Syrian Commander: Army to Continue Battle in Qalamoun until Killing Last ISIL Terrorist

Syrian Commander: Army to Continue Battle in Qalamoun until Killing Last ISIL Terrorist

TEHRAN (FNA)– The Syrian soldiers’ battle against the Takfiris will continue until the ISIL terrorists are killed or surrender, a senior army commander said.

The commander was quoted by the Arabic-language al-Nashrah news website as saying that fierce clashes are underway in Qalamoun

He added that the army and Lebanese resistance forces have regained control of many regions and passageways, including Martabiyeh, Mira and al-Zamarani.

“The operations will continue until the ISIL terrorists are killed or surrender,” the commander underlined.

Military sources reported earlier today that the Syrian Army troops and the Lebanese Hezbollah fighters pushed ISIL back from more than 85 percent of the heights in Western Qalamoun region in the first day of their joint anti-terrorism operation codenamed “If You Return We Will Return Again”.

The sources said that the army units and Hezbollah fighters, backed up by artillery and missile units, stormed ISIL’s defense lines from the Northern, Eastern and Southern directions along the border with Lebanon and managed to drive terrorists out of 87 percent of Western Qalamoun with total area of 155sq/km.

The army soldiers and Hezbollah took control of three passageways of al-Zamarani, Abu Hadij and Zahar Ali and strategic Abu Khadij heights overlooking al-Jarajeer field, Mas’oud canyon and Abu Khazir region, they added.

The sources went on to say that the pro-government forces imposed control over the heights near the town of al-Barij, Sha’ab al-Hasn peak, al-Samaqiyat region, al-Arqoub region, Khirbet al-Istanbul, Haqab al-Rawashena, Darvish fields and Sisiyan field after hours of non-stop clashes with terrorists in the Eastern part of the mountainous region.

The army and Hezbollah also liberated the heights of Qarna al-Shalouf, al-Mahbas cave, al-Maqara cave, Harf al-Dab canyon and Yunis caves in the Southern part of the mountainous region at border.

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Syrian Army, Hezbollah split ISIL’s Lebanese border pocket, terrorists besieged

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:50 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hezbollah are rolling through the dense mountainous region along the Lebanese border, today, liberating several sites from the Islamic State (ISIL) terror organization.

Syrian Army Republican Guard units and Hezbollah commandos began the day by liberating much of the Jarajeer Barrens, paving the way for their entry into the strategic Qarah Barrens that are located at the northern tip of the Qalamoun Mountains.

Not long after entering the Qarah Barrens, the Syrian Arab Army and Hezbollah liberated a number of sites along the Lebanese border, including the Mosul Point that overlooks the Zamrani Crossing.

As a result of this advance, the Syrian Army and Hezbollah have imposed fire control over the Lebanese border, splitting up the Islamic State’s Qalamoun pocket after less than 48 hours of intense fighting.

HEZBOLLAH, LEBANESE ARMY, SYRIAN ARMY LAUNCHED FINAL PUSH AGAINST ISIS AT SYRIAN-LEBANESE BORDER (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

19.08.2017

On Saturday, Hezbollah and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched the “Operation If ye revert, We shall revert” to liberate the Western Qalamoun region from ISIS terrorists at the Syrian-Lebanese border.

According to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria, the SAA and Hezbollah captured the following areas in Jorud Qara and Jorud al-Jarajir in the Western Qalamoun region: Wadi Massud, -Wadi Abu-Khadir, Sha’abat Surur, Qabr al-Arsali, Khirbat al-Ayilah, Harf Wadi farah heights, Ras Sha’abat al-Magharah, Qurnat Shumes, the Khanjar roundabout, Saha’abat al-Sauki, the Wadi Khanjar roundabout, Shumies al-Zamrani, the Thanayah al-Hariq height, the Abu Khadej height, Shaluf al-Zamrani.

Hezbollah, Lebanese Army, Syrian Army Launched Final Push Against ISIS At Syrian-Lebanese Border (Videos, Photos)

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Hezbollah, Lebanese Army, Syrian Army Launched Final Push Against ISIS At Syrian-Lebanese Border (Videos, Photos)

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Hezbollah, Lebanese Army, Syrian Army Launched Final Push Against ISIS At Syrian-Lebanese Border (Videos, Photos)

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Furthermore, Hezbollah and the SAA captured the strategic Mosul mount in the Jurod al-Brig area. The SAA and Hezbollah also captured the Zamrani crossing on the Syrian-Lebanese border.

At least 3 ISIS fighters have surrendered to Hezbollah and the SAA in the Western Qalamoun region so far. One of them is the ISIS field commander in al-Zamrani area, Ahmad Wahid al-Abd.

From its side, the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) launched “Operation Dawn of Jorud” to capture Ras Balbak and al-Qa’a areas. LAF spokesperson Nazih Jurais announced that the LAF captured 30 square kilometers from ISIS and killed 20 ISIS fighters so far.

On Saturday also, LAF General Ali Qansuh revealed that there are at least 600 ISIS fighters on the Syrian-Lebanese border controlling 120 square kilometers from Ras Balbak to Western Qalamoun. Moreover, Qansuh denied any coordination between the LAF and the SAA.

Lebanese sources claimed that many ISIS fighters surrendered to the LAF in Ras Balbak. Sources also claimed that the Lebanese Intelligence may have found the bodies of LAF soldiers executed who been by ISIS in 2014, this claimed is yet to be confirmed by Lebanese officials.

Speculation even appeared that 200 ISIS members have surrendered. However, no video or photo evidence has appeared to confirm these claims.

اللواء  للميادين نت: موكب للأمن العام اللبناني توجه إلى  بمواكبة الصليب الأحمر و  في مهمة سيعلن عنها لاحقاً
 Many sources expected that the operations against ISIS on the Syrian-Lebanese borders won’t last long as ISIS fighters there are poorly armed, and unwilling just like Haya’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) fighters in Arsal area before.

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Lebanese Army Chief Announces Start of Operation against ISIL on Syria Border,

August 19, 2017

Lebanese army artillery

Lebanese army chief, General Joseph Aoun announced on Saturday the start of an operation against Takfiri ISIL group near the Syrian border in the outskirts of Al-Qaa and Ras Baalbek.

“In the name of Lebanon, in the name of kidnapped Lebanese soldiers, in the name of martyrs of the army, I announce the launch of ‘Fajr al-Joroud Operation’ in the outskirts of Ras Baalbek and al-Qaa (towns),” General Aoun said in a statement.

Al-Manar correspondent said that as soon as General Aoun announced that the offensive has started, the Lebanese army artillery pounded ISIL positions in the outskirts of the two towns.

Local media also reported that shortly after the announcement, President Michel Aoun arrived at the Defense Ministry in Yarze east of Beirut to follow up on the operation.

Source: Lebanese media

Hezbollah Kicks Off Anti-ISIL Offensive in Western Qalamoun

August 19, 2017

Hezbollah flag

Hezbollah announced on Saturday the start of an anti-ISIL operation in Western Qalamoun, near the border with Lebanon.

The operation coincides with the offensive launched by the Lebanese army against the Takfiri group near the border with Syria. It is aimed at the Lebanese army in the battle against terrorists.

In a statement released by Hezbollah’s Military Media Center, the Islamic Resistance announced the start of the operation:

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Victory cometh only from Allah, the Mighty, the Wise (Al-Isra’- 8)

Allah Almighty has spoken the truth

Keeping our promise of wiping out terrorism which has been threatening our country, the Islamic Resistance alongside with the Syrian Arab Army, have kicked off ‘If You revert, We Shall Revert’ Operation to liberate Western Qalamoun barrens from ISIL terrorists.”

Source: Hezbollah Military Media Center

HEZBOLLAH PUSHES TO ISIS-HELD AREA AT SYRIAN–LEBANESE BORDER (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

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On Friday, Hezbollah fighters captured Sha’abat Yuness heights, Harf Wadi al-Dib, Sha’abat al-Mahbas, al-Awlah, Harf al-Hasheshat and Qurnat al-hasheshat between Jurod al-Jarajir and Jurod Asral on the Syrian-Lebanese border, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.

Moreover, Syrian warplanes conducted over 20 airstrikes on ISIS positions and fortifications in Qarnat al-Shlube, Mira and Martabiah crossings, and al-Zamrani area in Jurod Qarah and al-Jarajir in Western Qalamoun.

Meanwhile, the Lebanese Army Intelligence discovered a large weapons and ammunition cache left behind by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in Wadi Humaid area in Jurod Arsal. The sized weapons and ammunition included many MILAN and Malyutka anti-tank guided missiles and dozens of M79 Osa and RGPG-29 rounds.

So far, ISIS-linked news agencies have not mentioned anything about the situation on the Syrian-Lebanese border. Furthermore, ISIS fighters have not launched any attack against Lebanese forces so far.

This may mean that the rela number of ISIS members in the border area is much less than it has been expected.

The Lebanese Army is still preparing to launch its own attack on ISIS in Ras Balbak and Jurod Al-Qa’a. Many reports, claimed that Lebanese Army soldiers are now under training by US Special Operation Forces service members.

The seized weapons:

Hezbollah Pushes To ISIS-held Area At Syrian–Lebanese Border (Videos, Photos)

Hezbollah Pushes To ISIS-held Area At Syrian–Lebanese Border (Videos, Photos)

Hezbollah Pushes To ISIS-held Area At Syrian–Lebanese Border (Videos, Photos)

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Hezbollah Pushes To ISIS-held Area At Syrian–Lebanese Border (Videos, Photos)

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Hezbollah Pushes To ISIS-held Area At Syrian–Lebanese Border (Videos, Photos)

Hezbollah Pushes To ISIS-held Area At Syrian–Lebanese Border (Videos, Photos)

 

The Hezbollah advance:

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Hezbollah Pushes To ISIS-held Area At Syrian–Lebanese Border (Videos, Photos)

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A day will come when you wait the mediation of the US Embassy in Damascus سيأتيكم يومٌ تنتظرون وساطة السفارة الأميركية بدمشق

A day will come when you wait the mediation of the US Embassy in Damascus

أغسطس 18, 2017

Written by Nasser Kandil,

The remaining figures of the fourteenth of March team continue to deny the abject failure of the project which they were a part of it and which they linked their political influence with it, through targeting Syria, its President, and its army over the past years under the lie of self-distance which was the cover for the embroilment in the sabotage of Syria. The discussion cannot continue with the positions of the remaining of this team which assaulted Syria and refused the governmental relationship with it without putting self-distance away and discussing the essence of these positions.

It is undeniable that the beginning was before the crisis in Syria and the war on it at the speech of the Head of the government Saad Al-Hariri while he was taking off his jacket before what was so-called the revolution, suppression, revolutionaries , or the intervention of Hezbollah, and after weeks when he promised not to return to Lebanon but across Damascus Airport ,

Then after years when Saudi Arabia started its war on Yemen he announced his call for the decisive storm in Syria, so this crowd which called the terrorists of Al Nusra and ISIS with revolutionaries cannot hide behind the lie of diapers, baby milk, and self-distance after it was a full partner in the war and its alliance, and after its project has been defeated.

This team lost the war and the opportunity to be in a place that allows it to evade the bill of the defeated, it refused to recognize its loss. So there is no need to remind it of the importance of the relationship with Syria and its national necessity, so let it assume from the position of its leaders’ responsibilities the consequences of its escaping from bearing the responsibility, and let us start with the equations one after the other. In respect of the military equation and the liberation of Juroud Arsal their problem is with the Lebanese army not with us, the army knows what it wants and it will put it on the agenda, so they have to answer it, without anyone of us takes the initiative to find the exits in order to reduce the embarrassment. In the economic issue they want electricity and they want to pay the allowance of developing it, so let them do that according to assets since no one among us will try to facilitate the matters lest that the head of the government or his deputy gets embarrassed, it is easy to number dozens of such of these issues but there is no need to facilitate their exits.

Let the matters pass as supposed, let the team of Syria’s allies take aside and let the self-distance be from the policy of denial and arrogance, nothing debatable will be happened, and the matters will pass normally. Syria does not want this relation, but it will get confused if the Head of the Government accepts to visit it tomorrow. So as long as some of them say that the Syrian government is non-exist, and others say there is no interest of his government to get involved in a relation with the Syrian government, and others say that the return of the displaced can be arranged through the United Nations, so let them follow the way they like, the days are between us.

The war is practically over, and the search is revolving around exits, here the head of the Syrian negotiators of the revolution retires and gets out of the political work, may some Lebanese who got stunned by the international shifts will follow him. The field is witnessing the end of the war, the military of the revolution of Al Mustaqbal Movement and the Lebanese Forces have become ISIS and Al Nusra, or they search for a position among the forces of the national defense under the banner of the Syrian army. It seems that the Lebanese fourteenth of March team wants to wait the opening of the French Embassy and then the American one in Damascus in order to be their mediation for its visit, till that date they will keep saying there is no justification for the visits, so let them wait the Syrian consensus on the mediation, maybe it would be impossible or difficult, so let them wait. The days are to come.

But remember after the summer elections 2018, one of the features of the new government and its Head is the ability to make distinctive Lebanese-Syrian relations, as was stated in Al Taif Accords and in the constitution.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

 

سيأتيكم يومٌ تنتظرون وساطة السفارة الأميركية بدمشق

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أغسطس 10, 2017

– تواصل بقايا فريق الرابع عشر من آذار حال الإنكار تجاه الفشل الذريع لمشروع كانت جزءاً منه وربطت مصيرها السياسي به استهدف سورية ورئيسها وجيشها خلال السنوات الماضية وتستظلّ بأكذوبة النأي بالنفس التي كانت الغطاء للتورّط بمشروع تخريب سورية. والنقاش لا يستقيم مع المواقف التي تخرج من بقايا هذا الفريق بالتطاول على سورية ورفض العلاقة الحكومية معها، من دون وضع النأي بالنفس جانباً ومناقشة جوهر المواقف، حيث لا يمكن إنكار أنّ البداية كانت قبل أن تبدأ الأزمة في سورية والحرب فيها وعليها، مع خطاب الرئيس سعد الحريري وهو يخلع سترته قبل أن يكون هناك ما يسمّيه ثورة أو قمعاً وثواراً أو تدخلاً لحزب الله،

وبعدها بأسابيع تعهّده بألا يعود إلى لبنان إلا عن طريق مطار دمشق، وصولاً لما بعد سنوات عندما بدأت السعودية حربها على اليمن بإعلانه التمني والدعوة لعاصفة حزم لسورية، فلا يستطيع هذا الجمع الذي سمّى إرهابيّي النصرة وداعش بالثوار، أن يلتحف اليوم بأكذوبة الحفاضات وحليب الأطفال والنأي بالنفس، وقد كان شريكاً كاملاً في الحرب وحلفها، وقد هزم مشروعها.

– هذا الفريق خسر الحرب ويرفض التسليم بالخسارة ويخسر معها فرصة التموضع في مكان يتيح له التملص من فاتورة المهزومين، فلا حاجة لمساجلته بأهمية العلاقة بسورية، وضرورتها الوطنية وليتحمّل هو من موقع مسؤوليات قادته في الدولة تبعات تخلّفه عن ممارسة المسؤولية، ولنبدأ بالمعادلات واحدة واحدة، في المعادلة العسكرية وتحرير جرود القاع مشكلتهم مع الجيش اللبناني وليست معنا، فلننسحب من الجدل حول التنسيق العسكري. فالجيش يعلم ما يحتاج وسيضعه على جدول الأعمال وعليهم أن يجيبوه من دون أن يتطوّع أحد منا لإيجاد المخارج المخففة للإحراج، وفي الشأن الاقتصادي يريدون الكهرباء ودفع بدل الاستجرار فليفعلوا ذلك وفق الأصول ولا يتطوعنّ أحد منا لتهوين الأمور كي لا يقع رئيس حكومة او نائبه في الإحراج، وسيكون سهلاً تعداد عشرات القضايا التي تنسّقها وزارات يقف على رأسها وزراء من هذا الفريق ولا حاجة لتسهيل مرورها تحت الطاولة مع كلام كبير فوقها، تحت شعار تخفيف الإحراج.

– لتسِر الأمور كما يُفترض أن تسير، وليقف فريق حلفاء سورية جانباً، وليكن النأي بالنفس فعلاً عن المشاكل الناتجة عن سياسة الإنكار والعنجهية، ولن يحدث ما يستحق الجدل، ولا رفع الصوت وستسير الأمور بشكل طبيعي، وننأى بالبلد عن جدال عقيم، وسورية لا تحتاج هذه العلاقة، بل يربكها إذا وافق رئيس الحكومة غداً على زيارتها، وقد قال ما قال وفعل ما فعل، فلماذا فتح أبواب لا نعرف إذا كانت نهاياتها مفتوحة أصلاً، وطالما يقول بعضهم إنّ الحكومة السورية غير موجودة، يقول سواه لا مصلحة لحكومته بالتورّط بعلاقة مع الحكومة السورية، ويقول ثالث إنّ النازحين يمكن ترتيب عودتهم عبر الأمم المتحدة، فليسلكوا طرقهم، ويسعوا مسعاهم، والأيام بيننا.

 

– الحرب انتهت عملياً، والبحث يدور في المخارج. وها هو رئيس مفاوضي ثورة الرابع عشر من آذار السورية يتقاعد ويخرج من العمل السياسي، وقد يتبعه لبنانيون يعيشون مثله الذهول من التحوّلات الدولية، والميدان يعيش إرهاصات النهاية للحرب، وعسكريّو ثورة تيار المستقبل والقوات اللبنانية صاروا دواعش أو نصرة، أو يبحثون عن موقع في قوات الدفاع الوطني تحت لواء الجيش السوري، ويبدو أنّ فريق الرابع عشر من آذار اللبناني يريد أن ينتظر حتى تفتح السفارة الفرنسية وبعدها الأميركية في دمشق وتتولى الوساطة لهم لزيارتها، وسيبقون حتى ذلك التاريخ يقولون لا مبرّر للزيارات، فدعوهم ينتظرون، موافقة سورية على الوساطة، قد تكون مستحيلة للبعض، وصعبة للبعض الآخر، فلينتظروا ما شاؤوا، والأيام مقبلة.

 

– لكنْ، تذكّروا بعد انتخابات صيف 2018 سيكون من مواصفات الحكومة الجديدة ورئيسها القدرة على إقامة علاقات لبنانية سورية مميّزة، كما ورد في اتفاق الطائف الذي تحبّونه نصاً وروحاً، وفي الدستور الذي تتحدّثون عنه صبحاً ومساءً.

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Syrian Army, Allies Besiege ISIL Terrorists in Hama-Homs Eastern Countryside

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hezbollah have commenced their long-awaited offensive against ISIS in Syria’s western Qalamoun region which is aimed at liberating the areas of Jaroud Jarajeer and Jaroud Qarah near the border with Lebanon.

Today the combined forces of the SAA and Hezbollah secured the Shabat Younes hills as well as the areas of Harf Wadi al-Dib, Shabat al-Mahbas al-Awla, Harf al-Hashishat and Qarnt al-Hashishat from ISIS terrorists.

Pro-government forces were propelled by round-the-clock Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) airstrikes which hit ISIS tactical positions and militant gathering points.

By today’s advance, pro-government forces have smashed most of the first defense belt held by ISIS in western Qalamoun.

In hindsight of the large push accomplished today, pro-government sources are now speculating that the SAA and Hezbollah should soon liberate all of the Jaroud Jarajeer and Jaroud Qarah areas of western Qalamoun.

Hezbollah near Lebanon-Syria Border

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Syrian Army, Allies Besiege ISIL Terrorists in Hama-Homs Eastern Countryside

August 18, 2017

Syrian Army Targeting Nusra Terrorists in Quneitra

The Syrian army and allies managed within the past 48 hours to impose a full blockade on ISIL terrorists in the eastern countryside of Hama and Homs provinces after achieving a remarkable progress in the area.

The blockade was imposed when the Syrian army units advancing from southern Atherya in Hama eastern countryside met with those progressing from northern Shaer in Homs countryside, besieging ISIL terrorists within a three-thousand-kilometer area.

Source: Al-Manar Website

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Accelerated variables متغيّرات متسارعة

Accelerated variables

أغسطس 18, 2017

Written by Nasser Kandil,

In a few days and despite the noise of the battles and the powerful statements there are accelerated indicators for the presence of comprehensive framework to calm the wars and to solve the crises, these indicators transcend their existential and regional borders. In the Korean crisis and after two days of exchanging powerful American and north-Korean statements that talk about overwhelming blows, the US Defense Secretary announced the intention of Washington to negotiate through third parties. It is known that it is an outcome of authorizing Russia and China for managing the negotiating of the crisis. The southern Korea announced its desire to negotiate directly with the northern Korea.

Regarding the Gulf crisis, the backgrounds which talk about decisive steps of the countries that boycott Qatar led by Saudi Arabia have declined and were replaced by the talk about negotiating review of the crisis; the talk about a dialogue has become the vocabulary that was repeated in the international and regional statements that concerned with the issue of the crisis, after the opportunities of the fatal blows which Saudi Arabia have betted on for more than two months have been exhausted. While in the war on Yemen the talks of the UN envoy are revolving around identifying a third agreed party that will take over the responsibility of Al Hodeida port and Sanaa airport as a preliminary step to raise the marine and the air blockade which was imposed by Saudi Arabia and which was its means to subdue the Yemenis. Now there is a talk about suggested international force, or Omani force, or joint Omani-Kuwaiti force for this purpose.

In Syria, the Syrian army is dashing with a military force eastward in Badia towards Deir Al Zour, but it is driven militarily by political accompaniment  in the south on the rhythm of the Russian-American understanding after the armed groups  have refused the voluntary handing over of their areas to the Syrian especially the borders with Jordan, so the Syrian army resolved the crossings in the province of Sweida away from the US aircraft which ambushed of its units as has happened on the Syrian-Iraqi borders. The militants have withdrawn after they got severe blows. At the political level, it seems that the formation of the opposition delegation for the next Geneva until the end of the year is the title of the dialogues which are taking place under the title of unified delegation of the opposition in parallel with the disintegration and alienating leaderships that have no place in the new equation. This new equation is based on forming Syrian government that includes a representation of the opposition under the Syrian presidency and the Syrian constitution, and the recognition of the fall of the project of overthrowing and the priority of the war on terrorism.

Regarding the Ukrainian crisis and despite all the differences about how to solve it and what has resulted on the diplomatic crisis between Russia and America after imposing US sanctions on Russia and the decision of Moscow to alienate the US diplomats, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced after Manila meetings with his US counterpart Rex Tillerson the ensuring of the understandings of the Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Therefore the American and Russian officials will soon meet to discuss revitalizing the solution efforts in Ukraine.

These accelerated developments and variables grant high credibility to what was leaked about an understanding between the Russian and the American Presidents on the sideline of Hamburg Summit about the seeking to make the international arena free of the tension elements by the end of the year, and the attempt to make the most prominent image of the international policy is the cooperation in the war on terrorism. This means extinguishing the spark that ignites fire or preventing its ignition. As a result we will gradually witness the loss of the incentives and resources of wars which they cannot last without them. This ensures that they are wars that have been broken out and continued by an external decision whatever were the local and the internal reasons, since no war lasts without the international incubator as what is presented by Washington or what it suggested to its allies that it is presenting, so when it decides then those who were contending stubbornly yesterday will obey today.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

متغيّرات متسارعة

أغسطس 11, 2017

ناصر قنديل

– خلال أيّام قليلة ورغم ضجيج المعارك والتصريحات النارية تظهر مؤشرات متسارعة على وجود إطار شامل لتهدئة الحروب وحلحلة الأزمات يتخطّى حدودها الكيانية والإقليمية. ففي الأزمة الكورية وبعد يومين من تبادل تصريحات نارية أميركية وكورية شمالية تتحدّث عن ضربات ساحقة، يعلن وزير الدفاع الأميركي عزم واشنطن على التفاوض بواسطة أطراف ثالثة، ومعلوم أنه نتاج تفويض لروسيا والصين للإدارة التفاوضية للأزمة، وتعلن كوريا الجنوبية رغبتها بالتفاوض المباشر مع كوريا الشمالية.

– في الأزمة الخليجية تراجعت المناخات التي تتحدّث عن خطوات حاسمة لدول المقاطعة لقطر بقيادة السعودية، وحلّ مكانها الحديث عن مراجعة تفاوضية للأزمة، وصار الحديث عن الحوار مفردة تتكرّر في التصريحات الدولية والإقليمية المعنية بملفّ الأزمة، بعدما استنفدت فرص الضربات القاضية التي راهنت عليها السعودية منذ أكثر من شهرين، بينما في الحرب على اليمن تدور محادثات المبعوث الأممي على تحديد هوية طرف ثالث مقبول من الفريقين يتولى مرفأ الحديدة ومطار صنعاء كخطوة تمهيدية لفك الحصار البحري والجوي الذي فرضته السعودية على اليمن والذي كان سلاحها الأمضى رهاناً على تركيع اليمنيين، ويجري التداول بقوة دولية أو بقوة عُمانية أو قوة عُمانية كويتية مشتركة لهذا الغرض.

– في سورية يندفع الجيش السوري بقوة عسكرية شرقاً في البادية ونحو دير الزور، لكنه يندفع عسكرياً بمواكبة سياسية في الجنوب على إيقاع التفاهم الروسي الأميركي، بعدما فقدت الجماعات المسلحة التي رفضت التسليم الطوعي للجيش السوري لمناطق سيطرتها، خصوصاً على الحدود مع الأردن، فيحسم الجيش السوري المعابر في محافظة السويداء من دون أن تكون الطائرات الأميركية تتربّص بوحداته، كما جرى على الحدود السورية العراقية، وينهزم المسلحون بعدما تلقوا ضربات قاسية.

 وعلى المستوى السياسي تبدو عملية تركيب وفد للمعارضة بمقاسٍ مناسب لمهمة جنيف المقبلة حتى نهاية العام، عنواناً للحوارات التي تدور تحت عنوان وفد موحّد للمعارضة، بالتوازي مع عملية فك وتركيب وإبعاد وتقاعد وتمارض لقيادات لا مكان لها في المعادلة الجديدة، التي تقوم على تشكيل حكومة سورية تضمّ تمثيلاً للمعارضة في ظلّ الرئاسة السورية والدستور السوري، والتسليم بسقوط مشروع الإسقاط وبأولوية الحرب على الإرهاب.

– في الأزمة الأوكرانية، ورغم كلّ مظاهر الخلاف حول حلها وكيفياته وما ترتب على الأزمة الدبلوماسية الأميركية الروسية مع العقوبات الأميركية على روسيا، وقرار موسكو إبعاد الدبلوماسيين الأميركيين، يعلن وزير الخارجية الروسي سيرغي لافروف أنه بنتيجة لقاءات مانيلا مع نظيره الأميركي ريكس تيلرسون وتأكيد تفاهمات الرئيسين دونالد ترامب وفلاديمير بوتين، فإنّ مسؤولين أميركيين وروساً سيلتقون قريباً للتداول في تنشيط مساعي الحلّ في أوكرانيا.

– هذه التطورات والمتغيّرات المتسارعة تمنح قدراً عالياً من المصداقية لما تسرّب عن تفاهم بين الرئيسين الروسي والأميركي على هامش قمة هامبورغ، على السعي لتنقية المشهد على الساحة الدولية من عناصر التوتر مع نهاية العام، وجعل الصورة الأبرز للسياسة الدولية هي التعاون في الحرب على الإرهاب. وهذا يعني إطفاء النيران التي تشعل الحرائق، أو منع ضخّ الوقود عنها لتنطفئ نارها، وبذلك نشهد تدريجاً فقدان محفزات وموارد الحروب التي لا تستطيع الاستمرار بدونها، ما يؤكد أنها حروب أشعلت واستمرت بقرار خارجي، مهما بدت أسبابها المحلية والداخلية وجيهة، وأن لا حرب تملك أسباب الاستمرار بلا حاضنة دولية بحجم ما تقدّمه واشنطن، أو توحي لحلفائها بتقديمه، أو تغضّ النظر عنهم عند تقديمه، وعندما تقرّر فإنّ من كانوا يكابرون بالأمس ينصاعون اليوم.

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Who has said that Venezuela does not concern us? من قال إنّ فنزويلا لا تعنينا؟ 

Who has said that Venezuela does not concern us?

أغسطس 18, 2017

Written by Nasser Kandil,

A cold war takes place as the volcanoes of the Latin America from time to time; so the Venezuelan society is dividing clearly into two camps: one includes the capital, the right, and the liberal elites, and the other includes the majority of the middle class and based on the popular and poor classes, the left, and the educated elites that grew up on the thought of the national independence and refusing the American hegemony. Our mission is not to simplify the crisis and to show it mere a conspiracy. The conspiracy means an existing war plan which without it the crisis did not grow, as it does not benefit to show it internationally and locally as mere a confrontation between the democracy advocates and its opponents, it is a crisis of major options that struggle in the Latin America including Venezuela which carried the flag and led  the historic transition in the continent towards the national independence, and the economy which based on the central role of the country in managing the oil sectors, securing the guarantees and the main services for the poor classes.

The struggle in Venezuela is neither new nor includes the whole continent. The Bolivarian movement is like the Sandinista is not imported from the outside. Neither the capitalist class, nor the right forces, nor the American influence by the geographical presence, nor the Zionist influence by the effect of the historic relationships, the demographic presence, and the media and cultural effect are marginal. It is certain that what has been achieved by the figure of the historic leader; the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was surplus to the American endurance, and impressive in terms of achievement. The expectation in the last years of his presidential era was that the internal and the external opponents resort to invest his departure to organize a counter-attack. It was normal that the arrival of a president and an administration that believe in the extremism to the White House gave a sign to begin this counter-revolution.

The alliance which waged the war on Syria is the same which is waging now its war on Venezuela. In both cases it based on dependent structures in the society that attract the marginalized and the slum dwellers, it gets the strength by the money of the Gulf and the Israeli intelligence as well as the weight of the American pressure. In its positions defending the right, Venezuela went far, that the parties of this alliance cannot tolerate it, while the Arab rulers were asking the Israeli leaderships in the war of July 2006 and the war of Gaza 2008 for more killing, devastation, and destruction along with some Lebanese, hoping to break the resistance. Venezuela tried to expel the Israeli ambassador and to announce its firm support to Lebanon, Palestine, their resistances and their peoples. On the day of the war on Syria Venezuela did not hesitate to announce its crucial and decisive position. Just for that we cannot forget these positions and not to exchange them with the same through the announcing to stand with Venezuela and the leadership of the President Maduro.

The presence of a group of the Venezuelan society that is similar to our does not change the fact. The team of the fourteenth of March is neither a Lebanese made nor a Lebanese registered brand; it is an example of Washington’s followers and who are not ashamed of the violation of the independence of their homelands, they just concern about the profits of banks and the foreign agencies more than the national dignity, do not feel embarrassed if the people go to streets, and do not feel ashamed if their positions meet the Israelis, or if they wage a war of sovereignty under the photo of the Saudi King or to have a banquet at the American Embassy, or to boast of a democratic revolution from Gulf capital that does not know neither the constitution nor the elections. A similar to it has led the devastation of Syria; a similar to it is trying to take Venezuela to the civil war. The US President won the presidency by an electoral game; the investigation is still ongoing about the degree of its fairness, since the ceiling of the difference is few votes and part of one percent.

Venezuela concerns us so much, it has preceded us by saying you are not alone at a fatal harsh moment, so the less fulfillment is to say you are not alone at a similar moment.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

 

من قال إنّ فنزويلا لا تعنينا؟ 

ناصر قنديل

أغسطس 9, 2017

– تدور رحى حرب باردة تسخن وتخبو كبراكين أميركا اللاتينية بين حين وحين، وينقسم حول ضفتيها المجتمع في فنزويلا، بصورة جلية إلى معسكرين، واحد يضمّ الرأسمال واليمين والنخب الليبرالية، وآخر يضمّ أغلب الطبقة الوسطى ويستند إلى الطبقات الشعبية والفقيرة واليسار ونخب مثقفة ترعرعت على فكر الاستقلال الوطني ومناهضة الهيمنة الأميركية، وليست مهمّتنا التهوين من الأزمة وتصويرها مجرد مؤامرة. والمؤامرة تعني خطة حرب موجودة ولم تكبر الأزمة من دونها، كما لن يفيد المقلب الآخر دولياً ومحلياً تصويرها مجرد مواجهة بين دعاة الديمقراطية وخصومها، فهي أزمة خيارات كبرى تتصارع على ساحة أميركا اللاتينية وفي قلبها فنزويلا، التي حملت الراية وقادت التحوّل التاريخي في القارة نحو الاستقلال الوطني، والاقتصاد القائم على دور محوري للدولة في إدارة قطاعات النفط وتأمين الضمانات والخدمات الرئيسية للفئات الفقيرة.

– الصراع في فنزويلا ليس جديداً ولا في القارة كلها، والحركة البوليفارية ومثلها الساندينية ليستا مستورداً خارجياً، والطبقة الرأسمالية ليست هامشية ولا قوى اليمين، ولا النفوذ الأميركي بقوة الحضور الجغرافي، ولا النفوذ الصهيوني بتأثير تاريخية العلاقات والوجود الديمغرافي والتأثير الإعلامي والثقافي، والأكيد أنّ ما تحقق على يد الشخصية القيادية التاريخية للرئيس الفنزويلي الراحل هوغو تشافيز كان فائضاً على قدرة التحمّل الأميركية، ومبهراً في حجم الإنجاز، وكان التوقع في السنوات الأخيرة من عهده الرئاسي أن يلجأ الخصوم الداخليون والخارجيون لاستثمار لحظة رحيله لتنظيم الهجوم المضادّ، وكان طبيعياً أن يمنح وصول رئيس وإدارة تؤمنان بالتطرف إلى البيت الأبيض إشارة البدء للثورة المضادّة.

– الحلف الذي خاض الحرب على سورية هو ذاته يخوضها على فنزويلا. وفي الحالتين يستند إلى بنى طفيلية في المجتمع تستقطب المهمّشين وسكان العشوائيات، ويستقوي بمال الخليج والمخابرات «الإسرائيلية» وثقل الضغط الأميركي. فقد ذهبت فنزويلا في مواقفها دفاعاً عن الحق إلى حيث لا يمكن أن يسامحها أطراف هذا الحلف، فبينما كان حكام العرب يطلبون من القيادات «الإسرائيلية» في حرب تموز 2006 وحرب غزة 2008، المزيد من القتل والخراب والدمار، ومعهم بعض اللبنانيين، أملاً بكسر المقاومة، وقفت فنزويلا لتطرد السفير «الإسرائيلي» وتعلن وقوفها الحازم مع لبنان وفلسطين ومقاومتهما وشعبهما. ويوم دقت ساعة الحرب على سورية لم تتوان فنزويلا عن إشهار موقفها الحازم والحاسم، ولذلك لا يمكن لنا نسيان هذه الوقفات ولا مبادلتها إلا بمثلها، بإعلان الوقوف مع فنزويلا وقيادة الرئيس مادورو.

لا يغيّر من هذه الحقيقة وجود فئة من المجتمع الفنزويلي تشبه ما عندنا، ففريق الرابع عشر من آذار ليس صناعة لبنانية، ولا ماركة لبنانية مسجلة، هو نموذج لأتباع واشنطن، والذين لا يُخجلهم انتهاك استقلال أوطانهم، وتعنيهم أرباح المصارف والوكالات الأجنبية أكثر من الكرامة الوطنية، ولا يرفّ لهم جفن إن رأوا الشعب يملأ الساحات، ولا يُخجلهم أن تتماهى مواقفهم مع «إسرائيل»، ولا أن يخوضوا حروب السيادة تحت صورة الملك السعودي أو من مأدبة في السفارة الأميركية، وأن يتباهوا بثورة ديمقراطية من عاصمة خليجية لم تعرف الدستور ولا الانتخابات، ومثلها قاد خراب سورية، ومثلها تُقاد اليوم محاولة أخذ فنزويلا للحرب الأهلية. فالانقسام ليس نقيصة، ورئيس أميركا يفوز بالرئاسة بلعبة انتخابية لا يزال التحقيق مستمراً حول درجة نزاهتها، وسقف الفارق للفائز بضعة أصوات وجزء من واحد بالمئة.

– تعنينا فنزويلا كثيراً، وقد سبقتنا بالقول لستم وحدكم، في لحظة مصيرية قاسية، وأقلّ الوفاء أن نقول لستم وحدكم في لحظة مشابهة.

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