QATARI-SUPPORTED TERRORISTS LOSE GROUND TO SAA IN DAMASCUS; ISIS FALLING APART EVERYWHERE


Ziad Fadel 

Qatar continues to use its vast stores of money to sponsor terrorism in Syria.  It is, therefore, hard to understand why Iran has not been able to convince the derelicts in Doha to stop their insane and self-destructive policies aimed at “regime change” in Damascus.  With the Saudis leading a coalition of Gulf countries-cum-Egypt that aims to end Qatari connivance with Turkey and the Muslim Brotherhood,  one would think that Iran could exploit Qatar’s isolation to bring it around to a more rational pattern of behavior.

Turkey’s rapid move to assist Qatar paralleled Iran’s maneuver to frustrate Saudi Arabia, its chief nemesis in the Gulf.  Turkey is led by a card-carrying MB member, Erdoghan, who jealously protects the interests of Sunni fundamentalist anti-primogeniture movements like the MB, a position not terribly unlike Iran’s anti-royalist attitudes.  But, that’ where all the similarities end.  Iran is committed to a full liberation of Palestine while the Turks are lingering in a world of Zionist appeasement.  Iran is working toward building a Shi’ite Crescent across the northern Near East while Turkey is planning to annex whole parts of it in an effort to interdict Kurkish plans for a new republic on its southern border.

This all makes for great subject matter for rap sessions in college on the weekends.  However, it also represents an intractable problem for those trying to end the carnage in both Syria and Iraq.

Witness events in the South-Eastern Ghoutaa.  Yesterday, the Qatari-funded and armed “Faylaq Al-Rahmaan” initiated a large-scale assault on SAA positions in the area of Waadi ‘Ayn Turma.  The major assault concentrated on the villages of Al-Muhammadiyya and Aftarees and in the area of Al-Lahma Company.  The terrorists came at Syrian soldiers with new TOW anti-tank missile launchers acquired by the terrorist group through MOK, or the formerly U.S.-led terrorist supporting command-control HQ in Jordan.  Their operation was called “Wa Laa Tahzanoo” or “And don’t be sad”, if you can believe it.  ولا تحزنوا

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The TOWs have been rendered useless by Syria’s own domestically developed Saraab 1 Interception Device now found on all SAA tanks.  The device sends out signals to the anti-tank rockets toppling them from their course.  It has had a revolutionary effect on SAA combat operations all over the country.  And, now, with the U.S. backing off its support for all terrorist groups, coupled with Saudi Arabia’s shift in policy over Syria, the terrorists are finding the combat conditions increasingly perilous.  And so, yesterday, Faylaq Al-Rahmaan lost 29 of its rodents with over 120 wounded, some critically.

With terrorists complaining openly about the way the attack was conducted, there is chatter being picked up indicating a complete breakdown in confidence in the group’s leader, ‘Abdul-Naasser Shameer,  a former captain in the Syrian Army who deserted and joined the terrorism inflicted upon Syria sometime in 2012.  Moreover, Faylaq Al-Rahmaan is not a part of the “De-Escalation Agreements” worked out in Astana, Kazakhstan, or by Messrs. Putin and Trump during their tete-a-tete at the last G-20 Summit.

As we wrote before, U.S. CIA terrorist-enablers are leaving the sinking ship, taking back trays of Baklava and souvenir backgammon tables manufactured in Damascus.  What is left behind is a skeleton crew of “independent contractors”, mostly former spooks and mid-level retired army officers who receive their paychecks from Qatar.  This will not augur well for the remnant terrorist groups in the Ghoutaa.  Especially since the Syrian Army has now eradicated the ISIS presence in Al-Suwaydaa` leaving close to 15,000 troops free to return to the Damascus Front with thousands of Iranian-trained volunteers to keep Al-Suwaydaa` Ratten-Rein.

I frankly believe that the operation at Waadi ‘Ayn Turma was meant to please the Qataris – to keep the Qatari money flowing by showing that the group was still operational.  In looking at the way the group carried out its mission, it would seem it had no distinct purpose other than to kill as many SAA soldiers as possible.  As it turned out, no Syrian soldiers were killed in the fighting.  This is probably due to the air force response at key locations which blunted the assault and forced the terrorist rats to cede over more territory in the farm areas to the advancing Syrian Army.  Once can see why the leader of Faylaq Al-Rahmaan might be heading for the chopping block very soon.

ISIS is in even worse shape.  The SAAF pounded them into mush in the Qalamoon area, specifically at Al-Hasheeshaat Heights, Al-Jaraajeer, Qaarra foothills, Meera Crossing, Martabiyya and Shumays where command-control centers were destroyed.  ISIS took a big hit too in Hama, where the SAA liberated all hilltops around the town of Salba.  One would think that somebody in that group could read the handwriting on the walls.

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قُضي الأمر… الرخّ السوري آتٍ

أغسطس 15, 2017

محمد شريف الجيوسي

قلنا ومنذ ما قبل المؤامرة الأخيرة على سورية التي بدأت في 15 آذار 2011، وقلنا مراراً بعد أن بدأت، إنّ سورية لن تُهزَم، وإنّ على مَن يتوهّم ولديه أحلام جميلة أو كريهة مبنية على خراب سورية ووراثتها، أنه لن يحصد غير قبض الريح و وعليه إعادة حساباته جيداً وملاقاة سورية ليس في منتصف الطريق، وإنما في أولها قبل ان تقع الفاس بالراس ويتولّد شرخ، ويكون في الموقع الأضعف، والانتهازي و …

سورية غير غيرها، وكما رأيتم فقد توقف زحف الربيع الأميركي الأصفر، بعد نجاحات سريعة حققها في دول أخرى، توقّف الزحف الأصفر في سورية، ليس لأنّ الحرب كانت سهلة عليها، ولكن لأنّها ممسكة بأمرها وقرارها وتتوفر لها وفيها قيادة وقائد حسم أمره، وتوفّرت لديه الإرادة والعزم والقدرة على المقاومة حتى النصر ولا خيار سواه، ولأنّ معظم الشعب معه، ومَن خرجوا قلة قليلة حصّنوا بخروجهم أوضاع سورية وكشفوا الدمامل الخبيثة فاستأصلوا أنفسهم من واقع سورية النظيف والريادي، من دون أكلاف سورية تُذكَر.

لقد دفعت دمشق أرضاً ووطناً وشعباً وجيشاً وقوى رديفة ومقاومة وحلفاء أثماناً باهظة، شهداء ومهجّرين وجرحى وبنى تحتية ومصانع ومقدّرات وثروات زراعية وتعدينية ومعالم حضارية، لكن الحروب تحسب بخواتيمها، وانتصار القضايا العادلة يستلزم تضحيات، لكن سورية لم تتعب، فيما تعب المعتدون وأفلسوا بما ضخوا من أموال ومرتزقة إرهابيين وتكفيريين وجهاليين إخوانيين ووهابيين. وها هم يتبارون اليوم بفضح سوءات بعضهم في ما ارتكبوا ويستعجلون الخلاص متجاهلين مَن ورّطوهم من العملاء ومآلاتهم البائسة التالية.

لقد ولّى الزمن الذي أتيح فيه احتلال العراق خلال أيام جراء ظروف محلية وإقليمية ودولية ، أو الذي دمّرت فيه ليبيا خلال أسابيع، فسورية بنت جيداً أوضاعها الداخلية بكلّ أشكالها وعمّقت صلاتها بشعبها، وكرّست صداقات دولية واسعة مهمة واستراتيجية، وتمكّنت من كشف نيات وممارسات ومخططات وهمجية مستهدفيها وارتباطاتهم وتطرّفهم وخطرهم على العالم أجمع، رغم حجم الهجمة الإعلامية والحصار الإعلامي الكبير، كما أنّ الأوضاع العالمية اختلفت وبدت المقاصد الإمبريالية الأميركية والأوروبية الغربية وتل أبيب والعثمنة الجديدة، فضلاً عن الرجعية العربية التابعة ـ واضحة تماماً.

نكرّر، رغم حجم الخسائر الهائل، سيُعاد بناء سورية بأسرع وأسلس وأحدث مما كانت عليه، وسيفرد الرخ السوري جناحيه على المنطقة، بما انتصر وكرّس من مفاهيم وطنية وقومية وحضارية وإنسانية وإرادة خلاقة، وبما عُرف به الشعب السوري من دأب وقدرات خلاقة وتحويل السلبي الى إيجابي واجتراح للحلول، وقدرة على كسب الأصدقاء والمتعاونين، وتحويل القليل الممكن إلى طاقة جبارة وقدرة أكبر بمنتهى السلاسة وأقلّ الكلف وأسرع زمناً.

ولا بدّ أنّ تجربة الدولة الوطنية السورية، في تحقيق الصمود والنصر ستدرّس لاحقاً في الكليات العسكرية والعلوم السياسية والإعلام وعلم الاجتماع.

ليلحق بركب سورية كلّ من لا يزال متردّداً خجلاً ، ويحاول تجاوز حماقات ذاته وألاعيب صغار ورّطهم بها صغار، لم يمتلكوا غير المال وأسياف محنطة، وكبار باتوا خارج الزمن بما انطووا عليه من غرور وحسابات داخلية عقيمة وخارجية لا تدرك ما انطوى عليه العالم والزمن من تغيّرات جوهرية ـ لن تجد لها حواسيبهم حلولاً أو أسباباً للتقدّم خارج إرادة الشعوب أو قسراً عنها رغم كلّ البهارج الخادعة.

أما المساعدات الإمبريالية الظاهرة، هي في الحقيقة عبء أكثر منها مساعدات، بما تنطوي عليه من أكلاف باهظة وقطيعة مع من تربطنا بهم أواصر عميقة وحقيقيةز هي فضلاً عن علاقات التاريخ والجغرافيا والديمغرافيا والدين واللغة والدم والمصير المشترك والعدو الحقيقي… تربطنا بهم مصالح اقتصادية حيث تبلغ خسارة الأردن من استمرار الاعتداء على سورية والعراق 8 مليارات دولار سنوياً، تشكل أكثر من مجموع ديون الأردن خلال سنوات سبع. فلندرك مصالحنا ونكفّ عن التسلّط على جيب المواطن ونكسب ولاءه ونعمّق انتماءه، فلا نعود بحاجة لإرسال قاتل صهيوني إلى نتنياهو لاستقباله كبطل…!

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Hezbollah and Syrian Army Units Finishing Off Terrorists of Al-Nusra

By Andre Vltchek

August 14, 2017 “Information Clearing House” –  It came unexpectedly, rapidly and with great force: on 21 July 2016, Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Syrian army from their side, in unison, attacked positions of the malevolent terrorist group, Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly known as Al-Nusra Front), in the mountainous province of Jroud Arsal in Bekaa Valley, on the border of two countries.

Simultaneously, the Lebanese Army surrounded and hermetically sealed the area around Arsal town, preventing new terrorist forces from entering the battle zone.

More than 150 militants were killed. Two dozen Hezbollah fighters lost their lives. Despite the difficult mountainous terrain, the battle was swift, heroic and well coordinated. The group was forced into accepting a ceasefire agreement, which went into effect on 27 July, and which stipulates that all of its fighters will be transferred by the army to a designated area inside Syria (Idlib).

Vanessa Beeley, Associate Editor of the 21st Century Wire, wrote this comment for my essay, literally from “the rubble of East Aleppo”:

“This is a momentous victory for the Resistance against the NATO and Gulf state terrorists. The black flags have been torn down in Arsal and the flags of Hezbollah, Lebanon and Syria are flying side by side as a symbol of the unity of anti-imperialist, anti-Zionist forces in the region. The heroes who gave their lives for this hard-won victory will always be remembered and honored by those whose lives and culture had been under threat from the malevolent forces of extremism and terrorism.”

Who are these terrorists, based for so long at both sides of the border?

The Nusra Front was al Qaeda’s official wing since the beginning of the Syrian war, but in 2016 it decided to split, at least formally, from its former mentor. It rapidly ‘reinvented’ itself. Now it is fighting as part of the Jabhat Fatah al-Sham Islamist Alliance, or more precisely, as its dominant force.

Lebanon has often been described as a time bomb, with dormant ISIS cells spread all over the country (even in the predominantly Christian areas), with al Qaeda first and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham later controlling several pockets in the north, and with the constant threat of an Israeli invasion from the south. Tiny Lebanon also has a notoriously weak government, and it is divided along religious lines. For years it has been facing perpetual refugee crises, with Palestinian refugees literally ‘stuck’ here for decades (with extremely limited rights), and with still more than one million Syrian refugees, most of them forced to flee the brutal war triggered by NATO and its allies in the Gulf.

As Hezbollah and the Syrian army were leading a decisive battle against the terrorists, the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri was meeting U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington D.C., discussing, among other issues, additional U.S. sanctions against Hezbollah, which most Western countries label as a “terrorist group (either entire organization, or at least its military wing).”

On 26 July, Reuters reported:

“Standing beside Hariri in the White House Rose Garden, Trump said Hezbollah is a threat to Lebanon from within. He called the powerful Shi’ite Muslim group a “menace” to the Lebanese people and to the entire region… U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation last week seeking to increase sanctions on Hezbollah by further restricting its ability to raise money and recruit and increasing pressure on banks that do business with it.”

Mr. Hariri, a sworn enemy of Syria and its government, said nothing to contradict the U.S. leader. Born in Saudi Arabia (he holds both KSA and Lebanese citizenships), Mr. Hariri stood still, as Mr. Trump unleashed derogatory rhetoric against the only group in Lebanon which is capable of providing social services to all of its citizens, and which heroically defended Lebanon during the Israeli invasion.

As Trump spoke and Hariri obediently listened, shock waves were running through political and even financial circles in Lebanon. Here, life without Hezbollah would come to a total standstill, most social services would collapse, and the country would be virtually left exposed and defenseless.

“America’s assistance can help to ensure that the Lebanese army is the only defender Lebanon needs,” Trump said at a White House news conference. He made sure not to mention the amount of money or type of hardware the U.S. was willing to supply. No details were given. Mr. Hariri never dared to ask publicly.

Everyone in the Middle East knows clearly what all this could mean: perhaps the U.S. aid would increase the salaries of top military officers, and even buy few new fancy (US or EU made) weapons, but it would definitely not save Lebanon in case it was once again attacked by Israel, or if it were to be overrun by the huge number of NATO and Gulf-sponsored or directly supported Islamist extremists, who have already been infiltrated for years, into Syrian territory which is right across the border.

For now, however, there is much hope and plenty of reasons to celebrate, in both cities and countryside, all across Lebanon. Mr. Modar Nasr (not his real name), a leading young Syrian intellectual presently based in Beirut, explained to me:

What happened in Arsal showed that there is actually hope for a better Lebanon. For the first time in years the forces of ‘March 14” and “March 8” stood together to fight against Nusra and other terrorist factions. The operation was not only led by Hezbollah, but also by the Lebanese army and the Syrian army. That is why we saw this sweeping victory in battle expected to last at least one month.”

Now the next stage of this sweeping operation is just beginning. It consists of a frontal attack against Daesh (ISIS) in an adjacent area of the border zone.

On 28 July, the Lebanese Army was heavily engaged, using tanks, pounding positions of the Islamic State on the outskirts of Ras Baalbeck.

So far, everything has been going according to plan. That is, according to a plan created and being implemented by Hezbollah, Syria and the Lebanese Army.  

Where the U.S. and present Lebanese Prime Minister stand, is clear. It is also obvious that their designs do not coincide with the interests of the majority of the Lebanese people, and those from the entire region.

The leadership of Hezbollah reacted with civility and calm to the events in Washington. On June 26, The Daily Star in Beirut reported:

At the start of his televised speech Wednesday, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said he would not respond to comments made by U.S. President Donald Trump during his meeting with Prime Minister Saad Hariri earlier in the week, so as not to embarrass the Lebanese delegation to Washington.”

In reference to the ongoing battles, Hassan Nasrallah proclaimed:

“The objective is to have the armed groups that Nusra control exit from Lebanon to Syria… This is a righteous battle … anyone who is hesitant can ask the people [starting in Hermel] who used to have rockets rain down on them … and behind them all of Bekaa. Let them ask in the areas that suffered [the deaths of] martyrs from car bomb attacks and the areas who were on the verge of being targeted. Let him ask these questions of himself…”

“We took the decision. This is not an Iranian decision; it’s not Iran that told Hezbollah … it is not a Syrian decision, not even in Flita. We called the Syrian leadership and asked them for their help in this area because they had priorities elsewhere … this is an internal decision.”

The speech was concluded by a clear message of defiance and confidence, sent across the ocean to the United States:

Our people today are afraid of no one … not a [Donald] Trump, or a [George] Bush or a [Barack] Obama or [Ariel] Sharon.”

The balance of power in the Middle East is rapidly changing. The West is discredited, and so are several of its allies. The involvement of Russia and to some extent China, has reassured various regional powers and movements that are fighting, directly or indirectly against both Western occupations and interventions. Countries located as far away as Afghanistan, are watching closely, with great interest.

Andre Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He has covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. Three of his latest books are revolutionary novel “Aurora” and two bestselling works of political non-fiction: “Exposing Lies Of The Empire” and “Fighting Against Western ImperialismView his other books here. Andre is making films for teleSUR and Al-Mayadeen. Watch Rwanda Gambit, his groundbreaking documentary about Rwanda and DRCongo. After having lived in Latin America, Africa and Oceania, Vltchek presently resides in East Asia and the Middle East, and continues to work around the world. He can be reached through his website and his Twitter.

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

Hezbollah and Syrian Army Units Finishing Off Al-Nusra Terrorists

Hezbollah and Syrian Army Units Finishing Off Al-Nusra Terrorists

By Andre Vltchek,

Featured image: A UN armored vehicle parked near the Lebanon – Israeli border crossing. 

It came unexpectedly, rapidly and with great force: on 21 July 2016, Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Syrian army from their side, in unison, attacked positions of the malevolent terrorist group, Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly known as Al-Nusra Front), in the mountainous province of Jroud Arsal in Bekaa Valley, on the border of two countries.

Simultaneously, the Lebanese Army surrounded and hermetically sealed the area around Arsal town, preventing new terrorist forces from entering the battle zone.

More than 150 militants were killed. Two dozen Hezbollah fighters lost their lives. Despite the difficult mountainous terrain, the battle was swift, heroic and well coordinated. The group was forced into accepting a ceasefire agreement, which went into effect on 27 July, and which stipulates that all of its fighters will be transferred by the army to a designated area inside Syria (Idlib).

Vanessa Beeley, Associate Editor of the 21st Century Wire, wrote this comment for my essay, literally from “the rubble of East Aleppo”:

“This is a momentous victory for the Resistance against the NATO and Gulf state terrorists. The black flags have been torn down in Arsal and the flags of Hezbollah, Lebanon and Syria are flying side by side as a symbol of the unity of anti-imperialist, anti-Zionist forces in the region. The heroes who gave their lives for this hard-won victory will always be remembered and honored by those whose lives and culture had been under threat from the malevolent forces of extremism and terrorism.”

Who are these terrorists, based for so long at both sides of the border?

The Nusra Front was al Qaeda’s official wing since the beginning of the Syrian war, but in 2016 it decided to split, at least formally, from its former mentor. It rapidly ‘reinvented’ itself. Now it is fighting as part of the Jabhat Fatah al-Sham Islamist Alliance, or more precisely, as its dominant force.

Lebanon has often been described as a time bomb, with dormant ISIS cells spread all over the country (even in the predominantly Christian areas), with al Qaeda first and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham later controlling several pockets in the north, and with the constant threat of an Israeli invasion from the south. Tiny Lebanon also has a notoriously weak government, and it is divided along religious lines. For years it has been facing perpetual refugee crises, with Palestinian refugees literally ‘stuck’ here for decades (with extremely limited rights), and with still more than one million Syrian refugees, most of them forced to flee the brutal war triggered by NATO and its allies in the Gulf.

As Hezbollah and the Syrian army were leading a decisive battle against the terrorists, the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri was meeting U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington D.C., discussing, among other issues, additional U.S. sanctions against Hezbollah, which most Western countries label as a “terrorist group (either entire organization, or at least its military wing).”

On 26 July, Reuters reported:

“Standing beside Hariri in the White House Rose Garden, Trump said Hezbollah is a threat to Lebanon from within. He called the powerful Shi’ite Muslim group a “menace” to the Lebanese people and to the entire region… U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation last week seeking to increase sanctions on Hezbollah by further restricting its ability to raise money and recruit and increasing pressure on banks that do business with it.”

Mr. Hariri, a sworn enemy of Syria and its government, said nothing to contradict the U.S. leader. Born in Saudi Arabia (he holds both KSA and Lebanese citizenships), Mr. Hariri stood still, as Mr. Trump unleashed derogatory rhetoric against the only group in Lebanon which is capable of providing social services to all of its citizens, and which heroically defended Lebanon during the Israeli invasion.

As Trump spoke and Hariri obediently listened, shock waves were running through political and even financial circles in Lebanon. Here, life without Hezbollah would come to a total standstill, most social services would collapse, and the country would be virtually left exposed and defenseless.

“America’s assistance can help to ensure that the Lebanese army is the only defender Lebanon needs,” Trump said at a White House news conference.

He made sure not to mention the amount of money or type of hardware the U.S. was willing to supply. No details were given. Mr. Hariri never dared to ask publicly.

Everyone in the Middle East knows clearly what all this could mean: perhaps the U.S. aid would increase the salaries of top military officers, and even buy few new fancy (US or EU made) weapons, but it would definitely not save Lebanon in case it was once again attacked by Israel, or if it were to be overrun by the huge number of NATO and Gulf-sponsored or directly supported Islamist extremists, who have already been infiltrated for years, into Syrian territory which is right across the border.

For now, however, there is much hope and plenty of reasons to celebrate, in both cities and countryside, all across Lebanon. Mr. Modar Nasr (not his real name), a leading young Syrian intellectual presently based in Beirut, explained to me:

What happened in Arsal showed that there is actually hope for a better Lebanon. For the first time in years the forces of ‘March 14” and “March 8” stood together to fight against Nusra and other terrorist factions. The operation was not only led by Hezbollah, but also by the Lebanese army and the Syrian army. That is why we saw this sweeping victory in battle expected to last at least one month.”

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Now the next stage of this sweeping operation is just beginning. It consists of a frontal attack against Daesh (ISIS) in an adjacent area of the border zone.

Lebanese army near in historic Baalbek.

Lebanese army units in historic Baalbek.

On 28 July, the Lebanese Army was heavily engaged, using tanks, pounding positions of the Islamic State on the outskirts of Ras Baalbeck.

So far, everything has been going according to plan. That is, according to a plan created and being implemented by Hezbollah, Syria and the Lebanese Army.  

Where the U.S. and present Lebanese Prime Minister stand, is clear. It is also obvious that their designs do not coincide with the interests of the majority of the Lebanese people, and those from the entire region.

The leadership of Hezbollah reacted with civility and calm to the events in Washington. On June 26, The Daily Star in Beirut reported:

At the start of his televised speech Wednesday, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said he would not respond to comments made by U.S. President Donald Trump during his meeting with Prime Minister Saad Hariri earlier in the week, so as not to embarrass the Lebanese delegation to Washington.”

In reference to the ongoing battles, Hassan Nasrallah proclaimed:

“The objective is to have the armed groups that Nusra control exit from Lebanon to Syria… This is a righteous battle … anyone who is hesitant can ask the people [starting in Hermel] who used to have rockets rain down on them … and behind them all of Bekaa. Let them ask in the areas that suffered [the deaths of] martyrs from car bomb attacks and the areas who were on the verge of being targeted. Let him ask these questions of himself…”

“We took the decision. This is not an Iranian decision; it’s not Iran that told Hezbollah … it is not a Syrian decision, not even in Flita. We called the Syrian leadership and asked them for their help in this area because they had priorities elsewhere … this is an internal decision.”

The speech was concluded by a clear message of defiance and confidence, sent across the ocean to the United States:

Our people today are afraid of no one … not a [Donald] Trump, or a [George] Bush or a [Barack] Obama or [Ariel] Sharon.”

The balance of power in the Middle East is rapidly changing. The West is discredited, and so are several of its allies. The involvement of Russia and to some extent China, has reassured various regional powers and movements that are fighting, directly or indirectly against both Western occupations and interventions. Countries located as far away as Afghanistan, are watching closely, with great interest.

Andre Vltchek is philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He’s a creator of Vltchek’s World in Word and Images, a writer of revolutionary novel Aurora and several other books. He writes especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”

All images in this article are from the author.

FULL VIDEO REPORT: Airlanding Behind Daesh Lines ~ Russian-Syrian Soldiers Operation Behind ISIS Lines in Raqqah

Tiger Forces landing behind Daesh lines in Raqqah province

The Syrian media released more info about the Tiger Forces landing operation behind the Daesh (ISIS, ISIL, IS) lines in the province of Raqqah.

According to the report, government troops led by Tiger Forces Commander Suheil al-Hassan were transported by 4 Mi-35 attack helicopters to the eastern Raqqah countryside 21km behind the frontline and Khirbet Makman village, Al-Qadir town and Bir Rahum.

The Russian Aerospace Forces supported the opeartion providing an air cover to the advancing government troops, according to the report.

This was the first ever airlanding operation conducted by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) during the ongoing war. The operation confirmed the growing SAA military capabilities and its restored ability to conduct rapid operations across the country.

According to the report, government troops led by Tiger Forces Commander Suheil al-Hassan were transported by 4 Mi-35 attack helicopters to the eastern Raqqah countryside 21km behind the frontline and Khirbet Makman village, Al-Qadir town and Bir Rahum.

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Russian Defense Ministry appreciates Army’s air drop operation behind ISIS lines

Moscow – The Russian Defense Ministry hailed the landing operation conducted by the units of the Syrian Arab Army in the depth of ISIS’ spreading areas between the countryside of Raqqa and Homs, describing it as “skilled ”.

The ministry said in a statement: “Overnight to August 12, for the first time since the beginning of combat operations against the terrorist organization of ISIS in Syria, Syrian government forces organized and conducted a skilled tactical landing operation behind terrorists’ lines with their subsequent defeat and liberation of the town of al-Kadir, about 120 kilometers west of Deir Ezzor,” SANA reported.

It affirmed that the operation was conducted under the command of General Suheil al-Hassan, one of Syria’s most renowned military commanders.

“Russian military advisers took direct part in the preparation of the operation and control over it,” the ministry noted.

On August 12th, Army units, in cooperation with the backup forces, conducted a night air drop 20 km behind the fronts of the ISIS terrorist organization to the south of al-Kadir town between Raqqa and Homs.

The army’s successful airdrop contributed to the advancement of the army units and the backup forces 21km to establish full control over Khirbet Makman and al-Kadir town, and to the advancement 12 km to the southeast of Raqqa to establish control over Bei al-Rahoum village.

Huge numbers of the ISIS terrorists were killed in the operations, in addition to destroying 3 tanks, 17 machinegun-equipped vehicles and 7 cars rigged with explosives and two tanks and a number of artillery pieces were seized.

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SYRIAN WAR REPORT – AUGUST 14, 2017: GOVT-HELD AREA IN SYRIA GROWN SIGNIFICANTLY OVER TWO MONTHS

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The area controlled by the Damascus government in Syria has grown by 250 percent over the past two months, Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoigu said on Sunday. Shoigu added that the liberation of the key town of Sukhna in the province of Homs opens an opportunity to lift the ISIS siege from the strategic city of Deir Ezzor. He added that Russia has “started persuading our American colleagues that terrorists should be separated from opposition to understand where to strike… Establishing the de-escalation zones today is exactly this separation.”

On Saturday, special operations units from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces carried out a successful air landing operation behind ISIS lines at the administrative border between Homs and Raqqah provinces.

Government troops led by Tiger Forces Commander Suheil al-Hassan were transported by 4 Mi-35 attack helicopters to the eastern Raqqah countryside 21km behind the frontline and liberated Khirbet Makman village, Al-Qadir town and Bir Rahum. Government troops are now deployed in only about 40 km from the recently liberated town of Sukhna.

Special operations forces killed and injured large numbers of ISIS fighters, and destroyed 3 battle tanks, 17 armed vehicles, 7 VBIEDs, and captured two VBIEDs, two tanks and several ISIS artillery pieces during the operation, according to the Syrian Ministry of Defense.

This was the first ever air landing operation conducted by the SAA during the ongoing war. It showed the growing military capabilities of the SAA supported and trained by Russia and Iran.

Meanwhile, the SAA and tribal forces continued pressuring ISIS in the town of Maadan near the Euphrates River. The SAA has still not liberated the town because of constant flanking attacks by ISIS in the area. Last weekend, ISIS attacked the SAA near Ghanim Ali and al-Kadir killing 7 SAA troops and capturing a battle tank.

In the province of Homs, ISIS conducted raids near Sukhna, in the area of Humaimah and at the Shaer fields. According to Amaq, 32 SAA soldiers were killed and 3 battle tanks, a BMP, a bulldozer and 5 vehicles were destroyed in the clashes.

Despite counter-attacks, ISIS is in very complicated situation. As soon as the SAA fully secures the Sukhna area, government forces will be able to pay more attention to other frontlines in the Homs province and counter a threat posed by ISIS units there.

Two US soldiers died and five others suffered injures while they were conducting operations in northern Iraq, the US military said in a statement on Sunday. According to the released statement, “the incident was not due to enemy contact”.

The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq released a statement claiming the US military suffered casualties because of the group’s shelling near al-Bwair village east of Tal-Afar town. According to the statement, ISIS used Grad rockets, killed 4 US soldiers and injured 6 others. Amaq claimed that ISIS members were tracking US forces movement via a small drone.

Troops of the US-led coalition actively operate in Iraq and Syria. The US Special Operations Forces even spearhead offensives in the crucial directions like Mosul or Raqqah, according to local sources. However, the US military prefers avoid providing official confirmations of such facts.

RUSSIAN MILITARY ADVISORS ASSISTED SYRIAN AMRY AIRDROP OPERATION BEHIND ISIS DEFENSE LINES

14.08.2017

Russian Military Advisors Assisted Syrian Amry Airdrop Operation Behind ISIS Defense Lines

Russian Military Advisors Assisted Syrian Amry Airdrop Operation Behind ISIS Defense Lines
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Russian military advisors particiapted in the preparation of the Syrian Army airdrop operation behind ISIS defense lines that took place at the administrative border between Homs and Raqqah provinces last weekend, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on Monday.

The airdrop opeation was led by Commander of the Tiger Forces, General Suhel Hassan, and supported by Russian Ka-52 attack helicopters.

“On August 12 night, for the first time since the beginning of hostilities against ISIS terrorist group in Syria, the government forces managed to prepare and conduct a brilliant operation to make a tactical landing in the rear of the militants which resulted in their complete defeat and capture of the settlement of Al-Hadar about 120 kilometers west of the city of Deir Ezzor,” the ministry said. “With the help of night vision systems, the renowned [Ka-52] Alligators not only effectively directed and corrected the fire of multiple-launch rocket system, but also destroyed [ISIS] armored vehicles and armed cars,” the ministry said.

The airdropped troops were holding positions until the appraoch of the main striking force.

“The actions of the tactical landing force and the effectiveness of the fire damage inflicted on Daesh fighters allowed the government troops to seize al-Hadar without losses,” the ministry said.
The Russian Defense Ministry’s video of the operation:

TIGER FORCES LIBERATED KAWM OASIS EN ROUTE TO STRATEGIC SUKHNA TOWN IN HOMS PROVINCE (MAPS)

14.08.2017

Tiger Forces Liberated Kawm Oasis En Route To Strategic Sukhna Town In Homs Province (Maps)

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Following the previous advances, the Syrian Arab Army Tiger Forces liberated the entire Kawm oasis en route to the strategic Sukhna town in the province of Homs.

The Tiger Forces are now developing momentum in the direction of the Taybah town located north of Sukhna. If Taybah is liberated, the Tiger Forces will get a strong point at the important road linking up Sukhna and the government-held area in Raqqah province.

Tiger Forces Liberated Kawm Oasis En Route To Strategic Sukhna Town In Homs Province (Maps)

PHOTOS: TIGER FORCES TROOPS IN RECENTLY LIBERATED KAWN OASIS IN HOMS PROVINCE

14.08.2017

Photos: Tiger Forces Troops In Recently Liberated Kawn Oasis In Homs Province

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Photos have appeared online confirming a large advance made by the Syrian Arab Army Tiger Forces against ISIS in the province of Homs.

Photos how Tiger Forces members in the recently liberated Kawn oasis in only about 30km from the recently liberated town of Sukhna north of Palmyra.

The Toger Forces are advancing along the Resafa-Sukhna road in order ot link the government-held areas in the provinces of Homs and Raqqah and to cut off ISIS members in the eastern Hama countryside from their allies in the rest of Syria.

Photos: Tiger Forces Troops In Recently Liberated Kawn Oasis In Homs Province

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Photos: Tiger Forces Troops In Recently Liberated Kawn Oasis In Homs Province

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Photos: Tiger Forces Troops In Recently Liberated Kawn Oasis In Homs Province

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Photos: Tiger Forces Troops In Recently Liberated Kawn Oasis In Homs Province

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الحرب النفسية خطّة حرب لا ترفاً ولا حذاقة

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الحرب النفسية خطّة حرب لا ترفاً ولا حذاقة

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أغسطس 15, 2017

– خطت المقاومة اللبنانية، خصوصاً مقاومة حزب الله بشخص قائدها السيد حسن نصرالله معالم مدرسة تزاوج بين الحرب الميدانية والحرب النفسية، وردع ميداني يتزاوج مع الردع النفسي، وأثبتت فعاليتها في محطّات مختلفة بتحقيق نتائج لا تزال تفعل فعلها في صناعة موازين القوى الحقيقية والخفية الحاكمة للصراع بين المقاومة و»إسرائيل». وفيما يجهد الكثيرون لاستخلاص قواعد مدرسة الحرب النفسية التي تنتهجها المقاومة، تمهيداً لاستعارتها يفوتهم أنها ليست ترفاً قام به باحثون أكاديميون، ولا حذاقة أعدّ معالمها وقواعدها فنانون محترفون، بل هي خطة حرب مكلفة متمّمة لفعل الحرب نفسها مرة وسابقة لفعلها مرات، لكنها في كلّ مرة بكلفة الحرب نفسها.

– أليس مدعاة للفخر للمقاومة وسيّدها، قيام القيادة «الإسرائيلية» بمستوياتها السياسية والعسكرية والأمنية والقضائية والمالية كافة بالتصديق على قرار تفكيك مستوعبات الأمونيا في حيفا، كتداعٍ لحملة انطلقت مع تهديد سيد المقاومة بجعلها هدفاً من أهداف الحرب المقبلة، بمثل ما كانت معادلة «إسرائيل» أوهن من بيت العنكبوت واحدة من عناوين الحرب في تموز 2006، وهي معادلة انطلقت في العام 2000 من خطاب النصر للسيد نصرالله من ساحة بنت جبيل، وصار أحد أهداف حرب تموز بلوغ الساحة نفسها وزرع العلم «الإسرائيلي»، حيث كانت منصة السيد نصرالله للقول، لا ليست «إسرائيل» أوهن من بيت العنكبوت، وكان من علامات النصر في تموز فشل المحاولة «الإسرائيلية» بدخول بنت جبيل وبلوغ نقطة منصة خطاب النصر وزرع العلم «الإسرائيلي» فيها.

– في الحلقات المتتالية لمعادلات الحرب النفسية تكون الكلفة دماء وجهوداً مضنية واستعدادات لا حدّ لها، فلا يملك القول باستهداف مستوعبات الأمونيا مَن لا يملك القدرة على وضع تهديده موضع التنفيذ، وإقناع عدوّه بمستوياته الشعبية والرسمية كافة بمصداقية القدرة والجدية والصدق في تنفيذ التهديد، وقبل قول ذلك كان على المقاومة أن تضع بين أيدي المعنيين في مستويات القرار وصناعة الرأي العام لدى العدو ما يجعلهم على يقين من الصدق والمصداقية في القول وربط القول بقدرة وجدّية الفعل، بامتلاك صواريخ دقيقة الإصابة، قادرة على التدمير، متحرّكة القدرات في مداها، قادرة على تفادي محاولات صدّها. وهذا يعني حرباً كاملة، في تمارين صواريخ المقاومة وتمارين مقابلة للقبة الحديدية، وبنوك الأهداف المتقابلة والقدرات الاستخبارية المتسابقة في بلوغ المزيد من المعلومات والدقة في مسح المعطيات، فتصير الحرب النفسية كتلة عصبية متحفزة أنتجتها حرب لم تقع، لكنها استدعت العرق والدماء والقدرات التي تستهلكها حرب كاملة.

– معادلة «إسرائيل» أوهن من بيت العنكبوت وضعت عام 2000 لكنها تثبّتت عام 2006، ومعادلة نحن قوم لا نترك أسرانا في السجون وضعت عام 2001، لكنها تثبّتت بعد حرب تموز 2006 مع تحرير الأسرى، حتى قال أحد جنرالات الحرب «الإسرائيليين» في تحقيقات فينوغراد، إذا تسنّى لنا في حرب مقبلة أن نحصل على أسرى لحزب الله، فعلينا تفادي ذلك، لأننا نجلب على أنفسنا حرباً مقبلة ربما تقع في ظروف غير مؤاتية.

– معادلة أردتموها حرباً مفتوحة، فلتكن حرباً مفتوحة، وحيفا وما بعد ما بعد حيفا، ومعادلة خبأنا لكم الكثير من المفاجآت، كلها ما كانت لها قيمة لو لم تكن المقاومة قد أعدّت لكلّ واحدة منها خطة قادرة على ترجمتها في الميدان، مقدّرة خوض الحرب المفتوحة التي أظهرتها المقاومة في حرب تموز، على بلوغ صواريخها حيفا وما بعد حيفا وما بعد ما بعد حيفا، وصولاً إلى ما كانت عليه بداية الحرب مفاجأة تدمير البارجة «ساعر» على الهواء بالتزامن مع خطاب السيد نصرالله.

– معادلة الحرب في سورية كانت، ستندمون على رهان استنزافنا، فسنخرج من هذه الحرب أشدّ قوة، ولن تصرفنا عنكم فما أعدّ لكم يزداد ويتراكم، رغم الحرب في سورية، معادلة ثبتت باعترافات «الإسرائيليين» اليوم عن تعاظم قوة حزب الله، والأهمّ منها في وعيهم ولا وعيهم معادلة قرار الحرب في سورية وعنوانها سنكون حيث يجب أن نكون، ويقيسها «الإسرائيليون» على مقارنة تخطّي الحدود نحو سورية وتخطّيها لاحقاً نحو فلسطين، فيستخلصون التحسّب لجدية التهديد بالعبور البري إلى الجليل أو إلى الجولان، أو لكليهما، وها هم يقومون بإسقاطات حسابية وجغرافية وعسكرية لعملية جرود عرسال على كلّ من مزارع شبعا والجولان.

حاويات الامونيا

– في خطاب النصر مرّر السيد نصرالله عبارة من وحيّ تفكيك حاويات الأمونيا مضمونها، فكّروا بديمونا فهو أخطر. وهي تحتلّ عناوين الصحف والقنوات التلفزيونية، وقد بدأت تتحوّل إلى معادلة الحرب النفسية المقبلة، وأهميتها التاريخية والاستراتيجية، أنها تصيب العقيدة العسكرية «الإسرائيلية» التي أسّسها بن غوريون على نظرية امتلاك كلّ سلاح فتاك تعويضاً عن قصور الجغرافيا في منح «إسرائيل» فرص خوض حرب متكافئة مع جيوش المنطقة، فكانت القنبلة النووية هدف بن غوريون لحماية «إسرائيل»،

واليوم يسود الخبراء «الإسرائيليين» منطق يقول إنّ المدى الجغرافي الضيّق يفرض على «إسرائيل» التخلص من السلاحين النووي والكيميائي، لأنّ استهدافهما سيجعلهما وبالاً على «إسرائيل» التي لن تستطيع استعمالهما في أي حرب مقبلة.

– مقاومة تصنع المعادلات، لأنها تصنع الحرب، ولأنها تأسّست وتواصل مسيرتها بصدق ومصداقية، خطة حربها هي أصل حربها النفسية، وواضع الخطتين قائدها، وهنا مكمن سحره وتفوّقه بما يختزن من خصال الصدق والمصداقية ومن رمزية الحرب والنصر، وتراكم التناوب بين القول والفعل وبين حرب وحرب.

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