From Paris to London: Another City, Another Attack with Elements from «ISIS» Playbook

Patrick Cockburn

In the immediate aftermath of what police are describing as a terrorist incident in and around Parliament, at least three facts stand out suggesting that the attacks are similar to those carried out over the last two years by “ISIS” supporters in Paris, Nice, Brussels and Berlin.

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The similarities with the events today are in the targets of the attacks which in all cases were ordinary civilians, but the means of trying to cause mass casualties differs. In Nice, Berlin and London no fire arms were used by the attackers, while in Paris and Brussels there was a coordinated assault in which guns and explosives were employed.

In Nice on 14 July 2016 a truck killed 86 people and injured hundreds, driving at speed through crowds watching a firework display on the Promenade des Anglais until the driver was shot dead by police. “ISIS” claimed that he was answering their “calls to target citizens of coalition nations that fight ‘ISIS'”. Britain is a member of the coalition with aircraft and Special Forces troops in action against “ISIS” in Iraq and Syria.

“ISIS” claimed responsibility for a lorry which drove into a Christmas market in 19 December 2016, killing 12 and injuring dozens. As with Nice, this appears to resemble what happened on Westminster Bridge, going by first reports.

The overall location of the attacks today may be significant and would fit in with the way that “ISIS” normally operates when carrying out such atrocities. This is to act in the center of capital cities or in large provincial ones in order to ensure 24/7 publicity and maximize the effectiveness of the incident as a demonstration of “ISIS’s” continuing reach and ability to project fear far from its rapidly shrinking core areas in Syria and Iraq.

“ISIS” is sophisticated enough to know that such attacks carried out in news hubs like London or Paris will serve their purposes best. In cases of attack with a knife or a vehicle then “ISIS” would not need to provide more than motivation, though individuals seldom turn out to have acted alone. It may no longer have cells in Europe capable of obtaining fire arms or making bombs.

It could be that the attacks were carried out by another group, the most obvious candidate being one of the affiliates of al-Qaeda in Yemen. Syria or elsewhere. On 11 March 2017 Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian affiliate of al-Qaeda, carried out two bombing attacks in Damascus, killing 59 people, mostly Shia pilgrims from Iraq visiting holy sites. But the Syrian arm of al-Qaeda, while carrying out suicide bombings against targets in Syria, has previously avoided doing so abroad in order to make itself more diplomatically palatable than “ISIS”.

Could the attacks on Westminster Bridge and in Parliament be linked to the siege of Mosul where “ISIS” has lost the east of the city and half the west since an Iraqi army offensive started o n17 October? “ISIS” has traditionally tried to offset defeats on the battlefield, by terrorist attacks aimed civilians that show they are still very much a force to be feared. The same logic led to the ritual decapitation, drowning and burning of foreign journalists and domestic opponents.

The most likely speculation at this early stage is that the attacks in London are inspired or directed by “ISIS”, but there is too little evidence to make the connection with any certainty. “ISIS” often holds off claiming such atrocities for several days to increase speculation and intensify terror.

Source: Independent, Edited by website team

23-03-2017 | 11:22

The Political Scene: Trump’s Policy with Allies – Pay Us and We’ll Protect You


March 23, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump waits to speak by phone with the Saudi Arabia's King Salman in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 29, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

US president Donald trumps’ policies towards the region have not been crystallized so far.
Many of the political positions and statements announced by the new administration are not clear enough to give a full- fledge  image about the US vision towards the region. Most of the information and conclusions are inferred from tentative analyses and some of his advisors statements.

Nonetheless, the main headline of the US policy towards the friends and allies in the world generally, and the region specifically, “pay us and we will protect you.”

However, it is estimated that the new American policy will go in accordance with the following lines:
Washington will neither wage a war nor will it withdraw from the nuclear agreement with Iran, but will make sure to tighten the sanctions against it, to downsize its influence in many places in the region.

– The US administration intends to engage more in Iraq by deploying more troops there in an attempt to get rid of ISIL and to make sure to blackmail the Iraqis, thus pressuring them to give more political and economic concessions. Trump aspires to cut off Iraq from its current stances and annex it to the gulf states in an effort to terminate the Iranian influence and coordination with Baghdad.

– As for Palestine, Trump plans to hold an international conference to reach a so-called political settlement, or to hold a tripartite summit that brings him, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu and PA President Mahmoud Abbas together to reach what his administration envisages as  a permanent solution .

In Yemen, the US urges Saudi Arabia to put a speedy end to its heavy engagement in the Yemeni quick sands, as winning the war there has proved to be almost impossible, along with Saudi dwindling status that affects drastically in other areas which could be in turn detrimental to US interests.

As for Syria, Washington intends to involve itself more, especially in the northern part of the country where it has deployed more troops and military equipments and has supported the Kurdish forces with vital military supplies thus escalating the Turkish worries. The US plans to have the sole and upper hand in liberating Raqqa without any coordination with or help from Russia in order to strike a balance with the culminating, rather towering influence Moscow has in Syria.

Washington wants this at any rate because it deeply understands that the future situation in Syria will play a crucial role and determine the future of the region and far beyond that for long years.

Source: Al-Manar Website

The UK has made 10 times more in arms sales to Saudi Arabia than it’s given in aid to Yemen


Similarly, the US sold a record amount of arms to Saudi Arabia under Obama’s administration, with sales set to continue under Trump. Earlier this month the State Department approved a resumption in the $300m sale of US-made precision-guided missiles, a deal blocked late in Obama’s administration due to concerns over civilian casualties

yemen-children.jpgUN humanitarian aid chief Stephen O’Brien looks at a child during a visit to the Mother and Child hospital in the Yemeni capital Sanaa Getty

Bustling, buzzing and bartering. That is how I would once have described a typical market (or souk) in Yemen.

Not any longer. These days they’re often barren and lifeless. During my many visits, I’ve seen the devastation of once busy souks destroyed by Saudi coalition airstrikes. Skeletal structures of buildings and stalls lie empty where once vibrant businesses sold coffee, spices, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, clothes and children’s toys.

By contrast, on the other side of the world a lucrative market in high-tech weaponry is positively thriving. Over the past two years, the UK and the US have sold billions of pounds’ worth of arms to Saudi Arabia, arms used to obliterate Yemeni markets and much else.

In Yemen, I’ve met countless victims of airstrikes who’ve lost loved ones or had livelihoods destroyed, leaving them impoverished and destitute. After two years of this, the country is facing a humanitarian disaster of epic proportions, with more than 18 million Yemenis requiring humanitarian assistance.

On the one hand, the UK and US have supported Yemen with around £371.5m in aid during the past two conflict-ridden years. On the other, British and American arms companies, with the authorisation of the UK and US governments, have busily supplied much of the weaponry that Saudi Arabia has used for its devastating attacks in its southern neighbour.

If You Weren’t Sure About Trump’s Foreign Policy – You Can Be Now

If You Weren’t Sure About Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy – You Can Be Now

Written by Chris Nineham

If anyone had doubts about the direction of Trump’s Middle East policy, the last few days should have cleared them up


‘Largely unreported in the mainstream media, the US is escalating its intervention across all fronts in the region.’

On Friday, a drone strike near Aleppo hit a mosque and killed up to 46 people. The US accepted responsibility for the strike which the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring network, described as a “massacre,” saying the dead were mostly civilians.

This attack follows the first announcement of regular troop deployments in Syria since the start of the war. 1,000 troops have been earmarked to join the offensive against Raqqa.

As early as February this year, it appears that the US was killing more civilians in Syria than Russian forces.

Meanwhile across the border in Iraq, the US backed assault on Mosul is increasing in intensity. Airwars has estimated that as many as 369 civilians were killed in just one week at the start of March by air strikes in one district of southwest Mosul, way more than admitted by the leaders of US operation Inherent Resolve.

Reports from within the city suggest that the population is blaming much of the devastation on attacks by US aircraft and helicopter gunships.

Middle East Eye reports growing anger amongst local people. They quote one eye witness saying:

“Countless civilians have been killed by these air strikes and many, many bodies are still lying underneath their homes,”

“The aircraft see one Daesh guy on the roof and drops a bomb to get him but, in the basement below, a family of 10 people are sheltering and they get killed too.”

Another blamed the attacks that have buried whole families on the US:

“They are definitely coalition air strikes. Most of them are done by unmarked aircraft without any Iraqi flags, and only America has Apache helicopters here, not the Iraqi air force…anyway, the Iraqi military can’t do anything here without the permission of the US.”

Fighting On All Fronts

The level of violence in the brutal Saudi led war against Yemen continues to rise as well – with US collaboration as Foreign Policy reported on March 9:

“After a week of punishing airstrikes loosed on al Qaeda in Yemen that saw 40 targets go up in flames and smoke, American pilots took a breather the past two nights, watching the dust settle.

The weeklong blitz in Yemen eclipsed the annual bombing total for any year during Obama’s presidency. Under the previous administration, approval for strikes came only after slow-moving policy discussions, with senior officials required to sign off on any action. The Trump administration has proven much quicker at green-lighting attacks.”

The US role was exposed again on Friday when at least 42 Somali refugees fleeing the country were killed by an attack on their boat by an apache helicopter gunship, almost certainly supplied to the Saudis by the US.

Micah Zenko from the Council on Foreign Relations has identified a dramatic ramp up in drone attacks in the region since Trump’s inauguration. In his own words:

During President Obama’s two terms in office, he approved 542 such targeted strikes in 2,920 days—one every 5.4 days. From his inauguration through today, President Trump had approved at least 36 drone strikes or raids in 45 days—one every 1.25 days.

The View From Trumpland

This series of incidents is not coincidental. Largely unreported in the mainstream media, the US is escalating its intervention across all fronts in the region. This reflects the consensus that emerged towards the end of Obama’s presidency in the US Foreign Policy community that for all its brutality, Obama’s posture to the Middle East was way too restrained.

During his presidency, Russia, China and Iran all increased their influence in the region, and Trump’s new administration is committed to rolling them back. Such a policy can only inflame an already dangerously fraught situation. Any semblance of a peace process appears to have broken down in Syria. Israel, no doubt emboldened by the change of US policy, has stepped up its bombing raids, making Syria the most militarily contested country anywhere since World War Two.

And the Middle East is just one element in a more and more dangerous global situation. Richard Fontaine from the ‘moderate’ think tank the Centre for a New American Security, recently provided an insight into how the world looks from the White House:

‘Russia is more active in the Middle East today than it has been at any point since the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and it has initiated a program of disruption and intimidation across Europe. China has stepped up its efforts to solidify claims over most of the South China Sea and enhance its economic influence over the region. Iran has become the primary external actor in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon.’

Trump’s first two months suggest that his response to such challenges to US hegemony will be confrontational. Having generated much revulsion and protest around the world already it is crucial that the spirit of resistance is maintained to stop him dragging the world deeper into war

Reality and the US-Made Famine in Yemen

Reality and the US-Made Famine in Yemen

 by Kathy Kelly

This week at the Voices for Creative Nonviolence office in Chicago, my colleague Sabia Rigby prepared a presentation for a local high school. She’ll team up with a young friend of ours, himself a refugee from Iraq, to talk about refugee crises driven by war. Sabia recently returned from Kabul where she helped document the young Afghan Peace Volunteers’ efforts to help bring warmth, food and education to internally displaced families living in makeshift camps, having fled the Afghan War when it raged near their former homes.

Last year Sabia had been visiting with refugees in “the Calais Jungle,” who were fleeing the Middle East and several African countries for Britain. Thwarted from crossing the English Channel, a large mass of people were stopped in this refugee camp in Calais, France, from which French authorities eventually evacuated them, defying their careful solidarity and burning their camp to the ground.

As part of her high school talk, Sabia prepared a handout to show where refugees are the most welcomed. One detail astonished her.

In FY 2016, the U.S. admitted 84,995 refugees, but Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab world took in 117,000 new refugees and migrants in 2016, and hosts more than 255,000 refugees from Somalia. Yemen is now beginning to host the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. What’s more, the country is regularly targeted by Saudi and US airstrikes.

Since we are also planning a week of fast and action related to the tragic circumstances Yemen faces, we were astounded when we realized Yemen is a path of escape for Somalis fleeing the Horn of Africa, refugees of one conflict, stranded in their flight, and trapped in a country where deadly conflict is precipitating into deadlier famine.

After years of US support for dictator Ali Adullah Saleh, civil war has wracked Yemen since 2014. Its neighbor Saudi Arabia, itself among the region’s cruelest dictatorships and a staunch US ally, became nervous in 2015 about the outcome and, with support from nine regional allies, began subjecting the country to a punishing barrage of airstrikes, and also imposed a blockade that ended the inflow of food and supplies to Yemen through a major port. This was accomplished with massive, ongoing weapons shipments from the US, which has also waged independent airstrikes that have killed dozens of civilians, including women and children.

Pummeled by airstrikes and fighting, facing economic collapse and on the brink of famine, how could this tiny, impoverished country absorb thousands upon thousands of desperate migrants?

Yemen imports 90% of its food. Because of the blockade, food and fuel prices are rising and scarcity is at crisis levels.

UNICEF estimates that more than 460,000 children in Yemen face severe malnutrition, and 3.3 million children and pregnant or lactating women suffer acute malnutrition. More than 10,000 people have been killed, including 1,564 children, and millions have been displaced from their homes, but worse is the groundwork laid for the far greater devastation of famine. Iona Craig, in the IRIN publication, recently wrote:

In the middle of a vast expanse of gray scrubland, a rapidly growing population of more than 120 families huddle under parched trees. Escaping the latest wave of conflict on Yemen’s Red Sea coast, they walked two days to get to this camp southwest of Taiz city.

But on arrival, the scores of women and children found nothing. No support from aid agencies. No food. No water. No shelter. The elderly talk of eating the trees to survive, while children beg for water from local farmers. A mother cradles her clearly malnourished baby in her arms.

Now comes word that on March 16th, forty-two Somali people were killed in sustained gunfire from the air as they set forth in a boat attempting to flee Yemen.

“I took cover in the belly of the ship,” said Ibrahim Ali Zeyad, a Somali who survived the attack. “People were falling left and right. Everyone kept screaming, ‘We are Somali! We are Somali!’”

But the shooting continued for what felt like half an hour.

The attack on Yemen traps both Yemenis and fleeing Somalis in the worst of four developing crises which collectively amount, one U.N. official warns, to the worst humanitarian crisis in the history of the UN As of this writing, no one has taken responsibility for the strike, but survivors say they were attacked by a helicopter gunship. The boat was carrying 140 people as it headed north off the coast of Yemen.

Meanwhile, US weapons makers, including General Dynamics, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin, profit massively from weapon sales to Saudi Arabia. In December, 2017, Medea Benjamin wrote: “Despite the repressive nature of the Saudi regime, U.S. governments have not only supported the Saudis on the diplomatic front, but militarily. Under the Obama administration, this has translated into massive weapons sales of $115 billion.”

At this critical juncture, all member states of the UN must call for an end to the blockade and airstrikes, a silencing of all guns, and a negotiated settlement to the war in Yemen. The worst malefactors, the US and Saudi Arabia, must abandon cynical maneuvering against rivals like Iran, in the face of such an unspeakable human cost as Yemen is being made to pay.

US people bear responsibility to demand a radical departure from US policy which exacerbates the deadly tragedy faced by people living in Yemen.

Choosing a path of clear opposition to US policies toward Yemen, US citizens should demand elected representatives stop all drone attacks and military “special operations” within Yemen, end all US weapon sales and military aid to Saudi Arabia, and provide compensation to those who suffered losses caused by US attacks.

Our group of activists long functioned under the name “Voices in the Wilderness,” a campaign to defy US economic warfare against Iraq, a form of war through imposition of economic sanctions which directly contributed to the deaths of over 500,000 children. Lost in a culture of hostile unreality and unbearable silence concerning economic warfare, we were evoking, perhaps unconsciously, the plight of refugees seeking survival. We didn’t succeed in lifting the brutal economic sanctions against Iraq, but we surely learned harsh realities about how callous and reckless US policy makers could be.

We must ground ourselves in reality and in solidarity with the greater part of the world’s people. As our neighbors around the world flee in desperation across borders or within the confines of their own countries, we must continually educate ourselves about the reality of what our nation’s actions mean to the world’s poor. Building toward a time when our voices may unite and be heard, we must raise them now in crying out for the people of Yemen.

Kathy Kelly ( co-coordinates Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

Yemen war: More than half of British people unaware of ongoing conflict seeing UK weapons deployed by Saudis


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More than half of British people are unaware of the “forgotten war” underway in Yemen, despite the Government’s support for a military coalition accused of killing thousands of civilians.

A YouGov poll seen exclusively by The Independent showed 49 per cent of people knew of the country’s ongoing civil war, which has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced three million more and left 14 million facing starvation.

The figure was even lower for the 18 to 24 age group, where only 37 per cent were aware of the Yemen conflict as it enters its third year of bloodshed.

More than 2,100 people were given a list of 16 countries and asked to identify any “currently involved in an ongoing armed conflict” for the research, with 84 per cent naming the Syrian civil war.

The Human Appeal, a Manchester-based charity that commissioned the poll, warned a lack of international awareness was worsening a worsening humanitarian crisis in the Yemen.

“The crisis in Yemen has been forgotten about or ignored completely,” said CEO Othman Moqbel.

“We believe this is because that the conflict has not generated a huge amount of refugees coming to Europe and there is the misperception amongst the public that it’s only a regional crisis.

“To treat what is currently happening in Yemen, and has been happening for two years, as something insignificant is turning a blind eye to the escalating humanitarian emergency.”

At least 75 people are estimated to be killed or injured every day in the conflict, which has pushed the country to the brink of famine as 14 million people lack a stable access to food.

Almost 3,800 civilians have been killed by the conflict, where President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi’s government is fighting Houthi rebels and fighters loyal to the former President, President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The conflict started in March 2015 after an opposition offensive drove the government out of the capital Sana’a, sparking an intervention by Saudi Arabia and its allies to support the internationally recognised government.

The UN human rights office said the Saudi-led air campaign, seeing rebel-controlled areas heavily bombarded, was responsible for 60 per cent of civilian deaths – almost 2,300 lives.

British-manufactured weapons, including cluster bombs, have been used in the strikes, despite calls by MPs to suspend sales to Saudi Arabia over war crimes allegations.

Peter Salisbury, a senior research fellow in the Middle East and North Africa programme at Chatham House, said Britain was the principal sponsor of a UN Security Council resolution used by Saudi Arabia to justify its intervention.

“The UK is also a huge arms supplier and provides a great deal of logistical support to Saudi forces,” he told The Independent.

“Arguably the UK has also given political coverage to the Saudis by preventing various resolutions and investigations from happening.”

Theresa May meeting King Salman of Saudi Arabia in December at a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Bahrain (Getty)

Mr Salisbury said that while opposing the attempted coup in Yemen, the British Government was “quiet” about the military overthrowing Egypt’s elected government in 2013.

“The decision was made that Yemen was a ‘bad coup’,” he added. “And that in many ways comes down to where allies sit.”

Iran supports Houthi forces in Yemen, with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf allies supporting the Hadi government.

As battles continue, the Human Appeal is among international charities attempting to provide aid to Yemen’s impoverished population.

It has provided food parcels to thousands of families, clean drinking water for 37,500 people, blankets, clothing and healthcare projects including supporting the Al Jumhori public hospital.

Hundreds of Somali refugees who originally fled conflict in their home country are among those caught up in the violence in Yemen, with more than 40 massacred by a helicopter gunship as they attempted to flee on a boat on Thursday night.

While the humanitarian situation deteriorates, the conflict has largely reached a stalemate, with rebels controlling much of densely populated western Yemen, the Hadi government in the centre and east and pockets of territory held by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsuala (AQAP), Islamist militias and Isis.

Yemenis inspect damaged houses following reported Saudi-led coalition air strikes on the outskirts of the Yemeni capital Sanaa (Getty)

But the UN Refugee Agency has warned of intensified hostilities in recent weeks, forcing more than 62,000 people from their homes in western and central Yemen, who are now sleeping in public buildings, tents, on the streets or in ruined buildings.

Calling Yemen a “forgotten war”, Mr Salisbury said neither a peaceful resolution nor an outright victory for any party was likely in the near future.

“The Trump presidency could see US play a more decisive role,” he added, although American forces have mainly been targeting AQAP terrorists, including in a botched raid that killed dozens of civilians earlier this year.

“Yemen is not an island, it is connected to other countries and the rest of the world and we’re seeing this massive growth in sectarian violence.

“All of these things have long-tern consequences for countries outside of Yemen.”

The British Government stresses that although it the Saudi-led intervention “to deter aggression by the Houthis and allow for the return of the legitimate Yemeni Government”, it is not part of the coalition.

“British personnel are not involved in carrying out strikes, directing or conducting operations in Yemen, nor involved in the Saudi targeting decision-making process,” a spokesperson for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office told The Independent

“Peace talks are the top priority. The UK has played a leading role in diplomatic efforts, including bringing together key international actors to try and find a peaceful solution.”

The UK is the fourth largest donor to Yemen, committing £103 million in humanitarian aid last year.

Bin Salman’s signature on Damascus’s bombings توقيع بن سلمان على تفجيرات دمشق

Bin Salman’s signature on Damascus’s bombings

Written by Nasser Kandil,

Those who know the personality of the Saudi Crown Crown Prince and the Defense Minister in the government of his father, the degrees of narcissism which controls him and the absurd bloodiness in his decisions taken daily to bomb the poor of Yemen in their vulnerable homes whether old people, women, or children know that he does not hesitate to ask for celebrating a death scene, which through it he can present his credits to the new US President who is superficial and narcissistic too and who is obsessed with the language of greatness, discipline, and reprimand to those who do not keep up with him, and where the US decision can involve him in a war due to an emotional debate with a president of an allied country so how with the opponents?.

Mohammed Bin Salman went to Washington under Israeli arrangement, preceded by understandings translated by Bin Salman by making Al Hodiedah his next destination in Yemen. along with the future of the Yemeni missiles for the negotiation. The two demands are Israeli that were expressed by Moshe Ya’alon with the beginning of the war on Yemen when he was the Minister of the war in the occupation government by saying that Eilat is at risk as long as Al Hodeidah is at the hands of Al Houthis and as long as the Yemeni missiles arsenal is safe and secure.

Yesterday Ya’alon attacked the Turkish President Recep Erdogan and accused him of the seeking for a new Ottoman which till yesterday it was desired ally to overthrow Syria, as well as the factions that are affiliated to the Saudi and the Israeli command rebel against Ankara’s demands to join Astana. The dispute is neither principal nor ideological nor political nor military about the goals and the alliances, but it is the logic of as you see me I see you, when Ankara thought about the approaching of the US-Russian understanding it sought to meet it without its Israeli or the Saudi allies in the war on Syria and has led to the settlement of Aleppo, Moscow’s meeting, and Astana path with the partnership of Iran. Therefore the strategic enemy of Tel Aviv and Riyadh by the logic of the interests is as the Kurds according to the Turks.

When the Turks reached to the certainty of the US reluctance of accepting their sweep with the Kurdish expansion they returned to Moscow and Astana and asked from their groups to go, they got used to the idea of the regression of the contrived campaign against Iran which they did for the sake of America, hoping to please him in exchange of the Kurds, they decided to keep the security issue from the Kurdish gate a ceiling for their Syrian movement, so there were no commons between them and the allies who do not want to harm the Turks. but they do not mind to say in front of the American “ our ally has a privacy and has its own speech and we have our own privacy and speech”  and if its dominance in the northern of Syria then the south will not be a subject of the Turkish calendar.

Bin Salman goes with the blessing of Israel to say that we will continue the war in Syria and Yemen on Iran and its allies, we have the capacity to withstand so do not dash to the settlements, wage the battles against ISIS in the northern of Syria with the cooperation of Russia or without it, with the cooperation of Turkey or without, it belongs to you, but the most important thing is that the cost must not be a full settlement for all of Syria that legalizes the victory of Iran and its allies. The temporal alliances are enough for the war on ISIS, since ISIS has not any notable presence in the southern of Syria but Iran and its allies; the Syrian country, then Hezbollah, and then the present advisers and allies; those form a danger to Saudi Arabia, Israel, and America. When there is a settlement that confines the Iranian influence with what pleases America then it is a settlement that pleases Saudi Arabia and Israel.

The bombings of Damascus and the reluctance of going to Astana say that the Turkish command on the armed groups ends at the borders of the northern of Syria, then the Saudi and the Israeli command starts, it waits for the US sponsorship, so the bombings made by their two suicide bombers who sought for a goal to bomb themselves in, because the timing is important since they were notified from their operators that the paradise is waiting for them today. Here is the celebration of the remembrance of “the revolution” that is offered by the “guide of the revolution” Bin Salman and is blessed by Ya’alon to the rebels who announced one day that they went out seeking for civil peaceful multilateralism Syria.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

توقيع بن سلمان على تفجيرات دمشق

مارس 16, 2017

ناصر قنديل

– الذين يعرفون شخصية ولي ولي العهد السعودي ووزير الدفاع في حكومة والده ودرجة النرجسية التي تتحكّم به، والدموية العبثية في قراراته التي يتخذها يومياً بأومر قصف فقراء اليمن في بيوتهم الهشة، شيوخاً ونساء وأطفالاً، يعرفون أنه لا يتورّع عن طلب مشهد موت احتفالي يقدّم عبره أوراق اعتماده للرئيس الأميركي الجديد، السطحي والنرجسي أيضاً والمأخوذ بلغة العظمة والتأديب والتوبيخ لمن لا يجاريه، وحيث يمكن وتسلس الآلة الأميركية له القرار يمكن له التورط بحرب بسبب سجال انفعالي مع رئيس دولة حليفة، فكيف بالخصوم؟

– يذهب محمد بن سلمان بترتيب «إسرائيلي» إلى واشنطن، سبقته إليها تفاهمات يترجمها بن سلمان بجعل مدينة الحديدة وجهته المقبلة في اليمن ومعها على الطاولة مستقبل الصواريخ اليمنية للتفاوض، والمطلبان «إسرائيليان»، عبر عنها موشي يعلون مع بدء حرب اليمن، يوم كان وزيراً للحرب في حكومة الاحتلال بقوله، إن إيلات تحت الخطر ما دامت الحديدة بيد الحوثيين، وما دامت ترسانة الصواريخ اليمنية سليمة وآمنة.

– بن يعلون أمس، يهاجم الرئيس التركي رجب أردوغان، ويتّهمه بالسعي لعثمانية جديدة كانت حتى الأمس حليفاً مطلوباً لإسقاط سورية، ومثله تتمرّد الفصائل التابعة للإمرة السعودية و«الإسرائيلية» على طلبات أنقرة بالالتحاق بأستانة، والخلاف ليس مبدئياً ولا عقائدياً ولا حتى بسياسي أو عسكري حول الأهداف والتحالفات، إنه منطق «كما تراني يا جميل أراك»، فعندما اعتقدت أنقرة بقرب التفاهم الروسي الأميركي سعت لملاقاته بدون حليفيها «الإسرائيلي» والسعودي في الحرب على سورية، وأنتجت تسوية حلب ومنها لقاء موسكو ومسار أستانة بالشراكة مع إيران، العدو الاستراتيجي لتل أبيب والرياض بمنطق المصالح، بمثل ما يشكل الأكراد قضية الأتراك.

– عندما وصل الأتراك إلى يقين التمنّع الأميركي عن قبول مقايضتهم بالتمدد الكردي، عادوا إلى موسكو وأستانة وطلبوا من جماعاتهم الذهاب، وتوطنوا مع فكرة التراجع عن الحملة المفتعلة مع إيران التي قاموا بها كرمى لعيون الأميركي أملاً بشراء رضاه كردياً، وقرروا إبقاء قضية أمنهم من البوابة الكردية سقفاً لحركتهم السورية، فسقطت المشتركات بينهم وبين الحلفاء الذين لا يريدون شراً بالأتراك، لكن لا مانع من القول أمام الأميركي «لحليفنا خصوصيته وخطابه ولنا خصوصيتنا وخطابنا»، وإن كان نفوذه في شمال سورية، فالجنوب لن يخضع للروزنامة التركية.

– يذهب بن سلمان ببركة «إسرائيلية» ليقول سنواصل الحرب في سورية واليمن، وعلى إيران وحلفائها، ولدينا قدرة الصمود، ولا تستعجلوا التسويات، وخوضوا معارك داعش شمال سورية بالتعاون مع روسيا أو بدونه، فذلك شأنكم، وبالتعاون مع تركيا أو بدونها، فذلك ايضاً شأنكم. المهم ألا يكون الثمن تسوية شاملة لكل سورية تشرّع انتصار إيران وحلفائها، فتكفي التحالفات الموضعية للحرب على داعش، ولا داعش بوجود يذكر في جنوب سورية بل إيران وحلفائها، الدولة السورية أولهم، وحزب الله ثانيهم، وما تيسر من مستشارين وحلفاء ثالثاً، وهؤلاء خطر على السعودية و«إسرائيل» وأميركا، وعندما تنضج تسوية تقيّد النفوذ الإيراني بما يرضي أميركا فهي تسوية ترضي السعودية و«إسرائيل».

– تفجيرات دمشق وممانعة الذهاب إلى أستانة تقولان إن الإمرة التركية على الجماعات المسلحة تنتهي عند حدود الشمال السوري، وتبدأ بعدها الإمرة السعودية «الإسرائيلية»، وهي إنتحارية، تنتظر الاحتضان الأميركي، فتقدم التفجيرات بانتحارييها اللذين كانا انتحاريين لبلوغ هدف يفجّران نفسيهما فيه، لأن التوقيت مهم كما تبلغا من المشغل الذي وعدهما بالجنة إن فازا بالموت اليوم وليس غداً. وها هو احتفال بذكرى «الثورة» يهديه «مرشد الثورة» بن سلمان ويباركه يعلون لثوار أعلنوا ذات يوم أنهم خرجوا طلباً لسورية مدنية سلمية تعددية.

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