Syrian Army Scores Another Strategic Victory Against Foreign Invaders
March 14, 2012 • 7:41AM

The Syrian Army has wiped out another hub of foreign mercenary operations, this time in the northern city of Idlib, near the Turkish border. The Christian Science Monitor and other newspapers reported that the Syrian Army has driven the rebels from the city, which they had held for several months. Like the city of Homs just ten miles from the Lebanese border, Idlib was intended to be part of a "liberated corridor" stretching to the Turkish border, to allow a flow of weapons and mercenaries. The strategy from the outset of the foreign-backed military operations against Syria has been to establish a liberated zone, modeled on the Benghazi area of Libya, to allow the U.S., the Europeans, the Saudis, Qataris, and Turks to recognize an alternative government operating on Syrian soil. The Syrian government is fully aware of the strategy of the foreign invaders, and has now delivered two successive, important military defeats. In both cases, armed rebel fighters were forced to flee across the borders into Lebanon and Turkey. It is widely acknowleged that the Assad government is now largely in control of the entire territory.

On the diplomatic front, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov concluded weekend meetings in Cairo with the Arab League, in which a five-point agreement was reached, setting the framework for any future United Nations Security Council resolution. In New York City on Monday, Lavrov repeated his denunciations of foreign arming of terrorists, telling reporters after the Security Council debate that "Interference from outside using raw military force increases the illicit spread of arms, thus jeopardizing stability in the region." The Russian Deputy Defense Minister, Anatoly Antonov, confirmed that Russia would continue to deliver arms to the Syrian government, noting that Russia has "good, strong military technical cooperation with Syria, and we see no reason to reconsider it."