MILITARY SITUATION IN SYRIA ON MAY 25, 2017 (MAP UPDATE)

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has got full control over the Damascus-Palmyra road as well as liberated a large area in the southwestern countryisde of Palmyra from ISIS. Government forces are now securing the rests of ISIS defenses in the area and remove mines and IEDs set up by ISIS from the roads.

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – MAY 25, 2017: GOVT FORCES LIBERATE LARGE AREAS IN ALEPPO AND HOMS

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ISIS terrorists are on the run in the eastern part of the Syrian province of Aleppo as government forces are rapidly advancing in the Maskanah countryside.

On May 24th, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces liberated 5 more villages taking control of Battushiyah, Salihiyah, Jabab Musaid Kebir, Jabab Musaid Segirr, and Shummari. Tiger Forces also advanced on Mushayrifat Bani Jamil and Kherbet Ghudraf.

[On] the same day, the Syrian Defense Ministry released a statement describing the current achievements of the operation against ISIS in Aleppo. According to the ministry, the army liberated 30 villages, the Jirah Military Airbase, killed some 3,000 ISIS terrorists, destroyed 19 battle tanks, 5 BMP vehicles, and 11 VBIEDs. Concurrently, the Syrian Air Force destroyed 9 ammunition depots. To say the least, ISIS losses in man-power provided in the report seem overestimated.

Syrian troops also neutralized a number of ISIS top members during the operation, including ISIS Minister of War, Abu Mosaab al-Masri. If confirmed, this constitutes a major blow to ISIS ahead of the expected government push in the direction of Deir Ezzor and the US-backed advance on Raqqah.

The SAA 5th Assault Corps has taken control of the Arak gas field east of Palmyra as well as the Abtar mountain, the missile battalion, the Hillabat Palace area, and Tal Al-Fari south of the ancient city.

According to local sources, ISIS intends to withdraw from the entire area south of Palmyra and eastern Qalamoun. This comes amid the SAA push against ISIS in the eastern Homs countryside and the US-backed Free Syrian Army advance in the direction of Al-Bukamal.

According to local sources, the US-led coalition carried out an air landing operation in the area of Hamidiya near the city earlier this week. During the operation, US Special Forces reportedly killed 8 ISIS fighters.

Meanwhile, US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have captured the villages of Hamra Balasim, Nasira, and Al-Furqun in the Raqqah countryside.

The SDF is aiming to capture the Baath dam west of Raqqah in order to cut the last ISIS logistical line in the area.

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SYRIAN WAR REPORT – MAY 24, 2017: GOVT FORCES ADVANCE ON MULTIPLE FRONTLINES

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Government forces are advancing against ISIS and Western-backed militant groups on multiple frontlines across Syria.

In the province of Aleppo, the Syrian Army (SAA) Tiger Forces liberated Jamiliyah, Rasm al-Hammam, Mahsanah, Qanawiyah, Kherbet Marzah and the so-called 2nd Farm. Considering the current rapid progress, government troops will likely reach the ISIS stronghold of Maskanah located near the Raqqah province border within this week.

ISIS does not have enough manpower to stop the government advance in the Maskanah countryside. The terrorist group responded intensifying raids at the Inthriyah-Aleppo road, the only supply line to the government-held city of Aleppo.

In the province of Homs, the Republican Guard advanced east of al-Qaryatayn capturing a number of hills, including Jabal Baridah. Government troops are moving in the direction of the al-Busairi crossroad, an important point south of the Tiyas Airbase. Reports appear that ISIS has already abandoned this area. However, this still has to be confirmed.

In the Syrian desert northeast of Suweida, the SAA, the National Defense Forces, Hezbollah, the Syrian Social Nationalist Party and other pro-government units advanced east of the recently captured Zuluf area and south of the Scientific Research Battalion. These operations are aimed at preventing US-backed militant groups from developing momentum in the area and establishing control over important sites and the Syrian border with Iraq.

The so-called moderate opposition in southeastern Syria had been able to achieve no success during the peak phase of battles against ISIS. However, now, when the terrorist group is collapsing, these militant groups are turning in a useful tool for the US-led block.

The SAA, the 5th Assault Corps and Liwa al-Quds continued operations against ISIS northeast and south of Palmyra.

According to Turkish Anadolu Agency, about 100 trucks with weapons and equipment for Kurdish militias arrived Syria from Iraq between May 15 and May 21. The weapons were provided by the US as a part of its program to supply directly YPG and YPJ that were a core of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.

According to the report, Kurdish militias received BGM-71 TOW and Milan missiles, 80mm and 120mm mortars, MK19 belt-fed automatic grenade launchers, assault rifles as well as Humwee and Cougar vehicles and drones. The agency also argued that the US has provided FGM-148 Javelin missiles to Kurdish forces.

 

US mobilization for a war of resolving the Iraqi-Syrian borders استنفار أميركي لحرب حسم الحدود العراقية السورية

US mobilization for a war of resolving the Iraqi-Syrian borders

Written by Nasser Kandil,

Suddenly, a US file about a holocaust in Saidnaya’s prison emerged and became under the auspices of the United Nations, suddenly the Israeli Minister announced his public call to assassinate the Syrian President saying; today not tomorrow this must happen, suddenly Washington said that the cooperation with Moscow is not fine, so the questions become fundamental about the de-escalation areas, and suddenly there were US raids on Hasakah and Bukamal that killed civilians under the pretext of chasing ISIS, and suddenly ISIS launched an attack after the raids targeting Deir Al Zour Airport and its Syrian protector, as it did after the US raids in the last summer. The participating armed factions in Astana announced that they are part of the south front process across Jordan to reach to the Iraqi bordered line, they launched a campaign against the initiative of the Syrian army to advance to Badia, but suddenly the US reserve interfered by the Iraqi Kurdistan region, and its president announced a threat against the popular crowd if it continues its progress towards the borders with Syria.

All of that was due to the US surprise from the size of the Syrian progress in the Syrian Badia whether towards Deir Al Zour or towards the Syrian crossings line on the borders with Iraq, and the rapidness of the progress of the popular crowd on the other side of the borders. The Americans know supported with information that the situation of ISIS does not allow to bet on the length of the necessary battles for the arrival of the Syrian army and the popular crowd to opposite points on the borders, whether they are in Bukamal, Al-Kaim, or in Rabia, or in any area between them. The Americans know that the progress of the Syrian army and the popular crowd is not an intersection in time and place for two different issues, but a coordinated plan for one issue; to prevent the US control on the borders and on the crossings between Syria and Iraq. The Americans know as well that this plan is under the coordination with each of Iran and Russia and that it is the most important battle in the Syrian war.

Having control on the line of the reaching of Iran and China to the Mediterranean Sea, and having control on the Iraqi oil pipelines and Iranian gas to the Mediterranean Sea, as well as the control on the strategic supply line from Iran to Syria and the resistance forces are the goals of the American occupation of Iraq, after the failure of the goals of its war on Syria and after the failure of the goals of its war to have control on the area between the Tigris and the Euphrates River, as well as after the steadfastness of the Syrian army in Hasaka and Deir Al Zour and the progress of the Popular Crowd in Tal Afar, so they became goals for the plan of having control on the borders, if the plan failed, the war on Syria would be without strategic issue and it turned into mere an administration for a tactical dimension in employing the alliances and the resources to participate in a partial settlement within limits and according to the balances of powers, so the US concern moves to defensive plans that target the southern of Syria and how to ensure the possible limit of the security to Israel in any settlement, under Russian guarantees not to launch any war or to accelerate the paths of the Israeli-Palestinian settlement.

When the American mobilizes all of his allies, and when he puts his importance and threats, then this means that the battle is not over yet, and that the remaining kilometers for the meeting of the popular crowd and the Syrian army across the borders are a war of existence and it may lead to the possibilities of big mixing of issues, where the US-Turkish relationship may be one of its possibilities, and maybe the Israeli intervention will be one of its means, moreover, the disruption of Geneva and the talks dedicated to the political solution are among the possibilities, as well as the military Kurdish intervention from Iraq, but it is certain that the wars of the Middle East enter their most dangerous stages.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

مايو 17, 2017

استنفار أميركي لحرب حسم الحدود العراقية السورية

ناصر قنديل

– فجأة يظهر ملف أميركي عن محرقة في سجن صيدنايا ويصير في عهدة الأمم المتحدة. وفجأة يعلن وزير «إسرائيلي» دعوته العلنية لاغتيال الرئيس السوري، قائلاً الآن وليس غداً يجب أن يحدث ذلك، وفجأة يصير بلسان واشنطن التعاون مع موسكو على غير ما يرام، وتصير التساؤلات جوهرية حول مناطق التهدئة. وفجأة غارات أميركية في الحسكة والبوكمال تقتل مدنيين بداعي ملاحقة داعش. وفجأة يشنّ داعش هجوماً بعد الغارت مستهدفاً مطار دير الزور وحاميته السورية، كما فعل بعد الغارات الأميركية الصيف الماضي. وفجأة يستنفر المعارضون في جنيف ويلوّحون بالانسحاب من المفاوضات، وتعلن الفصائل المسلحة المشاركة في أستانة أنها جزء من عملية جبهة الجنوب عبر الأردن لبلوغ خط الحدود العراقية وتشنّ حملة على مبادرة الجيش السوري للتقدّم في البادية، لكن فجأة أيضاً يدخل الاحتياطي الأميركي على الخط ممثلاً بإقليم كردستان العراقي فيعلن رئيسه تهديداً موجهاً للحشد الشعبي إن واصل تقدّمه نحو الحدود مع سورية.

– كل هذا ليس فجأة، فالدهشة الأميركية من حجم التقدم السوري في البادية السورية سواء باتجاه دير الزور أو خط المعابر السورية على الحدود مع العراق، هي السبب، والسرعة الموازية لتقدم الحشد الشعبي على الطرف المقابل من الحدود هو السبب. ويعرف الأميركيون بالمعلومات أن وضع داعش لا يسمح بالرهان على طول مدة المعارك اللازمة لبلوغ الجيش السوري والحشد الشعبي نقاطاً متقابلة على الحدود، سواء كانت في البوكمال والقائم أو في ربيعة أو في منطقة بينهما. والأميركيون يعلمون أن تقدم الجيش السوري والحشد الشعبي ليس تقاطع زمان ومكان لقضيتين منفصلتين، بل خطة منسقة لقضية واحدة هي منع السيطرة الأميركية على الحدود والمعابر بين سورية والعراق، ويعلم الأميركيون أيضاً أن هذه الخطة منسقة مع كل من إيران وروسيا، وأنها أم المعارك في الحرب السورية.

– الإمساك بخط بلوغ إيران، ومن خلفها الصين للبحر المتوسط، والإمساك بخطوط النفط العراقي والغاز الإيراني نحو المتوسط، والسيطرة على خط الإمداد الاستراتيجي لإيران نحو سورية وقوى المقاومة، هي أهداف احتلال أميركا للعراق، وبعد فشلها أهداف حربها على سورية، وبعد فشلها أهداف حربها لإمساك  منطقة ما بين نهري دجلة والفرات، وبعد صمود الجيش السوري في الحسكة ودير الزور وتقدّم الحشد الشعبي في تلعفر، صارت أهدافاً لخطة الإمساك بخط الحدود. وإذا أصيبت الخطة بالفشل، صارت الحرب على سورية بلا قضية استراتيجية، وتحوّلت مجرد إدارة لبعد تكتيكي في توظيف التحالفات والموارد  للمشاركة في تسوية جزئية، بحدود المتاح وفقاً لموازين القوى، لينتقل الاهتمام الأميركي إلى خطط دفاعية تتجه نحو جنوب سورية وكيفية ضمان الحدّ الممكن من الأمن لـ»إسرائيل» في أي تسوية، وسقفه البحث بضمانات روسية لعدم شن أي حرب، أو تسريع مسارات التسوية الفلسطينية «الإسرائيلية».

– عندما يستنفر الأميركي كل حلفائه وعندما يضع ثقله وتهديداته، فهذا يعني أن المعركة لم تنته، وأن الكيلومترات الباقية أمام الحشد الشعبي والجيش السوري ليلتقيا عبر الحدود هي حرب وجود، ويفتح احتمالات لخلط أوراق كبير، قد تكون العلاقة الأميركية التركية أحد مجالاته، وقد يكون التدخل «الإسرائيلي» إحدى أدواته، وقد يكون تعطيل جنيف والمحادثات الخاصة بالحل السياسي وارداً، والتدخل الكردي العسكري من العراق أحد الاحتمالات، إلا أن الأكيد أن أهم حروب الشرق الأوسط تدخل الآن أخطر مراحلها.

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The Arsonist!

 The house of Al-Saud is indeed responsible not only for distorting the real human, peaceful and tolerant face of Islam  and all humanity. The Wahabbi Al-Saud family imposed by force  on the people of Arabian Peninsula   by the colonial greedy forces of exploitation and colonialization are indeed not only stupid, ignorant but even work as to impose their deformed vision and paralysis upon all Arabs.

Petrodollar can buy terrorists, slaughter, means of destruction and slaughter ; but never can buy humanity, pride, honor, nor amity and fraternity! Petrodollar might buy a businessman, make business deal, but never possess others’ sovereignty, integrity and self-determination. Al least, when it comes to Syria, petrodollar cost the Syrians part of their infrastructure, some of their beloved and cements!

 The dirty Saudi  petrodollar can in way dispose the Syrians from their history, civilization, and deep roots. The Saudi petrodollar can bribe the entire globe of today but never the owners of  the rights! The Saudi Wahabbi petrodollar can make another 11thSeptember against America, can bribe US authorities and others; but can never bring back a single lost innocent life.

The fire to be set ablaze by Mr. Trump-businessman current visit are sure to burn the arsonists before all others! If in the past the good-hearted gave pieces of advices to the blind as to spare life, who knows if there would remain such pieces of advice for the coming! With this in mind, it is suffice to recall Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard reaction to the arms deal with immediate condemnation.

Gabbard, a Democrat, blasted the deal – which she said includes an additional $350 billion over the next 10 years – saying Saudi Arabia is “a country with a devastating record of human rights violations at home and abroad, and a long history of providing support to terrorist organizations that threaten the American people.”

“Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest sponsor and propagator of the extremist Wahhabi Salafist ideology that fuels terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda,” a media release from Rep. Gabbard stated. “Based on Saudi Arabia’s history and track record, there is a significant likelihood these weapons will be used against innocent civilians or end up in the hands of terrorist groups.”

“Saudi Arabia has spent hundreds of billions of dollars spreading their extreme Wahhabi Salafist ideology around the world, creating fertile ground for terrorist organizations like ISIS and al-Qaeda to recruit, while simultaneously providing direct support to terrorist groups who pose a direct threat to US interests and who are fighting to overthrow the Syrian government. The hypocrisy in the Trump administration’s actions toward Saudi Arabia began in February 2017 with the newly-appointed CIA Director Mike Pompeo presenting Saudi Crown Prince bin Nayef with the George Tenet Award in recognition of Prince bin Nayef’s ‘excellent intelligence performance, in the domain of counter-terrorism and his unbound contribution to realise world security and peace.’’ Underscored Senator  Tulsi Gabbard.

”This hypocrisy continues now as the Trump administration talks tough against ISIS and terrorism, while selling weapons to, supporting, and praising a country that beheads dissidents, oppresses women, persecutes religious minorities, atheists, and LGBT people, and is the greatest supporter of terror groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS in the world today. This arms deal will enable Saudi Arabia to use U.S.-made weapons in their war crimes against Yemeni civilians in a brutal civil war, and continue perpetuating human rights atrocities at home and abroad,” said Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

The arms deal runs contrary proposed bipartisan legislation supported by Gabbard: H.R. 608, the Stop Arming Terrorists Act, which Gabbard says “would prohibit any Federal agency from using taxpayer dollars to provide weapons, cash, intelligence, or any support to armed militants who are allied with al-Qaeda, ISIS and other terrorist groups, and it will prohibit the U.S. government from funneling money and weapons through other countries like Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Qatar who are directly or indirectly supporting terrorists.”

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

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Tulsi Gabbard Condemns New US Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia

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US Democratic Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) on Saturday condemned the Trump Administration’s new arms deal with Saudi Arabia, a country with a devastating record of human rights violations at home and abroad, and a long history of providing support to terrorist organizations that threaten the American people,  Antiwar website reported.

Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest sponsor and propagator of the extremist Wahhabi Salafist ideology that fuels terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda. Based on Saudi Arabia’s history and track record, there is a significant likelihood these weapons will be used against innocent civilians or end up in the hands of terrorist groups, according to Gabbard.

“Saudi Arabia has spent hundreds of billions of dollars spreading their extreme Wahhabi Salafist ideology around the world, creating fertile ground for terrorist organizations like ISIS and al-Qaeda to recruit, while simultaneously providing direct support to terrorist groups who pose a direct threat to US interests and who are fighting to overthrow the Syrian government. The hypocrisy in the Trump administration’s actions toward Saudi Arabia began in February 2017 with the newly-appointed CIA Director Mike Pompeo presenting Saudi Crown Prince bin Nayef with the George Tenet Award in recognition of Prince bin Nayef’s ‘excellent intelligence performance, in the domain of counter-terrorism and his unbound contribution to realize world security and peace.’ This hypocrisy continues now as the Trump administration talks tough against ISIS and terrorism, while selling weapons to, supporting, and praising a country that beheads dissidents, oppresses women, persecutes religious minorities, atheists, and LGBT people, and is the greatest supporter of terror groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS in the world today. This arms deal will enable Saudi Arabia to use U.S.-made weapons in their war crimes against Yemeni civilians, and continue perpetuating human rights atrocities at home and abroad,” said Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

Background: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has introduced H.R. 608, the bipartisan Stop Arming Terrorists Act, which would prohibit any Federal agency from using taxpayer dollars to provide weapons, cash, intelligence, or any support to armed militants who are allied with al-Qaeda, ISIS and other terrorist groups, and it will prohibit the U.S. government from funneling money and weapons through other countries like Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Qatar who are directly or indirectly supporting terrorists.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard also recently sent a letter to Secretary Mattis urging an end to the United States’ military participation in Yemen’s war, where 19 million people need emergency support and which has never been authorized by Congress, and calling for a Congressional briefing on the White House’s strategy in Yemen.

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(FNA) ~ The four “de-escalation zones” in Syria were supposed to be safe zones for everyone, even “moderate” rebels, but now the Trump White House and the Pentagon regime have done the unreasonable.

Shredding the rules of engagement and brushing under the carpet the International Law, US warplanes on Thursday attacked a vehicle convoy in a “de-escalation zone” near al-Tanf, identifying the targets are Syrian forces, and destroying multiple vehicles. Casualty figures are as of yet unknown, and the US claiming that the May 18 attack was “defensive in nature” is rubbish.

The targeted forces were 55km away from a “US training base” at al-Tanf, where US occupying troops are stationed, and the Daraa safe zone is farther away from the area that the base is in.

Syrian forces didn’t pose any threat to US ground troops. They were not there to fight. They were there to make sure the safe zones agreement holds.

It’s an agreement between Iran, Russia and Turkey, under which four de-escalation zones have gone into effect, with an aim of separating warring factions around the country.

This was working until US warplanes decided to attack Syrian forces. This makes clear that a lot can still go wrong with the deal, as the US says it has no intention to respect the agreement and will continue to dismiss the terms of the agreement, which is what the terrorist groups of ISIL, Al-Qaeda, and their regional sponsors want.

To put it mildly, if this is not state terrorism and an act of war, we don’t know what is. The US claims its ground troops are stationed in the base at al-Tanf, while in fact it is housing special forces training Qaeda-linked rebels to fight against the Syrian government.

More so, as a presidential candidate, the world’s most famous Islamophobe spent much of the election campaign needling, critiquing, denouncing, and even threatening Saudi Arabia and its terror proxies in Iraq and Syria.

Yet as president, Trump is making his first foreign visit to Riyadh, all while giving the go-ahead to US warplanes to target Syrian forces and allies on the ground, which are fighting ISIL and Al-Qaeda.

It’s a true sight to behold: US warplanes targeting Syrian forces and allies within the de-escalation zones is deliberate and by design. The world is repulsed by this deceitfulness, as it has little to do with fighting terrorism and everything to do with regime change in Damascus.

This is not the first time US warplanes intentionally or accidentally struck the Syrian army.

  • Back in April 7, the United States launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Syrian military airfield in al-Sha’irat, located about 40 kilometers from the city of Homs.
  • Moreover, on September 17, 2016, US-led coalition aircraft carried out four strikes against the Syrian army near the Deir Ezzur airport, killing 62 soldiers and wounding some 100.

In the face of International Law forbidding unilateral use of force except in self-defense, the Pentagon regime has no right to unilaterally launch strikes against a country that has not attacked the United States, and without any authorization from the United Nations. Doing so violates some of the most important legal constraints on the use of force.

Bombing Syria is a diversionary tactic to make intervention in Syria seem more useful than it is. The Iranian and Russian governments are not going to be intimidated by an attack on Syria’s government. They are much more likely to become more intransigent, and they view it as blatant animosity directed towards them.

Instead of respecting the de-escalation zones agreement and appreciating how close the US has come to making a huge and potentially very costly mistake, the Trump White House seems only too eager to blunder into a new war. Their cheap arguments do not provide justification for the Pentagon regime to do an end run around International Law. The hypocrisy of their rationale to train Qaeda-allied “moderates” is galling too. War-party Washington is undermining the de-escalation zones agreement, which the world community supports as helpful, and which does not justify still more US lawlessness.

The Trump administration’s strikes contravene the UN Charter, which is a binding treaty obligation for the US and helps preserve international peace and security. Article 2(4) of the UN Charter prohibits the use of force in the territory of another state unless authorized by the Security Council or in self-defense in response to a sudden attack. Neither condition was met before May 18 strike.

For all these reasons, the United Nations and the international civil society must act swiftly and do its job by taking up the monumental question of whether the Trump White House and the Pentagon regime may continue to use military force against Syria.

To do otherwise would be an abdication by the UN of the powers reserved for it under Article 2(4) of the UN Charter.

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