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Feb 11 09:22

Moscow Concerned With Escalation of Tensions as Israel Attacks Syria

The Russian Foreign Ministry has called on the global community to respect Syria's sovereignty and the territorial integrity of the countries of the Middle East following the aerial attacks of Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) against targets in central Syria.

"Moscow is deeply concerned with the latest developments and attacks on Syria. The danger of the escalation of tensions within and around the de-escalation zones, which have become an important factor in reducing violence in Syria, is of particular concern," the Foreign Ministry stated on its website.

Feb 11 06:20

A history of Israeli military aggression against Syria

Below is a quick look at Israel’s acts of military aggression against Syria:

June 9-10, 1967: Israel attacks Syria, occupying the country’s Golan Heights during its Six Day War on Arab territories.

October 5, 2003 (Ain es Saheb airstrike): An Israeli warplane squadron attacks a camp about 24 kilometers northwest of the Syrian capital, Damascus, injuring a civilian guard.

September 6, 2007: Israel attacks Dayr al-Zawr Province in northeastern Syria, striking what it says is a suspected nuclear reactor.

November 11, 2012: Israel fires a “warning shot” in the direction of Syria, alleging>>>

Feb 10 15:15

Mattis Quietly Admitted U.S. Has No Evidence Assad Used Sarin Gas On Same Day Memo Dropped

On the same day the House Intelligence Committee's bombshell FISA memo was released, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis quietly admitted the US has no evidence Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used sarin nerve gas against his own people.

Though a few major outlets reported on it, the bombshell admission was almost completely ignored.

Feb 10 12:25

Russian-Turkish axis in Syria faces meltdown

With suspicions running high that the nominal allies drew each other's blood on February 3, Ankara may well seek a modus vivendi with the US.

Two things differentiate the downing of a Russian Su-25 ground-attack jet in the western province of Idlib on February 3 from the drone attacks on the Russian air base at Hmeimim a month earlier.

Suffice to say, the air is thick with innuendos and dark hints that Russia and Turkey may have drawn each other’s blood on February 3, despite notionally being allies in Syria’s hybrid war.

Feb 10 09:46

ISRAEL ATTACKS 12 TARGETS IN SYRIA AFTER PLANE SHOT DOWN IN MOST SERIOUS CONFRONTATION IN YEARS

Israel’s military said on Saturday Iran and Syria were “playing with fire” but that it was not seeking an escalation after a confrontation resulted in large-scale Israeli air strikes inside Syria. It was the most serious confrontation between arch foes Israel and Iran since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011.

Feb 10 09:01

Israel Downs Iranian Drone, Strikes Syria; Israeli F-16 Shot Down

One pilot in serious condition

Israel attacks Syrian, Iranian targets in fresh strike

Rocket sirens sound throughout northern Israel

Feb 10 08:50

Israel Attacks Syria After Fighter Jet Crashes

Israel has launched what it described as a large-scale air raid in Syria after one of its F-16 fighters crashed while under Syrian anti-aircraft fire.

Twelve sites, including four “Iranian targets” near the Syrian capital, Damascus, were destroyed in the raid, according to an Israeli military spokesman, Jonathan Conricus. It was not immediately clear whether there were any casualties.

The Israeli F-16 was shot at as it returned on Saturday morning from a raid to destroy Iranian facilities accused of launching a drone into Israel.

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Feb 10 08:35

Israel launches heavy Syria strikes after F-16 crashes

Israel launched heavy air strikes in Syria on Saturday, saying it hit air defenses and Iranian targets, and the Syrian army claimed to have brought down an Israeli F-16 that crashed in northern Israel in a major escalation of tension.

Feb 10 08:01

Moscow: Creation of Threats for Russian Military Personnel in Syria Unacceptable

Moscow Concerned With Escalation of Tensions as Israel Attacks Syria

The Russian Foreign Ministry has called on the global community to respect Syria's sovereignty and the territorial integrity of the countries of the Middle East following the aerial attacks of Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) against targets in central Syria.

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WATCH Downed Israeli Pilot Parachute to the Ground
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In this image made from video provided by Yehunda Pinto, the wreckage of a jet is seen on fire near Harduf, northern Israel, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018
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Feb 10 07:43

Syrian Air Defense Downs One Israeli Jet, Damages Others

The Syrian military has hit at least one Israeli F-16 warplane that attacked positions inside Syrian territory, with its two pilots ejecting out.

Syrian state TV cited a Syrian military official as saying that Syrian aerial defense had responded to Israeli “aggression” against an army base in central Syria.

The official said more than one Israeli aircraft had been hit.

At least one Israeli F-16 was hit it, going down in flames and smoke.

The Israeli military confirmed that the warplane had gone down in northern Israel, and that the two pilots had been transferred to hospital.>>>

Feb 10 07:32

The Israeli Ideology In Syria

Feb 10 07:19

Syrian Forces Israeli Defense Forces: You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

Now we’re talking. The Israeli Defense Forces have recently attacked the Syrian forces again,[1] but the Syrian forces responded by taking down an Israeli F-16 fighter jet.[2]

The IDF declared that their attack in Syria was simply a response to “Iranian aggression,”[3] but only a fool would believe that the IDF were telling the truth. They have been perpetuating lies and hoaxes since the beginning of the Syrian war, and now they want us all to believe that Iran was being aggressive.

Obviously the Syrian forces were telling the Israelis that if they think they are going attack Syria without a military response, then they’ve got another thing coming. Russia should use that opportunity to challenge the Israeli regime to abide by the political order or face consequences.

Russia cannot allow Benjamin Netanyahu to go wild.>>>

Feb 10 06:58

Israeli F-16 Fighter Jet Shot Down By Syria

Israeli F-16 Fighter Jet Shot Down by Syrian Anti-Aircraft Fire Amid IDF Cross-Border Raid

An Israeli F-16 fighter jet crashed after Syria responded with anti-aircraft fire to an Israeli operation in its territory. Syria says its military base came under Israeli fire, and it hit multiple aircraft in response. [PHOTOS]

Feb 10 06:57

Palestinian Groups Felicitate Syria on Downing Israeli Fighter Jet

Different Palestinian resistance groups congratulated Syria for downing an Israeli F-16 fighter jet after it bombed a Syrian army base, stressing that the era of Tel Aviv's "rampage" has ended.
"Time has come to an end for the Zionists' rampage," Palestine's Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) said in a statement quoted by al-Mayadeen on Saturday.

Also, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine underlined that the shooting down of the Israeli F16 fighter means that Syria is able to confront the Zionist regime as the enemy of Islamic Ummah.

Meantime, the Palestinian Mujahedeen Movement felicitated Syria for this victory, stressing, "The Zionist regime doesn’t understand anything but the language of force and downing the fighter jet was a natural response to fight against the enemy's policies."

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(*Awaiting A 'Tweet' From The President)

Feb 10 06:25

Major Battles Occurring In Idlib

BREAKING: Major battles occurring in Idlib as Syrian Army and jihadists smash ISIS

IDLIB, Syria - The Free Syrian Army's (FSA) "Repel the Invaders" Operation Room has announced that are engaging with ISIS in heavy battles on the Idlib axis (southern Idlib countryside-northern Hama countryside) in northwest Syria.

They announced that they are smashing ISIS positions with heavy artillery as they attempt to penetrate into the interior of Idlib province as they are being chased away by the Syrian Army.

This comes as earlier today ISIS broke through Syrian Army positions to reach a front with jihadists, including the FSA, operating in Idlib. Details of this can be read here.

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Feb 10 02:16

Syria shoots down Israeli F-16 in Israeli Airspace

S300 systems blew the American paid for Zionist warplane out of the sky moments after it took off.

Feb 10 01:04

Air force bombs Iranian targets in Syria in response to border breach, meeting heavy anti-aircraft fire; F-16 crashes in Israeli territory, one pilot seriously injured

Shaul Pinkerfeld, a security officer at Kibbutz Harduf, told Walla news: “A little bit after 6 a.m. we heard explosions. We woke up and understood that there was a plane or the remains of a plane on fire near the kibbutz entrance.

Feb 10 01:01

Israeli media admits F-16 jet fell down over Galilee, its pilots injured

Occupied Jerusalem, SANA- Media of the Israeli enemy on Saturday admitted that F-16 jet fell down over Galilee and that its pilots were injured.

Feb 10 00:58

Second major confrontation between Syria, Israel ongoing in Damascus

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 A.M.) – For the second time today, the Israeli Air Force and Syrian Air Defense are battling one another within in the souwthwestern countryside of Damascus.

Feb 10 00:52

Army air defense confronts new Israeli aggression on military base in central area, hits more than one aircraft

Damascus, SANA-The army air defense confronted a new Israeli aggression on a military base in the central area and hit more than one aircraft.

Feb 09 14:16

Turkey bombs US-backed militants in northern Syria

Turkey has bombed US-backed Kurdish fighters in Afrin with impunity, just after Washington cited an alleged attack on the militants to target pro-government forces in Syria.

The Turkish army said in a statement on Friday that the overnight strikes destroyed 19 targets, including ammunition depots, shelters and gun positions, state-run Anadolu news agency said.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said seven US-backed militants with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) as well as two civilians were killed in the attacks.

Turkey began the attacks on January 20, but halted them after terrorists downed a Russian jet in the northwestern Syria province of Idlib, in order to allow Moscow to reinforce its air defense system.

The offensive is aimed at the YPG, which Turkey says bears ties with anti-Ankara militants.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This feels to me to be getting more dangerous by the moment.

The US has stated that it will NOT move its troops embedded with the Kurds at Manbij, which he Turks have stated they will invade next.

I really think that the US, by having a physical presence in Syria, is setting our military up at Manbij to become "sacrificial lambs" for a bloody display of a false flag to be blamed on Syria, so that the US has another "justification" for a full-on invasion of Syria.

Feb 09 13:25

Voice Of America Gone Wild: Russia's Complicity in Syria's Chemical Weapons Attacks

United Nations investigators are looking into reports of new chemical weapons attacks on civilians in Syria.

Paulo Pinheiro, chair of the UN’s Commission of Inquiry on Syria said in a statement that “the commission has received multiple reports, now under investigation, that bombs allegedly containing weaponized chlorine have been used in the town of Saraqeb in Idlib and in Douma in Eastern Ghouta.”

In a statement issued February 5th, U.S. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said the United States is “gravely alarmed by continued allegations of the use of chlorine gas by the Syrian regime to terrorize innocent civilians.”

After a meeting in January for the launch of the International Partnership against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson noted that Russia ultimately bears responsibility for the victims of chemical weapons in Syria>>>

Feb 09 08:13

US illegally blocks Russia's $5 million transfer intended to fuel aircraft in Syria

The US has illegally blocked a money transfer of the Russian Defense Ministry, which was intended to pay for fuel of Russian aircraft fighting against terrorists in Syria.

This sum is for more than five million dollars, said the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

She explained that this is an international transfer, which the Russian Defense Ministry carried out in 2017. Zakharova stressed that the US side has frozen the money.

"It's more than five million US dollars. So far, these funds, have not been returned," Zakharova said at a briefing.

Feb 09 08:06

Russia Officially Accuses The US Of Planning To Partition Syria

“Plans of de facto partition of Syria exist. We know about it and will ask our American colleagues how they do imagine all this,” Lavrov said during a speech at “Leaders of Russia” contest.

He also said Americans were changing their stance about the reason for their presence in Syria.

“Americans seem to have abandoned assurances given to us that the only purpose of their presence in Syria is to defeat terrorists.”

“Now they say this presence will remain until they are convinced that Syria has begun a sustainable process of political settlement, the result of which will be regime change,” he said.

Feb 09 08:06

US Fighting for ‘Position of Strength’ in Syrian Peace Talks It Isn’t Part of

The Pentagon has announced that they are continuing operations in Syria to strengthen the position of US diplomats during UN-backed peace talks to end the Syrian conflict - but the US has not participated in Syrian peace talks, and their continued presence in Syria has strained Washington’s relationship with both Russia and Turkey.

During Thursday's Defense Department briefing, spokesperson Dana White was asked how the US intended to avoid fighting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad when his supporters had avowed intentions to do battle with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed Syrian, predominantly Kurdish militia.

"We continue to support SDF with respect to defeating [Daesh]," White replied. "Our goal is to ensure that our diplomats can negotiate from a position of strength [in the ongoing UN-backed peace talks]. It's our diplomats who will resolve what happens with respect to Syria."

Feb 09 07:27

Moscow slams ‘illegal’ US presence in Syria as Pentagon reserves right for ‘defensive’ attacks

Russia has reminded the US that its presence in Syria is illegal after the coalition struck pro-government militias. Washington however reserved the right for “defensive” attacks to achieve peace “from a position of strength.”

The US presence in Syria is “actually illegal,” the Russian Ambassador to the UN reminded his Western counterparts on Thursday at a closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council. “Nobody invited them there,” Vasily Nebenzya stated, emphasizing that a hard fought for stability in Syria is being jeopardized by US actions.

On Wednesday, the US-led coalition said it carried out several “defensive” airstrikes on Syrian forces in Deir Ez-Zor province in retaliation for what they described as an “unprovoked” attack on the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and foreign military “advisers.”

Feb 08 12:27

Syria Slams US Attack on Pro-Damascus Troops

Syrian State Media Slams US Attack on Pro-Damascus Troops as 'Attempt to Support'

Centcom announced that US-led coalition forces in Syria had opened fire at pro-Syrian government forces "in defense" of Syrian Democratic Forces headquarters. Damascus has yet to comment on the attack.

Syrian state-run TV has slammed the US-led coalition attack on government's allied troops east of the Euphrates River as a "new aggression" and "an attempt to support terrorism".

(*Tillerson was just talking to hear his own voice , when out of the blue he started reminding us how Assad was gassing his own people , the other day .)

Feb 08 12:05

US and Israel Escalate War on Syria

Both countries pursue regime change, wanting pro-Western puppet governance replacing Assad.

Endless war rages despite all-out Russian efforts for diplomatic conflict resolution.

It’s nowhere in sight, war likely to continue as long as Assad remains Syrian president – even if he’s reelected in an internationally monitored open, free and fair election like in June 2014, Washington, Israel and their rogue allies not likely to accept results as valid.

For the second time since last November, the third time since 2013, Israel reportedly terror-bombed Syria’s Jamraya Research and Information Center north of Damascus – its warplanes operating from Lebanese airspace.

An unnamed Trump administration official said all options are on the table.

“Using military force is something that is still considered.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would politely like to remind President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister that Russia was invited to take care of Syria's jihadists; neither the US nor Israwl were invited.

And gentlemen, should Russia's Putin decide not to let this military malarkey by the US and Israel continue in Syria, do you think for a minute hw will not suddenly, and very forcefully, cause it to stop?

Feb 08 11:55

Syria War: Hospitals Being Deliberately Targeted (*AGAIN!)

Rebels in the northern Idlib province and rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region near Syria's capital Damascus, are being targeted with air strikes, despite mounting Western and UN pressure for a truce.

The White Helmets volunteer rescue group has been carrying out most of the rescue operations, but its workers are limited as to where the wounded can be helped since hospitals are under attack too.

The UN says the increasing violence is making "a mockery" of these zones.

(*video at source)

Feb 08 10:06

HEROIC DEATH OF RUSSIAN SU-25 PILOT AND OPERATION IN IDLIB

On February 3, militants of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) shot down a Russian Su-25 attack aircraft with a MANPAD, over the village of Khan al-Sabil in the Syrian province of Idlib. The attack aircraft was on a combat patrol, carrying out airstrikes on facilities belonging to the terrorist group in the area of Saraqib.

The warplane’s pilot, Major Roman Filipov ejected before the plane crashed. Injured and surrounded, Filipov fought with the militants on the ground. During the fight, he fired at least 40 rounds from his Stechkin automatic pistol at the enemies. Then, Filipov allowed the militants to approach him, shouted “This is for our boys!” and blew himself up using a hand grenade. This explosion likely killed or injured a few militants.

Feb 08 08:55

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – FEBRUARY 8, 2018: US-LED COALITION STRUCK SYRIAN ARMY IN DEIR EZZOR

On February 7, the US-led coalition carried out several airstrikes on positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the province of Deir Ezzor. The coalition claimed that the SAA had “initiated an unprovoked attack against well-established Syrian Democratic Forces [SDF] headquarters”, added that “coalition service members” were co-located with SDF fighters during the attack and described the strikes as a self-defense act.

According to local sources, the US targeted positions of the SAA near the town of Khasham, located on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River where some clashes between the SAA and the SDF were also reported. Earlier pro-opposition sources speculated that the SAA was preparing to use Khasham as a foothold to attack the SDF position in the areas of the CONICO gas facility and the Jafar oil field. However, these reports were not confirmed by any evidence.

Feb 08 02:47

Israel Warplanes Attack Syrian Base Near Damascus

Israeli warplanes flying out of Lebanese airspace carried out a series of attacks against a Syrian military research base in Jamraya overnight, with a number of missiles hitting the base and causing substantial damage.

(*US & Israel: We make a beautiful team !)

Feb 08 02:30

US-led coalition conducts ‘defensive’ airstrikes against Syrian forces

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The US-led coalition has also firmly stressed its “non-negotiable right to act in self-defense>>>

(*and that needs to be understood . The US was attacked in Syria , a place where they have been cordially asked to leave on more then one occasion , by Syrians, who have most likely given up on asking politely.
As the foreign aggressor The US has the right to defend itself )

Feb 08 02:23

Syrian State Media Slams US Attack on Pro-Damascus Troops as 'Attempt to Support'

Centcom announced that US-led coalition forces in Syria had opened fire at pro-Syrian government forces "in defense" of Syrian Democratic Forces headquarters. Damascus has yet to comment on the attack.

Syrian state-run TV has slammed the US-led coalition attack on government's allied troops east of the Euphrates River as a "new aggression" and "an attempt to support terrorism".
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According to ABC citing sources, at least 100 pro-government forces have been killed in air and artillery strikes carried out by the US-led coalition in Syria>>>

Feb 08 02:08

US Warplanes Bomb Pro-Govt Forces in E. Syria

US coalition forces have issued a statement on Wednesday confirming a series of US airstrikes against Syrian pro-government forces along the Euphrates River. The statement insisted that the attacks were in “self-defense.”>>>

Feb 07 16:31

US-led coalition conducts ‘defensive’ airstrikes against Syrian forces

The US-led coalition has carried out several “defensive” airstrikes on Syrian forces in retaliation for what they called an “unprovoked” attack on the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and foreign military “advisers.”

“In defense of Coalition and partner forces, the Coalition conducted strikes against attacking forces to repel the act of aggression against partners engaged in the Global Coalition’s defeat-Daesh (ISIS) mission,” the Central Command said in a press release.

The retaliatory attack was carried out after Syrian “pro-regime forces initiated an unprovoked attack against well-established Syrian Democratic Forces headquarters,” the coalition claimed.

The US-led coalition has also firmly stressed its “non-negotiable right to act in self-defense,” since its service members are embedded with the “partners” on ground in Syria.

Feb 07 13:27

At US outpost in Syria, US general backs Kurdish fighters

On the ground in Syria, the top U.S. general in the coalition fighting the Islamic State group pledged on Wednesday that American troops would remain in the northern Syrian Kurdish town of Manbij despite Ankara's demands for a U.S. pullout.

"We're here to ensure the lasting defeat of ISIS is maintained in this area," Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk said during a visit to U.S. forces in Manbij. ISIS is an alternative acronym for the Islamic State group.

Funk's visit comes amid rising tensions between Turkey and the United States — NATO allies that have ended up on opposing sides in some aspects of the multi-layered war in Syria.

While fighting IS in Syria, the U.S. has backed the Syrian Kurdish militia, known as the People's Protection Units or YPG — a group that Ankara considers "terrorists" and allied with Kurdish insurgents within Turkey, the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK. The YPG makes up the backbone of a force that fought IS in Syria.

Feb 07 09:25

How Al-Qaeda Ended Up With Anti-Aircraft Missiles: Here Is The Congressional Authorization

Though US intelligence and defense officials have long denied that so-called "vetted" groups in Syria were recipients of anti-aircraft systems, rumors to the contrary have been persistent for years. The latest denial came immediately on the heels of Saturday's Russian jet shoot down, which resulted in the death of the pilot on the ground as he came under fire by jihadists. Pentagon spokesman Maj. Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway told Russia's TASS: "The United States have not provided any of its allied forces in Syria with anti-aircraft weapons."

Feb 07 09:16

Turkey will ‘hand Manbij to Arab owners’ after expelling YPG: Erdo?an

Turkey’s anticipated military operation into Syria’s Manbij will expel the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) from the city so its “original Arab owners” can be resettled there, President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has said.

“Mr. Obama did not tell the truth. Trump is also on the same path. They said: ‘We will withdraw from Manbij.’ Why don’t you withdraw? Who have you brought to this city with you? The PYD [Democratic Union Party], the YPG and the [Kurdistan Workers’ Party] PKK. You allow them to settle and tell us ‘Don’t come to Manbij.’ We will come to Manbij to hand it over to its real owners,” Erdo?an told his ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) parliamentary group on Feb. 6.

Feb 07 09:02

Russian-Turkish axis in Syria faces meltdown

Idlib province is situated right on Syria’s border with Turkey. It is supposed to be a “sealed border” under strict surveillance by Turkish security agencies. If what Sablin alleged was based on factual information, Russian intelligence recently monitored the transfer of MANPADS from Turkey to extremists.

Curiously, the day after Sablin spoke, Turkey came out with a counter-allegation of its own, attributed to “security sources,” to the effect that the weaponry used in the attack against a Turkish army tank on February 3 by Kurds in Afrin “might have been a Russian-made 9M113 Konkurs” and that the “claim is being evaluated.” Five Turkish soldiers were killed in that attack.

Suffice to say, the air is thick with innuendos and dark hints that Russia and Turkey may have drawn each other’s blood on February 3, despite notionally being allies in Syria’s hybrid war.

Feb 07 08:18

US Using Chemical Arms Issue to Downplay Russo-Syrian Successes

Former Syrian diplomat Bassam Abu Abdallah said the US still cannot reconcile itself with the military success of the Syrian Arab Army and Russia's recent diplomatic achievements in Sochi, commenting on Washington's attempt to use the chemical weapons issue to exert pressure on Damascus, Moscow.

time the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) defeats terrorists, the chemical weapons issue appears on the lips of American politicians, former Syrian diplomat and specialist in international relations Bassam Abu Abdallah told Sputnik Arabic.

"Daesh [ISIS/ISIL] and al-Nusra Front has been nearly completely defeated," the diplomat said dubbing the groups as "the US' hands in Syria."

"At the same time, we see that the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi proved successful. The international community, led by the UN Secretary General, welcomed this important step to solve the Syrian crisis," he stressed.

On Monday, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley accused Russia of "shielding" Damascus on the issue of the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria>>>

Feb 07 08:15

Syria says Israeli warplanes attacked its military near Damascus

Israeli warplanes struck a Syrian military position in a rural area near Damascus on Wednesday, triggering Syria's air defense system which destroyed most of the missiles, a Syrian army statement carried by state television said.

The statement said several missiles were launched by the Israeli jets from inside the territory of neighboring Lebanon at 03:42 am local time.

"The general command of the armed forces holds Israel fully responsible for the dangerous consequences of its repeated, aggressive and uncalculated adventures," the army statement said.

In Jerusalem, an Israeli military spokeswoman said: "We do not respond to such reports."

Feb 06 13:51

Terrorists In Syria Have MANPADs But Who Did They Get Them From?

By Brandon Turbeville

A Russian jet fighter pilot was killed on Friday while operating over the town of Massran in Idlib province in Syria. The Sukhoi-25 plane had apparently lowered its altitude while on mission and was struck by fighters belonging to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). The pilot ejected but, once on the ground, was killed with HTS taking credit for his death. However, the Russian Defense Ministry released a statement claiming that the soldier had detonated a grenade in order to avoid being captured by the notoriously cruel and savage “rebels” supported by the United States.

The pilot, Roman Filipov, was posthumously awarded the Hero of Russia medal.

According to the Russian MOD, his last words were “Here’s for the guys.”

While the event itself was relatively straightforward, the questions that now arise center around how HTS came into the possession of MANPADs to begin with...

Feb 06 12:32

Russian Trade Representative Building Bombed in Damascus - Moscow

The Russian Foreign Ministry reported of mortar shelling on the country's trade representative building in the Syrian capital. No casualties were sustained, but the building itself is severely damaged.

The ministry urged international and regional partners to make objective value judgments about the shelling.

"There are no casualties. The building has suffered significant damage. We strongly condemn yet another terrorist attack against the diplomatic mission of Russia in Damascus, which has become a link in the chain of crimes committed by them [terrorists] against the civilian population of the Syrian capital in recent days," the ministry said in a statement.

Feb 06 10:45

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – FEBRUARY 6, 2018: YPG SENDS LARGE FORCE TO COMBAT TURKISH ARMY IN AFRIN

A large convoy of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Sinjar Resistance Units (YBS) was filmed in the city Afrin overnight on February 6. The convoy reportedly consisted of over 100 vehicles, including buses. According to various sources, the total number of YPG/YBS fighters in the convoy was between 1,500 and 5,000, most likely the real number is about 2,000. This force will definitely participate in the ongoing clashes between the YPG and the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF).

Feb 05 13:48

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s comment on the last fight of the Russian Pilot:

“If you see how hard they fight for Syria, just try to imagine how hard they will fight for Russia.“

Feb 05 11:43

The Syrian Madhouse Gets Even Crazier

Why on earth are at least 2,000 US troops mixed up in this fracas in darkest Syria? Because the pro-Israel neocons in Washington, who pretty much run US foreign policy these days, are determined to have revenge for the defeat of US-backed rebel forces in Syria. So it’s once more into the breach near Afrin and the town Manbij though America has zero national interests in Syria. The US first tried to overthrow Syria’s governments in Damascus in 1948 because it was too independent and flirting with the Soviets. Today’s intervention is part of Israel’s plan to fragment Syria and gobble up its water and fertile land resources.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am deeply concerned that a clash between Turkish and US military in Syria, will lead to broader confrontation against Russian forces here.

War in Syria, to fragment it, possibly involving Russian troops, is the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing the US government could do right now; unfortunately, however, just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing it could do, is absolutely zero guarantee that the US governmen will not do it.

Feb 05 11:32

Ankara vows revenge as 7 Turkish soldiers killed in clashes near Syria’s Afrin

Seven Turkish soldiers were killed and a tank lost in Ankara’s ongoing military campaign against Kurdish militias in Syria's northwestern Afrin region. The casualties marked the deadliest day for Turkey since the offensive began.

Five servicemen died in fighting near the settlement of Sheikh Haruz located north-east of Afrin, the Anadolu news agency reported, citing a statement issued by Turkey’s General Staff. The soldiers were killed as a Turkish tank came under attack, it said.

Earlier, the General Staff also reported about the death of two other Turkish soldiers. One was killed in clashes with local armed groups on Syrian territory, while another lost his life during an attack by what Ankara described as “terrorist groups” in Turkey's Kilis province.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What in heaven's name were the Turks thinking, that the Kurdish people inside Northern Syria were going to welcome them with flowers, as they were bombing the hell out of Syria?!?

And here's a companion headline of note, which may be one of the sources of Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim's ire:

Turkey sustains growing losses in Syria Invasion

Feb 05 10:42

INTERNATIONAL ARMS WATCHDOG FINDS THAT MOST ISIS WEAPONRY WAS PURCHASED BY THE UNITED STATES AND SAUDI ARABIA BEFORE BEING SHIPPED TO OPPOSITION FORCES IN SYRIA AND IRAQ

A damning report by the EU-funded Conflict Armament Research has found that the majority of weapons that ended-up in the hands of Daesh/ISIS were purchased from Eastern European stockpiles by the United States or Saudi Arabia and transferred to opposition militias in Syria. In many cases there is clear evidence to suggest that the arms were transferred into ISIS possession in less than a month, as US-backed groups amalgamated into ISIS or the weapons were sold on a thriving black market.

A significant proportion of the weapons examined were unauthorised for retransfer, meaning that they had End User Clauses for US and Saudi military or police use that were quickly violated, not even being shipped to their country of authorised usage in many cases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The war criminality of the US government, in enabling and abetting this transfer of weapons, is truly staggering.

Feb 05 10:33

TURKEY WARNS US TROOPS IN NORTHERN SYRIA MAY BE TARGETED BY ITS ARMED FORCES

Last week we reported that days Turkey valiantly demanded that US forces vacate military bases in the Syrian district of Manbij, the US predictably refused, and on Monday a top American general said that US troops will not pull out from the northern Syrian city of Manbij, rebuffing Ankara demands to withdraw from the city and risking a potential confrontation between the two NATO allies.

One week later, in the latest dramatic escalation between the two NATO members, Turkey's Deputy PM has warned that US troops fighting alongside Syrian Kurdish militias in the same uniform may be targeted by the Turkish army due to the difficulty of distinguishing them in the heat of battle, effectively stating that US troops in northern Syria are now "fair game" in the ongoing deadly conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What I am hoping - and praying - for, is that this major escalation in tensions, and the war of words, between DC and Ankara, does NOT mean that our troops in Syria are being considered "sacrificial lambs" by this administration, to be used as a pretext and justification, to establish a wider US footprint in Syria.

Remember: regime change in Damascus is ultimately the issue to which this Administration keeps stubbornly clinging like a tick, no matter how high military and civilian casualties might be in pursuance of that goal.

I just have to wonder at what point Russia, which was invited by the Syria govenment to get rid of its jihadis will say "NYET!!" to a further American invasion of this sovereign country, and what actual steps may be taken by the Russians to prevent this from happening.

Because if the game plan by DC is to engage Russia in Syria militarily, it is obviously a game plan which was never thoroughy vetted, or thought through, with any degree if intellectual rigor.

Feb 05 10:32

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – FEBRUARY 5, 2018: SU-25 SHOOTDOWN MARKS NEW ROUND OF ESCALATION IN IDLIB

On February 3, militants shot down a Su-25 warplane of the Russian Aerospace Forces with a man-portable air-defense system (MANPAD) over the village of Khan al-Sabil southwest of the city of Saraqib in the province of Idlib.

Originally, Jaysh al-Nasr, a militant group that had been supplied with US-made TOW anti—tank missiles, claimed that its members had downed the warplane. Later, the media wing of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) released a video of the MANPAD launch. This confirmed that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) members were involved in the attack.

The Su-25 pilot ejected, but was killed in a fighting on the ground. The militants were not able to capture him alive.

According to the Russian media, the pilot identified as Major Roman Filippov. He was a former Ukrainian pilot from the city of Simpferopol in what is now the Russian Republic of Crimea.

Feb 05 10:11

INTERNATIONAL ARMS WATCHDOG FINDS THAT MOST ISIS WEAPONRY WAS PURCHASED BY THE UNITED STATES AND SAUDI ARABIA BEFORE BEING SHIPPED TO OPPOSITION FORCES IN SYRIA AND IRAQ

A damning report by the EU-funded Conflict Armament Research has found that the majority of weapons that ended-up in the hands of Daesh/ISIS were purchased from Eastern European stockpiles by the United States or Saudi Arabia and transferred to opposition militias in Syria. In many cases there is clear evidence to suggest that the arms were transferred into ISIS possession in less than a month, as US-backed groups amalgamated into ISIS or the weapons were sold on a thriving black market.

Feb 04 08:02

A Turkish war of America’s making

As Turkey intensifies its military campaign against Syrian Kurdish fighters, it is tempting to blame the violence on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s strident jingoism and xenophobia.

After all, Erdogan has long warned that Turkey would never tolerate a Kurdish military presence on the country’s southern border; the recent offensive would seem to suggest that his words are being met with action.

Feb 04 08:02

Syria Complains to UN About Turkish Assault and Occupation – What Next?

Damascus has complained to the United Nations about Turkey's military campaign in northern Syria, denouncing the operation as "an assault and occupation" of the Syrian territory.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry has further urged the UN Security Council "not to allow any state to use force in a way that contradicts international law or to depend on the Charter to justify its aggressive atrocities."

The issue in front of the UN is not a scientific debate, it has everything to do with political will and its own Charter. What the world body is about is telling the United States, Turkey and all of those extras that their days are numbered; that must leave post-ISIL Syria.

Feb 04 08:01

Ankara vows revenge as 7 Turkish soldiers killed in clashes near Syria’s Afrin

Seven Turkish soldiers were killed and a tank lost in Ankara’s ongoing military campaign against Kurdish militias in Syria's northwestern Afrin region. The casualties marked the deadliest day for Turkey since the offensive began.

Five servicemen died in fighting near the settlement of Sheikh Haruz located north-east of Afrin, the Anadolu news agency reported, citing a statement issued by Turkey’s General Staff. The soldiers were killed as a Turkish tank came under attack, it said.

Earlier, the General Staff also reported about the death of two other Turkish soldiers. One was killed in clashes with local armed groups on Syrian territory, while another lost his life during an attack by what Ankara described as “terrorist groups” in Turkey's Kilis province.

Feb 04 08:00

Russia must find out where Syrian militants got MANPADS that downed Su-25 – MPs

As far as military losses go, "the loss of one aircraft is nothing, but politically it has great significance and far-reaching consequences," Klintsevich said. Other lawmakers are concerned about how the militants could have acquired the anti-aircraft weapon. "We have information that the MANPADS used to bring down our jet was brought into Syria from a neighboring country several days ago," MP Dmitry Sablin, coordinator of the Russia-Syria parliamentary friendship group, told Interfax.

Feb 04 07:41

Pentagon: US Has Not Equipped Allies in Syria With Surface-to-Air Weapons

Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon told Sputnik on Saturday, hours after a Russian Su-25 attack aircraft was downed by militants in Syria, that the United States did not equip partner forces in Syria with surface-to-air weapons.

"Alongside by, with, and through our partners in Syria, the United States remains focused on the fight against ISIS [Daesh]. The US has not equipped any partner forces in Syria with surface-to-air weapons and has no intention to do so in the future. Our operations are geographically focused on ongoing combat operations against ISIS [Daesh] in eastern Syria. We will assess the validity of these claims to ensure the safety of our coalition partners. I refer you to the Russian government for information regarding this incident," Pahon said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And if you believe THAT one, I have some of Saddam's nuclear weapons to sell you!

Feb 03 12:05

Mattis Threatens Military Action Over Syria Gas Attack Claims, Then Admits "No Evidence"

Mattis Threatens Military Action Over Syria Gas Attack Claims, Then Admits "No Evidence"

"I don’t have the evidence,” Mattis said. “What I am saying is that other groups on the ground - NGOs, fighters on the ground - have said that sarin has been used, so we are looking for evidence.”

This week the American public was once again bombarded by fresh headlines alleging the Syrian government under President Bashar al-Assad gassed its own people. And in predictable fashion the usual threat of US military force soon followed.

Feb 03 11:51

US is in talks with Turkey about Manbij: Mattis

The United States is in talks with Turkey about Manbij, Syria, but it is not the right time to discuss it publicly, Secretary of Defense James Mattis said on Feb. 2.

"I am not going to discuss [it] right now," Mattis told reporters at a news conference. "It is simply not the right time to do this in the public square."

Mattis was referring to Turkey’s plan to launch a military operation in the strategically important northern city as part of Operation Olive Branch.

Manbij lies northeast of Aleppo but just south of the Turkish border. Washington has voiced concern about the safety of U.S. troops in Manbij amid Turkey's ongoing operation in northeastern Syria.

There are about 2,000 American soldiers in Manbij.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that these talks will ratchet down the tension here, but it is hard to know what will ultimately be decided.

The one think I am hoping and praying that doesn't happen is that these US troops not be used as "sacrificial lambs", toward a greater US footprint in Syria, which means we will be looking at being at war with Russia also.

Feb 03 11:46

Report: Russian delegation visit meant to stop Israeli strike

During their meeting in Moscow earlier this week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly updated Russian President Vladimir Putin on Israel's intentions to attack the Iranian weapon factories along with Hezbollah targets in Syria and Lebanon in light of continued arms shipments to the Shiite terror group.

After Putin and Netanyahu's meeting, a senior Russian delegation arrived in Israel for "an in-depth examination of Israeli concerns of the role Hezbollah and Iran play in Syria, particularly after Iran refused Russia's request to withdraw its men from southern Syria," the Arab newspaper reported.

Feb 03 11:39

Russian missiles strike area of Su-25 downing, killing at least 30 terrorists – MoD

Russian military planes have targeted the Al-Nusra-controlled area of Syria’s Idlib province where a Su-25 jet was earlier downed by militants, the Russian Defence Ministry said.

The military conducted “a massive precision weapon strike… on areas controlled by the Al-Nusra [terrorist] group,” the ministry said in a statement.

Feb 03 11:37

BREAKING: Russian fighter jet 'SHOT DOWN by rebels in Sarqeb', pilot reported DEAD

Syrian opposition activists claim rebels have shot down a warplane in the country's northwest where Government forces and their allies are advancing with the help of intense airstrikes.

A Syrian monitoring group and a Syrian militant say the pilot was killed when he resisted capture by opening fire from his pistol.

The Russian media quoted an official source confirming that an SU-25 has been shot down.

It is the first SU-25 to have been shot down for two years.

There are reports that the pilot survived and other that he was burned alive.

Feb 03 10:40

Russian missiles strike area of Su-25 downing, killing at least 30 terrorists – MoD

Russian military planes have targeted the Al-Nusra-controlled area of Syria’s Idlib province where a Su-25 jet was earlier downed by militants, the Russian Defence Ministry said.

Feb 03 09:30

Russian fighter jet 'shot down' in Syria's Idlib province

A Russian Sukhoi-25 fighter jet has been shot down in a rebel-held area near Idlib in north Syria, reports say.

The pilot was said to have ejected before the crash and been captured, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

Video posted on social media appeared to show the plane being hit, while other video showed burning wreckage on the ground, with a red star on a wing.

Russia has acted alongside its Syrian allies targeting rebels in the area.

Syrian government troops launched a major offensive around Idlib in late December, backed by Russian jets. The UN says some 100,000 civilians have been displaced.

The fate of the pilot has not yet been confirmed, nor which group shot his plane down or captured him.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; who is really responsible for the shoot-down, and with what was it done, in light of the fact that no group has yet claimed responsibility?!?

We now have a update, courtesy of Zerohedge.com, as follows:

Russian Fighter Jet Shot Down by Syrian Rebles, pilot Reportedly Killed

I am having to wonder if, perhaps, the rebels who shot down this plane were US backed, and if that might have been what gave them the firepower to successfully bring down the Russian warplane; this hasn't happened since 2015. (Warning: very graphic tweets at the end of this article.

If, in fact, this was a US-sponsored and armed rebel group, the situation in Syria is just about to get a great deal more volatile than it already is.

Feb 02 09:16

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – FEBRUARY 2, 2018: MILITANTS’ DEFENSE COLLAPSED IN EASTERN IDLIB

The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured the town of Bulbul as well as the villages of Ali Kar, Za’ra and al-Ham from Kurdish YPG forces in the area of Afrin.

According to pro-Turkish sources, over 24 YPG members were killed in the recent clashes. Pro-Kurdish sources claim that 20 members of Turkey-led forces were killed.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also said that 800 so-called ‘terrorists’ had been killed since the start of Ankara’s Operation Olive Branch in the area on January 20.

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies liberated the villages of Wasitah, Tal Jina, Seihah Swamp Um Karamil, Tal Aqarib, Tal Jina, Atshana Gharbi, Um Karamil and Tal Husein from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) in eastern Idlib and southern Aleppo.

Government forces are currently deployed within about 16 km from the strategic militant-held town of Saraqeb.

Feb 02 07:00

Iraqi Forces Arrest ISIL Oil Chief near Border with Syria

The Iraqi forces have arrested one of the most senior members of the ISIL while attempting to cross the border into Syria, military sources reported on Friday.

sources said that the ISIL commander was identified as ‘Abdel-Ghani Zargham ‘Abdel-Sama, the terrorist group’s oil chief.

The sources added that ‘Abdel-Sama was traveling through the town of Masada in Northwestern Nineveh, when the Iraqi security forces ambushed his convoy.

Abdel-Sama surrendered immediately after he was surrounded by the Iraqi security forces.

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Feb 01 11:44

Syria complains to UN about Turkey's 'assault, occupation'

Damascus has complained to the UN about Turkey's military campaign in northern Syria, denouncing the operation as "an assault and occupation" of the Syrian territory.

Ankara continues to "spread lies" about its military aggression against Syria and tries to justify the action as an act of self-defense, Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said in two letters addressed to the UN chief and the Security Council chairman.

“The Syrian Arab Republic stresses that the presence of any foreign military operations on its territories without its overt approval is an assault and occupation, which will be dealt with on that basis,” the ministry said.

The Turkish operation on Syria, it said, constitutes a violation of the UN Charter.

Feb 01 11:31

Trump’s Announced Strategy for Occupying Syria

“The President has committed, as a matter of strategy, that we will not leave Syria. We are not going to declare victory and go. And that is not my opinion; that’s the President’s strategic judgment. We’re going to stay for several reasons: stabilization and assistance in the vital north and northeast, protection of our allies the Syrian Democratic Forces, who have fought so valiantly against ISIS in the northeast, try to work to help transform the political structures in that area to a model for the rest of Syria, and capable of being credibly represented in a new Syrian state; but for other reasons as well, including countering Iran and its ability to enhance its presence in Syria, and serving as a weight or force helping us to achieve some of those broader objectives.”

Feb 01 11:29

Russia says hundreds killed in Turkish operation in Syria's Afrin

Several hundred people, including civilians, have been killed during Turkey’s military operation in Syria’s Afrin, Interfax news agency cited Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying on Wednesday.

Feb 01 11:27

Doctors Warn Turkish Invasion Taking Toll on Afrin’s Civilians

Turkey’s ongoing invasion of northern Syria is inflicting a heavy price on the civilian population in the Kurdish Afrin District, their first target, with Syrian doctors warning of a rapidly declining humanitarian situation and hospital supplies running low.

At least 65 civilians have been killed so far in the 11 days since Turkey’s invasion, with all but two of those deaths directly attributed to Turkish attacks. The other two civilians were in neighboring Azaz, which the Kurds attacked.

Afrin hospital’s head reported dozens of civilians are being wounded daily, and urged the UN to do something to stop the fighting. Turkey has insisted that they intend to attack all of the Kurdish-held parts of northern Syria, about 25% of the country.

Feb 01 11:24

US Mission Creep in Syria?

War-party Washington plans to expand its dangerous path of mission creep beyond its original goals of so-called war on ISIL in Syria. The ambitious attempt hasn’t gone so well with Turkey, which demands that the US immediately and unconditionally withdraw from the Syrian city of Manbij. Washington has said no, with Central Command Chief Gen. Joseph Votel saying that the US has no intention of withdrawing just because Turkey says to... The US already has 2,000 to 3,000 occupying troops in Manbij and nearby regions in the same Kurdish canton in Northern Syria, and that number is likely to keep growing as the US entangles itself more deeply in that country. An open-ended deployment in the territory of an unfriendly government that is supported by Iran and Russia is a recipe for a pointless and easily avoidable conflict. At worst, it is the start of a steadily expanding mission creep that will embroil the US in yet another futile war.

Feb 01 11:24

Turkish army, FSA extend Afrin operation, 800 militants killed so far

The Turkish Armed Forces and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) have extended their operation against the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria’s Afrin district, with President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an saying that some 800 militants have so far been killed.

“Some 800 terrorists have been killed in Afrin [so far since the start of the operation]. Hopefully, this number will increase until the evening,” Erdo?an said on Feb. 1 at the Be?tepe Culture and Congress Center in the Presidential Complex in Ankara.

Turkish forces and the FSA cleared one more village of the YPG on Feb. 1 during their operation in Afrin, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.

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