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Russians will save Syria

British journalist Lindsay Hillsum, who works with The Guardian, personally became convinced that many Syrians perceive Vladimir Putin as a friend and savior of Syria. Syrians living in Tartus and Latakia are convinced that the operation of Russia against IG will bring a long-awaited peace to Syria. Locals believe that the West is to blame for the appearance of “IG” and salute the rescuers with the Russian words “Good afternoon!”

In a British newspaper «The Guardian» A new article by an experienced journalist and writer Lindsey Hilsum has been published. She works as an editor for the international department of Channel 4 News, constantly writing for the Sunday Times, The Observer, The Guardian, The New Statesman and Granta.

The town of Jebleh (Jebleh) in Syria last week heard the roar of dozens of Russian fighter-bombers: Su-24S, 35S and 25s, who rose from the Bassel airbase and headed for targets in the north and east of Syria.

Tupolev transport aircraft made landing in Syria for a week. "Men" flew here. Was delivered and "equipment". Fifty miles to the south, in the port city of Tartus, ammunition was unloaded from Russian ships for a new campaign of Russia, undertaken to suppress "the enemies of the Syrian government," the journalist writes.

Local residents have no complaints against the Russians: in this area “all enemies of the government are considered as terrorists”.

Portraits of the "patriarch" of Hafez Asad, the journalist continues, hang in this part of Syria in homes and everywhere else. The coastal areas are “the heart of regime support”, it is here that representatives of the “Alawite sect” live.

Residents of the region see the Russian "loyal friends", who for 45 years supported the Assad dynasty. These friends "after four years of civil war finally came to the rescue."

“We reached a critical point: both the Americans and the Saudis went against us, but also the rebels, so we asked for help. An end must be put to this war, ”said Munzer Abdullah, a civil servant from Jebleh. “Our army and our command are tired, so we need the help of the Russians to get rid of our enemies,” he explained.

In July, 2015, President Assad admitted: the army suffers "from a shortage of people." The military even lifted the ban on the call of men from those families that have already lost their son.

Russians here became “heroes of the day. Here, people greet several of them, shouting to them in Russian: “Dobry den!” They are full of enthusiasm, they believe that President Putin “will deliver them from terrorism,” the journalist writes. Many here are convinced that the West supports the “IS” (in these parts Islamist terrorists are called the Arab acronym “Daesh”).

Safwan al-Saada, the governor of Tartus, says: “We see that the Russians intend to defeat Daesh and the terrorists. Unlike them, the Americans and their coalition do not seem to have such a determination. Last year, they said that they would fight terrorism, but Daesh only got stronger ... Therefore, we can say that their coalition is not serious. ”

In Latakia and Tartus, as suggested by the journalist, people are “protected from the reality of the conflict,” tearing Syria to pieces. Locals can't hate al-Assad. At the same time, she believes that those who live under the fear of “illegible bombs” falling on the rebel areas of Damascus, Idlib, Aleppo, feel hatred for him.

Stretching their necks and watching the fighters, people here are hoping: the Russian air campaign marks the beginning of the end of the war.

6 of October it became known, let us add, about the strikes of Russian aircraft on the controlled by the militants "IG" Palmyra. This was reported by the state Syrian television, transmits RBC.

During the bombing of Palmyra, twenty vehicles and three ammunition depots were destroyed.

In addition, the northern province of Aleppo (city of Al-Bab and Deir Hafir, located approximately 20 km east of the airport, controlled by the militants), has been subjected to air strikes.

As for the external enemies of Bashar Assad, the way "Voice of America", more than fifty Muslim religious leaders from Saudi Arabia called on Muslims in the world to jihad against Russia, Iran and the Assad regime.

Religious leaders believe that the alliance of the "three forces" is "a real war against the Sunnis."

President Barack Obama also spoke on the actions of Russia in Syria. According to him, Putin “does not make a distinction between the IS and the moderate Sunni opposition, which seeks Mr. Asad’s departure.” "From their point of view, all this is terrorists." According to Obama, such an approach is akin to disaster.

Associate Professor of the Department of Civilizational Development of the East, HSE, Ph.D. Marat Murtazin told “Voice of America” that the relevant Muslim authorities can declare jihad, and not a group of “some figures”. “These are the position of the Sharia,” said Murtazin. - Previously, it was the government of Muslim states. Now these are the officials who stand, in particular, at the head of the Muslim hierarchy of Saudi Arabia. ”

The expert believes that the statement of religious leaders will not have serious consequences for Russia. Murtazin recalled: "The United States, Great Britain and Saudi Arabia are waging war against militants in Syria, and this has not had any consequences for them."

Thus, at a time when the Syrians perceive the Russians as liberators, as those who bring peace to the land they have suffered, Saudi “religious leaders” are calling for “jihad” against Russia, Iran and Syria. And the President of the United States still divides the terrorists into good and bad, separating the "opposition" from the militants of the "IS". But it is not a secret to anyone that where Washington begins to support the “opposition,” over time, terrorist structures emerge and spawn. This was the case in the eighties of the last century with Al-Qaida, which appeared in Afghanistan and was later lured by the CIA to fight the Soviets, as it did with the Islamic State, which arose on the ashes of the Arab Spring, previously supported by the United States. Not for nothing Obama can not answer the question why the struggle of the American coalition with the "IG" is so ineffective ...

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  1. Tatarus
    Tatarus 8 October 2015 06: 07 New
    На их джихад ответ дает наш "Дагестан" со товарищи. У кого с циферками в Саудии плохо, поясняем достанем по любому.
    1. marlin1203
      marlin1203 8 October 2015 09: 51 New
      Ключевой момент в том, что большинство из мобресурса Сирии уже "срулило" в Европу. Авиаподдержка -это прекрасно, но где брать пехоту? Опять "русский Ваня" должен чужую землю топтать? А понадибится 9-10 полноценных бригад, да с хорошим тыловым обеспечением. Это уже широкомасштабная война, а не войсковая операция. Как-то так...
      1. aleks_29296
        aleks_29296 8 October 2015 12: 21 New
        This is partly true, but an inspired Syrian army can achieve victories, which can help to bring some of the refugees home.
      2. Archon
        Archon 8 October 2015 13: 28 New
        more or less well off to Europe left. those who are poorer could hardly afford
    2. Volzhanin
      Volzhanin 8 October 2015 12: 11 New
      Причём точечно, прямо в бассейн купающегося шейха. А за территорией его дворца, никто даже и не узнает, что туда "подарок" прилетел!
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  2. Hubun
    Hubun 8 October 2015 06: 17 New
    Jihad? Oh well. See not convey ...
  3. alex-cn
    alex-cn 8 October 2015 06: 18 New
    May we not save Syria. This can only be done by the Syrians themselves. Help - yes.
  4. Reptiloid
    Reptiloid 8 October 2015 06: 32 New
    There are true journalists on the other side too! Probably a pretty woman, unlike the political fools we know.
    1. Raptor_RB
      Raptor_RB 9 October 2015 10: 47 New
      Quote: Reptiloid
      Probably a pretty woman, unlike the political fools we know.

      You're right. Here she is:
  5. slizhov
    slizhov 8 October 2015 06: 53 New
    What can I say ..?
    So much everything has been prepared, thought out, agreed upon with many leaders of the countries, that you WILL GIVE DIVA, how great everything is here AFTER YELTSIN began to work out! :)
    1. Krieg_XIII
      Krieg_XIII 11 October 2015 13: 33 New
      Soviet school however!)
  6. rosarioagro
    rosarioagro 8 October 2015 06: 57 New
    "...Транспортные самолёты марки «Туполев»" ????????
    1. nazar_0753
      nazar_0753 8 October 2015 07: 04 New
      I’m also interested. Did they transport people on civilian sides or what? With lunch and stewardesses? laughing
      1. Orlenok ILLI4A
        Orlenok ILLI4A 8 October 2015 11: 02 New
        Polite people-Friendly service :)
    2. Mart
      8 October 2015 07: 09 New
      Quote: rosarioagro
      "...Транспортные самолёты марки «Туполев»" ????????

      В оригинале: "Tupolev transport planes..."
      1. Yuri Y.
        Yuri Y. 8 October 2015 09: 03 New
        Quote: nazar_0753
        Did they transport people on civilian sides or what?

        Ну а что такого если и да. Мы помню тоже в Германию на "154" летели. Ну правда без амуниции и оружия.
      2. Misha Honest
        Misha Honest 8 October 2015 10: 19 New
        В оригинале: "Tupolev transport planes..."
        Western zhurnalyugam just do not care whether it is Tupolev, or is it Antonov, or Ilyushin. The main thing for them is that they are Russians.
    3. Nasty
      Nasty 8 October 2015 12: 09 New
      Yes, Tu-95, Tu-160 :) They transport bombs and missiles.
  7. Obolensky
    Obolensky 8 October 2015 07: 01 New
    Восток - дело тонкое. Разобраться порой тяжело, где друг, где враг. Но я считаю, что если нужно будет "упокоить" всех этих религиозных деятелей, которые кормятся с рук США, считают, что самое лучшее правило - это "разделяй и властвуй", считают, что плодить анархию - это нормально, то в данном случае, наша помощь будет просто неоценима в плане наведения порядка. Тем более, что некоторые по глупости своей решили показать зубки и объявил джихад. Так вырвем зубы вместе с головой. Делов то. Просто они этого не понимают. Но ничего, дойдёт.
  8. SeregaBoss
    SeregaBoss 8 October 2015 07: 13 New
    True, she is such as not hiding her anyway they will find and tell.
    Согласен с коллегой по ВО, Сирию мы не спасем, мы только помощники, а свой дом пусть сирийцы подчишают, пусть мобилизацию проводят, баб призывают, а калашей и рпг мы им отсыпем сколько надо. А по поводу "деятелей"призывающих к джихаду, ну ну, больная голова и только! fool
  9. Neophyte
    Neophyte 8 October 2015 07: 26 New
    The EU is trying to expel refugees from Europe. It is interesting how it will be in reality? Moreover, jihad is also possible against Europeans. Perhaps the IS militants are already planning actions in response to the oppression of refugees? The scenario is very
    simple: a small detachment of Islamists seizes an apartment building, sets demands and, as they are fulfilled, kills hostages.
    The authorities will be absolutely powerless to do anything.
  10. Ilya77
    Ilya77 8 October 2015 07: 34 New
    It is clear that we also have enough problems in Russia, but if we do not bomb ISIS, in about 5 years hell will begin under our belly (Central Asia, the Caucasus). So it’s better to solve this problem now.
  11. olimpiada15
    olimpiada15 8 October 2015 08: 00 New
    A rare case when a Western journalist expresses his point of view, trying to understand and convey to the readers an objective point of view. In this case, the point of view of the Syrians who consider Russia a savior is conveyed to readers.
  12. stas52
    stas52 8 October 2015 08: 37 New
    US President Barack Obama also spoke on the topic of Russia's actions in Syria. According to him, Putin "does not distinguish between ISIS and the moderate Sunni opposition, which seeks to leave Mr. Assad."

    If you destroy civilians through explosions, shelling, bombing, and in general terrorist attacks, then you are a terrorist in the first place, and then you are an oppositionist.
  13. parusnik
    parusnik 8 October 2015 09: 27 New
    Putin “makes no distinction between IS and moderate Sunni opposition..And the point? .. The United States introduces some new concept of terrorism..bad and moderate .. A good terrorist .. a dead terrorist ..
  14. aszzz888
    aszzz888 8 October 2015 09: 28 New
    Not without reason Obama cannot answer the question why the struggle of the American coalition with “IG” is so ineffective ...

    Observed and commented on Oleg Chuvakin

    Oleg, hello.
    Thanks for the article and health to you.

    А насчет "неэффективности" могу уточнить. Если верить их СМИ, то намедни они точными бомбо-ракетными ударами превратили в груду металла ... два экскаватора.
    Yes, apparently they got merikatos !!! laughing fellow
    1. Mart
      8 October 2015 11: 45 New
      Quote: aszzz888
      Oleg, hello.
      Thanks for the article and health to you.

      Hi, Comrade Sheriff! Thank! And you health!
    2. Mart
      8 October 2015 11: 46 New
      Quote: aszzz888
      Oleg, hello.
      Thanks for the article and health to you.

      Hi, Comrade Sheriff! And you health!
  15. Orlenok ILLI4A
    Orlenok ILLI4A 8 October 2015 11: 10 New
    What Russians value in our allies-constancy! In BV, we also continue to bend our line-we prove that being a Friend of Russia, a faithful ally, is much more profitable than a henchman of friends. I think the Arabs will appreciate it.
  16. Otshelnik
    Otshelnik 8 October 2015 12: 48 New
    "полусотни мусульманских религиозных деятелей из Саудовской Аравии"
    С каких пор вахабиты стали мусульманами...Что бы эти ваши "мусульмани" резали вам ДЕМОНОКРАТАМ глотки в америке и европе.Тогда посмотрим как бы запоете.
    1. Flexsus
      Flexsus 8 October 2015 20: 03 New
      Ясно как запоют, "это Россия виновата!"
  17. alone
    alone 8 October 2015 18: 03 New
    Syria should be saved by the Syrians. Regardless of religion and nationality. Everything else seems to be considered help for salvation. And so from the article it turns out that instead of the Syrians everything should be done by Russia and the Russians))
  18. Rich-ksy
    Rich-ksy 8 October 2015 18: 09 New
    We can’t save, only be able to.
  19. Andryukha G
    Andryukha G 9 October 2015 06: 05 New
    It turns out that there are women in English villages who know and write the truth about what the United States is doing in the Middle East.