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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Syrian Diaspora - 2011 to Present. They Never Asked for This.

                 Syrian refugees in Bute, Scotland.  Image source: Express UK

The pervasive proxy war against Syria hasn't only destroyed the country but has also facilitated an atmosphere of depressive isolation for many Syrians forced to leave home. 

On December 2015, fifteen young displaced Syrian families  were dumped (as refugees) in the secluded, lonesome and dismal Scottish island of Bute which has a population of 7,000 elderly traditional Scottish seniors from 75 and 95.  Most of these old retirees don't know a thing about the Syrian war.  They admit viewing the arrival of Syrian refugees in Bute as "them and us."  For the refugees, the glaring contrast from the vibrant and cheerful pre-war Syria couldn't be more heartbreaking!    Job opportunities are zero in a place like Bute.  There is no one to teach them English.  Apart from the emotional trauma and utter boredom, it's a colossal waste of talent for the young families. Quoting a 42-year-old Syrian and father of four, “I feel like I have one option now, to die here.  Only die here, nothing else.” The scenario isn't too different from the concept of punishments in middle ages by imperialist powers when they exiled dissidents to remote, uninhabited little islands like St. Helena, Devil's Island, Robinson Crusoe Island and more.

                 Syrian refugee family in Canada:  Image & story Yahoo News Canada.

A Syrian refugee family - parents and five children - living in a townhouse in the Canadian city of Langley, province of British Columbia, have their own woes.  Around the fall of 2016 there was a small fire in their kitchen above the cooker.  For safety purposes, renovation workers had to remove part of the ceiling, the drywall, laminated floor and the kitchen sink.  Apart from the inconvenience, that made the house frigid in sub zero December temperatures.  The family couldn't afford to move to a new house without government assistance.  It took a little while for Immigration Settlement Services to receive approval from the Federal government to find a new accommodation for them.  According to the family, Syria is cold too.  But in Syria they were ready to handle unexpected situations for they had the resources.  As refugees away from home, they don't.

So much of their lives is now just a bundle of memories.  The fragrance and flavor of Syrian cuisine .. the thick lentil soup and kanafah sprinkled with pistachios;  those traditional Syrian restaurants with waiters carrying large plates of shawarma and fried falafel;  the togetherness of Syrians and Palestinians during the month of Ramadan ... the traditional sahoor Ramadan drummers (the musaharatis) going around neighborhoods with their drums and songs.  After tarawih prayers, friends would meet in the evenings, chat, tell stories, sing, sip coffee .. and those traditional Ramadan sweets of Damascus!   All Syrians miss Ramadan in Old Damascus.  "Nothing compares to it" is the commonest comment.  In their cell phones, many of them carry Youtube clips of the adhan sounding from the minaret of the Ommayad Mosque in Old Damascus.  It takes them on a short free ride down the memory lane and back home; but only for a while until the rude awakenings start pouring into their difficult lives again.   Most elderly Syrians, despite the emotional trauma of foreign invasion and loss of their homes, were reluctant to leave.  In many cases their adult children literally had to grab their passports and bring them to the airport. 

This once incredibly happy and financially secure community is now scattered in groups of war-exiles in different continents with faltering economies, job shortages, debts, mortgages and impersonal neighbors. They are dispersed everywhere –  Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Australia, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Scotland etc.  It's a  tragic Syrian diaspora forced upon them.  One thing that follows ever Syrian refugee - old and young - like a shadow is homesickness. 

Slight Relief in Algeria:

The only place the Syrian exiles are comparatively happier is Algeria.  There are approximately 40,000 Syrians  living in Algeria at present, escaping the foreign invasion that has ravaged their beautiful homeland.  Fortunately, Algeria doesn't force Syrian refugees to live in camps like Jordan and Lebanon.  And unlike  Turkey, Syrians in Algeria don't need to fear the wealthy Saudi and Emirati predators hovering around  refugee settlements looking for young girls as war brides.   There's no racial discrimination, imprisonments nor derogatory treatment as in Europe.  Syrian children can attend school in Algeria and families are free to set up their own businesses.  There are a couple of problems however.  Algeria offers healthcare only for refugee children under age six.  Unlike Syria, there's no free healthcare for all.  Algerian government also does not allow refugees without documents to look for jobs nor to purchase property, compelling many to work illegally.  Most displaced Syrian families in Algeria have opened  traditional restaurants serving Syrian food that are doing fairly well.  Along the historical winding alleys of the kasbah of Algiers with its brick steps, it isn't unusual any longer to see Syrian sweet marts with comfortable sunken couches, Syrian decor, images of the Aleppo Citadel and shelves stocked with traditional Syrian desserts.  They can afford to rent houses or apartments. But it isn't the same as Syria for any of them.

                                                             Youtube Clip

                          Algiers kasbah neighborhood.  Image: Skyscrapper City.

Quoting an excerpt from Beirut's MashAllah News on Syrian refugees in Algeria:
Nour Derdar, carries a tray with lentil soup and hummus out to a table, then returns with empty plates piled on top of each other. She arrived in Algeria in 2015, not long before they began imposing visas, and lives with her mother and three kids in a house in Baba Hassan (a neighborhood in Algeria).  “Our situation is good, if I compare to Syrians elsewhere. There are no camps here, we can live better. My kids are in school. It’s taken a while to get used to the Algerian system, but they are doing alright,” she says.  Still, there is something sad in her eyes when she speaks. She left behind a life, a community, everything, only to start something new at a place she didn’t know. Baba Hassan, a suburb with long-standing ties to Syria, has many Syrian families who have lived here for generations. There are Syrian spice shops and date sellers, and small importers of clothes and fabric. But the story of Derdar and the other newcomers is entirely different: their migration was involuntary, pushed by force. And, for now, there is no going back.  “Most of all, I miss the hawa, the atmosphere of Syria,” says Abdallah at Bawabat Istanbul (a Syrian restaurant with branches in Algiers and Istanbul).  “There is nothing like it, even though there is generosity and great feelings towards Syrians here (Algeria).”

There's an old historical connection between Syria and Algeria that goes nearly 200 years in the past when Algerian freedom fighter and national hero, Emir Abdelkader,  led a struggle against the invasion of French colonialists resisting the French colonization of Algeria.  He eventually found refuge in Damascus after years of imprisonment in France.  The Emir loved Damascus and died in Damascus.  Many Algerians presently view the Syrian struggle against the foreign terrorist invasion financed by Western governments similar to what their ancestors faced in the mid-1800s. 


It's ironic to watch and read the frowns across Europe against the "wave of Syrian refugees."  These refugees are far more unhappy than their sulking hosts.  They do not enjoy living on charity abroad.  Pre-war Syria already had a fantastic welfare system - free education, free healthcare, interest-free loans, various family allowances and more.   They are homesick, separated from families and close friends, they feel lost culturally and they are struggling to learn foreign languages.  It's anything but any ideal situation.  They are not interested in the generosity of Western governments to let them in.  They do not want to be indebted to those granting them 'favors' who were squarely responsible for the catastrophe that created the problem of displacement.

"They (the Syrian people) don't need your support in your country; they need your support in our country (Syria).  They (western countries) need to stop supporting terrorists." - President Bashar al-Assad (interview with TG5, Italian channel, December 30th 2016).

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Unelected PMs of U.K. .. plenty of them

                                  Cartoon image from Gary Barker Illustrations

While UK's Theresa May is making big plans to be the first leader to meet Donald Trump, she forgets the most important aspect concerning her own political career. She has walked into 10 Downing Street as an unelected leader with no public mandate ... not a single popular vote cast to her credit. History tells us that this is nothing uncommon in the UK.   The fact-check list of a country that boasts the loudest about "democracy" shows half of all British PMs since the last one hundred years have sneaked into office unelected, using "parliamentary democracy" as the lame excuse.  Gordon Brown, John Major, James Callaghan,Harold Macmillan, the drunkard Winston Churchill and several more. None of them ever faced the British public at the ballot box. In 2007 May said about Brown "he has no democratic mandate." Today she is precisely in the same situation. Without the peoples' mandate she's made herself comfortable at Downing Street, constructing foreign policies and worrying about the legitimacy of the Syrian President, fairly elected twice by his people.

Where is the verdict of your people to assert the legitimacy of your incessant political prattling, Mrs. May?

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Astana Peace Talks on Syria's Crisis

                                                Syrian Free Press


But unfortunately the so-called Syrian opposition is represented by a notorious terror pervert.  Don't waste your time being too hopeful.

Mohammed Alloush, a member of the terrorist group, Jaysh (formerly Liwa), is currently representing all AlQaeda terrorists at the talks in Astana.   Jaysh (JI) is a hardline Salafist group created by Saudi Arabia in 2012 by pouring in millions of dollars to neutralize the growing strength of Al-Nusra.  Ironically, JI has been working closely with Al-Nusra and they are the best of friends.   Alloush couldn't refrain from provocation even at the table in Astana, addressing the Syrian Government as a bloody despotic regime” backed by “vengeful sectarian militias.”  The goof doesn't know or won't say that 75% of the Syrian Army consists of Sunni Muslims.  Shiia Muslims are 15% and the rest Christians and Druze.  Scoundrels of the so-called Syrian opposition have been taking advantage of the world's ignorance for nearly six years with the help of a very stupid fiction, painting Syria as a sectarian community and defaming the country's national Army as a gang of brutal "Shabiha" or a sectarian militia comprising of Alawite Shiias hunting down Sunnis and Christians.  

                               Terrorist M. Alloush.
                               Image from:  The Natiional May 2016.                                

Mohammed Alloush has carried out numerous terror acts in Syria under the leadership of his cousin, Zahran Alloush, calling for cleansing the country of Shiites and used many civilians as caged human shields.  His group officially announced responsibility for murdering the Syrian defense minister, deputy defense minister and assistant vice-president in the Damascus bombing of July 2012.  Thankfully Zahran Alloush was killed during Russian air strikes in December 2015.  Mohammed Alloush stated in September 2016 that his fighters do NOT seek fight with Israel. 

The media is obscure on the roots of the Alloush family.  Some sources claim they are from Douma.  But their patriarch, Abdullah Alloush (Zahran's father), is a resident of Saudi Arabia.  The question is, does anyone really expect a man like Alloush and his lot to accept or heed "reconciliation"? 

The armed gangs of terrorists dressed in their executive suits are bellowing away in Astana that the Syrian Government hasn't demonstrated serious commitment to the ceasefire, using the allegation as a stumbling block.  A quick overview of the ceasefire joke says that Daesh and Al-Nusra, the two top aggressors, are excluded from the truce.  That has left them free to continue the violence (along with the smaller fries tied to their apron strings) as desired by pro-war circles and Turkey.  So, each time a car bomb explodes somewhere in Syria killing scores (and there have been many since the start of 2017), Turkey reprimands Iran to pressure Hezbollah and SAA to "stop violating the ceasefire."
~ need my deep breath ~

It's not known how many of those "rebels" present in Astana are from ISIL and Al-Nusra.  But several of them are definitely there.  Ahrar ash-Sham, another major terror group linked to the AlQaeda chain active in northern and central Syria, has boycotted the event as a gesture of sympathy to Al-Nusra at Wadi Barada.  Al-Nusra poisoned fresh potable water for 5 million people in Rif Damascus and the response by the Syrian Army to confront this war crime is cited as the cause for protest by ""moderate"" Ahrar ash-Sham.

Quoting President Assad at TBS TV: "We don’t have expectations, let’s say, we have hopes from Astana...  Of course, ISIS is one of the aspects of terrorism, one of the organizations; when you talk about ISIS you have to talk about al-Nusra, and you have so many Al Qaeda-affiliated groups now within Syria."  A very relevant point that's long been overlooked or not understood.   The AlQaeda plague has proliferated in proportions  unimaginable.  If any government claims it's on a mission to eradicate terrorism, it must categorically mention its intent to target "all terrorists" without naming any specific groups as that would indicate handling a small part of the problem, not the whole. 

Needless to say, President Bashar al-Assad's decision on allowing terrorist groups to join "reconciliations" is not an independent one.  That was already decided by Lavrov who stated to RT  "We are not trying to oust the political opposition from the process, but we want the armed groups to take full reorientation in this process .."   And the President alluded to this unfortunate situation that has shattered Syria's sovereignty and bound his hands in his statement:  "This is the only thing that we can expect in the meantime."   However, Syria won't talk of a transitional government and President Assad explained why in the interview when he stated  "The President’s departure or staying in office can only be decided through the ballot boxes."   How might Russia and Turkey grapple their disagreement over this issue is unclear.  A lot may depend on how far Turkey succeeds in bullying Russia. 

If can spare sometime, do please go through President Bashar al-Assad's recent interview with Japanese Channel TBS-TV posted at Syrian Free Press, as always giving out the truth the way it stands. 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Mohammed Shohayet: The Rohingya 'Aylan Kurdi'

Image & Story @  ABNA News "Toddler Rohingya Refugee's Body Similar to Aylan Kurdi"


16-month-old Rohingya boy Mohammed Shohayet was drowned and washed ashore off the Naf river, his lifeless body lying face down on January 4, 2017. A stark reminder of an identical incident in September 2015 on the shores of the Mediterranean that took the life of the little Syrian boy, Aylan Kurdi, his mother and brother. Mohammed Shohayet's mother and 3-year-old brother were fleeing the genocide of Buddhist terrorists in Myanmar under Suu Kyi regime. They attempted to cross the river from Myanmar to Bangladesh on boat. When Myanmar's brutal police force discovered that some Rohingyas were trying leave, they began firing. The Rohingyas got panicky and rushed onto the boat together. The boat was overloaded and sank shortly after it left. Mohamed Shohayet's father had already reached the other side of the river a few days earlier. He was waiting for his family to arrive. Instead, like Aylan's father, he is beside himself with grief.  

The other heartless government sits next door to Myanmar in Bangladesh.  The deceitful and autocratic Bangladesh PM, Sheik Haseena, promised at the U.N. that her government would accommodate Rohingya refugees.  But the policy implemented at home by Sheikh Haseena is the opposite.  Such undercover policies of the treacherous Bangladesh government only makes it easier for the killer government and Buddhist mobs of Myanmar to hunt down the Rohingya minority. 

During the OIC meeting held in Kaula Lampur held on January 19, FM and Deputy FM of Iran and the PM of Malaysia have loudly appealed to the UN and the international community to push for an immediate end to this 6-year apartheid-genocidal-terror against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar. These are the only two countries that have spoken. But Western leaders and their allies remain committed only to taking lives, not saving them.

At least Aylan Kurdi got coverage for a while. But it's been almost three weeks and no one knows who Mohammed Shohayet was.  Is it because Aylan was well dressed and Shohayet was apparently much poorer, barefoot in tattered clothes?  And appearances matter so much in the eyes of the "developed" world (I mean, developed in inbred callousness) ....

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Damascus Water Crisis, Wadi Barada: A New MO in Terrorists' List of War Crimes

The beautiful Barada River that runs through Damascus has been the main source of fresh and healthy water for centuries, poisoned with diesel by NATO backed Al Qaeda terrorists on December 23, 2016  (Image by AFP).

AlQaeda terrorists are trying to balance the proxy battle with a new strategy - starting a water war.   Wadi Barada near Qalamoun region is occupied by the Takfiri-heathens of Nusra and Ahrar.  On December 23, 2016 they mixed diesel in the Ein-al-Fijah Spring that supplies fresh water to a population of 5 million in Rif-Damashq Governorate via Barada River.  Thereafter, they bombed the structure of the spring, knocking it down altogether.   Then they claimed that the water supply to Damascus was damaged by cluster bombs dropped by Syrian  forces in mid December while chasing 'rebels’ in and around Wadi Barada, even though at that time the water supply in Damascus Governorate was not damaged.  The proof of the truth was inadvertently provided by the terrorists.  Twitter images below of terrorists with pseudos Abu Taleb Barada and Laith Yousef speak for themselves.  Both images are part of the same tweet.

Much too disgusting !!

As expected, pro-terrorist circles are grabbing the opportunity to share the suspicion claiming that the story of Damascus water crisis is debatable as to who caused the damage – “rebels or government forces -” despite terrorists gleefully bragging on social media the destruction they carried out.  This Satanic manipulation using the aspect of doubt is the hallmark of the wretchedest of the wretched to dump the blame on the blameless.  

On January 6th, while SAA and Hezbollah confronted Takfiri terrorists in Wadi Barada, Ya Libnan - a mainstream Beirut news channel and not the most reliable - reported that a team of Russian observers were barred from entering Wadi Barada by Hezbollah forces.  Ya Libnan did not cite any reasons why nor was this confirmed by Syrian or Iranian sources..  But it's very likely that Hezbollah suspected Russia may give some feedback to Turkey that may cause negative repercussions on the Syrian side. High time for Russia to be decisive and choose between Syria or Turkey instead of dangling between the two. That's the sign of a crook, not an honest broker.  More on that in a while.

It was reported on January 13th that the Syrian Army entered the village of Bassimeh where the fresh water spring of Ein-al-Fijah is located.  Their effort to drive out the terrorists was intense and the AlQaeda groups were overwhelmed.  And then guess what?  The Israeli Defense Force that was apparently monitoring the battle fired several missiles from Sea of Galilee (south of occupied Golan Height) into Syria's strategic military airport base of Mazzeh city in Damascus Governorate, barely 5km from the capital.  Residents at the capital heard a barrage of loud explosions that shook the city and its vicinity.  "Israel, through its attacks, is assisting terrorist groups fighting the Syrian government" was the statement issued by the Syrian Army.  This is not the first time.  In the past there have been countless incidents when Israel intervened to bolster the foreign fighters of Al Nusra, Daesh and other splinter groups against advancing Syrian forces.  The U.S. coalition uses an identical tactic.  Last October 2016, several major bridges in Deir Ez-zor Province including the Syasia Bridge were bombed by the coalition to hinder Syrian forces advancing to Daesh strongholds.  Hezbollah's presence in the military operation at Wadi Barada served Israeli interest still better to execute this attack to the advantage of AlQaeda.   But despite Israel's assistance, their allies were defeated in Wadi Barada.

              Image from Ya Libnan.

Needless to say, hardships faced by the residents of Damascus since the past 2 weeks have been immeasurable.  All store shelves are empty of bottled water.  Many residents began taking water not fit for consumption.  It's nothing short of a miracle how water-borne diseases haven't begun spreading yet.

                       Image Press TV

RT reports, terrorists have "allowed" Syrian forces to take control of water supplies to Damascus Governorate .. in other words, the terrorists have surrendered to Syrian forces and Hezbollah.  According to the Governor of the countryside province of Damascus-Governorate on January 13, Syrian engineers had entered the location of Ain-al-Fijah for extensive repairs.

Quoting the Governor, Alaa Ibrahim: "God willing, the pipe will be fixed within three days... rapid measures will be taken to get water to Damascus tomorrow."  That refers to a makeshift arrangement to restore partial water supply to Rif Damashq. Complete repair would likely take much longer considering the extent of destruction.

But as you read RT's side of the story, you may not need to be too discerning to smell a rat.  According to RT, Syrian forces and "militias" reached a "deal," that Syrian forces "halted military operations in Ain-al-Fijah and started reconciliation with the militias there."  And those "rebels who refused the deal will be allowed to leave for the rebel-held Idlib province."  Such expressions and conditions over the Damascus water crisis (after the defeat of terrorists) at Wadi Barada do not delineate the independent views / decisions of the Syrian Government as they did not in Aleppo.  Governor Alaa Ibrahim had to say that (if at all he did) under Russian pressure.  Russia's problem-solving approach of Wadi Barada had to similarly appease Turkey after this latest terrorist debacle.  Quite obviously, Hezbollah had a valid point refusing entry to Russian observers.  Russia had no part in the military operation at Wadi Barada anyway; it was exclusively by the joint efforts of SAA and Hezbollah. 

If vanquished terrorists who sabotaged the water supply to 5 million people - a serious war crime also admitted recently by an organization as partisan as the U.N. - can be exonerated, set free like birds and ushered, this time to Idlib Governorate which is only 325km north of Damascus, to what extent can the future safety of Damascus water supply be reassured?  Will the Syrian engineers even get enough time to finish the vast repair work before another terror attack is launched?  If this is Russia's interpretation to "eliminate terrorists from Syria," simply shuffling them from one corner of the country to another, then the word "eliminate" might as well be removed from the English dictionary.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Agreements East Aleppo and Fuaa & Kefraya - A Comparison

Bargains are designed by the U.S. only to suit the terrorists.

          Image: News .com. au

In exchange for their evacuation along with their families in East Aleppo, the terrorists agreed to lift the lengthy siege of the twin villages of Fuaa and Kefraya in Idlib province (60km south of Aleppo) and free the 12,000 long-suffering civilians held hostage by Al-Nusra & affiliates for 21 months. This concession was adamantly demanded by Iran as part of the East Aleppo deal. But as soon as the green buses approached the villages of Fuaa and Kefraya, the terror-thugs held up their US-made automatic weapons in defiance, barricaded the two villages and torched at least two green buses.

Compare the bargain in East Aleppo with the one in Fuaa and Kefraya. While all terrorists enjoyed the privilege of evacuation from East Aleppo on the insistence of Kerry, Al-Nusra (breaking its promise to Syria and Iran) allowed only 750 civilians to be evacuated from the villages of Fuaa and Kefraya which included just the elderly and the sick. Yet Al-Nusra was never pressured by the West, nor Turkey nor Russia to lift the siege and allow the evacuation of all residents of Fuaa and Kefraya. That's the sort of blatant preferential treatment AlQaeda terrorists are enjoying .. similar to the Zionists. The most typical characteristics of takfiri terrorists are ingratitude, deceit and callousness.

By the way, Idlib region is one of the last terrorist strongholds in Syria and is expected to be the next major battleground. Observers have opined that the strategy of the Syrian military is to advance toward Idlib after Aleppo is fully secure. This would be another key battle. Whenever it happens, Turkey (striving for permanent bases at Jarablus and Al-Bab) will almost certainly play a lead role with various AlQaeda groups against the Syrian forces.

             Image: Whatsupic
Tragic situation of civilians in Fuaa and Kefraya for 21 months because of siege by terrorists and still no relief.   No food, no water, no electricity, no medicines and no media coverage.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

NATO accomplices of AlQaeda caught in East Aleppo

A Syrian Army soldier removes Al-Nusra flag from the historic Ummayad Mosque in  East Aleppo which was occupied by takfiri AlQaeda terrorists.
Colossal coverup by embarrassed Fake Media.
On December 16, 2016 while battled raged in East Aleppo, Syria, to kick out  AlQaeda, 14  NATO officers hiding in a secret bunker were arrested by members of the Syrian Army.  These undercover NATO terrorists linked to AlQaeda in East Aleppo were from USA, Turkey, Israel,France, Jordan and Morocco with fake IDS, a standard rule in all undercover missions.

The first source of this report was the Syrian-based journalist, Said Hilal al-Sharifi.  Quoting his statement: “Thanks to information received, Syrian authorities discovered the headquarters of high ranking western/NATO officers in the basement of an area in East Aleppo and have captured them alive. Some names have already been given to Syrian journalists, myself included. The nationalities are US, French, British, German, Israeli, Turkish, Saudi, Moroccan, Qatari etc. In light of their nationalities and their rank, I assure you that the Syrian government have a very important catch, which should enable them to direct negotiations with the countries that have tried to destroy them.”

Veterans Today reports that according to latest information, the numbers are much higher than 14.  Number of U.S. NATO  officers is 22, British 16, French 21, Israeli 7 and Turkish 62.  Also add Saudis and Moroccans.

Kerry had his reasons when he was frantic for the evacuation of 5,000 AlQaeda war criminals routed in East Aleppo.  Writes Veterans Today "and the news that they were not really ‘captured’ but were allowed out as part of a deal between all parties involved."   Not only 5,000 AlQaeda terrorists but also a minimal 100 NATO officers (accomplices) were released through an agreement between Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart to ensure none of them were tried in a court of law on Syrian soil for fear of embarrassing details of Western involvement revealed in courtrooms for the world to watch.

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Sunday, January 1, 2017


There is a lot to read between the lines on Turkey's low key policy shift after the failed coup d'etat in July 2016. But the cache of fanciful optimism is enormous suggesting Turkey's misgiving about U.S. involvement in the coup, a feeling of betrayal and consequently the Turkish leader moving towards the Russia/Iran alliance and also looking to improve relations with Egypt. The portrayal gets weirder assuming that the lengthy war in Syria has left Turkey dog-tired and on the verge of economic ruin with the transformation of Tayyip Erdogan from miscreant to not too bad a guy. Unfortunately this depiction doesn't exist outside the pages of wishful ink slingers.  

With barrels of smuggled Syrian oil, loads of stolen Syrian heritage and mass pillage of costly industrial equipment from Aleppo by AKP sponsored bootleggers since 2012, Turkey's first family and their cronies have gotten wealthier than ever running lucrative businesses and maritime enterprises. The Syrian war has had no economic impact. Turkey was never burdened with any financial responsibilities for it. Turkey never needed to spend a single lira from its government coffers to sustain this war. Money and arms have been flowing in abundance through other sources .. everyone knows where. Turkey's role (mutually agreed with allies) was to play the treacherous crook, to provide safe haven to international terrorists on its soil and to keep its common borders with Syria wide open. That task continues to be performed by Turkey until the present. Weakening of Turkey's economy ensues from record corruption within the AKP circles. Fortunately for the Turkish government, the pent-up Salafist zeal (instilled over the past years) has helped to retain the appetite for war against Syria in majority of the Turks. 

Yes, Tayyip Erdogan has drifted closer to Russia as a gesture of gratitude to Vladimir Putin for the hot-tip on the impending putsch.  He is less critical of Russian military operations inside Syria assisting government forces.  That's as far as the policy-shift goes.

Mr.Erdogan's plans on fragmenting Syria are unchanged. Contrary to all claims, he hasn't worked on any common political cause with Iran other than the usual trade deals. He can barely stand Hezbollah, an indispensable ally of Syria and Iran. There is no reason to presume he isn't hoping to gang up with the new U.S. administration as he did with the previous one. He continues to be at loggerheads with post-Morsi Egypt and hasn't taken a single reconciliatory step yet .. to the extent that Egypt has offered political asylum to Fethullah Gulen from Erdogan's ceaseless harassment, should the former be compelled to leave the U.S. over extradition demands from Turkey. Morsi supporters (the Salafist 'brotherhooders') who have been a serious nuisance for Egypt are among the top supporters of Tayyip Erdogan. Thousands of them had converged in Istanbul with AKP supporters within 48 hours of the failed coup.

Surviving the coup with the help of Putin's unwise generosity has made a still larger monster out of Tayyip.  Russia and Turkey negotiated the evacuation of captured terrorists from east Aleppo because Turkey wouldn't talk to Syria, not even to Iran.  For Turkey, it was an issue for the protection of a large number of AlQaeda fighters and Tayyip was hellbent to ensure their safety.

Agreement on a "nationwide ceasefire" by Turkey, Russia and Iran has little or no significance in a lawless, terrorist-infested Syria with no unanimity. Obviously the U.S. isn't bothered about its exclusion from this agreement.  As expected, violations of the ceasefire were reported hours after its implementation including a series of explosions in Tartous on new year's day. The facts were succinctly summed up by President Assad during his December 30th interview with TG5 that "you cannot talk about the war being over until you get rid of the terrorists in Syria and those terrorists unfortunately still have formal support from many countries including Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and many Western countries." The funny thing that all negotiations include Turkey but exclude Syria concerning a war that's on Syrian soil is enough to indicate Turkey's die hard, no-change stratagem, except for a few adroit but irrelevant window-dressings to provide writers with some food for thought.

Occupation of Jarablus was passed on from Daesh to Turkey on August 2016 through mutual consentThe fracas between Turkey and Daesh in Al-Bab is a localized one with political benefits for Turkey and the confrontation is likely to be temporary before they hammer out another deal as in Jarablus.  Reports from Syria suggest that if  Turkish forces of 'Euphrates Shield Operation'  reach the gates of al-Bab,  ISIL terrorists will withdraw without any resistance.  Syrian Army and Kurdish fighters had formed a coalition in October 2016 to kick out both Turkey and Daesh from Al-Bab but the operation had to postponed to help other SAA units in Aleppo.  The Turkish government is reportedly on fine terms with Daesh in Raqqa and also in a favorable position to hinder any future SAA operations against them by establishing a Turkish front in Al-Bab and Jarablus.  On December 29, South Front reported that Russian air force was helping Turkish forces in Al-Bab against Daesh.  We know for sure that Turkey isn't taking Al-Bab from Daesh to return it to Assad.  Turkey wants it for Nusra, Jaysh and Ahrar.  Thus the question:  What's Russia's long-term purpose?   Is it only to clear Syria of Daesh?  That won't be enough to keep Syria intact.  But as a friend of Erdogan, would Putin be interested in eliminating all terrorists from Syria?  Another disconcerting query:  If SAA and the Kurdish fighters regroup to carry out the deferred offensive in Al-Bab to throw out the Turks and Daesh (which is very probable), will Russia join them to combat Daesh?  The storyline is immeasurably intricate.

Long-drawn-out wars can drive the human mind to adorn the ugliest of settings. Not just the dummies but also many seasoned analysts seem too sanguine, regurgitating heart-warming platitudes on Turkey as a strange but improved bedfellow carving its way into the Russian-Iranian partnership. Memories are short-lived, however. Just a few months ago while he was pretending to bomb Daesh, the Turkish leader blasted an opposition MP as a "traitor" because he told RT the truth about Daesh using chemical weapons. There are at least a hundred splinter groups of the AlQaeda chain presently residing and working inside Syria. Sudden periodical "air strikes" on isolated Daesh positions by Turkish forces has absolutely no bearing on Turkey's commitment to its wider political ideology of a permanent alliance with the so-called jihadi network which is a complex maze beyond just Daesh. That wider political ideology also includes Turkey's alliance with rogue Wahabi and Western states.

With due respect to well meaning authors, please stop building castles in the air.