Syrian Army routs rebels

by our Arab Affairs correspondent

Syrian troops went on the offensive this week with two large anti-terrorist drives in Aleppo and sweeping out Nato-backed rebels attempting to set up a new base in a Damascus suburb.

A Syrian military spokesman said that the army had dealt “harsh blows” to the rebel militias in Damascus and had “purged” most of the suburb of rebel gunmen.

In Damascus, the new United Nations’ envoy on Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, had his first talks President Bashar al Assad while the foreign ministers of the newly-established “quartet” committee on Syria met in Cairo for their inaugural meeting. Though this Egyptian initiative is hardly balanced as it includes three of the most active regional supporters of the rebels — Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Egypt itself — the fourth is Syria’s staunchest ally, Iran. And it does bring together the four major regional players in the Syrian crisis which has been welcomed by Brahimi, who is still working to end the fighting on the basis of the UN’s “Annan Plan” that was sabotaged by the imperialists but is still supported by Russia and People’s China.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi landed in Damascus on Wednesday to brief the Syrian leadership on the Cairo talks while the Pope, who is in Beirut, called on all the Middle East’s leaders to work for peace while condemning the foreign import of arms into Syria as a "sin".

But its not just the flow of arms that’s the problem — it’s the legion of Islamic fanatics recruited by the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda and sent to Syria with the blessing of Nato to join the rebels trying to topple the Assad government.

Some sources believe that less that 20 per cent of the armed opposition are actually Syrians. And UN human rights investigators have warned of the "increasing and alarming presence" of Islamist militants in Syria. An independent panel of experts, commissioned by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, reports that the situation in Syria had deteriorated significantly and many groups of foreign fighters were operating independently.

Responding to the report's findings, Syria's ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Faysal Khabbaz Hamoui, hit out at Western and Arab countries, accusing them of prolonging the conflict through financial and material support for the rebels.

The Syrian ambassador said: "One of the facts we do not see in the report is that many international parties are working at increasing the crisis in Syria through instigating their media, through training mercenaries, al-Qaeda elements, training them, funding them and sending them to Syria for jihad."

This was reflected in the latest statement from the leadership of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) which underlined that Syria's future is an internal issue and it should be decided by the Syrians only, hailing the Russian and Chinese stance against the imperialist attempts to militarily intervene in the country.

The KKE said that after the three vetoes of Russia and China against imperialist attempts to get a mandate for military intervention in Syria, we see that the USA, Nato, the Arab League, France and other regional countries, particularly Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are increasingly arming and supporting the armed opposition in Syria.

The KKE pointed out that the imperialists seek to undermine Syria in order to dismember the region and create political instability to facilitate controlling it.

The Greek communists warned against the imperialist scheme which aims at waging war in the region with the participation of the Greek Government, and stressed the KKE’s rejection of any military intervention in Syria or any attack against Iran.