مارس 20, 2017
Written by Nasser Kandil,
It was not a secret that Astana Path which was created by Moscow in an opportune moment for finding an alternative of the US absence from the tracks of making the political settlement for Syria, was due to the emergence of an opportunity of the qualitative Turkish cooperation after the defeat of Aleppo which has affected it and has affected the military militia forces which work under its sponsorship which are closer to Al Nusra front, and which the Russians have endeavored to make the Americans taking over the responsibility of separating it but in vain. The opportunity came to make its original owner taking over the task; the Turkish is the shelter, the supply line of Al Nura, and the sponsor of the involved armed groups, but after Aleppo the Turkish lost the opportunity to fight a proxy war on Syria, and has lost the hope in the consequences of this war after the fall of the castle which was represented by Aleppo and the fall of its title under the name of the armed opposition. Furthermore the Euphrates Shield which the Turkish formed for the war on ISIS has become mere a refinery to accommodate the remaining of the formations which he sponsored to make from them Turkish security line that is similar to the line of the army of Antoine Lahd in favor of Israel in the southern of Lebanon before liberating the South.
The Russian equation was that the Turks would separate Al Nusra and the militias affiliated to them within the Euphrates Shield to fight ISIS, and the partnership in a track that leads to alternative important Syrian negotiator of the opposition of Riyadh, that is capable of going on toward a settlement entitled the partnership with Turkey in the war on terrorism in exchange of reserving a fixed Turkish seat in the new regional system, but the US slowdown in the cooperation with Russia has led to big Turkish regressions, then Manbej slap which neither Russia nor Syria were far from its making occurred to the Turks, in response of the Turkish deception in Al Bab city and the embarrassment to the American through a new equation that says the impossibility to combine between the alliance with the Kurds and the Turks, so the Russians cooperate with the Turkish once again and the Syrians cooperate with the Kurds.
Astana in its third version has taken place in order to tell the armed groups which the Turks claim their mono-authority on them that they are still a common investment among Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Americans that proves its ability in affecting the settlement negatively. This means its boycotting of Astana despite the Turkish concern and presence, or to say that the Turkish is still practicing the manipulation and the deception waiting for the American, in both cases there is no justification for the continuation of the bet on Astana as a path.
The suicidal bombings which ravage in the Syrian areas and the silence of the armed and the political oppositions say that the bet on a political or security track that leads to dynamisms that develop by themselves is no longer present. The military initiative is at the hand of the Syrian country and its allies, and there is no justification to stop in front of the lie of considering the cease-fire a way for the political settlement, or considering that Turkey can or wants, or can and wants an independent path from the Americans in approaching the Syrian war. So the clarity becomes the answer; war on Al Nusra and those who stand with it along with a political path with a clear ceiling for who wants, here is Geneva without conditions including the cease-fire condition, those who become ready for a government under the Syrian constitution and the Syrian presidency can find a seat till the election decides their size, and those who do not want then let them reserve a seat in the field.
The postponement of Astana to May says that April will be a hot month, and that the next Geneva after a week will be cold and dull especially after it became clear the Saud Israeli encouragement of the Americans to separate the battle of ISIS in the northern of Syria from the war on the resistance and the Syrian army in the south, and the sufficiency with security settlements with the Russians in the north due to the necessities of the war on ISIS, and disabling every political settlement that legitimizes the cooperation with the Syrian country that restores its diplomatic presence and its economic movement just for the sake of the necessities of the war on the Syrian country and the resistance.
Translated by Lina Shehadeh,
ربيع سوري ساخن
مارس 17, 2017
– لم يكن خافياً أن مسار أستانة الذي وجدته موسكو في لحظة مؤاتية لإيجاد بديل عن الغياب الأميركي عن مسارات صناعة التسوية السياسية الخاصة بسورية، جاء بفعل ظهور فرصة لتعاون تركي نوعي بعد هزيمة حلب التي أصابتها وأصابت معها القوى العسكرية الميليشياوية العاملة تحت عباءتها وغير البعيدة عن جبهة النصرة، والتي تعب الروس لجعل الأميركيين يتولّون مهمة فصلها عنها من دون طائل. وجاءت فرصة ان يتولى المهمة صاحبها الأصلي. فالتركي هو ملاذ النصرة وخط إمدادها وهو راعي الجماعات المسلحة المعنية. وقد فقد بعد حلب فرصة خوض حرب بالوكالة على سورية وفقد الأمل بنتائج هذه الحرب بعد سقوط القلعة التي مثلتها حلب وسقوط عنوانها باسم المعارضة المسلحة. وصار درع الفرات الذي شكّله للحرب على داعش، مجرد مصفاة لاستيعاب شتات التشكيلات التي رعاها ليجعل منها شريطاً أمنياً تركياً يشبه شريط جيش أنطوان لحد لحساب إسرائيل في جنوب لبنان قبل تحرير الجنوب.
– كانت المعادلة الروسية أن يقوم الأتراك بمهمة عزل النصرة وتجميع الميليشيات التابعة لهم ضمن درع الفرات لمقاتلة داعش، والشراكة بمسار ينتج مفاوضاً سورياً بديلاً وازناً عن معارضة الرياض قادراً على السير نحو تسوية عنوانها الشراكة مع تركيا في الحرب على الإرهاب، مقابل حجز مقعد تركي ثابت في النظام الإقليمي الجديد. وجاء التباطؤ الأميركي في التعاون مع روسيا لينتج تراجعات تركية كبيرة، ثم جاءت صفعة منبج للأتراك والتي لم تكن روسيا ولا سورية ببعيدتين عن صناعتها رداً على الخداع التركي في معركة الباب وإحراجاً للأميركي بمعادلة جديدة تقول باستحالة الجمع بين التحالف مع الأكراد والأتراك، فيمسك الروسي بيد التركي مجدداً ويمسك السوري بيد الأكراد.
– جاءت أستانة بنسختها الثالثة لتقول إن الجماعات المسلحة التي يدعي الأتراك سلطتهم الأحادية عليها، لا تزال استثماراً مشتركاً مع السعودية و»إسرائيل» والأميركيين، يثبت قدرته على التأثير لإعاقة التسويات. وهذا معنى مقاطعتها لأستانة رغم الاهتمام والحضور التركيين، أو لتقول إن التركي لا يزال يمارس التلاعب والخداع، بانتظار الأميركي، وفي الحالين لا مبرر لمواصلة الرهان على أستانة كمسار.
– التفجيرات الانتحارية التي تعصف بالمناطق السورية، وصمت المعارضات المسلحة والسياسية، يقولان إن الرهان على مسار سياسي أو أمني كمسار ينتج ديناميات تتطور بذاتها لم يعد له مكان، فالمبادرة العسكرية بيد الدولة السورية وحلفائها، ولا مبرر للتوقف أمام أكذوبة اعتبار وقف النار طريقاً للتسوية السياسية، ولا اعتبار أن تركيا تقدر أو تريد، أو تقدر وتريد، مساراً مستقلاً عن الأميركيين في مقاربة الحرب السورية، ولذلك يصير الوضوح هو الجواب، حرب على النصرة ومن يقف معها، ومسار سياسي بسقف واضح لمن يرغب وها هي جنيف موجودة، من دون شروط، بما فيها شرط وقف النار، فمن ينضج لسقف المشاركة بحكومة في ظل الدستور السوري والرئاسة السورية يجد له مقعداً حتى تقرر الانتخابات حجمه، ومن لا يريد فليحجز مقعده في الميدان.
– تأجيل أستانة لشهر أيار يقول إن نيسان سيكون شهراً ساخناً، وإن جنيف المقبل بعد أسبوع سيكون بارداً وباهتاً، خصوصاً مع ما بات واضحاً من تشجيع سعودي «إسرائيلي» للأميركيين لفصل معركة داعش في شمال سورية عن الحرب على المقاومة والجيش السوري في الجنوب، والاكتفاء بتسويات أمنية مع الروس شمالاً لضرورات الحرب على داعش، وإعاقة كل تسوية سياسية تشرّع التعاون مع الدولة السورية وتعيد لها حضورها الدبلوماسي وحركتها الاقتصادية لضرورات الحرب على الدولة السورية والمقاومة.
Written by Nasser Kandil,
Those who know the personality of the Saudi Crown Crown Prince and the Defense Minister in the government of his father, the degrees of narcissism which controls him and the absurd bloodiness in his decisions taken daily to bomb the poor of Yemen in their vulnerable homes whether old people, women, or children know that he does not hesitate to ask for celebrating a death scene, which through it he can present his credits to the new US President who is superficial and narcissistic too and who is obsessed with the language of greatness, discipline, and reprimand to those who do not keep up with him, and where the US decision can involve him in a war due to an emotional debate with a president of an allied country so how with the opponents?.
Mohammed Bin Salman went to Washington under Israeli arrangement, preceded by understandings translated by Bin Salman by making Al Hodiedah his next destination in Yemen. along with the future of the Yemeni missiles for the negotiation. The two demands are Israeli that were expressed by Moshe Ya’alon with the beginning of the war on Yemen when he was the Minister of the war in the occupation government by saying that Eilat is at risk as long as Al Hodeidah is at the hands of Al Houthis and as long as the Yemeni missiles arsenal is safe and secure.
Yesterday Ya’alon attacked the Turkish President Recep Erdogan and accused him of the seeking for a new Ottoman which till yesterday it was desired ally to overthrow Syria, as well as the factions that are affiliated to the Saudi and the Israeli command rebel against Ankara’s demands to join Astana. The dispute is neither principal nor ideological nor political nor military about the goals and the alliances, but it is the logic of as you see me I see you, when Ankara thought about the approaching of the US-Russian understanding it sought to meet it without its Israeli or the Saudi allies in the war on Syria and has led to the settlement of Aleppo, Moscow’s meeting, and Astana path with the partnership of Iran. Therefore the strategic enemy of Tel Aviv and Riyadh by the logic of the interests is as the Kurds according to the Turks.
When the Turks reached to the certainty of the US reluctance of accepting their sweep with the Kurdish expansion they returned to Moscow and Astana and asked from their groups to go, they got used to the idea of the regression of the contrived campaign against Iran which they did for the sake of America, hoping to please him in exchange of the Kurds, they decided to keep the security issue from the Kurdish gate a ceiling for their Syrian movement, so there were no commons between them and the allies who do not want to harm the Turks. but they do not mind to say in front of the American “ our ally has a privacy and has its own speech and we have our own privacy and speech” and if its dominance in the northern of Syria then the south will not be a subject of the Turkish calendar.
Bin Salman goes with the blessing of Israel to say that we will continue the war in Syria and Yemen on Iran and its allies, we have the capacity to withstand so do not dash to the settlements, wage the battles against ISIS in the northern of Syria with the cooperation of Russia or without it, with the cooperation of Turkey or without, it belongs to you, but the most important thing is that the cost must not be a full settlement for all of Syria that legalizes the victory of Iran and its allies. The temporal alliances are enough for the war on ISIS, since ISIS has not any notable presence in the southern of Syria but Iran and its allies; the Syrian country, then Hezbollah, and then the present advisers and allies; those form a danger to Saudi Arabia, Israel, and America. When there is a settlement that confines the Iranian influence with what pleases America then it is a settlement that pleases Saudi Arabia and Israel.
The bombings of Damascus and the reluctance of going to Astana say that the Turkish command on the armed groups ends at the borders of the northern of Syria, then the Saudi and the Israeli command starts, it waits for the US sponsorship, so the bombings made by their two suicide bombers who sought for a goal to bomb themselves in, because the timing is important since they were notified from their operators that the paradise is waiting for them today. Here is the celebration of the remembrance of “the revolution” that is offered by the “guide of the revolution” Bin Salman and is blessed by Ya’alon to the rebels who announced one day that they went out seeking for civil peaceful multilateralism Syria.
Translated by Lina Shehadeh,
توقيع بن سلمان على تفجيرات دمشق
مارس 16, 2017
– الذين يعرفون شخصية ولي ولي العهد السعودي ووزير الدفاع في حكومة والده ودرجة النرجسية التي تتحكّم به، والدموية العبثية في قراراته التي يتخذها يومياً بأومر قصف فقراء اليمن في بيوتهم الهشة، شيوخاً ونساء وأطفالاً، يعرفون أنه لا يتورّع عن طلب مشهد موت احتفالي يقدّم عبره أوراق اعتماده للرئيس الأميركي الجديد، السطحي والنرجسي أيضاً والمأخوذ بلغة العظمة والتأديب والتوبيخ لمن لا يجاريه، وحيث يمكن وتسلس الآلة الأميركية له القرار يمكن له التورط بحرب بسبب سجال انفعالي مع رئيس دولة حليفة، فكيف بالخصوم؟
– يذهب محمد بن سلمان بترتيب «إسرائيلي» إلى واشنطن، سبقته إليها تفاهمات يترجمها بن سلمان بجعل مدينة الحديدة وجهته المقبلة في اليمن ومعها على الطاولة مستقبل الصواريخ اليمنية للتفاوض، والمطلبان «إسرائيليان»، عبر عنها موشي يعلون مع بدء حرب اليمن، يوم كان وزيراً للحرب في حكومة الاحتلال بقوله، إن إيلات تحت الخطر ما دامت الحديدة بيد الحوثيين، وما دامت ترسانة الصواريخ اليمنية سليمة وآمنة.
– بن يعلون أمس، يهاجم الرئيس التركي رجب أردوغان، ويتّهمه بالسعي لعثمانية جديدة كانت حتى الأمس حليفاً مطلوباً لإسقاط سورية، ومثله تتمرّد الفصائل التابعة للإمرة السعودية و«الإسرائيلية» على طلبات أنقرة بالالتحاق بأستانة، والخلاف ليس مبدئياً ولا عقائدياً ولا حتى بسياسي أو عسكري حول الأهداف والتحالفات، إنه منطق «كما تراني يا جميل أراك»، فعندما اعتقدت أنقرة بقرب التفاهم الروسي الأميركي سعت لملاقاته بدون حليفيها «الإسرائيلي» والسعودي في الحرب على سورية، وأنتجت تسوية حلب ومنها لقاء موسكو ومسار أستانة بالشراكة مع إيران، العدو الاستراتيجي لتل أبيب والرياض بمنطق المصالح، بمثل ما يشكل الأكراد قضية الأتراك.
– عندما وصل الأتراك إلى يقين التمنّع الأميركي عن قبول مقايضتهم بالتمدد الكردي، عادوا إلى موسكو وأستانة وطلبوا من جماعاتهم الذهاب، وتوطنوا مع فكرة التراجع عن الحملة المفتعلة مع إيران التي قاموا بها كرمى لعيون الأميركي أملاً بشراء رضاه كردياً، وقرروا إبقاء قضية أمنهم من البوابة الكردية سقفاً لحركتهم السورية، فسقطت المشتركات بينهم وبين الحلفاء الذين لا يريدون شراً بالأتراك، لكن لا مانع من القول أمام الأميركي «لحليفنا خصوصيته وخطابه ولنا خصوصيتنا وخطابنا»، وإن كان نفوذه في شمال سورية، فالجنوب لن يخضع للروزنامة التركية.
– يذهب بن سلمان ببركة «إسرائيلية» ليقول سنواصل الحرب في سورية واليمن، وعلى إيران وحلفائها، ولدينا قدرة الصمود، ولا تستعجلوا التسويات، وخوضوا معارك داعش شمال سورية بالتعاون مع روسيا أو بدونه، فذلك شأنكم، وبالتعاون مع تركيا أو بدونها، فذلك ايضاً شأنكم. المهم ألا يكون الثمن تسوية شاملة لكل سورية تشرّع انتصار إيران وحلفائها، فتكفي التحالفات الموضعية للحرب على داعش، ولا داعش بوجود يذكر في جنوب سورية بل إيران وحلفائها، الدولة السورية أولهم، وحزب الله ثانيهم، وما تيسر من مستشارين وحلفاء ثالثاً، وهؤلاء خطر على السعودية و«إسرائيل» وأميركا، وعندما تنضج تسوية تقيّد النفوذ الإيراني بما يرضي أميركا فهي تسوية ترضي السعودية و«إسرائيل».
– تفجيرات دمشق وممانعة الذهاب إلى أستانة تقولان إن الإمرة التركية على الجماعات المسلحة تنتهي عند حدود الشمال السوري، وتبدأ بعدها الإمرة السعودية «الإسرائيلية»، وهي إنتحارية، تنتظر الاحتضان الأميركي، فتقدم التفجيرات بانتحارييها اللذين كانا انتحاريين لبلوغ هدف يفجّران نفسيهما فيه، لأن التوقيت مهم كما تبلغا من المشغل الذي وعدهما بالجنة إن فازا بالموت اليوم وليس غداً. وها هو احتفال بذكرى «الثورة» يهديه «مرشد الثورة» بن سلمان ويباركه يعلون لثوار أعلنوا ذات يوم أنهم خرجوا طلباً لسورية مدنية سلمية تعددية.
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“Any foreign troops coming to Syria without our invitation or consultation or permission, they are invaders, whether they are American, Turkish, or any other one,” Assad said.
“And we don’t think this is going to help. What are they going to do? To fight ISIS? The Americans lost nearly every war. They lost in Iraq, they had to withdraw at the end. Even in Somalia, let alone Vietnam in the past and Afghanistan, your neighboring country. They didn’t succeed anywhere they sent troops, they only create a mess; they are very good in creating problems and destroying, but they are very bad in finding solutions.”
March 13, 2017 “Information Clearing House” – Damascus, SANA-President Bashar al-Assad said that the solution to the crisis in Syria should be through two parallel ways: the first one is to fight the terrorists, and this is our duty as government, to defend the Syrians and use any means in order to destroy the terrorists who’ve been killing and destroying in Syria, and the second one is to make dialogue.
The president added in an interview given to Chinese PHOENIX TV that any foreign troops coming to Syria without our invitation or consultation or permission, they are invaders, whether they are American, Turkish, or any other one.
Flowing is the full text of the interview:
Question 1: Thank you Mr. President for having us here in Dimashq, the capital of Syria. I think this is the first interview you have with Chinese media after the national ceasefire and after so many fresh rounds of talks, both in Astana and in Geneva, and of course after US President Donald Trump’s inauguration, and these days, as we have seen, your troops are making steady progress in battlefields, but peace talks do not seem just as productive. So, as far as the Geneva talks is concerned, your chief negotiator, Mr. Jaafari, was trying hard to find out who should be sitting on the other side of the negotiation table. So, according to your idea, who should be sitting there?
President Assad: This is a very crucial question. If you want those negotiations to be fruitful, we have to ask “who is going to be sitting there?” I mean, there could be a lot of good people with good intentions, but the question is: who do they represent? That’s the question. In this situation, you have different groups, you have people who are, let’s say, patriotic, but they don’t represent anyone, they represent themselves. You have others who represent the terrorists, and you have terrorists on the table, and you have others who represent the agenda of foreign countries like Saudi Arabia, like Turkey, like France, UK and maybe the United States. So, it’s not a homogeneous meeting. If you want it to be fruitful, going back to the first point that I mentioned, it should be a real Syrian-Syrian negotiations. In spite of that, we went to that meeting because we think any kind of dialogue could be a good step toward the solution, because even those people who are terrorists or belonging to the terrorists or to other countries, they may change their mind and go back to their normality by going back to being real Syrians, detach themselves from being terrorists or agents to other groups. That’s why I say we didn’t expect Geneva to produce anything, but it’s a step, and it’s going to be a long way, and you may have other rounds, whether in Geneva or in Astana.
Question 2: But anyway, it is an intra-Syrian talks, right? But the matter of fact is, it is proxy dialogue. I mean, main parties do not meet and have dialogue directly.
President Assad: Exactly.
Journalist: Are you personally satisfied with the current negotiation format or mechanism?
President Assad: we didn’t forge this mechanism; it was forged by de Mistura and the UN with the influence of the countries that wanted to use those negotiations in order to make pressure on Syria, not to reach any resolution. As you just said, each one represents a different agenda, even the opposition delegations, it wasn’t one delegation; different delegations of the opposition. So, if I’m going to – as a government – if I’m going to negotiate with someone, who’s it going to be? Which one? Who represents who? That’s our question. So, you are right, this time there was no negotiations in Geneva, but this is one of the reasons, that’s why it didn’t reach anything. The only thing we discussed in Geneva was the agenda, the headlines, what are we going to discuss later, that’s it.
Question 3: But as we see, lot of time, money, energy have been put into this effort, and the clashes are still going on, people are still dying, and the refugees are still increasing.
President Assad: Exactly.
Journalist: What is the possible way of having a negotiation?
President Assad: Again, you are correct. The more delay you have, the more harm and destruction and killing and blood you’ll have within Syria, that’s why we are very eager to achieve a solution, but how and in which way? You need to have two parallel ways: the first one is to fight the terrorists, and this is our duty as government, to defend the Syrians and use any means in order to destroy the terrorists who’ve been killing and destroying in Syria. The second one is to make dialogue. This dialogue has many different aspects; you have the political one, which is related to the future of Syria; what political system do you need, what kind? It doesn’t matter which one, it depends on the Syrians, and they’re going to have referendum about what they want. The second part is to try to bring many of those people who were affiliated to the terrorists or who committed any terrorist acts to go back to their normality and lay down their armaments and to live normal life in return for amnesty that has been offered by the government, and we’ve been going in that direction for three years, and it worked very well. It worked very well. So, actually, if you want to talk about the real political solution since the beginning of the crisis, of the war on Syria, till this moment, the only solution was those reconciliations between the government and the different militants in Syria, many of them joined the government now, and they are fighting with the government. Some of them laid down their.
Question 4: But talking about the Syria war, you can never exclude the foreign factors. The Saudi-backed high negotiating committee, HNC, are saying that they are counting on the Trump administration to play a positive role instead of the mistaken policies under his predecessor Barack Obama. So, from your side, what do you expect from Trump’s Middle East policy, particularly policy on Syria?
President Assad: The first part that you mentioned about their hopes, when you pin your hopes on a foreign country, doesn’t matter which foreign country, it means you’re not patriotic, and this is proved, because they should depend on the support of the Syrian people, not any other government or administration.
Now, regarding the Trump administration, during his campaign and after the campaign, the main rhetoric of the Trump administration and the president himself was about the priority of defeating ISIS. I said since the beginning that this is a promising approach to what’s happening in Syria and in Iraq, because we live in the same area and we face the same enemy. We haven’t seen anything concrete yet regarding this rhetoric, because we’ve been seeing now certain is a local kind of raids. You cannot deal with terrorism on local basis; it should be comprehensive, it cannot be partial or temporary. It cannot be from the air, it should be in cooperation with the troops on the ground, that’s why the Russians succeeded, since they supported the Syrian Army in pushing ISIS to shrink, not to expand as it used to be before that. So, we have hopes that this taking into consideration that talking about ISIS doesn’t mean talking about the whole terrorism; ISIS is one of the products, al-Nusra is another product, you have so many groups in Syria, they are not ISIS, but they are Al Qaeda, they have the same background of the Wahabi extremist ideology.
Question 5: So, Mr. President, you and Mr. Donald Trump actually share the same priority which is counter-terrorism, and both of you hate fake news. Do you see any room for cooperation?
President Assad: Yeah, in theory, yes, but practically, not yet, because there’s no link between Syria and the United States on the formal level. Even their raids against ISIS that I just mentioned, which are only a few raids, happened without the cooperation or the consultation with the Syrian Army or the Syrian government which is illegal as we always say. So, theoretically we share those goals, but particularly, not yet.
Question 6: Do you have personal contact with the President of the United States?
President Assad: Not at all.
Journalist: Direct or indirect.
President Assad: Indirect, you have so many channels, but you cannot bet on private channels. It should be formal, this is where you can talk about a real relation with another government.
Question 7: As we speak, top generals from Turkey, Russia, and the United States are meeting somewhere in Turkey to discuss tensions in northern Syria, where mutually- suspicious forces are allied with these countries. So, do you have a plan for a final attack on Daesh when the main players actually do need an effective coordination in order to clear Syria of all terror groups?
President Assad: Yeah, if you want to link that meeting with ISIS in particular, it won’t be objective, because at least one party, which is Turkey, has been supporting ISIS till this moment, because Erdogan, the Turkish President, is Muslim Brotherhood. He’s ideologically linked and sympathetic with ISIS and with al-Nusra, and everybody knows about this in our region, and he helped them either through armaments, logistically, through exporting oil. For the other party, which is the United States, at least during Obama’s administration, they dealt with ISIS by overlooking their smuggling the Syrian oil to Turkey, and this is how they can get money in order to recruit terrorists from around the world, and they didn’t try to do anything more than cosmetic against ISIS. The only serious party in that regard is Russia, which is effectively attacking ISIS in cooperation with us. So, the question is: how can they cooperate, and I think the Russians have hope that the two parties join the Russians and the Syrians in their fight against terrorism. So, we have more hopes now regarding the American party because of the new administration, while in Turkey nothing has changed in that regard. ISIS in the north have only one route of supply, it’s through Turkey, and they’re still alive and they’re still active and they’re still resisting different kinds of waves of attacks, because of the Turkish support.
Question 8: Now, US troops are in Manbej. Is the greenlight from your side? Did you open the door for these American troops?
President Assad: No, no, we didn’t. Any foreign troops coming to Syria without our invitation or consultation or permission, they are invaders, whether they are American, Turkish, or any other one. And we don’t think this is going to help. What are they going to do? To fight ISIS? The Americans lost nearly every war. They lost in Iraq, they had to withdraw at the end. Even in Somalia, let alone Vietnam in the past and Afghanistan, your neighboring country. They didn’t succeed anywhere they sent troops, they only create a mess; they are very good in creating problems and destroying, but they are very bad in finding solutions.
Question 9: Talking about Russia and China, they just vetoed a new UN sanction on Syria last week. What do these Chinese vetoes mean exactly for your country?
President Assad: Let’s be very clear about their position, which is not to support the Syrian government or the Syrian president, because in the West they try to portray it as a personal problem, and as Russia and China and other countries and Iran support that person as president. It’s not the case. China is a member of the Security Council, and it’s committed to the Charter of the United Nations. In that veto, China has defended first of all the Charter, because the United Nations was created in order to restore stability around the world. Actually, the Western countries, especially the permanent members of the Council as a tool or means in order to change regimes or governments and to implement their agenda, not to restore stability, and actually to create more instability around the world. So the second part is that China restored stability in the world by creating some kind of political balance within the United Nations, of course in cooperation with Russia, which is very important for the whole world. Of course, Syria was the headline, the main headline, this is good for Syria, but again it’s good for the rest of the world. Third, the same countries that wanted to use the UN Charter for their own vested interested are the same countries who interfered or tried to intervene in your country in the late 90s, and they used different headlines, human rights, and so on, and you know that, and if they had the chance, they would change every government in the world, whether big country or small country, just when this government tries to be a little bit independent. So, China protected the Chinese interests, Syrian interests, and the world interests, especially the small countries or the weak countries.
Question 10: If I’m not mistaken, you said China is going to play a role in the reconstruction of Syria. So, in which areas you think China can contribute to bring Syrian people back to their normal life after so many years of hardships?
President Assad: Actually, if you talk about what the terrorists have been doing the last six years, it’s destroying everything regarding the infrastructure. In spite of that, the Syrian government is still effective, at least by providing the minimum needs for the Syrian people. But they’ve been destroying everything in every sector with no exception. Adding to that, the Western embargo in Syria has prevented Syria from having even the basic needs for the livelihood of any citizen in Syria. So, in which sector? In every sector. I mean, China can be in every sector with no exception, because we have damage in every sector. But if we talk about now, before this comprehensive reconstruction starts, China now is being involved directly in building many projects, mainly industrial projects, in Syria, and we have many Chinese experts now working in Syria in different projects in order to set up those projects. But of course, when you have more stability, the most important thing is building the destroyed suburbs. This is the most important part of the reconstruction. The second one is the infrastructure; the sanitation system, the electricity, the oil fields, everything, with no exception. The third one: the industrial projects, which could belong to the private sector or the public sector in Syria.
Question 11: Alright. And it seems no secret that there are some Chinese extremists are here, fighting alongside Daesh. I think it is a threat to both Syria and China. What concrete or effective measures do you have to control border and prevent these extremists from free movement in the region?
President Assad: When you talk about extremists or terrorists, it doesn’t matter what their nationality is, because they don’t recognize borders, and they don’t belong to a country. The only difference between nationality and nationality, is that those for example who came from your country, they know your country more than the others, so they can do more harm in your country that others, and the same for Syrians, the same for Russian terrorist, and so on. So now, the measures, every terrorist should be defeated and demolished, unless he changed his position to the normal life. Second, because you’re talking about different nationalities -more than 80 nationalities – you should have cooperation with the other governments, especially in the intelligence field, and that’s what’s happening for example with the Chinese intelligence regarding the Uyghur terrorists who are coming from China through Turkey. Unfortunately, the only means that we don’t have now and we don’t control is our borders with Turkey, because the Uyghur in Particular, they came from Turkey, the others coming maybe from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, form the sea, maybe, and the majority from Turkey, but the Uyghur terrorists coming mainly from Turkey. Why? I don’t know why, but they have the support of the Turkish government, and they were gathered and collected in one group, and they were sent to the northern part of Syria. So, the mission now is to attack them, wherever they existed. Of course, sometimes you cannot tell which one… who is who, they mix with each other, but sometimes they work as separate groups from different nationalities. And this is very crucial kind of cooperation between the Syrian and the Chinese intelligence, and we did many good steps in that regard.
Question 12: Mr. President, as you may be fully aware that the “White Helmets” took an Oscar this year for the best documentary short, but folks are saying that the truth about this “White Helmets” is not like what Netflix has presented, so what is your take on this?
President Assad: First of all, we have to congratulate al-Nusra for having the first Oscar! This is an unprecedented event for the West to give Al Qaeda an Oscar; this is unbelievable, and this is another proof that the Oscars, Nobel, all these things are politicized certificates, that’s how I can look at it. The White Helmets story is very simple; it is a facelift of al-Nusra Front in Syria, just to change their ugly face into a more humanitarian face, that’s it. And you have many videos on the net and of course images broadcasted by the White Helmets that condemn the White Helmets as a terrorists group, where you can see the same person wearing the white helmet and celebrating over the dead bodies of Syrian soldiers. So, that’s what the Oscar went to, to those terrorists. So, it’s a story just to try to prevent the Syrian Army during the liberation of Aleppo from making more pressure on the attacking and liberating the districts within the city that have been occupied by those terrorists, to say that the Syrian Army and the Russians are attacking the civilians and the innocents and the humanitarian people.
Question 13: Right. Now Palmyra. I took a one-day trip to Palmyra this time. Now, the city is under your control, so as its strategic position is concerned, because Homs is the heart of Syria, it’s right in the middle, now, when you have Palmyra, what is your next target? Are you going to expand a military operation into Raqqa and Dier Ezzor?
President Assad: We are very close to Raqqa now. Yesterday, our troops reached the Euphrates River which is very close to Raqqa city, and Raqqa is the stronghold of ISIS today, so it’s going to be a priority for us, but that doesn’t mean the other cities are not priority, in time that could be in parallel, because Palmyra is on the way to Dier Ezzor city in the eastern part of Syria which is close to the Iraqi borders, and those areas that have been used by ISIS as route for logistic support between ISIS in Iraq and ISIS in
Syria. So, whether you attack the stronghold or you attack the route that ISIS uses, it has the same result.
Question 14: How many days do you think this war is going to last?
President Assad: if we presume that you don’t have foreign intervention, it will take a few months. It’s not very complicated internally. The complexity of this war is the foreign intervention. This is the problem. So, in the face of that intervention, the good thing that we gained during the war is the unity of the society. At the very beginning, the vision for many Syrians wasn’t very clear about what’s happening. Many believed the propaganda of the West about the reality, about the real story, that this is against the oppression. If it’s against the oppression, why the people in Saudi Arabia didn’t revolt, for example? So, now what we gained is this, this is our strongest foundation to end that war. We always have hope that this year is going to be the last year. But at the end, this is war and you can’t expect what is going to happen precisely.
Question 15: Mr. President, you are President of the Syrian Republic, at the same time, you are a loving husband and a father of three. How can you balance the role of being a President, a father, and a husband?
President Assad: If you cannot succeed in your small duty which is your family, you cannot succeed in your bigger duty or more comprehensive duty at the level of a country. So, there is no excuse that if you have a lot of work to abandon your duties; it’s a duty. You have to be very clear about that, you have to fulfill those duties in a very good way. Of course, sometimes those circumstances do not allow you to do whatever you have to do, your duties, fully, let’s say.
Journalist: During a day, how much time you spend on work, and how much time you spend with your family members?
President Assad: Actually, it’s not about the time, because even if you are at your home, you have to work.
President Assad: Let’s say, in the morning and the evening, you have the chance, but in between and after those times, you have the whole day to work.
Question 16: Have you ever thought of leaving this country for the sake of your family?
President Assad: Never, after six years, I mean the most difficult times passed; it was in 2012 and 2013, those times we never thought about it, how can I think about it now?
So, no, no, this is not an option. Whenever you have any kind of reluctance, you will lose. You will lose not with your enemies; you lose with your supporters. Those supporters, I mean the people you work with, the fighters, the army, they will feel if you’re not determined to defend your country. We never had any feeling neither me nor any member of my family.
Question 17: And how is Kareem’s Chinese getting along?
President Assad: He learned the basics of Chinese language, I think two years ago. Unfortunately, the lady and the man who taught him had to leave, because they were members of the Chinese Embassy. They went back to China. Now, he stopped improve his Chinese language.
Question 18: Do you think it is a good choice to learn Chinese for him?
President Assad: Of course, of course, because China is a rising power.
Journalist: You didn’t force him to learn Chinese? It’s his own option, right?
President Assad: No, no, we never thought about it, actually. I didn’t think that he has to learn Chinese, and I didn’t expect him, if I thought about it, that he would say yes, because for many in the world the Chinese language is a difficult language to learn. He took the initiative and he said I want to learn Chinese, and actually till this moment, I didn’t ask him why. I want him to feel free, but when he’s getting older, I’m going to ask him how? How did it come through your mind to learn this language, this difficult language, but of course important language.
Journalist: You didn’t ask him before? President Assad: No, not yet. Journalist: So, you think it’s a good choice?
President Assad: Of course, of course. As I said, it’s a rising power, it’s important. I mean, most of the world has different kinds of relation with China whether in science, in politics, in economy, in business, I mean, in every filed you need it now. And our relation for the future is going to be on the rise. It was good, but it’s going to be on the rise because when a country like China proves that it’s a real friend, a friend that you can rely on, it’s very natural to have better relation on the popular level, not only on the formal level.
Journalist: Thank you Mr. President, thank you for your time.
President Assad: Thank you for coming to Syria, you’re most welcome.
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Written by Nasser Kandil,
مارس 7, 2017
There is no doubt that the war on Syria was not, and at least it is no longer a Syrian Syrian war, because since its beginning it was a war of an alliance that was formed to change Syria, its location, and its identity. An international regional alliance that has two Syrian parts, the first part is the Wehhabism and whom supported it from the fighters of Al-Qaeda, and the other part is the Muslim Brotherhood and some of the seculars who work in favor of the international and the regional alliance, or the haters whose their blind hatred has made them without insight about the future of their country or those who were provoked for the war by authoritarian promises and Gulf funds. On the other bank Syria was alone during the first months of the war, but the risk of change Syria, its location, the ferocity of the war on it, and the size of the interest and the stubbornness which were shown by the alliance which wages the war to change it has attracted the attention of those who concerned with every geostrategic qualitative change in the region to the dangers of this war and its impact on them, so they started interfering gradually in it till they became an important part of it specially Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah.
It is clear that the variation in the capabilities of the allies on the two banks was disturbed in favor of the countries of the war alliance which led by Washington and which includes each of Riyadh, Ankara, and Tel Aviv mainly, but the will and the determination of the supported alliance of Syria grew gradually till they reached to the direct repositioning including its risks which the opposite party was seeking to avoid them, by substituting the presence of its armies with the flow of money, weapons, and more of Al-Qaeda fighters, till the birth of a revised version of it, and that was ISIS. In the heart of this balance between the capabilities and the will the war was disabled and it seemed that the decisive factor was again in favor of Syria, where the surplus of power of Syria’s ally turns into an ability of wider representation, more employment and more willing to fight.
In the heart of the war, bloodshed was a crucial element in determining the ability to withstand according to the fighters, despite the fact that the war alliance has mobilized Al-Qaeda organization in its two versions the original and the revised one which has exhausted thousands of its suicidal, the direct confrontations remain showing that the Syrian army and its ally Hezbollah have a higher ability to bear making blood which was translated in the stability in the sites or the resolution in the attack. It seemed as well through the progress of the war that the cohesion of the alliances is crucial in their ability to draw the ceilings of their war, after it was proven the inability for the resolving, so there were plans for the full victory which was an agreed goal according to those who decided to go to war without having one alternative agreed plan. The sharing of geography satisfies Saudi Arabia and Israel, but it is not suitable plan for the Americans because it is not stable well-established formula, and it forms a red line for the Turks who fear the benefit of the Kurds, while the reach to a political settlement relieves the Americans even if the Syrian President remains, but it will disturb the Saudis, confuse the Turks, and terrify the Israelis. Conversely, the alliance which supports Syria seem converged on higher goal entitled responding to the war, overthrowing its goals, and the openness to political settlement that accepts the judgment of the ballot boxes and the will of the Syrians.
The political process depends on two titles; the war on terrorism as a priority and the political settlement as necessity. The two Syrian teams in Geneva are negotiating in order to prove that each one of them is not responsible for the failure of the negotiation. Therefore the governmental negotiator tries to draw its strategy in a way that discloses the linking of the opposite team with the terrorism and putting it in front of that challenge. in every time it succeeded in achieving the knockout against its opponents, while the negotiators of the war alliance try to put the governmental negotiator in front of the challenge of refusing the political process, but the governmental negotiator succeeded in avoiding the falling into the trap, it drew a goal for the political process, it is the resort to people’s will at the ballot boxes through a transitional formula for a government and constitution that ends with elections, while the opposition negotiator fell in the deadlock of the insistence on the departure of the Syrian President without elections as a condition for the political process, so it fell twice as a negotiator.
In Astana the governmental negotiator has faced the challenge of accepting to cooperate and to sit on the negotiating table with the organizations which it classified as terrorist, on the base let us see the deeds not the talks, it has put a challenge in front of its opponent, it was the ability to prove the separation from Al Nusra, they had hesitated and had lost before Al Nusra started its war against them, so they lost for the second time, while the governmental negotiator faced the challenge of accepting a unified government with its opponents in the political process, but it passed it as long as it ends with elections, while the opposite teams is still have the inability to keep up with it, because it is still stuck in the dilemma of the presidency.
Riyadh’s delegation in Geneva is faltering, it is unable to keep up with the governmental delegation in the ability to act confidently and to bear the tactic losses and the adventure of the unguaranteed proposals, because it does not have the main alternatives which constitute a condition to win in the negotiation, which are the ability to bear the consequences of the return to the battlefields, and the ability to bear to resort to the polls. In both of cases the scale of the Syrian government is turned strongly, so the cohesion of its alliance against the threats of the disintegration of the opponents’ alliance due to the confidence in sources of its power becomes an additive value to the superiority of Syria and the allies and their cohesion together.
Translated by Lina Shehadeh,
مفاوضات جنيف والفوز بالضربة القاضية
– مما لا شكّ فيه أن الحرب في سورية لم تكن ولم تعد على الأقل حرباً سورية سورية، فمنذ بداياتها هي حرب حلف تشكل لتغيير سورية وموقعها وهويتها. حلف دولي إقليمي له ذراع وواجهة سوريتان، ذراعه هي الوهابية في سورية ومَن يدعمها من مقاتلي القاعدة وواجهتها الأخوان المسلمون وبعض العلمانيين المشتغلين لحساب الحلف الدولي الإقليمي أو الحاقدين الذين جعلهم الحقد الأعمى بلا بصيرة حول مستقبل بلدهم أو الذين استنهضتهم الحرب بوعود سلطوية وأموال خليجية، وعلى الضفة المقابلة كانت سورية وحدها في شهور الحرب الأولى، لكن خطر تغيير سورية وموقعها وضراوة الحرب عليها وحجم الاستثمار والعناد اللذين أبداهما الحلف الذي يخوض الحرب لتغييرها فتح عيون المعنيين بكل تغيير جيوسياسي نوعيّ في المنطقة على مخاطر هذه الحرب وتأثيراتها عليهم، فبدأوا يدخلون على خطها تدريجياً حتى صاروا جزءاً عضوياً منها، خصوصاً روسيا وإيران وحزب الله.
– الواضح أن التباين في مقدرات الحلفاء على الضفتين كان مختلاً لحساب دول حلف الحرب الذي تقوده واشنطن وتحتشد فيه كل من الرياض وأنقرة وتل أبيب بشكل رئيسي، لكن إرادة وعزيمة الحلف الداعم لسورية كانت تبدو ترتفع تدريجاً حتى بلوغ التموضع المباشر، بما فيه من مخاطر، بقي الحلف المقابل يسعى لتفاديها، مستعيضاً عن حضور جيوشه بضخّ المال والسلاح والمزيد من مقاتلي تنظيم القاعدة لحين ولادة نسخة منقحة منه، هي تنظيم داعش. وفي قلب هذا التوازن بين المقدرات والإرادة استعصت الحرب، وبدا أن العامل الحاسم عاد ليكون سورية، بحيث يصير فائض القوة لدى الحلف الذي يملك حليفه السوري قدرة تمثيل أوسع وتحشيد أكبر واستعداد للقتال أكبر.
– في قلب الحرب بدا بذل الدماء عنصراً حاسماً في تحديد قدرة الصمود لدى المتحاربين، ورغم حشد حلف الحرب لتنظيم القاعدة بنسختيه الأصلية والمنقحة الذي استهلك في الحرب الآلاف من انتحارييه، بقيت المواجهات المباشرة تقول إن الجيش السوري وحليفه حزب الله يملكان مقدرة أعلى على تحمّل بذل الدماء يترجمونه ثباتاً في المواقع أو إقداماً في الهجوم، كما بدا مع تقدّم الحرب أن تماسك الأحلاف حاسم في قدرتها على رسم سقوف حربها، بعدما ثبت العجز عن الحسم فتبلورت خطط رديفة للنصر الكامل الذي كان هدفاً متفقاً عليه عند الذين قرّروا الذهاب للحرب من دون أن تكون بينهم خطة بديلة واحدة متفق عليها، فالتقاسم للجغرافيا يُرضي السعودية و«إسرائيل»، لكنه لا يشكل خطة مريحة للأميركيين، لأنه ليس صيغة مستقرة راسخة، ويشكل خطاً أحمر للأتراك الذي يخشون إفادة الأكراد منه، بينما الوصول لتسوية سياسية يريح الأميركيين ولو بقي الرئيس السوري، ويقلق السعوديين ويربك الأتراك ويخيف «الإسرائيليين»، بالمقابل بدا حلف دعم سورية ملتقياً على هدف أعلى عنوانه ردّ الحرب وإسقاط أهدافها والانفتاح على تسوية سياسية تحتكم لصناديق الاقتراع وإرادة السوريين.
– تدور العملية السياسية تحت عنوانَي الحرب على الإرهاب أولوية والتسوية السياسية ضرورة لتلبيتها، ويتفاوض الفريقان السوريان في جنيف ليثبت كل منهما عدم تحمل مسؤولية فشل التفاوض، فيسعى المفاوض الحكومي لرسم استراتيجيته بما يفضح ارتباط الفريق المقابل بالإرهاب ووضعه أمام هذا التحدّي، ونجح في كل مرة بتحقيق الضربة القاضية بحق خصومه، بينما يسعى مفاوضو حلف الحرب على سورية لوضع المفاوض الحكومي أمام تحدي رفض العملية السياسية، فنجح المفاوض الحكومي بتفادي الفخ ورسم للعملية السياسية هدفاً هو الاحتكام لإرداة الشعب في صناديق الاقتراع، عبر صيغة انتقالية لحكومة ودستور تنتهي بالانتخابات، وعلق المفاوض المعارض في صنارة الإصرار على رحيل الرئيس السوري بغير الانتخابات شرطاً للعملية فسقط كمفاوض مرتين.
– في أستانة واجه المفاوض الحكومي تحدّي قبول التنظيمات التي صنفها إرهابية على طاولة التفاوض والتعاون، فتخطاه على قاعدة لندع الأفعال تتكلّم لا الأقوال، ووضع تحدياً مقابلاً لخصومه هو القدرة على إثبات انفصالهم عن النصرة فترددوا وخسروا قبل أن تبدأ النصرة بحربها عليهم، فيخسروا للمرة الثانية. بينما واجه المفاوض الحكومي في العملية السياسية تحدّي قبول حكومة موحدة مع خصومه فتخطاها طالما تنتهي بالانتخابات وبقيت عند خصمه عقدة العجز عن مجاراته وهو عالق في صنارة الرئاسة.
– يترنّح وفد الرياض في جنيف وهو عاجز عن مجاراة وفد الحكومة في القدرة على التصرّف بثقة وتحمّل الخسائر التكتيكية والمخاطرة بعروض غير مضمونة، لأنه لا يملك البدائل الرئيسية التي تشكل شرطاً للفوز بالتفاوض، وأهمها إثنان، القدرة على تحمّل تبعات العودة إلى ميادين القتال، والثاني القدرة على تحمّل الاحتكام لصناديق الاقتراع، وفي كليهما ترجح كفة الدولة السورية بقوة، فيصير تماسك حلفها بوجه مخاطر تفكّك حلف خصومها بقوة الثقة بمصادر قوتها، قيمة مضافة لتفوّق سورية والحلفاء وتماسكهم معاً.
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Mon Mar 06, 2017
The army troops engaged in fierce clashes with terrorists near Harasta town Northeast of Damascus city and advanced against them in the gardens near Harasta, taking control over two positions of the terrorists.
In the meantime, the army men pushed the terrorists back from al-Wadi grand mosque and al-Nour driving school on the Western side of Harasta highway.
Local sources said that the army soldiers also drove terrorists out of the gardens in Tishrin district adjacent to al-Qaboun district.
Security sources said earlier today that the army soldiers are about to start a second phase of their operation against Al-Nusra Front (recently renamed to Fatah al-Sham Front) and enter al-Qaboun.
The sources said that the army soldiers have won back the entire farms in al-Qaboun region and will kick off the second phase of their attacks against Al-Nusra and will enter al-Qaboun district soon.
The sources added that the army ground forces, backed up by missile units and the country’s Air Force, drove the Al-Nusra Front out of the entire farms, gardens and buildings in the surrounding areas of al-Qaboun’s.
The army soldiers also destroyed two tunnels used by the terrorists near al-Qaboun district, killing the entire militants in the tunnels, the sources said, adding, “Hundreds of terrorists were killed in the army’s trap in the farms between the districts of Barzeh and al-Qaboun.”
In the meantime, the army aircraft pounded the positions of Al-Nusra near Zmelka and in a region between Arbin settlement and Jobar district.
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