Vindicated by Terrorist Surrenders in Syria
December 31, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" - "SCF"
As Syrians gather in their capital
Damascus to celebrate, there is a sense that the New
Year will bring a measure of peace – the first time
such hope has been felt over the past five years of
war in the country.
Russia’s military intervention to
help its Arab ally at the end of September has been
the seminal event of the year. After three months of
sustained Russian aerial operations in support of
the Syrian Arab Army against an array of
foreign-backed mercenaries, there is an unmistakable
sense that the «terrorist backbone has been broken»,
as Russian President Vladimir Putin recently put it.
This past week sees several local
truces being implemented across Syria with
evacuation of militants from towns which they have
held under armed siege. The civilian populations in
these locations have been effectively held hostage
as human shields by the militants, thus preventing
Syrian army advances up to now. The Western media,
such as US government-owned Voice of America, invert
reality by claiming that
it is the mercenaries themselves who have been under
siege from the Syrian army instead of the fact that
the mercenaries have been holding civilians in their
midst as hostages, as was the case earlier in the
siege of Homs, which was eventually also broken.
What has changed dramatically is the
advent of Russian air power – over 5,000 sorties in
three months – which has enabled the Syrian army to
wipe out militant bases, oil smuggling and weapons
supply routes in northern Syria along the Turkish
border. This has left militants further inland to
wither from the severance of supply lifelines. Hence
the readiness now to accept truces and evacuation
deals – under the auspices of the United Nations and
International Committee for the Red Cross.
Thousands of anti-government
insurgents are being bussed out of locations around
Damascus, including Zabadani, al Qadam, Hajar al
Aswad and Yarmouk.
An air strike reportedly by Russia
forces killing the commander of the Jaish al-Islam
militant group, Zahran Alloush, in the Damascus
suburb of East Ghouta, dealt a devastating blow to
morale among the self-styled jihadists. Alloush was
reportedly killed along with several other
commanders. That strike translates into «the game is
What is interesting is how the
Western news media are reporting all this. Their
reportage of the truces and evacuations are
straining to minimize the context of these
developments. This BBC report is
typical, headlined: «Syria
fighters’ evacuation from Zabadani ‘under way’».
The British state-owned broadcaster
tells of hundreds of «fighters» being relocated from
the town of Zabadani as if the development just
magically materialized like a present donated by
Santa Claus. What the BBC fails to inform is that
that truce, as with several others around Damascus,
has come about because of Russia’s strategic
military intervention in Syria dealing crushing
blows against the militant networks. The Western
media have preoccupied themselves instead with
claims from the US State Department that Russia’s
military operations have either been propping up the
«Assad regime» or allegedly targeting «moderate
rebels» and civilians.
The disingenuous Western narrative,
or more prosaically «propaganda», then, in turn,
creates a conundrum when widespread truces and
evacuations are being implemented. That obviously
positive development signaling an end to conflict
thanks to Russia’s military intervention has to be
left unexplained or unacknowledged by the Western
media because it negates all their previous
pejorative narrative towards Russia and the Assad
Furthermore, the Western media are
obliged to be coy about the exact identity of the
«fighters» being evacuated. As noted already, the
militants are variously described by the Western
media in sanitized terms as «fighters» or «rebels».
But more informative regional and local sources,
such as Lebanon’s Al Manar, identify the
brigades as belonging to the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic
State group and al-Nusra Front. These are terror
groups, as even defined by Washington and the
European Union. So, the Western media has to, by
necessity, censor itself from telling the truth by
peddling half-truths and sly omissions.
The Jaish al-Islam (Army of Islam),
whose commander was killed, is also integrated with
the al-Qaeda terror network. Jaish al-Islam is
funded and armed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and
serves as a conduit for American CIA weapons to the
more known terrorist outlets. Notably, Voice of
America referred to
the terror commander Zahran Alloush with the
euphemistic cleansing term as a «rebel leader».
What the Russian-precipitated truces
and termination of sieges is demonstrating is that
the western side of Syria, from Daraa in the south,
through Damascus and up to the northern
Mediterranean Sea coast around Aleppo and Latakia,
are infested with the terror brigades of IS and Al-Nusra
and their myriad offshoots.
Western media have repeatedly accused
Russia of conducting air strikes against «moderate
rebels» and not the IS brigades, which they claim,
were concentrated in the east of Syria. It is true
that the IS is strongly based in eastern cities of
Raqqa and Deir Ezzor, from where its oil smuggling
operations are mounted.
Russia has stepped up its air strikes
on IS smuggling routes in eastern Syria with
devastating results. But also integral to the air
operations is the cutting off of weapons routes in
the northwest to fuel the insurgents along the
entire western flank, including around Damascus.
The surrender of the various
mercenary brigades and the breaking of sieges around
Damascus is vindication of Russia’s military
tactics; and also its narrative about the nature of
the whole conflict in Syria.
The Western notion of «moderate
rebels» and «extremists» is being exposed as the
nonsense that it is. And so Western media are
compelled to evacuate any meaningful context from
their coverage of recent events in Syria.
Riad Haddad, Syria’s ambassador to
Russia, spoke the plain truth in recent days when
he said: «We
are at a turning point in the Syrian army operations
against terrorists – namely the transition from
defense to attack… [because of] the effective work
of the Russian air force in Syria». But the
ambassador’s comments were scarcely, if at all,
reported in the Western media. Simply because those
words vindicate Russia’s military intervention and
its general policy towards Syria.
Also missing or downplayed in the
Western media coverage of the truces across Syria is
the question of where the surrendering mercenaries
are being evacuated to. They are not being bussed to
other places inside Syria. That shows that there is
no popular support for these insurgents. Despite
copious Western media coverage contriving that the
Syrian conflict is some kind of «civil war» between
a despotic regime and a popular pro-democracy
uprising, the fact that surrendering militants have
no where to go inside Syria patently shows that
these insurgents have no popular base.
In other words, this is a
foreign-backed war on Syria; a covert war of
aggression on a sovereign country utilizing
terrorist proxy armies.
So where are the terrorist remnants
being shipped to? According to several reports, the
extremists are being given safe passage into Turkey,
where they will receive repair and sanctuary from
the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan – and no doubt
subsidized by the European Union with its $3.5
billion in aid to Ankara to «take care of refugees».
Again, this is another indictment of
the state-terrorist links of NATO-member Turkey,
which the EU is recently giving special attention to
for accession to the bloc.
Russia is not only vindicated in
Syria. The Western governments, their media and
their regional client regimes are being flushed out
like the bandits on the ground in Syria.
If the UN-sponsored peace process due
to start in the New Year succeeds to end the
conflict in Syria, it will be largely down to
Russia’s military campaign that has wiped out the
terrorist proxies working on behalf of the Western
criminal enterprise for regime change in that