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  1. #81
    Int’l coalition’s attack on Syrian military site exposes its fake claims of fighting terrorism


    19 May، 2017

    Damascus, SANA – A military source announced on Friday that the so-called international coalition attacked one of the Syrian army’s military points on al-Tanf road in the Syrian Badia.

    The attack, which took place at 16:30 pm on Thursday, left a number of people dead, in addition to causing material damage, the source said.

    The source described the attack as “blatant”, saying it uncovers the fake claims of the international coalition about fighting terrorism and reveals the undoubted reality of the Zionist-U.S. project in the region.

    “The attempt to justify this act of aggression by saying that the targeted forces failed to respond to the warning to stop advancing is completely rejected,” the source stressed.

    “The Syrian Arab Army,” the source said, “is fighting terrorism on its territory, and no party whatsoever has the right to determine the course and destination of the army’s operations against the terrorist organizations, mainly ISIS and al-Qaeda.”

    The source added that “those who claim to be fighting [those two terrorist organizations] should direct strikes against them and not against the Syrian Arab Army, which is the only legitimate force that is fighting terrorism along with its allies and friends.”

    The source asserted that the army will continue performing its duty of fighting ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra and defending its entire territory, and will not be discouraged from doing this “sacred” duty by these attempts of the so-called international coalition.

    H. Said

    http://sana.sy/en/?p=106462

    It would be an act of war except the US is doing it.
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  2. #82
    Thousands of Hezbollah Forces Deployed in Al-Tanf to Foil US Plot in Syria



    TEHRAN (FNA)- Thousands of Hezbollah troops were sent to al-Tanf passageway at Iraq-Syria bordering areas to prepare the Syrian army and its allies for thwarting the US plots in the region and establish security at the Palmyra-Baghdad road.
    Hezbollah has deployed 3,000 forces in al-Tanf region to participate in Badiyeh operations in Syria. Most of the forces had earlier been stationed in al-Zabadani, Madhaya and Sarqaya regions as well as the Western parts of the town of al-Tofail and Brital, Ham and Ma'araboun heights in the Eastern mountain.

    Other units, including the Syrian army allies, have also been sent to this front to block the way to the US-backed forces.

    A well-informed military source said on Wednesday that the Syrian army forces will not allow the US and its western or regional allies to create a buffer zone in the Southern part of the country as a safe heaven for militants' activities.

    The Russian-language Izvestia daily quoted a field source as saying that the Syrian pro-government sources are getting ready to take control over a chunk of Damascus road to Baghdad to restore sustainable security to the main supply line of importing arms and other military equipment from Iraq.

    In the meantime, Mohammad Abbas, a retired army general and military expert, said that terrorist groups and the US as their main backer intend to create a buffer zone in parallel with the Golan Heights and borders with Jordan and Iraq in Southern Syria, but the Syrian Army is to prevent them to do their plan.

    Intelligent agents reported last week that the US, British and Jordanian forces were preparing for a possible invasion of Syria under the pretext of war on ISIL terrorists.

    According to reports, Damascus went on the alert after intelligence reports gathered from surveillance drones suggested that the US, Britain and Jordanian militaries might be prepping a massive invasion of Syria.

    Nearly 400 American and Jordanian military vehicles were located at a Jordanian military base near the Syrian desert border, the reports said, adding there was no ISIL terrorists in the region in which the US, British and Jordanian forces were operating.

    The reports further added that activities of these three countries at border were aimed at gathering Arab and Western forces in al-Zarqa camp in which there were almost 4,500 gunmen.

    The report went on to say that the gunmen in al-Zarqa camp went under training to battle the Syrian army to stretch a belt around Syria, a plan that was nothing more than an occupation.

    The intelligence reports also said that the military convoys of the US, Jordan and Britain might launch an assault to help the West-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) around the Al-Tanf border crossing.

    Reports also said that the Syrian Army troops, in response to the possible attacks by the US, British and Jordanian forces on their soil, launched a large-scale operation along the Damascus-Baghdad highway to drive FSA out of the border crossing of al-Tanf.

    http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13960228000475
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  3. #83
    Hybrid warfare in Suwayda
    May 18 at 21:30



    Briefly about US airstrike in southern Syria.
    Today, there have been reports https://www.buzzfeed.com/nancyyoussef/th an e-us-the launched-new-airstrikes-Against-a-pro ssad-Forces-in? Utm_term = .jg1352l9QD # .jg1 352l9QD , that US aircraft attacked blow to the mobile group of Shiite militia that is moving towards the border with Iraq. There is no particular specificity - to write about social networks destroyed carts and even tanks, but some distinct evidence yet, although the fact that the impact in the American press is recognized with reference to anonymous sources in the Pentagon. A little later, the Pentagon official said https://vz.ru/news/2017/5/18/870849.html that a blow to the pro-government forces had suffered because they approached the district of US Special Forces locations in Al-TANF.

    What's going on here at all? Schematically nakidal general disposition.

    US, Britain and Jordan hands "New Syrian Army" action from the territory of Jordan supports the operation of "green" in Deraa province, as well as take the desert with sparse network of roads and settlements, which especially Caliphate and not in control. That map is usually painted either black or green, in fact naked desert nobody controlled - value are expensive (especially road junctions), rare localities few reference points in the desert, which rather denote the presence and demonstrate flag than form a single front line or to provide control over a huge nothing.

    The deterioration of the situation in Syria to the Caliphate, created the prerequisites for a class of large areas of central and southern Syria, and for which there is a serious fight. On the one hand we see the US operation and the Kurds in the region of Raqqa http://colonelcassad.livejournal.com/342 1864.html , on the other hand, supported by the Russian CAA conducts offensive operations to the east of Aleppo, advancing to the south of the air base Giro as well as developing an offensive in Homs province, increasing efforts in the Palmyra area.


    Advancing north of the airbase Tiyas.


    Mi-28 Russian VKS in Palmyra area.


    Battery howitzers MSTA-B firing on positions of the Caliphate in the north-east of Palmyra.


    Hit from anti-tank T-62 "of the 5th legion."


    CAA offensive line dayr hafir - Jira. Having lost the main outposts east of Aleppo, the front of the Caliphate naturally rolled south. Sporadic counterattacks Giro much success they have not brought.

    In the south, the US plans was a mix of the enclave of "green" in East Kalamune with the main forces acting Jordanian bases. To do this they had to connect at the crossroads to the south of Al-Karyateyna (which has already been seen
    American special forces). But these plans were amended. Compounds of the CAA and the Shiite formation tied to Iran, began a rapid eastward, resulting in not only have taken two strategically important crossroads, but also creates the prerequisites for a full entourage of "green" in East Kalamune, simultaneously solving the challenge of the southern flank of Palmyra groups. It is not difficult to notice the current state of affairs, "green" in East Kalamune hopelessly losing the race to the east. But this is one side of the coin.


    Trophies seized from militants in East Kalamune.


    Advancing along the road, "the Baghdad-Damascus".

    Many photos from the eastern Suwaidi here https://twitter.com/MmaGreen

    On the other hand, Iran is implementing more ambitious plans related to the rapid roll to the border with Iraq, in order to speed up the connection of its forces in Syria with connections "Hashd Shaab" acting on Iraq (about 150,000 men under arms) and take control of the border with Jordan and Iraq, depriving Americans opportunities to conduct operations in Syria through a proxy structure. About plans for the accumulation of Iran's efforts on the Syrian and Iranian theater he wrote in early 2017 http://colonelcassad.livejournal.com/317 8613.html . It is also worth noting the February report of the ISW http://colonelcassad.livejournal.com/322 4166.html , which also points to the fact that Iran continues to develop its hybrid strategy with regard to Syria and the Iraq war.


    Collective image of the war with Shiite Caliphate.

    In May, it was possible to see how Iran hands of its "proxy" has launched a proactive strategy in South-East Syria. Therefore, Iran and pushes mobile units farther east to the border to take a more favorable position for the next stages of the war. Ideally - Iran would be beneficial to push gos.granitse Syrian troops "Hesbally" interspersed with the CAA, then to side to move Rutby troops "Hashd Shaab" and issue "meeting on the Elbe-2", looking up at the border of Syria and Iraq flags, while de facto, it will open the way for a free transfer of military resources from Iraq to Syria, which will facilitate subsequent cleaning of the Caliphate and strengthen the position of both Assad and Iran itself in Syria.


    Fighting in the area Rutby between the Caliphate and the Iraqi security forces.

    According to the Caliphate, the Iraqi army and security forces have lost in the last month in the region of 122 people Rutby killed and 39 units of equipment.
    Problems north of Rutby, also serve as an obstacle to the implementation of ambitious plans.

    As the main force of the Caliphate are north of the theater, and the forces of "green" here is quite limited, and without the support of the US Special Forces little to suit (see. "The defeat by Abu Kemal" http://colonelcassad.livejournal.com/283 3358. html and "On Syrian-Jordan border" http://colonelcassad.livejournal.com/334 8480.html ), the Iranian (under Syrian flag) is actually carried out in deep offensive operational vacuum, since opponents enough strength to seriously strain flanks (except raiding operations). Therefore, the airstrike was required to temper Iranian ambitions that hands "Hezbally" and Iraqi Shiites, trying to build on the success achieved in East Kalamune. In addition, since the beginning of May there is an information campaign against pro-Iranian Shiite force in Anbar province, who are accused of war crimes against the civilian population in the territories of the Caliphate (about Mosul say a word) exempted from power. You can also remember about stuffing wound IRGC Gen. Qasem Soleimani in southern Syria, which was later refuted.


    Qasem Soleimani at the funeral of one of his colleagues in Iran.

    It appears that Iran's ambitious plans for the connection of their forces in the south-eastern Syria with groups operating on the territory of Iraq, not remain without attention of the Pentagon and it is now actively oppose, in the framework of information and psychological operations, as well as the framework of such airstrikes.
    The first round of the fight was for Iran, who won the race in East Kalamune. Now we look at the second round, where they solved the question of whether Iran will be able to maintain control over the road leading to the border with Iraq. If Iran were to win this fight, the Americans and the British will only almost bare desert. Therefore, the United States raises the stakes.

    Of course, the air strike on the conditional "Hezballe / Shiite militia" may intensify the fighting in southern Syria, as sub-Kalamuna and in Deraa. Iran may insist that the Syrian air force supported the further advance of the border and struck back by American "proxy". It is not excluded that this issue will be discussed with Russia, even though Russia is more interested in the further development of operations to the east of Aleppo and Homs in the East, which now focuses the activities of the Russian Federation videoconferencing. Russia this situation is objectively beneficial, since on the one hand Assad grows territory, and Washington's plans to mix its "proxy" with the encirclement of East Kalamuna were thwarted.

    On the other hand, the Kremlin has to accept the fact that Iran in addition to joint plans related to the support of Assad, there are also considerations on the development of operations in Iraq and Syria. It is also an important feature of the coalition war http://colonelcassad.livejournal.com/291 4062.html , which does not imply a complete Allied agreement on all issues. On the topic of whether the offensive in the purely Iranian Suwayda development strategy or the matter agreed with Moscow, we see the character of subsequent events and the reaction to the activities of Americans in the area of the Jordanian border.

    We can confidently say that in the south-eastern Syria will continue to increase hybrid war, which gets extremely meager press coverage. Major players acting in their hands a "proxy" or special units, solve the problem of redistribution of spheres of influence, which is important for the further conduct of the war, and for the potential of negotiations on a final settlement.

    http://colonelcassad.livejournal.com/3425927.html

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    Other photos at link.
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  4. #84
    President al-Assad stresses need of boosting pan-Arab sentiment to face projects plotted against the region


    17 May، 2017

    Damascus, SANA – President Bashar al-Assad received a delegation of Arab figures who have taken part in the Arab National Congress and the International Arab Forum on Justice for Palestine.

    Discussions touched upon the situation in Syria under the terrorist war it is subjected to and the problems currently facing the Arab World, including those of weakness, fragmentation and spread of terrorism and extremism and the effect of the deterioration of the Arab situation on the Palestinian cause.

    President al-Assad stressed that Syria would not have been able to stand its ground in the face of this war, was it not for the sacrifices of its army and its people’s faith in their homeland and unity.

    He noted that the Syrian people, with all their components, have provided great examples in making sacrifices.

    In his comments on the Arab situation, the President said the challenges facing the Arab World now necessitate work to develop awareness of the state of Arabism as an identity and an all-inclusive cultural frame and not just as an ideology, affirming the need to commit to the pan-Arab dimension and thinking and boost the pan-Arab sentiment in facing the projects of fragmentation plotted against the region.

    The delegation members, for their part, stressed the need to stand by Syria in the face of what it is being subjected to as they believe that supporting Syria means supporting the Palestinian Cause and the entire Arab nation since Syria is the gate to the Arab national security.

    They expressed their confidence that Syria will achieve victory over terrorism and foil all the plots hatched against it and their conviction that this victory will pave the way for positive strategic changes in the Arab region.

    H. Said

    http://sana.sy/en/?p=106336
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  5. #85
    State Terrorism: US Is Doing an End Run Around International Law in Syria



    TEHRAN (FNA)- The four “de-escalation zones” in Syria were supposed to be safe zones for everyone, even “moderate” rebels, but now the Trump White House and the Pentagon regime have done the unreasonable.
    Shredding the rules of engagement and brushing under the carpet the International Law, US warplanes on Thursday attacked a vehicle convoy in a “de-escalation zone” near al-Tanf, identifying the targets are Syrian forces, and destroying multiple vehicles. Casualty figures are as of yet unknown, and the US claiming that the May 18 attack was “defensive in nature” is rubbish. The targeted forces were 55km away from a “US training base” at al-Tanf, where US occupying troops are stationed, and the Daraa safe zone is farther away from the area that the base is in. Syrian forces didn’t pose any threat to US ground troops. They were not there to fight. They were there to make sure the safe zones agreement holds.

    It’s an agreement between Iran, Russia and Turkey, under which four de-escalation zones have gone into effect, with an aim of separating warring factions around the country. This was working until US warplanes decided to attack Syrian forces. This makes clear that a lot can still go wrong with the deal, as the US says it has no intention to respect the agreement and will continue to dismiss the terms of the agreement, which is what the terrorist groups of ISIL, Al-Qaeda, and their regional sponsors want.

    To put it mildly, if this is not state terrorism and an act of war, we don’t know what is. The US claims its ground troops are stationed in the base at al-Tanf, while in fact it is housing special forces training Qaeda-linked rebels to fight against the Syrian government. More so, as a presidential candidate, the world’s most famous Islamophobe spent much of the election campaign needling, critiquing, denouncing, and even threatening Saudi Arabia and its terror proxies in Iraq and Syria. Yet as president, Trump is making his first foreign visit to Riyadh, all while giving the go-ahead to US warplanes to target Syrian forces and allies on the ground, which are fighting ISIL and Al-Qaeda.

    It’s a true sight to behold: US warplanes targeting Syrian forces and allies within the de-escalation zones is deliberate and by design. The world is repulsed by this deceitfulness, as it has little to do with fighting terrorism and everything to do with regime change in Damascus. This is not the first time US warplanes intentionally or accidentally struck the Syrian army. Back in April 7, the United States launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Syrian military airfield in al-Sha’irat, located about 40 kilometers from the city of Homs. Moreover, on September 17, 2016, US-led coalition aircraft carried out four strikes against the Syrian army near the Deir Ezzur airport, killing 62 soldiers and wounding some 100.

    In the face of International Law forbidding unilateral use of force except in self-defense, the Pentagon regime has no right to unilaterally launch strikes against a country that has not attacked the United States, and without any authorization from the United Nations. Doing so violates some of the most important legal constraints on the use of force.

    Bombing Syria is a diversionary tactic to make intervention in Syria seem more useful than it is. The Iranian and Russian governments are not going to be intimidated by an attack on Syria’s government. They are much more likely to become more intransigent, and they view it as blatant animosity directed towards them.

    Instead of respecting the de-escalation zones agreement and appreciating how close the US has come to making a huge and potentially very costly mistake, the Trump White House seems only too eager to blunder into a new war. Their cheap arguments do not provide justification for the Pentagon regime to do an end run around International Law. The hypocrisy of their rationale to train Qaeda-allied “moderates” is galling too. War-party Washington is undermining the de-escalation zones agreement, which the world community supports as helpful, and which does not justify still more US lawlessness.

    The Trump administration’s strikes contravene the UN Charter, which is a binding treaty obligation for the US and helps preserve international peace and security. Article 2(4) of the UN Charter prohibits the use of force in the territory of another state unless authorized by the Security Council or in self-defense in response to a sudden attack. Neither condition was met before May 18 strike.

    For all these reasons, the United Nations and the international civil society must act swiftly and do its job by taking up the monumental question of whether the Trump White House and the Pentagon regime may continue to use military force against Syria. To do otherwise would be an abdication by the UN of the powers reserved for it under Article 2(4) of the UN Charter.

    http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13960230001415

    In these days appealing to the UN against the US is pissing into the wind. Better figure out how to win without Russian help.
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  6. #86
    In these days appealing to the UN against the US is pissing into the wind. Better figure out how to win without Russian help.
    This is the problem. The US cannot be stopped - depending upon how far the US is willing to go. No one can say how far that is. Only two states in the world have even a modicum of a chance to thwart US imperialism, China and/or Russia. Neither state appears willing to stand up.

    Part of the great fear is the memory of WWII and the capacity and growth potential in US industry - the "Sleeping Giant" thing. The other part is "skin in the game". China seems to feel little impetus to become involved in the Middle East, it appears more focused on East Asian and Pacific Rim issues, naturally enough. Russia, weaker than China in many ways, sees more urgency in trying to deal with US aggression in some way...any way - even massive concessions.

    I am no doubt an old curmudgeon, but stopping US aggression and expansion looks doubtful.
    "America was never great"

    "Anyone who analyzes the state of affairs in the world will find that it is the imperialists and capitalists, who subject the world to the worst poverty, the worst backwardness, and they are simply the scourge of mankind." - Fidel

    "Privilege begets psychopathy" - blindpig

  7. #87
    Quote Originally Posted by Dhalgren View Post
    This is the problem. The US cannot be stopped - depending upon how far the US is willing to go. No one can say how far that is. Only two states in the world have even a modicum of a chance to thwart US imperialism, China and/or Russia. Neither state appears willing to stand up.

    Part of the great fear is the memory of WWII and the capacity and growth potential in US industry - the "Sleeping Giant" thing. The other part is "skin in the game". China seems to feel little impetus to become involved in the Middle East, it appears more focused on East Asian and Pacific Rim issues, naturally enough. Russia, weaker than China in many ways, sees more urgency in trying to deal with US aggression in some way...any way - even massive concessions.

    I am no doubt an old curmudgeon, but stopping US aggression and expansion looks doubtful.
    OTOH, the amount of effort expended to keep all their balls in the air is immense, and while a certain synergy exists in their war/profit model they nonetheless preside over a house of cards. We must always hope that we're seeing the bottom and sooner or later we will. What's left for us to work with is another story, and that's what puts my chin in the soup. I'm sure it has felt like this many times for many who would change the world. I try to keep my chin up because that's what we're supposed to do, what we need to do, be an example.(I realize how absurd that sounds coming from someone like myself...) It's what anax did, he was a good communist, I'm a crummy one but refuse to be a total slacker. If we cannot advance then we must hold our positions and look for an opportunity to sally.

    China bides it's time, building it's strength. Pretty soon they will field a top of the line tactical/interceptor fighter in serious numbers and then the game will be afoot.

    I'll 'see' your 'old curmudgeon' & raise you a cranky old fart.
    "We say to the workers: 'You will have to go through fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and international wars, not only in order to change existing conditions, but also in order to change yourselves and fit yourselves for the exercise of political power."'

    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  8. #88
    Quote Originally Posted by blindpig View Post
    OTOH, the amount of effort expended to keep all their balls in the air is immense, and while a certain synergy exists in their war/profit model they nonetheless preside over a house of cards. We must always hope that we're seeing the bottom and sooner or later we will. What's left for us to work with is another story, and that's what puts my chin in the soup. I'm sure it has felt like this many times for many who would change the world. I try to keep my chin up because that's what we're supposed to do, what we need to do, be an example.(I realize how absurd that sounds coming from someone like myself...) It's what anax did, he was a good communist, I'm a crummy one but refuse to be a total slacker. If we cannot advance then we must hold our positions and look for an opportunity to sally.

    China bides it's time, building it's strength. Pretty soon they will field a top of the line tactical/interceptor fighter in serious numbers and then the game will be afoot.

    I'll 'see' your 'old curmudgeon' & raise you a cranky old fart.
    I agree in total. We must "keep our chin up" and never doubt the eventual outcome - working class power and dominance is coming. We must also view all situations and events and conditions materialistically and without shading. The current conditions are daunting, but the US is not the power it once was and there are many cracks in the US/NATO/EU facade.
    "America was never great"

    "Anyone who analyzes the state of affairs in the world will find that it is the imperialists and capitalists, who subject the world to the worst poverty, the worst backwardness, and they are simply the scourge of mankind." - Fidel

    "Privilege begets psychopathy" - blindpig

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