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Sep 21 10:54

When Russia Called to Get US to Stop Syria Strike, US Official Wasn’t There

Weekend US airstrikes against a Syrian army base in Deir Ezzor, a protracted error which killed 83 Syrian soldiers and opened up the base for ISIS to overrun it, carried on longer than it should have, because when Russia made the call to warn the Americans, the guy who was supposed to answer it wasn’t there.

The Russian military called and asked to speak to this “point of contact” official at the coordinating center which is running the US-led bombing campaigns in Syria, and were told he wasn’t available. The Russians called back again and finally got somebody who understood that the US was bombing the wrong target.

The Pentagon dismissed concern about the lapse, saying the contact “wasn’t expecting a call” and therefore didn’t feel obliged to sit next to the phone. Yet as intense US airstrikes were ongoing, in the middle of a US-Russia negotiated ceasefire, it seems like it wasn’t a total shock that a call ended up made.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the deliberate absence of the US contact made sure that the bombing could last just long enough to coordinate with ISIS as they rushed in to overtake the area.

Sep 21 10:10

Kerry tells UN that Russia must ground Syria air force

US Secretary of State John Kerry demanded on Wednesday that Russia force Bashar al-Assad's regime to ground its air force in order to revive hopes of a ceasefire in Syria's civil war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This guy is delusional!

Sep 21 09:12

U.S. considers directly arming Syrian Kurds against Islamic State

The Obama administration is weighing a military plan to directly arm Syrian Kurdish fighters combating the Islamic State, a major policy shift that could speed up the offensive against the terrorist group but also sharply escalate tensions between Turkey and the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No, what the US is doing is turning the Kurds into "Plan B" to take out Assad, given that "Plan A", the phony rebels, are about to get kicked out of Syria!

Sep 21 09:11

US Destroying Syria’s Oil Infrastructure Under Guise of Fighting ISIS

The US is considering bombing pipelines in Syria, which it claims is in an attempt to cut off the huge profits being made by ISIS from captured oilfields.

The Independent quotes Julieta Valls Noyes, the deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs during a visit to London, that ISIS was making $2 million a day off oil sales and that the US would consider airstrikes as well as “kinetic strikes against some pipelines” and “actual physical action to stop the flow”.

The trouble with this justification for destroying Syria’s oil pipelines, is that ISIS does not have the capability to use the pipelines to transfer oil. ISIS transports the stolen oil on the back of trucks, and sells it on the black market in Turkey.

Sep 21 09:09

Foreign Ministry: Syria reserves its right in demanding US-led coalition to pay compensations for deliberate destruction of economic facilities

Damascus, SANA-Syria affirmed that the US-led coalition’s warplanes have launched tens of raids on the Syrian economic facilities instead of raiding the Islamic State (ISIS) organization and its tanks that transport the stolen Syrian oil into Turkey.

“The US-led coalition’s shelling of the economic facilities and infrastructure, and the unilateral coercive measures adopted by some countries on the Syrian people are the reason behind the mounting difficult conditions Syria is passing through,” Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said in two identical letters sent Wednesday to the UN Secretary General and President of Security Council.

Sep 21 08:52

BREAKING: SAA and Russia Destroy Two Al-Nusra Offensives as Ceasefire Collapses

At about 10:00 am Syrian time today, Syrian government troops, supported by Russian air forces, repelled an offensive by US supported Al-Nusra terrorists on the northern fringes of Syria's largest city of Aleppo on Tuesday, killing about 40 attackers, the RIA news agency quoted Russia's Defense Ministry as saying. Syrian troops repulsed this attack of militants on the northern outskirts of Aleppo, and regained control of the southern part of the district of Al-Shkeyf.

Sep 21 08:48

US coalition Predator drone spotted at time & place of aid convoy attack – Russian military

“On the evening of September 19, in that specific region, a drone belonging to the international condition, which had taken off from the Incirlik air base in Turkey, was flying at a height of 3,600 meters and traveling at around 200 kilometers per hour,” said Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov.

“The object was in the area around the town of Urm Al-Kubra, where the convoy was a few minutes before it caught fire,” Konashenkov added. “It left after about 30 minutes.”

Sep 21 08:45

White House: Russia to Blame Even If They Didn’t Attack Aid Convoy

Yesterday’s apparently airstrikes against a UN aid convoy, destroying between 18-20 trucks and killing some 14 Red Crescent volunteers took multiple turns today, with the US claiming they believe that a pair of Russian warplanes attacked the convoy, potentially as “revenge” for the American attack on a Syrian military base the day before, which killed 83 soldiers.

The Russians are denying this, of course, but perhaps the even more unusual angle is that White House officials have subsequently come forward to insist that the US holds Russia responsible for what happened to the convoy, even if they didn’t actually do it.

Sep 21 08:37

Russia provides definitive video proof that US backed ISIS jihadists attacked UN convoy in Syria

The Russian military released drone footage of a pickup truck carrying a heavy mortar and driving past the humanitarian convoy.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said in a statement…

“No airstrikes were carried out against a humanitarian aid convoy in a southwestern suburb of Aleppo by Russian or Syrian aviation. Seeing as the convoy’s route lied through the territories controlled by militants, the Russian reconciliation center monitored its passage yesterday via drones.”

Sep 21 08:31

Russia’s only aircraft carrier joins naval task force in Mediterranean

Putin is doublin down on his Syrian bet.

Russia's Minister of Defense, Sergey Shoygo, said that the aircraft cruiser "Admiral Kuznetsov" will join Russian warships in the eastern Mediterranean.

Earlier, military and diplomatic sources confirmed that the Russian flagship will participate in airstrikes against terrorists fighting the Syrian Army throughout Syria.

Sep 21 08:24

30 Israeli, Foreign Intelligence Officers Killed in Russia's Caliber Missile Attack in Aleppo

"The Russian warships fired three Caliber missiles at the foreign officers' coordination operations room in Dar Ezza region in the Western part of Aleppo near Sam'an mountain, killing 30 Israeli and western officers," the Arabic-language service of the Russian Sputnik news agency quoted battlefield source in Aleppo as saying on Wednesday.

The operations room was located in the Western part of Aleppo province in the middle of sky-high Sam'an mountain and old caves. The region is deep into a chain of mountains.

Several US, Turkish, Saudi, Qatari and British officers were also killed along with the Israeli officers. The foreign officers who were killed in the Aleppo operations room were directing the terrorists' attacks in Aleppo and Idlib.

Sep 21 08:22

Lavrov rejects claims that aid convoy was hit by Syrian Air Force

The humanitarian convoy in Aleppo could not have been hit by Syria’s Air Force as the attack occurred in the dark when Syrian aircrafts do not fly, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has told the Rossiya 1 TV channel.

"Our military have already made the statements that our aviation did not work there. The Syrian aviation could not work as the attack on the convoy occurred during the hours of darkness," said Lavrov, who is attending the session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

"The Syrian Air Force does not fly at this time, they don’t have such possibilities, and the attack occurred at the moment when the humanitarian cargo was being unloaded in eastern Aleppo," he explained.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now who does that leave?

Sep 20 23:38

WARNING : Russia Issues New "Rules of Engagement" in Syria: Any Aircraft Threatening the Syrian Army WILL BE SHOT DOWN (US/Turkey/Israel in the cross-hairs!)

If the US and its "coalition" are, in fact, covering for ISIS, then the end for that is near. Russia issued new Rules of Engagement today, instructing its air forces and Surface-to-Air missile batteries that they are to shoot down any aircraft threatening Syrian Army forces.

So the next "mistake" by a US pilot, will very likely be the last mistake that pilot makes. Once the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system "locks-on" to an aircraft, there is no escape and no defense. The system cannot be jammed and its missiles cannot be fooled by flares or chaff. An S-300 absolutely, positively, will hit and kill any aircraft it is fired at.

This is also bad news for Turkey, which also has troops and planes operating inside Syria without permission. If a Turk aircraft attacks a Syrian Army unit, it, too, will be shot down.

Israel is also in trouble with these news rules of engagement. Israel has been sending the Israeli Air Force to strike areas of the occupied Golan Heights – official Syrian territory. Israeli jets will now be shot down if they attack a Syrian Army position.

Sep 20 15:38

Syria Solidarity Movement Statement On The US Attack Against The Syrian Army At Deir Ez-Zour

The Syria Solidarity Movement unequivocally condemns and denounces the vicious US bombing attack on the Syrian army defending Deir ez-Zour, and we wish to make the following observations.

The attack killed at least 62 Syrian soldiers and wounded more than 100. This is larger than the number of casualties inflicted in any US bombing on any terrorist target in Syria since the US announced its “war on ISIS”.

Sep 20 12:21

War Of Words Between Russia, U.S. After Emergency UNSC Meeting

By Brandon Turbeville

The American airstrikes on Syrian forces in Deir al-Zour on Saturday have produced a chain reaction throughout the diplomatic world, with Russia calling an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council regarding the attacks and causing a war of words between Russian and American ambassadors...

Sep 20 11:12

Obama is Protecting the Terrorists, America to the Rescue of ISIS-ISIL-Daesh. Testimonies of Syrian Soldiers Who Witnessed the US Airstrikes

These testimonies by Syrian soldiers who are fighting the Islamic State rebels (ISIS-Daesh) confirm what we already know.

The United States of America is not fighting the terrorists in Syria.

The Obama administration, with the support of its allies including Turkey and Saudi Arabia, is supporting the Islamic State (ISIS Daesh)

Obama’s counterterrorism campaign in Syria and Iraq is bogus.

Read carefully:

The testimonies confirm the unspoken truth:

OBAMA IS PROTECTING THE TERRORISTS

- We [Syrian soldiers] first thought the aircraft are support to us after the first 2 shots, but we quickly found out that they are targeting our forces aggressively, while we were fighting IS terrorists. The aircraft used cluster bombs against us.

- A day before the airstrikes, the [US] drones were flying and scanning all the area

- The US air-strikes destroyed all our equipment and defense points.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At this particular moment in time, although I love my country, I am not terribly proud to be an American, understanding full well the depth of carnage my government has created in the processes of attempting regime changes, invasions and occupations to expropriate resources to which it has no moral right, and partnering (as they have with Saudi Arabia) in war crimes.

Sep 20 10:47

Pentagon 'Succeeded in Ruining' Lavrov-Kerry Deal on Syria

The fragile ceasefire deal hammered out by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry earlier this month has been hanging in the balance, with the main threat coming from the Pentagon, Fyodor Lukyanov, editor-in-chief of Russia in Global Affairs, told newspaper Vzglyad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, the Pentagon is "at war" with the White House over Syria, this country, this government, and the world are in a very perilous state of affairs.

But I have to wonder; was this suggestion that the Pentagon caused this to happen created to offer Obama "plausible deniability" for the strike?!?

Because, if not, and if Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joseph Dunford, and US Sec-Def Ash Carter signed off on this without Presidential authority, they both need to be handed their hats, and immediately!!

Sep 20 09:57

Syria Ceasefire Collapses in Wake of Weekend US Airstrikes

The Syrian ceasefire formally ended today, with the Syrian military announcing it was no longer sustainable amid growing rebel strikes. This was seen as all but inevitable since Saturday, when a botched US airstrike killed 83 Syrian soldiers and allowed ISIS to advance into crucial area around the Deir Ezzor Airport.

The ceasefire was already fraying, and the US airstrike effectively obliged Syria and Russia to launch renewed airstrikes against ISIS in the area around Deir Ezzor, if only to try to reclaim some of the territory the US strike cost them around the vital airport.

The truce began last Monday evening, and was a rousing success for the first few days, with no civilian deaths for several days, giving the country a rare period of calm after several years of war. There were some skirmishes reported later in the week, however, and then the US strike, by far the deadliest incident of the week, set off a powderkeg.

Sep 20 09:35

Could Syria Cease Fire Failure Cause WW III? Michael Rivero - September 19, 2016

Sep 20 09:20

Video Shows American Soldiers Posing As “Rebels,” “Fleeing” Jihadists In Syria

In a series of reports floating around even some of the mainstream press organs, a video has emerged that reportedly shows U.S. “commandos” fleeing U.S.-backed rebels in the northern part of Syria.

The video shows what appears to be American soldiers riding in the backs of white Toyota pickups leaving the area that Turkish troops, with FSA terrorists in tow, recently conquered from “ISIS” militants. While many of the reports suggest that the soldiers are “fleeing” the scene, the men in the footage seem incredibly nonchalant for those who are trying to escape. Instead, they seem calm, even waving at the FSA terrorists shouting abuse at them as they drive away.

Sep 20 09:16

Israel To Get 38 Billion Dollars US Aid Package — Good Idea ?

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 — President Barack Obama‘s administration pledged the United States’ largest-ever military aid package to Israel on Wednesday — nearly $40 billion over 10 years.

A "memorandum of understanding" committing the US to providing $38 billion in military aid to Israel over the next ten years.

Sep 20 09:09

Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton – The debate

Question: What kind of foreign policy agenda can we expect?

Donald Trump is one of the most unorthodox presidential nominees in American electoral history. He is unpolished and very brash. But some of his foreign policy ideas are intriguing, even common sense. This terrifies and enrages the establishment.

The Hillary Doctrine: if elected, what kind of foreign policy agenda can we expect? Does Clinton hold an extreme view of American exceptionalism? And is she now a neoconservative?

Sep 20 09:05

U.N. suspends aid convoys in Syria after deadly attack on relief shipment

In Moscow, Russia’s Defense Minister strongly denied suggestions — carried by some Syrian activists — that its warplanes hit the convoy.

Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, a Defense Ministry spokesman, did not directly accuse rebel factions opposing the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a key Russian ally. But he said the fire in the aid convoy “strangely began” during a “massive rebel offensive” in the northern city of Aleppo.

The United States supports some opposition groups seeking to topple Assad. Both sides now blame the other for collapsing the cease-fire.

Sep 20 08:54

Ambassador Ala: US aggression on Syrian military site in Deir Ezzor deliberate and preplanned

“All facts indicate that the US attack on a Syrian military position in al-Tharda Mountain in Deir Ezzor was deliberate and pre-planned and aimed to pave the way for the ISIS terrorists to attack and take control over the site,” Syria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Ambassador Hussam Eddin Ala said on Monday.

Ala made his remarks during an interactive dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Syria at the 33th session of the Human Rights Council held at the UN headquarters in Geneva.

Sep 20 08:30

Moscow Denies Russian, Syrian Planes Struck Aleppo Aid Convoy

Russian and Syrian aircraft did not carry out any airstrikes against a UN humanitarian aid convoy near the city of Aleppo, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Tuesday. According to the general, the monitoring finished when all humanitarian aid was delivered at around 10:40 GMT. "Further movements of the convoy were not monitored by the Russian side. Only the militants controlling this area know details of the convoy’s location."

Sep 20 08:19

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Aleppo Media Centre’ Funded By French Foreign Office, EU and US

This Aleppo Media Centre pulled off a propaganda coup – one that generated calls for a No-Fly-Zone and associated western intervention policies all focused on salvaging the US failed road map of “regime change” in Syria. However, a number of independent international journalists, media analysts, and peace activists began to question the imagery and its source, which revealed some extremely disturbing details – not only about the picture itself, but more importantly about the organization who supplied it to an eager western media.

Sep 20 07:49

'Nobody Believes in It. Everyone on the Ground Knows They Are Jihadis.' -- US Special Forces Hate Their Syria Mission

“Nobody believes in it. You’re like, ‘Fuck this,'” a former Green Beret says of America’s covert and clandestine programs to train and arm Syrian militias. “Everyone on the ground knows they are jihadis. No one on the ground believes in this mission or this effort, and they know they are just training the next generation of jihadis, so they are sabotaging it by saying, ‘Fuck it, who cares?'”

Sep 20 07:43

US blames Russia after UN aid convoy in Syria targeted by air attack

The US said it blamed Russia for the attack on the convoy, whether or not Russian planes were involved, arguing Moscow was responsible under the ceasefire agreement for reining in Bashar al-Assad’s government forces.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given that the US 'accidentally' bombed Syrian forces, how do we know it wasn't the US that 'accidentally' bombed the aid convoy?

Sep 20 07:26

SYRIA: Negotiations and The Battlefield ~ Dr Bouthaina Shaaban

The moment the Syrian Arab Army liberates an area from terrorists, voices in the West begin to express worry about civilians and their humanitarian situation, calling for a truce and the delivery of aid! The harmony between the situation the terrorists find themselves in and the West’s worries has become apparent at different junctures.

This proves that the West, which had occupied Iraq with its own troops, has only changed its tactics, using instead proxies in the form of terrorist groups that are funded, armed, and directed from abroad. We saw many countries moving in their troops and heavy weapons when these terrorist groups failed to achieve the objectives planned for them.

Therefore, the results of the meeting between Kerry and Lavrov on 9 September indicates without a doubt that the difficulty of having any dialogue is rooted in the fact that it is between those who targeted Syria, and those who stood firm in protecting the Syrian state and people.

Sep 19 22:15

Syrian Army Destroys Leading al-Nusra Unit in Aleppo

It looks like the massacre of Syrian troops by the US has kind of backfired. Sorta like,"Remember The Alamo". Seems to have the Syrians and Russians motivated.

HMEIMIM (Sputnik) — Syrian government troops supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces have destroyed a leading unit of the Jabhat Fatah Al-Sham group, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, in Aleppo, the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation said in statement Tuesday.

Sep 19 19:47

Syrian Army Ends Ceasefire After US Airstrike Kills More Than 80 Soldiers Fighting Islamic State

By Baran Hines

Syrian government officials have declared the military will no longer observe the ceasefire agreed to by the United States and Russia one week ago. The goal of the agreed ceasefire was to end the fighting in the Syrian proxy war, eliminate terrorist groups in Syria and then negotiate a political agreement for reforms. Monday marked the end of a 7 day period which was supposed have reduced violence before the peace process could move to the next step of the US and Russia targeting Islamic State and Al Nusra terrorists.

The decision comes after the United States admitted to bombing Syrian military forces who were fighting the Islamic State on Saturday...

Sep 19 15:21

U.S. Allies 'Volunteer' To Share (Implausible) Blame For Deir Ezzor Attack

The Syrian government now says some 82 soldiers were killed in the attack which also destroyed 3 T-72 tanks, 3 infantry fighting vehicles, an anti-aircraft gun and at least 4 mortars. Following the attack the Islamic State troops stormed the Syrian government position on the Jabal Thardeh hill. They are now able to harass the airport of Deir Ezzor, the only supply line for the ISIS besieged city and the 150,000+ civilians living there under government protection. We note that this was not the first U.S. attack on Syrian government forces in Deir Ezzor. Back in December 3 Syrian soldiers were killed in an air raid. In June a U.S. air attack on Manbij killed some 100 civilians. No U.S. attack on any ISIS target in Syria ever came near such casualty numbers.

Sep 19 15:03

As Terror Attacks Hit Home, U.S. Caught “Bombing Syria to Aid ISIS”

Terrorism has again gripped the homeland, and there is circular causality in all of it.

Are we so distracted by what happens with the right hand, that we cannot see what the left hand is doing?

A bombing here, a bombing there... or, while you were snoozing:

After the United States launched an attack against Syrian forces in Deir al-Zour early on Saturday morning, Russia is now calling for an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council and an immediate explanation from the United States.

Read more at SHTF

Sep 19 14:52

Bombing resumes in Aleppo as Syria army ends ceasefire

LINK FIXED!

Damascus says truce is over and claims 'terrorists' have used seven-day lull to rearm while committing 300 violations.

Shells and bombs rained down on rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Monday soon after Syria's army declared an end to a week-long ceasefire agreed between Russia and the United States.

Damascus and its ally Moscow blamed rebels for the collapse of the truce,but Washington said the terms had not been met for a key aspect of the deal - US-Russia cooperation against militants.

Sep 19 14:40

ISIL's Centers in Deir Ezzur Receive Sever Blow in Russian, Syrian Air Attacks

Looks like they got Putin's dander up.

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian and Russian Air Force fighters launched fresh rounds of joint combat sorties over ISIL's positions in Deir Ezzur, inflicting major losses and casualties on the terrorists.

Sep 19 14:29

Syrian jets pound Aleppo as Syrian Army prepares to attack

The fellow on the phone with Mike has good sources.

ALEPPO, SYRIA (8:15 P.M.) - The Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAYF) has restarted their aerial campaign over the jihadist-controlled districts of Aleppo city on Monday, targeting several sites held by Jaysh Al-Fateh and Fatah Halab militants.

Sep 19 11:57

Video Shows American Soldiers Posing As “Rebels,” “Fleeing” Jihadists in Syria

By Brandon Turbeville

In a series of reports floating around even some of the mainstream press organs, a video has emerged that reportedly shows U.S. “commandos” fleeing U.S.-backed rebels in the northern part of Syria.

The video shows what appears to be American soldiers riding in the backs of white Toyota pickups leaving the area that Turkish troops, with FSA terrorists in tow, recently conquered from “ISIS” militants. While many of the reports suggest that the soldiers are “fleeing” the scene, the men in the footage seem incredibly nonchalant for those who are trying to escape. Instead, they seem calm, even waving at the FSA terrorists shouting abuse at them as they drive away...

Sep 19 11:37

US Desperately Pumps "Humanitarian" Smokescreen For Failing Syria Ceasefire

Washington’s lie about seeking a genuine ceasefire in Syria is in danger of being exposed for the world to see. So, hilariously, a charade is being hurriedly orchestrated in order to hide this ignominy. As usual, the Syrian government is being scapegoated for the real cause of violence in the country. That real cause is Washington’s state-sponsored terrorist-fueled war for regime change.

After four days of continuing deadly breaches by US-backed «rebels» since the Kerry-Lavrov ceasefire deal was implemented last Monday, Washington and the dutiful Western mainstream media are preparing the inevitable excuses.

Rather than focusing on ongoing «rebel» violence in contravention of the truce, US Secretary of State John Kerry fingered the Syrian government for preventing humanitarian access to insurgent-held eastern Aleppo as the reason for why the ceasefire is in danger of collapsing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wounded animals are dangerous.

And right now, the Clinton Cartel and their minions are feeling ...desperately wounded, by what might appear to some as a resounding, potential presidential triumph by Donald Trump.

Unfortunately, the closer it appears that Trump will win this election handily, the closer we are to a potential war against Russia, China, and Korea, as "payback" to Trump, even before he has had the opportunity to take the Oath of Office in January.

Democratic operatives will be ruthless in setting up Trump to fail, even if it means starting shooting wars with Russia, China, and Korea.

Sep 19 11:04

Russia Condemns Obama’s Decision to Conduct Illegal Air Strikes against Syrian Forces, Washington’s Objective was to Protect ISIS Terrorists

“It is highly suspicious that the United States chose to conduct this particular air strike at this time,” Russia’s ambassador Vitaly Churkin said.

“It was quite significant and not accidental that it happened just two days before the Russian-American arrangements were supposed to come into full force,” Churkin added.

“The beginning of work of the Joint Implementation Group was supposed to be September 19. So if the US wanted to conduct an effective strike on Al-Nusra or ISIS, in Deir ez-Zor or anywhere else, they could wait two more days and coordinate with our military and be sure that they are striking the right people.”

“Instead they chose to conduct this reckless operation,”

“So it may well be, one has to conclude, that the airstrike has been conducted in order to derail the operation of the Joint Implementation Group and actually prevent it from being set in motion,” …

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I a betting woman, I would almost be willing to bet that such US/Israeli/Australian attacks against Syrian forces, and perhaps - soon - against Russian forces in Syria- will be happening as well.

The goal of these attacks will be to goad Russia into a military response against US military assets, and the moment that happens, we will be looking at war with Russia.

Also, as reported at globalresearch.ca yesterday:

The ISIS launched attacks on the Syrian army positions in Deir Ezzor only 7 minutes after the US-led coalition’s airstrikes on Saturday, a military source said, adding that the air and ground assault were highly coordinated, According to FNA report. The source said after the coalition’s pounding of the Syrian army near Deir Ezzor airbase, the ISIS could take full control of al-Tharda mountain and then Deir Ezzor military base, adding that the army and national defense forces deployed near the airbase immediately won it back from the terrorists by launching a counterattack. Noting that Deir Ezzor is now almost in tranquility and no change has occurred in the military map of the region, the source said by attacking the Syrian army positions, the US seeks to prevent military operations to break the terrorists’ siege on the city.

And I have to ask myself; how could this not be true, if it only took ISIS 7 minutes after the US-lead coalition bombing attacks to attack this position?!?

Sep 19 09:36

ISIS Overruns Syrian Army Base After US Bombings

In the defense of the Deir Ezzor Airport, the Syrian military has long depended on an army base in Jebel Tharda to repel ISIS advances. That base has been lost this weekend, after a disastrous series of US-led airstrikes killed a large number of Syrian troops defending the base, and ISIS quickly overran what was left.

For over 20 minutes, the coalition warplanes attacked the base. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the attack killed at least 83 Syrian troops and wounded 120 others. The US Central Command claimed they thought the base belonged to ISIS.

It does now. With the forces decimated by the US attack, ISIS quickly overran the base. Syrian state media claimed an ongoing effort to recover the site, but it does not appear to have been successful yet, as ISIS managed to shoot down a Syrian warplane, flying out of Deir Ezzor Airport, over Jebel Tharda.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though this is just the outcome the US and Israel wanted to see happen here.

Sep 19 09:32

Payback? Syrian Armed Forces Reportedly Shoot Down US Spy Drone Over Deir ez-Zor

A US Air Force surveillance aircraft was reportedly downed on Sunday in the province of Deir ez-Zor, where American jets bombed Syrian forces encircled by Daesh militants a day earlier, killing 62 personnel.

According to Press TV, the Syrian Army brought down a UAV that was spotted hovering over mountains in the Jabal Therdeh area in the east of the province. AMN new agency, presenting itself a source of news from the Arabian world, specified that shots were fired by the Syrian Arab Army's 137th Artillery Brigade of the 17th Tank Division, though noting that drone managed to leave the Syrian airspace.

Sep 19 08:57

Syrian military declares U.S.-Russia-led ceasefire over

Syria’s military on Monday declared the seven-day initial period for a ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia over, without indicating whether the truce would reinstated.

It said in a statement that “terrorist groups,” a term the Syrian government uses to refer to all insurgents fighting against it, had failed to commit to any of the provisions of the deal, and had used the ceasefire to rearm while violating it 300 times.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is precisely the response the US government was hoping for, after its bombing of Syrian troops at Deir Ezzor.

Were I a betting woman, I would not bet against many more incursions into Syria, against both Syrian and Russian troops, by the US military.

Sep 19 08:52

U.S., ISRAEL LAUNCH AIRSTRIKES ON SYRIAN GOVERNMENT FORCES - DIRECTLY SUPPORTING ISIS AND AL-QAEDA

Earlier today the Syrian Arab Army had announced that 1,000 fresh soldiers arrived in Deir Ezzor to liberate it from ISIS.

The U.S. planes came from Erbil in the Kurdish separatist region of Iraq.

The Syrian troops were holding positions on Jabal Tharda, a mountain that overlooks Deir Ezzor's airport. The mountain is now fully under Islamic State control. With this IS has firecontrol over the airport and the Deir Ezzor garrison as well as more than 150,000 civilians living under government protection are thereby cut off from supplies and any further reinforcements. Government forces have launched a counterattack to regain the vital position.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So let me get my head around the reality that the US is working with Israeli in supporting Isis and Al Qaeda in Syria: any questions?!?!?

And that performance by U.S. Ambassador Power at the UN on Saturday at the emergency meeting called by Russia over the incident was extraordinarily cringeworthy, to say the least, and engineered to try to get a rise out of the Russian Ambassador, Churkin; the only thing that happened was, at one point, he walked out of the room.

And if Power was going to elaborate on atrocities, how about the atrocities committed by the US/Israeli enabled and funded Isis and Al Qaeda?!?

Sep 19 08:24

BREAKING - Syrian Army declares ceasefire over, unclear if it will be renewed

The initial seven days of the nationwide ceasefire in Syria have run their course, the Syrian Army has declared. It did not add whether the truce will be reinstated in the near future.

The Syrian Army's statement blames “terrorist groups” for jeopardizing the cessation of hostilities, Reuters reports.

Sep 19 08:18

Samantha Power walks out during UN Russian speech over US bombing of Syrian army

And I understand him. One look at Samantha Power is enough to understand, that there's just trouble in that head. Diplomat, the representative of the leading country at the highest international body, comes out for solo performance looking not like a diplomat but an old tramp that was just dragged out of bed, with a hangover. It's clear that this did not escape the eye of all the participants of the meeting of the Security Council. They just diplomatically talked about something else. Including the inappropriate behavior.

According to Churkin, when he began to share with the audience his concerns over Syria (a US strike in Deir ez-Zor on SAR troops), Samantha Power did not listen. Instead, she walked out to talk to the press, where she began to spit out nonsense about Russian-bombed hospitals and a breach of agreements - saying the moderates are bombed. Clearly, the woman had a hangover, had nothing to say, but did not have the energy to listen to criticism. So she exploded.

Sep 19 08:17

Leaked: Source Reveals Coordination between US, ISIS in Attacking Syrian Army

The source said the simultaneous raid of the ISIL terrorists immediately after the coalition airstrikes is the best evidence of the high coordination done between the US and the terrorists.

Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday that four strikes against Syrian positions had been delivered by US-led coalition aircraft, including two F-16 jet fighters and two A-10 support aircraft.

The Syrian military called the bombing a “serious and blatant aggression” against Syrian forces, and said it was “conclusive evidence” that the US and its allies support ISIL militants.

Also on Sunday, the Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman blasted Washington over the recent airstrikes near Deir Ezzor, and said such moves serves the interests of the ISIS terror group.

Sep 19 08:16

US airstrikes on Syrian airbase intentional, says aide to Assad

A senior adviser to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has accused US-led coalition forces of carrying out "intentional" airstrikes against a Syrian military airbase in Dayr al-Zawr province, where 62 soldiers were killed.

Buthaina Shaaban said in an interview with AFP on Sunday, "None of the facts on the ground show that what happened was a mistake or a coincidence."

The Syrian official also blamed Washington and its allies for colluding with the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group in the region.

"Everything was calculated and Daesh knew about it.... Even Russia reached the terrifying conclusion that the United States is colluding with Daesh," Shaaban stated, adding, "When Daesh advanced, the raids stopped."

Sep 19 08:09

Obama arrives for UN General Assembly meeting amid tensions with Putin: The President lands in New York as furious Russia condemns 'accidental' US airstrike on Assad's forces in Syria 

President Barack Obama arrived in New York for his final appearance at the U.N. General Assembly - as the Syrian cease-fire agreement with Russia teeters on on the verge of collapse.

Just over a week after Obama and Vladimir Putin's tense 'pull-aside' meetings on the bloody conflict at the G20 summit in China, the President flew into Manhattan ahead of his speech at the United Nations on Tuesday.

The Syrian conflict will be a major topic of concerns at the assembly, after the UN security council was forced to call an emergency meeting Saturday over air strikes by the US-led coalition.

Sep 19 08:07

Reports: Russia gives Syria green light to shoot down Israeli planes

After Israel attacked the Assad regime’s military positions in response to projectiles fired from Syria that exploded inside Israel, Russia called on Israel to show restraint and has allegedly given Syria permission to shoot down Israeli planes that cross into its territory.

Sep 19 08:01

US Likely Trying to Hide a Fact That It Lost Control in Syria - Churkin

The attempt of the United States to conceal the fact that it is losing control on the situation in Syria may stand behind coalition airstrikes near Deir ez-Zor, Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said Sunday.

Sep 19 07:58

Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova invites US UN Envoy Samantha Power to Syria to see the misery US has created

While it would be something surreal to see neo-liberal war hawk, UN Ambassador Samantha Power, actually visit Syria to see the suffering her policies created, we believe that…

1. Power will never visit the Syria she has helped destroy. Maybe she will visit some “moderate” ISIS rebels for a hot tea, but never will she visit the real, war torn Syria.

2. Samantha Power loves war, especially war based on promoting her neo-liberal values. Even if Power were to see firsthand what she has done to Syria, for her it is probably all worth it, as long as her value system is forced down Syria’s throat.

Sep 19 07:57

US fighter jets provide air support to ISIS in Syria. The masks have now come off

The United States air strikes against Syrian army positions in Deir Ezzor, and in support of ISIS, has finally revealed what many who follow the Syria conflict outside the echo chamber of western mainstream media already know.

The United States is fighting alongside ISIS. Their is no need to sugar coat this issue any longer. It is time to call it for what it is. Syria is America’s newest war, and its latest invasion.

ISIS is America’s proxy gone wild…and just because ISIS has gone a bit rogue, it does not mean that the US is still not supporting its proxy army.

The majority of boots on the ground in Syria are not American. They are however American trained and funded. They are called Al Nusra, Al Qaeda, and they are also called ISIL, or Daesh, or ISIS.

Sep 19 07:56

Russia denies knowledge of US airstrikes that killed tens of Syrian soldiers

An earlier CENTCOM Press Release claimed that Russia had knowledge that the United States were going to begin airstrikes in areas of Deir Ezzor. This has been flatly denied by the Russian side.

In response, Moscow has called for an urgent United Nations Security Council meeting and for Washington to explain its actions.

“If the airstrike was caused by the wrong coordinates of targets than it’s a direct consequence of the stubborn unwillingness of the American side to coordinate with Russia in its actions against terrorist groups in Syria,” Konashenkov of Russia's Defense Ministry said.

Sep 19 07:40

Danish fighters took part in friendly-fire attack in Syria

“Two Danish F-16s took part along with the aircraft of other nations in these attacks. The attack was stopped immediately following Russian reports that a Syrian military position had been hit. Obviously, it is regrettable if the coalition has mistakenly hit anything other than IS forces.”

Sep 19 07:31

Lebanon offers plan for refugees to return to Syria

Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi Monday offered a proposal for Syrian refugees in Lebanon to return to their country in different waves starting next year, urging the U.N. and Arab states to support the idea.

Sep 19 07:26

Turkey concerned US's reckless actions will disrupt anti-DAESH fight

As Turkey-backed FSA rebels continue to fighting DAESH, Ankara is concerned that the U.S.'s reckless moves including supporting YPG terrorists in northern Syria and bombing regime soldiers, can disrupt the fight against DAESH

Sep 19 07:25

US spy plane hit over Syria’s Dayr al-Zawr province

Syrian government forces say they have targeted a US air force reconnaissance drone over the war-torn country’s eastern regions.

The spy craft was hit on Sunday in the country’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr, where a US-led coalition attack killed dozens of Syrian soldiers a day earlier.

Sep 19 07:24

UK admits to participating in US alliance aggression on Syrian Army sites in Deir Ezzor

The British Ministry of Defence confirmed on Monday that its aircrafts participated in the aggression carried out by the US alliance on sites for the Syrian army in Deir Ezzor which took place on Saturday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the US, UK, and Australia (and who knows who else) all took part in the 'accidental' bombing of Assad's troops, and the fact that ISIS attacked just 7 minutes after the air strike is just a 'coincidence.'

And if you believe THAT one, I have some of Saddam's nuclear weapons to sell you!

Sep 19 07:14

MAJOR DEVELOPMENT: Russia affirms the US works with ISIS

"ISIS launched attacks on the Syrian army positions in Deir Ezzor only 7 minutes after the US-led coalition's airstrikes on Saturday, a military source said, adding that the air and ground assault were highly coordinated, According to FNA report."
This seriously cuts against any US claims about this being an accident. additional information, in the below, also corroborates this.

What's big is not just the bombing action on the part of the US itself, but Russia's now public and irreversible statements, all to be understood in the context of recent events.

Sep 19 06:50

Syria crisis: Defence Minister says air strikes will continue despite botched operation

Australia will continue conducting air strikes in Syria despite being involved in a botched operation that killed nearly 100 Syrian soldiers, Defence Minister Marise Payne has confirmed.

The local soldiers had been fighting the Islamic State (IS) group in the country's east when they were attacked by the US-led coalition. In a deadly miscalculation they were apparently mistaken for militants.

Senator Payne has refused to answer direct questions about whether Australian forces were actively bombing the soldiers.

Sep 19 06:49

With US policy in Syria a complete failure, Turkey now follows different priorities

American policy in Syria is a complete failure. One cannot overemphasize this. Each and every time the U.S. has had a direct contact with the armed opposition it has turned out to be a complete disaster. Several train and equip programs failed dramatically due to the U.S. intransigence on picking the wrong guys with wrong motivations to further U.S. interests in Syria rather than bringing some semblance of peace to the country. The U.S. administration's priorities in Syria never met the opposition's expectations, and U.S. inaction and policy failures in Syria not only failed the Syrian people in general but also paved the way for the emergence and expansion of terrorist organizations such as DAESH and the YPG. The U.S. also exacerbated divisions within the opposition ranks, turning one group against the other, which consequently empowered the Assad regime. The U.S. turned such a terrorist group as the YPG into their primary ally by investing in them militarily and politically.

Sep 18 21:42

US breaks ceasefire 'it was an accident' serves for plausible deniability


NYC bomb distraction media?

Sep 18 19:09

Truce teeters after raids on Aleppo, Syria troops

Check the comments. We are winning the Information War.

zoltan12 hours ago
I doubt that any of this was accidental. The US is clearly still commited to the regime change policy which already killed over 400,000 Syrians and led to the destabilization of the entire region, including the EU.

Andrew5 hours ago
The White House is trying to smuggle weapons to the TERRORISTS and Russia is trying to stop it.
It makes you wonder WHO is the "State Sponsor Of TERROR"

Philip7 hours ago
In looking through the comments on this article, it is very gratifying to see that my fellow Americans are on to the racist, genocidal actions of our illegitimate US government; which does NOT exist to serve "We the People", but rather, to serve the interests of the Zionists who succeeded in hijacking our government and morphing it into a privately-owned, for-profit CORPORATION.

Sep 18 17:04

U.S., Israel Launch Airstrikes On Syrian Government Forces - Directly Supporting ISIS And Al-Qaeda

The U.S.

refuses to publish the details of the agreement with Russia about the ceasefire in Syria
has done nothing over the last days to separate, as promised, the "moderate rebels" it supports in Syria from al-Qaeda
today bombed a Syrian army position in support of an Islamic State attack in Deir Ezzor.

Sep 18 13:54

US airstrikes in Deir ez-Zor "open aggression" — Syrian command

"This attack serves as convincing evidence that the United States and their allies support IS and other gangs under the false pretext of fighting against terrorism. They (US) become like Israel which delivered an airstrike today at the positions of Syrian artillery in Khan-Arnaba near the city of Quneitra (40 kilometers from Damascus) and thus helped militants from Jebhat Fath al-Sham (Jebhat al-Nusra terrorist organization)," the Syrian army said. The Syrian command stressed that "the anti-terrorist coalition’s aviation has made thousands of sorties since 2014 but was still unable to stop the expansion of IS and to achieve a meaningful result in Syria and Iraq." "This means that the US approach in the war against terrorist groups is not serious, and that there is no coordination with governments in Damascus and Baghdad," the statement concluded.

Sep 18 13:52

Syrian Foreign Ministry demand UN SC to condemn "US aggression"

The Syrian Foreign Ministry has sent an urgent message to the UN Security Council with a demand "to condemn the US aggression." "The international community should oblige the US to never again repeat such attacks, to respect Syria’s sovereignty, its national and territorial integrity," the SANA news agency quoted the message as saying. "All available information points to the fact that this aggressive attack was deliberate and planned by US in advance in the framework of the strategy aimed at continuing the war which terrorist groups are waging against the Syrian Arab army," the statement concluded. "The treacherous attack at the positions of the Syrian army on the Jebel-Sarda mountain, near the military aerodrome on the approaches to the city of Deir ez-Zor, was carried out on Saturday at 5pm. Five aircraft of US Air Force took part in the attack that lasted for an hour".

Sep 18 13:50

Australia confirms its involvement in airstrike near Deir ez-Zor — SANA

Australia has confirmed its aircraft participated in the strike near Syria’s Deir ez-Zor, where dozens Syrian servicemen were killed, SANA reported on Sunday quoting statement of the Australian Defense Department. "Australian aircraft were among a number of international aircraft taking part in this Coalition operation," the statement reads. "Australia would never intentionally target a known Syrian military unit or actively support Daesh (IS). Defence offers its condolences to the families of any Syrian personnel killed or wounded in this incident"...

Sep 18 13:01

Actress Kimberlin Brown : Business Women for Trump

“One third of small businesses are owned by women…

“To the 9.5 million women business owners, who employ about 8 million workers, adding value about 1.5 trillion dollars to our economy; I urge you to think about how important this election is for your future…

“Who do you think better understands your challenges ?

“A career Washington insider… OR A successful businessman who knows how to make a pay roll…?

Sep 18 12:56

If Trumps Wins, Hillary and Bill Clinton Go To Jail!

The gloves are off and Hillary is being pummeled. This is much more than death by a thousand cuts.

The events of the past week have made it clear that this is not only a fight for who becomes president.

Sep 18 12:50

Israel To Get 38 Billion Dollars US Aid Package — Good Idea ?

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) — President Barack Obama‘s administration pledged the United States’ largest-ever military aid package to Israel on Wednesday — nearly $40 billion over 10 years.

Philip Giraldi joins today’s Liberty Report to break down the agreement and discuss whether it really does, as Rice claims, benefit US security.

A "memorandum of understanding" committing the US to providing $38 billion in military aid to Israel over the next ten years.

Sep 18 10:41

Timing & other aspects of US strike on Syrian army suggest intentional provocation – Churkin

The US’ sudden attempt to “help” the Syrian army fighting ISIS in the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor, which resulted in a strike that killed and injured dozens of soldiers, does not look like an honest mistake, Russia’s UN envoy told journalists at the UNSC meeting.
“It is highly suspicious that the United States chose to conduct this particular air strike at this time,” Russia’s ambassador Vitaly Churkin said.

Churkin questioned why the US suddenly chose to “help” the Syrian army defend Deir ez-Zor after all these years, recalling how American forces just observed terrorists’ movements and did “nothing when ISIS advanced on Palmyra.”

“It was quite significant and not accidental that it happened just two days before the Russian-American arrangements were supposed to come into full force,” Churkin added.

Sep 18 09:28

U.S. Blasts Russia for Calling Emergency U.N. Meeting Over Syria Bombing

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power tonight blasted Russia for calling an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council in response to a U.S.-led coalition airstrike that mistakenly killed over 60 Syrian regime troops, and wounded 100 more, according to numbers provided by the Russian Defense Ministry.

Speaking at the U.N headquarters in New York, Power said "even by Russia's standards, tonight's stunt, a stunt replete with moralism and grand-standing is uniquely cynical and hypocritical."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is called the "How DARE you" defense.

Sep 18 09:27

Syria ceasefire under threat after US-led strikes kill regime troops, Russia says

Russia says US-led coalition airstrikes that mistakenly killed dozens of Syrian troops on Saturday -- prompting a diplomatic firestorm -- could jeopardize a fragile ceasefire.

The strikes near Deir Ezzor Airport -- which the US says were intended to target ISIS but instead killed 62 Syrian soldiers, according to the Russian military -- sparked a furious row between the US and Russian ambassadors to the United Nations outside an emergency Security Council meeting.

Sep 18 09:22

Russia, U.S. Tensions Spill Over At UN Security Council Meeting

Tensions between Russian and U.S. diplomats have spilled over at the United Nations Security Council after Russian officials demanded to know whether the United States intentionally supported Islamic State (IS) militants with air strikes that hit Syrian government troops.

Sep 18 09:21

SYRIA: US Attack on the Syrian Army & the Findings of the US Peace Council…

You might’ve thought that the United States‘ policy in Syria couldn’t get any more confused or damaged: but the admission that a US air strike has killed somewhere between 60 to 83 soldiers of the Syrian Army is just about the worst thing, and at the worst time, that could’ve happened in terms of US credibility.

Sep 18 09:15

CNN: RUSSIA Calls For UN Security Meeting Claiming US is Colluding w/ ISIS!

‘US is defending ISIS’: Russia convenes UNSC meeting after US coalition strike on Syrian army

Moscow has called an urgent UN Security Council meeting after US-led coalition hit Syrian forces, killing 62 soldiers and wounding 100 more. The Russian FM spokeswoman blasted Washington over the indiscriminate airstrike that she said serves the interests of ISIS terrorists.
“If previously we had suspicions that Al-Nusra Front is protected this way, now, after today’s airstrikes on the Syrian army we come to a really terrifying conclusion for the entire world: The White House is defending IS [Islamic State, formerly ISIS/ISIL],”Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Rossiya 24.

“We demand a full and detailed explanation from Washington. That explanation must be given at the UN Security Council,”Zakharova added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Oh, look. Look! There has been a bomb in New York! Pay attention to that!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 18 09:07

Syria: No “Dusty Boy” Outrage for 7 yr old Haider, Sniped by NATO Terrorists in Idlib Village of Foua

On the 15th September, 7 year old Haider Ammar Al Hamoud, was shot through the stomach by an Ahrar Al Sham sniper, the US backed terrorist group besieging the Idlib villages of Kafarya and Foua. Haider was ignored by western media.

His life-threatening injury did not merit any outcry from human rights organisations or the NATO-aligned media who ignore the deaths and injuries of tens of thousands of children in Syria because it does not serve their agenda to demonize the Syrian President, Bashar al Assad or the national armed forces.

Sep 18 08:50

Over 80 Syrian soldiers killed by US airstrikes in Deir Ezzor

A military source from the Qassem Units told Al-Masdar moments ago that over 80 Syrian Arab Army soldiers were killed by the U.S. airstrikes in Deir Ezzor.

The source added that the death toll will likely rise in the coming hours as more bodies are discovered in Jabal Thardeh.

Originally, the Syrian Armed Forces were able to pull 20 bodies from the rubble; however, since recovering most of Jabal Thardeh, they have discovered dozens of dead soldiers.

Most of the soldiers were killed when the U.S. Air Force dropped phosphorous bombs on their positions, killing the men instantly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is a war crime to use white phosphorus against human targets.

Sep 18 08:17

Moscow says strikes on Syria army threaten U.S.-Russia ceasefire plan

Moscow stepped up its war of words with Washington on Sunday, saying air strikes by a U.S.-led coalition on the Syrian army threatened the implementation of a U.S.-Russian ceasefire plan for Syria and bordered on connivance with Islamic State.

Sep 17 18:13

Russia Calls For “Emergency” UN Security Council Meeting Regarding US Bombing Of Syrian Military

By Brandon Turbeville

After the United States launched an attack against Syrian forces in Deir al-Zour early on Saturday morning, Russia is now calling for an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council and an immediate explanation from the United States.

The Americans claim that the bombing was merely a mistake; however, it is hard to make that claim when the two sides were in battle with one another at the time of the airstrikes...

Sep 17 17:01

U.S. Attacks Syrian Military, Protects ISIS In Deir al-Zour, Thardeh Mountains

By Brandon Turbeville

If there was ever any doubt that the United States was supporting and protecting the most feared terrorist organization in the world, that doubt is now erased as a result of the recent U.S. strike on Syrian military forces in Deir al-Zour on Saturday.

The attack took place as a battle between the Syrian military and ISIS forces was raging in Deir al-Zour when the United States swooped in with air strikes against Syrian military forces killing “dozens” of Syrian soldiers, allowing ISIS to advance. Some outlets put the death toll as high as 80 while others suggest 62 soldiers were killed...

Sep 17 16:17

The prevalence of ignorance and the making of ill-conceived policies

Lawrence Davidson explains how bad policies are made by ignorant politicians whose decisions are based on briefings prepared by knowledgeable analysts but “darkened by cultural, ideological, political and historical preconceptions”.

Sep 17 15:37

Syrian Terrorists Trigger Suicide Bomb While Trying To Take Selfie With Cell Phone

These guys are supported by our tax dollars.

This is the horrific moment a Syrian rebel appears to blow himself and his comrades up by using a mobile phone rigged to a bomb to take a SELFIE .
Footage emerged online showing a group of eight men, believed to be members of the Free Syrian Army, gathered around a camera.
The militants , flanked by rifles, appear to be filming a propaganda video as they are shown in front of a rebel flag as they sing into a microphone.

Sep 17 15:08

Syrian Army recovers territory in Deir Ezzor after US attacks their positions

DEIR EZZOR, SYRIA (8:50 P.M.) - Soldiers from the Qassem Units (Special Forces) of the Syrian Arab Army told Al-Masdar moments ago that their forces have recaptured several points in Jabal Thardeh after retreating due U.S. airstrikes on their positions.

Sep 17 14:01

Report: US Bombed Syrian Army in Support of ISIS

According to the Syrian Army, the United States just bombed one of their positions so ISIS could overrun it.

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's army general command said warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition bombed a Syrian army position at Jebel Tharda near Deir al-Zor airport on Saturday, paving the way for Islamic State fighters to overun it.

The air strike killed Syrian soldiers and was "conclusive evidence" that the U.S. and its allies support the jihadist group, the Syrian army said in a statement, noting that the strike was "dangerous and blatant aggression".

Sep 17 13:54

US Central Command Says Airstrike on Syrian Army Killing 80 Was an Accident

The United States Central Command released a statement admitting that they hit Syrian Army positions, but claim that they did not intent to target Syrian servicemen in violation of the ceasefire agreement, but were instead targeting Daesh terrorists.

Sep 17 13:38

Syrian Army Regains Ground Near Deir ez-Zor After US-Led Coalition Hit

The Syrian army has restored control over a military airport near the city of Deir ez-Zor after a US-led coalition airstrike killed dozens of Syrian soldiers in the area, a military source told Sputnik on Saturday.

Sep 17 13:11

FBI grilled over handling of Clinton investigation

As lawmakers continued to probe Hillary Clinton’s private email use, the aide who set up the service declined to appear before the House committee. FBI officials had to be given a summons to produce documents on the investigation.

On Tuesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee summoned contractors and former State Department officials who set up and maintained Clinton’s email servers and mobile devices. However, the key Clinton aide, Bryan Pagliano, did not show up for the hearing, pleading Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination.

The afternoon before, the committee dressed down FBI’s Acting Assistant Director for Congressional Affairs Jason Herring, who was at pains to explain his absence from a major meeting last week and the bureau’s reluctance to hand over unredacted investigation documents.

Sep 17 12:49

Israeli enemy targets position in Quneitra

Israeli enemy targets position in the surroundings of Khan Arnaba town in Quneitra countryside: SANA reporter in Quneitra said that the Israeli enemy attacked a position in the surroundings of Khan Arnaba town in Quneitra countryside within the framework of its direct support to the Takfiri terrorist organizations that commit massacres and crimes against locals in Quneitra countryside. On September 13th, at 01:00 AM, the Syrian Air Defense Forces repelled the Israeli enemy’s air force that attacked a Syrian military position in Quneitra countryside, shooting down an Israeli warplane to the southwest of Quneitra and an Israeli drone to the west of Sa’sa’ town in the southwestern countryside of Damascus.

Sep 17 12:48

Updated-Russian Defense Ministry: Armed groups breached truce regime 199 times

The Russian Defense Ministry affirmed on Saturday that armed groups breached the truce regime in Syria a total of 199 times since it came into force on September 12th. First Deputy Chief of the Russian General Staff’s Main Operational Department, Lt. Gen. Viktor Poznikhir said that the armed groups continued to breach the truce regime, noting that 55 breaches have been observed during the past 24hours, with 27 breaches in Aleppo, 6 in Lattakia, 11 in Damascus, 7 in Hama, 2 in Homs, 1 in Daraa, and 1 in Quneitra, raising the total number to 199 breaches. He noted that these breaches claimed the lives of 12 people including two children and injured more than 40 others, in addition to claiming the life of a female volunteer from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in Khan Arnaba in Quneitra, adding that the breaches and shootings committed by the armed groups prevent the delivery of humanitarian aid to Aleppo.

Sep 17 12:46

Belarusian plane loaded with 45 tons of aid and relief materials arrived at Hmeimim Airport

A plane loaded with 45 tons of aid and relief materials, presented by the Belarusian people and leadership on Saturday arrived at Hmeimim Airport in Lattakia. The relief supplies, which include sugar, rice, food cans and other children’s materials, aimed at enhancing the steadfastness of the Syrian people to endure the unjust economic siege and terrorist war waged on their country. Lattakia Governor, Ibrahim Khudr al-Salem highly appreciated the stances of Belarus which support Syria against the takfiri terrorism and in order to cope with the humanitarian impact of the unilateral economic sanctions imposed by the West and some regional states on it. He stressed the strong Syrian-Belarusian ties on economic and political levels, noting that the aid will be distributed on displaced families who fled their towns and homes because of terrorists’ brutal crimes.

Sep 17 12:08

Russian MoD Confirms US-Led Coalition's F-16, A-10 Jets Attacked Syrian Army

(Note: Later reports by the Syrian army on Saturday night said the death toll of the US-led coalition airstrike increased to 80). The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that Syrian army positions were attacked by two F-16 fighter jets and two A-10 ground attack aircraft of the US-led coalition. Today at 17:00-17:50 Moscow time, international anti-Daesh coalition (two F-16 and two A-10 jets) carried out four strikes on Syrian government forces' units encirled by Daesh (ISIL) near Deir Ezzur airport. The coalition's aircraft entered Syrian airspace from the side of the Iraqi border," Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said, Sputnik reported. Earlier in the day, the General Command of the Syrian army accused the US-led coalition of bombing the Syrian army's positions in Deir Ezzur. As a result of the attack, 62 Syrian soldiers were killed and some 100 others were injured, according to information received from the Syrian command in Deir Ezzur, he said.

Sep 17 11:57

ISIL Uses Chemical Weapons in Northern Aleppo. Syrian Army Redeploys Forces to Castillo Road

The ISIL terrorists attacked the positions of their terrorist rivals in two villages in Northern Aleppo with chemical weapons, leaving several civilians poisoned...
The Syrian government forces, who based on the September 9 ceasefire plan had withdrawn from the Castillo road, returned to their previous positions due to the terrorist groups' movements, reinvigoration of the militants' combat abilities and violation of truce in the region, Deputy Chief of the Russian reconciliation center in Syria Sergey Kapitsyn said... http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950627000687

Sep 17 11:51

URGENT: Aircraft US Air Force attacked the Syrian army in Deir Zor, killed 62 military

Tonight two attack aircraft A-10 «Warthog» and two F-16, US-led coalition attacked the positions of the Syrian army in the terminal area of Deir ez-Zor. Currently the death of 62 soldiers is confirmed with more than 100 injured. A Syria arab army spokesman told Russian spring about it. He added that the army group in the area is surrounded by ISIS terrorists.
62 Syrian Army Soldiers Killed in US-Led Coalition Airstrike in Deir Ezzur: According to Syria’s official SANA news agency, the bombing took place on al-Tharda Mountain in the region of Deir ez-Zor and caused casualties and destruction on the ground. Sixty-two Syrian soldiers were killed and over 100 injured in the airstrike by the US-led coalition, Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman, Major-General Igor Konashenkov, said, citing information received from the Syrian General Command. http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950627001604

Sep 17 11:39

Russia says 60 Syrian forces killed in US-led coalition raids on army positions

Russia says 60 Syrian forces have been killed in airstrikes by US-led coalition jets on army positions near Dayr al-Zawr military airport.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable; apparently, the US government and military are completely impotent to prevent this from happening, and has zero control over the actions of the alleged "moderate" rebels, who are funded and equipped by the US government.

This is absolutely disgusting, but a perfectly predictable outcome from an American foreign policy on Syria which was obviously hatched through major interaction with either a Ouija board, or a dart board, or BOTH!!

What is wrong with this incident?!? FLIPPING EVERYTHING

Sep 17 11:23

US & US-controlled forces haven't fulfilled any Syria ceasefire deal obligations - Russian Army

The US is still reluctant to take measures to force rebels under its control to implement the Syrian ceasefire, Russia’s Defense Ministry said, adding that if things do not change, Washington will be the sole side responsible for the failure of the truce.

After five days of the ceasefire, it has to be noted that only the Russian and Syrian sides have been fully implementing their commitments. On its own initiative, Russia prolonged the cessation of hostilities for 48 hours, and yesterday it was extended for another 72 hours,” senior Russian General Staff official, Viktor Poznikhir, said at a briefing in Moscow.

But, according to Poznikhir, it is very different on the American side as “the US and the so-called moderate groups under their control didn’t fulfill a single commitment undertaken in the framework of the Geneva arrangements.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, THAT sure as heck didn't take long!

Sep 17 11:21

Russia And China Have a Plan to Salvage Syria’s Economy

The extreme damage to the economy is due to a combination of a 25 percent drop in overall population, the displacement of half of all Syrians, a steep drop in economic activity, capital flight, massive destruction of infrastructure and productive capacity, as well as the loss of 25 million school years for Syria’s children, which will reduce labour productivity for the coming generation. Furthermore, large segments of the Syrian business elite that initially remained confident in the future of the country have lost faith and divested their assets and relocated to neighbouring countries. Such an economic impact is not only affecting the Syrian population at present, but will be felt for decades, if not generations. If the war ended this year, it would take 10-15 years before Syria’s per capita GDP would return to pre-conflict levels.

Sep 17 10:21

Rift Appears Between US DoS and Pentagon Over Syrian Deal With Russia

Tensions are simmering in Washington regarding the deal struck by US Secretary of State Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov over Syria. There appears to be a rift within the Obama administration with the "party of war" opposing the idea of US-Russian cooperation.

Sep 17 10:15

US & US-controlled forces haven't fulfilled any Syria ceasefire deal obligations - Russian Army

The US is still reluctant to take measures to force rebels under its control to implement the Syrian ceasefire, Russia’s Defense Ministry said, adding that if things do not change, Washington will be the sole side responsible for the failure of the truce.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Look, it's simple. All Assad has to do is leave and let us put in a puppet government that will plunder Syria for us ... and we can all kiss and make up!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 17 09:59

Putin: US is already violating Syria agreement, "regrouping" Al-Nusra

“We agreed that Jebat Al-Nusra and others like it should be singled out and it should be shown where they are at and where so-called healthy forces are. But what do we see now? We are now seeing not the separation of terrorists from the healthy part of the opposition, but attempts at regrouping these terrorists,” the president added... Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, expressed doubt as to whether the Security Council would adopt a resolution in support of the agreement on Syria as long as Washington refuses to disclose the details. The American side explained its refusal to disclose the details because such could affect the safety of humanitarian aid delivery in Syria. Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov repeatedly urged Washington to make public the whole package of Russian-American agreements on Syria that were reached in Geneva last week, and obtain the approval of the UN Security Council.

Sep 17 09:58

Russia Says UN Meeting Cancelled Over US Objections

A hastily scheduled Security Council meeting was canceled because the U.S. does not want to make public details of the Syrian cease-fire deal, Russia's ambassador to the United Nations said Friday.

Vitaly Churkin said there was no point in briefing the council if the U.S. did not want to say exactly what was in the documents outlining the deal hammered out last week by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

"This briefing is not going to happen and mostly likely we're not going to have a resolution of the Security Council because the United States does not want to share those documents with the members of the Security Council and we believe that we cannot ask them to support a document which they haven't seen," Churkin said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is the US government so terrified of here, that they didn't want details of this agreement made public?!?

Sep 17 09:23

ISRAËL VIOLATES THE CEASE-FIRE IN SYRIA AND LOSES TWO PLANES

On 13 September 2016, at 1 a.m., although the cease-fire had just come into force, the Israëli aviation attempted to destroy a combat position in the South of Syria and certain military installations near Damascus.

The Syrian Arab Army fired at and hit the planes with new generation missiles. One of the planes crashed in jihadist-held territory, the other managed to land in Israël.

Tsahal at first denied the two incidents, then recognised having violated Syrian air space and admitted that Syria had fired on their planes.

The available information does not enable us to know exactly what the Israêli planes were (F-15, F-16, or F-35), nor if the missiles were fired by Hezbollah or by the Syrian Arab Army, nor what type of missiles they were or who built them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, whatever weapons which were fired at the Israeli fighters were able to target them with a very certain degree of precision; something upon which the IDF had not counted, in ordering the strike into sovereign Syrian territory.

Sep 17 02:25

UN SC meeting cancelled due to US refusal to disclose details of Syria deal

The United States’ refusal to disclose details of the bilateral agreement with Russia on Syria has not allowed to hold a UN Security Council meeting on Friday and threatens the adoption of the resolution in support for the deal, Vitaly Churkin, Russian Ambassador to UN, told journalists on Saturday. "The United States is not prepared to share the document with the members of the Security Council, and not even describe them in detail. When we agreed to do a briefing, at least you need to describe the content of the document. And in my mind, what we have been saying publicly and my foreign minister (Sergey Lavrov) has been saying publicly, we believe the document needs to be circulated. I mean, why make a secret of them? Those are things on which we are going to base our work if the whole thing is implemented.

Sep 16 12:04

'Crusaders! Infidels! Dogs! Get out!' American-backed rebels force US commandos to leave Syrian town

“Five or six” US special forces troops had to withdraw from the town of al-Rai on Syria’s border with Turkey, after allies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) had driven them out, calling them “infidels” and “crusaders,” several media outlets have reported.

The Turkish military, which last month openly crossed the Syrian border to fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), has admitted that US soldiers are providing a supporting and coordinating role in the operation being carried out between the Syrian towns of Azaz and al-Rai, Reuters reports.

At least two videos circulated on Twitter on Friday evening appeared to show that they were not welcome in al-Rai.

Sep 16 08:26

Lavrov: Russia hopes no one in US trying to shield terrorists in Syria

The US is stalling on its promise to separate moderate rebel groups in Syria from terrorists, who are not subject to a shaky ceasefire and are a legitimate target for Russia and Damascus, the Russian foreign minister said.

Sep 16 08:05

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – SEPTEMBER 16, 2016: US AND RUSSIA EXCHANGE ALLEGATIONS OF CEASEFIRE VIOLATIONS

The United States and Russia exchanged allegations of ceasefire violations against both of their respective proxies on September 15th. According to Moscow, US-led forces has violated the ceasefire 32 times.

Russia shared unprecedented live footage from one of their reconnaissance drones flying over Aleppo to monitor the ceasefire conditions below.

The Syrian Arab Army began withdrawing from the Castello Road in order to create a ‘weapons-free-zone’ in the contested region.

The Kurdish YPG forces raised the flag of the United States over Tell Abyad at the Syrian-Turkish border. The reported purpose behind the flag-flying was to discourage Turkish airstrikes.

Sep 16 07:52

Syrian Army Receives Advanced Artillery Tracker System from Russia

Damascus appreciated the Russian Defense Ministry for delivering an advanced model of "Aist?nok" artillery-missile tracker system to the Syrian Army to reinvigorate its truce-monitoring capabilities, the spokesman for the Syrian army said.

Sep 15 15:34

I Am A Syrian Living In Syria

Two years ago, “Majd” wrote these words in a Facebook posting:

“ I AM SYRIAN… LIVING IN SYRIA IN THE MIDDLE OF EVERYTHING. WE HAVE SEEN HORRORS. IT WAS NEVER A REVOLUTION NOR A CIVIL WAR. THE TERRORISTS ARE SENT BY YOUR GOVERMENT. THEY ARE AL QAEDA JABHAT AL NUSRA WAHHABI SALAFISTS TALIBANS ETC AND THE EXTREMIST JIHADISTS SENT BY THE WEST, THE SAUDIS, QATAR AND TURKEY. YOUR OBAMA AND WHOEVER IS BEHIND HIM OR ABOVE HIM ARE SUPPORTING AL QAEDA AND LEADING A PROXY WAR ON MY COUNTRY.

Sep 15 13:18

Perpetuating Stalemate In Syria

With no end in sight for the war in Syria, the Obama administration continues
to approach the conflict in a way that is prolonging the fighting. As it pursues its stated goal of removing the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad from power, the Obama administration is implementing a policy that keeps the Syrian regime and the many different opposition forces in the country locked in a deadly stalemate.

Sep 15 12:12

Russia says US failing to deliver on Syria ceasefire deal, wants details declassified

Russia says the US is not keeping its end of the bargain on the Syrian ceasefire and has continued its calls for Washington to make public all documents relating to the deal. The Russian military says Damascus is the only party observing the agreement.

Sep 15 09:37

Fresh Syrian fire hits Israeli-held Golan

Fire from Syria hit the Israeli-held zone of the Golan Heights on Wednesday, the military said, the latest in a string of incidents ratcheting up tension between the uneasy neighbors.

"Earlier today a projectile fired from Syria hit the northern Israeli Golan Heights," an army statement said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And here I was thinking that the Golan was part of Syria!!!! :)

Sep 15 08:44

Assad’s Death Warrant

“Secret cables and reports by the U.S., Saudi and Israeli intelligence agencies indicate that the moment Assad rejected the Qatari pipeline, military and intelligence planners quickly arrived at the consensus that fomenting a Sunni uprising in Syria to overthrow the uncooperative Bashar Assad was a feasible path to achieving the shared objective of completing the Qatar/Turkey gas link. In 2009, according to WikiLeaks, soon after Bashar Assad rejected the Qatar pipeline, the CIA began funding opposition groups in Syria.”

— Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Why the Arabs don’t want us in Syria, Politico

Sep 15 08:37

Syria: Terrorist Groups Open Fire at Russian Army Soldiers North of Aleppo

Terrorist groups struck a base of the Russian truce-monitoring soldiers along a key road to the Northern districts of Aleppo city.

Sep 15 07:38

BEX ALERT - WOLFOWITZ: HILLARY WAS RIGHT, ‘THE U.S. DIDN’T CREATE ISIS; ‘BASHAR AL-ASSAD CREATED ISIS’

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which is why ISIS is in Syria trying to remove Assad, right Paul?

Sep 14 18:55

Al-Qaeda’s Ties To US-Backed Syrian Rebels

The new ceasefire agreement between Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, which went into effect at noon Monday, has a
new central compromise absent from the earlier ceasefire agreement that the
same two men negotiated last February. But it isn’t clear that it will produce
markedly different results.

Sep 14 13:59

US-controlled Ahrar al-Sham armed units unwilling to cease fire in Syria

September 14. /TASS/. A number of US-controlled armed units, including Ahrar al-Sham, have announced their unwillingness to cease fire in Syria, the Russian Armed Forces General Staff said Wednesday.

Sep 14 12:24

Russian Marines in Aleppo Come Under Fire...During a Live Briefing With Command (Video)

The Kery-Lavrov deal on Syria has already got Russian troops into a combat situation with the rebels... Civilian vehicles are now able to relatively freely cross from and into eastern Aleppo across Russian-manned checkpoints -- subject to a weapons search of the vehicle.

Sep 14 12:01

US Strikes May Have Killed Syrian Civilians: Pentagon

The US military has admitted its airstrikes in Syria over the past several days “may have resulted in civilian casualties.”

The military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement on Tuesday that it launched multiple attacks against Daesh (ISIL) terrorists in Syria during last week.

It said US warplanes may have targeted civilians in their strikes near the cities of Raqqah, Dayr al-Zawr, and Shaddadah.

Sep 14 10:59

Syria's Assad sends a message to Western officials from recaptured city - English Subs

Sep 14 10:52

Video: Syrian Army Claims It Shot Down Israeli Warplane & Drone In Own Airspace After Attack, IDF Denies

An Israeli warplane and a drone have been shot down by Syrian forces in the southern Quneitra countryside, Golan Heights, the Syrian Army said in a statement.

Sep 14 10:20

Israel broke the ceasefire Again

Sep 14 08:56

Over 500 Square Miles in Syria Freed From Daesh - Turkish General Staff

The opposition Free Syrian Army backed by the Turkish army freed 845 square kilometers (500 square miles) of the Syrian territory from Daesh terrorists within the Euphrates Shield operation, the Turkish General Staff said Monday in a press release.

Sep 14 07:55

Russia calls for 48-hour extension of Syrian ceasefire

Moscow has called for the ceasefire in Syria, in place since late Monday, to be extended for another 48 hours, the Russian General Staff says. It adds that militants have violated the ceasefire 60 times since it began.
"In accordance with the Russian-US agreements, the existing 48-hour ceasefire is expiring today at 7pm [Moscow time – 16:00 GMT]. We note that recently the cessation of hostilities was observed in full. As of this morning the overall number of violations by the militants has reached 60,” Russian General Staff official Viktor Poznikhir said on Wednesday.

He added that Russia understands the necessity of the full implementation of the agreements reached, and that it is “in favor of extending the ceasefire across Syria for another 48 hours.”

Sep 14 07:46

Syrian Ceasefire? Lizzie Phelan Reports From Aleppo After Truce Began

Syria’s nationwide ceasefire is underway – the result of marathon talks between Russia and the U.S. last week.

Sep 14 07:41

Russia: Russia-US pact on Syria should be published to avoid misinterpretations

Russian Foreign Ministry asserted that the recent Russian-US conditional ceasefire agreement in Syria should be made public to avoid wrong interpretations of its content.

Sep 14 07:29

‘Ahrar Al-Sham Not Designated As Terror Group, We Maintain Contact With Them’ – US State Dept

The ceasefire may be underway in Syria ,but some hardline opposition groups are still considering whether to adhere to the truce.

Sep 13 12:51

Lavrov warns against provocations in Golan Heights

The Golan Heights, belonging to Syria from 1944, were seized by Israel in 1967 during the Six-Day War. In 1981, the Knesset passed The Golan Heights Law, unilaterally proclaiming sovereignty of the Jewish state over this territory. The annexation was recognized as illegal by the UN Security Council Resolution in December 1981... "There is the need to show restraint and not to allow any provocations in the Golan Heights," Lavrov said commenting on an airstrike carried out by the Israeli jets in Syria’s Golan Heights on Tuesday. Tel Aviv said this came in response to a projectile from Syria that hit the Israeli-controlled part of the Golan Heights. A similar incident occurred on July 25 and the Israeli Air Force also responded by fire. The situation in the Golan Heights reflects the overall destabilization of the Middle East and the growing terrorist threat that needs to be countered, Russia’s top diplomat said.

Sep 13 12:39

This is outright gas sliding

Fake polls and propaganda.

Continue to expose the sinister Hillary Clinton campaign for what it is: a wildly failed attempt by a handful of elites to seize power. They were hoping for a home run by rigging the corporate media, instead they’ve struck out – word of Hillary Clinton’s poor health and erratic behavior has gone mainstream, and will continue to do so.

Vicious warmongers in favor of surveillance, wars for profit, and centralized financial authorities.

Sep 13 12:08

Damascus warns Turkey against flights over Syrian territory

"The Syrian government reiterates that any combat flights by Turkish warplanes over the Syrian territory under a pretext of fighting Islamic State performed without coordination with the Syrian government and the command of the Russian contingent are seen as aggression against Syria, a violation of its sovereignty and inviolability of its borders," the ministry said in a statement. Syria will repel any such aggression and will "respond to it by relevant means to protect its national sovereignty," the ministry stressed.

Sep 13 11:09

Russian Marines Take up Positions in Aleppo as 'Moderate' Rebel Groups Reject Ceasefire

A mobile observation point of Russia’s center for reconciliation of opposing sides in Syria has been established on the Castello road leading to Aleppo, a TASS correspondent has reported. The information on the situation on the road during the ceasefire implementation will be received at the Hmeymim base on a daily basis. The operative groups of the Russian military have been also deployed in Hama, to the south of Aleppo... "This road is now the corridor for the exit of gunmen from the eastern part of Aleppo who decided to stop fighting and surrender their weapons. As part of the September 9 agreements between Russia and the US on reinstating the ceasefire a special focus will be on the Castello road," said Sergey Kapitsyn, who is the deputy head of Russia’s reconciliation center. "It will become a key route for delivering humanitarian cargos in Aleppo.

Sep 13 10:36

ESCALATION: Syria claims Israeli jet shoot-down

The Syrian military has announced that it shot down an Israeli fighter and drone last night, Syrian Arab News Agency writes. According to the Syrian agency, the shooting down of the aircraft was a response to the Israeli Air Force's operational attacks on Damascus' positions in the Quneitra province. The Syrian military has claimed that the plane and drone were shot down west of the village of Sasa. Just before, the Israeli army had reported that its air forces were striking positions of the Syrian government army. The reason for such attacks was a projectile which had exploded in the Israeli government-controlled part of the Golan Heights. The Israeli army’s press service has called Damascus’ statements on a downed plane and drone “completely false.” However, Israeli army spokesperson Arye Shalikar then confirmed to RIA Novosti that the planes carrying out operations in Quneitra had indeed been shot at.

Sep 13 09:48

Terrorist group or not? Lavrov says US-led coalition 'reluctant' to strike Al-Nusra Front in Syria

The US-led coalition is reluctant to strike Al-Nusra Front targets in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, adding the status of the terrorist group, now renamed Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, will be discussed with Washington.
“I have a very demanding task now – not to let the list [of terrorist organizations] be reduced,” Lavrov said at a news conference on Tuesday.

“I have no reason not to trust [US Secretary of State] John Kerry, but what we see on the ground [in Syria] is that the coalition is very reluctant to strike the positions of the Nusra Front,” the minister noted.

Sep 13 08:26

Terrorist group or not? Lavrov says US-led coalition 'reluctant' to strike Al-Nusra Front in Syria

The US-led coalition is reluctant to strike Al-Nusra Front targets in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, adding the status of the terrorist group, now renamed Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, will be discussed with Washington.

“I have a very demanding task now – not to let the list [of terrorist organizations] be reduced,” Lavrov said at a news conference on Tuesday.

“I have no reason not to trust [US Secretary of State] John Kerry, but what we see on the ground [in Syria] is that the coalition is very reluctant to strike the positions of the Nusra Front,” the minister noted.

Sep 13 07:32

State Dept. Clarifies Kerry's Remark that US Would Consult With Syrian Regime Over Airstrikes

Speaking to reporters at the State Department, Kerry said the agreement mandates that any strikes conducted by the Bashar al-Assad regime against the Nusra Front would have to be approved by the U.S. and Russia ahead of time. That would mean -- in other words -- that after five years of calling for Assad to go, the U.S. has now negotiated a deal that would have it working with the regime on airstrikes.

Immediately following the briefing today, State Department spokesman John Kirby issued a clarifying statement, saying that Kerry was wrong.

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