ALLIANCE OF CONVENIENCE: WHY ISRAEL SUPPORTS ISIS? (SYRIANA ANALYSIS)

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Apr 29, 2017, Syriana Analysis

Since the beginning of the war in Syria, Israel took the opportunity to pursue its strategic interests in the neighboring country, by tacitly and sometimes publicly allying itself with Al-Qaeda and ISIS.
Syriana Analysis addresses the recent bombings of Israel and US on Syria, elaborating the geopolitical goals behind these strikes.

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Related: “Syria Lambasting Israel for Aiding ISIL”

Apr 20, 2017, Nizar Abboud:

“At the UN Security Council the Syrian delegate, Bashar Al-Jafari attacks Israel’s help to terrorist group, including ISIL in Syria.”

~Excerpts of what Ambassador Bashar al-Ja’afari stated:

“…it’s a very dubious silence that we meet here in the council regarding Israeli policies and practices. This is what has encouraged Israel to continue its practice of occupation and settlement building. It’s also why Israel has violated the plan of disengagement regarding the Golan and all issues related to combating terrorism.

It’s also why this is why Israel has offered its support to various armed terrorist groups in particular on the Syrian Golan, in particular than al-Nusra Front. This is a body this is a group that the United Nations considers as a terrorist group. Well, this group actually receives assistance from Israel.

Israel has facilitated the the movement of these terrorist groups through the line of demarcation line and as a result of that these groups have threatened the Syrian people and it’s the Qatari regime also that has offered its support to these groups.

Israel has not contented itself with offering support to these groups but in fact it has also tried to violate Syrian airspace and to attack Syria this took place on the seventeenth of March of this year in Palmyra. Israel provided its assistance to Da’esh which was present in the area there just then.

All this clearly shows that Israel and terrorism are the two sides of the same coin.

When we say that Israel and terrorism are indeed the two faces of the same coin we need to recall that the history of Zionism itself is a history of terrorism: The goal is to kill and to violate the rights of others, and to base itself on a legend of a religious state which in fact is against all international laws. In fact it’s a state that doesn’t respect the freedom, justice or any principle.

…A state that creates millions of refugees cannot speak of democracy, does not have the right to speak of human values does not have the right to speak like this even though it is responsible for chaos, for the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

When this entity it’s up continues to distort history, to rob territory, to perpetrate massacres against this Arab peoples who live under occupation.

We see that this state has an arsenal of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons and it is protected by the member states of the Security Council even what as we have tried to create a nuclear weapons free zone in the Middle East.

The world cannot disregard the fact that it is on the basis of the Balfour Declaration that this entity was created and this has had a serious impact on the history of humankind.

In fact a racist entity that excludes everyone else and that is based on an extremist religious ideology continues to operate in the region, which in many ways is hardly different from the methods used by Da’esh.

We insist on the Syrian sovereignty on occupied Golan based on the fourth of June 1967 borders. This is a right that is not subject to discussion, it is an inalienable right and we can this can not we cannot make any concessions on this. Our right on this has been violated and we have to make sure that this territory returns to its rightful owners.

We have to call on Israel to free Sedki al-Maket (also: Sedqi al-Maqt)–who we call the Syrian Mandela–and others who are in Israeli prisons for taking pictures, taking photos that prove that Israel is cooperating with the al-Nusra Front on the occupied Paris Syrian Golan these photos were taken this is why these the 2 Syrian individuals were arrested by Israel.”

Further Related Links:

Syrian Ambassador to UN Address to Schiller Institute September 11 Memorial Conference, Sep 14, 2016 [VIDEO]

Interview: Syrian Ambassador to the UN, Dr. Bashar al-Ja’afari on Sovereignty, Terrorism, and the Failure of the UN, Jan 17, 2015, Al-Akhbarin Arabic, Global Research, Consortium News, Rabble.ca, Oriental Review, Uprooted Palestinians

Scoundrels & Gangsters at UN: Silencing the Syrian Narrative, Feb 4, 2015, Russia Today, Global Research, Uprooted Palestinians, In Gaza

Jaish Al-Islam executes Al-Qaeda commander as rival jihadists slaughter each other in Damascus

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:45 P.M.) – Infighting in the East Ghouta peaked on Saturday as jihadist factions clashed with one another on an unprecident scale, leading to the death of a high-ranking commander of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS).

With dozens more killed in the inter-rebel clashes, HTS chief Abu Ayyoub Tasni was shot dead by Jaish Al-Islam just two days after being arrested in the town of Irbeen.

Jaish Al-Islam, a Saudi-funded group, is the largest East Ghouta rebel faction. It is now opposed by HTS, Failaq Al-Rahman (Free Syrian Army group) and Ahrar Al-Sham.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) watches with delight from afar. Only three insurgent pockets are left in and around the Syrian capital.

Government forces are currently trying to wrestle control of Al-Qaboun and Barzeh. Once this urban area of East Damascus is liquidated, the SAA will launch a brand new East Ghouta offensive, sources inform Al-Masdar News.

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The Rise of the Generals

By Patrick Buchanan

April 28, 2017 “Information Clearing House” – Has President Donald Trump outsourced foreign policy to the generals?

So it would seem. Candidate Trump held out his hand to Vladimir Putin. He rejected further U.S. intervention in Syria other than to smash ISIS.

He spoke of getting out and staying out of the misbegotten Middle East wars into which Presidents Bush II and Obama had plunged the country.

President Trump’s seeming renunciation of an anti-interventionist foreign policy is the great surprise of the first 100 days, and the most ominous. For any new war could vitiate the Trump mandate and consume his presidency.

Trump no longer calls NATO “obsolete,” but moves U.S. troops toward Russia in the Baltic and eastern Balkans. Rex Tillerson, holder of Russia’s Order of Friendship, now warns that the U.S. will not lift sanctions on Russia until she gets out of Ukraine.

If Tillerson is not bluffing, that would rule out any rapprochement in the Trump presidency. For neither Putin, nor any successor, could surrender Crimea and survive.

What happened to the Trump of 2016?

When did Kiev’s claim to Crimea become more crucial to us than a cooperative relationship with a nuclear-armed Russia? In 1991, Bush I and Secretary of State James Baker thought the very idea of Ukraine’s independence was the product of a “suicidal nationalism.”

Where do we think this demonization of Putin and ostracism of Russia is going to lead?

To get Xi Jinping to help with our Pyongyang problem, Trump has dropped all talk of befriending Taiwan, backed off Tillerson’s warning to Beijing to vacate its fortified reefs in the South China Sea, and held out promises of major concessions to Beijing in future trade deals.

“I like (Xi Jinping) and I believe he likes me a lot,” Trump said this week. One recalls FDR admonishing Churchill, “I think I can personally handle Stalin better than … your Foreign Office … Stalin hates the guts of all your people. He thinks he likes me better.”

FDR did not live to see what a fool Stalin had made of him.

Among the achievements celebrated in Trump’s first 100 days are the 59 cruise missiles launched at the Syrian airfield from which the gas attack on civilians allegedly came, and the dropping of the 22,000-pound MOAB bomb in Afghanistan.

But what did these bombings accomplish?

The War Party seems again ascendant. John McCain and Lindsey Graham are happy campers. In Afghanistan, the U.S. commander is calling for thousands more U.S. troops to assist the 8,500 still there, to stabilize an Afghan regime and army that is steadily losing ground to the Taliban.

Iran is back on the front burner. While Tillerson concedes that Tehran is in compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, Trump says it is violating “the spirit of the agreement.”

How so? Says Tillerson, Iran is “destabilizing” the region, and threatening U.S. interests in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon.

But Iran is an ally of Syria and was invited in to help the U.N.-recognized government put down an insurrection that contains elements of al-Qaida and ISIS. It is we, the Turks, Saudis and Gulf Arabs who have been backing the rebels seeking to overthrow the regime.

In Yemen, Houthi rebels overthrew and expelled a Saudi satrap. The bombing, blockading and intervention with troops is being done by Saudi and Sunni Arabs, assisted by the U.S. Navy and Air Force.

It is we and the Saudis who are talking of closing the Yemeni port of Hodeida, which could bring on widespread starvation.

It was not Iran, but the U.S. that invaded Iraq, overthrew the Baghdad regime and occupied the country. It was not Iran that overthrew Col. Gadhafi and created the current disaster in Libya.

Monday, the USS Mahan fired a flare to warn off an Iranian patrol boat, 1,000 meters away. Supposedly, this was a provocation. But Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif had a point when he tweeted:

“Breaking: Our Navy operates in – yes, correct – the Persian Gulf, not the Gulf of Mexico. Question is what US Navy doing 7,500 miles from home.”

Who is behind the seeming conversion of Trump to hawk?

The generals, Bibi Netanyahu and the neocons, Congressional hawks with Cold War mindsets, the Saudi royal family and the Gulf Arabs – they are winning the battle for the president’s mind.

And their agenda for America?

We are to recognize that our true enemy in the Mideast is not al-Qaida or ISIS, but Shiite Iran and Hezbollah, Assad’s Syria and his patron, Putin. And until Hezbollah is eviscerated, Assad is gone, and Iran is smashed the way we did Afghanistan, Iraq, and Yemen, the flowering of Middle East democracy that we all seek cannot truly begin.

But before President Trump proceeds along the path laid out for him by his generals, brave and patriotic men that they are, he should discover if any of them opposed any of the idiotic wars of the last 15 years, beginning with that greatest of strategic blunders – George Bush’s invasion of Iraq.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of a new book, out in May, “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.” To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at www.creators.com .

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الهجوم الاستراتيجي الشامل وربيع فيتنام العربي

أبريل 29, 2017

محمد صادق الحسيني

كل ما يجري من حولنا من معارك في حضر السورية والعراقية وأرياف حماة وتخوم تلعفر وصولاً إلى المخا وسواحل الحديدة في اليمن العظيم و…الخ يشي بأننا دخلنا مرحلة الهجوم الاستراتيجي الشامل …!

وأن العدو الإمبريالي وأذنابه «مثلث أيتام أوباما» الصهيوني العثماني الأعرابي يخوض معارك تراجعية بهدف إطالة أمد الحرب علينا لا أكثر ويحاول يائساً تأخير ساعة استسلام قواته…!

هكذا هو تقدير الموقف وموازين القوى في الشام كما في العراق كما في اليمن، كما في طهران وفي غزة وفلسطين التاريخية، لذلك نرى المرابي الأميركي صار في موسم الهجرة إلى كوريا الشمالية!

وعليه نقول لترامب وكل أذنابه «الشرق أوسطيين» من صهيوني إلى عثماني إلى أعرابي إلى تكفيري… إن الهجوم الاستراتيجي النهائي لحلف المقاومة وبمساندة حلفائه الدوليين، ضد قوى الظلم والعدوان والهيمنة والسيطرة الاستعمارية الأميركية البريطانية الفرنسية، قد بدأ وسيتوّج بالنصر المؤزر وإنهاء الهيمنة الإمبريالية بكل أشكالها على شعوب المنطقة مهما بلغت التضحيات والأثمان …!

ولمزيد من الدقة والوضوح، فإننا نقول لكل الأعراب المتصهينين ولأسيادهم في واشنطن من مرابين أو محافظين جدد وغيرهم إننا وبعد التوكّل على الله واعتماداً على سواعد أبطال الجيش العربي السوري وحلفائه في الميدان من مستشارين عسكريين إيرانيين إلى مجاهدي المقاومة الإسلامية وسائر القوات الرديفة الأخرى وبمساندة الحليف الروسي، الثابت على مواقفه المتطابقة تماماً مع أحكام القانون الدولي، وهو يقدّم الدعم والإسناد والإمداد العسكري للدولة السورية وحلفائها :

أولاً: نقول لهؤلاء جميعاً إننا قد بدأنا هجومنا الاستراتيجي من أقرب نقطة تماس مع العدو الاحتلالي «الإسرائيلي» في الجولان وسفوح جبل الشيخ مروراً بريف حمص الشمالي وأرياف درعا الشمالية وصولاً، في القريب العاجل إلى محافظة إدلب عند استعادة السيطرة على خان شيخون تمكيناً لخبراء الأسلحة الكيميائية الدوليين والمحايدين من إجراء اللازم هناك لكشف نفاق وكذب الأميركيين وكل أذنابهم في الإقليم .

ثانياً: ليعلم الجميع بأن هذا الهجوم لن يتوقّف لا عند أرياف أدلب ولا أرياف حلب الغربية والشرقية والشمالية ولا حتى عند أرياف الرقة والحسكة وغيرها…. وهنا نودّ أن نذكّر أولائك المستعربين المدافعين عن المحتل «الإسرائيلي» والمعتدي الأميركي أن هذا الهجوم الاستراتيجي سيشمل كافة الجبهات الممتدة من الجولان إلى دير الزُّور والرقة والبوكمال والقائم والموصل إلى باب المندب، حيث التصدّي الأسطوري للشعب اليمني الصامد في وجه قوى العدوان الأميركي/ الصهيوسعودي، رغم قصفه بالقنابل النيوترونية المحرّمة دولياً.

ثالثاً: وإلى هؤلاء الجهلة، الذين لا يعلمون شيئاً عن ترابط ميادين الصراع وتأثيراتها المتبادلة وجدلية وحدة الدم وحدة الساحات هذه، نقول إن هذا الهجوم الاستراتيجي يُغطّي رقعة بحر الصين الجنوبي ومنطقة شبه الجزيرة الكورية، حيث «تضيع» حاملة الطائرات الأميركية في تلك البحار ولا تهتدي إلى وجهتها حسب أوامر الكاوبوي الأميركي ترامب بتوجّهها إلى كوريا الشمالية. بينما تثبت صور الأقمار الصناعية أنها كانت تسير بالاتجاه المعاكس ما يعني أن الكاوبوي الأميركي يكذب على شعبه وعلى العالم إخفاءً لعجزه في مواجهة الهجوم الاستراتيجي المعادي للإمبريالية في الميدان .

رابعاً: وهنا يجب تأكيد أن نجاحات الجيش العربي السوري الباهرة في ميادين الجنوب السوري وأرياف حماة وحلب ودير الزُّور لن يوقفها الاحتلال الأميركي، رغم تآمر بعض أذنابه الخائبين من عثمانيين وغيرهم في جرابلس والحسكة والتنف…، بل إن الجيش السوري سيواصل عملياته ضد مجاميع الاإرهاب ومشغّليهم الأميركيين والصهاينة والأعراب الأنذال. ونذكّر هذا العنصري المقيت، ترامب، بأن قيام أسلافه من الرؤساء الأميركيين باحتلال كلٍّ من كمبوديا ولاوس في محاولة منهم في حينه لوقف هجوم الربيع الاستراتيجي لثوار فيتنام الجنوبية من خلال قطع خطوط إمداداتهم، لم يقدّم ولم يؤخّر في الميدان الفيتنامي في أواخر ستينيات القرن الماضي، بل إنه وسّع دائرة التورط الأميركي في جنوب شرق آسيا والذي انتهى بهزيمة نكراء هرب بنهايتها جنود المارينز وغيرهم مستقلين المروحيات، تماماً كما فعل جنود النازية الألمانية وهم يهربون مختبئين بواسطة طائرات النقل من منطقة ستالينغراد

ولما لم ينفعهم احتلالهم لمزيد من أراضي الغير آنذاك، فإنه لن ينفعهم احتلال بعض الأراضي العراقية والسورية ودائماً بحجة مواجهة التمدد الإيراني، إذ إنهم سيُمنون بالهزيمة الساحقة ويهربون مستقلّين المروحيات تماماً كما فعلت قوات النخبة «الاسرائيلية» ووزير حربهم إيهود باراك وجنوده من جنوب لبنان في أيار من العام ٢٠٠٠.

خامساً: وعلى مَن يتصدّى لنا ولثقتنا بالنصر إلى هذا الحدّ نقول إنكم لا تقرأون التاريخ ولا تستوعبون قوانين حتمية الانتصار ولا مسار ومآل المعارك الاستراتيجية الكبرى!

ذلك لأن الهجوم الاستراتيجي لا يعني أن الحرب قد انتهت وأن النصر النهائي قد تحقّق، وإنما يعني أننا انتزعنا المبادرة الاستراتيجية في الميدان وبشكل نهائي وغير قابل للعودة إلى الوراء من يد قوات العدوان الأميركية العثمانية الأعرابية وأذنابها من داعش والنصرة وغيرهم في سورية والعراق وكذلك في ميادين اليمن ومضيق هرمز وغيره.

ما يعني أن الحرب على الاإرهاب وداعميه قد تستغرق بعض الوقت، ولكن النتيجة المنطقية المؤكدة هي النصر السوري النهائي على العدوان.

وهذا، هو ما حصل بالضبط إبان الحرب العالمية الثانية عندما تمكّنت الجيوش السوفياتية من تحرير مدينة ستالينغراد في شباط ١٩٤٣ بِعد معارك استمرت طويلاً إلى حين انتزاع المبادرة الاستراتيجية نهائياً بعد هزيمة الجيوش النازية في معركة قوس كورسك وسط غرب روسيا يوم قرّر هتلر استعادة زمام المبادرة وفشل في صيف العام ١٩٤٣، فيما تواصل الهجوم السوفياتي غرباً حتى دخوله برلين واستسلام المانيا بلا قيد أو شرط في ٨/٥/١٩٤٥.

سادساً: وعليه فإننا إنّما نستحضر تاريخ حربكم العالمية القذرة لنذكركم، بأن المخرج الوحيد لكم مهما طالت الحرب لن يكون سوى الاستسلام الكامل وبلا قيد أو شرط، ومن ثم الانسحاب الكامل من كل ميادين المواجهة ومعكم مرتزقتكم وعملاؤكم من سعوديين إلى عثمانيين إلى سائر المرتزقة الملتفّين حولكم ولن تنفعكم خزائن بقرتكم الحلوب بعد اليوم …!

لأن الهجوم الاستراتيجي الذي بدأ ربيعه من حلب لن يقف عند اقتلاع جذور الإرهاب من سورية والعراق فقط، وإنما سيمضي إلى حين تحرير الركن اليماني وانقراض العائلة الحاكمة في الرياض وانصياع الأميركي المهزوم استراتيجياً لشروط الميدان وأحكام القانون الدولي واحترامه استقلال وسيادة الدول والامتناع نهائياً عن التدخل في شؤون الآخرين والاستدارة لحل مشاكل الشعب الأميركي الخطيرة من بطالة إلى بنى تحتية مهترئة، حيث هناك ثلاثة آلاف جسر رئيسي مهدّدة بالانهيار وما يزيد على أربعة ملايين طفل وشاب تحت الثامنة عشرة بالإضافة إلى خمسة عشر مليون أميركي وليس مهاجر يعيشون مشرّدين في الشوارع من دون مأوى….!

وإذا كنتم تريدون تقصير أمد عذاباتكم انصحوا سيّدكم الأميركي المنافق بالانكفاء إلى داخل البيت الأميركي ولينشغل بتطبيق حقوق الإنسان على هؤلاء العشرين مليون أميركي المشرّدين في وطنهم، وليكفّ هو وابنته إيفانكا عن ذرف دموع التماسيح على أطفال خان شيخون وغيرها. هؤلاء الضحايا الذين سقطوا بسبب مخططاته ومشاريعه التي ستقوده قريباً إلى محاكم الجنايات الدولية لتتم محاكمته على جرائم الحرب التي ارتكبها في طول العالم وعرضه وليس فقط في عالمنا العربي والإسلامي!..

إنه ربيع فيتنام العربي الذي قد يطول سنوات، لكنه بدأ ولن تستطيع أي قوة إيقافه إلا بعد تحقيق كامل أهدافه، ومنها فصول المنازلة الكبرى في الجليل الذي بات مطوّقاً من الذراعين السوري واللبناني وقريباً إيران «دولة مواجهة عربية» تعيد التوازن المفقود إلى موازين الردع الاستراتيجي في الصراع العربي «الإسرائيلي» …!

ارموا ببصركم أقصى القوم..

سترون عيون الراصد بانتظاركم..

بعدنا طيّبين قولوا الله…

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Is Syria’s Invasion from Jordan on the Agenda?

Is Syria’s Invasion from Jordan on the Agenda?
EDITORIAL | 28.04.2017 | EDITORIAL

Is Syria’s Invasion from Jordan on the Agenda?

With focus on the battle of Raqqa and in the governorates of Homs and Idlib, Jordan has been kept away from media headlines. The kingdom’s role will grow immensely if it becomes the staging point for an operation on Syrian soil. And it may happen pretty soon.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made the allegation that «Jordan was part of the American plan since the beginning of the war in Syria».

A perusal of various sources leads to the conclusion that Syria is facing the possibility of a US-led invasion from Jordan. Mike Cernovich, a pro-Trump journalist, reported that Trump’s national security advisor, Gen. Herbert R.McMaster, was pushing the idea of involving the US in a full-scale war in Syria by sending as many as 150,000 troops. According to Derek Harvey, the top Middle East adviser in the NSC, McMaster has been trying to influence the Joint Chiefs Chairman General Joseph Dunford and Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Mattis and Dunford support working with our allies in the fight against Islamic State (IS). Harvey and McMaster are advocating for a massive American-only ground force.

Here is another story to confirm the information. Eli Lake writes in his article published by Bloomberg that «Senior White House and administration officials tell me Trump’s national security adviser, General H.R. McMaster, has been quietly pressing his colleagues to question the underlying assumptions of a draft war plan against the Islamic State that would maintain only a light US ground troop presence in Syria. McMaster’s critics inside the administration say he wants to send tens of thousands of ground troops to the Euphrates River Valley».

Bloomberg cites Jack Keane, a retired four-star Army general who is close to McMaster, who says «A better option is to start the operation in the southeast along the Euphrates River Valley, establish a US base of operations, work with our Sunni Arab coalition partners, who have made repeated offers to help us against the regime and also Islamic State». Keane added that US conventional forces would be the anchor of that initial push, which he said would most likely require around 10,000 conventional forces, with an expectation that Arab allies in the region would provide more troops to the US-led effort. Other proposals mention 50,000 and 150,000 soldiers.

Arab English-language sources also have their stories to report. For instance, Arabic Al-Hayat newspaper reported that Jordan wants to follow Turkey’s example and conduct its own military operation in south Syria. The report came only a week after Jordan conducted an airstrike against Jaysh Khalid bin Walid – an extremist Al Qaeda-affiliated extremist group holding positions not far from the Jordanian border. Mass media previously reported political sources in Amman speaking about Jordanian-American-British operations to be launched against terrorist groups operating near the northern Jordanian borders with Syria.

These are just media reports, in theory they could be made up, but the authors are respected people and there is no smoke without fire.

It serves the purpose to join isolated pieces of information together to see a bigger picture.

The situation in Syria has been turning in favor of the Syrian government. The army is recovering new ground in Hama governorate and is also making gains in Idlib. It has repelled attacks launched by «moderate rebels» in the south to take the city of Deraa – the key urban area for the implementation of plans to establish a safe zone in the south.

In April, US Defense Secretary James Mattis visited the Arab states of the Persian Gulf. If the US wants other countries to join in an operation, it will badly need their political support and Arab boots on the ground.

In April, 20 US Army armored vehicles were transported by Ro-Ro transport ship Liberty Passion to the Jordanian port of Aqaba. US troops were allegedly accompanied by the Jordanian Army’s 3rd Division. This is the first time when a notable number of US armored vehicles and troops (besides the special operations forces – SOF) were reported in Jordan. The ship was scheduled to drop anchor at seven stations, but its arrival in Jordan coincided with the US cruise missile strike in Syria.

The war preparations started after President Trump received Jordanian king Abdullah at the White House on April 5.

The king expressed concern over the presence of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards stationed 70 kilometers away from the border with Jordan. Given that Jordan and Syria share a 235-mile border, Jordanian media have also voiced alarm over Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, a jihadist group formerly known as Nusra Front that many in the Hashemite kingdom perceive as merely a replica of IS. «It is a challenge, but we are ready to face it in cooperation with the US and Britain», the King told the Washington Post.

They say militants use the territory in southern Syria as a springboard for terrorist activity against Jordan. There are 100,000 refugees in two of the major refugee camps along the Jordanian-Syrian border-al-Rukban and Hadalat. The camps are infiltrated by terrorists. The last thing Jordan wants is even more Syrian refugees flowing into the country or finding refuge near its borders. A longtime US ally, Amman is also determined to work closely with the Trump administration, especially as the new US president advocates «safe zones» in Syria, which will inevitably bear major implications for the future of the Hashemite kingdom’s security.

Crossing the border to establish a protected area would be in line with Turkey’s setting up a buffer zone in northern Syria.

Even if joined by Arab allies, the creation of a safe zone in the south of Syria foresees significant increase of the American involvement in the conflict. It will require substantial ground forces and air power. Without an invitation from the Syrian government and an approval by the UN Security Council, the operation will be conducted in violation of international law. There will be a risk of clashes with Syria’s government forces. Actually, the plan hardly has a chance to succeed without cooperation of the Syrian government, Russia and Iran. The US will be dragged into another costly military conflict with no goals defined and no end at the end of the tunnel. Donald Trump won the presidential race largely because Americans were tired of the past 16 years of continuous foreign interventions.

The creation of a buffer zone will mean the division of the country, reducing the chances to find a solution to the conflict. The plan can work only if it is a multinational operation conducted in line with international law. If not, it is doomed to failure at great cost.

Syria: a video-investigaton

April 26, 2017

Syria: The most important interview everyone needs to see… and understand the implications…

Shambolic Doings in Washington: ‘The Israelis are no doubt particularly delighted’

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FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan, and James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence.

By Philip Giraldi

There remains one good thing to say about Donald Trump: he is not Hillary. The boneheaded cruise missile attack in Syria would have occurred even earlier under President Rodham Clinton and there would undoubtedly be no-fly and safe zones already in place. Oh, and Ukraine and Georgia would be negotiating their entries into NATO to make sure that old Vlad Putin would be put on notice and understand that the days of namby-pamby jaw-jaw-jaw that characterized the Obama Administration are now ancient history.

Apart from that, I can only observe dumbstruck how yet again a candidate promising peace and dialogue could be flipped so quickly. Or maybe he never believed in anything he said, which is perhaps more to the point. Be that as it may, we now, after only ninety days in office, have a neo-neocon foreign policy and the folks clustered around their water coolers in the Washington think tanks are again smiling. And as the ruinous Syrian civil war continues thanks to American intervention, there are probably plenty of high fives within Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu government. Bibi again rules the roost.

The Israelis are no doubt particularly delighted to hear Donald Trump’s latest factually exempt voyage into the outer reaches of the galaxy regarding Iran. Or perhaps The Donald is only having continuing digestive problems dealing with “most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you’ve ever seen” when dining with mortified Chinese leader Xi Jinping while simultaneously launching cruise missiles intended to send a message to Beijing’s ally Russia. It is inevitably Iran’s turn for vilification, so Trump, while conceding that the Iranians have been compliant with the nuclear weapons agreement they signed, also felt compelled to add that they continue to be a threat and have not entered into the “spirit” of the pact. Apparently the spirit codicil was somehow left out of the final draft, an interpretation that will no doubt surprise the other signatories consisting of Russia, China and the European Union.

To make its point that Tehran is somehow a cheater, the White House has ordered a 90 day review of Iran policy which will empower hardliners in that country in upcoming elections as well as nut cases like Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham on this side of the Atlantic. Iranian opposition groups like the terrorist Mujaheddin e Khalq (MEK) are already rising to the challenge by floating phony intelligence while Graham is currently advocating a preemptive attack on North Korea, conceding that it would be catastrophic for every country in the region while noting smugly that the carnage and destruction would not reach the United States. Too bad that Pyongyang’s fury cannot be directed straight to Graham’s house in South Carolina.

Graham is reportedly a good dancer and multitasker who can pivot back to Iran effortlessly as soon as Pyongyang is reduced to rubble, so those who want to deal with Iran sooner rather than later should not despair. As things continue to go south nearly everywhere, tension in the Middle East will no doubt lead to a rapidly deteriorating situation in the Persian Gulf that will require yet another ham-handed show of strength by the United States of Amnesia. There will be a war against Iran.

There have been a couple of other interesting stories circulating recently, all demonstrating that when Benjamin Franklin observed that we Americans had created a republic, “if we can keep it,” he was being particularly prescient. Robert Parry has observed that all the fuss about Russiagate is misleading as the only country that interferes with the political process in the U.S. persistently and successfully while also doing terrible damage to our national security is Israel. He wonders when we will have Congress convening investigative commissions to look into Israel-gate but then answers his own question by observing that it will never happen given who controls what in the United States. “No one dares suggest a probe of Israel-gate,” he concludes, but it is interesting and also encouraging to note that some Americans are actually starting to figure things out.

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