The Axis of Resistance’s Road from Tehran to Beirut is Open and Secure

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Elijah J. Magnier

From the Levant to the Persian Gulf, a land route is now open, and the Axis of Resistance controls those borders crossings.
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Many wars have been waged in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine to defeat the “Axis of Resistance” or to at least deplete its logistics and supply lines. In all wars, tons of ammunition, bombs, and missiles are expended on both sides, often exhausting supplies. Each belligerent, therefore, needs to replenish its arsenal for the next confrontation, or at the very minimum, to demonstrate to the enemy its growing military capabilities, preparedness, and access to vital supplies. Most of the time, this is a valuable deterrent strategy used to avoid wars. However, because the 2006 Israeli war on Lebanon and the subsequent US occupation of Iraq and eastern Syria failed to achieve the desired US-Israeli objectives, the goal shifted heavily toward obstructing their supply lines: to cut off the Axis of Resistance road.

The aim was to stop Resistance Axis members (Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, Hamas, and Iraqi resistance groups) from re-arming themselves, and to prevent their access to weapons upgrades in advance of the next military confrontation. There began a race between the US-Israeli alliance and the Resistance Axis to control the accessibility of the vital Tehran-Beirut landline. This objective was reached first by the Resistance Axis, who liberated the Albu Kamal-al Qaem crossing on the Syrian-Iraqi border and placed it firmly under their control. Ever since, this crossing has also become a hub for critical commercial and consumer supplies whose flow the US has tried to halt by imposing harsh sanctions on Iran and Syria to prevent Iraq from providing any support. Rather, the US tried, but failed.

This significant American defeat, however, was not blared from rooftops, either by the US or by its adversaries. It is sufficient for the Resistance Axis that anything and everything they wish to transport via Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, reaches its destination, unhindered.

Traveling from the Syrian town of Qusayr, on Lebanon’s border, to Palmyra (Tadmur) is safe despite the dozens of checkpoints along the road. The Syrian Army controls the area and prevents anyone from traveling between provinces without valid documentation. Many Syrians from these provinces fled to secure areas to escape ISIS rule, and have since been trickling back to inspect their abandoned homes and resettle. Syria’s Badiyah has also become relatively safe following months of indiscriminate attacks by ISIS remnants against travelers. According to security officers, most of the ISIS militants were inhabitants of the area and its surroundings, and fled when ISIS was defeated by Syrian allied forces in 2017 and 2018.

Since then, special security brigades have been deployed from Palmyra to Deir Ezzor, while others continue to patrol the Syrian steppe to hunt down ISIS militants. However, it is still unsafe to travel through the Badiyah, and the main road used is via Sukhnah, Kabajeb, Asholah, and Deir Ezzor. From Deir Ezzor to the Iraqi border, the route via al Mayadeen, al Salehiya, and Albu Kamal is safe and well protected.

When the decision was made to clear the road and eliminate ISIS in the cities east of the Euphrates River, the Syrian Army and its allies attempted to free the al-Tanf border region with Iraq. US jets intervened, attacked the brigades, causing more than 50 casualties to prevent the defeat of ISIS targets. The Resistance Axis’ joint military operating room understood that the US plan was to cut off Syria from its neighbors, since its borders with Jordan were already closed.

Brigadier General Qassem Suleimani, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps’ Quds Brigade – later, assassinated by US drones near Baghdad airport in 2020 – personally took part in the assault on al Mayadeen and Albu Kamal, even before the liberation of Deir Ezzor. Soleimani wanted to reach and control the Syrian-Iraqi borders before the Americans, fearing the US establishment of a “no man’s land” to prevent free passage between Iraq and Syria.

Syrian Druze General Issam Zahreddine – later, killed by a mine after defeating ISIS in Deir Ezzor – was fighting alongside Hezbollah’s al-Radwan Special Forces, and managed to prevent an ISIS takeover of Deir Ezzor airport and part of the city, notwithstanding intervening US airstrikes that unsuccessfully aimed to enable the ISIS airport breach and killed and wounded over 200 Syrian officers. When the decision was taken to liberate the entire province, Suleimani was not very concerned about the city because Russian-supported Syrian Special Forces (Tiger Brigade) were already crushing ISIS positions there.

Suleimani coordinated his efforts with the Iraqi resistance, hunting down ISIS along the borders between Syria and Iraq’s al Qaem, in order to corner and eliminate the terrorist group on both sides. Following fierce battles, Albu Kamal and al Qaem were liberated – becoming the only border crossing to fall into the hands of the Syrian Army and its allies. Syria was no longer isolated from its surrounding neighbors. The road between Tehran, Baghdad, Damascus, and Beirut was open, and for the first time since the era of Saddam Hussein, in the hands of the Resistance Axis. A sea route is insufficient to transport all the needs of the Axis. This is why it was vital to open the land route at all costs. The US and Israel were aware of the plan but were in no position to stop it.

Driving from Deir Ezzor to Albu Kamal, the Euphrates River offers the sight of rare birds who migrate to this area now that it is no longer heavily frequented. The many abandoned and shell-pocked houses along the route remind passerbys of the ferocity of the battles. Syrian Army checkpoints are strict about preventing visits from anyone who doesn’t live in the province. The Americans control the other side of the river, and the oil and gas wells can be seen from afar with the naked eye.

In the main, ISIS militants were inhabitants of this area too, with foreign jihadists representing only a tiny percentage of the fighters. This is another reason why it is not safe to travel by night. With nightfall, it becomes clear that electricity has not been restored. The sound of only a few private generators can be heard from time to time. During the daytime hours, however, the generator count spikes, as farmers switch them on to pump water for their fields. The area is rich in its agriculture, and despite the US occupation of Syria’s strategic foodbelt province of Hasaka, provides enough wheat to be distributed to provinces beyond Deir Ezzor.

At the gate of Albu Kamal, a large billboard welcomes visitors with the name of the city, a portrait of President Bashar al Assad, and the Syrian national flag. Though incomparable with the old souk markets of Damascus or Aleppo, the local vegetable and fruit market still flourishes and bustles during the day.

Houses are one or two floors high, many with shops underneath. Several private villas adorn the border city. It is impossible to miss a large portrait of Iran’s Brigadier General Qassem Suleimani and Iraq’s PMU Deputy Commander Abu Mahdi al Muhandes, both assassinated by the US in Baghdad in January 2020. The two men contributed to the liberation of Iraq and Syria from ISIS, indeed, mainly Albu Kamal city. Soleimani used one of the private villas as his headquarters when in town, and left a hand-written note to the owner asking him forgiveness for using his house, and leaving his phone number to be contacted in case of need.

Eight kilometers separate Albu Kamal from Al Qaem on the Iraqi borders. The road is crowded with trucks crossing mainly from Iraq, and a few from Syria. Iraq established a border position to allow the flow of goods to Syria, though essentially follows the guidelines of the severe EU-US embargo on Damascus. Not far from the main road controlled by both the Syrian and the Iraqi customs authorities, there is another road where trucks transit between Iran-Iraq into Syria and Lebanon. These trucks are sealed so they won’t be opened on the road, and are verified by the Syrian authorities before they cross into Lebanon. After many years in the making, and dangerous challenges along the way, the Axis of the Resistance has managed to secure its logistic supply route.

Israeli and US forces have targeted the area dozens of times. Warehouses, military bases, and large isolated shops were destroyed last year by Israeli jets, but without managing to slow down the flow of supplies, or the replenishing of goods and structures destroyed by the enemy’s air force. Israel also bombed thousands of cars, trucks, and refrigerators stocked by Iranian donors for the province’s inhabitants to distribute. Iran is earning the loyalty and hearts of the local population by offering another behavior, contrasting starkly with what ISIS made these inhabitants endure through fear and punishment.

It is no secret that the people of Albu Kamal notice the withdrawal of many of the forces stationed in the city. There is no longer a need for a considerable power to be permanently based in Albu Kamal. The Axis of Resistance supply line is still secure. Iran has opened several pathways: Tikrit-Haditha-al Qaem, Baghdad-Ramadi-al Qaem, and Diwaniyeh-Hilla-Fallujah-al Qaem. This means, despite more than a thousand Israeli attacks, neither the commercial exchange between Syria and Iraq-Iran nor the Resistance Axis’ supply line has never once stopped since ISIS’s defeat.

The American military presence at al Tanf border between Iraq and Syria serves no US national interest and represents no danger to Washington, yet it persists to placate a desperate Israel (despite its constant bombing of Syria) that fears being left alone to face the Axis of Resistance. The US is indeed acting only to serve Israeli interests by keeping hundreds of its servicemen occupying and inciting Levant conflict zones.

How long can Israel hang on to this American security blanket? Take note of the sudden US mass exit in Afghanistan. Two decades and a trillion dollars wore Washington down, achieving nothing of the initial objectives it set in 2001. America’s global political and economic clout has shrunk considerably since then. There is reason to believe the same scenario will happen sooner or later in Syria.

Israeli air bombing has never stopped the Axis of Resistance from arming itself and being prepared for Tel Aviv when it decides to wage the next war. Hezbollah managed to stockpile hundreds of precision missiles under the searching eyes of the Israelis without them being able to alter the outcome. The Axis of Resistance has won the battle and cleared its path: the road from Tehran to Beirut is open and secure.

Syria: Putin’s ‘Tomahawk’ blow (unconfirmed-deeply censored)

By VT Editors -March 22, 202151858

In Syria, Russia is shifting into high gear and this pleasantly surprises the Resistance Axis.

[ Editor’s Note: The machine translation from the Russian to English is rough. I have tried to clean it up as best I could…JD ]

After pushing back with electronic warfare, the Israeli air force both from the skies of Lebanon and the skies of southern Lebanon, Russia made Hmeimim a base to receive Iranian military flights, deploying Su-34s, these long-range bombers, capable of pulverizing the terrorist positions.

It then activated the Iskandar and Tochka units against the US / Turkey oil smuggling sites, then withdrawing its forces from T4, for Iran to make it a drone base, located at a few kilometers from the illegal US base in al-Tanf, very close to the border with Ira.

It conducts exercises with the Syrian army there in simultaneous drone attacks and not just any drone but for example the drone Stealth, anti electronic warfare arash with 24 hour endurance and 1,400 kilometer range, and long after doing all of this, Putin’s Russia “the killer” would even be willing to share his “ballistic” reverse engineering experiences. with the Resistance. And how ?

According to The National Interest, Russia, having already captured the Tomahawk tactical cruise missiles fired between 2018 and 2019 against Syria, is now fully unraveling the enigma and sharing it among allies and partners.

According to which reports the information, “these are Tomahawk Block IV cruise missiles that were fired in Syria, without them exploding:” Moscow has obviously had a great success in dismantling the entire mechanism and by finding out how to neutralize it.

Inspection of the two unexploded Tomahawks intercepted by the Syrians as booty and then brought back to Moscow has enabled Russia to develop new jamming equipment.

Hence this particularly effective abolition bubble which has for some time been targeting all US and NATO planes and helicopters in the skies of Syria and even beyond in the Mediterranean and in southern Lebanon.

The United States has come to understand the flaws and has started delivering a new version of Tomahawk to the US military, but things are far from being sorted out as aircraft GPS links continue to be cut. when Russia wishes it both in Syria, in Lebanon but also in the skies of Israel and that this fact comes not only from the Russian electronic war complexes fixed and implanted on the ground but also from the systems on board Russian planes ” .

And to emphasize: “Besides, this experience served Abu Kamal well, which the United States bombed on February 25, Abu Kamal where two US F-15s bombed the positions of the Iraqi allies of the Syrian army, but where they missed everything since out of 7 missiles fired, 5 were scrambled and deviated from their trajectory while two only hit weapons and an empty metal cabin. This same experience of jamming has also served the Syrian army again against Israel, whose last two Delilah missile strikes were also a resounding failure.

But since the divorce is now consummated between Russia on the one hand and the United States on the other, against the backdrop of a reminder from the Russian ambassador in Washington, Putin did not stop there in Syria. . According to SouthFront, a terrorist training camp run by “Western trainers” was heavily bombed by the Russian air force on Sunday.

“The Russian military has succeeded in locating a Western mercenary base in northwestern Syria involved in training pro-Ankara terrorists. After identifying the base, powerful FAB-500 air strikes took place and the camp was reduced to ashes. It was the village of Benin that was reportedly targeted.

A trainer and a group of terrorist leaders were eliminated. We speak mainly of Turkish mercenaries, however, earlier in the same regions of Syria, representatives of private military companies from a number of European states were noticed there. For the moment, the command of the Russian aerospace forces in Syria has not commented on this. “

In short, Russia has gone all out. Hours earlier, the Syrian army launched a series of powerful strikes on Turkish territory. Despite Turkish air defense systems deployed in the Turkish border area, the Turkish DCA was unable to intercept a single launched missile.


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US Launches Heavy Attack on Kataib Hezbollah in Eastern Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The U.S. Coalition carried out heavy strikes over eastern Syria on Thursday evening, targeting a number of Iraqi paramilitary personnel near the border city of Albukamal. According to reports from eastern Syria, the U.S. Coalition targeted the troops of Kata’ib Hezbollah at a base near the Iraqi border; this resulted in heavy damage to the installation.

The number of casualties from the U.S. strikes is still unknown at this time, as Kata’ib Hezbollah has not released any figures regarding their losses.

The attack was the first carried out by the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden since he took office on January 21st, 2021.

The Biden administration said the attack on Thursday night was carried out in retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq that killed one American contractor.

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Israel & United States Unite Efforts In Large-Scale Strikes On Iranian Infrastructure In Syria

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The first two weeks of 2021 have, so far, been marked by an incredible increase in Israeli activity in the skies over Syria.

The most intense strike took place on January 13 morning hitting multiple Syrian and Iranian-affiliated targets in the province of Deir Ezzor, including the underground base of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Corps near al-Bukamal.

The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Israeli strikes have killed 57 and wounded another 37. Pro-government sources confirmed only 5 casualties.

The airstrikes were so numerous that even Abu Yatem al-Katrani – the commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) 4th Brigade was killed in an airstrike.

The Israeli operations were carried out with the assistance of the United States – it provided intelligence and Israeli struck on them. Former CIA Director, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was reportedly discussing the airstrikes with Yossi Cohen, chief of Israel’s spy agency Mossad.

The US support of Tel Aviv’s aerial raids is a clear message to Iran, and is a very open support to Israel’s undeclared war against Iran, which it has been waging in Syria since hostilities began.

All of the airstrikes in the first two weeks of 2021 are the most significant by Israel, and over all, since the beginning of the war in Syria. They were so significant, that Damascus even accused Tel Aviv of carrying out the strikes in very open support of ISIS militants which the Syrian Arab Army is hunting.

Meanwhile, there appears to be a sense of urgency, or a sense of danger in the air, as the United States reinforced its troop positions in the Omar oil fields with artillery pieces and other equipment.

The US troops, together with their local proxies also hold frequent drills in the area, to keep ready, for some future unknown escalation.

Prior to New Year’s Eve, Iran’s top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated, in what Tehran claimed to be an elaborate Israeli operation.

Additionally, since around the same time, a farewell strike on Iran has been expected from US President Donald Trump, and the general chaos in the US ahead of Joe Biden stepping into office has been used by Israel as a chance to inflict as much damage as possible on Tehran and its allies.

Russia, at the same time, appears to also be preparing for an escalation of some sort, by building up its forces and is lying in wait.

Israel appears dead set on continuing its crusade against Iran and its allies in Syria. An urgency is felt, since Biden is unlikely to support Tel Aviv as much as Trump did, and every possible chance should be used. This is all in spite of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu removed the photo of Donald Trump from his Twitter, but all is fair in love and war.

Finally, both the American and Russian forces appear to be biding their time, waiting for an escalation that, with tensions at the breaking point appears closer than ever.

The year began with terrorist attacks in Syria, increased Israeli strikes, Iran threatening against any aggression against it, and the two most significant players in the face of Moscow and Washington are expecting an escalation, and no amount of preparation would be enough for the incoming storm.

US nuclear submarine comes in close contact with Iranian anti-submarine chopper: video

Iran ends massive war games in Strait of Hormuz, issues stern warning to enemies: photos

BY NEWS DESK 2021-01-14

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – A U.S. nuclear submarine was spotted making close contact with an Iranian military chopper this week, in a new escalation in the Persian Gulf region.

In a video released by the Iranian media and shared on social media, the U.S. nuclear submarine can be seen making close contact with the Iranian anti-submarine helicopter, the SH-3D, in the Persian Gulf waters.

The video, which is shared below, was allegedly take on Thursday, January 14th, in the Persian Gulf; however, the U.S. and Iranian forces have yet to comment on this close approach.




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The first month of 2021 was marked by a new round of violence in Syria. The situation was especially complicated in Greater Idlib, northern Aleppo and in the central desert.

On January 8, ISIS terrorists launched a large attack on government forces in the eastern countryside of Hama. After a series of clashes with the Syrian Army and pro-government militias, terrorists captured a number of positions near the towns of Rahjan and al-Shakusiyah. As of January 12, ISIS cells retreated from these positions under pressure from the army. Nonetheless, at least 19 government troops and 12 ISIS members were killed in the clashes.

Meanwhile in the eastern countryside of Homs, ISIS cells destroyed a pickup of the al-Quds Brigade, a Palestinian pro-government group, with an improvised explosive device. According to pro-opposition sources, at least 44 pro-government fighters have been killed in the clashes in the desert area since the start of the year. The number of the eliminated terrorists is reportedly over 35.

Sources affiliated with Russia-linked private military contractors claim that the deterioration of the security situation in western Deir Ezzor is a result of the withdrawal of a majority of Russian specialists from the area.

At the same time, Iranian-backed forces continue their work to expand the Imam Ali Base near al-Bukamal. The base, operated by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, is allegedly designed store precision-guided missiles in a network of underground tunnels in the area. The base was repeatedly targeted by Israeli and even US strikes in 2019 and 2020. Despite this, the strikes did not cause any major impact as the base’s military infrastructure has been steadily expanding.

January 9 also became the first day of 2021 when the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out strikes on terrorist targets in Greater Idlib. Strikes hit several hills in outskirts of the town of Kabani, which is known for being stronghold of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and the Turkistan Islamic Party. A day earlier, forces of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham shelled Syrian Army positions in northern Lattakia injuring several soldiers.

These developments coincided with some strikes by some ‘mysterious aircraft’ that once again bombed Turkish-linked oil smugglers in northern Aleppo. This time the infrastructure of the smugglers was destroyed near the village of Tarhin.

The situation in neighboring Iraq is also not stable. Just on January 9, 3 supply convoys of the US-led coalition became targets of IED attacks in the central and southern regions of the country. These attacks are a logical continuation of the ongoing standoff between the US-Israeli bloc and the Iranian-led Axis of Resistance. Iranian-backed forces in Iraq conduct these attacks as a part of their campaign to force the US to withdraw its forces from the country.

While some expect that a Biden administration would be less interested in an increase of confrontation with Iran, there are no indications that the sides can fully settle their contradictions in any way in the nearest future. Therefore, the entire region will remain a battleground for the warring blocs.

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Israel Is Searching For Pretext To Invade Southern Syria

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The Russian military and Russian-backed Syrian forces have been increasing their presence on the border with Iraq.

Less than a week ago, the Russian Military Police established a local HQ in al-Bukamal. Recently, the 5th Corps of the Syrian Army, known for its links with the Russian military, created a network of border posts in the area. The move was apparently coordinated with Iranian-backed forces and the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces that actively operate in the border area.

Al-Bukamal is locating less than 30km from the town of al-Qaim, the stronghold of the Popular Mobilization Forces on the Iraqi side of the border.

Pro-Israeli sources claim that the increasing Russian presence in southern Deir Ezzor and along the border with Iraq may be a sign of a nearing Iranian withdrawal from the region. At the same time, there are no indications that Iranian-backed forces are going to withdraw from al-Bukamal anytime soon.

The presence of the Russians on the Iraqi-Syrian border is not something new. Russian forces played an important role in the anti-ISIS operations in the province, including the liberation of Deir Ezzor, al-Mayadin and al-Bukamal itself. In fact, the increasing Russian involvement is likely linked with the ongoing anti-ISIS operations in the central Syrian desert.

Just recently, the ISIS propaganda wing, Amaq, claimed that ISIS militants repelled a large attack of the Syrian Army on its hideouts in the eastern part of Hama province. 3 soldiers were allegedly killed, 10 others were inured and a vehicle was destroyed. Pro-militant sources also confirmed the increase of Russian airstrikes on terrorist targets in the region.

The remaining ISIS threat in the central part of the country also has a negative impact on the situation in the south. Negative processes have been taking place in Quneitra and Daraa provinces, which remain under the permanent destructive influence of Israel and its special services.

Recently, Israeli media and think tanks have started promoting the idea of the Israeli intervention into the ‘unstable’ Syrian south under the pretext of restoring ‘peace and prosperity’ in this region. Therefore, it is possible to expect the resumption of active Israeli military and clandestine operations to undermine the Syrian statehood in this particular region.


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Over the past weeks, the Syrian Army and its allies have intensified their operations against ISIS cells hiding in the Homs-Deir Ezzor desert.

According to pro-government sources, during the past few days, Syrian government forces and Iranian-backed militias carried out a series of raids to the south of the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor highway and southeast of al-Mayadin. Pro-militant media outlets clam that over 10 Syrian soldiers and 15 ISIS members died in these clashes.

The Russian Aerospace Forces also resumed their strikes on ISIS targets in the desert region. Pro-opposition sources say that the Russians delivered over 100 airstrikes. Indeed, the intensity of this campaign demonstrates that the regularly resurfacing ISIS cells, which actively exploit the state of chaos on the Syrian-Iraqi border, pose a notable security threat.

Just a few days ago, the Russian Military Police established a local HQ and several positions in the Syrian town of al-Bukamal, which lies on the border with Iraq. Local sources link the increased Russian presence on the border with the recently resumed anti-ISIS operation there.

Given the de-facto collapse of security in the area on the Iraqi side of the border, the Syrian, Iraqi and Iranian-backed forces deployed near al-Bukamal and al-Qaim are now the major factor deterring the terrorists operating there. At the same time, Israel and mainstream Western propaganda argue that al-Bukamal is just the base of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and thus must be destroyed.

While the presence of Iranian-backed forces there is an open secret, attacks on them and their allies, which were repeatedly conducted by Israel and even the US-led coalition, have in fact supported the ISIS agenda.


هكذا تحاصر أميركا لبنان وسورية اقتصادياً ومالياً 1/2

باريس – نضال حمادة

مسؤول سابق في صندوق النقد الدولي يقول: احتياط مصرف لبنان 2.5 مليار دولار والباقي دولارات رقمية…

نعود بك أيها القارئ الكريم إلى مقالة «البناء» في شهر تشرين الثاني الماضي بعنوان (مسؤول سابق في صندوق النقد الدولي عشرات ملايين الدولارات تخرج يومياً من لبنان إلى أربيل). عُدنا والتقينا هذا المسؤول السابق في باريس وهو من أصل عربي ليحدّثنا عن تشاؤمه بمستقبل الوضع في لبنان، اقتصادياً وسياسياً وربما أمنياً حسب قوله، يشير إلى أن الأميركي ترك الفرنسي يتحرك قليلاً ثم وضع أمامه كل العراقيل التي يتصوّرها والتي لا يتصوّرها، وبالتالي النتيجة هي أن فرنسا وحدها لا يمكن لها ان تنقذ الوضع في لبنان من دون رضا أميركا.

يقول المسؤول المالي إن احتياطي مصرف لبنان يبلغ مليارين ونصف مليار دولار نقداً، بينما بقيت المليارات هي عبارة عن أرقام على الكمبيوتر لا أكثر، ومصرف لبنان أمام أكثر من معضلة فهو لا يمكن له أن يحوّل هذه الأرقام الى ليرة لبنانية لأنه رقمياً يكون قد خسر كل احتياطه الوهميّ من الدولارات. وهذا ما سوف يسرّع الانهيار المالي، مضيفاً أن مبلغ «الكاش» الموجود يكفي لاستيراد الحاجات الأساسية من النفط والدواء والقمح حتى آخر السنة الحالية.

الاقتصاد السوري تأثر بالانهيار اللبناني، حيث يقول المسؤول المالي الدولي السابق، هناك 40 مليار دولار تعود لرجال أعمال وتجار سوريين. وهذا كل ما يملكونه كانوا وضعوه في المصارف اللبنانية، والآن بعد اكتشاف النهب الذي تعرّضت له ودائعهم أصبحوا من دون إمكانيات للاستيراد وبالتالي انكشف الوضع السوري اقتصادياً كالوضع اللبناني على أزمات تمويل عمليات الاستيراد. وبالتالي شهدنا أزمات متزامنة من نقص في المحروقات في لبنان وسورية، وهذا كان عملاً مقصوداً ومدروساً بعناية، فالنظام المصرفي اللبناني استُخدم معبراً لسحب كميات العملة الصعبة الموجودة في لبنان وسورية تمهيداً لإسقاط البلدين في زمن الصراع على السيطرة على الشرق الأوسط.

ما يريده صندوق النقد من لبنان هو تسليم كامل لكل المرافق المربحة للدولة اللبنانية وبأبخس الأثمان. يقول المسؤول المالي الدولي معقباً أن مبلغ الاحد عشر ملياراً الموعود به لبنان من سيدر لن تسد رمق اللبنانيين إلا لفترة محدودة طالما أن فاتورة الاستيراد السنوي للبنان تعادل ستة عشرَ مليار دولار. وأضاف ان الولايات المتحدة عملت من خلال إغلاق المطالبة بإغلاق الحدود البرية بين لبنان وسورية على تفاقم الأزمة الاقتصادية وجعلها تصل الى مشارف الانهيار.

غداً الجزء الثاني: لعبة المعابر كيف حاصرت أميركا سورية ولبنان؟

حرب المعابر هكذا تحاصر أميركا سورية ولبنان

باريس – نضال حمادة

نكمل كلامنا مع المسؤول السابق في صندوق النقد الدولي، الذي قال إن أميركا أطبقت الطوق على سورية ولبنان عبر السيطرة على المعابر الحدودية في البلدين، بداية في سورية حيث عملت أميركا على منع الدولة السورية من الاستفادة من الوضع العسكري الذي أصبح لمصلحتها، وذلك عبر السيطرة او التحكم بكل المعابر بين سورية ودول الجوار بدءاً من معبر نصيب في الجنوب حيث يرفض الأردن فتحه بحجج واهية ويمدّد فترة إغلاقه دورياً من دون سبب، ويُعتبر معبر نصيب مع الأردن طريقاً مهماً لنقل البضائع السورية الى الخليج العربي واستيراد البضائع من الخارج عبر البر، في المرتبة الثانية يأتي معبر المالكية مع العراق وهو يقع في شرق سورية. هنا يقول الخبير الاقتصادي الدولي إن المعبر من الجهة العراقية يتمركز فيه ويسيطر عليه بالكامل الجيش الأميركي الذي يمنع نقل أية بضائع من سورية وإليه. ويقول إن الحكومة العراقية تخلّت عن المعبر لصالح القوات الأميركية بعد تولي مصطفى الكاظمي منصب رئيس وزراء العراق.

يقول الخبير الاقتصادي الدولي هناك أيضاً في الشرق السوري معبر التنف الذي تسيطر عليه القوات الأميركية، كما تمنع أميركا إيران والعراق وسورية من فتح معبر البوكمال، حيث تنفذ الطائرات الحربية الأميركية غارات متكررة على القوافل التجارية في المنطقة وعلى المواقع العسكرية المحيطة بالمعبر.

في لبنان يبدو الأمر أسهل بسبب وجود حدود بريه مغلقة مع فلسطين المحتلة، وبالتالي تبقى الحدود السورية اللبنانية التي تضغط اميركا لإغلاق ما تبقى سالكاً منها خصوصاً في البقاع الشمالي الذي تأتي المطالبة بإغلاق الحدود بينه وبين سورية ضمن سلم أولويات أجندة صندوق النقد الدولي، يختم المسؤول السابق في صندوق النقد الدولي كلامه.

بين عملية المقاومة والعدوان الأميركيّ… هل دخل العراق معركة التحرير الثانيّة؟

حسن حردان

تتسارع التطورات في العراق، على نحو يؤشر إلى أنّ المواجهة بين المقاومة العراقية على اختلاف تلاوينها، وقوات الاحتلال الأميركية الغربية، باتت شبه محسومة، بعد عملية مباغتة للمقاومة بقصف معسكر التاجي لقوات التحالف الغربي أسفرت عن مقتل جنديين أميركيين وجندي بريطاني، وإصابة العشرات بجراح، وإقدام الطائرات الأميركية على قصف مواقع الحشد الشعبي في منطقة البوكمال السورية، ثم قيامها بشنّ غارات على مراكز للجيش العراقي والحشد في العديد من المناطق العراقية، أسفرت عن سقوط عدد من الشهداء والجرحى… وإعلان البنتاغون أنّ هذه الضربات رسالة واضحة بأننا لن نتهاون إزاء الهجمات التي تستهدف قواتنا.. هذه الاعتداءات الأميركية دفعت فصائل المقاومة العراقية إلى توجيه ما يشبه الإنذار إلى الحكومة العراقية بضرورة حسم مسألة استمرار بقاء القوات الأميركية التي ترفض تنفيذ قرار البرلمان العراقي بالانسحاب من العراق، على اثر إقدام الجيش الأميركي بارتكاب جريمة اغتيال القائدين الشهيدين قاسم سليماني وأبو مهدي المهندس في مطار بغداد، وتأكيد فصائل المقاومة بأنّ العدوان الجديد على السيادة العراقية يستوجب الردّ، وأنّ المعركة ليست محصورة فقط بالحشد الشعبي وإنما بالإرادة الشعبية العراقية، وأنّ الحشد أخذ الاحتياطات وأخلى مقراته، وأنّ فصائل المقاومة، حتى الآن، تحترم دور المؤسسات الحكومية، وتنتظر منها موقفاً واضحاً من العدوان والعمل على تنفيذ قرار البرلمان بوضع جدول زمني لرحيل القوات الأجنبية عن العراق.. منتقدة بشدة مواقف الرئاسة وبعض القوى العراقية التي سارعت الى التنديد بشدة بالهجوم الذي تعرّضت له القوات الأميركية الغربية في معسكر التاجي، فيما هي خجولة في التنديد بالعدوان الأميركي وتمتنع عن المطالبة برحيل القوات الأميركية، بل وتوفر لها الغطاء لعدم تنفيذ قرار البرلمان…

انّ هذه التطورات المتسارعة تؤكّد وتدلّل على ما يلي:

أولاً، إنّ العراق قد دخل فعلياً معركة إخراج القوات الأميركية الغربية من العراق بعد أن تحوّلت إلى قوات محتلة ترفض تنفيذ قرار البرلمان بالانسحاب، وبعد أن أصبحت تمارس العدوان على الجيش العراقي علناً، وتعمل على محاولة استغلال التناقضات بين القوى والأحزاب العراقية وتغذيها، مستفيدة من تبعية وولاء بعض القوى والأحزاب التي تدين بوجودها للاحتلال الأميركي، وانها تعمل على ترجمة توجهات واشنطن بعرقلة تشكيل حكومة عراقية لا تلبّي أهدافها ومصالحها الاستعمارية في العراق… هذا يعني بوضوح انّ العراق بات خاضعاً من جديد لاحتلال القوات الأميركية، بعد ان تسلّلت إلى العراق، اثر انسحابها عام 2011 تحت ضربات المقاومة، بثوب محاربة تنظيم داعش الإرهابي ذات الصناعة الأميركية.. لكنها بعد أن نجح العراق في القضاء على داعش، وسقط مبرّر بقاء القوات الأميركية، تسعى اليوم الى الاستفادة من تأييد بعض القوى التي دعمتها لتبرير بقائها..

ثانياً، انّ عملية المقاومة ضدّ قوات الاحتلال في معسكر التاجي، إنما تندرج في سياق توجيه رسالة بالنار إلى الإدارة الأميركية بانتهاء مرحلة الانتظار، وانه من غير المسموح المماطلة والتسويف في تنفيذ قرار الانسحاب وأنّ عليها ان تختار واحد من أمرين…

1 ـ أما الانسحاب سلماً من دون إبطاء ووفق جدول زمني واضح ومحدّد لا يستغرق وقتاً طويلاً، وعدم التذاكي والمراوغة من خلال محاولة إعادة تموضع القوات الأميركية في بعض المناطق التي تعتقد أنها توفر بيئة حاضنة لها…

2 ـ أو عليها ان تواجه عمليات المقاومة، التي شكلت جبهة موحدة وغرفة عمليات مشتركة على اثر الجريمة الأميركية باغتيال الشهيدين سليماني والمهندس…

ثالثاً، من الواضح أنّ عملية المقاومة على معسكر التاجي، والتي لم يعلن ايّ طرف من أطراف المقاومة مسؤوليته عنها، إنما تعكس تكتيكاً مدروساً، للبدء بمقاومة سرية، تاخذ بالاعتبار ظروف وواقع الدولة العراقية، وأن هذه المقاومة تنطلق من نقطة متقدمة جداً، مختلفة كثيراً عن النقطة التي انطلقت فيها اثر احتلال القوات الأميركية للعراق عام 2003، فالمقاومة التي ستواجه القوات الأميركية اليوم، هي التي هزمت هذه القوات عندما أجبرها بعد سنوات على الرحيل عن العراق عام 2011، وهذه المقاومة هي التي هزمت أيضاً تنظيم داعش الإرهابي، المصنّع أميركياً، ولهذا فإنّ المقاومة باتت تملك القدرات والإمكانيات والخبرات في خوض قتال كلّ أنواع الحروب، لا سيما حرب المقاومة الشعبية المسلحة، وهي قادرة على البدء بضربات قوية قاسية وموجعة للقوات الأميركية وبالتالي جعلها تتكبّد خسائر جسيمة في فترة قصيرة، لا تستطيع الولايات المتحدة احتمالها.. وستؤدّي في النهاية إلى إجبارها على الرحيل عن العرق بذلّ ومهانة.. إنْ هي رفضت الانسحاب سلماً…

رابعاً، انّ محاولة واشنطن العودة إلى اللعب على وتر التناقضات العراقية لتبرير استمرار بقاء قواتها، لن يجدي، وأنّ اللجوء إلى العدوان على القوات العراقية وفصائل الحشد لن يؤدّي سوى الى تأجيج العداء ضدّ الولايات المتحدة وقواتها، وبالتالي تعزيز البيئة الشعبية العراقية الداعمة للمقاومة المسلحة.. مع لفت الانتباه إلى أنّ هذه المقاومة، خاضت النضال المسلح ضدّ القوات الأميركية بين 2003 و2011 في ظلّ ظروف أكثر تعقيداً بالنسبة لها من الظروف المراهنة، ومع ذلك تمكّنت من تحويل وجود الاحتلال إلى جحيم أجبره في النهاية على الانسحاب تحت جنح الظلام…

خامساً، لقد تأكد للشعب العراقي وقواه الوطنية والمقاومة انّ عدم الاستقرار في العراق إنما سببه التدخل الأميركي في شؤون العراقيين مستفيداً من التناقضات التي ولّدها الدستور الذي وضعه الحاكم الأميركي بول بريمر اثر احتلال العراق عام 2003، وأنّ السبيل لتحقيق الاستقرار واستطراداً تحقيق الاستقلال والسيادة ووضع حدّ لتدخلات واشنطن إنما يستدعي خوض معركة فرض رحيل القوات الأميركية، التي لن ترحل إلا بالمقاومة، كما أثبتت التجارب مع المحتلّ الأميركي.. لكن هذه المرة سيكون الرحيل أسرع لأنّ إدارة الرئيس الأميركي ترامب لا تحتمل التورّط في حرب استنزاف جديدة مكلفة، في وقت لا تزال تسعى فيه أميركا للخروج من آثار النزف الكبير الذي تكبّدته مادياً وبشرياً نتيجة حربها الخاسرة في العراق وأفغانستان، وهي للتوّ قد وقّعت على اتفاق مع حركة طالبان يقضي بسحب قواتها من أفغانستان.. وفي وقت يدخل فيه ترامب حملة انتخابية للفوز بولاية ثانية، وهو الذي كان وعد ناخبيه الأميركيين بأن يخرجهم من الحروب، وتعهّد لهم عدم شنّ حروب جديدة..

لذلك فإنّ قرار فصائل المقاومة العراقية عدم التساهل والتراخي في تنفيذ قرار البرلمان العراق وإردة الشعب العراقي بفرض انسحاب القوات الأميركية، هو الضمانة لتسريع رحيل هذه القوات عن العراق وتحريره مرة ثانية من احتلالها، واستعمار الولايات المتحدة، وكلّ الآثار التي ولدها وفي المقدّمة إسقاط دستور بريمر الفتنوي… وإدارة ترامب لن يكون أمامها من خيار سوى الإسراع في الانسحاب تجنّباً من الغرق في حرب استنزاف جديدة مكلفة، ستكون نهايتها الهزيمة المؤكدة.. كما أكدت تجربة المقاومة مع الاحتلال الأميركي بين 2003 و2011.


South Front

A volley of rockets struck the Camp Taji military base in Iraq on the evening of March 11, killing three US-led coalition service members, two of them Americans and one British, and injuring 12 others. The targeted military base is a large facility located in a rural region approximately 27km north of Baghdad.

After the shelling, Iraqi security forces found the improvised rocket launcher used in the attack in the nearby area of Rashidiya. It was forty 107mm barrels installed on the back of a Kia Bongo truck. Three rockets were still remaining inside the barrel.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack. However, over the past months US-linked targets have witnessed a number of similar rocket attacks. Most of them led to no casualties. In general, US sources blame Kataib Hezbollah and other Iran-linked groups for these incidents.

The situation became especially tense after the US strike on a convoy of Iraqi and Iranian officers moving near Baghdad International Airport on January 3. The prominent Iranian general, commander of the Qods Force, Qassem Soleimani, was assassinated in this strike. The attack caused a large-scale crisis in the region, and prompted an Iranian retaliatiory missile strike on US military bases in Iraq. Washington swallowed a public attack on its forces by a state claiming that there were no casualties. In the following weeks, these ‘no casualties’ steadily turned into at least 110. All of them, according to the official version, received traumatic brain injury.

Additionally, the Iraqi Parliament accepted a bill demanding US troop withdrawal from the country, which Washington ignored, even threatening Baghdad with devastating sanctions, should Iraq continue to act like it is a sovereign, rather than occupied, country.

Following the attack on Camp Taji, ‘unknown aircraft’, most likely belonging to the US-led coalition, struck positions belonging to Iranian-backed groups near the Syrian-Iraqi border. The surroundings of the Syrian town of al-Bukamal, located on the highway linking Deir Ezzor and Baghdad, became the main target of the attack. Pro-Iranian sources claimed that the strikes caused material damage only.

Meanwhile, US forces in northeastern Syria strengthened their military positions by deploying additional howitzers. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces declared in an official statement that the military buildup was needed to provide US bases with additional protection. Another troop withdrawal announced by the administration of President Donald Trump is apparently successfully ongoing.

Syria’s northwest is also a source of tensions. On March 11, intense fighting erupted among Turkish-backed armed groups in the town of Azaz. As always, the incident was caused by internal contradictions between Turkish proxies who are involved in a wide range of various criminal activities and regularly clash for spheres of influence.

In the region of Greater Idlib, Turkish-backed groups, including those linked with al-Qaeda, are preparing to sabotage another ceasefire deal. They reinforced their positions north of the M4 highway and east of Jisr al-Shughur and declared that they are not planning to withdraw from any areas south of the highway. These statements go contrary to Turkish claims that preparations for the creation of a security zone in the area and the start of joint Turkish-Russian patrols are successfully in progress. Despite these, Ankara continues blaming the Syrian government for supposed violations of the Moscow deal and threatening it with military action should the ceasefire be violated. It seems that Turkey once again seeks to sweep agreements regarding the withdrawal and neutralization of radicals under the carpet, thus pushing the region into a new round of military escalation.

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South Front

A volley of rockets struck the Camp Taji military base in Iraq on the evening of March 11, killing three US-led coalition service members, two of them Americans and one British, and injuring 12 others. The targeted military base is a large facility located in a rural region approximately 27km north of Baghdad.

After the shelling, Iraqi security forces found the improvised rocket launcher used in the attack in the nearby area of Rashidiya. It was forty 107mm barrels installed on the back of a Kia Bongo truck. Three rockets were still remaining inside the barrel.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack. However, over the past months US-linked targets have witnessed a number of similar rocket attacks. Most of them led to no casualties. In general, US sources blame Kataib Hezbollah and other Iran-linked groups for these incidents.

The situation became especially tense after the US strike on a convoy of Iraqi and Iranian officers moving near Baghdad International Airport on January 3. The prominent Iranian general, commander of the Qods Force, Qassem Soleimani, was assassinated in this strike. The attack caused a large-scale crisis in the region, and prompted an Iranian retaliatiory missile strike on US military bases in Iraq. Washington swallowed a public attack on its forces by a state claiming that there were no casualties. In the following weeks, these ‘no casualties’ steadily turned into at least 110. All of them, according to the official version, received traumatic brain injury.

Additionally, the Iraqi Parliament accepted a bill demanding US troop withdrawal from the country, which Washington ignored, even threatening Baghdad with devastating sanctions, should Iraq continue to act like it is a sovereign, rather than occupied, country.

Following the attack on Camp Taji, ‘unknown aircraft’, most likely belonging to the US-led coalition, struck positions belonging to Iranian-backed groups near the Syrian-Iraqi border. The surroundings of the Syrian town of al-Bukamal, located on the highway linking Deir Ezzor and Baghdad, became the main target of the attack. Pro-Iranian sources claimed that the strikes caused material damage only.

Meanwhile, US forces in northeastern Syria strengthened their military positions by deploying additional howitzers. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces declared in an official statement that the military buildup was needed to provide US bases with additional protection. Another troop withdrawal announced by the administration of President Donald Trump is apparently successfully ongoing.

Syria’s northwest is also a source of tensions. On March 11, intense fighting erupted among Turkish-backed armed groups in the town of Azaz. As always, the incident was caused by internal contradictions between Turkish proxies who are involved in a wide range of various criminal activities and regularly clash for spheres of influence.

In the region of Greater Idlib, Turkish-backed groups, including those linked with al-Qaeda, are preparing to sabotage another ceasefire deal. They reinforced their positions north of the M4 highway and east of Jisr al-Shughur and declared that they are not planning to withdraw from any areas south of the highway. These statements go contrary to Turkish claims that preparations for the creation of a security zone in the area and the start of joint Turkish-Russian patrols are successfully in progress. Despite these, Ankara continues blaming the Syrian government for supposed violations of the Moscow deal and threatening it with military action should the ceasefire be violated. It seems that Turkey once again seeks to sweep agreements regarding the withdrawal and neutralization of radicals under the carpet, thus pushing the region into a new round of military escalation.

مفاوضات الجلاء الأميركي تحت النيران العراق محطة أولى

محمد صادق الحسينيّ

لم يكن ما جرى في العراق، خلال الساعات الأربع والعشرين الماضية، من قصف صاروخي على أهداف للمقاومة العراقية في محيط البوكمال السورية، وآخر صاروخي سبقه قبل ذلك ضدّ قاعدة التاجي العسكرية العراقية شمال بغداد، التي تحتلّ القوات الأميركية جزءاً منها، لم يكن هذا القصف المتبادل يهدف الى إرسال رسائل متبادلة.

والسبب في ذلك، كما أفادت مصادر استخبارية غربية، ان طبيعة العلاقة بين المقاومة العراقية والاحتلال الأميركي قد تجاوزت مرحلة تبادل الرسائل الى مرحلة المفاوضات، وإنْ بشكل غير مباشر، على الانسحاب العسكري الأميركي السريع والكامل، من العراق، بما في ذلك من المحافظات الشمالية، التي تسكن بعضها أغلبية كردية.

إذن، فالإدارة الأميركية، وبعد تلكُّئها في سحب قواتها من العراق بعد اغتيال الشهيدين الجنرال سليماني وأبو مهدي المهندس، قد بدأت مفاوضات سرية مع المقاومة العراقية، من خلال القيادة العامة للقوات المسلحة العراقية والقائد الأعلى لهذه القوات، وذلك بهدف الاتفاق على جدول زمني يضمن انسحاباً سريعاً وكاملاً شاملاً لقوات الاحتلال الأميركي من كامل الأراضي العراقية.

وعلى الرغم من انّ هذه المفاوضات السرية، التي تأتي أيضاً في إطار تطبيق قرار البرلمان العراقي المطالَب بانسحاب قوات الاحتلال، قد وصلت مرحلة متقدّمة وان قيادة الجيش الأميركي قد بدأت فعلاً بسحب بعض الوحدات والمعدات العسكرية الأميركية، من العراق الى الخارج، وعلى عكس ما توحي به بعض التصريحات الأميركية حول احتمال نقل منظومات دفاع جوي أميركي، من طراز باتريوت، الى العراق، لحماية القوات الأميركية هناك، نقول إنه وعلى الرغم من كلّ ذلك فإنّ بعض دوائر صنع القرار في واشنطن تحاول عرقلة إنجاز المفاوضات، وبالتالي عرقلة حصول اتفاق عراقي أميركي نهائي، حول جدول زمني لسحب القوات الأميركية.

وهو الأمر الذي يجعل لزاماً على قوى المقاومة العراقية، بين الفينة والأخرى، أن تقوم بتذكير القيادة العسكرية الاميركية بضرورة الالتزام الدقيق بهدف المفاوضات السرية وعدم الخضوع لابتزاز بعض جهات صنع القرار في واشنطن. وذلك تجنّباً لمواجهة انسحاب تحت النيران، تتكبّد فيه القوات الأميركية خسائر مادية وبشرية كبرى، كتلك التي تكبّدتها خلال الانسحاب 2010/2011.

يضاف الى ذلك، وكما يؤكد المصدر، انّ ردّ محور المقاومة على اغتيال أبرز شخصيتين قياديتين عسكريتين فيه، الجنرال سليماني ورفيقه أبو مهدي المهندس، يجب ان يُستكمل بانسحاب القوات الأميركية ليس من العراق فقط وانما من كل الدول العربية التي تحتلها هذه القوات، بما في ذلك فلسطين المحتلة التي يوجد فيها قواعد صواريخ ومنظومات رادار في إطار الدرع الصاروخي الاميركي المضاد للصواريخ والموجهة ضدّ الصين وروسيا وإيران.

وهو ما يعني انّ الانسحاب حتمي وانّ موازين القوى، في كامل مسرح العمليات، من حدود الصين شرقاً الى سواحل المتوسط غرباً، ليست في صالح المحور الأميركي على الإطلاق. خاصة بعد الهزيمة العسكرية المنكرة التي مُني بها مخلب حلف شمال الأطلسي، أردوغان، في الميدان السوري قبل أيّام. تلك الهزيمة التي أجبرته، ومعه سيده في البيت الابيض وأدواته في بروكسل (الناتو)، ان يخضعوا لميزان القوى الميداني في سورية، بين حلف المقاومة وداعميه من جهة وبين المعسكر الأميركي وأذنابه من جهة أخرى. هذا الميزان الذي أكثر او أبلغ ما تعبّر عنه هي هزيمة الجيش الأردوغاني (وليس الجيش التركي) في سراقب وإثبات القوات المشتركة لحلف المقاومة، وعلى رأسها لواء الرضوان في حزب الله، إن مَن هزم الجيش الإسرائيلي في بنت جبيل ووادي الحجير سنة 2006 قادر على هزيمة جيش أردوغان في سراقب 2020 وجاهز للتقدّم داخل الجليل الفلسطيني المحتلّ ساعة صدور الأوامر بذلك من غرفة عمليات القوات المشتركة لحلف المقاومة.

كما أكد المصدر على أنّ انسداد الأفق الاستراتيجي، أمام الخطط والمشاريع والحروب الأميركية في المنطقة، بدءاً بالحرب على أفغانستان مروراً بغزو العراق واحتلاله ثم العدوان على سورية منذ 2011 وصولاً الى إنشاء تنظيم داعش، من قبل الإدارة الأميركية وجيشها، واستخدامه كحجة للعودة الى العراق، كلّ ذلك جعل هذه الإدارة تتوسّل اتفاق وقف إطلاق نار مع حركة طالبان الأفغانية، يسمح للجيش الأميركي ومرتزقة الناتو الآخرين بالانسحاب الآمن من أفغانستان؛ وهو الأمر الذي تمّ قبل أسابيع وسمح للجيش الأميركي بالبدء بسحب وحداته ومعداته (120 ألف حاوية من الحجم الكبير/ كونتينر) من تلك البلاد. وللمرء أن يتخيّل كيف سيكون انسحاب 14 ألف جندي أميركي مع هذا الكمّ الهائل من المعدات بدون اتفاق مع حركة طالبان.

وهو ما ينطبق على الجيش الأميركي، الذي يحتلّ أجزاء من العراق، فكيف سيكون انسحابه تحت نيران المقاومة العراقية الأكثر عدداً والأفضل تسليحاً من مقاتلي طالبان، في حال اضطراره للانسحاب دون اتفاق، أيّ تحت نيران المقاومة؟

كما أنّ هذا الانسحاب، الذي سيتمّ الاتفاق عليه وجدولته والبدء بتنفيذه قبل نهاية العام الحالي، سيكون اتفاقاً مفصلاً على قياس مصالح ترامب الانتخابية. فهو كان قد وعد الناخب الأميركي، خلال حملته الانتخابية الأولى بعدم الدخول في حروب خارجية وإعادة الجنود الأميركيين الى الوطن. وها هو بالاتفاق مع طالبان وقرب انسحاب قواته من العراق يحقق ما وعد به، بغضّ النظر عن الاتفاق او الاختلاف معه ومع سياساته المرتكزة الى مصلحته الشخصية البحتة. تلك المصلحة التي تُحَتِّمُ عليه أن لا يسمح بتواصل عودة جنوده أفقياً الى الوطن.

أو تحوّل العراق الى فيتنام ثانية.

بعدنا طيّبين، قولوا الله…

مقالات متعلقة


The U.S. Department of Defense announced early on March 13 that it had carried out “defensive precision strikes” against Kata’ib Hezbollah (KH) in Iraq.
In an official statement, the DoD said the “defensive strikes” were carried out in direct response to the threat posed by Iranian-backed Shiite militia groups, holding these group responsible for recent attacks on its bases in Iraq.
The U.S. strikes targeted five weapons storage facilities of KH. The DoD claimed that the facilities contained weapons used to target U.S. and coalition troops in Iraq.
“The United States will not tolerate attacks against our people, our interests, or our allies,” Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper said. “As we have demonstrated in recent months, we will take any action necessary to protect our forces in Iraq and the region.”
Iraq’s Security Media Cell said a “U.S. aggression” targeted position of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), the Iraqi military’s Emergency Regiments and 19th Division in the areas of Jurf Sakhar, Musayib, Alexandria and Najaf.
Airstrikes were also reported near the eastern Syrian city of al-Bukamal on the border with Iraq. A wave of airstrikes targeted Iranian forces’ positions there a day earlier.
Some Iraqi sources claimed that British warplanes took part in the attack. However, this is yet to be confirmed by the UK.
Initial reports indicate that some of the U.S. strikes resulted in causalities. Several sources are talking about at least one civilian casualty in a strikes on an airport near Karbala city. These reports are yet to be verified.
The strikes were meant as response to the March 11 rocket attack on Camp Taji in central Iraq. The attack claimed the lives of three U.S.-led coalition service members, two Americans and a British.
Earlier today, KH released a statement praising the attack on Camp Taji without claiming responsibility for it. The group called on the perpetrators to reveal themselves, promising to support and protect them.
If the reports of human losses are true, the situation could escalate even further in the upcoming few hours. Iraqi Shiite groups had vowed to expel U.S. forces from Iraqi by all possible means.

أميركا هي «إسرائيل» الكبرى وإنهاء وجودها في غرب آسيا بات محتّماً

يناير 6, 2020

د. عصام نعمان

ما ارتكبه دونالد ترامب في قلب العراق جريمة تاريخية بامتياز تخدم أغراض أميركا الصغرى، “إسرائيل”، كما مصالح “إسرائيل” الكبرى، أي الولايات المتحدة ذاتها. “إسرائيل” الكبرى وأميركا الصغرى منخرطتان منذ العام 1979 في حربٍ متواصلة مع قوى المقاومة الناشطة ضدهما من شواطئ البحر الأبيض المتوسط غرباً الى تخوم افغانستان شرقاً. اغتيالُ رئيس هيئة اركان جميع قوى المقاومة في بلدان غرب آسيا قاسم سليماني ومساعده نائب رئيس هيئة الحشد الشعبي في العراق ابو مهدي المهندس دليل إضافي ساطع على تواصل حرب أميركا الصغرى و”إسرائيل” الكبرى وتصعيدها ضد جميع قوى المقاومة العربية والإسلامية.

ما أبرز معطيات الجريمة التاريخية وتداعياتها؟

في المعطيات، تتضح الحقائق الثلاث الآتية:

أولاها، إن ترامب أعلن جهاراً نهاراً وضعَ يده مباشرةً على مناطق حقول النفط في سورية، كما كان فعل مداورةً قبل سنوات في العراق، وأن أميركا عازمة على استثمارها ومصادرة عائداتها وتوظيف بعضها لدعم حلفائها من الكرد السوريين، وأنها لهذا الغرض قامت بتعزيز قواتها في كِلا البلدين.

ثانيتها، ان الضربة الأميركية الصاعقة لثلاثة مواقع لكتائب حزب الله في منطقة القائم العراقية المحاذية لمعبر البوكمال السوري لم تكن، في الواقع، رداً على عملية قصفٍ لقوات أميركية متمركزة في قاعدة عسكرية عراقية بمحيط مدينة كركوك النفطية، بل كانت ضربة مدروسة في سياق استراتيجي غايتها إقفال معبر البوكمال بين العراق وسورية استجابةً لطلب “إسرائيل” المتخوّفة من مخاطر وجود خط إمداد لوجستي ممتد من إيران الى لبنان عبر العراق وسورية.

ثالثتها، إن ما كشفه رئيس اركان الجيش الإسرائيلي الجنرال افيف كوخافي في معهد هرتسيليا المتعدد المجالات قبل نحو أسبوعين من معطيات ومخاوف لجهة تعاظم قوة “فيلق القدس” بقيادة قاسم سليماني في سورية، كما تزايد عدد الصواريخ الدقيقة لدى حزب الله في لبنان، ولكون الصناعة العسكرية الإيرانية أكبر من كل الصناعات الأمنية في “إسرائيل”…كل ذلك يؤكد تنامي مخاوف القيادة العسكرية الإسرائيلية مما تعتبره مخاطر جدّية تهدّد الأمن القومي للكيان الصهيوني.

اذْ شكّلت المعطيات سالفة الذكر حوافز قوية لـِ “إسرائيل الكبرى” كي تسارع الى سدّ فجوات أمنها، بعدما قامت إيران بإسقاط طائرة تجسس أميركية مسيّرة ومتطورة على علو نحو 20 كيلومتراً، ثم قام حلفاؤها اليمنيون بتدمير موقعين إنتاجيين لشركة أرامكو النفطية ما ادى الى خفض صادرات السعودية من النفط بمقدار النصف… كل هذه التطورات شكّلت حوافز اضافية دافعة للولايات المتحدة الى محاولة استعادة “هيبتها الردعية” بتوجيه ضربة شديدة الى إيران بما هي راعية محور المقاومة وأقوى أطرافه، فماذا تراها تكون التداعيات والمفاعيل المترتبة على ذلك؟

لعلها ثلاث:

أولاها، ان أميركا خسرت بمجرد إقدامها على اغتيال قاسم سليماني ورفيقه ابو مهدي المهندس، نائب رئيس “هيئة الحشد الشعبي” التي يرأسها رسمياً القائد الأعلى للقوات المسلحة رئيس الوزراء العراقي عادل عبد المهدي، خسرت “أصدقاءها” وضاعفت أعداءها العراقيين الكثر الأمر الذي اعطى أهل السلطة في بغداد السببَ والدافع والمسوّغ لتشريع إنهاء الوجود العسكري الأميركي في بلاد الرافدين. لا غلوّ في القول إن إجلاء القوات الأميركية عن العراق سيشكّل خسارة استراتيجية مدوّية لكل من الولايات المتحدة و”إسرائيل” اذْ لا يُبقي لواشنطن في الإقليم من مرتكز برّي ذي قيمة استراتيجية وازنة إلاّ الكيان الصهيوني.

ثانيتها، إن ضخامة مفاعيل اغتيال قاسم سليماني وأبو مهدي المهندس على العراق كما على إيران وسائر اطراف محور المقاومة، ستجعل هؤلاء جميعاً محكومين باتخاذ تدابير عملانية ولوجستية متقدّمة ومعجّلة لتوحيد وتفعيل جبهات المواجهة ضد “إسرائيل” وأميركا على مدى مساحة برية وبحرية وجوية واسعة تمتد من شواطئ البحر المتوسط غرباً الى تخوم افغانستان شرقاً، ومن بادية سورية شمالاً الى جبال اليمن جنوباً وذلك تحسباً لأي ردّة فعل أميركية واسعة على قيام إيران بتنفيذ وعيد مرشدها الأعلى السيد علي خامنئي “بردٍّ قاسٍ” على الولايات المتحدة في العراق او على مدى الشرق الأوسط برمته.

ثالثتها، إن قواعد اشتباك جديدة قد تولّدت جراء عملية الاغتيال بين الولايات المتحدة و”إسرائيل” من جهة واطراف محور المقاومة من جهة أخرى. واذ تبدو الحرب المفتوحة مستبعدة في مرحلتها الأولى، فإن من المحتمل جداً ان تؤدي ردة فعل أميركا على الضربة الإيرانية القاسية المتوقعة، وربما قبلها، الى خروج إيران من الاتفاق النووي نهائياً، وإلى توسيع بيكار الرد الثأري المتدرّج لمحور المقاومة بحيث يشمل جبهات تصديها جميعاً لـِ “إسرائيل”، وقد يتطوّر لاحقاً الى حرب مفتوحة بين جميع أطراف الصراع المرير المحتدم في الإقليم.

قيل إن الثأر طبقُ طعامٍ لا يجوز تناوله إلاّ بارداً. حسناً، إن إيران ما زالت تصبر وتتصابر وتتصدّى بحكمة وأناة للعدوان الصهيوأميركي المتواصل منذ اندلاع ثورتها العام 1979، ومثلها تنظيمات المقاومة الفلسطينية واللبنانية. غير ان صَلَف العدو الصهيوني وتهوّر العدو الترامبي الأميركي سيؤديان، عاجلاً أو آجلاً، الى اندلاع حربٍ واسعة ومدمرة، قد يتسنّى معها للسيد حسن نصرالله وغيره كثيرون بأن يحققوا أمنية عتيقة ومتجددة بالصلاة في القدس الشريف…

تقبّل الله صلاتكم ودعاءكم.

وزير سابق


South Front

The Israeli Air Force has carried out a new round of strikes on Iranian-linked targets near the Syrian-Iraqi border. The airstrikes reportedly hit at the al-Hamadan airport north of the town of al-Bukamal.

Pro-Israeli sources claimed that the strike destroyed a HQ of Iranian-backed militias, as well as ammunition and weapon depots. The U News agency, which is known for its close ties with Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Iranian forces in Syria, also shared reports on Israeli airstrikes, but did not confirm them.

Since the start of 2019, the Israel Air Force had conducted over a dozen of strikes on supposed Iranian targets near al-Bukamal. Despite this, the town and facilities around it remain a stronghold of Iranian-backed forces in the border area.

On December 5 morning, a large convoy of the Russian Military Police arrived in the Qamishli airport in northeast Syria. The convoy consisted of several armored vehicles and dozens of trucks loaded with different supplies and military equipment. It was escorted by attack helicopters.

In October, Russia already deployed Mi-8 and Mi-35 helicopters, and Pantsir-S air defense systems there. Pro-government sources speculate that the airport is being turned into a Russian military base.

Turkish-backed militants will withdraw from the town of al-Mabrukah and Syrian Army troops will be deployed there under a new deal reached by Moscow and Ankara, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed on December 5. Russia’s state-run news agency Sputnik supported the claim by saying that army troops and Russian military police officers are now preparing to enter the town.

Al-Mabrukah is located south of the border town of Ras al-Ayn and hosts an electrical substation that was damaged during the recent Turkish-led attack on the region. The Damascus government will likely work to restore it.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham repelled a Syrian Army attack on the village of Umm Jalal in southern Idlib, the terrorist group’s news agency reported on December 5. According to the report, up to 12 army troops were killed. Nonetheless, no photos or videos to confirm this claim was provided.

On December 4, militants attacked army positions south of the nearby town of Umm al-Tinah. The attack was repelled following several hours of heavy clashes.

Iran Overcomes the US-led Plot to Destabilize the Country

Iran riots

Iran riots


Iran has overcome the US plot to destabilize the country using ‘Peaceful Protests’ as a pretext, these peaceful protests have become a synonym to riots in our region, what was known in the early days as 5th column useful cannon fodders also known now as the 4th generation wars, it only targets countries independent of the US hegemony, and it becomes immediately bloody and violent.

What makes it very obvious in the latest developments in Lebanon, Iraq, and Iran at the same time is the timing of it upon two major steps by the Iraqi government to defy the US policies by

  • 1) Opening the Bu Kamal border crossing with Syria which would connect Iran to the Mediterranean through Iraq and Syria, and also connect to Lebanon which would help the economies of all these countries, this would also stretch the Chinese reach to the Mediterranean as well. Remarkably, the oldest civilizations in the world blocked by the newest countries and satellite regimes: the USA, Saudi, and Israel!
  • 2) The Iraqi Prime Minister visited China and signed a number of economic contracts worth over 200 billion US dollars. Suddenly, the US and Saudi moved their agents on the ground to protest against the same corruption that was sponsored by the US and Saudi in Iraq, Lebanon, and Iran.

This also comes as the Syrian Arab Army started its military operation on a small scale to clean the last al-Qaeda stronghold in Idlib province and liberate 3 million Syrians from the control of this human garbage.

The Iranian protests immediately turned violent leaving dozens killed and massive losses in public and private properties destroyed in a number of cities ignited by a government decision to help the poor segments of the society by increasing the fuel price and using the increase in direct payments to these segments, but the plot was already in place.

The following report by Melhem Rayya, Iran’s office manager for the Lebanese Al Mayadeen news channel gives a balanced outlook on the events and the Iranian government’s response to the riots:

The video is also available on BitChute:

Transcript of the English translation of the above report:

Let everyone know, friends and enemies that we have forced our enemies to retreat in the military war and in the political and security wars, we have forced enemies to retreat in all areas, and, with God’s blessing, we will make them retreat unequivocally in the arena of economic warfare as well.

It was not a popular act but a wish, this is how the Iranian leader points to the riots that accompanied the protests over the price of gasoline in Iran days ago.

A position that bears responsibility for what happened to external hands is clearly reflected in President Rouhani’s words, he declared victory over what some here call sedition in Iranian society and seeks to destabilize Iran.

The numbers of rioters are small and they are organized, armed and programmed on plans prepared by retard states in the region, the Zionist entity (Israel), and America. The people have triumphed over enemy schemes aimed at striking the country’s security.

Calm returns to areas and cities where protests and riots have occurred started after the supreme leader stressed the importance of the decision to raise the price of gasoline economically, and when the president clarified that this decision was the only possible option to support the middle and poor segments, and after the distribution of the proceeds of the increase in gasoline to citizens.

Iran riots a US plot to destabilize the country

Attacks on public and private property also provoked opposition in many areas of Iran, denouncing the riots and supporting the authorities.

The rioters are few who were fooled and are not ordinary citizens because the objection has its legal methods until the voice arrives, but what happened is planned in advance.

Their riots were not right, the real objection must be legal and everyone must cooperate to build the nation.

Iranian newspapers pointed to the role of citizens in putting out the flames of sedition that the US administration tried to ignite, taking advantage of the difficult economic conditions experienced by the citizen here because of the US sanctions imposed on him, which officials here assert that they are able to overcome successfully despite the difficulties and obstacles.

From protests against the hike on gasoline price turned into riots turned into plans to target security in multiple areas, thus, the crisis in Iran rolled within days in the midst of a volatile regional atmosphere that many see as an American attempt to pressure Iran after the failure of the options of war and sanctions.

End of the transcript.

The Iranian government has revealed today it foiled a sabotage attempt against the largest gas facility in the country. The plot is ongoing and targeting the countries that continue to resist the US hegemonic policies in our region.

Within the same context, we see the insisting of the protests in both Lebanon and Iraq to disturb and harm the economic cycle in their countries, and the Israeli – Turkish – US alliance in increasing the military and terror efforts against Syria trying to disperse the Syrian Arab Army’s efforts among large fronts in the 3 corners of the country.

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Kurds face stark options after US pullback

Forget an independent Kurdistan: They may have to do a deal with Damascus on sharing their area with Sunni Arab refugees

October 14, 2019

By Pepe Escobar : Posted with Permission

Kurds face stark options after US pullback

Forget an independent Kurdistan: They may have to do a deal with Damascus on sharing their area with Sunni Arab refugees

In the annals of bombastic Trump tweets, this one is simply astonishing: here we have a President of the United States, on the record, unmasking the whole $8-trillion intervention in the Middle East as an endless war based on a “false premise.” No wonder the Pentagon is not amused.
Trump’s tweet bisects the surreal geopolitical spectacle of Turkey attacking a 120-kilometer-long stretch of Syrian territory east of the Euphrates to essentially expel Syrian Kurds. Even after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cleared with Trump the terms of the Orwellian-named “Operation Peace Spring,” Ankara may now face the risk of US economic sanctions.

The predominant Western narrative credits the Syrian Democratic Forces, mostly Kurdish, for fighting and defeating Islamic State, also known as Daesh. The SDF is essentially a collection of mercenaries working for the Pentagon against Damascus. But many Syrian citizens argue that ISIS was in fact defeated by the Syrian Arab Army, Russian aerial and technical expertise plus advisers and special forces from Iran and Hezbollah.

As much as Ankara may regard the YPG Kurds – the “People’s protection units” – and the PKK as mere “terrorists” (in the PKK’s case aligned with Washington), Operation Peace Spring has in principle nothing to do with a massacre of Kurds.

Facts on the ground will reveal whether ethnic cleansing is inbuilt in the Turkish offensive. A century ago few Kurds lived in these parts, which were populated mostly by Arabs, Armenians and Assyrians. So this won’t qualify as ethnic cleansing on ancestral lands. But if the town of Afrin is anything to go by the consequences could be severe.

Into this heady mix, enter a possible, uneasy pacifier: Russia. Moscow previously encouraged the Syrian Kurds to talk to Damascus to prevent a Turkish campaign – to no avail. But Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov never gives up. He has now said: “Moscow will ask for the start of talks between Damascus and Ankara.” Diplomatic ties between Syria and Turkey have been severed for seven years now.

With Peace Spring rolling virtually unopposed, Kurdish Gen. Mazloum Kobani Abdi did raise the stakes, telling the Americans he will have to make a deal with Moscow for a no-fly zone to protect Kurdish towns and villages against the Turkish Armed Forces. Russian diplomats, off the record, say this is not going to happen. For Moscow, Peace Spring is regarded as “Turkey’s right to ensure its security,” in the words of Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. As long as it does not turn into a humanitarian disaster.

No independent Kurdistan

From Washington’s perspective, everything happening in the volatile Iran-Iraq-Syria-Turkey spectrum is subject to two imperatives: 1) geopolitically, breaking what is regionally regarded as the axis of resistance: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Hezbollah; and 2) geostrategically, breaking the Chinese-led Belt and Road Initiative from being incorporated in both Iraq and Syria, not to mention Turkey.

When Erdogan remarked that the trilateral Ankara summit last month was “productive,” he was essentially saying that the Kurdish question was settled by an agreement among Russia, Turkey and Iran.

Diplomats confirmed that the Syrian Constitutional Committee will work hard towards implementing a federation – implying that the Kurds will have to go back to the Damascus fold. Tehran may even play a role to smooth things over, as Iranian Kurds have also become very active in the YPG command.

The bottom line: there will be no independent Kurdistan – as detailed in a map previously published by the Anadolu news agency.

From Ankara’s point of view, the objective of Operation Peace Spring follows what Erdogan had already announced to the Turkish Parliament – that is, organizing the repatriation of no fewer than two million Syrian refugees to a collection of villages and towns spread over a 30km-wide security zone supervised by the Turkish army.

Yet there has been no word about what happens to an extra, alleged 1.6 million refugees also in Turkey.

Kurdish threats to release control of 50 jails holding at least 11,000 ISIS/Daesh jihadis are just that. The same applies to the al-Hol detention camp, holding a staggering 80,000 ISIS family members. If let loose, these jihadis would go after the Kurds in a flash.

Veteran war correspondent and risk analyst Elijah Magnier provides an excellent summary of the Kurds’ wishful thinking, compared with the priorities of Damascus, Tehran and Moscow:

The Kurds have asked Damascus, in the presence of Russian and Iranian negotiators, to allow them to retain control over the very rich oil and gas fields they occupy in a bit less than a quarter of Syrian territory. Furthermore, the Kurds have asked that they be given full control of the enclave on the borders with Turkey without any Syrian Army presence or activity. Damascus doesn’t want to act as border control guards and would like to regain control of all Syrian territory. The Syrian government wants to end the accommodations the Kurds are offering to the US and Israel, similar to what happened with the Kurds of Iraq.

The options for the YPG Kurds are stark. They are slowly realizing they were used by the Pentagon as mercenaries. Either they become a part of the Syrian federation, giving up some autonomy and their hyper-nationalist dreams, or they will have to share the region they live in with at least two million Sunni Arab refugees relocated under Turkish Army protection.

The end of the dream is nigh. On Sunday, Moscow brokered a deal according to which the key, Kurdish-dominated border towns of Manbij and Kobane go back under the control of Damascus. So Turkish forces will have to back off, otherwise, they will be directly facing the Syrian Arab Army. The game-changing deal should be interpreted as the first step towards the whole of northeast Syria eventually reverting to state control.

The geopolitical bottom line does expose a serious rift within the Ankara agreement. Tehran and Moscow – not to mention Damascus – will not accept Turkish occupation of nearly a quarter of sovereign, energy-rich Syrian territory, replacing what was a de facto American occupation. Diplomats confirm Putin has repeatedly emphasized to Erdogan the imperative of Syrian territorial integrity. SANA’s Syrian news agency slammed Peace Spring as “an act of aggression.”

Which brings us to Idlib. Idlib is a poor, rural province crammed with ultra-hardcore Salafi jihadis – most linked in myriad levels with successive incarnations of Jabhat al-Nusra, or al-Qaeda in Syria. Eventually, Damascus, backed by Russian airpower, will clear what is in effect the Idlib cauldron, generating an extra wave of refugees. As much as he’s investing in his Syrian Kurdistan safe zone, what Erdogan is trying to prevent is an extra exodus of potentially 3.5 million mostly hardcore Sunnis to Turkey.

Turkish historian Cam Erimtan told me, as he argues in this essay, that it’s all about the clash between the post-Marxist “libertarian municipalism” of the Turkish-Syrian PKK/PYD/YPG/YPJ axis and the brand of Islam defended by Erdogan’s AKP party: “The heady fusion of Islamism and Turkish nationalism that has become the AKP’s hallmark and common currency in the New Turkey, results in the fact that as a social group the Kurds in Syria have now been universally identified as the enemies of Islam.” Thus, Erimtan adds, “the ‘Kurds’ have now taken the place of ‘Assad’ as providing a godless enemy that needs to be defeated next door.”

Geopolitically, the crucial point remains that Erdogan cannot afford to alienate Moscow for a series of strategic and economic reasons, ranging from the Turk Stream gas pipeline to Ankara’s interest in being an active node of the Belt & Road as well as the Eurasia Economic Union and becoming a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, all geared towards Eurasian integration.


And as Syria boils, Iraq simmers down.

Iraqi Kurdistan lives a world apart, and was not touched by the Iraqi protests, which were motivated by genuine grievances against the swamp of corrupt-to-the-core Baghdad politics. Subsequent hijacking for a specific geopolitical agenda was inevitable. The government says Iraqi security forces did not shoot at protesters. That was the work of snipers.

Gunmen in balaclavas did attack the offices of plenty of TV stations in Baghdad, destroying equipment and broadcast facilities. Additionally, Iraqi sources told me, armed groups targeted vital infrastructure, as in electricity grids and plants especially in Diwaniyah in the south. This would have plunged the whole of southern Iraq, all the way to Basra, into darkness, thus sparking more protests.

Pakistani analyst Hassan Abbas spent 12 days in Baghdad, Najaf and Karbala. He said heavily militarized police dealt with the protests, “opting for the use of force from the word go – a poor strategy.” He added: “There are 11 different law enforcement forces in Baghdad with various uniforms – coordination between them is extremely poor under normal circumstances.”

But most of all, Abbas stressed: “Many people I talked to in Karbala think this is the American response to the Iraqi tilt towards China.”

That totally fits with this comprehensive analysis.

Iraq did not follow the – illegal – Trump administration sanctions on Iran. In fact it continues to buy electricity from Iran. Baghdad finally opened the crucial Iraq-Syria border post of al-Qaem. Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi wants to buy S-400 missile systems from Russia.

He also explicitly declared Israel responsible for the bombing of five warehouses belonging to the Hashd al-Shaabi, the people mobilization units. And he not only rejected the Trump administration’s “deal of the century” between Israel and Palestine but also has been trying to mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

And then there’s – what else? – China. On a state visit to Beijing on September 23, Mahdi clinched a proverbial win-win deal: plenty of oil supplies traded with investment in rebuilding infrastructure. And Iraq will be a certified Belt & Road node, with President Xi Jinping extolling a new “China-Iraq strategic partnership”. China is also looking to do post-reconstruction work in Syria to make it a key node in the New Silk Roads.

It ain’t over till the fat (Chinese) lady sings while doing deals. Meanwhile, Erdogan can always sing about sending 3.6 million refugees to Europe.

What’s happening is a quadruple win. The US performs a face saving withdrawal, which Trump can sell as avoiding a conflict with NATO alley Turkey. Turkey has the guarantee – by the Russians – that the Syrian Army will be in control of the Turkish-Syrian border. Russia prevents a war escalation and keeps the Russia-Iran-Turkey peace process alive.  And Syria will eventually regain control of its oilfields and the entire northeast.

Washington abandons its Kurdish proxies as Ankara and Damascus step in

October 13, 2019

By Aram Mirzaei

Washington abandons its Kurdish proxies as Ankara and Damascus step in

Even though I have my doubts over whether Washington will actually withdraw from Syria fully, it seems as if their Kurdish proxies in northern Syria have been left to defend for themselves against the ongoing Turkish offensive. I can’t say I’m surprised since Washington has done this to their Kurdish “partners” many times before, yet the Kurdish leadership across Iraq and Syria have failed to learn from history yet again.

Once more, the Kurdish leadership have been proven to have put their faith in the wrong allies. When Moscow stepped into the Syrian war four years ago, Moscow gave the YPG the same offer that Assad had given before: reconcile with Damascus and join forces against terrorism. They refused. Moscow tried again by offering them to set up a consulate in Moscow, inviting them to peace talks in Astana and offering them safety from Turkish attacks, if they agreed to a deal with Damascus, one that respects Syria’s territorial integrity. Moscow even offered talks on a guarantee for future Kurdish participation in Syrian politics. They refused once again, with a spokesperson for the YPG explaining that Washington does not allow them to talk to Moscow. Such was the nature of the US-Kurdish “alliance”.

When the so called “Islamic State” terrorist group was about to collapse in 2017, the US backed “Syrian Democratic Forces”, of which YPG is part of, was quick to grab as much land as possible. Then came the threats against Damascus and the Syrian Army, to back off from entering the eastern shores of the Euphrates. Fortunately, Moscow, Tehran and Damascus saw Washington’s moves early on as they managed to capture the imperative city of Albukamal, located exactly at the Syrian-Iraqi border, before Washington could. In capturing this city, Damascus and Baghdad have been able to re-open the Tehran-Damascus highway stretching from Iran, through Iraq and into Syria, connecting the three countries and enabling the transportation of supplies from Iran to Syria.

The SDF managed to secure many of Syria’s oil fields in their push to capture the eastern parts of the Deir Ezzor province. Having grabbed such a large part of Syria, the Kurdish leadership felt safe with US forces backing them against Damascus.

This stance didn’t seem to change when Turkish forces together with their proxy jihadists launched the Afrin offensive. US forces did nothing to protect their Kurdish vassals from harm as Turkish forces easily captured the entire Afrin Canton within weeks. The Kurdish leadership was offered a deal with Damascus in which control over the Afrin area would be handed over to the Syrian Army before Turkish forces could capture it. Alas this suggestion was refused by the stubborn Kurdish leadership who would rather let Ankara and the Jihadists capture that area.

So 18 months later, the US has seemingly withdrawn and abandoned the Kurdish-led militias to fend for themselves against Ankara and a hostile Damascus. Not so surprising considering Washington’s track record. The Turkish Army and its proxies launched their offensive on Wednesday and quickly announced gains that same day. Since then, several towns along with the border city of Tal Abyad have fallen into Turkish hands as reports have emerged that imprisoned ISIS militants have escaped from their prisons as a result of Turkish bombardments of several prisons in the Hasakah province.

The offensive has caught an enormous amount of media attention, as the Kurds have for long been the Western Media darlings, capturing many people’s hearts with footage of young armed women battling the perverted terrorist forces of the “Islamic State”.

Washington and the European vassals have all howled and voiced their “concerns” over Turkey’s offensive. Some have called for resolutions and embargoes on Turkey for “violating international law” and “endangering the region”. What a joke! Look at the people expressing their “concern”: Hillary Clinton, Lindsey Graham and Nikki Haley. These are some of the people that are concerned that Turkey is “endangering the region”.

Now when Twitter is being filled with videos of executed Kurdish fighters, these people recognize the same “FSA” militants that they used to cheer for to execute Syrian soldiers, for what they are, barbarian scum.

Just a few days after the commencement of the offensive, Kurdish officials began contemplating the idea of turning to Moscow and Damascus for help, but not before asking Washington one last time to confirm their betrayal. SDF General Mazloum Kobani openly indicated in an interview with CNN that dealing with Moscow and Damascus is an option if the US fails to protect the Kurds from Turkey. “I need to know if you are capable of protecting my people, of stopping these bombs falling on us or not. I need to know, because if you’re not, I need to make a deal with Russia and the regime now and invite their planes to protect this region”, Kobani said.

What a sad statement. He needs a receipt of Washington’s betrayal, as if it was a surprise when he and his colleagues have been warned for years about Washington’s treacherous nature. Reports have previously suggested the amassing of Syrian Army forces near Manbij in the Aleppo province, with the aim of entering and taking over the area. The same has been said about Hasakah and Qamishli in the northeastern parts of the country. If true, then this would create a situation similar to the one two years ago when the Islamic State was collapsing. As mentioned before, back in 2017, as the Islamic State was collapsing, the SAA and the US-backed SDF were racing to capture as much territory as possible. This resulted in the Euphrates turning into a demarcation line between SAA and SDF controlled territory, a line that has been in place since 2017. Now, it seems as if a new race is on, as the Syrian Army is racing against time, with the jihadists rapidly advancing and are inching closer to Raqqa city.

If the Kurdish militias are willing to cooperate, then Damascus must be harsh in its demands. The Kurdish militias must hand over their weapons and the territory they’re occupying if they want to have any chance of surviving the Turkish-led onslaught. But they need to act quickly, time is running out for the Kurdish militiamen.

Will the Kurds choose poorly again?

محور المقاومة يُطبِق على الممرات والمضائق وأميركا مكتوفة الأيدي تحت النار…!

أكتوبر 12, 2019

محمد صادق الحسيني

اقرأوهم بعناية وستكتشفون أنهم أعجز من أي وقت مضى، وأنهم قاب قوسين او أدنى من الخسران والخروج من مسرح العمليات في أكثر من ميدان..!

ان ما كتبه الصحافي الأميركي، ميخائيل موران Mechael Moran ، في مجلة فورين بوليسي الأميركية، يوم 30/9/2019، حول تآكل قدرات سلاح البحرية الأميركية، هو كلام غايةً في الأهمية. ولكن الأهم من إعلانه هذا هو الوقوف على اسباب فقدان هذا السلاح الأميركي، الذي كان يهدد دول العالم أجمع، وهي الأكثر أهمية مما نشرته فورين بوليسي.

خاصة أن ما نشر قد كتب في ظل تطورات ميدانية، عميقة التأثير في موازين القوى الاقليمية والدولية، والتي يمكن اختصارها بما يلي :

1. نجاح العديد من الدول في اقامة مناطق حظر، على البحرية الأميركية، والتي من بينها إيران التي اقامت منطقة ممنوعة على حاملات الطائرات الأميركية، بعمق مئتي ميل بحري. أي انها اخرجت طائرات البحرية الأميركية، التي تنطلق من الحاملات، من الميدان، وذلك لان معظم الاهداف الحيوية الإيرانية تقع خارج مدى تلك الطائرات، ولأن الحاملات لا تستطيع الاقتراب لمسافة أقرب الى السواحل الإيرانية، خشية من الصواريخ المضادة للسفن، والتي استخدم واحداً منها، نور 1 ومداه 130 كم، في ضرب البارجة الحربية الإسرائيلية

ساعر، قبالة سواحل بيروت، في تموز 2006، ثم البارجة الإماراتية في البحر الأحمر سنة 2016، ومن بعدها المدمرة الأميركية USS Mason.

علماً ان إيران تمتلك صواريخ عدة مضادة للسفن، اكثر حداثة وأبعد مدى من الصاروخ المذكور أعلاه، مثل صواريخ نور 4 وصاروخ /قادر/ وغيرها من الصواريخ غير المعلن عنها. إذ تؤكد معلومات خاصة أن إيران تمتلك حالياً صواريخ مضادة للسفن يصل مداها الى ما يزيد عن ألفي كيلومتر المصدر يتحدث عن ألف ميل بحري/ علماً ان الميل البحري يساوي الف وثمانمئة وأربعة وخمسين كيلومتراً .

2. النتائج الاستراتيجية الزلزالية، للعمليات الجوية/ الصاروخية / والعمليات البرية الواسعة النطاق، التي نفذتها القوات المسلحة اليمنية ضد منشآت النفط السعودية في ابقيق وخريص وضد القوات البرية السعودية في نجران، وما لتلك الإنجازات من نتائج غيّرت موازين القوى في الميدان، وحوّلت البحر الأحمر وخليج عدن الى بحار او مناطق محظورة على حاملات الطائرات الأميركية خوفاً من تعرّضها لصواريخ القوات اليمنية .

وهو ما يعني ان قوات حلف المقاومة هناك، اي إيران والجيش اليمني وانصار الله في اليمن أصبحت تسيطر على اهم مضيقين بحريين في العالم، هما مضيق هرمز ومضيق باب المندب وما تعنيه هذه السيطرة من تأثير على طرق الملاحة البحرية الدولية. خاصة من ناحية القدرة على المحافظة عليها مفتوحة وآمنة للحركة البحرية لدول صديقة لحلف المقاومة، كالصين وروسيا، بالنسبة لروسيا الحركة من افريقيا وأميركا اللاتينية باتجاه الموانئ الروسية على سواحل المحيط الهادئ مثل ميناء فلاديفوستوك .

كما يجب النظر الى التأثيرات الاستراتيجية، لهذه الانتصارات، على مشروع الصين المستقبلي طريق واحد حزام واحد. وهو المشروع الذي لا يمكن تحقيقه في ظل الهيمنة الأميركية على طرق الملاحة البحرية، من خلال سيطرتها على بحار العالم، منذ نهاية الحرب العالمية الثانية وحتى بداية العشرية الحاليّة.

ومن بين آخر التطورات الميدانية، في مسرح عمليات المواجهة بين حلف المقاومة والولايات المتحدة وأدواتها في المنطقة، هو :

3. افتتاح معبر القائم / البوكمال / الحدودي، بين سورية والعراق، وما يعنيه افتتاح هذا الشريان الحيوي، الذي يربط البلدين مع إيران وروسيا والصين شرقاً ومع لبنان وفلسطين المحررة غرباً، من الناحية الاستراتيجية. خاصة أن لفلسطين أهمية خاصة بالنسبة للمشروع الصيني طريق واحد حزام واحد. وذلك لكون فلسطين هي حلقة الوصل بين شرق العالم العربي وغربه، سواء على مستوى النقل بالعجلات او بالسكك الحديدية.

كما لا بد أن نستحضر الأهمية الاستراتيجية من الناحية العسكرية لإعادة فتح هذا المعبر، رغم القصف الجوي الأميركي والإسرائيلي المباشر لقطعات القوات المسلحة العراقية في غرب الأنبار بشكل خاص، وبهدف منع حدوث هذا التحول الهام.

اما عن ماهية عناصر هذا التحول فهي تتمثل، قبل كل شيء، في إحكام الحصار العسكري الاستراتيجي على الكيان الصهيوني رغم وجود جيب الأردن بين قوات حلف المقاومة وفلسطين المحتلة مؤقتاً، وما يعنيه ذلك من تحول هائل في موازين القوى العسكرية، خاصة اذا ما نظرنا الى هذا العنصر من منظار التخلي الأميركي عن الكيان والذي أصبح واضحاً، حسب معظم اهم المحللين الاسرائيليين، بعد الضربات اليمنية على اهداف أرامكو وفِي نجران السعودية. اذ انهم يجمعون المحللون الاسرائيليون على ان الولايات المتحدة، بعزوفها عن ضرب إيران عسكرياً، قد تركت اسرائيل وحيدة في مواجهة قوات حلف المقاومة وعلى رأسه إيران.

4. وإذا ما أضفنا لذلك الحصار البحري، الذي ستفرضه قوات حلف المقاومة، في لبنان وفلسطين، على السواحل الفلسطينية، عند صدور أمر العمليات الخاص بذلك، يصبح ما قاله سماحة السيد حسن نصر الله، في أحد خطاباته، موجهاً كلامه لسكان فلسطين المحتلة من اليهود، مفهوماً. وذلك عندما قال لهم أو نصحهم بالإسراع في مغادرة فلسطين المحتلة لأنه اذا نشبت الحرب فإنهم لن يجدوا لا متسعاً من الوقت للهرب ولا مكاناً يهربون إليه وإن أميركا وغيرها من الدول الاستعمارية لن تتمكن من التدخل لحمايتهم قبل إنهاء وجود كيانهم.

من هنا فان من المؤكد تماماً أن مسألة تحرير فلسطين كاملة ليست أكثر من مسألة وقت، لن يطول انتظار نهايتها، وان آخر مرحلة من مراحل الهجوم الاستراتيجي، لقوات حلف المقاومة، ستكون عبارة عن عملية عسكرية خاطفة، برية وبحرية وجوية، حابسة للأنفاس، تؤدي الى زوال بيت العنكبوت بأسرع ما يتصوّر الجميع.

وما ذلك على الله بعزيز.

بعدنا طيّبين قولوا الله.

العراق الفصل الأخير ما قبل لفظ الأنفاس عين الأسد تفشل… ارمِ ببصرك أقصى القوم!

أكتوبر 8, 2019

محمد صادق الحسيني

فشل الانقلاب الأميركي السعودي على حكومة عادل عبد المهدي…!

والشعب العراقي وحلفاؤه لم يسمحوا بتحقيق اختراق في محور حلف المقاومة بالصدمة والرعب، كما فعلوا بسيناريو داعش من الموصل وهو ما حاولوا تكراره في الأيام الأخيرة!

من خراسان الى صور ومن شانغهاي إلى بيروت ومن شبه جزيرة القرم الى دير الزور يجتهد المحور المنتصر على الأحادية الأميركية بإعادة ترتيب مسرح العمليات قبل استكمال الفصل الأخير من إغلاق ملف الحرب على الإرهاب…!

في المقابل يحاول المحور المهزوم بقيادة أميركا وأذنابها الهجوم على البطن الرخوة في جبهة حلف المقاومة أيّ العراق، مستميتاً استعادة بعض الحياة لصفوف قواته التي تلقت ضربات استراتيجية جعلته يترنّح من مضيق هرمز الى باب المندب ومن بنت جبيل الى البصرة…!

الهجوم الممنهج والمنظم الإعلامي والأمني والسياسي و المطلبي المشروع على حكومة بغداد وحلفائها الإقليميين والدوليين ثمة من يشبّهه بالمحاولة الأخيرة التي استمات فيها هتلر في ساعاته الأخيرة قبل دخول السوفيات وحلفائهم في دول المحور إلى برلين فاتحين في نهاية الحرب العالمية الثانية!

إنه تفصيل من تفاصيل المشهد الاستراتيجي أن تصمد حكومة عادل عبد المهدي أو تسقط في الاختبار. كذلك هو تفصيل آخر أن تنجح السعودية وتوابعها في المشاغبة على مسرح عمليات نصر حلف المقاومة من خلال تهييج الشارع العراقي وتوظيف مطالبه المشروعة في الإصلاح…!

فكلّ ما فعلوه واحتمال تكراره في شوارع العراق هو بمثابة الهجوم الأخير قبل لفظ الأنفاس والموت المحقق لتحالف العدوان والإرهاب الدولي..!

حتى الهجوم في البادية السورية من السخنة إلى الشولة بقيادة غرفة عمليات التنف قبل أيام قليلة ليس إلا تفصيلاً من محاولات غرفة عمليات عين الأسد البائسة واليائسة من أجل استرداد زمام المبادرة…!

مساعي تطويق الصين وروسيا وإيران سقطت قبل أيام في إعادة افتتاح معبر القائم البوكمال. وبقية الرواية سيكتبها الفاتحون لعصر ما بعد الهيمنة الأميركية، وإليكم المشهد عينياً وميدانياً كما تراه إحدى غرف عمليات الجيش الأميركي المهزوم الفرعية الناشطة في تل أبيب:

نشر موقع ديبكا، الاستخباري الإسرائيلي، موضوعاً بتاريخ 3/10/2019، حول التمرين العسكري المشترك الذي تُجريه القوات السورية الروسية الإيرانية في محافظة دير الزور السورية، في مناطق قريبة من قاعدة التنف الأميركية.

أهمّ ما جاء في التقرير ما يلي:

1. مصادر عسكرية روسية أكدت لديبكا فايل أنّ وحدات من القوات الخاصة الروسية الى جانب قوات سورية وإيرانية تشارك في هذا التدريب.

2. وصول طائرات حربية إيرانية وطائرات بدون طيار إلى سورية للمشاركة في هذا التدريب.

3. توفير القيادة العسكرية الروسية غطاءً جوياً / مظلة جوية / للقوات المشاركة في هذا التدريب، وذلك من خلال نشر بطاريات صواريخ دفاع جوي روسية، من طراز / بانتسير 1 / وبانتسير 2 / في منطقة انتشار تلك القوات.

4. بدء وصول قوافل عسكرية روسية، تتضمّن آليات نقل عسكرية ثقيلة، تحرّكت من قواعد في شبه جزيرة القرم وجنوب أوسيتيا، عبر القائم / البوكمال / الذي أعيد افتتاحه قبل ثلاثة أيّام فقط. وهو ما يُضيف طريق إمداد بري جديد للقوات الروسية العاملة في سورية، الى جانب طريقي الإمداد البحري والجوي.

5. وبما أنّ القوات الروسية أصبحت تستخدم طريق الإمداد العسكري نفسه، الى سورية، الذي تستخدمه إيران، فإنّ ذلك سيزيد من صعوبة مهاجمة هذه الطريق الدولية من قبل إسرائيل .

تعليقنا: هذا ما تحدّثنا به قبل أكثر من سنة… عن أهمية فتح طريق إمداد بري للقوات الروسية المرابطة في سورية، خاصة في حال نزاع دولي كبير، قد يؤدي الى إغلاق مضائق الدردنيل التركية وقناة السويس ومضيق جبل طارق. وبالتالي قطع إمدادات الأساطيل الروسية في البحر المتوسط والقوات الجوية والبرية الروسية على اليابسة السورية.

اذن فإنّ الخط البري الجديد، الرابط بين روسيا وإيران والعراق وسورية ولبنان وفلسطين هو خط استراتيجي، ليس فقط لحلف المقاومة، وإنما لكلّ من روسيا والصين أيضاً على الصعيد الاستراتيجي البعيد المدى. بالإضافة الى الأهمية العملياتية، بالنسبة لقوات حلف المقاومة، المتمثلة في فتح طريق إمداد حيوي جداً ووضع حدّ للعربدة الجوية الأميركية الإسرائيلية في منطقة غرب الأنبار وشمال شرق سورية. أيّ وقف الغارات على مواقع الجيش العربي السوري في محيط البوكمال / دير الزُّور / وكذلك ضد الحشد الشعبي في منطقة القائم / عكاشات / حديثة.

ضربُ حلفنا صار بحكم الماضي..

وتقدّمنا نحو الأهداف المرجوة بات أكيداً بفضل صبرنا الاستراتيجي…

وخططهم لزعزعة جبهتنا فشلت وآخرها مؤامرة غرفة عمليات عين الأسد …!

ارمِ ببصرك أقصى القوم…

سترى النصر قاب قوسين أو أدنى…

وتلك الأيام نداولها بين الناس.

بعدنا طيّبين، قولوا الله…

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