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9,000 sorties, 400 localities freed: What Russia has achieved during its 5-month Syria operation

As Russia’s Vladimir Putin announced the start of the withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has reported the anti-terror operation’s achievements to the Commander-in-Chief.

“Backed by our aviation, Syrian forces have freed 400 populated areas and over 10,000 square kilometers [3,860 square miles] of territories,” Shoigu said during a Kremlin meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

Terrorists have been forced out from Latakia and Aleppo, and Palmyra has been “blocked,” the military official reported to Putin, saying that military actions to free the UNESCO heritage site from militants continue. Hama and Homs Provinces in central Syria have been largely mopped up, and Kuweires airbase that had been besieged by terrorists for over three years was retaken.

Saying that Russia’s Air Force in Syria has conducted more than 9,000 sorties starting from September 30, 2015, the Defense Minister added that for the first time massive strikes at a range over 1,500 kilometers [930 miles] with both air and ship-launched missiles have been conducted.

With Russia’s support from the air, the Syrian army managed to retake control of oil and gas fields near Palmyra.

Three large fields have already started functioning in normal mode, the minister added.

In all, 209 oil production facilities and almost 3,000 oil delivery vehicles have been destroyed by Russia’s airstrikes.

“As a result of airstrikes, terrorists’ resources’ provision has been largely cut,” Shoigu told Putin, saying that petroleum trade routes with Turkey, as well as main routes of weapons provisions to terrorists have been blocked

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Putin orders surprise Syria withdrawal – Beginning Tuesday

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In a surprise move, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his military to start withdrawing the “main part” of its forces in Syria from Tuesday.

He said the Russian intervention had largely achieved its objectives.

The comments come amid fresh peace talks in Geneva aimed at resolving the five-year Syrian conflict.

Russia is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose office said in a statement he had agreed to the move.

The pullout was “in accordance with the situation on the ground”, the statement said.

Russia began its campaign of air strikes in Syria last September, tipping the balance in favour of the Syrian government and allowing it to recapture territory from rebels.

Telephone conversation with President of Syria Bashar al-Assad • President of Russia

The two presidents discussed the implementation of the joint statement by Russia and the United States, in their capacity as co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group, on cessation of hostilities in Syria. They share the view that the ceasefire has made possible a dramatic reduction in the bloodshed in the country and improved the humanitarian situation. It has also made it possible to put in place conditions for starting a peace process under UN aegis.

The two leaders noted that the operations conducted by Russia’s Aerospace Forces have brought about a real turnabout in the fight against the terrorists in Syria, throwing their infrastructure into disarray and causing them substantial damage.

In this context, Mr Putin said that Russia’s Armed Forces have fulfilled their main mission in Syria and a timetable for the withdrawal of the Aerospace Forces’ main air grouping has been agreed. Russia will maintain an aviation support centre in Syria in order to monitor compliance with the ceasefire.

The President of Syria noted the professionalism, courage and heroism of the Russian service personnel who took part in the military operations, and expressed his profound gratitude to Russia for providing such substantial help in fighting terrorism and providing humanitarian assistance to the civilian population.

Mr al-Assad said that he is ready to help organise a political settlement in the country as soon as possible. The two presidents expressed the hope that the full-format talks between Syrian Government officials and opposition representatives under UN aegis in Geneva will produce concrete results.

Source:  • President of Russia

‘Iran, Russia the Most Stable and Independent Players in the Middle East’

With Syria plunged into civil war and the terrorist threat in neighboring Iraq high, Sputnik discussed the situation in the region with Seyed Mohammad Kazem Sajjadpour, a senior adviser to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

“The current instability in the Middle East is reflecting very negatively on the situation in the rest of the world. The region is infested with terrorists from Finland, France, Britain, Russia and Central Asia and this is the new challenge and the new geopolitical reality Iran is facing today,” Mr. Sajjadpour said.He mentioned what he described as “trans-regional players” impacting the situation in the region, above all the US, Britain, France and Germany.

There is also a second group of players, namely Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey. The Saudi policy is shortsighted and erratic. Turkey is in political turmoil over its meddling with the crisis in neighboring Syria.

“And last, but not least, it is Daesh, which is both a transnational and internal player,” Seyed Sajjadpour noted.
He described Iran as a strong and influential player, with a high degree of political and social security.

“Millions of Iranians took part in the recent parliamentary elections ensuring a peaceful handover of political power fully in line with the constitution and without violence and conflicts like is often the case with our neighboring countries,” the diplomat said.

He heaped praise on Russia for its role in the settlement of regional conflicts, especially in tandem with Iran.

“We are opening a new chapter in relations between our two countries, which are based on respect for each other’s national identity and independence. Our concerted effort has helped to change the course of the civil war in Syria. Many countries now believe that Russia and Iran can stabilize the situation in the Middle East,” the diplomat emphasized.

When asked whether Moscow and Tehran had different views on who is a terrorist and who is not, Seyed Sajjadpour said: “For us anyone engaged in an armed struggle with the legitimate Syrian government is a terrorist and we see eye to eye with Russia on the need to fight terrorists in Syria… It is our firm belief that it is up to the Syrian people to decide their country’s future.”

B-52 Stratofortress may join air campaign against ISIS in April

The US is considering deploying its massive Boeing B-52 Stratofortress long-range strategic bomber against Islamic State, a report citing US Air Force officials says. The aircraft is capable of simultaneously dropping 32 tons of bombs.

The B-52s will replace several Rockwell B-1 Lancer supersonic strategic bombers, which had been striking terrorist positions near Kobani, Syria for several months and have now returned to their base in Texas, the Air Force Times reports. Defense officials also confirmed the information to Fox News.

It has not yet been disclosed how many B-52s will be deployed against the jihadists. It also remains unclear which European military airfield the largest American bombers will be operating from.

For over a year US warplanes pounding Islamic State (IS, former ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq have been taking off from airbases in Saudi Arabia and Qatar – America’s allies in the region.

From August 2015, the US has been using Turkey’s Incirlik airbase to target terrorists in Syria.

Although B-52 production ended back in 1962 (744 aircrafts built), the US Air Force still has 58 modernized models (18 in reserve). The last time B-52s were put into action was in the Afghan campaign.

“We’re going to keep the B-52 around. It provides some missions for us that are hard to replicate, primarily the range and payload the airplane provides,” the Air Force Times said, citing Lt. Gen. James “Mike” Holmes, the deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and requirements, as saying on February 18.

The B-52 Stratofortress bombers are set to remain in active service until at least 2040.

Nuclear-capable B-52s are regularly deployed when Washington needs to demonstrate its military might to intractable countries.

In early January, the US command deployed a B-52 bomber for a low altitude flight over South Korea to demonstrate its nuclear might and determination, following North Korea’s latest provocative underground nuclear test.

In late December 2015, a B-52 bomber performed a demonstration flight over a man-made island in the South China Sea, which China claims sovereignty over. Beijing filed a complaint with the Pentagon over the incident.

On Thursday, three B-52 Stratofortress bombers recently deployed to Europe were announced to participate in military exercises in Norway. Although the aircraft had been scheduled for NATO exercises, a top US commander characterized the redeployment as “not normal.” It was done in response to European countries’ anxiety over perceived “Russian aggression.”

Since November 17, 2015, Russian strategic bombers, Tu-160s (Blackjack), Tu-95s (hug), and Tu-22s (Blinder), operating from airbases in Russia, have been delivering airstrikes against terrorist targets in Syria. While Tu-22s have been dropping conventional bombs, the Tu-160s and Tu-95s use long-range airborne Kh-101 precision cruise missiles.

he air campaign in Syria was the first combat employment for the Tu-160 and Tu-95 bombers.

Daech : la France va-t-elle aussi intervenir en Libye ?

La nécessité de contenir l’EI en Libye est désormais jugée urgente. Paris prépare les plans d’une intervention et tente de mettre sur pied une coalition internationale.

Quand, comment, engager le fer contre Daech en Libye? Et qui, pour se lancer dans ce combat que l’on présente désormais à Paris comme nécessaire et urgent? Si l’état-major des armées (EMA) reste logiquement fort discret sur les plans de campagne qui s’élaborent à Balard, les pistes existent pour tenter d’esquisser des réponses plausibles à cette série de questions.

L’horizon temporel, en premier lieu, s’est précisé au cours des dernières semaines. Pour éradiquer le «cancer Daech et ses métastases libyennes», une action militaire est jugée indispensable à l’horizon de six mois, voire avant le printemps, entend-on à la Défense.

Des vols de reconnaissance ont corroboré la poussée de Daech, depuis les rivages de Syrte, vers les sites pétroliers et la zone des trafics transfrontaliers du Sud. L’extension des zones contrôlées par l’État islamique, à quelques centaines de kilomètres des côtes de l’Europe, le «basculement» en Libye de djihadistes venus du Levant, mais aussi du Yémen et du Soudan, la menace de Touaregs et de tribus du Sud, constituent aussi des paramètres de cette équation complexe – et devenue une priorité. D’où les encouragements prodigués par Paris au nouvel envoyé spécial de l’ONU, Martin Kobler, et à l’entente des parties libyennes. À charge pour celles-ci de mener ensuite la lutte contre Daech, grâce aux pays qui proposeront leurs troupes. Une autre hypothèse ne peut être exclue, euphémise-t-on à l’Hôtel de Brienne: faute d’un accord politique entre Libyens, la France «poursuivrait son travail» pour mettre sur pied une coalition militaire.

 

Daesh Leader’s Mobile Phone Holds Proof of Turkey’s Support

An Iraqi volunteer force commander said a mobile phone found on the person of a deceased Daesh militant proves that Turkey’s intelligence agency is providing support for the group.

“The mobile phone was found with one of the killed ISIL leaders in the Northern parts of Salahuddin province two days ago,” Jabbar al-Ma’mouri told Soumeriya news on Monday.

He said the phone contains messages from Turkish intelligence proving that Ankara supports Daesh, also known as ISIL/Islamic State, by providing security at the points used by militants traveling from Turkey to Iraq.

“The mobile phone also contains other important information which cannot be disclosed now, and it has been delivered to the specialized security groups for further scrutiny,” Ma’mouri said.

Russian Ambassador to France Alexander Orlov in November revealed that Turkey has played an “ambiguous” role in the campaign against Daesh while acting as an accomplice to the terrorist group’s activities.

Last month, former US State Department senior advisor David Phillips said Turkey provided material support to Daesh because Ankara shares an ideological connection with the group, along with a mutual enemy in Syrian President Bashar Assad.

“Turkey’s role has not been ambiguous – it has overtly supported the ISIL,” said Phillips, who currently serves as director of Columbia University’s Peace-building and Rights Program. “It has provided logistical support, money, weapons, transport and healthcare to wounded warriors.”

Phillips said Turkey has been supporting Daesh to remove Assad from power and because of a “spiritual bond” that exists between Turkey’s governing party and the jihadists.

Assad makes surprise Christmas visit to Damascus church

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Syrian President Bashar Assad (C-L) and his wife Asma al-Assad (C-R) posing for a picture with a Syrian man as they attend a Christmas choral presentation at the Lady of Damascus Catholic Church in the Syrian capital on December 18, 2015.

A Christmas choir had a surprise visitor overnight after Bashar Assad made an appearance at a church in the Syrian capital of Damascus where rehearsals were taking place.

The Syrian president and his wife, Asma, visited the Notre Dame de Damas Church, an ancient cathedral located just 2 kilometers from the rebel-held neighborhood of Jobar in the eastern suburb of Ghouta in Damascus.

Assad and his wife chatted with the men and women of the “Joy Choir,” who were practicing ahead of a performance on Christmas Eve, state media said Saturday.

The couple were seen smiling and posing for pictures with the group and also listened to the recital of Christmas poems at the church, which was hit by mortar fire on Friday.

Syrian President Bashar Assad (R) and his wife Asma al-Assad (3rd-R) attending a Christmas choral presentation at the Lady of Damascus Catholic Church in the Syrian capital on December 18, 2015.

Syrian President Bashar Assad (R) and his wife Asma al-Assad (3rd-R) attending a Christmas choral presentation at the Lady of Damascus Catholic Church in the Syrian capital on December 18, 2015.

The visit coincided with the adoption of Friday’s UN Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire and political settlement in Syria, which was unanimously adopted. The resolution refrained from mentioning the Syrian leader.

 

تركيا – قطر .. تحالف الشيطان

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بقلم : خالد عبد العزيز

التحالف التركى القطرى كان وما زال رأس الحربة الأميركى في حروب تخاض بالوكالة لتحقيق الترتيبات الامريكيه لاسقاط المنطقه فى الفوضى تحت ستار من الدخان سمى بثورات الربيع العربى تمهيدا لمغادرتها الاقليم والتوجه ناحية آسيا الوسطى حيث روسيا والصين العدوَّان التقليديان والاكبر والاقوى لأميركا واوروبا القديمه

قطر الدويله صاحبة اللا تاريخ واللا جغرافيا والتى تستضيف على أراضيها قاعدتين عسكريتين أمريكيتين ،مع رصيد متراكم من العملات الصعبه تم استثماره كجزء من البنية الاقتصادية لاستراتيجية الفوضى الخلاقه , وبرغم عدم تناسب حجمها السياسى ووزنها الاستراتيجى .. فأنها لعبت دور القاعده المتقدمه فى هذا المخطط التخريبى وقام حكامها الاب والابن على التوالى بلعب دور والى عكا اثناء الحروب الصليبيه على المنطقه بالاضافه الى دور قناة الجزيره والذى يعرفه الجميع

تركيا .. الامبراطوريه العثمانيه التى تفتت ..عضو الناتو … الحالمه بتحقيق المشروع الإقليمي التركي وعودة الخلافه العثمانيه بشكل اواخرعوضا عن عدم الحاقها بالاتحاد الاوروبى

فى ظل تحول الدولتان الى ادوات للاستراتيجيه الاميريكيه وفى إطار التطلع إلى مزيد من الدور والنفوذ الإقليمى ,قامتا باعتماد البعد الإيديولوجي الداعم لحركات الإسلام السياسي في العالم العربي والتحالف معها وتحديداً جماعة الاخوان المسلمين الارهابيه حيث سعت الدولتان إلى إيصالها للسلطة فى مصر وليبيا وسوريا, وربط السلطات الجديدة في هذه الدول بالسياسات التركية القطريه واصبح أحد أهم دعائم هذا التحالف هو دعم الجانبين لتلك الجماعة الارهابيه

سياسات الدولتان تراوحت بين التدخل المباشر , كما هو الحال في ليبيا حيث شاركت طائرات قطرية وتركيه في الغارات الجوية لقوات حلف شمال الأطلسي, ودعمت الدولتان الميليشيات الليبية خاصة جماعة فجر ليبيا فى طرابلس بالسلاح والاموال وصولا الى تصنيع مجلس وطني عميل وبين التورط المباشر في سوريا حيث تولت الدولتان بتمويل قطرى وجهد استخبارتى عسكرى تركى تأمين السلاح وطرق الامداد وتدريب وتهريب المقاتلين الذين اتوا لمساعدة الاخوان وجبهة النصره فى سوريا واصبحت الأراضي التركية ممراً ومقراً للمجموعات المسلحة التي تأتي إلى سورية

يقول تقرير رسمي للأمم المتحدة : شحنات الأسلحة إلى سوريا يجري تنظيمها من مواقع متعددة في ليبيا بما في ذلك مصراته وبنغازي وتنقل عبر تركيا و شمال لبنان

بعد تاجيج الصراع فى ليبيا وسوريا وفرت قطر وتركيا الغطاء السياسى للجماعات الارهابيه حتى فرضت سيطرتها على الارض وبسطت نفوذها , ففى لبيا وتحت ذريعة اعطاء الفرصه للتوافق السياسى اوصلوا داعش الى الداخل الليبى لتسيطر على مدينة سرت وتعلنها عاصمه للخلافه المزعومه وفى سوريا تم اضفاء شرعيه للجماعات الارهابيه تحت مسمى المعارضه المعتدله حتى سيطرت داعش على ثلثا الاراضى السوريه

تركيا التى حولت سياستها من سياسة صفر مشكلات الى سياسة كل المشكلات ,اصبحت تحت قيادة اردوغان معقلا للأرهاب الدولى , فهى عمليا تحولت إلى مقر للإخوان المسلمين وتنظيمهم الدولي وسمحت لحماس الجناح العسكرى للجماعه بإنشاء مقرٍ في تركيا,يدار من خلاله العمليات التخريبيه التى تتم على ارض سيناء المصريه بايادى حمساويه وتمويل قطرى , ليضاف اخيرا الى رصيدها التخريبى الرعايه الرسميه لتنظيم داعش

السطور لن تكفى لسرد ما حققه تحالف الشيطان التركى القطرى من عبث بأمن واستقرار المنطقه والعالم تحت رعاية امريكيه واضحه وصريحه, ولن تكفى لرصد ما حققه تحالف الشيطان من قتل وتشريد مئات الالاف من المدنيين ومن تدمير محافظات ومدنا وقرى وبنيه اساسيه لدول ستحتاج اذا اوقفت الحروب ووجد التمويل اللازم الى ثلاثون سنه على الاقل لأعادة اعمارها , بالاضافه الى محو تراث انسانى وتاريخى هو ملك للبشرية كلها

أمير قطر تميم بن حمد ووالده حمد بن خليفه وسلطان تركيا المزعوم رجب طيب أردوغان يجب مثولهم جميعا أمام المحكمة الجنائية الدولي بتهم رعاية الارهاب الدولى وتعريض الامن والسلم الدوليين للخطر وارتكاب جرائم ضد الانسانيه … هل يأتى هذا اليوم

US military in Syria violate sovereignty, not fighting terror – Damascus

The actions of the US military in Syria are a violation of the latter’s sovereignty and not part of any anti-terrorist action, Syria’s deputy foreign minister says.

We doubt that they [US troops] are sincere in their fight against terrorism. They do not coordinate their actions with the Syrian Army. This makes those forces illegal in Syria’s territory. One cannot say they are fighting terrorism,” Faisal al-Mikdad, Syria’s deputy foreign minister, said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

Fighting terrorism must be a practical task, not this advertising gig that the West is engaged in,” he added.

The diplomat spoke after Washington confirmed the deployment of special operations troops in Syria. US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter called on Thursday the first commando mission in Syria a success.

I think the point is that it bore the fruit that we hoped it would,” Carter told reporters after meeting with troops, commanders and Kurdish leaders in Irbil, the capital of the Iraqi Kurdish Autonomy.

Mikdad blasted Saudi Arabia for hosting a meeting of various forces seeking to oust the government in Damascus.

Some of the participants that Saudi Arabia allowed to the conference are not really opposition. Others represented terrorist groups. We can only say that Syria does not negotiate with terrorists. The only place we meet them is the battlefield,” he said.

He also dismissed the hyped-up Riyadh-led military anti-terrorism coalition of 34 nations, which Saudi Arabia revealed this week. Mikdad said the proposed alliance was sectarian in nature and used religious slogans for political goals much like the terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) does. The Saudi alliance had a somewhat bumpy start as several nations listed as its members claimed they had learned about their participation from the media.

Mikdad said the Syrian Army may join forces with some groups of the so-called Free Syrian Army, an umbrella organization backed by Western powers that supposedly includes moderate rebel forces.

If all the guns are pointed at one enemy, that is terrorism, we would welcome it. Or they may drop their weapons and go back to peaceful life or enlist into the army,” Mikdad said, adding that rebels wishing to do so must stop partaking in crimes like killings of civilians, kidnappings and pillaging of cities under their control.

The Syrian official said the impact of Russia’s anti-terrorist campaign in Syria is already visible across the country.

The biggest achievement is the weakening of Daesh [an Arabic abbreviation for Islamic State, previously ISIS/ISIL] and other terrorist groups,” Mikdad said.

Russian airstrikes have degraded the terrorists, as proven by the recapturing of territories in Hama, Latakia, Idlib and Aleppo provinces. Those are significant successes and they will become apparent even more soon,” he said.