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British analyst to ST: Turkey’s failure to deliver on what Russia wants in Idlib has created fear in the corridors of power in Ankara


A British political analyst has argued that the US and the UK, which refuse to play a role in the Astana and Sochi peace talks on Syria, because the talks at these venues are the brainchild of Russia, would be content for the conflict in Syria to come to an end through a political solution providing this solution prohibits the Syrian Army from re-entering the north-east and north-west of Syria. 

Dr. Marcus Papadopoulos, the Publisher and Editor of Politics First magazine, told the Syria Times e-newspaper that the brutal reality for Washington and London is that Moscow is the dominant outside power in Syria and there is nothing that the West can do to change this. 

“The West understands clearly that its goal of overthrowing the Syrian Government and turning Syria into a client state of America, has failed.  So the Americans and the British are currently trying to prevent the Syrian people from liberating the north of their country because this is where Washington and London have a direct presence in,” the analyst said.

He affirmed that: “Washington, Ankara and Riyadh still hold hope of securing a permanent presence for themselves in the north of Syria, which they could use, at some time in the future, as a springboard for igniting another conflict in Syria, in the hope that, this time, their terrorist proxies would capture Damascus.” And Dr. Papadopoulos warned: “That is a potential menace which I hope the Syrian and Russian governments are alive to.”  

“Aside from the terrorists themselves, it is their backers who are responsible for the conflict in Syria being prolonged.  If America took the decision to completely end its support for the terrorists in Syria, including ISIS, and instructed its allies - Britain, Turkey and Saudi Arabia - to also cease supporting the terrorist organizations who are waging war on the Syrian people, then the conflict would come to a rather quick end,” Dr. Papadopoulos stated.

Asked about the illegal presence of one of the Astana talks’ guarantor county’s troops – Turkey - in the north of Syria, the analyst replied: “The Turks still harbour ambitions for the north of Syria - namely, partition – and they still illegally maintain forces in the north of Syria but the Turkish position in the region is gradually weakening on account of Russia's leverage over Turkey, which Ankara is unable to resist.”

Syrian MP: Jordanian MPs’ visit to Damascus paves the way to rebuild good bilateral relations



Syrian Member of Parliament Dr. Ahmad Merei has made it clear that the four-day visit paid last week by Jordanian parliamentary delegation to Syria aims at paving the way to rebuild good relations with Damascus after more than 7 years of Jordan’s involvement in the war on Syria.

“The visit comes after Jordan has realized that there is a conspiracy against it, especially after the overt normalization of relations between the Zionist entity [Israel] and Gulf states,” the MP told the Syriatimes e-newspaper.

He added that Amman needs to form new coalitions in the region in order to avoid turning Jordan into alternative homeland for Palestinian people and to foil the US president Donald Trump’s deal of the century. 

 “Jordan needs to form coalitions with Syria, Iran and Russia, which reject the deal of the century, in order to foil the deal and not to play the role to be imposed by the United States and Gulf states on Amman,” Dr. Merei said, asserting that the Jordanian MPs’ recent visit to Syria was approved by the King of Jordan and the Jordanian government as well.

The parliamentarian indicated that the Syrian side suggested during discussions with the Jordanian side to form a brotherly parliamentary committee between the two countries.

“Actually, there are many steps that must be taken by the Jordanian side to rebuild good relations. Among these steps is resolving the issue of terrorists fled from Tloul al-Safa area [in Sweida countryside, south of Syria] towards Jordan after the Syrian army units liberated this area,” the MP stated, affirming that the Jordanian delegation vowed to tackle this matter with concerned parties in Amman.

The delegation, in addition, discussed with several Syrian Officials issues related to electricity, tourism and how to improve the work at Nasib border crossing.

“Working hours at the Nasib crossing have been extended to be 9 hours instead of 7 hours a day to increase commercial exchange between Syria and Jordan ,” Dr. Merei said.

He stressed that the Jordanian delegation’s members were surprised by the normal life in Syria after more than 7 years of war.


Interviewed by: Basma Qaddour

Sen. Richard Black to ST: U.S. has established 17 bases in Syria without the slightest lawful justification for doing so

Virginia State senator Richard H. Black has made it clear that the United States makes trade between Iran and Syria more difficult by occupying the north of the Euphrates River in accordance with ‘Plan B’ announced several years ago by Secretary of State John Kerry .

He told the Syriatimes e-newspaper that The U.S. has attempted to block routes between the countries wherever possible and it has established 17 bases in Syria without the slightest lawful justification for doing so.

“The United States has established a semi-autonomous region dominated by Syrian Kurds to control the region. Since Kurds make up only 20% of the area’s population, allowing them to dominate the region creates a political unstable situation; the much larger Arabic population is almost certain to take up arms to avoid falling under the domination of the Kurdish minority. This creates a situation where ethnic violence provides justification for the U.S. to remain in the area indefinitely, since the United States has announced it’s intention to prevent the resurgence of ISIS. The reemergence of violence in the area would likely be attributed to ISIS and used as a pretext for continued occupation,” the senator said.

U.S. refuses to publicize barbaric nature of its premier “moderate rebel” group

Asked about the US use of internationally banned weapons in attacking areas in the north of Syria, Sen. Black replied: “There are reports that the U.S. has used cluster bombs and white phosphorus in Syria. The U.S. has denied those allegations. Meanwhile, the U.S. led coalition repeatedly complains about the use of so-called “barrel bombs” by Syria. It is not clear what the distinction is between a barrel containing explosives and shrapnel and a 15,000 pound “bunker-busting” bomb that hurls razor-sharp shrapnel great distances.”

Dr. Ibrahim Alloush to ST: The ability of the Zionist entity to practice aggression will no longer be undeterred


The new rule of engagement being written now by the Palestinian resistance is that the ability of the Zionist entity to practice aggression will no longer be undeterred, according to Arab political intellectual Dr. Ibrahim Alloush, who has described the resignation of the entity’s War Minister Avigdor Lieberman as an omen of “Israel’s” defeat. 

In an interview with the Syriatimes e-newspaper, Dr. Alloush has explained why the ‘Israeli’ enemy has failed to face the Palestinian resistance in Gaza and how the enemy will deal with the Palestinian message, stressing that Palestine, sooner or later, will be liberated, from the river to the sea.  

Following is the full text of the interview:

Q: Why has the “Israeli” enemy, which has a superior military technology, failed to face the Palestinian resistance in Gaza? 

 A: Because military technology, as important as it may be, isn’t everything.  The U.S. had a superior military technology in Vietnam.  The Saudis in Yemen have had a superior military technology, and infinitely more resources, and still they stand ineffectual in the face of valiant Yemeni resistance unable to achieve any strategic success.  As it stands, the human factor remains the most important variable in war and peace, and popular ingenuity remains the most important variable in liberation struggles.  Amongst all of the aspects of the human factor, in crises and in war, the will to fight, to carry on, and to make the sacrifices necessary to go on resisting, remain the most crucial. 

Furthermore, the experience the Palestinian resistance has acquired over the long haul is only matched by the deterioration of morale and the depreciation of the willingness to fight and make sacrifices on the Zionist side.   Moreover, the Palestinian usage of the guided anti-tank Kornet missile, courtesy of Syria and Hizbullah circa 2009, helped close the technological gap with the Zionists, and left them guessing as to what else the Palestinian resistance may be hiding up its sleeve.  

Belgian journalist to ST: Western media doesn’t want to allow citizens to check the reality of events in Syria


Well-established cooperation between Middle East’s journalists and citizens who know the reality of events in the region is the key to stop the lies of western media, according to the Belgian journalist and author Mr. Michel Collon , who participated in a symposium held on Saturday in Damascus by Ahfad Achtar Foundation to debate media’s role in the war on Syria.

Mr. Collon, who is visiting Syria for the first time, told the Syriatimes e-newspaper on the sidelines of the activity that he considers the role of Syrian citizens, not only journalists, is very important to tell the truth about the events taking place in Syria before the public opinion in the west because Information is a battle now it is really a war and there are many sources.

“Everyone must engage as soldier to be active on internet, on direct contact with people –in English, French, Arabic, whatever- and try to counter the media lies and try to exchange information even with people who have very bad thoughts about your country,” the journalist stated, indicating the need to change the technique of debate via social media.

“Do not start a debate by saying:  you are right or you are wrong. Start with let us check the facts; let us check what you have been told ; do you know about this.  Exchange experiences about the fact and the causes of these problems and then many people can proceed in the direction of the truth. That would be my suggestion,” Mr. Collon said, referring to the lack of direct information from Syria.

He underscored the need to document the real events because it is very important for Syrian public opinion and western one as well.

“Documentations are not in circulation and we should work in a coordinate manner. Journalist from all countries that are looking for truth could exchange these documents and could bring these documents to people. Really we do not have enough direct information from here.,” the Belgian journalist added.