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Controlling Idlib Province: Syria’s Final Liberating Battle?

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

Assad, Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, and other government officials stressed many times that conflict won’t end until the country is entirely liberated and foreign forces no longer occupy any parts of it.

With the Damascus countryside, most of southwest Syria, and other parts of the country largely free from ISIS and other US-supported terrorists, Assad said:

“Our goal now is Idlib (province), but not only Idlib. There are territories in the east of Syria controlled by various groups. A little bit is held by IS, and some by the Al-Nusra Front and other militant formations.”

“So we will be moving into all these regions. We have liberated Ghouta. We will finish the liberation of the southwestern part of Syria.”

Addressing al-Qaeda linked White Helmets in Syria, they’ll be dealt like all other terrorists, he said. 

“They have two choices: to lay down their arms and use the amnesty we have offered over the last four or five years, or be killed like the other terrorists.”

The US/UK/NATO funded group has no legitimacy, “It’s a mask…for (US-supported al-Qaeda in Syria) al-Nusra” terrorists, Assad stressed, adding:

“You have videos and photos of this group’s members holding swords and celebrating the death of Syrian soldiers.”

“What more evidence do you need that they are not a humanitarian organization, but a mask used by Al-Qaeda?” 

By evacuating hundreds of its elements and family members days earlier, Israel provided added proof of its support for terrorists in Syria, its undeclared war on the country, allied with Washington’s aim for regime change.

The US and Israeli regimes are enemies of regional peace and stability, partnering in each other’s wars of aggression.

Syria’s liberating struggle continues, eliminating US-supported terrorists in the country far from achieved.

Ending illegal Pentagon and Turkish occupation of parts of the country hasn’t yet been undertaken – perhaps the most daunting objective to achieve since combatting terrorism began.

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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.