Syria: Assad’s Army promised military Intervention from Russia

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Ifrane – “This Is Wafi Abdouss Blog” Returns after nearly one month of activity absence. We comeback with an explosive but short article about Syria, because as many might know, the US is preparing to attack yet another Arab country.

Accusing Assad of using chemical weapons, The US and its allies called for military actions against Assad but the pace of “military intervention” soon faded as US allies including its key ally the UK announced they will not take part in any attack against Syria. The US however, is sticking to its position and remains deadlocked to strike Syria. On the other hand, we can exclusively report that sources from within the Syrian government have confirmed that Russia promised to provide strong military support in order to keep rebels from taking advantage of the supposed strike. The source adds that Russia is committed to protect its interests in the Mediterranean sea.

More is coming, more news is being prepared from different categories to make you an addict of this blog 🙂

By Wafi,

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Syrian Rebels Seize Khan Al Assal

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Aleppo – Syrian forces loyal to president Assad’s government may have lost control of a strategic town south of Aleppo in another blow to the government in the north.

Khan Al Assal is a district situated in the west of Aleppo and has been, until recently, one of the very few strongholds of the government in the north. The district is just few kilometers away from the government-controled West Aleppo. The government of Mr. Assad is still in control of western Aleppo (about 45% of the city) but it remains nearly besieged from all sides by the rebels who control the rest of the city and much of the countryside.

The fight for Aleppo began about a year ago when rebels attacked the northern commercial hub in a bid to transform Syria’s largest city into a “Benghazi of Syria”, however, the government soon sent reinforcements and entrenched itself in the opulent parts of Aleppo, targeting the rebel-held and poor neighborhoods with heavy weaponry, tank fire and airstrikes.

50,000 Syrian Government Soldier Killed since 2011

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Saidia – BBC Arabic reports today that sources close to the Syrian ministry of defense told them that some 50,000 regular army soldiers were killed since the beginning of the Syrian unrest.

President Assad’s government has been relying on its military capabilities to fight back rebels trying to oust President Assad, and after nearly 2 years and a half, 95000 killed and nearly 3 Million refugee scattered in neighboring countries. The Syrian Arab Army is to say the least weakened by the ongoing conflict and sources tell BBC Arabic that 50,000 soldiers and militiamen were killed between 2011 and 2013 (to date) while 200 tanks and 440 other heavy weaponry destroyed, damaged or lost.

Even with 50,000 killed, the armed forces of Syria are believed to number to as much as 250,000 soldier and reports suggest that out of that number over 120,000 are hardcore loyalists to Assad. On top of the regular army, Assad’s government relies on militias and armed brigades loyal to Assad numbering to as much as 130,000 fighter. All of this without mentioning Hezbollah’s current 15,000 elite fighters stationed and participating in Syria as well as Iranian revolutionary guards and Iraqi fighters sympathetic to Assad (reports).

President Assad Forces Regain Full Control of Al Qaboun District

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Saidia – Syrian government forces announced today that Government forces have regained control of 95% of the strategic Qaboun district near the capital Damascus.

Yesterday, government troops backed by tanks and artillery moved into Qaboun after breaching rebel defenses. Opposition activists claimed Republican Guards troops detained hundreds of people in public places to prevent rebel fighters from hitting their forces while government sources claimed that they’re in control of as much as 95% of the district with few pockets of resistance left inside the district.

If the fall of the district is actually confirmed, it will serve as yet another blow to efforts by the opposition to siege the capital.

Syrian Rebels abandon their stronghold in Homs City

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Saidia – After nearly 2 weeks, government forces are still to fully regain control over whats left of the once rebel-held areas in Homs city, as rebel forces continue to resist in some parts of Al Khalidiya district and old city.

The Australian reports that the last opposition-held areas of Homs are set to fall within days to the Syrian army after rebel forces decided to “sacrifice” their areas in the country’s third-largest city to the government, according to diplomats and opposition sources.

The fall of Homs will represent a strategic victory for the government following a previous breakthrough in the border town of Qusair. The victory once reached will not only showcase the government forces as the upper hand in the battlefield, it will also help president Assad’s forces to strengthen its grip on the route linking Damascus to the Mediterranean coast.

The rebels have apparently chosen to consolidate their hold on areas in the north near the Turkish borders, while their strongholds in central, southern and around the capital seem to be on the verge of totally falling to government forces.

Assad Forces advance in Homs as Blasts rock Hezbollah’s stronghold

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Saidia – Syrian government forces continued advancing in the Khalidiya district in central Homs seizing what government sources described as 40% of the rebel-stronghold.

Without arms, rebels inside Homs won’t be able to stand much longer in the face of Assad’s tank fire, artillery attacks and continuing attempts to storm the districts. The situation is becoming bad to the point that rebels are threatening to blow themselves inside the ancient Khalid Ibn Al Walid mosque which is the scene of major skirmishes between regular and rebel forces. As military operations in Syria is swinging in favor of the government militarily and politically (US and EU postponing arms deliveries indefinitely according to RT), Hezbollah’s stronghold in southern Beirut was struck by a major blast that took the lives of more than 50 instantly.

Unlike Gaddafi, Assad enjoys the support of major states and militias and while his opponents thought him to be weaker than Libya’s slain leader, Assad has proven that the real force in the battle field is in the hands of his troops and of his strong Hezbollah ally.

Lebanon’s Dilemma: The Syrian Civil War

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Saidia – Lebanon is really find itself (as most analysts predicted) in the middle of the Syrian Civil War all thanks to the powerful military wing of Hezbollah which proved itself being a strong ally and a loyal one for president Assad.

As Hezbollah’s forces continue to cross the borders to neighboring Syria according to sources in order to participate in the battles (mainly Homs/Aleppo), Lebanese are holding their breaths because if Assad wins, Lebanon might be more eligible to stay as stable as it is now says political analysts (I don’t know about that) but what if Assad actually loses? Although it is highly unlikely to happen, many are believing Assad might meet the same faith of Gaddafi who was viciously raped and killed by the rebels in his hometown of Sirte where he made his last stand.

If Assad falls, the Sunni rebels will likely turn on Lebanon for harboring and turning a blind eye on Hezbollah’s military operations and if they had enough military force, they might even start a campaign against Hezbollah positions or even Lebanon as a country, targeting the Shiites of Lebanon who make up to 45% of Lebanon’s 4.5 Million population. But then again, many of these Analysts proved to be as bad as my grandmother’s taste in series!

I wouldn’t believe everything Analysts say but websites and TV Channels like to add them as “sources” to make their news more worthy (including us).

The Battle of Homs: Assad forces days away from finishing?

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Saidia – Homs is the scene of a major offensive by Government forces supposedly supported by Hezbollah militias and Iran’s revolutionary guard. 

Following the successful capture Qusair, a once rebel stronghold, Assad’s forces started two operations one in Aleppo which was highly publicized by the government and the second operation in the central city of Homs which was probably deliberately kept on the lowdown. As both pro and anti-Assad media channels focused on Aleppo, activists started publishing videos of unprecedented aerial and ground attack prompting them to believe that Assad’s forces are trying to seize control of the 20% rebel areas in Homs.

As of this writing, Assad’s forces claim to have pushed the rebels further back adding they have seized control of 5% leaving the rebels in control of only 15% of the city.

President Assad: The fall of Morsi’s regime wasn’t a surprise for us!

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Berkane – Syrian president Bashar Al Assad announced today that his government predicted the fall of “Political Islam” sooner or later says the embattled syrian president.

Assad, who is facing a 2 year-old civil war against an ill-armed and foreign-supported rebels, seemed to be gloating adding that Morsi’s regime falling down didn’t come as a surprise. I think Assad is definitely gloating seeing that Morsi was just a couple of weeks ago announcing the end of all relations between Damascus and Cairo.

All this comes as Assad’s forces seem to gain the upper hand in the conflict after making strategic gains for the past few weeks.

by Wafi Abdouss

The Syrian Government Welcomes “Friends Of Syria” Conference calls for a Political Solution

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TEHRAN, (TWADB) – The final statement of the Friends of Syria Conference which was convened in Tehran on Wednesday stressed that the Syrian comprehensive national dialogue is the only way to resolve the crisis in Syria, asserting rejection of any foreign interference and support to the international efforts for solution, particularly the Geneva Conference.

The statement rejected any aggression on the Syrian territories and the killing of citizens, stressing the necessity of halting violence, lifting the economic embargo on Syria and the return of the displaced Syrians.

The statement added that participants from Arab, Islamic, African, Latin America and European countries and international personalities representing the genuine friends of the Syrian people at the international conference convened in  Tehran stressed the necessity of preserving the regional stability and agreed to consolidate the national dialogue being the only way for settling the crisis in Syria.

The statement called on all conflicting parties in Syria to avoid violence and halt clashes immediately as well as paving the ground for a democratic process.

The participants rejected any foreign interference in Syria, strongly condemning any foreign aggression on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria and the massacres committed against the Syrian unarmed citizens by the armed terrorist groups.

They considered the flow of arms and money to Syria as contradicting the international law and the political solution and it aggravates the crisis and jeopardizes the regional stability.

The statement stressed the necessity of halting violence and bloodshed immediately, expressing concerns over escalating the crisis and fueling conflicts in the region.

The participants expressed support to the ongoing international efforts and accord concerning Geneva Conference, hailing the preliminary agreement of Syria to participate in the conference. They also expressed support to the efforts exerted by the UN and the mission of UN Envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi.

The statement emphasized the necessity of sending humanitarian aid to cut down on the suffering and pain of the Syrian people through the Red Crescent in the Syrian Arab Republic, asserting the necessity of lifting the economic sanctions imposed on Syria immediately and facilitating the return of the displaced Syrians to their homes.

After reading the statement, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi answered the questions of journalists as he condemned the EU decision on lifting the arms embargo on the armed terrorist groups in Syria.

He pointed out that some EU countries opposed the decision, but the authoritarian and colonialist powers managed to impose their views on the rest of the EU countries.

He strongly condemned the stealthy entry of U.S.Senator John McCain into the Syrian territories and his meeting with a number of armed terrorist groups’ leaders.

Earlier, the Friends of Syria conference kicked off in the Iranian capital of Tehran, with delegations from 40 countries participating in the conference under the headline of “political solution and regional stability.”

In his opening speech, Minister Salehi said that this conference constitutes an important step for resolving the crisis in Syria, stressing that since the beginning of the crisis, Iran focused on the need to stop bloodshed and take peaceful steps to restore calm in Syria in order to implement reforms and realize the Syrians’ demands.

Salehi pointed out that Iran supported Moscow’s efforts to hold an international conference, and that it proposed a six-point plan for resolving the crisis in Syria based on stopping violence, continuing national dialogue, and laying the groundwork for free elections to form a new parliament and form a new constitution, all of which would allow the Syrians to dictate their true will democratically away from foreign interference.

He asserted that Iran rejects funding and arming irresponsible armed groups in Syria by some sides, the need for not allowing foreign interference in Syria and that the sides claiming to want democracy for the Syrian people must let them decide their destiny on their own.

Salehi warned that what is happening in Syria will destabilize the region and the world and lead to destructive repercussions, affirming that violence and delaying the political solution isn’t in any country’s interest and would lead to a situation that’s even more difficult to manage than the current crisis.

He pointed out that Iran communicated effectively with all Syrian opposition groups which respect sovereignty and oppose foreign interference, in addition to supporting regional and international steps that emphasize a political solution, such as Kofi Annan’s initiative and the efforts of Lakhdar Brahimi.

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