Attacks on gas field in Iraqi Kurdistan force US contractors to leave

The Iraqi Kurdistan debt currently stands at about $38 billion as oil exports accounted for 85% of the region’s budget

August 30 2022

(Photo Credit: Azad Lashkari/Reuters)

ByNews Desk 

Several missile attacks on a gas field in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR) prompted US contractors working on the field’s expansion project to leave, spreading frustration in the region about increasing its revenue and offering a slight alternative to Russian gas.

Reuters published an exclusive story on 30 August claiming the Khor Mor field expansion project was suspended at the end of June following three missile attacks. The project is operated by Pearl Petroleum, owned mainly by Abu Dhabi’s Dana Gas and its affiliate, Crescent Petroleum.

IKR government sources said that workers from Exterran Corp of Texas resumed work last month. However, two more missiles struck the site on 25 July, forcing the company to leave again without setting a return date.

The UK-based agency said that no severe damage was caused by the attacks, as current operations were not halted. However, the expansion project, which includes building a new pipeline to Turkey at a later stage, has been suspended until the region is safe.

Khor Mor is one of the largest gas fields in Iraq, and the plan to expand it aimed to boost production in the face of a massive need to generate electricity and end daily blackouts.

It also aims to export gas to Turkey and Europe once the local market’s needs are met. The project is partially funded through a $250 million agreement with the US International Development Finance Corporation.

Exterran Corp became the third company to suspend operations since attacks began targeting the field on 21 June, after two Turkish sub-companies, Havatek and Biltek, had already suspended operations.

The Khor Mor is located near a buffer zone between the Iraqi army, Kurdish forces, and Shia militias, from which the first rocket attacks were launched.

Earlier in May, an unidentified missile attack launched from Nineveh province targeted an oil refinery in Erbil, causing only material damage.

Due to the lack of cooperation, Reuters reported some areas where neither the Iraqi army nor the Kurdish forces can enter, leaving a security gap that allows armed militias to operate freely.

“Khor Mor has many capabilities for the Kurds. We are under attack from all sides. The future is not entirely clear,” a Kurdish official told Reuters.

The setback for gas plans comes when the oil sector, the region’s financial lifeline, is also in trouble.

Industry and government sources said Exterran Corp had suspended operations for security reasons, and not due to the ruling.

Reuters said that any further delay in investing in the sector would significantly impact the Kurdistan Regional Government, which is facing an economic crisis in an already unstable region due to the instability in Iraq.

Sweden and Finland joining NATO precedes an inevitable financial collapse of the current international system

June 29, 2022

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Sweden and Finland joining NATO besides being a provocative act towards Russia, precedes an inevitable financial collapse of the current international system

By Guilherme Wilbert

The Nordic entry into NATO, in the middle of a war, is clearly an act that does not help the peace negotiations that could be underway, but acts as the opposite, putting more wood on the fire for “military-technical” measures (to paraphrase Shoigu, Russian Defense Minister who uses the term when talking about responding to Western provocations).

With the entry of Finland and Sweden barred initially by Turkey, it shows that even a NATO member cares about enemies of its national interests. In Turkey’s case with the PKK, which is a Kurdish political organization seen as terrorist by Ankara and some countries, yet they were (until then) operating freely throughout the Nordic countries with active members of the official Kurdistan party holding protests in public squares in Helsinki and Stockholm.
Just for level of knowledge, Kurdistan is a region that would be home to the Kurdish ethnic group, taking part of Turkish territory up to the North of Iran, which explains Erdogan’s concern with a possible disintegration of Turkish territory if the Kurds were to gain prominence on the battlefields (which in real data would be very difficult since the Turkish army is the strongest in NATO for example).

But this provocation, which will surely be responded to by Moscow, proves the warmongers’ concern with continuing disputes and wars around the world, using Ukraine, which is the most recent case at the moment, as a kind of proxy to weaken Russia, serving only as a spearhead of the American objective, since Zelensky himself and his cabinet acknowledge that they will never join NATO and possibly not even the European Union, if you consider and draw a parallel with the case of Turkey itself, which has been waiting since 1999 for a resolution whether to join the bloc or not.

So, the entrance of the Nordics into NATO does not help Ukraine at all and can even make the situation worse with military-technical measures applied by the Russian Armed Forces perhaps in the decision centers in Brussels or in the Baltics, which would lead us to a nuclear catastrophe since the mentioned countries (Belgium and the Baltics for example) are NATO members and could invoke article 5 of mutual aid in case of “aggression” (See that aggression here is interpreted by Westerners (in an exercise of deduction) as only after the military-technical measure, ignoring what provoked the decision to do so).

Coupled with the desperation to provoke more wars, Western leaders get lost in the real global objective: economic integration and the fight against hunger

While great concern is seen with NATO, with diplomats having used the term “Global NATO” a few times, some primary and more basic goals of the organization’s member nations are put aside to add more gasoline to the fire.

The recent cases of inflation in Western Europe or even in the US precede a global financial collapse that has several causes, with some analysts citing the sanctions on Russia but personally I would go further and cite all of the last 10 years of at least NOTHING-backed dollar printouts that were used to give a supposed liquidity to the economy after the 2008 crash that was a scare felt around the world.

Economics, unlike some sciences, is not as if it can receive arguments and opinions, the theories are very clear and explanatory: by printing too much of your currency, you devalue it. But surely American economists know this and they also know that the coming collapse would affect the entire Globe because unfortunately after World War II, American hegemony was also monetary, with countries to this day using the dollar as an international reserve. In other words, in addition to the overprinting and national devaluation of the currency on American territory, it also devalues in the coffers of the countries that use it as a reserve and this will cause a cascading effect that will further force realpolitik into play and cause more haste in the emerging countries to get rid of the coming bomb.

Unfortunately war-hungry Western leaders are blind to what is coming and is already happening in some parts of the world, either because of irresponsible sanctions or the natural course of the very sequence of American economic mistakes. Because it is very different to sanction Russia compared to sanctioning Iran for example. And this does not mean that Iran deserves to be sanctioned in any way, because I believe that every country should have the right to its nuclear program, at least for peaceful purposes, and this cannot be used as a pretext for sanctions that crush already small economies, such as the example of Iran.

In the case of Russia the conversation is different for numerous reasons, be they military at the nuclear level or at the economic level, because Russia is part of a global production chain which acts as an active player on the macroeconomic stage. For example, the raw material called antimony, which is used in the global defense industry for military equipment of various kinds, is rightly found in excess in Russia and parts of Asia. This is to cite a simple example of an element that is not on the average citizen’s table, for example. In addition to the many important productions that Russia is responsible for.

So, given recent events and the inference for the disastrous future, the international scenario for the Global South forces them towards long term solutions of American de-dollarization and decolonization in the various ways, either by American NGOs that operate in several countries or by the very US culture exporting technologies that function as small fiefdoms of thought, the case of Facebook for example. But the latter is a little more difficult to achieve because it involves a collective societal thought that would require a national unity for the development of regional cultures.

Having said that, a peace agreement between Ukraine and Russia with the Ukrainian loss of the territories that comprise New Russia needs to happen and sanctions against any country need to be lifted for the sake of multipolarity.

The world cannot be guided by one diplomatic corps and one government only because the international scenario is not a movie of one actor, but of several, with several potentials to be developed in different parts of the Globe.


Guilherme Wilbert is a Brazilian Bachelor of Law interested in geopolitics and international law.

كرد سوريا.. في خدمة من؟

الأربعاء 15 حزيران 2022

حسني محلي

السؤال الأهم هو: لماذا تتخذ القيادات الكردية هذه المواقف المتناقضة؟ ولماذا لا تستخلص الدروس من كل أخطائها؟

بعد التهديدات التركية بالتوغل في الأراضي السورية شرق الفرات وغربه، بذريعة طرد مسلحي وحدات حماية الشعب الكردية من الشريط الحدودي مع تركيا، عاد الحديث من جديد عن حوارات كردية مع دمشق بهدف التصدي للجيش التركي في هجومه المحتمل.

قرار وحدات حماية الشعب الكردية لا يتخذ في القامشلي بل في جبال قنديل.

 ومع أن المعلومات ما زالت ضئيلة لجهة نتائج هذه الحوارات، إلا أن الجميع يعرف أن قرار هذه الوحدات لا يتخذ في القامشلي، بل في جبال قنديل، حيث قيادات حزب العمال الكردستاني التركي، الذي بات يسيطر على الحركة الكردية السورية بعد إقصائه الأحزاب والمنظمات والمجموعات الكردية الوطنية وغير الوطنية، بما فيها تلك الموالية لمسعود البرزاني؛ حليف الرئيس التركي رجب طيب إردوغان. 

ومع المعلومات التي تتحدّث عن تأجيل العمل العسكري التركي بعد زيارة وزير الخارجية الروسي سيرغي لافروف لأنقرة واعتراضه عليها، تراجعت في الوقت نفسه حدة التصريحات الكردية التي كانت تتحدّث عن ضرورة العمل العسكري المشترك مع الجيش السوري، وهو ما يعكس تناقضات القيادات الكردية بشقّيها: السوري أولاً، والتركي ثانياً. والشق الثاني هو الأهم بغياب إرادة الطرف الأول في اتخاذ القرارات التي تخدم الشارع الكردي السوري أولاً، والدولة السورية تالياً بتوجهاتها الجديدة إلى الحل الشامل لما يسمى القضية الكردية، فقيادات قنديل التي غادرتها بسبب القصف التركي المتوالي ترى في مسلحي وحدات حماية الشعب الكردية، وأغلبيتهم الساحقة من السوريين، ورقة مهمة تساوم بها كل الأطراف الإقليمية والدولية بعد انتكاسات الحزب المسلحة في تركيا.

وقد نجح الجيش وقوات الأمن التركيان المدعومان بآلاف المليشيات الكردية الموالية لها في إنزال ضربات مؤثرة في مسلحي حزب العمال الكردستاني، بعد أن استخدم الجيش طائراته المسيرة بكثرة، في جنوب شرقي البلاد وشمالي العراق، وعلى طول الحدود التركية مع العراق وإيران وسوريا. 

قيادات قنديل وبغياب زعيمها عبد الله أوجلان المسجون منذ شباط/فبراير عام 1999، يبدو أنها قد نسيت أو تناست أن من اختطف أوجلان من العاصمة الكينية نيروبي وسلّمه إلى تركيا، هو الاستخبارات الأميركية بالتنسيق مع الموساد الإسرائيلي.

 كما أنها نسيت أو تناست كيف ارتعشت خوفاً، عندما قال الرئيس الأميركي السابق دونالد ترامب في  29آذار/مارس من عام  2018″إن القوات الأميركية ستغادر سوريا قريباً جداً، وتترك الأطراف الأخرى تهتم بالأمر”، وقصد بذلك الحرب على داعش ثمّ التهديدات التركية باجتياح المنطقة. وهي نسيت كذلك أو تناست أن ترامب هو الذي أشعل الضوء الأخضر للرئيس إردوغان، الذي أمر الجيش التركي بالتوغّل، شرق الفرات، في التاسع من تشرين الأول/أكتوبر عام 2019، (وهو نفس اليوم الذي غادر فيه أوجلان سوريا قبل 19 عاماً بعد أن بقي فيها 15 عاماً)، لتسيطر على الشريط الحدودي، بين تل أبيض ورأس العين (نحو 100 كلم) وتطرد المسلحين الكرد من المنطقة. 

ونسيت كذلك أو تناست أن الجيش التركي كاد يسيطر على الشريط الحدودي السوري مع تركيا سيطرة كاملة، شرق الفرات، لولا تدخّل موسكو وإرسال القوات الروسية إلى المنطقة، وتسيير دوريات مشتركة مع الجيش التركي في المنطقة. 

وهي أيضاً نسيت أو تناست أنها السبب في اجتياح الجيش التركي في كانون الثاني/يناير عام 2018 منطقة عفرين والسيطرة عليها تماماً، بعد أن رفضت التنسيق والعمل المشترك مع الجيش السوري لمنع الجيش التركي من القيام بمثل هذا الاجتياح. 

ولم تستخلص كذلك الدروس اللازمة من حواراتها مع الرئيس إردوغان بهدف حل المشكلة الكردية في تركيا وسوريا معاً، إذ أخفقت كل هذه الحوارات، ليس في حل المشكلة الكردية وحسب، بل في تخلية سبيل زعيم الحزب، عبد الله أوجلان، وهو في سجن انفرادي في جزيرة إيمرالي القريبة من إسطنبول. 

ولم يكتف إردوغان بذلك، بل أمر بوضع الزعيمين المشتركين لحزب الشعوب الديمقراطي (الجناح السياسي لحزب العمال الكردستاني) صلاح الدين دميرطاش، وفيكان يوكساكداغ، وعدد آخر من قيادات الحزب، ورؤساء البلديات والآلاف من أنصار وأتباع وكوادر الحزب في السجون على الرغم من سيطرة هذا الحزب على الشارع الكردي.

وتبيّن استطلاعات الرأي أنه قد يحصل على 12٪ من مجموع أصوات الناخبين في تركيا، وعددهم نحو 60 مليوناً. 

وعودة إلى مواقف قيادات قنديل، يبدو أيضاً أنها قد نسيت أو تناست كيف نسّقت مع أنقرة للعمل المشترك، ما بين عامي 2013 و2015، حيث زار زعيم حزب الاتحاد الديمقراطي الكردستاني السوري صالح مسلم تركيا مرات عدة، والتقى القيادات التركية التي طلبت إليه التمرّد على دمشق، فرفض ليكون ذلك الموقف الإيجابي الوحيد له ولرفاقه، ولكن بعد أن جاءت القوات الأميركية إلى شرق الفرات لتساعدهم في حربهم على داعش، وهو ما استغلته القيادات المذكورة لتدخله في حساباتها الخاصة، التي اعتقدت أنها ستساعدها في إقامة كيان كردي مستقل شرق الفرات.

وأياً كانت التسمية خصوصاً بعدما سارع عدد من العواصم الغربية ولا سيما باريس، وبرلين، ولندن، بل وحتى “تل أبيب” لدعمها وفق حساباتها الخاصة، ومنها تشجيع قيادات “قسد” الكردية على تكريد المنطقة، وتطهيرها عرقياً بسكوت وتواطؤ من القيادات العربية في “قسد”. ومن دون أن تستذكر القيادات المذكورة مواقف واشنطن والعواصم الغربية، التي اعترضت على استفتاء مسعود البرزاني على استقلال كردستان العراقي في أيلول/سبتمبر عام 2017، وهو ما اعترض عليه إردوغان “الحليف الإستراتيجي للبرزاني”.

ويبقى السؤال الأهم وربما الوحيد: لماذا اتخذت وتتخذ القيادات الكردية كل هذه المواقف المتناقضة؟ ولماذا لا تستخلص الدروس اللازمة من كل أخطائها، ومن تاريخ الحركة الكردية في تركيا وسوريا والعراق بل ومن إيران كذلك؟

يتذكر الجميع كيف كان الكرد وما زالوا ورقة تلوّح بها الأطراف الخارجية في تآمرها على دول المنطقة التي دعمت كرد الدول الأخرى، فيما حاربت كردها داخل حدودها. كما استعدى الكرد بعضهم بعضاً في هذه الدول الأربع، ودخلوا في صراعات مسلحة ودموية فيما بينهم، تارة من أجل المصالح والسلطة، وتارة أخرى خدمةً لأطراف خارجية، كما هي الحال في تحالف مسعود البرزاني مع أنقرة، تارة ضد الراحل جلال الطالباني، وتارة أخرى ضد حزب العمال الكردستاني التركي وزعيمه عبد الله أوجلان. ومن دون أن يخطر في بال البرزاني وأمثاله، أن العواصم الإقليمية والغربية لم تفكر، ولن تفكر في حقوق الكرد، بل استخدمتهم وتستخدمهم وستستخدمهم إلى الأبد لتحقيق أهدافها الخبيثة، التي تستهدف دول المنطقة وشعوبها برمتها، وفي مقدمهم الكرد، ومعهم العرب، والفرس، والأتراك، وغيرهم. 

وهذا ما تحقّق للعواصم الغربية والإقليمية بفضل الدور الذي أداه ويؤديه الكرد في العراق، والآن في سوريا التي لولا تآمر القيادات الكردية (الماركسية سابقاً) في شرقها مع المحتل الأميركي والأوروبي، لما وصلت الأمور إلى ما وصلت إليه في المنطقة وسوريا خصوصاً، ولولاها لما تذرعت تركيا بهم لتتوغل في الشمال السوري وتسيطر على 9٪ من مجمل الأرض السورية. 

كذلك فإن الواقع المفروض شرق الفرات بدعم أميركي، هو مبرّر كافٍ لأنقرة لتبقى في المناطق التي تسيطر عليها قواتها بالتنسيق والتعاون مع عشرات الآلاف من مسلحي ما يسمّى “الجيش الوطني” المعارض و”النصرة” وحليفاتها الإرهابية. 

وتتحدث المعلومات هنا باستمرار عن حسابات تركية للاستفادة منهم حين اللزوم ضد الكرد، سواء في داخل تركيا أو في الشّمال السوري، وقد يكون ذلك ما قصده ترامب عندما قال في آذار/مارس عام 2018 “سنغادر سوريا ونترك الأطراف الأخرى تهتم بالأمر فيما بينها”. وفي اتصاله الهاتفي بإردوغان في 24 من كانون الأول/ديسمبر عام 2018 قال: “لقد أنهينا مهمتنا وسوف ننسحب من هناك وسوريا كلها لك”!

ويبقى الرهان في جميع الحالات على التطورات المحتملة ليس في سوريا فقط وتوتّراتها مع تركيا، بل على الخريطة السياسية التي يراهن البعض عليها كنتيجة لزيارة الرئيس بايدن للسعودية في 15 من الشهر المقبل، ولقائه زعماء الخليج، ومصر، والأردن، والعراق، وهو ما سينعكس مباشرة على مجمل معطيات المنطقة، وأهمها: الملف النووي الإيراني، والوضع في سوريا وانعكاسات ذلك على كل الحسابات بصورة مباشرة أو غير مباشرة. فعسى ألا يكون الكرد مادتها الحارقة، التي ستحرقهم، وتحرق كل الذين عاشوا ويعيشون معهم منذ مئات السنين بكل أيامهم الحلوة والمرة. وعسى أن يستخلص حكام دول المنطقة بدورهم، وخصوصاً في سوريا والعراق وإيران الدروس الكافية من كل ما عاشته، وتعيشه دولهم والمنطقة عموماً، ويسدوا الطريق على الأعداء الذين يعرفهم الجميع، وخصوصاً الكرد ومنذ أكثر من مئة سنة على الأقل!

إن الآراء المذكورة في هذه المقالة لا تعبّر بالضرورة عن رأي الميادين وإنما تعبّر عن رأي صاحبها حصراً

Mossad Assassination Unit Commander Likely Killed in Erbil Attack

June 9 2022

By Staff, Agencies

Some English and Arab news sources reported that the commander of the ‘Israeli’ Mossad assassination unit was killed in a drone attack on several vehicles on a highway in Erbil, in northern Iraq on Wednesday night.

Local media said that in last night drone attack three vehicles were targeted and hit on a highway in Erbil, the Iraqi Kurdistan region.

Hours after the attack was targeted, some English and Arab sources reported that a Mossad team were in the vehicles and were the main target of the drone operation.

According to the IntelSky Twitter account, which specializes in analyzing international risks, global flight tracking and crisis news said that a senior Mossad officer was killed in the attack.

According to IntelSky, Ilak Ron [Asa Flots], the commander of the Mossad Assassination Unit was assassinated in the Kamikaze drone attack.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the drone strike, and the ‘Israeli’ officials also have not commented on the matter yet.

US troops and bases in Iraq have frequently come under rocket and drone strikes.

Anti-US sentiments have significantly increased in Iraq since the assassination of Iran’s top anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, and his associates in a US drone strike in Baghdad in early 2020.

General Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard [IRG], and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of PMU, were martyred along with their associates in a US drone strike that was authorized by then-US president Donald Trump near the Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020.

Two days after the dastardly assassination, Iraqi lawmakers unanimously approved a bill that required the government to end the presence of all US-led foreign military forces in the Arab country.

Less than a week after the assassination, the IRG launched a volley of ballistic missiles at the Ain al-Assad airbase in western Iraq, in a military operation code-named Operation Martyr Soleimani.

Iran, which vowed ‘hard revenge’ over the killing of its celebrated commander, said the missile strike was only a “first slap” and that would not rest until the US military abandons the region in disgrace.

The US-led coalition has ended its combat mission in Iran, but thousands of soldiers remain in the country in a so-called advisory and training role.

In mid-March, the IRG launched ballistic missiles towards an area in Erbil, which housed secret bases of the Zionist regime’s Mossad spy agency. Reports, quoting Kurdistan region’s intelligence sources, said as many as 12 ballistic missiles were used in the attack.

Also in May, the IRG targeted and destroyed positions of terrorist groups operating near Erbil.

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Iraqi resistance group warns of attacks against US, Israeli targets in Kurdistan region

Harakat Hezbollah Nujaba says Kurdish leaders have turned Iraqi Kurdistan into a ‘legitimate target’ for hosting of US and Israeli occupying forces

May 17 2022

Shi’ite Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) are seen in Zumar, Nineveh province, Iraq October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Ari Jalal – RC1E698CF530

ByNews Desk

Iraqi resistance group Harakat Hezbollah Nujaba (HHN) has threatened to target Israeli and US positions in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region (IKR).

In a statement published by the Sabereen News media outlet, the leader of the group, Akram al-Kaabi, said: “By hosting the US military bases and the positions of the Mossad, leaders of the Iraqi Kurdistan region have not only compromised the security of the northern Iraqi people but have also turned the area, infested with spies and occupying forces, into a legitimate target for Iraqi resistance groups.”

The statement was accompanied by a caricature showing the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Masoud Barzani, with two crows marked as Israel and the US sitting on his head, while he invites other evil crows to his sphere of influence.

It also depicted the commander of the Nujaba resistance movement ordering his forces to smash the nests of crows perched atop Barzani’s head.

The HHN, also known as the 12th Brigade, is a Shia resistance group affiliated with the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), also known as Hashd al-Shaabi.

Last December, Iraqi lawmaker Ali al-Fatlawi said resistance groups could legitimately force US-occupation troops to withdraw from the country.

He added that the withdrawal of foreign occupation troops from Iraq was “non-negotiable,” as in early 2020 parliament passed a resolution calling for the full withdrawal of the occupying forces in the wake of the US assassination of Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani and PMU deputy leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandes.

In March of this year, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) launched a precision missile strike against a Mossad base in the city of Erbil.

Speaking exclusively to The Cradle, a senior Iranian security source revealed that three Mossad agents were killed during the strike.

In another exclusive, the official spokesman of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) party’s Erbil office, Azad Jolla, confirmed that the Israeli spy agency Mossad has long been active in the capital of the IKR.

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IRG Chief Warns “Israel” of New Missile Strikes

March 23, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards gave a stern warning that the Zionist regime will have to sustain another missile attack if it repeats the evil acts against Iran.

In comments at a cultural event in Iran’s southwestern city of Dezful on Wednesday, Major General Hossein Salami sounded a stark warning to the Zionist regime, one of whose bases in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s Erbil was demolished in a recent missile attack from the IRG.

The commander cautioned the “Israeli” regime to abandon its mischievous actions, saying the Zionists, who always miscalculate, have received heavy blows in the IRG’s recent missile strike.

“If the Zionists do not stop their evil acts, the small openings that have been created for them in the world will be closed forever,” the general warned.

Major General Salami underlined that the IRG does not only hold funerals for the martyrs, but “will immediately take revenge” for them.

“This is a serious and real message,” the senior commander added, warning the “Israeli” entity that the repetition of mistakes will force it to experience another missile attack from the IRG.

On March 13, the IRG launched a missile attack on a strategic center of Zionists in Erbil, warning the “Israeli” entity that the repetition of evil conducts will draw Iran’s harsh and devastating response.

A source said later that the IRG has used Fateh-class missiles in the operation, including the Fateh-110 missiles.

“The center hit by the missiles was a place where a remarkable number of Zionists gathered, and considering the number of people present in that base, the likelihood of the [Zionist] regime’s human toll is very high,” the source added.

‘Israeli’ Operatives in Kurdistan Region Will Drag Iraq into War: Kataib Hezbollah

March 21, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

The Iraqi Kataib Hezbollah [Brigades] resistance movement said the presence of operatives affiliated to the ‘Israeli’ spy agency Mossad in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region will drag the Arab country into a military confrontation.

Speaking in an interview with Beirut-based al-Mayadeen TV network, the resistance group’s spokesman Jafar al-Husseini warned against attempts aimed at turning Iraq into a launchpad for attacks on regional countries and stated that such bids will exacerbate the existing tensions.

He noted there is substantial evidence that ‘Israeli’ operatives are freely active in the Kurdistan region, and that the Kurdistan Regional Government [KRG] exports crude oil to the ‘Israeli’-occupied territories.

The spokesman of Kataib Hezbollah, part of the Popular Mobilization Units [PMU] or better known by Arabic name of Hashd al-Shaabi, underscored that the Palestinian cause remains a cornerstone of Iraqi resistance groups’ doctrine, stating that the forces are coordinating with their Palestinian and Lebanese comrades.

Husseini went on to say that Iraqi resistance forces are on the great march of progress and are expanding their capabilities to defend the country’s airspace.

Last week, the spokesman for Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard [IRG] said the elite military force will not hesitate to strike other Zionist bases in the Iraqi Kurdistan region if its officials do not dismantle them.

“It is our natural right to destroy any base from which any attack is carried out against the security of Iran and this is a red line” for us, Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif told Yemen’s al-Masirah network on March 17.

According to Sharif, Iran’s ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjedi had on several occasions warned the Iraqi Kurdistan region about the presence of the Mossad base, which was recently attacked by the IRG, and two other similar bases.

“If Iraqi officials do not take action to remove other bases of Zionists in this country while our security continues to be threatened from this region, we will respond without hesitation,” the IRG’s spokesman added.

Days earlier, the Iranian ambassador to Iraq had said the latest IRG missile strike on secret Mossad bases in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region was strictly necessary, as operations against Iran’s security were being plotted and orchestrated there.

Masjedi said ‘Israeli’ operatives used the Iraqi Kurdistan region to plot and launch operations against Iran’s security, emphasizing that Iranian officials had time and again warned the KRG authorities against their activities, but to no avail.

The Iranian diplomat highlighted that the missile attack was carried out in order to safeguard Iran’s security, “and was neither intended to violate Iraq’s sovereignty nor was meant to insult the Arab country and its nation.”

In the early hours of March 13, a dozen ballistic missiles hit secret Mossad bases in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil, reportedly leaving several Zionist operatives dead.

In a statement issued later in the day, the IRG indicated that the operation was in response to a recent ‘Israeli’ airstrike on the Syrian capital of Damascus, in which two IRG officers were martyred.

The IRG identified the two officers as colonels Ehsan Karbalaipour and Morteza Saeidnejad, warning that the Tel Aviv regime would pay for this crime.

IRG Warned Kurdistan Ahead of Strike, Vows Similar Responses If Attacks Repeated

March 18, 2022

By Staff

Islamic Revolution Guard [IRG] Spokesman Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif announced that Iran’s ambassador to Iraq said that Kurdistan region was repeatedly warned about the headquarters we hit, in addition to two other sites.

Brigadier General Sharif explained that the Zionists themselves have declared that the drone, which flied over Kermanshah base, was directed from their sites in Erbil, underscoring that it is Iran’s natural right to destroy the building from which an attack against our security was launched.

This is a red line, General Sharif emphasized, warning that “hadn’t Iraqi officials acted to remove the other headquarters, and had Iran’s security been targeted [again] from that region, we will not hesitate to respond.”

The IRG has fired ten homegrown missiles with pinpoint accuracy in the attack on a strategic center of Zionists in Erbil in the wee hours of Sunday.

The IRG has used Fateh-class missiles in the operation, including the Fateh-110 missiles, an informed source said.

“The center hit by the missiles was a place where a remarkable number of Zionists gathered, and considering the number of people present in that base, the likelihood of the [Zionist] regime’s human toll is very high,” the source added.

Ballistic Missiles Target Israeli Bases, US Consulate in Iraq’s Erbil

 March 13, 2022

Scores of ballistic missiles have targeted military bases belonging to Israeli Mossad spy agency in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region as well as the US consulate in that region, killing a number of Mossad officers.

At first, Iraqi media, citing Kurdish officials, reported that several missiles had landed in Erbil early Sunday, but there were no confirmed casualties so far from the incident.

Citing security sources, Iraq’s Sabreen News reported two Mossad training centers were targeted by ballistic missiles in the early hours of Sunday.

Al-Mayadeen reported that Mossad’s base, located on the Masif-Saladin in Erbil, was “fully razed to the ground and a number of Israeli mercenaries were killed or injured” in the raid.

Reports, quoting Kurdistan region’s intelligence sources, said as many as 12 ballistic missiles were used in Erbil attack.

“Twelve ballistic missiles were launched from outside Iraq to target Erbil, the state news agency quoted the Directorate General of Counter Terrorism in the Kurdistan region as saying.

Some reports indicated that the alarm sirens have also been activated in the US embassy inside the highly secured Green Zone of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

A US State Department spokesperson called it an “outrageous attack” but said no Americans were hurt and there was no damage to US government facilities in Erbil.

Source: National News Agency (translated and edited by Al-Manar English Website)

BALLISTIC MISSILES HIT US TARGETS IN ERBIL, IRAN SAID TO BE RESPONSIBLE (VIDEOS)

 13.03.2022

Early on March 13, a number of heavy missiles struck the outskirts of Erbil city, the capital of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.

Some Iraqi news sources said that the target of the missile strike was the US Consulate. Others, however, speculated that the target was a US military installation in Erbil International Airport, the US Harir Air Base or the Zerin residential complex which is frequented by American troops.

Videos from the scene of the strike show direct impacts and a large explosions with several columns of smoke rising from the target.

Iranian activists shared footage claiming to show the launch of a number of Fateh-110 tactical short-range ballistic missiles from a base in the western Iranian province of Kermanshah just a few minutes before the explosions were heard in Erbil. The footage is yet to be verified.

Iran fired ballistic missiles at the Kurdistan Region before. However, the target was Iranian Kurdish anti-government guerrilla groups.

The new missile strike may have been a response by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to the March 7 Israeli airstrikes on the Syrian capital, Damascus. The attack claimed the lives of two officers of the guards, colonels Ehsan Karbalaipour and Morteza Saidnejad.

On October 20, pro-Iranian forces attacked the US al-Tanf garrison in southeastern Syrian in response to the October 13 Israeli airstrikes that targeted the outskirts of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. A number of Iranian-backed fighters were killed or wounded in the airstrikes.

The missile strike on Erbil could trigger a response from the US. This would further complicate the international talks on Iran’s nuclear program.

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The Kurdish project in Syria would be a new Israel in the Middle East

Dec 2, 2021, RT.com

-by Eva K Bartlett

Syrians accuse the Western-backed Kurdish enclave in the country of using ethnic cleansing and child soldiers against them to form a new anti-Arab state. The parallels with Israel’s creation in the 1940s are striking.

Kurdish forces in Syria have been lauded by many in the West as being fighters for freedom and an autonomous society. But, unless you’ve been following independent researchers and the Syrian media, you might be unaware of the crimes the US-backed group have been committing over a number of years.

On November 25, the Daily Sabah (a website not sympathetic to the Syrian government) reported on one of their most sickening practices. It revealed, “YPG/PKK terrorists detained three more 15-year-old girls – Hediyye Abdurrahim Anter, Evin Jalal Halil and Ayana Idris Ibrahim – in Amuda in Hassakeh province on Nov. 21 to forcibly recruit them as ‘child fighters.’ The terror group detained two children, aged 13 and 16, in early August. And two children aged 16 and 13 were kidnapped Aug. 23.”

The piece went on to note that this practice of abducting children and forcing them to fight has been documented by the United Nations, with one report stating that the YPG/PKK used more than 400 children between July 2018 and June 2020.

Yet, the world has been led to believe that the self-declared autonomous region – known as Rojava and comprising areas of Hassakeh, Raqqa, Deir ez-Zor and Aleppo governorates – is a haven for liberals and feminists, with freedom-loving Kurdish fighters based there fighting ISIS and liberating Syria.

Indeed, the YPG Rojava page claims“The YPG was set up to protect the legacy and values of the people of Rojava and is founded on the principles of the paradigm of a democratic society, ecology and woman’s liberation. Without preferring or discriminating any religion, language, nation, gender or political parties, the YPG is protecting the country against all attacks from outside. The YPG is the Democratic Nation’s defense force and is not related to any political party.”

It reads like a feelgood fairytale, but is not based in reality.

The utopian image of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which includes the YPG and PKK, is betrayed by the kidnappings, which sadly are not a new development. Search for QSD – their Arabic acronym – on Syrian media and you’ll see regular updates on Kurdish forces kidnapping civilians and journalists.

This image is further betrayed by their ethnic cleansing of indigenous Syrians from the northeastern Syrian regions Kurdish forces occupy and collaboration with illegally occupying US forces.

But this won’t be highlighted in corporate media. Instead, you will still find odes romanticizing Kurdish fighters, with one such recent story deceptively saying that the areas controlled by Kurdish forces have a “predominantly Kurdish population” – a claim not backed up by the truth.

As author Stephen Gowans detailed in a 2017 article, Kurds in Syria comprise, “only a small percentage of the Syrian population… Estimates of the proportion of the total Kurd population living in Syria vary from two to seven percent based on population figures presented in the CIA World Factbook.”

And yet, Assyrians, Arameans, and other Syrians who have lived there for generations should accept being ruled, or expelled, by Kurds?

Gowans went on to note, “Kurdish fighters have used the campaign against ISIS as an opportunity to extend Kurdistan into traditionally Arab territories in which Kurds have never been in the majority.”

In 2018, Syrian journalist Sarah Abed wrote of the SDF’s kidnapping and ethnic cleansing, noting not only the abductions of men, but, again, children. She recorded how Eddie Gaboro Hanna, the founder of Patriarchal Relief Care Australia, a group providing assistance to Christian families impacted by wars in Syria and Iraq, had explained, “They are taking young Christian boys by force to sign them up for the Kurdish military and send them to the front line.”

And he added, “Christians are treated as second-class citizens [here] in their own land. Just like how ISIS has the Islamic tax they have their own Kurdish one. They’ve replaced ISIS.”

Although the BBC’s coverage of the Kurds’ activities in Syria is predictably pro-SDF, in 2015, even it reported on their ethnic cleansing and displacing of indigenous Syrians. Citing an Amnesty International report, it noted the YPG were accused of “razing entire villages after capturing them from Islamic State (IS),” in Hassakeh and Raqqa provinces.

The Kurds’ history in Syria

In January 2019, I spoke with geopolitical analyst and Sputnik contributor Laith Marouf about the Kurds in Syria. A descendant of eastern Syria’s Deir ez-Zor governorate, part of which is now occupied by Kurds, Marouf had a lot to say about the history of the Kurds in Syria and this 21st century land-usurpation project.

He told me, “There was a wave of Kurdish refugees coming down to Syria (from Turkey) in the 1940s, and the second wave of them in the 1960s when the PKK started the armed rebellion against the Turkish government in what was Arab lands.”

“They were given citizenship by the Syrian government. They were armed and given protection by the Syrian state to fight for their liberation in the Kurdistan mountains in Turkey, and the Syrian government housed the leadership of all the Kurdish resistance up until the early 90s.”

Marouf noted that Syria’s support for the Kurds saw Turkey threatening to invade in the 1990s and building numerous dams on the Euphrates, cutting the water flow. Yet, Syria refused to hand over PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan. Marouf emphasized: “Syria almost went to war with Turkey, and the Syrian people (in the northeast) went thirsty and the agricultural fields—the breadbasket of Syria—almost collapsed those couple of years, to protect Kurdish rights.”

“And then what happens now is some crazies are saying there’s something called Rojava and that they can secede and colonize and settle and steal parts of Syrian lands.”

He, too, spoke of the years of kidnappings and disappearances of those critical of Kurdish rule. “Even Kurdish Syrians that are critical of what the YPG is doing, even remotely critical professors in the universities in Hassakeh and Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor, were disappeared. And these were just critical Kurds.

“So you could imagine what happened to the Assyrian and the Arab leaders in the area, thinkers, tribal leaders, ex-military – huge amounts of disappearances and forced displacements.”

And as Abed’s article highlighted, formerly Assyrian villages in Hassakeh and Raqqa have been fully taken over by Kurdish forces. “They’re moving in the Kurdish militias and their family members into those villages and creating new ethnically pure towns and villages that are Kurdish. And this is expanding to the holdings of the Syrian churches and their Armenian churches, they confiscated all their land.”

So much, then, for the Rojava “legacy and values” that included “without preferring or discriminating any religion, language, nation, gender or political parties.

Marouf also said, “They have enforced an educational curriculum on all the schools—including schools that are run by ethnic and/or religious groups – so all those that are run by the churches are being told that they have to teach a certain curriculum that specifically promotes and propagates falsehoods about the Kurdish control of the area.”

“When the Assyrians refused, because these are their own private schools that are controlled by the church, the YPG went ahead and shut down all the schools, with armed men making sure the kids cannot go to school.”

The ethnic cleansing and forced expulsion of indigenous people sounds horribly familiar, as Marouf pointed out. “So, the reality is that we have an ethno-nationalist settler colonial state being enforced by the empire, called Rojava – and it’s being sold the exact way that Israel was being sold in the 1940s. It’s like cut and paste propaganda saying that we’re creating a utopia of secular and socialist government in the ‘sea of barbaric Arabs.’”

Over the years, I’ve had Rojava supporters criticize me for respecting Syria’s sovereignty and speaking critically about the West’s attempt to overthrow the Syrian government. Instead, according to them, I should have been supporting this false utopia which has killed and displaced many. To them, I say you have been deluded, as much of the Western left has on Syria.

And you can rest assured that had it been Syria committing these crimes, the media would be reporting loudly and regularly. But because they are being carried out by puppets of the West, all is quiet on that front.

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“So when people speak to us here in Syria about the imaginary Rojava land, we will never forget that there was an ethnic cleansing of Arabs and Assyrians from our lands at the hands of Kurdish militias under the order of the order of the Ottomans.”

“This is a monument to the 1915 genocide of Syriac Assyrians, it’s around the same time as the Armenian genocide. Syria is full of Armenians, it’s where Armenians came and hid. My family is from Deir ez-Zor. The first land that Armenians escaping genocide reached, a safe place, was Deir ez-Zor. My great grandparents hid a lot of Armenian families from the Kurdish militias that were coming into Deir ez-Zor to look for Armenians that were escaping.”

Israeli Aggressions Against Iraq: From Subversions to Normalization Attempts

September 30, 2021

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Ali Jezzini

The Israeli occupation has attempted to destabilize Iraq since the sixties. How is the Israeli Occupation trying to infiltrate Iraqi society?

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Iraqi Society has been a target for pro-normalization Propaganda in Past years

On the 24th of the current month, a conference was held in Erbil, the capital city of the Iraqi Kurdistan region. The conference of “Peace and Reclamation,” called for the normalization of relations with the Israeli occupation under the shady slogans of peace and establishing civil society organizations.  

The conference, organized by the New York-based Center for Peace Communications (CPC), was called “an illegal gathering” by the Iraqi government. The CPC is an organization that openly calls for the normalization of relations between the Arab states and “Israel”.

For a foreign observer, the story might look like it started here, and one might think, isolating the Iraqis from their national and cultural context, that this reaction is just a mere prejudice from the Iraqis in the face of something they ignore or never have experienced. But is it the case? 

A History of Sabotage 

Despite Iraq not sharing a direct border with Occupied Palestine, the country was a target for countless Israeli aggressions during the last century. Even before the foundation of the Israeli entity in 1948, contact has been made as early as the thirties through the Jewish agency with some Kurdish groups in northern Iraq. In the forties and fifties, simple contact was transformed into real military espionage committed by Kumran Ali Bedir-Khan a Kurdish leader with close ties to “Israel”.

These espionage attempts continued throughout the sixties as well until the rebellion started in autumn 1961 in northern Iraqi regions. Eventually, a larger scale training and supply operation to the insurgents in the north was launched following Kurdish leaders from the Kurdish democratic party (KDP) meeting with Israeli officials during that year. 

Israeli attempts to destabilize the country go back to at least the sixties when the Israelis intervened with the help of the SAVAK, the former Shah of Iran intelligence Agency, to assist the militants of the KDP led by Moustafa Barazani. The insurgents agreed on this supply training Israeli operation in 1963 following their initial hesitation. There were reports about unidentified arms cache in the region, and  Mossad agents never found any difficulty accessing the northern zones in Iraq to fuel the insurgency.

In August 1965, the Israelis provided a training course code-named Marvad (carpet) for Peshmerga (the military force of Barazani at that time). Israeli-backed militias not only destabilized the region and attacked Iraqi military personnel and installations, but also civilian infrastructures. Attacking the Kirkuk oil field which produced a large portion of Iraq’s Oil at that time was one of these attacks.

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  • Mustafa Barzani accompanied by Israeli Occupation President Zalman Shazar in the Occupied Lands,1968
  • Following the Shah of Iran signing the 1975 Algier agreement with Iraq, Israelis objected to the Shah and called it a “betrayal to the Kurds.” This abandonment led to the KDP’s demise and a subsequent de-escalation of the violence in the north, although contacts with “Israel” were maintained afterward.  

    The first official acknowledgment of the Israeli occupation’s aid to the insurgency dates to September 29 1980 when Prime Minister Menachem Begin disclosed that “Israel” had supported the Kurds (KDP) “during their uprising against the Iraqis in 1965–1975.” Begin added that “Israel” had sent instructors and arms but not military units.

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    Israeli Field Hospital Helping the insurgency in Northern Iraq between 1963-1973

    In 2004, the Israeli media reported on meetings between Masud Barzani (who would become president of the KRG in 2005 ), Jalal Talabani (who would become president of Iraq in 2005 and serve in that office until 2014), and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Relations continued to flourish as the PUK became entangled with this illegal normalization according to Iraqi Legal code 111 of 1969 in its 201st article.

    Such actions reached their peak after the Iraqi president and head of the PUK Jalal Talabani, shook hands with Ehud Barak, the Israeli Defence Minister, in 2008. In 2015, “Israel” reportedly imported as much as three-quarters of its oil from the Kurdistan region in Iraq, providing a vital source of funds as Kurdish Peshmerga to finance its militia.

    Normalization as a division method

    As a part of its “Peripherical alliance” strategy, the Israeli occupation tried to sow division in the societies surrounding it. It tried to ally itself with every ethnic or religious minority in the Arab world as well as surrounding states like Turkey or the Shah’s Persia. The objective of this article is not to bash Kurds as ethnicity in any way. For instance, many Kurdish factions resisted colonialism and Zionism such as the PKK who fought the Israeli occupation in 1982. Kurdish factions in general, have been a target of Israeli subversive actions, due to the complexity of the Kurdish national cause that the Israelis tried to exploit.

    For the first time, this time publically at least, the normalization efforts have been extended to wider sectors of the Iraqi society outside of the “Periphery doctrine.” These efforts have intensified with the recent normalization wave that included UAE, Bahrain, and other countries like Morocco. New faces have appeared on the scene in parallel with such normalization such as Wisam al-Hardan’s The head of the Awakening Groups and Sahar al-Tai, among having called to normalize with “Isreal” following the previously mentioned states’ model. “The UAE and Saudi Arabia are backing these efforts” according to Iraqi Popular Mobilisation forces

    Haaretz Israeli newspaper mentioned another level of normalization that is happening mainly on social media. Besides the older Facebook and Twitter page “Israel in Arabic” that was launched in 2011, another Facebook page was created in 2018 called “Isreal Speaks in Iraqi (dialect)” to target Iraqi society specifically. The article says that many operate under the cover of linking Iraqi jews to their heritage and introducing “Israel” to the Iraqis.

    The article mentions the page admin stating that the 2003 war opened up new channels of communication with Iraqis, this communication has been made easier with the signing of the normalization deals with UAE and other countries. Iraqis with second passports are being brought to Israel with the pretext of “tourism” since 2018, which the organizer claims to be independently done from her work for the occupation government as an administrator of the page. The page publically calls for normalization and launches polls to investigate the views of the general audience.

    The stumbling project

    The Iraqi government and various political parties expressed their firm rejection of the “illegal” meetings that were held by some tribal figures in the city of Erbil in the Kurdistan Region, which called for the normalization with “Israel.” Arrest warrants have been issued against the participants of the “Peace and Reclamation” conference in Erbil. One of the main speakers of the conference Wissam al-Hardan has been suspended from his post as the head of the “awakening movement”.

    In the light of these reactions, a general popular rage is engulfing Iraqi Streets while activists on social media called for all participants to be held accountable for the crimes committed according to Iraqi law. Iraqis haven’t forgotten not only the injustice of the Israeli occupation against their Palestinian and Arab brethren but the role Israelis played in insinuating and calling for both major wars launched by the US against their country in 2003. A war whose devastating effects are still evident today.

    US Military Base at Erbil Airport Targeted By “Explosive-Laden Drones”

    Today 07/07/2021

    US Military Base at Erbil Airport Targeted By “Explosive-Laden Drones”

    By Staff, Agencies

    A military base hosting US-led coalition forces inside Erbil International Airport in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region has come under attack by explosive-laden drones, the latest in a series of attacks on American forces in the Arab country.

    Citing security sources, Iraqi media said the military base inside Erbil airport was “subjected to an attack by explosive-laden drones” late on Tuesday, with reports falling short of providing details on the number of possible casualties or the extent of damage.

    The entire passengers were evacuated from the planes at Erbil International Airport, as reports indicated, and the lights were switched off in addition to closing the airspace over the airport.

    Iraqi media and news agencies also quoted the Kurdistan Counter-Terrorism Service as saying that the attack on the military base was carried out by “two booby-trapped drones.”

    According to Iraqi media, the attack on the US base in Erbil airport caused a huge fire that the firefighting teams were struggling to put out, but it did not leave any casualties or material damage.

    Sirens were also heard blaring from the US Consulate in Erbil after the airport had been targeted.

    The attack comes hot on the heels of drone and rocket attacks targeting the US Embassy in Baghdad and Ain al-Asad Air Base in Iraq’s western province of Anbar.

    Early on Tuesday, several drones targeted the United States’ Embassy in Baghdad, with the weapon systems set up to fortify the facility firing at least four times to try to down the aircraft.

    The incidents set off the diplomatic facility’s sirens and activated the anti-aircraft systems there so they can shoot down the aircraft.

    The Ain al-Asad Air Base, where American military forces and trainers are stationed, had come under attack by a barrage of rockets a day earlier.

    Iraqi media said three Katyusha rockets targeted the vicinity of Ain al-Asad Air Base, located about 160 kilometers west of the capital Baghdad, on Monday afternoon, adding that there were no casualties as a result of the attack on the military base.

    No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which are the latest in a series of assaults that have targeted US occupation forces over the past few months.

    The attacks come amid growing anti-US sentiment, which has intensified since last year’s assassination of top Iranian anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad.

    General Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps [IRGC], and his Iraqi trenchmate Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Units, were targeted along with their companions on January 3, 2020 in a terror drone strike authorized by former US president Donald Trump near Baghdad International Airport.

    Both Soleimani and Muhandis played a key role in defeating the Wahhabi Daesh [Arabic acronym for “ISIS” / “ISIL”] terrorist, which the US has been using as an alleged excuse to prolong its illegal presence on the Iraqi soil.

    Two days after the attack, Iraqi lawmakers approved a bill that requires the government to end the presence of all foreign military forces led by the US in the country.

    Iraq: Explosive-Laden Drones Hit Erbil Airport

    Source: Al Mayadeen

    Kurdistan’s Counter-Terrorism Service in northern Iraq has announced that Erbil airport was hit by a missile, causing flight services to be suspended.

    Erbil airport was subjected to a missile attack
    Erbil airport under attack

    The anti-terrorist unit of the Iraqi Kurdistan region said that a missile strike targetted the International Airport in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil late on Tuesday, causing the suspension of air services in the city’s skies.

    The unit said in a statement that the attack on Erbil’s International Airport was launched via explosive-laden drones.

    On his part, Wayne Maroto, Spokesman for the International Coalition in Iraq and Syria, announced that the attack, which took place at around 23:15 AST, caused no injuries or major damage.

    It is worth noting that the airport in Erbil, which houses a US military base, was also targeted in April. Moreover, in February, the US-led coalition reported the death of a contractor and the injury of five others, including an American soldier, in a bombing near Erbil Airport and Harir base in Iraq’s Kurdistan region.

    Palestine: Hamas defeats Israel

    THE SAKER • MAY 25, 2021

    Just like in 2006, when both Ehud Olmert and George Bush declared that the “invincible IDF” had, yet again, achieved a “glorious victory” and the entire Middle-East almost died laughing hearing this ridiculous claim, today both the US and Israeli propaganda machine have declared another “glorious” victory for the “Jewish state of Israel” cum “sole democracy in the Middle-East”. And, just like in 2006, everybody in the region (and in Zone B) knows that the truth is that the Zionist entity suffered a huge, humiliated, defeat. Let’s try to unpack this.

    First, a few numbers. The combat operations lasted two weeks. All other missile numbers are in dispute. Rather than trust this or that source, I will simply say that Hamas fired many thousands of missiles into Israel. Some, probably less than 50%, were truly intercepted by the Israeli air defenses, others hit in no man’s land, and some actually landed and caused plenty of destruction and at least 12 deaths. The Israelis executed hundreds of artillery and airstrikes causing massive destruction in the Gaza strip and killing about 250 Palestinians. Again, these numbers are guesstimates and they don’t really tell the full story. To understand the story, we need to forget about these numbers and look at what each side was hoping for and what each side achieved. Let’s begin with the Israelis:

    The Israeli scorecard

    To understand Israel’s goals in this war, we first need to place this latest war in its context, and that context is that Israel was comprehensively defeated in Syria. To substantiate this thesis, let’s remember the goals of the Zionists when they unleashed a major international war against Syria. These objectives, as listed in my July 2019 article “Debunking the Rumors About Russia Caving in to Israel” were:

    The initial AngloZionist plan was to overthrow Assad and replace him with the Takfiri crazies (Daesh, al-Qaeda, al-Nusra, ISIS – call them whatever you want). Doing this would achieve the following goals:

    1. Bring down a strong secular Arab state along with its political structure, armed forces, and security services.
    2. Create total chaos and horror in Syria justifying the creation of a “security zone” by Israel not only in the Golan but further north.
    3. Trigger a civil war in Lebanon by unleashing the Takfiri crazies against Hezbollah.
    4. Let the Takfiris and Hezbollah bleed each other to death, then create a “security zone,” but this time in Lebanon.
    5. Prevent the creation of a Shia axis Iran-Iraq-Syria-Lebanon.
    6. Break up Syria along ethnic and religious lines.
    7. Create a Kurdistan which could then be used against Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran.
    8. Make it possible for Israel to become the uncontested power broker in the Middle-East and force the KSA, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, and all others to have to go to Israel for any gas or oil pipeline project.
    9. Gradually isolate, threaten, subvert, and eventually attack Iran with a broad regional coalition of forces.
    10. Eliminate all centers of Shia power in the Middle-East.

    As we all know, this is what actually happened:

    1. The Syrian state has survived, and its armed and security forces are now far more capable than they were before the war started (remember how they almost lost the war initially? The Syrians bounced back while learning some very hard lessons. By all reports, they improved tremendously, while at critical moments Iran and Hezbollah were literally “plugging holes” in the Syrian frontlines and “extinguishing fires” on local flashpoints. Now the Syrians are doing a very good job of liberating large chunks of their country, including every single city in Syria).
    2. Not only is Syria stronger, but the Iranians and Hezbollah are all over the country now, which is driving the Israelis into a state of panic and rage.
    3. Lebanon is rock solid; even the latest Saudi attempt to kidnap Hariri is backfiring. (2021 update: in spite of the explosion in Beirut, Hezbollah is still in charge)
    4. Syria will remain unitary, and Kurdistan is not happening. Millions of displaced refugees are returning home.
    5. Israel and the US look like total idiots and, even worse, as losers with no credibility left.

    Seeing their defeat in Syria, the Zionists did what they always do: they used their propaganda machine to list an apparently neverending victorious strikes on supposed “Iranian targets” in Syria. While a few civilian simpletons with zero military experience did buy into this nonsense, the truth about Israeli operations in Syria is simple: the Syrian air defenses have successfully prevented the Israelis from striking at important, sensitive, targets, and they Israelis have been forced to declare as major victories the destruction of empty barns as “destruction of important IRGC headquarters” thereby “proving” to a few naive folks in Zone A and to themselves (!) that the IDF is still as “invincible” as it “always was”. As for the Neocons, they doubled-up on that and declared that 1) Russian air defenses are useless 2) that Russia and Israel work hand in hand and 3) that the Israelis are still invincible. Yet if any of that was true, why has Israel failed to achieve a single one of its goals? And why are both the Russians and the Iranians still in Syria were the Russians just finished a 2nd runway at Khmeimim and they have just deployed a group of Tu-22M3 at that air base from where they can now threaten any ship sailing in the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. In their otherwise “free time” they can deliver tons of bombs and missiles to the remaining Takfiri forces in Syria.

    As I have been saying for many years now, the truth is that the IDF is a poor fighting force. Why? First, they have the exact same problem as the USA (and the KSA, for that matter): they rely on expensive technology, but don’t have good combat-capable “boots on the ground”. That is now how modern wars are won (see here for a list of popular misconceptions about modern wars).

    In its recent history, the entire gamut of Israeli “elite” forces (including the air force, the navy, the artillery and even the Golani Brigade) got its collective butt handed to them by about 1000 and only lightly armed regular Hezbollah fighters in 2006: keep in mind that the elite Hezbollah forces were deployed only north of the Litani river to protect Beirut against a possible land invasion by Israel. Instead of taking Beirut or “disarming Hezbollah” (that was an official goal!), the Israelis could not even control the small town of Bint Jbeil located right across the official Israeli border! So much for being “invincible”!

    What the IDF is very experienced at is terrorising Palestinian civilians and executing what could be called a slow-motion genocide of the Palestinian people. The problem with Gaza now is the same that the failed invasion of Lebanon in 2006 has revealed: just like the Lebanese in 2006, the Palestinians of 2021 are not afraid of the Zionists anymore. Furthermore, with a great deal of help from Iran and others, Hamas in Gaza is now much, much better armed than in the past. True, some of its missiles are decidedly low tech and not very effective (low accuracy, small warheads, simple trajectory, limited range), but Hamas also has shown some pretty decent UAVs too. Most importantly, from now on for Hamas it is only one way: up the “quality ladder” (just like the Houthis did in Yemen, starting with modest drones but eventually getting very capable ones).

    The other major goal of the Israelis in this war was to prove to the world (and, even more importantly for the always narcissistic self-worshipping Israeli cowards, to themselves!) that their “Iron Dome” air defense network was the “super-dooper most bestest” in the world (no doubt, due to the famed “Jewish genius”!). It now appears that at best, the Israelis intercepted somewhere around 30-40% of the Hamas missiles. The way the Israeli hid this is by claiming that their fancy shmancy Iron Drone did not even try to engage missiles which were not deemed dangerous. But in the age of the ubiquitous smartphone, that kind of silly nonsense can easily be debunked (including by showing the total chaos in the Israeli skies or, for that matter, the missile strikes on Israeli military objectives). While the full Iron Dome air defense system probably works marginally better than the quasi-useless US Patriot, the Israeli air defenses are clearly at least a generation behind the Russian ones, including the S-300s the Russians sold to Syria (again, in the age of of the ubiquitous smartphone, this is not hard to prove).

    It is crucial to remember that Hamas’ missiles are much inferior to those of the Houthis and the Syrians, and even more inferior when compared to Hezbollah or Iranian drones and missiles! In other words, the “invincible” IDF can’t deal with even its weakest, least sophisticated enemies (Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad) and the grotesquely expensive Iron Done cannot protect the Zionists from any determined missile attacks by the Resistance coalition (Palestine, Yemen, Syria, Hezbollah, Iran and Russia).

    In their utter despair, the Zionist entity did what the AngloZionists always do when they fail to defeat a military forces: they will turn their wrath on the civilian infrastructure and murder as many as they can. They will also strike highly symbolic targets such as the International Press Center in Gaza or a Red Crescent hospital (under the pretext that Hamas, which is the democratically elected local government) has offices there (this is clearly a F-you to those who condemn Israel for violating international law). To a normal human being, this sounds both obscene and ridiculous. But remember, the Israelis are first and foremost narcissists and they have no means of imagining how normal human beings think or feel. All these guys can feel is self-worship and hatred for all “others”.

    We could say that in this war, the Palestinians defeated both military high tech and truly medieval type of genocidal hatred.

    In other words, far from showing how “invincible” the Zionist entity is, this latest war against the Palestinians has shown beyond reasonable doubt that the IDF cannot deal with any of its enemies.

    Besides missiles and bombs, the Israelis love to use terror, as their ideology has convinced them of two things: the Arabs only understand force and we, the Israelis, are invincible. But this begs the question of why the Israelis did not dare to move into Gaza, not even symbolically. Yeah, I know, the official doxa of Zone A is that “Biden called Netanyahu and told him to stop”. As if “Biden” could give orders to the Israelis!

    The truth is that even with a casualty rate of 10:1 in the IDF’s advantage and no armor or artillery, the Palestinians are much more willing to engage in street battles than the IDF. Would the IDF eventually win a ground battle against Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad? Maybe, probably, the objective advantages in everything (except courage!) for the Israelis is so huge that no amount of skills and courage can forever negate the immense superiority in means of the Israelis.

    However, as most people in the West tend to forget, wars are but means towards a political goal. If the IDF decided to basically flatten Gaza and kill many thousands of Palestinians at the cost of casualties probably in the hundereds, then this would be politically suicidal for the Zionist regime. This is why I offer this very basic conclusion:

    During the latest Gaza war, deterrence did work. But only in the sense that the Palestinians successfully deterred the Israelis from launching a ground attack against Gaza.

    There is another crucial political development which should also be noted: while both Iran and Hezbollah did give their full political support to Hamas+Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the latter did not request any assistance. In other words, not only did the Palestinians defeat the Israelis, but they did so absolutely alone, with no help from the other Resistance members.

    Again, those Zone A civilians who believe that Israel is scoring huge victories in Syria on a quasi daily basis won’t get it, which is par for the course. But you can be darn sure that at least most of the IDF top commanders know the true score and for them it is yet another huge disaster.

    There is also a political factor to consider. While there have been coordination resistance actions by the Palestinians in Israel (proper, as defined by the UN), this is the first time when the Palestinians from Gaza, those from the Occupied Territories and those in “Israel” truly fought, if not side by side (yet!), then at least at the same time and in a common cause. This is a major political victory for Hamas+Palestinian Islamic Jihad and a major problem for Fatah and the Zionists. Now let’s look at the rest of the Palestinian scorecard:

    The Palestinian scorecard:

    Let’s start by the obvious one: the Palestinians were not defeated. This victory can be further subdivided in the following:

    • The Palestinian leadership has mostly physically survived, it still exists as a local authority. Plenty of Palestinians were murdered, but that did not affect the operational capabilities of the Palestinian forces (any more than the IDF succeeded in affecting Iranian operational capabilities in Syria).
    • The Palestinian leadership has also survived politically. It was not blamed by the “Palestinian street” for starting the war, nor was it blamed for how it executed it. As for Fatah, it is now, by all accounts, lost somewhere in a political no man’s land which, admittedly, it richly deserves for its incompetence, corruption and subservience to Israel and the USA.
    • Militarily speaking, the Palestinian missile strikes were not nearly as effective than, say, Hezbollah (nevermind Iranian!) strikes would have been, but, hey, they made huge progress and we can all rest assured that the Palestinians of Gaza will, sooner or later, catch up with the Houthis and, further down the road, maybe even Hezbollah.
    • By many accounts, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad have made major political inroads into the Palestinian political scene outside Gaza. Even in spite of a truly immense hasbara effort by the Israelis, the international public opinion was blaming Israel for the orgy of violence.

    It is interesting to note here that the famous Israeli journalist Gideon Levy has written an article for Ha’aretz entitled “Israeli Propaganda Isn’t Fooling Anyone – Except Israelis” which was further subtitled “’Hasbara’ is the Israeli euphemism for propaganda, and there are some things, said the late ambassador Yohanan Meroz, that are not ‘hasbarable.’ One of them is Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.” This is how Levy’s article began:

    And propaganda shall cover for everything. We’ll say terrorism, we’ll shout anti-Semitism, we’ll scream delegitimation, we’ll cite the Holocaust; we’ll say Jewish state, gay-friendly, drip irrigation, cherry tomatoes, aid to Nepal, Nobel Prizes for Jews, look what’s happening in Syria, the only democracy, the greatest army. We’ll say the Palestinians are making unilateral moves, we’ll propose negotiations on the “settlement bloc borders,” we’ll demand recognition of a Jewish state and we’ll complain that “there’s no one to talk to.” We’ll wail that the whole world is against us and wants to destroy us, no less.

    Now comes the best part: Levy wrote this on Jun. 4, 2015 and updated it on Apr. 10, 2018 – years before the current disaster! Since then, things have only gone south for the IDF and the Israelis in general. Just the blowback from the war in Syria is, for the IDF, a true disaster.

    Of course, “Israel” is still worshipped and faithfully served by many ruling classes worldwide (that is one of the functions of the Empire, to enforce this), but that officially lauded Israel is viewed with disgust and revulsion on most of the planet. Hence the inevitable failure of the truly galactic PR effort to brainwash the regular people into believing that Israeli is a polyyanish country, a “place without people for a people without country”, etc. etc. etc. This “Ziolatry”, if you wish, was effective when the PLO was blowing up Jewish grade schools in Western Europe, but today it has lost almost all of its traction, especially amongst thinking people.

    The sad and disgusting reality about the Zionist entity is truly coming out, seeping under the propaganda walls of the Empire, and slowly but inevitably resulting in a common reaction of outrage and utter disgust for what is nothing else but the last officially racist country on the planet, the only country with an open air concentration camp it surrounds on all sides, the only country which truly, openly and sincerely does not give a damn about international law or about the lives of non-Jews (while calling their own lives sacred, of course!). This is a state which constantly repeats the mantra about the supposedly “sacred” blood of Jews while, at the same time, committing a slow motion (but very real) genocide of the Palestinian people while using non-stop terrorist attacks against any country daring to defy the order of the latest, and hopefully last, wannabe “superior race” in human history. This is also why the “crime of crimes” for politically correct and successfully brainwashed people is to declare that Israel has no right to exist. This is such a major crimethink that I want to conclude by committing it right now and asking others to join me in this “crimethink”!

    Israel has no right to exist whatsoever first and foremost because it is an artificial creation of West European imperialist powers. Second, it is a country which has always engaged in atrocities and massive violations of international laws and norms. Instead, Israel is based on a racist ideology which is, for all practical purpose, indistinguishable from Hitler’s Nazi ideology (both National Socialism and Zionism have the same roots in both time, space and culture, both being products of European secularism and nationalism). For these reasons, Israel, and the Zionist ideology which supports it, are both a clear and present danger for international peace and stability (for details on Zionism as an ideology and its toxicity, please see here). Furthermore, the only possibly way for the Palestinian people to ever recover their land and their rights under international law is for the Zionist “regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time” (to quote the often mistranslated sentence by Ayatollah Komenei). By the way, this awareness also presupposes a clear understanding that the so-called “Two State Solution” (2SS) is an impossibility. Yes, I know, the 2SS is currently the only one under international law, but that is hardly surprising since the state of Israel was created with not only many of the trappings of “being an internationally recognized state” but also with the shameful complicity of the country which won WWII. There is one thing which Israel has in common with the so-called “Republic of Kosovo”: they will be the very first to be liberated as soon as the AngloZionist Empire finally crashes visibly (of course, it has already crashed, hence the many disastrous outcomes for the USA and Israel on the international scene, but that is still denied officially in Zone A and,of course, by the AngloZionist propaganda and those who pay attention to it.

    In truth, there is only one true “solution” to this war: the so-called “One State Solution”, meaning that those who live in this land will get to choose their leaders and lifestyles according to the old “one person, one vote” principle. All other “solutions” simply perpetuate the current genocide!

    As for those Jews who still want an ethnically pure state of Israel, they can either grow up and get real, or they can choose to colonize some other planet. As long as they don’t persecute local lifeforms, that might work. But if they do this will all happen again, over and over.

    Conclusion: “Gaza” and the future of the Zionist entity

    I want to end here with what I believe is a glance at the future (or lack thereof!) of Israel. The website Islamic World News Analysis Group (which I highly recommend!) recently posted what it claims to be a video of a new Iranian combat drone named “Gaza” described as so: “The Gaza drone, capable of carrying 13 bombs and 500 kilograms of equipment, as well as 35 hours of flight up to a radius of 2,000 kilometers, is capable of carrying out a variety of combat and intelligence operations. According to the published images, it seems that the Gaza drone uses the Rotary Bomb Launcher mechanism under its fuselage, which can carry up to 5 bombs. This is the first Iranian drone to use this mechanism. 8 bombs are also installed under the wings and in total this drone is capable of carrying 13 bombs”. Here is the footage of this new drone. Take a look for yourself and imagine what the next round of this campaign to liberate Palestine might look like.

    Will the US-Turkish conflict explode from Erbil? هل ينفجر الصراع الأميركيّ – التركيّ انطلاقاً من أربيل؟

    **English Machine translation Please scroll down for the Arabic original version **

    Will the US-Turkish conflict explode from Erbil?

    Dr. Wafiq Ibrahim

    Kurdistan is a red American line that divides Iraq into sects and nationalities.

    Here, the Americans wanted to establish their movement in the Syrian-Iraqi axis, which constitutes a link between the Arabian Peninsula, the Levant, Iran and Turkey. They had what they wanted to push the Iraqis towards a separation between north, center and south while supporting the formation of highly contradictory party mechanisms linked to the Americans, Saudis, Kurds, Israelis and Emiratis, until the regions of Iraq became the scene of regional interventions of all kinds, which produced a large and strong entity allied with Iran that holds almost all political power in exchange for Cantons enjoy the support of the Americans, Saudis and Emiratis, with the exception of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region at the level of geopolitics, military and economic, which is supported by the United States, the Gulf and Israel.

    There is, then, an American-Turkish conflict over Erbil, the direct cause of which is the killing of 11 Turkish soldiers who were kidnapped by Kurdish gunmen and killed, but the main reason is that Turkey does not accept a Kurdish state at its border swaying some 15 million Turkish Kurds waiting for a small chance to seek independence from the Turks. Likewise, neighboring Iran, which in turn, fears an uprising of about 6 million Iranian Kurds on its soil.

    Turkey, then, received the Kurdish slap and did not respond to the violent Turkish way and the violent Turkish way, and was satisfied with statements accompanied by stray bullets that may have hit some passers-by. As for the reason for this Turkish prudence, it is the new US President Biden, who has not presented his Middle Eastern plan yet. What everyone, except Hezbollah, is forced to wait. This is what Turkey has done, awaiting a new opportunity to attack the Kurds in Erbil and the entirety of Kurdistan.

    Therefore, Kurdistan is in the stage of waiting for quadriplegic conflicts between Iran, Turkey and America with some Israeli and Gulf intruders. But how long can Iran and Turkey wait while the Kurds daily support their positions in Kurdistan, confiscate the region’s oil, take Israeli weapons and UAE and Saudi funds, and prepare Syrian and Turkish Kurds for nearby missions. As for Iran’s Kurds, Barzani does not approach them “now” because they are not “ready”.

    Suffice it to indicate here that the Iranians and the Kurds are cousins ​​who have almost one language and both and the Germans as one race, as Hitler used to say.

    The struggle over Kurdistan is therefore an American-Turkish-Iranian one in which Israeli and Gulf elements are intertwined, but it is currently afflicted with a stalemate in connection with the stalemate in Biden’s policies, the latter is still in the process of preparing for his global policies, including Kurdistan of course. However, this Turkish-Iranian patience cannot wait for long, and with it also the State of Iraq, which sees opportunities for a movement in the rebellious Kurdistan region with the aim of weakening it or stirring up differences between its components.

    Will the situation explode there? This explosion may take the form of Iranian-Turkish conflicts with the Kurds in the form of sporadic clashes in most areas of the region. Will the Americans allow this? Will the Israelis and the Gulf remain silent, and leave the situation on its own?

    The truth is that the stakeholders in restoring Kurdistan to mother Iraq are the Iraqis, along with the Iranians, and the third of them are the Turks. However, the Americans consider the Kurdish issue an essential part of their movement in the region and a way to drain the power of Iraq. They also see that the Kurds in Syria are a natural extension of the Iraqi Kurds and a means to weaken and fragment Syria. Therefore, there is an American contradiction with Iran, Turkey and the Iraqi state, how can this contradiction be controlled?

    There is no doubt that President Biden is exploring the best means for more investment in the Kurds, based on their proximity to Iran, Turkey and the State of Iraq from the middle side. Therefore, experts expect that the conflict over Kurdistan between the Turkish-Iranian-American triangle is going to escalate, and it seems that the State of Iraq will not remain silent on this issue and believe that it can mobilize groups loyal to the state that play a positive role in this regard.

    The Iraqis believe that the intensification of the Russian role in eastern Syria would enhance the Syrian role in Iraq and the east of the Euphrates, pushing towards the establishment of a Syrian-Iraqi alliance capable of playing a broad regional role, but the problem is that the Americans will not accept this matter because it affects dairy cow in the Arabian Peninsula from Qatar to Saudi Arabia. Therefore, there is a violent conflict project that is still latent between Iran, Turkey, America and Iraq, but its conditions and circumstances are present.

    It is believed that the retreat of Americans in the eastern Euphrates is the main factor that encourages Iraq, Iran and Turkey to end the Kurdistan region with a knockout blow, thus restoring Iraq’s fleeing territory, turkey’s retreat from the Kurdish threat, and Iran’s silence as its usual.

    There is a Turkish problem that makes Erdogan not dare in this matter, which is that Turkey has been deploying huge forces in the vicinity of Cyprus, Greece, the Mediterranean and Libya, and it has forces in Yemen operating under the name of the Brotherhood Reform Party. This makes them think a lot before taking any step in Iraqi Kurdistan. It may need a major change in US policy in order to dare to penetrate Kurdistan, even though it exists in many of these areas for security reasons or to preempt terrorism.

    Kurdistan, then, is a land of deep conflict, and its fate will determine the new trends that the Biden administration is drawing on in the framework of determining its movement in the world.

    Kurdistan, then, is the land of deep conflicts and Erbil is like it. There is a political oil conflict on them, and the fate of these areas determines the new trends that the Biden administration is drawing in determining its movement in the world.

    The question here is that America is drawing up its global project, is Russia unable to do so?

    The battle for the east of the Euphrates is crucial in this way, and it seems that the victor is the one who is taking over the battle of Kurdistan in conjunction with the Iranians and Turks.

    هل ينفجر الصراع الأميركيّ – التركيّ انطلاقاً من أربيل؟

    د. وفيق إبراهيم

    كردستان خط أميركيّ أحمر يشكل الخط الذي يقسم العراق الى طوائف وقوميات. هنا أراد الأميركيون تأسيس حركتهم في المحور السوري العراقي بما تشكله من ربط بين جزيرة العرب وبلاد الشام وإيران وتركيا. وكان لهم ما أرادوا من دفع العراقيين نحو الانفصال بين شمال ووسط وجنوب مع دعم تشكيل آليات حزبية شديدة التناقض مرتبطة بالأميركيين والسعوديين والأكراد والإسرائيليين والإماراتيين حتى باتت مناطق العراق مسرحاً للتدخلات الإقليمية من كل الأنواع ما أنتج كياناً كبيراً وقوياً متحالفاً مع إيران يمسك تقريباً بمعظم السلطة السياسية مقابل كانتونات سياسية تحظى بتأييد الأميركيين والسعوديين والإماراتيين، وذلك باستثناء اقليم كردستان شبه المستقل على مستوى الجغرافيا السياسية والعسكرية والاقتصادية والمدعوم أميركياً وخليجياً وإسرائيلياً.

    هناك اذاً صراع أميركي – تركي حول أربيل سببه المباشر مقتل 11 جندياً تركياً اختطفهم مسلحون أكراد وقضوا عليهم، اما السبب الأساسي فهو أن تركيا لا تقبل بدولة كردية عند حدودها تحرّك نحو 15 مليون كردي تركي ينتظرون فرصة صغيرة لطلب الاستقلال عن الأتراك. وكذلك إيران المجاورة التي تخشى بدورها من انتفاضة نحو 6 ملايين كردي إيراني على أراضيها.

    تركيا اذاً في قلب معمعة أربيل، تلقت الصفعة الكردية ولم تجب على الطريقة التركيّة العنيفة واكتفت بتصريحات مترافقة مع طلقات نارية طائشة ربما أصابت بعض المارة. اما سبب هذا التعقل التركي فهو الرئيس الأميركي الجديد بايدن الذي لم يعرض خطته الشرق أوسطية بعد. ما يفرض على الجميع باستثناء حزب الله انتظاره. وهذا ما فعلته تركيا التي تتحيّن فرصة جديدة للانقضاض على الأكراد في أربيل ومجمل كردستان.

    كردستان اذاً في مرحلة انتظار صراعات رباعية بين إيران وتركيا وأميركا مع بعض المتطفلين الإسرائيليين والخليجيين. انما الى متى بوسع إيران وتركيا الانتظار فيما يدعم الأكراد يومياً مواقعهم في كردستان ويصادرون نفوط المنطقة ويتجهّزون بالسلاح الإسرائيلي وأموال الإمارات والسعودية ويعملون على تحضير أكراد سورية وتركيا لمهام قريبة.أما أكراد إيران فلا يقترب منهم البرزاني «حالياً» لأنهم ليسوا «حاضرين».

    تكفي الإشارة هنا الى ان الإيرانيين والأكراد هم اولاد عمومة لديهم تقريباً لغة واحدة ويجمعهم بالألمان عرق واحد، كما كان يقول هتلر.

    الصراع على كردستان هو اذاً أميركي – تركي – إيراني تتداخل فيه عناصر إسرائيلية وخليجية، لكنه مصاب حالياً بجمود ارتباطاً بالجمود الذي يعتري سياسات بايدن، فهذا الاخير لا يزال في طور التحضير لسياساته العالمية بما يشمل كردستان بالطبع. لكن هذا الصبر التركي – الإيراني لا يستطيع ان ينتظر طويلاً ومعه ايضاً دولة العراق التي ترى ان الفرص متوفرة لحركة ما في الإقليم الكردستاني المتمرد بهدف إضعافه او إثارة خلافات بين مكوناته.

    فهل ينفجر الوضع هناك؟ هذا الانفجار قد يرتدي شكل صراعات إيرانية تركية مع الاكراد على شكل اشتباكات متقطعة في معظم نواحي الإقليم. فهل يسمح الأميركيون بهذا المدى؟ وهل يصمت الاسرائيليون والخليجيون بدورهم ويتركون الوضع على غاربه.

    الحقيقة أن أصحاب المصلحة باستعادة كردستان الى العراق الأم هم العراقيون ومعهم الإيرانيون وثالثهم الأتراك. إلا أن الأميركيين يعتبرون الموضوع الكردي جزءاً اساسياً من حركتهم في الاقليم وطريقة لاستنزاف قوة العراق. كما يرون أن الأكراد في سورية امتداد طبيعي للأكراد العراقيين ووسيلة لإضعاف سورية وتفتيتها. هناك اذاً تناقض أميركي مع إيران وتركيا والدولة العراقيّة، فكيف يمكن ضبط هذا التناقض؟

    لا شك في أن الرئيس بايدن عاكف على البحث أفضل الوسائل لمزيد من الاستثمار بالأكراد انطلاقاً من مجاورتهم لإيران وتركيا ودولة العراق من جهة الوسط، فهم تقريباً يشكلون الفئة الوحيدة القابلة للاستثمار الأميركي من دون أي ممانعة. لذلك يتوقع الخبراء أن الصراع على كردستان بين المثلث التركي الإيراني الأميركي ذاهب الى تصاعد ويبدو أن دولة العراق لن تبقى صامتة على هذا الموضوع وتعتقد أن بإمكانها تحريك مجموعات موالية للدولة تؤدي دوراً إيجابياً في هذا الصدد.

    ويرى العراقيون أن اشتداد الدور الروسي في شرق سورية من شأنه تعزيز الدور السوري في العراق وشرق الفرات دافعاً نحو تأسيس حلف سوري – عراقي قادر على أداء دور إقليمي واسع، لكن المشكلة هي أن الأميركيين لن يقبلوا بهذا الأمر لأنه يصيب بقرتهم الحلوب في جزيرة العرب من قطر الى السعودية.

    هناك اذاً مشروع صراع عنيف لا يزال كامناً بين إيران وتركيا وأميركا والعراق لكن شروطه وظروفه موجودة.

    المعتقد في هذا المضمار أن تراجع الأميركيين في شرق الفرات هو العامل الأساسي الذي يشجع العراق وإيران وتركيا على إنهاء إقليم كردستان بضربة قاضية فيستعيد العراق بذلك إقليمه الفار وتستكين تركيا من الخطر الكردي وتصمت إيران كجاري عادتها.

    هناك مشكلة تركية تجعل أردوغان لا يتجرأ على هذا الأمر وهي أن تركيا تنشر قوات ضخمة في محيط قبرص واليونان والبحر المتوسط وليبيا ولديها قوات في اليمن تعمل تحت مسمّى حزب الإصلاح الاخواني. وهذا يجعلها تفكر كثيراً قبل الإقدام على أي خطوة في كردستان العراق. قد تحتاج لتغيير كبير في السياسة الأميركية حتى تتجرأ على اختراق كردستان على الرغم من انها موجودة في الكثير من هذه المناطق بدواعٍ أمنية او لإجهاض الارهاب.

    كردستان اذاً ارض صراعات عميقة وأربيل مثلها. فهناك صراع نفطي سياسي عليهما ويحدد مصير هذه المناطق الاتجاهات الجديدة التي تقبع إدارة بايدن على رسمها في إطار تحديد حركتها في العالم.

    السؤال هنا هو أن اميركا ترسم مشروعها العالمي، فهل تعجز روسيا عن ذلك؟

    غن معركة شرق الفرات حاسمة في هذا المنوال ويبدو أن المنتصر فيها هو الذي يتولى معركة كردستان بالاشتراك مع الإيرانيين والأتراك.

    الأموال السوريّة في المصارف اللبنانيّة… القصّة الكاملة


    باريس – نضال حمادة

    الأموال السورية المفقودة في لبنان أو أموال السوريين التي فُقِدَت في مصارف بلاد الأرز لها قصّة واقعية تستحق البحث والتحرّي مثلها مثل قصّة الأموال اللبنانية أو أموال اللبنانيين التي فقِدت أيضاً في المصارف اللبنانية. في هذا التقرير نفتح موضوع أموال السوريين في لبنان مع رئيس منتدى الاقتصاديين العرب في فرنسا سمير العيطة، وهو خبير متابع لهذا الأمر منذ سنوات، سألناه عن الموضوع فأجاب مفصّلاً وشارحاً لماذا تتواجد هذه الأموال السورية ومؤكداً على وجودها.

    يقول سمير العيطة في حديثه لـ «البناء»: في ستينيات القرن الماضي حصلت حملة تأميم في سورية فهرَّب أصحاب الأموال في سورية أموالهم إلى بيروت. وفي المرحلة التالية، بقي القطاع الخاصّ السوري، أفراداً وأصحاب أعمال، يستخدمون المصارف اللبنانيّة ويخفون فيها مدّخراتهم وتمويل أشغالهم عن الحكومة السوريّة. يعود ذلك لأسباب مختلفة، منها ارتفاع الضرائب السورية، تلك على الاستيراد والأخرى على الأرباح. هكذا كان التاجر السوري يقلّل قيمة البضاعة المستوردة، فيحوّل جزءاً من ثمن مستورداته من المصرف التجاري والجزء الآخر عبر بيروت. كان هناك أيضاً تعدّد أسعار الصرف في سورية ولم يتغيّر هذا كثيراً مع افتتاح المصارف الخاصّة في سورية بدايةً عام 2004.

    يضيف سمير العيطة أنّ الحرب في سورية والعقوبات عليها أدّت إلى مزيدٍ من تحويل أموال السوريين إلى لبنان. فحتّى المصارف الخاصّة السوريّة والتي لم توضع على لائحة العقوبات لم تعد تستطيع تحويل الأموال من الخارج وإليه لتخوّف مفرِط من المصارف الأجنبيّة المراسلة. هكذا أضحى كثيرٌ من تمويل التجارة الخارجيّة السوريّة يمرّ عبر بيروت. من ناحية أخرى، الكثير من الناس عندما وجدوا الأوضاع في سورية تتجه نحو الكارثة باعوا أملاكهم وهرّبوا أموالهم إلى لبنان. وأبقوها هناك لصعوبة فتح حسابات في دول أخرى وبسبب الفوائد العالية التي كانت تدفعها المصارف اللبنانية للمودعين.

    ويشير العيطة إلى أنّ الدولة السورية لا تضع أموالها في لبنان خشية من العقوبات الغربيّة.

    يستمرّ سمير العيطة في سرد القصة قائلاً: في بداية السبعينيات عندما تمّ تأميم المصارف في سورية، انتقل أصحاب المصارف وأصحاب الخبرات السورية كلّهم إلى لبنان. وأضحت هناك مصارف لبنانيّة أصحابها سوريون وأصبحت حينها 70 بالمئة من الكوادر المصرفية في لبنان من السوريين. ومع الحرب اللبنانية، أصبحت هذه المصارف ذات الأصل السوريّ رائدة، مثل بنك لبنان والمهجر (الأزهري)، وبنك بيمو(عبجي) والسوسيتيه جنرال (الصحناوي)، إلخ…

    ويوضّح رئيس منتدى الاقتصاديين العرب في فرنسا أنّه بعد العام 2011 ومع العقوبات الأميركية على سورية زاد وجود رأس المال السوري في المصارف اللبنانية، لأنّ العقوبات استهدفت الجسم الأساس الذي ينظّم عمليات الاستيراد والتصدير، وهو المصرف التجاري السوري، فأصبح التجار السوريون يفتحون الاعتمادات عبر المصارف اللبنانية بدل المصرف التجاري السوري أو المصارف الخاصّة السوريّة. في مرحلة ثانية، بدأت الشركات الأجنبية توقف تعاملها ليس فقط مع المصارف السورية بل أيضاً مع المصانع والشركات الخاصّة السوريّة، حيث لم يعد بالإمكان حتى وضع اسم سورية على بوليصة تأمين شحن. فكان الحلّ أن يذهب السوريون إلى لبنان ويقومون بفتح اعتمادات من المصارف اللبنانية ويذكرون أنّ البضاعة التي فتح لأجلها الاعتماد مستوردة إلى لبنان، ومن ثمّ يقومون بإدخالها إلى سورية. وكانوا يدفعون من أموالهم دولارات من سورية وليست من لبنان، حيث كانوا يدخلون البضاعة إلى سورية يبيعونها ومن ثم يأتون بالدولارات إلى لبنان لفتح الاعتمادات في المصارف اللبنانيّة.

    وهناك تفصيل بسيط هنا أنّ المصارف الخليجية الخاصّة التي فتحت فروعاً لها في سورية بعد المصارف اللبنانيّة، بل في 2010 أغلبها، قد سمح لها الأميركيون بتحويل الأموال وفتح الاعتمادات بنسبة معيّنة، مثل بنك قطر الوطني في سورية.

    يقول سمير العيطة: كانت دولارات القطاع الخاص السوري تأتي إلى لبنان لهذه الأسباب وتقدّر المبالغ الموجودة بين 20 و40 مليار دولار، كلّها يملكها تجّار وصناعيون سوريون أو أموال أفراد قطاع خاص، وليست أموال «النظام» أو الدولة، لأنّهما لا يثقان بلبنان ويعتبرانه مخترقاً أمنيّاً. وهناك أيضاً أموال خاصّة سورية في تركيا، وهي أموال تجار وصناعيّين وأفراد من الشمال. كما هناك أموال تجّار وأفراد من مناطق «قسد» متواجدة في أربيل في بنوك عراقية وكذلك في ألمانيا. ولكنّ الحجم الأكبر في لبنان. الأمم المتحدة كانت تحوّل أيضاً أموال مساعداتها إلى سورية عبر لبنان.

    كثيرون كانوا يعرفون أنّ النظام النقدي والمصرفي في لبنان يتّجه نحو كارثة، وأنّ أموال الودائع بالدولار تتبخّر في المنظومة. ألم تحصل محاولات أيام تسلم الوزير جورج قرم لوزارة المالية لتدارك الأمر؟ ألم يحذّر منه الوزير السابق شربل نحاس منذ زمن؟ ألم يكن الفرنسيون يعلمون بالأمر عندما عقدوا مؤتمر باريس 1 ثمّ باريس 2 ثم باريس 3 وبعد ذلك مؤتمر سيدر؟ كانوا يعلمون أنّ الأموال تُسرَق وتذهب هدراً ولكنّهم دفعوا المزيد من الأموال في الثقب الأسود. وبات هذا واضحاً في أوائل 2019 عندما بدأت بعض البنوك اللبنانيّة بمنح فوائد غير منطقيّة على الدولار. جاء أحدهم حينها إلى أحد هذه البنوك لوضع مبلغ زهيد، فقالت له الموظّفة «إذا أتيت بـ 100 ألف دولار وجمّدتها، نعطيك 15%»، فسألها «ليش رح تفلسوا بكرا وعم تلمّوا الدولارات»!

    حول الاتهامات «أنّ سورية سرقت الأموال اللبنانية إبان التواجد العسكري السوري في لبنان» يقول سمير العيطة إنّ هذه مهاترة. لنأخذ مثالاً فترة الحصار التي شهدتها سورية بين الأعوام 1980 و1990. كانت سورية تفتقِد لموادّ كثيرة. لم يكن هناك مثلاً موز أو محارم وكانت هناك أساسيات موجودة في لبنان ومفقودة في سورية. ولو كانت سورية تسرُق لبنان لكنّا وجدنا هذه المواد في سورية حينها. ثمّ يضيف أنّه في فترة لاحقة وبعد اكتشاف النفط في سورية ومجيء شركة شل، عاشت سورية مرحلة رخاء. هنا أصبحت السرقة في الاتجاه المعاكس يعني من سورية إلى لبنان. كانت سرقة المازوت والبنزين المدعوم من سورية باتجاه لبنان. هكذا خرج عبدالله الدردري حين كان نائب رئيس الوزراء للشؤون الاقتصاديّة ليقول إنّ خسارة سورية من تهريب المازوت والبنزين المدعوم إلى لبنان مليار ونصف مليار دولار سنوياً. ورقم خسارة كهذا يعني كميّات ضخمة. ومربح التهريب كان يُقتَسَم بين سوريين ولبنانيين، أحياناً موقفهم ضدّ النظام في سورية. في تلك الحقبة، كان هناك ضبّاط سوريون في لبنان يأخذون عمولات، لكنّهم كانوا يتقاسمونها مع زعماء الحرب اللبنانيين الذين ما زالوا في السلطة في لبنان. هذه المهاترات تعني أنّ الحقّ فقط للبنانيين في سرقة لبنان وللسوريين في سرقة سورية! بينما كان الاثنان يسرقون من البلدين.

    ثمّ يقول إنّ التهريب سيبقى طالما هناك فروقات أسعار كبيرة بين البلدين. هناك بالفعل تهريب من لبنان إلى سورية اليوم، ولكن هناك أيضاً تهريب من سورية إلى لبنان. مثلاً لا أحد يتحدّث عن تهريب الإسمنت المدعوم من سورية إلى لبنان. والكلّ يعرف من الذين يحتكرون تجارة الإسمنت في لبنان. وبالمناسبة سعر الإسمنت في لبنان يفوق ثلاثة أضعاف سعره في مصر فلماذا لم يستورد لبنان من مصر وهي عندها إنتاج يفوق حاجتها. ثمّ أنّه عند تهريب أيّ بضاعة من لبنان إلى سورية، يدفع سوريّون ثمنها بالدولار يعني «فريش دولار»، إذ لا يُمكن للبنان أن يفعل شيئاً بالليرات السوريّة. وبالتالي حجم الدولارات التي ذهبت وتذهب من سورية إلى لبنان تفوق كثيراً تلك التي أتت وتأتي من لبنان إلى سورية.

    ويختم العيطة حديثه قائلاً إنّ السوريين غرقوا كما اللبنانيين في الأزمة المالية والمصرفيّة اللبنانيّة التي ربّما لم يُعرف قعرها بعد.

    Towards a “New Cold War” in the Middle East: Geopolitics of the Persian Gulf and the Battle for Oil and Gas

    By Germán Gorraiz López

    Global Research, July 21, 2020

    The foundations of the great Near East were established in the Pact of Quincey (1945) following the doctrine of the Franco-British Sykes-Picot agreements of 1916 that favored the regional division of power in areas of influence and sustained on the tripod US-Egypt- Saudi Arabia. This doctrine consisted in the endemic survival in Egypt of pro-western autocratic military governments, which ensured the survival of the State of Israel (1948) and provided the US Navy with privileged access to the Suez Canal, a crucial shortcut for access direct to the United Arab Emirates, Iraq and Afghanistan, remaining as a firm bastion of US geopolitical interests in the area, especially after the fall of the Shah of Persia in 1980.

    The other pillar of the agreement consisted of the privileged access of the United States to Saudi Arabian oil in exchange for preserving its autocratic regime and favoring the spread of Wahhabism (doctrine founded by Mohamed Abdel Wahab in the mid-eighteenth century with the aim of becoming a vision attractive to Islam and exportable to the rest of the Arab countries), with which the Saudi theocracy became a regional power that provided the US with the key to energy dominance while serving as a retaining wall for socialist and pan-Arab currents. Finally, after the Six Day War (1967), the geostrategic puzzle of the Middle East and the Near East was completed with the establishment of autocratic and pro-Western regimes in the countries surrounding Israel (Libya, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran), leaving the Palestinians confined in the ghettos of the West Bank and Gaza.

    Iraq and the Biden Plan

    The Biden-Gelb Plan, approved by the US Senate in 2007 and rejected by Condolezza Rice, Secretary of State with George W. Bush, provided for the establishment in Iraq of a federal system in order to prevent the collapse in the country after the withdrawal of US troops and proposed separating Iraq into Kurdish, Shiite and Sunni entities, under a federal government in Baghdad charged with the care of the borders and the administration of oil revenues.

    Thus, we will attend the appearance of Free Kurdistan presided over by Masoud Barzani with capital in Kirkust and that would include annexed areas taking advantage of the power vacuum left by the Iraqi Army such as Sinkar or Rabia in the province of Ninive, Kirkuk and Diyala as well as all the cities of Syrian Kurdish ethnicity (except Hasaka and Qamishli) occupied by the Kurdish insurgency of the BDP.

    The new Kurdistan will have the blessings of the United States and will have financial autonomy by owning 20% of the farms of all Iraqi crude oil with the “sine qua non condition” to supply Turkey, Israel and Eastern Europe with Kurdish oil through the Kirkust pipeline that empties into the Turkish port of Ceyhan. On the other hand, the Sunistan with capital in Mosul and that would cover the Sunni cities of Ramadi, Falluja, Mosul, Tal Afar and Baquba (Sunni triangle), with strong connections with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and that would later lead to a radical pan-Islamist movement that it will use the oil weapon to strangle the western economies in the horizon of the next five-year period.

    Finally, as the third leg of the tripod, we would have Iraqi Chi with capital in Baghdad that will counterbalance Saudi Wahhabism and that will gravitate in the orbit of influence of Iran, which will make Iran a great regional power in clear conflict with Saudi Arabia and Israel.

    Iran, guardian of the Gulf and energy power

    Iran acquired a regional power dimension thanks to the erratic policy of the United States in Iraq, (fruit of the political administration myopia obsessed with the Axis of Evil) by eliminating its ideological rivals, the Sunni Taliban radicals and Saddam Hussein with the subsequent power vacuum in the area. He also proposed a global negotiation with the contact group to deal with all the aspects that have confronted Western countries for thirty years, both the suffocating embargo that has plagued the Islamic Republic and the Iranian assets blocked in the United States, the role Iran regional cooperation and security cooperation in Iraq and Afghanistan.The Middle East: A Review of Geopolitical Structures, Vectors of Power Dynamic

    President Mahmoud Ajmadinejad stretched the rope to the limit in the security that the United States would not attack and would limit any individual action by Israel (a discarded project of bombarding the Natanz plant with commercial jets), as a blockade of the Strait of Hormuz through which it passes A third of the world’s energy traffic could exacerbate the global economic recession and profoundly weaken the entire international political system. Thus, in an interview with Brzezinski conducted by Gerald Posner in The Daily Beast (September 18, 2009), he stated that “an American-Iranian collision would have disastrous effects for the United States and China, while Russia would emerge as the great winner, as the foreseeable closure of the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf where oil transportation destined for Northeast Asia (China, Japan and South Korea), Europe and the United States passes, would raise the price of black gold to stratospheric levels and would have severe repercussions on the economy global, becoming the totally crude EU dependent on Russia.

    According to experts, Iran would possess the world’s third largest proven reserves of oil and gas, but it would not have enough technology to extract the gas from the deepest fields and would require an urgent multimillion-dollar investment to avoid irreversible deterioration of its facilities, which in practice it translates into a huge pie for Russian, Chinese and Western multinationals and an increase in the supply of Iranian crude oil to 1.5 million barrels / day within a year, with the consequent drop in prices. of the Brent and Texas reference crudes.

    Furthermore, the revitalization of the 2010 energy cooperation agreement between Iraq, Iran and Syria for the construction of the South Pars-Homms gas pipeline that would connect the Persian Gulf with the Mediterranean Sea would relativize the strategic importance of the Trans-Adriatic Gas Pipeline Project (TAP) , (a substitute for the failed Nabucco gas pipeline designed by the US to transport Azerbaijani gas to Europe through Turkey), as well as the relevant role of the United Arab Emirates as suppliers of crude oil to the West, which would explain the eagerness of Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey for torpedoing him.

    America’s “Project of the New Middle East”

    Ralph Peters Map: The Project for the New Middle East. Used for teaching purposes at the military academies. (“Unofficial”)  

    Are Iraq and Iran the bait for the US to involve Russia and China in a new war?

    Former President Carter’s National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski in a speech to the Iranian-American National Council (NIAC) stated that “I believe that the US has the right to decide its own national security policy and not follow like a stupid mule what the Israelis do. ” In addition, Brzezinski, would be faced with the neocon republican and Jewish lobbies of the USA and with his habitual biting he would have discredited the geostrategic myopia of both pressure groups when affirming that “they are so obsessed with Israel, the Persian Gulf, Iraq and Iran that they have lost from the global picture: the true power in the world is Russia and China, the only countries with a true capacity to resist the United States and England and on which they would have to focus their attention ”.

    We would thus be at a crucial moment to define the mediate future of the Middle East and Middle East (PROME East), since after the arrival of Donald Trump from the White House the pressure of the pro-Israeli lobby of the USA (AIPAC) would be increasing to proceed the destabilization of Iran by expeditious methods, a moment that will be used by the United States, Great Britain and Israel to proceed to redesign the cartography of the unrelated puzzle formed by these countries and thus achieve strategically advantageous borders for Israel, following the plan orchestrated 60 years ago. jointly by the governments of Great Britain, the United States and Israel and which would have the backing of the main western allies. Thus, after the approval by the Congress and the US Senate of a declaration prepared by the Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and the Democrat Robert Menéndez, who clearly states that “if Israel is forced to defend itself and take action (against Iran), the US will be at your side to support it militarily and diplomatically”, with the Trump Administration we will assist the increase in pressure from the pro-Israeli lobby of the USA (AIPAC) to proceed with the destabilization of Iran by expeditious methods.

    In a first phase of said plan, the US Senate unanimously renewed the Sanctions Against Iran Act (ISA) until 2026 and after the launch of a new ballistic missile by Iran, Trump expanded the sanctions against several Iranian companies related to ballistic missiles without violating the Nuclear Agreement signed between the G + 5 and Iran in 2015, known as the Comprehensive Joint Action Plan (JCPOA) and which would only be fireworks to distract attention from the Machiavellian Plan outlined by the Anglo-Jewish Alliance in 1960 that would include the Balkanization of Iran and whose turning point would be the recent assassination of the charismatic General Qasem Soleimani.

    This war could lead to a new local episode that would be involve a return to a “recurrent endemism” of the US-Russia Cold War involving both superpowers having as necessary collaborations the major regional powers namely Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iran.

    This Cold War scenario would cover the geographic space that extends from the Mediterranean arc (Libya, Syria and Lebanon) to Yemen and Somalia and having Iraq as its epicenter (recalling the Vietnam War with Lindon B. Johnson (1963-1.969).

    Thus, Syria, Iraq and Iran would be the bait to attract both Russia and China and after triggering a concatenation of local conflicts (Syria, Iraq and Lebanon), this potentially could evolve towards a major regional conflict that could mark the future of the area in the coming years.

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    الخليج يواصل اللعب المحظور في زمن صعب!

    د. وفيق إبراهيم

    انهماك الأميركيين بمعالجة اضطراباتهم الداخلية العنصرية ومجابهة جائحة الكورونا والتراجع الاقتصادي وصراعهم الجيوبوليتيكي مع الصين، لم يمنع ثلاث دول خليجية من مواصلة تنفيذ أوامر أميركية وتركية تلقتها في أوقات سابقة لنسف وحدة كل من العراق وسورية واليمن وليبيا ولبنان.

    هذه الدول أصبحت معروفة وهي السعودية والإمارات وقطر، لكنها لا تشكل فريقاً واحداً بل محورين متصارعين الى حدود الاحتراب في الخليج ويلتقيان بدعم كل اصناف الإرهاب في العالمين العربي والاسلامي.

    للإشارة فإن انتماء هذه البلدان للنفوذ الأميركي ليس هو المشكلة. فهذه مسألة بدأت منذ نهاية الحرب العالمية الثانية في 1945 وتسلم الأميركيون منذ ذلك الوقت حماية الخليج مقابل هيمنتهم على النفط.

    المشكلة في أن هذه البلدان الخليجية اعتادت على تنفيذ السياسات الأميركية من دون أي استفسار او استعلام عن الأسباب، حتى انها لا تأبه إذا انسجم هذا الدعم مع مصالحها.

    لذلك فما يثير العجب هو استمرار الإفراط في الأدوار الخليجية في مرحلة لا أحد يعرف فيها إذا كان بوسع الأميركيين الاستمرار بالسيطرة الأحادية على العالم ام لا، ومن هم الأعضاء الجدد في النظام العالمي الجديد؟ وهل تناسبهم هذه السياسات الخليجيّة؟

    ليبيا مثلاً هي واحدة من الدول التي يصيبها تورطٌ خليجي كبير ينقسم الى فريق سعودي إماراتي يدعم الجنرال حفتر بالسلاح والتمويل، مقابل فريق قطري يمول التورط التركي في دعم دولة ليبيا في طرابلس التي يقودها السراج المنافس لحفتر.

    التمويل القطري هنا يشمل نقل عشرات آلاف الإرهابيين السوريين من احزاب الاخوان المسلمين والتركستاني والنصرة، الى ليبيا ودعم دولة السراج بكل انواع التمويل وذلك لخدمة تركيا التي تلعب في عصر رئيسها اردوغان دوراً استعمارياً في العالم العربي.

    مَن هو المستفيد من تقسيم ليبيا؟ الأميركيون والأتراك والروس والأوروبيون مقابل خاسر واحد كبير هم العرب والليبيون، فماذا تستفيد السعودية والإمارات وقطر من أمر كهذا؟

    كذلك الأمر بالنسبة لسورية حيث تدعم السعودية والامارات تمويل وتسليح عشائر عربية متحالفة مع الأكراد العاملين ضمن المشروع الأميركي. والعمل هنا جار لتأسيس دولة لقوات قسد الكردية تفتعل حلفاً وهمياً مع عشائر عربية لتغطي به استحداث دولة كردية مستقلة تصبح قاعدة للأميركيين.

    ومرة ثانية نسأل من المستفيد من تجزئة سورية؟ طبعاً هم الأميركيون جيوبوليتيكياً و»إسرائيل» التي تستفيد من استنفاد القوة السورية استراتيجياً.

    اما قطر فتدعم الاستعمار التركي في احتلاله للشمال الغربي السوري وتموله وتدعمه بالسلاح والتغطية، ويشمل دعمها منظمات حراس الدين واللواء التركستاني وهيئة تحرير الشام وكامل المنظمات المتفرّعة من الإخوان المسلمين.

    وإذا كانت هذه الدول الخليجية الثلاث تتناقض في هوية الذين تدعمهم، لكنها تعرف انهم ينتمون بشكل كامل بالنهاية الى المحور الأميركي.

    ماذا عن اليمن؟ لم يحدث عدوان يمني على السعودية منذ تأسيس البلدين، لكن السعودية تواصل سيطرتها عليه بأساليب مختلفة سياسية وعسكرية وتعتبرها حديثة خلفية لها.

    لقد هاجم حلف عربي مزعوم مركب من السعودية والإمارات بتأييد مصري أردني سوداني وتغطية أميركية بريطانية اسرائيلية، اليمن منذ ستّ سنوات بقوات ضخمة، لم تتمكن من تحقيق أهدافها المتعلقة بالقضاء على أنصار الله في المناطق الشمالية والغربية والوسطى.

    لكنها نجحت في تقسيم ميداني لليمن بين حوثيين في الشمال حتى أعالي صعدة عند الحدود مع السعودية وجنوبيين في الجنوب بين عمان بحر العرب والوسط.

    ونجحت أيضاً في تقسيم الجنوب الى مناطق ساحلية مؤيدة للمجلس الانتقالي الموالي لدولة الإمارات وحضرموت وتامت والجوف الموالية لقوات هادي الملتزم السياسة السعودية.

    وكل هذه الاطراف السعودية الإماراتية تندرج في اطار المشروع الأميركي، فلماذا يريد الأميركيون وآلياتهم الخليجية تقسيم اليمن؟ لتأمين حريات واسعة للهيمنة الأميركية على بحر عدن وباب المندب وبحر عدن المحيط الهندي وتستفيد السعودية بمجاورة يمن مبعثر وضعيف يبقى طويلاً حديقة خلفية لها، اما الامارات فحلمها تأسيس مشاريع سياحية واقتصادية في جزر اليمن وسواحله.

    كذلك فإن «اسرائيل» منتفعة من تجزئة اليمن لان خط مرورها من ايلات الى البحر الاحمر والخليج يصبح اكثر اماناً بالإضافة الى سلامة الخط الذي يربطها بقناة السويس من طريق صديقها السيسي وورثة أنور السادات وشركاه اللاحقين من الاخوان.

    ماذا عن العراق؟ تبذل السعودية والامارات وقطر جهوداً تمويلية جبارة لتقسيمه وفق خطة بريمر القديمة الى ثلاث دول شيعية وسنية وكردية مع نفوذ على شكل احتلال تركي في الشمال مموّل بالكامل من دولة قطر.

    لكن السعودية والإمارات تمولان جماعات الحلبوسي في الوسط ومعظم التيارات الإرهابية فيه والنجيفي وعشائر عربية لا يهمها إلا تلقي المكرمات والأموال.

    وتموّلان أيضاً إقليم كردستان الذي يمتلك إدارة خاصة لكن السعودية والإمارات حرصتا على تمويل جيش كامل مستقل لكردستان البرازاني لدفعه نحو شعور بفائض قوة يدفع هذا الإقليم نحو الانفصال، وبذلك يصبح العراق ثلاث دول وربما أكثر. والمستفيد كالعادة أميركا الجيوبوليتيكية وتركيا الجارة والسعودية التي تعمل منذ ستة عقود على إضعاف أرض السواد.

    بذلك يتضح أن ذهاب الأميركيين نحو مزيد من التراجع يصيب هذه المشاريع الخليجية بتدمير العالم العربي بالخسارة واليتم، وعندها لن تستطيع التبرؤ منها، ولن يقبل المتضرّرون إلا بإسقاط هذه العائلات الحاكمة من آل زايد وسعود وخليفة بشكل نهائي إنقاذاً للعالم العربي من مفاسدهم التاريخيّة.

    يا دعاة الفدراليّة الظاهرين والمستترين: حذار حذار

    د. عدنان منصور

    عرف العالم الحديث، دولاً وأقاليم عديدة، أرادت انّ تنضوي في ما بينها، بعقد دستوري، داخل نظام جديد عرف بالنظام الفدرالي. الغاية من هذا العقد الفدرالي، هو إتاحة الفرصة للدول أو الأقاليم، في إيجاد صيغة مشتركة لنظام جامع، تعزز فيه الأطراف المعنية، موقفها الموحّد، وموقعها السياسي، والمعنوي، والأمني، والمالي والنقدي والعسكري.

    هذه الدول والأقاليم رغم خصوصيتها التي تحرص عليها، إلا أنها آثرت الاختيار والانضمام إلى دولة فدرالية جامعة، لها نظامها الخاص، ودستورها، وقوانينها، وقضاؤها، وجيشها، ونقدها، ورئيسها، وحكومتها، وعلمها، ونشيدها الوطني، يلتزم بها أعضاء ومكوّني الدولة الفدرالية.

    خصوصية كلّ دولة أو إقليم عضو، يحترمها الدستور والقضاء والقوانين الفدرالية، حيث إنه لكلّ دولة أو إقليم تابع للدولة الفدرالية، دستورها، ورئيسها، وبرلمانها، وحكومتها، وقوانينها، وقضاؤها، ومواردها المالية المستقلة، وضرائبها الخاصة بها. وهي تعتني بالقطاع الصحي والتعليمي، والأمن الداخلي، وفرض الضرائب، شريطة أن لا تتعارض الإجراءات المتخذة، ذات الصلة، مع نصوص الدستور وقوانين الدولة الفدرالية.

    خصوصيّة كلّ إقليم أو دولة منضمّة للدولة الفدرالية، تظهر جلياً، في تكوينها الاجتماعي والثقافي، والتاريخي، والنفسي، الذي لا يسمح بالاندماج الكلي، ويرفض الانصهار في الدولة المركزيّة الواحدة الموحدة، وأيضاً الإصرار على الاحتفاظ بلغتها القومية والتحدّث بها، وتدريسها، وأحياناً تعتمد كلغة رسمية الى جانب اللغة الرسمية للدولة الفدرالية ( كندا، سويسرا، وبلجيكا).

    مما لا شكّ فيه انّ الانتقال من الدولة او الإقليم، الى الدولة الفدرالية، تشكل خطوة متقدّمة، تتحصّن داخلها الدولة او الإقليم. إذ انّ الدولة الفدرالية لديها صلاحيات رئيسة يوفرها لها الدستور الفدرالي، حيث تتبع لها القوات المسلحة الاتحادية، والشؤون الخارجية، والعملة والقضاء الفدرالي، وصلاحية إعلان الحرب، وتعيين السفراء.

    في الدولة الفدرالية، تصبح الدول والأقاليم الأعضاء، جزءاً لا يتجزأ من مكانة، وهيبة، وأهمية وقوة الدولة الفدرالية، نظراً للفوائد والمكتسبات التي تحققها الدول الأعضاء من خلال هذه المنظومة، وهيكلها الدستوري.

    لكن أن تكون هناك دولة مركزية، في بلد كلبنان مثلاً، لا تتجاوز مساحته الـ 10452 كلم٢، وفيه ثماني عشرة طائفة موزعة على مساحة الجغرافيا اللبنانية، كقطع الفسيفساء، ثم ينبري البعض للمطالبة بالفدرالية، انطلاقاً من خلفيات طائفية، وذهنية ضيقة، ومن وجهات نظر سياسية لها أبعادها ورهاناتها الخطيرة، على الرغم من انّ اللامركزية الإدارية الحالية في لبنان، تفعل فعلها، وتستخدم صلاحياتها، وتقوم بواجباتها من خلال المحافظات، والقائمقاميات، والبلديات، بما تتمتع به من صلاحيات، وتنفذها بأعمال ومشاريع في مجالات عديدة، تربوية، وصحية، وتنموية، وخدمية.

    لكن عندما تتحول الدولة، من دولة مركزية، الى دولة فدرالية، فهذا أمر خطير، إذ يشكل تراجعاً إلى الوراء، لأنه سيمهّد الطريق في ما بعد، لأصحاب النزعات الانفصالية والاستقلالية، التوجه للانفصال الكامل، والعمل على إنشاء كيانات جديدة هزيلة منفصلة عن الوطن الأمّ.

    وما لبنان إلا واحد من الدول في العالم العربي، الذي تفتك به التدخلات الأجنبية الخارجية لا سيما من “إسرائيل”، التي لم تتوقف عن العمل على تفكيك وتفتيت دوله. فالدولة المركزية في العراق، التي أعطت الحكم الذاتي للكرد، وانتقلت الى الدولة الفدرالية، لم تسفر غليل الكرد بحكمهم الذاتي، بل استغلوا الظروف في وقت من الأوقات، ليكشفوا عن نياتهم بالانفصال عن بغداد،

    وذلك من خلال إجراء استفتاء، أعلنوا بعده الاستقلال عن العراق، وإقامة الدولة الكردية المستقلة، وإنْ تمّ في ما بعد إحباط هذا الانفصال.

    وها هو جنوب السودان، الذي بدأ بالحكم الذاتي، وبعد ذلك بحقّ تقرير المصير، انتهى الى الانفصال الكامل عن الشمال، وإقامة جمهورية جنوب السودان، التي دعمت انفصالها القوى الغربية، ومعها “إسرائيل” التي اعترفت رسمياً وصراحة بذلك، بالإضافة الى دول الجوار السوداني.

    وما الاقتتال الداخلي اليوم في ليبيا، واليمن، والصومال، والإرهاب المفروض على سورية والعراق من قبل القوى الأجنبية المتربصة ببلداننا، إلا ليستهدف وحدة الدول، وضربها من الداخل وتقسيمها الى دويلات هزيلة لا حول ولا قوة لها، تتقاتل وتتصارع في ما بينها، لتقوّض أمن ومستقبل الجميع من دون استثناء.

    عندما تعلو اليوم أصوات مشبوهة في لبنان، تدعو إلى الفدرالية، فأيّ فدرالية يريدونها؟! هل هناك توافق لبناني عليها!؟

    يا دعاة الفدرالية! أنتم لا تريدون وطناً موحّداً، ولا دولة متماسكة، ولا إصلاحاً ولا نهضة. أنتم تريدون لبنان أن يبقى بقرة حلوباً لكم ولعائلاتكم وأزلامكم… فبعد أن جفّ ضرع لبنان، وفعلتم بحقه وحق شعبه ما فعلتموه، تنادون اليوم بالفدرالية، علها تكون بنظركم المخرج المناسب، والملاذ الآمن لكم، لحمايتكم مستقبلاً من المسؤولية والمحاسبة، على ما اقترفته أياديكم السوداء بحق اللبنانيين على مدى عقود.

    فحذار حذار من جرّ لبنان وشعبه الى الهلاك والفوضى وتفكيكه. فهذا أمر مرفوض مرفوض، وانْ كلف الحفاظ على وحدة لبنان، المزيد من التضحيات.

    اللبنانيون الذين حافظوا على الأرض، لا يمكن لهم التفريط بوحدة الدولة تحت أيّ مسمّيات كانت!

    ما نريده، هو لبنان الوحدة والمواطنية الحقيقية، لا لبنان التقسيم والفدرالية.

    نريد وطناً نهائياً لجميع أبنائه، لا وطناً تتقاسمه عائلات الإقطاعيات المناطقية المستنسخة…

    خيار اللبنانيبن الوحيد هو: إما لبنان الواحد، وإما الفدرالية من دون لبنان، وهذا أمر مرفوض ومستحيل، لأنّ قدر لبنان أن يبقى، وسيبقى…

    وزير سابق

    Is there a 6th column trying to subvert Russia?

    THE SAKER • APRIL 30, 2020 

    For those of us who followed the Russian Internet there is a highly visible phenomenon taking place which is quite startling: there are a lot of anti-Putin videos posted on YouTube or its Russian equivalents. Not only that, but a flurry of channels has recently appeared which seem to have made bashing Putin or Mishustin their full-time job. Of course, there have always been anti-Putin and anti-Medvedev videos in the past, but what makes this new wave so different from the old one is that they attack Putin and Mishustin not from pro-Western positions, but from putatively Russian patriotic positions. Even the supposed (not true) “personal advisor” to Putin and national-Bolshevik (true), Alexander Dugin has joined that movement (see here if you understand Russian).

    This is a new, interesting and complex phenomenon, and I will try to unpack it here.

    First, we have to remember that Putin was extremely successful at destroying the pro-Western opposition which, while shown on a daily basis on Russian TV, represents something in the 3-5% of the people at most. You might ask why they are so frequent on TV, and the reason is simple: the more they talk, the more they are hated.

    So far from silencing the opposition, the Kremlin not only gives it air time, it even pays opposition figures top dollars to participate in the most popular talk shows. See here and here for more details

    Truly, the reputation of the pro-Western “liberal” (in the Russian sense) opposition is now roadkill in Russia. Yes, there is a core of russophobic Russians who hate Russia with a passion (they refer to it as “Rashka”) and their hatred for everything Russian is so obvious that they are universally despised all over the country (the one big exception being Moscow where there is a much stronger “liberal” opposition which gets the support of all those who had a great time pillaging Russia in the 1990s and who now hate Putin for putting an end to their malfeasance).

    As for the Duma opposition, it is an opposition only in name. They make noises, they bitch here and there, they condemn this or that, but at the end of the day, they will not represent a credible opposition at all.

    Why?

    Well, look at this screenshot I took from a Russian polling site:

    The chart is in Russian, but it is also extremely simple to understand. On the Y axis, you see the percentage of people who “totally trust” and “mostly trust” the six politicians, in order: Putin, Mishustin, Zhirinovskii, Ziuganov, Mironov and Medvedev. The the X axis you see the time frame going from July 2019 to April 2020.

    The only thing which really matters is this: 

    in spite all the objective and subjective problems of Russia, in spite of a widely unpopular pension reform, in spite of all the western sanctions and in spite of the pandemic, Putin still sits alone in a rock-solid position: he has the overwhelming support of the Russian people. This single cause pretty much explains everything else I will be talking about today.

    As most of you probably remember, there were already several waves of anti-Putin PSYOPS in the past, but they all failed for very simple reasons:

    1. Most Russians remember the horrors of the 1990s when the pro-Western “liberals” were in power.
    2. Second, the Russian people could observe how the West put bona fide rabidly russophobic Nazis in power in Kiev. The liberals expressed a great deal of sympathy for the Ukronazi regime. Few Russians doubt that if the pro-western “liberals” got to power, they would turn Russia into something very similar to today’s Ukraine.
    3. Next, the Russians could follow, day after day, how the Ukraine imploded, went through a bloody civil war, underwent a almost total de-industrialization and ended up with a real buffoon as President (Zelenskii just appointed, I kid you not, Saakashvili as Vice Prime Minister of the Ukraine, that is all you need to know to get the full measure of what kind of clueless imbecile Zelenskii is!). Not only do the liberals blame Russia for what happened to this poor country, they openly support Zelenskii.
    4. Most (all?) of the pro-western “NGO” (I put that in quotation marks, because these putatively non-governmental organization were entirely financed by western governments, mostly US and UK) were legally forced to reveal their sources of financing and most of them got listed as “foreign agents”. Others were simply kicked out of Russia. Thus, it became impossible for the AngloZionists to trigger what appeared to be “mass protests” under these condition.
    5. There is a solid “anti-Maidan” movement in Russia (including in Moscow!) which is ready to “pounce” (politically) in case of any Maidan-like movement in Russia. I strongly suspect that the FSB has a warm if unofficial collaboration with them.
    6. The Russian internal security services (FSB, FSO, National Guard, etc.) saw a major revival under Putin and they are now not only more powerful than in the past, but also much better organized to deal with subversion. As for the armed forces are solidly behind Putin and Shoigu. While in the 1990s Russia was basically defenseless, Russia today is a very tough nut to crack for western subversion/PSYOP operations.
    7. Last, but not least, the Russian liberals are so obviously from the class Alexander Solzhenitsyn referred to as “obrazovanshchina“, a word hard to translate but which roughly means “pretend educated”: these folks have always considered themselves very superior to the vast majority of the Russian people and they simply cannot hide their contempt for the “common man” (very similar to Hillary’s “deporables”). The common man fully realizes that and, quite logically, profoundly distrusts and even hates “liberals”.

    There came a moment when the western curators of the Russian 5th column realized that calling Putin names in the western press, or publicly accusing him of being a “bloody despot” and a “KGB killer” might work with the gullible and brainwashed western audience, but it got absolutely no traction whatsoever in Russia.

    And then, somebody, somewhere (I don’t know who, or where) came up with an truly brilliant idea: accusing Putin of not being a patriot and declare that he is a puppet in the hands of the AngloZionist Empire. This was nothing short of brilliant, I have to admit that.

    First, they tried to sell the idea that Putin was about to “sell out” (or “trade”) Novorussia. One theory was that Russia would stand by and let the Ukronazis invade Novorussia. Another one was that the US and Russia would make a secret deal and “give” Syria to Putin, if he “gave” Novorussia to the Empire. Alternatively, there was the version that Russia would “give” Syria to Trump and he would “give” Novorussia to Putin. The actual narrative does not matter. What matters, A LOT, is that Putin was not presented as the “new Hitler” who would invade Poland and the Baltics, who would poison the Skripals, who would hack DNC servers and “put Trump into power”. These plain stupid fairy tales had not credibility in Russia. But Putin “selling out” Novorussia was much more credible, especially after it was clear that Russia did not allow the DNR/LNR forces to seize Mariupol.

    I remain convinced that this was the correct decision. Why? Because had the DNR/LNR forces entered Mariupol their critical supply lines would have been cut off by an envelopment maneuver by the Ukrainian forces. Yes, the DNR/LNR forces did have the power needed to take Mariupol, but then they would end up surrounded by Ukronazi forces in a “cauldron/siege” kind of situation which would then have forced Russia to openly intervene to either support these forces. That was a no brainer in military terms, but in political terms this would have been a disaster for Russia and a dream come true to the AngloZionists who could (finally!) “prove” that Russia was involved all along. The folks in the Russian General Staff are clearly much smarter than the couch-generals which were accusing Russia of treason for now letting Mariupol be liberated.

    Eventually, both the “sellout Syria” and the “sellout Novorussia” narratives lost their traction and the PSYOPS specialists in the West tried another good one: Putin became the obedient servant of Israel and, personally, Netanyahu. The arguments were very similar: Putin did not allow Syrians (or Russians) to shoot down Israeli aircraft over the Mediterranean or Lebanon, Putin did not use the famous S-400 to protect Syrian targets from Israeli strikes, and Putin did not land an airborne division in Syria to deal with the Takfiris. And nevermind here the fact that the officially declared Russian objectives in Syria were only to “stabilize the legitimate authority and create conditions for a political compromise” (see herefor details). The simple truth is that Putin never said that he would liberate each square meter of Syrian land from the Takfiris nor did he promise to defend Syria against Israel!

    Still, for a while the Internet was inundated with articles claiming that Putin and Netanyahu were closely coordinating their every step and that Putin was Israel’s chum.

    Eventually, this canard also lost a lot of credibility. After all, most folks are smart enough to realize that if Putin wanted to help Israel, all he had to do is… … well… … exactly *nothing*: the Takfiris would take Damascus and it would be “game over” for a civilized Syria and the Israelis would have a perfect pretext to intervene.

    As I have already mentioned in a past article, these were the original Israeli goals for Syria:

    1. Bring down a strong secular Arab state along with its political structure, armed forces and security services.
    2. Create total chaos and horror in Syria justifying the creation of a “security zone” by Israel not only in the Golan, but further north.
    3. Trigger a civil war in Lebanon by unleashing the Takfiri crazies against Hezbollah.
    4. Let the Takfiris and Hezbollah bleed each other to death, then create a “security zone”, but this time in Lebanon.
    5. Prevent the creation of a Shia axis Iran-Iraq-Syria-Lebanon.
    6. Breakup Syria along ethnic and religious lines.
    7. Create a Kurdistan which could then be used against Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran.
    8. Make it possible for Israel to become the uncontested power broker in the Middle-East and forces the KSA, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and all others to have to go to Israel for any gas or oil pipeline project.
    9. Gradually isolate, threaten, subvert and eventually attack Iran with a wide regional coalition of forces.
    10. Eliminate all center of Shia power in the Middle-East.

    It is quite easy nowadays to prove the two following theses:

    1) Israel dismally failed to achieve ANY of the above set goals and

    2) the Russian intervention is the one single most important factor which prevented Israel from achieving these goals (the 2nd most important one was the heroic support given by Iran and Hezbollah who, quite literally, “saved the day”, especially during the early phases of the Russian intervention. Only an ignorant or dishonest person could seriously claim that Russia and Israel are working together when Russia, in reality, completely defeated Israel in Syria.

    Still, while the first PSYOP (Putin the new Hitler) failed, and while the second PSYOP (Putin the sellout) also failed, the PSYOP specialists in the West came up with a much more potentially dangerous and effective PSYOP operation.

    But first, they did something truly brilliant: they realized that their best allies in Russia would not be the (frankly, clueless) “liberals” but that they would find a much more powerful “ally” in those nostalgic of the Soviet Union. This I have to explain in some detail.

    First, there is one thing human psychology which I have observed all my life: we tend to remember the good and forget the bad. Today, most of what I remember from boot-camp (and even “survival week”) sounds like fun times. The truth is that while in boot camp I hated almost every day. In a similar way, a lot of Russian have developed a kind of nostalgia for the Soviet era. I can understand that. After all, during the 50s the USSR achieved a truly miraculous rebirth, then in the 60s and 70s there were a lot of true triumphs. Finally, even in the hated 80s the USSR did achieve absolutely spectacular things (in science, technology, etc.). This is all true. What is often forgotten is that at the same time, the Soviet society was oppressive, the corrupt and geriatric CPSU ran everything and was mostly hated, the Russian people were afraid of the KGB and could not enjoy the freedoms folks in the US or Europe had. In truth, it was a mixed bag, but it is easy to remember only the good stuff.

    Furthermore, a lot of folks who had high positions during the Soviet era did lose it all. And now that Russia is objectively undergoing various difficult trials, these folks have “smelled blood” and they clearly hope that by some miracle Putin will be overthrown. He won’t, if only for the following very basic reasons:

    1. The kind of state apparatus which protects Putin today can easily deal with this new, pseudo (I will explain below why I say “pseudo”) patriotic opposition.
    2. In the ranks of this opposition there is absolutely no credible leader (remember the chart above!)
    3. This opposition mostly complains, but offers no real solutions.

    The core of this opposition is formed of Communists and Communist sympathizers who absolutely hate Putin for his (quite outspoken) anti-Communism. Let’s call them “new Communists” or “Neo-Communists”. And here is what makes them much more dangerous than the “liberal” opposition: the Neo-Communists are often absolutely right.

    The (in my opinion) sad reality is that, for all his immense qualities, Putin is indeed a liberal, at least an economic sense. This manifests itself in two very different ways:

    1. Putin has still not removed all of the 5th columnists (aka “Atlantic Integrationists” aka “Washington consensus” types) from power. Yes, he did ditch Medvedev, but others (Nabiulina, Siluanov, etc.) are still there.
    2. Putin inherited a very bad system where almost all they key actors were 5th columnists. Not just a few (in)famous individuals, but an entire CLASS (in a Marxist sense of the term) of people who hate anything “social” and who support “liberal” ideas just so they can fill their pockets.

    Here is the paradox: the USSR died in 1991-1993, Putin is an anti-Communist, but there STILL is a (Soviet-style) Nomenklatura in Russia, except for now they are often referred to as “oligarchs” (which is incorrect because, say, the Ukrainian oligarch truly decide the fate of the nation whereas this new Russian Nomenklatura does not decide the fate of Russia as a whole, but they have a major influence in the financial sector, which is what they care mostly about).

    So we have something of a, maybe not quite “perfect”, but still very dangerous storm looming over Russia. How? Consider this:

    Under Putin the Russian foreign policy has been such a success that even the Russian liberals, very reluctantly, admit that he did a pretty good job. However, the internal, many financial, policies of Russia have been a disaster. Just one example, the fact that the major Russian banks are bloated with their immense revenues, did not prevent millions of Russians from living in poverty and many hundreds of thousands of Russian small/family businesses of going under due to the very high interest rates.

    One key problem in Russia is that both the Central Bank and the major commercial banks only care about their profits. What Russia truly needs is a state-owed DEVELOPMENT bank whose goal would not be millions and billions for the few, but making it possible for the creativity of the Russian people to truly blossom. Today, we see the exact opposite in Russia.

    So what is my beef with this social ( if not quite “Socialist”) opposition?

    They are so focused on their narrow complaints that they completely miss the big picture. Let me explain.

    First, Russia has been in a state of war against the US+EU+NATO since at least 2015. Yes, this war is 80% informational, 15% economic and only 5% kinetic. But it is a very real war nonetheless. The key characteristic of a real war is that victory is only achieved by one side, the other is fully defeated. Which means that the war between the AngloZionist Empire is an existential one: one party will win and survive, the other one will disappear and will be replaced with a qualitatively new polity/society. The Neo-Communist Russian opposition steadfastly pretends like there is no war, like all the losses (economic and human) are only the result of corruption and incompetence. They forget that during the last war between Russia and the “United West” German tanks were at the outskirts of Moscow.

    Well, of course they know that. But they pretend not to. And this is why I think of them as the 6th column (as opposed to the 5th, openly “liberal” and pro-Western one).

    Second, while this opposition is, in my opinion, absolutely correct in deploring Putin’s apparent belief that following the advice of what I would call “IMF types” is safer than following recommendations of what could be loosely called “opposition economists” (here I think of Glaziev, whose views I personally fully support), they fail to realize the risks involved in crushing the “IMF types”. The sad truth is that Russian banks are very powerful and that in many ways, the state cannot afford totally alienating them. Right now the banks support Putin only because he supports them. But if Putin decided to follow the advice of, say, Glaziev and his supporters, the Russian bankers would react with a “total war” against Putin.

    If you study Russian history, you will soon realize that Russia did superbly with military enemies, did very averagely with diplomatic efforts (which often negated military victories) and did terribly with what we could call the “internal opposition”.

    So let me repeat it here: I do not consider NATO or the US as credible military threats to Russia, unless they decide to use nuclear weapons, at which point both Russia and the West would suffer terribly. But even in this scenario, Russia would prevail (Russia has a 10-15 year advantage against the US in both civilian and military nuclear technologies and the Russian society is far more survivable one – if this topic is of interest to you, just read Dmitry Orlov’s books who explains it all better than I ever could). I have always, and still do, consider that the real danger for Putin and those who share his views is the internal, often “insider”, opposition in Russia. They were always the ones to present the biggest threat to any Russian ruler, from the Czars to Stalin.

    This new Neo-Communist 6th column is, however, a much more dangerous threat to the future of Russia than the pro-western 5th columnists. Some of their tactics are extremely devious. For example, one of the things you hear most often from these folks is this: “unless Putin does X, Y or Z, there is a risk of a bloody revolution”. Having listened to many tens of their videos, I can tell you with total security that far from fearing a bloody revolution, these folks in reality dream of such a revolution.

    ”Too often in our history we have seen that instead of an opposition to the government we are confronted with an opposition to Russia herself. And we know how this ends: with the destruction of the state as such”.

    ”Too often in our history we have seen that instead of an opposition to the government we are confronted with an opposition to Russia herself. And we know how this ends: with the destruction of the state as such”.

    Now, if you think as a true patriot of Russia, you have to realize that Russia suffered from not one, but two, truly horrible revolutions: in 1917 and 1991. In each case the consequences of these revolutions (irrespective of how justified they might have appeared at the time) were absolutely horrible: both in 1917 and in 1991 Russia almost completely vanished as a country, and millions suffered terribly. I now hold is as axiomatic that nothing would be worse for Russia than *any* revolution, no matter what ideology feeds it or how bad the “regime in power” might appear to be.

    Putin is acutely aware of that (see image).

    These Neo-Communists would very much disagree with me.

    They “warn” about a revolution, while in reality trying to create the conditions for one.

    Now let me be clear: I am absolutely convinced that NO revolution (Neo-Communist or other) is possible in Russia. More accurately, while I do believe that an attempt for a revolution could happen, I believe that any coup/revolution against Putin is bound to fail. Why? The graphic above.

    Even if by some (horrible) miracle, it was possible to defeat/neutralize the combined power of the FSB+FSO+National Guard+Armed forces (which I find impossible), this “success” would be limited to Moscow or, at most, the Moscow Oblast. Beyond that it is all “Putin territory”. In terms of firepower, the Moscow Oblast has a lot of first-rate units, but it does not even come close to what the “rest of Russia” could engage (just the 58th Army in the south would be unstoppable). But even that is not truly crucial. The truly crucial thing following any coup/revolution would be the 70%+ of Russian people who, for the first time in centuries, truly believe that Putin stands for their interest and that he is “their man”. These people will never accept any illegal attempt to remove Putin from power. That is the key reason why no successful revolution is currently possible in Russia.

    But while any revolution/coup would be bound to fail, it could very much result in a bloodbath way bigger than what happened in 1993 (where the military was mostly not engaged in the events).

    Now lets add it all up.

    There is a very vocal internal opposition to Putin in Russia which is most unlikely to ever get real popular support, but which could possibly unite enough of the nostalgics of the Soviet era to create a real crisis.

    This internal opposition clearly and objectively weakens the authority/reputation of Putin, which has been main goal of the western “alphabet soup” ever since Putin came to power.

    This internal opposition, being mostly nostalgics of the Soviet era, will get no official support from the West, but it will enjoy a maximal covert support from the western “alphabet soup”.

    Finally, this Neo-Communist opposition will never seize power, but it might create a very real internal political crisis which will very much weaken Putin and the Eurasian Sovereignists.

    So what is the solution?

    Putin needs to preempt any civil unrest. Removing Medvedev and replacing him by Mishustin was the correct move, but it was also too little too late. Frankly, I believe that it is high time for Putin to finally openly break with the “Washington consensus types” and listen to Glaziev who, at least, is no Communist.

    Russia has always been a collectivistic society, and she needs to stop apologizing (even just mentally) for this. Instead, she should openly and fully embrace her collectivistic culture and traditions and show the “Washington consensus” types to the door.

    Yes, the Moscow elites will be furious, but it is also high time to tell these folks that they don’t own Russia, and that while they could make a killing prostituting themselves to the Empire, most Russian don’t want to do that.

    The bottom line is this: Putin represents something very unique and very precious: he is a true Russian patriot, but he is not one nostalgic for the days of the Soviet Union. Right now, he is the only (or one of very few) Russian politician which can claim this quality. He needs to preempt the crisis which the Neo-Communists could trigger not by silencing them, but by realizing that on some issues the Russian people do, in fact, agree with them (even if they are not willing to call for a revolution).

    Does that sound complicated or even convoluted? If it does, it is because it is. But for all the nuances we can discern a bottom line: it is not worth prevailing (or even failing) if that weakens/threatens Russia. Right now, the Neo-Communist opposition is, objectively, a threat to the stability and prosperity of Russia. That does NOT, however, mean that these folks are always wrong. They often are spot on, 100% correct.

    Putin needs to prove them wrong by listening to them and do the right thing.

    Difficult? Yes. Doable? Yes. Therefore he has to do it.

    IRAQ FACING A GREAT US THREAT: CHINA, AL-HASHD AND IRAN OUT, OR ELSE! … (2/2)

    By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai

    No country could fail to be shaken by the kind of profound struggle between all its political groups that currently prevails in Iraq. The US does not need to make any great effort to sow discord between the parties because they are currently intrinsically fragmented. The removal of Major General Qassim Suleimani from the Iraqi scene– whose personal objective had been to bring the various political parties together – was a major event, but not a game-changer. It did not profoundly modify the Iraqi political scene because he had already failed, two months before his assassination by the US, to persuade the parties to agree on a single Prime Ministerial candidate, following the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi. Iraqi politicians put their differences above all else in order to protect their political influences, unmoved by the patriotic duty for unity in the light of the serious challenges facing their country.

    Prime Minister Abdul-Mahdi was not mistaken when he once told me: “We do not know how to rule. We are good at opposing the ruler.” No ruler in Iraq will be able to get the country out of its current severe financial crisis, the political acrimony, and COVID-19 health crisis, because the financial means are lacking. The pressure from the street, where protestors were demanding improved living conditions, will return stronger than ever. The low price of crude oil is undermining Iraq’s yearly income. The state’s budget deficit is skyrocketing; its external debts are persistent and its need for help from the World Bank, which is under US control, is greater than ever. America will not provide financial assistance until its demands are fulfilled and Iranian influence is removed from Iraq.

    America rejects Iraq’s balancing policy. Iraq considers its relationship with the US only as important as its relationship with neighbouring Iran. Washington wants Iraq for itself, adopting one principle: “after me, the great flood” (après moi le deluge) an expression said to be often used by Louis XV of France to indicate that he is the centre of attention, no other consideration matter but his own self-obsession and that any other considerations are irrelevant.

    The US is supporting Iraqi Kurdistan by expanding its “Harir” military base and establishing another large military base on the border with Iran. The message to Baghdad seems blunt: US forces will remain in the face of resistance from those parts of Iraq more subject to Baghdad’s authority. In Kurdistan, the central government authority is not as effective as in other parts of the country. The US supports the Kurdish Peshmerga and arms them through its allies, the United Arab Emirates, who are providing the Kurdish armed men with weaponry: four cargos full of weapons landed recently in Erbil. 

    It is not excluded, if Trump remains in power, that his administration will help the Kurdistan region detach itself from Iraq, as it may also support a Kurdish secession attempt in north-eastern Syria. In the part of Syria, the US is occupying with Kurdish help, US forces are stealing Syrian crude oil- even if its price is no longer sufficient to pay the expenses of the troops deployed around it- indicating that there is another reason for their presence, related to the US ally, Israel. 

    Iraqi protestors refer to the United States as the “Joker,” a powerful force exerting influence on events in Iraq, often covertly. This influence was evident in last year’s demonstrations, but most conspicuously in the Kurdistan independence movement. Kurdish officials already rejected the binding constitutional decision of the Iraqi parliament – in a clear rebellion against the authority of Baghdad –which demanded the US withdrawal from Iraq.

    Iraqi decision-makers in Baghdad believe that US President Donald Trump acts only in accordance with his own country’s interests. He thanked Adel Abdul-Mahdi for his protection of the US embassy because it was attacked in Baghdad. The US President sent a positive message to Iran through Abdul-Mahdi and then, a few days later, killed the Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. The US administration is also working for Israel’s interests in Iraq – and not according to the “declared” interest of the US in building a strong and friendly Iraq-US relationship. 

    Trump did not listen to his protests when Abdul-Mahdi called him personally and told him that US actions in attacking security forces were angering the Iraqis and that any unilateral action would have catastrophic consequences for everyone. Rather, Trump listened to his aides who consider the Middle East leaders as subordinates, not allies. This US condescension serves the interests of Iran, which knows how to benefit from American mistakes, said the sources.

    There is no doubt that Iraq is facing a crisis, with severe domestic bickering adding to the difficult economic and sanitary situation affecting all countries. But the greatest danger to the country comes from the Trump administration, which can only imagine subduing states by force. The US will certainly end up “reaping the whirlwind” rather than gaining a robust alliance with Iraq.

    There is no doubt that Iraq is experiencing difficult labour in the midst of severe domestic bickering, plus the difficult economic and sanitary situation affecting all countries. But even more dangerous is the fact that Iraq is in the eye of the storm, pulled off course by the winds of Trump, who can only imagine subduing states by force. The US will certainly end up “reaping the whirlwind” rather than gaining any kind of robust allies.

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