إيران في زمن بدر وخيبر وترامب في «شِعب أبي طالب

أكتوبر 14, 2017

محمد صادق الحسيني

تمخّض الجبل فولد فأراً…

أو أراد أن يكحّلها فعماها…

كما يقول المثل العربي الشهير…

هكذا ظهر ترامب في خطابه المتشنّج والعصبي ضدّ إيران بأنه فعلاً خسر الرهان على حرب ربع الساعة الأخير في معركة العلمين في دير الزور والحويجة والقائم…!

فقد خرجت سورية والعراق من يديه ومسمار جحا البرزاني في طريقه للقلع، وصفقة القرن الغزاوية ستغرق في رمال مخيم جباليا على أيدي «القسام» و«سرايا الجهاد» و«ألوية الناصر» و«أبو علي مصطفى»، وآخرين لم تسمع بهم بعد يا ترامب…!

«الأميركيون غير جديرين بالثقة وناقضو عهود من الدرجة الأولى»… هذه هي أهمّ حصيلة يخرج بها المتتبّع لخطاب ترامب سواء كان المتتبّع إيرانياً أو عربياً أو أوروبياً أو لأيّ ملة أو قوم انتمى، وهو ما سيزيد في وهن وعزلة أميركا…!

ودونالد ترامب أثبت أنه شخصياً لا يمتلك الجرأة ولا الشجاعة على الخروج من الاتفاق النووي، ولا إعلان الحرب على إيران، رغم حجم الاتهامات الهائل الذي وجّهها إليها…!

وكما توقعنا تماماً فقد ثبت أنه مجرد طبل فارغ أطلق ضجيجاً لا يعتدّ به مطلقاً غاية ما تولد منه جملة اتهامات وزعها يميناً ويساراً يحتاج لإثبات كلّ واحدة منها الى مفاوضات أطول وأعقد من مفاوضات الاتفاق النووي الشهير…!

في هذه الأثناء، فإنّ ما أطلقه ترامب من تصريحات نارية حول إيران وصفه متابعون متخصّصون بأنه ليس أكثر من وصفة طبية يُصدرها طبيب فاشل لا يستطيع أحد صرفها في أيّ صيدلية حتى في الصيدلية «الإسرائيلية»…!

حملة تهويل وتزمير وحرب نفسية لمزيد من الابتزاز لإيران والأوروبيين والعرب…

لقد ظهر كما توقعناه بائساً وعاجزاً وجباناً ورعديداً كمن يسير في زقاق مظلم، فيصرخ باستمرار ليخفي وحشته في الطريق وحتى لا يقترب منه أحد أيضاً…!

الإسرائيليون أيضاً في ردود فعلهم الأولية فقد ذهب معظمهم للقول: لا جديد في خطاب ترامب ولا جوهر فيه ولا قيمة تذكر له…!

في الخلاصة نستطيع القول إنّ خطاب ترامب ولد ما يلي:

 ـ كرّس إيران دولة إقليمية عظمى في «الشرق الأوسط»، عندما لم يتجرّأ على التطرّق لأيّ من المطالب «الإسرائيلية»، بشأن الحدّ من دور إيران في سورية ولبنان والمنطقة. أيّ أنّ هذا الوجود أصبح من المسلمات غير الخاضعة للنقاش…! وهذا تطوّر له بعد استراتيجي هامّ ذو أبعاد عملياتية مباشرة على جميع ميادين المواجهة بين المحور الأميركي «الإسرائيلي» ومحور المقاومة.

 ـ لم يتجرّأ ترامب على توجيه أية تهديدات عسكرية لا لإيران بشكل عام، ولا للحرس الثوري بشكل خاص، على الرغم من أنّ قائد الحرس الثوري كان قد هدّد الولايات المتحدة وجيوشها في «الشرق الأوسط» قبل أيام قليلة عندما طالبه بالابتعاد بنحو 2000 كلم عن الحدود الإيرانية…!

 ـ أما العقوبات التي قال إنّ وزارة الخزانة الأميركية ستتخذها ضدّ الحرس الثوري وداعميه فهي إجراء باهت ولا قيمة له، وهو يعلم أنّ الحرس لا يتسلّم موازنته من وزارة المالية الإيرانية، وعليه فلا قيمة لإجراء كهذا…!

 ـ إنّ الخطاب قد أدّى إلى جعل نتن ياهو يشعر بأنه يتيم تماماً، وأنّ صراخه الذي ملأ واشنطن وموسكو لم يؤدّ إلى أية نتيجة، وهو نتن ياهو قد تحوّل الى قاروط القاروط هو يتيم الأب الذي يبقى مضطراً لخدمة أعمامه والآخرين بعد وفاة والده بشكل نهائي ودائم. أيّ أنه مرغم على القبول بدور الخادم للمصالح الأميركية التي هي فوق مصالح القاعدة العسكرية الأميركية في فلسطين والتي يطلق عليها اسم «إسرائيل».

 ـ ومن بين الخائبين من أذناب أميركا في الجزيرة العربية، والذين كانوا بسبب جهلهم وبؤس تفكيرهم ينتظرون قيام ترامب بإعلان الحرب على إيران في هذا الخطاب، فقد باؤوا بغضب من الله وتاهوا في صحراء بني «إسرائيل»…!

 ـ تركيز ترامب على أنّ الاتفاق النووي قد أكسب الأوروبيين كثيراً من الصفقات يشي بأنه يرنو إلى الحصول على جزء من المكاسب التجارية والصفقات مع إيران من خلال تفاهمات معينة مع روسيا .

ـ الخطاب يوازي في أهميته ما حققته إيران بتوقيع الاتفاق النووي، وبكلمات أخرى فهو تكريس لمحاسن الاتفاق النووي كلّها…!

من جديد تبقى اليد العليا لمحور المقاومة في الميادين كلها، بعد أن أصبح واضحاً كوضوح الشمس، بأنّ مركز ثقل العالم لم يعد في واشنطن وقد انتقل من الغرب الى الشرق…

إنه موسم الهجرة إلى مضيق مالاقا وخليج البنغال وبحر الصين…

بعدنا طيبين، قولوا الله.

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Israel Launches New Attack on Syria

Wouldn’t you know it? Just as the Syrian Army has emerged victorious over ISIS in Deir Ezzor, Israel has launched a fresh attack upon Syria. ABC News and other mainstream outlets are reporting a Zionist airstrike upon a facility in Masyaf, a town in Hama Province near the Mediterranean Coast.

Apparently the pretext for the attack is that the target is linked to chemical weapons production…or else it is a “military facility” of some sort–nobody seems to quite have the story straight at this point. Conveniently this comes just as Israel is conducting large-scale military exercises along the Lebanon border and also one day after the UN released a report claiming Syrian responsibility for the alleged chemical weapons attack back in April which prompted Donald Trump to fire off 59 Tomahawk missiles.

Reportedly the latest airstrike by Israel has killed two Syrian soldiers.

From SANA:

Damascus, SANA –Syria demanded UN Security Council to condemn the Israeli repeated aggressions on the country and take an immediate and decisive measure to halt them in accordance with its resolutions related to combating terrorism, warning of the catastrophic consequences of such attacks which complement the ISIS crimes and practices to escalate the situation and fuel the region and the world.

” At 02:42 a.m. on Thursday September, 7th, 2017 , the Israeli warplanes targeted one of the Syrian military positions near Misyaf in Hama province with several missiles, killing two army personnel and causing material damage to the site, the Ministry said in two letters addressed to UN Secretary General the Chairman of the UN Security Council.

The Ministry added that the new Israeli attack aims at raising the morale of its agents represented by the terrorist groups which are carrying out its aggressive agenda and in response to the great achievements made by the Syrian Arab army and its allies in their war on terrorism, the last of which is breaking the 3-year ISIS siege of Deir Ezzor city.

The repeated Israeli attacks have become systematic behavior with the aim of protecting Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS terrorists, said the ministry, noting that it is unacceptable that the UNSC has not taken decisive measures to put an end to such flagrant attacks.

It concluded that any attack against the Syrian Arab army forms a direct support to terrorism, taking into account that the Syrian Arab army is fighting terrorism on behalf of the entire world.

The Ministry called upon the UNSC and countries which have an impact on the Israeli entity to immediately condemn those attacks and halt them in order to defend security and stability and protect the lives of people all around the world from terrorism.

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Apparently no response from Russia (as per usual).

It was a bit over a week ago that Syrian Girl commented–correctly as it turns out–on signs pointing to a possible new Israeli attack upon Syria. Here are a couple of her most recent tweets:

ISRAELI MEDIA ACCUSES RUSSIA OF PROVIDING DIPLOMATIC SUPPORT TO HEZBOLLAH IN UN SECURITY COUNCIL

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Israeli Media Accuses Russia Of Providing Diplomatic Support To Hezbollah In UN Security Council

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Russia has worked behind the scenes providing Hezbollah a diplomatic cover in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), the Israeli Haaretz newspaper reported citing Israeli sources.

According to the newspaper, Russia threatened to veto US and Israeli moves against Hezbollah as the UNSC weighed extending and expanding a mandate of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

The Russian side allegedly pushed to remove “the direct reference to Hezbollah as conducting prohibited military activity in southern Lebanon that is in violation of Resolution 1701.

As a result the UNSC unanimously voted to renew Resolution 1701 last week but only after the US and Israel had agreed to remove paragraphs that were critical of Hezbollah.

The US-Israeli attempt to use the resolution to put an additional pressure on Hezbollah in southern Lebanon failed.

Haaretz linked this with the Russian involvement in the ongoing Syrian conflict where Moscow sided with the Assad government, Tehran and Hezbollah in a battle against ISIS and al-Qaeda.

The UNIFIL patrols Lebanon’s southern border with Israel where Hezbollah has a strong presence. The US and Israel describe Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the resolution and blamed Hezbollah for alleged arms trafficking in southern Lebanon.

The UNSC discussion over Resolution 1701 followed a meeting between Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Russian city of Sochi where the Israeli prime minister was attempting to bargain with the Russian leadership over the future of Syria. The Israeli leadership is concerned over the growing Shia influence in the country. However, it seems Netaniyahu failed to gain a Russian support over this issue.

 

يحيى دبوق

إدانة حزب الله في مجلس الأمن خطّ أحمر روسي، ويدفع موسكو إلى استخدام حق النقض. هذا ما كشفت عنه أمس مصادر دبلوماسية إسرائيلية، شاركت في المداولات التي سبقت صدور قرار التمديد لقوة اليونيفيل عاماً إضافياً.

والتهديد الروسي باستخدام الفيتو لمصلحة حزب الله في مجلس الامن قد يعدّ نقلة نوعية للدبلوماسية الروسية، رغم أنه في الواقع تعبير طبيعي ومنطقي عن حقيقة التحالف الاستراتيجي القائم بين روسيا ومحور المقاومة، والذي يتجاوز في أهدافه «مهمة» مساعدة الدولة السورية على مواجهة التهديدات، بل يرتبط أيضاً باليوم الذي يلي انتصار الدولة السورية، ليمتد حضوره إلى الإقليم. تحالف دفع معهد أبحاث الأمن القومي في تل أبيب إلى التأكيد، في بحث صدر عنه أخيراً، أن موسكو تنظر إلى الوجود الإيراني وحزب الله في سوريا على أنه «ثروة روسية».

إذاً، أمّنت موسكو مظلة حمائية في المحفل الدولي الأهم، مجلس الأمن، ومنعت عن حزب الله حملة تحريض وتشويه كانت تهدف إليها إسرائيل والولايات المتحدة. لكن الخطوة لا تقتصر، بتداعياتها ونتائجها المباشرة وغير المباشرة، على موضوعة اليونيفيل وتعديلات تفويضها. محور الرسالة الروسية المباشرة هو القوة الدولية، لكن خلفياتها وأهدافها تتجاوز ذلك، لتشير إلى المقاربة الروسية العملانية للساحتين السورية واللبنانية. وهي تشكل نوعاً من الخطوط الحمراء الضمنية الروسية، والتي قد ترتقي لاحقاً في حال ارتقاء الجهة المقابلة.

واذا كان رئيس الحكومة الاسرائيلية بنيامين نتنياهو قد سارع إلى موسكو في أعقاب تيقّنه من انتصار الدولة السورية وحلفائها في سوريا، عارضاً أمام الرئيس الروسي فلاديمير بوتين خطوطه الحمراء لمرحلة ما بعد الانتصار، إلا أن الأخير اختار كجواب على هذه التهديدات، التي تطال أيضاً ومن ناحية استراتيجية المصالح الروسية في سوريا، مسارين اثنين:

في الأول، دعا بوتين نتنياهو إلى التواصل معه في شؤون المنطقة، بعد أن استعرض الثاني تهديداته و«خطوطه الحمراء» الجديدة إزاء الساحة السورية التي تنصّ على إبعاد حزب الله وإيران عن سوريا. وهي دعوة من بوتين، بمفهوم التهديد الضمني، أن الموقف من أيّ تطور في سوريا يمكن معالجته فقط عبر البوابة الحصرية الروسية، وبما تسمح به موسكو، وفي حدّ أدنى، التفاهم معها. موقف كان على تل أبيب أن تدرك أنه دعوة إلى «التعقل» في سياق تهديداتها المتواصلة للساحة السورية.

في المسار الثاني، العملاني، اختار بوتين توجيه رسالة من نوع آخر، عبر المداولات التي سبقت قرار التمديد لليونيفيل. تداعيات هذه الخطوة المباشرة جاءت كبحاً لطموحات إسرائيلية وأميركية هدفت إلى تغيير تفويض اليونيفيل، أو ساعدت، بعبارة أدق، كثيراً على كبح هذه الطموحات. لكن الخطوة الروسية في الوقت نفسه هي رسالة تتجاوز موضوعة القوة الدولية وتعدّ استعراضاً روسياً مضاداً للاستعراض الإسرائيلي المتواصل منذ أسابيع وأشهر. بمعنى، إذا كانت إسرائيل تهدد بإمكان تفعيل قوتها لإظهار تصميمها بأن «رب البيت سيجنّ» في حال لم تلبِّ موسكو مطالبها ضد إيران وحزب الله في سوريا، فقد اختار بوتين ساحة الأمم المتحدة للرد على هذا الاستعراض، من بين ردود أخرى، لم تظهر حتى الآن إلى العلن.

وكانت صحيفة هآرتس، التي كشفت «الرسالة الروسية» أمس، قد نقلت عن مصادر سياسية إسرائيلية رفيعة المستوى قولها إن المسعى الابتدائي لواشنطن في تضمين نص قرار التمديد لليونيفيل إدانة لحزب الله، ووجه برفض روسي قاطع، فيما أكدت البعثة الإسرائيلية في اتصالاتها مع تل أبيب أن الخط الأحمر والفيتو الروسيين كانا حاضرين في حال ذكر اسم حزب الله في نص القرار.

وبحسب كلام موظف إسرائيلي رفيع المستوى، التصرف الروسي ليس إلا واحداً من بين مظاهر كثيرة تشهد على التقارب القائم بين روسيا وحزب الله، ونتيجة للائتلاف بين روسيا وإيران، الذي تكوّن في الأساس لمساعدة نظام (الرئيس السوري، بشار) الأسد في سوريا. وكما يؤكد المصدر، المصالح الروسية في سوريا والأنشطة العسكرية المشتركة بين الروس وحزب الله، ضد داعش وبقية التنظيمات المسلحة هناك، كانت كافية كي تدفع موسكو لمساعدة حزب الله سياسياً في مجلس الأمن.

وبحسب «هآرتس»، الجدير بالذكر أن الخطوة الروسية أتت بعد أيام قليلة من لقاء نتنياهو ببوتين. وفي ذلك أكثر من دلالة حول الموقف الروسي من المطالب الإسرائيلية التي نقلها إليه، بشأن اليوم الذي يلي انتصار المحور المعادي لإسرائيل، في سوريا.

 

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خارطة طريق الحرب التي ترسم سقف التفاهم الإستراتيجي بين روسيا ومحور المقاومة وتفسر الموقف المشترك من إسرائيل وخيبة نتنياهو في موسكو فتحرير مزارع شبعا والجولان هدفان متفق عليهما لرسم حزام الأمن في منطقة البحار الخمسة لفتح باب الحق الفلسطيني على قيام دولة كاملة او إنتفاضة ومقاومة مستمرتين …المعارك ترسم ما بعدها لكن المعركة الأولى مرسومة ضمن سقوف التفاهمات الكبرى للحلفاء …روسيا تحت سقف القانون الدولي ومحور المقاومة تحت سقف الحق والحرب على سوريا تقفل بأن يدفع صاحبها الإسرائيلي فاتورة الهزيمة فيها …من لا يصدق فليسأل نفسه هل كان يصدق قولنا السابق منذ أربع سنوات …لو إستدعى إنتصار سوريا ان يأتي الجيش الروسي والحرس الثوري وكل قوات حزب الله …وحتى الجيش الصيني …فسيأتون ؟

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Syria to UN: We Demand Reparations from the US

 

The Syrian mission at the United Nations has submitted a letter demanding reparations from “the so-called international coalition led by the United States of America” for its attacks upon the Syrian nation.

“The repeated bombardments by this illegitimate ‘international coalition’ continue to claim the lives of hundreds of innocent Syrian civilians and to cause significant material losses and the near-total destruction of Syrian facilities, homes and infrastructure, as well as the utter destruction of Syrian oil and gas facilities and sites,” the letter states.

The document (click here for PDF ) is dated July 12 and was submitted to the UN secretary general as well as the president of the Security Council.

“My government insists that these attacks must come to an end, and that the members of this illegitimate coalition must bear the political and legal responsibility for the destruction of infrastructure in the Syrian Arab Republic, including responsibility for compensation.”

Of course victors in wars never pay reparations to the losers; it’s always the vice versa. But the US is facing some major internal problems right now. For one thing we are $19.9 trillion in debt. Financial bubbles seem to be the only thing keeping us afloat, and economists have been warning for several years that we are headed for a collapse similar to, if not worse than, the one of 2008. Speculation is rife as well that the dollar could lose its status as the world reserve currency, and should that happen we would see spiraling inflation. Gas could go up to $10 to $15 per gallon; food prices would rise accordingly. This could well lead to rioting in the streets.

Suppose the neocons and the deep state succeed in getting a war started with Russia? An economic collapse of this nature and the loss of the dollar as the reserve currency could lead them to look at war as their only likely means of clinging to power–which might possibly impel them to try all the harder to bring a military confrontation about–possibly even by launching a direct attack upon Russia. And suppose, if it did come to that, the US were to come out the loser in that war?

These are a lot of “ifs,” I know, but the US is an extremely torn and divided nation right now. In no other country in the world is a head of state undergoing the campaign of vicious media attacks we see presently aimed against Trump from practically every major mainstream media outlet in the country. Repeat: nowhere else in the world does open warfare like this exist between a domestic leader and a country’s media. There has not only been an impeachment resolution introduced against Trump in Congress, but now a former CIA director has called for what would essentially amount to a coup against the president should he fire Robert Mueller as special counsel.

At the same time, racial tensions are becoming increasingly pervasive among the US population, while violent clashes between “Trump supporters” and “social justice warriors” are likewise on the rise. Divisions are everywhere. As Jesus said, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand” (Matthew 12:25).

With all this taken into consideration, it’s not terribly hard to imagine US officials at some point being brought before the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges and the American people being forced to pay reparations. And if you add up all the destruction in all of the wars the neocons have dragged us into–Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan…and possibly the bombings of Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina as well–the reparations price tag could end up being very costly indeed.

The Syrian letter also cites specific attacks carried out by the US coalition in recent months. Mentioned are an attack upon a gas station on April 22 as well as aerial bombings of gas wells on May 29 and 30. And it also mentions a bombing attack upon a village in which a number of people were killed, including children. Here is what the letter has to say about that:

On 27 May 2017, aircraft of this illegitimate coalition bombed the village of Hasu Albu Awf in the district of Shaddadah in Hasakah governorate, completely destroying many homes and killing civilians, most of them children. Of the victims, the following have been identified: Ayd Abdullah al-Husyan, Farhan Ayd al-Husayn and Amal al-Khidr, and children such as Muhammad Farhan al-Husayn, born in 2007, Sarah Farhan al-Husayn, born in 2009, Ibrahim Farhan al-Husayn, born in 2010, Zahrah Farhan al-Husayn, born in 2016, and Yusuf Fariq al-Husayn, born in 2016.

The Syrians only seem to be tallying up destruction and deaths caused by directCoalition attacks; they do not, at least for now, seem to be factoring in depredations and atrocities carried out by our proxies in this fight, the so-called “moderate rebels,” and of course now the Kurds. But what if–supposing a war crimes trial does happen to take place at some time in the future–these sorrows get added onto the list of charges as well? We’re talking about devastation, carnage, extirpation on an almost unimaginable scale. The following video, shot last year, shows destruction in Homs, Syria’s third largest city:

And keep in mind, that’s just one city. We or our proxies have wreaked havoc of this nature upon pretty much the entire country.

Last month I reported that the US had set up at least three military bases inside Syria. Now, according to a report here, the number is up to ten. Do the neocons and the media owners who’ve been promoting this regime change criminal fiasco give a hoot that American taxpayers could be on the hook for reparations at some point? Somehow I doubt they’ve given it much thought or that it would even concern them greatly if things turned out that way. We might have to kiss Social Security and Medicare goodbye, and financing for public schools could dry up, but why should any of that matter to them?

Certain economists are now observing a major global power shift from the West to the East, and of course history tells us that no empire lasts forever, that they all fall sooner or later. The American people should demand of our government that it cease immediately all involvement in the Syrian conflict. Get out. Now. Before even worse crimes are committed that we may at some point be held accountable for.

Operation in Syria strips IS of hefty chunk of oil revenue: Russia’s UN envoy

 
(TASS) The financial royalties the terrorist group calling itself the Islamic State (outlawed in Russia) gets from trade in crude oil has shrunk considerably since 2015, which is largely an effect of the counter-terrorist operation by Russia’s Aerospace Force in Syria, Russia’s deputy UN envoy Yevgeny Zagainov told a Security Council briefing on terrorist attacks that endanger international peace and security.

“According to the information at our disposal the Islamic State’s oil revenue has been down to $12 million – $25 million a month, which is a tiny one-third of what the Islamic State was getting in 2015,” he said.

“It is effective operations by Russia’s aerospace group in the course of the anti-terrorist campaign in Syria that have allowed for achieving such results,” Zagainov said.

According to the latest statistics, since the moment Russia began the operation in Syria a total of 4,000 tank trucks of the Islamic State have been destroyed and 206 oil and gas production facilities put out of order.

Zagainov said the latest report by the UN Secretary-General, too, contained the conclusion that the terrorists’ incomes were shrinking.

“At first sight it might seem that UN Security Council’s mechanisms for struggle against the financing of terrorism have begun to work at full capacity at last, but such evaluation would be too optimistic,” Zagainov said, adding that “far from all states are serious about their commitments in that respect.”

The decline in the Islamic State’s incomes, he said, is “first and foremost a result of terrorists’ military defeats.”

At the same time, said Zagainov, the sources of the Islamic State’s budget have remained basically unchanged – trade in hydrocarbons and requisitions from the civilian population in the controlled territories.

“It is obvious that time is ripe for the UN Security Council to enhance its set of sanctions with the aim to quash the Islamic State financially and economically,” Zagainov said.

He warned that not a single state is secure from radicalization of the population, attacks by individual terrorists and the emergence of “sleeping cells” and full-scale chapters of major terrorist organizations.

“Only creation of an integral anti-terrorist front protecting the common values enshrined in the UN Charter is capable of stopping the Islamic State’s geographic expansion,” he stated.

More:
http://tass.com/politics/950619

 

RUSSIA’S INFORMATION AND PRESS DEPARTMENT OF THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS ASK WHY STILL NO UN INVESTIGATION INTO CHEMICAL ALLEGATIONS IN SYRIA

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May 25, 2017, by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation:

“On May 23, the UNSC held its successive discussion on the state of affairs around the so-called Syrian “chemical dossier”. The Western “troika” of permanent members of the UN Security Council sought to give an anti-Assad and anti‑Russian pronounced spin to this event. It was reconfirmed that these “exposers” of Damascus were not interested in establishing the truth in a crucial issue of who actually stood behind the alleged use of sarin on April 4, 2017, in the Syrian province of Idlib. Representatives of the United States, Great Britain and France have desperately resisted any attempt to figure out to what extent their verdict delivered “in absentia” about the allegedly undeniable responsibility of the Bashar Al-Assad Government for this chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun was justified.

An unsightly scene has been developed. It seems that almost two months after the chemical incident nobody has been in a hurry to visit Khan Sheikhoun in order to examine all the circumstances of such a high-impact case. Moreover, the Westerners have ruled out even the very option of visiting the Shayirat airbase where, according to their own allegations, the sarin used in Khan Sheikhoun was stored.

Unfortunately, no activity has been undertaken in this regard by the OPCW Fact‑Finding Mission (FFM) that proceeds with postponing its visit to Khan Sheikhoun blaming unfavorable security conditions. As for the leadership of the OPCW – UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), it is yet to develop a plan of investigatory actions indicating sites to visit, individuals to question and documents to claim.

Russia’s position on this ongoing situation is well known and crystal clear: the investigation of this incident should be carried out as scrupulously as possible, in strict compliance with the JIM and FFM mandates approved by the UNSC and OPCW and include all investigatory actions, methods and proceedings envisaged in relevant UNSC resolutions and the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Both Khan Sheikhoun and Shayirat airbase must be visited, the first as the site of this barbaric deed and the second as facility claimed to be allegedly in a direct relation with it. The established vicious practice within the JIM and FFM of conducting investigations in a remote mode based on the evidence provided by questionable witnesses or sometimes even “false victims” is absolutely unacceptable. The resources of NGOs that compromised themselves long ago and have established links with militants and terrorist entities are widely used. This is not just an imitation of work – we are dealing with a deliberate, intentional falsification in pursuance of clearly established political objectives.

We once again call upon our Western partners, flaunting their quasi-evidence, to answer a number of the specific questions. In particular, whether the fundamental CWC procedure of chain of custody was observed during the collection of biomedical and other samples, or not? Isn’t it time to stop building far-reaching accusatory conclusions on crudely orchestrated, staged video-materials and other unreliable information, with which the irreconcilable Syrian opposition and its foreign patrons abundantly provide the JIM and FFM?

Returning to the issue of a visit to the Shayirat airbase, we recall that, in the early April 2017, Damascus has already provided official guarantees of secure access to it for the FFM specialists. Moreover, the Syrian Government has demanded that such a visit be organized without delay, thus confirming its willingness to fulfill its commitments arising from p. 12 of the FFM Mandate (Terms of Reference) and provisions of p. 15 of Part XI of the Verification Annex to the CWC. It is explicitly stated there that “the inspection team (of the OPCW) shall have the right of access to any and all areas which could be affected by the alleged use of chemical weapons”. Therefore, all prerequisites for organizing such a visit in terms of ensuring security and fulfilling the obligations under the Convention have already been created. So, this is in stark contrast with the JIM’s inactivity and an indifferent stand of the OPCW’s leadership, which believes that visit to the airbase is beyond the FFM competence.

We insist that along with the FFM the JIM should get involved in the investigation of the situation at the Shayirat airbase. We recall that operative paragraph 6 of UNSC resolution 2319 directs the Joint Investigative Mechanism to offer its services to the OPCW. UNSC resolution 2235, which in fact established the Mechanism, contains pp. 3 and 4 stipulating the requirement to identify those responsible for acquiring and stockpiling chemical weapons. Besides, p. 7 of this resolution clearly states the need for full access to all locations relevant to the investigation. So, why has this provisions been flagrantly disregarded by our opponents?

Not only we but also a number of other countries deem a visit to the Shayirat airbase necessary “based on the facts and circumstances known at the time” (p. 7 of UNSC resolution 2235).

We urge the JIM leadership and the OPCW Technical Secretariat to undertake immediate measures to rectify the current situation, send their specialists to Khan Sheikhoun and the Shayirat airbase without delay, ensure comprehensive and impartial investigation of all circumstances of this case and take other measures under their mandates to “…identify to the greatest extent feasible individuals, entities, groups, or governments who were perpetrators, organisers, sponsors or otherwise involved in the use of chemicals as weapons, including chlorine or any other toxic chemical, in the Syrian Arab Republic…” (p. 5 of UNSC resolution 2235).

Further avoidance of a comprehensive investigation will bring into question the capacity of the JIM and FFM and the necessity of their further existence accordingly.”

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RELATED LINKS/EXCERPTS:

MIT Professor Emeritus Dispels Lies of White House ‘Intelligence’ Report on Khan Shaykhun, Syria

America Illegally Bombs Syria Under False Pretexts. Links for critical thinking.

Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban, Political and Media Adviser to the Syrian President:

“Following the brutal American bombing of the air base, we did not witness any dispersal of toxic chemicals in and around the air base; so where is this alleged stockpile of chemicals being kept at al-Shayrat air base? How did it suddenly disappear without a trace after the American criminal missile attack?”

No ‘Red Lines’ After Western Backed Terrorists Massacre of Idlib’s Foua Civilians

Memorandum Creating De-Escalation Zones in Syria

By Stephen Lendman

May 06, 2017 “Information Clearing House” –   The agreement reached by Russia, Iran and Turkey, created four de-escalation zones effective May 5, prohibiting ground and aerial operations by all parties.

Washington isn’t part of the agreement, the fly in the ointment, likely undermining it because it wants endless war and regime change, not diplomatic resolution.

The Pentagon supports halting all aerial operations except its own, saying it’ll continue combating ISIS, the scourge it supports – pretending otherwise, fooling no one.

According to Russia’s Defense Ministry, its chief of General Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov and US Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford discussed the de-escalation plan by phone.

US agreements aren’t worth the paper they’re written on or verbal commitments made. Following their discussion, a Russian Defense Ministry statement left unexplained what Dunford may or may not have said about Moscow’s de-escalation plan.

It takes a giant leap of faith to think US policy will turn a new leaf in Syria, what it rejects in all its war theaters – seeking conflict resolution, ceasing support for ISIS and other terrorist groups, along with cooperating with Russia in combating them.

Below is the memorandum agreed to by Russia, Iran and Turkey on establishing de-escalation zones in Syria – as it appears on Russia’s Foreign Ministry web site.

It’s represents a forthright commitment by Moscow and Tehran. Turkey is consistently unreliable. Washington and its other rogue allies can never be trusted.

Memorandum on the creation of de-escalation areas in the Syrian Arab Republic
The Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey as guarantors of the observance of the ceasefire regime in the Syrian Arab Republic (hereinafter referred to as “Guarantors”):

— guided by the provisions of UNSC resolution 2254 (2015);

— reaffirming their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic;

— expressing their determination to decrease the level of military tensions and to provide for the security of civilians in the Syrian Arab Republic, have agreed on the following.

  1. the following de-escalation areas shall be created with the aim to put a prompt end to violence, improve the humanitarian situation and create favorable conditions to advance political settlement of the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic:

— Idlib province and certain parts of the neighbouring provinces (Latakia, Hama and Aleppo provinces);

— certain parts in the north of Homs province;
— in eastern Ghouta;

— certain parts of southern Syria (Deraa and Al-Quneitra provinces).
The creation of the de-escalation areas and security zones is a temporary measure, the duration of which will initially be 6 months and will be automatically extended on the basis of consensus of the Guarantors.

  1. Within the lines of the de-escalation areas:

— hostilities between the conflicting parties (the government of the Syrian Arab Republic and the armed opposition groups that have joined and will join the ceasefire regime) with the use of any kinds of weapons, including aerial assets, shall be ceased;

— rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access shall be provided;

— conditions to deliver medical aid to local population and to meet basic needs of civilians shall be created;

— measures to restore basic infrastructure facilities, starting with water supply and electricity distribution networks, shall be taken;

— conditions for the safe and voluntary return of refugees and internally displaced persons shall be created.

  1. Along the lines of the de-escalation areas, security zones shall be established in order to prevent incidents and military confrontations between the conflicting parties.
  2. The security zones shall include:

— Checkpoints to ensure unhindered movement of unarmed civilians and delivery of humanitarian assistance as well as to facilitate economic activities;
— Observation posts to ensure compliance with the provisions of the ceasefire regime.

 

The functioning of the checkpoints and observation posts as well as the administration of the security zones shall be ensured by the forces of the Guarantors by consensus. Third parties might be deployed, if necessary, by consensus of the Guarantors.

The Guarantors shall:

— take all necessary measures to ensure the fulfillment by the conflicting parties of the ceasefire regime;

— take all necessary measures to continue the fight against DAESH/ISIL, Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaeda or DAESH/ISIL as designated by the UN Security Council within and outside the de-escalation areas;

— continue efforts to include in the ceasefire regime armed opposition groups that have not yet joined the ceasefire regime.

  1. The Guarantors shall in 2 weeks after signing the Memorandum form a Joint working group on de-escalation (hereinafter referred to as the “Joint Working Group”) composed of their authorized representatives in order to delineate the lines of the de-escalation areas and security zones as well as to resolve other operational and technical issues related to the implementation of the Memorandum.

The Guarantors shall take steps to complete by 4 June 2017 the preparation of the maps of the de-escalation areas and security zones and to separate the armed opposition groups from the terrorist groups mentioned in para.5 of the Memorandum.

The Joint Working Group shall prepare by the above-mentioned date the maps of the de-escalation areas and security zones to be agreed by consensus of the Guarantors as well as the draft Regulation of the Joint Working Group.

The Joint Working Group shall report on its activities to the high-level international meetings on Syria held in Astana.

The present Memorandum enters into force the next day after its signing.
Done in Astana, 4 May 2017 in three copies in English, having equal legal force.
Signatures

Islamic Republic of Iran    Russian Federation    Republic of Turkey   

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net – His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html – Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com

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