) There are an unprecedented number of SAA and allied forces in and around Aleppo city, all built up during the past 2 months who will be unleashed as soon as all possible diplomatic solutions have failed. That is why this Friday is so crucial to Syria and Russia.


Northern Hama

After the victory in Sooraan and the partial redeployment of the Tiger Forces back to Aleppo, the remaining Tiger Force and allies resumed their advance and managed to secure 3 sites since yesterday, cutting off two possible routes from the terrorists:  M5 and the old Teebat Al-Imaam-Mork Road. The 3 sites referred to in the foregoing are:

Tal Maseen

Tal Baazim

Buwaydha Village – under artillery fire control



The next steps could very well be Tal Al-Mintaar and Masaasina Village, thus creating a completely unsustainable position for the remaining terrorists at Teebat Al-Imaam, flushing them out and forcing their withdrawal back to Al-Lataamina.

Map credited to @sandlogs


Syria-Egytp-Iraq Rapprochement

Much has been said about the Egyptian shift to Russia, Iraq, Syria and Libya’s LNA Government.  Concrete steps were observed in the past month that attest to it:

1) Egypt supported the last Russian UNSC resolution concerning Syria.

2) Egypt refused to participate in the murderous and criminal Saudi “coalition” bombing of Yemen.

3) KSA cut oil/gas supply to Egypt which was immediately replaced by Iraq’s government. The deal was closed between Iraqi PM Haydar Al-‘Abbaadi and President Al-Sisi with Russian and Iranian intercession.

4) Russia and Egypt executed a massive joint military drill during October.  An historical first.

5) There are unconfirmed rumors floating of a possible airbase for RuAF by the Egyptian Med Sea.

6) Unconfirmed rumors of Russian delivery of tons of weapons and ammo, through Egypt, to Libya’s National Army-Tobruk Government.

7) Confirmed Syria-Egypt Intel officers meeting in Cairo during October with Syrian Presidential Security Advisor Maj. Gen. ‘Ali Mamlook at the head of the Syrian delegation.

8) Egyptian soldiers have arrived in Damascus in early November for, most likely, experience-sharing in urban warfare, counter-terrorism training and for facilitating deeper Intel exchanges.

Major Khudairy‘s Egyptian army uniform shoulder has a writing: “From Sinai.. long live the Syrian Arab Army ..”

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