SARC receives 2,520 tons of rice, food aid from China

SARC receives 2,520 tons of rice, food aid from China

On January 16th, the Syrian Arab Red...

Iran calls for paying attention to sanctions and the displaced people in Syria

Iran calls for paying attention to sanctions and the displaced people in Syria

TEHRAN, Jan.16, (ST)- Iranian Foreign Minister...

President Al-Assad triples fund for external study

President Al-Assad triples fund for external study

DAMASCUS, Jan.16, (ST)-President Bashar...

Locals of Negev: We will not allow Israeli occupation to uproot us from our land

Locals of Negev: We will not allow Israeli occupation to uproot us from our land

 “We will die on our land in the Negev and will...

Five Tunisian terrorists are sentenced to prison

On January 16th, the Tunisian judiciary state...

Restoration of the public park in Salamiyah, using environment debris

Restoration of the public park in Salamiyah, using environment debris

The Friends of Salamiyah Association and the...

Israeli occupation forces arrest 2Palestinians in the occupied West Bank

Israeli occupation forces arrest 2Palestinians in the occupied West Bank

Occupied Al - Quds, (ST) – On Sunday, the...

Corona deaths around the world exceed five million and 552 thousand people

Corona deaths around the world exceed five million and 552 thousand people

Capitals, (ST) -  The death toll from infection...

Prisoner Muhammad Al-Ardah continues his strike for the fourth day

Prisoner Muhammad Al-Ardah continues his strike for the fourth day

Palestinian prisoner Muhammad Al-Ardah, one of...

  • The occupation expels a Palestinian family from their home in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied Jerusalem

    The occupation expels a Palestinian family from...

    Monday, 17 January 2022 09:27
  • Golan people affirm that they will continue to confront the occupation Judaization projects

    Golan people affirm that they will continue to...

    Monday, 17 January 2022 09:26
  • Sabbagh: Continuing the fruitful cooperation between the People's Assembly and the government/ Arnous: We seek to raise the standard of living for citizens

    Sabbagh: Continuing the fruitful cooperation...

    Sunday, 16 January 2022 20:08
  • SARC receives 2,520 tons of rice, food aid from China

    SARC receives 2,520 tons of rice, food aid from...

    Sunday, 16 January 2022 20:04
  • Charity associations distribute humanitarian aid to 155 displaced families in Hasakah

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    Sunday, 16 January 2022 12:34
  • Iran calls for paying attention to sanctions and the displaced people in Syria

    Iran calls for paying attention to sanctions...

    Sunday, 16 January 2022 12:32
  • Lebanese Ministry of Energy and Water affirms that Gas supplied to Lebanon will be from Egypt

    Lebanese Ministry of Energy and Water affirms...

    Sunday, 16 January 2022 12:31
  • Israeli occupation forces storm home of Jerusalem governor and arrest his 12-year-old nephew

    Israeli occupation forces storm home of...

    Sunday, 16 January 2022 12:30
  • Syrian General Book Organization translates “The Man of Forty Riyals” novel by Voltaire

    Syrian General Book Organization translates...

    Sunday, 16 January 2022 12:27
  • The Sudanese Ministry of Information closes the office of the Qatari (Al Jazeera Mubasher) channel

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    Sunday, 16 January 2022 12:24
  • President Al-Assad triples fund for external study

    President Al-Assad triples fund for external...

    Sunday, 16 January 2022 12:23
  • Locals of Negev: We will not allow Israeli occupation to uproot us from our land

    Locals of Negev: We will not allow Israeli...

    Sunday, 16 January 2022 12:07
  • Iraqi forces launch a security operation to pursue the remnants of terrorists

    Iraqi forces launch a security operation to...

    Sunday, 16 January 2022 11:57
  • Five Tunisian terrorists are sentenced to prison

    Sunday, 16 January 2022 11:32
  • Restoration of the public park in Salamiyah, using environment debris

    Restoration of the public park in Salamiyah,...

    Sunday, 16 January 2022 11:06
  • Israeli occupation forces arrest 2Palestinians in the occupied West Bank

    Israeli occupation forces arrest 2Palestinians...

    Sunday, 16 January 2022 10:39
  • Corona deaths around the world exceed five million and 552 thousand people

    Corona deaths around the world exceed five...

    Sunday, 16 January 2022 10:15
  • Directorate of Antiquities and Museums recovers five Palmyra funerary statues

    Directorate of Antiquities and Museums recovers...

    Sunday, 16 January 2022 09:45
  • Palestinian Foreign Ministry: Israeli occupation authorities endeavor to implement their plans

    Palestinian Foreign Ministry: Israeli...

    Sunday, 16 January 2022 09:28
  • Prisoner Muhammad Al-Ardah continues his strike for the fourth day

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    Sunday, 16 January 2022 09:27

Economy & Aftermath

Sabbagh: Continuing the fruitful cooperation between the People's Assembly and the government/ Arnous: We seek to raise the standard of living for citizens

Sabbagh: Continuing the fruitful coopera…

On January 16th, the People’s Assembly held the first session of its 5thordinary round for the 3rd legislative term, chaired by its Speaker Hammoudeh Sabbagh with the att...

Investigative Reporting

The Syrian Computer Society’s branch in Lattakia reviews its pioneering experience in the Day of Coding 2022

The Syrian Computer Society’s branch in …

A remarkable participation  was achieved by Syria represented by the Syrian Computer Society  ( SCS) Lattakia branch  in theGlobal Coding Award  Day event organized by th...

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Ministry of Tourism  endeavors in 2021 to activate  popular tourism and encourage investments

Ministry of Tourism endeavors in 2021 t…

 The Ministry of Tourism focused its efforts during 2021 on revitalizing the internal and popular tourism movement, encouraging investments, and paying attention to training and rehabilitation to provide the sector with qualified and trained cadres that contribute to the reconstruction phase. The ministry achieved profits worth 14 billion and 700 million Syrian pounds from its affiliated hotels. The total profits of...

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The Palestinian Cause is most prominent in the small painting Exhibition

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  A new social series on a family living under the effects of war on Syria

A new social series on a family living…

The new Syrian social series “Hawaziq Vase of Ghorba” is a new drama that is currently being filmed in the city of Damascus with the participation of an elite group of actors in Syria. The new TV series was written by Ziad Sari and directed by Rashad Kokash. The events of the series, produced by Apamea Art Production, deal with the story of a family forced by terrorist war on Syria and economic conditions to rent a hotel called "Ghorba Vase".

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Israeli settlement expansion scheme in occupied Syrian Golan escalates tension in the region: Grospic

Israeli settlement expansion scheme in o…

The Golan is an integral part of Syria and its occupation by Israel as well as the newly announced Israeli plan to build more settlements in this area are a  blatant violation of the international law and a clear example of the imperialist policy towards the Syrian people, Stanislav Grospic, Head of  the Czech-Moravian Trade Union Confederation, has stressed. In a statement to SANA correspondent in Prague, Grospic c...

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Given the latest regional developments, how do you interpret the assassination?

Askary said: The assassination of General Soleimani and Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units commander, Abu Mahdi Almuhandis, is a major blunder and a setback for the potential of regaining peace and tranquility in the region after the defeat of Daesh and other terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria. Even American intelligence experts and former intelligence officers such as Patrick Lang, Larry C. Johnson and Scott Ritter have all described it as such, and indicate that the U.S. Administration was and is not prepared for the consequences of this assassination. There is no strategy for how this new level of aggression can be ended without entering a major regional war, a war which President Trump still insists he has wanted to avoid. Therefore, any rational explanation is difficult to make out of this assassination. It is very likely that Trump was sucked into this reckless operation upon the pushing of neoconservative circles and pro-Zionist war mongering individuals and groups. These forces have been upset with the victories achieved in Syria and Iraq to clean the country from the U.S. and British-backed terrorist groups, and finally pave the way for the integration of the region into the Belt and Road Initiative / New Silk Road from China, through Central Asia and Iran to Iraq then Syria and the Mediterranean. President Bashar Al-Assad just two weeks ago declared that the Belt and Road Initiative is Syria’s way to reconstruction, and revealed that Syria has six strategic mega projects in this regard. The Iraqi Prime Minister, Adel Abdel-Mahdi was in China in late September and signed many significant agreements to exchange oil for reconstruction of infrastructure. This was a revolutionary development. But as soon as he was back in Baghdad, the uprising against the government started, and the country entered a new spiral of violence and insecurity ever since.

Q2: According to many military experts, General Soleimani had a major role in fighting terrorist groups, particularly Daesh (ISIS or ISIL), in Iraq and Syria. What do you think about the top generals’ success in combating US-backed terrorism and its effect on his assassination?

Askary said: Soleimani’s personal role and that of the Quds Brigade in stopping and finally defeating Daesh in the region is undeniable even by Western experts. From June 2014, when Daesh took over Mosul, General Soleimani and Iranian forces reacted immediately to this dangerous development to stop Daesh from taking other parts of Iraq including Baghdad. The U.S.-trained Iraqi army suddenly vanished, and the U.S. forces in Iraq were just watching the advancement of Daesh and its allies. Without General Soleimani’s intervention along with the Fatwa of Ayatollah Sistani to mobilize the resistance to Daesh, Iraq would have been lost. Similarly in Syria, Iran’s support to the Syrian Arab Army, long before the Russian intervention, enabled Damascus to push back and finally defeat the Western-backed terrorist groups. General Soleimani’s role in coordinating the Russian intervention into Syria is well known. Therefore, his personal role has definitely played a role in the assassination. However, it is the regional developments that have proven that Western regime-change policies are useless, and the emergence of a new paradigm led by Russia, China and their allies such as Iran, which has upset the old world order, and could be a direct cause of this latest escalation.

Q3: In a statement on Friday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei warned that harsh revenge awaits the criminals behind the martyrdom of General Soleimani. Many critics believe that if Iran does not take revenge, it will lead to more attacks from the US. In your opinion, how severe would Tehran response be to “the terrorist act” by Washington and how can the response create deterrence against the US and its future moves in the region?

Askary said: This assassination by the Trump Administration has put the region and the world into new unchartered waters. Therefore, it is very difficult to predict the Iranian reaction and “revenge”. Military and intelligence experts know very well that Iran has many means of really hurting the U.S. and its allies in the region. Retired American intelligence officer Larry C Johnson wrote yesterday that “the reaction from Iran is likely to involve Saudi Arabia, Israel and U.S. military, diplomatic and economic targets.” But this is a road to bigger disasters. He also argued that Iran has developed a power cyber army that could do real damage to the U.S. infrastructure, which is very much reliant on internet networks. Besides, U.S. troops and interests in Iraq stand completely exposed and open for attacks. It is important to remember that it was Iraqi sovereignty which was breached, and Iraqi military commanders were killed along General Soleimani. The entirety of the U.S. presence and influence in Iraq is in question now.

However, the Iranian leadership has been exerting a great deal of calm and rationality in assessing its reactions to coercive U.S. moves in the recent two years. Of, course a more restrained reaction would be helpful. But that requires guarantees that such criminal operations will cease and the current U.S. policy towards Iran is reversed. Therefore, the Chairwoman of the International Schiller Institute, Mrs. Helga Zepp-LaRouche, called for Russia and China to intervene diplomatically to make sure that the U.S. realizes that that would be the right way of easing the tension and putting the whole region on the path of peace and security. Bringing the nations of the region into the Belt and Road Initiative is the key to the success of this effort. Hussein Askary concluded.

 

Haifaa  Mafalani

 

 

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