هل مصر ‏‎ ‎جاهزة للحرب؟

د. محمد سيد أحمد

ليست المرة الأولى التي نتحدّث فيها عن دقّ طبول الحرب التي بدأت تتعالى أصواتها في محيطنا المصري، فمنذ بداية أحداث الربيع العربي المزعوم في مطلع العام 2011 وكل ما يحدث سواء بالداخل المصري أو في محيطنا العربي ينبئ بأن هناك حرباً مقبلة لا محالة، وبما أن العدو الأميركي قد خطط أن تكون مصر هي الجائزة الكبرى في مشروعه المزعوم الذي يطلق عليه الشرق الأوسط الكبير أو الجديد فقد بدأت الحرب مبكراً عندما ساند جماعة الإخوان الإرهابيّة لتصدّر المشهد والقفز لسدة الحكم، وكان تحالفه مع هذا التنظيم الإرهابي مبنياً على أساس إيمان هذه الجماعة بأن “الوطن لا يعني الحدود الجغرافية ولا التخوم الأرضيّة إنما الاشتراك في العقيدة” على حد تعبير مؤسس الجماعة في كتابه “رسائل الإمام الشهيد حسن البنا” (صفحة 26).

ومن هنا وجد العدو الأميركي ضالته في تقسيم مصر وتفتيتها بواسطة جماعة إرهابيّة لا تؤمن بفكرة التراب الوطنيّ ولديها استعداد كامل للتفريط في الأرض وهي عقيدة منحرفة مخالفة للعقيدة الوطنية السليمة والتي دفعتنا لدخول حروب كثيرة للدفاع عن التراب الوطني. وبالطبع هذه العقيدة متجذرة وثابتة وراسخة لدى جموع الشعب المصري بشكل عام ولدى جيشنا البطل بشكل خاص. ومن هنا بدأت طبول الحرب تدق في الداخل المصري على شكل حرب أهلية، لكن الجيش المصري العظيم حسم الأمر برمّته في 30 يونيو و3 يوليو 2013 عندما خرجت جموع الشعب مطالبة بإسقاط الجماعة الإرهابية من سدة الحكم، فأعلن انحيازه للوطن ودخل في معركة مباشرة مع الجماعة الإرهابيّة التي حشدت أعضاءها في الداخل، واستدعت أعوانها بالخارج للانتشار على كامل جغرافية سيناء، وتمكن الجيش من حسم معركة الداخل في رابعة والنهضة وكرداسة، وتوجّه إلى سيناء وخاض معارك شرسة استمرت لسبع سنوات تمكّن خلالها من تجفيف منابع الإرهاب على أرض سيناء.

ومع حسم هذه الحرب مع الإرهاب بدأت طبول الحرب تدق من جديد عبر البوابة الغربية لمصر حيث ليبيا العربية التي وقعت فريسة للعدوان الغربي حيث تمّ اجتياحها بواسطة قوات الناتو في العام 2011 وأصبحت ساحة للصراع وهو ما يهدد الأمن القومي المصري بشكل مباشر، وفي الوقت نفسه بدأت طبول الحرب تدق عبر البوابة الجنوبية لمصر، حيث أعلنت أثيوبيا عن مشروع بناء سد النهضة والذي يشكل تهديداً مباشراً لشريان حياة المصريين وهو نهر النيل.

وبعد أن أطاح الجيش المصري بالجماعة الإرهابية بدأت مصر في إدارة ملف الأمن القوميّ المشتعل عبر حدودها الغربية والجنوبية وهى تدرك أن الأعداء يتربّصون بها وبكل خطوة تخطوها نحو تأمين حدودها المشتعلة، فالجميع ينتظر موقف مصر من ليبيا وأثيوبيا وهي الملفات التي يمكن أن تتورط مصر في حرب بسببها وهي غير جاهزة بسبب حربها مع الإرهاب بالداخل.

وهنا قرّرت مصر إدارة الملفين بوعي وهدوء فهي تعلم أن ليبيا قد تحوّلت لساحة صراع دولي ولا توجد قوى واحدة مسيطرة بعد اغتيال الشهيد معمر القذافي، لذلك كان على مصر أن تختار الوقوف بجانب إحدى القوى الموجودة على الأرض، وبالفعل وقفت داعمة للمشير خليفة حفتر الذى يسعى للسيطرة من أجل القضاء على الجماعات الإرهابيّة والحفاظ على ليبيا موحّدة على الرغم من شراسة المعركة، وكان خيار مصر بدعم حفتر من منطلق سيطرته على المنطقة الشرقية الليبية المتاخمة للحدود الغربية المصرية، وعندما تدخلت تركيا لدعم السراج وجماعاته الإرهابيّة، تحركت مصر سريعاً وأعلنت عن مبادرة للحل السياسي وقدّمتها للمجتمع الدولي، وأعلنت أن دخول القوات التركية إلى سرت والجفرة خط أحمر وهو ما يجعل تدخلنا مشروعاً للحفاظ على أمننا القوميّ.

أما ملف سد النهضة والذي يتقاطع مع السودان وإثيوبيا فقد تعاملت مصر معه بوعي وهدوء شديد، فحاولت دائماً إطفاء النيران المشتعلة بالداخل السوداني واستنفدت كل مراحل التفاوض مع إثيوبيا وعندما قرّرت إثيوبيا ملء السد بشكل منفرد من دون التوقيع على اتفاق دولي ملزم وتعالت الأصوات بضرورة ضرب السد وهو ما يعني قيام الحرب قررت مصر الذهاب بالقضية إلى مجلس الأمن ليوقف هذا العدوان على الأمن القومي المصري وإلا سيكون أي تدخل عسكري مصري مشروعاً ولا يمكن أن يواجه بإدانة دولية.

والسؤال المطروح الآن هو هل مصر وهي تدير ملفات الأمن القومي دبلوماسياً وبهدوء وحكمة كبيرة مستعدّة وجاهزة للحرب إذا استنفدت كل الوسائل السلمية ولم يعد أمامها خيار غير الحرب؟

والإجابة القاطعة تقول إن مصر جاهزة لكل الحلول، ففي أعقاب 30 يونيو 2013 بدأ الجيش المصري عملية بناء جديدة حيث تنوعت مصادر السلاح، وحصلت مصر على أسلحة متطورة للغاية، جعلت الجيش المصري يتقدّم للمرتبة التاسعة عالمياً.

ولتأمين حدود مصر الغربية والاستعداد لمواجهة أي خطر مقبل من البوابة الليبية قام الجيش المصري بتشييد قاعدة محمد نجيب العسكرية على مساحة 18 ألف فدان في مدينة الحمام في مرسى مطروح والتي وصفت بأنها أكبر قاعدة عسكرية في أفريقيا والشرق الأوسط والتي استغرق تشييدها عامين وافتتحت في 22 يوليو 2017 لحماية حدود مصر الغربية.

ثم قام الجيش المصري بتشييد قاعدة برنيس العسكرية على مساحة 150 ألف فدان في جنوب شرقي البحر الأحمر لتصبح أكبر قاعدة عسكرية في أفريقيا والشرق الأوسط على الإطلاق وقد تم تشييدها خلال عام واحد فقط وتم افتتاحها في 15 يناير 2020 لحماية حدود مصر الجنوبية.

ومن هنا يتضح كيف تتعامل مصر مع أمنها القومي بوعي وهدوء وتقديم الحلول السياسية والسلمية على الحلول العسكرية، لكن مع الاحتفاظ بحقها في استخدام القوة المشروعة في أي وقت للدفاع عن أمنها القومي. اللهم بلغت اللهم فاشهد.

Syrian Army eliminates group of militants infiltrating from US-controlled zone: video

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By News Desk -2020-07-08

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) eliminated a group of militants that attempted to infiltrate into the Palmyra region of Homs from the U.S.-controlled Tanf Zone on Tuesday.

According to reports, the group of militants was reportedly ambushed by the Syrian Arab Army, who managed to eliminate a number of them, while also arresting three others north of the Tanf Zone.

The Syrian Arab News Agency released a video on Wednesday that showed the aftermath of the ambush, including the captured weapons and militants.

The Syrian Arab Army has been deploying reinforcements to the Badiya Al-Sham region amid the need to increase security measures in central and eastern Syria.

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Sayyed Nasrallah Announces New Front: Reviving Agricultural, Industrial Sectors in Lebanon

July 8, 2020

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah
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Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah announced a new front on Tuesday by saying that the Resistance party has decided to be in the heart of agricultural and industrial battle.

In a televised speech via Al-Manar, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that reviving the agricultural and industrial sectors in Lebanon is considered as the new battle, since the country must be productive one.

“Save the date: 7/7 is the day when Jihad and uprising on the agriculture and industrial fields was announced,” Sayyed Nasrallah stated.

The Hezbollah S.G., meanwhile, lashed out at the US Ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea over meddling in Lebanon internal affairs, calling on her to ‘respect herself’ and refrain from “giving lectures on human rights.”

Sayyed Nasrallah also advised Washington to abandon its policy to besiege Lebanon, warning that such behavior won’t weaken Hezbollah, but will strengthen him.

On the other hand, Sayyed Nasrallah dismissed accusations that Hezbollah wants to “turn Lebanon into Iranian model.”

In this context, his eminence stressed that the Islamic Republic is a self-sufficient country, wondering: “Why are you afraid of this model?”

Recalling 2006 July War, Other Occasions

Starting his speech, Sayyed Nasrallah recalled the Divine Victory following the 2006 July war and the Second Liberation in 2017 when the Lebanese Army and Hezbollah fighters liberated Lebanon’s eastern Juroud from Takfiri terrorists.

“We are before several occasions that Lebanon recalls proudly,” Sayyed Nasrallah said via Al-Manar.

His eminence also recalled the firm stances of Ayatollah Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah on the tenth anniversary of his demise.

“He was firm defender of the Resistance. He was our merciful and tenderhearted father,” Sayyed Nasrallah said referring to Sayyed Fadlallah.

The Lebanese Resistance Leader, meanwhile, offered condolences over the departure of Sheikh Mohammad Jaafar Shamseddine.

“Turning Lebanon into Iranian Model?”

Sayyed Nasrallah said that the hard livelihood conditions and the economic crisis Lebanon has been witnessing require national approach and exerting united efforts by all the Lebanese powers.

His eminence referred to his latest speech when he called on the Lebanese government to head east, stressing that such call didn’t mean to relinquish the West.

“In my latest speech I called for heading east, I didn’t mention that Lebanon will abandon the west. We have nothing to do with accusations that Hezbollah wants to ‘turn Lebanon into an Iranian model’.”

As he stressed that “no one wants to turn Lebanon into another Iran,” he noted that the Islamic Republic is a self-sufficient country which confronted all kinds of blockades, wondering: “Why are you afraid of the Iranian model?”

Changing Threats against Lebanon into Chance

Sayyed Nasrallah then said that the current goal which the Lebanese people have to focus on is how to prevent Lebanon’s collapse and starvation.

In this context, his eminence noted that Lebanon must not just rely on the outcome of the talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), stressing the importance of looking for other choices.

“We are able to turn the threat into a chance,” Sayyed Nasrallah affirmed.

He called on the Lebanese government to take the initiative to contact the Chinese government to look into ways of cooperation with the two countries and not to wait for Beijing to do such step.

Meanwhile, Sayyed Nasrallah voiced Iran’s readiness to sell Lebanon oil with the Lebanese pound.

“In this regard I prefer that official talks between Lebanon and Iran take place away from media, and I can guarantee such offer.”

“Heading east is one of choices to confront starvation. This choice sends a message to the US that whoever wants to besiege Lebanon will fail in this policy,” his eminence said further.

New Battle: Agricultural, Industrial Sectors

Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that one of Lebanon’s major problems is that it is non-productive country.

“The agriculture and industry is like the oxygen for people. We have large areas of arable lands, the weather in Lebanon is proper and the rains are suitable. We can plant these lands but we need a decision and determination to do so.”

His eminence called for uniting efforts in reviving the agricultural and industrial sectors.

“As Lebanese people, we have to unite efforts in agriculture and in finding markets for our crops. And the same thing applies to the industry.”

“We in Hezbollah, we call on the Lebanese to revive the agricultural and industrial sectors as one of the major factors of steadfastness.

Stressing that Hezbollah has repeatedly raised the slogan of ‘where should we be we’ll be’, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that this is the party’s new battle.

“We will be at the heart of this battle, our hand is extended to all our people. We will plant even the roofs of the buildings.”

“When we eat what we plant and wear what we fabricate then we are worth of freedom, independence and dignity,” his eminence affirmed.

“US Pressure on Lebanon to Strengthen Hezbollah”

Touching upon the behavior of US Ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea, Sayyed Nasrallah said that she is acting “like the military governor of our country,” lashing out at Washington’s meddling in Lebanese internal affairs.

“The US ambassador to Lebanon has been openly interfering in our internal affairs. US’ meddling in Lebanon is rejected and the Lebanese state must move in this regard.”

In this context, Sayyed Nasrallah praised courage of Urgent Matters Judge Mohammad Mazeh who banned local and foreign media from featuring statements of US Ambassador Dorothy Shea earlier last month.

Hezbollah S.G. then addressed Shea as saying: “I advise the US ambassador not to give lectures on freedom, sovereignty and human rights, for she doesn’t have the right to do so. Your country has been funding and supporting the Israeli and Takfiri terror. So respect yourself and keep within limits.”

Meanwhile, Sayyed Nasrallah advised Washington to abandon its policy of besieging Lebanon and exerting pressure on it, saying: “Your policy is futile; it won’t weaken Hezbollah but rather will strengthen him and weaken your allies.”

Sayyed Nasrallah then concluded his speech by stressing that Lebanon’s current crisis must not divert from supporting the Palestinian cause “especially now as the Zionist regime is planning to annex areas of the West Bank and Jordan Valley.”

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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Large quantity of weapons and ammunition seized in Homs intended to be smuggled to terrorist groups in northern Idlib countryside

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Sunday, 05 July 2020 

The special authorities in Homs seized a large quantity of weapons and ammunition intended to be smuggled to the terrorist groups deployed in the northern countryside of Idlib.

The competent authorities, through constant and accurate follow-up of the activities of arms and ammunition smuggling networks, for the third time during the past few days,seized  a large and diverse amount of weapons and ammunition  while it was on the way to being smuggled to the northern Idlib countryside, SANA correspondent in Homs stated, indicating that the members of the network were arrested.

The seizures included large quantities of medium and light ammunition, hand grenades, ammunition, automatic weapons, anti-armor missiles, medium and PKC machine guns, in addition to “RPGs” and shells.

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Bloody Infighting between Erdogan’s Terrorist Groups in Ras Al Ain

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July 4, 2020 Arabi Souri

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Terrorists from two factions loyal to the Turkish madman Erdogan were engaged in a bloody fight in between them in the northern city of Ras Al Ain.

The two factions are called: ‘Hamzat Group’ and the ‘Sultan Murad Brigade’ and their battles erupted when the ‘Brigade’ tried to enter Ras Al Ain Gate, Hasakah Province, northeast of Syria, in order to take over the city from their brethren.

The clashes were, as usual, over territory control and bounties split, very un-Islamic and very much similar to their main master Erdogan and his anti-Islamic Muslim Brotherhood ideology.

At least one woman and a child of the terrorists’ families were killed in addition to an injury of a civilian in the city and an unknown number of terrorists were terminated in these clashes.

Soon enough NATO’s top leader Recep Erdogan sent his cannon fodders of the Turkish Army to mediate between his terrorist groups. NATO’s strongest man Erdogan maintains large numbers of these terrorists in different groups to keep control over them, and to use them in other fronts like in Libya and Yemen, his latest adventure. Despite the opposition from France, Erdogan managed to deliver a strong slap to the French Navy and the French plans for colonizing Libya, where Erdogan is pushing for the absolute Israeli project instead of sharing the spoils of Libya among NATO countries.

These clashes damaged the main power line feeding the Alouk water station which resulted in cutting off the water for over one million civilians in the city of Hasakah and its countryside, northeast of Syria, another war crime by all standards and the preferred weapon for NATO’s second-largest army the Turkish Army against the Syrian residents of that region.

Madman Erdogan Blocks Alouk Water to Civilians, Plots More Ethnic Cleansing

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We’re waiting for further updates from the city, Erdogan forces have blocked it completely since yesterday evening amidst a state of fear and panic among the civilians, the terrorists used all of their NATO-provided weapons in their skirmish.

Fratricides are very common among NATO-sponsored terrorist groups in Syria, nothing can satisfy the warlords even if they have to attack their own colleagues in crimes. Erdogan and his sponsors use these clashes as their justification to claim they’re not in control of the terrorist attacks carried out by these groups and the Syrian people are the only real victims of all this US-led War of Terror against Syria.

الأميركيّون يَتعسّرونَ مجدّداً‎ ‎في الشرق الأوسط

د. وفيق إبراهيم

محاولات الأميركيين لترميم تراجعاتهم في الشرق الأوسط تصطدم بعقبات حادة جداً، تدفع بهم نحو مزيد من الخسائر وسط ترقبين صيني وروسي يتحيّنان الفرص للاستثمار.

كما أنّ إيران تواصل اختراقاتها للنفوذ الأميركي فتذهب أكثر نحو وضعية الدولة الإقليمية الأساسية، وتدعم بذلك التقدم الروسي –الصيني.

لذلك فإنّ عالماً متعدد القطب يتسلل من خلال رائحة البارود في الشرق الأوسط والصراعات المتفاقمة في معظم دوله.

كيف يحاول الأميركيون ترميم تراجعهم؟

يبدو واضحاً أنهم يعملون على إعادة إحياء معارك جديدة في معظم البلدان التي كان الإيرانيون قد بنوا فيها مواقع تحالفات هامة.

فبدأوا باستخدام شعارات متشابهة في العراق ولبنان بواسطة تحالفاتهم في هذين البلدين.

هذا التشابه استند إلى وجود سلاح خارج إطار الدولة في البلدين، أيّ الحشد الشعبي في العراق وحزب الله في لبنان.

فهل من باب المصادفات أن تفتح القوى العراقية المؤيدة للأميركيين داخل حكومة الكاظمي وأحزاب الوسط وكردستان وبعض الأطراف الجنوبية ملف سلاح الحشد الشعبي وضرورة وجود سلاح شرعي واحد خاص بالدولة؟

وهل من باب الحرص على الأمن العراقي، الهجوم الذي شنته المخابرات العراقية مدعومة من الجيش على مكاتب «حزب الله العراق» بذريعة أنه يهاجم المنطقة الخضراء في بغداد، حيث تمركزت قوات أميركية؟ وسرعان ما ترتفع أصوات بضرورة تجريد الحشد الشعبي من سلاحه؟

للتنبيه فإنّ هذا الحشد هو الذي قضى على الإرهاب القاعدي والداعشي الذي كان مدعوماً منذ 2016 من تركيا وأميركا. ولم يكتفِ الحشد بالدفاع عن المناطق الشيعية بل حرر الموصل والمناطق الوسطى وكركوك مانعاً سقوط العاصمة بغداد وكردستان في الشمال.

أما العنصر الإضافي فهو أنّ الجيش العراقي لم يتمكن من إعادة بناء قواه وألويته بسبب الممانعة الأميركية الواضحة.

هذا يعني أنّ الأميركيين يمنعون تشكل قوة عسكرية مركزية، لإبقاء العراق ممزّقاً بين جهات ثلاث، وبالتالي سياسات ثلاث إلى أن تحين مرحلة تشكّل ثلاث دول على أنقاض العراق الواحد.

هذا الموضوع جرى نسخه في لبنان أيضاً.

فبدأ السياسيون الأميركيون في واشنطن بالمطالبة بتجريد حزب الله من سلاحه وحصره بالدولة اللبنانية. فانتقل الأمر إلى السفيرة الأميركية في بيروت دوروثي شيا التي بدأت بإطلاق تصريحات تربط بين تجريد السلاح من أيدي حزب الله والمساعدات المالية للبنان من الأميركيين وصندوق النقد الدولي.

ولم تكتفِ بهذا القدر، بل حرّضت تحالفاتها اللبنانية على استهداف سلاح حزب الله بشكل يوميّ، وكادت أن تدفع الأوضاع الداخلية اللبنانية إلى احتراب داخلي خطير.وتبيّن في غضون الشهر الأخير أنّ هناك عودة ملحوظة لتنظيمات إرهابية من داعش والنصرة إلى شرقي سورية وأنبار العراق ووسطه متواكباً مع رفض أميركي في مجلس الأمن الدولي على رفض وضع منظمة حراس الدين المتفرّعة من القاعدة على لائحة الإرهاب الدولي.

فاتضح على الفور أن الأميركيين يراهنون على حراس الدين الذين يمتلكون نحو ألفي مسلح في منطقة إدلب السورية، لوقف تقدم الجيش السوري مع فتح الباب مجدداً لآلاف المقاتلين من داعش والنصرة للعودة العسكرية الفاعلة إلى البادية السورية والمناطق المحاذية لآبار النفط في شرقي سورية.

أما لجهة إيران فنظم الأميركيّون عقوبات جديدة عليها، متجهين لدعم هجمات سعوديّة على شمالي اليمن ومُحرّضينَ تحالفاتهم على اقتسام الجنوب.

ما هي نتائج هذا التحرك الأميركي الجديد؟

على مستوى العراق أعاد «الحشد الشعبي» تنظيم قواه ووحدة تنظيماته، دافعاً نحو الإفراج عن مقاتلي «حزب الله العراق» الذين اعتقلتهم حكومة الكاظمي.

بذلك تمكن هذا الحشد من الكشف عن «أميركيّة الكاظمي»، وهذا لن يتأخر في إحراق مزاعمه بالوسطية والدور المتوازن داخل العراق، واعتباره هدفاً رديفاً للاحتلال الأميركي فيه، أي أن الأميركيين خسروا ورقة كادت أن تنجح بإيهام العراقيين بإدارتها المتوازنة.

هنا يجب التنبه إلى أن العراق عاد إلى أداء دور ميدان مفتوح الصراع بين الحشد الشعبي وتحالفاته وبين الأميركيين المحتلين وتحالفاتهم، وذلك بعد هدنة لم تزد عن أقل من شهرين.

لجهة لبنان، طوّق حزب الله وتحالفاته الهجمات المطالبة بتجريده من سلاحه، مستثيراً أجواء تأييد شعبية، تمكنت من تطويق حركة السفيرة الأميركية وتحالفاتها الداخلية، على قاعدة أن لسلاح حزب الله دوراً وطنياً متواصلاً بمواكبة استمرار المخاطر الإسرائيلية على لبنان من جهة والإرهاب الإسلامي من جهة أخرى.

أما اليمن، فنجح باستيعاب هجمات جوية سعودية، معيداً إطلاق صورايخ ومسيّرات أصابت وزارة الدفاع السعودية في الرياض وإدارة المخابرات وقواعد عسكرية عدة، كما نجح بتحرير مديرية ردمان بالكامل.

ولم تتأثر إيران بالعقوبات الأميركية الإضافية التي مرت من دون أي ضرر يذكر.

هذه الخيبات شجعت الأميركيين على تشجيع منظمة «قسد» الكردية على سرقة غلال السوريين الزراعية في الشرق والسكك الحديدية والإقدام على عمليات قتل وسرقة وخطف لنشر الفوضى.

يتبين أن محاولات الترميم الأميركية أصيبت بخسارة جديدة قد لا ترمي بها خارج الشرق الأوسط، لكنها تضعها في مأزق جديد وتحشرها في صراعات جديدة لن تكون لها فيها الريادة والسيادة.ما يعني أن الورقة الأميركية الأخيرة هي حرب إسرائيلية على لبنان بمواكبة هجمات أميركية في شرق سورية وإدلب والعراق فهل هذا ممكن؟

إذا حدثت هذه الحرب، فلن تكون أكثر من إعلان عن انتهاء العصر الأميركي في الشرق الأوسط أو ولادة نظام متعدّد القطب تشارك فيه إيران على مستوى العالم الإسلامي.

Why Is This Even a Story: Russians Allegedly Paid Afghans to Kill US Soldiers?

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June 29, 2020 Arabi Souri

Taliban Mujaheddin fighters in Afghanistan - Russia USSR USA

The New York Times is pushing this story, denied by Trump and his war ministry the Pentagon and his ‘intelligence’ services publicly, that Russia is running a plot paying bounties to Afghan recruits of Taliban and others to kill US troops in Afghanistan.

What were the Afghan Taliban and most of the Afghan fighters doing all the past 19 years exactly? Maybe distributing flowers to the US occupation troops who were giving them chocolate in return!

The New York Times Russia bounty to Afghan fighters to kill US troops
The New York Times Breaking News on an alleged Russian bounty to Afghan fighters to kill US troops.
This comes after Trump made some vague announcement on troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.

And, of course, the mainstream media jump to spread the explosive news that were uncovered by the ‘exceptional’ work of the New York Times:

Mainstream Media Hype on New York Times Russia bounty to Afghan fighters to kill US soldiers
Mainstream Media hype on New York Times Russia bounty to Afghan fighters to kill US soldiers story

That’s one side, what if Russia actually paid Afghan fighters to kill US soldiers? What’s wrong with that? Didn’t the US overtly arm the same Afghan fighters to kill Soviet troops in Afghanistan including with surface to air missiles paid for by the Saudis and the US taxpayers to shoot down Soviet planes and copters killing Russians?!

US President Ronald Reagan with Afghanistan Mujahideen plotting to kill Soviet Troops
US President Ronald Reagan with Afghanistan Mujahideen (later to be al-Qaeda) plotting to kill Soviet (mainly Russian) troops
Afghan Mujahideen al Qaeda US Surface to Air Missiles to Kill Russians and USSR Soldiers
Afghan Mujahideen al Qaeda US Surface to Air Missiles to Kill Russians and USSR Soldiers

Just a reminder to the USAians: Afghanistan was directly on the Soviet Union southern borders; the USA is across the planet, like literally on the other side of the planet, if you look at the globe and find the USA just look at the other side of the globe and you’ll find Afghanistan. Flat-Earthers: The USA is a 1 full day, that’s 24 hours trip from New York (the closest city on the eastern US coast) to Afghanistan!

The USA considers Venezuela and all of Central America and South America as their backyard and they share borders only with Mexico, Russia is 4 hours flight from Afghanistan and that’s from Kabul to Moscow, not the distance between two border cities and not the closest two points…

New York to Kabul flight - google search
New York to Kabul flight – Google search

Also a reminder to USAians, during her confirmation hearings Clinton bragged that the US created al Qaeda and armed al Qaeda and that this was a good idea.https://www.youtube.com/embed/Dqn0bm4E9yw

It’s only because the US presidential elections race has started and they want to confirm that Trump is a Russian asset, the thing they failed to prove in their lengthy costly ridiculous Muller investigations that revealed so many other things except this one. And this is not to defend Trump, he’s a lunatic war criminal, rather fearing he will impose more sanctions on Russia and push the already tense relations into further escalation to prove he’s not a Russian asset, just like how they played him all the past almost 4 years on every single subject they wanted him to act as tough on, remember his orders to withdraw from Syria?

image-A 70 Years Old President of the USA Donald J. Trump
A 70 Years Old President of the USA Donald J. Trump

Can we talk about the direct and indirect overt and covert aid the USA and all its stooges and lackeys (Turkey, Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Australians, Gulfies, Canada, Denmark, Israel…) gave to terrorists of Al-Qaeda and all its derivatives (FSA, Nusra Front, HTS, ISISFaylaq RahmanMaghawir Thawra, Khalid Army, Jaysh Al-Islam, Turkestan Islamist Party……..) to kill and maim Syrian soldiers and Syrian civilians in Syria? Iraqis in Iraq? Lebanese in Lebanon? Libyans in Libya? Iranians in Iran? …. in ….?

The Pentagon Threatening to Revive ISIS

Nasrallah: Syria triumphs, Israel is waging an imaginary war

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Date: 26 June 2020

Author: lecridespeuples

Speech by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah on May 13, 2020, on the occasion of the commemoration of the martyrdom of Hezbollah Commander Mostapha Badreddine, known as ‘Zulfiqar’, killed in Syria in May 2016.

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Translation: resistancenews.org

Summary:

  • Syria has already won the war, even if there are still some minor battles to be fought
  • Having failed militarily, the enemies of Syria strive doubly hard in their diplomatic, economic and psychological warfare
  • There is no dissension between the allies of Damascus, nor a struggle for influence between Iran and Russia
  • News of Bashar al-Assad being sidelined is just propaganda
  • There are no Iranian armed forces in Syria, just military cadres and advisers
  • Having bet everything on the terrorists, Israel sees its defeat and fears the recovery of Syria and the threat it will pose to the occupation of the Golan and the very existence of the Zionist entity
  • The so-called Israeli campaign against the Iranian presence in Syria is nothing but window dressing aimed at reassuring Israeli opinion and providing cover for attacks on the Syrian ballistic power
  • Israel presents as a victory a simple redeployment of forces due to successive victories over almost the entire Syrian territory, and a reduction in air movements between Iran and Syria due to the coronavirus
  • Iran, Hezbollah and other Resistance movements will never leave Syria
  • Israeli incursions into Syria are caused by worry, fear and adventurism, but can lead to uncontrolled escalation and regional war

This video only subtitles the last section of the transcript below, ‘Israel in Syria

Transcript:

Syria won the world war against it

[…] Today we can say that Syria won this war. In previous battles, when great achievements were made, such as after the liberation of Homs, Damascus, the South and even Aleppo, it was said that Syria had won the war, and analysts and specialists in strategic issues said no: Syria had won one (or more) battles, but had not (yet) won the war. Because a war is made of many battles: you can win a battle, lose another, win a third, lose the fourth, but all that does not (necessarily) mean that the whole war is won, or that the whole war is lost.

Today, in all simplicity, and via an objective and genuine assessment (of the situation), whoever goes to Syria and travels there —except for the politicized Arab (and Western) media—, whoever goes to Syria, in its provinces, in its cities, in its villages and boroughs, in all the regions currently in the hands of the State, anyone who observes the overall situation in Syria can easily affirm that Syria won the war, although there are still some battles going on. It should not be said that Syria has won one, two or three battles, and has lost one or two others, and that the war is still going on, without it being clear whether Syria will win it or not, no. The fair and accurate strategic assessment is that the Syrian leaders, the Syrian army, the Syrian State and the great majority of the Syrian people who stood firm in this struggle won this war.

Of course, there are still a few battles left, military or political, which require persistence and continuity of action, whether in Idlib, East of the Euphrates or certain areas North of Syria, but this is only a partial, limited and circumscribed part (of Syria). Syria has triumphed over partition projects, Syria has won this war, and suffice it to say that the objectives of this world war (against Syria) for which, according to their own admission, hundreds of billions of Arabian dollars have been spent —the dollar is American, but it is the Arab (countries) that have paid the bills; if this money had been spent for the good of the Arab peoples of our region, they would have extricated them from ignorance, poverty, misery, illiteracy, diseases, and the said funding countries (Saudi Arabia, etc. ) would not face financial incapacity in the face of the economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic as they do now—, thousands of tons of weapons and ammunition, tens of thousands of terrorists and takfiris who were brought from all over the world, dozens of international conferences, etc., etc., etc. They have deployed everything, done everything, absolutely everything, to achieve their objective in Syria: sectarian or political slogans, incitement (to racial or religious hatred), everything that the front of Arrogance (imperialism) and its instruments were able to mobilize in terms of resources and ideology, everything they could do against Syria, they did. And Syria, through the perseverance of its leaders, its army, its people and the State, and thanks to the presence and perseverance of its allies by its side, managed to win this war.

And that is why today, when we talk about our martyr leader, Sayed Mustapha Badreddine, and our other martyrs in Syria, we feel, in addition to the consequences for their afterlife and their (eminent) position close to God the Most High and the Exalted as martyrs, we have the feeling that their blood has borne fruit and enabled these results to be achieved, and that the objective for which they went to fight and for which they sacrificed their blood, their peace and their life, and for which they made unremitting efforts night and day, this goal was achieved and it is before our eyes today.

Economic, diplomatic & psychological warfare

I will now raise some points (concerning Syria). The first point is that naturally, what (the enemies of Syria) have been unable to achieve militarily, they have been trying for the past few years to obtain it politically, through political pressure on the Syrian leaders, on the allies of Syria, on Iran, on Russia, on those who stand alongside Syria, through international relations, through the UN Security Council, through intimidation, threats and tempting promises, so that the allies of Damascus will abandon Syria. But all of this has failed so far. And we know that sometimes the political battle is just as intense as the armed struggle. And sometimes its dangers are even greater, and require all of our vigilance and attention. Syria is still plunged into political war and is facing political pressures which, so far, have failed to achieve any of their goals.

Naturally, and I come to the second point, after the failure of the military war and the impotence and the ineffectiveness of the political war and the political pressures in achieving any objective at all, the front of Arrogance (imperialism), the American despots and their Allies resorted to other means, namely psychological warfare on the one hand, and sanctions and blockade on the other. With regard to psychological warfare, a very broad front has been open for years against Syria, and lately there has been an intensification of psychological warfare, some aspects of which I will touch on in a moment. Likewise, the sanctions and the state of siege against Syria are increasing, and they are betting on the economic consequences (which they hope get unbearable for Syria and its allies). The coronavirus has added to these pressures, but this pandemic is not specific to Syria: the pressures of the coronavirus are weighing on the whole world. Today, those who besiege Iran, Syria, Venezuela and other countries, Gaza, Yemen, etc., are starting to suffer the economic consequences of the coronavirus themselves. We have all seen the catastrophe hitting the United States, the countries of Western Europe, as well as certain countries in our region (Saudi Arabia, etc.). In any event, it is also a means of attacking Syria, namely economic pressures, sanctions, the state of siege against Syria.

With regard to the sanctions and the blockade, we place our hopes on the endurance of the Syrian leaders, the Syrian State and the Syrian people, just as they persevered in the face of the military and political war. What gives us hope is that Syria is a country endowed with human capital and colossal possibilities; the Syrian people are full of liveliness, the wealth and innate means of Syria are many and huge. Before the crisis, Syria was not a debt-ridden or weak country, nor was it a country brimming with wealth, but its economy was entirely viable. In some Arab countries, millions of people live in cemeteries, but no family lived in a cemetery in Syria. Anyway, in the economic battle, the livelihood battle, the financial battle, we have good hope in the endurance and initiative of Syria, just as we trust Syria to succeed against the psychological battle.

Tensions between Syria’s allies ?

With regard to the psychological battle, I would like to give an example, before addressing my last point concerning Syria. Part of the psychological battle concerns the situation of the allies, and we often hear that the allies of Damascus have started to abandon Syria. (According to these rumors), Iran would be entangled in its internal situation and would prepare to abandon Syria. Russia, because of the pressures, its internal situation, such pressures or such problems or I don’t know what other rubbish, would abandon Syria. All these words express only dreams and hopes that we have been hearing for years, and some have been disseminated as if they were information, etc., but they were only aspirations (US / Israeli / Saudi wishful thinking).

Among the talking points of the current psychological warfare, let us quote again the recurrent remarks that we find in the media of the Gulf and certain Western media —the Western media are more reluctant to diffuse these reports, because they try to preserve the (little) credibility they still have— about an Iranian-Russian power struggle in Syria. There is no hint of truth in it. I said at the beginning of my speech that I was going to talk about Iran again. In the two points that remain for me to address (on Syria), I will clearly point out certain sensitive points which concern the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Neither the Islamic Republic of Iran, nor Hezbollah, nor the Resistance factions from different countries —Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc. ; yes, Resistance movements came from these countries and fought in Syria alongside the Syrian Arab Army, the Syrian people and the Syrian popular forces, and are still present there… The Islamic Republic of Iran is not fighting for influence against anyone in Syria. Neither against Russia —regardless of what Russia is doing— nor against anyone. The position of the Islamic Republic in Syria was clear from the beginning: its (only) goal was to prevent the fall of Syria under American-Israeli control, and under the control of the instruments of Arrogance (imperialism), our common enemy. This was Iran’s goal, and nothing else. The Islamic Republic does not seek any influence in Syria, it has no aims and no greed in Syria, and has no desire to interfere in the internal affairs of Syria. Iranian interference in Syria has never existed, does not exist and will never exist with regard to internal Syrian issues, whether in the form of the regime, government, laws, the State… Iran will never do anything that some other States (especially the imperialist and neo-colonialist West) do, in any case. All that mattered and still matters for the Islamic Republic of Iran is that Syria remains in its (pro-) Arab, (pro-) Islamic, (pro-) Resistance position, that it preserves its identity, its independence, its sovereignty, its unity, that Syria remains a noble and dignified, persevering fortress, does not submit to American and Zionist hegemony, and does not compromise on its rights (over the Golan). This is all that Iran wants in Syria, no more no less. And that does not enter into any struggle for influence with anyone.

Certainly, to be completely frank and sincere, there may be differences between the allies as regards the definition of certain military or ground priorities, political questions, at the level of negotiations, etc. But this in no way leads to a struggle for influence, because the decisions of the Islamic Republic are categorical as regards the position alongside the Syrian leaders (who have the final say on all matters), Iran complying with what they determine and accept. The Islamic Republic has a position of support towards the endurance, the persistence, the maintenance and the independence of Syria, and its resilience in the face of projects of hegemony and control over it, and of liquidation of the Axis of Resistance in the region. In this regard, I would therefore like to reassure the masses & supporters of the Resistance in the Arab-Islamic world: in Syria, there is no struggle for influence between Iran and Russia, so we could say that the front of the allies and supporters of Damascus is plagued by internal strife or is in withdrawal. This is absolutely not true.

Israel in Syria

The other point I also wanted to talk about concerning Syria and Iran in Syria, and the Israeli enemy in Syria, is the Israeli aggressions and the Israeli project in Syria. Especially in the past few weeks, the Zionist Israeli Minister of War (Naftali Bennett) is trying to brag and present (false victories) to the Israeli masses, lying to them and misleading them, and also to the public opinion in the Arab-Muslim world —and there are also Arab media that spread these lies and falsifications—, in order to highlight the imaginary victories and achievements of Israel in Syria at the expense of Syria, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Axis of Resistance. I want to talk about it a bit, and it may be the first time that I do it in such a frank and detailed way, even if it will be synthetic.

During the first years (of the war in Syria), from 2011, Israel bet on the (terrorist) armed groups. The relations of the armed groups —especially in the south of Syria— with Israel are absolutely undeniable: exchange of information, financing, supplies, medical care, aid and support of all kinds, up to transit, all this is well known and obvious. Israel has been active in the war in Syria since 2011, and has counted & invested heavily on those who fight the regime in Syria. Israel had a whole set of objectives, the highest of which was the fall of the regime and the liquidation of the current administration (of Bashar al-Assad). But there were several other lesser goals.

When this war against Syria failed, and the Zionists understood that their instruments and the horse on which they had bet had failed in Syria, and that they had lost the war… They are still fighting in Syria, but they lost the war, as I just explained. The proof is that all of southern Syria, the vast majority of which was under the control of armed groups, which cooperated with Israel, was assisted by Israel and were Israel’s allies both openly and secretly, they all left, and some left Syria via the Zionist entity. We don’t forget their buses at night.

The Israelis therefore understood that their objective (to bring down the regime) had failed. They therefore aimed at a new objective, namely to fight against a new danger which appears to them, new dangers which will emanate from the situation and the victory in Syria. What are these new dangers? Some reside in the Syrian Arab forces themselves, in the Syrian army and in the Syrian military capabilities, especially with regard to ballistic capability and the manufacture of precision missiles. And that’s why we see that Israel is attacking everything related to the production of missiles in Syria, because he considers that the ballistic capacity and the manufacture of missiles constitute a (enormous) force for Syria, and obviously also for the Axis of Resistance.

Israel therefore considers Syria as a future threat, Syria which has stood firm during all these years in the face of a universal war waged against it: if Damascus regains its strength and regains its health, and develops its military, human and material capabilities, this will give Syria prevalence in the region and in the Arab-Israeli struggle. Therefore, Israel considers Syria as a threat, a future threat: Syria may not be a current threat, because it remains entangled in its internal situation and the few battles that remain to be fought. Likewise, Israel views the presence of Iran and Resistance factions in Syria as a threat. Israel is worried about Syria, Israel is afraid. Israel is terrified of what the future holds for it in Syria. This is the true description of the situation.

So look at the way Israeli officials express themselves about the Golan Heights, claiming that in southern Syria, for example, Hezbollah has a certain presence and a certain activity, and is trying to create a structure (of Resistance), with the help, silence or complicity of the Syrian authorities, cooperating with young Syrians (combatants) in order to recover the Golan and attack the Israeli occupation in the Golan. And all this while nothing important has happened yet. But this simple assumption, this simple fact created an atmosphere of terror within the Zionist entity, and sometimes pushes it to escalation measures which can lead to unforeseen and dramatic consequences (an open regional war). This indicates that Israel behaves towards Syria from a position of worry, fear and terror in the face of the consequences of the great victory in Syria. You have to keep that in mind in the first place.

Israel has therefore announced a goal in Syria. He cannot declare that he strikes Syria and the Syrian army, even if that is what he is doing concretely. Israel has therefore announced a goal linked to the Iranian presence in Syria, and the presence of Hezbollah, even if he insists above all on the Iranian presence. So they launched a campaign under the slogan “We want to expel Iran from Syria.” And their stupidity is such that it prompted the Israeli Minister of War, Naftali Bennett, to go so far as to set a timetable, promising that before the end of 2020, he would have ended the Iranian presence in Syria. So remember this deadline and count the months that we have before the end of the year to see what will happen to the promise of this stupid minister.

Israel has therefore worked to achieve this goal. What did they do, apart from the international, regional and domestic incitement, and the attempt to present the Iranian presence in Syria —which I will describe in detail— as having gone from a factor of assistance to a burden for Syria, which is a gross lie? They began with airstrikes and air operations which occasionally hit means of transport, warehouses or certain locations in Syria. This has been happening for years, and I never talked about it (in detail).

What is new? The new thing is that Israel goes astray, tricks its people and deceives the opinion in our region (and in the world) —and we are always fighting this battle to raise public awareness by revealing the truth—, trying to present certain details like the proofs of his victory in Syria and the beginning of the defeat of the Axis of Resistance or the Islamic Republic of Iran, the beginning of our exit and withdrawal (from Syria).

What are the clues and evidence that Israel puts forward? For several weeks, certain Israeli officials, media and analysts have been propagating these statements, even if other Israeli analysts say that these statements are inaccurate and just for show —and the latter are the ones who are right. Israel has spoken of several points (put forward as evidence of an Iranian withdrawal from Syria):

1/ the number of troops: the “Iranian (armed) forces”, to use their expression, would have greatly decreased in Syria;

2/ certain bases that have been evacuated, returned (to the Syrian authorities) or abandoned;

3/ the concentration of efforts on eastern Syria and the presence in the region of al-Boukamal, Deir Ezzor, etc.

The conclusion of all of this, (if we are to believe the Zionist enemy), is that the result of intelligence operations, military actions and aerial bombardments carried out by Israel, have largely fulfilled their objectives: Iran would leave Syria, the Iranians would be in full withdrawal, Hezbollah would retreat, and this moron (Bennett) believes he achieved an historic exploit which he trumpets  at every occasion, predicting the full achievement of this objective before the end of 2020. Just see how he spreads these lies and fools public opinion.

Let me show you the real situation. First, regarding the situation on the ground, Israel keeps talking about the presence of “Iranian (armed) forces”, but in Syria there have only been Iranian military advisers and experts since 2011. I would like to say that they were present even before 2011 alongside the Syrian Arab Army and alongside the Resistance in Lebanon (Hezbollah), and after 2011, they remained, and due to the events, their number increased. But there are no Iranian military forces in Syria. When we talk about Iranian military forces, we mean one or more battalions, one or more units, legions, etc. That is what we are referring to when we talk about the armed forces.

There are a number of military advisers and experts in Syria, the number of which has increased with the events (since 2011). They had and still have a very important role:

1/ providing support and advice to the Syrian armed forces;

2/ managing groups of Syrian, Arab and Islamic popular forces which they train, arm and lead in the various battles in progress;

3/ coordinating operations with Resistance movements, including Hezbollah;

4/ coordinating the logistical support operations provided by the Iranian defense ministry to the Syrian defense ministry.

These Iranian advisers are not Iranian (armed) forces. It is not an Iranian armed presence.

You see, the Israelis announced a nonexistent, illusory, imaginary goal, similar to the objective of successive American administrations to prevent Iran from manufacturing nuclear weapons, while the Iranians do not have nuclear weapons and do not want to obtain nuclear weapons. In Syria, Israel is waging an imaginary battle to prevent Iranian forces from being present in Syria. While in Syria there are only Iranian military advisers and military experts. Despite all the difficulties, the situation in Syria in no way requires the arrival of Iranian (armed) forces in Syria.

To be frank and honest, at one point, a real discussion took place on this subject with the Iranian leaders, and at one point, for a few months, certain Iranian armed forces came to Aleppo, for 2 or 3 months. But apart from this exceptional case, there have never been Iranian forces in Syria, and I say and repeat that there are only advisers, in the number required by the situation: there may be more or less according to the needs of the field, and many of them fell martyrs —some could put forward this argument as proof of an armed presence; but it’s because these advisers were on the front lines alongside the Syrian Arab Army and Resistance factions, fighting and participating in battles, in the manner of the school of their commander of the al-Quds Forces, the martyr Qassem Soleimani, may God the Most High be pleased with him. This is therefore the real and precise description of the situation.

Secondly, naturally, as the battles were won, whether for the Iranians or the factions of the Resistance, and sometimes even for the Syrian army, when the battle or the threat ended in a region, there was no longer any reason to maintain a presence of combatants or military bases, nor our positions on combat axes and front lines. At one time, the fighting was taking place (simultaneously) in Homs, in the rif of Damascus, in Damascus, in the East of Homs, in the suburbs of Aleppo and in Aleppo itself, in Idlib, in the south of Syria, Badiya, al-Boukamal, Deir Ezzor, etc. It was therefore natural to have a presence (of the armed forces) in all these regions. While on the coast, there were no battles, and there was therefore no reason to have this presence.

When the province of Homs was liberated, this presence ceased. Same thing when the battles in Damascus and in the rif of Hama ended, as well as in southern Syria, in Palmyra and in the Badiya. If the Syrian army, of which it is the country, wanted to maintain a certain presence in certain barracks, to take the necessary precautions (to face a possible resurgence of the terrorists), that made sense; but as for the auxiliary forces, whether Iranians, Hezbollah or other factions of the Resistance, it is quite natural that they left this region, maintaining only the minimum of personnel, of combatants and of material there as a precaution. There would have been no reason to maintain the same number of forces, the same bases, etc.

For about two years, when this victory became clear, especially after the liberation of the Badiya and the opening of the highway to Aleppo, and the end of the battle in Damascus, in the rif of Damascus and in the south, the (Syrian & allied) forces gathered (in the last places of activity of the terrorists). The presence of many Iranian advisers was no longer required, and so they returned to Iran. Likewise for a number of Hezbollah fighters and cadres in Syria, whose presence was no longer useful, so they returned to Lebanon. Many of our Iraqi brothers and other nationalities were no longer required, so they returned home.

The situation in Syria having become very good, (what would have been the point of maintaining all this presence)? Some bases and barracks have always remained empty, and had been prepared in case there was a need for additional manpower. Many bases and barracks were no longer useful because there were no more fights, and were therefore abandoned. It all started two years ago or more, and has nothing to do with Israeli operations and attacks in Syria. It has nothing to do with the Israeli strikes in Syria. And that has nothing to do with the martyrdom of brother commander Hajj Qassem Soleimani. It started under his leadership, and the current leadership of the Al-Quds Forces (IRGC) continues the same program it began operating over two years ago.

Likewise, Hezbollah and the rest of the factions of the Resistance have started to do the same for more than two years, namely to decrease the troops, decrease the number of (active) bases, decrease the presence, because Syria begins to recover, Syria has won, the Syrian Arab Army has won, many frontlines no longer exist, the battles having been definitively won there. This is the truth.

Today, when anyone talks about a downsizing of foreign forces in Syria… Let me give you an example for Lebanon. At some point I announced that on the whole axis of Qalamoun, we ended our presence (that used to be massive), keeping only one or two positions. Same thing for the whole axis of Zabadani. All was done in coordination with the Syrian army. Is this an Israeli success? Or is this fact explained because the Syrian army and the Resistance won all the battles in these regions, as well as in the rif of Damascus, in the rif of Homs, etc. What would be the point, once the fighting is over, of staying on the mountains, in the cold, in the heat, what good is it to mobilize and use resources, etc. All that would be useless, it would be a waste of material and human resources. When the fighting is over, all we have to do is pack up and return to our main front, namely southern Lebanon (facing Israel).

The pseudo-evidence put forward by Israel today, namely the issue of the reduction of troops in Syria, the total or partial evacuation of certain places, bases or positions, this is only due to the fact that the presence there would no longer make any sense, as for example in Damascus or around Damascus, where the fighting has stopped. It is quite natural that the military presence should go to al-Boukamal, Deir Ezzor, Aleppo, Idlib, because the front lines are there, and there is no more fighting elsewhere. The remaining battles are there, so those who want to help must go there and not sit (arms crossed) in Damascus.

The pseudo-evidence advanced by Israel in no way proves Israeli successes, but proves the victory of Syria, the victory of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the victory of Hezbollah, the victory of the Axis of Resistance in Syria. This victory in the war involves, as with any army and any military force in the world, a redeployment of forces in accordance with new responsibilities and new challenges, in the light of our achievements and victories.

More so, a sign of the imbecility and lies of the Israeli media is that they have tried to explain the fact that for example, lately, the movements between Syria and Iran have decreased somewhat —air freight, the movement of airplanes—, and this has also been put forward as evidence of the Israeli military successes in Syria, while these claims are nothing but lies and falsifications. The cause is the coronavirus. The covid-19 which impacted the US military, European armies, and even the army of the Israeli enemy itself, which canceled maneuvers, training, and large military parades planned to celebrate the anniversary of the victory of 1945, and it is only natural that the pandemic also affects Syria, the Islamic Republic, ourselves and everyone.

To summarize this point, by way of synthesis before evoking the internal situation in Lebanon in the minutes that I have left, I would like to address the Israeli public to invite them to check their information and not to believe the lies of their leaders, who put forward imaginary victories in Syria, whether against Syria or against Iran. Admittedly, Syria suffers prejudice, just as Iranian advisers, Hezbollah and the Resistance in Syria are affected by the Israeli aggressions, which the Syrian, Iranian and Resistance leaders consider as they should —I don’t have time to speak in detail about our point of view on the issue, I will do it another time if necessary—, but the Israelis need to know that what their leaders are saying is only lies, deception and illusions, purely imaginary achievements. And if Israel continues on this path, they can make a mistake or a blunder that would blow up the whole region.

As for the announced objective, namely to expel the Iranian presence —the military advisers, and not the pseudo Iranian forces, as I explained— or even to expel Hezbollah and the Resistance from Syria, this objective will never be achieved, o Zionists. This objective will never be achieved. These advisers are present following a joint decision by Syria and Iran, and the Resistance movements are present at the request of the Syrian leaders and in accordance with the will of the Resistance movements themselves, and all those who, since 2011 to date, have sacrificed thousands of martyrs and suffered thousands of injuries, will not be defeated or deterred by an air strike or an assassination here and there. They will remain firmly on their positions, and will not abandon the battlefield or the place under any circumstances. This goal is unachievable.

These are just illusions that you live in your imagination; you are engaging in sheer adventurism, and at any moment, you can make a serious error in Syria that you will regret bitterly. […]

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Idlib Militants Use Battle Tanks To Kill Each Others Under Turkish Nose

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ISIS announced a new series of attacks against the Syrian Army in the Homs-Deir Ezzor desert. According to the terrorist group’s news agency Amaq, ISIS cells ambushed an army unit near the town of al-Sukhna killing 2 soldiers, injuring a third one and capturing a vehicle. This attack became the second successful ISIS raid in the desert area in less than a week. The previous one took place south of al-Mayadin and resulted in the killing of 8 Syrian troops.

On June 25 and June 26, the Syrian Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Forces conducted intense airstrikes on the detected ISIS hideouts south of the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor highway. According to pro-government sources, at least one weapon depot and 2 vehicles were eliminated. The precise number of ISIS casualties remains unclear.

The pro-Turkish coalition of militant groups, the National Front for Liberation, repelled an imaginary attack of Russian special forces in southern Idlib. According to militants, they killed 2 Russian personnel and 2 Syrian soldiers in intense fighting in the village of Benin on June 25. The only problem with this version is that neither the Syrian Army nor Russian forces conducted offensive operations in the area, according to local sources.

Clashes between Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and militants from the Fa Ithbatu coalition continue in the countryside of Idlib. The sides briefly reached a tactical ceasefire on June 25 and even removed checkpoints between Idlib city mostly controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and the town of Jisr al-Shughur, which is the Fa Ithbatu rear base.

Nonetheless, as of June 26 the fighting once again resumed after Hayat Tahrir al-Sham attacked positions of Horas al-Din and Ansar al-Din near the villages of Yacubiyeh and al-Janoudiyah. Intense fighting was also ongoing near Arab Said. Local sources claim that both sides are now using battle tanks.

According to supporters of Fa Ithbatu, the al-Qaeda-linked coalition captured 2 battle tanks belonging to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and damaged another one. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham says it’s ready to accept a ceasefire only if Horas al-Din, Ansar al-Din and other members of Fa Ithbatu remove checkpoints that they have established near Idlib city over the past few days.

Control over the movement of goods and people in the Idlib countryside is one of the pillars of the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham influence and allows it to collect various fees and fines there. So, the group sees any presence of other forces on key roads in Greater idlib as a threat to its interests. Currently, the main opposition to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham is located in Jisr al-Shughur.

The main point of contradiction between Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other al-Qaeda-linked groups is that Fa Ithbatu wants its own share of the revenue, which can be collected by exploiting the militant-held part of Greater Idlib. This sets the conditions for further confrontation until a new balance of power within the militant-held area is found.

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China and Russia Reject UN Secretary General Proposal on Open Borders for Al-Qaeda

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June 26, 2020 Arabi Souri

United Nations UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

China and Russia are reported to have rejected a proposal presented in a communique by the UN Secretary-General presented to the current penholders, Belgium and Germany. The SG has on several occasions expressed his desire to extend the free border crossing from Turkey into Idlib for 12 months. The current mandate established in 2014 (UNSCR 2165) expires on 10 July.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for the opening of Syria’s borders for the free flow of ‘humanitarian aid’ for one year; Syria, China, and Russia object it and consider it a breach of Syria’s sovereignty offering a secure passage for terrorists to sneak into Syria with their weapons as proven in the past.

Per reports, Russia proposed to deliver the intended humanitarian aid through Damascus, the Syrian capital, a proposal the UN’s top diplomat considered ‘not a viable applicable solution’, he might be worried that the Syrian state will confiscate any weapons, gears, and advanced satellite communication devices ‘gifted by the generous western donors’ to al-Qaeda terrorists operating in Idlib.

Resolutions — passed by the P5 Security Council members — require aye votes or a combination of ”ayes” and abstentions. UNSCR 2165 was extended with UNSCR 2393 (2017), UNSCR 2449 (2018)Its likely final extension, UNSCR 2504 (2020) passed with the French “aye,” and abstensions by US, UK, Russia, & China.

There are up to three million Syrians living in the region under the control of a number of assorted al-Qaeda and other Muslim Brotherhood terrorist groups loyal to the Turkish madman Erdogan; the real humanitarian aid delivered to Idlib falls in the hands of those terrorists who then sell it at high prices to the needy Syrian families, whereas if the Russian proposal is accepted, convoys of the aid would be delivered under the supervision of the United Nations itself and not al-Qaeda commanders.

Furthermore, what about the 18 million Syrians not living in al-Qaeda’s safe haven in Idlib and suffering from the increased sanctions imposed on them by the same ‘generous donors’ sending the aid to al-Qaeda terrorist groups in Idlib? Don’t they deserve some help instead of renewing the sanctions against them by the European Union earlier this month and the Trump regime imposing its unprecedented regime of sanctions dubbed the Caesar Act on the 17th of the month? Can the United Nations Secretary-General explain this hypocrisy under the supervision of his organization?

We know there’s no comfortable answer to this question since the UN organization was essentially built under the control of the victors of the WWII to serve their interests not to actually implement its own Charter, otherwise, there are dozens of un-implemented United Nations Security Council resolutions and other resolutions by the United Nations General Assembly to solve the Palestinian problem, the core issue destabilizing most of the world for the past 7 decades.

There is also the UNSC Resolution 2253 issued to dry up the sources of terrorism funding and facilitating, it was issued a few hours before the infamous UNSC Resolution 2254 calling for a ‘political solution for the Syrian crisis’, to enable implementing 2254, the UNSC needs to implement 2253. The United States of America and its cronies never mention Resolution 2253 while never stop calling for the implementation of Resolution 2254, they want to include elements from terrorist groups in the political solution in Syria, ie ministers in a future Syrian government from al-Qaeda… Just naming another example of the ways the UN functions.

Postscript:

It is noteworthy that Antonio Guterres’ humanitarian concerns for the suffering of the Syrian people — by all evidence — is limited to support for NATO countries to impose a new Sykes-Picot in Syria (maps showing that increased, non-sovereign border openings are around areas illegally occupied by Madman Erdogan and Trump regime troops, here.)

SG Guterres did not dispatch communique in condemnation of Erdogan’s bombing the electrical grid of the Alouk Water & Power plant — twice — in October; surely Syrian people need water and electricity.

There has been no communique over Turkey’s occupation of the water plant in Alouk, either, an occupation which has seen Syrians deprived of essential water for days at a time. Surely, humanitarian concerns involve Syrians not having access to their own clean water supplies.

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The Secretariat has been silent over Trump’s illegals in Syria firebombing wheat fields in Hasaka, last month, followed by ongoing arsonof surrounding Syrian farmlands, by NATO-supported terrorists.

Surely humanitarian concerns of the truly righteous would include concern for the rights of Syrians to have access to their water and their food.

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Hay’at Tahrir Violates Agreement With Fa Ithbatu, Launches Large Attack In Western Idlib

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Hay’at Tahrir Violates Agreement With Fa Ithbatu, Launches Large Attack In Western Idlib
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Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) has violated its recent agreement with the Fa Ithbatu Operations Room by launching a large attack on its factions in western Aleppo.

Under the initial agreement, which was reached early on June 25, both sides agreed to suspend their movements in western Idlib to de-escalate the situation.

According to opposition sources, HTS has violated the agreement by launching an attack on Horas al-Din and Ansar al-Din in the afternoon. The attack targeted some positions and checkpoints of the two groups in the towns of al-Yacubiyeh and al-Janoudiyah.

The sources also reported that heavy clashes are now taking place around the town of Arab Said, a stronghold of Fa Ithabtu.

Before launching its new attack, HTS accused Horas al-Din and Ansar al-Din of looting, claiming that they didn’t take part in the recent battle against the Syrian Arab Army.

“They [Horas al-Din and Ansar al-Din] didn’t witness a war, or keep security [in Greater Idlib],” the statement reads.

HTS claimed in the statement that it is ready for a ceasefire and an agreement with Horas al-Din and Ansar al-Din. However, only if the two groups meet its demands, which include the removal of all the newly-established checkpoints in Idlib.

The conflict between HTS and the Fa Ithbatu Operations Room will likely escalate further in the upcoming few days as both sides appear to be determined to continue their struggle.

Military Situation In Syria On June 25, 2020 (Map Update)

Military Situation In Syria On June 25, 2020 (Map Update)

A brief overview of the recent developments in Syria:

  • Several people were injured as a result of two explosions near the city of Manbij;
  • Turkish-led forces bombarded the village of Umm al Kayf near Tel Tamr with several mortar rounds;
  • 3 SDF members were killed by a roadside bomb near Raqqa;
  • An incident involving the Russian Military Police and US forces took place in northern al-Hasakah;
  • The Russian Special Firces attacked a position of Turkish-backed Suqur al-Sham in the outskirt of the town of Benin;
  • The Israeli strikes targeted Salamyieh and al-Sabboura in the province of Hama. 2 soldiers were killed, 4 others were injured.

Militant Infighting In Idlib And Kurdish-Turkish Tensions In Afrin (Map Update)

Militant Infighting In Idlib And Kurdish-Turkish Tensions In Afrin (Map Update)

A brief overview of the recent developments in Syria:

  • Turkish-backed forces shelled the village of Babilla in Maarrat al-Nu’man District;
  • Horas al-Din acknowledged the death of its commander Khalid al-Aruri as a result of the US R9X drone strike on June 14;
  • Fa Ithbatu took control of a security checkpoint of HTS in the village of Al-Yaqoubiya, north of Jisr al-Shughour;
  • Clashes between HTS and Fa Ithbatu continue west of Idlib’s city center and in the village of Arab Said;
  • Two people were killed and 3 wounded as a result of a motorcycle explosion in Afrin;
  • Turkish Armed Forces artillery targeted YPG positions near the Menagh airbase and in Malikiyah, Shawargat Ar, Al-Kamiya villages;
  • HTS’ security forces raided the main headquarters of Ansar al-Din in the town of Saramada in northern Idlib ;
  • Abu Adnan al-Homsi, commander of al-Qaeda-affiliated Horas al-Din was killed in a drone strike on Greater Idlib.

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CLASHES RAGE BETWEEN HAYAT TAHRIR AL-SHAM AND OTHER AL-QAEDA GROUPS IN IDLIB

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After two days of fighting with militants from the rival militant coalition Fa Ithbatu, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham has launched a large-scale attack in order to put an end to the resistance to its dominance in Greater Idlib.

According to pro-militant sources, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham members supported by battle tanks stormed the town of Arab Said west of Idlib city. This town was recently captured by Fa Ithbatu forces and turned into a foothold for operations against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. At the same time, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham besieged and stormed the HQ of Horas al-Din, a member group of Fa Ithbatu, in the town of Sarmada.

In their turn, Horas al-Din attacked several Hayat Tahrir al-Sham checkpoints near the western entrance to Idlib city, allegedly seizing them.

Fa Ithbatu accuses Hayat Tahrir al-Sham of conspiring with foreign forces, mainly Turkey, against the so-called Syrian revolution. Earlier in June, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham arrested Ansar al-Din commander, Abu Salah al-Uzbeki, and Liwa al-Muqatlin al-Ansar commander, Abu Malek al-Tali. Both these groups are a part of the recently formed Fa Ithbatu coalition.

Meanwhile, pro-militant sources are spreading rumors about an increase in operations of the Russian special forces in southern Idlib. According to them, a unit of the Russian special forces raided a position of Turkish-backed Suqur al-Sham near the village of Benin killing 4 and injuring 3 members of the group.

This became the first militant claim about the Russian Special Forces in Idlib since the signing of the March 5 de-escalation agreement between Ankara and Moscow. If such an attack really happened, it was likely a response to the recent drone attack by Idlib militants on Russia’s Hmeimim Air Base in Lattakia.

Late on June 24, an unidentified drone struck a militant vehicle moving on the road near the town of Binnish in Greater Idlib. The strike completely destroyed the vehicle and the several persons inside. While the eliminated militants are yet to be identified, local sources claim that the vehicle likely belonged to Ansar al-Tawhid or Horas al-Din. Recently, combat drones of the US-led coalition conducted several strikes on ISIS- and al-Qaeda-linked terrorists that hide in the Turkish-occupied part of Syria.

The Turkish Army and Turkish-backed militants shelled positions of the Syrian Army and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) near the town of Tell Rifat in northern Aleppo. Pro-Turkish sources claim that several army and YPG fighters were killed. Strikes likely came in response to the recent series of attacks by YPG-affiliated cells on positions of pro-Turkish groups in the region of Afrin.

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Late on June 23, the Israeli Air Force conducted airstrikes on alleged Iranian-linked targets near al-Sukhna and Kabajab in central Syria and near Tel Al-Sahn in the countryside of as-Suwayda in southern Syria. A second wave of Israeli strikes early on June 24 targeted Salamyieh and al-Sabboura in the province of Hama. Syrian state media denied that the strikes hit Iranian targets saying that 2 soldiers were killed, 4 others injured and some material damage was caused by the attack. As was expected the airstrikes took place just a few days after Hezbollah-affiliated media had released a video with threats to strike targets inside Israel in the event of an escalation.

Since June 23 intense fighting has been ongoing in the countryside of Idlib and the southern part of the province between Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and the recently formed coalition of al-Qaeda-linked groups, Fa Ithbatu.

The Idlib central prison area, the village of Arab Said, and the towns of Barisha, Sarmada and Ariha were the main focal points of the confrontation. According to pro-militant sources, the fighting broke out as a result of recent tensions caused by the arrests of some members of Fa Ithbatu by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham security forces. From demands to release its members, Fa Ithbatu forces moved to a direct confrontation with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. However, as of the morning of June 24th, they had not yet achieved any major successes in these efforts.

Simultaneously, tensions grew between Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and another al-Qaeda-linked group, the Turkistan Islamic Party, in the town of Jisr al-Shughur. Turkistan Islamic Party members reportedly surrounded a local HQ of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.

Fa Ithbatu and the Turkistan Islamic Party are apparently very unhappy with the recent actions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, which had indirectly supported the implementation of the Turkish-Russian de-escalation agreement on southern Idlib and pressured other al-Qaeda-linked groups in the area to gain more support from Turkey.

While the close cooperation with Turkey allows Hayat Tahrir al-Sham to increase its military and financial capabilities, the implementation of the de-escalation deal poses a direct threat to interests of smaller radical groups such the ones from Fa Ithbatu. Thus, there is a clear conflict of interest that may yet turn into a full-scale military confrontation.

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النصرة تعتقل «أبو مالك التلي»‏‎ ‎عبر قوة ضخمة ومشاركة طائرتي ‏استطلاع..‏

باريس– نضال حمادة

اعتقلت أمنيّة هيئة تحرير الشام (النصرة) بأمر مباشر من أميرها أبو محمد الجولاني، أمير النصرة في القلمون الشرقي وفي جبال عرسال سابقاً جمال زينيّة الملقب أبو مالك التلي في مدينة إدلب، وذلك بعد سنتين من الخلافات والعلاقات المتوترة بين التلي والجولاني على خلفية بيعة التلي لجماعة حراس الدين وانضمامه اليهم فترة من الزمن ومن ثم تراجعه العلني عن هذه البيعة بعد وعود قدّمها له الجولاني بتعيينه نائباً له في هيئة تحرير الشام، غير أن الجولاني وبعد مضي أكثر من عام لم يلتزم بوعده الذي قطعه للتلي ما دفع الأخير لإعادة إحياء مشروعه الذي كان بدأه قبل عامين بتأسيس تنظيم عسكري جديد تحت مسمّى جيش المنطقة الوسطى. وهذا ما جعل الجولاني يتخذ القرار بإنهاء حالة التمرّد الطويلة الأمد التي مثلها أبو مالك التلي عبر إرسال القوة الأمنيّة لاعتقاله من منزله في مدينة إدلب.

المعلومات تشير إلى أن النصرة أرسلت قوة مؤلفة من 500 عنصر لاعتقال ابو مالك التلي ترافق ذلك مع تحليق طائرتي استطلاع تابعة للنصرة في سماء المنطقة، كما تم نشر القناصة على أسطح المنازل وفوق المباني المرتفعة. وتشير المعلومات إلى أن التلي استسلم من دون أية مقاومة، فيما داهمت أمنيّة النصرة منزله ومقراً تابعاً لتنظيم جيش المنطقة الوسطى في محيط المنزل وأفرغته من محتوياته ومن أجهزة حاسوب الكتروني كانت في المقر فيما كانت مكبرات الصوت تدعو أشخاصاً بأسمائهم لتسليم أنفسهم حقنا للدماء.

هيئة تحرير الشام النصرة التي تشهد خلافات بين الكثير من قادتها مع أميرها العام أبو محمد الجولاني تخطت حاجزاً معنوياً كبيراً باعتقالها أبو مالك التلي بما يمثله من تاريخ في تنظيم القاعدة وفي قيادة المسلحين في ريف دمشق وجبال القلمون السورية واللبنانية، وبما يمثله من علاقات مع مسلحي الفصائل المنحدرين من المنطقة الوسطى في سورية. وهذا الحاجز المعنوي يعني بمضمونه أن لا أحد بمأمن من غضب الجولاني في حال استمرت الأصوات المعارضة له داخل التنظيم. ويفتح اعتقال التلي السوري الجنسية الباب على اعتقالات مستقبلية يخطط الجولاني لتنفيذها ضد القيادات الأجنبية في النصرة خصوصاً المصرية التي تميل لعودة تنظيم القاعدة الى سورية وتريد العمل تحت قيادة أيمن الظواهري الذي يمثل قيادة عالمية لهم تتخطى الجولاني الذي تعتبره قيادة سورية محلية لا تحظى بطابع دولي.

Al-Moallem: Our fight against terrorism is not over and the “Caesar Act” will be a chance for the Syrian people to perk up their economy

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Tuesday, 23 June 2020

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Deputy Premier, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Walid al-Moallem has affirmed that the real goal behind the so-called “Caesar Act” is to open the door for terrorism to return to Syria as in 2011 and to force Syria to give up its alliance with the resistance and accept normalization with Israel.

 In a press conference on Tuesday, al-Moallem said that the statements made by Mike Pompeo and James Jeffery about the so called “Caesar Act” prove that they are all liars because if they wanted the good of the Syrian people they wouldn’t conspire against their livelihood.

He stressed that there are no exceptions in what is termed as the “Caesar Act” and that the Americans are lying when they claim that this Act doesn’t include medicine or medical supplies.

He pointed out that the Syrian people are used to dealing with unilateral sanctions that have been imposed on them since 1978 under several terms.

 The top Syrian diplomat reiterated that this American legislation will be a chance for the Syrian people to perk up their economy, achieve self-sufficiency and deepen cooperation with friends and allies in all domains, noting that Syria’s war on terrorism hasn’t finished yet.

He wondered if the presence of US forces around Syrian oil fields, the burning of wheat fields and the US threat to friendly countries that want to contribute to reconstructing Syria serve the interests of the Syrian people. He said that the US occupation forces are investing in terrorism and this was proved in transporting leaders of Daesh terrorist organizations by their helicopters to Iraq and in supporting Jabhat al-Nusra and the Turkish regime in their acts of aggression on Syria.

“They are definitely lying when they talk about the interests of the Syrian people,” al-Moallem affirmed.

On the political arena, Al-Moallem affirmed Syria’s commitment to the process of finding a political solution to the crisis in the country and its rejection of any American or non-American foreign interference in the work of the constitutional committee, which must be a Syrian-led process away from any foreign interference.

He reiterated that the Syrians will allow no interference in their constitution and will only recognize a national constitution that will serve the interests of the Syrian people.

On the situation in Idlib, al-Moallem said that Syria behaves according to its priorities, available capabilities and in the light of dialogue with its allies, mainly Russia, pointing out that there is a cessation of hostilities in Idlib pursuant to the Sochi Agreement. “When the terrorists don’t abide by the agreement, our heroic armed forces retaliate directly, but this decision is taken by the military leadership,” said al-Moallem, indicating that the Turkish regime invades northern Iraq, transfers mercenaries to Libya for the sake of oil and occupies lands in Syria to revive the Ottoman ambitions.

The Syrian top diplomat clarified that the popular resistance in the areas under the US occupation is normal, but the strange thing is the illusion of some Kurdish groups which think that the United States will continue to support them.

” I want to tell them that there will come a day when they wake up in the morning and will not find the Americans who actually don’t defend the Kurds’ interests in the region, but the interests and security of “Israel”.

On Syria’s relations with its allies, al-Moallem said that ” we are in close alliance with our Russian friends who have offered sacrifices in the fight against terrorism on the Syrian soil. The Russian support for Syria will continue and consultations between the two sides are done on daily basis. Also Iran is a close friend that will always support Syria. As for China, we consider it as an ally with who Syria has continuous dialogue and we are sure that our friends and allies will not leave Syria alone .”

On Palestine, al-Moallem said that Syria continues to support the Palestinian people and their right to return and build their independent state. “

“We don’t recognize the annexation plans of the Israel occupation with regards to the West Bank. Israel should withdraw from all Arab lands that it has occupied,” al-Moallam made it clear.

Al-Moallem asserted that Syria supports the Libyan National Army and institutions as well as the Libyan sovereignty and territorial integrity. He also reiterated Syria’s support for Egypt’s national security.

Hamda Mustafa

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جمال محسن العفلق

أخذ ما يسمّى قانون قيصر أكثر من حجمه إعلامياً، وقانون العقوبات هذا ليس بالجديد على نهج من يدير العملية السياسية في أميركا، فسياسة أميركا تقوم على مبدأ القتل والإبادة ولا يهمّ عدد الضحايا وتاريخ أميركا مشبع بالدم والقتل القصد إما عسكرياً أو اقتصادياً، ولم ننسَ بعد مليون طفل عراقي قتلوا خلال الحصار الأميركي للعراق وقبل دخول القوات الغازية بغداد. والدعم اللا محدود لما يسمّى بقوات التحالف العربي الغازية لليمن حيث سجلت الأمم المتحدة قبل ان تغيّر تقاريرها أنّ هناك عشرين مليون يمني مهدّدون بالهلاك بسبب الحصار والقصف الجوي الممنهج على قرى ومدن اليمن، والذي يستهدف المدارس والمشافي وبيوت المدنيين، وهذا كله بدعم أميركي وغرفة عمليات يديرها ضباط من الكيان الصهيوني وأميركا.

كذلك فإنّ ما يحدث في ليبيا هو بغطاء أميركي وعربي هدفه تقسيم ليبيا وإبادة شعبها.

فـ قانون قيصر الذي يطال الشعب السوري لا يمكن تقديمه كما يحب المطبّلين له على أنّ هدفه هو إنقاذ الشعب السوري، بل حقيقته هي إبادة من تبقى من السوريين والذين تراهم الولايات المتحدة أنهم صمدوا مع جيشهم وحكومتهم، فمنذ بداية العدوان الدولي على سورية كان الرهان على انهيار هذا الشعب خلال مده أقصاها ستة أشهر ولكن المفاجأة كانت بصمود السوريين وتكاتف الحلفاء معهم في صدّ العدوان، وفي المقدمة إيران وحزب الله اللذان قدّما دماء من أجل الحفاظ على سورية ودعم صمودها فتحوّلت السياسة الأميركية الى نهج قديم جديد اتجاه سورية وهي سياسة التجويع من أجل الإذلال والخضوع، فما تريده الولايات المتحدة ليس حرية السوريين كما تدّعي لأنها أصلاً لا يحق لها طلب الحرية وهي الغارقة بالعنصرية وجرائم ضدّ الإنسانية! إنما تدمير سورية، فهذا البلد بالنسبة للصهيونية ليس مجرد مساحة جغرافية بل هو عقيدة مقاومة وهذا ما تجده الولايات المتحدة مخالفاً لأهدافها، فوجود الفكر المقاوم لا يتناسب مع ما يسمّى أمن الكيان الصهيوني ومصالح أميركا في المنطقة…

يساعد أميركا في تطبيق هذا القانون الظالم على الشعب السوري كسر الأنظمة العربية لسرية التعامل مع الكيان الصهيوني وانتقالها إلى العلن وبمبرّرات لا ترتقي الى مستوى الهراء، فيخرج علينا من يقول انّ التعاون مع الكيان الصهيوني يأتي في إطار محاربة وباء كورونا، ووقف المدّ الشيعي، وآخر يجد أن الكيان الصهيوني هو صاحب الأرض الأصلي ولا يجب محاربته في وقت هناك من يعيش في الكيان الصهيوني من الصهاينة أنفسهم ويقول نحن نحتلّ هذه الأرض وهي ليست لنا.

أما سورياً فهناك مجموعة العاملين بأمر الدولار ومهمتهم تجميل هذا القانون واعتباره إنجازاً إنسانياً من الطراز الأول، وهؤلاء يقدّمون أنفسهم على أنهم ممثلو الشعب السوري ومعارضة وطنية، فأيّ وطنية هذه التي توافق على إبادة أمة عمرها سبعة آلاف عام؟

نعم إنّ قانون قيصر سيترك آثاراً اقتصادية جمًة، وخصوصاً أنّ سورية ليست بلداً يعيش حياة طبيعية، فصدور مثل هذا القانون على بلد يعيش منذ عشر سنوات حرباً طاحنة ضدّ الإرهاب ليس بالأمر الذي يمكن تجاوزه ببساطة، هذا ما يعتقده أصحاب القانون ومهندسوه الذين لم يفهموا حتى اليوم أنّ سورية منذ عقود محاصره اقتصادياً وفيها ما يكفي من الموارد التي يمكن العبور فيها نفق الحصار الذي سينكسر عاجلاً أم اجلاً.

فأوراق الردّ التي يملكها محور المقاومة كثيره وما زال في الجعبة الكثير والبداية من إدلب التي سيتمّ فيها تقليم ما تبقى من أظافر الجماعات الإرهابية المحمية من أميركا وهناك منطقة شرق الفرات التي سيُجبر الأميركي على الخروج منها، وبأيّ ثمن، فلا يعني تطبيق القانون أننا انتهينا، فالحرب لا تزال مستمرة، ومن استطاع الصمود عشر سنوات لن تصعب علية سنة إضافية ما دام الهدف هو إنقاذ وطن من الضياع والتفكك.

لقد مارست دول العدوان على سورية كلّ أصناف القتال الإعلامي والحربي والاقتصادي ولن يكون بمقدورهم اليوم إنهاء الحرب التي اختاروا هم بدايتها ولكنهم لن يستطيعوا تحديد موعد نهايتها كما يعتقدون.

وفي آخر رسالة واضحة لمحور المقاومة أن من سيقتلنا سنقتله، ولن يكون بعد اليوم أيّ تفاوض مع من يفكر بتجويعنا او قتلنا تحت اسم حقوق الإنسان وتوازن الطوائف والحرية والديمقراطية الأميركية الكاذبة.

Weapons, ammunition, left by terrorists before their defeat, found in Syria’s southern region

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 Saturday, 20 June 2020 

DAMASCUS COUNTRYSIDE, (ST)- Huge amount of weapons and ammunition, left by terrorists before their defeat, were found in Damascus Countryside and Syria’s southern region during mopping up operations in the areas liberated from terrorism.

Some of the weapons are Western-made ones.

A source from concerned authorities told SANA that the seized weapons included machine guns, Dushka machine guns, PKCs, RPG launchers, hand grenades, sniper rifles, military guns, advanced anti-armor missiles, advanced communication devices, night vision binoculars and thousands of bullets in addition to a large quantity of narcotic substances.

The source pointed out that cooperation with the locals as well as monitoring and follow-up operations have led to arresting a group of terrorists who have links to foreign parties that smuggle materials used for making explosive devices. Huge amounts of explosives were also found, the source added.

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ANSAR AL-DIN SLAMS HAY’AT TAHRIR AL-SHAM FOR ARRESTING ABU SALAH AL-UZBEKI

 19.06.2020 

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Al-Qaeda-affiliated Ansar al-Din has slammed Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) for arresting Abu Salah al-Uzbeki, one of its top commanders.

In a statement released on June 18, Ansar al-Din hinted that al-Uzbeki, whose real name is Sirajuddin Mukhtarov, was arrested by HTS’ security forces in a humiliating manner. The group called to resolve the issue through a joint Shari’a [Islamic] committee.

“We call on them [HTS] … to hold a joint Shari’a committee to look into their accusations,” the statement reads.

HTS arrested al-Uzbeki and two of his guards near Idlib city on June 17. According to opposition sources, the terrorist was lured by the group’s security forces.

Sirajuddin Mukhtarov, aka Abu Salah al-Uzbeki, second man from right to left.

Al-Uzbeki was leading HTS’ Katibat al Tawhid wal Jihad. Earlier this year, he was sacked from his post by the group’s leader, Abu Mohamad al-Julani. The terrorist later joined Ansar al-Din, which formed a new operations room in Greater Idlib with other al-Qaeda factions earlier this month.

The prominent terrorist is wanted by the Interpol for his role in the 2017 Saint Petersburg Metro bombing and other attacks.

Available information suggests that al-Uzbeki was arrested because he owed money to HTS. His arrest demonstrates the terrorist group’s ever gowning influence in Greater Idlib.

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Caesar: Another Failing Attempt to Restrict Syria, Hezbollah

Caesar: Another Failing Attempt to Restrict Syria, Hezbollah

By Nour Rida

On Wednesday, the United States is due to bring into effect the toughest set of sanctions on Syria, as part of the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act. The Caesar act is a law that was passed in December of 2019 and allows the American administration to impose sanctions on foreign companies, countries, and people who do trade or transactions with Syria.

Mainstream media outlets describes the law’s main intent is as “to punish Bashar al-Assad’s government for atrocities committed against the Syrian people,” using negative ideology to shape the story according to the US political agenda in the region.

The mainstream narrative of Western media is a penetrating medium, capable of creating false consciousness among the viewers. This is something many peoples of Western countries know by now. Looking back at media reports, one can see how positive ideology to describe the Bush administration was used as he was classified as ‘friendly’ and a ‘liberator’ at the time he invaded Iraq. This is one simple example of how media manipulates words and discourse to serve its own goals. Lest we forget the Takfiri terrorist groups in Syria that killed and raped and destroyed across the country regardless of the religious or ethnic background of the people; the US administration would call them “Syrian opposition” and legitimizing their existence and violence.

Back to the topic, today media reports call Syria an oppressive regime and the US claims it stands by the Syrian people by imposing the Caesar act. Words matter, but they cannot change history. The Caesar act imposed on Syria carries the same goals of the US backing and support of terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq throughout the past few years; stopping Bashar al-Assad from supporting the resistance movement in Lebanon of Hezbollah. Hezbollah is the only force by far that has been able to defeat ‘Israel’ and prove its vulnerability.

As said earlier, looking at the geopolitics of the region, it is obvious that the main target of the Caesar act is the Hezbollah resistance movement which constitutes a threat to the ‘Israeli’ apartheid regime. The act aims at breaking the Syrian will and causing uproar across the country as it puts pressure on the people.

The Caesar act seems to be paired with another attempt to cripple the resistance or weaken it that was overlooked by the media. It comes under the pretext of bolstering surveillance capacity of the UNIFIL inside Lebanon. UN chief Antonio Guterres said in a report that video surveillance and sensors already deployed, Guterres called for thermal-imaging cameras, hi-tech binoculars and drones which could strengthen the UNIFIL surveillance capacity.

In a report published Tuesday ahead of the mission’s renewal in August, Guterres said the UNIFIL criticized by the United States and ‘Israel’, needs to be “more agile and mobile” in particular on the Blue Line separating Lebanon from Occupied Palestine.

Guterres said the changes could come from “replacing some heavy infantry functions used for day-to-day activities with reconnaissance functions” using smaller “high-mobility light tactical vehicles and reconnaissance vehicles with improved monitoring capacity.”

The UN head also said he wanted to see construction of observation posts and for UN troops to have modern technology to collect and analyze data and improve their communications. Amid such demands skepticism rises on the real need of such equipment at a sensitive time and place.

Back to the sanctions, what the US has still not realized after its experience of imposing sanctions on Iran- an ally and supporter of Syria and the resistance in the region, is that it has failed to achieve its goal of destroying the resistance and its allies. The attitude of Syria would be similar to that of Iran, the sanctions will probably be an incentive to achieve self-sufficiency. Yes, choking Syria’s economy will hurt and will cause the troubled economy of Lebanon also to deteriorate further, but what does not kill someone only makes him stronger.

It is worth noting that this is not the first time the US imposes sanctions on Syria. In 1979, the US considered Syria a ‘supporter of terrorism’ as it stood by The Islamic Republic of Iran after its victory and overthrow of the US-backed Pahlavi regime. By imposing the act, the US again aims at toppling the resistance axis in the region or bringing about what it calls “change in attitude”.

“The new US sanctions will be far broader in terms of their sectoral targeting, but also, critically, will involve US targeting of other countries and businesses seeking to do business with the Syrian government in a bid to ensure Syria’s tightening economic isolation,” Julien Barnes-Dacey, director of the Middle East and North Africa program at the European Council of Foreign Relations (ECFR), told Al Jazeera.

It is true that imposing sanctions on Syria will make things tough and strangle the reconstruction of the war-hit country after around 9 years of Takfiri terrorist groups destroying Syria, but the US and its allies must keep in mind that Syria has the potential and the infrastructure to reactivate its agricultural and industrial activities. So for media outlets that have been exacerbating their campaigns and picturing Syria in starvation and famine, keep in mind that the Syrians will always manage to have food on the table despite all pressure.

Hezbollah for its turn is the main target behind all this. “Impose sanctions on Syria, force the ending of transactions and import into Lebanon, force the end of Syria-Hezbollah cooperation and it is all sorted out.” This is far from being accurate. The resistance forces in the region including Hezbollah are immune against such attempts. Some Lebanese factors are cooperating with the US and ‘Israel’ to disarm Hezbollah, but that remains to be an unrealized dream. Resistance in face of occupation is a right, and standing up for oneself is an act of self-defense.

That is one important thing to keep in mind. Another important issue to remember is that the US is in decline and this is a fact today. Russia, China and Iran will not abandon Syria and its people. Lebanon as well, stands before the option of moving towards the East, where it can find its way out from American pressure. Whether it is fiber optics and pipe gas lines, the silk road project, the trade corridor designed to reopen channels between China and countries of Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe, these are all considered as potential for cooperation between Syria, Iraq, Iran, Russia, China and Lebanon (if its political factions agree to turn their back to the US and its dictations). It takes bravery, consent and a political decision to stand in face of US coercion, and as the US power declines by the time such a scenario of shifting towards the East and abandoning the US supremacy becomes possible.

Al-Qaeda Factions Create New Coalition In Idlib

South Front

 15.06.2020 

Early on June 14, the Russian Aerospace Forces reportedly carried out airstrikes on positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham near the villages of al-Bara and Deir Sunbul in southern Idlib. Since the signing of the new de-escalation agreement with Turkey on March 5, the Russian military has halted active operations in Greater Idlib. Nonetheless, it continued isolated precise strikes on high value terrorist targets.

The June 14 airstrikes followed the creation of a new coalition by several al-Qaeda-linked groups operating in the region: Horas al-Din, Ansar al-Din, Ansar al-Islam, Liwa al-Muqatlin al-Ansar and Tansiqiyat al-Jihad. The coalition, dubbed “Fa Ithbatu”, is in fact an expanded variant of another al-Qaeda-linked coalition, Ghurfat Eamaliat wa-Harid al-Mu’minin. This very faction recently conducted a large attack on Syrian Army positions near Tanjarah and Fattirah killing several soldiers and destroying at least one BMP infantry fighting vehicle.

Therefore, despite the claims of pro-militant propaganda that militant groups are uniting their forces in order to fight back the possible aggression of the ‘bloody Assad regime’, the creation of Fa Ithbatulikely reveals preparations for more aggressive actions against government forces.

The Turkish leadership, which is also committed to pushing propaganda about the ‘evil Assad regime’, clearly understands the real situation on the ground. So, it has continued expanding the network of observation posts along the M4 highway in southern Idlib in an attempt to keep the situation under control. The most recent Turkish observation posts were created near the villages of Farkia, Bsanqul, Kafer Shalaya, Urum al-Jawz and Mareian. Nonetheless, even these extensive efforts did not allow Turkish forces to at least create the image of order in the so-called opposition-held area.

On June 13, fighting erupted between Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and a local armed group in the village of Salqin near the Turkish border. The conflict started after Hayat Tahrir al-Sham members assaulted a displaced civilian from Ma`arat al-Nu`man for setting a food stand near their shop. The fighting stopped only after Hayat Tahrir al-Sham deployed large reinforcements to the village. This was just the most recent incident in a long pattern of violence, which has been ongoing in the militant-held areas.

On June 14 and June 15, warplanes of the Syrian Air Force bombed ISIS hideouts near the town of Uqayribat in southeastern Hama. Last weekend, the Syrian Army, the National Defense Forces and Liwa al-Quds launched an anti-ISIS operation in the very same area. The operation came in response to ISIS attacks near the town on June 11 and June 12. However, it is unlikely that limited security operations in the desert area, which are being conducted by government forces, will fully remove the ISIS threat from the region.

Military Situation In Syria On June 15, 2020 (Map Update)

Military Situation In Syria On June 15, 2020 (Map Update)

A brief overview of the recent developments in Syria:

  • A suspected U.S. drone strike on Idlib’s city center killed two commanders of al-Qaeda-affiliated Horas al-Din;
  • The Turkish military claimed that it had eliminated 3 Kurdish rebels in northeastern Syria;
  • Russia is allegedly preparing to establish a military base near the ancient city of Palmyra;
  • Syrian warplanes conducted airstrikes on ISIS cells near Uqayribat;
  • Gunmen attacked Syrian government forces in Jasim.

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