Birth Pangs for those who haven’t followed the theme refer to what is occurring on the ground as the big players redraw/defend borders in multiple regions of the world. Asia, Africa and the Middle East are all on the drawing board. The player/participants are Israel, US, France, Russia, Germany, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Armenia, Iran etc., Eventually India and Pakistan will loom large in all this as Afghanistan has come into play.
ISRAEL was accused today of using two passenger jets as a shield during Wednesday’s missile strikes on Syria’s Homs province.
Russian general Vadim Kulit told a press briefing that the Syrian armed forces held back from targeting the Israeli air force F-16 tactical fighters as they launched an attack in the Palmyra region.
“The Syrian military leadership decided not to use air defence systems, since at the time of the Israeli aviation attack, two civilian passenger aircraft were in the zone of destruction of the anti-aircraft systems,” he said.
At least one soldier was killed and three injured in the missile strike, which Damascus said targeted a phosphate ore processing plant in the eastern Homs countryside.
Syria has consistently warned of Israel’s use of civilian aircraft during missile strikes.
In February 2020 an A320 passenger jet with 172 passengers on board was forced to make an emergency landing at the Russian-controlled Khmeimim air base during an Israeli air attack.
Wednesday’s air strikes came days after Syrian defence systems thwarted a previous attack that targeted the T4 airport in Homs province.
Israel refuses to confirm or deny such attacks but acknowledges that hundreds of missiles have been launched since the start of a foreign-backed insurgency in 2011.
Then there was the time that Syrian air defences shot down the Russian plane as Israel attacked Syria from behind that – The year was 2018. Israel’s deception was dangerously apparent
In a statement, Russia said Israel’s “irresponsible actions” were to blame, saying it was given less than a minute’s warning ahead of the strikes, which was not enough time to get the military surveillance plane out of the way.
“The Israeli planes deliberately created a dangerous situation for surface ships and aircraft in the area,” a defence ministry spokesman said.
The spokesman accused Israeli pilots of “using the Russian airplane as a cover”, putting it “in the line of fire coming from Syrian air defence systems”.
Tel Aviv’s fighter pilots are to be joined in the skies by the forces of seven countries on Sunday (tomorrow) including the US, Britain and France, the Israeli Defence Force announced on Thursday.
They will take part in exercises to “learn, train and improve operational capabilities,” with Israel’s air force chief Amikam Norkin saying the operations were necessary due to threats from Gaza, Lebanon, Syria and Iran.
Of course she’s meeting with their PKK partners in occupation, annexation and ethnic cleansing
USAID Administrator Samantha Power’s Meeting with Chairman of the Syrian Civil Defence Raed al-Saleh
For Immediate Release
Friday, October 15, 2021
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Rebecca Chalif:
Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with the Chairman of the Syrian Civil Defence (SCD) Raed al-Saleh, and his team to discuss the vital importance of life-saving humanitarian and stabilization aid in Syria, recognizing the severe needs on the ground.
Administrator Power reaffirmed USAID’s commitment to the people of Syria, noting that the United States is the largest donor to the humanitarian response, having provided nearly $13.6 billion in humanitarian assistance in Syria since 2011. Administrator Power commended the life-saving work of the SCD—also known as the White Helmets—in the face of dangerous conditions, and deadly attacks, and expressed gratitude for all SCD staff and volunteers who have provided emergency assistance over the years.
Administrator Power emphasized the need to continue drawing attention to the brutality of the ongoing conflict in Syria, including the Assad regime’s targeted attacks on civilian populations and emergency first responders.
Talks of such a territorial swap are back on the table now, amidst a common Turkish-Russian belief that the US is preparing to disengage from the Middle East, as they did with Afghanistan. If the US withdraws its troops from Syria—a view not shared by Syrian Kurdish leaders—then the Syrian battlefield will be for Ankara and Moscow to divide amongst themselves.
Putin has been trying to breathe life into the Adana agreement for two years—an agreement between Damascus and Ankara struck in 1998 to maintain a buffer zone along the Turkish-Syrian border. Not only would it restore security ties between Syria and Turkey, but also stabilize the entire border area. Originally created to root out the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)—deemed a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and European Union—from Syria, the Adana agreement gives the Turks the right to enter up to five kilometers into Syrian territory in pursuit of the PKK. Erdogan has accepted returning to the agreement, with amendments, however, expanding the area into which he can enter up to thirty kilometers.
Neither Putin nor the Syrians seem to mind that possibility. To give Erdogan an additional layer of security, the Russians are toying with the idea of deploying their troops along the border to keep the PKK at bay. If that is achieved, it would be one less issue for Russia and Turkey to worry about.
After all, Syria is one of many bilateral issues ranging from Libya to Nagorno-Karabakh, and both Erdogan and Putin realize that they have nothing to gain from further disagreement over Idlib province. An agreement is far easier and less costly than an escalation and especially war.
Adana. The Adana Agreement- This has been talked about for longer then two years by Putin. Wonder how it is I’m aware of this fact? Why, I wrote about it more then once at my defunct blog. Have no fear, dear reader, I’m going to set to work digging up those old reports and drag them here. Because this is where they belong and this old agreement between Syria and Turkey may come into play? Depends on UsraelKurds of course. As well as France, Germany and others.