With more than 65% of Syria free from Islamic extremists, despite the material and financial support shown to these groups by Western nations, the country is on the road to defeating terrorism and claims that victory is near.
Oscar Bravo Fong *
Damascus.- This progress is based on the fact that in recent months forces loyal to Damascus have achieved resounding victories against ultra-radical groups in areas such as Aleppo, Palmira, Homs, Hama, Deir Ezzor and Damascus Countryside.
Hence, over the last year of armed conflict in Syria – which began in March 2011 – the military campaigns of the Syrian Army and its allies have led to a fourfold increase in the total area of the country in government hands.
From the 10th to the 24th of September alone, the troops expelled extremist elements – Takfiri bands that suffered hundreds of casualties in their ranks, according to the Syrian Ministry of Defence – from 94 villages in the provinces of Hama, Raqqa and Deir Ezzor.
It is fitting to point out that in the north-eastern city of Deir Ezzor, where battle is still being waged, government forces, with the resolute support of Russian special air units, achieved a historic victory.
After several days of fighting, on the 5th of September the army broke the siege imposed for more than three years on the city by the sinister Islamic State (IS) or Daesh, which in turn allowed the military airbase in the area to become operational.
Whereas previously everything had been going great guns and full speed ahead, as the sayings go, forces backed by the United States are now trying in a desperate and meddlesome bid to seize northern areas of Deir Ezzor, where large oil and gas fields are located.
The so-called international coalition, led by Washington is insisting that Syria be divided, despite the fact that the Syrian Army has managed to cross the river Euphrates, on whose western bank they have deployed their troops, while the eastern part is occupied by the opposition Syrian Democratic Forces (SFD).
This same Western alliance, which in its self-proclaimed fight against IS has bombed numerous villages, “has killed more innocent Syrians than the terrorists,” said Walid Moallem, the country’s foreign minister.
Moallem, who confirmed, in a declaration of principles, that Syria will not allow its territorial integrity to be violated, described the presence of foreign forces in the country without the authorization of the government as an occupation.
In addition to the so-called international coalition and the SFD supported by the US, troops are stationed in northern Syria from neighbouring Turkey which has recently moved hundreds of troops and military equipment into that area.
Both the West’s indiscriminate aerial bombardment and the massacres committed by terrorists from organizations such as Daesh and the Front for the Liberation of the Levant, formerly Al-Nusra, are inflicting enormous suffering on the Syrian people on a daily basis.
This affliction translates into more than half a million people being killed, wounded or maimed in the armed conflict in which this Eastern Mediterranean country has been immersed for more than six years, according to UN sources and independent organizations.
The sad reality of this loss of life and of the exodus of more than four million (in addition to some six million internally displaced) Syrians is compounded by the fact that the country reports economic losses in excess of 200 billion dollars.
Hundreds of migrants and displaced Syrians, however, have begun to return to their homeland from Lebanon, Turkey and European countries, after the much talked about victories of government troops.
The sadness and pain of thousands of Syrian children left without schools or toys and of families separated by war as well as the hundreds of homes and amenities mercilessly destroyed do not usually figure in the accounts of international organisations.
And neither does the toll due to Western economic sanctions imposed on Syria by those who finance and support the extremists, including the Gulf monarchies, the United States and Israel, a country that often destroys local amenities with its missile attacks.
To partially alleviate the effects of this situation, the Syrian government – at the same time as uniting the army and Syrian people in the fight against terrorism – is successfully promoting the process of national reconciliation.
This policy, together with the creation of safe or relaxed zones in regions of the provinces of Hama, Homs, Idlib and southern Damascus, has led hundreds of displaced Syrians to return to their home districts.
The previously mentioned achievements of the Syrian government, with the help of the allied forces of Russia, Iran and the Lebanon Islamic Resistance Movement (Hizbulah), which seek peace via the cessation of hostilities are, however, being ignored by the great Western press. This strategy forms part of the media’s current campaign which is responding to the interests of the imperial elite who are more intent on seizing Syria’s oil and gas wealth than concerned for the restoration of peace and stability in this Arab nation.
For the leaders of the Syrian government, such as the president’s political and press advisor, Bouzeina Shabaan, the difficult situation the country has been experiencing for several years is due to the existence of a Zionist-colonial plan which seeks to destroy national sovereignty and independence.
Now, a goal such as removing President Bashar al-Assad from office appears increasingly improbable for the West in the light of recent military, political and diplomatic developments. (* Correspondent for PL in Syria).
(Translated by Nigel Conibear – DipTrans IoLET MCIL – email@example.com) – Photos: Pixabay