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Sunday, August 19, 2018

israel turns West Bank into toxic waste dump

People can be seen sorting through a landfill [Thibaud Saintin/Flickr]

The Israeli occupation has turned the occupied Palestinian West Bank into a massive landfill for dangerous and toxic wastes since 1967, the Anadolu Agency revealed yesterday.
Palestinian experts and officials said that 60 per cent of Israel’s waste ends up in the occupied West Bank.
They stressed that this puts the life of Palestinians at stake, as well as damaging the soil and poisoning the groundwater.
According to Palestinian experts, Israeli disposal of its wastes is a clear violation of international laws related to environmental protection.
Speaking to Anadolu, head of the Palestinian Environment Authority Adala Al-Atira said: “There are 98 Israeli landfills across the occupied West Bank.”
This is in addition to the scores of landfill sites which are used by the illegal settlements but have not been officially recognised or allocated.

Turkish-backed rebel commander defects to Syrian Army in Aleppo

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Sheikh Qassem: Hezbollah Represents Rare Resistance Sample

Hezbollah Deputy Chief Sheikh Naim Qassem
Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem stressed that the party represents a rare resistance sample which has contributed to Lebanon’s security and stability, adding that the religious and moral values that the group holds give it this distinctive feature.
Hezbollah resistance liberated most of the Lebanese territories from the Zionist occupation, deterred the Israeli aggression and contributed to the major defeat inflicted upon the takifiri groups in the region, according to Sheikh Qassem who underscored that the group has not employed its military victories to achieve political gains in Lebanon.
His eminence also stressed that Hezbollah would address the basic socioeconomic issues and problems in Lebanon, adding that abiding by the enforced laws and recruiting the public employees in accord with proficiency exams.
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What’s Behind the US-Turkey Rift?

Unrelated to Pastor Brunson Imprisoned in Turkey

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Imprisoned in Turkey since October 2016 on charges of involvement in the failed months earlier coup attempt against President Erdogan, the Trump regime’s demand for Andrew Brunson’s release conceals what’s really behind the US/Turkey rift.
The US doesn’t give a hoot about the safety and well-being of its ordinary citizens at home or when abroad – only its privileged ones, no others.
Turkey is a key NATO member, its military second largest in the alliance to Washington’s.
The Trump regime wants Erdogan allied with its anti-Russia, anti-Iran agenda. He rejects US sanctions on both countries, intends maintaining normal political and economic relations.
Days earlier, Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu said his government
“never supported any sanctions against Russia. We have already said that we are not going to support sanctions against Iran either.”
He called on the Trump regime to rescind sanctions on Turkey, adding
“(t)hey must drop their threats, otherwise there can be no progress in (bilateral) relations.”
His relationship with Washington deteriorated in the wake of the aborted 2016 coup attempt.
He blamed it on ex-pat cleric Fethullah Gulen, living in Pennsylvania. Washington refuses to extradite him. No evidence indicates his involvement in what happened. He denies accusations against him.
While his relations with America soured, they’ve grown stronger with Russia since a Turkish F-16 downed a Russian Su-24 warplane in Syrian airspace in November 2015.
His political and economic ties to Moscow and Tehran are growing. Washington treats Turkey as both ally (in NATO) and Eurasian adversary.
Erdogan is playing the Russia/Iran, and US cards simultaneously, increasingly shifting his allegiance East, away from the West – another body blow to Washington’s imperial agenda.
On August 17, Trump disgracefully tweeted:
“Turkey has taken advantage of the United States for many years. They are now holding our wonderful Christian Pastor, who I must now ask to represent our Country as a great patriot hostage. We will pay nothing for the release of an innocent man, but we are cutting back on Turkey!”
On Thursday, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin threatened more US sanctions on Turkey on top of others imposed “if they don’t release (Brunson) quickly.”
Erdogan’s foreign minister Cavusoglu responded, saying
“(t)he US does not know, it cannot see who its true friend is. We can easily solve problems with the US but not with its current mindset.”
Both countries sharply increased tariffs on each other’s products – on Turkish steel and aluminum, on US alcohol, tobacco and vehicles.
Ankara began selling off US sovereign debt, reduced from $32.6 – $28.8 billion in June, according to a US Treasury report. In November 2017, Turkey held $61.2 billion worth of US treasuries, less than half that amount now.
In 2018, Russia dumped over 80% of its US sovereign debt holdings, holding less than $15 billion now.
The Trump regime slammed Ankara’s agreement with Russia to buy its S-400 missile defense systems. It threatened non-delivery of contracted for US F-35s to its military.
Erdogan expressed ire over US support for Kurdish YPG fighters in northern Syria he wants removed or eliminated near Turkey’s border.
Washington wants all nations bending to its will. Erdogan’s support for what the Trump regime opposes lies at the root of the deep rift between both countries.
It’s got nothing to do with pastor Brunson the Trump regime didn’t give a hoot about until recent weeks.
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Syria in the Last 24 Hours: Army Destroys Jabhat al-Nusra Command Centers in Hama Northern Countryside

18 August، 2018
Hama, SANA
Units of the Syrian Arab Army pushed ahead with military operations against the dens and gatherings of Jabhat al-Nusra and associated terrorist groups in the northern countryside of Hama.
SANA correspondent in Hama reported that army units monitored the movements of terrorist groups from the so-called “Al-Izza Brigades” while they were carrying out acts of sabotage on the outskirts of the towns of Morek, Abu Ubaida and Maakabeh in the northern countryside, killing many terrorists and wounding others.
The correspondent pointed out that the army units launched artillery strikes against Jabhat al-Nusra gatherings in the vicinity of Tel al-Sakhr town and destroyed a number of them, in conjunction with targeting with shells the dens of terrorist groups in the vicinity of the town of Kafr Zeita, resulting in accurate injuries in their ranks.
Army Continues to Storm ISIL Centers in Badiyeh of Sweida
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Damascus Army kept on storming ISIL’s positions in Badiyeh (desert) of Sweida, and captured more areas while inflicting more casualties on the terrorists over the past 24 hours.
The government troops advanced against terrorists in Tal Alam and joined hands with their comrades in Qabr Sheikh Hossein in Badiyeh of Sweida.
The Syrian army further imposed control over Southwestern Toloul al-Safa after advancing 12 km towards North.
Meantime, the Syrian army continued its military advances in other parts of Syria over past 24 hours.
Tens of terrorists were killed and dozens more were injured during the Syrian army’s operations in provinces across Syria.
The Syrian Army troops continued to storm ISIL’s positions in Badiyeh of Sweida, capturing more areas and inflicting more casualties on the terrorists on Friday.
The army men advanced against terrorists in Tal Alam and joined hands with their comrades in Qabr Sheikh Hossein in Badiyeh of Sweida.
The army men further imposed control over Southwestern Toloul al-Safa after advancing 12 km towards North.
In the meantime, other units of the army clashed with a group of ISIL terrorists deployed in Qabr Sheikh Hossein and Um Mazrakh and attacked Toloul al-Safar, killing a sum of ten terrorists and destroying their military equipment.
Meanwhile, the army’s artillery and missile units and aircraft pounded ISIL’s positions in Toloul al-Safa, damaging their positions and inflicting heavy casualties on the terrorists.
Journalists from leading foreign mass media have been allowed to see terrorists’ drones shot down over the past three days near Humeimim while trying to attack the airbase.
A group of foreign journalists touring Syria’s areas undergoing postwar reconstruction asked Russian military officials to let them see the makeshift drones terrorist use for attacks on Humeimim. They were allowed to take a look at several improvised remote-controlled aircraft downed over the past several days, the AMN reported.
Russian Defense Ministry official Major-General Igor Konashenkov said the past month saw an increase in attempts at committing terrorist attacks involving drones.
“Over the past month 45 drones carrying makeshift explosive devices were eliminated by the base’s air defense or means of radio-electronic warfare. Five drones were shot down over the past three days,” Konashenkov said.
All ostensibly improvised drones in reality are high-tech pieces equipped with up-to-date navigation and control systems and bomb-dropping devices.
Another mass grave containing bodies of civilians killed in the US-led coalition airstrikes has been found in Raqqa city, Raqqa Civil Councils reported on Friday.
The council said that a mass grave of civilians killed in the US air attacks has been unearthed in Romeileh neighborhood in the Northeastern part of Raqqa city.
It further said that bodies of almost ten more civilians killed in the air raids have been taken out of debris in al-Bitarah neighborhood in Central Raqqa.
Syrian Minister for Reconciliation Ali Haidar stated that people living in Idlib are welcome to reconcile with the government.
“The door is open to all in Idlib who choose to reconcile with the government, except terrorists that possess extremist ideologies,” Haidar said, the AMN reported.
The veteran Syrian minister stressed that reconciliation is also limited to people who are not terrorists.
Dr. Haidar is referencing jihadist groups like Tahrir Al-Sham Hay’at and the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP); these two rebel factions have waged war against the government for years.
Russian Special Forces Take Part in Southern Syria Offensive
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian Special Forces are currently participating in the Syrian Army’s ongoing offensive in Southern Syria, a media outlet reported.
Anna News Agency reported that the Russian Special Forces are behind the scenes in Eastern Sweida, providing the Syrian army important covering fire around Toloul al-Safa region.
Anna News said the Russian Special Forces operating ATGMs and sniper nests, while the Syrian army advanced across the Badiyeh al-Sham region of Eastern Sweida.
Since the start of their offensive in Eastern Sweida, the army has managed to liberate a large chunk of the ISIL’s pocket.
As a result of this advance, the army has trapped the ISIL on this strategic mountain that is located in Eastern Sweida.
Attacks Intensify on US Forces, Allied Militias in Northeastern Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and American soldiers are coming under intensified attacks in Raqqa province.
On Saturday, a bomb went off at a gathering of SDF gunmen near the villages of al-Mahmoudli in Western Raqqa, killing and wounding several militias.
Also, unknown raiders attacked SDF in Dawar al-Kanisah in the town of Tabaqa in Western Raqqa, forcing the SDF to close off the entire roads to the city and keeping fighters on alert.
Meanwhile, another bomb went off near al-Nour mosque in the Central part of Raqqa city, while an American convoy was going through the street.
There is yet no official account on possible casualties.
On Wednesday, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stormed civilians that had demonstrated against foreign occupiers in Raqqa city
The SDF gunmen opened fire at civilians in Raqqa that had demonstrated against the occupiers in Baq Rashid neighborhood.
The SDF kept fighters on alert in Baq Rashid and seized over ten civilian vehicles.
In the meantime, the Arabic-language al-Manar TV reported that three SDF militias were killed after a bomb planted by ISIL terrorists on the way of the SDF fighters went off in the village of Jadidah Baladiyah East of al-Karama in Eastern Raqqa.
A fresh wave of insecurity and tensions has covered Raqqa following the SDF measures against people and unknown attacks on them.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

“Israeli Soldiers Kill Two Palestinians, injure 270, In Gaza”

18 Aug
2:44 AM
The Palestinian Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip has confirmed that Israeli soldiers killed, Friday, two Palestinians and injured 270 others, including 60 who were shot with live fire.
The Ministry said the soldiers killed Karim Abu Fatayer, 30, by shooting him with a live round in his head, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza.
The Palestinian was shot in his eye, and the bullet exited through the back of his head after fracturing his skill and scattering his brain. The slain Palestinian is from Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza.
Furthermore, the soldiers killed Sa’adi ِAkram Abu Muammar, 26, east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.
Sa’adi is a married father of two daughters, Rahaf, 5, and Aseel, 3, and his wife is seven months pregnant.
The Health Ministry also said the soldiers injured 270 Palestinians in several parts of the Gaza Strip, during the Great Return processions; 166 of them were treated in field clinics, and 104 were rushed to hospitals.
Among the wounded are 60 who were shot with live fire, including 19 children, in addition to nine medics, who were injured by shrapnel or suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.
The Health Ministry in Gaza said the latest Israeli assaults bring the number of slain Palestinians since March 30th, to 170, in addition to 18300 who were injured.

Saudi Cleric Tortured to Death!

A detained Saudi cleric, Suleiman al-Doweesh, has been tortured to death during his incarceration, following a crackdown on suspected critics of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to reports.
Twitter account ‘prisoners of conscience’ documents those held in Saudi Arabia’s crackdown. In a tweet posted on Tuesday, it said: “We confirm the news that Sheikh Suleiman al-Doweesh HAS BEEN KILLED UNDER TORTURE in prison.”
We apologize that we will not mention further detail about how he was killed “out of respect for him”.
Saudi authorities last week detained three high-profile women’s rights activists, just weeks after more than a dozen women’s right campaigners were detained and accused of undermining national security and collaborating with enemies of the state.
Saudi Arabia has launched a crackdown on dissent since the 2011 uprisings across the Middle East, which has only intensified following a series of reforms pushed by the crown prince.
Last year, the heir to the throne, Crown Prince Mohammed, launched a wide-ranging crackdown on dozens of elites, ostensibly to tackle corruption. Critics say it was also a way of consolidating his grip on power.
Most of those detained struck monetary settlements to be released.
The suspects – who included high-profile princes and billionaires – were held at Riyadh’s luxurious Ritz Carlton hotel since early November and were reportedly told to hand over assets and cash in exchange for their freedom.
Amongst the detainees was billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who was released after he struck a financial settlement with Saudi authorities to secure his release.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team
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إلى أين سيذهب إرهابيّو إدلب؟

أغسطس 18, 2018

حميدي العبدالله

معروف أنّ جميع الإرهابيين المنتمين إلى جبهة النصرة وتنظيمات القاعدة الأخرى، ومسلحين آخرين رفضوا خيار المصالحة، تجمّعوا في محافظة إدلب.

الآن يبدأ الجيش السوري عمليةً لتطهير إدلب، ومع بدء العملية يتساءل الكثيرون إلى أين سيذهب هذه المرة الإرهابيون، ولا سيما أولئك الذين يرتبطون بتنظيم جبهة النصرة وتنظيم القاعدة؟

لا شك أنّ مصير هؤلاء سوف يكون كمصير إرهابيّي داعش في محافظة دير الزور وفي حوض اليرموك، أيّ القضاء عليهم على الأقلّ، هذا سيكون مصير الجزء الأكبر، إذ لم يقبل هؤلاء أيّ تسوية ولم تتوفر لهم أيّ منطقة تشكل ملاذاً آمناً يمكن أن يرحلوا إليها.

أما من تجمّع في إدلب من إرهابيّين وعوائلهم فإنّ مصيرهم موزّع على النحو الآتي: جزء من هؤلاء غادر الأراضي السورية منذ رحيله إلى إدلب من مناطق تمركزه الأولى، وهاجروا إما إلى أوروبا أو إلى داخل تركيا، وعدد هؤلاء ليس بقليل. صحيح أنّ السلطات التركية تمنع دخولهم، ولكن الصحيح أيضاً أنّ شبكات التهريب تنشط على نطاق واسع وتمكّنت من نقل الآلاف إلى داخل تركيا، بعض هؤلاء سافر بطريقة غير شرعية إلى أوروبا وبعضهم لا يزال في تركيا.

جزء ثانٍ من هؤلاء الإرهابيّين وأسرهم سوف يُستعاد من قبل مشغليه، سواء تركيا أو دول غربية، تماماً على غرار ما حدث في المنطقة الجنوبية، حيث تحدّثت التقارير عن إجلاء أكثر من ثلاثة آلاف شخص بعضهم عن طريق الكيان الصهيوني، كما هو حال «الخوذ البيضاء» وبعضهم عن طريق الأردن مباشرة، وهؤلاء هم ضباط الاستخبارات والمتعاملون معهم وبحوزتهم أسرارٌ كثيرة، وفي عداد هؤلاء الكوادر القيادية في التنظيمات الإرهابية.

الجزء الأكبر من هؤلاء الإرهابيين، سواء كانوا من محافظة إدلب، أو رفضوا المصالحات ولجأوا إليها سوف يقبلون هذه المرة خيار المصالحة وبأعداد كبيرة جداً تشبه أعداد من قبلوا المصالحة في المنطقة الجنوبية، بل وربما يفوقها لأن ليس هناك منطقة يذهبون إليها، ولوحظ أنّ أعداد رافضي المصالحة في المنطقة الجنوبية بالمقارنة مع رافضي هذا الخيار في الغوطة كان أقلّ في المنطقة الجنوبية، وكان عدد المسلحين الذين قبلوا المصالحة أكبر، والأرجح أن يتكرّر هذا السيناريو في إدلب.

جزءٌ آخر سينقله الجيش التركي إلى مناطق سيطرته في عفرين وجرابلس والباب ويصبح مصيره مرتبطاً بالحلّ الذي سيفضي إلى خروج الجيش التركي من سورية. وربما يحتشد جزءٌ آخر في العراء قرب الحدود التركية السورية في مناطق مهجورة على غرار ما حصل على الحدود السورية الأردنية وقرب خط وقف إطلاق النار في الجولان.

الخلاصة، أنّ مشكلة لاجئي إدلب، سواء كانوا مواطنين أو إرهابيّين وذويهم، لن تكون مشكلة ويجري التهويل فيها أكثر مما هي مشكلة حقيقية، مثلما جرى التهويل بقضية هجرة سكان المنطقة الجنوبية، ولاحقاً لم يظهر أنّ عدد المهجّرين يوازي ما تحدّث عنه الإعلام المعادي، وعاد أكثر من ربع مليون الذين تحدّثت عنه تقارير دولية ممن اضطروا إلى ترك بيوتهم إلى قراهم، ولم ينزح عن المنطقة سوى عدد قليل لا يتجاوز خمسة آلاف، وهم الذين ذهبوا إلى الأردن عبر الكيان الصهيوني، أو الذين طلبوا الترحيل إلى إدلب.

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