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Nov 30 11:22

White Helmets Video and Supporters’ Demonstrations Confirm Lack of Credibility

By Brandon Turbeville

While the alternative media has done yeoman’s service in exposing the White Helmets as being nothing more than a terrorist support group (with special honors going to Vanessa Beeley), the White Helmets have done a good job of ruining their own falsely earned reputation as of late...

Nov 30 10:29

Guilty By Association: Politicians Call For Berlin To Put Sanctions On Russia Over Aleppo

The head of Germany’s foreign affairs committee has called for Berlin and the EU to impose sanctions against Russia over its alleged war crimes in Syria.

Nov 30 10:16

‘Trump Understands Need For New Vision In Syria – That Includes Russia’

The changing situation in eastern Aleppo is turning into a headache for the U.S. state department too, as Gayane Chichakyan found out.

Nov 30 09:11

Kremlin asks Turkey to explain Erdogan's remark about toppling Assad

The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's statement that his forces in Syria were there to topple President Bashar al-Assad had come as a surprise to Moscow and that it expected an explanation from Ankara.

In a speech on Tuesday, Erdogan condemned what he said was the failure of the United Nations in Syria and cast Turkey's incursion in August, when it sent tanks, fighter jets and special forces over the border, as an act of exasperation.

"We are there to bring justice. We are there to end the rule of the cruel Assad, who has been spreading state terror," Erdogan said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Erdogan may have just been mouthing off. He has to know that any promised support by the US against Russia might well vanish when Trump takes office.

Nov 30 09:04

President Putin orders sending mobile hospitals to Aleppo to provide medical assistance to civilians

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov announced on Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Ministries of Defense and Emergency Situations to send mobile hospitals to provide medical assistance to residents of Aleppo and residential areas near it.

Nov 30 08:23

Kremlin asks Turkey to explain Erdogan's remark about toppling Assad

The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's statement that his forces in Syria were there to topple President Bashar al-Assad had come as a surprise to Moscow and that it expected an explanation from Ankara.

"The announcement really came as news to us," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call.

"It is a very serious statement and one which differs from previous ones and with our understanding of the situation. We hope that our Turkish partners will provide us with some kind of explanation about this."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's encouraging that Reuters felt they finally had to cover this, but were 24 hours late on the story, compared to the independent media:

Erdogan declares war on Syria, 29 November 2016

Nov 30 08:11

Syria war: UN holds emergency meeting on Aleppo's 'descent into hell'

The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Wednesday on the dire humanitarian situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo, which a UN official described as a "descent into hell."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This hell would never have happened if the US Government had minded its own business and not tried to overthrow Assad for the last five years!

Nov 30 08:09

Assad, allies aim to seize all Aleppo before Trump takes power: official

Syria and its allies aim to drive rebels from Aleppo before Donald Trump takes office as U.S. President, a senior official in the pro-Damascus military alliance said, as pro-government forces surged to their biggest victories in the city for years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the spin in the headline. Assad will "seize" Aleppo! Aleppo is technically already his. It was the US-backed rebels who seized it in the first place!

Nov 30 08:06

Striking Syrian Forces Was An 'Unintentional Error,' US Says

The US Defense Department says mid-September airstrikes that killed dozens of Syrian soldiers in the country’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr was an “unintentional error” and did not violate international law.

Nov 30 07:21

Putin, Assad 'Bomb Their Way to Victory' in Aleppo

After Trump was elected, he had a private talk with Vladimir Putin. Hours later, Putin declared total war on ISIS in Syria.

Over the last two weeks, as the International Business Times reports, they've managed to "bomb their way to victory" in Aleppo.

Nov 30 07:15

Israel targets Hezbollah, Syria posts on Beirut-Damascus highway

An Israeli air raid hit a Syrian military post and a Hezbollah position early Wednesday near Beirut-Damascus highway, a security source told The Daily Star.

Nov 30 07:15

Russia hopes Syria’s Aleppo situation can be resolved by end of 2016

“We are hoping for this, yes, indeed. We need to force these terrorists out the same way as they need to be forced out of Mosul and Raqqa. It’s a common task,” Bogdanov said on Wednesday, as quoted by RIA news agency.

Nov 30 03:33

Turkey Has Declared War On Syria – Does This Mean That World War 3 Is About To Erupt In The Middle East?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has just announced that the only reason Turkish military forces have entered northern Syria is to “end the rule of the tyrant al-Assad”.

Nov 29 16:30

Erdogan: Turkey Entered Syria to ‘End the Rule of the Tyrant Assad’

On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared that his country’s armed forces were not just in Syria to battle ISIS and al-Qaeda terrorists (and, uncomfortably for U.S. policymakers, America’s Kurdish allies) but were on a mission to overthrow the Syrian regime.

Nov 29 16:29

URGENT: Turkey invades Syria to remove Bashar al-Assad

Turkey has been illegally running soldiers, artillery and infantry in and out of Syria for much of the duration of the present conflict. Now, however, the proxy and shadow war, which Turkey has been waging against the Syrian Arab Republic, has just become official.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has just announced that Turkish troops have entered Syria with the intention of removing President Assad from power. It is a formal declaration of war.

Nov 29 13:50

BBC News Caught Staging FAKE News Chemical Attack In Syria

Nov 29 13:47

Assad On Verge Of Biggest Victory Since Start Of Syrian War With Imminent Capture Of Aleppo

The battle for one of the most contested Syrian cities in the nation's long-running civil war, Aleppo, is approaching its climax. According to Reuters, the Syrian army and its allies announced the capture of a large swath of eastern Aleppo from rebels on Monday - by some estimates as much as 40% of the militant held part - in an accelerating attack that threatens to crush the opposition in its most important urban stronghold.

In a major breakthrough in the government's push to retake the whole city, regime forces captured six rebel-held districts of eastern Aleppo over the weekend, including Masaken Hanano, the biggest of those. On Sunday, the 13th day of the operation, they also took control of the adjacent neighborhoods of Jabal Badra and Baadeeen and captured three others.

Nov 29 13:43

West threatens Russia over Syrian Army advance in Aleppo: Russian DM

Western countries are urging to impose sanctions against Russia after 80,000 civilians were liberated in Syria’s Aleppo, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Major-General Igor Konashenkov, said on Tuesday.

He recalled that, over the past 24 hours, the Syrian army had been able to liberate from militants almost half of eastern Aleppo where 80,000 civilians reside.

"Now it turned out that the release of over 80,000 Aleppo residents held hostage by gunmen was not part of the plans of the UK and French Foreign Ministries, the US Department of State and the German Bundestag. They even urged to impose new sanctions for that," the spokesman said.

Nov 29 13:12

Syria children send letters to UN in protest of terrorists attacks on schools

“We want to go to our schools without fears of a car bomb, we want to play without a surprise of shells or explosive devices,” the children wrote in the letters which were handed over to Hanaa Sinjer, UNICEF resident representative in Damascus. The children called for ending terrorism and halting the financing of terrorists who target the schools and cities. The terrorist organizations targeted al-Furkan school, on Nov.20, with a rocket shell, killing 8 pupils and injuring 20 others.

Nov 29 12:28

U.S. House Votes to Toughen Sanctions, Assess a No Fly Zone In Syria

By Brandon Turbeville

On November 15, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives convened a special session with the normal rules of order suspended and passed H.R. 5732, also known as the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act. The CSCPA passed unanimously with only forty minutes of “debate” on the floor. Because normal rules were suspended, only a few members of Congress were present for the vote and, conveniently, those members who were present were all warmongers.

The CSCPA, of course, is a bill that both toughens the sanctions on Syria and calls for the creation of a No Fly Zone.

In terms of the new sanctions, the bill would impose new penalties and sanctions on entities doing business with the Syrian government, military, and intelligence. The legislation also requires the President to report to Congress regarding the viability of a No Fly Zone over Syria...

Nov 29 12:10

Over 500 Militants Surrender, Leave Eastern Aleppo in Last 24 Hours

The Russian military said on Tuesday that in the past 24 hours 507 terrorists have left Aleppo and laid down their arms. The Syrian army and its allies seized full control of al-Sheikh Khezr, Bustan al-Pasha, Baeedin, Soleiman al-Halabi, al-Hallak, al-Anzarat, Sheikh Fares and Ayn al-Tal after they recaptured housing complexes in Hanano, Jabal Badrou, Arz al-Hamra and also driving a wedge along the Northern section of the Eastern districts of Aleppo city. The army units have taken back 20 square kilometers of the total 45 square kilometers of Eastern Aleppo after recapturing increasing number of regions.

Nov 29 11:37

ALEPPO UPDATES: Tears, Hugs and Smiles, the Relief of Escaping Imprisonment in East Aleppo

The momentum has shifted in Aleppo this week as the Syrian Army begin to advance, steadily driving out Western and Gulf-backed terrorist fighters from their occupied enclaves in Eastern Aleppo. 21WIRE will post new updates as we receive information…

Nov 29 11:25

Turkey entered Syria to end al-Assad’s rule: President Erdo?an

The Turkish military launched its operations in Syria to end the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an said Nov. 29.

“In my estimation, nearly 1 million people have died in Syria. These deaths are still continuing without exception for children, women and men. Where is the United Nations? What is it doing? Is it in Iraq? No. We preached patience but could not endure in the end and had to enter Syria together with the Free Syrian Army [FSA],” Erdo?an said at the first Inter-Parliamentary Jerusalem Platform Symposium in Istanbul.

“Why did we enter? We do not have an eye on Syrian soil. The issue is to provide lands to their real owners. That is to say we are there for the establishment of justice. We entered there to end the rule of the tyrant al-Assad who terrorizes with state terror. [We didn’t enter] for any other reason,” the president said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I nearly fell out of my chair, upon reading this, and thought, "Is this some horrific mistranslation?!? Has this guy utterly lost his reality licence?!?

But I googled the headline, and this came up in over 5 different times, in 5 different, credible resources, and yes, the headline is absolutely correct; Turkey has just declared war on the government of Syria.

There is however, a slightly different "spin" on this, courtesy of Russia Today (rt.com) In its coverage it added the following caveat: "However, many observers have said that Ankara aims to suppress Kurdish forces in Syria and prevent them from connecting three de facto autonomous Kurdish areas into one enclave south of the Turkish border."

Putin will not let a decap strike against Al-Assad happen.

So what's Erdogan's plan to avoid military conflict with the Russians, if regime change in Damascus is really his goal here?!?

Has President Obama, and NATO's Secretary General Stoltenberg given Erdogan some kind of covert promises to come in and assist, if the going gets rough against the Russian military (which it will)?!?

IF the answer to that question is in the affirmative, then the US government is on it's way to war with Russia and World War III even before Donald Trump gets to take the Oath of Office.

And what are the corporate presstitutes saying about this right now?!?

Absoflippinglutely NOTHING; zero, nada, zip.

Nov 29 10:50

Syrian Govt Forces Liberate Ten Districts Of East Aleppo From Rebels

More than 3000 civilians have left the eastern part of the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo in the last 24 hours, the Russian Center for Reconciliation said.

Nov 29 10:30

Congress Is Sneaking Through Legislation for a No-Fly Zone Over Syria

When Americans aren’t paying attention, sneaky things tend to happen. While we were all distracted by the aftermath of the election, the US Congress decided to get the war ball rolling with Syria.

On November 15, while cities across America were under siege from anti-Trump protesters and rioters, a handful of members of the House of Representatives quietly passed H.R.5732 – the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2016. Of course, they’re going to be “protecting” those civilians with a no-fly zone over the country.

Nov 29 09:25

Breakthrough in Aleppo saves 80,000 civilians, say Russian military

This week has brought a breakthrough for the Russian-backed Syrian operation to retake eastern Aleppo, allowing humanitarian relief to be brought to tens of thousands of civilians living in the captured districts, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

“Over the past few days, well-planned and careful action by the Syrian troops resulted in a radical breakthrough. Half of the territory previously held by the militants in eastern Aleppo has been de facto liberated,” Gen. Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the defense ministry, said.

“The most important thing is that over 80,000 Syrians, including tens of thousands of children, have been freed. Many of them at long last were able to get water, food, medical assistance at humanitarian centers deployed by Russia. Those Syrians served as human shields in Aleppo for terrorists of all flavors,” the general stressed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US Government used those human shields to argue against Syrian and Russian efforts to retake Aleppo. With the civilians now released, Russia and Syria can really uncork on the remaining US-backed forces.

Hell is coming to breakfast!

Nov 29 05:45

Syrian forces liberate eastern Aleppo area with population of over 90,000

"By noon on November 29, a territory of the city, where more than 90,000 citizens of Aleppo live (some 310,000 dwellings), was fully liberated from terrorists," the center’s representatives said. All the citizens are receiving food and medical assistance. According to Russia’s military, dozens of tonnes of foodstuffs and medications have been delivered to provide assistance to Aleppo’s civilians and 150 field kitchens have been set up. Earlier reports said that by late Monday more than 80,000 civilians were liberated from terrorists in eastern Aleppo.

Nov 29 05:34

Germany wants to discuss Syrian issue with Russia in Minsk

"I believe we will use the talks in Minsk with the Russian side to make sure that there is an opportunity to send humanitarian aid there (to Aleppo - TASS) within the next few days". Steinmeier voiced the conviction that, even if Syrian government forces regain control over the whole of Aleppo, that will not end the conflict. "I do not share this hope," the minister said. "The conflict will not stop because of what is currently happening on the battlefield in eastern Aleppo," he said.

Nov 29 02:00

Russia supports declaring humanitarian pauses in Aleppo — deputy foreign minister

Moscow supports declaring humanitarian pauses in Aleppo so that humanitarian organizations may assist Russia in delivering aid to the city’s residents, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told reporters. "As of now, main efforts in the sphere of alleviating the humanitarian situation for residents of Aleppo and neighboring regions are made precisely by the Russian air group. The Russian side for the last several weeks, practically alone, without support, has been alleviating the situation for residents of this city by delivering appropriate humanitarian aid". The diplomat said that humanitarian organizations and structures "have so far demonstrated extreme caution and precise adherence to their own criteria or carrying out such operations. "This is their right, we respect this approach. However, it remains as it is — international organizations have not yet carried out the necessary amount of work".

Nov 29 01:58

Russian diplomat refutes allegations about bargaining on Aleppo blockade

"The essence of the agreements that are currently being worked on is not what the publication (The Washington Post) reported. The content of these agreements has a confidential character, and the generally accepted method of working on any agreements in diplomacy is as follows: nothing is agreed until everything is agreed, let alone such difficult issue as the settlement of the situation around Aleppo." So, in his words, "saying that the American side is seeking to bargain one thing for another in this concrete situation would be a blunt simplification of what is really going on." The Washington Post said earlier citing sources in the US Administration that "outgoing Secretary of State John F. Kerry is engaged in a furious if implausible diplomatic effort to strike a deal with Russia to end the siege of Aleppo" in exchange for separating the Syrian opposition from the Jabhat Fatah al-Sham terrorist organization (formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra).

Nov 29 01:26

Syrian army continues offensive in Aleppo, 14 areas liberated over last 24 hours

"Over the last 24 hours, 14 neighborhoods in eastern Aleppo (around 300,000 residential quarters) were completely liberated from terrorists. Over 8,500 civilians, including around 4,000 children, left areas controlled by militants," the center said. The civilians that left the city were provided with hot food, temporary accommodation and medical assistance. "Over the last 24 hours, over 140 militants surrendered and left through humanitarian corridors. All surrendered militants are subject to amnesty by the Syrian president. City authorities provide them with necessary help and assistance," the Russian center said.

Nov 28 12:16

De Facto NATO “Invasion” of Syria? US, Turkey Military Operations in Syria Are Intervention

Turkish forces, backed by US-led coalition aircraft, began a military operation dubbed Euphrates Shield to clear the Syrian border town of Jarabulus and the surrounding area of the Daesh, outlawed in Russia and many other countries. As Jarabulus was retaken, the joint forces of Ankara, the coalition and Syrian rebels continued the offensive southwest.

“There is no coordination between us on the one side and Turkey and the United States on the other… We believe that the actions of these two countries in northern Syria are interference in our internal affairs, aggression and intervention,” Brig. Gen. Samir Suleiman, Head of the Media Affairs of the Syrian Army’s Political Office, said.

Nov 28 12:15

Syrian Army and Kurdish YPG Launch Joint Advance East of Aleppo, Confronting Turkish-Led Forces

The Syrian army and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) launched a joint military operation against the ISIS terrorist group east of Aleppo city on November 24. Their forces reportedly liberated at least 2 villages in the area: Sheikh Kife and Nirbeh. Pro-government sources also argue that they liberated Juba and Halisah, but they had alredy been in the hands of YPG. Clashes between pro-government force and ISIS were also reported near Tal Shair.

Nov 28 10:21

Russian Defense Ministry: Terrorists used chemical weapons in Oum Hosh village in Aleppo countryside

The Russian Defense Ministry affirmed that terrorists used mustard gas in Aleppo’s southern countryside, and that evidence confirms that terrorists have a regulated production cycle for producing chemical weapons.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the Ministry said that Russian experts gave to the Syrian side on November 16th soil samples from the crater caused by a shell fired by terrorists on civilians in Oum Hosh village along with samples from the mortar-shaped shell, noting that the shell was a handmade 240 mm shell containing in its fin assembly a plug used in manufacturing chemical containers.

Nov 28 08:50

Syria Roundup: Jihadi Fronts Fall Apart - Egypt Enters The Fight

The whole north of the Jihadist held part is liberated, some 40+% of the territory. A new map is here. Up to 10,000 civilians fled to the government areas. (This makes a joke out of the UN 250k claim.) The water pump works for all Aleppo are back in the hand of the government. Supply is to resume.

Nov 28 08:50

Syrian govt forces liberate about 40% of east Aleppo from terrorists – Reconciliation Center

More than 3,000 civilians have left the eastern part of the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo in the last 24 hours, the Russian Center for Reconciliation said. It later reported that about 40 percent of the militant-held part of the city has been liberated.

Nov 27 18:44

Trump Jr Wastes No Time Setting US Syria Policy

The president-elect’s eldest son Donald Trump Jr. has reportedly met with a leading secular figure in the Syrian opposition to discuss ending Syria’s civil war.

Russia expects to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria with the help of the new US administration.

Trump Jr. met with Randa Kassis, a Syrian politician who strongly supports Russian intervention, at a high profile meeting in Paris last month and discussed a “way to cooperate with Russia” to stop the war in Syria, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Nov 27 09:12

US House Seeks Syria-War Escalation

Moving to trap President-elect Trump into a war escalation in Syria, the House rushed through a resolution promoting a U.S.-imposed “no fly zone” that could spark World War III, reports Rick Sterling.

Nov 27 09:09

Fake News Alert: CNN Finally Admits White Helmets Staged Fake Video

By Tony Cartalucci

CNN, among many other establishment media platforms, has long promoted the US-European funded “Syrian Civil Defence” also known as the “White Helmets.”

Yet on November 25, they published an article titled, “Syria’s White Helmets apologize for Mannequin Challenge video,” in which they admit:

"It’s a familiar scene: Syria Civil Defence, also known as the “White Helmets,” rushing to rescue a man covered in rubble, but unlike thousands of other videos from Aleppo, this one is staged." ...

Nov 27 08:23

MEDIA SILENT AS HOUSE PASSES RESOLUTION FOR SYRIAN NO-FLY ZONE — PROVOKING WAR WITH RUSSIA

Secretary of State Clinton was instrumental in the early days of Syria intervention, in 2010 making a series of demands for Syria to get in line behind the U.S. vision for the Middle East.

When Bashar al-Assad refused to roll over, regime change became the talking point of Washington think tanks and mainstream media echo chambers. Clinton promised during her campaign to ramp up action in Syria, to the delight of the same neocons who brought the Iraq invasion. She acknowledged that many civilians would die if the U.S. set up a no-fly zone.

Establishment of a no-fly zone is the next crucial step toward full-scale war. It would mean Syrian planes could not fly in their own airspace and would bring the disturbing prospect of U.S. planes shooting down Russian planes — which are operating there on invitation from Syria to help battle ISIS.

Nov 27 08:16

Syrian Military Forces Take Back More Districts from Terrorists in Eastern Aleppo

Syrian Army troops and popular forces inflicted major casualties on Jeish al-Fatah in the Eastern battlefields of Aleppo city, capturing two more districts and two key positions.

Nov 27 08:16

Militants in Eight More Towns Give up Battle against Syrian Gov't

The Russian Peace Coordination Center in Syria announced on Sunday that militants in eight more towns in the two provinces of Damascus and Lattakia have laid down arms and signed peace agreement with Damascus in last 24 hours.

Nov 26 11:38

Several Terrorist Commanders Killed by Unknown Attackers in Syria's Idlib

Over 18 militants, including commanders, from three main terrorist groups have been killed in a fresh wave of attacks by unknown assailants in the Northwestern city of Idlib in the last four days.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama and Hillary are cleaning house by killing the commanders they smuggled weapons to.

Nov 26 10:36

Syria March For Peace: Hundreds Rally Near Damascus

Hundreds flood the streets of the city of al-Tal, on the outskirts of Damascus, on Friday, to protest in favor of peace.

Nov 26 10:18

Russia: US Should Stop Getting In the Way of Syria Fight

While European officials expressed a lot of uncertainty over reports that Russia may have shipped jet fuel to their own air force in Syria, docking in an EU port along the way, and potentially violating EU sanctions in doing so, the US State Department responded with a statement of condemnation against Russia.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov responded angrily, insisting that in the US doesn’t intend to fight terrorists in Syria they should at least get out of the way and let Russia do it.

Konashenkov went on to say that the US policy is to repeatedly hamper Russia’s ability to fight terrorism, as an effort to conceal their own failures. The US has repeatedly condemned Russia for carrying out airstrikes against al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front and its territory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One of the most classic definitions of insanity is continuing to do the same thing over and over, yet expecting a different outcome; this is precisely what the US military is doing with it's Syrian "policy" of arming alleged "moderate rebels", (of whom there are none), and expecting that they will somehow overcome both Russian and Syrian military, destabilizing the country to the point of regime change in Damascus.

Such a policy has to be the "love child" of completely magical thinking, and the pathological inability to logically develop any scenario through to its logical conclusion.

Unfortunately, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov is absolutely correct when he talks about US governmental hypocrisy, in attempting to prevent Russia from doing what it promised the Syrian government it would do, which is to get rid of all the jihadists in Syria (including those the US has trained, armed, and funded.)

What is extremely dangerous here is the possibility that, now with US troops on the ground in Syria (we lost one the other day, to an IED), is that US and Russian forces may find themselves in a military confrontation, which would escalate the tensions in Syria exponentially; and please be assured, there are elements within the current government which would love nothing more than to get a hot war going - anywhere - and saddle Trump with it, even before he takes the Oath of Office.

Nov 26 09:15

Egypt shifts to open support for Assad regime in Syrian civil war

"Our priority is to support national armies, for example in Libya to exert control over Libya territory and deal with extremist elements. The same with Syria and Iraq." Sisi said.

Nov 26 08:59

Moscow may use Iran's airbase in absence of Admiral Kuznetsov

Russia could use Iran's Hamadan airbase in case the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier used for anti-terror strikes in Syria moves away from the Syrian borders for a new mission, the Russian upper house of parliament's defense committee chair said Saturday.

Nov 26 08:58

Dara'a Governor Terms Jordan Accomplice to Terrorists' Crimes in Syria

Governor of Dara'a Province Mohammad Khaled al-Hanous blasted the Jordanian government for providing safe passage to the terrorists to Syria, saying that the move has made his country more insecure and unstable.

Nov 26 08:52

SYRIAN TROOPS CAPTURE EAST ALEPPO NEIGHBORHOOD FROM REBELS

The Syrian army says troops have captured a neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo 10 days after the government resumed its offensive on the besieged rebel-held eastern part of the city.

Nov 25 13:26

US Soldier Killed In Northern Syria On Thanksgiving Day

The United States military says one of its service members has been killed in northern Syria as Americans are celebrating Thanksgiving Day.

The US military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) said the soldier succumbed to his wounds on Thursday after being wounded in an improvised explosive device blast in the town of Ain Issa, 50 km (30 miles) north of Raqqah.

Nov 25 10:14

Turkey’s “Unofficial” Invasion: Syrian Airforce Responds by Targeting Turkish Ground Forces in Northern Aleppo

Last night, the Syrian Air Force delivered air strikes on the Turkish Armed Forces near the ISIS controlled town of al-Bab in northern Syria, according to local sources in the Aleppo province.

The Turkish military confirmed that three Turkish soldiers and 10 others wounded (one of them seriously)were as result of an air strikes thought to be carried by the Syrian military. The wounded soldiers were taken to the hospital in the Turkish province of Gaziantep, bordering Syria.

Ankara added that the attack occurred at around 3:30 am (0030 GMT) in the course of the Turkish-led military operation (code-named Operation Euphrates Shield) in the area of al-Bab.

At the same, non-official Turkish and Syrian sources said that the attack resulted in killing over 5 Turkish soldiers and wounding of 16 others.
Meanwhile, intense fighting is ongoing between Turkey-led forces and Kurdish YPG forces in the province of Aleppo.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder as to what the odds are of direct Turkish/Russian military confrontation in Syria, should things get very nasty very quickly here.

And at that point, what will the US government and military do?!?

Nov 25 09:29

Syrian Rebels Show Off New Anti-Aircraft Missiles

After months of the US assisting weapons smuggling to rebels in Syria but also trying to keep anti-aircraft missiles out of the country, the US-backed rebels in the south, including Ansar al-Islam forces have issued a video of their fighters parading around with anti-aircraft weapons.

The weapons shown in the video were 9k32 Strela-2 missiles, a Soviet design from the late 1960s which remains a popular shoulder-mounted anti-aircraft missile across the world. It is unclear where the rebels got them, but they claimed to have a “good number” of them.

Saudi Arabia has been keen to get anti-aircraft missiles into the hands of rebels for years, but had so far been blocked by the US. It is possible they were finally able to do so, and while the Saudis aren’t themselves users of that particular design of missiles, they are common enough on the export market.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if President Obama "greenlit" this in the closing days of his administration, to keep the war in Syria continuing against the Al-Assad government.

Nov 25 09:23

US Soldier Killed in North Syria IED

The small, if not always totally certain number of US ground troops in Syria has meant they’ve mostly remained off the front lines, embedded with the Kurdish YPG. The first death among US soldiers in the country was reported today near Kurdish-held Ayn Issa, north of Raqqa.

The soldier was wounded in an IED blast near Ayn Issa, and did not survive. Centcom confirmed the incident but did not offer any particular details on what the soldier was doing at the time. Kurdish forces are advancing southward from Ayn Issa toward Raqqa, however.

While the first US military death in Syria, it’s also the second death in as many months in anti-ISIS offensives, with another soldier killed near northern Iraq’s city of Mosul. In similar fashion, that soldier was killed in a roadside bomb while embedded with Kurdish troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the hell is the US government doing, sending ground troops into Syria?!?

It is a blatant violation of Syrian national sovereignty, not to mention that the duly elected Al-Assad government has not invited the US government for help to get rid of the jihadists, battling his regime.

And of course, the reality that the US government has trained and funded many of these jihadists (the "moderate" guys, right?!?) is not helping the situation.

I have to wonder if our troops are in Syria to assassinate the heads of those units the US supported and trained, in order to regime-change Damascus, before they can blab to the world about who they really work for?!?

Nov 24 16:57

White Helmets’ Bizarre “Mannequin Challenge” In Syrian Warzone

The video that shows members of Syria’s White Helmets partaking in the popular ‘Mannequin Challenge’ with an injured man, was first posted online by the Revolutionary Forces of Syria Media Office (RFS), an anti-Assad media outlet. #MannequinChallenge was in the video’s title along with ‘edge of death.’

Nov 24 11:02

Turkey Claims Syria Attacked Its Soldiers; Claims Disputed By SOHR And Even ISIS

By Brandon Turbeville

Three Turkish soldiers were killed and 10 were wounded as a result of combat operations in Northern Syria on November 24. The Turkish military is blaming Syria but virtually every other observer has disputed those claims including the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a notorious anti-Assad propaganda outfit and even ISIS itself...

Nov 24 09:26

Invasion of Syria by NATO Member State: Turkey Establishes Second Military Base in Syria.

Turkey has set up a military base in Akhtarin in the province of Aleppo, according to local media activists. The Turkish army, Special Forces and intelligence agencies are expanding their presence in northern Syria amid ongoing clashes between pro-Turkey militant groups and the SDF over the possibility to seize from ISIS the key town of al-Bab.

On November 21, Kurdish forces attacked pro-Turkey militant groups in Sheikh Nasir and seized the village.

Earlier this year, reports appeared that the Turkish Armed Forces set up a military base south of al-Rai.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a very lousy development in the Western war against Syria, and may well put Turkey in direct conflict with Russian forces.

Nov 24 09:00

Trump loses half his transition team in purge of lobbyists

Donald Trump has repeatedly promised to ‘drain the swamp’ of Washington ...
The Trump transition team has lost nearly half its staff and volunteers in a matter of days since instituting a ban on registered lobbyists at the end of last week, the Daily Mail has learned.

‘All the lobbyists are gone,’ said one source familiar with the transition. ‘Lobbyists were the vast majority. Now, today you go in and you could count [them] maybe on one hand.’

The source estimated that the number of staffers and volunteers working on the transition plummeted from around 250 late last week to less than 125 on Tuesday.

Nov 24 08:57

West Already Weaponizing Fake News

Maybe the internet will not succumb to the latest Western crusade against “fake news”.
You really know that masses of people are living within a mind-control matrix when the greatest, most pervasive purveyors of fake news denounce others for the practice.

And yet they do so without the slightest hint of awareness about their own monstrous hypocrisy.

“Fake news” has become a hot issue following the surprise US election victory of maverick business tycoon Donald Trump. Supposedly serious Western media outlets have highlighted the spread of hoax stories purporting to be news reports as having swayed the presidential race in Trump’s favor against his rival, Democrat career politician Hillary Clinton.

Nov 24 08:55

The Upcoming War On The Alternative Media By The Deep State Mainstream Media

This declaration of war was typified by Google and FaceBook
The Mainstream Media (“MSM”), fully owned and co-opted by the Deep State Plutocrat/ Oligarch Elite, are extremely unhappy that Donald Trump won the 2016 Election.

They did not bank on this, and were completely and totally confident that their trillions of dollars of money issued by the Federal Reserve and international central banks, control of the National Security State as represented by the Military Industrial Complex, and bought and paid for representatives in the United States Legislature (Congress and Senate), Executive Branch, and Judiciary would have ensured their victory.

So what turned this election around, to upset the proverbial apple cart and deliver the Presidency to Donald J. Trump?

Nov 24 08:52

‘We are at war with Russia’: EU Parliament resolution to counter Russian media

The resolution is a sign of the “political degradation” of the western “idea of democracy” - Putin

For decades the EU has been lecturing Russia and touting freedom of speech as one of its core principles, but hypocritically dismissed it as an unnecessary luxury once their narrative was challenged, RT’s editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said.

“We of course are extremely disappointed, this is really outrageous,” Simonyan said on the subject of the EU’s so-called anti-Russia propaganda resolution.

Nov 24 04:21

Syrian forces regain control over highway from Damascus to Quneitra

The Syrian government forces have recaptured strategic heights Tellet al-Nakkar to the north of Quneitra (40 kilometers from Damascus), SANA news agency reported. Over the course of the military operation, the Syrian army ousted militants from Jebhat Fath al-Sham (former Jebhat al-Nusra, banned in Russia) from the area. Part of the Damascus-Quneitra highway frequently blocked by terrorist is located near the heights. Terrorist also blocked the line of defense set up by the government forces near the nearby settlement of Hodr. A commander told SANA that "using this highway has become safe now, thanks to returning control over Tellet al-Nakkar heights." He said Syrian servicemen will now "monitor all movements of the enemy and will not allow militants to get to the highway." Syrian government forces delivered strikes at terrorists in Qurum al-Kasha to the south of Hodr. Several military-transport equipment units were damaged, but no one was killed.

Nov 24 00:32

Syrian president extends law on amnesty for militants for three months

Syrian President Bashar Assad has extended the law on amnesty for militants for three months, Aleppo province governor Hussein Diab said in an address to residents of the eastern part of Aleppo controlled by terrorists. "Our dear friends and brothers in eastern Aleppo! I address you today with a brotherly advice. Return to your senses, to your Syria, to you patriotism and take this golden chance that might be the last. Syria never was a place for terrorism, and will never be," he said. "These foreign terrorists trade you on the international arena and do not allow you to leave so that they can use you as human shields. They also store large amounts of food, of which you get nothing. With the help of weapons, they terrorize, prevent you from exiting the eastern parts of the city," the governor said...

Nov 23 16:48

“Nothing Short Of A Slaughter”: 1 Million Syrians In Aleppo Under Siege With No Hospital, Food

As the United Nations says nearly 1 million Syrians are living under siege and the last remaining hospitals in eastern Aleppo have been destroyed, we speak with Syrian analyst Bassam Haddad and get an update from a physician in touch with medical personnel in Aleppo. Dr. Zaher Sahloul is founder of the American Relief Coalition for Syria and senior adviser and former president of the Syrian American Medical Society. He has visited Aleppo five times since the war began.

Nov 23 16:31

Chaos In Mosul: Locals Suffer Food & Water Shortages, Assault Aid Trucks

Half a dozen trucks sent by the Iraqi government took food to the residents of areas of Mosul recently liberated from Islamic State.

Nov 23 16:14

CNN As State Department Source? US Relies On Media To Blame Russia Over Syria

The US State Department blamed Moscow for alleged attacks on Syrian hospitals, insisting that all its information comes from credible sources.

Nov 23 16:11

Iran rejects UN plan to disintegrate Syria

Iran rejects UN plan to disintegrate Syria

Nov 23 14:02

US House Seeks Syria-War Escalation

Late in the day, on Nov. 15, one week after the U.S. elections, the lame-duck Congress convened in special session with normal rules suspended so the House could pass House Resolution 5732, the “Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act” calling for intensifying the already harsh sanctions on Syria, assessing the imposition of a “no fly zone” inside Syria (to prevent the Syrian government from flying) and escalating efforts to press criminal charges against Syrian officials.

Nov 23 12:36

Moscow Ready To Deliver Evidence Of Chemical Weapons Use By Rebel Forces In Aleppo

Russian specialists found that militants in east Aleppo used ammunition with poisonous substances, with the ammo targeting west Aleppo.

Nov 23 12:23

Syrian envoy says Eastern Aleppo has no opposition, only terrorists

Eastern Aleppo is under terrorists’ control, there are no opposition activists with whom talks could be held, Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riayd Haddad said on Wednesday. Riyad Haddad said earlier that the Syrian government was ready to hold talks with the opposition but it would continue military activities against terrorists. Moreover, he said with confidence that Damascus was able to achieve a military victory in Aleppo. "We have no doubts we can achieve a military victory in Aleppo. We have been waging war against terrorists not the opposition. There is opposition in every country, it is normal. We have been holding talks with the opposition, particularly in Geneva," Haddad added. Damascus is ready to take part in intra-Syrian talks in any place, the ambassador stressed. "Syria is ready to take part in any intra-Syrian conference. We have no preconditions".

Nov 23 12:22

Damascus against proposals to create autonomous areas in Syria — envoy

"Staffan de Mistura (UN special envoy) made some proposals during his visit to Damascus, including on the creation of an autonomy in eastern Aleppo. All of them were rejected," Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad said on Wednesday. "The Syrian government is opposed to any proposals on creating autonomous zones in the country". Haddad said Damascus rejects all initiatives that could assist the terrorists. "Ceasefire agreements that were made earlier did not help solve the problem and terrorists are using civilians as a ‘living shield’ and continue mortar attacks".

Nov 23 04:20

Reconciliation agreements signed with 4 more Syrian settlements. Ceasefire violations

Reconciliation agreements were signed during the day with representatives of four more settlements in Syria, two in Hama province and two in Latakia, the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria said in its regular daily bulletin posted on the Russian defense ministry’s official website on Tuesday. "The number of settlements joining the reconciliation process has reached 971," the center said. Talks on joining the regime of cessation of hostilities were continued with field commanders of armed opposition groups in the provinces of Homs, Hama, Aleppo and al-Quneitra, according to the bulletin. The number of illegal armed groups that declared their commitment to the ceasefire terms remains unchanged - 70, the center said. A total of 46 ceasefire violations by illegal armed groups were reported during the day in Syria, the Russian center said.

Nov 22 14:01

Obama Hoped To End His Tenure With A Victory In Syria: Writer

Barack Obama is dismayed that his presidency is ending with the fall of Aleppo to the Syrian government while he hoped to end his tenure with a victory in Syria, says Stephen Lendman, an American writer, journalist and political commentator.

Nov 22 13:54

How Many "Last Hospitals" Russia-led Airstrikes Destroyed in Aleppo?

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The US Corporate Media, the ones screaming "Fake News" at us, report that Russia has bombed the last hospital in Aleppo ... over and over and over and over. Is it any wonder that Russia Today asked for these hospitals to be identified and shown proof they were bombed by Russia? Is it any wonder the State Department spokesslug went into an hysterical lather when asked?

Nov 22 10:41

Russian Experts Find Evidence Of Chemical Weapons Use By Terrorists In Aleppo – MoD

Russian experts have found evidence that terrorists have been using chemical weapons in their regular attacks in Aleppo, Russia’s Defense Ministry said.

Nov 22 09:49

UN chemical watchdog refused to send experts to Aleppo under Western pressure – Lavrov

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons refuses to send its experts to Aleppo to check substances used by rebels in attacks. The move was “seemingly done under pressure from our Western colleagues,” Russia’s foreign minister said.

Nov 21 16:52

Militants Can’t Hold Ground Against Syrian Forces For A Long Time: Obama

US President Barack Obama has said “moderate” militants fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad cannot hold their ground for a long period of time.

Nov 21 15:31

Video: 2013 Gas Attack In Syria A ‘False Flag?’: Michael Flynn, Trump’s National Security Advisor At RT10

President-elect Donald Trump has named retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn as his new national security adviser.

Nov 21 15:00

Tulsi Gabbard - CIA Must Stop Illegal, Counterproductive War to Overthrow Assad

Nov 21 10:08

Why Are State Sponsors of Terrorism Receiving U.S. Taxpayer Dollars?

On Tuesday, in one of the first post-election warning shots fired across Team Trump’s bow, Senator John McCain warned the president-elect not to trust “a former KGB agent who has plunged his country into tyranny, murdered his political opponents, invaded his neighbors, threatened America’s allies and attempted to undermine America’s elections.”

“At the very least, the price of another ‘reset’ would be complicity in Putin and Assad’s butchery of the Syrian people.

“That is an unacceptable price for a great nation. When America has been at its greatest, it is when we have stood on the side [of] those fighting tyranny,” McCain added. “That is where we must stand again.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Establishing a "no-fly" zone in Syria would translate as a war between Russia and the US; it would be one of the most stupid blunders President-Elect Trump could possibly make, and he knows it.

McCain is characteristically fact-deprived here, in his blithely ignoring the reality that Russia was invited by the Syrian government to mop up all the jihadists, including those trained and funded by the US

The other hard fact here is, there is no such thing as a "moderate jihadist" in Syria, as witnessed by so many of them incorporating into even more militant groups, and surrendering US-delivered weapons to them.

Nov 19 09:34

France wants coalition offensive for Raqqa

France has asked a U.S.-led coalition to launch an offensive to surround Daesh’s (ISIS) Syrian bastion of Raqqa in order to prevent movements of militants between Mosul and Raqqa, French government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said Friday.

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Not to mention take control of the oil facilities there!

Nov 19 08:45

Kennedy: Syrian Conflict Started To Secure Qatari Gas Pipeline

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. an American environmental activist and attorney who lost both his uncle and father to assassins, says that the U.S. used seasoned jihadist fighters to try and remove Bashar al-Assad from power in order to implement an ambitious project that would have delivered Gas from the Persian Gulf to the EU via a pipeline running through Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and Turkey.

Nov 19 08:44

RUSSIAN WARSHIPS PREPARE FOR LARGE-SCALE ASSAULT OFF SYRIAN COAST

On Saturday, a flotilla of Russian warships arrived off the coast of Syria. The flotilla was reportedly deployed to prepare for a large-scale land and sea assault on the ravaged city of Aleppo.

The flotilla is eight ships strong and led by Moscow’s only aircraft carrier. It is also being accompanied by a nuclear-powered missile cruiser. According to the Syrian website al-Masdar News, which the Telegraph advises is a pro-government source, the battle group is to be deployed to the region for at least six months.

Although NATO officials have said such a deployment by Russia is intended to demonstrate Moscow’s military might, the truth is that Russia is pressing on with its military operations in Syria whether or not the rest of the world is paying attention.

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Russia is about to make mincemeat of the jihadists in Aleppo.

Unfortunately, these military actions will also take out trapped civilians as well.

Nov 19 08:30

Former US Intelligence Chief Admits Obama Took “Willful Decision” to Support ISIS Rise

If one was only to read mainstream news in the West, you would probably be inculcated with the myth that Islamic State (ISIS) appeared almost out of thin air and many governments in the Western world have been completely shocked by the rise of this terror group. Perhaps you would correctly blame the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq as a major reason why such extreme groups gained power in the region, in addition to blaming certain governments for supposedly marginalizing Sunni’s.

But what most mainstream readers will be miserably ignorant of is the fact that one of the main opposition groups fighting the Bashar al-Assad government in Syria has been ISIS itself, a group that has been trained, funded, aided and armed by NATO countries in collusion with Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Israel (to name a few). This reality has been completely omitted in numerous corporate media publications, once again demonstrating the inept and deceptive nature of mainstream news.

Nov 18 17:37

MSM Attempts To Promote White Helmets While Hiding Syria Civil Defense – More “Fake News” From Corporate Press

By Brandon Turbeville

Despite the failure to award the White Helmets with the Nobel Peace Prize and the pathetic propaganda film that accompanied the run-up to the decision, there remains a continued effort to not only promote the White Helmets as being a humanitarian organization and hide their actual terroristic nature, but also to conceal the real humanitarian heroes in Syria, the Syria Civil Defense.

Indeed, if one searches the Web for Syria Civil Defense, he will be met with links to a White Helmets website operating under the domain of SyriaCivilDefense.org. Wikipedia also lists the Syria Civil Defense as “aka” the White Helmets...

Nov 18 15:10

CNN Panics Over Impending Assad Victory, Confuses Humanitarian Organizations, Reasons For Crisis

By Brandon Turbeville

CNN is in full panic mode with the recent resumption of the Syrian government assault on terrorist-held East Aleppo. The discredited “news” agency is now reduced to rehashing tired and disproven propaganda against the Syrian government and claims that “Assad is killing his own people” by bombing head-chopping terrorists in East Aleppo.

You have to hand it to CNN for consistency at least. Cutting edge propaganda, however, is not the corporation’s strong suit, since every time it has tried to deliver a major blow, it has resulted in an epic fail...

Nov 18 13:44

How To Become State Dept Outcast: RT’s ‘Tips’ On Being Shunned Simply For Asking Questions

It was either Syria or Russia that conducted air strikes that recently hit hospitals in different parts of Syria.

Nov 18 08:04

A Nonviolent Strategy To Liberate Syria

In early 2011, as the Arab Spring was moving across North Africa and the Middle East, small groups of nonviolent activists in Syria, which has been under martial law since 1963, started protesting against the brutal dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad and demanding democratic reforms, the release of political prisoners, an increase in freedoms, abolition of the emergency law and an end to corruption.

Nov 18 07:59

Stability Battles Chaos: From London to Aleppo

For over five years the leaders of the United States, Britain, France, and Germany have been working to topple the Syrian Arab Republic. In their efforts to remove the independent nationalist government led by the Baath Arab Socialist Party, the western imperialist powers have enlisted their collection of petroleum vassals and despots in the nearby area. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Dubai; absolute monarchies that routinely behead, torture, and deny their populations even basic rights like freedom of speech are all sending weapons and training foreign fighters to destabilize Syria in what western leaders still pretend is a fight for “democracy.”

Nov 17 12:40

Syria ready to open communication channels with US – Assad adviser

Syria is prepared to open lines of communication with the US, according to President Bashar Assad’s political and media adviser, Bouthaina Shaaban. She added that the “signs are good” for the step.

Speaking at the First Media Forum at Damascus University on Wednesday, Shabaan said there had been no secret talks with the US, but expressed “Syria’s readiness to open channels of communication” with Washington, the SANA news agency reported.

Nov 17 12:30

Israel sends 3 missiles to intercept intruder drone from Syria… unsuccessfully – media

An unidentified unmanned aircraft violated Israeli airspace over the Golan Heights on Sunday. Neither two Patriot missiles, nor one air-to-air missile fired from an Israeli fighter reportedly managed to take down the mystery UAV that retreated into Syria.

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Next: Israel demands billions from the US to improve their missile systems!

Nov 17 10:53

East Aleppo. Behind The Lines: Unrest Amongst The Civilian Population Trapped In The City

A number of videos have emerged online, showing that unrest is growing at the rebel presence in parts of the city, as the population is deprived of food.

Nov 17 10:31

30 Nusra Members, Including Commanders, Eliminated in Syria

At least 30 militants from the Jabhat Fatah al Sham including a commander who had planned an offensive in Aleppo, were eliminated as a result of airstrikes launched from the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier.

Nov 17 08:18

Disgraceful WaPo Anti-Putin Editorial

On November 15, neocon WaPo editors headlined “The United States is giving Putin the green light for atrocities,” saying:

Hours after Putin and Trump spoke by phone, “Russia and its Syrian allies launched a massive new bombing campaign against eastern Aleppo and other rebel-held territories.”

Fact: False! WaPo editors lied. No attack on Aleppo was launched so far. No “rebel-held areas” exist, only US-supported terrorist-infested ones.

WaPo: “There are no Islamic State forces in Aleppo, though Mr. Trump does not appear to be aware of that fact.”

Fact: There may or may not be. All anti-government forces in Syria are imported jihadist death squads. A terrorist is a terrorist is a terrorist, all of them, including ones masquerading as moderate rebels.

WaPo: “Mr. Putin’s evident aim is to support the Assad regime in a campaign to overrun the city, and perhaps other rebel-held areas, during the 2months of the US presidential transition.”

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Nov 17 00:16

Five reconciliation agreements inked in Syria in 24 hours — Russian Defense Ministry

"In the past 24 hours, reconciliation agreements have been signed with representatives of five settlements in the Hama province (3) and in the Latakia province (2). The number of populated localities that joined the reconciliation process has increased to 945," the bulletin says. Talks on joining the cessation of hostilities are ongoing with the field commanders of illegal armed units in the settlement of Moadamyiet al-Shih in the Damascus region and with groups of armed opposition in the regions of Homs, Aleppo and Quneitra. "The number of armed groups that pledged their commitment to accepting and fulfilling the conditions of the cessation of hostilities remained unchanged — 69," the document says. The Russian reconciliation center reported 42 instances of shelling by illegal armed groups in the regions of Damascus (20), Aleppo (17), Latakia (2), Hama (1), Daraa (1) and Quneitra (1) in the past 24 hours...

Nov 16 12:14

Admiral Kuznetsov used in Syria for the first time

The Russian Defence Ministry reported, that the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov had been used in anti-terror operation in Syria. On 15 November the Russian military started striking terrorists in the Syrian provinces of Idlib and Homs. These are positions of ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra. The Russian fleet has been actively involved in combat acts. As the Defence Minister Shoygu revealed, cruise missile launches against terrorists' positions are carried out by the Admiral Grigorovich patrol boat. For the first time ever aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov has taken part in a military operation. Beside that, coastal missile complexes Bastion are involved. Targets of the Russian military are stores with munition, terrorists and their training centres, as well as plants where they make weapons. The Russian president Putin reminded that he had ordered to cover the Russian Armed Forces in Syria. In particular, these are facilities in Tartus and Khmeimim.

Nov 16 11:59

Syria’s Assad cautious about Trump, but ready to fight terrorism together

US president-elect Donald Trump will become a "natural ally" of Damascus if he starts fighting against terrorism, Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview with Portugal’s state-run RTP broadcaster. In his first public comment on the results of last week’s presidential election in the United States, the Syrian leader said he does not expect much from Trump, "who will be under influence of various forces in his administration." "So far, I have nothing to say about what Trump will do during his tenure. But if he fights against terrorists, then we will become allies, along with Russia, Iran and other states that seek to defeat terrorism," Assad said in the interview, released late on Tuesday in Damascus by Syria’s state-run SANA news agency. "We need to wait until he takes office," Assad continued. "But we wish that the United States starts to avoid biased opinions, respects international law and stops interfering into affairs of other countries."

Nov 16 11:48

US House Renews Sanctions On Iran, Sets Sanctions On Syria

The GOP-controlled US House of Representatives has passed bills to renew sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran and to impose sanctions on Syria.

The lawmakers on Tuesday voted 419 to one for a 10-year reauthorization of the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA), which was initially adopted in 1996 on the unfounded accusation that Tehran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Nov 16 11:37

Kremlin says pause in Aleppo airstrikes was extended

A pause in airstrikes on the territory of eastern Aleppo has been extended, there were no other decisions, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday. "A pause in airstrikes has been extended, as you know," Peskov said. "So far, there were no other statements on resuming airstrikes on terrorist targets in eastern Aleppo."

Nov 16 11:35

Syrian troops launch massive offensive against terrorists in southwestern Aleppo

Syrian government troops have over the past few days conducted offensive operations in the southwest of Aleppo to gain control of several quarters. The militants are no longer able get into this city there, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Wednesday. "Over the past few days Syrian government troops pushed ahead with an offensive in the southwest to have gained control of the Binyamin quarter". On the western outskirts of the city several residential areas in quarter 1070 and the area of the Assad Academy have been cleared of militants. "The terrorists have lost all chances of getting into Aleppo from the southwest". In the north of the city government troops have made considerable progress towards Tirabl al-Haleq and Hay Shayban-Pasha to have gained control of most of their territory.
Humanitarian corridors blocked...

Nov 16 08:05

Trial Under Way Over Alleged Use Of Syrian Humanitarian Convoys To Smuggle Cash

A group of men have gone on trial in the UK for allegedly using humanitarian convoys to smuggle cash to Syria.

Nov 16 07:40

Syria Aid Convoys Used To Transport Terrorists’ Money & Property, Court Hears

Four men accused of using aid convoys bound for Syria to transport ‘items for terrorists’ are standing trial at the Old Bailey in London.

Syed Hoque, 37, of Stoke-on-Trent, allegedly sent £3,000 and an additional £1,500 on December 21, 2013, Syed Hoque, 37, of Stoke-on-Trent, allegedly sent £4,500, to his nephew who was fighting the government of Bashar Assad.

Nov 15 14:30

BREAKING: Massive Russian air and cruise missile strikes on Al-Qaeda in Syria

The long awaited Syrian and Russian offensive against Aleppo has now finally begun with massive Russian strikes on Al-Qaeda bases in Homs and Idlib provinces.

Information about the precise nature of the strikes is for the most patchy. However Russia’s Defence Minister Shoigu has reported to Putin and has confirmed that aircraft from the Admiral Kuznetsov carrier are taking part, and that cruise missile strikes launched by the frigate Admiral Grigorovich are are also taking place.

Nov 15 13:44

Russians in Syria for the first time applied the missiles "Onyx", see how it looks Like

Russian Armed Forces in Syria for the first time in war conditions applied missile P-800 "Onyx".

I, the first time they targeted the real targets on land.

The video can be seen the launch of cruise missiles "Caliber".

See: the first was destroyed weapons depot and ammunition, then: the headquarters of terrorists.

Pay attention to the fact "Bastion" (with "onyx) from the mainland - by stock of weapons and military hardware.

Export version of the missile P-800 "Onyx" was named "Jahont" (according to the classification of the Pentagon and N ATO - SS-N-26 strobe ). This is a universal supersonic medium-range missile designed to fight the military-naval groups and single ships. The conditions and firearms and radioelectronic interference.

The standard range of these missiles is 300 kilometers, or those that are not directed against ships may be several times higher.

Nov 15 11:04

Aleppo airstrikes resume as Russia announces major Syria offensive

First strikes in weeks on rebel-held east of city as Russia says missiles and jets deployed in major Syria operation

Nov 15 11:03

Syrian man with four wives and 22 kids gets fortune in welfare

Anger is growing among Germans. They are outraged by the recent exposure of the consequences of Muslim mass immigration.

Because as it turns out they have to pay a fortune in social assistance to a Syrian man with four wives and 22 children who now live in Germany.

The case is very similar to one in Denmark, where a Syrian man with 3 wives and 20 kids gets DKK 214,000 in child benefits, which caused outrage in Denmark and proposals for changing the law.

Nov 15 10:05

US, British ‘Clean House’ to Delete Syria Terror Links

US President Barack Obama has just given the Pentagon orders to assassinate commanders of the Al Nusra terror network in Syria. American media reports over the weekend say the new urgency arises from US intelligence fears that al Qaeda-affiliated groups are preparing to mount terror attacks against Western targets from strongholds in Syria.

The purported US «kill list» will be acted on through drone strikes and «intelligence assets». The latter refers, presumably, to US special forces that are already operating in northern Syria alongside Turkish military.

Nov 15 10:03

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – NOVEMBER 15, 2016: 500 MILITANTS WERE KILLED IN CLASHES IN WESTERN ALEPPO

The Syrian Air Force destroyed up to 60 air strikes in northern Hama since Monday, destroying a number of armored vehicles, cars and fighting positions belonging to Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) and its allies. The main air strikes were reported north of Soran, Tal Hawash, Kafr Naboudah and Qasabiyah.

Infighting among Turkish-backed militant groups in the northern Syrian town of Azaz was reported on Monday. Firefights are ongoing between members of Ahrar al-Sham and Jabhat al-Shamia militant groups. The main reason of the incident is tensions between Arab and Turkmen units. The so-called “Azaz Higher Court” added that Ahrar Sham and Sham Front are clashing over the right to control the main checkpoint between the areas of Azaz and Efrin. Turkey closes the al-Bab-al-Salameh bordercrossing because of the clashes.

Nov 15 09:54

Syrian official: US violates Syria's sovereignty

A senior Syrian official has slammed the US-led coalition for violating the country's national sovereignty, vowing to bring legal action against states and persons responsible for bloodshed in Syria.

Nov 15 09:54

US Defense Secretary advises Trump against cooperating with Russia in Syria

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That should read "US Defense Secretary begs and pleads with Trump against cooperating with Russia in Syria!"

Nov 15 09:17

New Israel-Lebanon war on the horizon, says IDF commander

Another Israel-Lebanon War is due to happen any time soon, a top IDF commander told Israeli national television on Tuesday.

Speaking to Israel's Channel 2, Brigadier General Rassan Alian said that while he expects the war to occur, it "won't necessarily begin in Israel; events on other fronts are liable to spur it".

Nov 15 08:49

Russian carrier takes part in massive strikes on terrorists in Syria’s Idlib & Homs provinces – MoD

The Russian military has launched a large-scale operation against terrorists stationed in Homs and Idlib provinces of Syria, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Tuesday.

Nov 14 18:01

US, British ‘Clean House’ to Delete Syria Terror Links

US President Barack Obama has just given the Pentagon orders to assassinate commanders of the Al Nusra terror network in Syria. American media reports over the weekend say the new urgency arises from US intelligence fears that al Qaeda-affiliated groups are preparing to mount terror attacks against Western targets from strongholds in Syria.

Nov 14 15:49

Palmyra In 360: Scars Left Behind By ISIS

On 27 March the Syrian Army backed by the Russian Air Force liberated Palmyra from ISIS terrorists.

Nov 14 13:26

Terrorists Launch Chemical Attack In Aleppo

Terrorists have launched a chemical attack on civilians and government forces in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

The Syrian army says terrorists, located in the eastern parts of the flashpoint city, fired shells containing chlorine, leaving scores of people injured. Terror groups, including Daesh, have a history of carrying out chemical attacks on civilians and government forces both in Iraq and in Syria. Earlier in the day, foreign-backed militants launched rocket attacks on several Syrian cities. At least five people were killed and three others were injured. The shelling also caused material damage in residential areas.

Nov 14 13:23

Putin & Trump discuss Syria and US-Russia relations in phone call – Kremlin

US President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have held their first telephone call, in which the two leaders discussed Syria and agreed to improve and develop bilateral ties, the Kremlin said in a statement.

Nov 14 13:18

Syrian Militants Use Chemical Weapons Against Assad’s Forces – Reports

Terrorists used shells containing poison gas to attack Syrian military positions in Aleppo on Sunday, injuring at least 28 government troops, according to RT

Nov 14 12:23

Russian Mig-29 Crashes Near Aircraft Carrier Off Syrian Coast

With the Russian Syrian naval flotilla having arrived off the coast of Syria, and set to launch airborne missions against ISIS targets in Syria with the support of strategic Russian Tu-95 and Tu-160 bombers, an unexpected twist took place when a Russian fighter jet crashed in the Mediterranean Sea shortly after launching from its aircraft carrier near the coast of Syria Sunday, Fox News reports citing two US officials.

Nov 14 10:55

Rebels shell Syrian Army with poison gas in Aleppo, scores injured – military

Militants used shells containing poison chlorine gas to attack Syrian military positions in Aleppo on Sunday, injuring scores of government troops, according to the Syrian Army.

In a statement Monday, the General Command of the Syrian Army and Armed Forces confirmed that terrorist groups located in the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo targeted the al-Nairab area and its surroundings with mortar shells containing chlorine on Sunday evening, SANA news agency reported.

Scores of civilians and military personnel were injured, the military said.

Nov 14 10:32

Russian Analysis Shows Western-Backed Terrorists Using Chemical Weapons Against Civilians

By Brandon Turbeville

In yet another blow to the credibility of the Western corporate media and the anti-Syria propaganda blitz it has maintained since early 2011, experts from the Russian Center For Radiological, Chemical, and Biological Defense have recently announced that analysis of the shells fired by terrorists at the 1070 Apartment Complex in Aleppo contained chemical weapons.

This new revelation brings Western propaganda crashing to ground in regards to the claims that it is Assad’s government using chemical weapons and that the terrorists have no access to them...

Nov 14 10:20

Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield is Shielding What? Deconstructing Syria, Turkey’s illegal Invasion

Turkey, in a bid to legitimize its uninvited, illegal incursion into northern Syria, has created several media platforms specifically reporting on what it calls “Operation Euphrates Shield.”

Operation Euphrates Shield, according to official Turkish government statements, aims at “securing” a buffer zone in northern Syria spanning from the Euphrates river in the east and extending all the way to Azaz in the west. This is also coincidentally the exact same buffer zone US policy think tanks have called for since at least 2012 – specifically seeking Turkey to implement it.

Despite claims that Turkey’s actions are necessary to “stop” the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (ISIS) and help end the deadly conflict raging in Syria, it is clear that instead, Turkey is carving out territory specifically to shelter militants fighting the Syrian government in an attempt to perpetuate, even expand the violence for as long and as extensively as possible.

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THIS... is US foreign policy, on drugs in Syria!!

Nov 14 10:14

Trump-Putin alliance sparks diplomatic crisis as British ministers demand assurances from US over Russia

Britain is facing a diplomatic crisis with the US over Donald Trump’s plans to forge an alliance with Vladimir Putin and bolster the Syrian regime.

In a significant foreign policy split, officials admitted that Britain will have some “very difficult” conversations with the President-elect in coming months over his approach to Russia.

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"Look, you brought us to the edge of a nuclear war with Russia, and now you're just going to quit?!?" -- Number 9 3/4

Nov 14 09:43

CONFIRMED: Russia prepares heavy bombers, Syrian Army gives Jihadis 24 hours to surrender

There are growing signs that what looks like a big Syrian government offensive in Aleppo is in the works.

The Syrian army has been broadcasting messages to the trapped Jihadis in eastern Aleppo via loudspeakers all day giving them just 24 hours to lay down their arms.

There are also reports of more elite Syrian troops from the Tiger forces and the Desert Hawks Special Forces units being concentrated in Aleppo. They are apparently being reinforced by well trained Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon.

Nov 14 09:36

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – NOVEMBER 14, 2016: GOVT FORCES TO RELAUNCH OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS INSIDE AND OUTSDIE ALEPPO

On Sunday, the Turksish Armed Forces and pro-Ankara militants reached the outskirts of al-Bab, controlled by ISIS after capturing the areas of Swesian, Hazwan, Qadiran, Al-Dana and ‘Awla. The Ankara-led forces are now deployed in about 2 km from al-Bab and readying to storm it. Turkey’s battle tanks and artillery are shelling the town. Air strikes by the US-led coalition’s air power are also reported.

Al-Bab is a key logistical hub, located in the province of Aleppo. If the Ankara-led forces set a full control of it, they will be able to prevent the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) from linking up the Kurdish-controlled areas in northern Syria.

Nov 14 09:33

Trump Pledges To Withdraw U.S. Support For ISIS

President-elect Donald Trump has declared that on his watch the United States will stop supporting ISIS and militant opposition groups in Syria.

Instead the U.S. will work with Russia and the Syrian government to defeat ISIS and the terrorist organizations attempting to overthrow Assad’s government.

Nov 13 12:36

Russia Puts Strategic Bombers On Combat Alert For Imminent Strikes On Syrian Targets

While America is busy pointing fingers at who exactly failed to predict the Trump presidency, Putin is taking advantage of the chaos and the immediate political power vacuum left in the aftermath of the stunning transition from the Democratic president to a Republican sweep.

First, as we reported last night, NATO promptly freaked out after Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov urged President-elect Donald Trump to begin rebuilding the U.S.-Kremlin relationship "by urging NATO to withdraw forces from the Russian border." Peskov told the Associated Press that such a move "would lead to a kind of detente in Europe."

Nov 13 11:46

Identitarians to the woodshed

Nov 13 11:41

Trump Warns That By Attacking Assad, US Will ‘End Up Fighting Russia’

US President-elect Donald Trump has confirmed that he will most likely abandon the Obama administration policy on Syria to seek a possible rapprochement with Russia on the issue of Assad.

“I’ve had an opposite view of many people regarding Syria,” the 70-year-old Republican told the Wall Street Journal in his first interview since the election.

Nov 13 09:32

First effect of Trump win: Al-Qaeda morale in Aleppo collapses, Western campaign against Russian bombing ends

Donald Trump's election victory ends Al-Qaeda hopes of Western military intervention in Aleppo and ends Western media campaign to condemn Russian bombing there.

Nov 13 09:32

Trump Says US Should Attack ISIS Not Assad

US President-elect Donald Trump has said the United States should fight the ISIS terrorists and stop attacking the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Nov 12 10:13

Trump Expects to End US Aid to Syrian Rebels

In a new interview with the Wall Street Journal, President-elect Donald Trump said that he is likely to end the US support of “moderate” Syrian rebel groups, saying that “we have no idea who these people are” and that the US needs to focus on defeating ISIS.

Nov 12 09:03

Trump & Woolsey: Was There a Bait-and-Switch?

The day after Trump’s election, Woolsey was interviewed by the CBC and asked about U.S. national security priorities. Woolsey responded that it was necessary “to get straight who our friends and adversaries are.” He asserted that “Israel is our friend,” while he called Iran “the world’s leading terrorist state” and insisted that the nuclear agreement with Iran “is so bad it needs to go.” Tehran reached a deal with world powers (including the U.S.) on its nuclear program in July 2015. The Israel lobby has reportedly been trying to undermine the agreement ever since by linking Iran with ISIS terrorism.

Woolsey also called Russia and North Korea “problem states,” and when asked if a new relationship with Russia could be possible under Trump as president, he answered that it “has to be based on Russian performances, not Russian promises,” adding that “Russia’s got to stop conquering its neighbours, like Ukraine.”

Nov 12 09:00

Human Rights Watch Conducted a Biased Investigation for the School “Bombing” in Idlib

By Mehmet Ersoy

On November 6, Human Rights Watch published a report in which the Syrian government and its allies were accused of carrying out an airstrike on a school in Idlib province in late October, 2016.

According to the report, on October 26, the school was hit by two Su-24 jets used by the Syrian and Russian AFs. Citing some witnesses, the organization claims the jets dropped from 7 to 9 parachute bombs on the school and nearby road. It says no military facilities were in the school or by it and all the casualties were among civilians...

Nov 12 08:21

SYRIA: TERRORISTS BEG TRUCE AFTER CLINTON’S DEFEAT

The united terrorist group, consisted of such organizations as «Jabhat Ansar al-Din» and «Levanta», has launched a video statement, in which terrorists were asking about the beginning of peace talks and a ceasefire in Syria.

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They know the supply of bombs, bullets, and chemical weapons comes to a screeching halt in 70 days.

Nov 11 12:04

NUSRA ON THE RUN - TRUMP INDUCES FIRST MAJOR POLICY CHANGE ON SYRIA

The Obama administration, through the CIA led by Saudi asset John Brennan, fed weapons, training and billions of dollarsto "moderate rebels". These then turned around (vid) and either gave the CIA gifts to al-Qaeda in Syria (aka Jabhat al Nusra) or joined it themselves. The scheme was no secret at all and Russia as well as Syria pointed this out several times. The Russian foreign Minister Lavrov negotiated with the U.S. secretary of State Kerry who promised to separate the "moderate rebels" from al-Qaeda. But Kerry never delivered. Instead he falsely accuse Russia of committing atrocities that never happened. The CIA kept the upper hand within the Obama administration and continued its nefarious plans.

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WOW! Trump is already making waves in foreign policy, and he hasn't even taken the Oath of Office yet!!

Way to Go, Donald!!!

Nov 11 11:13

By Voting for Trump, Voters Chose to Put a Stop to US 'Financing of Terrorism'

By electing a candidate who's distanced himself from Washington's hawkish rhetoric, Americans are rejecting terrorism and extremism, and voicing a desire to improve relations with other countries, according to Fajer Zeidan, secretary-general of the Syrian Forces Union.

Nov 11 09:10

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – NOVEMBER 11, 2016: SYRIAN ARMY ENTERED MENAGH AIR BASE

ISIS-linked media outlets have released a series of pics that show the terrorist group’s fighters preparing an attack on the Syrian army’s positions at the Khanasser highway, heading to the Syrian city of Aleppo. The Khanasser highway is a vital supply line used by the Syrian government to supply its forces deployed in the area of Aleppo city. Jaish al-Fatah, a coalition of the so-called ‘moderate opposition groups’, have been conducting raids, targeting government supply convoys in the area since the intensification of battle for Aleppo. ISIS joined the “moderates” in this complicated task. Completely by accident, Jaish al-Fatah and ISIS militants are not going to fight each other.

Heavy clashes are ongoing between the government forces and Jaish al-Fatah militants in the al-Assad Neighborhood of Aleppo city. According to pro-government sources, about a half of the neighborhood has been liberated.

Nov 10 13:00

Syrian troops begin mopping-up operation on western outskirts of Aleppo

Syrian troops have regained control of no less than ten buildings in the Dahiyat al-Assad district on the outskirts of Aleppo (360 kilometers from Damascus). According to the Lebanon-based Al-Mayadeen network, the military has been conducting a mopping-up operation in the quarters previously seized by the militants. The network says the government forces have been rapidly advancing towards the neighboring Rashideen-4 district that remains the last militant stronghold in the western part of the city.

Nov 10 12:14

THE U.S./TURKEY PLAN FOR “SEIZING, HOLDING, AND OCCUPYING” SYRIAN TERRITORY IN RAQQA

As the U.S. Presidential selection circus draws to a close, the United States and Turkey have announced a new plan to defeat ISIS, the same terrorist organization both countries have created, funded, armed, and facilitated, in Syria. The plan revolves around the conquering, occupation, and governing of sovereign Syrian territory in the East, most notably Raqqa.

According to the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, after meeting with his Turkish counterpart, that “The coalition and Turkey will work together on the long-term plan for seizing, holding and governing Raqqa.”

Nov 10 10:05

Russian Defense Ministry confirms it received UN request to extend pause in Aleppo

Russia’s Defense Ministry has received a letter from the head of the UN humanitarian mission in Syria asking to extend humanitarian pauses in Aleppo, the ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov told reporters on Thursday. He said that the letter was received by "our representative in Geneva on November 7," the letter contained "another request to extend future humanitarian pauses in Aleppo". "This is not the first time that we receive such requests. Every time it seems to be just another effort to find an excuse for disrupting the UN humanitarian aid delivery to the residents of Aleppo." Konashenkov pointed out that regardless of the humanitarian pauses, the Russian Reconciliation Center had delivered over 100 tons of humanitarian aid to Aleppo in the past few months, at the same time, not one humanitarian pause was introduced all of a sudden.

Nov 10 09:39

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – NOVEMBER 10, 2016: KURDSH YPG CLASHING WITH TURKEY-LED FORCES

In Western Ghouta, the Syrian forces managed to take control over the road between the southern side of al-Darousheh village and the Air-Defense housings. Following this, Syrian troops attacked Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian al-Qaeda branch) and its allies in the eastern outskirts of Khan al-Sheih. There is no confirmed information about casualties of the sides.

Since November 8, the Syrian army’s Tiger Forces and the Destert Hawks Brigade have made a series of attacks on the Minyan area, liberating about 90% of this area from Jabhat Fatah al-Sham and its allies from Jaish al-Fatah.

Nov 10 09:24

US Military Admits It Killed Civilians In Iraq, Syria But Only 119

The United States airstrikes against Daesh Takfiri terrorists have led to death of civilians in Iraq and Syria, the US military admits.

The Pentagon made the announcement on Wednesday, putting the number of civilian casualties at 119, way fewer than the figures posited by monitoring groups.

Nov 10 08:34

Assad Adviser Says We Are In A Time That Will Determine The Future Of The World

By Brandon Turbeville

As the war in Syria continues to rage on, it is becoming more and more obvious that the battle taking place is about much more than Syria as a country. In this place, the cradle of civilization, there are now two warring ideologies. One that demands total fealty and the absence of all dissent, and one that believes a nation’s people should decide for themselves the direction of their country. One ideology wants to force its hegemonic world system upon all other nations, and the other contends that nations should choose their own direction.

This is not to argue perfection on the part of Syria or Russia by any means. But it is a reality nonetheless...

Nov 10 07:23

Ray McGovern’s Speech in Berlin Today in German and English

Ladies and gentlemen,

In view of the surprising election victory of Donald Trump, today’s vote in the Bundestag is of great importance.

There are very passionate warmongers in the U.S. Thank goodness, President Obama is not one of them. In my opinion, Donald Trump, like Obama, wants to end the armed chaos in Syria.

I believe it is quite possible that both – Obama as well as Trump – would prefer for the German government to avoid taking any steps to encourage the “hawks” in Washington. An extension of the Syrian war into a NATO war would be such a step.

In my opinion, a peaceful solution to the disaster in Syria is not possible without cooperation with the Russians. This cooperation will be more likely with Donald Trump as US-President than with Hillary Clinton.

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