Clashes erupted between Turkish-backed mercenaries in Syria

Clashes erupted between Turkish-backed mercenaries in Syria

HASAKAH,(ST)_Clashes erupted on Tuesday between...

Syria, Iran discuss development of cooperation in the field of technology

Syria, Iran discuss development of cooperation in the field of technology

DAMASCUS, (ST)_Joint Scientific cooperation in...

US lawmakers are concerned about violations of the human rights in Turkey

US lawmakers are concerned about violations of the human rights in Turkey

US MPs have expressed their grave concern over...

An initiative to redecorate schools and educational facilities in Daraa

An initiative to redecorate schools and educational facilities in Daraa

A number of schools and educational facilities...

Yemen strongly condemns Israel’s aggression against Syrian territories

Yemen strongly condemns Israel’s aggression against Syrian territories

 An official source at the Yemeni Ministry of...

An attack by terrorists on the shepherds of East Salamiyah

An attack by terrorists on the shepherds of East Salamiyah

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Occupation forces arrest 22 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank

Occupation forces arrest 22 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank

Occupied Al-Quds, (ST) - The Israeli occupation...

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    Tuesday, 02 March 2021 19:31
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    Tuesday, 02 March 2021 15:00
  • US occupation forces transport 25 ISIS terrorists from Iraq to Syria

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    Tuesday, 02 March 2021 14:55
  • Syria, Iran discuss development of cooperation in the field of technology

    Syria, Iran discuss development of cooperation...

    Tuesday, 02 March 2021 14:53
  • SACP condemns the US’ Joe Biden administration for attacking Syria

    SACP condemns the US’ Joe Biden administration...

    Tuesday, 02 March 2021 14:41
  • Turkish regime arrests 68 people over alleged links to Fathullah Gulen

    Turkish regime arrests 68 people over alleged...

    Tuesday, 02 March 2021 12:38
  • After Lebanon, China donates to Iraq 50 thousand doses of Covid-19 vaccine

    After Lebanon, China donates to Iraq 50...

    Tuesday, 02 March 2021 12:00
  • US lawmakers are concerned about violations of the human rights in Turkey

    US lawmakers are concerned about violations of...

    Tuesday, 02 March 2021 11:49
  • An initiative to redecorate schools and educational facilities in Daraa

    An initiative to redecorate schools and...

    Tuesday, 02 March 2021 11:42
  • Israel announces new plan to build 930 settlement units northeast of occupied Al-Quds

    Israel announces new plan to build 930...

    Tuesday, 02 March 2021 11:31
  • Yemen strongly condemns Israel’s aggression against Syrian territories

    Yemen strongly condemns Israel’s aggression...

    Tuesday, 02 March 2021 11:04
  • Plastic Artist  Al-Hajali’s Paintings Embody    Syrian visual identity in a universal human language

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    Tuesday, 02 March 2021 10:55
  • Syria is country with long history and enjoys global importance, Former Slovak Premiers says

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    Tuesday, 02 March 2021 10:49
  • An attack by terrorists on the shepherds of East Salamiyah

    An attack by terrorists on the shepherds of...

    Tuesday, 02 March 2021 10:46
  • 150 companies participate in the festival (Made in Syria) at Al-Galaa Sports Hall

    150 companies participate in the festival (Made...

    Tuesday, 02 March 2021 10:42
  • American aggression on Syrian territories supports terrorist organizations, according to Spanish researchers

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    Tuesday, 02 March 2021 10:37
  • Occupation forces arrest 22 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank

    Occupation forces arrest 22 Palestinians in the...

    Tuesday, 02 March 2021 10:33
  • Russian Defense: Al-Nusra terrorists in Idlib de-escalation zone have carried out 29 attacks during past hours

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    Tuesday, 02 March 2021 10:02
  • A female leader of “SDF” militia killed, others injured in an attack in the city of Al-Malikiyah in the countryside of Hasakah

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    Tuesday, 02 March 2021 09:58
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The Arab Center for Radio and Radio Training holds a course on line about detecting the false news

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The Arab Center for Radio and Radio Training in Damascus held an on line workshop entitled "Combating False and Misleading Strategies for Pandemics (Covid 19 Model)" The...

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The Ministry of Tourism keen on reactivating tourism sector, facilitating investors' work

The Ministry of Tourism keen on reactiva…

The Ministry of Tourism is working during the coming period to eliminate obstacles hindering tourism development, provide facilitations, incentives and loans to investors and solve all legal and administrative problems with the aim of rehabilitating the tourism facilities that stopped because of the repercussions of the war on Syria. In a statement to SANA, Deputy Minister of Tourism for Projects, Planning and Touri...

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From Syria to India ... a Concert by the Jazz Band at Dar Al-Assad for Culture and Arts

From Syria to India ... a Concert by the…

Within the framework of reviving the musical heritage of Syria and India, a musical evening was  performed  by the jazz band led by musician Doulama Shihab on the opera stage of Dar Al-Assad for Culture and Arts in Damascus. The concert , which was held in cooperation with “Sada” Cultural Association, was performed by a number of musician including Shihab  Ali who played  the Trumpet, Narik Abjian and Tariq Skiker  were   the  piano player  , Ba...

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An initiative to redecorate schools and educational facilities in Daraa

An initiative to redecorate schools and …

A number of schools and educational facilities in Daraa are witnessing an initiative to beautify these buildings by drawing paintings bearing ideas of an educational and indicative nature.   The initiative was launched by the Syriac “Mar Ephrem” organization, Daraa branch. The initiative began, according to its supervisor  plastic artist Saad Shawky, from Daraa Girls School and moved to Daraa Colleges building. The  next stages will include fac...

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Golan's citizens: Syrian national flag will be raised in the Golan sooner or later

Golan's citizens: Syrian national flag w…

QUNEITRA, (ST)_ Citizens of the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan on Sunday asserted that they will go ahead with confronting the Israeli occupation authorities' expansion plans. In commemoration of the 39th anniversary of their historic strike against the decision of the Israeli occupation authority to annex the Golan, and in affirmation of their belonging to their homeland Syria and their rejection of the occupation, ...

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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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