Syria facing ‘new wave’ of US intervention, Iran’s Zarif says


… from Press TV, Tehran

MANPADS have been introduced into the Syrian conflict to increase the chances of a cycle of retaliation to expand the fighting

[ Editor’s Note: Zarif hit the nail on the head with his accusation that the US hoax of being in Syria to eliminate Daesh in the Kurdish areas of Syria was just a Plan B for Balkanizing Syria, and countering Russia’s intervention.

I have long editorialized that when the rollback of Daesh-held areas was completed, the US Coalition would try to grab territory during the “peace” process that it could not win on the battlefield.

But the US wanting to do this is just a part of the problem. What we are seeing now is the abject failure of our international bodies to enforce any international laws or UN charter planks against any member with a strong enough military and financial leverage.

What I am seeing here is not only gangster rule, but the acceptance of it, à la “doo doo happens”, and there is nothing practically anyone can do about it. And this even extends to the scourge of state-sponsored terrorism, in which the US coalition is involved up to its eyeballs, which will release an epidemic around the world.

Despite the long ripple effect we have already seen, governments and the media have tread lightly on the biggest future threat we face. And that is even if a conflict like Syria is wound down, we are seeing a scramble – a competition really, especially for the losing side that has tons of money – to grab up all of the murdering terrorists they can to send to a rest home, a bull pen, to be available for their next assignment.

The penalty for engaging in this activity by providing safe haven for terrorists to be reused should be death. And we already have an established method of execution, which has long been used now…drone strikes.

Is it not time for an international drone strike force, where no one has immunity who has supported terrorism?

If certain countries have given themselves the right to execute such “trials in the field”, then why can’t the UN or a new defense organization have the same authority to do the same, with no immunity granted to whomever the party would be?

Forget saying that this is impractical. That is not the point. The point is nothing is even being discussed as to a solution for this, so anything to get a discussion rolling is a good thing. We have grown too accustomed to accepting this, especially in the US.

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Syrian Kurds from Deir Ezzor, who have defected to Iraq, tired of being US cannon fodder

– First published … February 19, 2018

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Syria is facing a “new wave” of US intervention, where Washington is still pursuing geoeconomic interests in the Arab country.

“Unfortunately we see a new wave of foreign intervention and occupation particularly by the US, driven by an obsession,” Zarif told a conference in Moscow on Monday.

“If we look at the attack by the US against the Syrian forces on February 7, we see some profiting, a short-sighted geoeconomic interest to capture territory,” he added.

The attack on Syrian troops and their allies happened in the eastern Dayr al-Zawr Province, with a US official claiming that more than 100 pro-government forces were killed in the assault.

Washington said it launched the assault after Syrian forces attacked the headquarters of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) which includes Kurdish militants.

Last month, Turkey launched the so-called Operation Olive Branch in Syria’s northwestern region of Afrin in a bid to eliminate US-backed Kurdish militants. Iran’s top diplomat on Monday warned that the use of proxies by the US is dangerous for the region.

“We believe that the anxiety of our Turkish neighbors about the US designs in the region are understandable, but this is not the way to address those anxiety… Incursions in others’ territories is not the way to address the problems,” Zarif said.

“The problem in Afrin can best be resolved through lawful and legitimate sources that we have, through the Syrian government,” he added.

No Iranian military bases in Syria

Zarif also emphasized that his country has no military bases or military presence in Syria.

The foreign minister referred to the Israeli airstrike that hit Syria earlier this month, calling for an end to the Israeli “aggression”.

“What happened in Syria on Saturday [February 10]? Israel violated Syria’s airspace several times. It should be noted that Israel is permanently bombing Syria. And Syrian forces had managed to down an Israeli aircraft for the first time,” Zarif said.

The Syrian military shot down at least one Israeli F-16 on February 10. Over the past few years, the Israeli military has launched sporadic attacks against various targets on Syrian soil, in assaults slammed by Syria as attempts to boost the terror groups.

‘Iran, Saudi could work to stabilize region’

Zarif further did not rule out the possibility that Iran and Saudi Arabia could work together to stabilize and rebuild the region.

“There is nothing that prevents Iran and Saudi Arabia from working together for the improvement of the situation not only in Iraq, but also in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, Bahrain and elsewhere. We can actually work together as a source of stability and development,” he said.

Russia urges US ‘not to play with fire’ in Syria

Speaking during the same conference, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed concerns over US plans to divide Syria, urging Washington “not to play with fire” in the Arab country.

“Such concerns arise after studying the plans which the US is starting to implement on soil, chiefly east of the Euphrates, on the vast territories between this river and Syria’s borders with Iraq and Turkey,” he added.

“I once again call on our American colleagues not to play with fire and measure their steps proceeding not from immediate needs of today’s political environment, but rather from long-term interests of the Syrian people and of all peoples of this region,” Lavrov said.

He called US actions in Syria provocative, saying the Americans “involved the units of the Kurdish Democratic Union party in their position to undermine Syria’s territorial integrity, in fact, which led to an escalation of tensions with Turkey, and you know what is now going on in Afrin.”

Lavrov said US claims that its only objective in Syria was the war on terror contradicted its real deeds in the country.

Washington, he said, is not interested in fighting the Takfiri terror group of Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, formerly known as Nusra Front or al-Qaeda’s Syria branch.

“We have more and more evidence, which makes it possible to doubt that our Western counterparts in the US-led coalition are ready to fight Jabhat al-Nusra [Nusra Front] in earnest, despite the fact that it has been added to all resolutions and has been designated as a terrorist organization by the UN Security Council,” he said.

Syria: US presence, Turkey intervention hinder solution

Bouthaina Shaaban, a top adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, stressed that the US presence in Syria as well as the Turkish offensive hinder efforts to reach a political solution to the Syrian crisis and a full victory in the war on terror.

“The Turkish regime has helped terrorists to enter Syria,” she said, adding Ankara “violated the international laws” and interfered in northern Syria after it realized that the Takfiri militants have failed.

She hailed the role of Russia and Iran in finding a solution to the Syrian conflict, saying the US and other European countries on the contrary seek to dominate Syria in order to serve their interests in the region and protect the Israeli regime.



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  1. To Joetv-despite your impeccable logic, despite perhaps billions spent for proxy forces and indeed the
    actual US and Euro puppets participation, despite the lies, which worked before (WMD in Iraq, so called
    chemical weapons-alas removed from Syria with the US/German participation), the prime objective, or
    rather plural “objectives” were not achieved, at least not in Syria (you may say “not yet”?). Dr. Assad is
    still the President, there is no west controlled, “no toll” gas line from Quatar through Syrian territory
    to Europe to remove Europe’s dependence on Russian gas, beside the original R.F. naval mini base
    there are additional R.F. military bases in Syria and efforts of all proxy forces are at least vastly diminished.
    Yes, one might say the Golan heights and its mineral deposits are still in Israel’s hands, and perhaps
    major parts of Syrian energy fields are still occupied by US forces or their proxies.
    Though the questions posted by “Natashav” would be more difficult to answer, specifically, why the R.F
    removed major part of their forces from Syria before the real peace is secured or why R.F. always seem
    to offer the other cheek to every provocation, lie, indeed even killing of their personnel. Interesting theories
    flow through “assessments” and blog lines – is it Putin compliance w. Bibi’s wishes?- is it a pressure (and
    money) of Russian oligarchs and “5th columnists”? – is R.F. afraid of major chaos, “hot war” during their
    presidential election?

  2. I have a DUMB question.
    It’s dumb because I realize there are so many complex issues and relationships for there to be a simple answer to my question.

    Why doesn’t Russia/China/Iran do something MORE to protect Syria?
    Why isn’t Hezbollah doing more?
    Why not pull their own false flags against the USA?
    Not because I’m in love with false flags, but that’s how the USSA/Bankers operate.

    Are they ALL in on it and it’s all just a show?
    Are they just waiting for the USSA/Bankers to wear themselves down further?

    I’m an American, but I am not represented by the USSA.
    I can say that I wouldn’t mind Russia/China/Iran doing some serious damage to
    the corporate US terrorists and their military cohorts.

    Whether they are all in on it or not,
    the world must be sick of the USSA terrorists.
    When will they say “enough is enough?”

  3. Jim I think the answer to the issues is simple, yet very difficult to achieve. It comes down to the money. When a single group has the power to print it and, if that group has a prime objective, then between unlimited funds for bribery, and the purchase of force, the acheivement of the prime objective is more than possible it’s certain. If that same group also stole $20 +++ trillions then the effect is they can do what ever they want to, squared. So, it seems the answer is to remove and replace those in control of the US dollar or, ordinary life will only become worse. If anyone wants to know who “they” are ask yourself who you can’t talk about.

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