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Syrian War Report – November 13, 2019: White Helmets Founder Dead, Israel Struck Damascus


Syrian War Report – November 13, 2019: White Helmets Founder Dead, Israel Struck Damascus

Early on November 11, an Israeli missile strike hit a residential building in Mezza area in Damascus. According to Syrian sources, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles. One of them was intercepted, the rest – reached the target. Pro-Israeli sources claim that the strike were aimed at Akram al-Ajouri, a commander in the Palestinian armed group Islamic Jihad. Local sources say that 2 civilians were killed and 10 others were wounded in the attack. However, al-Ajouri reportedly survived.

At the same time, Israeli forces conducted a series of strikes on the Gaza Strip allegedly eliminating Baha Abu Al Ata, the key commander in the Islamic Jihad. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the operation was carried out jointly by the Israeli Defense Forces and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency).

Supporters of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continue their attempts to sabotage the shaky ceasefire imposed in northeastern Syria in the framework of the Turkish-Russian agreement. The agreement allowed to limit the Turkish operation area, stop the Turkish push towards Kobani and prevent a further escalation in the region. Nonetheless, clashes between Turkish-backed forces and Kurdish rebels, sometimes supported by the Syrian Army, continued near Ras al-Ayn. However, some forces seem to be unsatisfied by this.

According to media reports, on November 12, pro-SDF rioters temporarily blocked the joint Russian-Turkish patrol. Reports also indicate that at least one rioter was injured by actions of Turkish forces. Details of this incident are yet to be revealed.

Actions of the SDF supporters endanger the shaky ceasefire established near Kobani and in the worst-case scenario may lead to a resumption of the large-scale military actions there.

The White Helmets co-founder and former MI-6 operative, James Le Mesurier was found dead near his home in the Beyoğlu district of the Turkish city of Istanbul on November 11. He was found with fractures to his head and legs, Turkish media say, and is believed to have fallen from his balcony. Le Mesurier received the Order of the British Empire from the British Queen in 2016. According to media reports, before the death the MI-6 operative was experiencing severe stress and was taking psychotropic drugs, including injections. The White Helmets “rescue organization”, notorious for its cooperation with al-Qaeda-linked militant groups and the involvement in chemical provocations in Syria.

Some mainstream media outlets already speculated that the ‘evil Russians’ may have been behind the death of the MI-6 agent that was voluntarily assisting Al-Qaeda-linked militant groups to create a public image of the victims under the heel of the ‘ruthless Assad regime’.

However, if the British intelligence officer was in fact assassinated, the more realistic version is that powers that have for years supported the regime-change agenda and terrorists in Syria are now trying to cover the traces of their actions.



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