The western media has focused on Idlib as the last ‘rebel’ held area in Syria; however, it is held by Al Qaeda, not Syrian rebels. The Syrian rebels, aka “Free Syrian Army” , ceased to exist years ago, when the Al Qaeda terrorists arrived through Turkey, supported by the US-NATO-EU bloc.
The western media have focused only on the suffering of the civilians in Idlib; however, they fail to acknowledge that those civilians are not from Idlib. The original residents of Idlib left years prior when the terrorists occupied the area.
The people of Idlib fled for their lives, leaving behind olive farms, crops, farmhouses, city shops and businesses. The Idlib homeowners are waiting to return, but they can’t before the terrorists are removed. The terrorists took everything in sight and promised to turn Idlib into an ‘Islamic State’ in an agricultural province on the border with Turkey. That border was necessary to their plan because over that border comes their funds, fighters, weapons, food and humanitarian aid to feed and clothe their families, and equally importantly, over that border comes the hundreds of western journalists who will defend the terrorists and write one side of the Syrian story and leave the reader convinced that everyone should be rooting for Al Qaeda to win the war.
However, those journalists never bother to inform their readers of the Syrian citizens, the neighbors of Idlib, who have been maimed, raped, and massacred by the terrorists in Idlib. These are the Syrians who are praying for the Syrian Arab Army and their Russian allies to advance and defeat the terrorists. These are Armenian Christians of Kessab who have been displaced, and some made penniless refugees in foreign countries, who may never see their home again. Kessab may never recover. Its Armenian heritage may be lost to the history books. Kessab is not safe because it sits next to Idlib and has been a continual target of the missile attacks by the Al Qaeda in Idlib.
Lillian Martin is an American citizen originally from Fresno,