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So the USA apparently has taken out the number 2 al-queda with a missile fired from a drone
Slowly but surely the USA is choking that organization to death
Hassan Nasrallah: Al Nusra Defeated in Qalamoun, Battle Against Daesh (ISIS) Begins (and vid)
"The battle against Daesh in Qalamoun has started, as well as in the Eastern mountains, on the border between Lebanon and Syria. They are the ones who attacked us and initiated the battle and there is no problem with that, but we will continue this battle.
We have the absolute determination to end this evil terrorist Takfiri presence at our border, whatever should be the price or sacrifice. As for us, this is an irrevocable decision."
China's Stance on Syria - 'a matter of principle' (and vid)
"He Wenping of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, insists that Russia and China are defending the principle of state sovereignty. 'Any regime change should be undertaken by the people in that country,' he told RT.
He says it is hard to believe US President Barack Obama when he says that there will be no miltiary intervention in Syria. 'At the very beginning of the Libyan war, we heard the same sayings coming from the White House, from NATO..."
Locals of Occupied Golan Confront Israeli Ambulance, Kill Two Terrorists
"Two terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra were killed Monday when heroes of the occupied Golan confronted a Zionist ambulance which was transporting them to receive treatment at one of the Israeli entity's hospitals.
Following the incident, locals of Majdal Shams village took to the street denouncing the Israeli occupation entity's logistics and military support to armed terrorists who perpetrate crimes in Syria, and for providing them with medical treatment."
US To Begin Invasion of Syria
US policymakers sign and date paper calling for the division, destruction and US occupation of Syria...a sobering example of how dangerous and enduring modern imperialism is, even in the 21st century..."
Neo Cons Urge Embrace of Al Qaeda - by Daniel Lazare
"The latest neocon gambit is to build support for 'regime-change' in Syria by downplaying the evils of Al Qaeda, rebranding it as some sort of 'moderate' terrorist force whose Syrian affiliate is acceptable to Israel and supplied by Saudi Arabia.
Neocon pushing for an explicit alliance with Al Nusra are thus attempting to plunge the US ever more deeply into a growing sectarian war..."
WikiLeaks Reveals KSA, Turkey, Qatar Secret Anti-Syria Plot
"Whistleblower website WikiLeaks says leaked documents from Saudi ministries have revealed that Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey had a secret deal three years ago to topple the Syrian government.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told Russiya1 TV channel on Sunday that the US, France and Britain had also been involved in the secret deal in 2012."
Israel Arming, Providing Recruits For Takfiri Militants in Syria
"A recent report has disclosed that the Israeli regime has been providing recruits as well as military equipment to Takfiri militant groups operating inside Syria in a bid to overthrow the government of Bashar al Assad.
The report said Israeli agents even notified foreign sponsored militants of the locations that Western military aircraft were to bombard in Syria in a bid to overthrow teh government of President Bashar al Assad.
It also pointed to the close liasons between Israeli authorities and high-profile ISIL commanders."
Propaganda Wave Portends Invasion of Syria - by Tony Cartalucci
"It was reported just days ago that US policymakers have signed and dated plans drawn up for the US invasion and occupation of Syria. The plans as described by The Fortune 500 - funded Brookings Institution - a corporate think-tank that has previously drawn up plans for the invasion, occupation and 'surge' in Iraq - is to occupy border regions of Syria with US special forces to then justify a nationwide 'no fly zone' if and when Syrian forces attempt to retake these 'safe zones.'
The 'safe zones' are to be used by various terrorist fronts...It was also reported that this signed and dated conspiracy to invade, occupy and destroy Syria, would be followed by widespread propaganda aimed at selling the policy paper under the guise of 'defeating' the so-called Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL).
In reality, hundreds of trucks a day, originating deep within NATO-member Turkey's territory, cross the Turkish-Syrian border unopposed, destined for ISIS territory, keeping the terrorist front well supplied and amred, along with its ranks full of fresh fighters..."
Turkey Launches War on Islamic State's Worst Enemies - The Kurds
"...Turkey has now reopened its war on the PKK Kurds in Turkey, Iraq and in SYRIA. Turkish police rounded up hundreds of Kurdish activists in Turkey and tonight dozens of Turkish fighter planes attacked PKK positions in SYRIA and IRAQ.
This war is likely to escalate and will be long and bloody. It will mostly be fought on Turkish ground. How did it come to this?"
Israeli Military Admits to Supplying Syrian Jihadis
"The alternative press has noted for months that Israel is supplying jihadis in Syria. But Israel has consistently denied these allegations...until now."
Syrian Army, Kurdish Fighters Advance Against ISIL
"Syrian government forces along with Kurdish fighters advance against ISIL in the strategic northeastern city of Hasakah, authorities say. Syrian state media reported on Sunday, that the terrorist group is being cornered in two small areas in the city. Meanwhile, the Syrian army gained ground in the battle against the ISIL Takfiris in the Western parts of the ancient city of Palmyra in the central Homs province.."
NATO, Turkey To Meet Over ISIL, PKK at Ankara's Request
"...Ankara's request is based on Article 4 of the NATO Treaty, which permits members to call such meetings, if their territorial integrity or security is under threat, BBC quoted NATO Sec-Gen Jens Stoltenberg as saying."
Tayyip Erdogan is one of the worst people in the region. He's an opportunist. With the help USA, he wanted to be the the top guy in the islamic world. Interestingly, at one point, he was.
He has been a disaster for Turkey. Because of him, Turkey has been changing in a bad way for the last 12 years.
Unfortunately, it's too late for Syria to be a unified country again. It seems that Syria will be like Iraq for a long period of time. In the end, we'll see an independent Kurdish state in the region.
Sorry for the double post. I don't know how it happened.
It happens frequently VFA. In this case the extra emphasis on the odious Erdogan is probably warranted.
The West is Betraying the Kurds and Allowing Them To Be Massacred
"For the past year, Western leaders have feted the Kurds of Northern Iraq, praising them as one of the few forces gutsy enough to face down the death cult of ISIL.
Now these leaders turn a blind eye, or even worse give an active nod, to attacks on Northern Iraqi Kurds by the Turkish air force. Heroes one minute; fair game for massacre the next.
In the long list of Western betrayals of former allies overseas, this one feels especially grotesque..."
NATO Backs Turkish/US Regime-Change Offensive in Syria
"NATO on Tuesday gave President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unanimous support for Turkey joining the US-led military offensive against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which is being used as a cover to escalate Washington's intervention against the Syrian regime of President Bashar al Assad.
The quid pro quo secured by Turkey involves US support for attacking of Kurdish forces that, until last week, were being hailed by Washington, Berlin and other NATO powers as the bedrock of the anti-ISIS struggle."
Kurdish militia in Syria accuses Turkey of 'provocative' attacks BEIRUT/ISTANBUL | By Sylvia Westall and Humeyra Pamuk
Let´s be clear about this...to begin building serious civil movements in Canada to transform the neoliberal state and its Party monopoly, we must expose the contradictions......
The Kurdish People in Syria must be supported, and Turkey with its Canadian backing must be challenged!
Syria in Last 24 Hours: Army, Lebanese Resistance Forces Win Back New Areas in Zabadani By GPD on August 3, 2015
and with Obama and his Canadian forces now planning to attack Syrian airforce manouevers, part of their NO fly zone strategy to protect their ISIL mercenaries?
'US Air Cover To Syrian Rebels Could Be Game Changer' (and audio)
"If the US puts its weight behind the Pentagon-trained rebels in their fight against the Assad government, it would neutralize the only advantage the Syrian Army has over the rebels, ie an air force, journalist and political commentator Alaa Ibrahim told RT.
Barack Obama has given authorization for US planes to bomb Syria to help defend 'anti-government rebels.' Theoretically, the new rules of engagement could even allow troops loyal to President Bashar Assad to be directly targeted."
Washington Stunned by Attack on US Mercenaries in Syria
"An attack by the Syrian Islamist milita affiliated with Al Qaeda upon a small US-trained mercenary force sent into the country has staggered the Obama administration, while underscoring the immense internal contradictions and outright duplicity of its policy in the region.
Launching the attack was the Al Nusra Front, the Syrian affiliate of Al Qaeda and the most powerful of the Islamist militias that have been fielded in the Western, Saudi, Turkish and Qatari-backed war for regime change to oust the government of Syria's President Bashar al Assad.
Following the capture of its commander and other fighters, Division 30 issued a communique appealing to 'our brothers' in the AL-Nusra-dominated 'Support Front' to release the colonel and his companions as quickly as possible, avoiding shedding the blood of Muslims and out of eagerness to maintain a united front.'
The statement could not be clearer. The force being trained by the US military is attempting to operate as part of a 'united front' with the Syrian affiliate of Al Qaeda, which the American people have been told for nearly 14 years represents the foremost threat to the US.
This is only the latest fiasco produced by the US intervention in the region..."
I have posted this here because I think it sheds light upon the current Syrian situation - an earlier (May 18) interview posted in the ISIS thread, with investigative journalist Jurgen Todenhofer, who went inside the territory of Islamic State and is interviewed by Sophie Shevardnadze.
ISIS Buys Arms, Ammo From US-Supported Rebels - Investigative Journalist Jurgen Todenhofer
War on Syria (updates)
"Over 70 foreign-backed militants are killed in clashes with Syrian soldiers and Hezbollah fighters."
The geopolitics of the Syrian civil war (with some reservations about the lack of detail and the bold conclusions, it's a useful orientation):
The Russian Airborne Troops are ready to assist Syria in countering terrorists, if such a task is set by Russia’s leaders, commander of the Airborne Troops Colonel-General Vladimir Shamanov told reporters on Tuesday.
one step closer? to military confrontation!
Syria 'Should Not Interfere' in Militant Ops BY US-Backed Groups (and vid)
"The US has warned of 'additional steps' if Damascus continues taking actions against the US-backed militants in crisis-hit Syria.
In response to Earnest's remarks, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow believes it's counterproductive to announce publicly that some US-trained armed groups 'will be under the protection of the coalition's air forces.'
Lavrov said he had raised the issue with US Secretary of State John Kerry earlier in the day."
US Not Serious About Fighting ISIL : Political Scientist (and vid)
"The US administration of President Barack Obama and its allies in the Middle East were responsible for the growth of the ISIL terrorist group in the region, says Raid Khoury, a political scientist in Los Angeles
US, Saudi Arabia Playing Double Game in Syria: Ralph Schoenman (and vid)
"The United States is in fact backing the fundamentalist groups that are targeting Bashar-al-Assad,' Schoenman told Press TV on Tuesday. 'It's a double game that they play. They use these very destructive forces to undermine countries such as Iran, Iraq and Syria. So they pretend to be after ISIS, but their actual actions betray another story.
The real target is the government in Damascus..."
The Shuttle Diplomacy to Save Syria - by Andrew Korybko
"As all observers have realized, the situation in Syria has noticeably gone from bad to worse. The US and its Turkish ally know that they have 6 months to finish what they started and depose the democratically elected government in Syria, before part of the billions of dollars of frozen Iranian funds are returned to Tehran and immediately transfered to assist with Damascus' defense.
In light of the rapidly deteriorating circumstances and the situational urgency that's compelling the US to speed up its end game in the Levant, Russia and Syria have taken to an intense round of shuttle diplomacy in an effort to stave off a wider war and save the last secular outpost in the Middle East..."
I have been reading a number of reports lately of successes by the Syrian Army...the following is a heartening confirmation!!
This is not just of academic interest to me, as an activist....somehow Canadian activists in resistance to the continued imperialist efforts of NATO, must offer support in one form or other. I applaud Tim Anderson for his work in Syria!...
Why Syria is Winning: Advancing towards a Strategic Victory that will transform the Middle East?By Prof. Tim AndersonGlobal Research, August 10, 2015
Ousting Assad Militarily Would Enable ISIS To Seize Syria - Lavrov (and audio)
"...The ousting of President Bashar Assad by force would only lead to ISIS seizing power in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has warned, adding that Islamic State can only be defeated if all forces who are battling it unite.
'I would not want any powerful state involved in attempts to solve the Syrian crisis to believe the Assad issue may be solved militarily, because the only way of such a military solution is the seizure of power [in Syria] by Islamic State and other terrorists,' Lavrov said, adding: 'I don't think anybody wants that.'
He said that Assad was not posing a threat to any neighboring country, while ISIS is 'not just threatening Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, but also draws maps of its would-be caliphate from Spain to Pakistan.' Lavrov added that the only disagreement between Moscow and Riyadh over Syria is the future of President Assad..."
Turkey Invades Syria, Goes For Aleppo
"...A few hours after Nusra pulled away from the fronts in Aleppo governate and moved toward Idlib, the Turkish invasion started. US Air Force fighter jets have arrived at Incerlik air-base in Turkey and provide air cover for the Turkish invasion.
As the Arabs are now turning away from regime change in Syria the US and Turkey come under time constraints. They will now move faster to achieve their aims."
Russia Hosts Syrian Opposition To Promote Broad Anti-ISIS Coalition (and vid)
"Russian FM Sergey Lavrov met with a top Syrian opposition leader in Moscow to discuss a political settlement in Syria and forming a broad coalition to fight Islamic State amidst reports new chemical weapons use in Iraq has been confirmed by the US.
'We are in contact with all the political forces in Syria, both with the government and with all the opposition groups working inside the country and abroad,' Lavrov said. 'We are working with all external players including countries in the region, the US and our European partners.
Russia wants to see a broad coalition fighting Islamic State, which could include Syrian government forces. This comes amid renewed calls from the US and its allies for regime change in Damascus..."
Former DIA Chief Michael Flynn Says Rise of Islamic State was 'A Wilfull Decision' and Defends Accuracy of 2012 Memo (and vid)
"Michael Flynn confirms the White House's sponsoring of radical jihadists (that would emerge as ISIL and Nusra) against the Syrian regime was 'a willful decision.' Lt Gen Flynn, speaking safely from retirement, is the highest ranking intelligence official to go on record saying the US and other state sponsors of rebels in Syria knowingly gave political backing and shipped weapons to Al Qaeda in order to put pressure on the Syrian regime."
Is Putin Planning to Sell Out Assad? - by Mike Whitney
"Moscow's geostrategic objectives in Syria are the polar opposite of Washington's. Grasping this simple fact is the easiest way to get a fix on what is really going on in the war-torn country. The primary aim of US policy is to break Syria up into smaller units that pose no threat to US-Israeli regional hegemony. That is the US game-plan in a nutshell..."
Untold Suffering in Foua and Kafarya: Two Northwestern Syrian Villages Under Siege and Assault by NATO's Terrorists - by Eva Bartlett
"...Yet scarcely a peep in the corporate media, as massacres committed by western-backed 'moderates' do not merit media coverage, do not suit the war agenda."
IDF Plan Invasion of Syria? (and vid)
Ankara: The New Capital of Jihad
"Washington's malignant agenda in Syria is to topple Assad and split the country into pieces."
The Douma Market Attack: A Fabricated Pretext For Intervention?
"When carefully scrutinizing the documentary evidence of the attack, and comparing that to the claims made throughout the Western media, some troubling irregularities emerge..."
Israeli Jet Shot Down Over Syria
"The Syrian air defense shot down an Israeli warplane violating the Arab country's airspace, an Iranian news agency reported. Israel regularly violates Syrian airspace..."
Confirmed: US To 'Use' Al Qaeda To Take Syria - by Tony Cartalucci
"The US created and now plans to openly use Al Qaeda to overthrow the nation of Syria..."
Daily Beast: "Exposing Russia's Secret Army in Syria".
For those who don't know The Daily Beast, it self-describes its editorial approach as follows, “We seek out scoops, scandals and stories about secret worlds; we love confronting bullies, bigots and hypocrites.”
US State Department Nervous About 'Press Reports' of Russian Military in Syria (and vid)
"More paranoia about a growing Russia 'presence' in Syria. Yet when RT reached out to inquire about the article's 'anonymous', quote-less source, no answer was given.
When asked earlier this week, the spokesman Mark Toner could not provide any additional insight about the 'reports' the US State Department considers so worrying."
How the US Can Stop ISIS Without Setting Foot in Syria
"...The Kurds and Syria's military both realize the importance of stemming terrorist armies within Syria by cutting these off from their supplies at Syria's border. However, both the Kurds and Syrian forces are increasingly limited from securing these borders due to an ever-expanding 'safe-haven' the US and its regional allies are carving out of Syrian territory.
Turkey and Israel have both attacked Syrian forces in these 'safe havens', creating a virtual sanctuary for Al Qaeda afflilates including Al Nusra and ISIS..."
US Seeks Occupation as US Fighters Flood Syria
"Not only does Brookings lay out an open conspiracy to invade and occupy Syria, it does so with the open admission that the goal is not to degrade the fighting capacity of the so-called 'Islamic State' (ISIS or ISIL), but rather to undermine and eventually overthrow the Syrian government.
News reports have trickled out regarding US ands British 'fighters' operating in Syria..."
Remember the opening moves in Libya? I do. I am smelling something similar brewing here.
US-Led Western Nations Plan Escalated War on Syria - by Stephen Lendman
"Obama's proxy war on Syria is in its fifth year - using Islamic State and other Takfiri terrorists as proxy foot soldiers, supported by US terror bombing of Syrian infrastructure targets and the phony pretext of defeating ISIS. Britain, Canada and Israel are involved, complicit in Washington's campaign against Assad - their warplanes covertly terror bombing Syrian infrastructure targets along with America's.
UK SAS special forces masquerading as ISIS fighters operate covertly on the ground - working with their US and Israeli counterparts [and JTF2?]. Full-blown US-led Western war on Assad looms - Libya 2.0. In mid-August, Israeli media reported IDF preparation for possible Golan Heights ground operations in Syrian territory - readied to respond if its military attacks Israel, a likely false flag scheme for anti-Assad aggression if ordered.
Events on the ground and planned show America, Britain, Canada, France, perhaps other Western countries and Israel, likely intend using phony war on ISIS and the refugee flood caused by regional conflicts as a pretext for full-scale war on Syria - to topple Assad and replace him and his government with a US-controlled stooge regime, the same old imperial plot..."
Why Murdoch Pushes For War - by Craig Murray
"Given the disgraceful Sun front page and middle special urging war on Syria, and the all out propaganda on Sky News, it is important to understand why Murdoch is pushing so hard for war..."
Israel Exploits Syrian Chaos to Plan Looting of Golan Oil
"The Afek oil and gas exploration company has almost completed its second drilling tests in the Golan Heights, a part of Syria, which Israel has occupied since 1967 and annexed in violation of international law. Israel is now taking advantage of the chaos in Syria to look for precious resources to extract from the occupied Golan Heights.
Genie Oil and Gas, has some high profile investors and advisors: Media baron Rupert Murdoch, former US Vice President Dick Cheney, American hedge fund manager Michael Steinhardt and British investment banker Jacob Rothschild are all members of the company's Strategic Advisory Board."
US Fears Russian Syria Peace Plan, Not Russian Intervention - by Pepe Escobar
"The problem for what we may describe as the NATO-GCC Warmonger Party is that Moscow is actually trying to coordinate a real, anti regime-change, peace plan that simultaneously tackles the two key problems of the Syrian tragedy: power-sharing in Damascus and the ascension of ISIS/ISIL/Daesh.
The first step of the plan would be to form a real coalition to fight the fake 'Caliphate' - including Russia, Iran, the Syrian government in Damscus, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, as well as Washington.
There's the rub. The Obama administration's plan A remains regime change. A plan B with co-Russian leadership and with Assad on board remains anathema.
Meanwhile, the number of 'regime-change refugees', as analyst Vijay Prashad coined them, will keep on swelling. Vast swathes of European wide public opinion - which has just 'discovered' there's a real, nasty civil war raging in Syria [more correctly an invasion by foreign takfiri] - are already demanding that 'something' should be done.
As in ever more bombing of Syria (With the French and the British 'joining' the action.) What may be in the cards though is something more sinister: Libya remixed. Remember the 'Responsibility To Protect'?
In the post-Orwellian world, a new R2P war is slouching towards Damascus to be born, masking, once again, an obsession with regime change."
Engineered Refugee Crisis to Justify 'Safe Havens' in Syria
"At the end of the day, the 'refugee crisis' is yet another contrivance by the same special interests who first sought to intervene in Syria to back 'freedom fighters', then to stop 'WMDs', and most recently to fight 'ISIS'. Now with all three failing to justify what is otherwise naked military aggression openly pursuing regime change in Syria as a basis for wider confrontation with Iran, Russia, and even China, 'refugees' are being used as human pawns to provoke fear and rage across Europe..."
Madness of Blockading Syria's Regime - by Robert Parry
"The US State Department is trying to block Russian supplies going to Syria's embattled government despite the risk that collapsing the regime would create a vacuum filled by the Islamic State or Al Qaeda, another nightmare dreamt up by the neocons and liberal hawks, writes Robert Parry.
'Does the US government want the Islamic State and/or its fellow travelers in Al Qaeda to take over Syria?'
Excluding Syrian Army From Fighting ISIS is Absurd - Lavrov
"The Syrian army could be a crucial force in the fight against Islamic State, Russian FM Sergei Lavrov said, reiterating that Russia will support the Syrian government in the fight against the extremist group.
'I could suspect that apart from the claimed purpose - fighting Islamic State - there is somthing else [as the aim] of the coalition,'..."
Danger and death are never far away as the Syrian capital tries to cling to normal life (theguardian.com)
So What Are The Russians Really Doing in Syria? - by The Saker
"I think that a week after YNET broke the story about Russian military intervention in Syria, we can confidently say that this was a typical AngloZionist PSYOP aimed at inhibiting the Russian involvement in the Empire's war against Syria and that it had no basis in reality.
Or did it?...
Who's To Blame For Syria Mess? Putin! - by Robert Parry
"So, while Official Washington continues to talk tough against Assad and Putin, the military situation in Syria continues to deteriorate with the Islamic State and Al Qaeda's affiliate, the Nusra Front, gaining ground, aided by financial and military support from US regional 'allies' including Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Sunni-led Persian Gulf states.
Israel has also provided help to the Nusra Front, caring for its wounded troops along the Golan Heights and bombing pro-government forces inside Syria..."
Obama Oversaw Largest US Military Budget Since WWII - Analyst (and vid)
"The US and its allies have fueled the violent conflict in Syria by backing the terrorist networks operating in the country, an anti-war activist in Europe says. 'With US support, for instance, Qatar spent $3B and flew 70 plane loads of weapons to Turkey to support its proxies in Syria,' said Dirk Adriaensens, a member of the Brussels Tribunal in Leuven Belgium."
'If You Are Worried About Refugees, Stop Supporting Terrorists' - Assad Interviewed (and vid)
"Europe is 'not dealing with the cause' of the current refugee crisis, Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview with Russian media, RT among them, adding that all Syrian people want is 'security and safety.'
'It's not about that Europe didn't accept them or embrace them as refugees, it's about not dealing with the cause. If you are worried about them, stop supplying terrorists. That's what we think regarding this crisis. This is the cause of the whole issue of refugees..."
International Military Review: Syria, Sept 16, 2015 (and vid)
Did US Reject 2012 Plan to Curb Violence in Syria? - by Bryan Macdonald
"Did the US and its NATO followers really allow 200,000 people to die and 11 million more to be displaced in Syria just to deprive Russia of its only naval base in the Mediterranean?
At the same time as Europe is finally facing up to what its leaders helped create, Russia's president has warned that ISIS has designs on the holy cities of Mecca, Medina, Jerusalem and that it also endangers Europe and Russia. Moscow is concerned about IS-trained jihadists returning to EU countries, Central Asia and Russia itself..."
Netanyahu To Visit Russia for Talks on Syria Crisis
"Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to Russia next week to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the ongoing conflict in Syria. Netanyahu's office said on Wednesday that the Israeli premier will raise the issue of Russia's arms deliveries to Syria in his upcoming talks with Putin."
Russia, Other World Powers Standing Up to US in Syria - Analyst (and vid)
"The United States is no longer the only 'sheriff in town' as Russia and other military powers are beginning to challenge US policies in Syria, says political activist and journalist Don DeBar in New York.
DeBar made the comments after US Secretary of State John Kerry told Russian FM Sergei Lavrov that Syrian President Bashar al Assad must step down to allow a political settlement."
'West Crying For Refugees With One Eye, Aiming Gun With the Other [FULL INTERVIEW]
Assad interview with Russian media
International Anti-ISIS Coalition Flawed, You Can't Fight Evil With Illegal Methods - Lavrov
"To ignore the capabilities of the Syrian army as a partner and an ally in the fight against IS means sacrificing the security of the whole region to some geopolitical schemes and expectations,' Lavrov said on Thursday, after a meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Ria Novosti reported.
Russia's FM said the Syrian authorities are countering the militants' aggression and the country's president is commander-in-chief of 'probably the most competent ground forces combatting terrorism.' Another option is to start collaborating in order to prevent the disintegration of this historically-treasured region,' Lavrov said."
Putin's Line In the Sand: No Regime Change in Syria - by Mike Whitney
"This is the basic plan: To seize major cities and large parts of the countryside, disrupt supply lines and destroy vital civilian infrastructure, and to progressively undermine Assad's ability to govern the country. The ultimate goal is to break the state into a million disconnected enclaves, ruled by armed mercenaries, Al Qaeda-linked affiliates, and local warlords.
This is Washington's diabolical plan for Syria. It is strikingly similiar to the Zionist plan. In fact it is virtually identical.
Putin is not going to allow Assad to be removed by force. It's that simple."
The Saker Interviews Ghassan Kadi
"To begin with, to the displeasure of the West, we cannot put President Bashar Assad in the same basket as that of Saddam and Gaddafi. The fact that Bashar is still standing is a testimony to this difference. Unlike Saddam and Gaddafi (whom I shall not totally demonize because they were not the be all and end all of evil as the West describes them), Bashar hs huge popular support, both among his civilians and the armed forces.
Bashar enjoys a very high popularity rate, and according to reliable estimates, the figure stands at least at 70% and is on the rise. It was that support, first and foremost that gave him the longevity that his enemies did not expect him to have..."