VT Exclusive: Iran Raises the Stakes on ISIS in Syria

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…by  Gordon Duff and Nahed al Husaini, VT Damascus

General Qassam Suleimani
General Qassam Suleimani

Last week, General Qassam Suleimani visited Idlib, the Syrian city conquered by Turkey and Al Nusra.  Suleiman commands the Al Quds brigade and is considered the inheritor of Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap. 

If you don’t know who General Giap was, Americans know him well.  General Giap died at 102 years old in 2013.  He crushed the Japanese, the French and then the Americans.  General Suleimani is his “apprentice.”

Iran has announced it is sending special operation commando units to Syria to be used in a combat role against all organizations warring on the Damascus government.  By organizations, we may well be referring to governments as well as terrorist groups, “freedom fighters” and, if we are honest, mercenaries and adventurers.

This information is from the highest levels of the Syrian and Iranian governments directly to Veterans Today.  There will be no other announcements.  This was the public announcement today in Tehran, one too many failed to take seriously:

TEHRAN (FNA) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a meeting with Syrian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Jihad al-Laham stressed that Tehran will never leave Damascus alone and will continue its all-out aid and assistance to the nation.
“The Iranian government and nation will remain beside the Syrian government and nation to the end,” Rouhani said in the meeting in Tehran on Tuesday.

He also underlined the necessity for strengthening and expanding relations between the two countries, and said, “We are sure that enemy states will fail to impose their conditions on the Syrian nation.”

Emphasizing the terrorists’ failure in bringing the Syrian nation down to its knees, Rouhani said, “Unfortunately, certain regional states have done wrong calculations and think that the terrorists are always a tool in their hands to reach their goals, but they (the terrorists) will backfire (on their supporters) sooner or later.”


The Wars Enter A New Stage

Syria, Iraq and Iran have been pushed together by their common shared view of the circumstances of what is now a budding world war.  President Rouhani mirrors the words of his fellow leaders in both Iraq and Syria in his assessment of nation state “hooliganism” as the primary contributing factor to what will certainly be more than a decade of war.

At the end of the decade, it is likely that Syria, Iraq and Iran will survive, economically aligned to the European Union, China and Russia while others, Saudi Arabia in particular, are not going to be with us. 

In a statement earlier today, General Petraeus, the disgraced former CIA chief, pointed out that recent failures by the Iraqi army are not endemic but can be quickly turned around.

McCain with his terrorist buddies
McCain with his terrorist buddies

The “Bifurcated” American Role

If you believe both the mainstream press and not unreasonable allegations made with no shortage of evidence, the US is warring on ISIS and Al Nusra while training and arming their military and providing weapons and supplies to their forces across the Middle East.

Can all of this be true, contradictory though it sounds?  Yes is an answer, the only answer.  Why is it that no one understands President Obama?  Consider the following:

The “double dealing” of the United States is very much a part of what could be considered “endemic failure” in Iraq, a factor easily remedied by eliminating the cause.  From New Eastern Outlook in Moscow:

“A close look at the terror players in the world, Al Shabab, Boco Harum and ISIS, just to name a few of many, show the active hand of both colonial era and post-colonial era intelligence agencies, British, French, Turkish, Saudi and Israeli with Canada and Germany as well.

America is a different story. It isn’t that America isn’t involved but that much of the involvement is from the private sector, with Bush era military contractors tied to criminal consortiums like the massive world narcotics cartel, now functioning as nation states.

The terror organization, Al Nusra, is being trained and equipped to a large extent by drug cartels using CIA and US Department of State contracting firms to supply personnel and even weapons.”

The VT crew with Dr. Barakat - Damascus Counter Terrorism Conference - Dec, 2014
The VT crew with Dr. Barakat – Damascus Counter Terrorism Conference – Dec, 2014


Direct sources in both Syria and Iran would like this story to be simple but facts are never simple.  Over the past six months, VT and “affiliates” have developed strong relationships with both Syria and Iraq.  Several of us had worked in Iraq, myself with the UN, Alex Powers as assistant to Paul Bremmer and others with military special operations or as trainers.

VT affiliates ran counter-intelligence in Iran for the State Department as well.  It is reasonable to assume that we have a strong understanding of both sides and strong relationships because of our unique independence and political independence.

Syria has been both watchful and concerned, fighting now on six fronts, fighting not only terror groups but the Turkish Army, Saudi cash, Israeli artillery, intelligence and air support and the powerful Israel lobby not to mention America, playing both sides against the middle.

Both Russia and Iran should have vital national interests in Syria but support has been unclear, seemingly dependent on the whims of politics.  For Russia it is Ukraine and Crimea, for Iran the price of oil and the nuclear settlement.

Syria has, as many can guess, been very much “against it.”  Yes, there are the sycophants in Damascus, the dandies and favorites.  What few understand is the nature of Syria, a nation that well should have been close to the US were it not for carry-over policies from the Cold War. 

Syria is close, a short flight from Europe, great beaches, skiing, good food, archeological treasures and a free and open society, or it was until it was targeted.

Yes, there has been legitimate opposition and a political system unable to offer full participation, almost exactly like the systems in the US and Great Britain where powerful special interests and secret societies run everything as political polls will support.

Syria has a professional army, one not destroyed by the US, not bombed out of existence, cleansed and sanitized by Bush religious fanaticism and corruption.  Rebuilding Iraq, removing the “Bush stench” will take some time.

Iran has 13 million men under arms, technically the largest army in the world, yet an army that has never, not until now, fought outside its own territory.  If only the United States could say that.

Iran can field massive manpower to defend itself, like the Soviets did in WWII
Iran can field massive manpower to defend itself, like the Soviets did in WWII

What we have learned is the limitations of air forces, of American “shock and awe,” on the cheap.  You see, America’s army is in decline, no new planes coming out, certainly not the F 35 “flying dump truck.”  America lacks the moral will to fight a good war after fighting so many bad ones.

Yemen is pulling Saudi Arabia apart.  Opposition to the Saudi regime is picking up steam.  No one will fight to defend a nation with no freedom, no opportunity, with nothing to offer its people but the chance to blindly obey or be chopped to pieces.

ISIS is very much a “Saudi thing,” it isn’t hard to see that.  Lots of head chopping by both of them, lots of hypocrisy, Koran in public and dirty sex behind closed doors, dirty sex powered by kidnapping and murder.

ISIS has been a good game but not one that will hold up without Turkey and Saudi Arabia and the smaller players, Jordan and Israel, several more as well, carrying the load.  Perhaps the cleansing will cross more borders than some suspect?

Iran in Syria

Iran says it is going in, warring on ISIS and “her sisters.”  The term used is “to the death.”  What Russia will do we don’t know but Putin will either weigh in or Russia will never be taken seriously again.  Putin carries as many questions as Obama.  Who is Putin?  Who are his masters?

We have seen the public statement.  We see this private one.  We will watch.  Will Iraq begin retaking Anbar?

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  1. I believe you minimalize the amerikan enabalizing and support of not only their willfully created terrorist proxy forces but also more importantly their behind the scene control of these occurances. It is the empire of chaos and the neo-con retards that are behind most of the violence happening globally. The majority of the planet would be at peace if this evil force were to collapse; along with their zionist allies. When amerika falls the world will benefit.

  2. I will believe things are moving in the right direction when I hear that more bankers are diving from the 30th floor.

  3. Great article, especially like “the awful truth” part about Syria fighting on six fronts, and withstanding. This is some sort of WWIII in the making, already too many nations involved. Of course the usual suspects USA and UK are still fighting through proxies. Wonder how are they going to promote this middle eastern war throughout the old hawkish whore Europe? United against Russia-Iran-Syria-ISIS-PLO (Bibi’s “it’s all the same” bs and Bush’s “you are either with us or with the terrorists” crap). Maybe there should be false flag alerts more often these days, the pope was the last to acknowledge Palestine, a notion which was always responded so far infallibly with retribution and false flags. Also there are number of hotspots like south china sea and recently the Baltic states.

  4. Should the development which this announcement suggests materialize, it could well be a first step of the thoughts, which Thierry Meyssan recently published in his VoltaireNet-aritcle “What will become of the Near East after the agreement between Washington and Teheran ?”.


    In parts:

    “Just as with any classic share agreement, it aims to promote the stability of change, therefore to admit that the frontiers can only be « remodeled » by negotiation and not by force. The United States will have to abandon the Chaos Strategy that they have been applying since 2001 [3]. From its own side, Iran will have to give up the exportation of its Revolution.

    Russia, the only power capable of aborting the agreement, will not intervene because it has withdrawn to its old Soviet territory [4]. As for China, it will have to watch in dismay as its Iranian ally slips through its fingers, while the United States continue their military development in the Far East.”

  5. Yes, it beggars belief that Russia, under Putin’s leadership, has done so little materially to assist Assad forces fighting against ISIS. Makes you wonder what is Putin thinking (or better yet, what is Assad thinking about this putative ally)? In 2013, when it was in determined with high probability Israel used a tactical nuke against a Syrian missile installation near Homs, Putin said nothing, did nothing. Curious!

  6. Iran going in on behalf of all of us….the least we can do is crush the end that fuels it

  7. Would be a good sign should Iraq retake Anbar province that someone is going against the hidden hand..They will be on the correct side of history. Iran would be correct too as they can stop this stress test against humanity and past history. The very paranoid controllers need the tables turned on them. Putin’s controllers, we hold out for, are the Russian People. At this time the U S needs to be controlled by we the People and make those controlled bacteria that called our Constitution just a piece of paper and mission accomplished eat their lies.9-11-01 needs to be the subject we need to get up about this election circus cycle as this has been the stress test put on us. And we gave mixed results.

  8. We saw Obama vow to protect Iraq too and never came to pass. That was another reflection that he’s not in charge. We have heard leaders say things to pacify the moment so we’ll have to see if this has teeth. Both Iraq and Syria could use a good shot in the arm.

  9. oh this could get interesting, DC turkey izrahell and saudiland support the terrorist mercenaries in Syria but refuse to openly admit it, so Iran going in would be war against them but they cant admit it with Iran going in to fight against terrorism, that is of course unless they want to ADMIT they support terrorists/terrorism, making their whole “war on terrorism” a complete lie and farce (which it is anyway), exposing their false and BAD “leadership”

  10. I hope Iranian units take the mercs alive back to Tehran, or maybe just let the Kurds take them off their hands. The current events in Syria have to be brought under control one way or another. The DC pyromaniacs are obsessed with turning the whole region into a raging firestorm, and show no signs of letting up. What a gang of obscene perverts at the controls of America.

    They seem to have an abundance of locals willing to assist in the carnage. Any of those psychopaths that the Iranians catch must be neutralized. Even if things quiet down tomorrow the entire regional social fabric has been torn and cannot be repaired to the previous functional state.

    Napoleon said, “If you are going to take Vienna, take Vienna.” If the Iranians are going to take Syria, they had better do so with the same determination. Even the degenerate mercs will back off if the Iranians make a harsh lesson of the first few caught.

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