Iran To Help Syria With Air Defense To Repel US, Israeli Attacks

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Iran will help to strengthen Syrian air defense capabilities as part of a wider military security agreement between the two countries, Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri said on July 8. The statement was made after the signing of a new military cooperation agreement in Damascus.

The agreement provides for the expansion of military and security cooperation and the continuation of coordination between the Armed Forces of the two countries. Major General Baqeri said that the signed deal “increases our will to work together in the face of US pressure.”

“If the American administrations had been able to subjugate Syria, Iran and the axis of resistance, they would not have hesitated for a moment,” he said.

The major general emphasized that Israel is a “powerful partner” of the US in the war against Syria, claiming that terrorist groups constituted part of the Israeli aggression.

In their turn, the United States and Israel insist that Iran and Hezbollah are responsible for the destabilization of Syria and prepare what they call ‘terrorist attacks’ against the US and Israel. In the framework of this approach, Israel, with direct and indirect help from the US, regularly conducts strikes on various supposedly ‘Iranian targets’ across Syria. Often these strikes concur with large-scale attacks of al-Qaeda-linked groups and ISIS on positions of the Syrian Army and its allies. One of the main points of Israeli concern is the growing military infrastructure of pro-Iranian forces near al-Bukamal, on the Syrian-Iraqi border. Therefore, the announced move by Iran to boost Syrian air defenses, including possible deployment of additional air defense systems, is a logical step for them to take to protect their own interests.

Clashes between the Syrian Army and Turkish-backed militants were ongoing in western Aleppo late on July 8 and early on July 9. According to pro-militant sources, the army destroyed at least one bulldozer and killed 2 members of the National Front for Liberation. Turkish proxies insist that their mortar strikes on army positions also led to casualties.

In southern Idlib, the Syrian Army shelled positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham near Ruwaihah after the terrorist group sent additional reinforcements there under the cover of the ceasefire regime. On the morning of July 9th, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham units continued their deployment in the area. Since the signing of the March 5 ceasefire agreement between Turkey and Russia, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham has been openly working to strengthen its positions in southern Idlib. Despite the successes in the conducting of joint Russian-Turkish patrols along the M4 highway, which even reached Jisr al-Shughur, the highway itself and the agreed security zone area along it in fact remain in the hands of Idlib militants.

Pro-ISIS sources claimed that the terrorist group’s cells have ambushed a unit of pro-government forces in the Homs-Deir Ezzor desert destroying at least one vehicle. These claims have yet to be confirmed. However, the situation in central Syria has recently deteriorated due to the increase in ISIS attacks and government forces are now conducting active security operations there.

‘We expect a Turkish attack at any time’: Libyan Army

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army spokesman, Ahmed Al-Mismari, said at a press conference this week that his forces are prepared for any provocation by the Turkish forces, especially near the city of Sirte.

Turkey and the GNA are expected to launch a big attack to capture Sirte and Al-Jafra in the coming day,s despite warnings from Egypt and the Libyan National Army.

On Thursday, the Egyptian Armed Forces launched a powerful exercise along the Libyan border that showcased their air, sea, and land strength.

Last month, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi warned the GNA and Turkey that his country will not idly by as they attempt to capture the city of Sirte and nearby Al-Jafra.

Sisi declared Sirte and Al-Jafra as a “red line” for Egypt, pointing out that his country has the “international legitimacy” to intervene in neighboring Libya.

«الإسرائيليون»: قنبلة نوويّة إيرانيّة خلال أشهر ولا نريد الحرب مع حزب الله…!

محمد صادق الحسيني

في تقرير هامّ وخطير يكشف العقل الباطني الإسرائيلي تجاه الأحداث المتسارعة في المنطقة رئيس الموساد الإسرائيلي السابق يضعه في كتاب سيرى النور قريباً اليكم أهم ما جاء فيه لأهميته :

نشر الموقع الالكتروني لصحيفة “ذي تايمز أوف إسرائيل”، يوم 8/7/2020، مقابلة موسعة مع رئيس الموساد السابق، من سنة 1989 حتى 1996، شابتاي شافيط، أجراها معه الصحافي الإسرائيلي ديفيد هوروڤيتس ، بمناسبة قرب نشر كتابه في شهر ايلول المقبل.

واهمّ ما جاء في المقابلة هو التالي :

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رغم ان عملية السلام (العربي الإسرائيلي) لم تكن ترق لرئيس الوزراء الإسرائيلي، اسحق رابين، الا انه كان ينوي الاستمرار في عملية السلام، مع الفلسطينيين ومع سورية، رغم التعثر الذي كانت تشهده.

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بعد لقاء الرئيس السوري، حافظ الاسد، مع الرئيس الاميركي، بيل كلينتون، في جنيف في شهر 1/1994، استدعاني رئيس الوزراء، اسحق رابين، وقال لي إنه، وعلى الرغم من تلقيه الكثير من المعلومات حول الموضوع، الا انه لا زال غير قادر على تقييم موقف الرئيس السوري، حافظ الأسد، وما حجم التنازلات التي لديه استعداد أن يقدمها (في مقابل السلام). وقد طلب مني التوجه الى ملك المغرب، الحسن الثاني، والطلب منه ان يحاول جسّ نبض الرئيس الأسد في هذا الخصوص. وقد ذهبت الى المغرب فعلاً، وقابلت الملك الحسن الثاني وأطلعته على الموضوع. وقد قام بدوره بتكليف رئيس جهاز المخابرات المغربية آنذاك، عبد اللطيف الحموشي، الذهاب الى سورية ومقابلة الرئيس الاسد لاستطلاع موقفه من موضوع التنازلات. وعندما قام المبعوث المغربي بطرح الموضوع على الرئيس السوري، بصورة غير مباشرة وبطريقة لا توحي بأن رابين هو مَن يريد سبر موقفه، قال له الأسد إنه يريد وضع قدميه في بحيرة طبريا. وهذا ما جعله (الحموشي) يستنتج بأن الرئيس السوري ليس على استعداد لتقديم تنازلات. وقدم رئيس جهاز المخابرات المغربي لطرفي وأبلغني بذلك.

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أن كل ما يقوم به نتنياهو، في الداخل والخارج، بما في ذلك موضوع صفقة القرن وضم الضفة الغربية وأزمة الكورونا وغير ذلك، انما يستخدمه لهدف واحد، يتمثل في حماية نفسه من القضاء / المحاكمة / وهو لا يفكر إطلاقاً بمصلحة “إسرائيل” (بمعنى انه لا ينطلق من مصلحة إسرائيل).

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بعد انتخابه رئيسًا للوزراء، سنة 1996، طلب مني نتنياهو ان اعمل معه وان اتولى ملف إيران. فوافقت شرط ان تكون رسالة التكليف موقعة منه ومن وزير الدفاع، كي توفر لي غطاءً في السيطرة على جميع الأجهزة الأمنية الإسرائيلية، الموساد والشاباك وأمان / وزارة الدفاع ولجنة الشؤون النووية. لكن نتنياهو رفض أن يشاركه وزير الدفاع التوقيع على رسالة التكليف واعتبر فذلك انتقاصاً من مقامه، وهو ما أدى الى فشل العملية. وقد أراد نتنياهو من وراء ذلك اظهار نفسه كالمنقذ الوحيد وكي يقول للناس إنه الوحيد الذي يقوم بحمايتهم.

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إن أولى اولويات نتنياهو هي الهروب من المحاكمة… فبعد طرح مشروع ترامب، الذي يسمى صفقة العصر، اعتبر نتنياهو ان هذا المشروع مخصص لبيبي (بنيامين نتنياهو) وليس لدولة “إسرائيل”، اذ انه لم يتشاور، حتى الآن، لا مع وزارة الدفاع ولا مع وزارة الخارجية، ولم يطلع أي أحد على الخرائط المتعلقة بالمشروع.

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إن بالإمكان قول أي شيء عن نتنياهو، الا انه ليس غبياً.. فباستطاعته تقييم المواقف بشكل أفضل من الآخرين… وضعنا السياسي مهلهل… اذ يمكن ان تسقط الحكومة في اي لحظة… الاقتصاد في أسوأ أحواله… وضعنا في العالم، ما عدا الولايات المتحدة، هو أسوأ وضع منذ عقود…

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في شهر نوفمبر المقبل ستجري الانتخابات الرئاسية الأميركية، التي يتوقع ان يفوز فيها المرشح جو بايدن، وهو يقول لنتنياهو: معي (في عهدي) لا يوجد ضمّ. ونتنياهو يعرف ذلك ويبحث عن مخرج وعن جهة ما يحملها مسؤولية ذلك (فشل موضوع الضم).

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وحول سؤال عن أن إيران ستعلن نفسها قوةً نووية، في وقت ما، أجاب شافيت بالقول: إنني أتكلم الآن كرجل استخبارات، يجمع المعلومات ويقيمها ويرفعها لرئيسه مع التوصيات، وعليه فإنني انطلق دائماً من أسوأ السيناريوهات… المتمثل في أن الإيرانيين لن يتراجعوا عن هدفهم وأن يصروا على امتلاك قدرات تسليحيةٍ نووية، فإنني أرى أنه ليس من الضروري، او المؤكد، ان يستند موقفهم دائماً الى انهم يريدون امتلاك القنبلة من أجل إلقائها على تل أبيب، وانما اعتقد ان منطقهم يرتكز الى انهم يريدون القول بان أحداً لن يكون قادراً على ارتكاب اي أخطاء تجاههم عندما يمتلكون القنبلة (هو استخدم تعبيراً بالانجليزية. تماماً كما حصل مع كوريا الشمالية. فعلى الرغم من استمرار المفاوضات فإن كوريا احتفظت بسلاحها النووي وتعمل على تطوير تكنولوجيا جديدة.

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وعندما يتحدث الإيرانيون عن امتلاك المناعة (بمعنى الردع او ان يكونون محصنين) فإنهم لا يقصدون “إسرائيل” فقط وإنما يقصدون الولايات المتحدة وتركيا والعراق أيضاً. فهم لا يمكنهم ان ينسوا حرب الثماني سنوات. اما من ناحية تركيا، فعلى الرغم من الزيارات المتبادلة فإن هناك تنافساً إيرانياً تركياً على الشرق الاوسط وبامتلاك إيران للسلاح النووي فإنها ستوجه ضربةً للنفوذ / الدور التركي (هذا ما يعتبره رئيس الموساد مناعة ضد تركيا… تضييق هامش المناورة عليها في مقابل توسيع هامش المناورة الإيراني).

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كما أن هناك “إسرائيل” ايضاً، فأنا لست ممن يقولون بأن إيران ستقصف “إسرائيل” بسلاح نووي، حال امتلاكها القنبلة، ولكنني اقول بان الدولة التي تملك القنبلة يصبح بإمكانها اقامة كل انواع التحالفات، لتوسيع نفوذها وحماية مصالحها. إن امتلاك إيران للقنبلة يوسع تأثيرها ويغير وضعها في الإقليم وفي العالم.

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اتفاقية 2015 (يقصد الاتفاق النووي بين إيران ودول الـ 5 +1) أعطتنا 15 عاماً من الزمن (لتأخير البرنامج النووي الإيراني) بينما انسحاب ترامب منها قد جعل إيران تمتلك ما يكفي، من اليورانيوم المخصب، لصناعة قنبلةٍ نووية خلال أشهر. وفي حال اعلنت إيران عن امتلاكها القنبلة النووية فان علينا ان نجد طريقةً لردعها. لكن هذا الردع لن يكون باستخدام السلاح النووي ضدها، وذلك لان من غير الممكن ان نكون ثاني دولة تستخدم السلاح النووي بعد هيروشيما، وانما بإيجاد طريقة ردع حقيقية، وان نضمن امتلاكنا للقدرات التي تمكننا ان نقول للإيرانيين: اذا ما فقدتم عقلكم، وقررتم استعمال القنبلة ضدنا، فعليكم أن تضعوا في حسبانكم أن إيران لن تبقى موجودة )، وان الثمن الذي ستدفعونه، في حال استخدمتم القنبلة ضدنا، سيكون باهظاً.

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إذا أعيد انتخاب ترامب فإن ذلك سيكون بمثابة كارثة على أميركا وعلى العالم الحر أجمع… انني ضابط استخبارات ويمكنني ان اكون مثالياً، لكن المثاليات لا مكان لها في تقييماتي. لذا فإنني براغماتي وهذا ينبع من طبيعة مهنتي…. (قال ذلك في معرض رده على سؤال للصحافي حول الصورة القاتمة التي رسمها في كتابه عندما انتقد كلاً من أوباما وترامب على حدٍ سواء).

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وتابع، عائداً الى سياق الردع الذي تحدث عنه تجاه إيران، تابع قائلاً: يجب تطبيق نفس استراتيجية الردع أعلاه ضد حزب الله ايضاً. نحن لا نريد ان نبدأ (الحرب) ولكن اذا، لا سمح الله، بدأ (الحزب) بإطلاق عشرات الصواريخ ( فعلينا التقدم داخل جنوب لبنان وتسويته بالأرض.

هكذا يجب أن تكون استراتيجيتنا: اولاً الردع واذا لم يفد الردع، فالضرب بلا رحمة.

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وحول سؤال، عن احتمالات تطور علاقة “إسرائيل” مع إيران، أجاب شافيط بالقول :

هناك احتمالان :

الاول: أن تحدث انتفاضة شعبية تطيح النظام. ولكن هذا الاحتمال ضئيل.

الثاني: ان يستولي الحرس الثوري على السلطة وأن يبعد رجال الدين عنها. وهذا الاحتمال الذي أُرجِحَهُ.

وعندما سأله الصحافي عن تداعيات تطور كهذا، أجاب بالقول :

الأخبار الجيدة هي انه سيكون بالإمكان التحاور مع أناس براغماتيين وعقلانيين.
أما الأخبار السيئة فهي أن تؤثر السلطة على عقولهم وتدفعهم الى اتخاذ قرارات ليست مريحة او مزعجة.
ويمكرون ويمكر الله والله خير الماكرين.

بعدنا طيبين قولوا الله.

TURKEY HAS 37 ‘MILITARY POINTS’ IN NORTHERN IRAQ (MAP UPDATE)

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Turkey Has 37 'Military Points' In Northern Iraq (Map Update)

On July 6, the Republic of Turkey Directorate of Communications released a map of the military situation in northern Iraq revealing that Turkey has establsihed 37 “military points” in border areas of the Kurdistan Region and inside the cities of Erbil, Duhok, Zakho and Soran.

The map showcases the growing Turksih military presence in multiple locations, spreading across the Iraq-Turkey and Iraq-Iran border areas. The Turkish army also keeps a military base in Bashiqa, in the disputed province of Nineveh, despite multiple calls from Baghdad to withdraw from the area. With the recent start of a new phase of Turkey’s fight against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, its military presence there is expected to grow even further.

It’s interesting to note that later the Republic of Turkey Directorate of Communications decided to remove its post with the abovementioned map. Likely, Ankara decided to not promote in media locations of its new military positions in the country.

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EGYPT SENDS WARNING TO TURKEY BY LAUNCHING DRILLS NEAR LIBYA (MAP UPDATE)

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Egypt Sends Warning To Turkey By Launching Drills Near Libya (Map Update)

On July 9, the Egyptian Armed Forces started military drills near the Libyan border. The land part of the drills, codenamed Resolve 2020, took place in the northwestern district of Qabr Gabis.

The Egyptian military exercise followed the announcement of own naval drills off the Libyan coast by Turkey. The Turkish drills, called “Naftex”, will reportedly take place off the Libyan coast in three different regions: Barbaros, Turgutreis and Chaka Bey.


Egyptian media already described the Egyptian drills are a message to Turkey, which has been steadily increasing its involvement in the conflict.

70 Years Of NATO: Is It A High Time To Retire?

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70 Years Of NATO: Is It A High Time To Retire?

NATO is a military and political alliance, a security community that unites the largest number of States on both sides of the North Atlantic. During its existence, NATO has expanded 2.5 times. It accounts for 70% of global military spending. It is rightfully considered the most powerful military association of States in the entire history of mankind in terms of combined armed power and political influence. The fact that this year NATO turned 70 years old, which is more than the independent existence of some of its member States, proves an incredible success of this project. However, while the Alliance has successfully resisted external enemies in its history, today it is experiencing significant internal divisions that threaten its existence more than ever.

The founding date of NATO is April 4, 1949, the day 12 countries signed the Washington Treaty. NATO became a “transatlantic forum” for allied countries to consult on issues that affect the vital interests of participating countries. The organization’s primary goal was to deter any form of aggression against the territory of any member state, as well as to protect against these threats. The principle of collective defense, enshrined in article 5 of the Washington Treaty, implies that if one NATO member state is the victim of an armed attack, all other member States of the Alliance will consider this act of violence an armed attack on all NATO countries and will take actions that the organization deems necessary. At the end of the 20th century, the real threat to the West was the Soviet Union.

70 Years Of NATO: Is It A High Time To Retire?

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the question arose about the existence of NATO, as an Alliance created to protect against the Soviet threat. The disappearance of the external threat has led to a process of transformation that has been going on for 30 years. Each stage of transformation is directly related to the adaptation of the Alliance to certain changes taking place in the international arena and affecting the stability of the security system in the Euro-Atlantic and the world as a whole. In addition to the collapse of the Soviet Union, one of the key events that affected the development of the Alliance was the terrorist attack of 11.09.2001, which actually allowed the Alliance to be preserved, since then there was a common external threat to the member countries.

Traditionally, NATO’s transformations are considered in the following three areas: geographical changes, political transformations, and processes in the military-technical sphere.

Important political transformations are manifested in adapting to changes in the international arena, which are represented primarily by the disappearance of block opposition. The Alliance remains committed to the principle of collective defense, as set out in article 5 of the Washington Treaty. The main command structures also remain the same. The main transformations are expressed in the form of declarations of new NATO functions: maintaining peace and stability not only on the territory of the member States, but also outside the area of responsibility of the Alliance. The operations carried out in these territories are aimed at maintaining local and regional stability, eliminating ethnic and religious conflicts, maintaining respect for human rights and various national minorities, and, most importantly, fighting international terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

The “new NATO” is being transformed from a regional organization into a guarantor of global stability, taking responsibility for stability in regions outside its own territories and in situations not covered by article 5 of the Washington Treaty. Assuming global responsibility, NATO is forced to maintain the necessary level of military power, participate in collective planning for the organization of nuclear forces and their deployment on its own territories. New threats encourage NATO to expand geographically.

The expansion of NATO, which implies the inclusion of former members of the Warsaw Pact And the full-scale advance of military infrastructure to the East, represents a change in geography.

Changes in the military-technical sphere imply a General reduction of the Alliance’s collective military forces, their relocation, etc. The main form of transformation of the armed forces was the transition from ” heavy ” military associations to more flexible and maneuverable groups in order to increase their effectiveness in the fight against new threats. The beginning of the economic crisis in autumn 2008 revealed the urgent need for reforms. Member States were forced to reduce their military budgets, which meant abandoning programs involving the development and purchase of precision weapons. In 2010 the plan of the NATO Secretary-General A. Rasmussen’s plan to optimize the budget, and in 2012, the Chicago summit adopted the “smart defense package”, which implies a parallel reduction of funds and increased efficiency.

However, despite all the reforms carried out within the Alliance, today the new missions do not have the same clarity as during the cold war. Options for the purpose of NATO’s existence after the collapse of the USSR vary: the fight against terrorism, assistance in the spread of democracy, nation-building, “world police”, the fight against “soft threats”, the fight against a resurgent Russia. But the main problem of the Organization is that none of the options is universal for all member countries. None of the considered “enemies” unites NATO.

After various stages of transformation, NATO turned out that the condition for its perfect functioning was precisely the situation of structured confrontation. The current unstructured confrontation, which implies that all member countries have different primary threats, makes it meaningless to have a cumbersome and generally rather inert organization.

70 Years Of NATO: Is It A High Time To Retire?
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In 2014, NATO had another opportunity to create a common external enemy, the role of which was approached by Russia. The summit held in Wales in 2014 radically changed the agenda of the entire Alliance. The main topic of discussion was the Ukrainian crisis, which led to the conclusion about the need to contain Russia. The final Declaration of the summit notes that ” Russia’s aggressive actions against Ukraine have fundamentally called into question the vision of a whole, free and peaceful Europe”. “The illegal self-proclaimed annexation of Crimea and Russia’s aggressive actions in other regions of Ukraine” were highlighted as special threats among the spread of violence and extremist groups in North Africa and the Middle East.

The appearance of a ” dangerous external enemy ” entailed not only political transformations. There have also been reforms in the military sphere of NATO. Among the new security challenges were “hybrid wars”, that is, military actions involving an expanded range of military and civilian measures of an open or hidden nature. The adopted Action Plan, which includes the concept of “hybrid war”, was primarily aimed at countering the tactics of warfare used by Russia. Thus, a number of measures included in the Declaration were directed against Russia.

NATO was forced to return to the role of a guarantor against severe security threats, which significantly increased costs for the organization. At the 2016 NATO Warsaw summit, it was decided to further deploy 4 battalion tactical groups to existing military bases in Poland and the Baltic States. In addition, more than 550 tanks and an armored unit of the United States have been transferred to the region. These units are deployed on a rotational basis, which does not contradict the NATO-Russia Founding act of 1997. In the Declaration of the 2018 Brussels NATO summit it is recorded that the “enhanced presence in the forward area” of tactical groups includes a total of 4,500 military personnel, which is approximately equal to one brigade.

70 Years Of NATO: Is It A High Time To Retire?
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At the same time, it is clear that Russia does not pose a real threat to NATO. Real foreign policy practice proves that Russia will not threaten Western countries in the next 50 years. The only point of instability today is the Ukrainian conflict, which had no preconditions until 2014, and was in turn artificially created by the American establishment in partnership with Brussels. Russia, for its part, even in this conflict does not seek to expand its influence, and also observes the Minsk agreements that are unfavorable to It.

“The main reason why the United States has assumed the role of arbiter of the fate of Ukraine and its citizens is the allegedly increasing threat from Russia not only to Kiev, but also to Europe and the rest of the world. And this is despite the fact that it was with the help of the United States that mass protests were organized and the elected government of Ukraine was overthrown in 2013-2014, which led to the war that has now unfolded in the heart of Eastern Europe,” writes geopolitical columnist Tony Kartaluchi in the new Eastern Outlook.

In 2016, the RAND organization conducted a study that showed that in the event of a Russian invasion of the Baltic States, Russian troops can be on the approaches to the capitals of Estonia and Latvia within sixty hours. The study showed that NATO forces are not sufficient to repel the Russian attack. In an interview, NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller said that the main goal of deploying additional forces in Eastern Europe and Poland is to demonstrate the unity of the Alliance, and to maintain its members ‘ commitment to article 5 of the Washington Treaty. Thus, NATO adheres to the policy of declarative deterrence of Russia, in fact, its forces are not enough to respond to a potential attack from Russia. The NATO administration is well aware that the likelihood of a military conflict with Russia is minimal, but it continues to maintain the image of Russia as an aggressor in order to unite the member countries.

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U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Poland’s President Andrzej Duda, leave at the end of a joint press conference in Warsaw, Poland, in June 2017. (Czarek Sokolowski/AP)

Moreover, maintaining the image of a dangerous enemy gives the United States the opportunity to promote its own interests in Europe and manipulate its “partners”.

On June 25, Donald Trump finally confirmed that part of the American military contingent in Germany would be transferred to Poland. In the end, the American contingent in Germany will be reduced from 52 thousand people to 25 thousand. According to official data, in Germany there are about 35 thousand US military personnel, 10 thousand civil servants of the Pentagon and about 2 thousand contract workers. Some of the US military will return to America, some will go to Poland to strengthen the deterrence of the “Russian threat”. In addition, according to media reports, Polish President Andrzej Duda and Donald Trump discussed the possibility of transferring 30 f-16 fighters.

“They [Germany] spend billions of dollars to buy Russian energy resources, and then we are supposed to protect them from Russia. It doesn’t work that way. I think this is very bad, ” said Donald trump, accusing Berlin of supporting the Nord Stream 2 project.

When asked whether the US administration is trying to send a signal to Russia, Donald Trump stressed that Moscow was receiving a “very clear signal”, but Washington still expected to normalize their relations. This only underscores the fact that the US is taking advantage of the perceived Russian threat to NATO.

The American leader, by undermining cooperation between Moscow and Berlin in the energy sphere, not only prevents Russia, as one of their enemies in the international arena, from developing a profitable project. The US is also interested in weakening the leading European industries, primarily Germany. The United States does not tolerate strong enemies, but it also does not accept strong allies. It is in the interests of the Americans to prevent the redevelopment of Europe as a self-sufficient and independent center of power in the international arena.

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Defense spendings in relation to GDP of NATO member countries

Therefore, Donald Trump is strongly calling on Germany to reimburse the billions of dollars it owes the White House. Trump is dissatisfied with the fact that Berlin does not comply with the promise made by all NATO members to increase defense spending to 2% of GDP. At the same time, Germany has already followed this path, increasing funding to 1.38%. In its turn, the US spends 3.4% of the state budget on the needs of the Alliance.

The problem of NATO funding is very often the main criticism of Berlin. However, in addition to this issue, new problems are emerging in US-German relations.

Washington is very dissatisfied with Berlin’s interaction with Beijing. The White House, which has strengthened the anti-Chinese vector of its policy, blaming the PRC for the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and accusing the Chinese side of “controlling” the World Health Organization (WHO), did not receive sufficient support in Europe, and Germany criticized.

Moreover, Berlin does not support Washington’s sanctions policy on Chinese Hong Kong, which Beijing allegedly takes away its independence from.

The US is particularly dissatisfied with the EU’s desire for a major investment agreement with China. Germany is the main ideologue of this process and seeks to close the deal during its six-month presidency of the EU Council.

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“One Belt, One Road” Initiative

China today, of course, is the main competitor of the United States in the struggle for world hegemony. China also raises considerable concerns among European countries, which is primarily due to economic expansion and the successful development of the large-scale Chinese initiative “One belt, one road”. European leaders are also competing with China for resources in third world countries in Africa and Southeast Asia. In addition, there are ideological differences between the two world regions. However, China does not currently pose a military threat to Europe, which does not allow the use of NATO forces against it.

While Western countries see Russia and China as the main threats, strategically they are primarily concerned about Iran and North Korea. These countries are also a threat primarily to the United States, but their European partners are not ready to conduct active military actions against them at the moment.

The only real dangerous factor that unites almost all NATO member countries remains international terrorism, in the fight against which Western countries act as a united front.70 Years Of NATO: Is It A High Time To Retire?

The current military and political course of the European Union is determined by the clear desire of its leadership to transform the military and political organization into one of the world’s leading centers of power. The aggravation of political and economic differences with the United States is the main incentive for the implementation of this goal. Thus, the EU’s focus on increasing independence in crisis management in the area of common European interests has had a decisive influence on the development of the common security and defense policy. In order to reduce dependence on the United States and NATO for conducting operations and missions within the framework of “force projection”, the leadership of the Association has stepped up activities to develop its own military component.

France and Germany are the main engines of this process, and are promoting the initiative to create the so-called European Defense Union. However, despite active efforts to expand military and military-technical cooperation within the EU, the declared goals of creating a “European army” with collective defense functions that duplicate the status and activities of NATO seem difficult to achieve in the foreseeable future. This situation is due to the reluctance of the majority of EU member States to transfer control over their armed forces to the supranational level. Moreover, the US opposition to the process of forming the European Defense Union and the limited resources available due to the absorption by NATO structures of the major part of the defense potential of European countries, most of which are simultaneously involved in two organizations, do not allow the full implementation of EU political decisions on military construction. In this regard, it is only possible to talk about giving a new impetus to military cooperation in order to increase the collective capacity to protect the territory and citizens of the States of the region.

Given the lack of forces and resources for conducting operations and missions, Brussels is interested in the practice of involving military formations of third countries in its anti-crisis actions on the basis of bilateral framework agreements. Currently, such agreements have been reached with Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and a number of other States.

Currently, the European Union conducts 16 military and mixed operations and missions in various regions of the world, involving about 4,500 people. The greatest attention is paid to the “zones of instability” in North and Central Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans and the post-Soviet space.

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NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg

Thus, NATO today has to do everything possible to support the unity and coherence of actions of all its member countries, which are more than ever under threat. The main European leaders are no longer ready to support US policy and continue to sacrifice their own national interests. If in the case of Germany, this is manifested primarily in support of the Nord stream 2 project, despite the threats of the United States. France today supports its own interests in Libya, which contradict the interests of other countries-members of the Alliance: Turkey and Italy. Certainly, Turkey and Italy have different positions and aspirations in Libya. Italy was previously a traditional ally of France and does not actively intervene in the military conflict. However, now, given the current predominance of Turkey in Libya, Italy is trying to sit on two chairs. On the one hand, Italy, while supporting Tripoli, does not actively help them. On the other hand, in political terms, it clearly stands on the side of Tripoli and Turkey, thereby trying to ensure its share of participation in the next division of Libyan natural resources after the supposed victory of the Turkish-Tripolitan Alliance.

Summing up, today the imaginary Russian threat no longer allows US to unite the Alliance members, but only serves as a method of implementing US interests. The White House, which has always played a leading role in NATO and retains it thanks to the largest percentage of investment in the Alliance, allows itself to more openly abuse its leading position and promote its own national interests and the interests of its elites through the North Atlantic Alliance to the detriment of the interests of partner countries. Thus, article 4 of the Washington Treaty, which implies decision-making by consensus and is the basis of NATO itself, is of less and less importance in practice. The United States cannot renounce its membership in NATO and is interested in preserving it, because it is the Western Alliance that allows the US to give at least a small share of legitimacy to its military actions. A kind of neo-colonial policy, that the United States is used to employ in relation to European countries, and the current significant shift in the political paradigm within the US itself do not allow us to hope that the American leadership will be able to strengthen its position in Europe in the coming years.

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Turkish Forces Lick Wounds After Airstrikes Hit Their Base In Libya

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After a short break, the military confrontation between the Libyan National Army mainly backed up by Egypt and the UAE and the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord has once again entered an open phase.

On July 5, aircraft of the Libyan National Army conducted nine pinpoint airstrikes on the Turkish-operated al-Watiya Air Base in western Libya. According to the LNA, the strikes destroyed a Hawk air-defense system, several radars and a KORAL electronic warfare system. The Hawk system and other equipment were deployed to the base by the Turkish military in early July.

Turkish state media confirmed the incident saying that the strikes “targeted some of the base’s equipment, which was recently brought in to reinforce the base, including an air-defense system”. Pro-Turkish sources claimed that the airstrikes were carried out not by the LNA, but rather by the Egyptian or UAE Air Force. According to them, the warplanes took off from Egypt’s Sidi Barrani Air Base. However, according to the LNA, the strikes were delivered by its aircraft deployed in Libya. Commenting on the situation, the GNA said that it would respond at the “right place and at the right time.”

While the GNA in fact has no resources to conduct extensive airstrikes deep inside the territory controlled by the LNA, Ankara will have to respond to this attack in some way if it really wants to demonstrate that Turkey is committed to achieving a military victory (or at least a partial military victory) in the conflict in Libya.

At least 5,250 Syrian militants out of 15,300 originally deployed in Libya have returned to Syria, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The SOHR claimed that 300 Syrian child soldiers are still fighting in Libya. All of them range in ages between 14 and 18. Most of them were recruited by the Turkish-backed al-Sultan Murad Division. It’s interesting to note that the numbers provided by the SOHR mostly fit other sources that argue that about 10,000 Turkish-backed Syrian militants are currently deployed in Libya.

Therefore, Ankara is apparently set to continue its offensive operations by the hands of the GNA and Syrian groups in the countryside of Sirte. This strategic port city is now the main priority of Turkish-led forces.

On the other hand, if Turkey continues escalating the conflict, it may force Egypt and the UAE, the main backers of the LNA, to provide direct military support to the LNA and directly intervene in the conflict. In this case, the Libyan ‘civil war’ will officially turn into a war between Turkey and the UAE-Egypt bloc.

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Iran, Syria Comprehensive Military Agreement Amid Growing U.S. Pressure

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Iran, Syria Comprehensive Military Agreement Amid Growing U.S. Pressure

Iran and Syria has reached a new comprehensive military agreement, a move aimed at countering growing US pressure.

The agreement, which would enhance military and security cooperation between the two sides, was signed by Syria’s Defense Minister, Ali Abdullah Ayyoub, and Chief of Staff for the Armed Forces of Iran, Mohammad Bagheri, on July 8 in the Syrian capital, Damascus.

After signing the agreement, Gen. Ayyoub praised cooperation with Iran as a means to confront U.S. pressure. The minister also slammed Israel, accusing it of being a “partner” in the war in Syria.

“If the American administrations could subjugate Syria, Iran, and the axis of the resistance, it would not wait for a moment [to do so],” al-Mayadeen quoted the Syrian commander as saying.

From his side, Maj. Gen. Bagheri revealed that Iran will work to improve Syria’s air-defense capabilities as a part of new agreement. No further details were provided.

“The signed agreement reinforces our will and determination to cooperate in the face of American pressure,” Bagheri said.

The Iranian officer also mentioned the situation in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib, calling on Turkey to fulfill its commitments under the agreements reached in Astana. Bagheri said that Ankara should talk and cooperate with Damascus to address its security concerns.

Iran supported the Syrian military’s recent operation in Greater Idlib. Forces backed by Tehran are still reinforcing Syrian troops in the region.

The new Iranian-Syrian agreement is yet another major blow to the U.S. “maximum pressure” campaign. The campaign, which was supposed to subdue Iran and drive it away from its allies, is apparently back-fired. Tehran and its regional allies are now cooperating closer than ever to overcome U.S. pressure.

Military Situation In Syria On July 8, 2020 (Map Update)

Military Situation In Syria On July 8, 2020 (Map Update)

A brief overview of the recent developments in Syria:

  • An explosive device went off on the road between the city of Al-Bab and the town of Qabasin;
  • 6 civilians were killed and 7 others were wounded by a car bomb in Tal Abyad in the northern Raqqah governorate ;
  • SAA artillery shelled with mortars the villages of Benin, Kanasfsra, Baylun and Deir Sunbul in the southern Idlib;
  • Militants’ artillery targeted SAA position in the Talhiya area destroying an SAA battle tank.

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Kazakhstan may hold the secret for Greater Eurasia

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July 06, 2020

Kazakhstan may hold the secret for Greater Eurasia

Submitted by Pepe Escobar – source Asia Times

The no holds barred US-China strategic competition may be leading us to the complete fragmentation of the current “world-system” – as Wallerstein defined it.

Yet compared to the South China Sea, the Korean peninsula, the Taiwan Straits, India-China’s Himalayan border, and selected latitudes of the Greater Middle East, Central Asia shines as a portrait of stability.

That’s quite intriguing, when we consider that the chessboard reveals the interests of top global players intersecting right in the heart of Eurasia.

And that brings us to a key question: How could Kazakhstan, the 9th largest country in the world, manage to remain neutral in the current, incandescent geopolitical juncture? What are the lineaments of what could be described as the Kazakh paradox?

These questions were somewhat answered by the office of First President Nursultan Nazarbayev. I had discussed some of them with analysts when I was in Kazakhstan late last year. Nazarbayev could not answer them directly because he has just recently recovered from Covid-19 and is currently in self-isolation.

It all harks back to what was Kazakhstan really like when the USSR dissolved in 1991. The Kazakhs inherited a quite complex ethno-demographic structure, with the Russian-speaking population concentrated in the north; unresolved territorial issues with China; and geographical proximity to extremely unstable Afghanistan, then in a lull before the all-out warlord conflagration of the early 1990s which created the conditions for the emergence of the Taliban.

To make it even harder, Kazakhstan was landlocked.

All of the above might have led to Kazakhstan either dispatched to political limbo or mired in a perpetual Balkan scenario.

Have soft power, will travel

Enter Nazarbayev as a fine political strategist. From the beginning, he saw Kazakhstan as a key player, not a pawn, in the Grand Chessboard in Eurasia.

A good example was setting up the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building measures in Asia (CICA) in 1992, based on the principle of “indivisibility of Asian security”, later proposed to the whole of Eurasia.

Nazarbayev also made the crucial decision to abandon what was at the time the fourth nuclear missile potential on the planet – and a major trump card in international relations. Every major player in the arc from the Middle East to Central Asia knew that selected Islamic nations were extremely interested in Kazakhstan’s nuclear arsenal.

Nazarbayev bet on soft power instead of nuclear power. Unlike the DPRK, for instance, he privileged Kazakhstan’s integration in the global economy in favorable terms instead of relying on nuclear power to establish national security. He was certainly paving the way for Kazakhstan to be regarded as a trustworthy, get down to business neutral player and a mediator in international relations.

The trust and goodwill towards Kazakhstan is something I have seen for myself in my pan-Eurasia travels and in conversations with analysts from Turkey and Lebanon to Russia and India.

The best current example is Astana, currently Nur-sultan, becoming the HQ of that complex work in progress: the Syrian peace process, coordinated by Iran, Turkey and Russia – following the crucial, successful Kazakh mediation to solve the Moscow-Ankara standoff after the downing of a Sukhoi Su-24M near the Syria-Turkish border in November 2015.

And on the turbulent matter of Ukraine post-Maidan in 2014, Kazakhstan simultaneously kept good relations with Kiev and the West and its strategic partnership with Russia.

As I discussed late last year, Nur-sultan is now actively taking the role of the new Geneva: the capital of diplomacy for the 21st century.

The secret of this Kazakh paradox is the capacity of delicately balancing relations with the three main players – Russia, China and the US – as well as leading regional powers. Nazarbayev’s office boldly argues that can be even translated to Nur-sultan placed as the ideal venue for US-China negotiations: “We are tightly embedded in the US-China-Russia triangle and have built trusting relationships with each of them.”

In the heart of Eurasia

And that brings us to why Kazakhstan – and Nazarbayev personally – are so much involved in promoting their special concept of Greater Eurasia – which overlaps with the Russian vision, discussed in extensive detail at the Valdai Club.

Nazarbayev managed to set a paradigm in which none of the big players feel compelled to exercize a monopoly on Kazak maneuvering. That inevitably led Kazakhstan to expand its foreign policy reach.

Strategically, Kazakhstan is smack in the geographical heart of Eurasia, with huge borders with Russia and China, as well as Iran in the Caspian Sea. Its territory is no less than a top strategic bridge uniting the whole of Eurasia.

The Kazakh approach goes way beyond connectivity (trade and transport), two key planks of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), to get closer to the converging vision of BRI and the Russian-led Eurasia Economic Union (EAEU): a single, integrated Eurasian space.

Nazarbayev sees the integration of the Central Asian “stans” with Russia and with Turkic-speaking countries, including of course Turkey, as the foundation for his concept of Greater Eurasia.

The inevitable corollary is that the Atlanticist order – as well as the Anglo-American predominance in international relations – is waning, and certainly does not suit Asia and Eurasia. A consensus is forming across many key latitudes that the driving force for the reboot of the global economy post-Covid-19 – and even a new paradigm – will come from Asia.

In parallel, Nazarbayev’s office make a crucial point: “A purely Asian or Eastern answer is unlikely to suit the collective West, which is also in search of optimal models of the world’s structure. The Chinese Belt and Road Initiative clearly showed that Western countries are not psychologically ready to see China as a leader.”

Nur-sultan nonetheless remains convinced that the only possible solution would be exactly a new paradigm in international relations. Nazarbayev argues that the keys to solve the current turmoil are not located in Moscow, Beijing or Washington, but in a strategic transit node, like Kazakhstan, where the interests of all global players intersect.

Thus the push for Kazakhstan – one of the key crossroads between Europe and Asia, alongside Turkey and Iran – to become the optimal mediator allowing Greater Eurasia to flourish in practice. That is the uplifting option: otherwise, we seem condemned to live through another Cold War.

Central Downtown Nur-Sultan: in center Bayterek tower

Syrian Army Fights ISIS In Homs. SDF Rejects Deal With Damascus

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Clashes between government forces and ISIS terrorists have continued in central Syria since July 2, when ISIS cells stormed army positions in eastern Homs. In response, the Syrians supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces launched a security operation in the desert. Sporadic clashes and airstrikes were reported in the area over the next few days.

On July 4, ISIS terrorists even ambushed a unit of the Syrian Army in eastern Homs. The military reportedly lost contact with 25 soldiers in eastern Homs. As of July 6, their fate remains unclear. It’s likely that, members of the dispersed unit are now returning to their permanent positions in the province.

Pro-opposition sources claim that over the past week, at least 20 soldiers were killed in clashes with ISIS members. Pro-government sources do not provide details regarding army casualties, but say that government forces were able to destroy 3 ISIS vehicles and neutralize up to 10 ISIS members.

As the Syrian government fights ISIS on the western bank of the Euphrates, the US-led coalition conducted a raid against the terrorist group in the town of Husayn on the eastern bank of the Euphrates.

On July 5, US helicopters landed near the town and US forces assisted by members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) detained at least 4 suspects.

Meanwhile, the SDF leadership declared that it does not see a possibility to reach a comprehensive political agreement with Damascus because the government wants to restore full control over the provinces of Deir Ezozr and Raqqa in the framework of such a deal.

SDF Commander-in-Chief Abdi Şahin better known by his nom de guerre Mazlum Abdi declined such a possibility claiming that the Kurdish-led group wants to keep control of all the areas that it has seized. Abdi is a member of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which seeks to create an independent Kurdish state in southern Turkey and, if it’s possible, include into it territories of northern Syria and northern Iraq. Therefore, such a position of the SDF leadership is not a big surprise.

In 2019, the Syrian Army came to northeastern Syria to rescue the SDF from the Turkish military advance when the group then abandoned by the US-led coalition needed it. However, after this, the Kurdish leadership once again turned back from the Syrian people selling its loyalty to Washington for weapons and a share of oil revenue from the US-controlled Syrian oilfields.

Infighting among Turkish-backed militant groups erupted in the provinces of al-Hasakah and Raqqa on July 3 and July 5. Tell Abyad, al-Yabisah and Ras al-Ain are the man hot points. At least 5 militants and several civilians were killed. The main source of tensions is the intra-militant competition for control of roads, agricultural lands and trade in a small chunk of area occupied by Turkey in northeastern Syria. The funding from Turkey decreased after the de-escalation of the conflict in this part of the country. So, Turkish-backed fighters are now looting the captured areas to obtain the needed financial resources.

Military Situation In Syria On July 6, 2020 (Map Update)

Military Situation In Syria On July 6, 2020 (Map Update)

A brief overview of the recent developments in Syria:

  • Israeli warplanes struck a truck convoy in Al-Dimas region in northwestern Damascus countryside. A weapon shipment reportedly headed towards the Lebanese border and was intended for Hezbollah;
  • Turkish forces targeted a civilian truck on the M4 highway to the west of the town of Ain Issa in northern Raqqa;
  • Syrian army artillery targeted the villages of Khirbet Al-Naqus, Mansourah in northern Hama and the town of al-Fatirah in Southern Idlib;
  • The US MQ-9 Reaper drone was spotted over the Idlib region;
  • Turkish artillery shelled the SDF positions near the town of Tell Abyad in northern Raqqa.

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

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July 4, 2020 Arabi Souri

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PKK CLAIMED RESPONSIBILTIY FOR LARGE-SCALE EXPLOSION AT FIREWORKS FACTORY IN TURKEY’S SAKARYA

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PKK Claimed Responsibiltiy For Large-Scale Explosion At Fireworks Factory In Turkey's Sakarya

On July 3, 4 people were killed and 114 injured in a large explosion that rocked a fireworks factory in the district of Hendek in Sakarya province in northwestern Turkey.  The government’s disaster agency AFAD called the explosion an “industrial accident”.

However, later the Kursistah Workes Party (PKK) claimed responsibility for the explosion claiming that the factory was producing explosives for the Turkish Armed Forces. The attack itself was reportedly conducted by the PKK’s splitner group known as “Children of Fire”.

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Schizophrenic Erdogan Condemns Himself in a Summit with Putin and Rouhani

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July 1, 2020 Arabi Souri

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The joint statement issued after the video conference meeting between the Russian President Mr. Putin, the Iranian President Mr. Rouhani, and the head of the Turkish regime the madman Erodgan today 01 July 2020 stated:


The Presidents:
Rejected all attempts to create new realities on the ground under the pretext of combating terrorism, including illegitimate self-rule initiatives, and expressed their determination to stand against separatist agendas aimed at undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria as well as threatening the national security of neighboring countries.”

Does Erdogan understand that ‘rejecting all attempts to create new realities on the ground’ includes the Turkification of the lands under the Turkish illegal occupation northwest and northeast of Syria?

Did Erdogan read the statement? Does he understand the meaning of ‘standing against separatist agendas aimed to undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria’, that it includes illegal incursion into Syria’s territories by his military and his terrorists?

The joint statement adds:

“Expressed their opposition to the illegal seizure and transfer of oil revenues that should belong to the Syrian Arab Republic.”

That this also includes the oil seized and stolen by the Turkish-backed FSA (and all the terrorist organizations under its banner including ISIS and Nusra Front and others)?

“Reaffirmed the determination to continue cooperation in order to ultimately eliminate DAESH/ISIL, Al-Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, undertakings, and entities associated with Al-Qaeda or DAESH/ISIL, and other terrorist groups, as designated by the UN Security Council, while ensuring the protection of the civilians and civilian infrastructure in accordance with the international humanitarian law.”

All of these entities named in this paragraph are sponsored directly by the Turkish regime, they receive all their logistic support and all the protection they need from Turkey and the al-Qaeda terrorists were even embedded with the Turkish Army TSK in their attacks against the Syrian Arab Army on Syrian soil…!

Erdogan stealing Syrian Wheat - Burning Syrian Wheat Fields
Erdogan stealing Syrian Wheat – Burning Syrian Wheat Fields – Cartoon by @Natali_AlA

The statement adds that The Presidents:

“Reviewed in detail the situation in the Idlib de-escalation area and underscored the necessity to maintain calm on the ground by fully implementing all agreements on Idlib.

Expressed grave concern at the humanitarian situation in Syria and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rejected all unilateral sanctions which are in contravention of international law, international humanitarian law, and the UN Charter, particularly in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Emphasized, in this regard, the critical need to ensure rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access throughout Syria in order to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people, and, called upon the international community, particularly the UN and its humanitarian agencies, to increase their assistance to all Syrians without discrimination, politicization, and preconditions.”

A safe and unhindered humanitarian access means not controlled or targeted by al-Qaeda, Nusra Front, Grey Wolves, Muslim Brotherhood fanatics, Turkestan Islamist Party, and all other FSA groups sponsored by Turkey. The UN and its humanitarian agencies do not include as well the Nusra Front’s ‘first responders’ aka the White Helmets.

“Reaffirmed their conviction that there could be no military solution to the Syrian conflict and that it could only be resolved through the Syrian-led and Syrian-owned, UN-facilitated political process in line with the UN Security Council Resolution 2254. Emphasized in this regard the important role of the Constitutional Committee in Geneva, created as a result of the decisive contribution of the Astana guarantors and the implementation of the decisions of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi. Welcomed the agreement to hold the third meeting of the Constitutional Committee in August 2020 and reaffirmed the readiness to support its work through continuous interaction with its members and the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen, as facilitator, in order to ensure its sustainable and effective work.”

The statement clearly says: ‘Syrian-led and Syrian-owned political process,’ which means without Turkish interference to influence or insert members of the Turkish regime and on its payroll.

“Highlighted the need to facilitate safe and voluntary return of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) to their original places of residence in Syria, ensuring their right to return and right to be supported.”

This literally means not to use the refugees to threaten Europe with, or to push them into despair and have them join Erdogan’s military and terrorist adventures in Libya, Yemen, and Qatar, and elsewhere as well.

“Reaffirmed the necessity to respect universally recognized international legal decisions, including those provisions of the relevant UN resolutions rejecting the occupation of Syrian Golan, first and foremost UN Security Council Resolution 497 and thus condemned the decision of the US Administration on the occupied Syrian Golan, which constitutes a grave violation of international law and threatens regional peace and security. They consider Israeli military attacks in Syria as destabilizing and violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of this country and intensifying the tension in the region.”

Condemning the US decision on the occupied Syrian Golan means bringing up the topic with both the Israelis and Donald Trump’s regime of war and terror, not to be part of the ‘Greater Israel Project‘ as tasked by George W. Bush and continue to do so many years later until this very day.

And considering Israeli military attacks in Syria as violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity also means not to allow the Israelis safe passage to bomb Syrian facilities in Aleppo from the north!

I’m speechless, the Turkish Madman Erdogan is known to be opportunistic, a backstabber, and a hypocrite, but his ability of acting and appearing like a decent human being is really astonishing, well, unless there are two different Erdogans with totally opposite manners?!

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وزير الداخلية اللبناني: هناك تدخل خارجي تركي لتوتير الوضع في لبنان

المصدر: الميادين

4 تموز 2020

وزير الداخلية اللبناني يكشف أن السلطات اللبنانية أوقفت 4 أشخاص على متن طائرة تركية كانوا ينقلون 4 ملايين دولار، ويتساءل ما إذا كانت للتلاعب بسعر الدولار أم لتغذية تحركات عنفية في الشارع اللبناني.

أعمال شغب وحرق للمحال التجارية في وسط بيروت

كشف وزير الداخلية اللبناني محمد فهمي، اليوم السبت، عن  “تدخل خارجي تركي لتوتير الوضع في لبنان”، مشيراً إلى أن “تعليمات تصل من تركيا عبر وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي  لبعض أطراف الحراك الشعبي”. 

وقال فهمي في حديث لصحيفة “اللواء” اللبنانية إن “السلطات الأمنية اللبنانية أوقفت 4 أشخاص كانوا على متن طائرة خاصة تركية، وكانوا ينقلون أربعة ملايين دولار”. 

وتساءل وزير الداخلية اللبناني عن سبب إحضار تلك الأموال، وما إذا كانت للتلاعب بسعر الدولار، أم لتغذية تحركات عنفية معينة في الشارع.

وكان مرجع أمني لبناني أفاد الميادين في 27 حزيران/يونيو الماضي بأن “تركيا هي أحد مموّلي أعمال التخريب في بيروت التي شارك فيها عرب”، وأشار إلى أنه “تمّ توقيف أكثر من 40 شخصاً من جنسيات لبنانية وعربية كانت تعد للتخريب والشغب في العاصمة بيروت”.

كذلك كان مصدر أمني قد كشف للميادين في 8 حزيران/يونيو الماضي أن الأجهزة الأمنية فككت 4 مجموعات كانت تعد لأعمال شغب، وأوقفت عدداً من عناصر مجموعات تخريبية، في حين أكد مراسل الميادين أن “لا ارتباط بين المخربين وتنظيمات إرهابية، وهي تنفذ سياسة دخلت حديثاً إلى الساحة اللبنانية”.

وتشهد العاصمة بيروت وعدد من المناطق اللبنانية منذ أشهر احتجاجات واسعة على وقع تدهور العملة الوطنية وصعود الدولار ، وتردّي الوضع المعيشي.

وكانت مجموعات قد وقعت في قبضة القوى الأمنية في 12 حزيران/يونيو بعد “قيامهم بأعمال شغب” بحسب القوى الأمنية.

الرئيس اللبناني ميشال عون كان قد أعلن في 25 حزيران/يونيو الماضي أن السلم الأهلي خط أحمر والمفترض أن يلتقي الكل لتحصينه لأنه مسؤولية الجميع،  مؤكداً أن هناك من يستغل مطالب الناس لتوليد العنف والفوضى لتحقيق أجندات خارجية مشبوهة.

هذا ويشهد لبنان يشهد أسوأ انهيار اقتصادي منذ عقود، يتزامن مع شحّ الدولار وتوقف المصارف عن تزويد المودعين بأموالهم بالدولار. وتسبّبت الأزمة بارتفاع معدل التضخم، وجعلت قرابة نصف السكان تحت خط الفقر.

وينعكس الانخفاض في قيمة العملة المحلية على أسعار السلع والمواد الغذائية وكل ما يتم استيراده من الخارج.

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لبنان في مرمى «العثمانية»‏‎ ‎بتوافق أميركي ـ «إسرائيلي»‏

د. حسن مرهج

كثيرة هي التدخلات التركية في الدول العربية، إذ تنوّعت وسائل التدخل التركي ضمن مفاهيم القوة الصلبة بالأطر العسكرية والاقتصادية، وكذا ضمن مفاهيم القوة الناعمة من خلال المؤسسات الجمعيات الخيرية، كل ذلك لتحقيق مصالحها وتعزيز نفوذها في المحيط الإقليمي.

ضمن ما سبق، يُعد لبنان إحدى الدول العربية ذات الأهمية الاستراتيجية في توجهات تركيا الإقليمية، لما له من أهمية في التأثير على كثير من الدول المجاورة، أو لتنفيذ الأهداف الإقليمية التركية بما يتوافق مع مصالح أردوغان، فالأهداف التركية في لبنان وجدت في ضعف القيادة السياسية، بيئة خصبة لتعزيز الدور التركي، كما أنّ تركيا تعمل وفق سياساتها على إيجاد نوع من التوازن الطائفي، وضمن نفس السياق فإنّ الأقلية التركمانية اللبنانية ترتبط بتركيا؛ هذا الارتباط ازداد بعد وصول حزب «العدالة والتنمية» إلى السلطة في تركيا، فضلاً عن محاولات تركيا بتعزيز نفوذها في مدينة طرابلس اللبنانية، الأمر الذي تُرجم برفع الأعلام التركية في أكثر من مناسبة، في تلك المدينة الشمالية.

تركيا لا تترك أي بلد عربي مأزوم ويعاني مشكلات داخلية، للدخول واللعب على وتر المظلومية «السنية» وتقديم نفسها كحامي «السنة» ومنقذها من الاضطهاد، وهي ذاتها خطة داعش ونفس أسلوبه، فالداخل اللبناني لم يعد يتحمّل المزيد من التعقيدات في الملف الطائفي، وحل مشاكله في الأساس يكمن في إمكانية الخروج من هذا النفق، لا تعميقه بتدخلات تركية واضحة المضمون والأهداف للجميع.

بعودة سريعة إلى الوراء، نقول بأنّ التوتر الأخير الحاصل بين بيروت وأنقرة على خلفية تغريدة للرئيس اللبناني ميشال عون ضدّ جرائم العثمانيين بحق اللبنانيين، ثم ردّ الخارجية التركية على تلك التغريدة وبعدها قيام عدد من اللبنانيين بتعليق لافتة على باب السفارة التركية اعتبرتها أنقرة مسيئة ومستفزة، كلّ ذلك أعاد لأذهان اللبنانيين خصوصاً والعرب عموماً إمكانية وجود أطماع تركية في لبنان، التي تعيش انقسامات سياسية مستمرة منذ سنوات طويلة.

ويرى البعض أنّ بدايات التدخل التركي في لبنان كان هدفه حماية «إسرائيل»، حيث كانت تل أبيب قد طالبت بوجود قوات اليونيفيل على أنه يكون قسم منها قوات تركية على حدود الأراضي المحتلة ولبنان، وبرّرت «إسرائيل» ذلك الطلب هو أن تركيا دولة مسلمة وعضو في حلف الناتو وجيشها مدرب جيداً، فما كان من أردوغان إلا أن استجاب للطلب الإسرائيلي وأرسل قوات من جيشه ضمن اليونيفيل إلى الحدود مع الأراضي المحتلة. في ذات السياق تحدثت تقارير صحفية عن قيام تركيا باستغلال قوات اليونيفيل لزيادة تواجد قواتها على الأرض اللبنانية كان آخرها في العام 2018.

أيضاً في وقت سابق، أثارت زيارة السفير التركي لدى بيروت هكان تشاكل إلى مناطق تواجد التركمان في منطقة البقاع شرقي لبنان، ومن ثم لقائه بمفتي منطقة بعلبك الهرمل الشيخ خالد الصلح، ووفداً من مشايخ وأعيان بعلبك حفيظة الكثير من اللبنانيين الذين اعتبروا أنّ زيارة السفير التركي تمهيد من أنقرة للولوج إلى الداخل اللبناني من بوابة تركمان لبنان.

في جانب موازٍ، تحاول تركيا أن يكون لها موطئ قدم في مياه شرق المتوسط، عبر نسج علاقات مع لبنان، خاصة بعد التوترات التركية اليونانية، ومثلها المصرية.

التوغل التركي في لبنان تمّ وفق آليات عدة، من ضمن ذلك سعت تركيا إنشاء مراكز ثقافية لتعليم اللغة التركية، والترويج للثقافة التركية وتقديم منح دراسية مع إعطاء الطلاب تسهيلات للدراسة في المراكز الواقعة بالشمال اللبناني، فهناك المركز الثقافي التركي في بيروت؛ الذي يعمل لتحقيق المخطط التركي؛ إذ أنه يعلن دائما على صفحته بموقع التواصل الاجتماعي عن بدء قبول طلبات للراغبين في الانتساب إليه لتعلم اللغة التركية مع تقديم العديد من التسهيلات لتشجيع اللبنانيين للانضمام إليه.

أيضاً الجمعيات الخيرية، فقد وضعت أنقرة نُصب أعينها اللاجئين الفلسطينيين والسوريين الموجودين في مخيمات بمختلف الأراضي اللبنانية؛ حيث وظفت جمعياتها الخيرية من أجل السيطرة على هؤلاء تحت شعار المساعدات الإنسانية والمشاريع الإنمائية والتعليمية والثقافية.

كلً ما سبق جعل جزءاً كبيراً من اللبنانيين يستشعرون محاولات تركية للتوغل في بلدهم ومجتمعهم، وهو أيضاً ما يثير مخاوف عدد من الدول العربية على رأسها السعودية والإمارات وسورية، وعليه فإنّ تركيا تسعى للدخول إلى لبنان بالاعتماد على تناقضات الحالة السنية والشيعية لتثبيت النفوذ والتدخل في الشأن العربي، ولا شكّ أنّ هذا له مردوده السلبي على الداخل التركي لأنّ هناك تنوعات عرقية وطائفية في أنقرة.

وبالتالي، من الواضح أن تركيا تحاول نشر نفوذها الاستعماري خارجياً، من خلال إنشاء المؤسسات الثقافية والخيرية والتعليمية؛ وذلك لتحقيق حلم إحياء الإمبراطورية العثمانية؛ ووجدت أنقرة في لبنان ضالتها وتحديداً في الشمال؛ حيث أكبر نسبة للتيارات السنية وتحديداً في مدينة طرابلس وفي الجنوب مدينة صيدا.

هناك جزئية تؤكد النوايا التركية تُجاه لبنان، فقد أعلنت القوى الأمنية في لبنان، عن إلقاء القبض على مجموعات مرتبطة بالأمن التركي، وتعمل تلك المجموعات على إشعال الفتنة في بيروت وفي الشمال اللبناني، خاصة أنها تتلقى تمويلاً مباشراً من الأمن التركي وبإشراف مباشر من رجب طيب أردوغان.

في المحصلة، من الواضح أنّ هناك تناغماً بين الممارسات التركية والتصريحات الأميركية والنوايا الاسرائيلية في لبنان، الأمر الذي يشي بأنّ قادم الأيام سيحمل الكثير من التطورات بجانبيها السياسي والاقتصادي، لكن في المقابل، يبدو أنّ أردوغان ترامب نتنياهو، قد غاب عن أذهانهم أنّ الأمين العام لحزب الله السيد حسن نصرالله، يقرأ المشهد اللبناني بطريقة استراتيجية بعيدة المدى، وهو بذلك يتقدّم بخطوة على كلّ ما يُحاك للبنان، وكما تمّ إسقاط كلّ الأهداف الأميركية والتركية و»الإسرائيلية» في سورية، ففي لبنان مقاومة لا يُمكن اختراقها، وستُسقط كلّ ما يُحاك للبنان. فاطمئنّوا.

INTERNAL TENSIONS DO NOT STOP MILITANTS FROM PROVOCATIONS IN SOUTHERN IDLIB

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Late on June 30, fighting resumed near the villages of Kansafrah, Al-Ruwayha and Bayanin in southern Idlib between the Syrian Army and Turkish-backed militants. Intense artillery shelling also targeted positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham across the Jabal Al-Zawiyah area. Pro-militant sources claimed that the Syrian Army and the National Defense Forces tried to advance there, but were forced to retreat after several hours of clashes. In their own turn, pro-government sources say that the fighting in southern Idlib came as a result of a provocation by militants. Nonetheless, by the morning of July 1 the situation on the frontline had stabilized.

During the past week, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and its counterparts from Fa Ithbatu, also an al-Qaeda-linked coalition of militant groups, were too busy with infighting and accusing each other of undermining the values of the so-called Syrian revolution. So, they were not able to concentrate any significant strike force able to deliver real damage to the Syrian Army in southern Idlib.

The security situation remains complicated in the province of Daraa. Tensions there are a result of the conflict between the army and some of the former militants, who had reconciled with the Damascus government and formally joined the 5th Assault Corps. As a result, at least 5 soldiers were recently killed in the countryside of the provincial capital and the army withdrew from the village of Kahil Jizah. Local fighters seized all the checkpoints surrounding the village and removed pro-government banners from the area.

The situation in Daraa province showcases the existing difficulties in the ongoing reconciliation process in southern Syria. Some former members of militant groups still remain committed to their radical ideology and hard-core anti-government views. At the same time, they continue to demand protection and resources for their areas in the framework of the reconciliation. Actions like those in Kahil Jizah undermine the peace process and set conditions for a new round of violence.

In northeastern Syria, forces of Turkish-backed militant groups shelled positions of the Syrian Democratic Forces near Kashal Ubayd, northwest of Ayn Issa. However, no casualties were reported there. In a separate development, SDF security forces closed the perimeter of the prison for ISIS members in al-Hasakah city. Local sources speculate that several ISIS members may have fled there. These reports remain unconfirmed.

Russia has opted to quit the United Nations system of humanitarian deconfliction in Syria because some of the system’s facilities were used by terrorists, Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya said on June 29 at a meeting of the UN Security Council.

“Our own investigations have repeatedly shown that some of the objects [listed using the mechanism] were used as headquarters of terrorists, therefore they should not have been given humanitarian status,” he noted adding that “Russia will continue to fulfill its obligations under international humanitarian law.”

We suggest that from now on the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs settle the issue of deconfliction directly with the Syrian authorities. It would be right,” Nebenzya added.

It should be noted that during the active phase of the conflict, mainstream media and Western diplomats repeatedly accused the Russian Aerospace Forces of intentionally bombing civilian and humanitarian targets. Russian and Syrian sources say that these supposed humanitarian facilities were in fact a part of the military infrastructure of the terrorist groups.

TURKEY IS NOW RECRUITING MERCENARIES FROM YEMEN FOR ITS WAR IN LIBYA

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Turkey Is Now Recruiting Mercenaries From Yemen For Its War In Libya

Military and intelligence sources in Yemen have claimed that up to 200 mercenaries from that country have been sent to Libya by Turkey to fight on behalf of the Government of National Accord (GNA).

The claims, disclosed by the Yemen News Portal, allege that a militia affiliated to the Islah Party in Marib sent fighters to Turkey under the guise of receiving hospital treatment, and that they were then transferred to the Libyan capital Tripoli. The sources added that Libyan National Army (LNA) forces headed by General Khalifa Haftar have already captured a number of Yemeni mercenaries fighting on behalf of the GNA earlier this year. LINK

The latest disclosures follow several reports relating evidence that Turkey is increasing its involvement in Yemen substantially, providing training and material support to the Islah Party in particular in the hope of gaining control over key facilities and resources in the event Islah manages to secure control over parts of the war torn country. LINK

The increasing attention being paid to the possibility of significant Turkish intervention in the conflict in Yemen followed the dramatic battlefield successes of the GNA due to the massive support provided by Turkey after concluding an agreement granting Turkey expansive resource rights in the eastern Mediterranean. The latest reports raise questions as to whether Turkey might be considering expanding its involvement in Yemen, either as part of the ‘proxy war’ against the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in particular or in order to gain control over infrastructure, possible military bases, and/ or resources in the geo-strategically vital area. LINK

The rivalry between the regional powers intensified considerably after Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed relations with Qatar and attempted to impose a blockade on the country in 2017, in response to which Turkey provided critical support and supplies to Qatar to enable it to withstand the pressure.

If it can be verified that Turkey intends to increase its participation in the conflict in Yemen and is now recruiting large numbers of fighters from Yemen to send to Libya, it would demonstrate that Turkey’s already expansive geopolitical ambitions are surpassing all limits: enormously destructive military adventures in northern Syria and Iraq which seem set to pave the way for the annexation of substantial territories in each country adjacent to the Turkish border; followed by the transfer of thousands of its proxy militias and terrorists from the battlefields in Syria to Libya earlier this year to fight on behalf of the GNA, with which Turkey has signed resource agreements granting exploration rights in disputed maritime zones also claimed by Egypt, Greece and Cyprus.

Turkey has also been involved in recent military stand-offs with Greece and France in the Mediterranean.

According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Turkey has recruited over 10,000 Syrians to fight in Libya. South Front has previously reported that Turkey has cut off support to at least one of its proxy groups in northern Syria for refusing to send fighters to Libya. LINK

In turn, the GNA has accused the LNA of recruiting foreign mercenaries. On Saturday 27 June, Libya’s permanent representative to the UN called for the imposition of sanctions against Russian and Sudanese mercenaries in the country fighting on behalf of the LNA.

It is thought that the Islah Party in Yemen may be deepening a political and military alliance with Turkey, and that it may be sending soldiers to fight on behalf of Turkish interests in Libya in return for financial and military support provided by Turkey to the Islah Party, in particular to assist the group in its conflict with UAE-backed militia in the south of the country.

Also, according to the Yemen Press Agency:

The sources said the Islah party is trying to consolidate the military alliance with Turkey in fighting alongside it in Libya, in preparation for its call for intervention in Yemen, as the Saudi-Emirati coalition turned against the party. LINK

The reports provide additional corroboration that Turkey has no intention of backing off in Libya and is willing to risk provoking an all-out war with Egypt in its pursuit of foreign resources and military bases, apart from suggesting multiple motivations for its deepening involvement in Yemen.

MILITARY SITUATION IN LIBYA ON JUNE 30, 2020 (MAP UPDATE)

Military Situation In Libya On June 30, 2020 (Map Update)

A brief overview of the recent developments in Libya:

  • France and Russia denied their interference or military intervention in Libya;
  • The US Department of State declared its deep concern about the presence of Russian Wagner group in the al-Sharara oil field and facility;
  • A Russian-made IL76T military cargo plane that took off from Syria landed at the Khadim al-Marj airbase;
  • The GNA Foreign Ministry thanked security forces of Sudan for arresting 122 Sudanese armed young men who were going to fight in Libya as mercenaries;
  • The LNA redeployed large military reinforcements from Benghazi towards Sirte, 570km/354 miles to the west;
  • Clashes with heavy weapons between GNA militias broke out in the Alhadba area in the south of Tripoli ;
  • LNA warplanes conducted 3 airstrikes on “Campo 50” near Sadadah Bridge, south of Misrata. 36 GNA soldiers were killed and 17 others were injured.

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مائة عام من الاستقلال تنتهي ب “وطن عربي محتل”!طلال سلمان

2020-‎06-‎29

طلال سلمان

يبدو الوطن العربي، في هذه اللحظة، وكأنه “ارض مشاع” لكل قادر منها نصيب: دوله متهالكة، او تائهة عن مصيرها، او فاقدة هويتها، ومصيرها ووجودها متروك للريح.
حتى جامعة الدول العربية، التي هي مجرد “مبكى”، لا تجتمع الا في مناسبات الحزن او الاغتصاب، كما تفعل الحبشة مع السودان ومصر ببناء “سد النهضة” على حساب جيرانها الاقربين واصدقائها التاريخيين، قبل أن يغزوها الاميركيون ومعهم العدو الاسرائيلي لمنحها فائضا من القوة على حساب مصر والسودان.
وسوريا غائبة او مغيبة عن جامعة الدول العربية بناء لقرار اتخذته امارة قطر العظمى ومساندة عدد من المفيدين منها، ولو على حساب قضايا العرب المقدسة، وفي الطليعة منها فلسطين..

أما العراق المنهك بترسبات حكم صدام حسين، فعلى ارضه، بعد، قوات اميركية وفرنسية، وايرانية، مع غزو تركي لبعض شماله بذريعة مقاتلة الاكراد.. علماً أن تركيا اردوغان قد شفطت من نهري دجلة والفرات ما استطاعت من المياه لتفرض العطش مع الجوع على ارض الرافدين.

..وها هو لبنان يعاني من آثار الحصار الشديد المضروب على سوريا، مع استمرار الغارات الاسرائيلية على مواقع محددة فيها بذريعة ضرب “القوات الايرانية، مع استهداف لوجود “حزب الله” كرديف، ومع تحاشي اصابة القوات الروسية المنتشرة فيها، وكذلك مواقع القوات التركية الغازية التي تحتل بعض الارض السورية في الشرق والشمال ( منبج ثم القامشلي ومحاولة التقدم نحو دير الزور) .

لن نتحدث عن السعودية وامارات الخليج فهي “رهينة المحبسين” الولايات المتحدة الاميركية والاسر الحاكمة.. وبرغم ذلك فإنها لا تتردد في غزو اليمن واعادة تقسمه إلى شمال وجنوب (صنعاء وعدن) مع خلاف حول شبه جزيرة سوقطره الخ..

في الجهة المقابلة تبرز ليبيا، التي جعلها معمر القذافي “جماهيرية” والتي يتزاحم على احتلالها، الآن، السلطان اردوغان بجيش المرتزقة معظمهم من اللاجئين السوريين إلى خليفة العثمانيين، فضلاً عن تطلع ايطاليا لاستعادة ما تعتبره من “املاكها” السابقة، كذلك فرنسا التي كانت تحتل الجنوب (سبها وما احاط بها) فضلاً عن البريطانيين الذين جاءوا إلى طبرق بذريعة أن الجنرال مونتغمري كان يجتاجها لطرد الجنرال رومل وجيش النازي بعيدا عن مصر الواقعة آنذاك تحت الاحتلال البريطاني.


لكأننا في العام 1920 حين تقاسم المشرق العربي (لبنان وسوريا والعراق بين بريطانيا وفرنسا)، كما تم اختراع امارة شرقي الاردن، لاسترضاء الشريف حسين، مطلق الرصاصة الأولى لتحرير الامة، ومن ثم تم اعطاء نجله الثاني الامير فيصل الاول ملك العراق، بدلاً من سوريا التي لم تقبله او لم يقبله (الفرنسيون عليها..)

شعب لبنان محاصر بالجوع، وشعب سوريا بخطر تقسيم الامر الواقع: فشماله مفتوح للغزو التركي، وفي دمشق وسائر المناطق القوات الروسية، وفي بعض انحاء الشمال قوات ايرانية تساندها قوت من “حزب الله”.

لقد دارت الارض بالأمة العربية دورة كاملة، فاذا “الجحاش ملك”، كما تقول العجائز واذا الماضي ذكريات موجعة، واذا المستقبل… لله يا مسحنين!.
يا أمة ضحكت من جهلها الامم!

US STATE DEPARTMENT IS CONCERNED BY PRESENCE OF ALLEGED ‘RUSSIAN MERCENARIES’ AT LIBYA’S LARGEST OIL FIELD

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27.06.2020 

US State Department Is Concerned By Presence Of Alleged 'Russian Mercenaries' At Libya's Largest Oil Field

The US State Department seems to be very concerned by the supposedly growing Russian influence in Libya. On June 26, the US embassy in Libya even released a statement claiming that “foreign-backed campaign to undermine Libya’s energy sector and prevent the resumption of oil production.”

“We share the NOC’s deep concern about the shameful interference of Wagner and other foreign mercenaries against NOC facilities and personnel at the al-Sharara oil field, which constitutes a direct assault against Libya’s sovereignty and prosperity. The Embassy also regrets that Libyan parties have been unable to reach a solution that would lift the needless oil and gas blockade and allow the NOC to resume its vital work across the country on behalf of all Libyans,” the US embassy wrote in a statement.

Allow the NOC to Resume Its Vital Work on Behalf of All Libyans
The Embassy reiterates full U.S. support for the National Oil Corporation (NOC) amid an unprecedented foreign-backed campaign to undermine Libya’s energy sector and prevent the resumption of oil production. We share the NOC’s deep concern about the shameful interference of Wagner and other foreign mercenaries against NOC facilities and personnel at the al-Sharara oil field, which constitutes a direct assault aga…
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The comment followed a report by the National Oil Corporation, based in Tripoli and thus loyal to the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), that forces of the Libyan National Army (LNA) and ‘Russian mercenaries’ entered the Al-Sharara oilfield on June 25. Earlier in 2020, the LNA ordered to block the export of Libyan oil saying that the GNA uses oil revenues to pay Turkey for mercenaries and weapons. The Al-Sharara briefly resumed its work in early June but then was closed once again.

The strong stance of the LNA against using the country’s natural resources to fund the Turkish invasion of Libya demonstrates that its leadership is still committed to its long-pushed project of uniting the country and restoring its sovereignty. This effort faces a strong criticism of the US and some other Western states.

It’s interesting to note that while the US State Department remains a vocal opponent of the Russian presence in the Libyan oil sector (which goes in a close and official cooperation with the local administration), Washington sees nothing wrong with US agressive actions in the Greater Middle East, for example the occupation of Syrian oil fields.

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Foreign Security Apparatus Funding Riots, Seeking Chaos in Lebanon: Interior Minister

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June 27, 2020

Lebanese Interior Minister Mohammad Fahmi
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Lebanese Interior Minister Mohammad Fahmi disclosed that there has been a foreign scheme aiming at creating chaos in Lebanon.

In an interview with Al-Manar on Friday, Fahmi cited information that a foreign security apparatus has been supporting and funding  riots which took place since June 11.

He said that he tasked security agencies to contact with Amal movement and Hezbollah during the riots, noting that they were positive and keen to preserve civil peace.

The minsiter told Hadith As-Saa’s Imad Marmal that security forces will prevent bandits from cuting off roads, adding that legal cases to take place against those responsible for those acts.

“We support freedom of speech and demonstration, but blocking roads is an attack on citizens and their dignity,” Fahmi said.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

مرجع أمني للميادين: تركيا أحد مموّلي أعمال التخريب في بيروت التي شارك فيها عرب

A field security reference: Turkey is one of the financiers of sabotage in Beirut, in which Arabs participated

الكاتب: الميادين نت

المصدر: الميادين

مرجع أمني لبناني يفيد الميادين بتوقيف أكثر من 40 شخصاً من جنسيات لبنانية وعربية كانت تعد للتخريب والشغب في العاصمة بيروت.

أفاد مرجع أمني لبناني لمراسل الميادين، اليوم السبت، بأنه تمّ توقيف أكثر من 40 شخصاً من مجموعات كانت تُعدّ للتخريب والشغب في العاصمة بيروت.

وقال المرجع الأمني إن “الموقوفين ما زالوا رهن التحقيق وهم لبنانيون ومن جنسيات عربية مختلفة”. 

وأضاف أن “الموقوفين اعترفوا بتقاضيهم مبالغ مالية، مقابل إحداث الفوضى في بيروت بدءاً من 6 حزيران/ يونيو الجاري”.

ووفق المرجع الأمني، فإن “تركيا هي أحد ممولي مجموعات التخريب في بيروت”.

مراسل الميادين قال إن الموقوفين بتهم التحضير لعمليات تخريب في بيروت هم من جنسيات سودانية وسورية وفلسطينية ولبنانية.

الرئيس اللبناني ميشال عون كان قد أعلن أن السلم الأهلي خط أحمر والمفترض أن يلتقي الكل لتحصينه لأنه مسؤولية الجميع،  مؤكداً أن هناك من يستغل مطالب الناس لتوليد العنف والفوضى لتحقيق أجندات خارجية مشبوهة.

و خلال لقاء حواري في القصر الجمهوري في بعبدا، قال عون “إزاء شحن النفوس والعودة إلى لغة الحرب، كان لا بد لي أن أدعو إلى هذا اللقاء الوطني الجامع”، مشيراً إلى أن لبنان يمر بأسوأ أزمة مالية واقتصادية، ويعيش شعبه معاناة يومية قلقاً على المستقبل.

وتشهد العاصمة بيروت وعدد من المناطق اللبنانية منذ أشهر احتجاجات واسعة على وقع تدهور العملة الوطنية وصعود الدولار ، وتردّي الوضع المعيشي.

وأعادت القوى الأمنية فتح معظم الطرقات التي أقفلها المحتجون في العاصمة ومناطق في جبل لبنان والشمال.

وكانت مجموعات قد وقعت في قبضة القوى الأمنية في 12 حزيران/يونيو بعد قيامهم بأعمال شغب” بحسب القوى الأمنية.

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