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Mar 02 13:07

BIG TURNAROUND in northern Syria: Kurds surrendered territory Assad

Kurdish forces have ceded a large part of the territory west of Manbidj Syrian Army control, to create a "buffer zone" between the city and the Turkish forces participating in the operation "Shield Euphrates."

After the sudden fall of Al Baba forces "Shield Euphrates" toward the drive toward Kurdish stronghold Manbidj that the Kurdish forces, "Syrian Democratic Front", with the support of the US and major losses, four months freed from Islamic countries.

The first objective of the offensive by Turkish forces launched towards the Kurdish territories capturing the strategically important road junction west of Manbidj.

The chilling ferocity with which the Turks, this time without the involvement of the Syrian "rebels" in the operation, hit on Kurdish positions, forced the military leaders Manbidj to resort plans for cooperation with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), which are streamed in a statement.

Mar 02 09:49

To Help Refugees, Stop Arming Terrorists – Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Representative Tulsi Gabbard called again for the US to stop aiding terrorists like Al-Qaeda and ISIS, while her guest at the presidential address to Congress, a Kurdish refugee activist, called for an end to the US policy of “regime change in Syria.”

Mar 02 08:35

WSJ: Senator McCain Met With Anti-Assad Terrorists In Syria

Senator John McCain met with known terrorists in Syria in order to try and oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to unnamed officials.

Mar 02 08:23

US Congress Member: To Help Refugees, Stop Arming Terrorists

Member of the US House of Representatives, Tulsi Gabbard, called for the US to stop aiding terrorists like Al-Qaeda and ISIL, while her guest at the presidential address to Congress, a Kurdish refugee activist, called for an end to the US policy of “regime change in Syria.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am REALLY starting to like Tulsi!

Mar 02 07:53

Syrian Army recaptures Palmyra, aided by Russian Air Force – Kremlin

The Syrian military, backed by the Russian Air Force, has completed its operation to liberate the key city of Palmyra from militants, Kremlin has announced.

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has reported to the commander-in-chief, President Vladimir Putin, that the historic city in Syria’s Homs province has been liberated, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

Mar 01 18:26

Russia, China Block UN Security Council Resolution Against Syria

Russia and China have prevented the UN Security Council from imposing sanctions on the Syrian government for its alleged use of chemical weapons.

Mar 01 13:38

Russia denies accusations of bombing US-backed opposition fighters in Syria

Neither Russian nor Syrian air forces had bombed positions of Syrian Arab coalition fighters supported by Washington in Syria on Tuesday, Russia's Defense Ministry has said, rejecting accusations put forward by a US military commander.

The Russian military in Syria had been contacted by their American counterparts, who "expressed concern" that Russian and Syrian aircraft could "carry out an unintended strike" at positions of Washington-backed fighters during an anti-terrorist operation, the Russian ministry said.

"To avoid any incidents, the US representative has provided exact coordinates of the US-backed opposition forces in the region to a Russian officer," the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday, adding that the information was "taken into account" by the Russian military.

Mar 01 11:53

BREAKING: Syrian Army Close to Recapturing Palmyra

According to reports from Hezbollah’s military media unit, Syrian National forces and their allies have already recaptured the historicUNESCO World Heritage Site at the Palmyra citadel from ISIS, located on the western side of the city.

In addition, Syrian Army units have also advanced to the modern palatial complex to the southwest of the city limits.

This is the second time the Syrian allied forces have fought to retake Palmyra from GCC state-backed ISIS terrorists.

Mar 01 08:30

‘There Are No Moderate Rebels’ – Tulsi Gabbard Destroys the Deep State’s Syria Narrative

Tulsi Gabbard has continued to impress ever since she came on the national scene last year with her courageous and very public support for Bernie Sanders in the rigged Democratic primary.

Most recently, she continued to demonstrate her knowledge of geopolitics and willingness to stand up to America’s unelected government, aka the Deep State, in a recent interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper.

Note, the clip is about a month old, but important to watch if you haven’t.

Mar 01 08:06

Syrian Army retakes Palmyra citadel from ISIS – reports

Syrian government forces and their allies have liberated the Palmyra citadel located on a hill overlooking the town from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants, according to media reports.

“The army has taken control over the Palmyra citadel and the mountain range in the south-west and is now ready to storm the city,” a source close to the situation told RIA Novosti.

Mar 01 06:58

Syrian army to enter ISIS-held Palmyra "very soon": source

Russian-backed Syrian government forces will enter the ISIS-held city of Palmyra "very soon", a Syrian military source said Wednesday, as government forces seek to win back the city from the group for the second time in a year.

The army said Wednesday it had captured an area known as the "Palmyra triangle" a few kilometers (miles) west of the city.

Backed by Russian air strikes, the Syrian army has advanced to the outskirts of Palmyra in the last few days. "The army's entry to the city will begin very soon," the military source told Reuters.

Feb 28 10:18

Russia, China block bid by Western powers to impose UN sanctions on Syria

Russia and China have vetoed a UN Security Council proposal that would have banned the supply of helicopters to the Syrian government, and blacklisted eleven Syrian military commanders over allegations of toxic gas attacks.

The proposed resolution, put forward by Britain, France and the United States, was put to the vote of the international body on Tuesday despite an earlier pledge by Russia to use its power the quash the proposal, the seventh time it has done so since the conflict first erupted in Syria since 2011.

Feb 27 17:18

Double Life of White Helmets: Volunteers by Day, Terrorists by Night (Photos)

Volunteers of the White Helmets civil defense organization have a double life: they are ‘volunteers’ by day and terrorists by night.

Feb 27 12:37

Video - Coalition aircraft throw ammunition package for ISIS

Feb 27 11:33

RT Headline News on Oscar bulllshit 27 Feb

Feb 27 08:02

War at Any Cost: Israeli Special Forces Enter Syrian Territory to 'Monitor' Extremist Groups Fighting Assad

Israel's decision on Wednesday to fly over ISIS strongholds in Lebanon, and then drop bombs on Syrian Army positions in Syria, was a real stroke of genius — especially considering that the airstrikes came just before peace talks in Geneva were scheduled to begin.

A real class act.

Feb 27 08:02

RAND Corporation's plan for dicing up Syria

The think tank of the Pentagon wants to divide Syria according to the model of Bosnia. The result would be ethnic cleansing and new, massive flood of immigrants.

Feb 26 13:14

Russia To Veto UN Resolution On Syria Over Chemical Weapons

Russia has vowed to veto a draft U.N. resolution calling for sanctions against Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons on civilians.

Feb 25 10:02

THE U.S. CARRIED OUT REGIME CHANGE IN SYRIA IN 1949 … AND TRIED AGAIN IN 1957, 1986, 1991 AND 2011-TODAY

The CIA backed a right-wing coup in Syria in 1949. Douglas Little, Professor, Department of Clark University History professor Douglas Little notes:

Recently declassified records… confirm that beginning on November 30, 1948, [CIA operative Stephen] Meade met secretly with Colonel Zaim at least six times to discuss the “possibility [of an] army supported dictatorship.” [“Cold War and Covert Action: The United States and Syria, 1945-1958,” Middle East Journal, Winter 1990, p. 55]

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As early as 1949, this newly independent Arab republic was an important staging ground for the CIA’s earliest experiments in covert action.

The CIA secretly encouraged a right-wing military coup in 1949.
The reason the U.S. initiated the coup? Little explains:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As the French say, "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose"; the more things change, the more they remain the same.

Feb 25 08:01

Victurus Libertas 2-16-17… “Huge Exclusive Interview With DHS Insider!”

The CIA and Israel are responsible for the creation of Isis. Isis was created specifically to weaken Iran and destabilize Syria. It worked for awhile until Putin shored up Assad and bolstered Iranian Qud forces. The real reason you see such anti-Russian fever from both Schumer and McCain, Graham and Feinstein, is because the operation has blown up in our faces.

“Israeli intelligence is furious with Trump, and will do anything to keep Trump from working with Putin. Understand that if Trump and Putin work together to defeat Isis, they are actually defeating a CIA/Mossad creation, and furthermore, Syria and Iran grow stronger, which the Saudis and the Israeli’s fear.

Feb 24 11:22

JOHN MCCAIN ILLEGALLY TRAVELS TO SYRIA, MEETS WITH LEADERS AND FIGHTING GROUPS; NO CRITICISM FROM MSM

Shortly after the mainstream media erupted in hysteria and neo-McCarthyistic attacks against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn for having a routine conversation with the Russian Ambassador and for once having dinner with the President of Russia as part of an event, aging warmonger Senator John McCain recently announced that he had traveled illegally into Syria to meet with U.S. troops illegally stationed there as well as to meet with ISIS supporter and President of Turkey, Recep Tayip Erdogan. McCain also met with the Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and crown prince Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. In addition, McCain also met with Kurdish fighters on the ground in Syria.

On February 22, McCain’s spokeswoman, Julie Tarallo, confirmed that McCain had made the trip, saying it was a “valuable opportunity to assess dynamic conditions on the ground in Syria and Iraq.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We're all familiar with the tag line from the commercial about the credit card, asking "What's in YOUR wallet"?!?

And I have to admit that I have been curious as to what is in Senator McCain's financial portfolio; and how many of those companies are a big part of the US's military/industrial complex.

It is very unfortunate for this country that Congressional Representatives, unlike their President, are not obliged to put their financial affairs into a blind trust, upon taking their oath of office. And what, you might logically want to ask, right now about Senator McCain's estimated net worth?!?

Senator McCain's estimated next worth is 21 million dollarsd

NOW, THAT is a financial empire....which, geopolitically needs constant tending, so here's the most probable "back story" for his little, Logan Act- defying "junket" to the Middle East.

His loyalty to his corporate, warmongering masters cannot be disputed at this point; and this little "visit", I am reasonably certain, was not about creating regional peace through hard-won, moral negotiations which might alleviate the need for any further US military intervention in the Middle East, , but the incitement of even more bloody wars, from which his "good friends" in the military/industrial complex and the financial industry, will profit mightily.

Feb 24 10:50

Commander-In-Chief Orders CIA To Halt Support Of ISIS In Syria

President Donald Trump has ordered the CIA to halt all support for ISIS militants in Syria, in a show of solidarity to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Feb 24 10:24

SYRIAN WAR PROPAGANDA AT THE OSCARS

The Western-backed war in Syria, like the invasion of Iraq, was so smothered by propaganda that truth was not only the first casualty but has been steadily suffocated for five years, now reaching the Oscars, says Rick Sterling.

The Netflix movie “The White Helmets” may win an Oscar in the “short documentary” category at the Academy Awards on Sunday. It would not be a surprise despite the fact that the group is a fraud and the movie is a contrived infomercial.

The “White Helmets” symbol, expropriating the name of “Syria Civil Defense.”

Awarding “The White Helmets” an Oscar would fit with the desire of Hollywood to appear supportive of “human rights,” even if that means supporting a propaganda operation to justify another bloody “regime change” war in the Middle East.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This so reminds me of the year when John Cameron's masterpiece "Avatar", one of the most brilliant anti-war movies ever made, was snubbed in favor of "The Hurt Locker", lionizing war.

Should this film win the Oscar for (alleged) best documentary, it will again underscore just how irrelevant the Oscars have become, and demonstrate the corrosive influence of the "deep state" in presenting propaganda as truth to the American people, and beyond.

Feb 24 09:29

With new anti-ISIS plan due next week, Pentagon considering U.S. troops in Syria

The top U.S. military officer declined repeatedly on Thursday to rule out committing U.S. ground troops to battle the Islamic State in in Syria, stressing that the Pentagon will present President Donald Trump with “a full range of options” to combat the terror organization.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ignoring that small technicality that the US doe snot have Syria's permission to be in Syria in the first place, as well as a long history of bombing critical Syrian infrastructure while claiming to be aiming at ISIS.

Feb 24 07:54

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault Attacks Le Pen for Supporting Al Assad

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has verbally assaulted Marine Le Pen, French politician and presidential candidate in the upcoming presidential elections, after she expressed her support for the Syrian president Bashar Al Assad during her recent visit to Lebanon.

Feb 24 07:30

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – FEBRUARY 24, 2017: TURKEY SEIZED AL-BAB. WHAT NOW?

On February 23, Turkey-led forces made a major breakthrough in their operations in northern Syria, recapturing al-Bab, Qabasin and Bzaah from ISIS. The Free Syrian Army and the Turkish army launched a fierce attack against ISIS units in the center of al-Bab and overrun the terrorist group’s defenses. As result, ISIS commanders decided to withdraw their units from eastern al-Bab and the nearby areas. So, Turkish forces took control of Qabasin and Bzaah almost without clashes.

Thus, Ankara achieved one of the main goals of its Operation Euphrates Shield, prevented Kurdish YPG forces from linking up the YPG-held areas along the Syrian-Turkish border. According to available information, pro-Turkish militants and the Turkish army would not push further to central Syria. A demarcation line between Turkish forces and the Syrian army lays at Tadef. Only practice will show is the Erdogan regime going to follow the existing agreements with Damascus, Moscow and Tehran or not.

Feb 23 15:55

John McCain Illegally Travels To Syria, Meets With Leaders And Fighting Groups; No Criticism From MSM

By Brandon Turbeville

Shortly after the mainstream media erupted in hysteria and neo-McCarthyistic attacks against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn for having a routine conversation with the Russian Ambassador and for once having dinner with the President of Russia as part of an event, aging warmonger Senator John McCain recently announced that he had traveled illegally into Syria to meet with U.S. troops illegally stationed there as well as to meet with ISIS supporter and President of Turkey, Recep Tayip Erdogan. McCain also met with the Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and crown prince Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. In addition, McCain also met with Kurdish fighters on the ground in Syria.

On February 22, McCain’s spokeswoman, Julie Tarallo, confirmed that McCain had made the trip, saying it was a “valuable opportunity to assess dynamic conditions on the ground in Syria and Iraq.”...

Feb 23 15:18

Senator McCain Secretly Visited Syria Last Weekend

US Republican Senator John McCain secretly visited war-ravaged Syria last weekend.

A spokeswoman for McCain confirmed Wednesday earlier reports that the lawmaker, who c hairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, made a visit to the Syrian town of Kobani.

Feb 23 12:54

Trump administration instructs CIA to halt support for anti-Assad rebels in Syria

The White House has instructed the Central Intelligence Agency to halt military support to armed groups that are associated with the Free Syrian Army (FSA), a group opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Some believe that the move indicates a change in American policy under United States President Donald Trump. But Syrian rebel commanders say they believe the move is temporary, and that military aid will be restored. For several years, the CIA has provided training and other forms of assistance to rebel groups in Syria, such as the New Syrian Force, which operate under the umbrella of the FSA. Aside from training, the assistance has included light and heavy ammunition, including antitank missiles, mines and grenades.

Feb 23 10:57

CIA Weapons Pause In Syria – Are We Backing Off… Or Escalating?

For the past couple of weeks the CIA weapons smuggling operation to Syrian rebels has been on hold, according to press reports. Does this mean Trump’s sensible “we don’t know who these people are” statement during the campaign has become policy? We hope that is the case.

Feb 23 07:19

Syria rebels announce capture of Al-Bab from ISIS

Turkish-backed Syrian rebels announced Thursday they had taken full control of Al-Bab from ISIS, marking a key defeat for the extremists after weeks of heavy fighting.

Feb 23 07:10

Refugee on trial in Austria accused of executing 20 Syrian soldiers

A Syrian refugee is on trial in western Austria for allegedly murdering at least 20 unarmed or wounded soldiers during the Syrian civil war, local media reported.

The trial for the 27-year-old man began in the city of Innsbruck in Tyrol state on Wednesday. He was arrested in June 2016 after allegedly boasting about the killings to a fellow Syrian at a refugee center.

Feb 23 07:04

ISIS Calls For Backup: Israel Attacks Syrian Army Positions Near Damascus

Syria peace talks are expected to begin this week in Geneva. And what are the Israelis doing? Bombing Syrian Arab Army positions near the Lebanese border.

Because as we all know, the Israelis are really good at these "ceasefire" things. Especially when they have no business interfering in any way in a conflict:

Feb 23 06:48

McCain secretly travels to Syria to meet with troops, leaders, opposition

Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) made a secret trip to a Kurdish-held region in northern Syria last weekend to speak with US military officials, rebel fighters, and leaders in the region.

On Wednesday, Julie Tarallo, a spokeswoman for McCain, confirmed that he’d made the trip, calling it a “valuable opportunity to assess dynamic conditions on the ground in Syria and Iraq.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even Senators can violate the Logan act.

Feb 22 15:42

More American Troops May Be Sent To Syria – US Commander

More US troops may be needed in Syria to speed up the campaign against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), the top commander for the Middle East has stated, specifically referring to the push to liberate Raqqa.

Feb 22 14:00

Police Arrest 5 London Teens Suspected Of Planning Syria Trip

Five London teens whom police suspected of planning to travel to Syria to join a terrorist group have been arrested.

The arrests on Monday follow searches of residential properties in South, West and East London on February 14.

Feb 22 11:07

Marine Le Pen Expresses Her Support For President Assad

Right-wing presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has offered her support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, amid the West’s continued aggression against Syria.

Feb 22 08:14

The West’s Moral Hypocrisy On Yemen

Only a few months ago, interventionists were demanding a militant response by Washington to what George Soros branded “a humanitarian catastrophe of historic proportions” — the killing of “hundreds of people” by Russian and Syrian government bombing of rebel-held neighborhoods in the city of Aleppo.

Feb 22 07:40

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – FEBRUARY 22, 2017: SYRIAN ARMY AIMS ISIS STRONGHOLD OF DEIR HAFER

On February 21, the Syrian army’s Tiger Forces, supported by Russian warplanes, liberated the key town of Rasm Harmel al-Imam and the village of Tabaret Madi from ISIS terrorists in the province of Aleppo. Government troops continued putting pressure on ISIS in the town of Humaymah Al-Kabira near Deir Hafer. The Tiger Fores seized the nearby Humaymah Al-Kabira Hill earlier this month, which allowed them to set a foothold for the advance in the area.

The Tiger Forces and its allies are steadily isolating the ISIS stronghold of Deir Hafer which is a mid-term goal of the government operations in the province.

Feb 22 07:08

Israeli raid strikes Lebanon, Syria border

Israeli warplanes struck posts along the Lebanese border with Syria in a pre-dawn raid, a security source told The Daily Star Wednesday

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yep. As soon as we started hearing all this noise about bomb threats and vandalized cemeteries, it was obvious Israel was about to do something nasty.

Feb 21 15:03

Why Do “Progressives” Like War? – Philip Giraldi

Ironically, pursuing a reset with Russia is one of the things that Trump actually gets right but the new left won’t give him a break.

Liberals are supposed to be antiwar, right? I went to college in the 1960s, when students nationwide were rising up in opposition to the Vietnam War.

As I look around now, however, I see something quite different.

The lefties I knew in college are now part of the Establishment and generally speaking are retired limousine liberals. And they now call themselves progressives, of course, because it sounds more educated and sends a better message, implying as it does that troglodytic conservatives are anti-progress. But they also have done a flip on the issue of war and peace.

Feb 21 09:47

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – FEBRUARY 21, 2017: SYRIAN AIR FORCE PURGES ISIS-LINKED TERRORISTS IN IDLIB

The Syrian Air Force has inflicted major damage to Jund al-Aqsa linked to the ISIS terrorist group in the Idlib-Hama countryside. Syrian warplanes destroyed a Jund al-Aqsa gathering near Khan Sheikhoun and a convoy belonging to the terrorist group near Morek, destroying at least 30 militants and 16 units of military equipment including battle tanks.

Feb 21 08:29

Say What? Denmark Paying Social Benefits to Nationals Fighting in Daesh Ranks

The Danish authorities reportedly continue making social payments to the country's citizens who have gone to fight in the ranks of the Daesh (outlawed in Russia) terrorist group in Syria.

Feb 21 08:27

Continuity of Agenda: Destroying Syria Since 1983

Syria’s current conflict, beginning in 2011, was the culmination of decades of effort by the United States to subvert and overthrow the government in Damascus. From training leaders of opposition fronts years before “spontaneous” protests erupted across Syria, to covertly building a multinational mercenary force to both trigger and leverage violence thereafter, the United States engineered, executed, and perpetuated virtually every aspect of Syria’s destructive conflict.

Feb 20 14:56

McCain in Munich: The War Party Fights Back

The battle over US foreign policy is taking center stage. Sen. John McCain, the Senate’s leading warmonger, is at the forefront of the fight.

The Munich conference held over the weekend – an annual event that brings the leaders of the Atlantic alliance together to celebrate their hegemonic pretensions – was anything but celebratory this time around.

Despite the assurances of Vice President Pence that America’s commitment to NATO is “unwavering,” the Euro-crats in the audience were miffed that he failed to mention the European Union.

Feb 20 12:48

Trump: Gulf States Will Pay for Syria Safe Zones

Speaking at a Florida rally in front of 9,000 people, President Trump announced on Saturday evening that the Gulf States will end up paying the cost of the Syrian safe zones he intends to establish, insisting those nations “have nothing but money.”

Feb 20 12:23

Radiation expert claims Syria is plagued with radioactive contamination: US used depleted uranium weaponry and gave it to terrorists to fight Assad

American geoscientist and international radiation expert Leuren Moret says the whole country of Syria is plagued with radioactive contamination

United States not only used depleted uranium weaponry, but provided it to terrorists fighting against the Syrian government.

The US military fired thousands of rounds containing mutagenic weapon depleted uranium during strikes against purported Daesh (ISIL) positions in Syria in late 2015

Claims an act of genocide, because the civilian population's exposure to depleted uranium causes genetic damage, birth defects, cancer, immune system damage, and other serious health problems.

Feb 20 10:20

‘Legless Abdulbasit’ – More Fake News from Syria’s ‘Moderate Rebel’ Media Machine

In response to the establishment media’s contrived ‘fake news’ crisis designed to marginalise independent and alternative media sources of news and analysis, and due to our readers’ engagement on this important issue, 21WIRE is extending its #FakeNewsWeek awareness campaign for additional week, where each day our editorial team at 21st Century Wire will feature media critiques and analysis of mainstream corporate media coverage of current events – exposing the government and the mainstream media’s ‘fake news’ assembly line…

Feb 20 09:52

Amnesty International Stokes Syrian War

The West’s vast propaganda machine has pulled in many formerly respectable groups, such as Amnesty International, which just released a dubious “human rights” report aimed at stoking the war in Syria, reports Rick Sterling.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Recall that Amnesty International "corroborated" the story that Iraq soldiers invading Kuwait stole incubators from the hospitals and left the babies to die on the floor. The story was later exposed as a fraud.

Feb 19 15:40

Syria: Supporting Terrorists Causes Refugee Crisis

Syrian President Bashar Assad has told Russian Television (RT) that Europe is not dealing with the cause of the current refugee crisis because they are continuing to support terrorists in Syria who are driving people away.

Feb 19 15:37

FLASHBACK : The Roots of the Refugee Crisis Caused by the West

“The reason so many are fleeing places such as Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, and Iraq is that U.S. and European interventionist foreign policy has left these countries destabilized with no hopes of economic recovery,”explainedformer congressman and three-time presidential contender Ron Paul, a leading voice for a constitutional, non-interventionist U.S. foreign policy. “This mass migration from the Middle East and beyond is a direct result of the neocon foreign policy of regime change, invasion, and pushing ‘democracy’ at the barrel of a gun.”

“Contrary to what one might expect, U.S. military aid doesn’t produce willing, cooperative, or effective security partners. Instead, it incentivizes bad behavior and drives the sources of terrorism: corruption, violence, and poor governance. Unwittingly, this policy is creating its own enemies,” writes Jeremy Ravinsky.

Feb 19 08:56

US Reports Exodus Of ISIL Terrorists From Syria's Raqqah After Airstrikes

The US Defense Department claims that its bombing campaign in the Daesh-held Syrian city of Raqqah is leading to an exodus of the terrorist group’s top leaders.

Feb 18 20:02

SAA Tiger Forces capture 8 towns from ISIS in east Aleppo

Great combat footage of the Syrian military handing ISIS it's @$$!

Feb 18 13:18

Pentagon Prepares Plan To Deploy Ground Troops In Syria

The Pentagon is preparing plans for sending hundreds, if not thousands more US ground troops into Syria under the pretext of accelerating the campaign against the Islamic State (ISIS) in both that country and neighboring Iraq.

Feb 18 11:46

Syria Is Plagued With Radioactive Contamination: Dr. Leuren Moret

American geoscientist and international radiation expert Leuren Moret says the whole country of Syria is plagued with radioactive contamination because the United States not only used depleted uranium weaponry, but provided it to terrorists fighting against the Syrian government.

Feb 18 10:39

Insanity of NATO 2.0 for MidEast

If this is to be the new NATO for the Middle East then the world is truly about to descend into barbarism on a scale not seen since the Second World War.

As US President Donald Trump hosts Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House this week on the agenda is the formation of a “NATO-style” alliance for the Middle East, according to reports.

As if one US-led warmongering alliance in Europe and the North Atlantic were not enough. Now the world will see a clone of NATO let loose on the already conflict-torn Middle East region, if the reported discussions materialize.

Feb 18 07:24

A group of Russian robots were sent to fight in Syria, they killed 70 'rebels' in 20 minutes and captured Peak 754 in the Latakia mountains (4 Syrian troops were wounded)

A historical event!
These are ground combat robots (along with areal drones) fighting in mountainous terrain.

Feb 17 08:41

Turkey says almost taken Syria's al-Bab, activists cite heavy toll

Turkey's military said Friday it was close to taking Syria's al-Bab from ISIS, but activists said the extremists still controlled 90 percent of the town itself and that shelling and airstrikes had killed dozens of civilians in recent days.

Al-Bab, an ISIS stronghold 30 km (20 miles) from the Turkish border, has been a prime target since Turkey launched an incursion last August to push the extremists from its frontier and prevent gains by a Kurdish militia also fighting them.

Feb 16 17:10

Ground Troops, One Of Pentagon’s Plans For Syria: Report

The US Defense Department might persuade President Donald Trump to authorize sending combat troops to Syria, an official says.

“It’s possible that you may see conventional forces hit the ground in Syria for some period of time,” CNN reported on Wednesday night, citing a US defense official.

Feb 16 13:48

Proposal To Deploy US Ground Troops In Syria Is ‘Possible’ – Pentagon Official To CNN

Conventional US ground troops may for the first time be stationed in Syria “for some period of time” to combat Islamic State, according to a CNN report citing anonymous defense officials.

“It’s possible that you may see conventional forces hit the ground in Syria for some period of time,” a defense official told CNN on Wednesday. It is the sole quote in the report, but CNN sources multiple US officials as clarifying that this is just a concept, not a formal proposal.

Feb 16 10:53

Netanyahu to ‘Examine’ Possibility of Settlement Freeze

As long as Trump "gives him" Syria's Golan Heights.

Following the meeting with President Trump in the White House, the Israeli premier promised to ‘examine’ Trump’s public request that he ‘hold back’ on construction in the West Bank; Netanyahu also asked the president to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, adding, 'I wouldn't say that he was surprised by my request.'

Feb 16 10:37

Pentagon considers proposing sending combat ground troops into Syria for the first time to speed up fight against ISIS

The Pentagon is considering proposing that Donald Trump send U.S. conventional ground troops into northern Syria for the first time to fight the Islamic State.

'It's possible that you may see conventional forces hit the ground in Syria for some period of time,' a Defense Department official told CNN on Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Small but important point. The United States has been trying to oust Assad for five years under a variety of excuses. "Assad has WMDs", "Assad gassed his own people", "Okay Assad isn't bad but ISIS is", "Assad has tortured and killed 13000 people", and back to "We need to get ISIS."

But while Syria has requested Russia's help to deal with the (often US-backed) terrorists in Syria, the US has neither an invitation for permission from the Syrian government to be inside Syria for any reason. And US attacks on ISIS inside Syria seem to miss ISIS and hit critical Syrian infrastructure, always dismissed as honest mistakes by the US!

Feb 16 09:56

Assad Regards Trump's Immigration Order as Effort to Reduce Terrorist Threat

US President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration is a positive measure as it targets terrorists, not Syrian civilians, Syrian President Bashar Assad said.

Feb 15 10:12

Confirmed: US Used Depleted Uranium Shells Against Daesh in Syria

The US promised not to deploy depleted uranium munitions after severe community backlash following their use during the 2003 Iraq invasion. On Tuesday, a US official confirmed that armed forces used depleted uranium rounds on at least two occasions while raiding Daesh in 2015.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which means massive birth defects among the Syrians for generations to come.

Feb 15 07:52

Amnesty International Admits Syrian “Saydnaya” Report Fabricated Entirely in UK

However, even at a cursory glance, before even reading the full body of the report, under a section titled, “Methodology,” Amnesty International admits it has no physical evidence whatsoever to substantiate what are admittedly only the testimony of alleged inmates and former workers at the prison, as well as figures within Syria’s opposition.

However, there is another aspect of the report that remains unexplored – the fact that Amnesty International itself has openly admitted that the summation of the report was fabricated in the United Kingdom at Amnesty International’s office, using a process they call “forensic architecture,” in which the lack of actual, physical, photographic, and video evidence, is replaced by 3D animations and sound effects created by designers hired by Amnesty International.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It should be remembered that Amnesty International "corroborated" the story of Iraqis stealing incubators from Kuwait and leaving babies to die on the floor, a story which was eventually exposed as a total fabrication by Public Relations company Hill & Knowlton.

Feb 14 17:06

More sense from Assad in 3 minutes than from the West in 6 years

Every time I've heard this man talk, I've quite frankly heard very intelligent common sense spoken by him. I feel like I agree with him more and more every time I hear him.

Feb 14 16:30

Stolen Childhood: Syrian Children Growing Up With War

Syrian children are trying to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives in war-torn areas where battles no longer rage.

Feb 14 15:26

US Civilians Casualties In Syria Exceeds Russia’s By 5 Times: Report

The United States has killed five times more Syrian civilians than Russia over the past month, a new report shows.

The US-led coalition airstrikes killed an estimated 254 civilians across Syria in January, while casualties from alleged Russian strikes capped out at 48, conflict monitor Airwars reported Monday, citing the Syrian Network for Human Rights.

Feb 14 15:24

Syria Special: Is Assad Winning, Amnesty Intl Allegations & MSM Myth-Busting (Going Undergroud)

We speak to Charles Glass, award winning foreign correspondent who spent his career on the ground in the Middle East about the turning tide in Syria.

Feb 14 08:48

Syrian President Assad Calls Western Atrocity Reports “Fake News”

By Brandon Turbeville

In his first interview with Western Corporate media since the election of Donald Trump, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sat before Western media and answered a number of questions that were raised as a result of the Trump election and a recently released report by Amnesty International alleging the execution by hanging of 13,000 prisoners at Saydnaya Prison...

Feb 14 07:49

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – FEBRUARY 14, 2017: RUSSIA DEPLOYS MORE MILITARY POLICE TO SYRIA

Intense clashes have been ongoing in the provincial capital of the Syrian province of Daraa since last weekend when the joint forces of the Free Syrian Army’s Southern Front and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) attacked government troops in the neighborhood of Manshiyah.

Feb 13 14:33

Flashback: Russia's Valery Gergiev conducts concert in Palmyra ruins

A renowned Russian conductor has led a concert in the ruins of Palmyra in Syria, which were recaptured from the so-called Islamic State (IS) in March.

Valery Gergiev, a supporter of Russia's President Vladimir Putin, conducted the Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra, from St Petersburg, at Palmyra's Roman Theatre.

Feb 13 09:02

Amnesty International’s Kangaroo Report On Syria

Amnesty International (AI) has done some good investigations and reports over the years. This has won them widespread support. However, less well recognized, Amnesty International has also carried out faulty investigations contributing to bloody and disastrous actions. One prominent example is in Iraq, where AI “corroborated” the false story that Iraqi soldiers were stealing incubators from Kuwait, leaving babies to die on the cold floor.

Feb 13 08:44

Assad: Some Refugees Are ‘Definitely’ Terrorists

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad told Michael Isikoff there’s no question some refugees are “definitely” terrorists in an interview released Thursday.

From Yahoo News:

IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH YAHOO NEWS AT A PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE IN DAMASCUS, ASSAD SAID PRESIDENT TRUMP’S FREEZE ON ADMITTING REFUGEES FROM HIS COUNTRY — PART OF AN EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT HAS DRAWN WIDESPREAD PROTESTS AND IS BEING CHALLENGED IN FEDERAL COURT — “IS AN AMERICAN ISSUE” ON WHICH HE WOULD NOT TAKE SIDES. BUT ASKED IF SOME OF THOSE WHO FLED ARE “ALIGNED WITH TERRORISTS,” ASSAD QUICKLY REPLIED, “DEFINITELY.”

Feb 13 08:42

Russian drone footage reveals SHOCKING destruction of ancient sites in ISIS-held Palmyra

The video released on Monday by the Russian Ministry of Defence on Monday shows the destroyed facade of a Roman theatre and a tetrapylon, which dates back to 270 AD.

The clip compares the state of the ancient landmark in June last year, when all four columns and the theatre were intact, to how the scene looks now.

The Russian army confirmed terrorists had blown up the proscenium – or the stage – of the historic theatre.

Feb 13 07:39

Syrian govt is ready for prisoner swap with rebels: state TV

The Syrian government said on Monday it was ready to agree prisoner swaps with rebel groups, a potential confidence-building measure as the United Nations prepares to convene new peace talks.

The Syrian opposition has long demanded a release of detainees held by the government as one of several humanitarian actions they say must take place ahead of any negotiations over Syria's political future.

Feb 13 07:34

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – FEBRUARY 13, 2017: AL-QAEDA ADVANCES IN DARAA AS GOVT FORCES PREVAIL ON ISIS NEAR AL-BAB

Turkish President Recep Erdogan claimed on Sunday that the Turkish intervention in Syria, dubbed Operation Euphrates Shield, will be continued until Turkish forces liberate the ISIS self-proclaimed capital of Raqqah. Erdogan also confirmed that the Turkish army directly participates in clashes against ISIS in al-Bab along with the so-called “Free Syrian Army”, a coalition of pro-Turkish militant groups operating in northern Syria.

In al-Bab, the Turkish army and the FSA seized the northern and southern entrances into the town. Despite the attack of Turkish forces Qabasin remains under the ISIS control and Bzaah is contested.

Feb 13 07:26

Russia Says Western NGO Published Fake Atrocities in Hopes of Derailing Syria Peace Talks

The Kremlin dismissed an Amnesty International report detailing alleged abuse by the Syrian government as "calculations based on testimonies made by unnamed individuals," adding that the report was a "deliberate provocation aimed at adding fuel to the fading fire of the Syrian conflict"

Feb 12 08:44

FAKE NEWS WEEK: Government & Mainstream Media’s ‘Wag the Dog’ War on Reality

The purpose of this article is to illustrate how three rather large mainstream media lies were used as a pretext for war in the Middle East, three aspects that have separately, albeit symbiotically, altered the course of Western foreign policy by way of deception, and dramatically paved the way to destabilization in Iraq, and later to Libya, and finally to Syria.

Government entities, along with mainstream TV news, print media and PR firms – have all worked hand in hand to heavily influence the public’s political perspective concerning the reality of modern warfare. Let’s take a look a how deliberate fabrication was used to accelerate Western interests in the Middle East…

Feb 11 12:41

Trump’s Foreign Policy at a Crossroads

By Robert Parry

If you wanted to bring sanity to a U.S. foreign policy that has spun crazily out of control, there would be some immediate steps that you – or, say, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson – could take, starting with a renewed commitment to tell the truth to the American people.

If you wanted to base U.S. foreign policy on the firm foundation of reality, you also could let the American people in on who is actually the principal sponsor of the terrorism that they’re concerned about: Al Qaeda, Islamic State, the Taliban – all Sunni-led outfits, none of which are backed by Shiite-ruled Iran. Yet, all we hear from Official Washington’s political and media insiders is that Iran is the chief sponsor of terrorism.

Feb 11 07:22

‘Americans are welcome in Syria if they come here to work with us’ – Assad

Syrian President Bashar Assad has said that US troops would be welcome in his country provided they work together with the government, but decried US President Donald Trump’s idea of “safe zones.”

Speaking to a correspondent from Yahoo News in the presidential palace, the Syrian leader said that any American efforts must, first and foremost, respect the sovereignty of Syria.

Feb 11 07:13

Syrian Army Supported by Russian Warplanes Destroy Daesh Stronghold Near Al-Bab

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday that the Syrian army supported by Russian aviation have destroyed a Daesh stronghold near the city of al-Bab in the Aleppo province.

The Syrian army killed over 650 terrorists and terrorists' hardware in their operation to free the town of Tadif near al-Bab.

Feb 11 07:11

Assad tells Belgian reporter Belgium & EU merely obey 'US master' on Syria – English Subtitles

Feb 11 07:01

Western Journo Asks Assad If He’s ‘Grateful’ That US Coalition Is Illegally Bombing Syria. His Response Is Solid Gold

So, without further ado, here it is: "Lobotomized journalist asks Assad if he's grateful that Belgium is illegally bombing Syria; Assad calmly explains why aforementioned journo is a sad idiot."

Feb 11 04:59

Assad: Trump Is Right – Terrorists Are Entering The U.S. As ‘Refugees’

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned that if Trump’s immigration ban does not get implemented then terrorists leaving Syria will spill into the United States unchecked.

Feb 10 16:51

Assad Rejects Trump “Safe Zone” Plan: Says Syria Will Be Safe When The West, GCC Stop Supporting Terrorists

By Brandon Turbeville

After rightly rejecting the new draft Constitution for Syria submitted by Russia, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is wisely rejecting the Trump administration concept of the implementation of “safe zones” inside Syria. In the first interview with Western media since the election of Donald Trump, Assad decried the plan as a bad idea that would have no real ability to protect civilians or end the Syrian crisis...

Feb 10 11:57

US-BACKED ADVANCE ON RAQQAH. WHAT IS GOING ON?

The US-ba?ked Syrian Democratic Forces, predominantly Kurdish YPG units, have been developing an advance in the eastern countryside of the ISIS self-proclaimed Syrian capital of Raqqah.

Feb 10 10:01

'The Media Coverage on Syria Is the Biggest Media Lie of Our Time' -- Interview With Flemish Priest in Syria

Flemish Father Daniël Maes (78) lives in Syria in the sixth-century-old Mar Yakub monastery in the city of Qara, 90 kilometers north of the capital Damascus. Father Daniel has been a witness to the “civil war” and according to him, Western reports on the conflict in Syria are very misleading. In short: “the Americans and their allies want to completely ruin the country.”

Feb 10 08:26

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – FEBRUARY 10, 2017: SYRIAN ARMY CLASHES WITH PRO-TURKSIH MILITANTS NEAR AL-BAB

In the northern Aleppo countryside, the towns of Tell Rifaat, Menagh, Mayer, Tell Jibbin, Ma’arasteh Khan and Hardatnin have joined a reconciliation agreement with the Syrian government after talks with a Russian mediation. Tell Rifaat and Menagh had been controlled by the Kurdish YPG.

On February 9, an escalation erupted between Syrian government and Turkish forces in the area of al-Bab.

Initially the Turkish General Staff announced that an accidental Russian airstrike had killed three Turkish soldiers and wounded 11 others in the area of al-Bab. The incident was confirmed by the Russian military.

Later at the same day, pro-Turkish militants engaged Syrian army and National Defense Forces (NDF) troops at Abu Zandin and Shamawiya located at the road to the ISIS stronghold of al-Bab.

Feb 09 10:10

RUSSIAN AIRSTRIKE ACCIDENTALLY KILLS THREE TURKISH SOLDIERS IN SYRIA

A Russian airstrike accidentally killed three Turkish soldiers and wounded 11 others during an operation against the Islamic State in northern Syria on Thursday morning, Turkey's military said in a statement and Moscow confirmed.The head of the Russian General Staff, Valery Gerasimov, said the warplanes were targeting Islamic State sites in the al-Bab area.

Whether indeed "accidental", or payback for the downing of a Russian jet over the Turkish-Syrian border in November 2015 is unclear, but according to Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed condolences over the accidental loss of life in the airstrike, in a phone call with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hopefully, consistent and solid communication will prevent this from happening in the future; but it is tragic that it took an accident of this magnitude to get Turkey and Russia talking about coordinating day-to-day activities with their air strikes.

Feb 09 07:48

How Trump Can Defeat ISIS

Attacking Iran will not win the war on terror. Working with Russia and Syria might.

If you recall, Trump came roaring off the campaign trail with the foreign policy priority of defeating ISIS, so why the sudden confrontation with the Islamic Republic of Iran? Though Flynn apparently thinks otherwise, ISIS and Iran are not the same thing at all—they are the exact antithesis of each other.

Feb 09 06:51

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – FEBRUARY 9, 2017: GOVT FORCES REPEL ISIS ATTACK IN SOUTHEASTERN ALEPPO

ISIS attacked army positions in Um Mayyal near the Khanasser-Aleppo road in order to draw the government forces attention from the operation near al-Bab in the province of Aleppo. However, the attack was repelled by army troops. Some 3 ISIS militants were reportedly killed and 1 armored vehicle destroyed.

Earlier, the Syrian army’s Tiger Forces officially liberated the town of Touman, deploying in less than 5km from the ISIS stronghold of al-Bab.

Meanwhile, pro-Turkish forces once again failed to enter al-Bab after seizing some points in its outskirts.

Feb 08 13:36

‘The EU Is Supporting The Terrorists In Syria From The Very Beginning’ – Assad

Cooperation between Moscow and the new administration in Washington could be positive not just for Syria but also the wider world, Syrian President Bashar Assad said, adding that the EU has merely supported terrorists since the start of the country’s civil war.

Feb 08 12:45

Turkish-led forces advance into outskirts of Syrian city

Syrian rebels backed by the Turkish military have captured the outskirts of the Islamic State-held city of al-Bab in northern Syria, the Turkish government and rebel sources said on Wednesday.

Feb 08 09:32

Amnesty International “Human Slaughterhouse” Report Lacks Evidence, Credibility, Reeks Of State Department Propaganda

By Brandon Turbeville

In yet another act of “convenient” timing, Amnesty International has released a bombshell report alleging the execution by hanging of 13,000 Syrian prisoners by the Syrian government from 2011-2015. The report, “Human Slaughterhouse: Mass Hangings And Extermination At Saydnaya Prison, Syria,” which contains rather detailed descriptions of torture, rape, and execution as well as other horrific activity has no doubt caught the attention of many people, even those who have followed the events transpiring in Syria for the last six years. However, there is one important aspect of the report that Amnesty International lacks . . . evidence...

Feb 08 09:17

Hearsay Extrapolated - Amnesty Claims Mass Executions In Syria, Provides Zero Proof

A new Amnesty International report claims that the Syrian government hanged between 5,000 and 13,000 prisoners in a military prison in Syria. The evidence for that claim is flimsy, based on hearsay of anonymous people outside of Syria. The numbers themselves are extrapolations that no scientist or court would ever accept. It is tabloid reporting and fiction style writing from its title "Human Slaughterhouse" down to the last paragraph.

But the Amnesty report is still not propagandish enough for the anti-Syrian media. Inevitably only the highest number in the range Amnesty claims is quoted. For some even that is not yet enough. The Associate Press agency, copied by many outlets, headlines: Report: At least 13,000 hanged in Syrian prison since 2011:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This year's version of "Assad gassed his own people."

Feb 08 08:14

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – FEBRUARY 8, 2017: US AIR FORCE INCREASES AIRSTRIKES AGAINST ISIS

The so-called “Democratic Forces” (SDF), backed by the US-led coalition, have retaken the vilalgles of Abu Dallah, Lubaydan and Abu Susah from ISIS in the northeastern countryside of the terrorist group’s self-proclaimed capital of al-Raqqah. Clashes are also ongoing in Mu’ayzilah.

Feb 08 06:45

GOVERNMENT FORCES PHYSICALLY CUT OFF LAST ISIS SUPPLY LINE TO AL-BAB

The Syrian army’s Tiger Forces and the National Defense Forces (NDF), supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces, have retaken the village of Ma`zulah, the Hawarah Hill, Abu Jabbar, and Birat al-Bab from ISIS terrorists in the area southeast of al-Bab in the province of Aleppo.

The army and the NDF physically cut off the only ISIS supply line to al-Bab and de-facto closed the pocket with about 2,500 terrorists. If ISIS is not able to make a successful counter-attack soon, the fate of its forces in the area is predetermined.

Feb 07 08:44

BEX ALERT - Up to 13,000 secretly hanged in Syrian jail, says Amnesty

As many as 13,000 opponents of Bashar al-Assad were secretly hanged in one of Syria’s most infamous prisons in the first five years of the country’s civil war as part of an extermination policy ordered by the highest levels of the Syrian government, according to Amnesty International.

Many thousands more people held in Saydnaya prison died through torture and starvation, Amnesty said, and the bodies were dumped in two mass graves on the outskirts of Damascus between midnight and dawn most Tuesday mornings for at least five years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Keep in mind that Amnesty International has a long and documented history of bias against non-western nations, and from the obvious inflammatory language being used, this appears to be less a factual report and more propaganda.

Feb 06 08:16

The U.S. military's stats on deadly airstrikes are wrong. Thousands have gone unreported

The American military has failed to publicly disclose potentially thousands of lethal airstrikes conducted over several years in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, a Military Times investigation has revealed. The enormous data gap raises serious doubts about transparency in reported progress against the Islamic State, al-Qaida and the Taliban, and calls into question the accuracy of other Defense Department disclosures documenting everything from costs to casualty counts.

Feb 05 12:00

Taking the Long View – Justin Raimondo

Dismantling the empire (war party) won’t happen overnight

The other day on Twitter someone tweeted me the news of the latest drone strike in Yemen, with the taunting message: “Congrats, @JustinRaimondo.” I had to laugh, and bemoan my fate: “I am now to be held responsible for everything the Trump administration does, especially their failure to go full pacifist!” Of course, you don’t have to be a pacifist to oppose our drone campaign, in Yemen or elsewhere, as I do, but the comment and my response underscore a basic flaw in the thinking of Trump’s anti-interventionist critics.

Feb 04 15:30

How the US Helped Create Al Qaeda and ISIS

Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region.

The fact that the United States has a long and torrid history of backing terrorist groups will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore history.

Feb 04 12:12

U.S. military tries to pass off decade old vid as ‘proof of success in Yemen’ last week

Video clips which the U.S. military attempted to pass off on the general public as last week’s successful airstrike on Yemen were acknowledged by Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis on Friday to be a decade old and widely available on the Internet.

Feb 03 13:27

Ancient citadel of Aleppo demined

Russian Defense Ministry published photos of demining the ancient citadel of Aleppo in Syria — historic fortress in the old town. According to UNESCO, 60% of the old city of Aleppo has been severely damaged, with 30% totally destroyed. Within the last 1,5 months, the Russian sappers have cleared of explosive devices 3,3 thousand buildings and 680 kilometers of roads, demining a total area of 2000 hectares, the statement of Russian Defense Ministry said.

Feb 03 13:00

Russian embassy in Damascus comes under mortar shelling on February 2 and 3

"On February 2 and 3, the Russian diplomatic compound in Syria came under mortar shelling twice. Aimed fire was conducted from the Jobar neighborhood controlled by terrorists," the ministry said. "One of the mines exploded in the territory of the embassy compound between the office and residential buildings. Another mine went off some 20 meters off the main entryway to the embassy. No one was hurt but the shelling caused material damage"...

Feb 03 09:51

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ARMING KURDISH FANATICS, TERRORISTS; U.S. AND RUSSIA FLOAT KURDISH AUTONOMY IN SYRIA

While Trump’s Syria plan has been incredibly vague up until this point, we are now seeing the position of the Trump administration coming into view. While, at this point, it might not be as bad as what was called for under Obama and Clinton, the new approach to Syria is concerning to say the least.

This is because mainstream news reports have revealed that the Trump administration is going ahead with a plan to arm Kurdish militants in Syria who are battling the Islamic State. Of course, these Kurdish fanatics are interesting in only one thing – independence and the creation of their own Kurdish state that eventually crosses the border of Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Turkey. They are not interested so much in fighting terror since they have allied themselves with terrorists to achieve their own goals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a palm to forehead moment here, at velocity.

Are we looking at more "fake news" here, to attempt to sell US citizenry on the narrative that the US needs to be more thoroughly involved in a military solution to the many problems in the Middle East, rather than viable political solutions?!?

And I would politely like to remind President Trump, that doing the same thing, in precisely the same way, over and over, yet expecting a different outcome, is one of the most classical definitions of insanity.

IF in fact these reports are true, it appears that both the Russian and US governments are hell-bent in balkanizing the Middle East, and bending it to their liking, and have made the decision that an independent Kurdistan will horrifically weaken the political ambitions of Syria; Turkey; Iran; and Iraq.

But what will be the cost in blood and money to make such a military adventure a "success"?!? And how long are the US and Russia committed to pursuing this dangerous game of regime change?!?

Were I a bookie in Vegas, I really would not bet against the resurrection of the draft in this United States right now, possibly coming at the end of President Trump's first year in office.

Feb 03 08:20

Some 6,000 fighters from Lebanon have joined militants in Syria

More than 6,000 Lebanese and Palestinians have departed Lebanon in the last five years to join armed groups in Syria, with around 1,300 of them killed on the battlefield

Feb 03 08:18

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – FEBRUARY 3, 2017: SYRIAN ARMY STORMING KEY GAS FIELDS IN EASTERN HOMS

The Syrian army and the National Defense Forces (NDF) are storming the ISIS-held Hayyan gas fields west of Palmyra in the province of Homs. Government forces are reportedly in control of over a half of the area, but clashes are ongoing.

Feb 02 14:46

Kazakhstan confirms new meeting on Syria will be held in Astana on February 6

"We have indeed received a request for assistance in arranging an international technical meeting on the Syrian crisis between Russia, Turkey and Iran on February 6 in Astana, a UN representative is also scheduled to participate in the meeting," Zhainakov said. "The decision on setting up a mechanism for monitoring the ceasefire was made at the Astana meeting on Syria held on January 23-24," the spokesman added. Representatives of the three guarantor countries plan to discuss the ceasefire and assess proposals made by the Syrian armed opposition, which concern strengthening the ceasefire, as well as define other modalities of this decision’s implementation. "UN Special Representative for Syria Staffan de Mistura said while addressing the United Nations on January 31 that UN representatives would also take part in the new Astana meeting," the Kazakh foreign ministry spokesman noted.

Feb 02 13:41

British Chef Commits Suicide Fighting ISIS In Syria

A 20-year-old British chef from West Sussex, England, turned ISIS fighter, fighting alongside the Kurdish YPG in Syria, took his own life to avoid capture by the Islamic State.

Feb 02 09:41

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – FEBRUARY 2, 2017: GOVT FORCES RECAPTURE AREAS WEST OF PALMYRA

The Syrian army and the National Defense Forces (NDF) liberated the villages of Qasr Al-Hayr and Ba’er Fiddah east of the city of Al-Qaryatayn in the province of Homs on Wednesday. On Thursday, government forces continued offensive operations, targeting ISIS units near Al-Bardah. If the army and the NDF seize this town, they will likely further develop an advance in the direction of the al-Busairi crossroads in order to secure the eastern flank of Al-Qaryatayn.

Feb 02 00:30

Trump Is Being Sabotaged by the Pentagon — Paul Craig Roberts

How is Trump going to normalize relations with Russia when the commander of US forces in Europe is threatening Russia with words and deeds?

The Pentagon has also sent armored vehicles to “moderate rebels” in Syria, according to Penagon spokesman Col. John Dorrian. Unable to prevent Russia and Syria from winning the war against ISIS, the Pentagon is busy at work derailing the peace negotiations.

The military/security complex is using its puppets-on-a-string in the House and Senate to generate renewed conflict with Iran and to continue threats against China.......

Feb 01 10:01

Syrians Must Be Helped As US Ravaged Their Country: Analyst

The United States owes “an obligation” to the people of Syria as Washington is ultimately responsible for the situation in the war-ravaged country, says an American author.

Stephen Lendman, an author and radio host based in Chicago, made the remarks in a Press TV interview on Tuesday.

Feb 01 09:11

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – FEBRUARY 1, 2017: GOVT FORCES TO CLEAN ANOTHER POCKET NEAR DAMASCUS

Syrian government forces are preparing to launch a military operation in another pocket near the capital of Damascus – the Beit Jinn pocket, according to pro-government sources. The operation is allegedly set to be launched in February.

On January 31, 30 ISIS terrorists were killed in a failed counter-attack against the Syrian army near the Kuweires Airbase in the eastern Aleppo countryside, according to pro-militant sources. On February 1, the Syrian army’s Tiger Forces and the National Defense Forces (NDF) continued advances in the direction of al-Bab.

Feb 01 07:31

Interview with Flemish priest in Syria: "Putin and Assad saved my life"

The Flemish Father Daniël Maes (78) lives in Syria in the sixth-century-old Mar Yakub monastery in the city of Qara, 90 kilometers north of the capital Damascus. Father Daniel has been a witness to the "civil war" and according to him, Western reports on the conflict in Syria are very misleading. In short: "the Americans and their allies want to completely ruin the country."

Jan 31 14:58

“Assad Stroke After Assassination Attempt”? CIA Plants Fake News About Near Death to Torment Syrian Leader

How is this for an eerie psychological mind game?

Breitbart is reporting that a flurry of regional news stories out of Syria are claiming that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was in serious condition after either suffering a stroke or an assassination attempt.

The office of the presidency has officially responded that all such claims are false and Assad is “carrying on his duties quite normally”.

“The presidency denies all these reports. President Assad is in excellent health,” the statement read, according to Reuters, suggesting that “changing circumstances in the field and politically” were behind the claims that Assad was ill.

“The Syrian people had become immune to such lies,” the statement concluded.

Jan 31 08:02

Lavrov: Syria ‘Safe Zones’ Possible If Damascus Agrees

Russia may support the US initiative to establish so-called ‘safe zones’ for refugees in Syria, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

Jan 31 05:29

US Sends Military Supplies To Syrian Alliance In First Under Trump Admin

Confirming that the US role in the Syrian conflict is likely to expand in the coming months, Reuters reported that the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State has supplied its Syrian allies with armored vehicles for the first time, expanding support since U.S. President Donald Trump came to office.

The armored vehicles and troop carriers had arrived four or five days ago, said Talal Silo, spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance, which includes the Kurdish YPG militia.

Jan 31 04:08

Humanitarian aid for civilians comes only from Russia and Syria, Aleppo resident says

"Nobody helps us but Russia and the Syrian government. Where are these international organizations? Where are these western countries that urge to break a blockade and help residents of Eastern Aleppo? Aren’t we the residents of Eastern Aleppo?" Abu Albdarazak told reporters. The Russian Defense Ministry reports that the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties has carried out a humanitarian operation to distribute food among Aleppo residents. As a result, thousands of civilians have received foodstuffs, medicines and articles of daily necessity, it said. According to Dmitry Rozhkov, who is responsible for contacts with the local populations in the reconciliation center, "rumors that military peacekeepers travel around the region (in Aleppo) and distribute hot meals among poor residents, spread very quickly"...

Jan 30 18:50

Russia Willing To Cooperate With U.S. On Syria “Safe Zone” If Syrian Gov’t Is Consulted

By Brandon Turbeville

The Trump administration caused major consternation amid the pro-Syria community when it announced, in the context of Trump’s executive order on refugees, that it was directing the Pentagon and Department of Defense to begin drawing up a plan to create “safe zones” in Syria under the guise of repatriating refugees that have settled in the United States and other countries. Trump’s plan sounds eerily similar to the many names given to the concept of a “No-Fly Zone” in Syria, a plan which will amount to nothing short of war with Syria and most likely Russia if ever implemented.

The terminology of the previous administration has changed several times; from No-Fly Zone, to ISIL-Free Zone, to Safe Zone but it always meant the same thing – Libya 2.0...

Jan 30 13:35

Gabbard allies rush to her defense after Assad meeting

Allies of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard are pushing back hard against sharp attacks accusing the Hawaii Democrat of legitimizing a tyrant by meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Those who joined Gabbard on her swing through the Middle East this month — including former Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) — said the trip was simply a "fact-finding" mission designed to bring a peaceful end to the bloody civil war that's devastated Syria for more than five years.

Gabbard's judgment that current U.S. policy is only inflaming the conflict is correct, they say, hailing her as a courageous voice taking on the entrenched interventionist forces of Washington.

"She is absolutely, 100 percent spot-on," Kucinich said Friday by phone. "In Washington, truth is never decided by consensus; truth stands on its own. And she's telling the truth."

Jan 30 12:09

Jerusalem For All

“Jerusalem for All” would keep the city unified under international agreement, and preserve the unique quality of the city, and its special status as a holy city for Jews, Christians and Muslims."

Perhaps Mr. Trump, in finalizing his decision to move the US embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem, should really think of a “Jerusalem for all” as the US policy for the future, with the US embassy in Jerusalem serving all the people and residents of Jerusalem, including the more than 70,000 Palestinians forced out of Jerusalem by the Israelis. It would be even greater if the US embassy in Jerusalem were to be the American embassy representing America in a united One State — a state for all of its people, Israelis and Palestinians.

Jan 30 12:06

Statement Regarding Recent Executive Order Concerning Extreme Vetting

To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting.

by Donald J Trump

“America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border. America has always been the land of the free and home of the brave.

We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say. My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months. The seven countries named in the Executive Order are the same countries previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror.

Jan 30 11:04

Spare Us the Theatrics

While the blue-state crowd is protesting President Trump’s order banning travel to the US by citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia, what gets lost in all the shouting is that the legal and political basis of his order was laid down by President Barack Obama. These people don’t care to recall that, in 2013, Obama banned all refugees from Iraq for six months, and his action was hardly noticed: Trump is only proposing a ninety-day pause. What prompted Obama’s action, as ABC News reported at the time, was “the discovery in 2009 of two al Qaeda-Iraq terrorists living as refugees in Bowling Green, Kentucky — who later admitted in court that they’d attacked U.S. soldiers in Iraq.”

Two years later, Congress passed a law, the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act, that restricted travel visas for citizens of “states of concern,” i.e. Syria, Sudan, Iraq, Iran and “any other country or area of concern.” Obama promptly signed it.

Jan 30 10:08

Lavrov: Syria ‘safe zones’ possible if Damascus agrees

Russia may support the US initiative to establish so-called ‘safe zones’ for refugees in Syria, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. The plan would require close cooperation with the UN and approval from Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government, he added.

Jan 29 18:05

Media Blackout: Obama administration created the list of countries covered by Trump's 'Muslim ban'

What? So there was a Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 two years before Trump? There was a kind of "Muslim ban" before the Muslim ban? But almost no one critiqued it in 2015 because it was Obama's administration overseeing it.

So for more than a year it has been US policy to discriminate against, target and even begin to ban people from the seven countries that Trump is accused of banning immigrants and visitors from. CNN even hinted at this by noting "those countries were named in a 2016 law concerning immigration visas as 'countries of concern.'" But why didn't CNN note that the seven countries were not named and that in fact they are only on the list because of Obama's policy?

Jan 29 09:37

How Trump's Safe Zones May Help Syrian Armed Rebels to Catch a Second Wind

US President Donald Trump's idea to build safe zones in Syria has provoked mixed emotions in Ankara. Speaking to Sputnik, Turkish security analyst Dr. Nihat Ali Ozcan suggested that the introduction of safe zones in Syria would tip the balance in favor of the Syrian armed opposition.

Jan 29 09:21

Perhaps President Donald Trump Needs To Chill Out A Bit

We are not dealing with “widgets” here, but with people

These Refugee/Immigration Executive Orders appear to be knee-jerk, fear-based, and xenophobic acts of reflexive anger and emotional “lashing out,” rather than well-thought out policy and heavily researched executive action.

The last few Executive Orders pertaining to Refugees and Immigration appear to not have been very well thought through, and the etiology/genesis of the refugee crisis and immigration issues were either completely ignored, or Trump and his administration don’t understand it very well.

Jan 29 08:25

Trump orders ISIS plan, talks with Putin and gives Bannon national security role

President Trump on Saturday ordered the Pentagon to devise a strategy to defeat the Islamic State and restructured the National Security Council to include his controversial top political adviser as he forged a partnership with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin in their first official phone call.

Trump and Putin spoke for one hour and vowed to join forces to fight terrorism in Syria and elsewhere, according to the White House and the Kremlin, signaling a potential shift in U.S.-Russian relations that have been marked by high tension.

Jan 29 07:31

The U.S. Had A Plan To Topple All 7 Countries On Trump’s Refugee Ban List

According to Reuters, Donald Trump is set to sign an executive order that would include a temporary refugee ban and a suspension of visas for citizens of Syria and six other Middle Eastern and African countries.

The list is expected to include Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. If those countries are starting to sound familiar, there’s a reason for that.

According to four-star General Wesley Clark, shortly after the attacks of 9/11, the Pentagon adopted a plan to topple the governments of seven countries; Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran.

Jan 28 14:42

Rep. D-Hawaii Tulsi Gabbard Makes Trip To Syria – Meets With Clergy, Syrian People, And al-Assad – Recommends Assad Stay In Power – Infuriates Some In Congress.

Tulsi Gabbard, Democrat from Hawaii, Iraq war veteran, and counselor to President Trump made what some are calling a secret trip to Syria. She met with President Trump to discuss Syria and fighting the Islamic State before she left.

Jan 28 14:00

BREAKING: Hours After Trump Bans Entry to US from Muslim Countries, LOOK What Happens at Airport

President Trump’s executive order closing the nation’s borders to refugees was put into immediate effect on Friday night. Refugees who were airborne on flights on the way to the United States when the order was signed were stopped and detained at airports.

Jan 28 12:43

Syria: Undeclared US-NATO War of Aggression, Using Al Qaeda Terrorism as An Instrument of Death and Destruction

The following eight concepts are intended to clarify the nature of the war on Syria.

It was never “a civil war”. It was an undeclared war of aggression using Al Qaeda affiliated terrorists as the foot-soldiers of US-NATO and their Middle East allies.

From day one, terrorists were involved in the killing of civilians.

It started in Daraa as an insurgency integrated by Salafist mercenaries.

Most of what is presented below is backed up by mainstream and official sources of information.

While Aleppo has been liberated against the scourge of US-NATO supported terrorism, most mainstream media are accusing Syrian government forces of committing atrocities against civilians, describing Aleppo as a humanitarian crisis. What they fail to mention is that for the last four years the Eastern part of Aleppo has been occupied by Al Qaeda terrorists who are now upheld as “opposition” rebels.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I want to take this moment to again commend Hawaii State Representative Gabbard for having had the courage to speak about her fact-finding mission in Syria on CNN, where she stated that there was no such thing as a "moderate rebel" in Syria.

The War Machine in this country is going to attempt to take her out of office, one way or another, but I believe that her courage under fire from the Deep State in this country deserves support and respect from both sides of the aisle; what she discovered means that everything the presstitutes and whorespondents have told US citizens about the situation in Syria is an absolute and complete lie.

Jan 28 07:16

Thousands of Militants Surrender in Syria’s Wadi Bardi

At least 2,600 militants laid down arms in Syria's Wadi Bardi valley, which supplies the Damascus province with drinking water, according to spokesman for the Russian Center for Syrian reconciliation Col. Alexander Blinkov.

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