US Forces Block Syrian Army Advance in Preparation For Syria Partition

A U.S.-backed operation near Raqqa aims to “block any advance by Syrian government forces from the west”. The Balkanization of Syria begins

Global Research, March 27, 2017
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The road to Raqqa is now blocked by U.S. forces and their allies. The chances that Raqqa (and the surrounding region) will be returned to Syria are now slim to none. Foreign armies and their proxies are sharpening their carving knives.

U.S. Special Forces and Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters have just captured a “strategic air base” from Islamic State in northern Syria; in doing so, they have also “blocked” the advance of the Syrian Army as it approaches Raqqa from the west:

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on Sunday that they captured the Tabqa air base, 45km west of Raqqa, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group’s de facto capital in Syria.

Earlier this week, US forces airlifted SDF fighters behind ISIL lines to allow them to launch the Tabqa assault, and on Friday the alliance reached one of the dam’s entrances.

SDF forces were within 10km of Raqqa from the north, and aimed to effectively surround the city before launching an assault.

But as RFE/RL quietly notes:

Besides recapturing the dam, SDF said the U.S.-backed operation also aimed to block any advance by Syrian government forces from the west.

The landing forces airdropped into Syria seized four small villages in the area west of Tabqa and cut a main highway that links the provinces of Raqqa, Deir al-Zor, and Aleppo, Scrocca said.

The SDF cut the last main road out of Raqqa earlier this month, narrowing in on the city from the north, east, and west.

The only way in or out of Raqqa now is over the Euphrates River that borders the city to the south.

Incredible, isn’t it? A foreign army that is illegally operating in a sovereign nation can just march in and cut off the legitimate army of said sovereign nation from liberating its own city from terrorists.

What a world — and so much for international law.

It will be interesting to see Moscow’s reaction. Was this always part of the “deal” in Syria? Or is Washington hoping that Syria, Iran and Russia will accept Raqqa’s U.S.-ordained fate?

Stay tuned.

In the last quarter: Bin Salman and Netanyahu are the leaders of Al Nusra publicly في الربع الأخير: بن سلمان ونتنياهو قادة النصرة علناً

In the last quarter: Bin Salman and Netanyahu are the leaders of Al Nusra publicly

Written by Nasser Kandil,

مارس 27, 2017

Throughout the past six years the Turks were the most present on the arena of the Syrian war among their allies including the countries that ignite that war for which there were facades that hide faces and reveal other faces. The American who does not appear but only when the title of the war on terrorism became an appropriate umbrella, preserves for himself a well-considered role that is open on escalation and the settlements together since he withdrew his fleets from the Mediterranean Sea, dismissing of getting involved in a war that he knows when it starts but he does not know when it will end,  leaving his allies As Israel And Saudi Arabia which have interest in waging the war according to an existential equation, and in manipulating as Turkey in order to dedicate the positive outcome of all of them into his account while putting the negative outcome for each one of them on its own account as a debt, therefore the American hides behind the Turkish Saudi Israeli tripartite.

This tripartite which brought Al-Qaeda organization in its two versions, distributed it on the fronts, funded, armed, controlled its movement, feared its coup, and wants to use it, knows that the dealing with Al-Qaeda is unprofitable in politics even if it considered it its only investment in the field with fragile Syrian opposition that cannot withstand in the warfare in front of the Syrian army and its allies, it made of Al-Qaeda a mask that it hides behind and it made for Al-Qaeda a mask in order to hide the opposition. One of the signs of entering in the last quarter of the war is that the big players have participated directly in the battlefield because the masks were fallen and the battle is delicate where there is no place for a mistake, and there is no bet on the secondary players in the big considerations. Al-Qaeda which was hidden behind the formations of the opposition by the operators has become publicly the party which fights. Now the battles of Daraa, Qaboun, and Jobar in the northern of Damascus are announced through formal statements by Al Nusra front and Alrahman corps. In contrast now Israel is bombing publicly sites that belong to the Syrian army and its allies in the eastern of Palmyra after the fall of the lie of destroying missiles convoys there.

The Israeli military movement wants to obstruct the Syrian army from having control on the southern bank of the Euphrates River, which half of its northern bank is under the control of ISIS and the other half is anticipated by ISIS, the Kurds, and he Syrian army from the direction of Hasaka, and Dei Al Zour . The goal of the Israeli obstruction by hitting the front of the Syrian army which reached to the Euphrates is to grant time in order to meet the groups of the opposition  that were trained by Israel and which enter from the Jordanian , Syrian, and Iraqi borders, they were already tested by the Americans in Tanaf battles on the Syrian-Iraqi borders but they failed. It is supposed that they reach across the Desert to the Euphrates River and meet the Kurds from Hasaka under US orders. Therefore the Syrian army will not be able to reach Deir Al Zour through this connection from Tanaf to Euphrates due to the presence of the groups led by the Americans and the Israelis; they try to overthrow the equation of the triangle which was achieved by the Syrian army between Tadef, Palmyra, and Deir Al Zour.

The Israeli failure due to the Syrian stunning response and its level which made the confrontation at a higher strategic level than the expectations of the leaders of the government of Benjamin Netanyahu, in addition to the Russian reaction toward the Israeli raids have put the Israeli movement in a narrow position that raises the degree of challenge and puts the Russian-US relationship in a test that prevents any opportunity for any Israeli forthcoming role in the Syrian airspace. America has enabled Israel to implement the task and has given it the keys to enter to the Syrian airspace by following its jets at the same timing of the US raid in the western of Aleppo on the sites of Al-Qaeda organization. The point is that what has been started for tactic service for a party of a war in which Israel entered has become at the level of determining the presence of the Israeli in the Syrian equation, so this provokes the Saudi intervention directly and thus Al Nusra front ignited the confrontations in Damascus to prevent the Israeli hesitation and to ensure the ability to move and to prove that the American is capable of changing the equations to continue what the Israeli has done from the position of the partner in the field, moreover  to convince the American during the visit of Mohammed Bin Salman to Washington to grant time to the Saudi and the Israeli bilateral to lead the war of the southern of Syria against the Syrian country and its allies and away from the equations of the cooperation with the Russians and the equations of the agreement and the disagreement with the Turks in the northern of Syria.

The symbols of the Saudi media and the leaders of the negotiating delegation of Riyadh’s group do not hide that the bombing has been carried out by Al Nusra and that the force of Alrahman corps is leading the fight on the other front, and that the opposition is just for the talk. They do not hide that the timing of the explosion is related to the seeking to prevent the Syrian army from reaping the fruits of the war missile with the Israeli.

The confrontation is public; Israel versus Syria face-to-face and the rest are secondary players.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

في الربع الأخير: بن سلمان ونتنياهو قادة النصرة علناً

ناصر قنديل

مارس 20, 2017

– طوال سنوات ست مضت كان الأتراك الأشدّ حضوراً بين حلفائهم على ساحة الحرب السورية بين الدول المشغلة والمحركة لحرب وضعت لها واجهات تخفي وجوهاً وتصير الوجوه واجهات مرة ثانية للوجوه الحقيقية. فالأميركي الذي لم يظهر إلا عندما صار عنوان الحرب على الإرهاب مظلة مناسبة، يحفظ لنفسه دوراً محسوباً ومفتوحاً على التصعيد والتسويات معاً، منذ أن سحب أساطيله من البحر المتوسط صارفاً النظر عن التورط بحرب يعلم كيف تبدأ ولا يعلم كيف تنتهي، تاركاً لحلفائه أصحاب المصلحة في خوض الحرب وفقاً لمعادلة وجودية، كما هو حال «إسرائيل» والسعودية، وللتمرجح فوق الحبال، كما هو حال تركيا، ليرصد الحاصل الإيجابي لهم جميعاً في حسابه ويدوّن الحاصل السلبي لكل منهم على حسابه الخاص ديناً عليه، فيصير الأميركي متخفياً وراء الثلاثي التركي السعودي «الإسرائيلي».

– الثلاثي الذي جلب تنظيم القاعدة بنسختيه ووزّعه على الجبهات وموّله وسلحه وأدار حركته، ويخشى انقلابه، ويريد استخدامه، يعرف أن تجارة القاعدة غير رابحة في السياسة ولو اعتبرها تجارته الوحيدة في الميدان مع معارضة سورية هزيلة وهشّة ولا تصمد ساعة في ميادين الحرب بوجه الجيش السوري وحلفائه، جعل القاعدة قناعاً يختبئ وراءه، وجعل للقاعدة قناعاً تختبئ وراءه بدورها هي واجهات المعارضة. ومن علامات الدخول في الربع الأخير لساعة الحرب إقدام اللاعبين الكبار بالنزول إلى الميدان مباشرة، لأن الأقنعة استهلكت والمعركة حساسة ولا مكان للخطأ، ولا رهان على اللاعبين الصغار في الحسابات الكبيرة. فالقاعدة التي خبأها المشغلون وراء تشكيلات المعارضة صارت علناً هي مَن يقاتل. وها هي معارك درعا والقابون وجوبر شمال دمشق تعلن ببيانات رسمية لجبهة النصرة وفيلق الرحمن، وبالمقابل ها هي إسرائيل تخرج علناً بقصف مواقع للجيش السوري وحلفائه شرق تدمر بعدما سقطت أكذوبة تدمير قوافل صواريخ هناك.

– الحركة «الإسرائيلية» العسكرية تريد إعاقة الجيش السوري عن الإمساك بالضفة الجنوبية لنهر الفرات، الذي تمسك داعش بنصف ضفته الشمالية ويجري التسابق على النصف الثاني بين داعش والأكراد والجيش السوري من جهة الحسكة ودير الزور، وهدف الإعاقة «الإسرائيلية» بضرب مقدّمة الجيش السوري الواصلة نحو الفرات منح الوقت لتلاقي جماعات دربها «الإسرائيليون» من المعارضة تدخل من الحدود الأردنية والسورية العراقية، وسبق وجرّبها الأميركيون في معارك التنف على الحدود السورية العراقية وفشلت، ويفترض أن تصل عبر البادية لنهر الفرات ويلاقيها الأكراد من الحسكة بأوامر أميركية، فيقطع طريق بلوغ دير الزور على الجيش السوري بهذا التواصل من التنف حتى الفرات لجماعات يقودها الأميركيون و«الإسرائيليون»، ويجري إسقاط معادلة المثلث الذي حققه الجيش السوري بين تادف وتدمر ودير الزور.

– الفشل «الإسرائيلي» بسبب الرد السوري الصاعق ومستواه الذي جعل المواجهة على مستوى «إستراتيجي» أعلى بكثير من توقعات قادة حكومة بنيامين نتنياهو، وردّ العفل الروسي على الغارات «الإسرائيلية»، وضعا الحركة «الإسرائيلية» في موقع تضيق خياراته، ويرفع مستوى التحدي، ويضع العلاقة الروسية الأميركية في امتحان يسقط أي فرصة لدور «إسرائيلي» مقبل في الأجواء السورية. فالأميركي هو الذي منح «الإسرائيلي» تنفيذ المهمة وسلّمه مفاتيح دخول الأجواء السورية بالسير وراء طائراته في التوقيت ذاته لغارة أميركية غرب حلب على مواقع تنظيم القاعدة، والحاصل أن ما بدأ بتخديم تكتيكي لفرع من الحرب دخله «الإسرائيلي» صار بمستوى تقرير مصير وجود «الإسرائيلي» في المعادلة السورية. فاقتضى الأمر دخول السعودي مباشرة لتقوم جبهة النصرة بتفجير المواجهات في دمشق، منعاً للتردّد «الإسرائيلي» وتأكيداً للقدرة على التحرك وتقديم الإثبات للأميركي بالقدرة على تغيير المعادلات، استكمالاً لما قام به «الإسرائيلي» من موقع الشريك في الميدان وفي إقناع الأميركي أثناء زيارة محمد بن سلمان لواشنطن لمنح الوقت للثنائي السعودي «الإسرائيلي» بقيادة حرب جنوب سورية ضد الدولة السورية وحلفائها، بعيداً عن معادلات التعاون مع الروس، ومعادلات الاتفاق والخلاف مع الأتراك، في شمال سورية.

– لا يخفي رموز الإعلام السعودي وقادة وفد التفاوض لجماعة الرياض أن التفجير قامت به النصرة وأن قوة فيلق الرحمن تقود القتال على جبهة أخرى، وأن المعارضة للكلام فقط، ولا يخفون أن توقيت التفجير يرتبط بالسعي لمنع الجيش السوري من قطف ثمار حرب الصواريخ مع «الإسرائيلي».

– اللاعبون على المكشوف واللعب على المكشوف… «إسرائيل» قبالة سورية وجهاً لوجه.. والباقي كومبارس.

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US Support Lets Global Terrorism Flourish

US Support Lets Global Terrorism Flourish

by Stephen Lendman

America created ISIS, al-Qaeda, al-Nusra and other terrorist groups. It maintains support for the scourge it claims to oppose.
Its so-called war on terrorism is a fabricated hoax. The way to defeat it isn’t by terror-bombing cities to rubble on the phony pretext of combating it.
It’s by ending support. Without it from America, NATO, Israel and other regional rogue states, these groups will wither and fade away.
Instead, they flourish because Washington uses them as imperial foot soldiers. Instead of cooperating with Russia in combating them, America and its rogue allies continue supplying them with weapons, munitions and other material support.
At her weekly press briefing, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova praised the constructive conflict resolution approach shown by Syria.
Opposition representatives aren’t cooperating, she explained, saying:
“We unfortunately must note – and this is obvious – that not all parties are pleased with the fact that the political process has restarted.”
“We regularly record attempts to stymie its progress through certain representatives of the opposition who are continuing to make all sorts of preconditions verging on ultimatums.”
“The militants are continuing to receive arms and ammunition, new members of criminal groups and, above all, funding from abroad.”
Zakharova blasted America, Britain and France for “refus(ing) to condemn the bloody terrorist attacks in Damascus (earlier) in March and the suppression of these events, as well as of the use of chemical agents by ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq…”
They reject “tak(ing) effective steps to confront the terrorist threat, which remains extremely high.”
“Clearly, not all parties want peace in Syria,” she stressed. Without naming names, she means America, Britain, France, Israel, other regional rogue states and terrorists they support.
She expressed outrage over new US sanctions on eight Russian companies for engaging in what the State Department calls “proliferation” activity with Iran, Syria and North Korea, saying:
“This step runs counter to the statements we hear from Washington that emphasize the fight against terrorism, in particular in Syria, where it has gained a foothold.”
“On the contrary, it is completely at odds with such declarations and undermines the prospects of setting up comprehensive multilateral cooperation to destroy Islamic State and other terrorist groups that pose a threat to all countries, including the US.”
Talks to resolve Syria’s conflict began in 2012. Multiple rounds in Geneva from then to now failed – no breakthroughs achieved, no face-to-face negotiations.
Ongoing Geneva IV and Astana, Kazakhstan talks remain stalemated. Syrian army-rebuffed attacks by US-supported terrorists trying to reach central Damascus aimed to undermine peace efforts.
Despite years of futility, chief Syrian negotiator Bashar al-Jaafari stressed his delegation will never cease working for resolving years of conflict diplomatically.
Yet he said continued “terrorist attacks…are pushing everybody towards a total failure and fiasco in the political and diplomatic process.”
He blasted the illegitimacy of US troops and terror-bombing in northern Syria, explaining government and allied forces, greatly aided by Russian airpower, alone are combating terrorism.
America’s “assault on Raqqa is unlawful if not coordinated with Damascus,” he stressed.
Washington wants Raqqa destroyed, not liberated, the same strategy employed in attacking Mosul.
Endless US wars continue in multiple theaters, Trump as committed to militarism and aggression as his predecessors. 
Prospects for resolving conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere are dim. War profiteers want them continued endlessly.

Washington is Killing More Civilians than Terrorists in the Middle East

Washington is Killing More Civilians than Terrorists in the Middle East

 

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Erdogan’s War of Words Inciting Terror in Europe

Erdogan’s War of Words Inciting Terror in Europe

FINIAN CUNNINGHAM | 26.03.2017 | OPINION

Erdogan’s War of Words Inciting Terror in Europe

Only hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a bloodcurdling warning about terror attacks against European citizens, four people lay dead on the streets of London. That death toll may rise further because several of those injured in the attack this week in the British capital are in critical condition, fighting for their lives.

Erdogan was speaking Wednesday in what was yet another diatribe in his ongoing war of words with the European Union. The Turkish leader has been enraged by European governments refusing ministers from Ankara holding political rallies in Germany, Netherlands and Austria among other countries. As a result of the injunctions, he has accused the EU of displaying Islamophobia and hostility towards Turkey.

In his latest barrage earlier this week, Erdogan warned that there would be dire repercussions for EU citizens owing to the perceived stance of their governments.

«If you continue to behave like this, tomorrow in no part of the world, no European, no Westerner will be able to take steps on the street safely and peacefully», Erdogan said.

Tragically, within hours of announcing these very words, a British-born man plowed his speeding car into pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge, killing several of them and seriously wounding dozens more. The assailant then got out of his crashed vehicle and ran into the grounds of the British parliament where he stabbed a police officer to death, before being fatally shot by another officer.

The attacker was named as 52-year-old Khalid Masood, a British citizen. It is not clear yet what his precise motives were, but the deadly attack was subsequently claimed by the Islamic State terror group.

Turkey’s Erdogan was reportedly one of many world leaders who quickly phoned British premier Theresa May to offer his condolences. Later on Wednesday night, Erdogan released a statement on social media, saying: «We stand in solidarity with the UK, our friend and ally, against terrorism, the greatest threat to global peace and security».

There is a sense here that the Turkish leader was reeling from his own earlier warnings of would-be terror consequences for European citizens, and how his tirades against the EU might be implicated in inciting violence.

Certainly, the EU, in short-order, seemed to find Erdogan’s forecasting of acts of terrorism against European citizens and how «they would not be safe on streets around the world» to be lamentable.

Turkey’s envoy in Brussels was promptly summoned to «explain» the president’s doom-laden words. The day after the London killings, the EU foreign affairs spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic reportedly said: «We have asked the Turkish permanent delegate to the EU to come… as we would like to receive an explanation with regard to the comments by President Erdogan concerning the safety of Europeans on the streets of the world».

At best, Erdogan’s chilling warnings against European citizens are grossly insensitive. Apart from the carnage in London, on the very day that he issued his grim forecast of violence, the date was also the first anniversary of the terror attacks in Brussels when more than 30 people were killed by suicide bombers in the Belgian capital on March 22 last year.

Over the past year, there have been several other terror attacks on the streets of European cities, including the carnage in Nice when a would-be jihadist drove an articulated lorry into a pedestrians last July, killing over 80.

There was also an horrific attack in Berlin when an assailant drove a lorry into a crowded Christmas market.

In all these incidents, there appears to be an Islamist connection. The perpetrators may be acting in some sort of «lone wolf» capacity, without the organizational support of the al Qaeda terror network. But that’s beside the point. The attacks appear to be motivated by some level of Islamist grievance. Perhaps acts of revenge against European governments and citizens who are perceived as being complicit in illegal wars on, or persecution of, Muslim majority countries in the Middle East.

This is where Turkish President Erdogan bears more responsibility than merely just «bad timing» or being «insensitive» remarks.

In recent weeks, Erdogan and senior government ministers in Ankara have been engaging in a reckless war of words with the EU, which can be viewed as bordering on incitement.

Erdogan has repeatedly accused Germany and The Netherlands of acting like «Nazis and fascists». He has condemned the whole of the EU as being «racist» and «anti-Islam».

Just last week, Erdogan claimed that Dutch UN peacekeeping troops were responsible for the Srebrenica massacre in 1995, when up to 8,000 Muslim men were killed by Serb forces. Erdogan said the Dutch had the blood of Muslims «on their hands».

Ankara’s fit of rage stems from European governments blocking political rallies being held in their cities by Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party. Those rallies are aimed at mobilizing Turkish expatriates to vote in Turkey’s referendum next month, which is being held to endorse increasing constitutional powers for Erdogan’s presidency.

Erdogan’s grip on power has already become increasingly autocratic since the attempted coup against his rule failed last July.

In order to push Turkish voters to back his sought-after constitutional changes, Erdogan is evidently whipping up patriotic fervor and in particular Islamist fervor by indulging in a war of words with the EU.

Denouncing European states as «anti-Islamic» and «racist» may gain Erdogan votes. But such incitement has consequences. This war of words is not an abstract phenomenon. It risks inflicting real human casualties, as Europe has all-too often witnessed over the past year.

If EU governments had any spine, they would hold Erdogan legally to account over his potentially seditious behavior.

But the supine EU is too busy trying to keep the Turkish sultan sweet so that he doesn’t open the refugee floodgates from the wars that European governments have been stoking across the Middle East and North Africa.

The Christian Genocide in Syria: An Interview with Yasmine

Posted on March 23, 2017

[ Ed. note – There is a genocide of Christians taking place in Syria. The above is a photo I first posted back in 2014. It shows destruction at the Greek Catholic Church of Our Lady in the Syrian city of Yabroud, and is one of a series of photos I published at the time. The pictures were taken shortly after the city was liberated by the Syrian Arab Army and Hezbollah forces.

British reporter Robert Fisk was on hand when the city was liberated and wrote: “The Greek Catholic Church of Our Lady is a place of shame, of burnt copies of the New Testament, paintings slashed with knives – many were lying in strips of gold and red fabric beside the altar’s broken cross – and mosaics chiselled from the walls.”

Fisk also mentioned that the terrorists had “gouged out the eyes of the mosaic saints.”

You can go here to access the original post. In it I wrote the following:

What is on display in these photos is not merely abomination and sacrilege; it is loathing and hatred of the spirit of Christ; it is detestation for everything Jesus taught, malice and abhorrence at the mere mention of his name; contempt for his memory. Where does this kind of hatred of Christ come from? What accounts for it?

It’s not an easy question to answer. But clearly the hatred is there. In the same post I noted that the terrorists in Syria were being backed by “the West, Saudi Arabia, and Israel.”

Today, three years later, the terrorist proxy armies in Syria are operating under different names in some cases, but the same ideology, the same hatred of Christ, is still in evidence. And the mainstream media, as before, don’t seem terribly interested in what’s going on. Apparently the tweets of Donald Trump are considered more newsworthy than the murder of Christians in Syria. And when occasionally a news organization does report on the issue, as in the case of this AFP report filed in November of last year, the media spin given seems deliberately designed to convey the false impression that it is the “regime forces” who are intent on destroying churches, not the innocent, Western-democracy-loving “rebels.”

Of course, as the photo below would suggest, it is not, I repeat, not Syrian President Bashar Assad who is waging genocide against Christians. Assad has been president since the year 2000, and prior to the outbreak of the conflict six years ago, Syrian Christians lived in peace and prosperity, free to practice their faith. The hatred of Christ I spoke of is far more likely to be harbored by those who  are backing the terrorists, rather than those actually and genuinely fighting them.  The latter, of course, would be Syria, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah.

All of which, in a roundabout way, leads me to the following. Recently a Syrian-American writer by the name of Sarah Abed posted an interview she conducted with an Aramean Syriac Orthodox woman named “Yasmine.” The name is an alias. The city of Damascus is nicknamed the “City of Jasmine” (or Yasmine in Arabic). Abed writes:

Yasmine contacted me on Facebook recently after reading my articles and posts. We discussed the situation there and her frustration with the lies being reported. I asked if she would want to tell her story, she eagerly agreed. Shortly after our talk her Facebook account was blocked and she hasn’t been able to come back on Facebook since then. Also, oddly enough only my messages are visible from our conversation. A few days ago her friend reached out to me and asked for my email and she sent me “Memoir of a Syrian girl” detailing her experience living in Damascus before and during the war. I will be putting that in a separate article. I asked her as a Christian in Syria if she would be willing to answer some questions and she agreed.

Yasmine is an engineer who also holds an MBA degree. She was born in Al Qamishly, in the northeast of Syria, but grew up in Damascus, where she resides at this time. Below is an excerpt from her interview with Abed. The letters “KSA” in the interview refer to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. ]

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Q: When the West’s terrorist proxies slaughter and commit genocide against the indigenous Christian population, as they did, for example, in Kessab, Syria, are they attempting to “erase history”?

A: Not only history, When Wahhabists started in KSA they destroyed everything that has relation to history, even the grave of the prophet is destroyed, they do not care for it, in Afghanistan they destroyed statues that were thousands years old, they are a destruction machine of everything that has to do with civilization.

Q: When Western terrorists occupy towns like Maloula, Syria, and destroy Christian religious icons is this an attempt to erase history?

A: They want to destroy the history and Christianity, Christians were always targeted by those radicals, it is their ideology to not accept any one who is different.

Q: When the Western terrorists target Muslim and/or Christian communities, are they, or their Imperial masters, attempting to destroy the country by creating sectarian warfare?

A: Of course, the sectarian warfare serves the agenda, it was the plan for ME to be in perpetual state of chaos, which in the days of Bush jr was called the creative chaos or constructive chaos, this chaos serves Israel.

Q: Are the imperialists attempting to create warring ethnic and/or religious enclaves?

A: Of course, it is their targeted, the religion is the opium of nations, it is the method to lead the whole destruction game

Q: Are the Empire’s divide and conquer strategies in Syria working, or does most of the Syrian population remain unified?

A: There must have been some who sympathise with Wahhabists, and these will never seize to exist unless the world fights the source of them, the sources of Wahhabist ideology are in Egypt and KSA, and unless they are totally fought, they will always have followers around the world. Another thing to be honest, A regime like Bashar Assad was able to protect us from those minority, also in the days of Hafez Assad we were protected, If you like to name him a dictator go ahead, but please do not tell me the west is protecting us. Hafez Assad was protecting us, Bashar Assad is protecting us…

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Damascus–the city of Jasmine

I had a chance to visit Damascus in 2014. It is indeed a beautiful city…

Regional, World War Possible As israel Continues To Provoke Full Scale Confrontation With Syria

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by Brandon Turbeville

Brandon Turbeville
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The war in Syria is heating up yet again with signs that the conflict may soon be about to take greater international dimensions. This is all due to greater Israeli participation and aggression in Syria against the Syrian military and on the behalf of terrorist organizations fighting against the Syrian government. The questions that remain, however, are whether or not the Israelis are willing to tempt the resolve of the anti-terrorist coalition of Syria, Hezbollah, Iran, and Russia and how steadfast that resolve of those powers might actually be.

In the past week, we have seen an escalation in the Syrian conflict the likes of which we have not seen in decades in terms of Israeli-Syrian tensions as well as the potential for a clash of nuclear world powers in the Middle East as a combat theatre

After a mobilization of U.S. troops near Manbij – designed to prevent the Syrian military from retaking the city and as a means to stop combat between Turkish and Kurdish forces – Israel launched an air attack on Syrian targets near Palmyra, the Zionist settler state’s furthest penetration into Syria yet. Israel claimed it was bombing an Iranian-Hezbollah weapons convoy while the Syrian government claimed Israel had targeted Syrian military positions who were in the process of combating ISIS. Regardless, Israel clearly violated international law and the concept of national sovereignty.

This time, however, Israel was not able to bomb and bail as they have done eleven times in the past as Syrian air defense systems were mobilized and an Israeli jet shot down as a result. This shoot down was apparently launched after the Syrian military informed the Russian military of its intention to shoot the Israeli planes down. It is assumed that the Russians did not object to the use of force.

Indeed, Russian Marines were only a few kilometers away from where the Syrian military was attacked. After the attack, the Russian government summoned the Israeli Ambassador, Gary Koren, to demand an explanation for the operation. This, in and of itself, is an unprecedented event.

Very soon after the shoot down, both Syria and Israel engaged in a war of words and threats regarding any future incidents. For instance, Israeli Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, stated that, “The next time the Syrians use their air defence systems against our planes we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation.”

Syria’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari also responded to the incident with statements of his own.

“Putin sent a clear message,” he said. “The fact is that the Israeli ambassador [to Russia] was summoned for a conversation only a day after he submitted his credentials [to the Russian Foreign Ministry last Thursday], and was told categorically that this game is over.”

Jaafari pointed out that the attack has changed the rules of the game and that Syria will not sit idly by while Israel attacks its forces.

But, on Sunday, a new incident arose with the Israelis launching an airstrike in Quneitra, located in the Golan Heights. Syrian news media reported the incident first, saying that a militia commander had been killed in the strike. Lebanese television station, al-Mayadeen identified the man killed as Yasser Assayed, member of the National Defense Militia. He was a commander of the Golan Brigade, a Druze militia fighting alongside the Syrian military against terrorists. The assassination was allegedly conducted by virtue of an unmanned Israeli drone.

On March 19-20, Israel launched more airstrikes on the Lebanese-Syria border, supposedly targeting a Hezbollah weapons supply convoy.

On Monday, March 20, an Israeli drone was shot down over the Golan area allegedly by Syrian aerial defense systems. Hezbollah paraded pictures of the downed drone on its social media pages as proof of the shoot down, forcing Israel to admit that the UAV had indeed been brought down.

And the Israelis have yet to stop their aggression. In fact, despite having been warned by the Syrian government and having apparently angered Russia over the initial airstrikes, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is doubling down on the perceived Israeli right to bomb anyone anywhere anytime without consequences.

“If there is feasibility from an intelligence and military standpoint – we attack and so it will continue,” said Netanyahu during his visit to China. He added that he informed President Putin of Israel’s intentions.

On Wednesday, March 22, Israel launched more airstrikes deeper inside Syrian territory, targeting Syrian army posts near the capitol, Damascus. This marks the fourth Israeli airstrike operation in Syria within one week.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that Russia is relying on Israel to abide by the agreements that were established during Netanyahu’s official state visit to Russia earlier in March where the two men held extensive talks regarding the Syrian crisis.

“We will judge not by their statements, but by their actions, to what extent our Israeli partners are sticking to these agreements,” said Lavrov.

Syrian President Assad told Russian MPs visiting Syrian that he is counting on Russia to do something about any further Israeli attacks on Syria and to assist Syria in avoiding a real full-scale war with Israel.

Israel has been regularly bombing Syria over the last decade with increasing attacks taking place since the Western-backed destabilization beginning in 2011. 2017, however, have seen the biggest concentration of attacks thus far.

But while the conflict between Syria and Israel heats up, the ever-present suicidal American readiness to fight and die to the last American to preserve Israel also comes into play. In the past, the United States, due to geopolitical interests at vastly higher levels than that of the Oval Office, the immense sums of money use to purchase members of congress, and the extraordinary religious brainwashing of many American Christians, the United States is always poised to leap into World War Three to protect the “little Jewish Ulster” and biggest destabilizing factor in the Middle East today.

Assad’s comments and Israel’s behavior reveals that a full-scale war is bubbling just below the surface, perhaps only hours away. Comments coming from a number of Israeli officials only a week ago has made it clear that Israel would naturally draw Hezbollah into such a war as well, perhaps involving Iran if for no other reason than the fact that Iran is the principal patron of the militia group. The question would then become whether or not Russia will simply allow Israel to undo all of the anti-terrorist work it has undertaken since it became involved militarily in Syria. The United States is another wild card, having instigated the entire crisis and having been an unwavering goon for Israel since the settler state’s beginnings. At this point, we would be witnessing the steep drop off to not only regional war but also potentially a world war of unimaginable proportions.

Hopefully, for the sake of the world, Russia will be able to talk Netanyahu from leading the world into conflagration but, given the Israeli penchant for being unreasonable, we at least hope that the United States will not sacrifice itself to become further embroiled in the Syrian conflict on Israel’s behalf.

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