US Received No Permission from the UN to Intervene in Syria Despite Their False Claim. Russian Foreign Ministry

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By Paul Antonopoulos

The United States received no permission from the United Nations to intervene in Syria, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

“We were surprised to hear a statement made by US Defense Secretary James Mattis when talking to the US media representatives on November 13 that the US Armed Forces are in Syria “with the permission of the UN,”” Zakharova said.

Her comments were made on Monday after Secretary of Defense James Mattis said that Washington’s intervention in Syria had been approved by the United Nations.

“I want to remind you that the Security Council is the only body under the UN Charter that is entitled to take decisions on using military force in the international community,” she said, adding that no such decision has been taken. “The US units are there in disregard of the country’s legitimate government in fact acting as occupants,” the diplomat stressed.

Zakharova emphasized that the US tries to “withhold part of Syrian territory.”

“The task, which is again seen as part of this approach, is to achieve the necessary result of settlement by force,” she said.

“We are very concerned by the US attempts to settle in someone’s house while they apparently do not bring peace and calm to that house. We hope that the US will still formulate its fair and legal position on the issue of its presence in Syria, as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov earlier said,” Zakharova said.

This follows on from an earlier report by FRN of Jim Jatras, a former US diplomat and adviser to Senate Republic leadership, who also said Washington is violating international law by intervening in Syria following on from Mattis’ false claims.

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السعودية: بين المزيد من الخسائر أو التراجع

 

العميد د. أمين محمد حطيط

نوفمبر 16, 2017

بَنَت السعودية سياستها الخارجية خاصة بعد العام 1967 وأكثر دقة بعد العام 1982 على أمرين: الأول حاجة الغرب لها ولمالها ونفطها، والثاني تقدُّم الموقع «الإسرائيلي» الغربي في المنطقة وأرجحيته على القرار القومي العربي السيادي. وبالتالي اعتبرت نفسها ولي أمر العرب والمسلمين الذي ينبغي أن لا تُشقّ لها عصا طاعة، وان لا تخالف برأي وموقف مهما كانت طبيعة هذا الموقف وفساد هذا الرأي أو صلاحه. وبهذا التصوّر اعتبرت السعودية أن العالم العربي والإسلامي بكامله فضاء استراتيجيّ لها وأن أيّ مسّ بهذا الفضاء الذي تراه حقاً مكتسباً ونهائياً لها، إنما هو مسّ يشكل عدواناً مباشراً عليها يستوجب إنزال أشد العقوبات بمن يتجرأ ويفعل.

لكن المنطقة شهدت بعد العام 1979 ثم العام 2000 متغيّرات تعاكس ما بنت عليه السعودية نفوذها الخارجي. فكانت الثورة الإسلامية في إيران التي قدّمت النموذج الاستقلالي السيادي للإسلام السياسي عكس ما تقوم عليه السعودية من إسلام شكلي يدخلها في تبعية ارتهانية للغرب الصهيوأميركي. ثم كان ظهور المقاومة التي حققت الانتصارات المتتالية ضدّ العدو الإسرائيلي وأسقطت فكرة أرجحية قراره في المنطقة ـ أي بمعنى آخر أنّ مساً لا بل صدمة قوية تعرّضت لها مرتكزات السياسة الخارجية السعودية، وكان من المنطقي أن تتعامل السعودية مع الواقع المستجدّ وتتكيّف معه وتعيد صياغة سياستها الخارجية في العالم العربي والإسلامي، بما يُراعي هذه المتغيّرات خاصة أن إيران مدّت يد الصداقة للسعودية، وأنّ المقاومة لم تنظر الى السعودية بأيّ نظرة سلبية.

بيد أنّ السعودية لم تُصغِ في تصرفها حيال الأمرين لصوت العقل والمنطق والواقعية السياسية، بل ارتكبت حماقة استراتيجية وأعلنت الحرب على إيران وعلى المقاومة وتدرّجت في المواجهة منذ أربعة عقود انطلاقاً من تمويل حرب صدام على إيران في العام 1980، الى تمويل حرب «إسرائيل» على المقاومة 2006، وصولاً الى إعلان الحرب اليوم مباشرة على حزب الله، مع ما يمكن أن يؤدي اليه هذا الإعلان من خسائر تلحق بلبنان كله، ولم تأبه السعودية لها، ولكن قبل هذا العدوان الذي تشنّه السعودية الآن على لبنان الذي سنتحدّث عن تفاصيله، كانت السعودية خلال السنوات الثماني الماضية اقتحمت ساحات ست دول عربية ورمتها بالجماعات الإرهابية التي عاثت فيها تدميراً وقتلاً وتشريداً. وبالتالي فإن السعودية تُسأل عن تدمير ليبيا والعراق وسورية واليمن وعن خنق شعب البحرين واليوم عن محاولة تدمير لبنان.

والآن بعد مسار طويل من الأخطاء لا بل الخطايا الاستراتيجية الكارثية وصلت السعودية الى مشهد مرعب لها، حيث تجد أن فضاءها الاستراتيجي يضمر ويتقلص، وأن النار التي اقتحمت بها العالم والآخرين لإخضاعهم، ان هذه النار ارتدت عليها لتذلّها على الحدود مع اليمن فتتهاوى مراكز جيشها، وترعبها على أبواب الرياض. ثم يفتضح أمر عدوانها ووحشيتها بتجويع شعب اليمن ونشر الكوليرا القاتلة فيه وبدء حركة دولية اعتراضية وتأنيبية ضدها بدأت خافتة، لكن يرتقب لها أن تتصاعد وتُحرج السعودية أكثر فأكثر.

لقد شنّت السعودية الحرب على اليمن لإخضاعه وتركيعه باعتباره وفقاً لظنها حديقتها الخلفية وميدان فرض هيبتها، فكانت النتيجة عكس ما توقّعت، فلا اليمن خضع ولا الهيبة حفظت، لا بل العكس تماماً ما حصل، وأنتج ذلك عقدة عميقة في النفس السعودية أين منها عقدة أميركا في فيتنام اوعقدة «إسرائيل» في جنوب لبنان.

ومع هذه الهزيمة المركبة والبليغة الأثر التي حصدتها السعودية في اليمن، راحت السعودية تبحث عن جهة تحملها مسؤولية الهزيمة ولتنتقم منها علّها تتمكّن من تعويض الخسارة والنجاة في اليمن، وفي البحث لم تجد سوى حزب الله الذي اتهمته بأنه هو الذي يقاتل في اليمن وهو الذي يدرّب وهو الذي يحشد وهو الذي هزمها من دون أن تعترف او تقرّ بواقع وحقيقة ان الشعب اليمني هو الذي هزمها والإرادة اليمنية هي التي منعتها من الانتصار.

تريد السعودية اذن وبكل بساطة أن تضغط على حزب الله بأي شكل من الأشكال، بما في ذلك الحرب وتدمير لبنان، من أجل أن يمكّنها من رقبة اليمن وقراره. وهنا يبدو الغباء السعودي مرة أخرى، اذ من أقنع السعودية أو خدعها بالقول أن قرار اليمن هو بيد حزب الله أو بيد إيران؟

إن الحقيقة خلاف ما تظنّ السعودية تماماً، فحزب الله يؤيد الفريق المظلوم المعتدى عليه في اليمن، ممارسة لموجب أخلاقي وشرعي وإنساني، ولكنه لا يصادر قرار اليمن. فقرار اليمن بيد أهله وبيد مَن يدافعون عنه من جيش ولجان شعبية وشعب وقيادة سياسية، وهؤلاء يقاتلون من أجل القرار المستقلّ في وجه أيّ كان وليسوا بصدد الاختيار بين وصي ووصي، أيّ بين متبوع ومتبوع، فحزب الله أصلاً يدعم الشعب اليمني ولا يصادر قراره وهو شعب يقبل المساعدة ولا يقبل الوصاية. هذه حقيقة على السعودية أن تفهمها، ولكنها بمكابراتها لا تفهمها ولا تريد أن تفهمها.

وبهذه المكابرة التي تقود السعودية للبحث عن أعداء جدد وفتح جبهات جديدة، فإنّ السعودية تفاقم خسائرها، وتزيد من مأزقها وإذا عطفنا الشأن الخارجي هذا الى المأزق الداخلي الذي أقحم ولي عهد السعودية نفسه فيه، لتيقّنّا من أنّ الذي يقود السعودية هو الجنون والهستيريا والتخبّط الذي لا يؤدّي إلا الى الانتحار.

وفي سياق هذه السياسة المجنونة والهستيرية ارتكبت السعودية عدوانها الحالي على لبنان بدءاً بخطف رئيس حكومته وإجباره على الاستقالة، في عمل قرصنة لم يسبقها اليه أحد حتى أعتى المافيات والجماعات الإرهابية، وظنّت أن خطتها التي تبدأ بالخطف وتتدرج الى تنصيب حاكم دمية لها في لبنان مروراً بحرب أهلية وحرب «إسرائيلية» على لبنان، ستنجح وتجني ثمارها، ليس في لبنان فحسب، بل وفي اليمن أيضاً. وهنا تبدأ رحلة استعادة الفضاء الاستراتيجي السعودي الحيوي المتآكل كما تصوّرت.

لكن الأحداث والأداء اللبناني الذكي والمحترف الذي قاده رئيس الجمهورية بدعم مطلق من القيادات السياسية والشعبية والمقاومة في لبنان أفشل الخطة السعودية وأنتج عكسها. وهنا كان على السعودية أن تفهم وتتوقف وتكتفي بالخسارة في حدودها الأولى، لكنها ومرة جديدة وعلى عادتها ركبت السعودية رأسها وكابرت وتستمر في غيها وطغيانها وعدوانها على لبنان باحتجاز رئيس حكومته والسؤال إلى متى؟

على السعودية أن تعلم أن لبنان أقوى من أن يُلوى ذراعه، وإذا كانت بأموالها دمّرت لبنان في العام 1975 وما يليه، وإذا كانت بمؤامراتها في العام 2005 قتلت الحريري وحققت بعض أهدافها، فإن لبنان 2017 أشدّ بأساً وأصلب عوداً وأكثر مناعة بعد أن تعلم من دروس الماضي وامتلك الحكمة والقوة والمناعة معاً من أجل مواجهة أي عدوان عليه، ولن يكون لبنان ميداناً لتغيير هزيمة السعودية في اليمن وتعويضها أو إنقاذ السعودية من وحول اليمن.

وهنا ننصح السعودية كما انسحبت من سورية بعد أن أيقنت بالهزيمة والخسارة، عليها أن تنسحب من اليمن وتعترف بالخسارة وتترك اليمن لأهله. وأن تتوقف عن العدوان على لبنان وتطلق سراح رئيس حكومته، وعليها أن تعترف أن البيئة التي صاغت سياستها الخارجية بمقتضى عناصرها تغيرت وانقلبت ولتتوقف عن المكابرة ولتنقذ نفسها من الخسارة لا بل تفاقم الخسائر. ببساطة على السعودية أن تدرك بأنها ليست في الوضع الذي يُمكّنها من الانتصار في أي ميدان، حتى ولو جاهرت بوقاحة بحلفها مع «إسرائيل»، فلتتبع استراتيجية تحديد الخسائر بدلاً من الانتحار.

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Israel ready to work with Saudi Arabia to defeat Iran – report

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Israeli military chief, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, told the Arab newspaper, Elaph, that his country is ready to work with Saudi Arabia to defeat Iran.

According to a quote from the Haaretz, the Israeli chief told Elaph “Iran seeks to take control of the Middle East, creating a Shi’ite crescent from Lebanon to Iran and then from the [Persian] Gulf to the Red Sea.”

 

“We must prevent this from happening,” he added.

 

“We see Iranian attempts at bringing about an escalation, but I don’t see a high chance for this at the moment,” he continued.

During this exclusive interview, Eisenkot highlighted the need for Israel and Saudi Arabia to form a coalition with the US to tackle the Iranian issue.

“With President Trump. there is an opportunity to build a new international coalition in the region. We need to carry out a large and inclusive strategic plan to stop the Iranian danger. We are willing to exchange information with moderate Arab countries, including intelligence information in order to deal with Iran,” added Eisenkot.

Israel has long opposed the Iranian presence in Syria and has often called on the US Coalition and Russia to pressure the Persian Gulf nation to leave the country.

Iran maintains they are legally operating inside Syria because the government in Damascus has welcomed their presence and assistance in several matters.

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US Secretary of Defense James Mattis falsely claims USA activities in Syria were authorised under International Law

Lost in reverie: Mattis claims UN let US intervene in Syria, although it never did

Lost in reverie: Mattis claims UN let US intervene in Syria, although it never did

US Defense Secretary James Mattis has recently claimed that Washington received a mandate to operate in Syria from no less than the UN itself. The problem is the UN never did any such thing as it does not even have any legal capacity to do so.

The UN cannot sanction a foreign invasion of Syria or any other country because it is absolutely impossible under international law, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said, commenting on the issue. “The UN cannot do such things,” he told the Russian media.

He went on to say that “Syria is a sovereign independent state,” adding that “only the Syrian government can invite armed forces of the third countries onto its territory” while “the UN has no such right,” as reported by Rossiyskaya Gazeta daily. The diplomat also said that “the fight against terrorism does not give any states or coalitions a free hand to establish their presence on Syrian territory.”

International law indeed envisages no way for the UN or any other international body to sanction an invasion of one state’s armed forces on the territory of another state. In fact, such actions are regarded as aggression under international law and are strictly prohibited.

UN General Assembly Resolution 3314 on the definition of aggression explicitly states that an “invasion or attack by the armed forces of a State of the territory of another State” as well as “any military occupation, however temporary” or “bombardment by the armed forces of a State against the territory of another State” is what particularly constitutes aggression.

However, all these facts did not prevent Mattis from claiming that it was the UN that sanctified the presence of the US troops on the Syrian territory without the consent of the Syrian government. “You know, the UN said that … basically we can go after ISIS. And we’re there to take them out,” the US defense secretary said, referring to the US actions in Syria as he answered a journalist’s question on Monday.

Apparently, he implied that a call by UN on the international community and the US in particular to take action was more than enough to justify the US military’s presence in Syria. Actually, the UN did issue such a call – in Resolution 2249 adopted by the Un Security Council in November 2015.

Resolution 2249 called on UN member states “that have the capacity to do so to take all necessary measures” and “to redouble and coordinate their efforts to prevent and suppress terrorist acts committed specifically by ISIL [Islamic State (IS, former ISIS/ISIL)]” as well as other terrorist groups.

However, it urged the states to do so “in compliance with international law” – something that the US officials often neglect when they assess the actions of the US military abroad.

The statements of the US defense secretary also provoked an angry reaction in Damascus. The Syrian government once again stated that the US troops are operating on Syrian territory without its consent and in violation of international law.

“The presence of the US forces or any foreign military presence in Syria without the consent of the Syrian government constitutes an act of aggression and an attack on the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic as well as a gross violation of the Charter and principles of the United Nations,” Syria’s Foreign Ministry said, as cited by the SANA news agency.

It further said that the US presence “only leads to prolonging the crisis and further complicating it,” adding that the real goal of the US in Syria apparently lies in obstructing the peace process. The ministry then once again called for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of US forces from Syrian territory.

The statements made by Mattis are “absolutely baseless” and “irresponsible,” Vyacheslav Matuzov, a political scientist and the head of the Russian-Arab Friendship and Business Cooperation Society, told RT, commenting on the issue. He went on to say that any foreign military presence on the territory of any state can be authorized solely by the legitimate government of that state.

“There is a clear position of the Syrian authorities, according to which the US troops are stationed on the Syrian territory illegally,” he said, adding that there can be “no argument” about the legal status of US forces in Syria.

Propaganda for Regime Change in Syria

Susan Dirgham — Dissident Voice

Dear World Bana AlabedThe book Dear World: A Syrian Girl’s Story of War and Plea for Peace was published in October 2017. It is purportedly written by a Syrian girl, Bana Alabed, with the help of her mother and an editor. The book is being prominently promoted in the US and UK and is anticipated to be a big seller this coming Holiday Season.

Background

Bana Alabed is an 8-year-old Syrian girl who rose to fame in 2016 when a Twitter account was set up in her name and she started tweeting in fluent English from east Aleppo as it was under bombardment by Syrian and Russian forces trying to dislodge insurgents.

The first tweet in Bana’s name appeared on 24 September 2016. It simply read, ‘I need peace’. The Twitter account soon had tens of thousands of followers, among them J. K. Rowling, the author of Harry Potter. It was later observed in a video that 7-year-old Bana knew very little English and was being prompted or told what to say.

Bana and Anne Frank?

The book begins with a quote from The Diary of Anne Frank, thus inferring that there are parallels between Bana and the famous Dutch Jewish girl who was forced to hide from the Nazis in the Second World War. If Bana is meant to represent Anne, then presumably the Syrian and Russian governments are meant to represent the Nazis. This is misleading. Several brave Dutch people hid the young Anne and her family from the Nazis. In Syria, Islamist militants, such as those in east Aleppo have targeted Syrians simply because they belonged to minorities. Australian anthropologist Dr Fiona Hill described how her adoptive Syrian brother, a Sunni, risked his life to rescue three Alawi families from the Free Syrian Army and ‘inevitable summary murder’ at their hands.

Bana and Malala?

Dear World is published by Simon & Schuster, part of the CBS media empire. It was edited or perhaps ghostwritten by senior editor Christine Pride who sees Bana Alabed “as a heroine reminiscent of Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai”. This is misleading to the point of being bizarre. Before a Taliban gunman shot her, Malala wrote a blog detailing life under Taliban rule. Bana may be a brave and good child, but Dear World does not take a stand against extremist forces. On the contrary, Bana’s father was active with the extremist insurgents.

Jabhat al-Nusra, a group linked to both the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, was the strongest of the militia groups in east Aleppo at the time Bana was sending her tweets. Former Australian soldier Mathew Stewart’s story points to these links. Soon after the start of the war in Afghanistan, Stewart joined the Taliban, and then in 2015 he worked ‘as a trainer with Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaida’s proxy militia in Syria.

Those who tweet and write in Bana Alabed’s name seem unconcerned about the enforcement of harsh punishments by Jabhat al-Nusra, such as the execution of women. Nor are they concerned about the group’s violence or terror tactics, which are detailed on the Australian National Security webpage.

Ironically, although peace is a word used liberally in Dear World, one tweet since deleted from Bana’s Twitter account read,

Dear world, it’s better to start 3rd world war instead of letting Russia & Assad commit #HolocaustAleppo

The book portrays the young narrator and her mother as courageous and compassionate. According to this narrative, the only militants in east Aleppo were the FSA and they were good guys fighting against the evil Syrian government forces. This is public relations propaganda, very far from the reality which American journalists James Foley and Stephen Sotloff documented before being assassinated.

A Western, not Syrian Readership

Dear World is not directed at readers in Syria who are aware of the war’s complex nature and “rebel” reality. Most Syrians grieve the loss of loved ones in the war, want women to maintain freedoms and minorities to be able to worship without fear. Most Syrians do not want their country to be partitioned and made a haven for extremists. The book is written for a western audience, conditioned by the simplistic mainstream media narrative of ‘heroic revolutionaries’ fighting the ‘dictator Assad’.

In January 2017, Bana implored Donald Trump to stop the bombs in Syria and ‘save the children’. But in April 2017, Bana expressed support for Donald Trump’s airstrikes on a Syrian airfield after it was claimed the ‘regime’ had dropped a bomb containing sarin. There were no calls for a thorough impartial investigation, just a call to bomb. Four children were killed in the U.S. airstrikes. It seems clear there is political manipulation guiding the social media messages of a photogenic sweet girl.

Jesus, King, Ghandi … and the FSA?

Dear World champions Jesus, Martin Luther King Jr, and Gandhi, while extolling fighters in the ‘Free Syrian Army’. To the extent that it exists at all, the FSA is made up armed groups that fly the ‘opposition flag’ rather than al-Qaeda or ISIS ones. This allows them to receive weapons and supplies from western governments even as they defect and turn over these weapons to Syria’s version of Al Queda, Jabhat al Nusra.

James Foley, the American journalist beheaded by ISIS, interviewed an FSA commander in east Aleppo who ‘promised Aleppo would burn.’ In this commander’s opinion, ‘the people of Aleppo were only concerned about their barbecues’ and deserved punishment for not supporting the armed ‘revolution’.

Dear World distorts the truth, abusing the trust of its readers. The book is a weapon in the covert and overt efforts of Syria’s enemies to effect ‘regime change’ by any means. Despite the narrator’s plea for peace, the book’s depiction of the ‘regime’ as the personification of evil could lead a generation of young readers in the West to uncritically support war against Syria and its people for years to come.

As a beautifully packaged children’s book that includes the endorsement of the author of Harry Potter, Dear World could conceivably encourage some impressionable readers to take up arms against a government. Some young readers may believe Syria is an uncivilized wasteland and a battlefield that even they could potentially enter one day, flying a flag, trying to be a hero, killing locals who don’t support the ‘revolution’. For an attractive looking children’s book, Dear World is a potentially dangerous package.

British PR Firm Created “Bana”: the Brand

Could there be any significance in the fact that the PR firm, The Blair Partnership, which handles J. K. Rowling’s publicity also handles Bana’s? The Blair Partnership has transformed ‘Bana’ from a little girl into a brand that represents opposition to the Syrian government and, in effect, support for British foreign policy.

Lies and Omissions in War

Though J .K. Rowling endorses Dear World, it can be assumed that Peter Ford, the former UK ambassador to Syria would not. According to him, the British Foreign Office has lied about the war and “it was not the case” that the opposition was dominated “by so-called moderates”.

Apart from mentioning the kidnapping of two of Bana’s uncles, the book hardly refers to the well-documented violence of the Islamist factions operating in east Aleppo at the time Bana was supposedly there. Nor is there mention in Dear World of the civilians killed in west Aleppo when insurgents fired rockets into residential areas or detonated car bombs. In October 2016, the mother of 20-year-old Mireille Hindoyan recounted how a ‘rebel’ missile had killed Mireille and her 12-year-old brother. They had been standing in the street waiting for their mother to finish her shopping. Mireille’s body was dismembered. An online search indicates that the BBC, ABC and the American PBS did not present this story. They surely would have if this had happened in a western country: it was an act of terror, the victims were young and innocent, and Mireille was a local swimming star. Like most of the mainstream western media, those behind the Bana phenomenon seem to have no regard for the victims of ‘rebels’.

Likewise, the beheading of a young boy in July 2016 by an Islamist group in east Aleppo that received funding from the United States is not referred to in Dear World.

Investigating Claims

Dear World presents a long list of claims against the ‘regime’. They include the bombing of schools and hospitals, the random shooting of civilians from a helicopter, and the dropping of cluster bombs, phosphorous, and chlorine on people in east Aleppo.

However, these claims almost invariably originated from media outlets and ‘activists’ linked to the ‘rebels’. The unverified claims have been promoted by western media and some prominent Non-Governmental Organizations while refutations have been ignored. Detailed examinations in caseᄃ after caseᄃ have shown the accusations to be exaggerated if not false. It seems this book is actually written by an adult with a political motive.

Bana and Turkish President Erdogan

In December 2016, the extremists controlling east Aleppo were finally forced out of the city. Most surviving civilians rushed into the government-controlled west Aleppo and described their “liberation” from the terrorists who had dominated east Aleppo since 2012. In an agreement with the Syrian government, remaining extremists and their families were taken from Aleppo to Idlib province while some others, including Bana and her family, went to Turkey.

Even US Vice President Biden admitted that Turkey supported violent extremists including Al Qaeda (al-Nusra) in Syria. Turkey’s pivotal role and complicity in the violence was confirmed in a video produced by American Lebanese journalist Serena Shim, who died for her work.

Thus it is ironic and a measure of the distortions that Bana told President Erdogan at a meeting in the presidential palace, “Thank you for supporting the children of Aleppo and helping us to get out from war. I love you.”

This is not to suggest that Bana Alabed does not deserve our sympathy. She does, especially since it appears that nefarious forces, which stretch from Syria to Turkey to Britain, are exploiting her. With consummate cynicism, they are using her cute face and demeanor to promote a vicious invasion and war.

Bana Alabed’s Dear World is a book that tugs on the heartstrings as it misleads readers. It is actually propaganda for “regime change” in a small sweet package.

Susan Dirgham is an English as a Second Language Teacher. Beginning in September 2003, she taught at the British Council in Damascus for two years and has subsequently visited Syria several times. With a team that includes Syrian women on humanitarian visas in Australia, she edits the magazine ‘Beloved Syria – Considering Syrian Perspectives’. She can be reached at Susan.dirgham51@gmail.com. Read other articles by Susan.

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Syria: Media Disinformation Campaign, Blaming Assad for Alleged Famine in Terrorist-Held East Ghouta, Fake Accounts, Photos

Syria: Media Disinformation Campaign, Blaming Assad for Alleged Famine in Terrorist-Held East Ghouta, Fake Accounts, Photos

By Sophie Mangal,

Needs your Attention!

Inside Syria Media Center tried to analyze what is now going on in Eastern Ghouta.

Our military correspondents investigated the issue. The results raise a number of questions.

The mainstream media are trying to convince everyone that an appalling famine in East Ghouta was caused by Assad’s blockade.

Meanwhile, humanitarian aid is regularly delivered there, but the terrorists do their best to prevent civilians and their children from obtaining it.

The East Ghouta’s terrorists are exploiting a sense of empathy of the international community. They don’t want to get UN and Assad’s humanitarian aid. Instead, they prevent any aid to be delivered into the Damascus district.

To arouse the storm of indignation from all over the world with the aim to break the siege they draw the pictures of starving and exhausted children.

So, the Western real goal is to force the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to stop the siege so that the terrorists could regroup. How they are going to achieve it?

Fake accounts and photos are practiced to inflame a catastrophe.

It seems that one should be careful so that not to get to the fakes of fraudsters! The brainwashing is all the rage right now!

Take a look at this photo uploaded by ‘mostafa.mohamadi’ on November 3, 2017.

You should remember this crook’s account. The photo is a typical example of fake and here you are the proof:
A boy in the picture looks extremely unnatural. His surprisingly clean face does not match the color of the dirty hands holding the poster. It is unclear what is he doing in the crowd on the street with a poster in his hands in the place where there is no any rally or protest. The contours around the child’s shoulders are very explicit and clear, suggesting the image of the boy was superimposed. This can be judged if you download an image from the original, set a 1000% zoom and consider carefully the place of photomontage.

When modificating set the brightness, contrast and gamma

Photo-forensics method

Some discrepancy could be revealed by using Image Metadata Viewer and also ELA-analysis. If you change the brightness and work with such a tool as photo-forensics, you will see the banner drawn at the boy least of all.

Somebody should #StopLyingAboutGhouta, stop lying about the alleged crimes of the SAA and Assad and objectively cover the events.

Unfortunately, somebody went even further. The Official account of the Syrian Opposition, AMC news portal and “the Irish Solidarity with the struggle of the Syrian people for freedom, dignity, and justice, and horror and outrage at the slaughter they are enduring” (that is @SyriaIrl) scream that Assad bombs aid convoy. Wasn’t it a convoy hit by the militants in Aleppo in 2016?

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Nur and Alaa: “The Bana al-Abed” script from Aleppo is used.

The terrorists continue to use children as an effective method to achieve their goals. First, the jihadists used defenseless boys and girls as suicide bombers, then as human shields hiding behind them from air strikes, and now the terrorists use children in the information war to weaken the siege of Assad’s troops and to run away, to slip as soon as possible if their plan to de-blockade East Ghouta does come true.

One of the striking examples of well-organized campaign imposed on the international community was ‘Bana al-Abed’ show launched when Aleppo had being recaptured in late 2016. At that time the phenomenon of Bana couldn’t become an obstacle on the way to clear Aleppo from the militants encircled.

And now it won’t work with the fake Nur and Alaa’s account which not only uses Bana’s experience but also is connected with the Iran Arab Spring movement.

This kind of opposition was the first Nur and Alaa follower on Twitter and the movement in the story was organized and followed practically the same pattern as with the other one information campaign to support the terrorists named #AssadBesiegesGhouta.

A website is formed first at GoogleSites’ platform

https://sites.google.com/site/hezbollahisaterrorist/ and https://sites.google.com/site/assadbesiegesghouta/).

Second, social networks’ accounts are created and well-known persons call for supporting the relevant hashtag (like #HezbollahIsTerrorism, #Assad_Besieges_Ghouta).

What is the Real life in East Ghouta?

Here you are the photos from the East Ghouta made on November 1, 2017. The daily life of local residents in the terrorists’-rule areas continued. It is hard, dangerous, but far from the monstrous hunger dictated by the Western media.

Thanks to many people in this situation that are doing their best to help Syrian children and locals from Eastern Ghouta.

#StopLyingAboutGhouta

***

Sophie Mangal is a special investigative correspondent at Inside Syria Media Center where this article was originally published. 

Syria: Media Disinformation Campaign, Blaming Assad for Alleged Famine in Terrorist-Held East Ghouta, Fake Accounts, Photos

Needs your Attention!

Inside Syria Media Center tried to analyze what is now going on in Eastern Ghouta.

Our military correspondents investigated the issue. The results raise a number of questions.

The mainstream media are trying to convince everyone that an appalling famine in East Ghouta was caused by Assad’s blockade.

Meanwhile, humanitarian aid is regularly delivered there, but the terrorists do their best to prevent civilians and their children from obtaining it.

The East Ghouta’s terrorists are exploiting a sense of empathy of the international community. They don’t want to get UN and Assad’s humanitarian aid. Instead, they prevent any aid to be delivered into the Damascus district.

To arouse the storm of indignation from all over the world with the aim to break the siege they draw the pictures of starving and exhausted children.

So, the Western real goal is to force the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to stop the siege so that the terrorists could regroup. How they are going to achieve it?

Fake accounts and photos are practiced to inflame a catastrophe.

It seems that one should be careful so that not to get to the fakes of fraudsters! The brainwashing is all the rage right now!

Take a look at this photo uploaded by ‘mostafa.mohamadi’ on November 3, 2017.

You should remember this crook’s account. The photo is a typical example of fake and here you are the proof:
A boy in the picture looks extremely unnatural. His surprisingly clean face does not match the color of the dirty hands holding the poster. It is unclear what is he doing in the crowd on the street with a poster in his hands in the place where there is no any rally or protest. The contours around the child’s shoulders are very explicit and clear, suggesting the image of the boy was superimposed. This can be judged if you download an image from the original, set a 1000% zoom and consider carefully the place of photomontage.

When modificating set the brightness, contrast and gamma

Photo-forensics method

Some discrepancy could be revealed by using Image Metadata Viewer and also ELA-analysis. If you change the brightness and work with such a tool as photo-forensics, you will see the banner drawn at the boy least of all.

Somebody should #StopLyingAboutGhouta, stop lying about the alleged crimes of the SAA and Assad and objectively cover the events.

Unfortunately, somebody went even further. The Official account of the Syrian Opposition, AMC news portal and “the Irish Solidarity with the struggle of the Syrian people for freedom, dignity, and justice, and horror and outrage at the slaughter they are enduring” (that is @SyriaIrl) scream that Assad bombs aid convoy. Wasn’t it a convoy hit by the militants in Aleppo in 2016?

Screenshot_24

Nur and Alaa: “The Bana al-Abed” script from Aleppo is used.

The terrorists continue to use children as an effective method to achieve their goals. First, the jihadists used defenseless boys and girls as suicide bombers, then as human shields hiding behind them from air strikes, and now the terrorists use children in the information war to weaken the siege of Assad’s troops and to run away, to slip as soon as possible if their plan to de-blockade East Ghouta does come true.

One of the striking examples of well-organized campaign imposed on the international community was ‘Bana al-Abed’ show launched when Aleppo had being recaptured in late 2016. At that time the phenomenon of Bana couldn’t become an obstacle on the way to clear Aleppo from the militants encircled.

And now it won’t work with the fake Nur and Alaa’s account which not only uses Bana’s experience but also is connected with the Iran Arab Spring movement.

This kind of opposition was the first Nur and Alaa follower on Twitter and the movement in the story was organized and followed practically the same pattern as with the other one information campaign to support the terrorists named #AssadBesiegesGhouta.

A website is formed first at GoogleSites’ platform

https://sites.google.com/site/hezbollahisaterrorist/ and https://sites.google.com/site/assadbesiegesghouta/).

Second, social networks’ accounts are created and well-known persons call for supporting the relevant hashtag (like #HezbollahIsTerrorism, #Assad_Besieges_Ghouta).

What is the Real life in East Ghouta?

Here you are the photos from the East Ghouta made on November 1, 2017. The daily life of local residents in the terrorists’-rule areas continued. It is hard, dangerous, but far from the monstrous hunger dictated by the Western media.

Thanks to many people in this situation that are doing their best to help Syrian children and locals from Eastern Ghouta.

#StopLyingAboutGhouta

***

Sophie Mangal is a special investigative correspondent at Inside Syria Media Center where this article was originally published. 

 

 

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