This claim may be correct or it may be the expedient explanation at the current time. The artillery attribution does not fit with the witness reports of a single large explosion rather than a description of a barrage as would generally be the case with artillery.
It is also puzzling that there were reports from a previously reliable source of an Israeli airstrike against a Hezbollah target in Syria before Mustafa Badredinne’s death was announced so I reserve judgement and assume the truth will emerge in the future but while it is theoretically possible, the chances of the Hezbollah commander in Syria, operating away from front line positions being randomly killed in a lucky artillery strike seem highly remote.
May 13th, 2016.
Hezbollah Commander Slain in Alleged Israeli Airstrike near Damascus.
In a devastating psychological blow to the forces allied with the Syrian Government an Israeli airstrike in the area near the Damascus International Airport has killed Mustafa Badreddine, a senior figure in Hezbollah, the Lebanese (largely) Shia militia fighting alongside the Syrian government forces in the Syrian war. Badreddine is said to have been 55 years of age and to be brother in law of the legendary and infamous Hezbollah figure Imad Mugniyah, also assassinated in Damascus under very different circumstances in 2008.
Mustafa Badredinne is claimed to have been commander of Hezbollah in Syria where the group have played a key role in support of the Government since 2012..
The details of the attack are still unclear with some reports mentioning a large explosion without specifying the means of delivery but all logic suggests that an air attack was conducted by the Israeli Air force as that has been the previous method of the dozen or more similar Israeli attacks against the Syrian Government forces with the May 2013 alleged tactical nuclear strike the most memorable.
Israeli Nuclear Attack on Syria, All Known Footage
In addition to air support Israel supported the jihadist insurgents in Syria with medical care along with equipment and logistical support and the support to the proscribed al Nusra Front terror group was noted in UN reports on the situation in southern Syria.
Israeli attacks on Syrian allied forces have continued despite the entrance of the Russian superpower on the loyalist side late last year and the continued presence of the highly effective S400 anti-aircraft missile systems at the Russian base in Syria so it can only be assumed that Russia and Israel have some type of agreement to allow Israeli strikes inside Syria to continue.
Syria: S-400 now deployed in Latakia to boost air defence
Such a deal would be understandable from a pragmatic point of view but are inexplicable in others. Why is Russia apparently conducting air defence stand downs and enabling the ground forces they are backing to be attacked?
These attacks are very dangerous because they risk provoking a response that could lead to an escalation and within hours this process could lead to an Israeli war against Lebanon as a minor Hezbollah provocation did in July 2006.
A month later more than a thousand Lebanese and forty three Israeli civilians, along with around two hundred Hezbollah fighters and 120 IDF soldiers were dead.
Several of the previous Israeli airstrikes have provoked retaliatory strikes on Hezbollah’s behalf. In January 2015 several IDF soldiers were killed and several vehicles were destroyed in rocket attacks on them in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights region of Syria following Israeli airstrikes that killed several Hezbollah fighters and an Iranian Revolutionary Guard General..
The last high-profile attack last December that killed Hezbollah figure Samir Quntar was met with a very half hearted response from Hezbollah with an I.E.D attack on an Israeli border patrol reportedly damaging several vehicles without causing any casualties.
The same will presumably be the case on this occasion. Any kind of war with Israel is completely against the interests of Hezbollah and their allies so they may do something in response but will probably have to accept the attack on Mustafa Badredinne along with all their other casualties in Syria which have been severe despite the fact that they are generally a dominant force on the battlefield.
One of the most spectacular examples of that tactical superiority came in early 2014 with the Otaida ambush, an amazing operation where a long column of insurgents were blown up after walking into an elaborate trap involving several massive bomb attacks on them as they walked through the countryside south of Damascus at night. It should be noted that the massively successful and brilliant operations like the Otaida ambush are the exception to the rule in a grinding war.
Syrian Army Kills Scores of Militants in Ambush
Syrian Army KILLS 175 Rebels in Ambush – DEAD BODIES Everywhere
No End in Sight to the Syrian Nightmare.
This latest coup on the part of the forces attempting to destroy Syria caps off a terrible period for the Syrian government forces over the past several weeks where the insurgents have won some victories, seizing the southern Aleppo town of Khan Touman and more importantly repeatedly demonstrating their ability to harass the loyalist forces and cause them to redeploy their best forces in response.
Battles for Syria | May 6th 2016 | Militants capture Khan Tuman
The detonation of a tunnel bomb under a Syrian military facility at the Aleppo front-line recently was another devastating blow against the loyalist forces leaving a reported 46 soldiers dead.
New tunnel bomb footage from Aleppo
Return from the dead | May 4th 2016
By concentrating their attacks against the weakest of the loyalist forces in rear areas the insurgents are thus able to steer the army around the battlefield meaning that the government forces are often seemingly stamping out one spot fire after another and thus the war is a near stalemate despite the continued presence of the Russian Airforce and an increasing Russian ground presence that saw another soldier killed by the insurgents this week.
A Grim Outlook.
For several weeks it almost seemed that the Cessation of Hostilities agreement was working, the level of the fighting and the areas impacted were greatly reduced with one large Syrian military hospital reporting a halving of the casualty rate but that was seemingly just a lull as the insurgents rearmed and reinforced their forces and now the cease fires all blend together in near meaninglessness as few parties to the fighting pay them any attention.
These events perhaps indicate that the anti-Syria coalition can see the light at the end of the tunnel, they are hoping that the next US administration will “do the right thing” as Obama failed to do and destroy Syria as Libya and Iraq were destroyed. Destroy the state and walk away and let the jihadists fight over the ruins.
If Hillary Clinton is elected President business as usual can be expected to resume with the final destruction of Syria an urgent priority and Herr Clinton has already indicted her support for a No-Fly Zone in Northern Syria, a step that would both contravene international law and risk nuclear war with Russia.
There are strong signs that neither side can contemplate military victory in Syria therefore the choices are to either find a political solution or allow the terrible suffering on all sides to continue while another few hundred thousand people are killed and the indifference of the opposition supporting politicians such as the Saudi, Turkish leadership to the fact that they are the authors of this mountain of suffering is remarkable.
Lebanon: Hundreds mourn loss of top Hezbollah commander
Top Hezbollah chief buried, Israel suspected in his dea
Four of the executed were Shia dissidents, the rest were alleged al Qaeda terrorists apparently too extreme to graduate from the Saudi re-education centres and be redeployed abroad in the service of the Kingdom.
Given that four of the executed were Shia and it has been reported that forty three of the executed were beheaded while four were shot by firing squad, it seems logical to tentatively conclude that the four Shia dissidents including prominent cleric Sheikh Nimr al Nimr were shot whilst the al Qaeda men were beheaded.
The body of Sheikh Nimr was buried secretly, his family were not permitted even to bury him.
Sheikh Nimr Baqir al Nimr.
Sheikh Nimr al Nimr was a popular Shia cleric born in al-Awamiyah, an impoverished small Shia town in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia in 1959.
Sheikh Nimr lived and studied in Iran and Syria between 1979 and 1994, attaining the title Ayatollah , a title now held by only 49 living Shia clerics but a title far short of Grand Ayatollah which is the highest possible attainment for a living Shia cleric. In 1994 Sheikh Nimr returned to his Eastern Province hometown al Awamiyah.
Sheikh Nimr became the most prominent and outspoken internal Shia critic of the House of Saud, the clan who rule the Saudi nation as an absolute monarchy.
A Decade of Oppression.
Sheikh Nimr was first arrested in 2003 , reportedly for the heinous “crime” of leading prayers in his home village. He was arrested again in 2004 and 2006 and by this time Sheikh Nimr had reached the attention of the national secret police organisation the Mabahith.
After his 2006 arrest Sheikh Nimr was beaten but released after the people of his home village protested at his detention.
Undeterred by these oppressions Sheikh Nimr first achieved international prominence in 2007 when he released “A Petition of Honour and Dignity” his call for the reform of Saudi Arabia. The document called for ” freedom of belief for the Shia, who are considered heretics in Saudi Arabia” along with “liberty for Shias in the justice system and in education, including schools for girls, as well as the establishment of local government committees, and access for Shias to selection for higher status jobs.” (Source)
The petition was handed to the Governor of Eastern Province.
In 2009 a dispute erupted in Medina after the Saudi Religious police were seen video recording female Shia worshippers as they attended the graves of revered Shia figures in Medina. The upshot of which was an escalation in the scale of the oppression of the Saudi Shia minority.
These events led to a significant escalation in rhetoric from Sheikh Nimr, for the first time he raised the prospect of the secession of the Shia areas of Saudi Arabia, stating:
“Our dignity has been pawned away, and if it is not … restored, we will call for secession,” and “Our dignity is more precious than the unity of this land.”(Source)
Most of the Saudi oil industry that represents the nations entire economy almost is located in the Shia Eastern areas so these are very sensitive and unhappy subjects for the ruling Saudi clan.
This led to an arrest order being made for Sheikh Nimr and attempts to arrest family members, Nimr went into hiding until the storm apparently passed.
the Arab Spring begins.
Five years later the origins of the Arab Spring remain controversial and mysterious. My understanding is that the Arab Spring was a CIA project that sought to leverage the genuine sense of grievance within the Middle East in order to install Muslim Brotherhood governments across the region following the classic colour revolution model.
The participants on the ground were overwhelmingly unaware of these machinations and the protests were largely sincere in basis.
According to the leader of the Lebanese Shia militia Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah in his speech condemning the execution of Sheikh Nimr, elements of US intelligence contacted Sheikh Nimr and offered to supply weapons to the Saudi Shia, an offer that Sheikh Nimr refused.
It seems likely therefore that someone was reaching out to political activists in the Gulf in the 2010-2011 time frame and encouraging them to ignite protest movements.
January 2011- Protests Begin in Saudi Arabia.
The narrative of the Arab Spring in Saudi Arabia bears a remarkable similarity to the narrative we were given in Tunisia, where the Arab Spring protests began and where the first Government fell as a result.
Political demonstrations are illegal in the Saudi Kingdom, an openly despotic state with no compunction whatsoever about conducting human rights abuses so every protest is a genuine act of bravery.
The protests in Saudi Arabia had multiple motivating issues and took place across the nation, with the Shia Eastern protests only one of several major streams of protest along with woman’s rights, and broader calls for reform and freedom.
Sheikh Nimr Speeches.
Several of Shiekh Nimr’s Arab Spring era speeches are on YouTube, the English translation provided by the MEMRI.
Judging by these samples Sheikh Nimr was an entertaining speaker, a lively and jovial figure, the antithesis of the fire breathing extremist of Hollywood Zionist fantasy.
The element of his speeches that the Saudi ruling clan found most unacceptable was probably his mockery of the Saudi state, the most amusing moment from his speech was the point at which he suggested the Saudi state should turn their “Iron Fist” against the “head of the snake”-Iran before concluding that if they ever tried to do so the Iron fist would be revealed to be a “cardboard fist.”
Saudi Ayatollah Shiekh Nimr Al-Nimr Dares Saudi Regime
The Crown Prince Nayyef Speech of July 2012.
In June 2012 Saudi Crown Prince Nayyef bin Abdulaziz al-Saud died. At the time of his death Nayyaf was Interior Minister, a post that he had held since 1975. Prince Nayyef’s offices had engaged in many human rights abuses during that time winning him many enemies.
In what in retrospect seems an act of foolishness in that it helped his enemies by surrendering some of the moral high ground, Sheikh Nimr made no secret of his delight at Prince Nayyef’s demise and in the same month Nimr was arrested for the last time.
That does not justify Sheikh Nimr’s arrest or execution for a second and it must be remembered that Sheikh Nimr never said that anyone should be attacked or killed, not the House of Saud nor anyone else and therefore he undoubtedly deserves to be regarded as a martyr to tyranny and evil as personified by the House of Saud.
The Prince Nayyaf speech of July 2012.
Saudi Cleric Nimr Al Nimr – Speech on the angel of death and Prince Nayyef
The Saudi authorities story regarding the arrest is so ridiculous it does not even bear repeating. Sheikh Nimr was driven off the road, his car was forced into a wall by the Saudi security forces and after that they shot him several times in the leg and tried to claim that men associated with Sheikh Nimr fired upon them. It was an unfunny joke.
Sheikh Nimr’s family were allowed to see him after a week, they reported that he was bruised and had broken teeth, the Saudis having apparently seen fit to torture him despite his serious wounds.
Sheikh Nimr was sentenced to death in late 2014, fundamentally for questioning the legitimacy of the House of Saud to rule the nation that bears their name.
During the course of the court proceedings against him Sheikh Nimr was given an opportunity to save himself by recanting his views. He said:
“If injustice stops against Shiites in the east, then (at that point) I can have a different opinion, according to his brother, who attended court sessions and spoke to The Associated Press just days before the Oct. 2014 verdict.”
That was not the right answer and in October 2014 the sentence of death was pronounced.
Sheikh Nimr appealed against the death sentence imposed upon him to no avail.
The head of Iran’s military warned the House of Saud would “pay dearly” if they carried out the sentence.
In the year 2015 the long running Saudi-Iran rivalry intensified across the board. The Nuclear deal and partial rapprochement between Iran and the West was a terrible blow to Saudi Arabia who had been urging a Western military attack on Iran for many years.
In March 2015 Saudi Arabia and their Gulf allies began attacking Yemen in a bid to restore their man President Hadi to power after Houthi rebel groups overran much of Yemen and Hadi fled to Saudi Arabia. After nine months and thousands of air strikes and civilian deaths, the Saudi coalition have made almost no progress and numerous Saudi military facilities have been subjected to cross border raids by Houthi fighters.
The decision to attack Yemen was an act of supreme foolishness as Yemen is historically the Afghanistan of the Arab world, no-one ever wins a war there, ever, and far more capable parties than the Saudis have tried and failed to do so. The Egyptian Military fought in Yemen for a decade from the early 1960s onward and achieved nothing but losses and exhaustion. Egypt deployed more than 50,000 soldiers in Yemen at the height of the operation.
Whereas in Yemen Saudi Arabia is the head of the gang in Syria they are just one of many members of a large gang that includes the US, France and Britain along with the anti-Iran regional alliance.
The coalition Saudi Arabia represents have been stunned and enraged by the Russian entrance into the Syrian war which in a single stroke ended all hope for the violent overthrow of the Syrian state.
Things are not going well for the House of Saud and there are signs of internal power struggles within the ruling clan and the decision to execute Sheikh Nimr appears to have been borne of rage and frustration and also an attempt to ignite Sunni Shia sectarian tensions.
One of the few cards left to play for the politically bankrupt House of Saud. The killing of Sheikh Nimr at the start of 2016 was little more than the foot stamping of a petulant child who cannot get it’s way.
More than a week after the execution the anti Saudi protests continue from Bahrain to Germany ,India and Pakistan to London. The peaceful protests were overshadowed somewhat by the sacking of the Saudi Tehran Embassy and the Mashad consulate.
Iran backlash: Saudi embassy stormed over execution of cleric Nimr al-Nim
No-one was harmed but the Iranian authorities should have prevented these actions which only served to enable the Saudis to play the victim and obscure their evil execution of Sheikh Nimr.
Saudi Arabia and several Gulf states and other Saudi lackeys cut diplomatic ties with Iran in response.
In Iraq the new Saudi embassy was struck with rocket fire, (the building was empty, the embassy was yet to be opened.) Elsewhere there were outpourings of rage, against the execution of Sheikh Nimr and the poisonous Wahhabist ideology in general.
Iraq: Newly opened Saudi embassy in Baghdad struck by rocket after Sheikh Nimr’s execution
Sunni and Shia- Who are the Sectarians?
The relative merits of any of the various streams of Islam are beyond the purview of this site. As a non-Muslim it would be absolutely ridiculous to try to judge the authenticity of different schools of the faith. The fact is that there are more than a billion Sunni Muslims, hundreds of millions of Shia Muslims and there has long been a very obvious divide and conquer plot to set these sects against one another.
Some basic human principles can be applied to understanding this situation. There should never be political conflict based upon religious identity of any kind.
Even overtly negative religious practices such as those of some dark occultists should be protected because religious freedom should be absolute.
No sect or group should be above the law should they engage in criminal conduct but no system of belief should be criminalised no matter how reprehensible it seems and no system of belief should ever be forced upon people no matter how supposedly positive.
Wahhabism, the school of Sunni Islam that functions as the state religion, transgresses upon these boundaries. Wahhabists regard Shia Muslims as heretics, and within the Wahhabist strain of Islam are those who openly advocate their killing.
Author and scholar David Livingstone asserts that Wahhabism and the related Salafi schools were the concoctions of the Western elite designed to demonise and destroy genuine traditional Islam.
There seems to be a great deal of merit in this hypothesis but the unfortunate truth appears to be that the Wahabist doctrine is entrenched in the culture of the Gulf States at this point in time and as emotionally satisfying as the “Death to the House of Saud” chants may be it is very hard to see the successors to the despicable ruling monarchs being an improvement.
The most likely successor in the near future would be the “puppet maniacs” of al Qaeda and/or Daesh, the revolutionary collapse of the Gulf monarchies would likely be a disaster in the current political climate and yet serious reform is hard to imagine and history indicates that absolute monarchies are doomed to reform or be violently destroyed.
The Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir is the first person outside the House of Saud to become a Saudi minister, which could be seen as a small positive step back from absolute monarchy but given that Adel al Jubeir is every bit as evil and low as any members of the Royal Family, possibly more so, it is hard to see that anything has improved and there is little prospect of reform in the nation known as Saudi Arabia (like calling Britain Windsor Britain) or the other despotic Gulf monarchies and the best thing for the world would be the switch to alternative energy sources and the end of the oil industry in it’s current form.
Saudi Arabia is at war with Iran whether the Iranians realise this or not. The engineered Haj disaster and the despicable Saudi response made this all too clear.
The Iranians were naive to imagine that the Saudi have an ounce of honour, they have none and until the House of Saud falls or the leadership changes no Iranian officials of any importance should be allowed to travel to Saudi Arabia, Hajj or no Hajj lest the criminal Riyadh regime repeat their evil antics of last year.
Saudi Arabia will never be able to initiate a shooting war with Iran and the same is true for Iran. There is no possibility of any type of war between Iran and Saudi Arabia in the near or even mid-term future because for the Saudis part, their ineffectual and corrupt military would be turned to dust if they ever raised a hand against Iran and for the Iranians part any attack on Saudi Arabia would be an act of suicidal insanity as it would provoke a military response from the United States who cannot possibly sit by and allow the site of many of their most important Middle East bases to be attacked.
The leadership of Iran are not suicidal maniacs, Iran has no interest in any type of armed confrontation with the United States, hence their decision to make the Nuclear deal.
Therefore the proxy wars will drag on, the people of Yemen and Syria will continue to suffer but there is no realistic prospect of an Iran-Saudi Arabia war in the conventional sense.
As for Sheikh Nimr, he set a good example to political dissidents everywhere, he conducted himself with honour and dignity and he will be remembered with reverence long after the low and venal Saudi clan are gone and forgotten.
Saudi Arabia: Hundreds decry Sheikh Nimr’s execution in Qatif
UK: Sheikh Nimr protesters rail against govt. support for Saudi Arabia
I am pleased to report that Everett Stern is no longer the Republican candidate in the Pennsylvania Senate race. The repugnant Stern is still running as an independent but the terror supporting trash has made zero impact as an independent. If you read about the Penn. Senate race at Real Clear Politics, the wretched little man is not even mentioned, the polls do not even include him among the candidates. He is the irrelevant nothing he has deserved to be all his despicable life, so thanks to the Republican party for dealing with this foul miscreant in the manner he deserves. (Stern did not file to contest the Republican primary)
US Senate Candidate Openly Support Beirut Mass Murder.
Everett A Stern a candidate Republican candidate for the US Senate in Pennsylvania has tweeted multiple expressions of support for the Beirut massacre that left 43 civilians dead and more than 200 wounded after a crowded street was targeted by ISIL suicide bombers during the evening rush hour.
Not content to leave it there Stern followed up with the psychotic.
Hezbollah uses children as human shields. I would not be surprised if they used children as shields during the ISIS attack. #beruitbombing
Which seemed to exist in a parallel universe where a military attack had taken place. This is simply not the case.
Stern followed that with this further insult to humanity.
“I support any attack made against Hezbollah That includes the attack launched today against Hezbollah in Lebanon. #beruit”
This man thinks it is a good thing for people to be blown up by terrorists in the street. What a depraved and morally contemptible piece of trash.
Victims of the Beirut massacre.
Stern is a supposed former HSBC whistle-blower affiliated with a private intelligence operation called tactical rabbit founded in mid 2014 and generally involved in collecring business related intelligence it seems.
The company appears never to have been mentioned outside the business media.
This seems to be more an ambition than a reality. There is no record in fact of anyone other than Stern even being involved.
The company claims to provide a range of services to it’s subscribers.from written reports and analysis to spying “we specialize in HUMINT intelligence acquisition” and data protection via encryption, an element that seems somewhat troubling given Stern’s on the record support for IS terror attacks.
“Is your email protected? Tactical Rabbit protects our clients by offering military-grade encrypted email (tier-1 SAS 70 Type II / SSAE 16 audited data centers). We will give you the capability to self destruct your emails, send encrypted messages, and know that your information is secure..”
I would consider that an individual openly supporting terrorist attacks by ISIL and operating a private intelligence firm might be considered a security risk, if not an outright threat.
Supporting the Enemies of the United States is downright unpatriotic.
Anyone in the United States who opposes ISIL/ISIS/Islamic State/.Daesh should take it up with Everett Stern.
Do not imagine for one second that these creatures see the United States any differently.
If Everett Stern supports the murder of civilians in Beirut it is a rock solid guarantee that he will also support the slaughter of US civilians if it is perceived to serve Israel’s needs. The track record is pretty clear on that.
Lebanon: Funeral held for victim of Beirut suicide bombings
.Both sides are reporting a major, albeit fragile victory for the Syrian Government forces and allies in the Aleppo countryside, the site of the largest Syrian offensive conducted since the Russian intervention began.
The Kweires Air base had been surrounded and besieged since 2013, Around 3oo troops remained in what was an island in an ISIL controlled area. Syrian Government forces have now broken the siege destroying the insurgents positions surrounding the facility in what appears to be a major achievement.
Iranian media are reporting that the commander of the Revolutionary Guards Quds force Qasem Soleimani .is leading the assault on the ISIl forces in Eastern Aleppo. this is a clear sign that they believe the operation will succeed as the image and prestige of the commander are clearly important to them.
“Army and the armed forces eliminated large numbers of ISIS terrorists and make contact with the forces defending Kweires Airport in Aleppo’s eastern countryside,” the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said on Tuesday.”
Syria: Siege of Kweiris Air Base Broken
Cheetah Forces Lift the Three Year Long Siege of the Kuweires Military Airbase
Syria: Fighting erupts as govt. forces break siege of Kweires airbase *GRAPHIC*]
Tour inside Kweiris Military Airbase with drone footage.
News Report: Syria Army Breaks the 3-Year Siege of Kweires Airbase, Capitalizes on Russian Support
Reporter Shadi Hulwe and Syrian Army soldiers inside Kweiris Military Airbase.
ISIS Besiege Broken: Assad forces regain control of key airbase
In addition to that operation SAA and allied forces have also been achieving gains in South Aleppo.
Until yesterday al Hader was a major jihadist hub in South Aleppo under the control of the al Nusra front.
Recent developments have seen the Syrian war enter a new phase, during which the war has morphed from a proxy war into an open international conflict with the massive increase in Russian and Iranian involvement and the reported deployment of thousands of Iranian military forces to the new Russian backed Syrian Army ground offensive.
A deluge of new videos from the forces aligned with the Syrian Government is a reliable indicator that the three large interconnected military operations in Latakia (far west) , Homs/Hama/Idlib (central) and Aleppo (north-west) are beginning to achieve their goals.
The north-western offensive is being conducted by a claimed 60,000 troops from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Russia. They are throwing everything at this situation in a massive show of will and force.
If the three thousand Iranian Revolutionary Guards are not enough, they will send thousands more, if the 1500 Hezbollah fighters are not enough they will send more. At this point the entire Revolutionary Guard could be wiped out and they would raise and send another. It is a matter of pride and principle.
This has now become a power struggle with implications far beyond the future of Syria.
Why is this happening?
It is worth asking why these events are taking place. Why are people killing each other in Syria?
The Causes and reasons for the Syrian war.
A power struggle between different international factions.
What is happening in Syria is a multi-layered power struggle between different factions within the Middle East and the world.
The first faction, the faction who initiated the armed conflict in Syria in order to pursue their geopolitical goals are represented by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Israel and the United States.
Faction 2 is the traditional Axis of Resistance, Syria, Hezbollah and Iran, plus Iraq and Russia.
The prime motivation for Faction 1 to start a war in Syria was an attempt to counter growing Iranian influence in the region.
The toppling of the Iraqi government by the US and allies in the criminal war that started in 2003 saw the moderate Sunni autocrat replaced with a leadership in Iraq that is Shia and both allied with and heavily supported by Iran.
Hezbollah and their allies also became the strongest party in Lebanon meaning that Iran had a land bridge of allies between the Afghanistan border and the Mediterranean sea to the West.
The removal of Iranian influence and the destruction of the Government of Iran was a long-term but extremely difficult goal, (one that was ultimately unattainable it seems), so they turned to Syria as the weakest link in the group of Iranian allies in the region.
When protests began in Syria, they were announced and organised outside Syria,
“Syrian security officers were deployed outside parliament Friday to guard against possible anti-government demonstrations, but by early afternoon, no protesters had gathered.
Campaigns on Facebook had called for a day of “anger” in the Syrian capital, Damascus, on Friday and Saturday.
One page, titled “The Syrian Revolution 2011,” has drawn nearly 15,000 virtual fans. The group, which according to news reports was set up by Syrians living abroad.”
At the same time snipers were inserted into Syria in order to target and provoke both sides and foment armed conflict, a classic and well-worn CIA tactic later used successfully in Ukraine.
Footage of Snipers in Syria
Tarpley: Snipers are Randomly Shooting at Syrian Civilians to Create Instability
Later thousands of armed men were inserted into Syria along with a massive amount of weaponry.
This is why there is a war in Syria. When the protests in Bahrain were suppressed and the Saudi military entered Bahrain to assist in their suppression, the West supported these efforts as there is an US Naval base in Bahrain and it is an ally.
In Syria insurgents and arms were funneled in to the country and this is the cause for the catastrophe in Syria.
The Syrian Government has many shortcomings and faults. Discontent in Syria was real, but without the outside assistance it is likely the Syrian protesters would have suffered the same fate of the Bahrain’s and been quietly suppressed and then forgotten.
Monumental Hubris and Callous Indifference.
When the conflict was still at a low-level with only 7,000 deaths, a representative of the Second faction, Russia sought to reach a political deal with the West to end the war.
This entreaty, in February 2012 was simply ignored by the West, who believed that success would be achieved on the battlefield so there was no need to make a compromise to end the war.
The declaration was nonsensical because the Syrian Government made it clear many times that they would never use their chemical stockpile other than in response to an open invasion.
The jihadist proxies of Faction 1 began to conduct false flag massacres and chemical attacks.
In Khan al Assal they killed dozens in March 19th 2013 in a Sarin gas attack attempting to initiate the new war of conquest on the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq war..
The Western media tried to blame the Syrian Government. The Syrian Government invited the UN to investigate.
The UN investigation eventually concluded that the insurgents conducted the Khan al Assal Sarin massacre and a number of other chemical attacks..
“The United Nations Mission collected credible information that corroborates the allegations that chemical weapons were used in Khan Al Asal on 19 March 2013 against soldiers and civilians,” according to the final report “
The Western media simply ignored the report entirely.
When the UN investigators were about to arrive in Syria, the al Nusra front reentered Khan al Assal and murdered hundreds of the local civilians. In an attempt to destroy the witnesses to their sarin attack.
Within days of the UN arrival in Damascus, another, much larger false flag operation was conducted in the East Ghouta neighborhood of Damascus. Hundreds died, the US claimed thousands and came close to attacking Syria, within days before a representative of Faction 2, Russia came up with a face-saving solution where the innocent Syrian Government would rid themselves of chemical weapons implying responsibility.
In exchange the US did not attack Syria.
Following the failure of that plot. The insurgents lost heart and turned on one another, the next eighteen months saw a stalemate develop.
The synthetic terror group ISIL/Daesh were the new pretext. The US largely left the local al Qaeda franchise alone , refused to cooperate with the Syrian state and achieved nothing.
Eventually the insurgents and their supporters regrouped, the dream of the US attacking the Syrian state remained under the guise of a no fly zone to be imposed on Northern Syria.
In fact the cretinous hell bound drones of the Western media were still attempting to push the chemical weapons lies right up until May 2015 when a creature named Peter Baker published this amusing little piece of trash in the New York Times
Demonstrating the determination of the War party along with their complete moral and intellectual bankruptcy
Support for the insurgents ebbed and flowed throughout the war depending on external circumstances.The interim Nuclear deal with Iran in April 2015 may have lent increased urgency to the effort.The complete victory of the insurgents in the crucial Idlib province saw the Syrian government heartland areas come under direct pressure. The SAA largely held their own in the South, Hezbollah were achieving grinding victory in the South West but the insurgents had greater momentum and the Syrian government seemed to lack the forces required to fight a complex multi front war.
The fall of Palmyra in central Syria saw the ISIL group extend their presence and control to the very centre of Syria, where they proceeded to vandalise and desecrate the Syrian and human cultural heritage like the Neo-Bolshevik ,mercenaries of Zion that they are.
Meanwhile, Russia, along with France and Germany, had managed to engineer a deal to end the Donbass war. The Ukraine side never honored the deal continuing to shell the Eastern areas but the Novorussian side remained firm in their ceasefire. The war was over and that was that.
At some point after the Minsk 2 agreement was reached, Russia decided to intervene in Syria to protect the naval base and other interests. Iran also agreed to send thousands of men and equipment to Syria.
The plot against Syria faced defeat.
The Russian Air Force embarked on a wide-ranging and devastating campaign against any and all insurgent groups in Syria.
Faction 1 increased their weapons supplies to the insurgents and complained loudly but they forgot that it is quite simply none of their business who comprises the Syrian Government.
The days of hegemony are over and now these people, like Ashton Carter and UK Defense Minister Phillip Hammond are revealed as unclothed emperors living in a state of acute delusion.
The reason for supporting Faction 2, and the escalation of the war with all of the suffering it will doubtless entail is that the war being fought by Russia, Syria, Iran and Hezbollah in Syria is the war to end the Empire’s wars of conquest forever.
International Military Review – Syria-Iraq Battlespace, Nov. 03. 2015
International Military Review – Syria-Iraq Battlespace, Nov. 01. 2015
Su-34 performed strike against a plant, which produced explosive devices in Aleppo province
Russian Mi-24 helicopter Assist SAA unites and pounce on hostiles
Hezbollah announced their possession of surveillance drones way back in 2004 I was stunned to discover. Using the Iranian made Mojaher in surveillance missions over Israel in 2004 and 2006,
The use of surveillance drones is now commonplace, even amongst non-state actors. It is little more than a remote-controlled plane with a camera attached when you get down to it.
Attack drones, on the other hand are still an “upper end” item requiring a high degree of technical sophistication.
In 2011, Iran gained possession of a US Sentinel drone and claimed to have hacked into the device’s communications a claim that was borne out by the fact that the Iranians were able to display the US drone completely intact.
Breaking News Footage from captured U.S drone RQ 170 by Iran
In October 2012 a Hezbollah drone flew over Southern Israel, near the Dimona Nuclear site, before being destroyed by an Israeli F 16 aircraft. .
Video: IDF downs drone that entered Israel airspace
Later Iran used the information gleaned from the Sentinel, produced by Lockheed Martin, to make their own version. This was followed by a very strange incident in April 2013, when it appears that Hezbollah remotely hacked into and seized control of an Israeli drone forcing the IDF to destroy it.
ISRAEL ARMY Shoots Down Unmanned AIRCRAFT, Is This A HEZBOLLAH DRONE ?
In September 2014, Hezbollah commenced the use of armed drones, killing a claimed 23 al Nusra fighters in a drone attack in Western Syria. This week Hezbollah conducted at least two drone strikes against al Nusra fighters in the Qalamoun border region.
In recent days Hezbollah’s media outlet al Manar television released footage shot by their drones that have successfully targeted al Nusra front fighters in the Syrian/Lebanon border area. This is a video that shows the strikes.
Syria: Hezbollah Operations in Qalamoun – Part 8: Ambush
In the wake of the September, 2014 attacks, Israeli newspapers released imagery purporting to show the site of a Hezbollah runway in the Bekaa Valley region of Eastern Lebanon.
Drones- An Ethical Means of Warfare?
These attacks took place in a remote area and there appear not to be any civilians or villages in the vicinity of the strikes. If Hezbollah were using the drones in the manner of the United States they would blow up the homes of militants and kill their extended family. Armed drones are a tremendous battlefield tool for fairly obvious reasons. They enable the enemy to be identified and targeted without any risk to your own fighters.
The problem with the US drone attacks has been the targets that have been chosen. The funerals, the family homes, the attacks on civilians helping the wounded from previous attacks. Therefore in my opinion the rules for drones are basically the same for any other weapon. If militants are targeted on a battlefield, the use is ethical, if civilian areas are targeted the use is unethical.
War is Not a Game.
The idea that in war you are supposed to give the enemy an even chance and “fight fair.” that you should stand on one hill with a rifle firing at the opposition on another hill and the person with the best aim and eyesight wins, is hopelessly naive. War is the destruction of human beings and infrastructure in pursuit of a political goal. The object is to destroy the enemy. There is no fairness, no even chance. This is not analogous to a sporting contest. That was a lie the war party sold to a naive public in order to promote war in my opinion. To make it seem like a fun and harmless game. It is the exact opposite.
Will Israel Strike Lebanon?
From the psychopathic Zionist point of view, it would make sense to attack Lebanon while the Hezbollah group are heavily engaged in the Syrian Civil war and taking heavy casualties there. If the Israelis believe that another war with Hezbollah is inevitable, it would make sense for them to conduct the war whilst Hezbollah are stretched, reasoning that this will give them a greater chance of Military success.
The Israelis know that they cannot destroy Hezbollah, or anything resembling that and the Hezbollah possession of attack drones may give the Israelis pause, contemplating the fact that there would be no defense against a large number of Hezbollah UAV’s deployed simultaneously. Even a superficial attack on the Dimona Nuclear plant could lead to a major World War 3 type of dramatic escalation that in a worst case scenario could see both Israel and the surrounding region destroyed.
Israel may well hope to somehow provoke an Iranian response that could derail the detente currently underway between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the West. A detente that is the biggest slap in the face that either Israel or the Saudis could ever suffer. Israel may hope that an attack on Lebanon, under whatever pretext could trigger an Iranian response that would destroy the diplomatic process. Mondoweiss speculated upon this scenario recently,
Two of the three months between the implicit Nuclear agreement and the date to actually sign the deal have now passed. If the month of June passes without calamity the Zionist war party may be facing the death of the cherished dream of the United States violently destroying Iran forever.
If Israel wanted to attack Iran, they would attack Iran, they do not . They want the US to do it and that has been obvious for years.
The Saudis have responded to this disappointment by engaging in the campaign of mass murder and crimes against humanity that is still underway in Yemen. The campaign is ongoing after more than two months and achieving absolutely nothing for the dead men walking of the House of Saud. Israel’s response, if experience is anything to go by, will make the Saudi crimes against humanity look puny.