With the assistance of the Russian Aerospace force, the Syrian Arab Army has broken the three year long ISIS siege of the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor as food, medicine and aid now flow in to the region.
Since then, Russia has confirmed the death of the self-proclaimed ISIS emir/leader of Deir ez-Zor along with 40 ISIS leaders who all perished when Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed their underground layer on the outskirts of Deir ez-Zor city.
Today, news came in that the Syrian Arab Army is now in control of Deir ez-Zor’s military airport which ISIS has occupied for three years.
The rapid advance of the Syrian Arab Army in what was the last major ISIS stronghold in Syria means that the conflict in Syria is closer than ever before to being declared over and won by the Syrian Arab Republic.
The Russian Defence Ministry released a statement on today’s new victories which underscores the monumental nature of the defeat of the most feared terrorist organisation in modern history,
“Syrian government troops, with the support of the Russian Air Force, achieved a serious success, inflicting a devastating defeat on Daesh units in the area of the city of Deir ez Zor, which exceeding in scale all previous victories over the past three years.
Currently, the government troops under the command of Gen. Suheil Hassan together with the units, which had been under the siege at the Syrian military airbase, are widening the corridor between the airfield and Deir ez-Zor, carrying out successful military actions on flanks”.
It is becoming increasingly clear that whereas three years ago, it seemed as though Syria might fall to terrorists as Iraq partly did previously, that instead, Syria is a country that has successfully resisted would-be regime change at the hands of US backed terrorists.
To this end, while the US supports many terrorist factions in Syria, it has consistently denied supporting ISIS. However, recent reports of US Air Force helicopters evacuating ISIS fighters from Deir ez-Zor have made many question this narrative.
Retired US Air Force Lieutenant Karen Kwiatkowski has described the situation in the following way,
“Certainly, we are rescuing our allies. But to some extent, we are preserving people who have worked with us, people that are dealing with the financial aspects of our aid to Daesh, because that’s what’s going to be looked at in the autopsy of this operation. People are going to be saying: where did the money flow? Who knew about it? What was the American role? Americans will be asking that question too, not just the world”.
The picture this paints is that the CIA is still covertly aiding terrorists, including ISIS at the same time as Syria and Russia cooperate in inflicting seismic defeats on the group.
This reality was insultingly denied by Barack Obama’s Secretary of Defence, Ash Carter, who earlier this year said that Russia is “doing nothing” to fight ISIS.
This patent lie could not be further from the truth. The reality is that Syria and Russia are together scoring victories which aim to remove ISIS from the face of the earth, something which ought to be celebrated as a great victory for civilisation over barbarism.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has touched on US meddling in other countries’ internal affairs in a meeting with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro whose country is grappling with months of unrest.
Venezuela has been convulsed by months of unrest, which has plunged the oil-rich country into the worst economic crisis in its history. The government says Washington is instigating the unrest and trying to undermine the South American country.
“We have no doubt that the new methods of the US government cannot last for long,” Rouhani said on the sidelines of the first science and technology summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Astana.
Rouhani underlined the importance of unity and further cooperation among independent countries in the face of US efforts to create divisions.
Last month, US President Donald Trump triggered an outcry after saying he would not rule out a “military option” against Venezuela. He made the threat after signing a new executive order imposing sanctions on Caracas.
Maduro told Rouhani that his people “have witnessed invasive maneuvers and meddling by the US, especially over the past six months, but we will stand against these pressures by preserving our unity.”
The Venezuelan president urged further expansion and deepening of relations between Tehran and Caracas, which have developed close relations over recent years.
Iran is involved in a series of joint ventures worth several billion dollars in energy, agriculture, housing, and infrastructure sectors in Venezuela. Iran’s main industrial projects in Venezuela include a car assembly plant, a tractor manufacturing complex and a cement factory.
Both countries are hugely rich in resources. Venezuela possesses the world’s biggest oil deposit while Iran owns the fourth largest oil and first largest gas reserves of the world.
In their talks, Rouhani underlined the need for continued consultations among OPEC and non-OPEC members and hailed Venezuela for helping stabilize crude oil prices.
Caracas has been key to a December 2016 agreement under which OPEC members agreed to cut production by 1.2 million barrels per day. Non-OPEC producers, led by Russia, joined in by committing to cut output by 558,000 bpd.
Maduro said efforts were underway for another meeting to be held among major oil producers by the end of the year towards taking the prices to a desired level.
Regional terror on its last legs
Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani described terrorism a global menace. “Fortunately, the countries currently fighting terrorism in the region have had great achievements, so that the conditions for the terrorists in Iraq and Syria are now very dire.”
“With the defeat of the terrorists in the region, foreign interference will also be limited,” the Iranian president said.
Rouhani arrived in Astana on Saturday for the OIC’s first science and technology summit, which will be held over Sunday and Monday. The president addressed the forum in a keynote speech on Sunday.