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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)
© AFP 2016/ MEHDI FEDOUACH
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.

>>>

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.

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"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.

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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.

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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.

May 12 06:52

?Just imagine... If Russia had toppled the Canadian government

Actions have been taken by the US and its allies which would be considered totally outrageous if carried out by other countries. All we have to do is to switch the names of the countries concerned to see the double standards.

May 11 18:25

Stop Shooting! Turkish Border Guards Continue To Shoot, Beat And Kill Syrian Refugees – HRW

Turkish border guards are continuing to shoot and abuse Syrian refugees who are crossing into the country, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).

May 11 15:35

‘We Wouldn’t Have Got It Without Russia’ – Kerry On Syria Ceasefire

The ceasefire in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo is holding, according to the Russian Monitoring Centre in the country.

May 11 13:30

Russia puts Aleppo operations on hold but with caveats

A long-winded joint statement by two countries on a limited issue becomes necessary for any three reasons. One, given their profound differences or mutual distrust, things need to be spelled out in detail so as to minimize the scope for ambiguities.

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The problem is that the US-backed terrorists have just launched a major offensive into Aleppo.

May 11 08:53

UN investigators tell states to stop Syria war crimes

States backing Syria's peace process must stop the warring parties from attacking unlawful targets such as hospitals and other civilian sites, U.N. war crimes investigators said in a statement Wednesday.

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Gee, I wonder who they are talking about here! :)

May 10 16:28

US, Russia, Iran Responsible For Syria Truce: Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry says that the United States, Russia, and Iran are all “responsible” for ensuring that both the opposition group and the Syrian government live up to the Syria truce.

“We have a responsibility to make certain that the opposition lives up to this, and Russia and Iran have a responsibility to make sure that the Assad regime lives up to this,” Kerry told reporters in Paris on Monday.

May 10 16:00

Russian Foreign Ministry: Turkey Aiding Daesh, Hindering Syrian Peace Talks

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister expresses frustration with Ankara’s “unconstructive role” in exacerbating the Syrian crisis.

May 10 13:27

Tested In Battle: Russian Planes That Targeted ISIS In Syria Take Part In V-Day Parade

Dozens of military vehicles and aircrafts shown during Victory Day parade.

May 10 11:06

Seriously? Now Isis Has a Choir That Sings Terrorist Threats…

Somehow we are supposed to take this seriously. So it’s kind of like “We Are the World”… except with terrorists who want to murder you and your family.

May 10 10:58

US Halts Syria Aid After Discovering Turkish Corruption

The US government has suspended funding several Syria aid agencies after discovering a systematic over payment to Turkish suppliers, a senior American official says.

The US Agency for International Development (USAID)’s independent government auditor made the announcement in a statement, adding the organization had “established grounds resulting in the suspension of 14 entities and individuals involved with aid programs from Turkey.”

May 10 08:40

White Helmets NGO: A “Rescue And Assist” Operation Under Guise Of Human Rights

By Brandon Turbeville

With the recent events surrounding hospital bombings (real and imagined) in Aleppo, growing attention is now being paid to the “human rights NGO” known as the White Helmets, a supposed Syrian organization that focuses on rescuing and providing medical care to injured civilians in Syria. According to the Western media, the White Helmets are knights in shining armor, willing to risk life and limb to save innocent people from the fangs of the evil Assad.

A more realistic examination of the White Helmets, however, provides us with a much different view of the organization...

May 10 08:26

'Truly appalling': Turkish border guards continue to shoot Syrian refugees, HRW says

Turkish border guards are continuing to shoot and abuse Syrian refugees who are crossing into the country, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). The rights group, citing the deaths of several asylum seekers, has called on Ankara to investigate.

According to HRW, border guards used excessive force against Syrians and a smuggler trying to reach Turkey in March and April. Five people were reportedly killed, including a child, and 14 others were injured.

May 09 13:32

Russia Accuses Obama of Supporting Al Qaeda in Syria

On May 4th, Russia’s Sputnik news agency headlined:

“Lavrov: US Tried to Include Al-Nusra Front Positions in ’Silent’ Period”, and reported that Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, speaking in Moscow about the lengthy negotiations between himself and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to agree on conditions for a Syrian ceasefire and peace talks to take place between Syria’s government and Syria’s rebels, said, “During the negotiations, our US partners actually tried to draw the borders of this ‘zone of silence’ to include a significant number of positions occupied by al-Nusra [Front]. We managed to exclude this as it is absolutely unacceptable.”

Al Qaeda in Syria calls itself “Al Nusra.”

The “zone of silence” or “silent period” (and there are other phrases for it) refers to the areas in Syria that would be excluded from the ceasefire.

May 09 12:25

Why Obama Prioritizes Ousting Assad over Defeating Syria’s Jihadists

That report goes on to document, essentially, that US President Barack Obama is continuing his efforts to replace the the only secular, non-sectarian government in the Middle East, that of the Ba’athist Party, which has always been the only non-religious political party in the Arab world – everything else in Arabia has been fundamentalist-Sunni, to at least some extent. (Think of it: after 9/11, the US government aiding al-Qaeda! The US government is more against Russia than it’s against jihadists – though Russia never invaded the US, and communism is gone!)

Obama overthrew the Russia-friendly government of Ukraine and replaced it with an anti-Russian government; he also led the NATO bombing campaign that overthrew the Russia-friendly leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi; and he has since been trying to do the same thing in Syria, to Assad.

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Does Obama's determination to win Syria through arming jihadists at all costs include a direct military confrontation with Russia?!?

This seems to be where he is headed.

But why, in an election year?!?

There are two potential schools of thought here.

One is that internal White House polls suggest that should Trump be the Republican nominee, he will wipe the floor with Clinton, come the general election. Therefore, the current administration wants to give him the worst possible scenarios (both economic and geopolitical, as in starting a war with Russia) with which he will have to contend.

The second is that many very reasonable economic forecasters have been stating that the current economic situation is headed for a massive crash; Obama may feel that getting out ahead of the economic collapse curve by starting a war will distract Americans from the economic misery in which far too many find themselves, courtesy of "Obamanomics"

In either scenario, the American people lose; however, any real care for the American people has never been part of Obama's world view.

May 09 11:44

US Ambassador to Hungary: Overthrow Assad, Let in Refugees, and Fight Russia… or Else!

If anyone wants a short course on what’s wrong with US diplomacy look no further than US Ambassador to Hungary Coleen Bell’s speech Friday to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Hungarian Parliament. In typical diplo-speak there was plenty of flowery language about shared values, fish swimming together in the same water (?), sappy poetics like “together, out of that winter, we would force the spring,” and talk of together being “part of the world’s greatest military and political alliance.”

But make no mistake: Inside Ambassador Bell’s velvet glove is an iron fist, poised to strike should Washington’s annoyingly independent-minded Fidesz-led government step out of line on the big issues. And by “big” issues it should be understood that the US means the issues it considers in the interests of its own foreign policy, not those in Hungary’s interest.

Message to Hungary: do as we say or you will be sorry.

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I love it; this gal was a TV soap producer who "earned" her ambassadorship not by her education, previous employment, research, or knowledge about Hungary, but because she was a top Obama fundraiser!

If I were a US State Department official who had done the work, worked my way up the ranks, had a clue about international relations, and saw this woman get this job with other qualifications than to have been a top Obama fund raiser who could lie for her country with impunity, I would resign in abject disgust.

For the last couple of administrations, both Democratic and Republican, real qualifications for such a job mean absolutely nothing.

May 09 10:41

America's Outrageous Ultimatum: Syria as the Libya of the Levant

How the United States presumes to possess the authority to determine the fate of a sovereign nation thousands of miles from its own shores in the Middle East is never explained by US Secretary of State John Kerry when he recently announced a new ultimatum leveled at Damascus. Nor is it explained why Syria should capitulate to US demands to begin a political transition that has demonstrably left other nations across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) divided, destroyed, and safe-havens for state-sponsored terrorism years after "successful" US-backed regime change has been achieved - Libya most notably.

May 09 10:12

ISIS-Israeli Relations: A Marriage of Convenience?

But there’s yet another possible explanation of the extremely high “tolerance” that ISIS affords Israel. A number of United Nations reports (in particular, S/2013/345, S/2014/401 and S/2014/85) contain data that the Israeli Armed Forces (IDF) has been in regular contact with ISIS militants since 2013. The journal Addicting Info has even made an attempt to bring some light to this story:

May 09 09:46

US-led France ignored reality in Syria, harmed itself with Russia sanctions – frmr French intel boss

The French government ignored its own intelligence in dealing with crises in Ukraine and Syria, and recklessly followed Washington’s lead by joining anti-Russian sanctions, dealing a huge blow to its agriculture, said a former French intelligence boss.

May 09 08:45

US Working to Block Syrian Liberation of Aleppo by Supporting Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front

The US government has likely acted to prevent the Syrian government’s armed forces from recapturing the city of Aleppo from the al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front, Senator from the US State of Virginia Richard Black told Sputnik.”It is clear to me that what is happening is we are trying desperately to slow down the Syrian army’s advance, which is on the verge of crushing al-Nusra and liberating Aleppo once and for all,” Black said on Friday.

Black further alleged that the Geneva peace talks are being carried out with the goal of “preserving” the anti-Assad terrorist organizations “so that at some point they eventually can reconstitute themselves and seize control of Syria.”

May 08 12:37

Why Obama Prioritizes Ousting Assad Over Defeating Syria’s Jihadists

Dr. Christina Lin, a leading young scholar on jihadist groups, opened her April 8th commentary at Asia Times:

In a blunder reeking of the fallout caused by supplying Stinger anti-aircraft missiles to 1980s mujahideen in Afghanistan, civilian airline passengers are now under threat from Syrian jihadists armed with portable surface-to-air missiles (MANPADS).

May 08 11:38

America’s Outrageous Ultimatum: Washington Demands Syria’s Surrender to Al Qaeda

How the United States presumes to possess the authority to determine the fate of a sovereign nation thousands of miles from its own shores in the Middle East is never explained by US Secretary of State John Kerry when he recently announced a new ultimatum leveled at Damascus. Nor is it explained why Syria should capitulate to US demands to begin a political transition that has demonstrably left other nations across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) divided, destroyed, and safe-havens for state-sponsored terrorism years after “successful” US-backed regime change has been achieved – Libya most notably.

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May 08 11:32

Overthrow Assad, Let in Refugees, and Fight Russia…or Else!

If anyone wants a short course on what’s wrong with US diplomacy look no further than US Ambassador to Hungary Coleen Bell’s speech Friday to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Hungarian Parliament. In typical diplo-speak there was plenty of flowery language about shared values, fish swimming together in the same water (?), sappy poetics like “together, out of that winter, we would force the spring,” and talk of together being “part of the world’s greatest military and political alliance.”

But make no mistake: Inside Ambassador Bell’s velvet glove is an iron fist, poised to strike should Washington’s annoyingly independent-minded Fidesz-led government step out of line on the big issues. And by “big” issues it should be understood that the US means the issues it considers in the interests of its own foreign policy, not those in Hungary’s interest.

Message to Hungary: do as we say or you will be sorry.

May 07 15:35

FLASHBACK - ANGRY MCCAIN ADMITS MEETING WITH ISIS, SCOLDS RAND PAUL FOR NOT KNOWING TERRORISTS

In a weak effort to smear Rand Paul, war hawk Senator John McCain attempted to argue that the Kentucky Senator doesn’t have the authority to disagree with US policies regarding ISIS because he hasn’t met up with members of the terror group, unlike McCain himself.

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May 07 10:23

America’s Outrageous Ultimatum: Syria as the Libya of the Levant

By Tony Cartalucci

How the United States presumes to possess the authority to determine the fate of a sovereign nation thousands of miles from its own shores in the Middle East is never explained by US Secretary of State John Kerry when he recently announced a new ultimatum leveled at Damascus. Nor is it explained why Syria should capitulate to US demands to begin a political transition that has demonstrably left other nations across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) divided, destroyed, and safe-havens for state-sponsored terrorism years after “successful” US-backed regime change has been achieved – Libya most notably...

May 07 10:04

Ron Paul On The CIA's Involvement In Syria And Ukraine

Ron Paul on CIA involvement in Syria, Libya and the Ukraine and what they're planning now.

Brand new interview.

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May 07 08:19

'PR War' in Aleppo: US Spends 'Millions' to Decry Russia’s Success in Syria

The actual situation on the ground in the Syrian conflict is not affected by the ceasefire. Actually, the conflict has turned into a public relations war of an unprecedented scope, geopolitical analyst Patrick Henningsen said.

To Block Syrian Liberation of Aleppo From al-Nusra Front - Senator
The partial ceasefire in Syria that was brokered by Russia and the United States in February was extended on Wednesday to the embattled northern city of Aleppo, where both government and militant forces have been shelling each other's positions.
According to Henningsen, the ceasefire has little chance to change situation in Aleppo.

Extremist groups in the city will use the ceasefire to buy time to get reinforcements to establish new supply lines that have been cut off by Russian airstrikes, he suggested.

The expert also commented on the possible reasons behind Washington objecting to Russia’s actions and proposals on Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The American people know now when government officials are lying to them; those officials open their mouths...and words come out of them.

May 07 08:18

The Case Against Hillary Clinton

A proven catastrophe is far worse than a merely possible catastrophe; so, if Hillary Clinton turns out to be the Democratic nominee, I shall vote for Donald Trump, and then just hope that the worst things that he had said regarding public policy were lies, and that the best things that he had said regarding public policy reflected his actual beliefs.

Hillary offers not only her lies but something real (a record that’s highly relevant to the office she’s seeking) — and it’s repulsive. Trump, by contrast, offers no relevant track-record at all on public-policy matters. That’s not a virtue on his part, it’s a lack of the worst possible vice (a vile record of actual policies while in public office), for a potential U.S. President.

Given a choice between a proven psychopath, versus merely a possible (or even a likely) psychopath, I’ll definitely opt for the latter. It’s the only intelligent thing to do. Anything else would be suckerdom.

May 07 06:49

Aleppo Ceasefire: ‘US Ploy to Buy Time for Terrorist Reinforcements’

It’s now clearer than ever: The US are leading a dirty war, under the table, in Syria. This is the true backdrop of the stage play in Geneva, where US diplomats are providing cover and buying time for CIA and Pentagon covert operations on the ground in Syria.

What the US State Department said yesterday is very telling, and should be a clear guide to anyone about what Washington DC’s actual agenda is in Syria:

“We look to Russia… to press for the Assad regime’s compliance with this effort, and the United States will do its part with the opposition,” Wednesday’s statement said. Russia and Iran are the primary backers of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while the United States heads a group of regional and European countries supporting the opposition to his rule.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This last week, John Kerry threatened that if Russia was unsuccessful in "persuading" Al-Assad to step down by 1 August, the US would pursue another way to end the Syrian war.

That's in a little less that 120 days from now folks, and right before November's election.

We have boots on the ground in Syria right now, as declared by President Obama; the question is, will the current administration really try a full-on invasion of Syria at that point, risking direct war with Russia?!?

I would like to say that the US government is too intelligent to do this; unfortunately, if past is prologue to the future in the Obama administration, just because a move might be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could possibly do, under Obama's watch, is utterly no guarantee that it will not do just that.

And why?!?

I am betting that internal White House polls are demonstrating that should Trump get the Republican nomination, he will win handily over Clinton.

The Democrats would love to saddle Trump with raging wars and an imploding economy, long before inauguration day; it would be their "gift that keeps on giving", in order to "punish" him for having sparked the imagination - and respect - of so many Americans, as well as punish those Americans who will have voted for him.

A very nasty ploy?!? You bet.

Inconceivable?!? Hell, no!!

May 07 06:09

‘Talk Of Syria Truce Has Become A Sick Joke’

The devastating events in Aleppo over the past week have been the subject of many editorials and headlines as appeals are being made to the warring factions to end the madness

The world and the United Nations remain silent towards the brutal Aleppo bombardment that is leading to civilian casualties and the outcry to put a stop to this tragedy grows louder and louder, said UAE’s Al Bayan.

“The UAE Foreign Ministry released a statement denouncing the Aleppo attacks and unjustified escalation, calling on the world to stop the bloodshed. The UAE fears that such an escalation may derail the way to a political solution for the Syrian crisis. The UAE Foreign Ministry called on the Syrian regime to abide by the ceasefire and facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid to besieged areas. In the light of this escalation and these gruesome scenes from Aleppo that are now making their way around the world, the UAE’s call is a cry to awaken the world’s conscience and face these crimes ...”

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May 07 05:40

John Kerry Says Assad Has To Leave Syria Or Else… Or Else What???

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Secretary of State John Kerry warned Syria’s government and its backers in Moscow and Tehran on Tuesday that they face an August deadline for starting a political transition to move President Bashar Assad out, or they risk the consequences of a new U.S. approach toward ending the 5-year-old civil war.

But given the various, unfulfilled U.S. threats throughout the Arab country’s conflict — from declaring Assad’s days “numbered” five years ago to promising military action if chemical weapons were used — it was unclear what effect Kerry’s ultimatum might have.

And it’s unlikely that the Obama administration, so long opposed to an active American combat role in Syria, would significantly boost its presence beyond the 300 special forces it has authorized thus far in the heart of a U.S. presidential election season.>>>

May 07 04:55

GUN ATTACK ON TURKISH EDITOR OUTSIDE COURT DURING HIS TRIAL FOR EXPOSING TURKEY-SYRIA WEAPONS CONVOY

An assailant has tried to shoot the editor-in-chief of Turkey’s Cumhuriyet newspaper Can Dündar , before the court was to announce the verdict on his case, Reuters reported, citing witnesses. The paper had published reports implicating the Turkish government in having links with extremists.

An assailant has tried to shoot the editor-in-chief of Turkey’s Cumhuriyet newspaper Can Dündar , before the court was to announce the verdict on his case, Reuters reported, citing witnesses. The paper had published reports implicating the Turkish government in having links with extremists.

The gunman shouted “traitor” before firing at least three shots at the journalist, an eyewitness told Reuters, adding that Dündar, who was unarmed, was not injured in the incident.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Being a journalist attempting to tell the truth anywhere these days can be hazardous to one's health, but right now, it can be most hazardous to one's health in Turkey.

Edrogan is doing everything within his power to turn this country from a democracy to a dictatorship, and in terms of world governance, is behaving like one of the loosest loose cannons in NATO's arsenal.

How long this will be allowed by the Turkish people to to continue before a coup or a revolution here, is anyone's guess.

May 06 15:41

Thousands Of Terrorists Cross Border Into Syria

May 06 13:29

Russian Orchestra Gives Stunning Performance In Palmyra Ruins

Russia’s Mariinsky Theatre staged a surprise concert in the amphitheater of the Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday, in what looked like an attempt by the Kremlin to win hearts and minds and remind the world of its role in the city’s recapture.

The concert, held just over a month after Russian air strikes helped push Islamic State militants out of Palmyra, saw Valery Gergiev, a close associate of President Vladimir Putin, conduct the Mariinsky orchestra.

Sergei Roldugin, a cellist friend of Putin’s named in the Panama Paper leaks as owning a network of offshore firms that have handled billions of dollars, also performed. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Putin, addressing the audience by video link from his Russian Black Sea residence of Sochi, called terrorism a contagion the world needed to rid itself of and said the fact the concert was taking place at all was “surprising.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It would have been nice if the writers of this article, attempting to smear the cellist Sergei Roldugin, happened to mention, instead of demonizing this guy as one of the people named in the Panama Papers, that the loopholes in the laws allowing this need to be fixed.

That having been said, God bless Putin and this orchestra for this performance! Music is the universal language of peace and healing.

These people need to be thoroughly congratulated, not only for their musicianship, but their collective courage in doing the gig in Syria.

That took guts.

May 06 12:17

EX-CIA OFFICER: US KNOWS SYRIAN REBELS COVER FOR AL-NUSRA FRONT

The US government is fully aware that the allegedly moderate opposition in Syria is working closely with the al-Nusra Front, an offshoot of the al-Qaeda terror group, but publicly pretends the two groups are separate, former CIA counterterrorism officer Philip Giraldi told Sputnik.”The so-called moderate rebels are in cohabitation with the Nusra Front, so this is not surprising,” Giraldi, a former CIA Case Officer and US Army Intelligence Officer who spent 20 years overseas working on terrorism cases, said on Wednesday.

The US government attempted to include the al-Nusra Front in the new ceasefire agreement in Aleppo, but the Russian government insisted on excluding the Islamist organization as unacceptable, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Sputnik in an exclusive interview on Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to the US government; the lie about the alleged "moderate rebels" is not working.

Thinking people know that thousands of mercs have recruited for the coming battle of Aleppo. As reported yesterday in globalresearch.ca:

US-NATO is not prepared to let go in Syria. While the US sponsored Al Qaeda and ISIS rebels have largely been defeated, with the support of Russia, Iran and Hezbollah, the Obama administration is now intent upon replenishing so to speak its “moderate opposition” brigades inside Syria with a new influx of jihadist fighters. Following the decimation of Daesh-al Nusrah positions throughout the country, thousands of Islamic militants have fled amidst the outflow of refugees. The Western military alliance has responded to this defeat of “moderate” rebel positions byreplenishing its proxy army, –ie. recruiting and training a new horde of mercenaries and jihadists with the support of Turkey, Israel and Saudi Arabia. In this regard, the ongoing Battle for Aleppo is absolutely crucial. “Thousands of terrorists” were reported to have crossed the Turkey-Syria border in early May. No doubt, they will be deployed against government forces in Aleppo: “ Syrian Prime Minister Wael Nader al-Halqi also warned that more than 5,000 fresh militants crossed the border into the Northwestern provinces of Aleppo and Idlib from Turkey, stressing that the ceasefire agreement was being violated by certain parties.”

How long before the US and Russia are at each others' throats in Syria has become not a matter of if, but when.

May 06 09:32

Henningsen on Aleppo Ceasefire: ‘US Ploy to Buy Time for Terrorist Reinforcements’

It’s now clearer than ever: The US are leading a dirty war, under the table, in Syria. This is the true backdrop of the stage play in Geneva, where US diplomats are providing cover and buying time for CIA and Pentagon covert operations on the ground in Syria.

What the US State Department said yesterday is very telling, and should be a clear guide to anyone about what Washington DC’s actual agenda is in Syria:

“We look to Russia… to press for the Assad regime’s compliance with this effort, and the United States will do its part with the opposition,” Wednesday’s statement said. Russia and Iran are the primary backers of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while the United States heads a group of regional and European countries supporting the opposition to his rule.”

May 06 08:54

WEEK’S END IN TOONS ~~ SYRIAN CEASE FARCE

May 06 08:44

Russian Orchestra Concert Celebrates Liberation of Palmyra, Syria From Islamic State

By Baran Hines

A Russian symphony orchestra under the leadership of famous conductor Valery Gergiev performed in Palmyra, Syria on Thursday to celebrate the city’s liberation from Islamic State terrorists. The concert performance was dedicated to the victims of the Islamic State’s brutal takeover of the ancient city.

The symphony orchestra concert titled “Praying for Palmyra – Music revives ancient ruins,” was performed in the Roman Theater of Palmyra. Islamic State, had previously used the theater for public executions as the site’s stunning visuals provided a backdrop for terrorist propaganda videos...

May 06 07:29

Evidence hints Al-Nusra Front behind Aleppo refugee camp attack, no signs of airstrike - Russian MOD

Thursday's attack on an Aleppo refugee camp could have been carried out by Al-Nusra Front militants, Russia's Defense Ministry says. The damage pattern suggests rocket artillery use, and air control data show no sorties in the area at the time.

May 06 02:05

Aleppo Cease-Fire: In US talk Of Syria Deadlines, Russia Hears An 'Or Else'

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The US, and the rebel groups it backs, say they are frustrated over the lack of movement in the Geneva peace talks: in particular, no clear signs of a political transition that would remove the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Secretary of State John Kerry said this week that if the process leading to Mr. Assad's removal is not on track by the negotiated deadline of August 1, the US could adopt a "new approach" to the conflict. That could mean supplying rebel forces with sophisticated anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons, which could effectively turn the Syrian conflict into a proxy war between Russia and the US.

Russian experts say that implied threat is calculated to remind the Kremlin of the Soviet Union's war in Afghanistan three decades ago. Then, the US helped turn the tide of battle against the Soviets by supplying rebel forces with shoulder-launched Stinger anti-aircraft missiles.

"Perhaps this threat is being made to assuage US allies like Turkey and Saudi Arabia, who really would like to see the US jump in and support a total war to remove Assad," says Fyodor Lukyanov, editor of Russia in Global Affairs, a leading Moscow-based foreign policy journal.

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May 06 01:52

Syria: Blame Game Begins

Refugee camp bombed near Aleppo: Multiple casualties reported, blame game begins

Sarmada is located in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province close to the Turkish border and is said to be controlled by rebel factions fighting the government of President Bashar Assad. The makeshift camp that was targeted is said to have been accommodating up to 2,000 people that had fled the war-torn areas seeking safety.

While there is no conclusive information on the perpetrator of the attack, UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond immediately rushed to blame the bombing on the Syrian government.

“The Assad regime’s contempt for efforts to restore the cessation of hostilities in Syria is clear for all to see,” he said in a statement, while describing the reports pertaining to the attack as “horrifying.”

The attack comes just a day after at least 12 people were killed and 45 injured in suicide blasts in the Syrian city of Homs.

May 06 01:37

WATCH: Russian High-Tech Aircraft Conducting Flights in Syria (VIDEO)

The Russian Defense Ministry published a video of the Russian Aerospace Forces conducting flights in Syria on its official YouTube channel.

The video shows the incredible Su-25 fighter jet, Mi-8 transport-combat helicopter, Su-35s, the Su-24M and fighter-bomber Su-34.

The video was made using action cameras and unmanned aerial vehicles.

The air force was involved in combating Daesh terrorists in Syria and was based at Hmeymim airbase in Latakia until the end of March 2016.

Currently, most of the combat vehicles have returned to Russia, but some aircraft and helicopters continue to strike militant positions.

May 05 18:36

America’s Legacy Will Be Its Downfall: Empire Always Comes Home

Op-Ed by Brandon Turbeville

As Western media outlets and the U.S. State Department attempt to gin up public sentiment surrounding alleged bombings of alleged hospitals that may or may not have even existed and that, even if they did, were nothing more than field hospitals for terrorists, the Syrian people are suffering under unimaginable conditions. These true victims, of course, are completely ignored by the same outlets that cry and pine over the deaths and setbacks of jihadists, rapists, torturers, and murderers.

Amidst the constant propaganda and dehumanizing method of reporting “news” in the West, both the humanity and the wishes of the Syrian people are lost completely...

May 05 14:21

Turkish govt shuts down Zaman newspaper following seizure

The Turkish government is shutting down Zaman newspaper, previously a strong critic of President Erdogan, which it seized control of in March. A number of other media outlets are also being closed by Ankara, according to CNN Turk.

Zaman was taken over by Ankara in early March. Following the seizure, the government immediately appointed new trustees for Feza Media Group, which owned the paper.

May 05 12:12

From the Ashes Springs New Life: Damascus Throws Amazing Night Parties

While slamming President Bashar Assad as "a dictator," media have ignored the fact that Syria with him at the helm had been a prosperous secular Mediterranean state before war erupted in 2011.

May 05 10:19

Syria conflict: Air strike on refugee camp 'kills dozens'

Dozens of people are reported to have been killed in an air strike on a refugee camp in rebel-held northern Syria, monitors and witnesses say.

Images on social media showed tents destroyed at the Kamounia camp near Sarmada in Idlib province, close to the Turkish border.

Some reports say the attack was by Syrian or Russian war planes but this has not been confirmed.

May 05 10:17

A Tale Of Two Hospitals: Potentially Fabricated Bombing Incident VS Open Terrorist Targeting Of Facilities In Aleppo

By Brandon Turbeville

Over the past few days, the Western corporate press has kicked into overdrive with reports of hospital bombings, dead civilians, and war crimes all blamed predictably on the secular government of Bashar al-Assad. According to Western governments and their media mouthpieces, Assad’s forces have targeted civilian hospitals in order to . . . well . . . no one knows why Assad’s forces would logically target civilian hospitals. Still, the Western harpies – both media and “human rights NGOs” – continue to hammer the unsubstantiated claims and misinformation at the tops of their lungs that the SAA is dropping bombs on civilian medical facilities...

May 05 09:19

Russia: US Tried to Include al-Qaeda Territory in Aleppo Ceasefire

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has alleged that the US attempted to include territories under the control of al-Nusra, AKA al-Qaeda in Syria, in the ceasefire that has just come into effect in Aleppo.

May 04 13:21

The US Just Told Assad He Needs to Start Giving Up Power in Syria by August — Or Else

Secretary of State John Kerry imposed an August deadline for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to transition out of power, warning the Damascus-based government and its Russian and Iranian backers that non-adherence to the ultimatum will prompt a new US approach to ending the five-year-old war.

"The target date for the transition is 1st of August," Kerry said in a press conference at the State Department on Tuesday. "So we're now coming up to May. So either something happens in these next few months, or they are asking for a very different track."

May 04 12:11

Israel controls ISIS.

Many have long suspected the connection, given that ISIS serves the Zionist agenda so well, but now we may have more proof. According to Veterans Today, hackers were recently able to get access to several months of personal computer data and mobile phone calls of Israeli Chief of Staff under Netanyahu, Manzar (Mandi) al-Safadi. The hack allegedly revealed that al-Safadi had been communicating and cutting deals with many Lebanese personalities and Syrian opposition figures who cooperated with Israel in the Syrian crisis. The hackers allegedly found information which helped them to gain “valuable intelligence on Israel’s supports for terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq.”

May 04 10:17

Iraq’s political chaos makes Canada’s war there trickier

Canadian troops are training Kurdish forces for a planned assault on Mosul, a city controlled by the Daesh militants since 2014. But as Time magazine has reported, the much-delayed assault is hampered by tensions between the Kurdish peshmerga and the Baghdad-controlled Iraqi army.

Again the dispute centres on territory: Should areas won back from Daesh go to semi-autonomous Kurdistan? Or should they go to Iraq proper?

This poses a problem for Canada. Like the U.S., Ottawa supports the concept of a unified Iraq.

But in practice, it finds itself training Kurdish soldiers who don’t view themselves as Iraqi and who might well end up fighting Iraqis.

May 04 07:20

Syrian Army Forces And Pro-Govt Fighters Shell Opposition-Held Parts Of Aleppo

While int’l leaders try to stablish peace in Syria, Army forces and pro-govt fighters shell opposition in Aleppo

May 03 15:46

UK At War? SAS In Syria, 25,000 ISIS Dead, British Troops In Somalia & Anti-Chem Tanks On Patrol

British special forces are to be parachuted into Syria, it has emerged, as Defence Secretary Michael Fallon claims coalition airstrikes have killed 25,000 Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) fighters since bombing began.

May 03 10:24

NATO FSA Mercenaries Bomb the Al Watani Hospital in Qusayr, Homs/Syria

May 03 10:17

4 Reasons Why Assad Must Win The Syrian War

Besides the US election, this year’s most important event that will change the course of world history is the Syrian war. As of now, the Syrian Arab Army, or SAA, is pushing forward to retake the country’s second city, Aleppo, while there are also reports that they’re making plans to assault Raqqah itself. And despite all Western efforts to destroy the country as they did with Libya, and all the media’s propaganda work to demonize him, Assad is the only legitimate power in Syria who has the capacity to both win the war and bring stability to the country. Anything less than his victory would mean that the country will become yet another failed state in the Middle East serving as a hotbed for radical Islamic terrorists.

May 03 09:30

Many Killed, Wounded After Opposition Rockets Target Hospital in Syria’s Aleppo City

By Baran Hines

Rockets fired by militants in Syria’s Aleppo hit a Al-Dabit hospital, a medical facility in a government controlled area of the city. Reports of casualties have varied but the attacks may have killed over 20 people and injured dozens more, as first reported by Syrian state television on Tuesday.

“(Dozens) martyred and wounded in rockets fired by terrorists at al-Dabit Hospital,” a news update said on state TV. According to multiple reports, the hospital has been heavily damaged and is currently not functioning. Other attacks by opposition groups hit areas of Aleppo controlled by the government on Tuesday. There is also a school near the hospital which may have been damaged...

May 03 08:33

Dozens of casualties in rebel rocket attack on Aleppo hospital - state media (VIDEO)

The hospital, which was under the control of government forces, was targeted by a radical rebel group, Syrian state TV reported. The facility is said to be ruined after the attack.

May 03 07:58

Cessation of hostilities in Aleppo to be announced in coming hours - Lavrov

A cessation of hostilities in the Syrian city of Aleppo will be announced in the coming hours, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday after talks with UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura.

Lavrov added that the US and Russian militaries are currently holding talks on the Aleppo ceasefire.

“I hope that in the coming hours such an agreement will be announced,” the minister said after the meeting in Moscow.

May 03 07:58

Dozens of casualties in rebel rocket attack on Aleppo hospital

Dozens of people have been killed and injured in a rocket attack on a hospital in the contested Syrian city of Aleppo, state media reported.

The hospital, which was under the control of government forces, was targeted by a radical rebel group, Syrian state TV reported. The facility is said to be ruined after the attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So much for the announced cessation of hostilities! The rebels ( supported by the US) made sure of that!

May 02 21:56

Flashback Dawson Predicted the false flag chemical attack in Syria


yet no mass media came to ask me about it after the fact.

May 02 14:34

‘US Planning Dubious Game In Syria, That Has A Devastating Impact On Syrian People’

The Free Syrian Army has refused to recognize partial ceasefires or local lulls in violence, claiming that if the UN-backed truce is not implemented in full, the group reserves its right to withdraw from the Geneva talks and respond to any attacks.

May 02 14:02

ISIS Releases New Kill List of 3,600 Random New Yorkers — FBI to Visit Each Personally

Now we’re supposed to believe that ISIS’ Caliphate Cyber Army has leaked the names and home and email addresses of 3,600 average people living in New York, urging terrorists to randomly target and kill them because… terror?

The info was reportedly posted on an ISIS-only channel along with the statement, “We want them #Dead” — because even terrorists know the importance of hashtags.

Meanwhile, this situation is being taken so seriously, it is being reported that police and the FBI are going to personally visit each person on the list and warn them that they have been personally threatened by ISIS… so they can… do…

What exactly?

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May 02 12:12

Mainstream Journalist Slams MSM Coverage Of Syrian Crisis: “Incomparably Worse” Than Coverage Of Iraq War

By Brandon Turbeville

John Rosenthal has been known as a critic of Western intervention in both Libya and Syria since the beginning of both of those crises. Yet, having made a successful career of writing for the Western mainstream press and outlets such as the National Review, the Wall Street Journal Europe, and World Affairs, work has become slower and slower as his views on Anglo-American imperialism become more apparent...

May 02 10:15

KERRY TO NEGOTIATE NEW CEASEFIRE IN SYRIA - BUT WITH HIS OWN SIDE

U.S. Secretary of State is in Geneva today to renegotiate a cessation of hostilities between the Syrian government forces and the foreign supported "rebels" in Syria. But there is something very curious going on with these negotiations. Kerry will neither talk with the Syrian government nor with the Russians. The Russian Foreign Minister is not even expected to come.

No, Kerry is negotiating with the U.S. allies Jordan and Saudi Arabia who support the same "rebels" that are opposed to the Syrian government that the U.S. itself supported all along. He now asks them to separate their proxy forces in Syria from the terrorist organization al-Qaeda/Jabhat al-Nusra.

There is simply no basis for Kerry to beg for a ceasefire for "rebel" held areas of Aleppo city when his own military says that these are in the hands of al-Qaeda which the UNSC calls to eradicate. The Russian's have said that much.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflipping unbelievable, but this is the shambolic state of American foreign policy these days.

May 02 08:00

Syria conflict: Kerry hopes to salvage truce as new raids hit Aleppo

US Secretary of State John Kerry says envoys meeting in Geneva are getting closer to an understanding on salvaging the cessation of hostilities in Syria.

He told reporters progress was being made on a plan to reduce the violence in the second city of Aleppo, which has threatened to sink the nine-week truce.

But he accused the Syrian government of "blatantly violating" the agreement to halt hostilities and allow aid in.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This from the country pouring hundreds of special forces into Syria without the permission of the Syrian government!

May 02 07:36

‘ US planning dubious game in Syria, that has a devastating impact on Syrian people’

The Free Syrian Army has refused to recognize partial ceasefires or local lulls in violence, claiming that if the UN-backed truce is not implemented in full, the group reserves its right to withdraw from the Geneva talks and respond to any attacks.

May 02 07:01

REMEMBER THE GOLAN HEIGHTS?

During the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, Syrian forces had surprised Israel and were fast approaching the edge of the steep Golan Heights, captured by Israel during the 1967 war. It seemed as if Syrian armor and infantry would retake Golan, then pour down into Israeli Galilee.

Soviet recon satellites observed Israel moving its nuclear-armed, 500km-range Jericho missiles out of protective caves and onto their launch pads. At the same time, Israel was seen loading nuclear bombs on their US-supplied F-4 fighter-bombers at Tel Nof airbase.
Believing Israel was about to use nuclear weapons against Syria and Egypt, Moscow put huge pressure on both to rein in their advancing forces. Damascus, already in range of Israeli artillery on Golan, ordered its armored forces on Golan to halt, allowing Israel to mount powerful counter-attacks and retake the strategic heights.

May 02 06:55

FSA rejects local ceasefires, supports halt in Syria peace talks

The Free Syrian Army has refused to recognize partial ceasefires or local lulls in violence, claiming that if the UN-backed truce is not implemented in full, the group reserves its right to withdraw from the Geneva talks and respond to any attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember that the FSA was created and is supported by the US Government.

May 01 13:43

Seymour Hersh Says Hillary Approved Sending Libya’s Sarin To Syrian Rebels

The great investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, in two previous articles in the London Review of Books (“Whose Sarin?” and “The Red Line and the Rat Line”) has reported that the Obama Administration falsely blamed the government of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad for the sarin gas attack that Obama was trying to use as an excuse to invade Syria; and Hersh pointed to a report from British intelligence saying that the sarin that was used didn’t come from Assad’s stockpiles.

Apr 30 10:13

Obama Admin Denies Saying “No Boots on the Ground” in Syria After Saying It 16 Times

By Claire Bernish

What does a government do when it’s caught in a flagrant lie? If you are the U.S. government, you simply tell another lie — and laugh at anyone who tries to call out your hypocrisy.

Setting aside his oft-parroted no-boots-on-the-ground imperative, President Obama announced Monday the U.S. would be quintupling the number of special forces troops deployed to Syria to fight Daesh (the so-called Islamic State). In fact, the announcement was made later on the same day Obama claimed to have “ruled out” the deployment of ground troops...

Apr 30 08:39

Seeing shared threats, Turkey sets up military base in Qatar

Turkey deployed soldiers to a new military base in Qatar on Thursday as part of a security agreement which visiting Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said would help counter threats to both countries.

The move marks a strengthening of cooperation between two countries that have both provided support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and backed rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Davutoglu told students at Qatar University that the base, Turkey's first overseas military installation in the Middle East, was not intended for any specific operation but was a "presence for stability".

"I came here and I met with our officers. I told them Qatar is your second home, you are not in a foreign country," he said.

"I can tell you now that the security and stability of Qatar is like the security and stability of Turkey. We want a stable and secure Gulf. Turkey and Qatar, we have the same destiny," he added. "We face the same threats."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's look at a map of Qatar, and the countries which surround it:

Map of Qatar

This military contingent placed in Qatar suddenly gives Turkey access to the Persian Gulf; the Strait of Hormuz; the Gulf of Oman,and the Arabian Sea.

And for what purpose?!? but if you take a look at what is on the other side of that body of water the answer becomes quite clear; access to Iran, potentially for trade, and protection of trade routes.

As reported at haaretz.com on 16 April, 2016:

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to boost trade between their two countries at talks Saturday following the lifting of most international sanctions on Tehran. Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories They also agreed to cooperate in the fight against terrorism during their meeting at Erdogan’s lavish palace near Ankara, just a day after Iran was accused of supporting extremists at a summit of Muslim heads of state in Istanbul.

Rouhani boycotted the closing meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in protest at the rebuke. His meeting with Erdogan focused on the Syrian conflict and trade between the two neighbors. In a joint press conference, Erdogan said he hoped bilateral trade would reach $30 billion annually. It currently stands at just $10 billion after years of sanctions. After being brought in from the cold following last year’s nuclear deal with world powers, Iran is being courted by both Europe and Turkey as a potentially lucrative market for trade and investment.

Now, I don't know in what currencies this trade will take place; but I can tell you one thing for an almost absolute certainty: it won't be done with US dollars!!

Apr 30 08:30

Russia claims Syria is preparing to recapture Raqqa and Deir Ezzor from ISIS

The Russian Ambassador to the United Nations claimed that the Syrian Army is readying to launch offensive operations against Islamic State (ISIS) in both Raqqa and Deir Ezzor.

"This is what the Syrian Army is doing with support from the Russian Air Force. As a result of these actions, Palmyra has been recaptured and now they are planning to launch an operation towards Deir Ezzor and Raqqa. Fighting is taking place against groups like Al-Nusra Front in Aleppo and a few others places," Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Borodavkin told Russia's RIA news agency on Friday.

The claim comes a mere day after the Syrian Army appeared to begin mobilizing for a large-scale offensive into Aleppo against Nusra and other groups, an offensive which the Russians are also likely to lend air support to.

Apr 30 08:29

The Syria White Helmets Exposed as US UK Agents Embedded with Al Nusra and ISIS

Apr 30 08:21

DESI: US special operations forces to Syria to prepare for a ground invasion

US-Russian showdown is looming in the horizon after the arrival of 250 US special operations forces to Hasakeh, Syria, and the number is believed to reach 500 in the coming days.

European Department for Security and Information Secretary General Haissam Bou Said Divulged that US special operations forces dispatched to Rumelan, province of Hasakeh, in Syria were tasked with “preparing for a ground invasion if and when the truce fails.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And we will make SURE the truce fails!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 30 07:52

The Mass Atrocities We Allow and Pay For

We are now advised that 250 more American troops are being sent to Syria solely to "advise and assist" the Syrian "people." Translated from propaganda, this means that our military forces in Syria will be increased to a total of.... well, who really knows, and not to include in-country CIA and armed American "contract employees," or the raiding air crews from carriers and nearby land bases. Nor can we be certain which side of the several shooting and gassing each other will our advisers and assisters be "helping."

Seems to me we've heard this song before. Korea comes to mind, and especially Viet Nam, from where 60,000 of our ultimate force in excess of half-a-million "advisers and assistants" were sent back home in wooden crates before we retreated to leave that land to its natives and their conquering masters.

Apr 30 07:29

Assad's military claims to have seized Israeli arms shipment in S. Syria

Syrian army sources claimed Wednesday that they had ambushed and captured a group of vehicles packed with Israeli weapons in the southern part of the country. The sources did not say specifically that the shipment came from Israel but alleged that the weapons and ammunition were marked with Hebrew writing, indicating their origin. The sources also failed to specify the exact location of the ambush, only saying that the vehicles were travelling in the area of Swaida, the main Druze city in the Jebel Druze area.

Apr 29 15:02

Syrian Army Plans To Retake ISIS ‘Capital’ Raqqa

The Syrian Army plans to launch an attack on Islamic State’s de facto capital Raqqa and its other stronghold of Deir ez-Zor with the help of Russian air support.

Apr 29 09:59

Damascus views deployment of 150 US troops to Rmeilan air field as aggression

The Syrian Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned on Thursday the deployment of 150 US troops to the city of Rmeilan in the northeast of the country.
"This intervention is rejected and illegitimate, it happened without the Syrian government’s approval," the SANA news agency quotes the ministry’s statement as saying.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

GEE, YA THINK?!?!?

The serious question which must be asked, is, why is the US government pushing so hard for war against Russia in Syria in an election year?!?

The answer is two-fold. First, the American economy is about to crash into a wall, and the Obama administration wants a war upon which to blame the crash.

The second is, if in fact, Trump does get elected as President, the Democrats want to hand him the ugliest and most unpalatable plate of economic and geopolitical misery they can conjure.

Apr 28 14:32

Graphic: Syrian Army Battles Jihadists In Latakia Hilltops

Syrian Arab Army continued its large-scale military offensive against forces of Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Turkistan Islamic Party in north-eastern Latakia Governorate on Tuesday.

Apr 28 13:33

‘There Was Never This ‘No Boots On The Ground’: State Dept Unaware Of Obama Promise On Syria

There's confusion in Washington over the US president's order to send an extra 250 troops to Syria. Barack Obama had repeatedly pledged to avoid putting boots on the ground - although according to the State Department, that's not the case.

Apr 28 09:17

US senator meets Syria's Assad, urges support for Damascus

A US state senator has held a meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, calling for more support for the Syrian government.

Speaking to reporters in the Syrian capital on Thursday, Dick Black, part-time state senator of Virginia, said it would be "beneficial" for Washington to speak directly to President Assad.

The remarks by Black, an outspoken Republican, contradict those made by US officials who claim that the Syrian president has lost legitimacy.

During his meeting with President Assad, the US senator emphasized that what is happening in Syria is far from disinformation practiced by some parties at the US administration.

Apr 28 07:06

The Russian Navy Base in Tartous, on the Syrian coast, will continue its mission

Russian Naval General Staff stated that the Technical Support Team for the Russian Navy in Tartous, harbour and town, will continue to carry out the tasks in the fulfillment of its missions regardless of the developments of the events in Syria.

Apr 27 15:13

Orwell’s Ghost Is Laughing

What’s the difference between “boots on the ground” and military personnel
wearing boots who are engaged in combat – and perhaps dying – on the ground?
If you can answer that question convincingly, perhaps you’d like to apply for
John Kirby’s job, because he’s not doing it very successfully. Kirby is the
State Department spokesman who, in answer to a question from a reporter about
the 250 US troops being sent to Syria, denied President Obama ever said there’d be “no boots on the ground” in Syria.

Apr 27 13:47

Syria - Russia Rejects Kerry's New Attempts To Shield The Terrorists

The U.S. admits that the upcoming Aleppo offensive by the Syrian government and its allies is designed to hit al-Qaeda and associated terrorist forces and not primarily the "moderate" unicorns the U.S. propaganda blushes about. But the openly U.S. supported forces will also be hit as they are very much integrated with al-Qaeda. The U.S. has for long considered al-Qaeda a secret ally in its attempt to destroy the Syrian state. The French magazine L'Orient Le Jour sees the U.S. relation with al-Qaeda in Syria as part of the attrition strategy the U.S. is waging against Syria (and Russia).

Apr 27 13:43

Death Proof: Russia’s T-90 Tank Withstands US Missile Attack in Syria

Russia’s T-90 battle tank ‘Vladimir’ has become a celebrity of the blogosphere after it survived getting hit by America’s TOW anti-tank missiles in Syria two months ago. The video of the shooting gathered half a million views on YouTube.

Apr 27 13:27

Will Washington Send Erdogan Long-Range Rockets For Use Against Assad?

The Turkish Foreign Ministry announced that the US will provide advanced weaponry to bolster the ‘moderate opposition’ against the Assad regime, despite both countries claiming that their focus is on countering Daesh.

Apr 27 12:58

Military Escalation. Obama Announces More Special Forces Troops to Syria. “Training and Assistance to Local [Al Qaeda] Forces”

In yet another sign of obvious Western escalation in the war against Syria, U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Monday that an additional 250 American military personnel will be deployed to Syria under the guise of defeating ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Because it worked so well the last time!

Apr 27 09:35

‘Null and void’: UNSC dismisses Netanyahu’s claim of ‘forever Israeli Golan’

Reviewing Israel claim to the disputed territory, the UN Security Council members “expressed deep concern” over Netanyahu’s stand and “stressed that the status of the Golan remains unchanged.”

Speaking to reporters following the UNSC meeting, its rotating president and China’s UN envoy, Liu Jieyi, stressed that Tel Aviv’s move to impose its laws in the Golan is against Council resolution 497, and are “null and void and without international legal effect.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apr 27 09:20

Russia Set to REBUILD Syria, Signs $950 Million Contract with Damascus

Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi has announced that Russia is set to rebuild war-torn Syria after signing numerous contracts with the country after the conclusion of their successful anti-terror air campaign.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Dammit; Syria was supposed to be OUR debt-slave after we bombed their nation into ruin!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 27 09:00

Obama Sends 250 US Troops To Syria: Biggest Escalation Of Intervention To Date

US President Barack Obama confirmed plans to dramatically increase the American troop presence in Syria by deploying an additional 250 personnel, bringing the total to 300. He said the troops would help drive out the Islamic State terrorist group.

Apr 27 08:52

Inside One Of Syria’s Largest Oil & Gas Facilities Retaken From ISIS

Inside Jabisa oil and gas facility, with estimated daily capacities of 2mn cubic meters of gas and 80,000 barrels of crude, which was recently recaptured from ISIS by Kurdish militia.

Apr 26 14:02

UN rejects Israel's claim over Syria's Golan Heights

The UN Security Council has rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claim that the annexed Golan Heights in Syria would "forever" remain under Israeli control.

The 15-member council agreed on Tuesday that the status of the Golan, which Israel seized from Syria in 1967, "remains unchanged," Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi, who holds this month's council presidency said.

Liu recalled a 1981 resolution which states that Israel's "decision to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights was nul and void and without any international legal effect."

Apr 26 12:28

State Dept Never Heard Of Obama’s ‘No Boots On The Ground’ In Syria

There’s confusion in Washington over the US president’s order to send an extra 250 troops to Syria.

Apr 26 09:45

Germany to build air base in Turkey for Isis campaign

The German military are planning for a long-term military operation against terror group Isis, with plans for a €65 million air base in southern Turkey, Spiegel reports.

Apr 26 09:30

OBAMA SENDS MORE TROOPS TO SYRIA AS SPOKESMAN MEMORYHOLES PLEDGE

On Monday, it was announced that President Barack Obama was ordering an additional 250 special operations forces to Syria. The US has already been bombing Syria and Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS). The US already has forces operating in Syria, even establishing a military base in Syria’s Hasakah province. The base at the Rmeilan airfield is the first US military base in Syria ever, though it has yet to be officially recognized as such.

Apr 26 08:05

“Horrified”: Seymour Hersh Reacts To Obama’s Plan To Send 250 More U.S. Special Ops Troops To Syria

President Obama has announced the deployment of 250 more Special Operations troops to Syria in a move that nearly doubles the U.S. presence in the country.

Apr 26 04:42

RUSSIA AND SYRIA SIGN DEALS WORTH $850 MILLION TO RESTORE SYRIAN INFRASTRUCTURE

Syria and Russia have signed agreements worth 850 million euros to restore infrastructure in the Arab nation, Russia's RIA news agency quoted Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halaki as saying on Monday.

Apr 25 14:06

French Couple Decorates ‘Russian Rambo’ Hero Of Syria Op With Family’s WWII Medals

Russia’s embassy in Paris reports that a French couple has sent the family’s WWII medals to the diplomatic mission, to be handed over to the family of a Russian officer who was killed in action in Syria.

Apr 25 13:51

Obama Announces More Special Forces Troops To Syria, Escalates Existing Policy

By Brandon Turbeville

In yet another sign of obvious Western escalation in the war against Syria, U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Monday that an additional 250 American military personnel will be deployed to Syria under the guise of defeating ISIS...

Obama also restated the U.S. position that “Assad must go” when he said, “Just as we remain relentless on the military front we’re not going to give up on diplomacy to end the civil war in Syria because the suffering of the people in Syria has to end and that requires an effective political transition.”...

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