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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

  9. #89
    President al-Assad to Wion TV: Situation in Syria has improved dramatically, Wahhabi terrorist extremist groups are retreating



    3 June، 2017

    Damascus, SANA – President Bashar al-Assad affirmed that the situation in Syria has improved dramatically because the terrorist groups, mainly ISIS and al-Nusra and like-minded groups who are Wahhabi terrorist extremist groups, are retreating.

    In an interview given to India’s Wion TV, President al-Assad said that the situation on the ground, from a military point of view, is much better than before, but this is not the whole picture; as this is not only about military conflict, but is about different things including the ideology that the terrorists try to spread in our region, which is the most dangerous challenge that we may face in the near and long term.

    “We respect a lot the Indian position, because first of all it’s based on the international law, it’s based on the charter of the United Nations, it’s based on the morals of the world, of the human civilizations first, and Indian civilization second, the Indian people’s morals,” President al-Assad said, noting that in spite all the Western pressure on every country including India to join the embargo against the Syrian people, India wouldn’t cease its relation with Syria.

    Following is the full text of the interview:

    Question 1: Welcome Mr. President, and thank you for speaking to Wion. I’d like to begin by asking you about the situation obtaining in Syria today. Now, by all accounts, Mr. President, it is the biggest humanitarian crisis of our time, and hundreds of thousands of people, including innocent people, have been killed in this war, in this conflict. So, how is this campaign of yours against terrorist groups such as the Islamic State progressing?

    President Assad: Thank you for coming to Syria; and you come at a time when the situation has improved dramatically, let’s say, because the terrorist groups, mainly ISIS and al-Nusra and like-minded groups in Syria who are Wahhabi terrorist extremist groups, are retreating, or let’s say the area under their control has been shrinking. So, the situation on the ground, from a military point of view, is much better than before. But this is not the whole picture; it’s not only about military conflict, it’s about different things, about the ideology that they try to spread in our region, which is the most dangerous challenge that we may face in the near and long term.

    Second, it’s about the support that those terrorist groups have been gaining from regional countries like Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, and European and Western countries like the United States, France, and UK, mainly, which mark a new era in the world where you can use terrorism, any kind of terrorism, to implement a political agenda. This is something more dangerous than any other danger that we may face in our modern world.

    Question 2: Mr. President, you mentioned the names of some terrorist groups, you mentioned the names of some countries including Saudi Arabia and other countries, but if I were to ask you, Mr. President, who or what do you blame for the crisis in Syria today?

    President Assad: If I want to be objective, we always say that if you don’t have your own, let’s say, defects in your society, in your country, the external factor would be minimal. So, we always talk about our mistakes or our loopholes or defects, but at the end, we didn’t bring the terrorists, we didn’t support the terrorists, we didn’t support this ideology. Mainly, who started this conflict was Qatar under the supervision and the endorsement of the Western countries, mainly France and UK, at the very beginning, but when you talk about France and UK, they wouldn’t do something without the permission of the United States. We all know that the real mentor is the United States, but they allow others to play different roles. So, if you want to blame about who supported the terrorists and who started this blood-letting and blood-shedding in Syria, it was the West and Qatar, and later Saudi Arabia, one year later joined the same effort, and of course Turkey, we wouldn’t forget Turkey which was the main player with the terrorists in Syria from the very, very beginning.

    Question 3: Mr. President, you spoke about how to end this blood-letting. Would you be open for a negotiated political settlement going forward, maybe underwritten by Russia or some other members of the UN Security Council?

    President Assad: Of course, we have already joined these efforts since Geneva in 2014, something like this, a few years ago, it’s not only about joining that effort; you need a real effort, you need a methodical effort that could produce something in reality that could be fruitful. Till this moment, we haven’t had any real political initiative that could produce something, although Astana has achieved, let’s say, partial results, through the recent de-escalation areas in Syria, which was positive in that regard, but you cannot call it a political solution till this moment. A political solution is when you have all the different aspects of the problem being tackled at the same time. So, we took the initiative in dealing directly with the terrorists in some areas in order to make reconciliation, where they can give up their armaments and we can give them amnesty, and that has worked in a very proper and good way in Syria.

    Question 4: Mr. President, you mentioned about the United States. Now, we know that you had historical differences, if I can put it that way, with the American administrations, subsequent American administrations, but the US President Donald Trump has just completed his inaugural tour of West Asia, as it were, or the Middle East, as others call it. Is Donald Trump someone you think you can do business with?

    President Assad: The problem in the United States is about the whole political system, it’s not about one person. Trump’s election has proven again, for us, again and again, that the president is only a performer, he’s not a decision-maker. He’s part of different lobbies and the deep state or the deep regime as we can call it, who implement and dictate on the president what should he be doing, and the proof to what I’m saying is that Trump after he became president, he swallowed most of the promises and the words that he was boasting during his campaign. He made a 180 turn in nearly every promise. So, why? Because the deep state wouldn’t allow him to go in a certain direction. That’s why for me dealing with him as a person, it could be, but can that person deliver? No. In the United States, the president cannot deliver, the whole state, the deep state only is the one who can deliver, and this is the problem. This deep state doesn’t accept partners around the world; they only accept puppets, and they only accept followers, they only accept proxies, that’s what they accept, and we’re not any of these.

    Question 5: Mr. President, I want to draw your attention to the events of 4th of April, when the world was told about a so-called chemical attack or a chemical incident. Now, in your estimation – and you’ve been asked this question several times before – what is the truth behind the April 4 incident, and who do you think might be behind it?

    President Assad: You know, every politician can say “no, we don’t do it,” morally or for any other reasons, and the viewers can say “no, no, he’s not honest.” I wouldn’t talk about this in that traditional way. I would say let’s ask the question: would it be logical to be used? If we have it. We don’t have chemical weapons, but if you have it, if you want to use it, why would you use it in that case? One week before that alleged incident, the terrorists were advancing, we didn’t use it. So, why to use it when the army was advancing and the terrorists were retreating? This is first.

    Second, it was used – as they said, we don’t know if it’s true or not – against civilians in one of the cities. So, if the Syrian Army wanted to use those kinds of weapons, why doesn’t it use it against the terrorists who’ve been in the field, not against the civilians? So, all this story doesn’t have, let’s say, legs to stand on, it’s not realistic, it’s not logical. So, who’s behind it? It was very simply the United States and the Western intelligence with the terrorists. They staged this play just to have a pretext to attack Syria, and that’s what happened a few days later when they attacked our airport, and actually they supported the terrorists, because ISIS launched an attack the same day of the American attacks on our airbase. And they wanted to demonize again, to re-demonize the Syrian state and the Syrian President. So, this is the only headline that could capture the audience and the public opinion around the world.



    Question 6: Mr. President, also you’ve been asked this question several times before, I’ll ask you one more time for the benefit of viewers who might be watching you from South Asia and around the world: does Syria have chemical weapons today? Have all your chemical weapons inventory been destroyed by the OPCW? Also, would Syria be holding on to some chemical weapons or hiding it? Your thoughts, Mr. President?

    President Assad: Actually, they announced a few years ago that Syria is devoid of chemical weapons. Even John Kerry announced that Syria is free of any chemical weapons. They wouldn’t have done so if they weren’t sure about this. No, we don’t have, and we don’t have the facilities now, even if we wanted to do so.

    Question 7: Mr. President, on that note I want to shift your focus away from domestic issues to Syria-India relations, and we know that Syria-India relations have stood the test of time. India in particular has taken a neutral, independent position. It is against foreign intervention of any sort in any domestic crisis around the world. It believes in having a non-violent solution to issues, so what do you make of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India’s policies, especially India’s policies towards Syria in the recent years?

    President Assad: We respect a lot the Indian position, because first of all it’s based on the international law, it’s based on the charter of the United Nations, it’s based on the morals of the world, of the human civilizations first, and Indian civilization second, the Indian people’s morals. This is very important, that’s the difference between state and regime: the state bases everything, all its vision, all its policy on the ethics of its own people. So, we respect the Indian position in that regard.

    Second, as you just mentioned a very important word, it was “independent.” In spite all the pressure, all the Western pressure on every country including India to join the embargo against the Syrian people, India wouldn’t cease its relation with Syria, and some of the investments are still going on in Syria with Indian participation in different sectors because of that independent position.

    Question 8: Mr. President, both Syria and India happen to be surrounded by hostile forces or hostile neighborhood, and India knows that Syria has supported India on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir, for instance, but that said, terrorism is common to both countries, and we are victims of terrorism as we call it. What are the lessons one could learn, Syria, from the Indian experience of combatting terrorism, extremism, radicalization, and also how can India learn from your experience of combating the Islamic State or Daesh as it’s called here?

    President Assad: I think our independence came at the same time, in the 40s, in that era, and the geography could be different, the reason why we have been facing terrorism could be different, but at the end terrorism is one, and the ideology that we’ve been facing is the same one, and the most important thing is that the terrorism has been used in India for political reasons, for a political agenda, and Syria is the same. To support terrorist organizations for political agenda, this is something very dangerous. It’s beyond only India and beyond Syria. If you look at the map of the world now, if you look at Libya, at Yemen, at what happened recently in Egypt, in France, and recently in UK, it tells you that terrorism has no borders, so what we have to do is not only to learn from our experience, if you talk about Syria and India, it could be very similar, we could learn a lot from each other, but it’s more than that; we need to have an international coalition against terrorism, a genuine one, to work against terrorism, to learn from each other, and to support each other in the fight against terrorism. As you mentioned, we can cooperate, but cooperation is not only intelligence, it’s about the ideology, it’s about the politics that’s been supporting these terrorists or this terrorism, how can we work together politically to prevent terrorism from spreading and prevailing in the world.

    Question 9: Mr. President, when we talk about terrorism and its ideology, one can’t but talk about the Wahhabi or the influx or influence of Wahhabism on countries around the world, especially in West Asia. Now, when you talk specifically about countries such as Saudi Arabia, some commentators say that while Saudi Arabia successfully deflected criticism from its own actions, it re-directs the criticism to countries such as Iran in the neighborhood. So, how do you explain this, or the role of countries such as Saudi Arabia in the region?

    President Assad: To be precise, the word “deflect” is not precise for one reason: because when the Saud family created this kingdom, they created it in cooperation and in coordination with the Wahhabi institution, so it’s one institution. The Wahhabi institution, the extremism or the extremists in Saudi Arabia defend the state because it’s their state, it’s their own state, so it’s one. You cannot talk about terrorism and Saud family as two entities, I have to be very frank with you. That’s why they didn’t deflect; they exported the terrorism or the extremism or the Wahhabi ideology to the rest of the world. Nearly every “madrasa” in Asia, in Europe, every mosque, has been supported financially and ideologically through books and through every other means by the Wahhabi institution. That’s why I wouldn’t say, no, they didn’t deflect, they exported.

    Question 10: And Mr. President, talking about the contemporary situation obtaining in Syria today, do you see any role at all for India in the reconstruction in Syria? Also, any possible role which you may see or view India is playing in the peace process, also?

    President Assad: Definitely, definitely. First of all, if you want to talk about the political part, the most important factor for any player to play any role in such a complicated conflict is to have credibility, and India through the history has always been credible. Through the different parties that took power in India, we never noted that there’s any fluctuation in their policy because it’s based on morals and ethics as I said. So, this credibility is a very important factor for India to play a role, not necessarily within Syria, because the Syrian conflict is not only Syrian; the main factors are regional and international, and the most important part of this that how can we protect international law. So India as a main country on the political arena today has to do its utmost in order to protect the international law and the Charter of the United Nations through its relations. India has relations with every country in this world. So, with their effort, the effort of their officials and the government, they can help in that regard.

    If you want to talk about the reconstruction, as you know when you have war in any country that destroys much of the infrastructure, the most profitable sector would be the rebuilding, and India is welcome to play an economic role in the reconstruction of Syria, something that we already started. We started this project in Damascus, and now we are expanding that project in most of the cities in Syria, of course after the liberation from ISIS and al-Nusra and those terrorist groups. Of course we welcome any Indian company.

    Question 11: Mr. President, you visited India in 2008, and on that occasion you also visited the Taj Mahal in Agra. When do you plan to visit India next? Would you like to make India your first destination… you seldom travel abroad, so would you like to visit India soon?

    President Assad: Of course, definitely, definitely, and the scope of the relation between Syria and India, I would describe it as ample scope, and that was my plan in 2008, and this relation was moving upward. Because of the war, things have changed in a different way, but of course after this war India will be one of the first countries to visit, not because of the scope of the relation, but actually because we have to be faithful or loyal to every country that was objective and moral in its position toward the war in Syria.

    Question 12: And talking specifically about the ongoing campaign against the Islamic State or Daesh, how many more months would you give the Daesh before it’s pushed out of your sovereign territory?

    President Assad: If you want to talk about our war, regardless of the influence of the external wars, ISIS is not very strong, it would take a few months, even with al-Nusra. Now, the problem is that ISIS has been supported by the United States. The United States attacked our army that’s been fighting ISIS three times during the last six months or so, and every time they attacked our forces in that area, ISIS attacked our forces at the same time and took over that area. So, the realistic answer is: that depends on how much international support ISIS will get. That’s my answer.

    Question 13: Mr. President, I now want to talk a bit about President Assad, the man, the family man. You’ve been in power for now 17 years. How has this current phase of crisis affected you and your family, your children? What’s the kind of conversation that you might be having, or they might be having with you about the situation that they see around them today?

    President Assad: Everybody would think about the security part of your question. Actually, no, we live in the middle of the city, or the middle of Damascus, my house is not far from here. We’ve been, like every Syrian, been subjected to every kind of threat, including mortars and other means, so this is not a big issue for us as family. For us as a Syrian family, the thing that affected us more than any other thing is the feeling, the pain, the suffering because of the blood-shedding that affected every family, nearly every family in Syria. This is the most important thing. Apart from that is the kind of dialogue that you’ve had in your family with the children that they’ve grown up on a very strange scene, which is not the natural one, not the normal one, not the Syria that we used to see before the war. So the question would be: why, what’s happening, why we don’t have…

    Journalist: And what would you tell them?

    President Assad: I tell the truth. You have to be very transparent and very realistic, because in spite of all the bad aspects of the war – as you say every cloud has a silver lining – it’s a lesson, it’s a lesson they should learn, because maybe our generation and the previous generation didn’t learn from the mistakes, that’s why you have the war. They should learn from that lesson in order to protect our country in the future when they are grown up.

    Question 14: Mr. President, you’ve been in power since the year 2000, it’s been 17 years now, and many world leaders have come and gone; President Obama in the US, President Sarkozy, President Hollande in France, and many countries around the world, but you’ve survived, you’ve stayed there, you’ve stayed the course. What’s your secret of success?

    President Assad: I don’t have a secret; it’s the Syrian secret, it’s the public support. If you have public support, you can withstand any storm, that’s a very simple fact. If you don’t, you would have withstood for a few weeks or a few months, not few years, you cannot. I don’t think the battle is the president’s battle as the Western media tries to portray. It’s not my battle, I’m not fighting for my position, I don’t care about that position; I only care about the public support. So, for us as Syrians, it’s a national war, everybody is fighting for his country, not for the president. This is the secret, maybe, that the West didn’t discover, because they were too superficial to analyze the situation in Syria. So, actually, it’s not a secret; it’s something they didn’t see, but it’s not a secret.

    Question 15: Mr. President, do you ever tend to take a chance to look in the rear view mirror, as it were if you would go back in time, would you like to do things differently maybe?

    President Assad: If you talk about daily things, you always have different vantage points to look at things, so you can say I would have done it in a different way, but if you want to talk about the main strategy, headlines, like fighting terrorism, of course we’re going to fight terrorism. This is constitution, this is the law, and this is our duty as government to defend the people. So, we wouldn’t discuss this. To have dialogue with everyone, including the terrorists, of course, it’s a strategy that we think that has produced positive effects. How can we change or fine-tune this strategy, this is another issue. You can fine-tune it, but as a headline, of course, I would say that was correct. To open up even with another country like the Western countries that allegedly wanted to help Syria, it was correct, but it didn’t produce. I think the only mistake that we made is when we believed that the West has values; this is one of the mistakes that we committed in the past, and we thought some countries like Saudi Arabia could have values, but the only value that they have is the Wahhabi value.

    Question 16: Mr. President, there’s a lot of narrative about the Western media perceptions about you, personally speaking. Now, we’ve seen the humanitarian issue or angle from the pictures and videos of children who have been sufferers of this conflict, we saw the case of Alan Kurdi who was washed ashore dead in Turkey, Omran Daqnish, the boy who was sitting in an ambulance, even Bana al-Abed whose tweets went viral. Don’t you sometimes think that, you know, this thing has gone on for far too long, it’s gone too far, and maybe everybody, and I mean everybody, should step back from the brink?

    President Assad: The West, you mean, mainly the Western? No, they cannot, because if they do any U-turn or any turn, their public opinion will tell them “you were lying, you’ve been talking about this bad person and this bad government and the killing for seven years, now you want to tell us the truth?” They cannot tell the truth. So, they have to continue till the end with their lies, till these lies will be debunked by their public opinion. They cannot.

    Question 17: And Mr. President, have you ever considered a life outside Syria, maybe stepping down, or life outside Syria?

    President Assad: Stepping down, as president, because you came through elections, will be through elections, or when you notice that the Syrian people will not support you, because if they don’t support you, you cannot achieve, you cannot produce. This is where you have to leave. Because the situation is not like that, and you’re in the middle of the storm, Syria is in the middle of the storm, I cannot say I’m going to give up and leave. This is going to be very selfish and very un-patriotic, let’s say, if we can call it this way. No, in the middle of a storm, you have to do your job as president till the people tell you “go, leave, you cannot help your country.” This is where you have to leave. So, this is regarding leaving Syria, but for me personally, to leave Syria, no, it’s not an option for me. Since I was young, I was, how to say, brought up as a person who can only live in his country, not any other country.

    Question 18: Mr. President, the last 17 years you’ve seen one crisis after another, starting from 2003 Iraq war till now. 17 years is a long time, do you at all make time to relax, maybe to watch a movie, hear some music, spend time with family and kids?

    President Assad: The family is a duty; it’s not relaxation, it’s not entertainment, it’s a duty. You have to find time for your family like you have to find time for everything. If you don’t feel your family, you cannot feel the other families that have been suffering in your country. So, of course, but for the entertainment, it’s not only a matter of time, it’s a matter of feeling. Now, you cannot feel the entertainment while everybody surrounding you is suffering from terrorism; it’s a matter of psychology. So, it’s not my interest at this time. I think most of the families in Syria, they don’t have this interest. The interest now is the daily survival for many families.

    Question 19: And Mr. President, in conclusion just a couple of more questions. In your moments when you’re alone with yourself, do you at all think how would President Hafez would have dealt with some situation if he were here today, do you miss his advice maybe?

    President Assad: No, because it’s not the first time for us to face the terrorism; we’ve been facing terrorism before Hafez al-Assad, before President al-Assad, in the 50s when the Muslim Brotherhood came to Syria, since that time, the conflicts in Syria started in a similar way, but on a different scale. So, the principle of the conflict is the same; terrorism is terrorism, extremism is extremism, no matter what names you use for the organizations. The methodology of all those terrorists are the same, that’s what I want to say. So, President Hafez al-Assad fought those terrorists in the 70s and the 80s and we have to fight them today, and if we face them 50 years later with another generation, we have to fight them. So, I think this is one response and one methodology. Again, it’s about the details. The details could be different not between two eras and two presidents, it could be different from day to day, because when you have such a war, you can have things that have been fluctuating or changing in a very fast pace.

    Question 20: Mr. President, in conclusion, very few people know that you studied medicine, you are an ophthalmologist, do you miss your London days, I mean, do feel like going back in time, as it were?

    President Assad: But actually, I was an ophthalmologist in Syria before I was in London. I worked three years and a half in Syria, and then I went to London for about two years. So, if you want to talk about missing the job, of course, it’s something you always feel passionate toward, you don’t have to say that you miss it, that you don’t like this job. Today, you are on a bigger scale when you help the Syrian people, this is something you should love. If you don’t love it, if you don’t have this passion toward it, you cannot succeed. Of course, I have a very strong passion for this, but the scientific field in general is my second passion since I was young, not only ophthalmology, all the science sectors in general. So, you always feel this passion and you feel that you want to know what’s the update, what are the new trends in that field.

    Question 21: Mr. President, is the worst behind you?

    President Assad: I hope so, I hope. I mean, because things now are moving in the right direction which is a better direction, because we are defeating the terrorists, unless the West and other countries and their allies, their puppets, supported those extremists in a very, how to say, massive way, I’m sure the worst is behind us.

    Question 22: At the end, very quickly Mr. President, in very briefly, what would be your message to the people watching this, especially in India and South Asia and around the world, your message to them?

    President Assad: I think during the last few decades, mainly after Bush came to power in the United States, the West tried to promote its society, its political system, its behavior as the minaret that the world should follow socially and politically and in every other aspect. I think India, the Indian people are the one that could be that minaret because of the diversity that you have, because of the civilization that’s deeply rooted in the history, and because of the morals that you base your society and your politics on, because of the real democracy that India showed to the world, because of many things, I think India is the one who are ready to lead that direction if they want to set an example for any other country to follow. This is my most important message, because we know what’s the meaning of diversity because we are a diverse country but on a smaller scale.

    Journalist: On that note, Mr. President, I want to thank you, and it’s a pleasure talking to you.

    President Assad: Thank you. Thank you for coming to Syria.

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

  10. #90
    Sturm Raqqa
    colonelcassad
    June 6th, 16:31

    Officially launched the assault Raqqa. Thus, the time required to engage in Raqqa, will count on 6 June.

    Wait encirclement circuit did not, apparently, hoping to solve this problem in the process.
    On the one hand, we can talk about the failure of the previously set deadlines, which shifts the first of April, and after that, in May.
    On the other hand, the beginning of the assault without complete environment may indicate a rush associated with the defeat of the Caliphate in the East of Aleppo and the entry of Syrian troops in the province of Raqqa.


    See you on the Euphrates remained nothing.

    Of course, it is unlikely that the CAA shifting to the south bypass buffer in Tabka and come out to Rakka from the south, but speeding up the assault should give a clear assurance that hang over the city in the first place the American flag. Last week the Americans are actively saturated with combat formations north of Raqqa armored vehicles, while the Kurds pulled up additional forces infantry.

    At the same time, in the caliphate may have their own adjustments to these plans, as an example of Mosul, an assault that continues to this day and is accompanied by enormous losses of the Iraqi army, clearly shows that the "black" often adjust various paper plans for their defeat, though of course on they win it no longer is. It is expected that the main resistance will be provided in the central areas of the city, while the suburbs are relatively fast busy mobile assault groups. Sami fights promise to be very bloody, considering the whole experience of defense major cities Caliphate. At this point, the Kurds continue to squeeze a semicircle on the north bank of the Euphrates and moving directly to the suburbs from the east and northeast. It is also worth to expect action and on the southern bank of the Euphrates and the active continuation of the air campaign. For today already carry several tens airstrikes on positions of "black" around Raqqa.


    The official statement of the US assault on the top Raqqa.




    Refugees



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    I'll be surprised if the Russians don't 'persuade' the Syrians to back off, direct confrontation with US troops is the compradors worst nightmare. If they don't it's gonna be dicey.

    Looks like they're folding the tent on this circus and Qatar is the borrowed scape-mule.
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    MARX (On the Communist Trial at Cologne, 1851).

  11. #91
    US-led coalition destroys pro-government forces within deconfliction zone in Syria - Pentagon
    Published time: 6 Jun, 2017 18:35
    Edited time: 6 Jun, 2017 19:42

    US-led coalition destroys pro-government forces within deconfliction zone in Syria - Pentagon


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    The US-led coalition inside Syria says that it has destroyed pro-government forces that entered the deconfliction zone established by the United States and Russia around a coalition training facility. The coalition last struck a pro-government convoy in the area on May 18.
    “The Coalition destroyed additional pro-Syrian regime forces that advanced inside the well-established deconfliction zone in southern Syria,” said a statement from the US Central Command.

    “The Coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime or pro-regime forces but remains ready to defend themselves if pro-regime forces refuse to vacate the deconfliction zone.”

    The deconfliction zone, with a radius of about 55 km, was established around the town of At Tanf, where the US has set up base to train special forces for the final assault on the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa.


    “Despite previous warnings, pro-regime forces entered the agreed-upon deconfliction zone with a tank, artillery, anti-aircraft weapons, armed technical vehicles and more than 60 soldiers posing a threat to the Coalition and partner forces based at the At Tanf Garrison,” said the CENTCOM statement. “The Coalition issued several warnings via the deconfliction line prior to destroying two artillery pieces, an anti-aircraft weapon, and damaging a tank.”

    On May 18, the Coalition attacked a convoy of what the US called “Iranian-directed troops,” who were moving in the direction of the training base, which houses several hundred US staff.

    The bombardment was condemned by Damascus, which has repeatedly accused Washington and its allies of operating within its sovereign territory, and Moscow, which according to media reports, had tried to prevent the escalation of the standoff, relaying messages between the two sides.

    The American attack occurred on the same day US-backed militias launched an all-out assault on Raqqa which has served as the Islamic State’s unofficial “capital” since its capture in 2014. Raqqa is located 300 km to the north of At Tanf.

    The battle for the city, where up to 4,000 ISIS fighters are still thought to be holed up, is expected to be quicker than the siege of Mosul, where fighting still continues eight months after the initial assault began. The International Rescue Committee says that 200,000 civilians are still trapped in Raqqa.

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

  12. #92
    Syrian CP, Statement of the Central Committee of the Syrian Communist Party 17/5/2017 [Ar]

    Friday, 26 Join Date : May 2017 15:32 Syrian Communist Party E-mail Print PDF
    Statement of the Central Committee of the Syrian Communist Party 17/5/2017 [Ar]



    Communiqué of the Central Committee of the Syrian Communist Party meeting


    The Central Committee of the Syrian Communist Party held a meeting of her, headed by its Secretary-General, Comrade Ammar Bakdash, on 17 May 2017.

    And when examining the political situation, the Central Committee considered that the international situation is getting strained and dangerous, and this is due primarily to the intensification of the contradictions between imperialism and which became more acute after the big cyclical economic crisis that the world between 2008 and 2010 witnessed shows historical experiences that the recession economic post-crisis, especially if this size is usually characterized by an increase of aggressive imperialism in order to overcome the effects of the crisis quickly and at the expense of others. At the present stage of these contradictions between imperialism more units appear in multiple aspects of the confrontation between the traditional imperialist centers and so-called emerging countries. The reach of this confrontation in several areas to military conflicts, as in the Eastern Mediterranean region and Ukraine and sustainable conflicts in several regions of Africa and the focus of the Afghan, and the East Asia region is witnessing an escalation of tension capable of explosion at any moment. The new worker who entered the military conflict, is that if the military confrontation already taking place, as a rule, by third parties any allies and followers of regional, it is at the current stage, besides, being the participation of gradually increasing the countries of imperialism directly in these confrontations.

    And force the most aggressive and widely used methods of direct colonialism, American imperialism is mounted colonial wars blatant at the end of the twentieth century and the beginning of this century, most notably those launched by Iraq and Afghanistan, and before that Yugoslavia. US imperialism has also participated in the NATO aggression against Libya, giving European allies the interface in that aggression. American imperialism has played and plays an essential role in the conspiracy and acts of aggression against Syria, as well as against Yemen.

    The escalating trend expansionist aggressive American imperialism, with the arrival of the new US administration, which its actions reckless dispelled illusions that he was carrying some of the narrow-minded, about the possibility of understanding with this administration, based on some of the statements made by the current US president during his campaign. But the actions taken by the new US administration has shown, it is not to retreat from the aggressive line, but the escalation of him. It is the first steps of this administration was to go to the big lifting of the US military budget. And then came the military strike of the Syrian air base, including totally incompatible with the most basic concepts of international law. At the same time, it was a very dangerous escalation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea direction. It is clear that this escalation against North Korea, targeting the biggest rival of US imperialism, namely the People's Republic of China. It is no coincidence that the strike against Syria and the escalation of rhetoric against Korea, the Democratic People's held during the Chinese president's visit to the United States. It is clear more and more, that drives the international trends the current US administration, the interests of the oligarchy monopoly the most reactionary and aggressive. There is also a large Zionist influence within this administration.

    Because of these two key working world is witnessing an escalation of the tone and the acts of aggression by the current administration of US imperialism aimed at reducing and hitting key sites of its competitors in the international arena, especially China and Russia. This reflected an increase of tension in the eastern Mediterranean and in Eastern Europe (Ukraine, in particular) and in the Far East. Along with the resumption of the campaign against Iran, by the current US administration, which sees this as an important factor in its hegemonic and expansionist campaigns from successive.

    Despite Russia's diplomatic efforts to find a compromise with Western imperialist centers, but these attempts have not led to the results satisfy Russia. It is clear that the Russian authority is currently being targeted by Western centers vital sites for Russia in the near surroundings, can lead to irreversible very serious consequences for Russia's place in the international system.

    The intensification of contradictions between imperialism is associated with increased severity of other contradictions of the capitalist system, as it continues to attack on the national liberation movements around the world. One obvious example is witnessed in Latin America, especially Venezuela, the Bolivarian which is in direct confrontation with the imperialist attack and local clients. As well as the Eastern Mediterranean and the Red Sea, where the raging confrontation with imperialism and its customers.

    Besides, the imperialist monopolies attack on the rights of working people continue in the center of the imperialist countries. Thereby raising the pace of class confrontations in many of them. It accumulates latency popular rejection of the policy of monopolies in many western and southern European countries. This is evidenced by the political transformations in which the mass movements. The reformist parties play a new and bearing falsely label «new left», a subversive role in the failure of the mass movements of anti-monopolies, as happened and is happening in Greece.

    The French election has shown great influence global Zionism in defining European policy. Where these circles again brought the figure to the presidency nonperson targeted sites strengthen monopolies above nationalism on the one hand, and on the other hand to ensure the positions of the French administration in the confrontation raging with Russia. And all this is happening in the context of seeking to mitigate the destabilizing effects of the European Union as the second imperial center globally.

    The growing contradictions of imperialism contemporary threatens not only the independence of peoples and progress, but also threatens the existence of humanity. Which calls for increased efforts to strengthen the global anti-imperialist front.

    Upon consideration of the latest developments in the region, the Central Committee felt that being articulated regional alliances serve US imperialism's expansionist policy. Gulf states have led all the duties of loyalty to the new US administration. The rapprochement with these countries, especially with Saudi Arabia one of the key directions of foreign policy of the current US administration. Despite the great economic difficulties experienced by the Gulf states and the resulting decline in the price of oil, hold arms deals with huge amounts of America, which will lead to the recovery of the US economy almost crisis. The Gulf axis shows the form of a military alliance linked to clearly with America and less visible with Israel, under the banner of anti-Iranian expansion alleged. The aggressive actions of this axis heading in two directions: against Syria and against Yemen. It should be noted that the horrors experienced by the Yemeni people constitute at the same time haemorrhaging for Saudi Arabia.

    At the same time expanding Turkish aggression towards Syria, and became the government Alokhounjah in Ankara does not hide its expansionist ambitions through its demand to reconsider the agreement of Lausanne. Despite the increasing dominance of the Muslim Brotherhood on the reins of power in Turkey, but the situation is not prevailed because of the economic difficulties and resistance circles secular mass influence the broad constant tension in the Kurdish regions of Turkey. The ruling circles are trying to overcome the economic difficulties Turkey to hold great deals with Russia, especially in the oil and gas and nuclear energy field and re-torrent Turkish exports to Russia.

    The goal that combines the US and Western imperialism in general and international Zionism and reactionary regimes and the client in the region is to undermine Iran-oriented sites clearly anti-imperialist, and the division of Syria, after these forces failed to drop.

    The Central Committee was of the view that during the last period achieved the struggle of the Syrian people and important achievements in confronting the enemies of the homeland. One of the most important achievements of liberalization Aleppo full and important progress on some of the northern eastern and northern axes made by the Syrian army after this great victory. It also took positive changes in some central regions, as have been restored from the grip of terrorists destroyed, as has been restored some of the oil and gas fields in the mid-east of the country, which positively affects the supply of hydrocarbons. It was also to keep the rebels, and several methods of sensitive areas in the vicinity of the capital and around. Thus increased invincibility of Damascus was to keep a large portion of the risk it. This factor strengthens national steadfastness in general. Although it took place at the same time, re-distribution of the rebel forces and send them to the areas are important to their masters.

    But the colonial powers have stepped up its aggression against the achievements of the Syrian army and its allies. The hostile forces seeking to increase the scope of the colonial occupation in Syria. Is currently under way to increase the US military presence in the north-eastern regions, which takes in many cases the most blatant forms without covering up allies and clients. The blow bristles base on the seventh of April embodiment of the aggressive tendencies blatant, even though the primary motivation for this aggressive strike related to US domestic factors, but this act of aggression is to show the American willingness to use all violent methods against Syria. More recently it has been along the American and British military presence to the south-eastern regions and relying on Amihma veteran Jordanian regime.

    Turkey is also NATO forces client and its subsidiaries currently occupies the north-east of Aleppo important areas. Day after day take place steps to stabilize the Turkish influence is absolutely in the province of Idlib.

    During the meeting between the Russian and Turkish presidents in Sochi at the end of the month of April, it was declared a «low tension» or «areas to reduce tension» in Syria. It was also during the press conference in which he declared it, the statement that there is no difference between the concepts of areas of «low tension» and «safe areas». It is striking, as stated in the same press conference, the explicit declaration that it was consulting with the US administration about it, which in turn expressed their consent to this agreement without acceding to it. Crystallize this agreement later in the city of Astana at the beginning of the month of May of this as a tripartite agreement between the Russian and Iranian and Turkish parties have taken place.

    Despite the fact that the areas of «low tension» is four, but the most important strategically at the current stage, namely the northern and southern regions. The Turkish side has shown that the northern region «low tension» has become his territory absolutely. The colonial powers seeking to become the southern region «low tension» input to increase the activity of aggressive expansion of US and British forces and Amillethma Jordan.

    It is striking that the Russian Foreign Minister's visit to Washington, which followed the Astana Declaration on the areas of «low tension» did not lead to the United States to join this harmonic framework. They valomercan thus clearly indicated that they are seeking to impose their areas of influence through military operations and the occupation of eastern Syria without compatibility with other international powers.

    The global colonial and Zionist forces conspire to divide Syria. There is no doubt that there are certain differences between the imperialist powers about the form of this process, but not on its content.

    The Central Committee believes that in the fierce colonial attack on the homeland, the basic task is to fight against the occupiers and terrorist gangs complementary to their aggressive. And that all national forces struggle steadfastly for:

    1 defense of national independence.

    2 defense of full national sovereignty.

    3 struggle tirelessly for the unity of the national territory.

    The Central Committee considers that the difficult conditions experienced by the country requires a radical shift in the socio-economic policy enhances the invincibility of the country and meets the interests of the mainstay of the national steadfastness of the Syrian supervisor of any toiling masses of the people.

    The interests of national steadfastness requires the full break with the liberal nature of the socio-economic trends. Including the revision of laws that the erosion of the public sector, such as the development of participatory law and peers. Encouraging foreign investment in all areas, as stipulated in the laws in force, it means wasting the state of key sites remaining in the economy. In social terms, the participatory will lead to a weakening of the working class in the centralized state enterprises and thus weaken the momentum of public support for national policy.

    We must re-examine radically how to secure the budget resources and it is not by increasing fees and indirect taxes, which is its weight is primarily on the shoulders of hard-working, but through direct prejudice to the great interests of capitalism, private groups non-productive, parasitic ones, whether by loading the tax burden commensurate with its earnings, or profit by closing the parasite outlets, thus being encouraged production and composition of important resources in the hands of the state.

    In agriculture, you must undo the big increases in production inputs, especially fuel and fertilizer prices ... and follow a rewarding price policy to buy crops.

    The national policy will find a socio-economic support through the implementation of policies that reduce the burden of living toiling and working for the benefit of producers. The Central Committee considers that the alternative economic liberalism current practice is reflected in capitalism with a social character of the state, which means:

    Support for industrial and craft production.

    Effective support for agricultural production.

    Increase the role of the state, especially in the field of internal trade.

    The actual revival of state institutions in the field of foreign trade.

    Raise wages and salaries commensurate with the rise in prices. Make linking salaries to prices a permanent process mechanism.

    Expanding social support for the population of the scope of systematically and not in the form of emergency campaigns.

    The Central Committee stressed that the socio-economic front has an extraordinary role in this national battle waged by our people. It also stressed the need for attention to the logistical struggle of the popular masses by all party bodies and adopt all its forms, including the simplest.

    The fateful stage through which the nation confirms and stronger health slogan that lifted the historic leader of our party Khalid Bakdash: homeland defense and the defense of the People's Summit!

    The Central Committee also examined the reality of party publishing, emphasizing the interest in it by all comrades, as a vital area of ​​party activity.

    The Central Committee examined some organizational matters relating to the life of the party and took appropriate decisions in question.

    The Central Committee also reviewed the extensive mass activities undertaken by the Party organizations and youth Khalid Bakdash in honor of national, class and internationalist events and commended the campaign.

    Thus, the Central Committee ended its work.



    DAMASCUS, May 17, 2017


    The Central Committee

    Communist Party of Syria

    http://www.solidnet.org/syriasyrian-...y-17/5/2017-ar

    google Translator
    "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).

  13. #93
    We appear to be watching the partition of Syria, as it takes place. Al Assad may remain in power, but of a reduced and weaker Syria...
    "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

  14. #94
    Army’s Command: Arrival at Iraqi border is strategic turning point in war on terrorism



    10 June، 2017

    Army Command: Army units establish control over Tadef town, southeast of al-Bab city
    26 February، 2017

    Damascus, SANA – The arrival of the Syrian Arab Army and its allies at the Iraqi border and their control of vast swathes of the Syrian Badia form a strategic turning point in the war on terrorism, the General Command of the Army and the Armed Forces said on Saturday.

    “Units of the Syrian Arab Army, in cooperation with the allied forces, completed on Friday evening the first stage of the military operations in the Syrian Badia and were able to reach the border with the friendly Iraq northeast of al-Tanf,” the Command said in a statement.

    The arrival at the border, the statement said, was achieved after controlling a large number of positions and strategic points inside the Badia over 20 square kilometers since operations first started south and east of Palmyra, where hundreds of ISIS terrorists were killed.

    “This achievement is a strategic turning point in the war on terrorism and a springboard to expand military operations in the Badia and along the border with the friendly Iraq,” added the statement.

    The new advance, the army’s Command said, also tightens the noose around the remaining ISIS groups in the region and cuts off supply routes of the terror organization in several directions.

    The Command went on saying that this achievement by the army and its allies stresses their ability and determination to defeat terrorism and affirms that they are the “only effective force in fighting terrorism.”

    The Command reiterated its warning of the dangers of the repeated attacks launched by the so-called “international coalition” and its attempts to hinder the advance of the Syrian Arab Army and its allies in their war on terrorism.

    The Command concluded its statement by renewing its resolve to continue the war against ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra and the terrorist groups linked to them until restoring security and stability to the entire Syrian territory.

    H. Said

    http://sana.sy/en/?p=107861

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    Militants from “Euphrates Shield Operations” turn themselves over to Syrian Army units in Aleppo countryside

    9 June، 2017

    Aleppo, SANA – Members of an armed group affiliated with the so-called “Euphrates Shield Operations” turned themselves over to units of the Syrian Arab Army along with their weapons and vehicles upon reaching areas controlled by the army in Aleppo province’s northern countryside to have their legal status resolved and benefit from the amnesty decree.

    One of the militants who was a leader in the Euphrates Shield Operations nicknamed “Abu al-Kheir” said that the group was in the northern countryside and exited the area in three batches to benefit from the amnesty, appealing to others who are still members in these Operations to follow suit, saying that what Turkey is doing is an attempt to occupy Syria which is unacceptable, and adding “we won’t be slaves to the Turks.”

    Another military leader from the group named Jadaan Mohammad Hassem aka “Abu Hatem” called upon other militants who care about their country to return to their senses and not follow the path of division and sabotage.

    Another militant who didn’t want to be identified by name said that while the Turks claim to receive refugees, they actually get paid for this and accumulate funds at the expense of Syria and its people whose money and properties they steal.

    Hazem Sabbagh

    http://sana.sy/en/?p=107838

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    US-led coalition acknowledges the use of internationally banned white phosphorus munitions in Syria



    10 June، 2017

    Washington, SANA – The US-led coalition acknowledged the use of internationally banned white phosphorus munitions in Syria.

    According to Russia’s Novosti news agency, the coalition claimed to use the white phosphorus for acts of camouflage, screening, obscuring and marking in an attempt to deny its crimes.

    In its statement, the coalition referred to “cautious and rational measures taken to reduce the dangerous effects of white phosphorus on civilians and infrastructures.”

    The US-led coalition warplanes carried out 25 airstrikes on residential buildings in Raqqa city during the past 24 hours, using internationally prohibited white phosphorus bombs.

    R.Raslan/Mazen

    http://sana.sy/en/?p=107851

    Meanwhile the backstabbing compradors in the Kremlin are again doing their utmost to ensure that the blood and toil will be in vain.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefi...-russia-report
    "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).

  15. #95
    US releases statement accusing Syrian jet of attacking Kurdish forces
    By Leith Fadel - 19/06/201720



    BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 P.M.) – The U.S. Coalition released a statement tonight, accusing the Syrian Air Force of attacking the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) at the town of Ja’ydeen in western Al-Raqqa.

    In response to the Syrian Air Force’s attack, the U.S. claimed it had warned the latter about approaching this area before downing the jet near the Islamic State stronghold of Resafa.

    “At 6:43 P.M., a Syrian regime Su-22 dropped bombs near SDF fighters south of Tabqah and, in accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defense and Coalition partnered forces, was immediately shot down by a U.S. F/A-18E Super Horne,” the Coalition’s statement read.

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    Despite claims that the Syrian Democratic Forces controlled Ja’yadeen south of Tabaqa, the Syrian Arab Army had actually captured the town earlier in the day, contrasting the U.S.’ statement.

    The Syrian pilot that was flying Su-22 is still at the moment.

    https://www.almasdarnews.com/article...urdish-forces/

    The Syrian pilot is in fact very still, dead.

    Another act of war. The Russians will blather then cave.

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    Russian military ‘to track coalition jets as targets in Syria’: Ministry of Defense
    By Ivan Castro - 19/06/20173


    DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:25 P.M.) – Russian military will track all the aircraft west of Euphrates river in Syria, including US-led coalition’s jets and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), as legitimate aerial targets, Interfax agency quoted Russian Ministry of Defense as saying.

    “Any aerial objects, including warplanes and UAVs belonging to international coalition, spotted west of Euphrates river, will be escorted and tracked by Russian air defense systems both on the ground and in the air as aerial targets,” MoD announced in its official statement issued soon after US-led coalition brought Syrian fighter jet down in Raqqa province.

    In addition to that, Russian MoD announced it had halted coordination with Pentagon on Syria after yesterday’s incident.

    "As of June 19, Ministry of Defense halts coordination with U.S. counterparts within the framework of Memorandum on incident prevention and flight safety in Syria,” MoD officials said.

    In the meantime, Franz Klintsevich, head of Defense Committee in the Russian Parliament, clarified that Russia “will not automatically shoot down aerial objects in the areas of Russian Air Force operations, as decisions are to be made individually in each particular case”.

    He elaborated, however, that “in case of any aggressive actions by those objects, these actions are going to be firmly suppressed”.

    https://www.almasdarnews.com/article...istry-defense/

    and they really mean it this time.........we who have had a ring-side seat at the tragedy of Donbass know better.

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    Syrian government forces liberate Rusafa town in southwest Raqqa
    By Ivan Castro - 19/06/20174


    DAMASCUS, SYRIA (12:30 P.M.) – Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has liberated the important town of Rusafa and the crossroads of the same name in southwestern Raqqa countryside having expelled jihadists of the so-called “Islamic State” from this strategic location.

    SAA’s elite Tiger Forces division was engaged in fierce clashes with IS militants since yesterday, with assault further intensified after US-led coalition had shot down a Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) fighter jet in the area.

    Dmitry Zhavoronkov, military correspondent for Russian Federal News Agency embedded with Syrian government forces has published photos of Tiger Forces in the recently recaptured town:


    Dmitry Zhavoronkov / RIA FAN


    Dmitry Zhavoronkov / RIA FAN

    This major development allows SAA to secure the future path to Deir Ezzor as Rusafa is the junction of the roads leading from the north (Raqqa city) and from the southeast (Deir Ezzor province).

    It is also noteworthy to mention that with Rusafa under SAA control, US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are now blocked from advancing south of Tabqa district towards Rusafa oil fields.

    https://www.almasdarnews.com/article...uthwest-raqqa/

    Syrian government forces are reclaiming their country's territory across the front and while their prowess and bravery are great the implosion of ISIS is as much to do with defunding by their employers(including US) as their part of the project to disassemble all secular Arab states moves to the next phase.

    Correction: the pilot LTC Ali Fahd has been rescued by Syrian Arab Army
    Last edited by blindpig; 1 Week Ago at 11:18 AM.
    "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).

  16. #96
    Israel provides steady flow of cash, aid to Syrian rebels, says WSJ reportUnique military unit oversees assistance to anti-Assad forces in ‘Good Neighborhood’ policy aimed at insuring friendly forces on Syrian side of Golan border, according to rebel fighters quoted in a newspaper report.

    The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing interviews with half a dozen rebel leaders and three persons familiar Israel’s undeclared policy, that the Jewish state is helping these forces, which are opposed to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad and his Iranian, Lebanese and Russian allies, in an effort to help set up a buffer zone on its border with forces friendly to Israel.

    According to the report, Israel set up a special military unit in 2016 to oversee and coordinate the transfer of the aid, which helps the groups pay salaries and buy weapons and ammunition.

    This “secret engagement,” as the report calls it, is aimed at strengthening Syrian rebel groups at the expense of forces hostile to Israel, namely Iranian proxy and Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, as well as various Iranian units fighting on Assad’s behalf in Syria.


    File: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon observe a drill of the Golani Brigade on the Golan Heights, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. (Kobi Gideon/GPO/Flash90)

    Israel has dubbed this operation in the Golan Heights the “Good Neighborhood” policy, according to prominent Israeli journalist and analyst Ehud Ya’ari, who noted that it began under former defense minister Moshe Ya’alon.

    “It’s a matter of interests,” one unnamed person cited in the report said.

    “Israel stood by our side in a heroic way,” a spokesman for the rebel group Fursan al-Joulan, or Knights of the Golan, Moatasem al-Golani, told the Journal. “We wouldn’t have survived without Israel’s assistance.”

    Abu Suhayb, a nom de guerre of the commander who leads the group, told the newspaper he receives approximately $5,000 a month from Israel. According to the report, the group made contact with Israel in 2013 after a raid on regime forces and turned to Israel for help with its wounded. The group said it was a turning point as Israel then began sending funds and aid, assistance soon extended to other groups.

    A fighter with another rebel group in the Golan, Liwaa Ousoud al-Rahman, said “most people want to cooperate with Israel.”

    Israel has largely stayed out of the Syrian civil war, which broke out in March 2011, but has over the years acknowledged that it helps treat wounded Syrians who arrive at its border and provides some of them with humanitarian assistance. It has also claimed a number of airstrikes in Syria it says were meant to prevent arch-foe Hezbollah from acquiring advanced weaponry from Iran via Damascus. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly confirmed that Israel was actively working to disrupt Hezbollah’s arms smuggling operations in Syria and build-up of capabilities on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.



    In response to the Wall Street Journal report, the IDF said Israel was “committed to securing the borders of Israel and preventing the establishment of terror cells and hostile forces… in addition to providing humanitarian aid to the Syrians living in the area.”

    Fursan al-Joulan has approximately 400 fighters in Quneitra province in the Syrian Golan Heights and is allied with at least four other rebel groups who also receive Israeli assistance, the fighters told the newspaper. They added that roughly 800 rebel fighters in a dozen villages in the area rely on support from Israel, as do some of the thousands of civilians living there.

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-...rebels-report/
    "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).

  17. #97
    Self-Defense Is No Defense for US Acts of War in Syria
    The shooting down of a Syrian fighter jet by US forces this week comes on the back of several aggressive actions by American military on the ground. Taken together the US actions mark an alarming escalation of intervention in the Syrian war – to the point where the Americans can be said to be now openly at war against Syria.

    The American military actions also come despite repeated warnings from Russia against such unilateral deployment of force. Following the shoot-down of the Syrian SU-22 fighter bomber this week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denounced the American violence as an act of «flagrant aggression» against a sovereign state. Some Russian lawmakers such as Duma foreign affairs chief Alexei Pushkov went further and condemned it as an act of war by the Americans.

    Of course, Washington’s logic is riddled with absurdity. To claim that its forces are acting in self-defense overlooks the glaring reality that the US-led military coalition has no legal mandate whatsoever to be in Syria in the first place. Its forces are in breach of international law by operating on Syrian territory without the consent of the government in Damascus and without a mandate from the UN Security Council.

    Another absurdity is the claim that the US forces are «protecting» militants whom they are supposedly training to «fight» the Islamic State terror group (ISIS). On at least three occasions over the past month, American military have carried out air strikes on Syrian government forces and their allies near a strategically important border crossing between Syria and Iraq. The Americans claim that the Syrian government forces were posing a threat to a military base at Al Tanf on the Syrian side of the border where they are training militants belonging to a group called Maghawir al Thawra.

    The Pentagon claims that these militants are being trained to «fight and defeat» ISIS. The installation last week of long-range artillery batteries known as HIMARS at Al Tanf was justified as a self-defense measure. US Colonel Ryan Dillon said: «We have increased our military footprint and are prepared for any threat that is presented to us by the pro-regime forces».

    As with the shooting down of the Syrian fighter jet this week, American forces are invoking «self-defense» as a legal rationale. But as Moscow has pointed out, the Americans have no legal right to be present on Syrian territory and then, secondly, to be unilaterally declaring «deconfliction zones» for what are de facto invasive forces.

    A further nail to the American lie is exposed when the nature of the militant group is looked at more closely. Unverified video footage showing the US-backed militants at Al Tanf indicates that they are another brand of jihadist terrorism. The videos show Maghawir al Thawra militants repeatedly shouting the jihadist slogan «allu akbar». They are also equipped with the notorious top-of-the-range white Toyota land cruisers that other jihadist groups have obtained through funding by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf monarchies.


    Syrian sources have confirmed to this author that the group displayed in the videos is indeed the Maghawir al Thawra and that they are unquestionably jihadist. Yet this is the same group that the US has openly declared to be training at its military base at Al Tanf to «fight and defeat ISIS», and which the US is supposedly «protecting» from advancing Syrian army units and their allies.

    What’s more, it is reported that in addition to American forces at Al Tanf, there are British and other NATO troops, as well as those from two other Arab states. This amounts to a full-scale US-NATO intervention in the Syrian war – an intervention which seems to be clearly on the side of jihadist terror groups.

    After the shooting down of the Syrian warplane by American forces this week, Moscow noted pointedly that Washington has openly taken sides with terror groups aiming to topple the sovereign government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. There can be no other pretense.

    The bolstering of the US military footprint at the Al Tanf base near the Syrian-Iraqi border is another sign of brazen American siding with terror groups. As the videos above show, the notion that these militants are somehow «moderate rebels» who are combating ISIS does not bear scrutiny.

    This US-led charade of supporting «moderate rebels» has been going on for nearly six years in Syria. The mercurial «Free Syrian Army» and the «Syrian Defense Forces» are part of this smoke and mirrors game designed to obscure the fact that the Americans and their NATO allies are using proxy militant groups dominated by jihadist terror networks, for the objective of regime change. The plethora of different names for these proxies – all whom are illegally armed groups – is just part of the cynical game to conceal the fact that Washington and its allies are waging a criminal war against a sovereign nation.

    As independent investigative journalist Vanessa Beeley told this author: «The labelling by the US of any extremist faction fighting in Syria as a Free Syrian Army division is nothing more than a cynical marketing ploy to rebrand these group as ‘moderate’».

    Beeley says that the Maghawir al Thawra militants whom the US claim to be protecting in a supposed campaign to defeat ISIS is just another instance of Washington «rebranding terror groups as moderates».

    Another giveaway to the real nature of this US-patronized group came from a Reuters report in which one of the Maghawir commanders was interviewed.

    Maghawir al Thawra spokesman Abu al Atheer said the goal of the US forces was to take the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor. That city is already under the control of the Syrian government forces and their allies. If the US and its militants were motivated to defeat ISIS, then why are they moving on Deir Ezzor?

    The Maghawir commander also revealed his extremist ideological affiliations when he went on to talk about Iranian-backed forces allied with the Syrian government. «The battle is not over and we will not allow the Iranian Shi'ites to occupy our land. Our response to those who stand against us will be cruel», he told Reuters.

    Recall this is the same supposedly «moderate» group whom the US, British and Norwegian NATO troops are training at Al Tanf and for which the US has installed long-range artillery batteries in «an act of self-defense».

    Events in Syria seem to be spiraling toward a bigger international war. This week Iran hit ISIS bases near Deir Ezzor with medium range ballistic missiles fired from inside Iranian territory. Tehran says the action was coordinated with the Syrian government. Meanwhile, the US is stepping up its direct assault on Syrian government forces.

    Another telling development in the slide to wider war is that the US forces are moving towards blatantly defending jihadists like Maghawir al Thawra from Syrian, Russian and Iranian forces who are the only ones actually taking the battle to defeat jihadists. The US mask of hiding behind «moderate rebels» is slipping. Washington is now seen to be increasingly at war in Syria. It seems only a matter of time before US forces come into direct clash with Russian and Iranian military.

    https://www.strategic-culture.org/ne...war-syria.html

    This is good analysis but for one thing, it assumes that Russia is 'serious'. Having observed Russian behavior over the last three years pretty closely I ain't too worried about a shooting war between USA & Russia. It can be reliably assumed that push come to shove, Russia will back down. Putin bends over as far as he is able to please the US, which only encourages the US to demand more. This Syrian op is way behind schedule so the US pushes the envelope, get er done. The question is how far the Syrians and their neighborhood buds can defy the 'benevolence' of their Bear buddy.

    Russia might shoot down a drone but I seriously doubt a manned aircraft, there will be no confrontation. In Europe there will be no attack on Russia until there at least another 100K US troops on the line and if all the major 'allies' gun-up. Fat chance. It's all bluff that the US can get away with cause they got the number of the Russian oligarchy. The Kremlin would be even more abject and accede to every demand if not for the necessity of maintaining Putin's popularity(not as great as advertised) and avoiding mass dissatisfaction. Lavrov's great skill is in making surrender look like diplomacy.
    "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).

  18. #98
    This is good analysis but for one thing, it assumes that Russia is 'serious'. Having observed Russian behavior over the last three years pretty closely I ain't too worried about a shooting war between USA & Russia. It can be reliably assumed that push come to shove, Russia will back down. Putin bends over as far as he is able to please the US, which only encourages the US to demand more. This Syrian op is way behind schedule so the US pushes the envelope, get er done. The question is how far the Syrians and their neighborhood buds can defy the 'benevolence' of their Bear buddy.

    Russia might shoot down a drone but I seriously doubt a manned aircraft, there will be no confrontation. In Europe there will be no attack on Russia until there at least another 100K US troops on the line and if all the major 'allies' gun-up. Fat chance. It's all bluff that the US can get away with cause they got the number of the Russian oligarchy. The Kremlin would be even more abject and accede to every demand if not for the necessity of maintaining Putin's popularity(not as great as advertised) and avoiding mass dissatisfaction. Lavrov's great skill is in making surrender look like diplomacy.
    Agree in total. Russia is tied to the imperial hegemon through its oligarchs, and Putin is a creature of those oligarchs. The Donbas would have been the easiest and most defensible move in opposition to US hegemony. The US would have had a hard time saying that the Donbas was not ethnically Russian and that the Ukronazies consider Russians as insects. A referendum would have easily passed and been defensible. But even that was too much for the Russian bourgeoisie to risk. So Syria has no chance to get any real Russian push back against the US boss...
    "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

  19. #99
    Israeli Air Force Attacks Syrian Army After Projectiles Fall in Golan Heights © AFP 2017/ JALAA MAREY

    17:22 24.06.2017(updated 18:31 24.06.2017)
    The Israeli Air Force attacked the Syrian government forces' tanks and artillery positions after 10 projectiles fell on the Israeli-controlled part of the Golan Heights, the IDF said.

    Israeli soldiers walk near a fence in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights on the border with war-torn Syria
    © AFP 2017/ JALAA MAREY
    Israel Intercepts Airborne Target Over Golan Heights - IDF
    Earlier in the day, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced that projectiles fired from Syrian territory hit an open area in the northern Golan Heights with no injuries as a result of the incident.
    "In response to over 10 projectiles launched from Syria, IAF aircraft targeted origin of launches & 2 Syrian tanks," the IDF stated.


    "Due to the unacceptable breach of Israeli sovereignty, an official protest has been filed with UNDOF," the IDF added.


    According to Al Mayadeen channel citing a source, at least two Syrian army soldiers were killed in the airstrike.

    The majority of such incidents are described by the Israeli military as accidental overspills during clashes between the Syrian government forces and opposition groups.

    The Golan Heights, internationally recognized as Syrian territory, was seized by Israel during the Six-Day War in 1967. In 1981, the Israeli parliament voted to annex two-thirds of the region. The United Nations has repeatedly stated that Israel’s occupation of the Golan Heights is illegal, calling for it to be returned to Syria.

    https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/2...golan-heights/

    My understanding is that regardless of Israeli excuses in fact the Israeli jets were flying air support for Al Qaeda, which was conducting offensive action against the Syrian Arab Army.
    "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).

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