Originally appeared at DWN, translated by John T. Sumner exclusively for SouthFront; Edited by Yoana
International mercenaries, foreign fighters and radical islamistic terrorist militias are eager to begin a full-scale military offensive in Syria. With the failure of the cease-fire agreement, the US has announced that it is going to supply the militias with MANPADs. This unfolding might pose a threat to the Russians, who are fighting on the side of the Syrian government.
The forces positioned by Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States declared: “After a steady increase of ceasefire violations by government forces, including the selective displacement of people and the continued bombing of residential areas, we declare the continuation of hostilities in response.” The comment was made by ten rebel groups in a common statement on Monday. Backed by Russian air support the Syrian army had proceeded with the liberation of Aleppo last week.
For the first time since the outbreak of the war in Syria, promoted by numerous nations, a nationwide ceasefire agreement between the government forces and various mercenary militias had been brokered under mediation of Russia and the United States in February. The truce explicitly excluded the terrorist militia Islamic State (IS) or also known as Islamist Al-Nusra Front.
The declaration from Monday was signed by the powerful Islamist terror militias “Jaysh-al-Islam” and “Ahrar ash-Sham”, who are particularly influential in the region of Eastern Ghouta as well as in Aleppo. “Jaysh-al-Islam” is led by Mohammed Allusch, the chief negotiator on behalf of the opposition in the Geneva peace talks. Both groups are funded by Saudi Arabia. The Islamist kingdom has even created its own brand of an “opposition” for Syria, which is led by Allusch under the bombastic name “High Committee of Negotiating”.
On Sunday Allusch pressed for a resumption of attacks on the SAA.
“Do not trust the regime and do not wait for their compassion,” Allusch wrote on Twitter. “Strike them in the neck! Kill them all! ”
Many of these groups also fight with US weapons. Just a few days ago, a US mercenary was released from Syrian captivity. Likewise, the American UN Ambassador, Samantha Power, had stated already days ago, not to believe in the truce. As the ceasefire is failing, the CIA is planning to arm the mercenaries with heavy military equipment – predominantly with surface-to-air-missiles (MANPADs). This can evolve into a serious threat to the Syrian and the Russian Air Force.