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Jun 18 09:08

US-Led Coalition Aircraft Bombs Syrian Military Positions - Reports

A US-led coalition aircraft has bombed one of Syrian military positions, local media reported citing a source in the military. Pentagon denied the coalition's involvement in the reported airstrike.

Syrian SANA news agency reported, citing a military source that one of US-led coalition aircraft had made an airstrike on the positions of the Syrian troops in al-Harra settlement, which is southeast of Al Bukamal, killing several servicemen and injuring others.

The Syrian city of Al Bukamal is apart of Deir ez-Zor Governorate and is situated near the border with Iraq.

US Department of Defense spokesman Adrian Rankine-Galloway told Sputnik later that neither Washington nor the US-led coalition was behind a reported attack on the Syrian troops.

Jun 18 09:07

US-led coalition strikes Syrian army positions in Deir ez-Zor province – state media

US-led coalition aircraft have reportedly bombed Syrian military positions in the Al Bukamal area of Deir ez-Zor province in eastern Syria, state media outlet SANA reports, citing a military source.

The strike, according to the military source, allegedly targeted a Syrian “military position” in al-Harra, southeast of Al Bukamal. There are dead and wounded following the strike, the source added.

The strike was “probably” carried out by American drones, a source from among the local pro-government forces told Reuters, adding that the attack allegedly targeted Iraqi factions between Albu Kamal and Tanf, as well as Syrian military positions.

The Pentagon, however, denied any involvement. “Not a US or Coalition strike,” US Department of Defense spokesman Adrian Rankine-Galloway told Sputnik, about the reported attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If it isn't the US, then it is Israel.

Jun 18 09:00

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – JUNE 18, 2018: TIGER FORCES DEPLOY IN DARAA

On June 17, Syrian government forces have cleared Kabt Mount, Shadid Hill and the areas of Abar Warak and Bir Atshan, near the T2 pumping station, from ISIS cells.

According to the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 18 ISIS members and 8 government fighters were killed in the clashes. Pro-government sources added that a few vehicles of ISIS were also destroyed.

According to the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq, ISIS fighters ambushed a convoy of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) destroying a battle tank and a vehicle.

This advance was a part of the wider effort of the SAA and its allies to clear the Homs-Deir Ezzor desert and eastern Syria in general from ISIS cells.

Jun 18 08:00

Syria what is really going on and why

Jun 17 21:14

Trump to Europoodles: “Roll Over. Bark. Beg…Crawl.: With a Korean Preface

I don’t get it. I know, I know, I’m just some mutt in Mexico with a computer, and easily puzzled. But…huh? Trump, we are told, pulled off a master stroke in Singapore. All the world reels at this astonishment. We see Talleyrand and Metternich rolled into one gorgeous taco. But…but….

Who did the doing, and who got done?

Jun 17 08:12

Dawson Bishai talk Syria 1 of 2 False flag coming?


1 Korea https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYsxWXnLdIE
2 Syria 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Kz-y8LPf-k
3 Palestine 1
5 Iran
6 Syria 2
7 Palestine 2
8 September 11th

Jun 16 11:28

US Threatens ‘Measures’ Against Syria for Offensive in Southwest

With the Syrian government saying that any more failures to take back the country’s southwest diplomatically would lead them to launch an offensive, the US State Department is threatening “firm and appropriate measures” to punish Syria for any such attempt.

Syria has been expected to launch such an offensive for awhile. Russia negotiated with Israel to get them to agree to keep out of the fighting, in return for Russia urging Iran and Hezbollah to remain out of the border region. The assumption has been for some time this cleared room for the push.

US officials, however, say that Syria would be violating the previous de-escalation deal made between the US, Russia, and Turkey, as some of the offensive would take place in that area. Other de-escalation zones have effectively been erased by government gains, or the wiping out of certain rebels by others.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice that this alleged "de-escalation deal", for some bizzare reason, does not seem to involve the sovereign state of Syria; only Russia, Turkey, and the US appear to be named.

But we all understand the simple translation of these Washingtonese statements; the US government is looking for any excuse with which to justify a full-scale invasion of Syria, and to affect regime change in Damascus.

However, there is a 600 lb gorilla, draped across the Bosendorfer grand in the living room here, and that is is Russia; the possibility of a misunderstanding, leading to a "hot confrontation" between Russia and the US military in Syria, excalates exponentially, every day the US forces stay on Syrian soil.

Jun 16 09:48

ISRAEL BOMBS SYRIA TO STOP REFUGEES FLEEING TO EUROPE, NETANYAHU SAYS

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu openly discussed his nation’s military attacks on targets in Syria, describing them as measures that will prevent more refugees from fleeing to Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Suuuuuuuuuuure...

Jun 16 09:07

US Threatens ‘Measures’ Against Syria for Offensive in Southwest

With the Syrian government saying that any more failures to take back the country’s southwest diplomatically would lead them to launch an offensive, the US State Department is threatening “firm and appropriate measures” to punish Syria for any such attempt.

Jun 16 08:44

America’s military presence in Syria and its priorities

America’s military presence in Syria has a number of goals, the most important of which are to surround Iran and limit its influence in the region; to ensure a bigger share for Washington and its allies — the Kurdish movement — in any final deal over Syria, as expressed frankly by Mattis; and to curb Turkey’s activity in northern Syria, which always comes at the expense of the Kurds, especially its presence east of the River Euphrates.

Jun 16 02:38

Syrian War Report – June 15, 2018: Russia, Turkey Reportedly Reach Agreement On Tell Rifaat

12 members of the Syrian Reconciliation Committee for the area near the Israeli border have been assassinated. They were negotiating with the Russians for a peaceful solution. Who wouldn't want this?

Jun 15 21:22

Putin, Netanyahu discuss security on Syrian-Israeli border in phone call

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed in a phone call on Friday the situation in Syria and joint steps to ensure security on the Syrian-Israeli border, according to the Kremlin press service. The situation in Syria was discussed “in the context of joint efforts on ensuring security in the area of the Syrian-Israeli border,” the statement said. They “expressed readiness to bolster coordination on Syria, including the issues of countering international terrorism.” The leaders of Russia and Israel also agreed during the conversation to hold contacts at various levels, TASS reported.

Jun 15 20:55

President Assad: Damascus to Agree with Iranian Military Bases in Syria If Asked by Tehran

From Farsnews, Presstv has been down for about 5 days.
Asked by al-Alam about the recent events in Southern Syria, President Assad said, "At this point, the Russians suggested the possibility of giving reconciliation an opportunity, similar to what happened in other areas, in order to restore the situation that prevailed before 2011. In other words, for the Syrian Army to be deployed in that area, which is an area of confrontation with the Zionist enemy. And of course the terrorists should leave the area. This proposition suits us. Up till now, there are no concrete results for a simple reason which is Israeli and American interference; for they put pressure on the terrorists in that area in order to prevent reaching any compromise or peaceful resolution. That is how the situation stands now."
Notorious Tahrir Al-Sham Commander Assassinated as Insecurities Soar in Dara'a

Jun 15 14:00

New OPCW report on chemical weapons use in Syria raises questions — Russian diplomat

A report by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria’s Hama province on March 24-25, 2017 fails to meet information gathering and analysis criteria and raises questions, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday.

"It becomes obvious already after the first reading of the report that the methods of the [OPCW] mission’s work are still far from the requirements for gathering and analyzing information on the alleged use of chemical agents that are set forth in the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the OPCW regulatory documents," the Russian diplomat noted.

"It is also questionable why the report was released more than a year after the chemical attacks were registered and what value the analysis of the probes generally has after the elapse of such a lengthy period," Zakharova noted.

Jun 15 13:52

Russian official warns US not to take ‘tough measures’ against Syrian Army in southwest Syria

The Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Jabarov, was quoted as saying on Friday that the U.S. military should avoid using “tough measures” against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in southwest Syria.

As quoted by the RBC News Agency, Jabarov warned the U.S. from usig tough measures against the Syrian Army, stressing that this “is totaly unaccelptable” behavior by the U.S. military.

Jun 15 13:36

Trump Administration Gifts Syrian Terrorist-Linked Organization White Helmets $6.6 Million

By Aaron Kesel

The drain the swamp Trump administration (made up entirely of Goldman Sachs and warmongers) has unilaterally proven that it is one of the most dangerous hypocritical administration in U.S. history gifting “defensive weapons” to Ukraine for Christmas, bombing Syria twice in a two-year span and now gifting the terrorist-linked White Helmets a 6.6 million dollar weapons deal...

Jun 15 09:09

US “Fake Freeze” In Spending Is Over — $6.6 Million Goes To The White Helmets

By Brandon Turbeville

Only months after the U.S. government’s “spending freeze” and review of money allocated to the al-Nusra Front propaganda wing known as the White Helmets, the U.S. State Department has announced that it is going to “release” approximately $6.6 million for the terror support group as well as to the UN’s International, Impartial, and Independent Mechanism.

This news comes after the UK has announced it is considering increasing funds provided to the White Helmets after itself being the biggest financial supporter of the terrorist propaganda organization...

Jun 15 08:28

The Trump Administration Has Decided to Authorize Funding for the 'White Helmets' in Syria

A statement from the White House on the group that appears to be associated with false flag chemical attacks in Syria:

Jun 15 07:41

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – JUNE 15, 2018: RUSSIA, TURKEY REPORTEDLY REACH AGREEMENT ON TELL RIFAAT

Russia and Turkey have reached an agreement on the situation in the town of Tell Rifaat in the province of Aleppo, the London-based newspaper al-Araby al-Jadeed reported on June 14.

Under the agreement, units of the Turkish military will allegedly be deployed in Tell Rifaat side by side with the Russian Military Police, which was deployed there a few months ago. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Kurdish People Protection Units (YPG) will withdraw from the town. Members of Turkish-backed militant groups will not be allowed to enter the area.

The agreement is allegedly aimed at de-escalating the situation and allowing civilians to return to their houses in the town.

Jun 14 14:52

Crimea And Syria Unite To Circumvent Trade Sanctions

The Syrian government supports initiatives to strengthen trade relations with Russia and in this regard the agreement between the ports of Sevastopol in Crimea and Tartus in Syria is an important focus of cooperation, reported the members of the Russian delegation who visited Damascus in recent days.

“Syrian President Bashar Asad backed the agreement between Sevastopol and Tartus and described it as an important means of cooperation, saying that given the international blockade of trade with Syria, the Mediterranean Sea is the only way out to the global market,” the head of the Russian delegation, the deputy of the Lower House of Parliament, Dmitri Sablin, told reporters.

The agreement was celebrated by the authorities of Sevastopol, as it aims to increase the exchange of goods between the two ports.

Jun 14 09:55

Trump Authorizes $6.6Mln in Aid to White Helmets, UN Mechanism - State Dept.

President Donald Trump has instructed the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to send $6.6Mln to the White Helmets and the UN International Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM), US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in statement on Thursday.

"The President has authorized the United States Agency for International Development and the US Department of State to release approximately $6.6 million for the continuation of the vital, life-saving operations of the Syrian Civil Defense, more commonly known as the White Helmets, and the UN’s International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM)," the statement said.

Jun 14 09:48

Syria's Assad says US, French, Turks, Israeli troops are occupying forces

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says that the American, French, Turkish and Israeli troops present in his country are occupying forces.

Assad made the remarks on Wednesday during an interview with the al-Alam News Network, where he stressed that Syria's position is to support "any act of resistance, whether against terrorists or against occupying forces regardless of their nationality.”

Referring to the presence of fighters of the Lebanese resistance movement of Hezbollah in Syria, Assad said that "the battle is long and the need for these military forces will continue for a long time."

Jun 14 08:44

TENSIONS ESCALATE: U.S NAVAL BATTLE-GROUP ARRIVES OFF SYRIAN COAST

A US naval group, led by the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, entered the Mediterranean Sea on Sunday. Military analyst Konstantin Sivkov points to the possible goal of the aircraft carrier.

Earlier, the US Navy reported that the naval group led by the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman entered the eastern Mediterranean Sea to participate in operations against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

For the Russian analyst, the naval force may have moved to the Mediterranean Sea to prepare an attack with cruise missiles and even aviation bombs against the Syrian army.

Jun 13 13:31

WATCH: Syrian President Assad explains the REAL reason why he’s still in power

"There is a brutal dictator who is killing his own people, and the whole world is against him save for a few countries, and his people totally hate him because he is killing them, yet his army is the largest in the nation and they are winning the war…somehow. And despite the world and his people being allegedly against him, he remains in power…despite the odds."

That is the western narrative. The simple reality is, no one could survive, let alone remain in power against such odds, without the support of the people. And Assad has that support, the support of Syria and her people.

Jun 13 12:24

Analyst: "Idlib Airstrikes" New Pretext for US to Stir Crisis in Syria

A senior Syrian military expert described a UN demand to investigate alleged reports of Russia's airstrikes against Idlib on June 7 as a Washington plot to start a new wave of crisis in Syria.

Colonel Mare'i Hamdan told the Arabic website of Sputnik news agency on Wednesday that the two attacks on Idlib were both designed to start a crisis and put the Syrian government in a bottleneck.

He added that the Syrian government and Russian forces are themselves able to specify the targets of the attack by their military equipment as experience shows that the UN only cares for Americans' views and considers the statements of some people who have not witnessed anything.

Jun 13 09:48

Syrian Army Bolsters Air Defense Along Israel Frontier

Commanders along the border between Syrian territory and the Israeli occupied Golan Heights say that the Syrian army has been deploying substantial reinforcements to the area to bolster air defenses.

Israel has been repeatedly attacking Syria in recent months with airstrikes from both Israeli airspace and Lebanon. Syria is said to want to get its reinforcements into the region for a deterrent factor.

This appears to be timed for an upcoming Syrian offensive against rebels in the southwest. Nominally, Israel made a deal with Russia promising not to interfere so long as Iranian forces didn’t take part. Clearly, Syria isn’t entirely sure that’s going to remain the case.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am deeply concerned about any Syrian military action anywhere close to the Golan Heights; but it appears that Assad, his Generals, and Putin are looking, if possible, to avoid any strike which could be seen as against Israel.

OF course, in this highly volatile situation, there is no guarantee that Israel won't lob some kind of missile on its own territory, then lie about
where it came from as the "excuse" to start a sustained military campaign against Syria, working in concert with the US military in the process, and giving US-backed troops in Syria more territory.

I would really like to see Russia's President Putin throw cold water on such a notion, and very quickly.

Jun 13 08:09

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – JUNE 13, 2018: ITALIAN TROOPS DEPLOYED IN EASTERN SYRIA

The Syrian military is deploying additional Pantsir-S1 short to medium range air defense systems in southern and eastern Syria, according to pro-government sources.

Additional Pantsir-S1 systems had been deployed in the area near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, the Hezbollah media wing in Syria said on June 12. This move is clearly aimed at strengthening the air-defense capabilities of the government forces in case if Israel reacts to a military operation against militants in Daraa with airstrikes.

On June 11, reports also appeared that additional Pantsir-S1 systems will be deployed in the province of Deir Ezzor where tensions are steadily growing between government forces and the US-led coalition.

Separately, the Syrian Army and its allies repelled another ISIS attack in the Homs-Deir Ezzor desert; this time in the Humaymah-T2-Muazilah triangle. The situation on the western bank of the Euphrates remains tense.

Jun 12 15:53

Syrian Army Enhancing Anti-Aircraft Defenses on Golan Heights – Reports

The Syrian army is reinforcing its air defenses near the Golan frontier as tensions with Israel continue, a Syrian army commander said on Tuesday.

According to the commander, in the coming days additional backup is set to be deployed as the conflict has moved toward the southwest region of the country, Reuters reported.

The placement of the Russian-made Pantsir S1 is intended “to renew the air defense system against Israel in the first degree,” Reuters reported the commander as saying.

Last month, there was a risk of escalation of the conflict after Israel launched a massive airstrike against what it said were 60 "Iranian" military targets in Syria, calling the measure retaliation for the firing of nearly two dozen rockets into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Jun 12 11:57

The “Manbij Model”, Turkey-US Deal for Northeastern Syria

So far, so good, but the problem is that the SDF militia that would prospectively continue to administer “Rojava’s” “layered decentralization” is nothing more than a thinly “diverse” front of Arab collaborators barely concealing the reality of a Kurdish-run “deep state” (or permanent military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracy) protected by over 20 American bases and an undisclosed number of French ones. Ironically, the Kurds took up arms against the democratically elected and legitimate Syrian government on the supposed basis that the minority Alawites had hijacked the country’s “deep state” and were exploiting it for their own self-interested ends at everyone else’s expense, though the fact of the matter is that it’s now the Kurds – and never was the Alawites – who are actually doing this via the “federalization” of “Rojava” as enforced by the US-created SDF.

Jun 12 11:28

US Airstrikes Kill 18 Civilians in NE Syria

As US and Kurdish forces carried out offensives against ISIS in the area, US warplanes carried out airstrikes against the town of Khoeberah, in the mostly Kurdish Hasakeh Province of northeast Syria, killing 18 civilians.

Details are still emerging on the incident, which the Syrian government has confirmed. The majority of the slain civilians are, by their accounts, Iraqi refugees who had fled into Syria during the fighting in western Iraq.

This is a common occurrence on both sides of the border, as ISIS controlled territory straddling the Iraq-Syria border, and offensives against each side tended to send civilians scattering to any place remotely safer than where they were at.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US military is extraordinarily accomplished at creating bloodshed, barbaric living conditions, and chaos in those countries it has allegedly "liberated", like Iraq.

And we have a companion piece, also from antiwar.com, regarding Turkish strikes in Iraq as well:

Turkey Escalates its PKK Operations; 23 Killed in Iraq

Why in heaven's name is the US government siding with, and consistently using, Kurdish militias in Syria, while it allows Kurds to be slaughtered in Iraq?!?

Jun 12 10:05

Israel Turns Artillery Rocket Into Supersonic 'Rampage' Air-Launched Stand-Off Weapon

Israeli Military Industries Systems, or IMI Systems, in cooperation with Israel Aerospace Industries, abbreviated IAI, is close to finishing development of a new air-launched, precision-guided, high-speed weapon called Rampage that can hit targets more than 90 miles away. The announcement comes as Israel steps up its cross-border campaign against Iran and its interests in neighboring Syria, which has seen an increasing emphasis on stand-off capabilities given the complex air defense environment in that country, but the weapon could also be especially attractive to a number of foreign military forces.

Jun 12 10:04

Syria's Upcoming Offensive to Israel Contact Line May Be the Best Show of the War

It seems Syria is gathering all its best and heaviest (most mechanized) units for the offensive in the south west. Could Russian and Syrian staff officers be preparing a classical Soviet "Deep Operation" offensive to overwhelm and break up the enemy at lightning speed (see Uranus, Bagration, Vistula-Oder, and August Storm)?

Jun 11 15:27

Russian Defense Ministry: ‘US Helps Plan Chemical Attacks To Provoke Resonse’

The Russian Defense Ministry is claiming that United States special forces are helping plot chemical attacks in Syria to provoke a violent attack against the Syrian government. The Russian MoD also claims it has “credible intelligence” that proves it.

News of an alleged chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma broke on April 7, with dramatic footage depicting people dousing crying children with water. The video quickly led to accusations that Syrian President Bashar Assad had ordered yet another “atrocity” against his own people. Two weeks later, however, a reporter from German public broadcaster ZDF spoke to locals who told him the whole event was “staged.” The world’s third-largest news agency AFP and British tabloid The Independent also visited the site and ran stories casting doubt on whether the chemical attack had taken place.

Jun 11 15:00

SYRIA UPDATE:  GOVERNMENT LAUNCHING OFFENSIVE SOON IN SW, US WARNED AGAINST IT

".....What will Israel's reaction to this be? How effective will Syrian air defenses be against a reaction? What will Russia's reaction be to Israeli attacks on its ally's forces?"

Col. Pat Lang on his "Sic Semper Tyrannis" blog 6/10/2018

The word from Syria is that the Assad regime is planning their "largest offensive of the war" to launch this week.

The report published by "AlmasdarNews" Saturday June 9th says the big offensive expected in southwestern Syria against the jihadists is about to kick off.

The US State Department issued a statement May 25th warning the Syrian government against such an offensive. It says in part:

".......The United States remains committed to maintaining the stability of the southwest de-escalation zone and to the cease-fire underpinning it. We also caution the Syrian regime against any actions that risk broadening the conflict or jeopardizing the cease-fire....."

Jun 11 11:07

Over 920,000 displaced in Syria in 2018, highest level since conflict began: UN

More than 920,000 people were displaced inside Syria during the first four months of 2018, the highest level in the seven-year conflict, the United Nations said Monday.

"We are seeing a massive displacement inside Syria... From January to April, there were over 920,000 newly displaced people," Panos Moumtzis, the U.N. regional humanitarian coordinator for Syria, told reporters in Geneva.

"This was the highest displacement in that short period of time we have seen since the conflict started," he said.

It brings the number of people internally displaced in the war-ravaged country to 6.2 million, while there are still some 5.6 million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries, according to U.N. figures.

Jun 11 10:48

Why Venezuela and Syria Cannot Fall

Despite tremendous hardship which the Venezuelan people are having to face, despite the sanctions and intimidation from abroad, President Nicolás Maduro has won a second six-year term.

Two weeks ago, at the Venezuelan embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, where I addressed several leaders of East African left-wing opposition, an acting Charge d’ Affaires, Jose Avila Torres, declared: “People of Venezuela are now facing similar situation as the Syrian people.”

True. Both nations, Venezuela and Syria, are separated by a tremendous geographical distance, but they are united by the same fate, same determination and courage.

Jun 11 10:19

Assad Remark on White Helmets Being UK PR Stunt 'Consistent With Evidence' –Prof

Bashar Assad has accused London of openly supporting the White Helmets, whom he described as a branch of al-Qaeda. In the Syrian president's words, the White Helmets are little more than a "PR stunt by the UK." Speaking to Sputnik, Dr. Tim Anderson, professor and author of two books on the Syrian war, shared his perspective on Assad's remarks.

Sputnik: What are your thoughts on the statement made by the Syrian president about the White Helmets?

Tim Anderson: Well at first the British, the Americans and the White Helmets themselves denied that there was any financial link. Fairly soon after that it emerged that the US and Britain in particular were giving a very large amount of money to them. At the same time, as independent evidence shows, both Britain and the US were also funding groups associated with al-Qaeda.

Jun 10 15:58

US-Led Strikes Kill 100 Syrian Civilians As Amnesty Reports Potential War Crimes In Raqqa

US and coalition warplanes over the past several weeks have been pounding areas of Syria’s Deir Ezzor and al-Hasaka provinces still controlled by Islamic State militants, reportedly killing around 100 civilians, including more than 30 children, in the process. This, as the human rights group Amnesty International released a scathing report on Tuesday accusing the United States of possible war crimes during the battle to capture the de facto IS capital of Raqqa last year.

Jun 09 09:17

US, Russian military leaders meet in Finland for talks

The top U.S. military chief met Friday in Finland with his Russian counterpart to exchange views on U.S.-Russia military relations, Syria and the international security situation.

The meeting between Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Russia’s chief of the military’s General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, took place in Konigstedt Manor, a Finnish state-owned venue north of the capital, Helsinki.

The Russian Defense Ministry said Gerasimov and Dunford discussed European security issues and the situation in Syria.

A brief statement on the Joint Chiefs of Staff website stressed, without elaborating, that U.S. and Russian militaries “have undertaken efforts to improve operational safety and strategic stability.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is only a matter of when, not if, there will be military conflict between US forces and those of Russia; it is primarily a case of where, which could potentially be in Ukraine, Syria, or Iran.

Jun 09 08:37

MATTIS: WITHDRAWING US TROOPS FROM SYRIA WOULD BE A "STRATEGIC BLUNDER"

Speaking at NATO headquarters on Friday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis reiterated his opposition to the idea of withdrawing US troops from Syria. He said any withdrawal before progress was made would be a “strategic blunder.”

Mattis’ position reflects those of a lot of top US cabinet officials, who have resisted President Trump’s talk of a quick withdrawal. He argues that the UN peace plan necessitates an ongoing US military presence.

On the one hand, Mattis suggests leaving too soon could give “the terrorists the opportunity to recover.” On the other hand, he also says that leaving would be exploited by the Assad government and its supporters.

This again sets out the US position that the UN plan necessitates regime change in Syria, something other supporters say is not the case. It also suggests a more or less permanent US presence in Syria, since there is virtually no chance the US will impose a favorable outcome.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The absolute, killer, irony here, is that according to Russian Major-General Igor Konashenkov, in a conversation with reporters today, made the following statement:

All remaining resistence zones in Syria, are US-controlled areas.

Let's wrap our heads for a moment around these two statements, and compare what Sec Def Mattis has stated with what Major-General Konashenkov has stated.

It is obvious that they cannot both be correct. I think, knowing what I know about US geopolitics, that Mattis is trying to find some logic-defying way of defending the military US presence in Syria, which he absolutely understands, in his heart of hearts, is not based on any potential good for the Syrian people; remember, the US has been the sponsor of the rebels in Syria, and has trained and funded and equipped jihadist rebels here.

Pentagon wasted $500 million on training rebels in Syria.

The US and Israeli foreign policy goals have been, and will continue to be, both the balkanization of Syria, to make it easier to control, and effect regime change in Damascus, however that can be made to happen.

Jun 09 08:22

ALL REMAINING ISIS RESISTANCE ZONES IN SYRIA ARE IN US-CONTROLLED AREAS – RUSSIAN MOD

Islamic State still keeps its presence in Syria, but only in US-controlled areas while those liberated by Syrian government forces areas are slowly recovering after terrorists’ defeat, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
“All the remaining pockets of resistance of ISIS terrorists in Syria are only in areas controlled by the United States,” Major-General Igor Konashenkov, a defense ministry spokesman, said on Saturday.

Earlier, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a bold statement that pulling out of the Arab Republic “must avoid leaving a vacuum in Syria that can be exploited by the Assad regime or its supporters,” in apparent reference to Iran and Russia.

Russia has been fighting terrorists in the country on the invitation of the Syrian government, while the US presence there has been deemed aggressive by Damascus.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my absolute (absence of) surprise at this development!!

Jun 08 21:51

Syria Update June 8

Jun 08 13:38

Trump Calls Assad ‘Animal’, Syria Demands U.S. ‘GET OUT OF MY COUNTRY’

Syria’s Assad raises prospect of military clash with U.S. and calls out Trump U.S. president called Assad an ‘animal’ after suspected gas attack in April.

Jun 08 08:53

World War 3: Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will 'DESTROY SYRIA' if Iran does not withdraw

ISRAELI Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is “no longer immune” and has threatened to carry out direct strikes against the Syrian regime if Iranian forces are not withdrawn from Syria.

Jun 08 08:01

Is Putin Really Ditching Iran and Siding With Netanyahu in Syria?

The undeniable truth is that Putin foiled the initial Israel plan for Syria.

In fact, Hezbollah and Iran had already intervened in Syria and were desperately “plugging holes” in a collapsing Syrian front. So, if anything, Putin has to be the one to be credited for forcing the Israelis to give up on their “plan A” and go to plan “B” which I described here and which can be summarized as follows:

Jun 08 07:32

British Defense Chief Defends Bombing of "Really Wicked and Evil Enemy" in Syria

The outgoing chief of the British Armed Forces went on the defensive amid a new report accusing the US-led coalition of violating international law and killing hundreds of civilians in the Syrian city of Raqqa.

Defense Staff Chief and Air Chief Marshall Stuart Peach said that the coalition had been "meticulous" in its efforts to avoid civilian casualties amid its bombardment of the "really wicked and evil enemy" in Raqqa.

Speaking to the BBC, Stuart stressed that the Royal Air Force's Raqqa operation was "the most carefully planned air campaign in history."

The senior officer in charge of the UK's fight against Daesh (ISIS)* also noted that all alleged incidents of civilian casualties are being properly investigated, pending the provision of information about the time and place they occurred.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My tendency with this is to absolutely believe Amnesty International; British Defense Staff Chief and Air Chief Marshall Stuart Peach is simply attempting cover his own backside, and those of his and US troops, because of the huge number of civilian warcrimes committed by the US and the UK against Syrian citizens in Raqqa.

And as to his statement about how they would "investigate civilian deaths", please don't hold your breath; as reported yesterday at blacklistednews.com:

Pentagon Admits that No One Will Ever Know How Many Civilians the US has Killed fighting ISIS.

Jun 07 11:03

Assad warned any attempt to remove US from Syria will be met by an ‘armed response’

Pentagon officials warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that any attempt to remove the United States from the country by force will be met with an “armed response.”

Director of Staff General Kenneth McKenzie explained that any party in Syria should understand that attacking US forces or its coalition partners would be “a bad policy.”

He made the warning after Mr Assad said in an interview with RT that the US was “losing its cards” in Syria and demanded they leave the country, accusing them of prolonging the seven-year war.

Jun 07 11:00

SYRIA NOT ‘IMMUNE’, ISRAEL WILL DESTROY ASSAD’S FORCES IF ATTACKED, SAYS NETANYAHU

Israel will “destroy” any Syrian forces that attempt an attack against Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned. He also cautioned President Assad against inviting Iranian troops into Syria.

“Now the war is nearly over he invites Iran in? He is no longer immune. If he fires, we'll destroy his forces,” Netanyahu said in London on Thursday.

In May, Israel launched several missiles at what it claimed were Iranian military targets inside Syria. Tel Aviv is believed to be responsible for numerous airstrikes on Syrian territory, but the Israeli military rarely comments on such cases.

Last month Netanyahu warned that Israel considers all Iranian forces inside Syria – not just troops near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights – as targets.

“We will continue to act against [Iran’s] intention to establish a military presence in Syria opposite us, not just opposite the Golan Heights but anywhere in Syria,” he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though Netanyahu is getting ready to create a false flag operation, to be blamed against both Syria, and Iran, as the "justification" for an attack against both countries, with the US military steppng in closely thereafter/

But I think, if this is what he is planning, he and his cabinet need think, to very seriously, about just what Russia will do, if he does this.

Russia's military prowess has already been very much proven in the Syrian theatre of war, and has historically sworn to defend Iran, should it get attacked militarily.

Jun 07 07:23

2006 State Department Cable Reveals Plan To Use Terror, Intrigue, Kurds To Destabilize Syria, Weaken Assad

By Brandon Turbeville

Despite the bulk of the attempted destruction of Syria having taken place during the Obama administration, the fact is that the agenda began marching years before Obama took office and it is continuing to do so today. Ample evidence has been provided demonstrating that a plan to destroy the Syrian government goes back at least to the Bush Jr. administration and the desire to do so goes even further back than that.

One such piece of evidence is a secret State Department cable obtained by WikiLeaks entitled “Influencing the SARG In The End Of 2006” which was distributed from the US embassy in Damascus to requisite officials in the Department of Treasury, National Security Council, White House, Secretary of State, League of Arab States, US Mission To European Union in Brussels, United Nations (NY), US Central Command, and Tel Aviv...

Jun 06 15:13

Russian Defense Minister invites CIS allies to take part in Syria settlement

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has told his colleagues from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) bloc that their nations are welcome to participate in restoring peaceful life in Syria.

Jun 06 09:52

Today it’s the Golan Heights, tomorrow it will be Medina

If the Europeans thought this was as bad as it could get they were mistaken. This week they would have to pretend it’s business as usual and welcome the Israeli prime minister. He is on a charm offensive to convince European leaders why they should also withdraw from the JCPA.

But this is not all, there will be other demands. In recent days, Israeli politicians have been stepping up pressure on the Trump administration to recognise Israel’s “sovereignty” over the occupied Syrian Golan Heights.

As the saying goes, there is no smoke without fire. The flurry of diplomatic activity in Tehran, Moscow, Tel Aviv, Damascus and Amman all suggest that something is amiss. Although the details still remain secret, the reality is that Israel wants firm guarantees that there will be no Iranian presence in south Syria. So Russia’s Vladimir Putin has provided the assurance that only Syrian troops will be stationed there and more importantly, there will be no Syrian belligerency or irredentism.

Jun 06 07:59

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – JUNE 6, 2018: YPG FORCES WITHDRAW FROM MANBIJ

Units of the Syrian Army’s 11th Armoured Division have been delpoyed in the northern part of the Syrian-Lebanese border where they are set to replace Hezbollah fighters. The area of Qusayr has been one of the key Hezbollah footholds in western Syria. It is unclear if it will be abandoned.

According to some pro-government sources, Russian military police units are also withdrawing from the border area.

The situation over the northern town of Manbij has been rapidly developing since the US and Turkey endorsed a roadmap for the area.

Jun 05 12:07

Kurds left in the cold as US & Turkey agree on ‘roadmap’ for Syrian city pullout

Ankara and Washington say they have agreed on details of a withdrawal of US-backed Kurdish militia from northern Syria, as visiting Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu declared further US support to the Kurds “unacceptable.”

Cavusoglu was in Washington on Monday, meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss Syria as well as US-Turkish relations. The State Department confirmed the agreement on a “road map” for the city of Manbij, using dry diplomatic language.

At the press conference following the meeting with Pompeo, however, Cavusoglu was far more direct. The city of Manbij would be secured by both Turkish and US forces, he said, and the roadmap will be implemented in other parts of Syria as well, according to Reuters and several Turkish outlets.

Further US support for the Kurdish YPG (People’s Protection Units) militia was “unacceptable,” the Turkish FM declared.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Turkey and the US government have just agreed to balkanize Syria, in Mambij, as the "base" for attempting further destabilization against Al Assad and Damascus.

So we find, yet again, that the Kurds are getting both screwed and demonized by both countries; just where, please, are the Kurds supposed to go, if they are getting thrown out of both Turkey and Syria, particularly those who are not advocating, or participating, in any violence against either Turkey or Syria?!?

Jun 05 11:51

Damascus says Iranians are in Syria in purely advise-and-assist capacity

Syria says Iran has no military presence or bases in the country, and that the Iranian military advisors are there to help Damascus fight terrorist groups. Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said the presence of the Iranian advisors in Syria was legitimate and based on an invitation by the Syrian government. Muallem thanked Iran for helping his country in the ongoing war against the foreign-backed militant groups.

Jun 05 11:18

U.S. AIRSTRIKES VIOLATED INTERNATIONAL LAW IN “WAR OF ANNIHILATION” IN RAQQA, SYRIA, SAYS AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

AS THE BATTLE for Raqqa, Syria, raged last October, a family in the Harat al-Badu neighborhood bunkered down in their home in an attempt to survive the fighting between the U.S.-led coalition and Islamic State militants. Mohammed Fayad, a man in his 80s, had lived in the same home in Harat al-Badu for the past 50 years. When the fighting began, Fayad refused to flee the property that he had put a lifetime of labor into, remaining in the home with his daughters and other relatives. As coalition airstrikes began pounding the city, Fayad’s home also became a refuge for other terrified neighbors and their families seeking safety from the attacks.

Their safe haven would not last. On the night of October 11, a coalition airstrike hit Fayad’s home. As Ali Habib, a local man who had been sheltering his family with Fayad, later told researchers from Amnesty International:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US war against Syria, in its attempt to effect regime change in Damascus, is both immoral, and insane; unfortunately, the US government does not care what destruction its war crimes leave in the wake of attacks like this.

In the mindset of the the US government, "The end justifies the means".

Now, let me see; from where have we heard that before?!?!

And here is a companion piece, this one from theindependent.co.uk:

US, Britain and France inflicted worst destruction 'in decades' killing civilians in Isis-held city of Raqqa, report says There is a very difficult video to watch here, but I encourage all thinking Americans and Brits to see this; this is what has been done to Syria, with your tax dollars, and in your name.

Jun 05 11:17

Syrians in Golan 'paradise' caught between occupation and war

Driving to the Syrian Golan Heights, just over two hours northeast of Tel Aviv, the change in scenery signals the entrance into territory occupied by Israel since 1967.

The temperature drops as roads twist into mountain ranges, and the green landscape is amplified by the cherry and apple fields the region is known for.

During the war, known by some as the “Six-Day War” and fought between 5 and 10 June 1967, about 130,000 Syrians from the Golan Heights fled further into Syria as 340 villages and farms were demolished by Israeli forces.

Each year on 5 June, Syrians mark their displacement from the Golan with Yom al-Naksa, Arabic for 'the Day of the Setback'. Palestinians observe the same anniversary, commemorating their forced expulsion from the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.

Today, only one town and four villages remain: Majdal Shams, Buqatha, Masaada, Ein Qenyah and al-Gager, inhabited by approximately 25,000 locals.

Jun 05 10:40

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – JUNE 5, 2018: ROADMAP FOR MANBIJ, EXPLOSION NEAR US-FRENCH MILITARY BASE

On June 4, the US State Department officially acknowledged that Turkey and the US had endorsed a roadmap for the northern town of Manbij. The announcement came after a meeting between Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavu?o?lu and U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo in Washington.

Manbij is currently controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Kurdish YPG and YPJ forces are the core of the SDF. Ankara sees them as terrorist group.

Earlier, Turkey claimed that the US-Turkish roadmap on Manbij will force YPG/YPJ elements to leave the area. However, the implementation and real details of this roadmap still remains in question.

On the same day, an explosion erupted near a US-French military base in the SDF-held town of Ain Issa. According to pro-opposition sources, at least one person was killed in the incident. However, no further details are currently available.

Jun 05 10:39

Syria, Russia Warn Of Potential Chemical Weapons False Flag Staged By US, Terrorists

By Brandon Turbeville

As Syria prepares to liberate the southwestern portion of the country still held by Western-backed terrorists, the United States is repeatedly threatening “firm and appropriate” responses against the Syrian government, proving yet again that the U.S. is nothing more than al-Qaeda’s air force. However, while most of the world has come to the conclusion that the biggest threat to peace and stability is actually America, not Syria or Iran, the public of the United States and Western Europe continue to somnambulently absorb the propaganda spewed by their governments and corporate media outlets...

Jun 05 10:19

Assad vs Western Reporters Compilation!

Jun 05 04:42

Assad tells US to leave Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said the United States has "lost its cards" in Syria, calling on America to leave the country in an interview with Russia Today. "The Americans should leave. Somehow, they're going to leave. They came to Iraq with no legal basis, and look what happened to them. They have to learn their lesson. Iraq is no exception. Syria is no exception. People will not accept foreigners in this region any more," Assad said. The Syrian president said his government had "opened doors to negotiation" with US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a predominantly Kurdish group that controls parts of northern Syria. The SDF, which Assad dubbed the "only problem left in Syria," would be confronted with force if negotiations fail, the president said.

Jun 05 04:40

Syria's Assad: Improving Air Defenses to Stop Israeli Strikes, Ready to Confront U.S. Troops

Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview on Thursday that the only way to stop Israeli air strikes is by improving the country's air defenses. "We are doing that," he said. In a televised interview to RT in Damascus, Assad denied Iranian troops are in Syria, saying there are only Iranian officers who are working with the Syrian army. Assad, echoing Russia from earlier in the week, said the United States must exit the war-torn country. "The Americans should leave, somehow they are going to leave," he said. Responding to U.S. President Donald Trump's description of him as "Animal Assad," the Syrian leader said: "What you say is what you are." Assad said he would recover areas of Syria held by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), and that U.S. forces should learn the lesson of Iraq and leave the country.
Note: Keep in mind Israeli is invading a sovereign nation. An act of War.

Jun 04 20:02

Syrian tribes announce 'resistance' against foreign troops, support Assad

More than 70 tribes in Syria have reiterated support for President Bashar al-Assad and announced the creation of a “resistance” front against the American, French, and Turkish presence on Syrian soil.

The heads of the tribes gathered in Dayr Hafer near Aleppo on Saturday for what they called “Syrian tribes against foreign intervention and the American presence on Syrian soil,” Agence France-Presse reported.

Jun 04 09:27

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – JUNE 4, 2018: SYRIAN GOVERNMENT, SDF REACH AGREEMENT ON OMAR OIL FIELD

On June 3, Syrian government forces repelled an ISIS attack on their positions east of the town of Hasrat in southeastern Deir Ezzor. According to reports, ISIS used small boats to cross the Euphrates to its western bank and then carried out the attack.

Taking into account the fact that the terrorists had come from the Euphrates bank controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), some pro-Damascus sources once again accused the US-led coalition of encouraging ISIS activity against pro-government forces in eastern Syria.

Jun 04 07:55

Almost 100 Local Tribes Form Coalition to Expel US Forces From Syria - Reports

In excess of 70 Syrian tribal leaders met in the Aleppo Governorate, specifically the city of Deir Hafer, over the weekend to discuss plans and coordinate with one another to remove US forces from Syria, Al-Masdar News reported on Sunday

Jun 04 07:26

Too Much Bad News Can Make You Sick, Say Researchers

PHILADELPHIA (CNN) – With every news alert or breaking story, our world seems to be pushed further and further into crisis. It is taking a serious toll on our environment but also on our mental health.

The world has always been stressful, but experiencing acute events occurring thousands of miles away is a new and challenging phenomenon. On any given day, it feels like the world is falling apart.

How can we brace for disaster and find the strength to withstand it? How will we adapt to our greater exposure to trauma? And will our mental health be sacrificed in the process?

Jun 03 09:44

SYRIAN GOVERNMENT SEEKS TO CONSOLIDATE ARMY AND RECAPTURE SOUTHWEST

The southwest, near the borders with Jordan and Israel, remains one of the big chunks of Syria still outside Assad's control, which has recovered swathes of the country with the help of Russia.

Jun 03 09:42

IRAN SAYS IT SUPPORTS RUSSIAN EFFORTS TO BRING SOUTH SYRIA UNDER ARMY CONTROL

Russia said last week that only Syrian army troops should be on the country's border with Jordan and Israel.

Jun 03 09:38

US-led strikes leave dozen civilians dead in Syria’s Hasakah

A dozen civilians have lost their lives when the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group carried out a series of airstrikes on Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah.

Jun 03 09:27

U.S. GAVE JERUSALEM TO ISRAEL, WILL SYRIA'S GOLAN HEIGHTS BE NEXT?

Israel has been pressuring the U.S. to recognize its self-proclaimed ownership of the Golan Heights, a southwestern Syrian territory seized by Israel during a 1967 conflict and later annexed without international recognition.

Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz made the revelation in an interview with Reuters on Wednesday, saying such a follow-up to Washington's recognition of the disputed city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would likely come within the upcoming months. Katz said accepting Israeli control of the Golan Heights would target not only longtime foe Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but also an even more powerful enemy: Iran.

Israel has targeted Iranian and pro-Iran positions in Syria for years and Katz said President Donald Trump's recent decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and exit from the 2015 nuclear agreement meant it was "the perfect time" to escalate the administration's anti-Iran campaign.

Jun 01 14:52

The Syria connection to Iran, Afghanistan and China

Iranian academic spells out Iran’s position in the Middle East and questions US policy toward the region; amid reports that the Qods force is unlikely to disband, and that Daesh (ISIS) is being moved the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

Jun 01 12:15

This won’t be anywhere near CNN’s headlines today

Syrian Christians mark the end of the month of Virgin Mary with a beautiful celebration at the Latin Parish of St. Francis Church in Syria’s liberated Aleppo.

Jun 01 11:12

'Russia-US direct conflict in Syria was close, but avoided' – Assad to RT (EXCLUSIVE)

Jun 01 09:20

Assad: Syria Must Get Rid of US Troops, by Force if Necessary

In an interview with RT, Syrian President Bashar Assad said it is vital for Syria to expel US troops from its territory. He said the first option would be to get the US to agree to leave, but said Syria was “going to resort to liberating those areas by force” if necessary.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US will never agree to leave.

Jun 01 07:49

US ‘losing its cards’ in Syria: Highlights of RT’s interview with Bashar Assad

Washington and its “puppets” tried, and failed, to destroy Syria – and the US military will eventually be forced out of the country: These are a few of the highlights from RT’s exclusive interview with President Bashar Assad.

Speaking with RT’s Murad Gazdiev in Damascus, Assad commented on a range of topics, from the threat of direct conflict between the US and Russia, to why he doesn’t fear Israeli assassination threats.

May 31 10:52

Israel in panic over losing their ‘dear’ ISIS & Al-Nusra terrorists in Syria – Assad

Striking targets in Syria and threatening to assassinate the leader on the pretext of fighting Iranian influence is a sign that Israel is in “panic” after losing its “dear” terrorist assets, President Bashar Assad told RT.

Over the last couple of months, Israel has intensified its bombing of military infrastructure in Syria, arguing that the Iranian presence in the Arab Republic jeopardizes its own national security. However, Israel’s justification for its air strikes based on alleged Iranian assets is a “lie,” Assad told RT’s Murad Gazdiev in an exclusive interview.

“We don’t have Iranian troops,” Assad said. “We always said that we have Iranian officers, but they work with our army, we don’t have [Iranian] troops.”

May 31 09:25

‘We were close to direct conflict between Russia & US inside Syria’ – Bashar Assad

Syrian President Bashar Assad says Moscow deterred the West from launching a devastating country-wide air strike last month, and believes that Damascus has nearly won the seven-year war, despite continued US “interference.”

“With every move forward for the Syrian Army, and for the political process, and for the whole situation, our enemies and our opponents, mainly the West led by the United States and their puppets in Europe and in our region, they try to make it farther – either by supporting more terrorism, bringing more terrorists to Syria, or by hindering the political process,” Assad told RT correspondent Murad Gazdiev, during a sit-down interview in Damascus, noting that without outside funding his opponents inside the country could be subdued “within a year.”

May 31 09:22

Saudi Envoy to Russia: Riyadh Supports Political Solution in Yemen, Syria

Saudi Ambassador to Russia Rayed Krimly, in an interview with Sputnik journalist Anastasia Dmitrieva, commented on the Russian Direct Investment Fund, foreign troops in Syria and the upcoming FIFA World Cup.

May 31 09:11

‘We were close to direct conflict between Russia & US inside Syria’ – Bashar Assad

The Syrian leader believes, however, that the closer the deadly conflict comes to an end, the more desperate his opponents’ measures become. He cited the alleged Douma chemical weapon attack (“Is it in our interest? Why, and why now?” he asks) as a last-ditch Western attempt to sway international opinion – one that failed.

“They told a story, they told a lie, and the public opinion around the world and in the West didn’t buy their story, but they couldn’t withdraw. So, they had to do something, even on a smaller scale,” Assad said, referring to the joint airstrikes against purported Syrian chemical weapons facilities, carried out on April 14 by the US, UK, and France.

May 31 09:09

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – MAY 31, 2018: 9,200 LOCALS FROM EASTERN GHOUTA JOIN SYRIAN ARMY

More than 9,200 locals from the Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus have joined the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and several pro-government groups since the liberation of the area on April 14, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on May 30.

Under the reconciliation agreement reached in the area, 18-42 y.o. men got a six-month period to settle their legal status and join the SAA if they have not completed their mandatory service.

On May 9, the number of locals joined government forces was about 4,000 according to the Syrian pro-opposition news outlet Damascus Voice.

The US is allegedly considering to abandon the al-Tanaf base near the Syrian-Iraqi border under a deal with Russia, which will also force Iranian-backed forces and Hezbollah to withdraw away from the border with Jordan and from the contact line with Israel, the Newsweek magazine reported on May 30. Earlier, similar rumors were fueled by Saudi and Israeli media.

May 30 21:13

Will Putin’s Policy of Concession Succeed?

Paul Craig Roberts

Russian president Vladimir Putin’s speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Conference last weekend shows the Russian government’s ensnarement by neoliberal economic policy. Putin defended globalism and free trade, and he warned that crisis will result from the breakup of the global system.

In fact, crisis is the result of globalism and neoliberal economics. For Russia neoliberal economics means both economic and political crisis. https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/05/25/americas-fifth-column-will...

May 30 10:15

Non-Syrian Troops Must Depart S De-Escalation Zone As Soon As Possible – Lavrov

The United States was counting on a total confrontation with Iran by leaving the nuclear deal, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said speaking at the Primakov Readings.

The withdrawal of all non-Syrian troops from Syria's southwestern de-escalation zone should take place as soon as possible, Lavrov said.

"As regards the confrontation between Israel and Iran in Syria, we have agreements on the southwestern de-escalation zone, these agreements have been reached between Russia, the United States and Jordan. Israel was informed about them as we were working on them. They [agreements] stipulate that this de-escalation zone should consolidate stability, while all non-Syrian forces must be withdrawn from this area. And I think that this should happen as soon as possible," Lavrov said at the Primakov Readings international think tank summit.

May 30 10:14

Daesh Launches 'Major' New Offensive in Direction of Palmyra – Reports

The terrorist group had already captured and then lost the ancient city in Homs province, central Syria on two occasions to Syrian forces backed by Russian air support in 2016 and 2017.

A Syrian military source in Homs told Al-Masdar News that Daesh (ISIS)* had launched a major offensive in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

According to the source, the terrorist group is trying to break out of a large pocket in the Badiya area, i.e. the Syrian steppe, and has attacked Syrian Army positions east of the T-3 Pumping Station, a major crude oil pumping station located near Palmyra. Militants have reportedly attacked Syrian positions in the Hamimah area, formerly Daesh's stronghold in the Syrian steppe.

May 30 09:33

US to Limit Input in UN Conference on Disarmament Due to Syria’s Presidency

The United States will limit its participation in UN’s Conference on Disarmament following Syria’s assumption of presidency over this body, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a press briefing on Tuesday.

"Syria lacks the credibility to assume the presidency…it will not be business as usual while Syria presides over this body," Nauert told reporters. "During the next four weeks we will limit our participation."

May 30 09:27

Russia Hints ISIS-Linked Forces Operating In US-Controlled Zones In Syria — Photos Already Show US Protecting Terrorists In Tanf

Previous reports that the United States is protecting and harboring ISIS near its positions in al-Tanf have been given even more credence with the recent statements of the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov.

“We have plenty of reports about strange things happening in the Al-Tanf area,” Sergei Lavrov said on Monday. “This area has no particular military value in terms of fighting terrorism. And in practical terms, we see a rise of presence in the region of militant groups, including those we believe to be connected with Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) in this or that way, including in the Rukban refugee camp.”

“This zone was created under manufactured justification with no military necessity,” he said. “If [the Americans] are arriving at the same conclusions, I expect this to translate into a practical implementation.”

May 30 09:03

Syrian Military Sends Final Warning to “Militants” in Southern Syria

The Syrian military has concentrated a notable force in the province of Daraa to be able to employ a military option should negotiations with local armed groups fail. Reinforcements from the Tiger Forces, the 4th Armoured Division, the 5th Armoured Division, the National Defense Forces, Liwa al-Quds and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party have recently arrived in the area.

According to local sources, the Syrian-Russian delegation has recently sent militants a final warning providing them with three options:

To surrender heavy weaponry and to withdraw to militant-held areas in the provinces of Idlib and Aleppo;

To accept a full reconciliation agreement, to surrender weaponry and to normalize their legal status;

To face a military operation.

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