With the war in Syria now a vanishing memory, the Syrian Army turns its attention to the north where rodents have recently formed a new front excluding Hay’at Tahreer Al-Shaam (HTS).  Needless to say, Jaysh Al-Islam, the Saudi funded terrorist group that fancied itself some kind of conventional army has been eradicated.  Muhammad ‘Alloosh is reportedly in Turkey or Saudi Arabia wolfing down Alka Seltzer tablets.  He has already been condemned to death and faces a noose the instant he tries to enter Syria.  This new front is primarily made up of the Noor-Al-Deen Al-Zangi group some (which is renowned for its “moderate character” as it beheaded a 12 year-old Palestinian boy in front of cameras) along with a mish-mash of other criminals.  I am told that the individual rodent who beheaded the boy is wanted by the PFLP-GC dead or alive, preferably the former.  If he is taken alive, as the great British director, Ken Russell, once wrote:  “Hell will hold no surprises for him”.

As I reported before, the Kurds are deeply suspicious of American intentions and do not have the desire to repeat historic disasters.  Ghassan Kadi’s article, listed below, is in basic agreement with this proposition.  It is fair to say that even the Kurd issue has been resolved through negotiation – a much more civilized way to resolve conflict.  However, the Syrian government is insisting on Kurdish disarmament, an issue that may encounter some stumbling blocks.

At Al-Qaseer in the Golan, ISIS has been routed from its last stronghold by the Syrian Army.  ISIS terrorists have been monitored looking for ways out of the Middle East, most heading back to Europe or, even, Bangla Desh.  With Angela Merkel in office, we can expect Germany to turn into another Afghanistan if she is given the authority to open European doors to the fleeing rodents.

I have a close relative in Syria who tells me everything is returning to normal.  While there is some fear that the terrorists holed up in Idlib might target Latakia, the Russians have relayed Turk assurances that such a scenario is not going to take place.  Of course, Erdoghan is treacherous and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.  We cannot sit rest assured he won’t renege on his promises.

Tens of thousands of Syrian refugees are returning home.  The news is that the amnesty program is working and is taken seriously by the government.  That is, unless you have a known history of killing Syrian soldiers or security men who were taken hostage.  Those individuals, their hands bloodied, are winding up in European capitals, Canada or the United States.  Applications for refugee status are indicators of an unwillingness to return to Syria out of fear of arrest and trial.  Individuals, such as those in Lebanon are returning without any fear.

Since the Russians have taken a negative attitude toward the liberation of Idlib, we will start to concentrate on that particular issue in future posts.  I will not be reporting on SAA assaults in the East for the reason that these pockets of cockroaches are doomed either because of the elements or their own psychological depression.  The terrorists at Al-Tanf are expected to surrender the moment the U.S. pulls out before the end of the year.  Some may try to move to Jordan, but, the majority will probably melt into the general population – or so they think.  There is a suggestion by some that Jordan will pick up where the U.S. left off at Al-Tanf with Saudis picking up the tab.


The Western tune has changed indeed.  Read how the liars lick their collective wounds:

Note how articles like this one are winding up in the public domain.  This makes the NYT grimace:

Ghassan Kadi discusses the Kurdish situation with Sputnik:  Thanks, Intibah:


Read this article right away:

Buffoon American WOG and permanent delegate to the U.N. brandishes more faked photos taken by the now-disgraced “White Helmets” at the U.N.S.C.  The British delegate to her left scowls as he pretends to be offended by the staged scenes.  Oh, yawn!  (Don’t forget to read the link at the beginning)

If our friends at Syrianews are right, the White Helmets, in perfect coordination with both MI6 and CIA, will stage a new atrocity in order to frame the Syrian government.  We expect Ivanka Trump, the know-nothing daughter of America’s chief meat head, to charge down the hallowed halls of the White House to beg her father to “get Assad!”  That’s what she did to cause the last attack on the Shu’ayraat AB in Homs last year.  “Please, daddy, you gotta make Assad pay for this.”  (Even if the CW attack didn’t happen!)

As sickening as these scenarios have become;  the persistent lying, hyperbole, poor acting, and incongruent evidence, all coming together to form an hastily-produced, stale porridge of putrescent and hackneyed pontifications; with Merkel and Justin Trudeau staring down solemnly as one photo-op replaces another –  we must, nevertheless, pinch our noses and suffer the olfactory emanations from this coming swamp of tarted up vilification.  Oh, our redoubtable Vanessa Beeley will call out the liars and rebut all the indictments, yet, the agenda plays on and on with no end in sight.  Brandon Turbeville will drown the perpetrators in their own cesspool of lies.  Eva Bartlett will rail against the prevaricating pimps of poop and imposture with her sterling coolness and sincerity.  And, if you read the readers’ comments to the articles by the MSM, you’ll find that the message is being absorbed by the public.



The U.S. just can’t get it right.  When Trump announces his intent to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria “real soon” after they vanquish ISIS , another shadow agency is found providing bases, logistical assistance and planning for exactly the same terrorist group they are there to supposedly fight and destroy!

Yesterday, a two-pronged attack took place at 2 villages in the Albu-Kamaal area on the Euphrates.  At Al-Hasraat Villlage, the SAA killed almost all ISIS terrorists and destroyed over 3 pickups with 23mm cannons.  The captured terrorists confessed to being trained by United States Special Operations contractors working out of Al-Tanf on the Syrian-Iraqi-Jordanian border.

At Al-Shu’fa Village, SAA troops, dug in inside well-prepared defensive berms, came under attack from another group of ISIS rodents who had originated on the Syrian-Iraqi border.  They, too, were annihilated by the SAA.


DAMASCUS:  Imagine our delight when we heard that my wife’s nephew, Rayyaan, an officer in the SAA for over 7 years now, has been honorably discharged from service in the army so that he can go back to civilian life.  He had to put his legal career on hold to serve the cause of freedom from terrorism. This is now happening all over Syria as reservists and members of the NDF/PDC complete their overlong tours of duty.  The army will now go back to its original numbers with a 500% improvement in available military technology.  We are proud of them and their service to flag and country.




Here is a bunch of new articles from Brandon:





Great article from USA Today debunking the entire idea of overthrowing the government of Iran:


Mary Woodard and Kevin Hester sent me this RT interview with Dr. Assad conducted by Murad Gazdiev:


Dimitry Porphyris sent me this article about the decapitation of 2 Syrian soldiers by ISIS west of Al-Mayaadeen.  It’s in French but the pictures tell the entire tale.  Note how ISIS refers to our army as the “Alawi Army”:



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Syria announces Damascus, suburbs free of terrorists By TASS

May 21, 18:46 UTC+3

Damascus and all of its suburbs have been liberated from the Islamic State, according to the country’s military command

Damascus, Syria

Damascus, Syria

© AP Photo/Hassan Ammar

MOSCOW, May 21. /TASS/. Damascus and all of its suburbs have been liberated from members of the Islamic State (IS, outlawed in Russia) and come into full control of the Syrian government forces, the country’s military command said in a statement cited by the Syrian Arab News Agency.

“Our troops and allied forces have cleared the Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood and the Yarmouk camp from militants in a series of planned and consistent military operations,” the statement reads. “The Syrian army’s recent operations resulted in the full liberation of Western and Eastern Ghouta. Damascus and all of its suburbs are now totally safe,” the command added.

According to the statement, military operations against militants active in the country will continue until terrorism is fully eradicated, “no matter the price.”

Earlier on Monday, Syrian troops resumed their military operation in the Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood in southern Damascus. Military activities resumed at noon right after the conclusion of a temporary ceasefire declared on Sunday night to ensure the safe exit of women, children and elderly people. The Syrian army later announced taking full control of Hajar al-Aswad and the Yarmouk refugee camp and launching a mop-up operation against the remaining militant groups.


The Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood and the Yarmouk camp remained the last IS stronghold on the southern outskirts of Damascus. Syrian government forces launched an offensive on these areas on April 20, seeking to put an end to the presence of terrorist groups in southern Damascus and unblock the strategic Damascus-Amman highway.



Liberating the M5 lifeline: The latest developments in Syria – By Moon of Alabama (SOTT)

In this situation report we look at the consolidation of the Syrian government space, discuss the upcoming operations to secure the vital M5 highway, clear up the S-300 confusion and provide a bit on the political developments.

Over the last twelve months the Syrian Arab Army and its allies made a lot of progress.

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May 20 2017

The government held area was extended to the Euphrates and the Syrian-Iraqi border. Deir Ezzor was liberated. The border to Lebanon was secured. All “rebel” enclaves within the government held areas (except the ISIS desert pocket) were consolidated.

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May 19 2018

After clearing up east-Ghouta east of the capital Damascus the Syrian government forces were concentrated around the Yarmouk camp south of the city. Yarmouk, originally a Palestinian refugee camp, is an upbuilt area which was held by Islamic State fighters as well as “rebels” paid by foreign countries. The “rebels” have since given up and were evacuated to Idleb governorate. The ISIS held area is reduced to less than a square mile of dense urban terrain. There were contradicting reports today that the ISIS fighters had given up and were ready to evacuate. Whatever they decide the area will be liberated in a week or so. The Syrian capitol will then be completely secure.

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M5 highway

Until two weeks ago a large area around al-Rastan between Homs and Hama was still held by mostly local “rebel” forces. The Syrian government sent its Tiger forces and an ultimatum – give up or die. The “rebels” decided to avoid a fight which they would surely have lost. They agreed to be evacuated and were dumped into Idleb. Al-Rastan is back in government hands. This move freed the M5 highway between Homs and Hama.

The M5 highway is the main north-south artery of Syria. It connects Gaziantep in Turkey with Amman in Jordan. The highway runs through the main Syrian cities of Aleppo, Hama, Homs and Damascus. Before the war started all transit traffic between Turkey and the rich Gulf countries as well as most of the internal Syrian commerce ran along this road. Turkey, Syria and Jordan have a common economic interest in securing and reopening this important lifeline.

The next strategic task for the Syrian army is therefore to secure the M5 highway in its full length.

In the south of Syria the M5 connection to Jordan runs through the eastern part of the “rebel” held area (green) towards al-Mafraq in Jordan. The border to Jordan is closed for the “rebels” and tightly controlled. There have been talks between Jordan and some of the “rebel” groups with the aim of ending the conflict in the south but they have so far failed.

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The Syrian army has two possible ways to proceed in the south.

It could move from the northern border triangle of Lebanon, Syria and the Zionist occupied Golan heights (purple) southwards along the demarcation line and down to the border of Jordan. UN observers could return to the Golan demarcation line, monitor the operation and prevent it from escalating into a war with Israel. The move would isolate the al-Qaeda and ISIS “rebels” in the area from their Israeli supplies. The Takfiris could then be pressured from the west, north and east and a general cleanup would follow. The move would be militarily and politically dicey as Israel would probably try to prevent it. But it would also solve an important political problem once and for all. The Russian command should talk with Israel and discuss this plan.

The politically and militarily easier move is to proceed from Daraa to the Jordan border and to thereby encircle the eastern part of the rebel held area. The eastern part can then be liberated slice by slice. This would allow for unhindered M5 traffic from Damascus towards al-Mafraq and Amman but it would leave the ISIS/al-Qaeda pocket along the occupied Golan heights as a festering problem.

In the north the M5 highway between Hama and Aleppo runs through the eastern part of the “rebel” held Idleb governorate. The Syrian army will have to take control of it before the road can be reopened. North of Aleppo towards Turkey the highway goes through an area which is currently controlled by Turkish forces. These are for now able to secure the road.

Idleb governorate is held by various “rebel” groups with the the al-Qaeda aligned Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) being the strongest one. Idleb had been declared a de-escalation zone under Astana rules and Turkey set up twelve observation points to watch over the border of the area. There has been an immense amount of infighting between HTS (dark green) and other “rebel” groups (light green).

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On May 14 and 15 Turkish, Russian and Iranian negotiators met for the ninth round of Syria negotiations in Astana, Kazakhstan. There was no announced progress but the joint statement again empathizes “the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria.”

It was probably in Astana that an agreement was made about the northern part of the M5 highway. Shortly after the Astana talks a report by a well connected source (nicknamed after a Russian sniper hero) said that Turkey informed the “rebels” in Idleb governorate that they will have to evacuate the area east of the M5 highway between Hama and Aleppo. The Syrian army would move in to secure the highway. Should the “rebels” not follow the Turkish advice the Syrian army will move into Idleb governorate by force from the east and south to push the “rebels” westwards beyond the highway line.

As soon as the M5 is under full control Syria’s commercial lifelines to all neighbors will be reestablished. The economy of Syria will then experience an urgently needed significant boost.

There have been discussion in the comments here and elsewhere about the Russian on and off announcement of S-300 air defenses in Syria. These discussions lacked military knowledge.

Air defenses are layered:

  • Local air defense uses man portable air defense missiles (MANPADs), 20 mm machine cannons and machine guns. Its reach is about 2,000 meters.
  • The next level are systems with a range of up to 20 kilometers. Syria has about 40 Pantsyr-S1/2 systems mounted on trucks. (The Russian forces in Syria have about 20 additional Pantsyr-S systems to protect their bases.) These are mobile and an excellent point defense for airports and other significant assets. During its last attack on Syria an Israeli missile could destroy one Pantsyr system only because it was being reloaded and could therefore not react.
  • The next air defense layer are mid range systems like the Syrian S-200 or the more modern Russian BUK-2. These systems have a reach of about 150 kilometers. The old S-200 system Syria currently uses are fired from fixed positions. That makes them extremely vulnerable to pre-programmed precision missile attacks. Israeli strikes have destroyed several such systems in Syria.
  • The fourth layer of air defense are high attitude, long range area defense systems. The U.S. has THAAD and Russia has the S-300/ S-400 systems. These have ranges beyond 300 kilometer.

The longer range systems of the higher layers always need additional protection by the lower layers. An S-300 missile costs several ten-thousands of dollars but cannot defeat a small toy drone of the kind ISIS uses to drop hand-grenades onto targets. It needs be protected against these. Pantsyr systems and a few dozen men with MANPADs and machine-guns can do that.

It would make no sense to drop S-300 systems into Syria without having established and secured sufficient air-defense layers 1, 2 and 3 below the long range class. They would soon go up in smoke. There are also additional elements of reconnaissance (radar and electronic warfare systems) and communication, command and control that need to be more sophisticated and widespread to operate S-300 systems. All these high end long range systems need highly trained operators and are very expensive.

What Syria currently needs are more Pantsyr systems. It urgently needs to replace the old S-200s with the modern and mobile BUK-2. These systems make way more sense for the Syrian battlefield than the famed S-300. They also have the advantage of being significantly cheaper.

For a more general discussion of Russia’s role in Syria beyond the S-300 nitpicking, I highly recommend the latest piece by Elijah Magnier: Russia is in the Middle East to halt the war, not take part in the Iran-Israel Conflict.

On May 14 the Syrian President Assad met the Russian President Putin in Sochi. The discussed the political process needed to bring an end to the war. Assad committed to UN supervised negotiations about constitutional changes in Syria but rejected the significant changes of the Syrian system which the outside powers wanted to impose. He said:

“We focused on the issue of the Constitutional Committee that should be established following the results of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress. We expect to start the corresponding work with the UN. I have confirmed to President Putin today that Syria will send the list of its delegates to the Constitutional Committee to discuss amendments to the current Constitution. It will be done as soon as possible.”

That this was said after a meeting with Putin confirms that the Russian attempt to write a new constitution for Syria is dead. There will be no semi-federalization for the Kurds or others which would weaken the central government and no measures that would weaken the position of a Syrian presidency.

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A Syrian soldier raises the nation’s flag over a municipal building in the newly liberated town of Hurr bi-Nafsuh

According to Gen. Mayhoob, chief spokesman for the Syrian MoD, 65 cities, towns and villages have just been liberated from the stench of Zionist-Saudi-NATO-sponsored terrorism.  A total of about 1200 square kilometers have been retaken by the government in one of the most impressive accomplishments of the Syrian Arab Army since this foreign-inspired war began in 2011.  The surrenders have been massive and so has the cost of gassing up all those green buses to expel the rodents and their miserable families to either Jaraablus or Idlib Governorate.  After turning over all their heavy and medium weapons to the army, they left the region they had infested for far too long.  Tanks, APCs, Shilkas and every kind of ammunition imaginable were seized by the army.

Yesterday, the SAA liberated the entire Aleppo, Homs and Damascus Highway.  The highway to and from Al-Salamiyya to Homs was also totally cleared.  Sappers are now involved in removing the lethal remnants of these cockroaches; things like IEDs, mines and sniper perches.

The Al-Rastan Dam and the Hoola Dam are now in the hands of the army’s Corps of Engineers.  The Al-Zaarra Electrical Station is now being refitted for use.  Homs Refinery has been restored to government control.



The Hajar Al-Aswad suburb to the south of the capital is about to be liberated.  However, it is expected that pockets of ISIS murderers will remain for a few weeks in tunnels, trenches and upper levels of high-rise buildings.  That is what I was just told by my source.  Yet, the Syria Air Force and ground artillery are shellacking rodent positions on an hourly basis.  Monzer says he can hear explosions on a 24/7 basis as the army intensifies its assault to regain control of both that suburb and the Palestinian Yarmouk Camp.  Once this area is finally cleared, there is a reckoning to be had in Der’ah where the Syrian military expects a rapid terrorist retreat into Jordan.


Trump has no foreign policy to speak of.  He is an opportunistic diplomat, if at all, and cannot comprehend coherent messages from around the world.  You could call him an isolationist, a populist or even a nativist.  But, all that has come to mean that he is losing on every level of foreign involvement.  His decision to abjure his responsibilities to his European allies (who are now his enemies) is one such example of the rampant pandemonium bouncing between the subdural walls of his cavernous brain cavity.

In Lebanon, Iran’s favorite militia won more seats than any other party.  This means that Christians voted heavily for HZB or its allies in President Aoun’s own party.  The only groups which could be called friendly to the U.S. were, Hariri’s “Mustaqbal” or “Future” party which was stripped of over 9 seats;  Jumblatt’s Arab Socialist Party, which was almost a no-show; and, of course, the party of Sameer Geagea, the so-called Lebanese Forces which doubled its meager Parliamentarian numbers.  All were trounced.  The winners?  Without doubt, Iran and Syria.

In Iraq, Muqtadaa Al-Sadr, the menacing-looking, wide-eyed scion of Iraq’s most revered clerical family, stunned everyone with a strong showing at the polls.  Al-Sadr wants to get rid of Iran’s influence, and America’s presence.  All it will take is a new prime minister to insist on an overhaul of the security structure and the U.S. will be steaming back stateside. The handwriting on the wall in Babylon spells “disaster” for the United States.

Iran’s obdurate position on the nuclear agreement is serving it well with America’s former allies, Germany, France and England.  These occidental powers are beating the bushes, so to speak, to find the magical way out of the U.S.’s promised sanctions.  One writer has reported that the consensus in Europe is to use the Euro, instead of the dollar, to continue trade and relations with Tehran.  If that works, and it might, the U.S. will have engineered a completely unnecessary fiasco for itself – leaving Iran strong and the Europeans disaffected.

Turkey is acting as though its about to break relations with Washington.  They have already kicked the Zionist ambassador out along with the general consul in Istanbul; they are planning a resolution in the U.N.’s General Assembly condemning the American action in Jerusalem and the Zionist Entity’s barbaric reaction to unarmed Palestinians collecting athwart their racist fence on the borders of Gaza.

North Korea is about to cancel its meeting with Trump, which the meathead thought was his magic carpet to Nobel immortality.  I have mused to friends that this might be the first time in history that a revolting dingbat like Trump would get the much-prized Nobel for peacemaking after threatening to wipe out another country with nuclear weapons.  But, the Nobel Committee has done some oddball things in the past like giving Obama the peace prize for absolutely nothing but his being of mixed race.

He has another 2 and 1/2 years to go.  God only knows what grand disasters await all of us as his reign of imbecility continues.

Spectacular analysis of the decline in American power and the Trumpian fiasco:

Death to the Al-Khaleefa clan of chimpanzees.  Death to every one of them for their bigotry:

I just received Sharmine’s latest analyzing the new facts on the ground:

If you’re interested in the French snipers captured by the Syrian army in Al-Hasaka, read this one in French sent by Dimitri Porphyris:

Watch and hear George take down career idiot Loomer in this heated radio debate:


Interview with Syrian president Assad: Syria is fighting terrorists, who are the army of the Turkish, US, and Saudi regimes – By Syrian Arab News Agency (SOTT)

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad

President Bashar al-Assad said that France, Britain, and the US, along with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey are responsible for the war in Syria due to their support of the terrorism, describing the Western allegations about the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Arab Army as a farce and a very primitive play whose only goal is to attack the Syrian Army after the defeat of terrorists.

In an interview given to the Greek Kathimerini newspaper, President al-Assad said that Syria is fighting terrorists, who are the army of the Turkish, US, and Saudi regimes, stressing that any aggressor and any army, whether Turkish, French, or whoever, they are all enemies as long as they came to Syria illegally.

Following is the full text of the interview:

Journalist: Mr. President, thank you very much for agreeing to do this interview. It’s a pleasure to be here in Damascus.

President Assad: You’re most welcome in Syria.

Question 1: Let me ask you first of all, you know, there’s been accusation by the US and the Europeans about the use of chemical weapons, and there was an attack after that. What is your response to that? Was there a chemical attack? Were you responsible for it?

President Assad: First of all, we don’t have any chemical arsenal since we gave it up in 2013, and the international agency for chemical weapons made investigations about this, and it’s clear or documented that we don’t have. Second, even if we have it, we wouldn’t use it, for many different reasons. But let’s put these two points aside, let’s presume that this army has chemical weapons and it’s in the middle of the war; where should it be used? At the end of the battle? They should use it somewhere in the middle, or where the terrorists made advancement, not where the army finished the battle and terrorists gave up and said “we are ready to leave the area” and the army is controlling fully that area. So, the Western narrative started after the victory of the Syrian Army, not before. When we finished the war, they said “they used chemical weapons.”

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad

Second, use of mass destruction armaments in a crammed area with a population like Douma – the supposed area, it’s called Douma and they talk about 45 victims- when you use mass destruction armaments in such an area, you should have hundreds or maybe thousands of victims in one time. Third, why all the chemical weapons, the presumed or supposed chemical weapons, only kill children and women? They don’t kill militants. If you look at the videos, it’s completely fake. I mean, when you have chemical weapons, how could the doctors and nurses be safe, dealing with the chemical atmosphere without any protective clothes, without anything, just throwing water at the victims, and the victims became okay just because you washed them with water. So, it’s a farce, it’s a play, it’s a very primitive play, just to attack the Syrian army, because… Why? That’s the most important part, is that when the terrorists lost, the US, France, UK, and their other allies who want to destabilize Syria, they lost one of their main cards, and that’s why they had to attack the Syrian Army, just to raise the morale of the terrorists and to prevent the Syrian Army from liberating more areas in Syria.

Question 2: But are you saying that there was an incident of chemical attack and someone else is responsible, or that there was nothing there?

President Assad: That’s the question, because, I mean, the side who said – allegedly – that there was a chemical attack, had to prove that there was an attack. We have two scenarios: either the terrorists had chemical weapons and they used them intentionally, or maybe there was explosions or something, or there was no attack at all, because in all the investigations in Douma people say “we didn’t have any chemical attack, we didn’t see any chemical gas, or didn’t smell” and so on. So, we don’t have any indications about what happened. The Western narrative is about that, so that question should be directed to the Western officials who said there was an attack. We should ask them: where is your concrete evidence about what happened? They only talk about reports. Reports could be allegations. Videos by the White Helmets, the White Helmets are funded by the British Foreign Office, and so on.

Question 3: President Trump, in a tweet, used a very strong expression. He said “animal Assad.” You remember that? What is your response to that?

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad

President Assad: Actually, when you are in that position, I mean president of a country, you have first of all to represent the morals of your people before representing your own morals. You are representing your country. Question: does this language represent the American culture? That is the question. This is very bad, and I don’t think so. I don’t think there’s a community in the world that has such language. Second, the good thing about Trump is that he expresses himself in a very transparent way, which is very good in that regard. Personally, I don’t care, because I deal with the situation as a politician, as a president. It doesn’t matter for me personally; what matters is whether something would affect me, would affect my country, our war, the terrorists, and the atmosphere that we are living in.

Question 4: He said that his mission was accomplished. He said “mission accomplished in Syria.” How do you feel about that?

President Assad: I think maybe the only mission accomplished was when they helped ISIS escape from Raqqa, when they helped them, and it was proven by video, and under their cover, the leaders of ISIS escaped Raqqa, going toward Deir Ezzor just to fight the Syrian Army. The other mission accomplished was when they attacked the Syrian Army at the end of 2016 in the area of Deir Ezzor when ISIS was surrounding Deir Ezzor, and the only force was the Syrian Army. I mean, the only force to defend that city from ISIS was the Syrian Army, and because of the Americans’ – and of course their allies’ – attack, Deir Ezzor was on the brink of falling in the hand of ISIS. So, this is the only mission that was accomplished. If he’s talking about destroying Syria, of course that’s another mission accomplished. While if you talk about fighting terrorism, we all know very clearly that the only mission the United States have been doing in Syria is to support the terrorists, regardless of their names, of the names of their factions.

Question 5: But, I mean, he was using such language with the North Korean leader, and now they’re going to meet. Could you potentially see yourself meeting with Trump? What would you tell him if you saw him face to face?

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad

President Assad: The first question you should ask, whether to meet or to make contact or whatever, what can you achieve? The other question: what can we achieve with someone who says something before the campaign, and does the opposite after the campaign, who says something today, and does the opposite tomorrow, or maybe in the same day. So, it’s about consistency. Do they have the same frequency every day, or the same algorithm? So, I don’t think in the meantime we can achieve anything with such an administration. A further reason is that we don’t think the president of that regime is in control. We all believe that the deep state, the real state, is in control, or is in control of every president, and this is nothing new. It has always been in the United States, at least during the last 40 years, at least since Nixon, maybe before, but it’s becoming starker and starker, and the starkest case is Trump.

Question 6: When is your mission going to be accomplished, given the situation here in Syria now?

President Assad: I have always said, without any interference, it will take less than a year to regain stability in Syria; I don’t have any doubt about this. The other factor is how much support the terrorists receive; this is something I cannot answer, because I cannot foretell. But as long as it continues, time is not the main factor. The main factor is that someday, we’re going to end this conflict and we’re going to re-unify Syria under the control of the government. When? I cannot answer. I hope it’s going to be soon.

Question 7: Now, there was some criticism lately, because you apparently have a law that says that anybody that doesn’t claim their property within a month, they cannot come back. Is that a way to exclude some of the people who disagree with you?

President Assad: No, we cannot dispossess anyone from their property by any law, because the constitution is very clear about the ownership of any Syrian citizen. This could be about the procedure. It’s not the first time we have such a law just to re-plan the destroyed and the illegal areas, because you’re dealing with a mixture of destroyed and illegal suburbs in different parts of Syria. So, this law is not about dispossessing anyone. You cannot, I mean even if he’s a terrorist, let’s say, if you want to dispossess someone, you need a verdict by the judicial system, I mean, you cannot make it by law. So, there’s either misinterpretation of that law, or an intention, let’s say, to create a new narrative about the Syrian government in order to rekindle the fire of public opinion in the West against the Syrian government. But about the law, I mean, even if you want to make a procedure, it’s about the local administration, it’s about the elected body in different areas, to implement that law, not the government.

Question 8: Now, who are your biggest allies in this fight? Obviously, they are Russia and Iran. Are you worried that they might play too an important role in the future of the country after this war is over?

President Assad: If you talk about my allies as a president, they are the Syrian people. If you talk about Syria’s allies, of course they’re the Iranians and the Russians. They are our strongest allies, and of course China that supported us politically in the Security Council. As for them playing an important role in the future of the country, these countries respect Syria’s sovereignty and national decision making and provide support to insure them. So, it doesn’t make sense for these countries to take part in a war to help Syria defend its sovereignty, and at the same time violate or interfere with this sovereignty. Iran and Russia are the countries which respect Syria’s sovereignty the most.

Question 9: How about Turkey now? Turkey did an intrusion, an invasion of part of your country. You used to have a pretty good relationship with President Erdogan. How is that relationship now after that intrusion?

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad

President Assad: First of all, this is an aggression, this is an occupation. Any single Turkish soldier on Syrian soil represents occupation. That doesn’t mean the Turkish people are our enemies. Only a few days ago, we had a political delegation coming from Turkey. We have to distinguish between the Turks in general and Erdogan. Erdogan is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Maybe he’s not organized, but his affiliation is toward that ideology, I call it this dark ideology. And for him, because, like the West, when the terrorists lost control of different areas, and actually they couldn’t implement the agenda of Turkey or the West or Qatar or Saudi Arabia, somebody had to interfere. This is where the West interfered through the recent attacks on Syria, and this is where Erdogan was assigned by the West, mainly the United States, to interfere, to make the situation complicated, again because without this interference, the situation would have been resolved much faster. So, it’s not about personal relations. The core issue of the Muslim Brotherhood anywhere in the world is to use Islam in order to take control of the government in your country, and to create multiple governments having this kind of relation, like a network of Muslim Brotherhoods, around the world.

Question 10: In an election campaign rally, he said that two days ago, that he’s going to do another intrusion into Syria. How are you going to respond to that if it happens?

President Assad: Actually, since the very beginning of the war, Erdogan supported the terrorists, but at that time, he could hide behind words like “protecting the Syrian people, supporting the Syrian people, supporting the refugees, we are against the killing,” and so on. He was able to appear as a humanitarian president, let’s say. Now, because of these circumstances, he has to take off the mask and show himself as the aggressor, and this is the good thing. So, there is no big difference between the Turkish head of regime Erdogan sending his troops to Syria, and supporting the terrorists; this is his proxy. So, we’ve been fighting seven years his army. The difference actually between now and then is the appearance; the core is the same. At that time, we couldn’t talk about occupation, we could talk about supporting terrorists, but this time we could talk about occupation, which is the announcement of Erdogan that he’s now violating the international law, and this could be the good part of him announcing this.

Question 11: But how can you respond to that?

President Assad: First of all, we are fighting the terrorists, and as I said, the terrorists for us are his army, they are the American army, the Saudi army. Forget about the different factions and who is going to finance those factions; at the end, they work for one agenda, and those different players obey one master: the American master. Erdogan is not implementing his own agenda; he’s only implementing the American agenda, and the same goes for the other countries in this war. So, first of all, you have to fight the terrorists. Second, when you take control of more areas, you have to fight any aggressor, any army. The Turkish, French, whoever, they are all enemies; as long as they came to Syria illegally, they are our enemies.

Question 12: Are you worried about the potential third world war starting here in Syria? I mean, you have the Israelis hitting the Iranians, you know, here in your own country. You have the Russians, you have the Americans. Are you concerned about that possibility?

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad

President Assad: No, for one reason: because fortunately, you have a wise leadership in Russia, and they know that the agenda of the deep state in the United States is to create a conflict. Since the campaign of Trump, the main agenda was against Russia, create a conflict with Russia, humiliate Russia, undermine Russia, and so on. And we’re still in the same process under different titles or by different means. Because of the wisdom of the Russians, we can avoid this. Maybe it’s not a full-blown third world war, but it is a world war, maybe in a different way, not like the second and the first, maybe it’s not nuclear, but it’s definitely not a cold war; it’s something more than a cold war, less than a full-blown war. And I hope we don’t see any direct conflict between these super powers, because this is where things are going to be out of control for the rest of the world.

Question 13: Now, there’s a very important question about whether Syria can be a unified, fully-sovereign country again. Is that really possible after all this that has happened?

President Assad: It depends on what the criteria of being unified or not is. The main factor to have a unified country is to have unification in the minds of the people, and vice versa. When those people look at each other as foreigners, they cannot live with each other, and this is where you’re going to have division. Now, if you want to talk about facts and reality, not my opinion, I can tell you no, it’s not going to be divided, and of course we’re not going to accept that, but it’s not about my will or about my rhetoric, to say we’re going to be unified; it’s about the reality. The reality, now, if you look at Syria during the crisis, not only today, since the very beginning, you see all the different spectrums of the Syrian society living with each other, and better than before. These relationships are better than before, maybe because of the effect of the war. If you look at the areas under the control of the terrorists, this is where you can see one color of the Syrian society, which is a very, very, very narrow color. If you want to talk about division, you have to see the line, the separation line between either ethnicities or sects or religions, something you don’t see. So, in reality, there’s no division till this moment; you only have areas under the control of the terrorists. But what led to that speculation? Because the United States is doing its utmost to give that control, especially now in the eastern part of Syria, to those terrorists in order to give the impression that Syria cannot be unified again. But it’s going to be unified; I don’t have any doubt about that.

Question 14: But why would the US do this if you’re fighting the same enemy: Islamic terrorism?

President Assad: Because the US usually have an agenda and they have goals. If they cannot achieve their goals, they resort to something different, which is to create chaos. Create chaos until the whole atmosphere changes, maybe because the different parties will give up, and they will give-in to their goals, and this is where they can implement their goals again, or maybe they change their goals, but if they cannot achieve it, it’s better to weaken every party and create conflict, and this is not unique to Syria. This has been their policy for decades now in every area of this world. That’s why, if you see conflicts around the world, after the British, the Americans are responsible for every conflict between different countries everywhere on this globe.

Question 15: Do you feel you’ve made any mistakes in dealing with this crisis and the civil war, when it started, if you look back?

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad

President Assad: If I don’t make mistakes, I’m not human; maybe on daily basis sometimes. The more you work, the more complicated the situation, the more mistakes you are likely to make. But how do you protect yourself from committing mistakes as much as possible? First of all, to consult the largest proportion of the people, not only the institutions, including the parliament, syndicates, and so on. But also the largest amount of this society, or the largest part of the society, to participate in every decision.

While if you talk about the way I behaved toward, or the way I led, let’s say, the government or the state during the war, the main pillars of the state’s policy were to fight terrorism – and I don’t think that fighting terrorism was wrong – to respond to the political initiatives from different parties externally and internally regardless of their intentions, to make a dialogue with everyone – including the militants, and finally to make reconciliation; I don’t think we can say that this was wrong. So, about the pillars of our policy, I think the reality has proven that we were right. About the details, of course, you always have mistakes.

Question 16: Now, how much is it going to cost to reconstruct this country, and who is going to pay for this?

President Assad: Hundreds of billions, the minimum is two hundred, and in some estimations it’s about four hundred billion dollars. Why it’s not precise? Because some areas are still under the control of the terrorists, so we couldn’t estimate precisely what is the number. So, this is plus or minus, let’s say.

Question 17: Now, there is a lot of speculation, people say in order for a political solution to be viable, you might have to sacrifice yourself for the good of the country, you know this, that kind of speculation. Is that something that crosses you mind?

President Assad: The main part of my future, as a politician, is two things: my will and the will of the Syrian people. Of course, the will of the Syrian people is more important than my will; my desire to be in that position or to help my country or to play a political role, because if I have that desire and will and I don’t have the public support, I can do nothing, and I will fail, and I don’t have a desire to fail. After seven years of me being in that position, if I don’t have the majority of the Syrian people’s support, how could I withstand for more than seven years now, with all this animosity by the strongest countries and by the richest countries? Who supports me? If the Syrian people are against me, how can I stay? How could I achieve anything? How could we withstand? So, when I feel that the Syrian people do not want me to stay anymore, of course I have to leave without any hesitation.

Question 18: But you know, there is a lot of blood that has, you know, taken place, and all that, so can you see yourself sitting across from the opposition and sharing, you know, power in some way?

President Assad: When you talk about blood, you have to talk about who created that blood. I was president before the war for ten years, had I been killing the Syrian people for ten years? No, definitely not. So, the conflict started because somebody, first of all part of the West, supported those terrorists, and they bear the responsibility for this war. So first of all the West, who provided military and financial support and political cover, and who stood against the Syrian people, who impoverished the Syrian people and created a better atmosphere for the terrorists to kill more Syrian people. So, part of the West – mainly France, UK, and US, and also Saudi Arabia and Qatar and Turkey are responsible for this part. It’s not enough to say there is blood; this is a very general term. Of course there is blood; it’s a war, but who’s responsible? Those who are responsible should be held accountable.

Question 19: Now, it’s been a few years since you visited Greece. Your father had a very close relation with some of the Greek political leaders. How have the relations been between Greece and Syria these days, and what kind of message would you like to send to the Greek people?

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad

President Assad: At the moment, there are no formal relations between Syria and Greece; the embassies are closed, so there are no relations. At the same time, Greece wasn’t aggressive towards what happened in Syria. It always supported a political solution, it never supported war or attacks against Syria. You didn’t play any role to support the terrorists, but at the same time, as a member – and an important member – of the EU, you couldn’t play any role, let’s say, in refraining the other countries from supporting the terrorists, violating the international law by attacking and besieging a sovereign country without any reason, without any mandate by the Security Council. So, we appreciate that Greece wasn’t aggressive, but at the same time, I think Greece has to play that role, because it’s part of our region. It is part of the EU geographically, but it’s a bridge between our region and the rest of Europe, and it’s going to be affected, and it has been affected by the refugee situation, and the terrorism now has been affecting Europe for the last few years, and Greece is part of that continent. So, I think it’s normal for Greece to start to play its role in the EU in order to solve the problem in Syria and protect the international law.

Journalist: Thank you very much Mr. President.

President Assad: Thank you.

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Syrian General: We May Retaliate Against Western Bases in Response to Attack – By Sputnik

A picture taken on April 2, 2018 shows a general view of a US military base in the al-Asaliyah village, between the city of Aleppo and the northern town of Manbij

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Following a massive missile strike launched by the United States and its allies, the Syrian leadership is now considering how to respond to this attack and which methods to employ.

Syria’s response to the “tripartite strikes” against the country may come in the form of “attacks against the aggressors’ bases” in the country via surface-to-surface missile attacks and with the help of local resistance groups, Brigadier General Mohammed Issa told Sputnik Arabic.

The United States currently maintains several military bases in Syria, located in the vicinity of the city of al-Tanf near the country’s border with Iraq, and in the areas controlled by the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces in Syria’s north, where France also recently established a military presence.

He also said that the Syrian army intends to deploy anti-air units to all of the country’s regions, turning them into “closed air defense zones.”

Gen. Issa also praised the efficiency of the Syrian anti-air forces that managed to intercept most of the missiles fired by the US and its cohorts at Syria.

Syria’s President Bashar Assad has slammed the attack as an act of “aggression” and praised the quality of the Soviet-made weapons from 1970s that were used by his country to repel the strike.

READ MORE: Assad to Russian MPs: Syrians ‘No Longer Afraid of NATO’ After Missile Attack

Earlier, the United Kingdom, the United States and France launched strikes at Syria over reports of a chemical attack in the city of Douma, with the three countries firing over 100 missiles at the Middle Eastern country.

Syrian air defense forces however reportedly managed to intercept 71 of the incoming missiles.

The views and opinions expressed by Mohammed Issa are those of the expert and do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik.

All E. Ghouta towns liberated, key Damascus highway open after 7yrs of blockade – Syrian military – By RT

All E. Ghouta towns liberated, key Damascus highway open after 7yrs of blockade – Syrian military
Syrian forces have liberated all militant-held settlements in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta, the military command said in a televised statement. A major Syrian motorway has been unblocked for the first time in seven years.

“After a set of carefully planned battles and operations carried out by our armed forces in cooperation with loyal and allied troops, the control over all the towns and settlements in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta has been restored,” a Syrian Army statement said, as cited by Sputnik news agency.

The army has also lifted the blockade of a main highway connecting the Syrian capital to the rest of the country, the statement said, as cited by SANA state news agency. “The victory in Eastern Ghouta ensured opening of the main routes between Damascus and central, northern and coastal regions, and all the way to the Iraqi border,” it said.

Syrian forces managed to defeat the militant groups holding Ghouta after their headquarters, ammunition depots, fortifications and weapons factories were destroyed, the army said. It added the military units are continuing the offensive on the outskirts of the town of Douma, driving militants out of the area.

The milestone victory would ensure the “restoration of security and stability in Damascus,” and would bring relief to a civilian population that has suffered from “terrorist crimes and sponsors of terrorist organizations over the past several years.”

The Eastern Ghouta area has been under siege since 2012. In February this year, Syrian troops began their offensive to liberate the last militant-held stronghold located close to Damascus.

The fighting resulted in a ceasefire and evacuation deals were reached between the Syrians and militant groups. The humanitarian cessation of hostilities was renewed several times, allowing civilians as well as rebels to safely exit the besieged area.

On Friday, the Russian military said over 143,194 people in total, comprised of 105,857 civilians as well as 13,793 militants and 23,544 members of their families, have left Eastern Ghouta. In the meantime, some 40,000 people have returned to their homes. Those who have returned are receiving aid packages delivered by UN agencies and the Russian Reconciliation Center.

Syria: The Road to Victory – By Sputnik


scrollclickLiberation of settlements The Syrian Army’s advancesupported by Russian AerospaceForcesfleetAir strikes

Start of operation
Russian pilots launched the first airstrikes against Daesh* facilities in the provinces of Homs and Hama. During the first week of flights more than 100 objects were destroyed
Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed a base, a camp and an ammunition depot of Daesh*
The Russian aviation destroyed a Daesh* training camp for foreign militants in the province of Idlib. Also, a pair of Su‑25 frontline bombers attacked a terrorist field camp
First strikes from the sea
Ships of the Russian Navy’s Caspian Fleet launched Kalibr cruise missile strikes against terrorist targets in Syria. 26 missiles were fired and 11 targets were destroyed
Offensive in Hama province
Backed by Russian Aerospace Forces, the Syrian Army began a large‑scale offensive in the province of Hama, where large units of Daesh* and Al‑Nusra Front were based. Over the next few days, several settlements were liberated
Liberation of the Hama-Salamiyah-Aleppo road
The Syrian government troops and Russian aviation liberated the only road linking the city of Aleppo with the rest of Syria. Two weeks earlier, the route had been blocked by terrorists who encircled Aleppo
Strikes on terrorists’ targets near Aleppo
Thanks to the support of Russian Aerospace Forces, arms supplies to terrorists in the cities of Aleppo and Idlib were prevented. This allowed the Syrian government forces to defeat seven detachments of terrorists totaling up to 900 people
Emergence of strategic aviation
For the first time since the beginning of a Russian Aerospace Forces operation in Syria, Russian strategic aviation was involved in the operation – the Tu‑160, the Tu‑95M3 fired 34 cruise missiles on the militants’ objects
Destruction of a column of Daesh* gasoline tanker trucks
In November 2015, the Russian Aerospace Forces’ “free hunt” for Daesh* gasoline trucks was announced. The Su‑34 fighter‑bombers destroyed a lot of tanks with oil products and oil refining bases. On November 18, a column of 500 tanker trucks was destroyed. This added to reducing terrorists’ incomes from smuggling oil
Kalibr cruise missile strikes from under the water
The long‑range Kalibr cruise missiles were for the first time launched from under the water in combat conditions. The missiles were launched by the diesel‑electric submarine Rostov‑on‑Don from the Mediterranean Sea, destroying two large terrorist points in Raqqa
Fighting near Damascus
Backed by Russian airstrikes, the Syrian government troops managed to regain control of a strategically important airbase Marj al‑Sultan, located 18 kilometers from the capital Damascus
Strikes in support of the Syrian Army’s offensive against terrorists
During the first ten days of 2016, Russian aircraft made 311 sorties and destroyed 1,097 Daesh* facilities and those of other terrorist groups. This helped the Syrian Army to continue the offensive and liberate more than a hundred settlements
Liberation of Salma
Salma is an important transportation hub in northern Syria’s Latakia province. Al‑Nusra Front terrorists had controlled the city for four years. Syrian troops and Russian Aerospace Forces took control of all the heights around the city and liberated Salma
Liberation of Al‑Shaykh Maskin
The Syrian government troops, supported by the militia and Russian aviation, completely liberated the city of Al‑Shaykh Maskin in the south of the country. They managed to destroy terrorists while suffering minimal losses
Destruction of Daesh* oil storage facility
Russian Aerospace Forces aircraft destroyed open Daesh* oil storage facilities in the province of Hama. The warplanes also obliterated a column of heavy vehicles with ammunition near the city of Aleppo and a command post of militants in the province of Latakia
Liberation of Palmyra
The Syrian military, backed by Russian Aerospace Forces, liberated the ancient city of Palmyra, which had been under control of Daesh* since May 2015. Both residential areas and the ruins of Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Syria, were liberated
Liberation of Al‑Qaryatayn
Backed by the militia and Russian Aerospace Forces, the city of Al‑Qaryatayn, the main Daesh* stronghold in the province of Homs, the Syrian Army managed to regain control of the city. In the course of the fighting, neither the Syrian Army nor the Russian military security services lost a single fighter
Destruction of Daesh’s oil production facilities
Russian Aerospace Forces aircraft eliminated four objects of illegal oil production, controlled by Daesh* terrorists in the provinces of Raqqa and Homs
Attacks on terrorists in Homs province
Six Tu‑22M3 bombers launched strikes on positions of terrorists east of Palmyra, Al‑Sukhnah and Arak. The aircraft destroyed a large field camp, three ammunition and armament depots, as well as three tanks, four infantry fighting vehicles and eight cars with machine guns
Destruction of the terrorists’ field camp near Palmyra
Six long‑range Tu‑22M3 bombers launched high‑explosive fragmentation ammunition strikes on terrorist targets east and north‑west of Palmyra, near the settlements of Al‑Sukhnah and Arak. A large field camp and a control point were destroyed
Strikes against Daesh* near Raqqa
Continuing the offensive in the direction of Raqqa, Daesh’s* self‑proclaimed capital, the Tu‑22M3 bombers destroyed a large Daesh* depot with weapons, ammunition and lubricants as well as a chemical ammunition production plant and a training camp for militants
The fleet’s strike on al‑Nusra Front
The small missile ships Zelyony Dol and Serpukhov launched the Kalibr cruise missiles, destroying al‑Nusra Front targets
Elimination of al‑Nusra Front terrorists in Idlib province
The Su‑33 fighters, part of the aerial wing of the Admiral Kuznetsov cruiser, destroyed several dozen members of al‑Nusra Front. The Defense Ministry announced the death of field commanders Muhammad Hilal, Abu Jaber Harmuja and Abul Baha al‑Asfari, who planned an offensive against Aleppo
The offensive to the east of Aleppo
The Syrian Army, supported by Russian Aerospace Forces, carried out a large‑scale offensive on the positions of radical groups in the eastern part of Aleppo
Liberation of Aleppo
Supported by massive Russian air and missile strikes, the city of Aleppo was liberated from the terrorists. The Syrian Army took a complete control of 105 city quarters. 108,000 thousand civilians were evacuated to safe areas
Strike on Daesh* facilities in the province of Deir ez‑Zor
The Tu‑22M3 bombers launched a strike on Daesh* facilities in the province of Deir ez‑Zor. Two militant control centers, ammunition depots, armament and military equipment were destroyed
The Tu‑95MS launched a strike on Daesh* positions near Raqqa
The strategic bombers Tu‑95MS launched a strike on the objects of Daesh* militants near the city of Raqqa. Camps and training terrorist centers were obliterated
Re‑liberation of Palmyra
The Syrian Army and the militia, backed by Russian Aerospace Forces, liberated Palmyra for the second time. Daesh* had controlled the city since the end of December
Elimination of terrorists heading to Palmyra
Russian planes destroyed 32 pickup trucks and more than 120 terrorists who were traveling from the city of Raqqa towards Palmyra
Strike against Daesh* leaders
The Russian Aerospace Forces launched a strike on a Daesh* command post near Raqqa. Terrorist leaders, about 30 field commanders and up to 300 militants were killed. According to the Russian Defense, Daesh* leader Abu Bakr al‑Baghdadi was among those killed.
Russian ships attacked Daesh* targets near Palmyra
The frigate Admiral Essen and the submarine Krasnodar fired the Kalibr cruise missiles on terrorists’ objects east of Palmyra. They destroyed the terrorists’ safe havens with heavy military equipment and forces, redeployed by terrorists from Raqqa
Elimination of Daesh* field commanders and terrorists
The Russian Aerospace Forces eliminated two field commanders and 180 Daesh* terrorists in Syria, preventing an attempt by terrorists to break through the garrison defense in the city of Deir ez‑Zor
The Navy’s missile strike on Daesh* targets
The ships of the Russian Navy attacked Daesh* facilities in Syria from the Mediterranean Sea. The submarine Krasnodar and the frigates Admiral Essen and Admiral Grigorovich fired six missiles destroying Daesh* weapons stores and terrorists in the province of Hama
Strike against terrorists on the border of the provinces of Hama and Homs
The strategic Tu‑95MS bombers launched X‑101 missiles at Daesh* facilities on the border of the provinces of Hama and Homs. Three large ammunition depots and a terrorist command post were destroyed
Liberation of Al‑Sukhnah
The Syrian Army, backed by the Russian Air Force, completely liberated the city of Al‑Sukhnah from Daesh* terrorists. Al‑Sukhnah has long been the largest militant stronghold in Homs province
Encircling Daesh* in the city of Akerbat
Advancing to the province of Deir ez‑Zor, which became a terrorist stronghold, the Syrian Army, supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces, encircled Daesh* in the city of Akerbat
Defeat of Daesh* near Ghanem Ali
Backed by Russian Air Force, the Syrian government troops defeated terrorists in the Ghanem Ali area in the province of Raqqa, providing a springboard for an attack on the city of Deir ez‑Zor along the eastern shore of the Euphrates River
Liberation of Aleppo province from Daesh* terrorists
The Syrian Army, backed by Russian aviation, inflicted a significant defeat on Daesh* terrorist group in the central part of Syria. As a result, the province of Aleppo was completely liberated from terrorists
Helicopters’ strikes on Daesh* terrorists
Helicopters of Russian Aerospace Forces launched strikes on Daesh* terrorists near the Shaer gas field. This made it possible to drive terrorists out of the positions they had held since 2014
Liberation of Akerbat
Backed by Russian Aerospace Forces, the Syrian Army completely liberated the city of Akerbat in the province of Hama from the terrorists. More than 3,000 terrorist infrastructure facilities were destroyed
Breaking through terrorist defenses in Deir ez‑Zor
Backed by Russian Aerospace Forces, the Syrian Army broke through terrorist defenses near the city of Deir ez‑Zor, which had been held by Daesh* for more than three years. Government troops occupied part of the city, preparing for a further offensive
Strike at a Daesh* command post in Deir ez‑Zor
The Su‑34 and Su‑35 bombers destroyed the underground command post of terrorists and a detachment of militants, including “Amir of Deir ez‑Zor” Abu Muhammad al‑Shimali and “Minister of War” Gulmurod Khalimov
Submarines’ strike on Daesh* facilities
The submarines Veliky Novgorod and Kolpino launched seven missiles on Daesh* facilities, destroying Daesh* command posts and ammunition depots south‑east of Deir ez‑Zor
Russian Aviation destroyed terrorists’ fleet on the Euphrates River
During an air raid, Russian Aerospace Forces obliterated Daesh* facilities and boats on the Euphrates River in Deir ez- Zor. Thanks to air support, the Syrian government troops were able to cross the river
Destruction of a training center for Daesh* mercenaries
Russian warplanes destroyed seven Daesh* field commanders on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River. Also, a training center for foreign mercenaries, eight tanks, three artillery installations, 17 SUVs with large‑caliber weapons and four ammunition depots were destroyed
Elimination of Al‑Nusra Front’s leaders
The attacks by the Su‑34 and the Su‑35 aircraft eliminated the top command of the al‑Nusra Front terrorist group. 49 militants were killed, including seven leaders of the al‑Nusra Front’s “eastern sector”.
Strike against Daesh* stronghold in the Mayadin area
The Russian Su‑34 bombers destroyed a well‑fortified terrorist stronghold near the city of Mejadin. About 70 militants were killed
Elimination of warlords
Since early October, Russian aviation has destroyed more than 30 terrorist leaders, which contributed to the liberation of right bank of the Euphrates River north‑west and west of Deir ez‑Zor. Less than 8% of the country’s territory remained under the control of militants at the time.
Strikes on positions of al‑Nusra Front terrorists
Between September 19 and October 15, Russian aviation destroyed 2,400 al‑Nusra Front terrorists attempting to attack the positions of the Syrian Army north of the city of Hama. Over 200 pieces of military equipment and weapons were obliterated.
Liberation of Deir ez‑Zor
The Syrian Army freed the eastern capital of Syria, the city of Deir ez‑Zor, from Daesh. Russian Aerospace Forces aircraft supported the offensive from the air, launching strikes on terorist groups. The Russian military also neutralized mines and shells left by terrorists
Liberation of Abu Kamal
The Syrian government forces, backed by Russian aviation, regained full control of the city of Abu Kamal, which remained Daesh’s* last stronghold in the country
Strike against terrorists in Deir ez‑Zor province
The long‑range Tu‑22M3 bombers, which flew from Russia, attacked Daesh* facilities in the Deir ez‑Zor province. Stronghold points, manpower and armored vehicles of terrorists were destroyed
Strikes against Daesh* facilities in the province of Deir ez‑Zor
Six Tu‑22M3 aircraft launched strikes at weapons depots, strongholds and a group of Daesh* terrorists in the al‑Sayal area. It took the Russian Aerospace Forces about ten days to destroy around a thousand militant objects in Deir ez‑Zor and northeast Syria
Russia’s General Staff announced the defeat of Daesh* in Syria
The head of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov announced the complete liberation of the country from Daesh* terrorists. In Syria, there is no single settlement or area currently under Daesh* control.
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$200bn to reconstruct war-torn Syria… the US and its partners should pay – By Finian Cunningham

Finian Cunningham (born 1963) has written extensively on international affairs, with articles published in several languages. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, he is a Master’s graduate in Agricultural Chemistry and worked as a scientific editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, England, before pursuing a career in newspaper journalism. For over 20 years he worked as an editor and writer in major news media organizations, including The Mirror, Irish Times and Independent. Now a freelance journalist based in East Africa, his columns appear on RT, Sputnik, Strategic Culture Foundation and Press TV.
$200bn to reconstruct war-torn Syria… the US and its partners should pay
With Syria’s nearly seven-year war now virtually over, the process of rebuilding the devastated country comes to the fore, with the financial cost of that effort put at $200 billion. Who pays for it?

When you view the ruins of Aleppo alone, Syria’s second biggest city, plus the carnage across the entire country, from towns, villages, bridges, roads, public utilities, hospitals, schools, and so on, the real figure for reconstruction could be far higher than $200 billion.

Then there is the inestimable cost of human suffering and families decimated. All told, the reparations could amount to trillions of dollars.

Syria’s war was no ordinary civil war, as Western mainstream media tended to mendaciously depict it.

From the outset, the conflict was one of an externally driven covert war for regime change against the government of President Bashar Assad. The Arab Spring unrest of 2011 provided a convenient cover for the Western plot to subvert Syria.

The United States and its NATO allies, Britain, France, and Turkey, were the main driving forces behind the war in Syria, which resulted in up to 400,000 deaths and millions of citizens displaced from their homes. Other key regional players sponsoring the campaign against the Syrian government were Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Israel.

Most of the militants who fought in Syria to overthrow the state authorities were not Syrian nationals. Self-styled jihadists from dozens of countries around the world made their way to Syria, where they were funded, armed and directed by covert forces from Western and Arab states.

The barbarian-like gravitation to Syria indicates the degree to which the effort to overthrow the Syrian government was orchestrated by foreign powers.

This was a planned, concerted project for regime change. The systematic violence imposed on Syria was very arguably due to an international criminal conspiracy perpetrated by the US and all of the above “partners.” The case can, therefore, be made for criminal responsibility.

That, in turn, means that financial reparations and damages can be sued by the Syrian state against those foreign powers which waged the war, albeit indirectly through proxy militant groups.

The bitter irony though is that the US and its Western allies are reportedly using Syria’s war-torn plight as leverage to pursue their political objective of ousting Assad. What these powers could not achieve on the battlefield with their terrorist mercenaries they now seem to be pursuing through their dominance over international financial institutions.

The Washington DC-based International Monetary Fund estimates the reconstruction of Syria’s devastated infrastructure will cost $200 billion. (As noted above, that’s probably a gross underestimate.)

As Bloomberg News reported last week: “The US and its European and Arab partners have for years insisted that Assad must go and are now using the carrot of funding for rebuilding the shattered nation in a final attempt to pressure the Syrian leader. The International Monetary Fund estimates the cost of reconstruction at $200 billion, and neither of Syria’s main allies, Russia and Iran, can afford to pick up the bill.”

It’s a moot point whether Russia and Iran cannot afford to help rebuild Syria. Who’s to say that those two powers along with China and other Eurasian nations could not club together to create a reconstruction fund for Syria, independent of Western countries and their Arab client regimes?

However, regardless of the source of funding for Syria, what Russia, China, Iran and other key international players should push for at the United Nations and other global forums such as the Non-Aligned Movement is the repudiation of Western efforts to link financial aid to future political change in Syria.

Alexander Lavrentiev, Russia’s envoy steering the peace process in Syria, has reiterated Moscow’s position that the political outcome for Syria must be determined by the Syrian people alone, free from external influence. That is also the position of several UN resolutions.

Lavrentiev says Bashar Assad should be free to run in next year’s presidential election if he chooses to and that it is unacceptable for the US and its allies to try to use financial aid as a bargaining tool.

“It’s a simplistic approach when some Western countries say that they’ll give money only when they see that the opposition comes to power or their interests are fully accommodated,” said the Russian envoy.

It’s not merely unacceptable for such Western conditioning. It’s outrageous. Far from quibbling about financial aid to Syria, the debate should be broadened out to hold governments to account for the destruction and loss of life in Syria.

To establish responsibility is not a mystery. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey are known to have poured money and weapons into dozens of jihadist-styled groups, including Ahrar al-Sham and Jaysh al Islam under the umbrella of the Islamic Front or Army of Conquest. The precise distinction – if any – between these groups and the internationally proscribed terror organizations of Nusra Front (Hayat Tahrir al-Sham) and Daesh (Islamic State) is elusive and probably negligible.

American, British and French special forces are known to have trained militants under the faux banner of “moderate rebels” and “Free Syrian Army,” even when there is evidence these same groups were cooperating with Al-Qaeda-type extremist networks. Under President Barack Obama, the US government funneled $500 million into training “rebels” in Syria. Trump earlier this year closed down CIA training operations. This is, in effect, an admission of culpability by Washington of fueling the war.

The Americans and British forces were up to recently training the militant group Maghawir al Thawra at Al Tanf base on the Syrian-Iraqi border. The American government also funded another jihadist group Nour al-Din al Zenki, which came to notoriety in a video showing their members beheading a Palestinian boy.

Weapons caches recovered by the Syria Arab Army after the liberation of ISIS strongholds in Deir ez-Zor also show stockpiles of US-made arms and other NATO munitions, including anti-tank missiles.

The Western governments openly funded the fake emergency responders – the so-called White Helmets – who worked hand-in-hand as a propaganda front for Al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front. 

There have been systematic links between Western governments, their regional client regimes and the terror proxies who carried out the dirty war on their behalf in Syria over the past seven years.

It is an insult upon injury for Western governments to impose constraints on financial aid to Syria. Furthermore, the economic costs of reconstruction should not be levied on the Syrian people. Those costs should be paid in full by Washington and its partners who engaged in a criminal war on Syria.

Surely, Syria, Russia, Iran and other allied governments should form an international prosecution case for war crimes.

Not only should Washington, London, Paris and others be made to pay damages. Political and military leaders from these countries should be placed in the dock to answer personally for crimes against the Syrian people. To allow impunity is to let Washington and its rogue cohorts keep repeating the same crimes elsewhere, over and over.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

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