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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