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Nov 30 07:28

China To Deploy Elite Troops In Syria To Fight Alongside Assad's Army

According to multiple reports in Middle East regional sources, China plans to send elite military units to Syria to advise and assist the Syrian Army in an attempt to root out the country's terrorist insurgency, especially Chinese Islamist foreign fighters who have shown up in increasing numbers in Syria's north since the start of the conflict.

If confirmed this won't be the first time China - one of the five veto-wielding powers of the UN Security Council - has sent assistance to the Assad government: according to previous reporting by Middle East Eye, China began quietly sending soldiers in an advisory capacity into Syria earlier this year to assist government forces in weapons systems, intelligence collection, logistics, and medicine. But this certainly marks a dramatic and more public escalation in terms of Chinese operations in the region as Beijing will reportedly send special forces to work closely with government troops, and likely in coordination with the Russians as well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With ISIS all but eradicated, I suspect the reason China is stepping in to help Syria is concern of a renewed US effort to oust Assad.

Nov 29 10:32

Despite Western-Funded NGO’s Boycott, Vanessa Beeley Exposes White Helmets At Swiss Press Club

By Brandon Turbeville

Despite the best efforts of State Department/Soros-funded Reporters Without Borders, the Swiss Press Club refused to cave to RWB’s grandstanding, threats, and bullying and the event surrounding the truth about the White Helmets continued as scheduled.

Rather than attend the event to ask questions and present its side of the argument, RWB responded with insults and hid away under the guise of boycotting the panel. Pouting in the corner and refusing to take part in the discussion, however, did not stop the discussion from taking place...

Nov 29 07:34

Israeli Defense Minister Contradicts Netanyahu: "There Is No Iranian Military Force On Syrian Land"

As we've long pointed out, anytime that Israel carries out acts of aggression against Syria, it can just blame Iran or Hezbollah and escape international criticism or condemnation. International media and Western governments have already demonstrated a penchant for towing the Israeli line whenever Iran can be conceivably blamed as a culprit - evidence or no evidence - this as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made it official Israeli policy to oppose Iranian presence in Syria.

But on Tuesday Israel's own Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman flatly contradicted the prime minister's jingoistic alarmism by saying that there are no Iranian military forces in Syria, but instead merely stuck to acknowledging "experts and advisers". In comments to Israel's Ynet news, Lieberman admitted, "We must preserve our security interests. It is true that there are a number of Iranian experts and advisers, but there is no Iranian military force on Syrian land."

Nov 28 12:06

Globalist Funded “Watchdog” Tries To Shut Down Independent Press Event Discussing White Helmets

By Brandon Turbeville

Self-proclaimed “press freedom watchdog” Reporters Without Borders launched a new campaign that it deemed of urgent importance – shutting down a short panel discussion by journalist Vanessa Beeley and Swedish Doctors for Human Rights...

Nov 28 10:31

I Visited East Aleppo – There Is No Doubt Nusra And White Helmets Are The Same Organization

By Brandon Turbeville

It is well known to anyone who spends even the smallest amount of time researching the Syrian conflict that the United States and Britain have been providing support to not only the White Helmets but also to terrorist groups such as al-Nusra, ISIS, and al-Qaeda among others. Indeed, ample evidence shows that the White Helmets are nothing more than a support group for al-Nusra, essentially acting as a propaganda wing of the organization. In other words, it is evident enough to anyone who exams the situation closely that the White Helmets and Nusra are the same organization.

The journalist who has contributed the most to exposing the White Helmets fraud, Vanessa Beeley, has traveled to Syria on numerous occasions, bringing back video and photo evidence clearly demonstrating the link between these two groups.

I also traveled to Syria in October, 2017...

Nov 28 09:39

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – NOVEMBER 28, 2017: SYRIAN ARMY ELIMINATED ISIS-HELD POCKET IN EUPHRATES VALLEY

The ISIS-held pocket on the western bank of the Euphrates River is close to a full collapse as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces are advancing on the last ISIS-held points there.

On November 27 and 28, fierce clashes were ongoing in the areas of Asharah and Makhan. According to pro-government sources, both towns are now in the hands of the SAA, but ISIS continues to attack them.

Once the attacks are repelled, government forces will focus on liberating the last ISIS-held town in the pocket – Quriyah. Then, the ISIS-held part of the western Euphrates bank between al-Bukamal and Salihiyah will be the main target of the Syrian military.

Nov 28 08:50

Western Players' Presence in Syria in Essence Aimed at Iran - Think Tank

As westerners engage in the Syrian standoff they actually have one goal in the back of their minds, and that is weakening Iran, said Ammar Waqqaf, head of the UK-based Middle-East focused think tank, speaking to Sputnik.

Ammar Waqqaf, founder and director of GNOSOS, noted that with Syria being in the international spotlight Iran gets isolated and thus "easier to crack on."

Nov 28 08:21

Putin Is Mediating A Secret Deal Between Assad And Netanyahu, Bombshell Report Reveals

A bombshell report that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened to attack all Iranian facilities and assets within 40 kilometers (25 miles) of Israel's Golan Heights is circulating in Israeli media. The story, first picked up by The Jerusalem Post based on Israeli and Arab sources, also indicates that intense and potentially breakthrough back channel diplomacy between Assad and Netanyahu is currently being mediated via Vladimir Putin.

Though unconfirmed, what appears to be an ultimatum by Netanyahu could be the catalyst that finally pushes the Levant either toward broader war, or in the direction of de-escalation and regional stability after months of intensifying and provocative Israeli airstrikes on Syria and a corresponding war of words. The report also follows on the heels of a rare and unexpected visit of Assad to Sochi, Russia where he met with Putin just prior to trilateral talks between Russia, Iran, and Turkey over the future of Syria.

Nov 27 13:49

U.S. Sends Weapons To Kurds Two Days After Alleged Reports of Trump Ending Shipments

By Brandon Turbeville

Two days after Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated that U.S. President Donald Trump had promised to end American weapons shipments and support to Kurdish fanatics fighting in Syria, the United States military has been videotaped doing just that...

Nov 27 13:37

Why Mueller Is REALLY Indicting Flynn

So why is Mueller really going after Flynn?

When Flynn was head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency and afterwards, he blew the whistle on the U.S. and its allies willfully allowing Islamic terrorists to flourish in Syria.

That didn’t ingratiate him with the Deep State …

Then last November, Flynn ruffled more feathers by writing:

The primary bone of contention between the U.S. and Turkey is Fethullah Gülen, a shady Islamic mullah residing in Pennsylvania whom former President Clinton once called his “friend” in a well circulated video.

Nov 27 13:20

US Traps Over 50,000 People by Sealing Zone Around Its Base in Syria - Moscow

The humanitarian situation in Syria's At Tanf is extremely difficult, as refugees in the neighboring Rukban camp cannot get access to humanitarian and medical aid due to the US' actions, according to the Russian military.

Nov 27 08:12

Damascus Shelled, Civilians And Children Killed By U.S.-Backed Terrorists – Silence From MSM

While the United States continues to pant wildly and promote disproven claims of chemical weapons, Assad’s alleged “brutality,” and the SAA’s supposed “crimes against humanity,” the fighters it has funded since 2011 are engaged in the very definition of terrorism in Damascus as we speak. For nearly two weeks, terrorists surrounded in areas like Jobar and Ghouta have been launching missiles and mortars indiscriminately at civilians in old and new Damascus.

Since the beginning of November, random shelling and mortars have been terrorizing the people of Damascus.

Nov 27 08:09

REPORT: ISRAEL VOWS TO DESTROY IRANIAN POSITIONS WITHIN 40 KM OF SYRIAN BORDER

Syrian President Bashar Assad reportedly offered Netanyahu a comprehensive deal that would include a demilitarized zone stretching 40 kilometers from the border.

Nov 27 08:06

‘US drops Kurds like hot potatoes after ISIS power wanes’

The Americans have finished with the Kurds, now they can pack up and go. This is what happened in Iraqi Kurdistan, and in Syrian Kurdistan the same situation will be repeated, says award-winning Iraqi Kurdish journalist Hiwa Osman.

US President Donald Trump has apparently promised he will “not provide weapons to the YPG [People’s Protection Units],” according to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who was present during the phone call between the US president and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Nov 27 07:27

North Korea and Syria are growing closer: That's bad news for the US

Closer ties between two of the world's most acute political powder kegs — North Korea and Syria — are fanning fears of deeper cooperation on missile technology and chemical weapons.

The longstanding bilateral relationship, which stretches back to the late 1960s, has prospered this year even as both countries face international sanctions. Syrian minister of social affairs and labor Rima al-Qadiri met with North Korean ambassador Jang Myong Ho last week to discuss enhancing bilateral links, Syrian state media reported, with Jang saying his country wanted to help President Bashar al-Assad's regime with reconstruction efforts.

Nov 26 17:55

Israel warns Assad against allowing Iran to establish itself in Syria

Israel recently sent a warning to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad amid the reports about Iran being allowed to establish a military presence in Syria. In the message, Israel clarified that by allowing Iran to establish a stronghold in Syria, Assad would be putting himself at risk.

Nov 26 08:25

ISIS Last Stand; End Times for the Caliphate

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On Monday, Lebanese media reported that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), joined by combat troops from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Hezbollah, recaptured the city of Abu Kamal in Deir Ezzor province. The city was the last bastion for the terrorist group, ISIS, which, at one time, controlled a vast swathe of land stretching from northern Iraq to central Syria. Now the group has been chased from its last urban hideaway and scattered across the arid wastelands like a nomadic tribe wandering the dessert. Abu Kamal was ISIS’s “last stand”, the final chance to fend off the advancing loyalist forces and reverse the course of the war. But the three-pronged attack proved to be too much for the demoralized jihadists who fled the city northward or surrendered to Syrian troops on the perimeter. Thus, ISIS no longer occupies any of the major towns or cities that once comprised the emerging Wahhabi proto-state. The group has been soundly defeated, its leadership is in tatters and the star-crossed Caliphate has met its end.

What happens next in Syria is of critical importance.>>>

Nov 26 08:19

Syria War, Sochi Peace

The main take away of the trilateral, two hour-long Russia-Iran-Turkey summit in Sochi on the future of Syria was expressed by Russian President Vladimir Putin:

“The presidents of Iran and Turkey supported the initiative to convene an All-Syrian Congress for national dialogue in Syria. We agreed to hold this important event at the proper level and ensure the participation of representatives of different sectors of Syrian society.”

In practice, that means Russian, Iranian and Turkish foreign ministries and defense departments are tasked to “gather delegates from various political parties, internal and external opposition, ethnic and confessional groups at the negotiating table.”
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In Danang, Putin and Trump may not have held a crucial bilateral. But Sergey Lavrov and Rex Tillerson did issue a joint statement on Syria – without, crucially, mentioning Astana; instead, the emphasis was on the slow-moving UN Geneva process (a new round of talks is scheduled for next week).

An extremely divisive issue – not exactly admitted by both parties – is the presence of foreign forces in Syria. From Washington’s perspective, Russian, Iranian and Turkish forces must all leave.

But then there’s the Pentagon, which is in Syria without a UN resolution (Russia and Iran were invited by Damascus).

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Nov 26 08:17

Russian Army to Test Modern Electromagnetic Weapon in War on Terrorists in Syria

Arabic Sputnik quoted the manager as saying that the terrorist groups' drones may inflict major losses on the Syrian Army positions as they did in an attack on the army's ammunition depot in Deir Ezzur, but, after equipping the army's important sites with the modern anti-drone weapon, the terrorists' flying objects will not be able to approach the sites.

Nov 26 08:16

US Proposal on Syria Rejected by OPCW Executive Council - Moscow

"An extraordinary session of the OPCW's executive council ended in the Hague […] during which the US tried to pass an extremely tough anti-Syrian draft resolution, which resulted in long-term diplomatic battles eventually resulting in the US having to withdraw its draft document because it did not get the necessary number of votes," Mikhail Ulyanov, director of the Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control at the Russian Foreign Ministry, told Sputnik on Friday.

Nov 26 08:06

Turkey support key as US seeks to hold on in Syria

The Isis group may be on the run from its last bastion in Syria but the United States is gearing up for a longer stay in the country.

And if US forces are to counter Iranian and Russian influence as Syria struggles to emerge from civil war, they will need Turkey's help.

But Washington's relations with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's testy government have been strained of late, posing a diplomatic challenge.

So when US President Donald Trump called his counterpart Friday, he needed to make a significant gesture -- and he seems to have delivered.

Tensions remain high, but Trump's apparent promise not to send any more weapons to the YPG Syrian Kurdish militia was a key concession to Ankara.

Nov 26 08:05

Trump says US to stop arming Syrian Kurds

President Donald Trump has told Turkey's president that the United States will cut off its supply of arms to Kurdish fighters in Syria.

Nov 26 08:03

ISIL Is Routed: US Must End Open-Ended Occupation of Syria

Two important developments happened this week that puts an end to the US justification to occupy Syria permanently, sealed with an empty promise of counter-terrorism cooperation.
First: On Tuesday, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s IRGC Quds Force, sent the news of the end of ISIL as a caliphate and pseudo-state to Iran’s Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei. He said he was speaking on behalf of all the forces fighting terrorism and the thousands of Iranians, Iraqis, Syrians, Lebanese, Afghans, and Pakistanis who had died in the war against terrorism. He said it was Iran’s support, coupled with the forces of the Hashd al-Shaabi, that helped Iraq and Syria defeat the foreign-backed terrorist group.

Nov 26 07:56

Syrian Army Seizes US-Made Arms in Terrorists' Positions in Deir Ezzur

The Syrian Army soldiers discovered a large volume of the US-made weapons and ammunition in ISIL terrorists' positions in Deir Ezzur city, military sources said on Sunday.

The sources said that the army men carried out cleansing operation in the neighborhoods of al-Roshdiyeh, al-Huweiqa, al-Orfi and al-Mayadeen in Deir Ezzur city, discovering al large volume of different arms and ammunition in the positions that were previously under ISIL's control.

They added that some of the seized mortars, machinegun and missiles were from the US.

The army's engineering units, meantime, defused two bomb-laden vehicles in the city.

Nov 26 07:47

Pentagon to Admit to 2,000 Troops in Syria

US officials said on Friday that the Pentagon is expected to concern confirm that there are “about 2,000” US ground troops in Syria, a major increase from the roughly 500 that they officially claim is the case.

The US has overtly lied about troop levels in Syria>>>

Nov 26 07:39

Observatory Estimates 340,000 Killed In Syrian War

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported on Friday that they have a new estimated on the overall death toll of the Syrian War since March 2011, saying they’ve documented 343,511 deaths, with over 100,000 civilians among the killed.

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Nov 25 11:26

Trump Reportedly Tells Erdogan US Will Cease Arming Syrian Kurds

Just after Putin hosted trilateral talks on Syria and the Middle East in Sochi involving Russia, Iran, and Turkey, President Trump spent part of his Friday after Thanksgiving on the phone with Turkey's Erdogan. While the two discussed Syria and other regional issues, it appears they broached the delicate and contentious topic of US support to Syrian Kurdish fighters (namely, the Kurdish YPG, which forms the core of the Syrian Democratic Forces). The call came amidst a flurry of diplomatic activity over the Middle East driven by the Kremlin, and follows a lengthy Trump-Putin phone call on Tuesday.

Nov 24 17:07

“Good Or Bad, Speak The Truth” – All Syrians Ask For Is Honest Reporting, MSM Responds With Lies

By Brandon Turbeville

As I traveled throughout Syria during the early half of October, there were many recurring themes. I heard repeatedly of support for the government, how things were so much better before America’s “revolutionaries” entered the country, atrocities committed by America’s terrorists, and of course stories of finding the best in people and life in general amidst such horrors.

One recurring theme I came across, however, was that of the consistent willful obfuscation of the truth by Western corporate media outlets and, more specifically, the journalists they employ...

Nov 24 16:50

Damascus Shelled, Civilians And Children Killed By U.S.-Backed Terrorists – Silence From MSM

By Brandon Turbeville

While the United States continues to pant wildly and promote disproven claims of chemical weapons, Assad’s alleged “brutality,” and the SAA’s supposed “crimes against humanity,” the fighters it has funded since 2011 are engaged in the very definition of terrorism in Damascus as we speak. For nearly two weeks, terrorists surrounded in areas like Jobar and Ghouta have been launching missiles and mortars indiscriminately at civilians in old and new Damascus.

Since the beginning of November, random shelling and mortars have been terrorizing the people of Damascus...

Nov 24 08:33

Never-Ending Supply: US Continues Arms, Heavy Vehicle Shipments to SDF

An SDF spokesman, on condition of anonymity, told Sputnik Turkey that they had received a large batch of armored vehicles and weapons from the United States on the eve of Deir ez-Zor operation.

Nov 24 08:19

Iraq launches operation to clear desert near Syria of Islamic State

Iraqi forces launched an operation on Thursday to clear the desert bordering Syria of Islamic State in a final push to rid Iraq of the militant group, the military said.

Troops from the Iraqi army and mainly Shi‘ite paramilitaries known as Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) were taking part in the campaign against militants hiding in a large strip of border land, Iraqi military officials said.

“The objective behind the operation is to prevent remaining Daesh groups from melting into the desert region and using it as a base for future attacks,” said army colonel Salah Kareem, referring to Islamic State by an Arabic acronym.

Nov 24 08:18

Syrian opposition in Riyadh: Assad has to go

Syrian opposition groups meeting in Saudi Arabia have renewed their demand for the removal of President Bashar al-Assad in a draft resolution obtained by Al Jazeera.

The groups said that a solution to the war in Syria can only be achieved with the departure of Assad at the start of the transitional period - a position held by the Syrian opposition since the start of the war, now in its seventh year.

Nov 24 08:18

US Cuts Aid to Free Syrian Army Due to Disappointment Over Syrian Army Gains?

Jordan-based Al-Hadath News reported that the Free Syrian Army has recently dissolved one of its units which consisted of 180 fighters. Hussam Shueib, a Syrian expert in militant groups, opined to Sputnik that it was done at the behest of the US and explained why.

Nov 24 08:11

Moscow, Cairo Opposition Delegates Abruptly Quit Riyadh Meeting on Syria

Nimrud Suleiman from the Moscow platform said that he was unaware of the reasons behind the decisions of the representatives to leave the meeting, adding that he had left it due to "political and ethical reasons."

Nov 24 08:10

Moscow brands US presence in Syria as ‘close to occupation’

Russia has criticized Washington’s disregard for international law following a report that US troops will remain in Syria after the defeat of ISIS in order to prop up local Kurdish forces and put pressure on Damascus.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday that there were no legal grounds for the US to have a military presence in Syria. “They are there not only without permission from Damascus, but also in direct violation of the wishes of the Syrian government. In fact, what they are doing could be described as occupation,” the official added.

Nov 24 06:27

Report: Trump Revealed Israeli Operation in Syria to Russian Envoy

A new report from Vanity Fair https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/11/trump-intel-slip. has emerged this week regarding a scandal from over six months ago. This was related to President Trump having “leaked” details about Israeli anti-ISIS operations to the Russian ambassador.

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(*Even I thought the header sounded great because this would be a reason I did vote for Trump , but once I saw Vanity Fair reporting it as a scandle , I knew this was another journalistic beating , with the wrong end of a stick . )

Nov 23 17:56

Syrian army claims to find Israeli-made weapons in IS hideouts

According to Syria’s state-run SANA news, troops found a variety of arms, ammunition and telecommunication devices, including “an Israeli-made artillery piece, 800 mortar shells, a machine gun with 10,000 bullets, in addition, an amount of bullets of 17 mm., 14,5 mm. and 30 mm. machine-guns and an RPG [rocket-propelled grenade], three RPG launchers and a number of telecommunication devices.”

It would not mark the first time that Syrian media reported on regime troops finding weapons with Hebrew markings on them.

Last June, Syrian media reported that regime troops in al-Waer neighborhood in Homs captured dozens of antitank missiles along with tons of ammunition and explosives, some with inscriptions in Hebrew.

In April 2016 Syrian media reported that troops in the southeastern governorate of Al-Suwayda seized Israeli-made weapons that were supposedly destined for Islamic State.

Nov 23 08:09

No more ‘fighting ISIS?’ US to stay in Syria to prevent ‘win’ for Assad and Iran

The US plans to keep it's troops in Syria long after the defeat of ISIS – the goal used to justify their illegal presence in the first place – because the Syrian government and its ally Iran would “win” if they were withdrawn, the Washington Post reported.

The Trump administration is “expanding its goals” in Syria to include a “potentially open-ended commitment” to support the Kurd-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing several anonymous US officials. The change comes as the defeat of the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorist group in Syria seems imminent.
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While Washington has a history of skipping UN approval for its military interventions, be it in Syria or in other sovereign states, it appears that the semblance of legitimacy for keeping hundreds of troops in Syria is about to be dispelled.>>>

(*WOW! RT takes off the gloves !)

Nov 23 08:01

Did the US allow ISIS to escape to keep the fighting going?

Americans have been living in a country that has not known peace since 9/11, when President George W. Bush and his posse of neoconservatives delivered the message to the world that “you are either with us or against us.” The threat was coupled with flurry of hastily conceived legislation that opened the door to the unconstitutional “war on terror” carried out at the whim of the Chief Executive, a conflict which was from the start conceived of as a global military engagement without end.

Nov 23 07:15

Did The Putin/Assad Meeting Cement The End Of America's Mid-East Dominance?

The Syrian ‘Civil War’ was meant to be the crowning achievement of U.S./Israeli/Saudi policy in the Middle East, the apotheosis of neoconservatism.

Had it succeeded it would have transformed the world into a living hell governed by the likes of Hillary Clinton, George Soros, Angela Merkel and the U.S./U.K. banking cartel.

Syria was to be the wedge that blew open not only the Middle East but Central Asia as well. It would stop the resurgence of Russia as a world power, subjugate Europe to an endless nightmare of forced cultural assimilation and completed bankrupting the United States to bring it in line with the a failing European integration project.

Supranational treaties like the TPP, TTIP and the Paris Accord were designed to create a superstructure that would supplant national sovereignty without any input from the people who were most affected by it.

Nov 23 05:25

Did The Putin/Assad Meeting Cement The End Of America's Mid-East Dominance?

I’m not a terribly religious man. But, I’d like to believe there is a special corner in Hell reserved for those that fomented the Syrian Civil War.

From its beginnings in Libya with gun-funneling through the U.S. embassy in Benghazi to yesterday’s meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, this entire affair will be remembered as one of the most cynical and abusive periods of history.

Putin Won’t Gloat

The big question is, however, what price will be extracted from the U.S. for their part in all of this. Putin will not put Trump in a bad position. The loss of face for the U.S. has already occurred internationally.

The Obama administration’s complicity in this sorry chapter of Middle East history has been mostly laid bare for anyone with eyes open enough to see.

Nov 23 05:23

Syria Summit Kicks Off In Russia With Some Anti-Saudi Trolling

While in Sochi, Russia for trilateral talks between Russia, Iran, and Turkey over the future of Syria, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has taken to Twitter for some serious trolling. As the first day of the summit concluded - a day preceded by a rare 4-hour visit to Russia by Syrian President Bashar Assad who met with Putin on Monday - Zarif stated, "No need for empty words or gimmicks - including glowing orbs - when you're actually working for peace and against terror."

The Iranian FM was of course referring to the unforgettable photo op which lit up the internet from Trump's inaugural visit to Saudi Arabia last May wherein Trump along with Saudi King Salman and Egypt's Sisi laid their hands on a strange glowing orb upon the opening of something called the "Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology" (no one knows what the center has accomplished since then).

Nov 23 05:22

Russia, Turkey, Iran Talks on Syria ‘Most Serious’ Yet - War Correspondent

The prospect of peace in Syria appears to rely on Russia, Turkey and Iran working in cooperation to cultivate intra-Syrian dialogue, Ali Musawi, a war correspondent reporting from Beirut, told Sputnik Radio Wednesday.

Nov 23 05:16

Putin, Erdogan & Rouhani agree on holding Syrian national dialogue congress in Sochi

An all-Syrian congress which will see wide representation of the country’s opposition is to be held in Sochi, Vladimir Putin said after talks with the Turkish and Iranian presidents, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hassan Rouhani, who backed the idea.

“The presidents of Iran and Turkey supported the initiative to convene an all-Syrian forum-congress of the national dialogue in Syria. We agreed to hold this important event at the proper level and ensure the participation of representatives of different sectors of Syrian society,” Putin said after the talks in Sochi on Wednesday.

Nov 23 05:11

Israel may ‘target’ Iran activity in Syria, Netanyahu said to tell Macron

Israel sees Iranian activity in Syria as “a target” for its forces, and may carry out strikes against Iranian objectives if security needs require it, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly told French President Emmanuel Macron in a phone call this week.

Channel 10 reported Wednesday that it had obtained a transcript of Sunday’s call. In it, Netanyahu is said to have told the French leader that “from now on, Israel sees Iran’s activities in Syria as a target. We will not hesitate to act, if our security needs require us to do so.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Israel is going to declare war on Syria, as a way of "baiting" Iran to strike back, ultimately as the justification for going to war against Iran.

But rest assured; Israel will expect the costs of such a war to be borne only in American blood and American money, and will be prepared to fight to the last American standing.

But the larger question is, with ISIS nearly mopped up in Syria, in great part due to Russian military assistance, just how long is Russia going to put up with Israel playing picador in Syria?!?

Nov 23 04:59

U.S. moves toward open-ended presence in Syria after Islamic State is routed

The Trump administration is expanding its goals in Syria beyond routing the Islamic State to include a political settlement of the country’s civil war, a daunting and potentially open-ended commitment that could draw the United States into conflict with both Syria and Iran.

With forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies now bearing down on the last militant-controlled towns, the defeat of the Islamic State in Syria could be imminent — along with an end to the U.S. justification for being there.

U.S. officials say they are hoping to use the ongoing presence of American troops in northern Syria, in support of the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), to pressure Assad to make concessions at United Nations-brokered peace talks in Geneva. The negotiations there are set to resume at the end of this month after sputtering along for more than three years without result.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WHAT "concessions" is the US government hoping to achieve out of keeping US troops in Syria?!?

We have invaded a sovereign nation in what is tantamount to an act of war; Al Assad has told the US to get out, as has Russia, which was invited to assist the Al Assad government in getting rid of the jihadis.

This US military presence in Syria has absolutely no logical purpose, except to annoy the Russians, and I seriously doubt that President Putin is going to put up with it very much longer.

War with Russia over Syria?!?

Don't discount the possibility.

Nov 23 04:50

MP blasts US ‘brazen’ plans to keep military presence in Syria after defeat of terrorists

Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Defense Vladimir Shamanov has castigated Washington’s ‘brazenness’ in seeking to keep its troop presence in Syria after quashing the terrorists.

"This is utter brazenness, these are phonies, breaking into someone else’s abode," he told reporters on Thursday.
"I specifically meant them, a third power, when I said that any future post-war settlement process will depend on outside factors. First and foremost, the Americans with their unpredictable behavior," he stressed.

Nov 22 14:16

Boy, Is This Stupid or What?nDid the US allow ISIS to escape to keep the fighting going?

The shambles of American policy as it applies to the Middle East was highlighted by yet another similar and particularly bizarre episode that was revealed initially by the BBC on Monday of last week. In early October, when the Syrians and Russians were closing in from the west on Raqqa, the “capital” of the ISIS caliphate while the U.S supported Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which predominantly consists of the Kurdish militias, was closing in from the east, a deal was reportedly struck to permit an evacuation of the remaining ISIS fighters and their families.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, let me get this straight; the US brokered a deal to get ISIS out of Raqqa, and sent them packing, to live and fight another day?!?

Anyone who says that the US government has not been supporting, funding, and training ISIS just has not been paying attention!!

Nov 22 13:37

Syrian Army stops huge shipment of weaponry from being smuggled into Damascus

Amid reports of militants running low on ammunition and anti-tank weaponry, Islamist rebels based in the East Ghouta pocket tried to smuggle tons of armaments into the opposition-held farmland, located on the eastern outskirts of Damascus, on Wednesday.

After a truck driver was bribed by opposition forces, he reportedly drove his vehicle from Sweida Province and crossed into the Rif Dimashq Governorate before reaching the outskirts of the East Ghouta. However, at a checkpoint near the frontline, security forces discovered a hidden compartment inside the truck where hundreds of anti-tank missiles, anti-tank mines and improvised explosives were stored.

Nov 22 13:10

Putin-Trump dialogue confirms vast agenda in Russian-US ties, senator says

The dialogue between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump has confirmed that there is a wide-ranging agenda in Russian-US relations, Russian senator Konstantin Kosachev wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.

Putin and Trump held a phone conversation on November 21. The White House’s press service said the conversation lasted for more than an hour. The Kremlin’s press service noted that the dialogue was "business-like and substantial." The sides discussed Syria, Ukraine, North Korea, Afghanistan and Iran’s nuclear program.

"The long-lasting and substantial conversation between Putin and Trump, according to mutual assessments, confirmed that a vast agenda remains in Russian-US relations, which may and should be discussed without preconditions and on an equal basis," said Kosachev, who chairs Russia’s Federation Council (upper house) International Affairs Committee.

More:
http://tass.com/politics/976810

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed that this dialogue deepens and continues toward the ends of a far more peaceful, bountiful world for all its people.

Nov 22 10:22

HERE’S WHAT VLADIMIR PUTIN AND BASHAR ASSAD DISCUSSED IN SOCHI

In summary, President Assad came to Moscow in October 2015 a drowning man to whom the Russians had just thrown a lifeline.

The situation is totally transformed today.

Not only has eastern Aleppo been liberated and the whole of Aleppo secured, but the authority of the Syrian government has been restored along the whole of Syria’s western coast with only the province of Idlib and a few pockets of territory still under Jihadi control.

In central and eastern Syria ISIS has been broken. Palmyra is now conclusively liberated, the siege of Deir Ezzor has been broken and the city cleared of ISIS, and following the liberation of Albukamal ISIS no longer controls any large or important towns in Syria, and has been reduced to a rural insurgency.

In the meantime the Syrian army has been expanded, retrained and re-equipped into a far more formidable force than it was before.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The following image said it all:

Putin and Al-Assad at Socci, 21 November, 2017

It looks as though Al Assad is hugging Putin, almost as a father figure, or at least a wise elder statesman who helped get the situation stabilized in Syria; there has to be a lot of gratitude here, on Al-Assad's part.

It was reported that Putin and Trump talked yesterday for a very long time; I have to wonder how it will impact Sec Def Mattis' statement a couple of days ago that even though ISIS was defeated in Syria, that US troops will stay regardless.

I hope President Trump is committed to stabilizing Syria at this point, and that has to translate into US troop withdrawal from the country, ASAP.

Nov 22 07:50

‘We’re talking strongly about bringing peace to Syria’: Trump after hour-long phone call with Putin

The issue of Syria dominated the more than hour-long phone call between the Russian and American presidents. Putin briefed Trump of his recent meeting with Assad, and both leaders agreed on the importance of the UN-led Syrian peace process.

Putin told Trump that President Bashar Assad confirmed his commitment to political reforms in Syria, including constitutional amendments. Assad also supported the idea of holding presidential and parliamentary elections as part of a transitional political process during his Monday meeting with Putin in Sochi.

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Translation: Putin read Trump the riot act!

Nov 22 07:48

Syria, Russia & Iran shift to diplomacy, while US and allies push for war

In a big week for Syrian peace talks, President Assad was hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, where the leaders of Iran and Turkey are also to convene. Fittingly, perhaps, the US had no input into the renewed effort for peace in Syria.

Putin said that with the defeat of ISIS (Daesh, Islamic State) and other terror groups in Syria now virtually achieved, the parties to the conflict must underpin the political means to win the peace. Significantly, the talks in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi reinforce the earlier Geneva accord which assents to President Bashar Assad and his government in Damascus as the sovereign authority of Syria.

The demand by Washington and its European allies for Assad to “stand down” has long ago expired. That void is a tacit acknowledgment the nearly seven-year covert war in Syria for regime change has been defeated or at least the covert war in its guise of Western-backed proxy militant groups.

Nov 22 06:54

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – NOVEMBER 22, 2017: ARMY LAUNCHES NEW MILITARY OPERATION IN EUPHRATES VALLEY

ISIS cells have unexpectedly captured 8 villages from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) in the northern Hama countryside.

ISIS captured Abu Hariq, Ma’sarah, Abu Kusur, Tulayhat, Aliya, Suruj, Abu Marw and Umm Sahnk. The village of Abu Khanadiq is contested.

This is the second time that ISIS has been able to seize a significant area in the region without facing any notable resistance. The incident confirms that ISIS is maintaining a strong presence in the so-called opposition-held area in Idlib and northern Hama and that its cells can operate there freely.

Nov 22 06:49

Where's NATO? Putin, Assad win Syrian war

Russian President Vladimir Putin met his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad in Sochi on 21st November 2017. The last time Assad visited Russia was at the beginning of the Russian campaign in Syria in 2015.

According to the Syrian president, in two years of the Russian campaign the successes achieved have been evident and many residents of the country were able to return to their homes. He noted that thanks to Russia, Syria was saved as a state.

Nov 21 16:09

Eva Bartlett Exposes the Lies on Syria

Nov 21 11:55

RUSSIA IN SYRIA - MILITARY 'FAILURE' SETS OFF INTENSE DIPLOMACY

Western media predicted that the Russian military campaign in Syria would end in `failure`. That - presumably - has been achieved. Now follows a push of diplomatic efforts to settle the war.

Nov 21 11:14

Putin Holds Surprise Meeting With Assad, Will Call Trump By Phone Later Tuesday

One day before meeting with the leaders of Iran and Turkey in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin held a surprise meeting with his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, kicking off a diplomatic drive this week to outline the terms of an end to the Middle Eastern country’s bloody civil war. The two leaders discussed the political process in Syria, with the Russian leader saying that the fight against terrorism in the crisis-stricken country is close to completion. Perhaps even more notably, Putin said he would speak by phone with President Donald Trump later Tuesday.

Assad’s visit, which wasn’t publicly announced until the following day, echoed a similar trip to Russia that he made in 2015 shortly after Putin launched his air and ground campaign in Syria. The campaign turned the tide in the war in favor of the embattled Syrian president, whom western nations have long sought to see removed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Would I love to be a fly on that wall in the room where President Trump takes that call from Putin!

I wonder what will happen to the following claim, made by Sec Def Mattis on the 17th of this month:

Despite the defeat of ISIS, Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters this week that U.S. forces will remain in Syria

It will indeed be interesting to see where that is going!

Nov 21 10:41

Syrian Special forces uncover rebels' chemical weapons

The Syrian army has discovered unidentified rockets and chemical weapons belonging to the terrorists from "Hayat Tahrir ash Sham" group.

Special forces of the Syrian Armed Forces found a warehouse with missiles of an unknown type (foreign production) and cylindrical containers during the clearing of the settlement of Az-Zagria (75 km southeast of the city of Hama). The cylinders contained chlorine gas CL2.

According to the Syrian government, the missiles were supposed to be equipped with this poisonous substance and used against government forces and civilians.

Nov 21 10:00

A million children orphaned by the Syrian war

As many as a million children have been orphaned by the war in Syria which is in its sixth year.

The UN has warned against the dangers facing children without parents such as lack of education, trafficking and being indoctrinated by armed groups.

Many children are living in orphanages being run by local charities both inside Syria and abroad.

"I was five years old when Shabiha attacked and rounded everyone up," said Mariam al Shalan, an orphan from Homs.

"Then they opened fire and killed everyone. My mother came in fornt of us and took the bullets.

"My mother asked me for water. When I came back, she was dead. Me and my brother spent two days under the blood and the bodies."

In a centre for orphans in the opposition-controlled city of Idlib, almost every child that has been affected by the war suffers from trauma and psychological stress

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a huge degree of responsibility the US government should bear for creating so many orphans in Syria, by backing, funding, and training the alleged "moderate rebels" (of which there were none), and getting so many Syrian moms, dads, and family members assassinated, in their attempt to destabilize the Al Assad government.

Of course, it won't; in the minds of Pentagon, State Department, and White House Planners, "The Ends Justify the means", even when the means translates to the slaughter of innocents; the people killed are not even people anymore, just "collateral damage."

Nov 21 09:56

HEZBOLLAH FORCES ARE ON HIGH COMBAT READINESS TO CONFRONT POSSIBLE ISRAELI ATTACKS

The situation in the Middle East is developing. The expected conflict between the resistance axis, primarily Hezbollah, and the Saudi-Israeli block is the current center of attention.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Iran wants to deploy its troops in Syria on a permanent basis “with the declared intent of using Syria as a base from which to destroy Israel” and threatened that if Tel Aviv fails to receive the international support, it is ready to act “alone.” “Iran will not get nuclear weapons. It will not turn Syria into a military base against Israel,” he said.

Nov 21 09:39

Iranian president says the Islamic State, ‘fed and armed’ by the West, has been defeated in Syria

Hassan Rouhani congratulated Iraq, Syria and Lebanon for the ‘great achievement’.

Nov 21 09:26

US thinks presence in Syria is legal

The United States received no permission from the United Nations to intervene in Syria, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday, 16 November. “We were surprised to hear a statement made by US Defense Secretary James Mattis when talking to the US media representatives, on November 13, that the US Armed Forces are in Syria “with the permission of the UN,” Zakharova said. Her comments were made after Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, said that Washington’s intervention in Syria had been approved by the United Nations.

“I want to remind you that the Security Council is the only agency under the UN Charter that is entitled to take decisions on using military force,” she said, adding that no such decision has been taken. “The US forces are there contrary to the wishes of Syria’s legitimate government, in fact acting as occupants,” the diplomat stressed.

Nov 21 08:20

US blocks UN Security Council statement condemning shelling of Russia’s embassy in Syria

Russia "will continue to fight terrorists in Syria and will contribute to the establishment of peace and security in the Syrian Arab Republic," said Fyodor Strzhizhovsky

Nov 20 15:22

VIDEO: Syrian Army seizes large amount of ISIS toxic substances in Deir Ezzor

Nov 20 09:52

Media Silent as Syrian Forces Finally Defeat ISIS

Finding Cache of Made In USA Weapons

Nov 20 09:40

Israeli Tank Fires Warning Shot Toward Syria For a Second Time In 2 Days - IDF

On Sunday, Israeli troops once again fired a warning shot in the direction of Syrian forces carrying out protective works in the demilitarized zone on the Israeli-Syrian border, Israel Defense Forces press service said. Similar incident had occured the day before.

"In the last few hours, the Syrian Armed Forces violated the 1974 ceasefire by strengthening a military post in the demilitarized zone between Syria & Israel. In response, an IDF tank fired a warning shot towards the area," the press service said on Twitter.

Nov 20 09:14

The Absurdities of America's Syrian War Propaganda

As if we have no memory, corporate media continues to recycle accusations of starvation, chemical weapons, and more, in the propaganda war on Syria.

In Syria, there never was a “revolution.” Instead, it was a premeditated war on Syria by foreign powers (namely the US, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, and Israel) who armed even Al-Qaeda (something Qatar recently admitted).

In support of the conflict comes some of the most egregious war propaganda, endorsed by media, Hollywood celebs, and faux human rights groups. The following is a brief outline of some of the most obvious hoax personalities and purveyors of misinformation on Syria.

Nov 20 09:13

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – NOVEMBER 20, 2017: GOVERNMENT TROOPS LIBERATED AL-BUKAMAL FROM ISIS

On November 19, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), Hezbollah and Iranian-backed militias restored control over the border city of al-Bukamal after a week of intense fighting with ISIS terrorists there. The Russian Aerospace Forces actively supported the SAA advance.

Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps General, Qasem Soleimani, was also filmed in the city. Earlier, the Hezbollah-linked TV channel Al Mayadeen claimed that Soleimani was a commander of the entire al-Bukamal operation.

Nov 20 08:09

Revelations of a High-Profile Qatari Official Reveal a Wider anti-Syria Conspiracy

A few days ago, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Qatar Hamad Bin Jassim in an interview with the BBC announced that his country had been providing all sorts of assistance to the armed opposition groups in Syria through Turkey for years. At the same time, Doha wasn’t alone to show its supports to anti-Assad forces, as it was joined by the United States, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the UAE and Turkey itself. All this began back in 2007 after Israel suffered a humiliating defeat in South Lebanon, while being unable to overcome Hezbollah’s resistance in 2006. According to the former Qatari Prime Minister, Qatar was in charge of the so-called “Syrian Dossier” on behalf of the US and Saudi Arabia, adding that he had access to both American and Saudi paperwork on the staging of a so-called “Syrian civil war.”
https://journal-neo.org/2017/11/18/revelations-of-a-high-profile-qatar...

Nov 20 07:20

Hezbollah On "High Alert", Says It Will Be Blamed For 'False Flag' Assassination Attempt

Hezbollah has raised its military readiness on the whole Lebanese territory in the last few days and put its forces on high alert in the light of the threats it has received from a number of countries, and especially from Israel and Saudi Arabia. Hezbollah forces have been mobilized in the event of any hostile activity on the borders or in the country, notwithstanding the ongoing conviction of its leadership that Israel will not wage a direct war in the near or distant future.

According to well informed sources, Hezbollah fears the possible assassination of a well-known Lebanese figure, Sunni or Christian, similar to the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005. The aim would be to re-mix the cards on the Lebanese scene, accuse Hezbollah and to embarrass President Michel Aoun.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hezbollah and Lebanon have every reason to be concerned about this possibility, particularly with Prince Salman's grand designs on the region, which may well include war against both Lebanon and Iran.

The entire Middle East appears to be one big tinderbox right at this moment, just waiting for someone, or something, to set it alight.

Nov 19 17:32

Israeli Tank Fires On Syrian Targets After "Violation Of 1974 Ceasefire"

The IDF announced that an Israeli tank had fired upon Syrian army positions near the Israeli border in the Golan Heights on Sunday, following what the IDF called a "violation of the 1974 ceasefire."

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