How Syria Won The Revolution; The Jihadi Factor


February 06, 2019

By Ghassan and Intibah Kadi

How Syria Won The Revolution; The Jihadi Factor

The “War on Syria” has had many unintended twists and turns that were unforeseeable at the time it began. The plotters had no reason to believe they were going to lose, and the defenders had no option other than doing all they could and risk and sacrifice all that was dear and precious.

However, as frontlines are now being redrawn in Syria in preparation for the final showdown, a recapitulation of the events of the last eight years reveals that Syria did in fact end up having a revolution, but the group that embarked on the initial alleged revolution, the Free Syria Army (FSA) is nowhere to be seen.

This brings us back to the initial “Anti-Syrian Cocktail” that I wrote an article about back in early 2011; The ring leader was Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, son of then Crown Prince Sultan, and the man who hoped he would be the first grandson of founding King Abdul-Aziz to become king. In two subsequent articles, “The Anti-Syrian Politics” ( and “The Anti Syrian Vendetta”, the articles focused on how Bandar tried to raise the largest army he could conjure, and with virtually bottomless funds, he put together a very loosely-united cocktail of groups who had nothing in common other than their hatred towards Syria.

In more ways than one, pre-King Faisal Saudi Arabia kept to itself. Founder, King Abdul-Aziz who died in 1953, had the doctrinal substance that would have exported Wahhabism to neighbouring Muslim countries, but his main concern was to bolster his domain over his new kingdom and give it a strong foundation that would secure its longevity. His successor son Saud was infamous for his orgies and debauchery. He capitalized on the spoils of the new-found wealth and did not have any agenda other than indulging in earthly pleasures. It wasn’t until he was deposed and replaced by his brother Faisal in 1964 that Saudi Arabia had a king who was a fundamentalist and also desirous of spreading Wahhabism to the outside Muslim World.

And when the “War on Syria” began, and long before the identity of the would be willing fighter was well defined, I predicted in the same above-mentioned articles that a widely diverse coalition of enemies of Syria were banding together, using Muslim fundamentalism as a recruitment drive, and as the fundamentalist factor became clear for all to see, it eventually transpired that Qatar became a new kid on the block in providing bigtime funding to a number of terror organizations operating in Syria.

They were all not only united by their hatred for Syria, but also specifically to the Assad legacy; particularly due the fact that the Assads are Alawites, and in their eyes, infidels. Their main objective was to topple President Assad and ensure that Syria was ruled by an anti-Iranian Sunni fundamentalist government.

Bandar had no qualms at all about uniting the ununitable. To Bandar however, it was not about a war of ideologies, and he was no strict Muslim. To Bandar, the “War on Syria” was about power and curbing Iran’s influence in the region. That said, he found in the already-existing numerous Jihadi armies excellent tools and pawns to use. In doing so, he did not foresee the many fault lines emerging in his fragmented army, let alone seeing any reason to worry about such cracks because, in the beginning he seemed to be going from strength to strength, with a seemingly huge chance of success. When he presented his plan to his American masters, he received the thumbs up.

Like all other early indigenous writers who supported Syria from day one of the onslaught, we all took the optimistic view and kept reiterating that victory was certain, but only a question of time. We were mindful of the importance of keeping spirits up and boosting morale, and being optimistic about turns in events and alliances that were to Syria’s advantage. In retrospect however, up until the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) first substantial win of the battle of Qusayr in mid 2013, more than two years into the war, the Jihadis, combined, were winning the war and closing in on key government positions right across the Syrian terrain; including the main cities.

So how did events turn around and how did the “War on Syria” turn against the plotters?

To be able to predict what was to happen was unthinkable in hindsight. It is only now that we can sit and make sense by harking back at the events of the last few years.

It would be virtually impossible to work out which came first, the chicken or the egg, but there is no doubt at all that the resilience of Syrian people and the SAA played the most significant role. But that role could have been reversed had the plotters been better able to play their game to their advantage.

Fortunately the plotters didn’t, but had they played down the role of Jihad and tried to capitalize on political reform, they would have perhaps been better able to achieve their insidious objectives.

Before the war, Syria was fraught with corruption and there were many reasons to call for reform. Agitators aside, was why the initial demonstrations in Daraa were conducted under this banner. It was under this guise also that the infamous FSA was formed as a splinter group of the regular SAA. Virtually all of the FSA officers and soldiers were SAA defectors.

For a while, a fair while, and long before ISIS and Al-Nusra came to prominence, the FSA was the major fighting force against the regular army (SAA).

During those initial months, it was very difficult to convince sympathizers of the so-called Syrian opposition that this was not a civil war, that it was not about reform, and that it was simply a conspiracy against Syria, planned and orchestrated by her regional and international adversaries, using and employing Islamist Jihadists and their supporting nations. The reason behind this difficulty was because those fundamentalist fighters were nowhere to be seen.

This was why many activists, including some prominent pro-Palestine Western activists, were adamant in their support of the “revolution” and genuinely believed that it was a popular revolt seeking reform and political plurality among other things.

In hindsight now, looking back at it all, had the mastermind plotters seen the benefit in the reform/freedom guise, had they had the wisdom and foresight in weighing out their benefits of overtly importing and arming fundamentalist fighters as against focusing their efforts on duping the public and generating real and genuine dissent amongst Syrians to their government, they might have succeeded in creating a revolution that served their agendas.

After all, it would have been conceivable for the plotters to promote misinformation and make it look plausible and endorsable. There is another chicken and egg scenario here. Did the plotters import Jihadi fighters because they weren’t able to mobilize enough Syrians against their government, or did Syrians support their government because the plotters brought in foreign Jihadi fighters?

Whichever one came first here, the chicken or the egg, neither one of them had to cross the road for the people of Syria to ask questions in order to see that what they were witnessing was not a revolution as touted by world media; especially the Western media and their Arab cohorts such as Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya.

Perhaps the plotters’ biggest failure was in being unable to hide their intentions and disguise in a manner that reflected to Syrians that there was indeed a popular and genuine reform-based revolution in their country for them to join.


In other words, by allowing the so-called civil war/revolution to show its brutal and ugly fundamentalist sectarian face, the plotters turned many Syrian sympathizers and many other would-be supporters against them. And this was how secular free-minded Syrians flocked together in support of their legitimate secular government; whether they believed that reform was necessary or otherwise. This was the reason why genuine supporters of reform and patriots who are in positions of political opposition to the government all banded together to fight the real enemy. This of course bolstered not only the government’s position, but also that of the SAA and this played a significant role in creating a much more resolute and united Syria.

The plotters also failed in being able to produce a charismatic figure head for the “revolution”. All the while secular Syrians looked up to President Assad and the First Lady; two figure heads charming in every way, and with the power to unite by leading by example.

Of significance also was the fact that the disunited “Anti-Syrian Cocktail” was bound to fragment sooner or later; not only on strategic and doctrinal lines, but also on matters of power sharing, loyalty, and splitting of spoils. To this effect, clashes between different fundamentalist organizations became daily events.

Later on, as the turn of events presented to the plotters and their henchmen that victory was impossible, especially after Russia entered the ground and sky, their infighting morphed into that of survival and hope for better positions on either reconciliation tables or on disengagement talks, or both. Those Jihadi versus Jihadi battles in latter times continued to rage culminating recently in a total takeover by Al-Nusra of all other terror groups in Idlib.

Whilst I have always reiterated in previous articles that there was hardly any difference at all between the numerous fundamentalist Islamic Jihadi organizations, the Wahhabi faction that is loyal to Saudi Arabia has lost abysmally to the Qatari/Turkish led Muslim Brotherhood (MB) faction which is now in full control of the last bastion left for terrorists west of the Euphrates, and specifically in Idlib and surrounds.

With this, Erdogan feels that he still has a finger in the pie before final negotiations commence about the future of the terrorist enclave. Whether those delay tactics work or not for Erdogan, whether they preclude the need for a military resolution is yet to be seen. Any such resolution however will give Erdogan a form of a consolation prize, a humble victory that he badly seeks in Syria after all of his initial gambles went terribly wrong.

At this juncture, we must pause and ask what became of the movement that allegedly represented the passion of Syrians for secular and democratic reform. Where is the FSA now?

If the news about Al-Nusra’s total control of the Idlib region is accurate, we must then assume that the FSA is no longer in existence, because prior to the recent upheaval between Al-Nusra and other brigades in the region, the presence of the FSA was restricted to this area.

Ironically, the FSA has had a late resurgence not too long ago before Al-Nusra wiped out all rival militia, but Erdogan seems to have pulled the plug on the FSA, but for some reason, there is nothing I can find in the news from the region, or anywhere for this matter, to confirm this conclusion or debunk it.

What is clear is that the FSA, the only dissenting player that had in the very early beginnings a miniscule semblance of secular Syrian dissent, perhaps the only player that could have potentially turned into a popular revolution, has been disempowered and dismantled by the same demonic forces that created it and funded it.

Either way, whether Erdogan has done the dirty on the FSA or not, the FSA lost its position and clout when its role was overtaken by the many Islamist terrorist organizations. It tried hard to maintain its presence even though many of its rank-and-file rejoined the SAA, whilst others changed uniform and joined Al-Nusra, but the short of it is that the FSA has become a spent force.

Syria had many problems before the war and continues to grapple with some of them. Wars of such devastating magnitude almost invariably leave behind not only a trail of mess and destruction, but also a countless number of corrupt officials and profiteers. Every dog has its day, and the cleanup will soon begin.

But the irony is that with the “War on Syria”, the lines have been drawn and Syrians now know well who is with them and who is against them, domestically, regionally and internationally. They know what alliances they need to nurture and which others to seek. They know what political system they want and which they totally refute. They have chosen and fought for a government they were told decades ago that it came to power by a popular revolution back in March 1963, and later on reformed by Hafez Assad’s “corrective movement” of November 1970, but the choice Syrians made from 2011 onwards was their own, and they upheld it with tears and blood.

Syria has gone the full circle against her enemies and against archaic and brutal dogmas. It seems that Syria has truly ended up having a revolution after all, a real revolution, and that real revolution has won. There is a great opportunity now to rebuild the nation, to rebuild it on wholesome, principled, virtuous and sound foundations.


السيد نصر الله للميادين: دمشق ومحور المقاومة سيردون على اعتداءات “إسرائيل” وعلى نتنياهو ألا يخطئ التقدير

الأمين العام لحزب الله السيد حسن نصر الله يطل في حوار العام على شاشة الميادين، ويدحض الشائعات التي تتناوله منذ مدة، ويؤكد أنه بصحة جيدة وأن انكفاءه عن الظهور الإعلامي لا صلة له بالوضع الصحي، ويتوعد الاحتلال الإسرائيلي

بالرد على اعتداءاته على سوريا من قبل دمشق ومحور المقاومة.

الأمين العام لحزب الله السيد حسن نصر الله في مقابلة مباشرة على الهواء مع قناة الميادين، حيث أكد أنه بصحة جيدة وأن الانكفاء عن الظهور الإعلامي خلال الفترة الماضية “لا صلة له بالوضع الصحي أبداً وكل ما قيل هو أكاذيب”.

وشدد السيد على أنه لم يتعرض لأي مشكلة صحية أبداً رغم دخوله عامه الستين.

وأردف نصر الله “ارتأينا أن ما يتردد عن شائعات بشأن صحتي هو استدراجي للتكلم وهو ما لا نريده.. فلسنا ملزمين بالرد على الشائعات والذي يريد الآخرون تحديد توقيته”… “سأتحدث في الشهر المقبل 3 مرات لأن هناك 3 مناسبات”، ختم نصر الله في هذا الشأن.

نتنياهو خدمنا عبر إدخال الرعب في قلوب المستوطنين عبر عملية “درع الشمال”

السيد نصر الله تطرق إلى العملية التي أطلقتها “إسرائيل” على الحدود مع لبنان تحت عنوان “درع شمالي”، مشيراً إلى أنه “ارتأينا في حزب الله أن ندع الإسرائيليين يتكلمون عن عملية درع الشمال حتى انتهائها”، مضيفاً أن “العملية لم تنته رغم إعلان الإسرائيليين أنها انتهت، لأن الحفارات ما زالت تعمل”.

وكشف السيد نصر الله عن أن هناك أنفاقاً في الجنوب اللبناني، ولكنه أضاف “لسنا ملزمين بأن نعلن عمن حفرها أو متى لأننا نعتمد الغموض البناء”، واعتبر أن المفاجئ بالنسبة للحزب أن “الإسرائيلي تأخر في اكتشاف هذه الأنفاق”، وأن هناك أنفاق قديمة بعضها يعود إلى 13 عاماً، وهو ما يؤكد فشل الاستخبارات الإسرائيلية.

“مسألة استمرار وجود أنفاق يجب أن تبقى غامضة”، شدد أمين عام حزب الله الذي توجه بكلامه صوب المستوطنين قائلاً إن عليهم التأكد “مما إذا كان مسؤولوهم يقولون الحقيقة بشأن الأنفاق”.

واعتبر السيد نصر الله أن “إعلان نتنياهو وطاقمه بأن الأنفاق كانت تمهد لعملية الجليل خدمنا وأكد أننا صادقون”، وأضاف أن “نتنياهو خدمنا عبر إدخال الرعب والخوف والهلع إلى قلوب كل المستوطنين في الشمال”.

ورغم أن الأنفاق لم تكن تستحق هذه الدعاية وفق نصر الله، أشار السيد إلى أن عملية درع الشمال “خدمتنا في الحرب النفسية”.

بالإضافة، أوضح نصر الله أن اجراءات الاحتلال على الحدود تعكس “الخشية الإسرائيلية من عملية الجليل المحتملة.. فالمناورات الإسرائيلية الضخمة حصلت تحسباً للعملية”.

وسأل نصر الله “هل حزب الله سيعتمد على 4 أنفاق لإدخال الآلاف من مقاتليه من أجل عملية الجليل”، موضحاً أن أي عملية باتجاه الجليل “تحتاج إلى كل الحدود ونحن نقررها في حال حصول حرب علينا”.

وأضاف السيد “عملية الجليل لن تتوقف على الأنفاق وكيف لنتنياهو أن يعلم أنه دمرها كلها”.

وربط السيد نصر الله عملية الدخول إلى الجليل بحصول عدوان على لبنان وقال إنهم (الإسرائيليون) “لن يعلموا من أين سندخل إلى الجليل وهي لن تحصل إلا في حال العدوان على لبنان.. فجزء من خطتنا هو الدخول إلى الجليل، ونحن قادرون على ذلك ونقرر وفق مجريات الحرب”.

“نحن منذ سنوات نملك القدرة على تنفيذ العملية وأصبح الأمر أسهل بعد تجربتنا في سوريا”، أكد السيد، وجزم بأنه للدفاع عن لبنان “فمن حقنا اتخاذ كل الإجراءات الدفاعية بعيداً عما يعتقده الآخرون”.

وأكد السيد نصر الله أن “عملية الأنفاق لا تلغي عملية الجليل المحضر لها ولو بنسبة 10% وهي لم تستحق هذه الدعاية”.

ثمن الاعتداء على لبنان سيكون أكبر بكثير مما تتوقعه “إسرائيل”

السيد نصر الله توعد “إسرائيل” بأنها “إذا اعتدت على لبنان فستندم لأن ثمن الاعتداء سيكون أكبر بكثير مما يتوقعه.. خياراتنا مفتوحة لفعل كل ما يلزم بعقل وحكمة وشجاعة”.

وأكد السيد أن “أي اعتداء إسرائيلي؛ حرباً أو اغتيالاً، لعناصر حزب الله في لبنان وحتى سوريا سنرد عليه”، محدداً “أي عملية ضرب أهداف محددة هي محاولة لتغيير قواعد الاشتباك سنتعامل معها على هذا الأساس”.

كذلك أوضح نصر الله أن “أي عملية واسعة يشنها العدو سنتعامل معها على أنها حرب”، محذراً الإسرائيليين من أن “نتنياهو قد يرتكب الأخطاء نتيجة طموحاته”، وتابع “المقاومة وكل محور المقاومة جاهزون للرد في حال حصول أي عدوان”، ولكنه استبعد في الوقت ذاته أن “يشن العدو حرباً على لبنان”، ولم ينفي أنه من الممكن أن يخطئ في سوريا وغزة.

وفي السياق، لفت نصر الله إلى أن “المقاومة لم تتدخل في مسألة ترسيم الحدود وهي من شأن الدولة.. فنحن نقف خلف الدولة والجيش في موضوع الجدار وعلينا انتظار تصرفها ليبنى على الشيء مقتضاه”.

ورأى السيد أن “هناك شبه انسجام لبنانياً في عدم حصول أي نزاع بشأن عملية الأنفاق.. فقد حصل فشل استخباري إسرائيلي في زعزعة الموقف اللبناني الرسمي ككل عبر عملية الأنفاق”.

“الموقف الرسمي اللبناني في مجلس الأمن وموقف الكويت هما فشل استخباري إسرائيلي أيضاً”، أضاف الأمين العام لحزب الله وأكد “نحن نقف خلف الجيش اللبناني ولا نريد جر الدولة إلى أي حرب”.

السيد نصر الله حثّ الدولة اللبنانية على “مراجعة ما يفعله الإسرائيلي على الحدود من اجراءات”، مشيراً إلى أنه “نحن وبلا شروط وفي أي زمان ومكان مستعدون لتلبية الدعوة إلى وضع استراتيجية دفاعية”.

السيد نصر الله أكد أن نتنياهو في عملية درع الشمال “سجل انجازاً كبيراً في الأوهام وهي أقل من عملية”، لكنه لفت إلى أنه “علينا توقع تصرف غير حكيم من قبل نتنياهو عشية الانتخابات”.

إلى ذلك، أكد نصر الله أن “مخاوف إسرائيل في سوريا كبيرة جداً لأن هناك فشلاً استخبارياً إسرائيلياً ذريعاً هناك”.

وإلى غزة انتقل نصر الله مؤكداً أن “الجهوزية النفسية في غزة وخصوصاً بعد انتصارها الأخير تؤكد أن أهلها لن يتسامحوا.. والقطاع مستعد للرد عسكرياً على أي عدوان”.

نمتلك العدد الكافي من الصواريخ الدقيقة من أجل أي مواجهة مقبلة

وأكد السيد نصر الله أن “المقاومة كانت تمتلك في عدوان تموز 2006 صواريخ كانت قادرة على ضرب تل أبيب”، مشيراً في هذا السياق امتلاك الحزب لصواريخ دقيقة “وبالعدد الكافي للمواجهة في أي حرب مقبلة وضرب أي هدف نريده”.

السيد أوضح أن “بعض جنرالات الاحتلال يقرون بأن الحروب المقبلة لن تكون كالحروب السابقة”، مشيراً إلى أنه “في أي حرب مقبلة علينا ستكون كل فلسطين المحتلة ميدان قتال وحرب”.

وتوجه السيد نصر الله للإسرائيليين بالقول إن عليهم أن ينصحوا نتنياهو “بتسهيل حصول حزب الله على صواريخ دقيقة من أجل مصلحتهم”، وأكد “تم إنجاز حصولنا على الصواريخ الدقيقة ومحاولة نتنياهو منعها عبر قصف سوريا غير مجدية”، وتابع “لم نعد بحاجة لنقل أي صواريخ دقيقة لأننا نمتلك العدد الكافي من أجل أي مواجهة مقبلة”.

القيادة السورية لن تترك أرضها للإرهابيين والأولوية في إدلب للحل السياسي

وفي الشأن السوري، أكد نصر الله أن الوضع في سوريا اليوم “في أفضل حال مقارنة بالعام 2011، لكن لا يمكن الحديث عن إنجاز شامل” حيث أن هناك مأزق كردي تركي أميركي فيما يتعلق بشرق الفرات.

وأكد نصر الله أن الفصائل الكردية المدعومة أميركياً في شرق الفرات هي “ممولة خليجياً”، وكشف أن “خطوط التفاوض مفتوحة بين الجيش السوري والقوات الكردية”.

وحول إعلان الرئيس التركي رجب طيب إردوغان رغبته في تطبيق اتفاق “اضنة” مع الحكومة السورية، اعتبر السيد نصر الله أن ذلك يشير إلى أنه يجب التسليم بأن الحل الوحيد هو انتشار الجيش السوري.

ورأى نصر الله أن الجيش السوري وحلفاؤه قادرون على حسم المعركة في الشمال السوري، وأردف أنه “عند الانتهاء من داعش في شرق الفرات فإن الجيش السوري وحلفاؤه سيرتاحون”، ووفق السيد نصر الله فقد تم استكمال التعزيزات لتحرير إدلب، لكن “تركيا منعت ذلك تحت أسباب إنسانية”، معتبراً أن “الخيارات مفتوحة بالنسبة لإدلب لكن الأولوية هي للحل السياسي”.

وتطرق الأمين العام إلى الإقتتال فيما بين فصائل المعارضة في إدلب الذي “أظهر تجاوزها للقيم التي تدعيها بنفسها”، فسيطرة جبهة النصرة على إدلب “تحرج تركيا لأنها مصنفة عالمياً بأنها إرهابية”، وتابع “على تركيا إيجاد حل لإدلب أو ترك الأمر للقيادة السورية التي لن تترك أرضها للإرهابيين”.

وعلاوة على ذلك، كشف نصر الله أن ما منع الجيش السوري وحلفاءه من استكمال معركة البوكمال هو “الولايات المتحدة”.

السوريون والإيرانيون رفضوا الطلب الأميركي بخروج القوات الإيرانية من سوريا

وحول الإنسحاب الأميركي من سوريا، رأى السيد نصر الله أن ترامب كان “صادقاً بوعوده الانتخابية وحقق جزءاً منها، بينها مسألة إرسال القوات الأميركية للخارج”، فقد طلبت جهات أميركية منه مهلة لسحب القوات من سوريا و”قد أمهلهم لذلك 6 أشهر”، وفق نصر الله.

وكشف نصر الله أن الأميركيين “أبلغوا الروس أنهم مستعدون للخروج بالكامل من سوريا مقابل خروج الإيرانيين”، وأردف أن “بوتين أبلغ روحاني بالمطلب الأميركي الذي أبلغني بذلك والروس أبلغوا السوريين أيضاً”.

وفي السياق، رفض الإيرانيون الطلب الأميركي “لأنهم موجودون في سوريا بناء على طلب دمشق”، وفق نصر الله الذي أشار إلى أن “الروس اكتفوا بنقل الرسالة الإيرانية إلى الأميركيين الذين عادوا ليكثفوا عملياتهم”.

كذلك وبحسب السيد نصر الله رفض السوريون المطلب الأميركي الذي نقله الروس بخروج الإيرانيين، ورأى السيد أن سحب القوات الأميركية هو “استراتيجية جديدة وهو النسخة الترامبية في المشروع الأميركي”، إلا أن القرار هو “بحد ذاته فشل وهزيمة”.

وفي هذا السياق، كشف السيد نصر الله أن ممثلي قوات سوريا الديمقراطية “قسد” بعد تخلي الأميركيين عنهم طلبوا “لقاءنا في بيروت وتوجهوا إلى روسيا والعراق للوساطة مع الدولة السورية”.

وتطرق السيد نصر الله إلى الانفتاح العربي الحاصل مؤخراً باتجاه سوريا، معتبراً أن سببه “قرار ترامب بالانسحاب من سوريا”، وكشف أن زيارة الرئيس السوداني عمر البشير إلى دمشق حصلت “بضوء أخضر سعودي”.

وفي هذا التفصيل، قال نصر الله إن قرارات ترامب أخافت السعودية والإمارات اللتين اعتبرتا “أن تركيا هي الخطر الأكبر وليس إيران”، وعليه زار (وزير الخارجية الأميركي) بومبيو المنطقة “لطمأنة دولها بعد إحباطها من قرارات ترامب”.

وفي قضية عودة سوريا إلى جامعة الدول العربية، كشف نصر الله أنه جرى نقل رسالة لدمشق لتطلب بنفسها ذلك، لكن الرد السوري كان “بأن من أخرجها من جامعة الدول العربية عليه بنفسه إعادتها”، وأكد أن “هناك مسؤولين عرب كباراً بينهم أمنيون زاروا سوريا لا يمكنني الكشف عن هويتهم”.

وشدد نصرالله على أن الأميركيين “لن يستطيعوا أن يفعلوا أكثر مما فعلوا، وهم سيغادرون سوريا والمنطقة والمحبط الأكبر هو نتنياهو”، فهم “تركوا حتى أفغانستان لطالبان وهي هزيمة مدوية لهم في هذا البلد”.

ورأى السيد نصر الله أن “ترامب لن يشن حرباً من أجل أي كان وبلاده ليست في وضعية شن حرب جديدة على منطقتنا.. وهو شن حرب على إيران بواسطة دول المنطقة لإسقاطها”.

هناك احتمال بتعاطٍ مختلف مع الاعتداءات الإسرائيلية على سوريا

وحول الاعتداءات الإسرائيلية على سوريا، هدد السيد نصر الله بأن “هناك احتمالاً باتخاذ قرار بتعاطٍ مختلف مع الاعتداءات الإسرائيلية لأن ما حصل أخيراً خطير جداً”.

ولفت نصر الله في هذا السياق إلى أن الأولوية في الفترة السابقة كانت بإنهاء المعركة الداخلية في سوريا و”هذا تغير مهم.. فعلى نتنياهو أن يكون حذراً في التمادي فيما يقوم به في سوريا لأن محور المقاومة ودمشق سيردون”، وأردف أن “العامل الروسي لا يستطيع أن يفتح كل الهوامش للإسرائيلي”.

وعاد السيد نصر الله ليعتبر أن مشروع نتنياهو في سوريا “فشل وخسر كل رهاناته.. ونتنياهو وايزنكوت لم يتمكنا من منع وصول الإمكانات إلى لبنان وهذا فشل آخر”.. “كما فشل نتنياهو في تحقيق هدف إخراج إيران من سوريا”.

لم يعد بإمكان ابن سلمان فعل شيء لـ “صفقة القرن”

فلسطينياً، رأى السيد نصر الله أنه لا يمكن القول إن صفقة القرن انتهت وأن (ولي العهد السعودي) “محمد بن سلمان هو الضلع الأهم فيها ومهمته هي التسويق لها مقابل 50 عاماً من البقاء في العرش”، لكنه “لم يعد يستطيع فعل شيء لصفقة القرن”.

وأردف نصر الله مصرحاً أنه ليس هناك أي تنظيم فلسطيني يمكن أن يقبل بصفقة القرن، مؤكداً أنه لدى حزب الله علاقة مع جميع الفصائل الفلسطينية و”علاقتنا مع السلطة جيدة”.

ولفت نصر الله إلى أن علاقة سوريا مع الفلسطينيين جيدة “لكن مشلكتها الوحيدة هي مع حماس، ومحور المقاومة حريص على علاقة جيدة مع جميع الفصائل الفلسطينية”.

وفي الشأن البحريني، أوضح السيد أن المعارضة طلبت وساطات مع دول عربية بينها قطر وتركيا والكويت لحل الأزمة لكن السعودية “تمنع حصول حوار”.

وبالانتقال إلى اليمن، وصف نصر الله صمود اليمنيين في وجه حرب السعودية بـ “الأسطوري” وأن “التجربة اليمنية هي الأجدى بتدريسها”. وفي الوقت عينه، أكد نصر الله أنه “يجب إبقاء الحذر في اليمن لكن هناك قرار بضرورة التوجه إلى الحل السياسي”، وختم نصر الله هذا المحور بالقول “السعودية والإمارات اكتشفتا أنهما لا يستطيعان إخضاع الشعب اليمني رغم حربهما الشرسة”.

حزب الله لا يحكم لبنان ومعركته الأساسية هي ضد الفساد

وحول القمة الاقتصادية العربية التي عقدت في بيروت مؤخراً، اعتبر نصر الله أن “الكلام السياسي فيها عن القدس ممتاز كما أن كلام الرئيس اللبناني ووزير الخارجية عن إعادة سوريا إلى جامعة الدول العربية وحول مسألة إخفاء الإمام موسى الصدر مهم جداً”.

وفي الشأن الداخلي، أكد نصر الله أن العلاقة مع الرئيس ميشال عون “هي على ما هي عليه من المودة والتوافق”، مشيراً إلى أن “مواقف الرئيس عون صلبة ولم تتزعزع العلاقة بيننا رغم الاختلافات في أمور معينة وهناك تواصل بيني وبينه لحل أي التباس”.

وأكد نصر الله أن “ما عزز الصداقة مع رئيس الجمهورية ووزير الخارجية هو ما حصل في عدوان تموز 2006″، موضحاً أن “التفاهم بين حزب الله والتيار الوطني ما زال قائماً وصامداً”، وطالب السيد القاعدتان الشعبيتان لحزب الله والتيار الوطني الحر بعدم التأثر بالاختلاف الحاصل أحياناً بينهما.

ونفى السيد نصر الله ما يتردد حول رغبة الحزب بتغيير اتفاق الطائف، وأنه أمر لا أساس له.

وأكد الأمين العام لحزب الله الإصرار على تشكيل حكومة في لبنان بأسرع وقت ممكن، مؤكداً أن إيران وسوريا “لم تتدخلا أبداً في مسألة تأليف الحكومة”.

وأكد السيد تمسك الحزب بتمثيل اللقاء التشاوري بوزير في الحكومة العتيدة، وأضاف “هناك مساعٍ جدية حالياً لتأليف الحكومة وهناك عقدتان تتعلق باللقاء التشاوري وتوزيع الحقائب”.

وفي الوضع الاقتصادي، جدد نصر الله التأكيد على جدية الحزب في حل الوضع الاقتصادي ومكافحة الفساد، مشدداً على أن المعركة ضد الفساد “طويلة وصعبة ومعقدة”، مشيراً في هذا الصدد إلى أنه “يجب ايجاد تغييرات في القوانين لحل مشكلة الفساد في لبنان”.

وفنّد نصر الله منافذ الفساد قائلاً إنه “يجب التخلي عن التلزيم بالتراضي والتوجه إلى المناقصات لحل بعض مشاكل الفساد”، وأكد أن الخطوة الأولى في مواجهة الفساد هي سد بابه عبر تشريعات وقوانين وآليات.. وأضاف “التدخل السياسي في القضاء هو من أسباب الفساد في لبنان”.

وفي العلاقة مع تيار المستقبل، تحدث السيد نصر الله قائلاً إن الرئيس سعد الحريري “يحاول تدوير الزوايا مع كل القوى السياسية في لبنان”، مؤكداً أن الحزب حريص على الانفتاح والتعاون مع الرئيس الحريري “رغم مهاجمتنا من قبل تيار المستقبل”.

وختم السيد نصر الله حوار العام بالقول إن حزب الله “لا يحكم لبنان ولا يريد ذلك ومعركته هي مكافحة الفساد.. لأننا نؤمن بأن لبنان لا يمكن أن يُدار إلا من قبل جميع مكوناته”.


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“An Airport For An Airport,” Syrian Army To Respond To Any Future Israeli Attacks – Report

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) will respond to any Israeli attack on its bases as a part of a new policy, which was adopted by the Syrian leadership following the downing of the Russian Il-20 plane last September, the Kuwaiti al-Ra’i newspaper reported on December 15 citing a high-ranked Syrian official.

“Damascus is waiting for any Israeli strike on specific military targets to retaliate with a similar strike, this means that a strike on an airport in Syria will be met with a strike on an airport in Israel and so on,” the unnamed official told al-Ra’i.

According to the official, Moscow has given Damascus a green light to respond to any Israeli strike that would destroy Syrian military capabilities or kill foreign advisers supporting the SAA. Tel Aviv was reportedly warned of this new policy.

“Any strikes against Syrian or an Iranian targets will be targeting Russian forces, which will not allow Israel to kill its soldiers and officers directly or indirectly,” the official said describing the Russian warning to Israel.

The source went on to deny Israel’s claims regarding the destruction of the Syrian missile capabilities and revealed that Syria had received medium and long range missiles guided with the Russian satellite navigation system, GLONASS. The SAA will use these missiles to respond to any Israeli attack.

On November 29, Israel made its first attempt to hit targets inside Syria since the downing of the Il-20. However, Syria said that all Israeli missiles were successfully intercepted. To this day, there is not evidence that any position was hit in the Israeli attack.

The Ministry of Defense of Syria will not likely confirm or deny al-Ra’i’s report, as Damascus don’t reveal such strategic decisions usually.





Washington has been reduced now to mere hopes, hopes with great sincerity, that Russia will allow Israel attack Syria after the delivery of S-300 anti-aircraft systems, under the pretext of the prevalence of Iranian forces in Syria, the US ambassador to Syria, James Jeffrey, recently said.

“Russia has been permissive, in consultation with the Israelis, about Israeli strikes against Iranian targets inside Syria. We certainly hope that that permissive approach will continue,” James Jeffrey, Washington’s special representative to Syria said in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday.

FRN notes that Jeffrey’s message contains a complex propaganda message – to date, Russia has not ‘allowed’ Israel to attack Iranian targets inside of Syria. Rather, Russia has withheld the use of its own anti-air hardware and limited its use to defending it’s own immediate installations, bases, and operatives in Syria. The content of this message, however, is to mislead the audience into believing that Russia to-date has maintained a policy which indeed it has not.

This mirrors Israeli propaganda put out several years ago during the height of the Syrian war, that Israel preferred Assad over the Islamic State, on the basis that Assad is secular and Islamism is an existential threat to Israel.

To relatively uninformed or casual audiences, this makes sense on the face of it. However, it was subsequently revealed that Israel was working hand-in-hand with both the Al-Qaeda wing of the FSA, as well as ISIS to overthrow the government of Syria.

The point of the propaganda, however, was aimed at Takfiris themselves – this helped takfiris of Daesh rationalize a Wahhabist-Qutbist-Mercenary invasion of Syria on the pretext that it was an ally of Israel.

In reality, Syria and Israel have been at a near state of war for many decades, with Israel occupying part of Syria during that time – the area of the Golan Heights. The Golan Heights is internationally recognized as Syrian territory occupied by Israel.

Likewise, propaganda that Russia has been permissive, or has the sort of political sway over Israel to allow it, in attacking Syria is meant to divide Syrian and Iranian public opinion about Russia’s mission in the region.

In reality, back in October, Russia delivered its anti-aircraft defense systems to Syria following the incident with an Il-20 plane that was likely shot down by a French Frigate, but Russia and Syria agreed to blame it on a Syrian S-200 due to Israeli fighter maneuvers, according to their official story. The desired result was the same – giving a pretext to directly arm Syria with the more advanced S-300 system which not only Syria but also the U.S greatly fears. And this result was arrived at without creating an international row with France, which would have produced nothing other than the desired results of the Atlanticist-Daesh-Zionist coalition aimed at undermining Russia, Iran, and Syria’s campaign to secure the sovereignty and self-determination of the Syrian people.

The incident in September further strained ties between Russia and Israel. According to some highly credible reports received by FRN, Moscow has repeatedly turned down requests by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Our immediate effort is to try to calm that situation down and then move on to a long-term solution,” the US envoy said with regards to the fallout between Moscow and Tel Aviv.

The diplomat said Washington was working to ensure that all Iranian military advisers leave Syria.

“The Russians, having been there before, would not in fact withdraw, but you’ve got four other outside military forces – the Israelis, the Turkish, the Iranian and the American – all operating inside Syria right now. It’s a dangerous situation,” Jeffrey said.

Iran is another important ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, but Israel regards Tehran as its main enemy and pledged to combat Iranian military growth on Syrian territory.

“Israel has an existential interest in blocking Iran from deploying long-range power projection systems … inside Syria to be used against Israel. We understand the existential interest and we support Israel,” Jeffrey said.

According to Jeffrey, the US aims to promote a political solution to the conflict and ensure that all foreign forces leave Syrian territory, with the exception of Russia.

Tehran, meanwhile, has said it will stay in the Arab country as long as President Assad wants to. Like Russia, Iran is in Syria at the official request of Damascus.

The Anglo-phonic liberal-left in the 1st world is generally confused about the Syrian war, and the role of Russia and Iran. Evaluating the progressiveness or lack-thereof of these governments on the basis of postmodern conceptions of gender and sexual identity, combined with somewhat hypocritical, if not impossible standards of power-relations adopted from anarchist schools of political theory, ones which they do not apply to their own imperial centers, produces a strange and tremendous level of equivocation.

In this view, which ultimately supports the aims of U.S imperialism, Russia and Iran’s activities in Syria are no better than those of Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, or the U.S. They are all ‘stronger countries’ involved in the affairs of a ‘weaker country’. This ignores the fact that Russia and Iran were invited by the Syrian government, are there legally; the Syrian government is not in power as a result of a color-revolution or coup backed by any foreign power of any kind. Therefore this is a question of sovereignty and the preservation of stability and peace as defined by the Geneva convention and the UN Charter, versus the imperialism of the ISIS and FSA-backing alliance, and not one of ‘all bad countries involved in Syria’.


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On November 1, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) uncovered a large ammunition depot containing 450,000 bullets during a search operation around the city of al-Mayadin in the southern Deir Ezzor countryside, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

The SANA’s reporter in Deir Ezzor said that the bullets, which had been left behind by ISIS fighters, were all supplied by the US. Experts confirmed that the bullets are from the 7.62×51mm NATO caliber. The US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) had used several rifles that are chambered in this caliber, such as the German Heckler & Koch G3 and the Belgian FN FAL.

ISIS likely bought these US-supplied bullets directly from the FSA. Earlier this year, a detailed report by the Conflict Armament Research (CAR) revealed how ISIS fighters in Iraq were able to obtain anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) only few weeks after the US had supplied them to the FSA in Syria.

Syrian pro-government activists believe that loads of weapons and ammunition, which were supplied to the FSA under the Obama-era armament program, have ended up in the hands of ISIS. The program was reportedly ended by U.S. President Donald Trump in late 2017.


Syrian Army Uncovers Tons Of US-Supplied Ammunition In Southern Deir Ezzor (Photos)

Click to see full-size image, by the SANA

Syrian Army Uncovers Tons Of US-Supplied Ammunition In Southern Deir Ezzor (Photos)

Click to see full-size image, by the SANA

Syrian Army Uncovers Tons Of US-Supplied Ammunition In Southern Deir Ezzor (Photos)

Click to see full-size image, by the SANA

Syrian Army Uncovers Tons Of US-Supplied Ammunition In Southern Deir Ezzor (Photos)

Click to see full-size image, by the SANA

Syrian Army Uncovers Tons Of US-Supplied Ammunition In Southern Deir Ezzor (Photos)

Click to see full-size image, by the SANA

Syrian Army Uncovers Tons Of US-Supplied Ammunition In Southern Deir Ezzor (Photos)

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Life inside the Syrian city of Idlib, occupied by the Front Nasra الحياة داخل مدينة ادلب السورية المحتلة من قبل جبهة النصرة

Translated to English

Syrian War Report – October 8, 2018: Clashes Between Militant Groups Onoing In Western Aleppo

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Idlib militants who refuse to lay down arms and continue attacks on government forces have to be arrested or eliminated, Russia’s Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East Mikhail Bogdanov told the country’s state-run news agency RIA Novosti on October 6.

He stated that Russia and its partners, including the internationally recognized government in Damascus, have repeatedly declared this position. The diplomat added that Russia continues contacts with Turkey on the situation in Idlib in the framework of the agreement reached by the sides in September.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) and the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL) appeared to be in the center of intra-militant tensions in western Aleppo during the last two weeks.

Initially, tensions between the sides erupted on September 26 when Hayat Tahrir al-Sham attacked the NLF in the town of Darat Izza. Following a series of clashes the sides reached the ceasefire. Nonetheless, on October 5, armed clashes erupted between the sides in Kafr Halab. On October 6, clashes were also reported in the towns Mizanaz and Kafr Nouran. According to various sources, up to 7 militants and about a dozen of civilians were killed or injured in these incidents.

Currently, the sides have once again reached a ceasefire. However, it appears that the tensions between the sides will grow further as the day of the demilitarized zone establishment, October 20, comes closer. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham as well as other al-Qaeda linked groups will be the key loosing side if the agreement is employed.

On October 6, reports already appeared that the Free Idlib Army and Faylaq al-Sham, which are a part of the NFL, have already started withdrawing its heavy weapons and equipment from the agreed demilitarized zone.

On October 7, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin have agreed during to meet soon to discuss the situation in Syria and further cooperation between the two states.

“We agreed to meet soon to continue the important security coordination between our armed forces,” Netanyahu stated at a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem.

During the same meeting, the Israeli prime minister once again repeated that Israel will continue to act against Iran and Hezbollah in Syria.

The Israeli leadership likely hopes that the upcoming meeting between Netanyahu and Putin will likely ease the tension between the states, which erupted after the IL-20 incident on September 17. Thus, Tel Aviv will be able to avoid further consequences of its recently demonstrated “hostile” approach towards Russia.

241 ISIS members and commanders have been killed in clashes with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) since the start of the SDF operation in the area of Hajin in the province of Deir Ezzor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) says. According to the SDF itself, the number of the killed ISIS members are even higher. Nonetheless, the situation in the area still remains complicated and SDF units have not been able to break the ISIS defense in Hajin so far.

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