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Apr 06 12:00

Scott Adams: The Syrian Gas Attack Persuasion

According to the mainstream media – that has been wrong about almost everything for a solid 18 months in a row – the Syrian government allegedly bombed its own people with a nerve agent.

The reason the Assad government would bomb its own people with a nerve agent right now is obvious. Syrian President Assad – who has been fighting for his life for several years, and is only lately feeling safer – suddenly decided to commit suicide-by-Trump. Because the best way to make that happen is to commit a war crime against your own people in exactly the way that would force President Trump to respond or else suffer humiliation at the hands of the mainstream media.

Apr 06 11:58

False Flag Chemical Attack in Syria?

Apr 06 11:27

Syria Gas Attack: Assad’s Doing… Or False Flag?

Would Syrian President Assad launch a chemical attack on civilians just as peace talks are about to be held and where government gains against ISIS and al-Qaeda rebels give him the upper hand? He would be literally committing suicide. Who benefits from the attack? Not Assad. But the rebels and the US neocons and the warmongers benefit a great deal. Are we about to be taken to war yet again based on lies? Tune in to today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:

Apr 06 11:18

Why The Syrian Gas Attack Is Probably Fake

Dirty tricks are like favourite records: play them too much and they get jaded. We haven’t heard about gas attacks in Syria for some time, but now, once again, the media — and, sadly, the Trump administration — is in overdrive about what is claimed to be a gas attack on the Syrian town of Khan Sheikoun by the Assad government.

Apr 06 10:50

Report: Soros-Linked Group Behind Chemical Attack in Syria

The White Helmets, an al-Qaeda affiliated group funded by George Soros and the British government, have reportedly staged another chemical weapon attack on civilians in the Syrian city of Khan Shaykhun to lay blame on the Syrian government.

A day prior to the attack, Gulf-based Orient TV announced “Tomorrow we are launching a media campaign to cover the airstrikes on Hama country side including the usage of chemical warfare against civilians.” This shows clear foreknowledge that the rebels were going to stage an attack by Orient TV.

Apr 06 10:38

5 POSSIBLE EXPLANATIONS FOR TRUMP’S REMARKS ON SYRIA

Speaking next to Jordan’s King Abdullah, Donald Trump said that the chemical weapons attack changed his position on Syria. He seemed to believe the fake news story that it was the Syrian government that dropped chemical weapons, rather than the forensically realistic explanation provided by Russia which explained that an illegal chemical weapons depot, where terrorists hoarded their explosives, was hit during an airstrike.

When asked about his sudden about face, Trump relied,

“I do change, and I am flexible. I am proud of that flexibility”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ivanka Trump, a word, please, and I am begging you on this: do not allow your dad, our President to "swallow the Koolaid" on this issue.

In a Russian brokered deal in 2013, all of Syria's chemical weapons were destroyed.

Syria's chemical weapons were destroyed

And the big, logical question is, qui bono?!? Who benefits?!?

And it surely as heck is not Bashar Al Assad, when Rex Tillerson said a couple of days ago, that Assad could remain, and our major headache in Syria was ISIS.

So who benefits?!?

1. The jihadists who were armed by the previous administration, who did this as a "false flag" to get your Dad angry enough against the Al-Assad government to start talking regime change.

2. The war hawks in this administration who want to see the US military do a decap strike against Damascus, which will almost inevitably lead to war with Russia.

And Ms. Trump, this would be a very lousy idea, and for the following reasons; in its current state, the US military does not have the troop strength; the weaponry; the manufacturing; or the money to insure a positive outcome to a war against Russia over Syria.

The weapons manufacturing culture in this country has to change; it should not longer be acceptable to deliver weapons so behind the curve that by the time they are field deployed, they are obsolete, and have incredible cost over-runs attached.

Russia and China are getting far better value for their weaponry dollars than does the US military, and I have one big, fat example to share with you on this; the F-35.

The Pentagon's New List of F-35 Bugs Is Predictably Awful

Our American military should no longer have to put up with flying turkeys like this, and if corporate heads need to roll to cure this, so be it!!

Apr 06 10:29

Russia Warns Against Laying Blame for Suspected Chemical Attack on Damascus

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said that the idea of laying blame for the suspected chemical weapon attack in Syria’s Idlib province on Damascus did not receive wide support at the conference in Brussels.

Apr 06 10:24

Russia to continue Syria military op in support of Assad after ‘chemical attack’ claims – Kremlin

Moscow will continue to support Syrian Army troops in their anti-terrorism effort, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, after being asked whether Russian policy had changed following a reported chemical attack in the Idlib province.

Peskov cited the opinion of the Russian military, which said the contamination may have been caused by damage to a rebel chemical weapons storage site.

Apr 06 10:14

42 FALSE-FLAG ATTACKS OFFICIALY ADMITTED TO

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

Apr 06 10:12

Pro-War Trump Statements On Syria In Direct Contrast To Anti-War Tweets In 2013; Both Over Chem Weapons

By Brandon Turbeville

As former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley does all she can to eclipse Samantha Power as being the most bloodthirsty warmonger at the United Nations, consistently shrieking and shilling for war with Syria, U.S. President Donald Trump, who won partially because of the support given him by people who opposed the war on Syria is doing whatever he can to become Barack Obama...

Apr 06 10:12

THE LATEST FROM SYRIA IN TOONS

Apr 06 10:06

MIT Researcher: Syria WMD ‘Facts’ Were Manufactured to Fit U.S. Conclusion for Ghouta in 2013

As the Western media and political leaders run to convict the Syrian Government in the court of political opinion over a recent alleged ‘Chemical Attack‘ in the Idlib Province in northwestern Syria this week, pr-war pundits across the US spectrum are attempting to rewrite history by falsely claiming that “Assad has crossed the Red Line again and must be stopped.” Once again, media charlatans and pro-war political opportunists are attempting to revise the events of August 21, 2013 in the Damascus suburb of the East Ghouta where a proven False Flag attack took place and which was subsequently used to build-up a pretext for the Obama and Cameron governments along their NATO, Gulf state allies to launch a new ‘humanitarian war’ against Syria – on the grounds that the Syrian government was “killing their own people.”

Apr 06 10:05

Assad sets himself up by using chemical weapons? Not

"Every time we have a moment in which the international community is capable of being together, there is someone, somehow that tries to undermine that feeling of hope by producing a feeling of horror and outrage," UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said. "But we are not going to give up. On the contrary, we make use of all these horror moments to show they cannot prevail," he added.

However, many experts say that Assad's troops could not conduct such an attack. It was either terrorists or the Syrian opposition who could use chemical weapons.

"Now the media are trumpeting that it was Assad's troops that used chemical weapons in Idlib. This is absolute nonsense, because it is Russian headquarters that supervise all combat actions in the region. Assad will not be able to use any aircraft unless the Russian command in Hmeymim gives permission for this. Some say that it was the Russians, who used chemical weapons, but those who say this need to have their heads examined immediately.

Apr 06 09:50

Chemical Weapons 2017: What Just Happened In Syria?

By Brandon Turbeville

Yet again, on cue, the Western corporate press is on fire with stories of “Assad’s brutality,” and “chemical weapons” attacks against civilians. Obviously, the United States, NATO, and their media mouthpieces are united in condemnation of the Assad government and the Syrian military despite their being no evidence that it committed the attacks. Indeed, the Western powers may blame Assad all they want but all the available credible evidence suggests that the deployment of chemical weapons this time around, like all the others before it, was the work of terrorists and their supporters.

But the evidence does not matter to propagandists and, despite the public appearance that the U.S. President is battling the Deep State apparatus, it seems now that the Deep State and the head of the country are now finally reading from the same page...

Apr 06 09:41

Putin's spokesman warns Idlib tragedy may be exploited by terrorists

The tragedy in the Syrian province of Idlib related to the alleged use of chemical weapons may be exploited by terrorists and those who are trying to delegitimize the Syrian authorities, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday.

Apr 06 09:35

Russia, Iran bear 'moral responsibility' for Syria chemical attack – US State Dept.

Condemning the chemical weapons attack in Idlib province, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson accused the Syrian government of “barbarism” and said Russia and Iran also bear moral responsibility for the deaths.

In a statement of Tuesday afternoon, Tillerson pointed the finger at Damascus, saying that “it is clear that this is how Bashar Assad operates: with brutal, unabashed barbarism.”

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Apr 06 09:33

Syria Deputy FM: Damascus Provided OPCW, UN with Documents on Toxic Substance Tranfer by Terrorists into Syria

Syria's deputy foreign minister Faisal Mikdad said the Syrian government, just few weeks ago, provided the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) with information on the transporting of toxic substances into Syria by militant groups, affirming that Syria stands against using chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere, and under any circumstances.

Apr 06 09:32

Syrian FM: Terrorists Bringing Chemical Weapons to Syria From Iraq, Turkey

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said Thursday that Damascus has repeatedly warned the UN Security Council and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) that the terrorists of ISIL and Fatah al-Sham Front, also known as al-Nusra Front, were bringing weapons to Syria from Iraq and Turkey.

Apr 06 09:30

Fake Chem Attack in Syria, Oscar Winners White Helmets with memorable performance

"....White Helmets are handling the corpses of people without sufficient safety gear, most particularly with the masks mostly used, as well as no gloves. Although this may seem insignificant, understanding the nature of sarin gas that the opposition claim was used, only opens questions.

Within seconds of exposure to sarin, the affects of the gas begins to target the muscle and nervous system. There is an almost immediate release of the bowels and the bladder, and vomiting is induced.

When sarin is used in a concentrated area, it has the likelihood of killing thousands of people. Yet, such a dangerous gas, and the White Helmets are treating bodies with little concern to their exposed skin(!?) This has to raise questions. It also raises the question why a doctor in a hospital full of victims of sarin gas has the time to tweet and make video calls. This will probably be dismissed and forgotten however".

Apr 06 09:28

Syria attack: Post-mortems 'point to Sarin being used'

Syria's army has never and will never use chemical weapons, the country's foreign minister has said.

Walid Muallem rejected claims that President Bashar al-Assad's regime had carried out a chemical attack that killed at least 86 people in the town of Khan Sheikhoun.

"Our army has never used chemical weapons and will not use chemical weapons, not only against our civilians but also against terrorists who are attacking our civilians," he said.

Mr Muallem said the Syrian army had attacked a depot belonging to the Al-Nusra Front, a terror group, and that it had contained chemical weapons.

Apr 06 09:11

Israel’s former chief rabbi says a Holocaust is happening in Syria

Israel’s former chief rabbi, Yisrael Meir Lau, boldly stated Thursday that what is taking place in neighboring Syria is a Holocaust.

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We are getting "Holocaust" thrown at us a lot today. Makes me wonder what Israel is getting ready to do.

Apr 06 08:52

EMERGENCY ALERT: Latest Syrian Chemical Attack Follows History of False Flag Provocations

Apr 06 08:50

DONALD TRUMP HAS JUST COMMITTED THE UNITED STATES TO A DISASTROUS WAR IN SYRIA

Rumors of war are percolating in Washington D.C., and if the Trump administration is not extremely careful it may find itself fighting several disastrous wars simultaneously. Just one day after threatening North Korea with war, Donald Trump has committed to taking military action against the Assad regime in Syria. Trump is blaming the chemical attack in Syria’s Idlib province on Tuesday on the Syrian government, and he is pledging that the United States will not just sit by and do nothing in response. Unfortunately for all of us, military contingents from Russia, Iran and Hezbollah are mixed in among the Syrian forces, and so any strike on the Syrian military could potentially spark World War 3.

Apr 06 08:46

Chem attack blame game ‘failed’ at Syria conference in Brussels – Russian envoy

Attempts by some members of the Brussels conference on Syria to redraw the agenda and focus on allegations of the Syrian government’s complicity in the suspected chemical attack in Idlib have failed, Russia’s deputy foreign minister has said.

“In what concerns this conference, of course, some tried to redirect it in order to focus attention on the incident that has occurred [in Idlib]. I must say that they failed to achieve that,” said Gennady Gatilov, Russia’s representative at the UN-sponsored international donor conference that was held on April 4-5 in Brussels.

Moscow hopes that the incident will not lead to the derailment of intra-Syrian talks as that would play into hands of those who strive to obstruct the peace process.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nobody is buying the US story.

Apr 06 08:44

World View: President Trump Plans Military Action on Syria After Nerve Gas Attack on Civilians

In my book,any support for Trump is treason!

This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com

President Trump plans military action on Syria after horrific nerve gas attack on civilians
President Trump declares that he’s changed his mind about military action
Marco Rubio says Trump’s policy emboldened Bashar al-Assad
John McCain and Lindsey Graham advocate cruise missiles and safe areas

Apr 06 08:43

The Syria Chemical Weapons Saga: The Staging of a US-NATO Sponsored Humanitarian Disaster

In the light of recent developments and accusations directed against the Syrian government, it is important once more to set the record straight: the US supported rebels possess chemical weapons.

The following article first published in December 2012 [scroll down] documents how the Pentagon not only provided chemical weapons to Al Nusra, an affiliated Al Qaeda terrorist organization, but also provided training to the rebels in the use of these weapons.

Apr 06 08:31

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – APRIL 6, 2017: US THREATENS UNILATERAL ACTION IN RESPONSE TO ALLEGED CHEMICAL ATTACK

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, threatened that the United States will take it’s “own” action if the UN Security Council fails to act on an alleged chemical attack in the village of Khan Sheikhoun in the province of Idlib. “When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action,” Haley said during her speech that included images of children as proof of the need for swift action.

Haley emphasized that “The truth is that Russia, Iran, and Assad have no interest in peace,” pushing the idea that to her, Damascus was clearly responsible, as a matter of fact -without any investigation.

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Apr 06 08:18

Putin rebukes Netanyahu over ‘groundless’ accusations on suspected chemical incident in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a telephone conversation that it was unacceptable to make “groundless” accusations concerning the alleged chemical weapons incident that took place in Syria earlier this week.

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Apr 06 08:16

FLASHBACK: 'White Helmets' Staged Death Scene In Syrian Warzone Late Last Year

Syria's "White Helmets," who were seen Tuesday handling "sarin-saturated bodies" without gloves, staged a bizarre "death scene" in November of last year as part of a weird propaganda stunt.

Apr 06 08:11

Syrian government sets terms for any inquiry into gas attack

The Syrian government set conditions on Thursday for any international inquiry into a suspected chemical attack that killed scores of people, saying it must not be "politicised" and should set out from Damascus and not Turkey.

Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said Syria's past experience with international inquiries had not been encouraging. The government would only decide on the idea once its concerns were addressed, he said.

Moualem also reiterated the government's strong denial that it was behind the attack on Tuesday in Khan Sheikhoun in the northwestern province of Idlib, an area mostly controlled by rebel groups at the border with Turkey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even FOX News is saying the story doesn't make sense. The war has turned in Assad's favor, there is no reason for Assad to do a chemical attack. A government spokes-slug is trying to claim that Assad is trying to test Trump's resolve, which is nonsense given that Trump had indicated only Monday a softening of US policy towards Assad. Meanwhile, Israel is screaming that Assad has built a giant Sarin factory ... in his bathroom ... or some such nonsense.

Apr 06 08:01

Ron Paul on Syria gas attack: 'It doesn't any make sense. Zero chance Assad did this.'

“Things were going reasonably well. Trump said ‘let the Syrians decide who should run their country’ and peace talks were breaking out. Al-Qaeda and ISIS were on the run, maybe defeated. It looks like maybe someone didn’t like that. Assad, they claim, now went and released gas to kill a bunch of people.”

Apr 05 18:17

Syria chemical attack toll rises to 75, US warns of 'unilateral action'

The death toll from a suspected chemical attack on a northern Syrian town rose to 75 today as activists and rescue workers found more terrified survivors hiding in shelters near the site of the assault, one of the deadliest in Syria's civil war.

Apr 05 14:22

Syria chemical 'attack': Russia faces fury at UN Security Council

Russia has been sharply criticised by other world powers at the UN Security Council in New York over the chemical weapons deaths in northern Syria.

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"How DARE you not believe our lies!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 05 14:20

CIA Restores Funding to 'Moderate Rebels' — But There's a Catch

In February, the CIA froze funding and supplies for all Syrian rebel groups. Two months latter this support has at least partly returned.

There's one catch: They have to focus on taking down Assad.

Apr 05 13:59

Do you believe Assad just gassed his own people?

YES
2% (56 votes)
NO
98% (2621 votes)
Total votes: 2677
Apr 05 13:52

US-Led Forces Killed More Syrian Civilians Than ISIS Or Russia Last Month

The US-led coalition killed more Syrian civilians than ISIS or Russian forces in March, according to figures by a human rights organisation.

Apr 05 13:40

Flashback Syrian gas attack predicted months prior


Amazing how much chemical attacks are covered on TV. The US has been blowing up people by the hundreds with conventional fire bombs regularly and none of that got any news. The reason this one is getting so much press is because it is part of a PR campaign.

Apr 05 13:04

Chemical Weapons Attack In Syria Exposed As False Flag

The chemical weapons attack that killed 58 people in Syria appears to have been a false flag “media campaign” planned well in advance to oust President Assad.

Apr 05 13:02

Trump: Syria's Assad ‘crossed a lot of lines’ with gas attack

PATHETIC! Trump is a total phony. He is breaking Obama's records for lies!
WW3 here we come.

President Trump is signaling a more aggressive approach toward Syria, saying on Wednesday reports of a deadly gas attack by forces loyal to Bashar Assad had “crossed a lot of lines” and moved him to rethink his strategy.

At a joint press conference on Wednesday at the White House with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Trump indicated that the Syrian leader had gone too far with an attack this week that killed dozens of his own people and injured scores more, including women and children.

“It crossed a lot of lines for me,” Trump said. “When you kill innocent children, innocent babies, little babies with a chemical gas that is so lethal that people were shocked to hear what gas it was, that crosses many lines beyond the red line. Many, many lines.”

Apr 05 11:44

Trump Blames Assad For Chemical Attack, Says His Attitude On Syria & Assad Has 'Changed Very Much'

President Trump blamed Bashar al-Assad's regime for the chemical attack in Syria at a press conference on Wednesday and said his views on Syria and Assad have now "changed very much."

The hawkish rhetoric came just hours after it came out Steve Bannon was removed from the National Security Council, presumably at the request of neocon General H.R. McMaster.

"Yesterday chemical attack, a chemical attack so horrific in Syria against innocent people including women, small children, and even beautiful little babies, their deaths was an affront to humanity. These heinous actions by the Assad regime cannot be tolerated," Trump said before reporters on the White House lawn.

He failed to offer any evidence.

Apr 05 11:33

Watch - Russian, U.S. UK And Syria Speaking At UN Emergency Meeting

President Donald Trump's envoy threatened unilateral U.S. action if the world body failed to act. "There are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action," Haley declared

Russia's Foreign Ministry has rejected a draft UN Security Council resolution condemning an apparent chemical-weapons attack in Syria’s Idlib Province that left dozens killed and injured.

Moscow said that the poison gas belonged to rebels and had leaked from an insurgent weapons depot hit by Syrian bombs.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on April 5 that the resolution -- drafted by the United States, Britain, and France -- was "categorically unacceptable" and obviously was drawn up in haste.

Leaders and officials in other countries, including Britain and Israel, joined the U.S. in saying Assad's forces were responsible.

Apr 05 11:32

Diplomat slams Western media for rushing to accuse Damascus of using chemical weapons

Maria Zakharova noted that the information provided by the White Helmets, on which those reports were based, was constantly changing

Apr 05 11:31

Media Goes Quiet as Russia Exposes US Lies at Security Council

Russia's deputy United Nations ambassador Vladimir Safronkov said that the West's "obsession with regime change is what hinders this Security Council."

He noted that for Washington and its partners, "everything is guided by regime change" and allegations that Assad used chemical weapons in an attack in Idlib province on Tuesday are based on "falsified reports from the White Helmets", an organization that has been "discredited long ago".

Apr 05 11:24

UN ambassador Nikki Haley alludes to US intervention in Syria after chemical attack

UN ambassador Nikki Haley seemed to hint at a possible US intervention in Syria on Wednesday during a UN Security Council meeting.

During her address to the council, Haley harshly condemned the gas attack in Syria that killed at least 83 people and wounded 150 more on Tuesday.

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Apr 05 10:22

REDUX: Western Lies and Chemical False Flag Attacks in Syria

It’s clear after a review of the available evidence thus far, that western media and politicians who are condemning the Syrian government and Russia for “chemical attacks” – are spreading fake news in order to gain political backing for a wider military intervention.

Watch CNN’s Chris Cuomo as he attempts to litigate a fictitious verdict which happens to fit perfectly into the US pro-war and ‘No Fly Zone’ narrative being echoed by ‘regime change’ hawks John McCain and Adam Kinzinger on their same network today, and further echoed by more demagoguery from CNN’s Syria ‘experts’ Arwa Damon and Clarissa Ward as they blame the Syrian government with no evidence whatsoever. This segment by CNN is the very definition of propaganda:

Apr 05 10:19

Something is Not Adding Up In Idlib Chemical Weapons Attack

“At least 58 people were killed in an alleged horrific gas attack in the Idlib Governorate this morning“. However, even before investigations could be conducted and for evidence to emerge, Federica Mogherini, the Italian politician High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, condemned the Syrian government stating that the “Assad regime bears responsibility for ‘awful’ Syria ‘chemical’ attack.”

The immediate accusation from a high ranking EU official serves as a dangerous precedent where public outcry can be made even before the truth surrounding the tragedy can emerge

Israeli President, Benjamin Netanyahu, joined in on the condemnation, as did Amnesty International.

Merely hours after the alleged chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhun, supposedly by the Syrian government, holes are beginning to emerge from opposition sources, discrediting the Al-Qaeda affiliated White Helmets claims.

Apr 05 09:56

Reviving the ‘Chemical Weapons’ Lie: New US-UK Calls for Regime Change, Military Attack Against Syria

Here it comes again. As the enemies of peace continue to pressure a new US President into deeper war commitments overseas, and as Washington’s Deep State works relentlessly opposing Russian moves in Syria at every turn, the war drums have started again – beating harder than ever now, clamouring for a new US-led attack on Syria. This morning we saw the familiar theme emerge, and just in time to provide a convenient backdrop to this week’s Brussels’ ‘Peace Talks’ and conference on “Syria’s Future”.

The US-led ‘Coalition’ prepares to make its end-run into Syria to ‘Retake Raqqa,’ and impose its Safe Zones in order to partition Syria, more media demonization of the Syrian government appears to be needed by the West.

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Have all these presstitute outlets "conveniently forgotten" that the Syrian government had all of its chemical weapons destroyed in 2013, in a deal brokered by Russia?!?

Destruction of Syria's chemical weapons

What this is feeling like to me is "Assad has gassed his own people AGAIN, 2.0", to make the way clear, and "justify" US-military engineered no-fly zones and air strikes, through which to attempt regime change in Damascus.

Of course, the Russians may have other ideas on this.....

And if President Trump believes that the US military could, in fact, win a military conflict against Russia over Syria, I would implore him to please think again, and very carefully.

Because at this time in its history, the US military does not have the weaponry; the money; the troop strength; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia over Syria; it's just not there.

Apr 05 09:43

Militants of Euphrates Shield Operation Trained in Turkish Garrisons

A number of defected militants of the Ankara-led Euphrates Shield Operation disclosed that they have been trained by Turkish army officers and at bases on Turkey's soil.

Apr 05 09:42

Turkey Planning to Form More Terrorist Groups in Syria

Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyadh Haddad said that Turkey is planning to form two new terrorist groups in Syria.

Haddad said that Ankara intends to rebrand the ISIL and Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) terrorists groups.

He added that Turkey has vowed to give Turkish nationality and pay $400 monthly salaries to all fresh members of the new terrorist groups.

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Turkey is now a state sponsor of terror.

Apr 05 09:41

Ambassador: Damascus to Respond if Turkey Continues Aggression in Syria

Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad said the government of Syria has the right to protect its territory by all means including military if Turkey does not stop its actions in Northern Syria.

Apr 05 09:37

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – APRIL 5, 2017: SITUATION ESCALATES IN WESTERN SYRIA

In the province of Raqqah, an intense fighting is ongoing in the village of Safsafah northeast of the town of Tabqah, controlled by ISIS. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are struggling to secure this site in order to fully encircle Tabqah. In turn, ISIS terrorists have launched a series of attacks in order to prevent this. According to pro-SDF sources, over 20 ISIS members have been killed in the recent clashes in the area.

It’s clear that despite ISIS counter-attacks the SDF, backed up by the US-led coalition’s warplanes, helicopters, artillery and military advisors, have enough military capabilities to lay a siege on Tabqa and to retake this town from ISIS. When the town of Tabqa and the nearby dam are secured, US-led forces will likely advance against ISIS terrorists along the Euphrates outflanking the ISIS stronghold of Raqqah from the southern direction.

Apr 05 09:34

Russia denies Assad to blame for chemical attack, on course for collision with Trump

Russia denied on Wednesday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was to blame for a poison gas attack and said it would continue to back him, opening a rift between the Kremlin and Donald Trump's White House, which initially sought warmer ties.

Western countries, including the United States, blamed Assad's armed forces for the worst chemical attack in Syria for more than four years, which choked scores of people to death in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in a rebel-held area on Tuesday.

Washington said it believed the deaths were caused by sarin nerve gas dropped by Syrian aircraft. But Moscow offered an alternative explanation that would shield Assad: that the poison gas belonged to rebels and had leaked from an insurgent weapons depot hit by Syrian bombs.

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I'm sorry, but if Trump actually believes Assad would gas his own people just days after being told by Tillerson that Trump would not oppose his continuing Presidency, then Trump is an idiot!

Apr 05 09:26

Rebels ‘only people who benefited’ from Idlib chemical weapons attack – analyst

The Syrian government was quickly blamed by the West after the opposition-controlled Idlib region saw a chemical attack that reportedly killed dozens of civilians. However, a UK security analyst told RT the rebels were the only force that benefited from the incident.

Apr 05 09:26

‘We are compelled to take own action’ if UN fails in Syria – US envoy

The UN Security Council convened on Wednesday to discuss a draft resolution proposed by the US, the UK and France, which would condemn Damascus for the reported use of chemical weapons in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province on Tuesday.

Russia criticized the draft resolution for being unbalanced and jumping to conclusions. It said the document would have to include several amendments, such as calling on the rebels controlling the area to provide full access to UN investigators and setting an unbiased and comprehensive probe into the incident as the primary goal of the resolution.

Apr 05 09:23

President Trump Has It Wrong on Syria – Assad Did NOT Use Chemical Weapons – Deep State Neo Cons Misleading the President…

We’ve covered the hidden story of manipulation within Syria quite extensively. And in the example today of Chemical Weapons being used against the Syrian People, all indications do not point toward Bashir Assad doing it.

The entire event looks like an horrific operation by anti-Assad forces trying to create assistance for their regime change efforts by killing their own people. Yes, they are that desperate; and yes, there are vested interests in the U.S., including the CIA, who would support such an objective.

Apr 05 09:20

US expands northern Syria airfield for huge cargo plane

The United States has expanded a runway at a northern Syria air base to accommodate the large C-17 military plane needed to help with logistics for the push to retake the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, a U.S. defense official said Tuesday.

Apr 05 09:12

US Envoy: Syrians Don’t Want Assad as Leader

Last week, US officials suggested what was seemingly a major policy change, insisting that the future of Syrian President Bashar Assad was up to the Syrian people, and that the US was accepting “reality” in moving away from demands for Assad’s ouster.

Today, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley dialed that change back quite a bit, insisting that “Assad is always a priority,” and that the US wants to see him changed as a war criminal. She also dismissed the idea of Assad participating in future elections, insisting that the Syrians “don’t want” Assad anymore.

This may result in the US policy change being a distinction without a difference, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s call to respect the will of the Syrian people doesn’t count for much if it is the Trump Administration themselves who get to decide what the Syrian people’s will is.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another "fact-free assessment" of what the Syrian people want, paving the way to more war, and ultimate regime change.

I have to wonder just how quickly the Trump Administration will institute "no fly zones" in Syria, which will put the US and Russian military into a definite, physical clash.

Apr 05 09:05

CNN Has Child Read Off A Script To Push For War In Syria To Oust Assad

CNN is calling it a "7-year-old Syrian girl's heartbreaking plea" to stop the war in Syria, in reality it's a fake news hoax to get the Trump administration to overthrow Assad and turn on Russia.

Apr 05 09:02

The Latest: Russian says rebel-held town in Syria exposed

This photo provided Tuesday, April 4, 2017 by the Syrian anti-government activist group Edlib Media Center, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows victims of a suspected chemical attack, in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, northern Idlib province, Syria. The suspected chemical attack killed dozens of people on Tuesday, Syrian opposition activists said, describing the attack as among the worst in the country's six-year civil war. Edlib Media Center, via AP)

The Latest on the suspected chemical attack in Syria (all times local):

4 a.m.

The Russian Defense Ministry says a rebel-held town in northern Syria has been exposed to toxic agents from a rebel arsenal hit by a Syrian air strike.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rex, Rex, Rex Rex, Rex, REX!! A word here, please!!!

Are you having a very bad case of SMD on this issue (selective memory disorder)?!?

Do you not recall that at the end of 2013, Syria, under a deal brokered by Russia, Syria destroyed all of its chemical weapons?!?

Syria Destroys Chemical Sites, Inspectors Say

So sir, if Syria has no more chemical weapons, as they were destroyed toward the end of 2013, where did these chemical weapons come from, please?!?

All I am asking for here is a little logic, thank you very much!!

And how in the name of heaven can you be blaming Iran for this, as neither Russia nor Iran nor Syria bear any responsibility for this horrific act?!?

Apr 05 08:30

TRUMP ON COLLISION COURSE WITH PUTIN AFTER MOSCOW DENIES SYRIA BEHIND CHEMICAL ATTACK

For the first time since his election, president Trump is set for a direct collision course with Vladimir Putin after Russia said on Wednesday it stands by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad despite widespread popular outrage over a chemical weapons attack which the media was quick to pin on the Syrian president, in a carbon-copy of events from 2013 which nearly launched a US invasion of the middle-eastern nation, when a YouTube clip - subsequently shown to be a hoax - served as proof that Assad had used sarin gas on rebels in a Damascus neighborhood.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And do we remember what happened when the US government made the accusation in 2013 that Assad had gassed his own people?!?

Through a Russian-brokered program, Syria then reached an agreement to have all of its chemical weapons destroyed.

U.S. and Russia Reach Deal to Destroy Syria’s Chemical Arms

The US has, and deploys/sells, various chemical weapons around the world. White phosphorus?!? No problem.

Saudis appear to be using US supplied white phosphorus in Yemen

Depleted uranium weapons, again provided to Saudi Arabia to be used against Yemeni civilians?!? No problem.

Massive birth defects in Yemen point to Saudi Arabia using depleted uranium weapons.

So if all the Syrian chemical weapons were destroyed at the end of 2013, where did these chemical weapons come from?!?

And why in heaven's name would Assad gas his own people, particularly right after Secretary of State Tillerson announced that regime change was not on the table at this time?!?

The short answers are, somehow, Syrian jihadists got these weapons from the US, and no, al-Assad would not gas his own people!!!

And UN Ambassador Haley, a word please; Americans, and the world, are remembering that the US, working with Russia, got rid of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile in 2013.

To attempt to pin this on Al-Assad, as the excuse for now going in to "regime change" Syria, will make this country already a worse bad joke around the world than it already is.

Apr 05 08:23

ASSAD ATTACKS HIS OWN PEOPLE 2.0

(*first time , with serin gas , while UN was in Syria
this time , with deadly chemicals , on the heels of US President changing the agenda on Assad , and Syria
NOTE: POTUS not doing the condemning )

Apr 04 18:03

White House, European Union condemn Syria chemical attack, blame Assad

The White House on Tuesday confirmed a "reprehensible" and "intolerable" chemical attack had taken place in Syria and pinned the blame squarely on Bashar al-Assad`s regime.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said President Donald Trump had been briefed extensively on the attack, and suggested it was in the "best interest" of the Syrians for Assad not to lead the country.

Apr 04 18:02

No strikes near Syrian town Khan Sheikhun: Russian military

Russia's military on Tuesday said its planes did not carry out any strikes near the town of Khan Sheikhun in Syria, where air strikes hit a hospital as doctors treated victims of a suspected chemical attack.

Apr 04 13:54

Reviving the ‘Chemical Weapons’ Lie: New US-UK Calls for Regime Change, Military Attack Against Syria

Here it comes again. As the enemies of peace continue to pressure a new US President into deeper war commitments overseas, and as Washington’s Deep State work relentlessly opposing Russian moves in Syria at every turn, the war drums have started again – beating harder than ever now, clamouring for a new US-led attack on Syria. This morning we saw a familiar theme emerge, and just in time to provide a convenient backdrop to this week’s Brussels ‘Peace Talks’ and conference on “Syria’s Future”.

The US-led ‘Coalition’ prepares to make its end-run into Syria to ‘Retake Raqqa,’ and impose its Safe Zones in order to partition Syria, more media demonization of Syrian government appears to be needed by the West.

Apr 04 13:36

Russia, Iran bear 'moral responsibility' for Syria chemical attack – US State Dept.

Still think Trump's the man!? This is pathetic.

Condemning the chemical weapons attack in Idlib province, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson accused the Syrian government of “barbarism” and said Russia and Iran also bear moral responsibility for the deaths.

In a statement of Tuesday afternoon, Tillerson pointed the finger at Damascus, saying that “it is clear that this is how Bashar Assad operates: with brutal, unabashed barbarism.”

Apr 04 12:53

FLASHBACK 2013 - U.N. Has Gathered Testimony Indicating That Syrian Rebels Have Used Sarin Gas, Says Investigator

U.N. human rights investigators have gathered testimony from casualties of Syria’s civil war and medical staff indicating that rebel forces have used the nerve agent sarin, one of the lead investigators said on Sunday.

The United Nations independent commission of inquiry on Syria has not yet seen evidence of government forces having used chemical weapons, which are banned under international law, said commission member Carla Del Ponte.

Apr 04 12:42

US Won’t Accept Assad Participating In Elections: Haley

In a departure from earlier official statements, the United States has said it cannot accept Syrian President Bashar al-Assad running in future elections.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley made the remarks during a news conference held on Monday at UN headquarters in New York City to mark the US presidency of the UN Security Council for April.

Apr 04 11:40

No Evidence That Khan Sheikhoun Gas Attack Resulted From Aerial Bombardment

The news of the incident were allegedly forwarded by the controversial White Helmets and the Syrian Observatory for Human Right. Both NGOs are notorious for their association with the terrorist groups... The village of Khan Shaikhoun itself is located on the administrative border between the provinces of Hama and Idlib. The notorious organisation White Helmets published photo and video material, claiming that gas attack caused deaths of more than 50 civilians, mostly adolescents due to suffocation from chemical substances that were “fired from the air”, while blaming the Russian and Syrian Air Force. However, it failed to provide evidence that the gas attack was the result of an aerial bombardment. In the meantime, the Turkish government closed the Bab Al Hama border crossing, thus refusing ambulances, coming from the direction of Khan Sheikhoun, to enter Turkish territory.

Apr 04 11:25

Syrian government troops destroy terrorists’ chemical weapons depot in Idlib

The Syrian government troops have destroyed a terrorists’ chemical weapons depot in the town of Khan Shekhoun in the northwestern province of Idlib, the Al-Masdar web portal reported on Tuesday, citing a source in Syria’s armed forces. As a spokesman for the Syrian government troops said, the operation involved Sukhoi Su-22 fighter bombers that cannot carry chemical weapons. The news agency Reuters reported earlier on Tuesday, citing the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that an air strike by Syrian or Russian jets had allegedly killed 58 people, including 11 children. As Reuters said, the air strike could have been carried out by the Syrian government forces in a suspected gas attack. The Syrian army denied any allegations, saying "it is not using and has not used any chemical weapons."
Syrian Defense Ministry places responsibility for chemical attacks in Idlib on terrorists http://tass.com/world/939375

Apr 04 11:10

FLASHBACK 2014 - MIT study of Ghouta chemical attack challenges US intelligence

A new MIT report is challenging the US claim that Assad forces used chemical weapons in an attack last August, highlighting that the range of the improvised rocket was way too short to have been launched from govt controlled areas.

Apr 04 09:34

US to balkanize Syria under Kurdish pretext

As early as 2013, Western powers have been rooting for the balkanization of Syria as the best possible outcome of the war tearing apart the country since 2011.
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Islamic State, Syria unrest
Since the war against Syria is significant in this period of imperialism, watching how it was led by the US, imperialist proxies and their so-called allies, one can fully understand that the war against the Syrian Arab Republic has been decades in the making.

Throughout history, the imperialist powers have been facilitating and empowering the most intolerant, bigoted ideologies and groups in the region starting from the Balfour Declaration, passing through the infamous Sykes-Picot agreement and ending in the invasions of Iraq and Libya before making their way into Syria. The latest group to gain the full support of the US on the ground in Syria is the Syrian Kurdish YPG forces (People's Protection Units).

Apr 04 08:47

Flashback 2015 - "Who is behind Syrian Observatory for Human Rights?"

Since Russia's air campaign began in Syria, many western media outlets have been heavily relying on information from 'the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights' that is run by one man - Rami Abdul Rahman.
RT traces the elusive owner of this website the West uses to source and smear Moscow's anti-Islamic State bombing campaign.

Apr 04 08:38

Trump Administration's Reversal of Obama Era Policy in Syria:

The editor-in-chief of Lebanon's prestigious al-Akhbar newspaper, Ibrahim al-Amin, has revealed in his recent editorial [1] that Tulsi Gabbard, the United States Representative for Hawaii whose trip to Syria in January and meeting with Bashar al-Assad was widely reported in media, had conveyed President Trump's offer of cooperation to Assad during the meeting.

The editorial in Arabic is full of detailed accounts of Gabbard's conversations with Assad, her airport handlers, security detail, etc. Although al-Akhbar newspaper generally takes the side of the Assad regime against the Syrian opposition but its reporting over the years, particularly on the conflict in Syria, has been fairly balanced, insightful and highly credible.

Apr 04 08:31

Erdogan vows ‘good surprises’ & more Turkish ops in Syria as Euphrates Shield ‘ends’

Days after Turkey said it had ended the controversial seven-month Euphrates Shield operation in northern Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the military is planning new offensives and “good surprises” in the coming months on Syrian soil.

The president said more cross-border operations are likely to follow against militant groups Ankara deems terrorist, including Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the Kurdish militia known as People’s Protection Units (YPG).

Apr 04 07:22

Syrian people do not want Assad as leader: U.S. envoy to U.N

Tillerson says one thing this person says another. Which is it Trump!

The United States does not believe that the Syrian people want President Bashar al-Assad as their leader any longer, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Monday.

Haley was asked about U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's remarks in the Turkish capital Ankara on Thursday, in which he said that Assad's status would be decided by the Syrian people.

She said it does not mean the United States will accept Assad participating in future elections.

"We have no love for Assad. We've made that very clear. We think that he has been a hindrance to peace for a long time. He's a war criminal. What he's done to his people is nothing more than disgusting," she said.

Apr 04 07:20

ERDOGAN PROMISES MORE WAR IN SYRIA

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rhetoric is at times, oddly honest, sometimes blatantly so. At other times, when he attempts to be more analytical, it is as deceptive as his political and geo-political manoeuvring.

Last year, Erdogan gave an speech in which he declared his unambiguous intentions to capture former territories of the Ottoman Empire, specifically parts of the legal territory of Syria and Iraq.

Now, he has said that his illegal invasion and occupation of Syria is not over; it are merely changing names.

Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield which saw Turkish forces and their jihadist proxies FSA occupy parts of Northern Syria was officially declared a success in a ‘mission accomplished’ style statement from Turkey’s National Security Council.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why Erdogan felt emboldened to make such threats, right after Tillerson's visit to Ankara, is more than a little disconcerting.

An independent Kurdistan would give Turkey a "safety valve" through which much of its disagreements with ethnic Kurds in Turkey, could be resolved.

Apr 04 07:11

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S REVERSAL OF OBAMA ERA POLICY IN SYRIA

The editor-in-chief of Lebanon’s prestigious al-Akhbar newspaper, Ibrahim al-Amin, has revealed in his recent editorial [1] that Tulsi Gabbard, the United States Representative for Hawaii whose trip to Syria in January and meeting with Bashar al-Assad was widely reported in media, had conveyed President Trump’s offer of cooperation to Assad during the meeting.

The English translation of a relevant excerpt from the Arabic editorial reads as follows:

Tulsi Gabbard asked Assad: “If President Trump contacted you, would you answer the call?” Assad replied: “Is this a hypothetical question, or a proposal?” Gabbard: “It’s not hypothetical. This is a question to you coming from President Trump which he asked me to convey to you. So let me repeat the question: If President Trump contacted you, would you answer the call?” Assad replied: “Of course. And I’ll give you a number where I can be reached quickly.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, this report is true, it does signal a shift in policy on Syria, and the recent statement by Rex Tillerson that "Bashar Al-Assad can stay" as Syria's president, appears to be supportive to this narrative.

Apr 04 06:56

BEX Alert!!! - "Syria: Scores Killed in Gas Attack in Idlib, Hospital Treating Victims Bombed"

The gas attack, carried out by Syrian government or Russian jets, caused many to choke or faint and foam at the mouth; death toll rising.

A gas attack by Syrian government or Russian jets killed at least 58 people, including nine children, in the northwestern province of Idlib on Tuesday, a British-based war monitoring group said.

Hours later, the hospital treating the suspected gas attack victims was hit with a bombing. It "came hours after a massacre was committed by fighter jets in the city," the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The BBC cited a doctor as confirming the second strike.

Apr 04 05:19

Damascus Troops Capture Another Strategic Town in Hama

The Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) sustained another major defeat in Northern Hama and lost control over a key town after brief, but bloody, clashes with the Syrian army on Monday. Military sources on both sides of the war reported on Monday that the Syrian army pushed forward in the Northern parts of Hama province and captured the town of Maardis...
The Syrian army continued its military operations in the Eastern part of Aleppo and regained control of two more key towns Northwest of al-Jarrah military airport. http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13960115000266
Militant groups in Northwestern Syria resumed internal clashes on Monday after a lull in infighting between the Al-Nusra Front and Ahrar Al-Sham rival factions. http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13960114000896

Apr 04 05:13

Turkey-Led Euphrates Shield Forces Suffer Heavy Casualties in Failed Attack on SDF Positions in Nothern Aleppo

The predominately Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) warded off an offensive of the Ankara-backed militants of the Euphrates Shield Operation in the Northern part of Aleppo province, killing a number of militants. The SDF's Jeish al-Thawar engaged in fierce clashes with the Turkey-backed militants of the Euphrates Shield Operation and fended off their massive attack on the villages of Tal Maziq, Qolsarouj, Samouqeh, Sheikh Issa, Harbal and Um Hush in Northern Aleppo, killing a number of militants and destroying their military vehicles. SDF warned on Monday that it will soon launch an offensive on the Turkish army in Northern Aleppo province to push the foreign military troops out of the highly strategic region of Al-Bab. The SDF, Turkish army and the Syrian government troops have been fighting ISIL terrorists in Aleppo province.

Apr 04 05:08

Woman killed, damage caused by terrorist rocket and mortar attacks in Aleppo, Hama, and Damascus

Terrorists from Jabhet al-Nusra and other terror groups affiliated to it on Tuesday shelled the town of Mhardeh 25 km north of Hama city. SANA’s correspondent in Hama said that terrorists in the northern countryside of Hama province fired 15 rocket shells at Mhardeh, causing material damage to houses and to the power grid and infrastructure. Meanwhile, SANA’s correspondent in Aleppo said that a woman was killed in by rocket shell fired by terrorists located in al-Rashidin neighborhood at the southwestern outskirts of Aleppo city on the 3,000 Apartments project in al-Hamadaniya area in the city. Later, terrorist organizations positioned in the Eastern Ghouta area in Damascus Countryside fired two mortar shells at residential neighborhoods in Damascus city...

Apr 04 05:06

Six persons injured in terrorist mortar attack in Damascus

Six persons were injured Monday in mortar terrorist attacks on residential neighborhoods in Damascus city. A source at Damascus Police Command told SANA that the terrorists targeted the area surrounding Umayyad Square with four mortar shells, injuring four persons. The source added that two other mortar shells, fired by the terrorists on al-Mezzeh 86 neighborhood, caused material damage to public and private properties, and no injuries or casualties were registered. Earlier, terrorist groups positioned in the Eastern Ghouta targeted al-Qeimariyeh neighborhood in the Old City of Damascus with 3 shells, injuring two persons and causing material damage to citizens’ properties.

Apr 04 04:55

ERDOGAN PROMISES MORE WAR IN SYRIA

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rhetoric is at times, oddly honest, sometimes blatantly so. At other times, when he attempts to be more analytical, it is as deceptive as his political and geo-political manoeuvring. Last year, Erdogan gave an speech in which he declared his unambiguous intentions to capture former territories of the Ottoman Empire, specifically parts of the legal territory of Syria and Iraq. Now, he has said that his illegal invasion and occupation of Syria is not over; it are merely changing names.

Apr 04 04:52

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S REVERSAL OF OBAMA ERA POLICY IN SYRIA

The editor-in-chief of Lebanon’s prestigious al-Akhbar newspaper, Ibrahim al-Amin, has revealed in his recent editorial [1] that Tulsi Gabbard, the United States Representative for Hawaii whose trip to Syria in January and meeting with Bashar al-Assad was widely reported in media, had conveyed President Trump’s offer of cooperation to Assad during the meeting.

Apr 03 22:48

Syrian people do not want Assad as leader: U.S. envoy to U.N

Another really bad cabinet pick on Trump's part.The right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing!

The United States does not believe that the Syrian people want President Bashar al-Assad as their leader any longer, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Monday.

"We have no love for Assad. We've made that very clear. We think that he has been a hindrance to peace for a long time. He's a war criminal. What he's done to his people is nothing more than disgusting," she said.

Haley was asked about U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's remarks in the Turkish capital Ankara on Thursday, in which he said that Assad's status would be decided by the Syrian people.

Apr 03 12:19

Donald Trump’s Message of Cooperation to Bashar al-Assad

The editor-in-chief of Lebanon’s prestigious al-Akhbar newspaper, Ibrahim al-Amin, has revealed in his recent editorial that Tulsi Gabbard, the United States Representative for Hawaii whose trip to Syria in January and meeting with Bashar al-Assad was widely reported in media, had conveyed President Trump’s offer of cooperation to Assad during the meeting. The editorial in Arabic is full of detailed accounts of Gabbard's conversations with Assad, her airport handlers, security detail, etc. Although al-Akhbar newspaper generally takes the side of the Assad regime against the Syrian opposition but its reporting over the years, particularly on the conflict in Syria, has been fairly balanced, insightful and highly credible.

Apr 03 12:12

News Alert: Simultaneous Terror Attacks in St Petersburg and against Russian Embassy in Damascus?

15:47 (local time)

The National Antiterrorist Committee (NAC) reported on the deaths and injuries of the explosion in the metro of St. Petersburg. “Today around 14:40 Moscow time, an explosion of an unknown explosive device occurred in a train carriage on the runway between the metro stations Technological Institute and Sennaya Ploshchad in St. Petersburg, resulting in deaths and injuries,” the NAC said.

It is worth noting that this attack occurred less than an hour after an attempted terrorist attack against the Russian Embassy in Damascus at 14.00 (contradictory report yet to be confirmed) (Damascus and Moscow are on the same time zone).

According to Fort Russ:

Apr 03 11:27

Terrorists Attack Russian Embassy in Damascus

At around 14:00 local time, terrorists, belonging to the group Hayat Tahrir Al Sham started to fire mortars and rockets towards the Russia Embassy building in Al Mazraa district of Damascus, Syria's capital city. About 20 shells are rockets are said to have been fired, none, however, hit the target. There are no reports on casualties either. In a response, Russian Air Force launched intense strikes on Hayat Tahrir Al Sham positions in Jobar, located in the eastern countryside of Damascus.

Apr 03 11:25

Syrian Forces Retake the Key Strategic Town of Maardis in Hama

Syrian forces managed to regain control of the key strategic town of Maardis, located in the northern countryside of Hama province. Maardis was the last key strategic town that was awaiting liberation by the Syrian forces. The latest move pretty much concludes the fate of a large-scale offensive by the terrorist group Al Nusra Front and its allies that started on Wednesday, March 22nd.

Apr 02 09:23

Assange: ‘Trump in Conflict with CIA Over Syria Policy’

This interview with WikiLeaks head Julian Assange might explain John McCain’s recent angry outburst over the Trump Administration’s announcement that ‘Assad can stay’ as leader in Syria.

Syrianna Analysis: “On the German DW-TV channel, Julian Assange said there is a serious conflict between President Donald Trump and the CIA over Syria. The CIA and other security apparatuses don’t want him to change the foreign policy of Washington towards Syria.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the military escalation isn't coming from Trump, but the defiant intelligence community!

Apr 01 09:17

Trump's Shift on Assad Gives Hope to Syria, Prompts McCain's Resentment

Washington's foreign policy shift toward Syria apparently signals that the Trump administration has recognized that their predecessors' Syrian strategy was highly inefficient. It also shows that the White House is likely to adopt a more pragmatic stance toward Damascus.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love to see McCain pissed off! :)

Apr 01 08:00

FLASHBACK 2013 - Pro-Israeli US lawmakers urge bombing Syria air bases, arming militants, invasion

Top US Republican lawmakers have again called for further American actions against Syria, including the bombing of its air bases, leading a multi-nation invasion of the country and sending lethal weapons to anti-Damascus militant gangs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh? How did that work out?

Mar 31 20:24

White House says US must accept political reality in Syria

The White House said on Friday that the United States must accept the political reality that the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is up to the Syrian people and the U.S. focus in the region must be on defeating Islamic State militants.

Mar 31 17:46

U.S. Says It Is No Longer Interested In Forcing Assad To Step Down; Focused On ISIS Instead

By Brandon Turbeville

After showing signs of ratcheting up the Obama war policy against Syria and the government of Bashar al-Assad, the U.S. government has released an official statement that has shocked many on both the pro-Syria and opposition sides. According to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, the United States is no longer concerned with forcing Assad to leave power and instead will be focused on “defeating ISIS.”

“You pick and choose your battles and when we’re looking at this, it’s about changing up priorities and our priority is no longer to sit there and focus on getting Assad out,” she told a small group of reporters...

Mar 31 11:19

STEINITZ TO JPOST: IRAN’S TRACTION IN SYRIA A GREATER THREAT TO ISRAEL THAN ISIS

As world powers focus on toppling ISIS, Iran is quietly gaining traction in Syria – posing a direct threat to Israel, eastern Mediterranean countries and the entire Arabian Peninsula, according to National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steinitz.

“It’s very easy and convenient to focus on ISIS,” he told The Jerusalem Post. “But we have two challenges in Syria.

One is ISIS and one is Iran.

The greater threat is coming from Iran, and not just from its nuclear program. The most immediate and urgent threat is the Iranian plan to transform Syria, after this horrible, brutal civil war is over, into some kind of extension of Iran.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is both interesting that Yuval makes this fact-free charge, and that the alleged JP journalist recording the interview does not challenge him on this.

While it is true that Russia has used an Iranian base from which to stage bombing raids in Syria last year,

Russia Sends Bombers to Syria Using Base in Iran

However, Iran has no permanent bases in Syria, and in fact, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has been foaming at the mouth recently about an alleged Iranian Naval base in Syria...which does not exist.

Bibi Netanyahu furious over non-existent threat of ‘Iranian naval base’ in Syria

And BTW, if you have not seen this video, please do so. It was done by a very charming, bright Israeli videographer, who decided to travel to Iran, and determine how the Jewish people in Iran are doing; the short answer is, they're thriving.

Video: Don't Tell Mother I'm In Iran

Mar 31 09:25

European Parliament visits Syria, "shocked" by Russia's humanitarian aid

Russian and European MP’s, including the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Pedro Agramunt Font de Mora, have just completed a visit to Syria, where they had the opportunity to take a fresh look at the situation in the country compared to Western media.

According to a member of the delegation and European Parliament, Jaromir Kohlicek, “The events taking place here [in Syria] seriously contradict the reports of European and Czech media.”

Mar 31 08:12

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – MARCH 31, 2017: GOVT FORCES REGAIN LARGE AREAS IN NORTHERN HAMA

Government forces have restored control over Khirbat al-Hajamah, Zawr al Bala, Bakhira, Arzeh and Balhiseen from the joint militant forces led by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in northern Hama. The advances were made because of an advantage in artillery and airpower in the area. The Syrian army’s Tiger Forces, the National Defense Forces and the 5th Legion entered Majdal, Tell Bijo and Khattab. But these sites still have to be secured.

The control over the strategic Mount Zayn al-Abdeen would allow government troops to further pound militant units operating in the area north of Qhomana.

Mar 31 07:52

Pentagon No Longer Will Say How Many Troops Are in Iraq, Syria

(*The Trump/Tillerson Pentagon has determined we're better off not knowing , and keep an eye on Spicer's press conferences for when , and if the unallegiant press corp starts grilling him for those numbers . Using your own investigative skills , should not only apply to members of the press)

Mar 30 14:31

Al-Qaeda Agrees to Temporary Ceasefire in Syria. Guess Who Vouches For Them?

Jaish al-Fatah, a coalition of Islamist "rebel" factions that teamed up with Al-Nusra Front, has agreed to a deal to allow the evacuation of four besieged areas in Syria.

Mar 30 13:22

Al Gore: Climate Change is “PRINCIPAL” Cause of Syrian War

Can you say: “out of touch”?

Mar 30 10:29

Turkey Rebrands Syria Operation, No Troop Changes

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yilidrim made a surprise announcement today, declaring that Operation Euphrates Shield, the name for the Turkish military’s invasion of Syria, which began in August of last year, has come to an end. Unsurprisingly, it’s not actually true.

This may, however, hint at a change in strategy for the Turkish military forces in the country, as they’ve seized all the readily accessible ISIS territory and seem to be shifting toward more fights against Kurdish forces further to the east. In all likelihood this will mean an escalation of the operation, with the Kurdish forces heavily backed by the US.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As the US and Kurdish forces work to wrest bits of Syria and Iraq away from those countries to create a "Greater Kurdistan", things could get... very awkward for Turkey, a NATO member, very quickly.

Mar 30 10:25

US Wars Escalate Across Middle East, With No End in Sight

Hardly a week goes by lately without the US sending more ground troops to Syria. At the same time, more troops are headed to Iraq, amid record numbers of US airstrikes and soaring civilian deaths that go along with them. Officials are also pushing heavily for the Trump Administration to sign off on an escalation in direct US involvement in Yemen.

President Trump’s promise to “fight to win” is seen as driving a lot of these escalations, or at the very least giving top military officials reason to think they can push military escalations as a matter of course across the Middle East and Northern Africa, and the signs are that this escalation is far from completed.

This has led to more troops, more strikes, less restrictions, and basically more of everything, though some former officials are cautioning that the one thing that seems not to be coming with it is an escalation of planning for what to do after the fighting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please; unless there is a unified and coherent US military strategy for these troop escalations, just throwing more troops at the situations in these countries will not help.

Mar 30 09:30

Assad’s fate ‘to be decided by Syrian people,’ says Tillerson

At a news conference in the Turkish capital, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appeared to suggest the end of Bashar Assad’s presidency was no longer a prerequisite for a way out of the Syrian crisis, in a U-turn from Washington’s long-held policy.

“I think the ... longer term status of President Assad will be decided by the Syrian people,” said Tillerson at a joint conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevut Cavusoglu on Thursday, AFP reported.

Mar 30 08:42

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – MARCH 30, 2017: SYRIAN ARMY REGAINING GROUND IN NORTHERN HAMA

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the 5th Legion, and the Tiger Forces successfully counter-attacked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), Ahrar al-Sham, Jaish al-Izzah, and Abnaa al-Sham in northern Hama, recapturing the Samsam hill, the nearby points north of Qumhana, and the al-Sheha hill south of Arzah. If government forces are able to retake Khattab from HTS-led forces, this will mean that they retake the initiative in the area.

Pro-government sources reported that the militants had suffered major casualties in the recent clashes but didn’t provide numbers. Meanwhile, about 20 Syrian soldiers were reportedly killed by HTS-led forces in the area of Majdal.

Mar 30 07:20

Hezbollah, Syrian Army Engage in Fierce Clashes with Terrorists near Syria Border with Lebanon

The Lebanese Hezbollah Resistance Movement and the Syrian Army troops fended off a heavy offensive of the Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) in a town in Northwestern Damascus, killing a number of terrorists, including a commander.

Mar 30 07:20

Syria: Hundreds of Gunmen, Family Members Leave Key District in Homs

Local sources in Homs said on Monday that over 250 gunmen along with their family members were evacuated from al-Wa'er district in the Northwestern outskirts of Homs city in line with the peace agreement between the militants and the Syrian army.

The sources said that the second group of gunmen and their family members that refused to lay down arms to receive amnesty from the Syrian government left al-Wa'er district.

Mar 29 13:22

Trump decided to block Syrian army advance in preparation for Syria partition

This info. is a confirmation of what I revealed in other articles I wrote recently. Once I saw who the US forces were teaming up with I knew the fix was in to prevent Assad's forces from taking control of Raqqa, and also allow the US and the Kurds to set up the border lines for a new country they call Kurdistan. This is a direct violation of an earlier agreement that was to maintain Syrian borders and control. The partitioning of Syria is the beginning of taking the Syrian territory away from Assad one slice at a time. That is not helping the Syrians by any stretch of the imagination - it is a declaration of war against them by the US government!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, Syria can be broken up, but Russia "stole" Crimea?

Mar 29 10:56

Russian top diplomat suspects Jabhat al-Nusra could be used to topple Assad

Suspicions remain that the Jabhat al-Nusra terror group could be used to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with the US National Interest magazine. According to the diplomat, before Russia "moved there with its air force, the US coalition was very rarely hitting ISIL positions and almost never hitting the positions of Jabhat al-Nusra, which many people believe has been spared just in case at some point they might be needed to topple the regime." "This feeling, this suspicion, is still very much alive these days, when Jabhat al-Nusra already twice changed its name, but it never changed its sponsors who continue to pump money and whatever is necessary for fighting into this structure," Lavrov noted adding that "people know this"...

Mar 29 10:53

More than 500 militants in Syria’s Homs return to civilian life

About 530 militants in the northern suburbs of the Syrian city of Homs decided to lay down arms and return to peaceful life. All the rest will be transported to the north of the country within the next six weeks together with their family members, Governor of the Homs Province, Talal al-Barazi, told reporters. The second stage of the withdrawal of armed units in al-Waer, a suburb in the north of the city Homs (165 kilometers away from Damascus) began earlier this week. Some militants in this area decided to take advantage of the amnesty declared by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and return to a peaceful life agreeing to be checked by the law enforcement forces...

Mar 29 09:04

Panic spreads in Iraq, Syria as record numbers of civilians are reported killed in U.S. strikes

A sharp rise in the number of civilians reported killed in U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria is spreading panic, deepening mistrust and triggering accusations that the United States and its partners may be acting without sufficient regard for lives of noncombatants.

The increase comes as local ground forces backed by air support from a U.S.-led coalition close in on the Islamic State’s two main urban bastions — Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq.

Mar 29 08:14

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – MARCH 29, 2017: ADVANCE ON JIRAH MILITARY AIRBASE

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) have recaptured the villages of Jubb Madi, Zakia, and Rasm al-Khamis ash-Sharqi from ISIS terrorists in the Deir Hafer plain in the northern province of Aleppo.

The important crossroad town of al-Mahdum is the next target of the government operation. Then, government forces will likely attempt to outflank the ISIS-held Jirah Military Airbase from the southern direction and to encircle it.

Heavy clashes continued in northern Hama with the joint militant forces attempting to capture the government stronghold of Hama.

Mar 29 05:25

Russian Air Force Achieves New High Score in Al-Qaeda Whack-a-Mole

Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), "al-Qaeda's latest incarnation in Syria", has spent the last week dodging Russian and Syrian airstrikes near Hama. It wasn't supposed to be this way. The coalition of head-choppers had assembled an army of 10,000 fanatics to storm Hama and turn it into a "moderate" paradise. But they forgot about "Russian meddling". "A number of militant formations attempted to seize the city of Hama since March 21. In the area under opposition control a group was formed numbering more than 10,000, with the foundation of Jabhat al-Nusra and bandit formations that joined them," chief of the Russian General Staff Main Operational Directorate Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy said. Over 2,100 militants have been killed in four days, with the operation continuing to this day and Syrian troops entering a counteroffensive, Rudskoy added.

Mar 29 05:22

US Proxies Set Stage for Syria Balkanization

A leading Kurdish politician has confirmed that "the northern Syrian city of Raqqa is expected to join a decentralized system of government being set up by Syrian Kurdish groups and their allies once it is freed from Islamic State," according to Reuters. Saleh Muslim, the co-chair of the Syrian Kurdish PYD party, made his comments on the same day that a U.S.-led operation near Raqqa blocked "any advance by Syrian government forces from the west". In other words, the U.S. has reserved Raqqa for its proxies. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov responded to the move by reminding Washington that fighting Islamic State should not be used as an excuse to jeopardize Syria's territorial integrity... The Russians have always been aware of U.S. plans to pull Raqqa into a "decentralized" government — which would be the first step towards balkanizing Syria...

Mar 29 04:48

Terrorists bombing using IED targets bus in Homs city, killing 5 and injuring 6. Three people injured, power plant damaged in terrorist rocket attacks in Hama

SANA’s correspondent in Homs said that the terrorist bombing targeted a small passenger bus which was in al-Siteen Street in al-Zahra’a neighborhood, and that the attack killed 3 people and injured 5 others. Later, the Health Director in Homs said that the number of victims of the terrorist bombing has risen to 5 dead and 6 injured.
SANA reporter in Hama said that terrorists of Jabhat al-Nusra positioned in the northern countryside of the province shelled residential neighborhoods of Mahardeh city with a number of rocket shells, injuring three people and causing material damage to citizens’ houses and properties. The reporter added that 9 rocket shells were fired by Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists on Mahardeh power plant, causing material damage to it. http://sana.sy/en/?p=103170

Mar 29 04:45

Syrian Arab Republic delegation to Geneva talks to meet de Mistura today

The Syrian Arab Republic delegation to the 5th round of intra-Syrian dialogue in Geneva is scheduled to hold a new session of talks with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura on Wednesday afternoon, according to the UN. Earlier on Monday, the Syrian Arab Republic delegation met with de Mistura’s deputy Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy and presented to him a paper of basic principles for properly beginning any debate regarding the constitutional process to Ramzy for him to pass to the other sides, and before that on Saturday the delegation held a session of talks with de Mistura during which they presented to him a paper on combating terrorism. The fifth round of intra-Syrian dialogue began on March 23rd in Geneva, following the 4th round which was concluded on March 3rd after approving an agenda covering four baskets, one of them being combating terrorism.

Mar 28 16:51

Ending Syria’s Nightmare Will Take Pressure From Below

Ominous developments in East Syria have drawn the United States and Russia into closer proximity increasing the likelihood of a violent confrontation. The Trump administration has embarked on a dangerous plan to defeat the terrorist militia, ISIS, in Raqqa.

Mar 28 14:42

US Forces Block Syrian Army Advance To Raqqa

It looks like US forces are blocking the advance of the Syrian army in preparation for the partition of Syria.

Mar 28 14:31

British Woman Fighting Against ISIS In Syria Says MI5 Targeting Her Family

The first British female fighter to join the battle against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Syria says UK intelligence agency MI5 is targeting her family, who are now “afraid for their own safety.”

Mar 28 13:19

Syria Threatens To Fire SCUD Missiles Into Israel If Attacked Again

By Brandon Turbeville

According to a report by Lebanese media, Syria has issued a very serious warning to Israel – bomb Syria again and SCUD missiles will rain down on Israel.

According to the report by al-Diyar, the message was delivered via Russian officials. It quite clearly stated that, if Israel attacks Syria again, Syria will respond with deadly force, including the use of SCUD missiles against Israeli targets...

Mar 28 12:26

What is Israel’s Agenda in Syria?

Last week Israel launched yet another airstrike against Syria, and as usual – no condemnation for the UN or the international community. This time, Syria finally fired back.

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"What do you mean, 'they shot back!' Are they allowed to do that?!?" -- Nodding Yahoo

Mar 28 08:40

Video: Syrian ‘Refugees’ In Germany Start Street Battle, Chant “Allahu Akbar”

Syrian refugees in the northern German city of Peine started a street fight with other migrants on Saturday night, as the two groups pelted each with stones while chanting “Allahu Akbar” before police moved in to stop the riot.

Mar 28 08:36

Peace Returns to the Streets of Aleppo

Anyone who has ever been to Syria has shared memories of ubiquitous olive groves and orange gardens, diligently cultivated by local farmers. Plowed fields and sun-lit greenhouses were an inseparable part of a typical Syrian rural landscape. However, the picture has changed, and not for the better. Spirit of distress came instead of prosperity, and fruitful gardens were devastated by the flames of war.

Mar 28 07:47

Rex Tillerson Once Again Mentions “Safe Zones” In Syria

By Brandon Turbeville

It’s another day under a new administration and still we hear the rumblings of the plan to create “safe zones” in Syria. However, in characteristic Trump administration fashion, Department of State has yet to specify whether or not the “safe zones” in question will be the traditional “No-Fly Zone” of the Libyan variety or some other concoction of military force. Nevertheless, the political groundwork is currently being laid by the Secretary of State for their implementation whatever form they may take.

Speaking before the 68-war crime coalition of states backing the destruction of Syria, Rex Tillerson stated that the United States would set up “interim zones of stability” for the purpose of helping refugees return home...

Mar 28 07:35

Israel's airstrike on Syria spooks Middle East

Israeli warplanes carrying out airstrikes on a shipment of Iranian arms to Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas in Syria managed to evade Syrian air-defense missiles but the incident is a graphic demonstration of how the war has the potential to further inflame the region.

There are likely to be further Israeli airstrikes against Hezbol­lah in Syria, reflecting deepening Israeli concerns that Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and their Lebanese ally are establish­ing a new front on the divided Go­lan Heights from which to fight the Jewish state.

Mar 27 12:33

Despite Campaign Promises, Trump Set To Outdo Obama On Military Adventurism

When asked about Trump attitudes toward war, MIT professor and renowned linguist and political analyst Noam Chomsky told MintPress News that the idea that he was an anti-war candidate “was based on his criticisms of the Iraq and Libya attacks (which, contrary to his lies, he supported) and his ambiguous statements about reducing tensions with Russia – a good thing, if he meant it. But his actual policies are extremely dangerous.”

“[This includes] the sharp increase in the military budget, the weakening of restrictions on drone strikes, and the wild charges about Iran,” Chomsky said, adding that what really worries those who pay attention to these issues “is his megalomania and unpredictability…we know how someone who goes berserk over minor slights might react in a moment of crisis.”

Mar 27 12:00

Breaking: Washington Sponsored State of “Great Kurdistan” To Be Created in Syria And Iraq.

This report is yet to be fully confirmed (GR Editor)

Inside Syria Media Center has obtained proofs of plans to create a state of Great Kurdistan.

According to the documents at our disposal, the U.S. authorities and the Syrian Kurds reached an agreement past week on the boundaries of the Kurdish autonomy in the territory of Syria, which had been guaranteed to Kurds in case of capturing Raqqa and Al-Tabqah (34 miles to the West of Raqqa). This confirms the reports about the U.S. plans to divide Syria.

In addition, Washington has already defined the boundaries of the new state of the Great Kurdistan on the territory of Syria and Iraq. It is to be created after ISIS defeat and the final collapse of Syrian Arab Republic. According to the U.S. military, Kurds remain the only force capable of defeating ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this report is true, I have to wonder: has the leadership in Baghdad or Damascus been consulted about their involuntarily losing bits of their countries to establish an Independent Kurdistan?!?

Have either of these countries consented to this balkanisation, which is precisely what Israel wanted as an outcome from the US invasion and occupation of Iraq?!?

I have to think that the short answer is, no.

And will this new nation become yet another place from which the US military will be projecting more military power in the Middle East?!?

Mar 27 11:07

Syria Threatens Scud Strikes If Israel Attacks Again

Israel had been intermittently attacking Syrian military targets throughout the Syrian Civil War, but that conflict has escalated dramatically in recent weeks, with Syria resisting larger Israeli strikes with anti-aircraft missiles, and Israel continuing to strike, and threatening to wipe out Syria’s air defenses outright.

Syria has a considerable cache of Scud missiles, which it acquired over the years in large part related to their ongoing arms race with Israel. Syrian officials reportedly threatened to hit military bases in northern Israel, and potentially strikes against the Haifa Port if Israel attacks civilian targets in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Syrian President Al-Assad, a word, please; do NOT give the Israeli government the "justification" for Israel and the US to go into Syria militarily, by using these scud weapons.

Right now, your best recourse is appealing to Russia President Putin for the best defensive weapons they can provide you.

Mar 27 10:43

Kurdish forces enter Tabqa airbase west of Syria's Raqqa

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) entered the Tabqa airport west of the northern city of Raqqa on Sunday, following battles with the Islamic State (IS) group, the SDF spokesman told Xinhua.

The SDF entered the Tabqa airport in the city bearing the same name in the western countryside of Raqqa Province, the de facto capital of the IS.

Talal Silo, the SDF military spokesman, said the battles with the IS militants are taking place inside and around the airport, adding that the facility will be declared liberated from IS within hours.

Silo said the achievement comes with the help of only the U.S.-led anti-terror coalition, the main backer to the Kurdish groups in northern Syria.

The Syrian army did not join in the attack on Tabqa, he added.

Mar 27 09:13

US Forces Block Syrian Army Advance in Preparation For Syria Partition

The road to Raqqa is now blocked by U.S. forces and their allies. The chances that Raqqa (and the surrounding region) will be returned to Syria are now slim to none. Foreign armies and their proxies are sharpening their carving knives.

U.S. Special Forces and Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters have just captured a "strategic air base" from Islamic State in northern Syria; in doing so, they have also "blocked" the advance of the Syrian Army as it approaches Raqqa from the west:

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on Sunday that they captured the Tabqa air base, 45km west of Raqqa, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group's de facto capital in Syria.

Earlier this week, US forces airlifted SDF fighters behind ISIL lines to allow them to launch the Tabqa assault, and on Friday the alliance reached one of the dam's entrances.

Mar 26 14:39

Defeating the Islamic State group: A war mired in contradictions

James Dorsey says US tolerance of Saudi support for Al-Qaeda in Yemen, Syria and Iraq may allow for short-term gains against the Islamic State group but will only create greater jihadist problems down the road.

Mar 26 09:44

Congress Needs to Stop Trump’s Escalation of the War on Syria

? During the 2016 GOP presidential primaries and on through to the end of last year’s general election campaign, candidate Donald J. Trump repeatedly derided the fact that the United States had spent upward of $6 trillion dollars on wars in the Middle East because we, in his words, “have nothing to show for it.” One might then have reasonably expected Trump to begin the process of unwinding our overstretched positions in the region when he became president.

But alas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That there is utterly zero debate on this (and on the US government's enabling of Saudi Arabia's invasion and occupation of Yemen) disgusts me thoroughly.

Our "alleged" Congressional Representatives collectively have the moral sense of a dead tree stump (and you KNOW I will get enraged emails and texts from dead tree stumps on this analogy!).

But what really, deeply concerns me is, how willing is the US government to go to war with Russia over Syria?!?

Because should the US military escalate even further, it is nearly a dead moral certainty that this will happen.

Russia has been invited by the Al Assad government to get rid of the jihadists, and combined with the Syrian military, are doing just that rather successfully.

The US military has not been invited here, and such a conflict appears to be to be a question of when, and not if.

I just hope and pray that Sec Def Mattis understands that at this point in its history, the American military doesn't have the weapons; the manufacturing; the troop strength, or the money to ensure a successful outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

Mar 26 09:04

US Will Keep Ground Troops in Libya

In a press briefing at the Pentagon today, African Command leader Gen. Thomas Waldhauser announced that the US intends to keep ground troops in Libya for the foreseeable future to support “friendly forces,” and to “degrade” the ISIS forces that remain in the country.

Waldhauser did not specify how many US troops are in Libya now, or how many will stay, but did estimate that there were less than 200 ISIS fighters left in Libya. The US had announced the end of the anti-ISIS campaign in Libya back in December, but never fully withdrew from the country.

The US forces were in Libya trying to help the “unity” government defeat ISIS in the city of Sirte. US officials repeatedly claimed the city was totally surrounded, and that no ISIS fighters would get away, though when the fighting finally ended, a substantial number of ISIS fighters did in fact get away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: this is "military-speak" for the reality that the US government is never leaving Libya because of the oil and the oil pipelines.

Mar 26 08:58

Checkmate in Syria: Erdogan Thought He Could Outmaneuver Putin

Turkey’s partnership with Russia in Syria is proving a disappointment for Erdogan — leaving Ankara little choice but to accept Russian protection for the Kurds

Mar 26 08:57

MEGA BEX - Climate Change Caused Brexit Explains Al Gore…

Gore, who was speaking at an event to promote his latest global warming propaganda documentary – An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power – said the Brexit vote in Britain last summer was the result of “political instability” created by the “stress” caused by climate-change induced chaos in the Middle East.

It all began in Syria, Gore explained, unchallenged by a fawning interviewer from the film magazine Empire.

He proceeded to outline his lavishly complex climate conspiracy theory involving climate change, Syria, and Wikileaks:

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