Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Trump Has Now Committed Himself to Reversing Obama’s Syria-Policy

Trump Has Now Committed Himself to Reversing Obama’s Syria-Policy
ERIC ZUESSE | 26.06.2017 | WORLD

Trump Has Now Committed Himself to Reversing Obama’s Syria-Policy

Right after the U.S. government shot down a Syrian government plane in Syria, the Russian government broke off the coordination of its operations along with the U.S. and America’s allied forces in Syria (otherwise known as «deconfliction of forces» there), and warned that:
«In areas where Russian aviation is conducting combat missions in the Syrian skies, any flying objects, including jets and unmanned aerial vehicles of the international coalition discovered west of the Euphrates River, will be followed by Russian air and ground defenses as air targets» — meaning ordered out, or else immediately shot down.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Marine Corps General Joseph F. Dunford, spoke at the National Press Club in Washington later that day. Only a video from the National Press Club is, as of yet, available of this important event (the first post-warning top U.S. government official public statement about it), no transcript yet; but here is what Dunford said (and the time he said it in the video), which struck this reporter as being important in his comments, at this historic moment when the likelihood of a nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia — World War III — was higher than it has been ever since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis between U.S. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and U.S.S.R. Premier Nikita Khrushchev:
9:00- «prosecute the defeat-ISIS campaign in Syria, which is the reason why we are in Syria»
He said that to «defeat ISIS» is «the reason», not «a reason», we’re there. Very important word-choice. Profoundly meaningful in this context.
His stating that «the reason why we are in Syria» is to «prosecute the defeat-ISIS campaign in Syria», means that we are not in Syria in order to overthrow and replace Syria’s government — that we are not there in order to conquer Syria. That’s not «the reason», nor even «a reason», we’re there. People who have been following the Syria-war matter closely over the past few years will find this a shocking assertion from the U.S. government, because it is such a stark contrast to U.S. President Barack Obama’s constant demands that «Assad must go». And, it is being made not by Trump’s U.N. Ambassador, nor by any other mere mouthpiece, but instead by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff, who would not be saying it unless he had just previously communicated directly with the President after that extremely grave Russian warning. Trump, it now seems, knows that this is serious, and by allowing his CJCS to go public with this, he is overriding here the many neocons whom he has appointed to lead the Defense Department. Dunford represents the President, not merely the military of which the President is the Commander-In-Chief. (Dunford’s role, as CJCS, is purely advisory, both to the President and to the Secretary of Defense, but he is «the principal military advisor to the President, the National Security Council, the Homeland Security Council, and the Secretary of Defense».) That clause in a sentence — and especially its «the» instead of an «a» — means more than most officials’ entire speeches do.
12:25- «Even as we support their [the anti-Assad Arabs’ and the Kurdish] efforts to seize Raqqa, there is an ongoing effort, led by the State Department [Trump’s least neocon people] to put together a governance body so that as soon as Raqqa is seized, there is effective local governance, that governance will leverage Arab leaders who are from Raqqa and it will also establish a local security force made up of local personnel».
Those «Arab leaders who are from Raqqa» will be raging for revenge against ISIS and any other fundamentalist-Sunni group that had grabbed Raqqa away from the protection of those residents by Syria’s government and subjected them to such hell for so long; and, so, when they «establish a local security force made up of local personnel», that «security force» will certainly not be favorable toward either the jihadists — all of whom are fundamentalist Sunnis — nor toward any Kurds who want to break up Syria, such as the formation of a Kurdish republic would necessarily entail.
He was then asked about a forthcoming September Kurdish referendum on establishing a Kurdistan, which would mean breaking up one or more of three nations: Syria, Turkey, and Iraq. His answer focused only on Iraq, but no Kurdistan which is in only one of those three nations would be acceptable to Kurds, and so his answer needs to be understood in that light:
13:05: «Our stated objective at this point is a stable secure and sovereign Iraq and we are supporting Iraqi security forces in defeating ISIS inside of Iraq, and I think that the issue of a Kurdish referendum is one that will have to be worked out between President Barzani and Prime Minister Abadi and the Iraqi people».
This means that Trump respects the sovereignty of each individual nation. He is asserting this in specifically the case of Iraq. But its meaning reverberates clearly also in Damascus, and in Istanbul, just as well as it does in Baghdad. It means: no Kurdistan.
The CIA, and Israel, and DC’s think-tanks such as the Brookings Institution, are all neoconservatives who favor breaking up Syria, and as part of that, establishing an independent Kurdistan across all three countries.
Trump’s Pentagon, under the neocon James Mattis, had blatantly violated Syria’s sovereignty on Syrian soil. But now, in Dunford’s totally unhedged statements, immediately after the U.S. government had perpetrated that blatant violation, Trump’s own Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was, effectively, committing the man whom he directly advises on military-strategic matters, this President, against the neoconservatives whom this same President had brought in to run his Pentagon. On strategic matters, the Joint Chiefs Chairman stands even closer to the Commander-in-Chief than does the Secretary of Defense or, sometimes, even, than does the National Security Advisor (the neocon H.R. McMaster, who has thus-far been loudly silent on this matter).
A 3PM update on June 19th, the day of Russia’s warning — an update by this reporter to my news earlier that day which was headlined «Russia Announces No-Fly Zone in Syria — War Against U.S. There» — provided the earliest-published indications that Trump had turned away from the neocons whom he himself had appointed; and, here is that update, to provide broader context for Dunford’s remarks:
UPDATE: 3PM in NYC:
Al Masdar News, the go-to site for the latest news regarding the Syrian war, headlines, as of 3PM Eastern time, «Pentagon changes disposition of US-led coalition aircraft in Syria», and reports, from several reliable sources, such as Joseph Dunford, the head of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, indicate a U.S. climb-down, and a desire to cooperate with Russia in Syria. If this is not a lie (as so much from the U.S. government has turned out to be), then the U.S. will stop protecting its jihadists in Syria; and, consequently, the war in Syria will end on terms which are suitable to Syria, Russia, and Iran, but which have not heretofore been acceptable to the U.S.-Saudi (and other fundamentalist Sunni) coalition.
The signs, at least as of 3PM, are that Trump will quit the war against the Syrian government, regardless of how much this might disappoint the Sauds (and the Israelis). Looking at the way the Western press are reporting on the matter, they’re going to allow him to withdraw as quietly as possible. So, as soon as Russia made clear that it’s willing to go all the way to defeat the U.S.-Saudi-Sunni-fundamentalist invasion, the West, apparently, will simply quit. All the jihadists in Syria will soon be scrambling to escape from there. Without U.S. protection, they can’t win. But will Russia, Iran, and Syria, simply kill them all, right there? If not, then those jihadists will end up going back ‘home’, wherever that might happen to be, and far more dangerous in those countries than they had been there before.
However, some in the U.S. press are still continuing on with beating the war-drums against Syria. An example is the hyper-neoconservative newspaper the Washington Post,owned by Jeff Bezos, the chief owner and founder of Amazon — that’s the company which supplies cloud computing services to the Pentagon. The WP has subsequently been beating the drums for WW III.
In an editorial on June 19th«What happens after the Islamic State is defeated in Iraq and Syria?» Bezos’s hired editorial writers condemned «the drive by Iran and Russia, along with their Syrian and Iraqi Shiite clients, to dominate the space that will be left when the Islamic State is driven from its capital of Raqqa in eastern Syria», as if Raqqa weren’t sovereign Syrian national government territory, but instead was just a spot of land that the U.S. has some kind of legal authority over — an authority to dictate to the sovereign Syrian government about that spot of land.
To back that editorial up by ‘news’, his hired team of ‘reporters’ headlined on June 21st«U.S. on collision course with Syria and Iran once de facto Islamic State capital falls», again as if Raqqa were U.S. instead of Syrian territory and Iran isn’t defending Syria and U.S. attacking it; and they went on to report (from unnamed «senior White House officials» who are obviously selected neocons in the Trump Administration): «Officials said Syrian government claims on the area would also undermine progress toward a political settlement in the long-separate rebel war against Assad, intended to stabilize the country by limiting his control and eventually driving him from power». Here were ‘reporters’, for Bezos’s ‘news’paper, enabling unnamed U.S. officials to propagandize to the ’news’paper’s dupes or subscribers, that the Syrian government had only «claims on the area», instead of sovereignty over the area and over the entirety of Syria.
Basically, what has happened is that the neoconservatives are still being allowed to allege through all their media, that the U.S. government has sovereignty over the entire world, even after Russia has finally told the U.S. regime: no further in Syria — if you dare, it will be war between Russia and the United States: WW III.
Trump speaks out of both sides of his mouth but Washington promotes only the neocon side; and, now that Russia has issued a warning that the Washington Post’editorial called «bluffing», and that CNBC’s ‘reporter’ called ‘bluster’, the world will see whether Trump is as stupid as America’s unfortunately now permanent neoconservative government thinks he is. If Trump’s Chairman of the joint Chiefs of Staff — who is neither an unnamed ‘senior White House official’ nor yet demonstrably a person who would lie for Trump — is to be believed, then Trump isn’t quite so stupid as that. The question right now is: Is the American public so stupid as to believe ‘news’media and ‘reporters’ such as that?

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Injured Terrorists Taken to Israeli Hospitals: Syria

Originally appeared at AhlulBayt News Agency
Local sources disclosed on Sunday that several terrorists, who had been wounded in the battle with the Syrian government forces in Quneitra province, have been taken to an Israeli hospital.
The sources reported that a number of injured members of Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) have been transferred to the Israeli hospitals via al-Hamidiyeh region in Quneitra countryside.
Injured Terrorists Taken to Israeli Hospitals: Syria
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The army troops repelled Al-Nusra Front’s offensives in the Southwestern province of Quneitra, leaving tens of terrorists dead and many more wounded. Later, the Israeli aircraft attacked the Syrian government forces’ tanks and artillery positions South-West of the war-hit country.
This is not the first time that Al-Nusra terrorists have been transferred to Israeli hospital after sustaining injuries in clashes with the army soldiers.
In September and November 2016, tens of wounded fighters of Fatah al-Sham (formerly know as the Al-Nusra) Front were transferred from Quneitra battlefields to Israeli hospitals in the occupied Golan Heights, as several Israeli ambulances entered Syria’s Southern province of Quneitra and transferred those terrorists injured in clashes with Syrian Army troops to their hospitals in the occupied part of the Golan Heights.
Also, scores of fighters of Fatah al-Sham succumbed to their injuries in Israeli hospitals and their bodies were handed over to the Takfiri terrorists in Syria’s Quneitra.
Fatah al-Sham received these bodies and transferred them to its own field-hospital in the village of Jabata al-Khashab near Quneitra city.
In October, sources disclosed that Fatah al-Sham Front dispatched its wounded members to Israeli and Jordanian Hospitals via Syria’s Southern borders.

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Monday, 26 June 2017

Father Daniël Maes (78): “Western media spreading lies on Syria and Western governments are in alliance with radical Islamists who completely ruining the country”


The Flemish Father Daniël Maes (78) lives in Syria in the sixth-century-old Mar Yakub monastery in the city of Qara, 90 kilometers north of the capital Damascus.
Father Daniel has been a witness to the war and according to him, Western media spreading lies on Syria and Western governments are in alliance with radical Islamists who completely ruining the country.

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Israeli Minister Calls For Full Saudi Ties And Official Riyadh Visit


Intelligence minister Yisrael Katz has also invited King Salman to send new crown prince to Israel to establish mutual ties

June 23, 2017 “Information Clearing House” – Senior Israeli ministers have called on Saudi Arabia’s King
Salman to establish full diplomatic relations with Israel.
Speaking at the Herzliya conference on Thursday, Israel’s intelligence and transportation minister Yisrael Katz asked King Salman to invite Prime Minister Netanyahu to Riyadh and to send newly appointed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Tel Aviv in return.
“I call upon Salman, the King of Saudi, to invite the prime minister of Israel Netanyahu to visit Saudi Arabia,” Katz said, at the annual gathering of Israeli political leaders and strategists.
“We saw what a wonderful host you can be… when President Trump was there. You can also send your heir, the new one, Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He’s a dynamic person. He is an initiator. And he wants to break through.
“Exactly this way… they know who Iran is. They know we have to create an access vis-a-vis Iran. You can send him for a meeting in Israel and I promise you, he’s going to be a very welcome guest.”
Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s defence minister, also called for “full diplomatic and economic relations” at the conference.
A peace deal must be reached with “moderate Arab Sunni countries” before a peace agreement could be made with the Palestinians, Lieberman said.
He said: “The only light at the end of the tunnel is a complete regional agreement.” The hard-right defence minister added: “Full diplomatic and economic relations. Not under the table, but on the table.”
“I saw research on what the result of a regional agreement and full economic relations would mean between Israel, the Gulf countries and Saudi Arabia. This would mean an additional revenue of $45bn for Israel. That’s the potential. We have to clearly say what our priorities are.”
Prince Salman’s appointment as crown prince and heir to the Saudi throne has brought renewed hope of a rapprochement between the two countries, according to communications minister Ayoub Kara.
“Salman’s appointment means more economic cooperation in the Middle East, and not just regarding oil,” Kara said in a statement. “The strengthening of relations with the Trump administration is the beginning of a new and optimistic time between Saudi Arabia and regional states, including Israel and the Jewish people.”
Saudi Arabia has refused to recognise Israel since its inception in 1948 and has supported Palestinian rights to sovereignty over territory occupied by Israel since 1967. However, the Gulf kingdom did not participate in any of the Arab-Israeli Wars.
Both countries see Iran as a strategic threat and are close allies of the United States, while recent years have seen growing ties between the bastion of Sunni Islam and the self-proclaimed “Jewish state”.
Israel has also been supportive of a blockade of Qatar led by Saudi Arabia. Tel Aviv has repeatedly called on Qatar not to give asylum to key Palestinian figures, including Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal and Azmi Bishara.
During a tour of the Middle East last month, US President Donald Trump flew directly from Saudi Arabia to Israel in a flight dubbed a “historic moment” in relations between the two countries by deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Talks aimed at establishing economic ties between the countries began last week, according to The Times. Arab and American sources said the links would start small and allow Israeli businesses to operate in the Gulf, and possibly allow El Al, the national airline to fly over Saudi airspace.
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Resist This: the United States is at War With Syria

JUNE 21, 2017
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The United States is at war with Syria. Though few Americans wanted to face it, this has been the case implicitly since the Obama administration began building bases and sending Special Ops, really-not-there, American troops, and it has been the case explicitly since August 3, 2015, when the Obama administration announced that it would “allow airstrikes to defend Syrian rebels trained by the U.S. military from any attackers, even if the enemies hail from forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.” With the U.S. Air Force—under Trump, following Obama’s declared policy—shooting down a Syrian plane in Syrian airspace, this is now undeniable.  The United States is overtly engaged in another aggression against a sovereign country that poses no conceivable, let alone actual or imminent, threat to the nation. This is an act of war.
As an act of war, this is unconstitutional, and would demand a congressional declaration. Will Trump ask for this? Will any Democratic or Republican congresscritter demand it? Is the Pope a Hindu?
Would it make any difference? Why should Trump bother? Obama set the stage when he completely ignored the War Powers Act, the Constitution, Congress, and his own Attorney General and legal advisers, and went right ahead with a war on Libya, under the theory that, if we pretend no American troops are on the ground, it isn’t really a war or “hostilities” at all. Which I guess means if the Chinese Air Force starts shooting down American planes in American airspace in defense of Black Lives Matter’s assault on the White House, it wouldn’t really be engaging in an act of war.
It’s impossible to overstate the danger in these executive war-making prerogatives that Obama normalized—with the irresponsible connivance of his progressive groupies, who pretend not to know where this would lead: In 2012, referring to the precedent of Obama’s policies, Mitt Romney said: “I don’t believe at this stage, therefore, if I’m president that we need to have a war powers approval or special authorization for military force. The president has that capacity now.” Following Obama, for Trump, and every Republican and Democratic president, it now goes without saying.
As an aggressive, unprovoked war, this is also illegal under international law, and all the political and military authorities undertaking it are war criminals, who would be prosecuted as such, if there were an international legal regime that had not already been undermined by the United States.
Syria is now under explicit attack by the armed forces of the U.S., Turkey, and other NATO states. Sixteen countries have combat aircraft buzzing around Syrian airspace under the effective command of the United States, and a number of them have attacked Syria’s army.
Americans, and certainly self-identified “progressives,” have to be crystal clear about this: American armed forces have no right to be in Syria, have no right to restrict the Syrian government from using any of its airspace, or to prevent it from regaining control of any of its own territory from foreign-backed jihadi armies.
The Syrian state and its allies (Iran and Russia), on the other hand, are engaged in the legitimate self-defense of a sovereign state, and have the right to respond with full military force to any attack on Syrian forces or any attempt by the United States to balkanize or occupy Syrian territory, or to overthrow the Syrian government.
So please, do not pretend to be shocked, shocked, if Syria and its allies fight back, inflicting American casualties. Don’t pose as the morally superior victim when Americans are killed by the people they are attacking. And don’t be preaching about how everyone has to support our troops in a criminal, unconstitutional, aggressive attack on a country that has not threatened ours in any way. American soldiers and pilots executing this policy are not heroes, and are not fighting to protect America or advance democracy; they are criminal aggressors and legitimate targets. In response to American aggression, the Syrian Army has every right to strike back at the American military apparatus, everywhere. Every casualty of this war, however big it gets, is the ethico-political responsibility of the attacking party – US. The first responsibility of every American is not to “support our troops,” but to stop this war. Right now. Before it gets worse
It’s quite obvious, in fact, that the United States regime is deliberately making targets of its military personnel, in the hopes of provoking a response from Syrian or allied armed forces that will kill some Americans, and be used to gin up popular support for the exactly the kind of major military attack on Syria and/or Russia and/or Iran that the American people would otherwise reject with disgust. Anyone who professes concern for “our troops” should be screaming to stop that.
It’s also quite clear now, that the War on ISIS is a sham, that ISIS was always just a pretext to get the American military directly involved in attacking the Syrian army and destroying the coherence of the Syrian state. If the U.S. wanted to defeat ISIS, it could do so easily by coordinating their actions with, and not against, the forces who have been most effectively fighting it: the Syrian Arab Army, Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah.
Instead, it’s attacking the Syrian army precisely because it has been defeating ISIS and other jihadi forces, and regaining its own territory and control of its own border with Iraq. The U.S. does not want that to happen. At the very least—if it cannot immediately engender that massive offensive to overthrow the Baathist government—the U.S. wants to control part of the border with Iraq and to occupy a swath of eastern Syria. It wants to establish permanent bases from which to provision and protect jihadi armies, achieving a de facto partitioning of the Syrian state, maintaining a constant state of armed attack against the Damascus government, and reducing Syria to a weakened, rump state that can never present any effective resistance to American, Israeli, or Saudi designs on the region.
This is extremely dangerous, since the Syrians, Russians, and Iranians seem determined not to let this happen. Trump seems to have abrogated authority to his generals to make decisions of enormous political consequence. Perhaps that’s why aggressive actions like the shoot-down of the Syrian plane have been occurring more frequently, and why it’s not likely they’ll abate. There’s a dynamic in motion that will inevitably lead each side to confront a choice of whether to back down, in a way that’s obvious, or escalate. Generals aren’t good at backing down. A regional or global war is a real possibility, and becomes more likely with every such incident.
Though most American politicians and media outlets do not want to say it (and therefore, most citizens cannot see it clearly enough), such a war is the objective of a powerful faction of the Deep State which has been persistent and determined in seeking it. If the generals are loathe to back down in a battle, the neocons are adamant about not backing down on their plans for the Middle East. They will not be stopped by anything less than overwhelming popular resistance and international pushback.
The upside of these attacks on Syrian forces is that they wipe the lipstick off the pig of the American project in Syria. Everyone—European countries who profess concern for international law and stability, and the American people who are fed up with constant wars that have no benefit for them—can see exactly what kind of blatant aggression is unfolding, and decide whether they want to go along with it.
In that regard, any self-identified “liberal” or “progressive” American—and particularly any such American politician—who spent (and may still spend) their political energy attacking Bush, et. al., for that crazy war in Iraq, and who goes along with, or hesitates to immediately and energetically denounce this war, which is already underway, is a political hypocrite, resisting nothing but the obvious.

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Yemeni Naval Forces Target Saudi-led Warship

Yemeni naval forces have reportedly targeted a Saudi military vessel in a missile attack off the coast of Yemen’s southwestern province of Ta’izz.
A military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Arabic-language al-Masirah television network that the warship was targeted with a sophisticated guided-missile in waters near the port city of Mukha, situated 346 kilometers south of the capital Sana’a.
The source added that the vessel had been carrying out acts of aggression within the territorial waters of Yemen.
On January 30, Yemeni army forces, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees, fired a guided missile at al-Madinah warship in waters near the city of Hudaydah.
The Saudi-led coalition waging war on Yemen later confirmed the incident but claimed only five people had lost lives in the attack.
Yet, footage of the raid, provided by Yemeni forces, showed the enormity of the explosion and subsequent fire on the deck of the Saudi vessel.
On January 21, the Yemeni coast guard warned enemies’ battleships against using the strategic Bab el-Mandeb Strait, which connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden, to bomb civilian targets, emphasizing that such a practice poses grave threats to international maritime navigation in the area.
In October 2016, Yemeni forces and Popular Committees fighters destroyed an Emirati HSV-2 Swift hybrid catamaran off the shores of Mukha.
Yemeni army forces had destroyed a Saudi warship in a missile attack in the southwestern coast of Yemen, in Bab el-Mandeb in October 2015.
Saudi Arabia has been incessantly pounding Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to bring back Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh, to power and to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement. The Riyadh regime has, however, failed to reach its goals despite suffering great expense.
The military aggression has reportedly claimed the lives of more than 12,000 people, most of them civilians.

Military Situation In Moсha Area In Western Yemen (Map Update)

25.06.2017
In January 2017,  Saudi-led forces launched the operation “Golden Spear” aiming to capture the entire western Yemeni coast from the Houthi-Saleh alliance.
So far Saudi-led forces have manged to capture the strategic port of Mocha  but failed to advance further to the north. They have repeatedly tried to capture the Khaled military camp but also failed to do this. The Khaled military camp is a strategic military base located on the road between Taiz city and Mocha.
Recently, Houthi-Saleh forces have repelled a Saudi-backed attack in the al Kadha area.

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The Hand That Rocks the Cradle: Hezbollah Mothers

It is not the first event of its kind that the association holds, but it sure is the first that I have attended.
As the holy month of Ramadan nears its end this year, mothers and daughters are not willing to bid the sacred month farewell without sharing its blessings with the People of the Frontiers – Hezbollah revolutionaries dwelling in the Lebanese borders.
The month of Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar in which the Holy Quran was revealed. It is known as the “month of Allah”.
In this month, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk to attain its blessings as the doors of Hell are closed and the doors of Paradise are opened.
It has been reported that Prophet Mohammad [PBUH] delivered a sermon to his faithful followers at the advent of this great month in which he said, “One who gives Iftar to a fasting person during this month will be like one who has freed someone and his past sins will be forgiven.”
Thus, came the idea of preparing homemade Iftar – the meal eaten after sunset in Ramadan- for the Islamic Resistance men who selflessly put forth their own security on behalf of their country’s safety.
Under the auspices of Hezbollah Women’s Association, women, young ladies and children joined hand-in-hand to prepare a meal that would be delivered to the protectors of the nation.
A communal effort by the women of the neighborhood in one of Beirut’s southern suburbs saw the participation and backing of various non-Hezbollah organizations who provided food and supplies for the “Iftar of a Mujahid” event.
It is not surprising to see Lebanese women of all walks of life taking part in such an event, after all, each woman is a mother, daughter or wife of one of these honorable Hezbollah Revolutionaries.
Women, particularly mothers, have a decisive influence on the future direction of society because they raise and nurture the next generation.
Now if we talk about the role of women in our country, we might observe that not only as mother and sister, but in other fields also, women have set an example and have been exemplary.
Ruba Zeitoun, one of the participants in the event, has been driven by the obligation and feeling of gratitude towards the brave Revolutionaries. As a 20 year-old college student, Ruba urged her peers to take part in such events especially in Ramadan to attain its blessings.
As a working mother, Mrs. Aziza Hassoun, a regular volunteer found spare time to contribute to the “Iftar of a Mujahid” event. She explained that “When the word ‘Iftar’ is heard, people excitedly join to gain the holy month’s blessings.”
Mrs. Hassoun noted, “We owe our lives to these honorable men, whenever we are needed we are ready to comply.”
It is said that culinary arts is much more than food, it is a mixture of passion, love and inspiration. For this reason, women preferred to cook a variety of Lebanese food to pour their love and prayers in to the dishes.
Hajje Hanaa, one of the neighborhood women, said that participating in the event was her first. Although one feels weary during fasting, she felt very excited and delighted to have cooked for these great men.
“Today is our Eid,” Hajje Hanaa said, “When it comes to the Mujahid, the world stands still!”
Throughout the event, the volunteers were cooperating. Some of them were putting food in containers, others were packing the containers in boxes and another group of women was labeling the boxes. Children would then take the packed boxes to the vehicles and get rid of the waste.
What caught my eye is the activeness of a young boy who was encouraging his friends to work harder.
Bakker, a boy scout who just turned 13, is the younger brother of Martyr Abbas al-Mousawi. He vowed to follow his brother’s footsteps and one day wishes to be a brave Hezbollah revolutionary.
“I am glad to participate in events that help the Mujahidin because they are the defenders of our country and without their blood we would have seized to exist,” Bakker said praying for the Mujahidin, “May Allah accept your deeds.”
Hajje Hala, an official in Hezbollah Women’s Association in Beirut, said that the organization is planning on launching a daily kitchen that accepts foods, supplies and donations to cook food that would feed 300 Mujahidin at a daily basis.
On the event, Hajje Hala said with a feeling of delight and euphoria: “We wanted the Mujahidin to eat the best varieties of food,” adding that “By the grace of Allah, we had had loads of help and sent the food on time.”
To all the readers, I wish you a sacred month of Ramadan. May God bless us all with good health.
My prayers to the honorable men sacrificing their lives for ours. To the people of the frontiers, I dedicate this…
“And fortify the frontiers of the Muslims, through Your might
And support their protectors; through Your strength…
And increase their number and hone their weapons,
And guard their territory and defend their midst…
Reinforce them with Angels in ranks from You.”
Source: Al-Ahed News
24-06-2017 | 10:33

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The Waterholes in Syria Are Dry: U.S. and Israel Seek to Drink at the Mirage



The successful military preparations now being made by allied forces of Iran, Syria, Iraq and Russia for a potential major confrontation to finish off ISIL (Daesh, ISIS, IS…) means the American caliphate’s days in the Levant are numbered.
ISIL days are numbered and a terrible implosion is not coming. There is no more middle ground. It is one or the other. The foreign-backed goons had their days – their patrons too:
  • – The Israeli army is in regular contact with terrorist groups, and has been providing them with growing amounts of aid over the course of the regime-change war in Syria – not just providing medical aid to the wounded, but also giving them weapons, food, fuel, and money to pay their fighters’ salaries. It’s gotten so prevalent these days. The UN Observer Force in Syria is a bit less upbeat about that, saying Israel’s interaction with the terrorists has been growing precipitously in recent months. And the reason? The regime changers are losing the war and they are at the end of their rope.
  • – A growing number of US attacks targeting the Syrian government and its allies are a sign that the United States is desperate too. Its direct military involvement in the war is widening, and nothing is so indicative of this than the recent US downing of a Syrian Su-22 bomber. As a matter of policy, the US has officially supported the idea of regime change throughout the war, though up until very recently, their military involvement had been all but apparently focused on attacking ISIL forces, with some strikes against civilians as well.
  • – Desperation looms. The US support for regime change is no longer limited to CIA arms supplying schemes for terrorists. This no longer conflicts with the Pentagon regime’s military operations focusing on fighting against the Syrian government and allies. They are now on the frontline of the war for regime change. The sudden military involvement in attacking Syrian government forces does make the US agenda simpler: They no longer depend on their ISIL and Al-Qaeda foot soldiers.
  • – Iran and Russia are in the know. Iran has just launched missile strikes against America’s terror proxies to avenge terror attacks in Tehran on June 7. In a move that appears to have been directly precipitated by Russia’s warning about US warplanes being treated as “targets”, Central Command (Centcom) has also announced that they are repositioning US aircraft that are deployed inside Syria. This directly draws a link between this and Russia’s own threats, which followed the US shooting down a Syrian military aircraft, and amounted to warning the US to keep its planes out of all parts of Syria. In conceding the move Centcom has effectively conceded that its move is Russia related.
  • – With the US increasingly shifting its aerial focus to attacking allied forces, instead of ISIL, the risk is growing substantially, as Russia’s comments make it clear they don’t intend to let the US attack Syrian government targets with impunity. The same is true about Iran’s missile strikes. They are having none of it. They also want a straightforward win against terrorists in Syria – after Iraq’s Mosul is fully liberated. No wonder the US is looking to reestablish its hotline with the Russian military. The hotline is meant to prevent US and Russian military forces getting into accidental conflict with one another.
All this and more go hand in hand, of course, as a reduction of communication means the regional and trans-regional parties involved in the war are going their separate ways. Washington and company know they are losing the war. Iran, Syria, Russia and Iraq know they are winning the war. Iraq is also winning the war. Its top officials have just made a surprise visit to Tehran to meet with Iranian Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei and a host of other senior officials. Does this mean they know something we don’t know? That is likely the reason because they also keep telling us that Mosul will be liberated soon.
It’s the reason why the US, which has long downplayed the de-confliction efforts in Syria, suddenly see it as important to preserve. It also explains why following Russia’s warning that US-coalition warplanes that stray outside of certain parts of Syria will be considered targets for their air defense, Australia has totally halted air operations inside Syria as a “precautionary move.”
As is, Iranian, Russian, and American military forces are all involved in the Syrian war, and all with differing agendas. They have all increased their involvement, their fights have become less separated.
The US is risking global security for its regime change agenda in Syria and inciting hawkish dictators in Riyadh to move on with more beligerency and warmongering in the region.


SOURCES:
Fars News Agency Commentaries
Submitted by SyrianPatriots
War Press Info Network at :
https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2017/06/24/usa-israel-drink-mirage/
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Israel Attacks Syrian Army for the 10,000th Time After Syrian Shell Allegedly Lands in Israeli-Occupied Syria

Posted on June 25, 2017
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[ Ed. note – From Russia Insider we have humorous treatment of a serious subject–Israel’s second attack in two days against the Syrian Army in the Quneitra province. Today’s attack reportedly hit two artillery launchers and an ammunition truck and follows close on the heels of a strike which occurred Saturday in which the Israelis targeted a Syrian tank and artillery positions–all supposedly over “stray shells” which landed in Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Two Syrian soldiers have reportedly been killed in the attacks.
Before the Israelis struck, the Syrians, earlier in the day Saturday, had been engaged in a fierce battle with Al-Nusra in the Quneitra countryside (near the border with the occupied Golan). The Syrian government says the airstrike was a deliberate attempt on the part of the Israelis to assist the terrorists:
Damascus, SANA – The General Command of the Army and Armed Forces said that the Israeli enemy attacked on Saturday a Syrian military position in Quneitra province in a desperate attempt to support terrorist groups.
In a statement, the General Command said that after army units succeeded in thwarting the wide-scale attack carried out by Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists on the surroundings of al-Baath city in Quneitra countryside, which inflicted heavy losses upon the terrorists, the Israeli enemy attacked a Syrian military position in Quneitra in a desperate attempt to support terrorist groups and raise their flagging morale.
The Israelis say the attack was “in response to several Syrian projectiles launched toward Israel” (i.e. part of Syria that is occupied by the Israelis). That at any rate was tweeted by the Israeli military. Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly has also commented on it at an Israeli cabinet meeting on Sunday.
“Our policy is clear: We will not tolerate any spillover or trickle whatsoever – neither mortars nor rockets, from any front,” said the prime minister, adding: “we will respond strongly to any attack on our territory or our citizens.”
Reportedly the “projectiles” landed in an open field and caused no injuries.
No comment from Russia. I just checked the Foreign Ministry’s website, and and at least as of now there’s nothing there. It seems when the US attacks the Syrian Army, the Russian government responds publicly, but when it is Israel carrying out the attack, they keep quiet. I hope I’m wrong on that, and that we’ll hear something from the Russians criticizing the Israeli actions, possibly tomorrow. It is after all Sunday. Yet these latest two Israeli attacks  follow a pattern that we’ve seen for several years now. Russia typically has had little if anything to say in any of the cases, although some of the previous attacks were not officially acknowledged by Israel.
At any rate, here is the Russia Insider piece on “Israeli scumbaggery,” as they put it.]
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Sweet mercy, are we not even allowed to have one day of calm and decency per week? Is that too much to ask? Your RI editors retreated to the countryside for the weekend, and were about to fire up the barbecue to make some tasty shashlik, but then, like clockwork, “Israel”. Why are we not even remotely surprised?
Via Haaretz:
Israel attacked a Syrian army units in the northern Golan Heights on Sunday after errant fire from the Syrian side spilled over into Israeli territory, the second cross-border flare-up in two days.
The Israeli army struck a Syrian army ammunition truck and two artillery guns in the Syrian Golan, the army confirmed after Syrian and Lebanese news outlets reported the attack.
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