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Web conference to analyze the most recent changes in Syria + Video
The Fact, Se2 Ep11
Web conference to analyze the most recent changes in Syria + Video
The 11th episode of The Fact has been recorded in the presence of journalists and analysts from France, US and UK, analyzing the most recent changes of Syria.
MWFpress - The 11th episode of The Fact has been recorded in the presence of journalists and analysts from France, US and UK, analyzing the most recent changes of Syria.


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The guests:

Vanessa Beeley
Independent journalist and peace activist
France




Janice Kortkamp
Independent Activist and Journalist
USA



Patrick Henningsen
Political Analyst and Commentator
England



Questions asked at the conference:
1- how is the situation now on the ground in Syria and how much of the Syrian land is under the control of the government?
2- What will the impacts of Hama's operations on the war in Syria?
3- what is the role or position of Iran in current situation of Syria?
4- what is the role and position of Russia in Syria and what has it done?
5- do you think US, Israel and Saudi Arabia have achieved what they have been seeking in Syria for 8 years?
6- what are the intentions behind the current attacks on Syrian land by Israel? are these attacks effective?
7- what is the role of Kurdish forces of Syria in the war and how is the interaction between Kurdish forces and central government? how would be the future of this interaction?
8- despite the losses in Syria, do you think this war has brought any success or power to the resistance axis?
9- in your opinion, how will be the future of Syria?


View full conference video on YouTube

Following is a summary of the questions and answers which are raised in this webinar.

Vanessa Beeley
Independent journalist and peace activist
France


How is the situation now on the ground in Syria and how much of the Syrian land is under the control of the government?
I think effectively around 80% of Syrian territory is back under the control of the Syrian government. The majority of the previously western-backed terrorists’ occupied areas of Syria have been cleansed of those militant armed groups.

What is the role or position of Iran in current situation of Syria?
Iran is a long-standing ally of Syria and has been invited to participate in defending Syria against international terrorism. Iran also has an interest as does Russia in ensuring that terrorism is defeated inside Syria. So both those countries are entering into the conflict in Syria for many reasons but one of the main reasons is because they are very aware that the terrorist threat if it is not contained and defeated within Syria, it becomes a threat to Iranian borders and to Russian borders.

What is the role of Kurdish forces of Syria in the war and how is the interaction between Kurdish forces and central government? How would be the future of this interaction?
The Kurdish population inside Syria is I believe less than 10 percent and of that 10 percent an even smaller percentage is in favor of separatism of creating a separate state within Syria. There are negotiations ongoing between Damascus and the Kurds who are not as strongly in favor of separatism.

Janice kortkamp
Independent Activist and Journalist
USA


What will the impacts of Hama's operations on the war in Syria?
I just saw a report today that the ground offensive has actually been put on hold because of negotiations that are going on between Russia and Turkey and so I'm not exactly sure what the situation is as of this moment but it looks like the ground offensive has been halted and this is rather unfortunate because this provides an opportunity for Turkey to move in even more heavy armaments to be used against the Syrian army. The Russians will continue to strike military positions of these armed groups within the Hama countryside as well as into Idlib but we'll have to see what happens with that.

What is the role and position of Russia in Syria and what has it done?
Their role has been one of providing Syria with needed weaponry as they always have logistics support, intelligence support, and strategic support in the air battle so their contribution has been huge and they've lost martyrs themselves in this battle and we've had amazing stories of their sacrifices.

Do you think US, Israel and Saudi Arabia have achieved what they have been seeking in Syria for 8 years?
What happened in Syria has been that the momentum of the neocons and this new Middle East has been stopped and that is one of the reasons why the war has been so very brutal and hard. Why the Western powers and their regional allies refused to admit defeat is because these are such long-range plans that everybody has been invested in and now things are in flux with the stand that Syria has taken and the allies of Syria have taken.
Threesome of the US, UK and Israel has really been directing this entire process for the last couple of decades and these are the ones that are kind of in a panic situation now as they're seeing it plans unravel.

In your opinion, how will be the future of Syria?

They have emerged as victorious. What needs to happen in the immediate future is the ending of sanctions and one of the things that has to happen is for people in the West to understand really what the role of sanctions is against not just Syria of course but Iran and then as well all the other countries that were sanctioning and that is literally to strangle an entire population to the point that they're so miserable, they'll rise up against regime change. So there's a perception change that has to happen in the people of the West understand that sanctions are not some kind of benign non-military option to use that only affects the leaders of these countries. If we can get the sanctions removed, then Syria will rebuild at an astounding rate. I actually have a great deal of hope for the future but in the meantime there's going to be continued hardship there.

Patrick Henningsen
Political Analyst and Commentator
England


What are the intentions behind the current attacks on Syrian land by Israel? Are these attacks effective?
Israel's interventions have often been strategic and have aided terrorist forces on the ground. Israel hopes to as much as possible use this conflict to weaken the Syrian army, to weaken the Syrian Air Force, to weaken Syrian air defenses, to check Russia. It also hurt Hezbollah as a viable or successful regional deterrent against Israeli hegemony. Israel believes that if it can hit Hezbollah or damage Hezbollah in Syria that it's kind of pushing it back and also hurting Iranian interests at the same time. It would also like to evict Iran from Syria but ultimately Israeli security is just it's an open-ended question and it could never be resolved. Israel can never have enough security according to its own political doctrines and its own sort of worldview and therefore it must always push back a push forward in its frontiers to expand its territory to create security buffer zones. It also comes down for them to resources.

Despite the losses in Syria, do you think this war has brought any success or power to the resistance axis?

The war in Syria has given these countries an opportunity to prove that they are able to defend their territory, to defend their sovereignty. The geopolitical center of gravity has shifted eastward away from the normal venues of negotiations of deals which used to be exclusively in the US in the UK, in France and Switzerland. It also allowed Iran for instance to demonstrate its capabilities to as a regional actor. Together all these countries from Lebanon to Syria to Iraq to Iran can act as one regional interest one regional bloc and it can also project political influence from this arc of resistance.


It’s worthy to mention that this video conference is held regularly with several international subjects inviting various activists and analysts from different countries.
(see the archive of The Fact web conferences)
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