Jan 19 12:04

Tulsi Gabbard, Dennis Kucinich Travel To Syria On Fact Finding, Peace Mission

By Brandon Turbeville

In a surprise revelation, U.S. Representative from Hawaii, Tulsi Gabbard, has embarked upon an unannounced visit to Syria for a “fact-finding trip .?.?. to promote and work for peace.” Gabbard did not announce her trip publicly for obvious safety and security reasons. However, now that the news is out, the Western corporate press is reacting in apoplectic rage at her audacity to act in a manner unapproved by the establishment...

Jan 19 11:47


The Russian Aerospace Forces and the Turkish Armed Forces have been conducting a joint military operation in the area of al-Bab, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday. The operation involves 9 Russian warplanes [4 Su-24, 4 Su-25 and 1 Su-34] and 8 Turkish warplanes. At the same day, the Syrian army gained two more villages south of al-Bab – Afrin and Rasm al-Abed – which had been controlled by ISIS and entered into Shamer. Joint efforts of Damascus, Moscow and Ankara will easily lead to liberation of Aleppo province from the rests of ISIS terrorist if the Turkish military is able to keep under the control their moderate jihadists operating in the area.

The military situation remains tense in Deir Ezzor. Government troops, backed up by warplanes, are repelling ISIS attacks. However, the pocket is still split into two and this is a big problem for defenders.

Jan 19 11:31

Russia invites US to Syria talks in Astana – Lavrov

Russia has already invited the United States to take part in the upcoming talks on Syria, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the press.

"As I said yesterday, we have already invited [the US]," Lavrov told journalists in Moscow on Thursday.

US officials have been invited to the international meeting on the Syrian settlement which will be held in Kazakh capital Astana on Monday, January 23.

“We think it would be the right thing to invite the representatives of the UN and the new US administration to the meeting,” Lavrov had said on Wednesday, at a press conference summing up the results of Russian foreign policy in 2016.

Jan 19 09:36

The Three-Way Tug Of War That’s Pulling Syria Apart

Last month, the Islamic State recaptured Palmyra from where it was evicted by the Syrian army only in March; and this week, the Islamic State has launched a fierce assault in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, near Syria’s border with Iraq, and has successfully managed to surround the military airport, thus cutting off food supplies to the besieged city.

Jan 19 08:43

US Increases Weapons Airdrops To Opposition Forces in Syria

The United States is increasing airdrops of weapons, ammunition and other supplies to foreign-backed militants in the Syrian city of Raqqa.

Jan 18 18:29

BBC Journalist Admits MSM “Journalist” Bilal Abdul Kareem “Works With al-Qaeda”

By Brandon Turbeville

Ever since the beginning of the crisis in Syria, the Western corporate media has cited various “activists” inside the country which conveniently all reported back towing the desired propaganda of the State Department. But the word “activists” could always simply be translated to mean “terrorists” since the “activists” were actually gun-toting fighters funded, organized, and directed by the West, NATO, GCC, and Israel...

Jan 18 16:11

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Makes Secret 'Fact-Finding Trip' To Syria

A US congresswoman made a secret “fact-finding trip” to the Syrian capital Damascus days before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

Democratic Representative and Iraq War veteran Tulsi Gabbard visited Damascus “to meet with a number of individuals and groups including religious leaders, humanitarian workers, refugees and government and community leaders,” Gabbard’s spokeswoman confirmed on Wednesday.

Jan 18 09:41

FLASHBACK - Hillary Clinton issues stern warning to Assad as war of words escalates

US secretary of state Hillary Clinton warned hardline Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad that his days were numbered as both countries intensified the rhetoric in a war of words on Sunday.

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Jan 18 09:41

END OF ISIS: Russia AND Turkey launch joint aircraft campaign against jihadis in Aleppo

Russian fighter pilots will work with their counterparts in Turkey to defeat the sick jihadis in the Syrian capital once and for all.

In a televised address, Lieutenant-General Sergei Rudskoi said it was the first time the air forces of Russia and Turkey had teamed up in this way.

The senior Russian defence ministry official said the operation had been conducted in agreement with the Syrian government.

He said the said the joint action, which targeted in the suburbs of the town of al-Bab, had been "highly effective”.

Jan 18 09:09

Iran wants joint action with Riyadh in Syria similarly to Lebanon

DAVOS, Switzerland: Iran and Saudi Arabia should be able to work together to help end conflicts in Syria and Yemen, after successfully cooperating over Lebanon last year, Iran's foreign minister said.

Jan 18 09:04

SYRIA: Consign “Barrel Bombs” to the Propaganda Graveyard

On the 10th January 2017, the Independent’s headline was – “Assad ‘dropped 13,000 barrel bombs on Syria in 2016’, watchdog claims” . So according to this headline, Syrian president, Bashar Al Assad, personally dropped 13, 000 (equivalent to) atom bombs on his own country and people in 12 months.

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"How DARE you not believe us when we tell you Assad's barrel bomb is equal to a magnitude 8.0 earthquake!!!!!" -- ABCNNBBCBSFOX

Jan 18 08:49

US To Step Up Support For Turkey In Syria’s Al-Bab: Commander

The United States vows to step up support for the Turkish forces by conducting airstrikes in Syria’s al-Bab, says the American military spokesman for the so-called US-led coalition against Daesh terrorists.

Jan 18 08:20

U.S.-ISIS Alliance On Verge Of Conquering Major Syrian City

The important city of Der Zor in Syria is surrounded now by U.S.-backed ISIS jihadists who are on the verge of retaking that city from government forces, after the U.S. had paved the way, on 16 September 2016, for this conquest, by bombing Syria’s troops and weapons-compounds in Der Zor. Those government forces were protecting the residents there from ISIS mercenaries and weaponry, that are financed by Saudi Arabia, and armed by the U.S. and other members of the Saudi-led alliance.

Jan 18 08:20

The Three-Way Tug Of War That’s Pulling Syria Apart

Last month, the Islamic State recaptured Palmyra from where it was evicted by the Syrian army only in March; and this week, the Islamic State has launched a fierce assault in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, near Syria’s border with Iraq, and has successfully managed to surround the military airport, thus cutting off food supplies to the besieged city.

Jan 17 16:32

US Military Boosts Weapons Airdrops To Syrian Opposition – Reports

A growing number of opposition groups in Syria are getting increased weapons and ammunition supplies from the US Air Force to tackle Islamic State, according to US media reports citing the country’s military.

The weapons are intended for opposition forces closing in on IS’s self-proclaimed capital Raqqa in Syria, USA Today reports.

Jan 17 16:14

US Increasing Airdrops Of Military Supplies To Militants In Syria: Report

The United States is increasing airdrops of weapons, ammunition and other equipment to foreign-backed militant forces in the northeastern Syrian city of Raqqah, according to a report.

“Our expanded precision airdrop capability is helping ground forces take the offensive to (Daesh) and efforts to retake Raqqah,” Gen. Carlton Everhart, commander of the US Air Force’s Air Mobility Command, was quoted by USA Today as saying.

Jan 17 10:30


The city of Deir Ezzor (Deir ez-Zur) in east-Syria is on the verge of falling into the hands of the Takfiris of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). More than 100,000 civilian inhabitants of Deir Ezzor and thousands of soldiers defending them are in immediate danger of being murdered by the savage ISIS forces. The current situation is a direct consequence of U.S. military action against the SAA and non-action against ISIS.

Deir Ezzor is besieged by ISIS since September 2015. But the city was well defended by its garrison of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and all further attacks by ISIS were repelled. Supply to the city was hauled in by air through the Deir Ezzor airport and through air drops by the Syrian and Russian airforces. Relief by ground forces and ground supplies are not possible as Deir Ezzor is more than 100 km away from the nearest SAA positions west of Palmyra and as the desert in between is under the control of ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It will only be a few days (hopefully) until the blood-soaked Obama regime is gone.

I hope Trump and his advisors are thinking about a way to deal with Syria which does not involve US boots on the ground, because that will almost inevitably lead to Russia boots on the ground here.

Jan 17 10:00

Trump, Kissinger and Ma playing on a crowded chessboard

Place your bets on who will be the major partner in the Trump, Kissinger and Ma law firm.

Kissinger has drafted a plan to officially recognize Crimea as part of Russia and lift the Obama administration’s economic sanctions.

The plan fits into Kissinger’s overall strategy — call it a traditional British Balance of Power, or Divide and Rule, approach — of breaking up the Eurasian front (Russia-China-Iran) that constitutes the real “threat” to what Mattis defines as the “established world order.”

Jan 17 01:29

Seven persons injured in terrorist rocket attacks in Homs, Aleppo

Seven persons were injured on Monday in a terrorist attack with two rocket shells on residential neighborhoods in Homs city. SANA reporter in Homs said that the terrorist groups fired two rocket shells on al-Arman and al-Sabeel neighborhoods, injuring 7 persons and causing material damage to private and public properties. Earlier, terrorists targeted al-Hamadaneh neighborhood in Aleppo city with 10 rocket shells, causing material damage to citizens’ houses and properties. A source at Aleppo Police Command told SANA’s reporter that terrorist groups positioned in al-Rashidin area to the west of Aleppo city attacked the 3000 Apartments Project in al-Hamadaneh neighborhood with 10 rocket shells, causing material damage to residential buildings and properties.

Jan 16 12:28

Russian combat engineers defuse over 20,000 munitions in Aleppo

"Field engineers are an international profession. We would like to see combat engineers not only from the Russian Federation but also from other countries," Mikhailik said in an interview with Rossiya-24 TV Channel. Since the start of Russia’s anti-terror operation in Syria, "about 2,000 hectares have been checked and over 24,000 munitions have been defused," he said. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced on December 23 about the completion of the operation for the liberation of Aleppo. Russian combat engineers are currently helping clear the city’s buildings of mines. As the Russian Defense Ministry said, representatives of the so-called moderate opposition mined "literally everything," even children’s toys, before leaving Aleppo.

Jan 16 12:05

Six more settlements join Syria ceasefire regime — Defense Ministry

"During the day, six agreements on joining the regime of cessation of hostilities were signed with the settlements of Addalia (Ad Dali central) Addalia (Ad-Dali eastern) and Addalia (Ad-Dali western) in the province of Latakia, as well as Hnefes-al-Dause, Taibet-al-Turki and Tel-Al-Jabid in Hama province," the center said. Thus, the number of populated localities that have joined the reconciliation process has reached 1,129. "Talks on joining the regime of cessation of hostilities were continued with field commanders of armed opposition groups in the provinces of Homs, Hama, Aleppo and al-Quneitra," the Russian center said. According to the bulletin, 104 armed units that have stopped warfare in Syria as of Monday...

Jan 16 09:22


Syrian government troops, supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces’ attack helicopters, have expanded a buffer zone around the Tyas Airbase in the province of Homs. The Syrian army recaptured from ISIS terrorists the Jihar junction east of the Tyas Airbase and secured the area southeast of the village of Shufria.

On January 16, government forces made a push in the direction of the Jihar field and the mount of Jihar, engaging ISIS terrorists in an intense fighting. If the army and its allies want to create conditions for an offensive on Palmyra, they will need to liberate a bunch of hilltops and oil and gas fields north and northeast of the Jihar junction.

The ISIS terrorist group lost up to 30 fighters and 4 units of military equipment in the recent clashes, according to pro-government sources.

Jan 16 06:37


The Syrian army, the National Defense Forces (NDF), and Hezbollah have liberated the village of Ayn Khadra in the Wadi Barada area northwest of the Syrian capital of Damascus.

Government forces have also gained control over the Ras al-Sira hill overlooking Ayn al-Feejah and Deir Meqrin. Considering that government forces are already in control of a notable part of Ayn al-Feejah, the village will be soon fully liberated from militants.

Reports say that the Syrian army, the NDF, and Hezbolalh are set to continue the military operation in the area until the total defeat of militant groups operating there.

Jan 16 06:35

Congresswoman Says US Is Arming ISIS, Introduces Bill to Stop It

Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has broken free of the corporate media’s narrative by accusing the United States of funding and arming terror groups al-Qaeda and ISIS.

“If you or I gave money, weapons or support to al-Qaeda or ISIS, we would be thrown in jail,” Gabbard tweeted on Saturday.

Jan 16 00:46

Three more settlements in Syria join ceasefire regime

"During the day, agreements on joining the regime of cessation of hostilities were signed with two settlements in the province of Latakia, Maarin and Btammush, and one settlement in the province of Damascus, al-Taiba," the center said. Thus, the number of populated localities that have joined the reconciliation process has reached 1, 123, as follows from the bulletin.

Jan 15 09:48

Allies Block Obama’s Bid for Last Big UN Showdown With Russia

With just a week left in power, President Obama is said to be spoiling for one last big “showdown” with Russia at the UN Security Council. Diplomats, however, say the matter is all but dead, with both Britain and France resisting and trying to delay the vote beyond Obama’s term.

The resolution in question is a long-sought effort to impose sanctions on Syria for alleged chemical weapons use early in the Syrian Civil War, and the resolution would also criticize ISIS for its more recent chemical weapons use. The US has imposed unilateral sanctions instead, likely a recognition the UN vote isn’t happening.

The issue is two-fold, with the expectation that President-elect Donald Trump isn’t on the same page with Obama on the resolution a big reason US allies don’t want to push it through in Obama’s last days, fearing it would start relations with the new administration off on a bad footing. The bigger reason though is the January 23 Astana peace talks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed that the Astana talks will get some traction, because at the end of the day, the solution in Syria has to be political, rather than military.

And good on the UN for deferring voting on this resolution, particularly when it was proven that Syria did not use chemical weapons against its own people.

Syria did not use chemical weapons against its own people.

Jan 14 13:15

Is Trump About to Debunk the Media’s ‘Putin-gate’ Conspiracy Theory?

So get out the popcorn, and put your feet up: the entertainment is about to begin!

Cold war drama fizzling fast

“It wouldn’t be a bad opening for a Tom Clancy novel about the Cold War” – that’s how the Los Angeles Times described the sequence of events leading up to the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats (“spies”) and the latest face-off between Washington and Moscow.

Indeed the whole episode of has about it a fictional aura, which is, after all, only appropriate, since the entire basis of this latest cold war drama is pure invention.

Jan 14 13:12

The Establishment Is Trying To Steal The Presidency From Trump And the Liberal-Left Is Helping

Where is the liberal-left’s moral conscience?

The US military, the CIA, and their whores in the US media are undemocratically pursuing their own agenda independent of the policy of the president-elect.

We could dismiss Trump’s admission as throwing a bone to the CIA so they can feel vindicated and get off his back, and the statements by Tillerson and Mattis could be dismissed as what has to be said in order to be confirmed.

Jan 14 13:05

US Intel Agencies Try to Strong-Arm Trump Into War with Russia

The big shots who run the country are trying to strong-arm ‘the Donald’ into carrying their water so the depredations can continue...

Powerful elites are using the credibility of the US Intelligence agencies to demonize Russia and prepare the country for war.

Last week’s 25-page report, that was released by the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, illustrates to what extent intelligence is being “fixed around the policy”.

The Intelligence Community has been coerced into compromising its credibility to incite fear of Russia and to advance the geopolitical ambitions of deep state powerbrokers.

Jan 14 12:59

Risks and Opportunities for 2017

Just a few days into 2017 and we can already say with a great degree of confidence that 2017 will be a historical year. Furthermore, I submit that 2017 will be the “Year of Trump” because one of roughly three things will happen: either Trump will fully deliver on his threats and promises, or Trump deliver on some, but far from all, his threats and promises or, finally, Trump will be neutralized by the Neocon-run Congress, media, intelligence community. He might even be impeached or murdered.

Of course, there is an infinity of sub-possibilities here, but for the purpose of this discussion I will call the first option “Trump heavy”, the second one “Trump light” and the third one “Trump down”.

Jan 14 12:55

Let Trump Be Trump?

Could Trump redefine the presidency?

Donald Trump may be a historic figure, but that does not mean he is easy to understand or anticipate. One thing is for sure – he has a unique style and form of communication.

Jan 14 12:30

Israel bombs Syria – Airport in capitol Damascus engulfed in flames

Just as the Syrian proxy war showed some hopeful signs of finally dying down, the Syrian army command said on Friday that Israeli jets have bombed the Mezzeh military airport west of Damascus, accusing Tel Aviv of supporting terrorism, and warned Tel Aviv of repercussions of what it called a “flagrant” attack.

Jan 14 09:49

Israel Strikes Airport Near Damascus

Israeli forces delivered military strikes against the Mezzah military air facility near the Syrian capital of Damascus early on Friday. The strikes targeted an ammunitions hub, producing an enormous explosion.

The Israeli strikes followed a suicide bombing conducted by the Jabhat Fatah al-Sham terrorist group which claimed lives of at least nine people.

The airport is a major logistical asset used by the Syrian government to transit troops and military supplies. The Syrian army warned that there will be repercussions for Israel for the “flagrant attack” on the airport.

Jan 13 14:27

Syria: ISIL Withdraws from Over 130 Villages in 2nd Phase of Raqqa Operation

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have managed to drive ISIL out of 133 villages in the second phase of the Euphrates Rage Operation in Raqqa province in Northeastern Syria, SDF military sources disclosed...
Jeish Al-Fatah Centers in Idlib Receive Severe Blow in Russian Air Raids
Russian Fighter Jets Bomb Heavily Terrorists' Bases in Western, Southern Aleppo

Jan 13 13:57

Damascus Water Crisis Now Over As Syrian Military Retakes Wadi Barada

By Brandon Turbeville

If there was any doubt that the water crisis in Damascus was created by the Western-backed terrorists operating outside the city, the end to that crisis should now dispel the rest of that doubt. This is because the crisis is now over precisely because the Syrian military was able to retake the area...

Jan 13 13:55

Syria Warns Israel of Crushing Response to Strikes on Damascus Airbase

The Syrian Army's High Command, in a formal warning to the Israeli military on Thursday night, threatened to retaliate against the recent aggression against Syria's sovereignty. "The army command and armed forces warn Israel of repercussions for their flagrant attacks on the country's territories," the Syrian Army's High Command underlined in an official statement, massdar news reported. Israeli rockets reportedly struck the al-Mezzeh Airbase in Western Damascus on Thursday night, just one hour after a suicide bombing took place in the Kafr Sousa district of the provincial capital.

Jan 13 13:49

Syria Warns Israel of Crushing Response to Strikes on Damascus Airbase

The Syrian Army's High Command, in a formal warning to the Israeli military on Thursday night, threatened to retaliate against the recent aggression against Syria's sovereignty. "The army command and armed forces warn Israel of repercussions for their flagrant attacks on the country's territories," the Syrian Army's High Command underlined in an official statement, massdar news reported. Israeli rockets reportedly struck the al-Mezzeh Airbase in Western Damascus on Thursday night, just one hour after a suicide bombing took place in the Kafr Sousa district of the provincial capital.

Jan 13 13:12

Body Of British Chef Killed Fighting ISIS In Syria Recovered From Battlefield

The body of British chef Ryan Lock, who joined the Kurdish militias to fight Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), has been recovered, according to reports.

Lock, from Chichester, was reportedly killed during fighting on December 21.

His body had been in the hands of the Islamist group but is now in the possession of the Kurdish authorities and has been sent to the north-eastern part of Syria for an autopsy, the BBC claimed on Thursday.

Jan 13 13:05

US watched ISIS rise in Syria and hoped to ‘manage’ it — Kerry on leaked tape

The New York Times got a hold of the tape back in September and wrote a story about it. So did CNN. More on their accounts later.

The thrust of the conversation was the mutual frustration of Kerry and the Syrians that Bashar al-Assad was still in power and able to commit atrocities with the support of the Russians, who don’t adhere to international law the way we Americans do. I’d recommend listening to the whole tape; but the conversation went something like this:

The Syrians complained we aren’t helping enough. Kerry and his associates said we and the Saudis and Qatar and Turkey had provided huge amounts of aid to the rebels, who unfortunately were sort of aligned with extremists.

“Nusra makes it hard,” Kerry said, referring to Jabhat al-Nusra, the Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria. “Nusra and Daesh [ISIS] both make it hard, because you have this extreme element out there and unfortunately some of the opposition has kind of chosen to work with them.”

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Absoflippinglutely unbelievable; the US government allowed ISIS to grow to destabilise the Syrian government, believing it would push Al-Assad to the negotiating table, and then would resign; but Al-Assad called for Russian help, which has been the major factor in getting most of the jihadists out of Syria successfully.

And no one in the White House, Pentagon, or State Department saw Russian help coming, if Al Assad asked for it?!?

THAT...was a catastrophic failure of imagination on the part of the US government, and very much demonstrates an almost pathological inability of US government analysts to think a scenario through to its logical conclusion.

Jan 13 12:38

Russia, Turkey, Iran hold consultations on Syria in Moscow. Russia, Iran to maintain close dialogue on Syria ahead of Astana talks

On Friday, Russian, Turkish and Iranian diplomats held consultations in Moscow to discuss the preparations for the intra-Syrian talks in Astana, the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement. "The meeting’s participants agreed that the upcoming Astana meeting would help implement the intra-Syrian agreements reached on December 29, 2016, as well as the UN Security Council Resolution 2336, and ensure a long-term and sustainable ceasefire in Syria, continued struggle against terror groups blacklisted by the UN.

Jan 13 10:52

Syrian Army warns Israel it will respond after military airport bombed near Damascus

The army said several missiles were fired at the Mezzeh airport’s compounds from the Lake Tiberias area in northern Israel at about 12am Friday. The strike reportedly damaged one of the compounds of the crucial military facility.

The Mezzeh airport is located west of Damascus, just 5 kilometers from the Presidential Palace, the official residence of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Jan 13 10:29


Just as the Syrian proxy war showed some hopeful signs of finally dying down, the Syrian army command said on Friday that Israeli jets have bombed the Mezzeh military airport west of Damascus, accusing Tel Aviv of supporting terrorism, and warned Tel Aviv of repercussions of what it called a "flagrant" attack. Syrian state TV quoted the army as saying several rockets were fired from an area near Lake Tiberias in northern Israel just after midnight which landed in the compound of the airport, a major facility for elite Republican Guards and special forces. The airport was rocked by multiple explosions, some of which were captured by social media.

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A memo to Russia's President Vladimir Putin; the Israeli government is doing its damnedest to get you to respond militarily here, as the "excuse" for all that manpower and weaponry with which the US and NATO have stockpiled on your borders to be allowed to be unleashed, and describe it as their response to "Russian aggression."

Please don't take the bait, President Putin; it is only, thankfully, one week before the inauguration of Donald Trump.

And when that happens, I strongly suspect that the relationship between our two countries will become infinitely more pragmatic, and business-like, which is the way sensible, mature countries treat each other.

And finally,sir: no matter how prodigious the amounts of horse manure this government and their presstitutes are attempting to rain down in their futile, and fact-free, attempts to demonise Russia, in order to get Americans whipped up into a "wargasm", trumpeting the necessity of a war against Russia for false, and stunningly stupid, claims against it, no thinking American I know wants war with Russia.

And to President Al-Assad; please be very careful and cautious about how you answer this vicious, unprovoked Israeli attack.

This attack, in the dead of night, speaks volumes about the character, and complete, and utter, absence of morality, of the current Israeli government in Tel Aviv.

Jan 13 09:32

Russia withdraws S-24s, deploys S-25 jets to Syria’s Latakia

Russia says it has withdrawn six Sukhoi Su-24 fighter jets from its airbase in Syria’s western Latakia Province and instead sent four Sukhoi Su-25 aircraft to the region.

Jan 13 09:28


Israeli forces delivered military strikes against the Mezzah military air facility near the Syrian capital of Damascus early on Friday. The strikes targeted an ammunitions hub, producing an enormous explosion.

The airport is a major logistical asset used by the Syrian government to transit troops and military supplies. The Syrian army warned that there will be repercussions for Israel for the “flagrant attack” on the airport.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I suspect the plan here is to goad Russia into taking some action to protect Syria from Israel, which will be spun as a threat to Israel, and used as the excuse to send those forces massed along the Polish border into Russia.

Putin won't bite. He has only a week to wait things out.

Meanwhile, I'll bet this is Trump's "red pill" regarding Israel's true nature!

Jan 13 09:04

Al Qaeda's Air Force strikes again

Jan 13 07:15

Syrian Army: Israel Bombed Military Airport in Damascus

According to the Syrian Army, our "greatest ally" just bombed a military airport in the capital of Syria.

Even though Donald Trump bent over backwards to please these people, it appears they're trying to ensnare us in another war.

Jan 13 03:57

Review of The CIA As Organized Crime

The kind of revelation that Valentine has provided needs to be presented judiciously and dispassionately as it is shocking to the uninitiated.

If you want to learn about the CIA as a deep state within the surface state, read this book.

Priceless explanations abound in paragraphs. Valentine writes that the government wages psywar against the American public in various ways for various purposes.

Jan 13 03:54

The Neocon’s declaration of war against Trump

This is a political coup d’ attempt at removing Donald Trump from the White House.

After several rather lame false starts, the Neocons have now taken a step which can only be called a declaration of war against Donald Trump.

It all began with CNN published an article entitled “Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him”

Within one short week we went from allegations of “Russian hacking” to “having a traitor sitting in the White House”

Jan 13 01:35

New Israeli missile attack on Mezzeh military airport west of Damascus

The air force of the Israeli enemy hit al-Mezzeh military airport west of Damascus just after midnight. A military source told SANA that several missiles were fired from the Lake Tiberias area and landed in the surroundings of al-Mezzeh airport at 12:25 after midnight, causing a fire to erupt. The source said the new Israeli attack came in support of the terrorist organizations “to raise their morale”. The General Command of the Army and the Armed Forces has warned the Israeli enemy of the repercussions of this “flagrant attack”, said the source. The Command pledged to continue its war on terrorism “until eliminating it and cutting off the arms supporting it,” the source added. Al-Mezzeh military airport came under a similar Israeli attack on December 7 of last year, where several ground-to-ground missiles were fired from inside the occupied Palestinian territories to the west of Tall Abu al-Nada (hill).The missiles hit near the airport and caused a fire to break out but no casualties.

Jan 13 01:33

Ten people killed, many injured in terrorist attacks in Damascus, Idleb, Hama and Aleppo

A terrorist suicide bomber blew himself up near al-Muhafaza Sports Club in Kafrsouseh area in Damascus on Thursday evening, leaving 8 people dead. Six more people were also reported injured in the terrorist attack, according to a source at Damascus Police Command. The terrorist used an explosive belt in the attack, the source said. Chief of Damascus Police Command Gen. Mohammad Kheir Ismael said in a statement to SANA that the suicide bomber entered al-Hamriyeh neighborhood in Kafrsouseh and blew himself up in a densely populated area at around 20:15 pm. Gen. Ismael confirmed that the attack left 8 people dead and a number of people injured, adding that houses and cars in the site sustained material damage due to the bombing. Meanwhile, a woman was killed and 8 persons were injured in a terrorist attack on al-Foa’a and Kafrya towns in Idleb countryside.

Jan 13 01:18


Israeli forces delivered military strikes against the Mezzah military air facility near the Syrian capital of Damascus early on Friday. The strikes targeted an ammunitions hub, producing an enormous explosion, according to reports. There are no confirmed reports about casualties among Syrian military personnel that were deployed there. The airport is a major logistical asset used by the Syrian government to transit troops and military supplies. The Israeli strikes followed a suicide bombing conducted by the Jabhat Fatah al-Sham terrorist group which claimed lives of at least nine people. The Syrian army has warned that there will be repercussions for Israel for the “flagrant attack” on the airport. The Syrian military also linked the alleged strike to Israel’s “support of terrorist groups.”

Jan 12 16:32

Israeli warplanes attack Syrian Army in Damascus

Minutes ago, the Israeli Air Force struck a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) ammunition depot inside the Mezzeh Airbase in rural Damascus.

According to an Al-Masdar field correspondent near the Mezzeh Airbase, the Israeli warplanes specifically targeted this ammunition depot, causing a massive explosion that could be heard from Syria's capital city.

Jan 12 13:10

Obama’s ‘Farewell To Arms’ As War Presidency Ends

Self-declared liberal Americans consider Bush to be a warmongering disaster, yet somehow they hail Obama as some kind of progressive «peace president».

Eight straight years of warmongering come to an end as US President Barack Obama bows out with his «farewell to the nation» speech this week, as fawning American media dubbed his valediction.

In reality, Obama’s outgoing address should have been billed as a «farewell to arms» made by arguably one of the most belligerent presidents to ever have occupied the White House.

Only in exceptionally delusional America could such a pernicious paradox be presented as something honorable and sentimental.

Jan 12 13:05

Stephen F Cohen: Who Are the Real Enemies of US National Security?

If anti-Trump American forces are behind untrue allegations of this magnitude, those forces are the primary enemies of US national security and should be investigated fully and publicly.

Cohen raises the following issues, which he and Batchelor discuss:

Two conflicting interpretations are suggested, says Cohen. Either Trump is about to become a potentially seditious American president. Or powerful US forces are trying to destroy his presidency before it begins, perhaps even prevent him from taking office.

Jan 12 11:05

Russia, Turkey sign memorandum ensuring aviation safety during operations in Syria

"On January 12, Russia’s Defense Ministry has hosted consultations between the delegations of the Russian and Turkish Armed Forces. The parties discussed bilateral cooperation in the war against IS (Islamic State terror group outlawed in Russia) in Syria," the statement reads. "During the consultations, the Russian defense ministry and the Turkish General Staff signed a memorandum on preventing aircraft accidents and ensuring aviation safety during operations in Syria."

Jan 12 11:03

Four more settlements in Syria’s Damascus province join ceasefire

"In the past 24 hours, four ceasefire agreements have been signed with the Kiswah, Ruwaysat Badriya, al-Karama, and al-Keterbiya settlements located in the Damascus province. The number of settlements joining the ceasefire agreements has reached 1101". Besides that, ceasefire talks are underway with the armed opposition units’ field commanders in the Homs, Hama, Aleppo and al-Quneitra provinces, the Center for Reconciliation added. In addition, over the past 24 hours, eight humanitarian operations have been carried out. Around 1.5 tons of humanitarian aid have been delivered to the Sheikh Taha, al-Suqari, al-Ismailiya and Sheikh Maqsood districts of Aleppo as well as to the Maaz Bin Jabal School. A total of 1.1 tons of humanitarian aid have been delivered to the residents of the Suk Wadi Barada settlement in the Damascus province while a kindergarten in the Dahiya Tishrin district of the Latakia city received 700 kilograms of aid.

Jan 12 08:18


The Syrian Air Force has reportedly delivered a number of airstrikes against terrorists south of the strategic ISIS-held town of al-Bab which is under the siege by Turkish forces. Reports said that up to 30 ISIS terrorists and 6 vehicles were destroyed.

Jan 12 07:23

U.S. Dept. of Defense Announces It Is Still Killing People In Syria, As Of Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The sad thing is that they are killing the innocents, and admittedly funding and arming the terrorists, as has been admitted and everyone knows! How can we reign in our criminal government?

Jan 12 05:52


Syrian army troops, backed up by warplanes and artillery units, have entered the villages of Ayn Al Fijah and Baseema and seized notable parts of them. Firefights were also reported near Dayr Miqrin and Kafr Az Zayat.

Jan 12 04:15

The biggest moments from Donald Trump’s fiery press conference

“It’s all fake news. It’s phony stuff. It didn’t happen, and it was gotten by opponents of ours, as you know..."

President-elect Donald Trump held his first press conference Wednesday since winning the election and answered questions about his relationship with Russia, arrangements for the future of his business, and some of his plans for the first days of his administration. Trump vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare within the “same hour,”. He also promised to name a Supreme Court nominee within the first two weeks after he takes office. The event was marked by tense exchanges...

Jan 12 00:02

West Spins Again to Sabotage Syria Ceasefire

A sample of recent Western media headlines reveals the warped geopolitical agenda on Syria.

Having no shame for telling systematic lies about the strategic battle for Aleppo, the Western mainstream media are at it again – this time concerning renewed violence near the Syrian capital, Damascus.

As with earlier mendacious Western media coverage over the months-long battle for Aleppo, the latest reportage is turning reality on its head.

Jan 11 23:19

Shadow play: the New Great Game in Eurasia

There you have it, over and over again: Divide and Rule, to counteract the unruly “threats”.

That will be the key story to follow further on down the (New Silk) roads.

Yeats memorably wrote that, “mirror on mirror mirrored is all the show.” Yet the show always must go on — dalangs East and West let loose in deep niskala.

Welcome to the 21st century Tournament of Shadows.

Jan 11 18:12

Realities of War Against Syria

As soon as Aleppo was liberated this month; December 2016, an aggressive fake news campaign was launched to demonize this liberation as a war crime against Syrian civilians perpetrated by Syrian, Russian and Iranian forces. All the western media networks are recruiting so-called Syrian expert, who had never been in Syria, describing Bashar Assad, who was democratically elected in 2014 and again in 2016, as a “brutal dictator” intent on slaughtering his own people.

Jan 11 16:17

Demining Aleppo: Barrel Bombs & Shells Found In Militant HQ

Russian engineers from the International Mine Action Center of the Russian Armed Forces continue bomb disposal operations in eastern Aleppo, Syria.

Jan 11 14:11

Grand Mufti Of Syria Dismantles Lie That Syrian Crisis Is Driven By Religious Strife

By Brandon Turbeville

While most Americans are force fed propaganda and misinformation about virtually every country outside their own borders (including the country in which they live) Syria has been a particular target of the corporate press. In fact, so much propaganda and lies have been spread regarding Syria and the crisis unfolding there that the average person glued to Fake News outlets like CNN, FOX, and MSNBC could scarcely recite one fact about the country correctly.

One such propaganda narrative is the lie that the Syrian crisis is sectarian in nature and that the country was plagued by religious tension and division before the war began. Neither of these claims were the case and, five years into the NATO imperialist war effort, Syrians are as united as they have ever been...

Jan 11 10:22

Syrian army discovers chemical substances belonging to terrorists in Aleppo

Syrian army units have found a warehouse of chemical substances left behind by terrorists in the old quarters of Aleppo on Wednesday, the SANA news agency reported. According to SANA’s report, while combing Aleppo’s eastern neighborhoods, "an army unit discovered chemical materials of a Saudi source in a depot in Old Aleppo," including sulfur and chlorine. It noted that these "chemical substances were used by the terrorists in manufacturing explosives for the purpose of targeting residential areas in Aleppo." Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Igor Konashenkov, earlier said that terrorists used chemical weapons in eastern Aleppo on November 13, adding that about 30 Syrian soldiers were injured in the attack. The news agency noted that on October 31, 2016, terrorists fired shells containing chlorine at the al-Hamdaniya neighborhood in the south of the city. The attack left 48 people injured. On November 3, 2016, the Minyan district was attacked, with eight people affected.

Jan 11 10:17

Russia gets no complaints from US over planes’ risky encounters in Syria — ministry

The Russian Defense Ministry has received no official protests from the United States over any incidents that might be described in "dangerous proximity" terms of Russian fighters with US Air Force planes in Syria, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Wednesday. Konashenkov was commenting on recent claims by the commander of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, Brigadier General Charles Corcoran, about some "dangerous encounters" with Russian planes reported by US pilots. "It is hard to understand whether those statements were General Corcoran’s sincere opinion of his own or not or if he, just like many others, has been used by the outgoing US Administration for its Russophobic farewell show.

Jan 11 09:07

‘Carter got wrong country when he said Russia had done zero in Syria’ – Russian Defense Ministry

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu slammed Pentagon chief Ashton Carter for confusing the facts, after the US official said Russia’s contribution to fighting terrorism in Syria was “virtually zero.” Shoigu advised Carter to be more careful with his assessments.

Jan 10 14:31

Russian MP says US airstrikes on village in Syria’s Idlib was provocation

Chief of the Russian General Staff said earlier that more than 20 civilians were killed in a strike delivered by a U.S. B-52 bomber in Idlib on January 3...

Jan 10 13:59

US B-52 bombed Idlib, Syria, killing over 20 civilians – Russian MoD

More than 20 civilians were killed in a B-52 strike carried out by the US on the Idlib province in Syria on January 3, according to Russian Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov.

Jan 10 12:22


Dense artillery and rocket shelling was reported in southern Aleppo on January 9 and January 10 as government forces and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham-led coalition of militant groups were targeting each other in the area. This clearly showed that the Syrian army and its allies still need to conduct a number of offensive operations west and southwest of Aleppo in order to build a buffer zone around the city and to defend populated areas from a shelling by militant groups.

Clashes between the army and militant continued near the Salamiyah-Homs highway where Jabhat Fatah al-Sham and its allies launched an advance earlier this week. Militants have not achieved gains in the area, but their operation poses a threat to a government supply line to Aleppo. The Syrian military is deploying reinforcements.

Jan 10 09:21


There are doubts that the U.S. was only watching from afar. The beginning and growth of ISIS was financed by U.S. Gulf "allies" which are subordinated to U.S. wishes. When the Obama administration had to start bombing ISIS after it killed a U.S. journalist the few bombs its airforce dropped were hitting an "ISIS fighting position" or an "ISIS excavator". That wasn't a serious campaign. Meanwhile thousands of Turkish tanker trucks were waiting in the deserts to load oil from ISIS controlled wells to sell it to Turkey. Only after the Russian President Putin showed satellite pictures of those huge truck columns to his colleagues at a G20 meeting did the U.S. start to attack this major source of ISIS finances.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported by in January of last year:

ISIS: The 'Enemy' The US Created, Armed, & Funded

And as for the Takfiri forces; as reported at in 2014:

Throughout the crisis in Syria, the terrorist Takfiri groups enjoyed full political support of the United States as well as direct military, financial and logistical support from countries that are considered as US allies in the region. In addition, the Zionist regime of Israel provided Takfiri forces with direct training, consultation, and medical services, in such areas as the occupied Golan Heights, Quneitra, Utaiba, and other regions along its border with Syria and even inside Israel.

This is not just a US-sponsored fight to regime change Damascus; it is a fight against the Syrian people themselves, and their ability to control their own destiny.

The government of this country I care deeply about, my United States of America, has mutated into a war-crimes centric monster; and the hideous irony here is that it has accelerated rapidly on this path under the leadership of our Nobel Peace Prize-winning President, President Barak Obama.

And as long as I have breath, as a Christian pacifist activist, I have the moral obligation to bear peaceful, logical witness to the great evils my government continues to perpetrate, with utter impunity, and zero regard for the lives of the people against whom these war crimes have been committed.

Jan 09 11:39

Two more Syrian settlements join ceasefire regime

Two more Syrian settlements have joined the ceasefire regime in the past 24 hours, the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria said in its regular daily bulletin posted on the Russian defense ministry’s official website on Monday. "During the day, agreements on joining the regime of cessation of hostilities were signed with two settlements in the province of Latakia, Kharf Radui and Beytrikhan. The number of populated localities that have joined the reconciliation process has reached 1, 097," the center said. "Talks on joining the regime of cessation of hostilities were continued with field commanders of armed opposition groups in the provinces of Homs, Hama, Aleppo and al-Quneitra." However, a number of ceasefire violations were reported during the day...

Jan 09 11:09

Pentagon Chief Claims US Fighting ISIS Alone, Russia Doing ‘Virtually Zero’ In Syria

Russia has done “virtually zero” in the fight against Islamic State terrorists in Syria the US Secretary of Defense has claimed, contending that the US and its coalition partners are carrying this burden “by themselves.”

“They haven’t done anything,” Ash Carter stated in an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press. “They came in, they said they were going to fight ISIL, and they said they were going to help in the civil war in Syria.”

Jan 09 09:26

How the US Deliberately Destroyed Iraq’s Water Supply, And Now Syria…

This incisive and carefully documented article by Prof. Thomas Nagy was first published by Global Research in September 2001.

It confirms the criminal nature of US intervention.

A similar and comparable operation in Syria has now been launched by using US supported Al Qaeda “opposition rebels”, with the help of the White Helmets to undermine and destroy the system of water supply in Damascus; this issue has been casually ignored by the Western media and the self proclaimed “international community”.

While, the modus operandi in the case of Syria differs from that described by Prof. Nagy, it nonetheless confirms a pattern. In Syria, this diabolical operation carried out by US backed terrorists, constitutes the ultimate crime against humanity.

Jan 09 06:49


Recently, the Syrian army and the National Defense Forces made a major advance in Wadi Barada capturing Dahret al-Nhaylah which overlooks Kafr al-Awamid.

That advance, and the participation of the Russian military delegation in the negotiations, pushed the so-called “opposition” into accepting the terms of the agreement.

Jan 08 12:33

Two Syrian settlements join ceasefire regime - Russian reconciliation center

"During the day, agreements on joining the regime of cessation of hostilities were signed with two settlements in the province of Latakia, Saferkiya and Deiruna. The number of populated localities that have joined the reconciliation process has reached 1, 095," the center said. The number of armed groups that pledged their commitment to accepting and fulfilling the conditions of the regime of cessation of hostilities has remained unchanged - 94, as follows from the bulletin. During the day, Russian officials in the Russian-Turkish joint commission set up to monitor ceasefire violations in Syria reported six violations, including two - in the province of Hama, three - in the province of Latakia, and one - in the province of Aleppo.

Jan 08 11:37

Assad: the majority of freed combatants are rehabilitated

Syrian President Bashar Assad said that most of the fighters in the country, who were released from prison, chose to cooperate with the Syrian government. This was said by French MP Nicolas Dyuik after meeting with the Syrian leader. According Dyuik, Assad also spoke out against the torture of prisoners, as it further sets people against the government. "When asked about Assad's torture, he said that their use is not in the interest of the Government of Syria, as it can drastically put even more people against him. In Syria, the opposite is happening. He said that they are trying to reach an agreement ", - said Dyuik to the Sputnik agency. Quoting Assad, the French MP said that as a result of 60-70% of the Islamists, who have been in prison and then were released, returned to their families and prefer to cooperate and support the state.

Jan 08 10:02

Palmyra: Long Convoy of ISIL's Vehicles Targeted in Russian, Syrian Air Raids

Syrian and Russian warplanes carried out joint combat flights over a long convoy of ISIL's military vehicles West of the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur), inflicting major casualties on the terrorists and destroying a number of their vehicles. The ISIL convoy was heading to battlefields in Eastern Homs to take part in an offensive against the government forces' positions. The Russian and Syrian warplanes pounded the ISIL's convoy, destroying 14 machinegun-equipped vehicles and nine more bomb-laden suicide cars. Tens of ISIL terrorists accompanying the convoy were killed or wounded in the attack. Early reports said ISIL has transferred its injured members to Raqqa province. Also, the ISIL terrorists launched a fierce attack to occupy the strategic T4 airbase in Western Palmyra on Thursday, but failed again after the Syrian army forces repulsed their offensive rapidly and inflicted heavy casualties on them.

Jan 08 09:55

Post-Truth: Kerry Admits Iran and Russia Saved Syria

It is said, in a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot. It is rare to see a top U.S. official stumble over that pistol shot, that truth, as most of them always edit their souls, pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened. Strange enough, some of them occasionally do – with some reservations though: Outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry has had the courage to admit that war-party Washington and company did everything they could over the past six years to instigate regime change in Damascus by arming and supplying militant groups – but to no avail. This week in an interview with MSNBC, Kerry said, "The radical extremists were gaining huge ground against Assad, and Assad was in a very fragile position.

Jan 08 08:56

Nusra Terrorists Preparing to Leave Northwestern Damascus

The Arabic language al-Hadath news quoted informed sources in Wadi al-Bardi as saying that Fatah al-Sham has set fire at its bases in the region, preparing for pulling back its forces along with foreign members from the reign to move towards militant-held areas in Idlib province. In the meantime, a military committee affiliated to the Presidential Guards has been formed in coordination with Wadi al-Bardi committee to monitor delivery of militants' arms to the army soldiers and reconciliation process, al-Hadath went on to say. Several armed groups in Wadi al-Bardi region in Northwestern Damascus contacted the army's command center through the local people and asked for their help on Saturday, claiming that al-Nusra Front is forcing them to fight against the army...
Syrian Army Gives Last Chance to Militants to Reconcile with Gov't

Jan 08 08:50

Syrian Army Forces Discover French, European Munitions at Terrorists' Positions in Hama

The Arabic language al-Hadath news website reported that the Syrian forces seized an ammunition depot of terrorist groups in Northern Hama containing 45 French 68mm rockets and missiles charged with highly explosive warheads. The forces also found a large number of 81mm mortar shells made in Europe. Media sources disclosed in late December that a number of depots were discovered in the newly-freed districts of Aleppo city with a large volume of arms and ammunition that were mostly US-made. The Russian language daily, Izvestia, reported that the militants left behind several arms depots in the Eastern districts of Aleppo city with a large volume of the weapons, mostly made in the US, adding that the weapons had been supplied to the terrorists in disguise and under the cover of humanitarian aid convoys. "We have seized several arms depots worth millions of dollars. A large part of the weapons are made in the US.

Jan 08 08:48

Intensified Infighting Reported among Terrorists in Idlib, Commander Killed in Bomb Blast

The sources said that after the army capture of Eastern Aleppo, infighting between Fatah al-Sham and other terrorist groups have been on the rise in the recent weeks. Fatah al-Sham is about to establish an Islamic State in Idlib city, a move strongly rejected by other terrorist groups, pushing the city and its countryside into intensified scene of clashes and terror attacks. Fatah al-Sham seized 25 members of other terrorist groups in the town of Khan al-Sabal in Southern Idlib, turning the town into a battlefield on Saturday. In the meantime, a number of militants and some of the members of Islamic Battalions, inducing Ajnad al-Qoqaz (soldiers of Caucasus) Battalion were kidnapped by unknown assailants in the Southern and Northern countryside of Idlib. Informed sources also said that Commander of the Military Vehicles of Fatah al-Sham in Idlib countryside known as Abu Yusuf al-Ansari was killed in explosion of his vehicle by a bomb.

Jan 08 08:46

Liberation of Aleppo City Leads Turkey to Thoroughly Review Policies towards Iran, Russia

A high-ranking security source in the operations room of Syria's allies disclosed on Thursday that Turkey and al-Nusra Front (recently renamed to Fatah al-Sham Front) increased contacts in recent days to pressure Russia through certain joint moves in Idlib to make concessions in Astana peace talks. The source underlined that al-Nusra Front is preparing for several attacks, ordered by Turkey, to weaken the ceasefire. Ankara has also called on the terrorists to launch different attacks on several points so that Russia will be forced to make concessions in Astana negotiations. The source added that Turkey aimed to persuade the terrorists to show hostile behavior towards the Syrian army to pressure Russia and find a place for al-Nusra Front in the peace talks.

Jan 08 08:34

Six people injured in terrorist attacks in Idleb and Aleppo

Five people were injured on Saturday as terrorists of the so-called Jaish al-Fatah fired mortar shells on the besieged al-Fouaa town in the northern countryside of Idleb province. Local sources affirmed that the mortar attack, which came from nearby towns, left five people injured, in addition to causing material damage to a number of houses. Meanwhile, a child was injured as a landmine of those left behind by the terrorist organizations exploded in al-Sukkari neighborhood in the eastern parts of Aleppo city, according to a source at Aleppo Police Command.

Jan 08 08:33

11 civilians, including 5 children, killed in a new US-led coalition attack in Raqaa

The US-led coalition committed a new massacre in the countryside of the northern Raqqa province, leaving over 10 civilians killed. Identical local and media sources said warplanes of the coalition launched in the past 24 hours airstrikes on areas in the northern and western countryside of Raqqa. The sources confirmed that two people were killed in Aghdban village and 9 others, including 5 children, were also killed in al-Sweidiyeh al-Kabira village. According to the sources, the death toll from the attacks is likely to rise as a large number of people were also reported injured due to the strikes, some of them being seriously wounded. On December 21, three civilians were killed in al-Tabqa city in airstrikes launched by the coalition aircrafts. Earlier on the 8th of the same month, the coalition committed another massacre leaving 20 civilians dead after targeting houses in al-Msheirfeh area in the western countryside of Raqqa.

Jan 08 08:27

President al-Assad: France’s policy on Syria is disconnected from reality of war and has helped inflame situation

President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday France’s current policy is disconnected from the reality of the war in Syria, stressing that this policy has helped inflame the situation through the support provided to the terrorist organizations, which have turned into a threat not only to the peoples of the region, but to the peoples of the Western countries as well. His remarks came during a meeting with a French delegation, including a number of members of the French National Assembly and a number of intellectuals, headed by Thiery Mariani. The President was assured on the safety of the delegation members after the terrorist attack they came under in the vicinity of Aleppo International Airport, noting that the Syrian people have been, since the outset of the war on Syria, facing similar attacks by the terrorist organizations that are supported by regional and western countries.

Jan 07 16:43

Kerry Admits US Let ISIS Grow To Force Assad To Negotiate Over Syria

John Kerry admits Russia went into Syria to fight ISIS and the U.S. allowed ISIS to grow because it threatened Assad and would force him to negotiate in an allegedly leaked audio tape.

Jan 07 12:26

Leaked Tapes Reveal John Kerry Admission That U.S. Was Pulling For ISIS In Syria, Russia Fighting Terror

By Brandon Turbeville

A WikiLeaks release of John Kerry’s statements has yet again blown the lid off the public claims of the U.S. government, Obama administration, and the corporate mainstream media in regards to ISIS and the war in Syria. The tapes of a conversation between John Kerry and the so-called “Syrian Opposition” at the Dutch Mission of the United Nations on September 22 were released on Wednesday. While mainstream media either refused to report on the leaks at all or eliminated the most incriminating parts of the tapes, Kerry openly states that the United States sat idly by while ISIS grew and grew in order to force Bashar al-Assad to “negotiate.”...

Jan 06 17:29

Declassified Report on Russia Hacking Released, Admits No Proof of Hacking

The much anticipated declassified report on Russia election hacking is released admitting there is not proof to show any of the judgements in the report are factual.

Jan 06 16:32

Kerry Blames UK For Obama's Refusal To Bomb Syria In 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry has blamed Britain for President Barack Obama’s failure to follow through on his threat to use military force against the Syrian government more than three years ago.

In a news conference meant to promote his four years as the top US diplomat, Kerry said Obama did not backtrack on his promise to bomb the Syrian government if it ever used chemical weapons.

Jan 06 13:22

Brits Travelling To Syria To Fight ISIS Should Not Be Treated As Terrorists, Says Foreign Fighter

A British man, who has twice travelled to northern Syria to fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) alongside the Kurdish YPG militia group, says foreign volunteers like himself “should not be treated as terrorists.”

Jan 06 08:51


120 ISIS members have been killed and 10 units of military hardware destroyed, by the Syrian army in the recent clashes near the Tyas Airbase west of Palmyra, according to pro-government sources. The main clashes took place near the village of Sharifah where ISIS continued attempts to pressure government forces in order to cut off supply lines to the Tyas Airbase.

Earlier in January, reports appeared that ISIS units are withdrawing from the area of the Tyas Airbase. Now, it’s clear that this move was a maneuver aimed to regroup and prepare for further offensive operations.

Jan 06 08:48


The Russian Navy is returning Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser and its battlegroup from the Mediterranean to its home base in Russia’s Severomorsk.

Admiral Kuznetsov, accompanied by Pyotr Veliky battle cruiser, Severomorsk and Vice-Admiral Kulakov anti-submarine destroyers, Admiral Grigorovich frigate and support vessels, has been involved in a counterterrorism operation in Syria since November 8.

Warplanes Admiral Kuznetsov’s deck carried out 420 sorties, destroying 1,252 terrorist targets in Syria.

Jan 06 08:05

Russia starts cutting grouping of forces in Syria

Russia’s Defense Ministry has starting cutting the grouping of forces in Syria in accordance with the decree by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chief of the General Staff Army General Valery Gerasimov said on Friday. The Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier naval group will be the first to leave the conflict area, he said. "In accordance with the decision by Supreme Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Putin, Russia’s Defense Ministry is starting to downsize the grouping of the armed forces in Syria," the chief of the General Staff said. The warships of the Northern Fleet’s aircraft carrier task force led by Russia’s sole aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov will be the first to leave the conflict area, he said.

Jan 06 08:03

11 civilians killed, 35 injured in terrorist bombing in Jableh city, Lattakia

A terrorist car bomb attack took place near the Municipal Stadium in Jableh city in Lattakia province on Thursday, causing human casualties. SANA reporter said the bombing took place on the outskirts of al-Amara neighborhood that is crowded with people and cars, confirming that a number of civilians were killed and others were injured due to the bombing, in addition to the huge material damage caused to shops and properties at the site...

Jan 06 03:34

French delegation arrives in Damascus.. Liberation of Aleppo proves Syria’s victory over terrorism

Head of a French delegation, who arrived in Syria Thursday, Thierry Mariani said that the liberation of Aleppo provides an evidence on the Syrian army’s victory over terrorism, stressing the need to launch dialogue among all Syrian sides. In a press statement upon the delegation’s arrival to Jdeidet Yabous crossing point on the Syrian-Lebanese borders, Mariani underlined the importance of achieving peace in Syria and conveying the reality of what is taking place on the ground as well as the victories of the Syrian army in Aleppo to the public opinion. For his part, Nicolas Dhuicq said that this is his third visit to Syria, expressing pleasure and happiness over the victories achieved across the country.

Jan 06 03:04

Syrian Christians in US Thankful for Aleppo Liberation

Syrian Christian refugees in US express their thanks at Christmastime for the liberation of East Aleppo by Syrian and Russian forces... the Obama Administration still continues to use every legal gimmick they can find to keep Christians from receiving asylum in America. The reason is simple. Obama and Clinton don't want these Christians talking about the beheadings and crucifixions by the US-backed terrorists back home. And the few Syrian Christians who do receive asylum here are careful not to. But oops! I mean a really BIG BIG OOPS! It seems someone in the State Department forgot to tell a group of Syriac Orthodox Christian refugees in Paramus New Jersey that they are supposed to see the liberation of East Aleppo as a tragedy--not a Christmas Gift from God Almighty!

Jan 06 02:54

Putin's Brutal Sappers Are Vandalizing Aleppo With 'Clear of Mines' Graffiti!

Something horrible is happening in Aleppo. Check out this introduction to a Daily Mail photo essay... Harrowing pictures, utter devastation, haunting images, Russian tanks driving through streets littered with rubble, Russian soldiers making their mark on the ruble with mysterios cyrilic graffiti. Desperate Syrian women and barefoot children, among dogs picking through the wreckage of buildings. Rows of weaponry mysteriously lined on the ground and huge explosions shaking the earth! Oh my, this is horrible! What disaster has befallen this long-suffering city now?! It turns out Aleppo has been invaded by an army of Russian sappers combing the city for mines. It has Russian military engineers sharing their canteen food with civilians, leading bomb detection dogs looking for explosives, handling and collecting dangerous unexploded ordnance and disposing of it in controled exposions. In areas which they have cleared they leave a graffiti saying "MIN NET" or "clear of mines"...

Jan 05 16:34

Open Letter To “Human Rights Defenders” On Aleppo

Let there be no mistake: this is by no means a criticism of human rights as an ideal to work for. The complete title should be “Open letter to those who invoke human rights selectively in order to justify the Western Powers’ policy of intervention in the internal affairs of other countries.”

Indeed, the only issue to be discussed about Syria is not the situation on the ground (which may be complicated), but the legitimacy of the interventionist policies of the U.S. and its “allies”, Europeans, Turkey, and the Gulf states in that country.

Jan 05 14:50

False Witnesses: How Doctors Without Borders Spread al-Qaeda's Propaganda

MSF has been 'reporting' atrocities from Syria's Aleppo where it actually has no presence... Here is a paradox for you. The exalted humanitarian outfit (and fundraising wonder) Doctors Without Borders (MSF), aside from providing medical services to people in some of the world's worst hellholes, also believes its mission is to speak out against human rights violations that they witness doing so. In keeping with this mission of "bearing witness" the MSF has therefore repeatedly spoken of attacks by the Syrian government on hospitals and civilians, particularly in Eastern Aleppo. Except here is the catch: Since 2015 MSF has had no international staff on the ground in Syria and has no facilities whatsoever in Aleppo. (The supposed "MSF hospitals" that were supposedly kept being hit in Aleppo upon closer reading actually turn out to merely be "hospitals supported by MSF and other organizations".) So then how is MSF able to "bear witness" to attacks that it could not possibly have seen?

Jan 05 14:48

UK-Based Monitor: More Than Half of 'Syrian Rebels' Are Foreigners

Foreign fighters dominate rebel casualty rolls according to the anti-Assad Syrian Observatory for Human Rights... End of year means one thing. The "Syrian Observatory for Human Rights", an anti-Assad activist network originally set up in 2006, updates its casualty figures for the Syrian civil war. According to SOHR's updated figures from January 1st 2015 through December 31st 2016 the conflict in Syria cost the lives of: 13,607 civilians (according to SOHR the vast majority killed by the Syrian military); 12,886 Syrian soldiers and pro-government militiamen; 2,306 foreign pro-government fighters; and: 8,130 Syrian opposition fighters (by which SOHR means all rebels including ISIS); 13,297 foreign fighters with the opposition. One may wonder how SOHR is able to gather such precise numbers. Despite the thick fog of war over Syria made worse by the competing propaganda campaigns of the various sides every single number that SOHR provides is given down to a single digit...

Jan 05 10:11

That Time HRW’s Ken Roth Contradicted Himself Twice In 4 Days Over Syria

By Brandon Turbeville

Human Rights Watch and its Executive Director, Kenneth Roth, have managed a number of brazen failures in their attempt to support Western-backed terrorists in their goal of advancing Western imperialism in Syria. From using photos of cities the United States has bombed in order to blame the destruction on Bashar al-Assad to attacking Syrian nuns who attempted to correct Western media propaganda about kidnapped civilians in Lattakia, HRW has made a name for itself as one of the loudest shill organizations originating out of Soros Land.

Kenneth Roth, however, appears to be in a race with his own organization to see who can discredit and/or humiliate him/itself the most...

Jan 05 10:08

In Syria, Western Media Cheer Al Qaeda

The Syrian government—a dictatorship known for imprisoning, torturing and disappearing dissidents—is easy to vilify. And over the last five years of Syria’s civil war, it has committed its share of atrocities. But there is more than one side to every story, and US media coverage has mainly reflected one side—that of the rebels—without regard for accuracy or basic context.

Jan 05 09:38

Vermont Residents Don’t Want To ‘Foot The Bill’ For Syrian Refugees

Some small-town residents of Rutland, Vt., are upset at their mayor’s decision to resettle 100 Syrian refugees throughout 2017 in the area.

Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras defended his decision, saying the town’s demographics are declining, and they are having trouble recruiting younger workers. He also thinks refugees will bring cultural diversity.

Jan 05 07:54

Turks turn down US military help, asks Russia for air support: US officials

Turkey has declined the US military’s offer to provide air support for its troops in Syria, asking Russia to take on the role instead, American officials say.

Jan 05 07:53


The ceasefire agreement, which came into effect on December 30 and was the first step to negotiations in Astana on the settlement of the Syrian conflict, remained shaky across Syria. The intensity of clashes observed in the provinces of Aleppo, Hama, Daraa and Quneitra was much reduced. Clashes continued in Eastern Ghouta and in Wadi Barada near Damascus.

It can be explained by limitations of Turkey’s influence on militant groups in these areas, Ankara had not been able to push the so-called “moderate part” of the opposition to separate itself from Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) and by a high importance of these areas for the Syrian government. So, both militants and government forces continued offensive operations against each other there.

Jan 05 06:34

Turkey questions US coalition presence at Incirlik Air Base amid ‘confidence crisis’

Top Turkish officials have questioned the use of Incirlik Air Base by the US-led coalition, citing a “confidence crisis” with Washington and inadequate support for Turkey’s ground forces in Syria.

The US-led coalition does little to provide aerial support to Turkish troops deployed in Syria as part of the Operation Euphrates Shield, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told state-run Anadolu news agency on Wednesday.

“Our people ask, ‘why are they using the Incirlik Airbase. We allowed not only the US but also other countries’ jets to use Incirlik to jointly fight [Islamic State],” he said.

“What purpose are you serving if you do not provide aerial support against Daesh [Islamic State] in the most sensitive operation for us?” he added.

Jan 05 06:21

At least 9 killed, 15 injured in car blast outside stadium in Jableh, Syria – state TV

At least nine people were killed and 15 injured as a car bomb detonated in the center of the Syrian town of Jableh in the Latakia Governorate, state TV reports.

The bomb went off near a local stadium. Scores of cars have been set on fire by the explosion and several shops nearby have been damaged by the blast, the report said.

Jan 04 15:29

US coalition spared ISIS oil production facilities in Syria – Russian MoD

The US-led international coalition did not bomb oil production facilities captured by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants in Syria, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov has stated.

“Miraculously, only oil fields, captured by ISIS allowing the militants to earn tens of millions of dollars every month on illegal oil sales and recruit mercenaries from all over the world, did not come under the US bombardment,” Konashenkov said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That oil is smuggled out through Turkey and Turkish officials get a cut of the proceeds.

Jan 04 11:04

Video: US-Led Coalition Admits Killing Almost 200 Civilians In Syria & Iraq

The US-led coalition has admitted to “unintentionally” killing at least 188 civilians in Syria and Iraq since 2014 when the airstrikes against Islamic State began.

Jan 04 08:12

Liberate the Whistleblowers Now

The only test to determine if one qualifies for heroic whistleblower status is whether or not more people were affected positively than negatively.

The Founding Fathers knew exactly the heroism and personal self-sacrifice of those who gave up their life, liberty and pursuit of happiness for the sake of freedom for all.

Jan 04 07:54

Syrian rebels suspend peace talks as they accuse President Assad's regime of violating a four-day-old ceasefire with attacks near Damascus 

A dozen Syrian rebel factions have suspended talks on new peace negotiations, accusing President Bashar al-Assad's regime of violating a four-day-old ceasefire with attacks near Damascus that continued today.

The suspension threatens the process, which is sponsored by regime ally Russia and rebel backer Turkey.

Both states have been urged to intervene and save the truce.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I told you the US Government would find a way to wreck the cease fire.

Jan 04 07:12

Good News: Washington Frozen Out of Syria Peace Plan

As the US mainstream media obsessed last week about Russia's supposed “hacking” of the US elections and President Obama’s final round of Russia sanctions in response, something very important was taking place under the media radar. As a result of a meeting between foreign ministers of Russia, Iran, and Turkey last month, a ceasefire in Syria has been worked out and is being implemented. So far it appears to be holding, and after nearly six years of horrible warfare the people of Syria are finally facing the possibility of rebuilding their lives.

What is so important about this particular ceasefire? It was planned, agreed to, and implemented without the participation of the United States Government.

Jan 04 07:11

U.S./UK Paid "White Helmets" Help Blocking Water To 5 Million Thirsty Syrians

The blockade of water from Wadi Barada to 5 million people in Damascus is taking an interesting turn. The U.S. and UK financed White Helmet organization seems to be directly involved in it. This increases the suspicion that the illegal blockade of water to civilians in Damascus is part of a organized campaign under U.S. command. The campaign is designed to block utilities to government held areas as revenge for the liberation of east Aleppo.

Jan 03 16:18

Good News For Syria

As the US mainstream media obsessed last week about Russia’s supposed “hacking” of the US elections and President Obama’s final round of Russia sanctions in response, something very important was taking place under the media radar. As a result of a meeting between foreign ministers of Russia, Iran, and Turkey last month, a ceasefire in Syria has been worked out and is being implemented. So far it appears to be holding, and after nearly six years of horrible warfare, the people of Syria are finally facing the possibility of rebuilding their lives.

Jan 03 12:39

Briton Killed In Syria While Fighting ISIS Alongside Kurdish YPG

Briton Ryan Lock, 20, has been killed fighting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants in Syria. He had joined the Kurdish YPG militia with no military experience in August.

Lock, a chef from Chichester in Sussex, was killed alongside four other fighters on December 21. He had told his family he was going on holiday to Turkey, but actually continued on to Syria to join the militia.

Jan 03 11:43

Syrian Conflict: The Deceptions And Betrayals

Since the times of the Soviet-Afghan jihad, during the eighties, it has been the fail-safe game plan of the master strategists at NATO to raise money from the oil-rich emirates of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and Kuwait; then buy billions of dollars’ worth of weapons from the arms’ markets of the Eastern Europe; and then provide those weapons and guerilla warfare training to the disaffected population of the victim country by using the intelligence agencies of the latter’s regional adversaries. Whether it’s Afghanistan, Chechnya, Bosnia, Libya or Syria, the same playbook has been executed to the letter.

Jan 03 10:10

Aboslutely Stunning- Leaked Audio of Secretary Kerry Reveals Obama Intentionally Allowed Rise of ISIS

When you listen to the audio recording (embed below) it becomes immediately obvious what was going on when both of those 2014 statements were made by the White House. In addition, you discover why this jaw-dropping 2016 leak/story was buried by the U.S. media and how it connects to over 5 years of perplexing U.S. mid-east policy.

This evidence within this single story would/should forever remove any credibility toward the U.S. foreign policy under President Obama. It also destroys the credibility of a large number of well known republicans. What the recording reveals is substantive:

? First, only regime change, the removal of Bashir Assad, in Syria was the goal for President Obama. This is admitted and outlined by Secretary John Kerry.

Jan 03 07:39

Bloody retribution: Turkey's jets and tanks hit 100 ISIS targets in Northern Syria just hours after the terror group's gunman kills 39 New Year's Eve revellers in an Istanbul nightclub

Turkish jets and tanks hammered 100 ISIS targets in Syria just hours after the terror group's gunman killed 39 New Year's Eve revellers in an Istanbul nightclub.

Dramatic aerial footage shows warplanes using rockets to obliterate ISIS hideouts near the towns of al-Bab, Tadif and Bzagah in the north of the war-torn country, killing 22 extremists and destroying buildings.

The video emerged as Turkish authorities continued their manhunt for the nightclub killer who arrived in a taxi before slaughtering partygoers.

Jan 03 06:58

Globalists Reveal Alarming Predictions FOR 2017!!! Are The Elite Preparing FOR WAR?

On Tuesday, December 13th, 2016, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) released a very cryptic publication — detailing their top international "concerns" for 2017.

Jan 02 20:36

Syrian Peace Talks (New Year)

Add me and Mike Rivero

Jan 02 17:28

2016: The Year of Russia’s Triumph – The Saker

2016 has been a fantastic year for Russia. Putin’s policy of slow, low-key and deliberate move and counter-move has proven to be extremely effective.

Just like European maps place Europe in the center of the planet, so do most western commentators look at the past year from a US/Europe-centered perspective. Which is fair enough. Furthermore, the AngloZionist Empire has just suffered two major disasters, the Brexit and the election of Trump.

The credit for the election of Donald Trump goes first and foremost to the American people to whom I sincerely believe the entire planet owe a heartfelt and loud “THANK YOU!!!!!”.

Not only did the British people defy the Empire and vote for a Brexit, but now the Imperial Homeland has “backstabbed” them by electing a patriot who is not interested in maintaining the global empire (or so he says, at least for the time being).

Jan 02 15:47

Syrian Conflict: The Deceptions and Betrayals

Since the times of the Soviet-Afghan jihad, during the eighties, it has been the fail-safe game plan of the master strategists at NATO to raise money from the oil-rich emirates of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and Kuwait; then buy billions of dollars’ worth of weapons from the arms’ markets of the Eastern Europe; and then provide those weapons and guerilla warfare training to the disaffected population of the victim country by using the intelligence agencies of the latter’s regional adversaries. Whether it’s Afghanistan, Chechnya, Bosnia, Libya or Syria, the same playbook has been executed to the letter.

Jan 02 14:47

ISIS Cuts Off Water Supply To Aleppo in Syria

ISIS cut off the water supply from two processing plants on the Euphrates, east of the city of Aleppo on Friday.

Jan 02 14:29

Syrian Forces Find More US Made Weapons In Aleppo

US-made munitions worth millions of dollars have been found in former terrorist positions in the city of Aleppo.

Jan 02 10:03

Portrait of an Assassin: Obama’s Revenge

The events leading to the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey have a long and torturous trail.

The beginning and end are found in President Obama’s attempt to militarily encircle and discredit Russia through massive propaganda and sanctions. Obama built military bases on Russia’s borders; organized a putsch in the Ukraine; launched violent attacks on Russian allies in Libya and Syria; and encircled China, Russia’s ally in Asia.

Obama proceeded to organize Turkey, the EU, Saudi Arabia, Israel and vassal regimes in the Baltic and Balkan countries to dispatch arms, Special Forces and finances to terrorist mercenaries invading Syria, in order to oust Russian bases.

Jan 02 09:04

Putin’s Bear to Obama’s Turkey

Putin's stoic statesmanship speaks for itself.

Not for the first time, the contrast in character between Putin and Obama was illustrated in the latest diplomatic spat over alleged Russian hacking.

For one thing, Putin’s gracious magnanimity always in the face of American provocations shows the Russian leader to be a fine statesman and human being; whereas Obama looks like a pathetic, cheap nonentity.

President Putin made a surprise attack:

He said that his government would not take retaliatory measures. Indeed, he went further by offering seasonal goodwill greetings to President Obama, his family and the people of America, as well as repeating invitations to the children of accredited US diplomats in Russia to festivities being held at the Kremlin.

Jan 02 08:58

Russia Delays Retaliation – Trump: “Great Move” By “Very Smart” Putin – Special Report

The bad losers Democrats are STILL shell shocked about the fact that they lost and are throwing a temper tantrum, trying to cloud President-elect Trump’s incoming policies.

The Truth is that the US as a nation need to now move past the NeoCon era, the warmonger era...

Jan 01 21:09

Video: ‘Excluded?’: Washington’s Role In Syrian Peace Process Under Question

A new ceasefire deal that comes into force on Friday may be the biggest chance in months to curb the violence in Syria.

Jan 01 17:21

Video: Almost Six Years Of Syrian Conflict, Through Eyes Of Children

A breakthrough ceasefire deal has been reached for Syria. RT’s Maria Finoshina has just returned from her 10th trip to the war-ravaged country.

Jan 01 11:08

What is Henry Kissinger Up To? — Paul Craig Roberts

Until Trump relegates 'the neocons' to the ideological backwaters, Russia and China had best hold on to their strategic alliance.

Kissinger, an old cold warrior, is working to use Trump’s commitment to better relations with Russia in order to separate Russia from its strategic alliance with China.

China’s military buildup is a response to US provocations against China and US claims to the South China Sea as an area of US national interests. China does not intend to attack the US and certainly not Russia.

Jan 01 10:51

Back to the Future: From the USSR to the Eurasian Century

Get ready, because the thick of the action starts now.

The 2008 casino capitalism-provoked financial crisis, plus the American “resolve” to remake the so-called Greater Middle East through wars of choice, regime change and covert ops miserably failed.

As we wait for the dawn of the Trump era – an almost intergalactic geopolitical question mark – what’s certain is that the War Party US deep state won’t admit defeat. And the key geopolitical riddle to be answered is how strident internal American tensions will deal with the hub of progressive Eurasia integration: Russia, China and Iran.

Jan 01 09:11

More “Fake News” Photos “From Aleppo” Proven False, Poorly Executed Propaganda

The Fake News just keeps on coming as the NATO imperialists realize they are losing control in Syria and their plans to destroy the secular and democratically-elected government of Bashar al-Assad. From “Russia did it!!!” (whatever the “it” might be), to mass civilian suicide in East Aleppo, the mainstream corporate press is deconstructing right in front of our eyes. It doesn’t help the MSM’s case that every time one of their “journalists” tries to confront legitimate alt media researchers, activists, or journalists, they are humiliated on live television. Still, we have to give them credit for remaining committed no matter how embarrassing the fight gets for them.

Jan 01 08:53

Gunman Kills At Least 39 In Attack On Istanbul Nightclub

A gunman opened fire on New Year revelers at a packed nightclub on the shores of Istanbul’s Bosphorus waterway on Sunday killing at least 39 people, including many foreigners, then fled the scene.

Some people jumped into the Bosphorus waters to save themselves after the attacker opened fire at random in the Reina nightclub just over an hour into the new year. Officials spoke of a single attacker but some reports, including on social media, suggested there may have been more.

The attack shook NATO member Turkey as it tries to recover from a failed July coup and a series of deadly bombings in cities including Istanbul and the capital Ankara, some blamed on Islamic State and others claimed by Kurdish militants.
The Hurriyet newspaper cited witnesses as saying the attackers shouted in Arabic as they opened fire at Reina.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

First, condolences to the families and friends of those where were slain here, and prayers for those wounded, that they get the best of care, and recover soon.

But this attack follows an all-too-familiar, and terrifying, pattern; a gunman (or gunmen) enters a crowded place, and start killing people at random, then disappears into the night.

So I have to ask, in a very cold-blooded way, cui bono?!? Who benefits?!?

Jihadists, attempting to destabilise Turkey?!? Or the Turkish government itself, because now, as after the failed coup in July, they have an even larger "justification" for clamping down on human rights, and minorities?!? Or an attempt by Western nations to destabilise Turkey, because it sees, and feels,Turkey's shifting to become more Russia-Centric?!?

As reported at the last month:

For weeks, the main shopping areas of Turkey’s capital city have been eerily vacant. On October 29, the U.S. government advised family members of embassy staff to leave the country, while other nations sent out warnings, recommending their citizens avoid streets with high foot traffic throughout the month of December, in response to intelligence indicating a likely attack by the Islamic State. With two bombings and one assassination over the past ten days, everyone expected an attack of some sort in Ankara. But few would have predicted the form it would take, when, on Monday night, a 22-year-old police officer named Melvut Mert Altintas gunned down Andrey Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey. “God is great!” he shouted in Arabic, and “Don’t forget Aleppo, don’t forget Syria!” in Turkish, as he stood over Karlov’s motionless body. For months, Turkey has been unraveling. Shortly after the attempted coup of July 15, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government announced a state of emergency to remove any lingering threats from supporters of Fethullah Gulen, the exiled religious and political leader who the state blames for orchestrating the failed putsch, as well as people affiliated with the Kurdish movement. Mass purges touched nearly all job sectors, with education and the state judicial system taking the biggest hits. Anyone suspected of a crime could be held for 30 days without charge in detention centers where inmates are reportedly being tortured. RELATED STORY Flag-wrapped coffin of late Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov is carried to a plane during a ceremony at Esenboga airport in Ankara, Turkey on December 20, 2016. 'Russia Through Turks' Eyes' Even the most mundane rituals changed. An extra security check was installed in airports, just after the second set of x-ray machines, where Turkish citizens—as opposed to foreigners—are closely monitored. In the corners of once-bustling restaurants, the prospect of civil war with the Kurds is a common topic of discussion; the slowing economy is another, as the Turkish lira breaks its own record lows against the U.S. dollar from one week to the next. A vacuum salesman told me he no longer made a profit at the current exchange rate; a wine seller said he’s on the verge of closing his shop.

We cannot know for certain who orchestrated this crime; but my sense, right now, is that it was an outside state actor of some kind, who has a goal of completely destabilising the Turkish government.

Dec 31 09:10

Turkey Transferring Al-Qaeda Terrorists from Aleppo to Aden

Yemeni security sources disclosed that a Turkish plane has transferred tens of Al-Qaeda terrorists from Syria's Northern city of Aleppo to Yemen's Aden and evacuated wounded pro-Saudi militias to medical treatment centers outside the country when returning to Turkey.

Dec 31 07:56

BUSTED! The US Sent ISIS $1.5 Billion in Weapons from Europe, Ukraine

The New Eastern Outlook website has an extraordinary article up by the excellent French investigative reporter Jean Perier, exposing the massive arms sales that have been going on between Eastern European countries, including Ukraine, and ISIS.

Perier points out that a lot of these arms are of Soviet manufacture - in order to cover tracks, and are primarily coming out of places like Bulgaria, Ukraine, Montenegro, Czech Republic, Serbia, and other former East bloc nations.

He argues that the arms trade is so large, that in and of itself this would be a powerful incentive to maintain the conflict in Syria as long as possible, something Obama seems to be doing his best to do, by recently lifting restrictions on advanced weapons systems to the Syrian rebels.

Dec 30 19:28

Russian Sappers Sweep Aleppo For Mines, Discovering Shells Made In US, Germany

Bomb disposal teams are continuing to sweep schools and mosques of Aleppo for booby-traps, mines and munitions after they were wrested from rebel control.

Dec 30 09:04

'No one shot at evacuees' Filmmaker blasts claims Aleppo liberation was bloodbath

THE Syrian army did not break the ceasefire in Aleppo by shooting at rebel forces, a filmmaker who witnessed the evacuation has said.

Hitting back at claims the government forces had created a bloodbath as thousands of civilians fled the city earlier in December, Carla Ortiz insisted the military had been handing out food to the refugees.

The filmmaker from Boliva said: “Many have asked me to show proof that people and children were not shot at on the streets while the evacuation took place as some media reported.

“So, this is what I saw: civilians evacuated on foot from the east, then transported in buses to the shelters. I am sorry, but there was absolutely no mass shooting on the evacuation.”

Dec 30 07:39

See the weapons and ammunition found in the eastern Aleppo


In Aleppo - as might be expected - after terrorists remained a huge store of weapons and ammunition.
It is not a surprise.
And in fact: it is not a surprise as not to weapons and ammunition by terrorists and insurgents get from the United States and Europe, including Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia.

Significant of all the matched and is manufactured in the United States.
A scheme of the Americans and their European satellites provide weapons, the rich Islamic countries of the Persian Gulf provide money for him, and Syria is inserted from the territory of Turkey.

The photographs and video footage can be seen bullets caliber 14.5 and 12.7 mm, the Slovak mine from 122mm missile for recoilless weapons, mines manufactured in the US, Romanian grenade launchers AG-7 ...