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Tobias Nase
Tobias Nase

Location: Germany

Specialization: Syria, US Foreign policy, Ukraine

Germany is about to go to war in Syria – but with whom?

In the past the German army actually helped the terrorists in Syria.

The German government is about to ratify a decree on Friday in an emergency procedure, which allows the German army “Bundeswehr” to intervene in Syria and Iraq in the alleged fight against the “Islamic State.” This involvement of the German army will not solve the crisis in Syria, but will only deepen it. The military action is not backed by any international law and is in fact illegal according to the law of nations. Germany has no permission by the affected countries to intervene.

In the press conference of the German government, on the 1st of December 2015, it was clarified, that part of this military mission will be carried out by German Tornado fighter jets that will fly “reconnaissance missions.” They will be equipped with air-to-air missiles. We have to ask ourselves: Why? This is clearly an escalation of the conflict. The only other aircrafts operating over Syria are Russian and Syrian and the jets of the US-led coalition against the IS, which Germany is going to be part of. How will these air-to-air missiles be used against the IS, when it has no air force? What purpose will they serve?

But let us go back in the history of this conflict. The actual truth is that the German army has already been part of the conflict in Syria for the past three years. And its actions are more than doubtful, because it actually provided de facto military reconnaissance assistance for al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups operating in Syria.

Since 2012 the German navy ship “Oker” has been serving at the Syrian coast. It is a naval reconnaissance ship that is equipped with special sensors, which are being used to gather strategic intelligence data. According to reports this ship is able to scan with its radar military troop movements, which take place at least 600 kilometers inside Syrian territories. This boat has been floating by the Syrian coast since 2012, without any official mandate or legitimation of the German parliament.

The German secret service “Bundes Nachrichten Dienst” (BND), which seems to be responsible for the mission, did not want to give any further details about the purpose of this mission: “In general we are not giving any operational details about our current missions.” But according to the German newspaper “Bild am Sonntag,” the German intelligence service collected data about movements of the Syrian Arab Army and passed the gathered information to its US and British partners, who passed it on to the Syrian “rebels.”

One should be clear about what kind of rebels we are talking about. It is precisely the al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda) and it probably was also in the beginning the predecessors of what would later become the Islamic State. Whether the German soldiers were aware of what they were doing when they were observing the Syrian Army movements, remains doubtful.

It is clear that Bashar al-Assad is the only legitimate president of Syria and received his mandate from the Syrian people. There is no international law which allows the German government, the US or NATO to declare Bashar al-Assad’s presidency as illegitimate or to wage war against Syria.

Anyone who wants to stop the flow of refugees, must actually stabilize Syria. This is only possible through cooperation with the majority of the Syrian population. And the majority of the Syrian people is clearly on the side of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Syrian president. These forces need to be strengthened in order to fight the Islamic State and other terrorist groups. Russia has recognized this correctly.

Without a ground force that can liberate territories, military action and airstrikes by the coalition would only add fuel to the fire. These reconnaissance missions and the coalition airstrikes will only be used by the “Islamic State,” to agitate people under the pretext of a “fight against Western crusaders.” The same applies to the participation of the German army, which is to be decided now.

This application is also insane, because it has no military objective. The German government assures that it is only a “reconnaissance mission.” How the IS can be fought – only by this intelligence - is completely unclear.

It is far more likely that the fight against the Islamic State is again only a pretext and the actual mission is to gather information, which can be useful for the “moderate”, pro-Western terrorists on the ground, as in the case of the German navy ship Oker. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), together with the Russian airstrikes, is currently inflicting heavy losses on the rebels and pseudo-Islamic terrorists around the city of Aleppo. The West still seeks to overthrow the Syrian government and it is willing to cooperate with these terrorists again. The last time this was done the result was the creation of the “Islamic state.”

The question is: Who controls the information that is passed to the German government’s allies? To whom is it passed and who is going to use it? If information about troop movements of the SAA is given to Turkey, NATO, the USA or the German secret service for example, then it is certain that this information will be handed over to the “moderate rebels” (al-Qaeda). This can happen directly or via other secret channels. And it happened before. Is this how an alleged operation against the IS should look like?

André Wüstner, Chairman of the German army union already criticized the military action on the German state TV saying that there are no clear goals or a strategy when it comes to the upcoming military operation of the German army.

But it is even worse. The German army stationed Patriot missiles in Turkey in 2013. These are surface to air missiles, which are used to shoot down fighter jets. But no terrorist group - neither the IS nor any other – has ever had any warplane or some sort of an Air Force. Already in 2013, these missiles were placed solely in an attempt to overthrow Bashar al-Assad, in order to enforce US and German-capital interests in the Syrian state.

Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian Air Force are flying every day dozens of operations against the terrorists and the IS in Syria. These missions are not only by a count more effective than the missions of the international coalition. They are also more effective, because they are also coordinated with ground forces. The Syrian army and air force are thus the main enemy of the IS.

And exactly this main enemy of the “Islamic State,” the Syrian Air Force, was stopped from carrying out missions near the Turkish border by the stationing of the German Patriot missiles. Since they have been deployed, it is almost impossible for the Syrian Air Force to fly missions against terrorists near the Syrian-Turkish border. Syrian fighter jets are threatened with being shot down, just like the Russian SU-24, which was just shot down by Turkey some days ago.

So the deployment of the German Patriot missiles was clearly in defense of the IS and other terrorist groups. The result is that they are still able to cross the border from Turkey to Syria unhindered. If one is serious about fighting IS, then one should consider an international mission on the Turkish side of the border, which stops terrorists and Jihadists from entering Syria. The German author and politician Jürgen Todenhöfer already said, after his travel to the “Islamic State,” that the smugglers are able to operate openly under the protection of the German Patriot missiles.

Now, according to the 10-sided proposal of the German government, the German army should move to Syria under the leadership of the international coalition against IS. But the international coalition - especially its leadership, the United States - are direct sponsors of terrorists in Syria, who are sold to us as a “moderate opposition.” How any future acts of terrorism should be prevented does not become clear from the government’s paper. The following statement in the paper seems to have been written by a madman: “Measures for stabilization are currently being performed in the oppositional held territories in Syria via the “Syria Recovery Trust Fund” (SRTF).”

According to its own statements the SRTF financed with more than 100 million euros “civil projects” in the Syrian districts of Idlib and Aleppo. Both districts in Syria are currently held by the al-Nusra Front, the Syrian faction of al-Qaeda. The al-Nusra Front is also known for beheading its enemies, but the West treats it as “moderate.” So there is a no surprise when documentation of the SRTF shows photos of ambulances, which were bought with German taxpayers' money. Ambulances which can be seen later in other photos accompanied by jihadists of the al-Nusra front.

Despite the spread of terrorism over the whole world the West tries to continue its destabilization of Syria in order to establish a pro-western puppet regime. But the western allies, the “moderate terrorists,” will not stop at the Syrian border.  They will carry out acts of terrorism in Europe, like the IS did. Either this is not being considered by our governments, or they don’t seem to care.

Instead of starting another military operation in Syria the German government must finally end its participation in the conflict. There must be no more support of radical jihadists and terrorists in Syria. Only the Syrian people and the legitimate Syrian president Bashar al-Assad should decide on the future of their country. Any foreign intervention to enforce the interests of the West must be stopped immediately. The recent military operations clearly favored a continuous destabilization of Syria. Finally, if the West is serious about fighting terrorism and also solving the problem of refugees fleeing from Syria then it should lift its sanctions against Syria, instead of getting involved, without any concept or plan, in a war.

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