Senior Shia cleric slams Islamic countries joining US-Israel alliance


January 27, 2022 

Secretary General of World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought denounced some Islamic states over joining the coalition of the US and Israeli regime.

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Secretary General of World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought denounced some Islamic countries over joining the coalition of the US and Israeli regime.

Sheikh Hamid Shahriari, in his speech at the proximity conference held to mark the birth anniversary of Hazrat Fatemeh Zahra (SA) held at Torbat-e-Jam Azad University on Tuesday expressing regret that the assets of Muslim world should fund non-Muslim institutions.

He referred to the US-brokered normalization deals as signed between some Muslim states and the Israeli regime and asked,” Why should the assets in some Islamic countries fund a European team?”

The cleric noted that the US and UK are certainly behind some satellite networks and cyber channels and constantly desecrate Islamic sanctities.

Secretary General of World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought referred to presence of Daesh terrorist group in Iraq and Syria saying,” Presence of Daesh aimed tearing down Iraq into three parts before its topple though unity among Shia, Sunni and Kurds and their joining with Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani foiled the plot for disintegration of Iraq.”

Sheikh Shahriari warned that similar plots for dividing the world of Islam will be carried out if Muslims do not stand vigil.

“Enemies cannot tolerate unity among Muslims” he said and added,” They are the same people who killed nearly 80 million in World Wars merely for their own benefits and now they are boasting to their so-called human rights.”

Top cleric also denounced the western countries for looting the cultural heritages in Iraq and Syria and said,” The US objective for its presence in the region is for guaranteeing its benefits as it has been so in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.”

Secretary General of World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought, Sheikh Hamid Shahriari made the comments at “Reyhant-Unnabi” conference, proximity meeting held in Torbat-e-Jam Azad University on Tuesday.

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Darayya: 100,000 Displaced Return to their Homes, City’s Rubble Cleared

 

Darayya Damascus Countryside rehabilitated by the Syrian state داريا في ريف دمشق يتم ازالة الأنقاض وإعادة تأهيلها

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Darayya in Damascus southwestern countryside was one of the first cities visited by the US-sponsored ‘freedom fighters’ and its people were among the first to witness firsthand the ‘freedom’ these terrorists brought with a horrific massacre, today, the city is restoring its life back.

More than 100,000 people of the city’s population returned to their homes, or what’s left of it, until this day, Darayya’s city council head Marwan Obeid stated, he added that the city had a population of 300,000.

Darayya visited by US-sponsored ‘Moderate Rebels’
Darayya visited by US-sponsored ‘Moderate Rebels’
Syrian state rehabilitating Darayya
Syrian state rehabilitating Darayya
Syrian state rehabilitating Darayya
People returning to Darayya
People returning to Darayya
Darayya Damascus Countryside thousands of residents returning

Mr. Obeid said in his statement to the local Sham FM radio channel that the council has concluded clearing the rubble of the destroyed buildings, public facilities, and the city’s infrastructure, an indication that the rest of the residents can return and rebuild their homes.

Darayya Damascus Countryside visited by US-sponsored moderate rebels داريا في ريف دمشق قام ثوار الناتو بتدميرها
Darayya visited by US-sponsored ‘Moderate Rebels

The Syrian armed forces and law enforcement units cleared Darayya from the US-sponsored Al Qaeda Levant in August 2016, back then they were still called the ‘Free Syrian Army’ or the FSA, the terrorists left behind a 95% destroyed city, maybe that was their main goal not to all of them become Syria’s new president!

In the process of destroying (liberating by NATO’s media) the city of Darayya, the US-sponsored ‘freedom fighters’ killed 2911 people, official records show, the law enforcement agencies managed to arrest 5193 terrorists, some 2560 of them continue serving their sentences in prison, the others were either included in one of the presidential amnesties or completed their sentences and were back to their normal lives.

Usually, members of terrorist groups who did not harm any other people were included in the presidential amnesties and were sentenced very lightly, most of them, however, who joined the reconciliation processes were not even tried and not prosecuted. Others who did kill or cause harm where personal lawsuits are filed against them are not included in any amnesty. Presidential amnesties only cover crimes against the state not against individuals.

Darayya still needs many services to return to a fully liveable city, the US, European, and Gulfies-imposed blockade on Syria adds an enormous burden on the Syrian state to meet the people’s needs, the continuous occupation of Syrian territories by Biden forces, and forces loyal to the Turkish madman Erdogan of the Turkish army and its affiliated HTS umbrella of terrorist groups, in addition to the separatist Kurdish SDF terrorists impede Syria’s overall recovery.

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نقاط انسحاب الحريريّ يختتم ثلاثة عقود… نحو التصفير على الحروف

الثلاثاء 25 كانون ثاني 2022

ناصر قنديل

قبل ثلاثة عقود تماماً كان الدخول الأول للرئيس رفيق الحريري الى السراي الحكومي رئيساً للحكومة، دون أن يكون لديه تيار سياسي أو كتلة نيابية، مفتتحاً مساراً جديداً في الحياة السياسية والاقتصادية، في ظل تفاهم سوري سعودي على تمكينه من تشكيل الركن الثالث في الترويكا التي شكلت إطار النظام المنبثق من اتفاق الطائف، في ظل معادلة كان الخلل فيها قد أصاب شرعية الانتخابات النيابية بعد المقاطعة المسيحية. وكانت القيادات المسيحية الوازنة، مَن اشترك في دعم الطائف ومَن عارضه، قد بدأت الاصطفاف على الوقوف خارج النظام الجديد. وكانت السعودية غير راضية عن تمثيل الطائفة السنية السياسي بزعامات تمثل بيوتاً تاريخية في كل من بيروت وطرابلس وصيدا والبقاع تجمعها بسورية علاقات مميّزة. وصار نهوض الترويكا يعادل حصر التمثيل السني بالرئيس الحريري، وتصفير الساحة السياسية لطائفته، ومركزتها حوله، مقابل تقاسم ثنائي حركة أمل وحزب الله لتمثيل الساحة الشيعية، وإبقاء التمثيل المسيحي مفتوحاً على البيوتات السياسية بدلاً من الأحزاب التاريخية، وحتى قبيل اغتياله ومن ثم عودة القيادات المسيحية الغائبة او المغيبة الى المسرح، حاول الرئيس رفيق الحريري تقديم الغطاء السني والمسيحي معاً، لنظام الطائف.

تزامن رحيل الرئيس رفيق الحريري ودخول الرئيس سعد الحريري الى المسرح مع سقوط تدريجيّ ثم شامل، للمعادلة السورية السعودية، وصولاً لانخراط السعودية في الحرب على سورية، وتموضع الرئيس سعد الحريري في هذه الحرب. وتزامن ذلك أيضاً مع هجوم سياسي على المقاومة ترجم عسكرياً في حرب تموز 2006، وتبديلاً لأولويات السياسة في لبنان على الضفة الدولية التي نجحت واشنطن باحتكارها بعد انهيار الاتحاد السوفياتي، من الانخراط في التسويات مع خيار الممانعة، نحو محاصرة المقاومة. وجاءت حرب العراق وسلسلة الحروب التي تبعتها على لبنان وغزة وصولاً لحرب إسقاط سورية ترجمة لهذا التبدل. وتموضعت السعودية ومعها الرئيس سعد الحريري في هذا الخيار، ووضعت القيادات المسيحية العائدة للانخراط في المسرح السياسي بين خياري التحالف مع المقاومة، كما فعل التيار الوطني الحر، أو الوقوف على ضفة العداء لها كما فعلت القوات اللبنانية وفعل حزب الكتائب، ونتج عن الفشل في هذه الحروب على المقاومة، وآخرها حرب الإسقاط المالي للبنان بعد حرب الإسقاط العسكري لسورية، بدء توزيع الخسائر في صفوف حلف الحرب، وكما حمّلت أميركا حلفاءها السعوديّ والإسرائيليّ والتركيّ والقطريّ مسؤولية الفشل، فرحل بنيامين نتنياهو، وأغلقت الأبواب في واشنطن بوجه محمد بن سلمان، وتم ترحيل أمير قطر (الأب) ورئيس وزرائه، وفرضت العقوبات على أردوغان ونظامه، قامت السعودية بقيادة ولي عهدها بتحميل الحريري مسؤولية الفشل، ووضعت عليه الحرم السياسي، من احتجازه عام 2017 وصولاً لفرض إعلان انسحابه أمس.

رغم إصرار الحريري على تبني الخطاب السياسي العدائي تجاه المقاومة يسجل له أنه يُعاقب على عدم انخراطه في اللعبة الدمويّة التي طلبها منه السعوديون وارتضاها سواه. وهو بذلك كان يقيم حسابات المصلحة، كما كان يسمّيها والده، عندما رفض السير بما طلبه منه الأميركيون والفرنسيون لجهة المضي في الوقوف بوجه التمديد للرئيس أميل لحود لفتح الباب لإسقاط سورية في لبنان كسياق لترجمة القرار 1559 الذي تذكره الخليج اليوم بقيادة السعودية كعنوان لمبادرتهم نحو لبنان، فصارت دماء الرئيس رفيق الحريري وقوداً أفضل من بقائه لتطبيق بند الانسحاب السوري من لبنان الذي نص عليه القرار، وإطلاق الرهان على حرب تموز 2006 لتطبيق البند الخاص بسلاح المقاومة، وهو البند الذي رافق مسار الرئيس سعد الحريري، كطلب أميركي سعودي ضاغط في أولويات السياسة، فوجد الانسحاب من المسرح السياسي أمس، أقلّ الأثمان المتاحة، تاركاً لهم الفرصة لترجمة خيار العودة لتصفير الساحة السياسية لما قبل مجيء والده وحضوره الى المسرح، بعدما قرر الأميركيون والسعوديون السير بهذا التصفير، منذ 17 تشرين أول 2019، سعياً لتحويل لبنان الى مستنقع من الفراغ والفوضى تغرق فيه المقاومة. والمقصود من التصفير، العودة بلبنان الى ما قبل اتفاق الطائف في ظل الانهيار المالي يوم كان سعر الدولار قد ارتفع أكثر من مئة ضعف، والتفتت السياسي، والتشظي الطائفي، والفلتان الأمني، وهامشية الدولة ومؤسساتها، وفتح الباب لولادة تجمّعات صغيرة تملأ المشهد بالضجيج والصراخ، دون أن تملك حضوراً شعبياً يخولها دخول المسرح السياسي التمثيلي بقوة، على طريقة السودان والصومال، حيث يلعب المجتمع المدني دوراً، جماعة الحرية والتغيير في السودان التي تستنجد بـ «إسرائيل» لطلب وساطة أميركية وإنتاج حل سياسي في السودان، يقابلها نموذج حركات متطرفة تشبه حركة الشباب في الصومال، التي تتحالف مع تنظيم القاعدة.

الذي يغيب عن حسابات جماعة مشروع التصفير، هو أن لبنان والمقاومة فيه قد بلغا مرحلة من المنعة والقوة، رغم كل نقاط الضعف، ما يجعل توازن نقاط الضعف بالمقارنة مع كل حلفاء واشنطن في المنطقة، مشابهاً لتوازن نقاط القوة، لصالح المقاومة، وخصوصاً مع «إسرائيل» والسعودية، لتصير هي الأقدر على رسم معادلة الخروج بسلام من مشروع التصفير. وفي واشنطن حيث ثمة من لا يريد للانسحاب من أفغانستان أن يتحول الى نهج واستراتيجية ويصرّ على تقديمها كسانحة عابرة لها خصوصيتها، أملاً باسترداد مهابة تفاوضية أقوى مع روسيا والصين وإيران، هناك من يقرأ تجارب كازاخستان وأوكرانيا كتأكيدات تجعل أفغانستان سياقاً سيتكرر حكماً في العراق وسورية، وفي واشنطن حيث من لا يريد لاستثناء لبنان من عقوبات قانون قيصر في استجرار الكهرباء الأردنية والغاز المصري عبر سورية، أن يتحول الى سياسة، ويسعى لإنعاش سياسة الضغوط والابتزاز وتشجيع الحلفاء على المزيد من الضغوط، وهو ما تحاول اختباره الورقة الخليجية. هناك من يقرأ في مخاطر التردد في ترسيم الحدود البحرية للبنان، فرصة قد تكرّر تجربة سفن كسر الحصار التي فرضت الاستثناء من العقوبات، بصيغة سفن للتنقيب عن النفط والغاز تقلب الطاولة، وترسم مشهداً جديداً، لا يريده الذين يرددون اليوم أن الاتفاق النووي مع إيران أحلى الأمرين، وأن التسليم بالفشل في الحرب على اليمن يشبه مرارة التسليم بالفشل في الحرب على أفغانستان، لكن ليس أمام السعودية والإمارات بدائل أفضل مما كان متاحاً لواشنطن.

مخاض التصفير، تحدّ وفرصة!

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الزيارة المؤامرة… ١٧ أيّار جديد!

الثلاثاء 25 كانون ثاني 2022

محمد صادق الحسينيّ

 أكثر من مؤشر في الإقليم يشي بأنّ واشنطن لم تتعلم دروس انكساراتها على أكثر من صعيد وأكثر من ساحة في إقليمنا العربي والإسلامي ولا تزال تأمل زعزعة الاستقرار في أقطارنا من خلال إشاعة منظومة الفتن والحروب الداخلية المتنقلة وتستثمر المجموعات الإرهابيّة لهذا الغرض، كما تمنع تعافي أقطارنا وتدفع مكوناتها الاجتماعية إلى التقاتل في ما بينها او تعطل الحياة السياسية العامة فيها.

وآخر مثال حيّ على هذه السياسة دفع الحريري الابن للخروج هو وتياره السياسي بأمر همايوني أميركي ـ سعودي من الانتخابات والحياة السياسية اللبنانية!

 من جانب آخر، وعلى الرغم من مواصلة الولايات المتحدة الأميركية محاولاتها لإجراء اتصالات سريّة، مع بعض أطراف حلف المقاومة، بعيداً عن المفاوضات النووية الجارية في فيينا، إلا انّ واشنطن تواصل أيضاً عداءها لهذا الحلف وتستمرّ في تصعيد العدوان، بشكل غير مسبوق، على بعض أطرافه مثل اليمن، والتآمر وتوجيه التهديدات لأطراف أخرى لهذا الحلف، سواءٌ في إيران او العراق او سورية او فلسطين او لبنان.

لذلك لا بدّ من الربط، بين حلقات المؤامرة الأميركية الصهيونية السعودية الخليجية، ليس فقط ضدّ حلف المقاومة وانما ضد الأمتين العربية والإسلامية. فما قيام الولايات المتحدة الأميركية بإصدار الأوامر الى آل سعود وآل نهيان…

أ ـ بتصعيد القصف الجوي الإجرامي الوحشي على الشعب اليمني الأعزل المسالم، في محاولة لكسر معنويات هذا الشعب وثنيه عن الصمود ومواصلة معركة تحرير اليمن، من الاحتلال السعودي الإماراتي «الإسرائيلي» (جزيرة ميون وجزيرة سوقطرى).

ب ـ ومسرحية هجوم عناصر من فلول داعش على سجن تديره الوحدات العسكرية الكردية، العميلة لواشنطن وتل أبيب، وتهريب مئات من عناصر داعش، بغطاء جويّ أميركي، وبغضّ النظر عما يجري في محيط منطقة السجن من تبادل (مسرحيّ) لإطلاق النار.

ج ـ وقيام القوات الأميركية، المنتشرة في منطقة الحسكة السورية المحتلة، حيث يوجد السجن، او بالأحرى معسكر الاحتياط لعناصر داعش، نقول قيام القوات الأميركية المنتشرة هناك بإخلاء «الهاربين» من السجن ونقلهم جواً، بواسطة مروحيّات الجيش الأميركي، الى قضاء سنجار وقضاء البعاج في العراق، تمهيداً لقيامهم بسلسلة هجمات إجرامية، ضد المدنيين وضد القوات المسلحة العراقية، في قاطع سنجار / تلعفر، وقاطع البعاج / الشرقاط.

د ـ أو إصدار الأوامر، لوزير خارجية الكويت، من واشنطن وتل أبيب، بعد التحشيد المتواصل، ضدّ حلف المقاومة بشكل عام، وحزب الله بشكل خاص، بحمل قنبلة تفجير لبنان من الداخل وليس مبادرة «لحلّ الخلافات» مع لبنان، كما زعموا.

وبعيداً عن التنميقات الدبلوماسية والأغلفة المزيفة، التي يتمّ من خلالها توصيف أهداف زيارة هذا الوزير الى لبنان، وبالعودة الى ما صرّح به هو نفسه، في مؤتمر صحافي في العاصمة اللبنانية، بيروت، عندما قال إنه يحمل «مبادرة لحلّ الخلافات مع لبنان» بتكليف من دول الخليج مجتمعة ومن الجامعة العربية والولايات المتحدة وفرنسا، نقول إنه بعيداً عن ذلك فإنّ أهداف الزيارة مختلفةً تماماً عما هو معلن. والتي يمكن تلخيص أهمّها في النقاط التالية:

أولاً: الضغط على الحكومة اللبنانية لإعادة فتح موضوع سلاح حزب الله، وذلك من خلال العودة الى قرار مجلس الامن رقم ١٥٥٩، الصادر بتاريخ ٢/٨/٢٠٠٤، والذي يدعو في فقرته الثالثة، الى تفكيك جميع الميليشيات، اللبنانية وغير اللبنانية وتجريدها من السلاح.

وهذا هو الطلب الأول، الذي تقدّم به هذا الوزير الكويتي، الى كلّ من رئيس الجمهورية ورئيس الحكومة ورئيس مجلس النواب في لبنان.

وهنا يجب التذكير بأنّ مجزرة الطيونة، والتفجير الذي نفذه عملاء الموساد في مخيم البرج الشمالي قبل أسابيع، ما هي إلا حلقات في التحضير للوصول، عبر الازمة التي افتعلتها السعودية مع لبنان، الى إعادة طرح هذا الموضوع بقوة.

ثانياً: ولعلّ من الضروري، في هذا المقام، التذكير بالردّ اللبناني الرسمي، على قرار مجلس الأمن رقم ١٥٥٩، والذي نشر في حينه على الصفحة الرسمية للجيش اللبناني، وجاء في فقرته الثانية (باللغة الانجليزية) انّ المقاومة (في لبنان) ليست ميليشيا وهي قوة تدافع عن لبنان وحرّرت أجزاءً كبيرة من أرضه، وانّ الحفاظ عليها هو مصلحة استراتيجية لبنانية.

وتابعت رسالة الردّ اللبنانية قائلةً: اما بالنسبة للفلسطينيين في لبنان فهم يعيشون في مخيمات تديرها الأونروا، ويطوّقها الجيش اللبناني ولا يسمح بنقل الأسلحة الى خارجها، وهم يطالبون بحق العودة الى وطنهم، حسب قرار الأمم المتحدة رقم ١٩٤.

 ثالثاً: أما الطلب الثاني، الذي قدّمه هذا الوزير، للجهات اللبنانية المعنية، فقد كان أقرب الى التهديد منه الى الطلب. اذ انه أبلغ المعنيين بانّ استخراج النفط والغاز اللبناني، من المياه الإقليمية اللبنانية، مرتبط بتنفيذ طلب «معالجة» موضوع سلاح حزب الله.

رابعاً: إنّ الموافقة على إعادة إعمار ميناء بيروت مرتبطة بشرط «معالجة» موضوع سلاح حزب الله، بالإضافة الى شرط تلزيم الميناء لشركة «دولية» يتمّ إنشاؤها لهذا الغرض.

وهذا يعني انّ عمليات إعادة الإعمار، ومن ثم إدارة الميناء سوف تسلم لشركة ستضمّ، الى جانب الشركات الأميركية والفرنسية، شركة موانئ دبي وشركة ZIM «الإسرائيلية» للنقل البحري، ومقرها حيفا والتي تأسست سنة ١٩٤٥.

خامساً: لكن ما يغيب عن بال هذا الوزير هو انّ سلاح حزب الله ليس سلعة للتبادل التجاري او لعقد الصفقات، بل إنّ هذا السلاح، هو جزء من السلاح الاستراتيجي لحلف المقاومة برمّته، كما انّ هذا السلاح قد انتصر على الجيش «الإسرائيلي» مرتين في لبنان، ويردع هذا الجيش عن الاعتداء على لبنان، وهو بالتالي ذخر استراتيجي لبناني. وهو ما ورد في الردّ الذي أشرنا اليه أعلاه.

من هنا فإن لا أحد في لبنان يستطيع، او لديه الاستعداد، للتحدث في هذا الموضوع، بعد أن عجزت واشنطن وتل ابيب عن تحقيق هذه الأهداف. بالإضافة الى انّ سلاح حزب الله لم يعد شأناً لبنانياً خالصاً وإنما هو شأن اقليمي ودولي، بعد أن أصبح حزب الله قوة اقليمية فاعلةً، على كلّ الاصعدة. وخاصةً على صعيد الوقوف في وجه مشاريع توطين اللاجئين الفلسطينيين (والسوريين ايضاً) في لبنان، وتهديد وجود الدولة اللبنانية، من خلال إنهاء خصوصيتها وإخضاعها للهيمنة الصهيو ـ أميركية الكاملة.

سادساً: ولكل هذه الأسباب نقول لهذا الوزير إنّ بضاعته المعروضة على لبنان فاسدةً ولن تجد من يشتريها، وان ظروف اتفاقية ١٧ أيار اللبنانية الاسرائيلية قد ولّت الى غير رجعة.

ولبنان «الإسرائيلي» في العام ١٩٨٣ لن يعود إلا اذا تحقق حلم ابليس في الجنة!

ولبنان ٢٠٢٢ قوة عظمى لن يتنازل عنه أهله الشرفاء بالتأكيد.

بعدنا طيّبين قولوا الله…

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Biden Forces Lose Dozens of Daesh / ISIS Terrorists from Syrian Prison

ISIS terroristsreleased from Ghweran prison in Hasakah Syria by US and Kurdish SDF

 MIRI WOOD

Biden military illegals lost more Daesh terrorists in a Syrian prison run by SDF terrorists, on 20 January, when free ISIS terrorists blew up to vehicles outside the al Sina’a Prison in the Ghweran neighborhood of al Hasakah.

Again, Hasakah is in Syria, which is not part of the USA.

At this writing, the Syrian Arab News Agency has reported on chaos — including shootings inside and out, Biden regime military helicopters flying about, and the Obama-created SDF terrorists criminally-imposed curfews against the indigenous Syrian population — not casualties, nor the numbers of terrorists imprisoned by other terrorists who managed to escape.

Among uncorroborated reports, 22 SDF terrorists were killed in the fighting, & ISIS/Daesh terrorists took over a part of the prison that actually houses weapons and ammunition.

Syrian journalist, Rasha Hasan reported twenty escapees in the afternoon of 20 January; about twelve hours later, a leaked document from Iraqi Military Intelligence claimed that the intention of the vehicular detonations outside the occupied Syrian prison was to move 5,000 ISIS/Daesh takfiri into Iraq (of possibly pure coincidence, about twenty-four hours later, ISIS terrorists massacred eleven Iraqi soldiers in the Diyala governate, further to the south of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.).

The Biden regime’s illegal forces have a long war criminal history of recycling ISIS savages from illegal prisons, from different regions of Syria, back and forth into Iraq — atrocities that are required to maintain the function of the Military Industrial Complex.

Terrorism is defined in the Code of Federal Regulations as ‘the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives’ (28 C.F.R. Section 0.85). — fbi.gov

Particularly sadistic, is the fact that the Biden troops use the illicit al Yaarubiyah crossing — run by the SDF terrorists since 2013, before the Pentagon demanded a re-branding from the YPG name, in 2015, which was on the US terror list — to transport stolen Syrian oil, stolen Syrian grain, and ISIS takfiri, into the Autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Separatist Kurds fantasy land.
Biden regime troops use illicit al Yaarubiyah crossing for oil & grain theft & transporting terrorists across the border with Iraq.
Neocon’s neocon Paul “Wolfie” Wolfowitz visiting ‘Kurdistan Regional Government’ in 2004.

Though there has not been much reporting from NATO stenographers on the recent attack and escapes, all such sources have normalized the colonialist invasion and occupation by the US, of the prison of another country. We also hyperlink the Defense One report of 24 February 2021 which arrogantly announced western supremacy news that the “US-led anti-ISIS coalition is funding a dramatic expansion of a large detention facility in northeastern Syria…”.

NATO media normalizing terrorism and justifying foreign countries running domestic prisons

This is a prison in the city of Philadelphia; can any westerner imagine it being occupied by the French military with the assistance of a gang of terrorists armed by France?

Now, further imagine that a third gang of terrorists/illegals in Philly car bombed the prison in the US, so that it looked like this, from a distance:

Biden forces bombed Syrian prison.


Excepting imperialists who lead the world in global genocide, is there a sane person who would consider this triad of war crimes and other atrocities as normal?

Updated information reports that thousands of ISIS terrorists were able to leave the Syrian prison under Biden regime and SDF occupation; let all westerners consider their reactions were this to be perpetrated against their homelands.

To our few readers who may persist in supporting either Biden or Trump, please note that this atrocity was created by both your war criminal leaders.

— Miri Wood

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Ayatollah Raisi at the State Duma of Russia

January 20, 2022

Iran seeks “maximum interaction” with all countries around the world based on increasing formation of a “civilised global community”

As one of his travel plans to Russia, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran addressed the State Duma of Russia and stated, “The Islamic Republic of Iran seeks “maximum interaction” with all countries around the world, especially its neighbours and allies”.

The full text of President Raisi’s speech is as follows:

In the name of God, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

His Excellency Mr Volodin,

Honourable Chairman of the State Duma of Russia,

Dear representatives,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the outset, I would like to express my satisfaction with the friendly government and nation of the Russian Federation for the warm welcome and hospitality of me and my accompanying delegation in the beautiful city of Moscow.

I seize the opportunity to congratulate the Russian nation and government on the birthday of Jesus Christ and the New Year. The people of Iran and the World of Islam respect Jesus Christ and his pure mother, Saint Mary, and based on the teachings of the Quran, believe that the most important common message of all Abrahamic religions is the spiritual development of humanity through worship of the Lord of the Worlds, which in itself promotes peace and intimacy and the emergence of God-loving and, consequently, human societies. At the same time, worshiping God always takes its meaning from avoiding obedience and worshiping any entity other than God.

I am very glad that in the programmes of this trip, there was an opportunity to attend the State Duma and meet with you, the representatives of the people with the ancient culture and civilisation of Russia. In this regard, I would like to thank Mr Volodin, the Honourable Chairman of the State Duma of Russia, the Deputy Chairman of the Duma, the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and other members of the State Duma for organising this programme and giving me the opportunity to speak.

As I mentioned in a cordial meeting and constructive conversation with Mr Volodin, when the Russian political delegation attended my inauguration; the Islamic Republic of Iran has the necessary will and readiness to develop and expand relations with the Russian Federation.

Today, fortunately, there are very clear horizons for cooperation between the two countries at the bilateral, regional and international levels. Strengthening Iran-Russia relations in bilateral and multilateral forms will boost the economies of the two nations and strengthen regional and international security. The abundant, yet complementary economic and trade capacities of the two countries, along with the power and influence of each of our two countries in their geographical areas, can strengthen the convergence between the regions.

The Islamic Republic of Iran seeks “maximum interaction” with all countries around the world, especially its neighbours and allies. The purpose and basis of this cooperation and interaction is the mutual interests of nations and the increasing formation of a “civilised global community”. This path can be achieved through the cooperation of independent countries with high cultures and attention to the principles of “justice, morality and spirituality”. Undoubtedly, the root of what human society suffers from today is the separation of politics from morality and spirituality. Violence, terrorism, the collapse of the family institution, and the spread of drugs do not come from a spiritualist mind-set. Any structure created on the basis of this segregation intensifies the suffering of humanity and, instead of promoting justice, structures oppression and creates the roots causes of domination.

Distinguished Representatives,

The experience of an international system based on domination shows that its output was nothing but war, violence, insecurity and division among nations. The failure of the policy of military occupation and forcing the United States to flee Iraq and Afghanistan stems from one concept: resistance of nations. The idea of resistance serves the independence of countries. In modern times, the concept of resistance plays a central role in deterrence equations. The successful model of cooperation between Iran and Russia in Syria has also ensured the independence of the countries and the consolidation of regional security in the continuation of the resistance of the Syrian people and government. In this regard, we have enjoyed the cooperation of the Russian Federation with the intelligent leadership of Mr Putin, which is commendable and can be considered an effective model for the development of cooperation in various fields.

However, the war on terrorism has been part of the war on hegemony; because terrorism is one of the by-products of hegemony. The strategy of domination has now failed, and the United States is in its weakest position, and the power of independent nations is experiencing its historic growth. The important thing in this age, which requires vigilance, is that the desires for domination have not disappeared and new forms of domination are on the agenda. The most important goal of this agenda is to weaken independent governments from within, which is pursued through economic sanctions, destabilisation, the promotion of insecurity, and false narratives of events; In such a way that they try to change the place of the oppressor and the oppressed in public opinion.

The “evil alliance” of the United States with terrorists is clear to the world, especially to the nations of West Asia, from Syria to Afghanistan. There are now complex plans to send takfiri terrorists on new missions from the Caucasus to Central Asia. Experience has shown that it is pure Islamic thought that can prevent the formation of extremism and takfiri terrorism.

NATO, on the other hand, seeks to infiltrate various geographical areas with new coverings that threaten the common interests of independent states. Promoting pro-Western governments and confronting independent democracies based on national identities and traditions is part of NATO’s cultural projects that reflect the hypocrisy of this diminishing pattern of behaviour.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Sanctioning nations is a common form of new domination, and countering it requires the cooperation of independent states and a collective response. Otherwise, sanctions will affect all countries, even US allies, under various pretexts. The United States claims that the sanctions are due to the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear activities. Everyone knows that these activities are legal and under the constant supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency. But the reality is that in different historical periods of Iran’s development, whenever our nation has raised the banner of nationalism, independence, or scientific development, it has faced sanctions and pressures of the Iranian nation’s enemies.

Dear Representatives,

The policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, according to the fatwa of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, is that we are not looking for a nuclear weapon, and such weapons have no place in our defence strategy. America seeks to oppose the rights of our nation. Our philosophy is also clear: “We do not relinquish the rights of our nation”. Those chanting, “America is back” have not yet fulfilled their obligations under the nuclear deal. We are not satisfied with anything less than our rights. The Islamic Republic of Iran is serious about reaching an agreement if the other parties are serious about lifting the sanctions effectively and operationally.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The policy of maximum interaction of the Islamic Republic of Iran with independent governments is original and will continue regardless of the developments in the international environment. The Islamic Republic of Iran is the winner of two battlefields against terrorism and the campaign of maximum economic pressure. At the same time, the Islamic Republic of Iran has extensive economic potential, especially in the fields of energy, trade, agriculture, industry and technology, which pave the way for beneficial cooperation for any bilateral or multilateral interaction with different countries. In this regard, basic agreements were reached between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Russian Federation, which will cause a significant leap in bilateral economic relations for the benefit of the two nations, and effective regional cooperation for the benefit of peace and stability of nations in different regions. The privileged geographical location of Iran, especially the north-south corridor, can make trade from India to Russia and Europe less expensive and more prosperous. Stabilising and benefiting the relations between the two countries requires the expansion of cooperation in the fields of science, society, culture and media, and we are ready for the maximum development of stable and long-term relations. To this end, we believe that the relations between the two countries should be designed in such a way that, while providing mutual benefits, they are also safe from the interference of third parties.

Distinguished Representatives

Fortunately, there are good relations between the parliaments of the two countries, and the interactions that exist in the form of the High Parliamentary Commission, between various commissions and committees, as well as parliamentary friendship groups, helps a lot to develop friendly relations between the two countries, especially in the economic field, in addition to promoting parliamentary relations. We consider the role of parliaments to be very important for the development of relations between the two countries, and we welcome it, both bilaterally and multilaterally.

The Islamic Republic of Iran considers and supports Russia’s initiative to hold a meeting of the Speakers of the Parliaments of Iran, Russia, Turkey, Pakistan and China in the fight against terrorism.

We hope to see the promotion of relations and the benefit of the people of the two countries from the benefits of these relations and the establishment of peace and stability in the region by making the most of the capacities and continuing cooperation between the two countries in regional and international issues.

I sincerely appreciate your kind attention.

Maduro to Visit Damascus Soon, Ready to Contribute to Syria Reconstruction

Jan 20 2022

By Staff, Agencies

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says he will visit Syria soon to celebrate Damascus victory over terrorism, expressing his country’s readiness to contribute to the reconstruction of the Arab country.

According to Syria’s official news agency SANA, Maduro on Tuesday announced that he would pay a visit to Syria soon to celebrate with the Syrian people and their leadership the atmosphere of peace and stability that has been restored after the Damascus government’s fight against terrorist groups over the past years.

During a ceremony of awarding Syria’s ambassador to Caracas Khalil Bitar the Order of Francisco de Miranda First Class for the end of his mission, Maduro said the medal reflects the friendship and mutual admiration between the peoples of Venezuela and Syria, who are opposed to imperialism and aspire to peace and joint economic growth.

He also expressed his admiration of Syria’s history and the heroism of its people.

“We praise the courage of Mr. President Bashar al-Assad and salute his heroic stance as he has led a historic feat against the American terrorist aggression and its accomplices in the world, and achieved a victory thanks to the help of his allies such as Russia, China, Iran and other anti-imperialism nations and with moral and spiritual support from Venezuela,” he added.

He also proposed the idea of holding an exhibition for economy and investment in Damascus with the participation of Venezuelan businessmen with the aim of contribution to Syria’s rebuilding, and ordered the Venezuelan foreign minister to prepare for such a fair.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the “Israeli” regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups that are wreaking havoc in the country.

The US military has stationed forces and equipment in eastern and northeastern Syria, with the Pentagon claiming that the deployment is aimed at preventing the oilfields in the area from falling into the hands of the Wahhabi Daesh [Arabic acronym for “ISIS” / “ISIL”] terrorists.

Damascus, however, says the unlawful deployment is meant to plunder the country’s resources.

Former US president Donald Trump admitted on several occasions that American forces were in Syria for its oil.

After failing to oust the Syrian government with the help of its proxies and direct involvement in the conflict, the US government has now stepped up its economic war on the Arab country.

بعد كازاخستان… حسم أمر الاتفاق النووي

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لم يفصل الأميركيون ومن خلفهم كلّ الجسم النخبوي الثقافي في الغرب بين مفاوضات الملف النووي الإيراني، وموازين القوى السياسية والعسكرية في الصراع الدائر على مساحة العالم عموماً وخصوصاً حول آسيا، وبمثل ما شكل الانسحاب الأميركي من أفغانستان نقطة تحوّل في هذه الموازين لصالح إيران وحلفائها، جاءت أحداث كازاخستان محاولة لتعديل معاكس لهذه الموازين، فالوقائع المتجمعة لدى القيادة الروسية والتي بحوزة حلفاء روسيا وفي طليعتهم إيران والصين، والتي نشر بعضها في وسائل إعلام روسية وأوروبية وأميركية وإيرانية، تكشف أنّ ما جرى كان حصيلة تعاون استخباري أميركي بريطاني تركي، جمع بين تحريك جماعات مسلحة ومنظمات المجتمع المدني، لوضع اليد على العاصمة الكازاخية، والحديث يدور عن البلد الذي يحتلّ موقعاً شديد التأثير على الجغرافيا السياسية التي تفصل روسيا عن إيران وتفصلهما عن الصين، وتختزن ثروات استراتيجية هائلة، وتملك فيها أميركا و”إسرائيل” محطات أمنية وعسكرية تستهدف إيران وروسيا والصين.

بالمقارنة مع سورية توقع الأميركيون أن تستمرّ الأحداث في كازاخستان أسابيع وشهوراً في بعدها المحلي، وأن تحتلّ مكانة إعلامية وسياسية تتيح تحويلها الى منصة لتوجيه الرسائل الأمنية والسياسية والتفاوضية، وبالمقارنة مع سورية توقع الأميركي أن تحتاج موسكو الى شهور وسنوات حتى تتخذ قرار التدخل المباشر، فقاموا بتسريع روزنامة التحرك لفرض أمر واقع خلال الأسابيع الأولى ينهي أمر السيطرة على العاصمة، ويضع معادلة جديدة يصعب كسرها لاحقاً، فاتحين الباب لحركة روسية مشابهة التي جرت في أوكرانيا، أيّ اقتطاع روسيا لمقاطعات على حدودها تشكل حزاماً لأمنها، وبنوا استراتجيتهم لكازاخستان على الجمع بين دروس كلّ من تجربتي سورية وأوكرانيا.

في المقابل أظهرت القيادة الروسية أنها تعلمت من التجربتين الكثير من الدروس، وأولها عدم أخذ الحراك الشعبي بعين البراءة وحسن النية عندما يجري في توقيت سياسي شديد الحساسية وفي ساحات ذات أهمية استراتيجية، والثاني هو إعطاء الأولوية لفتح الملفات الاستخبارية لفهم ما يجري بالتعرّف على هوية المجموعات التي تقود الحراك واتخاذ القرار على أساسها، والثالث هو أنّ نموذجي سورية وأوكرانيا لترجمة التوجهات الروسية سجلا نجاحاً نسبياً كان يمكن أن يكون كاملاً لو لم يتمّ منح الوقت الكافي للغرب لترجمة توجهاته بالزجّ بقوى خارجية حكومية وغير حكومية قادرة على فرض أمر واقع جغرافي كما حدث في سورية، أو فرض أمر واقع سياسي في العاصمة كما حدث في أوكرانيا، والدرس الرابع هو التوجس من الدور التركي ولعبه لأدوار متعددة تحت العباءات المختلفة الألوان، ورهانه المستمر على خلق وقائع تغيّر من موازين دوره في سورية بوجه روسيا وإيران.

انطلاقاً من هذه الدروس قامت موسكو بحسم قرار التحرك الاستباقي خلال ساعات، وشكل هذا التموضع أساساً لحسم سريع لما كان مخططا، وفرضت موازين قوى غيّرت حال الازدواج التي كانت تعيشها كازاخستان، فتدحرج الحسم الميداني ليصبح حسما سياسياً واستخبارياً مع الامتدادات التي كانت مخزوناً احتياطياً أميركياً وتركياً و”إسرائيلياً”، فصارت المعركة التي خاضها الأميركيون لفرض معادلة جديدة مدخلاً لمعادلة عكسية، وأهمّ نتائج التسريع الذي فرضته المتغيّرات في الموازين على مسار التفاوض حول الملف النووي الإيراني الجارية في فيينا لصالح قبول العودة الى الاتفاق بشروط ترضي إيران، أنه يحسم أمر قرار واشنطن الإستراتيجي بأولوية مصالحها على حساب مصالح حلفائها، وفي مقدمتها المصالح “الإسرائيلية”.

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This one-two punch from China and Russia marks the end of American adventurism

15 Jan, 2022 

By Bradley Blankenship

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Syria’s inclusion in the Belt and Road Initiative is the final act in a long saga against American imperialism that shows how China and Russia can effectively counter U.S. intervention in the future.

Damascus officially joined China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) on Wednesday, which will provide a massive lifeline to the country that has been torn to shreds after more than a decade of war and Western sanctions. But more than this, this development has set a precedent that will fundamentally change the geopolitical landscape. 

This is because the decade-spanning Syrian conflict has hosted several proxy conflicts, which has invariably left the United States and its Western allies the losers. 

For starters, while the conflict itself was, at least initially, part of the Arab Spring in the early 2010s, numerous sources (including U.S. government sources published by WikiLeaks) suggest that the United States had been seeking regime change in Syria long before then. There are also countless reports by very good journalists, including on RT, that have dug up these connections.

However, this attempt devolved so quickly, and was so futile and messy, that the U.S. had ended up siding with the very terrorists it sought to destroy in the wake of 9/11. Syria was almost completely overrun by the likes of Islamic State (formerly ISIS; the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) and was on the verge of becoming a terror nexus – until Russia intervened in September 2015.

This was not a Russian invasion per se, but a legitimate intervention based on an invitation from Syrian President Bashar Assad. I was actually in college when this happened and remember discussing on my radio show how huge of a deal this was. Another major power was cleaning up America’s mess with boots on the ground. 

From then until now, the UN-recognized Syrian government has managed to regain virtually all its territory, and extremist elements like the Islamic State group have been pushed back. There remain a few holdouts, for example, near the Turkish border and in the country’s southeast still occupied by U.S. forces, but the difficulty faced in the country’s attempt to get back to normal has to do with external forces.

There’s the diplomatic side, but, since Syria has continued as a UN member, this has primarily been a regional issue. Syria’s membership in the Arab League was suspended in 2011 as the conflict began, however it’s highly anticipated that it will be readmitted very soon – perhaps even at the group’s next summit in March. 

Other welcoming signs of Syria’s normalization are the fact that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain both reopened their Syrian embassies, Jordan reopened its border with Syria in September and the global law enforcement body Interpol readmitted Syria to its ranks in October

But the main problem for a true normalization of Syria on the world stage is its access to international finance and trade, which has been nearly impossible thanks to U.S.-led sanctions, including the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2019, called the Caesar Act. 

Journalists have reported since the implementation of these latest sanctions that they have actually been more detrimental to the country than the war itself, and this corrosive effect has also extended to the country’s neighbors, like Lebanon. Never mind the intended effects of these sanctions, the reality is that they are artificially placing the country in a position where rebuilding from this devastating war is impossible. 

Enter China. As the second-largest economy in the world and the driving force behind the greatest global infrastructure and development drive in history, the BRI is a natural fit for Syria. It will help the country rebuild, rebound and provide win-win opportunities for both countries while also likely bringing the conflict, finally, to an end. It is the quintessential example of how America bombs and China builds. 

While that is certainly something on its own, in the context of how this U.S.-led foreign intervention was resisted largely thanks to Russia, I believe it shows a sort of one-two punch that can and will be repeated. 

Even if this was not coordinated originally, it is a precedent I believe both Moscow and Beijing should and undoubtedly will apply elsewhere. It goes to show that Washington’s military and economic aggression can both be countered if Russia and China work in tandem as a bulwark against unilateralism. It’s for this reason I believe Syria will be the graveyard of American adventurism. 

Defying US Caesar Act, China admits Syria into BRI


January 14 2022

By Giorgio Cafiero

Syria’s entry into China’s Belt and Road Initiative is to support its economic integration into West Asia and fortify its post-conflict recovery

Marking a major boost to Sino-Syrian relations, on 12 January, Syria joined the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China’s ambitious infrastructure development strategy stretching from East Asia to Europe.

For analysts with an eye on Syria, the development was expected. In November 2021, President Bashar al-Assad discussed his country gaining membership in the BRI with his counterpart in Beijing, Xi Jinping, following high-level meetings between officials of both states in previous months.

The move will likely help Syria deepen its cooperative and economic ties to other countries in the BRI, and enable it to circumvent the effects of harsh US sanctions on the country.

China clearly seeks to bolster the government in Damascus. Over the past decade, and for various reasons enumerated here on The Cradle, conflict-ridden Syria has been a country of increasing interest to Beijing.

Economy and the long game

China’s BRI agenda has been one main point of mutual interest: As Beijing sees it, Syria represents a corridor to the Mediterranean Sea which bypasses the Suez Canal and revives ancient trade routes connecting China to the African and European continents.

The incorporation of coastal Tartus and the capital city of Damascus into the BRI could boost Beijing’s economic footing in the Levant and Mediterranean.

Although nearly 11 years of warfare in Syria have prevented the Chinese from leveraging the Arab state’s geostrategic location to advance Beijing’s BRI, China’s leadership has carefully focused on playing the long game.

Now, in the post-conflict era, with Syria in need of massive reconstruction and infrastructure projects, China’s BRI has been brought into play.

Ancient links and modern opportunities

As a BRI member, Syria will look to further integrate itself economically into West Asia. In desperate need of foreign investment for the process of redevelopment, the Syrian leadership views China as a key investor and partner to rebuild the war-ravaged nation.

Importantly, during this period, China’s good will has grown among Syrians, in large part because of Beijing’s bold initiatives to thwart direct western military intervention at the UN Security Council and other institutions.

It is safe to assume that China will, at least eventually, be able to leverage its popularity among Syrians to take advantage of new economic opportunities in the country’s post-conflict future.

At the ceremony of Syria’s admission into the BRI, held this month in Damascus, Fadi Khalil, who heads Syria’s Planning and International Cooperation Commission, hailed the initiative. He invoked the historic roles of Aleppo and Palmyra in the ancient Silk Road and spoke about the potential for future Sino-Syrian relations within the framework of greater bilateral and multilateral cooperation.

Khalil and Feng Biao, Beijing’s ambassador to Syria, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Syria’s admission into this Chinese initiative, which other Middle Eastern countries, including Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, have previously joined at different levels of commitment.

Other recent developments underscore the extent to which Syria and China are deepening their ties. At the start of this year, Beijing aided Syria by sending over more than a million COVID-19 vaccine doses, according to Syrian state-owned media.

Despite the many ways in which Syria sees itself benefitting from membership in the BRI, the West Asian framework for this project will be no bed of roses.

A geographic wrench in the works

For Beijing, it is important that Iraq establish a long-term BRI corridor to both Syria and Jordan. While the BRI route between Iran and Syria – that traverses Iraq – has yet to be agreed upon with Baghdad, the Chinese must have many valid concerns about the security risks of doing business in Syria and Iraq.

China recognizes that “Iraq continues to top the list of high-risk investment destinations” in this grandiose project. Obviously, the same can be said about Syria where ISIS and other extremist militants continue to wage acts of terrorism, notably on the country’s borders with Iraq and Turkey.

With serious issues stemming from terrorism, social unrest, economic woes, and violent political instability, Iraq and Syria are two countries plagued by countless security uncertainties.

Although Chinese firms tend to accept higher levels of security risks than western companies, securing the BRI in Syria’s volatile neighborhood will prove no easy task for Beijing and its West Asian trade partners.

A far more stable and secure BRI economic corridor to Europe would be via northern Iran – a route already secured – then extending directly from Iran into Turkey. Yet the ice-cold state of Ankara-Damascus relations, China’s view of Turkey as an uneasy BRI partner, and NATO pressures on Ankara to avoid Beijing and Tehran, all contribute to practical challenges that will not be easy for the BRI’s financiers to quickly overcome.

But the Sino-Syrian deal this week shows that China is moving forward with its West Asian framework, despite these obstacles. One wonders whether Beijing has reason to believe Iraq’s acquiescence to the BRI is already in the bag. There is little point of developing the Syrian part of the project, without the Iraqi bridge necessary to secure Iran’s connectivity to Syria.

Washington’s reconstruction obstacle: The Caesar Act

On 17 July, 2020, the US began implementing the most sweeping sanctions which Washington has ever imposed on Syria.

Formally known as the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2019 (or Caesar Act), the Biden administration continues to target Syria with Trump-era sanctions which pursue entities or individuals worldwide – including third-party actors – conducting business with government-dominated bodies of the Syrian economy, such as gas, oil, construction, engineering, and banking.

When China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Damascus in July 2021, he met with Assad and other high-ranking Syrian government figures.

That visit by Beijing’s top diplomat was an early indication of China’s seriousness about strengthening ties with Syria, despite Washington’s continued imposition of wide-ranging sanctions on the state.

During his visit to Syria, Wang emphasized his government’s staunch opposition to the foreign-backed ‘regime change’ agenda targeting the Assad government. Beijing frames its pro-Assad stance within the context of supporting Syria’s sovereignty as an independent nation-state.

Throughout the past 11 years of warfare in Syria, China has maintained four core beliefs on the conflict: First, that the Syrian people need to reach a political solution; second, that a political transition in Syria is necessary; third, that top priorities include nation-wide reconciliation and unity; and fourth, that the international community has an obligation to help Syria.

The BRI, while initiated and heavily financed by the Chinese, is ultimately a multinational project involving dozens of countries, many of them US-allied, and interconnected with Syria via history, religion, culture, and economy – past and present.

A project this global is unlikely to come to a grinding halt because of a domestic US government ruling on trade formulated thousands of miles away from the activity.

Fighting terrorism in Syria and China

Another issue that has driven the Beijing-Damascus joint agenda in recent years is China’s ‘securitization campaign’ or ‘pacification drive’ in Xinjiang.

Assad’s government has publically condemned western efforts to use the plight of Uighurs for the purpose of creating a wedge between China and Muslim-majority countries.

Syria, like most Arab-Islamic countries, has defended Beijing in the face of the US and other western governments which allege that Chinese authorities are guilty of waging ‘genocide’ in Xinjiang, where about 12 million Uighurs, mostly Muslim, reside.

Mindful of the fact that Uighur jihadists came from Xinjiang to Syria to fight the Syrian government in the ranks of Islamic State and other violent extremist groups, Damascus and Beijing see themselves as having common cause in a struggle against terrorism and extremism.

In 2017, Syria’s ambassador to Beijing said that roughly 5,000 terrorists from Xinjiang were transported, mostly via Turkey, to Syria during the conflict. Chinese authorities have voiced serious concerns about the now battle-hardened and indoctrinated extremists potentially returning to China to carry out acts of terrorism.

Likewise, Beijing rejects the view of western governments that Assad is guilty of serious crimes. China’s leadership believes that the Syrian government deserves praise for its fight against forces which sought to overthrow Assad and his government.

When Wang was in Syria last summer, he said that “the Syrian government’s leading role in fighting terrorism on its soil should be respected, schemes of provoking ethnic divisions under the pretense of countering terrorism should be opposed, and Syria’s sacrifice and contribution to the anti-terror fight should be acknowledged.”

The future of the Sino-Syrian relationship

Currently in the US there is strong support from both sides of Washington’s political aisle for stringent Trump-era US sanctions on Damascus. In fact, this year, Biden’s administration has come under bipartisan pressure to intensify the US government’s enforcement of the Caesar Act.

Given the existing polarization and hostility in West Asian geopolitics, it is difficult to imagine Washington lifting the Caesar Act in the foreseeable future. Ultimately, this means that the US will probably continue to target Syria’s economy with crippling sanctions.

Within this context, Damascus has all the reason in the world to pursue strategies that can help it minimize the harm caused by Washington’s financial warfare.

“China can play an important role in weakening the impact of the Caesar sanctions,” said Dr. Joshua Landis, head of the Middle East department at the University of Oklahoma, in an interview last year with The Cradle.

“In Iran, China has done this,” Landis explained. “Iran’s oil exports, which were devastated by sanctions, have begun to grow again, largely because China is purchasing Iranian oil again. China is the workshop of the world so it can supply most of the goods that Syria needs. China is also strong enough to thumb its nose at US sanctions. As the US increasingly forbids US companies from dealing with Chinese firms, China has greater incentive to punish the US by breaking sanctions on countries like Iran and Syria.”

Now that Syria has joined the BRI, it is safe to conclude that the Chinese will play an increasingly important role in terms of Syria’s strategies for withstanding sanctions imposed by the US.

The odds are good that, as time passes, China and Syria’s geopolitical and geo-economic value to each other will only expand.

The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of The Cradle.

بوتين ينتقل الى الهجوم الاستراتيجي الوقائي

الاثنين 10 يناير 2022

 ناصر قنديل

في مطلع القرن الواحد والعشرين تقدّم الأميركيون في الجوار الروسي بما هو أبعد من مجرد ضمّ دول أوروبا الشرقية إلى الاتحاد الأوروبي، فكان التزامن بين وصول فلاديمير بوتين الى الرئاسة الروسية وبدء الهجوم الأميركي الأوروبي بالثورات الملوّنة وبالقضم الأمني والعسكري لدول الجوار الروسي، من أوكرانيا الى جورجيا ولتوانيا وصولاً الى دول البلطيق، والتلويح بضمّ دول هذا الجوار الى حلف الناتو الذي تقوم عقيدته العسكرية على اعتبار روسيا العدو الأول، وفي كلّ هذه المرحلة الممتدة حتى عام 2015 سنة التموضع الروسي في سورية، كان موقف موسكو السعي لاحتواء الهجوم الأميركي والغربي، والتركيز على بناء القدرات الاقتصادية والعسكرية لروسيا.

شكل العام 2015 محطة فاصلة في كيفية تعامل روسيا مع الهجوم الأميركي والغربي المستمرّ منذ سقوط جدار برلين وتفكك الاتحاد السوفياتي، فكان قرار الرئيس بوتين بالدخول طرفاً مباشراً في مواجهة الحرب المفتوحة على سورية بقيادة أميركية معلنة، تعبيراً عن قرارة متعددة الأبعاد، أولها القناعة بخطورة المدى الذي بلغه التغوّل الأميركي وخطورة الإنكفاء أمامه، وقد كشف تحالفه المعلن مع الإرهاب من جهة، وحجم تحدّيه للأمن القومي الروسي من جهة موازية، وفي المقابل بعدما ظهر في سورية أنّ مفهوم الدولة الوطنية كمشروع مناهض للمشروع الأميركي هو استثمار قادر على الإنجاز، وأنّ منطقة غرب آسيا التي اختارها الأميركي لإحكام الطوق على روسيا وإيران عبر اللعب على وتر الإسلام السياسي الذي مثلته تركيا بمشروع العثمانية الجديدة، تستطيع ان تكون مقبرة هذا المشروع بتشعّباته التركية والمتطرفة ومن خلفهما الأميركي خصوصاً والغربي عموماً.

عندما تمّ تحريك أوكرانيا بوجه روسيا في قلب الحرب السورية كانت رؤية موسكو واضحة، وقرارها حازماً، بأن لا تراجع مهما كان الثمن، والروس قد قرأوا جيداً ما كتبه زبينغيو بريجنسكي مستشار الأمن القومي الأميركي السابق في ثمانينات من القرن الماضي، وما قاله عن أوكرانيا نقطة الضعف الروسية في التاريخ والجغرافيا، ولذلك تشبّث الرئيس بوتين بقراره في المضيّ قدماً نحو التموضع في سورية وصولاً للحسم الذي بدأته معركة حلب الفاصلة، وذهب نحو قرار ضمّ شبه جزيرة القرم، وهو القرار الذي تحوّل الى أمر واقع رغم كلّ ما قيل يومها عن أنه لن يمرّ، ورغم كلّ التهديدات الغربية بالعواقب الوخيمة، وقد ثبت لموسكو انّ الكلام الغربي عن التهديدات يبقى حبراً على ورق وبعض العقوبات، ولم يحل كلّ ذلك دون السير قدماً ولو بتقطع بمشروع أنابيب السيل الشمالي لنقل الغاز الروسي الى ألمانيا.

هذه المرة عندما أثير ملف أوكرانيا بلغة التهديد لروسيا مجدداً، لم ترتبك موسكو في فهم الرسالة، فالمطروح هو تهديد موسكو بالخروج عن اتفاقات مينسك ودعم حكومة أوكرانيا لضمّ مناطق دونباس في شرق أوكرانيا بالقوة، ولم تتردّد موسكو، فلم تنف استعدادها لإجتياح أوكرانيا إذا تمّت إطاحة اتفاقات مينسك، ووضعت معادلة جديدة على الطاولة، لا ضمانات بعدم اجتياح أوكرانيا، بل مطالبة بضمانات لعدم ضمّ الغرب لأوكرانيا وسواها من دول الجوار الروسي الى حلف الناتو، وشيئاً فشيئاً لم تعد القضية أوكرانيا، بل صارت الضمانات الروسية الموثقة المطلوبة من الغرب، ودار الحوار بين الرئيسين الأميركي جو بايدن والروسي فلاديمير بوتين حول هذا الأمر، تمهيداً لحوارات قيد الانطلاق تحت هذا العنوان، تقول موسكو سلفاً إنها غير مستعدة لتقديم ايّ تنازل خلالها عن ثوابت تمثل أمنها القومي.

جاءت أحداث كازاخستان لتكشف بالمقارنة الزمنية بين الزمن الذي احتاجته القيادة الروسية لاتخاذ قرار التحرك الميداني نحو سورية، والزمن الموازي الذي احتاجته للتحرك الميداني نحو كازاخستان، من سنوات وشهور الى أيام وساعات، تحوّلاً كبيراً في توجهات القيادة الروسية لجهة الإنتقال من الدفاع الاستراتيجي الى الهجوم الاستراتيجي الوقائي، وهو غير الهجوم الاستراتيجي في المطلق، لكنه أحد أشكاله وبداياته.

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American Military Illegals Continue to Train Terrorists How to Bomb Syria

 

MIRI WOOD 

American military illegals continue to practice bombing war ‘games’ with its al Qaeda faction Maghaweir Thawra — and brag about them — in the Deir Ezzor and al Tanf desert areas of the Syrian Arab Republic, which is not in the United States, nor is it a US territory or satrap. The cost of each bombing practice by the war criminal American troops and the offshoot al Qaeda faction has not yet been worked through by this author. We do, however, note, that the continuing expenses are footed by the US taxpayer, besieged by inflation reaching Weimar levels, taxpayers teetering on homelessness, and suffering food insecurity, increased drug and alcohol addiction, and massive violent crimes in all US urban centers.

Biden imperial US again helping to destroy Syrian water supply.
This map clearly shows that Syria is not part of the US. The distance between the two countries is 6,677 mi / 10,745 km.

Any country that militarily invades another country engages in war crimes, per the Geneva Conventions to which the US is signatory.

A recent contract involving the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) presented the American taxpayer with a bill over almost one-half billion dollars, paid to Lockheed Martin facilities. Since 9/11, Pentagon spending has surpassed fourteen trillion USD, The Military Industrial Complex continues to rake in the murderous profits, and continues to propagandize for that nasty thing described as American exceptionalism.

US strikes in Syria may be lawful if Syria consents to the use of force in their territory.  If Syria does not consent, the strikes would violate international law, unless the US demonstrates that the strikes were taken in self-defense.  — Sarah Knuckey, international lawyer and Professor at Columbia Law School

It matters not that US Americans go hungry. It matters not that there is no peace. What matters is that the various offshoots of the Dr Strangelove Pentagon invade, occupy, steal, and brag about their inherent right to genocide and mass looting of Syrian grains and oil — irrespective of which party’s unindicted war criminal POTUS sits in the White House.

Compare this glimpse of Philly, to the bragging tweets of Inherent War Criminal Resolve, below.

A glimpse of hunger, homelessness, and addiction in Philly, while American military spends billions training terrorists in Syria.

A glimpse of hunger, homelessness, and addiction in a previously healthy neighborhood of Philly, while American military spends billions training terrorists in Syria.

Though DAESH was created by the US — as was al Qaeda, freely admitted by H. Clinton — Syria did not invite the criminal American military into its homeland, yet here it is, flaunting its arrogant imperialist crimes of invasion, occupation, and arming terrorists.

Though there is not one single, international definition of terrorism, both the US and the UN have similar definitions, that obviously the definition of all countries around the world:

Terrorism is defined in the Code of Federal Regulations as ‘the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives’ (28 C.F.R. Section 0.85). — fbi.gov

What is really appalling is that a non-politician/non-diplomat — this author — must give a rudimentary lesson to both: UNSCR 1566 (2004) considers “criminal acts, including against civilians, committed with the intent to cause death or serious bodily injury, or taking of hostages, with the purpose to provoke a state of terror in the general public or in a group of persons or particular persons, intimidate a population or compel a government…to do or abstain from doing any act” as within the description of terrorism.

What US American, faced with the horrors of the fifteen days to flatten the COVID curve, now going into its third year, faces with homelessness, food insecurity, and increased violent criminal activities, would consider a foreign military arming terrorists, like these savage in the Levantine Republic, in Philly, or NYC, or Chicago?

American military has armed and continues to train these killers, in Syria.
Moderate terrorists with their moderate lethal weapons, courtesy of the US taxpayers & the American military illegals in Syria.
Moderate terrorists with their moderate lethal weapons, courtesy of the US taxpayers & the American military illegals in Syria.
American military illegals with ISIS/DAESH Maghawir al Thawra affiliate terror gang, in Syria.

In May 2017, the FSA/al Qaeda offshoot Maghaweer al Thawra uploaded a video thanking the Trump administration for the millions of dollars worth of weapons these death squads planned to use to attack the Syrian Arab Army in Deir Ezzor and in al Tanf areas of the SAR. These degenerate psychopaths were later responsible for the martyrdom of General Issam Zahreddine, scant months later.

As the American taxpayer is under siege for almost three years and is busy idiotically fighting over the non-existent difference between war criminal Trump and war criminal Biden, they will likely continue to be oblivious to the increasing war crimes of the American military illegals in the Syrian Arab Republic.

Nonetheless, this US journalist will continue to report on the crimes against humanity perpetrated by her American military illegals in the Levantine Republic.

– Miri Wood

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Two years later: nothing has changed in West Asia

January 05, 2022

By Aram Mirzaei

It has been two years since the murders of Martyrs Soleimani and Al-Muhandis at Baghdad airport. A lot has happened since then, but nothing has changed in the region. Still the same US occupation of Syria, and regular Israeli airstrikes on Syria. Still the same threats of “pre-emptive” attacks on Iran, still talks of US sanctioning this and that person in Iran. Still there’s a war of terror going on against the Yemeni people.

For the second anniversary of the assassinations, many authors have praised and remembered the martyred General’s achievements in life, but it is also important to remember his achievements in death.

The cowardly killings of Martyrs Soleimani and Al-Muhandis and its aftermath at the Ain-al Assad military base marked a massive signal in terms of how Washington viewed the Islamic Republic. Previous US administrations, while just as arrogant and self-worshipping as any other US administrations, wouldn’t have dared to kill these men no matter what the Zionist regime wanted. It was just too much of a risk for them to make such a stupid move. The Trump administration however, believed that the Islamic Republic wouldn’t, or didn’t have the strength to respond to such a heinous act of terror. This is also why Trump wanted to assure himself that such was the case when he posted those bizarre tweets where he threatened to destroy cultural heritage sites in Iran.
Well as everybody knows by now, when Iran responded and practically destroyed the Ain al-Assad base, he didn’t follow up on his threats.

Instead he doubled down on his “maximum pressure” campaign, in the hopes of forcing Iran back to the negotiations table to negotiate a new deal, one which includes the Islamic Republic’s missile arsenal. This takes us to where we are today. A new administration is in charge of the White House, and nobody could seriously say that they are surprised that the policy of maximum pressure towards the Islamic Republic has remained, with new audacious demands and accusations towards Tehran.

Ayatollah Khamenei once said “America is America, this or that person or party doesn’t matter. Any president assuming power over there will not do us any good, they’ll only find other ways to antagonize us.”

Washington and its vassals are currently trying to push Tehran in Vienna, to accept a new JCPOA deal. As Tehran has shown that it won’t negotiate anything more than the original JCPOA deal and won’t accept anything less than full sanctions removal, Washington and Tel Aviv have threatened to use “other options”. These “other options” threats are getting old, they’ve repeated these same threats over the past two decades and yet they’ve done nothing.

Washington is afraid, and everybody knows this. Our side knows this, the Russians know this, the Chinese know this, but most importantly, Washington’s allies know this. Even the average person who doesn’t follow world events too much is becoming aware of this.

In West Asia, the Resistance Axis poses a serious threat to Anglo-Zionist hegemony yet they do not dare to attack the Islamic Republic, the main pillar of the Resistance Axis. Both Washington and Tel Aviv have continuously threatened Tehran with airstrikes on Iran’s nuclear sites, yet none of them have ever followed through with their empty threats. The fact that Washington seeks to include the Iranian missile arsenal into a new JCPOA deal, together with their empty threats, shows that their side is worried and fearful of the Islamic Republic’s growing might. And frankly, why shouldn’t they be?

The Resistance Axis hasn’t been weakened by the deaths of Martyrs Soleimani and Al-Muhandis as some western “think tank” analysts believed or rather had hoped for, just as the Resistance Axis wasn’t weakened by the wars in Iraq and Syria. Aside from direct military aggression, every possible conspiracy imaginable have been directed towards the Resistance front. Most people don’t know that the Islamic Revolution in Iran, contrary to what many people believe to be Shiite-inspired, actually drew inspiration from many different Islamic thinkers from different sects over the past 1400 years. Such a pan-Islamic ideology posed a great threat to the US and Israeli plans for the region. So, the Anglo-Zionist side had to do something to create sedition and division among Muslims by using Takfiri extremists to present the Islamic Revolution as a Shiite revolution and create a sectarian war mainly between Arabs and Iranians.

Despite their best attempts to destroy and weaken the Resistance front, the Zionist regime is ever more threatened by Hezbollah’s power, the US hegemony in the region is in decline, as evidenced by their shameful withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the Gulf client states are having more trouble containing the revolutionary Yemeni forces than ever. Today, the Resistance front enjoys widespread support among both Muslims and Christians in West Asia as we saw how people from all sects and movements came out to condemn and commemorate the slain Martyrs. Even the Taliban held a commemoration in General Soleimani’s honour.

Where the Arab nationalists had previously failed, the Islamic Republic succeeded in transcending not only ethnic, but also sectarian and ideological differences and grievances in the region and the Islamic world. Through a pragmatic approach, it has managed to secure its own survival and build a powerful alliance across the region that now truly threatens the Zionist regime.

Of course, the fight is far from over, the Zionists and their American tools still maintain a large presence in the region and I don’t expect them to admit defeat anytime soon either. In fact, they’re already hatching new plots against the Resistance front. One example is the continuation of the so called “normalization’ deals with Israel from the Trump administration’s era, which Biden’s administration is currently pushing hard for.

Recently, a high-ranking official at the Israeli ministry of foreign affairs was quoted as saying that “Israel is working behind the scenes towards normalization of diplomatic relations with Indonesia and Saudi Arabia”. US media outlet Axios first reported that the administration of US President Joe Biden “is trying to build on the Trump-era Abraham Accords, and in this case, looking beyond the Middle East to the largest of the countries that don’t recognize Israel.”

These “normalization” deals serve several purposes. One purpose is to restore the damaged Israeli image in the world. More and more people are recognizing “Israel” for what it is- an apartheid state engaged in terrorism and oppression against not only Palestinians, but the entire region, and dare I say, the world. Another purpose is to isolate the Resistance front by formally and officially announcing these deals as “big steps towards peace”, leaving anyone who refuses to “normalize” relations with Israel being labelled as terrorists or “radical Islamists” in the eyes of the “international community”. A third purpose is for Washington and Tel Aviv to unite all its vassals against the Resistance front. When the UAE and Bahrain shamefully announced their respective deals with the Zionist regime, they also “officially” joined the “unofficial alliance” against Iran and its allies. This wasn’t news for the observer who already has some insight into West Asian geopolitics and knows about the long history of hostility between the Persian Gulf states and Iran, but in terms of symbolism, it shows that for whatever reason, be it as a sign of strength or a reaction against the strengthening of China-Russia-Iran ties, the enemy’s vassals are ready to fully reveal themselves openly now.

In their dream of besieging Iran, Washington moved away from invading and occupying neighbouring countries, seeing as how they failed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and after having seen how sanctions failed to break the Resistance front. Instead, Washington is trying to politically besiege the Islamic Republic in a new way. Just like before, this too shall fail. Since Washington doesn’t give a damn about the people of the Islamic world, they cannot comprehend that their treacherous vassal regimes are highly unpopular among the Muslim population.

No matter how much the Western media attempts to hide and suppress the public outrage and protests going on in countries like Bahrain and Sudan, the reality is that most of these treacherous vassal regimes in the region are completely dependent on US support for survival. Normalizing relations with the apartheid state, will only hasten their inevitable downfall because of the simple fact that if they join Israel and the US in an eventual war with the Resistance front, they will quite simply be destroyed. Seeing as how the Saudis and the other Gulf vassals cannot contain the Houthi forces in Yemen, despite massive support from the West, Takfiri terrorist forces and mercenaries on the ground and the air superiority that they enjoy, it is not a far stretch to imagine virtually all of Saudi Arabia ending up in flames if Riyadh decides to wage war on the Islamic Republic.

Washington has not achieved anything in the region through the killings of Martyrs Soleimani and Al-Muhandis and nothing has changed. By committing this grave mistake, the US has made their shameful exit from the entire region an inevitable fact. They thought they could isolate and besiege the Islamic Republic, but fate has a way of being ironic. Instead of besieging Iran, the Iranians besieged them in the region.

I finish this piece with a quote from the Islamic Revolution: “From the blood of the martyrs, victory will grow”

General Soleimani, the revolutionary, the martyr, the legend

5 Jan 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Ali Jezzini

Qassem Soleimani was far from being just a military leader. He was a revolutionary, jumping from one angle of the region to the other overnight. His sole goal seemed to be fighting off the US-Israeli aggression that the people of West Asia suffered.

When security officials told him not to advance against terrorists in Syria, he retorted, “Are we terrified of a few bullets?” and proceeded to go to the fighting line

Many called him the “Shadow commander,” by others “Haj’ Qassem,” or “Sardar Soleimani” or just “Haji” depending on the describer’s perspective, or his political views. This is the story of a revolutionary, of Qassem Soleimani, the simple man and the hero from Kerman.

Born to a poor farmer in 1957, Soleimani joined the Ranks of the IRGC following the victory of the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979. He quickly moved up the ranks as he was described as shrewd and courageous by his peers, even commanding a full division, the 41st Tharallah Division, during the Infamous Iran-Iraq war of the 80s when he was only in his 20′.

After the US-instigated war on the nascent revolution, Soleimani became the Head of the well-known al-Quds elite force in the IRGC in 1997. His main aim was focused on creating a regional basis from which the peoples of the region could rise and resist the western dominion that only produced war, death, and destruction for these people and their livelihood. 

“Gen. Soleimani created very good relations between battlefield and diplomacy” 

Quds force Commander, General Esmail Qaani

On the eve of his martyrdom anniversary, Soleimani is described in the words of his successor Brigadier General Esmail Qaani, as being “a man of logic” that “promoted ideas and theories.” In the words of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Soleimani embodied two words “One was honesty and the other was sincerity.” A man down to earth, rarely cared for his safety, as described by many of those who had the fortune to know him. A real hero, like the revolutionary icons that broke the barrier of the limited time they lived on this earth to bust the doors of eternity.

It is hard not to resort to poetry when speaking about revolutionaries, Ghassan Kanafani, the Palestinian revolutionary writer spoke about revolution and imagination, where both elements organically correlate. There can be no revolution without imagination. To rebel against the established unjust order, one needs to have the capability to imagine a better world. General Soleimani was a Man of vision, or else, how can a human rebel against it in the first place?

Lebanon, 2006

The martyr Qassem Soleimani had announced that he was in Lebanon during the war in an interview 3 months before his assassination. He just could not stay away from the heat of the combat, standing side by with his companions in the face of what he described as an attempt to change the demography of Southern Lebanon by brut force. Solemani shared the dangers and the challenges of the perilous journey with Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, moving from cover to cover, sustaining the Israeli bombing that was trying to find them. Soleimani told Sayyed Nasrallah “I either live with you or die with you.”

Following the War, Soleimani had a major role in the reconstruction efforts. The Quds Force commander returned to Tehran after the war and arranged aid to help build houses destroyed by the Israeli aggression. From the military aspect, he worked hastily to rebuild the resistance’s capabilities after the war, as he perceived another aggression from their warmongering was always around the corner.

Syria, Iraq, West Asia

The story of General Soleimani in the Western-backed war that engulfed western Asia during the last few years can be reassured in on incident: 

Breaking the arduous siege of Amerli was one of the most famous feats that General Soleimani and his brother-in-arms Abu Mehdi al-Muhandis (who was assassinated alongside General Soleimani) spearheaded. Amerli, a town encircled by Daesh terrorists, had roughly 20,000 families inside who had mounted a valiant armed fight against the jihadists.

General Soleimani and Abu Mehdi al-Muhandis, developed a plan that saw 50 armed Iraqi Hezbollah Brigades members airdrop into the town by helicopter. The insiders and the outsiders worked together to defeat the terrorists and break the siege. 20,000 inhabitants were prevented from being slaughtered and their women and children were most likely to be kidnapped, as Daesh had already done to other Iraqi Isolated communities.

Immediately after the siege of Amerli was broken, emotional footage showed Hezbollah Brigades officers crying with pleasure, including Abu Fadek (who replaced Abu Mehdi al-Muhandis following the latter’s martyrdom), being embraced by General Soleimani.

When security officials told him not to advance against terrorists in Syria, he retorted, “Are we terrified of a few bullets?” and proceeded to go to the first fighting line. Never he was observed with a flak Jacket or body armor at the front lines. “I don’t care if I fall as long as someone else picks up my gun and keeps on shooting,” Che Guevara, the international revolutionary, once said, General Soleimai was an embodiment of such belief. He melted in a sea of soldiers that were unknown to him. Iraqis, Iranians, Lebanese, Syrians… all cheered with joy when Soleimani rushed the front lines with them, equating himself with the most humble soldiers. 

A Brother-in-arms

“In the 22 years that I knew General Soleimani, he or the Islamic Republic of Iran never asked anything from us ever,” Sayyed Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah had once said. He always stressed that neither Iran nor General Soleimani had treated the resistance in Lebanon and like proxies, but as allies, brothers-in-arms fighting for the same cause. 

The only time when Soleimani had made a request to the Lebanese resistance was he asked for military advisors to assist the Iraqi people in defending themselves against the Daesh terrorists. “I don’t want any fighters, just advisors to train the Iraqis,” Brigadier General Qassem Soleimani told the Lebanese resistance leader.

“He was very affected by what was happening in Iraq… and he was ready to die in Iraq a thousand times.”

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the Secretary General of Hezbollah

A New Reality: the West overmatched

In an article published in The NewYorkerKenneth McKenzie Jr., a Marine general who headed US forces across the West and South Asia, spoke about an “overmatch.” This “overmatch” is defined by the article as “a level of capability in which a country has weaponry that makes it extremely difficult to check or defeat.” The Islamic Republic in Iran reached this level according to the US General. McKenzie stated that “Iran’s strategic capacity is now enormous,” the US General added, “They’ve got overmatch in the theatre—the ability to overwhelm.”

The US, a global hegemon, imagined that by illicitly assassinating a General of its adversary on the territory of a third country while he was on a diplomatic mission, will be able to flip the tables, but it failed to do so. The leader of the Islamic revolution in Iran, Ali Khamenei, said: “Today in our region, Soleimani is a symbol of hope, self-confidence, and bravery and a manifestation of resistance and victory. As some people have correctly pointed out, ‘Martyr’ Soleimani is more dangerous than ‘General’ Soleimani for his enemies.”

“Martyr Soleimani is more dangerous than ‘General’ Soleimani for his enemies.”
Ali Khamenei, The leader of the Islamic revolution in Iran

The heavy price of resistance

In such a lengthy and costly fight against the biggest and wealthiest empire the world has ever seen, the “weaker” party is expected to give huge sacrifices. Against an empire that thrives off arms sales, pirating, colonization, the destruction of people’s dreams, hopes, and progress to eliminate competition, a huge price is due. Qassem Soleimani, the altruistic revolutionary, was ready to pay that price.

“He spent many nights crying when he remembered the martyrs,” Sayyed Nasrallah says in a speech commemorating General Soleimani’s martyrdom, continuing that was always eager to meet his friends and companions that he missed dearly, and that had departed in that path long ago.

He lived like the hero who inspired people, and he died like a legend that peoples across civilizations write poetry, songs, and stories to tell their children, the children that are due to live and grow in peace after the hard battle with the colonizers is won, as Suleimani promised and predicted.

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Erdogan’s Terrorists infighting Kills Several of them in Northern Aleppo

Aleppo Ahrar Sham Muhajireen terrorist commander Mahmoud Banyan Musaab Shehadah killed

ARABI SOURI

Erdogan’s terrorists in the so-called ‘Ahrar Al-Sham Movement’ had a busy day celebrating the new year by shooting from their machine guns funded by western taxpayers, except they were not shooting in the air, as the custom in this region, they were shooting each other.

Reports from the town of Jindires in the northern Aleppo countryside confirmed the clashes and stated that dozens were killed and injured, a state of tension and unrest ensued. It all started when a terrorist commander and his escorts went through a checkpoint of their same group in the Tal Sallour village near Jindires ignoring the guards who opened fire at them and clashes erupted which has spread fast.

The local sources reporting the incident confirmed the killing of the so-called Mahmoud Banyan (محمود بنيان), the commander of the so-called ‘Muhajireen Brigade’ (لواء المهاجرين) of the Ahrar Al-Sham movement (حركة أحرار الشام), and his colleague Musaab Shehadah (مصعب شحادة), while 4 others were injured in the initial fire exchange. The Turkish army and its embedded terrorists have imposed a blackout on the information, there’s no news yet on the fate of the members of the checkpoint or other terrorists who were in the same area and among those occupying Jinderis.

This dead terrorist Mahmoud banyan is one of the ‘celebrated’ terrorists among the armies of terrorists the Turkish madman Erdogan personally praised and sponsored, the Syrian army has already injured him in previous clashes leaving him without one eye and without one of his legs, Erdogan stitched him up like a Frankenstein as long as he can use him to ‘raise the morale’ among the losing terrorists.

Erdogan, the Turkish madman caliph wannabe is not having his best days, on one hand, the satellite regimes he sprung in the NATO Spring dubbed ‘Arab Spring’ is collapsing and the anti-Islamic Muslim Brotherhood radicals have lost power in a number of countries they overtook during the past decade, he already lost Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, and to a large extent southern Yemen, losing Libya, and he never won Syria and will never do, especially with the assorted suicidal terrorists he recruited from Syria and the majority of others he managed to bring into Syria from around the world keep fighting over bounties and spoils of war, and whenever facing the Syrian Arab Army their gatherings collapse and lose, the only thing keeping them in considerable areas in northern Syria is the Russian guarantee of the madman’s promises he will withdraw them from Syria but still cannot figure out where to, he’s overwhelmed with those coming from the regions he lost.

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Jan 4 2022

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US-sponsored ISIS Kill 5 Syrian Soldiers, Injure 20 Others in a Bus Attack

ARABI SOURI 

ISIS kills 5 Syrian Arab Army Soldiers in a bus attack in Homs

US-sponsored ISIS terrorists attacked a bus carrying soldiers yesterday evening in the Syrian desert killing 5 of them and injuring 20 others, a Syrian military spokesperson confirmed.

The military spokesperson detailed in a statement:

At approximately seven o’clock yesterday evening, a military transport bus was subjected to a terrorist missile attack in the area 50 km east of the third station in the Syrian Badia (desert) by a group of ISIS terrorists. The attack was followed by bursts of 23-mm cannon.

‘Five of the Syrian Army soldiers were martyred in the attack and 20 others wounded,’ the statement concluded.

The names of the Syrian Arab Army martyrs are:

  1. Martyr Honarry Lieutenant Sameh Al-Muhaisawi.
  2. Martyr Honarry Lieutenant Hassan Zaitoun
  3. Martyr Honarry Lieutenant Hani Khaled
  4. Martyr Honarry Lieutenant Muhammad Yousef
  5. Martyr Honarry Lieutenant Youssef Ammar.

This latest attack comes in a series of attacks carried out by ISIS terrorists and their affiliates against buses, trucks, infrastructure, and even shepherds and their cattle in the Eastern Homs desert area, the terrorists launch their attacks in the vast desert area then return to an area under the protection of the US forces illegally deployed in the Syrian Al Tanf region which imposes a 50 square kilometers no-fly zone around their base.

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Martyr Soleimani More Powerful than General Soleimani

January 4, 2022

By: Kayhan Int’l Staff Writer

Today, the 3rd of January, the Iranian nation is all geared up to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the martyrdom of one of its greatest generals in history who without the least doubt was also one of the astute diplomats that Iran has produced – and so also several nations of the region whom the martyr inspired.

His funeral and that of his equally brilliant colleague of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units [PMU] was attended by millions of mourners as the coffins passed through several cities of Iraq and Iran.

Yesterday, millions of Baghdadis had poured into the streets to pay tributes to the Martyrs Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, with the determination to achieve the goals for which the two had strived, including the driving out of the US occupation forces from the region.

Qassem Soleimani needs no introduction. He was a Hammer of terrorists, whether non-state actors like the takfiris, or state actors like the US and the illegal Zionist entity.

Though assassinated in the most cowardly manner by the Americans on the orders of the scoundrel Donald Trump, he continues to wield a growing influence on the Resistance Forces, to the horror of the US and ‘Israel’, which had thought that killing the judicious general who was on a diplomatic mission to Iraq, would remove the greatest obstacle to their devilish designs.

They have been proved totally wrong as Martyr Soleimani looms larger than life today, inspiring not just the Iranians, but also the Iraqis, Syrians, Lebanese, Yemenis, Bahrainis, and all other freedom loving oppressed nations determined to drive the CENTCOM terrorists from the region.

As a matter of fact, Martyr Soleimani is today more powerful than General Soleimani, who had ably guided the Iraqis and Syrians in routing the macabrely murderous US-supported Daesh terrorists and thus saving their homelands from becoming a large ‘Takfiristan’ stretching from the Mediterranean Sea to the Gulf.

As a sincere student of the school of that Sage of the Age, Imam Ruhollah Khomeini [RA], he had grown up on the battlefronts of the 8-year war the US had imposed on Iran in the 1980s through its agent Saddam of the repressive Ba’th minority regime of Baghdad.

He soon evolved into a shrewd diplomat during negotiations and a brilliant military strategist on the battlefields – rolled into one – who through his personal courage on the frontlines, molded the Lebanese, Syrians, Iraqis, Palestinians, Yemenis, and resistance units of other countries into formidable forces instilling fears in the hearts of terrorists and their mentors.

This was the reason the dastardly US forces feared him, the takfiri terrorists were terrified of him, the Zionists were frustrated of their plot to dismember Syria, and the filthy rich reactionary Arab regimes hated him for the hundreds of billions of dollars of losses they had incurred in vain in funding and fanning terrorism in Muslim countries.

As commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guard [IRG], his cherished goal was the liberation of holy al-Quds and all of Palestine, which will indeed be achieved, in view of the fact, no less a revolutionary figure that Hamas’ Ismail Haniyeh had hailed him at his funeral ceremony as “Martyr of al-Quds.”

A martyr does not die but is alive and receives sustenance from the Lord Most High in Whose path he gave his life, as is evident by the Ayahs of the holy Quran.

This means the blood of martyrs always triumphs over the swords and other instruments of death that the cowardly use in the vain hope of silencing the brave, as was demonstrated by Imam Husain [AS] in Karbala, and as Martyrs Soleimani, Abu Mahdi, and others have shown, by following the immortal path of the grandson of Prophet Muhammad [SAWA].

No wonder that the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Sayyed Ali Khamenei has hailed Soleimani as a symbol of hope, self-confidence and bravery and a manifestation of resistance and victory.

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الشهيد قاسم سليماني: سورية لن تنساك

 د. فيصل المقداد*

الثلاثاء 3 يناير 2022

منذ انتصار الثورة الإسلامية في إيران بقيادة الإمام المرحوم روح الله الخميني، أدركت سورية بقيادة القائد الخالد حافظ الأسد أنّ القضية العربية، بصفتها قضية تحرّر من الاستعمار والإمبريالية ومواجهة مع العدوان والصهيونية، تكسب صديقاً كبيراً وحليفاً ثابتاً، ونشأت على أساس هذا الإدراك والوعي التاريخيّين صداقة عميقة بين الجمهورية العربية السورية والجمهورية الإسلامية في إيران، وعلى مدى سنوات ظلت هذه الصداقة تنمو وتتعمّق وتتجذر، وقد عرف مع ظهور المقاومة في لبنان وفلسطين وصعود قوّتها بدعم من سورية وإيران، الترجمة الحقيقية لمفهوم البلدين لأولوية الصراع مع كيان الإحتلال الجاثم على أرض فلسطين والذي يحتلّ الجولان السوري الحبيب وأراض لبنانية غالية، وجاء إنجاز تحرير جنوب لبنان عام 2000 ومن بعده تحرير غزة عام 2005 كثمرة لنضالات هاتين المقاومتين الباسلتين في لبنان وفلسطين، تأكيداً لقيمة الصداقة بين سورية وإيران ودورها في إعادة الاعتبار للقضية المركزية للعرب، قضية فلسطين، وللصراع مع كيان الاحتلال كعنوان لمفهوم الأمن القومي لدول وشعوب المنطقة، وللمقاومة كنهج لتحرير الأرض وحماية الكرامة الإنسانية…

وقد نمت هذه العلاقة وترسخت كواحدة من ركائز صناعة الاستقرار في المنطقة برعاية واهتمام مباشرين من الإمام علي الخامنئي والرئيس بشار الأسد، بصفتها نواة نظام إقليمي ضامن للاستقرار في مواجهة عهد الحروب الأميركية التي هدفت لتعميم الفوضى ونشر الإرهاب وإطاحة الاستقرار منذ مطلع القرن الواحد والعشرين.

جاء استهداف سورية بالحرب الكونية التي رعتها وقادتها واشنطن، وشاركت فيها حكومات وجيوش وأجهزة استخبارات ومؤسسات إعلامية عملاقة، ورصدت لها مقدرات مالية هائلة، والهدف واضح وهو إسقاط كلّ المعاني والأبعاد التي ترمز اليها سورية الواحدة والسيدة والمستقرة والقوية والمزدهرة، وقد أدركت القيادة الإيرانية وعلى رأسها الإمام الخامنئي هذه الحقيقة مبكراً، ووقفت بكلّ ثبات ووضوح وحزم الى جانب سورية وشعبها وجيشها وقائدها، وعلى مدى سنوات الحرب الظالمة على سورية وجد السوريون في إيران خير نصير، لم يبخل بالدم لمواجهة العدو الواحد الذي مثله ثنائي الاحتلال والإرهاب، خصوصاً بعدما انكشف عمق التحالف بين هذين العدوين، وعندما شهد العقد الأخير نهوضاً لشعوب المنطقة وحركات المقاومة فيها لمواجهة هذا العدوان الثنائي مدعوماً من كلّ قوى الشر في العالم، كانت سورية في طليعة صناع النصر على الإرهاب والاحتلال، وكانت العلاقة الإيرانية السورية ركيزة أساسية لهذه المواجهة ولصناعة الانتصار، وسيكتب التاريخ ملاحم البطولة التي سطرها السوريون ومعهم أخوة في الدم من شرفاء العالم وأحراره، وفي طليعتهم الحليفان الإيراني والروسي وقوى المقاومة.

عندما يكتب التاريخ هذه الملحمة الأسطورية للنصر على الإرهاب سيظهر إسم الشهيد القائد قاسم سليماني بأحرف من نور، وقد كان أحد أبرز القادة في هذه الحرب، ووقفوا على خطوط النار فيها، وتركوا بصمات واضحة في صفحاتها، ولن ينسى السوريون عندما يكتبون تاريخ معارك حلب ودير الزور وسواهما أن يتذكروا شراكة الدم مع هذا القائد وتضحياته.

عندما قرّرت قوات الاحتلال الأميركي اغتيال القائد سليماني، كانت تقدّم شهادتها بحجم الغيظ والإرباك الذي تسبّب به بوجوده ودوره لمخططات التقسيم والفوضى وتعميم الإرهاب التي رعتها وعملت على نشرها، وعندما ارتقى سليماني شهيداً شعر السوريون كما كلّ المقاومين والشرفاء والأحرار أنهم خسروا أحد رجالات الحرب على الإرهاب.

ستبقى الصداقة الإيرانية السورية ترسم خارطة طريق الحرية والتحرر والمقاومة والاستقرار والازدهار والاستقلال لشعوبنا، وسيبقى قاسم سليماني أحد رموز هذه الأخوة، وسيذكره السوريون كلما تذكروا شهداءهم وذكروا بطولاتهم.

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FEARING NEW ATTACK, US PULL MOST OF ITS TROOPS OUT FROM AL-TANF IN SOUTHEASTERN SYRIA

03.01.2022 

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Green Berets and their partner force, the Maghaweir al-Thowra (MaT), during a joint patrol mission near At-Tanf Garrison, Syria, April 29, 2020. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. William Howard)

The US-led coalition had withdrawn most of its troops from the al-Tanf garrison in southeastern Syria to Jordan, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on January 3.

According to the London-based monitoring group, the coalition took the step out of fear that pro-Iranian forces in Syria or Iraq may attack the garrison with suicide drones or rocket to honor the memory of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Deputy-Commander of the Popular Mobilization Units, and Iran’s Quds Force Commander, Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani, who were assassinated by the US exactly two years ago.

“The coalition kept a number of its troops at the base within special shelters that are difficult to penetrate, and the bulk of the troops withdrew to Jordan,” the SOHR’s report reads.

The US-led coalition also ordered its main proxy group at al-Tanf, the Revolutionary Commando Army (MaT), to deploy its fighters outside of the garrison.

Around 200 US troops and some 300 MaT fighters are usually deployed at al-Tanf garrison. The US-led coalition maintains a 55 kilometers no-fly, no-drive zone around the garrison.

On October 20, al-Tanf came under attack. The garrison was targeted with five suicide drones and indirect fire. The attack resulted in some serious material damage. However, there were no casualties. On December 14, a warplane of the Royal Air Force shot down one of two small drones that breached al-Tanf’s no-fly zone.

US officials believe that Iran or Iranian-backed forces were behind both the October 20 attack and the December 14 drone incident.

The US claims that its forces are present in al-Tanf to counter ISIS in Syria’s central and southern regions. However, the garrison was in fact established in 2016 to block a strategic highway that links the Syrian capital, Damascus, with Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

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