By Stephen Lendman
Syria’s conflict is getting increasingly dicey. Farcical peace talks collapsed. Resuming them is doubtful. Chances for diplomatic resolution are nil.
Russia’s aerial campaign aiding Syrian ground forces continues unrelenting, Putin committed to combating all terrorist groups until defeating or reducing them to a shadow of their peak strength – enabling government troops to contain their remnants.
A previous article cited Russian evidence, indicating possible Turkish ground incursion preparations. Earlier Russian video evidence exposed Turkish shelling of Syria’s Latakia province – whether ahead of plans to invade its territory remains to be seen.
Does Riyadh have the same intention? Weeks earlier, it set up a military coordination body with Ankara. Saudi General Ahmed Asseri said “(t)he kingdom is ready to participate in any ground operations that the (US-led) coalition may agree to carry out in Syria” – on the phony pretext of combating ISIS.
Washington created ISIS, using its fighters as imperial foot soldiers – supported by other NATO nations, Gulf States including Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel and Jordan.
If Ankara and Riyadh invade Syria, they’ll be supporting ISIS and other terrorist groups against Assad – complicit with Washington, wanting Western-controlled puppet governance replacing Syrian sovereign independence.
That’s what Obama’s dirty war is all about (Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State helped orchestrate) – along with eliminating an Israeli rival and isolating Iran ahead of plans to transform the Islamic Republic the same way, a prescription for endless war, greater destruction than already, and possibly millions more lives lost.
Asseri indicated what perhaps Washington supports and intends – countering Russian/Syrian aerial and ground operations with its own, using US and “coalition” ground forces, raising the stakes hugely, making Syria a more dangerous flashpoint than already, US/Russian direct confrontation increasingly possible, a nightmarish scenario risking global war.
Exactly what Washington intends remains to be seen. Turkey and/or Saudi Arabia would never act unilaterally on their own against Syria without US approval or complicity.
Endless US wars and rage for unchallenged global dominance represent the greatest threat to world peace.
Daily events should scare everyone. When wars are prioritized over peace, human life hangs in the balance.
A Final Comment
On Friday, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter welcomed Riyadh’s willingness to send combat troops to Syria, saying:
“That kind of new is very welcome. I look forward to discussing (it) with…Saudi defense minister (Mohammad bin Salman) next week – that and other kinds of contributions that Saudi Arabia can make.”
Is the die cast? Carter said nothing about possible Turkish troops invading Syria.
Will Riyadh and Ankara join announced US combat force deployments, intended to aid ISIS and other terrorist groups, continuing endless war, aiming to topple Assad and destroy Syrian sovereignty.
(Source / 10.02.2016)
File photo of homeless syrian families
Over one million Syrians are living under siege, a new report revealed. “New data gathered by Siege Watch shows that there are well over 1,000,000 Syrians under siege in locations in Damascus, Rural Damascus, Homs, Deir Ezzor and Idlib governorates,” a report issued on Tuesday by the Netherlands-based aid group PAX and the Washington-based Syria Institute.
The report warned that the crisis is “far worse” than acknowledged by United Nations officials.
“Electricity and running water are usually cut off and there is limited (if any) access to food, fuel and medical care,” the report said.
The report stated: “Deaths have been reported from malnutrition, disease, hypothermia and poisoning while scavenging for food.”
“Some communities have been besieged for months or years,” it added.
The latest United Nations figures suggest that nearly half a million people are living under siege, with over half of them in areas besieged by regime forces.
(Source / 10.02.2016)
Member of the Syrian Coalition Khalid Saleh said the ongoing onslaught by Assad’s forces, backed by Russian air force and Iranian militias, on the city of Aleppo is designed to encircle the city and cut it off from its northern countryside. As regime forces continue to push north towards the Turkish border, rebels’ supply routes will be cut off. This scenario, Saleh, warned, would lead to a situation similar to what happened in Ghouta and Madaya, where the two towns have been subjected to suffocating siege by pro-regime forces.
“The military escalation by the Assad regime, backed by Russian air power and Iranian-led foreign militias, began nearly three months ago. It happened in tandem with renewed international efforts towards reaching a political settlement to the conflict. Regime forces opened new battlefronts against rebel fighters, most notably in Latakia, Aleppo and Dara’a provinces, applying a scorched earth policy,” Saleh said.
Saleh added that “through the ongoing onslaught on Aleppo, Russia seeks to tip the balance of power on the ground in favor of the Assad regime, with the aim of imposing a political solution favorable to Russia.”
“The Russian-backed regime’s offensive on Aleppo highlights the fact that the United States is on the retreat in the region, and that it is giving a direct mandate to the Russians to act in Syria by showing a disinterest in the situation in Syria, with its role reduced to diplomatic mediating between the conflicting parties. The current situation represents a test to the seriousness of the Friends of the Syrian people in supporting the Syrian Revolution, as Assad continues to aggravate the humanitarian situation and export the problem to countries in the region and beyond,” Saleh went on.
Saleh concluded his remarks by stressing that “the recent developments in Aleppo clearly demonstrate the convergence of Assad’s and terrorists’ interests. They show how the PYD militias are following agendas hostile to the forces of the revolution, which is further proof they are just proxies of the Assad regime.”
(Source: Syrian Coalition / 10.02.2016)
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Dozens of Israeli fanatics stormed on early Wednesday morning Muslims’ the holy al-Aqsa Mosque via the Maghareba Gate. A PIC news reporter said Israeli special units and rapid intervention troops escorted the 32 fanatics all the way through the break-in. The Muslim learners and worshipers at al-Aqsa kept chanting “Allah is the Greatest” in protest at the sacrilegious break-in. Muslim women who have been banned from entering al-Aqsa rallied outside the Mosque and recited Holy Quran. A lady maintaining vigil at the Mosque said the occupation police kidnapped a Muslim youth from the plazas of al-Aqsa and dragged him to a detention center in Jerusalem’s Old City. Meanwhile, Director of al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Omar al-Kiswani, spoke out against the rising tide of Israeli terror and vandalism at the Mosque. He said the increasing Israeli break-ins have fanned the flames of the simmering tension across Occupied Jerusalem, which stands in sharp contrast to Israeli calls to restore calm. He added that the occupation police have cracked down on the peaceful Muslim worshipers at the entrances to the Mosque and sealed off its gates with metal barriers before they provocatively seized Muslims’ IDs.
(Source / 10.02.2016)
PALESTINE POST: BRIEFING FEB. 9, 2016
Palestine Post brings you live, breaking news and daily briefings on Israeli war crimes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT)
1. Child Abductions
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Tuesday morning kidnapped two schoolgirls claiming they intended to stab Israelis in Gush Etzion settlement, and in Jerusalem.
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Monday overnight have kidnapped 18 Palestinian youths from cities across the occupied West Bank.
3. Attacks on Gaza Fishermen
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Monday have opened fire towards farmers east of Al-Breij camp, central Gaza, and the fishermen off Al-Sudaniyya shores.
4. Home Demolition
Israeli forces on Tuesday demolished more than 10 Palestinian homes and structures in the village of Khirbet Tana east of Nablus, where residents have lived in an area declared as an Israeli military “firing zone” for decades.
5. Mohammad Al-Qeiq
Palestinian activists on Tuesday morning rallied outside the U.N. headquarters in the central occupied West Bank of Ramallah in solidarity with Palestinian hunger-striker Muhammad al-Qeiq.
6. Palestinian Children in Israeli Prisons
At least 450 Palestinian children are locked up in Israeli jails, the Prisoners’ and Ex-prisoners’ Committee reported Monday. According to the committee, 95% of Palestinian children incarcerated in Israeli prisons have been subjected to harsh psycho-physical torture during the detention and investigation procedures.
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Palestinian Member of the Knesset Hanin Zoabi has been suspended from her duties for a period of four months
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Three Palestinian members of the Knesset condemned on Tuesday their suspension from the Israeli parliament, branding it the result of “incitement” by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.On Monday, the Knesset’s Ethics Committee suspended MKs Hanin Zoabi and Basel Ghattas from plenary sessions and committee hearings for a period of four months and MK Jamal Zahalqa for two months, according to a Knesset statement.The three lawmakers — all Palestinian citizens of Israel and members of the Joint Arab List — would still be able to vote in the plenum and in committees.Netanyahu personally led efforts to have them ousted after the three parliamentarians visited the families of Palestinians who were killed after attacking Israelis.The prime minister, together with Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, filed personal complaints against the lawmakers with the committee.Zoabi, Zahalqa, and Ghattas said their visit was a bid to challenge Israel’s controversial policy of withholding the bodies of Palestinians killed after carrying out attacks on Israelis.Zahalqa said his colleagues’ suspension was a “political decision that came after Netanyahu’s incitement against us.””Netanyahu has affected the entire political map and the committee subjected to his orders,” he added. “We know that we are paying a political price for our humanitarian stance, but we insist on the immediate release of the bodies.”Israel began withholding the bodies of Palestinian attackers following a surge in violence at the beginning of October, but the policy has caused outcry among Palestinians and been branded “collective punishment” by rights groups.’A racist atmosphere’In addition to the three MKs’ immediate suspension, a draft bill was submitted Monday to the Knesset’s Law and Justice Committee that could see MKs suspended from their duties if voted for by 90 MKs — three quarters of Israel’s lawmakers.If approved by the committee, the bill could be passed into law as early as next week.Ghattas said that “the bill was taken by a political committee which turned itself into a tool serving the prime minister, who is the biggest inciter against Arabs and the number one racist in this country.”Zoabi concurred, saying that the approval of the bill was “known in advance, as it is a result of Netanyahu’s incitement in a racist atmosphere and with a racist majority in this committee.”Zoabi added that the bill also “revealed the face of the left” in Israel, as the Zionist left-wing party Meretz also came out in support of it.Zoabi added that the suspension was a “big political price, but it is decent when we are serving our public in civil and national causes with devotion.””The bill will not stop us,” she added.Deep rift in Israeli societyThe Joint Arab List, a coalition of Palestinian-majority political parties in Israel, of which all three MKs are members, also condemned the measure, calling the Knesset Ethics Committee’s decision “vengeful, despotic and racist” in a statement on Monday.”Meeting with families who demand the bodies of their children is a humanitarian, political, moral and patriotic activity,” the statement read.Joint List head Ayman Odeh said that Palestinian politicians with Israeli citizenship “will continue to support the just struggle of the Palestinian people against occupation in order to establish an independent Palestinian state.”The push against the Palestinian MKs has laid bare a deep rift in Israeli society, in which rights groups say Palestinians — constituting a fifth of Israel’s population — have faced systematic exclusion for decades.The Joint Arab List was formed last year when four Palestinian parties joined to fight for the rights of Israel’s Palestinian minority, but they have faced staunch resistance from Israel’s political establishment.Zoabi had previously been suspended from the Knesset for joining the flotilla trying to break the siege on the Gaza Strip in 2010.She was also suspended for six months in 2014 for alleged incitement, after she said that said she “understood” the conditions that led Palestinian to kidnap and murder three Israeli teenagers, even if she did not agree with the act.
(Source / 10.02.2016)
GAZA, (PIC)– The Jihad Movement stressed Tuesday that it supports the formation of a national unity government without taking part in this government. Member of the Movement’s political bureau Nafez Azzam told Quds Press that his group has made great efforts for “the restoration of Palestinian house”. “We are really satisfied by the progress made in Fatah and Hamas dialogue”, he added. Although Jihad Movement was not officially informed of the dialogue results, yet it strongly supports any efforts made to put an end to the confusion that is gripping the Palestinian arena, according to his statements. Jihad supports, Azzam continued, the formation of a national unity government without taking part in this government. “However, we will make all possible efforts in order to stabilize the Palestinian internal relations and to ease the Palestinian people’s suffering”. The Hamas and Fatah Movements have started Tuesday in Doha a new round of talks to execute the reconciliation agreements, to form a national unity government, and to address the obstacles preventing their achievement.
(Source / 10.02.2016)