Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

August 26, 2016


Filed under: Syria — louisproyect @ 1:26 am

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What Darayya looks like now

The Guardian:
The surrender and evacuation of the Damascus suburb after a brutal four-year siege is a devastating blow to opposition morale and a long-sought prize for Assad. Weeks of intense bombardment, which activists claim included napalm attacks, has finally overwhelmed rebels.

“They make a desert and call it peace”.


  1. Fascism won the most brutal siege in modern history. Oh, just a footnote that not only will the iconic revolutionary town surrender after four years of being bombed and starved like nowhere, but the population will also be ethnically cleansed, moved up to Idlib or somewhere. Something like how the Palestinians “voluntarily” moved out in 1948.

    How ironic that western “anti-war” folk and the like think the great danger is “US intervention” as if that hasn’t been going on already fro years with precisely these results. One town cannot withstand such a monstrous siege by itself fro years, but not far south is a great swathe of territory run by the 35,000 strong, very moderate, FSA Southern Front. But what has stopped them breaking through to aid Darraya, East Ghouta and other resisting south and east Damascus working-class suburbs? Yeh, exactly, US intervention. Here is just one of countless pieces of evidence of the US pressure on the Southern Front to not take Daraa City (they control the countryside) and above all not to advance in the direction of Damascus, indeed, to not fight the regime at all, but rather to fight only ISIS. What we need to understand is that the only reason the US has ever given aid to the Southern Front at all is precisely only to be able to use them this way. From just a couple of weeks ago: https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/NewsReports/567284-south-syria-rebels-ordered-to-not-attack-regime-held-town-report

    BEIRUT – The Amman-based Military Operations Center (MOC) that helps coordinate rebel operations in southern Syria has ordered Free Syrian Army-affiliated factions not to attack a strategically located town held by regime forces, according to a pro-rebel outlet.

    7al.me cited sources as saying that the MOC summoned leaders in the Southern Front coalition for an emergency meeting Tuesday in which they were warned against launching an offensive to seize Sheikh Maskin, **a town lies along a motorway that run northward from Daraa’s provincial capital toward Damascus.**

    A local media activist explained to the outlet that rebels were offered their *long delayed* monthly salaries in exchange **for not seeking to take back control of the town**, which regime forces seized in late January 2016 following weeks of fierce battles.

    Sheikh Maskin’s location is considered militarily important, with a security source telling AFP that the town served as a “launching pad” for rebel operations in southern Syria and was one their “centers of gravity.”

    The same month that the town fell into government hands, reports emerged that the MOC **ordered the Southern Front to halt its operations against the Syrian regime in the Daraa province in order to focus its fight on ISIS-affiliated groups in the region.**

    According to The National, the MOC suspended payment to Southern Front rebels in June 2016 until they made serious progress against Jaysh Khalid Ibn al-Waleed, which was formed the month before as a coalition of the ISIS-linked Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade and Islamic Muthanna Movement.


    Already, an official in the powerful Islamist Ahrar al-Sham organization issued a fiery warning to Free Syrian Army-affiliated rebels in southern Syria, saying they were **culpable for the regime’s recent advances into the besieged western Damascus suburb of **Darayya.**

    Comment by mkaradjis — August 26, 2016 @ 5:43 am

  2. Emile Hokayem: – ‘If you don’t know what Daraya is and how much it suffered but have an opinion on the “jihadi rebellion in Syria agst secular Assad”, zip it ‘

    Comment by Matthew Jackson — August 26, 2016 @ 11:27 am

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