Syria Updates – Military Escalation

SYRIA IN CONTEXT, 7 Aug 2023

Vanessa Beeley – TRANSCEND Media Service

As things are moving fast in Syria, I will try to maintain regular updates.

Russian SU-34

On 30 Jul 2023, at 6.53 am at an altitude of 5000 metres in the Al Raqqa region – a dangerous approach by a U.S. MQ-9 drone was again recorded. The drone came within 100 metres of the Su-34 – according to Brigadier General Oleg Gorinov, the head of the Russian Reconciliation Centre in Syria.

According to the Russian Reconciliation Centre – drones of the U.S.-led international coalition violated the safety of flights in Syria 340 times during July 2023 .

The U.S.-led Coalition is provoking Russia just as Israel has consistently provoked Syria to respond to their weekly aggression against Syrian military and civilian infrastructure.

The response will come but on the terms of the genuine anti-terror alliance, not on the terms set by Israel or the criminal U.S. Coalition.

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31 JulIn Daraa, south of Damascus a Syrian Arab Army military bus was targeted by an explosive package killing at least one of the Fourth Division soldiers on board – identified by local sources as Qasim Mohammed Al Hassan.

The U.S. and U.K. incubate terrorist groups in the 55km exclusion zone around the illegal U.S. military base at Al Tanf to carry out such attacks on Syrian military positions and convoys. It can be safely assumed that Israel has also maintained contact with terror cells still active in southern Syria.

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31st July – Terrorist media outlets have reported that some leaders of factions in the so-called Syrian National Army (SNA) – which is effectively the rebranded Free Syrian Army (FSA) among other muslim brotherhood-dominated gangs – have been recruiting militants from within the SNA to be posted as border guards in Al Tanf on the Syrian/Jordanian border.

Sources indicate that the recruitment is ongoing secretly and that this is a similar mission to Libya with a salary up to $ 1000 per month. Compare this to the $ 7-15 paid to a Syrian Arab Army soldier, especially since inflation has increased in Syria.

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31st July – Syrian Foreign Minister Dr. Faisal Al Miqdad speaking from Iran:

It is better for the U.S. Army to withdraw from Syria before it is forced to do so.

Practical steps are being taken to implement the agreements reached during President Raisi’s recent visit to Syria.

We are satisfied with developments in the region, as effective diplomacy between nations promises good results for the people. Those who seek to obstruct these efforts should know that the Arab peoples are tired of the authoritarian U.S. Coalition practices that seek to maintain the Zionist occupation of Arab lands.

We renew our support for the Palestinian people and condemn the war crimes and human rights crimes committed against them by the Israeli occupation.

The crimes of the U.S. Occupation in Syria cannot continue and the Syrian people will not tolerate this indefinitely. The U.S. occupation army must withdraw from the lands it occupies.

The United States wants Al-Tanf region which it occupies to be a hub of terror organisations to despatch elsewhere in the region and the world.

We support all initiatives for the return of Syrian refugees but Western countries are obstructing their return under the pretext that conditions are not favourable.

The U.S. and it separatist (Kurdish) militias continue to plunder oil and deprive the Syrian people of their resources while Turkey [NATO member state] deprives the two million inhabitants of Al Hasakah of water.

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31st July – The occupied countryside of Ras Al Ayn in the North witnessed infighting among the Turkish-backed proxy terrorist groups. Serious clashes have been reported between terrorists belonging to the so-called Al Hamza division in Mukhtala village – machine guns and RPGs were used during the clashes and civilian casualties have been reported and material damage to civilian property.

The infighting was the result over smuggling revenues from resources stolen from Syria and traded in Turkey – now one of the most lucrative income sources for the terrorist groups in the north of Syria.

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Wildfires in Syria used as a weapon of war:

General Jalal Dawoud, Head of the Fire Department in Latakia, says the fire was man-made. This was determined because the origin of the fire was not in one place, but was started in scattered areas all at the same time in daylight hours.

After the security forces began their investigation, it was found that the fires were started by drones originating from Idlib, under the occupation of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, formerly Jibhat al-Nusra, the Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria.

On July 25, a fire department vehicle drove over a previously planted mine on Zgharo Mountain, near the town of Maskita, but without injuries.  This area was occupied by the terrorists now in Idlib during the 2015 period before they were driven east to Idlib.

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Sources – Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) and local news sources. Also please follow t.me/believeinsyria on Telegram.

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Vanessa Beeley is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment. “The pursuit of peace and progress, with its trials and its errors, its successes and its setbacks, can never be relaxed and never abandoned.”

 

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