By Yaakov Lappin December 5, 2018 – THE BEGIN SADAT CENTER ISRAEL – BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,028, December 5, 2018
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Israeli and Russian interests in Syria are colliding. Russia’s new posture is challenging Israel’s defensive campaign against Iran, and Moscow and Jerusalem have so far been unable to defuse the crisis.
The crisis in Russian-Israeli relations that followed the downing of a Russian aircraft in September lacks an exit strategy, and has resulted in significantly higher tensions in the Syrian arena.
WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA) – by Scott Lucas | Dec 5, 2018 | – eaworldview – Turkish officials have met a delegation from the town of Jarjanaz in eastern Idlib Province, following almost two weeks of attacks by pro-Assad forces challenging the demilitarized zone. The pro-opposition Nedaa Syria said the meeting was at Turkey’s observation post in the Sarman area.
Citing a “Turkish officer”, the site claimed blame of the Assad regime and Iranian-led forces for defying the Russian-Turkish agreement for the zone. The officer allegedly said that the Turkish military does not oppose “painful” retaliatory attacks on pro-Assad sites to deter further bombardment.Pro-Assad units have been periodically shelling the periphery of the zone. Pro-opposition sources claims 25 people have been killed and dozens wounded in the Jarjanaz area.
A mosaic commemorating activist Raed Fares: “”The revolution is an idea and an idea can not be killed with weapons” – On November 23, Raed Fares — the civil society activist behind initiatives such as Radio Fresh and iconic demonstrations in Kafranbel in northwest Syria — was assassinated in the town.
Writing for the Atlantic Council, Faysal Itani pays tribute: 4 Dec 2018
I first met Raed Fares in November 2015 when he spoke at an event hosted by the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : DONALD TRUMP’S ARMY ON SIDE OF PKK/PYD-SDF FORCES IN SYRIA / CONTRA PUTIN & ERDOGAN
Syria Daily eaworldview : Russia, Turkey Press for US Withdrawal from Northeast
4 Dec 2018 – Both Russia and Turkey have pressed for US departure, with an end to its support of Kurdish groups, from northeast Syria. Moscow has campaigned for months for American withdrawal, in a combination of criticism and disinformation. It has claimed that the US base at Tanf in eastern Syria, near the Iraqi and Jordanian borders, is training “terrorists” and sheltering the Islamic State from attacks.
Syria Daily, Nov 23: Russia Renews Pressure for US Withdrawal
Foreign Ministry Sergey Lavrov returned to the theme on Sunday, both on Tanf and on US support of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in the northeast.
What is happening on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River clearly violates the commitment to Syria’s territorial integrity, declared by all and confirmed in the UN Security Council’s resolution. In my view, this is already evident for all.
الرئيسية / بوابة المجلس / البيانات /
2018-12-03 – A Statement to the public opinion
series of declarations were given by Russian Foreign Minister Mr.Sergey Lavrov regarding the American presence in north and east of Syria. His recent declaration about the east part of the Euphrates and the Kurdish issue, is suspicious and disturbing.
We as a political party in the Syria Democratic Council, are striving to solve the Syrian crisis by peaceful and Democratic ways. And we consider that the Kurdish issue as a national issue that must be resolved in accordance with the international pacts , and must be dealt with constitutionally within the unity of Syria. And these rights must be affirmed with the rights of all entities as a basic principle to replace peace and security to the country. Therefore, we reject such declarations, which only contribute to unrest and unstability of the region, which has maintained the civil peace ,the lives of citizens, and fought terrorism and defeated ISIS in its strongholds
Turkey irate over US obstructions in Syria
Semih Idiz November 29, 2018 – Article Summary – Ankara’s frustration with the United States continues to grow as Washington takes yet another step that Turkish officials believe was designed to hamper them from unleashing the Turkish military against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units in Syria along Turkey’s border. Turkish anger at the United States over developments in Syria is on the rise again.Officials in Ankara are convinced that Washington is stonewalling their efforts to curb and defeat the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and its political wing, the Democratic Union Party (PYD). The prevailing belief is that Washington wants to establish some kind of autonomous Kurdish region in northern Syria, similar to one in Iraq, where it hopes to maintain a military foothold for the foreseeable future with a view toward pursuing its agenda in the Middle East.
At a time when Turkey is combating separatist terrorism by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) at home, the thought that the area along its long border with Syria could be administered by YPG/PYD elements is a nightmare scenario for Ankara.
US & Turkey could influence the political outcome in Syria – if they put their differences behind them – By Michael Young
Agreeing common objectives with the Turks will help Americans push for Assad’s departure – Updated: November 28, 2018 03:24 PM THE NATIONAL
For some time, it has been obvious that the United Nations’ plan for Syria is a dead letter. As the regime of Bashar Al Assad has regained territory, all talk of transferring power away from the Syrian president, the cornerstone of the UN plan, has become pointless. However, Mr Al Assad’s hold on power remains vulnerable while foreign forces remain on Syrian territory and the reconstruction of the country looms large.
Two foreign states opposed to Bashar Al Assad, the US and Turkey, can potentially have a major influence on what happens in Syria. For that to happen, however, both will need to move beyond their differences and co-ordinate their policies against Mr Al Assad. This is by no means guaranteed, as each side is pursuing very different objectives there.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : THE DICTATORS COME TOGETHER AGAINST SYRIA & THE FREE WEST – Turkey, Russia, Iran convene in Astana for Syria talks
Amberin Zaman – AL MONITOR – November 28, 2018 & Fabrice Balanche – ARTICLE SUMMARY – The 11th Astana meeting between Moscow, Tehran and Ankara reportedly focused on maintaining the cease-fire in Idlib as flare-ups threaten to ignite the area. Officials from Russia, Iran and Turkey assembled with representatives of the Syrian opposition and the Syrian regime in the Kazakh capital Astana today. The first order of business was reportedly to ensure that a shaky cease-fire in the rebel-held province of Idlib agreed in September doesn’t collapse.Worries that the violence would escalate grew after Russian war planes struck opposition targets in Hama and Idlib provinces Sunday.
WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA) MESOPOTAMIA NEW : HUMAN RIGHTS CRIMES BY RUSSIA & ASSAD REGIME – SYRIA – NEW STUDY
28 Nov 2018 – MESOP – SYRIA: Of some 250 attacks in Syria that involved ambulances in 2016–2017, more than half deliberately targeted the emergency vehicles, according to a new study (BMJ) in a British health journal. The study found that Russian and Syrian government forces were responsible for nearly 90 percent (Reuters) of those attacks.
Read study full text https://gh.bmj.com/content/3/6/e001003