Syrian government said they had retaken Saladin but the terrorists have said they launched a counter offensive
Regarding Salah al-Din
State media said government forces had taken control of Salah al-Din, but the Free Syrian Army later announced a successful counter-attack.However, according to this report from Jim Muir in Beirut. It would seem that the rebels are gone. And Syrian Army is cleaning up
After several weeks of bombardment and skirmishing, it seems the real battle for Aleppo may now be under way. Syrian state television ran urgent news flashes saying government forces were "completely combing" the Salah al-Din quarter on the south-west side of the city.
To my mind the Syrian Army would only be doing that if Salah al-Din was by and large under Syrian military control
It said many rebels had been killed, including a number of non-Syrian fighters, and that booby-trap bombs left behind by the armed rebels had been defused.If booby traps that the rebels have left behind have been defused, this again indicates retreat by the FSA terrorists
Local commanders of the rebel Free Syrian Army confirmed that a big attack was taking place but denied that the opposition forces had been completely dislodged.Okay they denied they have been retreated but the reporting indicates otherwise
Salah al-Din has been one of the main battlegrounds in the struggle for Syria's biggest city, and much of the quarter has been very heavily damaged by bombardment.
Regarding the presence of Al Quaeda in Syria?
The piece from the CFR in yesterdays post ballyhooed their presence in Syria as a good thing, for now.
The very loud elite western media acknowledgement of the presence of NATO’s left behind armies in Syria is worrisome.
In reality there is no difference between the FSA and the Al Quaeda fighters. Both groups are fighters brought in from elsewhere. Both groups are mercenaries being well paid for by Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Sure they may have picked up some gullible or impressionable Syrians along the way. But, by and large the destabilizers under either the Brand FSA or the Brand Al Quaeda are bought and paid for fighters.
I ask , is the media differentiating between the two groups, to create a specific impression or perception that at some point in time Brand Al Quaeda will have to be dealt with in Syria. For future narrative creation?
I am using the word Brand in this context: 'A trademark or distinctive name identifying a product or a manufacturer. Yes, I am suggesting that Al Quaeda and FSA are both BRANDS used in a marketing campaign to sell war via the msm.
Moving along. “Syrian rebels feel abandoned by the US” Boohoo.
This is, of course completely untrue.
“America will pay a price for this,” he said. “America is going to lose the friendship of Syrians, and no one will trust them anymore. Already we don’t trust them at all.”
So you see America better get involved. They better get that ‘no fly zone’ in place.
"they (rebels) have repeatedly appealed for a no-fly zone “Because the hired killers “won’t trust America” Mom or Apple pie for that matter.
Seems odd to read about a bunch of hired killers whining?
The reason a "no fly zone" has not materialized as of yet, is due to the rebels being unable to gain enough ground (territory) in Syria to make this NATO destabilization appear to NOT be a NATO destabilization lead by the US.(And Israel/Britain/France etc.)
NATO could conduct air strikes out of Turkey, for exampel, but that would reek of imperial invasion rather then having to intervene for humanitarian purposes. The ‘humanitarian intervention’ claim that serves as swill for the gullible. The intoxicating swill that keeps western humanity drunk, fat and feeling smug about these types of horrific interventions
Came across an interesting article : The Hunger Games: what would a joint Turkish-Jordanian assault on Syria look like?
Don't you love the movie reference?
The rumors of a military strike on Syria have begun and those voices have only got louder in the last week. Informers in the Jordanian government say army generals have been training in Turkey for the past four weeks.
Saudi has allegedly delayed regular aid money to Jordan, (??) pushing the Hashemite Kingdom into supplying military assistance to the FSA. Clearly they have the funds and they’re not afraid to use them to ensure another Sunni ally in the region. Qatar too has been happy to provide financial help for the rebels although not as aggressively as the desert Kingdom.
In our possible scenario, it looks like Saudi would provide the main source of money but channel it through the two neighbors: Jordan and Turkey.
Lengthy read. Take the time.
This is good also: NATO’s Neo-Ottoman Spearhead In The Middle East
Turkey has an ‘in’ for invading Syria
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated the following in an interview televised on August 5: “The tomb of Süleyman S,ah and the land surrounding it is our territory. We cannot ignore any unfavorable act against that monument, as it would be an attack on our territory, as well as an attack on NATO land. Everyone knows his duty, and will continue to do what is necessary.” The gravesite of a Seljuk sultan who was reputed to have drowned in the Euphrates River while on a campaign of conquest is now proclaimed a NATO outpost in Syria.
If confirmation was required that a neo-Ottoman Turkey is determined to reassert the influence and authority in Mesopotamia it gained 700 years before and lost a century ago and, moreover, that it was doing so as part of a campaign by self-christened global NATO to expand into the Arab world, the Turkish head of state’s threat to militarily intervene in Syria with the support of its 27 NATO allies should provide it.
This new assertiveness of Turkey could lead down some very interesting roads.
One that may see the younger Saudi "elite" generation none to pleased with the preeminence of Turkey in the region.
I would like to expand on this thought in the future, for now, this should do