Syria: US occupation base in Al-Shaddadi comes under rocket attack

18 Sep 2022

Source: Agencies

By Al Mayadeen English 

Local media report on a rocket attack targeting a US occupation military base in Al-Hasakah Governorate, near the Syria-Iraq border, on Sunday morning.

The US military base in Al-Shaddadi

    The US occupation base in Al-Shaddadi, in the Syrian eastern province of Al-Hasakah, was targeted by rockets. 

    Local media reported on Sunday morning that a rocket attack targeted the US occupation facility in Al-Hasakah governorate, near the Syria-Iraq border.

    No further details were revealed on the attack.

    Several explosions were heard from the American occupation base in Deir Ezzor Province about two weeks ago. Some speculated that the explosions were caused by three rockets hitting the base.

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    The US occupation bases in Syria come under rocket and drone attacks frequently.

    Earlier in July, violent explosions rocked a US occupation Army base in Al-Jebsa oil fields in eastern Syria, Sputnik reported Wednesday.

    The Russian agency quoted informed sources as saying that they heard strong explosions in the northern and western countryside of the oil city of Al-Shaddadi, which includes the largest US base in Al-Hasakah Governorate.

    Sputnik pointed out that the explosions coincided with an intense overflight of warplanes and helicopters of the so-called “International Coalition” that took off from its base in Al-Shaddadi and fired flares, as information reported that the base was being targeted with missiles.

    Sources revealed to Al Mayadeen that the missiles that targeted the US base in Al-Jabsa were launched from Tal Al-Shayer near the Iraqi border, an SDF-controlled region.

    One of the missiles fell 200 meters from an aircraft runway within the base, and two close to the residential area, according to the sources. 

    What is the US doing in Syria?

    Besides being an occupation that backs armed groups for its own operations and agenda in the region, the US occupation forces continue to steal Syrian oil by smuggling it from their bases in Syria to their bases in Iraq.

    Convoys of tens of vehicles, including tankers loaded with stolen oil from oil fields occupied by US forces in Syria, are frequently seen crossing toward northern Iraq, in addition to trucks loaded with military equipment.

    The US interference in the crisis-stricken Middle Eastern country continues to be exposed, from occupation to military agenda and the theft of oil.

    US forces smuggle dozens of oil tankers out of Syria

    In one of the latest acts of a series of US forces looting Syrian oil, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on September 9 that a US convoy loaded with looted Syrian oil left from the illegitimate Al-Mahmoudiyah crossing and entered Iraqi territory.

    According to the Syrian agency, “a convoy of the US occupation forces, consisting of 88 tankers loaded with stolen Syrian oil, left from the illegitimate Al-Mahmoudiyah crossing and entered Iraqi territory.”

    The local sources mentioned that the US convoy exited the Syrian territories toward the bases of the US occupation in northern Iraq.

    It is noteworthy that US forces control about 90% of Syria’s oil-producing territory, depriving the government of its most significant source of fuel and income.

    Some local reports reveal that US forces smuggle not only oil out of the country but also indispensable food supplies.

    In August, the Syrian Oil Ministry revealed that the US occupation forces loot the majority of Syria’s oil, knowing that the daily production of the eastern oil fields is 80.3 thousand barrels.

    The United States has been for years supporting the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militias, and the US-backed forces are currently occupying parts of the provinces of Al-Hasakah, Deir Ezzor, and Raqqa, where the largest Syrian oil and gas fields are located.

    The actions carried out by the United States constitute state piracy with the aim of plundering Syria’s oil resources and depriving the Syrians of their own resources amid a harsh economic situation caused largely by the US occupiers.

    Fire, loud explosions reported in US occupation base east of Syria

    September 14, 2022  00:26

    Source: Agencies

    By Al Mayadeen English 

    Local sources report a massive explosion and smoke coming from a US occupation base in Syria.

    In 2019, Trump announced US troops would largely withdraw from Syria, with the exception of a small force that would remain to ‘protect’ oil resources (AFP)

      A massive explosion was reportedly heard in the province of Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria, on Wednesday afternoon.

      Smoke was reported rising from the vicinity of a US occupation base in the Omar oil field, east of Deir Ezzor, local media reported. 

      Sputnik reported that plumes of smoke were visible for a decent amount of time.

      US troops flew drones in the sky of the area while the fire was blazing from the US base, according to the report.

      Local sources reported to Sputnik that several explosions were heard after the fire broke out in the US base. The cause of the fire and loud explosion was not revealed to the media.

      Read next: Rocket bombing targets US occupation base in Syria

      What is the US doing in Syria?

      Besides being an occupation that backs armed groups for its own operations and agenda in the region, the US occupation forces continue to steal Syrian oil by smuggling it from their bases in Syria to their bases in Iraq.

      Convoys of tens of vehicles, including tankers loaded with stolen oil from oil fields occupied by US forces in Syria, are frequently seen crossing toward northern Iraq, in addition to trucks loaded with military equipment.

      The US interference in the crisis-stricken Middle Eastern country continues to be exposed, from occupation to military agenda and the theft of oil.

      US forces smuggle dozens of oil tankers out of Syria

      In the latest act of a series of US forces looting Syrian oil, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on September 9 that a US convoy loaded with looted Syrian oil left from the illegitimate Al-Mahmoudiyah crossing and entered Iraqi territory.

      According to the Syrian agency, “a convoy of the US occupation forces, consisting of 88 tankers loaded with stolen Syrian oil, left from the illegitimate Al-Mahmoudiyah crossing and entered Iraqi territory.”

      The local sources mentioned that the US convoy exited the Syrian territories toward the bases of the US occupation in northern Iraq.

      It is noteworthy that US forces control about 90% of Syria’s oil-producing territory, depriving the government of its most significant source of fuel and income.

      Some local reports reveal that US forces smuggle not only oil out of the country but also indispensable food supplies.

      In August, the Syrian Oil Ministry revealed that the US occupation forces loot the majority of Syria’s oil, knowing that the daily production of the eastern oil fields is 80.3 thousand barrels.

      The United States has been for years supporting the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militias, and the US-backed forces are currently occupying parts of the provinces of Al-Hasakah, Deir Ezzor, and Raqqa, where the largest Syrian oil and gas fields are located.

      The actions carried out by the United States constitute state piracy with the aim of plundering Syria’s oil resources and depriving the Syrians of their own resources amid a harsh economic situation caused largely by the US occupiers.

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        Damascus: US Occupation Cost Syria $107.1bn in Oil, Gas Sector Losses

        August 30, 2022

        By Staff, Agencies

        Damascus says the years-long occupation of Syria by the United States has cost the war-ravaged Arab country $107.1 billion in oil and gas sector losses.

        In two identical letters sent to the secretary-general of the United Nations and the president of the UN Security Council, Syria’s Foreign Ministry confirmed on Monday that direct and indirect losses caused by the US occupation of the Arab country are estimated at 107.1 billion dollars till the end of the first half of the current year.

        “According to the figures of the Ministry of Oil and Mineral Resources and its accurate statistics, the direct losses suffered by this key vital sector amounted to 24.2 billion dollars as a result of the thefts of oil, gas and mineral resources that have been committed by the terrorist groups and the separatist SDF militia that is spreading in northeastern Syria under the auspices, protection and support of the American forces present in Syria illegally,” said Syria’s foreign ministry, Syria’s official news agency [SANA] reported.

        The US and its allies invaded Syria in 2014 under the pretext of fighting the Wahhabi Daesh [Arabic acronym for “ISIS” / “ISIL”] terrorist group without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate. Damascus has repeatedly condemned the unauthorized presence of the US troops in the Arab country.

        The US-led military interference, however, was surprisingly slow in confronting the terrorists, despite the sheer size of the coalition that had enlisted scores of Washington’s allied countries.

        Furthermore, Washington backs the Kurdish People’s Protection Units [YPG] militant group, which is the backbone of the Syrian Democratic Forces [SDF] militant, a coalition of militant factions which also receives support from the US and has occupied large parts of northeastern Syria.

        The ministry said “the estimated value of these losses resulting from extraction, smuggling and illegal trade in Syrian oil, gas and mineral resources amounted to $18.2 billion until the end of the first half of this year, and the SDF militia continues to steal and smuggle Syrian oil, gas and mineral resources and illegal trade. The project is under the cover and protection of the American forces present in Syria illegally.”

        The US military has stationed forces and equipment in eastern and northeastern Syria, with the Pentagon claiming that the deployment is aimed at preventing the oilfields in the area from falling into the hands of Daesh terrorists. However, numerous confirmed reports indicate that the US forces and their allied SDF militants smuggle large quantities of Syria’s crude oil almost on a daily basis. 

        “These losses are also caused by the sabotage and theft of extracting and transporting Syrian oil, gas and mineral resources facilities by terrorist groups, the estimated value of losses resulting from these crimes amounted to 3.2 billion dollars. In addition to the illegal bombing and aggression perpetrated by the so-called “international coalition” on Syrian oil and gas facilities, the estimated value of the losses resulting from these acts of aggression amounted to 2.8 billion dollars,” the statement added.

        “As for the estimated value of the indirect losses until the middle of this year, it amounted to $82.9 billion, which represents the values of lost production of Syria’s crude oil, natural gas, gas for house use, various oil derivatives and mineral wealth, due to the decline in production down from the expected and planned rates within the framework of normal working conditions as a result of the crimes of sabotage, destruction, theft and illicit trafficking committed by terrorist groups and separatist militias that spread in the areas of oil and gas fields and mineral resources under the protection, sponsorship and cover of the US forces illegally present in Syria,” said the foreign ministry.

        Damascus considers the US presence to be an outright violation of its sovereignty. It says it reserves the right to respond to the occupation as it sees fit.

        Rockets Strike US Base in Eastern Syria Second Time in 24 Hours

        US military personnel were injured during the attack on bases; three during the first incident, one in the second

        August 25 2022

        ByNews Desk- 

        A military facility housing US forces in Syria’s eastern province of Deir Ezzor came under attack on 25 August, mere hours after rockets struck US bases in the same area, injuring three US service members.

        According to Syria’s state-run new agency SANA, one US military personnel was injured during the second attack. In response, a US aircraft circled over the area and targeted a Syrian base with projectiles.

        Earlier today, The Washington Post cited a US military source claiming that the aircraft “targeted infrastructure used by groups with ties to Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).”

        Tehran’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanani dismissed all claims that Iran was involved in either of the 25 August attacks.

        A day prior, three rockets struck a US base near the Conoco gas field in Syria’s northeastern Deir Ezzor countryside.

        The rocket landed inside the base, injuring at least three US soldiers and causing material damage. In retaliation, US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced the destruction of three vehicles and equipment used to launch some of the rockets.”

        Indeed, minutes after that missile attack on US troops, local Syrian sources confirmed combat chopper activity in the area’s airspace.

        Russia media outlet Sputnik said ambulances quickly arrived at the explosion site to transport the casualties and wounded, amid a large deployment of US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militants in the area.

        Conoco is the largest gas field in Syria, producing nearly 10 million cubic meters of natural gas per day. Earlier this month, the Syrian oil ministry revealed that US troops plunder 80 percent of the country’s daily oil output.

        At dawn on 23 August, the US military announced it carried out raids on facilities used by groups allegedly affiliated with the IRGC.

        The US maintains approximately 900 troops in Syria, primarily split between the Al-Tanf base and the country’s eastern oil fields.

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        US launches air raids on ‘IRGC-linked’ areas in east Syria

        August 24, 2022 

        The US occupation forces in Syria announce that they carried out precision airstrikes on facilities linked to the IRGC in Deir Ezzor, Syria.

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        The US occupation forces in Syria said early Wednesday they carried out airstrikes in eastern Syria on areas used by groups linked to the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC).

        The strikes “took proportionate, deliberate action intended to limit the risk of escalation and minimize the risk of casualties,” the US military’s Central Command said.

        CENTCOM did not identify the targets nor offer any figures killed in the strikes that the military said came at the orders of US President Joe Biden.

        “Today’s strikes were necessary to protect and defend US personnel,” CENTCOM spokesperson Colonel Joe Buccino claimed in a statement.

        Buccino underlined that the offensive was in response to an attack that took place on August 15, which was allegedly launched by “Iran-backed groups” in Syria against a US occupation forces post in Al-Tanf region. CENTCOM claimed that the attack did not result in any casualties or damages.

        “These precision strikes are intended to defend and protect US forces from attacks like the ones on August 15 against US personnel by Iran-backed groups,” the statement read.

        “The US strikes targeted infrastructure facilities used by groups affiliated with Iran’s [IRGC],” it added.

        Iranian media announced Tuesday the martyrdom of IRGC officer Abolfazl Alijani during an advisory mission in Syria. 

        According to Iranian media, martyr Alijani, a graduate of the Imam Hussain Military College of the IRGC, is one of the combat engineering cadres of the ‘Amir Al-Mu’minin’ college for Military Sciences of the Revolution Guards Ground Force.

        Deir Ezzor is a highly important region for the US occupation forces, as it lies on the borders with Iraq and contains vast oil fields. 

        The Syrian Oil Ministry revealed earlier this month that the US occupation forces loot the majority of Syria’s oil, knowing that the daily production of the eastern oil fields is 80.3 thousand barrels.

        It is noteworthy that Syrian state media has accused over and over again the US and the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) armed groups of occupying areas in the vicinity of oil-rich fields, smuggling resources to Iraq, and then siphoning them out.

        The United States has been for years supporting SDF militias against Damascus, and the US-backed forces are currently occupying parts of the provinces of Al-Haskah, Deir Ezzor, and Raqqa, where the largest Syrian oil and gas fields are located.

        The actions carried out by the United States constitute state piracy with the aim of plundering Syria’s oil resources and depriving the Syrians of their own resources amid a harsh economic situation caused largely by the occupiers, the Americans themselves.

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        المعاقل الكردية تحت النار: «قسد» تُناور… في انتظار واشنطن

         الخميس 18 آب 2022

        تحاول «قسد» التشويش على أيّ محاولات تقارب بين الجانبَين السوري والتركي (أ ف ب)

        سوريا أيهم مرعي

        الحسكة | يكاد لا يمرّ يوم واحد على مدن الشريط الحدودي السوري مع تركيا وبلداته، من دون أن تتعرّض لقصف مدفعي أو صاروخي أو مسيّر تركي، أو من فصائل «الجيش الوطني» التابع لأنقرة، في محاولة لاستنزاف «قسد»، وإجبارها على سحب قوّاتها بعمق 30 كلم عن الحدود. وتعمّد الجيش التركي، أخيراً، استهداف القوات الكردية في معاقلها في كلّ من عامودا والدرباسية والقامشلي في الحسكة، وعين العرب في ريف حلب، لإثبات جدّية مطالبه في إخلاء كامل الشريط الحدودي، وليس فقط تل رفعت ومنبج، اللتين يُعتقد أنهما ستكون هدفاً أوّل لأيّ عملية عسكرية جديدة. وتريد تركيا، من وراء هذا التصعيد أيضاً، التأكيد أن وجود مناطق مشتركة بين «قسد» والجيش السوري أمر مرفوض، لأنه سيبقي الخطر على حدودها، وهو ما أشار إليه صراحة وزير الخارجية، مولود تشاويش أوغلو، في تصريحات سابقة، بالقول إن «الاحتماء بعلَم النظام أو ارتداء لباسه، لن يضلّل تركيا في استهداف الإرهابيين». وتَركّز القصف الأخير على مدن لم تطلْها المعارك منذ بداية الحرب على سوريا، كعامودا والدرباسية والقحطانية والقامشلي في الحسكة، بالإضافة إلى عين العرب. واستهدفت الطائرات والمدفعية التركية، أوّل من أمس، مركز مدينة عين العرب، وعشر قرى وبلدات في أريافها، بالإضافة إلى قرية سنجق سعدون في ريف عامودا شمال الحسكة، ما أدّى إلى مقتل خمسة من عناصر «قسد»، ومدنيَين اثنَين وإصابة آخرين.

        وجاء هذا التطوّر بعد وقت قصير من تصريحات لتشاويش أوغلو، تحدّث فيها عن لقاء سريع جمعه مع نظيره السوري، فيصل المقداد، مشدّداً على «ضرورة إيجاد آلية للمصالحة بين النظام والمعارضة وتوحيد الجهود ضدّ الإرهابيين»، في إشارة إلى «قسد». كما أتى بعد تداول وسائل إعلام تركية معلومات عن عزم رئيس «حزب الوطن» التركي، الحليف لإردوغان من خارج الحكومة، دوغو بيرينتشيك، ورجل الأعمال إيتهام سانجاك، وآخرين، زيارة سوريا خلال الأيام المقبلة، حيث سيلتقون الرئيس بشار الأسد وشخصيات رفيعة المستوى. وأمام ذلك، ربّما رأت «قسد» أنه من الضروري التشويش على أيّ محاولات تقارب بين الجانبَين السوري والتركي، وتقويض الجهود الروسية – الإيرانية في هذا السياق، من خلال اللجوء إلى استهداف مخفر حدودي تركي من داخل قرية تل جارغلي في ريف عين العرب الغربي، بعدّة قذائف صاروخية، ما أدّى إلى مقتل جندي تركي وإصابة 4 آخرين، وفق إعلان والي أورفة. وسارعت «قسد» إلى نَفي ضلوعها في العملية، على رغم تأكيد مصادر أهلية وميدانية أن القصف تمّ من منصّة صواريخ نصبتها «قسد» لوقت قصير في قرية تل جارغلي المقابلة للمخفر المستهدَف، قبل أن يغادر عناصرها المكان. وفي المقابل، اعتبرت أنقرة أن الاستهداف فرصة لتوجيه ضربة لـ«قسد»، وإيصال رسائل إلى الجيش السوري، وفي الوقت نفسه استرضاء الفصائل المسلّحة الموالية لها، وامتصاص الغضب الذي اشتعل ضدّها في مدن الشمال، بعد تصريحات تشاويش أوغلو.

        ترشح معلومات عن عزم شخصيات سياسية تركية غير حكومية زيارة سوريا خلال الأيام المقبلة


        ومع تزايد حدّة التصعيد الميداني التركي، أكّد القائد العام لـ«قسد»، مظلوم عبدي، في تصريح إلى قناة «الحرة»، أن «هناك إجماعاً على رفض العملية العسكرية التركية شمال سوريا (…) ونحن على تواصل مستمرّ مع الولايات المتحدة الأميركية والتحالف الدولي بشأن التهديدات التركية»، مضيفاً أن الموقف «أقوى من العامَين 2018 و2019، وهو موقف إيجابي». وتابع أن «كامل المؤسّسات الأميركية أبدت معارضتها للعملية العسكرية التركية (…) وقيل لنا إنه في الاجتماع الأخير بين الرئيس جو بايدن والرئيس التركي الذي عقد في مدريد، هناك أيضاً أبدت أميركا موقفاً واضحاً من العملية»، مستدركاً بأن هذا «ليس على مستوى تطلّعاتهم، لأن التهديدات مستمرّة». ويشي كلام عبدي بأن «قسد»، وعلى رغم كلّ الحديث عن التقارب مع موسكو ودمشق، لا تزال تعوّل على المدَد الأميركي، مع أن واشنطن أبلغتها رسمياً أن غالبية المناطق المهدَّدة بالاجتياح التركي، تقع ضمن مناطق النفوذ الروسية. كما لم يُسجّل الأميركيون أيّ موقف تجاه سقوط قذيفة في محيط قاعدة لـ«التحالف الدولي» منذ عدّة أيام في محيط بلدة القحطانية في ريف الحسكة الشمالي، في ظلّ شكوك متزايدة بتزويد واشنطن، أنقرة، بإحداثيات عن تحركات «قسد» ومواقعها في المنطقة. وفي خضمّ ذلك، توحي المعطيات الميدانية بأن التصعيد التركي سيتواصل إلى حين قبول «قسد» بإخلاء مواقعها على الشريط الحدودي، وبعمق 30 كلم. وبهذا، تضيق خيارات «الإدارة الذاتية» في ظلّ غياب أيّ تحرّك لصالحها من الأميركيين، وإصرار الروس على مقترحهم بتسليمها الشريط الحدودي وجنوبه بعمق 30 كلم إلى الجيش السوري، أو مواجهة الهجوم التركي وحيدة.

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        Peace with Syria: The final piece in Turkey’s foreign policy puzzle

        August 15 2022

        Ankara has managed to reset relations with several neighbors, yet normalization with Damascus has remained the most elusive, until recently. Why now? And what will it take?

        Photo Credit: The Cradle

        By Hasan Ünal

        The 5 August meeting in Sochi between Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin has given rise to speculation in the west over Turkish-Russian rapprochement – and its possible negative impact on western efforts to curtail the imminent multipolar order.

        Western NATO states have reason to be concerned about Ankara’s recent moves, given the momentum created on 19 July during Astana talks in Tehran – between Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Erdogan, and Putin – geared to resolve the Syrian crisis.

        United against the States

        What was striking about the meeting in the Iranian capital was its defiant tone, slamming US-led unipolarity (the so-called rules-based order), and accusing Washington of looting Syria’s resources and sponsoring terrorism, all while demanding that the US exits the region immediately.

        Washington has long sought to undermine the Astana Process, launched in January 2017 by Russia, Iran and Turkey to demilitarize the Syrian conflict and establish ceasefires. To that end, it manipulated Turkey’s ill-defined Syria policy, expecting that Ankara and Moscow would collide head-on over “opposition-controlled” Idlib or elsewhere, thereby hindering possible rapprochement between the two Eurasian states.

        However, it seems as if the Erdogan-Putin meeting has instead advanced beyond their earlier encounter on 29 September 2021, also held in Sochi, where it was then leaked that the two leaders had somewhat agreed on a broad geopolitical vision.

        The two leaders focused on a wide range of areas of close cooperation – particularly on trade and economy – but also on prospective fields of mutual benefit such as defense industry ventures, as well as on regional issues like Syria, Crimea, and Cyprus.

        Turkey’s shift on Syria

        Although few details have been released following that closed-door meeting, it is interesting to note the discernable change in Ankara’s stance on Syria since then.

        There is now serious talk of normalization with Damascus and a renewal of the Syrian-Turkish 1998 Adana Agreement, which will entail a joint effort to defeat US-sponsored Kurdish separatists in Syria, especially in the areas to the east of the Euphrates where the latter are striving to install a US-backed statelet.

        As things stand, there is no reason why Erdogan and Putin could not iron out a deal to end the Syrian conflict, especially since Ankara – in an 18-month flurry of diplomatic outreach to regional foes – has largely given up on its Muslim Brotherhood-oriented foreign policy by mending ties with Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and even Israel.

        Today, Erdogan’s personal obstinacy over Syria remains the main hurdle obstructing an overall peace with Turkey’s war-stricken southern neighbor.

        Why make peace?

        The Turkish president certainly has a lot to gain from a well-orchestrated rapprochement with the Syrian government. For starters, Ankara and Damascus could agree on a protocol to repatriate millions of Turkish-based Syrian refugees back to their places of origin, and renew the Adana Agreement to create a common front against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and its Syrian affiliates.

        Conceivably, Erdogan could even ask Damascus to recognize the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus – a very dear issue for Ankara – in return for Turkey’s full support for the re-establishment of Syrian sovereignty over all its territories, including those areas currently under Turkish occupation.

        With strong Russian guidance, is not entirely inconceivable that the two states could return to a comfortable neighborly states quo, with trade, investment, and reconstruction activities leading the way.

        It would be a far cry from the 1998 to 2011 Syrian-Turkish ‘golden era,’ when Ankara studiously worked to bolster friendly relations with Damascus, to such an extent that joint-cabinet meetings were occasionally held between the administrations of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Erdogan, where the latter would refer to the former as “my brother.”

        Today, the emerging multipolar order makes diplomatic and economic re-engagement all the more conducive, because as NATO’s Madrid Summit demonstrated, the west needs Turkey more than ever, and Ankara’s moves to normalize relations with Damascus is less likely to incur a significant cost than before the Ukraine crisis erupted.

        Indeed, even before events in Europe unfolded, Turkey undertook several military operations against the PKK/ Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria, much to Washington’s dismay and outrage.

        Ankara could proceed with these operations with less censure today, but it has not. Turkey appears to have realized – possibly under Russian advisement – that without normalization with Damascus, Turkish military moves on Kurdish separatists would yield significantly fewer results.

        Problems closer to home

        Moreover, Erdogan’s administration has been beset by the contentious domestic issue of the millions of Syrian refugees who remain inside Turkey. The days when the president and his close associates were preaching Islamic solidarity in defense of hosting Syrian refugees have long past.

        The mood across Turkey has changed dramatically amid rising inflation, a collapse of the lira, and the general public’s disenchantment with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). For the first time since Erdogan’s ascension to power in 2003, the masses sense that his once-unbeatable, Islamist-leaning populist party may be defeated in upcoming presidential polls slated for May-June next year.

        True or not, there are public rumblings that the AKP – to escape an election loss – plans to bestow millions of Syrian refugees with Turkish citizenship, allowing them to vote in the pivotal polls.

        The disoriented outlook of Turkey’s main opposition party has always played to Erdogan’s advantage in previous elections. The feeble-looking Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, who took the helm of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) after a sex scandal involving its previous leader, has never managed to rally the public around him.

        Importantly, Kılıçdaroğlu has typically trailed behind Erdogan in opinion polls because of his pro-American, pro-EU approach to almost everything – at a time when anti-US sentiment in the country polls at a startling 85 to 95 percent of the population.

        Repatriating refugees

        Furthermore, Kılıçdaroğlu and his party do not make any clear-cut pronouncements about a peace with Syria. If anything, the CHP was as critical of Assad as Erdogan’s AKP, and its spokespeople barely weighed in on the divisive Syrian refugee issue, even though economically-challenged Turkey currently hosts more refugees than any other country.

        The entry of a new figure – Ümit Özdağ, a professor of Political Science and International Relations, who recently formed the Party of Victory (Zafer Partisi) – onto the Turkish national political scene, has introduced a radical change in the discourse about Syrian refugees and their repatriation.

        Almost overnight, Özdağ has gained widespread support from voters across the political spectrum. His unexpected surge in the polls has clearly contributed to a reassessment by the government and ruling party on the Syrian issue.

        Ankara needs Damascus

        Today, almost all voices from the CHP to the AKP are floating arguments for some sort of repatriation, but as even the Turkish public understands, this cannot be done without normalization with Damascus.

        Hence, Erdogan’s test-balloon musings to Turkish journalists on his flight back from Sochi, hinting that Putin had repeatedly recommended that Ankara coordinate with Damascus on any military operation in Syria to rout out the PKK/SDF.

        Despite the positive national outlook on normalizing with Syria, Erdogan won’t have a smooth path ahead. Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s untimely remark a few days ago that Ankara should try to bring the Syrian opposition (a clear reference to the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army) and the Assad government together with a view to striking a deal, didn’t go down well at all with those oppositionists.

        It almost led to an uprising in Syrian areas under Turkish control – particularly in Azaz, where militants burned down Turkish flags and vowed to fight to the bitter end against the “Assad regime” and even Turkey.

        Same old foreign policy

        The statement the Turkish Foreign Ministry issued following these events underlined the long hard slog to a Syrian peace settlement, and revealed the depth of the Erdogan government’s involvement with these militants.

        As it has predictably done since 2011, the FM statement conveniently shifted blame back onto the Syrian government for foot-dragging toward overall peace and reconciliation.

        But Ankara desperately needs to drop its tired old refrain: demanding that Damascus agrees to a new constitution, pushing for federalization of the state, and insisting on new Syrians elections, under a care-taker government, composed of opposition politicians, and preferably without Assad at its helm.

        Having failed to oust Assad militarily, Turkey once imagined it could unseat him through this convoluted political and electoral formula. Erdogan’s logic was that the millions of Syrians under Ankara’s influence – both in Turkey, as well as in Turkish-controlled Syrian territories – in addition Syrian Kurds in areas under the PKK/PYD, especially to the east of the Euphrates, would vote Assad out.

        Trading the ‘rebels’ for the Kurds

        This ‘fantasy’ contrasts sharply with realities on the Syrian ground, and also totally undermines Turkey’s own national interests.

        Years of these haphazard AKP policies, premised on the unrealistic scenario of a sudden collapse of Assad’s government, all while stealthily transforming the country into a jihadist paradise – in the name of democracy – has instead become Ankara’s biggest foreign policy quagmire, and has emboldened its separatist Kurdish foes as never before.

        Furthermore, Erdogan’s disastrous Syria policy has isolated Turkey for almost a decade in the region, even among Sunni states, and threatened to set off a conflagration with Russia, a major source of energy and tourism for the Turkish economy.

        In fairness, the Turkish leader appears to be making some sound political maneuvers of late, and reaching out to Damascus is the most important of these for the region’s stability. Whether Erdogan will crown his new grand foreign policy moves with a Syrian peace by normalizing relations with Damascus remains to be seen.

        If he doesn’t take this bold step, particularly in advance of Turkey’s presidential elections, Erdogan runs the risk of joining the long list of politicians determined to oust Assad, who have themselves left or been ousted from office under the weight of the so-called “Assad Curse.”

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

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        Putin: US Must Stop Stealing Syrian Oil

         July 20, 2022

        Russian President Vladimir Putin during a joint news conference following a three-way summit of leaders of Iran, Russia and Turkey in Tehran (Tuesday, July 19, 2022).

        Source: Agencies

        The US must stop stealing oil from the Syrian people, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Tuesday, after meeting with his Iranian and Turkish counterparts in Tehran.

        The three guarantors of the “Astana process” also agreed that the US should leave illegally held land in the trans-Euphrates region, and cease making the humanitarian crisis in Syria worse with their unilateral sanctions.

        “[The US has to] stop robbing the Syrian state, the Syrian people, exporting oil illegally,” Putin told reporters on Tuesday evening. He said this was a “common position” of Russia, Iran and Turkey.

        The three guarantors of the “Astana process” called for the US to leave the trans-Euphrates area, and stop making the humanitarian crisis in Syria worse with unilateral sanctions.

        President Putin told reporters that American troops must “stop robbing the Syrian state, the Syrian people, exporting oil illegally.” He said this was a “common position” of Russia, Iran and Turkey.

        Several hundred US troops are illegally present in Syria, mainly controlling the oil wells and wheat fields in the country’s northeast, controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia since the defeat of ISIL Takfiri terrorists. The SDF has refused to reintegrate with the government in Damascus, which Washington wishes to see overthrown.

        Since 2019, the US has sought to punish anyone trying to assist the reconstruction of war-torn Syria via the “Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act,” accusing the Syrian of alleged war crimes and blocking all assistance to Damascus.

        Putin said on Tuesday that such sanctions have had “disastrous results” and that humanitarian aid to Syria “should not be politicized.”

        During Tuesday’s summit in Tehran, Putin met with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In a joint declaration, the three presidents confirmed their conviction that “there can be no military solution to the Syrian conflict,” only a political one under the leadership of the UN. They also condemned “unilateral sanctions violating international law” that are exacerbating the serious humanitarian situation in Syria, urging the UN and other international organizations to “increase assistance to all Syrians, without discrimination, politicization and preconditions.”

        Russian Federation – The situation in #Syria is one of the most important axes during #Putin’s visit to Tehran

        تنسيق متصاعد مع دمشق: «قسد» تُسخط واشنطن

        الثلاثاء 19 تموز 2022

        بدأت «قسد» رسم معالم تحالفات ميدانية جديدة بعيداً عن الأميركيين (أ ف ب)

        سوريا 

        أيهم مرعي 

        تشهد مناطق الشريط الحدودي بين سوريا وتركيا، تحرّك تعزيزات إضافية للجيش السوري في اتّجاه المناطق المهدَّدة بالعملية العسكرية التركية. ويأتي ذلك في وقت تبعث فيه «قسد» بمزيد من الإشارات إلى استعدادها لتعميق حالة التنسيق مع دمشق، توازياً مع رفضها، العلني والصريح، للمبادرات الأميركية المطروحة في شأن مناطق الشمال، والذي دفع بواشنطن إلى إيصال رسائل تحذير وتهديد إلى «الإدارة الذاتية»، في حال مضيّها في التفاهم مع السوريين والروس والإيرانيين

        الحسكة | في وقت يسود لديها تقدير بأن مصير العملية العسكرية التركية في الشمال السوري سيتقرّر في القمّة الثُّلاثية المنتظَرة في طهران بين رؤساء روسيا وإيران وتركيا، بدأت «قسد» رسم معالم تحالفات ميدانية جديدة بعيداً عن الأميركيين، توازياً مع رفضها، بشكل غير مباشر، مبادرة عضو مجلس الشيوخ الأميركي، ليندسي أغراهام، بخصوص المناطق المهدَّدة بالهجوم التركي. وكان الأخير اقترح انسحاباً كاملاً لـ«قسد» من مدن الشريط الحدودي، وتأسيس منطقة عازلة بعمق 5 كم، مع منح امتيازات اقتصادية لتركيا في تلك المنطقة. وتلت زيارةَ أغراهام إلى الشمال السوري، زياراتٌ أميركية عسكرية لمناطق سيطرة «قسد» في عين العرب ومنبج، حيث طُرحت فكرة عودة جزء من القواعد الأميركية إلى هذه المناطق، مع بثّ شائعات عن عودة القاعدة الأميركية إلى مقرّ «الفرقة 17» في مدينة الرقة، وهو ما نفته مصادر أهلية وعسكرية متقاطعة من داخل المدينة لـ«الأخبار». وفُهم ذلك التحرّك الأميركي على أنه محاولة لإعاقة أيّ تقارب بين «قسد» ودمشق، ولا سيما بعد توصُّل الطرفَين إلى اتفاق على نشر قوات إضافية من الجيش السوري والقوات الرديفة على خطوط التماس مع الجيش التركي، وهو ما اعتبرته واشنطن تهديداً لتحالفها مع «الإدارة الذاتية»، ومحاولة لسحب الورقة الكردية منها، خصوصاً مع تهديد «قسد» بوقف العمليات الأمنية ضدّ «داعش»، ورفع يدها عن السجون والمخيمات في حال وقوع الهجوم التركي. وعبّرت عن تلك الخشية، صراحةً، مساعِدة وزير الدفاع الأميركي، دانا سترول، بقولها إن «أيّ عملية عسكرية تركية شمال سوريا، قد تؤدي إلى دفع قسد إلى أحضان خصومنا، روسيا وإيران وسوريا، إذا تعرّضت لهذا النوع من الضغط».

        ومع تسارع الأحداث في الشمال السوري، سرّبت مواقع كردية أنباءً عن تلقّي «قسد» توصية مباشرة من الأميركيين بضرورة الابتعاد عن التنسيق العسكري مع الجيش السوري والإيرانيين، مع التهديد باتّخاذ إجراءات ضدّها. ونقلت وسائل إعلام كردية عن ممثّل «المجلس الوطني الكردي» في كردستان العراق، كاوا أزيزي، قوله إن «التحذير الأميركي لقسد جاء على خلفية التقارب الكبير بينها وبين الحكومة السورية والذي ترعاه روسيا». وأمام هذه التطوّرات، اختارت قيادة «قسد» إشهار موقفها من الحراك الأميركي، من خلال مؤتمر صحافي عُقد في مدينة الحسكة، أكد خلاله القائد العام، مظلوم عبدي، أن «قسد لن تنسحب من أيّ منطقة، بل سنقاوم أيّ عدوان سيُشنّ على مناطقنا»، لافتاً إلى أنه «لم يَعُد لدينا مكان ننسحب إليه، بعد تطبيق قواتنا لاتفاق سوتشي 2019، والانسحاب لمسافة 30 كم عن الحدود». واللافت أن عبدي وجّه انتقادات صريحة إلى واشنطن، مقابل الإشادة بالدور الروسي، وإبداء الاستعداد للتعاون مع موسكو والجيش السوري، في موقف إمّا أن يكون حاسماً، أو محاولة لاستفزاز الأميركيين ودفْعهم نحو اتّخاذ مزيد من الإجراءات لثنْي تركيا عن تنفيذ تهديداتها. وفي هذا السياق، اعتبر عبدي أنه «على الرغم من الموقف العلني للتحالف الدولي والأميركيين بمعارضة أيّ عدوان تركي على مناطقنا، إلّا أن هذه المواقف ضعيفة وغير كافية لردع الهجوم»، مشيراً في المقابل إلى «وجود جهود روسية لوقْف التهديدات التركية»، مضيفاً «(أننا) نقدّر الجهود الروسية التي كانت إحدى نتائجها نشر قوات الحكومة السورية في مناطق حدودية في منبج وعين العرب للدفاع عن السيادة السورية»، مشيداً أيضاً بدور الجيش السوري الذي قال إنه «سيكون أوّل مَن سيواجه الجيش التركي وفصائله».

        دفَع الجيش السوري بتعزيزات عسكرية إضافية إلى الشريط الحدودي


        وجاءت تصريحات عبدي في وقت دفَع فيه الجيش السوري بالفعل بتعزيزات عسكرية إضافية إلى الشريط الحدودي، بعد عدّة أيام من نشر كتيبتَي مدرّعات على امتداد المنطقة الممتدّة بين عين العرب في ريف حلب، وصولاً إلى عين عيسى وأطراف تل أبيض في ريف الرقة الشمالي. ولا يُعدّ هذا الانتشار الجديد بمستوى فرْض السيادة الكاملة، خاصة مع تجديد «قسد» رفضها الانسحاب، وتأكيدها استمرار عمل «الإدارة الذاتية»، وغياب أيّ مؤشّرات إلى استعدادها لتسليم المناطق المُهدَّدة بالهجوم إدارياً وعسكرياً للحكومة السورية. وفي هذا الإطار، تقول مصادر ميدانية مطّلعة، لـ«الأخبار»، إن «الانتشار الجديد للجيش السوري هو من ضمن مهامه الوطنية في الدفاع عن السيادة السورية، ويأتي استكمالاً لاتفاق تمّ توقيعه بين قسد والجيش السوري برعاية روسية في عام 2019»، مشيرة إلى «وجود تفاهمات على توسيع تواجد الجيش على خطوط التماس، مع نشر أسلحة ومعدّات ثقيلة». وفي ظلّ عدم شمول الانتشار الجديد مركزَي مدينتَي عين العرب ومنبج، تدعو المصادر «قسد إلى الإعلان عن فكّ ارتباطها رسمياً بالأميركيين، والمُضيّ بالتعاون مع الجيش السوري والروس، وتسليم مدن الشريط الحدودي، بما ينزع الذرائع التركية لشنّ عدوان جديد»، معتبرةً أن ذلك، في حال حصوله، «سيؤسّس لاتفاق شامل بين قسد والجيش السوري، سيكون بداية لتحوّل داخلي مهمّ في مسار الأزمة السورية».

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        قمة القيصر والإمام وخرائط النصر على الأطلسي

         2022-07-18

        محمد صادق الحسيني

        كلّ الأنظار تتجه الى طهران وتحديداً في نهاية شارع فلسطين حيث مقرّ القائد العام للقوات المسلحة الإيرانية وقائد ثورة المستضعفين الإيرانيين الذين صاروا يشكلون دولة اقليمية عظمى تتشارك معها جيوش محور مقاومة هي الرأس فيه.

        الى هناك تحديداً سيذهب قيصر الشرق الجديد حاملاً معه خرائط المنتصرين على الإرهاب والأطلسي واليانكي الأميركي المنكسر والغارق ومعه رهط من المنهكين والمتساقطين الأوروبيين من البرتغال حتى البلطيق فضلاً عن الامبراطورية التي غابت عنها الشمس تماماً.

        قمة خامنئي ـ بوتين حسب العارفين والمتابعين سترسم خرائط الطاقة والجغرافيا الجديدة وتبلغها لمبعوث المهزومين، حارس مرمى الناتو الجنوبي ـ أردوغان ـ كما يلي:

        أولا:ـ التعاطي مع الزائر التركي ايّ أردوغان على أنه موفد المنكسرين على تخوم الشرق وهو الذي ما وافق أصلاً للقدوم الى طهران (بعد تردّد طويل) إلا بعد امر العمليات الأميركي الذي تمّ إبلاغه إياه من سيده في واشنطن.

        ثانيا: ـ التوافق على آلية مشتركة لإخراج المحتلّ الأميركي من شرق الفرات والتنف واستيعاب أدواته (قسد) في جسم الدولة السورية بعد أن تخلت عنها واشنطن وطالبتها بالبحث عن مصيرها بنفسها.

        ثالثا: ـ التنسيق التام على آلية خروج المحتل التركي من كلّ شبر سوري دون شروط (خاصة بعد تخلي واشنطن عنه وعن خياره العسكري تماماً) ومطالبته التعاطي مع الدولة السورية لاحقاً بموجب اتفاقية أضنة الشهيرة فقط لا غير، وإبلاغه بنفاد الوقت والصبر الاستراتيجي معه.

        رابعا: ـ ضمّه (أيّ تركيا) إنْ تجاوبت الى خرائط الطاقة الجديدة التي سيؤمّنها الروس والإيرانيون بأسعار معقولة للنفط والغاز، لأوروبا وغرب آسيا من تركمانستان حتى البرتغال على قواعد السوق الدولية.

        خامسا:ـ التوافق بشكل واضح وقاطع وصارم على انّ أمن آسيا الوسطى والقوقاز وبحر الخزر والمتوسط إنما هي مهمة التحالف الروسي الإيراني وهما أصحاب التاريخ المشترك في فضاء أوراسيا والشريك الاستراتيجي لانتصار الدولة السورية وحلفائها على الإرهاب في بحر الشام وبرّه والمطلوب من كلّ القوى الدخيلة بما فيها تركيا التخلي عن طموحاتها هناك تماماً.

        سادسا: ـ التوافق على آلية أمن إقليمي مشترك للخليج الفارسي، تكون فيه روسيا والصين شريكاً استراتيجياً للإيرانيين والعرب بانتظار ان يحسم أنصار الله الأمن في البحر الأحمر وخليج عدن وباب المندب لصالحهم وصالح محور المقاومة ليكونوا القطب الوليد الأهمّ لأمن البحار والمحيط الهندي هناك.

        سابعا: ـ دعوة أوروبا للخروج من عبادة أميركا، والتحرّر مما هم فيه من انقياد لواشنطن في أمن الطاقة ما يجعلهم منفعلين وخاسرين في كلّ المعادلات، والبدء بالتدرّج في العودة الى قوانين السوق التقليدية مع أقطاب الشرق الجديد لأخذ دورهم التقليدي المستقلّ.

        ثامنا:ـ وضع بوتين حليفه الإيراني بنتائج النصر الكبير على الأطلسيين في أوكرانيا وشروط روسيا الصارمة والحازمة حول شكل الحلّ السياسي المرتقب والذي جوهره نزع سلاح كامل لأوكرانيا وحياد كامل، وتقديم أوروبا وأميركا ضمانات لروسيا بعدم ممارسة ايّ نشاط أطلسي جديد من البلطيق حتى أوروبا الشرقية، والتدرّج بالخروج من فناء منظمة وارسو والعودة بالناتو الى توافقات ١٩٩٧ بين الغرب والاتحاد السوفياتي.

        ايّ تمنّع لأردوغان عن قبول هذه المعادلات الجديدة او محاولة التمنّع عن تسلّم شروطها الشديدة الصرامة (وهو الذي تبلغها سلفاً من الروسي والإيراني قبل وصوله إلى طهران) من خلال مغامرة عسكرية ولو محدودة ضدّ سورية سيقابل بالميدان كما قوبل هو وميليشياته الإرهابية في أول العدوان وبحزم أشدّ وأقسى هذه المرة.

        هذا ما سيحمله أردوغان كحصيلة اجتماعاته الثنائية والثلاثية في طهران، باعتباره مبعوثاً للأطلسي، وطبقاً للمعلومات التي بين يدينا فإنّ المبعوثين الغربيين الذين لم ينقطعوا عن التواصل مع موسكو، وخاصة الأميركي منهم فإنهم يبحثون عن عودة تدريجية لمعاهدة الاستقرار الاستراتيجي في زمن ترامب، هذا مع الروس، وعن تهدئة شاملة مع الإيرانيبن حتى ولو لم يتمّ الاتفاق على النووي.

        والسبب حالات الانهيار العامة التي يعيشها الغرب من عودة كورونا القوية الى تساقط مقولات، ورموز الديمقراطيبن الأميركيين في عيون مواطنيهم وفي عيون حلفائهم ما وراء الأطلسي.

        بايدن خسر كلّ شيء الآن ولم يبق أمامه سوى تظهير خسارته بألوان سينما هوليوود.

        حتى اليهود الأميركيين الذين عمل كلّ جهده لإرضائهم بعناء السفر الى فلسطيننا وجزيرتنا العربية، لن يغفروا له تخليه عنهم خوفاً ورهبة مما ينتظره من صعود ثلاثي الشرق العظيم، وبالتالي لن يضمنوا فوزه لا في نوفمبر/ تشرين الثاني المقبل ولا في استحقاق ٢٤ الرئاسي!

        هذه خرائط عملية نهائية رسمها المنتصر وسيباشر في تحويلها الى وقائع عالم ما بعد أميركا والدولار.

        انها السنن الكونية الربانية او الحتمية التاريخية يا بايدن سمّها ما شئت او اختر ايّ منهما ستصل الى نفس النهاية، او الى قعر جهنم كما يردّد الصينيون في ردهات حزبهم الحاكم في بكين.

        بعدنا طيبين قولوا الله…

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        قمة بوتين – رئيسي – أردوغان: الأسد المنتصر

        July 18, 2022 

         ناصر قنديل


        غالباً ما كانت الدولة السورية تتعرّض لضغوط مواطنيها في الشمال مطالبة بعمل عسكريّ يُنهي الاحتلال الأميركي والاحتلال التركي ومشروع الكانتون الكردي الذي تقيمه قوات قسد، وكان كثيرون يذهبون للتحذير من خطورة أن تكون صورة تقاسم جغرافيا الشمال السوري نهائيّة، وتعني تحوّل وحدة التراب السوري إلى شيء من الماضي، بينما كان كثيرون يرمون سهام الاتهام على حلفاء سورية، روسيا وإيران، بسبب علاقاتهما الجيدة مع تركيا ما يتيح اتهامهما بالتردد في دعم أية عملية عسكرية سورية نحو المناطق الخاضعة لسيطرة الجماعات الإرهابيّة المدعومة من تركيا. وبالمثل لعلاقاتهما الجيّدة بقوات قسد التركية، واعتبار هذه العلاقة سبباً لتردد مماثل؛ بينما كان كل من القيادتين التركية والكردية يتقاسمان عدم الوفاء بالتعهدات، وتطبيق التفاهمات، ويواظبان على الخداع، فكلما اشتدت الضغوط العسكرية يبديان الاستعداد السياسي الإيجابي، ثم لا يلبثان يعودان إلى لغة المماطلة وأسلوب الخداع والتنصل من الالتزامات.

        خلال الأيام القليلة الماضية، وبينما الأجواء السائدة محكومة بالإعلان التركيّ عن اكتمال الاستعدادات لعمليّة عسكريّة كبيرة شمال سورية، مرّة تحت ذريعة ضرب الجماعات الكردية التركية المناوئة، ومرة تحت عنوان ضمان منطقة آمنة لعودة النازحين المقيمين في تركيا، دخل الجيش السوري بلدة منبج الواقعة تحت سيطرة الميليشيات التابعة لقسد، والمرشّحة لتكون أول أهداف العملية العسكرية التركية، وبلغ عدد البلدات والمدن والقرى التي انتشر فيها الجيش السوري، بما فيها تل رفعت، أكثر من عشرين، وتجري الاستعدادات المتسارعة لتوسيع حجم الانتشار ليشمل المزيد، بينما تتجه المزيد من الحشود العسكريّة للجيش السوري شمالاً مزوّدة بالأسلحة الثقيلة.

        يجري ذلك عشية انعقاد القمة الثلاثية الروسية الإيرانية التركية في طهران، التي تستضيف القمة التي ستجمع الرؤساء فلاديمير بوتين والسيد إبراهيم رئيسي ورجب أردوغان، وقد سبقتها تحضيرات ومشاورات ورسائل متبادلة ومبادرات، منذ إعلان الرئيس التركيّ محاولاً الاستفادة من حرب أوكرانيا، عن نيّته بتوسيع نفوذه داخل الأراضي السورية، وكان أول المواقف هو القرار الذي اتخذته الدولة السورية بالتصدّي العسكري لهذه العملية التركية، بمعزل عن كيفية تفاعل الميليشيات الكردية من جهة، وحدود قدرة الحلفاء على اتخاذ مواقف داعمة من جهة أخرى. وقد أبلغت سورية القيادتين الروسية والإيرانية بموقفها، كما أبلغت قيادة قسد أن قوات الجيش السوري ذاهبة الى الحدود لمنع التوغل التركي، وسنتصدّى لكل من يقف في طريقها.

        تبلور الموقف الروسيّ الإيرانيّ المشترك الذي تبلغته سورية بالوقوف معها في قرارها، وتمّت صياغة موقف سياسيّ استراتيجيّ مشترك عنوانه، مسار أستانة سيسقط مع انطلاق العملية العسكرية التركية، وتبلغت القيادة التركية بذلك، وبدأت مبادرة روسية وأخرى إيرانية لبلورة مسار سياسي سوري تركي، يضع الاعتبارات السيادية السورية أولاً، حيث الالتزام التركي بالانسحاب العسكري من الأراضي السورية، واعتبار اتفاق أضنة أساساً لتنظيم الوضع عبر الحدود، كما تبلغت قيادة الميليشيا الكردية موقف كل من روسيا وإيران، بأن انتشار الجيش السوريّ وحده يمثل ضمانة تجنيب مناطق سيطرة هذه الميليشيات وسكانها مخاطر الحرب، وبدأت المساومة التركية التقليدية على جوائز ترضية، سواء في تولي ملف تجارة الحبوب الأوكرانيّة، أو الاتفاقيات التجارية التركية الإيرانية والروسية في مجال الطاقة وأسعار الغاز الذي يشكل أعلى فاتورة تركيّة بالعملات الصعبة، واحتمالات تسديدها بالعملة المحلية.

        قمة طهران نقطة تحوّل في مسار الوضع شمال سورية، حيث الصبر الاستراتيجي، والتربّص عند المنعطفات، والمصداقية في التحالفات، عناصر منحت سورية فرصة أن تكون المنتصر الذي يخرج رابحاً في جغرافيا يتقاسمها الاحتلال التركي والاحتلال الأميركي، لتعود وحدة سورية وسيادتها في المقدّمة مجدداً.

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        Syrians Confronting US Occupation Army and its SDF Proxies in Hasakah

        ARABI SOURI

        Syrians in a village in the northeastern province of Hasakah with the help of the Syrian Arab Army unit deployed in the area confronted a US army column of armored vehicles and forced them to change retreat, and villagers further to the northeast within the Hasakah province clashed with the US-sponsored Kurdish SDF separate terrorists who raided their villages.

        The following report by the Syrian Ikhbariya news channel (banned from broadcasting in the free world) details the above-mentioned confrontations:

        Syrians Confronting US Occupation Army and its Kurdish SDF Proxies in Hasakah

        The video is also available on BitchuteOdysee, and Rumble.

        Local sources reported that a convoy of the American occupation, consisting of five vehicles, tried to cross from the village of Al-Mujaibara towards one of its bases in the Hasakah countryside, the people, with the support of the Syrian Arab Army, confronted the convoy and expelled it from the area.

        In the Rmelan area in the countryside of Qamishli, popular demonstrations took place to condemn the violations of the Kurdish SDF militia, during which the demonstrators raised banners denouncing its repressive practices and restrictions on citizens.

        Local sources said that the protests took place in the villages of Yusufiya and Al-Junaidiah, belonging to the Rmelan area in the northeastern countryside of Qamishli, against the SDF-backed militia, which is backed by the American occupation forces, demanding the expulsion of its militants from the area and an end to its practices, confiscation of the people’s livelihood and property, theft and smuggling of oil, and an end to kidnapping young men to force them to fight in its ranks.

        The sources stated that the protesters blocked the main roads with burning tires and stones and chanted slogans condemning the SDF militia, which brought reinforcements to the area in order to suppress and disperse the demonstrators.

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        The US regime maintains an illegal presence in Syria, carries out illegal and terrorist operations against the people, steals Syrian oil and wheat, and supports terrorist groups in their war crimes against the Syrian people.

        Western mainstream media falsely report the military and terrorist operations of the US army and its sponsored proxy groups as combating terrorism when those are the real terrorists the Syrian people are fighting, the western mainstream media in its fake reporting are accomplices to war crimes, and those parroting the lies of the western officials and their media, or simply not countering them, are willingly, knowingly or ignorantly participating in the killing, maiming, oppressing the Syrian people.

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        US soldier arrested over suspected base bombing in Syria

         June 22, 2022

        Source: Agencies

        By Al Mayadeen English 

        The US Air Force says that an Airman was taken into custody over suspected involvement in the attack that targeted a US military base in Deir-Ezzor.

        US President Joe Biden’s administration acknowledges the deployment of around 900 troops in Syria

        The Pentagon revealed that a US airman is currently in military custody for suspected involvement in an insider attack on a US base in Deir-Ezzor, in northeastern Syria earlier this year, as the suspect is expected to be charged in the coming weeks.

        US Air Force Spokesperson Ann Stefanek announced the arrest on Tuesday and told CNN that the suspect – who has not been publicly identified – was placed in custody earlier this month.

        “As part of an ongoing investigation, on June 16, an Airman was taken into custody stateside in conjunction with the attack in Green Village, Syria. After reviewing the information in the investigation, the Airman’s commander made the decision to place him in pretrial confinement,” the spokesperson indicated.

        Initially, US officials thought that an April 7 attack on the US base came as a result of indirect artillery or rocket fire.

        However, earlier this month, the Pentagon pointed out that the US service member was a “possible suspect”, noting that it found evidence of the “deliberate placement of explosive charges.”

        CNN cited two officials as saying that the explosives used in the attack on the US base were “not insignificant”, while another official said the explosives were “military grade.”

        Furthermore, the officials revealed that the attack took place in the middle of the night, and have got their hands on surveillance footage where they observed two instances of a figure moving quickly.

        It is noteworthy that US President Joe Biden’s administration acknowledges the deployment of around 900 troops in Syria despite objections from the Syrian government.

        The US for years has been backing the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), aiding in resource theft and US occupation in northeastern Syria for oil and gas.

        Biden Regime Continues to Steal Food from Syria

         MIRI WOOD

        Biden regime has stolen more Syrian wheat. On 18 June, American illegals in the Levantine Republic moved forty trucks filled with the country’s grain, moving them into Iraq via criminal use of the al Walid Crossing in the al Yarubiyah region of Hasakah governate.

        Indigenous locals told the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) that Biden forces engaged in their latest round of massive theft of Syrian grains with the assistance of the armed insurrectionist SDF separatist Kurds (ironically or arrogantly supported by the same US politicians who screech the loudest over ”domestic terror” fears in their own country). The SDF terrorists function as cannon fodder committed to ethnic cleansing and assisting NATO oligarchs in creating a new Sykes-Picot occupation, and sometimes are permitted to pretend that they are guarding American military invaders, occupiers, and food and oil thieves.

        Armed SDF preventing flour delivery to commercial bakeries.
        Illegal Biden forces continue to support armed insurrectionist SDF.

        The latest theft of essential food grains belonging to Syria comes two days after the Biden troops stole another forty tankers of Syrian oil — a criminal habit launched by war criminal Republican Trump, and accelerated by war criminal Democratic POTUS.

        In exchange for the stolen Syrian food grains, Biden forces dumped a “convoy loaded with damaged military vehicles into Iraqi territory through the illegal Al-Waleed crossing [into Syria]. According to the sources, the column includes 36 vehicles, including 8 tankers loaded with damaged military armored vehicles, 9 refrigerators, 4 tankers loaded with generators, 7 carriers and 8 armored vehicles.”

        Syria News reminds our readers that on 15 June, UN humanitarians issued a public letter via ReliefWeb to the Security Council, calling for UNSCR 2585 (2021) to be renewed on 10 July, and also calling for the further increase of cross-border corridors which will further breach Syria’s sovereignty.

        UNSC Resolution 2585 Supply Lines to Al Qaeda in Idlib from NATO Turkey
        UN ‘humanitarians’ want to breach Syria’s sovereignty but are not concerned with Biden’s looting of oil & food grains.

        The humanitarian Global Center for the Responsibility to Protect aptly described the original SC Resolution 2165 (2014) as cross-border entries “without the consent of the Syrian government.”

        Syria News again reminds our readers that not one of the NATO-affiliated UN humanitarians has ever uttered a condemnation of the massive Trump and Biden thefts of Syrian oil and wheat.

        We do not anticipate a condemnation of Biden’s most recent war crime against the Syrian Arab Republic.

        — Miri Wood

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        WSJ: Russia conducted airstrikes against Syria US-led coalition base

        June 19, 2022

        Source: The Wall Street Journal

        By Al Mayadeen English 

        Russia’s airstrikes on the US occupation in Syria raise concerns of escalation.

        Russian aircraft flying in a “Z” formation outside of Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2022 (Getty)

        US military officials are saying that Russian forces have conducted a series of operations against the US occupation in Syria this month.

        On Wednesday, Russia carried out airstrikes against the al-Tanf garrison, a region that is occupied by the US, near the Syrian border with Jordan in southeast Syrian, and hosts training bases for US mercenaries in Syria,  according to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

        Russia had notified the US that it would be conducting the airstrikes in response to attacks made against the Syrian army. The advanced notice of the operation, which took place through a communications line set up years ago, meant that no casualties took place.

        Russian jet aircraft, including two Su-35s and one Su-24, were seen flying over al-Tanf shortly after, striking a combat outpost at the garrison, according to a US military officer cited by WSJ.

        Army General Erik Kurilla, the head of the US Central Command, said in a statement that the US seeks to avoid miscalculation over actions that could lead to unnecessary conflict, and accused Russia of provocation and escalation.

        Currently, an alleged total of about 900 troops from the US occupation forces are stationed in Syria. They are stationed there under the pretense of training the SDF (Kurdish forces) in order to battle ISIS, which was defeated in 2019.

        The Wall Street Journal: Russian fighter jets bombed the US Al-Tanf base in Syria
        Syria – The American occupation steals 40 truckloads of Syrian al-Jazeera wheat
        Abdel Bari Atwan in a dangerous development A direct military confrontation between Russia and America

        كرد سوريا.. في خدمة من؟

        الأربعاء 15 حزيران 2022

        حسني محلي

        السؤال الأهم هو: لماذا تتخذ القيادات الكردية هذه المواقف المتناقضة؟ ولماذا لا تستخلص الدروس من كل أخطائها؟

        بعد التهديدات التركية بالتوغل في الأراضي السورية شرق الفرات وغربه، بذريعة طرد مسلحي وحدات حماية الشعب الكردية من الشريط الحدودي مع تركيا، عاد الحديث من جديد عن حوارات كردية مع دمشق بهدف التصدي للجيش التركي في هجومه المحتمل.

        قرار وحدات حماية الشعب الكردية لا يتخذ في القامشلي بل في جبال قنديل.

         ومع أن المعلومات ما زالت ضئيلة لجهة نتائج هذه الحوارات، إلا أن الجميع يعرف أن قرار هذه الوحدات لا يتخذ في القامشلي، بل في جبال قنديل، حيث قيادات حزب العمال الكردستاني التركي، الذي بات يسيطر على الحركة الكردية السورية بعد إقصائه الأحزاب والمنظمات والمجموعات الكردية الوطنية وغير الوطنية، بما فيها تلك الموالية لمسعود البرزاني؛ حليف الرئيس التركي رجب طيب إردوغان. 

        ومع المعلومات التي تتحدّث عن تأجيل العمل العسكري التركي بعد زيارة وزير الخارجية الروسي سيرغي لافروف لأنقرة واعتراضه عليها، تراجعت في الوقت نفسه حدة التصريحات الكردية التي كانت تتحدّث عن ضرورة العمل العسكري المشترك مع الجيش السوري، وهو ما يعكس تناقضات القيادات الكردية بشقّيها: السوري أولاً، والتركي ثانياً. والشق الثاني هو الأهم بغياب إرادة الطرف الأول في اتخاذ القرارات التي تخدم الشارع الكردي السوري أولاً، والدولة السورية تالياً بتوجهاتها الجديدة إلى الحل الشامل لما يسمى القضية الكردية، فقيادات قنديل التي غادرتها بسبب القصف التركي المتوالي ترى في مسلحي وحدات حماية الشعب الكردية، وأغلبيتهم الساحقة من السوريين، ورقة مهمة تساوم بها كل الأطراف الإقليمية والدولية بعد انتكاسات الحزب المسلحة في تركيا.

        وقد نجح الجيش وقوات الأمن التركيان المدعومان بآلاف المليشيات الكردية الموالية لها في إنزال ضربات مؤثرة في مسلحي حزب العمال الكردستاني، بعد أن استخدم الجيش طائراته المسيرة بكثرة، في جنوب شرقي البلاد وشمالي العراق، وعلى طول الحدود التركية مع العراق وإيران وسوريا. 

        قيادات قنديل وبغياب زعيمها عبد الله أوجلان المسجون منذ شباط/فبراير عام 1999، يبدو أنها قد نسيت أو تناست أن من اختطف أوجلان من العاصمة الكينية نيروبي وسلّمه إلى تركيا، هو الاستخبارات الأميركية بالتنسيق مع الموساد الإسرائيلي.

         كما أنها نسيت أو تناست كيف ارتعشت خوفاً، عندما قال الرئيس الأميركي السابق دونالد ترامب في  29آذار/مارس من عام  2018″إن القوات الأميركية ستغادر سوريا قريباً جداً، وتترك الأطراف الأخرى تهتم بالأمر”، وقصد بذلك الحرب على داعش ثمّ التهديدات التركية باجتياح المنطقة. وهي نسيت كذلك أو تناست أن ترامب هو الذي أشعل الضوء الأخضر للرئيس إردوغان، الذي أمر الجيش التركي بالتوغّل، شرق الفرات، في التاسع من تشرين الأول/أكتوبر عام 2019، (وهو نفس اليوم الذي غادر فيه أوجلان سوريا قبل 19 عاماً بعد أن بقي فيها 15 عاماً)، لتسيطر على الشريط الحدودي، بين تل أبيض ورأس العين (نحو 100 كلم) وتطرد المسلحين الكرد من المنطقة. 

        ونسيت كذلك أو تناست أن الجيش التركي كاد يسيطر على الشريط الحدودي السوري مع تركيا سيطرة كاملة، شرق الفرات، لولا تدخّل موسكو وإرسال القوات الروسية إلى المنطقة، وتسيير دوريات مشتركة مع الجيش التركي في المنطقة. 

        وهي أيضاً نسيت أو تناست أنها السبب في اجتياح الجيش التركي في كانون الثاني/يناير عام 2018 منطقة عفرين والسيطرة عليها تماماً، بعد أن رفضت التنسيق والعمل المشترك مع الجيش السوري لمنع الجيش التركي من القيام بمثل هذا الاجتياح. 

        ولم تستخلص كذلك الدروس اللازمة من حواراتها مع الرئيس إردوغان بهدف حل المشكلة الكردية في تركيا وسوريا معاً، إذ أخفقت كل هذه الحوارات، ليس في حل المشكلة الكردية وحسب، بل في تخلية سبيل زعيم الحزب، عبد الله أوجلان، وهو في سجن انفرادي في جزيرة إيمرالي القريبة من إسطنبول. 

        ولم يكتف إردوغان بذلك، بل أمر بوضع الزعيمين المشتركين لحزب الشعوب الديمقراطي (الجناح السياسي لحزب العمال الكردستاني) صلاح الدين دميرطاش، وفيكان يوكساكداغ، وعدد آخر من قيادات الحزب، ورؤساء البلديات والآلاف من أنصار وأتباع وكوادر الحزب في السجون على الرغم من سيطرة هذا الحزب على الشارع الكردي.

        وتبيّن استطلاعات الرأي أنه قد يحصل على 12٪ من مجموع أصوات الناخبين في تركيا، وعددهم نحو 60 مليوناً. 

        وعودة إلى مواقف قيادات قنديل، يبدو أيضاً أنها قد نسيت أو تناست كيف نسّقت مع أنقرة للعمل المشترك، ما بين عامي 2013 و2015، حيث زار زعيم حزب الاتحاد الديمقراطي الكردستاني السوري صالح مسلم تركيا مرات عدة، والتقى القيادات التركية التي طلبت إليه التمرّد على دمشق، فرفض ليكون ذلك الموقف الإيجابي الوحيد له ولرفاقه، ولكن بعد أن جاءت القوات الأميركية إلى شرق الفرات لتساعدهم في حربهم على داعش، وهو ما استغلته القيادات المذكورة لتدخله في حساباتها الخاصة، التي اعتقدت أنها ستساعدها في إقامة كيان كردي مستقل شرق الفرات.

        وأياً كانت التسمية خصوصاً بعدما سارع عدد من العواصم الغربية ولا سيما باريس، وبرلين، ولندن، بل وحتى “تل أبيب” لدعمها وفق حساباتها الخاصة، ومنها تشجيع قيادات “قسد” الكردية على تكريد المنطقة، وتطهيرها عرقياً بسكوت وتواطؤ من القيادات العربية في “قسد”. ومن دون أن تستذكر القيادات المذكورة مواقف واشنطن والعواصم الغربية، التي اعترضت على استفتاء مسعود البرزاني على استقلال كردستان العراقي في أيلول/سبتمبر عام 2017، وهو ما اعترض عليه إردوغان “الحليف الإستراتيجي للبرزاني”.

        ويبقى السؤال الأهم وربما الوحيد: لماذا اتخذت وتتخذ القيادات الكردية كل هذه المواقف المتناقضة؟ ولماذا لا تستخلص الدروس اللازمة من كل أخطائها، ومن تاريخ الحركة الكردية في تركيا وسوريا والعراق بل ومن إيران كذلك؟

        يتذكر الجميع كيف كان الكرد وما زالوا ورقة تلوّح بها الأطراف الخارجية في تآمرها على دول المنطقة التي دعمت كرد الدول الأخرى، فيما حاربت كردها داخل حدودها. كما استعدى الكرد بعضهم بعضاً في هذه الدول الأربع، ودخلوا في صراعات مسلحة ودموية فيما بينهم، تارة من أجل المصالح والسلطة، وتارة أخرى خدمةً لأطراف خارجية، كما هي الحال في تحالف مسعود البرزاني مع أنقرة، تارة ضد الراحل جلال الطالباني، وتارة أخرى ضد حزب العمال الكردستاني التركي وزعيمه عبد الله أوجلان. ومن دون أن يخطر في بال البرزاني وأمثاله، أن العواصم الإقليمية والغربية لم تفكر، ولن تفكر في حقوق الكرد، بل استخدمتهم وتستخدمهم وستستخدمهم إلى الأبد لتحقيق أهدافها الخبيثة، التي تستهدف دول المنطقة وشعوبها برمتها، وفي مقدمهم الكرد، ومعهم العرب، والفرس، والأتراك، وغيرهم. 

        وهذا ما تحقّق للعواصم الغربية والإقليمية بفضل الدور الذي أداه ويؤديه الكرد في العراق، والآن في سوريا التي لولا تآمر القيادات الكردية (الماركسية سابقاً) في شرقها مع المحتل الأميركي والأوروبي، لما وصلت الأمور إلى ما وصلت إليه في المنطقة وسوريا خصوصاً، ولولاها لما تذرعت تركيا بهم لتتوغل في الشمال السوري وتسيطر على 9٪ من مجمل الأرض السورية. 

        كذلك فإن الواقع المفروض شرق الفرات بدعم أميركي، هو مبرّر كافٍ لأنقرة لتبقى في المناطق التي تسيطر عليها قواتها بالتنسيق والتعاون مع عشرات الآلاف من مسلحي ما يسمّى “الجيش الوطني” المعارض و”النصرة” وحليفاتها الإرهابية. 

        وتتحدث المعلومات هنا باستمرار عن حسابات تركية للاستفادة منهم حين اللزوم ضد الكرد، سواء في داخل تركيا أو في الشّمال السوري، وقد يكون ذلك ما قصده ترامب عندما قال في آذار/مارس عام 2018 “سنغادر سوريا ونترك الأطراف الأخرى تهتم بالأمر فيما بينها”. وفي اتصاله الهاتفي بإردوغان في 24 من كانون الأول/ديسمبر عام 2018 قال: “لقد أنهينا مهمتنا وسوف ننسحب من هناك وسوريا كلها لك”!

        ويبقى الرهان في جميع الحالات على التطورات المحتملة ليس في سوريا فقط وتوتّراتها مع تركيا، بل على الخريطة السياسية التي يراهن البعض عليها كنتيجة لزيارة الرئيس بايدن للسعودية في 15 من الشهر المقبل، ولقائه زعماء الخليج، ومصر، والأردن، والعراق، وهو ما سينعكس مباشرة على مجمل معطيات المنطقة، وأهمها: الملف النووي الإيراني، والوضع في سوريا وانعكاسات ذلك على كل الحسابات بصورة مباشرة أو غير مباشرة. فعسى ألا يكون الكرد مادتها الحارقة، التي ستحرقهم، وتحرق كل الذين عاشوا ويعيشون معهم منذ مئات السنين بكل أيامهم الحلوة والمرة. وعسى أن يستخلص حكام دول المنطقة بدورهم، وخصوصاً في سوريا والعراق وإيران الدروس الكافية من كل ما عاشته، وتعيشه دولهم والمنطقة عموماً، ويسدوا الطريق على الأعداء الذين يعرفهم الجميع، وخصوصاً الكرد ومنذ أكثر من مئة سنة على الأقل!

        إن الآراء المذكورة في هذه المقالة لا تعبّر بالضرورة عن رأي الميادين وإنما تعبّر عن رأي صاحبها حصراً

        ‘Russia has restored a missing international balance’: Syrian president

        Bashar al-Assad also said Syria is ready to confront Turkey’s military occupation of its northern region

        June 09 2022

        Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin at Hemeimeem air base, Syria on 11 December 2017. (Photo credit: Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

        ByNews Desk

        In an interview with Russia Today (RT) on 9 June, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad addressed the Turkish plan to invade northern Syria, and talked about the role Russia plays in the world.

        In particular, the Syrian leader praised the repositioning of the Kremlin on the global scale, saying it has restored a much needed international balance.

        “We can look at Russia from two angles: the angle of the ally who, if he wins a battle or if his political position on the world stage becomes stronger, this is profitable for us, and from another angle Russia’s strength today constitutes a restoration of balance,” President al-Assad said.

        He went on to highlight that this previously missing international balance is helpful for besieged nations, such as Syria, on a strategic level.

        President Assad also addressed the Turkish invasion of northern Syria, promising to resist any Turkish incursion into Syrian lands.

        “Syria will resist any Turkish invasion of its lands at the official and popular levels,” the Syrian president stated.

        “Two and a half years ago, a clash occurred between the Syrian and Turkish armies, and the Syrian army was able to destroy some Turkish targets that entered Syrian territory, and the situation will be the same as the capabilities allow. Otherwise, there will be popular resistance,” Al-Assad said.

        The Turkish military began a new military campaign in Syria on 25 May, launching an offensive on several villages in the northwestern countryside of Hasakah governorate and the city of Afrin, targeting Kurdish militias, including the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

        Erdogan said the operation will resume efforts to establish a 30-kilometer ‘safe zone’ along Turkey’s southern borders, claiming threats from the PKK and the People’s Defense Units (YPG).

        Russia recently began bombing Turkish-backed rebels in Syria for the first time since the start of the war, with airstrikes on the Syrian–Turkish border on 27 May and on the Aleppo countryside on 29 May.

        ISRAEL, TURKEY CONTINUE TO ESCALATE OPERATIONS IN SYRIA

         09.06.2022

        South Front

        Israel and Turkey escalated their military operations in Syria recently, in what appears to be an attempt to further their interests and expand their influence in the war-torn country while Russia is thought to be busy with its military operation in Ukraine.

        Israeli attacks on Syria are becoming more frequent. Late on June 6, warplanes of the Israeli Air Force launched several guided missiles from the direction of the occupied Golan Heights at the southern outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus.

        A source in the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) said that many of the missiles were intercepted. However, some damage was reported near the town of the town of al-Kiswah, where several bases and research facilities of the SAA are located.

        Early on June 8, the Israeli Defence Forces attacked again. Several Israeli battle tanks advanced in the UN-monitored buffer zone in the southern governorate of al-Quneitra and targeted an observation post of the SAA near the town of al-Malgah. The attack was a blatant violation of the 1974 separation of forces agreement.

        Following the attack, the Israeli military dropped leaflets over al-Qunitra warning the officers and soldiers of the SAA against operating within the buffer zone.

        Israel’s recent attacks were likely meant to further pressure Damascus over its alliance with Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah as well as to weaken its authority over the al-Quneitra buffer zone.

        Meanwhile, Turkey continues to prepare to launch a new military operation against the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern and northeastern Syria.

        As of June 8, the Turkish military and its proxies continue to shell SDF-held areas in the northern and northeastern Aleppo countryside, the northern Raqqa countryside and the northern countryside of al-Hasakah. The presence of Russian forces and SAA units in these areas didn’t deter Ankara.

        The Turkish military and its proxies also continue to amass their forces near the SDF-held towns of Tell Rifaat and Manbij in the northern Aleppo countryside. The two towns are expected to be the main targets of Turkey’s upcoming operation.

        Russia has been working to restrain the actions of both Israel and Turkey in Syria by developing its cooperation with the SAA and expanding its military presence in hot regions.

        On June 7, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) concluded a joint live-fire exercise, which simulated facing “hostile” fighter jets and drones that violated Syrian airspace. During the exercise, Syrian and Russian fighter jets monitored and shot down hostile aerial threats at day and night.

        Su-35s, Su-34 and Su-24M fighter jets from the VKS as well as MiG-23ML and MiG-29SM fighter jets from the SyAAF took part in the exercise.

        Syrian and Russian warplanes also conducted a joint patrol along the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights as well as over the country’s eastern and northern regions, where Turkish forces are present.

        The exercise, which demonstrated Russia’s commitment to the safety and security of Syria, was likely a message to Israel and Turkey. Both countries have been attempting to marginalize the Russian role in the country.

        Syrian Revolutionaries are Revolting against Turkey

         

        Posted by INTERNATIONALIST 360° 

        Steven Sahiounie
        Hundreds of Syrians took to the streets in the city of Afrin on June 3 to protest against routine blackouts and a sharp hike in the prices of electricity provided by Turkey.  The electricity is available a mere 10 hours per day, while the summer temperatures are 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) in recent days.

        Afrin, in the Aleppo province, has been under Turkish military occupation since 2018, after President Trump gave Turkish President Erdogan the green light to invade Syria.

        The protesters stormed the main building of the local electricity company, “Turkish-Syrian Energy” or STE Enerji company, and set it on fire before Turkish-backed mercenaries opened fire on them.  The protesters also set fire to Afrin’s local council building.

        The areas occupied by the Turkish military also have Syrian mercenaries in the employ of the Turkish government.  The mercenaries are from the now defunct ‘Free Syrian Army’ which was organized by President Obama and supported by US Senator John McCain.  The mercenaries follow a political ideology called Radical Islam, which is the same ideology as Al Qaeda, ISIS, and the Muslim Brotherhood.  Erdogan and his ruling party, AKP, are followers of the Muslim Brotherhood.

        Local reports say at least one protester was killed and two others were injured. As the protests grew in size, demonstrators were seen chanting “Turks go out of Syria” and “Syria is free.”

        Similar protests were reported in the cities of Jindires, Suran Marea, and Al-Bab, also in the Aleppo governorate. In Marea, protesters set the local headquarters of the Turkish-backed Local Council on fire.

        Shortly after these protests swept through Aleppo, Turkish forces shelled a high voltage power line that supplies power to Tal Tamr and other villages in the countryside of Hasakah governorate, leaving the area in a black-out.

        Afrin was occupied by Turkey and its mercenaries during the military offensive against the Kurdish fighters in 2018, causing the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people. Since the invasion, the residents have suffered through violations of human rights, lack of basic services, and constant insecurity.

        Similar protests were reported in other Syrian cities under Turkish occupation such as Azaz on Friday. Discontent has been brewing against the Turkish occupation, as mercenaries allied with Turkish forces have been accused of embezzling millions in humanitarian aid and of using the global fuel and wheat crisis to hike the price of daily necessities.

        Turkey proposed attack

        The demonstrations come as Erdogan has renewed his threats to carry out a fresh military offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria. Recently he announced that his troops will proceed with the planned military invasion of Syria, starting with the cities of Tal Rifaat and Manbij.

        The operation will resume efforts to establish a 30-kilometer long ‘safe zone’ along Turkey’s southern borders to curb threats from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which is the backbone of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) which Ankara labels as terrorist organizations.

        Turkey says US-backed SDF forces pose a threat to its borders, and in response, Turkish troops have occupied large swathes of northern Syria.

        In northeastern Syria, US and Russian forces mobilized intending to stop Turkey from carrying out a new attack against SDF. While US forces moved on the ground, Russian warplanes scrambled in the air.

        Fighters of the Syrian opposition factions loyal to Turkey

        Residents of Manbij, in the eastern countryside of Aleppo, have documented the outcome of the attacks, warning that the Turkish operation will lead to the displacement of the indigenous population and the city’s religious, sectarian, and ethnic components.

        Turkey informed the United States it is committed to taking necessary measures against “terrorist organizations” threatening its national security, and that it will not tolerate the escalation of attacks against Turkish territory from the areas controlled by the US-backed SDF in northern Syria.

        Ankara reports that the risk of terrorist attacks from SDF-run areas in Syria against Turkey has increased recently, and emphasized that the PKK-affiliated terrorist organizations are an existential threat not only to Syria’s territorial integrity but also to Turkey’s national security.

        Ankara considers the SDF, and its military backbone, the YPG, a terrorist organization and an extension of the PKK, which is classified as a terrorist organization by Turkey and the US, and the EU.

        The US position

        US Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, visited the border between Turkey and Syria to assess a long-running UN operation delivering humanitarian aid into northwest Syria, near Hatay, Turkey on June 2, 2022.

        UN trucks delivering food and aid into Syria from Turkey were observed and reported by Serena Shim, an American journalist. She saw they contained armed terrorists and weapons being delivered into northern Syria. Not long after her reporting, she was mysteriously killed in a car accident, after a cement truck hit her small car in Turkey.  The accident and the driver were never investigated, even though he fled the scene.

        In 2017 President Trump shut down the CIA operations which funded, trained, and supported Radical Islamic terrorists in Turkey to fight in Syria for regime change.

        Turkey informed the United States it is committed to taking necessary measures against “terrorist organizations” threatening its national security, and that it will not tolerate the escalation of attacks against Turkish territory from the areas controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria.

        The US occupies areas in Syria, and the US military was tasked by Trump with stealing the oil produced in the largest oil field in Syria and allowing the US-backed SDF to sell the oil to fund their operation.

        The Russian position

        The Russian military was invited into Syria by the government in 2015. Russia has fought against ISIS, Al Qaeda, and all affiliated terrorist groups which follow Radical Islam.  The Muslim Brotherhood is outlawed in Russia, Syria, Egypt, and the UAE. US Senator Ted Cruz has tried to pass legislation in the US Congress to designate the Muslim Brotherhood in the US as a terrorist group but came up against heavy opposition from both Democrats and Republicans who are influenced by the group.

        Recently, the Russian army reinforced its ground and air forces at the airport of Qamishli, in Hasakah province.

        The Turkish military and Radical Islamic mercenaries   

        Turkey concluded two separate deals with both the United States and Russia during its Operation Peace Spring, which it launched in northern Syria on October 9, 2019.

        According to the agreements, Russia and the US pledged to withdraw YPG units to a depth of 30 km to the south of the Turkish border, but Ankara says they did not fulfill their promises.

        Washington says that Turkey did not abide by the understanding signed between them. Russia had a signed agreement with Turkey to secure the M4 highway from Latakia to Aleppo, by removing all Al Qaeda groups from Idlib.  However, Turkey has protected and reinforced the terrorist groups in Idlib, which is the last terrorist-occupied area in Syria.  Turkey established a network of military outposts which protect the Al Qaeda affiliated groups who occupy Idlib.  The highway remains closed to trucks and passengers for fear of attack.

        SDF, YPG, PKK

        During the chaos of the US-NATO attack on Syria, which began in 2011, some Kurds in Syria formed military units and got the backing of the US government, while advancing a separatist agenda in the region.  The SDF and YPG were partners with the US troops who invaded Syria to fight ISIS.  This US support of a terrorist group that has killed 40,000 people in Turkey over decades has driven a very big wedge between Ankara and Washington, DC.

        Turkey’s proposed safe zone

        Under Erdogan’s plan, he will rid the north of Syria of the terrorist group who plans to establish their own ‘homeland’ there, and he will convert the area into a safe zone to settle Syrian refugees now living in Turkey.  The Turkish people have decided the refugees must go home, and they blame all their economic woes on the Syrian refugees.

        Pro-Turkey revolutionary

        Zahran Alloush had been the leader of a Radical Islamic terrorist group, Islamic Army, backed by Saudi Arabia in East Ghouta, the suburbs of Damascus, along with his brother, Mohamed Alloush, who now lives in Turkey and owns a chain of restaurants there.

        In 2016 he was an official with the Syrian National Coalition, which the US government recognizes as the only legitimate representative of the Syrian people.  His position was the chief negotiator representing the US position in the Geneva talks to find a political solution to the Syrian conflict.  In 2017 he was chosen as the speaker of the delegation for the revolutionary movements at the Astana peace process talks for peace in Syria.

        After he resigned, he was accused of stealing $ 47 million, which he embezzled from funds supplied to the terrorists in Syria to fight the US-sponsored regime change.

        Recently, he bought a company in Turkey that mines chrome, Al Ghuraba, (The Strangers).


        Steven Sahiounie is a two-time award-winning journalist

        Biden Forces Occupying Syria’s Largest Gas Field Carry out a Military Drill

        ARABI SOURI

        Biden forces illegally occupying Syria’s largest Conoco Gas field in Deir Ezzor province carried out a military drill using live ammunition, yesterday Sunday 15 May 2022, local sources have reported.

        The local sources added that helicopters from two illegal military bases run by the Syrian oil and gas thieves of the US Army took part in the drill with sounds of explosions heard dozens of miles away from the gas field, the sources added the loud sounds of explosions to the heavy artillery and mortars used during the drill.

        Biden forces have been beefing up their illegal military bases in the northeastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, mainly in the oil and gas fields in the region, with advanced gears and armored vehicles like the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, in addition to logistical support material, assorted weaponry, and large caches of ammunition.

        This latest drill comes a month after a military drill carried out by the US army oil and gas thieves with their proxy Kurdish SDF separatist terrorists, the 4th of April’s drill included surface to surface missiles, fighter jets, tanks, and artillery.

        Though the Biden junta continues the policies of his predecessors in justifying the illegal presence of their forces in Syria by claiming they’re fighting ISIS (ISIL), the only thing they have not done yet is actually combat ISIS, all they did was empower ISIS by dropping weapons and ammunition, by mistake – for the record, multiple times, air-lifting ISIS commanders when endangered and moving them to other regions where soon terrorist attacks were carried out against the Syrian army and civilians in the Syrian desert.

        Another thing that the Biden forces have excelled at in Syria is plundering Syria’s grains, including wheat and barley, oil, and gas, thus depriving the Syrian people of their food to eat and feed their children, and fuel to heat their homes, cook their food, and transport within their own country, this comes on top of the inhumane blockade the US regime imposes on Syria and the draconian sanctions it imposes on countries and companies, especially US companies willing to do any legitimate business with Syria.

        The US armed forces illegally deployed and operating in Syria have earlier gone to further lengths in their support to ISIS, in particular, by carrying out a military drill with one of the ISIS-affiliated terrorist groups so-called Maghawir Thawra within the 50 kilometers kill zone they control in the Al Tanf region in Syria’s furthest southeastern desert at the border junction with Iraq and Jordan.

        What remains a puzzle for the rest of the world, especially the victims of the US wars on humanity around the globe: don’t the US citizens, mainly the taxpayers, have other priorities in their lives than to kill and maim innocent people on the other side of the planet? How about securing food for their own children, at least, not talking about the healthcare issues, infrastructure, housing, pandemics, jobs, et al, instead of spending their hard-earned tax money on financing the Military-Industrial Complex?

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