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    Post  eehnie on Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:42 am

    Zionists in shock, also in the forum...

    Europe thinks the crimes of Israel deserve defeat...


    https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201806031065050305-nato-wont-help-israel-attack-by-iran/

    NATO Won't Help Israel in Case of Attack by Iran - Stoltenberg

    ©️ AFP 2018 / THIERRY CHARLIER
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    14:13 03.06.2018 Get short URL18377

    Since Israel is a partner, and not a member of the military bloc, NATO is not ready to give any security guarantees to the Jewish state amid tensions in the Middle East.

    NATO won't defend Israel in case of an attack by Iran, the alliance's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has told the German magazine Spiegel.

    The official explained that since Israel is not a member of NATO, the military bloc's "security guarantee" does not apply to the Jewish state.

    Stoltenberg also noted that NATO is not involved in the settlement of the situation in the Middle East and added that NATO members have different positions on the Iranian nuclear deal.

    Tensions between Israel and Iran have been running high recently, with the latest episode being a suspected Israeli attack on the outskirts of Damascus that targeted depots, which according to Tel Aviv belonged to Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

    READ MORE: Netanyahu: We'll Strike at Iran Anywhere in Syria

    Israel has expressed concern over Iran's alleged attempts to establish a permanent military presence in Syria and thus expand its clout in the whole region.

    However, Tehran denies the claims, noting that the country has only been sending military advisers to train troops loyal to Damascus since Iran supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his struggle against terrorist groups in the country. Nevertheless, Israel continues to view Iranian activities as a threat to its national security.

    And Turkey is under the same situation, despite to be NATO member.
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    Post  starman on Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:52 am

    JohninMK wrote:
    Correct by the look of it. If there is there is no reporting about it.

    Could it be that without Hez and Iranian units it's harder to mass sufficient forces?
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    Post  Big_Gazza on Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:33 am

    JohninMK wrote:
    starman wrote:Still no Daraa offensive?
    Correct by the look of it. If there is there is no reporting about it.

    Maybe delayed given the recent ISIS playtime in Hasakah? I'd suggest that the US/SDF facilitated an IS incursion to distract the SAA from its Suwaida preparations...
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    Post  Walther von Oldenburg on Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:07 am

    SAAs best troops are there. Even larger concentration than in East Ghouta
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    Post  starman on Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:03 pm

    Walther von Oldenburg wrote:SAAs best troops are there. Even larger concentration than in East Ghouta

    So what's taking them? Ongoing, behind the scenes diplomacy?
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    Post  Walther von Oldenburg on Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:56 pm

    Dunno. Maybe more preparations.
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    Re: Syrian War: News #18

    Post  Dima on Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:09 pm

    eehnie wrote:Zionists in shock, also in the forum...

    Europe thinks the crimes of Israel deserve defeat...


    https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201806031065050305-nato-wont-help-israel-attack-by-iran/

    NATO Won't Help Israel in Case of Attack by Iran - Stoltenberg

    ©️ AFP 2018 / THIERRY CHARLIER
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    Israel actually doesn't need NATO when it have nuclear weapons. Almost all its war have been won on the back of its Nuclear arsenal. Its the threat of use of nuclear weapons (conveyed through "proper channels" to the adversary) which have halted all the wars. Believe it or not!
    They took this chapter right out of the murican experience starting right after WWII.

    Berlin got divided and the "heroic" airlifts/airdrops of the muricans in Berlin was as a result of the threat of use of nuclear weapons against the Soviet Union if they interfered with the murican flights.

    Korean war halted at the 38th parallel after the Korean/Soviet/Chinese allies pushed back all the way from the Chinese border to the 38th parallel in the face of a full blown murican led assault was due to threat of nuclear weapons. It was the fear of murican nuclear retaliation that kept the Soviets to low profile during the Korean war and didn't want the muricans to know that the Soviet forces were involved.

    Blame it all on the part of Soviet Union to not have nuclear weapons/a credible nuclear deterrent during those days in the face of murican nuclear blackmail.


    Btw, all scums are having a get together near Russian borders with their age old aim/dream of dismembering and destroying Russia. They almost succeeded in doing it during Yeltsin years when it was almost an all jewish oligarchy that ruled the state.

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-takes-part-in-natos-saber-strike-drill-for-first-time/
    Israel takes part in NATO’s Saber Strike drill for first time

    Several dozen soldiers from IDF's Paratroopers Brigade said participating in major combat exercise near EU's border with Russia
    By AP and TOI STAFF
    4 June 2018, 3:32 am

    VILNIUS, Lithuania — A major US-led military exercise with 18,000 soldiers from 19 primarily NATO countries has kicked off in the alliance’s eastern flank involving Poland and the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

    Non-NATO member Israel will be taking part in Saber Strike for the first time. Several dozen combat soldiers from the Israel Defense Forces’ Paratroopers Brigade will take part, Haaretz reported.

    The US Army Europe said Sunday the Saber Strike 18 drill is spread around the region until June 15 as “a demonstration of the commitment and solidarity of the Alliance” at a time when Russia’s military maneuvers are increasingly worrying nearby NATO members.

    Near Russia: Israel Participates in Major NATO Exercise
    https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/russia-nato-israel-in-major-nato-exercise-1.6140090
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    Re: Syrian War: News #18

    Post  starman on Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:51 am

    Dima wrote:
    Israel actually doesn't need NATO when it have nuclear weapons.

    In fact it has an overwhelming superiority in conventional weapons.


    Almost all its war have been won on the back of its Nuclear arsenal.

    No, conventional weapons.


    Its the threat of use of nuclear weapons (conveyed through "proper channels" to the adversary) which have halted all the wars.

    No, the arabs attacked in '73 knowing full well Israel had the Bomb.
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    Post  JohninMK on Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:32 pm

    BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 A.M.) – The Syrian military reinforced their air defense systems along the border with the occupied Golan Heights recently, Hezbollah’s official media wing reported on Monday.

    According to the report, the Syrian military has reinforced their troops in the Al-Quneitra Governorate with their Pantsir-S1 air defense system, which was purchased from Russia.

    This move by the Syrian military comes just days before their forces launch their long-awaited offensive in the southern provinces of the country.

    The Syrian military is set to launch a large-scale offensive that will focus on the rebel-held parts of the Al-Quneitra and Dara’a governorates.


    https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/syrian-military-reinforces-air-defense-systems-along-border-with-occupied-golan-heights-report/
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    Post  Dima on Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:01 pm

    starman wrote:In fact it has an overwhelming superiority in conventional weapons.
    And US might and US assets and nuclear blackmail
    No, conventional weapons.
    With a backup nuclear blackmail
    , the arabs attacked in '73 knowing full well Israel had the Bomb.
    But the Arabs didn't knew/believe Israel would use it, coz the last nuclear holocaust had happened more than 28 years ago.
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    Post  starman on Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:31 pm

    Dima wrote:
    But the Arabs didn't knew/believe Israel would use it, coz the last nuclear holocaust had happened more than 28 years ago.

    Na, I think the main reason was that back in '73 they still had the USSR, making Israel more cautious.
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    Post  starman on Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:34 pm

    JohninMK wrote:
    This move by the Syrian military comes just days before their forces launch their long-awaited offensive in the southern provinces of the country.

    The Syrian military is set to launch a large-scale offensive that will focus on the rebel-held parts of the Al-Quneitra and Dara’a governorates. [/i]

    Good to finally hear this. Smile And good luck to them.

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    Post  par far on Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:58 am


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    Post  eehnie on Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:53 am

    https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/no-italian-troops-inside-of-syria-report/

    No Italian troops inside of Syria – report

    By Leith Aboufadel - 2018-06-133

    BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – There are no Italian troops in Syria, a spokesperson from the Italian Defense Ministry told The Defense Post on Wednesday.

    “The report about Italian troops in Syria is absolutely not true,” Lieutenant Colonel Massimo Carta, Head of Media Operations for the Italian Ministry of Defense, told The Defense Post.

    “There aren’t any Italian troops employed in Syria,” Carta reiterated, adding that the deployment of Italian Armed Forces in foreign countries must be approved by the Italian parliament.

    Rumors of Italian troops in Syria began when Turkish state-owned Anadolu Agency claimed that Italy had sent troops from Iraq to Syria.

    The Anadolu report added that the Italian troops had deployed to a U.S. military base near the strategic Al-‘Umar Oil Fields.

    These supposed Italian troops were supposed to advise the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in their battle against the Islamic State (ISIS).
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    Post  eehnie on Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:03 am

    https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/breaking-jihadist-rebels-attack-besieged-shiite-towns-in-idlib/

    Breaking: Jihadist rebels attack besieged Shiite towns in Idlib

    By Leith Aboufadel - 2018-06-142

    BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham launched a new assault on the besieged Shiite towns of Al-Fou’aa and Kafraya tonight, the National Defense Forces (NDF) reported.

    Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham began their assault by storming the eastern axis of Kafraya from their positions at the nearby Barouma Farms.

    This jihadist assault on Kafraya was followed up with a big attack on two NDF axes near the neighboring town of Al-Fou’aa.

    No gains have been reported thus far; however, intense clashes are ongoing at all three axes.

    Tonight’s attack by the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham marks the third time this week that they have attacked these government-held towns located near the provincial capital of the Idlib Governorate.

    Al-Fou’aa and Kafraya have remained under the government’s control for the entire war, despite repeated attempts from the jihadist rebels to infiltrate and capture these towns.

    These two towns are protected by thousands of local NDF fighters and Hezbollah soldiers that were parachuted into this government enclave in 2015.
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    Post  eehnie on Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:07 am

    Reportedly today, June 14, expire the de-escalation offers of the Syrian gouvernment in the area of Daraa.

    If there are not agreements, the fight is likely to begin fast.

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    Post  par far on Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:54 pm

    "US RESUMES FINANCIAL AID TO WHITE HELMETS."

    "On June 14, US President Donald Trump authorized the United States Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of State to allocate approximately $6.6 million to fund the Syrian Civil Defense, that is known as the “White Helmets,” and the UN’s Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM)

    In an official press release, the U.S. Department of State stressed the US support for the controversial Syrian organization and described its acts as “heroic.”

    “The United States Government strongly supports the White Helmets who have saved more than 100,000 lives since the conflict began, including victims of Assad’s chemical weapons attacks. These heroic first responders have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world and continue to be deliberately targeted by the Syrian regime and Russian airstrikes,” the U.S. Department of State said in its press release.


    The U.S. Department of State suspended its financial support for the White Helmets on May 3. Back then, the US TV channel CBS reported that the Department of State was reviewing its support for the Syrian organization.

    The U.S is not the only supporter of the White Helmets, radical groups such as Hay’at Tahrir al-Sahm (HTS), which is labeled by the U.S. as a terrorist organization, also back the organization to facilitate its work. Former leader of HTS Abu Jaber Shaykh and radical Saudi cleric Abdullah al-Muhaysini even stressed their support for the White Helmets in a public video, which was released last year.

    The Syrian organization was also accused by Russia and the Damascus government of covering up militants’ crimes and of staging fake chemical attacks to provoke a U.S. military action against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). The most notable case was the alleged chemical attack in the district of Duma earlier this year.

    Most of the US funds will likely find its way to the White Helmets centers in areas controlled by the former branch of al-Qaeda in Syria HTS and other al-Qaeda-affiliated groups. This poses a serious threat, especially that the U.S has no real mechanism to track these founds once they are delivered to the organization."


    https://southfront.org/us-resumes-financial-aid-to-white-helmets/


    This means that another fake attack by the Zionists is coming.

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    Post  nomadski on Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:11 pm


    Why did Hitler continue with his war in Europe by attacking both Russia and France ? Why did the yanks attack Libya and Syria , after their failed war in Iraq and Afghanistan . Why do the Saudi / west carry on with their war in Syria , after their losses there and in Yemen ?

    If it was simply an extension of aggressive economic policy or trade war . A land grab allowing access to resources . Then our very clever capitalist class with their eye on protecting their investments . Will never go along with it . Unless they are absolute sure that their investments are protected . And their nest eggs are safe back home from attack .

    In none of this cases , can we say that such is the case . Hitler burned Germany industry by a suicidal war against the world . The yanks are loosing ground in those countries they invaded in ME . And Saudis are under attack . Their installations are being hit . Cheap labour flow from Yemen is dried up .

    So I think that prolonged wars of suicide . Are more a function of political groups or class that loose power by presence of peace . Since the main function of war is to divert from rising political power that challenge them .

    So for example the Saudis will intensify war . Simply to stay in power . And divert the democratic process . The same reason perhaps that the fascists waged war . To divert the people from joining the socialists . A challenge to the power of status quo .

    So in the ME , the way to stop the war is to give rise to the political power of the people . Increasing the democratic process . As I think Lenin said that if revolution does not lead to war , then war will lead to revolution .
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    Post  eehnie on Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:38 pm

    Dima wrote:Israel actually doesn't need NATO when it have nuclear weapons. Almost all its war have been won on the back of its Nuclear arsenal. Its the threat of use of nuclear weapons (conveyed through "proper channels" to the adversary) which have halted all the wars. Believe it or not!
    They took this chapter right out of the murican experience starting right after WWII.

    Berlin got divided and the "heroic" airlifts/airdrops of the muricans in Berlin was as a result of the threat of use of nuclear weapons against the Soviet Union if they interfered with the murican flights.

    Korean war halted at the 38th parallel after the Korean/Soviet/Chinese allies pushed back all the way from the Chinese border to the 38th parallel in the face of a full blown murican led assault was due to threat of nuclear weapons. It was the fear of murican nuclear retaliation that kept the Soviets to low profile during the Korean war and didn't want the muricans to know that the Soviet forces were involved.

    Blame it all on the part of Soviet Union to not have nuclear weapons/a credible nuclear deterrent during those days in the face of murican nuclear blackmail.


    Btw, all scums are having a get together near Russian borders with their age old aim/dream of dismembering and destroying Russia. They almost succeeded in doing it during Yeltsin years when it was almost an all jewish oligarchy that ruled the state.

    Do you really think that Russia entered in this war to allow the use of nuclear weapons against Syria or other ally? Do you think Russia would allow the death of their soldiers under nuclear weapons in Syria without answering?

    If Israel uses nuclear weapons, is safe enough to say that will be also in the receiving side.

    Nuclear weapons are not something to play it. At this point even North Korea is looking more responsible than Israel on this issue.


    starman wrote:
    Dima wrote:
    Israel actually doesn't need NATO when it have nuclear weapons.

    In fact it has an overwhelming superiority in conventional weapons.

    The biggest defense weakness of Israel is that can not sustain any form of attrition. A small country with small population and limited financial resources. Only the US can sustain Israel on attrition, and it does not cover human loses even if US soldiers take part in a possible war.

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    "On June 14, unknown gunmen shot and killed Doctor Musa Qanbas, a member of the reconciliation committee in southern Syria, in front of his clinic in the town of al-Harra in northwestern Daraa. On June 2, three other members of the committee – Tufiq al-Ghunim, Mohamad al-Ghunim and Mufaq al-Bargas were also assassinated. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), at least twelve members of the committee were assassinated during the last two months.

    Syrian experts describe this series of assassinations as an attempt by some militant groups and their foreign sponsors, mostly the US and Israel, to undermine the Damascus government efforts to restore control of southern Syria by a peaceful way."


    I think the peace process has likely failed in Southern Syria(Russia would have liked it if it were done peacefully but US and Israel are against that), I think that the SAA will not do anything in Southern Syria without the consent and approval of Russia because they will need Russian Air cover(if they go with out Russian Air support, the SAA will be sitting ducks for the US fighter jets.)


    https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-june-15-2018-russia-turkey-reportedly-reach-agreement-on-tell-rifaat/




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    Post  Visc on Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:59 pm

    This is a must read to better understand the whole situation in the region.

    President Assad: Damascus to Agree with Iranian Military Bases in Syria If Asked by Tehran

    TEHRAN (FNA) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad underlined that his country would agree with setting up Iranian military bases in Syria if Tehran ever extends such a demand.

    "There’s nothing to prevent establishment of such bases as long as Iran is an ally as is Russia," President Assad said in an interview with the Arabic-language al-Alam news channel on Wednesday.

    Asked if he would agree to the establishment of such bases, he said even his country might raise such a demand from Tehran. "We could ask for the existence of such forces to support us. Iran has never asked and does not have an interest except in fighting terrorism. But the evolution of the war made it necessary to develop the nature of this presence."

    "This happened as far as the Russians are concerned. In the beginning, Russian support, like Iranian support, was different from what it is today. The support for terrorism has developed internationally and globally when the Syrian Army confronted those terrorists, and with that Russian and Iranian military presence developed. At a certain stage, we found – with the Russians of course – that the existence of air bases was necessary to provide air support to the Syrian Army. And now, if we find, in cooperation, coordination, or dialogue with the Iranians, that there is a need for Iranian military bases, we will not hesitate. But now, Iranian support in its present form is good and effective," he added.

    Asked by al-Alam about the recent events in Southern Syria, President Assad said, "To put it simply, after the liberation of al-Ghouta, it was suggested that we should move south. We were faced with two options, as is the case in all other areas in Syria: reconciliation or liberation by force. At this point, the Russians suggested the possibility of giving reconciliation an opportunity, similar to what happened in other areas, in order to restore the situation that prevailed before 2011. In other words, for the Syrian Army to be deployed in that area, which is an area of confrontation with the Zionist enemy. And of course the terrorists should leave the area. This proposition suits us. Up till now, there are no concrete results for a simple reason which is Israeli and American interference; for they put pressure on the terrorists in that area in order to prevent reaching any compromise or peaceful resolution. That is how the situation stands now."

    Asked if the Syrian government has decided to move towards a military operation or towards reconciliation in Southern Syria, he said, "No, contacts are still ongoing between the Russians, the Americans, and the Israelis, while nobody is communicating with the terrorists, because they are mere tools, and they implement what their masters decide ultimately. This is what happened, i.e. there was an opportunity to reach reconciliation, but the American and Israeli interference prevented that possibility."

    "For the Americans, there is a general principle they follow in dealing with any problem in the world. The only price they ask for is absolute hegemony, regardless of the issue and the place. Of course, we shall never provide that price; otherwise we wouldn’t have fought this war for years. We have been fighting for the independence of Syrian decision-making, for the Syrian homeland, and for the unity of Syrian territory. As for Iran in particular, let me be very clear: the Syrian-Iranian relationship is a strategic one not subject to a deal in the south or in the north. This relationship, in terms of its implications and results on the ground, is linked to the present and future of the region. Consequently, it is not subject to the price tags of the international bazaar. Neither Syria nor Iran has floated this relationship on the international political bazaar for it to be subject to haggling. The proposition was made by the Israelis with the objective of provoking and embarrassing Iran. At the same time, this comes in line with the international propaganda campaign launched against Iran regarding the nuclear file. It is not a separate issue; for everything happening now is linked to Iran in order to create an international position against it. As for us in Syria, the decision concerning our land is an exclusively Syrian decision. We are fighting the same battle, and when we have a decision concerning Iran, we will talk about it with the Iranians and not with any other party," Assad said.

    In response to the question that "there is the Military Operations Command (MOC) which hasn’t stopped its operations since the beginning of the war on Syria about eight years ago. It is working and is still active, and is directly linked to the Israelis. But we have noticed recently that it has been reactivated, and there are more communications. Mr. President, does this mean that the Syrian state is practically moving towards a military decisive action in the south regardless of the consequences, whether things reach a stalemate or not? Is a decisive action in the cards for the Syrian leadership,", he said, "No, MOC has nothing to do with this decision. MOC has been linked to the presence and the role of the terrorists since the beginning of the war on Syria. That’s why it existed: in order to lead them militarily. Consequently, the continued existence of this operations room means the continuation of the role given to these terrorists, i.e. they are equipped and prepared to carry out more terrorist acts. MOC is linked to the terrorists and not to the role of the Syrian state. Our role has nothing to do with it. Our decision has been clear from the beginning: we will liberate all Syrian lands. As to when to move south, north, east, or west, this is a purely military issue. But regardless of MOC, we have moved towards the south and we are giving the political process a chance. If that doesn’t succeed, we have no other option but to liberate it by force."

    Asked how Syria wants to deal with the confrontation in the south as there are the Americans, the Russians, the Iranians, the Israelis, and Hezbollah, Assad said, "You are talking about two axes: one supporting terrorism, and represented by the US, Israel, and some flunkies in the region including some Arab and non-Arab states, and an anti-terrorist axis. The first axis supports terrorism and seeks hegemony, while the second axis seeks independence. So, there can be only one result for this confrontation, i.e. the victory of one of these axes. At least, as far as the anti-terrorist axis is concerned, it will not give up the process of cleaning Syria and the region of terrorism and will not give up on the unity of Syrian territory."

    "As to the other axis, will it change as a result of the reality on the ground? Let’s wait and see. But in terms of substance and convictions, it will not change, while in terms of the political practices dictated by reality and the facts on the ground, it might," he added.

    Asked if the Americans will leave al-Tanf, Assad said, "The Americans say they are ready, but everyone knows that the Americans are historically professional liars in politics. So why should we believe them? Also, we have to wait and see."

    Asked about the events in Jordan, he said, "In fact, the only information we have is what we hear in the media. In any case, we wish Jordan stability, not chaos, because the latter will have a negative impact on us."

    Asked why Israel would agree now to the return of the Syrian Army to the borders and to the occupied Golan, Assad said, "Certainly, neither conviction, morality, nor international law means anything to the Israelis. Since the beginning of the war, particularly when it started to have a clear military nature on the southern front in particular, the Israelis used to shell Syrian forces continuously, and consequently provide direct support to the terrorists. Israeli artillery and aircraft are the terrorists’ artillery and aircraft. That applies to Jabhat al-Nusra of course. Nothing is going to change this Israeli approach. As far as we are concerned, Israel’s approval had no role at all. Despite Israeli support to the terrorists, we have been doing our job, and the Syrian Army is fighting its way towards the southern front, and has liberated a number of areas within the limits of its capabilities. So, with or without its approval, the decision is a Syrian one, and this is a national duty we shall carry out."

    Asked if a return of the Syrian Army is better than having resistance in the Golan, for instance, he said, "I think the two options are bad for the Israelis. Both of them are bad. Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah has repeatedly talked about Syria’s relationship with the resistance and a Syrian role in the resistance. So, how would the Israelis choose between two bad things for them?"

    Asked by al-Alam that how the Syrian government would deal with the terrorists coaxed by Israel in the future, Assad said, "This is true; we cannot put everyone in the same basket. There are different reasons for moving in this wrong direction; and these people have wronged the homeland and every Syrian citizen. Ultimately, they are the children of this homeland, and we all bear responsibility for this problem, not only those who have done wrong. When crime, for instance, becomes widespread in a certain country, the whole society bears responsibility for this crime, not only the security agencies or the criminals themselves. The first thing that should be done is to accommodate these people. Second, we need to address the root causes which led to this case of weak patriotism. The causes here are many and complicated, and the scope of this interview doesn’t allow for all of them to be mentioned."

    Asked about Israel's threats of more attacks against Syria, he said, "Basically, we haven’t stopped responding. First of all, we haven’t stopped fighting terrorists, and at the same time we haven’t stopped responding to Israeli aggression within the capabilities available to us, militarily and technically. Moreover, the more these capabilities improve; the response will be better and higher. But in fact the strongest response to Israel now is to strike the Israeli army existing in Syria which consists practically of the terrorists."

    "What is the link between air defense systems and the terrorists acting as infantry on the ground? This was an Israeli order. It was an Israeli-American order because it is the same thing. So, they are Israel’s army inside Syria; and the first strike against Israel, politically, militarily, and in every other area, is to strike Israel’s terrorists inside Syria, whether they belong to ISIS, al-Nusra, or the other groups linked to the Israeli plan and strategy," he added.

    Asjed if Israel escalates, are you prepared to respond more forcefully, Assad said, "This is what’s happening. It is escalating, and we are responding. Ultimately, we are fighting the war within the capabilities available to us, and we are doing our best within these capabilities. A response does not need a political decision. I stress that responding or not responding is not a political decision. It is a national decision, and it was taken from day one. But implementing this decision depends on what we can do militarily and not politically."

    Asked about the Russian hesitation to supply Syria with S-300 missile defense system, he said, "You know that military action and military considerations are part of political considerations. Consequently, a statement, even if it is of a military nature, carries at the same time political messages. So, why did the Russians say that they want to send or not send? This is a statement that the Russians should be asked about because it might be part of their political tactics. As to the military aspect of the statement, which concerns Syria, it’s not our custom to talk about the weapon which will be delivered or not delivered. The evidence was that the weapons used in response to the last two aggressions, the tripartite aggression and after that the Israeli aggression, were not announced by Syria. We traditionally do not announce cases of a technical military nature."

    "Even if the S300 missiles will be provided or not provided, we will not say that they were delivered to Syria. A weapon is used when it must be used."

    Asked if there is a possibility that Syria has developed certain weapons, Assad said, "This remains a possibility. In any case, the result is the same: weapons shouldn’t be talked about until they are used. Weapons announce themselves only when they are used."

    Asked about the nature of Iran, Russia and Syria alliance, he siad, "If we talk first about the Syrian-Iranian part, for 40 years, and in the different conditions that the Middle East region has gone through, this alliance remained solid. So, there is no reason to say that it is temporary or otherwise. The new element in the war on Syria is the Russian element, and that’s why this tripartite alliance came into existence. Our relationship with Russia is now about seven decades old. Despite the fluctuations and the fall of the Soviet Union, the rule of President Yeltsin, and the deterioration of these relations to a large degree for us, it has never reached the stage of reversing this relationship with Syria. Russia continued to deal with Syria as a friendly state, and we have imported everything from Russia, including weapons, during the different stages of the sanctions imposed on Syria. It is not in the nature of the Russians to build temporary or self-serving alliances or to sell out on relations in order to get deals done. The relationship is definitely a strategic one, but the political statements allowed for these speculations."

    "These statements also aim at sending messages in different directions. Maybe, sometimes the language or the choice of particular terminology might not be helpful and might take the statement in a different direction at odds with the content of the statement. This happens from time to time. However, these statements shouldn’t be taken out of context: the Russian view of the relationship with Iran is a strategic one. As for Syria, the Russians do not interfere in Syrian affairs. If they have a certain opinion, they raise it with us and say that in the end, the decision is that of the Syrian leadership and the Syrian people. This is a constant principle for Russia. Therefore, the alliance is a strategic one, and if there are differences, such differences happen within the Syrian state, and you see differences within the Iranian state and within the Russian state. It is natural for us to differ on daily tactical details, for why conduct a dialogue if we agree on everything? We meet extensively in order to reach agreement."

    Asked if this tripartite alliance is being consolidated, he said, "Of course. This is dictated by reality, interest, and international changes that make it necessary for this alliance to be consolidated. As long as the other axis supports terrorism, and as long as we, together with Iran and Russia, feel the danger of terrorism, not only in Syria, but also on all these countries and on the whole world, and as long as Syria, Iran, and Russia realize the importance of abiding by international law, these facts make the existence of this alliance necessary."

    Asked about remarks that Syria will get a price if the Iranians leave Syrian territories, Assad siad, "As I said in the beginning, as long as this relationship is not floated in the bazaar, they cannot offer a price, and the answer will be clear. That’s why they don’t dare suggest this price. This issue was raised by different countries, including Saudi Arabia for instance, at the beginning of the war, and not only at the beginning, but at different stages. The proposition was that if Syria cut its relationship with Iran, the situation in Syria will be normal. This principle is basically rejected by us."

    "The relationship with Iran was the basis for every proposition; and Saudi Arabia’s position on this subject is public. I’m not revealing a secret."

    Asked about the nature of Iranian presence in Syria, he said, "The term adviser is sometimes used in a broad manner, i.e. these advisers have been with us, through the longstanding relationship with Iran, even before the war, because the military relationship is close. When a military formation moves to a fighting position, the adviser becomes a fighter. So, the word can be used in different senses. There are certainly Iranian advisers in Syria, and there are groups of Iranian volunteers who came to Syria, and they are led by Iranian officers. Iran has fought with and defended the Syrian people. It offered blood. That’s why when we say “advisers” this is a generic term, but this doesn’t mean that we are ashamed of any Iranian presence, even if it is official. But we use the word “advisers” because there are no regular Iranian fighting units in Syria."

    "Exactly. There are no battalions, or brigades, or divisions. First, we can’t hide them, and then why should we be ashamed of that? When we invited the Russians legally to come to Syria, we were not ashamed of that. And if there were an Iranian formation, we would announce it, because such relations need agreements between the two states endorsed by parliaments. Such relations cannot be concealed."

    Aked if Syria invited Iranian advisers to come, he said, "Of course, from the beginning we invited the Iranians, and then we invited the Russians. We needed the support of these countries, and they answered the call."

    Asked if there are no Iranian bases in Syria, Assad said, "That’s correct."

    Asked about the reason for lack of Iranian bases, he said, "There’s nothing that prevents the existence of such bases as long as Iran is an ally as is Russia."

    Asked if Iran requested the existence of such bases, Syria would agree, he said, "If we ask. We will ask them to agree. I mean that we could ask for the existence of such forces to support us. Iran has never asked and does not have an interest except in fighting terrorism. But the evolution of the war made it necessary to develop the nature of this presence."

    "This happened as far as the Russians are concerned. In the beginning, Russian support, like Iranian support, was different from what it is today. The support for terrorism has developed internationally and globally when the Syrian Army confronted those terrorists, and with that Russian and Iranian military presence developed. At a certain stage, we found – with the Russians of course – that the existence of air bases was necessary to provide air support to the Syrian Army. And now, if we find, in cooperation, coordination, or dialogue with the Iranians, that there is a need for Iranian military bases, we will not hesitate. But now, Iranian support in its present form is good and effective."

    Asked why he has not visited Iran so far, although he visited Russia more than once, Assad said, "That’s correct. In fact, there was a scheduled visit to Iran a few months ago, and it was postponed and not cancelled. It was postponed because of an emergency in Syria related to the development of battles. There is certainly no reason which prevents such a visit, and I’ll visit Iran hopefully soon on the earliest opportunity. This is natural, but the issue is logistic, no more, no less."

    Asked about the US move to relocate embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, he said, "The Palestine context, since 1948 up till now, has been a complicated one, because the regional context is complicated. Of course, it is complicated because the colonial West, which is particularly supportive of Israel, has always created elements which aim at one single thing. First, to drive to desperation the Arab citizen who is historically attached to the cause of Palestine and who has always considered it a pan-Arab cause that touched him even on the national level."

    "The other objective has been to distract the Arab peoples together with states or societies in general to marginal causes so that they do not have time to think about Israel. And they have succeeded to a great extent, most recently through the so-called Arab spring which has aimed at destroying the political, military, and psychological infrastructure of Arab societies."

    "Nevertheless, recent development have proven that the Arab people is still conscientiously attached to the cause of Palestine. As for Syria – since it has been part of these plots to undermine the Arab condition in general – first, for Syria to support the cause of Palestine, it should first of all destroy the Israeli army in Syria. Restoring stability in Syria, striking terrorism, and foiling the Israeli plot in Syria is certainly part of supporting the cause of Palestine. The support might be indirect with direct consequences, but these direct consequences are linked to the internal Palestinian condition. We shouldn’t forget that the Palestinians are divided between groups which resist Israel and are genuinely linked to the cause of Palestine, and other groups which are against the resistance and support surrenderist and defeatist peace, while there are other groups which use resistance as a title in order to achieve their political objectives under the slogan of religion. This is of course the Muslim Brotherhood’s approach."

    Asked if he is prepared to offer whatever the resistance asks of him, whether in the form of political, military, or any other form of support, he said, "Politically, we haven’t changed. The Palestinian question for us is still as it was ten years ago and decades ago. It hasn’t changed. As to what we can offer, this has to do with two things: first, Syria’s current capabilities; and there’s no doubt that the priority is given now to cleaning Syria of terrorism. Second, it has to do with the Palestinian condition and the parties with which we can deal within the Palestinian arena."

    Asked about his view about to resistance fighters in Lebanon and families of martyrs and the wounded, he said, "When all these groups of resistance get together to defend Syrian soil and Syrian citizens, including the Lebanese resistance and the brothers who came from Iraq some of whom reproached me for not mentioning them by name, I take this opportunity to stress that there are brothers from Iraq to whom we give the same weight of any resistance fighter who came from any other country."

    "There are also the families of resistance fighters who came from Iran and sacrificed their blood in Syria. We should put all these in the same basket next to the Syrian martyrs, fighters, and their families. To those I say that all the letters, the words, the sentences, and the whole of literature are much less than a single drop of blood. Therefore, words are of a much lesser value than what they have offered. What’s more important is what history will write about them."

    "In fact, when we talk about writing history, we need to highlight that history needs a strategy and needs tactics, but the fact remains that strategy without implementation on the ground has no value. It remains mere thought which we might include in books and essays. But the reality is that these individuals in these countries, this group of resistance fighters, not politics, write history. I would like to use the answer to this question to express to them all my love, respect, and appreciation, and my reverence to the fighters, the wounded, and martyrs, and to all their families who are courage incarnated and who sent these individuals to Syria to defend it and fight terrorism, so that these families become models of morality and principles for present and future generations."

    Asked if Syria has called for Hezbollah's withdrawal, he said, "The battle is long and ongoing. When we talk about this tripartite alliance – and if we consider it a quadruple alliance when we add Hezbollah, we talk about the tripartite alliance in terms of the states included, but in the end Hezbollah is a basic element in this war – the battle is long, and the need for these military forces will continue for a long time. When there is a need, and when Hezbollah, Iran, or others believe that terrorism has been eliminated, they will tell us that they want to go home. As Seyed Hassan said, they have families and daily interests, which is normal, but it is still early to talk about this subject."

    Al-Alam journalist's question that "there are still areas under the control of terrorism and areas under occupation. At the same time, regretfully, some Arab countries, and here I am talking particularly about Saudi Arabia, announced that it is ready to send forcers to Syria. On the other hand, a few days ago popular tribal units were formed to resist occupation. Are these really popular resistance units? Do they receive support from the Syrian government? Does this mean that the army cannot liberate those areas, and that’s why it is asking for the help of the tribes? What is the nature of this issue?", was answered by Assad that "there are different forms of this resistance which appeared a few years ago. In the beginning they were fighting ISIS before they started to fight the occupiers. They were against ISIS in the central and eastern regions, and there were cases where they appeared in other regions which were not given media coverage and about which we hear sometimes through information and indications".

    "Now, this situation has started to expand. So, it’s not one single case. There are a number of cases which might be individual sometimes, or in the form of small groups not affiliated to an organization. In any case, our position as a state has been from the beginning to support any act of resistance, whether against terrorists or against occupying forces, regardless of their nationality, i.e. American, French, Turkish, or Israeli. We support these resistance forces based on our national role as a government."

    Asked about Saudi Arabia and sending Saudi forces to Syria, he said, "First, when we talk about a state, we should assume that such a state can take decisions independently. That’s why we will not talk about the role of Saudi Arabia. You better ask me about the American decision on this issue."

    Asked if Syria will cooperate with the countries which have collaborated in destruction of the country during the war, Assad said, "Reconstruction in Syria is not a cause for concern for us. It needs two factors: first, the human factor which is more important than the financial factor. When a country like Syria possesses the human factor, the financial cost will be less when it comes to reconstruction. This is self-evident, and we possess all these factors despite the fact that many competent and qualified Syrians have immigrated because of the war."

    "But we still have the capability to start reconstruction. And the evidence is clear now, for the state is moving forward and reconstruction has begun. As to money, the Syrian people have financial capabilities, capital, most of which is not in Syria, but outside Syria. But there is capital waiting for reconstruction to begin, so it will begin investing. On the other hand, there are the friendly countries which have capabilities and have the desire; and we have the desire to have them participate in reconstruction, so that they benefit and we Syrians benefit from this process. In the end, we do not need those countries and we will never allow them to be part of reconstruction."

    "Financial resources are not everything. As I said, this is available. There are different sources in the world and in Syria for capital."

    Asked if he wanted to talk about two cases, the most difficult case or incident that he has encountered during these years, Assad said, "It is natural, at the heart of the military battle, for the best and worst cases to be linked to the development of the military battle. If I say that the worst cases were when terrorists used to control a certain area, this is self-evident, but it is related more to specific battles, particularly when the area is strategic or the city is big with a large population. Consequently, the impact will be much greater psychologically and in terms of morale."

    "But there was an ongoing situation which we are still living and we must think about: when a martyr or a group of martyrs fall, and this is ongoing on a weekly basis for us, we must think that a family lost a dear one who cannot be compensated. He might be compensated by achieving victory at a certain stage, but on the family, psychological and human level, you cannot compensate a dear one lost to a certain family, or maybe a friend. This is a very painful situation which we have lived and continue to live. This will not stop until the war itself stops. But there were painful cases at the beginning of the war, when you see this huge lack of patriotism. They were perhaps a minority, but a large minority, of individuals who were prepared to sell the homeland and trade it together with their principles, if they had ones, in return for money or a certain interest, in addition to a certain percentage of extremism."

    "On the other hand, there were victories, particularly when victories started in the city of al-Qsair in 2013, and culminated in the city of Aleppo in 2016, that was the beginning of the major victories. That was followed by Deir Ezzor, and today we are living the joy of liberating Damascus and its countryside. This is a situation we have all lived through, and you were with us, and I am sure you feel the same joy."

    Asked if he has felt tired at a certain moment and during war, he said, "This question might be raised in a personal manner. When I am faced with a personal situation as an individual, I might feel despair after a few months. I might feel tired or bored or I might want to move to a different situation, or give up. That is possible."

    "Of course, as an individual, but the case you are proposing is not personal, it is national. Imagine yourself in a different condition, perhaps building something on your own. You feel tired, but when you see a large number of people helping you build it and share the same determination, you forget the tiredness."

    "Now we are in a national situation. We are talking about millions of Syrians. When you see a shell striking and victims falling anywhere in Syria, you feel frustrated. But when you see life being restored to the same area after one hour, your psychological condition changes. When you see that the electricity worker, the oil worker, the teacher, the employee, are moving side by side with fighters, moving without despair and without tiredness, how can you feel tired? This is a collective condition not related to me as a person. It has to do with our human condition when we are together as a society. How do we live? This defines whether you are tired or not. Would the Syrian society have arrived at this stage of despair and surrender, I would certainly have been with it. I would have surrendered because I do not have the necessary elements for steadfastness. This is self-evident."


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    Post  Austin on Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:15 pm

    US Preparing Chemical False Flag Attack at al-Tanf – Damascus Source

    https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201806161065467066-al-tanf-chemical-provocation-prep-reports/

    Syrian Human Rights Network head Ahmad Kazem has told Sputnik that US intelligence was preparing a provocation involving chemical weapons near al-Tanf, Syria, and that its purpose will be to drive a wedge between Damascus and Syria's Kurds.

    "Right now [at At Tanf] preparations are being made by US special services in coordination with Daesh (ISIS)* in the region to stage a provocation identical to the kind that took place in Douma," Kazem said. "Kurds, including women and children, are being prepared for the false flag operation," he added.


    Kazem thinks there is an 'extremely strong' probability for the provocation to be carried out. "It is being prepared with the goal of causing a collision between the Kurds and the Syrian army," he said.

    On Monday, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that the ministry has received information from numerous sources that Free Syrian Army militants and US special operations forces were preparing a false flag attack involving the use of poisonous substances in the eastern Syrian region of Deir ez-Zor.
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    Post  Visc on Sun Jun 17, 2018 2:58 pm

    Elite Syrian Army troops arrive in southern Syria as they prepare to launch long-awaited offensive

    BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – Just days after the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad spoke to Al-Alam News about future operations in southern Syria, the elite Tiger Forces division has deployed to the Dara’a Governorate.

    According to local activists, another convoy of Tiger Forces arrived in the Dara’a Governorate in much larger numbers than before.

    These units from the Tiger Forces are expected to lead the upcoming battle to retake the southern part of the provincial capital, which has been under the control of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and their Islamist allies.

    In addition to the arrival of the ground forces, local activists have reported that the commander of the Tiger Forces, Major General Suheil Al-Hassan, arrived in Dara’a as well.

    Major General Hassan is expected to lead his division in battle; however, he will also be working together with the 4th Division and Republican Guard command.

    The 4th Division and Republican Guard are tasked with leading the operations in the Dara’a countryside and Al-Quneitra Governorate.

    With reconciliation talks failing all over Dara’a and Al-Quneitra, it is very likely the Syrian Arab Army will be launching their offensive in the coming weeks.

    While the U.S. has warned the Syrian government against launching this offensive, these threats do not appear to have any influence over Damascus’ decision to launch the operation.

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    Post  Walther von Oldenburg on Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:53 pm

    The Tigers are just arriving in Daraa and what's an offensive without them?
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    Post  starman on Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:30 pm

    Visc wrote:
    While the U.S. has warned the Syrian government against launching this offensive, these threats do not appear to have any influence over Damascus’ decision to launch the operation.

    Isn't there a deal under which the SAA can go ahead provided hez and the Iranians are out of it? Anyway hope to see the offensive get underway and good luck to Gen. Hassan. Smile

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