Syria Daily: Hezbollah — “We Have Won”

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Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah speaks by video to supporters in Baalbek, Lebanon, August 31, 2017 (AFP)

The Lebanese organization Hezbollah has declared victory in Syria’s conflict.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said at a religious ceremony, “We have won in the war.” He said there were only “scattered battles” to be done and declared, “The path of the other project has failed and wants to negotiate for some gains.”

Nasrallah’s comments came as the Islamic State is on the verge of defeat, pushed back into shrinking positions in Raqqa city and in Deir ez-Zor Province in northeast Syria. However, they appeared to overlook the territory remaining in the hands of both the opposition — notably almost all of Idlib Province in the northwest of the country — and Kurdish factions in much of the north.

They also risked exposing the leading role of foreign actors — notably Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah — on both the battlefield and in the Syrian economy and politics, propping up any “victory” by the Assad regime.

Nasrallah exulted, “Our martyrs, wounded, captives and people are changing equations and writing the region’s history, not Lebanon’s….The course of our project, for which we endured a lot of harm, is the course of victory and the great results will change equations that benefit the nation.”

However, the statements of Assad’s supporters are trying to close the door on any political settlement with groups opposed to the regime, even as those discussions nominally continue in Astana, Kazakhstan and in Geneva.

On Tuesday, Alexander Lapin, chief of staff of the Russian military contingent in Syria, issued the misleading statement: “To date, 85 percent of Syria’s territory has been cleared of the militants of illegal armed groups.”

In fact, the regime military and its foreign allies hold less than half of the area, even with recent advances against both ISIS and the opposition, although that territory has the large majority of Syria’s population.

Neither Nasrallah nor the Russian Defense Ministry referred to the casualties in the 79-month conflict, with an estimated 500,000 people killed and more than 11 million displaced.

In Damascus, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visited Assad. The Syrian leader’s office said the discussion was on the fight to regain all of Deir ez-Zor city from ISIS and — using an euphemism for all groups opposed to the regime — to “strengthen efforts to combat terrorism in all Syrian territory until its utter annihilation”.

That statement rested uneasily against the claimed discussion of “de-escalation zones”, promoted by Russia to halt fighting in parts of Syria from north to south. Assad’s office said they had “sped up the victories of the Syrian army and its allies in fighting terrorism in other areas”.

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    • The 2nd most powerful military in the world, with the help of Iran, Lebanon, and militias from Afghanistan and Iraq managed to defeat unarmed and lightly armed people yearning for their freedom. Such an embarrassment. And then killing 500,000 people and displacing 11 million in the process. So shameful.

      • To characterise the jihadists of Al Nusra, Ahrar al Sham and ISIS as men yearning for freedom is ridiculous. The rebels never had the support of the people. Many parts of Syria, notably Hama city, remained loyal to the government throughout this crisis. Most Syrians just want the fighting to end for reconstruction to begin. Nothing has been achieved by this violent rebellion, only death and destruction.

        • ahrar, isis, and nusra were not the only rebels. And impressionable, angry, young men are easily swayed into joining causes such as theirs. The syrian people absolutely supported them, who were the soldiers otherwise? You can’t say everyone in their ranks is foreign.

          According to Assad, a lot was achieved, more harmonious society and all. The death and destruction is soley the responsibility of the Assad regime. Their approach to the protesters was how the whole thing got started. Then using chemicals, chlorine, fire bombs, etc on their own people was just the icing on the cake, right? Throw in the daily bombing, etc. That rebel air force was a little outgunned.

          The rebels loss has a lot more to do with Turkey than the rebels actions.

          • The death and destruction is soley the responsibility of the Assad regime. Their approach to the protesters was how the whole thing got started.

            Wrong. The overthrow of Assad was on the Washington agenda since before 2005. It’s been widely reported that the violence was orchestrated D by Washington and Saudi Arabia after they destroyed Libya

        • You mean after Assad barrel bombed apartment buildings and destroyed as much infrastructure as he could find, now people want to reconstruct so they can live? Did you expect that people would want to live with all that destruction? And Iran will not pay a penny for reconstruction and all the damage and carnage that Iran did, because it is a beggar state and any money it may get from the oil is looted by the Ayatollas and the IRGC. You are so naive, and have no idea how the Islamic Republic of terror works.

      • The most powerful military in the world, with the help of Britain, France, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and militias from Chechnya and 80 other countries failed to defeat unarmed and lightly armed people yearning to turn Syria into a Wahhabi hell hole. The 2nd most powerful military in the world, with the help of Iran, Lebanon, and militias from Afghanistan and Iraq showed then how it was done. Such an embarrassment.

        • Lol – Zero Hedge is a fake news website. It has been linked to the Russia fake news trolling agencies and Kremlin funded anti-internet activities. Zero Hedge has been listed in the fake news database.

      • Russia, the 2nd mightiest army on the planet, won against some ragtag guerrillas who didn’t get proper support from the west, and a good part of them were repudiated by the west. Not much to crow about, is it?

        • Russia, the 2nd mightiest army on the planet, won against some ragtag guerrillas who didn’t get proper support from the west, and a good part of them were repudiated by the west. Not much to crow about, is it?

          On the contrary. The, the mightiest army on the planet, have yet to win against ragtag guerrillas in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.

  1. Isn’t this piece of filth Nasrallah not ashamed that he has to live in hiding and 80% of Lebanon wish to see him annihilated? He can’t even trust his closest people not to assassinate him.

      • Israel’s support for the Islamist opposition is a total and baseless myth.
        Israel only supports a very limited in size groups, who neighbor Israel in the Golan.
        This is in order to prevent other hardcore Islamists and Iranian elements from nearing the border area. In numbers, those who benefit from Israel’s help are not more than few tens of thousands.

            • One is a self-hating Jew, and the other a self-hating Australia. He even wants Walmart in Australia to raise its prices, to pay freeloading unions, and screw the consumer — most of them poor people with extremely tight budgets. This is what socialism is — screw the people as long as the commissars and bosses get to freeload.

      • So he is too scared to face the Israelis? Then how is Hezbollah claiming that they are the “resistance” and will liberate Palestine, if they are in hiding? And the only way Israel would know where Nasrallah is, to bomb him, is if his own people betray him. Just goes to show how backward and opportunistic his movement is.

        • So he is too scared to face the Israelis?

          Hezbollah defeated Israel in 2006, which they wouldn’t have done if they were too scared to face the Israelis. Israel assassinated his predecessor and would love nothing better than to knock him off. What do you expect him to do? March into Haifa with a big target on his chest? Are you suggesting Cheney and Bush were cowards for running to their underground bunkers during the 911 attacks?

          Israel have admitted they have no way of defeating Hezbollah, but given the absence of an air force they clearly cannot fight a conventional war and hope to defeat Israel.

          the only way Israel would know where Nasrallah is, to bomb him, is if his own people betray him. Just goes to show how backward and opportunistic his movement is.

          Based on that impeccable logic, the assassination of JFK shows how backward and opportunistic his movement was. So does the existence of the secret service and the fact that entire city blocks have to be secured whenever the US president is passing through them.

  2. #Homs: This statement alone tells you what an open goal the rebels missed when they repeatedly refuse to infiltrate NDF units “Increasing tension btwn war lords in Homs & assassination attempts, as heads of pro-regime Nat’l Defence Forces try to eliminate each other” – @IbrahimAlAssil

  3. The irony is just too rich. ISIS is battling SDF for some farmlands and villages, and also in Raqqa, while SAA has taken over 60% of Deir Ezzor. Seems like ISIS is not the least concerned with losing Deir Ezzor to SAA. Surely ISIS leaders have arrived at a “new deal” with Assad. I bet YPG is thinking, if it weren’t for these damn American “capitalists”, we could also have made a deal with ISIS.

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