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16. November 2014, 00.52 Uhr:

Am Scheitern

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Der libysche Journalist Mustafa Fetouri beschreibt eindringlich, wie sein Land in Bürgerkrieg versinkt:

For the first time in three years, partition appears as a possible scenario. With two governments, two parliaments and myriad armed militias at work, each side is refusing to accept compromise. The UN has recognised the Tobruk parliament as the sole legitimate body in the country, yet that same legislature has now been declared illegal.

All that is left behind is distrust, despair and the open possibility for more violence. In Tripoli, the militias that conquered the city have revived the former General National Congress (GNC), whose mandate expired after the new Council of Representatives was elected last June.

Despite its low approval ratings and the countless demonstrations against it last year, the GNC set up a rival government headed by Omar Al Hassi, a former university professor.

In light of the recent Supreme Court verdict, the GNC is likely to see itself as a legitimate proposition. This will only complicate the situation even further, making any political compromise harder to come by. It will also further alienate Libyans from voting in case fresh elections are considered as a possible compromise.

While such elections appear to be the only way out, this option remains doubtful given the deteriorating security situation across Libya.

In Benghazi, battles are still raging between small units of army (backed by forces loyal to retired general Khalifa Hiftar) and a coalition of jihadists and Islamists.

In Derna, further to the east, the Islamist militia group Ansar Al Sharia has declared its allegiance to ISIL in an elaborate public show of force in the city centre.

Sirte has been under control of a mixture of jihadists, Al Qaeda, and Ansar Al Sharia since 2012, who hope to conquer the rest of towns nearby in the Jufra district. This is an extremely strategic pocket of land and whoever controls it can effectively cut off the entire south of the country, where pockets of jihadists are also known to operate.

In the far west, Kikla is the current front line between Libya Dawn forces and Zintan, supported by small units of the still developing tribal army operating under the command of the Libyan-armed forces.

The country is now on the brink of an all-out civil war that could lead to its disintegration into its pre-independence 1951 trio of states: namely, Tripolitania in the west, Cyrenaica in the east and Fezzan to the south. This would mean further smaller wars would break out over resources, especially oil.

There is another possible outcome. Libya could become like Somalia, where warlords and militias have carved out their enclaves and operate with impunity. However, in Libya those militias are likely to be a mix of Islamists and jihadists, which opens up the possibility of fragmentation into far more than its original three regions.

15. November 2014, 19.25 Uhr:

Muslime haben Amerika entdeckt

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Wann kommt endlich auch die Wahrheit ans Licht, dass Neil Armstrong auf die Überreste einer Moschee auf dem Mond stieß?

America was discovered by Muslims, not by Christopher Columbus, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has claimed, vowing to build a mosque “on that hill” in Cuba if the authorities of the Caribbean nation grant the permit. 
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the first Latin American Muslim leaders summit in Istanbul on Nov. 15, Erdo?an slammed colonialism before referring to a controversial claim about the discovery of the Americas.
“Muslim sailors had arrived in the shores of America in 1178. In his diaries, Christopher Columbus referred to the presence of a mosque on top of a mountain in Cuba,” Erdo?an said, claiming the diary is a proof that “the religion of Islam was widespread” when the first European explorer discovered the New World in 1492.

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.


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.

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