ماكرون وترامب: نهاية الحرب على سورية

ماكرون وترامب: نهاية الحرب على سورية

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يوليو 14, 2017

– لم يكن للسعودية وتركيا و«إسرائيل» رغم المال والسلاح والاستخبارات القدرة على شنّ حرب تستهدف سورية ورئيسها، الذي صارت إطاحته شعار الحرب وهدفها، لولا التغطية الأميركية والأوروبية ممثلة خصوصاً بفرنسا التي يسلّم لها حلفاؤها الغربيون بخصوصية الدور التاريخي في سورية ولبنان. وقد صار واضحاً أنّ الحرب بما هي مال وسلاح وإعلام، هي رجال أيضاً وأنّ تركيا والسعودية و«إسرائيل» قاتلوا بتنظيمي القاعدة والإخوان المسلمين ومتفرّعاتهما وصولاً لداعش، وما كان هذا ليتمّ لولا التغطية الأميركية الفرنسية.

– من الواضح أنّ القناعة الأميركية الفرنسية بلا جدوى مواصلة الاستثمار على خيار الحرب لتحقيق الأهداف ذاتها، قد حُسمت، فسقف ما تتيحه مواصلة الحرب ليس السيطرة على سورية ولا إطاحة رئيسها، بل خوض حرب استنزاف تعني تمكن التشكيلات المتطرفة من شنّ حروبها الخاصة التي تهدّد أمن أوروبا من جهة، وتغرقها بسيل النزوح الذي يهدّد استقرارها الاقتصادي والاجتماعي والسياسي والأمني، وتعني تجذراً مقابلاً لمعادلتي حزب الله والأكراد، اللتين تصيبان في الصميم أمن تركيا و«إسرائيل»، بينما تبدو السعودية أضعف من مواصلة الاهتمام بالحرب السورية كأولوية، وهي غارقة في حربَيْها لإسقاط قطر وإخضاع اليمن بلا طائل.

– يلتقي الرئيسان الأميركي دونالد ترامب والفرنسي إيمانويل ماكرون بعد لقاءات رئاسية لكلّ منهما مع الرئيس الروسي فلاديمير بوتين ليكون الحديث بوضوح عن سقوط مشروع إطاحة الرئيس السوري كهدف للحرب، والتوجّه لأولوية الحرب على الإرهاب، التي دعا إليها الرئيس السوري منذ البدايات، ويجري التمهيد لحلّ سياسي يقول الفرنسيون إنه يمرّ بحكومة موحّدة تضمّ معارضين وموالين في ظلّ رئاسة الرئيس السوري، تجمع قدرات السوريين في الحرب على الإرهاب، وتخيّر الفصائل المسلّحة بين الانضمام لهذه الحرب تحت قيادة الجيش السوري أو الانضمام للتنظيمات الإرهابية، وتضع الحكومة الموحّدة دستوراً جديداً وتتولى بمعونة أممية إجراء انتخابات برلمانية ورئاسية، وهو برنامج الرئيس السوري منذ مطلع العام 2013 للحلّ السياسي.

– عندما تعلن قيادة الحرب التخلي عن الهدف الذي خاضتها لأجله، وعندما يصير للحرب شعار وهدف هو الذي يتبنّاه الخصم الذي كانت الحرب تهدف لإطاحته، وعندما يصير للحلّ السياسي روزنامة وجدول الأعمال هو الذي اقترحه مبكراً هذا الخصم، فهذا يعني أنّ الحرب قد انتهت، وأنّ ما هو قائم حروب فرعية ولدت على هامش الحرب الأصلية، وصارت لها قوة دفعها الخاصة، فالحرب لم تخضها الدول الكبرى بجيوشها، كي توقف إطلاق النار وتجلس لمائدة التفاوض، بل خاضتها بواسطة عصابات لها مشروعها وأيديولوجياتها ومصالحها، وقد صار التخلّص منها هدفاً مشتركاً وطريقاً لوقف الحرب، وهذه أعراض الحروب بالوكالة عموماً.

– عندما يصير النصر على داعش له طريق واحد هو القبول بدور لحزب الله الذي أنشئ داعش وجُلب لضربه، وعندما يصير تفادي خطر حزب الله على أمن «إسرائيل» يستدعي تسليم الجيش السوري طوعاً مناطق المسلحين القريبة من الحدود، بعدما جرى دعم هؤلاء المسلحين لضرب الجيش السوري وإخراجه من هذه المناطق، فهذا يعني أنّ الحرب التي عرفناها قد انتهت، وأنّ ما يجري أمامنا هو حرب أخرى مختلفة تماماً.

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After one week of battling the Islamic State for control of the al-Hayl gas field, pro-government forces have managed to secure the energy complex from the jihadist organization.

The initial phase of the operation to secure the location saw the SAA capture the southern, eastern and western sectors of the site. However, Syrian military commanders felt uncomfortable with capturing the remainder of the gas field until they secured the high-group which overlooked the northern part of it.

Several days ago, pro-government forces launched an assault into the al-Qalilat mountain chain north of the al-Hayl complex.

After securing most of the al-Qalilat mountain chain from ISIS, pro-government forces managed to establish fire control over the northern sector of the gas field. Under these conditions, the attack on the complex resumed.

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After probing the besieged pocket throughout the night, SAA troops under the command of Major General Suheil Al-Hassan wrestled control of the Duryham area, strategic Syriatel hill and a dozen villages neighboring villages, many of which were heavily booby-trapped by ISIS in anticipation of the advance. The last ISIS T-72 tank in rural Aleppo was also captured by the Tiger Forces intact on Friday.

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To the Martyrs of the Syrian Arab Army and their Families:

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“Never again will they hunger;
never again will they thirst.
The sun will not beat down on them,
nor any scorching heat.
For the Lamb at the center of the throne
will be their shepherd;
he will lead them to springs of living water.
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

–Revelation 7:16-17

“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

–Jesus, Matthew 5:10

United States Signals Intent to Occupy and Divide Syria

By Alex Christoforou

June 20, 2017 “Information Clearing House” –  Tensions in Syria hit an all time high when the US military shot down a Syrian SU-22 that was attacking Al Qaeda jihadist forces on the ground.

The US version of the incident goes like this (courtesy of The Hill)…

A statement from the U.S. military said it shot down the Syrian SU-22 in self-defense and after contacting Russian counterparts through the established deconfliction zone. The Syrian aircraft was bombing U.S.-backed forces fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) south of Tabqa. It was the first time the United States has shot down a Syrian plane, and the first time a U.S. military jet has shot down any manned aircraft since 1999.

The reality is much more complex, yet simpler. Syria was flying its jets over Syrian sovereign territory, moving to attack Al Qaeda jihadists (aka “moderate rebels”) operating illegally in Syrian territory, and backed up by US forces, which have set up operations illegally within Syrian sovereign territory.

The US has not been invited by the internationally recognized government of Syria to fight ISIS on Syrian land, and as such the United States has de-facto invaded and occupied Eastern Syria.

To make matters worse, the US is supporting Al Qaeda terrorists as a foot soldier proxy army, in order to secure as much of Eastern Syria as possible, and create a rump state Syria, effectively dividing the once united country.

Russia responded to the US aggression by saying its surface-to-air missile systems in Syria would begin to track manned and unmanned aircraft from the US coalition if they move west of the Euphrates River.

Once again we see American regime change policy gone horribly wrong (as expected) with consequences now pushing the US military into full confrontation with Russia and Iran…two countries which have been invited by the Syrian government to operate on Syrian sovereign territory to fight ISIS and Al Qaeda.

The Hill reports that American forces may be digging in, ready to protect the Al Qaeda army at all costs so as to ensure an East-West division in Syria…

Robert Ford, a former U.S. ambassador to Syria, said there is real danger to the U.S. as tensions flare.

Syrian President Bashar Assad has vowed to recapture all Syrian territory lost during the nation’s civil war, Ford noted in an email.

“There is, therefore, a real risk of escalation, especially if, unlike in western Syria, the Americans insist on backing up their Syrian allies on the ground and there is no deal with Assad,” he said.

U.S. and Syrian forces largely had stayed out of each other’s way before, because the United States operated mostly in eastern Syria and the government forces mostly in western Syria.

But since the fall of Aleppo, pro-Assad forces have been moving further east, bringing them into closer proximity with the U.S. forces and upping the potential for confrontation, said Ford, a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute and professor at Yale.

Assad can’t match U.S. airpower, Ford said, but could hit U.S. forces in other ways.

“The escalation may be asymmetrical,” he said. “Assad’s air force can’t challenge ours. Look instead for car bombs, ground ambushes and small-scale, regular attacks against our forces and those we back in eastern Syria. The Syrian government is very experienced at testing the edges of any envelope or red line.”

War hawks in neocon think tanks are salivating at an all out confrontation breaking out between all the players involved…

Nile Gardiner, director of the Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, doubted Moscow would follow through on its threat. Russia, for instance, did not retaliate militarily after Turkey shot down its jet in 2015, he noted.

He called the U.S. military’s decision to shoot down a Syrian jet a “welcome development.”

“Washington has sent a clear message to Moscow that it’s no longer business as usual,” he said. “For too long, the Russians have treated Syria as their own backyard.”

But even if neither Russia nor the United States wants to get dragged further into war, they could be “chain ganged” to their allies who are jockeying to control land taken from ISIS, said Stephen Biddle, adjunct senior fellow for defense policy at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Other experts worry about the U.S. military attacking pro-Assad forces without a larger Syria strategy from President Trump.

Danielle Pletka, senior vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, has advocated for more U.S. involvement in the civil war. But she expressed alarm at the United States shooting down the Syrian jet and attacking militias at Al Tanf without a larger strategy.

“My biggest concern is not escalation, although I agree that there’s a real risk,” she said. “Escalation toward a particular end is a good thing. Escalation for no reason with no particular goal is not.”

We remind our readers, the sovereign nation of Syria, whose government is internationally recognized by the United Nations, has invited Russia and Iran to fight ISIS and Al Qaeda.

The United States has not been invited into Syria.

This the irony of neocon war hawks making comments such as, “for too long, the Russians have treated Syria as their own backyard”, which exposes the perversion of US propaganda and the despicable nature of American military empire.

Syria is neither Russia’s or America’s backyard, but only one country was invited to enter the backyard, and it was not the United States.

This article was first published by Duran

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Information Clearing House.

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