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Thanks Given–ISIS Defeated; Putin and Assad Meet in Russia

Something to be thankful about today. Leaders of Russia, Syria, Iran, Turkey, and other countries are now converging in Sochi, Russia. The hope is to convene a conference that will lead to a political settlement in Syria now that ISIS has been defeated. Take a look at the following video showing Assad’s rather triumphant arrival on November 21. Watch as he meets not only Vladimir Putin but also some of the Russian military leaders who did so much to make this moment possible. The video was posted by Inessa Sinchougova, who also supplies the English subtitles:

From Sinchougova’s post at Fort Russ:

Russian President Vladimir Putin met his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad in Sochi on 21st November 2017. The last time Assad visited Russia was at the beginning of the Russian campaign in Syria in 2015. 

According to the Syrian president, in two years of the Russian campaign the successes achieved have been evident and many residents of the country were able to return to their homes. He noted that thanks to Russia, Syria was saved as a state. 

The Chief of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff, Valeri Gerasimov, said conditions have been created for the return of refugees to Syria, during the trilateral meeting with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts in Sochi. “The main thing is that the sovereignty, the territorial integrity of the country has been preserved, the civil war was stopped, conditions were created for the restoration of peaceful life and refugees’ return,” said Gerasimov. 

President Putin similarly told his Czech counterpart, Milos Zeman, that “over 98% of the territory of Syria is under the control of Syrian government troops, during their meeting in Sochi. Zeman congratulated Russia for its role in the outcome in Syria, saying: “you have won in Syria, because he [Assad] now controls almost the entire Syrian territory.”

The Russian military campaign in Syria began in late 2015, by invitation of the Syrian government. Meanwhile, the Western coalition was carrying out military activity there almost two whole years beforehand, illegally. Under the guise of fighting ISIS, they were simultaneously targeting Assad’s government forces, as well as letting ISIS spread like wildfire.

The Sochi conference is aimed at reaching a working agreement between Russia, Iran, and Turkey that will lead to peace in Syria. The West and its allies, particularly Israel and Saudi Arabia, seem to be doing everything possible to upset the apple cart. The New York Times published a cranky report yesterday complaining that the supposedly noble endeavors of UN envoy Staffan de Mistura “have now been overshadowed by Russia’s actions” while at the same time portraying Assad as “a war criminal.”

Meanwhile, SouthFront has posted a report saying that Hezbollah forces are now on high combat alert in case of an attack by Israel. Here is an excerpt from their report:

The situation in the Middle East is developing. The expected conflict between the resistance axis, primarily Hezbollah, and the Saudi-Israeli block is the current center of attention.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Iran wants to deploy its troops in Syria on a permanent basis “with the declared intent of using Syria as a base from which to destroy Israel” and threatened that if Tel Aviv fails to receive the international support, it is ready to act “alone.” “Iran will not get nuclear weapons. It will not turn Syria into a military base against Israel,” he said.

Deputy Chairman of Hezbollah’s Executive Council Sheikh Nabil Qaouq said his group is ready for any military scenario amid indications that Saudi Arabia is pushing the Israeli regime to launch a new military operation against Lebanon. He said “The resistance movement is prepared to confront anything. It is fully capable of securing victories and repelling any aggressor.” Hezbollah troops have been brought to the highest combat-readiness level, according to media reports.

Speaking to the Saudi newspaper Elaph, Israel’s military chief Gen Gadi Eisenkot called Iran the “biggest threat to the region” and said Israel is ready to share intelligence with “moderate” Arab states like Saudi Arabia in order to “deal with” Tehran.

The statement was followed on November 19 by an emergency meeting in Cairo between Saudi Arabia and other Arab foreign ministers, calling for a united front to counter Iran and Hezbollah. The emergency Arab foreign ministers’ meeting was convened at the request of Saudi Arabia with support from the UAE, Bahrain, and Kuwait to discuss means of confronting Iran. In a declaration after the meeting, the Arab League accused Hezbollah of “supporting terrorism and extremist groups in Arab countries with advanced weapons and ballistic missiles.” 

In a post on November 17 I noted that “Israel is throwing a temper tantrum over the presence of Iranian troops in Syria,” and this is probably not surprising–for Israel and the US both are watching six long years of regime change efforts go up in smoke. This alone has the potential for making the situation volatile in the extreme, and it’s not hard to imagine some sort of “incident” being deliberately provoked, possibly by Israel or Saudi Arabia, aimed at drawing the US into a war with Iran.

The officials meeting in Sochi doubtless are taking note of all this, though–at least outwardly–they don’t seem too perturbed about it. You can go here to read a Kremlin press release on a joint statement by Putin, President Hassan Rouhani of Iran, and President Recep Erdogan of Turkey, that was released yesterday.

“The main pillars of ISIS have been destroyed,” Iranian President Rouhani observed—while Putin pretty much said the same thing in so many words: “Large-scale military operations against terrorist gangs in Syria are coming to an end.”

Hopefully they will come to an end…permanently…and peace will prevail in Syria.

One final thing…at a press briefing on November 20, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders asked reporters to preface their questions by saying what they are thankful for. You can go here to watch a video of the briefing. Some expressed thanks for their families, for their jobs, their colleagues, one or two expressed thanks for the First Amendment, and one expressed thanks to his wife “for saying yes on the fourth request.” But interestingly enough, not a single one expressed thanks for the defeat of ISIS, and perhaps even more significantly, no one expressed thanks that we have avoided a war with Russia.

13 thoughts on “Thanks Given–ISIS Defeated; Putin and Assad Meet in Russia

  1. Great post; thank you. I watched only 13 minutes of the WH video. Tillerson said in paraphrase that the North Korean government is hurting its people. No: the US government is hurting the North Korean people via crippling, vindictive sanctions–including arm-twisting the Philippines and everyone else’s brother and sister to join in on the fun. All while we refuse to engage in real diplomacy via giving the NKoreans a bit of respect and dignity along a path of finally ending the Korean War with sincere negotiations toward setting in place the Peace Treaty that was required by the 1953 Armistice Agreement.

    (I did also watch the Putin-Assad 4-minute video. Good, except that I wish all of President Assad’s statements in Arabic had been translated w/subtitles provided…I noted only one short comment that was sub-titled.)

  2. Well, the one I don’t trust is Erdogan. Yeah, he shot down a Russian plane and it wasn’t that long ago that ISIS oil tankers were smuggling stolen oil into Turkey.

  3. I should have mentioned, Robert, that the comments from the media are in the second half of the video. Yeah, North Korea is still a target for Washington. Hopefully someday the US deep state will give up trying to play God over the rest of the planet.

  4. Note the continuing paranoia of Israel. The world pays a very heavy cost for the sexual maladjustment of Jewish males that are in positions of power.

    Hopefully, Syria can rebuild itself and long term peace and stability can be achieved.

  5. As you know Mr. Edmondson ” Deep State ” is International Jewish Finance “. It rules the US , through it’s control of the US Federal Reserve . Rule of capital is key. The US inherited the ” playing God ( Yahweh OT Jewish Version ) from the original ” New Israel ; the world British Empire …which collapsed fighting WW2 . The USA ” deep state ” will only go away ” when the USA ,and it’s puppet West falls under it’s own weight .

  6. Wonderful news indeed . Note the Russians use of the term ” Syrian Sovereignty “. The International Jews despise any nation truly having that ! Putin ,and Nationalist Russia has said NYET to the Jews plans for ” unipolar ,” world ruled by them . Hezbollah fought off Israel in 2006 in Lebanon. They will do so again. Note Saudi Arabia/ Gulf States are ALL Allies of Israel through Rothchilds ruled International Capital . It is a indeed a pleasure to be power cluster of nation’s coming together to solve problems ,and be victorious defacto over the former !

  7. OT
    I couldn’t work out how to sign up to Uprooted Palestinians so posting here so that you may pass it on.

    How US Tries to Link Iran to Al Qaeda
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    The U.S. propaganda campaign against Iran has tried to tie it somehow to Al Qaeda, including exploitation of a newly released document, but a close reading shows a very different story, says Gareth Porter at The American Conservative.
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    For many years, major U.S. institutions ranging from the Pentagon to the 9/11 Commission have been pushing the line that Iran secretly cooperated with Al Qaeda both before and after the 9/11 terror attacks. But the evidence for those claims remained either secret or sketchy, and always highly questionable.
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    Read more of this post
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    https://uprootedpalestinians.wordpress.com/2017/11/24/how-us-tries-to-link-iran-to-al-qaeda/
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    What’s In A Name? U.S. Takes Syria’s Al-Qaeda Off Terror Watchlists
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    By changing its name to Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda has managed to secure its removal from the U.S. and Canadian terror watchlists, allowing citizens of those countries to donate money and travel to fight with them.
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    WASHINGTON, D.C.– It turns out that getting off the U.S.’ and Canada’s terror watchlist is as simple as changing your name. While the terror watchlist in the U.S. has long been both secretive and controversial – as “reasonable suspicion” is enough to label any individual a “terrorist” – terrorist groups tied to al-Qaeda have found that getting off the watchlist only requires minor rebranding.
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    The terror group, long known to most as Jabhat al-Nusra or the al-Nusra Front, has continued to function as al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria long after Daesh (ISIS) renounced its allegiance to the group in 2014. It was first placed on the U.S. and Canadian terror watchlists in 2012.
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    But by changing its name to Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the group has managed to secure its removal from terror watchlists in both the U.S. and Canada, allowing citizens of those countries to donate money to the group, travel to fight with them and disseminate the group’s propaganda without incident.
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    http://www.mintpressnews.com/whats-name-u-s-takes-syrias-al-qaeda-off-terror-watchlists/228026/
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  8. Victory for the Syrian people .The rebuilding now starts .Many thanks to the Russian
    air support ,Iran and Hezbollah for exterminating the evil forces installed in Syria by CIA ,Israeli / mossad forces and their Saudi armaments.
    It warms my heart to watch this video meeting .

  9. This is great news,i`m soo glad the war is over,i do think alternative news/blogs and web sites played a important role in this being achieved despite the best efforts of corp mainstream media trying to sell us another war,usually using the fake garbage news memes like Assad is bombing is own people,but I think that these memes were strongly challenged by the world wide Christian communities and to anyone of a sane mind and a moral/ethical core ,that these were lies.The war crazed neocons and the DNC ultra liberals have a new target that in the crosshairs- “alternative media”, they realize they have lost the information war and are now planning anti democratic laws to silence descent ,which includes a new Mcarthyism,which means anyone who disagrees with the official narrative is a Russian agent ,,fake news stories will be created,also attacks on Russian media and Net neutrality rolled back,all this will be done because they have a false hope of going back to the good old days like the 90`s and early 2000`s when WARMONGERING CNN and co could sell bull+@#t and call it news ,when it really was propaganda,the ziocons and ultra liberals will fail in these attempts as those days a long gone and also it also strengthens Trump`s support,and Trump at the moment is more hated than prez Putin…p.s WE WON!!!! LONG LIVE SYRIA ….

  10. Looks like the best laid plans of mice and men have been foiled, but as you point out, Ozy, there is still much we have to keep our eye on. The attack on net neutrality is especially concerning.

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