Desperate With Syrian Army’s Victories Against ISIS in Deir Ez Zour, the US Sets up a new Base for Terrorists Nearby

July 5th, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
Al Mayadeen –  – translated by Samer Hussein
Abu Yacoub, political adviser of the Free Syrian Army-linked US-backed terrorist group Revolutionary Commando Army, has said the international US-led “anti-ISIS” coalition has plans to establish a  new military base for the Revolutionary Commando Army  in Shaddadi area of the northwestern Syrian province of Hasakeh.
In an interview with the Jordanian newspaper Al Ghad, Abu Yacoub stated that the purpose of the latest transfer of troops from Revolutionary Commando Army to the province of of Deir Ez Zour is to take complete control of Deir Ez Zour city,  where Syrian Army is currently fighting fierce battles with ISIS terrorists.
Currently, Revolutionary Commando Army controls Al Tanf border crossing between Syria and Iraq, while the new base would help it to take complete control over strategically important area between Al Shaddadi in Hasakeh provicne and Deir Ez Zour.
The choice of Shaddadi area to establish a military base, was mostly made due for its proximity to the oil fields in Deir Ez Zour province.
Al Shadadi base will reportedly be the third base for Revolutionary Commando Army in Syria, after the two bases, previously established in Al Tanf and Zakaf, located in the distance of about 70 kilometers to each other, alongside the Syrian-Iraqi border.

‘Israel doing everything to prevent Syria from prevailing against terrorists’

2 Jul, 2017

‘Israel doing everything to prevent Syria from prevailing against terrorists’

FILE PHOTO © Yannis Behrakis / Reuters


As the possibility of the Syrian government and their allies prevailing in their fight against terrorists approaches, Israel is interceding to do everything it can to prevent that outcome, says investigative journalist Rick Sterling.

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) fired at a “Syrian military artillery position” on Saturday in response to “projectiles launched” at Israel from Syria, the IDF said on Twitter.

This attack follows five almost identical incidents in the Syrian and Israeli sections of the Golan Heights over the past week.

While no casualties have been reported on the Israeli side, two Syrian soldiers were reportedly killed by Israeli fire last Saturday.

Investigative journalist Rick Sterling says the situation could escalate, as Israel now seems to be launching cross-border strikes into Syria on an almost daily basis.

“As the Syrian army advances and slowly but surely is crushing the armed opposition, the terrorists within Syria, Israel is escalating its attacks and its intervention. It should be noted that where these projectiles are falling is actually Syrian territory; it is Israeli occupied Syria,” he told RT.

Meanwhile, the Assad government is not in the position to retaliate against Israel, the journalists said.

“They’ve got so much fighting going on within Syria. There are so many terrorists and so-called moderate rebels that are allied with Al-Qaeda and Al-Nusra. They’ve got their hands full right there, and they don’t need it escalating with Israel. It is really dangerous,” he said.

“It is extremely dangerous. It is clearly a violation of Syrian sovereignty. Also, Israel is attacking Syria, even if the so-called projectiles come from the terrorist groups there. So, they’re using this as an excuse, and it has been pointed out that the terrorists can just fire some projectiles into the Israeli occupied territory and get the Israeli to come in and to attack the Syrians in alliance with terrorists,” Sterling said.

The Golan Heights has been a contested area since it was captured by Israel during the Six-Day War in 1967. The journalist noted that Israel has been actively involved in the Syrian conflict “from the start supporting the terrorist campaign.”

“The former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren, who was the ambassador to the US – he said explicitly they would prefer the terrorists to the Syrian government. He said: ‘We’d prefer the people we don’t like, who aren’t associated with Iran to those who are.’ Israel has a lot at stake here. They are hell-bent on preventing the Syrian government from stopping terrorism, because they would view that as basically it’s Hezbollah and Iran in alliance with Syria, which is fighting terrorism in Syria,” he said.

“As the possibility approaches of the Syrian government and their allies prevailing in the conflict, Israel is interceding to do everything they can to prevent that,” Sterling concluded.

Massoud Shadjareh, the chairman of the Islamic Human Rights Commission, has stated that Israel’s retaliation is not justified, while also labeling the latest developments as “extremely dangerous.”

I think it is now very clear that Israeli government and the military are actively involved against the Syrian government. Around nine months ago there were many photographs and evidence presented that Israeli armed forces and, indeed, medics were bringing these terrorists who are opposing the Syrian government into Israel and giving them medical treatment, and then sending them back. Last month [it was reported] that the Israeli government is involved in financing these rebel groups,” Shadjareh told RT.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.


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