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Sep 10 11:43

Moscow Has Upped the Ante in Syria

September 9, 2018

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MEMORANDUM FOR: The President

FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

SUBJECT: Moscow Has Upped the Ante in Syria

Mr. President:

We are concerned that you may not have been adequately briefed on the upsurge of hostilities in northwestern Syria, where Syrian armed forces with Russian support have launched a full-out campaign to take back the al-Nusra/al-Qaeda/ISIS-infested province of Idlib. The Syrians will almost certainly succeed, as they did in late 2016 in Aleppo. As in Aleppo, it will mean unspeakable carnage, unless someone finally tells the insurgents theirs is a lost cause.

Sep 10 11:36

How the U.S. Does Propaganda

A typical example was on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday,” on September 8th, when the program-host Scott Simon interviewed the Obama Administration’s diplomat Robert Malley, in a segment titled “What’s Next In The Syrian War: Idlib”.

Simon’s introduction said:

“After this weekend, the last contested region of Syria may come under ferocious attack. After more than seven years of fighting, the end of the Syrian war may come down to Idlib province. … It holds more than 3 million people, many of whom have been displaced. It’s been essentially a kind of dumping ground for those opposed to Bashar al-Assad’s regime and ISIS.”

Actually, there’s a factual problem with Simon’s lead-in there. Though I have seen official estimates of the population of Idlib ranging from 1.5 million to 3 million, I haven’t seen any of “more than 3 million people.” Mr. Simon is always happy to please his CIA minders, and might simply have gotten carried away in this interview.

Sep 10 10:55

HOSTAGE! White Helmets To Use Kidnapped Families Of Reconciled Jihadists In Coming Idlib Battle In Chemical Weapons False Flag

The White Helmets organization is planning to use family members as hostages of militants who were willing to reconcile with the Syrian government in a staging of chemical weapons attack, Ammar Jamal, a renowned human rights activist, has claimed.

According to Ammar Jamal, the Al-Qaeda affiliated White Helmets intend to use in their operation families of militants who want to move to the side of the Syrian government.

“Members of the White Helmets are preparing a staging an attack with chemical weapons using families of [militants] who have been willing to move to the [Syrian] government side. After the preparation of video material, the White Helmets will bring the families of captive former Daesh [ISIS] members willing to reconcile with the government,” said the activist, noting that the provocation will be held very soon.

Sep 10 10:54

Breaking News: US and British Forces Trapped in Idlib Syria

Breaking News: not only are there allegedly 200 US and British forces trapped in Idlib Syria but US Media is claiming that Russia has said they will attack US base at Al-Tanf. The Al-Tanf allegations are false. Syria said they would not hold back in removing ISIS forces in the area of Al-Tanf.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those British and US forces are not trapped. I am certain that the Syrian government and Russia will let them leave any time they want to!

Maybe this is the excuse for a US escalation since nobody is buying another chemical weapons attack.

Sep 10 10:54

REBELS RAMP UP CIVILIAN ATTACKS, INCUR HEAVY LOSSES IN IDLIB

At the request of Damascus, Russia assisted Syrian forces in launching several airstrikes across the territory in the northern Al-Ghab plain starting Saturday morning and continuing through Sunday afternoon.

The Syrian Army successfully destroyed an ammunition depot and armored vehicle belonging to the Al-Ezza brigades in the Kafr Zita countryside as they struck various hideouts and locations of Jabhat al-Nusra and their allies Sunday. According to Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), a state media news agency, the army unit also successfully destroyed shelling launching pads belonging to the brigade, where terrorists would launch shells towards residential areas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That false flag chemical attack, to be blamed on Syria, is most likely coming, and soon, because the rebels are doing so poorly in holding their ground in Idlib that they cannot get a foothold against Syrian and Russian troops and airstrikes.

The chemical attack, prophesied at the UN by our "Miss Cleo Wannabe", US Representative Nikki Haley, will most likely happen this week.

Russia has already stated, through diplomatic channels, that it intends to hold exercises and attacks very close to where US troops are stationed (illegally) in Syria.

Let me say this again; the US government and military have invaded a sovereign country, which did not ask them to assist in fighting the rebels, (they asked for Russian and Iranian assistance for this), and is looking to establish a "foothold" in the country from which they can plot regime change in Damascus, and control Syria's oil.

The big question is, how long before Russia and the US wind up in direct, hot conflict in Syria?!?

I don't know what the odds the bookies in Vegas are giving on the such a confrontation; my gut is telling me, however, this will be happening very soon.

The Trump Whitehouse wants this country in a major war against....some major alleged "enemy" recently well-demonized in what passes for American "journalism", and Russia will do nicely here, well before the mid-terms.

The American Electorate are very skittish about changing the nature and composition of their government mid war.

And please remember the "drop dead date" by which President Trump has declared to the world that it can no longer buy Iranian oil; Sunday, 4 November, two days before the mid-term elections in this country. I would expect something very dramatic from the Trump Administration against Iran on, or right near, that deadline, and the date of these primaries.

Sep 10 10:48

The Biggest Secret In History: False Flag Terror

The age-old saying is true:

If we don’t learn history, we’re doomed to repeat it.

The single biggest historical secret which people haven’t yet learned is false flag terrorism.

There are many documented false flag attacks, where a government carries out a terror attack … and then falsely blames its enemy for political purposes.

False flag terror has changed the course of history over and over again … all over the world. Unless people learn about false flags, governments will carry them out to start more and more disastrous wars. (That’s why we continuously scour documents and sources to look for new admissions of false terror … and post updated lists when we find them.)

In the following instances, officials in the government which carried out the attack (or seriously proposed an attack) admit to it, either orally or in writing:

Sep 10 10:15

With Battle For Idlib Imminent, Russia Releases Video Of Massive "One Of A Kind" Military Drills In Syria


With the US military announcing that it is preparing for "options" in Syria ahead of what appears to be an imminent battle for Syria's last rebel stronghold of Idlib - which may or may not include another false flag chemical attack to justify the US presence - and which could involve such proxy foreign powers as Russia, the US, Turkey and Iran, today Russia announced that it has staged large-scale military exercises in the Mediterranean Sea near Syria, involving both its Navy and Air Force.

Sep 10 10:14

Germany May Join Possible Western Airstrikes on Syria - Reports

Germany may join possible airstrikes on Syrian government forces by western nations in the event chemical weapons are used by Damascus, according to local media.

The German Defense Ministry has been mulling over joining possible airstrikes by the United States, the United Kingdom and France against Syrian government forces, Bild reported. The ministry is considering this option in the event of a possible use of chemical weapons in Syria, which they presume will be carried out by Syrian government troops, the outlet said.

Earlier in the day, French Minister for the Armed Forces Florence Parly said that if chemical attacks are carried out in Syria,a response will follow, including those from France.

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Sep 10 10:13

Two US F-15 Jets Strike Deir ez-Zor With Banned Phosphorus Bombs – Russian MoD

The airstrikes carried out by the US F-15s have caused major fires in Deir ez-Zor province, the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation said in a statement, noting that information about "people killed and injured due to the strikes is being clarified."

Two US F-15 jets on September 8 carried out strikes using banned phosphorus bombs in Deir ez-Zor province, the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation said in a statement.

"In Deir ez-Zor province on September 8, 2018, two F-15 aircraft of the US Air Force carried out strikes on the settlement of Hadjin with the use of phosphorus incendiary munitions. As a result of the strikes, major fires were observed. Information on victims and injured is being clarified," Major-General Vladimir Savchenko stated, stressing that the use of weapons with white phosphorus is prohibited by an additional protocol to the 1949 Geneva Convention.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And from TASS, we have the US government's non-denial/denial about the deployment of these bombs in Syria:

Pentagon has no data about reported use of phosphorous bombs in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor

Sep 10 10:12

Erdogan Says Turkey Won't Watch Killings in Idlib From Sidelines

Turkey won’t watch the killings of tens of thousands of innocent people from the sidelines, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after Russian President Vladimir Putin rejected his call for a cease-fire in Idlib, Syria’s last rebel stronghold.

Turkey won’t be part of a game to further the interests of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Erdogan said. He had warned earlier of a looming “catastrophe” as the Damascus regime’s forces prepare to fight the last major battle of the seven-year civil war.

Sep 10 10:10

Syrian, Russian Warplanes Pound Terrorists' Centers in Hama, Idlib

The Syrian and Russian fighter jets carried out a fresh round of heavy assaults on the positions and movements of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) in Hama and Idlib provinces, inflicting major losses on the terrorists, a Syrian daily reported on Sunday.

The Arabic-language al-Watan daily reported that the warplanes and the Syrian Army's artillery and missile units targeted Tahrir al-Sham's movements and positions in the towns of Morek, al-Latamina, Kafr Zita and Qala al-Maziq and in the village of al-Sayad in Hama.

It further said that the artillery and air attacks destroyed terrorists' positions in the villages of Skeik, Kafr Ein, al-Tamanna, Abedin and Khan Sheikhoun in Southern Idlib.

Tens of terrorists from Tahrir al-Sham and al-Turkistani Islamic Party were killed and their military equipment were destroyed in the attacks.

Sep 10 10:09

Terrorists' Chemical Weapons Expert Escapes from Northwestern Syria to Turkey

A notorious commander and expert of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorist group's chemical warfare has left Idlib province for Turkey as the terrorist group and pro-militant White Helmets are preparing to stage a fake chemical attack in the province, a media outlet reported on Sunday.

Sep 10 10:09

Indefinite Occupation Could Empower Terrorists in Syria

The US-led war on Syria was never about freedom and democracy. Any doubters should ask President Donald Trump who has no desire to “get out” of Syria or “bring US troops home.”

According to the State Department, he has just signed a new strategy, which includes new military goals, and eliminates all timelines for removing US occupying troops from Syria.

Without any UN mandate or invitation from Syrian government, US troops are in several parts of Syria, mostly in the Kurdish-held Northeast. An estimated 2,200 US troops are in the country, though official numbers are being withheld from the public. Special Envoy James Jeffrey says they are committed to an “indefinitely extended” stay.

The new goals are substantial too, with the US now focusing on “containing Iran.” This is while there are no Iranian troops or military bases in that war-torn country, only a handful of military advisors who are there at the official request of the Syrian government.

Sep 10 10:06

Russian Marines Land on Syrian Shores in Massive Mediterranean Drills

Russia has staged large-scale military exercises in the Mediterranean Sea near Syria, involving both its Navy and Air Force. The drills were held amid ongoing escalation around Idlib, and US threats to strike Syria.

Footage released by Russia’s Defense Ministry shows Marine Special Forces equipped with state-of-the-art gear landing on the shores of Syria's Latakia province. The Marines used helicopters, fast-attack craft and armored vehicles while landing from major amphibious ships under the cover of dozens of Russian combat aircraft.

Sep 10 09:52

US Says Assad Has Approved Gas Attack In Idlib, Setting Stage For Major Military Conflict

At this point there's not even so much as feigning surprise or suspense in the now sadly all-too-familiar Syria script out of Washington.

The Wall Street Journal has just published a bombshell on Sunday evening as Russian and Syrian warplanes continue bombing raids over al-Qaeda held Idlib, citing unnamed US officials who claim "President Bashar al-Assad of Syria has approved the use of chlorine gas in an offensive against the country’s last major rebel stronghold."

And perhaps more alarming is that the report details that Trump is undecided over whether new retaliatory strikes could entail expanding the attack to hit Assad allies Russia and Iran this time around.

Sep 10 09:51

US jets strike Syrian town with banned white phosphorus bombs – Russian Defense Ministry

Two US jets have bombed a town in the Syrian Deir Ez-Zor province with white phosphorus munitions, causing massive fires, Russian military has said.

Two F-15 jets on Saturday bombed the town of Hajin with white phosphorus incendiary munitions, banned under the Geneva Convention, according to the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria.

“Following the strikes, large fires were observed in the area,” Lieutenant-General Vladimir Savchenko said Sunday. There’s still no information on casualties caused by the bombing run, he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now you know why the US is bashing the ICC!

Sep 10 09:44

US Not Ruling Out Strikes on Russian, Iranian Targets in Syria – Reports

Syria’s northwestern Idlib province is the last remaining stronghold of militant and terror groups in the country. President Bashar Assad sees the liberation of Idlib as a topmost priority.

The US is mulling air and missile strikes on Syrian government forces if they use chlorine gas in their operation to liberate Idlib.

The US strikes could also target Russia and Iranian positions in the area, the Wall Street Journal wrote on Sunday.

Sep 10 09:43

Russia Says Has to React to Aggression as Terrorists Entrench Positions in Idlib

A gang of terrorists has taken advantage of the establishment of a de-escalation zone in Syria's Idlib province and entrenched their positions in the region, Russia cannot but respond to their aggression, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov told Sputnik in an interview.

"A gang of terrorists has taken advantage of the fact that a de-escalation zone had been established in Idlib and entrenched their positions there, they have increased their ranks and begun raids against the civilian population of Syria, attacks on the Russian bases … We cannot but react to such aggression," Syromolotov said.

Sep 10 09:43

Ex-US Intel Officers Warn Trump Over Syria Attack: 'Don't Be Surprised When the Russians Start Firing Their Missiles'

Russian missile-armed naval and air units are now deployed in unprecedented numbers to engage those tempted to interfere with Syrian and Russian forces trying to clean out the terrorists from Idlib. We assume you have been briefed on that — at least to some extent. More important, we know that your advisers tend to be dangerously dismissive of Russian capabilities and intentions.

We do not want you to be surprised when the Russians start firing their missiles. The prospect of direct Russian-U.S. hostilities in Syria is at an all-time high. We are not sure you realize that.

Sep 10 09:42

UN, Turkey, Iran, Russia to talk on Syrian constitution

UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura will meet senior officials from Turkey, Russia, and Iran to establish a Syrian constitutional committee on Monday.

Efforts to establish a constitutional committee, which was agreed during the Syrian National Dialogue Congress on Jan. 30, 2018 in Russian resort city of Sochi, have come to a critical phase.

De Mistura will meet on Monday and Tuesday with the guarantor countries of Astana process -- Turkey, Russia, and Iran.

On Friday, he will meet with officials from Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, U.K., and U.S.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal will represent Turkey during the meetings.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Since when is the Constitution of a nation decided by other nations?!?

Sep 10 09:14

Anonymous 'US Officials' Say Assad Has Approved Gas Attack in Idlib: WSJ

Sure seems like Nikki Haley is plotting to get us ensnared in another war!

Did she also write the anonymous NY Times op-ed?

Sep 10 08:34

Syria - U.S. Reveals Underpants Plan For Indefinite Occupation

The new U.S. plan is to: 1. keep north-east Syria indefinitely occupied, 2. ???, 3. Iran leaves Syria and the 'regime' in Damascus falls:

Sep 10 08:31

US warplanes drop phosphorous bombs on Syria: Russia

American warplanes reportedly drop phosphorous bombs on a village in the eastern Syria province of Dayr al-Zawr.

Vladimir Savchenko, the chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties in Syria, announced the development on Sunday, Russia’s ITAR-TASS news agency reported.

"On September 8, 2018, two F-15 warplanes of the US air force delivered airstrikes on the settlement of Hajin with the use of phosphorous bombs. The airstrikes caused heavy fires. Information about casualties and damages is being verified," he said.

“The Russian reconciliations center warned that the use of munitions containing yellow phosphorus is prohibited by an additional protocol to the Geneva Convention of 1949,” the agency added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, these Russian reports are true, (and I find it hard to disbelieve something which can be proven so easily thorough this bomb's chemical signature) welcome to "the new normal", as a citizen of the Assassination Nation, the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika.

Sep 10 07:45

WIKILEAKS: Hillary Clinton email: Israeli intelligence says collapse of Syria will spark a Sunni-Shiite war that will benefit Israel

Sep 10 07:41

Italy’s ‘trump card’ with Russia and US ‘mission creep’ in Syria

Moscow and Rome plan to sign a number of trade and economic agreements during the upcoming visit to Russia by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Italian Ambassador to Russia Pasquale Terracciano told Kommersant.

"We have close economic ties with Russia, and during the prime minister’s visit plans are in store to sign some substantive trade and economic agreements. Of course, the two countries’ leaders will discuss key international issues, especially Libya's stabilization, in which we are extremely interested, and also Ukraine, Iran and the Middle East. We believe cooperation with Russia on all those issues will help us find solutions," he said.

Sep 10 07:36

US Senator Richard Black: We need to support Syria fighting against Terrorism

Sep 10 07:30

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – SEPTEMBER 10, 2018: US CLAIMS DESTRUCTION OF CIVILIAN OBJECTS IS PURPOSE OF IDLIB ADVANCE

The US-led propaganda campaign against the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance has reached a new level as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is openly preparing to kick off a ground assault on terrorist groups in northwestern Syria.

During a September 7 UN Security Council briefing, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley stated that “when Russia and the Assad regime say they want to counter terrorism, they actually mean they want to bomb schools, hospitals, and homes. They want to punish the civilians who had the courage to rise up against Assad.” She further stated that “the Assad regime” must halt an offensive in Idlib because it will undermine “peace talks”.

“We consider any assault on Idlib to be a dangerous escalation of the conflict in Syria. If Assad, Russia, and Iran continue, the consequences will be dire,” Haley said.

Sep 10 07:20

U.S. Says Syria Plans Gas Attack in Rebel Stronghold

WASHINGTON—President Bashar al-Assad of Syria has approved the use of chlorine gas in an offensive against the country’s last major rebel stronghold, U.S. officials said, raising the prospects for another retaliatory U.S. military strike as thousands try to escape what could be a decisive battle in the seven-year-old war.

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Sep 10 06:28

U.S. REVEALS UNDERPANTS

Syria - U.S. Reveals Underpants Plan For Indefinite Occupation

Today the United States officially announced a new policy in its war on Syria. It is an equivalent to the three step business plan (vid) of the underpants gnomes

The new U.S. plan is to: 1. keep north-east Syria indefinitely occupied, 2. ???, 3. Iran leaves Syria and the 'regime' in Damascus falls:

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Sep 10 00:05

Russian reconciliation center

US warplanes use phosphorus bomb. The airstrikes caused heavy fires... Information about casualties and damages is being verified.

Sep 09 23:56

Pentagon has no data about reported use of phosphorous bombs in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor

The United States Department of Defense has no information about an alleged use of phosphorous bombs in the Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor, Pentagon spokesman Commander Sean Robertson told TASS. Vladimir Savchenko, chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties, stated on Sunday that phosphorous bombs were used by the US air force warplanes to deliver a strike on the settlement of Hajin in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor governorate on September 8. "At this time, we have not received any reports of any use of white phosphorous," Robertson said in an interview with TASS. "None of the military units in the area are even equipped with white phosphorous munitions of any kind." Savchenko stated earlier that two F-15 warplanes of the US air force delivered airstrikes on the settlement of Hajin with the use of phosphorous bombs last Saturday, September 8, adding that the airstrikes resulted in heavy fires.

Sep 09 11:18

US jets strike Syrian town with banned white phosphorus bombs – Russian Defense Ministry

Two US jets have bombed a town in the Syrian Deir Ez-Zor province with white phosphorus munitions, causing massive fires, Russian military has said.

Two F-15 jets on Saturday bombed the town of Hajin with white phosphorus incendiary munitions, banned under the Geneva Convention, according to the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria.

“Following the strikes, large fires were observed in the area,” Lieutenant-General Vladimir Savchenko said Sunday. There’s still no information on casualties caused by the bombing run, he added.

Sep 09 09:27

US Not Going to Cooperate With Russia on Idlib - Pentagon

The Russian Defense Ministry stated earlier that terrorists in the rebel-held Syrian city of Idlib have almost completed their preparations for a provocation involving chemical weapons.

The US is ready to put forward its own plan to effectively fight terrorism in Syria and it is not going to cooperate with Russia on the issue, the Pentagon said in a statement.

"US military officials believe there is a more effective way to do counterterrorism operations than major conventional operations in Idlib. The chairman said the United States was not talking about cooperating, but about using US capabilities to spot the terrorists — even in an urban environment — and take them out with a minimum of civilian casualties," the US Department of Defense said, citing Gen. Joseph Dunford.

Sep 09 09:21

Syria war: How Idlib may be changing Trump's strategy

US President Donald Trump seemed to shift gear on Syria again this week, warning against a pending government offensive against the last rebel stronghold, in the north-western province of Idlib.

Such a "reckless" attack by the regime of Bashar al-Assad and its Russian and Iranian allies, he tweeted, would be a "grave humanitarian mistake" that could kill "hundreds of thousands of people".

Sep 09 09:19

'Mission Creep' Confirmed as Trump Replaces Vow to Withdraw From Syria With Embrace of Indefinite Military Presence

"Trump is maintaining an indefinite U.S. military presence in (i.e., occupation of) Syria, strengthening a policy of bipartisan imperialism, in an attempt to weaken the Iranian and Syrian governments."

Sep 09 08:28

YouTube Shuts Down All Syrian State Channels As Idlib Assault Begins

Syrian state YouTube channels have been shut down this morning just as the Syrian Army's ground offensive has officially begun.

This includes the following now terminated Syrian state and pro-government channels: Syrian Presidency, Syria MoD (Ministry of Defense), SANA, and Sama TV. This follows YouTube reportedly closing Syria's Ortas News last week.

Sep 09 08:26

Breaking: Massive Turkish Army convoy enters Idlib with large arsenal of weapons

A massive Turkish military convoy entered the Idlib Governorate from the Hatay Province, tonight, opposition activists reported.

According to the Syrian opposition activists, the Turkish military convoy consisted of more than 300 vehicles, including tanks, MLRS launchers, and BMPs.

The Turkish military convoy reportedly entered Syria through the Kafr Losen Crossing; it was heading towards the rebel front-lines in the Idlib and Hama governorates.

Sep 09 08:26

US forces launch large-scale military drills in southern Homs

The US Central Command (CENTCOM) has announced military drills will be held near its At Tanf garrison in the province of Homs, Syria on September 7 aimed at preparing the troops for further battles against Daesh* forces; however, CNN suggested that there is more to it.

According to an anonymous source in the Pentagon, cited by the news outlet, the drills are being conducted in response to recent warnings allegedly issued by Russia to the US via deconfliction communication lines. Citing Pentagon spokesman Sean Robertson, CNN reported that Moscow has planned to conduct “precision strikes” against militants in the At Tanf area, which is protected by the US-coalition.

Sep 09 08:24

Syrian state YouTube channels ‘terminated’ amid fears of looming false-flag chem attack

A number of Syrian state and media-linked YouTube accounts have gone dark, as the battle for Idlib looms amid Russia’s warnings of an imminent false-flag chemical attack and Western preparations for retaliatory strikes.

On Saturday afternoon, the channels belonging to the Syrian presidency, the country’s Ministry of Defense, and SANA news all showed a message saying: “This account has been terminated due to a legal complaint,” or “This account has been terminated for a violation of YouTube's Terms of Service.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Reminds me of how all those Muslim websites were shut down just before 9-11!

Sep 09 08:20

US sends reinforcements to its Syria base after Russia warning of attack

The US military is sending more than 100 Marines to Syria as reinforcements to protect an illegal American base there for training anti-Damascus terrorists after repeated Russian warnings of an impending attack on the militants in the area south of the terror-ravaged country, the Pentagon said.

According to the Saturday statement by the US Defense Department, the American troops were flown by helicopter to the base located in the small town of at-Tanf, near Syria’s borders with Iraq and Jordan, pro-US military news website Task & Purpose reported.

The base is being used by US Special Forces to train anti-Syria terrorists allied with a US-led coalition that claims to battle foreign-backed Daesh (ISIL) militants, widely believe to be sponsored by Washington-allied Saudi Kingdom.

Sep 09 08:18

Battle for Idlib begins as Syrian, Russian forces unleash massive attack

The Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) battle for Idlib has begun after several weeks of speculation and military buildup.

According to a military source in Damascus, the Syrian and Russian air forces unleashed a massive assault across the Hama-Idlib axis, hitting a number of sites controlled by the jihadist rebels.

The source added that the Syrian Arab Army has yet to storm any areas in the Idlib and Hama governorates; the ground attack is likely to commence in the next few days.

Sep 09 08:17

U.S. SENATOR MEETS WITH SYRIA'S ASSAD, CLAIMS WEST IS PLANNING FAKE CHEMICAL ATTACK

Republican State Senator Richard Black of Virginia has met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and claimed to have knowledge of an alleged Western plot to stage a chemical weapons attack there as a pretext for military action.

Black, an Army veteran, traveled to Syria on Wednesday to express his support for the government's war against insurgents and jihadis who rose up in a 2011 rebellion backed by the West, Turkey and Gulf Arab states. The U.S. and its allies have accused Assad of war crimes, including the use of chemical weapons, but the Syrian leader and his Russian and Iranian allies have alleged that such incidents were "false flag" plots conjured up to justify foreign intervention.

Sep 09 08:09

Pentagon sends marines for snap live-fire drill in Syria as ‘strong message’ to Russia – reports

More than 100 US marines flew to southeast Syria for a snap live-fire exercise, sending a “strong message” to Russia not to conduct operations near the US base, two Pentagon officials told Fox News.

The marines were deployed via assault helicopter to Al-Tanf military base, located in Syria’s Homs Province, which borders Iraq. The drill includes air assaults, supported by artillery barrages.

Sep 09 08:08

Iranian Bots and the Facebook Stasi: Manufacturing Consent for the Endless War

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. The American Empire doesn’t handle failure well, and their repeated failures to oust Syrian president Bashar al-Assad have driven them into a frenzy where good judgment and logic are a thing of the past. Russian military intelligence predicts a false-flag chemical attack in Idlib which will be pinned on the Assad regime and used to justify “retaliation” orders of magnitude greater than April’s Tomahawk tantrum. This time, if the words of the Wicked Witch of the UN are any indication, Iran and Russia will also be blamed. While the US has mostly abandoned hope for regime change in Syria, it will not look a gift horse in the mouth, and is gathering aircraft carriers and bombers to the region while pumping out tear-jerking propaganda about Idlib residents fearing for their lives. If the false flag fails, they can always send those bombers to Iran...

Sep 09 07:52

French Reporter: “Rebels” In Idlib? No. Al Qaida, And A False Flag Won’t Work This Time

“Until now, it has not been possible to identify the origin of the attacks. The [Damascus] government, for its part, has no real interest in carrying out chemical attacks,” he said. And to continue: “It would simply put its allies in trouble in the UN Council […] On the other hand, I think that the rebels have understood that a chemical attack no longer leads to retaliation by the West, or to very symbolic responses.” — a reference to the Western strikes against Syria of April 2018.

Sep 09 07:51

SURPRISE! Russian Naval Forces Will Remain To Oversee Idlib Liberation Even As ‘Drills’ In Mediterranean Formally Conclude Today

The Russian Navy held on Saturday exercises using the RBU-6000 anti-submarine rocket launchers and depth charges as part of large-scale military exercises in the Mediterranean Sea.

The ships also carried out attacks on mock targets and underwater surveillance.

“These exercises are necessary to understand to what extent we are prepared to use new equipment installed on our ships,” said Captain Andrei Soloshin, chief of staff of the vessels involved in training.

Sep 09 07:46

US Sends Continues Supplying Weapons to SDF in Hasaka

Over 150 trucks carrying weapons and military equipment were dispatched by the US army to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Hasaka province.

Field sources in Northeastern Syria reported on Thursday that a US military convoy of more than 150 trucks was sent to the SDF and its local military councils in Eastern Syria on Wednesday night.

They added that the convoys which consisted of tens of heavy and armored military vehicles, weapons and military and logistic equipment arrived in the town of Qamishli in Hasaka province.

A large number of military convoys have been sent by the American forces to the regions occupied by the US-backed SDF in the past few weeks.

Sep 09 07:45

Kurds Dispatch Large Number of Military Equipment to Raqqa after Uprising

Local sources in Raqqa reported on Thursday that the SDF has dispatched an unprecedented amount of military equipment to Raqqa city and the adjacent areas and declared curfew in the region.

They added that the measure was adopted after a large number of residents of the village of al-Khatouniyeh in Western Raqqa rallied against the SDF and "their corrupt commanders who rule the region", saying that over 50 people have been captured.

Meantime, the SDF's security forces in Raqqa city detained several young people for writing slogans on the walls in support of the Syrian army.

Tensions and clashes between the SDF and civilians have recently increased in Raqqa.

Sep 09 07:44

1900 Trucks Carrying Military Hardware Sent by US to Deir Ezzur in 40 Days

The US Army has forwarded hundreds of trucks containing military equipment to the Eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzur in nearly 6 weeks, the London-based pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported.

Sep 09 07:44

US Expanding Military Build-up in Eastern Syria

The US Army dispatched another military convoy to its base in Deir Ezzur province in Eastern Syria concurrent with intensified tensions among the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

A large number of SDF police forces are on alert in several towns and villages under SDF control in Northeastern Deir Ezzur, battlefield sources said.

The sources said that this measure took place after they left their posts for not receiving their salaries from the SDF.

Meantime, a US military convoy consisting eight military vehicles and hardware were dispatched to al-Bahreh region in Eastern Deir Ezzur.

In a relevant development last week, the Arabic-language al-Watan daily quoted opposition sources as reporting that the US-led coalition has reinvigorated its military presence on the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River in the second half of the current year via setting up 18 bases in the Northeastern and Eastern provinces of Syria.

Sep 09 07:43

US Marines Conduct Live-Fire Exercise in South Syria in Warning to Russia

Following Thursday’s report that Russia had recently informed the US of planned military operations against terrorist groups on the Syria-Jordan border, a company of US Marines conducted a live-fire exercise in the same area. Officials say it was intended to be a “warning” to Russia.

The exercise took place near the US base at al-Tanf, at the corner of Syria’s border with Iraq and Jordan. Though the US no longer really has any rebel allies in the area, which was the initially point of the Tanf base, the US does regularly attack any pro-Syrian forces who get too close.

The proximity of Islamists, especially al-Qaeda-linked groups on the Jordan border, has pretty much been ignored by the US. The possibility that Russian and Syrian forces might take care of those groups has infuriated the US, and led to threats of force.

Sep 09 07:36

BEX - Pentagon to present its own plan of ‘effective war on terror’ in Syria – without Russia

Washington has its own plan on how to “effectively” combat terrorism in Syria, the Pentagon has said, adding that the US is not planning to cooperate with Moscow on the issue.

The US military strategists have found what they call a “better, more focused way” to do counterterrorism operations in Idlib, the US Department of Defense said in statement on Saturday. The US military revealed almost no details of its plan as the statement said only that it would involve “using the US capabilities to spot the terrorists – even in an urban environment – and take them out with a minimum of civilian casualties.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One needs to recall that prior to Russia's entry into Syria, the US "anti-terror" efforts missed the terrorists and bombed critical Syrian infrastructure.

Sep 09 07:35

Terrorists & White Helmets met in Idlib to prep for final stage false flag chem attack – Russian MoD

The Russian military has obtained “irrefutable” data that terrorist groups, including Jabhat an-Nusra, and the infamous White Helmets met in Idlib province on Sunday, according to the ministry’s spokesperson Igor Konashenkov.

The militants plotted the final scenarios for the chemical attacks that the Syrian army are expected to make in the cities of Jisr ash-Shugur, Serakab, Taftanaz and Sarmin, the Russian military revealed.

“Full readiness of all participants involved in the staging of the provocations is be ensured by the evening of September 8,” Konashenkov stated. He added that the terrorists are to receive a “special” signal from some “foreign friends of Syrian revolution” to launch the operation.

Sep 09 07:32

BREAKING: LIBERATION OF IDLIB HAS BEGUN

The liberation of Idlib from US backed terrorists, has now begun. With weeks of preparation, on the tactical, strategic, infowar, and diplomatic fronts, the Russian and Syrian air forces launched their first sorties tonight, with bombers and assault planes attacking terrorist held positions between Hama and Idlib. So far there have been over 70 airstrikes recorded above several jihadist sites in northwest Syria in just the last several hours alone.

Previously the Syrian government confirmed that Russian and Syrian air forces successfully launched over 100 airstrikes since yesterday, softening up peripheral targets and making impossible the possibility of any break-through or counter-attack, or other maneuver on the part of the terrorists.

It is expected, barring a major U.S counter-attack to protect their own assets, that the Syrian and Russian forces will heavily bombardment specific targets throughout the night, and into the early morning hours of September 9th.

Sep 08 16:29

American marines fire shots to warn Russian forces in Syria

US Marines stationed in Syria have fired air and artillery shots into a desert area in south to send Russian forces a warning.

The air assault in the southern Syrian desert backed by artillery fire aimed to send a strong message to Russia, two US defense officials told Fox News on Friday.

The message we want to convey to Russia is to not send your forces inside a restricted area near an American military outpost in southern Syria, they said.

Sep 08 10:49

TERRORISTS & WHITE HELMETS MET IN IDLIB TO PREP FOR FINAL STAGE FALSE FLAG CHEM ATTACK – RUSSIAN MOD

The Russian military has obtained “irrefutable” data that terrorist groups, including Jabhat an-Nusra, and the infamous White Helmets met in Idlib province on Sunday, according to the ministry’s spokesperson Igor Konashenkov.
The militants plotted the final scenarios for the chemical attacks that the Syrian army are expected to make in the cities of Jisr ash-Shugur, Serakab, Taftanaz and Sarmin, the Russian military revealed.

“Full readiness of all participants involved in the staging of the provocations is be ensured by the evening of September 8,”Konashenkov stated. He added that the terrorists are to receive a “special” signal from some “foreign friends of Syrian revolution” to launch the operation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, folks, today's date... is 8 September, and I would imagine that such a false flag is now imminent, either for tomorrow, insuring its maximum US presstitute coverage into next week, as the "justification" for a US attack, or shortly thereafter.

And when I am more inclined to believe the credibility of a foreign news outlet in English than I am the presstitutes and waresspondents here in the US's alleged "media", it is because I have been lied to too many times by the US media to find it at all credible, except occasionally for the weather or sports events' outcomes.

Sep 08 10:25

US MILITARY PREPARING FOR "OPTIONS" IN SYRIA

Events are moving rapidly in Syria as Russian jets pound insurgent positions in Idlib Province and as the Syrian Army readies an imminent ground invasion which Damascus has described as coming in a "phased" approach.

The White House responded to Syria and its allies initiating the bombing campaign by saying the US would respond “swiftly and vigorously” should chemical weapons be used, and a day ago claimed there's “lots of evidence” chemical weapons are being prepared by the Syrian forces, claiming to have intelligence of such activities.

And now America's top general has confirmed the Pentagon is drawing up military options to attack Syria and is in close discussion with the White House over the plans. Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters on Saturday during a trip to India, according to Reuters:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That last bit, about YouTube's shutting down all Syrian government channels as of today's date, is a very distressing sign that things are about to go from bad to worse, and very, very rapidly here.

Sep 08 10:12

Washington Is Growing Exasperated Over Iran's "Defiance" In Region

Just when the world may have thought stability could be returning to Syria after rapid Syrian Army and Russian advances over the summer, it appears we are once again on the path of an eventual major showdown between US forces and Iran inside Syria.

Washington defense officials are pointing to ways that Iran continues to "defiantly" spread its military clout beyond its borders even as its economy is in a tailspin and under possibly the most aggresive sanctions regimen in history.

A new Wall Street Journal report outlines what could be the start of a dramatic White House pivot towards escalation against Iranian and pro-Tehran forces in Syria like Hezbollah. This follows the Washington Post dropping an exclusive bombshell Thursday night based on top White House policy planning sources that President Trump has approved a plan for complete 180 policy shift in the region involving "an indefinite military and diplomatic effort in Syria".

Sep 08 10:04

#BREAKING NOT SHOWN ON MAINSTREAM MEDIA

#Nusra_Front blocked roads, opened fire on a massive demonstration in the city of #Idlib calling on the terrorists to get out of their city. The FSA flags were pulled down from AlQaeda members.

Sep 08 09:59

Idlib: Al Qaeda’s Last Stand

The United States has raised tensions further amid Syria’s ongoing conflict. It has issued a threat in the form of a “warning” against Damascus against retaking the northern region of Idlib. More specifically, the US has accused Damascus of preparing chemical weapon attacks as part of its alleged strategy to retake the territory.

No evidence has been provided by the US to substantiate these accusations – and it is clear that the warning was actually a threat implicating a planned, staged provocation likely to be followed by US military aggression.

Sep 08 09:58

Inside Israel’s Secret Program to Back Syrian Rebels

Israel secretly armed and funded at least 12 rebel groups in southern Syria that helped prevent Iran-backed fighters and militants of the Islamic State from taking up positions near the Israeli border in recent years, according to more than two dozen commanders and rank-and-file members of these groups.

The military transfers, which ended in July of this year, included assault rifles, machine guns, mortar launchers and transport vehicles. Israeli security agencies delivered the weapons through three gates connecting the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights to Syria—the same crossings Israel used to deliver humanitarian aid to residents of southern Syria suffering from years of civil war.

Sep 08 09:33

Syrian General: Israel Always Attacks Syrian Army To Defend Jihadist Allies

The latest Israeli attack on the Syrian province of Hama was made with US interests who had day before had expressed concern about the impending operation in Idlib, Syrian retired general Yahii Suleiman said.

“This is not the first such attack: whenever the army prepares an operation against armed groups, Israel attacks. The last time, this happened before the army attack in the south of the country,” the Syrian general explained .

He noted that the Israelis are nervous because the Syrian Army is now very close to the border of the Zionist-occupied Golan Heights which legally belongs to Syria, so they attack to give a warning. Despite this, the army continues to successfully attack the militants and liberate all new territories of Syria.

Sep 08 09:27

Terrorists & White Helmets met in Idlib to prep for final stage false flag chem attack – Russian MoD

The Russian military has obtained “irrefutable” data that terrorist groups, including Jabhat an-Nusra, and the infamous White Helmets met in Idlib province on Sunday, according to the ministry’s spokesperson Igor Konashenkov.

The militants plotted the final scenarios for the chemical attacks that the Syrian army are expected to make in the cities of Jisr ash-Shugur, Serakab, Taftanaz and Sarmin, the Russian military revealed.

“Full readiness of all participants involved in the staging of the provocations is be ensured by the evening of September 8,” Konashenkov stated. He added that the terrorists are to receive a “special” signal from some “foreign friends of Syrian revolution” to launch the operation.

Sep 07 15:23

US plan to prevent fall of last terrorist nest in Syria, no concern for civilians – Russian UN envoy

Washington and its allies pursue their geopolitical interests under the guise of humanitarian concerns as they apparently try to prevent the destruction of the last terrorist enclave in Syria, the Russian envoy to the UN said.

The US and its allies have done virtually nothing to contribute to the real peace process in Idlib, the Russian ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia said, adding that the US particularly did not deliver on its promise to separate the “moderate opposition” groups from the terrorist organizations.

“Instead, [they] are hatching yet another aggressive plan, which includes false flag attacks involving the use of chemical weapons,” the envoy said.

Sep 07 15:10

America's 'illegal interference' in Syria must end, warns Iran's President Rouhani as he meets Putin and Erdogan ahead of final decisive battle for Idlib

Rouhani said: 'The illegal presence and interference of America in Syria which has led to the continuation of insecurity in that country, must end quickly.

He said the battle in Syria will continue until militants are pushed out of the whole country, especially in Idlib, but that any military operations should avoid harming civilians.

And he added that 'we have to force the United States to leave' Syria. Rouhani did not elaborate on the comment. America has some 2,000 troops in Syria.

'The fires of war and bloodshed in Syria are reaching their end,' Rouhani said, while adding that terrorism must 'be uprooted in Syria, particularly in Idlib.'

'Fighting terrorism in Idlib is an unavoidable part of the mission of restoring peace and stability to Syria,' Rouhani told the summit in Tehran.

Sep 07 13:21

Putin: Russia has proof that militants prepare provocations with chemical weapons in Syria

Russia has conclusive proof that militants are preparing provocations involving chemical weapons in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a press conference after a trilateral summit between Russia, Turkey and Iran.

"We consider as unacceptable the wish to move terrorists away from the blow at the pretext of protecting civilian population, as well as to inflict damage to the Syrian government forces," he said. "Apparently, attempts to stage the use of poisonous agents by the Syrian authorities have this goal."

"We have conclusive evidence that militants are preparing such operations and provocations," the Russian leader noted.

Sep 07 13:18

US plan to prevent fall of last terrorist nest in Syria, no concern for civilians – Russian UN envoy

Washington and its allies pursue their geopolitical interests under the guise of humanitarian concerns as they apparently try to prevent the destruction of the last terrorist enclave in Syria, the Russian envoy to the UN said.
The US and its allies have done virtually nothing to contribute to the real peace process in Idlib, the Russian ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia said, adding that the US particularly did not deliver on its promise to separate the “moderate opposition” groups from the terrorist organizations.

“Instead, [they] are hatching yet another aggressive plan, which includes false flag attacks involving the use of chemical weapons,” the envoy said.

The Western states apparently “go out of their way to prevent the fall of the last major terrorist stronghold in Syria,” Nebenzia said, adding that such actions serve some narrow geopolitical interests rather than the declared need to protect civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is only a question of when, not if, the US military will be attacking in Syria, potentially engaging the Russians as well.

Sep 07 12:58

Top US Envoy Says "Lots Of Evidence" Assad Prepping Chemical Weapons; Russia Threatens Attack On US Base

While Syria seemed to have dropped from the Western media's radar over the past months as the Syrian Army and its Russian and Iranian allies made rapid gains, multiple huge developments this week have returned the war to center stage in Washington and the dangerous rhetoric of escalation.

In just the last 24 hours alone, we've learned:

Trump has reportedly done a 180 shift, departing from his prior statements of "bring our troops home" made only months ago, and has approved "an indefinite military and diplomatic effort in Syria" according to a bombshell Washington Post report.

Russia has put the US military on notice, telling American commanders that Russian and Syrian forces are prepared to attack At Tanf — a key US garrison along the Syrian-Iraq border.

A top US Syria policy representative says there's “lots of evidence” chemical weapons are being prepared by the Syrian Army for use in its impending Idlib ground assault.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The bovine excrement is being flung explosively, in advance of the US government preparing for an attack against Syria.

I firmly believe that this has to happen very soon, to prevent people from even beginning to think critically about why Bashar Al Assad would use such weapons against his own people, when his, the Russian, and Iranian troops are just on the keening edge of recapturing Idlib from the rebels.

Such a move would make absolutely zero logical sense, which is why, if something like this happens, it is a US/Israeli-generated false flag with which to "justify" and American attack against Syria.

Sep 07 11:51

Marine Corps F-35Bs Have Arrived Off the Coast of Africa For The Very First Time

For the first time ever, U.S. Marine Corps F-35Bs Joint Strike Fighters are on an operational deployment in the Gulf of Aden, bringing them the closest they've ever been to conflict zones in Iraq and Syria, Yemen, and Somalia. The stealthy jets and their pilots set to join thousands of other U.S. Navy sailors and Marines for a two-week training exercise while they're in the region, but there's still no indication they are headed for actual combat, at least not yet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love that last sentence.

Translation; these US troops are being pre-positioned for potential strikes against Yemen, Syria, and Iraq.

A great deal can happen in two weeks; unfortunately, the White House has made a declaration that US troops will be on Syrian soil "indefinitely.

Sep 07 11:41

U.S. targets Syria oil delivery networks with new sanctions

The U.S. Treasury Department said on Thursday it was imposing sanctions on four people and five entities it said facilitated petroleum shipments and financing to the Syrian government.

It said in a statement the sanctions targeted Muhammad al-Qatirji and his trucking company, which it said facilitated fuel trade between the Syrian government and Islamic State militants.

Qatirji has close relations with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government and has worked directly with Islamic State, which has been driven out of much of the Syrian territory it once controlled, to provide it oil products, the statement said.

Also targeted by sanctions was a fuel-procurement network that operates in Syria, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates to secure deliveries to Syria, the statement said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...murderous Assad regime.."?!?!?

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, a word, sir: please prove this, irrefutably, with verifiable facts.

Because otherwise, all I hear from you, when you make, or publish, such a statement, is the battle cry before the invasion of Iraq, which claimed to the American people, and the world, that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, which, of course, proved to be a baldfaced lie, to get the American people to sign on to the invasion/occupation of Iraq, to control its oil.

And we have seen just how well that has gone of late; a completely Anti-US Prime Minister has just been elected, Muktada Al Sadr, and we have Shiite militias shooting up the green zone.

On top of that, in terms of Syria, the US presence is perilously close to where Russian officials claim that there will be campaigns to rid Idlib of terrorists.

Secretary Mnuchin, can you honestly sit there with a straight face, and tell the American people that the US is really ready to go to war with Russia over Syria, when you know, or should know, that our Military doesn't have the money, the troop strength, the weaponry or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war with Russia?!?

I challenge you to say that out loud, Mr. Secretary, for all the American people to hear.

After all, it won't be your kids or grandkids, killed or maimed for life, in order for the US government to control Syria's oil, right?!?

Sep 07 11:11

Russia Warns US That Syria Offensives Are Planned Near US Positions. US 'postured to respond' militarily to any 'challenge'

While most of the Syrian War is centered at this point around the Idlib Province, the last major rebel bastion, there is also interest in mopping up some of the smaller rebel positions along the Jordan border, especially where ISIS and al-Qaeda are concerned.

This is a raising a dangerous risk of a confrontation between the US and Russia, because Russia and Syria are very keen to chase some of the Islamists off the border in the near future, and Russia has informed them some of these Islamists are relatively close to US military positions in the area.

The US has long been fine with Islamists on the Jordan border, and is warning Russia against taking any action against them, saying the US would view it as a “challenge” and that they would not hesitate to respond militarily if there is any move into the area.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would love to see both some sanity and some clarity in the US government's position on Syria; unfortunately, what I see unfolding here, is the prelude to an all-out war between Russia, Syria, and Iranians in Syria against the US, and potentially inviting the curse of another world war.

Just because something would be the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing for the US Government to do, is absolutely and utterly no guarantee that it will not do it.

Sep 07 10:04

DRIVING OUT MILITANTS FROM IDLIB NOW TOP PRIORITY IN SYRIA – PUTIN

Driving the extremists out of Syria’s Idlib province should be the primary goal at this stage of the Syrian peace process, Russian President Vladimir Putin said following a meeting with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts.
The Russian leader once again said that Moscow has “irrefutable” evidence that terrorist groups entrenched in the militant-controlled province are seeking to stage false flag attacks using chemical weapons.

“Our common absolute priority lies in the total elimination of terrorists in Syria,” Putin said, adding that Russian forces had recently helped to liberate the southwestern part of the war-torn country and confirming that Idlib province has become the primary target now. “The presence [of militants] poses a direct threat to the … civilians in the whole region,” the president warned.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The big problem here, is that the US government won't let this happen as naturally and gracefully as it should, as President Trump has made the statement that the US military is going to be in Syria...indefinitely:

DONALD TRUMP BACKS PERMANENT U.S. MILITARY PRESENCE IN SYRIA BECAUSE HE DOESN’T TRUST RUSSIA’S INFLUENCE THERE, REPORTS CLAIMS

US Commits to Indefinite military presence in Syria

IF, in fact, these reports are true, one has to wonder just how soon the US, Russia, Syria, and Iran, will be drawn into a nasty military confrontation here in Syria; I don't know what kinds of odds Vegas bookies are putting on this happening, but my sense is soon, and most probably right before the midterms, in order to "energize President Trump's base about going to the polls and voting the Republicans back into control of the government.

Sep 07 09:26

US Treasury Sanctions Target Syrian Government's Petroleum Procurement Network

The US Treasury Department has announced new sanctions against four people and five entities who, according to the department facilitated petroleum shipments and financing to the Syrian government, accusing one of the companies of facilitating fuel trade between the Syrian government and Daesh terrorists.

The US Treasury Department has imposed new sanctions on Thursday on individuals and entities in Lebanon and Syria. The department sanctioned four people and five entities who it said facilitated financial transactions, fuel and weapons shipments shipments for the Syrian government.

Sep 07 09:15

Pompeo Appointee Claims Trump 'On Board' With Staying in Syria, Assad Preparing Chemical Attack

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's US Special Representative for Syria Engagement Jim Jeffrey, who was appointed just weeks ago on August 17, is making the rounds claiming he's "confident" that President Trump's "on board" with staying in Syria and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is about to carry out a chemical weapons attack in Idlib.

Sep 07 09:05

Israel Evacuated Islamist Commanders From Syria Alongside White Helmets

A new report gets dirty on the details of Israeli funding and weapons shipments to 12 anti-government extremist groups in Syria. Buried in the end of the piece is the revelation that Israel helped evacuate so-called “rebel commanders” as they also flew out members of the self-proclaimed “impartial” White Helmets organization.

On August 22, Israel evacuated some 800 members of the White Helmets, a group funded by the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and other Western countries, that claims to be an impartial civil defense organization but has been accused by Syria and Russia of terrorism. Its members have been caught on video grinning wildly as a child nearby was being beheaded in addition to other atrocities, while a high-budget film about the group won the 2017 Academy Award for best documentary.

Sep 07 08:56

Idlib final push: Damascus has the high ground, terrorists to surrender or be destroyed – analyst

Syria’s terror-infested Idlib province is a thorn that needs removing, a military expert told RT, adding that the Syrian Army is capable of both freeing the area from terrorists and keeping civilians safe.

The Idlib de-escalation zone has “served its purpose and has to be cleared out as soon as possible”, as it’s become a “source of destabilization and threats” that impedes further peace process in Syria, Mikhail Khodarenok, a retired colonel, who worked at the main operational directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, told RT.

‘Thorn that needs to be removed’

Sep 07 08:55

PROTECTING SYRIA? Russian Bombers Prowling The Mediterranean

A statement from the Russian Defense Ministry released on Wednesday revealed that two strategic Tu-160 bombers conducted military exercises in the Mediterranean Sea.

“Two strategic Tu-160 bombers that left the Engels airfield successfully completed their tasks in the large-scale exercise plan of the Russian Naval and Aerospace Forces in the Mediterranean,” the statement said.

“The plane made a 10-hour flight on low-level terrain under difficult weather conditions and successfully simulated the launch of cruise missiles on ground targets in a specific area,” the document said.

Su-30 and Su-33 jets that left the Khmeimim air base in Syria followed the Tu-160 bombers.

Sep 07 08:41

Russia warns US of pending attack in Syrian area with US troops

Russia has warned the US military twice in the last week that its forces, along with Syrian regime units, are prepared to attack in an area where dozens of US troops are located, according to several US defense officials.

Russia claims that there are militants in the area protected by US troops.

Sep 07 08:40

Israel Armed, Funded 12 Different Syrian Rebel Groups

New reports on Israel’s arming and funding of Syrian rebel groups reveals that no less than 12 rebel factions, all in southern Syria, were on the receiving end of Israeli aid. This included weapons, ammunition, money, and even some armored vehicles.

The story about arming Syrian rebels actually broke Wednesday with the Jerusalem Post, though Israeli military censors shut this down quickly. Once the foreign-based Foreign Policy came out with its own version Thursday, Israeli media were quick to follow, suggesting the censors gave up on trying to keep this secret.

Foreign Policy interviewed rebels from the Syrian groups, and suggested that they “feel betrayed” because they had assumed Israel would intervene militarily to save them from the Syrian offensive, and that never happened.

Sep 07 08:36

Envoy Says US May Recognize Israeli Annexation of Golan Heights - Reports

With the Syrian Army poised to flush out militants active in the Golan Heights area, Damascus is close to wrapping up its campaign to free southern Syria.

The US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman believes that Washington could recognize the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights as part of the Jewish state, the Israeli newspaper Hayom reported.

In an interview with the Hebrew language daily, Friedman said that he expects the Golan Heights could remain under Israeli control “forever.”

“I cannot honestly imagine a situation in which the Golan Heights is not part of Israel forever,” Friedman said.

Sep 07 08:21

Trump Does 180 Shift On Syria: Regime Change Back On The Table

Will the war in Syria never end? Will the international proxy war and stand-off between Russia, the United States, Iran, and Israel simply continue to drift on, fueling Syria's fires for yet more years to come? It appears so according to an exclusive Washington Post report which says that President Trump has expressed a desire for complete 180 policy shift on Syria.

Only months ago the president expressed a desire "to get out" and pull the over 2,000 publicly acknowledged American military personnel from the country; but now, the new report finds, Trump has approved "an indefinite military and diplomatic effort in Syria".

Sep 07 08:16

Austrian FM Kneissl urges EU to launch dialogue with Russia, US on Syria

The European Union should launch dialogue with Russia and the US on the Syrian settlement, Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl said on Thursday. Talks between the top US and Russian diplomats and the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly’s session in New York later this month could yield progress on the Syrian issue, the Austrian Foreign Ministry quoted Kneissl as saying after talks with Mogherini in Brussels.

Sep 07 08:11

IDF Flexes Muscles to Remove Jerusalem Post Story on Supplying Syria's 'Rebels'

The removal of a Jerusalem Post article that clearly noted the Israeli military had supplied Islamist rebels in Syria with weapons and funds is just "the tip of the iceberg," journalist and filmmaker Dan Cohen told Sputnik.

Although it hasn't exactly been a secret that Israel dabbled in arming and offering its general support to groups wanting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad, Israeli military officials actually confirmed on Tuesday that Operation Good Neighbor was something of a front to arm opposition groups, according to a Jerusalem Post article that ultimately had its online lifespan cut extremely short.

Archived snapshots of the report note that the Israeli military provided military equipment and munitions to rebel groups, in addition to tons upon tons of food, clothing, fuel, electric generators, medical equipment and medicine through Operation Good Neighbor, which saw its beginnings in 2016 as a humanitarian aid mission.

Sep 07 07:52

Russia Challenges The US To Highlight Where There Are Chemical Weapons In Syria – US Remains SILENT

The United States should release the list of facilities in Syria where chemical weapons are allegedly being stored and allow the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to inspect these sites, Russian ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia told the UN Security Council on Thursday.

“We have a specific proposal for our American colleagues. Could you announce the list of targets, as it is being said, that the Pentagon pointed out to be attacked by the Troika?” Nebenzia said. “If in your opinion they are related to the stockpiling and use of chemical weapons, then show respect for the UN Charter and request an OPCW inspection.”

Sep 07 07:51

ISIS commander alleges that he was trained by US in southern Syria

A recently captured Islamic State commander confessed to the Syrian Army this week that he was trained by the US forces in southern Syria.

According to this Islamic State commander’s confession, he was previously leading his forces in the southern districts of Damascus before their defeat earlier this year.

Following their defeat to the Syrian Army, the Islamic State commander and his forces were transported to the Badiya Al-Sham region of southern Syria, where they remained until his capture earlier this month.

The Islamic State commander said that he was trained by the US forces at the Rukban Refugee Camp in southern Syria and that he joined the terrorist group for monetary purposes.

Sep 07 07:50

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – SEPTEMBER 7, 2018: ISRAEL CENSORS NEWS ON ITS SUPPORT TO MILITANTS IN SYRIA

The Israeli military is censoring news reports on Israel providing weapons and supplies to militant groups in Syria. The Jerusalem Post was told by the military censor to remove its story “IDF Confirms: Israel Provided Light-Weapons To Syrian Rebels”. However, the report providing details on the transfer of significant amounts of cash, weapons and ammunition to militants in southern Syria is still available via Google cache.

The support received by militants were provided by Tel Aviv in the framework of its Operation Good Neighbor, which Israel portrayed as a humanitarian mission focused on providing Syrians with “food, clothes and fuel.”

This incident once again demonstrates that all claims of Tel Aviv that it is not involved in the ongoing conflict in Syria are false.

France’s Chief of the Defense Staff Francois Lecointre stated on September 6 that French forces are ready to strike Syria once again if chemical weapons are used during the upcoming battle of Idlib.

Sep 07 04:40

A Murder Is Announced? US narrative on Idlib resembles Agatha Christie novel, Russia’s UN envoy says

US and its allies’ speculation that the Syrian government is going to use chemical weapons in Idlib resembles Agatha Christie’s novel, where the crime scene is publicly announced in advance, Moscow's UN envoy believes.

“The alleged intention of the Syrian government to use poisonous substances in Idlib is presented as a fait accompli,” Russian representative at the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, said during a UN Security Council meeting on Thursday. The diplomat was referring to repeated US and its allies’ warnings about what they believe are Damascus’ preparations to unleash a chemical attack. However, the exact proof to back up the claims has been kept in the dark.

“Agatha Christie's ‘A Murder is Announced’ novel comes to mind, when the impendending crime was reported in a newspaper, including is time and place,” Nebenzia went on.

Sep 06 13:52

MEGA PUKE FACTOR 9 BEX ALERT - Syrian kids' last hope against Assad - gas masks made out of PAPER CUPS

A colourful paper cup filled with cotton and charcoal is all this boy has to protect himself from a chemical attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That was the shark!

Sep 06 11:30

BEX ALERT - Pentagon has ‘zero intelligence’ on Syrian militants’ chemical weapons capabilities – Mattis

Despite having a “fairly good penetration” of the Syrian opposition groups, the US has not seen any evidence suggesting that the militants in Idlib are capable of staging a chemical attack, the US defense secretary claimed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From the degree to which Mattis and Haley are trying to shore up the sagging chemical attack narrative, it looks like the US is going to gas a bunch of people, blame Assad, and launch a major war risking direct conflict with Russia.

Sep 06 10:38

Russia: US ordered Israel air strikes on Syria

Israel has launched air strikes on Syria in response to requests from the US, the First Deputy Chairman of Russia’s State Duma Defence Committee, Alexander Sherin, has said.

“Israel acts on orders from the United States. Washington will never fight us, it will do it using third parties in Syria. It will use Israel or Daesh,” Sherin said.

“The Israeli army is built with US funds. The Americans provide tens of billions of dollars to arm, equip and train the Israeli army,” he added.

Sep 06 10:35

Russian jets hit solely Nusra targets in Syria’s Idlib – MoD

Moscow, for its part, has repeatedly warned that the area is the last stronghold for the terrorists, where militants, among others, have their weapons stockpiled. A particular point of concern, Russia said, were plans by terrorists to stage a fake chemical attack with the aim of framing Damascus. Especially worrying was that militants also received their weapons from “forces from abroad.”

Sep 06 10:35

Trump warns Syria not to 'recklessly attack' Idlib province

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies Iran and Russia not to “recklessly attack” Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province, warning that hundreds of thousands of people could be killed.

“The Russians and Iranians would be making a grave humanitarian mistake to take part in this potential human tragedy. Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed. Don’t let that happen!” Trump wrote in a tweet.

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I wonder where Trump's concern for killing people was when US strikes pounded Raqqa into rubble ... causing thousands of civilian deaths.

Sep 06 10:10

“Idlib Operation Would Be A Big Risk” – Turkey Desperately Trying To Save Jihadists In Syria

Damascus’ plan to launch a military operation in Idlib province, the last major terrorist bastion in Syria, pose great risks, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

“The regime has decided to attack Idlib… We agree with the exit of the terrorists, but the operation would aim to occupy Idlib province and this entails great risks,” Cavusoglu told a joint news conference with his German counterpart Heiko Maas.

Turkey’s foreign minister said he hopes to examine the situation at the tripartite summit of Russia, Turkey and Iran scheduled for September 7 in Tehran.

Sep 06 09:45

US, Turkey Agree 'Any' Syrian Offensive in Idlib 'Unacceptable' - US State Dept

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke on Tuesday over the phone with his Turkish counterpart, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, about the situation in Idlib, Syria.

The statement on the call, attributable to State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert, takes a stronger position against than the one taken by US President Donald Trump the day prior.

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"President Bashar al-Assad of Syria must not recklessly attack Idlib Province. The Russians and Iranians would be making a grave humanitarian mistake to take part in this potential human tragedy," Trump tweeted on Monday. "Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed. Don’t let that happen!"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is, in my viewpoint, "the other shoe" which is about to fall, and we have to wonder; just how are the US and Turkey going to respond to the next military pounding of Idlib by Syrian, Russian, and Iranian military, go in and invade?!?

And here is a companion piece, by Aljazeera.com:
The Scenarios for the Battle of Idlib

I am hoping - and praying - that the US government and military don't do something so ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid, that it paves the way for yet more war in a region so desperately in need of peace.

Sep 06 09:16

A YEAR AFTER CALLING IDLIB “AL QAEDA'S LARGEST SAFE HAVEN SINCE 9/11,” THE US GOVT IS TRYING TO SAVE IT

As the Syrian government and its allies prepare to begin a military offensive against the last rebel-held province in the country, top U.S. government officials and even U.S. President Donald Trump have recently urged Syria to refrain from “recklessly” attacking the Idlib province, warning that it could result in a high civilian death toll. These recent statements of U.S. government officials have sought to portray Idlib as chiefly populated by civilians and benign opposition “rebels.”

Yet, just last year, one of the U.S. government’s top counterterrorism officials involved in the country’s Syria and Iraq policy stated on video that, in contrast to current government statements, Idlib is dominated by none other than the Al Qaeda terrorist group and that the province should be a major focus of U.S. counterterrorism policy given the threat that Idlib represents to global efforts to fight terrorism.

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Translation: the US government doesn't want the combined forces of Russia, Syria, and Iran, to gut Idlib of terrorists, because it is the US government which is funding, arming, and supporting those terrorists as a "base" from which the US can reach out, and destroy more of Syria, even when time and logic have proved this a thankless task in all the years in which Syria has been at war, a war essentially designed and operated by US-funded interests.

The way the term "chemical attack" is being bandied about by our UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, is a clear telegraphing of what US interests, most probably the White Helmets, and their ilk are going to do so, by creating such a false image of a chemical attack, most probably against children, staged as the "justification" for US troops going into Syria to attack it.

Sep 06 09:04

Psychic Nikki Haley: If There Is A Future Chemical Weapons Attack, Assad Did It

UN Ambassador and Clairvoyant Prognosticator of the Transmundane Nikki Haley has foreseen that, if there are any future chemical weapons attacks in the Syrian province of Idlib, it will most definitely be the Syrian government that is responsible and not the multiple terrorist factions in the area.

“If they want to continue to go the route of taking over Syria, they can do that,” said Nikki Haley at a UN press conference today, without explaining how a nation’s only recognized government can ‘take over’ the country it governs. “But they cannot do it with chemical weapons. They can’t do it assaulting their people. And we’re not gonna fall for it. If there are chemical weapons that are used, we know exactly who’s gonna use them.”

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Sep 06 08:36

Psychic Haley knows ‘exactly’ who’s responsible for the next chemical attack in Syria

Nikki Haley has stated that she knows “exactly” who is going to use chemical weapons in Syria’s Idlib. The prophecy comes amid warnings that the terrorists are preparing a false flag attack to trigger a US-coalition intervention.

Revealing her extraordinary psychic abilities in addition to notorious diplomatic skills, the US envoy to the United Nations said that the sovereign government of Syria could “continue to go the route of taking over Syria” if it wants, but “if there are chemical weapons that are used [in Idlib], we know exactly who is going to use them.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Haley isn't psychic. She's just seen the pay stubs!

Sep 06 08:23

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – SEPTEMBER 6, 2018: RUSSIAN WARPLANES WIPE OUT ARMED UAV WORKSHOP IN IDLIB

Su-34 and Su-35S warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces have destroyed a warehouse of portable anti-aircraft missiles and a workshop where Idlib militants were making armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and kept explosives in store, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov announced on September 5. According to him, the strikes were delivered on September 4, away from populated areas. Konashenkov noted that over the past month 47 UAVs launched by militants have been eliminated near Russia’s Khmeimim Air Base.

Sep 06 08:13

France ‘ready to strike’ Syria if chemical weapons used during Idlib offensive – army chief

France’s top military chief has said Paris is ready to bomb Syria if chemical weapons are used during the Syrian government’s retaking of Idlib province. It comes a week after Russia warned the US of a pending false flag attack.

“We are ready to strike if chemical weapons were used again,” Armed Forces Chief Francois Lecointre told a small group of reporters Thursday.

“They can be carried out at national level but it’s in our interest to do it with as many partners as possible,” he added.

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