In the area between the Syrian cities of Homs and Al-Kseyr - the boundary of the climatic zone. If you go from Damascus, then to this territory - dried up land, low mountains, covered with poor and rare vegetation, and not a single reservoir. And already behind Homs begins the beauty of nature, full of life, which boils with life - a holiday of greenery and flowers, talkative rivers and silent lakes. And in the distance the distant mountains turn blue - this is already Lebanon. A few days ago, the line of confrontation between the Syrian army and terrorists took place in the same territories, but the servicemen managed to sharply shift it to their advantage.
...Tanks turn the road into a dusty mess in which cars almost drown. The wind blows - and this dust creates a kind of gray-brown fog. On the way to Al-Kseir - destroyed houses and shops, damaged mosques. But there are also green gardens with delicate trees against the background of distant blue mountains. I involuntarily recall the verses of Nikolai Gumilyov:
The country that could be a paradise
Became a den of fire.
We are approaching the fourth day,
We have not eaten for four days.
The attack of the Syrian army on the city occupied by terrorists lasted much more than a day's 4. It began on March 19, and at first the soldier managed to clear out 2 / 3 Al-Xeira. Further, the soldiers-liberators faced serious obstacles. The terrorists entrenched themselves in the northern quarters of the city.
Logistical support they provided external forces. In particular, the army team managed to find an Israeli car with modern communication technology. The militants had installed video cameras on the streets - the notorious “non-lethal equipment”, which the insurgents transmit to the United States, considering this to be a manifestation of humanism. But this "non-lethal assistance" was used by militants for clearly deadly purposes - they tracked the movements of the army and, as soon as the soldiers approached, they were killed with the help of remote-controlled explosive devices. How many mothers now will not wait for their sons - the young defenders of the Motherland, who were killed with the help of the notorious "non-lethal" equipment! All the “guilt” of these soldiers was that they honestly fulfilled their duty, went to the lawful army of their homeland, and fought with brutalized terrorists until their last breath.
But the Syrian army could not win in this battle. On the morning of June 5, the decisive counter-terrorism special operation began. Crushed the headquarters of the militants with the leaders. The terrorists left without coordinators, unable to withstand the pressure of the military, were forced to "tactically retreat" to the village of Al-Dhabaa. The city was liberated. 6 June came the news that the village of Al-Dhabaa also cleared of bandits, many of them eliminated, others surrendered to captivity. Neither Western aid, nor Israeli intelligence, nor the cry of the “democrats” of the whole world (first of all, of course, the West) about how poor the little militants helped them in this battle.
Those who took the right to speak on behalf of the "democratic" public, these days tried to push through the UN Security Council a special statement, which condemned the actions of the Syrian army in the city of Al-Ksayr. The project of such a dubious "document" was introduced by Britain - as usual, NATO countries take turns in introducing at international events such menacingly condemning libels.
At a meeting of the UN Security Council 1 June, Russia vetoed this project. Commenting on this decision, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich recalled that for a long time this city and the surrounding area were places of high activity of illegal armed groups, and the militants drove almost all Christians and Alawites out of it, turned the temple into a headquarters, performed acts robbery and robbery in the surrounding villages, where Shiites mostly live. The Foreign Ministry also recalled that the terrorists created a kind of “Islamic Council”, which acted jointly with “Dzhebhat An-Nusroy” (this organization is closely associated with Al-Qaeda and was recently included in the UN Security Council’s list of terrorists).
“It is hardly possible to call timely a proposal to raise the voice of the international community in a situation where the Syrian army is completing a counter-terrorist operation against militants who have uncontrolled the population of the Syrian border town for several months. At the same time, during all this time, no one drew attention to the sufferings experienced by city dwellers, ”the official representative of the Russian foreign affairs agency stressed.
Lukashevich also pointed out that the militants put up fierce resistance because they realized that the loss of Al-Xeira would have deprived them of the opportunity to receive weapon and reinforcements from mercenaries.
The UN Security Council was not the only place through which the opponents of Syria dragged their biased accusations against military servicemen - fighters against terrorism. In parallel, Qatar and Turkey submitted to the UN Human Rights Council a draft document in which responsibility, as was to be expected, is entrusted only to one side - the Syrian leadership and the army. But not a single word was said about the terrible crimes committed by the militants of the so-called "opposition".
The Russian Foreign Ministry said about this document: “The resolution is biased and in fact misinforms the international community. The blame for violence in Al-Ksayra rests solely on official Damascus. Convincing the involvement of foreign combatants on the side of the Syrian government is condemned. However, not a word is said about the numerous violations of human rights, the atrocities and harassment of the civilian population in Al-Ksayra committed by armed gangs associated with Al-Qaida, in whose ranks foreign jihadists are fighting. Placing the blame for the violence in Al Quseir on the Syrian government in advance, the authors of the resolution provided for the Independent Commission to conduct a separate investigation of these events. In essence, this is an attempt to impose on the Commission the results of such an investigation. ”
The representative of the Foreign Ministry noted that “the consensus adoption of the resolution, as the co-authors wanted, did not work out, and the text refused to support the 11 states, two times more than during the adoption of the HRC resolution on Syria in March of this year. This is direct evidence of the fact that more and more states do not intend to subscribe to ventures working for the radical Syrian opposition and undermining the prospects for a political settlement in Syria. "
At the meeting of the HRC, the permanent representative of Russia to the UN in Geneva, A. Borodavkin, made a statement that the proposed resolution was not timely and counterproductive. It aims to undermine efforts to convene an international conference on Syria. According to him, such a document "is clearly working for one of the parties to the Syrian conflict, namely, the radical opposition that has staked on the continuation of the armed conflict." That is why, - said the diplomat, - in the draft there is not a word of condemnation of foreign terrorists fighting on the side of the opposition, in particular, from Dzhebhat An-Nusra. But it is they who carry out terrorist acts and bloody crimes, including cannibalism, the representative of the Russian Federation added.
In general, despite the fact that the biased resolution in the HRC was adopted, it was supported by far fewer countries than before. This was largely due to the position of Russia.
And the reaction of the "opposition" was not long in coming. Feeling the support of the West behind their backs, the bandits decided to give Russia an ultimatum!
The so-called "free Syrian army" squeaked, which requires Russia ... "to stop attempts to prevent international intervention in the Syrian conflict."
On the other hand, the “oppositionists” threatened Lebanon as well. Already almost open war (Russia is still afraid of the rattle of arms before Russia!)
The leader of the SSA, a certain Salim Idris, called on the UN Security Council to take tough actions against “aggression by foreign fighters”. Otherwise, he threatened to turn his terrorist activities into an “extended cross-border conflict”.
What does Idris mean by “aggression of foreign fighters”? Has he really changed his mind and remembered that on the side of the pseudo-opposition are hundreds of foreign mercenaries from all over the world? Not at all. So what's the deal? Very simply - the leader suggests that the Lebanese Hezbollah fighters are fighting on the side of the Syrian army.
The charge sucked from the finger. If Hezbollah played a role, it is connected with the fact that Al-Xayr is only 15 kilometers from the Syrian-Lebanese border. Militants have repeatedly fired on Lebanese territory, tried to move between the border, without being aware of the legality of such actions, and attacked Lebanese villages. Under these conditions, the Hezbollah fighters were forced to protect the border, as far as possible, from uninvited “guests”. The Lebanese television channel Al-Mayadin conveyed an official statement from Hezbollah on this issue, which states that the fighters protected Lebanese villages and their relatives from militants.
The militants of the so-called “Syrian opposition” greatly exaggerated the role of the Lebanese party. But at the same time they pretended that they “forgot” how many foreign militants are in their own ranks!
And this is not at all a statement by the Syrian government forces themselves. This is evidenced by American sources, which are difficult to suspect of sympathy for the leadership of the SAR.
Thus, the American consulting center "Flashpoint Global Partners" prepared a report in which it is noted that only from July 2012 to May 2013 were at least 280 foreign fighters from the United States, Chechnya, Kosovo, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Libya, Saudi Arabia. It is only among those killed! Usually such militants are well trained and it is not so easy to eliminate them.
An expert at the Washington Institute for the Middle East, Aaron Zelin, acknowledged that people from Europe who are from 500 to 800 are present in Syria. And the infiltration of terrorists from various countries continues.
But this intervention is not enough for the militants of the so-called “opposition”! They demand from Russia “not to interfere with external interference”, and from the UN Security Council - on the contrary, to prevent “aggression from foreign fighters”! Isn't it, two absolutely opposite requirements? It turns out that external intervention on the side of the "opposition" is good, but preventing such interference is not? This once again shows the face of pseudo-oppositionists who are ready to give the country to the mercy of foreigners.
In the meantime, residents of the liberated Al-Xeirah came to a mass demonstration in support of the legitimate Syrian army. It took place on June 6. It was attended by the governor of Homs province, Ahmad Muhammad Munir, and the secretary of the branch of the Arab Socialist Revival Party in the province of Homs Subhi Harb, who arrived in the city and heard the wishes of its inhabitants. The arrival of these people once again proves that the army took the city seriously and for a long time.
People walked along the liberated streets of the wounded city. They carried flags and portraits of the President. They chanted slogans in support of the Syrian army, which liberated hundreds of people who were bandits in human shields. People intend to take part in the restoration and improvement of the city, so that it becomes even better than before.
I would like to finish again with the words of Gumilyov:
And it is so sweet to win a victory
Like a girl in pearls
Walking on the smoke trail
“Victory in the city of Al-Ksayr will open the door to new successes of the Syrian army throughout the country. This is a message to all who participate in the aggression against the SAR, that the Armed Forces are able to withstand any challenges, ”the High Command said in a statement.