U.S., Turkey and their NATO allies intensify war against Syria
Rick Rozoff

The following are two brief features posted on the Syrian government’s news agency website today. They are confirmatory of predictions that the new Biden-Blinken-Power-Rice-Nuland administration in Washington will not lose any time in resuming and intensifying what in essence is a U.S.-NATO war and proxy war in Syria.

France and Britain among other NATO member states have been involved in earlier stages of the conflict and are likely to renew and increase their role in coming months.

It should also be recalled that the armed forces of neighboring Iraq, and especially their officer corps, have been trained as a “NATO-interoperable” strike force for the past seventeen years under the aegis of NATO Training Mission – Iraq. Iraq is also a member of NATO’s Partners Across the Globe.

Iraq, NATO Partner Across the Globe

Turkey, the only full NATO member bordering Syria (and Iran and Iraq), has just completed a joint war with its junior partner Azerbaijan against the small, defenseless enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. The governments of Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia and Syria all condemned Turkey redeploying over a thousand al-Qaeda- and ISIS-affiliated fighters from Syria for the onslaught against Nagorno-Karabakh, which with a population of only some 145,000 people lost over 3,600 troops in the war initiated by Turkey and Azerbaijan.

For those who have somehow been deceived into believing there is a schism of some sort between NATO and Turkey, the first of this year Turkey assumed control of NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force.

In recent years, NATO sent six Patriot Advanced Capability-3 batteries to Turkey in 2012. NATO also has its Joint Command Southeast and Allied Air Component Command headquarters in Turkey. It moved its Allied Land Command to Turkey in 2012. In the same year it installed a Forward-Based X-Band Transportable anti-missile radar facility with a range of 2,900 miles. The U.S. maintains B61 nuclear bombs in Turkey under NATO’s nuclear sharing/burden sharing arrangement which mandates that the host country deliver the attack. Turkey called a NATO Article 4 consultation in 2015 to request the Alliance’s support for its role in Syria.

The only complaint that NATO and the U.S. have lodged against Turkey is over the latter purchasing Russia S-400 anti-aircraft weapons. Not for its invasion of Northern Iraq and Syria, not for its proxy wars in Libya and the Caucasus, not for its threats to Cyprus and Greece. As a NATO member Turkey should only purchase weapons from other NATO members and partners. NATO interoperability, you know.

Syrian Arab News Agency
February 2, 2021

Russian senator condemns crimes of US occupation forces in Syria

Moscow – Senator Andrei Klimov [that is, member of the Federated Council – RR], condemned crimes of the US occupation forces in Syrian al-Jazzera, stressing that the US military presence on the Syrian territory is illegitimate and violates international laws and norms.

“The Syrian people have a sole right to protect their interests and determine their own future,” Kilmov, chairman of the Commission on Protecting State Sovereignty and Preventing Interference in the Domestic Affairs at the Russian Federation said in response to SANA correspondent question via video.

Nisreen Othman/ Mazen Eyon

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Syrian Arab News Agency
February 2, 2021

Turkish occupation and mercenaries attack with heavy weapons a village in Raqaa countryside

Raqqa – Turkish occupation forces and their mercenaries attacked with heavy weapons the village of Saida and part of the international road, M4, in Ayn Issa town to the northwestern countryside of Raqqa.

Local sources told SANA that the village of Saida, about 55 km northwest of Raqqa, came under shelling with heavy weapon which caused material damage to the properties, a state of panic among the owners of cars and the agricultural vehicles.

Bushra Dabin /Mazen Eyon