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Jul 29 04:37

“Don’t Cry For Us Syria … The Truth is We Shall Never Leave You!”

“Don’t cry for us Syria” has recently become a motto/logo of sorts for many physically and psychologically brutalized youth around this ancient land. They are the youngsters who represent a new generation of Syrians, many of whom were born in this century. It is into their patriotic hands that Syria’s Torch has been passed.

Jul 28 18:53

Chris Hedges: Saudi Wahhabism a Tool of U.S. Foreign Policy

With terrorist attacks from Bangladesh to Saudi Arabia to Baghdad, and of course many other places in the world, the news of the day is all about ISIS. This gets reported in a very isolated way, without much historical context at all. This Wahhabism, extreme, radical Islam, whatever terminology you want to use, the thing that doesn't get said very often is to what extent this was all a tool of US foreign policy and for decades

Jul 28 12:46

Convict Barry and Hillary For high crimes in Syria and Libya — James Ostrowski on how

I watched the GOP convention last week and, as usual, they missed the point. They were still focusing on Hillary’s “damn emails” and on her alleged negligent supervision of the CIA compound in Benghazi. Don’t expect the clueless GOP to ask why the hell the CIA had a compound in Libya in the first place? Never forget that the GOP is the stupid party.

Jul 28 11:26

ABU GHRAIB TORTURE COMPANY RE-HIRED FOR SYRIA - HOW ISIS WILL BENEFIT

DURING THE OCCUPATION OF IRAQ U.S. INTELLIGENCE AND MILITARY SERVICES CONTRACTED CACI INTERNATIONAL INC, A U.S. COMPANY IN VIRGINIA, TO PROVIDE "INTELLIGENCE SERVICES" IN ABU GHRAIB PRISON NEAR BAGHDAD. CACI EMPLOYEES WERE DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN TORTURING IRAQI PRISONERS.

The U.S. army recently contracted CACI for "intelligence analysis services" in Syria. The Syrian government has not invited or otherwise allowed U.S. military or its contractors to enter the country. Any such activities infringes on Syria's sovereignty and are thereby in violation of international law.

The re-engagement of such a controversial company for services in the area boosts the recruitment appeal of the Islamic State.

A recent U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Press Announcement (Release No: CR-143-16, July 27, 2016) lists under the rubric "Army":

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It is painfully obvious to me that such a rehire of a company which tortures (to the tune of 9 million dollars and change of your tax dollars) is paving the way for a more permanent war in the Middle East.

People who torture, and can do it for pay, and with impunity, are among the most psychologically ill people on the planet; and those are precisely the kind of human beings CACI will send to Syria.

This is both insane and counter-intuitive, because humankind has learned, since the time of the Catholic Inquisition, that torture only gets the tortured person to say what they think the torturer want them to say, in order for the torture to stop.

Apparently, the DOD wants false information in Syria from which they can weave a "narrative" they can then "sell" to Americans as a premise for further military intervention in that country.

When the US tortures or outsources torture, It broadcasts to the world that those values its leaders say they hold dear, humane treatment of prisoners, and peoples' right to peaceful self-determination, are only observed in the breach of those values, and not in their observance.

Additionally, the use of torture gives carte blanche for any country which doesn't much care for the US carte blanche to do just that to American citizens or our military personnel.

Please think about that for awhile.

And as reported at knowlegednuts.com, one of the most effective interrogators of World War II didn't use torture at all; he used trickery and kindness to get the information he wanted.

Hanns Scharff wasn’t your typical Nazi interrogator. Unlike the infamous Klaus Barbie, he didn’t believe in using physical violence. Instead, Scharff got prisoners to spill their secrets through trickery and kindness. The Whole Bushel When the Gestapo arrested French Resistance leader Jean Moulin, they used just about every method in the torturer’s handbook to make him talk. Officer Klaus Barbie and his secret policemen put hot needles under Moulin’s fingernails, tightened his handcuffs until his wrists snapped, and slammed a door on his hands until his fingers broke. Despite the brutal beatings, Moulin never cracked. He kept his mouth shut until he slipped into a coma and died. It was a tragic ending to a heroic life, and a strong indicator that Barbie’s methods, while bloody, weren’t all that effective. Perhaps if Moulin had been sent to Hanns Scharff, the story would have had a happier ending. Scharff was the friendliest interrogator of World War II. Fluent in English, Scharff grilled pilots who were shot down over Germany. Unlike the notorious Barbie, Scharff had a much more positive approach to interrogations. This Luftwaffe officer was a master of mind games. Before he quizzed a prisoner at the Dulag Luft camp, Scharff dug up as much background information on his subjects as possible. Even if he could only find basic info, he fooled prisoners into thinking he already knew all about their objectives. Since he was already aware of their activities, they might as well talk about them, right? Next, Scharff disarmed his prisoners by becoming their best bud. He often took them on trips to the local zoo, and he even let one prisoner take a ride in a German plane. After building a rapport with a POW, Scharff would take him on walks through the Oberursel forest. Together, the Nazi and the Allied pilot would stroll through the pine trees, observing the birds and chatting about America or England. The whole time, Scharff was listening for little slip-ups that would reveal information vital to the German war machine. Prisoners might inadvertently mention something about bomb sights or causally say something about operational plans. They might tell a story about their training or talk about the planes they used to fly. Scharff was such a smooth talker, such a friendly guy, that the prisoners had no idea they were being conned. They were just glad they weren’t being electrocuted. Many of them signed his guestbook before leaving the camp. In fact, after the war, he was invited to many POW reunions because he was such a gentleman. Eventually, Scharff moved to the US where he helped the Air Force come up with survival techniques for downed pilots, and taught intelligence agencies how to peacefully interrogate suspects. The Army was so impressed with Scharff’s methods that they incorporated his methods into their curriculum, and soldiers attending interrogation school learn all about his techniques.

Jul 28 07:48

Putin promises rebel fighters a safe 'way-out' if they surrender as Russian-backed Syrian army surrounds war-torn Aleppo amid fears of humanitarian 'catastrophe' in besieged city

Russia said three humanitarian corridors will be opened around the battered northern city 'to aid civilians held hostage by terrorists and for fighters wishing to lay down their arms'.

Jul 28 07:21

US Slob-Dressed Ambassador Pathetically Excuses Murder in Syria

Samantha Power would not explain how US planes mistakenly bombed hundreds of civilians, but whined about 'civil society' groups. Yet she and Obama are total failures at advancing human rights they claim to champion

Jul 28 07:02

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – JULY 28, 2016: MAJOR GAINS OF PRO-GOVERNMENT FORCES IN ALEPPO

Heavy clashes are ongoing in and near Aleppo city as pro-government forces are tightening the siege of its militant-controlled areas.

On July 27, the Fateh Halab militant group launched an advance on the Kurdish controlled neighborhood of Aleppo city, Sheikh Maqsood. The Fateh Halab advance was supported by heavy artillery fire from the militant-controlled neighborhoods of Bani Zaid and Sakan Shababi. However, jihadists were not able to break the Kurdish YPG defenses and Fateh Halab lost several fighters in the failed advance.

Then, YPG units counter-attacked the militants in Youth Housing and seized it. This move contributed to the Syrian army’s operation aimed to encircle east of Aleppo.

Jul 28 06:49

Syrian helicopters drop leaflets urging rebels to surrender, as Assad speaks of pardon

Syrian helicopters dropped thousands of leaflets over rebel-held areas in the northern city of Aleppo on Wednesday, urging rebels to lay down their weapons and the civilians to cooperate with the Syrian army.

"Aleppo is winning: to all those holding weapons in the face of the Syrian state, you have got to seriously think about your fate, as many of your leaders have fled with their money to Turkey," the leaflet read.

"Don't risk yourself, it's your decision, you don't have much time left," it continued.

Jul 28 06:44

ISIS show off military kit 'captured from Free Syrian Army'

ISIS releases video showing array of weaponry, including rockets, automatic rifles and camera-equipped drones they claim were being used by the Western-backed Free Syrian Army

Jul 28 04:29

ABU GHRAIB TORTURE COMPANY RE-HIRED FOR SYRIA - HOW ISIS WILL BENEFIT

During the occupation of Iraq U.S. intelligence and military services contracted CACI International Inc, a U.S. company in Virginia, to provide "intelligence services" in Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad. CACI employees were directly involved in torturing Iraqi prisoners. The U.S. army recently contracted CACI for "intelligence analysis services" in Syria. The Syrian government has not invited or otherwise allowed U.S. military or its contractors to enter the country. Any such activities infringes on Syria's sovereignty and are thereby in violation of international law. The re-engagement of such a controversial company for services in the area boosts the recruitment appeal of the Islamic State.

Jul 27 16:08

Israel: Annexing More of Syria's Golan Territory For a "Safe Zone"- History Repeats

Some Syrian opposition figures with strong ties to Israeli officials confirmed to Al-Monitor an increased interest in the creation of a safe zone in southern Syria. Actions on the ground are proving that such a project may be underway.

Jul 27 13:06

Turkey Warms To Russia; Pipeline, Sanctions To Be Discussed, Qatar Blames KSA, UAE For Coup

By Brandon Turbeville

It’s been over a week since the Turkish coup has taken place and still no one definitively knows what happened, who was behind it, and who was originally meant to benefit. It is rather obvious now that, since the coup did not succeed, Erdogan will find himself in a much safer position domestically than before it took place by virtue of the massive governmental and military purge that has taken place in its aftermath. Internationally, however, is another question...

Jul 27 12:29

Syrian Air Force to Get Russian Su-24M2 Frontline Bombers

The Syrian Air Force has received a batch of Su-24M2 (NATO reporting name: Fencer-D) frontline bombers supplied by Russia, according to the AMN news agency.

Jul 27 07:02

West can’t stand independent Syria: Assad

Syria’s president says Western countries started supporting anti-Damascus militants because they could not bear to see the Arab country leading an independent existence.

Jul 27 06:51

“Bigger Than Watergate” – Hillary Clinton And The Syrian Bloodbath

In 2012, Clinton was the obstacle, not the solution, to a ceasefire being negotiated by UN Special Envoy Kofi Annan. It was US intransigence – Clinton’s intransigence – that led to the failure of Annan’s peace efforts in the spring of 2012, a point well known among diplomats. Despite Clinton’s insinuation in the Milwaukee debate, there was (of course) no 2012 ceasefire, only escalating carnage. Clinton bears heavy responsibility for that carnage, which has by now displaced more than 10 million Syrians and left more than 250,000 dead.

Jul 26 13:30

May Scraps ‘Minister For Syrian Refugees’ Role Invented By Cameron

British Prime Minister Theresa May has axed the ministerial post responsible for ensuring 20,000 Syrian refugees are accommodated in the UK by 2020.

Jul 26 11:29

Ron Paul Asks: Can Bombs Win War On ISIS?

The US-led coalition fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq has dropped its 50,000th bomb recently, yet the end of the two-year effort is nowhere in sight. Meanwhile civilians are being killed by the hundreds by US bombs on Syria.

Jul 26 10:57

In Signal to Military, Hillary Clinton Picks Senator Tim Kaine as Running Mate

In selecting Kaine, Clinton is making clear that she plans on running a right-wing, pro-war campaign targeted at winning over the military and sections of the Republican Party dissatisfied with Trump, and particularly with the Republican candidate’s attitude toward Russia. Clinton also wanted to repudiate any association with the issues of social inequality that motivated the widespread support for her main rival in the primaries, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Kaine is among the most hawkish figures among Senate Democrats. As governor of Virginia from 2006 to 2010, Kaine oversaw billions of dollars in cuts to the state budget. The state of Virginia is a major center for the military and defense industry, and is home to the Pentagon and the headquarters of the CIA.

Between 2009 and 2011, Kaine served as the head of the Democratic National Committee, the leadership body of the Democratic Party. He is close to Wall Street, having recently backed measures to deregulate banks.

Jul 26 10:38

Syrian Military Release Video Of Heavy Fighting With Al-Nusra Front Near Damascus

Heavy clashes between Syrian forces and Al-Nusra front extremists continued in a village near Damascus on Saturday.

Jul 26 09:10

US, Russia Still At Odds Over Syria, Carter Says

United States Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says his country’s stance on Syria is still far from that of Russia.

Carter made the remarks on Monday amid ongoing discussions led by US Secretary of State John Kerry over a military agreement between Washington and Moscow.

Jul 26 08:01

ISIS says U.S. warplane shot down, crew killed; Pentagon dismisses claim

The official news agency of the self-styled Islamic State claimed Monday that it forces shot down an American warplane, a claim the U.S. military quickly dismissed.

“The crew of the U.S. warplane that was shot down by Islamic State fighters near Ayn Asad Airbase is dead,” read a statement by the Amaq news agency.

The Islamic State claim did not specify whether the air crew was killed in the crash or captured alive and executed.

However, the U.S. military quickly rebutted the claim as false.

Jul 26 07:43

British Muslim Convert In Syria Says Does Not Work For Daesh

A 20-year-old Briton who converted to Islam and traveled to Syria says he opposes the Daesh Takfiri group and is in the Muslim country to search ”for the truth, and people of the truth.”

Branded “‘Jihadi Jack” and a member of the terror group by the British media, Jack Letts, from Oxford, denied the allegations, further saying that he did not “regret” that he went to Syria, the Guardian reported Monday.

Jul 26 06:50

Lavrov calls plans for regime change in Syria 'villainy'

The calls for Syria’s regime change come from narrow-minded people, unless they are villains, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday in an interview for the website of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society (IOPS).

The Islamic State (terrorist organization banned in Russia) does not limit itself to repressions against the Christians," Lavrov said. "With equal frenzy they cut off Shiites’ heads, desecrate and destroy both Christian and Shia shrines."

"Moreover, the IS members also apply special criteria to the Sunnis," he said. "Not every Sunni is acceptable for IS with its ideology."

Jul 26 06:20

THE US-SAUDI PLAN TO PROMPT AN IRANIAN PULLBACK FROM SYRIA

The US and Saudi Arabia have been conspiring with one another to engineer a series of crises that could prompt Iran to pull back its troops in Syria and redeploy them back to the homeland. The modus operandi has been to encourage peripheral insurgencies inside the Islamic Republic’s borderland regions concurrent with a terrorist threat to the interior, all while stirring up Color Revolution commotion. In short, Washington and Riyadh are working hard to wage a multidimensional Hybrid War on Iran, and all indications point to each respective component of this campaign intensifying in the coming months as the US turns up the heat against its decades-long Mideast rival.

Jul 26 06:19

Is US ‘importing’ terrorism to Middle East as claimed by Philippine president?

US policy of supporting “moderate” jihadists and “legitimate” dictators by ignoring their war crimes and arming them and selectively overthrowing governments elsewhere seems to lend credence to President Duerte’s assertion that US “imported” terrorism to the Mideast

Jul 25 15:58

Syrian Refugee Wielding Machete Kills 1, Injures 2 In Reutlingen, Germany

At least one person has been killed and two more injured in an incident in the German town of Reutlingen.

Jul 25 11:44

Washington Bans Moscow From Joining US-Led Coalition Against Daesh in Syria

Brett McGurk, a Special Envoy for the US-led coalition against Daesh radical group, also known as the Islamic state or IS, has claimed that Washington does not trust Moscow and will not allow it to join the 45-country military alliance.

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"Because Russia keeps insisting on bombing ISIS, when we really want to .... omb-bay assad-ay!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 25 08:32

'Timber Sycamore': Untold Story of CIA Covert Operation in Syria

The US involvement in Syria comes in "two main flavors": one is an overt military operation which aims to defeat Daesh (ISIL/ISIS), while the other is a CIA-led clandestine program to support the Syrian rebels which are seeking to topple Bashar al-Assad.

Jul 25 08:23

FLASHBACK - US Officials Refuse to Comment on Reports That CIA Weapons for ??Syria? "Rebels" Stolen Again

Jul 24 16:26

Western Charity: The Selling, Trading and Weaponization of Syria’s Children

By Diane Mantzaris

More needs to be written about all the US/allied backed al Qaeda and Daesh (ISIS) groups on Facebook posing as refugee humanitarian organizations and related charities. Because their pages are shared amongst unsuspecting and caring friends and artist colleagues in Australia, I am writing it up myself.

Western media outlets continue to portray terrorists inside Syria filming each other as factual reporting. This includes the now widely exposed US/UK USAID Cox charity funded White Helmets working hand in hand with Jabhat al Nusra (a faction of al Qaeda) who are billed as rescuers all over our TV sets...

Jul 24 15:55

Eric Trump’s full speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention

“To whom much is given, much will be required.

“This is the very belief that made my father make this great sacrifice.
“To run for the most powerful yet unforgiving office in the world.

“There is no greater calling….

“Vote for the candidate who can’t be bought, sold, purchased, coerced, intimidated or steered from the path that is right, and just and true….

“To the veteran tuning into this speech from his or her hospital, whose been ignored and disrespected by an ungrateful system, my father is running for you….

“Vote for the one candidate who does not need this job.”

— Eric Trump, son of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, spoke Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Jul 24 15:47

Democratic convention draws thousands of protesters to Philadelphia

Thousands of demonstrators took to the sweltering streets of Philadelphia on Sunday, chanting and beating drums in the first major protests ahead of the Democratic national convention.

The group of about a dozen marchers walked on sidewalks from near the convention site up toward the Liberty Bell. One played This Land is Your Land on bagpipes as the group weaved around people eating brunch at sidewalk cafes and others walking dogs.

Jul 24 15:39

Jill Stein Just BLASTED the DNC Over Leaked Emails

“This latest revelation from WikiLeaks underscores how much the media is in bed with the DNC to circle the wagons around Hillary,” Stein told US Uncut in a phone interview. “The corruption and underhanded tactics and deception and conspiratorial efforts to silence Bernie and delegitimize him — I mean, welcome to the Green Party. This is what we’ve been up against forever.”

“The leaked DNC emails are the smoking gun that the Democratic establishment was rigging the game against Bernie the whole time,” Stein said in a press release issued by her campaign. “Instead of running the process impartially and letting the voters decide, top Democratic officials were doing all they could to ensure a Clinton victory, including collusion with journalists to present a pro-Clinton, anti-Sanders narrative.”

Jul 24 15:31

CHARMING! Mike Pence – Paul Ryan intro – Republican National Convention

Mike Pence rallies crowd behind Trump, takes on Hillary Clinton:

Hillary Clinton, Secretary of status quo, looking for another title ?

“HILLARY CLINTON WILL NEVER BECOME PRESIDENT OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” – MIKE PENCE

Jul 23 14:22

Donald Trump Jr. Receives Standing Ovation For His Speech At RNC

Make America Work Again. “We are going to put America First.”

“Let me tell you something about “Risk.” If Hillary Clinton were elected, she’ll be the first President who could not pass a basic background check.
Hillary Clinton is a “Risk” Americans cannot afford to take.”

Jul 23 09:33

Kerry Says Will Meet Lavrov On Syria

US Secretary of State John Kerry says he will meet his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov early next week to discuss Syria’s crisis.

He said that he would meet Lavrov on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations meetings in Vientiane, Laos.

Jul 23 08:43

FLASHBACK - Captured ISIS Leader Makes Terrifying Confession About Barack Obama

Jul 22 15:40

After US Airstrikes Kill 73 In Syria, It’s Time To End Military Assaults That Breed Terrorism

Once again our hearts are breaking – this time, with the tragic news of the deaths of at least 73 civilians, including 35 children, as a result of US airstrikes on the village of Tokkhar in Syria. This horrific attack, the deadliest assault on civilians in the military campaign against ISIS to date, happened because our military admittedly made a “mistake” in identifying these men, women, and children as Islamic State combatants.

Jul 22 15:32

Syria Airstrikes: Coalition Aircraft Targets ISIS In Simultaneous Hits

US Defense Dept releases aerial video of an airstrike in Syria which, according to the statement, destroyes five ISIS targets in simultaneous airstrikes.

Jul 22 12:15

"Turkey’s secret pact with Islamic State exposed by operative behind wave of ISIS attacks"

New evidence has emerged that the Turkish government under President Erdogan is covertly providing direct military, financial and logistical support to ISIS, even while claiming to fight the terror network. The evidence comes in the form of testimony from an ISIS terrorist captured by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, widely recognised as the most effective force confronting ISIS on the ground.

Jul 22 09:54

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – JULY 22, 2016

Syria in Last 24 Hours: Terrorists Sustain Heavy Losses in Army's Offensive in Hama http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950501000191
Russian Fighter Jets Intensify Attacks on Terrorist Positions in Lattakia Province http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950501000331
Syrian Army Launches Fresh Anti-Terrorism Offensive in Eastern Damascus http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950501000218
Syrian Army Forms New Anti-ISIL Popular Force in Deir Ezzur http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950501000606
Syrian Soldiers Continue to Advance against Militants in Aleppo Countryside http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950501000243
Syria: Terrorists Fail to Break through Gov't Positions in Quneitra http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950501000630

Jul 22 08:28

France to deploy aircraft carrier against ISIS, will supply Iraqi forces with heavy weapons

France’s Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier will assist airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, French President Francois Hollande has said.

Jul 22 07:16

An airstrike in Syria killed entire families instead of Isis fighters

The airstrikes at dawn on Tuesday pulverised entire families, including young children -- families that were fleeing Islamic State militants but were instead mistaken for being those very fighters. Depending on whom you ask, the number of bodies found in the rubble is 56, 85, 160 or 212. Pictures of the mangled bodies, covered in dust, are a testament to the carnage.

Jul 22 07:02

Russian warplanes reportedly bombed US base in Syria

Russian warplanes reportedly bombed a secret military base in Syria used by elite American and British forces last month. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the Russian strike on the CIA-linked site was part of a campaign by Russia to pressure the White House to agree to closer cooperation in the Syrian skies, U.S. military and intelligence officials said.

Jul 22 06:41

Syria’s President Assad: “Erdogan used the Coup to Implement his Mulsim Brotherhood Agenda”

President Bashar al-Assad gave interview to Cuba’s official state news agency Prensa Latina in which he said the Turks, Qataris and Saudis lost most of their cards on the battlefields in Syria and that Aleppo battle is their last card, affirming that there is strong harmony between Syria and Latin America, especially Cuba, on the political and historical levels and that hard work is needed in order to invigorate the different sectors of this relation.

Jul 21 18:05

Putin, Erdogan and the Plot Against the Rest of Us

Putin and Erdogan have agreed to meet in early August. The tension between Russia and Turkey has gradually dissipated since Putin and Erdogan’s June telephone call. This week Turkish and Russian officials stated that the two administrations have reached a new consensus. The effect of this understanding is that Erdogan is changing its policies toward Syria, Assad and NATO intervention. Turkey may no longer be part of the Syrian crisis, it may as well become elementary to the peace process. Evidence of this shift occurred over a week ago when Turkey began to reinstate its relationship with the Syrian regime.

Jul 21 15:48

‘Bloody Massacres’: Syria Appeals To UN After French & US Airstrikes ‘Kill Over 140 Civilians’

Syria is demanding the UN take action after it says French war planes killed more than 120 civilians during airstrikes on Tuesday near the Turkish-Syrian border.

Jul 21 14:31

Failed Coup in Turkey realigns Ankara with Moscow — and saves Assad

A failed coup in Turkey has changed the geopolitical landscape overnight, realigning Ankara with Moscow while shattering Washington’s plan to redraw the map of the Middle East. Whether Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan staged the coup or not is of little importance in the bigger scheme of things. The fact is, the incident has consolidated his power domestically while derailing Washington’s plan to control critical resources and pipeline corridors from Qatar to Europe.

The Obama administration’s disregard for the national security interests of its allies has pushed the Turkish president into Moscow’s camp, removing the crucial land-bridge between Europe and Asia that Washington needs to maintain its global hegemony into the new century. Washington’s plan to pivot to Asia, surround and break up Russia, control China’s growth and maintain its iron grip on global power is now in a shambles. The events of the last few days have changed everything.

Jul 21 12:06

Russia-US-UN talks on Syria to be held in Geneva on July 26

The meeting will involve Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. The UN Secretary General’s special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura is expected to attend it. "We hope the American side will act on its promises to differentiate the moderate (Syrian) opposition from Jabhat al-Nousra," Zakharova said. "There’s no place for terrorists in a future Syria or in other countries of the region. They must be eliminated. Russia will continue to facilitate precisely this pattern of developments in various formats. Proceeding from this position, we’re preparing for participation in a high-level trilateral meeting in Geneva next week".

Jul 21 08:23

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – JULY 21, 2016: RUSSIAN AIR POWER PURGES JIHADISTS IN NORTHERN LATAKIA

On July 21, Russian warplanes and helicopter gunships intensified in northern Latakia, responding to the recent militant gains in the area. The joint force of Al Nusra, Jaysh Al-Fateh, the Free Syrian Army and the Turkmen Islamic Party had seized the strategic town of Kinsibba and the nearby villages of Shalaf, Ballah and Ruwaysat Shakara. Various sources say that the Russian Aerospace Forces already made up to 30 air strikes, targeting militant manpower and military equipment.

A convoy of vehicles armed with machine guns was destroyed by Syria’s aircraft near the city of Salamiyah in the province of Hama on July 20. Over 100 ISIS militants were killed. ISIS positions in Raqqah and Deir ez-Zor provinces were also targeted by the Syrian Air Force.

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Russia and Syria are taking advantage of the lock-down of the US air assets in Turkey.

Jul 21 08:14

French Intelligence Says 100 Jihadis Still Join ISIS via Turkey Every Week

French military intelligence estimates that about 100 foreigners continue to enter Syria from Turkey each week to join Islamic State, French daily Le Figaro reported on Wednesday. France's foreign minister said on Sunday that questions needed to be asked on whether Turkey was a viable partner in the fight against Islamic State in Syria and would raise the issue in a coalition meeting in Washington this week. "According to the Direction for Military Intelligence (DRM) in Paris, each week, about 100 foreigners continue to cross Turkey into Syria to join Islamic State," Le Figaro reported, citing sources.

Jul 21 08:06

US Considers a 'Pause' in Supplies for Group Beheading a Child

The five "individuals" who killed the child are members of the Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki, a group supported by the CIA as well as with Saudi money and weapons. The group issued a statement on the case.
QUESTION: Is this the kind of thing that would affect assistance, U.S. assistance to this specific group but also just in general to the FSA?
MR TONER: Well, I think we’d take a – if, as you said, if we can prove that this was indeed what happened and this group was involved in it, I think it would certainly give us pause.
QUESTION: It would give you pause?
MR TONER: Well, give us pause about any assistance or, frankly, any further involvement with this group.
QUESTION: So, in other words, so it will draw – there will be some kind of consequence if you’re satisfied that this actually happened?

Jul 21 07:53

Damascus is ready to resume inter-Syrian talks — ambassador

Damascus is ready to resume the inter-Syrian talks in Geneva, Syria’s ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad said. He added that so far the office of UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura has not announced a possible date for the resumption of talks. "Preparations are under way. So far we don’t know when it will happen. But Damascus is ready. The Syrian delegation is ready. Once they announce the resumption we will immediately go to Geneva," the ambassador said.

Jul 21 07:14

Russian strategic bombers deliver new strikes at IS militants in Syria

It has been a third airstrike of the Russian Tu-22M3 bombers on terrorist facilities in Syria recently. The first two attacks were made on July 12 and 14. "On July 21 at 05:00 am, Moscow time, six Tu-22M3 long-range bombers delivered another combined strike on newly detected IS facilities east of Palmyra, as well as in the areas of the cities Es-Sukhne, Arak, Et-Teibe in the Homs province," says the ministry’s statement received by TASS. "According to the objective monitoring data, the airstrike destroyed two command posts of the terrorists, IS manpower and military equipment in a shelter. The Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets that took off from the Hmeymim airbase provided fighter cover to the long-range bombers".

Jul 20 16:58

Report: 3 U.S. Military Personnel Killed In Syria

By Brandon Turbeville

Unconfirmed reports are now trickling in from foreign media organizations such as Fars News and Smart News that three U.S. “military advisers” have been killed in Syria.

Media organization Southfront has also reported on the accounts but has also been unable to confirm or deny the reports at this time.

According to these reports, the three soldiers were killed by a guided missile in Northern Aleppo...

Jul 20 10:06

Ron Paul: State Department Stonewalls On Syria Weapons

Why can’t the State Department spokespersons give a straight answer when asked a clear and direct question by the media? And when they do give an answer why is it often such a bold-faced lie? Either it’s “I cannot comment on that because there is an ongoing investigation” or “‘no boots on the ground’ in syria has never been our policy.”

Jul 20 09:09

US mulls ‘pause’ in support of Syrian rebels following beheading of Palestinian boy

The US says it may reconsider its affiliation and support for the Syrian opposition if reports of anti-Assad rebels beheading a Palestinian boy are confirmed. The State Department has vowed “consequences” if the gruesome videos of the death are true.

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"We will make really bad faces at you! Oh, yes, the pause just ended." -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 20 08:37

CIA REBELS BEHEAD KID AND OTHER RECENT U.S. SUCCESSES IN SYRIA

The CIA finances a long of proxy groups in Syria to fight the Syrian government and the millions of people its protects. It has delivered high powered TOW anti-tank weapons to many of these groups:

The groups that the CIA currently allows munitions to be shared with are: ... Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement, (Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki)...
According to the BBC Foreign News producer Riam Dalati it is a group of these Nour al-Din al-Zenki "moderate rebels" who yesterday captured a Palestinian boy of some 10, maybe 12 years, taunted him and accused him of fighting on the Syrian government's side. The boy had no uniform on and had medical infusion tubes in his right arm.

The CIA supported "moderate rebels" then behead the boy with a knife right on the back of that red pickup truck. There are photos and videos of the child alive as well as videos of the beheading.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the US government and CIA support jihadists who document the slaughter children for sport.

What's wrong with this picture?!?

BLOODY EVERYTHING!!

Jul 20 08:28

Top 10 Reasons Why It's Just Fine for U.S. to Blow Up Children

Is it really necessary for me to explain to you why it's acceptable, necessary, and admirable for the United States and its minor allies to be blowing up houses, families, men, women, and children in Syria?

This latest story of blowing up 85 civilians in their homes has some people confused and concerned. Let me help you out.

Jul 20 08:17

CIVILIAN DEATH TOLL FROM COALITION AIRSTRIKES IN SYRIA COULD BE SINGLE LARGEST IN U.S.-LED WAR ON ISIS

Scores of civilians trapped in Islamic State-controlled territory in northern Syria were reportedly killed Tuesday by airstrikes from Western coalition aircraft. The reported death toll, potentially the highest ever to result from a coalition bombing in the international campaign against ISIS, continued to climb as The Intercept reached out to monitoring groups tracking operations in the area.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 56 civilians were killed when their convoy of vehicles attempted to slip out of an area north of the city of Manbij in the predawn darkness, as U.S.-backed forces pushed forward in an increasingly bloody offensive in the area. In a brief phone interview, a representative from the Britain-based organization said that while coalition aircraft were believed to be responsible for the air raid, the group suspected it was a “100 percent mistake.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The carnage visited upon Syria, by ISIL, Syrian forces, and US coalition forces, has been horrific; it will take Syria decades to recover, if ever.

Jul 20 08:04

US air strike in Syria kills up to 85 civilians 'mistaken for Isil fighters'

A US air strike killed more than 85 civilians, including children, in Syria on Tuesday after the coalition mistook them for Islamic State fighters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And we feel really embarrassed by that. Honest! Look how red my face is .... ummm..." -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 20 07:41

‘Bloody massacres’: Syria appeals to UN after French & US airstrikes ‘kill over 140 civilians’

Syria is demanding the UN take action after it says French war planes killed more than 120 civilians during airstrikes on Tuesday near the Turkish-Syrian border. The deaths came just a day after US air assaults killed a further 20 people in Manbij.

Jul 20 07:16

SYRIA: Beheading of Palestinian Child Prompts US to Disassociate from its Proxy Psychopaths

Horrifying scenes of the beheading of a very young Palestinian boy by the US and UK backed terrorist faction in Syria, Nour-Al-Din Al-Zenki, flooded social media feeds yesterday.

Jul 19 15:55

Johnson: Syria Faces ‘Terrible Humanitarian Catastrophe’

Britain’s new Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has met US Secretary of State John Kerry in London to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Syria, the war in Yemen, and the rise of the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group.

Jul 19 11:33

Syria’s “Moderate Rebels” Are Not Moderate, Not Rebels

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Never has the US-led conspiracy against the sovereign state of Syria been so transparent. When recently a Syrian warplane crashed near the Syrian capital of Damascus and its pilot parachuted to safety, he was captured and promptly executed by US-backed “moderate rebels.” In what was clearly an inexcusable war crime, the story began to change almost immediately in order to shift the blame.

Reuters in its article, “Syrian warplane crashes near Damascus, rebels say pilot killed,” would report (emphasis added):

The rebel group Jaish al-Islam said the pilot had been killed by a Nusra Front fighter while being held at a joint command centre. Jaish al-Islam had earlier said he would be handed over to them because they had shot down his plane.

Jaish al-Islam, which controls territory on the Syrian capital’s eastern and northeastern outskirts, had earlier circulated a photo that it said showed the pilot.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What a logical position for the US government and military here to be taking is that of complete cooperation with the Russians in getting rid of ALL jihadists in Syria.

However, unfortunately, logic, and the last several, and current administrations, have not had a good on-going relationship.

Jul 19 08:13

The US is running on backup generators at Turkey's key air base

"During and after the attempted coup, the Turks closed the air space to Incirlik air base," says reporter Jeff Schogol of the Marine Corps Times. "That meant the US and the coalition could not launch any airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria."

Incirlik is in southeast Turkey, less than 200 miles from the Syrian city of Aleppo and even closer to other cities along the Syrian-Turkish border. It is home for the 10th Air Wing of the Turkish Air Force. But it is also a base for US forces leading the bombing campaign against ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq.

Jul 18 15:33

Erdogan Taunts Obama Over Coup Attempt in Turkey

The Turkish President Recep Erdogan’s sensational demand on Saturday to US President Barack Obama to extradite the Islamist preacher Fetullah Gulen living in exile in Pennsylvania does not come as surprise. It had to happen sooner or later.

But then, Erdogan has chosen to speak publicly on such a highly sensitive issue instead of using the confidential channels of communication.

Jul 18 12:32

Canadian Priest Gambled Away $500,000 in Syria Refugee Aid

Canadian priest Amer Saka has bee suspended from his Hamilton, ON diocese and arrested on charges of stealing some $500,000 in aid money earmarked for the resettlement of Syrian refugees, and squandering it on gambling.

Jul 18 10:07

Mike Flynn: ‘Americans Are Fed Up With the Bullshit’

Americans fed up with the bullshit they've been fed for many years. They want the truth.

Flynn: This is where I think the world has misread Donald Trump. He has no intention to step away without examining all relationships that we have. His intent is to relook at the way we are organized globally, where the US is sort of expected to be a global leader, but relook at these alliances and these charters that we are under to make sure that they are still viable for the 21st century. It doesn’t mean that President Trump comes into office and NATO goes away. But I would say that NATO as a political alliance does need to be relooked at in terms of everything — resourcing, capabilities.

Jul 17 16:51

Israel Fires Patriot Missiles at Drone From Syria Over Golan Heights

The Jerusalem Post reports: The IDF fired two Patriot Missiles at a drone that reportedly crossed into Israeli airspace from Syria on Sunday afternoon.

Jul 17 12:50

Failed Coup – Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich talks to RT

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, independent researcher and writer, talks to RT International on the attempted coup d’etat in Turkey:

“This incident does not have the hallmarks of a military coup. It’s almost like a mutiny.”

Jul 17 07:39

Urgent: Secret Negotiations regarding Syria

Over the past few weeks, several member states of the International Coalition against the Syrian Arab Republic began secret negotiations with it with a view to withdrawing from the war.

These states include members of the European Union and the Commonwealth.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US effort to oust Assad is falling apart!

Jul 16 05:43

Turkey May Finally Be Ready to Call It Quits in Syria

"The fact is that while Russia maintains a military presence in the region, Turkey is slowly but surely losing its leverage in Syria."

Jul 15 11:01

Unable to stop Syria's war, US offers Russia new partnership

The United States on Thursday offered Russia a broad new military partnership in Syria, hoping the attraction of a unified campaign against the Islamic State group and Al Qaeda — and a Russian commitment to ground Syria's bombers — could end five years of civil war. The deal, if finalized, could dramatically alter America's role in the conflict.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was to present the new ideas to Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin on Thursday. The eight-page proposal, a copy of which The Washington Post published, shows the U.S. offering intelligence and targeting sharing, and even joint bombing operations — a pact Moscow long had wanted, but Washington resisted.

In Washington, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Russia had to limit its targeting to extremist groups such as IS and the Nusra Front, Al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, and not the more moderate opposition forces fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this report is true, it looks like the US government just "blinked" on Syria.

But no, the "...clear contradiction..." here is that of the US supporting, arming, and training Jihadists who are NEVER, EVER moderate, and feverishly believe that such support will create regime change in Syria.

Jul 15 08:45

THE MEDIA'S MAIN SOURCE ON SYRIAN CONFLICT IS A T-SHIRT SHOP

According to an interview with RT published last year—in which the SOHR director proved to be very elusive before he was eventually tracked down by the reporter—Abdulrahman acknowledged he personally has not been back to Syria in over 15 years, adding:

“But I know some of the Observatory activists through common friends. This organization only takes new members following a six-month trial period and the candidate has to be familiar to someone from the organization or to a reliable outside contact.”

To date, his informants remain anonymous, and he is the only individual listed as working for SOHR. Abdulrahman has no journalistic or legal qualifications, is not based in Syria, and relies on phone calls–yet the corporate media quotes his reports without question. This is particularly damning for Russia, as prominent outlets like the International Business Times have released articles treating the SOHR as an authority:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The bottom line here is, you cannot believe anything you hear from this man and his Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Jul 15 08:06

The Media's Main Source on Syrian Conflict Is a T-Shirt Shop

Western media regularly quotes the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) on statistics regarding the current Syrian conflict. Take, for example, this recent article from the Guardian, which reported the “UK-based monitor says dozens have died after [an] attack near [the] border with Turkey.” Referring to the SOHR as a “monitor” or “monitoring group” is a common practice corporate media employs to lend the organization legitimacy. So who—or what—is the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights? The truth is stranger than fiction.

Jul 15 07:04

A Hillary Clinton presidency could end up letting Isis and al-Qaeda off the hook

Hillary Clinton’s expected choice as Defence Secretary, Michèle Flournoy, has just co-authored a report by the Centre for a New American Security (CNAS) in Washington that recommends that the destruction of Isis should no longer be the overriding objective of the US in Syria, but that equal priority should be given to taking military action against President Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian Army. A new pro-US armed opposition would be built up to fight Assad, Isis, al-Nusra and other al-Qaeda clones, a process that the report admits could take years – and “during that time the dangers posed by Isis will remain”. This is not a marginal opinion among hawks in Washington, as a recently leaked memo from 51 serving State Department officials argued very much the same thing.

Jul 15 06:33

France to Escalate Strikes in Syria and Iraq After Nice Attack

French Prime Minister Francois Hollande said Friday morning local time that he would "strengthen our actions" in Syria and Iraq and extend the state of emergency another three months, hours after a truck ran into a crowd of revelers and killed at least 80 people in Nice.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No matter what happens, the first thing politicians think is how to use it for their agenda.

1. The driver of the truck was from TUNISIA, so how does that connect with bombing Iraq and Syria?

2. Setting aside attempts to link this incident to Al Qaeda through a 2010 article in INSPIRE magazine (which is actually a western propaganda front), this appears to be a road-rage incident committed by a known criminal whose wife just left him. He was reported to be dealing with severe depression, which means he may have been on prescription anti-depressants, which have a long history of triggering extremely violent behavior.

3. The current State of Emergency did not prevent this tragedy from happening, so why extend it?

Jul 14 17:47

CIA supplies ISIS with an airforce with help from Khazarian Mafia, Ukraine, Georgia, Turkey and Israel

Saakashvili was made governor of Odessa in order to oversee a massive smuggling operation that is keeping Islamic State well supplied with weapons, munitions and all the other necessary goods to wage war. The route to ISIS is across the Black Sea to the port of Batumi, capital of Georgia which sits just a few miles north of the Georgian-Turkish border. From Batumi, the supplies are trucked into Turkey and then onto IS in the south. This is the fate of that dozen missing MiG-21s – they were crated and shipped from Odessa to Batumi then trucked down to Incirlik air base in southern Turkey.

But why would the CIA and their Saudi allies supply their IS proxy army with refurbished half a century old MiG-21s when they have the money and connections to source just about any state of the art hardware their hearts may desire?

This is where the deception part of the operation comes into play – the Syrian air force is still operating MiG-21s, therefore it is a simple matter to paint those dozen IS MiGs in Syrian colours and have them impersonate the Syrian air force for nefarious purposes.

Jul 14 14:21

John Kerry Spills The Beans: Moderate Rebels Not So Moderate

By Brandon Turbeville

If anyone was wondering just what caused such an abysmal set of public relations performances by State Department spokesman Mark Toner over the last few months regarding the nature of the “opposition” in Syria and the difference between “moderate” terrorists and “extremist” terrorists, the answer is simple – Toner was given an impossible task which, even under the smallest amount of criticism and questioning, was destined to fall apart.

Jul 14 11:39

Major leak! US offering military pact to Russia

The United States is offering Russia a new military pact against the Islamic State and al-Qaida in Syria, according to a leaked U.S. proposal.

If finalized, the arrangement could dramatically alter America’s role in the Arab country’s five-year civil war.

The document published by The Washington Post calls for joint bombing operations, a command-and-control headquarters and other synchronized efforts. U.S. and Russian officials with expertise in intelligence, targeting and air operations will “work together to defeat” the extremist groups, the eight-page paper states.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who was to discuss the proposal in Russia’s capital later Thursday, declined to comment.

“I’m going to Moscow, meeting with President (Vladimir) Putin tonight,” Kerry told reporters in Paris. “We’ll have plenty of time to talk about it and I’ll give you all a sense of where we are.”

Jul 14 01:33

RAND PAUL LAUNCHES PETITION TO HOLD HILLARY CLINTON ACCOUNTABLE

“IF YOU STILL BELIEVE THAT NO AMERICAN–EVEN A CLINTON–SHOULD BE EXEMPT FROM OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM, SIGN THE PETITION DEMANDING THAT HILLARY CLINTON BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR ALL HER VIOLATIONS.”

In the video below, Paul says that “if the FBI’s decision to not prosecute Hillary Clinton is accepted, we will have become a nation of two sets of laws: one for the Clintons, and one for everyone else.”

Jul 13 16:19

Security Council’s Failure To Condemn Assad Betrays Its Reason For Being

This is my third and final post about a paper written March 2015 titled Failure to Protect: Syria and the UN Security Council by Dr. Simon Adams, Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, a project of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies of the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Let me begin by acknowledging that the United States bears a lion’s share of the blame for the state of Syria today because its invasion of Iraq turned the whole Middle East upside down.

Jul 13 09:22

US SIGNS FIRST HISTORICAL MILITARY AGREEMENT WITH KURDS TO FIGHT ISIS

In an unprecedented step, the US has signed an agreement with the Kurdish government in northern Iraq to give military and financial support to the Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

Before the arrival of ISIS in August 2014, the Kurdish Peshmerga troops were forced to rely on old military equipment, and were prevented from buying military equipment from outside Iraq.

Now, the Peshmerga forces are one of the main partners for the US-led coalition, and receive weapons and ammunition from several coalition members, including the United States.

On Tuesday, Iraqi Kurdistan’s President Masoud Barzani received a United States military delegation headed by Ms. Elissa Slotkin, the acting assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs.

This meeting was followed by a telephone conversation between President Barzani and Mr. Ashton Carter, the U.S. Secretary of Defense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All well and good for the "liberation" of Mosul; but ultimately, what is the unstated promise which must have been made by Ms. Slotkin to get Barzani to agree to this?!?

The goal of an independent Kurdistan has long been held by Kurds in the region, particularly by those languishing in Turkey; is this what Slotkin promised Barzani as the ultimate reward for doing the fighting to liberate Mosul?!? And will this be a section to be "carved" out of Syria, when Syria becomes balkanized, in some future post-Assad Syrian government?!?

Were I President Barzani, I would be very, very skeptical, if such an unspoken deal has been struck.

Jul 13 08:25

Caught On Tape: State Department Refuses To Answer Any Questions On Arming Syrian Rebels

If for some bizarre reason you still have any faith left in the U.S. government, this should take care of it.

"Thanks for the question... and we have no comment because there is an ongoing investigation.." rinse. repeat.

Jul 13 08:05

'No to Syrians' Anti-migrant violence hits Turkey over plans to give 300,000 citizenship

A WAVE of anti-refugee violence has hit Turkey - leaving two dead and hundreds of homes destroyed - just a week after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested offering citizenship to Syrians.

Jul 13 07:24

Turkey May Finally Be Ready to Call It Quits in Syria

Together with Iran, Hezbollah, and the moral support of China, Russia has helped prop up Assad in Syria, maintaining his hold on power after five years of brutal war. Turkey’s attempts over a five-year period to overthrow Assad in Syria — in light of Russia’s unfaltering support for Assad — shows the two nations have polar opposite interests in the region.

However, things have taken a turn over the last few weeks, with Turkey reaching out to Russia in a diplomatic move to repair their broken relationship. At the end of June 2016, Recep Tayyip Erdogan wrote to Vladimir Putin stating he “would like to inform the family of the deceased Russian pilot that I share their pain and to offer my condolences to them. May they excuse us.”

Considering that only months ago Turkey was prepared to go to war with Russia by engaging Russian aircraft, what could be behind Turkey’s recent attempts to make amends with Russia?

Jul 12 12:43

ISIS Releases Alleged Video Of Helicopter Downed In Syria

Islamic State militants have downed a military helicopter near Palmyra, Syria, killing two Russian pilots on board.

Jul 12 11:50

U.S.-backed Syrian rebels committing war crimes, torture, abductions; imposing harsh Sharia law: Report

Syrian rebel groups backed by the U.S. and its allies “have committed serious violations of international humanitarian law, including abductions, torture and summary killings,” according to Amnesty International.

A report by the leading human rights organization details how extremist rebel groups have taken over large parts of major Syrian cities, in which they have created repressive theocratic regimes where critics are violently silenced and where religious and ethnic minority groups fear for their lives.

“‘Torture Was My Punishment’: Abductions, Torture and Summary Killings Under Armed Group Rule in Aleppo and Idleb, Syria” shows how the Syrian people have been caught between a rock and a hard place — with extremist rebels on one side and a brutal regime on the other.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, dammit, these jihadists are OUR thugs, and should be allowed to do anything and everything they want to in order to bring regime change to Damascus!" - Official White House Souse.

Jul 12 10:13

CLASHES BETWEEN SYRIAN ARMY, KURDS PUSHES BRZEZINSKI PLAN FORWARD IN SYRIA

Why the Clashes?

The clashes between the Syrian government and the YPG Kurdish forces (notably not the Kurdish people themselves) has been a virtual inevitability since the informal declaration of a “Rojava” administration by the YPG in 2013 when the “Kurdish areas” found some level of autonomy due to a lack of government presence as the SAA began losing territory to Western-backed terrorists. Certainly, the potential for violence increased with the official declaration of Rojava autonomy in 2016. This is simply because the goal of the YPG has always been nothing more than the establishment of a “Kurdistan,” a separate enclave run by Communist YPG forces who routinely terrorize, abuse, disenfranchise, and kill Assyrians, Christians, and other non-Kurdish peoples in areas they control (see here, here, here, and here).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But what happens if, and when, the Syrian military take total control of the areas currently being claimed by the Kurds as an independent Kurdistan?!?

Jul 11 14:34

How Assad Declared Open Season On The People Of Syria

I have twice posted about a paper I am reading from March 2015 titled Failure to Protect: Syria and the UN Security Council by Dr. Simon Adams, Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, a project of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies of the Graduate Center, City University of New York. True, the United States bears a lion’s share of the blame for the state of Syria today because its invasion of Iraq turned the whole Middle East upside down.

Jul 11 07:53

Clashes Between Syrian Army, Kurds Pushes Brzezinski Plan Forward In Syria

By Brandon Turbeville

It was only a matter of time before the Syrian military and Kurdish organizations butted heads in Syria over who controls specific territory in the north. Over the past few months and as both the Kurds and the SAA push forward against the ISIS and related Western-backed forces operating near the Turkish border, these confrontations have become increasingly frequent, requiring the help of outside negotiators to defuse the situation and implement a ceasefire...

Jul 11 07:49

U.S. MISSILE BROUGHT DOWN RUSSIAN HELICOPTER IN SYRIA: REPORT

Two Russian airmen killed in Syria on Friday were shot down with American weaponry, the Interfax news agency said Sunday, quoting a Russian military source. It said insurgents from the Islamic State group hit the airmen’s Mi-25 assault helicopter with a U.S.-made TOW heavy anti-tank missile, a weapon that uses guidance from a ground station. The high-tech system is in service with the U.S. military.

Jul 10 11:12

When the Ice Cream Turned To Blood: Aleppo, A Story Of Suffering

Op-Ed by Afraa Dagher

From the border with Turkey, there is a curse which has yet to leave Aleppo since the beginning of the proxy war with Syria.

It has long been Erdogan’s dream to annex Aleppo for Turkey. Exactly like his predecessor of the Ottoman occupation stole a part of Syrian land known as Iskenderun.

Today, July 9, 2016 was the worst day for Aleppo...

Jul 09 20:35

“CrossTalk” Aggressive NATO

Now NATO has focused on what is described as “Russian aggression.” Does NATO create its own security risks?

Since the end of the Cold War, NATO has been trying to find its new role. Its operations in Afghanistan and Libya were disasters.

Jul 09 20:33

Merkel Urged to Temper NATO’s Belligerence

U.S. intelligence veterans are calling on German Chancellor Merkel to bring a needed dose of realism and restraint to the upcoming NATO conference, which risks escalating the dangerous new Cold War with Russia.

MEMORANDUM FOR: Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany

We longtime U.S. intelligence officers again wish to convey our concerns and cautions directly to you prior to a critically important NATO summit – the meeting that begins on July 8 in Warsaw. We were gratified to learn that our referenced memorandum reached you and your advisers before the NATO summit in Wales, and that others too learned of our initiative via the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, which published a full report on our memorandum on Sept. 4, the day that summit began.

Jul 09 20:29

NATO Marches Toward Destruction

The Brexit is just one rumbling of such discontent.

As the West’s elites growl about “Russian aggression” – as they once did about Iraq’s WMD – NATO leaders meet in Poland to plan a costly and dangerous new Cold War, while shunning the few voices of dissent.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s cry of distress is that of a man watching a tidal wave of destruction gathering force, similar to ones that have engulfed his country twice in the Twentieth Century.

Jul 09 07:30

German, Canadian Troops Arrive in Town in Syria's Raqqa Province – Sources

An unknown number of German and Canadian troops have recently arrived in the northern Syrian town of Tell Abyad in the northern Raqqa province, sources in the Kurdish opposition told Sputnik on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Technically this is an invasion, as Syria's government has not invited them nor given permission for them to be on their territory.

Jul 09 07:27

Iraq: Turkish Firms Supplying ISIL's Arms Workshops with Modern Parts

The secret reports of the Turkish police indicated in June that the Al-Nusra Front and ISIL terrorists use Turkey's both legal and illegal border crossings to transfer weapons and ammunition to Syria.

Jul 08 17:53

A New Fight Over Syria War Strategy

The long internal political struggle within the Obama administration over policy toward Syria has intensified following a proposal by President Barack Obama to cooperate with Russia in an air campaign against Al Qaeda’s Syrian franchise.

Jul 08 12:48

TENSE: German and Canadian troops entered Syria

An unknown number of German and Canadian soldiers recently arrived in the city in northern Syria Tel Abijad, in the northern province of Cancer, said Sputnik sources from the scene.

Military personnel have been deployed in recent days in the area where the US-led coalition fighting against the terrorist organization Daesa.

Syrian television reported last month that German commandos entered Syria to join the French and US forces in the offensive on the city of Manbij controlling Daesa.

Manbij, a town located between the self-proclaimed capital Daesa-a Rake and the Turkish-Syrian border, is strategically important to terrorists.

Jul 08 11:02

US Jets Diverted to Iraq, Abandoning Syrian Rebels

Routed last week by ISIS, the defeat of the US-backed New Syrian Army at al-Bukamal was an embarrassing setback for US attempts to prop up factions to fight ISIS along the Syrian border with Iraq. The Pentagon is already making excuses.

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter confirmed that there is an ongoing internal investigation, after the US warplanes committed to the Bukamal offensive were diverted to Iraq, to attack a convoy trying to flee south Fallujah.

Officials were eager to brag about the Fallujah strikes last week, claiming hundreds of ISIS fighters killed, though that has been somewhat tempered by reports of civilian family members of ISIS being among the slain. It also came at the cost of bailing on the New Syrian Army, and getting them slaughtered by ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to politely point out to Sec Def Carter that continuing to do something in precisely the same way, yet expecting a different outcome, is one of the classic definitions of insanity, which is pretty much how one would reasonably characterise the US policy on Syria.

There ARE no such people as "moderate rebels"; and every time the US government trains and funds these groups, they choke, let go of valuable equipment, and never produce the results the US government says it does, i.e., regime change in Syria.

It would be far more intelligent for the US government to be working in tandem with Russia, which is achieving success against the Syria rebels, and giving Al-Assad more time to transition out of power, than what it is doing, rather badly, right now in Syria.

Of course, such an approach...would be logical.

Jul 08 07:16

Israeli Commandos Penetrate Syria, Lebanon; Plant Spy Devices And Murder Civilians

The Israeli Defense Forces intelligence apparatus uses sophisticated listening devices planted in southern Lebanon — just one of the many surveillance tools at Israel’s disposal — to eavesdrop on the Lebanese militant group’s communications and track troop movements, among other things.

Rumors have trickled back from the front to Israeli reporters that the forays into Lebanon by the IDF’s elite commando units, Sayeret Matkal and Maglan, weren’t always clean operations. In fact, Israeli forces have encountered Lebanese civilians while planting their equipment more than once. Like Bob Kerrey and John Kerry during their days as commandos in Vietnam, when this happens, there’s only one option: eradicate the threat.

Jul 08 07:07

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – JULY 8, 2016: SYRIAN ARMY CUTS OFF MILITANTS SUPPLY LINE TO ALEPPO

On July 6 Jabhat al-Nusra captured Al-Safa Hill in the Rankous Barrens . The rebel group launched an attack on Hezbollah, at the Al-Safa barrier, seizing two tanks and ‘57mm cannon. ’ Later in the day, pro-Government sources announced that all lost territory had been regained in Al-Safa.

Jul 07 12:37

Hillary Rebuffs Bernie’s Policy Demands

Eager to hold the political “center,” Hillary Clinton has budged little on Bernie Sanders’s policy proposals beyond nice-sounding platitudes, a strategy that could lead to clashes at the Democratic convention, says Lawrence Davidson.

Hillary Clinton has pursued the presidency for almost a decade with a tenacious determination. She almost achieved the nomination in 2008 only to lose to Barack Obama. That led to an eight-year stifling of this ambition.

Finally, in the long run-up to the 2016 election, she was convinced the nomination was hers.

Jul 07 12:33

Jeremy Corbyn gives #Chilcot statement

The much-edited Chilcot Report finally arrived and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has issued a pretty-sounding apology for his party’s decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003. He called it the most serious foreign policy calamity of the last 60 years and “a stain on our party and country”.

It’s unfortunate that he dignifies the evil Iraq war conspiracy by suggesting it had anything to do with policy of the British people. It was a private venture, pledged in secret, by a Labour prime minister and his closest henchmen, and backed by the Cabinet.

Jul 07 12:30

Iraq Verdict: Trouble if heads don’t roll

First and foremost it was not so much a foreign policy disaster as a flat-out war crime for which Blair as chief perpetrator must be tried. And so must his Cabinet, who carry collective responsibility.

There will be mega-trouble if heads don’t roll.

Jul 07 10:14

‘Chilling’: US-Backed Syrian Groups’ Human Rights Atrocities Exposed

The Levant Front, the Free Syrian Army’s 16th division, and the Nour al-Din Zanki movement, are named as culprits in the torture, kidnapping and execution of pro-government fighters, journalists and activists.

Philip Luther, director of Amnesty's Middle East program said, "While some civilians in areas controlled by armed opposition groups may, at first, have welcomed an escape from brutal Syrian government rule, hopes that these armed groups would respect rights have faded as they have increasingly taken the law into their own hands and committed serious abuses."

He added that "In Aleppo and Idleb today, armed groups have free rein to commit war crimes and other violations of international humanitarian law with impunity."

The US often touts its vetting process for the foreign organizations it supports, but it appears that Washington often claims that groups are "moderate" when they have been documented as being violent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"War crimes.... who cares?!? In this case, the maiming and assassinations of innocent people doesn't matter to the Obama administration one bit, as long as the end result of regime change in Syria is closer to getting accomplished!" Official White House Spokes slug.

Jul 06 12:09

Russia and US agree on closer military cooperation in Syria, after Putin calls Obama

The Kremlin says that both Russia and the US are ready to better coordinate efforts to eliminate radical Islamists in Syria, following a telephone conversation initiated by the Russian leader.

Jul 05 12:02

Foreign-backed militants committing war crimes in Syria: Amnesty

Amnesty International says militant groups backed by Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, and the US are involved in "a chilling wave of abductions, torture and summary killings" amounting to "war crimes" in Syria.

In a report on Tuesday, Amnesty named al-Nusra Front, which is the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, as well as the so-called Ahrar al-Sham, Nureddin Zinki, the Levant Front and Division 16 as groups engaged in war crimes in Syria.

The groups have detained and tortured lawyers, journalists, and children among others for criticizing them, the London-based group said.

Some of the groups in question “are believed to have the support of governments such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the US,” it added.

The US has thwarted a Russian bid in the United Nations to put Ahrar al-Sham on the list of terrorist groups.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, for the current US Administration, "the ends (regime-changing Syria) justifies the means", even when those means include the torture and assassinations of children.

Way to go, US government; you've made this country the "Assassination Nation" in the eyes of the world!! Congratulations on aligning with such an heroic, human-rights and democracy-centric group of guys!!

Jul 05 11:06

Trump Hammers On Brexit, “Independence Day” And Repudiation Of Rule By The Global Elite

One thing is clear, whether or not everyone will agree with what is said, Trump is at least speaking more directly than most politicians do

It turned out that Trump wasted no time in making sure that the people of America understood that what had been done in the UK can be done in the United States.

Jul 05 10:57

Globalists and Neocons Prove Incapable of Understanding Reality

If Trump wants to put America first, he needs to start firing the Neoconservatives and their lackeys from the White House and putting them on trial for making Americans look really bad.

Rather than listening and learning and modifying their actions, the ruling elites stick to “more of the same.” This process clearly emblematized by the endless procession of Bushes and Clintons replacing each other in the positions of power.

Jul 05 03:57

ISIS barbarity still haunts Palmyra

Daesh (ISIS) is gone from Palmyra, hopefully for good. But the area is still haunted. One imagines a long period of healing, cathartic reconstruction, restoration and healing will be required by its returning residents before this ancient town will feel cleansed of Daesh butchery, desecrations and filth.

Jul 04 12:58

Dr Paul Craig Roberts: BREXIT, WHAT NEXT ?

Hopefully, a result of the Brexit will be the breakup of the European Union and NATO

Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) could probably prevent the United States from launching World War III, says Dr. P C Roberts.

Jul 04 07:43

Canada’s Foreign Policy: “Copy and Paste” of Washington’s War Crimes Agenda

Canada’s warmongering Defence Minister, Harjit Sajjan, recently announced an increased Canadian presence in NATO, predicated on the narrative that Russia “annexed the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine and backed pro-Russian separatist forces in that country’s eastern region.”

Presumably his “Assad must go” narrative about Syria is wearing thin. After all, NATO member Turkey is a training ground for ISIS, a transit point for terrorists entering Syria, and, like the Canadian government, all of NATO, the Gulf monarchies, Wahhabi Saudi Arabia, and apartheid Israel, a staunch supporter of the terrorists; plus, it has also been long established that there are no “moderates.”

Presumably, too, Sajjan needs to rebrand and recycle the “threat” narrative, and the “NATO are the good guys” meme, so he is now reintroducing Russia as a threat.

Jul 02 21:52

Trump better choice by far – Alan Sabrosky

An exclusive interview with Dr. Alan Sabrosky

Q. Does a US-inspired NATO-generated Cold War climate already exist?

A. Not yet, but it is heading that way. Watch for it to intensify under Clinton, and to ameliorate under Trump.

Jul 02 14:40

Accusation claims Syrian and Russian troops are looting Palmyra! INDICTMENT NOT PROVED

“Syrian Troops Looting Ancient City Of Palmyra, Says Archaeologist.”

So shouted the highly respected UK Guardian’s headline of June 1, 2016 on the eve of the opening day of this month’s two-day Berlin Convergence attended by more than 170 scientists, archaeologists, architects and planners. The gathering of experts was convened to discuss how best to preserve Syria's, and our heritage, despite the five-year-old war that has killed more than 280,000 people and has also resulted in serious damage to our globally shared Cultural Heritage.

Jul 02 06:37

Trump better choice by far – Alan Sabrosky

Cold War Climate to intensify under Clinton, and to ameliorate under Trump.

Q. As an American, Alan, how can you be enthusiastic about America’s choices of US Presidential candidates in 2016?

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