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Assad vows to ‘liberate’ every inch of Syria from militants

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DAMASCUS, Syria — The Syrian president vowed on Tuesday to “liberate” every inch of the country in the same way his troops earlier this year recaptured the historic town of Palmyra from the Islamic State group.
Bashar Assad’s speech in front of the newly-elected parliament came as government forces pushed ahead in their offensive in the northern province of Raqqa, which is home to the de facto capital of IS and the seat of its self-proclaimed caliphate. Government forces have also almost encircled rebel-held neighborhoods in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city.

The situation on the ground is much better than it was months ago, Assad claimed, calling on the people “not to worry because the conditions are good.”

“The way we liberated Palmyra and before that many areas, we will liberate every last bit of Syria from their hands. We have no choice but to be victorious,” Assad said to a furious applause from the lawmakers.

“Our war on terrorism will continue not because we like war. They imposed the war on us,” Assad added, reiterating his staple blaming of foreign countries for Syria’s five-year crisis. “The shedding of blood will not end until we uproot terrorism, wherever it is.”
The speech was Assad’s first before the newly elected chamber and his first public remarks since January. He also thanked China for using its veto power at the U.N. Security Council months after the crisis began to prevent the imposition of sanctions on Syria. He also thanks Russia, Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah group — three key allies that have played a critical role in turning the balance of power in Assad’s favor.


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Assad claiming he is going to liberate every inch of Syria. I wonder if this includes Rojava? If he does want Rojava I believe the Kurds are claiming the must be given some sort of autonomy in their own liberated region. One thing is for sure, is that this "liberation" Assad is claiming will come about will not happen over night and will most likely to years and years to come.
 

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Hillary Clinton is determined to flood the country with terrorists.
 

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Read more @: Assad vows to ‘liberate’ every inch of Syria from militants

Assad claiming he is going to liberate every inch of Syria. I wonder if this includes Rojava? If he does want Rojava I believe the Kurds are claiming the must be given some sort of autonomy in their own liberated region. One thing is for sure, is that this "liberation" Assad is claiming will come about will not happen over night and will most likely to years and years to come. [/FONT][/COLOR]

Assad is that bully Putin's client. If Putin calls it liberation, it is liberation. Unless, of course, he crosses a line that Obama left in the sand.
 

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Assad is that bully Putin's client. If Putin calls it liberation, it is liberation. Unless, of course, he crosses a line that Obama left in the sand.

Do you think if they "liberate" much of central and western Syria, do you think they will move the war into Rojava and try to take back Rojava by force or do you think some sort of deal will be made between the Kurds and the Syrian state?
 

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Do you think if they "liberate" much of central and western Syria, do you think they will move the war into Rojava and try to take back Rojava by force or do you think some sort of deal will be made between the Kurds and the Syrian state?

I suspect that the Assad clan will want it all and will take it, if the chance presents itself. If Assad does not do it, he will loose credibility and legitimacy as a clan patriarch. As I also suspect that Putin would prefer a more solid base for his arrangements, he would probably like Assad to be firmly in the saddle.
 

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Do you think if they "liberate" much of central and western Syria, do you think they will move the war into Rojava and try to take back Rojava by force or do you think some sort of deal will be made between the Kurds and the Syrian state?

I know you didn't ask me, but I think Assad would have no problem reconquering Rojava if he had the power to do so, considering his racist and oppressive policies towards the Kurds before the war. Putin, on the other hand, has no real interests in subjugating Rojava, and turning the Syrian Kurds into an enemy after portraying them as an ally and allowing them to open an office in Russia would be an about-face that even the Kremlin's media would have a hard time pushing. Russia could probably be counted out in any regime-Rojava conflict. As a result, the Assad regime may not have the ability to take back Rojava unless Turkey for some reason sides with them.
 

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I suspect that the Assad clan will want it all and will take it, if the chance presents itself. If Assad does not do it, he will loose credibility and legitimacy as a clan patriarch. As I also suspect that Putin would prefer a more solid base for his arrangements, he would probably like Assad to be firmly in the saddle.

Isn't that obvious? Otherwise, why would Assad be fighting :doh
 

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TheDemSocialist, et al,

I'm not sure where the Kurds are?

DAESH essentially splits Syria along the Euphrates River track. The Kurds are on the Northern side of Euphrates River track; roughly on a line from the City of Tishrin on the Euphrates to al-Fadghami in the North-Eastern Syria.

Do you think if they "liberate" much of central and western Syria, do you think they will move the war into Rojava and try to take back Rojava by force or do you think some sort of deal will be made between the Kurds and the Syrian state?
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Between the Damascus Forces of the Government (Assad) and the Kurdish Forces [People's Protection Units (YPG)], defending much of the Federation of Northern Syria – Rojava, there is a fairly large contingent of DAESH. The question is more about resources.

• Assuming that Damascus could drive DAESH back down the Euphrates and into Iraq (in order to get to the YPG), how fatigued would Assad's Forces be once they accomplish that? How long would it take to refit Damascus Forces?

Remember: The US is generally supportive of the YPG and Iraqi Forces. Is it in the US interest to allow DAESH to be pushed into Iraq? Is it in the US best interest to allow Damascus Forces to engage the YPG?

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...just more proof that one government's "militant" and "terrorist" is another government's freedom fighter.

(yawn)

PS...the Russians will soon find the STEPPED IN IT just as have many other western nations, when they try and dabble in the cesspool of religious hate called the Middle East.

I can see their concern, though, because the pukes can march to Russia.

The killing & hate will never stop, never has, never will, and will go on forever. It is in their collective DNA to do so.

Kill off one group and three or five more grow from its carcass.

US policy should be to maintain a strong Navy and submarine fleet to keep their dumb backward asses over there and ensure they do not come over here with their alphabet armies.

Parts of the beautiful continent of Africa are the same way.
 
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