Massacre Proves Turk, Washington Complicity in Syria Terror

Finian CUNNINGHAM | 03.12.2015 | 00:00

On the morning of March 21, 2014, the Syrian village of Kessab was attacked with a combined force of Islamist jihadists and the Turkish army. Among the irregular militia were brigades belonging to the Free Syrian Army, Turkmen tribes and Al Qaeda-linked Al Nusra and the self-proclaimed Islamic State. All were working in tandem in the resulting massacre. And the evidence shows that the Ankara and Washington governments were fully complicit in the atrocity.

The dawn assault on the mainly Armenian Christian village of 2,000 inhabitants began with heavy artillery fire from Turkish army positions across the border in Turkey’s Hatay Province. Turkish army helicopters were also used to strafe Kessab homes and farms. The village is located in the Jebel Al-Aqra mountains overlooking the Mediterranean Sea only a few kilometres from the Turkish border in Syria’s Latakia Province.

After the initial salvos from the Turk army, the village was then attacked with thousands of militants who streamed across the border in pick-up trucks. Among the assault force were nationals from Chechnya, Afghanistan, Tunisia, Morocco, Saudi Arabia – as well as British and Australian, according to survivors.

Most of the Kessab residents managed to escape in panic from the advancing jihadists in cars and other vehicles to the southern city of Latakia, which is about an hour’s drive away and is under the control of the Syrian government.

But what transpired in the next days was a massacre of villagers who were left stranded. In total, 88 mainly elderly residents were slaughtered. Thirteen of the victims were beheaded. One young man, 21-year-old Kevork Djurian, was executed in front of his parents. The killers just laughed at his father Papken’s anguish. The jihadists refused to let the father bury his son, saying that he was «an Armenian dog».

Kessab was occupied by the jihadists for nearly three months before theSyrian Arab Army finally routed the militants and retook the village in mid-June 2014. Today, it still remains under Syrian government control.

Two witnesses to the slaughter have separately told this author of the event and its aftermath. One is an American citizen who has lived in Syria for more than 20 years. She is a medical professional who has a family home in Kessab. On the morning of the opening assault, she was in Latakia, but she tended to the survivors who fled to the main Armenian church in Latakia for sanctuary. As well as caring for the traumatised people, some of whom were her neighbours and friends, she carefully noted their accounts of how the initial attack unfolded. When the Syrian army later retook Kessab in June, the American medic returned to the village and witnessed the devastation that the jihadists had inflicted on homes, public buildings and churches.

Another witness is Irish peace activist, Dr Declan Hayes. He also managed to reach Kessab in the days following its recapture by the Syrian army. Hayes interviewed survivors and recorded the scenes of looting and destruction left behind by the fleeing anti-government militia.

«I interviewed the man whose son was slain in front of his eyes», says Hayes. «The jihadists left the young man’s bloodied corpse lying on the ground for three days outside the family home just to torment his parents».

Without exception, all the villagers said that the assault began with artillery fire and raids by helicopter gunships from Turk territory. «The border is heavily militarised with Turk army positions everywhere on the Turkish side. There is no doubt that this attack was launched with the direct involvement of the Turkish government in Ankara», adds Hayes.

Kessab is in the same mountainous location where Turkish F-16 fighter jets last week shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber, which had been carrying out raids on jihadist groups. The Russian plane came down in Syrian territory and one of its pilots was murdered as he parachuted to the ground by Turkmen militants. The Turkmen are Syrian citizens who are ethnically related to Turks across the border.

The American-Syrian woman (whose name has been withheld by this author on request) says that the Turkmen played an important role in the slaughter of Kessab. «They know all the roads, trails and paths into and out of Kessab. They were the ones who led the attackers into the village», she says.

Churches and a cultural centre in the village were desecrated. The attackers moved from house-to-house killing terrified dwellers and then they looted everything that was not nailed down or even those possessions that were nailed down. Money, jewellery, televisions, fridges, doors, windows, furnishings and farm equipment were systematically plundered and hauled back in trucks to be sold off across the border in Turkey.

Adding to the crimes, a group of about 30 elderly village folk were then abducted by the marauders and taken to the Turkish town of Vakifli some 20 kilometres across the border. They were held there by armed militants for several weeks before they were flown by the Turk authorities to the city of Tripoli in Lebanon. From there the people were able to make their way back to the sanctuary of Latakia. The circuitous route was chosen by the Turk regime in order to conceal its involvement in the crime.

During their abduction, the group was visited by an official American delegation that included the then US ambassador to Turkey, Francis Ricciardone. Ricciardone introduced himself through an interpreter. The petrified Kessab folk pleaded with the American official to intervene for their release. But he left them in their plight. What he wanted to know through his questioning was if any of the people from Kessab were American citizens.

As the American medic pointed out to this author: «There are a few US citizens like me who live in Kessab. There is a big diaspora community of Armenian Syrians in the United States and many of them have homes back in Syria. It seems that the American ambassador was worried that if any US citizens were among the Kessab survivors this would rebound badly for the American government if that news got out».

As noted, once the US ambassador established that there were apparently no American citizens involved in the aftermath of the Kessab assault, he duly left them to their fate of captivity in Turkey.

What that encounter illustrates is that Washington must have been fully aware of what went down in Kessab. How else would the US diplomat know to show up to question the abducted villagers?

In the days following the attack on the village, Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the United Nations, issued a perfunctory, bland statement about Washington’s «concern» over the violence. But Washington did not specify who the guilty parties were, nor did it issue any censure of the Turk government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was the prime minister at that time. He is now the president.

In fact, a subsequent statement issued by State Department official Victoria Nuland claimed that the Turk government had no involvement in the Kessab incident. However, the Russian, Syrian and Armenian governments did make explicit condemnations of the massacre.

The Turkish government claimed that it had no role in the attack. In an official release, the Erdogan regime said: «The allegations by some circles that Turkey is providing support to the opposition forces by letting them use its territory or through some other ways during the conflict which have intensified recently in the Latakia/Kessab region are totally unfounded and untrue».

But the testimonies cited in this article show that the Turk authorities were directly involved in the military assault and the orchestration of jihadist militants. The Ankara government’s denials of what happened in Kessab are thus barefaced lies.

On April 1, 2014, 12 days after the assault began, Ahmed Jarba, the leader of the Western-backed Syrian National Council (SNC), arrived in Kessab. The SNC is the exiled political wing of the Free Syrian Army. Jarba, who is a protégé of the Saudi regime, went there to inspect the occupation and congratulate the militants on their successful breach of government-held territory in Latakia. The breach of territory to the Mediterranean coast was considered a significant victory for the militants. The following month, in May, Jarba was received in the White House by President Barack Obama. He was also greeted by Obama’s National Security advisor, Susan Rice.

The «rape of Kessab», as Dr Declan Hayes has called it, was fully conducted by fighters belonging to the Western-backed FSA, along with jihadist brigades comprising Turkmen tribesmen and Al Qaeda-linked Al Nusra and Islamic State.

The incident serves as a microcosm of the entire four-and-a-half-year-old Syrian conflict. The mainly Armenian Christian village of Kessab is home to all religious sects that reside in Syria, including Alawite and Sunni Muslims. The farming community has lived peaceably together for centuries and has never been persecuted by the Syrian government of President Assad. The only previous persecution was a century ago, in 1915, when the Turk Ottoman empire carried out the Armenian genocide, when 1.5 million Armenians were exterminated. Tragically, many survivors of the Kessab massacre last year are descendants of that first genocide.

On the morning of March 21 last year, the community of Kessab was plunged into an orgy of barbarism carried out by Western, Turk and Saudi-backed jihadists. The whole notion contrived by Western governments and their mainstream media that the West is backing «secular, moderate rebels» in Syria fighting against a sectarian, despotic regime is thus exposed as a vile charade, as the carnage at Kessab shows.

Of particular import is the criminal role played by the Turk government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, not only in the orchestration of the slaughter at Kessab, but, more generally, throughout the entire Syrian conflict.

Erdogan has this week flatly denied claims made by Russian President Vladimir Putin that Ankara is complicit in fuelling the conflict in Syria by supporting terrorists through an industrial-scale campaign, involving the smuggling of oil for weapons. Erdogan has even said that he will resign if it is proven that his regime is complicit. His arrogant confidence seems to stem from his regime’s brutal suppression of Turk media publishing verifiable articles that Turkish state intelligence has indeed been running truck-loads of weapons into Syria.

Previously, by way of attempting to absolve the Turk state from charges of terrorist collusion, Erdogan claimed that weapons were being sent to help Turkmen «brothers» to defend themselves from the Syrian army. Following the brutal murder of the Russian pilot by Turkmen jihadists last week, Erdogan this week changed his tune and claimed that weapon convoys into Syria were allegedly being sent to the «Free Syrian Army».

But, as the Kessab massacre demonstrates, the so-called «moderate» FSA is an integral and indistinguishable component of the proxy terrorist army that Ankara and its Washington ally are supporting to overthrow the elected government of President Assad. Any difference is patently just a figment of imaginative propaganda.

Obama, while at the Paris climate change summit this week (appropriately, a «hot-air» conference of world leaders), has this week reiterated calls on Russia to focus its military campaign on the Islamic State and to halt its aerial attacks on «moderate rebels».

The American president and his Turk ally are in no position to lecture anybody about «terrorists» and «moderates». They are all part of the same criminal gang, and that gang includes Obama and Erdogan.

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250 FAMILIES RETURN TO KASAB; AL-SAMRAA FREED BY SAA SEABORNE ASSAULT

Ziad Fadel

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows Syrian troops celebrating in the town of Kasab, on June 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO/HO/SANA

ERDOGHAN’S FILTHY ISLAMIST TURKS WERE DEFEATED IN KASAB AS OVER 250 FAMILIES RETURN CHEERING THE SAA IN THEIR HOMETOWN AMIDST WESTERN WAILING AND BREAST-BEATING.  In this photo taken after the SAA annihilated the disease-carrying filth supported by Obama and Hollande and financed by the repugnant apes of Arabia, our soldiers raised their rifles high in the knowledge they have carried out the will of the Syrian people.

AL-SAMRAA:  All readers who had any doubts about our military services will be proud to know that the liberation of Al-Samraa was a complicated plan involving sea-borne and air-borne commandos who stunned the inbred terrorist garbage after the SAA artillery pounded them into so much used grease.  Wael says the problem of putrefacting carcasses remains and that NDF and locals have been assigned the disagreeable task of cleaning up under supervision of medical personnel from Latakia in order to prevent contagion.

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DER’AH: 

Inkhil: An attack by a small pack of vermin at a military checkpoint was poorly contrived and led to the deaths of 3 of the 5 murderous cannibals involved.  I have no names.

‘Itmaan: At the Water Reservoir, a number of terrorists were dispatched when alert NDF called in SAA assistance and killed 2 of the savages.  The other 7 escaped into their cesspool.

Tal Al-Jaabiya Road at Al-Sukkariyya: A Mitsubishi van with disease-infested terrorists was subjected to a direct hit by an anti-armor rockets that set them all ablaze and reduced them to clumps of useless molecules:

  • Belqaassem Mahjoob (LIBYAN ROTTEN OYSTER)
  • Mut’ib Ahmad Jabaara
  • Hussayn ‘Abdul-Malek

The other 4 were not identified.

Ghabaagheb near Dayr Al-‘Adas2 cars with terrorists were destroyed and all passengers sent to the Fifth Circle.

Al-Nassr Farms near Der’ah City:  13 terrorists confirmed killed from the Nusra/Alqaeda group.  No names.

Al-Nu’ayma Town:  4 hyenas killed while escaping in a truck.  No details.

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JORDAN – AMMAN:  You’re going to love this: It appears that sources in Jordan have confirmed that ISIS has opened up a liaison office somewhere in the Hashemite Dwarf Kingdom.  We’re sure the portly monarch will be packing his bags soon. Enjoy.

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HOMS:

Skirmishing here: ‘Usayla Village, Al-Za’faraaniyya Village in Al-Rastan, Dayr Fool, Hawsh Hajju, Keeseen, ‘Ayn Hussayn, Al-Naasiriyya, Waadi Al-Abyadh, Al-Shajara Farms, South Al-Burayji, QumQum Fuel Depot (attack failed), Umm Sharshooh Farms (liberated a few days ago.  8 killed or wounded)   

AL-WA’R:  For the last 3 days, the SAA has been pummeling remnant terrorists whose communications indicate Saudi origin and affiliation with Nusra.  The actual number of dead terrorists is unknown at present, however, expect more details as the SAA prepares a strangulating move shortly in this area.  This could mean that only Talbeesa and Daar Al-Kabeera remain as strongholds for the defeated and hopelessly outnumbered vermin.

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IRAQ:  Tal-‘AfarSAAF has killed 190+ terrorists who were holed up in a municipal building which they intended to turn into a C&C center.  Not so lucky.

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Syria is Not Waiting to Rebuild

Church representatives and municipal officials discuss the reconstruction of the old city of Homs

Jun 16, 2014, Paul Larudee, Dissident Voice

For three years, most residents of the old city in the center of Homs had not seen their homes, shops, churches and mosque. Homs was one of the first cities where armed fighters decided to take on the Syrian army, and those fighters named it “the capital of the revolution”.

That revolution ended in May, 2014 for the fighters in Homs, when they negotiated a retreat from the old city. Starving and running low on ammunition, they accepted the government offer to remove themselves to a different front, taking only their light arms. Some of the fighters gave up entirely, putting their trust in the government amnesty.

Homs old city after some of the debris has been cleared

This allowed weary Homsi citizens to assess the damage and think about recovery of their beloved and historic central district. They didn’t waste any time. By good fortune and good contacts I found myself a fly on the wall at a meeting of Christian community leaders and municipal officials, discussing reconstruction less than a month after the district had been liberated and only two days after the national presidential elections.

Spread out on the table were five blueprint-size maps of the old city, each showing different details. For several hours, they discussed reconstruction plans down to the individual buildings, preservation of the original character, the preferences of the property owners, financing by public and private foundations, interface with Muslim and other community and government leaders and many other considerations.

How did they do all this preparation in a matter of weeks? The next day we went to the old city and surveyed the destruction. I found myself in the car of a man who was entering the destroyed area for the first time. It was clearly difficult to witness. There were many beautiful churches with shattered frescoes, mosaics and icons to rebuild. One was the ancient Church of Mother Mary, built in 59 AD and considered the first Christian Church in existence. However, the most precious losses were to the lives of the people who called it home, including the beloved Father Frans van der Lugt, assassinated only a week before the fighters left.

Destruction of historic sites in Maaloula

Of course, Homs is not the only place that is rebuilding. I also happened to be briefly present for discussion of restoration in the recaptured pilgrimage town of Maaloula, where Aramaic, the language of biblical times, is still spoken. In addition, I visited the recently recaptured Qalamoun region along the Lebanese border. Residents are gradually returning, and by some miracle some communities never left.

Most recently, the Armenian village of Kassab near the Turkish border north of Latakia was retaken by the Syrian army after being overrun by fighters in March, 2014. Many of the residents returned the next day. What these and similar stories have in common are the determination of Syrians to recover and rebuild their communities as soon as government authority can be reestablished.

Of course, government authority is not universally applauded in Syria, and many Syrians have grievances against that authority. However, it appears to be the only force in Syria that is at present capable of bringing some semblance of normal life to its people. Accordingly, the government is adding to its already clear support amongst most Syrians, who appear to have placed bread and butter issues above reform, while maintaining their concern for both.

• All photos by Paul Larudee

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KASAB LIBERATED! SYRIAN ARMY ROLLS OVER TERRORISTS

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LATAKIA:
Kasab: The day before yesterday, the Syrian Army and National Defense Forces established complete control over Summits 714, 767 and 803 after killing 72 Nusra terrorists who had been hiding in the area.
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 What this meant was that the SAA had full artillery and visual control over the entire Al-Furulluq-Kasab Roadway.  As more artillery was brought up unimpeded, the terrorists could see that their ship was not only listing, but sinking quickly.  Intercepted communications indicated a move out of Kasab and back toward the Salmaa area and then down into Idlib.  I assure all SyrPer readers that the SAA is now moving forces to block any such retreat and that hundreds of terrorists will soon be killed on the western slopes of the Jibaal Al-Zaawiya overlooking the Waadi Al-Ghaab (Syria’s Bekaa Valley).  The SAA is now dismantling mines and IEDs in the area before inviting the population back.
Dead terrorists reported by Wael and taken from Nusra websites include these:
Abu ‘Umar Al-Turkmaani (TURKMAN GRUB. Leader in Al-Mustafaa Brigade of Jabhat Al-Nusra)
Muhammad Al-Tuwayjari (SAUDI MONKEY MUCOUS AND “FIELD COMMANDER” in Nusra. Nyuk)
Abu Suhayb Al-Turkmaani (NUSRA COMMANDER AND TURKMAN FLY LARVA)
Taareq Qarraaja (NUSRA TERRORIST DROPPING AND LEADER IN JABAL AL-TURKMAAN)
Anwar Abu-Al-Hayjaa (SAUDI APE SPUTUM)
Sanaafi Al-Nassr ‘Abdul-Muhssin Al-Shaarikh (SAUDI BABOON INGROWN TOENAIL)
Mu’aawiya ‘Abdul-Razzaaq (SAUDI WORM SLIME AND “FIELD COMMANDER” IN KASAB. a/k/a “Abu Al-Layl”)
“Abu Suraaqa” (Id pending. Belonged to Ahraar Al-Shaam)
Muhammad Al-‘Abdullah (Leader of “Qastal Ma’aaf Front”. Syrian terrorist)
‘Aadel Ghulaam (MOROCCAN BARBARY APE.  Belonged to Ahraar Al-Shaam)
Abu ‘Udayy Sahyooni (It means “Zionist” or someone from the Sahyoon Mountain. Belonged to “Jablat Group”)
Khaaled Andaroon Al-Ansaari
Sakhr Andaroon Al-Ansaari
Abu Al-Ashbaal (MOROCCAN SARDINE BLADDER)
Abu Walaa` (Id pending)
Abu Adeeb (Id pending)
SYRPER GENEROUSLY EXTENDS ITS WISHES TO ALL THEIR FAMILIES FOR A SWIFT DESCENT INTO THE FIRES OF HELL.
Nab’ Al-Murr: Completely liberated and now open to the inhabitants for return.  The delousing took place yesterday as defending terrorists were heard receiving orders to move toward Salmaa in the Jabal Al-Akraad area.
 Al-Samraa: This town which overlooked the Mediterranean was the source of the guffaw-inducing BBC reports about the terrorists having their first access to the sea, as though it would make any difference.  AL-SAMRAA IS NOW TERRORIST-FREE having been liberated by the SAA yesterday.
Saaqiyat Al-Kirt:  About to be deloused.  SAA killed 12 terrorists here, their carcasses drying in the wind.
 Al-Zawbak Village:  All 23 foreign jackals killed.  All were from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Tunisia.  Their carcasses were incinerated as a gift to their stinking terrorist families.  No names.
 Al-Dughmaashiyya:  The day before yesterday, this village was almost completely deloused.  All foreign terrorists inside abandoned homes.  We are waiting for the announcement of its liberation.


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Syrian Army Gains Full Control over Latakia’s Kassab

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Syria: KassabSyrian army regained control on Sunday over of Kassab city in Latakia province western Syria on the border with Turkey, after violent clashes with armed groups that left dozens of them killed.
Syrian military sources confirmed to Al-Manar TV that Syrian army took control at the beginning of the town of Samra and advanced towards Kassab in northern countryside of Latakia before taking over the city.
“Syrian army then dismantled mines and improvised explosives planted by the armed groups in Kassab,” the sources said.
They also confirmed that Syrian army and the national defense forces raised the Syrian flag on the top of Kassab’s municipality building, while army units were detecting the border crossing with Turkey to clear the area of foreign-backed terrorists.

Source: Al Manar TV
15-06-2014 – 12:25 Last updated 15-06-2014 – 13:3

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“They want to start a religious war; we want to extinguish it” – Mufti of Syria

 

Sheik Ahmed Hassoun, Syria's Grand Mufti, preaches reconciliation and interfaith peace.

 Eva Bartlett, Crescent International

June 1, 2014,

  Most news accounts of Syria paint a desolate, sectarian country where people in areas secured by the Syrian army are miserable and where people, above all, want to see Bashar al-Assad gone. In all regards I found the opposite. In particular, I found wide-spread, and usually ardent, support for the President.

 I entered Syria as part of an international Peace Delegation, comprising over 40 people who believe in a political, Syrian-led solution for Syria. In the course of week, we visited Latakia, Homs, and areas of Damascus, sat with the top religious leaders and numerous grassroots leaders. We heard testimonies from survivors of massacres—HaramKasab, Maaloula—and met with various internally-displaced from Yarmouk.

  After the week had passed, I stayed on independently, moving freely on my own throughout Damascus, engaging with various stratum [Click – A must see] of Damascus life.

The streets of the three cities I saw were far busier and more alive than I had expected possible and, aside from the mortars fired daily by armed insurgents on Damascus and environs, I felt safe and welcomed. All over, I saw groups of mixed faiths comfortably chatting, sharing meals and shisha, and proudly answering “I am Syrian” to my taboo question “are you Muslim, Druze, Christian…?”

 Damascus, unsurprisingly, has upscale shops and historic markets, but also news stands with papers found in any North American city, including those which have propagandized so heavily against Syria’s government and for the need for western intervention.

 Yarmouk has now, strangely, all but disappeared from mainstream reporting. Is it because the story is old, or because the actions of these armed insurgents controlling vast areas of Yarmouk have been so documented that it is difficult to any longer purvey the standard line: that the government is assaulting its own people? 

Still suffering under the presence of largely foreign militants, with a heavy presence of al-Nusra, Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS), and other al-Qaeda affiliated groups there since December 2012, numerous attempts at cease-fires have been foiled. The Palestinians and Syrians (yes, there are Syrians in Yarmouk) continue needing food, medicine, hospitals, and the exit of the armed groups.

 At the edge of the camp, where Yarmouk and Palestine streets converge, I could see a portion of the massive damage: shells of cars, houses and a hospital with walls studded with machine gunning and mortars. But venturing beyond the concrete barriers would have been inviting sniper bullets to the head. “For two kilometres in that direction, it’s completely open. If you walk another five meters, you’ll be in the snipers’ scope,” security told me, himself not going any farther.

 Abu Kifah Ghazzi, a PFLP spokesman, outlined events of the past two years relating to Yarmouk, noting that there are Palestinians from Yarmouk alongside the Syrian army fighting against the militias and for Yarmouk. I ask about food aid and starving residents. “The civilians are suffering terribly, but the armed gangs have ample food,” he said, adding, “Food aid has entered Yarmouk, but the militias often took it.” 

In the most recent attack on aid distribution, on May 13, one person was killed and another injured when a centre for humanitarian aid distribution was targeted, the Daily Star reported.

 We also visited two different schools now housing displaced Palestinians and Syrians from Yarmouk. Their words were the same. “The terrorists took over the camp, took over our houses, stole our food. We want the camp back. Tell your governments to tell those terrorists to leave Yarmouk.”

 The growing trend of Syrian fighters laying down their arms in exchange for amnesty from the government was most notable in Homs, now secured by the Syrian army. This “Mussalaha” (Reconciliation) movement, dubbed the “third way,” looks towards a political solution for Syria.

Amnesty and the laying down of arms doesn’t apply to the over 5,000 foreign fighters, nor have they shown any intention of stopping their shelling, kidnappings, be-headings and the countless other atrocities largely void from many reports on Syria.

As of April, 2014, “1416 fighters have laid down their weapons. At first, the fighters were afraid that they would go to jail, but now, every day people are asking for reconciliation. Yesterday 10, the day before 29, I feel that peace is close,” said a priest in Homs.

 The highest concentration of those laying down weapons are from Homs, a city which was often dubbed in the media as the “heart of the revolution.” It seems these “rebels” realize that the ideology they thought they were fighting for is not shared by their armed takfiri brothers.

The mortars being fired at Damascus by militants in the Jobar district east of Damascus (and until recently the Mliha, now secured by the Syrian army) are not guided, yet they are designed to create maximum damage. One day I got a lesson on mortars from two men in the National Defense Forces (NDF). Most mortars the armed groups are using are home-made. Some have just enough explosives to make them fly, with as many pieces of metal, nails, sharp bits stuffed inside, to cause wider injury when exploded.

Online videos document the insurgents making these crude but deadly shells, and the firing of them towards Damascus. While the Old City has been particularly hard-hit, the mortars also reach central and western areas of Damascus.

On April 15, insurgents in Jobar shelled the Manar elementary school, killing one child and injuring at least 60 more. They shelled a kindergarten the same day, injuring 3 more children.

On April 29, four mortars hit Shaghour district, killing 12 students and wounding at least 50.

Deputy-Foreign Minister Faisal al-Miqdad in January 2014 said, “In the past 4 months, terrorists fired 12000 shells,” not including the mortars in other areas of Syria.

A friend, a member of Syria’s rugby team, was one day at a match in Beirut, another day in the hospital, injured by shrapnel from these mortar attacks. At the time of his injury, he’d been assisting civilians injured in a prior attack in the area.

Staying in Bab Sharqi, the East Gate area of the Old City, I got a more personal lesson on mortars, some as close as 50 metres from where I stayed, a residential area. On another occasion, outside the walls of the Old City, from the direction of insurgent-held Jobar, sniper bullets flew within a few feet of me. So while the city has a secure and strangely normal feel to it, the attacks of these militants are constant.

Driving to Homs, the roads were secured by military checkpoints, cars were searched for explosives and weapons. Evidence of the past three years of fighting is everywhere. In Homs city, I saw the site of a double car bombing just the week prior, which killed 25 civilians. 

 Houses and businesses torn apart, families of martyrs told of the bombings, mid-afternoon, timed one after another, to ensure hitting any rescuers. These people were some of the most ardent supporters of President Assad and the Syrian army, again saying Assad is the only means of unifying Syria, and the army is protecting them. Having endured years of car-bombings and mercenary snipings, they’d know best.

In Latakia, northwest of Damascus and closer to the Turkish border, to some of the current hot spots like Aleppo, I was surprised by the sense of normalcy: people picnicking, busy seaside streets as sun set. Lilly Martin, an American 22 years in Syria, mentioned that yes, Latakia is in general safe, but that they are assaulted from afar, from the Turkish border, by long-range missiles.

 As Latakia is largely unscathed, it is host to refugees from areas being assaulted by militant groups. Displaced from the village of Kasab, attacked March 21 by mercenaries originating from, and with the support of, Turkey. The mercenaries continue to hold Kasab, and reports cite the desecration of churches there.

In Latakia, Homs, Damascus, and roadside, posters of President Assad are everywhere…the President in a suit, to the President in army fatigues and sunglasses.

The support voiced by the various civilians I met in all three cities is not exclusive to minorities or Alawites or Ba’ath party members. In fact, within Syria, there are a number of registered opposition parties who, while seeking change in the country, support President Assad.

At a joint meeting with the peace delegation, I met members of six different leftist opposition parties who do not support foreign intervention, but instead support the reconciliation movement.

They resoundingly agreed that this “conflict” was a Syrian issue, to be dealt with by Syrians in Syria, that the foreign mercenaries had to go, that elections were imperative. Despite their differing sentiments three years ago, they said they would now vote for Bashar al-Assad this June.

In Syria we have real opposition parties, demanding reforms for the Syrian people. We are the real opposition, rooted in the streets of Syria,” said Sheikh Nawaf Abdul-AzizTrad Al-Milhim, head of the People’s Party.

Berwin Ibrahim, chair of the National Youth Party for Justice and Development said, “We don’t agree with the regime on many things, but we insist that our homeland comes first.We have corruption in the government. But that is like any government. The conspiracy, terrorism, and interference from Western countries has united supporters of the government and the opposition,” she said.

One of the opposition who had formally called for Assad to step down, Mohammad Abu Qasem, Secretary General of the Solidarity Party, said, “What’s happening in Syria is international terrorism, with many countries interfering in Syria. Since the elections were announced, the insurgents started working harder in Kasab and in Aleppo.”

 Feminist activist, Suheir Sarmini, Deputy Secretary General of the Syrian National Youth Party, said, “President Obama and Congress have armed these gangs to kill our children, our people. Tell Obama and Congress to stop killing the Syrian people and not to interfere in Syrian sovereignty.”

 In contrast to accusations that no ‘real’ opposition could exist within Syria, Mazen al-Akhrass, a member of Syria’s NDF and a political analyst, pointed out that two very vocal (and far more critical than those I met) opposition members remain in Syria, unscathed.

 Louay Hussein and Hassan Abdul-Azeem are very well known and extremely against the regime, and they ask for more than ‘reforms’. Yet they have been living in Damascus—the “stronghold of the regime”—during the events, and their lives weren’t threatened. They are not in jail, and at this point they seem to have settled for partial reforms as a step towards full regime change.”

 We met with Syria’s Grand Mufti, Dr. Ahmad Badr al-Din Hassoun. He spoke of the need for reconciliation and forgiveness amongst Syrians. He’s notable for walking the talk: Sheik Hassoun’s 21 year old son Sarya was assassinated in October 2011, on the same day that it was announced he’d be engaged ; during the funeral, while sobbing, the Mufti called for forgiveness and reconciliation, even for those who murdered his son.

 

 “All of the churches and mosques that have been destroyed, we can rebuild. But who will bring back our children? Who will bring back my song Saria? When we have violation against any child, it is a violation against God.

 He mentioned that in March he’d been granted a prestigious Italian peace prize, by The Ducci Foundation, for his non-sectarian preaching of interfaith peace. But the Mufti never got to Rome. “I was granted a visa for only ten days. They were afraid I’d stay longer. But Europeans are among those killing our people. If all the Syrian people die, it’s okay, no problem, just to keep their oil. I reject this ‘democracy’. We in Syria are not Sunni or Shia or Allawi nor Muslim nor Christian. We are human beings and must be respected. They want to start a religious war. We are going to extinguish this fire.”

 On a personal note, I’d echo the Mufti’s call, and those of so many others I met in Syria. Come to Syria, see for yourselves. Very quickly you can get a taste of the senseless mortars, and the horrific testimonies of those assaulted by foreign mercenaries and takfiri ideologists. But also of the strength and resistance that is the Syrian people, who don’t intend any time soon to fall to occupation, and who will vote for President Assad in June.

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 ملتقى علماء دمشق وريفها _دعوة لمشروع اصلاحي نهضوي حضاري / الفضائية 01 06 2014

 

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TURK AND CHECHEN CANNIBALS THE RAGE IN KASAB

There is no better way to describe the utter incompetence of the Erdoghan-Turk command of the war criminal terrorists in Latakia than to simply say that it relies on possibly the most illiterate and stupefyingly clumsy of the entire spectrum of cannibals and barbarians from the Islamic World: the Chechens and Turks!  It’s as simple as that.  While the supporters of these savages might take comfort in the idea that Chechens came over from their region in the Caucasus to fight for “freedom, democracy, dignity and fraternity”, the actual reason they are in Syria has nothing to do with religion.  Instead, from documents collected by MI, the real reason is money – whether it be from Qatar, Saudi Arabia or the United States. Many Chechen carcasses contained bank account books and letters from individuals now known to be financiers from Qatar and KSA.

But now, the Erdoghani Turk sociopaths have come to an ugly conclusion: there aren’t enough terrorists to hold ground in the northern Latakia mountains.  The Arab terrorists, whether foreign or local, have been suffering massive casualties attendant to clashes with the Syrian government’s forces or because of wounds left untreated causing a variety of debilitating conditions with which the Turk hospitals are not equipped to deal.  Another problem with treating wounded Arab terrorists is the hostile attitude of Turkish citizens toward these terrorists often resulting in angry crowds gathering around ambulances in order to speed the wounded Arab Islamist pig to his final spit in Hell.

With the numbers of terrorists decreasing either through death, disability or desertion, the Turkish junta has resorted to using Turkish agents in MIT or retired Turkish military personnel acting as mercenaries.  On May 9, 2014, we reported an SAAF attack on a military supply convoy from Turkey acting under the auspices of some MIT-created charity front organization.  To this date the Turk government has not condemned the the SAAF assault, because, we believe, it will open up a can of worms that could lead to Iranian military involvement.  Inside the destroyed trucks were Turkish commandos whose orders were discovered to involve attacking the super-sensitive Handaraat Air Defense Base.  Turkey has essentially declared war on Syria – a warm war, if you will, but a war nonetheless.  The absence of sufficient volunteers to fight on and the withdrawal of many Chechens from this front to fight elsewhere (like Yemen) has created a critical vacuum which can only be filled by Turks under orders from the Erdoghani gang of war criminals.  Erdoghan is desperate as his epilepsy is becoming a serious issue in the upcoming elections.

تدمير مستودع أسلحة وسيارات مزودة برشاشات ثقيلة بمن فيها من الإرهابيين في دير الزور

Al-Birnaass in the Al-Rubay’ah area: mostly foreign terrorists plus one of their leaders, a van loaded with weapons and ammunition, and 2 flatbeds with 23mm machine gun cannons, all went the way of the past tense as SAA and NDF caught them in broad daylight and flayed them with a torrent of lead.  6 were taken prisoner.  Only 2 of the 19 carcasses were identifiable:

  • ‘Ali Qusaymi
  • Ghassaan Za’roor

Wael writes that the prisoners were induced into revealing a warehouse from which they filled their van with weapons and ammo.  When the SAA arrived at the warehouse nearby, they found a moderate amount of materiel which was reserved for distribution to the NDF and ANG.

Maqla’ (quarry) Kasab: A warehouse with mortar rockets, IEDs and Turk-manufactured baloney electronic equipment for satellite communication were seized.

Al-Qiyaama Police Station Post:  An NDF unit uncovered a cache of launchers and mortars here.  Interestingly, there were no rockets or missiles inside.

Zaahiya Village:

This is a Nusra nest with all foreign terrorists.  A warehouse filled with weapons was also found containing missiles and 1 flatbed armed with a 23mm cannon. The terrorists tried to defend their little outpost to no avail.  An helicopter savaged them a few minutes into the clash and 12 carcasses were counted.  According to Wael, over 10 managed to escape toward the border of Turkish-Occupied Syria.


Read more at http://www.syrianperspective.com/2014/05/turk-and-chechen-cannibals-the-rage-in-kasab.html#WBGCPrrhJHOBbQGY.99

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ALEPPO: SYRIAS ARMY LIKE A JUGGERNAUT

By Ziad Fadel

بالفيديو، معارك الجيش السوري و" النصرة" بريف دمشق

ALEPPO:

BIG DAY FOR THE JUNKYARD. SYRIAN ARMY AND NDF DESTROY OVER 50 VEHICLES USED BY TERRORISTS ALL OVER ALEPPO PROVINCE.
Shaykh Najjaar: In the Industrial Zone, SAA clashed with a group of vermin and killed 4, wounding an estimated 9.
Central Prison: No more attacks from the terrorists. Now, it’s the SAA’s turn.  A roving A-team found a group of Jabhat Al-Islam terrorists and killed 2 of them with another 5 surrendering. They were Saudis and Qataris.
Al-Jubayla: Next door to the prison, 11 confirmed terrorist kills.  All were foreign.  No details.
Fighting reported in these areas:
  • Maayer, Maare’, Huraytaan, ‘Anadaan, Al-Mansoora, Al-Shuwayhana, Layramoon, Kuwayris, Rasm Al-‘Abbood, Al-Judayda, Al-Raashideen 4th District (nest destroyed), Bustaan Al-Qasr, Al-Zabadiyya, Al-Saakhoor, Al-Saaliheen, Hanaanu, Bani Zayd Youth Residencies, Old City, Turaab Hulluk (12 vehicles destroyed).

Castillo Roundabout:

Wael obtained the names of the Syrian terrorists who were killed here.  Of the 41 carcasses, 32 were foreigners, mostly Chechens, Daghestaanis and Afghans.  Nobody survived the deadly, but glorious, air attack:
  • Aadam Al-Battaah
  • Sa’eed Hijaazi
  • ‘Abdul-Rahmaan Al-Bakri
  • Mahmoud Keelaawi
  • Hussayn Hammaad
  • Tawfeeq Al-Badawi
  • Muhammad ‘Amr
  • Yahyaa Al-‘Aadili
  • ‘Ali Siraajeddeen

LATAKIA:

CONFIRMED 69 TERRORISTS WIPED OUT WITH 44 WOUNDED AND TAKEN PRISONER BY SAA AND NDF

‘Ayn Al-Dilba:

In the Kasab environs.  Wael counted a list of 69 terrorists with 44 wounded.  Almost all the dead and wounded were non-Syrians.  I have learned that Chechen and Daghestaani vermin are turned over to specialized liaison officers in the SAA who consult regularly with Russian counterparts.  The operation was a classic ambush around a convoy of vehicles carrying terrorists eastward in the plain light of day.  Unbelievable:
  • ‘Abdulllah Al-Kaatibi (LEBANTEEZIAN MONKEY VOMIT)
  • Mahmoud ‘Aaref
  • Maaher Radhwaan
  • Sabri Al-Majboor
2 launchers, a mortar, 2 flatbeds with Dosckas and 11 vans with terrorists, weapons and ammunition were destroyed.
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Syria: Army Eliminates Terrorist Groups, Obliterates Their Weaponry

جبهة كسب: معركة قمّتي النسر والحمرا في أوجها

Syria: Army Eliminates Terrorist Groups, Obliterates Their Weaponry

Local Editor

The Syrian army units continued operations against theSyrian Army armed terrorist groups in many provinces on Tuesday, killing large numbers of terrorists and destroying their hideouts, gatherings and weaponry.

SANA reporter said that the army units carried out a series of operations against terrorists’ dens and gatherings in the northern farms of al-Mleiha town, killing and injuring scores of them, in addition to destroying their weapons and ammunition.

Other army units destroyed terrorists’ dens and gatherings in Zamalka and Erbin towns in the countryside.

Meanwhile, an army unit inflict heavy losses upon terrorists in Aliyeh farms in Douma area.

In the same context, the army units clashed with terrorists in Jobar neighborhood, eliminating scores of them and injuring others, in addition to destroying their equipment.

A military source told SANA that the army continued pursuing the terrorist groups in the areas of al-Ramouseh, al-Amryeh and al-Rashedeen in Aleppo’s old city, killing 4 of them and destroying their weapons and ammunition.

The source added that the army clashed with terrorists and targeted their gatherings in the areas of Darat Izza, Hreitan, Handarat, al-Jbeila, Tal Jabeen, Indan, al-Atareb, al-Mansoura, Kweires, Rasm al-Abboud, al-Jadeda, Izzaz, the Industrial Zone, near Aleppo Central Prison, al-Sukkari, al-Amryeh, Bustan al-Qasr, Hanano and al-Sakan al-Shababi, killing and injuring huge numbers of terrorists and destroying their vehicles and weaponry.

A military source told SANA that the army units targeted terrorists’ gatherings in the neighborhoods of al-Qarabees, al-Hamedyeh, Bab hood and Jorat al-Shayyah in Homs city, killing and injuring scores of terrorists, among them were terrorists’ leaders.

The source added that the army killed and injured members of two terrorist groups in the areas of al-Dar al-Kabira, al-Amryeh and al-Saan in Homs countryside.

An army unit clashed with terrorists who tried to attack a military checkpoint on Homs-Palmyra highway and killed and injured many of the assailants.

The army units clashed with armed terrorist group in the area between Sasa’ and Tal al-Shahim villages in Quneitra countryside.

A military source told SANA that the army killed all of the group’s members and seized their weapons and ammunition.

Source: Agencies
29-04-2014

 

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FOREIGNER MERCENARIES DYING BY THE THOUSANDS IN DAMASCUS

Ziad Fadel 

بينهم شيشان ومصريون وسعوديون.. مقتل عدد كبير من الإرهابيين في المليحة

Al-Maleeha:

The number of foreign vermin dying in this area is a record.  The non-Syrians will not surrender because they believe there is some Paradise awaiting them in the afterlife. They also know that the Syrian government does not offer any amnesty for them – but, instead – reserves for them the kind of end appropriate for war criminals.  Yesterday, in the rural areas around Al-Maleeha, the SAA killed 238 terrorists, all from Chechnya, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.  Over 4,000 terrorists have died in this area since the SAA campaign started.

  • Habeebullah Al-Nimraawi (CHECHEN VULTURE. Id pending)
  • Muhammad ‘Ali  (EGYPTIAN COBRA SPUTUM)
  • Abu ‘Ikrima (SAUDI ARABIAN MONKEY PUS)

Only these names were published.

 Adraa Town:

Jabhat Al-Islam got its numbers reduced last night when SAA and NDF found a nest of terrorists, surrounded it and wiped it out before the terrorists could escape:

  • Muhammad Farhaani
  • Ghaazi Al-Hakeem
  • Naader Kurd
  • Muneer Al-Shatti

The other 9 could not be identified because they did not have papers. All foreigners.

 Harastaa east of the Salaahuddeen Mosque: 2 terrorists killed.  No names.

 ‘Adraa Workers’ Residencies:

Jabhat Al-Islam nest operating as a command-and-control center was demolished by SAA and NDF near the Lamees Factory.  24 terrorists killed with 9 taken prisoner in different medical conditions.  Some of the terrorists taken prisoner are Chechens and Jordanians.

 Jayrood in northeast rural Damascus:  At Al-Batraa` near stone quarries, 7 terrorists killed and their 2 RPGs and assault rifles confiscated and given to NDF for use in killing Saudis.

 Dayr Al-‘Asaafeer:  Fighting with no details.

  EAST GHOUTA:

At Zibdeen, Al-Qaasimiyya Farms and Al-Bilaaliyya, SAA killed scores of terrorists in final mop-up of this area.

 LATAKIA:

MORE NEWS OF SAA ADVANCES.

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Tanks are parked but ready to go into battle on the coast of Latakia.  All the shoreline at Al-Samra has been cleansplague.ed of the terrorist

 

Summit 1017: 

Only 2 hours ago, Damascus time, SAA has cleared this area killing over 20 terrorists with many scurrying back to Turk lines.  Only non-Arabs are allowed back into Turkey.

Summit 959:

Same as above, in a coordinated operation. Here, the momentum is toward an axis between Al-Nab’ayn and Kasab.  Prediction: total victory here in 8 hours.

Ziad Fadel

Attorney for 33 years and Supreme Court Certified Interpreter for Arabic/English Diploma with Honors from Ann Arbor Pioneer High School in 1968; B.A. University of Michigan in Ann Arbor 1968-1972; M.A. University of Michigan Dept. of Near Eastern Studies 1972-1974; Ph.D. Cand. Univ. of Michigan 1972-1977; Then went to law school. Credits: Harvard University for classes in Islamic Philosophy; Fellowships from University of Pennsylvania 1976; 2 from Univ. of Michigan. Read English, Arabic, German, French, Farsi, some Hebrew. Studied Ancient Greek and Latin before grad school. Michigan Supreme Court Certified Interpreter/Translator for Arabic and English

 

Syrian Army Progressed in Latakia, Aleppo….AL-SAMRAA ABOUT TO BE LIBERATED TOTALLY

Local Editor

The Syrian army destroyed two dens for the armed terrorist  Syrian Armygroups in front of al-Amal Hospital in Jouret al-Siyyah neighborhood in Homs and to the south of al-Natour village in Homs Countryside, killing and injuring all terrorists inside them.

A military source told SANA that other army units targeted terrorists’ gatherings and hideouts in al-Rastan, al-Dar al-Kabira, al-Khaldiyeh, al-Sa’in and Kherbet Hamra in Homs countryside, killing and injuring a number of terrorists. The source told SANA that army units continued pursuing the armed terrorist groups in Bab Hud neighborhood in the old city of Homs and eliminated a number of terrorists and regained control on a number of building blocs.

A military source told SANA that the army units killed and injured scores of terrorists in Da’el, al-Yadodeh, al-Kasara, Smlin, Jasim, Atman and al-N’aimeh towns and villages in the countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon them. The source added that the army units destroyed a number of cars equipped with heavy machineguns in Jamra village, al-Ljat area and Om al-Awsaj road, killing and injuring all terrorists inside them, in addition to destroying a warehouse full of weapons and ammunition in the area surrounding Atman town.

The source pointed out that other army units foiled terrorists’ attempt to infiltrate to Kherbet Gazaleh, killing and injuring most of them. Another army unit stormed a terrorists’ den in Kahel town, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

A military source told SANA that the army units destroyed two convoys of cars in al-Atareb and al-Ma’ara town in the southwestern countryside of Aleppo, killing and injuring scores of terrorists. The army units are in the process of combing the areas of al-Ramouseh, al-Ameriyeh and al-Sheikh S’eed, killing several terrorists.

Another army unit killed a terrorist while he was attempting to plant an explosive device in al-Hatab Square in the Old City of Aleppo. The source added that the army units targeted terrorists’ dens and gatherings in al-Layramoun, Industrial area, Khan al-Assal, al-Jbalyeh, Bani Zaid, Mari’a, Andan, al-Mnsoura, Kfar Hamra, Kfar Aleppo, Ezaz, Kwaires, Rasm al-Aboud, Arbed and the are surrounding the central prison, killing and injuring scores of terrorists, in addition to destroying their weapons and ammunition.

SANA correspondent in Aleppo said that news circulated by some media outlets that terrorists gained control over al-Zahrawi Souq and al-Sweika in old Aleppo are untrue.

A military source targeted terrorists’ dens in Kasab, al-Qasatel and the area surrounding Dabseh in the northern countryside of Lattakia, killing and injuring scores of terrorists,some of them were non-Syrians.

The source added that the army units also destroyed a cache full of rockets and explosive devices and a number of cars equipped with heavy machineguns.

A military source told SANA that the army units killed and injured a number of terrorists in Hama countryside, in addition to destroying their dens along with the weapons and ammunition inside them. The source said that an army unit destroyed a terrorists’ den in al-Hweijeh village in the northern countryside of Hama, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

A military source said that an army unit targeted a terrorists’ den in al-Rafeh village in the southeastern countryside of Idleb, killing and injuring scores of terrorists and destroying their weapons and ammunition.

A number of terrorists were blown up as an explosive device placed in one of their groups’ dens in Salqin town in the countryside of Idleb went off, a sourec in the province told SANA reporter.

A leader of a terrorist group named Firas Wahid al-Nour was identified among the dead, in addition to Omar Mustafa al-Dassouqi. Units of the army eliminated scores of terrorists and destroyed their weapons in al-Jbeileh, al-Rashdieh, al-Sinaa and Haribsheh area in Deir Ezzor.

A military source told SANA that units of the army targeted terrorist gatherings in several areas in Deir Ezzor and killed scores of terrorists. A unit of the Syrian Arab army eliminated members of an armed terrorist group who tried to infiltrate into Ura town in Sweida province and destroyed their weapons. A source in the province said that PKC machineguns and rifles, hand grenades and a US-ade sniper rifle were seized.

Source: Agencies
27-04-2014 – 17:15

AL-SAMRAA ABOUT TO BE LIBERATED TOTALLY Ziad Fadel 12901 SYRIAN PERSPECTIVE IS CONFIRMING THAT THE TOWN OF AL-SAMRAA IS ON THE VERGE OF FALLING INTO THE HANDS OF THE SAA.   Syrian Perspective has an exclusive look into this area as our source, Wael, is nearby with NDF.  The town’s most important building, its police department, now flies the flag of the republic.  Nothing the Erdoghani Turks are doing is having an effect on the Syrian Army’s rout of their terrorist terrorist allies.   We can also confirm to you that the coast down from Al-Samraa is terrorist free completely.  No trace of terrorists on the sandy beaches.  Anybody remember the BBC’s boring reports about an “outlet to the sea”?   Oh, yeah. Wow. It’s over.  Also, Wael reports that terrorists are trying to relocate in the orchards around the town in the hope they can make it back to Turkey. Chechens are reportedly abandoning the Syrian front which seems increasingly daunting for them.  We will have more on this as information is sent.   We told you it would be liberated in 72 hours.  We will stick to our timetable. ZAF Related Articles

Armenian Homes in Kessab Looted, Occupied

Two thousand Kessab Armenians find safety in Latakia; International and Local organizations providing support

LATAKIA, Syria—A delegation of priests from the Catholicosate of Cilicia who had visited Latakia to assess the needs of Kessab Armenians and express solidarity returned to Antelias after the Sunday Badarak, the Armenian Weekly reports.
According to the delegation, the local Armenian community, the International Red Cross, and the Red Crescent are providing assistance to those who have sought refuge in the city. An estimated 2,000 Kessab Armenians are currently in Latakia.
“Many Armenian families are staying with relatives and friends, while others have sought refuge in the Armenian Church and the church’s hall,” said Syrian Armenian community activist Nerses Sarkissian during a phone interview with Weekly editor Khatchig Mouradian.
“The Aleppo Armenian Prelacy as well as the Red Crescent are providing relief and assistance to these families in Latakia,” Sarkissian added.
Armenian residences occupied, looted
The Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) reported on a number of eye-witness accounts of looting and occupation of Armenian homes, stores, and churches left behind in Kessab.
Kessab Armenians who phoned their neighbors’ and relatives’ homes from Latakia discovered that their houses are already occupied by new residents, namely rebel fighters.
Two men, Minas Soghomonian and Joseph Kilaghbian, who called their own homes were greeted by militants who said, “We are enjoying your food.”
Ani Boymushakian called the Armenian Evangelical Church office. Intruders told her, “Now we are in control of this place, we just got here and we will do with it as we please.” She hung up as the fighters continued making threats.
Another displaced Kessab resident, Paren Hovsepian, called and was told by the intruders, in Turkish, that he had nice furniture.
Other witnesses have reported abductions and looting.
Dikranoohi Manjikian, an elderly, ill woman, who due to her medical conditions and inability to move was one of the very few not evacuated, said gunmen forcefully entered her apartment and harassed her verbally and physically, demanding gold and other valuables. After pleading with them that she had no such valuables, the gunmen searched the apartment and took whatever they were able to and left. She gave her account through a phone call.
Steve Shekhookian was on his motorcycle fleeing the area of fighting near Duzaghaj (Al-Shajara) in Kessab when he was stopped by gunmen and forced off of his motorcycle. He said the gunman who stopped him was bearded and didn’t speak Arabic. When he asked to be let free and told them that he is Armenian, the gunman brandished a large knife and threatened to slit his throat. Shekhookian was then handcuffed to a metal frame on the window of a nearby building. Meanwhile as the fighting intensified, the gunmen fled or hid and left him behind. He was able to break his handcuffs and fled the area into nearby bushes and made his way back off-road to safer areas where others were being evacuated.
Militants entered from Turkey
The armed incursion began on Friday, March 21, with rebels associated with Al-Qaeda’s al-Nusra Front, Sham al-Islam and Ansar al-Sham crossing the Turkish border and attacking the Armenian civilian population of Kessab. The attackers immediately seized two guard posts overlooking Kessab, including a strategic hill known as Observatory 45 and later took over the border crossing point with Turkey. Snipers targeted the civilian population and launched mortar attacks on the town and the surrounding villages.
According to eyewitness accounts, the attackers crossed the Turkish border with Syria openly passing through Turkish military barracks. According to Turkish media reports, the attackers carried their injured back to Turkey for treatment in the town of Yayladagi.
Some 670 Armenian families, the majority of the population of Kessab, were evacuated by the local Armenian community leadership to safer areas in neighboring Basit and Latakia. Ten to fifteen families with relations too elderly to move were either unable to leave or chose to stay in their homes.
On Saturday, March 22, Syrian troops launched a counteroffensive in an attempt to regain the border crossing point, eye-witnesses and state media reported. However, on Sunday, March 23, the extremist groups once again entered the town of Kessab, took the remaining Armenian families hostage, desecrated the town’s three Armenian churches, pillaging local residences and occupying the town and surrounding villages.
Located in the northwestern corner of Syria, near the border with Turkey, Kessab had, until very recently, evaded major battles in the Syrian conflict. The local Armenian population had increased in recent years with the city serving as safe-haven for those fleeing from the war-torn cities of Yacubiye, Rakka and Aleppo.

NATO and Turkey’s Genocidal War on Syria

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Apr 8, 2014, Global Research
“President [Obama] has been clear: Any [military] action that he might decide to take will be a limited and tailored response to ensure that a despot’s brutal and flagrant use of chemical weapons is held accountable.” [U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speech at the U.S. State Department, Washington D.C., 30 August 2013] 1
“What matters is to weaken the regime to the point where it gives up power. […] What matters is to repeat here the Kosovo [War] precedent. Otherwise, [just] a 24 hours hit-and-run wouldn’t work.”[Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, press remarks at the Victory Day reception, Cankaya presidential residence, Ankara, 30 August 2013]2
On March 16, the third anniversary of the NATO-led covert war on Syria, the Syrian army won a landmark victory by taking back the Yabroud town on the Lebanese border.3 Hours later, NATO-backed ‘Al-Nusra Front in Lebanon’ retaliated by launching a false-flag bombing attack in Lebanon.4
On March 18-19, the Israeli army bombarded Syrian Army positions by tank and artillery fire and airstrikes.5
On March 21, NATO-backed mercenary forces and Turkish Armed Forces launched a massive offensive on the Syrian border town of Kasab in the Latakia province. The unprecedented overt military aggression by Turkey and its NATO allies is the clearest indication of their desperation in the face of Syria’s steady progress towards a decisive victory on all fronts.
This article details the flagrant war crimes committed by Turkey and NATO during the ongoing offensive on Kasab and puts them in a context.
The offensive on Kasab
Turkey’s Yayladagi-Kasab border crossing with Syria was unilaterally closed by Erdogan’s government in the aftermath of the May 2013 false-flag attacks in the border town of Reyhanli “to prevent the suspects from fleeing”.1 At the time, this was the only border gate along the border with Turkey which was controlled by the Syrian government and therefore the only legal and safe transit point for the civilians.7 Thanks to Turkey’s full support, NATO-backed mercenary forces are currently occupying nine out of twelve border gates between Syria and Turkey.8
In the early stages of the covert war on Syria, Erdogan’s government rendered the entire 877 kilometres-long border with Syria porous for the NATO-backed mercenaries who have been using it as a highway. In many areas along the Syrian border, fences and concrete barriers were removed and roads were stabilized to allow the passage of all sorts of vehicles, including those rigged with bombs.1
Furthermore, with hindsight, the motive behind the removal of some 615,000 landmines on the Syrian border was to ease the passage of mercenaries as well as military and intelligence officials of Turkey’s and allied NATO countries’ security forces. Planted with NATO’s support between 1957-1959, the activities to remove these landmines began in 2007, for which the help of NATO’s Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA) was sought in 2009.10,11,12 Likewise, lifting mutual visa requirements with Syria in 2009 allowed Turkey to prepare the ground for destabilizing its neighbour.13 In November 2013, Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Fayssal Mikdad accused Turkey of letting terrorists from 83 countries to enter Syria to topple the government.14
Over the few months, mercenaries from Kosovo, the Balkans and other European countries had been deployed in Yayladagi and Samandag countryside in preparation for a cross-border offensive on the predominantly Armenian town of Kasab.15 Seven villages on Turkey’s border with Syria were evacuated and allocated to the mercenaries.16 Just before the offensive, power outages occurred along the route through which military vehicles moved towards the Syrian border.17
According to the local villagers, on March 21, backed up by the heavy artillery fire of the Turkish Armed Forces, over 1500 mercenaries launched a coordinated assault from at least five separate points across Turkey’s border with Syria. They were directly commanded by NATO’s radar base on Keldagi (Mount Aqraa) on the border and supported by the Turkish Armed Forces. 18,19,15 The mercenaries used pick-up trucks fitted with anti-aircraft weapons, tanks belonging to the Turkish Armed Forces, vehicles loaded with heavy weaponry and lorries.19,20 The primary and initial assault was the one launched from the Yayladagi border gate to the opposite Kasab border gate, during which masked Turkish special forces troops killed 15 Syrian border guards.20,21
Turkish Armed Forces are giving cover to the mercenaries through mortar, artillery and rocket shelling across the border by armored vehicles and coordinated heavy machine-gun fire by helicopters. They are also using long-range assassination weapons and intercepting the communication of the Syrian Army.22,23,24,15 This report by Alalam describes how Turkish Armed Forces’ tanks pounded Syria’s military bases in Kasab:
“[A] huge explosion was heard at a Syrian army base near Kasab after Turkish military targeted the area. The explosion has been followed with Turkish military firing several other rockets at Syrian army bases […] Al-Qaeda’s al-Nusra Front have raised their flags over several Turkish military tanks near Kasab, as a sign of having the area under their control.”25
The ‘huge explosion’, whose impact was felt from 15 kilometres, was caused by a missile fired from Turkey.20 Furthermore, according to a Syrian general taking part in this battle, Turkish Armed Forces were among the mercenary forces attacking the strategic hilltop ‘Observatory 45’ in Kasab.26
The majority of the mercenaries fighting in Kasab are of Chetchen, Albanian, Saudi and Turkish origin.18 Ambulances are regularly crossing Turkey’s border with Syria to collect the wounded mercenaries and transport them to hospitals across Turkey’s Hatay province.17 In fact, local protestors in Hatay’s Harbiye district blocked the paths of those ambulances.27
On the other hand, by refusing entry to the mercenaries fleeing the attacks of the Syrian army, Turkey’s border guards are forcing them to continue the fighting.17On the fifth day of the offensive on Kasab, mercenaries based in the towns of Yayladagi, Altinozu, Antakya, Reyhanli, Osmaniye and other areas were still being deployed to Turkey’s border with Syria.18
The Syrian army was caught off guard as they were not expecting such an overt and extreme military aggression from Turkey.19 Nevertheless, Syria’s government still exhibits utmost restraint:
[Syrian] Foreign and Expatriates Ministry called on Wednesday26 [26 March] in two identical letters to the UN Secretary-General and Chairman of the UN Security Council to take all measures required to condemn the Turkish involvement in supporting the armed terrorist groups which attacked Kasab district from Liwa Iskenderun [i.e. Hatay province] and to compel the Turkish government to stop its aggression.
“Syrian government has drawn the attention of the UN Secretary-General [Ban Ki-moon] and chairmen of the UN Security Council during the past three years to the acts and violations committed by the Turkish government against Syria’s security and stability through the Turkish involvement in organizing, receiving, funding and hosting tens of thousands of terrorists from various takfiri movements and facilitating their entry into the Syrian territories and giving them background bases on the Turkish territories.
“After the failure of the attempts of the Turkish regime to undermine Syria, the Turkish army moved by Turkish prime minister [Erdogan]‘s instructions to launch flagrant aggression on Syria as the Turkish army’s tanks and artillery took part directly in the attack on Kasab, north of Syria, and its surrounding “[said Syrian Foreign Ministry]”28
The Syrian government said that Turkish Armed Forces’ overt military participation for the first time represents a dangerous escalation”29:
“Syrian Ambassador to the UN Bashar al-Ja’afari told reporters outside the UN Security Council on Wednesday [26 March] that Turkey was facilitating attacks against Syrian forces by al-Qaeda-linked terrorist groups through the country’s northern borders and the Israeli regime was doing the same in the occupied Golan Heights.
“Ja’afari added that Syria has been the target of an orchestrated joint military operation conducted by the Turkish government and the Israeli regime as well as the terrorist groups operating both along Syria’s northern border and its southern border.” 30
As the offensive on Kasab entered its fourth week, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad has strongly condemned the United Nations’ deliberate and consistent policy of ignoring the existence of terrorism in Syria since Spring 2011 and made the following remark about the ongoing offensive: “The massacres of Erdogan government-backed terrorist groups against the residents of Kassab town are still a living example that appeals to every UN official to feel ashamed of having turned into a tool for supporting terrorism”31
The downing of the Syrian military jet
On the second day of the offensive on Kasab, a drone belonging to the Turkish Armed Forces was shot down by the Syrian army as it was flying over Kasab. This was one was among the drones and fighter jets used by the Turkish Air Force to collect intelligence for the mercenaries on the ground and intercept the communication of the Syrian army. Turkey’s politicians and media remained silent over this incident as the location where the drone crashed was 1,5 kilometres inside Syrian territory.18
On March 23, NATO radar base in Keldagi (Mount Aqraa) blocked a Syrian MIG-23 military jet’s contact with the air control tower. While flying over Kasab, the jet was hit by a missile fired from Turkey. Having survived the attack, the pilot of the Syrian jet gave a statement: “The Syrian pilot whose aircraft was shot down in Kasab area on Saturday said that a Turkish aircraft fired a missile at him while he was pursuing terrorists within Syrian territories. The pilot told Syrian TV that he was carrying out a mission of pursuing terrorists within Syrian territories, more than 7 kilometers away from the borders, and after arriving at the target’s location, establishing visual contact, and carrying out his mission, he turned around to return to base when a rocket fired by a Turkish aircraft hit his aircraft, so he left it using the ejector seat. He asserted his target was within Syrian territories and he parachuted inside Syrian territories”32
The downing of the Syrian military jet was broadcast live by Turkey’s private TV channel Habertürk from the border area which is forbidden military zone.20 This reveals the pre-meditated nature of this specific act of war. During his speech at a local election rally, Prime Minister Erdogan blatantly lied by claiming that Turkey’s airspace had been violated:
“Around 12:15pm today yet another Hashasi [assassin], a Syrian plane has violated our borders, our airspace. Our F-16 [jets] took off and hit this plane. Why? Because if you violate my airspace, our slap will be hard after that. So, I would like to congratulate the head of the Turkish Armed Forces [Necdet Ozel] in particular, our Armed Forces, those honourable pilots of ours and our Air Force in your presence.”33
By making a historical reference to the ‘Hashasi’ sect, Mr Erdogan tried to demonize both Syria and Iran.
True to form, the U.S. State Department declared its overt support for this act of war by Turkey:
“We are committed to Turkey’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We note that the Turkish Government has been fully transparent about the rules of engagement it is operating under”34
Local elections in Turkey
On the eve of the March 21 offensive on Kasab, Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay implicated the Syrian state in a shooting attack in Nigde, which is located some 400 kilometres from the Syrian border:
“The word Syrian was mentioned in the briefing [note] I was given. The martyrdom of a soldier and a police officer of ours in the run up to the [local] elections is a very grave incident. It may be that some are trying to spoil the election atmosphere.”35
The next day, it turned out that, the perpetrators were two Albanians and a Kosovar mercenaries who were on their way back from fighting in the ranks of the ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ against the Syrian state.36
On March 14, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu rehashed Turkey’s threat of launching a 25-kilometres border incursion of into Syria to defend a 10,000 square metres enclave that belongs to Turkey37:
“Any kind of attack towards there [i.e. the Suleiman Shah Tomb] which might come from the [Syrian] regime, the radical groups or another place would be equally retaliated and Turkey would take all sorts of precautions, without any hesitation, for the defense of that national territory.”38
Actually, as early as May 2011, a somewhat similar scenario was disclosed by the relentless propagandist Robert Fisk39 :
“Turkish generals have thus prepared an operation that would send several battalions of Turkish troops into Syria itself to carve out a “safe area” for Syrian refugees inside Assad’s caliphate. The Turks are prepared to advance well beyond the Syrian border town of Al Qamishli – perhaps half way to Deir el-Zour […] to provide a “safe haven” for those fleeing the slaughter in Syria’s cities.”40
Three days before the March 30 local elections, the audiotapes of a meeting between Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, National Intelligence Organization (MIT) director Hakan Fidan and the deputy head of the Turkish Armed Forces Yasar Güler was ‘leaked’ on YouTube.41 According to the transcript of the YouTube video, MIT director Fidan suggested staging a false flag attack on the aforementioned Tomb of Suleiman Shah to provide a justification for a possible war with Syria.42
Mr Erdogan implied that the leak was a U.S.-hatched conspiracy against his government and Turkey’s sovereignty. In a speech delivered after winning the local elections, he referred to those whom he accuses of collaborating:
“How [dare] you threaten our national security? Turkey is currently in a state of war with Syria. They are harassing our airplanes. The 10,000 square metres [land] of the Tomb of Suleiman Shah is our territory, [so] any attack on it is an attack on the 780,000 square metres [territory of Turkey]. Can we remain silent to this? The traitors eavesdropped this meeting and then leaked it to the world. They are even worse than the Hashasis.”43
Mr Erdogan’s insinuation of a U.S.-hatched conspiracy is lent credence by the leading global media corporation’s depiction of Erdogan, since the beginning of the anti-government protests in May 2013, as a leader who is deeply hostile to Western values and liberties. The motive behind this domestic and global disinformation campaign is to obfuscate the Erdogan government’s utmost complicity in the NATO-led genocidal war on Syria, not to mention the war crimes against Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan.
It is also worth noting that YouTube is notorious for censoring material that exposes the crimes against the people and government of Syria, whilst systematically promoting anti-Syria propaganda.44
Actually, this “leak” is a highly sophisticated WikiLeaks-style psy-ops which seeks to divert attention away from the utterly criminal cross-border offensive on Kasab by NATO-backed mercenary forces and the Turkish Armed Forces. Furthermore, on April 1 the Syrian government has revealed that the aim of the offensive on Kasab is to keep the Syrian army busy so that the mercenary forces in Damascus could carry out a false-flag chemical attack45 :
“Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari said that terrorist groups are planning to launch attacks using chemical weapons in Jobar area to accuse the Syrian government of it , as indicated by a phone call between terrorists monitored by the authorities. […]
“There’s nothing called international community, unfortunately,” al-Jaafari said, “we directed two letters to the Security Council to have the countries that keep talking about the threats of chemical weapons to pressure the countries sponsoring and funding these terrorist groups – specifically the Turkish, Saudi, and Qatari governments – to prevent such terrorist acts by pressuring these gangs and terrorist gangs,” adding that now this matter is in the hands of the [U.N.] Security Council. […]
“These terrorist groups came from Turkish territories and were covered by Turkish artillery, tanks and aircrafts so that they aren’t engaged by the Syrian Army in that area, with the purpose of the Turkish military involvement being an attempt to distract the Syrian Army form these terrorist groups so that they may commit their heinous acts,” he said.46
Over the last three years, Turkey and its NATO-led allies have totally exposed themselves and exhausted their credibility by blatantly resorting to all sorts of false-flag attacks imaginable against Syria in order to topple President Bashar al-Assad and/or instigate a war.
In fact, Turkey has a long history of false flag attacks on Syria, including a failed assassination attempt on the then-President Hafez al-Assad in 1996.47 A selection of news reports from 2011 and 2013 below offer a glimpse of Turkey’s utmost criminality.
Flashback to 2011
In late March 2011, only two weeks after the launch of the NATO-led covert war on Syria, CIA director Leon Panetta secretly visited Turkey’s border with Syria.48 A month later, Turkish newspaper Sabah announced Panetta’s visit and CIA’s cooperation with Turkey over Syria:
“CIA Director Leon Panetta made a surprise visit to Turkey at the end of March [2011]. Panetta’s 5 day visit to Ankara was hidden from the public opinion as a top secret. […] Panetta met with Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT) Hakan Fidan, as well as officials from the government and the General Staff of Turkish Armed Forces. […] During the consultations, it was pointed out that Syria is at a “critical threshold” […] that the country would be dragged into chaos if Assad doesn’t take urgent steps. Details of what was described as Turkey’s “classified” [plan] concerning Syria were also discussed. It has been pointed out that the “classified” [plan] entails regime change in Syria”49
The following day, Sabah revealed Turkey’s plan for toppling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad:
“In the face of the escalation of events in Syria, Turkey [has decided] to launch its classified “Plan B” instead of its Plan A which envisaged Assad to remain in power. “Plan B” covers the possibilities of chaos, civil war and migration. […] [The border provinces of] Hatay, Sanliurfa, Kilis and Mardin have been designated for [setting up] reception camps and field hospitals.”50
What is particularly striking is that this plan of setting up five refugee camps (including two in Hatay) along some 600 kilometres-long segment of the Syrian border was conceived before any violent incident occurred in north Syria.
On May 31st, 2011 Turkey hosted a three-day ‘regime change’ conference in a five-star hotel in Antalya with the participation of some 300 members of the Syrian opposition.51,52
The first major false flag attack of the NATO-led covert war on Syria was orchestrated through the military and intelligence cooperation of the U.S. and Turkey. On June 6, 2011, 120 Syrian soldiers were brutally massacred by the Muslim Brotherhood mercenaries in the town of Jisr al-Shughour, located 10 kilometres from the border with Turkey.53 At the time, this report by SANA was largely ignored by the mainstream and alternative media alike:
“The Syrian TV broadcast photos of the brutal massacres perpetrated by organized armed terrorist groups against the civilians and the army, police and security forces groups in Jisr al-Shughour in the province of Idleb.
“Members of the terrorist groups used government cars and military uniform to commit their crimes of killing, terrifying people and sabotaging. They filmed themselves committing vandalism acts to manipulate the photos and videos and distort the reputation of the [Syrian] army.
“The terrorists attacked police and security centers as well as other governmental and private institutions, violated the streets, neighborhoods and houses and used rooftops to sniper and shoot at citizens and security forces. […]
“They also set up ambushes for police and security forces, mutilated the bodies of some martyrs and threw the bodies of others into the Orontes River, in addition to putting barriers on the roads and terrifying people.
“The groups members also kidnapped a number of the martyrs’ bodies and buried them in the ground to later promote them as if they are mass graves with the help of the channels they are working with in inciting against Syria. […]
“The number of the martyrs of police and security members exceeded 120 until Monday evening, who were killed at the hands of the armed terrorist groups in Jisr al-Shughour.”54
These two reports by Press TV provide details of Turkey’s complicity in the Jisr al-Shughour massacre:
“According to informed sources in Damascus that cited an unspecific classified report, the “unprecedented intensification” of unrest in Syria stems from deals between Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and some unknown groups in the region.55
“The Syrian government says the weapons used during clashes in Jisr al-Shughour were smuggled into the country from Turkey and that some members of the terrorist groups behind days of deadly clashes in the town have escaped to Turkey.
“Meanwhile, [Syrian] state TV broadcast a phone call between two members of the armed groups who committed terrorist acts in Jisr al-Shughour region, revealing that the armed men are planning to leave the area for Turkey as displaced local citizens.”56
Turkish Armed Forces troops crossed into Syria through the border under the guise of helping the fleeing civilians.53 The Jisr al-Shughour massacre occurred six days before the 2011 general elections in Turkey. Prime Minister Erdogan has fully capitalised in the ensuing migration to Turkey:
“Syria is practically a domestic issue for us, I have said this many times. […] Currently there are [people] entering Turkey through the Altinozu [district]. […] We really cannot close our gates to people fleeing for their lives and seeking refuge in Turkey. We have to let them in. […] [Assad’s brother Maher] is chasing after savagery. This [situation] is inevitably leading to the United Nations Security Council’s involvement”57
Flashback to 2013
The NATO-led coalition of countries had nearly succeeded instigating a war with Syria after NATO-backed mercenaries massacred civilians by launching a chemical false flag attack in East Ghouta on August 21, 2013.58 Editor Yossef Bodansky sheds some light on Turkey’s role in this mind-boggling conspiracy:
“On August 13-14, 2013, Western-sponsored opposition forces in Turkey started advance preparations for a major and irregular military surge. Initial meetings between senior opposition military commanders and representatives of Qatari, Turkish, and US Intelligence [“Mukhabarat Amriki”] took place at the converted Turkish military garrison in Antakya, Hatay Province, used as the command center and headquarters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and their foreign sponsors. Very senior opposition commanders who had arrived from Istanbul briefed the regional commanders of an imminent escalation in the fighting due to “a war-changing development” which would, in turn, lead to a US-led bombing of Syria.
“The opposition forces had to quickly prepare their forces for exploiting the US-led bombing in order to march on Damascus and topple the Bashar al-Assad Government, the senior commanders explained. […] [U]nprecedented weapons distribution started in all opposition camps in Hatay Province on August 21-23, 2013. In the Reyhanli area alone, opposition forces received well in excess of 400 tons of weapons […] which were distributed from store-houses controlled by Qatari and Turkish Intelligence under the tight supervision of US Intelligence.”59
According to Mihrac Ural, the leader of the Latakia-based popular anti-imperialist militia force ‘Syrian Resistance’ (Muqawamat al-Suriyah), shortly before the false-flag chemical attack in East Ghouta, a similar plot had been foiled. Mr Ural sums up the testimony of a Dutch-Kurdish mercenary who is originally from Turkey and who was captured by the Syrian Resistance on August 16, 2013 whilst fighting in the Latakia countryside:
“[Turgay Yasar] explained that he brought the sarin gas from the Netherlands [to Turkey] via the VIP section [under the auspices of] the authorities from [Turkey’s ruling] Justice and Development Party (AKP) and handed them over to the al-Nusra Front. [He also disclosed that although the NATO-backed mercenaries] had made preparations to deploy the sarin gas on the Alawite [civilians] during the ongoing battles in the Latakia countryside, they haven’t had the opportunity in the face of a series of resounding victories by [the Syrian Resistance and the Syrian army]”60
Conclusion
All the available evidence indicates that U.S., U.K., Israel, Turkey, France and Saudi Arabia meticulously planned the genocidal covert war on Syria for years before actually launching it in 2011. Right from the beginning, Turkey has been at the epicenter of this war in every possible respect. In the face of the increasingly brutal and reckless attacks across all of its land borders, the Syrian state, army and people have been displaying an outstanding resistance, courage and solidarity.
As the prospect of a decisive victory by the Syrian army becomes ever more certain, the orchestrators of this genocide are disseminating all sorts of propaganda on a global scale to obfuscate and cover up their monumental war crimes. However, Turkey and NATO’s overt participation in the ongoing cross-border offensive on Kasab provides an incontrovertible evidence of these crimes for those who seek peace and justice for Syria and the entire humanity.
Cem Ertür is an independent researcher and peace activist, currently based in Istanbul. Some of his work is published at Global Research and all his Propaganda Alerts since November 2011 are published on Indybay.
Notes
  1. Statement on Syria, by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Department of State website, 30 August 2013
  2. Sinirli bir müdahale yeterli olmaz, Yeni Safak, 31 August 2013
  3. Syrian Army Wins decisive Battle in Yabroud, Secures Damascus, Cuts off Supply from Lebanon, nsnbc international, 16 March 2014
  4. Pre-determined Suicide Attack in Bekaa, Two Martyred (Updated), Al-Manar, 17 March 2014
  5. Foreign Ministry: Israeli new aggression is flagrant violation of Disengagement agreement and international law rules, SANA , 19 March 2014
  6. The Role of Turkey in the US-NATO-Israeli War on Syria, Turkey’s False-flag Operation against Syria Backfires: The Reyhanli bombing attacks in a larger context  by Cem Ertür, Global Research, 29 May 2013
  7. Hatay’in Yayladagi Sinir Kapisinin güvenlik gerekcesiyle kapatilmasina iliskin, by CHP member of Parliament Refik Eryilmaz, website of Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM), 6 February 2014
  8. Türkiye’ye baglanan tüm sinir kapilari…, Dogan Haber Ajansi, 24 March 2014
  9. Guta’da Kullanilan Gaz Türkiye’den Gitti, by Ferhat Aktas, Taha Haber, 1 September 2013
  10. Presentation (2) by the Turkish Delegation at the Second Intercessional Meeting of the Ottawa Convention, AP Mine Ban Convention website, 14 May 2003
  11. Suriye sinirdaki mayinlar temizlendi, by Ali Leylak, Hürriyet, 3 August 2007
  12. Turkey asks NATO to help clear mines near Syria,  Associated Press, 30 June 2009
  13. Turkey, Syria agree to lift visa requirements, Hürriyet Daily News, 17 September 2009
  14. ‘Turkey let militants from 83 countries in Syria’, Alalam, 6 November 2013
  15. Ucak Düsürme Hadisesinin Tüm Detaylari, by Fuat Ates, Taha Haber, 23 March 2014
  16. Savas sinir kapisindan iceri girdi, by Mustafa Seyfullah Kilic, Adim Dergisi, 25 March 2014
  17. Keseb’de neler oluyor?by Hamide Yigit, Sendika.org, 23 March 2014
  18. Keseb’te Son Bilanco: 200 Militan Öldürüldü, Ferhat Aktas’ interview with Mihrac Ural, Taha Haber, 5 April 2014
  19. Bilinmeyen Yönleriyle Keseb Saldirisi, Member of Turkey’s Parliament Mehmet Ali Edipoglu, Taha Haber, 26 March 2014
  20. ‘Savasin dügümü Lazkiye’, by Omer Odemis, Yurt, 27 March 2014
  21. Casa Bella – Lazkiye hatti, by Mehmet Serim, Yakin Dogu Haber, 26 March 2014
  22. Türkiye’den El Kaide Militanlarina Destek, Taha Haber, 22 March 2014
  23. Alevilerden Uyari: Atesle Oynamayin, Taha Haber, 22 March 2014
  24. Battles rage in Syria as army recaptures more places, Xinhua, 23 March 2014
  25. Exclusive: Turkish military pounds Syrian army bases near border, Alalam, 25 March 2014
  26. ‘Türkiye Kesab’a girdi’, Yurt, 26 March 2014
  27. Locals of Liwa Iskenderun block paths of ambulances carrying wounded terrorists from Kasab, SANA, 29 March 2014
  28. Syria calls on UN, UNSC to condemn Turkish involvement in supporting terrorist groups in Kasab district, SANA, 27 March 2014
  29. Al-Jaafari: Turkish army’s covering of terrorists operations in Kasab is dangerous escalation, SANA, 27 March 2014
  30. Turkey in league with Israel against Syria: Ja’afari, Press TV, 27 March 2014
  31. Mikdad: UN turned int’l terrorism into its spoiled son, just like Israel, SANA, 5 April 2014
  32. Syrian pilot: My aircraft was shot down by Turkish aircraft within Syrian airspace, SANA, 24 March 2014
  33. Türk F-16′lari Suriye ucagini vurdu, Anadolu Ajansi, 23 March 2014
  34. Daily Press Briefing, U.S. Department of State website, 24 March 2014
  35. Hükümet’ten Nigde’deki saldiriyla ilgili ilk aciklama, Besir Atalay: Bana gelen bilgilerde ‘Suriye’ notu var, Habertürk, 20 March 2014 [excerpt transcribed from video by the author]
  36. Nigde zanlilari El Kaide listesinde, by Fevzi Kizilkoyun, Radikal, 22 March 2014
  37. Turkey: NATO’s Neo-Ottoman Spearhead in the Middle East, by Rick Rozoff, Stop NATO, 7 August 2012
  38. Davutoglu: O türbeye saldirirsaniz…, Hürriyet, 14 March 2014
  39. Robert Fisk’s anti-Syria propaganda, by Cem Ertür, Indybay, 30 April 201
  40. Who cares in the Middle East what Obama says?by Robert Fisk, The Independent, 30 May 2011
  41. Media Neglect Turkish False Flag Attack Leak And Its Implications, Moon of Alabama, 28 March 2014
  42. Ses kaydina göre, Suriye ile savas cikarmaya calismislar, Evrensel, 27 March 2014
  43. Basbakan Erdogan’dan balkon konusmasi, Türkiye, 31 March 2014
  44. Youtube covers up militants’ crimes against Syrian nation: Analyst, interview with Mimi Laham, Press TV, 5 March 2013
  45. Identical letters dated 25 March 2014 from the Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary General and the President of the Security Council, United Nations website, 1 April 2014
  46. Al-Jaafari: Terrorists planning to launch chemical attack on Jobar to accuse the government, SANA, 1 April 2014
  47. Turkish Delight, by Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times, 16 June 1996
  48. ‘Syria armed groups flee to Turkey’, Press TV, 9 June 2011
  49. CIA Baskani’ndan ‘cok gizli’ ziyaret, by Yahya Bostan, Sabah, 26 April 2011
  50. Suriye icin B plani, Sabah, 27 April 2011Assad opponents decide to support regime change in Syria, Today’s Zaman, 3 June 2011
  51. Syrian activists demand Assad hand over power ‘immediately’, by Liz Sly, Washington Post, 3 June 2011
  52. A “Humanitarian War” on Syria? Military Escalation., Towards a Broader Middle East-Central Asian War?  by Prof Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, 9 August 2011
  53. Photos of Brutal Massacres against Army, Police and Security Forces Perpetrated by Armed Terrorist Groups in Jisr al-Shugour, SANA, 8 June 2011
  54. ‘Turkey behind Syria unrest’, Press TV, 9 June 2011
  55. ‘Syrian troops enter Jisr al-Shughour’, Press TV, 10 June 2011
  56. Turkey’s final warning to Syria: Tomorrow may be too late for reforms, by Cem Ertür, Indybay, 18 June 2011
  57. The Ghouta Chemical Attacks: US-Backed False Flag?, Killing Syrian Children to Justify a “Humanitarian” Military Intervention,  by Julie Levesque and Prof Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, 25 September 2013
  58. Did the White House Help Plan the Syrian Chemical Attack?, by Yossef Bodansky, Global Research, 1 September 2013
  59. “Sarin Gazini Ak Partili yetkilinin yardimiyla El-Nusra’ya ulastirdik”, Cesim Ilhani’s interview with Mihrac Ural, 7Sabah, 4 December 2013

NATO, Turkey’s Genocidal War on Syria

Via Al-Manar

Cem Ertür


The offensive on Kasab

Turkey’s Yayladagi-Kasab border crossing with Syria was unilaterally closed by Erdogan’s government in the aftermath of the May 2013 false-flag attacks in the border town of Reyhanli “to prevent the suspects from fleeing”.  At the time, this was the only border gate along the border with Turkey which was controlled by the Syrian government and therefore the only legal and safe transit point for the civilians. Thanks to Turkey’s full support, NATO-backed mercenary forces are currently occupying nine out of twelve border gates between Syria and Turkey.

In the early stages of the covert war on Syria, Erdogan’s government rendered the entire 877 kilometres-long border with Syria porous for the NATO-backed mercenaries who have been using it as a highway. In many areas along the Syrian border, fences and concrete barriers were removed and roads were stabilized to allow the passage of all sorts of vehicles, including those rigged with bombs.

MapFurthermore, with hindsight, the motive behind the removal of some 615,000 landmines on the Syrian border was to ease the passage of mercenaries as well as military and intelligence officials of Turkey’s and allied NATO countries’ security forces. Planted with NATO’s support between 1957-1959, the activities to remove these landmines began in 2007, for which the help of NATO’s Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA) was sought in 2009. Likewise, lifting mutual visa requirements with Syria in 2009 allowed Turkey to prepare the ground for destabilizing its neighbor.  In November 2013, Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Fayssal Mikdad accused Turkey of letting terrorists from 83 countries to enter Syria to topple the government.

Over the few months, mercenaries from Kosovo, the Balkans and other European countries had been deployed in Yayladagi and Samandag countryside in preparation for a cross-border offensive on the predominantly Armenian town of Kasab.  Seven villages on Turkey’s border with Syria were evacuated and allocated to the mercenaries.  Just before the offensive, power outages occurred along the route through which military vehicles moved towards the Syrian border.

According to the local villagers, on March 21, backed up by the heavy artillery fire of the Turkish Armed Forces, over 1500 mercenaries launched a coordinated assault from at least five separate points across Turkey’s border with Syria. They were directly commanded by NATO’s radar base on Keldagi (Mount Aqraa) on the border and supported by the Turkish Armed Forces. The mercenaries used pick-up trucks fitted with anti-aircraft weapons, tanks belonging to the Turkish Armed Forces, vehicles loaded with heavy weaponry and lorries. The primary and initial assault was the one launched from the Yayladagi border gate to the opposite Kasab border gate, during which masked Turkish special forces troops killed 15 Syrian border guards.

Turkish Armed Forces are giving cover to the mercenaries through mortar, artillery and rocket shelling across the border by armored vehicles and coordinated heavy machine-gun fire by helicopters. They are also using long-range assassination weapons and intercepting the communication of the Syrian Army. This report by Alalam describes how Turkish Armed Forces’ tanks pounded Syria’s military bases in Kasab:

“[A] huge explosion was heard at a Syrian army base near Kasab after Turkish military targeted the area. The explosion has been followed with Turkish military firing several other rockets at Syrian army bases […]  Al-Qaeda’s al-Nusra Front have raised their flags over several Turkish military tanks near Kasab, as a sign of having the area under their control.”

The ‘huge explosion’, whose impact was felt from 15 kilometres, was caused by a missile fired from Turkey.  Furthermore, according to a Syrian general taking part in this battle, Turkish Armed Forces were among the mercenary forces attacking the strategic hilltop ‘Observatory 45’ in Kasab.

The majority of the mercenaries fighting in Kasab are of Chetchen, Albanian, Saudi and Turkish origin.  Ambulances are regularly crossing Turkey’s border with Syria to collect the wounded mercenaries and transport them to hospitals across Turkey’s Hatay province. In fact, local protestors in Hatay’s Harbiye district blocked the paths of those ambulances.

On the other hand, by refusing entry to the mercenaries fleeing the attacks of the Syrian army, Turkey’s border guards are forcing them to continue the fighting. On the fifth day of the offensive on Kasab, mercenaries based in the towns of Yayladagi, Altinozu, Antakya, Reyhanli, Osmaniye and other areas were still being deployed to Turkey’s border with Syria.

The Syrian army was caught off guard as they were not expecting such an overt and extreme military aggression from Turkey.  Nevertheless, Syria’s government still exhibits utmost restraint:

“[Syrian] Foreign and Expatriates Ministry called on Wednesday26 [26 March] in two identical letters to the UN Secretary-General and Chairman of the UN Security Council to take all measures required to condemn the Turkish involvement in supporting the armed terrorist groups which attacked Kasab district from Liwa Iskenderun [i.e. Hatay province] and to compel the Turkish government to stop its aggression.

“Syrian government has drawn the attention of the UN Secretary-General [Ban Ki-moon] and chairmen of the UN Security Council during the past three years to the acts and violations committed by the Turkish government against Syria’s security and stability through the Turkish involvement in organizing, receiving, funding and hosting tens of thousands of terrorists from various takfiri movements and facilitating their entry into the Syrian territories and giving them background bases on the Turkish territories.

“After the failure of the attempts of the Turkish regime to undermine Syria, the Turkish army moved by Turkish prime minister [Erdogan]’s instructions to launch flagrant aggression on Syria as the Turkish army’s tanks and artillery took part directly in the attack on Kasab, north of Syria, and its surrounding “[said Syrian Foreign Ministry]”

The Syrian government said that Turkish Armed Forces’ overt military participation for the first time represents a dangerous escalation”:

“Syrian Ambassador to the UN Bashar al-Ja’afari told reporters outside the UN Security Council on Wednesday [26 March] that Turkey was facilitating attacks against Syrian forces by al-Qaeda-linked terrorist groups through the country’s northern borders and the Israeli regime was doing the same in the occupied Golan Heights.

“Ja’afari added that Syria has been the target of an orchestrated joint military operation conducted by the Turkish government and the Israeli regime as well as the terrorist groups operating both along Syria’s northern border and its southern border.”

As the offensive on Kasab entered its fourth week, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad has strongly condemned the United Nations’ deliberate and consistent policy of ignoring the existence of terrorism in Syria since Spring 2011 and made the following remark about the ongoing offensive:

“The massacres of Erdogan government-backed terrorist groups against the residents of Kasab town are still a living example that appeals to every UN official to feel ashamed of having turned into a tool for supporting terrorism.”

The downing of the Syrian military jet

On the second day of the offensive on Kasab, a drone belonging to the Turkish Armed Forces was shot down by the Syrian army as it was flying over Kasab. This was one was among the drones and fighter jets used by the Turkish Air Force to collect intelligence for the mercenaries on the ground and intercept the communication of the Syrian army. Turkey’s politicians and media remained silent over this incident as the location where the drone crashed was 1,5 kilometers inside Syrian territory.

On March 23, NATO radar base in Keldagi (Mount Aqraa) blocked a Syrian MIG-23 military jet’s contact with the air control tower. While flying over Kasab, the jet was hit by a missile fired from Turkey. Having survived the attack, the pilot of the Syrian jet gave a statement:

“The Syrian pilot whose aircraft was shot down in Kasab area on Saturday said that a Turkish aircraft fired a missile at him while he was pursuing terrorists within Syrian territories. The pilot told Syrian TV that he was carrying out a mission of pursuing terrorists within Syrian territories, more than 7 kilometers away from the borders, and after arriving at the target’s location, establishing visual contact, and carrying out his mission, he turned around to return to base when a rocket fired by a Turkish aircraft hit his aircraft, so he left it using the ejector seat. He asserted his target was within Syrian territories and he parachuted inside Syrian territories”32

The downing of the Syrian military jet was broadcast live by Turkey’s private TV channel Habertürk from the border area which is forbidden military zone. This reveals the pre-meditated nature of this specific act of war. During his speech at a local election rally, Prime Minister Erdogan blatantly lied by claiming that Turkey’s airspace had been violated:

“Around 12:15pm today yet another Hashasi [assassin], a Syrian plane has violated our borders, our airspace. Our F-16 [jets] took off and hit this plane. Why? Because if you violate my airspace, our slap will be hard after that. So, I would like to congratulate the head of the Turkish Armed Forces [Necdet Ozel] in particular, our Armed Forces, those honourable pilots of ours and our Air Force in your presence.”

By making a historical reference to the ‘Hashasi’ sect, Mr Erdogan tried to demonize both Syria and Iran.

True to form, the U.S. State Department declared its overt support for this act of war by Turkey:

“We are committed to Turkey’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We note that the Turkish Government has been fully transparent about the rules of engagement it is operating under”34

Local elections in Turkey

On the eve of the March 21 offensive on Kasab, Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay implicated the Syrian state in a shooting attack in Nigde, which is located some 400 kilometres from the Syrian border:

“The word Syrian was mentioned in the briefing [note] I was given. The martyrdom of a soldier and a police officer of ours in the run up to the [local] elections is a very grave incident. It may be that some are trying to spoil the election atmosphere.”

The next day, it turned out that, the perpetrators were two Albanians and a Kosovar mercenaries who were on their way back from fighting in the ranks of the ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ against the Syrian state.

On March 14, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu rehashed Turkey’s threat of launching a 25-kilometres border incursion of into Syria to defend a 10,000 square metres enclave that belongs to Turkey:

“Any kind of attack towards there [i.e. the Suleiman Shah Tomb] which might come from the [Syrian] regime, the radical groups or another place would be equally retaliated and Turkey would take all sorts of precautions, without any hesitation, for the defense of that national territory.”

Actually, as early as May 2011, a somewhat similar scenario was disclosed by the relentless propagandist Robert Fisk :

“Turkish generals have thus prepared an operation that would send several battalions of Turkish troops into Syria itself to carve out a “safe area” for Syrian refugees inside Assad’s caliphate. The Turks are prepared to advance well beyond the Syrian border town of Al Qamishli – perhaps half way to Deir el-Zour […] to provide a “safe haven” for those fleeing the slaughter in Syria’s cities.”

Three days before the March 30 local elections, the audiotapes of a  meeting between Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, National Intelligence Organization (MIT) director Hakan Fidan and the deputy head of the Turkish Armed Forces Yasar Güler was ‘leaked’ on YouTube.41  According to the transcript of the YouTube video, MIT director Fidan suggested staging a false flag attack on the aforementioned Tomb of Suleiman Shah to provide a justification for a possible war with Syria.

Mr Erdogan implied that the leak was a U.S.-hatched conspiracy against his government and Turkey’s sovereignty. In a speech delivered after winning the local elections, he referred to those whom he accuses of collaborating:

“How [dare] you threaten our national security? Turkey is currently in a state of war with Syria. They are harassing our airplanes. The 10,000 square metres [land] of the Tomb of Suleiman Shah is our territory, [so] any attack on it is an attack on the 780,000 square metres [territory of Turkey]. Can we remain silent to this? The traitors eavesdropped this meeting and then leaked it to the world. They are even worse than the Hashasis.”

Mr Erdogan’s insinuation of a U.S.-hatched conspiracy is lent credence by the leading global media corporation’s depiction of Erdogan, since the beginning of the anti-government protests in May 2013, as a leader who is deeply hostile to Western values and liberties. The motive behind this domestic and global disinformation campaign is to obfuscate the Erdogan government’s utmost complicity in the NATO-led genocidal war on Syria, not to mention the war crimes against Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan.

It is also worth noting that YouTube is notorious for censoring material that exposes the crimes against the people and government of Syria, whilst systematically promoting anti-Syria propaganda.

Actually, this “leak” is a highly sophisticated WikiLeaks-style psy-ops which seeks to divert attention away from the utterly criminal cross-border offensive on Kasab by NATO-backed mercenary forces and the Turkish Armed Forces. Furthermore, on April 1 the Syrian government has revealed that the aim of the offensive on Kasab is to keep the Syrian army busy so that the mercenary forces in Damascus could carry out a false-flag chemical attack:

“Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari said that terrorist groups are planning to launch attacks using chemical weapons in Jobar area to accuse the Syrian government of it, as indicated by a phone call between terrorists monitored by the authorities. […]

“There’s nothing called international community, unfortunately,” al-Jaafari said, “we directed two letters to the Security Council to have the countries that keep talking about the threats of chemical weapons to pressure the countries sponsoring and funding these terrorist groups – specifically the Turkish, Saudi, and Qatari governments – to prevent such terrorist acts by pressuring these gangs and terrorist gangs,” adding that now this matter is in the hands of the [U.N.] Security Council. […]

“These terrorist groups came from Turkish territories and were covered by Turkish artillery, tanks and aircrafts so that they aren’t engaged by the Syrian Army in that area, with the purpose of the Turkish military involvement being an attempt to distract the Syrian Army form these terrorist groups so that they may commit their heinous acts,” he said.

Over the last three years, Turkey and its NATO-led allies have totally exposed themselves and exhausted their credibility by blatantly resorting to all sorts of false-flag attacks imaginable against Syria in order to topple President Bashar al-Assad and/or instigate a war.

In fact, Turkey has a long history of false flag attacks on Syria, including a failed assassination attempt on the then-President Hafez al-Assad in 1996. A selection of news reports from 2011 and 2013 below offer a glimpse of Turkey’s utmost criminality.

Flashback to 2011

In late March 2011, only two weeks after the launch of the NATO-led covert war on Syria, CIA director Leon Panetta secretly visited Turkey’s border with Syria.48  A month later, Turkish newspaper Sabah announced Panetta’s visit and CIA’s cooperation with Turkey over Syria:

“CIA Director Leon Panetta made a surprise visit to Turkey at the end of March [2011]. Panetta’s 5 day visit to Ankara was hidden from the public opinion as a top secret. […]  Panetta met with Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT) Hakan Fidan, as well as officials from the government and the General Staff of Turkish Armed Forces. […]  During the consultations, it was pointed out that Syria is at a “critical threshold” […] that the country would be dragged into chaos if Assad doesn’t take urgent steps. Details of what was described as Turkey’s “classified” [plan] concerning Syria were also discussed. It has been pointed out that the “classified” [plan] entails regime change in Syria.”

The following day, Sabah revealed Turkey’s plan for toppling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad:

“In the face of the escalation of events in Syria, Turkey [has decided] to launch its classified “Plan B” instead of its Plan A which envisaged Assad to remain in power. “Plan B” covers the possibilities of chaos, civil war and migration. […] [The border provinces of] Hatay, Sanliurfa, Kilis and Mardin have been designated for [setting up] reception camps and field hospitals.”

What is particularly striking is that this plan of setting up five refugee camps (including two in Hatay) along some 600 kilometres-long segment of the Syrian border was conceived before any violent incident occurred in north Syria.

On May 31st, 2011 Turkey hosted a three-day ‘regime change’ conference in a five-star hotel in Antalya with the participation of some 300 members of the Syrian opposition.

The first major false flag attack of the NATO-led covert war on Syria was orchestrated through the military and intelligence cooperation of the U.S. and Turkey. On June 6, 2011, 120 Syrian soldiers were brutally massacred by the Muslim Brotherhood mercenaries in the town of Jisr al-Shughour, located 10 kilometres from the border with Turkey.53  At the time, this report by SANA was largely ignored by the mainstream and alternative media alike:

“The Syrian TV broadcast photos of the brutal massacres perpetrated by organized armed terrorist groups against the civilians and the army, police and security forces groups in Jisr al-Shughour in the province of Idleb.

“Members of the terrorist groups used government cars and military uniform to commit their crimes of killing, terrifying people and sabotaging. They filmed themselves committing vandalism acts to manipulate the photos and videos and distort the reputation of the [Syrian] army.

“The terrorists attacked police and security centers as well as other governmental and private institutions, violated the streets, neighborhoods and houses and used rooftops to sniper and shoot at citizens and security forces. […]

“They also set up ambushes for police and security forces, mutilated the bodies of some martyrs and threw the bodies of others into the Orontes River, in addition to putting barriers on the roads and terrifying people.

“The groups’ members also kidnapped a number of the martyrs’ bodies and buried them in the ground to later promote them as if they are mass graves with the help of the channels they are working with in inciting against Syria. […]

“The number of the martyrs of police and security members exceeded 120 until Monday evening, who were killed at the hands of the armed terrorist groups in Jisr al-Shughour.”54

These two reports by Press TV provide details of Turkey’s complicity in the Jisr al-Shughour massacre:

“According to informed sources in Damascus that cited an unspecific classified report, the “unprecedented intensification” of unrest in Syria stems from deals between Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and some unknown groups in the region.55

“The Syrian government says the weapons used during clashes in Jisr al-Shughour were smuggled into the country from Turkey and that some members of the terrorist groups behind days of deadly clashes in the town have escaped to Turkey.

“Meanwhile, [Syrian] state TV broadcast a phone call between two members of the armed groups who committed terrorist acts in Jisr al-Shughour region, revealing that the armed men are planning to leave the area for Turkey as displaced local citizens.”56

Turkish Armed Forces troops crossed into Syria through the border under the guise of helping the fleeing civilians.  The Jisr al-Shughour massacre occurred six days before the 2011 general elections in Turkey. Prime Minister Erdogan has fully capitalised in the ensuing migration to Turkey:

“Syria is practically a domestic issue for us, I have said this many times. […]  Currently there are [people] entering Turkey through the Altinozu [district]. […]  We really cannot close our gates to people fleeing for their lives and seeking refuge in Turkey. We have to let them in. […] [Assad’s brother Maher] is chasing after savagery. This [situation] is inevitably leading to the United Nations Security Council’s involvement”57

Flashback to 2013

The NATO-led coalition of countries had nearly succeeded instigating a war with Syria after NATO-backed mercenaries massacred civilians by launching a chemical false flag attack in East Ghouta on August 21, 2013.58  Editor Yossef Bodansky sheds some light on Turkey’s role in this mind-boggling conspiracy:

“On August 13-14, 2013, Western-sponsored opposition forces in Turkey started advance preparations for a major and irregular military surge. Initial meetings between senior opposition military commanders and representatives of Qatari, Turkish, and US Intelligence [“Mukhabarat Amriki”] took place at the converted Turkish military garrison in Antakya, Hatay Province, used as the command center and headquarters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and their foreign sponsors. Very senior opposition commanders who had arrived from Istanbul briefed the regional commanders of an imminent escalation in the fighting due to “a war-changing development” which would, in turn, lead to a US-led bombing of Syria.

“The opposition forces had to quickly prepare their forces for exploiting the US-led bombing in order to march on Damascus and topple the Bashar al-Assad Government, the senior commanders explained. […] [U]nprecedented weapons distribution started in all opposition camps in Hatay Province on August 21-23, 2013. In the Reyhanli area alone, opposition forces received well in excess of 400 tons of weapons […] which were distributed from store-houses controlled by Qatari and Turkish Intelligence under the tight supervision of US Intelligence.”

According to Mihrac Ural, the leader of the Latakia-based popular anti-imperialist militia force ‘Syrian Resistance’ (Muqawamat al-Suriyah), shortly before the false-flag chemical attack in East Ghouta, a similar plot had been foiled. Mr Ural sums up the testimony of a Dutch-Kurdish mercenary who is originally from Turkey and who was captured by the Syrian Resistance on August 16, 2013 whilst fighting in the Latakia countryside:

“[Turgay Yasar] explained that he brought the sarin gas from the Netherlands [to Turkey] via the VIP section [under the auspices of] the authorities from [Turkey’s ruling] Justice and Development Party (AKP) and handed them over to the al-Nusra Front. [He also disclosed that although the NATO-backed mercenaries] had made preparations to deploy the sarin gas on the Alawite [civilians] during the ongoing battles in the Latakia countryside, they haven’t had the opportunity in the face of a series of resounding victories by [the Syrian Resistance and the Syrian army].”

Conclusion

All the available evidence indicates that U.S., U.K., Israel, Turkey, France and Saudi Arabia meticulously planned the genocidal covert war on Syria for years before actually launching it in 2011. Right from the beginning, Turkey has been at the epicenter of this war in every possible respect. In the face of the increasingly brutal and reckless attacks across all of its land borders, the Syrian state, army and people have been displaying an outstanding resistance, courage and solidarity.

As the prospect of a decisive victory by the Syrian army becomes ever more certain, the orchestrators of this genocide are disseminating all sorts of propaganda on a global scale to obfuscate and cover up their monumental war crimes. However, Turkey and NATO’s overt participation in the ongoing cross-border offensive on Kasab provides an incontrovertible evidence of these crimes for those who seek peace and justice for Syria and the entire humanity.

–Cem Ertür is an independent researcher and peace activist, currently based in Istanbul. Some of his work is published at Global Research and all his Propaganda Alerts since November 2011 are published on Indybay.

Source: Websites
08-04-2014 – 18:18 Last updated 08-04-2014

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Syrian military forces have inflicted major losses on foreignSyrian Army-backed insurgents in crushing offensive against militant staging areas and hideouts in the outskirts of Aleppo, Daraa, Quneitra and Latakia, halting infiltration attempts by armed terrorist while killing and wounding scores of them.

Syrian Army units on Saturday launched a wide military operation against insurgent forces in Aleppo Province, inflicting heavy losses on armed militants in several villages, towns and neighborhoods in the province, Syria’s state news agency SANA reported.

Citing a military source, the report further added that government troops also destroyed an ammunition cache in Hanano neighborhood as well as a number of their vehicles to the north of Aleppo central prison.

The source added that army units confronted an intrusion attempt by an armed insurgent group from al-Sheikh Khoder Park into Suleiman al-Halabi neighborhood, killing and injuring numerous militants while another army contingent destroyed a vehicle equipped with a heavy machinegun in the bushes of Khan al-Asal, killing many more insurgent elements.

According to the report, Syrian soldiers ambushed a group of insurgents in al-Mtelleh and Musab villages in Daraa countryside, destroying two vehicles filled with weaponry and insurgent forces.

In yet another operation on Saturday, army units foiled attempts by armed insurgents to attack a number of military checkpoints in the bushes of Jibata and Kharanjeh villages in the Quneitra countryside.

Syrian military sources further stated that the army inflicted heavy losses upon armed militant groups in the same area, killing and injuring a number of their members.

In the northern countryside of Latakia, meanwhile, an army unit thwarted an armed insurgent groups’ infiltration attempt into a military checkpoint surrounding Kasab city, eliminating many militants and seizing their weapons.

The report also cites a military source as saying that local residents of Tayebet al-imam town in Hama province confronted al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front terrorists that were engaged in looting acts and kidnapping of citizens, killing and injuring more than 50 of the armed militants.

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05-04-2014 – 17:55 Last updated 05-04-2014


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BADROUSIEH, Syria (AP), Mar 28, 2014
When hundreds of residents of the postcard-pretty coastal Syrian village of Kassab fled this week, it bore historic weight: it was the third time since 1900 that ethnic Armenians there felt compelled to run for their lives.They left once at the hands of vengeful Turkish neighbors, and later because of Ottoman forces. This time it was Syrian rebels storming into town. It was a heavy blow for the minority community that sees the town as key to preserving the Armenians’ identity in Syria.
Kassab “is a symbol of Armenian history, language and continuity. It’s very symbolic,” said Ohannes Geukjian, a political science professor who writes on contemporary Armenian history and politics. “And so the fall of Kassab, I consider it the defeat of Armenian identity in that area.”
Rebels seized control of Kassab on Sunday after launching an attack two days earlier in the coastal Syrian province of Latakia. The fighters were from an array of conservative and Islamic groups, including the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front.
The province has an ancient Armenian presence, but is better known as a bastion of support for President Bashar Assad. It is his ancestral home and that of followers of the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam, that he belongs to.
The clashes led most of Kassab’s estimated 2,000 residents to flee some 35 miles (57 kilometers) to Latakia city, emptying out a village that boasted a Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant church.
“We had to flee only with our clothes. We couldn’t take anything, not even the most precious thing — a handful of soil from Kassab. We couldn’t take our memories,” said a woman to Syrian state television. She identified herself as Kassab resident, but didn’t give her name.
Kassab is surrounded by the villas of middle-class Syrians who built their homes amid green wooded hills overlooking the sea. The area got a boost from a popular 2008 Syrian telenovela, “Daya, Daya,” which was filmed in nearby village of Samra. Tourists flock to the area in the summer.
Kassab residents, speaking to Syrian television, said mortar shells and gunfire came from the Turkish border toward their village. A Syrian field commander on a government-organized trip told journalists in the nearby town of Badrousieh that gunmen began their attack “with clear support from the Turks.”
Turkish officials refuted the claims.
“The allegations by some circles that Turkey is providing support to the opposition forces by letting them use its territory or through some other ways during the conflict … are totally unfounded,” the Turkish government said in a media statement on Wednesday.
The Turkish government was prepared to admit Syrian Armenian refugees and “protection could be provided to them,” the statement said.
Armenia’s President Serge Sarkisian said Kassab was attacked by Turkish militants in 1909, forcing local Armenians to flee for their lives. In 1915, as the 600-year-old Ottoman empire violently unraveled, the Armenian population was deported by the Turks, and thousands died as they marched across the desert.
A website created by Kassab descendants, “Kessabtsiner,” confirmed those events.
“This is the third expulsion of Armenians from Kassab and it represents a major challenge to modern mechanisms for the protection of ethnic minorities,” Sarkisian said in a statement this week.
In Washington, State Department Deputy Spokeswoman Marie Harf said the United States is “deeply troubled” by the fighting that is “endangering the Armenian community in Kassab.” The U.S. has repeatedly expressed concerns over the growing influence of Islamic radicals in the rebel ranks, and Harf on Friday called on all groups involved in the fighting to protect civilians, religious minorities and their places of worship.
“We have long had concerns about the threat posed by violent extremists, and this latest threat to the Armenian community in Syria only underscores this further,” Harf said.
Syria’s main opposition bloc said in a statement the rebel units belonging to the moderate Free Syrian Army have been fighting against government forces in and around, but adamantly denied that any of the FSA fighters are behind the violence against the Armenians. The Western-backed Syrian National Coalition blamed Assad’s military for the bloodshed, saying they have “deliberately bombed these areas and accused the rebels of it.”
Historians estimate that up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks around the time of World War I, an event widely viewed by scholars as the first genocide of the 20th century. Turkey, however, denies that the deaths constituted genocide, saying the toll has been inflated and that those killed were victims of civil war and unrest.
The forced flight from Kassab has deep meaning for many Armenians, because it is one of the last areas tracing back to the eleventh-century from the Armenian kingdom of Cilicia, said professor Geukjian.
Other areas in modern-day Syria once had ancient Armenian villages, but residents left to join larger communities in cities like Aleppo, or assimilated into the wider Christian minority, or emigrated, said Geuikjian. Only Kassab “kept its identity and language,” he said.
“When you say Kassab, you understand you are referring to the Armenians,” said Arpi Mangassarian of Badguer, a Beirut-based Armenian cultural organization. “It symbolizes Armenian culture.”
Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said ethnic Armenians accounted for about 70 percent of Kassab’s population.
Before the Syrian uprising, there were some 70,000 ethnic Armenians in Syria, particularly concentrated in the northern city of Aleppo and the area around Kassab. They were already a tiny minority among 23 million citizens, but part of Syria’s rich mosaic of tiny, ancient Christian and Muslim sects.
As the war grinds on, Armenians have been leaving to Lebanon, Armenia, Canada and the U.S.
The war has grown increasingly sectarian, as hardline Sunni rebel groups play a prominent role in the uprising, and Syrian minorities huddle behind Assad, fearing for their fate should extremists come to power.
There are no statistics of how many Armenians remain, but Geukjian estimated some 15,000 Armenians remained of a pre-war population of 40,000 in Aleppo. Others had drifted toward Latakia and yet others had remained in Kassab, he said.
“What will happen to us? We don’t know,” said the woman from Kassab, speaking to Syrian television.
The ancient area’s loss to ultra-conservative Muslim rebels suggests an uncertain future.
“We are afraid, if you want the truth. Of what is happening now, the future. The future is not clear,” Geukjian said.

Kasab Crossing … Illusion of Victory, Liberation

 

Ibrahim Aabdollah

After the consecutive victories of the resistance’s axis in the region, the elements of the international plot against Syria have decided to move the battlefield from its southern to its northern borders in order to secure ‘Israel’ and to involve Turkey.

The clashes in Kasab will not lead to a strategic victory for the militant groups as the city of Kasab itself is not strategic, political researcher Taleb Ibrahim told Al-Manar website. Ibrahim added that the militant groups in Syria are trying to attain a moral victory after the consecutive defeats that they have suffered recently.

Strategic expert Dr. Hasan Hasan told Al-Manar website that the media circulation of the “South’s Battle” aimed at drawing the attentions away from the plan of Kasab’s battle.

Erdogan-GulThe Turkish PM Recep Tayyeb Erdogan is clashing with the president Abdollah Gul and other Turkish factions, including the secularists and the army that started to regain a political influence in the light of releasing General Alger Bashkorg who was accused of a case of inversion.

Erdogan considers that he would be the scapegoat of the Syrian crisis as he encounters internal political defeats. Scandals of corruption have deteriorated Erdogan’s political position before the municipal elections. As a result, he wanted to involve the Turkish army in a direct clash with the Syrian army in an attempt to set an emergency case in his country so that he could cancel the elections.

‘Israel’ is completely convinced that any insane aggression against Syria will be fiercely encountered by the axis of resistance, Turkey is trying to play the Israeli role by inflaming Latakia’s Front instead of the Southern one.

Ibrahim considered that the Russian military existence at the Mediterranean will prevent Turkey from attaining any victory in Kasab.

Dr. Hasan also considered that Turkey is in complete coordination with ‘Israel’ in this step as launching this attack is considered as one of the last plots that international war against Syria can set.

The conflict between Russia and the NATO has intensified, especially in Crimea and Syria. Thus, the relation between the two files is direct and clear. The NATO aggression in Kasab comes in the context of the American response to the Russian persistence on approving Crimea annexation.

Russian Warships

Moscow considers that Syrian resistance in facing the international plot has founded new international balances which along with the Russian military deployment at the Syrian coast enhanced the recurrence of Russia’s strategic role in the world.

In a different context, Ibrahim pointed out that the city of Yabroud in Qalamoun used to be a main Mossad stronghold before it was liberated by the Syrian army and that Erdogan’s direct intervention in the Syrian war reflects his desire to fight in the behalf of the Israelis.

Dr. Hasan Hasan also noted that the Israelis utilized the strategic position of Yabroud to be a the separation wall between the elements of the resistance’s axis from Iran to Palestine. He added that Yabroud’s liberation will enhance that of the entire Qalamoun and the Golan Heights. Translated by Mohamed Salami

Source: Al-Manar Website
27-03-2014 – 21:50 Last updated 27-03-2014 – 21:54

معبر كسب… وَهمُ النصر وسراب التحرير!!

إبراهيم عبدالله
… إنها الهزائم والإنكسارات فعلت فعلتها في عقول ونفوس أطراف العدوان والتآمر ومشغليهم الإرهابيين على سوريا.
قالها الامين العام لحزب الله سماحة السيد حسن نصر الله في وقت ما ” ولى زمن الهزائم وجاء زمن الإنتصارات”، هذه العبارة الشهيرة وقعت كالحجر الصلد في بحيرة النكسة والنكبة وسنين الخيبة والقنوط … ولم يفهمها إلا اهل الصمود والإنتصار.
نحن اليوم نعيش تداعيات زلزال نصر تموز/ يوليو 2006 الإستراتيجية، حيث إستفاد منه الروسي الى اقصى الحدود وفقاً لمتطلبات مصالحه، فكان بمثابة الحافز والمحفز لولوج الملعب الدولي مجدداً بعد سبات عميق ، فترجم حضوراً شرساً في جورجيا وتجزراً متصلباً في سوريا وحاسماً في أوكرانيا حيث الخاصرة الرخوة والأمن القومي.
فهم الغرب ومعه الإسرائيلي جزءاً يسيراً من “لغز محور الممانعة والمقاومة” من خلال رسائل حامية الشكل والمضمون بعث بها الى المحتل الصهيوني في الجولان السوري وشبعا اللبنانية وغزة هاشم، فقرر المحور الاخر تهدئة جبهة الجنوب السوري واستبدالها بجبهة كسب الحدودية مع تركيا كونها أقل ضرراً وخطراً على الكيان الغاصب ، ولا ضير في ذلك على الشعب التركي…
معركة كسب تفتيش عن نصر وهمي في كومة هزائم وانكسارات
 هذه الإشتباكات ليست لها اهمية من الناحية الإستراتيجية والعسكرية، فكسب عبارة عن جيب ضمن الأراضي التركية ، وبالتالي حتى لو تمت السيطرة على هذه المنطقة ، لن تكون ذات أهمية إستراتيجية، هذا ما رآه الخبير الاستراتيجي الدكتور طالب إبراهيم في حديث لموقع المنار.
واعتبر ابراهيم أنَّ العصابات المسلحة التي أنهكتها الهزائم والإنكسارات تبحث عن نصر معنوي حتى ولو كان وهميا في مناطق أخرى من سوريا، وعلى الرغم من ذلك الضجيج الإعلامي، الجيش السوري أحكم السيطرته على تلة النسر الإستراتيجية والمرصد 45 ، ويواصل تقدمه في المنطقة.
وقد قرأ الدكتور والباحث الإستراتيجي حسن حسن معركة الشمال انها لم تكن مفاجئة لا للمواطن السوري ولا للجيش ، ومنذ أن بدأ الاعلام يتداول الحديث عن ما سُمي “معركة الجنوب”كان المقصود حرف الأنظار عن المعركة الحقيقية التي يخططون لها، وتورط رئيس الوزراء التركي رجب طيب أردوغان في سفك الدم السوري لم يتوقف منذ اللحظات الأولى وحتى قبل أن تبدأ الأزمة في سوريا، و اعتبر أنَّ هذا الإنخراط السافر في المؤامرة جنباً الى جنب مع جبهة النصرة والموضوعة على “لائحة الإرهاب” الأميركية ، يؤكد الرواية السورية منذ بداية الازمة في 15 آذار/مارس 2011 ، ويفضح كذب وتلفيق كل ما كانت تتشدق به حكومة أردوغان.
وأشار حسن الى انه لا يمكن فهم ما حدث ويحدث إلا من خلال النظر الى واقع الأمور عبر التدخل الإسرائيلي بضرب مواقع للجيش السوري على الحدود الجنوبية، حيث يتكرر نفس الأمر مع تركيا بالنسبة للحدود الشمالية، ضمن سياق خلط الأوراق في المنطقة من جديد بسبب الهزائم المتكررة والإخفاقات الجمة والمتراكمة على إمتداد الأزمة السورية.
أردوغان كبش محرقة … لأجل ذلك أسقطت الطائرة السورية
أردوغان شخصياً في أزمة ، وهو في صراع مع عبدالله غول ومع علي باباجان داخل حزب العدالة والتنمية، ولم يقتصر الأمر على هذا الحد، بل تعداه ليشمل الجيش وكتلة العلمانيين، ويبدو برأي إبراهيم أن هناك بوادر حركة ما  داخل الجيش التركي حيث بدأ يستعيد توازنه في الحياة السياسية التركية، بدليل الإفراج على الجنرال ألغير باشكورغ الذي أدين في قضية الإنقلاب المشهورة التي لفقها أردوغان، ويريد رئيس الوزراء التركي بكل بساطة أنَّ يزج الجيش التركي في حرب خارجية ليعلن بعدها حالة إستثنائية معينة تمنع حصول إلانتخابات في 30 آذار/مارس من الشهر الجاري، منعاً لتنفيذ تعهد كان قد قطعه على نفسه أمام الرأي العام التركي بالإنسحاب من حزبه والحياة السياسية في تركيا في حال خسارته في الإنتخابات.
أردوغان بدأ يشعر أنه كبش محرقة في الأزمة السورية ، وهو يحاول التفلت من هذه القضية ، ولكن الأمر لن يكون كما يريد وفق الدكتور طالب ابراهيم.
في حين يرى حسن أن هذا التدخل يندرج ضمن مجموعة من النقاط يتوجب التوقف عندها.
اولا:  ان ما يجري عدوان سافر على السيادة السورية خارج عن القرارت الشرعية الدولية.
 ثانيا: يأتي هذا الإعتداء بسبب الإنجازات المتلاحقة في الميدان على يد الجيش السوري في يبرود والحصن وكامل القلمون والغوطة ومناطق اخرى على إمتداد الجغرافيا السورية، للتغطية على تلك الإنجازات والتقليل من أهميتها وصرف الأنظار عنها من خلال فتح جبهة الساحل السوري إنطلاقاً من الحدود التركية السورية.
ثالثا:  اردوغان يحاول خلق ضجة كبيرة قبيل الإنتخابات البلدية المقبلة من خلال تصدير أزماته الداخلية بعد تفشي فضائحه التي أصبحت تلاحقه على صعيد الفساد، وبعد إنكشاف زيف الديمقراطية التي ينادي بها خصوصاً اثر حجب التويتر عن الشعب ، وإمعانه في خنق الحريات على إمتداد تركيا ، وإيهام الشعب التركي أن هناك عدوا سوريا على الحدود في تذكير للدعاية الأميركية التي كانت دائماً تحاول اثارة مخاوف الشعب الاميركي بالحديث عن ان الجيش الأحمر الروسي على الأبواب،  مع العلم أن مختلف النخب داخل الشارع التركي تعرف أن القيادة السورية حريصة كل الحرص على  تعزيز العلاقات مع الشعب التركي الصديق والجار.
جبهة كسب بديل عن جبهة الجنوب… أردوغان يقاتل نيابة عن الإسرائيلي
أردوغان يقاتل نيابة عن الإسرائيلي ، والأخير يعلم أنه بمجرد فتح جبهة الجنوب ، فإن الرد سوف يطال العمق الصهيوني ، وسيتم ضرب هذا الكيان الغاصب بكل قوة من قبل محور المقاومة، وهذا سيؤدي الى هزيمة مدوية .ويعتقد إبراهيم أن رائحة يهود الدولما (التي ينتمي اليها اردوغان بحسب ابراهيم) تفوح من هذا العمل الأردوغاني ، والحديث عن فتح جبهة الجنوب مجافٍ للمنطق العسكري ، اي لا يمكن الحديث عن جبهة بعمق 100 كيلومتر ومرور الأعداء مرور الكرام دون حسيب او رقيب مع وجود الثقل العسكري للجيش السوري في تلك المنطقة ، ولأجل ذلك تم تسعير جبهة الشمال ، وبالتالي ستلقى هذه المحاولة المصير نفسه التى تلقته في يبرود والغوطة والقصير وغيرها ، ناهيك عن الوجود الروسي القوي في تلك المنطقة على البحر المتوسط .
 ودعا ابراهيم الى قراءة الوجود الروسي قراءة متأنية وهادئة حتى يعلموا ان هذا المنفذ لن يكون بمتناول أيديهم، معتبراً أن هذه المحاولة إستعراضية بهلوانية أردوغانية بالفرار الى الأمام من الواقع التركي الذي بدأ يضغط عليه بقوة.
يرى الباحث الاستراتيجي حسن حسن أن جبهة الشمال تندرج ضمن التنسيق الكلي بين الإسرائيلي والتركي ، وليس إستبدالاً لجبهة بأخرى ، والعمل يتم بتبادل الأدوار وتكاملها معاً، وعندما حاول الصهيوني التصعيد وصلته الرسائل من محور المقاومة بشكل جدي حتى بات على قناعة راسخة بأن أي حماقة غير محسوبة سوف تؤدي لنتائج غير متوقعة في العقل الإسرائيلي ، وبالتالي تسعير “جبهة كسب” بالتوازي مع جبهة حلب هي آخر الأوراق التي يمكن ان يستخموها كون اللعبة أصبحت على مشارف إنتهاء فصلها الأخير.
ترابط الأزمتين السورية والأوكرانية على المسرح الدولي والعالمي
تركيا جزء من الحلف الأطلسي ، وهي تتبع وتنفذ وتخطط مع هذا الحلف الإستراتجيات المختلفة في محاولة للضغط على روسيا ، وهنا كشف طالب إبراهيم معلومة لم تتطرق اليها وسائل الإعلام وهي أنه في أيلول/ سبتمبر من العام 2010 وُجد نائبُ رئيس المخابرات العسكرية الروسية مقتولاً على الشاطئ التركي ، وكان يقوم بمهمة خاصة جداً قرب شاطئ اللاذقية، لافتاً أن للروس قواعد مهمة للغاية وحساسة للأسطولهم الحربي، إذاً الصراع هو قديم ، ولن يتمكن الحلف الأطلسي من فعل أي شيئ كون الغرب يحتضر ، وأمريكا مجبرة على إخلاء المنطقة ذليلة خاسئة .
وما يحدث في سوريا واكرانيا ليس منفصلاً عن المسرح الدولي والعالمي حسبما رأى حسن حسن ، وبالتالي الصفعة المؤلمة التي تلقتها أميركا والإتحاد الأوروبي على يد الروسي، من خلال عودة شبه جزيرة القرم الى أحضان الوطن الأم روسيا، بناءً على إستفتاء شعبي بما يتلائم مع القانون الدولي وميثاق الأمم المتحدة، شكَّل إنتكاسة كبيرة لأطراف التآمر والعدوان على سوريا، وأشار الى أن بعض الوسائل الإعلامية كشفت أن الغرب حاول أن يفاوض القيصر الروسي على نوع من المقايضة بين أوكرانيا وسوريا ، لكن الرفض كان سيد الموقف عند بوتين  كونه يدرك ان الصمود الأسطوري الذي حصل في سوريا هو ما أنتج هذه البيئة الإستراتيجية الجديدة التي مكنت روسيا من العودة بقوة الى الملعب الدولي ، وبالتالي قد يكون هذا التصعيد في الشمال السوري بإيعاز أمريكي ، لأن الأتراك والخليجيين لا يملكون قراراً، وإذا كانوا يريدون رد الصفعة في أوكرانيا عبر التصعيد في شمال سوريا  سوف يتلقون صفعة أكثر إيلاماً من سابقاتها برأي حسن.
تحرير يبرود ينسف الحلم الإسرائيلي بفصل مكونات محور المقاومة
اعتبر إبراهيم أن مدينة يبرود كانت عبارة عن مقر للموساد الإسرائيلي ، وجبهة النصرة هي احد أزرعه ، وتحريرها يعني سقوط أهم معاقل النصرة الإستراتيجية ، ليس فقط على الحدود السورية اللبنانية ، بل على طريق دمشق الداخل والمتشعب ، وبالتالي تداعيات تحرير يبرود أهم بكثير من تحرير القصير ، واليهود يعرفون جيداً هذا الأمر، ولهذا السبب تدخل أردوغان يندرج تحت عنوان القتال نيابة عن الإسرائيليين والغربيين في الشمال السوري.
ويرى حسن في تحرير يبرود ، وما تمثله للعصابات المسلحة المشغلة من قبل الموساد سقوطا وزوالا للحلم الإسرائيلي الطامح بإقامة جدار فاصل بين مكونات محور المقاومة من لبنان وسوريا الى العراق وفلسطين والجمهورية الاسلامية في إيران، ورد حركة الجهاد الإسلامي في غزة من خلال إطلاق الصواريخ يقرأ في هذا الإتجاه، وبالتالي تحرير يبرود نقطة البداية لتحرير كامل منطقة القلمون ومقدمة لرفع العلم السوري فوق هضبة الجولان بحسب الخبير الاستراتيجي حسن حسن.
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