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Jun 09 11:46

France Admits Special Forces Active In Syria

By Brandon Turbeville

Yet another confirmation has arrived regarding what informed observers have known since the very beginning of the Syrian crisis but what, up until this point, authorities have tried to deny – that French Special Forces are active on the ground in Syria.

According to reports by French news agency, AFP, the Special Forces troops are working alongside terrorists in northern Syria in an effort to guide the operation to retake Manbij. The French soldiers are also working alongside the SDF, a loose coalition of terrorists, YPG, Kurds, Arabs, and other groups, supported by the U.S. and NATO...

Jun 09 08:45

The U.S./UK Financed "White Helmets" Shtick - Fake "Child Rescued" Videos

Below is a incomplete list of "rescue" videos showing "kids being rescued" from "rubble" after "Syrian/Russian bombing" prepared by the U.S./UK financed Syria Civil Defence aka the "White Helmets".

Jun 08 23:05

Tactical missile complex "Tochka-U"

The Russians are using these against Al Nusra in Aleppo tonight.

Published on Nov 26, 2012
TRC "Point" is designed to engage point for small targets deep in the enemy's defense: ground-based reconnaissance-strike complexes, control of various arms, parking of aircraft and helicopters, reserve troops, munitions storage facilities, fuel and other supplies.
The two first Guided Missile Launch "Point" was produced in 1971 officially adopted in 1975 had a complex range of 15 to 70 km and the average deviation of the circular 250 m in 1989, began to come into service a modified set of "point -U. " The main difference is its greater range and accuracy.
Complex "Tochka-U" was used extensively in the first and second Chechen campaign, and was also used during the fighting in South Ossetia in 2008

Jun 08 22:29

Video: Russian Fighter Jets Overnight Strike on Nusra Positions in Northern Aleppo

The Russians are launching massive strikes across Syria tonight. Even using Tochka ballistic missiles fired from the Russian airbase.

The Russian fighter jets have bombed heavily the Nusra terrorist groups' concentration centers in the Northern parts of Aleppo, destroying terrorists' gatherings and ammunition depots.

Jun 08 22:19

Russia unleashes massive bombardment on Islamist rebels in western Aleppo

Around midnight, the rebel-held town of Darat Izza (western Aleppo) was struck by two long-range Russian ballistic missiles, fired from positions at Khmeimim Airbase in Latakia.

The missiles were of the type ‘OTR-21 Tochka’, a fierce long-range artillery weapon first developed during the 1980’s Soviet era.

Locals in Idlib were in awe at the sight and photograped one of the missiles mid-air:

Jun 08 11:58

Assad: “Aleppo Is The Grave Of Butcher Erdogan’s Dreams”

Op-Ed by Brandon Turbeville

In a recent address to the Syrian Parliament, Bashar al-Assad delivered one of his most powerful speeches to date. Tackling the issues of elections, democracy, Turkish ambitions, and the battle against the Western-backed jihadist invasion, Assad’s words have garnered attention from Syrians and, of course, Western governments and their propaganda outlets (more commonly called “news organizations” in the West).

This is because, five years on into a Western-backed invasion of jihadists and terrorists, Assad is standing defiantly in the face of the world’s greatest military power and refusing to back down to imperialist demands and the Anglo-American agenda for his country...

Jun 08 10:42

Aleppo shelling gets worse, dozens killed. Over 160 gunmen heading for Aleppo area through Turkish border

Jabhat Al-Nusra militants have stepped up bombardments of Aleppo, dozens have been killed and more than a hundred civilians have been injured, a spokesman for the Russian center for reconciliation in Syria has told the media...
"We have registered the movement of more than 160 Jabhat al-Nusra militants across the Turkish-Syrian border. The armed group crossed the border in northern Idlib province with a view to reinforcing terrorist groups operating in the Aleppo area", - http://tass.ru/en/world/880848

Jun 08 10:02

Report: Israeli Jets Attack Syrian Military Base in Homs

Locals near the base of the Syrian Army’s Fourth Mechanical Division reported hearing “huge explosions” over the weekend, as jets believed to belong to the Israeli military flew overhead. If confirmed, this would be the latest in a growing number of Israeli strikes on Syria.

Jun 08 09:51

BEX ALERT - Assad pledges more bloodshed in Syria, says the peace process has failed

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad signaled Tuesday that his government intends to escalate military efforts to crush the five-year-old uprising against his rule, saying the bloodshed will not end until he has regained control over all areas of Syria lost to the rebellion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The WP is getting really out of control with the distortions. Assad did not use the word "bloodshed." He stated he intended to free every inch of Syria from foreign-backed terror groups.

Jun 08 08:28

Netanyahu asks Putin to let Israeli planes fly freely in Syrian and Lebanese skies

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to let Israeli aircrafts fly freely in Syrian and Lebanese skies, Arab48.com reported on Tuesday.

The Israeli Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Ze’ev Elkin, who was Netanyahu’s translator and attended a Tuesday meeting, said that Netanyahu and Putin have a “credible” relationship, noting that Netanyahu is “using” it.

Elkin said that there is “no contradiction” between Netanyahu’s relations with Putin and his relations with the US President Barak Obama.

Jun 08 07:44

Syria in Last 24 Hours: Army Wins Back More Key Villages in Aleppo Province

The Syrian army regained full control over strategic villages after fierce clashes with the terrorists in Aleppo province in the last 24 hours. The popular fighters won back Fars Saqir and Fares al-Kabir in Aleppo province...
ISIL Fails again to Penetrate into Gov't Forces' Positions near Hama-Raqqa Border http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950319000266
Syrian Sources Deny Terrorists' Claims about Taking Back Key Region in Raqqa http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950319000482
Russian Warplanes Target ISIL Fuel Tankers in Raqqa http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950319000499

Jun 08 07:42

Large Arms Cargo Crosses Turkish Border into Northern Syria

Informed sources disclosed that a large cargo of arms and ammunition has crossed Turkey's Southern border to the terrorist-held regions in Northern Syria. "Several trucks, carrying arms and weapons, freely passed through territories controlled by various terrorist groups in Norther Aleppo and reached an area controlled by the ISIL militants," the Russian center for the Syria reconciliation said. Also in May, informed sources disclosed that the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front continued to use the Turkish borders to send fresh fighters to Syria's Northern province of Aleppo to join their comrades in the battlefields.

Jun 08 04:08

Mortar attacks on southern outskirts of Aleppo continue

Militants continue mortar attacks on Syrian army positions in Ansar populated locality on the southern outskirts of Aleppo. "Mortar attacks on Sheikh Maqsood Kurdish district, Makanis al-Duwairi and Bridg-er-Rikh districts persist," the spokesman said. He added that the gunmen took the advantage of the cessation of hostilities and the immediate proximity to the areas controlled by the "moderate opposition" to regroup their forces and replenish arms and ammunition.

Jun 08 03:00

In meeting with Orthodox, Trump reveals Israel advisers: His Jewish lawyers

NEW YORK (JTA) – There were a few things Donald Trump made clear when he met Thursday with a select group of Jewish reporters, almost all of them Orthodox, at his corporate offices in Manhattan.

Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly was the one who initiated Wednesday’s one-on-one powwow with Trump to mend fences, not him. He’s a great friend of Israel. He has many Orthodox Jewish friends, including his chief lawyer, Jason D. Greenblatt. And he considers himself a very loyal boss.

But in a 20-minute question-and-answer session that touched on religious liberty in the workplace, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and federal education tax credits, Trump offered scant details.

On some substantive policy questions, the Republican front-runner for president didn’t answer at all, instead delegating the question to Greenblatt, a real estate attorney from Teaneck, New Jersey — one of two people he said he’d appoint as his White House Israel policy advisers.

More at:
http://www.jta.org/2016/04/14/news-opinion/politics/in-meeting-with-or...

Jun 07 15:31

US Caught Faking It in Syria

You see, the US strategic goal in Syria is not as your faithful mainstream media servants (led by that redoubtable channeler of Neo-Con smokescreens at the NYT Michael Gordon) might have you believe to save the Syrian people from the ravages of the long-standing Assad dictatorship, but rather to heighten the level of internecine conflict in that country to the point where it will not be able to serve as a bulwark against Israeli regional hegemony for at least another generation.

How do we know? Because important protagonists in the Israelo-American policy planning elite have advertised the fact with a surprising degree of clarity in documents and public statements issued over the last several decades.

The key here is learning to listen to what our cultural training has not prepared us to hear.

Jun 07 15:30

America’s Fake War on ISIS Grinds On

While the Syrian Arab Army backed by Russian airpower successfully cuts off entire armies of terrorists from their supplies abroad, while encircling and eradicating them within Syrian territory, the US appears instead to be attempting to stretch out ISIS’ existence while maintaining the illusion of fighting the terrorist organization for as long as possible.

During the hearing, several times US senators including US Senator John McCain (R-AZ) would credit US operations for the recent setbacks faced by ISIS, including pressure recently placed directly on Al Raqqa – the defacto capital of ISIS in eastern Syria.

In reality, all of these setbacks are instead a result of Syrian and Russian efforts to interdict supplies flowing into Syria primarily from NATO-member Turkey, US-ally Jordan, and back and forth from Iraq. Beyond allegedly high-profile targeted killings, little to nothing has been done by the US to actually degrade ISIS’ fighting capacity.

Jun 07 12:38

West-Backed Forces In Syria Will Be ‘Overrun’ Without Support

Anti-government forces in Syria are dependent upon the West to survive in the war-ravaged country, an analyst says.

Chris Bambery, a London-based political commentator, told Press TV on Tuesday that the presence of the American and British forces alongside the so-called army was crucial to their survival.

Jun 07 10:14

Fabricated Reports of Russian Airstrikes Killing Civilians in Syria

The UK-based pro-Western imperial mouthpiece Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) features propaganda, not credible information.

On Monday, it accused Russia of killing 2,100 Syrian civilians since last September, including 500 children and 300 women - citing no credible evidence supporting its spurious claim. On Tuesday, it was at it again, claiming (nonexistent) Russian airstrikes killed 23 civilians in Idlib city, including seven children, saying an area next to a hospital was attacked, indicating the death toll likely to rise.

Reuters repeated its Big Lie with no due diligence fact checking, accepting a notorious unreliable source as gospel.

Jun 07 08:12

The Race For Raqqa – Could Two World Powers Meet In Battle Over ISIS HQ?

By Brandon Turbeville

The Syrian military is quickly closing in on Raqqa, one of the last ISIS strongholds in the country, and is expected to reach the city within a matter of weeks or even days where a major battle between government and terrorist forces is inevitable. Recently, the Syrian military liberated a number of areas in eastern Syria near the Taqba airbase, another site that is expecting liberation in the next few days.The Syrian military has already reached the edge of Raqqa province.

Raqqa has acted as the ISIS capital since the mysterious appearance of the group two years ago and has gone virtually untouched as the Syrian military has been bogged down in major cities and western/central areas of the country in their fight against the Western-backed terrorists. Notably, despite its rhetoric of fighting to “degrade and destroy” ISIS, the U.S.-led coalition has yet to bomb Raqqa...

Jun 07 08:04

Assad vows to fight on, says Aleppo to be Erdogan's graveyard

President Bashar al-Assad vowed on Tuesday to fight on in what he called Syria's war against terrorism, showing no sign of compromise in his first major address since peace talks broke down in April.

Assad said he would win back "every inch" of Syria and said Aleppo would be a graveyard for the hopes and dreams of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, a major sponsor of the insurgents battling to topple him.

"Our war against terrorism is continuing," Assad said in a speech to parliament broadcast by state TV. "As we liberated Tadmur (Palmyra) and before it many areas, we will liberate every inch of Syria from their hands. Our only option is victory, otherwise Syria will not continue."

Jun 07 07:53

US effectively siding with Al-Qaeda in desire to get rid of Assad – former UK ambassador to Syria

The US is “ready to de facto ally” with its archenemies from Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria as part of its “obsession” by using “so-called moderate” groups to overthrow the Syrian government, former UK ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford, told RT in an exclusive interview.

The US “is effectively siding with a branch of Al-Qaeda” in Syria, Peter Ford told RT, speaking of Washington’s recent request to Moscow not to target Al-Nusra positions with air strikes for the sake of moderate opposition groups located in the same area.

Jun 07 07:42

British special forces 'operating alongside rebels in Syria'

Report of special forces crossing border from Jordan is latest evidence of British involvement in fight against IS, as first reported by MEE

Jun 07 07:39

Kurdish Forces Engage In HUGE Battle With ISIS…You Need To See The SHOCKING Ending

Kurdish soldiers, who have historically fought against ISIS since day one, posted a video of a battle between the two.

Jun 06 19:44

Hillary Clinton: Electing a Foreign Spy for President?

As Sherlock Holmes would say, “We are entering in deep waters, Watson”.

The executive leadership now faces the problem of how to deal with a traitor, who may be the Democratic Party nominee for US President. How do the executive leadership and intelligence agencies back a foreign spy for president, who has been deeply compromised and can be blackmailed? This may explain why the FBI, NSA, and CIA hesitate to press charges; hesitate to even seriously investigate, despite the obvious nature of her offenses. Most of all it explains why there is no indication of the identity of Secretary Clinton’s correspondents in the various reports so far available.

Jun 06 17:10

It’s Time to Humanize the Syrian Refugee Crisis

By Derrick Broze

The ongoing civil war in Syria has contributed to a mass exodus of people leaving their homes in pursuit of safety and a new beginning. The migration of millions of individuals and families has sparked controversy across Europe and the United States as the world grapples with how to balance welcoming in refugees while also protecting their own citizens...a new documentary film seeks to show a side not often seen...

Jun 06 15:06

Group SSUK Condemns Excess Of Free Speech On Syria

The group SSUK (s?k), has registered its strong objection to, and condemnation of, the participation of Dr. Tim Anderson in the Crossing Borders Conference on Refugees, to convene July 7-10 on the Greek Island of Lesbos. Dr. Anderson is the author of The Dirty War on Syria: Washington, Regime Change and Resistance. Their complaint is that Anderson presents facts and a point of view that SSUK does not like.

Jun 06 14:46

Lavrov: West Asking Moscow Not To Bomb Positions Of Al-Nusra, The Al-Qaeda Branch In Syria

Washington has asked Moscow not to conduct airstrikes against al-Nusra Front, which is Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria.

Jun 06 14:20

Syria's new 'transitional Government' is more 'Western' than many think, with the new head of Parliament being a woman!

A Syrian woman who is a member of the progressive Baath party has been chosen as the new parliament speaker, becoming the first woman to ever hold the post.

Hadiyeh al-Abbas, 58, won uncontested Monday during the first session of the People's Assembly, (AKA: Syria's 'parliament') elected in April.

Al-Abbas holds a PhD in agricultural engineering and was a professor at al-Furat University in the eastern city of Deir el-Zour, which is currently contested by government forces and the Islamic State group.

Jun 06 13:39

Did Clinton’s Emails Expose CIA Agents?

Even as Hillary Clinton closes in on the Democratic nomination, facts continue to emerge indicating that her sloppy email practices may have endangered secrets, including the identities of covert operatives, writes Peter Van Buren.

These are facts. You can look at the source documents yourself. This is not opinion, conjecture, or rumor. Hillary Clinton transmitted the names of American intelligence officials via her unclassified email.

From a series of Clinton emails, numerous names were redacted in the State Department releases with the classification code “B3 CIA PERS/ORG,” a highly specialized classification that means the information, if released, would violate the Central Intelligence Act of 1949 by exposing the names of CIA officials.

Jun 06 13:30

MSNBC Admits Plan to Suppress Bernie Sanders Voters in California

A stunning revelation from MSNBC’s Chris Matthews...

Matthews flat out states that there is a plan in place at MSNBC to announce Hillary as the clear winner, hours before anything is officially declared, to make people think they will be wasting their time by going out to vote for Bernie.

This is a stunning example of the dirty tricks that the mainstream media will play to further their preferred establishment candidate’s position in the race:

Jun 06 13:26

Electing a Foreign Spy for President?

As Sherlock Holmes would say, “We are entering in deep waters, Watson”.

There are several lines of inquiry against Mme. Clinton:

(1) Did she work with, as yet unnamed, foreign governments and intelligence services to strengthen their positions and against the interest of the United States?

(2) Did she provide information on the operations and policy positions of various key US policymakers to competitors, adversaries or allies undermining the activities of military, intelligence and State Department officials?

(3) Did she seek to enhance her personal power within the US administration to push her aggressive policy of serial pre-emptive wars over and against veteran State Department and Pentagon officials who favored traditional diplomacy and less violent confrontation?

(4) Did she prepare a ‘covert team’, using foreign or dual national operative, to lay the groundwork for her bid for the presidency and her ultimate goal of supreme military and political power?

Jun 06 13:16

British Forces Fight Alongside Militants In Syria

UK Special Forces have been spotted in Syria fighting alongside anti-government militants, marking the first evidence of the troops’ direct involvement in the years-long conflict.

The British troops have been frequently crossing into Syria to support the so-called New Syrian Army (NSA), purportedly protecting them from attacks by the Daesh Takfiri terrorists, the Times reported Monday.

Jun 06 09:11

British troops, without permission, entered Syria

newspaper "The Times", these actions are in fact the first evidence of participation of British land forces during clashes in Syria, if it does not take into account the training of rebels in Jordan.
SWAT frequently cross the territory of Syria to provide assistance to armed formation "The new Syrian Army" that holds under its control village of El Tant. This place is located near the Iraqi and Jordanian borders.
The paper states that the transfer of special forces in the conflict zone, as opposed to the regular forces, it needs the approval of Parliament.

Jun 06 08:33

Syria: The U.S. Is Unwilling to Settle – Russia Returns for Another Round

The Obama administration does not want peace in Syria. The Russians finally have to admit to themselves that the U.S. is no partner for a continuation of a cease fire, a coordinated attack against the Islamic State and al-Qaeda and for peace in Syria. Indeed, as Lavrov explains, the U.S. has againasked to spare al-Qaeda from Russian air strikes even as two UN Security Council resolutions demand its eradication. Huge supply convoys (vid) from Turkey are again going to the “rebels” who will, as always, share them with al-Qaeda and other terrorists.

Jun 06 08:05

British forces fight alongside militants in Syria

UK Special Forces have been spotted in Syria fighting alongside anti-government militants, marking the first evidence of the troops’ direct involvement in the years-long conflict.

Jun 06 07:56

Dramatic Drone Footage Shows Syrian Army Advancing Toward Islamic State Capital

Starting about two weeks ago, a new campaign was launched to put the substantially weakened Islamic State on the defensive: in the south, Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), Popular Mobilization, and Sunni tribal fighters have closed in on a multiple-axis assault to encircle the city of Fallujah. As we reported previously, Iraqi forces, together with Kurdish Peshmerga forces, Shi'ite Muslim militias, and Sunni tribal fighters, backed by U.S.-led coalition forces, have pushed on toward Fallujah after recapturing several key cities in the past year, including Ramadi, Tikrit, and Baiji. Here, the advance has been problematic however as Aljazeera reported earlier today, fighters battling to retake Fallujah say they have secured its southern edge and have almost completely encircled the whole Iraqi city.

Jun 06 07:25

'Fierce Fighting': Militants Clashing in Aleppo's Sheikh Maqsood District

Over 2,000 militants from Syrian terror groups, "moderate rebels" forces gathered in Aleppo's Sheikh Maqsood neighborhood, as al-Nusra Front militants kept shelling the district overnight, the Russian military said.

Jun 06 06:16

Russia to give strongest air support to Syrian army in Aleppo area - Lavrov

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Russia will provide "the most active" air support for Syrian ground troops in and around the city of Aleppo to prevent terrorists from seizing it.

Jun 05 17:13

4,700 Syrians To Receive Asylum In US As Migrant Camps Deteriorate

The US has approved 4,700 Syrians for asylum, according to the Homeland Security chief. An additional 7,900 Syrians are awaiting security reviews as the Obama administration is facing mounting criticism for falling behind on its resettlement goal.

Jun 05 13:59

Syria: Army enter Raqqa province in offensive to liberate IS-held Raqqa

Combat Footage

Published on Jun 4, 2016
Government troops made further gains into Raqqa province, Thursday, as a Russian backed military assault is underway to liberate the city of Raqqa, which under control of the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

Jun 05 13:54

Syrian army 'crosses into Raqqa province'

The Syrian army has crossed the boundary of Raqqa province after advancing in a major Russian-backed offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

Heavy Russian air strikes hit ISIL-held territory in eastern areas of Hama province, near the boundary of Raqqa, on Friday to facilitate the Syrian army's advance, the UK-based SOHR said on Saturday.

Jun 05 09:38

Washington Is Using Russia’s Reliance on Diplomacy To Revive ISIS And To Involve Russia In Long-Term War In Syria

Russia Fiddles While Syria Burns

by Stephen Lendman

Make no mistake. Putin’s strategic intervention in Syria last September was a bold, vital step. He deserves credit and praise for taking it.

Things changed dramatically on the ground. Reinvigorated government forces retook large swaths of earlier lost territory, freeing them from the scourge of US-sponsored terrorism.

At the same time, Russia’s all-out efforts for ceasefire and conflict resolution peace talks failed. On the one hand, the alternative is endless war. On the other, the only language America understands is force.

Moscow’s genuine diplomatic efforts can’t succeed because it has no peace partner in Washington – under Obama or whoever succeeds him.

Jun 05 08:23

US Requests Protection for Al Qaeda as Terrorist Atrocities in Aleppo Escalate

This morning as the US, NATO & Gulf backed terrorists continue to rain missiles down upon the Syrian people besieged [by the terrorists] in the western sectors of Aleppo that are refuge to the majority of Aleppo’s population, a further 8 Syrian Arab Army soldiers have been taken prisoner and paraded on camera, blindfolded and shackled. Their fate is in the hands of drug fuelled terrorists supported, armed and defended by the US who has just requested that Russia desists from targeting Al Qaeda in Syria, Al Nusra.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US is now overtly supporting Al Qaeda!

Jun 05 08:19

What Most Syrians See Of Their War

Here is a video of what most Syrians are seeing and experiencing of the war, and it’s titled “Living in the crosshairs, May 29th 2016 ENG SUBS” (the “ENG SUBS” means “English subtitles”).

It refers to attackers being the “Free Syrian Army” (who were founded by Riad al-Asaad, no relation to Bashar al-Assad — and spelled and pronounced differently — and he was a proponent of a fundamentalist Sunni Syrian constitution). It also refers to (and shows victims of) the “canisters” which the FSA is firing westward, from the Aleppo city area that the FSA controls, into the city’s “Midan District,” which is controlled by the Syrian government.

Jun 05 07:53

Syrian Gov’t Troops enter ISIL-held al-Raqqa Province, racing against US Allies

Syrian troops, aided by a Homs-based pro-government militia the ‘Falcons of the Desert’ and under the cover of Russian air support, entered al-Raqqa Province from Hama for the first time in two years on Saturday. The southern half of al-Raqqa province is one of two major strongholds left to Daesh (ISIS, ISIL), the other one being Mosul in northern Iraq. Mosul is much bigger and more important, but al-Raqqa has symbolic importance to Daesh, since it is where the terrorist organization first established itself as a ‘state’ ruling territory. The territory also figures in Daesh’s weird theories about the Judgment Day.

The Arabic press is saying that the regime seeks to retake the town of Tabqa, which has a major air base that the Syrian military lost to Daesh in June of 2014.

Jun 05 07:47

More than one-third of refugees in Vermont test positive for tuberculosis

Data from the Vermont Department of Health show that more than one-third of refugees resettled in Vermont test positive for tuberculosis. Since 2013, about 900 refugees admitted to the Green Mountain State have been tested for tuberculosis, a potentially fatal infectious disease affecting the lungs. Of that number, 318 refugees, or 35.4 percent, tested positive. Watchdog.org obtained the health data on Wednesday following reporting by Stateline that the disease may be making a comeback in the United States.

Jun 05 07:25

Turkish troops, militants mass in Aleppo: Russian monitor

A Russian ceasefire monitoring center in Syria says more than 2,000 militants have gathered in a northern neighborhood of the embattled city of Aleppo for an offensive.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US used the cease fire to resupply their proxy terrorist group for another try at ousting Assad and replacing him with a US puppet ruler.

Jun 04 13:46

Who are the Syrian Desert Hawks?

The Syrians have their own proxy army.

In a matter of two years, the Syrian Desert Hawks (var. Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra) have become one of the most effective fighting forces in the Syrian War; however, very little is known about this paramilitary group.
Often described as a unit from the pro-government “National Defense Forces” (var. NDF), the Desert Hawks actually have no affiliation with the latter or the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

The man behind the Desert Hawks:
The Desert Hawks were originally started by a retired Syrian Army officer, General Mohammad Jaber, in early 2013.

The Desert Hawks are now leading the charge to the provincial capital of Al-Raqqa, where they are looking to expel the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham before the U.S. backed rebels reach the city.

Jun 04 12:51

Syria: The U.S. Is Unwilling To Settle - Russia Returns For Another Round

The Obama administration does not want peace in Syria. The Russians finally have to admit to themselves that the U.S. is no partner for a continuation of a cease fire, a coordinated attack against the Islamic State and al-Qaeda and for peace in Syria. Indeed, as Lavrov explains, the U.S. has again asked to spare al-Qaeda from Russian air strikes even as two UN Security Council resolutions demand its eradication. Huge supply convoys (vid) from Turkey are again going to the "rebels" who will, as always, share them with al-Qaeda and other terrorists.

Jun 04 08:30

What Most Syrians See of Their War

What Most Syrians See of Their War

Jun 03 16:17

Putin trips up US AGAIN? Syrian army and allies with Russian air force help blocking US/israel's takeover of prized Syrian air base.

Advance units of the Syrian Arab Army, supported by forces of Hezbollah, Iranian volunteers and Russian Aerospace fighter/bombers are advancing on the ISIS held Tabqa Military Airport, just south of Raqqah.

Sources in Damascus have told VT that this drive, supported by Russian Aerospace sorties, is advancing through the night to seize the ISIS held airport after it was learned that America planned to open a major base there, dominating this vital region, part of a secret agreement to split Syria, a plan made showing a shocking level of cooperation between “strange bedfellows,” most notable an American deal with ISIS against Damascus.

Jun 03 12:50

Over 40,000 Foreign Militants From 100 Countries Fighting In Syria – US State Department

The US State Department has drawn attention to the influx of foreign mercenaries to Syria, who are coming from 100 different countries to join the terrorists’ ranks. Russia has previously warned that up to 30,000 foreigners joined Islamic State alone.

There was “an excess of 40,000 total foreign fighters [that] have gone to the conflict [in Syria] from over 100 countries,” the State Department’s Acting Coordinator for Counter Terrorism, Justin Siberell, said at a press briefing.

Jun 03 12:37

An American senator (legally) in Syria

Virginia Senator Richard Black is from the beginning of the Syrian crisis one of the few American politicians to speak in defense of Syria and her people against the aggression that this Middle Eastern nation is suffering from nearly six years. A few days ago he gave us a video interview: what is mentioned here is a summary and at the bottom there is the link to the video on YouTube. Senator Black reached Syria through Lebanon during a recent journey and met with political and military people of both countries during a series of informal but no less important meetings. It's the opinion of the senator that it is time for the American people to know that United States started this war, about which in the West only the official version is knew. It was not a spontaneous uprising as the mainstream media try to make us believe, but a coward secret operation launched by the US government to subvert another, the Syrian, who was not enemy of the US.

Jun 03 11:24

Russian military deliver 16 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Syria’s Hama province

Russian military medics have deployed a mobile medical center and provided medical aid to all who needed it. "They brought a record amount of humanitarian aid - 16 tons. Flour, cereals, canned fish, canned meat, and bread baked in a state factory in the city of Hama specially from our flour," Ivanov said. According to him, 16 women and four children, who were abducted in Zara by militants of the Jabhat al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham terrorist groups (outlawed in Russia) have been released with the assistance of the Russian negotiators. Currently, representatives of the reconciliation center are working on the release of other hostages...

Jun 03 08:49

Saudis rooting for Clinton to win White House: Oil analyst

“It is no secret that the Saudis and other [Persian] Gulf Sunni powers are rooting for Mrs. Clinton,” Bob McNally, president of Washington-based consulting firm Rapidan Group, told CNBC from Vienna on Thursday.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) holds its semiannual meeting Thursday in Vienna, but is unlikely to announce any strategy changes.

McNally said that there is “a lot of concern and anxiety” about what a Donald Trump presidency would mean for the oil market.

Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, has questioned the protective nature of the US relationship with Saudi Arabia.

He has suggested that the United States should consider ditching Riyadh because Washington is increasingly getting less dependent on overseas oil.

Jun 03 07:57

Report: Russia Discusses Sending Special Forces to Syria

While so far Russia’s only boots on the ground in Syria have been those protecting their own naval and air bases, Russia’s former Deputy FM Andrei Fyodorov has claimed that there have been discussions among the military leadership, and with President Vladimir Putin, about sending special forces.

Jun 03 07:56

Defense Secretary Claims Bombed Syrian City Used to ‘Plot Against US’

A day after reports that US airstrikes in and around the Syrian city of Manbij had killed at least 15 civilians, Pentagon officials still aren’t confirming the incident, but are suddenly talking up Manbij as a big threat that needs attacking.

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter told reporters today that the US knows there is “external plotting from Manbij city,” and that ISIS is using it as a base to hatch plots against the US homeland, saying attacks on it are “essential and important.”

Carter offered no evidence for this claim. The US is backing the “Syrian Democratic Forces” in attacking the area on the ground. This force is overwhelmingly the Kurdish YPG, though the US insists that the specific troops attacking Manbij have an unusually high number of Arabs, an attempt to placate Turkey, who has warned against Kurdish expansion across the Euphrates.

Jun 03 06:19

Russian fighter jets destroy ISIS oil facilities close to Turkish border (VIDEO)

Russia’s defense ministry released a video of Su-34 bombers destroying an Islamic State oil-refining plant near the Syrian city of Ras al-Ayn on the border with Turkey, as Russia intensifies airstrikes on the terrorists’ oil smuggling routes.

Jun 02 08:33

‘Erdoganistan’: Persecuted journalists tell RT of horrors of Turkish crackdown on Kurds

While very little is said in the Western media about Turkey’s crackdown on the Kurds in southeast Turkey, and journalists are virtually banned from the afflicted region, RT Documentary turned to locals for help in finding out what’s really going on there.

Journalists from RT Documentary channel (RTD) were introduced to Hilal, a reporter who lives in Turkey’s troubled city of Diyarbakir. With the Turkish army in the region fighting Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) forces, whom they call “terrorists,” constant gun fights and explosions just a few blocks from her home have become a familiar sight for the journalist. The Kurds in the country’s southeast are seeking more autonomy from the Turkish government.

Jun 02 07:10

Syrian Border Chaos as NATO Aims to Win Proxy War

Reuters, however, leaves out very crucial information – information that if concludes, would raise suspicions about the entire narrative alleged across Western media outlets like Reuters.

If rebels are being directly supplied across the Turkish-Syrian border by a multinational coalition, how is it possible that ISIS forces are somehow better equipped and able to overwhelm these forces? The length of any ISIS logistical line supporting its fighters in this alleged battle – if not also extending over the Turkish-Syrian border in the immediate vicinity of the fighting, must be hundreds of miles long and in itself an immense strain on ISIS’ fighting capacity.

It would be rather remarkable, in fact, unbelievable for ISIS to somehow not be being aided and abetted from directly across the Turkish-Syrian border where allegedly “foreign-backed insurgents” are allegedly receiving aid from nations like the US, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.

Jun 02 06:54

Putin to hold talks with Israeli PM in Moscow next week — Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold talks next week with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamini Netanyahu who will arrive in Moscow for a visit.

According to Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, the situation in Syria will be one of the issues discussed at the talks.

Jun 02 06:50

Syrian Observatory, Reuters spreading lies about airstrikes: Russia

Russia has accused the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Reuters news agency of spreading lies about its involvement in a series of airstrikes is Syria’s northwestern Idlib province.

“We urge people to remain critical of any horror stories spread by the ‘British tandem’ of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Reuters news agency,” said Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov on Tuesday.

Earlier, the UK-based monitoring group reported that Russia carried out air raids on the province, and Reuters said they were “the heaviest bombardment there since a cessation of hostilities was agreed in February.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yesterday it was revealed that the photos provided by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (a one man operation located in Britain) as proof of the air strikes were actually six months old.

Jun 01 13:53

What happens when Arab autocrats are left to fend for themselves?

James M. Dorsey attributes Washington’s disengagement from Saudi Arabia to its refocus on Asia, and argues that Saudi attempts at regional leadership through sectarianism and war are doomed to fail for objective, structural reasons.

Jun 01 09:40

New “Flesh-Eating” Disease Spreading Across Syria And The Middle East

As if the people of Syria were not troubled enough with five years of Western-engineered destruction, warfare, and economic oppression, a new disease is working its way across the country. Cutaneous Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease allegedly being spread by infected sand flies although the disease is also described as tropical in…

Jun 01 09:05

Report: Syrians 'Buy Honduran I.D.S' To Get Into U.S.

Syrians, Palestinians and other Arab nationals are buying Honduran identities and passports that make them eligible to enter the United States on tourist visas, opening a whole new door to potential terrorists and refugees seeking easy passage to America, says to a new report.

May 31 17:53

U.S. Special Forces Seen Wearing YPG Badges In Syria

By Brandon Turbeville

If there was any doubt that American military personnel were doing much more than providing “training” to “anti-ISIS” fighters in Syria, recent pictures have emerged out of the embattled country showing U.S. Special Forces soldiers alongside YPG fighters. The U.S. soldiers are seen wearing emblems of the YPG on their shoulders. The picture seems to indicate that these soldiers are indeed acting under their “support” combat roles, a possibility indicated by President Barack Obama when he announced the additional number of U.S. Special Forces troops being deployed to Syria. The total number of publicly announced Special Forces fighters has risen to 300...

May 31 12:00

NGO's Photos "Proving" Alleged Russian Strike on Idlib Are 6 Months Old

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights blamed Russian Aerospace Forces for conducting airstrikes in Idlib, it seems the group has once again spoken out before getting their facts straight as the exact same photo was first used by Al-Jazeera six months ago.

May 31 07:16

'Terror group insignia': US troops wearing Kurd badges infuriate Turkey


In a stunning attack on Washington, Turkey's Foreign Minister says US forces in Syria should wear the insignia of terror groups.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Many of them already do! :)

May 30 10:09

Christopher Bollyn: How Israel Created the Fiend for the War on Terror

The War on Terror is essentially an Israeli war strategy. It was first promoted on the world stage by Benjamin Netanyahu and Menachem Begin (of the terrorist Likud party) at the Jerusalem Conference hosted by the Netanyahu Institute in July 1979.

According to the War on Terror doctrine advocated by Netanyahu, "Islamic terrorists" attack Israel because it is a Western state with Western values. The West, Netanyahu says, is the real target so the U.S. must lead the West in waging a global War on Terror to destroy Islamic terrorists and the regimes that support them. This is exactly what the United States has done since 9/11, at incredible expense to its own population, leaving a trail of devastated nations in its wake.

The Israeli construct was designed to get the U.S. to destroy the enemies of the Zionist state. The Israelis developed the War on Terror construct and then created the Islamic opponent, al Qaida, to serve as the antithesis – the virulent enemy of the West. The real purpose of al Qaida, and its subsequent iterations like ISIS, is to be a moving target used to destabilize and destroy sovereign countries, like Syria, while sustaining the illusion of an Islamic antithesis, posing a mortal threat to the security of the West. The Zionist-controlled media is the essential element in selling the fraudulent War on Terror to the public.

May 30 09:51

Turkish president slams presence of Russia, Iran, US in Syria

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raps the presence of Russia, Iran and the US in its war-ravaged neighbor, Syria.

May 29 09:16

Disfiguring tropical bug spread across Syria after ISIS turn the streets into a filthy wasteland is now eating its way across the Middle East

Cutaneous leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease spread by bites from infected sand flies.

It can lead to severe scarring, often on the face, and regularly goes undiagnosed and untreated.

May 29 08:44

FLASHBACK - 9/11: Cover For A Coup D'Etat?

September 11th 2001. The day that will forever live in infamy as the day when the reset button was hit on over two centuries of American history and allowed for the new doctrines of preemptive war, the domestic police state and the codifying of torture into the law of the land. The real meaning as well as the cause of 9/11 continues to resonate and be debated throughout the alternative media and the blogosphere despite the sanctimonious reverence given to it by the corporate, state controlled mainstream media where those who dare to even suggest that it was blowback are shouted down by angry demagogues standing atop their electronic soapboxes. That one single day more than anything else has been used as the justification the rise of the new American fascist state and the illegal wars of aggression that feed the colossus that is the military industrial complex.

May 29 08:01

Russia Increases Strikes on Illegal Oil Transport Routes in Syria

Russian warplanes have increased airstrikes against illegal oil production sites and oil smuggling routes in Syria since May 20, head of the Russian General Staff Lt. Gen. Sergey Rudskoy said Friday.

According to him, Moscow and Washington have agreed on the need to decrease the economic potential of the terrorist groups Daesh and Al-Nusra.

May 29 07:50

'Disaster in the Making': The Many Failures of the EU-Turkey Refugee Deal

Many viewed it with skepticism from the start and now, the Brussels-Ankara refugee deal is in danger of collapse. Refugees are being locked up in Turkey and it looks as though the best educated Syrians are not being allowed to continue to Europe.

May 28 10:30

Provocation? Turkish Military Advances 700 Meters Into Syria

The division of the Turkish army has made advances by 700 meters into Syria, in the city of Afrin located in northern Aleppo province according to al-Mayedin channel.

A large convoy of Turkish military including tanks and ambulances rolls from the southeastern part of Turkey toward the Iraqi border (File)
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Turkey Threatens to Launch 'Unilateral' Operations on Syrian Soil
The Turkish military has put up a checkpoint next to the settlement, which has a predominantly Kurdish population.
So far there has been no official comment regarding this information.

Earlier, Sergey Rudskoy, the head of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of Russia, noted that Turkey continues to shell Syrian towns along the border and at the positions of Kurdish militia.

"Turkish artillery continues shelling Syrian border settlements and Kurdish militia positions," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that Turkey (most likely in conjunction with US and Syrian forces) are getting ready for a major assault against the Syrian government forces.

The question which needs to be asked here, is how will Russia respond to such an attack?!?

May 28 07:05

Trucks Carrying Weapons For Al-Nusra Front Arrive from Turkey Daily

Lt. Gen. Sergey Rudskoy said in his press briefing on Friday that weapons and ammunitions are continuously being delivered to the al-Nusra Front terrorists in Syria, allowing them to engage Syrian government forces and hindering the fight against ISIL in the country, Sputnik reported.

May 27 10:53

Erdogan Unleashes More Threats on Europe as EU-Turkey Deal Falters

An historic deal between the European Union and Turkey detailing the administration of Syrian refugees continues to unravel amid concerns by Brussels regarding Ankara’s quickly deteriorating record on human rights.

Recently, European leaders nearly unanimously signaled an unwillingness to approve visa-free travel for Turkish residents within the Schengen zone, citing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s persecution of domestic opposition and dissent. Europe’s decision to retreat from offering Turkey visa-free travel, a critical component of the EU-Turkey refugee negotiations, tipped Erdogan into a fit of rage on Tuesday.
Speaking at a World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Erdogan threatened to unleash a flood of refugees

Speaking at a World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Erdogan threatened to unleash a flood of refugees into Europe if the EU failed to approve his visa-free travel demands.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A world Humanitarian summit being held in ...Istanbul, the capital of a country practicing serial genocide against Turkish Kurds; somehow, you have to appreciate the irony here!

But Erdogan appears to be falling apart, mentally and politically.

I think the next step in Turkey will be very dependent on what the Turkish army believes it needs to do to restore order in the country.

May 27 09:20

NEW TURKISH-U.S. QUARRELS ABOUT SYRIA

SOME 300 U.S. SPECIAL FORCES ILLEGALLY INVADED SYRIA TO SUPPORT THE SYRIAN KURDS OF THE YPG ORGANIZATION. THE TURKS SEE THE YPG AS A SISTER ORGANIZATION TO THE KURDISH PKK GUERRILLA IN TURKEY WHICH AREA DESIGNATED TERRORIST ORGANIZATION WHILE THEY ARE FIGHTING FOR AUTONOMY WITHIN TURKEY. ONLY YESTERDAY SIX TURKISH SECURITY PERSONAL DIED DURING FIGHTS WITH THE PKK. TO TURKS THE YPG ARE TERRORISTS.

Yesterday the U.S. special forces screwed up mightily by displaying the insignia of the "terrorists" while combating the Islamic State. Leading U.S. media though try to calm the situation down by misleading their readers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would strongly suspect that the number of US Special Forces in Syria are far larger than the number here suggests.

Also, as reported today at zerohedge.com, the first photos of American troops in Syria have been released.

Following the propagandist double-speak gushing forth from the Obama administration over when a "boot on the ground" in Syria is a "boot on the ground," the following photographs via Agence France-Presse confirm US special operation forces in a rural village 40 miles from Raqqa. As The Guardian reports, the Pentagon press secretary, resisted commenting on the photographs and would only describe the US special operations forces’ mission in generic terms, despite the fact that these troops are at the frontline of fighting when President Obama assured America that forces are consistently behind the forward lines. In April, State Department spokesman John Kirby attempted to change the narrative in a stumbling proposterous way denying President Obama had ever said "no boots on the ground" in Syria...

Sorry, John Kirby: President Obama made that pledge to both the American people and the world that there would be no US military boots on the ground no less than 16 times.
Since 2013, President Obama has repeatedly vowed that there would be no "boots on the ground" in Syria. But White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the president's decision Friday to send up to 50 special forces troops to Syria doesn't change the fundamental strategy: "This is an important thing for the American people to understand. These forces do not have a combat mission." Earnest said the promises of "no boots on the ground" first came in the context of removing Syrian President Bashar Assad because of his use of chemical weapons. Since then, Syria has become a haven for Islamic State fighters. Here's a recap of Obama's no-boots pledge:

It has got to be tough to continue to swallow Obama's "verbal ejaculate", and neither choke nor vomit, but that is the job of a White House press secretary these days.

We know President Obama has lied; we know that you have lied; and if I as an ordinary citizen understand this, so do millions of other thinking Americans.

Sorry, John: this is not working; and the reality is, President Obama wants to regime change Syria, and by any means necessary, as soon as he can.

Right now, I would not bet against out an attempted US Special Ops decap strike against Al-Assad himself.

May 27 08:40

Caught on camera: US Special Forces on ISIS frontline in Syria

US Special Forces operatives have been photographed fighting alongside the Kurdish militia in northern Syria in a drive against the Islamic State-held city of Raqqa. The Pentagon insists the Americans are there in “advise and assist” capacity only, however.

May 27 08:18

Turkey continues to arm Nusra terrorists in Syria: Russia

Russia’s Defense Ministry says the Turkish government continues to supply al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front terrorists fighting in Syria with weapons in a bid to undermine the Syrian army in its fight against foreign-backed Takfiri militants.

May 27 06:51

Clinton: Destroy Syria for Israel

“The best way to help Israel deal with Iran’s growing nuclear capability is to help the people of Syria overthrow the regime of Bashar Assad,” Clinton forthrightly starts off by saying.

Even though all US intelligence reports had long dismissed Iran’s “atom bomb” program as a hoax (a conclusion supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency), Clinton continues to use these lies to “justify” destroying Syria in the name of Israel.

She specifically links Iran’s mythical atom bomb program to Syria because, she says, Iran’s “atom bomb” program threatens Israel’s “monopoly” on nuclear weapons in the Middle East.

If Iran were to acquire a nuclear weapon, Clinton asserts, this would allow Syria (and other “adversaries of Israel” such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt) to “go nuclear as well,” all of which would threaten Israel’s interests.

Therefore, Clinton, says, Syria has to be destroyed.

May 27 06:14

NEW TURKISH-U.S. QUARRELS ABOUT SYRIA

Some 300 U.S. special forces illegally invaded Syria to support the Syrian Kurds of the YPG organization. The Turks see the YPG as a sister organization to the Kurdish PKK guerrilla in Turkey which area designated terrorist organization while they are fighting for autonomy within Turkey. Only yesterday six Turkish security personal died during fights with the PKK. To Turks the YPG are terrorists. Yesterday the U.S. special forces screwed up mightily by displaying the insignia of the "terrorists" while combating the Islamic State. Leading U.S. media though try to calm the situation down by misleading their readers.

May 26 11:00

Marines and heavy military equipment deployed by U.S. in North-East Syria

The U.S. government [after years of inactivity, except the material and logistic support to the terrorist gangs who are fighting in Iraq & Syria], now that the Russian Air Force, the Syrian Army and its allies are at the gates of Raqqa, shows off the muscles to support some of the Kurdish factions to consolidate a territorial division of the future Syria…already planned a long time ago…

May 26 09:30

Hillary Clinton: “We Created Al Qaeda”.

The following video features Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton acknowledging that America created and funded Al Qaeda as a terrorist organization in the heyday of the Soviet-Afghan war:

““Let’s remember here… the people we are fighting today we funded them twenty years ago

… let’s go recruit these mujahideen.

“And great, let them come from Saudi Arabia and other countries, importing their Wahabi brand of Islam so that we can go beat the Soviet Union.”

May 25 10:36

Syrian Analyst, Afraa Dagher, To U.S.: “Is It Normal To Kill Kids, Women? Is This Normal For You?”

By Brandon Turbeville

After a series of coordinated suicide bombings rocked the Syrian coast, killing over one hundred innocent civilians, Syrians are becoming even more frustrated with the hypocrisy of the West, not only in terms of the faux solidarity expressed when Belgium and France were attacked and the subsequent silence when it comes to Syria, but also in the constant Western whining about a “war on terror” that is made up of supporting and directing the very terror organizations it tells its own population it is trying to defeat...

May 25 08:19

Which Terrorists Bombed Jobleh, Tartus? ISIS Or ‘Moderate’ Terrorists?

By Brandon Turbeville

A series of coordinated and organized suicide bombings across the Syrian coast on Monday has left around 120 people dead. Despite the worldwide expression of solidarity that occurred during the Paris and Belgian attacks, however, there has been no mention of the Syrian attacks nor has there been any mass expression of condolences and solidarity with Syria.

The attacks took place in both Tartus and Jobleh, two cities that are fiercely loyal to the Syrian government and where two Russian bases are located. Syrian state media has reported a lower death toll than that of the West and the terrorist-supporting “activists” (or, rather “activist”) known as the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights...

May 25 07:31

No ‘Yellow Card’ For Ahrar Al-Sham In Syria Despite Massacre Reports – State Dept.

Washington will continue to back a rebel group that reportedly committed a massacre in Syria, because they were “vetted” by the Saudis and play a role in the Syrian political process, the State Department spokesman told reporters.

Ahrar Al-Sham (Harakat Ahrar ash-Sham al-Islamiyya or “Islamic Movement of the Free Men of the Levant”) is one of the largest rebel groups in Syria, and belongs to the Saudi-backed High Negotiating Committee (HNC). It is considered a party to the Syrian ceasefire, negotiated by Russia and the US.

May 24 15:00

US Urges Militants Groups In Syria To Respect Truce

The US Special Envoy for Syria has urged militants groups to observe a tenuous nationwide ceasefire after they gave its brokers 2 days to stop a government offensive near the capital Damascus.

“We recognise that the CoH (Cessation of Hostilities) is under severe stress, but believe that to abandon it now would be strategic error,” Michael Ratney said in a statement posted late Monday on Twitter.

May 24 14:49

Syrian Al-Qaeda-Linked Leader Freely Visited The US, But State Dept. Says It ‘Didn’t Know’

A Syrian militant group chief shielded from the UN terror list by the US despite its links to ISIS and Al-Qaeda reportedly had no trouble entering Washington on a European passport. The State Department refused to speak on “visa records.”

Labib al Nahhas, who calls himself “a chief of Foreign Political Relations at Ahrar al-Sham,” arrived in the US capital for a visit lasting a few days in December, according to McClatchy DC news. The report cites “four people with direct knowledge of the trip.”

May 24 12:41

What’s The Big Difference Between NATO’s Moderates And Extremists In Syria?

By Brandon Turbeville

So what’s the big difference between the “moderate” terrorists and the extremist terrorists running rampant in Syria today? At one time, we were told there were no terrorists at all. Then, we were told terrorists were indeed present but that there were also moderate, secular, democracy-loving freedom fighters in the country. Now, after the nature of the so-called “rebels” has been revealed ad infinitum by the alternative and independent press, it is admitted that the “fighters” in Syria are terrorists but, apparently, some are moderate and some are extreme.

Of course, they all have the same goal of Sharia. They all hate minorities, Christians, Alawites, Shiites, etc. They all torture. They all rape. We could go on and on...

May 24 10:36

Forbidden Alliance: US Won't Let Russia, Turkey, Iran Unite Against Daesh

Washington is trying to deter any possible alliance between Russia, Turkey and Iran on Syria: if the three countries unite their efforts against the terrorists, the jihadists will easily be defeated and the US will thereby lose its ability to destabilize the region, Iranian political analyst and former journalist Hassan Hanizadeh told Sputnik.

The US is thwarting any possible alliance between Russia, Turkey and Iran to fight the terrorist groups in Syria, Hassan Hanizadeh, former editor-in-chief of the Iranian news agency MehrNews told Sputnik.

Meanwhile, Washington is using the terrorist groups operating on the ground in Syria as a tool to divide the countries of the region. Thus, the political editor added, the US is interested in keeping relations between Turkey and Russia strained and in stirring tensions between Iran and Turkey.

Washington, he explained, is interested in extending its sphere of influence in the Middle East.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And as the rotted corpses keep piling up in Syria, courtesy of US-government trained and funded jihadists, the US government doesn't give a rat's derriere about the carnage, as long as it believes it is on a path to oust Al-Assad.

Dare I say, in their minds, "the end justifies the means", even of the means results in thousands of innocent civilians, including women, children, and the medically fragile elderly, dead?!?

Sure as heck looks like it, from where I sit.

In the 21st century, the US government has become the most horrific "judge, jury, and executioner" toward the rest of the world humanly possible.

What's wrong with this picture?!?

EVERYTHING!!

May 24 09:44

Pentagon Talks Up ‘Eclectic’ Recruits for Syrian Training Scheme

After their last attempt to recruit and train a whole new rebel faction for Syria ended in disaster, the Pentagon is angling to try again. US officials are bursting with confidence, saying they have more Arabs volunteering than they know what to do with.

Described as an “eclectic” group, the new recruits seem even less suited to the role than the last ones. One US military adviser described them as “raw, literally civilians coming off the streets,” which plays well to the US narrative of locals rising up to resist ISIS.

But the US training missions have struggled enough with training proper militaries and rebels with considerable existing experience. Carving a whole new fighting force out of untrained civilians is the very thing President Obama mocked as “fantasy.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to politely remind those members of the Pentagon who believe this to be a "good idea" to remember that to do something over and over again, in precisely the same way, yet expecting a different outcome, is one of the classic definitions of insanity.

May 24 08:51

Military Sources: Russia to Give Crushing Response to Terrorists' Ceasefire Violation

Syrian opposition groups put out a statement on Monday, saying that they will no longer abide by a ceasefire agreement if the Syrian military doesn’t halt a major offensive on their positions in the suburbs of Damascus within 48 hours.

Now military officials say that the terrorist groups' threats which means non-commitment to the ceasefire will give Russia a pretext to intensify its attacks against the militants' positions.

"Russia is now preparing for a crushing response," they add.

May 24 08:44

Israel: Assad must go

It's time for Israel to take a stand on the war in Syria: Moral and strategic concerns dictate that we must oppose Assad and work to push him out of power.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Moral?!?"

May 24 08:38

The Latest: Russia denies losing helicopters at Syrian base

The Russian military says it has called for a 72-hour cease-fire in Syria between government and opposition forces in two Damascus suburbs.

In a statement issued late Monday, Lt. Gen. Sergei Kuralenko says this would allow Russian war planes to carry out airstrikes against the Nusra Front, the Syrian branch of al-Qaida.

May 24 08:36

Liberation of Raqqa Similar to ‘Capture of Berlin in WWII’

The upcoming liberation of the Syrian city of Raqqa from the terrorist group Daesh can be compared geopolitically to the capture of Berlin during World War II, member of political division of the Social-Nationalist Party of Syria, Tariq al-Ahmad said.

May 24 08:30

Russia killed 28,000 militants in Syria, third of all ISIS forces – Russian deputy security chief

Since Moscow started its air operation in Syria on September 30 last year, the Russian Air Force has eliminated over a third of Islamic State fighters in the country, the deputy head of Russia’s top security body revealed.

May 24 08:10

Three Suggested Aims of US Central Command General’s Secret Visit to Syria

Commenting on a secret visit of US Central Command General Joseph Votel to Syria, Turkish journalist Amberin Zaman suggested to Sputnik three possible motives for the trip, which marks the highest-ranking US military officer known to have entered Syria since 2014.

May 23 11:11

FSA rebels to Syrian army: End assault within 48 hours or truce finished

Mainstream Syrian rebel groups said on Sunday they would no longer abide by a threadbare "cessation of hostilities" deal unless the Syrian army ended a major assault on their positions in the suburbs of Damascus within 48 hours.

May 23 09:59

OVER 100 FEARED KILLED AS BLASTS HIT NEAR RUSSIAN MILITARY BASES IN SYRIA’S LATAKIA PROVINCE (VIDEO)

Over 100 people are feared dead after seven blasts targeted several locations in the coastal towns of Jableh and Tartus, Syria’s Latakia province, according to media reports. The locations are close to two Russian military facilities: the Khmeimim airbase and the Tartus naval base.

Islamic State militants claimed the attacks saying via its news outlet, Amaq, that "gatherings of Alawites in Tartous and Jableh" had been targeted. The Alawites is the minority sect to which President Bashar Assad belongs.

According to Ikhbariya TV, there were up to three explosions in the coastal town of Jableh near the local railway terminal. RIA Novosti and state TV also report a fourth explosion, at the emergency unit of a local hospital.

The blasts left over 45 people dead, police sources initially told RIA. Then the joint death toll was raised to over 100.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF such action by US government sponsored, trained, and funded jihadists, was supposed to be a "warning" to President Putin and Russia about their activities to neutralize all jihadists opposing Bashar Al-Assad's government, this will backfire, like a bad trick cigar.

Please remember; as of the 25th of this month (that's this Wednesday, folks), Russia has reserved the right to attack any and all jihadists, including those backed by the US government, who are opposing Al-Assad's government. We are looking at potential Russian air strikes on steroids when this happens.

May 23 08:36

Beware what you wish for: Russia is ready for war

The bottom line is that Russia – in terms of hypersonic missile development – is about four generations ahead of the US, if we measure it by the development of the S-300, S-400 and S-500 systems. As a working hypothesis, we could describe the next system – already in the drawing boards – as the S-600.

Russian – and Chinese – missiles are already able to knock out the satellite guidance systems for US nuclear tipped ICBMs and cruise missiles. They could also knock out the early alert warnings that the satellite constellations would give. A Russian hypersonic ICBM flight time, launched for instance from a Russian nuclear sub all the way to the US East Coast, counts for less than 20 minutes. So an early warning system is absolutely critical. Don’t count on the worthless THAAD and Patriot to do their job. Once again, Russian hypersonic technology has already rendered the entire missile defense system in both the US and Europe totally obsolete.

May 23 08:01

Syrian rebel whose group is linked to al Qaida visited U.S.

A senior figure from a Syrian rebel group with links to al Qaida was allowed into the United States for a brief visit, raising questions about how much the Obama administration will compromise in the search for partners in the conflict.

May 23 07:46

‘Assad must go’ demand should go, ex-White House official says

Phil Gordon, a former senior White House adviser who is now part of the Clinton campaign’s foreign policy brain trust, argued Thursday that it’s time to stop calling for Syrian President Bashar Assad’s departure, saying the demand is part of a U.S. strategy that has failed to end the conflict.

May 23 03:03

Blasts Hit Near Russian Military Bases In Syria

Over 100 feared killed as blasts hit near Russian military bases in Syria’s Latakia province

Over 100 people are feared dead after seven blasts targeted several locations in the coastal towns of Jableh and Tartus, Syria’s Latakia province, according to media reports. The locations are close to two Russian military facilities: the Khmeimim airbase and the Tartus naval base.

Jihadist group Ahrar ash-Sham al-Islamiyya took responsibility for the blasts in both Jableh and Tartus.

Later, Islamic State militants also claimed the attacks saying via its news outlet, Amaq, that "gatherings of Alawites in Tartous and Jableh" had been targeted. The Alawites is the minority sect to which President Bashar Assad belongs.

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May 22 12:59

Top US Commander Visited Syria: Central Command

The leading US commander for the Middle East region has secretly visited northern Syria, according to American military officials.

General Joseph Votel, head of US Central Command (CENTCOM), spent about 11 hours in northern Syria on Saturday, a CENTCOM spokesman said.

May 22 11:36

Turkey keeps Syrian scholars, sends off others: EU

Turkey is banning Syrian academics from leaving the country and only permitting the severely ill and uneducated refugees to take part in a one-for-one controversial resettlement deal with the EU, a report says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember what I said about "filtering?"

May 22 11:35

Top US Commander for Middle East Secretly Visits Syria

The commander of US Central Command, responsible for the Middle East, Northern Africa and Central Asia, made a secret visit to Syria to discuss Raqqa assault.

May 22 11:34

US Downplays a New Syrian Massacre

The Obama administration claims Syrian rebels in Ahrar al-Sham deserve protection from government attack although they have close ties to Al Qaeda and joined its official Syrian affiliate in a slaughter of Alawites, writes Daniel Lazare.

May 22 11:29

Invasion? Syrian Kurds Report Turkish Military Crossed Syrian Border

Turkish soldiers accompanied by two tanks entered the territory of Syria near the Turkish city of Nusaybin, the media center of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan reported, referring to the statements of eyewitnesses.

May 22 11:07

Kerry Threatens War-Without-End on Syria

Alleged peace-maker John Kerry threatened to wage war-without-end on Syria - if the Middle East country does accept the US demand for regime change.

May 21 11:36

The Real Nakba

This Arab Spring was used to stage revolution against Libya’s Gadhafi, who proposed a golden Dinar as a new African currency. Israel and the U.S. with the cooperation of Qatar shipped al-Qaeda terrorists to Libya, financed and armed them to devastate the country.,/STRONG>

The real target of the Arab Spring was Syria, who during the 2006 Israeli war against Lebanon, had shipped weapons to Hezbollah. Robert Ford; the US Ambassador to Syria between 2011 – 2014, was the architect and financer of the rebellion demonstrations against Syrian regime.

May 21 09:26

Russia, Iran in 'Strong Position Over the West' in Syrian Peace Talks

"In any political process the facts on the ground dictate who has the leverage of the negotiation table. And the fact that the Russians have intervened and the Iranians have intervened and the West has not done so means inevitably that in any political negotiation the Russians and the Iranians are going to be in a pretty strong position, more so than Europe and the United States," Sawers told CNN.

May 20 13:14

Russian Aircraft Carrier Said To Be Heading To Syrian Coast By End Of Summer

By Brandon Turbeville

After the small draw down of Russian troops and aircraft from Syria, the Western media could not contain itself from making claims that the Russians were running scared from their battle with ISIS, despite the fact that the Russian-Syrian alliance had done more to destroy the group in weeks than the U.S. had done in years.

But, while the Russian draw down was itself limited and merely a change in strategy after the initial phase of Russian involvement had been completed, it appears that Russia is now ordering another round of military equipment to Syria...

May 20 08:46

Russia urges joint action with US against Syria's al-Qaida

The Russian defense minister proposed on Friday that Russia and the U.S.-led coalition launch joint action against al-Qaida's branch in Syria, known as the Nusra Front.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin just checkmated the US. If they are flying together, the US can't wander off and bomb Assad.

May 18 13:22

US, Turkey, Qatar, Saudi to launch op in north Syria: Report

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the US and Turkey have agreed to form a coalition to launch a large-scale military operation in northern Syria, the Rai al-Youm newspaper reports.

May 18 10:12

The Pentagon Is Trying (but Failing) to Blame Putin for ISIS

The Pentagon is combating reports that the US military-industrial complex, specifically the Pentagon and CIA in concert with allies like Saudi Arabia, created and promoted ISIS.

When Russia began to bomb ISIS last year, it announced that the Pentagon’s considerable bombing campaign had done little to uproot ISIS.

In fact, one Russian general speculated that under cover of bombing ISIS, the Pentagon was actually combing Syrian infrastructure to make it more difficult for Assad to successfully defend against ISIS.

The Russian bombing was the beginning of the end for ISIS in Syria. Fighters abandoned positions and had to flee outside of Syria.

May 18 09:20

Turkey’s Erdogan Expresses Need To “Rescue” Crimea, Nagorno-Karabkh

By Brandon Turbeville

The 13th Islamic Summit entitled “Unity And Solidarity For Justice And Peace,” set up by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (IOC) took place on April 10-15 in Istanbul, Turkey and yielded some revealing but certainly not unsuspected news. At the summit, chaired by Turkish President Recep Erdogan, more signs emerged of a Turkish/GCC attempt to not only continue to destabilize Syria but an attempt to extend the destabilization into Eurasia, up to the Russian border, and even inside Russian territory itself...

May 18 07:51

Saudi Arabia warns of ‘Plan B’ for Syria while US calls on all sides to work together

“It was made clear that Bashar al-Assad has two choices – either he will be removed through political process or he will be removed by force,” Adel al-Jubeir told reporters after the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting co-chaired by Russia and the US.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You WILL accept US puppet rulers! and YOU WILL LIKE IT!!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

May 17 15:29

‘Thousands Of Bodies In Ravine’: ISIS Mass Execution Site Reportedly Discovered In Syria

In Syria, the town of Suluk lies in a strategic position between Turkey and Islamic State’s proclaimed de-facto capital Raqqa.

May 17 11:29

Syrian Army captures U.S. manufactured TOW-missiles

During a raid in the eastern countryside of Daraa, the Syrian Armed Forces seized 2 American supplied TOW-missiles, 32 Israeli manufactured mines and other improvised weaponry from a truck driver who was arrested during the confiscation. Since the beginning of the war, the TOW-missile has been utilized very effectively by rebels to take out hundreds of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) tanks. Some MENA analysts have even argued the anti-tank guided missile has “kept the revolution alive”.

May 17 11:06

U.S., Russia stalemate on Syria frustrates European powers

The Obama administration's failure to convince Moscow that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must go is fuelling European frustration at being sidelined in efforts to end the country's five-year civil war, diplomats say.Some diplomats and analysts question whether the United States has misread Russia's desire to keep Assad in power.

"Many have consistently underestimated Russia's determination to prevent this regime from falling," said Philip Gordon, a former National Security Council aide to U.S. President Barack Obama. "They've been pretty clear that they're not prepared to let this happen."

Ahead of a meeting on Tuesday of the 17-nation group backing Syria peace talks in Vienna, a senior U.N. diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Europeans "tend to be pretty skeptical about the U.S.-Russia bilateralism."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This situation is very clear-cut; the US government wants Al-Assad out, and by any means necessary, and soon.

Russia will do everything possible to make sure that does not happen, until a true political transition is agreed upon by all parties, with Al-Assad staying during the transition at least for some period of time.

Regime change in Syria will make the long planned invasion of Iran by the US military easier (they think).

But should Iran be invaded, Russia will come to its aid militarily; various high profile politicians and military personnel have stated this very publicly.

With US troops on the ground in Syria (and we still don't know the real numbers on this), it is only a question of time before we see some degree of military escalation between Russia and the US government over Syria, and potentially Iran; unfortunately, this is inevitable.

May 16 16:08

Al-Qaeda Eyes Relocation To Syria, Set To Compete With ISIS For Emirate – NYT

A number of Al-Qaeda veterans have secretly been sent to Syria, where their goal is to do the groundwork for the establishment of an emirate, US and European intelligence officials have told the New York Times. Such a mission would imply competing with Islamic State.

May 16 12:38

In The Name Of The Profit: Liberated Syrian Town Reveals ISIS Oil Trade Secrets

Watch 49 Minutes Extended Version here.

May 16 10:33

NEXT COLD WAR ROUNDUP: RIVAL LIBYAN ARMIES PREPARE FOR SIRTE BATTLE, PENTAGON REVEALS US TROOP DEPLOYMENT

The Obama administration and the Pentagon revealed that US special operations forces have been deployed in Libyan “outposts” for months along with other western forces. Multiple armies are preparing for an attack on ISIS (and possibly each other) in Sirte.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is without a doubt that we can see Obama's "liberation" of Libya was an absolute, unmitigated disaster; the next great US military misadventure in Libya will be yet another spectacular failure as well.

President Obama will be seen by the long, unblinking eye of history as one of the worst presidents ever, regarding both his foreign and domestic policies.

May 16 10:14

Moderate Rebels? Militant Fights Near Syria's Damascus Kill Over 300

Violent clashes between rival militant groups over control of a crucial stronghold near Syria's Damascus have caused hundreds of deaths among civilians and fighters in last couple of weeks.

May 15 11:02

MANPAD Used By PKK Against Turkish Helicopter May Have Come From Turkey Via "Rebels" In Syria

Rebels fighting to depose Syrian president Bashar al Assad have for the first time acquired a small supply of surface-to-air missiles, according to a news report that a Western official did not dispute. NBC News reported Tuesday night that the rebel Free Syrian Army had obtained nearly two dozen of the weapons, which were delivered to them via neighboring Turkey, whose moderate Islamist government has been demanding Assad's departure with increasing vehemence. ... Precisely what kind of MANPADs have been delivered to Syrian rebels is unclear and NBC News did not provide details. Such weapons range from the primitive to highly sophisticated.

May 15 07:58

Rubio: Israel to Keep Golan Heights in a Permanent Syria Settlement

Israel needs to hold on the Golan Heights “for the foreseeable future” to as a buffer against the instability in Syria, and “the wisdom of that has only increased” since Syria descended into an intractable civil war, former presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said in wide-ranging talk at the Hudson Institute on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We have to get these damned Israel-firsters out of the AMERICAN government!

May 14 10:35

VIDEO: ISIS Supplied by NATO. Syria Captures Turkish “Aid Cargo” Heading to Daesh in Iraq

In a video released by Russia’s RT television network on Friday, Hussein al-Omar, a colonel in Syria’s Military Intelligence Directorate, said that the lorry, loaded with some 25 tons of medicine and hospital supplies, including a number of dialysis machines, had entered Syria from Turkey’s Bab al-Hawa international border crossing, located on Syria’s northwestern border with Turkey.

He added that the lorry was planned to reach Mosul, Daesh’s de facto capital in Iraq, through the towns of Afrin, A’zaz, and Manbij in Aleppo province. According to Omar, the lorry, loaded in Turkey, bore a Syrian number plate and was driven by two militants from al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front terrorist group, who had received the cargo in the Bab al-Hawa border crossing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact the story and these images are a true representation of what is going in Turkey and Syria, it is then completely correct that NATO and the US are absolutely desperate to overthrow Al-Assad, no matter how many innocent people are slaughtered in their attempts to make that happen.

I would strongly caution both the leadership of the NATO and the US of the following certainty: Russia is not going anywhere, in its ongoing efforts to keep Al-Assad in power.

May 13 22:06

AN AMERICAN ORIGINAL: JOHN KERRY - FROM HIS REMARKABLE RECENT COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS AT NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY TO THE REMARKABLE CAREER THAT MADE IT POSSIBLE

He used his recent commencement address at Northwestern University to attack Donald Trump. It is difficult to understand why young graduates at one of America’s better universities would want to hear political boiler plate from a key member of a failed and dying administration, rather than the usual vaguely inspiring stuff about the future, but that is what the graduating class got for their student fees.

May 13 10:23

Israeli Airstrikes over Damascus Confirmed

A Syrian military source said the Israeli Air Force violated the Syrian airspace on Thursday around midnight and struck the positions of the Syrian pro-government forces near the Damascus International Airport.

May 12 10:08

Turkey gears up for ‘anti-Daesh’ operations in Syria

Turkey has threatened to launch unilateral “operations” on Syrian soil allegedly against Daesh terrorists amid long-running speculations on Ankara’s covert plans for a military intervention in the Arab state.

On Thursday, Turkish President Erdogan said Ankara “is doing all the necessary preparations to clean the other side of the border because of the problems in” Kilis Province near the southeastern frontier with Syria, which has come under several rocket attacks since January.

Erdogan, however, did not provide more details on the preparations.

He added that Turkey has not received enough support from other members of the US-led coalition purportedly fighting Daesh Takfiri militants and stressed, “Let me say it here. We will not hesitate to take needed steps on our own if necessary.”

“We do not believe the sincerity of any country that has not seen rockets falling on our town as if they fell on Moscow, London, Brussels, Washington, Paris or Berlin,” he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is Edrogan trying to goad Russia's ire in making this threat, enabled by the US and NATO?

Or is this unsubtle blackmail for more weapons from the US and NATO?!?

And what will Russia do if Turkey "unilaterally" invades Syria?!?

Anyway you slice this threat, it is still rife with nasty ramifications.

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