by Leith Fadel, Al-Masdar News
The battle for Dara’a is entering its critical stages as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) seeks to restore their presence in the imperative southwest part of the province. Earlier today, a convoy of reinforcements began their arduous journey from Homs to Dara’a under the command of Colonel Mohammad Jaber – the reinforcements were predominately from the recently formed SAA’s Special Forces unit known as the “Desert Hawks” (not to be confused with the NDF militia operating in the Latakia countryside).
According to a military source, the reinforcements entering Dara’a will be concentrated in 3 strategic areas: Sheikh Miskeen, Nawa, and Izra. Sheikh Miskeen is currently the most volatile of the 3 battles, with the SAA combatting Jabhat Al-Nusra militants in the East and South Districts. Nawa is one of the largest cities in the Dara’a Governorate that the SAA has recently withdrawn from following a large wave of attacks by Jabhat Al-Nusra on the southern hills. The SAA is attempting to counter the militants on this front, but lack the manpower currently to infiltrate into Nawa; this is why the reinforcements are vital to this battle’s fate. Continue reading Battle for Dara’a Heats Up: Syrian Arab Army Reinforcements Pouring into the Province
Lattakia, SANA – Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi on Saturday honored 800 families of army martyrs and injured soldiers at Dar al-Assad for Culture in Lattakia province.
Speaking at the honoring ceremony, Premier al-Halqi praised the great sacrifices of Syrian army and people for the sake of pride and dignity of the homeland. Continue reading Dr. Wael al-Halqi honors 800 families of Syrian Arab Army martyrs and wounded
(EDITOR’S NOTE: As an Iraqi, it brings me joy beyond measure that the Iraqi Popular Mobilization has broken the barrier of fear created by ISIS and liberated the strategic town of Jaref al-Sakher. This victory has exposed the evil intentions and ineptitude of the Zionist-occupied American regime, prevented any potential Takfiri assault on Baghdad and stopped any Takfiri infiltration into Najaf, Karbala, Kufa and Basra. I also am humbled, in a way that words cannot describe, that the young heroes of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization had the privilege and honor of fighting alongside Iranian Brigadier General Qassem Suleimani — the commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard — who not only developed their battle plan but fought with them on the front line. Suleimani is one of the gems of the Ummah, masha’ALLAH wa ALLAH yehmi ya Rab; a man who has given his life, blood, heart and soul not only to his own nation, that of the Islamic Republic of Iran, but the Muslim nation as a whole, and freedom fighters in Lebanon, occupied Palestine and now my precious homeland of Iraq owe much to him. With all of this said however, we cannot in good conscience endorse the view of the piece below which suggests that the battle of Jaref al-Sakher, albeit important in its own right, somehow eclipses the momentousness of the battle for Al-Qusayr in the countryside of Syria’s Homs in May/June 2013. The liberation of Al-Qusayr, led by Hizbullah, changed the game in Syria; the liberation of Al-Qusayr ripped out the heart of the US-Zionist-NATO-GCC-fomented Takfiri rebellion, choked off its most vital supply line and started a chain reaction of Syrian-Arab-Army-Hizbullah-NDF victories — including the liberation of Homs in its entirety, Lattakia and the Qalamoun Mountains — that hasn’t stopped until this very moment. Whether the triumph in Jaref al-Sakher will have a similar domino effect remains to be seen but until then, overblowing it is not just insulting to Hizbullah and the Syrian Arab Army, but the Iraqi Popular Mobilization and the Iraqi army too, as they’re in for a long fight against the Empire-backed ISIS scourge and lowering their defenses along with developing a level of overconfidence would be detrimental to their struggle. The lesson to be learned here is that the Iraqis can be victorious, they can be ferocious, they can be Husseini, and they can be great, just as Commander Suleimani trained them to be. ~ Jonathan Azaziah) Continue reading Iraqis prove that ISIS is a paper tiger
(EDITOR’S NOTE: There are times when the Zionist propaganda machine breaches the threshold of absurdity, rips through it like a missile in a tissue factory and then sets a brand new threshold atop the ashes of its predecessor. Right now is one of those occurrences. In what can only be described as surreal and cartoonish — indeed, it is like something out of an exceptionally terrible B movie immersed in rabid Orientalism and Islamophobia — Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the “caliph” of the Takfiri terror outfit ISIS, emerges from the shadows after reports swirled throughout the Jewish-controlled mainstream media about his death, and calls for “volcanoes of Jihad” — yes, that’s right, volcanoes — against the “Crusaders and Jews”, the same “Crusaders and Jews” whom created his organization, funded it, armed it and continue backing it as it is their “goy golem” and pretext to reenter the region full-force and establish hegemony. While this is comedic in and of itself, as his suggestion that his followers should fight and defeat the Houthis in Yemen when the Houthis have been mopping the floor with the Takfiris for months on end, or his demand that Saudi Arabia be attacked as if Saudi intelligence isn’t embedded inside his group and hasn’t backed it with at least hundreds of millions of dollars, what represents the apogee of hilarity is that he lambasts the Jews for being “covertly and stealthily” involved in the “anti-ISIS” international coalition scam while the Jews covertly and stealthily — and magically we might add, as they seem to be the only ones on the planet capable of getting their hands on this information — release his recordings to the world for consumption… and of course, fearmongering hasbara galore. What would al-Baghdadi and ISIS be without the tireless work of former IOF terrorist and Mossad mouthpiece Rita Katz and her SITE Intelligence Group? Nothing. Al-Baghdadi and ISIS would be nothing. Because SITE, and its sister, the Mossad-linked Intel Center, are literally the sole agencies in the world which “find” the Takfiris’ messages, “translate” them and pass them along to the global media. So pay no mind to the “caliph” and his Hollywood-like incendiary rhetoric, as it is merely fuel on the flames that the Zionist-designed Global War On Terror plans on fanning for the next century until every last vestige of Resistance-To-Empire is annihilated. And this extinction plot is something that Mouqawamah Music vows to constantly expose and fight with every fiber of our being, even if it means our own bitter end. ~ Jonathan Azaziah) Continue reading Thank You SITE Intelligence Group: ISIS Chief Emerges, Urging ‘Volcanoes of Jihad’
Hizbullah secretary-general’s political aide Hussein Khalil announced Thursday that Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun can be considered a “consensual” presidential candidate, describing the disagreement between the party and the movement over the extension of parliament’s term as a “minor” issue.
“Our meeting today was aimed at reiterating that the relation between Hizbullah and the FPM has surpassed the memorandum of understanding to become an ‘existential relation’,” said Khalil after meeting Aoun in Rabieh.
The talks were also attended by Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil and head of Hizbullah’s Liaison and Coordination Unit Wafiq Safa.
“The FPM and us have become one body,” Khalil added.
Continue reading Hizbullah: We and the FPM Have Become One Body
President Barack Obama has asked his national security team to review US strategy toward Syria after concluding that the ISIL terrorist group may not be defeated with Bashar al-Assad in power, officials say.
Over the past week, the White House has convened four meetings of Obama’s national security team, which according to a senior official, were “driven to a large degree how our Syria strategy fits into our ISIS (ISIL) strategy,” CNN reports.
Obama’s long-contemplated strategy toward ISIL has come under sharp criticism as it has failed to halt the advance of terrorists in Iraq and Syria. The review is seen as a tacit admission that the strategy is not working. Continue reading Obama seeks new Syria strategy to oust Assad, defeat ISIL: Report
by Dan Glazebrook, CounterPunch
Three years ago, in late October 2011, the world witnessed the final defeat of the Libyan Jamahiriya – the name by which the Libyan state was known until overthrown in 2011, meaning literally the ‘state of the masses’ – in the face of a massive onslaught from N ATO, its regional allies and local collaborators.
It took seven months for the world’s most powerful military alliance – with a combined military spending of just under $1 trillion per year – to fully destroy the Jamahiriya (a state with a population the size of Wales) and it took a joint British-French-Qatari special forces operation to finally win control of the capital. In total, 10,000 strike sorties were rained down on Libya, tens of thousands killed and injured, and the country left a battleground for hundreds of warring factions, armed to the teeth with weapons either looted from state armouries or provided directly by NATO and its allies. Britain, France and the US had led a war which had effectively transformed a peaceful, prosperous African country into a textbook example of a ‘failed state’. Continue reading The Lessons of Libya: A War That Brought Total Societal Collapse
by Leith Fadel, Al-Masdar News
Earlier today, over 30 militants from Jabhat Al-Nusra were killed by Hezbollah forces and the National Defense Forces (NDF) at Wadi Ajram in the Qalamoun Mountains. Hezbollah laid the surprise attack on Jabhat Al-Nusra’s defenses on Wednesday morning, capturing approximately 2 square miles of territory before nightfall. The NDF backed Hezbollah at Wadi Ajram, alleviating the embattled soldiers in the western part of the valley. According to a military source, fighting is still ongoing, despite the frigid temperatures in the mountains. Continue reading Hizbullah Kills Scores of Jabhat Al-Nusra Terrorists in the Qalamoun Mountains