Retired officer to ST: Syrian Army’s victories in southern battle


Strategic and Military expert, retired Brigadier-General Haitham Hassoun has affirmed that the Zionist enemy [Israel] has lost its big bet on terrorist groups to establish a buffer zone in the south of Syria amid keeping the state of chaos in the country.

He told the Syriatimes e-newspaper that the Israeli enemy lost its effect on the Syrian arena and its main goal now is to return to the 1974 Agreement on Disengagement.

 “The recaptured hills, which extend from the eastern slopes of Jabal el-Shaykh to the hills of al-Mal, mas’hara, al-Harra, al-Jabeyeh and al-Jomo’a and other scores of hills, are the first line of defense against Zionist enemy,” the retired BGen said, asserting that the Syrian Army completed its military operations in the western and eastern sides of Daraa countryside, except ISIS-held Yarmouk basin area.

He stressed that Syrian Army will liberate Yarmouk basin area from ISIS terrorists in the forthcoming battle there.

 “The Israeli enemy has received no guarantees from the United States and Russia about the deployments of Syria’s allied forces in the south of the country,” the retired BGen Hassoun said.

 “The Zionist enemy ordered the terrorist groups it support in Quneitra not to engage in a battle with Syrian Army units near the border with the occupied Golan in anticipation of rocket attacks to be carried out by these terrorist groups on its sites in order to force Israel to involve in the battle,” the military expert expressed his own opinion.  

Talking about the expected scenario in the north of Syria, the retired BGen Hassoun said the scenario of the liberation of the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus is more likely to be repeated in the forthcoming battle to liberate Idlib, but the battle will be fiercer than the current battle in the south of Syria and there will be big reconciliation deals.

Interviewed by: Basma Qaddour 

“Al-Qalaa and Wadi Festival”

Syria's Cultural Message to the World

The valley has embraced his castle again and healed the wounds that increased its pride and vanity .It has returned, but this time, in a different shape. It has been launched with a governmental support but with civil and popular initiatives covering the various aspects of cultural and social life in the region and focused on the child through many aspects of entertainment, art and theater.

The festival started its activities  with a national epic entitled "The Time is ours", that dealt with the story of a well-educated and cultured people, amazing nature and ancient ruins praising  the victories of the heroes of the Syrian Arab Army on terrorism.

The Syria Times e-newspaper went along with the festival’s activities, art exhibitions and marketing that reflect the heritage of the village in the region.

Rabei Deebh: Culture of defeat and surrender spread among terrorists due to Syrian army’s successive victories

The Syrian war correspondent Rabei Deebh has underscored that the culture of defeat and surrender has spread widely among foreign-backed terrorist groups as a result of Syrian army’s successive victories in many areas since 2015.

In an interview with the Syriatimes e-newspaper, Deehh said: “During the stage of major victories against terrorists in the Eastern and western Ghouta of Damascus, Syrian Army has worked on intensifying strikes against terrorists’ strongholds and breaking the terrorists’ will to fight as well as opening the door for terrorists to surrender.”

He made it clear that the success of Syrian Army in breaking the terrorists’ will to fight came after they realized that Syrian Army’s victory is inevitable when it starts a military operation in any area. 

UK political analyst to ST: victory to the heroic Syrian Armed Forces epitomizing Syria's secular and multi-cultural state

 Dr. Marcus Papadopoulos, the British political analyst and the founder and editor of Politics First magazine, has emphasized that the liberation of Daraa province from terrorist groups will politically strengthen the hand of the Syrian people in their fight against western and regionally-backed Wahhabist terrorism.

He told the Syriatimes e-newspaper that Syrians will be able to say to the outside world that Syrian soil will always be Syrian and not American, British, Turkish, Saudi or Qatari. 

“After the liberation of Daraa, the percentage of territory in Syria controlled by the Syrian Government will increase and therefore serve as another moral boost for Syrian officials, especially at a time when Damascus is planning enormously important military campaigns for the liberation of north-west Syria from the terrorist and Turkish hordes there,” Dr. Papadopoulos said.

He elaborated why the current military operation in Daraa province in the south of Syria is important.

“The Syrian military's campaign to liberate the Daraa region from the terrorists is extremely important for two reasons: Firstly, the security of Damascus will be complete once Daraa is liberated.  Whilst there are terrorist formations based just 70 miles away from Damascus, the Syrian capital is not entirely safe, despite the recent liberation of East Ghouta.  Daraa remains a potential springboard for the terrorists to attack Damascus from; and secondly, the freeing of Daraa will inevitably lead to the liberation of lands in Quneitra which are controlled by a number of terrorist groups: ISIS, Al-Qaeda and the so-called Free Syrian Army.  The terrorists were, in part, able to conquer Quneitra because they had free access from neighboring Daraa.  Once Daraa is freed, then the terrorists in Quneitra will lose their lifeline.”

Despite the importance of the military operation in the south of Syria, the coverage of Western media, which is a gross distortion of events there is not, at present, receiving anywhere near as much coverage as the campaigns in East Ghouta and East Aleppo received, according to the British political analyst, who sees that Washington and London fully understand now that their objective to overthrow the Syrian Government has failed and that there is little point in committing resources to propping up the terrorists in Daraa.

“However, once the Syrian military turns its attention fully to liberating the Idlib and Aleppo regions, then I suspect that American and British media will devote significant coverage to this because Washington and London are hoping to retain influence in this part of Syria, through, perhaps, partition. The response of the US and the UK will be very different compared to their stance on Daraa. They will put up a fight for it when the time comes, which I believe is nearing,” Dr. Papadopoulos said.

He added: “ Now, Western media, acting on the instructions of their political masters, will hurl every abuse and horrid accusation which they can think of against the men and women of the Syrian military.  Because the political elites in Washington and London consider north-west Syria to be of immense geo-strategic importance to themselves hence they want to maintain their foothold there.  Attempts by the Americans and the British to partition Syria in Idlib, the latter being past masters of partition, is a distinct possibility.  So the unscrupulous journalists of American and Britain mainstream media will do the bidding of their political masters, and I suspect that these wretched human beings will probably allege the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian military against civilians in Idlib, as a precursor for American and British military action against Syria, in support of their terrorist proxies.” 

Australian Author to ST: Washington Funded and Armed Terrorist Groups in Syria for Many Years

The Australian renowned  peace activist, Author, Prof. Tim Anderson, who wrote a book entitled “The Dirty War on Syria”, made it clear that Washington has made a strategic decision to withdraw support for these groups, despite having funded and armed them for many years. “This may be a prelude to their withdrawal from Syria. Washington and its supporters have relied on proxy terrorist armies for more than 7 years, but they have been defeated. Their Kurdish proxies have also lost support.”

Prof. Anderson asserted to the Syriatimes Online, that The US base at al Tanf has provided a safe haven for daesh [ISIS] and other proxies to escape destruction at the hands of Syria and its allies. It has also been a type of wedge, attempting to block fuller cooperation between Iraq and Syria. 

“To minimize confrontation, resistance forces have worked around the al Tanf area, isolating it. But the occupation has no future, so long as political will in Iraq and Syria keeps working to expel the US- backed takfiri groups,” Prof. Anderson said . 

He went on to say: “I believe the US will withdraw from al Tanf, and from NE Syria. They never planned a full scale invasion and occupation, and their pretexts (to defend their proxies) are fast running out.” 

 Israel, which is an ethnic cleansing entity, cannot confront Syria and its allies alone when US forces are in retreat and it is afraid of losing the territory it stole from Syria half a century ago, according to the Australian author and political economist Prof. Tim Anderson, who told the Syriatimes e-newspaper that the proxy terrorist armies of Washington and its supporters have been defeated in Syria.