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26. Mai 2015, 11.27 Uhr:

Als Obama den Angriff absagte

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Die französsischen Kampfflugzeuge standen betankt bereit, warteten nur auf den Befehl zum Angriff. Ebenso syrische Rebelleneinheiten. Damals, im August 2013 nach den verheerenden Giftgansangriffe in den Ghoutas. Eine rote Linie war überschritten. Dachten sie. Dem war aber nicht so. Der Befehl blieb aus. Mit all den bekannten Folgen, die David Axe noch einmal zusammenfasst:

The French are dismayed. The Syrian opposition is furious—and increasingly drawn to radical Islamists who are also battling Al Assad. American credibility has been deeply damaged. (…)

Two hundred thousand strong, secular and broadly representative of the Syrian people, the FSA believes, probably correctly, that it is Syria’s best hope for defeating Al Assad and clearing the way for a new elected government. But the FSA lacks heavy weapons, anti-air defenses and warplanes of its own, putting it at a disadvantage on the battlefield. (…)

Washington could provide the missing equipment, but hasn’t. The relative lack of American support has long baffled the rebel army’s leaders. “The Americans are indirectly supporting Assad by not giving us what we need,” says one senior rebel officer, who asked not to be named.

So when it appeared America was on the verge of striking Syria on Aug. 31, the rebels believed their pleas had finally been heard. Washington was finally coming to the aid of the opposition forces it claimed to support. The FSA planned to attack in concert with U.S. air strikes, says Mohamed Moustafa, who helps coordinate the supplies of American non-lethal aid to the rebels.

When America did not attack?—?and France held back, too?—?opposition leaders and everyday Syrians felt betrayed. “Obama’s backing down was harder for the Syrian people than the regime’s use of chemical weapons,” Moustafa says.

In the weeks since the abortive raids, the fighting in Syria has only escalated. Al Assad agreed to turn over his chemical weapons to Russia, but easily replaced the gas munitions with incendiary weapons that are only slightly less destructive.

Having stood down its strike force, France has shown no indication it will attack Al Assad on its own.

And the rebels, repeatedly disappointed, have largely given up on getting help from America. “We are tired of repeating ourselves,” the anonymous senior officer says. Instead, the opposition says it will fight alone … and increasingly in concert with the temperamental radical Islamists who have grown more numerous since the FSA’s battlefield defeats earlier this year.

26. Mai 2015, 11.16 Uhr:

Auch ein guter Kurde?

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Ob die neue Begeisterung für die Kurden, die im politischen Berlin dieser Tage herrscht und immerhin zu Lieferungen jener so dringend benötigten Milan Raketen geführt hat, auch die iranische KDP miteinbezieht, deren Generalsekretär Musatafa Hijr kürzlich erfreulichen Klartext mit Vertretern der Bundesregierung und des Bundestages gesprochen hat?

Hijri expressed PDKI’s concern that removal of sanctions and potential incentives a deal might bring about could strengthen Iran and make the theocratic regime in Tehran more aggressive in the region.

Hijri also discussed the resent unrests in Mehabad as a clear sign for the brutal repression that Islamic Republic of Iran is subjecting the Kurdish people to.

Moreover, Hijri talked about the war against ISIS and said that Iran is one of the actors that is benefiting from the advances of ISIS. He stressed what Iran is the biggest sponsor of the terrorism in the region and uses ISIS’s advances to increase its influence in the region.



26. Mai 2015, 10.10 Uhr:

Befreiter Süden

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Vor fünfzehn Jahren zog die israelische Armee sich aus dem Südlibanon zurück. Das Jubiläum wird die Hizbollah entsprechend als großen Sieg feiern.

Wie es im Süden heute aussieht, in den befreiten Zonen, darüber berichtet Myra Abdalla für Now Lebanon:

Ali says that Hezbollah strictly controls the lives of a lot of young men. He told NOW that Hezbollah organizes meetings for both men and women to teach them about party doctrine and religious rules. They encourage women to wear veils and encourage men to adhere to the party’s chain of command. He also said that a lot of pressure is put on parents to oblige their kids to attend these meetings.

“Every newborn in the south is a new Nabih Berri or Hassan Nasrallah,” Abu Hassan told NOW. “This is taught in our schools now. Many schools are teaching Resistance ideology these days, where they are imposing Sharia laws. For example, if you want to enter the Madares [schools] al-Mustapha or Madares al-Rahma, it’s not possible without wearing a veil, even though these are only schools and not mosques.”

The pictures of martyrs on the majority of streets in the south are remarkable. Part of celebrating Liberation Day is the remembrance of local martyrs who were killed not only during the wars with Israel, but also during the Syrian war. “Death has become a part of our daily life,” says Umm Muhammad. “We are so used to burying our kids that we’ve stopped feeling the pain of loss. All our children are potential martyrs. This is how our parents raised us. This is the value according to which we raise our children. This is what the Resistance taught us over the years. We are all born to die defending our land.”

 

“When the Israelis were here, we had more money than we do now,” said a 50-year-old resident of Burj al-Moulouk, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “Our financial situation was better because a lot of our men used to work in restaurants and shops in Israel and used to have high salaries. Christians have a reputation of being the only people who worked in Israel, but this is not true. More than 80% of Shiite men in my town used to work there, too. After the liberation, some of them traveled and others were imprisoned for two or three years. We all benefited from the Israeli economy before 2000. Nowadays, the economic situation is really bad. The south is an economically dead area. We barely find jobs. Those who join Hezbollah are almost the only people who have a stable income. Adding to this, after the Syrian crisis, a lot of Syrian refugees came to the south and are now being hired more than Lebanese people because they accept lower salaries.”

25. Mai 2015, 11.06 Uhr:

Connecting the dots

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Gastbeitrag von Andreas Benl

Mittlerweile reichen eigentlich spärlich kommentierte Mediencollagen, um das politische und moralische Nirwana der deutschen und europäischen Aussen- und Flüchtlingspolitik - begleitet von Larmoyanz und Hetze - zu beschreiben. Das Marine Le Pen nur auf den Punkt bringt, wenn sie gleichzeitig fordert, mit Assad zu kooperieren und seine Opfer ertrinken zu lassen oder zurückzuschicken. Wobei selbst sie nicht den Zynismus des titelseitenfüllenden Buddies von Assad und von al-Baghdadis und Khameneis Schlächtern Jürgen T. aufbringt, Assad auch noch zum Garanten einer “demokratischen” Zukunft für Syrien zu machen.

Meldung 1:

Assad unleashed his scorpions on the people of Syria – anything and everything from artillery shells and gun-shipped missiles to barrel bombs and sarin gas. A moderately estimated 200,000 Syrians have died thus far; more than 10,000 children have been killed; some 10 million Syrians, almost half the nation, are displaced … and Europe, the continent that ignored Bashar Assad’s governance, is now fending off his refugees as they come pounding on its doors.

Meldung 2:

“Die Welt: Und was gäbe es für eine Lösung für Libyen?
Le Pen: Sofort die diplomatischen Beziehungen wiederherstellen und uns mit den syrischen Streitkräften verbünden.
Die Welt: Also mit Syriens Staatschef Baschar al-Assad? Wirklich?
Le Pen: Assad ist noch der am wenigsten Schlimme unter den islamischen Fundamentalisten, die es ja nun auch in Libyen gibt. In der Außenpolitik wähle ich grundsätzlich das kleinste Übel.”


Meldung 3:

“He is the only leader who can give your country a modern democratic and stable future without foreign dominance. And this is what we have to make clear to the world. And to your people.
So let us do it. Nothing is stronger than a idea whose time has come. Now time is on our side. So please fight- for him and for your country! Yours Juergen from Cairo”


Meldung 4:

Angesichts des vorhersehbaren Scheiterns der Atomverhandlungen will die Iran-Lobby auf der Berliner Konferenz noch vor der Deadline am 31. Juli 2015 Fakten schaffen. Dass die Organisatoren von IBRIDGE sich Deutschland für ihre PR-Propaganda ausgesucht haben, liegt vor allem daran, dass die deutsche Politik und Wirtschaft in Europa die wichtigsten Unterstützer der Appeasementpolitik Obamas und einer raschen Aufhebung der Sanktionen gegen den historisch bewährten Wirtschaftspartner Iran sind.

25. Mai 2015, 09.46 Uhr:

PKK versus PDKI

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Gestern kam es zu bewaffneten Zusammenstößen zwischen Einhieten der PKK und der Demokratischen Partei Kurdistans - Iran (PDKI), dei denen zwei Peshmerga der iranisch-kurdischen Organisation getötet wurden:

At least two members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) were killed on Sunday in clashes with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on the Iran-Iraq border, a KDPI spokesman said.

Mohammad Saleh Qadri claimed a group of PKK fighters had attacked the KDPI peshmerga in the mountainous region. The PKK had previously insisted that the rival group leave the area around the villages of Kelashin, Khenela and Saqar.

“The clashes are continuing,” Qadri told Anadolu Agency. “The PKK want us to leave the area but we determined to establish military center there because our martyrs’ cemeteries are there.”

The KPDI was established in 1945 to fight for Kurdish rights in Iran.

Ein Sprecher der PDKI warf der PKK vor, vom Iran unterstützt zu werden und im Auftrag Teherans zu handeln.

“We strongly suspect there was a coordination between the Pasdaran and the PKK to attack the KDPI,” Sharafi told Rudaw in a live interview Sunday from the group’s headquarters in Koya, Kurdistan region.

“We also suspect that the Iranian Pasdaran disguised as PKK guerillas fought our troops,” Sharafi said.

Meanwhile, in a strongly worded statement on Sunday the KDPI condemned the attack and called PKK actions “treason against the Kurdish struggle” and “serving the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Die PKK weist diese Vorwürfe zurück, nachdem sie anfangs die Zusammenstöße ganz geleugnet hatte.

Auch in Kurdistan fordert der regionale Konflikt zwischen Iran, Saudi Arabien und der Türkei seinen Tribut. Während die PKK und die Patriotische Union Kurdistans (PUK) als Verbündete des Iran gelten, pflegt die Demokratische Partei Kurdistans (KDP) enge Beziehungen zur Türkei.

24. Mai 2015, 12.49 Uhr:

Ertrunken

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Zahlen, die für sich sprechen:

From Death to Death,” a report by the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR), finds that 2,157 Syrian nationals have drowned off the coast of Libya en route to Europe since the outbreak of an uprising against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad. According to SNHR, over 75 percent of those who drowned have been women and children.

The report finds that the number of refugees from Syria has now reached 5.8 million, equal to more than a third of the country’s population according to 2011 figures.

The vast majority of Syrian refugees are hosted by neighbouring countries including Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon, which this year became host to the world’s second-largest population of refugees.

Relatively small numbers of Syrian nationals have reached Europe – the latest European Union figures show that just 150,000 Syrians have sought political asylum within its borders since 2011.

24. Mai 2015, 10.43 Uhr:

Wie Ramadi fiel

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Ein kurdischer Offizier der irakischen Armee erklärt, warum Ramadi an den Islamischen Staat fiel, der inzwischen militärisch stärker sei als zu Beginn des “War on Terrors", warum die US-Luftwaffe versagt hat und warum es völlig unrealistisch ist, zu glauben, dass Anbar zurück erobert werden könne.

All das klingt leider wesentlich überzeugender, als die offiziellen Statements aus Washington, wo man lieber irgendwas von Sandstürmen und taktischen Rückzügen erzählt, während jetzt bekannt wird, dass es während des Sturmes des IS auf Ramadi gerade einmal vier Luftangriffe des US-Airforce gab.

At times, ISIS targeted the Iraqi Army and police with 25 car bombs, yet our forces managed to fight back and repel the attacks.

But this time there was a major betrayal by the Special Operations command. This command was formed by the Americans during [former] prime minister Nouri al-Maliki and they carried the latest advanced weapons.

Two days prior to the ISIS attack we had accurate information that the Special Operations had packed up and abandoned their base in Ramadi. (…)

Last year, the Iraqi army had 15 divisions and some of the best weapons and was in charge of Mosul and Tikrit, yet it couldn’t take back 10 percent of Anbar that was out of control. How can it retake this province with Mosul and Tikrit gone?

The ISIS of now is different from that of a year ago in terms of fighting tactics, arms and devotion.

About five days before the attack on Ramadi I had intelligence that 400 armed vehicles had entered Iraq from Raqqah through the Qaim border crossing. Their plan was to deploy 200 vehicles to Tikrit and the other 200 to Ramadi.

I informed my superiors of the ISIS plan and suggested they be taken out by airstrikes on the road but that didn’t happen and the convoys reached Anbar and Tikrit.

Within hours of their arrival 24 car combs attacked us. This means foreign suicide bombers had come to Anbar from Syria. That day, however, ISIS couldn’t advance. The next day they sent 30 suicide bombers into our defense lines.

An enemy that can prepare 50 suicide bombers overnight, isn’t a joke.

I don’t think all the airstrikes and attacks on ISIS in the past year and half have degraded any of the ISIS capacity. In fact, ISIS is getting stronger and has weapons that we don’t have.

ISIS now poses a 70 percent threat to the capital Baghdad and all the Shiite militia could do is to prevent the army from pulling out. I don’t think they can take back any territory from ISIS.

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