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The situation in Syria came to turning point

11.09.2013 17:48

Dmitry Zavodin

The efforts of the opponents of a military strike on Syria had some success forcing Washington to abandon, at least temporarily, the next acts of aggression in the Middle East. President Obama on September 9 supported the Russian initiative to establish international control over chemical weapons in Syria and agreed to delay a military operation.

The White House decision to change its position seems logical. At a time when Obama's rating has fallen to a record low level and his initiative has not only failed to win the support of ordinary Americans, but could completely fail during the vote in Congress, it was pointless to push for an operation in Syria. In addition, Washington was not supported even by its closest allies - in particular, the United Kingdom refused to participate in the planned operation.

The proposed option is quite favorable for the Syrian side. Having transferred the stocks of toxic agents under international control, the government of Bashar al-Assad will not only prevent external aggression, but also demonstrate its ability to interact constructively with the international community. Moreover, experience shows that in a situation of internal conflict, the presence of chemical weapons poses a serious threat, both military and political.

While, for the first time, there is hope for a peaceful settlement of the Syrian conflict in the international arena, the fierce fighting does not stop in Syria itself. A Christian village Maalula located to the north of Damascus appeared to be in the midst of clashes between government forces and opposition groups, mostly consisting of international terrorist organizations.

Supported by the Washington?s militant rhetoric, Al-Nusra Front fighters under Al-Qaeda command were besieging the village for several days and then managed to knock out Assad's troops out of it. As a result, the city once considered to be a symbol of religious tolerance in the Syrian society as well as one of the Christian holy sites has been turned into a battlefield, and the monasteries and churches suffered irreparable damage. According to witnesses, the Islamists looted and burned churches; there are casualties among the civilian population.

The militants? barbarism demonstrated by them in Maalula and other Syrian cities has a very specific explanation. American newspaper USA Today reported, that a thousand criminals are fighting in the ranks of the Syrian opposition, which are sentenced to death by the authorities of Saudi Arabia and sent to Syria "for the redemption of their guilt." According to the publication, in April this year, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Saudi Arabia offered 1,239 prisoners, sentenced to death, a pardon and a monthly cash payment in exchange for participation in combat operations against government forces in Syria.

Among the prisoners sent to war in Syria, there are citizens of Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Kuwait and Yemen. All of them were convicted in Saudi Arabia for murder, rape or drug trafficking.

This information once again confirmed the statements of the Permanent Representative of Syria to the UN Bashar Jaafari that Syria became a victim of interference in its internal affairs from the outside. According to the diplomat, Saudi Arabia and the United States have established training camps in Turkey and Jordan where hundreds of fighters from Syria and other countries are trained.

Jafari also claims that the chemical weapons used by opposition forces in provocations near Damascus on August 21 was manufactured by Saudi Arabia and Qatar special services and then transferred to the Islamic extremists in Syria. Meanwhile, this particular incident caused Washington?s activation in preparing attack on Syria.