MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! DR. ASSAD DECLARES VICTORY; AGREES TO PHASED WITHDRAWAL OF RUSSIAN AIR FORCE; TERRORIST ENEMY DEVASTATED

On Sunday, March 13, 2016, Dr. Bashar Al-Assad joined with his Russian counterpart in a telephonic discussion concerning agreements made prior to September 30, 2015, the date when Russia started sending aircraft and support personnel to Syria in order to ramp up the pressure on the Saudi-American-NATO-supported terrorist cannibals.  Since that time, given stunning sea-changes in the military situation, the Russian Federation made the decision that it was time to pull out of Syria to leave that country to finish up the war against terrorism and Wahhabist interventionism.  It is believed in Moscow that the mission has been largely accomplished. To Dr. Assad, it was a virtual declaration of victory in Syria.

To correct some misconceptions, it is important to establish certain facts on the ground.  First of all, the Russian Air Force is not – I repeat, not – withdrawing completely from Syria.  The redeployment of forces is going to happen in a phased fashion just as the deployment, itself, took place.  Remember, Russia has a well-earned lease on the harbor facilities in Tartous and the newly built airbase at Humaymeem, just south of Latakia. These bases require maintenance and continuous use by Russian technicians and soldiers/sailors.

So, what were the changes on the ground that motivated the Russians to discuss such a withdrawal with Dr. Assad?

1.  The withdrawal is not “sudden”, as some propaganda sources suggest in embarrassingly naïve terms.  Just as the deployment was well-studied by the Russian Defense Ministry, the withdrawal was also planned down to each painful detail.  Russia never had any interest in occupying Syria or involving itself in a protracted war similar to the one in Afghanistan which resulted in the only military defeat Russia has endured since the rise of the Ottoman Empire.  The United States, on the other hand, has sustained numerous body blows and knockouts including the Korean Peninsula, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, to name but a few.  The Vietnam War lasted close to 8 years and the Afghan War is going into its 13th.  It is obvious the Russians have learned from history while the Americans have not.

2.  The Russian intervention was at the request of the Syrian government.  Russia did not impose itself on Syria and the deployment was not an occupation.  As I have written before, the Syrian government, particularly this one, ruled by the Ba’ath Party, was loath to seek the assistance of any foreign power or tolerate foreign boots on Syrian territory.   It is an axiom of Arab nationalism that true freedom for the peoples of the Arab World engenders total freedom from the presence of foreign forces.  Therefore, as I wrote in an essay a year ago, in SyrPer, Dr. Assad waited until he was certain he needed Russian assistance to turn the tide in favor of the Syrian Army.  The Russians, for their part, had to wait, with their plans in hand,  for the Syrian leader to open the door for such intervention.  When he did, their ducks were all in a row.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/kerry-sought-missile-strikes-force-syrias-assad-step-down-1087172884  (Thanks, John, Esq.)

3.  The Russians also had an exit strategy.  Military men who are subject to the mercurial temperaments of civilian leaders inevitably demand an exit strategy, a prized asset whenever a political leader has seen no combat.  George Bush, father of G.W. Bush, had such a strategy, to wit: get out once Saddam was removed from Kuwait.  Generals Schwarzkopf and Powell both were quick to advise the president against lingering in Iraq just to oust Saddam.  Of course, President Bush fought in WWII and knew what the generals were talking about.  On the other hand, George W. Bush, his son, had no such experience which led to the repulsive and inhuman demolition of Iraqi society, infrastructure and culture by American and British monsters, not to mention the prolonged occupation of the country.  They called it “Shock and Awe”.

              Imbeciles don’t grow on trees.  They are nurtured by a flawed electoral system.

The Russians, on the other hand, were there for a singular purpose, and once that was accomplished to Dr. Assad’s satisfaction, they were eager to get out.  The purpose of Russian intervention was to put the Syrian Army on a winning track.  That has been accomplished quite substantially.  It is also worth mentioning that any doubts about the morale of the army in Syria had to be dispelled through the process of energizing its capabilities and demonstrating its ability to absorb new tactics and weapons systems.

 

4.  The enemies of Syria were becoming increasingly desperate.  The enemies are well known to all readers.  But, let’s evaluate where they’re at now in the aftermath of President Putin’s decision to draw down Russian forces.

a.  The Saudis, most responsible for encouraging terrorism through financing the most vicious and nihilistic groups like ISIS, Jaysh Al-Islam and Alqaeda,  were deeply involved in a fiasco of their own making in Yemen.  Even though there have been negotiations between Saudi Arabia and the Houthi insurgents, it is painfully clear that Saudi Arabia has had to swallow the bitterest of all pills – a humiliating military defeat at the hands of the Arab World’s most pitifully poor country.  Broke, needing financial assistance from banks, the Saudis have had to greatly reduce their own social programs and salaries for terrorists in both Iraq and Syria.  The Russians now believe that the Saudis cannot present a real threat to Syria any more.

But, even more excruciating is the American position as enunciated by Barack Obama recently in an interview with Atlantic Monthly.  It is unprecedented for a sitting American president to vilify the Saudis, describing them as “free riders”.  This is a clear shift in American policy toward the reactionary and tyrannical regime in Riyadh.  It’s a message to the Saudis that: “If you persist in fomenting destabilization in your region, don’t expect us to come to the rescue”.   Put another way, the U.S. is telling their former allies: “If you don’t change the way you interact with your neighbors, maybe its time for change in Riyadh.”

The Saudis have no takers for the coalition they envisaged would overthrow Dr. Assad in Damascus.  Their joint military maneuvers on the Iraqi border were a complete failure as evinced by the memorandum we translated for our readers revealing the deep misgivings of the highest ranking military officers in the kingdom with regard to the Syrian portfolio.  Not only were the maneuvers useless, they pointed to a glaring lacuna in the entire “strategy” they concocted with cynical Neo-Cons in Washington:  what do you do when Assad is overthrown?  Who do you have to take his place?  And even worse, what do you do if the entire plan results in a regional war with Iran and its allies – a war of sects all committed to mutual annihilation?

No. Saudi Arabia is now out of the picture.  This is proven by the fact that “Jaysh Al-Islam” is negotiating in Geneva, knowing fully well that Dr. Assad has no intention of leaving office without an electoral defeat. This group is so tight with the Saudis that it is impossible to see it outside the scope of Saudi influence.  The Saudis have come to accept Dr. Assad – like it or not.

 

b. The Qataris don’t need much treatment here.  Their efforts to unseat Dr. Assad were a complete failure.  It is possible that their phased-out role in the Syrian crisis is a reflection of Prince Tameem’s realization that his country is truly the size of a little thumb sticking into an Iranian cannon and that, maybe, all the hoopla about the Iranian gas pipeline isn’t worth a ticket to their imaginary World Cup extravaganza.

c.  Erdoghan’s Turkey is rocking and reeling from a typical misstep after reneging on promises to expand the range of Kurdish activity in Syria, Iraq and, most importantly, southeastern Anatolia.  Erdoghan, as the Russians see it, cannot invade Syria for the simple reason that his Parliament would not approve of it, and, his generals, almost all of whom have never seen combat, are predictably opposed to any scenario which might result in indictments for war crimes.  The generals who have the combat experience, languished for years in prison on order of Erdoghan, but were exonerated in appeals before the ever-anti-Erdoghan Supreme Court.  These generals, like Ilkert Basbug, would love to hang Erdoghan with concertina wire.  The Ergenekon kangaroo trials still resonate with many Turks.

We are sure the generals have told the Sultan of Ankara that the Russians have in place anti-aircraft weapons capable of shooting down a whole laundry list of Turkish aircraft.  Add to that the fact that Syria deploys S-300s and the advanced Pantsir systems.  It doesn’t seem the Turks are intent upon any new adventures, their hands now full with a rejuvenated PKK, allied with the PYG, which is allied with the Syrian Army.

The explosion in Ankara a few days ago is an harbinger of much more to come.  And its not just the PKK which Erdoghan has to worry about, it’s also ISIS, which, if my sources are veridical, is now viewing its former Turkish ally and progenitor, as a backstabber.  Don’t be surprised if you find out that the entire focus of the Turkish military is the PKK and ISIS – Dr. Assad playing a distant walk-on cameo role in an otherwise atrocious Saudi production.  Erdoghan can count on nobody for his war against Syria.

 

d.  NATO countries have lost interest in Syria.  While France’s Hollande continues to cajole the Saudis, if anything for what money they have left, he has seen his fortunes diminish radically.   A recent poll taken in France showed his approval rating at a dismal 19% with his Socialist colleagues imploring him not to run, ever again, for office.  The French spies formerly stationed in North Lebanon are gone and the French government has been left repeating the same tired mantras about Dr. Assad having no future in Syria.  The only French aircraft carrier sits idly in the Persian Gulf.

Britain, whose policies will be shaped by the United States, has, evidently, turned around a bit with Cameron and his coterie of supplicants rarely mumbling anything about Dr. Assad’s place in Syria’s political life.  Their air force has carried out a paltry few raids against ISIS in Iraq and Syria and the U.K.’s military doesn’t seem to have the heart to go on playing Cameron’s neo-imperialist game, many of them, now retired, coming out in public to support the Assad government.

Forget the Germans and the Belgians.  The German Shpionschiffe is back in dry dock. All European countries today have one thing in mind: how to stop the flow of refugees, terrorists and economic opportunity frauds from hitting the beaches of Europe.  This one factor, alone, has brought to the occidental mind the calamitous consequences of its fascination with “regime change”.  The Libyan fiasco was bad enough – French and British sunbathing in the spotlight of rank disaster after a country, which boasted the highest standard of living of any nation in Africa, was razed to the ground by self-declared well-meaning genocidal freaks from Old Europe whose accomplishment was nothing less than immersing that country in an existential war with Al-Qaeda and ISIS.  But, Syria – oh, man – that was an even more metastatic disaster with millions of refugees, who once lived comfortably and securely in their ordered nation, massing like penguins in Turkish camps, only to be rudely evicted by a vindictive Erdoghan, their routes pre-planned for them by the Justice and Development Party, rickety boats included to insure maximum empathy and coverage in the compromised Western Press.  The Russians are aware of Europe’s predicament and the Kremlin knows that the capitals in the West have no stomach for more catastrophes.  In fact, Sergei Lavrov’s recent diplomatic high-speed shuffle garnered assurances that the Europeans had no further interest in overthrowing anybody.

 

e.  The United States.  This president got to office by proclaiming his opposition to the Iraq War.  He was right, for once.  Obama does not relish being a wartime president and eschews invitations from allies to join in their ruinous foreign wars.  He has said so much about Libya and Cameron.  He has ridiculed the Saudis openly for their “free rides”.  He has no stomach for any more foreign inveiglements, especially those built on sectarian rivalries like the ones floated by the Saudis – attack Syria – reject Iran – support terrorists – get on board and bomb the Syrian Army – let’s start WWIII – who cares if Assad didn’t really use Sarin gas – Shi’is are apostates.  The Saudis have become the cloying archetypal door-to-door salesman who won’t quit until he is insulted publicly or arrested by police for harassment.

While I distrust American politicians, I do believe Obama is motivated by self-interest.  For Obama, the question is: do I go to WWIII for Syria? No, of course not.  Do I want to help the Saudis to ratchet up the anti-Shi’i rhetoric to the point that the Nuclear Accord would be put into jeopardy? Do I want to strengthen ISIS and Alqaeda just to please a tribe of Pre-Iron Age troglodytes who don’t let women drive cars, or travel freely; and who don’t allow Christians to build churches on their holy sands, and a million other demonic rituals like beheading respected Shi’i clerics just to rankle the Iranians; executing minors; fighting a war in Yemen despite American advice to the contrary.  It doesn’t stop there.

It’s not just the malodorous qualities of the Saudis – it’s that we don’t need their oil, and, if the truth be told, the United States is not going to continue to protect the profligate “royal” pedophiles when that is the obligation of those countries who do need Saudi or Gulf oil – Japan, France, all Europe and some parts of Asia.  The free rides have go to stop.

Vladimir Putin spoke to Obama around the time he announced the partial draw-down of Russian forces in Syria.  He would never have pulled his troops out if he did not have assurances that the U.S. would step back from the policies of the Neo-Cons and, apparently, Kerry.  He received those assurances and was told that the U.S. was only interested in defeating ISIS and setting up a transitional government in Syria through a democratic process.  This was enough for Putin who knew Dr. Assad would win any election hands down.

 

f.  The Syrian “opposition” still has almost no control over ISIS or Nusra/Alqaeda.  But, they were told by the Russians, what James Baker told the Palestinians, to wit:  the train stops here only once, and if you don’t get on it, it’s not coming back.  Amazingly, the Saudi-created “Jaysh Al-Islam” is there to negotiate the removal of Dr. Assad.  The Syrian government has told them to go fish.  But, amazingly, the talks are continuing, as is that miraculous cease-fire which the Russians engineered with the help of the feckless John Kerry.  Today, the opposition had better get on the train – and they know it.

 

Is Putin withdrawing forces to pressure Dr. Assad to play ball with the opposition? 

This is the position taken by many Western anti-Assad propagandists.  They would like to think that Putin is abandoning Assad.  They dream of such an absurdity. At SyrPer, we see it as just the opposite.  Putin is telling the enemies of Syria that if they want to see Russia leave and stay out, they had better negotiate in good faith.  This action of pulling out many Russian assets was a not-too-subtle message to the gangsters and pimps among the opposition that their only hope for peace in their country was to discuss its future with the legitimate government. Anything else would be political suicide.  The Saudis had no choice but accept these terms, hence, the presence of the war criminal, Muhammad ‘Alloosh, who is Saudi Arabia’s point man in Geneva.   The Saudis, more than anyone else, should take to heart the fact that as this war continues, our rage against the monkey regime in Riyadh only intensifies.

 

What have the Russians told the world by their phased withdrawal?  

 

Russia is not an imperialistic nation.  It does not seek to impose its power over Syria by occupying it and pulling the strings of puppets who rule it in name only.

Russia is cognizant of its legal obligations under the Charter of the U.N.  Notice, Russia only intervened in Syria after Dr. Assad requested assistance.

Russia has an exit strategy whose implementation occurred only after fundamental objectives were achieved.  Those objectives have been defined as a strengthening of the Syrian Army; closure of most supply routes to the terrorists with the Syrian military now responsible for the closure of the rest; degrading the capabilities of ISIS and Alqaeda in Syria; establishment of powerful forward bases for the Russian military in the event they are needed again in Syria.  Of note is that the Russian Air Force destroyed over 4,000 high quality terrorist targets in 6 months!

Russia has also announced to the world that a great military force now exists in the Syrian Arab Republic.  It is armed with the best Russian equipment.  Whether it’s in the air with improved MiG 29s or on the ground with the newest T-90 tanks, the SAA now fields a force of over 340,000 soldiers, backed by a Popular Defense force of over 150,00 militiamen and thousands of other groups, including Hizbollah – all capable – eminently capable –  of crushing any army that comes their way.

And for those of you who regret the Russian withdrawal, remember the words of the poet, Ibn ‘Unayn, who in his panegyric to the King, Al-Kaamil, warring with the Crusaders, summed up Vladimir Putin’s admonishment to all those who would return to the battlefield:

وقد عرفت اسيافنا ورقابهم مواقعها فيها فأِن عاودوا عدنا

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEWS AND COMMENT:

I don’t agree with much in this article, but, it’s food for thought:

http://pennyforyourthoughts2.blogspot.com/2016/03/putin-throws-down-gauntlet-on-syria-any.html?showComment=1458059155578#c2789862312292486163

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Withdrawal of Russian Military from Syria
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South Front – Withdrawal of Russian Military from Syria

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A long read but good, thanks Ziad, rounds everything up nicely.
I await the next installment of rat deaths.

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Sounds good. When one looks at media coverage and counter coverage, it can often seem like a crazy board game, but it is all too very real. It is easy to say the Russians should stay, but they did very well and had to go at some point, so they chose their moment very intelligently and strategically.

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Z-excellent summary again.Russia said back in Sept it envisioned 6 months.I read where they said/claimed 2000 Russian “rebels” were eliminated in Syria never to return to Russian soil.

The pullback tells the world that it will be Syrian vis Syrian at the peace table.So many more SAA and allies will be freed up to fight ISIS and the others….

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Some news from the front lines in Syria: 1) Palmyra Allied forces made strong progress in Jabal Hayyal, SW of Palmyra, where 4 hills were taken between yesterday and today, basically given control of most of the mountain that overlooks the road south of Palmyra, meaning ISIS can not use it and after total control of the mountain the allied forces will be able to advance through the southern part of Palmyra and maybe attack the airport SE of the town, under artillery cover from Jabl Hayyal. https://twitter.com/sayed_ridha/status/709737840758763521 https://twitter.com/Syria_Protector/status/709787244345876480 2) Der ez Zor The Republican Guards 104th managed to gain… Read more »

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Did Assad have any choice in the matter? Russia was invited by Syria but what did Russia do about illegitimate presence of angloamerican planes in syrianspace? Never challenged it rather descpicable lavrov ran to accomodate American timings of bombings. Result is 3 months later usa seem to have given stringer missile like weapon to terrorust tp have drawned syrian mig 21 plabes and then turks entered Syria illegally. The very next day Russia bolted out instead of confidence those turks insyria. You do not allow others in same space when fighting war You do not talk of peacetalk K as… Read more »

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“The Libyan fiasco was bad enough – French and British sunbathing in the spotlight of rank disaster after a country, which boasted the highest standard of living of any nation in Africa, was razed to the ground by self-declared well-meaning genocidal freaks from Old Europe”

I totally disagree with you statement about the French, and the British leaders especially, being ‘well-meaning’. They have utter contempt for their citizens, other than as means to gaining and maintaining a place on the gravy-boat. The only thing that could remotely be described as ‘well-meaning’are their actions relating to their self-aggrandisement.

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Quote -“since when has any agreement with Washington been bullet-proof? The timing of Russia’s bizarre withdrawal will be seen by the Empire as a sign of Putin’s weakness in a fight. Forget all this crap about grandmasters, the guy bolts for the hills and pleads for peace whenever victory is in sight (Minsk 2 was not necessary; the Donbass armies were about to annihilate the Ukies at Debaltseve).”

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A beautiful video with the 1st Su34s heading back to Russia.

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http://www.fort-russ.com/2016/03/what-success-looks-like-when-withdrawal_14.html
Russian point of view.

Thanks for the info Canthama.

Thanks Ziad.

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Worth watching the video below from France24, very good conclusions.

Russia announced the beginning of a partial disengagement from Syria. What would the impact of this announcement and did Moscow and Damascus achieve their goals?

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Thank you Ziad. I guess all good things must come to an end. I have no doubt that the SAAF will be able to accomplish the task at hand. They have been revitalised, rearmed and are prepared to finish the job. Their enemies are weakened. Syria is a proud nation that didn’t want foreigners helping in their battles until they had no choice. Now that they have received this helping hand, the next step is to finish dealing with Daesh, work out a new relationship with those who want to live in peace in Syria and to begin the long… Read more »

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Forgot to attach this link on a story on how the SAAF was rebuilt.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article190703.html

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The Houthis are freedom fighters, not insurgents

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S-400 will stay in Syria. Sophisticated airforce is not needed at this stage – islamists have no more valuable hardware and became scattered. War can only be finished on the ground and Russians never wanted to use ground forces.

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I’m curious about the elephant in the living room in all this: Israel. What is your opinion of their reaction to this,Ziad.

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Afortunadamente los S-400 y las “fuerza necesarias” quedan en Siria protegiendo el espacio aéreo y otras áreas importantes.

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Russia accomplished the following: 1) Improved the strategic position of the SAA and allies 2) Improved the negotiating position of the government 3) Forced the U.S. and the opposition to legitimately negotiate 4) Devastated ISIS, JAN, Harakat Ahrar al-Sham and other terror groups 5) Destroyed economic lifeline of ISIS while damaging Turkey’s illegal oil trade 6) Gained valuable military experience while testing new weapons and strategies 7) Improved strategic position in the region while cementing ties with Iran and Syria 8) Developed formidable military infrastructure than can serve as a future base of operations All this accomplished in 6 months… Read more »

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Mission accomplished my arse, tell another one Ziad. There are two things to this ‘withdrawal’ and both of them are at the behest of Putin’s Yanki masters, the first is that the Russian campaign has in fact solidified the effective partitioning of Syria especially with regard to the Kurds while Putin’s ‘partners’ create Sunnistan in the East with their overflights, both Putin and the Americans no longer even deny this with both sides saying they are ‘sharing’ the workload. The second is that the Russian withdrawal is a blunt message to Assad to not even think of defying the Russian-American… Read more »

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I think that before you jump to conclusions based on this website you need to look at this from everyone’s point of view to actually be able to fully understand everything. This is a Syrian propaganda site and you are blind if you can’t realize its propaganda. Without the Russians Assad is done the Russians have realized this and are pulling out as quickly as they can to cover themselves so when the UN gets angry at Assad which believe me is happening as we speak Putin won’t get in trouble. It is believed that the UN are going to… Read more »

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So to confirm my post yesterday read the link. btw Arklight said the same thing as I.

http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?eid=260676&cid=22&fromval=1&frid=22&seccatid=45&s1=1

Russia will NOT abandon Syria as some here say.

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The Party of Drugs (God), Good points. Sovereignty (or the loss of it) is the key notion here. I am trying myself to bring some reality to this forum in the same vein. When you have Churkin telling Assad he is no longer the decision maker for Syria you better believe it. Furthermore, I would bet, Russia will be back in Syria but via Erbil. They will now arm and protect and help the Kurds, under the same pretext of fighting IS. There has got to be an understanding between Obama and Putin to the effect of helping shape the… Read more »

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It would be sweet for the Syrians to retake Palmyra now. Fingers crossed.

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I knew that the same Alloosh that was supposed to be dead?

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Is that the same Alloosh that was supposed to be dead?

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“It is an axiom of Arab nationalism that true freedom for the peoples of the Arab World engenders total freedom from the presence of foreign forces”

Except for the fact that Syria, like all of the Arab world outside Arabia, was invaded, occupied and colonized by the Arabs who imposed their rule and destroyed the indigenous proples, cultures and languages tgat predated them. Freedom comes to Syria when we are Arab-free or at least free of Arab and Islamic supremacism, chauvanism and bigotry. Syria is for the Syrians and the Syrians are a conplete nation.

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It would be easy to prefer that the Russians remain in Syria until the rats are completely destroyed. But I like Ziad’s assessment and am sure the Russians would not begin a phased withdrawal if they were not quite certain of Syria’s victorious outcome. Putin’s decision only highlights the contrast between their lawful, civilized approach and that of the criminal NATO and US strategy. I also wonder if there is more to this than meets the eye. For example, perhaps the Russians sense that Israel wants to trigger a war against Hezbollah, but is hesitant due to the Russian bear’s… Read more »

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It is a feign to trick the remaining terrorists. They will now attack the SAA and severe counter strikes from Assad’s forces will rout them completely.
What Assad plans to do about the French and American forces in the desert, I know not.

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I should mention that I am of exactly the same age as Ziad and of the same secular, progressive, scientific educational background. A whole generation, called the baby-boomers, who believed in leaders of the type of Bashar Al-Assad, who expressed the enlightenment and social harmony and betterment of their nation. They are gone, hunted down like outlaws. Of the charismatic leaders to be felled, last was Chavez, and we might see the dignified Assad era of the Ba’ath party coming to an end. I am NOT celebrating, but I cannot mis the true meaning of these events. A few day… Read more »

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Diplomacy is never won without winning in the war.
Any type of war but war nevertheless.
Fm Lavrov traitor is not a diplomat but a functionary as diastous for Russia as the last FMinister of soveit union ,the sehervazdve the georgian one.

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Apna, et al: Link to Steppenwolf’s ‘Monster’. John Kay had no illusions whatever about how we got from then to now. Alex, something for you to think about, too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNp4LrWtz8M

Be well, my friends.

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My Darling brother Ziad I myself I am sick and tired of great governments and leaderships of these wonderful sovereign independent nations who rightfully refuses to be whores to the enemy being called a regime because technically a regime is a dictarorship and the ONLY dictatorships in the world are in the Western hemisphere It is insulting and degrading and FAR from the truth.

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Syria will win without the Russian jinx’s help anyway. USA and Russia simply plotted together. They wanted to pressure both Syria and Turkey, Saudis. But the funny part is that Russkie-loving suckers will always be suckers. …lol… You see that picture with Assad and Putin? Assad doesn’t like him. And Putin looks like a stooge. An actor playing a role for the regime. It’s not even the original Putin. There is a lot of Putin doppelgangers. They already made the same trick with Yeltsin. Russia openly pressures Syria to make the piss process with the terrorists and their terrorist supporters.… Read more »

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Ziad what about the manpad that brought down the Mig a few days ago? SYAAF is in danger now that they must take on the role of bombing once again.

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The US Gov’t Finally Admits That the People They Armed in Syria Have Committed Genocide

Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/govt-finally-admits-people-armed-syria-committed-genocide/#cJpQb4k42Y5JRV4U.99

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In my opinion one of the greatest things Russian intervention brought to Syria was more international awareness. People who did not even know what was going on in Syria became curious because Russia was making headlines weekly with facts our MSM does not like to tell people.

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1. There seems to be some sort of feeling that permanent Russian military support is indispensable for an SAA victory. Whilst we cannot deny the huge role of Russia without whom the Syrian government would have fallen we must remember that Putin has done the right thing. He is implementing the old parable of “fish for a man he can eat for one day, teach him to fish he can eat forever” i.e. imparting expertise to someone to do things for themselves i.e. independence. a: Hizbullah defeated Israhell in 2006 WITHOUT Russia. b: Iraq is defeating ISIS now WITHOUT Russia.… Read more »

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By the way to fully appreciate how badly humiliated the US has been, that is the same US which for years spoke of waging war against Iran (the key patron of Israel’s enemies, Syria and Hizbullah) read this article: Shell repays Iran 1.7 billion Euros: http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-shell-iran-debt-idUKKCN0W91VI Euros* not dollars! Europeans looking to invest in Iran’s $400 billion economy. http://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCAKCN0WB1HV Rush to invest in Iran’s $400 billion economy http://www.cnbc.com/2016/03/10/investors-vie-for-toeholds-in-irans-exploding-market.html “Foreign investors are rushing to cash in on a bonanza in Iran since UN economic sanctions from the West were lifted in January. That’s because the country’s $400 billion economy — the… Read more »

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Ziad, this encyclical is one of your finest, capping even the last one. A necessary playbook for anyone having to hold their nose and enter the same room as the revolting adventurers jockeying to turn defeat into victory, in Geneva. * * * * * * * * * A THUMPING SPEECH [PARTLY] ON THE SYRIAN-RUSSIAN VICTORY On 08 October 2015, Sukant Chandan, editor of the Sons of Malcolm website, delivers a speech in which he contextualises the history victory of Syrian (anD Russian, and wider global south) victory in Syria of late. Mr Chandan is a fiery orator whom… Read more »

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Excellent analysis Ziad. Thanks fot the updates!

For Dutch readers I would like to recommend following link:
willyvandamme.wordpress.com/2016/03/15/syride-rebellen-nemen-de-bocht/

The site contains a lot of interesting articles about Syria and Ukraine.

DfB

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“Algeria will not wage war for violating the rule of law and freedom of other nations
and will do all efforts to solve international disputes through peaceful means”

, a draft law reads….

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/algeria-ban-armys-involvement-beyond-borders/ | Al-Masdar News

I like their warriors colored faces on the pic with that link.
Reminds me to the anti imperialistic scifi thriller
Avatar from folks behind a moon.

Algeria, don’t open mouth to far, a certain Lèvy is
playing the big war-lord already next door in Libya.

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In spite of your optimistic mooses, I remain sceptical on the meaning of this withdrawal : for my part, if the Russians had been quicker to supply weapons ordered by Syria from the beginning of the plot, this war would be finished for a long time! Let us be not naive! Iranian freed of the embargo are going to be able to buy live weapons and deliver them to Assad. The Russians cannot rule out the president justifiable as they seem to want to make it

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Honestly said there is a certain
unsolvable problem and militarily seen a conundrum
anyway, to overcome rats plage in your house when
certain speculants who want you out are bringing
and feeding them from outside no matter how much
are killed.
While a solution just waiting in the dark,
as a killing spree just among themselves,
with mission accomplished guarantee.

http://galacticconnection.com/neo-is-the-cia-killing-its-former-terror-assets-to-hide-their-secrets/

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Before this decision was taken by Putin, he and his foreign minister Lavrov had many meetings with Turkey, Saudi and Israel who were all reminded that the continuation of war in Syria will eventually destabalise their own countries. The Saudi’s in particular are in financial trouble, remember this ‘war’ was only supposed to go on for 2 years at most before Damascus fell.

A peace plan has been drafted and Syrian electons will probably take place in 18 months, whether Bashar Assad stands again is the big question.

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This was a major development indeed. It is unlikely that the Syrian Government will ever be able to re-take the territories it lost through the duration of the conflict. Key areas in Syria like Damascus and the Coastal cities are under government control. The Syrian army in general is completely drained and gutted, but it is still functioning as a garrison force. Were it not for massive Iranian/Hezbolllah and Russian involvement a total collapse was likely. Russia can at any moment re-insert forces if it chooses, however I do not think they will do this. Russia itself has serious problems… Read more »

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Looking for a concise and accurate summary of ‘Putin’s gamble?’ …well here it is. March 15, 2016 (Tony Cartalucci – LD) Despite claims – or perhaps hopes (that Russia’s latest move was predicated on financial woes), it is much more likely it is a grand gesture of de-escalation in Syria amid a ceasefire and ahead of negotiations. It no longer needs the same amount of forces in the country as it did when the intervention began, because when it began, the battlefield looked very differently than it does now. The Syrian Arab Army is now in full control of the… Read more »

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What a sick bitch. Unhappy about lack of democracy in Syria she went to …. … of course …. …. Saudi Arabia!!!! Yeah!
So, she had houses in Aleppo and Jobar, residence permit for SA, university degree (for free, of course), job (lecturer on university, not cleaning lady), internet access, father was in opposition party, but Assad is sooo bad. ‘Activists’ sooo good.
Just stay in SA.

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