22 mars

Thierry Meyssan – The ”moderate rebels” of Ghouta

While the forces of the Republic and the Russian forces are liberating Eastern Ghouta and 800 Syrians are finding refuge every hour in Damascus, we are publishing this study of Western-trained combatants considered as ”moderate rebels”.

voltairenet.org – Under a false flag, UK attempts three chemical attacks in the Ghouta

On 17 March 2018, the Russian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov denounced the presence of the US, British and French Special Forces in Syria; this is something that both London and Paris deny. He drove home the point, insisting: “What this presence means is that the issue is no longer a war by proxy but direct intervention in a war”.

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17 mars

sputniknews.com – US Prepared Militants for Conducting Chemical Attacks, Poised to Hit Syria – MoD

”We note the evidence of preparation for possible attacks. Strike groups of naval carriers with cruise missiles are being formed in the Eastern part of the Mediterranean, in the Persian Gulf and in the Red Sea,” chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff Col. Gen. Sergey Rudskoy said.

”Jabhat al-Nusra militants along with the White Helmets are preparing a staged chemical attack in the Alghabit and Kalbb Lusa communities situated 25 km (15 miles) to the North-West of Idlib. There are 20 chlorine containers in their possession,” said the Russian General Staff.
The General assured that such an incident would be widely broadcasted in foreign media.

sana.sy – Army advances in Ghouta towards Kafr Batna and Saqba, secures evacuation of thousands of civilians

Syrian Arab Army units intensified on Saturday their military operations in Eastern Ghouta in Damascus countryside, inflicting heavy losses on terrorists, and at the same time continued to secure the safe corridors for the evacuation of civilians held hostage by terrorist organizations.

presstv.com – US, British, French forces directly involved in Syria war: Russia FM

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says US, British and French special forces are “directly” engaged in the war on Syria and operating on the ground in the crisis-stricken country.
“There are special forces on the ground in Syria from the US – they no longer deny it – the UK, France and a number of other countries,” Lavrov said in an interview to the Kazakh state broadcaster published on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website on Saturday.
“Thus, it’s not so much of a ‘proxy war,’ but rather a direct involvement in the war,” the Russian top diplomat said.

sputniknews.com – Russian MoD: Over 800,000 Returned Home in Aleppo After Defeat of Nusra Front

”The province of Aleppo illustrates the efficiency of the work of the Russian reconciliation center for Syria. Over 800,000 people have returned to the city of Aleppo and its suburbs, liberated from Jabhat al Nusra and its affiliated groups, since December 2016. The local authorities provide assistance with housing reconstruction. Markets, shops, schools and medical facilities are working. Agriculture is being actively restored,” the statement added.

Neil Clarke – Syria: It would all be over by now without the ‘regime-changers’

The Western intervention in Syria, in pursuance of violent regime change, has been massive.
In June 2015, the Washington Post reported: “At $1 billion, Syria-related operations account for about $1 of every $15 in the CIA’s overall budget… US officials said the CIA has trained and equipped nearly 10,000 fighters sent into Syria over the past several years — meaning that the agency is spending roughly $100,000 per year for every anti-Assad rebel who has gone through the program.”
At the same time, attempts to solve the conflict diplomatically were repeatedly sabotaged by the insistence that ‘Assad must go’ and by stepping up support for anti-government forces. Take the Kofi Annan peace plan in 2012.

Within days of Annan’s peace plan gaining a positive response from both sides in late March, the imperial powers openly pledged, for the first time, millions of dollars for the Free Syrian Army; for military equipment, to provide salaries to its soldiers and to bribe government forces to defect. In other words, terrified that the civil war is starting to die down, they are setting about institutionalizing it,” noted my fellow Op-ed contributor Dan Glazebrook in Al-Ahram Weekly.

theduran.com – Many Americans have no clue what transpired in Syria. Here are 3 narratives explaining the conflict in Syria

As the Ghouta campaign continues to unfold, we should expect that both politicians and mainstream media will give us – in the words of philosopher and theologian Reinhold Niebuhr – “necessary illusion and emotionally potent oversimplifications” intended to shape our perceptions of events.
It goes without saying that such “emotionally potent oversimplifications” on Syria have formed the dominant paradigm through which the American public has received its information over the past seven years of war.

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1 mars

Intervju med Peter Ford, fd Storbritanniens ambassadör i Syrien –
Western Media Coverage of Syria: A Big, Bright Shining Lie

”Once again the mainstream coverage of the current conflict in Eastern Ghouta, leaves much to be desired, to say the least. In this week’s show, John Wight and former UK ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford discuss how and why it is that the reality of what is happening on the ground in Ghouta is not being reflected in the western media narrative.”

presstv.com – Russia says militants indiscriminately target civilians in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta

Speaking in the Syrian capital Damascus, Major General Vladimir Zolotukhin told reporters that militants killed at least four civilians on Thursday, adding that the killings showed militant threats against people who wanted to leave Eastern Ghouta were real.
The Russian military says terrorists are blocking civilian evacuations from the Damascus suburb by shelling the route out of the area days after a humanitarian pause went into effect to help the residents flee the militant-held area.

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28 feb

Alexander Mercouris – East Ghouta: the last great battle of the Syrian war?

I suspect that something similar will happen in east Ghouta, though with the Syrian army much stronger than it was in Aleppo in 2016, and with the Jihadis in east Ghouta much weaker than were the Jihadis fighting in eastern Aleppo in 2016, I expect the process this time to be much shorter.
Already there are reports of the Syrian army making significant territorial gains as it closes in on the Jihadis in east Ghouta.
As for the Western powers, they have neither the means nor the will to prevent what is going to happen, which is the eventual liberation of east Ghouta from the Al-Qaeda led Jihadi terrorists who control it.
Though it may take a little time I expect the whole of east Ghouta before long to be under the control of the Syrian government.
At that point the Syrian government will be able to turn its full attention to the gathering crisis in Syria’s Kurdish areas far away in Syria’s north.

Syriens FN-ambassadör i samband med omröstningen om en resolution om East Ghouta

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27 feb

proletaren.se – Vad andra medier inte berättar om östra Ghouta

Visst finns det anledning att oroa sig för civilbefolkningen i östra Ghouta och Damaskus. Men fred och säkerhet kan aldrig uppnås så länge al-Qaidaextremister tillåts ockupera förstäder och terrorisera miljontals syrier.

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21 feb

proletaren.se – Kriget i Syrien Terroristernas kontroll av östra Ghouta omöjliggör fred

Kriget i Syrien har pågått i sju år. Vid varje flygbombning, varje markstrid och varje raketattack skördas nya offer och byggnader och infrastruktur förstörs. Syrien och dess folk är i desperat behov av ett slut på det blodiga kriget och av en massiv satsning på återuppbyggnad.
Dialogkongressen i ryska Sotji 30 januari i år var ett hoppfullt steg på vägen mot fred. Den visade att den syriska regeringen liksom delar av politiska och väpnade oppositionen ser samtal och parlamentariska val som lösningen för framtiden.
Men det finns allvarliga hinder på vägen. Ett av hindren är östra Ghouta.
För att förstå varför den syriska regeringen sätter in sin armé för att återta östra Ghouta är följande punkter viktiga…

jinge.se – Slaget om Damaskus med lögnen som extra vapen

Syriens arabarmé, spjutspetsen i den väpnade kampen mot terrorismen i världen har inlett en slutoffensiv mot östra Ghouta mot de kvinnofientliga, antidemokratiska, religiöst mycket intoleranta, Väst-stödda terroristerna i al-Nousra och andra terroristorganisationer, vilka hållit stadsdelen under kontroll sedan några år. Detta rapporterar media runtom i världen, i Sveriges Radio med den mycket förskönande beteckningen ”opposition”. Och en ansvarig på FN talar om brott mot folkrätten – för försöken att befria staden, varvid tyvärr många civila dödas. Inte för terroristernas närvaro och förtryck, ej heller för stödet till dem från USA & vissa allierade. Tyvärr dödas oskyldiga civila som i alla strider.

Pål Steigan – USA trener IS og IS-liknende styrker i Syria og kaller dem «demokratiske krefter»

Nå skriver Almasdarnews at det finnes solide bevis for at USA trener disse krigerne fra IS og IS-liknende grupper og organiserer dem i en ny styrke som skal fortsette krigen mot Syria. Denne styrken kaller de Deir Ezzor Military Council (DMC). De har samme ideologi som IS, men de selges nå inn som «demokratiske krefter». DMC er skapt av US State Department og CIA og krigerne deres står på USAs lønningsliste, skriver AMN.
DMC består av to grupper folk, skriver AMN videre: 1) syriske opprørere eller stammefolk ved Eufrat som sluttet seg til IS da de tok kontroll over Deir Ezzor-området i 2013-2014, 2) jihadister fra al-Nusra som sloss mot den syriske hæren til de ble fordrevet av IS i 2014. Disse krigerne ble fanget opp av CIA i Jordan.

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18 feb

Pål Steigan – Er det ikke på tide å ta inn over seg hva Syria-krigen egentlig er?

Krigen i Syria har snart pågått i sju år etter den spede begynnelsen i form av det såkalte opprøret i 2011. Siden da har hundretusener blitt drept, millioner drevet på flukt og et av FNs medlemsland revet i stykker. Titusenvis av tonn med våpen er pøst inn i landet – og fortsatt er det mange som ikke ser hva denne krigen er, men klamrer seg til forestillingen om at den er en krig (eventuelt en «revolusjon») «mot diktatoren Assad». Har de noen gang prøvd å tenke gjennom hvor disse titusenvis av tonn med våpen kommer fra? Kan de ikke kjenne igjen en imperialistisk krig via stedfortreder når de ser den?
Man behøver ikke ta våre ord for det. Hvis man foretrekker det kan man lese hva USAs forrige visepresident Joe Biden sa til studentene på Harvards John F. Kennedy Forum 2. oktober 2014. I en svært åpenhjertet tale viste han til hva USAs allierte Tyrkia, Saudi-Arabia og De forente arabiske emirater gjorde i Syria:
They were so determined to take down Assad and essentially have a proxy Sunni-Shia war, what did they do? They poured hundreds of millions of dollars and tens, thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad — except that the people who were being supplied were al Nusra and al Qaeda and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world.
Kort sagt, USAs visepresident innrømte allerede for snart tre og et halvt år siden at Syria-krigen er en stedfortrederkrig der USAs nærmeste allierte i Midtøsten har finansiert og væpnet terrorister og leiesoldater og forsynt med med tusenvis av tonn med våpen. Det han ikke sa, men som vi vet svært godt fra andre kilder, er at USA i høyeste grad har hjulpet sine allierte med å skaffe våpen til disse terroristene. Pentagon har kjøpt østeuropeiske våpen på Balkan og i tidligere Warszawapakt-land og sammen med kriminelle nettverk fraktet dem via Tyrkia og Saudi-Arabia til Syria. Disse våpnene har svært raskt havnet i hendene på al-Qaida og den såkalte islamske staten, som ikke er noe annet enn en franchise som de islamistiske statene bruker til sine formål, et slags Blackwater med Koran. Det Joe Biden heller ikke sa, naturligvis, er at også Israel hele tida har hatt en hånd og en arm med i dette spillet.

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