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ISIS update 3/22/2016..‘Saudi, Turkey disrupting Syria talks’

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 10:18
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Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, says Saudi Arabia and Turkey are “disrupting any progress” in the ongoing negotiations between the Syrian government and the opposition aimed at ending five years of war in the Arab country.

“What is disrupting any progress toward a political solution is firstly Saudi Arabia, and secondly Turkey,” Nasrallah said during an interview with the Lebanese al-Mayadeen television channel broadcast on Monday.

The new round of UN-backed peace talks between the Syrian government and the opposition, known as the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), started in the Swiss city of Geneva on March 14.

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura announced a halt to the previous round of the discussions on February 3 after the Saudi-backed opposition refused to continue the talks.

Saudi Arabia and Turkey are among the staunch supporters of Takfiri terrorist groups fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since March 2011. The two countries have always insisted that Assad must leave power for the war to end.

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Elsewhere in his remarks, the Hezbollah leader warned the Israeli regime against attacking Lebanon, stressing that the resistance movement owns a comprehensive list of targets in the occupied Palestinian lands, including Tel Aviv’s nuclear reactors and biological research centers.

“We can strike any target we want inside occupied Palestine. There will be no ceiling, limits or red lines,” Nasrallah emphasized.

The Hezbollah chief also said war against Lebanon is unlikely as the cost of war is very important to Tel Aviv and the regime makes calculations before launching any war, noting that victories by the resistance group made Israel understand that it will have to pay a very heavy price for war.

He further said Tel Aviv knows well that all parts of the occupied Palestinian lands are within Hezbollah’s missile reach.

Israel launched two wars on Lebanon in 2000 and 2006. About 1,200 Lebanese, most of them civilians, lost their lives during the 33-day war in the summer of 2006.

Hezbollah is credited with driving Israeli troops out of southern Lebanon and defeating them in subsequent wars. It is also helping the Syrian army fight Takfiri militants in a war that the resistance movement sees crucial to preventing the conflict from spilling over to Lebanon.

Referring to the recent decision of some Arab countries in blacklisting Hezbollah, Nasrallah noted that the measure serves as a cover-up for Israel’s crimes.

The Arab League and the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council ([P]GCC), both under the influence of the Saudi regime, declared Hezbollah a “terrorist” organization earlier this month.

The [P]GCC – comprised of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, and Kuwait — however, did not provide any evidence for the allegation. This comes as the first three monarchies themselves stand accused of supporting extremists and terrorists in the region.

Turkey Is Now Paying The Price For “Creating ISIS Monster It Can No Longer Control”

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It was expected ISIS would turn against the Ankara regime at some point, and Turks are now paying the price for creating and training a monster like this, political analyst Roula Talj told RT. The worst has started between Turks and IS, she concluded.

Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala said Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) is linked to Saturday’s terror attack in Istanbul. The suicide bomber, who carried out the atrocity killing four, has been identified as Mehmet Ozturk. The incident happened in a crowded tourist shopping area killing people from a number of different countries.

RT: Turkey confirmed it thinks ISIS is behind the bombing in Istanbul? Was this expected?

Roula Talj: Of course it was expected. When you look at the number of ISIS members who entered Syria in the last few years, and then you see that the number of Turkish members went up to 25,500 fighters, you cannot expect to train a monster like this in Turkey and expect to use it against your enemies alone. One should expect that ISIS would turn against the regime in Ankara and in Turkey at some point.

RT: Why is Turkey becoming an ISIL target, and how do you expect Ankara to react?

RTj: Maybe Ankara is under pressure now from the Western community, especially the Europeans who are concerned about the amount of ISIS members trying to escape, or to take over Europe from Turkey. So probably they are under pressure and this is the response of ISIL to put pressure on Ankara. Maybe the worst has started between the Turks themselves and ISIS, and this is coming to the surface now.

RT: Turkey’s been accused of both supporting ISIL by allegedly buying the terrorists’ oil, but also being part of the anti-ISIL coalition. Do you think Turkey’s anti-ISIL efforts are genuine?

RTj: No, I don’t think so. It is known to everyone that the major ISIS training camps were in Turkey. Turkey’s intelligence knew very much [about] the number of ISIS members crossing to Syria and to other borders from Turkey. So, if they were genuine, they would have done something about it a while ago.

I think Turkey was using ISIS in its proxy war in Syria, and at some point it came under the pressure of Europeans and the international community, who is not going to make it easy anymore on those sponsoring ISIS and other extremist groups in the region, because it is no longer about Syria, it is about the entire world security. So Turkey now is paying the price of playing with a devil and creating a monster that it cannot control anymore.

ISIS doesn’t need Turkey or anybody, they are self-sustainable. When Turkey was buying the oil from ISIL, it knew very well that was a way… to finance ISIL.

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Syria in Past 24 Hours: Army Continues Advance in Different Battlefields, Kills More Terrorists

The army units continued their military operations against ISIL, al-Nusra Front and other terrorist groups across the country, destroying their weaponry and killing many of their members in the last 24 hours.

An army unit, in cooperation with the popular defense groups, targeted a gathering of ISIL terrorists in Tal Asheihib in the Northeastern countryside of Sweida province on Monday, according to a military source.

A mortar launcher and a bulldozer were destroyed and the terrorists operating them were killed, the source said.

Also in the past 24 hours, units of the army continued successful combat tasks into the direction of Mahin-al-Quaryatayn and established control on point 875 near al-Tloul al-Sud and points 908, 8, 901, 893,6 on the direction of al-Rmeili mountain and points 856 and 866 near Wadi al-Taba in Homs countryside.

Earlier, the army’s air force destroyed ISIL terrorists’ dens and vehicles, some of which equipped with machineguns and carrying ammunition, in the vicinity of Palmyra and al-Quaryatayn in the countryside of the central province of Homs.

The Syrian Army and its allies also pushed their way further into militant-held areas in Homs province and came closer in different directions to the key city of Palmyra (Tadmur) in the Eastern part of province, imposing heavy casualties on the terrorists in the region, military sources said on Monday.

The military sources said pro-government forces took dozens of hilltops, from the hill 900 up to hill 700, in heavy clashes with ISIL terrorists.

They also managed to advance further from al-Bayarat to Palmyra Triangle and from Tal al-Matar to al-Dowah and al-Tar Mountain.

The Syrian army also made several advances in rugged areas overlooking the city of Palmyra and liberated areas just across Palmyra’s ancient Citadel, Northeast of the city.

Also in Hama, the Syrian army forces’ missile attack on terrorists’ positions and killed tens of militants and destroyed their weapons and vehicles.

According to military sources, the missile attack was launched against a vehicle carrying terrorists on the strategic al-Mansoura-Tal Wasat road in al-Ghab Plain, 25 km Northwest of Hama.

The missile strike killed all militants on board in addition to the full destruction of their vehicle.

Also in the past 24 hours, the Syrian army repulsed an ISIL attack on areas around the industrial zone Northeast of Aleppo and inflicted more casualties on the terrorists, battlefield sources said.

“The terrorists attempted to open their way into the areas East of Kafr Sakeer village located Northeast of Aleppo’s al-Sheikh Najjar Industrial Zone but were pushed back by the Syrian army troops after sustaining a number of losses and injuries,” a military source said on Monday.

“The Syrian Army, for its part, carried out a counter attack to win back more regions from the terrorist and managed to kill more militants and destroy a number of ISIL vehicles including Pick-up trucks equipped with heavy guns,” the source said.

According to the source, during the operation to repel ISIL offensive in Western areas just outside Kefr Sakeer village, an ISIL suicide attacker was identified and targeted by the Syrian soldiers before he could detonate his explosive belt.

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