… from Press TV, Terhan
[ Editor’s Note: Well the plot begins to thicken. Whereas Putin did not say a word about Israel supporting the terror brigades in Syria, we have Iran’s Deputy FM doing so, and from Moscow with some obvious staging going on — the old “good guy, bad guy” routine.
The surprise from the Putin and Bibi meeting was their agreeing to avoid shooting at each other, a de facto recognition of the Russian build up, which must have been in reference to air operations and missiles, as the Russians are nowhere near the Israeli border for artillery conflicts.
But the Iranian Deputy FM went further with some threats over Israel’s killing of Palestinian kids in the West Bank and the continued provocations at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
Israel seems to be doing everything it can to taunt the radical Palestinians into cranking up a bombing campaign so Israel can retaliate, and old game at which it has had a lot of practice.
The Pentagon is releasing photos of the Russian airfield build up, which we would assume it did not fake. There have been no hysterics over the move, but rather mild inquiries as to what are Russia’s intentions.
Dear Mr. Kerry, the intentions are to beef up close air support for the Syrian Army in the north and counter Turkey’s increased support for ISIS offensive operations. The fighters are to deter Turkish F-16 operations into the interior, as would advanced ground-to-air missiles. The US has accepted Russia’s moves per this notice:
Release No: NR-364-15 September 18, 2015
Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook provided the following readout:
“This morning, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter had a constructive conversation with the Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoygu on the situation in Syria. The secretary and the minister talked about areas where the United States and Russia’s perspectives overlap and areas of divergence.
They agreed to further discuss mechanisms for deconfliction in Syria and the counter-Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) campaign. The secretary emphasized the importance of pursuing such consultations in parallel with diplomatic talks that would ensure a political transition in Syria. He noted that defeating ISIL and ensuring a political transition are objectives that need to be pursued at the same time. Both the secretary and the minister agreed to continue their dialogue.”
Using the term “deconfliction” is a big deal. It shows acceptance of Russia’s move to get more involved in the ISIS fight, which also protects the Syrian Army. While the US would not agree to “discuss mechanisms for deconfliction” in the past with Assad, it is doing so now with the Russians. So we are seeing some shifting in the policy… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … September 22, 2015 –
A senior Iranian diplomat has warned Israel against taking advantage of the ongoing crisis in Syria and its continued support for terrorist groups operating against the Damascus government.
“The Zionist regime’s links with terrorists [fighting in Syria] through Golan Heights have been laid bare to everyone, and this issue poses a security threat not only to the [Middle East] region, but to the [entire] world,” Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Iran’s deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs, said in Moscow on Tuesday..
“In addition to the Zionist regime, we warn all the regime’s allies that they should prevent such provocations and we are in agreement with our partners in Russia [on the point] that these actions will further complicate the situation,” he added.
Syria says Israel and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri militant groups operating inside the Arab country.
The Syrian army has repeatedly seized huge quantities of Israeli-made weapons and advanced military equipment from the foreign-backed militants inside Syria.
The Tel Aviv regime has a long history in supporting militant groups against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over the past more than four years of turmoil in the Arab country.
According to the documents from Israeli hospitals, until last September, Israel’s military had paid USD 10 million from its budget for the treatment of the terrorists injured during clashes with the Syrian government forces.
Reports say Israel has set up field hospitals near the border with Syria to treat the injured militants coming in from battlefield.
Elsewhere, Amir-Abdollahian also warned Israel against the killing of Palestinians and the construction of illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian lands.
The Iranian diplomat noted that if the child-murdering Zionist regime refuses to stop its actions against the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied al-Quds (Jerusalem), it will receive a “firm and crushing” response.
He said the Israeli regime’s provocative measures in the Golan Heights and its settlement plans in the occupied Palestinian lands should be stopped immediately.
Amir-Abdollahian further said Iran and Russia strongly support a peaceful solution to the Syria crisis.
“Iran and Russia are the serious and main partners in a peaceful settlement of the crisis in Syria, and emphasize that Bashar al-Assad, the legitimate president of this country, should be part of the negotiations about Syria’s political future,” he said.
He noted that Tehran and Moscow are determined to do everything in their power to help end the current crisis in Damascus, saying, “Any idea should entail firm and effective fight against terrorism.”
The conflict in Syria, which started in March 2011, has reportedly claimed more than 240,000 lives up until now.
The violence has also forced over four million Syrians to take refuge in neighboring countries, including Jordan and Lebanon. According to the United Nations, more than 7.6 million others have been displaced within Syria.