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Syria: Breaking the ISIS siege of Deir ez-Zor was “a historic day”



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[…] RT:  The siege of Deir ez-Zor has now been broken, and the Syrian president has congratulated the country’s military. How big a victory is this? What is the strategic or symbolic importance?

Ammar Waqqaf: This is in Syrian terms a historic day. There are many aspects to why this is hugely significant. The first aspect is that there is a group of Syrians, a segment of the Syrian population, who refused to say at a certain moment in time when all the omens said something different – that the government in Damascus is going to collapse imminently and so on. They refused to succumb to the incoming forces of Islamic fanatics, unlike other places. They stuck with their government, and they stuck with their army, and now their suffering has been vindicated. This marks a huge shift in the whole set of choices that have been made by various segments of the Syrian population throughout this crisis.

Another aspect of significance is that the government of President Bashar Assad will receive a huge boost in legitimacy, because of this victory. They are allying themselves with the right people, they are making good on their promises, and now when President Assad, for example, speaks that he will fight to get back every single inch of Syrian territory, people will believe him, and people will give him the necessary mandate to continue doing so. In both aspects, and there are other issues as well, but in these two aspects – this is a very huge and significant day. […]

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  1. Karen says

    US carried out an evacuation of Daesh leaders from Deir ez-Zor in Syria

  2. rehmat1 says

    On Thursday, Israeli fighter jets attacked the so-called chemical factory killing two civilians near Masyaf in northwestern Syria.

    “This aggression comes in a desperate attempt to raise the collapsed morale of the ISIS terrorists after the sweeping victories achieved by the Syrian Arab Army against terrorism at more than one front, and it affirms the direct support provided by the Israeli entity to the ISIS and other terrorist organizations,” the Army Command said in a statement according to the Syrian news agency SANA.

    Last week, former British diplomat Alastair Crooke said that Netanyahu is in panic over the collapse of his proxy war in Syria and will launch an attack on Syria based on some lie in order to provoke a new war in the region.

    America’s ambassador at United Nations, Nikki Haley in a recent tweet message said that the US will shoot first and ask questions later if any chemical used in the area. She reminded her fans that Syria used chemical weapons in 2014 which has since proven to be Fake News.

  3. Big B says

    Even as an aging pacifist, I will admit to being emotional (even a bit teary), when I read of the lifting of the siege. Huge kudos and respect to the 137th Brigade and the beleaguered citizens of Dier ez-Zor: for resisting the relentless assault of the Western Imperial proxy – petro-Islamic State – for the last three years. And fuck my own (UK) governments undeclared perfidious sponsorship of the assault. Their smokescreen of (im)plausible deniability is drifting away, becoming as distant as the calls for regime change.

    [Though if I am honest, I strongly suspect that the Torygraph heralded withdrawal of our ‘train and equip’ the FSA cuddly headchoppers mission from al-Tanf is another smokescreen. I suspect the mission will continue as an insurgency from Jordan – with US and German support – now the Iron Cross German Imperial Bundeswehr is relocated there. And those dozen or so fortified US redoubt airbases around Raqqa and Kobane will not be easily ceded. If in doubt, fallback on false flag terrorism.]

    It would be overly hopeful and naive to claim that this is the turning of the tide for Western (il)Liberal Capitalist Imperialism: but it can be celebrated as a major setback. If, to maintain the dynasty of the neoliberal ideology, we are supposed to turn a ‘Copenhagen Syndrome’ blind eye to the fact that we are all accomplice besiegers, torturers, maimers, and murderers – I refuse to see it that way. This is a small and momentous victory for sovereign freedom: a defeat for the illicitly supplied war materiel of the market fundamentalist terrorists. It’s like the bull winning the bullfight: the odds are weighted against – it’s not supposed to happen. Hurrah for the Syrian underdog!

    Maybe, (just maybe), as more of the Imperial Heartland Zombie Massif wake up to how far TPTB will go to control our future energy (in)security (this was, after all, another pipelineistan war to control the natgas supply to Europe. Trust me, if there is ever a hint of a Qatari-Iranian pipeline through Syria – the war will be back on.) Also, and in doing so, they awaken to just how far the Imperial ruling class will go to secure their own financialized status – in pursuit of their own happiness based on the iniquitous distribution of other peoples (in this case Syrian) wealth. Maybe, (just maybe), with that growing social(ist) realisation, and rise of an alternative consciousness – the tide will turn for good??? Here’s hopin’! Then, not just a truly historic day in the fall of the Western Imperial Empire – but maybe, (just maybe) – THE historic day???

    • bevin says

      There is another way of looking at it. The position of Jordan is becoming increasingly difficult. The population is generally opposed to the US, the Hashemite regime, Israel and the prospect of the country becoming a major base for wahhabi militias.
      The idea that the imperialists can simply retreat to Jordan and start up operations again is pessimistic, the situation is changed. Throughout the Arab world there is a sense that victory is now possible, defeats are no longer inevitable. The example of Hezbollah a militia based upon a small and impoverished population in south Lebanon is one that is going to be followed. Already in Iraq popular militias are playing a major part in the ground war against the empire’s proxies. In Yemen too all the money, all the materiel and all the expertise of British and US officers seconded to the war, not to mention mercenary forces bankrolled by the Gulf kleptocrats, have proved unavailing in the war against that country. It is a matter of time before the war shifts north of the Yemeni border.
      Turning points are rarely recognisable until some time has passed. You are right to think that the struggles are far from over in Syria and that the imperialists will not give up until they are forced to do so. But this will, I believe turn out to be the beginning of the end for the imperialists’ domination of the region and the cue for Israelis to reconsider their espousal of the Jabotinskyite doctrine of exterminatory warfare. The end of the Apartheid fascist state is now inevitable. And the Syrians have explained why.

    • Anonymous says

      Here is a video of interviews with Deir Ezzor citizens in mid August not long before the siege was lifted. They are talking primarily about the high prices of food, and hoping the siege will be lifted soon. They salute and praise the SAA and President Assad. The interesting thing is the scale of the trades in the market. Small stacks of tinned food. There is a scene with several small bundles of firewood. Later a woman picks up a small piece of wood, turns it in her hand, presumably wondering how much heat she will get out of it, whether it would cook a meal. Presumably these supplies were outside the very limited humanitarian aid air dropped in.

  4. Maybe now the evil empire will leave Syria alone and stop supporting Al Queda and ISIL.

    • rehmat1 says

      The Evil Empire is defeated in Syria but it will never stop supporting A-Qaeda and ISIL which it created in order to destroy Muslim-majority states whom Israel considers threat to its existence.

      A March 27, 2011, intelligence brief, Sidney Stone Blumenthal, the aid to former president Bill Clinton and long-time Hillary’s confident shows her dirty fingers behind the destruction of Africa’s most rich and liberal Muslim-majority Libyan nation and the brutal murder of its leader Muammar Qaddafi.

      During the world powers negotiations in Istanbul in 2012, according to Wikileaks, US secretary of state (2009-2013) Hillary Clinton sent an e-mail, saying: “The best way to help Israel deal with Iran’s growing nuclear capability is to help the people of Syria overthrow the regime of Bashar Assad.”

      The email makes it clear that it has been US policy from the very beginning to violently overthrow the Syrian government—and specifically to do this because it is in Israel’s interests.

      • Anonymous says

        ISIS has been unleashed on the Philippines following Duterte’s declining US orders to take on China. It looks like they have also been inserted into the Rohinga issue in Myanmar. Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar, is a long established CIA asset, so this is a clear attempt to destabilise Myanmar to render it useless in China’s OBOR project.

        • rehmat1 says

          Muslim minorities both in Philippines and Myanmar (Burma) have long been facing genocide under the pretext of West’s phony ‘War on Terror’ which the former editor the ‘Toronto Star’ Haroon Siddique called ‘War on Islam’. Both the US and Israel have been selling arms and training military personnel in Philippines and Myanmar.

          In May 2000, Sen. Aquilino Pimentel accused CIA being the ‘midwife’ of Abu Sayyaf. Chalmers Johnson in his 2004 book, Blowback, documents CIA’s dirty hands behind ‘War on Islam’ in America’s Filipino colony.

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