Syria Daily: Isolated Russia Vetoes UN Resolution for End to Aleppo Bombing

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Defying isolation in the UN Security Council, Russia has vetoed a resolution for an end to its bombing — alongside President Assad’s warplanes — of Syria’s largest city Aleppo.

Moscow’s Ambassador Vitaly Churkin cast the “No” vote against a Franco-Spanish resolution calling for a ceasefire and aid and for a suspension of military flights. Even China, which joined Russia on four previous occasions to block resolutions on Syria, abstained rather than use its veto.

Of the 15 Council members, only Venezeula accompanied Russia, while Angola also abstained.

France had said that it was presenting the resolution so that, even if Russia cast its veto as expected, it would highlight Moscow’s complicity in war crimes by the Assad regime.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said:

If we don’t so something, this town will soon just be in ruins and will remain in history as a town in which the inhabitants were abandoned to their executioners. If the international community does not wake up it will share the responsibility.

Other Council members harshly condemned Moscow. Britain’s Ambassador Matthew Rycroft told Churkin, “Thanks to your actions today, Syrians will continue to lose their lives in Aleppo and beyond to Russian and Syrian bombing. Please stop now.”

“Russia has become one of the chief purveyors of terror in Aleppo, using tactics more commonly associated with thugs than governments,” said the US Deputy Ambassador David Pressman.

He said Russia was “intent on allowing the killing to continue and, indeed, participating in carrying it out” and that what was needed from Moscow was “less talk and more action from them to stop the slaughter”.

Churkin responded, “Given that the crisis in Syria is at a critical stage, when it is particularly important that there be a coordination of the political efforts of the international community, this waste of time is inadmissible.”

He said that the French measure was “hastily put together” and was “not designed to make progress…but to cause a Russian veto”.

“I cannot possibly see how we can let this resolution pass,” he concluded.

The Russian Foreign Ministry later wrote on Facebook: “A blatant attempt was made, by banning flights over Aleppo, to provide a cover-up for Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists and militants merged with them, in spite of the UN member-states’ obligations to combat the terrorist threat with the use of all available means.”

The Assad regime’s UN Ambassador, Bashar al-Ja’afari, said, “Blocking the Russian draft resolution confirms for the hundredth time that those who stood against it have no political will to fight against terrorism and to achieve inter-Syrian settlement.”

He claimed that France and Spain had drafted the resolution because of “nostalgia over their colonial past”.

Russian Alternative Rejected

After vetoing the Franco-Spanish resolution, Russia tabled its own draft, focusing on a separation of rebels from the jihadists of Jabhat Fatah al-Sham — even though JFS, formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra, has no significant presence in the city.

Moscow’s alternative received only four votes in favor.

China eased the blow of its abstention on the Franco-Spanish resolution by giving support to Moscow’s version. Ambassador Liu Jieyi said some of the content of the French draft “does not reflect the full respect for the sovereignty, independence, unification and territorial integrity of Syria”, while the content of the Russian draft did.


Reports: Pro-Assad Forces Regain Further Territory in Northern Hama

[UPDATE 2300 GMT: Rebels say they have retaken Ma’an, although pro-Assad attacks continue.]

Reports are circulating — from both pro-regime and pro-opposition accounts — that the Syrian military, pro-Assad militia, and foreign allies have regained more territory in northern Hama Province.

The biggest success is the recapture of the fortified village of Ma’an, which rebels took in late September.

The pro-Assad forces are also said to have moved into al-Kabariyeh.

The regime and its allies have taken advantage of in-fighting between rebel factions and the jihadists of Jund al-Aqsa (see below), regaining several villages of Friday before their breakthrough today.

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Map by Agathocle de Syracuse


Jabhat Fatah al-Sham Declares Resolution of Rebel In-Fighting

Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, has declared a resolution of rebel in-fighting which threatened the success of an offensive in northern Hama Province.

JFS/Nusra intervened earlier this week in the escalating, deadly clashes between rebel factions, notably Ahrar al-Sham, and the jihadists of Jund al-Aqsa.

The fighting began when Jund al-Aqsa abducted a leading Ahrar al-Sham fighter, shooting his wife and brother. The jihadists then killed a number of Ahrar al-Sham members.

JFS/Nusra announced on Sunday that Jund al-Aqsa fighters had pledged allegiance to it, putting JFS/Nusra in primary position to negotiate a resolution with Ahrar al-Sham.

The in-fighting hindered a rebel offensive which had gained a series of towns and villages across northern Hama Province since late August, closing with 10 km (6 miles) of Hama city.

On Friday, pro-Assad forces regained a series of villages along the front and attacked Ma’ardas, captured by rebels in early September.


Russia: ISIS Fired on Our Helicopter in Hama Province

The Russian “reconciliation center” in Syria said on Saturday that the Islamic State fired a missile at an MI-8 helicopter.

The center said ISIS used a portable MANPADS to attack, but the pilot dodged the missile and there were no injuries among the soldiers on the helicopter.

The statement asserted that the Islamic State took control of two MANPADS after they were delivered from Iraq to rebels advancing towards Hama city, in an offensive that began in late August.

The center did not explain how ISIS, who are battling rebels across Syria, had managed to obtain the missiles.

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  1. There no need for a Chinese veto, only one is needed to kill a resolution. And China backed Russia’s proposed resolution, which is consistent with the previous ceasefire agreement.
    And Churkin’s statement about France’s intentions are confirmed by France’s own worlds. They were not interested in a solution, only in forcing Russia’s veto.

    After vetoing the Franco-Spanish resolution, Russia tabled its own draft, focusing on a separation of rebels from the jihadists of Jabhat Fatah al-Sham — even though JFS, formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra, has no significant presence in the city.

    Absolute rubbish. The Americans have admitted that Al Nusra is the opposition group in control of East Aleppo.
    “US Army Col. Steve Warren, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq, was asked whether Russian airstrikes on Aleppo, the current epicentre of the war, meant that Moscow was preparing to end the cessation of hostilities (CoH) agreement between government forces and the opposition signed on February 29.
    Warren responded that it was “complicated” because Nusra “holds Aleppo” and is not party to the agreement.”
    http://www.businessinsider.com.au/defense-department-nusra-aleppo-putin-assad-2016-4?r=US&IR=T

  2. Simultaneously, as the Quisling Sauds firebomb a funeral home in Yemeni capital Sana’a, murdering 155+ civilians and maiming some 320, the Hush-Puppy ‘west’ MSM begins to notice the further warcrimes of the hypocrite DroneBoy Obomber:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/barack-obama-could-end-the-killing-in-yemen-in-hours_us_57f7d5dee4b0b6a43031ba4e
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    … and a few NATO-conform ‘experts’ timorously enquire “Will my career go down in flames if I point this out?”:
    https://twitter.com/ianbremmer/status/784823457234255873
    https://twitter.com/Aquila2407/status/784789540192018432

  3. “Isolated Russia” — LOL, very good, Scott, but in reality it’s the shameless French, Britzie and Yankistani governments who isolate themselves in their unremitting support and cover for AQ in Syria while still fighting it wherever their régime-change interests do not temporarily coincide.

  4. Meanwhile, Swedish Parliament hears motion that Tayyip be prosecuted for Crimes against Humanity by ICC:
    http://www.anfenglish.com/human-rights/motion-in-swedish-parliament-for-erdogan-s-trial-in-the-icc
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    PKK reaps 32 TakbirTroops’ scalps in Bakur [North Kurdistan] yesterday:
    http://www.anfenglish.com/kurdistan/hpg-at-least-32-soldiers-killed-in-clashes-in-hakkari-van-and-agri
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    And, following the new tradition of the Philippines, Yankis slapped again by Turkey, brusquely ordered to mind own beeswax if they have any:
    https://www.rt.com/news/359347-us-governor-turkey-angry/

  5. The next move for the French should be to table a motion to get the barbaric Ruskies thrown out of the UN. They are not fit to be a member let alone hold the power of Veto!

    • The next move for the French should be to table a motion to get the barbaric Ruskies thrown out of the UN.

      How are they going to do that?

      They are not fit to be a member let alone hold the power of Veto!

      Nor are the shameless French, British and USA.

    • The Russians have been using the veto since the UN started. The Russian ambassador was known as Mr Nyet.
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      So it’s a bit late to start complaining about them now.

    • More likely is that states just downgrade the importance of the UN. If it isn’t useful for solving problems, people will stop using it.

  6. We should thank Russia for vetoing this shameful resolution attempt.

    As usual the US, French and UK governement only try to pass resolution when the Syrian Arab Army is winning and crushing the islamist rebels.

    That was the only point of this resolution, trying to slow down the syrian army and to give islamists and jihadists a breathing space.

    Aleppo battle must be finished to allow the peace back in the city.

    • This was just a lame attempt by France to try and remain relevant. No one cares or pays attention to them anymore, so they go out of their way not and then to create drama to get noticed. They pulled the same stunt in 2013 with the preliminary Iran deal when they derailed it.

    • Lol the syrian army? Whats that?
      The largely foriegn regime force is making some progress under a wall of russian indiscriminate bombing but its all for nothing as any gains cant be held long term.

      • The largely foriegn regime force is making some progress under a wall of russian indiscriminate bombing but its all for nothing as any gains cant be held long term.

        They are holding territory a good deal longer that the jihadist scum who manage to take territory after waves of a suicide bombing only to lose it again in a few weeks

  7. 500 civilians killed in two weeks according to pro opposition sources in the major battle of Aleppo, ground and air attacks.

    150 civilians killed in one day in Yemen, by the US backed Saudi Aarabia.

    • It´s funny because the Saudi said they played no role in the strike, “mutatis mutandis” they are using the same russian-style propaganda tactics.

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      Over 140 Killed, 500 Wounded in Airstrike on Funeral in Yemen, UN Says:

      Sources in the Saudi-led coalition said the Arab coalition played no air role in the strike.

      “Absolutely no such operation took place at that target,” one of the sources said, citing what he described as confirmation from the coalition air force command.

      “The coalition is aware of such reports and is certain that it is possible that other causes of bombing are to be considered. The coalition has in the past avoided such gatherings and (they have) never been a subject of targets.”

      read more: http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/1.746506

  8. Even the Chinese, who have a wonderful record of humanity (i.e. Tiananmen Square, genocide of the Mongolians), are starting to draw their support of the Ruskie thugs. When one thug sees another thug as being too violent then things have become very bad. I can’t wait to see Pea Brain Putin’s eventual demise and hope that it is similar to Gaddafi’s or Saddam’s.

    • Even the Chinese, who have a wonderful record of humanity (i.e. Tiananmen Square, genocide of the Mongolians), are starting to draw their support of the Ruskie thugs

      In what universe?

      I can’t wait to see Pea Brain Putin’s eventual demise and hope that it is similar to Gaddafi’s or Saddam’s.

      If you can’t wait, then best you move on, because you most certainly will have to. :)

  9. To put China’s position in perspective: in the eyes of Islamists, most Chinese people are pagans (not “people of the book”), and therefore MUST convert to Islam or die. Just like the Yazidis.
    If you thought that China is stupid or blind or clueless think twice.

    • That’s rather strange attitude considering how old (since the Sung dynasty?) China’s Hui muslim population is and historically muslims of China have been loyal to the Chinese state (in fact during the Ming dynasty there was a muslim eunuch who sailed around the Indian ocean on behalf of the Chinese emperor).

  10. France prepared something special.. but for UNGA ; and there is no veto there; only majority. For modifying UNSC rights.Countries INVOLVED IN CONFLICTS NO VETO RIGHTS. United Nations will pass it.
    Not clear if China (still correctly to say, not involved yet) will not veto on Syria’s subjects.

    • “Countries INVOLVED IN CONFLICTS NO VETO RIGHTS. United Nations will pass it.”
      Have you got any references to this? It looks as though it may be a way forward.

  11. Weird that an IS affiliate would pledge allegiance to murtadīn. Or maybe the groups alleging that are wrong and they aren’t.

      • You are sowing fitnah amongst brothers, Tundra:
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        The position of Jund Al Aqsa towards IS is that they refused to attack their former comrades-in-arms, which does not make them an ‘IS affiliate’ as you claim, it just means they won’t be their executioners to curry favour with the warcriminal Yankistani dictators.
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        Jund joined JFS [formerly Nusra] for protection/to calm the dispute, but AAS in talking about final battles now seems to be pursuing the Yanki diktat that JFS be destroyed as a burnt offering to itself.

        • “‘IS affiliate’ as you claim”
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          Never claimed that. I was condescendingly mocking that accusation in the post above. It would be more obvious if there was a way to transmit tone when writing but alas…
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          JAA by all accounts does harbour IS sympathizers, including cells that carry out assassinations. This is a legitimate grievance on the part of the rebellion. But the group as a whole is most definitely neither an IS affiliate nor leaning towards them. This is made clear by their official statements & leadership. JaA is essentially what JFS would be like if it kept to the orthodox AQ approach, as opposed to this new evolution in thinking we’re seeing it employ.

          • Ah, I see … very subtle, you fooled me 😀
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            In any case I’m not so sure JFS attitude has changed so much from AQ orthodoxy, otherwise why would they accept JaA under their wing at this precise moment if not prepared to fight to defend them?

          • Ah, I see now that you are earnestly struggling to heal the fitnah between the Brothers … very subtle, you certainly fooled me 😀
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            In any case, I’m not so sure JFS attitude has changed that much from AQ orthodoxy, as they are AFAICT also not actively fighting IS in Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, etc., but rather prudently waiting for the bulk of the prodigal manpower to fall back to the ideological HomeBase, and second, why would they accept JaA under their wing at this precise moment if not prepared to fight to defend them?

            • “why would they accept JaA under their wing at this precise moment if not prepared to fight to defend them?”
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              I think they are. I mean, they obviously took them in expecting HASI and the rest to ease up, correctly calculating that a war against JFS & allies is something that’s off the table atm. But, if they continued to hound JaA, I’m pretty sure they’d strike back as necessary. Watching ~1000 men under his protection getting slaughtered by questionable allies is something I don’t see any jihadist leader worth their salt doing, least of all someone with Jawlānī’s credentials.

    • Jund Al Aqsa it was(is) closer to IS than any other group in Syria ,IMO closer than pro-ISIS groups in Southern Syria. They refused to send fighters against ISIS and even to fight near FSA groups in N.Aleppo.
      J.N.threatened them with “disarming” if they don’t send fighters;but eventually it did not.It looks JAA “promised” to participate in other campaign ,and they did it now in Hama.
      Using suicide bombers in 2015-2016,against FSA groups,against Ahrar Sham and even against J.N. was possible and plausible.There were some “secretly-non elucidated attempts” even this year.
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      But what was to be done to pursue the fight against Assad? To condemn all group? Internal full war? Not so productive.
      JFS took the “initiative” to disband them and to offer them an escape plan from annihilation. But the “leaders” of JAA that started the conflict will be executed . So,the fight against Assad go further.
      IMO, JFS it is still strong,it found a political solution;it is moderate.

      • Uhh, JaA still keeps focused on Assad, explicitly denounces its Caliphate, praised aẓ-Ẓawāhirī, and doesn’t actively wage war on all rebel groups. No way it can be considered closer to IS than LSY.
        No doubt the IS cells are a problem, and it’s much less compromising than JFS. But there’s a difference between actively undermining groups around them *as a policy* and being infiltrated with malignant cells who do that instead. Nothing whatsoever indicates that the leadership or the majority of the group condone bombing JFS, HASI (up until recently), and the rest.

  12. I still don’t get why rebel groups don’t launch night-time operations (e.g. raids/offensives) considering how effective it sometimes can be in over-coming regime’s aerial superiority. You’d think they would have learnt this lessons whilst fighting Daeesh in the early parts of this year. It’s rather obvious that the Russian airforce operate mainly during day time so as to stop the rebels from organising major counter-offensives during the day, if that’s the case then why not start launching night-time counter-offensives or night-time raids? This approach worked for the rebels in Latakia not so long ago when they too launched surprised night time offensive (e.g. Coastal Division launched quick/short, but intense [large numbers of shells used for short time], rocket and mortar shelling followed by surprise night-time assault by other rebel groups) and in a short time captured a number of regime positions because regime fighters weren’t expecting a night-time offensive by rebels.

  13. After Trump – Clinton debate no2, we found that Clinton want US to intervene in Syria with its allies,to have leverage on Russia ,Assad and Iran;to help armed opposition against Bashar ….. except boots on the ground.
    From Trump we found that he disagrees on Syria with the vice president Pence (the vp. advocated a kind of protection zone,;Trump reiterated that Russia is fighting ISIS???? and about Aleppo ,well he is completely disinformed :
    Noah Rothman ‏@NoahCRothman 37m57 minutes ago
    “It basically has fallen. It basically has fallen.” – Trump on Aleppo.
    Holy crap.

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