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Syrian Forces’ Anti-ISIS Operation In Eastern Al-Suwayda Enters Its Fifth Day (Videos, Map)

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Syrian Forces' Anti-ISIS Operation In Eastern Al-Suwayda Enters Its Fifth Day (Videos, Map)

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On June 11, Syrian government forces’ operation against ISIS in eastern al-Suwayda entered its fifth day.

While before the start of the operation and during its first days, some pro-govenrment sources said that it can be finished in less than a week, the reality on the ground appeared to be a quite different.

The Syrian military depoyed a notable group of troops supported by armoured vehicles and battle tanks to deal with ISIS members remained in the area. However, till now, the area has not been fully cleared from ISIS members.

Syrian Forces' Anti-ISIS Operation In Eastern Al-Suwayda Enters Its Fifth Day (Videos, Map)

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The main clashes are still ongoing near Khirbat Jarbu, Kura and Hibbariyah.

According to sources in the Syrian Arab Army, this complicated situation is linked to the  fact that a number of ISIS members from southern Damascus are now deployed in the area.

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Promitheas Apollonious

they should have known that when you give a chance to your enemy to recover and regroup with your aid, as the syrians did, you find them again. Hopefully this time will not be this foolish and naive and finish the job once and for all.

leon mc pilibin

There are no civilians going to be killed,thats why they allowed them to take a bus trip.Now they can be wiped out cleanly,and the sooner the better.


Unless the take hostages again, which some will

Muja Suria

You are forgetting that they have God on their side, it is miracle how they survived that long all of that. Their were attacked by pegans and kuffar including three world superpowers, over 40 countries and they were in relativly small numbers under constant airstrikes and attacks. They survived stabbing from the traitors in their own ranks, they survived the corruption and greed in their own ranks and purified themselves of them. And in all of that they managed to build a working state, gain the support of the people, errect the religion and win battles like in era of the prophet Muhammad(pbuh).

Monte George

“They” were definitely not attacked by 3 world superpowers. They were attacked by Russians, but were (and are) founded, funded, armed, and supported by the USA, UK, NATO, and Israel. They are losing because God abhors the Synagogue of Satan and hates assholes.

Muja Suria

They were bombed to stone age by USA in Iraq, they destroyed their convoys by most advanced missiles (see the Baghdad attack fiasco which lSlS denied in their propaganda because only few apache helicopters destroyed whole convoy in few minutes), Bombed to stone age by Assad and his Russian backers in al-Sham (Syria), China delievered advanced anti tank weapons so they are in too. Then local superpower Iran delievered brainwash militias and took advantage of the situation to spread its influence and later the British, French and all other countries under them in Europe.

So im sure that you fail to see one of these things or silently ignore them because it doesn’t fit into your point of view damaged by the propaganda.



The corporate media’s world of illusions

11 June 2018

For several years now, I have been writing these regular blog posts
with one end in mind: to help open a door for readers and encourage them
to step through. I select issues, usually those that dominate western
media coverage and represent a consensus that we might term the Great
Western Narrative, and try to show how this narrative has been
constructed not to inform and enlighten but to conceal and deceive.

It is not that I and the many other bloggers doing this are cleverer
than everyone else. We have simply had a chance – an earlier one – to
step through that door ourselves, because of a jarring life experience
that the Great Western Narrative could not explain, or because someone
held the door open for us, or more usually because of a combination of
the two.

My personal awakening

It is easy for me to identify my own process of awakening. It began
with the dislocation of moving to Nazareth and being immersed in someone
else’s narrative – that of the Palestinians. Then, I faced for the
first time in my career as a journalist an impenetrable wall of
opposition, even from my own former newspaper, the Guardian, as I tried
to explain that counter-narrative. In fact, I found that the Palestinian
narrative was invariably misrepresented as anti-semitism. These were
dark years of disillusionment and the loss of a professional and
ideological compass.

It is in such a moment of bereavement – deprived of the consolation
of the Great Western Narrative – that one searches for a door to
enlightenment. It can be a long journey to find it. My door appeared
while reading about the Propaganda Model of Ed Herman and Noam Chomsky
in their book Manufacturing Consent, as well as stumbling across a
website called Media Lens. They helped me understand that the narrative problem was not restricted to Israel-Palestine, but was a much more general one.

In fact, the Great Western Narrative has been developed and refined
over centuries to preserve a tiny elite’s privileges and expand its
power. The role of journalists like me was to keep feeding these
illusions to readers so they would remain fearful, passive and
deferential to this elite. It is not that journalists lie – or at least,
not most of them – it is that they are as deeply wedded to the Great
Western Narrative as anyone else.

Once one is prepared to step through the door, to discard the old
script, the new narrative takes its hold because it is so helpful. It
actually explains the world, and human behaviour, as it is experienced
everywhere. It has genuine predictive power. And most importantly, it
reveals a truth understood by all figures of spiritual and intellectual
enlightenment throughout human history: that human beings are equally
human, whether they are Americans, Europeans, Israelis, Palestinians,
Syrians, Russians, Venezuelans, or Iranians, whether they are North or
South Koreans.

The term “human” is not meant simply as a description of us as a
species, or a biological entity. It also describes who we are, what
drives us, what makes us cry, what makes us laugh, what makes us angry,
what elicits compassion. And the truth is that we are all essentially
the same. The same things upset us, the same things amuse us. The same
things inspire us, the same things outrage us. We want dignity, freedom,
safety for us and our loved ones, and appreciate beauty and truth. We
fear oppression, injustice, insecurity.

Hierarchies of virtue

The Great Western Narrative tells us something entirely different. It
divides the world into a hierarchy of “peoples”, with different, even
conflicting, virtues and vices. Some humans – westerners – are more
rational, more caring, more thoughtful, more fully human. And other
humans – the rest – are more primitive, more emotional, more violent. In
this system of classification, we are the Good Guys and they are the
Bad Guys; we are Order, they are Chaos. They need a firm hand from us to
control them and stop them doing too much damage to themselves and to
our civilised part of the world.

The Great Western Narrative isn’t really new. It is simply a reformulation for a different era of the “white man’s burden”.

The reason the Great Western Narrative persists is because it is
useful – to those in power. Humans may be essentially the same in our
natures and in our drives, but we are very definitely divided by power
and its modern corollary, wealth. A tiny number have it, and the vast
majority do not. The Great Western Narrative is there to perpetuate
power by legitimising it, by making its unbalanced and unjust
distribution seem natural and immutable.

Once kings told us they had blue blood and a divine right. Today, we
need a different kind of narrative, but one designed to achieve the same
end. Just like kings and barons once owned everything, now a tiny
corporate elite rule the world. They have to justify that to themselves
and to us.

The king and the barons had their courtiers, the clergy and a wider
circle of hanger-ons who most of the time benefited enough from the
system not to disrupt it. The role of the clergy in particular was to
sanction the gross imbalance of power, to argue that it was God’s will.
Today, the media function like the clergy of old. God may be dead, as
Nietzsche observed, but the corporate media has taken his place. In the
unquestioned premises of every article, we are told who should rule and
who should be ruled, who are the Good Guys and who the Bad.

To make this system more palatable, more democratic, to make us
believe that there is equality of opportunity and that wealth trickles
down, the western elite has had to allow a large domestic middle class
to emerge, like the courtiers of old. The spoils from the rape and
pillage of distant societies are shared sparingly with this class. Their
consciences are rarely pricked because the corporate media’s function
is to ensure they know little about the rest of the world and care even
less, believing those foreigners to be less deserving, less human.

Nothing more than statistics

If western readers, for example, understood that a Palestinian is no
different from an Israeli – apart from in opportunities and income –
then they might feel sympathy for a grieving Palestinian family just as
they do for an Israeli one. But the Great Western Narrative is there
precisely to ensure readers won’t feel the same about the two cases.
That is why Palestinian deaths are invariably reported as nothing more
than statistics – because Palestinians die in large numbers, like cattle
in an abbatoir. Israelis, by contrast, die much more rarely and their
deaths are recorded individually. They are dignified with names, life
stories and pictures.

Even when a moment arrives to single out a Palestinian from the mass
of death, western corporate media show great reluctance to do so. Just
take the case of Razan al-Najjar, the 21-year-old Palestinian medic
executed by a sniper’s bullet as she tended to the unarmed demonstrators
regularly being killed and wounded at the perimeter fence encaging them
in the prison of Gaza.

Gaza is slowly sinking into the sea, but who cares? Those primitive
Palestinians live like cavemen amid the rubble of homes Israel has
repeatedly destroyed. Their women are hijabbed and they have too many
children. They don’t look like us, they don’t speak like us. Doubtless,
they don’t think like us. They cannot be us.

Even those young Palestinian demonstrators, with their faces covered
with strange scarves, launching flaming kites and throwing the odd
stone, look different. Can we imagine ourselves standing in front of a
sniper to protest like that? Of course not. We cannot imagine what it is
like to live in one of the most densely populated areas on the planet,
in an open-air prison over which another nation serves as jailers, in
which the water is becoming as saline as seawater and there is no
electricity. So how can we put ourselves in the demonstrators’ shoes,
how can we empathise? It is so much easier to imagine being the powerful
sniper protecting the “border” and his home.

But al-Najjar undermined all that. A young, pretty woman with a
beautiful smile – she could be our daughter. Selflessly tending to the
wounded, thinking not of herself but of the welfare of others, we would
love her to be our daughter. We can identify with her much better than
the sniper. She is a door beckoning us to step through and see the world
from a different location, from a different perspective.

Which is why the corporate media has not invested al-Najjar’s death
with the emotional, empathetic coverage it would if a pretty young
Israeli female medic had been gunned down by a Palestinian. It was that
double standard in his own newspaper that outraged cartoonist Steve Bell
last week as he noted in correspondence with the editor that the
Guardian had barely covered the story of al-Najjar. When he tried to
redress the imbalance, his own cartoon of her death was censored.

The Guardian’s editors argued that his cartoon was anti-semitic. But
the deeper truth is that al-Najjar is dangerous. Because once you step
through that door, you are unlikely to come back, you are unlikely ever
again to believe the Great Western Narrative.

The true message of Israel

Israel-Palestine offered me that door, just as it has so many others.
It is not, as Israel’s apologists – and the upholders of the Great
Western Narrative – will tell you, because so many westerners are
anti-semitic. It is because Israel lies in a grey zone of experience,
one that is readily available to western tourists but can at the same
time give them a chance to glimpse the dark underbelly of western

Israel is enthusiastically embraced by the Great Western Narrative:
it is supposedly a liberal democracy, many of its inhabitants dress and
sound like us, its cities look rather like our cities, its TV shows are
given a makeover and become hits on our TV screens. If you don’t stand
too close, Israel could be Britain or the US.

But there are clues galore, for those who bother to look a little
beyond superficialities, that there is something profoundly amiss about
Israel. A few miles from their homes, the sons of those western-looking
families regularly train their gun sights on unarmed demonstrators, on
children, on women, on journalists, on medics, and pull the trigger with
barely any compunction.

They do so not because they are monsters, but because they are
exactly like us, exactly like our sons. That is the true horror of
Israel. We have a chance to see ourselves in Israel – because it is not
exactly us, because most of us have some distance from it, because it
still looks a little strange despite the best efforts of the western
media, and because its own local narrative – justifying its actions – is
even more extreme, even more entitled, even more racist towards the
Other than the Great Western Narrative.

It is that shocking realisation – that we could be Israelis, that we
could be those snipers – that prevents many from stepping through the
door to see what is on the other side. Or, more troubling still, halting
at the threshhold of the doorway, glimpsing a partial truth without
understanding its full ramifications.

Equally human

To explain what I mean, let us digress for a moment and consider the allegorical film The Matrix.

Neo, the hero played by Keanu Reeves, starts to realise that the
reality around him is not as solid as it once seemed. Things have become
peculiar, inconsistent, inexplicable. He is shown the door to an
entirely different reality with the help of a mentor, Morpheus. Neo
discovers that in truth he exists in a dark world taken over by
computer-generated life forms that feed off the consciousnesses of him
and the rest of mankind. Until then, he had been living in a dream world
created to pacify him and other humans as they are exploited for their

Neo and a small band of others who have liberated themselves from
this false consciousness cannot hope to defeat their opponents directly.
They must wage war through the Matrix, a digital world in which the
computer life-forms always triumph. It is only when Neo finally grasps
that the Matrix is an illusion too – that these life forms he is
battling are simply binary code – that he becomes strong enough to

Back to us. On the other side of the door lies a truth that humans
are all equally human. From this vantage point, it is possible to
understand that a privileged westerner or Israeli would react exactly
like a Palestinian if he had to endure the experiences of living in
Gaza. From this location, it is possible to understand that my son might
pull the trigger, just like most Israeli teenagers do, if he had been
bombarded, like them, with brainwashing all his life from his media,
school and politicians depicting Palestinians as primitive and violent.

From the other side of the door, Russia’s Vladimir Putin or Bashar
al-Assad look as irrational, or rational, and as criminal as George W
Bush, Tony Blair, Barack Obama, or Donald Trump. In fact, they look less
criminal – not because they are better humans than their western
counterparts, but simply because they enjoy less power and face more
constraints in trying to impose their will. The issue is not about who
is better. They are the same as humans. It is about who has more force
at their disposal – and more will to use it – to perpetuate their power.

Enslaved to power

The conclusion from this is that the way to change our societies
fundamentally for the better depends on a change in our consciousness,
on liberating ourselves from false perspective, on stepping through the

If we remain in a world of illusions, of false hierarchies of virtue,
oblivious to the role of power, we will continue to be like Neo living
in his dream world.

And if we step only to the threshhold, glimpsing the shadows on the
the other side, we will be equally in thrall to illusions, just as Neo
took his battle back into the Matrix, fighting ghosts in the machine as
though they were flesh-and-blood enemies.

This danger can be seen in the case of Israel-Palestine too, where
the horrors that Israel inflicts on Palestinians justifiably radicalise
many observers. But not all step fully through the door. They linger at
the threshhold, angry with Israel and Israelis, and beatifying
Palestinians as nothing more than victims. Some manage to find false
consolation again, this time accepting readymade conspiracies that “the
Jews” are pulling the levers that make such outrages – and western
inaction – possible.

To stand in the doorway is as bad as refusing to step through. The
illusions are as dangerous, the false consciousness as profound.

Our planet and our children’s futures depend on us liberating
ourselves, seeing the ghosts in the machine for what they truly are. We
have to begin rebuilding our societies on the basis that we share a
common humanity. That other humans are not our enemies, only those who
wish to enslave us to their power.

neil barron

Manifesto of stupidity! you haven’t learned anything have you. Go find another door.


Please do leave yourself Neil and close the door behind you.

The account that Attrition has shared with us is worth reading and is in fact an account of the reality that you fear Neil.

There is no hope for people such as you who are simply another form of ISIS who wish to enslave our minds.


Yeah Go find another door….latersss


Count your SHEKELS and get lost




Good Post Thanksalot my Friend…


You’re most kind.


Its all good. This desert hunt gives good training for the bigger pocket cleansing to come in East Homs/ DEZ

Рахматула Курбаналиев

hello i no speak english all much, we are with you and help you


Help if post in ENGLISH.


so you are interested in Russian ISIS content

Muja Suria

I always thought that the Russians are the evil guys who helped a bloody secular dictator to stay in a power and gave him necessary support and weapons to kill his own people but now i know they are federation of more countries and there are muslims too so not all of them (Russians) are bad. So i ask God to forgive me when i asked him to destroy all of them.


go away you CIA and Mossad whore

Muja Suria

You are brainwash nobody except some conspiratists on this site will take your seriously.


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Muja Suria

You just bruned the seal of the prophet you know that? Shame on you. There is valid criticism of lSlS but never burn the flag of the Muslims to insult them:


your false “prophet” was pedophile and you are CIA and Mossad servants

Icarus Tanović

No, that was your ass.


Actually, almost nobody in the Muslim world takes you seriously. You’re pretty much irrelevant and will remain that way.


Do you know that the Khazarian Israhelli-Elite is planning to Sacrifice all you Poor IsraHelli-Citizens…? Just like they did in WWII… and you work for these Fucktards? You are Workin’ on your own Destruction at the Moment….smart…very smart…I can tell you…Hasbaras ain’t part of the “Club” that is going to Flee to safety…

Muja Suria

You cannot be serious can you? You are the same person than one guy there, he writes exactly same nonsense and thinks that he is funny when he insults somebody with that. Are you living in alternative dimension? What are you talking about. Im way smarter than you even if my english is not perfect and look at your picture if it is yours: Your forehead is deformed and this is clear sign of lower intelligence and low empathy.

Muja Suria

And im here because i heard about this site(southfront) spreading lies about the lSlS on the lSlS website so im here to defend the truth not because somebody pay me.

Icarus Tanović

It says, “Be with us, Allah! Al Aksa calls Al Aksa calls, Al Aksa calls and cry: AAAAAAH!” and so on.
Wahhabi fakeery. As they are concerned about Al Aksa?! OH REALLY! Only if…they arent Mossad agents.

Richard M

That Orc is beyond help.

All we did was trying to help others. We muslims are not scared of death, may God accept us and allow us and all our families eternal greatness, this life is only a temporary one we all have to meet our lord.


You are just another Mossad-Cunt…. Your LIES are done Khazarian Mofos….Finito… Just Like your Israeli-Secret-Intelligence-Service… that they may Burn in the Desert…


WOW, your brain has been completely washed out. You have been prepared to burn yourself, congratulation ! you are a life hater. God put you on the Earth to love and to ejoy life and its creation, not to hate it.

Muja Suria

No i love life and love my life too but im not scared of death knowing that life is only a temporary and we will once die all anyway.


Open-range, not quite proper for troops without an efficient soil-air defense.
And MOSCOW doesn’t deliver any S-300…..

Bill Wilson

It should give the SAA a better idea on how ISIS can hide out and travel across that desolate region. You can get a bird’s eye view of that central desert by using Google Earth where one can zoom in for a close-up view of the paved roads, dirt roads, tire tracks across the desert and tiny hamlets/villages that are widely scattered. ISIS has been running thru there for years so knows how to get around the scattered SAA / FSA-US outposts and observation stations.


You got the point ??


Decent percentage of fighters “bussed out” are still going to jihad


Hope the Syrians finish the CIA-crap there and can move finally to the OIL-fields occupied by the US and ISIS-g@rbage

Richard M

Nice work by SAA! Get in there before the Daeshtarded Orcs have had time to build the sort of tunnel complexes that were seen in DeZ City, Raqqa, East Ghouta, and Yarmouk! Without those fortifications the Orcs are Sitting Ducks in a shooting gallery! :D


None area, none group of terrorists (small or large) must be underestimated. All of them must be attack with the same energy, brave, without fear, fast, without mercy, and with strong Russia aerospace force support and protection.

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