The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 8th June 2018


by our Arab Affairs correspondent

THE SYRIAN army is continuing its advance against the remaining terrorist bases in the east and south of the country amid renewed calls for the withdrawal of all American, French and Turkish troops illegally operating on Syrian territory. Syrian tribal leaders have come together to drive the US-backed militias and foreign troops out of northern Syria and the Syrian government has launched a new diplomatic offensive to strengthen the beleaguered Arab country’s ties with its friends and allies

Syrian President Bashar al Assad will fly to Pyongyang for talks with Democratic Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the very near future. The Syrian leader announced the visit during a meeting with the Democratic Korean ambassador in Damascus last week. This follows an earlier decision to establish full diplomatic ties with South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the two autonomous republics that broke away from Georgia with the support of the Kremlin during the 2008 Russo-Georgian war.

Meanwhile over 70 Syrian tribes have agreed to form a new combined force to confront the US-backed militias and foreign troops in northern Syria. The tribesmen, from the Al-Hasakah, Aleppo, and Al-Raqqa governorates, met in the government-held city of Deir Hafer, where they all agreed that they will come together to drive the Americans and their puppet militias, like the Syrian Democratic Forces from their provinces.

President Assad recently said that the US-backed forces and the other foreign troops in northern Syria will be dealt with militarily if they do not withdraw. But the Pentagon responded by warning the Syrian leader that any attack on their forces in Syria will end badly for him.

Though the terrorist gunmen are on the run the Americans are determined to hold on to their bases in northern Syria, allegedly at the request of the local Kurdish and Arab militias.

But in reality they are being maintained in preparation for future aggression against Iran following America's unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear deal that ended sanctions in 2015.

Britain, France and Germany have distanced themselves from Trump's insane action in a desperate attempt to preserve their own lucrative trade with Iran. But it is difficult to see how they, alone, can salvage the agreement that the Americans have unilaterally broken. By tearing up the international nuclear agreement with the Islamic Republic the Trump administration has left Iran with little choice but to resume the nuclear research that was put on hold in return for the end of sanctions in 2015.

Trump can, of course, count on the support of his chief lackeys in the region. Israel and Saudi Arabia loath and fear Iran and the influence it has amongst the Shia Muslim community across the Middle East. In the past the House of Saud liked to pose as a champion of Palestinian rights. Now, in the mistaken belief that the Palestinians are finished, the Saudi Crown Prince openly talks about a strategic relationship with the Zionist entity.

That now includes nuclear technology that would enable the feudal Arab kingdom to develop nuclear weapons. Ami Dor-On, a senior nuclear commentator with the Israeli military, says this cooperation has been made possible in the wake of the widening ties between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

This information should shock us as we see the world is changing for the worse, following the race for the possession of nuclear weapons that pass right over our heads in the Middle East, the Middle East Monitor quoted the Israeli expert as saying, citing a report by Arabi21 TV, which is backed by the Saudis hated rivals in Qatar. According to the Israeli expert, the Zionist regime believes that the Saudis want to develop nuclear weapon technology and Tel Aviv would prefer it to come from them rather than Pakistan.

It can be assumed that Israel may take the initiative to develop Saudi Arabias efforts to acquire nuclear weapons and not leave it solely to Pakistan, given the growing Saudi-Israeli relations, he said. Dor-On claimed that Pakistan has already signalled its willingness to transfer the expertise to Saudi Arabiawithin a month& should the arms race intensify.

When Trump tore up the Iran deal the Saudis said they would pursue the nuclear option if Iran resumed its own nuclear weapons development. Saudi Arabia has already asked the Americans for permission to expand its nuclear programme to include uranium enrichment. Experts are now calling on the international community to stop Saudi Arabia from acquiring nuclear weapons, given the political instability of the feudal Arab monarchy, the poor judgement of Saudi leaders and their promotion of sectarian Muslim dogma throughout the Islamic world.