Arkiv för januari, 2017

31 jan – Intra-Syrian Geneva talks delayed until Feb. 20: Diplomats – Astana Peace Talks on Syria are Over, What Next? Syria’s Draft Constitution. Russian Influence in the Middle East

Adam Garrie asked Syrian journalist Afraa Dagher to reflect on the recent Astana Peace Conference and how this impacts on Syria’s long-term future. – Syria warns uncooridanted ‘safe zones’ would pose risks to civilians

The Syrian foreign minister has warned that plans to create safe zone in the Arab country, proposed by the new US administration, would pose serious risks to civilians’ lives if enforced without coordination with Damascus.
Walid al-Muallem said Monday that any attempt to impose safe zones without coordination with the Syrian government will be an “unsafe act.” – US Sends Military Supplies To Syrian Alliance In First Under Trump Admin

Confirming that the US role in the Syrian conflict is likely to expand in the coming months, Reuters reported that the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State has supplied its Syrian allies with armored vehicles for the first time, expanding support since U.S. President Donald Trump came to office.
The armored vehicles and troop carriers had arrived four or five days ago, said Talal Silo, spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance, which includes the Kurdish YPG militia. – Video: Assad appears alive and well after false rumours of psychological stress, stroke – Video + Brief Analysis: Syrian Arab Army captures ISIS car bomb intact in East Aleppo countryside

Robert Roth – What’s Really Happening in Syria: Who Started the War, Who Can You Trust to Tell the Truth?

If you try to follow events in the mainstream media (MSM), you may have noticed that they routinely refer to Syrian president Bashar al Assad as a “brutal dictator”. Assad is supposed to have responded to peaceful protests with repressive violence and by “killing his own people”. The U.S., UK, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar continue to maintain that “Assad must go”.
I disagree with all of that, as I’ll explain in this article.

Watch Press TV’s full interview with Peter Ford, the former UK ambassador to Syria.
The interview, conducted on Press TV’s Face to Face program, was aired on January 28, 2017.

Lämna en kommentar

28 jan – Geneva talks on Syrian crisis postponed to February end: Russian FM

Russia says the next of round peace negotiations, which were planned to be held between the Syrian government and opposition groups early in February, have been postponed to the end of next month.
“The date of February 8 has been put back until the end of next month,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a meeting with Syrian opposition groups on Friday.
The upcoming negotiations, which are to be hosted by the United Nations, will follow two-day talks held between Syria’s warring sides in Astana, Kazakhstan, earlier this week with the mediation of Iran, Russia and Turkey.
At the end of Astana talks on January 26, Iran, Russia and Turkey agreed on the establishment of a trilateral mechanism to support the ceasefire in Syria and monitor possible violations. – Syrian Army takes control of main water supply to Damascus after more than 4 weeks of fighting

The Syrian Arab Army has officially taken control of the Al-Fijeh Springs of Wadi Barada after more than 4 weeks of fighting with the jihadist rebels in this rural Damascus valley.
Syrian TV reported directly from the Al-Fijeh Springs today, showing images of the Syrian Arab Army raising the flag over this strategic site that is responsible for supply water to an estimated 5 million people in Damascus.

Vanessa Beeley – Child-Beheading-Terrorist Supporter Wins Getty and Sunday Times “Defining Images” Award 2016

Lämna en kommentar

25 jan

Förhandlingar i Kazakstan. Annars rapporter om strider fram och tillbaka, ibland framryckningar för syriska armén ibland för de väpnade grupperna. Utanför Aleppo, Palmyra och Deir Ezzur.

Kazakhstan: Damascus will do ‘whatever it takes’ to rescue Syria – Jaafari

Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations, Bashar Jaafari, stated that Damascus was ready to do ”whatever it takes” to ”stop this bloodshed” despite it being ”extremely painful” for Syrian government officials to sit in the same room as other Syrians allegedly ”linked to foreign agendas and working for foreign powers.” – ”Rebel” infighting breaks out as Russia finally manages to separate the ”moderates” from the terrorists in Syria

On the last days of the Obama administration the U.S. military hit a large Al-Qaeda training camp in Idleb governate in Syria. The camp was known as a training area for European fighters. B-52 strategic bombers dropped a large amount of bombs on the camp. Over 100 people were killed in the attack. The camp’s existence, though probably not the exact location, was known since 2013 but the U.S. had not touched it before. Some suggested that the attack had the purpose of destroying evidence of U.S.-al-Qaeda cooperation in Syria.

Lämna en kommentar

18 jan – ISIS storms Deir Ezzor in new bid to capture military airport

On Wednesday morning, the Islamic State launched another powerful attack in the Deir Ezzor Governorate, targeting the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) defenses at the Panorama area and Harabish District of the provincial capital.
Under heavy bombardment by the Russian Air Force, the Islamic State attempted to seize more territory north of the Deir Ezzor Military Airport in order to completely besiege this installation. – Syrian general, eight soldiers killed in militant bomb attack

A Syrian general and eight troops have been killed in a militant bombing attack outside the capital city Damascus, says a UK-based monitoring group. – Syrian Army within reach of strategic water well in Wadi Barada

According to a military source in Damascus, the Syrian Arab Army is now within distance of the strategic water well that feeds into the Syrian capital.
Once this water well is secured, government technicians can begin the restoration of the water supply to Damascus, ending the 4 week long crisis that is plaguing more than 5 million people. – Russian, Turkish Jets Conduct First Joint Operation in Syria’s Aleppo

The Russian General Staff said that Russian and Turkish military aircraft have conducted their first joint operation in Syria. – US wanted to use ISIS, Jabhat Al-Nusra to overthrow Assad: Lavrov

The United States wanted to use the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist groupings (outlawed in Russia) to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov sad at an annual press conference on Tuesday.
”There are a lot of examples showing that the Americans and their allies sneakily wanted to use al-Nusra and the IS to weaken and finally overthrow the Assad regime,” Lavrov said. – US increasing airdrops of arms supplies to militants in Syria: Report

“Our expanded precision airdrop capability is helping ground forces take the offensive to (Daesh) and efforts to retake Raqqah,” Gen. Carlton Everhart, commander of the US Air Force’s Air Mobility Command, was quoted by USA Today as saying.
The Air Force carried out a total of 16 airdrop missions in Syria last year; six of those were in December alone, the report said. – USA – bra kongressrapport om Syrien!

Lämna en kommentar

11 jan – Syrian govt. reaches deal to fix damaged Damascus water source

The Syrian government has reached a deal with foreign-backed militants in Wadi Barada area near Damascus for technicians to enter a damaged spring facility that supplies water to the capital.
The governor of Damascus Countryside made the announcement on Wednesday.
Initial local media reports said hundreds of Takfiri militants would lay down arms and move out of the area in the coming hours. – Exclusive: Syrian Army storms Wadi Barada as rebels rejected truce deal

Jan Öberg visar bilder från ett besök i Aleppo nyligen – Aleppo’s Evil Humanitarians

Brev från syrier boende i USA till stöd för Tulsi Gabbard som vill att USA stoppar sitt stöd till de väpnade grupperna.
Gabbard right to oppose extremists fighting Syrian government

Lämna en kommentar

10 jan

”VARFÖR LJÖG NI OM ALEPPO”DEL 1. En svidande vidräkning av Ulf Sandberg om hur medierna förvrängde sanningen om verkligheten bakom interventionskriget mot Syrien

KAMPANJEN – ”VARFÖR LJÖG NI OM ALEPPO” kommer med fler inlägg. Medias totala svek gentemot sitt uppdrag nådde kosmiska proportioner under striderna i Aleppo. Den globala genomslagskraften för lögnerna blev också mycket uppenbar. Folket i västvärlden utsattes återigen för ett ständigt bombardemang av lögner, där samma budskap upprepades och hamrades in. Det var dom goda – mot dom onda. Det var svart mot vitt. Och plötsligt fanns inte de tusentals extrema religiösa fundamentalister som intog Aleppo för fyra år sedan och massavrättade soldater och civila.

Lämna en kommentar

8 jan – Syria ready to negotiate with opposition groups: President Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says he is ”optimistic” about upcoming peace negotiations due to be held in Kazakhstan between representatives of Damascus and dozens of foreign-backed opposition groups.
The Syrian president made the remark in a meeting with a visiting delegation of French parliamentarians and intellectuals in the Syrian capital, Damascus, on Sunday.
Damascus is ”ready to negotiate” with some 91 armed opposition groups, President Assad was quoted by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) as saying.

Tim Anderson – Syria: The Diplomatic Endgame

Wars are always concluded with political settlements. In the endgame over Syria, Russia has worked directly with Turkey, to agree on orderly evacuations of the NATO-backed terrorist groups from Aleppo and, with Iran, is now engaged in talks on a wider resolution to the failing war on Syria. – 11 civilians, including 5 children, killed in a new US-led coalition attack in Raqaa – A « Humanitarian NGO» deprives 5.6 million civilians of water

The Jihadists, who since 24 December 2016 have been polluting the sources of Barada — the river which provides the water supply for the inhabitants (now totalling more than 7 million) of Damascus and the region, – and that have exploded its canalization, have published a declaration laying down their conditions.
Currently, 5.6 million civilians have been completely cut off from running water for more than two weeks.

Syria: Eva Bartlett interviewed by Ajamu Baraka

Jean Bricmont – Open Letter to “Human Rights Defenders” on Aleppo

For the “human rights defenders” political realism and the consequences of their actions have no importance: what matter to them is to show that they belong to the “camp of Virtue”. You imagine yourselves as being free, while following at each step the indications of the dominant media as to what should be the object of your indignation.
If I had the slightest illusion concerning the lucidity that you may have about the consequences of your actions, I would call them criminal, because of the harm that you do to Europe and to the rest of the world. But since I harbor no such illusion, I will limit myself to call you hypocrites

Lämna en kommentar