The US and Iran are both participating in the assault on Fallujah.
In the following video a commander of the sectarian US-Iranian backed Shia group, Abul Fadl al-Abbas (which also helps commit ethnic cleansing against Sunni Arabs in Syria), publicly calls for the extermination of Fallujah:
“Fallujah is the source of terrorism since 2004 until today, There are no nationalist or religious moderate members there, so now it’s a chance for us to clean all of Iraq starting from eliminating the cancer of Fallujah. It’s a proud moment for me and you to participate in this operation.”
The uploader of the video states: “I hate the sectarian Shiite militias as much I hate ISIS but what worries me is the fate of 90,000 civilians that are stuck inside Fallujah, they will face brutality from these Iranian backed militants. The Sunnis of Iraq always pay twice, when ISIS take over their areas and when ISIS leaves their areas.”
The imperial, fascistic, humiliation-minded audacity of the US was evident in this flyer they dropped to the residents of the city. Words are insufficient.
“Now is the time you have long awaited
Now is the time to leave Raqqa”
Note how the residents are happily leaving from their abandoned homes to the… empty countryside. Becoming a refugee is just an adventure.
Meanwhile, the YPG-led SDF, the ground forces the US is relying on for this offensive, which was always reportedly “reluctant” to attack Raqqa, has been swayed by the US and is about to commit a historical mistake.
See comments below second post for comment on why the participation of the YPG in this assault is disastrous, and may result in much future enmity.
God help both the people of Fallujah and Raqqa, and shame, as always, on the Arab and Muslim leaders who leave them slaughtered to Iran and America.
America Supports Assad – امريكا تدعم الاسد is an absolutely brilliant page set up by Syrian activists exposing US policy and duplicity in their country. Nothing written in the commentaries below in this blog post haven’t been put better by this page’s spot-on banners and caricatures, which you can find here.
Commentaries and other posts
The comments below the following post include a referenced summary of US policy positions and disputing the notion of a US-Russian “cold conflict” in Syria
Of course the irony is that those who claim that the revolutions were equivalent to a “new Iraq” are precisely those who collaborated with the US invasion and occupation of Iraq. It is the Egyptian regime which allowed the US ships to move through the Suez canal now who justify their counter-revolutionary brutality in the name of “do you want to be another Iraq?”. It is the Iranian regime which collaborated for years with the Americans in Iraq [with the direct admissions of the likes of Khatami and Ahmadinejad (Khatami: “If it were not for Iranian cooperation, Kabul and Baghdad would have never fallen so easily”; Ahmadinejad: “Iran has provided a helping hand to the United States with regard to Afghanistan and the result of this assistance was the U.S. President’s direct threat to launch a military attack against us. Our country has also provided assistance to America in the restoration of calmness and stability in Iraq“)], who propagated to their Western audiences a continuity between Iraq and the “takfiri, Western-backed” uprisings in Iraq or Syria (i.e. in the former case of the protests in Anbar, Fallujah, Ramadi etc, a “new Iraq war” by the most people who suffered out of the Iraq War). It is the Iraqi regime which literally came on the back of the US tank which cites “foreign conspiracies” done through the agents of the Iraqi and Syrian peoples. To call this rich would be a severe understatement.
But coverage gets you influence, hence “anti-war” movements who wouldn’t be given platforms on the likes of the BBC but would on the likes of Press TV (Stop the War Coalition UK etc.) can cover up those examples of pro-Iran Western intervention; can cover up the clear-cut alliance between the US and Iran in Iraq; can cover up the Western rapprochement with Ian precisely because of its counter-revolutionary “stability”, or its Arab winter if you will – in short can cover up the West’s alliance with Iran in the age of the Arab Spring and indeed, even repeat Iran’s lying, stupid, Hasbara-like theories of “Qatar, Saudi and Turkey supporting extremists destabilising the region” (extremists who would be the first threat to the regimes of those countries) or even “the US is supporting ISIS” (rather than their plethora of Iraqi militias currently enjoying US aerial support). Implicit incidentally within the theories of the US “supporting ISIS” (and no the US does not support ISIS, though I certainly believe it allowed a situation where ISIS came into existence – unlike Iran and its mouthpieces however, who adopt the Zionist Hasbara-like tactic of turning the truth on its head (like claiming the US made weaponry ISIS possess came from “Syria rebels”, rather than from the runaway Iraqi army’s Mosul stockpiles Mosul which entailed several years’ worth of army equipment) the US did this precisely because of support for Iran’s sectarian counter-revolutions in Iraq and Syria, not because of support for the uprisings in these countries) is the notion that the thousands of Iraqi and Syrian civilians killed by the Americans bombing ISIS never existed.
Assad’s government has broken any precedent of domestic airforce use (the prior “record” had been held by Franco’s Spain): That World War Two levels of aerial warfare could be deployed in the 21st century (and moreso by a petty, non-imperialist actor like the Syrian government) could only be made possible by the inter-imperialist policy of “Good Cop Bad Cop” shown in this cartoon. The Syria-Spain analogies do not go only to the issue of “foreign fighters” – but much more poignantly to inter-imperialist (also Western-Russian as it happened) complicity with a definable fascist regime and the betrayal of its democratic opposition (using the excuse that they were “communists” then, and “Islamists” today).
[Captions: Putin: “I will help you in killing Syrians” – Obama: “And I will prevent them from having advanced weaponry and safe zones”)
Syrians know that it is the US and Russia – not Syrians and Iraqis – who are the main powers responsible for the rise of ISIS.