British analyst: US defeat in Syria poses a challenge to Washington’s hold over the Middle East

The unofficial alliance of Russia, Syria and Iran, which has emerged on the back of the US defeat in Syria, poses a challenge to Washington’s hold over the Middle East, according to the British political analyst Dr. Marcus Papadopoulos, who clarified to the Syria Times e-newspaper why Washington seeks to separate Iraq and Iran from each other and what are the outcomes of the US defeat in Syria.

“Mindful of, and furious at, their defeat in Syria, the Americans are determined to reassert their dominance over the Middle East and, in doing so, reassure their allies in the region - Israel, Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf countries - that America will resist any attempts by other countries to challenge its influence there. And what better way of demonstrating that resolve than by Washington attempting to exert further pressure on Iran,” said Dr. Papadopoulos, the founder and editor of Politics First magazine.

Turkish MP to ST: Syrian government-Kurds agreement will prevent imperial powers from intervening in Syria

The Deputy Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party of Turkey (HDP) and the Member of Parliament Dr. Hişyar Özsoy has asserted that reaching an agreement between Syrian government and the Kurds will prevent all imperial and regional powers from intervening in Syria, politically as well as militarily.

He has clarified that Turkey has been unable to resolve its Kurdish issue through peaceful and democratic means and now the Kurdish issue is a regional and even global one, underlining that Turkey alleges that the Kurds pose a threat to its national security in order to undermine any kind of political status for the Kurds in Syria.

In an interview with the Syria Times e-newspaper, Dr. Özsoy said: “Unfortunately Turkey views the Kurds, regardless of where they live, as a major national security threat for its existence. The Republic of Turkey was built upon the denial of Kurds and other ethnically different peoples their cultural and political rights in Anatolia and Mesopotamia. It has militarized the Kurdish issue not only at home but also in Syria.”

Analyst: Syria can deal a painful blow to Zionist enemy


Syria practices self-restraint in countering Israeli enemy’s repeated missile aggressions thus far, but it can deal a painful blow to the enemy in the near future, according to the Syrian political analyst Dr. Alaa Asfari.

The analyst said in an interview with the Syria Times e-newspaper that Syrian air forces are able to hit north of Israel by ground-to-ground missiles and to down Israel’s F-35 stealth fighters in ambushes. “I think that they do not do that now because of Russia’s advice. However, they will do it in the near future”. 

“Apparently, Israeli enemy claims that it combats Iranian presence in Syria; however, its main goals are to hinder Syrian army’s advance in fighting terrorism and to hit strategic stores,” he added.

Dr. Asfari affirmed that Israeli enemy’s repeated missile aggressions against Syria are desperate attempts to vanish victories being realized by Syrian army that recaptured over 85% of area previously occupied by foreign-backed terrorist groups.

He, in addition, indicated that the aggressions are also messages to the axis of resistance- Syria, Hezbollah, and Iran-  that Israel is ready to carry out attacks whenever it can do it as the whole world turns a blind eye to its acts.

Syrian political writer: Al-Nusra Front tries to force Turkey to adopt it as the only front in Idlib and Aleppo countryside

The American President Donald Trump’s announcement to withdraw all 2,000 US forces from Syria has accelerated the events at regional and international levels and has pushed regional powers to move quickly in an attempt to fill the vacuum that may be left when US president follows through with his announcement, according to Syrian political writer Dr. Ahmad Alderzi.  

The writer told the Syria Times e-newspaper: “The rapid developments, in turn, reflected on local forces that do not operate under the control of Damascus to reconsider their positions in order to be ready for the next stage, and hence it is possible to understand the quick movement of al-Nusra Front to capture the largest area it can in the north of Syria and to get rid of its rivals, who can be used by Turkey to eliminate the front under the pretext of defeating terrorist organizations.”

Syrian officer to ST: forces in Syria


Syrian officer has ruled out direct confrontation between Syrian and Turkish forces in the north of Syria after the Syrian army’s entry in Manbij city on Friday, but he expects the use of proxy forces card [Sultan Murad division and other Erdogan’s sultan divisions] by Turkey in coincidence with the start of Idlib battle – by the beginning of next year.

Major General Mohammad Abbas has told the Syria Times e-newspaper that Turkey will never be engaged in direct confrontation with Syrian army , but it may use the proxy forces it pulled from Idlib, Jesr al-Shoghour , Morek and other areas to kill Syrian Kurds.

“By using proxy forces , Racep Tayyip Erdogan will get rid of these forces and will kill a lot of Syrian Kurds through a battle that will lead to the destruction of infrastructure in Syrian areas and the expansion of war against Syrian state,” the officer said, adding that Erdogan may use the Turkish proxy forces in coincidence with the start of Idlib battle in order to stop Idlib battle in exchange for stopping possible battles in Ein Arab or Tal Abyad.

“One of Erdogan’s choices now is to sacrifice his proxy forces in Idlib because of the failure of armed tools in the war against Syria and to move with western countries to diplomatic or political or economic conflict,” MGen Abbas stated, asserting that the Turkish proxy forces [Nour al-Din al-Zeinki movement and al-Nusra Front] has become a burden on Turkey .

The officer pointed out that Idlib battle may start by the beginning of the next year as Syrian citizens in the province reject the existence of terrorist groups and look forward to welcoming Syrian army and fighting alongside it.