HTS – foreign political tool in Syria
According to information on the article on the SouthFront website, in the last days of May and early June, the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh is heating up again, with the risk of a new escalation of the conflict, with reports Regular reports of new casualties in border areas.
Some believe that the resumption of military hostilities could become an opportunity for Baku to take control of more territory in Nagorno-Karabakh, but also a possibility for external powers to strengthen their influence in the region through a variety of overt and covert means.
In particular, the recent war in Nagorno-Karabakh shows the participation of Syrian mercenaries in military operations. Dozens of them were killed while fighting with Azerbaijani forces in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, while thousands of fighters loyal to Turkey were deployed there.
The Ankara government is Baku’s main partner in the recent war, sending military equipment, troops, as well as proxies from Syria to support the Azerbaijani Army.
The “al-Nusra Front” – a major terrorist group in Syria affiliated with al-Qaeda (now known as Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham), which is one of the terrorist groups backed by Turkey, has willing to participate in military conflicts around the world in exchange for money, supplies and political support.
However, Turkey is not the only country supporting this Syrian terrorist group. During the course of the conflict in Syria, al-Nusra Front has established fruitful relationships with various parties, mainly NATO member states and Gulf monarchies, who are sponsor and assist them in achieving their own regional goals.
Diplomats and media outlets of these countries have attempted to label the terrorist organization a “moderate opposition”. Moreover, a new set of efforts to “bleach the dark past” of al-Qaeda-linked terrorists is being carried out by the West.
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The West approaches Turkey’s darling
On May 31, Russia’s TASS news agency reported that representatives of Britain’s Foreign Intelligence Service (MI6) met with the leader of the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front. According to reports, the meeting took place near the Bab al-Hawa border crossing on the Syria-Turkey border.
A day later, former HTS commander Saleh al-Hamwi, better known by his nickname “As al-Seera fi al-Sham”, confirmed that the group’s leader Abu Mohamad al-Julani had met with a senior official of the group. British intelligence is Mr. Jonathan Powell.
He emphasized that the meeting was scheduled four years ago, but it has only been carried out until now. However, the event still provided a useful insight into the core of the relationship between the “al-Nusra Front” and its Western partners.
The meeting established contacts with international terrorist groups operating in Syria.
According to the report, an agreement has been reached on maintaining permanent contact with international terrorists on the list of the United Nations Security Council. The UK’s allies, mainly the US, are expected to participate in the rebranding of the al-Nusra group from terrorism to “moderate opposition”.
It is easy to see that the Western media and diplomatic campaign to “change black to white” for HTS, al-Qaeda’s main branch in Syria, is still going quite effectively.
On April 2, the US Public Television Service (PBS) published part of an interview by PBS journalist Martin Smith with terrorist group leader Abu Mohamad al-Julani on February 1 and 14. this year. The rare interview will be part of a near-complete documentary titled “Frontline” (FRONTLINE), about the rise of al-Julani.
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HTS to Karabakh serving Western interests?
According to analysts, the “bleaching” of al-Nusra serves the larger purpose of funding more freely its operations against government forces in Syria, along with its Russian-Iranian ally, as well as such as facilitating the deployment of Syrian mercenaries in other parts of the world, such as in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Meanwhile, relations between London and Ankara have gained new momentum amid tensions between Turkey and the US. So the UK has finally won the role of a good partner of the Erdogan administration.
A new escalation in Nagorno-Karabakh would serve the interests of the entire Azerbaijani, Turkish and British ‘alliance’.
An offensive by Azerbaijan and its allies against Armenian forces in Karabakh would allow to destabilize once again the situation near Russia’s southern border, which has been London and Washington’s primary aim. This will also trigger important military and diplomatic developments in the region.
Following the efforts of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s pro-Western administration in Yerevan, the Armenians lost vast territories and weakened relations with Armenia’s only real ally, Russia.
Mr. Pashinyan’s attempt to hide the reality behind the Armenians’ defeat in Karabah also had a negative impact on Moscow’s credibility in Yerevan as its propaganda attempted to paint Russia as the party responsible for the outcome. negative aspects of the country during the war in Karabakh.
Meanwhile, the possibility of Russia military intervention in the disputed area in the event of a re-emergence of large-scale clashes between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh is very low. Potential Russian involvement in the conflict would be possible only in the event of Azerbaijan’s direct intervention in the internationally recognized territory of Armenia.