The news that the Syrian army on the night of June 15 took control of the city of Kasab and its adjacent territories made me recall a visit to an ancient Armenian church in Latakia. It was there that the refugee camp was located - for those residents of Kasab, mostly of Armenian nationality, who had nowhere to go.
Under the arches of the temple mattresses were spread, on which those who were forced to leave their homes slept. A lot of children were running around the yard. In a separate utility room, the cook prepared simple food in a huge cauldron. In another room - an improvised medical center.
In almost Spartan conditions, people had to live, who had recently had their homes in one of the most beautiful places in Syria.
However, Turkey, actively supporting Syrian terrorists, nurtured its plans. First, open another front in the province of Latakia to divert the army from other sectors of anti-terrorist operations. Second, open the way for an attack on the port city of Latakia. In this case, the bandits, supported by the United States, the West, the oil monarchies and Turkey, could get access to the sea. In addition, in the port of Lattakia, work was carried out - and continues to this day - to export the Syrian chemical weapons in accordance with international agreements and commitments that Syria has assumed when joining the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Oh, what would be the reason for the aggression, if the militants of the “opposition” —and the forces behind them — could disrupt the process of exporting chemicals!
The attack of terrorists who invaded from the territory of Turkey with the direct support of this country, involuntarily reminded the Kasab of the Armenian Genocide, which was carried out by the Ottoman Empire in 1915-1923 years. The name “Kasab” filled out the news reports of the agencies in connection with widespread protests of Armenians all over the world. In addition, it was originally said that militants killed more than 70 Armenians in this small town. Fortunately, this information was subsequently not confirmed. But this does not mean that there were no dead - among the victims of the aggression were not the Armenians, but the Syrians, who defended the city and gave the Armenians the opportunity to leave before they were captured by the gangs.
Eyewitnesses claim that the attack began on March 21 of this year. This day is festive in Syria - Mother's Day. An attack on such a day looks doubly blasphemous. At about 4 o'clock in the morning, a massive mortar shelling of the streets began, and panic began among the residents. The soldiers and combatants gave the command to the civilians to leave. Artillery shot from Turkish territory Tanks and the armored vehicles of the Syrian army, which defended Kasab and its surrounding territories. Without this, the capture of this land by terrorists would be impossible. In addition, Turkey in every possible way prevented the use of the Syrian aviation against militants. It came to an open act of aggression - an aircraft of the SAR Air Force was shot down, which did not enter Turkish airspace, but was located in the border territory, participating in a counter-terrorist operation. Fortunately, the pilot managed to eject, and he survived.
In April of this year, I happened to visit the village of Msherfa, four kilometers from Kasab. Mostly Armenians also lived there. In the courtyard of many houses - the statue of the Virgin Mary, inside - Christian icons. In one of the abandoned dwellings on the wall hung a poster depicting Armenian kings. The houses themselves were hit by shelling and mortar shells.
Immediately beyond the village - the forest. Many trees are burned by the flame of war. “The terrorists are behind that mountain,” one of the soldiers showed with his hand. As for the village of Msherfa - at that time it was just beaten off by the militants.
... The “World Community”, under pressure from a rather influential Armenian diaspora, condemned the seizure of Kasab and the surrounding villages, but did so very timidly, fearing to name the real culprits, above all - the Erdogan regime. It was clear that all hopes of Armenians to return to their homes are not connected with the UN or any human rights organizations, but only with the Syrian army - the only force that can repel the bandits. International organizations did not care about the suffering of people who were expelled from their homes by Islamists from Dzhebhat An-Nusra and other terrorist organizations.
And indeed, Kasab was liberated by the Syrian army.
All this time in the area were fighting with varying success. The massive offensive of the army began on June 14. The army and the militias first occupied the villages of Nabain and Samra adjacent to Kasab. And on the night of June 15, the servicemen entered Kasab and set up Syrian national flags on the administrative buildings.
The militants retreated in the direction of Turkey, but the authorities of this country did not want to take back the disgraced and lost performers of their own will. Therefore, they had to look for other ways to retreat. Some of them, as the locals say, moved towards the province of Idleb. A lot of terrorists were destroyed.
Currently, residents are gradually returning to Kasab. The city was visited by a delegation led by the governor of Lattakia, Ahmad Sheikh Abdel-Kader, who spoke with citizens who had already returned home. Those, in turn, thanked the Syrian army for its heroic struggle, for giving them the opportunity to return to their hometown again.
As stated by 19 of June, the Minister of Electricity of the SAR, Imad Khamis, has already resumed electricity supply to Kasab. He added that the terrorists had damaged 19 electrical substations in the area.
Many residents have found their homes plundered. The gangsters turned the house belonging to one of the families into their headquarters - and there everything was written with hate slogans. Valuable property, of course, disappeared. In addition, the militants desecrated Christian churches.
But now the worst is over. Of course, the aggression against Kasab, carried out by terrorists with the direct support of Turkey, caused residents a lot of suffering - they had to endure the horror of the attack, leave their homes for several months, live in difficult conditions, lose property acquired through hard work. However, the most important thing is that the plans of Turkey and other forces that were behind the terrorists and their inhuman action failed. The bandits did not manage to reach Latakia, and the hotbed of tension created by them was eliminated in a relatively short time.
Humanitarian aid from Russia
Meanwhile, the Russian Emergencies Ministry's plane delivered ten tons of humanitarian aid intended for the Syrian people to the Al-Basel airport of the city of Latakia 18. Basically, the cargo contains food, as well as blankets and other necessary things.
In Syria, the adviser to the president of Syria on political and informational issues, Busein Shaaban, paid an official visit to Moscow. She met with Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov. Shaaban said that some countries in the region support terrorism and thus continue their crimes against the people of ATS. According to her, what is happening in Iraq is the consequences of such activities. The adviser also stressed that Syria has fulfilled all its obligations in connection with joining the OPCW. For his part, Mikhail Bogdanov said that Russia highly appreciates the held presidential elections in Syria and respects the will of the Syrian people.
The Syrian leader himself continues to receive congratulations on his victory from various political figures. Thus, over the past few days, he was congratulated by the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, the President of Armenia Serzh Sarksyan, the President of Algeria Abdel-Aziz Bouteflika. Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill also sent a congratulatory telegram to the address of Bashar Al-Assad.
DPRK Foreign Minister Lee Soo-yong arrived in Syria. Bashar al-Assad held a meeting with him at which issues of cooperation between the two countries were discussed. The DPRK Foreign Minister stressed that the Korean people support the Syrians in their fight against terrorism. According to him, the successful holding of elections, as well as the victories of the Syrian army are a blow to the plans hostile to Syria.
During the conversation, Bashar Al-Asad said that the West is trying to weaken and crush those countries that refuse to submit to it in various ways. In the implementation of such plans, according to the president of the SAR, Western states had previously relied on puppet governments, and now on the terrorist groups created by them.
Kardaha. Memorial Day of Hafez Al-Assad
June 10 marks 14 since the death of Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad. On this occasion, traditional mourning ceremonies took place in his mausoleum in the small town of Kardaha. Delegations consisting of military personnel, members of volunteer and public organizations, schoolchildren, and also ordinary citizens came to worship the memory of this outstanding statesman, without exaggeration, the father of the nation. In Syria, Hafez al-Assad is called respectfully - “Dad”.
The beautiful building of the Mausoleum was built of gray stone and made in the traditional oriental style, in the form of a tent. Inside - everything is strict, nothing superfluous. In the center of the hall is a coffin covered with green cloth, where the previous president of Syria rests. In the same room, the mother of Hafez Al-Assad, as well as his eldest son, Basel, who was tragically killed in the January 21 car accident 1994, was buried.
The military group is coming to the tomb of the Supreme Commander. Soldiers salute, stand in a minute of silence. They are replaced by a group of young men and women from volunteers. A family comes with a schoolboy son. One of the visitors can not hold back the feelings and falls to the coffin of the leader of the nation. In the morning, many wreaths from various organizations appeared near the walls of the mausoleum. Moreover, the delegations all came and came, bringing new wreaths. As for the bouquets of flowers, which are usually laid to monuments and graves in Russia - then in Syria, this way of commemorating the memory is not common, so there are few of them.
A delegation from Homs arrived in Kardakha that day. In the hands of men - the flags of Syria and the Arab Socialist Renaissance Party, as well as portraits of Hafez, Basel and the current president, who recently won the election again - Bashar al-Assad.
All arrivals are met at the approach to the mausoleum of the memorial complex. In their hands - trays, which are small cups of bitter Arabic coffee. This drink is made to drink for the rest of the fallen.
Among the enemies of Syria are spreading the most incredible rumors about the family nest of the Al-Asadov family - Cardah. It is rumored that this is a very rich city for the elite. Nothing like this! The small town consists mainly of ordinary modest low-rise buildings. It is the same as many other settlements of Syria, and no particular luxury is visible. Unless, of course, not considered the luxury of nature. Like other cities and towns of the province of Latakia, located in the mountains of Kardaha is immersed in greenery and flowers. But at the same time, paradoxically, this land is not very suitable for agriculture - it is too stony. There is no proximity to the sea. Therefore, many residents of the town, deprived of traditional sources of income, were forced to give their sons to the army. The family in which Hafez Al-Assad was born and raised was not an exception.
As in most cities, towns and villages of present-day Syria, in Kardah there is also a wall of memory, where portraits of fellow soldiers who gave their lives in the fight against terrorism are located. Like most of the settlements, Kardaha also sacrificed many of her sons for the sake of restoring peace to the Syrian land.
But back to the stories Hafez al-Assad. The future president of Syria was born on October 6 1930 of the year. Then Kardaha was not even a town at all, but a deaf mountain village. The name "Hafez" in Arabic means "guardian."
Like many other poor families from these areas, his family also sent their son to a military school, although Hafez dreamed of becoming a doctor. But there was simply no money for expensive medical education. In 1946, the young man became a member of the Arab Socialist Renaissance Party.
In 1955, he graduated from the Air Force School in Aleppo. The internship took place in the Soviet Union on the territory of Kyrgyzstan. Then he was sent to Cairo, but he criticized the idea of a union of Syria with Egypt, for which he was recalled.
At this time, Syria was characterized by a series of military coups. Only the revolution that took place on 8 in March of 1963 of the year, in which Hafez took an active part, was able to stop them. The Arab Socialist Renaissance Party came to power. In 1964, he headed the Syrian Air Force, then became the head of the Air Defense Force. In 1966, he became Minister of Defense. In 1970, he headed the so-called Movement of Renewal and came to power already as Supreme Commander and leader of the Syrian branch of PASV. It was Hafez Al-Asad who managed to stabilize the political system.
In October 1973, he made an attempt to return Syria occupied by the Israeli military Golan. And, although it was not possible to achieve complete victory, the territory of Quneitra province was returned to the UAR. Forced to retreat from the city of Quneitra, the Zionists leveled the streets, houses, schools and other buildings with the ground. Golan still remain under occupation, despite numerous resolutions of the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly, addressed to Israel, demanding the release of criminally seized territories.
Enemies often blamed Hafez Al-Assad for the tragic events of 1982 in the city of Hama, when as a result of the suppression of the Islamist mutiny of the Muslim Brotherhood, about 40 thousand people died. However, they prefer to keep silent about the fact that the rebels have unleashed real terror against ordinary citizens and government officials. The Islamists, in particular, tied people to two cars and tore them apart. They burned the houses of those who did not agree with them. Terror has spread far beyond Hama.
Today, Syria is facing a similar challenge. In fact, the same forces that were trying to break the country then raised their heads again and, with the support from abroad, unleashed a new bloodbath. However, the presidential election of 3 June showed that the Syrian people, as then, rejected the reactionary ideas of the Islamists, as well as their allies and sponsors.
About terror and the United States
Currently, terror against civilians continues. 12 June a mined car exploded in the Wadi Al-Dahab quarter. Seven people died, more than 50 injured.
June 14 residential areas of Damascus - Abbasiin, Bab Tuma, Al-Amar - once again underwent terrorist mortar attacks. 7 people were injured, causing serious material damage.
The United States and its allies sponsoring terrorists are reluctant to see the bloody chaos that encompasses countries that have become testing grounds for their fake "democracy." They do not want to admit their mistakes in neighboring Iraq, Syria, where the Islamists took control of the capital of the province of Nineveh, Mosul, as well as the large city of Tikrit. In Iraq, there is the same grouping - “The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” - which has “become famous” for the monstrous crimes in Syria. Now the United States and the West have to bewildered, looking at their complete failure in Iraq. The supply of terrorists in Syria with weapons, ammunition and other assistance played a negative role - all this assistance fell, as many had warned, into the hands of terrorist organizations that do not intend to limit their ill-activities to Syria and the Middle East in general.
Full hypocrisy and lies about the situation in Iraq was made by British Foreign Secretary William Hague. He “dumped from a sick head to a healthy one” and accused of what happened ... Russia They say that it is the Russian Federation that is hindering a settlement in Syria, and because of this, there is an increase in terrorism throughout the region.
In fact, it was Russia that repeatedly warned both Britain and the United States and other Western countries that supporting terrorism in Syria leads to the growth of this most dangerous phenomenon. But the desire to crack down on an objectionable leader - Bashar Al-Assad - for the West outweighed all other considerations. Now the rotten fruits of this support are clearly visible to the whole world.