Omer Özkizilcik @OmerOzkizilcik – 8 March 2018 – Just incredible! How less the destruction in #Jinderes actually is! Since start of the #OperationOliveBranch many accused #Turkey with destroying #Afrin but just compre these drone vids feom #Jinderes to #Aleppo, #Ghouta or #Raqqa:
Das #AfD-Gesindel ist in Homs angekommen. Das rechts ist auch Homs. Aber die von Assad völlig zerstörten und ethnisch gesäuberten Stadtteile wollen sich die feinen Herren wohl nicht ansehen.
„Während wir in Homs auf eigene Kosten Kaffee trinken und Saft, leben die Flüchtlinge auf bei uns auf unsere Kosten“ Christian Blex AfD – www.mesop.de
Background – In November 2017, the city of Albukamal near the Syrian-Iraqi border was taken over by the Syrian army and the pro-Iranian militia forces that support it. The city of Albukamal, which is located near an important border crossing between Syria and Iraq, was the last significant outpost of the Islamic State to fall into the hands of the Syrian forces and their allies. The takeover of Albukamal and the arrival of the Syrian forces at the border crossing marked the end of the era of the Islamic State, which at the height of its power comprised about a third of the territory of Iraq and about a quarter (according to another version, about a third) of the territory of Syria.
- The fall of the Islamic State was accompanied by a severe blow to the military, economic, political and propaganda infrastructure that ISIS had been building since 2014. The most prominent manifestation of this blow was the loss of the government infrastructure established by ISIS, the death of many senior commanders, heavy losses among its rank and file operatives, the return of foreign fighters to their home countries, and the loss of most of ISIS’s revenues.
- Under such circumstances, ISIS is attempting to regroup, adapting its nature and modus operandi to the new situation. From a state with territorial borders, which controlled vast areas of land and managed the lives of the inhabitants, ISIS has returned to its origins and has once again become a jihadi terrorist and guerrilla organization that is not bound by any territorial framework.
- At this stage, the military pressure exerted on ISIS in Syria and Iraq still makes it hard for it to regroup and restore its military power:
- In the Syrian arena, ISIS is on the defensive in several enclaves still under its control (such as the Yarmouk Basin in the southern Syrian Golan Heights, the area of the Yarmouk refugee camp, and the area between Hama and Aleppo, where ISIS’s enclave is on the verge of collapse).
- In the Iraqi arena, local ISIS networks continue to operate in northern and western Iraq, apparently without central guidance and an orderly hierarchy. For the time being, these networks are under pressure by the Iraqi security forces.
- It is against this background that ISIS’s intensive military activity in the lower Euphrates Valley is salient. At present, this activity is unusual. However, in the future it is liable to become a model for ISIS’s activity in additional areas that were lost during the campaign against the Islamic State.
#Update Turkish-led forces took Mashale. There are now 7 kilometres of highway and zero towns between #OliveBranch forces and #Afrin city, held by the #YPG, #SDF and #NDF. Not sure, whether Kurdish-led forces have any defence strategy …
#Update #Aleppo–#Afrin highway cut by Turkish-backed forces. (However, this was not the shortest way and route reinforcements took.) #OliveBranch forces now 8 km N-E of #Afrin. Resistance by #YPG and #NDF widely ceased. Unsure if #SDF reinforcements from #Raqqa already arrived.
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By Ragıp SoyluVerified account @ragipsoylu 7 March 2018
SDF commander in a press conference in ***Raqqa*** publicly says SDF decided to redeploy 1700 militants to Afrin. Let’s see how the Pentagon would respond to this announcement since they have been saying that they would cut support, recollect arms if the target isn’t ISIS – more via www.mesop.de
6 March 2018 – DEBKA FILES ISRAEL – President Donald Trump and the first lady received Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah at the White House Monday, March 5, with exceptional warmth and a full agenda.
The two leaders quickly got down to business on three issues:
- Representatives of the US administration and leading European governments are scheduled to meet in Berlin on March 15 to compare notes on the changes required in the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran to avoid an American walkout.
- Some European leaders, led by French President Emmanuel Macron, have undertaken to try and persuade the government in Tehran to agree to placing limitations on its ballistic missile program as a means of avoiding pressure to change the nuclear accord.
- Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is currently in Tehran on this mission, Macron also personally tackled President Hassan Rouhani in an effort to downscale Iranian military intervention in Syria and Yemen. However, Tehran made it clear in a statement on Sunday that it rejects any interference in its regional activities.
- The peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians, which President Trump is still holding up his sleeve. The president reiterated in reply to reporters’ questions that having recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, he has removed a thorny issue and made the negotiations easier. Asked what happens if the Palestinians refuse to come to the table, he rapped out: “Then there’ll be no peace.”
DEBKAfile’s sources report that Netanyahu advised the president to hold back on unveiling his peace plan since, as matters stand at present, the Palestinians are almost sure to reject it, so why take the chance. Trump replied that he will take this under consideration.
- This item is perhaps the weightiest of all to be raised in the Trump-Netanyahu talks: The US military presence in Syria at points east of the River Euphrates up to the Iraqi border and in the Kurdish regions in the north. Netanyahu believes that Israel could have no better US guarantee for preventing Iran taking up a permanent military presence in Syria. The Israeli prime minister therefore asked the president not only to keep US forces in Syria, but if possible to bolster them to compensate for the Kurdish YPG militiamen heading out of their cantons to support their countrymen in battle against The Turkish invaders of Afrin. On Monday, US operations against ISIS in eastern Syria were halted for that reason.
There is no information as yet on how President Trump responded to the Israeli appeal. www.mesop.de
6 März 2018 – Eine #AfD-Delegation bereist das Kriegsland #Syrien. Gleich am ersten Tag des Besuchs trafen die Politiker den syrischen Großmufti. Der Geistliche hat in der Vergangenheit mit Selbstmordanschlägen in Europa gedroht. www.mesop.de
“US IMPERIALISM” : NO FIGHT WITHUT PKK/PYD
& March 2018 – A Pentagon spokesperson said U.S. ground operations against the self-proclaimed Islamic State in eastern Syria have been put on hold, though he said U.S. air strikes against the group continue (AP). The move comes as U.S.-backed Kurdish forces have turned their attention to a Turkish offensive in the north.