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Aug 25 07:12

Russia REVEALS Its TOTAL SUPPORT For IRAN In SYRIA

After difficult talks today in a meeting between senior Russian and US delegations to discuss Syria, in Geneva, Switzerland, Ryabkov’s statements today mirror those of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. Their previous statements reflect Russia’s actual, official policy on Iran and Syria. Today’s statements bring clarity to any number of vague remarks made in months past.
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Indeed, Ryabkov’s statements today clarifies that Russia respects Iran’s presence in Syria which he described as lawful. What additionally gives credence to the view put forward by FRN, are numerous reports that the US was pressuring Moscow on Tehran’s role in the Arab country. Thus, any less-clear, previous statements made by Moscow that gave credence to the theory they may be involved in ‘balancing’ Israel’s interests against Iran, were an additional part of this generated simulacrum, in which actions on the ground were interpreted different ways, by various actors.

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Aug 25 05:58

US Senators Ask Pompeo to Release Transcript of Trump-Putin Summit

TEHRAN (FNA)- US Senators Robert Menendez and Jeanne Shaheen wrote a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday asking him to release relevant documents and interpreter notes from President Donald Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland.
"We respectfully request that you provide the Senate Foreign Relations Committee members relevant materials including all classified and unclassified cable traffic, memoranda of conversations, interpreter's notes and policy directive related to the meeting," the letter said, World News reported.
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Menendez and Shaheen told Pompeo in the letter that they were particularly interested in commitments made by the two presidents regarding Syria and Ukraine.

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Aug 25 05:47

Putin Says Russian Vessels With 'Kalibr' Cruise Missiles on Permanent Standby Due to Syria

Russia's Putin said Wednesday Russian military vessels with "Kalibr" cruise rockets will be on permanent standby because of ongoing terrorist threats in Syria.

Earlier on Tuesday Putin said that 14 missile regiments would receive the new Yars intercontinental missile complexes to replace their old Topol complexes this year as part of a build-up of the state's armed forces.

Putin, whose relations with the West have deteriorated, said previously he does not want an arms race, while warning potential enemies that his country has developed a new generation of invincible weapons to protect itself.

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Aug 25 05:30

Terrorists readying chemical attack to frame Damascus & provide pretext for US strikes –

The US and its allies are preparing new airstrikes on Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said, adding that militants are poised to stage a chemical weapons attack in order to frame Damascus and provide a pretext for the strikes.
The attack would be used as a pretext for US, UK and French airstrikes on Syrian targets, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov said. USS ‘The Sullivans,’ an Arleigh Burke-class Aegis guided missile destroyer, was already deployed to the Persian Gulf a couple of days ago, he added.

The destroyer has 56 cruise missiles on board, according to data from the Russian Defence Ministry. A US Rockwell B-1 Lancer, a supersonic bomber equipped with 24 cruise missiles, has also been deployed at the Qatari Al Udeid Airbase.

(*It sounds like we're in for Another MARKET RALLY , to me !)

Aug 24 11:17

Bolton calls on Al-Qaeda to stage more chemical attacks in Syria

In a move that was entirely predictable, the US administration is once again threatening to bomb Syria if there is a “chemical weapons attack”.
This was entirely predictable because that chemical attack script has been read out, with salty crocodile tears, fake concern, and mocked indignation by US talking heads over the years - since 2012, in fact, when former US President Obama himself drew his red line on Syria.

The latest script-reader to toe the chemical hoax line is President Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, who on August 22, stated: “...if the Syrian regime uses chemical weapons we will respond very strongly and they really ought to think about this a long time.”

Beyond the tattered veil of moral superiority that is US war propaganda, Bolton's words were clearly a very public command to Al-Qaeda and co-extremists to stage yet another fake chemical attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, we are being set up - yet again - by this administration for a further "justification" for an enhanced US military presence in Syria.

Please do not believe, for one millisecond, that Al Assad is profoundly stupid enough to poison his own people with chemicals.

Aug 24 09:58

Russia says 63,000 troops have seen combat in Syria

Russia has revealed the extent of its military involvement in Syria's war.

A defence ministry video said more than 63,000 Russian military personnel had "received combat experience" in the country since September 2015.

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said at the end of last year that 48,000 personnel had been deployed.

The video also said Russian air force had flown 39,000 sorties, destroying 121,466 "terrorist targets" and killing more than 86,000 "militants".

Aug 24 09:15

Recent Attacks In Syria Shows US Still Supporting ISIS

By Brandon Turbeville

If there was any doubt that the United States is supporting terrorists in Syria, neo-con fop John Bolton’s recent statements threatening the Syrian government over its upcoming offensive to liberate Idlib should have removed it. Bolton, of course, was speaking in Jerusalem before his colleagues in the Israeli government. He stated that the U.S. would respond “very strongly” if the Syrian government used “chemical weapons” in the offensive...

Aug 24 08:07

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – AUGUST 24, 2018: ISIS ATTACKS US-OCCUPIED OIL FIELDS IN EUPHRATES VALLEY

On August 22, an IED blast hit a vehicle of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near the village of al-Hawaji west of the Omar oil fields on the eastern bank of the Euphrates. According to the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq, four SDF members were killed in the attack.

Separately, a booby-trapped motorcycle hit an oil truck of the SDF near the village of Juma east of the Omar oil fields. Amaq claimed that ISIS members had captured and executed the truck driver.

In response to the attacks, warplanes of the US-led coalition carried out a series of strikes south of al-Omar allegedly killing several ISIS members in the area, according to pro-SDF sources.

This was not the first time when the terrorist group engaged the SDF in the oil fields area. On August 18, over 20 ISIS members stormed SDF positions near al-Omar. At least 7 ISIS members were killed in the followed clashes.

Aug 24 08:00

MAJOR DEVELOPMENT: Moscow Records ‘NATO-AIRSPACE’ WEAPONS DROP TO ISIS By ‘BLACK’ Helicopters - THE KREMLIN STRONGLY IMPLIES THE U.S HAS MADE THIS DROP

In this major development, it has been revealed to FRN that ISIS has been now recorded receiving a weapons drop from ‘unmarked’ helicopters. Serious questions are raised by the Russian Foreign Ministry on the delivery of arms and ammunition to the ISIS terrorist organization close to the Afghanistan border with other Central Asian states.

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has revealed that Russia has registered helicopters of unknown origin delivering weapons to forces of ISIS and other jihadist organizations in Afghanistan.

The revelation was made by the spokesman of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zacharova. She said:

“We again draw attention to the flights of unknown helicopters in northern Afghanistan that deliver arms and ammunition to Islamic State [ISIS] fighters and Taliban militants,”

“According to Afghan media reports, as well as local residents, such flights have recently been recorded in Sari-Pul province,” the ministry spokesman said.

Aug 24 06:33

New Commander Selected to Oversee US Military in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan

The Pentagon announced Wednesday that Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie has been selected to become the next commander of US Central Command, which oversees US troops in the Middle East and Central Asia.

He will also be promoted to General, receiving a fourth star.
McKenzie currently serves in the Pentagon as the Director of the Joint Staff, a high profile position often viewed as a stepping stone to more senior commands.
His selection requires confirmation by Congress.

(*FACT CHECK IT: Report comes from CNN )

Aug 23 13:25

BREAKING: White Helmets Planning Terrorist Chemical Attack In Idlib – FALSE FLAG To Trigger US Airstrike

The White Helmets are planning a terrorist Chemical Attack in Idlib – FALSE FLAG or HOAX – to trigger US airstrike. The ISIS and Al Qaeda police and public relations wing, the White Helmets, are coordinating with other terrorists particularly with Al-Nusra (formerly known as Al Qaeda of Syria and Iraq) to stage a Chemical Attack in Idlib, sources from Idlib have revealed.

They were spotted by numerous confirmed sources using about eight vans to transport barrels from Atma factory near the Turkish border, which specializes in recycling Chlorine. SANA has reported this, as well as numerous other reliable sources, based outside the Atlanticist imperial reach.

Aug 23 10:39

Russia slams Bolton's Syria claim: We're not stuck

Russia has blasted claims by US National Security Adviser John Bolton that it's "stuck" in Syria, warning American officials against making such remarks while their own troops are also on the ground in the conflict-ridden Arab country.

"It is not correct for anyone, let alone our counterparts in Washington, to claim that Russia has stuck someplace," Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Wednesday. "Let us not forget that US military personnel is present on Syrian soil, too. This should be born in mind."

Aug 23 09:29

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – AUGUST 23, 2018: 86,000 MILITANTS ELIMINATED DURING RUSSIAN OPERATION IN SYRIA

On August 22, the Russian Defense Ministry released a video providing some additional numbers on the current results of its military operation in Syria. According to the video, the Russian military has destroyed 121,466 terrorist objects and eliminated over 86,000 terrorists, including 830 commanders since the start of its anti-terrorist campaign in the country.

According to the report, 63,012 Russian servicemen, including 434 generals and 25,738 officers have gained combat experience during the conflict in Syria.

US National Security Advisor John Bolton claimed during his visit to Israel that the Russians are “stuck” in Syria and this is why the US has an upper hand in any negotiations in the conflict. Bolton claimed that Moscow is now “looking for others to fund post-war reconstruction” of the country describing this as “an opportunity for Washington to press for Iranian forces to quit”.

Aug 23 08:31

 NETANYAHU URGES US TO RECOGNISE ISRAEL’S RIGHT TO GOLAN

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today said that he would not back down on his demand that the US recognise Israel’s right to the occupied Golan Heights.

“I will not give up our expectation that the United States recognise Israeli sovereignty over Golan,” he said in a statement.

Netanyahu’s remarks come one day after US National Security Adviser John Bolton told Reuters that the US administration was “not considering the possibility” of recognising Israel’s right to the Syrian area.

Israel occupied the Syrian Golan Heights during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, when it also occupied the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

The UN continues to describe the Israel-held Golan Heights as “occupied” territory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Prime Minister Netanyahu, a word, please: "demanding" and "expecting" the US to recognize occupied Golan Heights as Israeli(and the attendant oil and natural gas under its ground to also be Israeli) is not .....urging.

Aug 22 08:49

US, UK, France vow to punish Syria for chemical attacks

Western military powers have warned the Syrian government against using chemical weapons again. It comes as the Assad regime is expected to launch an offensive against the last rebel-held province.

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Aug 22 08:31

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – AUGUST 22, 2018: U.S., FRANCE, U.K. SEND NEW THREATS TO ASSAD GOVERNMENT

Militant groups are constantly violating the ceasefire regime in the Idlib de-escalation zone, the Russian Centre for Reconciliation said in a statement on August 21. According to the statement, the ceasefire were violated in at least 17 villages and settlements in western Aleppo, northern Latakia and northern Hama.

The Center also said that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) is sabotaging any peaceful dialogue between the opposition and the government as well as has started preparation for own offensive on government positions in southern Idlib.

Aug 22 07:52

Russia: No talks with US on Iran's Exit from Syria

Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov underlined that Moscow has held no talks with Washington on Iran's presence or exit from Syria.

We have never discussed Iran’s withdrawal from Syria with the US," Peskov told reporters on Tuesday.

Peskov's remarks came in reaction to the recent claims by US National Security Adviser John Bolton who claimed that "the US, Israel and Russia have common interests in minimizing Iran’s influence in Syria and Putin and Trump have reached agreements in this respect".

In relevant remarks on mid-August, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that Moscow sees intentions of the US and the West in general to impede the Astana process for the Syrian settlement.

"We won’t probably see any direct linkage with the Syrian crisis in the statements made by the US side when it declares sanctions against our countries>>>

(*FOXNOOSE Probably helped to spread Boltin's Bull____ !
Or do you suppose Peskov is just covering up for inappropriate behavior on Putin's part , colluding with Trump , like Boltin was suggesting ?)

Aug 21 15:24

Syrian War Report – August 21, 2018:

Syrian Army Eliminates About 100 ISIS Members In Al-Safa

Aug 21 12:39

Putin turns screw on EU and demands Brussels PAYS UP to rebuild Syria

RUSSIA President Vladimir Putin has called on the European Union to contribute to the rebuilding of Syria to allow the millions of people forced out of the country by the civil war to return to their homes.

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Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a more than reasonable request on the part of Russian President Putin.

Aug 21 11:56

New “Humanitarian” Tech Program In Syria “Invented” By Former State Dep’t, Arab Spring Participants

By Brandon Turbeville

It’s been a few months since mainstream media has presented its audience with a State Department super hero acting as a “humanitarian” in Syria. But, never to disappoint, Andrew Gold of Wired as well as a host of other writers (at the same time) have been extolling the virtues of three new tech heroes who have designed an app to allegedly protect Syrian civilians from becoming victims of airstrikes...

Aug 21 11:10

‘Secret directive’ bans UN agencies from helping rebuild Syria until ‘political transition’ – Lavrov

Washington’s “absolutely deconstructive” stance is hampering the rebuilding of Syria and constricts the UN in aiding the country until a so called ‘political transition’ takes place, Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s Foreign Minister, said
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The Russian Foreign Ministry also said that due to the “absolutely deconstructive” stance of the US one also shouldn’t expect any positive decisions on rebuilding Syria and return of refugees to the country from the UN Security Council.

He reminded that following the talks between US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, last week, Washington said that that “any discussion of reconstruction was premature absent a political solution” in Syria.

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Aug 21 09:28

Russian Media: S. Arabia Spending Billions of Dollars to Keep US in Syria

A leading Russian newspaper reported that the US was on the verge of a pull-out from Syria but continued to keep its military build-up in the country after Saudi Arabia undertook to finance their stay with multibillion-dollar budget.
The Russian-language Svobodnaya Pressa daily said Riyadh and Washington have not yet worked out the timeline for the budgeting, but Saudi Arabia has, though unwillinglly, taken up to provide for the multibillion dollar financing.
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According to the report, the Saudi spending might entail deployment of thousands of US troops in Syria.

Last week, US President Donald Trump praised Washington's cancellation of $230mln in funding for stabilization in war-torn Syria>>>

(*what a Sport !)

Aug 21 06:40

Bolton offers dialogue in return for Russia abandoning Iran

After holding talks in Israel, US National Security Adviser John Bolton is expected to fly to Geneva to meet with Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev. This will be the first meeting between the two countries senior officials following the Putin-Trump summit in Helsinki, Kommersant writes. While in Israel, Bolton made it clear on numerous occasions that he intended to bargain hard in Geneva. Topping the meeting’s agenda will be Syria, where Iran has been maintaining a significant presence, to the US and Israel's chagrin. Trump's national security adviser also made an intriguing statement in Jerusalem, saying that the US, Israel and Russia had a common goal to contain Iran in Syria. Moreover, Bolton claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin had told him that his interests in Syria did not coincide with those of Iran so he would like to discuss it with the US...

Aug 20 12:40

‘Secret directive’ bans UN agencies from helping rebuild Syria until ‘political transition’ – Lavrov

Washington’s “absolutely deconstructive” stance is hampering the rebuilding of Syria and constricts the UN in aiding the country until a so called ‘political transition’ takes place, Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s Foreign Minister, said.
Washington’s “absolutely deconstructive” stance is hampering the rebuilding of Syria and constricts the UN in aiding the country until a so called ‘political transition’ takes place, Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s Foreign Minister, said.

“We addressed UNESCO on how they plan to implement the longtime talks, the longtime understanding on attracting the potential of this organization to rebuilding Palmyra,” an ancient city, regarded by the agency as a World Heritage Site, Lavrov said. “From the explanations of why UNESCO has still been unable to get involved in this process actively, we took that there was some kind of a directive from the United Nations headquarters in New York.”

Aug 20 09:57

Putin to Europe: Help Rebuild Syria so all “Refugees” Can Go Home

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on the European Union to contribute financially to the estimated $250 billion needed to rebuild Syria so that the millions of “refugees” elsewhere can go home—because they are “huge burden for Europe.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin has a good idea. It will cost Europe a lot less to rebuild Syria than to care for those Syrian refugees over the long term.

Aug 20 09:37

Turkish Army, Allied Militants Set up New Bases in Northern Syria

The Turkish Army and Ankara-backed militants set up more bases in occupied Afrin in Northwestern Aleppo on Sunday.
The Ankara forces established a number of bases in villages in a border region near the town of Bolboleh in Northern Afrin.

In the meantime, the Turkish troops and allied militants turned several trade centers in Bolboleh into military bases.

Also, Jeish al-Islam said on Saturday that they set up five military bases between the towns of al-Bab and Afrin after withdrawal from Eastern Ghouta.

On Saturday, the Turkish army dispatched a long convoy, including tanks, advances weapons and military vehicles to Hatay province at the border with Syria's Idlib province.

Aug 20 09:36

US Army Dispatches More Military Hardware to Northeastern Syria

The US Army has forwarded more military equipment to the Syrian provinces of Hasaka and Aleppo to develop its bases, a media outlet reported on Saturday.
The Arabic-language al-Manar news network reported that the US-led coalition has forwarded more military equipment to its bases in towns of Tal Tamar, al-Houl and al-Shadadi in Hasaka province.

In the meantime, The London-based pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) disclosed on Saturday that over 70 trucks of the US army carrying military vehicles, equipment and construction materials have arrived in Syria in the last 24 hours.

It further disclosed that the coalition plans to send more convoys to Syria in the coming days.

The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper reported on Thursday that the US forces started setting up a new airbase in al-Shadadi region in Hasaka province in Northeastern Syria.

Aug 20 09:36

Attacks Intensify on US Forces, Allied Militias in Northeastern Syria

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and American soldiers are coming under intensified attacks in Raqqa province.
On Saturday, a bomb went off at a gathering of SDF gunmen near the villages of al-Mahmoudli in Western Raqqa, killing and wounding several militias.

Also, unknown raiders attacked SDF in Dawar al-Kanisah in the town of Tabaqa in Western Raqqa, forcing the SDF to close off the entire roads to the city and keeping fighters on alert.

Meanwhile, another bomb went off near al-Nour mosque in the Central part of Raqqa city, while an American convoy was going through the street.

There is yet no official account on possible casualties.

On Wednesday, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stormed civilians that had demonstrated against foreign occupiers in Raqqa city

The SDF gunmen opened fire at civilians in Raqqa that had demonstrated against the occupiers in Baq Rashid neighborhood.

Aug 20 09:28

Putin turns screw on EU and demands Brussels PAYS UP to rebuild Syria

RUSSIA President Vladimir Putin has called on the European Union to contribute to the rebuilding of Syria to allow the millions of people forced out of the country by the civil war to return to their homes.

The Russian leader said “everything must be done” to help displaced Syrians come home after more than seven years of brutal conflict.

“We must reinforce the humanitarian dimension of the Syrian conflict, and by that I mean boost humanitarian assistance to the Syrian population, and help the regions where refugees living abroad can return to,” Mr Putin said during a weekend meeting with Angela Merkel at the German government’s Meseburg castle outside Berlin.

Aug 19 15:27

Trump's Caliphate: Prolonging Unnecessary Wars in Muslim Heartlands

In yet another sign that the US government has no intention to withdraw its occupying troops from Syria, the Trump administration says it has raised $300 million to “stabilize” the part of Syria under US control and occupation.

This funding included $100 million from Saudi Arabia. US officials also insist this won’t mean a military pullout. In other words, the Trump Caliphate and its cronies are not in Syria just to end the central government in Damascus. They are there to also occupy the country forever, “contain Iran”, and destabilize the entire region for a foreseeable future.

Lest we forget, if it weren’t for Yemen, it might be hard to imagine a more miserable place in 2018 than Syria. Since 2011, when the US and company planned to unseat President Bashar Assad>>>

Aug 19 07:36

MOSSAD ASSASSINATES SYRIAN INTEL OFFICER

A Syrian military intelligence officer has reportedly been assassinated in the west-central Hama Province, making it the second murder in two weeks, which Israel’s Mossad spy agency is responsible for.

Ahmad Issa Habib, who was in charge of the Syrian army’s Palestine department, had been shot in the head in the village of Ba’arin, according to verified reports. The village is in the territory of Syria, making the Israeli crime additionally grievous.

Israel should expect a mirrored response>>>

Aug 18 13:36

What may unfold in Syria's Idlib ?

What may unfold in Syria's Idlib and why is a 'bloodbath' likely?
Idlib is the Syrian government's next target, experts say, but other scenarios may unfold with regional players at hand.

Just weeks after scoring a major military victory in the south, Syria's President Bashar al-Assad appears set to fully open a new, more complex, front in the country's war - now in its eighth year.

The key northwestern Idlib province is the Syrian opposition's last major bastion in the country. It is currently home to nearly three million people, half of whom are internally displaced, and encloses what was once a major commercial highway linking Syria to Turkey and Jordan.

Along with sharing a border with Turkey, Idlib is adjacent to Latakia province, a Syrian government stronghold that is home to the biggest military airbase of its major ally, Russia.

Idlib's strategic importance is what makes a government-led assault imminent, experts say, and its capture would put the vast majority of the country under Assad's control.

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Aug 18 10:39

ISIS GIVEN ‘BREATHING SPACE’ IN PARTS OF SYRIA UNDER US-BACKED FORCES' CONTROL

Islamic State managed to regain access to Syrian oil fields and make profits from selling oil, a new UN report reveals. While the UN did not point fingers, the IS reemergence seems to occur in areas held by the US-backed forces.
“Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant [IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS], having been defeated militarily in Iraq and most of the Syrian Arab Republic during 2017, rallied in early 2018. This was the result of a loss of momentum by forces fighting it in the east of the Syrian Arab Republic,” the recent report from the UN Security Council’s Sanctions Monitoring Team reads. The document is dated July 27, but was only released to the public this week.

The slow-down gave IS “breathing space to prepare for the next phase of its evolution into a global covert network.” As of June 2018, the terrorist group has been controlling “small pockets of territory in the Syrian Arab Republic on the Iraqi border,” effectively carrying on with its quasi-state ways.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I singularly unsurprised at this development?!?

Aug 18 10:35

ISIS given ‘breathing space’ in parts of Syria under US-backed forces' control

Islamic State managed to regain access to Syrian oil fields and make profits from selling oil, a new UN report reveals. While the UN did not point fingers, the IS reemergence seems to occur in areas held by the US-backed forces.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my shock.

Aug 17 09:50

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – AUGUST 17, 2018: 5TH ASSAULT CORPS WILL PARTICIPATE IN UPCOMING BATTLE FOR IDLIB

On August 16, militant groups operating in western Syria declared the villages of Banes, Birnah, al-Ottomania, Hwair al-Eis, Tell Bajir, Judiydah, Zummar and Jizrea in southwestern Aleppo part of a “military zone” and ordered civilians to leave the area within 48 hours.

Additionally, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and the Turkistan Islamic party had sent reinforcements to southwestern Aleppo.

Local sources link these developments to the ongoing preparations of militant groups to fend off a possible advance of the Syrian Arab Army on their areas in western Syria.

Meanwhile, four units of the Russian-backed 5th Assault Corps – the Assad Shield, the Mahardah Forces, the ISIS Hunters and the Ba’ath battalions – were deployed in the northern countryside of Hama. Earlier, at least four convoys of the Tiger Forces, including battle tanks and artillery pieces, arrived in the same area.

Aug 17 08:27

SYRIA - PENTAGON PLANTS HIGH ISIS NUMBERS TO JUSTIFY OCCUPATION

The U.S. aim in Syria is still 'regime change'. The Pentagon has made it clear that it wants to stay in the country even after the Islamic State vanished. A little propaganda trick is now used to create a justification for its continuing occupation. The report by the UN Security Council's Sanctions Monitoring Team on ISIS, in parts discussed here, includes a number that smells of bullshit and manipulation

Aug 17 06:39

China U23 team beat Syria to qualify at Asian Games

(*No "Thank You For Beating Down Their Moral P.O.T.U.S. Trump" , No Nothing from The Communists )

Aug 17 06:18

Another Mass Grave of US Air Raids Victims Found in Northeastern Syria

Another mass grave containing the bodies of civilians killed in the US-led coalition airstrikes has been found in Raqqa city, Raqqa Civil Councils reported on Friday.

The council said that a mass grave of civilians killed in the US air attacks has been unearthed in Romeileh neighborhood in the Northeastern part of Raqqa city.

It further said that bodies of almost ten more civilians killed in the air raids have been taken out of debris in al-Bitarah neighborhood in Central Raqqa.

Local sources said last week that a mass grave with several bodies of the civilians killed in the US air attacks was found behind a garage in al-Badu neighborhood.

They further said>>>

Aug 17 06:10

PALMYRA RESIDENTS FEAR RETURNING HOME FOR US FORCES PRESENCE

The Syrian refugees are afraid of returning to the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria’s Homs province as long as the US forces are stationed nearby in at-Tanf as well as some ISIL terrorists in the neighboring desert, a local official said.
"Few people have returned - only 200 families. People are worried, they are afraid of returning to Palmyra, as well as to Sukhnah, because they are close to the US base at al-Tanf. There are US troops there, as well as several ISIL units, which are wandering in the desert," Governor-General of Homs province Talal Barazi said on Thursday.

He added that Syrians would feel secure only once the ISIL is eliminated, and the US servicemen leave al-Tanf.

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Aug 16 10:19

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – AUGUST 16, 2018: MILITANT PROPAGANDA GOES WILD AHEAD OF BATTLE FOR IDLIB

On August 15, ISIS attacked several positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies in the southern part of the al-Taim oil field in the province of Deir Ezzor. According to pro-opposition sources, the following clashes resulted in minor casualties among the both sides but the terrorist group’s members were forced to retreat causing almost no damage to the government’s infrastructure in al-Taim.

In July and August, ISIS units carried several attacks on SAA positions in the Homs-Deir Ezzor desert. According to local sources, these attacks are an attempt to draw the SAA attention from ISIS cells hiding in the desert area at the administrative borders between the provinces of al-Suwayda and Rif Damashq.

The estimated manpower of the ISIS units operating in the Homs-Deir Ezzor desert, and according to some sources in the US zone of responsibility near the At-Tanf garrison, is about 1,000 members.

Aug 16 08:14

“Moscow’s Genius Move”: Kurds To Join SAA, Russia And Turkey To Cooperate Ahead Of IMMINENT SYRIAN OFFENSIVE

RusVesna reports that the hitherto US-backed mixed Kurdish-Arab units under the brand of “Syrian Democratic Forces” have decided to put on Syrian Arab Army uniforms and fight terrorist forces in cooperation with Moscow and Damascus.

Sources on the ground have reportedly said that in the cities of Nubbol and Zahra in the Aleppo province, Kurdish militias have fully joined forces with Syrian troops.

Local units of the ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ have resolved to don Syrian Arab Army uniforms in order to not be singled out by Turkish forces in the impending battle for Idlib and the western part of the Aleppo province.

Aug 15 15:48

We literally just killed 56 kids in Yemen, who's supposed to bomb us now? MSNBC

So now when Assad supposedly attacked and killed 30 people with chemicals, we were supposed to bomb Assad and Syria. We literally just killed 56 kids in Yemen, who's supposed to bomb us now? When do we get bombed? When does someone call us "butchers". When does that happen? Where are we supposed to bomb in the US? If we're moral, we're supposed to bomb right?

MSNBC Covers Yemen For First Time In Over A Year After Saudi Arabia Bombed School Bus Killing Dozens Of CHILDREN.

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Aug 15 10:56

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – AUGUST 15, 2018: SYRIAN ARMY ADVANCES ON REMNANTS ISIS CELLS IN AL-SUWAYDA DESERT

On August 14, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) released a statement providing a look at their operations in the area of Afrin against the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (TFSA).

According to the statement, Abdul Razzaq al-Bakr, a TFSA field commander, died on August 8 after being wounded in a bomb explosion in the district of Mabata. On August 11, YPG cells set off a motorcycle-bomb on the road to the village of Kafr Jannah in the district of Shera. The bombing reportedly hit a joint patrol of the TAF and the TFSA killing one Turkish soldier and wounding another. “A number” of TFSA members were allegedly killed.

YPG cells have been carrying out attacks on the TAF and the TFSA constantly since the fall of the city of Afrin into Turkish hands on March 18. These attacks show significant gaps in security efforts employed by the TAF and the TFSA in the area.

Aug 14 09:21

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – AUGUST 14, 2018: SDF SLAMS REPORTS ON NEGOTIATIONS WITH DAMASCUS AS FAKE

On August 13, Russian air defense forces intercepted and destroyed 5 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) near Khmeimim Air Base in the province of Latakia. According to the head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the opposing sides in Syria, Maj. Gen. Alexei Tsygankov, the UAVs were launched by militants from the Idlib de-escalation zone.

Over the past month, UAV attacks on Russia’s airbase have turned into an almost everyday occurrence. On August 12, Russian forces intercepted 2 UAVs and on August 11, one. UAV attacks on the airbase also took place on August 10, July 30 and July 21. All of them were repelled.

The UAV attacks from the Idlib de-escalation zone on Russian military facilities have increased as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and other militant groups are seeing them as one of the very few options to deliver damage to Russian forces and to deliver a PR blow to the Russian military presence in the country.

Aug 13 10:26

ISRAEL’S STRATEGIC COLLAPSE: How Putin Sandbagged Netanyahu

Resulting from Russia’s declaration that it would be establishing eight militarized outposts along the de facto Syria-Israel border, the UN has been prodded into action, and is re-engaging its own responsibilities to monitor the region. The UN previously was unable to perform, due to pressure from the US, Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia chiefly, to pressure the UN not to guard the demilitarized zone.

The result of a lacking UN presence was that the area was more easily used by Israel to provide safe harbor, arms, equipment, and medical care to Al-Qaeda and ISIS groups, under these and several related brands. Russia has been looking for a solution ever since. With the US’s waning influence in the region, and significantly reduced force projection capacity, we entered into a new period.

Aug 13 10:18

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – AUGUST 13, 2018: TIGER FORCES ARE DEPLOYING IN NORTHERN LATAKIA

Syrian government forces have achieved a series of local successes in the framework of their operation against ISIS cells in the province of al-Suwayda.

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) restored control of the administrative border of the province after had cleared about 400km2 in its eastern part and had besieged the remaining ISIS members in the area of Safa.

By Monday, the SAA, the NDF and the SSNP have launched a final push to purge ISIS terrorists in this area.

While the Syrian military is finishing its operation in eastern al-Suwayda, the Tiger Forces, led by General Suheil al-Hassan, have started their redeployment from the provinces of Quneitra and Daraa to the northern part of Hama province.

Aug 12 08:24

YOUTUBE IS CENSORING SF’S NEW 1.5-HOUR LONG VIDEO “RUSSIAN MILITARY CAMPAIGN IN SYRIA 2015-2018”

YouTube is censoring SouthFront’s new 1.5-hour long video “Russian Military Campaign in Syria 2015-2018“.

This video is a detailed summary of military and political developments in Syria since the start of the Russian military operation until now. It was released by SouthFront on August 11.

Less than 2 hours after the release, this video was placed behind an age restriction because it allegedly includes “violent or graphic content that appears to be posted in a shocking, sensational, or disrespectful manner”. The age-restriction clearly impacts a possible reach of the video because it does not allow people without YouTube accounts to watch it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

YouTube doesn't want people to know the US government lost in Syria.

Aug 11 08:24

RUSSIAN MILITARY CAMPAIGN IN SYRIA 2015-2018

The Russian military operation in Syria is nearing the end of its third year. Since 2015, Moscow has been employing its air power, military advisors and diplomatic resources to defeat a multitude of terrorist groups, to support the legitimate Syrian government, and to promote a peaceful dialogue across the country, thereby creating the framework for a diplomatic settlement of the conflict on the international and regional levels.

Aug 11 08:03

UN PUTS COST OF SYRIAN WAR DESTRUCTION AT NEARLY $400 BILLION

A group of United Nations experts have produced a figure which puts a price tag on seven years of war in Syria in terms of overall destruction to the country: nearly $400 billion.

The UN just concluded a two day meeting of over 50 Syrian and international experts in Lebanon who met under the aegis of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).

According to the AFP, the group of economic analysts concluded that the "volume of destruction in physical capital and its sectoral distribution" is estimated at more than $388 billion (334 billion euros).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And of course, the US government takes absolutely zero responsibility for the carnage it has caused here, by arming, funding, and training Syrian "rebels", aka ISIS.

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Aug 10 10:13

US Base Reinvigorated as Tensions Increase in Manbij

The Arabic-language al-Manar news channel reported that a military convoy of the US army, consisting of several military vehicles has been sent from Eastern Euphrates to the US military base in the village of al-Sa'eidiyeh in Western Manbij.

Local sources in Manbij reported on Thursday that unknown assailants attacked Manbij Military Council's court in the town and clashed with the authorities inside it.

Meantime, a bomb was detonated near Sheikh Aqil tomb in the Center of Manbij while a group of SDF-affiliated forces were passing, forcing the SDF to put on alert its forces and declare curfew.

They added that a new wave of tensions between the residents and the US-led forces has erupted in the region, noting that the SDF forces detained a number of people in Aqil district after the explosion.

Aug 10 10:00

US Warmachine Seeks New Pretext in Syria to Bring War to Iran

General Votel would state unequivocally when asked what the “arrangement” was regarding Syria, that:

Our mission is very, very clear: It is focusing on the defeat of ISIS and then helping our partners in both Iraq and Syria stabilize the situation and specifically in Iraq to help create a platform that can lead to a long-term political solution through the U.N. process.

Several aspects of this statement make it clear what the US was doing in Syria to begin with, and what it seeks to do now.

Aug 09 08:59

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – AUGUST 9, 2018: 418 ISIS MEMBERS KILLED IN SDF OPERATION NEAR IRAQI BORDER

The Syrian General Command has deployed more troops, military equipment and artillery pieces in northern Latakia and northwestern Hama over the past few days. According to pro-militant sources, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies are preparing for a military operation that would target Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra), Horas al-Din and the Turkistan Islamic Party in northern Latakia, the al-Ghab Plains and near the city of Jisr al-Shugur.

At the same time, sporadic clashes have appeared between militants and government troops in the areas of northern Hama and Latakia. However, no active military actions have been reported.

In eastern al-Suwayda, the SAA reached the area of Suh al-Qasium in the framework of its operation against the remaining ISIS cells in this part of the province. The operation is ongoing.

Aug 08 10:55

No Peace In Strengthening Iran Sanctions

President Trump is out of options. So are his main vectors of information, the Israeli Firsters in his cabinet and family. Israel, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have lost the Syrian War and the ramifications of that are immense.

Because by losing this war the U.S. has been revealed as a paper tiger incapable of imposing its will on a world which is rapidly recoiling from its dominance.

Syria was the first time someone stood up and said, “No more.” Putin’s dramatic intervention in Syria was supported by all the same people in Trump’s crosshairs today: China, Iran and Hezbollah. Eventually, Turkey realized the U.S. could not be trusted, so they are targeted for economic destruction as well.

So, today’s impositions of new sanctions on Iran, the same playbook that Trump used against North Korea, is the only logical step on the path to the U.S. leaving the region.

Yes, you heard me, leaving the region.

Aug 08 10:48

Middle East Intelligence Official: Mossad Behind Syrian Rocket Chief Car Bomb

It's been reported a senior Middle East intelligence agency official has blamed Israel's controversial intelligence agency Mossad for the assassination of a top Syrian rocket scientist.

Aziz Azbar and his driver were killed when his car exploded in the northern city of Masyaf late August 4 — the unnamed official told The New York Times Israel was behind the attack and said his own intelligence agency — again undisclosed — had been informed of the operation in advance.

Aug 08 08:22

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – AUGUST 8, 2018: GOVERNMENT FORCES ATTACK MILITANTS’ SUPPLY LINES IN NORTHERN HAMA

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have been stricking miitant positions and supply lines in and near the villages of Lahaya and al-Latamina, which are located about 35km north of the city of Hama. According to pro-government sources, the Syrian military will further work on targeting militant supply lines in northern Hama and southern Idlib.

In eastern al-Suwayda, the SAA, the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) and other pro-government factions repelled an ISIS attack, which was supported by suicide bombers. According to reports, at least 3 ISIS suicide bombers were killed in the encounter. There are no confirmed reports about casualties among pro-government forces.

Aug 08 08:21

Israel DM Warns Syria Will Rebuild Its Military After War

Speaking on Tuesday, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman accused Syria of planning to rebuild its army after the end of the Syrian War, and predicted that it might not only be as large as the pre-war military, but might even be bigger.

Specifics are very limited in this comment, which seems to just be Lieberman setting the stage for more military confrontations in the future.He accused Syria of being “not satisfied with taking control of all of the Syrian territory.”

Syria hasn’t actually done that yet, with rebels still controlling parts of the north. Yet even if they had, it would not be surprising for the Assad government to take the lesson out of the bloody multi-year war that they need to be prepared for large-scale conflict.

Aug 07 12:22

UK: Discrimination Against Christian Refugees

The British government appears recently to have decided that it would like to give the impression that it cares about persecuted Christians. Prime Minister Theresa May said in Parliament on July 18:

"As a Government we stand with persecuted Christians all over the world and will continue to support them."

The British Government even recently appointed its first Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief with Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, a former minister, filling the post.

Perhaps the UK should not be so quick to preach to others, when it does not appear to be doing much at home to help Syrian Christians, who have been among the most persecuted for their faith since the civil war in Syria began seven years ago:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Saying something, then doing the polar opposite of what was actually said, is pretty routine for the British government.

Aug 07 09:36

ISRAEL ‘WELCOMES’ MURDER OF SYRIAN SCIENTIST – BUT DENIES ANY INVOLVEMENT IN ASSASSINATION

Israel’s minister of intelligence says he “welcomes” news that a Syrian scientist was killed by a car bomb, even as Tel Aviv denies any part in the murder. The New York Times reported that Israel’s Mossad was behind the attack.

Intelligence and Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz weighed in on allegations that Israeli Mossad agents killed Dr. Aziz Asbar near the northwestern Syrian city of Masyaf, commenting that "assuming that [Asbar] was indeed involved in terrorist activity, I welcome his departure from the world.”

Asbar, the research director at Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Center, was believed to be developing a secret weapons manufacturing facility with the help of Iran, which was to be used to manufacture precision-guided missiles in Syria. He was killed on Saturday by an explosive device planted on his car.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Katz can choose to continue to lie all he wants to; this assassination had Mossad's fingerprints all over it!!

Aug 07 08:34

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – AUGUST 7, 2018: ISIS CELLS IN EASTERN AL-SUWAYDA FACE MILITARY ACTION BY SYRIAN ARMY

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allied local militias have kicked off an advance on ISIS positions in the eastern part of al-Suwayda province. It’s interesting to note that some former units of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), which has reconciled with Damascus, are participating in the advance.

The SAA artillery and the Syrian Air Force carried out about 50 strikes on ISIS targets in the areas of al-Waer, Ard al-Karaa, Mazrea al-Hhatib, Sneim al-Ghirz and east of Dabatheh, Rabbet al-Hisn and Tel Razin.

The Syrian media says that ISIS suffered heavy casualties in these strikes, but no photos or videos to confirm these claims were released.

The goal of the ongoing operation is get rid of ISIS cells hiding in the desert. In July, these cells carried a series of sensitive attacks in the government-controlled areas thus triggering the decision to deal with them as soon as possible.

Aug 06 10:57

China Willing to Assist Syrian Army in Idlib Offensive – Ambassador to Syria

Although China has provided political support to Damascus and is widely expected to play an important role in Syria’s post-war reconstruction, Beijing has so far shied away from offering direct military support to the Syrian Army.

Chinese Ambassador to Syria Qi Qianjin has suggested Beijing could soon deploy forces to assist the Syrian Army in its upcoming Idlib offensive, in addition to anti-terrorist operations in other parts of the country.

Speaking to Syria’s Al-Watan newspaper on Thursday, the Chinese diplomat said they are monitoring the conflict, adding that the Chinese military “is willing to participate in some way alongside the Syrian Army that is fighting the terrorists in Idlib and in any other part of Syria.”

Aug 06 10:24

Israel closes field hospital for terrorists as Syrian army gains ground in Golan

Israel has shut down a field hospital specialized in treating anti-Damascus terrorists as Syrian government forces continue to liberate more areas in the Golan Heights.

In a statement released on Friday, the Israeli military said it had started evacuating the Mazor Ladach clinic, which has been set up in August 2017 to provide medical care to terrorists fleeing into Israel.

The statement added that some 6,800 terrorists had been treated in the clinic.

It also said that the hospital had been set up in cooperation with an American humanitarian organization to respond "the lack of proper medical options in Syria".

Aug 06 10:12

MSM Journalist Exposes Western, Gulf Arming Terrorists In Syria

By Brandon Turbeville

In August of 2017, Bulgarian reporter Dilyana Gaytandzhieva published a report in mainstream outlet Trud in her home country exposing the paper trail documenting the US, NATO, and Gulf countries were shipping weapons to terrorists in Syria. Gaytandzhieva’s reporting was the result of her own travels to Syria where she saw these documents firsthand and her subsequent follow-up investigation after her return home.

That article, “350 Diplomatic Flights Carry Weapons For Terrorists,” is still available and I highly recommend reading it now before going any further in this article.

Aug 06 09:37

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – AUGUST 6, 2018: SYRIAN ARMY PREPARING FOR OPERATION IN NORTHERN LATAKIA

Overnight on August 5, Aziz Asbar, the head of the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC), died after an IED had hit his car in the village of Masyaf in the western countryside of Hama. Asbar’s driver was also killed in the attack.

The SSRC is a Syrian government research agency, which is according to the US-Israeli-led bloc is actively involved in the development of missile and even chemical weapons.

The Damascus government has been strictly rejecting accusations of stocking, developing or using chemical weapons since it employed its agreement with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Initially, pro-government sources speculated that Israeli special services may have been behind the attack because, according to some sources, Asbar was involved in the missile program linked to activities of Hezbollah and Iran in the region.

Aug 06 08:28

SYRIANS ACCUSE ISRAEL OF ASSASSINATING TOP MISSILE SCIENTIST IN HAMA PROVINCE

One of Syria’s leading pro-government newspapers has said that Israel was behind a bomb blast in Hama province that killed a senior scientist working for the country’s missile program. Aziz Azbar was reportedly a senior research director at the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center, known as CERS. The Damascus-based agency is thought to be at the center of the Syrian government’s formidable chemical weapons program. Last year, the United States Department of the Treasury imposed economic sanctions on nearly 300 CERS employees, after Washington accused them of being directly responsible for the Syrian government’s repeated use of chemical weapons against rebels and civilians. The European Union, as well as the French and British governments, also imposed sanctions on CERS and its staff.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is precisely the kind of hit for which Mossad is extraordinarily well-recognised; I would tend to believe the Syrian government's accusation here.

Aug 06 08:27

Israel launches military exercises in Golan Heights

Israeli occupation army said on Sunday that it had launched a one-week-military-exercise in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, the Anadolu Agency reported.

In a statement, the Israeli army said: “Today, a military exercise started in the Golan Heights and Galilee and it will last for one week. It is part of the annual training plan for 2018 that aims to maintain readiness of our forces.”

Aug 06 08:07

Syrian Paper Claims Israel's Mossad Assassinated Chemical Weapons Expert

The Israeli intelligence agency Mossad has been accused of killing a top research director at a military agency linked to Syria’s chemical weapons program.
The al-Watan newspaper reported that Aziz Azbar, of the Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC), died in a targeted blast Saturday night, in Syria’s Hama province.

It said Israel was suspected of carrying out the attack, although it provided no evidence for the claim.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the Syria war through local contacts, also reported Azbar’s death. It said he specialized in developing rocket systems at the center’s Masyaf facility in Hama. Azbar’s driver was also killed in the blast, according to al-Watan and the Observatory.

Aug 06 08:05

As Israel’s Syria aid operation winds down, IDF begins dismantling field clinic

The IDF announced Friday it was closing down an Israeli clinic on the Syrian border that has treated thousands of Syrians over the past year.

The Mazor Ladach field clinic, whose name means “relief for the suffering,” was part of the army’s multi-faceted humanitarian relief operation, dubbed Operation Good Neighbor and launched in 2013.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Syrians Israel treated included injured Al Nusra, Al Qaeda, and ISIS fighters.

Aug 06 07:56

Assad Wins: Voting With Their Feet, Syrians Come Home

With the Syrian army’s liberation of the southwest complete, there remains just a single province in control of ISIS and al-Qaeda in the country. The “bloodbath” that the “experts” warned about if Assad regained control not only did not come to pass, but tens and hundreds of thousands of Syrians are returning home. Once the neocons got it all wrong. So what’s next?

Aug 05 08:20

HEAD OF SYRIA RESEARCH CENTRE KILLED IN CAR BOMBING

The head of a Syrian research facility that Western countries say was part of a chemical weapons programme was killed when his car was blown up, the pro-Syrian government newspaper al-Watan said on Sunday.

Aziz Asber was the director of the Syrian Scientific Research Centre in Masyaf, near the city of Hama, which Western governments say was a covert Syrian government installation.

“(Asber) died after an explosion targeted his car in the Hama countryside,” al-Watan said in an online report.

The explosion occurred on Saturday night, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitoring group said. Who or what caused it is not known.

The Masyaf facility has previously been hit by what the Syrian government said were Israeli strikes in July and last year in September.

In April, missile strikes by the United States, Britain and France destroyed a Syrian Scientific Research Centre facility in Damascus, in response to a suspected poison gas attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like more "wet work" against Syria, courtesy of Israel's Mossad.

Aug 04 10:34

China, Syria: Officials Say the Chinese Military Is Willing to Help the Syrian Army Retake Idlib

Both China's ambassador to Syria as well as its military attache in the country have raised the possibility of Chinese military operations in Syria alongside the Syrian government. Chinese Ambassador Qi Qianjin reportedly stated that the Chinese "military is willing to participate in some way alongside the Syrian army that is fighting the terrorists in Idlib and in any other part of Syria," while military attache Wong Roy Chang reportedly said the Chinese military could participate in an operation to retake rebel-held Idlib if Beijing made the political decision for it to do so.

It is important to stress that neither statement is a confirmation that China is about to send military forces to participate in combat operations in Syria. However, the comments, if true, would mark the closest confirmation we have had of such a possibility.

Aug 04 10:32

THE MYSTERY FIXER WHO IS NEGOTIATING AN END TO THE SYRIAN WAR

After seven years of grinding war, the Syrian government has achieved victory. According to current and former international officials and diplomats as well as UN officials, credit or blame for the Syrian government’s recent victories in East Ghouta and then in the south — along with the tacit acceptance these sweeping military successes received — can be placed on one man.

He is Khaled al Ahmad, a Syrian government emissary and businessman who masterminded the Syrian government’s reconciliation strategy. Al Ahmad is the secret diplomat who has exerted exceptional tolls of energy building bridges with the enemies of Damascus. Despite his central role in bringing one of the worst conflicts since World War Two to an end, he remains almost totally unknown in international media and has scarcely been discussed even among expert Syria observers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To have accomplished what he has done, this Khaled al Ahmad must be nothing short of a miracle worker.

Aug 04 09:24

Russian MoD ‘disappointed’ by US leak, but confirms confidential offer on Syria cooperation

Regarding the leak, Moscow said “the inability of the US side to comply with the agreement on publicizing the contacts [between the two militaries] only with the consent of both sides is disappointing."

“We expect that the US side will be able to take the necessary measures to prevent further violations of mutual agreements in the future.”

The Russian MoD also expanded on the content of its offer. Moscow is open “to work with the Syrian authorities on providing security guarantees to the refugees from the Rukban camp in the US-controlled area of al-Tanf and creating necessary conditions for their return home.”

Aug 03 09:50

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – AUGUST 3, 2018: SYRIAN ARMY’S OPERATION IN SOUTHERN SYRIA IN NUMBERS

On August 2, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) claimed that warplanes of the Israeli Air Force had bombed several fighters of the ISIS-affiliated Khalid ibn al-Walid Army near the occupied Golan Heights. Seven militants were killed in the strikes according to the Israeli media.

This was the second attack by the IDF on the Khalid ibn al-Walid Army during the last two weeks. On July 26, Israeli warplanes destroyed a rocket launcher allegedly belonging to the group in southwestern Syria.

An official of the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) announced that members of the Khalid ibn al-Walid Army are attempting to cross the border from Syria. According to him, the JAF’s 10th Border Guard Battalion clashed with the terrorists in the Yarmouk Valley killing a number of them.

Aug 03 09:02

Russia to deploy military police on Golan Heights

Russia will deploy its military police on the Golan Heights frontier between Syria and Israel, its defence ministry said on Thursday, after weeks of mounting volatility in the area.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s sweeping away of rebels in southwestern Syria has worried Israel, which believes it could allow his Iranian backers to entrench their troops close to the frontier.

Underlining the tensions, Israel killed seven militants in an overnight air strike on the Syrian-held part of the Golan Heights, Israeli radio said on Thursday.

Aug 03 09:01

UN peacekeepers return to disengagement line between Syria, Israeli-occupied territory

The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) has returned to its positions on the line of separation between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights after leaving it in 2014, a war monitor reported Thursday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the UNDOF vehicles were spotted returning to the crossing between the Syrian southern province of Quneitra and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Thursday.

The UK-based watchdog group said Russian military police and the Syrian forces have been deployed in Quneitra and in the disengagement zone after the entire province of Quneitra returned under the government control.

Aug 03 08:26

Israel DM Declares Syria War ‘Effectively Over’

In comments on Thursday, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman declared that from the Israeli perspective, the Syrian War is over, and returning to a pre-war situation, with the Assad government remaining in power.

Aug 02 11:39

Lebanese Paper: US Preparing to Withdraw from Syria

The Arabic-language al-Akhbar newspaper reported that during the process to extradite 8 Lebanese members of the ISIL terrorist group to Beirut, the Americans have sent a letter to the Lebanese army's intelligence department that said they are preparing to take the necessary measures to retreat their forces from Syria.

The report comes as the US has transferred hundreds of ISIL members to Afghanistan. ISIL has claimed responsibility of a majority of the terrorist operations conducted across Afghanistan, including some against the Taliban. Security officials of Russia, Iran, Afghanistan and a number of Central Asian states have voiced deep concerns over the increasing number of ISIL militants transferred from Syria by the US to Afghanistan.>>>

Aug 02 08:56

Russia Announces Iran Pullback in Syria, Israel Rejects Plan

Russian Ambassador Alexander Lavrentyev announced on Wednesday that Russia had come to an agreement with Israel on the withdrawal of Iranian forces. The deal will have all Iranian forces at least 85 kilometers from the Golan Heights.

Israel has since denied that this was a deal, and said they consider the pullback “inadequate.” It would be surprising if Israel had taken this deal, as they’d rejected a near identical Russian offer of a 100 kilometer buffer just a week ago.

Israel has demanded Iranian forces be removed wholly from Syria. This includes, by Israel’s reckoning, all Shi’ite forces, which is how they estimate Iran to have vastly more troops in Syria than they really do. Russia has rejected this, saying they can’t force Iran to leave.

Aug 02 08:30

Israeli Defense Chief: Syrian Front Will Be More Quiet With Assad Rule Restored

The Syrian government has been restoring its control over the country, with the latest military operation being carried out against jihadists in the south of the Arab Republic.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has stated that he believes that the Syrian front will be more quiet with the restoration of the Assad administration's control.

"From our perspective, the situation is returning to how it was before the civil war, meaning there is a real address, someone responsible, and central rule," Lieberman pointed out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel just acknowledged that the US lost this war.

Aug 01 13:55

UNITED NATIONS PLANS TO DRAFT A NEW CONSTITUTION FOR SYRIA

The United Nations envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, plans to hold a meeting with Russia, Iran and Turkey regarding the formation of a constitutional committee to draft a new constitution for Syria.

Webmaster addition: Shouldn't that be up to the Syrian people?

Aug 01 08:52

Turkey Flips to BRICS while Assad Just Flips off Bibi

There is nothing more frustrating in American politics than discussing Israel. Nothing. It is difficult to maintain a balanced view of the situation when many people are ready to lynch you for putting a word wrong in relation to ‘our greatest ally.’

And like many of the real issues underlying the Culture War between the Overly-Woke and The Deplorables, these ab-reactions are meant to stifle debate rather than discuss uncomfortable and inconvenient truths.

I don’t feel like I have many of the answers as to why Israeli officials act the way they do. Sometimes I get feedback from folks who truly want to engage but more often than not what I just described is what happens.

Aug 01 08:35

Are We About To See The Final Battle Of Syria?

Will it be the Last Battle? For three years, Idlib has been the dumping ground for all of Syria’s retreating Islamist militias, the final redoubt of every combatant who has chosen to fight on, rather than surrender to the Syrian army and the Russian air force – and to Hezbollah and, to a far smaller degree, the Iranians.

Brigadier general Suheil al-Hassan, the “Tiger” of Syrian military legend and myth – who can quote the poet Mutanabi by heart but prefers to be compared to Erwin Rommel rather than Bernard Montgomery – will surely take his “Tiger Forces” with him for the final reckoning between the Damascus regime and the Salafist-inspired and western-armed Islamists who dared to try, and very definitely failed, to destroy Bashar al-Assad’s rule.

Aug 01 05:21

FINAL VICTORY OVER TERROR NEAR

Syrian President to Armed Forces: Final Victory over Terror Near

President Bashar Assad hailed the achievements of Syrian Armed Forces on the battlefield against foreign-backed militant groups, saying final victory over terrorism is close thanks to their sacrifices.
He made the remarks in a speech published by the Jaish al-Sha’ab (People's Army) magazine on Wednesday in commemoration of the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the national Syrian military, presstv reported.

Assad congratulated Syrian soldiers for “moving from one achievement to another and from one victory to another in the face of the systematic terrorism and its regional and international backers”.

The army, he stated, has managed to foil the “Zionist-American” plot against Syria>>>

(*Zionist-AMERICAN ?
How's that fair ?
Wasn't it Trump who said Assad could stay ?)

Aug 01 05:06

Gov't Flag Hoisted across Manbij Ahead of Syrian Army's Imminent Arrival

People in the Northern town of Manbij have hoisted government flags in the town, preparing for the Syrian Army troops' imminent arrival, a media outlet reported on Wednesday.
The Arabic-language al-Watan daily quoted local sources as reporting that civilians in Manbij in Northeastern Aleppo have hoisted the government flags across the town, preparing for a warm welcome ceremony as the army is regaining control over the town following talks between the Kurds and Damascus officials two days ago.

Al-Watan said that civilians have prepared banners to welcome the army at the Western entrance of the town where the army is expected to enter Manbij.

Manbij residents have also repaired and reconstructed police stations in the town and along the Aleppo international highway to Manbij to hand over their control to the army forces, al-Watan further said.

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Jul 31 11:19

Here's Why The U.S. Will Soon Make A Face-Saving Exit From Syria

The Syrian army is conducting its southern campaign with the pacification of the last two percent of the Qunietra province that remains under the control of the “Islamic State” (ISIS) terrorist group. That will free tens of thousands of troops of the Syrian army and its allies from the burden of fighting in the south of the country and will mark a turning point in the seven years of war imposed on the Levant.

The whole of Syria will be liberated from the territorial control of militias and jihadists. What remains of occupied Syria is under the control of two countries: territories held by the US and Turkey in the north. However, these occupations do not seem tenable, particularly now that the Kurds, in control of 23% of Syria, have decided to respond positively to the Syrian President’s call to engage in dialogue or face war.

This means the US cannot stay for much longer in Syria; it will find a face-saving way to leave very soon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Well, we chased those space aliens off our planet for sure, and now we are coming home!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 31 11:09

Russian Jamming Poses a Growing Threat to U.S. Troops in Syria

American troops deployed in Syria are increasingly having to defend themselves against Russian jamming devices—electronic attacks with potentially lethal consequences, according to U.S. military officials and analysts.

Officers who have experienced the jamming—known as electronic warfare—say it’s no less dangerous than conventional attacks with bombs and artillery. But they also say it’s allowing U.S. troops a rare opportunity to experience Russian technology in the battlefield and figure out how to defend against it.

Jul 31 10:36

Russian Ambassador Tells Israel: We Can’t Force Iran to Leave Syria

Speaking on Israel’s Channel 10 news, Russian Ambassador Anatoly Viktorov told the interviewer that Russia cannot force Iran to withdraw its military from Syria, no matter how many times Israel demands them to.

Israel has been demanding Russian intervention for months, but Iran has ruled out leaving unless Syria tells them to. Russia tried to come up with a compromise where Iranian forces would stay 100 km from the buffer zone, but Israel rejected that as well.

Viktorov told the reporters that Iran’s military presence in Syria “is fully legitimate according to the UN principles and the UN charter.” He added that Russia is “not okay” with any Israeli attacks on Syria, but that it wasn’t up to Russia to prevent them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Israeli government loves the "big lie" technique, both to exaggerate their own claims, and also to terrify their domestic population.

It will be interesting to see what Israel does regarding Syria after this announcement; but I would not believe that backing off their attacks against Syria will happen any time soon.

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