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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Assad States the Obvious: US Troops in Syria Are “Invaders” Who “Lost Nearly Every War”


Uninvited “guests” seriously complicated the situation in northern Syria, compelling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to re-state the obvious… Turkish and American troops in northern Syria are invaders. Period. During an interview with Chinese PHOENIX TV, as cited by the Syrian state-run SANA news agency, Assad emphasised that Damascus never invited American or Turkish forces to operate within its territory… making Washington and Ankara’s “participation” in the conflict a flagrant violation of Syria’s sovereignty:

Any foreign troops coming to Syria without our invitation or consultation or permission are invaders, whether they are American, Turkish, or any other one.

When a journalist asked the Syrian president if Damascus had “opened doors” for American troops in Aleppo province’s city of Manbij, Assad said:

No, we didn’t. What are they [foreign troops] going to do? Fight ISIS [Islamic State, formerly ISIL]? The Americans lost nearly every war. They lost in Iraq; they had to withdraw at the end… even in Somalia, let alone Vietnam in the past, and Afghanistan. The USA didn’t succeed anywhere they sent troops, they only create a mess; they’re very good in creating problems and destroying, but they’re very bad in finding solutions.

So just to recap… American soldiers in Syria are “invaders” who “only create a mess” and have lost “nearly every war”. We’re glad someone finally said it.

11 March 2017

Rudy Panko

Russian Insider


Wednesday, 8 March 2017

With Peace Restored in Post-Daesh Palmyra, What’s Next for the Syrian Army?

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The ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, which for a long time was under the control of Daesh terrorists, is finally celebrating its liberation. Meanwhile, on the outskirts of the civil airport, a real battle is unfolding. Sputnik correspondent Mikhail Alaeddin, at the Palmyra airport along with a Syrian special ops unit, witnessed an operation aimed at eliminating the positions of terrorists and advancing deeper into the desert.

Free Tour of the Airport

According to Alaeddin, the Palmyra airport is literally just a kilometre away from town. The Syrian commander on the spot received orders to arrive at the airfield to assess the situation. The Syrian officer told Alaeddin as they rode in the lead vehicle in a military convoy:

We haven’t yet cleared the direct road from Palmyra to the airport, so we have to detour through the desert.

The airport area resembles a completely flattened concrete field. Almost all the buildings are gone. Only a few concrete hangars once used for military aircraft in the northern part of the airport remain. At present, the fortified structures either serve as shelters for Syrian Arab Army soldiers or as dumps for heavy equipment confiscated from terrorists. The Syrian forces managed to repel the terrorists from the airport a couple of days ago, but realising the strategic significance of the facility, the terrorists once again attacked the government positions and tried to occupy the airport. Then, air assets and artillery came to the rescue. The terrorists approached the airport at night and tried to storm it. However, the soldiers of the special ops group supported the frontline infantry and kicked back the terrorists. The loss of the airport could’ve jeopardised Palmyra’s security once again.

Liberation is Sweet

Meanwhile, in Palmyra itself, the battle raging near the airport wasn’t audible. In the historical centre of the city, more than a hundred people gathered. An aerobatic performance by the Syrian Air Force welcomed senior coalition commanders. The Syrian Minister of Defence expressed gratitude to Russia and to the Russian military for helping liberate Palmyra. Unfortunately, the traditional music at the amphitheatre (played by girls from the Homs music school) wasn’t audible at the airport.

Silence of the Night

After the incident ended, the Syrian special oppers left the airport together with our correspondent. On their way back, they passed some districts where one could still see Daesh flags on buildings and some houses. The senior officer told us:

This is normal; we haven’t yet cleared this quarter, so no one has yet climbed onto the roof of the hotel. As soon as we clear it, we’ll raise the Syrian flag and burn this one.

As the night fell, the army continued its offensive towards the airport to drive the terrorists some twelve kilometres into the desert, in the direction of the city of Sukhn to the northwest. Government forces are also on the offensive in the west, where they’ve liberated oil and gas fields. At the same time, they’re defeating the terrorists in eastern Aleppo Governate, where the army is moving towards Raqqa Governate.

A Matter of Honour

Our correspondent pointed up that the Syrian commanders think that ensuring Palmyra’s security and advancing to the north and northwest of the ancient city is a matter of honour. On Thursday, Syrian forces, backed by the Russian military aircraft operating in Syria, regained control over Palmyra. Daesh first captured Palmyra in May 2015. In the ten months that followed, the brutal group, notorious for destroying pre-Islamic cultural heritage sites, levelled the Temple of Bel, the Temple of Baalshamin, the Monumental Arch, and several tomb towers. They smashed or defaced some of the priceless artefacts on display at a local museum. The Syrian Arab Army, assisted by Russian warplanes and allied forces, took control of Palmyra on 27 March 2016 but lost it on 11 December. Daesh then destroyed a tetrapylon and part of a Roman theatre in the ancient city, using it to carry out mass executions.

7 March 2017

Sputnik International



The Syrian Arab Army had a hard choice in December:

  • Hold Palmyra, but allow the fighting in Aleppo to drag on, with incalculable damage in the “media war” and continuing civilian casualties
  • Withdraw from Palmyra, using the forces to wind up the Aleppo situation

Assad chose to withdraw, to concentrate on Aleppo (a wise military move, with some blowback in the informational war). Once Aleppo fell to government forces, it was relatively easy to retake Palmyra. It was a classic illustration of “one step back, two steps forward”. ISIS has (apparently) lost its American sugar daddies… Obama used them to strike at Russia (Zbig was doing the same thing that he’d done in Afghanistan… using radical Islamists to attack Russia). Has Trump dropped them? We’ll have to see… the CIA and Israel both use ISIS as a client and proxy… they’re not minor players in the Great Game, are they?

Events await development…


Sunday, 5 March 2017

5 March 2017. Why Do the Republicans Hate Syria and Decent Muslims? Why Do They LOVE the KSA and Radical Islamists?



The Neoliberals (both “liberals” and “conservatives” alike) hate decent Muslim lands like Syria and support radical anti-Christian Islamists like the KSA. The Democrats are bad in this, but the Repugs are far worse. They kiss the naked ass of the Saudis for all to see, in the most humiliating ways possible. The USA refuses to stick up for the rights of the Christian “guest workers” in the KSA. IT REFUSES… so all the Repug talk of helping Christians in the Middle East is bootless and airy propaganda for the stupid and credulous. If one doesn’t stand up for the oppressed Christians in the KSA, then, one is a hypocritical poseur if one screams about “persecuted Christians in the Middle East”.

Don’t forget… the neoliberals (both Dems and Repugs) supported and abetted the terrorist Bin Laden… they both attacked Libya and Iraq for no cause whatsoever (except for the fact that Iraq and Libya were socialist states that gave their oil wealth to the people, not American fatcat oligarchs). Now, they want you to hate Syria for no good reason. Don’t fall for it.


Tuesday, 7 February 2017

7 February 2017. A Point to Ponder… A True Read n’ Heed

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The mainstream pro-imperialist left and the demagogic racist alt-right are effectively playing off each other. The alt-right screams hatred for Muslims, describing the actions of Saudi Arabia and al-Qaeda. The left screams, “You’re not allowed to say that! Racist!” and supports the “Syrian Revolution” and other CIA régime-change operations. No one points up that the USA props up Saudi Arabia, funding and arming Wahhabi groups, whilst targeting independent states like Syria, Iran, and Libya. Yes, there is backwardness in the Middle East, but the west has maintained it and targeted the forces of modernism and independence. The Alt-Right and the Soros Pro-Imperialist Cultural Left are like a duet, with both sides singing their chorus of lies, drowning out the truth. One side wants covert funding of Wahhabi extremists in the name of human rights and pushes “understanding” of disgusting autocratic US-aligned régimes like Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The other side wants violent attacks on Islamic countries, repression of immigrants, and support for Israel. I want neither. I want people in the Middle East to have the freedom to develop their own countries without foreign meddling. Self-determination.

6 February 2017

Caleb Maupin


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