Stephen Lendman: Israel Heads Closer to War on Syria!
Syria is Washington's war. Israel is very much involved. It abhors peace and stability. Its history reflects belligerence. It is a direct threat. It borders Syria. Both countries are longstanding imperial partners. The Israeli Lobby plays a key role. Orwell once said who controls the past, controls the future. Who controls the presence controls the past. Saving the future requires understanding both past and present. Preventing imperial annihilation depends on it. So called rebel forces are no match against Syria's military superiority. Al Qusayr is a strategic western Syrian city, about 18 miles southwest of Homs. It is located on Lebanon's border. It links Damascus with the government controlled Mediterranean coastal areas. It is also a key smuggling route. Insurgents, weapons, munitions and supplies pass cross border into Syria. Stopping them is strategically important. Fighting for control continues. On May 21, Press TV said Syrian forces control over 70%of the city. According to a Syrian source: We managed to enter the city from several directions. We encountered heavy resistance, but we overpowered them and seized control of these places, and we seized control of these places, and we will pursue them and eliminate them wherever they go. According to Voice of Russia, Syria captured the city. Russia's Rossia 24 TV reported it. Insurgents controlled the city throughout the conflict. No longer. Capturing Al Qusayr prevents supplying insurgents from key parts of Lebanon. Voice of Russia and Rossia-24 reported mopping up operations around Aleppo. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), Army units restored stability and security to the full eastern area of Al Qusayr in Homs Countryside after killing big numbers of terrorists, and destroying their hideouts. A military source added that army units dismantled a number of explosive devices, planted by terrorists in al Souk area in the middle of the city. The source added that army units are continuing hunting the remnants of terrorists in some hideouts in the northern and southern areas of the city. Insurgents suffered heavy losses. Leadership elements were killed or captured. Tens of terrorists surrendered. Others were arrested. SANA said insurgents were routed in several provinces. Local journalist Abdallah Mawazini told Russia Today that Syria's army managed to make a full circle around the city, fighting the opposition fighters. The main achievement is to stop the line of supply chain between Lebanon and Syria. They started from the western side of the city, in the rural areas. They control this zone with some fighters from Lebanon. Some extremist groups were preparing to go into Syria to fight with the rebels. They were going to go making a larger front in order to fight and expand the fighting line between the government and the opposition.