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Oct 16 11:22

The United States Did It Again: Its Warplanes Use White Phosphorous Munitions in Syria

The US-led coalition used white phosphorus (WP) munitions while delivering air strikes against the Syrian province of Deir Ez-Zor on Oct. 13. The attack resulted in civilian casualties. Last month, WP munitions were also used by two US Air Force (USAF) F-15s in an attack on the town of Hajin in Deir-ez-Zor. The Syrian government has repeatedly condemned the US-led coalition, which claims that the need to fight ISIS justifies its military actions, while denying the fact it is using white phosphorous projectiles.

Oct 16 09:50

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 16, 2018: IDLIB DEMILITARIZATION ZONE AGREEMENT REACHES ITS FIRST DEADLINE

On October 15, a first deadline in the roadmap for implementation of the Idlib demilitarization agreement passed. According to this agreement, militant groups had to withdraw all their heavy weaponry and equipment from the declared 15-20km deep zone and halt any actions against Syrian government forces. By October 20, all members of radical militant groups, like Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and its allies have to withdraw from the area.

Turkish media has already claimed that all heavy weaponry had been withdrawn by the so-called opposition. Nonetheless, recent rocket and mortar strikes on government targets in northern Hama and southwestern Aleppo show that this is at least partly untrue. Furthermore, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other radicals are not hurrying to abandon their positions. The situation is developing.

Oct 16 08:58

New BBC documentary 'Dangerous Dynasty' ignores the West's role in destabilizing Syria

The new BBC2 documentary, 'A Dangerous Dynasty: House of Assad', should be contrasted with the 2010 BBC4 series 'Syrian School', which eschewed neocon propaganda and allowed us to make our own minds up about Baathist Syria.
Whatever happened to objective film making? Why does everyone today feel that the film or program maker must take sides and not just show us things as they are?

These thoughts were uppermost in my mind when watching the first episode of the 72 Films production, 'A Dangerous Dynasty' last week.

You could say the title was a bit of a giveaway. If you were expecting to see a balanced, intellectual analysis of Baathist rule in Syria, providing historical perspective, and putting the 'House of Assad' in some kind of regional context, you'd have been very disappointed.

Oct 15 13:28

Syria: Another US Forever War?

Oct 15 12:07

Syria’s Al-Qaeda Will Accept Idlib Deal

While the deal is already in place and this is the first time they’ve commented on the matter, al-Qaeda’s Syria affiliate, Tahrir al-Sham, has issued a statement today expressing support for the Turkey-Russia negotiation deal in Idlib

The statement didn’t promise to always abide by the deal, but did express appreciation for it, and praised Turkey for its efforts to prevent the invasion of Idlib by Syrian forces, which is what the deal was intended to avoid.

The statement further condemned the “trickery of the Russian occupier,” saying that they don’t have faith in Russia’s intentions. It’s not clear if the deal has actually required Tahrir al-Sham, formerly Jabhar al-Nusra, to do anything.

Oct 15 11:26

Deadline for jihadists to leave Idlib buffer zone passes, what's next?

A deadline for terror groups to pull out of a buffer-zone around Syria's last rebel-held stronghold

Oct 15 10:15

'Massacre in Syria’s Idlib is Iran’s red line'

The potential massacre of civilians while trying to retake the last major stronghold of anti-government militants in Syria — namely Idlib Province — is a red line for Iran, says the Iranian chief negotiator in the peace process for Syria.

Hossein Jaberi Ansari, senior assistant to the Iranian foreign minister on special political affairs, told Press TV’s website in an exclusive interview on Wednesday, October 10, that Idlib had a special status and had to be dealt with accordingly.

He said armed and terrorist groups have blended into a large civilian population there, which makes a retake of the region complicated and, in Iran’s viewpoint, eliminates the possibility of a quick fix.

Jaberi Ansari called the situation in Idlib “the epitome of the complexities of the Syrian conflict.”

Oct 15 08:46

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 15, 2018: SYRIAN ARMY KICKS OFF ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO ELIMINATE ISIS IN AL-SAFA

On October 11th, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), local militais, and former fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) prepared to launch a new offensive on the remaining ISIS fighters in the al-Safa area with support from Russia, north of al-Suwayda, local media reported. On October 12th and October 13th, pro-government sources reported that a large number of ISIS fighters had been killed. However, no notable gains were made by the SAA and its allies.

The Russia-Turkish deconfliction agreement is facing difficulties with the withdrawal of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham from the demilitarized zone, according to local sources. Militants also violated the agreement on October 13th when they shelled the town of al-Bahsa and a base of the SAA in the northwestern Hama.

Oct 15 06:54

Syria reopens key crossings with Jordan and Israel-occupied Golan

Syria's main crossing points with Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights have both been reopened for the first time in several years.

A Syrian businessman living in Jordan was the first person to pass through the Nassib border post between Jordan and Syria when traffic resumed.

Syrian government forces recaptured the crossing from rebel fighters in July.

UN vehicles were also seen crossing into the Israel-occupied Golan near the Syrian town of Quneitra on Monday.

The news came as Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem discussed "speeding up" the reopening of the country's border crossings with Iraq at a meeting with his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari in Damascus.

Oct 14 10:13

AMNESTY: 2,500 BODIES FOUND UNDER RUBBLE IN RAQQA

Most of the dead were civilians after tens of thousands were displaced due to the US-led campaign against Daesh in the city.

Amnesty International’s Senior Director of Global Research, Anya Neistat, said in a press conference held in Beirut on Friday that “30,000 houses in Raqqa have been completely destroyed and 25,000 are partially destroyed. So far about 2,500 bodies have been dug from the rubble,” Reuters reported.

Oct 13 11:09

US Coalition Strikes Syrian Town Using Banned White Phosphorus

The reported strikes are not the first time that the US-led coalition has been accused of using the banned munitions in recent weeks. Last month, the Russian military reported that US strikes using white phosphorus had resulted in major fires and civilian casualties in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ez-Zor.

The strikes, taking place Saturday across multiple districts in the town of Hajin, Deir Ez-Zor province, included the use of white phosphorus, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) has reported, citing local sources.

The agency did not provide any immediate information about possible civilian casualties.

Syrian television station Ikhbariya later reported that several people had been killed and several others injured following separate coalition strikes in al-Soussa, Deir Ez-Zor in an attack which hit a local bakery.

Oct 13 10:23

Jordanian Opposition Politician Calls for Apology to Syria

In late September, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi told Sputnik that there is no fixed date for reopening of the main Nassib checkpoint on the Jordanian-Syrian border, which only further cools the already chilly ties between the two countries.

Prominent Jordanian opposition leader Laith Shubeilat has urged Amman to extend apologies to Syria and restore relations between the two countries. The call was part of his letter to Jordanian Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz's government, published on Shubeilat's Facebook page.

"You should apologize on behalf of all of us, those who did not stop our previous government from being turned into an arch foe of Syria; apologize for what your predecessors have done, and especially the opposition MOC [Military Operation Center] which united Western countries, Jews, the Gulf countries in Jordan with the aim of overthrowing Syrian authorities," Shubeilat pointed out.

Oct 13 10:23

Outside In: The Trump administration’s plan to remake the Middle East

The only promise that is new about the promised peace plan is the way it will be forced on the Palestinians: no one has promised that the plan itself will be new. With Saudi Arabia and Egypt—the outside—brought onside with the promise of continued military aid despite their crimes against humanity and violations of international law and the Palestinians weakened by being silenced, economically crushed and stripped of any friends to help them, the United States and Israel are now free to attempt to impose a peace plan on the Palestinians.

Oct 13 10:14

Rights group criticizes US-led coalition for Raqqa deaths

The U.S.-led coalition's failure to adequately acknowledge and investigate civilian deaths in the Syrian city of Raqqa is "a slap in the face for survivors" trying to rebuild their lives a year after the offensive to oust the Islamic State group, a prominent rights group said Friday.

At a news conference in the Lebanese capital, Amnesty International said 2,521 bodies from the battle for Raqqa have been recovered in the city, the majority killed by coalition airstrikes. It cited a small unit known as the Early Recovery Team working with U.S.-backed predominantly Kurdish forces to recover bodies and bury them. They expect to recover at least 3,000 more bodies.

There are "more bodies underneath the ground than living souls," said Anna Neistat, Amnesty International's senior director of global research, who
in 2017 with the coalition playing a supporting role recently returned from Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember the line from a television interview, during Viet Nam, when a soldier made the statement "We had to destroy the city in order to save it", right after the Tet Offensive in Viet Nam?!?

It appears that the same tortured thinking applies here, including the extensive assassinations of civilians.

Oct 13 09:41

ISIS seizes chlorine canisters in attack on Al-Nusra & White Helmets – Russian MoD

Deadly chemicals have ended up in the hands of Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) after pro-IS terrorists attacked a northern Syrian HQ of Al-Nusra, killing several militants and White Helmets and capturing canisters with chlorine.
The Russian Defense Ministry reported on the attack on Wednesday, accusing the militant-allied Western countries of helping the terrorists acquire chemical agents. The “irresponsible actions” of these states in Syria have led to the situation, in which “chemical agents ended up in the hands of Islamic State terrorists, whose actions are impossible to predict,” the head of the Russian Reconciliation Center, Major General Vladimir Savchenko, said in a statement.

Moscow has previously accused the anti-government militants and their Western backers of preparing false flag chemical attacks to frame Damascus. The West, Savchenko said, completely “disregards the precarious situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone” with this alleged plan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember how much the US government has hyped the mantra about having to "do something" if there is another "chemical attack" on the Syrian people?!?

Folks, if this information is true, we are all probably being thoroughly groomed for an "October Surprise" in Syria, which would certainly be a welcome distraction for both the White House, fretting about upcoming midterm elections and the economy, and Bibi Netanyahu, worried about corruption charges against his wife Sarah, and potentially against himself.

Oct 13 09:16

US OFFICIALS SAY RUSSIA TO "SEIZE" SYRIA'S OILFIELDS AS MOSCOW PRESSES EUROPE ON RECONSTRUCTION

Russia is attempting to woo European countries like Germany into a program of reconstruction cooperation in Syria, where broad swathes of the country have been destroyed through seven years of grinding proxy war; however, Pentagon officials have charged Russia with wanting to "seize" Syria's oil and gas resources.

This comes as the United States has resolved to keep its over 2,000 troops in the east of Syria while vowing zero reconstruction aid so long as Iranian troops and advisers are present in the country. This week a top US military official even went so far as to accuse Russia of seeking "to take advantage in any way they could" and that a "great power competition" for Syria will continue to shape its post-war future.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is absolutely absurd, and sounds like desperation on the cusp of madness; because after all, had the US-backed forces successfully created regime change in Damascus, wouldn't the seizing of Syria's oil resources be the first thing it would do, post-occupation?!?

There is no logical reason for the US to have 2,000 troops in Syria, as this is an invasion of a sovereign nation.

And if you will look at recent history, Syria invited Russia and Iran to assist it in getting rid of the Jihadis; the US was not, because it had funded, armed, and trained the very people which Al-Assad's forces were fighting.

With Russian S-300 defensive systems now in place, and operational, there is no fighter system the US has that these weapons most probably cannot see coming.

One has to wonder what the next move the US government and military are plotting here; could it be an "October Surprise", in an attempt to "flatten" any Iranian posts in Syria?!?

One has to wonder what the Iranian/Syrian/Russian response would be to such an act?!?

Oct 13 08:52

JAMAL KHASHOGGI WASN’T THE FIRST — SAUDI ARABIA HAS BEEN GOING AFTER DISSIDENTS ABROAD FOR DECADES

THE STORY OF Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance and possible murder has riveted the world’s attention with its macabre, and mysterious, details. The soft-spoken but sharply critical Saudi journalist vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2. Theories about his fate include the horrifying possibility that Khashoggi was murdered — and perhaps even tortured and dismembered — at the hands of the Saudi state. (The Saudi government continues to vehemently deny these charges.) Should these allegations prove true, Khashoggi’s fate could have vast ramifications for the reputation of Saudi’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, known as MBS, who has until now sought to establish himself as a figure of modernization and reform. Already, Khashoggi’s case has elicited an unusually strong response from Western media and parts of the American government alike, casting Saudi Arabia’s geopolitical future in doubt.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There's an old saying about being judged "by the company one keeps"; and one has to wonder; President Trump's two BFFs in the Middle East, are the Saudi Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, and Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Why this particular set of relationships?!?

What I believe what President Trump's"friends" probably have in common, outside a desire/demand for total control over their citizens, would be that wonderful line from the TV show, "Elementary", in which Sherlock is describing his dad to Watson, as having "...assassins on speed dial."

But for both men, that desire for "total control" is starting to slip.

In Saudi Arabia, we have heard of the possible Saudi execution of a Saudi Journalist, Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Turkey.

And according to recent reports, Houthi rebels have managed to embed themselves in various strategically significant towns within Saudi Arabia itself Yemen's military adopts a more aggressive strategy, and captures Saudi Military sites, While Bibi Netanyahu's wife is on trial for corruption. Corruption indictment looms for Israel's Netanyahu in lead-up to Israeli Elections

And here is why Netanyahu may hold early snap elections: Israel's Netanyahu appears poised to call early elections This would traditionally be held either in late October, or early November.

It looks to me as though both men are in an urgent state of need for some kind of spectacular distraction for their countries' citizens, a "misdirection", if you will, so that not much will get said said about the three situations I have mentioned in this post.

Please note that at this point in time, 13 October, there are 32 days left for countries around the world to stop buying oil from Iran, courtesy of President Trump's edict against this: this "drop dead" date occurs on Sunday, 4 November.

Tuesday, 6 November, is the US mid-term elections.

I think we may reasonably expect to see an "October/November surprise", by way of some kind of false flag, by the US, perhaps with overt or covert assistance by the leaders of both countries in order to "provide "cover"/distraction for both men.

Where and when, I cannot tell you; but the sense of impending dread I am experiencing, looking at potential places where the geopolitical, dry "tinder" could easily be torched, and the world set to burn in an upcoming global war, is something I just cannot shake.

And to our readers and listeners, I hope - and, yes, pray - to heck that I am utterly dead wrong about this; I never want to see anyone hurt, particularly as a distraction for other operations the US- and other governments - don't want us to see happening.

But in looking at both the logic, and the timing here, this is the way I see current history appearing to be unfolding.

Oct 12 12:13

Israeli Outlet Claims Russia Imported Iranian Crews to Operate Syria's New S-300 Anti-Air Missiles

Editor's note: This report comes from DEBKA which is a publication from the Israeli militant right-wing. It is also an sometimes accused of being an outlet for the Israeli intelligence. As such some of its reports may not reflect reality, or even what DEBKA editors believe is, or may be, reality--but merely what information the Israeli uber-hawks want out there. Nonetheless, the theory presented is an interesting one, and not entirely unplausible. Syria does not have crews trained to man its new Russian-made S-300 air defense systems, but Iran on the other hand has had these missiles for a few years now and has such operators.

Oct 12 09:45

US Trying to Create Quasi-State East of Euphrates With Help of Allies – Moscow

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that Washington was keeping the situation in the region tense, so no-one can be certain of what happens next.

According to the Russian minister, the US aims to use its allies in order to create a quasi-state east of the Euphrates River, establishing illegal structures in the region.

“To the east of the Euphrates river, there are vast lands where absolutely unacceptable things happen. The US is trying to use these territories through their Syrian allies, particularly, the Kurds, in order to create a quasi-state there,” he stated.

Oct 12 09:02

Netanyahu says US Navy’s visit shows support of Israeli military action in Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters on Thursday that the U.S. Navy’s visit at Ashdod Port was a message of support for his country’s military action in Syria.

“We are determined to act to defend ourselves against the Iranian military entrenchment in Syria, and against its proxies,” Netanyahu stated, as quoted by the Jerusalem Post.

Oct 12 08:58

Russia rejects Israel’s claim to sovereignty over Golan Heights

Russia has rejected Israel’s claim to sovereignty over the Golan Heights which has been under Israeli occupation for 51 years.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov indicated that his country will not agree to any change of status of the Golan Heights, insisting that Moscow, along with the large majority of the international community, considers it to be occupied Syrian territory.

The status of the Golan Heights is determined by the resolutions of the UN Security Council,” Lavrov was quoted by Tass as telling reporters yesterday. “To change this status bypassing the Security Council, I think, would be a direct violation of these resolutions.”

Oct 12 08:18

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 12, 2018: ‘S-300 ELIMINATION’ DELAYED – ISRAEL GROUNDS F-35 FLEET

On October 11, the Israeli military announced that it had halted flights of F-35I stealth fighter jets following the crash of the US Marine Corps F-35B jet in South Carolina on September 28. The Israeli Air Force (IAF) stated that the F-35B crash was caused by a technical malfunction in the engine’s fuel pipe. So, the IAF decided to make additional precautions and conduct tests on all F-35I aircraft before continuing to employ them.

Earlier, multiple Israeli experts and even top officials claimed that the IAF may soon employ F-35I jets to challenge S-300 air defense systems, which were recently received by the Syrian military. However, it seems any kind of these actions is now delayed.

Oct 11 10:57

ISIS Ambushes US-Backed Kurds in Eastern Syria

US-backed forces from the Kurdish YPG and its allies continue to try to advance against a handful of ISIS-held towns in Eastern Syria, but are finding the offensive difficult. Once again, ISIS has ambushed a substantial group of Kurdish fighters trying to get into the area.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights called it a “counterattack,” and said that violent clashes are still ongoing in the area. Casualties are not finalized, but at least 10 fighters were reported slain and 35 captured so far in the ambush.

The Kurdish YPG’s media officials denied that this was the case, saying that the information was “not true” and that none of their fighters had been captured. It seems unlikely that confirmation will be possible until the fighting ends.

Oct 11 08:11

Pompeo Vows to Cut US Reconstruction Aid to Syria If Iran's Forces Stay

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that the US would stop any reconstruction assistance to Syria so long as Iranian forces are present in the war-torn country, AFP Reported

"The onus for expelling Iran from the country falls on the Syrian government, which bears responsibility for its presence there," Pompeo told the Jewish Institute for National Security of America as quoted by AFP.

"If Syria doesn't ensure the total withdrawal of Iranian-backed troops, it will not receive one single dollar from the United States for reconstruction," Mike Pompeo was quoted as saying by AFP.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That would create an opportunity for Russia to step in with the reconstruction, bringing Syria fully into the Russian sphere of influence; a major defeat for the US.

Oct 11 07:23

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 11, 2018: ISIS SEIZES TOXIC AGENTS INTENDED TO BE USED FOR PROVOCATIONS IN IDLIB

ISIS terrorists have been able to seize toxic chemicals due to the irresponsible actions of the representatives of the Western countries, Lieutenant General Vladimir Savchenko, chief of the Russian center for the reconciliation of the conflicting sides in Syria, said on October 10.

According to Savchenko, on October 9, a group of ISIS-linked militants attacked the headquarters of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) in the village of al-Lataminah.

He added that four militants and two members of the White Helmets organization were killed in the attack and two cylinders containing chlorine were taken out of the headquarters. The seized cylinders were transported to southern Aleppo and handed over to members of another terrorist group – Hurras al-Din.

Oct 11 06:58

WATCH Terrorists Steal Chlorine Tanks After Killing White Helmets Activists

According to the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation, Daesh terrorists have attacked militants from Nusra Front and have seized at least two barrels with chlorine gas.

In a video posted online by the Russian Defense Ministry, a group of terrorists can be seen seizing canisters of chlorine from rival jihadists and moving them to the south of Syria’s Aleppo province.

“Late on October 9 a group of Daesh-linked terrorists attacked the headquarters of Hayat Tahrir ash-Sham terrorist organization (formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra) near Al-Latmana village,” the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria says in captions attached to the video.

According to kp.ru website, the attackers took two barrels with chlorine after killing four militants and two members of the White Helmets organization.

Oct 11 06:46

Censoring Syria - Videocracy and the Cyberwar for Your Mind

With Russian and Syrian pro-government forces taking action in the Idlib Governate located in the far northwest corner of Syria as shown in red on this map:

...one of America's most powerful companies has seen fit to remove certain Syrian government and news agency websites from YouTube.

Oct 11 06:43

Terrorist “Syrian National Coalition” Complains About SAA’s Heavy Weapons In Idlib

The National Coalition of the Syrian Opposition and Revolutionary Forces, also known as the National Coalition of Syria, has called for the withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the newly formed Idlib demilitarized zone, according to a report released on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, the media reported the alleged withdrawal, which would have been confirmed by the Turkish Ministry of Defense. Moscow, however, said it was scrutinizing the information released.

The withdrawal would be a “positive step” that would give the opposition a chance to unite and agree on a single stance on the crisis deal, coalition member Yasser Farhan told broadcaster Al-Hadath.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is rich. The people who started the shooting are complaining that the people they were shooting at have weapons!

Oct 10 17:40

ISIS seizes chlorine canisters in attack on Al-Nusra & White Helmets – Russian MoD

Deadly chemicals have ended up in the hands of Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) after pro-IS terrorists attacked a northern Syrian HQ of Al-Nusra, killing several militants and White Helmets and capturing canisters with chlorine.

The Russian Defense Ministry reported on the attack on Wednesday, accusing the militant-allied Western countries of helping the terrorists acquire chemical agents. The “irresponsible actions” of these states in Syria have led to the situation, in which “chemical agents ended up in the hands of Islamic State terrorists, whose actions are impossible to predict,” the head of the Russian Reconciliation Center, Major General Vladimir Savchenko, said in a statement.

Oct 10 11:30

It's The LAW: Moscow rejects notion of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan

Two days after Netanyahu said Putin understands the territory’s importance for Israel, Russian FM says any change of status would violate UN resolution.

Oct 10 10:44

Russia Isn't Turning Libya Into the 'New Syria' But It Wouldn't Hurt if It Tried

The UK Sun published a scandalous report alleging that Russia is trying to turn Libya into a “new Syria”, but objectively speaking and overlooking the unverified claims made in the piece, it wouldn’t be a bad thing if Moscow tried.

Oct 10 10:04

S-300s in Syria Will Be Able to 'See' America's 5th-Gen Jets

According to the expert, even if the ground-based radars do not see the F-22s, the plane will still make its presence known as soon as turns on its on-board radio-electronic suppression system. Once that happens, ground-based control systems will be able to localize the radiation source, subsequently pointing to the aircraft's location and launching an anti-aircraft missile to chase after it.

Oct 10 10:02

Israel will continue Syria strikes despite S-300, Netanyahu tells Moscow

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he told Russia’s vice premier in talks on Tuesday that Israel must continue to hit hostile targets in neighboring Syria, despite Moscow’s decision to equip Damascus with advanced air defense missiles.

Netanyahu said at a press conference that he told Maxim Akimov in talks in Jerusalem that Israel would continue to fight what it says are Iranian attempts to entrench itself militarily in Syria and channel advanced weaponry to its Lebanese ally, the Hezbollah terror group.

Despite the delivery of the S-300 air defense systems to the Syrian military, Israel was committed as a matter of self-defense to continue its “legitimate activity in Syria against Iran and its proxies, which state their intention to destroy us,” Netanyahu said.

Oct 10 10:01

Syria's Assad offers amnesty to army deserters

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has granted a general amnesty for men who deserted the army or have avoided military service.

A decree published by state media on Tuesday said the amnesty applies to men "inside and outside the country" and covers all punishments for desertion.

Men inside Syria will have four months to take advantage of the amnesty while those outside will have six months.

The move could help boost the return of refugees, some of whom have not been able to go back home because they were blacklisted.

Oct 10 08:31

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 10, 2018: YPG CELLS ATTACK TURKISH-BACKED FORCES IN AFRIN

The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) carried out a new attack on Turkish-backed forces in the region of Afrin. According to the YPG, 4 members of Turkish-backed groups were killed by the YPG in the village of Mariam.

This was the first YPG attack in Afrin, which become public in October. In September, the Kurdish group carried out about 20 attacks. Most of them took place in the first part of the month.

The decrease of the YPG military activity in the region of Afrin is most likely linked to additional security measures employed by the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and their proxies.

On October 9, President Bashar al-Assad issued the legislative decree No. 18 for 2018 granting a general amnesty for military deserters inside and outside the country. This amnesty does not include fugitives from justice unless they turn themselves in within 4 months for those inside the country and 6 months for those outside the country.

Oct 09 12:15

S-300s in Syria Will Be Able to 'See' America's 5th-Gen Jets

The delivery of Russia's S-300s to Syria has prompted US media to speculate that the US Air Force may deploy its F-22 stealth fighters to take out the country's air defenses. Meanwhile, Washington also promised to supply Israel with more F-35s. But will the 5th gen planes be able to evade the Russian air defense system? Not likely, analysts say.

Referring to the S-300 deployment as a "token capability" and suggesting that the Pentagon might employ its F-22s and F-16CJ Vipers to suppress or destroy Syria's air defenses, as they were prepared to do at the start of the US campaign of airstrikes in Syria and Iraq in 2014, The Drive argued that the US "may have to return to such tactics" after the delivery of the Russian air defense system.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the worst possible nightmare for both the US government and its military industrial complex; that the alleged "stealthiness" of the F-35 isn't really that stealthy at all, and could prove to be fatally flawed, for all the world to see, if they try this.

But what deeply concerns me, here, is that there is still talk in the US press about potentially taking out the Russian S-300s in Syria with other types of fighter jets; this would, incontrovertibly, be an act of war against the sovereign nations of Syria and Russia, and one which Russia's President Putin would almost have to answer in kind.

Oct 09 11:25

Game Over: Idlib Heavy Weapons Withdrawal Close to End

In keeping with an agreement reached by Russia and Turkey to resolve the situation in Syria’s Idlib, jihadist groups have until October 10 to withdraw their heavy weapons from the demilitarized zone in the province.

In an interview with Sputnik, a Syrian Army representative said that groups such as Hayati al-Sham, largely made up of al-Nusra, Huras ad-Din and the National Liberation Front militants, including 16 Free Syrian Army groups, controlled by Turkey, had pulled their heavy weapons out of the southern, southwestern and eastern parts of the province. According the official, the militants have only medium and light weapons left.

Oct 09 10:54

Terrorists Suffer Heavy Defeats in Clashes with Syrian Army in Hama

The Syrian Army troops repelled heavy offensives of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) and other terrorist groups in Northern Hama on Monday, inflicting major losses on the terrorists.
The army's artillery and missile units pounded the movements of a group of al-Turkistani Islamic Party near the village of al-Mansourah and Tal Waset North of al-Ghaab Plain in Northern Hama, killing and wounding a number of terrorists and forcing their remaining pockets to retreat.

In the meantime, the Arabic-language al-Watan daily reported that Tahrir al-Sham terrorists, deployed in Southeastern Idlib, launched missile attacks on army positions in the village of Jorin in Western al-Ghaab Plain.

It further said that the army's artillery and missile units retaliated and shelled Tahrir al-Sham's positions in the region, inflicting major losses on them.

Oct 09 10:54

Syrian Sources: More Russian Forces Deployed Near US-Backed Militia in Deir Ezzur

The Russian Army has deployed more troops in Southeastern Deir Ezzur near regions that are controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) amid intensifying tensions between Moscow and Washington, a Syrian state paper reported on Monday.
Syria's state-run al-Watan daily reported that the Russian military stationed more troops in the town of al-Mayadeen and in the small town of Mahkan in Southeastern Deir Ezzur.

In the meantime, militant-affiliated sources said that a large volume of Russian army equipment has been sent to al-Mayadeen and Mahkan and Russian soldiers have deployed in different positions near SDF's strongholds.

Also, al-Watan said that deployment of more Russian troops in Deir Ezzur came after tensions between Moscow and Washington over the Deir Ezzur region went high.

Oct 09 10:27

Assad: “This Is The Reason For The ‘Hysteria’ Around Idlib”, U.S Evacuates ISIS Terrorists

Syrian President Bashar Assad explained the West’s “hysteria” over the situation in Idlib province.

According to the leader, quoted by the agency SANA, the result of the fight for the province, which is now controlled by several radical terrorist groups, is of vital importance to Western countries.

Assad believes that the victory of Syrian government forces in this struggle will spoil the West’s plans for Syria.

The president also commented on the agreement between Russia and Turkey on the creation of a demilitarized zone in the province. Assad stressed that the agreement to prevent the shedding of blood is a temporary measure.

“This province, like the others that remain under the control of the terrorists, will again be controlled by the government,” he said, quoted by SANA.

Oct 09 10:08

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 9, 2018: SYRIA GOT 24 S-300 LAUNCHERS, OVER 300 MISSILES

The Syrian military received three battalion sets of S-300PM missile systems, including 24 missile launchers, from the Russian military, the Russian state-run news agency TASS reported on October 8 citing a diplomatic source. According to the same source, the Syrians also received over 300 surface-to-air missiles. All these were delivered free of charge.

On the same day, the Turkish state media declared that Idlib militant groups had completed withdrawal of their heavy weapons, including Grad rocket launchers, mortars and medium-range missiles, from the demilitarized zone.

According to remarks and statements made by representatives of the Turkish-backed coalition of militant groups known as the National Front for Liberation (NFL), NFL members will remain at their positions in the demilitarized zone. Furthermore, they keep light weapons, machine guns and some vehicles equipped with large caliber guns.

Oct 08 07:53

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 8, 2018: CLASHES BETWEEN MILITANT GROUPS ONOING IN WESTERN ALEPPO

Idlib militants who refuse to lay down arms and continue attacks on government forces have to be arrested or eliminated, Russia’s Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East Mikhail Bogdanov told the country’s state-run news agency RIA Novosti on October 6.

He stated that Russia and its partners, including the internationally recognized government in Damascus, have repeatedly declared this position. The diplomat added that Russia continues contacts with Turkey on the situation in Idlib in the framework of the agreement reached by the sides in September.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) and the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL) appeared to be in the center of intra-militant tensions in western Aleppo during the last two weeks.

Oct 07 10:38

ISIL Asks for Surrender Terms as Gov't Forces Advances in Sweida Desert

ISIL has been calling on Damascus to pave the ground for their surrender as the Syrian Army troops are on the verge of final victory in the Eastern deserts of Sweida, a Russian media outlet reported on Saturday.

The Arabic-language website of Russia's state news agency, Sputnik, reported that ISIL has called several times on the government forces in the last two days to lay the ground for the terrorists to surrender in Toloul al-Safa rugged terrain in the Eastern desert of Sweida.

It further said that the ISIL's move came after the army men continued capturing of key regions in Toloul al-Safa and the imminent collapse of the terrorist front in the region, specially after army dispatched more men and military equipment to the battlefield.

Relevant officials said the ISIL terrorists, whose total number stands at 3,000, are likely to surrender soon.

Oct 07 10:12

US to Supply More F-35s to Israel to Offset S-300 Systems in Syria – Report

On Tuesday, Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Moscow had delivered S-300 missile systems to Syria to increase the security of Russian military personnel in the Arab country.

An additional shipment of US F-35 stealth planes will be supplied to Israel under President Trump's order, in retaliation to Syria’s recent acquisition of Russian S-300 missile defense batteries, according to the Israeli news website Debka.

Washington also notified Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that the first US F-35 squadron would soon be deployed at Al Dhafra Air base 32 kilometers south of UAE's capital Abu Dhabi.

Oct 06 09:55

Why is Iran backing Syria?

"We're not actually eager to meet with [US President Trump] because the United States is not a reliable negotiating partner," Zarif told UpFront host Mehdi Hasan.

"They were always saying that we want a treaty with Iran. Now they just withdrew from the [1955 Treaty of Amity] that we have with the United States because the International Court of Justice ruled against them," Zarif added. "That tells you that whatever you negotiate with this president and with this administration, they're not going to be bound by it."

Oct 06 09:54

Staying in Syria is a good way to get into a bad war with Iran

Syria’s seven-year civil war is likely in its final act. A single province remains under insurgent control and strongman President Bashar al-Assad is, with Russian and Iranian support, steadily regaining power. While not eliminated, what’s left of the Islamic State has lost nearly all its territory to Assad and shifted its focus elsewhere.

The Syrian regime’s final assault on the rebel stronghold of Idlib province may not be complete for some time — the region is teeming with local civilians and refugees, raising international alarm over further humanitarian crisis — but make no mistake, Damascus is winning.

Oct 06 09:52

US to send Israel more F-35s after Moscow supplies S-300s to Syria – reports

The US will reportedly provide Israel with more F-35s after Russia supplied Syria with S-300 missile systems. Moscow’s move came in response to the downing of a Russian military plane, which it partly blamed on Israel.

US President Donald Trump decided to lend a hand to America’s most devoted ally following consultations at the “highest administration and military levels,” DEBKAfile, a military intelligence news site, said to have ties with the Israeli security services, reported.

Oct 05 10:36

US Airstrikes in Syria Take Civilian Tolls Again

Several civilians, including women and children, were killed in the US-led coalition's airstrikes on a region in Southeastern Deir Ezzur.

Local sources in Southeastern Deir Ezzur reported on Thursday that the US-led coalition fighter jets targeted the town of al-Souseh on Wednesday, killing at least 4 members of a family.

They added that the US warplanes attacked a house in al-Souseh, leading to the death of the members of a family, including a woman and a child, and injuring a number of others.

In a relevant development in August, several civilians were killed in the US fighter jets' attacks on Eastern Deir Ezzur.

Local sources in Eastern Deir Ezzur reported at the time that the US warplanes attacked the town of al-Souseh, killing 3 civilians and wounding a number of others.

They added that some of the wounded people are in critical conditions.

Oct 05 10:35

US Reinvigorates Military Base in Hasaka

The US military has sent another convoy of troops and equipment to its base in Northwestern Hasaka to reinforce its build-up in Northern Syria an Arab media report said Thursday.

The Arabic-language al-Manar news channel reported on Thursday that a new US coalition was sent to the regions occupied by the Washington-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Northwestern Hasaka.

It added that the convoy consisted of military weapons and equipment and other logistics and building stuffs which entered the US base in Tal Baidar region.

The US Forces have been setting up more military bases in Hasaka province amid tensions between civilians and the Kurds, the report said.

Oct 05 09:32

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 5, 2018: US-BACKED FORCES CLASH WITH ISIS IN EUPHRATES VALLEY

Clashes between ISIS and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed up by the US-led coalition, are ongoing in the area of Hajin in the province of Deir Ezzor.

According to pro-SDF sources, during the last week of the clashes, the SDF killed up to 100 ISIS members and destroyed up to dozen of vehicles belonging to the terrorist group. However, at the same time, it appears that the SDF achieved limited gains on the ground.

On October 3, the SDF captured about 10 positions near the ISIS-held town of Hajin and expanded a buffer zone near the recently captured town of al-Baghuz al-Fawqani. SDF units also advanced on al-Susah, but were not able to break the ISIS defense there.

On October 4, the US-backed group repelled an ISIS counter-attack near al-Baghuz al-Fawqani and continued advance on al-Susah.

The SDF operations were actively supported by aircraft and artillery of the US-led coalition, which delivered up to 40 strikes on ISIS targets.

Oct 04 11:26

Any US/israeli strike on Russian S-300 systems in Syria could trigger World War 3

Any attempt by the United States to take out Russian S-300 systems would lead to a larger military confrontation between the two nuclear powers, says an analyst.

Oct 04 09:31

Russian TV Releases Footage Of S-300 Battery Being Offloaded In Syria

Christmas came early this year for Syria's Assad as Russia yesterday confirmed delivery of its feared S-300 surface-to-air missile system.

And on Wednesday Russian TV aired footage and provided photos of what are unmistakably the S-300 missiles being offloaded large cargo transport planes in Syria.

The nighttime footage shows the hardware being unloaded from the cargo door of the massive Antonov An-124 Ruslan, also called 'the Condor', which is known to be able to carry a payload of 120 tons.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had told Putin on Tuesday in a televised meeting, "The work was finished a day ago," and that the transfer includes 49 pieces of military hardware.

Oct 04 07:59

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 4, 2018: ISRAELI MINISTER SAYS F-35 JETS TO BE USED AGAINST S-300

ISIS executed another civilian hostage captured by the terrorist group during the July 25 attack on the government-controlled area in eastern al-Suwayda. A 25-yo Tharawat al-Fadel Abu Amar was killed by two shots in the head, according to a video released by ISIS.

The terrorist group also demanded the Syrian Army to stop its anti-ISIS operation in the area of al-Safa in southern Syria and two release several female members of the terrorist group from prisons.

According to pro-government sources, ISIS is holding about 28 people, mostly women and children, captured during the July 25 attack.

Despite ISIS demands, it’s unlikely that the Syrian Army will abandon its efforts to clear the al-Safa pocket from ISIS members because this decision would mean that the terrorist threat will remain in southern Syria without any chances to be eliminated. According to photos and videos appearing online, the advance is ongoing.

Oct 04 07:40

US-Backed Forces in Raqqa on Alert after Intensified Attacks by Unknown Gunmen

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Raqqa were put on alert on Wednesday after unknown assailants increased their attacks against them.
Media activists reported that unknown gunmen attacked an SDF checkpoint in the village of Ayed near al-Tabaqah in Western Raqqa, killing and severely wounding 5 of them.

They added that the SDF forces were immediately put on alert after the attack and detained several people as suspects.

Also, one of the SDF forces was injured after an unknown assailant fired at a vehicle carrying the SDF militia in Tal Abyadh street in Raqqa city.

The sources said that insecurities and attacks against the SDF have increased in regions occupied by them, adding that the SDF has erected at least 15 checkpoints from Seif al-Dolah street and February 23 street to al-Batani square in Northeastern parts of Raqqa's center.

Popular uprisings against the Washington-backed SDF have been reported in Deir Ezzur and Raqqa provinces in the past few weeks.

Oct 04 07:38

Israeli Minister: S-300 Systems 'Cannot Detect Our Stealth Fighters'

Israeli stealth fighters will be able to avoid being hit by the S-300 missile systems that have just been supplied to Syria by Russia and can possibly destroy them right on the ground, an Israeli official said.

“You know that we have stealth fighters, the best planes in the world. These batteries are not even able to detect them," Tzachi Hanegbi, the country's regional cooperation minister and a non-voting member of its security cabinet, said on Wednesday, referring to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighters that Israel has been getting from the US.

"The operational abilities of the air force are such that those (S-300) batteries really do not constrain the air force's abilities to act," Hanegbi told Israel's Army Radio.

On Tuesday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Moscow had delivered S-300 missile systems to Syria in order to increase the security of Russian military personnel in the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The real unknown, and the primal nightmare, for American and Israeli military is, what if these S-300s are equipped to successfully detect stealth technology?!?

Oct 04 07:37

Turkey tells US to stop their ‘delaying tactic’ in Manbij

The Spokesperson for the Turkish President, Ibrahim Kalin, said on Wednesday that the U.S. was purposely delaying the implementation of the Manbij roadmap.

“The delaying tactic started becoming a growing problem. Manbij roadmap should be implemented as soon as possible,” Kalin said.

Kalin continued that Turkey “can take steps at any time to ensure its national security against terror groups in Syria”.

Kalin’s comments come just a day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blasted the U.S. over their failure to remove all the YPG elements from Manbij.

Oct 04 06:37

Syrian military to be trained to use Russian S-300 systems within three months

It will take three months to train Syrian specialists to use Russian S-300 air defense systems, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday at a Russian Security Council meeting chaired by President Vladimir Putin.

"We have finished personnel recruitment and have begun to train them," he said.

So far, Russia has supplied Syria with 49 equipment pieces as part of delivery of the S-300 air defense system, Shoigu said.

"In conformity with the presidential decision, we have begun to carry out a number of measures to reinforce Syria’s air defense systems in order to ensure better protection for our servicemen. We have completed the delivery of S-300 systems. It included 49 pieces of equipment, including radars, control vehicles and four launchers," he told a Russian Security Council meeting chaired by President Vladimir Putin.

According to the minister, the delivery was finished a day ago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation; until the transition has begun to hand off the system to trained Syrian military, it will be Russian military personnel who will be operating this equipment.

I would like to hope that both the US and Israel are not stupid enough to believe that they can continue to strike targets within Syria with impunity, and without running the risks of having their jets blown out of the sky.

These systems are suggested to be able, potentially, to detect stealth vehicles from a considerable distance away, and neutralize them:

S-400 Triumf 5P85TE2 SA-21 Growler Surface-to-Air defense missile

Oct 04 06:08

‘Last pocket of ISIS' fighters surrounded, DoD official says

U.S. troops and their local partner forces have surrounded what has been called the “last pocket of ISIS resistance,” according to military officials involved in the campaign.

The final push, known as Operation Roundup, is in its third week. It is occurring in the Middle Euphrates River Valley’s Deir ez-Zor province, close to the Iraq-Syria border.

Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by the Operation Inherent Resolve coalition’s fire support, have dialed back the Islamic State precipitously over the past few years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sounds like he US wants to claim the victory won by Syria and Russia!

Oct 03 12:23

Israel Will Demand New Weapons From US Amid S-300 Supply to Syria - Scholar

On Tuesday, Russia announced the delivery of batteries of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Syria.

In an interview with Sputnik, Egyptian expert on Israel Muhammed Ali said that now that Syria has received S-300 air defense missiles from Russia, Tel Aviv will insist on getting similar weapons from the United States.

He added that the statement Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made on Facebook on Tuesday about his country’s right to self-defense amply proved this.

“Israel realizes that with the deployment of S-300 systems in Syria, it will no longer be able to provide emergency help to militants by striking Syrian military installations from the air,” the expert noted.

This means that Israel is losing its leverage on the situation in Syria and it will now be working hard to obtain new weapons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem is that Israel already has the best weapons the US can produce, and if in fact the S-300 can see the F-35, the game has changed in Syria, and there is nothing the US can send to change it back.

Oct 03 10:14

Iran says missile attack in Syria killed 40 'leaders' of Islamic State

Iran said the missile attack it launched in Syria on Monday had killed 40 “top leaders” of Islamic State, and that intelligence for the operation had been provided by its elite Quds Force.

Iran fired six missiles at targets in the Abu Kamal and Hajin regions in eastern Syria, in retaliation for an attack on a military parade in Iran on Sept. 22 that killed 25 people, nearly half of them members of its Revolutionary Guards.

The Quds Force is in charge of the Revolutionary Guards’ overseas operations.

“Based on the information we have received, around 40 top leaders of Daesh were killed in this attack,” General Amirali Hajizadeh, head of the Guards’ aerospace division, was quoted on Tuesday by Iran’s state media as saying.

“Daesh” is a derogatory Arabic acronym for Islamic State.

Oct 03 10:10

US Training Turkish Soldiers for Joint Patrols in Syria

The US has started training Turkish troops ahead of joint patrols the countries will conduct around the Syrian city of Manbij, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis said on Monday as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan railed against US support for groups he called Kurdish terrorists ? and who are America’s main anti-Daesh partners.

The city was liberated from Daesh militants in the summer of 2016 by the Kurdish-dominated and US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which Turkey considers inextricably linked to militant groups it has designated as terrorists, including the People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Turkey.

The US and Turkey have been independently patrolling the Turkey-Syria border by Manbij. Closing ranks in the effort is intended to prevent the outbreak of any violence between the various factions in the area.

Oct 03 09:53

Wikileaks: To Weaken Iran, US Undermined Democratic Elements of Syrian Opposition to Empower Radical Groups

A recently uncovered U.S. government document published by WikiLeaks has revealed that the U.S. directly advocated for undermining “democratic” elements of the so-called Syrian “revolution” of 2011 in order to ensure the dominance of authoritarian, sectarian Sunni groups within the Syrian opposition.

The document, written by the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Intelligence Department in late 2011, further asserts that empowering these radical Sunni groups over democratic and secular ones would be ideal for the United States and its regional partners, as ensuring the decline of the current Syrian government, and with it a secular Syria, would harm Iran’s regional clout.

In other words, the U.S. openly supported undermining democratic opposition forces in Syria in order to challenge Iranian influence and, with it, the influence of the Middle East’s “resistance axis” that obstructs the imperialistic agendas of the U.S. and its regional allies such as Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Oct 03 09:43

Russia vs. the F-35: Did a Russian Made Missile Strike One of Israel's New F-35s?

Did a Russian anti-aircraft missile hit one of Israel’s new F-35 stealth fighters?

Pro-Russian media are claiming that an Israeli F-35I was hit and damaged by a Russian-made S-200 surface-to-air missile during an Israeli air strike in Syria earlier this month. Israel says one of its F-35s was damaged—after colliding with a bird.

Oct 03 09:10

Russia will monitor air traffic in Israel, Saudi Arabia, Europe from Syria

The advanced defence and surveillance systems which Russia intends to send to Syria will be able to monitor flight movements in Israel, Saudi Arabia and Europe, media reports said.

“We will know not only that someone has entered the airspace in this region, but also that somewhere a plane is only operating on the runway, be it in Israel or Saudi Arabia or even in Europe,” Vladimir Mikheyev, first deputy director of government-owned Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies, told Russia’s Tass news agency

“Systems capable of combating precision weapons-guided bombs and missiles … will be added to the conventional radar protection systems,” he added.

Mikheyev pointed out that Moscow is planning to strengthen its own defence systems which could include the instalment of aerosol smokescreens which make airplanes invisible to missiles.

Oct 03 00:42

In S-300s We Trust

General Shoigu, Russia's minister of defense, wasn't threatening anyone in particular. But it was clear from his stony demeanor that Russia has had enough of foreign bad faith and deadly mischief in Syria, which has led to the loss of Russian lives serving the call of duty.

A loss of lives made all the more poignant because Russian servicemen are in Syria to defend that country from international terrorism.

“He was as serious as a heart attack,” was how American political analyst Randy Martin described Shoigu’s resolute announcement>>>

Oct 02 14:28

State Dept Warns of 'Serious Escalation' if Russia Sent S-300 to Syria

The US State Department said that if Russia sent its S-300 air defence systems to Syria, it would lead to a "serious escalation."

The United States hopes Russia did not deploy S-300 air defense systems in Syria because that would lead to a serious escalation of the situation, US Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauert said during a press briefing on Tuesday.

"I cannot confirm that that is accurate. I hope that they did not, that would be a serious escalation and concern," Nauert said when asked about the administration's reaction to reports Russia sent S-300 systems to Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Department of State Spokesperson Nauert, a word please: can you possibly manage to not be quite so behind the reality curve here?!? As of today, 2 October, Russia has made that statement that it has delivered the S-300 system to Syria.

Russia completes delivery of S-300 system to Syria

Forgive me my dear, but in the worlds of my maternal grandmother, "The horse is already out of the barn."

And if I can find this today, by reading the English-language version of Sputnik, why do you feign ignorance at the reality that this is already a done deal?!?

So, Spokesperson Nauert, now what?!? Is the US or Israel going to attack Syria over the Russian delivery of the S-300?!?

Are we going to see a "false flag" happen against American base inside of Syria, to be blamed on Syria, Russia, or Iran?!? Only time will tell.

Or will saner heads prevail?!? So far,sanity, in both domestic and foreign policies, has not had a really comfortable relationship with this administration.

Oct 02 13:30

Breaking: Russia officially delivers S-300 system to Syria – MoD

The S-300 air defense system and dozens of additional hardware pieces have been delivered to the Syrian military to boost security of Russian personnel there, Russian Defense Minister, Sergey Shoigu, told President Vladimir Putin.

Minutes ago, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that they had officially delivered the S-300 system to Syria.

According to the statement from the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Syrian military is now in possession of the S-300 system for the first time in its history.

Oct 02 11:14

Hundreds of Bodies of US Air Raid Victims Found in Mass Graves in Northeastern Syria

A sum of 2,800 bodies of the victims of the US-led coalition air attacks have been discovered in several mass graves in Raqqa city, a Russian media outlet reported on Tuesday.

Oct 02 09:30

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 2, 2018: IRAN CARRIES OUT MISSILE, DRONE STRIKES ON ISIS IN EUPHRATES VALLEY

Early on October 1, the Aerospace Division of the Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) carried out a ballistic missile strike on ISIS targets in Syria’s Euphrates Valley. The IRGC launched at least six ballistic missiles, which, according to the IRGC, killed and injured a large number of terrorists in the area near al-Bukamal.

The Iranian media added that the missiles employed belonged to the Qiam and Zolfaghar families. One of the missiles shown by the media bore the slogans “Death to America, Death to Israel, Death to Al Saud” and the phrase “kill the friends of Satan”.

Following the missile strikes, the IRGC employed at least seven unmanned combat aerial vehicles to further pound what it described as the HQs and gatherings of the “mercenaries of global arrogance”. The UCAVs, which were used, seem to be the Thunderbolt type, which was developed thanks to a reverse-engineering of the US-made RQ-170 UAV.

Oct 01 15:19

US military constructing new base in western Iraq near Syria border: Kurdish official

The US military is reportedly building a new base in Iraq’s western province of Anbar as part of attempts to perpetuate its occupation of the conflict-ridden Arab country indefinitely, regardless of all opposition from religious figures and people from all walks of life.

Khalil Serfan, an official from the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces, told the Arabic service of Russia’s Sputnik news agency that the base is being constructed in the vicinity of al-Qa'im town, located nearly 400 kilometers northwest of the capital Baghdad.

Serfan noted that the construction of such a military site in such a strategically important region is in line with US bids to assert its military presence there.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This site is not about ratcheting down tensions in the Middle East; this is about inflaming them tot he maximum.

Oct 01 12:22

The US Military-Industrial Complex’s Worst Nightmare: The Deployment of Russia’s S-300 Air Defense System In Syria May Destroy and Expose the F-35

In one sense, the delivery of S-300 batteries to Syria is cause for concern more for Washington than for Tel Aviv. Israel has several F-35 and has claimed to have used them in Syria to strike alleged Iranian weapons transfers to Hezbollah. With the S-300 systems deployed in an updated version and incorporated into the Russian command, control and communications (C3) system, there is a serious risk (for Washington) that Israel, now incapable of changing the course of events in Syria, could attempt a desperate maneuver.

It is no secret that Greece purchased S-300s from Russia years ago, and that NATO and Israel have trained numerous times against the Russian air-defense system. Senior IDF officials have often insisted that they are capable taking out the S-300s, having apparently discovered their weaknesses.

Oct 01 10:58

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 1, 2018: DAMASCUS TO EVACAUTE PEOPLE FROM ON AL-RUKBAN CAMP IN US-OCCUPIED AREA

The Damascus government and representatives of tribal leaders from the al-Rukban refugee camp located in the US-occupied area of at-Tanf have reached a preliminary agreement to deal with the humanitarian crisis there.

Under the agreement, the local leaders of the al-Rukban camp will hand over a list of people who want to reconcile with the government. Another part will be allowed to withdraw to the Turkish-backed opposition-held areas in northern Aleppo. Damascus will also evacuate 150 ill civilians to government hospitals.

The humanitarian crisis in al-Rukban has been caused by the so-called 50km security zone imposed by the US near at-Tanf. The US-led coalition prevented deliveries of humanitarian aid to the area and repeatedly struck pro-government troops attempting to enter the area to re-establish security there.

Oct 01 10:56

Largest rebel group in southern Idlib rejects buffer zone agreement

The largest rebel group in southern Idlib and northern Hama released an official statement on Saturday that rejected the buffer zone agreement that was established in Sochi last week.

The Free Syrian Army’s Jaysh Al-Izza faction released a statement that announced their discontent with the Idlib agreement and their official rejection of the 15-20km deep buffer zone.

Jaysh Al-Izza’s statement said that the rebel group was surprised to find that the buffer zone was 20km deep into their territory and did not include the Syrian Arab Army’s areas in the Idlib Governorate.

Oct 01 10:55

ADMITTING DEFEAT: US Threatens To Make Life Of Assad Regime ‘As Miserable As Possible’

The United States, along with its allies, will implement a “strategy of isolation” in Syria if President Bashar Assad maintains the political process aimed at ending the war in Syria, an American diplomat was quoted as saying.

US Special Representative for Syria Jim Jeffrey said Washington would work with countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East to impose tough international sanctions on Syria if Damascus did not want to cooperate to change the constitution before the elections.

“If the regime does that, we believe that then we can go after it the way we went after Iran before 2015 – with really tough international sanctions,” Jeffrey said, referring to secondary sanctions against Tehran for its nuclear program.

Oct 01 10:55

Syria a victim of wars fought in the name of oil – Austrian Foreign Minister

Oil is the real reason behind all conflicts in the Middle East while Syria is just the latest victim of this struggle, Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl told the UN General Assembly in a speech she started in Arabic.

The very existence of the modern Middle Eastern states have been “shaped by oil business,” Kneissl told the UNGA. A Middle East expert herself went on to explain that the borders of the states that were established following the breakdown of the Ottoman Empire were “based on pipelines.”

All the wars the region witnessed over the recent decades are just a continuation of this fight for the control over the fossil fuels that still “dominate the energy mix” in the world, the foreign minister said, adding that Syria, which has been engulfed in a bloody seven-years conflict, is “a victim of instability created by all these wars.”

Oct 01 10:53

Russia begins missile system delivery to Syria, warns West on peace talks

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday Moscow had started delivering the S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Syria and warned Western powers of trying to undermine UN-led efforts to end the seven-year conflict, Reuters reports.

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu had said on Monday the system would be delivered to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in two weeks despite strong Israeli and United States objections. A week previously, Moscow had accused Israel of indirectly causing the downing of a Russian military jet in Syria.

“The delivery started already and as President (Vladimir)Putin said, after that incident … the measures that we will take will be devoted to ensuring 100 percent safety and security of our men,” Lavrov told a news conference at the United Nations.

Oct 01 10:48

Netanyahu says Russian supply of S-300 missiles to Syria ‘irresponsible’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has criticized Russia’s decision to provide advanced anti-aircraft systems to Syria as “irresponsible,” but said Israel was committed to continued deconfliction with Moscow in its military operations in the region.

Speaking to CNN in New York after the annual UN General Assembly, Netanyahu said that he spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this month after Syrian forces responding to an Israeli airstrike mistakenly shot down a Russian military reconnaissance plane, killing all 15 people on board.

Netanyahu said he told Putin, “Let’s continue this deconfliction, but at the same time, I told him very respectfully and very clearly that Israel will do, will continue to do what it has to do to defend itself.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel is NOT defending itself. It is attacking another country!

Oct 01 10:00

Idlib pullout begins but US-backed militants not leaving

The first militant group has begun withdrawing its members and heavy arms from a recently-declared buffer zone in Syria's Idlib Province, a UK-based monitoring group says.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Sunday that the Turkey-backed Failaq al-Sham militant outfit was the first to abide by the terms of the Moscow-Ankara agreement on the Idlib demilitarized zone.

"The group is withdrawing its forces and heavy arms in small batches from southern Aleppo countryside, adjacent to Idlib Province, which is part of the demilitarized zone towards the west," SOHR head Rami Abdulrahman said.

Earlier this month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, met in the Black Sea resort of Sochi and announced an agreement on Idlib.

Oct 01 09:53

Unknown Gunmen Steal Tahrir Al-Sham's Chemical Stockpile in Northwestern Syria

A number of unidentified gunmen attacked a depot of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) in Idlib province and stole their chemical gas cylinders, a Russian media outlet reported on Sunday.
The Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted well-informed sources as reporting that a number of unknown assailants stormed an arms depot of Tahrir al-Sham and stole several sarin and chlorine gas cylinders after killing four guards.

It further said that Idlib has been witnessing a growing wave of tensions and infighting among rival terrorist groups in recent months.

The report further said that terrorists of Soqour al-Sham and other allies of Tahrir al-Sham have engaged in fresh tensions, adding that they were forced to relocate their military hardware from the town of Jajanaz East of Ma'arat al-Nu'aman to Jabal al-Zawiyeh in Southern Idlib.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But when those chemical weapons get used, Assad will get the blame!

Oct 01 09:31

Missiles launched all the way from #iran onto #ISIS in the east of the Euphrates, tells the world that Iran can hit all areas under US occupation in #Syria.

Sid Tatem was trying to enjoy a picnic at Chesapeake’s Northwest River Park last week, but an overzealous park ranger quickly ruined the family outing. The ranger approached Tatem and sons inquiring about what they were drinking. Turns out the trio was enjoying some of grandpa’s homemade Kombucha, a fermented tea that has been around for thousands of years. Ranger Michael Peters was informed by Tatem the mixture might have residual alcohol from its fermentation but it could hardly be considered an alcoholic beverage.

Kombucha is the fermented tea that is sold in nearly every store across the country and which has an alcohol content so low that children can purchase it legally.

Currently quite a health food rage, it’s loaded with probiotics, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory substances. In other words, it’s really good for you and your body.

Oct 01 08:24

Iran says it launched missiles into Syria targeting parade attack 'ringleaders'

The Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) says it has hit the ringleaders responsible for a terrorist attack on a military parade in Ahvaz on September 22, which killed 30 people and injured over 60.

In a statement published by its own outlet Sepah, the IRGC said its Aerospace Division targeted the "headquarters of the terrorists" east of the Euphrates in Syria. The statement was accompanied by photos of surface-to-surface missiles being launched. It claims that "a large number" of the terrorists were hit.

Oct 01 08:22

Syrian Army says rebels have not withdrawn from Idlib buffer zone

An officer from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) told Al-Masdar this morning that the rebel forces inside the Idlib buffer zone have yet to withdraw, despite some reports claiming otherwise.

The officer said the Syrian Arab Army has been monitoring the buffer zone to make sure the rebel forces fulfill their obligation and withdraw from the area.

However, the source says there has been no movement from the rebels, adding that they continue to target the government areas with artillery shells and missiles.

Oct 01 08:14

Iran fires missiles at militants in Syria over parade attack

Iran fired missiles on Monday at militants in Syria it blamed for an attack in southwestern Iran on Sept. 22, the Revolutionary Guards said, in what it called a sign of Tehran's readiness to punish its enemies' "wickedness."

Tehran has accused U.S.-backed Gulf Arab states of carrying out the Sept. 22 shooting attack on a military parade that killed 25 people, nearly half of them members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards.

Monday's strike targeted the bases of "takfiri terrorists" backed by the United States and regional powers in eastern Syria, the Guards said in a statement on Sepah News, their official news site. It killed a number of militant leaders and destroyed their supplies and infrastructure, they said.

Sep 30 16:56

Unknown Gunmen Steal Tahrir Al-Sham's Chemical Stockpile in Northwestern Syria

Last week, the Arabic-language website of Russia's state news agency, Sputnik, quoted the source as reporting that Tahrir al-Sham dispatched six cargoes of Sarin and chlorine gas to the ISIL and Ansar al-Towhid terrorists that have recently been deployed in Northern Hama and Northeastern Lattakia.

It further said that most of the regions, where the ISIL deployed forces in Hama and Lattakia, were among regions where militants should be disarmed based on the Sochi agreement.

The Arabic Sputnik went on to say that the fate of three other chemical cargoes was unknown after a number of members of the pro-militant White Helmets Organization were killed and could not hand over the chemicals to the recipient group in an area between Northeastern Idlib and Aleppo province.

Sep 30 16:44

The US Military-Industrial Complex’s Worst Nightmare: The S-300 May Destroy and Expose the F-35

In one sense, the delivery of S-300 batteries to Syria is cause for concern more for Washington than for Tel Aviv. Israel has several F-35 and has claimed to have used them in Syria to strike alleged Iranian weapons transfers to Hezbollah. With the S-300 systems deployed in an updated version and incorporated into the Russian command, control and communications (C3) system, there is a serious risk (for Washington) that Israel, now incapable of changing the course of events in Syria, could attempt a desperate maneuver.

Sep 30 07:32

The Path to World War III

There is another dimension to the story that the international media has largely chosen to ignore. And that is that Israel is now carrying out almost daily air attacks on Syria, over 200 in the past 18 months, a country with which it is not at war and which has not attacked it or threatened it in any way. It justifies the attacks by claiming that they are directed against Iran or Hezbollah, not at Syria itself ... There is the other dimension of Israeli interference with its neighbors, the secret wars in which it supports the terrorist groups operating in Syria as well as in Iran. The Netanyahu government has armed the terrorists operating in Syria, and even treated them in Israeli hospitals when they get wounded ... It's the same old story. Israel does risky things like attacking its neighbors because it knows it will pay no price due to Washington's support.

Sep 30 07:07

The Crimes of HTS terrorists In Idlib Territory

Firas Samuri: What Is Going On In Idlib Hornet’s Nest? The Crimes Of HTS Terrorists In Idlib Province

By Firas Samuri – The creation of demilitarisation zone in northern Syria was announced last week. The joint decision of Moscow and Ankara was supported among a number of pro-Turkish groups. However, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), Huras al-Din, and the Turkistan Islamic Party armed groups have rejected the Idlib agreement.

It’s obvious, that the agreement between Russia and Turkey is a temporary project aimed at stopping the bloodshed and restoring sovereignty. Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad in an interview with Al-Watan newspaper reaffirmed the Syria government’s resolve to recapture Idlib from terrorists by any means necessary.

While the parties that have agreed are trying to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe, the terrorists seek to seize the ‘last opportunity’ to earn some money.>>>

Sep 30 00:20

Electronic Warfare Comes to Syria, Israel and US “Out of their depth…”

MOSCOW, / TASS /. Russia will deploy electronic warfare (EW) systems in Syria to counter high-precision weapons. The whole EW system will be strengthened in the coming weeks, adviser to the First Deputy Director General of the Radioelectronic Technologies Concern Vladimir Kolesov, Vladimir Mikheev, told TASS.

Sep 29 09:55

Iran Warns Israel Not to Attack Syria Again

Iranian National Security Council Secretary Ali Shamkhani has warned Israel of further attacks on Syrian territory.

“If this continues, Israel will face a backlash that will make you regret it,” said Shamkhani, quoted by the Tasnim news agency .

“The Zionist regime seeks to perpetuate the crisis in Syria by directly supporting terrorist groups and by attacking the Syrian army and the forces fighting the terrorists.”

(*Iran: Large and In Charge !)

Sep 29 09:40

Is Trump Letting Al-Qaeda Sympathizers Survive in Syria?

Washington's mistake of arming the Mujahedeen against the Russians 40 years ago gave us the Taliban. We're doing it again.

Sep 28 22:32

Large Russian Cargo Ship Heads to Syria with Possible S-300 System on Board

Come on Israel, you said you would stop arms shipments.... not so yappy now.

Sep 28 11:37

THE EMIRATES CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ATTACK IN AHVAZ

On 22 September, an attack during a military parade killed 24 people and wounded 60 others, in Ahvaz (Iran).

Ahvaz is the capital of the Iranian Arab region of Khuzestan. On 22 September 1980, the Iraqi President Saddam Hussein tried to annex this population to Iraq. This unleashed a war between Iran and Iraq. At the time, the overwhelming majority of Iranian Arabs opposed the foreign Iraqi invasion. The military procession on September 22 2018 marked the anniversary of this terrible war, funded by the West against the Khomeini Revolution.

Professor Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, one of the advisers to the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates, declared that his country has succeeded in bringing war to the territory of Iran, claiming, thus, publicly a role in the attack. This type of declaration is not very surprising in the Middle East. In 2015, the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, had publicly congratulated the attacks that had been sponsored in Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are headed toward a terrible scenario of war in the Middle East; this attack in Iran had the fingerprints of the US and Israel all over it.

Israels Prime Minister has stated, publicly, that the installation of the Russian S-300 system in Syria, will not deter Israeli forces in bombing what they call "Iranian military bases" in Syria.

All it is going to take is one misplaced Israeli attack in Syria, and then all hell is going to break loose, with Russia, Syria, Iran, and China on one side, and Israel, Saudi Arabia, the US, and NATO on the other.

I am feeling a certain speed of the coming of this war, and that has been enhanced by the absolute demonization in the US Press of Iran, Russia, Syria, and China.

This demonization, coupled with intense US economic sanctions on the above-mention countries, is generally a prelude to a hot, shooting war.

It is no longer a question of IF, but when.

I wish I could see the convergence of these actions create any other outcome than that which I have just described, but I cannot.

Sep 28 11:15

Pentagon admits war on Isis has killed more than 1,100 civilians in Syria and Iraq

The US-led coalition fighting against Isis in Syria and Iraq admitted to killing at least 1,114 civilians in air and artillery strikes in the four-year span of the war.

Inherent Resolve, the codename for the US-dominated coalition combating the jihadi group, said it had launched a total of 30,008 strikes on suspected Isis targets between August 2014 and August 2018, and that each allegation of civilian casualties has been investigated.

It is a significant number but far less than the more than 6,000 people assessed to have been killed by independent monitors.

“We continue to employ thorough and deliberate targeting and strike processes to minimise the impact of our operations on civilian populations and infrastructure,” said a press release issued by the Pentagon. “This process includes thorough review and vetting of each target package prior to a strike, and another review after that strike.”

Confusion swirls over Isis's role in Iran terror attack

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, those numbers are something President Trump should be happy about; when it comes to being the "Assassination Nation" to the world, the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika is absolutely NUMBER ONE!!

Sep 28 11:04

Escalation Looms as Netanyahu Warns Syria’s New S-300 Defense System Will Not Stop Israeli Bombing

Though undeniably a game-changer in the Syrian conflict, the imminent delivery of S-300 air defense systems to the Syrian government could risk dangerously escalating the conflict. Indeed, recent statements from top Israeli and Syrian government officials have made it clear that open war between the two countries could potentially ignite in the coming weeks and months not despite, but because of, the presence of Syria’s improved and upgraded air defense systems.

The highly anticipated delivery of the S-300 systems to Syria is expected to occur in a matter of days, a consequence of the downing of a Russian electronic-warfare plane in Syria earlier this month. Russia has blamed Israel for the plane’s destruction and the death of its crew, asserting that the Israeli Air Force used the plane as cover to bomb Syria. Israel has denied responsibility for the incident.

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