the Russian Parliament just Approved Military Deployment to Syria

The London Times is reporting that the Russian Federation has sent a small quantity of SU 34 aircraft like this to Syria,
The Sukhoi SU 34 the London Times is reporting that the Russian Federation has sent a small quantity of SU 34 aircraft like this to Syria,

September 30th, 2015.

The Russian Parliament has approved the US of the Russian Air force against the IS group and other anti Government extremist fighters in Syria.

The Russian Air force will presumably begin to bomb the  IS within days.

Russian parliament unanimously approves use of military in Syria to fight ISIS — RT News

Ivanov (Senior Russian Official) stressed that no ground operations are planned in Syria. Russia would use its warplanes to hit terrorist targets when requested by the Syrian government. He stressed that unlike the US-led coalition of countries that bombs militant troops in Syria, Russia was invited to do so by the legal authorities of Syria and thus follows international law.

“The military goal of the operation is strictly to provide air support for the [Syrian] government forces in their fight against Islamic State,” he said.

The Presidents of the Russia and the US meet in New York, September 29th, 2015.
The Presidents of the Russia and the US meet in New York, September 29th, 2015.

This was presumably the subject of the Obama Putin meeting at the UN and the previous military contacts between the US and Russia.

Russia parliament approves military move in Syria – BBC News

“The vote followed a request from Syria for military aid, senior Kremlin official Sergey Ivanov said.

Mr Ivanov ruled out the use of ground troops and said the step involved only the use of the air force.”

Russian parliament unanimously approves use of military in Syria to fight ISIS — RT News

“The upper chamber of the Russian parliament has unanimously given a formal consent to President Putin to use the nation’s military in Syria to fight terrorism at a request from the Syrian President Bashar Assad.

“Consent was necessary for use of the country’s military for foreign combat missions under the Russian constitution.”

The request for use of force was sent by the president after considering the large number of citizens of Russia and neighboring countries, who went to join terrorist groups fighting in Syria, head of the presidential administration Sergey Ivanov told media. There are thousands of them, and Russia’s national security would be under threat, should they return home, he added.”

Deadliest Russian fighter jets sent to destroy Assad enemies | The Times

The Difference.

The year-long campaign of air strikes in Syria conducted by western powers have been highly ineffective.

There appear to be two reasons for this. One reason is that the efforts have been half-hearted and intermittent, with frequent apparent stand downs taking place.

The only parts of the US led campaign that have succeeded have been those in support of Kurdish YPG fighters in Northern Syria.

The Russian Air Force strikes are likely to be more effective because they are going to act in support of the ground forces of the Syrian Army. The unwillingness to offer direct support to Syrian Government ground forces meant that the Western campaign could only ever be ineffective and half-hearted and this may be the key difference that sees the Russian air strikes make a decisive difference on the Syrian battlefield.

The Northern Syrian No Fly Zone Project is Dead.

The most obvious and tangible result of what is now an undeniable Russian military operation in excess of the previous support for Syria and one obvious tangible result of this is that the Turkish plan to defacto seize a swathe of Syrian territory under the guise of imposing a “safe zone” is dead.

Turkey and U.S. Plan to Create Syria ‘Safe Zone’ Free of ISIS – The New York Times

The long envisaged plot to impose a No-Fly zone on Northern Syria, actually announced by Turkey in late July as part of the deal to allow the US to use the Incirlik Air Base for operations against the IS.but never fully embraced by the US is now gone.

This was how the Guardian reported the deal in late July

“Erdoğan did not simply roll over. He had his own tally of requirements when Obama called. Top of his list is the establishment of a designated buffer zone inside Syria – effectively a de facto no-fly zone protected by coalition and Turkish forces – which would provide a safe haven for refugees and deny crucial territory to the Syrian Kurds. Turkish reports suggest the US has quietly agreed to this, although no official announcement has been made.”

The fool Erdogan is never going to get his stealth annexation Northern safe zone.Instead he is stuck with a new Civil war against the PKK in South Eastern Turkey that has seen hundreds of Iraqi and Turkish Kurds slain in air strikes and hundreds of Turkish security forces slain along with dozens of civilians in retaliatory guerrilla attacks.

Report marks high death toll in Turkey’s struggle with PKK terrorism

The Turkish bombings have killed civilians according to Amnesty International.

“Evidence collected by Amnesty International in a fact-finding mission indicates that multiple Turkish government airstrikes killed eight residents and injured at least eight others – including a child – in a flagrantly unlawful attack on the village of Zergele, in the Kandil Mountains in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

The airstrikes on 1 August were part of a military campaign launched by Turkey against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) but according to information gathered by Amnesty International these residents were not affiliated with the PKK. The organization is calling on the Turkish government to launch an independent, impartial and effective investigation into the airstrikes and to publicly release the findings of their investigation.

Plots that have been years in the making and involved literally millions of lies and multiple false flag terror attacks

have now come to nothing.

War On Syria; Not Quite According To Plan Part 4: The Undoing Of The Plotters | The Vineyard of the Saker

There will be no Third World War, by Thierry Meyssan

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Sukhoi SU 34 in flight.

Russian parliament approves use of military in Syria to fight ISIS

Russian parliament approves military deployment in Syria

Massacre in Sousse-Tourists Slain on a Day of Madness.

Image appears to depict dead gunman in Sousse, June 26th, 2015.
Image appears to depict dead gunman in Sousse, June 26th, 2015.

June 27th,2015.

Massacre in Sousse, Tunisia.

It is claimed that at least 37 people have been killed and dozens wounded in an apparentl jihadist massacre conducted with automatic weapons against a beach and resort area in Sousse. a  popular site for Western tourists. There did seem to be issues with the veracity of the massacre in Tunis earlier this year but there is every chance this event took place and so it will be assumed to have taken place until compelling evidence appears to indicate otherwise.

The attack was apparently conducted by two gunmen, who began at the beach before moving onto the Imperial Hotel according to this account  from the Guardian

Deadly attack on Tunisia tourist hotel in Sousse resort | World news | The Guardian

“Witnesses reported that gunmen opened fire on the beach between the Soviva and Imperial Marhaba hotels. Officials said one gunman had been shot dead but there are unconfirmed reports that another may be on the run.”

This photograph shows one of the alleged gunmen in the Sousse massacre in custody..
This photograph shows one of the alleged gunmen in the Sousse massacre in custody..

This report is from AP via the Guardian

“Rafik Chelli, one of Tunisia’s top security officials, told Mosaique FM that the gunman shot by security forces after attacking a Tunisian beach resort was unknown to authorities. From AP:”Witnesses reported that gunmen opened fire on the beach between the Soviva and Imperial Marhaba hotels. Officials said one gunman had been shot dead and another was on the run. There were unconfirmed local reports that the second gunman had been surrounded. Chelli said the man, from the city of Kairouan, came from the beach hiding his Kalashnikov under an umbrella before opening fire on the tourists. From there he entered the Hotel Imperial through the pool, shooting people as he went.”
“Chelli said there were many foreigners among the victims but he did not have an exact count of the nationalities.
He said authorities had a plan to protect the hotels during the month of Ramadan but this was an isolated operation that is difficult to counter against and there is never zero risk.”

Western tourists are apparently among the dead with reports of Belgian, Irish, British and French casualties along with many Tunisians, not that the national identity of terror victims matters at all, but it is what determines the degree of Western media interest in a story nad also points to the likely motive for the attack.

Sousse on a map of Tunisia from al Jazeera
Sousse on a map of Tunisia from al Jazeera

Economic Attack.

This appears to be an horrendous massacre . This is clearly an economic attack against Tunisia with echoes of the Luxor massacre in Egypt in 1997, Mumbai in 2008 and so many others. Tunisia is a target for destabilisation and there is little doubt that this attack will be claimed by an affiliate of the IS group, presumably the Libyan wing, which is trained by among others one of America’s favourite Salafi jihadists, Abdelhakim Belhadj who was last reported running a training camp for the North African IS wing having previously mysteriously “switched sides” at least three times.

You haven't made it big as a leader of Jihad until you meet with the American Emir-Senator John McCain greets Belhaj following the ouster of Gaddafi.
You haven’t made it big as a leader of Jihad until you meet with the American Emir-Senator John McCain greets Belhaj following the ouster of Gaddafi.

Fighting for the West in Afghanistan, against the West as a member of an al Qaeda affiliate the LIFG (Libyan Islamic Fighting Group), switching to a key Western anti- Gaddafi ally in 2011 and now back on the “other” side in 2015.

Tunisia Gunmen Trained by CIA and Gulf Emirate Jihadis in Libya

Massacre in Tunis

A body on the beach in Sousse following an apparent terror attack that left at least 27 people dead reportedly.
A body on the beach in Sousse following an apparent terror attack that left at least 27 people dead reportedly.

Gunmen attack 2 tourist hotels in Tunisia, dozens killed, incl foreigners

RAW: #Tunisia terror attack, 5 Brits dead


[Tunisia: Locals frantically attend to injured tourists after deadly resort attack

Tunisia: At least 37 killed in attack on tourist resort in Sousse *GRAPHIC*

Chaos Renewed.

It seems as though the agents have been activated and all the proxies are being deployed in order to simply create chaos and mayhem. In addition to the Tunisia massacre and the apparent beheading in France, there was a suicide attack against a Shia Mosque in Kuwait, where political violence is extremely rare that at last report left at least 25 people dead.This has apparently already been claimed by the so called IS group. This follows similar attacks on Shia Mosques in both Saudi Arabia and Yemen in recent weeks, also during Friday prayers. To attack a Mosque during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan seems especially low and repugnant.

Shiite mosque attacked in Kuwait, ISIS claims responsibility

Kuwait: Aftermath of Shia mosque bombing, at least 25 dead *GRAPHIC*


Kuwait: Shia Ramadan mosque bombing kills dozens, IS claim responsibility

Kobani Attacked.

ISIS attack on Syria’s Kobani kills 146: activists | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR

It has been a very big few days massacre wise for the IS group as they are claimed to have killed 143 mostly civilians in an attack on the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, apparently launched from Turkey.Dozens of Kurdish civilians were massacred in the operation which actually smacked of desperation. Only eight or so months ago the IS group seized most of Kobani, this was a suicidal assault that was pure nihilistic madness with no attempt to actually seize territory or achieve any conventional military goals.

The fact that the Kurdish groups receive real US air support means they are beginning to cut off the IS HQ in Syria, Raqqa, from Turkey,which will be the end of the IS group in Northern Syria if it happens. Without the access from Turkey to Raqqa and eastern Syria, the whole project begins to fall apart.

RAW: Moment car bomb explodes in Kobani in new ISIS offensive


Syria War 2015 – IS Car Bomb Explosion Inside Kurdish Town Of Kobane Captured On CCTV

Fatal terror attacks hit Tunisia, France and Kuwait, causing international condemnation

ISIL Rising.

IS Victory parade in West Anbar, Iraq, May 2015 the US Air Force inexplicably failed to notice this event.
IS Victory parade in West Anbar, Iraq, May 2015 the US Air Force inexplicably failed to notice this event.

May 28th, 2015.

Who are the IS group?

The best “Muslim” bogey money can buy. The IS group is a synthetic jihadist organisation that is currently pretending to build a “Caliphate” in North Western Iraq and Eastern Syria. A mix of agents, dupes and mercenaries, the IS group function as the private shadow army of the Western banking/intelligence cabal, acting as both a positive proxy against the enemies of the Empire, and also as a negative proxy to help facilitate Western military involvement in the Middle East.

The IS group (otherwise known as ISIL, ISIS and Daesh) enable the contrived and fraudulent Global War on Terror that began in 2001 with the Western conducted terror attack on New York of September 11th to continue. The project involves both the violent destruction of the Middle East region and the introduction of the incipient police state across the West .

The Origins of the IS group.

The forerunners of the IS group (Tawhid wal Jihad, al Qaeda in Iraq and the Islamic State in Iraq) were born from the violent resistance to the US occupation of Iraq that began in 2003 and (somewhat) ended in 2011 leaving more than 4800 US soldiers and at least one million Iraqis dead, The practice of Western elites deploying fake “Muslim” extremists to achieve their policy goals and act as their proxies dates back centuries and the United States has done so more or less openly since successfully funding the insurgents in Afghanistan who opposed the Soviet military presence there in the 1980’s.

The Judicial Watch D.I.A Documents- the Plotters Confess.

Declassified US  Defense Intelligence Agency Documents written in August, 2012 state plainly that the jihadist emirate in Eastern Syria and Western Iraq was envisaged by the enemies of Syria, including the US, Turkey, Israel and the Gulf gangsters way back in 2012.

http://www.judicialwatch.org/document-archive/pgs-287-293-291-jw-v-dod-and-state-14-812-2/

These are some of the more important insights that can be gleaned from the seven page document.

 It’s a proxy war.

Page 3, “General Situation.

C. The West, Gulf countries and Turkey support the opposition, Russia. China and Iran support the (Syrian) regime.”

Envisaging the “Caliphate” in 2012 and Admitting that the Whole Syrian Nightmare Has Been a Plot Against the Axis of Resistance.

Page 5. “The Effects on Iraq. Pt. 8.

C. If the situation unravels there is the possibility of creating a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in Eastern Syria (Hasaka and Der as Zour) and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want in order to isolate the (Syrian) regime which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion. (Iran and Iraq).”

IS in the Zarqawi Tradition of Destructive Extremism.

It is worth noting that a key figure in the creation of these groups was a man named Abu Musab al Zarqawi. Prior to the Iraq war Abu Musab al Zarqawi ran militant training camps in the Kurdish region of Northern Iraq. According to former US official Michael Scheuer, the US knew of Zarqawi’s presence in the Kurdistan region prior to the war and a plan was developed to attack the site from the air but the US administration vetoed the attack for unknown reasons that presumably relate to Zarqawi’s requirement to play a role in the propaganda for the war, where the fact that Zarqawi was not resident in the parts of Iraq under the control of Saddam Hussein was helpfully edited out.

Following the invasion and occupation of Iraq Zarqawi was used as the threat to the West that justified the occupation and later into the war Zarqawi was apparently used to direct the insurgency towards an extremist dead end and also to provoke sectarian civil war in Iraq between Sunni and Shia Arabs.

In the months following Zarqawi’s death in June 2006 the Islamic State in Iraq group announced it’s existence and this group has continued in the Zarqawi tradition, acting as a multi-purpose Western proxy force. This indicates that a great deal of planning and effort goes into the creation of these synthetic terror outfits and the planning for the Iraq insurgency started before the war had even begun.

The same preparations presumably went into constructing the insurgency in Syria.

The IS Anbar parade, May 2015.
The IS Anbar parade, May 2015.

The Stand Down- Why are the IS being Allowed to Win in Syria and Iraq by the USA ?

The men of the black flag, white sneakers and the well earned reputation for sectarian Neo-Bolshevik savagery drove through al Anbar province waving their flags for the cameras, if the US really was trying to destroy the IS group, or even trying to make a show of looking like they were trying to destroy them, here was a nice big easy target waiting to be destroyed. Nothing happened. This is what a convoy on the flat ground of Iraq looked like a quarter of a century ago after US Air Force attacks. The highway of death incident was a senseless massacre, but it showed how effective a modern air force is when operating against a convoy of vehicles on an open desert road.

If the US was really fighting the IS group, this is what their convoy would look like. Aftermath f the
If the US was really fighting the IS group, this is what their convoy would look like. Aftermath f the “Highway of Death’ massacre of fleeing Irai soldeiers in 1991 by the USAF..

According to the ironically named  US Department of Defense they conducted a steady FIVE airstrikes a day in Syria as Palmyra fell into the hands of the IS group, and between 15 and 22 in Iraq as Ramadi fell.

The IS group are credibly claimed to now hold all of the border posts in Eastern Syria/Western Iraq . In order to function a border post must have at least a checkpoint that will require several fighters at a minimum yet the US has never to my knowledge targeted these border positions. The US operations in defense of Ramadi and Palymra were negligible.

These efforts contrast starkly with the massive bombardment directed against IS fighters in and around the Northern Syrian city of Kobani last year. The US air assaults on the IS around Kobani succeeded in causing the group to abandon their efforts to take the city and the loss of hundreds of fighters and a great deal of momentum. The defense of Kobani proves that the US Air Force aligned with even poorly trained and equipped local ground forces is perfectly capable of defeating the IS group. The repeated mantra about needing US ground forces to achieve victory in either Syria or Iraq is thus proven to be incorrect.

The Media Mantra Betrays the Goal.

Events in Syria and Iraq are receiving extensive coverage in the Western media. One phrase is repeated time and again in almost every Western controlled media report on the situation in Iraq and Syria. “boots on the ground.” There are two very simple messages being transmitted repeatedly in an attempt to grind down and destroy the resistance of the viewer to the US participation n another middle Eastern bloodbath that will achieve nothing positive certainly not for the citizens of the USA. The big lies that underpin this narrative are :

The IS group are a real threat to civilians inside the West.

and

Only US Military ground operations will successfully counter the IS threat.

It’s unclear precisely how the goal will be achieved but clearly the goal is to parlay US ground involvement in Syria into regime change.

The lines of control in Syria as of May 22nd, 2015. The IS group it can be seen, holds nowhere near 50 percent.
The lines of control in Syria as of May 22nd, 2015. The IS group it can be seen, holds nowhere near 50 percent.

The 50% Claim.

Another interesting claim made by many parties recently is that the IS group controls more than half the territory of Syria. This claim is pure nonsense. It would be more accurate to state that the IS group has positions in areas that comprise more than 50% of Syria. Dozens of different armed groups hold the large parts of Syria that have fallen from the control of the Government. The nation is a patchwork of shifting factions and territories. The opposition groups control area that contains around one-third of the 90% of Syrians who have not fled the nation as refugees.

The IS group has developed a dominant presence in the Eastern Syria areas that border their Western Iraqi stronghold but are not a large or nationwide presence. The al Nusra Front (al Qaeda in Syria) supported extensively by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Israel are the predominant group in the largest rebel enclave in the North of Syria..

It is very obvious that this campaign is a large-scale psychological operation due to the media’s repeated use of the infantile phrase “boots on the ground” as a mantra, an incantation. This phrase is the way they are going to explain to the “little” people the US casualties that will inevitably occur if US ground forces are sent to participate in another bloodbath in the Middle East.

A Syrian refugee child who fled the violence from the Syrian town of Flita, near Yabroud, poses for a photograph at the border town of Arsal, in the eastern Bekaa Valley March 20, 2014.
A Syrian refugee child who fled the violence from the Syrian town of Flita, near Yabroud, poses for a photograph at the border town of Arsal, in the eastern Bekaa Valley March 20, 2014.

The Syria War.

The Syrian Civil war began in 2011 as part of the CIA sponsored Arab spring that saw the Leaders of Tunisia and Egypt deposed in Western concocted “people’s revolutions” and the Government of Libya destroyed by Western Air power.

The Syrian Civil War, whether characterised as the attempted Gulf/NATO/Israeli overthrow of the Assad government, or the people’s revolution that turned violent in response to repression has undoubtedly been a massive disaster from the human point of view.

It is not known and will probably never be known how may people have died in the Syrian Civil War. The figure that is currently quoted is 220,000, some of the more adventurous propaganda outlets have now upped the total to 300,000 presumably reasoning the higher the guesstimate the better.  This number is believed to include at least 35,000 soldiers of the Syrian Army. It is possible that this estimate is either low or high. All sides engage in propaganda that leads to the inflation of certain casualties while others are obscured.

All the information regarding the war in Syria is highly suspect due to the fact that almost all coverage is part of a propaganda effort. The refugee figure is claimed to be at 4 million people, and the internally displaced are said to number a further six million. These numbers appear to slightly inflate what are huge numbers, with 1.7 million refugees  quoted in Turkey and almost 700,000 in Lebanon along with 100,000 in Jordan.. All in all this has been a major human disaster and responsibility falls upon all participants for this calamity and nightmare.

This is Aleppo, Syria's largest city. All the urban fighting areas look alike.
This is Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. All the urban fighting areas look alike.

The Plot .

The Syrian state has clearly been attacked by external forces over the past four years. Syria has undoubtedly been the victim of a broader plot against the allies of Iran. It is not good enough to simply leave it at that however. The outside forces, the US, Israel, the UK, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and first and foremost Turkey have all capitalised on the genuine sense of disenfranchisement and alienation from the Syrian state of a sizeable proportion of the Syrian population.

The many weaknesses of the Syrian state have been successfully exploited by the plotters and  their efforts to destroy Syria have been so successful because they are supported by a significant but high;y disaffected minority of the Syrian people.

The Difference between Syria and Iraq and Libya.

Up until September 2013 it had seemed that the Syrian Government would meet the same fate as the government of Libya and be destroyed by Western military operations.The strength that prevented Syria from being added to the ever lengthening list of Western regime change operations was the alliances the Syrian government had maintained over decades with Iran and Russia.

Neither Iraq nor Libya had allies who were prepared to offer tangible support and the support from Iran, Russia and Hezbollah was the key strength that has enabled the Assad Government in Syria to survive the NATO/Gulf backed jihadi onslaught for more than four years.

Part of the ancient ruins of Palmyra, Eastern Syria.
The ancient ruins of Palmyra, Central Syria.

Palmyra

Palmyra is the site of ancient ruins that date back millenia located in Eastern Syria.

This is a quote from Wikipedia that covers the recent history of Palmyra,.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palmyra

“Palmyra’s wealth allowed the construction of many monumental projects. By the third century, Palmyra was turned into a prosperous metropolis, with a strong army capable of defeating the Sassanid empire in 260. Following the victory, Palmyra’s chief Odaenathus was proclaimed king but was assassinated in 267. He was succeeded by his minor sons, under the regency of queen Zenobia, who started invading the Roman eastern provinces in 270. The rebellion was masked by a nominal subordination to Rome. However, the situation escalated and the Palmyrene rulers adopted the imperial titles in 271. Roman emperor Aurelian defeated Palmyra in 272, and destroyed it in 273 after a failed second rebellion. Palmyra became a minor city under the rule of the Byzantines, Rashiduns, Ummayads, Abbassids, Mamluks, and their vassals. After being destroyed by the Timurids in 1400, Palmyra remained a small village under the rule of the Ottomans until 1918, then the Syrian kingdom, followed by the French mandate”

The residents were moved from their home in the ancient city by the French, (whose archaeologists sought both to preserve and study the site and it’s ruins) in the late 1920s, the evacuation was completed in 1932. The “town” area of Palmyra is called Tadmur.

Before the war in Syria that has seen the nation successfully dismembered since 2011 the population of Tadmur was around one hundred thousand people. Internal displacements caused by the war saw that population double to an estimated 200,000 people.

This week the IS group attacked the area and seized the town from what appears to have been a token Syrian military presence. This event apparently caused approximately one-third of the populace to flee the city. Many presumably internally displaced for the second time. It is being claimed that the IS group have massacred around 400 people in Palmyra, including some SAA soldiers.

I read an interesting article recently that posited that the protection of the ancient ruins of Palmyra would be the pretext for an escalated US involvement on the ground in Syria. This prediction may turn out to be correct and the underlying conclusion that US invasion is a key goal seems to be correct.

The sight of those beautiful ruins in Palmyra caused my mind to cast back to the destruction the Bamiyan Bhuddas, the ancient carved statues that the Taliban destroyed (allegedly with extensive assistance from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia) in March 2001.Coming six months before September 11th, the destruction of the Bhuddas acted as a great prelude both to the September 11th attacks, and the Afghan war that followed a month later in response.

The Bamiyan Bhuddas pre and during the dynamite of March 2001.
The Bamiyan Bhuddas before, during and after the dynamite of March 2001.

Iconoclasm.

A lot of people would look at the core members of the cabal, in London, Frankfurt, New York, Paris, Los Angeles and Tel Aviv and wonder why a bunch of old rich Westerners would sponsor the supposed bloodthirsty maniacs and head chopping thugs of the IS group.

At face value they certainly look different. But there is one very important value shared by both groups, the belief in destruction as a positive end in itself, as a way to remake and improve the world in their respective images and this confluence may well see the ruins of Palmyra destroyed in the most spectacular and upsetting possible manner much as the Bamiyan Bhuddas in early 2001. Each side for different reasons have as one of their core values and goals the destruction of traditional human civilisation.  

ISIS blows up 2,000yo Arch of Triumph in Palmyra

ISIL shows images of Palmyra temple destruction

Ramadi Falls to IS.

The fall of Ramadi the capital of al Anbar province in Western Iraq is being portrayed as a disaster for the Iraqi military and government. While this is a setback and the deployment of Shia militia forces in the city is likely to only cause the people of the area to become further alienated from the central government. Ramadi and al Anbar province must be seen in their proper context in order to assess the importance of the Ramadi setback.

Al Anbar is the massive red section to the left (West) of Iraq.
This map shows the US deaths in Iraq by province. Al Anbar is the massive red section to the left (West) of Iraq where more than 1,200 US troops were killed..

al Anbar is Very Different.

The reason the fall of Ramadi is not especially telling is because al Anbar is part of Iraq in name only. The people of Anbar province do not support the current Iraqi government and have not supported any of the Iraq Governments since the toppling of Saddam Hussein in 2003. Anbar province is a very large and sparsely populated, mostly desert area of Western Iraq. The demographics of the Anbar population is very different to that of the rest of Iraq. Almost the entire population of Anbar are Sunni Arab, there is very little representation of the Iraqi Kurdish or Shia populations in the province whereas in the overall nation the Shia and Kurds combined comprise almost 80% of the population.

Aftermath of massive roadside bomb in al Anbar during the US Occupation.
Aftermath of massive roadside bomb in al Anbar during the US Occupation.

al Anbar Under US Occupation.

Al Anbar was the area of Iraq that saw the most concerted and violent resistance to the US presence in Iraq. Despite the province’s small population, more US soldiers were killed there than in any other of Iraq’s provinces outside Baghdad. Fallujah had more name brand infamy but the US military had terrible problems in Ramadi and the only way that Anbar was ever really “pacified” to any extent was through the US military paying bribes to the local tribes not to support the violent resistance to the US occupation there. The direct antecedent of the IS group, the Islamic State of Iraq announced themselves in late 2006 with a procession through the streets of Ramadi.

The Islamic State of Iraq celebrate their inception by driving through Central ramadi in late 2006
The Islamic State of Iraq celebrate their inception by driving through Central ramadi in late 2006

So dangerous was Ramadi that US operations in the city were eventually conducted entirely off the street. The US military could not drive nor walk the streets of Ramadi, if they needed to conduct an operation they would avoid the streets and vehicles completely and move to their target by destroying the walls of people’s houses and moving through those holes towards their target so they could avoid walking in the street and being attacked with the inevitable small arms fire and roadside bombs.

Baghdad and Damascus to Follow?

Both the Government’s of Syria and Iraq have failed badly at the task of protecting and controlling their national borders. In both cases, token efforts are made to hang onto marginal areas. Small forces are left stranded in isolated bases within opposition held territory. When the bases are over run by a small determined force the required assistance arrives either too late to make a difference,  or never.

On the other hand, both Iraq and Syria have managed to hold together the centre of the state, both territorially and psychologically. It can be stated with some confidence that the 60% of Syrians living within Government areas do not support the opposition in  any number.

The people in Damascus, and even more so the people of Baghdad do not want to live under the rule of the likes of the al Nusra front or IS. These groups will never achieve the popular support required to overtake and stabilise either capital. In the case of Baghdad, it is often stated correctly that Ramadi is only 100 kms from Baghdad, but this completely mischaracterises the situation.

Psychologically Ramadi is a million miles form Baghdad. The vicious sectarian nature of the IS group combined with the large Shia majority in the city means that the only impact the IS will ever make on Baghdad will be made with car bombs and at best mortar shells and other indirect fire methods.

The populations of the remaining Sunni areas will not support the group, knowing that to do so will likely lead to their mass slaughter and/or see them lose their homes and if the IS group ever set foot in the Shia areas of Baghdad, something they would never be stupid enough to do, they would be quite literally torn apart in the streets. The closing in on Baghdad narrative is pure nonsense.

Are We Doing the Fake War on Terror or the Fake Arab Spring?

These wars  in Syria and Iraq are like evil twins, each representing the methods of different power factions within the US and the West to destroy the Middle east. The Neoconservatives allow/conduct false flag terror attacks, lie about the threat posed by the targeted nation and engage in wars of naked aggression such as the Iraq war.

The current faction take a more stealthy path, using proxy forces, pretending not to intervene as they try to over throw their enemies with the colour revolution operations coupled with Air strikes when the confected “people’s revolution” fails.

Libya represents a classic example of the modus operandi of the second group. Violent demonstrations conducted by Western agents and dupes followed by months of UN backed bombardment followed by a total loss of interest once the “enemy leader” has been removed from power and the nation slides into anarchy and somehow the Western media are never able to make the link between the supposed “liberation” bombardment and the chaos that followed and continues to this day. Proponents of the next war never mention the last war. Ever. Whatever the reasons given or the method’s chosen, chaos, mayhem and immense human suffering are the end result.

The Way Out of the Nightmare-Self Reliance and Reconciliation

In some respects the US stand down is a positive thing. The whole habit of attempting to win wars by enlisting major powers to augment local forces must be abandoned by all factions in the region if the nightmare in Syria and Ira is to ever end. Independence and sovereignty must be grounded in independence. The superpowers, whatever their identity or motivation will always expect payment for their assistance.

Both Syria and Iraqi governments need to engage in a vast process to reconcile the warring factions within their nations. It is possible that a plan to decentralise or Federate Iraq and Syria may be one of the ways to satisfy the aspirations of the people of al Anbar, Idlib and other “spheres of alienation” within these nations.

Military victory in Iraq is in theory a possibility for the Iraqi government but history indicates that if a realistic attempt at national reconciliation is not made it will simply see another group of violent extremists assume power in al Anbar and other Sunni centres of Iraq in future even if the IS group were entirely destroyed.

In Syria, complete victory appears to be impossible for either side. There are reports from Turkey that the US has agreed in principle to provide unspecified air support to the Syrian opposition. This may well be the case and clearly the US is working closely with Turkey on the Northern front in Syria.

The US is apparently running substantial parts of the Syrian opposition at this point. It remains possible that the US will intervene overtly on the side of the opposition and in that case bomb them to victory. If this happens the results will be more chaos, the war will not end but simply descend into a series of vicious feuds between sectarian warlords and the potential costs to the US of simply bombing a rebadged al Nusra front to victory will be immense, diplomatically and militarily. The Government of Iran has previously stated that such a move would “cross a red line”, that an attack on Syria would be regarded as an attack on Iran and has threatened to start a major regional war in response.

The IS group will be destroyed and forgotten in the near future, amd it can only be hoped  this happens before the group can be used as the patsies for a new massive false flag terror attack and that their crimes discredit all forms of sectarianism and extremism in the Middle East, including of course the Zionist movement whose interests the IS group serve so ardently.

RAW: 60 Iraqi soldiers killed in alleged ISIS attack

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Iraq War 2015 – US Close Air Support Levels IS Position Near To Kurdish Fighters In Sinjar

Iraq:

Syria: Islamic State claim to have seized part of World Heritage-listed Palmyra

Combat Cam: Stranded Iraqi soldiers rescued from ISIS in Ramadi

Press TV exclusive report from ISIL-held Palmyra

Iraq: Airstrikes rain down on IS targets near Anbar

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