Mar 06 08:35


The Syrian Arab Army, the Tiger Forces and their allies have advanced on positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) and other militant groups in the areas of Harasta, Hawsh Ashari, Bayt Siwwa in the Eastern Ghouta region. Government forces have also entered the area of Rayhan, but have not been able to secure it yet.

Meanwhile, the US-led block, the mainstream media and pro-militant sources are developing their propaganda campaign in an attempt to save militants operating in Eastern Ghouta from defeat accusing government forces of civilian casualties and chemical attacks.

On March 5, the Pentagon announced that Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the area of Afrin had led to an “operational pause” in US-led efforts against ISIS in eastern Syria.

Mar 05 09:58

Inside the Small But Important City of Manbij in Syria

Manbij is a good place to understand the jigsaw puzzle of competing fiefdoms into which Syria is now divided and the reasons why the multiple wars that have torn the country apart will go on for several more years. A largely Arab city with a population of 300,000, it is situated east of Aleppo and west of the Euphrates river, but has been effectively controlled by the Kurds since they captured it from Isis after a long siege in 2016.

Turkey has been repeatedly threatening to attack Manbij to end the Kurdish presence, though the Kurds, for their part, say they are no longer in control but have handed over power to a local body called the Manbij Military Council. The Turks claim that this just means that the Kurds have changed their uniforms, but the council, which has about 5,000 fighters, acts in concert with US troops, so, if Turkish troops and the local militias they work with do advance, it will be at the risk of a shooting war with the US.

Mar 05 09:24

Is the US Ramping Up Its Military Presence in Syria and Planning to Attack Iran for Israel?

Col. Larry Wilkerson speaking at the National Press Club the day before the official AIPAC Conference. The alternative conference was titled: 'U.S.-Israel Relations and Middle East Policy'

Mar 05 09:23

Eastern Damascus: Terrorists Fleeing Battlefields Amid Rapid Advances of Syrian Army

The sources said that the terrorists in Eastern Ghouta are escaping the battlefields in groups after the army men freed the small town of Otaya and its nearby regions.

Fierce clashed are underway between the terrorists and the army soldiers in al-Shifouniyeh, adding that over 63 terrorists have thus far been killed and several vehicles and a large volume of military equipment have been destroyed in the army advances.

The sources further said that tens of terrorists' tunnels and trenches have been captured by the army and a number of militants have been captured.

In a relevant development on Saturday the Syrian military helicopters threw thousands of leaflets over the villages and towns in Eastern Ghouta to inform civilians willing to leave the area about the safe corridor designated for evacuating civilians through al-Wafideen Camp.

Mar 05 09:05

Through the fighting for the liberation of #EasternGhouta, government forces captured #American #weapons which was used by #terrorists

Mar 05 08:33

Israel Plans a New War in Syria – but Not for the Reasons It Claims

Israel has been laying the political groundwork for a military escalation in Syria since mid-2017. That’s when Israeli officials began to repeat two interlinked political themes: that Iran must be prevented from establishing permanent bases and implanting its proxy forces in the Syrian Golan Heights, and that Iran is secretly building factories in Syria and Lebanon to provide Hezbollah with missiles capable of precise targeting.

But the evidence suggests that the reasons publicly avowed by Israeli officials are not the real motive behind the escalation of Israel’s air attacks and ground combat presence in Syria.

Mar 05 08:31


Last weekend, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces, the 4th Armorued Division and other pro-government units delivered a devastating blow to the defense of militant groups in the eastern part of the Eastern Ghouta region, near Damascus.

Government forces liberated al-Shaffoniya, Beit Nayem, al-Rayhanah, al-Muhammadiyah and other points and deployed within about 3.5 km of dividing the militant-held area into two separate parts.

Jaish al-Islam, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra), Ahrar al-Sham and Faylaq al-Rahman were not able to organize an effective defense there. However, pro-militant sources claim that the SAA and its allies had suffered significant casualties – about 150 soldiers. This number is not confirmed by photos or videos.

Mar 05 08:07

East Ghouta Terrorists: Give Us Aid And We Will Release Civilians

Terrorists in East Ghouta have said they will release civilians to leave the war zone if they receive humanitarian aid.

This comes as the Syrian Arab Red Crescent Society’s humanitarian convoy is hopeful to enter East Ghouta on Monday, most likely during the daily Russia-imposed ceasefire that lasts for five hours beginning at 9:00 A.M. local time.

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Forty-five trucks with humanitarian aid and a mobile hospital lined up on Monday morning at the checkpoint in the inhabited community of Al-Wafideen where a humanitarian corridor from Eastern Ghouta leads, TASS explained.

Mar 05 08:06

Syrian Army Liberates New Site In East Ghouta

The Syrian Army, led by the elite Tiger Forces, has liberated Rahyan village in East Ghouta to the east of Damascus city center.

This comes as earlier today the Syrian Army, led by the elite Republican Guard, liberated the village of Beit Naem from the Jaish al-Islam terrorist organization in the southern portion of East Ghouta, as reported by FRN.

This means that terrorist organizations are facing immense pressure from the Syrian Army on the eastern, southern and western fronts of East Ghouta, with the eastern front creeping up on sites in the north of the besieged pocket.

Mar 04 08:00

Trump Threatens Syria, Russia Over Eastern Ghouta

The White House has issued a statement following President Trump’s conversations with German and French leaders, warning that they “will not tolerate the atrocities of the Assad regime” and that they’d put Russia “on notice” about the situation in Eastern Ghouta.

Over the past two weeks, over 600 people have been killed in fighting in Eastern Ghouta, many of them civilians killed in Syrian airstrikes. The White House says Syria, Russia, and Iran must all respect the UN ceasefire and stop fighting.

The UN statement called for ceasefires across Syria, but so far it doesn’t appear to be generally honored by anyone. While fighting in Eastern Ghouta hasn’t totally stopped, it has slowed a bit, and Russia has set up a five hour daily truce for evacuations.

Mar 04 08:00

Yet Another Senseless Mass Killing: Women and Children Among 25 Dead

This week, 25 people were slaughtered in yet another mass killing, and half of those deaths were women and children.

But you won’t see these murders broadcast relentlessly on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, nor discussed at length in social media threads. That’s because the U.S. military committed them in their crusade against the Islamic State’s “last enclave on the Euphrates in Syria,” Reuters reported Monday.

It is for this reason that many Americans will dismiss comparisons between this type of mass killing and school shootings and other domestic mass atrocities. Their grossly overfunded (yet somehow financially irresponsible) military is fighting the good fight. If some innocent people have to die in the process Americans can feel safe in their homes and shopping malls, so be it.

Mar 04 07:28

Russia: Terrorists Are Not Letting Civilians Leave East Ghouta, Using Them As Human Shields

Major General Vladimir Zolotukhin, a representative of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Sides in Syria, told reporters that terrorists in East Ghouta continue to fire and provoke the daily humanitarian pauses in fighting between 9:00 A.M and 2:00 P.M. local time.

“A humanitarian corridor operates under control of the Russian center for reconciliation of warring sides. Nevertheless, militants do not stop provocations even during humanitarian pauses,” he said.

Mar 04 07:26

Pro-Syrian Government Forces Hit By Turkish Airstrike Near Afrin

Pro-Syrian government forces were targeted in an air raid by the Turkish Air Force in the town of Kafr Zita, near Afrin, on Saturday.

Thirty-six people are reported to have died in the attack.

Mar 04 07:08


The illegal Israeli occupation of the Syrian Golan Heights has now been in place for more than 50 years. This substantial territory, part of southern Syria, was conquered by Israeli occupation forces in the 1967war. The majority of the Syrian population in the territory was then either expelled, or fled towards safety. Israel demolished their homes, buildings and entire villages in the Golan in order to build Jewish settlements where they once stood.

Mar 04 06:32

America’s Illegal Sojourn in Syria

It should come as no surprise to anyone that the Donald Trump administration has recently affirmed that it has a perfect legal right to remain in Syria as long as it wishes because it is fighting terrorism ... The US intention to maintain a continued presence minus any viable al-Qaeda threat in the country is completely illegal under both domestic and international law. In short, the continued United States presence in Syria bears all the hallmarks of yet another US policy wrapped in top level ambiguity that is a failure even before it starts. Not only illegal, it is impractical, with 2,000 US advisers spread thin supporting Kurdish proxies who are already heavily engaged fighting the Turks. Eventually Washington will become weary of the effort and leave.

Mar 02 14:21

Arab Daily: British Diplomatic Cable Unveils US Plots to Disintegrate Syria

A Lebanese newspaper wrote that it has gained access to an email from the British embassy in the US which reveals Washington’s 5-paragraph plan to disintegrate Syria.

The Arabic-language al-Akhbar newspaper wrote on Saturday that the US officials along with their western allies have decided to implement a detailed plan to disintegrate Syria and prolong the war in the country by continued deployment on the Eastern banks of the Euphrates.

In a somewhat familiar but precise English, Benjamin Norman – a diplomat in charge of the Middle East at the British Embassy in Washington – reports in a confidential diplomatic telegram of the first meeting of the “Small American Group on Syria” (United States, Great Britain, France, Saudi Arabia and Jordan), held in Washington on January 11, 2018.

Mar 02 12:05

West, silent on Damascus shelling, threatens Ghouta action

France has joined the US and Britain in threatening Damascus with possible airstrikes in the event of further chemical weapons use in Syria.

Their threats on Friday came as terrorist groups continued shelling a safe corridor declared by the Syrian government for civilians to leave Eastern Ghouta.

Takfiri terrorists have turned the enclave on the suburbs of Damascus to a launch pad for mortar attacks on the Syrian capital.

The Syrian army is currently in the midst of an operation to drive the terrorists out of Eastern Ghouta, but it is facing a hostile West threatening attacks on Syrian troops which it accuses of targeting civilians.

Western leaders were quick to point the finger at the Syrian government after reports of chlorine release in Eastern Ghouta last week.

For years, foreign-backed militants have appeared to release chemical substances in the areas close to the site of government airstrikes and capture the aftermath on videos.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The logical question which one has to ask here, is why al-Assad be gassing and poisoning his own people, when his and Russia's forces are so close to a military victory against the jihadists?!?

And here's a companion piece from the English language version of

US will turn Ghouta into a Terrorist Stronghold - Syrian General.

The US cannot do this from the air, because of Russian air defense, but is doing it on the ground, where terrorist jihadists are laying seige to small cities, and using hostages as human shields.

Mar 02 11:30

The Shadow of an Israeli/US Attack on Lebanon and Syria Grows Larger by the Day

In Lebanon, the Prime Minister Saad Hariri has returned to Saudi Arabia to meet with his Saudi patrons for the first time since his shocking resignation on November 4, 2017, which he later withdrew. The timing of his visit suggests another anti-Iranian and anti-Hezbollah announcement will follow. Will Hariri issue another statement accusing Iran and Hezbollah of destabilizing Lebanon to add to the war rhetoric coming out of Israel at the same time that Lebanon is making a military agreement with Russia? The moves on the chessboard are happening fast and furious. Divide and conquer is clearly the strategy of Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the United States.

Mar 02 10:31

Satellite Images Reveal Iran Establishing Missile Base Near Damascus - Reports

Recent satellite imagery taken outside Syria's capital Damascus show that Iran has constructed a likely missile base that can strike anywhere in Israel, according to media reports.

The Iranian facility is operated by the Quds Force, known as the special operations force of the larger Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and is located approximately eight miles southwest of Damascus, Fox News reported on Tuesday.

In this photo released by the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard celebrate after launching a missile during their maneuver in an undisclosed location in Iran (File)

The media outlet said it acquired satellite photos from ImageSat International, which purportedly show two new white hangars, each roughly 30 yards by 20 yards, used to store short-and medium-range missiles, the report said.
Israel has repeatedly warned Iran that it will defend itself against any attack from the Islamic Republic.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, folks; a little logic here; why the blazes would Iran build an alleged missile base in Syria, when the country is still struggling for stability?!?

Would they not be concerned that such missiles could get into the hands of the jihadists who are still in that country, and used against both them and Syria government forces?!?

Each facility is about 90 square feet; that is a very small facility.

The Israelis can call these hangars anything they want; but at the end of the day, you have to have such missiles as close to the missile launching facility as safely possible.

So yes, where, please, is the missile launching facility from which these missiles can be launched?!?

The Iranian government and military may be many things, but stupid is not one of them.

Mar 02 10:19

Militants continue shelling humanitarian corridor from Eastern Ghouta — defense officialMore:

Mortar shelling of the humanitarian corridor from Eastern Ghouta continued on Thursday, Major-General Vladimir Zolotukhin, a spokesman for the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties in Syria, told Russian reporters.

Civilians in Eastern Ghouta have been contacting Syrian human rights activists en masse asking for their assistance in leaving the territories seized by militants, he went on.

"According to the information, over the past 24 hours the number of requests from the citizens of Eastern Ghouta to the human rights activists has increased manyfold. They ask to provide assistance and help in leaving the territory controlled by the militants," Zolotukhin said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whichever nation-state is supporting these rebels (read: US, UK, and Israel) is supporting crimes against humanity, period, end of discussion.

Mar 02 09:12

PENTAGRAM deploys hundreds of US troops in Syria

Mar 02 09:04

Video: Ex-Mossad Chief Defends Israel's Medical Aide to al Qaeda Terrorists In Syria

This clip is from 2016. At minute 4:27, the former head of Mossad is asked about Israel's medical aide to terrorists in Syria and says "Al Qaeda, to the best of my recollection, has up to now not attacked Israel."

The host incredulously responds, "It has attacked your number one ally and protector and sponsor, the United States of America! There is a quote unquote "war on terror" being on for fifteen years!"

Mar 02 08:12

'US, UK Instructed' Terrorists to Stage Chemical Attack in Syria - State Media

The Syrian government has repeatedly denied any accusations of using chemical weapons, insisting that the country "simply" had none in its possession.

Terrorist groups in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta are preparing to stage an attack with the use of chemical weapons and then blame it on the Syrian Arab Army, SANA reported, citing an unnamed military source.

According to the source, speaking on condition of anonymity, the leaders of such groups as Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Nusra Front), Faylaq al-Rahman and Ahrar al-Sham have received instructions from the United States, the United Kingdom and its allies to use chemical agents near the front lines with the Syrian army, as well as to target civilians and accuse Damascus of those actions.

Mar 02 07:40

Russia Says US Has About 20 Bases in Syrian Kurdistan

Russian Security Council aide Alexander Venediktov has issued a statement to the nation’s state news agency today claiming that the US has approximately 20 military bases inside Syria at this point, all of them in Kurdish-controlled territory.

There’s no way to confirm this, as the Pentagon is keeping both the number of troops in Syria and their locations a secret. There are, however, reasons to think this may be a plausible figure.

Mar 02 07:39

Putin: The Man Who Stopped Washington’s Regime Change Rampage

Putin has become an obstacle to Washington’s imperial ambitions which is why he has been elevated to Public Enemy Number 1.

Mar 02 07:38

Time for America to Declare Victory in Syria and Come Home

Donald Trump ran for president advocating a different kind of foreign policy. But his appointees are taking a Clintonesque approach to Syria: half-hearted military intervention on behalf of minimal security interests, resulting in great risk with little gain. To avoid escalating involvement in someone else’s war, the president should assert control over his foreign policy.

When asked about Syria recently, the president responded that it was all about the Islamic State: “We are there for one reason, to get ISIS and get rid of ISIS and go home. We are not there for any other reason.”

Mar 02 07:16

It's 2002 Again - New York Times Makes Bogus WMD Claims

The valves, thermometers and acid resistance tiles Syria may have sought to acquire could be used for medical facilities, the production of candy or for dozens of other civilian purposes. They could be used to produce something for the military with chemical weapons probably being the most unlikely.

But like the discredited aluminum tube story, the current NYT piece, written by its UN reporter Michael Schwirtz, obfuscates the doubts about WMD connections of the issue. It makes false claims and is full of war-mongering assertions by hawkish figures. It is a scare story constructed to vilify various opponents to U.S. hegemony on meager factual grounds.

Mar 01 11:50

Western Media Coverage of Syria: A Big, Bright Shining Lie

Once again the mainstream coverage of the current conflict in Eastern Ghouta, leaves much to be desired, to say the least. In this week's show, John Wight and former UK ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford discuss how and why it is that the reality of what is happening on the ground in Ghouta is not being reflected in the western media narrative.

Mar 01 11:49

US Threatens Russia With Guerilla War in Syria – Analyst

The US is ready to provide military aid to any force fighting the legitimate Syrian government, Ivan Konovalov, director of the Moscow-based Center for Strategic Studies, says, commenting on the Trump administration's proposal to allocate $300 million "to train, equip, sustain, and enable elements of the Vetted Syrian Opposition (VSO) eligible for support under current law " in Syria in FY2019.

Mar 01 09:50

Syria: Are We In, Or Out?

What in the name of all that’s holy is going on in Syria, where the US has indicated it intends to keep US troops indefinitely – or maybe not. Here’s one report:

“On February 11, Secretary of Defense James Mattis stressed that, following the group’s defeat, there is no plan for a deeper U.S. commitment in Syria. Several weeks later on February 23, President Donald Trump echoed Mattis’s message, saying that the 1,700 to 2,000 US troops in the country would ‘go home’ after isis had been beaten.”

And here’s another:

“In a pair of letters issued within the last month, Pentagon and State Department officials indicated that the Trump administration envisions US soldiers remaining on the ground in Syria and Iraq indefinitely, even once Islamic State militants have been defeated, and does not believe it requires additional permission from Congress to do so.”

So which is it?

Mar 01 09:07

The Pentagon’s “Ides of March”: Best Month to Go to War

Is it a coincidence?

In recent history, from the Vietnam war to the present, the month of March has been chosen by Pentagon and NATO military planners as the “best month” to go to war.

With the exception of the War on Afghanistan (October 2001) and the 1990-91 Gulf War, all major US-NATO and allied led military operations over a period of more than half a century –since the invasion of Vietnam by US ground forces on March 8, 1965– have been initiated in the month of March.

The Ides of March (Idus Martiae) is a day in the Roman calendar which broadly corresponds to March 15. The Ides of March is also known as the date on which Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC.

Lest we forget, the month of March (in the Roman Calendar) is dedicated to Mars (Martius), the Roman God of War.

For the Romans, the month of March (Martius) marked “the time to start new military campaigns.”

Mar 01 08:36


Afrin, Eastern Ghouta and the militant-held part of the province of Idlib remain the two key hot points in Syria.

In Eastern Ghouta, government forces have fully liberated the town of Hawsh al-Dawahirah and the al- Shaffoniya roundabout and the Al-Bashoura Air Defense Base from Jaish al-Islam. Intense fighting was also reported in the neighborhood of Harasta where army troops had advanced on positions of Ahrar al-Sham and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra).

Meanwhile, militants continue to sabotage daily humanitarian pauses, which had started in the region on February 27. The so-called opposition prevents evacuation of civilians from the combat zone because this poses a threat to their ability to appeal to the so-called international community blaming Syria, Iran and Russia for civilian casualties.

Mar 01 08:33

US Deploys 600 Additional Troops in Syria's At-Tanf - Reports

A??ording to the Turkish newspaper Yeni Akit, the United States has deployed 600 troops in the international coalition’s base in At-Tanf in Syria, adjacent to the Iraqi border.

The military contingent, comprised of special forces soldiers, has arrived at the base in At-Tanf, which was established by the US two years ago, in early 2016. A report from another Turkish media outlet Milliyet, citing the website Palmyra Monitor in Arabic, suggests that the units reached the base with armored vehicles.

Mar 01 08:32

WAR BEX - North Korea Reportedly Sending Missile, Chemical Weapons Parts To Syria

North Korea has reportedly sent ballistic missile and chemical weapons components to Syria in violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a draft of a new report authored by U.N. experts that has been viewed by several news organizations.

According to the 200-page report, expected to go public in mid-March, U.N. investigators say the items include acid-resistant tiles, valves and thermometers, according to The New York Times. The transfers reportedly date back as far as 2008.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trying to manufacture a justification to attack North Korea by linking it with Syria?

Mar 01 03:30

Ghouta bombings: How bloodless Arab Spring turned into a bloodied civil war in Syria

Responding to queries on the Syrian crisis yesterday in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock, out of sheer frustration, said: “More bombing. More fighting. More deaths. More destruction. More maiming of women and children. More hunger. More misery. More, in other words, of the same.

Feb 28 15:54

Blundering Into Iran – Philip Giraldi

Countering an assumed Iranian threat that is no threat at all and triggering a catastrophic war would be a major mistake that would lead to a breakdown in the current political alignment of the entire Middle East. And it would be costly for the United States.

Feb 28 15:53

Envoy to UN: Syria Cannot Use Chemical Weapons Because It Has None

"Syria cannot possibly be using chemical weapons because it very simply has none in its possession," Aala told the United Nations-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, Middle East News reported.

The envoy's speech follows the accusations of US State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert against Damascus, claiming that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons near Idlib's city of Saraqib. Accoding to Nauert, Washington believes that Russia was shielding the Syrian authorities from accountability for its alleged continued use of chemical weapons.

Earlier this month, the UN-mandated Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic launched an investigation into reports of the alleged use of chlorine in the Syrian provinces of Idlib and Eastern Ghouta.

Feb 28 15:52

Snipers Prevent People from Leaving Eastern Ghouta

The terrorist groups in Eastern Ghouta kept shooting at civilians for the second day in a row to prevent their exit from the embattled town during the daily truce hours.

Feb 28 15:52

Popular Uprising against US Occupiers Reported in Northeastern Syria

A large number of people in the Northeastern city of Raqqa took to the streets in opposition to the US troops' buildup in their city, accusing the US military forces and their allied militants of destroying their city and also executing large groups of civilians.

The protestors vowed not to cooperate with the US troops, and warned that they will continue to show their disagreement with the US forces' occupation and disintegration of Syria in demonstrations and strikes.

Feb 28 15:30

Russia's patience with Ghouta militants not indefinite: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that his patience with militant attacks in Syria's Ghouta region is not indefinite, as terrorist groups positioned in the Damascus suburb continue to shell the capital indiscriminately.

After losing most of the Syrian territories in their control, foreign-backed militants are now largely concentrated in Eastern Ghouta, causing one of the deadliest stages over the course of the years-long conflict in Syria.

"As is known - in any case, we in Russia know this well enough - some shells crash even on the territory of the Russian embassy and trade mission. Are we going to tolerate this indefinitely? Of course, not," Putin said during a Wednesday news conference that followed talks with Austria’s Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in Moscow.

"Bombardments from there continue unabated. On some days missile and mortar strikes reach 50-60," Putin said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin is ending the message that he is ready to act.

Feb 28 10:15

Reality Check: No Sarin Gas Used by Assad in Syria?

The U.S. is intensifying action in Syria by the day. But why?

Feb 28 08:44

‘Very Skeptical of That’: UN Claims North Korea, Syria Trade in Chemical Weapons

The United Nations has shared a yet-unreleased report with US newspapers contending that North Korea has been sending material to Syria to make chemical weapons, but Rick Sterling of the Syria Solidarity Movement says there is good reason to be skeptical.

"I wouldn't be surprised if they do have some trade between those two countries — but chemical weapons? I'm very skeptical of that," Sterling told Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear on Tuesday. "Just because something comes from the United Nations doesn't mean it's objective or neutral."

Feb 28 08:24

Activist ‘raising awareness’ for Syria on Twitter used photos from Gaza & Mosul

A US-based activist’s post, ostensibly meant to “raise awareness” about Syrian civilians, turned out to be a complete fabrication. Twitterati found the photos he used were actually from Gaza and Mosul.

Feb 28 07:28

Syrian civil war map: Who controls what?

A map of the Syrian civil war that shows who controls what after years of fighting.

Feb 28 07:24


Early on February 27, reports appeared that aircraft of the US-led coalition had carried out strikes on government forces at the village of Salhiya in the province of Deir Ezzor. According to pro-government sources, the SAA responded by launching anti-aircraft missiles at the aircraft attacking their positions.

Feb 28 07:23

BEX? North Korea sending chemical weapon supplies to Syria, UN report says

North Korea has been sending supplies to Syria that could be used to produce chemical weapons, a United Nations Security Council diplomat has told CNN.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the diplomat said that North Korea had sent acid-resistant tiles, valves and thermometers to Syria. The diplomat was citing a report on North Korea authored by a UN panel of experts.
The same report also claims North Korean missile experts visited Syria in 2016 and 2017, after the chemical weapons supplies had been sent to the Middle Eastern state.
During one of the trips, the technicians stayed at Syrian military facilities. A UN member state reported to the panel of experts that scientists from North Korea may still be operating in Barzeh, Adra and Hama.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's start with the fact that once again, a claimed chemical weapon attack blamed on Assad doesn't have any proof connected with it. And we know that Trumps' big problem is that he doesn't have any real justification to carry out an unprovoked attack on North Korea. So, this so-called UN report smells like propaganda to drag North Korea into the "Assad is gassing his own people" fable. For all we know, the anonymous United Nations Security Council diplomat could be Nikki Haley herself.

Feb 27 16:20

Syrian army discovers Israeli weapons in Daesh hideouts

Syrian media have released new footage showing Israeli-made weapons discovered by government troops in areas newly liberated from Daesh terrorists in the eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.

Feb 27 15:59

‘Proof doesn't matter to West regarding Syria chemical weapons-use allegations… as usual’

It’s no coincidence the US is warning against chemical weapons use by Damascus, while the most likely source of an attack would be rebels, to trigger a response against the Syrian government, says former US diplomat Jim Jatras.
Amid calls for a ceasefire in eastern Ghouta, Syria, figures in Western media are accusing President Bashar Assad of launching a chemical gas attack.

Eastern Ghouta is just outside the capital, Damascus, and has been occupied by various rebel and terrorist groups for years. The violence there recently escalated, with both sides accusing each other of targeting civilians.

A humanitarian corridor set up by Russia opened in eastern Ghouta on Tuesday morning to allow civilians to leave the war-ravaged district. However, despite these efforts, it is feared civilians will be prevented by rebels from leaving the warzone.

Feb 27 15:59

E. Ghouta militants disrupted 1st day of ceasefire & went on offensive – Reconciliation Center

The first five-hour ceasefire in Syria’s eastern Ghouta was sabotaged by armed groups holed up there, which shelled the humanitarian corridor and prevented civilians from leaving, the Russian Center for Reconciliation said.

“As of 14:30 local time, no one has left the area,” Major General Vladimir Zolotukhin, a spokesman for the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria, told journalists. “The militants do not let anyone out,” he said, adding that the situation on the ground remained “complicated” as the militants continued to shell the neighboring area, and even went on offensive against the Syrian Army positions.

Feb 27 13:23

Reality Check: No Sarin Gas Used by Assad in Syria?

Feb 27 12:39

The US Is Protecting ISIS to Weaken Rivals, Expand US Occupation of Syria

The dominant view of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State (ISIS), Operation Inherent Resolve, is that its fundamental goal is the defeat of ISIS.

And so, in the wake of the routing of ISIS from Iraq and Syria, the core justification for an ongoing US military presence in Syria is ensuring that no post-mortem ISIS insurgency arises.

That the US is unequivocally opposed to ISIS is simply taken for granted.

Yet a closer look at the history of US involvement shows that counterterrorism has been a lesser concern relative to geopolitical and strategic goals. Whenever the goals of expanding territorial control or weakening rivals conflicts with the goal of opposing ISIS, the entity was either ignored or even empowered in pursuit of these more paramount concerns.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Abosoflippinglutely unbelievable, but perfectly predictable for the US government.

Feb 27 11:44

Ghouta Is An Aleppo Redux To Save "Assad Must Go"

It’s clear that U.S. policy in Syria is to make life as miserable as possible for both Russia and the Syrian people. Syria is of such strategic importance to our foreign policy goals of encirclement that no matter the facts on the ground or the growing distaste for war abroad at home, U.S. foreign policy architects are on auto-pilot.

This morning Alexander Mercouris returns to The Duran with a wonderful piece comparing the current situation in Eastern Ghouta with that of Aleppo in 2016. It is seriously worth every moment of your time to read.

Feb 27 11:43

US-Led Coalition Warplanes Strike Syrian Regime Forces

The last time the US-led coalition fighting ISIS in Syria conducted air and artillery strikes against pro-regime forces in Syria, in the oil-rich Deir Ezzor region, was on Feb. 7, when hundreds of pro-regime fighters were killed, the largest number of "pro-regime" casualties inflicted by the US-led coalition in one attack. The coalition described its action as carried out in "self defense", while the Syrian state news agency SANA described the action as an "aggression" by the coalition against "popular forces" who were fighting ISIS and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.

Feb 27 11:35

US Airstrike Kills 25, Including Children, in Eastern Syria: Slain were mostly women and children

A US airstrike in eastern Syria’s al-Shaafa region has killed at least 25 people on Monday, with more than half of the slain identified as women and children, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Details on the slain are still emerging, but US spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon attempted to downplay reports, saying the US takes “all allegations seriously,” and that if any civilians were killed they’d be included in the Pentagon’s monthly list. The Pentagon, of course, tends to ultimately count only about 10-15% of the deaths in their official lists.

The al-Shaafa area is believed to be one of the last strongholds of ISIS forces inside Syria, and that has made it a popular target for airstrikes by various anti-ISIS factions. So far, however, the strikes have appeared to kill mostly just random civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The murder of a country's children, via airstrikes, is an assassination against that country's future.

In its vicious and violent attempt to partition Syria, the American Government is completely unphased by its military commiting these war crimes; I do not blame the American military for this; it is their mission, and they can shake off civilian casualties by characterising them as "collateral damage."

It is simply another manifestation of the Trump administration's "OR ELSE!!" foreign policy, one to which I am afraid that the American people have become "comfortably numb", in order to avoid having to think about this, or discuss the moral rightness of these actions.

Feb 27 10:55


As Americans continue to rage over the Valentine’s Day school shooting in Florida, expressing indignation at both the atrocity and efforts to impose (or reject) gun control, the U.S. government has acknowledged its own perpetual addiction to violence.

According to two letters released by the federal government last week in response to an inquiry from Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, the U.S. plans to maintain its military presence in Syria and Iraq indefinitely, citing vague threats of terrorism.

In one letter, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Policy) David Trachtenberg responded to Kaine by justifying continued operations in Syria with the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), passed by Congress in the wake of 9/11 to justify invading Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

An "indefinte" US military presence in Syria?!?

Forgive me, but has either Syria's Al-Assad or Russia's Putin received a copy of this memo?!?

Remember; Russia was invited by the Syrian government to assist with getting rid of the Western-backed jihadists; the US absolutely was not.

The US military actions in Syria and Iraq are absolutely not about "self-defense", except in the pure economic sense; these actions are about ultimately, regime change in Damascus, making Syria more Western-Centric, and in both countries, assuring that the oil from these countries is only sold in US dollars; it is just that simple.

This virtually guarantees a military confrontation between Russia and the United States in Syria. I think that the question of how much of this nonsense Syria and Russia will take from the United States will be answered relatively shortly.

Unfortunately, it appears that US foreign policy, under the Trump administration, has devolved to the "OR ELSE!!!" school of foreign policy, which counts only on threats, and pre-emptive wars with which to secure what the US government wants to accomplish, rather than even attempt to make deals which would accomplish the same outcomes.
This country was founded on a brilliant concept of responsible, representative government, serving the needs and hopes of its citizens; that country has died, and been replaced by a government which only represents the needs and concerns of major corporations, and their desire to acquire, no matter how many innocents get crushed in the way of those acquisitions.

Wars are fought for corporate profit, not for any great noble ideal; not for truth; not for justice; and not to allegedly protect the "American Way of Life", whatever that is supposed to be.

When Karl Marx observed that "All wars are economic in origin.", he was being ruthlessly honest, which is why so many US politicians hate this reality; after all, it thoroughly interferes with the US Deep State narrative that its wars are always just; honest; and moral, which we now know to be a complete and utter lie.

Feb 27 10:27


On February 26, The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army linked the TAF-held area in western Aleppo and southwestern Afrin after they had captured the village of Anqalah and nearby points from the Kurdish YPG.

On the same day, the TAF’s general staff said that 2,059 so-called ‘terrorists’ had been neutralized in Operation Olive Branch.

Meanwhile, reports appeared that the YPG is ready to hand over the city of Manbij to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) under a wide-ranging deal which would involve the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance in preventing further Turkish advances in Afrin. However, these reports are still unconfirmed.

The Tiger Forces, the Republican Guard and their allies opened a new front against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and Ahrar al-Sham in Eastern Ghouta, attacking their positions northeast of the Armoured Vehicles Base. The main clashes in the area are taking place the Harasta and Dawahirah fronts.

Feb 27 10:15

First Haiti, Now Syria: Fresh ‘Sex for Aid’ Allegations Rock U.N., Global Charities

Aid workers sent to conflict zones representing the United Nations and international charities routinely sexually assault the very people they are sent to help, a former aid worker has claimed.

An investigation by the BBC revealed that that the exploitation is so widespread in Syria that some women refuse to go to aid distribution centres because they assume they had had to offer their bodies to the male workers before they can receive aid to take home.

One worker claimed that some humanitarian agencies ignore the exploitation because using third parties and local officials was the only way of getting aid into dangerous parts of Syria that international staff could not access.

Feb 27 07:46

The Victims Of the Ghouta Siege MSM Doesn’t Want You To See

By Brandon Turbeville

As the Syrian government continues its operation to liberate East Ghouta from Western-backed terrorists, the Western media is revamping its Aleppo propaganda to fit the new location. Stories of the “brutal” Assad intentionally bombing civilians, dropping “barrel bombs,” using chemical weapons, and hospitals that will surely be the “last hospital in Ghouta” soon enough are legion in the corporate media...

MSM also doesn’t mention the daily assault on civilians in Damascus by those same “besieged” terrorists in Ghouta...

Feb 26 19:06

False Flag Gas attacked predicted and Explained

check the date. They can only dry wolf but so many times.

Feb 26 13:56

“The Road to Tehran Goes Through Damascus”: If Syria Falls, America’s War on Iran Begins?

Trump is continuing the same foreign policy as the Obama Administration on Syria to remove its President, Bashar al-Assad from power. The Trump Administration claims that they are still serious threats of ISIS and other terrorist groups within Syria. Ironically, Trump also claimed in a number of occasions that it was the U.S. that had defeated the terrorists, but in reality it was the pro-Syrian government forces with help from Russia that deserves most of the credit, besides wasn’t it the U.S. who created ISIS and other terrorist groups that devastated Syria in the first place?

Feb 26 13:25

Turkey gains control of border strip inside Syria's Afrin, sends special forces for new fight

The Turkish army has taken control of the outer edge of Syria’s northwestern region of Afrin during its ongoing cross-border offensive against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

Turkish state media reported on Monday that the military and its allied militants had pushed some Kurdish YPG forces back from the frontier near the Turkish border.

According to the state-run Anadolu news agency, Turkey has captured 115 “strategic points” and 87 villages since launching its operation in the Syrian region.

Feb 26 13:23

US Choppers Reportedly Transport Daesh Terrorists to Syrian Training Camp

A new report by Syrian media about the evacuation of Daesh militants adds to the growing evidence that the US is using its aviation to assist terrorists.

According to the Syrian state-run news agency SANA, the US has evacuated Daesh leaders from the Al-Shaddadah area in the northeastern al-Hasakah Governorate using its helicopters.

The extremists have been transported to Sabah al-Khair, a base located 20 km south of the city of al-Hasakah, which US forces use to train militants, the civilian sources said as cited by SANA.

Feb 26 11:59

Turkish Army Attacks Afrin Convoy, Kurds Say It Was Full of Aid

Fighting continues in Syria’s Afrin District, a Kurdish area which is being invaded by the Turkish military. Friday saw Turkish forces attacking a convoy that was heading for the main town in the district.

Exactly what sort of a convoy this was remains hotly contested. The Kurdish YPG says the convoy contained food and medical aid, as well as civilians being evacuated from the areas Turkey is already pushing into.

Turkey, however, says the entire convoy of 30-40 vehicles was full of “terrorists,” and weapons for the YPG forces that are resisting the invasion, which Turkey insists is a terrorist group.

Several of the cars were destroyed in the shelling, and the YPG is reporting one killed and ten wounded. Turkey offered no casualty figures on this specific incident but has claimed to have killed massive numbers of Kurds in the course of the invasion.

Feb 26 11:37

Globally Top-Respected Experts on Middle East Warn Syrian War May Produce WW III

Qatar’s plans to build a gas pipeline to the Mediterranean were a major cause of the outbreak of the Syrian civil war. Seven years on, Syria’s oil and gas reserves east of the Euphrates, and especially around Deir az-Zour, have the potential to trigger World War III.

Four military aircraft were downed over Syria in the course of one week: an Israel F-16 shot down by a Russian-made Syrian missile; a Russian jet hit by an American-made shoulder-fired MANPADS; an Iranian pilotless drone intercepted by Israeli missiles; and a Turkish helicopter brought down in the countryside of Afrin by US-backed Kurdish fighters.

Warplanes from at least six countries crowd Syria’s airspace, including those of the American and Russian superpowers, while numerous proxy wars rage on the ground below involving Arab, regional and international parties.

Feb 26 11:23

Five Terrorist Groups Create Joint Command Center in East Ghouta - Russian MoD

Despite the adoption of a UN Security Council resolution on a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, the situation in the embattled East Ghouta suburb, east of Damascus, is escalating as militant groups continue attacks on government forces, according to the Russian military.

Five terrorist factions, including Jayish al Islam and the al-Nusra Front, have created a joint leadership center in East Ghouta, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday.

"The situation in East Ghouta is worsening. In the enclave, militant groups Jayish al Islam, Jabhat An-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham, Failak Ar-Rahman and Fajr Al-Umma have created a joint center for coordinating the actions of the groups," the ministry said.

Feb 26 11:23

Who's the 'Humanitarian Disgrace'? US Wants to 'Destabilize Entire Middle East'

President Trump's claim that Moscow, Tehran and Damascus are responsible for a "humanitarian disgrace" in Syria over the situation in Eastern Ghouta have led Russian international politics observers to ponder the implications of the remark, and what it means for the goals pursued by Washington in the war-torn country.

Speaking to reporters at a joint press conference with the Australian prime minister on Friday, the US president railed against Russia, Iran and the Syrian government, while claiming that the US was in Syria "for one reason…to get ISIS and get rid of ISIS and go home."

Feb 26 11:22

Regime Change Propaganda on Syria Now in Overdrive

As the Syrian Arab Army, Russia, and Iran move closer to liberating the last remaining parts of Syria still occupied by Salafi-jihadi groups of various stripe, the regime change propaganda in the Western media has gone into overdrive, painting a picture of an upside-down world with a savage assault on reality.

In the process groups such as Nusra and Jaysh al-Islam, the latter of which is the dominant Salafi-jihadi faction in opposition-held Eastern Ghouta, is being referred to as 'rebels' — rehabilitated as Partisans of Second World War repute, holding out against a brutal fascistic regime and its evil Russian backers.

Feb 26 11:21

Syria ceasefire not to affect offensive in Afrin: Turkey

Turkey welcomes a United Nations Security Council resolution on a month-long ceasefire in Syria, but says it will have no effect on Ankara's ongoing cross-border offensive in Syria’s northwestern region of Afrin against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

The UN Security Council on Saturday unanimously voted in favor of a resolution demanding a 30-day truce in Syria 'without delay' to allow aid delivery and medical evacuations.

Feb 26 11:20

No, Syria Didn’t Release Terrorists to Militarize and Radicalize the Opposition

Much like Al-Qaeda, the ISIL is Made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region. The fact that the United States has a long and torrid history of backing terrorist groups will also surprise only those who watch the ‘fakestream’ news and ignore reality.

So, the claims by some Western press that President Bashar al-Assad deliberately released extremists from jails, militarized the opposition protests, and sought to support Qaeda-allied opposition groups, including ISIL, are false in every sense of the word. As proof of such false claims, ‘fakestream’ media outlets in the West and critics of the Syrian government suggest that President Assad deliberately released extremists from jails; that the Syrian army has not fought ISIL; and that Damascus sought to support ISIL by purchasing oil from the terror group.

Feb 26 11:18

Militants in Eastern Ghouta prepare provocation involving chemical weapons — top brass

Leaders of militant units entrenched in Eastern Ghouta are preparing a provocation that will involve the use of chemical agents. After it they plan to accuse the Syrian government forces of utilization of chemical weapons against peaceful civilians, the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring sides said on Sunday.

"The data at our disposal indicates the leaders of militant units are preparing a provocation that will involve the utilization of chemical weapons in order to accuse the government forces of deploying chemical weapons against peaceful civilians," the report said.

"The Russian center for reconciliation of the warring sides calls on all the parties to the conflict to stop any combat actions and armed provocations.".

Feb 26 10:47

Israel Fires 5 Missiles at Syria; ALL SHOT DOWN!

Approximately one hour ago, at about 11:45 AM eastern US time, Israel fired five missiles at Syria, targeting the Dumayr Air Base northwest of East Ghouta. Stunningly, ALL FIVE MISSILES wer shot down by the Syrian Air Force. NOT ONE Israeli missile got through.

Feb 26 10:19


On February 25, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies started a ground phase of their operation against militants in the Eastern Ghouta region, near Damascus. Since the start of the operation, government forces had liberated the locations of Nashabiyah, Hazrama, Tal Farzat and Salehiya and repelled an attack by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) in the northern part of the pocket.

Militants destroyed at least one armored bulldozer and claimed that they had killed 25 pro-government fighters in the recent clashes. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Ahrar al-Sham, Faylaq al-Rahman and Jaish al-Islam will be the main opponents of the SAA if it seeks to capture entire Eastern Ghouta.

Feb 26 10:17


An infamous NGO that was repeatedly accused of falsifying information about its operations and essentially working as a propaganda outlet for anti-government militants in Syria, now claims that Damascus deployed chemical weapons in Eastern Ghouta.

The notorious White Helmets group claims that the Syrian government deployed chlorine gas against the town of Al-Shifoniya town in Eastern Ghouta, killing one child and causing “widespread suffocation” among the local civilians, Anadolu Agency reports.

The White Helmets, a group that styles itself as an NGO seeking to ease the plight of civilians in Syria suffering from the ongoing conflict in the country, has previously been accused of falsifying information about its work in Syria and staging “rescue” attempts in its propaganda videos.

Earlier the Russian Defense Ministry warned that militant groups in Eastern Ghouta were preparing a false flag attack in an attempt to blame Damascus for using chemical weapons against civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The logical question which comes to mind is, why would Al Assad's forces do this, when they are nearly at the point of wiping out the jihadists with Russia's help?!?

The short answer is, they wouldn't; the White Helmets cannot be given a shred of credibility at this point, and it is more likely something which they themselves, or their associates, have been doing.

Feb 26 09:58

Syria conflict: Putin orders Eastern Ghouta ‘humanitarian pause’

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has ordered a daily pause in the assault by its ally, the Syrian government, on the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area.

Feb 26 09:54

False Flag predicted

8 months ago, with ISIS on the Ropes and Then Turkey failing to gain territory the false flag Chemical attack was more than predictable.

Feb 26 09:52

UN Unanimously Backs Ceasefire in Syria

After several days of fighting over the exact wording, the UN Security Council unanimously backed a ceasefire resolution over the weekend, calling for an end to fighting in not just Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus, but the rest of the country.

Over 500 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the past week in fighting around the Ghouta area, the last substantial rebel-held territory near the capital, as Syrian and Russian forces pounded the territory trying to force an evacuation deal.

The deal is to stop fighting, and get humanitarian aid into the area “without delay,” but timing isn’t clear, with the Syrian government saying they don’t consider it valid against “terrorist” groups, but promising to work quickly on getting aid into these areas. Turkey has said they don’t believe the ceasefire applies to their invasion, though Syria says it does.

Feb 26 09:47

Putin: Cessation of combat activities in Syria does not include terrorist organizations

Russian President Vladimir Putin affirmed during phone conversations with French President Emmanuel Macron and acting German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the cessation of combat activities in Syria does not extend to military operations against terrorist groups.

The Kremlin press office reported on Sunday that that the sides discussed the situation in Syria and the provision of humanitarian access in all Syrian regions.

The sides noted the importance of continuing joint efforts in order to implement the provisions of the UN Security Council Resolution No. 2401,

Putin informed the French president and the acting German chancellor of the practical steps Russia was taking to evacuate civilians, deliver humanitarian aid, and render medical assistance to the affected Syrians.

Feb 26 09:45

Hassan Nasrallah: Like Syria, Lebanon Must Shoot Down Israeli Warplanes

Speech of Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on February 16th, 2018.

Feb 26 09:28

Syrian Army on the verge of liberating key town district in East Ghouta

The Syrian Army led by the famous Republican Guards have opened up a new front against terrorist forces in East Ghouta, east of Damascus city center.

The new front has opened on the southern portion of the Harasta front, a major town in East Ghouta's western portion.

It has been a slow morning with the Republican Guard's-led forces unable to liberate the final building blocks under control of terrorist forces in the Al-Ajami district of Harasta town.

Feb 26 09:28

How did terrorists in East Ghouta get highly expensive US-made weaponry?

A video has emerged yesterday of terrorist forces in East Ghouta, to the east of Damascus city center, using US-made weapons against the Syrian Army.

A video uploaded by terrorist forces yesterday show them using the US-made BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missile.

These are highly expensive weapons that can utilized to disengage a Syrian Army tank and even kill everyone inside.

Feb 26 07:47

Putin: Cessation Of Combat Activities In Syria Does Not Extend To Military Operations Against Terrorist Groups

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow will confront all attempts to fuel anti-Russian and anti-Syrian hysteria and to undermine the political settlement of the crisis.

In a statement on Sunday commenting on the decision adopted by the Security Council on Saturday, the Ministry called on the foreign sides that back armed groups to ensure their compliance with the resolution, stressing that Moscow backed the resolution to alleviate the suffering of Syrians after the amendments suggested by Russia to the draft resolutions were addressed.

The statement noted that armed groups in the Eastern Ghouta refused all intiaitives, prevented opening humanitarian corridors>>>

(*We're hunting down ISIS !

whitehorse souce)

Feb 26 06:23

Terrorists Use US-Made Weapons Against Syrian Army In Eastern Damascus

The terrorist groups deployed US-made weapons against the Syrian army in Eastern Ghouta despite a UN ceasefire in Syria, sources close to terrorist groups disclosed.


Feb 26 05:47

Eastern Syria: US Air Raids Take Civilian Tolls Again

A sum of 30 civilians were killed and many others were wounded in the US-led coalition fighter jets' attacks in Eastern Deir Ezzur, local sources reported on Monday.
Local sources reported on Monday that the US warplanes have attacked the villages of al-Shafeh and Zahreh Alouni in Eastern Deir Ezzur, killing 29 civilians and injuring tens of others, most of them women and children.

The sources further said that the death toll would likely increase as some of the injured are in critical conditions.

Also, last Tuesday, the US-led coalition fighter jets killed 16 civilians>>>

(*all the more reason to Have A Parade , and demonstrate The Nation's Unity . Even though it's not what we voted for , it somehow beats the alternative .)

Feb 26 03:09

‘Hell on earth’ in Syria’s eastern Ghouta must end: Guterres

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Monday for warring sides to implement a 30-day ceasefire across Syria

Feb 25 09:54

Heavy clashes on edges of Syria's Ghouta: activists

Syrian regime forces were engaged in heavy fighting with rebels in southern areas of the opposition enclave of Eastern Ghouta Sunday, a monitor said, the day after a U.N. call for a ceasefire.

The clashes on the edges of Eastern Ghouta killed at least 13 members of pro-regime forces and six fighters from the Jaish al-Islam rebel group, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Feb 25 09:21

Trump administration: Troops can stay in Iraq, Syria indefinitely

U.S. President Donald Trump has the legal authority to keep U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria indefinitely, Pentagon and State Department officials said in a pair of letters released this week.

The letters detail the Trump administration’s plan for an open-ended mission for U.S. forces, beyond the fight against the Islamic State group. The letters — first reported by The New York Times — were to Virginia Democrat Sen. Tim Kaine, an advocate for a replacement for the post-9/11 war authorizations for the use of military force.

The letters come amid various efforts from congressional Republicans and Democrats to have Congress approve a new authorization, or AUMF. Kaine and other critics argue the White House’s use of authorizations from a decade and half ago is a legal stretch. He called on Trump to seek a new authorization.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In point of fact, Trump does not have that legal authority. There has been no official declaration of war by the US Congress against either Iraq or Syria and no no UN Security Council resolution against Syria. The original Bush AUMF was based on a fraud (weapons of mass destruction) and because fraud negates consent, that AUMF is null and void.

Feb 25 09:17

Russia says ready to agree on UN resolution on Syria but with caveats

Russia is ready to agree on a U.N. Security Council draft resolution in Syria but it needs guarantees on a ceasefire, Foreign Minister Lavrov said on Friday.

“There are no guarantees that (the rebels) will not continue shooting at Damascus residential areas,” Lavrov said in a briefing about discussions on a U.N. ceasefire resolution for Syria.

“That’s why for the resolution to be efficient -- and we are ready to agree on the text which would make it so -- we propose a formula which would make the ceasefire real, based on the guarantees of all who are inside eastern Ghouta and outside eastern Ghouta,” Lavrov said.

Feb 25 07:02

Russia Demands US to Stop Threats Against Syria

Russia demands that the United States stop its threats against the Syrian government, Russia''s UN envoy, Vasily Nebenzya, said after the UN Security Council voted to adopt a ceasefire resolution.

Nebenzya expressed his 'deep concern about public statements by certain US officials, who threaten the sovereign state of Syria with aggression.'

'Let us warn you straight away: we will not allow arbitrary interpretation of the newly accepted resolution. We demand an end to this irresponsible rhetoric. Instead, one should immediately join the common effort to settle the Syrian conflict on the basis of UN Security Council Resolution 2254,' the diplomat said.

On Saturday, UN Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2401 demanding to end hostilities on the entire territory of Syria for at least 30 days to enable humanitarian missions for the population.


Feb 25 06:35

Militants Initiate New Offensive on Syrian Army Positions in Eastern Ghouta

Faylaq al-Rahman cooperating with Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham fighters simultaneously carried out all-round attack on the positions of the government forces. This assault was initiated shortly after the terrorists with the use of suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (SVBIEDs) had attempted to break the blockade from Harasta district towards al-Qaboun.
SVBIEDs were used operationally against the people’s militia holding the mosque (that is formerly the illegal First Brigade in Damascus of the Free Syrian Army who had switched the sides) and against the government forces’ block posts in the town of Hazrama (a small town in Syria located in Rif Dimashq Governorate near Douma) and al-Nashabiyah towards international airport.
This was an attempt to disrupt a siege in the Eastern Qalamoun.>>>

Feb 25 06:04

Trump Blames Russia, Iran For 'Humanitarian Disgrace' In Syria

On Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump called out Russia and Iran, as well as the Syrian government for fostering a "humanitarian disgrace" in Syria.

"I will say what Russia, and what Iran and what Syria have done recently is a humanitarian disgrace. I will tell you that. We're there for one reason. We're there to get ISIS, and get rid of ISIS and go home. We're not there for any other reason. And we've largely accomplished our goal. But what those three countries have done to people over the last short period of time is a disgrace," he said during a White House news conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Shortly after the unanimous vote by the 15-member council, warplanes struck a town in eastern Ghouta, the last rebel enclave near Syria's capital,>>>

Feb 25 05:41

Syria liberates Eastren Ghouta areas from terrorists

The Syrian army has launched a ground operation against the al-Nusra Front and other terrorist groups in the Eastren Ghouta region, wresting control over some areas.

Iran's Arabic-language Al-Alam news channel reported the recapture of the Nashabeya and Hazrma areas as well as Farzat Hill by the Syrian military on Sunday.

It also said that Syrian army soldiers had advanced in al-Zariqiya as terrorists fled the region.

The fresh campaign is aimed at gaining control of the neighborhoods occupied by the Takfiri terrorists in the suburbs of the capital Damascus>>>

Feb 24 11:54

Putin’s Grand Bargain to Israel: Can Israel Digest It?

Israel has now had a taste of President Putin’s ‘stick’: Your air superiority in the North has just been punctured by the Syrian air defences. You, Israel, will lose it completely were our Russian S400s air defences to be enabled: ‘Think it over’.

Last week saw the first ‘game changer’ that almost plunged the region into war: the downing of one of Israel’s most sophisticated aircraft – an F16i by Syrian air defense.

As Ronen Bergman wrote in the New York Times: “Israel will no longer be able to act in Syria without limitations”; and secondly, “if anyone was not yet aware of it, Russia is the dominant power in the region”.