Friday 21st of September 2018

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Well, that’s precious. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week says he shares Russia’s concern about Syria’s Idlib Province being a haven for terrorists – but nevertheless he is urging diplomacy to solve the problem.

Pompeo's pumping of diplomacy sounds decidedly like a lot of deceitful hot air.


Why didn't the Americans think of diplomacy when their warplanes were obliterating the Syrian city of Raqqa last year, with thousands of civilians blown to pieces? And even in spite of all that carnage, the terror groups were reportedly given safe passage out of Raqqa by US forces to regroup elsewhere in Syria.

READ MORE: US Senators Ask Pompeo to Release Transcript of Trump-Putin Summit in Helsinki

Thus the belated call for diplomacy from Pompeo has a huge credibility deficit. This is the same Pompeo who as the former CIA chief once said he wanted the lawless spy agency to become even meaner in its methods of extrajudicial violence.

 

Pompeo has also previously justified the use of torture against terror suspects, despite the violation of international law. During a visit to the US-run Guantanamo Bay concentration camp, he notoriously rebuffed hunger-striking inmates by callously quipping that they had appeared to put on weight.

So let's get this straight. Mike Pompeo may officially be the US' "top diplomat". But evidently diplomacy isn't really his forte when brute military force seems to be a preferred option.

READ MORE: Pompeo, Lavrov Discuss US Concerns About Possible Military Activity in Idlib

It seems curious therefore that the Secretary of State has suddenly developed a sensitivity for diplomacy and humanitarian law. Pompeo is admonishing Russia to seek a diplomatic solution to the latest phase of the Syrian war being played out in the northwest province of Idlib.

"It is not the way to do that [fight terrorism] to put the lives of all these innocent civilians at risk and create a humanitarian crisis… We are hoping that this can be resolved diplomatically," Pompeo told reporters this week.

His comments followed a warning from President Donald Trump who cautioned Syria, Russia and Iran to not launch a military offensive to retake control of Idlib. The province is the last remaining stronghold of illegally armed militants in Syria. Victory over the militants there could spell the definitive end to the nearly eight-year war in the country. A war that has cost up to half a million lives, and caused millions of families to be displaced, their homes shattered.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is not buying Pompeo's appeals. Lavrov rightly says it is the sovereign right of Syria to eradicate the illegally armed groups and to assert its control over the entire country.

Those armed groups are mendaciously referred to as "rebels" by Western news media in an attempt to disguise the fact that the militants are dominated by internationally outlawed terror groups, primarily Nusra Front and the so-called Islamic State (Daesh).

READ MORE: Trump Warns Syrian Government Against Operation in Idlib Province

It is revealing of the moral turpitude in Western governments and news media, as well as the United Nations' chiefs, when they are strenuously pleading for restraint to be shown towards the "rebels" — when in fact these armed groups are the most vile terrorist plague to have inflicted Syria.

The estimated 10,000 militants holding out in Idlib comprise terror groups which have shown no mercy to Syrian civilians over the past eight years. Horror stories include decapitating sons in front of mothers and burning children alive.

Sergei Lavrov and his Syrian and Iranian counterparts are absolutely correct. Syria cannot be returned to full peaceful normality until these psychopaths have been liquidated. They are the ones refusing to lay down their weapons.

Yet while Western media cover for these criminals with euphemisms like "rebels", Mike Pompeo actually acknowledged the real, odious nature of the Idlib militants.

He said: "The Russians have the narrative that there are terrorists in Idlib. That is a true statement. We share their concern about terrorism emanating from northern, northwest Syria. We absolutely agree with them there are terrorists in those locations and they need to be taken care of such that they don't export terror around the world," added Pompeo.

 

But, as noted, he then goes on to apparently advocate the use of "diplomacy to resolve the problem".

If Washington's calming words sound incongruous that is because they are barefaced lies.

What is really concerning the US is that the terror army it has steadfastly and covertly built up, sponsored, armed and directed to illegally overthrow the Syrian government is now facing a spectacular defeat.

The Syrian army, with its Russian, Iranian and Hezbollah comrades, is moving in for the final retribution against the US-backed terror proxies. These proxies, also supported by Britain, France, Saudi Arabia, Israel and Turkey, were orchestrated to topple the government of Syrian President Bashar al Assad. But thanks to the military intervention by Russia, the nefarious endgame was averted.

The victorious endgame is that the US-led regime war has been vanquished. The belated clamor for restraint and diplomacy out of Washington is really about salvaging its "terrorist investment" in Syria which has been depleted to the province of Idlib.

A recent article  in the Washington Post quoted a Trump administration official as giving the game away.

"Right now, our job is to help create quagmires [for Russia and the Syrian regime] until we get what we want," the official said in reference to the attempts by Washington to obstruct the final offensive on Idlib.

What the US planners want is to keep Syria in a state of instability and weakness by preventing the Assad government gaining full sovereign control over its territory.

READ MORE: Pope Expresses Concern Over Risks of Humanitarian Catastrophe in Syria's Idlib

Pompeo's risible contradiction is this: he admits there are terrorists in Idlib, not fuzzy-sounding "rebels", but he is urging diplomacy as a solution to deal with terrorists.

The explanation for this apparent discovery of American probity and diplomacy is that it is completely disingenuous. The motive has nothing to do with humanitarian concerns or peaceful resolution. It is all to do with Washington trying to find a way to spare its terror assets so that they can fight another day.

Read more:

https://sputniknews.com/columnists/201809051067774201-pompeo-pumps-idlib...

As mentioned before, the simple solution here is for the "rebels" (al Qaeda and IS — sponsored by the Saudis and armed by the USA) to surrender with a simple white flag. This would be better advice from Trump, than threaten Assad, Russia and Iran, with whatever.

Should the "rebels" wish to fight "to the death", they should allow all the innocent civilians an escape route. But they won't.

 

a dirty little secret...

The 2017 Battle of Raqqa was the fifth and final phase of the Raqqa campaign (2016–2017) launched by the Syrian Democratic Forces(SDF) against the Islamic State (ISIL) with an aim to seize the city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIL since 2014. The battle began on 6 June 2017, and was supported by airstrikes and ground troops from the US-led coalition.[19] The operation was named the "Great Battle" by the SDF.[48] The battle concluded on 17 October 2017, with the SDF fully capturing the city of Raqqa. It ran concurrently with the Battle of Mosul, which started seven months earlier, as part of an effort by the CJTF–OIRand its allies to strip ISIL of its regional centers of power and to dismantle it as an organization controlling territory.[49]

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The following night, Coalition airplanes heavily struck the city, killing 23 civilians. At the same time the SDF, backed by special forces, were close to capturing the entire al-Mashlab neighborhood.[66] Later that day, the SDF entered Sabahiyah neighborhood from the western axis[67] and captured the remaining parts of the al-Mashlab neighborhood within hours.[68][69][70]

On 10 June, the SDF entered the Roman suburb and were locked "in fierce fighting", while they were reinforcing the western half of Al-Sabahiya.[70] The International Coalition itself stated that they had destroyed numerous targets in Raqqa between 7–9 June; a minefield, eleven fighting positions, four vehicles, three ISIL headquarters, two vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) and an ISIL-held building.[71] At the end of the day, the SDF managed to take control over Harqaliya Suburb.[72] During the battle, US forces reportedly used white phosphorus munitions several times. A spokesman for the U.S. military did not confirm or deny the allegation.[73]

 

Read more:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Raqqa_(2017)

 

 

The BBC has uncovered details of a secret deal that let hundreds of IS fighters and their families escape from Raqqa, under the gaze of the US and British-led coalition and Kurdish-led forces who control the city.


A convoy included some of IS’s most notorious members and – despite reassurances – dozens of foreign fighters. Some of those have spread out across Syria, even making it as far as Turkey.

 

Read more:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/raqqas_dirty_secret

 

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Instead of combating terrorism, Washington is waging a war in which terrorism is the principal weapon of the United States, Richard Black, a Republican member of the Virginia State Senate, told Sputnik.

"We talk about the war on terror. But we are not waging the war on terror. We are waging a war in which terror is our principal weapon. That is my principal concern with what we are doing in the Middle East," Black said in an interview.

The US state senator traveled to Syria on Wednesday and met with Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Sputnik talked to Black shortly after his visit and asked him to share his views on the situation in the war-torn country, the reported chemical attacks, a possible offensive on Idlib and Washington's policies in the Middle East.

Assad's Immense Popularity Among Syrians

The recent meeting with Assad was Black's second encounter with the Syrian leader.

"We had a 45-minute schedule and we ended up talking for three hours. The last time he was optimistic, he was determined. This time there was almost a spring in his step. He was quite joyous and happy. I think like all Syrians he realizes that unless the West gets involved in a very malign passion, the war will end rather soon. I think all Syrians are ready for that," the US state senator said.

When asked about whether his impression of Assad matched the Syrian president's image in the Western media, Black said that Assad was a very humble man.

"There is almost a touch of shyness about him. Incredibly intelligent and very devoted to his people. He doesn't have an imperial presidency like we have and many Western countries have. When he suddenly goes to a religious ceremony, whether it's for the Muslims or the Christians, he drives himself in his own SUV. He doesn't have an escort and people love him for this," Black specified.

READ MORE: Syria Begins Reconstruction of UNESCO World Heritage Castle Near Homs

Assad enjoyed unparalleled popularity, love and devotion, the senator added, recalling his experiences of talking to shepherds in the Syrian countryside. They loved their president and wanted people in the West to know that, Black said.

 

Read more:

https://sputniknews.com/us/201809101067889993-us-senator-middle-east-syr...