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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.

Sep 13 07:30

Israel denies claim Syrian forces shot down its aircraft in disputed Golan Heights during fragile ceasefire

Israel has denied the Syrian government's claim to have shot down an Israeli fighter jet and drone at the start of a fragile seven-day truce in the country's civil war.

The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) immediately refuted the report, saying a Syrian anti-aircraft battery had shot at its aircraft but missed their target.

"Early this morning, two missiles were launched from Syria after the IAF targeted Syrian artillery positions," a spokesperson said. "IDF aircraft were not harmed."

Sep 13 07:21

Russian troops take up positions in Aleppo, Jihadis given ultimatum

Russia’s official news agency TASS has confirmed that Russian troops are taking positions along the Aleppo road – the main road leading into Aleppo from the north, which was captured by the Syrian army in July.

At the news conference in Geneva on Sunday US Secretary of State Kerry confirmed that part of the agreement between the US and Russia for a ceasefire in Syria involved the ‘demilitarisation’ of the Castello road, to allow for humanitarian access into Aleppo.

Sep 13 07:19

Damascus claims IDF warplane & drone shot down in Syria after attack, Israel 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. It comes after the Israeli military targeted Syrian positions in the Golan Heights.

Sep 13 07:18

Syria ceasefire violated 23 times by opposition forces – Russian military

The so-called moderate rebel forces in Syria have violated the nationwide ceasefire on 23 occasions since it was put in place on Monday, the Russian military says. Six people died in Aleppo overnight while 10 others have been wounded.

The Syrian government is abiding by the ceasefire, Russian General Staff official Viktor Poznikhir said.

Sep 13 07:15

Results are in: US troops in Syria are defenseless vs. Russian tanks

According to a recently published report by the US Congress’ research services, at least 8 different anti-tank missiles are in use on the battlefield in Syria. The most dangerous of them are those of Russian origin. This observation by analysts’ is especially relevant for American military advisers and instructors in Syria. In effect, it means that the US Army is in need of a modernized tank defense system. As the newspaper notes, the Abrams tank, for example, lacks a dynamic protection system.

What’s more, it’s difficult enough to equip US infantry and Marines with active defense weapons, Business Insider adds. Even if the Americans decided to purchase and adopt battle-tested Israeli Trophy systems, this would not solve the problem.

Sep 12 15:45

ISIS Fighter Reveals Group’s Plan If Defeated In Syria

Isis will flourish and survive even if it is defeated in the present battle for Syria and Iraq an Isis militant has told The Independent. In an exclusive interview, Faraj, a 30-year-old veteran fighter from north east Syria, says that “when we say that the Islamic State [Isis] is everlasting and expanding, it is not a mere poetic or propaganda phrase”. He says the group intends to rebuild its strength in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, adding that “Isis has sleeper agents all over the world and their numbers are increasing”.

Sep 12 15:18

Is The Syria Ceasefire Actually A Good Thing?

By Brandon Turbeville

As the US-Russian-backed “ceasefire” plan begins to take effect in Syria today, much of the world is holding its breath in hopes that all guns fall silent and that a “political solution” is found. Despite the fact that virtually everyone expects the ceasefire to fall apart within a short amount of time, the Western media is hailing the agreement as a diplomatic victory for the United States while many alternative media outlets are representing the agreement as a victory for the Russians.

The ceasefire deal, brokered between Russia and the United States, is made up of a number different facets...

Sep 12 14:33

Video: What Is Aleppo? Some US Journalists & Politicians Find It Too Difficult To Answer

Syria’s second largest city has been the recent focus of international attention.

Sep 12 12:36

Syrian army command declares 7-day "silence regime"

The Syrian army command on Monday declared a 7-day "silence regime" in the territory of Syria, the government-controlled TV station Suriya said in a communique. It said that all the fire would cease at 19:00 (time coincides with the Moscow time) on September 12.
Militants impeding withdrawal of residents in Aleppo: The outlow of peaceful civilians is slow, as the militants continue putting up obstacles to their withdrawal and using women and children as a human shield. The shelling of residential areas continues day and night. http://tass.com/world/899378

Sep 12 08:04

U.S. Caves To Russia On Syria — Won’t Continue Protecting Al Qaeda

On Friday, September 9th, America’s Secretary of State John Kerry, and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, came to an agreement on Syria, for the second time. (The previous agreement fell apart). Like the first ‘cease-fire’, this one concerns the ongoing occupation of many parts of Syria by foreign jihadists, who have been hired by America’s allies Saudi Arabia and Qatar, in order to overthrow Syria’s President, Bashar al-Assad. (It’s nothing like a democratic revolution there; it’s a war over pipelines.)

Sep 12 01:25

Israeli Black Operations in the USA – Operation Honeypot

It is well known that the Israeli Mossad using their Sayanim network in the United States routinely engage in Black Operations (“Black Ops”) against US Citizens here in the United States.

They usually target anyone who they deem to be antithetical or non-supportive of Israeli domestic and foreign policy.

There is virtually no escape from this type of black op once a target has been selected.

They routinely target senators, congressmen, politicians, celebrities, CEOs, academics, intellectuals, journalists, diplomats, or anyone of relative importance in American society.

Sep 12 00:53

LEMOA – Logistics Exchange Memorandum Agreement Signed by India with the United States

LEMOA adversely impacts India, Asia, Africa, Eurasia and The Non–Aligned Movement

If this decision is not reversed by the Indian or the American people, the signing of these agreements will be another turning point in the political history of India already covertly overrun by Zionist financial and security companies and covert agencies.

Sep 11 11:23

‘Suffering Of Syrians Is Horrendous’: UK Baroness Cox On Her Trip To Aleppo, Damascus

RT spoke with Baroness Caroline Cox, a member of the UK Parliament’s House Of Lords, who has just returned from Damascus in Syria, where she met with President Assad – a move which has earned her a lot of criticism from her colleagues.

Sep 11 09:06

Syrian government supports ceasefire suggested by Russia, US. Iran Welcomes Ceasefire in Syria

The Syrian government said on Saturday it was issuing consent to the ceasefire envisioned by the agreement that the US and Russia reached in Geneva on Friday, SANA news agency said quoting a high-rank government source. Damascus supports the US-Russian initiative that aims to attain political settlement of the crisis in Syria, the source said.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi underlined that Tehran has always welcomed efforts aimed at reaching a ceasefire in Syria. Qassemi's remarks came in reaction to a recent agreement reached between the US and Russia on establishing ceasefire in Syria. "Iran has always welcomed ceasefire in Syria and easing the access of the Syrian people to humanitarian aids," the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman said. http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950621000999

Sep 11 08:50

Syria in Last 24 Hours: Army Wins Back 20 Villages, Hilltops in Lattakia Province

Syrian Army aircraft bombed heavily ISIL's sites in Aqayrabat region, inflicting major losses on the Takfiri group's armored vehicles and tanks. http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950621000637
The Syrian army and popular forces started a fresh round of military operation in the Northern part of Lattakia on Sunday to push back the terrorists from the town of Kabani. http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950621001033
Syrian Army troops and National Defense Forces beat terrorists back from more positions in Northern Homs with very good support of the country's Air Force and missile units. http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950621000979
Syrian army soldiers, backed up by the country's fighter jets, launched fresh rounds of anti-terrorism offensives in Southern Idlib, claiming the lives of a number of terrorists. http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950621000944

Sep 11 08:43

U.S. Caves To Russia On Syria — Won’t Continue Protecting Al Qaeda

On Friday, September 9th, America’s Secretary of State John Kerry, and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, came to an agreement on Syria, for the second time. (The previous agreement fell apart). Like the first ‘cease-fire’, this one concerns the ongoing occupation of many parts of Syria by foreign jihadists, who have been hired by America’s allies Saudi Arabia and Qatar, in order to overthrow Syria’s President, Bashar al-Assad. (It’s nothing like a democratic revolution there; it’s a war over pipelines.)

Sep 11 08:21

Ceasefire regime in Syria violated 8 times over last 24 hours

"Units that affiliate with the opposition Jaysh al-Islam group have shelled the settlements of Tell al-Kurdi, Haush-Duara, Al-Mohammadia, Nashabia, Jaubar (twice) in the Damascus province from mortars and multiple rocket launcher systems. Armed Ahrar al-Sham groups subjected the settlement of Shir-Adaba to mortar fire," the bulletin published on the Russian Defense Ministry’s website said. "Over the last 24 hours, terrorists in Aleppo shelled the settlements of Shurfa and Benjamin, 1070 quarters, Ramusi, Al-Assad military academy and Castello trade center from hand-made multiple rocket launcher systems, infantry fighting vehicles, anti-tank missile systems, tanks and mortars," the document added. Several settlements in Damascus, Hama and Daraa provinces were also subjected to shellings. "Over the last 24 hours, representatives of five settlements in Latakia signed agreements on reconciliation. The number of settlements that joined the process has increased to 597," the bulletin said.

Sep 10 11:00

NATO ‘Welcomes’ Turkish Invasion of SyriaSecretary-General: Staying Out of Syria Not an Option

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu today, and issued a statement “welcoming” Turkey’s recent invasion of Syria, saying that Turkey is a “strong and highly valued” member of NATO and it was important that they are increasing anti-ISIS efforts.

Stoltenberg conceded that Syria was “a very complex and very difficult situation,” but insisted that the alliance did not have the option of remaining out of the Syrian Civil War, saying that the alliance must fight against ISIS inside Syria.

Turkey’s invasion has seen them fight ISIS, at least some of the time, but the invasion has also set its sights on the US-backed Kurdish YPG. Several NATO nations, particularly France have previously expressed disquiet about Turkey’s invasion, despite Stoltenberg’s apparently unreserved endorsement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but has Stoltenberg gone absolutely barking dog mad, to have made this statement?!?

Is Stoltenberg for more serial genocide of the Kurds by the Turkish military inside Syria?!?

Is he for Turkey nipping off bits of Syrian sovereign territory, permanently?!?

Because just as certainly as as God made little green apples, these will definitely be the outcomes of this Turkish invasion of Syria.

The layers of complexity in this war just got expanded, exponentially, with Turkey going into Syria now.

Sep 10 10:51

‘Peace In Syria Can’t Be Reached Through Western Interference’ – UK’s Baroness Cox

Bashar Assad has enormous support both from his people and unarmed opposition groups for his fight against Islamic State, despite the West’s push for regime change in Syria, says Baroness Caroline Cox. The UK House of Lords peer was speaking to RT after meeting the Syrian leader.

Sep 10 09:42

Syrian Air Force destroys entire ISIS convoy in east Hama

The Syrian Arab Air Force carried out 4 powerful airstrikes on Saturday morning that targeted an Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) convoy traveling through the village of ‘Uqayrbat in east Hama.

According to a field report from the Hama MIlitary Airport, the Syrian Air Force’s 4 airstrikes destroyed a total of 8 armored vehicles, including one of the terrorist group’s BMP tanks.

The Islamic State’s death toll from the airstrikes in ‘Uqayrbat is unknown; however, the Syrian Air Force had prior knowledge of this convoy’s movements, which made this attack far more efficient.

Sep 10 09:41

The army advances in many areas of Aleppo, eliminate more terrorist groups in other provinces

the Syrian Arab army on Saturday continued its military operations against armed terrorist groups all over the country, advancing in many areas and re-establishing control on several regions.

Sep 10 09:41

Syrian regime forces retake six villages from Daesh

Syrian regime soldiers, backed by fighters from allied popular defense groups, have managed to wrest control over six villages in the country’s western coastal province of Latakia following heavy clashes with Daesh fighters.

On Friday, the Syrian forces regained control of the villages of Ayn Qantarah, Tal Rasha, Tal al-Awizrat, Dhaher Abu As’ad, Nahshaba and Ruwaisah Kataf, which lie on the northern outskirts of the provincial capital city of Latakia and are nearly 350 kilometers (217 miles) northwest of the capital Damascus, Syria’s official SANA news agency reported.

The report added that more than a dozen militants were killed and considerable amounts of munitions belonging to them were destroyed during the fierce battles.

Sep 10 09:40

A Syrian: “It Was Never A Revolution Nor A Civil War. The Terrorists Sent By Your Gov’t”

“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 like extremists jihadists sent by the West and the Saudis and 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. We thought you are against al Qaeda and now you support them.

The majority here loves Assad. He has never committed a crime against his own people… the chemical attack was staged by the terrorists helped by USA and UK etc… everyone knows that here. American soldiers and people should not be supporting barbarian al Qaeda terrorists who are killing Christians, Muslims in my country and everyone.

Sep 10 09:12

Russia and US reach tentative agreement for Syria ceasefire

Pause in fighting to begin on Monday night, allowing humanitarian aid to flow – with Russian and US forces set to launch joint airstrikes against extremists

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US is struggling to remain relevant in Syria and not look like they are losing their fight to replace Assad.

Sep 09 15:52

Kerry Meeting With Russian Counterpart To Discuss Syria

US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Geneva for high-level talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to try to arrange a ceasefire in Syria.

The State Department said the meeting on Friday would focus on “reducing violence, expanding humanitarian assistance for the Syrian people and moving towards a political solution needed to end the civil war.”

Sep 09 13:03

Is Putin a Lousy Dancer?

A lousy dancer blames the uneven floor, and Mme Clinton had proven to be an unexpectedly lousy dancer in the competition for the presidency against the blundering New York tycoon. We would expect her to win or lose graciously, as befits a former First Lady, but gosh, she is clumsy – and blames her lack of grace on poor Mr Putin.

Caesar was renowned for his multitasking; he could dictate seven letters at once, wrote Pliny. But even Caesar lookalike Putin can’t play the role prepared for him by Ms Clinton and other mainstream Western politicians, that is to bear blame for all their shortcomings.

Sep 09 10:27

MORE WMD FRAUD: Sexed-up UN ‘Chemical Weapons’ Report on Syria Contrived to Trigger More Sanctions, Intervention

When the UN released its summary of their ‘chemical weapons’ report on August 30th, the usual suspects – led by the US, UK and France, immediately rushed to their media pulpits to claim that this was “proof” that Syria, under the leadership under President Bashar al Assad, was somehow guilty (again) of the charge of “using chlorine bombs against its own people.” This latest UN report was the result of a year-long joint inquiry with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Before the full report was even release, western official and their media surrogates began hysterically claiming that it was imperative for the UN Security Council to move for more sanctions against Syria, as well as a ‘Safe Zone’ (No-Fly Zone) be imposed, and possibly more license to increase the US-led military intervention in Syria.

Sep 09 09:21

Israel Starts Home Demolitions in Syrian Golan, Plans Illegal Annexation, Opens “Corridor” for Syrian Al Qaeda

Israeli occupation authorities in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, on Wednesday, for the first time demolished a home, claiming it was built without permission. The demolition and claims the house was built without permission violates Israel’s obligations under international law, according to which an occupying power must assure that administration in occupied territories adhere, to the greatest possible degree, to the law of the occupied country’s territory.

Israel has, however, enforced new Hebrew as official administrative language, denies building permits and engages in other violations of international law that aim at oppressing the Arab population and culture and Syrian administration in the occupied Golan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is very simple; Israel wants to steal more Syrian territory, and by any means necessary.

They are doing precisely to the Syrian residents of Occupied Golan Heights what they do to Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Look for some major Israeli incursions into Syria when Tel Aviv thinks no one is looking.

Sep 09 07:43

Turkish Troops Trade Fire With Syrian Kurds Along Border

Turkish forces and the Syrian Kurdish YPG have exchanged fire across the border between Turkey and Syria today, according to military officials. There were as yet no details about the casualties, but the fighting does point to Turkey’s operations inside Syria, since their invasion two weeks ago, moving into a new anti-Kurdish phase.

Both sides accuse the other of firing first, and look officials in Afrin, the Kurdish-held town, denied that they returned any fire at all, insisting it was simply another round of “Turkish aggression” that threatened to ignite a war against them.

Turkey made much of invading Syria not just to fight ISIS, but to expel the Kurds from west of the Euphrates River. US Defense Secretary Ash Carter today reiterated that the Kurdish YPG had totally withdrawn from Manbij. Turkish officials have repeatedly said that the Kurds have not withdrawn from the area.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More Turkish serial genocide against the Kurds, I see; and of course, the US government is doing absolutely nothing about it!!

Sep 09 05:57

Pinatel interview, Part one: If Europe and Russia were allied, they would challenge US world hegemony

Figarovox/big interview -- after the misfired coup d'Etat in Turkey, Erdogan is making overtures to Putin while Moscow and Washington seem to have found some equilibrium in Syria. For General Pinatel, the European countries should pay attention to this new state of affairs.

Sep 09 05:50

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – SEPTEMBER 9, 2016: IRANIAN FIGHTERS ARRIVE ALEPPO CITY

September 8, 2016 saw heavy action for the Islamic State in eastern Qalamoun, Damascus. Faylaq al-Rahman, the Alabdo Martyr brigade and the Islamic State exchanged fire near the capital on Thursday. The Islamic State was reported to have lost a 23 mm gun to a TOW missile strike from Faylaq al-Rahman during combat.

The so-called ‘Free Syrian Army’ captured Qunra, Mirzah and Tel Ali from the Islamic State. Aided by Turkish airstrikes, the rebel factions wrested control of the Turkish border region from Daesh’s grasp.

Turkey reinforced its border forces by deploying 43 Armored Personnel Carriers with 180 fresh troops to Gaziantep. In Islahiye, north of Afrin, a Turkish army convoy deployed a number of T-155 F?rt?na self-propelled howitzers.

Sep 08 10:53

CIA Chief Doubts Syria and Iraq ‘Can Be Put Back Together Again’

Speaking in an interview with the CTC Sentinel, CIA Director John Brennan expressed doubt about the viability of either Iraq or Syria as united nations in the near-term, saying he doubts whether either nation can be put back together in his lifetime.

Brennan has made similar comments in the past with respect to Syria, doubting that after so many years of civil war the country can return to a completely united single state, despite this being the stated policy goal of the US. This is the first time Brennan has made similar comments toward Iraq.

In both cases, as Brennan noted, there has been substantial bloodletting, and the wars have left massive amounts of sectarian tensions. He doubted whether a central government in either nation could ever really “govern fairly” on a national basis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I find it deliciously ironic that Brennan is championing (without coming out and using the word) the balkanization of Iraq and Syria; these are goals the Israeli government has had for a long time for both nations, and it looks as though this part of Israel's "to do"list in the Middle East may be on the way to getting realized, thanks to Brennan's "easing the way" with his statements.

Such a balkanization/redraw of the Middle East would make the resulting areas smaller, less defensible, and easier to control, geopolitically.

Sep 08 10:45

Turkey May Go Deeper in Syria, Citing Kurdish Forces

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli today suggested that the Turkish military, which invaded northern Syria two weeks ago, is preparing to go deeper into Syrian territory in the near future, suggesting that Turkey may ultimately want a deeper slice of Syria than just the 90 km border stretch.

While this would include some ISIS territory deeper into the country, Canikli’s comments centered heavily on the Kurdish YPG, and continued Turkish annoyance that they have forces west of the Euphrates River, and have not totally withdrawn.

Turkey made a big point, during their initial invasion, of saying that a major factor was the Kurdish expansion across the river, which Turkey had long insisted was a “red line.” The main Kurdish territory on the west side of the river is in and around Manbij.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This "slicing off" pieces of Syria by Turkey is bound to complicate the Syrian civil war intensely.

And what happens to the Kurds, who have been strong allies and resourceful fighters for the US?!? Unfortunately, I am afraid that they will be thrown under the proverbial bus by the US, and their dreams for an independent Kurdistan will be dashed yet one more time.

Sep 08 10:39

US Defense Secretary Slams Russia for ‘Eroding International Order’

US officials have been coming up with excuses for military confrontation with Russia for some time now, and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter seems to be the latest beating that increasingly tired war-drum, declaring Russia both a threat to “collective security” and of plotting to erode “international order.”

Carter’s complaints, like so many others in recent months, centered around supposition and allegations, claiming that Russia’s support for the Syrian government means they are “prolonging” the war, and similarly making the conflict “more dangerous.”

Carter even played up the dubious allegations of Russia trying to “hack the election,” even though the comments come just a couple of days after intelligence officials were conceding that there was no real evidence to support these claims, insisting the US would not tolerate Russia’s “attempts to interfere with our democratic processes.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to Ash Carter; sir, the language of diplomacy should contain logic, weight, elegance, and power.

This Russia-bashing, in which you have so petulantly and childishly indulged, has absolutely none of that; in fact, these Russiophobic fantasies you have conjured sound like desperation on the cusp of madness.

But you must understand that because Americans were lied to about "Saddam Hussein's weapons of Mass Destruction" to sell them the Iraq war, you have a war-weary, war-skeptical nation which ABSOLUTELY WILL NOT be sold codswallop about Russia being the "bad guy", when it is the US military continuing to surround Russia with troops and arms in Eastern Europe.

Of course, if the White House and DNC numbers show that Donald Trump will win this upcoming Presidential election in a landslide, this administration is certainly not above beginning a war with Russia and/or China with which to "gift" Donald Trump even before he takes the Oath of Office in January, is it?!?

Forgive my cynicism, Sec Def Carter, but this administration has completely earned it!

Were President Obama to come back to Oahu for a visit, knock on my door, and tell me the sun was shining, I would be morally obligated to walk outside and see for myself.

Sep 08 09:25

Britain Bankrolling Syrian Opposition’s Lobbying Efforts In US – Report

Britain has spent more than £1 million ($1.4 million) funding the Syrian opposition’s lobbying efforts in Washington DC and at the United Nations in a bid to influence American policy, US Department of Justice records reveal.

The British government has used a fund known as the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund to bankroll lobbyists in the US – some of whom are former British diplomats – on behalf of Syrian rebels.

Sep 08 07:29

Russia ‘Gravely Concerned’ About Turkish Advance in Syria

The Foreign Ministry of Russia on Wednesday expressed “grave concern” regarding the movement of Turkish troops and Ankara-backed Syrian opposition groups on Syrian territory, emphasizing that the actions have not been approved by the legitimate Syrian government or the UN Security Council.

Sep 08 07:23

Ash Carter: Russia sowing seeds of global instability

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter accused Russia on Wednesday of sowing seeds of global instability and questioned whether Moscow genuinely wants a viable cease-fire in Syria.
In a hard-hitting speech at Oxford University, Carter emphasized deep skepticism about Russian intentions in Syria, even as US Secretary of State John Kerry prepared to fly to Geneva for more talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Their discussions last weekend, on the sidelines of an economic summit in China, failed to produce a nationwide cease-fire in Syria or a US-Russian military cooperation agreement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Basically, the US demanded Russia step back and let the US install a puppet government in Syria. Russia said "nyet", and Carter is trying to portray Russia as the bad guy. But ...The US attacks Yemen in 2002. US sends troops to the Philippines in 2002. US sends troops to Columbia in 2003. US invades Iraq in 2003 (blaming them for 9-11). US sends troops to Liberia in 2003 to effect regime change. US sends troops to Haiti in 2004 to effect regime change. US bombs Pakistan in 2005. US sends troops to Somalia in 2006 to effect regime change. US attacks Syria in 2008 to effect regime change. US attacks Yemen (again) in 2009 to effect regime change. US attacks Libya in 2011 to effect regime change. US attacks Iraq (again) in 2014. US attacks Syria (again) in 2014 to effect regime change...

And RUSSIA is destabilizing the world?!?

Sep 08 07:17

Gary Johnson: "What is Aleppo?"

Gary Johnson has literally no idea what Aleppo is.

Sep 08 07:16

ISIS Withdraws from Headquarters in Aleppo's Al-Bab City

ISIS terrorists evacuated their headquarters in the city of al-Bab in Syria’s Aleppo province on Thursday, media reported.

“Dozens of ISIS military vehicles have left al-Bab carrying weapons and militants. They headed to the nearby town of Khafsa East of al-Bab city,” local media activist Nasim Babi told ARA News.

Informed sources in al-Bab reported that major ISIS headquarters in the city were seen empty on Thursday.

The evacuated ISIS headquarters in al-Bab included the Sharia Court, al-Hisba police department, jihadi training camps and weapons’ storage centers.

Sep 08 06:22

Saudi: Assad Must Go – Or We Step In

SAUDI ARABIA’s foreign minister has threatened to escalate the war on Syria if President Bashar al-Assad does not step down.

Sep 07 22:30

Pentagon And CIA at War in Syria

What a mess! In the crazy Syrian war, US-backed and armed groups are fighting other US-backed rebel groups. How can this be?

It is so because the Obama White House had stirred up war in Syria but then lost control of the process. When the US has a strong president, he can usually keep the military and intelligence agencies on a tight leash.
But the Obama administration has had a weak secretary of defense and a bunch of lady strategists who are the worst military commanders since Louis XV, who put his mistress, Madame de Pompadour, in charge of French military forces during the Seven Year’s War.

As a result, the two arms of offensive US strategic power, the Pentagon and CIA, went separate ways in Syria. Growing competition between the US military and militarized CIA broke into the open in Syria.

Fed up with the astounding incompetence of the White House, the US military launched and supported its own rebel groups in Syria, while CIA did the same.

Sep 07 22:25

It’s All About Russia

In the real world both Hillary and Wolfie sometimes visit, there is renewed enthusiasm for jumping on the hate Russia bandwagon.

Many issues characteristically beloved by Democrats are being raised to disparage Donald Trump.

Hillary, who has held nearly every senior government office that a human being can reasonably aspire to but the one she is currently lusting after, is unlike Trump only sufficiently deranged to kill people if they live somewhere in the third world and can’t do anything about it.

Sep 07 22:20

The Tide is Turning: The Official Story Is Now The Conspiracy Theory — Paul Craig Roberts

The question is: who are the real conspiracy kooks, the majority who disbelieve the official lies or the minority who believe the official lies?

In a few days it will be the 15th anniversary of 9/11, and this November 13 will be the 53rd anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. These two state crimes against democracy destroyed American democracy, accountable government, and the Constitution’s protections of civil liberty.

Years after the damage done by these events the American people no longer believe the official stories. Neither does the government, but the government will never validate the distrust that Americans now share of “their” government by acknowledging the truth.

Sep 07 15:30

Will Hillary Lead Us Deeper Into A Quagmire In Syria?

Unless some unforeseen miracle happens for Donald Trump, Hawkish Hillary (at least as accurate a nickname as Crooked Hillary) is likely to be the next president of the United States. Although Hillary has run legitimate political ads implying that Trump’s temperament is too volatile to be left with command of the military, especially nuclear weapons, Americans may not be all that safe with Hillary either.

Sep 07 10:33

TURKEY CALLS FOR “BUFFER ZONE” IN SYRIA AS MILITARY SEIZES TERRITORY CALLED FOR BY BROOKINGS, MSM

With this invasion, Turkey has solidified its willingness to risk outright war with Syria and perhaps even Russia in order to fulfill the goals of NATO and Anglo-American powers who have sought to destroy Syria from the beginning.

Part of this strategy is the creation of “buffer zones” and “safe zones” in the north, precisely the concepts that were re-floated and discussed by the United States and U.K. only days before the invasion. Note that the invasion and operations are centering around Jarablus, the eastern border of the famed Jarablus corridor which, bordered by Afrin and Azaz in the West, make up the last fully functioning terrorist supply routes coming in from Turkey.

Sep 07 08:36

Erdogan proposes no-fly zone in northern Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday he had proposed, to the US and Russia, the setting up of a no-fly zone in northern Syria, after Ankara-backed fighters pushed the Islamic State (IS) group from the border area.

"We are working for this region to be declared no-fly zone," Erdogan said at the G20 meeting in China, referring to the land extending from Jarabulus to Azaz in northern Syria seized from IS militants.

"This is my proposal to Mr Putin and Mr Obama. This can be done with coalition forces," he added in televised comments.

Turkey launched an operation inside Syria on 24 August, sending tanks and special forces in to back opposition fighters.

On Sunday, IS were expelled from their last positions along the Turkish-Syrian border depriving the group of a key transit point for recruits and supplies.

Sep 06 15:42

Turkey Calls For “Buffer Zone” In Syria As Military Seizes Territory Called For By Brookings, MSM

By Brandon Turbeville

As Turkey marches forward in its invasion of Syrian territory, the true purpose for the initial invasion is becoming more and more clear. While some commentators maintain that Turkey’s recent military adventure is actually coordinated with the Russians and the Syrians, the fruit of Turkey’s labor tells a different story...

Sep 06 10:26

Empowering Terrorism to “Stop” Terrorism: America’s Foreign Policy in Syria Summed Up in Three Headlines

1. Empowering Terrorism to “Stop” Terrorism

Newsweek published an article titled, “How the U.S. Can Win in Syria,” written by Brookings Institution policymaker Michael O’Hanlon. In it, he claims;

…we need to be somewhat more willing to work with groups that are tainted by past association with the Nusra Front, as long as we can vouch for the fact that they are not themselves Nusra members. We should give them anti-tank missiles—though not anti-aircraft missiles—and much more help in terms of ammunition, logistics assistance and food, to help them build up their forces.

Quite literally, a US policymaker is calling for the bolstering of groups tied to Jubhat Al Nusra, a US State Department designated foreign terrorist organisation and the very source of the Islamic State’s rise to power in the first place to ”defeat ISIS, defeat the Nusra Front and replace Assad.”

2. Perpetuating the Misery of the Syrian People

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In short, we have an hysterically dysfunctional State Department, Pentagon, and White House, all with competing plans to attempt to achieve the same outcome; regime change in Damascus.

What ever happened to the possibility of the US government engaging in good faith negotiations with other countries, and the US government's former (if fragile) conflict resolution skills? Those seem to be lost on today's US government.

To a child with a hammer, everything is a nail which immediately needs to be tamped down. For the US government, these days, it appears that the hammer is military conflict resolution only, and that puts us at dangerous odds with a number of other countries.

Sep 06 09:55

US Must Scrap Syria Regime Change Plan, Analyst Says

The United States must stop insisting on a regime change in Syria if it wants to reach a deal with Russia to effect peace in the Arab country, an analyst suggests.

In a phone interview with Press TV on Monday, James Jatras, a former diplomat and adviser at the US Senate Republican leadership, said failure to reach a deal on the Syria crisis following myriads of meetings between Russian and US officials is “hardly surprising.”

Sep 06 09:11

Julian Assange says “1,700 emails in Hillary Clinton’s collection” proves she sold weapons to ISIS in Syria

In Obama’s second term, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton authorized the shipment of American-made arms to Qatar, a country beholden to the Muslim Brotherhood, and friendly to the Libyan rebels, in an effort to topple the Libyan/Gaddafi government, and then ship those arms to Syria in order to fund Al Qaeda, and topple Assad in Syria.

Clinton took the lead role in organizing the so-called “Friends of Syria” (aka Al Qaeda/ISIS) to back the CIA-led insurgency for regime change in Syria.

Under oath Hillary Clinton denied she knew about the weapons shipments during public testimony in early 2013 after the Benghazi terrorist attack.

In an interview with Democracy Now, Wikileaks’ Julian Assange is now stating that 1,700 emails contained in the Clinton cache directly connect Hillary to Libya to Syria, and directly to Al Qaeda and ISIS.

Sep 06 09:04

UK journo: Syrian kidnapper who shot me twice is now a CIA-vetted “moderate”

Still more proof that the Obama administration can’t distinguish “moderates” from “extremists.” And how could it possibly do so, when it refuses even to admit the existence of the ideology of Islamic jihad?

UK journo: Syrian kidnapper who shot me twice is now a CIA-vetted “moderate”
SEPTEMBER 4, 2016 11:20 AM BY ROBERT SPENCER 18 COMMENTS

Still more proof that the Obama administration can’t distinguish “moderates” from “extremists.” And how could it possibly do so, when it refuses even to admit the existence of the ideology of Islamic jihad?

Anthony Loyd

“British Journo: Syrian Kidnapper Who Shot Me Twice Is Now a CIA-Vetted ‘Moderate,'” by Patrick Poole, PJ Media, September 3, 2016:

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Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

So THESE are the people the US government, the CIA and military are backing in Syria, with your tax dollars, and in your name?!?


Heaven help this country!!

Sep 06 09:00

ISIS-Linked British Glamour Model Denies Plans To Join Terrorists In Syria

A former British glamour model being groomed online as a ‘jihadist bride’ by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL) says she is considering visiting the Turkey-Syria border for a third time in the next few months, but denies she wants to join the terrorist group.

Kimberley Miners, a former page three girl who has posed topless for the Sun newspaper, has allegedly been in contact with a British fighter in Syria, Abu Usama Al Britani, who is trying to recruit women to the terrorist group via Facebook.

Sep 06 08:14

Obama: 'Gaps of trust' preventing Syria cease-fire

President Obama said Monday that negotiations between the United States and Russia to reach a peace deal in Syria are hampered by "gaps of trust."

"We haven't yet closed the gaps in a way where we think it would actually work," Obama said after he met for 90 minutes with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "Typically the tone of our meetings is candid, blunt, businesslike. This was no different."

Obama, speaking at a news conference in Hangzhou, China, at the end of the Group of 20 economic summit, said the two leaders failed to make a breakthrough for a cease-fire in the 5-year-old Syrian conflict. Obama said he instructed Secretary of State John Kerry to continue meeting with his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, to work toward an agreement in the coming days.

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His Duplicitousness, President Obama, calls the inability to reach an understand about a peace deal in Syria the result of "gaps of trust", when the real reason for this problem is not this at all.

The Obama Administration's agenda is regime change in Syria, ASAP, and by any means necessary.

This is why the US has continued to fund, equip, and train the alleged "moderate rebels" (of which there are none).

The Russian Government's agenda is to stabilize the Syrian government, and get rid of all jihadists, no matter if they are US funded, sponsored, and equipped or not.

Russia is in Syria at the request of the Al-Assad government: the US government has not been invited.

The Russia military has done a pretty good job of getting rid of a large swath of rebels.

The big question, now that Turkey is cooperating with Russia, just where that is going to go from here, and what is the US going to do with the Kurds, now that they appear to have "outlived their usefulness" for the American government?!?

Sep 05 15:09

Obama, Putin Meet In China; Syrian Truce Talks Fail Again

US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin have met in China, after American and Russian diplomats failed to reach an agreement over easing the fighting in Syria.?

Another round of talks between Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov were held on Monday on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China, but it ended without producing a tangible result, according to a senior State Department official.

Sep 05 12:21

The Almost-War On Syria Three Years Ago

Three years ago, when a reluctant President Barack Obama was about to launch an attack on Syria, supposedly in retaliation for President Bashar al-Assad crossing a “red line” against using chemical weapons, Obama smelled a rat — or rather he sensed a mousetrap.

Advised by some of his intelligence advisers that the evidence blaming the Syrian government for the lethal sarin attack was weak, Obama disappointed many of Washington’s neocons and liberal war hawks, including those in his own administration, by deferring action. He tossed the issue to Congress, thus guaranteeing a delay.

Sep 05 10:52

The Next Escalation: Turkey’s Invasion of Syria

The Syrian conflict has been an object study in murkiness and orchestrated dissimilitude. Its prolongation signals, not so much clarity as readjustment for the next intervention, the next interference. The big powers continue to soil themselves; smaller powers hope for some look-in in a potential redrawing of the Syrian map.

Turkey’s operation was bound to overcook the new found value between Ankara and Moscow. The Jarablus operation could hardly have had the imprimatur of Moscow. There was more than a touch of irritation registered in such channels as Kommersant, which tends to take its draught from semi-official, if not official sources. “The operation in Syria, not coordinated with Moscow, threatens to complicate the process of normalization of bilateral cooperation” agreed between Turkey and Russia in St. Petersburg on August 9.[4]

Sep 05 10:33

Turkey pushes plan for establishing no-fly zone in Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeated his previous call for establishing a no-fly zone in Syria, saying it would be needed to stop the flow of Syrian refugees into Turkey and other places.

Sep 05 09:22

Syrian Kurds to Fight to Death to Stop Turkey 'invading Their Land'

The Syrian Kurdish leadership vows to defend their de facto state in north east Syria to the end, but is fearful of a growing understanding between the Syrian and Turkish governments in opposition to Kurdish separatism at a time when US support for the Kurds is faltering.

In an exclusive interview with The Independent, a senior Syrian Kurdish official says that the Kurds will fight to the death to stop Turkey “invading the region” and speaks of possible reconciliation between Damascus and Ankara on the Kurdish question.

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The Kurds have every good reason to believe that the US government will throw the Kurds under the proverbial bus, if it suits their geopolitical agenda.

Sep 05 09:19

US, Russia Again Fail to Reach Syria Deal

Despite repeated claims in recent weeks that a deal was all but imminent, the US and Russia have once again failed to reach a deal in their attempts to negotiate the start of a new ceasefire within Syria, with President Obama claiming “grave differences” yet remain.

Exactly what the differences are isn’t totally clear, but previous US interests in launching a joint military operation against the Nusra Front appear to have evaporated with Nusra’s official rebranding, which ended their official status as an al-Qaeda affiliate.

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Imagine my (absence) of surprise!!!!!

It also validates my thought that should it appear, in DNC and White House polling, that Trump is going to win in November in a landslide, the DNC will "gift" him with one (if not several) wars before Trump even takes the Oath of Office in January.

Sep 05 08:14

Turkey To Blame For US, Russia Failure To Effect Ceasefire In Syria: Analyst

Turkey is to blame for no outcome in the US-Russia talks over the situation in Syria, an analyst says.

“Grave differences” remained between Moscow and Washington to finalize a ceasefire in the war-ravaged Muslim country, according to US President Barack Obama.

Sep 05 08:08

ISRAEL SHELLS SYRIA, HEZBOLLAH IS PREPARING A RESPONSE

In the morning it was reported that Israeli bombers began shelling the border with Syria from the Golan Heights, territory occupied by Israel. In addition, the Israeli government issued a statement in which it blames Syria for the shelling.

Despite the fact that there are no victims among the civilian population, these bombings hamper the liberation of Syrian territory of terrorists from ISIS, and similar groups.

Sep 04 12:01

The Importance for the USA to Join Hands with the World

If America truly believes in its “exceptionalism,” then it should, with supreme confidence, enter the world as an active participant, and not as a spoiled “bully in the school yard.”

Now that former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski has openly declared that the United States of America should abandon their quest for global hegemony, American leadership should take heed and amend their foreign policy objectives accordingly.

Sep 04 11:50

Muslim Press interviews American poet, writer, and columnist Gary Corseri

We live in an Age of Distractions--false premises, false promises.
‘Not only neocons but “neo-liberals” see no space between the interests of the US and Israel!’

Was the human race fated to make the same stupid mistakes over and over? War after war after war?

Sep 04 11:07

The Neocon in the Oval Office

Neoconservatives are wedded to war, death and destruction. It is the foundation of their policy and it dominates the culture that they have created.

If Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes US President, she will be the first neoconservative to actually occupy that office.

Israel and its supporters were inseparable from the neoconservative movement from the beginning.

Many neocons were already Zionist or pro-Zionist, and their support for aggressive militarism was largely indistinguishable from Israel’s own strategic plans.

To the extent that the neocon movement could sell Israel’s views as solidly American, it could bend the resources of the most powerful military on earth for Israel’s own ends.

Sep 04 08:42

'It's not our fault': Vladimir Putin insists Moscow is not to blame for their 'frozen' relations with the US, and he doesn't see any 'thawing' if Hillary becomes president

Vladimir Putin has insisted Russia's strained ties with the United States are not Moscow's fault.

The Russian President said relations with Washington were in a 'frozen state' during the 2nd Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.

The leader said if their 'logic' persisted, then there won't be any 'thawing' of the cold links if Hillary Clinton wins the presidential election.

He made the remarks just 24 hours before Barack Obama insisted the pair were negotiating 'around the clock' to stop the violence in Syria.

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Sep 03 09:08

Blood-Stained Politics: Wider War on Syria Will Cause Geopolitical Chaos, Numerous Innocent Deaths

Experience tells us that by widening the war, the United States and its client states are not going to rescue the Syrian people from the bloodletting when they are doing precisely the opposite. Widening US intervention would only make things worse:

- Whoever chooses to bomb Syria in a wider war is confusing cause and effect. The war started because the United States and its client states highjacked grassroots peaceful protests, then engineered, recruited, trained and deployed terrorists into Syria. They are the first aggressors and gave ISIL and Al-Qaeda legitimacy. Chemical attacks by ISIL and Al-Qaeda affiliates are only designed to encourage outside powers to intervene and save these proxies from a complete failure. In turn, this provides the regime changers with legitimacy to intervene on a “humanitarian” basis. So bombing Syria amounts to doing these terrorist groups a favour and will not eradicate extremism, much less save civilians.

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I do not know who wrote this op-ed for the English language version of Fars News; but I certainly would like to meet them, and congratulate them for their observations.

What they have offered here is a completely, stunningly logical, lucid assessment of the present situation in Syria, and what can be done to keep things from getting worse.

Unfortunately, if internal White House and DNC polls indicate that Donald Trump will win the Presidency in November, we can look for a major, military escalation of one - if not many - of the simmering hot spots all over the globe, and Syria might well be one of them.

This may well be the DNC's parting "gift" to Trump: one or several major wars before he even takes the oath of office in January.

Sep 03 08:57

More Turkish tanks cross into northern Syria: Report

Turkish tanks have crossed into northern Syria from Kilis province in a new phase of operation against Kurdish-led forces.

Around 20 tanks, five armored personnel carriers, trucks and other armored vehicles on Saturday crossed the border near the Turkish village of Cobanbey, which lies across from the Syrian village of Ra’i, Turkish media reported.

The area is some 55 kilometers southwest of Jarablus, where last week Turkish-backed Syrian militants launched “Operation Euphrates Shield”, Turkey's first major incursion into Syria since the start of the foreign-backed militancy in the Arab country more than five years ago.

The reports also said that Turkish howitzers pounded alleged Daesh positions in the area as the fresh armored contingent advanced.

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More serial genocide against the Kurds, courtesy of Turkey, I see.

Sep 03 07:34

U.S. vs. U.S. in Syria

What a mess! In the crazy Syrian war, US-backed and armed groups are fighting other US-backed rebel groups. How can this be?

It is so because the Obama White House had stirred up the war in Syria but then lost control of the process. When the US has a strong president, he can usually keep the military and intelligence agencies on a tight leash.

But the Obama administration has had a weak secretary of defense and a bunch of lady strategists who are the worst military commanders since Louis XV, who put his mistress, Madame de Pompadour, in charge of French military forces during the Seven Year’s War. The French were routed by the Prussians. France’s foe, Frederick the Great of Prussia, named one of his dogs, “la Pompadour.”

As a result, the two arms of offensive US strategic power, the Pentagon, and CIA, went separate ways in Syria. Growing competition between the US military and militarized CIA broke into the open in Syria.

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Syria has been one of the most epic fails in the entire Presidency of Barak Obama, and looks to be getting far worse in the months ahead.

If Clinton thinks she can win points by hanging on to Obama's coattails in terms of his foreign policy "successes", she is delusional in the extreme.

Sep 03 07:25

Some Hindsight: The Lies That Dumped America Into the Syrian War

Checking out the news these days, it might seem pretty clear why the U.S. is at war in Syria: destroy ISIS. That is almost certainly the way the two main presidential candidates will see it during their upcoming first debate, in a rare point of agreement.

The funny thing is that ISIS did not become the reason for what now is a major regional war until late in the game.

If we rewind about three years, the original justification was to “rid the world of the dictator,” Syrian president Bashar Assad. The US involvement was started under the pretext that Assad was using chemical weapons against the other side in what was once confined to a civil war. American declared Assad thus had to go to avoid a genocide and humanitarian disaster.

FYI: If you read no further, remember anytime a politician uses the word “genocide” these days we’re about to be dragged into another conflict that will morph into a quagmire.

Sep 03 07:19

Amid Turkey Invasion, Syrian Kurds Fear US Betrayal

A population of some 30 million people spanning a large territory, that the Kurds haven’t had a meaningful period of autonomy in many centuries reflects historical imperial realities, but that they’ve not been able to secure such autonomy recently is seen by many Kurds as the result of systematic mistreatment not just by regional powers, but by the international community as well.

The expectation among many is that they are little more than an alliance of convenience for anyone in the region, and after a couple of years of substantial US support allowing them to grow a large, nominally autonomous territory in northeast Syria, last week’s invasion of northern Syria by Turkey is looking an awful lot like business as usual.

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Given the US government's proclivity for throwing supporting elements under the proverbial bus as it becomes "necessary", the Kurdish people have every reason to fear for the worst here.

Sep 03 06:41

British volunteers in Syrian Kurd forces are 'terrorists', Turkey says

Senior Turkish officials say they see no difference between Kurdish 'terrorists' of YPG and foreigners who joined group to fight IS

Sep 03 06:37

Armed Militants Agree to Surrender to Syrian Army in Muadamiyat

Armed militants fighting against the Syrian government in the southern town of Muadamiyat al-Sham in Darayya District agreed to surrender themselves to the Syrian army forces.

Sep 03 06:27

U.S. CLUSTER BOMB USE GOES UNABATED IN YEMEN AND SYRIA

Cluster bombs, which have been used since World War II to kill and maim indiscriminately, were outlawed under an international treaty that was adopted in 2008.

Most of the world’s countries have signed the treaty, but not the United States and Russia, where many of the bombs were made. A report released Thursday in Geneva found that the weapons continued to be used with near impunity in the conflicts in Syria and Yemen.

In Syria, at least 13 kinds of cluster munitions — dropped from the air or launched from the ground — have been used since 2012, said the report, the seventh annual Cluster Munition Monitor (pdf) , which found “compelling evidence” that Russia had used the weapons since the start of its military intervention last September in support of Syria’s embattled government.

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The US government sells cluster bombs to our "Partner in War Crimes, Saudi Arabia", and then wonder if they will be used with discretion in Yemen?!?

Here's an image of what cluster bombs do to toddlers, this time, courtesy of the US military in Iraq, in 2003:

Iraq: U.S. Cluster Bombs Kill Children in Baghdad

This child had a name; it was Ali. Due to shrapnel in his brain, he was not expected to survive.

This is precisely what is happening to kids and adults in Yemen and Syria, due to cluster bomb attacks.

So please tell me, and yes, I know this image is enough to make you want to throw up; is this the legacy you want for American foreign policy in Yemen and Syria?!?!

Sep 02 15:46

Syrian Source Confirms Government Helicopter Downing by Terrorists in Hama

A Syrian army helicopter was shot down by terrorists near the city of Hama, leaving two people dead, a source familiar with the situation confirmed to Sputnik on Friday.

Sep 02 10:35

BEX ALERT - This is Syria, not Vietnam: Agonising photos show the Syrian children burned by 'napalm bombs' in air strike that killed 25 civilians

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed a series of airstrikes since early on Thursday had killed at least 25 civilians, including six children, in northern Hama province.

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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is a known pro-war propaganda operation run out of a two-bedroom house in Coventry. Actually, it's just one guy, and he hasn't been to Syria in more than a decade! But any time the corporate media needs an "authoritative" report on the evils of Assad, this is where they get it!

Sep 01 17:24

‘De-Confliction, Unity’: US In Balancing Act As Turkish, Kurdish Forces Clash In Syria

USA balancing act as Turkish & Kurdish allies face off in Syria.

Sep 01 15:08

RUSSIA, SYRIA, AND TURKEY HAVE AGREED ON JOINT OPERATIONS IN SYRIA

If Russia wanted to, it could deploy three armored divisions to Syria within 72 hours and thereby permanently solve the problem of Islamist rebels. The US could do the same in its pursuit of removing Bashar al-Assad from power. Therefore, the two powers’ involvement in Syria and the fighting has been done mostly by proxies, while each of the two great powers tries to cheat the other. This balance was disturbed by the Turkish military intervention in Northern Syria. The intervention could have ruined the rules established between the US and Russia. However, things were clarified and there was an unexpected chance to rapidly conclude hostilities in Syria.

Sep 01 13:33

Turkey Invades Syria, America Spins The Bottle

So within the space of a few days, the United States has, first, commanded the government of Syria to keep its air force away from part of its own sovereign territory, Hasakah, occupied by American soldiers and their Kurdish “partners”; it then, with applause from other NATO countries, provided air support for a Turkish invasion of Syria and seizure of the Syrian town of Jarablus from those “partners.” These are unambiguous acts of war, and Orwellian acts of doublethink aggression.

Sep 01 09:28

When Putin Bailed Out Obama

Three years ago, when a reluctant President Barack Obama was about to launch an attack on Syria, supposedly in retaliation for President Bashar al-Assad crossing a “red line” against using chemical weapons, Obama smelled a rat – or rather he sensed a mousetrap.

Advised by some of his intelligence advisers that the evidence blaming the Syrian government for the lethal sarin attack was weak, Obama disappointed many of Washington’s neocons and liberal war hawks, including those in his own administration, by deferring action. He tossed the issue to Congress, thus guaranteeing a delay.

Precisely at that key juncture, Russian President Vladimir Putin took the pressure off Obama by persuading the Syrian government to destroy its chemical weapons, which Assad did – while still denying any role in the attack at Ghouta, just outside Damascus, on Aug. 21, 2013.

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(Sigh) When it comes to American neocons, no good deed goes unpunished; that's precisely what happened to Russia with the US-enabled putsch in Ukraine.

Sep 01 09:16

Turkey Won’t Accept Any Ceasefire With Syrian Kurds

Turkey’s EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik today ruled out any situation in which the government agreed to a truce with the Syrian Kurdish YPG, insisting that Turkey is a “sovereign state” and that it was impossible for them to enter into any agreement with a terrorist organization, which it considers the YPG.

Kurdish officials claimed a deal had been reached with Turkey yesterday, and that a ceasefire was in place in northern Syria. Turkey denied the deal at the time, while Syrian rebels allied with Turkey claimed it was a coincidental pause, and that attacks on the Kurds would resume soon.

Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria, though initially targeting the ISIS-held city of Jarabulus, was done primarily to expel Kurdish forces from the west of the Euphrates River. ISIS is expected to be targeted over the course of the fighting as well.

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Looks like the Turkish government has decided to indulge in more serial genocide against the Kurds, who the US government, after incredible sacrifice in behalf of the US government and military, appear to have been dropped by that same US government and military like the proverbial hot potato.

This proves, incontrovertibly, to the rest of the world, that the US government cannot be trusted when they call you "their friend", and will stab you in the back for any conceivable gain they may get by so doing.

And, as reported in theintercept.com yesterday:

FIVE YEARS AFTER the start of Syria’s uprising, the Turkish military directly entered the fray last week, sending troops to occupy the northern Syrian town of Jarablus, previously held by the militant group the Islamic State. Turkey’s intervention represents a significant escalation of the conflict, as well as a sign that the country is likely to take a more aggressive approach to foreign policy following July’s failed military coup and subsequent purge. But Turkey’s intervention is also an indication that the U.S. strategy of empowering Kurdish groups to fight the Islamic State in Syria has helped trigger an entirely new conflict, this time between U.S.-backed militias and a NATO ally. Turkey launched its recent incursion both to take territory from the Islamic State and also to halt gains by the Syrian Democratic Forces and People’s Protection Units, Kurdish-led groups backed by the United States. The government in Ankara fears these groups will set up an autonomous Kurdish zone on its border, emboldening separatists within Turkey. While many predicted Turkey’s government would become more inward looking following the failed coup, it seems as though the opposite may be the case. In a statement last week, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the country would be “more active in the Syria issue in the coming six months.” Turkish-aligned rebel factions recently won a major battle to break a Syrian government siege in the northern hub of Aleppo, a region with historical ties to Turkey. With Turkish forces now directly operating on Syrian soil, it seems the conflict is entering a dangerous new phase of regional involvement.

Sep 01 08:23

'Euphrates Shield': Turkish Operation to Reshape Balance of Power in Syria

The Turkish-led "Euphrates Shield" operation is likely to swing the balance in favor of Washington, some analysts say, while others warn that the US may alienate its Kurdish allies in Syria. They agree, however, that Ankara's involvement will dramatically change the course of the war.

Sep 01 08:20

Water Weapon In Syrian War: Terrorists Cut Aleppo Supply Lines, Residents Find Ways To Survive

Terrorists have recently cut off water pipes going into West Aleppo.

Sep 01 08:05

Libya forces pushing to liberate last Sirte district from Daesh

Forces loyal to the Libyan unity government are on the verge of liberating the northern city of Sirte from Daesh, as only one district in the coastal city is said to be under the control of the Takfiri terror group.

The forces said that they “completely liberated” neighborhood Number One residential area in central Sirte on Monday as they entered the final phase of their months-long operation against Daesh.

Spokesman Rida Issa said the brigade fighters were “in the process of clearing any remnants of Daesh” from the area.

According to hospital officials, at least six fighters were killed and 12 wounded in the Monday offensive, which saw Daesh terrorists using mines, car bombs or artillery to slow the advances of Libyan troops.

The forces, however, continue moving tanks and other vehicles towards other positions.

Last week, the brigades announced a pause in the fighting to let women and children leave the battle zone before the final push to fully liberate Sirte.

Aug 31 07:17

Turkey: US criticism over Syria operations unacceptable

Ankara has summoned the US ambassador over Washington’s criticism of Turkey’s incursion into northern Syria.

On Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Tanju Bilgic (seen below) announced that John R. Bass has been summoned over the US’s "unacceptable" criticism concerning the scope of Turkey’s activities in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's face it, Turkey has as much right to be in Syria as the US ... which is to say none at all!

Aug 31 06:11

ISIL’s Spokesman Killed in Northern Syria

ISIL’s Spokesman and number two man Abu Mohammad al-Adnani has been killed in Aleppo battlefields, the terrorist group's media sources said.

Aug 31 05:34

CTV / A.P. Bullshit: Pressure building to condemn Syria over chemical weapons

https://letterstothebeast.com/2016/08/31/ctv-a-p-bullshit-pressure-bui...

Our friends at CTV (the Canadian Television Network), by way of the Associated Press are back on the Assad-gassed-his-own-people train again. Oh, boy. This is getting very tiresome. And, frankly, insulting. All right. Deep breath. Let’s take this apart one-by-one. And use it as a template for the carbon-copy Bullshit Corporate Media stories (again, “story” being the operative word here). We shouldn’t be mad at CTV as much as the author of this nonsense, Associated Press. Having seen its viewership plummet since the internet made it possible to fact check its claim in a matter of seconds, CTV has laid off its newsroom staff less than skeleton levels.

Aug 30 14:56

Hollande To Turkey, Russia – Stop Fighting And Do As You’re Told!

By Brandon Turbeville

French President Hollande, who has not only pushed the knife further into the heart of the French economy and made certain that no trace of freedom will remain in France is now criticizing Turkey for its action against Kurdish fanatics and Western-backed Kurdish militias in Syria. In addition, Hollande is warning Russia not to become a “protagonist” in the war.

Hollande stated that “multiple, contradictory interventions carry the risk of a general inflammation.”

He added that Russia needs to be a “player in negotiations, not a protagonist in the action” and that it should join the alleged “anti-ISIL coalition” led by the U.S...

Aug 30 14:27

The Muslim Brotherhood's divisive dress code for women

Nureddin Sabir says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, including the controversial swimwear, the “burkini”, is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and should concern everyone of us.

Aug 30 08:57

Russian Army convoy arrives in Aleppo

On Monday morning, local activists in the Aleppo Governorate reported that a convoy of Russian soldiers were seen traveling along the Castillo Highway to the provincial capital.

At the time, Al-Masdar was unable to verify these reports; however, after speaking to members of the Syrian Armed Forces and local journalists in Aleppo, we are able to confirm the arrival of several Russian soldiers to the city.

Aug 30 08:35

Turkish Invasion Of Syria Reveals Vortex Of Interests

By Brandon Turbeville

As Turkey deepens its push into Syrian territory, numerous geopolitical interests are now colliding with one another in what appears to be a war worthy of the reputation the Middle East has for political and geopolitical complexity. Having had its immediate expedition across the Turkey-Syria border condemned by the Syrian government, Turkey is now facing some public criticism from the United States in regards to its military efforts against Kurdish forces east of the Euphrates who are themselves aligned with the United States, partially against ISIS and the Syrian government as well as staunch enemies of the Turkish government.

Aug 30 07:44

France criticizes Turkey's 'contradictory interventions' in Syria

French President Francois Hollande has criticized Turkey for expanding its military intervention in Syria, saying the action would escalate the situation in the Arab country.

Aug 30 07:43

Germany warns Turkey from attacking Kurds in Syria

German Ministry of Foreign Affairs warned the Turkish government from attacking the Kurds in Syria. The warning came after the attack launched by the Turkish troops on the Kurdish areas, north of Syria.

Aug 30 06:32

US Slams Turkish Bombing Of American Coalition Partners As "Unacceptable And A Source Of Deep Concern"

Things are turning increasingly sour for the US, which is barely able to keep track of which feuding factions it supports in the escalating Syrian war.

Aug 30 06:10

Israeli think tank: Don’t destroy ISIS; it’s a “useful tool” against Iran, Hezbollah, Syria

According to a think tank that does contract work for NATO and the Israeli government, the West should not destroy ISIS, the fascist Islamist extremist group that is committing genocide and ethnically cleansing minority groups in Syria and Iraq.

Why? The so-called Islamic State “can be a useful tool in undermining” Iran, Hezbollah, Syria and Russia, argues the think tank’s director.

Aug 29 11:16

Pentagon: Fighting Between Turkey, Syrian Kurds ‘Unacceptable’

Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria last week added dramatically to the complexity of America’s involvement in the Syrian War, which already saw a substantial number of different “US-backed” groups that are at one another’s throats grow substantially with the introduction of Turkish military forces in close proximity to the Kurdish YPG.

While Turkey, and their affiliated militias, captured the ISIS city of Jarabulus at the border, it wasn’t long before they were sacking Kurdish villages and engaging in direct fighting with the YPG over territory along the Euphrates River. Turkish officials have made no bones about this being the primary goal of the campaign.

Pentagon officials came into Turkey’s invasion trying to be supportive, launching a few airstrikes to support the incursion and demanding the Kurds cede some territory. Now, however, they’re just insisting the clashes are “unacceptable” and demanding that everyone “stand down immediately.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What a complete fluster-cluck this Syrian war has become for the US government!!

Aug 29 10:10

Syria war: Rival claims as Turkish strikes kill at least 25

Tens of people have been killed in continuing Turkish strikes on Kurdish-held areas in Syria near the border city of Jarablus.

A monitoring group said at least 35 civilians and four militants had been killed in the Turkish attacks.

The Turkish military said 25 people, all Kurdish militants, had been killed.

The strikes came on the fifth day of Turkey's military operation to target so-called Islamic State (IS) militants and Kurdish militia inside Syria.

Speaking in Gaziantep, where IS militants killed 54 people at a Kurdish wedding last week, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said "operations against terrorist organisations will continue until the end".

Aug 29 10:09

Joe Biden Humiliated In Turkish "Appeasement" As Erdogan Bombs US Allies In Syria

The last time U.S. Vice President Joe Biden flew to Turkey, in January, he had a stern message for President Erdogan: his model of Islamic democracy was setting a bad example by intimidating media and threatening academics. However, his tone was markedly different when he arrived in Ankara on Wednesday, just weeks after a failed coup in Turkey that has strained relations between the two countries, and on the same day that Turkey launched a full-blown incursion into northern Syria "to halt ISIS." With Turkey making very clear, and very open overtures toward Russia, Biden was in full blown diplomatic damage-limitation mode.

Aug 29 08:35

Erdogan Calls Putin as Russia Seethes at Turkey’s Syrian Incursion

Russia furious at Turkish move to set up rebel “safe zone” inside Syria to assist Jihadi rebels there, putting the recently announced “normalisation of relations” between Russia and Turkey in jeopardy.
In the immediate aftermath of the Turkish capture of Jarablus in Syria Turkish President Erdogan telephoned his “friend Putin” on Friday 27th August 2016.

The Kremlin’s account of the conversation is remarkable even by its standards for its terseness

“The two leaders discussed the development of Russia-Turkey trade and political and economic cooperation in keeping with the agreements reached in St Petersburg on August 9. Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan exchanged opinions on developments in Syria and pointed out the importance of joint efforts in fighting terrorism. They agreed to continue their dialogue on the issues of the bilateral and international agenda.”
The true subject of the discussion will in fact have been the Turkish capture of Jarablus in northern Syria.

Aug 29 07:55

Syrian government, Kurds condemn Turkish incursion into ISIS held border area

Syria condemned Wednesday’s Turkish incursion into an Islamic State group-held border area as a “flagrant violation” of its sovereignty as Kurdish authorities said the action amounted to a “declaration of war”. The foreign ministry in Damascus said it “condemns the crossing of the Turkey-Syria border by Turkish tanks and armoured vehicles towards the Jarabulus area with air cover from the US-led coalition and considers it a flagrant violation of Syrian sovereignty”.

Aug 28 23:18

Hezbollah leader perfectly explains Syria

Aug 28 11:31

THE TURKISH INVASION OF SYRIA AS PATH TO "REGIME CHANGE"

Al-Bab is a "backdoor" on key routes south to Aleppo from the Turkish border.

Turkish supplies for the Islamic Army of Conquest offensives in South Aleppo and Latakia: arms, ammo, supplies, even artillery, tanks have been reported as flowing like water over the Turkish border

Turkey is obviously not coordinating its incursion with the Syrian government which condemns it as a violation of its sovereignty. The Kremlin's impotent calls for Turkey to coordinate with Damascus while waving the old Geneva communique have been completely ignored. Unfortunately there is little they can do at this point without engaging in a full scale war with Turkey and the U.S. in Syria. Something the Kremlin lacks the will to do. Turkey/U.S. intend that their proxies take Aleppo as leverage in settlement negotiations to force Assad to step down, or partition if that fails.

Both the Turkish and FSA flags, (not the Syrian flag), were raised over "liberated" Jarablus

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The big question here is, with a growing rapprochement between Turkey and Russia, what can, and will, Putin do to stop this Turkish military campaign, and is he really ready to give up Al-Assad and the current Syrian government, for whom Russia has been fighting in Syria?!?

Aug 28 11:03

Two Birds With One Stone: US 'Sacrifices' Its Kurdish Allies in Syria

By sacrificing its Kurdish allies in northern Syria, Washington wants to mend relations with Ankara and prevent Turkey from strengthening its ties with Moscow, thus far killing two birds with one stone, expert on Middle Eastern affairs Jean Perier believes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another reminder that only a fool trusts the word of the US Government!

Aug 28 11:02

Rockets hit airport in Turkey’s southeast

Passengers at Diyarbakir Airport, in the southeast Turkish province of the same name, on Saturday night sought shelter in a terminal building after an apparent rocket attack, local media report. The airport is used for both military and civilian purposes.

Four rockets were fired by suspected Kurdish militants, Dogan news agency said. A police checkpoint outside the VIP lounge was hit.

Aug 28 10:37

Syria truce breached 6 times over 24 hours — Russian Reconciliation Center

During the day the terrorists multiple rocket launchers, mortars and tanks to shell in Aleppo’s neighborhoods Hai al-Ansari and Leramon, the local leather and cement factories, as well as Castello shopping center. The terrorist also shelled a number of localities in the provinces of Damascus and Daraa. "Evacuation of the population and militants who agreed to lay down arms started from the Darayya settlement of the Damascus province. They were evacuated by 10 buses and 7 ambulance cars," the bulletin says. As many as 265 civilians, mostly women, children and the elderly have been evacuated from Darayya to a temporary accommodation center deployed in the Keisua settlement (Damascus province). Another 10 severely injured residents of the town were taken to Damascus hospitals. Also, 120 militants and members of their families (230 persons) have left the city voluntarily, they were moved on buses towards Idlib.

Aug 28 10:24

German Pro-Atlantic Paper Admits: Ghouta Sarin Attack Committed By Al-Qaeda

The German paper Die Welt is staunchly pro-NATO and pro-U.S. It always follows the official, conservative propaganda lines up to the dot on the last i. But in today's Sunday edition one of its well-connected journalists and department head argues for a change of direction on Syria. Assad is not going to go away and "the west" needs to accept that to prevent a Salafist take-over of that country.

Aug 28 08:35

TURKEY DECLARES OPEN-ENDED MILITARY PRESENCE IN NORTHERN SYRIA

After launching a surprise invasion of northern Syria earlier this week, top Turkish officials are making it clear that the military operation there is open-ended, with a growing number of military goals being set out for the operation, which started as a way to help the rebels capture Jarabulus from ISIS.

Aug 28 07:42

A Phony War On ISIS

The Turkish HDP parliament member Hi?yar Özsoy claims (vid) that the Turkish operation is to save ISIS from the Syrian Kurds, not to liberate Syria of ISIS or to secure the Turkish-Syrian border. There is some logic in that.

Aug 28 07:31

Dozens killed as Turkey ramps up Syria offensive

Dozens of people were killed in Turkish bombardment in Syria on Sunday as Ankara ramped up its unprecedented offensive inside the country against ISIS and Kurdish militants.

Aug 27 16:51

British Boy Among Five Children Executing Prisoners In Syria

A shocking new video released by the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group reportedly shows a British boy executing a prisoner with a handgun in Syria.

The blue-eyed white boy, identified in the video as Abu Abdullah al-Britani, is one of five children carrying out executions of Kurds in the city of Raqqah.

Aug 27 11:36

Hillary Clinton’s “Humanitarian Interventionists” Prepare for War in Syria

Defense One, the online magazine published by the self-described “neocon guy" David Bradley, has called for a no-fly zone in Syria. Evelyn N. Farkas, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, a NATO operation, writes the United States is “morally complicit in the worsening humanitarian catastrophe that is Syria,” but not for the reason you might think. The United States is guilty because it has not intervened more directly. “We should be ready to enforce [a no-fly zone] through military force and communicate this directly to the Russian government. We should seek U.N. Security Council approval, but be prepared to proceed without it.”

Aug 27 10:21

SAUDI PRINCE DEMANDS US GROUND TROOPS REMOVE BASHAR AL-ASSAD

The former ambassador to the United States said “if the need” for US ground troops arises in the effort to depose al-Assad he “hopes the president will change his mind.”

Asked if Saudi Arabia would send ground troops, al-Faisal said no way.

”It would be a mistake for the United States, or Great Britain… to send in ground troops and overthrow the Assad regime,” Obama told the BBC in April.

However, around the time Obama made this remark the United States sent 250 ground troops into Syria—in direct violation of that country’s national sovereignty—under the pretense of fighting the Islamic State.

The Saudis scoffed and said the move was little more than “window dressing.”

Aug 27 08:53

‘US pretends there are moderates in Syria, Russia understands they are all terrorists’

On Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry met in Geneva for a 12-hour marathon session to discuss their countries’ respective strategies in Syria. The diplomats claimed they had made progress during the talks, saying they had reduced areas of misunderstanding. No official breakthrough statement was made, however.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kerry: Russia must leave Syria!

Lavrov: But we were invited. You were not.

Kerry: You must stop bombing the terrorists.

Lavrov: Maybe you should stop paying them to be terrorists.

Kerry: You will surrender Syria to us!

Lavrov: But we're winning!

Kerry: Well, you are just being unreasonable here!

Aug 27 07:24

Daesh-Gate: The Scandal That Could End Hillary Clinton's Campaign

Russian-Israeli journalist and political analyst Israel Shamir offers his insights on why Trump's comments about Obama and Clinton being 'the founders of ISIS' may just put an end to Hillary Clinton's White House ambitions.

Aug 26 15:57

Turkey Invades Northern Syria — Truth of Turkish "Coup" Revealed?

Syria's conflict has escalated into dangerous new territory as Turkish military forces cross the Turkish-Syrian border in an attempt to annex the Syrian city of Jarabulus. The operation includes not only Turkish military forces, but also throngs of Western-backed militants who will likely be handed control of the city before expanding operations deeper into Syria against Syrian government forces.

Aug 26 08:38

Rebels, civilians evacuating long-besieged Damascus suburb

Syrian rebels and their families began evacuating a long-besieged Damascus suburb Friday as part of an agreement reached with the government following four years of grueling airstrikes and siege that left the suburb in ruins.

The surrender of Daraya, which became an early symbol of the nascent uprising against President Bashar Assad, marks a success for his government, removing a persistent threat only a few miles from his seat of power. It provides a further boost for the Syrian army as it fights opposition forces for control over Aleppo, Syria's largest city.

Daraya's rebels agreed to evacuate in a deal late Thursday. Under the terms of the deal, around 700 gunmen will be allowed safe exit to the opposition-held northern province of Idlib, while some 4,000 civilians will be taken temporarily to a shelter south of Daraya.

Aug 26 08:03

Daraya Evacuation Deal Hands Syria's Assad a Strategic Win

Residents of the long-besieged Damascus suburb of Daraya began evacuating on Friday under a deal seen as a major symbolic victory for the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Aug 26 07:48

Kerry, Lavrov push to finalize Syria deal, evacuees leave besieged Daraya

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia's Sergei Lavrov sought on Friday to finalize an agreement on fighting Islamist militants in Syria as the first evacuees left a besieged Damascus surbub under a plan which has aroused the U.N.'s concern.

A deal on fighting jihadists in Syria could help lead to an end to fighting between the army and its militia allies on one side and non-jihadist rebels opposed to President Bashar al-Assad. This could pave the way for talks on a political transition to end the five-year Syrian conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kerry just signaled that the US-backed moderates have lost.

Aug 26 07:39

Tears as evacuation nears for symbol of Syria's revolt

Thousands of rebels and civilians, many in tears, prepared Friday to evacuate the Syrian town of Daraya after a four-year army siege, in a blow for the beleaguered opposition.

The evacuation comes after a deal struck by President Bashar Assad's government and opposition forces in the town, which is close to the capital Damascus and was one of the first to rise up against his government.

Aug 26 07:11

Turkey Invades Aleppo With US Backing

TURKEY invaded northern Syria yesterday with US military and diplomatic backing, striking at both Islamic State (Isis) and Kurdish forces.

Turkish troops and up to 20 tanks accompanied by extremist insurgents pulled from fronts in the Syrian civil war to capture Jarabulus, the key Isis-held border town in the north-east of Aleppo province.

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