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Jan 02 10:03

Portrait of an Assassin: Obama’s Revenge

The events leading to the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey have a long and torturous trail.

The beginning and end are found in President Obama’s attempt to militarily encircle and discredit Russia through massive propaganda and sanctions. Obama built military bases on Russia’s borders; organized a putsch in the Ukraine; launched violent attacks on Russian allies in Libya and Syria; and encircled China, Russia’s ally in Asia.

Obama proceeded to organize Turkey, the EU, Saudi Arabia, Israel and vassal regimes in the Baltic and Balkan countries to dispatch arms, Special Forces and finances to terrorist mercenaries invading Syria, in order to oust Russian bases.

Jan 02 09:04

Putin’s Bear to Obama’s Turkey

Putin's stoic statesmanship speaks for itself.

Not for the first time, the contrast in character between Putin and Obama was illustrated in the latest diplomatic spat over alleged Russian hacking.

For one thing, Putin’s gracious magnanimity always in the face of American provocations shows the Russian leader to be a fine statesman and human being; whereas Obama looks like a pathetic, cheap nonentity.

President Putin made a surprise attack:

He said that his government would not take retaliatory measures. Indeed, he went further by offering seasonal goodwill greetings to President Obama, his family and the people of America, as well as repeating invitations to the children of accredited US diplomats in Russia to festivities being held at the Kremlin.

Jan 02 08:58

Russia Delays Retaliation – Trump: “Great Move” By “Very Smart” Putin – Special Report

The bad losers Democrats are STILL shell shocked about the fact that they lost and are throwing a temper tantrum, trying to cloud President-elect Trump’s incoming policies.

The Truth is that the US as a nation need to now move past the NeoCon era, the warmonger era...

Jan 01 21:09

Video: ‘Excluded?’: Washington’s Role In Syrian Peace Process Under Question

A new ceasefire deal that comes into force on Friday may be the biggest chance in months to curb the violence in Syria.

Jan 01 17:21

Video: Almost Six Years Of Syrian Conflict, Through Eyes Of Children

A breakthrough ceasefire deal has been reached for Syria. RT’s Maria Finoshina has just returned from her 10th trip to the war-ravaged country.

Jan 01 11:08

What is Henry Kissinger Up To? — Paul Craig Roberts

Until Trump relegates 'the neocons' to the ideological backwaters, Russia and China had best hold on to their strategic alliance.

Kissinger, an old cold warrior, is working to use Trump’s commitment to better relations with Russia in order to separate Russia from its strategic alliance with China.

China’s military buildup is a response to US provocations against China and US claims to the South China Sea as an area of US national interests. China does not intend to attack the US and certainly not Russia.

Jan 01 10:51

Back to the Future: From the USSR to the Eurasian Century

Get ready, because the thick of the action starts now.

The 2008 casino capitalism-provoked financial crisis, plus the American “resolve” to remake the so-called Greater Middle East through wars of choice, regime change and covert ops miserably failed.

As we wait for the dawn of the Trump era – an almost intergalactic geopolitical question mark – what’s certain is that the War Party US deep state won’t admit defeat. And the key geopolitical riddle to be answered is how strident internal American tensions will deal with the hub of progressive Eurasia integration: Russia, China and Iran.

Jan 01 09:11

More “Fake News” Photos “From Aleppo” Proven False, Poorly Executed Propaganda

The Fake News just keeps on coming as the NATO imperialists realize they are losing control in Syria and their plans to destroy the secular and democratically-elected government of Bashar al-Assad. From “Russia did it!!!” (whatever the “it” might be), to mass civilian suicide in East Aleppo, the mainstream corporate press is deconstructing right in front of our eyes. It doesn’t help the MSM’s case that every time one of their “journalists” tries to confront legitimate alt media researchers, activists, or journalists, they are humiliated on live television. Still, we have to give them credit for remaining committed no matter how embarrassing the fight gets for them.

Jan 01 08:53

Gunman Kills At Least 39 In Attack On Istanbul Nightclub

A gunman opened fire on New Year revelers at a packed nightclub on the shores of Istanbul’s Bosphorus waterway on Sunday killing at least 39 people, including many foreigners, then fled the scene.

Some people jumped into the Bosphorus waters to save themselves after the attacker opened fire at random in the Reina nightclub just over an hour into the new year. Officials spoke of a single attacker but some reports, including on social media, suggested there may have been more.

The attack shook NATO member Turkey as it tries to recover from a failed July coup and a series of deadly bombings in cities including Istanbul and the capital Ankara, some blamed on Islamic State and others claimed by Kurdish militants.
The Hurriyet newspaper cited witnesses as saying the attackers shouted in Arabic as they opened fire at Reina.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

First, condolences to the families and friends of those where were slain here, and prayers for those wounded, that they get the best of care, and recover soon.

But this attack follows an all-too-familiar, and terrifying, pattern; a gunman (or gunmen) enters a crowded place, and start killing people at random, then disappears into the night.

So I have to ask, in a very cold-blooded way, cui bono?!? Who benefits?!?

Jihadists, attempting to destabilise Turkey?!? Or the Turkish government itself, because now, as after the failed coup in July, they have an even larger "justification" for clamping down on human rights, and minorities?!? Or an attempt by Western nations to destabilise Turkey, because it sees, and feels,Turkey's shifting to become more Russia-Centric?!?

As reported at the atlantic.com last month:

For weeks, the main shopping areas of Turkey’s capital city have been eerily vacant. On October 29, the U.S. government advised family members of embassy staff to leave the country, while other nations sent out warnings, recommending their citizens avoid streets with high foot traffic throughout the month of December, in response to intelligence indicating a likely attack by the Islamic State. With two bombings and one assassination over the past ten days, everyone expected an attack of some sort in Ankara. But few would have predicted the form it would take, when, on Monday night, a 22-year-old police officer named Melvut Mert Altintas gunned down Andrey Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey. “God is great!” he shouted in Arabic, and “Don’t forget Aleppo, don’t forget Syria!” in Turkish, as he stood over Karlov’s motionless body. For months, Turkey has been unraveling. Shortly after the attempted coup of July 15, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government announced a state of emergency to remove any lingering threats from supporters of Fethullah Gulen, the exiled religious and political leader who the state blames for orchestrating the failed putsch, as well as people affiliated with the Kurdish movement. Mass purges touched nearly all job sectors, with education and the state judicial system taking the biggest hits. Anyone suspected of a crime could be held for 30 days without charge in detention centers where inmates are reportedly being tortured. RELATED STORY Flag-wrapped coffin of late Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov is carried to a plane during a ceremony at Esenboga airport in Ankara, Turkey on December 20, 2016. 'Russia Through Turks' Eyes' Even the most mundane rituals changed. An extra security check was installed in airports, just after the second set of x-ray machines, where Turkish citizens—as opposed to foreigners—are closely monitored. In the corners of once-bustling restaurants, the prospect of civil war with the Kurds is a common topic of discussion; the slowing economy is another, as the Turkish lira breaks its own record lows against the U.S. dollar from one week to the next. A vacuum salesman told me he no longer made a profit at the current exchange rate; a wine seller said he’s on the verge of closing his shop.

We cannot know for certain who orchestrated this crime; but my sense, right now, is that it was an outside state actor of some kind, who has a goal of completely destabilising the Turkish government.

Dec 31 09:10

Turkey Transferring Al-Qaeda Terrorists from Aleppo to Aden

Yemeni security sources disclosed that a Turkish plane has transferred tens of Al-Qaeda terrorists from Syria's Northern city of Aleppo to Yemen's Aden and evacuated wounded pro-Saudi militias to medical treatment centers outside the country when returning to Turkey.

Dec 31 07:56

BUSTED! The US Sent ISIS $1.5 Billion in Weapons from Europe, Ukraine

The New Eastern Outlook website has an extraordinary article up by the excellent French investigative reporter Jean Perier, exposing the massive arms sales that have been going on between Eastern European countries, including Ukraine, and ISIS.

Perier points out that a lot of these arms are of Soviet manufacture - in order to cover tracks, and are primarily coming out of places like Bulgaria, Ukraine, Montenegro, Czech Republic, Serbia, and other former East bloc nations.

He argues that the arms trade is so large, that in and of itself this would be a powerful incentive to maintain the conflict in Syria as long as possible, something Obama seems to be doing his best to do, by recently lifting restrictions on advanced weapons systems to the Syrian rebels.

Dec 30 19:28

Russian Sappers Sweep Aleppo For Mines, Discovering Shells Made In US, Germany

Bomb disposal teams are continuing to sweep schools and mosques of Aleppo for booby-traps, mines and munitions after they were wrested from rebel control.

Dec 30 09:04

'No one shot at evacuees' Filmmaker blasts claims Aleppo liberation was bloodbath

THE Syrian army did not break the ceasefire in Aleppo by shooting at rebel forces, a filmmaker who witnessed the evacuation has said.

Hitting back at claims the government forces had created a bloodbath as thousands of civilians fled the city earlier in December, Carla Ortiz insisted the military had been handing out food to the refugees.

The filmmaker from Boliva said: “Many have asked me to show proof that people and children were not shot at on the streets while the evacuation took place as some media reported.

“So, this is what I saw: civilians evacuated on foot from the east, then transported in buses to the shelters. I am sorry, but there was absolutely no mass shooting on the evacuation.”

Dec 30 07:39

See the weapons and ammunition found in the eastern Aleppo

A SIGNIFICANT PART OF US HERE, BUT THERE ARE WEAPONS AND PROJECTS OF BULGARIA, ROMANIA, SLOVAKIA ...

In Aleppo - as might be expected - after terrorists remained a huge store of weapons and ammunition.
It is not a surprise.
And in fact: it is not a surprise as not to weapons and ammunition by terrorists and insurgents get from the United States and Europe, including Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia.

Significant of all the matched and is manufactured in the United States.
A scheme of the Americans and their European satellites provide weapons, the rich Islamic countries of the Persian Gulf provide money for him, and Syria is inserted from the territory of Turkey.

The photographs and video footage can be seen bullets caliber 14.5 and 12.7 mm, the Slovak mine from 122mm missile for recoilless weapons, mines manufactured in the US, Romanian grenade launchers AG-7 ...

Dec 30 07:22

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – DECEMBER 30, 2016: GOVT FORCES FOIL MAJOR MILITANT OFFENSIVE

A nationwide Syrian ceasefire started last night with a major-scale offensive of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Jund al-Aqsa against government forces in northern Hama. The so-called “opposition” seized the hill of Bijo and aimed to take seize the town of Mahardeh, mostly populated by Christians. If Islamist militants were able to success in this, there would be a massacre of civilians in the area. However, the Syrian army and the National Defense Forces (NDF) rebuffed the attack and retook control of the Bijo Hill. The situation in the area remains tense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I did warn that the US Government would try to find some way to wreck the cease fire!

Dec 30 07:13

BREAKING: OBAMA MAKES DEAL WITH SAUDI ARABIA TO ALLOW THEIR ISIS SOLDIERS TO RETREAT TO SAFETY

In September 2014, the then Director of the US National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), Matthew Olsen, said Islamic State controlled an area similar in size to the United Kingdom, or about 210,000 square kilometers (81,000 sq. miles).

A year later, the U.S Department of Defense (DoD) declared that IS frontlines in much of northern and central Iraq and northern Syria had been pushed back significantly by U.S led air strikes and ground operations. The DoD estimated that IS had lost approximately 30-37% of what it controlled in August 2014, and 5-10% in Syria.

Even at that point, critics accused America of not telling the truth about their attacks on IS. Some suggested that Obama might be deliberately hindering the efforts because of his relationship with the terror organization.

Dec 30 07:10

Fierce clashes reported, but Syrian ceasefire appears to hold

Activists report fighting between Islamist groups and Assad loyalists in central Hama province, but sides keep truce in most other areas.

Dec 30 07:09

Clashes, air raids tarnish Russia and Turkey's Syria truce

Clashes, shelling and air raids in western Syria marred a Russian- and Turkish-backed ceasefire that aims to end nearly six years of war and lead to peace talks between rebels and a government emboldened by recent battlefield success.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, announced the ceasefire Thursday after forging the agreement with Turkey, a longtime backer of the opposition.

The truce went into force at midnight but monitors and rebels reported almost immediate clashes, and violence appeared to escalate later Friday as warplanes bombed areas in the country's northwest, they said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whose warplanes?

Dec 30 06:43

Ex-Mossad head on Israel medical aid to al-Nusra Front - UpFront

Dec 30 06:40

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan claims to have concrete documentary proof that the West is backing ISIS

Turkish President Erdogan has claimed he has evidence the West is supporting ISIS as he intensifies the political crackdown against rivals following a failed coup.

Tayyip Erdogan claims to have photos and videos proving that western nations backed groups including Islamic State and Kurdish militant groups YPG and PYD, who have launched numerous violent attacks on Turkey in the past.

It comes as he called for the US to extradite his political nemesis, preacher Fethullah Gulen, who the authorities accused of leading a plot to seize power in July.

Gulen, a former political ally turned foe, denies the accusations and Washington has refused to return him to Turkey.

Dec 29 13:01

Investigation begins into Russian reports of Bulgarian arms found in Aleppo

Russia, as reported by several news agencies on 28 December, claimed that Russian combat engineers working in Aleppo after Russian and Syrian government troops conquered the city this month uncovered a stockpile of Bulgarian arms. Those arms were joined with US and German arms, according to the reports.

Dec 29 12:53

US Denies It Created ISIS, Accuses Turkey Of Spreading "Fake News"

Two days ago, Turkey's outspoken president Erdogan, now grudgingly pivoting into the Russian sphere of influence and away from NATO, accused the US of supporting and arming ISIS and said he has "confirmed evidence" to back up his claim: "They give support to terrorist groups including ISIS" Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara on Tuesday, adding that US coalition forces "give support to terrorist groups including Daesh, YPG, PYD. It's very clear. We have confirmed evidence, with pictures, photos and videos."

Naturally, the US could not possibly let this allegation go without responding, which it did on Wednesday when it denied Erdogan's allegations, and accusing Turkey of spreading "fake news."

Dec 29 11:16

ANOTHER pro-ISIS move by Obama that Donald Trump will have to stop

Obama just signed a bill allowing more shipments of U.S. weapons to anti-Assad forces in Syria, so-called ‘rebels’ which include al-Qaeda linked al-Nusra as well as the Islamic State (ISIS).

Dec 29 09:16

RUSSIAN ALLIES DISCUSS SPLITTING SYRIA INTO 3 DE-FACTO STATES TO END CIVIL WAR “

Russia, Turkey, and Iran are reportedly discussing splitting Syria into three autonomous sub-states in a final deal to end the ongoing Syrian civil war, Reuters reports.

The three sub-states would be regionally autonomous and nominally remain under the power of a federal administrative system. This federal system would retain Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in the beginning, before a less divisive figure took the helm. Assad’s religious sect, Shiite Alawites, would remain in charge of the federal system and have their own zone of influence under the terms of the deal.

The Syrian proposal hearkens back to Vice President Joe Biden’s 2006 proposal to split Iraq into three autonomous sub-states in lieu of pursuing the 2007 troop surge. Biden termed the proposal, “Unity through Autonomy.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The absolute, dysfunctional, and colossal "failure of imagination" the US government demonstrated, in their lust for regime change in Damascus, is scarily amazing, and shows, yet again, that those Americans in government are pathologically incapable of thinking any scenario through to its potential conclusions.

And the ultimate outcomes of this war against the Syrian government, could have played out many ways; there wasn't just one possibility of resolution here.

And yet, no one in DC saw, for one moment, that the potential for Russian and Iranian involvement would be game-changers which would not give them the outcome they desired.

Dec 29 08:52

Russian Allies Discuss Splitting Syria Into 3 De-Facto States To End Civil War

Russia, Turkey, and Iran are reportedly discussing splitting Syria into three autonomous sub-states in a final deal to end the ongoing Syrian civil war, Reuters reports.

The three sub-states would be regionally autonomous and nominally remain under the power of a federal administrative system. This federal system would retain Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in the beginning, before a less divisive figure took the helm.

Dec 29 07:01

Russia announces ceasefire in Syria from midnight

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a ceasefire between Syrian opposition groups and the Syrian government starting at midnight Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which the US Government will find some way to wreck.

Dec 28 14:58

Turkish President Erdogan Claims He Has “Confirmed Evidence” US-led Forces Supported ISIS

Obviously Erdogan feels the US has screwed Turkey over to be suddenly changing his tune. Actually, he’s been acting different towards his “allies” ever since Turkey accused the US of being behind the failed coup attempt and took over the Incirlik US air base.

Dec 28 14:09

UK, France push for Security Council ban on helicopter sales to Syria

The United Kingdom and France have prepared a draft UN resolution to sanction Syria for alleged chemical attacks, prohibiting sales of any helicopters to the country’s government, army and administrative bodies. The resolution is based on a joint investigation by the United Nations and the international chemical weapons watchdog, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical weapons (OPCW) that blames the Syrian government for at least three chlorine gas attacks, during which military helicopters were used to throw canisters with the toxic substance. The report also blames the Islamic State terrorist group (outlawed in Russia) for at least one attack involving mustard gas. Russia, a veto-wielding Security Council member, has repeatedly questioned the conclusions of the probe, conducted by the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) and said the commission’s findings cannot serve as a basis for sanctions.

Dec 28 13:47

Russian sappers demine nearly 1,000 hectares in east Aleppo

Russian sappers have cleared 966 hectares in eastern Aleppo from mines since the start of the humanitarian demining operation, the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria said in a statement on Wednesday. "Explosive devices have been removed from nearly 350 kilometers of roads and 2,149 buildings (111 of them socially important), including 44 schools, 38 mosques, 10 hospitals, two kindergartens, three pumping stations, two power plants, one water purification plant and one bread-baking plant," the statement reads. In the past 24 hours, the sappers removed mines from six schools, nine mosques and one kindergarten. In total, Russian servicemen defused about 14,700 explosive devices, including 6,700 homemade bombs.

Dec 28 13:42

Russian diplomat slams French-British draft of UN resolution on Syria as unacceptable

The UN Security Council’s draft resolution envisaging Syria-related sanctions that France and Britain have co-authored is categorically unacceptable, because its ultimate aim is to put political pressures on Damascus, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told TASS on Wednesday. "We are aware of the work that has been conducted - first, behind the scenes and then openly - by France and Britain in the UN Security Council over the alleged use in Syria of toxic chemicals as weapons and warfare agents. We’ve stated more than once and we reiterate again that reports by the joint mechanism of the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, established for the investigation of such affairs, are not a reason enough for making conclusions that may go so far as the French and British counterparts have proposed.

Dec 28 13:37

Russian combat engineers find US, German-made ammunition in Aleppo

Russian combat engineers have found ammunition made in the United States, Germany and Bulgaria during their mine clearance operation in the Syrian city of Aleppo, Commander of Russia’s International Mine Action Center Ivan Gromov said on Wednesday. "Ammunition and large-caliber small arms together with rockets for Grad multiple launch rocket systems are represented there. The shells were produced in Germany, the United States and Bulgaria," he said in an interview with Rossiya-24 TV Channel. The Russian combat engineers also found 122mm mortar shells, rockets for multiple launch rocket systems, hand grenades, grenade launchers and howitzer projectiles in one of the militants’ headquarters, the commander said, adding this ammunition would suffice for a whole battalion. Russian combat engineers are currently helping demine buildings in the city.

Dec 28 13:35

UN calls to preserve evidence of military crimes in eastern Aleppo

UN hopes that evidence of military crimes in eastern Aleppo will be preserved until its monitors gain access to mass graves in the city, a spokesman for the UN Secretary General told TASS. "My understanding is that we do not yet have access to the area in East Aleppo, but that if there is evidence of a war crime we would expect it to be appropriately preserved," Stephane Dujarric said. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov, told reporters on Monday that mass graves of civilians who had been tortured and massacred by gunmen had been found in Aleppo after the city was recaptured from militants.

Dec 28 13:26

Russia's embassy in Damascus comes under terrorist shelling twice over day

"At 13:00 and 13:19 [Moscow time] on December 28, the Russian embassy in Syria was shelled by terrorists. One mine, which, fortunately, did not explode, fell in the courtyard of the compound of the Russian diplomatic mission’s administrative buildings," the ministry said in a comment. "The second mine fell in the close vicinity to its territory. Combat engineers have been involved to defuse unexploded ordnance," the comment said. Moscow considers "this new provocation by extremists opposing the peaceful settlement in Syria as the confirmation of their intention to continue sowing terror and violence, support the atmosphere of fear among residents of the Syrian capital, delivering wicked blows from their hidden shelters under the cover of the ‘human shield," the ministry said...

Dec 28 11:36

Russian sappers sweep Aleppo for mines, discovering shells made in US, Germany

Russian bomb disposal teams are continuing to sweep schools and mosques of Aleppo for booby-traps, mines and munitions after they were wrested from rebel control. Recovered explosives come from various parts of the world, including the US and Germany.

Dec 28 10:34

Behind the Real US Strategic Blunder in Syria

President Barack Obama has long been under fire from the US national security elite and the media for failing to intervene aggressively against the Assad regime.

But the real strategic blunder was not that Barack Obama didn’t launch yet another war in Syria, but that he decided to go along with the ambitions of America’s Sunni allies to create and arm a Syrian opposition army to overthrow the regime in the first place.

Now a former Obama administration official who is knowledgeable on the internal discussions on Syria policy, speaking to this writer on condition of anonymity, has shed new light on how and why that fateful decision was made.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact this account is true, President's Obama's catastrophic failure regarding Syria, and that of his entire team, was a pathological inability to think through a scenario to its potential logical conclusions.

There was no "single way" in which the war in Syria could have ended; there were multiple possibilities, and that Obama and his team didn't understand that, has grave implications for other huge foreign policy failures on the part of his administration, which President-Elect Trump will now inherit and have to clean up.

Dec 28 10:13

PUTIN'S HIT TEAMS OF "CHECHEN KILLERS" HEAD FOR SYRIA

Having recently won the crucial battle for Aleppo, which has changed the layout of the ongoing Syrian proxy war between the Assad regime (with the Kremlin's backing), and "rebel" forces including various Al-Qaeda elements (supported by the US-led alliance), hardly content with this crucial victory Russian president Vladimir Putin is only just getting started, and as the Daily Beast confirms reports that had previously circulated in the Russian press, dozens of highly trained "Chechen killer" Russian special military units in red berets are being transported to Syria. Their mission there is largely a mystery.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that Putin is calling in his best to handle mop-up operations of any jihadist organisations stupid enough to remain in Syria at this time.

Dec 28 09:44

‘No water for 5 days’: Damascus struggles after rebels reportedly poison supply (RT EXCLUSIVE)

The Syrian capital has been without water for five days. Western media has blamed the government for disrupting the supply, but there is evidence that rebels are behind the water crisis, with renewed video threats. RT’s Lizzie Phelan reports.

Damascus continues to be considered the safest place in Syria. But it has an Achilles heel, and that’s the water supply – currently under rebel control. Last week, the government accused the rebels of contaminating the reservoir at Ein al Fija spring’s water pumping station, which serves about 65 percent of Damascus, with diesel and other poisons.

The government managed to shut off the supply before it could reach the capital, but a leaked UN memo shows the extent of the fear that started to grip the people.

Dec 28 08:03

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – DECEMBER 28, 2016: GOVT DEPLOYS 10,000-STRONG FORCE FOR AVDANCE ON PALMYRA

The Syrian military has continued to deploy reinforcements to the battlefront against ISIS terrorists near the Tyas Airbase in the province of Homs. Pro-government sources say that the government is set use a 10,000-strong offensive force led by the Tiger Forces, the Desert Hawks Brigade and Hezbollah in the expected military operation to retake the ancient city of Palmyra. While local sources confirm the fact of deployment of additional fighters, it’s hard to expect that a major-scale military operation to retake Palmyra can be started in the nearest future. Most likely this will be a goal for 2017.

Dec 28 07:44

TURKEY AND RUSSIA ‘BROKER CEASEFIRE DEAL FOR ALL OF SYRIA’

Turkey and Russia have agreed a ceasefire plan for all of Syria that should come into force this evening at midnight, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Wednesday.

The plan aims to expand a ceasefire in the city of Aleppo, brokered by Turkey and Russia earlier this month to allow the evacuation of civilians, to all of the country, it said.

But, like previous ceasefire plans that had been brokered by the United States and Russia, it excludes "terror" groups, the agency said.

If successful, the plan will form the basis of upcoming political negotiations between the regime and opposition overseen by Russia and Turkey in the Kazakh capital Astana, it added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, the Brits are working furiously to sabotage these efforts, and keep the jihadists in play. As reported Monday at globalresearch.com, and originally reported at farsnews.com, Izvestia.com:

A group of British Generals and military advisors have arrived in Syria to recruit and train the terrorist groups which have withdrawn from Aleppo, a Russian daily reported. The Izvestia newspaper reported that UK Defense Minister Michael Fallon had earlier said that 20 British military instructors have already arrived in Syria to “restore the combat capability of units of the moderate opposition which has retreated from Aleppo”. Earlier reports, in October, said that Britain had sent its military experts to Syria before Aleppo’s liberation by the Syrian army to train the fresh terrorists for combat, first medical aid and defuse bombs. Based on reports in certain media and the social media pages, the mission of these advisors changed with a change in conditions and their first mission now is to assess the combat capabilities and military equipment of the terrorist groups which have left Aleppo and they are due to determine new strategies for the so-called “moderate” dissidents to unite them under a united military command. The British Generals and officers are now being safeguarded by the air force. Since the West fears intensified infighting among the remaining terrorist groups after the liberation of Aleppo, it is attempting to unite them and turn them into an army which can efficiently fight, the Russian daily concluded. The Syrian state television announced on Wednesday that the final phase of the evacuation of the terrorists from Aleppo city had resumed.

What the UK is doing here, which had to be signed off by the highest levels of the British government, is tantamount to an act of war against another sovereign country, Syria; and not only that: they are risking war with Russia, which was invited by the Syrian government, to get rid of all of Syria's jihadists.

Dec 28 07:39

RUSSIA, TURKEY PUSH NATIONWIDE CEASEFIRE PLAN IN SYRIA

Turkey and Russia agreed on a nationwide ceasefire plan in Syria.

The agreement proposes end of hostilities in the country starting at midnight local time on December 29.

The truce agreement has to be approved by the Syrian government and does not extend to terrorist organizations operating in the country.

If the cease-fire succeeds, the Syrian government and opposition will launch peace talks in Astana (Kazakhstan) brokered by Russia and Turkey, according to Anadolu.

Dec 27 18:43

BREAKING: NATO INVESTIGATOR WHO REVEALED OBAMA’S CONNECTIONS TO ISIS JUST FOUND DEAD

A NATO auditor, Yves Chandelon, who had uncovered evidence that ISIS was being funded by Western government was found murdered in Belgium.

And Chandelon was not just any NATO flunky.

Yves Chandelon was the Chief Auditor for NATO and he was found dead this weekend in the normally dreamy, tourist-friendly city of Andenne in the Belgian Ardennes. He was found with a gun in his right hand, in an apparent suicide attempt.

Dec 27 15:40

British Generals and Military Advisers in Syria to Recruit Retreating Aleppo Terrorists

A group of British Generals and military advisors have arrived in Syria to recruit and train the terrorist groups which have withdrawn from Aleppo, a Russian daily reported.
The Izvestia newspaper reported that UK Defense Minister Michael Fallon had earlier said that 20 British military instructors have already arrived in Syria to “restore the combat capability of units of the moderate opposition which has retreated from Aleppo”.

Earlier reports, in October, said that Britain had sent its military experts to Syria before Aleppo’s liberation by the Syrian army to train the fresh terrorists for combat, first medical aid and defuse bombs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Izvestia is usually pretty no-nonsense about what they report; however, IF these reports are true, this "mission" had to have been signed off on at the highest level of the British government.

So, IF these reports are true, this a clear, and thoroughly disturbing, revelation that the British government, from Prime Minister May on down, has collectively lost their mind to the point where they believe that a war with Russia over Syria is a perfectly acceptable outcome of these actions, in order to regime change Damascus.

ABSOFLIPPINGLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE!!

Dec 27 15:09

Breaking: Al Qaeda Rebels Surrender to Syrian Army in Southern Syria

On December 26 and December 27, the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian Air Force were delivering massive airstrikes on Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) targets in the Idlib-Aleppo countryside, according to local sources. The activity of the Syrian-Russian air power in the area was synchronized with reports about deployment of a high number of Hezbollah and Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba and Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps fighters for an operation in the area of Hader and Qarassi.

Mass graves of torture victims have been uncovered in the Syrian city of Aleppo, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on December 26.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed; this might be a real turning point for peace in Syria.

Dec 27 13:35

Turkey Announces Proof U.S. is Supporting ISIS

Turkey’s President set to release confirmed evidence with pictures, photos and videos proving the United States supporting ISIS.

Dec 27 13:21

SYRIA ROUNDUP: ALEPPO LIBERATED - TURKEY'S PROBLEMS INCREASE

As planned by the Russian forces the liberation of east-Aleppo was completed before Christmas. There are no longer beheadings by Takfiris in East-Aleppo. Instead a Christmas mass could be held in the damaged Elias Cathedral in the Old City in east-Aleppo. A total of about 88,000 people left the area during the evacuation of east-Aleppo. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross some 35,000 (13,000 militants and their immediate families) left to al-Qaeda held areas in Idleb governate. The UN Humanitarian Relief Organization found that 54,000 entered the government held west Aleppo.

Dec 27 10:34

CBS Reveals The True Origin of ISIS

CBS news reports on the true origin ISIS and how “direct” action funded and armed the terrorists rebels in Syria to launch a 30 year war.

Dec 27 08:53

Russia Warns Any Attempt By Obama To Arm Syrian Rebels Will Be Seen As A "Hostile Act"

Then, overnight, Russia also joined the global opposition to the US defense policy bill when it said on Tuesday that a U.S. decision to ease some restrictions on arming Syrian rebels had opened the way for deliveries of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, a move it said would directly threaten Russian forces in Syria.

According to Reuters, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the policy change easing some restrictions on weapons supplies to rebels was set out in a new U.S. defense spending bill signed by Obama while on his last vacation as US president in Hawaii, and that Moscow regarded the step as a hostile act.

Dec 26 12:28

The Good That Trump Could Do – Robert Parry

Trump Challenge

Can Trump withstand the barrage of slings and arrows if he rejects the neocons’ “regime change” ambitions?

Eight years ago, President Barack Obama had a similar opportunity but chose to accommodate the Establishment and empower the neocons and liberal hawks...

Dec 26 10:41

Liberation of Aleppo is the most serious setback for the US in 15 years

The liberation of Aleppo, Syria’s second city and an ancient marvel, represents the most serious setback for the 15-year long Washington-led aggression on the entire region. An effective re-colonization of the region has stretched from Afghanistan to Libya, under a range of false pretexts. Invasions and proxy wars have been backed by economic sanctions and wild propaganda.

But this great war of aggression – called the creation of ‘New Middle East’ by former US President George W. Bush – has hit a rock in Syria. The massive proxy armies bought and equipped by Washington and its regional allies the Saudis, Turkey, Qatar and Israel, have been beaten back by a powerful regional alliance which supports the Syrian nation.

Dec 26 10:17

CBS: Facts National Media Isn’t Telling You About Aleppo

CBS news reports on the facts the national media isn’t telling the public about Syria’s fight against ISIS and Al Qaeda terrorists.

Dec 26 10:16

Video: ISIS Burns Alive 2 Chained Turkish Soldiers in Aleppo

Syria rebel terrorists, members of ISIS, have released a video of two Turkish soldiers being burned alive following the fall of Aleppo.

Dec 26 09:35

More “fake news” photos “from Aleppo” proven false, poorly executed propaganda

The Fake News just keeps on coming as the NATO imperialists realize they are losing control in Syria and their plans to destroy the secular and democratically-elected government of Bashar al-Assad.

From “Russia did it!!!” (whatever the “it” might be), to mass civilian suicide in East Aleppo, the mainstream corporate press is deconstructing right in front of our eyes. It doesn’t help the MSM’s case that every time one of their “journalists” tries to confront legitimate alt media researchers, activists, or journalists, they are humiliated on live television. Still, we have to give them credit for remaining committed no matter how embarrassing the fight gets for them.

Dec 26 07:56

Mass graves of tortured civilians found in Aleppo – Russian MoD

Mass graves with dozens of bodies of civilians subjected to brutal torture have been discovered in Aleppo neighborhoods left by militants, the Russian Defense Ministry said Monday.

Many of the corpses were found with missing body parts, and most had gunshot wounds to the head, according to a statement by Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov.

Dec 25 22:59

Aleppo celebrates Christmas, shares stories of joy & loss

Syrians in the liberated city of Aleppo are celebrating Christmas…

‘We had 4 years of pain, of war & blood’

Christians in Syria have largely rallied behind the secular government, seeing it as their protector.

This year, many people in the liberated city of Aleppo are celebrating for the first time since the war began. RT’s Lizzie Phelan talked with residents of the war-ravaged city now recovering from its wounds.

Dec 25 12:22

No survivors found after Russian military plane with 92 on board crashes en route to Syria

A Russian military passenger plane carrying dozens of Red Army Choir singers, dancers and orchestra members plunged into the Black Sea minutes after it took off en route Sunday to a military base in Syria, killing all 92 people on board, Russia’s Defense Ministry said.

As of Sunday evening, the cause of the crash had yet to be determined. Though some officials initially ruled out terrorism, Russia’s special Investigative Committee, which opened a criminal inquiry, is considering all possibilities.

Dec 25 09:59

Russian plane carrying 92 crashes in Black Sea; 10 dead seen

A Russian plane carrying 92 people to an air base in Syria crashed Sunday into the Black Sea minutes after taking off from the city of Sochi, Russia's Defense Ministry said. Thousands of rescue workers were searching the undersea crash site but there appeared to be no survivors. Those on board included dozens of members of Russia's world-famous army choir.

Dec 25 09:59

Russian military plane with 92 on board crashes en route to Syria

A Tupolev-154 plane with 84 passengers and eight crew on board crashed shortly after take-off from Sochi. A search operation is underway.

Dec 24 10:26

Aleppo: Heavy snow slows evacuations of civilians and rebels

Heavy snowfall and rickety vehicles have slowed the evacuation of thousands of civilians and rebel fighters from war-torn eastern Aleppo, the International Committee of the Red Cross said Thursday, as Syrian regime forces stood poised to take control of the key city.

Dec 24 10:10

More “Fake News” Photos “From Aleppo” Proven False, Poorly Executed Propaganda

By Brandon Turbeville

The Fake News just keeps on coming as the NATO imperialists realize they are losing control in Syria and their plans to destroy the secular and democratically-elected government of Bashar al-Assad. From “Russia did it!!!” (whatever the “it” might be), to mass civilian suicide in East Aleppo, the mainstream corporate press is deconstructing right in front of our eyes. It doesn’t help the MSM’s case that every time one of their “journalists” tries to confront legitimate alt media researchers, activists, or journalists, they are humiliated on live television. Still, we have to give them credit for remaining committed no matter how embarrassing the fight gets for them.

This embarrassment includes the continued use of photographs alleging to show the “crimes against humanity” committed by the “brutal dictator” Bashar al-Assad that turn out to be photos of other countries, carefully clipped scenes, and even images from music videos...

Dec 24 09:52

BRITISH GOVT-FUNDED OUTLET OFFERED JOURNALIST $17,000 A MONTH TO PRODUCE PROPAGANDA FOR SYRIAN REBELS

The Revolutionary Forces of Syria (RFS) media office, a major Syrian opposition media outfit and frequent source of information for Western media, is funded by the British government and is managed by Westerners operating out of Turkey, according to emails provided to AlterNet by a Middle East reporter RFS tried to recruit.

The outlet stirred controversy this November when it released a video at the height of the Mannequin Challenge, a pop culture craze in which people compete for how long they can freeze in place on video. The RFS video depicted a staged rescue by the White Helmets, the Western-funded rescue group that operates exclusively in rebel-held territory. RFS quickly removed the video and issued an apology out of apparent concern that the staged rescue could raise questions about the authenticity of other videos by the White Helmets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More proof that the primary purveyors, and purchasers, of fake news are governments, this time that of the UK!!

Dec 23 22:01

Tut Isis Israel intelligence service

Dec 23 18:33

Listen: Former UK ambassador to Syria says British government “has gotten Syria wrong every step of the way”

A former UK ambassador to Syria has castigated officials and the media in Britain for their selective moralising and reporting of the armed conflict in Syria...>>

Dec 23 16:25

Aleppo International Airport Readies For Reopening After Months Conflict

Syrian authorities got set to reopen Aleppo International Airport on Wednesday, the country’s second largest airport.

Dec 23 15:25

Columnist Thought Syria Conflict Worth Murdering Over–But Not Worth Writing About

Daily News columnist Gersh Kuntzman is doubling-down on his celebratory-but-not-celebratory-but-obviously-celebratory take (12/20/16) on the December 19 murder of Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov by an off-duty Turkish police officer. His follow-up column, “Vladimir Putin Is Demanding an Apology From Me!” (12/21/16), came a day after Kutzman openly justified the killing of Karlov in the United States’ sixth-largest newspaper.

Dec 23 12:29

The Impossible Revolution: A Syrian Dissident On How A Fight Against A Dictator Became A Proxy War

In Syria, the evacuation of rebels and civilians from eastern Aleppo has resumed, after thousands were left stranded on Wednesday.

Dec 23 12:27

Large Volume of Narcotics Heading to Terrorist-Held Regions Seized by Syrian Forces

Syrian security forces seized 175 kg of narcotics smuggled to terrorist-held regions in the coastal Lattakia province, media sources disclosed Friday. The cargo was seized on Homs-Tartous highway, the state news agency said. The narcotics, which included almost 1000,000 pills, were hidden inside a truck moving on the highway between the central Homs province and the coastal Tartous province. The truck driver, who was arrested by the authorities, admitted that the narcotics were to be delivered to the terrorist organizations operating in Lattakia province. Kurdish sources disclosed in July that Turkish-made drugs and narcotics were discovered from the ISIL terrorists in Aleppo province. "The Kurdish forces have found Turkish-made medicine and narcotics in the pockets of the Takfiri terrorists who were killed in the attacks on the village of al-Alavat in the Northeastern part of Manbij in Aleppo province," the Kurdish sites quoted unnamed Kurdish sources as saying.

Dec 23 12:19

Over 70 Civilians Killed in Turkish Air Raid in Northern Syria

More than 72 civilians in the town of al-Bab in Northeastern Aleppo have been killed in the Turkish fighter jets' attacks in the last 24 hours, the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR) disclosed on Friday. "The number of dead rose to 72 civilians, including 21 children and 13 women. The number included 9 families at least, in what is considered the largest massacre by Turkish warplanes since its intervention in Syria," Rami 'Abdel-Rahman of SOHR claimed. Reports said on Thursday that at least 29 civilians, including eight children, lost their lives in new airstrikes by Turkish warplanes on an ISIL bastion in Northern Syria. The activists told local media that the airstrikes were conducted on the flashpoint town of al-Bab, which Turkish forces have been trying to grab from the ISIL militants.

Dec 23 11:35

Hundreds of families return to their homes in Masakin Hanano in Aleppo city (VIDEO)

Terrorist rocket attack kills 3, injures 6 in Aleppo city: According to SANA reporter, terrorists in the southwestern countryside of Aleppo targeted with rocket shells al-Hamadaniyeh neighborhood, killing three civilians, injuring six others and causing material damage in the area. http://sana.sy/en/?p=96904

Dec 23 11:28

ISIS burns 2 Turkish servicemen alive, releases gruesome video (GRAPHIC PHOTOS)

ISIS terrorists have released a video which purportedly shows two captured Turkish soldiers being burned alive in Aleppo province, Syria. Jihadists filmed their new barbaric crime: the Turkish servicemen were captured near Ad-Dana village, to the West of Al-Bab in Aleppo province. One of the killed was 26 y.o. Fethi Shahin from Konya, the other was 21 y.o. Sefter Teshem...

Dec 23 10:57

The Real Reason The West is Pushing War With Russia

By Vin Armani

In this video, Vin Armani explains the real reason the West is risking war with Russia for regime change in Syria. HINT – It’s the same reason they sponsored a coup in Ukraine. And it’s why Russia has dug its heals in and is standing in the way. Check out the maps in the video.

Dec 23 10:17

Operation in Aleppo is over, conditions created for talks on ceasefire in Syria — minister

"The operation was conducted on your instructions in tight cooperation with Turkish and Iranian counterparts", Russia's defense minister said at a meeting with president Putin. "I want to report on the implementation of your orders under the agreements with the Turkish and Iranian leaders. You ordered to unblock four more populated localities," the minister said. He noted that the issue at hand was two Shiite settlements near Idlib and two populated localities near Damascus. "From December 15, military action was stopped to allow the biggest humanitarian operation, to evacuate radical elements and their families. On that stage, we managed to make jointly with the Turkish and Iranian counterparts, and, of course, with the Syrian authorities, conditions for the evacuation on those days of almost 34,000 people - almost 14,000 of them are men and about 8,500 children, and about the same number - women.

Dec 23 09:56

US imposes sanctions against Syrian Central Bank chief, cabinet members

Washington has imposed sanctions against Syrian Central Bank Governor Duraid Durgham, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Ghanem, Finance Minister Maamoun Hamdan, Industry Minister Ahmad al-Hamu, Information Minister Mohammad Ramez Tourjman and Minister of Communications and Technology Ali al-Zafir, the US Department of Treasure said in a statement.

Dec 23 09:29

Aleppo liberation ‘great loss’ for militants fighting to topple Assad

Takfiri militant groups have expressed smoldering resentment over the liberation of Aleppo by Syrian government soldiers and allied fighters, describing the city's liberation as a “great loss” for foreign-sponsored terrorists fighting to overthrow the Damascus government.

Dec 23 07:44

The U.S. as ‘State Sponsor Of Terrorism’

“Opposition leaders in southern Syria, where the CIA-trained fighters (terrorists, ed.) are concentrated, said the groups have recently become better organized and more effective in their use of heavier weapons, including U.S.-made TOW antitank missiles.”
ed note (Tony)…Occasionally, the MSM ‘spills the beans’. This article is from 2015 and should be kept in case someone tells you that you are ‘full of it’ when you talk about the US training terrorists.

Dec 22 14:22

SYRIA: Dr Bouthaina Shaaban’s Message to the West, ‘Corporate Media has Caused Death and Destruction in Syria’

Dr Shaaban spoke with evident emotion, of the liberation of East Aleppo, and above all, of the exploitation of children over the last four and a half years to maintain the faux humanitarian pretext for flooding the eastern districts of Aleppo with more Nusra Front-led mercenaries, more arms, more missiles and more suffering for the Syrian people trapped in the East and being targeted in the West of the city, by all manner of limb lacerating mortars, hell cannon missiles, explosive bullets fired by the Nusra Front-led terrorist and mercenary gangs, and of course the random suicide bomb attacks.

Dr Shaaban spoke of the Zionist project to erase Arab identity and to destroy Arab culture, society, history, infrastructure and civilization in order to claim history for Israel and eradicate all trace of the Arab peoples.

Dec 22 14:17

NATO Ramps Up Ukraine War After Defeat in Syria

The timing of the large-scale attacks on Donbas comes just as the US and its NATO allies incur a strategic setback in their covert war for regime change in Syria.

A surge in military attacks this week by NATO-backed Kiev regime forces on the breakaway eastern Ukraine regions is no mere coincidence.

It is the reaction to events in Syria by the US-led military alliance in its hybrid warfare against Russia.

Dec 22 14:14

Bipartisan War – A new study urges more U.S. interventions

Written before the presidential election, the co-authors could not have anticipated a Donald Trump victory, but they might be hoping that the report would serve as a guideline for the new administration.

Hopefully they will be wrong in that expectation, but it is difficult at this point to see where the next White House will be going with its Middle Eastern policy.

There are a number of things wrong with the report from my perspective. Most significant, it assigns to the United States the responsibility to set and enforce standards of governance in parts of the world where the American people have little in the way of actual interests.

Dec 22 14:08

Chilling Speech by Syrian Ambassador to UN

“I’m an eye witness, I work at the UN and I know what I am talking about…”

“The British Intelligence facilitated the creation of this Radical Islamic Movement”

“I am Muslim myself and I am proud to be Muslim, but I have nothing to do with this garbage.” Nothing to do.”

“You will never hear any of this in the Main Stream Media…Reporters from all over the world accredited to the UN, boycott my speeches… when I take the floor, next to the Security Council…, 50 of them disappear, they leave because they don’t want to hear, if they hear, they will have to report.”

Dec 22 13:51

5 Arrested For Creating Fake News About Syria

Five people have been arrested in Egypt for making a fake news video that purports to show carnage caused by Russian air strikes in Syria, according to the Egyptian Interior Ministry.

Dec 22 13:36

The Real Saboteurs of a Trump Foreign Policy

The real danger may be that a new Trump foreign policy could be hijacked or scuttled by anti-Trump Republicans, not only on Capitol Hill but inside the executive branch itself.

Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sees Russian hacking as a way to put a cloud over the administration before it begins. But it is the uber-hawks hereabouts who are after the really big game.

If the War Party can convert this “fake story” into the real story of 2016, then they can scuttle any Trump effort to attain the rapprochement with Russia that Trump promised to try to achieve.

Dec 22 10:45

Russian doctors save hundreds of lives in Aleppo

Russian methods of medical treatment in field conditions offered by the Emergencies Ministry hospital deployed near the Syrian city of Aleppo have saved hundreds of Syrians physically injured during the hostilities, a source at the Russian Emergencies Ministry press service told TASS. "The Russian doctors are using special antiseptic and anti-bacterial bandages as well as bandages saturated with special liquids to sterilize infectious wounds and inflammations which make it possible to improve a patient’s condition and heal 90% of burns," the source said. Many of those who seek medical assistance from Russian doctors are suffering from upper respiratory infections and rankled wounds, which they had failed to sterilize in time due to lack of qualified medical care. "The Emergencies Ministry doctors sterilize the wounds prior to applying special bandages," the ministry’s source went on to say...

Dec 22 10:41

Turkish Defense ministry says operation to clear Syria’s al-Bab from terrorists begins

Turkey’s military operation in the Syrian city of al-Bab continues, the troops have begun to clear the city from the Islamic State (IS) members, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said while addressing parliament. "The operation in al-Bab has entered a new phase when the city will be cleared of IS. On the whole, 1,005 members of the terror group have been killed so far," Isik said. The minister reiterated that Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield, launched on August 24, was aimed at preventing terrorists form establishing a corridor on the Syrian-Turkish border.

Dec 22 10:40

MAINSTREAM MEDIA ADMITS SYRIAN “REBELS” HAVE BEEN STARVING CIVILIANS IN ALEPPO

The mainstream media has surprisingly admitted that it is, in fact, the rebels in Aleppo who have been starving the city’s civilian population.

The rebel group in question is called Jaish al-Islam (or the Army of Islam in English). This is the same rebel group that has been documented carrying out ISIS-inspired executions, is intent on establishing sharia law in Syria, and cooperates and conducts attacks regularly with al-Qaeda. The group’s former leader has gone on record to say he will cleanse the region of Shi’ites, Alawites, and Zoroastrians. The organization has also been heavily suspected of using chemical weapons and shelling civilians.

It is for these reasons that Secretary of State John Kerry classified them as a subgroup of al-Qaeda, going off-script in the process.

But we’re still at war with al-Qaeda, aren’t we?

Dec 22 10:21

NATO AND AMERICAN TROOPS TOGETHER WITH ISIS SURROUNDED BY RUSSIAN AND SYRIAN FORCES, THE OBAMA REGIME WORKING HAND IN HAND WITH JIHADISTS !

230 US Army instructors and 54 British troops, 8 French and two Dutch artillery specialists were trapped in Aleppo with ISIS jihadists by Syrian and Russian forces. The Americans asked the Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov to keep this quiet – for obvious reasons!

Dec 22 10:05

SYRIA AMBASSADOR REVEALS NAMES OF ALLEGED WESTERN/SAUDI/GCC INTELLIGENCE AGENTS TRAPPED IN EAST ALEPPO

After hearing about how Assad has “barrel bombed,” “tortured,” “burned alive,” and otherwise maimed civilians in East Aleppo (who are themselves committing mass suicide to evade Syrian government forces according to mainstream outlets), the real reason for the increase in hysteria has finally come to light.

The real reason for America’s concern is not because of civilians at all or even because of their terrorist proxies who will soon be totally annihilated in East Aleppo. It is because their own intelligence officers are stuck in East Aleppo, completely surrounded by Syrian military forces, and their capture will not only weaken the Western operation in the country, it will reveal to the world what most already know – that the U.S. and its allies are working hand-in-glove with the terrorists it claims are moderates.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I completely unsurprised by this development?!?

The leadership of those countries attempting to cause regime change in Damascus, is about to be named and shamed by the Syrian government, as well they should be.

And the agents who got stuck in Eastern Aleppo included nationals from the following countries: Turkey; the USA; Israel; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; and Morocco.

And bravo to Dr. al-Ja’afari, for maintaining such grace under pressure, in his explanation of what was really going on here.

The US government has lost its stated objective of regime change in Syria through its proxy jihadists; the only thing President Obama could do now, but only for the amount of time he has left in office, is to order boots on the ground in Syria, risking war with Russia over such an action.

Dec 22 08:43

Syrian Students Celebrate Aleppo Victory

The National Union of Syrian Students celebrated the army's recent accomplishments against the terrorist groups in Aleppo. [PHOTOS]

Dec 22 08:42

New reconciliation agreement signed in Syria ? Russian Defense Ministry

A new reconciliation agreement has been reached in Syria, the Russian Center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria said in its daily news bulleting published on the Russian Defense Ministry’s official website on Wednesday.
"Over the last 24 hours, one more settlement in the province of Latakia signed an agreement on joining the regime of cessation of hostilities. The number of settlements that joined the reconciliation process has increased to 1,074," the Russian center said.

Dec 22 08:07

Journalist who sent ‘last message from Aleppo’ alive & well with suicide bomber (VIDEO)

People extensively cited by the Western media last week as saying their last goodbyes from eastern Aleppo appear to be well and still reporting. Among the latest videos, one of the ‘departed’ is showing off a rebel fighter wearing a suicide vest.

Dec 21 13:39

The US Sent ISIS $1.5 Billion in Weapons from Europe, Ukraine

The New Eastern Outlook website has an extraordinary article up by the excellent French investigative reporter Jean Perier, exposing the massive arms sales that have been going on between Eastern European countries, including Ukraine, and ISIS. Perier points out that a lot of these arms are of Soviet manufacture - in order to cover tracks, and are primarily coming out of places like Bulgaria, Ukraine, Montenegro, Czech Republic, Serbia, and other former East bloc nations. He argues that the arms trade is so large, that in and of itself this would be a powerful incentive to maintain the conflict in Syria as long as possible, something Obama seems to be doing his best to do, by recently lifting restrictions on advanced weapons systems to the Syrian rebels. Here are the details from Perier's article...

Dec 21 13:28

Ron Paul: After Aleppo we need a new Syria policy

Over the past week, eastern Aleppo was completely brought back under control of the Syrian government. The population began to return to its homes, many of which were abandoned when al-Qaeda-linked rebels took over in 2012.

Dec 21 13:19

Aleppo Has 1st Christmas Celebration in 4 Years - And It Gets Bombed!

A child suicide bomber distrupted the Christmas tree lighting ceremony...
Syrian Rebel & His Wife Sent Their Daughters Aged 7 and 9 to Blow Themselves up in Damascus - The younger girl has already done so. She was the only one to die in the attack http://russia-insider.com/en/syrian-qaeda-rebel-his-wife-sent-their-da...
Aleppo Looks Like Dresden in 1945 - Totally Gutted (Drone Video)
http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/aleppo-looks-dresden-1945-totall...

Dec 21 13:07

What does UN resolution on Aleppo mean for Russia-West relations?

Russian observers say that the UN resolution does not indicate who will guarantee security for the humanitarian operation in Syria's second largest city and therefore the rebels will use this situation to organize attacks in Aleppo. The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a Franco-Russian resolution determining how the humanitarian mission will be conducted in the Syrian city of Aleppo following its recapture from rebels by forces loyal to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. In the words of French Permanent Representative to the UN François Delattre, the project, adopted on Dec. 19, is based on three points: 1. The evacuation of civilians who suffered in the course of fighting in accordance with international humanitarian law; 2. The UN humanitarian mission's full access to the recaptured city; 3. The guarantee of security for medical personnel during their work in Aleppo...

Dec 21 12:23

Syria Ambassador Reveals Names Of Alleged Western/Saudi/GCC Intelligence Agents Trapped In East Aleppo

By Brandon Turbeville

While the United States has harped for over five years about the “humanitarian crisis” and manufactured Syrian government “crimes against humanity,” the recent hysteria over “civilians” trapped in East Aleppo has really taken the cake. Now, however, after hearing about how Assad has “barrel bombed,” “tortured,” “burned alive,” and otherwise maimed civilians in East Aleppo (who are themselves committing mass suicide to evade Syrian government forces according to mainstream outlets), the real reason for the increase in hysteria has finally come to light...

Dec 21 09:37

Russia's Lavrov informs Kerry by phone about Moscow talks on Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov informed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in a telephone call about the results of talks in Moscow on Tuesday on the Syria crisis, the Russian foreign ministry said.

The foreign ministers of Turkey and Iran attended the Moscow talks with Lavrov and the defense ministers of the three countries met separately in the Russian capital.

The Russian foreign ministry also said in its statement that U.N.-brokered negotiations in Geneva on the Syrian crisis had hit a dead end due to ultimatums from the Syrian opposition in exile. Moscow backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the conflict.

Dec 21 08:49

Syrian army closes in on last Aleppo rebels

As President Bashar al-Assad's army closed in on the last rebel enclave in Aleppo on Tuesday, Russia, Iran and Turkey said they were ready to help broker a Syrian peace deal.

Dec 21 07:59

Syria | Aleppo Is Celebrating - Lit Christmas Tree

Dec 21 07:51

Christmas spirit returns to liberated Aleppo after 4 years of terror

As the mainstream media continue sympathizing with the terrorists, peddling lies about the city’s fate, one thing is certain – nothing can stop the holiday spirit and joy from returned to the hearts of the people who have endured and sacrificed more than most in the world can ever imagine or comprehend. They’ve truly deserved it.

Dec 21 07:46

Al-Nusra’s hand in Ambassador’s murder spells trouble for US

Today, however, Al-Nusra, the Al-Qaeda branch of terrorists who had occupied much of East Aleppo until its recent liberation, have now claimed responsibility for the attack. Terrorist organisations frequently claim responsibility for acts they wish they had committed in addition to those which they actually execute. This could be the case with Al-Nusra, but if the statement is true, the implications are far reaching.

Since the Battle of Aleppo commenced, the US State Department employed every deceptive trick in the book in order to shelter Al-Nusra from violence. Up until the victory for Syria in the Battle of Aleppo, the US pinned its hopes of regime change on an Al-Nusra victory.

Dec 20 19:08

NY DAILY NEWS COLUMNIST MAKES CASE FOR ASSASSINATING RUSSIAN DIPLOMATS

Wherein I make a case for political assassinations ... when the victim works for Putin or Hitler, that is. http://nydn.us/2gYlolK
5:44 AM - 20 Dec 2016

He compares Russian ambassador Andrei Karlov to Ernst vom Rath, the Nazi ambassador to France who was assassinated in 1938.

Like Karlov, Rath was the public face of atrocity — in this case, Adolf Hitler’s genocide, anti-Semitism and coming global aggression.

That era’s politicians fiddled while Hitler burned down Europe, so it took a nobody named Herschel Grynszpan to stand up for freedom and make a powerful statement that evil must be fought whether in a conference room or on a battlefield.

Kunstman then defends the Turkish gunman, Mevlut Mert Altintas. He believes history has vindicated Grynszpan and it may do the same with Altintas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When I first read this headline, I thought I had to be mistaken; but no, I was absolutely correct.

I am utterly horrified and perplexed that Kuntsman would even begin to compare Putin with Adolph Hitler, and express the notion that the assassination any Russian is completely justified because of it, and what it has done in Syria, at the invitation of the Syrian government, I might remind him.

And regarding Putin's alleged "anti-semitism"?!?

WHY IS ISRAEL’S BENJAMIN NETANYAHU WARMING TO RUSSIA'S VLADIMIR PUTIN?

Putin to Netanyahu: Israel, Russia 'unconditional allies' in war against terror

Israel and Russia: BFFs? Netanyahu’s budding ‘bromance’ with Putin

Putin backs ‘just’ solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

If there is any anti-Semitism exhibited by Putin, in the above-referenced articles, I would be more than happy to have Mr. Kuntsman point it out to me.

Journalistic credibility is a delicate thing, and easily lost forever; by his editors at the NY Daily News having signed off on this article, it is painfully obvious that they have decided that their credibility no longer matters to them.

The apparent bloodlust this man holds against Russia's government is more than frightening; it frankly borders on the pathological.

In his anger (dare I say, madness?!?) I don't think he really thought this scenario through to its logical conclusion, which is that if the US press starts to openly advocate for the assassination of diplomats, no matter their alleged "justification", it may be unleashing an "open season" policy on American diplomats as well.

I have to wonder; was this actually the design intent of the article, to have American diplomats assassinated, as a way to kicking up a war?!?

Dec 20 18:31

5 Arrested After Egyptian Police Bust Staged Photo Shoot Of "Wounded Aleppo Children"

Egyptian police arrested five people in Port Said, Egypt for making staged "wounded children" photos, which they were planning to use to misrepresent on social media as photos of destruction and injured people in Syria's Aleppo, the Egyptian Interior Ministry said on Monday. The group also made fake videos that purport to show the wreckage of air strikes in Aleppo.

Dec 20 16:42

‘Syrian Conflict Is War Of Interventions, Not Civil War, As Mainstream Media Put It’

Syrian authorities have handed over a batch of documents with the evidence of a rebel use of banned chemical agent against civilians near Aleppo.

Dec 20 16:13

West Directed Killer’s Hand in Assassination of Russian Ambassador

Virtually everything that Western official sources have been saying about Aleppo, and the Syrian war more generally, is seen to be a grotesque lie.

The climax of condemnation reached unconscionable heights last week when Washington, its Western allies and the UN – all amplified unquestioningly by the Western news media – vilified Russia for allegedly slaughtering civilians in east Aleppo. American ambassador Samantha Power specifically cited unverified reports of children being killed in a basement by Syria and Russian forces.

Dec 20 15:15

Exploiting The Tragedy Of Aleppo

Among large-scale tragedies involving human suffering and the many examples of man’s inhumanity toward man, only a few capture our imaginations and sway our collective emotions. The question of which specific episodes achieve this special salience does not seem to depend on the scale of the suffering or even on the degree of immorality involved.

Dec 20 15:12

Video: Drone Captures The Destruction Of Aleppo

The destruction caused by the ongoing Syrian conflict was clearly visible when a drone captured images of the Bustan al-Qasr district in Aleppo on Sunday.

Dec 20 15:03

RAW: Evacuation Buses Enter Last Militant-Held District Of East Aleppo

Buses passed through the Salahdeen corridor and travelled to Ramousah, the last militant-held district of eastern Aleppo.

Dec 20 13:12

CFR’s Preventive Priorities Survey for 2017 Fails to Mention the Main Thing

Nobody else but the US itself has created the security problems it faces.

On December 13, the Council on Foreign Relations released its annual Preventive Priorities Survey to help policymakers plan for potential contingencies. The document evaluates ongoing and potential violent conflicts and sources of instability based on the impact they would have on US interests as well as their likelihood of occurring in 2017.

Dec 20 13:07

Council on Foreign Relations – The Power Behind Big News (Fake News)

This is a video on NEWS FABRiCATiON and also about the powers that REALLY run the big media. It is no secret.

From World War II to the present the Establishment has maintained it’s LOCK grip on the Presidency. The subservient media keeps such information from becoming news.

The Elite however, occasionally have difficulty ruling themselves.

Dec 20 12:36

EGYPTIAN POLICE ARRESTS PHOTOGRAPHER FOR MAKING STAGED PICS OF ‘WOUNDED CHILDREN FROM ALEPPO’

Egyptian police arrested a man for a shooting staged shots with the participation of children, which were positioned as photos of destructions and wounded civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo, the RIA Novosti news agency reported, citing a statement of the Egyptian Ministry of Internal Affairs. The photographs were spread via social networks. As the Egyptian Interior Ministry reported on its official Facebook page, the shooting team, which included assistants of the photographer and parents of the young actors, was detained in the province of Port Said. Egyptian police became a witness of a shooting process, which took place on ruins of an illegal building, demolished by a decision of the authorities. The attention of policemen, accidentally driving by the place, was attracted by a minor girl, dressed in a bloodstained white dress, who kept a white teddy bear in her hands. The plush toy also was besmirched with red spots.

Dec 20 12:34

SYRIA OFFICIALLY REVEALS DATA ABOUT FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS IN ALEPPO

On December 19, Syrian ambassador to the UN, Bashar Jaafari, made a statement that 14 foreign intelligence officers were remaining inside the eastern part of Aleppo city and disclosed their alleged names and nationalities:
Mutaz Oglacan Oglu – Turkey
David Scott Winer – USA
David Shlomo Aram – Israel
Muhamad Tamimi – Qatar
Muhamad Ahmad Assabian – Saudi Arabia
Abd-el-Menham Fahd al Harij – Saudi Arabia
Islam Salam Ezzahran Al Hajlan – Saudi Arabia
Ahmed Ben Naoufel Al Darij – Saudi Arabia
Muhamad Hassan Al Sabihi – Saudi Arabia
Hamad Fahad Al Dousri – Saudi Arabia
Amjad Qassem Al Tiraoui – Jordan
Qassem Saad Al Shamry – Saudi Arabia
Ayman Qassem Al Thahalbi – Saudi Arabia
Mohamed Ech-Chafihi El Idrissi – Morocco...

Dec 20 11:16

Russia, Iran, Turkey agree to guarantee Syria peace talks

Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed on Tuesday to guarantee Syria peace talks and backed expanding a ceasefire in the war-torn country, the Russian foreign minister said after talks with counterparts.

Dec 20 10:35

Russia hopes evacuation from eastern Aleppo to end in one-two days

"We (Russia, Iran and Turkey) have tried to work in broader formats, on a collective basis, but an appalling situation facing residents of eastern Aleppo, a need to reduce the number of possible casualties, along with a need to free Aleppo from militants - all this has prevented us from taking the wait-and-see stance," Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after meeting with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts, Mevlut Cavusoglu and Javad Zarif...
Turkish foreign minister: More than 37,500 people evacuated from eastern Aleppo http://tass.com/world/921013

Dec 20 09:03

A few initial short thoughts on the murder of the Russian Ambassador to Ankara

Okay, so tonight we have the name of the assassin, it is Mevlut Mert Aydintas, a 22 year old policeman who had been recently fired following the anti-Gulenist crackdown of Erdogan against the forces which had attempted to overthrow him recently.

When such an event occurs it is also important to ask cui bono – whom does it benefit?

Alas, both the Turks and the Russians have a long tradition of secrecy and we might never find out who, if anybody, really was behind Mevlut Mert Aydintas.

Dec 20 08:38

Russia, Turkey & Iran ready to be guarantors in resolving Syrian crisis – Russian defense minister

A text of the Moscow declaration on immediate steps in resolving the Syrian crisis is being prepared. Moscow, Ankara and Tehran are ready to be guarantors of its implementation, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said.

Dec 20 07:06

Russia’s aerospace group wipes out 62,000 terrorist targets since Syria campaign's start

Since the beginning of the operation in Syria in September 2015 Russia’s aerospace group has flown 30,000 sorties to have wiped out 62,000 terrorist targets in Syria, the deputy chief of Russia’s General Staff, first deputy chief of the Aerospace Force Pavel Kurachenko said.

Dec 20 06:39

Russian investigators in Ankara seeking answers on ambassador's killing

An unprecedented three-way meeting on Syria between the foreign ministers of Turkey, Russia and Iran in Moscow was going ahead Tuesday despite the assassination.

Dec 20 06:30

SYRIA OFFICIALLY REVEALS DATA ABOUT FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS IN ALEPPO

On December 19, Syrian ambassador to the UN, Bashar Jaafari, made a statement that 14 foreign intelligence officers were remaining inside the eastern part of Aleppo city and disclosed their alleged names and nationalities.

Dec 19 18:23

War Reporter: There Is No Genocide In Syria, MSM Are Lying

Brave independent journalist Eva Bartlett, one of the few reporters to actually set foot on Syrian soil during the bloody war, has returned to North America and declared that “Whatever you hear in the corporate media is completely opposite to reality.”

Dec 19 17:12

The Bad Losers (And What They Fear Losing)

As the worst loser in American electoral history, she must blame Russia, rather than recognize that there were multiple reasons to vote against her.

If the 2016 presidential campaign was a national disgrace, the reaction of the losers is an even more disgraceful spectacle. It seems that the political machine backing Hillary Clinton can’t stand losing an election.

And why is that?

Because they are determined to impose “exceptional” America’s hegemony on the entire world, using military-backed regime changes, and Donald Trump seems poised to spoil their plans.

Dec 19 15:50

US Press Silent as Syria Presents Evidence of US-Backed Rebels Using Mustard Gas on Civilians

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In August, the United States tacitly admitted to supporting al-Nusra Front during an awkward press conference in which Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook evaded direct answers but hinted American forces might shoot down Russian or Syrian jets attempting to target al-Nusra fighters.

Then, the following month, al-Nusra commander Abu Al Ezz flatly told a German media outlet, “The Americans are on our side.”

Thus, U.S. support for anti-Syrian government rebels has by degrees included acceptance of the use of toxic chemical agents on civilians trapped in the morass — all because the goal of regime change has not been reconsidered.

For those unfamiliar with mustard gas, it can be horrifically harmful to humans.

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Dec 19 12:08

Scott Adams: Persuasian and ISIS

Experts say ISIS can’t be beaten by military means alone. You have to get to the “deep” causes. Here are two experts saying just that, including a former head of the CIA. The problem is that observers seem to have different ideas of what is at the root of it all.

Dec 19 09:37

Yemen edging nearer famine as war takes toll

Yemen edging nearer famine as war takes toll
More than half of the population are now food insecure with 7 million enduring hunger
Image Credit: Reuters
A woman puts her malnourished son on a scale at a malnutrition intensive care unit in the RedSea port city of Houdeidah yesterday.
Published: 17:05 December 16, 2016 Gulf News
Reuters

Geneva: Yemen’s humanitarian catastrophe is set to worsen as the war has ruined the economy and is stopping food supplies getting through, driving the country to the brink of famine, the top UN aid official in the country told Reuters.
“Throughout the whole of this country kids are dying,” said Jamie McGoldrick. UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen.
Nearly two years of war between a Saudi-led Arab coalition and the Iran-backed Al Houthi movement has left more than half of Yemen’s 28 million people “food insecure”, with 7 million of them enduring hunger, according to the United Nations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congratulations, Prime Ministers Cameron, and May, and President Obama, on having made the US and UK complicit in genocide against the Yemeni people and their children, by aiding and abetting the Saudi war against it; looking at images like those below must make you all feel very happy at this "accomplishment".

But then again, it is understood that when a politician comes to power in a country, before that happens, they have their conscience surgically removed, as I am certain you have done:

images starving yemeni children, 2016

And if you don't like me posting these images, to witness to the world the magnitude of humanitarian catastrophe you are creating in Yemen, then stop the bloody enabling of the Saudi military!!

Dec 19 09:06

Kerry Blames Russia & Syria For Aleppo, Warns ‘It Will Not End The War’

Channeling US displeasure with the Syrian government regaining control of Aleppo from militants, Secretary of State John Kerry called for a truce and placed much of the responsibility on Russia, while staying silent about US influence with Syrian rebels.

Speaking to reporters at the State Department on Thursday, Kerry accused the Syrian government of “continued, relentless and inexcusable attacks… directed at civilian population of Aleppo, including women, children, humanitarian workers and medical staff.”

Dec 19 08:31

More AJ+ propaganda destroyed

Dec 19 08:06

Syria updates, Terrorists are losing ground

Dec 19 08:02

10 Massive Fake News Stories Western Media Has Been Feeding You On Aleppo

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has secured control of Aleppo city after more than 4 years of fighting in what is Syria’s most strategically important city, second to the capital Damascus. Western media has chosen to explain this victory to the world as bad news for the interests of peace and humanity in Syria, claiming that thousands of civilians will now die from government retaliation.

The reason the battle for Aleppo is so significant in the Syrian proxy war is because of its strategic importance to the country of Syria as a whole. Controlling Aleppo would give opposition groups leverage in a situation where Syria is broken into pieces. It is also part of the geopolitical concerns over competing natural gas pipelines which would be built partially in Syria.

The battle for Aleppo has been described inaccurately for years and what follows is an explanation of 10 common lies or omissions which still continue today.

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Dec 19 07:47

Bitter In Aleppo Defeat, US And EU Seek To Further Demonize Russia

As Russian forces help liberate the Syrian city of Aleppo this week from a four-year terrorist siege, Washington and Europe step up threats of cyber war and economic aggression with sanctions. That’s no coincidence. It is the response of accomplices bitter in defeat.

Perverse isn’t it? Instead of celebrating with the people of Syria over the liberation of Aleppo from terrorists; instead of sending massive humanitarian aid to the tens of thousands of civilians freed after being held under siege for four years by terrorist gangs; instead of commending Russia for its decisive role in restoring peace to Syria’s second biggest city, the US and European Union turn reality on its head and further demonize Moscow.

The perverse behavior by Washington and its European satraps is simply a case of sour grapes. Very sour grapes.

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Dec 19 07:24

In Aleppo, Syria captured officers and "instructors" from the United States, Britain, Germany, France, Turkey, Israel ...

• Apparently it is 14, a well-known Syrian journalist and activist Said Hilal ALŠARIFI states: "It is the officers from the United States, France, Great Britain, Germany, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Qatar and Israel. In a basement in eastern Aleppo discovered the headquarters of high-ranking NATO officers. All were captured alive. Government of Syria was very important to be caught because it will be - in direct negotiations - 'presented' those countries, and the public "

Dec 18 16:32

Neocon Panic and Agony – THE SAKER

This is not a Democrat vs Republican issue, but a “deep state vs The People of the USA” issue.

There are clear signs that the Neocons running the AngloZionist Empire and its “deep state” are in a state of near panic and their actions indicate they are truly terrified.

On the home front, the Neocons have resorted to every possible dirty trick on the book to try to prevent Donald Trump from ever getting into the White House
Most experts agree that none of these tactics are going to work. So this begs the question of whether the Neocons are stupid, whether they think that they can succeed or what their true objective is.

Dec 18 16:22

Trump Sets the Cat Among the Jewish Pigeons

Palestine/Israel will be transformed into a democratic state, where Jews and Palestinians will live happily ever after, as equals.

The nomination of David Friedman horrified liberal Israelis, cheered Palestinian activists, befogged the Israeli and Palestinian officials, and created a great rift among US Jews. With one brilliant stroke Donald Trump made more mischief than one would think possible. If you have no time for details, I’ll tell you: it is a good, even very good development for Palestine and Palestinians, and it is likely to save Trump’s skin back home.

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