Assad's Republican Guard marches undisturbed through the Daesh/ISIS pocket in North Hama so that it can attack the free Syrian areas in the North
By Michael Pröbsting, International Secretary of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 25.10.2017, www.thecommunists.net
In the days we have published two articles demonstrating how the terrorist Assad regime and its Russian masters collaborate with the counter-revolutionary Daesh/ISIS in north Hama against the Syrian liberation forces who still control the North of the country. We also reported that the Syrian liberation forces – led by the petty-bourgeois nationalist-Islamist Hayyat Tharir al-Sham (HTS) – were able to successfully push back the Daesh troops from most of the area they had occupied in the past weeks. (1)
On 24 October another aggression against the Syrian revolutionaries started which demonstrates, once more, the arch-reactionary character not only of Daesh but also of the Assad dictatorship as well as of Russian imperialism. Assad's elite troops, the Republican Guard, began an attack in north Hama and west Aleppo. Simultaneously, the Russian Air Force continued to attack Syrian liberation forces in the same area. (2) At the moment we don't know if this is the beginning of a larger offensive by the regime.
However, what we already know is that the military advance of the Assad troops into the free Syrian area took place … through the territory which has been occupied by Daesh/ISIS! (3) As the map below shows the Assad forces marched directly through the Daesh-controlled pocket in order to attack the Syrian revolutionaries. Not a single clash between the troops of Assad and Daesh has been reported during this marching-through!
Before, Assad's army helped Daesh to march through its territory in order to attack the Syrian revolutionaries. Now, Daesh is returning the favor! What a disgusting demonstration of this unholy alliance of the enemies of the Syrian Revolution!
According to first reports, the Syrian liberation forces have already launched a counter-offensive to repel the regime’s attack. (4)
It can be taken for granted that all the Stalinist and semi-Stalinist muddleheads will continue to praise Assad and Putin as “defenders of secularity, progress and anti-imperialism”. As we have emphasized many times, this has always been a cynical myth. In fact, the Syrian Revolution which began in March 2011 has been a legitimate democratic and popular uprising against a reactionary capitalist dictatorship which could not have survived without the massive military and economic support by the Iranian dictatorship and Russian imperialism.
The most recent collaboration between the regime’s Republican Guard and Daesh/ISIS against the Syrian revolutionaries demonstrates once more the true and arch-reactionary character of these forces and the pathetic nature of the Stalinist propaganda for Assad and Putin.
(1) See on this Michael Pröbsting: Russia’s Air Force supports Daesh against Syrian Liberation Fighters. Another instructive episode how Russian imperialism helps Daesh/ISIS to attack the Liberation Forces in the North of Syria, 23.10.2017, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/russia-s-air-force-supports-daesh-against-syrian-liberation-fighters/; Michael Pröbsting: Syria: A Very Instructive Episode. Counterrevolutionary ISIS/Daesh collaborates with Assad’s Army (as well as Erdoğan and Putin) in Attacking the Syrian Liberation Fighters in Idlib, 10.10.2017, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/a-very-instructive-episode-in-syria/; Michael Pröbsting: Syria: The Turkish-Russian Invasion against Idlib has begun! All out to defend the Syrian Revolution against the Astana Conspirators! For an anti-Assad, anti-imperialist and anti-capitulationist united front, 07.10.2017, https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/the-turkish-russian-invasion-against-idlib-has-begun/
(2) See on this e.g. https://twitter.com/IvanSidorenko1/status/922823369556246529, https://twitter.com/michaelh992/status/922811816908124160; https://twitter.com/SyriaGeneral/status/922834177795518464; https://twitter.com/michaelh992/status/922809331384504323; https://twitter.com/markito0171/status/922887769239810048; https://twitter.com/QalaatAlMudiq/status/922922464270721025, Qasioun: Dozens Of Russian Raids Hit Villages East Of Hama, 24 October 2017, http://qasioun.net/en/news/show/105164/Dozens_Of_Russian_Raids_Hit_Villages_East_Of_Hama
(3) Qasioun: ISIS Helps The Syrian Regime Forces To Attack Syrian Opposition, 24 October 2017, http://qasioun.net/en/news/show/105107/ISIS_Helps_The_Syrian_Regime_Forces_To_Attack_Syrian_Opposition; https://twitter.com/michaelh992/status/922811816908124160, AlDorar AlShamia: The Syrian regime advances in the (IS) Group-held & (HTS) areas in the countryside of Hama, 24 Oct, 2017, http://www.aldorars.com/en/news/2294
(4) Qasioun: ISIS Helps The Syrian Regime Forces To Attack Syrian Opposition, 24 October 2017, http://qasioun.net/en/news/show/105107/ISIS_Helps_The_Syrian_Regime_Forces_To_Attack_Syrian_Opposition; https://twitter.com/QalaatAlMudiq/status/922922464270721025;
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For the RCIT’s analysis of the Syrian Revolution, we refer readers to our numerous articles and documents which can be accessed at a special section on our website: https://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/africa-and-middle-east/collection-of-articles-on-the-syrian-revolution/
Appendix: The Advance of Assad’s Army through the Daesh/ISIS Pocket, 24 October 2017
Legend of the Map:
Red: Areas under control of Assad’s Army
Blue: Areas which were initially conquered by Daesh/ISIS on 9 October 2017 but from they have been repelled
by the Syrian liberation forces since then.
Black: Areas still under control of Daesh/ISIS
Green: Areas under control of the Syrian liberation forces
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