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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More on the Syrian Arab Army's move into Manbij and the political and diplomatic implications therein:


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The Arab move is also perceived as a counter to Iranian influence in Syria. In this it will fail. Syria was rescued from the all out attack on it by Iran's intervention. It was the Iranian General Soleimani who convinced Russia to commit troops to Syria. It was Iran that spent billions to prop up the Syrian government while the Gulf Arabs spent even more to take it down. Syria will not forget who are its foes and who are its real friends.

Air traffic connections from Damascus to Arab countries are coming back. Last week a direct connection with Tunisia was revived. In January Gulf-Air, the official airline carrier for Bahrain, will again offer flights from Damascus. The Arab League, which in 2012 kicked out Syria, will invite it back in. Syria may well accept the offer, but only in exchange for a large compensation.

An Israeli air attack on Syrian military installments on December 26 largely failed. The Israeli jets fired some 16 stand-off bombs from Lebanese air space. They cowardly hid behind two commercial airliners which were on their way from the Gulf to Europe. This made it impossible for the Syrian air defense to directly attack the Israeli jets. Most of the Israeli projectiles were destroyed by the Syrian short-range air defenses. A Syrian missile was fired against Israel proper. It was a reminder that new rules of engagement, as announced, have been established. Attacks on Syria will be replied to by direct attacks on Israel. The missile shot ended the Israeli attack.

Israel, like others, will learn that any further attacks on Syria are futile and will only lead to effective retaliations. The war on Syria, while not yet over, is drawing down. Syria's political isolation is ending. Those who insist on continuing it will in the end lose out.


Moon of Alabama:
Syrian Sitrep: Army Regains Northern Territory: Political Isolation Ends
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alastair Crooke: Entering a Major Regional Reset: The Syria Outcome will haunt those who started this war

Alastair Crooke wrote:
It should be obvious now that we are entering a major regional re-set: The US is leaving Syria. Bolton’s attempted withdrawal-reversal has been rebuffed. And the US, in any event, forfeited the confidence of the Kurds in consequence to the original Trump statement. The Kurds now are orientated toward Damascus and Russia is mediating a settlement.

It may take a while, but the US is going. Kurdish forces (other than those linked with the PKK) are likely to be assimilated into the Syrian army, and the ‘buffer’ will not be directed against Turkey, but will be a mix of Syrian army and Kurdish elements – under Syrian command – but whose overall conduct towards Turkey will be invigilated by Russia. And the Syrian army will, in due time, clear Idlib from a resurgent al-Qaida (HTS).


So expect more attacks on US forces by ISIS to delay this process as much as possible, then.

See also
Frederico Pieraccini:
Final steps in Syria's successful struggle for peace and sovereignty
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Israeli jets attack Iranian targets within Syria"

Various reports state. Probably another fairly minor "tit for tat" attack, but the overall trend does look rather worrying.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On fake news and Western MSM propaganda:

The Duran: Douma chemical weapons hoax exposed by BBC producer

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So as to be absolutely clear, on February 13th, BBC Syria’s Producer said he could “without a doubt” prove that the Douma hospital scene was false, a White Helmets (WH) fake event.

He said “the Douma Hospital scene was staged. No fatalities occurred in the hospital. All the WH, activists and people I spoke to are either in Idlib or Euphrates Shield areas.

Only one person was in Damascus.”

The evidence is seen above in the tweet at 05:33 – 13 February 2019, the BBC Producer wrote on his personal, verified Twitter account, which has since been made private or perhaps blocked by persons or governments unknown, anyway someone who controls Twitter.

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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A year on from the Douma gas attack that wasn't - Western MSM is busy ignoring it.
However, evidence has emerged that undermines the official narrative

Caitlin Johnstone: Confirmed: The Chemical Weapons Assessment contradicting the Official Syrian narrative IS authentic

Caitlin Johnstone wrote:
This should be a major news headline all around the world, but of course it is not. As of this writing the mass media have remained deathly silent about the document despite its enormous relevance to an international headline story last year which occupied many days of air time. It not only debunks a major news story that had military consequences, it casts doubt on a most esteemed international independent investigative body and undermines the fundamental assumptions behind many years of western reporting in the area. People get lazy about letting the media tell them what’s important and they assume if it’s not in the news, it’s not a big deal. This is a big deal, this is a major story and it is going unreported, which makes the media’s silence a part of the story as well.

Also conspicuously absent from discussion has been the war propaganda firm Bellingcat, which is usually the first to put the most establishment-friendly spin possible on any development in this area. If Eliot Higgins can’t even work out how to polish this turd, you know it’s a steamer.


See also:
Moon of Alabama: Syria - OPCW Engineering assessment: The Douma chemical weapon incident was staged

Rob Slane: The Shrinking Credibility of OPCW
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