"And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness, the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us. But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief. "
Khalil Gibran (How I Became a Madman)
Khalil Gibran (How I Became a Madman)
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Katar, 4 Arap ülkesinin 13 maddelik talep listesini reddetti. Katar hükümetinin İletişim Direktörü Şeyh Muhammed bin Abdulrahman el Sani, taleplerin gerçekçi ve mantıklı olmadığını söyledi.
Overnight shelling of a market in the Syrian city of Aleppo left at least 20 people injured, some of them seriously, local media reported Saturday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to Syria's state broadcaster the shell fell after midnight on a market in Al-Furqan district of Aleppo injuring 20 people, with some of them in critical condition.
Friday, June 23, 2017
Minister of State for Security the Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP has ended a two day visit to Lebanon, where he highlighted the strength of the UK’s security partnership with Lebanon, a press release said on Friday.
During his two-day, the Minister met Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil and Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq; the heads of the Armed Forces, Internal Security Forces and General Security, as well as other senior security chiefs; and witnessed UK projects to support the Lebanese Armed Forces and Internal Security Forces.
The UK has committed $100m since 2011 to supporting Lebanese security through our partnership with Lebanese security forces, it said.
During his visit to Hamat Air Base, Minister Wallace learned how the LAF are effectively countering Daesh in the Qalamoun; discussed UK support to secure 100% of Lebanon’s border with Syria by 2019; and observed a live training demonstration on counter IED, as well as a new LAF training component on International Humanitarian Law, where he addressed LAF officers and spoke to them about the important of respect for humanitarian law and human rights. By 2019, the UK will have trained around 11,000 soldiers for frontline operations across Lebanon.
Şanlıurfa'nın Akçakale ilçesinde konuşan Cumhurbaşkanı Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Suriye'nin kuzeyinde bir devlet kurulmasına asla izin verilmeyeceğini söyledi.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force has carried out several airstrikes over the eastern countryside of Hama recently, targeting the Islamic State’s (ISIL) positions near their stronghold of ‘Uqayrbat.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
The U.S. Anti-ISIS Coalition and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began operations to clear ISIS from Ar-Raqqa City in Northern Syria on June 6. This urban combat phase marks the culmination of successful shaping operations conducted over the last eight months to isolate Ar-Raqqa City under Operation Euphrates Wrath These operations included the seizure of the Tabqa Dam in Western Ar-Raqqa Province on May 10. Ar-Raqqa City is currently isolated along its three axes with only limited water traffic to the south across the Euphrates River. The fight for the city will nonetheless prove difficult. ISIS retains at least 2,500 fighters in the city behind an elaborate system of berms, tunnels, improvised explosive devices, and other defenses “very similar” to its posture in Mosul, Iraq. ISIS’s forces are intermingled with an estimated50,000 to 100,000 civilians, raising the complexity and requirements of ongoing clearing operations. ISIS has thus far mounted a kinetic defense, ceding some outlying districts in favor of raids, ambushes, sleeper cells, and suicide attacks as the group falls back towards the dense urban core of Ar-Raqqa City. The capability of the SDF – a coalition of irregular forces dominated by the Syrian Kurdish YPG – to sustain its offensive and overcome these challenges remains doubtful despite expansive support from the U.S. Anti-ISIS Coalition.
The campaign for Ar-Raqqa City also faces significant challenges beyond the urban fight. Continued U.S. support to the YPG risks alienating local Sunni Arabs whose support will be required to secure and govern the city over the long term against the threat posed by ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and other Salafi-Jihadist groups. The local population’s long-standing ethnic and political grievances will not be addressed by the participation of Sunni Arabs in the Syrian Arab Coalition (SAC) or Raqqa Civilian Council – both of which locals view as mere puppets of the YPG in Northern Syria. The decision to back the YPG in Ar-Raqqa City also furthers a widening divide between the U.S. and Turkey in Syria. Turkey views with deep suspicion the institutional links between the YPG and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization that is currently waging an active insurgency in Southern Turkey. Turkish President Recep Erdogan mounted a failed lobbying campaign to convince both U.S. President Donald Trump and former U.S. President Barack Obama to halt their support for the SDF in Northern Syria in favor of opposition groups backed by Turkey. Turkey retains the capability to launch a major cross-border intervention against the YPG along the Syrian-Turkish Border - particularly at the border town of Tel Abyad in Northern Ar-Raqqa Province. Turkey nonetheless will likely eschew any intervention over the near term and instead hope that the YPG weakens itself through a sustained engagement in Ar-Raqqa City. The Russo-Iranian Coalition also remains poised to exploit any setbacks suffered by the SDF in Ar-Raqqa City. Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad advanced into regions directly abutting the SDF in Tabqa in Western Ar-Raqqa Province on June 13. The U.S. later shot down a Syrian Arab Air Force fighter jet after the aircraft dropped munitions near positions held by the SDF near Tabqa on June 18. Russia, Iran, and Assad likely intend to block further gains by the SDF near Ar-Raqqa City as part of a wider effort to constrain the U.S. Anti-ISIS Coalition in Eastern Syria that began in May 2017.
State Security on Tuesday announced the arrest in the Bekaa province of a “former emir of the Ahfad al-Hamza Battalion of the Ahrar al-Sham Front.”
Identifying the detainee as Syrian national M.H., State Security said he was arrested after surveillance and after he raised suspicion that he had ties to terrorist groups.
“During interrogation, he confessed to being a former emir of the Ahfad al-Hamza Battalion of the Ahrar al-Sham Front and that he had maintained communication with the group's members in (Syria's) Idlib,” State Security said.
It added that the 41-year-old detainee had entered Lebanon illegally via the southern border town of Shebaa on August 20, 2015.
“He then resided in the town of Majdal Anjar in the Zahle district,” State Security added.
Fifteen new cases of polio have been confirmed in Syria, including a child who may have caught the disease in Raqqa, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.
Aid workers are unable to vaccinate the population in and around Raqqa, a city held by ISIS militants and a target of US-led airstrikes.
The WHO reported two polio cases in an area of Syria partly held by ISIS earlier this month, the first re-emergence of the virus in Syria since 2014 and a blow for hopes of eradicating the disease globally.
WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told a UN briefing on Tuesday that 14 more cases had been found in the same area, the Mayadin district of Deir al-Zor province, and another had come from Raqqa, a city where ISIS militants are trying to resist a US-backed assault.
Tensions escalated on Sunday as the US military brought down a jet near Raqqa for bombing near US-allied forces on the ground, and Iran launched missiles at ISIS targets in eastern Syria - the first time each state has carried out such actions in the multi-sided Syrian war.
Rusya Dışişleri Bakan Yardımcısı Mihail Bogdanov, Şam delegasyonunun 4-5 Temmuz'da yapılması planlanan Astana görüşmelerinin bir sonraki turuna katılacağını teyit ettiğini söyledi.
Basın mensuplarının sorularını yanıtlayan Bogdanov, Suriye hükümet delegeasyonunun 4-5 Temmuz'daki görüşmeye katılacağını teyit ettiğini belirtti.
ABD'nin Suriye'yi yeniden şekillendirme politikasını uygularken önünde hiç bir engeli tanımadığını, güneye ilerleyen SDG birliklerini vuran Suriye uçağını düşürmesiyle teyit ettiğine işaret eden uzmanlar, son krizin Ankara-Moskova-Şam iş birliği için önemli bir fırsat olduğu görüşünde.
Tabka ilçesinin güneyinde YPG'nin başını çektiği Demokratik Suriye Güçleri'ni (DSG) vuran Suriye uçağının ABD öncülüğündeki IŞİD karşıtı uluslararası koalisyon tarafından düşürülmesi; Rusya'nın Suriye hava sahasındaki kazaları önlemek için ABD'yle yapmış olduğu iş birliğini askıya almasına neden oldu. Sputnik'e konuşan uzmanlar, art arda yaşanan bu gelişmelerin, Rusya'nın siyasi çözüm için iş birliği eli uzattığı ABD'nin, kendisine tanınan bu manevra alanını kötüye kullanarak Suriye'yi yeniden dizayn etme çabalarına girişmesinin sonucu olduğunu söylüyor.
Several gulf envoys are expected to visit Beirut this week, media reports said on Tuesday.
Kuwait's Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah al-Mubarak al-Sabah will arrive in Beirut on Tuesday, reports said.
Dispatched by Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, the Minister is carrying a special message on Kuwait's preparedness to help Lebanon on various levels.
On Wednesday, a Saudi delegation led by Gulf Affairs Minister Thamer al-Sabhan is expected to arrive in the country.
MP Boutros Harb said on Tuesday that an invitation for a consultative gathering at the Baabda Palace should have been extended to all political parties instead of confining it to those in power, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Tuesday.
“The invitation should not have been limited to the parties in power, it should have been extended to those outside the authority. Only then would the meeting at the Presidential Palace be chaired by the leader of the the entire Lebanese instead of leader of the ruling authority,” said Harb in an interview to the daily.
The MP added that it would be a good thing “if the President's invitation will lead to an improved ruling performance, respect for the constitution and motivates political parties in the government to work for public welfare. But, I hope this meeting never happens if they have an understanding to pass things contrary to the constitution.”
President Michel Aoun invited the country's top political leaders to a consultative meeting in Baabda on Thursday.
Monday, June 19, 2017
It's been known that Israeli hospitals have treated wounded Syrian fighters, but Wall Street Journal report uncovers direct support in cash, without which fighters say they 'wouldn't have survived'
Israel has been secretly providing aid to Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights for years with the goal of maintaining a buffer zone of friendly forces to keep ISIS and forces aligned with Iran at bay, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
The support has been substantial and direct, according to the report, including cash funds, food, fuel and medical supplies, creating a reality in which several armed groups and much of the civilian population in the area are reliant on Israeli aid.
The Wall Street Journal based its findings on information provided by "half a dozen rebels and three people familiar with Israel's thinking," who said that Israel's secret dealings with the rebels began as early as 2013 under former Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and that they continue to this day, with the goal of keeping pro-Iranian groups, like Hezbollah, away from the border.
Read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.796480
What was the lesson of the Gulf wars?
Suriyeli askeri uzman Hasan Hasan, ABD’nin Suriye’deki etkisi ve varlığının son 6 yılda düştüğünü, aksine Rusya’nın arttığını belirterek, “Bu durum ABD’nin işine gelmiyor” dedi.
ABD’nin Suriye ve Rusya arasındaki sağlam işbirliğinden rahatsız olduğu için son zamanlarda saldırılarını arttırdığını kaydeden Hasan, “ABD, teröristlerle mücadele ihtiyacının olmadığı bölgeye füze sistemlerini yerleştirdi. Üstelik bu konuşlandırma, Suriye hükümetinin izni alınmadan yapıldı. Tüm bunlar, Suriye’nin bağımsızlığına karşı saldırganlık çerçevesinde yapılıyor” ifadelerini kullandı.
ABD öncülüğündeki uluslararası IŞİD karşıtı koalisyonun Suriye uçağını düşürmesi hakkında açıklama yapan Rusya Savunma Bakanlığı, 'Suriye hava sahasındaki kazaları önleme memorandumu' kapsamında ABD'yle yapılan işbirliğini askıya aldığını duyurdu. Bakanlık, ABD'nin saldırıdan önce Rusya ile iletişim kanalını kullanmadığını vurguladı.
Koalisyonun, Rakka'da Suriye ordusuna ait Su-22 savaş uçağının düşürüldüğü operasyon sırasında, havada yaşanabilecek kazaların önlenmesi için Rusya'yla kurulan iletişim kanallarını kullanmadığını belirten Rusya Savunma Bakanlığı, memorandum kapsamında ABD'yle yürütülen işbirliğinin bugün itibarıyla askıya alındığının altını çizdi.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – A Syrian minister is opposed to the Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum bid to separate from Iraq, claiming the timing is not suitable as both sides are in a war and it is an “external meddling.”
“In this situation, this referendum is not suitable as Iraq and the Kurdistan Region are in the state of war against terror and their priority should be focused on eliminating terror as ISIS represents the world terror,” Ali Haider, the State Minister for National Reconciliation Affairs in Syria, told Rudaw by phone.
As ISIS militants are being pushed out of their largest urban stronghold in Mosul, Haider said Kurds in Kurdistan Region are trying to “impose a de facto” state if they currently insist on holding a referendum in order to implement the independence project at any point in the future.
“We are nations having been living on this land together for thousands years and that share the same destiny,” Haider said. “Any scenario or attempt active on the ground is an external meddling aimed dividing the region into pieces."
“Kurds have in the history proved they have played a considerable role in the region. They have all the rights which should be guaranteed within the context of a social contract.”
Haider said even if the independence of the Kurdistan Region is not declared now, it could be in the future as “Iraq is in the state of war.”
He spoke about any nation in the world having the right to self-determination.
“As principle and according to international agreements and declarations, every nation has the right to determine its fate, but each country has its own particular statues," he said.
Klintseviç: Suriye'de Rusya'nın operasyon sahasına giren hava araçları 'otomatikman' vurulmayacak- Sputnik News
Rusya Federasyon Konseyi Savunma ve Güvenlik Komitesi Başkan Yardımcısı Frants Klintseviç, Suriye'de Rusya Hava-Uzay Kuvvetleri'nin operasyon sahasına giren hava araçlarının 'otomatikman' imha edilmeyeceğini belirtti.
Klintseviç, Sputnik'e verdiği demeçte Rusya Savunma Bakanlığı'nın Fırat Nehri'nin batısında Rusya-Hava Uzay Kuvvetleri'nin operasyon sahasında tespit edilecek hava araçlarıyla ilgili açıklamasını yorumladı.
MOSCOW, June 19. /TASS/. Moscow is terminating its communication channel with the United States under a memorandum for preventing incidents in Syria's skies, as a consequence for the US downing a Syrian Su-22 plane, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported on Monday.
"As of June 19 this year, the Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation has ended its interaction with the US side under a memorandum for preventing incidents and providing for safe flights during operations in Syria and demands that the US command carry out a careful investigation and report about its results and the measures taken," the statement reads.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:50 A.M.) – Intense clashes have broken out between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the western countryside of Al-Raqqa, tonight, a military source informed Al-Masdar.
According to the source, units from the Syrian Arab Army attempted to cross SDF front-lines in order to rescue their fallen pilot; however, they were turned away by the latter.
This resulted in a fierce confrontation that is currently ongoing between the two entities near the key town of Resafa in western Al-Raqqa.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 P.M.) – The U.S. Coalition released a statement tonight, accusing the Syrian Air Force of attacking the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) at the town of Ja’ydeen in western Al-Raqqa.
In response to the Syrian Air Force’s attack, the U.S. claimed it had warned the latter about approaching this area before downing the jet near the Islamic State stronghold of Resafa.
“At 6:43 P.M., a Syrian regime Su-22 dropped bombs near SDF fighters south of Tabqah and, in accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defense and Coalition partnered forces, was immediately shot down by a U.S. F/A-18E Super Horne,” the Coalition’s statement read.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
The Local Defence Forces network, set up and supported by Iran, has tens of thousands of people under its wing in Syria, going by the numbers given in internal documents. The statistics indicate that the network is most prominent in Aleppo province, where there has also been the most social media publicity for the Local Defence Forces. As the regime has expanded its control through the Aleppo countryside, most notably seizing large swaths of the rural eastern areas from the Islamic State (IS) that has culminated in IS' expulsion from its last notable Aleppo town holding of Maskanah earlier this month, so too has the Local Defence Forces network expanded. Indicative of this expansion of the Local Defence Forces is the creation of a new unit called Fawj Ra'ad al-Mahdi (The Thunder of the Mahdi Regiment), also known as Fawj Asha'ir Manbij (Tribes of Manbij Regiment).