Jim W. Dean – We have had an undeclared World War of sorts being carried out against Syria with even the UN hesitant to face up to it, mainly because it is a major violation of the UN charter and international law, making them look like a joke.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said that he opposes the ceasefire deal in southern Syria brokered by the United States and Russia.
The largest coalition of militant groups in Southern Syria announced that they have refused to participate in a US-Russia brokered cessation of hostilities stretching across Quneitra, Dara’a and Western Sweida.
Israel would love to see American troops in southern Syria because US troops are Israel’s puppets. As Henry Kissinger himself said: “Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.”
Jim W. Dean – I must admit I was teased a bit with yesterday’s reporting that Israel was on board the south Syria ceasefire. It made practical sense in that, if the others complied and Israel continued on with its usual “we will attack anywhere, any time, for any reason we choose” foreign policy, it would make them look like fools.
…from SouthFront The Syrian army has repelled a major Jabhat Fatah al-Sham-led attack in eastern Hama. Last night, Jabhat Fatah al-Sham and its allies advanced near the villages of Ramlieh, Khunayfis and Sultanieh, engaging Syrian army units in an intense fighting in the area. However, army troops, backed up by warplanes and artillery units, foiled […]
Jim W. Dean – The Russians are not shooting from the hip here. They had this move planned subsequent to freeing Aleppo from the terrorists. It is a no lose play.
…from SouthFront December 8 morning ISIS terrorists launched multiple offensives against Syrian government forces near Palmyra. The terrorist group used a high number of car bombs during the attack and seized notable areas northwest of the city, including Jazal, set a full control over Qasr al-Halabat south of Palmyra. The ISIS attack in the area […]
The summary report on an investigation into US and allied air strikes on Syrian government troops has revealed irregularities in decision-making consistent with a deliberate targeting of Syrian forces.
Russia and China have vetoed a UN Security Council resolution on immediate seven-day ceasefire in the Syrian city of Aleppo, which was submitted by Egypt, New Zealand and Spain. Russian Foreign Minister earlier described the draft resolution as “counterproductive”. Before the vote, Russia’s UN envoy said that the country would vote against the document, informing […]
Jim W. Dean – Kerry was caught telling the Free Syrian Army shills that the US being in Syria, as are the others, is illegal…but we are using the “War on Terror” hot pursuit shtick as thin cover.
Jim W. Dean – There is enough evidence to support anyone being fatalistic about ever seeing the warring sides in Syria stop, as long as the ammo and supplies keep flowing to keep it going.
Jim W. Dean – US special Syrian envoy Michael Ratner’s letter to the moderate opposition groups warning that those who continue to work with al-Nusra will face “dire consequences” is a strong hint that they will get bombed if they do so. The new deal has some teeth in it.
Jim W. Dean – The US finally agreed to map out with Russia where the moderate opposition and the jihadis are, so bombing operations can focus on the latter. The Syrian Air Force seems to be out of the picture for now.
Jim W. Dean – “It’s better to fix what you have, than wait to get what you don’t.” – an old Arab proverb
Jim W. Dean – German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier saying last week that despite the problems with the ceasefire, it had accomplished more in the last few weeks than had been done in the past five years.
Jim W. Dean – Kerry publicly admits that “bad actors” have blocked progress on the political settlement, and then goes further, saying that the opposition has to distance itself more from ISIL and al-Nusra. He did not say what the US would do to make them comply.
Jim W. Dean – Both sides have agreed to create a ceasefire monitoring regime for the OSCE to administer and continue resolution talks in June.
The basic problems regarding Syrian cease-fire which led to the capture of Khan Touman village by terrorists
The sponsors of cease-fire initiative did not pledge to secure the truce.
Jim W. Dean – These ceasefires continue to bring the usual claims by the opposition of Damascus violations which are made because they are angry at being bombed for attacks on civilians themselves.
Jim W. Dean – Just when Azerbaijan seemed ready for an all out assault on Nagorno-Karabakh, the war train came to a screeching halt. Putin had gotten both leaders to Moscow to stop the fighting before passions were inflamed even more.
Jim W. Dean – The UN seems to have thrown the glove down to the ceasefire wreckers with de Mistura’s statement that the political future of Syria will be decided by Syrians, including what happens to Assad.
Jim W. Dean – As we had expected, Turkey has been the primary challenger with not only its continued shelling inside Syria, but directly supporting its terrorist proxies there, including ISIL.
The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed on Sunday that a newly-liberated town in the Northern part of Raqqa near the border with Turkey has been heavily shelled by the Turkish army’s artillery units.
Jim W. Dean – The guns are falling silent in many parts of Syria, a blessing for those who live in those areas where 97 opposition groups have signed onto the ceasefire.
Jim W. Dean – Since this was written we have 97 “opposition” groups sign onto the ceasefire, but no one has felt giving us a list is necessary or setting up a website dedicated as to who is in or out.
The United State tried to interpret the statement on cessation of military actions in Syria in a directly opposite manner, Russian Foreign Ministry’s official spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a briefing on Thursday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has held phone talks on the ceasefire plan brokered by Moscow and Washington with the Syrian president and Saudi king, as well the leaders of Israel and Iran. Vladimir Putin and Bashar Assad held a phone conversation on Wednesday and “discussed various aspects of the Syrian crisis in the light of […]
Jim W. Dean – The US and Russia are dispatching the pre-conditions road blockers simply by giving them a deadline of noon on Friday on whether they are in the ceasefire, or are opting out and risk being put on the bombing violator list.
On February 22, the US and Russia released a joint statement on the Terms for a Cessation of Hostilities in Syria and proposed the ceasefire commence at 00:00 (Damascus time) on Feb.27, 2016.