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Sep 08 07:17

Gary Johnson: "What is Aleppo?"

Gary Johnson has literally no idea what Aleppo is.

Sep 08 07:16

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 08 06:22

Saudi: Assad Must Go – Or We Step In

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

Sep 07 22:30

Pentagon And CIA at War in Syria

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

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

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

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

Sep 07 22:25

It’s All About Russia

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

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

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

Sep 07 22:20

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

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

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

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

Sep 07 15:30

Will Hillary Lead Us Deeper Into A Quagmire In Syria?

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

Sep 07 10:33

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

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

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

Sep 07 08:36

Erdogan proposes no-fly zone in northern Syria

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 06 15:42

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

By Brandon Turbeville

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

Sep 06 10:26

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

1. Empowering Terrorism to “Stop” Terrorism

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

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

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

2. Perpetuating the Misery of the Syrian People

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

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

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

Sep 06 09:55

US Must Scrap Syria Regime Change Plan, Analyst Says

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

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

Sep 06 09:11

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 06 09:04

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

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

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

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

Anthony Loyd

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

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Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

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


Heaven help this country!!

Sep 06 09:00

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

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

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

Sep 06 08:14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 05 15:09

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

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

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

Sep 05 12:21

The Almost-War On Syria Three Years Ago

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

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

Sep 05 10:52

The Next Escalation: Turkey’s Invasion of Syria

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

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

Sep 05 10:33

Turkey pushes plan for establishing no-fly zone in Syria

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

Sep 05 09:22

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

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

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

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

Sep 05 09:19

US, Russia Again Fail to Reach Syria Deal

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

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

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

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

Sep 05 08:14

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

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

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

Sep 05 08:08

ISRAEL SHELLS SYRIA, HEZBOLLAH IS PREPARING A RESPONSE

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

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

Sep 04 12:01

The Importance for the USA to Join Hands with the World

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

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

Sep 04 11:50

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

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

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

Sep 04 11:07

The Neocon in the Oval Office

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 04 08:42

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

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

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

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

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

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Sep 03 09:08

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 03 08:57

More Turkish tanks cross into northern Syria: Report

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 03 07:34

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 03 07:25

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 03 07:19

Amid Turkey Invasion, Syrian Kurds Fear US Betrayal

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

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

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

Sep 03 06:41

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

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

Sep 03 06:37

Armed Militants Agree to Surrender to Syrian Army in Muadamiyat

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

Sep 03 06:27

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 02 15:46

Syrian Source Confirms Government Helicopter Downing by Terrorists in Hama

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

Sep 02 10:35

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

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

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

Sep 01 17:24

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

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

Sep 01 15:08

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

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

Sep 01 13:33

Turkey Invades Syria, America Spins The Bottle

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

Sep 01 09:28

When Putin Bailed Out Obama

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

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

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

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

Sep 01 09:16

Turkey Won’t Accept Any Ceasefire With Syrian Kurds

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

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

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

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

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

And, as reported in theintercept.com yesterday:

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

Sep 01 08:23

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

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

Sep 01 08:20

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

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

Sep 01 08:05

Libya forces pushing to liberate last Sirte district from Daesh

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 31 07:17

Turkey: US criticism over Syria operations unacceptable

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Aug 31 06:11

ISIL’s Spokesman Killed in Northern Syria

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

Aug 31 05:34

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

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

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

Aug 30 14:56

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

By Brandon Turbeville

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

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

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

Aug 30 14:27

The Muslim Brotherhood's divisive dress code for women

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

Aug 30 08:57

Russian Army convoy arrives in Aleppo

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

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

Aug 30 08:35

Turkish Invasion Of Syria Reveals Vortex Of Interests

By Brandon Turbeville

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

Aug 30 07:44

France criticizes Turkey's 'contradictory interventions' in Syria

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

Aug 30 07:43

Germany warns Turkey from attacking Kurds in Syria

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

Aug 30 06:32

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

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

Aug 30 06:10

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

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

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

Aug 29 11:16

Pentagon: Fighting Between Turkey, Syrian Kurds ‘Unacceptable’

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Aug 29 10:10

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 29 10:09

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

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

Aug 29 08:35

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

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

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

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

Aug 29 07:55

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

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

Aug 28 23:18

Hezbollah leader perfectly explains Syria

Aug 28 11:31

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Aug 28 11:03

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Aug 28 11:02

Rockets hit airport in Turkey’s southeast

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

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

Aug 28 10:37

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

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

Aug 28 10:24

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

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

Aug 28 08:35

TURKEY DECLARES OPEN-ENDED MILITARY PRESENCE IN NORTHERN SYRIA

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

Aug 28 07:42

A Phony War On ISIS

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

Aug 28 07:31

Dozens killed as Turkey ramps up Syria offensive

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

Aug 27 16:51

British Boy Among Five Children Executing Prisoners In Syria

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

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

Aug 27 11:36

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

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

Aug 27 10:21

SAUDI PRINCE DEMANDS US GROUND TROOPS REMOVE BASHAR AL-ASSAD

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 27 08:53

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kerry: Russia must leave Syria!

Lavrov: But we were invited. You were not.

Kerry: You must stop bombing the terrorists.

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

Kerry: You will surrender Syria to us!

Lavrov: But we're winning!

Kerry: Well, you are just being unreasonable here!

Aug 27 07:24

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

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

Aug 26 15:57

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

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

Aug 26 08:38

Rebels, civilians evacuating long-besieged Damascus suburb

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

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

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

Aug 26 08:03

Daraya Evacuation Deal Hands Syria's Assad a Strategic Win

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

Aug 26 07:48

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Aug 26 07:39

Tears as evacuation nears for symbol of Syria's revolt

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

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

Aug 26 07:11

Turkey Invades Aleppo With US Backing

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

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

Aug 26 07:09

Shamkhani: Iran open to more military cooperation with Russia

Iran's top security official said Russia's use of an Iranian airbase for refueling and rearming was a temporary agreement which the two countries may resume based on the situation in Syria.

Aug 26 07:00

Syrian rebels to leave besieged Damascus suburb, give weapons to Assad regime

Syrian rebel forces will leave the Damascus suburb of Darayya after agreeing to hand over their weapons to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, which will take over the besieged town.

Aug 25 14:00

Hit the ATM: The Ankara-Tehran-Moscow coalition

So Turkish President, a.k.a. Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan is about to make a high-profile visit to Tehran – the date has not yet been set - to essentially kick start the ATM (Ankara-Tehran-Moscow) coalition in Syria.

Anyone as much as hinting at such a massive geopolitical tectonic shift a few weeks ago would be branded a madman. So how did the impossible happen?

A major strategic game-changer – Russia using an airfield in Iran to send bombers against jihadis in Syria – had already taken place, with its aftermath spectacularly misreported by the usual, clueless US corporate media suspects.

Aug 25 11:06

US Admits Airstrike In Syria May Have Killed Civilians

The US admits civilians may have been killed in an airstrike allegedly to target Daesh militants in Syria.

According to the US Central Command, the airstrike launched on Tuesday on a Daesh weapons facility near their de facto capital, Raqqah, “may have resulted in civilian casualties.”

Aug 25 11:02

Turkey/US Invade Syria – Hillary Gets ‘No-Fly’ Zone

Just three years after promising the American people that he would not put American boots on the ground in Syria, President Obama has directed the US military to participate in an invasion of northern Syria alongside NATO-ally Turkey. This in addition to establishing de facto US bases in eastern Syria from which US Special Forces are operating.

Aug 25 10:33

US Admits Syria Bombing "May Have" Killed Civilians

American jets targeting an ISIS 'weapons facility' in Raqqa, Syria "may have killed an unknown number of civilians" during an airstrike Tuesday according to statement from US Central Command.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We're sorry. Our pilots have really bad eyesight which is why they keep missing ISIS and killing the Syrian people! Honest!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 25 10:06

Aleppo: Large Number of Civilians Leave ISIL-Controlled Areas for Safer Regions

A large number of Syrian families left the Housing Project 1070 and its surrounding areas in the Southern districts of Aleppo city for refugee camps in other regions of Aleppo province through a safe corridor opened for them by the Syrian army.

The army transferred the Syrian families to protect them from attacks by terrorists' snipers.

Aug 25 09:24

US-TURKEY LAUNCH OPERATION "ISIS SHIELD" TO CLEANSE MODERATE ARABS AND KURDS UNDER THE COVER OF FIGHTING ISIS

Sadly, the Kurds of Syria and Iraq have become the pets and toys of the two-faced gangsters in Washington. If Uncle Sam tells them lay down, they lay down, if he tells them fetch, they fetch.

Aug 25 09:11

The Turkish Invasion Of Syria: Who Is Behind It And Why

By Brandon Turbeville

...The Turkish invasion is predicated on the basis of “fighting ISIS,” a wholly unbelievable goal since Turkey itself has been supporting, training, and facilitating ISIS since day one. Not only that, but Turkey is arriving in Syria with terrorists in tow since, as the BBC reported, “Between nine and 12 tanks crossed the frontier, followed by pick-up trucks believed to be carrying hundreds of fighters from Turkish-backed factions of the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA).” If Turkey was interested in stopping terrorism, why would they lead the charges for more terrorists to enter Syria? Indeed, if stopping terrorism was truly Turkey’s goal, it is capable of sealing the border from its own side without any need for invasion so why the war the party?...

Aug 25 08:15

Syria 'No Fly Zone' Is Last-Ditch US Effort To Save Al-Qaeda

"... this de facto "no fly zone" ... may be a US last-ditch effort to prevent Syrian government forces, aided by Russia, from taking back Aleppo and thus breaking the back of the foreign-backed insurgency."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama doesn't want this generation's Vietnam as part of his legacy, no matter how much it costs other peoples' money and lives!

Aug 24 19:18

Why Is Obama Doing Uncomfortably War-Like Things to Syria and Russia?

Usually, when one nation declares war on another there's some kind of announcement. Constitutionally speaking, there are some rules to follow. But maybe there are some exceptions that I didn't hear about in high school civics class, because even if he hasn't made such an outright declaration, President Obama sure is doing some uncomfortably war-like things to Syria and Russia.

Aug 24 15:41

Syria won't reach democracy with Assad, Erdogan says

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Syria will never "reach democracy" under the leadership of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Erdogan made the remarks on Wednesday following a joint press conference with visiting US Vice President Joe Biden and hours after the Turkish military launched an operation on Syrian soil under the pretext of fighting terrorism.

The Turkish president also noted that Turkish-backed Syrian militants had retaken the Syrian town of Jarablus from Daesh Takfiri militants following the incursion that involved Turkish tanks and special forces supported by US and Turkish fighter jets.

Aug 24 15:26

US Threat To Shoot Down Syrian Jets Declaration Of War: Analyst

The United States’ threat to shoot down Russian and Syrian warplanes is a declaration of war against these countries, says Scott Bennet, an American political analyst.

The Pentagon’s warning came after US fighter jets tried to engage Syrian Arab Air Force aircraft in Syria last week, but the showdown was avoided as government planes left before the Americans arrived.

Aug 24 15:23

Propaganda For Syrian ‘Regime Change’

Neocons and Clintonites have launched a major campaign with the goal of direct U.S. military intervention and aggression against Syria, potentially leading to war with Iran and Russia.

An early indication emerged as soon as it was clear the Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic Party nominee. Following the California primary, The New York Times reported on State Department diplomats issuing an internal memo “urging the United States to carry out military strikes against the government of President Bashar al Assad.”

Aug 24 14:31

Aleppo Syria ‘Dust Boy’ Image Staged

The war image perfectly serves the neoconservative agenda for supporting ISIS and demonizing the Russian effort to destory ISIS and Al Nusra terrorist targets in Syria.

Aug 24 14:11

Analysts: Euphrates Shield operation targets Kurds, not Islamic State

The operation just launched by Turkey’s armed forces in the border town of Jarablus in Syria, officially targeting the terrorist organization calling itself the Islamic State, is in reality aimed at Syria’s Kurds, analysts interviewed by TASS stated...

Aug 24 14:06

Erdogan confirms Syrian opposition fully controls border town of Jarablus

"The Syrian Free Army and residents of Jarablus have re-established full control over the town," Erdogan said. "They have recaptured all the governmental and official buildings." He said the Islamic State militants were compelled to flee the city. As he mentioned the broader prospects for settling the conflict in Syriua, Erdogan surmised that Syria would not be successful in changing over to democracy under President Bashar Assad’s leadership.

Aug 24 13:04

Did Washington Just Declare A ‘No Fly’ Zone In Syria?

Reading between the lines in today’s Pentagon press briefing, a bombshell US policy shift is becoming more apparent: Syrian forces and their Russian partners are being told that conducting military operations in some parts of Syrian airspace opens them up to being shot down by the US military.

Aug 24 12:55

Syria Condemns Turkish Invasion As "Breach Of Sovereignty" While Joe Biden Meets With Erdogan

Syria's Foreign Ministry, which has the backing of Russia and as of last week, China, condemned Turkey's military incursion against an Islamic State-held Syrian town near its border, aided by aircraft from a U.S.-led coalition, as a breach of its sovereignty, Syrian state television reported. It added that any counter terrorism operations inside its borders had to be conducted in coordination with Damascus and accused Ankara of launching the incursion to replace Islamic State with "other terrorist groups" a reference to rebels.

Aug 24 12:07

EXCLUSIVE: Syrian Envoy to UN Discloses French Ties to Chemical Attacks

Representative of the Syrian Republic to the UN, Bashar al-Jaafery, spoke to Sputnik in an exclusive interview regarding the deadly chemical attacks that took place in Syria back in 2013 and the involvement of France in these attacks.

Aug 24 11:40

The Dangerous Temper Tantrums of US War Hawks. Make Russia and Iran “Pay a Price” for Fighting Terrorism in Syria

Similar to petulant children who do not get their own way, there is an increasingly choir of war hawks in the US who are pushing for a major escalation in the Syrian war. In response to the fading power of Washington in the world, and the success of the Syrian Army, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah, in fighting terrorism in Syria, the war hawks in Washington are calling for blood.

The fact that the government of Bashar al-Assad is still standing after the West has spent the last five years trying to overthrow it is too much for many in the US to accept. Furthermore, with a growing number of major powers forming strategic relationships outside of Washington’s control, US imperialists are increasingly terrified of how the geopolitical landscape is shaping up.

Making Russia and Iran “Pay a Price” for Fighting Terrorists in Syria

Webmaster's Commentary: 

An escalation of the war on Syria, coupled with attacks against Russia, and Iran, are sheer madness.

Unfortunately, just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do is no guarantee that they won't do it.

And of course, if it turns out that internal DNC and White House polls on the upcoming election indicate that Trump is going to win in a landslide, the DNC will be most delighted to "gift" him with a war before he has even taken the Oath of Office in January.

Aug 24 10:04

Damascus slams Turkey’s military 'aggression' into Syrian territory

Syria has denounced Turkey’s recent military incursion into the Syrian territory, backed by the US-led coalition, saying the offensive violates the Arab country's sovereignty.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry condemned Turkey’s military operation in a statement released on Wednesday, Syrian media reported.

The ministry called for an immediate end to the Turkish "aggression," adding that the operation is being carried out under the pretext of fighting terrorism.

Aug 24 09:38

Turkish tanks cross Syrian border in military op to retake city of Jarablus from ISIS

Turkey has launched a ground incursion into Syria targeting Islamic State and Kurdish fighters near the town of Jarablus. Ankara says it wants to take the town to stop cross-border attacks, while the Kurds warn that Turkish troops will get into a quagmire.

“At 4:00 this morning, operations started in the north of Syria against terror groups which constantly threaten our country, like Daesh [Arabic name for Islamic State] and the PYD [he Democratic Union Party of Syria],” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara, adding that the incursion had been prompted by cross-border attacks originating from Jarablus that should be “stopped.”

Aug 24 08:59

French intelligence orchestrated Ghouta poison gas attack: Syria

Syria says that French intelligence agencies orchestrated the deadly chemical attack in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta to divert UN weapons inspectors from another incident carried out by militants in Aleppo.

On August 21, 2013, hundreds of people were killed in a Sarin gas attack in Ghouta, a massacre that UN inspectors call “the most significant confirmed use of chemical weapons against civilians since Saddam Hussein used them” in Halabja in 1988.

Syrian opposition groups and their western allies claim the nerve gas attacks were launched by the Syrian government. Damascus rejects the allegation, saying the attack was carried out by militants operating inside the country to draw in foreign intervention. Subsequent investigations by the UN and Russia backed Syria’s assertions.

Aug 24 08:58

BEX ALERT - U.S. and Europe Say Assad May Have Kept Some Chemical Weapons

Damascus promised to destroy its entire arsenal, but the world’s chemical weapons watchdog suggests Assad may have squirreled some away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The phony injured boy didn't work, so they are going back to that old stand-by, WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION BOOGA BOOGA BOOGA!

Aug 24 08:31

Turkey Invades Syria, Backed By U.S.

By Brandon Turbeville

On Wednesday morning, Turkey abruptly launched an all-out military assault on Syria, sending in tanks, troops, and engaging in airstrikes, in concert with airstrikes from the United States, to the northern portions of Syria near the Turkey-Syria border under the guise of combating ISIS forces. At this time, the military operations seem focused around Jarablus.

According to the BBC, “A dozen Turkish tanks and other vehicles have rolled across the Syrian border after heavy shelling of an area held by so-called Islamic State (IS). Military sources told Turkish media 70 targets in the Jarablus area had been destroyed by artillery and rocket strikes, and 12 by air strikes.”

Aug 24 08:26

WATCH: The Truth About the Syrian Boy Viral Photo

"SyrianGirl" Mimi Al Laham explains the truth about the viral photograph of Syrian boy from war torn Allepo.

The story is really about two boys, one the controlled media wanted you to see, and one they wanted to cover-up.

Aug 24 08:09

A U.S.-And-Allied Hoax Against Assad

On August 18th, the terrific “Moon of Alabama” blogger posted his brilliant exposé of an operation that the U.S. and its allies support and are lobbying to win the Nobel Peace Prize, but that’s really just a group of people who help Syria’s anti-Assad jihadists by medicating their injured jihadists, and by carrying off and disposing of the jihadists’ victims’ corpses. The headline is “The ‘Wounded Boy In Orange Seat’ — Another Staged ‘White Helmets’ Stunt”. This story concerns staged (faked) photos by that Western-funded-and-backed jihadist organization — photos which have prominently been spread in Western ‘news’ media (and here’s an example of that Western propaganda on August 20th, from NPR’s sanctimonious sucker Scott Simon, quoting the New York Times’s sanctimonious sucker Nick Kristof, both of them suckers of their own government’s hoax, and passing it on to their fools who trust their deceived and propagandistic ‘reporting’).

Aug 24 07:46

Turkey sends in the tanks: Ankara launches 'unprecedented' operation to free jihadist-held Syrian town as minister warns country is under attack from ISIS

The military escalation was immediately condemned by Syria's foreign ministry as a 'flagrant violation' of its sovereignty.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Syria operation was aimed at 'putting an end to' border problems caused by ISIS, but he is also targeting Kurdish fighters who are backed by the US.

Aug 24 07:08

New US Commander in Iraq Vows to Retake Key Cities 'On My Watch'

Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend took command Sunday in Iraq and Syria with a pledge to speed up the campaign against ISIS and take back Mosul and Raqqa "on my watch."

"I don't want to make promises, but I intend to have Mosul and Raqqa done on my watch," Townsend told Stars and Stripes on the sidelines of the change of command ceremony in Baghdad in which he succeeded Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland.

Aug 24 07:03

Turkish tanks cross Syrian border in military op to retake city of Jarablus from ISIS

Turkey has launched a ground incursion into Syria targeting Islamic State and Kurdish fighters near the town of Jarablus. Ankara says it wants to take the town to stop cross-border attacks, while the Kurds warn that Turkish troops will get into a quagmire.

“At 4:00 this morning, operations started in the north of Syria against terror groups which constantly threaten our country, like Daesh [Arabic name for Islamic State] and the PYD [he Democratic Union Party of Syria],” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said the military operation would be “short and results-based,” while insisting that it doesn’t violate international law.

Aug 23 22:55

Speaker: Russia Continues Anti-Terrorism Flights from Iran's Western Airbase

Putin fakes left,then he fakes right to Iran and tucks it in and goes up the middle. They are playing mind games with some razzle dazzle.
Make war by Deception.

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani announced that the country's airbase in Hamadan is still being used by the Russian fighter jets to conduct anti-terrorism flights in Syria.

Aug 23 15:41

Ron Paul On The US Policy Shift In Syria; Pentagon’s Lost Trillions

Why is the US warning Syria not to shoot back at Kurdish militia members who are firing on Syrian military positions? Because US Special Forces troops are fighting alongside the Kurds. But it also may be a shift in US policy away from its stated focus on ISIS and toward a focus on removing Assad.

Aug 23 15:20

Syrian Perspective

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Recommended by a caller into the radio show. Note the obvious shills in the comments.

Aug 23 15:12

Clintonites Prepare For War On Syria

The Syria Propaganda Campaign

Neocons and Clintonites have launched a major campaign with the goal of direct US military intervention and aggression against Syria, potentially leading to war with Iran and Russia. An early indication emerged as soon as it was clear the Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic Party nominee. Following the California primary, the NY Times reported on State Department diplomats issuing an internal memo “urging the United States to carry out military strikes against the government of President Bashar al Assad.”

Aug 23 10:46

US Ready To Target Russian, Syrian Jets In Syria: Pentagon

The Pentagon has warned Syria and Russia that the US is ready to shoot down their planes, which Washington claims threaten American advisers in northern Syria.

The warning came after US fighter jets had tried to engage Syrian Arab Air Force aircraft in Syria last week, but the showdown was avoided as government planes left before the Americans arrived.

Aug 23 10:36

Pentagon: ‘Exclusion Zone’ in North Syria Not Technically a No Fly Zone

After warning Syria not to fly planes in the Hasakeh Province or risk getting them shot down by US planes in the area, the Pentagon is struggling to convince reporters that there is some sort of distinction between this zone you can’t fly in and a “no-fly zone.”

Fighting erupted between Syrian Army and Kurdish YPG forces in the city of Hasakeh late last week, with the YPG attempting to take the rest of the city, which had long been jointly held and jointly defended, As the fighting escalated, Syrian warplanes bombed Kurdish forces.

The US has its trooped embedded with the Kurdish forces, and argued that the Syrian airstrikes were endangering them. Over the weekend they repeatedly scrambled fighter jets to chase off the Syrian planes, warning they were going to ‘defend themselves.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to Pentagon Spokesperson Cook, please: just how stupid do you think Americans are, to swallow this codswallop?!?

What the US government and military have done is to set up a de facto "no fly zone" here, no matter what you call it.

In fact, let's call it "Sherlock", shall we?!? that's a little more charming and elegant than calling it "an exclusion zone"!!

Aug 23 09:44

Russia Underlines Continued Combat Missions from Hamadan Air Base if Necessary

The Russian defense ministry announced on Monday that it has called back its air fleet from Western Iran after accomplishing all planned anti-terrorism missions in Syria, but meantime underlined that similar missions will be conducted from the Hamadan air base in future based on mutual agreement with Tehran.

Aug 23 09:37

DID THE US JUST DECLARE A NO FLY ZONE IN SYRIA?

Over the course of the 5 year-long civil war in Syria, the US has slowly escalated its military involvement. However one significant move which they have so far failed to implement is a No Fly Zone (NFZ) enforced by their aircraft over all (or just part) of Syria.

Despite this, today the US may have tacitly announced just such a NFZ. In a press conference this evening, the Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook, made a number of statements regarding US forces in Syria. These statements came following reports that the US backed SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) had been bombed by Assad Regime aircraft in the city of Hasakah in northern Syria. Such airstrikes were also dangerously close to US Special Forces who were assisting the SDF in their fight against ISIS.

Specifically Peter Cook said that the US would use its airpower “as needed” to protect US personnel and partner operations. The aim of this was reportedly to send a message to other parties to “stay away from our forces”.

Aug 23 09:27

PROPAGANDA FOR SYRIAN ‘REGIME CHANGE'

Neocons and Clintonites have launched a major campaign with the goal of direct U.S. military intervention and aggression against Syria, potentially leading to war with Iran and Russia.

An early indication emerged as soon as it was clear the Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic Party nominee. Following the California primary, The New York Times reported on State Department diplomats issuing an internal memo “urging the United States to carry out military strikes against the government of President Bashar al Assad.”

.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers remarks at a United Nations Security Council Session on the situation in Syria at the United Nations in New York on Jan. 31, 2012. [State Department Photo]

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My dear Neocons/Clintonites; forgive me for my perplexity here.

The Russian military has been invited by the Syrian government to get rid of all the jihadists, attacking the country of Syria.

To the best of my knowledge and belief, as of today, the US military has NOT been invited to do the same, yet the US military is attempting, directly and indirectly, to bomb the crud out of Syria in order to affect regime change in Damascus.

And yesterday, the following statement was made by a very high ranking military official, to the effect that the US is ready to bomb Russian troops, defending the Syrian government;

Pentagon Says US Ready To Target Russian & Syrian Planes In Syria

Forgive me, but have you all gone collectively barking mad, just to please your Israeli/AIPAC enablers?!?

Israel wants regime change in Damascus in order to ultimately destroy Iran.

The US military, at this point in its existence, does not have the weaponry, the money, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

Our weapons procurement system is incestuous in the extreme, because those same Congressional Representatives who award weapons contracts are those same Representatives getting large contributions from our major arms manufacturers.

And how does this translate?!? By the time weapons are delivered to those military personnel who are supposed to use them, they many times are obsolete, in terms of other countries' weapons development, dysfunctional, and way over budget.

And one of the things which strikes me here is...the timing of this pressure on Obama to escalate this war.

The November election looms large, and I am willing to bet that both the DNC's and White House's internal polling show Trump winning that election in a landslide.

And what could be the nastiest thing the Democrats could possibly conjure, even before Trump takes the Oath of Office?!?

War with Russia over Syria must certainly sound like a delicious option to them.

After all, it is generally never their kids who get who get killed, or maimed for life, in such wars; it's other people's kids.

Aug 23 08:37

SHOCK CLAIM: China accuses West of FAKING photos of bloodied Syrian boy Omran Daqneesh

But a video posted by Chinese state broadcaster CCTV questions the authenticity of the video, claiming it may have been created in order to provide an "humanitarian excuse" for Western countries to become involved in the Syrian crisis.

Republishing the footage under the heading "video suspected of being fake", a voiceover says: "Critics have suggested it is part of a propaganda war, aimed at creating a humanitarian excuse for Western countries to become involved in Syria.

“The workers did not make rapid rescue efforts, and instead quickly set up a camera.”

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The Kremlin has also accused the West of using Omran's images for "cynical exploitation" and "cliched anti-Russian propaganda."

Aug 23 07:32

Footage Of Boy In Aleppo Is Opportunistic, Vile Propaganda From Western Media

It’s August, 2016 and the Western mainstream press is parading yet another injured child in front of a population of normally uncompassionate audiences in order to drum up support for some type of NATO military action against the secular government of Bashar al-Assad.

Aug 23 07:21

Syrian boy’s image shamelessly exploited for West’s war agenda

How many times have we seen this before? Western media selectively focusing on, or distorting, human suffering in order to fulfill a base political agenda – war – for powerful interests.
It is no coincidence Western media fevered with images of a five-year-old boy, pulled from rubble in Aleppo after an alleged air strike by Syrian government or Russian forces – and the very next day US warplanes were scrambled over northern Syria reportedly to ward off Syrian Su-24 fighter bombers.

American political analyst Randy Martin at crookedbough.com told this author: “This is a prelude to an all-out war in Syria – one that would inevitably bring American and Russian forces into direct confrontation.”

Aug 23 07:06

U.S. Invades Syria, And Warns Russia

On Monday, August 22nd, the United States government — which demands the overthrow of the internationally-recognized-as-legal government of Syria — officially announced that America’s military forces in Syria will continue to occupy Syrian land, no matter what the Syrian government says, and will shoot down any Syrian planes that fly over U.S. forces there and attack them.

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