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13. November 2014, 15.17 Uhr:

Alawiten frustriert

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Innerhalb der Alawiten wächst die Unzufriedenheit mit dem Assad Regime:

The Alawite backbone of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime shows signs of wobbling under the strain of Syria’s civil war.

Members of the minority group have become more critical of the regime’s handling of the conflict on social media and during rare protests, according to activists and analysts. They also say Alawites, who form the core of Assad’s security forces, increasingly have avoided compulsory military service in a nearly four-year war where their community has sustained huge casualties relative to Syria’s Sunnis, who lead the rebellion.

Security forces have sharpened the friction by responding with arrests and intimidation. But while few think this immediately threatens the rule of Assad, who also is Alawite, the rising tension signals exhaustion in a community that is crucial for his regime’s ability to confront a revolt that shows little sign of ending.

12. November 2014, 15.55 Uhr:

Stolze Raketenbauer

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Stolz gibt der Iran bekannt, dass alle seine Alliierten der Achse des Widerstandes von ihm unterstützt und versorgt werden … auch mit Raketen und dem Know How sie selbst zu bauen:

“The missile production plants in Syria have been built by Iran and the missiles designed by Iran are being produced there,” Hajizadeh said in an interview on Tuesday.

He also said that even the resistance front in Palestine and Lebanon has received missile-production trainings from Iran.

“The Lebanese Hezbollah and the Palestinian resistance have grown highly powerful in this field (missile production) now,” Hajizadeh said.

A senior official of the IRGC announced in September that Iran was standing among the world’s top missile powers.

“Today, the Islamic Iran has grown into the world’s sixth missile power and this is a major source of pride for the Revolution,” Deputy Head of the IRGC Officer Training College Brigadier General Nourollah Nourollahi said in the Northern province of Semnan.

12. November 2014, 11.15 Uhr:

Kobane - Rojava, Solidarität und linke Träume .....

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Gastbeitrag von Christoph Linge

Wer hat die letzten Wochen nicht mitgefiebert, morgens vor dem Kaffee nicht schon nachgeschaut, ob inzwischen mehr schwarze Fahnen oder mehr Trikoloren über den Resten eines staubigen Nests wehen?

Endlich, wo der IS doch so eindeutig böse ist, weiss man, auf wessen Seite man da steht.

Die Linke hatte in Teilen noch Schwierigkeiten, Auftritte wie die von Frau Buchholz erinnerten doch eher an Nachrichten aus Absurdistan als aus Kurdistan, hat aber mittlerweile doch ihr ganzes Herz an Kobane gehängt. Handelt es sich doch um die Verteidigung des Projekts Rojave: der „Morgenröte“.

Nur stellvertretend aus der Pressemitteilung der Konstanzer Linken letztens:

„Die Region Rojava im Nordirak steht wegen der Angriffe der dschihadistischen Terrormiliz auf die Stadt Kobane gegenwärtig im Blickpunkt der Öffentlichkeit…..In Rojave wird auch ein Wirtschaftsmodell entwickelt, das mit der kapitalistischen Profitproduktion bricht….“

Das Drama um Kobane ist ja ein Ausläufer einer Tragödie, die sich vor 3 Jahren nur Wenige haben vorstellen können:

Dem, was in Syrien passiert.

Weiterlesen.

11. November 2014, 21.58 Uhr:

Der Fall Alleppos: Nur eine Frage der Zeit

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Aus Aleppo ein Bericht, wie schlimm es um die von den Rebellen gehaltenen Teile der Stadt steht, dass es nur eine Frage der Zeit ist, bis syrische Armee und verbündete Schiitenmilizen sie einnehmen, inzwischen allen klar ist, dass es keine Unterstützung aus dem Westen geben wird und warum man die USA inzwischen als Verbündete des Assad-Regimes sieht:

The rebels and the regime both seem to have realized this, and are both fighting fiercely and desperately in Aleppo’s key front, Handarat. The fall of east Aleppo would most likely precipitate a spectacular collapse among rebel ranks and herald their end as an effective actor in the civil conflict.

Spearheading the regime offensive are units from foreign militias, mostly Shiites from Lebanon, Iran and Afghanistan. Closely backing them are elite units from the Syrian army, while at the back, cleaning up, consolidating gains and protecting the flanks are the local militias such as the Palestinian Al-Quds Brigades — whose members actually hail from the strategic Handarat refugee camp — as well as Baath Party militias and the National Defense Forces. The rebels, meanwhile, are a hodgepodge of jihadists, Islamists and local rebel groups that make up the Islamic Front umbrella group. The threat is so severe, that Jabhat al-Nusra and Harakat Hazm have put aside their grievous differences — Hazm was routed by Jabhat al-Nusra in Idlib — to enact a temporary cease-fire in Aleppo to be able to face the looming and dangerous regime advance.

So far, they have been successful in slowing it, but it is really only a question of when and not if east Aleppo falls. Absent a strong military intervention, including air support and large supplies of weapons and ammunition, the fate of the rebels in Aleppo is sealed.

Those very sentiments were echoed to me by a young junior rebel commander of the Liwa al-Tawhid Brigades that fought at the Handarat front. “It seems they have abandoned us and want to see Assad kill us and raze our homes, what else can you call this? We have been pleading for help and ringing the alarms for weeks, but we got nothing except words of encouragement and support.” He went on ominously, “And you still expect people not to be drawn to the jihadists? Can you blame them when no one is helping them but those groups? They see America and its allies as their enemy now, complicit in helping Assad against them.”

It seems anti-Western and anti-coalition sentiments are running high, but such is the intrigue of war and its fickle alliances. Pursuit of victory — or in Syria’s case an acceptable resolution — dictates how this dirty game is played, with no morals. Squarely on the receiving end of this destructive cynicism are the hapless Syrian people.

11. November 2014, 21.47 Uhr:

Syrischer Außenminister für Kobani

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Auch der syrische Außenminister geriert sich als Freund Kobanis und der PYD, findet lobende Worte für deren Vorsitzenden Salih Muslim und drückt dem dortigen Widerstand die Daumen, der, wie er erklärt, langfristig vor allem Erdogan und Barzani schwäche:

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Mualem stated army has sent weapons and ammunition to Kurdish town of Kobani that is under the siege of the militants of the Islamic State (IS) and reiterated that further resistance of the city against the radical group would lead into the defeat of Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (…)

He hailed Kurdish resistance in Kobani and said Turkey Kurds are against Turkey policies and Kurdish resistance in Kobani changed U.S. President Barack Obama policies towards Kobani or what he called by its Arabic Name Ain al-Arab.

He predicted that the continuation of the situation would make Barzani and Erdogan policies defeated, revealing that Damascus has been in cooperation with Kurds in the city in bombing the IS radicals but the situation changed as U.S. interfered as there was no cooperation between Syrian forces and the U.S. forces.

He denied Syria pro-Kurdish co-leader of Democratic Union Party (PYD) is a separatist and said his party has entangled in a very tough situation in northern Syria developments.

9. November 2014, 11.58 Uhr:

Ein Brief an den Leader.ir

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Kürzlich schrieb der amerikanische Präsident einen “nichtöffentlichen” Brief an den iranischen Revolutionsführer Ali Khamenei, in dem er ihm nicht nur versicherte, dass die USA bereit seien, so ungefähr alles zu tun, damit ein Nukleardeal mit dem Iran zustande komme, er versicherte dem Leader.ir auch, was inzwischen jedem, der es wissen will, klar sein dürfte, dass die USA längst nicht mehr das Ziel verfolgt, so sie es je ernsthaft hatte, das Assad Regime zu stürzen:

Specifically, Obama said Washington has no aspiration to remove Syria’s President Assad — the US airstrikes which began inside Syria last month are solely against the Islamic State.

Im Iran wird dieser Brief die Führung nur gestärkt haben in ihrer festen Überzeugung, bei den USA handele es sich eh nur um einen Papiertiger, dessen Ende, auch dank der heroischen resistance der Islamischen Republik und ihrer Alliierter, nahe sei.

Deshalb rief der Leader.ir - vermutlich auch, um den 9. November 1938 adäquat zu erinnern -  einmal mehr zur Zerstörung Israels auf:

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Saturday once again called for Israel’s destruction. (…)

“This barbaric, wolflike & infanticidal regime of #Israel which spares no crime has no cure but to be annihilated,” read one tweet.

In Syrien dagegen, wo das Assad Regime so versichert aus Washington seine Barrel-Bomb Kampagne in den letzten Woche noch einmal intensivierte, freut sich Assad über diese de facto Kooperation mit den USA, während der Al Qaida Franchise in Syrien, die al-Nusra Front gerade in Idlib gegen andere Rebelleneinheiten in die Offensive geht.

Was man im Iran - und nicht nur dort, sondern in allen “Achsen des Widerstandes” - vom amerikanischen Präsidenten hält, erklärte kürzlich genüßlich Ali Younesi, seines Zeichens hochrangiger Berater des iranischen Rärsidenten Hassan Rohani:

“Obama is the weakest of U.S. presidents, he had humiliating defeats in the region. (…) “Americans witnessed their greatest defeats in Obama’s era: Terrorism expanded, [the] U.S. had huge defeats under Obama [and] that is why they want to compromise with Iran,” Younesi said.

 

“Obama is the weakest of U.S. presidents, he had humiliating defeats in the region. (…) “Americans witnessed their greatest defeats in Obama’s era: Terrorism expanded, [the] U.S. had huge defeats under Obama [and] that is why they want to compromise with Iran,” Younesi said.


9. November 2014, 11.35 Uhr:

Nach Kobani Afrin?

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Es dürfte nur eine Frage der Zeit sein, bis sich die Jihadisten vom Islamische Staat gegen eine der zwei anderen kurdischen Selbstverwaltungsgebiete richten.

Entsprechende Warnungen aus Afrin:

The militants of the Islamic State (IS) are said to be planning to launch attack on Afrin, another Kurdish city in northern Syria, after the radical group’s almost two-month-long siege on Kobani, a local leader told Reuters.

Two-hundred km (120 miles) to the west lies Afrin, which, like Kobani, is one of three Kurdish regions that declared itself autonomous from the Syrian government earlier this year. It could face a fate similar to Kobani’s at the hands of the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, according to the woman who runs Afrin’s local government as its prime minister.

“Afrin is surrounded by Nusra, we’re ready to defend ourselves,” Hevi Mustefa said during a visit to the Turkish capital Ankara to raise awareness of Afrin’s plight. “We’re grateful for the international community’s efforts at Kobani, but it was late. We want support from them so that the situation in Kobani doesn’t repeat itself,” she told Reuters in an interview, wearing a tailored leather jacket and a pendant in the Kurdish colors of yellow, green and red.

 

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