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    Residents of Nubul and al-Zahraa, along with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, celebrate after the siege of their towns was broken, northern Aleppo countryside, Syria, in this handout picture provided by SANA on February 4, 2016

    Liberation of Aleppo: What the Western Media is Shy About Showing

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    Commenting on the situation in Syria's Aleppo, veteran French journalist and geopolitical analyst Jean-Michel Vernochet says that it took Russia's air operation in the conflict for the duplicity of the Western-Arab coalition against Daesh to come to light.

    In an op-ed analysis for the independent French news and analysis website Boulevard Voltaire, Vernochet commented on the Syrian Army's efforts to liberate Aleppo, Syria's second city, slamming European and American media and officials for what he said was a highly 'duplicitous' position.

    "On February 1," the journalist recalled, the Syrian Army, with the support of Russian aviation, launched a large-scale operation to liberate Aleppo, the former economic capital of Syria," a part of which "has been in the hands of the rebellion since 2012."

    "As always, the media began effusively writing about the crowds of people fleeing from the fighting and the advance of government forces. The only thing missing in the picture being painted were the images of the residents of the city's Western neighborhoods, who welcomed the government troops as liberators."

    ​"Residents of a Shiite city outside Aleppo showing people jubilantly greeting Assad's soldiers. People are tired of the war."

    "Deeply moved" by the pictures appearing in Western media, "US Secretary of State John Kerry immediately demanded that Russia halt the bombing of civilians."

    But "the truth," Vernochet noted, "is far more prosaic, because if the city of Aleppo is completely surrounded by government forces, the rebel supply corridor with Turkey will be cut. Specifically, [it is about] two roads, between Mayer-Azaz and Andan-Aleppo, through which the Salafist- Wahhabists receive reinforcements, weapons, and ammunition from the Turkish deep state."

    "Suffice it to say that the rebellion now runs the risk of total collapse, and in the immediate future, especially after February 4, when the Syrian Army broke the encirclement of two small Shiite cities –Nubl and Zahraa, surrounded by the Islamists since 2012, with residents meeting loyalist soldiers with showers of rice and flowers. This also means that up to 5,000 Shia militia may be ready to join the siege of Allepo."

    ​​"It's worth noting," the journalist comments, "that it took the Russian intervention in the war to finally shed light on the duplicity of the Western-Arab anti-Daesh coalition." 

    "On the one hand, Western governments are crying crocodile tears about [refugee] shipwrecks in the Aegean Sea, while at the same time opening the doors of Europe to migrants, 60% of whom, a Frontex report says, have no grounds to seek asylum."

    "On the other, they close their eyes to Ankara's double game in Syria on the side of the 'moderate terrorists', in the words of Mr. Kerry."

    "In the final analysis," Vernochet remarks, "the government offensive and the predictable debacle for the rebels marks a serious setback for Turkey, which today is cynically refusing to open its borders for those fleeing Aleppo. This position may be connected to Sultan Erdogan's grand dream of establishing a buffer zone on Syrian territory, where the refugees will be confined."

    Such a buffer zone, the journalist says, "would mean Turkish forces on Syrian territory and the creation of a no-fly zone. From there, under NATO cover, Turkey would be able to carry out a ruthless war against the irredentist Kurds in the PKK."

    "Suffice it to say that this would be a challenge for Russia, whose presence and action in Syria is perfectly legitimate under international law (Moscow intervened following an official request from Damascus)."

    "In this way," Vernochet writes, "the refugees become a powerful instrument with which to blackmail NATO and the European Union (not counting the €3 billion euros committed to Ankara) to give a green light for a ground operation involving Saudi special forces."

    Ultimately, he warns, it remains unclear how NATO might respond if, in the hypothetical event of a Turkish invasion of Syria, the Syrian Army, supported by Russian aviation, were to stop Ankara's offensive, and then to counterattack onto Turkish territory.


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      Of course Western Media does not want to Show the devastation from AmeriCun and Pro AmeriCun Forces ... Nor the HUMANITARIAN AID delivered by AmeriCuns !

      Time AmeriCun had humanitairn Aid, AmeriCun style ...!!
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      West is at SHOCK AND AWE, and in the stage of denial, that Russia went and end their smoke and mirrors, and cloak dagger's game. And will get worst. As Russia return Syria to Syrian's.

      U.N? Is just a puppet trying to steal the show. Geneva? A show. There is NOTHING to negotiate. The opposition is fighting alongside Syrian forces. Why? They KNOW that there ignorance created IS, DAESH. And if they want forgiveness ever, it will be necessary to join Syrian forces. Or simply Syrian's will REFUSE to deal with them once is over. Mc Cain should be jailed.
      From now on. NO MORE WEST CITIES> ALL negotiations will be at MINSK or RUSSIA. They not neutral and lie too much.
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      The liberation of Aleppo! Bravo Syrian Army and Bravo Russia! Daesh is defeated in its stronghold. Now is the time time to rebuild and bring back Syrians to their homeland.
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      Randall Lee Hilburn
      The Western governments and media are espousing a mirror image of reality. Listen to what they have to say and then reverse it and you come up with something pretty close to the truth.
    • avatar
      Russia would not respect a NATO no fly zone anywhere over Syrian Territory - that would be too big a humiliation - hopefully NATO understands this.
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      Too bad the French writer insists on following the Outlaw US Empire's propaganda meme that it's a "rebellion" and "rebels," instead of being an invasion by terrorists. But at least he pokes a few holes in that meme.
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      That is what they call winning heart and soul of the people. What buushh received from Iraqis were IED one after another for 15 years.
    • avatar
      Please don't stop keep going.
    • FlorianGeyer
      Once peace is restored to Syria and the US/NATO mercenaries are either dead,in prison or terrorising mainland Europe ,the Syrian Arab army and its allies of Iran, Hezbollah, Palestinian's,Kurd's,Christian's ,Afghan's et al will will be remembered in the annals of history for their dogged defence against US imperialism and Israeli opportunism.

      Without the courage of Russia that has defended the freedom of the Syrian people from that of Libya , the outcome would have further plunged the world into a another Dark Age that the US 0.1% wish for.
    • Tom Spencer
      While Western media is pushing an anti-Russian / Syrian point of view, fortunately not everyone in the West is naive enough to believe it.
    • klod.infobeez
      Empire of Lies.
    • Baybarsin reply toTom Spencer(Show commentHide comment)
      Tom Spencer, Long live the Truth. Glad you take the time to investigate.
    • Baybarsin reply toFlorianGeyer(Show commentHide comment)
      FlorianGeyer, Pray that the momentum of today can be maintained across Syria. I have my doubts that a happy ending is close at hand because there are too many outside interests trying to curtail the momentum and the gains by Syria.

      For years now we have witnessed the insanity and duplicity of the U.S., Saudi, Turkey and the occupiers of Palestine (axis of evil) in dealing with middle eastern policies. Back-stabbing, territory stealing and unbelievably ignorant actions are the hallmarks of this axis of evil. I fear there will be more blood shed in the race to Damascus.
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      in reply toFlorianGeyer(Show commentHide comment)
      FlorianGeyer, Great observation again. I would like to add for the readers that there would be no ISis or other Isalmic terrorist in Syria or anywhere in the world if it was not for the US and their friends in the house of saud, in Ankara, in Tel aviv, London and Paris. Not that the ISIS and the likes were some side effect of the actions of these regimes but they are directly, purposely, organized, funded and equipped by the same. These people ( leaders of the free world. lol ) sold their souls for money long ago. So now they follow instructions by their true masters ( not the people of their countries ) who own their currencies their banks their economy, their media, their education, their health care and everything that matters in their countries, hell the same people bought Israel from her majesty ( who sold something that was never hers and then sacrafied lives of many Britshsoldiers in a pretense that she was defending Palestine from the invading Zionist force that she sent there in the first place. So all these leadres are so deep in that right now they have no choice but to push ahead and hope that the enemy will surrender at some point. But time comes when a decent man must choose, better to die like a decent man that to live like a slave.
    • FlorianGeyerin reply to (Show commentHide comment)

      I would agree with all you say
      The British have to some extent were mired in a conflict in post WW2 Palestine that had supporters for both sides in the British ruling elite, just as the USA has now.
      There were Anglo -Zionists who wanted their 'empire' and British exponents of the British Empire.
      The clashes in Palestine that enabled the theft and expulsion of Palestinians was a victory for Zionism. One example of Zionist terror against the British was the terrorist bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem where the British Army used a few floors for its officers and staff.

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