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Jul 19 08:05

Senior Russian MP: Israel Must 'Learn to Live' Without War Against Syria

Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the Federation Council’s committee for international affairs, is less than impressed by Netanyahu's recent outbursts about the US-Russia brokered ceasefire agreement in southern Syria.

"Israel’s motives are not concealed: it fears the strengthening of Iran’s position in the region, and also, it appears, limited possibilities for Tel Aviv itself to act against [Syrian President Bashar al-Assad]. However, nobody will be revoking such an important document that gives hopes for a breakthrough in the Syrian situation only because of Israel’s guesses about Iran’s hypothetic intentions," Kosachev wrote on Facebook.

Jul 19 07:33

Turkey Leaks Secret Locations of US Troops in Syria as Tensions Rise Between Ankara, Washington

In a latest display of Turkish anger at US policy in Syria, the state news agency divulged the locations of 10 US military bases and outposts in Northern Syria where Washington is leading military operations against the ISIL group in its de facto capital of Raqqa.

Jul 19 07:33

Satellite Photographs May Reveal the Long-term US Strategy for Syria

Satellite pictures presented to the German Bild may be a good basis for experts to draw conclusions about Washington's long-term strategy in the Middle East. Reports Focus.

The pictures show a huge military base that the United States has built in the northern part of Syria near the city of Kobani, and which is now used as the main logistics base of the US military in Syria.

The analysis shows that President Donald Trump wants to maintain a sphere of influence in the northern part of the country after the "Islamic state" is finally defeated. This could lead to even greater tensions, especially with Turkey, the editorial said.

Jul 19 07:30

Unmasking The S-92 Mystery Helicopter In Syria Which Was Spotted Again Near Raqqa

A new video has surfaced that shows the same unmarked, gray S-92 Helibus that we identified last March in northern Syria, but this time it was seen supposedly flying over or very near the Islamic State's defacto capital of al Raqqa. Similar helicopters were originally spotted in Djibouti in 2015, adding to the mystery of who owns and operates them, especially considering the type is not officially in the Pentagon's active inventory.

Jul 19 07:19

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – JULY 19, 2017: HAYAT TAHRIR AL-SHAM CLASHES WITH AHRAR AL-SHAM IN IDLIB PROVINCE

Syrian government forces have repelled a series of ISIS attacks in the countryside of Palmyra and continued their advance in the direction of Sukhna. An intense fighting is now ongoing in the mountain area overlooking the ISIS-held town. If it is taken by the army, the fate of Sukhna will be determined. ISIS is fiercely defending the town because its last ISIS major defense site on the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor road.

On Tuesday, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) attacked Aharar al-Sham in the province of Idlib. HTS stormed Ahrar al-Sham positions near the village of Hizareen and reportedly seized the village after series of firefights. At least two Ahrar al-Sham members, including a field commander, Yousef Al Fadl, were reportedly killed. Clashes also erupted in Maarat Numan and Jabal Zawiya. On Wednesday, firefights continued in the aforementioned areas as the both sides were deploying reinforcements in order to take an upper hand in the standoff.

Jul 18 17:23

Russia Questions OPCW’s Omission Of White Helmets Video Used to Justify U.S. Strike on Syria

By Brandon Turbeville

Although any shred of investigation regarding the chemical incident in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria reveals that the Syrian government did not use chemical weapons, it has not stopped the United States and its allies as well as the Western corporate media from reporting claims that Assad personally ordered chemical attacks against civilians in a non-strategic location with chemical weapons he no longer has.

After the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) determined that sarin gas was indeed used, Western media has been alight with propaganda, hysterics and worries over “crimes against humanity.” This is all despite the fact that there were no on-the-ground investigators from the OPCW, and the only samples they came in contact with were those provided to them by terrorists and terrorist-supporting NGOs...

Jul 18 08:23

SYRIA: US-Backed Ceasefire Denounced by US-Backed Terrorists

One of the most notable outcomes of the recent G20 summit in Hamburg was the announcement of an agreement – following the much-anticipated meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin – to establish a ceasefire in south-western Syria. The agreement established a de-escalation zone in the provinces of Daraa, Quneitra and Sweida, beginning just one week ago on July 9th. However, as with previous ceasefires designed reduce the level of fighting on the ground in Syria, the most belligerent factions on the ground – namely US-backed ‘rebel’ terrorist groups – quickly made it clear that they would not abide by the terms of the agreement.

Jul 18 07:45

WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP SHARES ISRAEL'S GOAL TO PREVENT IRANIAN RUSH THROUGH SYRIA

The Trump administration shares Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's concerns over Iran's presence in southern Syria.

Jul 18 07:39

NETANYAHU: ISRAEL WON’T TOLERATE IRANIAN BASES IN LEBANON, SYRIA

Jerusalem maintains that Iran is not only interested in sending military advisers to Syria, but also is keen on establishing ground and air bases there.

Jul 18 07:38

'ISRAEL MAY NEED TO TAKE OUT IRANIAN BASES IN SYRIA'

Former NSC head says Iranian nuke deal source of problems Iran is causing in region, and deal is "worse than we imagined."

Jul 18 07:25

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – JULY 18, 2017: ARMY ADVANCING ON ISIS-HELD TOWN OF SUKHNA

On Monday, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) repelled an attack of pro-Turkish militants in the direction of Ayn Daqnah in the northern part of Aleppo province. According to pro-Kurdish sources, the attack was supported by Turkish artillery units. The artillery shelling also targeted YPG positions in Herbel, Sheikh Issa, and Tel Rifat. The YPG repelled the first wave of the attack and allegedly killed 20 pro-Turkish militants and captured a few vehicles.

On Tuesday, sporadic clashes continued in the area. According to experts, pro-Turkish militants will not be able to break the YPG defense without direct assistance from the Turkish army.

Jul 17 19:05

Syrian War Report – July 17, 2017: Israel Opposes To Ceasefire Brokered By US And Russia

There is no way Israel will let the US make peace in Syria and leave Iran on the Golan Heights.

Notice the ISIS safe haven on the Map on the Golan Border. Protected by the US Mercenaries on the front and Israel providing air support and logistics from the back.

Hilary Clinton email confirmed that the Obama administration has deliberately provoked the civil war in Syria as the “best way to help Israel.”

Jul 17 11:32

What’s Behind the Pentagon’s Push to Build New Bases in Iraq and Syria?

The White House, responding to pressure from the Pentagon, is asking Congress to grant permission for the construction of more “temporary” US military bases in Iraq and Syria.

In what is seen as a deepening of the Pentagon’s commitment to waging war in the devastated region, US Defense Secretary James Mattis has convinced the administration of President Donald Trump to seek permission from Congress to expand military operations into Iraq and Syria, even as Daesh is being destroyed and Mosul has been retaken.

The new “temporary facilities” will increase the likelihood of a longer, more expensive and ultimately more deadly war in a region that is suffering the most dire human rights crisis since the end of World War II.

Jul 17 10:22

US Building a Third Military Airport in Syrian Kurdistan

Amid growing focus on the US quietly establishing military bases across the Middle East and Northern Africa, reports out of the autonomous Syrian Kurdistan region of Rojava say that US workers have begun construction on a new military airbase in Tel Baidar, 40 km west of Hasakeh.

Though the US doesn’t publicly affirm these bases exist, this would be the third fully-working military airbase in Rojava,as the US had previously built bases in Kobane and Rumailan. The bases are largely being used to fly gear to the Kurdish forces, but also could support some smaller military planes.

Legally speaking, that might be an issue, as the White House has been openly trying to get Congress to grant President Trump unilateral authority to establish bases in both Iraq and Syria, but all signs point to them having already been establishing such bases since the last few months of Obama’s term.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is happening in Syria, on the part of the US government, is immoral, illegal, and just plane wrong.

Snipping off bits of sovereign nations, in order to "redraw their maps", is something alleged democracies are not supposed to do.

Jul 17 09:35

THE US DEEP STATE: SABOTAGING PUTIN-TRUMP CEASEFIRE AGREEMENT IN SYRIA

The meeting between Trump and Putin at the G20 in Hamburg injects new hope into the complicated relationship between the United States and Russia. Only time can confirm whether there is any basis for this hope.

In their first meeting, within less than two hours, Putin and Trump came to an agreement on potentially the most volatile situation in the region, saving hundreds of civilian lives in the process. The agreement on Syria now has to run the gauntlet of the deep state and all the other interests arrayed against Trump. Just four days following a similar agreement reached in 2016 between Obama and Putin, everything was upended by the US Air Force bombing and killing nearly a hundred soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army in Deir ez-Zor, shredding the ceasefire agreement that had just been reached.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Putin and Trump agreed upon here makes every bit of logical sense; which is why both Israel and the American Deep State are adamantly opposed to it, because it diminishes war as any kind of solution to regime change Damascus, and makes it more dicey for Israel to nibble off any more bits of Syrian territory than it already has with its illegal occupation of the Golan Heights.

Jul 17 08:53

ISRAEL REJECTS US, RUSSIA SYRIAN CEASEFIRE DEAL – PRESENTS LIST OF DEMANDS

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made clear today that he and his government opposes the ongoing ceasefire in Southern Syria, a deal negotiated between the United States and Russia, and which has continued to hold throughout the past week.

Netanyahu made the comments during a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, declaring himself totally opposed to the ceasefire. Israeli officials revealed that the objections are primarily related to Iran still having forces inside Syria supporting the Assad government.

Israeli officials revealed that the objections are primarily related to Iran still having forces inside Syria supporting the Assad government.

Officials also say that during the US-Russia negotiations which led to the deal, Netanyahu presented the two sides with a “list of demands,” mostly insisting that Shi’ite forces couldn’t be allowed in southern Syria at all and that Iran could not be allowed to “consolidate” its position in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, a word please: neither you, nor your government, are in any kind if legitimate position to make these "demands" on Russia, the Syrian Government, Iran, or the United States.

I would like to politely remind you that Russia (and some elements of Iranian forces) are in Syria at that government's invitation; Israel was not invited at all to be here.

And BTW, sir, none of these demands legitimizes your illegal occupation of Syria's Golan Heights; not now, and not ever!!

Jul 17 08:44

TURKEY BEGINS BOMBING US-BACKED YPG POSITIONS IN SYRIA

It started two weeks ago, when Turkey warned publicly it was preparing for military intervention in Syria, while accusing the US of creating a "terrorist army" (it wasn't referring to ISIS, but US-backed Syrian Kurdish militia YPG). As a reminder, YPG forms a major part of the U.S.-backed campaign to capture Islamic State's stronghold of Raqqa, and whose forces are seen as a terrorist organization by Turkey. The group currently controls a pocket of territory in Afrin, about 200 km (125 miles) west of Raqqa.

Tensions between Turkish forces and the YPG have been mounting in the Afrin region in recent weeks: Turkey's military, which launched an incursion last August into part of northern Syria which lies between Afrin and a larger Kurdish-controlled area further east, has said that it has returned fire against members of YPG militia near Afrin several times in the last few weeks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder; with Russia doing everything it can to protect Syria's territorial integrity, how, and when, they are going to get Turkey to stop this, if they can?!?

Jul 17 08:43

Iranian Airport in Central Syria, Israel Alludes to Targeting it

Israel uncovered on Friday that Iran has lately leased from the Assad regime an airport in central Syria, hinting it would target it.

Israeli military sources asserted that Tel Aviv would not allow Tehran to lease an airport in Syria, and would also confront current Syrian-Iranian negotiations to establish a land base capable of supporting Iranian-linked fighters.

According to the same sources, the land base would be able to back 5,000 Iranian militiamen believed to be mercenaries from Afghanistan and Pakistan under the command of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

Jul 17 08:26

Syrian, Russian Warplanes Intensify Attacks on ISIL Positions to Lift Siege on Deir Ezzur

The Russian and Syrian fighter jets carried out a fresh round of joint combat flights over ISIL's positions and movements in Syria's Badiyeh (desert), inflicting major losses on the terrorist group's supply lines.

Jul 17 08:26

America’s War Against International Civil Society Is Permanent

This week, ISIL lost its medieval caliphate in Mosul. The fringe terrorist organization is also fast losing the remaining places it has occupied in Syria. It will soon be relegated to the ash heap of history. But it may not matter much if the US Empire of Bases decides to stay and entertain supposedly to fight terrorism.

Jul 17 07:53

ISRAEL REJECTS US, RUSSIA SYRIAN CEASEFIRE DEAL – PRESENTS LIST OF DEMANDS

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made clear today that he and his government opposes the ongoing ceasefire in Southern Syria, a deal negotiated between the United States and Russia, and which has continued to hold throughout the past week. Netanyahu made the comments during a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, declaring himself totally opposed to the ceasefire. Israeli officials revealed that the objections are primarily related to Iran still having forces inside Syria supporting the Assad government.

Jul 17 07:23

Netanyahu Opposes US-Russia South Syria Ceasefire Deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made clear today that he and his government oppose the ongoing ceasefire in Southern Syria, a deal negotiated between the United States and Russia, and which has continued to hold throughout the past week.

Jul 17 07:23

US Building a Third Military Airport in Syrian Kurdistan

Amid growing focus on the US quietly establishing military bases across the Middle East and Northern Africa, reports out of the autonomous Syrian Kurdistan region of Rojava say that US workers have begun construction on a new military airbase in Tel Baidar, 40 km west of Hasakeh.

Though the US doesn’t publicly affirm these bases exist, this would be the third fully-working military airbase in Rojava,as the US had previously built bases in Kobane and Rumailan. The bases are largely being used to fly gear to the Kurdish forces, but also could support some smaller military planes.

Jul 15 08:01

Trump Wants Authority to Build New Bases in Iraq, Syria

The White House has issued a statement this week calling on Congress to grant President Trump unilateral legal authority to open new military bases in both Iraq and Syria, as well as to renovate existing facilities. Officials say the bases would be purely temporary in nature.

What “temporary” actually means however is unclear, particularly in Iraq where the Pentagon has been very public about the idea that they intend to keep US ground troops in Iraq more or less forever. Those bases, then, are going to be open-ended facilities for an open-ended mission.

The White House says that the current lack of unilateral authority is limiting “maneuverability” as they continue their military buildup in the region, Though the statement was initially aimed at getting the authority included in the NDAA, it does not appear that the House version made any such revisions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: even though Iraq and Syria are allegedly "sovereign nations", that's not going to stop the US government from permanently garrisoning these places in these countries, in preparation for more perpetual war.

Jul 14 18:32

CIA Director Pompeo Admits Convincing Trump Over Disproven Chem Weapons Attack In Syria

By Brandon Turbeville

Ever since the tragic and stupid launch of 59 Tomahawk missiles into Syria by the United States took place in April, the entire incident has been represented as a one-man show by the corporate and even by the alternative media. The corporate press, which virtually never gives Trump a break on any issue real or imagined, was strangely approving of The Donald after his war crime while his detractors in the alternative media were presenting the act as that of a madman who is frighteningly close to the red button...

Backing up my own suspicions is the current Director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo. In a recent speech to the INSA Leadership Dinner on July 11, Pompeo was giving a typical dinner speech about the harrowing world of the intelligence community, how tough it is to have his position, the importance of it, etc. During the course of the speech, however, Pompeo let a very interesting tidbit slip...

Jul 14 12:31

US Relocating ISIS Terrorists

In war theaters where ISIS operates, America supports the scourge it pretends to oppose, along with al-Nusra and other terrorist groups.

An often used tactic involves relocating ISIS fighters from one area to another – last year from Mosul to Syria, currently from Raqqa to elsewhere in the country.

According to Fars News,

“US-led forces have several times transferred the ISIL leaders from Iraq and Syria to other regions by heliborne operations.”

“Local sources reported on Wednesday that three military helicopters of the US-led coalition carried out another heliborne operation in Eastern Homs, carrying a number of ISIL terrorists on board.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I not surprised at these revelations?!?

The hypocrisy here is nothing short of amazing and completely appalling.

Jul 14 12:17

U.S. Bases Strategically Placed to Prevent Syrian Military From Advancing; Outlining Borders of Kurdistan

Despite the spits and spurts of World War Three, it seems the United States (at least part of the establishment) and Russia are beginning to move toward a cooling of their approaches to the Syrian crisis. While we have seen this many times in the past – the apparent mutual understanding of Russia and the U.S. – we have been consistently been rattled by an abrupt push by the United States toward a greater involvement in Syria and a push that could very well be the catalyst for a third world war.

While there obviously remains the possibility that the United States will once again lash out like a dying lunatic empire, risking the lives of everyone on earth, we might also ask whether or not the U.S. has had a change in strategy or even perhaps whether or not the American “Plan B” is coming to fruition.

U.S. Bases In Syria Set The Borders For A Federalized Country

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This balkanisation of Syria is an illegal and immoral act on the part of the American government, to make it more "pliable" to Western demands.

But there is a question of just how long Russia, which has been invited by the Syrian government to get rid of the jihadis, will put up with it. The question is: just how far they are willing to go to get these American encampments out of Syria?!? And that is where things could get... nasty very quickly.

Jul 14 09:28

USA Preventing Inspection of Chemicals Weapons in Syria, Says Russia

The United States by all means tries to prevent the sending of experts to investigate the use of chemical weapons in Syria, denounced today Mikhail Ulianov, director of the arms control department of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

What is logical is that Washington seeks collaboration of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to investigate what happened last April in Jen-Sheijun, Syria's Idlib province, considered Ulianov.

However, he said, the United States at all times prevented the sending of OPCW specialists to both Jen-Sheijun and the Al Shairat air base, attacked on April 7 with 59 US Tomahawk missiles.

Jul 14 09:06

Why CIA's 'Solid Evidence' Against Assad Evokes Memories of Powell's Test Tube

CIA Director Mike Pompeo's claim that US intelligence has "solid evidence" that Bashar al-Assad's forces conducted a chemical strike on Khan Shaykhun on April 4 resembles nothing but yet another "fake," Sergey Goncharov, head of the Alpha Anti-Terrorist Unit's International Association of Veterans, told Radio Sputnik.

While CIA Director Mike Pompeo insists the US "has solid evidence" that the Syrian Arab Army's used chemical weapons in Khan Shaykhun on April 4, these claims are completely detached from reality, Sergey Goncharov, head of the Alpha Anti-Terrorist Unit's International Association of Veterans, says.

Jul 14 08:17

CIA’s Pompeo states that being asked if he was “sure” of CIA claims “took my breath away” (answer is not “yes”)

CIA’s Pompeo states that being asked if he was “sure” of CIA claims “took my breath away” (answer is not “yes”)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The importance of this story is that the CIA assured the President that Assad had launched a chemical weapons attack against Idlib.

In other words, the CIA lied to Trump (just as they did to Kennedy) to manipulate him!

Jul 13 13:31

Macron: Eradicating Terrorism Top Priority in Syria, Not Ousting Assad

Hours after meeting with US President Donald Trump in Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron said he's committed to working together with America to defeat terrorism in Syria and ousting Syrian President al-Assad is no longer a top priority.

Jul 13 08:07

Russia Sends 'Devastating Monster' to Syria

The Terminator 2 is a tank that is designed to protect other tanks, specially in urban areas. It’s built from refurbished hulls from the venerable T-72 main battle tank. But instead of mounting a big 125-millimeter cannon, the BMPT-72 is armed a remarkably diverse suite of weapons that includes two thirty-millimeter cannon, four Ataka-T antitank missiles and a heavy machine gun. This gives the Terminator 2 the capability to engage infantry and light armored vehicles with its cannon, and tanks and buildings with its guided antitank missiles.

The first version of the Terminator was designed in the late 1990s. It was a five-man vehicle based on the chassis of the T-90 tank, according to Russian media.

Jul 13 08:06

US Sets Up Military Base in Northern Syria as American Forces Enter Raqqa City

According to AMN, the footage showed a large US plane taking off and plenty of Humvees protecting the site.

Also, an American flag is hoisted above the air field which is located in the territory controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)

Meanwhile, Colonel Ryan Dillon, the US-led Coalition Spokesman, confirmed dozens of US military advisors were deployed inside Raqqa city with US marines providing artillery support against the ISIL from the surrounding areas.

Jul 13 07:40

'Bloody infighting' predicted as senior ISIS member 'declares himself new caliph' in northern Iraq following reports of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's death

A senior member of Islamic State has declared himself the new caliph following reports of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's death, a news agency in Iraq has reported.

Abu Haitham al-Obaidi, the terrorist group's deputy mayor in Hawija in northern Iraq, is said to have declared himself the new leader.

Jul 12 21:56

Stop WWIII! They Shot Their Wad; We Now are in Negative Nothing Burger Time to Counterattack July 12, 2017

The latest hot dummy bombshell directed at the U.S. population about President Trump concerns— hold your breath—the fact that Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner met for 20 minutes soon after Trump won the Republican nomination with a Russian lawyer who, it was claimed, would offer damning information on Hillary Clinton's illicit Russian contacts.

Jul 12 19:28

Mid-2017 US status: Trump joins War Criminals invading Syria, threatening Iran, pushing WW3. ‘We the People’s’ choice: basic integrity for .01% arrests, or surrender Earth to evil empire

*hyperlinks/videos live at source*

Two weeks ago I reported status of lie-started and illegal US war on Syria, with ongoing threats of war on Iran. Additional and new data include:

US military now illegally occupy eight bases in Syria, with escalating bombing of Syria and Iraq of over 4,000 bombs/month and over 84,000 since 2014.

The US acknowledges ~500 civilian deaths from these bombs. Committing a bombing in another country that kills one person is a crime of murder. Using military to attack another country that is not an imminent threat of attacking one’s nation is an illegal War of Aggression.

Three videos:

1-minute clip hopefully reported Trump’s initial promise to not overthrow other countries’ governments:

11-minutes of the US Peace council UN press conference that their findings in Syria refute all “official” US claims demonizing that government (and here):

Jul 12 11:57

U.S. Bases Strategically Placed To Prevent Syrian Military From Advancing; Outlining Borders Of Kurdistan

By Brandon Turbeville

Despite the spits and spurts of World War Three, it seems the United States (at least part of the establishment) and Russia are beginning to move toward a cooling of their approaches to the Syrian crisis. While we have seen this many times in the past – the apparent mutual understanding of Russia and the U.S. – we have been consistently been rattled by an abrupt push by the United States toward a greater involvement in Syria and a push that could very well be the catalyst for a third world war.

While there obviously remains the possibility that the United States will once again lash out like a dying lunatic empire, risking the lives of everyone on earth, we might also ask whether or not the U.S. has had a change in strategy or even perhaps whether or not the American “Plan B” is coming to fruition...

Jul 12 09:12

Video Shows US-Backed Syrian Kurds Torturing Detainees

In a particularly embarrassing case of US allies torturing detainees, a video leaked to the Turkish media shows fighters in Kurdish YPG uniforms torturing at least two captive Arabs during interrogation. The video is said to have been from the end of May, and in Mansura District, west of Raqqa.

The two shows the YPG forces kicking and stomping on the prisoners, demanding information about the location of ISIS fighters, as one of the detainees screams that he doesn’t know anything about it. Kurdish officials confirmed the authenticity of the video.

Exactly what that leads to is unclear, as the Kurdish “Self-Protection” body described the act as the torture of “one of the ISIS mercenaries,” but offered no detail of how they decided that’s what the detainees were, let alone why they only mentioned one torture when the video clearly shows two people getting stomped.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not again, please!!

Jul 12 08:16

THE MEDIA SAYS THE US JUST LIBERATED MOSUL: HERE’S WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

“In June 2014, ISIS crossed the Syrian border into Iraq, effortlessly taking the strategic oil-rich cities of Mosul and Baiji and almost making it as far as Baghdad. Amid the terror group’s frightening victory, they uploaded images and footage of drive-by-shootings, large-scale death marches, and mass graves (following the mass executions of Iraqi soldiers).

“ISIS militants claimed massive quantities of American military equipment, including entire truckloads of humvees, helicopters, tanks, and artillery as their own. This was no secret to Washington, or even the world, as the militants photographed and recorded themselves and publicly flaunted their activity on social media.”

Was there a good reason the American military sat on its hands despite knowing full well that this was going on? As Anti-Media explained further:

Jul 12 07:32

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – JULY 12, 2017: ARMY SEEKS TO DIVIDE MILITANT-HELD AREA IN EASTERN DAMASCUS

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) are attempting to separate Jobar and Zamalka areas in eastern Damascus countryside. They have advanced along the M5 highway and claimed capturing some buildings in the process. Clashes have also continued in Ayn Tarma. Faylaq Al-Rahman and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham are two militant groups opposing the SAA and the NDF in the area.

The SAA, the NDF and other pro-government factions have fully liberated the al-Hayl gas field area, including hills near the gas field, from ISIS terrorists in the countryside of Palmyra.

The SAA and its allies entered the al-Hayl gas field area earlier this month, captured the al-Hayl gas station, and engaged ISIS units in an intense fighting in the area. On Tuesday, government forces got a full control over the area and seized hills overlooking the gas field. However, ISIS launched a counter-attack in an attempt to the field. An intense fighting is now ongoing.

Jul 12 07:31

Damascus: Syrian Army Seizes French-Made Missiles Cargo en Route to Terrorist-Held Regions

The army forces, tipped off by the intelligence agents, stopped four vehicles that were carrying a large volume of arms and ammunition, including French-made missiles.

The vehicles were going through the Southern regions towards the positions of Al-Nusra in Eastern Ghouta that are under the siege of the army troops.

There were a large number of weapons, including machineguns, and a large volume of munitions, including thousands of bullets, mortar shells and French missiles in the seized cargo.

Jul 11 14:37

Ken O'Keefe - US Military Fighting For Israel - Israel, not Iran, is the Threat!

Ken O'Keefe is re-releasing his epic expose of the Israeli/Jewish lies about Iran that are being employed just as the "WMD's in Iraq" lie was used to send American sons and daughters off to die for Israel in the invasion/occupation of Iraq. With Syria not all going to plan, the ultimate target of Iran and the World War III agenda looks to be in overdrive with President Trump continuing the sickening and sychonpantic role of Jewish US Presidents as Jewish whipping boys. How many more American sons and daughters will be sacrificed for Israel before genuine American patriots stand up and refuse orders and arrest the traitors in Congress? These questions and points and more are made in this, part 1 of a 2 part program that tells the truth about the what and why regarding Iran. If people want more such videos/commentary from Ken O'Keefe then visit https://www.patreon.com/kok and invest in Ken O'Keefe's work.

Jul 11 13:30

Russian Defense Adviser Killed in Militant Attack in Hama, Syria

Military adviser Nicholai Afanasov was fatally wounded by artillery shells in Hama, the Russian Ministry of Defense said.

"As a result of a sudden mortar attack by militants the town of Syrian Government troops in Hama province killed Russian military adviser Captain Nikolai Afanasov," the MoD added. Afanasov was stationed in Syria to assist and advise in the training of ground forces.

Jul 11 12:00

Russia To Continue Cooperation With US On De-Escalation Zones In Syria – Lavrov

Russia will continue cooperation with the US on de-escalation zones in southern Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, adding that although a ceasefire agreement came into force on Sunday, it needs to be consolidated.

Jul 11 11:04

Titanic blitz offensive by pro-Syria forces sees 3,000 km2 liberated in just 12 hours: Map update

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:55 P.M.) – No less than twelve hours ago the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and allied pro-government militias, after weeks of military build-up, undertook a titanic trans-provincial offensive in the western Syrian Badia. Since then the SAA and its allies have liberated twenty key sites represented by towns and hilltops over a breathtaking area of 3000 kilometers squared (km2). The entire strategic operation is aimed at expelling US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) mercenaries which operate in the eastern regions of As-Suwayda and Rif Dimashq Governonates.

This offensive launched by pro-government forces today represents the second phase of Operation Big Dawn.

Jul 11 08:59

UN Drops Syria Truth Bombs! Wow!

Jul 11 08:50

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – JULY 11, 2017: GOVERNMENT FORCES RAPIDLY ADVANCING IN SOUTHEASTERN DESERT

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies conducted a surprise operation against US-backed militants in the desert east of Damascus. Government forces liberated Dier Nasrani, Rajm Bakar, Jabal Makhoul, Bi’r Makhoul, Jabal Seis, Tal Sad Risha, Al-Qasr, Khirbat umm Atayiq, Banat Baeir, Surat Aliyah, Tulul al-Faddayn, Tal al-Asfar, and nearby points.

The aim of the operation was to clear the militant-held pocket northeast of Suweida and to oppress the units of US-backed militant groups operating in the area since they pose a threat to the countryside of the Syrian capital. According to some sources, US-backed forces have already withdrawn from the area. However, this still has to be confirmed.

Jul 11 08:44

Speaking Of Overthrowing Governments And Getting Away With It...

No one should be surprised that neocons are unhappy with a ceasefire in Syria.

America working with Russia is a cardinal sin according to the neocon bible. Senator John McCain is very unhappy that Putin is "getting away" with this:

Jul 11 07:46

Lavrov: Countries that will send observers to Syria’s de-escalation zones should coordinate with Syrian government

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov affirmed Friday that the countries that will be invited to carry out the control functions in the de-escalation areas in Syria will inevitably coordinate with the Syrian government in these areas.

“These consultations, as to which precisely countries will be invited to send their military and police to ensure inspection and pass functions, will certainly be carried out first of all with the government of the Syrian Arab Republic,” Lavrov said in a press conference with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow on Friday.

He added that nothing could be done otherwise because the main thing in the peacemakers’ work is the agreement with the host country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is aimed at the US Government, which is not coordinating with the Syrian government and in fact does not have the permission of Syria's government to be in Syria in the first place!

Jul 10 09:35

South Syria Ceasefire Takes Effect, Is Holding

US and Russian officials both heralded the official start of the new ceasefire in southern Syria, which they agreed upon Friday, with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster saying the deal is an important “anti-terrorism” move, and Russian President Vladimir Putin saying it signals a more pragmatic US position on Syria.

From the US position, the goal is to prevent further defeats of rebels in southern Syria, and to prevent the Syrian government from connecting a land route to neighboring Iraq, a policy seen as particularly important to both Israel and Jordan.

With Syria having a narrow de facto link to Iraq already, however, the Russian government sees the move primarily as aimed at preventing the US from carrying out any more attacks against Syrian government forces and their allies, something the US has almost exclusively done in the new ceasefire zone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me slightly hopeful on this.

Jul 10 09:22

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – JULY 10, 2017: ISIS’ TERRITORY IN SYRIA, IRAQ IS SHRINKING

The Syrian Army and its allies have continued operation against ISIS in the countryside of Palmyra where government troops are advancing in the direction of the ISIS-held town of Sukhna. Government forces have captured a major part of the al-Haid gas fields and now are attempting to secure the area from ISIS attacks.

A group of self-propelled multiple rocket launcher systems, including MB-27 Uragan, have been spotted in the Arak gas field area. Summing up this and recent photo and video evidence showing artillery pieces and technical vehicles armed with various weapons arriving the area, it’s possible to suggest that the army and its allies will soon launch a major push in order to retake Sukhna from ISIS.

Jul 10 09:21

AIR NATO: A Look Inside the West’s Secret Weapons Racket That’s Destroying Syria

It’s no secret that the governments of the US, UK and France, along with other EU member states, have been involved in training and equipping what used to be known as ‘moderate rebels’ in Syria. We now know that the bulk of the arms that get into opposition areas in Syria have gone to terrorist groups, much of which has been paid for by their wealthy benefactors in the Gulf, namely Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

What we didn’t know however, was the method of delivery, until now…

Jul 10 09:20

McCain Blasts Tillerson for Suggesting Russia Could Have ‘Right Approach’ in Syria

Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) roasted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Sunday for suggesting Russia might have the "right approach" in resolving the Syrian conflict, saying he had "divorced a fundamental of American democracy."

Tillerson told reporters on Friday that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin spent a significant amount of time at their meeting Friday in Germany discussing Syria, where the Russians back the Bashar al-Assad regime and the U.S. backs anti-Assad rebels.

"And I would tell you that, by and large, our objectives are exactly the same," Tillerson said. "How we get there, we each have a view. But there's a lot more commonality to that than there are differences … Maybe they've got the right approach and we've got the wrong approach."

After CBS host John Dickerson played the audio clip on "Face The Nation," McCain said, "You can't make that up."

Jul 10 08:41

Iran Casts Doubt on US Sincerity in Syria Ceasefire Deal

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said the policies the US has already adopted regarding Syria call into doubt its intention to stem Syria’s six-year civil war under a recent ceasefire deal jointly brokered by Washington and Moscow.

Jul 10 08:07

US sends more weapons to PKK/PYD terrorists in Syria

The U.S. has sent 184 trucks carrying military equipment to PKK/PYD terrorist group in the northern Syrian province of Al-Hasakah over the past week.

According to Anadolu Agency reporter, 82 trucks arrived in PKK/PYD-held Hasakah province on July 5, while 102 other trucks arrived four days later.

Jul 10 08:02

BEIJING: CHINA SET TO HELP REBUILD SYRIA

With many in Damascus increasingly confident that Syria will win the war against the terrorists who have invaded their country, focus is starting to gradually shift to re-building Syria’s damaged infrastructure. China is set to be the key player in this respect and preparations to increase China’s business ties to Syria are already in the works.

On Sunday the China-Arab Exchange Association in cooperation with the Syrian Embassy in Beijing held the Syria Day Expo where Representative from over 1,000 Chinese business specialising in redevelopment, infrastructure and investment met with Syrian officials.

The event itself is something of a prelude to a forthcoming larger event, the Syrian Reconstruction Expo.

Imad Mustafa, the Syrian Ambassador to China confirmed that China will be given priority in the rebuilding of post-conflict Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Chinese government, unlike that the US government, has the ability to look at the long view of things, to see what mutually beneficial relationships may come from economic collaboration.

This coming relationship with Syria is simply a manifestation of that capability of perspective.

Jul 10 06:55

BEIJING: CHINA SET TO HELP REBUILD SYRIA

With many in Damascus increasingly confident that Syria will win the war against the terrorists who have invaded their country, focus is starting to gradually shift to re-building Syria’s damaged infrastructure. China is set to be the key player in this respect and preparations to increase China’s business ties to Syria are already in the works. On Sunday the China-Arab Exchange Association in cooperation with the Syrian Embassy in Beijing held the Syria Day Expo where Representative from over 1,000 Chinese business specialising in redevelopment, infrastructure and investment met with Syrian officials.

Jul 09 09:10

"You Have no Right to Talk About Syria's Future!" Putin Slaps the US Secretary of State

Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed that the future of Syria and its president lies in the hands of the Syrian people, not the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

“The US Secretary of State is not a citizen of Syria and has no right to talk about its future and the fate of its president. This shall only be decided by the Syrian people”, Putin was heard saying during a press conference of the G20 summit in Hamburg.

Jul 09 05:21

6 month summary of Syrian war 2017

Jul 08 20:15

Israel ‘giving secret aid to Syrian rebels’, report says

Israel has allegedly provided Syrian rebels with substantial funding and aid in order to maintain a buffer zone in the Golan Heights border area between the country and its war-torn neighbour, it has emerged.

The Israeli authorities have provided significant amounts of cash, food, fuel and medical supplies to Sunni rebels fighting against Bashar al-Assad’s government, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing "half a dozen rebels and three people familiar with Israel's thinking."

Is is well known that Israel has provided medical help for Syrian civilians and fighters inside its own borders in the past. The authorities have retaliated to occasional stray rockets in the restive border region with reprisals, but it was previously thought that the Israeli authorities largely stay out of the complicated six-year-old conflict next door.

Jul 08 15:40

Putin says Syria ceasefire agreed thanks to Trump as he’s ‘different than on TV’

Mr Putin said the truce was the result of the US changing its stance and becoming more pragmatic about the situation there.

Speaking at a news conference at the G20 summit in Hamburg, the Russian leader was referring to a ceasefire and "de-escalation agreement" for southwestern Syria reached by the United States, Russia and Jordan.

Mr Putin also welcomed the news that the US had appointed a new envoy to try to solve the Ukraine crisis.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has chosen Kurt Volker, a former US Ambassador to NATO, to lead US diplomacy on the Ukraine crisis, saying he had moved to fill the position after being urged to do so by the Russian leader.

Mr Putin said "certain precursors" had been established for improved relations between Russia and the US.

Jul 08 10:56

Putin’s Assessment of Trump at the G-20 Will Determine Our Future

The backdrops to the Putin/Trump meeting are the aspirations of Israel and the neoconservatives. It is these aspirations that drive US foreign policy.

What is Syria about? Why is Washington so focused on overthrowing the elected president of Syria? What explains the sudden 21st century appearance of “the Muslim threat”? How is Washington’s preoccupation with “the Muslim threat” consistent with Washington’s wars against Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi, and Assad, leaders who suppressed jihadism? What explains the sudden appearance of “the Russian threat” which has been hyped into dangerous Russophobia without any basis in fact?

The Muslim threat, the Russian threat, and the lies used to destroy Iraq, Libya, and parts of Syria are all orchestrations to serve Israeli and neoconservative aspirations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope and pray that when each man took the measure of the other, that each respected the substance they saw in the other, and will both signal a willingness to work together for peace and justice; if not, Paul Craig Robert's last statement in the above article may, unfortunately, prove prophetic.

Jul 08 09:48

Pentagon Falsely Claims Only 603 Civilians Killed in ISIS War Airstrikes

The Pentagon’s latest massive undercount of the civilian death toll in coalition airstrikes against Iraq and Syria has shown a significant spike in the death toll, putting the latest official count at 603 civilians between the start of the air war and the end of May.

The figure is rising a lot faster than it used to, growing by scores months now instead of by single digit numbers, reflective of the general trend of soaring death tolls as US strikes concentrate on densely populated civilian targets.

They’re still wrong, however, and wrong in a big way. The official 603 killed is less than one seventh the figure by the Air Wars NGO, which put the civilian deaths through the same period at 4,354. This is because incidents with hundreds killed are often revised downward by the Pentagon to just a handful, and smaller incidents, where only a dozen or so are killed, tend to be ignored altogether.

Jul 08 09:27

Putin and Trump discuss anti-terror efforts, cyber security, Ukrainian and Syrian crisesMore:http://tass.com/politics/955262

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he discussed the Ukraine and Syria crises, the fight against terrorism and cybercrimes along with cyber security at his talks with US President Donald Trump.

"I have had a lengthy conversation with the US president. Loads of questions have accumulated including both Ukraine and Syria along with other issues, some bilateral issues," Putin said at his meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. "We have returned to discussing the fight against terrorism and cybersecurity."

Putin apologized to Abe for making him wait for about an hour.
"Both I and he [US president] owe you an apology," he said.
The 135-minute meeting was held on the sidelines of the Group of Twenty summit in Germany’s Hamburg. Until today, the two leaders had had only telephone conversations.

At the beginning of the talks, Putin and Trump spoke in favor of dialogue. The meeting was held behind closed doors and was attended only by the two countries’ top diplomats.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Somehow, the world seems just a little bit less on the keening edge of a world war than it did before these two gentlemen actually met, and talked.

I see reasons to be cautiously optimistic here.

Jul 08 09:11

Deplorable NYT Denigration of Syria’s Assad

Times reporting and commentaries mock legitimate journalism.

Instead of denouncing Washington’s imperial war on humanity, its editorial policy supports it – blaming victims for high crimes committed against them.

It serves as a virtual Pentagon press agent in all US wars of aggression. Its drumbeat of disinformation, Big Lies and fake news on Syria is especially appalling – cheerleading mass slaughter and destruction, denigrating overwhelmingly popular Bashar al-Assad.

Jul 08 09:06

RUSSIA SAYS ISIS PLANNING TO GAS SYRIAN CIVILIANS, FRAME ASSAD, TO JUSTIFY US INVASION

Moscow, Russia – On Thursday, during a weekly press briefing by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, spokeswoman Maria Zakharova explained that their intelligence has revealed active terrorist plots to stage chemical attacks in Syria in order to justify and precipitate U.S. strikes and increased intervention in the Syrian civil war.

The information exposes ongoing plans by Syrian terrorist groups to stage chemical weapons attacks, to be blamed on the Assad government, in an effort to justify U.S. attacks against Syrian government forces.

“According to information available [to us], Syrian terrorist groups plan staged provocative actions with the use of chemical poison gases to justify US strikes against the positions of the Syrian government forces,” Zakharova said at a weekly press briefing.

The intelligence reveals that ISIS has deployed laboratories and equipment for manufacturing chemical weapons from its capital of Raqqa to Deir ez-Zor, according to Zakharova.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... was before Russia's President Putin and the US's President Trump met for two hours yesterday. I think the current situation in Syria - and elsewhere - will be a great deal more calm because of this meeting.

Jul 07 16:53

U.S. Threatens World Seed Security In Its War On Syria

ICARDA (International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas) is one of 15 important international agricultural research centers. It is also the host of a seed bank which contains 150,000 samples in its temperature-controlled seed vaults. Based in the Syrian town of...

Jul 07 16:01

The Bizarre Case of Bashar: The Syrian regime’s questionable use of nerve gas in Khan Sheikhoun

Uri Avnery highlights the lack of evidence that the Syrian government carried out the Sarin gas attack on its own citizens on 4 April 2017, and laments the media’s complicity in perpetuating an apparent falsehood.>>

Jul 07 15:54

Lavrov gives Moscow's version of Trump-Putin talks

These guys can't even agree to what they said or agreed to.

While Secretary of State Rex Tillerson emerged from the sit-down between President Trump and Vladimir Putin claiming the U.S. president confronted the Russian leader on election meddling, it didn't take long for Tillerson's counterpart to provide Moscow's version of events.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters on Friday that Trump had actually “accepted” Putin’s assurances that Moscow was not behind the meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump administration officials quickly pushed back, telling reporters at the G-20 summit in Germany that Lavrov's account was not accurate.

Jul 07 10:26

US & Russia agree ceasefire in southwest Syria - Lavrov

This source I trust. US unnamed officials.....NO!

The US and Russia have agreed on a ceasefire in southwest Syria, set to take effect on July 9 at noon Damascus time, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has announced.

Jul 07 10:15

US air raids killed 224 civilians in Syria’s Raqqah in a month: Monitor

At least 224 civilians have lost their lives over the past month in airstrikes conducted by the US-led coalition purportedly fighting Daesh terrorists in the northern Syrian city of Raqqah, a London-based monitor says.

Jul 07 09:57

US, Russia prepared to announce cease-fire in southwest Syria starting Sunday

The United States and Russia have reached agreement on a cease-fire in southwest Syria, three U.S. officials said Friday as President Donald Trump held his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The deal marks a new level of involvement for the U.S. in trying to resolve Syria's civil war. Although details about the agreement and how it will be implemented weren't immediately available, the cease-fire is set to take effect Sunday at noon Damascus time, said the officials, who weren't authorized to discuss the cease-fire publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Jul 07 09:48

BREAKING US and Russia Reach a Ceasefire Agreement on Syria

The US and Russia have reached a ceasefire agreement over the conflict in southwest Syria, officials announced Friday, as President Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin met for the first time at the G-20 summit in Germany.

The ceasefire will go into effect Sunday at noon Damascus time, officials told the Associated Press.

Other details of the agreement weren’t immediately released.

US allies Jordan and Israel, which share a border with the southern part of Syria, are also part of the agreement.

Jul 07 08:46

Russia uses more Kh-101 cruise missiles in Syria

The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 5 July that Tupolov Tu-95MS bombers had launched Kh-101 stealth cruise missiles at targets in Syria.

The MoD said the bombers took off from Engels airbase and used the missiles to destroy Islamic State facilities in Akerbat (probably a reference to Uqayribat in Hamah province). It also released aerial footage showing three targets being destroyed.

Jul 07 08:31

Israel Wants US, Not Russia, to Control Deescalation Zones in Syria - Reports

Israel opposes Russian military forces overseeing deescalation zones in southern Syria near its borders, and wants US troops to control ceasefire there, and additionally hopes that talks on these zones will be separated from the negotiations on Syrian settlement in Astana, in which Iran and Turkey participate, local media reported Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ignoring that little detail that Russia is in Syria at the request of the Syrian government, while the US presence in Syria is illegal under international law. But then, when did Israel ever care about international law?

Jul 07 08:29

Report: Israel trying to establish anti-Iran buffer zone in Syria

Israel seeks guarantees Iran-backed groups like Hezbollah won't operate near border once Syria is divided, Times of London reports

Jul 07 08:24

Lavrentiev: US military presence in Syrian territory is illegal

Head of the Russian delegation to Astana 5 meeting, Alexander Lavrentiev, announced on Thursday that the results of Astana meeting were not a big step forward but were in the right direction towards stabilizing the situation and trying to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria.

Jul 06 07:56

SYRIAN KURDS EXPECT WAR WITH TURKEY ‘WITHIN DAYS’

Citing a continued military buildup along their frontier in northern Syria, the Kurdish YPG’s leadership says they believe an attack by Turkey, leading to open warfare, is imminent, and will likely begin “within days.”

Turkey and the YPG are hostile toward one another, with Turkey repeatedly declaring the Kurds “terrorists,” and attacking Kurdish targets in Afrin District. YPG commanders have openly talked about invading Turkish-held parts of Syria and “liberating” them into the Kurdish autonomous region of Rojave.

Turkish Deputy PM Numaan Kurtulmus denied that Turkey was “declaring war” against the YPG, but did insist that they are “making preparations” to protect Turkish independence from the “threat” posed by the continued existence of the YPG on their border.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The main flaw in US war planning here, was the "illusion" that the US could, in any way, control the Kurd's desire for a real homeland, carving up bits of Syria to obtain it, and that Turkey would allow that to happen.

Unfortunately, this is followed up by a very troubling article out of blacklistednews.com:

Turkey warns it is ready for a Military Intervention in Syria

Jul 06 06:48

US to work with Russia to help war-torn Syria says Secretary of State

THE United States is prepared to discuss with Russia joint efforts to stabilise war-torn Syria, including no-fly zones, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said yesterday.

He added the United States wanted to discuss with Russia the use of on-the-ground ceasefire observers and the coordinated delivery of humanitarian aid to Syrians.

“If our two countries work together to establish stability on the ground, it will lay a foundation for progress on the settlement of Syria's political future,” Secretary Tillerson said in a statement ahead of this week's Group of 20 summit in Germany.

Jul 05 20:14

US ready to work with Russia on Syria `no-fly zones`: Rex Tillerson

The United States is prepared to work with Russia on establishing "no-fly zones" in Syria as part of a joint effort to stabilize the war-ravaged country, America`s top diplomat said Wednesday, ahead of President Donald Trump`s first face-to-face with Vladimir Putin.
In a wide-ranging statement, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Russia had a "special responsibility" to help create stability on the ground -- or risk hobbling the fight against the Islamic State group.

Jul 05 12:36

'Many Gaps' in OPCW Report on Idlib Incident as Mission Failed to Visit Site

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) mission into April's chemical incident in Syrian Idlib has failed to establish what happened in the province as it never visited the site of the incident or the airbase from which the alleged attack was carried out, Permanent Russian Representative to OPCW Alexander Shulgin said.

The OPCW report was presented on Friday and claimed that the mission had established the use of sarin but did not determine who was responsible.

Jul 05 11:53

U.S. Outmaneuvers Itself In Syria Over Damascus-Baghdad Highway

By Brandon Turbeville

As the Syrian military makes massive gains throughout the country, particularly in the east, it is now painfully obvious that the United States and its Western allies are desperately trying to prevent the Assad government from reaching the Iraqi border and unifying Syria.

One need only look at the strategic positioning of U.S. and allied troops as well as Western-backed terrorists to see that this is the case...

Jul 05 11:24

Useful Idiots Who Undermine Dissent On Syria

There has been much disingenuous criticism of those, like me, who question why the western corporate media have studiously ignored the latest investigation by renowned journalist Seymour Hersh on Syria. Hersh had to publish his piece in a German newspaper, Welt am Sonntag, after the entire US and UK media rejected his article. There has still been no mention of his investigation more than a week later.

Jul 05 10:37

US Expands Military Footprint in Syria to EIGHT Bases, ‘Modifies’ Kobani Air Base

With very little fanfare from the western media, the US is quietly creating a hostile military footprint inside Syria.

By establishing a chain of airbases, military outposts and missile bases inside a country, the US is illegally, stealth-occupying a sovereign nation. The number of US military installations in Syria has increased to eight bases according to recent reports, and possibly nine according to one other military analyst.

We should also not forget the malevolent presence of Israel in the illegally annexed southern Syrian territory of the Golan Heights. This could just as easily be included in the list of US military outposts inside Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The government of Syria has not granted permission for the US to do this.

Jul 05 09:51

Russia hits Islamic State in Syria with advanced cruise missiles

Russian strategic bombers fired advanced cruise missiles at Islamic State targets in Syria on Wednesday from a distance of 1,000 kilometers (621.37 miles) in a show of force Moscow said demolished three ammunition depots and a command post.

Moscow carried out the attack just two days before President Vladimir Putin and U.S. counterpart Donald Trump are due to hold heir first face-to-face meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, and after the Kremlin said they would discuss whether they were ready to team up against Islamic State in Syria.

The Russian Defence Ministry said the attack was carried out by Tupolev-95MS strategic bombers which had taken off from a base on Russian soil and refueled mid-air before firing at targets on the border between the Hama and Homs provinces.

"The strikes were carried out using high-precision Kh-101 missiles from a distance of about 1,000 kilometers," the ministry said in a statement.

Jul 05 09:33

Trump: Toward War in the Middle East

Now comes President Donald Trump. His policies for the Middle East are similar to those of the previous two administrations but on steroids. Trump has already escalated the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. When Trump sends his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to solve the seventy-year-old Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu cannot hide his happiness with the appointment. The Democrats and the media are too busy with election results, hacking, and the Russian probe to pay much attention to Middle East policy, with one exception – Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

However, this time, unlike the situation in Iraq, there is a 6,000 lb gorilla, snoozing on the Bosendorfer, regarding further American military misadventures in the Middle East; it goes by the name of Russia, and will, should Iran be attacked, to Iran's aid militarily.

IF, in fact, the US goes to war against Iran, to appease its Israeli handlers, look for the reinstitution of a draft, for both men and women; an horrific decline in the US economy; and the possibility that the US military may well not be able to emerge victorious from the conflict.

Jul 05 09:18

Over 500,000 Syrian Refugees Return To Government-Controlled Areas Of Syria

Crucial to the Western narrative of the Syrian conflict is the assertion that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a brutal dictator who has taken to killing his own people over the course of Syria’s six-year-long conflict. While this narrative has been pervasive in media coverage of the Syrian conflict, it is now being debunked by the very Syrian refugees that the media purported were fleeing Assad in the first place.

Jul 05 09:07

Video: RAW: SAA Breaks Through Rebel Defense Line In Ayn Tarma

Syrian Arab Army (SAA) reportedly broke through the defense lines of militants in the Damascus suburb of Ayn Tarma on Sunday.

Jul 05 08:44

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – JULY 5, 2017: RUSSIAN MILITARY POLICE TO DEPLOY IN NEW BUFFER ZONES?

The Russian Military Police may be deployed in buffer zones in Syria, Russia’s chief negotiator at the Astana talks and the president’s envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev said on Tuesday when the fifth round of talks started in the Kazakh capital. According to him, the issue, including the status of de-escalation control forces, has not yet been finally agreed. The sides will begin setting up security zones within two-three weeks after signing relevant documents as well as establish a joint coordination center to monitor security in the zones. However, the Russian official pointed out that there are still difficulties in “establishing the lines of contact.”

Syrian government forces have liberated the Tulul Hayl area and advanced near Ramamin in the province of Homs. The Syrian army and its allies, backed up by the Russian Aerospace Forces, are preparing for a major push toward the ISIS-held town of Sukhna at the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor road.

Jul 04 12:52

‘Israel Doing Everything To Prevent Syria From Prevailing Against Terrorists’

As the possibility of the Syrian government and their allies prevailing in their fight against terrorists approaches, Israel is interceding to do everything it can to prevent that outcome, says investigative journalist Rick Sterling.

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) fired at a “Syrian military artillery position” on Saturday in response to “projectiles launched” at Israel from Syria, the IDF said on Twitter.

Jul 04 10:23

Al-Nusra Terrorists Preparing for False-Flag Operation in Northwestern Syria

A well-informed military source said that Washington, Ankara and Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) are coordinating to carry out provocative chemical attacks in Idlib province.

Jul 04 10:23

This is What US-Made TOW Missile Fragments Found Near Damascus Could Prove

On Saturday, a diplomatic source told Sputnik that officers of the Center for Syrian Reconciliation have collected solid evidence to prove that Syrian militants use foreign-produced weapons and ammunition.

Among the findings were fragments of a United States-produced BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missile, discovered in the eastern suburb of Damascus.

Jul 04 10:07

SYRIA: US-led Propaganda, False Flag Ops for ‘Damascus Using Chemical Weapons’ Has Begun

It’s still unclear why last week the US would blatantly telegraph its position on a ‘imminent chemical attack by the Assad regime’ yet to take place in Syria, but one thing is certain – the announcement from Washington was absolutely tactical. Could US operatives be that deficient as to mount a false flag event after they had already advertised their agenda in advance?

According to Sputnik News, over the weekend Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned that, “Indeed, there is new intel.”
“We believe that this staging, this provocation is being prepared.”

Jul 04 10:04

ISIS and the Coalition Forces Jointly Attack the Village in Syria, Coalition Forces Admit to Have Used White Phosphorous in Raqqah

At least nine Syrian civilians were killed, after jets of the so-called US-led “anti-ISIS” international coalition attacked the residential area in Kishik Zyyanat village, located 15 km south of the town of Al Shadadi, in the southern countryside of the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakeh.

According to local sources, all of the people killed were members of Al Ahmadi family.

Jul 04 09:40

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – JULY 4, 2017: ARMY REPORTEDLY RECEIVES RUSSIAN-MADE BMPT TERMINATOR COMBAT VEHICLES

Syrian government forces, led by Liwa al-Quds and Hezbollah units, have further advanced against ISIS northeast of the Arak gas field in the eastern part of Homs province. Army troops and their allies have captured a number of hills and reached the important Rammim Hill west of the Hail gas field. By controlling the Rammim Hill, government forces will be able to establish fire control over the vicinity of the Hail gas field and thus soon to retake the field from ISIS. Doing so will also contribute to a wider effort aimed at liberating the strategic town of al-Sukhnah.

According to reports, government forces received an unknown number of Russian-made BMPT Terminator combat vehicles. The vehicles will allegedly be used during the upcoming advance on Deir Ezzor. If confirmed, this will be the first usage of the Russian-made armoured vehicle in a combat environment.

Jul 04 09:30

Tel Aviv Pays Al Qaeda Fighters’ Salaries: The Syrian War’s Worst Kept Secret That Could Become Israel’s Nightmare

Yes, Israel is supporting Syrian rebels, but this goes beyond cash and aid: Israel hopes the rebels will serve as a buffer against Hezbollah and a resurgent Assad, a strategy that could easily backfire

Jul 03 14:07

The Media Blackout Of Seymour Hersh’s Exposé On US Missile Strike Against Syria

A full week has passed since the publication by a major German newspaper of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh’s thoroughgoing debunking of the false claim of a Syrian government chemical weapons attack on April 4. The supposed atrocity by the regime of Bashar al-Assad was used to justify the April 6 US cruise missile strike on the al-Shayat air base. At least nine civilians, including four children, died when 59 Tomahawk missiles rained down on the base in western Syria.

Jul 03 10:50

Russian MP Links Possible Use of Sarin in Syria to Arrival of US Carrier Group

A provocation involving the use of sarin in Syria being prepared by the Jabhat Fatah al Sham terrorist group, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, may happen in the near future, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security Frants Klintsevich told Sputnik on Sunday.

Jul 03 10:49

US-backed SDF enters new area in northern Syria

The so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have entered a new area in the city of Raqqah, the last stronghold of the Daesh Takfiri terrorists in Syria, retaking territory on the southern bank of the Euphrates River.

Jul 03 10:48

Israeli forces targets Syrian artillery position

Israel has attacked Syrian military positions for the sixth time in over 10 days in response to alleged errant mortar fire from Syria’s Golan Heights.

"In response to projectiles launched earlier today at Israel from Syria, Israeli forces targeted the Syrian military artillery position that was the source of the previous fire," read a statement released by the Tel Aviv regime on Saturday.

It added that both of errant rounds which landed in the occupied Golan Heights were the "result of internal fighting in Syria."

No casualties have been reported form either of the incidents.

Jul 03 10:48

Israel Targets Syrian Army Positions Following Terrorists' Heavy Defeat in Al-Ba'ath

The Arabic-language media sources reported that the Israeli missile units opened fire at the Syrian army positions in Quneitra province after the latter inflicted a heavy defeat on Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) in the town of al-Ba'ath.

The al-Mayadeen reported that the Israeli missile units deployed in occupied Golan Heights in Tal (hill) Abu al-Nadi fired three missiles at army positions near Naba'a al-Fawar, damaging the army's equipment.

The Israeli attack was done after the army soldiers repelled an Al-Nusra attack in al-Ba'ath and then in a rapid counter-attack recaptured lost lands.

Jul 03 10:44

Washington’s New Threat Against Syria, Russia and Iran: Invitation to False Flag Operation

On Monday 26th June, the White House released a statement saying that the United States had “identified potential preparations for another chemical attack by the Assad regime…” It went on to say: “If, however, Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price.”

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, followed that statement by tweeting,

“Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia & Iran who support him killing his own people.”

On Tuesday morning, speaking on BBC 4 Today programme, the British Defence Minister Sir Michael Fallon was asked how Britain would respond to another American attack on Syria, and he responded “we will support” future US action in response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Jul 03 10:42

Deception Inside Deception: The Alleged Sarin Gas Attack.”A False Flag Attack is on the Way”

Seymour Hersh, America’s most famous investigative reporter, has become persona non grata in the American Propaganda Ministry that poses as a news media but only serves to protect the US government’s war lies. Among his many triumphs Hersh exposed the American My Lai massacre in Vietnam and the Abu Ghraib torture prison run by the Americans in Iraq. Today his investigative reports have to be published in the London Review of Books or in the German Media.

Jul 03 10:41

Tillerson: Russia Should Decide Assad's Fate

And so, three months after the US State Department famously flip-flopped, when first at the end of March Rex Tillerson said at a news conference that “the longer term status of President Assad will be decided by the Syrian people" adding that "our priority is no longer to sit and focus on getting Assad out" only to follow one week later with Tillerson's warning to Russia that "coalition steps are underway to remove Assad" which in turn segued into the first US attack on Syrian soil with the launch of no less than 59 cruise missiles, the US has done it again and according to Foreign Policy, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has once again told the U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres that the fate of Syrian leader Bashar Al-Assad now lies in the hands of Russia, and that the Trump administration’s priority is limited to defeating the Islamic State.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF true...hallelujah!!

But it appears that US policy on Syria is very disjunct, because of what we heard earlier today from the Commanding Officer, General Townsend:

US Won't leave Syria after the Islamic state is defeated, says Commander of US forces in Syria/Iraq

Jul 03 10:41

Fire engulfs Syrian refugee camp in Bekaa Valley

One child killed and several people injured as major blaze engulfs camp for Syrian refugees in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.

Jul 03 10:21

Israel tackles Trump’s Syrian blues

Government officials can be broadly put into two categories — those who take to bureaucratic skulduggery like fish to water and the rest who survive the shenanigans. It’s a matter of both DNA and acquired skills. Then, there is a miniscule category to which the US State Secretary Rex Tillerson belongs who either fail or refuse to reconcile with their fate. Do not be surprised if he takes voluntary retirement from Washington establishment and heads for the Deep South to his roots to be with his clan, his family. (Read here and here the vicious attacks by America’s “Jewish press” on Tillerson.)

There is, of course, a policy twist to it. The rising star is the US’ ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, a protégé of the Jewish lobby. She has no background in diplomacy and seems a woman of average intelligence – remember her silly remarks on Kashmir? – a unseen (Jewish) hand is plotting her career. Haley is a permanent invitee to the president’s National Security Council meetings.

Jul 03 10:06

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – JULY 3, 2017: ISIS COLLAPSED IN EASTERN ALEPPO

Pro-government forces, led by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces, have fully expelled ISIS terrorists from the area east of the Khanasir-Ithriyah road. Initially, the Tiger Forces took control over the entire Ithriyah-Resafa road, including the Habbari oil field and nearby points. Then, after a series of firefights with ISIS terrorists, government troops cleared the remaining ISIS-held pocket in eastern Aleppo.

With this advance, the SAA shortened the frontline with ISIS in the area and got a useful supply line to its strong point of Resafa. In the current situation, government forces will likely develop momentum against ISIS terrorists east of Salamiyah. If the SAA and its allies secure the road between Salamiyah and Palmyra, they will further shorten the frontline and repel any possible ISIS counter-attack on the Tiyas Airbase that may threaten the supply lines of government forces operating against ISIS east of Palmyra.

Jul 03 09:26

BREAKING: Ceasefire commences in southern Syria

The Syrian government has announced a ceasefire covering the southern Syrian Governorates of Daraa, Quneitra and As-Suwyda. Al-Qaeda remnants remain in each of these areas but have recently been incurring heavy loses at the hands of the Syrian Arab Army.

The ceasefire will cover the region of the Golan Heights in Quneitra Governorate that has been subject to sustained Israeli aggression over the last fortnight.

Jul 03 09:24

Russia Gathers Evidence Proving Use of Foreign Weapons by Terrorists in Syria

A diplomatic source said that Russia gathered incontestable evidence proving the use of foreign weapons and ammunition by terrorist groups in Syria.

Jul 03 09:22

Al-Nusra terrorists preparing to carry out provocative chemical attacks in Northwestern Syria

A well-informed military source said that Washington, Ankara and Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) are coordinating to carry out provocative chemical attacks in Idlib province.

The Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted the source as saying that the Al-Nusra Front terrorists are preparing in one of the warehouses of Idlib the preliminary steps of a provocative measure for conducting Sarin gas attacks in the towns of Khan Sheikhoun .

The source told Sputnik that based on intel, the terrorists are in an industrial building in the town of al-Maqareh and are getting ready to use sarin gas, adding that there could be a type of ammunition in the warehouse that is equipped with sarin gas.

Jul 03 09:11

US Media Sells Disorder in Eastern Syria: US "progress" in eastern Syria is a prelude to protracted conflict, not peace and prosperity.

The Washington Post in a piece penned by David Ignatius, attempts to showcase US progress in eastern Syria where it admittedly and intentionally created the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (ISIS) and where it now claims it is fighting and defeating it with proxies on the ground as well as an expanding US air and ground presence.

Titled, “As the Islamic State falls in Syria, one city offers a preview of the country’s future,” the piece attempts to portray efforts by the US to fill the vacuum left in the wake of a shrinking ISIS as being filled by stability brought by US proxies – primarily Kurdish militias.

Jul 03 09:04

US Won’t Leave Syria After The Islamic State (ISIS) Is Defeated, Says Commander of US Forces: Commander of the US-led anti-ISIS coalition anticipates a lengthy occupation of Syria in Syria, Iraq

he three-star US general in command of American forces in Syria and Iraq says the US will leave Syria as soon as ISIS is defeated, but not really. Actually, they will stick around, because after the ISIS state is defeated there will still be ISIS guerrillas to deal with:

Gen. Townsend promoted a young officer to first lieutenant on Wednesday — and he acknowledged to CBS News that U.S. troops won’t be leaving Syria any time soon.

“I think U.S. troops will start leaving Syria when ISIS is defeated,” Townsend said.

But will ISIS turn into an insurgency when they’ve lost all their territory?
“I think that’s the next stage of ISIS,” Townsend said.

“We call that ISIS 2.0 — an insurgency, rural. So I think we’ll still be here dealing with that problem set for a while.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please, give me just a moment to wrap my head around this; so the illegal invasion of a sovereign country is going to continue as an illegal American occupation, ultimately leading to regime change in Damascus?!?

And forgive me, but have Bashar Al Assad's people gotten the memo on this?!?

And how is Russia's President Putin going to respond to this?!?!

Jul 03 08:47

When Will Russia Challenge US and Israeli Aggression in Syria?

Washington, Israel and their rogue allies are at war on Syria – naked aggression against a sovereign independent state threatening no one.

Both countries supply ISIS and other terrorists with arms, munitions and other material support – supported by terror-bombing, daily by US warplanes, Israel at its discretion, its sixth attack in the last 10 days occurring Saturday, an unjustifiably pretext cited like all previous incidents, saying:
“In response to projectiles launched earlier today at Israel from Syria, Israeli forces targeted the Syrian military artillery position that was the source of the previous fire.”

No casualties or damage was reported. So-called errant mortar fire or other projectiles almost certainly came from US and Israeli-supported terrorists – providing unjustifiable justification for IDF aggression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Stephen Lendman is a fine writer, but I think he misses the heart of the intent by those in the bowels of power in the Unhinged Surveilled State of America, and that intent is to create a false flag, either in Syria or elsewhere, to be blamed on Russia, as the "justification" to start a war against it, as completely mad as such a scenario might be.

Otherwise, why would NATO have encircled Russia with its troops and equipment, as it has been for the last several years?!?

Jul 03 06:43

Israeli Defense Minister Warns Syria, Lebanon: Don't Test Us

The Israeli defense minister said on Sunday that while Israel maintains a policy of staying out of the raging Syrian Civil War, breaches of the country's territorial sovereignty won't be tolerated.

"We have no intention of entering any conflict, but I advise our neighbors not to test us," Lieberman told military journalists during a briefing at the Kirya military headquarters in Tel Aviv, as cited by the Jerusalem Post.

"We will not tolerate any spillover into our territory."

He added that Syria and Lebanon already know that it is not a good idea to test Israel's military strength, implying the retaliatory strikes.

Additionally, Lieberman pointed out that Israel is ready to support a peace process in Syria — unless it involves Iran, Hezbollah or Assad.

"Keeping Assad in power is not in our security interests," he told reporters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation of Liebermanspeak: we are setting up a situation which will necessitate a greater Israeli involvement in the Syrian war, to ensure an outcome to our liking.

Jul 03 06:27

NYT, WAPO SEND TOP REPORTERS TO STENOGRAPH FIVE O'CLOCK FOLLIES

When the U.S. military takes a bunch of journalists on a press junket to a foreign country it has a certain intention and prepares every detail in advance. There will be witnesses and local people who are briefed for their two minute talk with the journalists to convey exactly what the military wants them to convey. After enjoying local flair, for ten minutes max, some U.S. diplomatic official or a general will treat the journos to some good whiskey and a genuine local steak. The official will speak a few prepared lines on the record that will reinforce the story the locals were tasked to tell.

The outcome is predictable. The stories the journalists will write will be the same.

Gordon:

“We are not going to get beauty; it’s about pragmatism,” said Maj. Gen. Rupert Jones of the British Army, the deputy commander of the coalition force.
Ignatius:

Jul 02 09:18

More Turkish Troops Arrive in Qatar as Gulf Tensions Continue to Escalate

When Turkish troops were deployed to a military base in Qatar, it was huge news across the region, primarily because it was a show of support by the Erdogan government for the emirate at a time when many of Qatar’s neighbors are blocking them.

Jul 02 09:10

Planned False Flag CW Attack by Terrorists in Syria?

According to Syria’s Foreign Ministry, US-supported terrorists plan another false flag CW attack, saying:

They intend “blow(ing) up (munitions) filled with poisonous materials in the near future in one of Daraa province areas” – a provocation giving Washington unjustifiable justification to strike Syrian forces again.

False flags are a longstanding American tradition, dating from the 19th century, acts of mass deception, incidents wrongfully blamed on innocent parties, used as pretexts for US aggression.

Jul 02 09:10

Kurds May Face Turkish Army in Syria One-to-One

Turkey has already confirmed its seriousness on this issue by the recent air strikes carried out by Ankara at the positions of the Kurds and by continued armed clashes between the opposition sides. Moreover, Turkey has redeployed some of its armored units in the area of Azaz settlement.
In this regard, the Kurdish officials urged Assad and his partners to protect them from external threats.

According to the Syrian expert Ziad Shibli, the Syrian Kurds can face the Turkish aggression all alone due to some objective causes.

Jul 02 09:09

Russia Gathers Evidence Proving Use of Foreign Weapons by Terrorists in Syria

A diplomatic source said that Russia gathered incontestable evidence proving the use of foreign weapons and ammunition by terrorist groups in Syria.

Jul 02 09:01

US Falsely Accuses Iran of Violating Nuclear Deal

It’s very difficult to accuse Iran of being in violation of the P5+1 nuclear deal, because they are plainly not. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is responsible for policing the deal, confirms on a monthly basis that this remains the case, and that Iran has not been in violation of the pact.

That’s an inconvenience for the Trump Administration, which has repeatedly condemned the deal and insisted Iran would violate it. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley appears to have decided that the path of least resistance is overt lying, today claiming at the UN Security Council that Iran had “repeated violations” of the deal.

The claim was made literally during a meeting at which all the other permanent members of the Security Council were talking up how great it is that the deal is in place, and that Iran is showing such a deep commitment to its continued participation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With her blatant, and unrelentingly slavish support for Israel, which means she feels obligated to lie about Iran's compliance with the P5+1 Accord, Haley is fast approaching the VISS (Village Idiot Syndrome Status) with her brother and sister diplomats, who are doing everything to ignore her unrestrained rantings and ravings the best they can.

But please understand; there are elements with the Deep American State who will not rest until, to placate Israel, there is a US war against Iran in order to accomplish regime change in Tehran, no matter if this also means a war against Russia, which such a war against Iran, will probably create.

Jul 02 08:55

Inside the ISIS drone factory: Seized Mosul warehouse reveals the jihadis' crude reconnaissance planes and deadly four-wheeled robot bombs

Wooden propellers lie on a stripped-down drone, among tyres and gas canisters. Elsewhere, a four-wheeled contraption stands silent, preparing for its deadly mission.

As the battle for Mosul rages on, Iraqi forces recently discovered this ISIS factory which has been making various death machines - from aerial drones to multi-wheeled robot bombs.

The crude hardware was unearthed in a warehouse in the Al-Shifa neighbourhood on the fringes of the Islamic State-occupied Old City.

Jul 02 08:54

Syrian MP: US to Unveil New Terrorist Organization Soon

A senior Syrian lawmaker blasted the US destructive measures in Iraq and Syria, and warned that Washington is to unveil a new terrorist organization soon after the annihilation of the ISIL.

Jul 02 08:30

Damascus 'Will Deliver an Unexpected Response' if West Continues 'Aggression'

"In terms of international law, this is political pressure over Damascus. It is in response to Syrian Army’s advances in eastern Syria. Washington’s accusations are a lie," al Akkam told Sputnik Arabic.

The lawmaker stressed that Syrian forces have never used chemical weapons and will not do that in the future.

Commenting on the allegations, al Akkam said: "As for the legal procedure, if a country suspects another country of planning a chemical attack, it needs to contact the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The OPCW holds consultations and can send inspectors for an investigation in the suspected country."

Syria is party to the Chemical Weapons Convention. Previously, Damascus has already invited OPCW inspectors for a probe into the Khan Sheikhoun chemical incident. However, Washington did not respond.

Jul 02 08:29

US Planes Transfer ISIL Terrorists from Raqqa to Unknown Destinations

Elsewhere, Assad said that the US is now transferring the ISIL terrorists from Syria, specially Raqqa province, to unknown places.

Arab media outlets had disclosed that the ISIL started withdrawing troops from West of Raqqa province following an agreement with the US-backed Kurdish forces, while Syrian army soldiers managed to oust ISIL from its last strongholds in Eastern Aleppo and enter Western part of the group's de-facto capital in the Arab country.

Al-Assad revealed mid-June that the US has transferred the ISIL ringleaders who are originally from the Western states from Raqqa to other regions.

Jul 02 08:27

Israel scared of Iran-Iraq-Syria-Lebanon front

Regional military deployment is forming for the next stage. Iraqi Popular Mobilization forces, Syrian army and the allied forces, as well as Hezbollah are the main players on the ground, Elias Hanna told Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Saturday.

'The new situation covers a vast area from Quneitra in Golan heights to Lebanon, Syria and Iraq borders and Iran,' he added in his exclusive interveiw with IRNA.

Iran in the massive front with its rapid-response forces and various missiles have become a headache for Israel, the former Lebanese General believed.

Jul 02 08:09

Syrian Kurds Plan to Liberate Northern Part of Syria From 'Turkish Invasion'

YPG Commander Sipan Hemo said that Syrian Kurdish militia does not recognize the Turkish "invasion" to the north of Syria and will "liberate" that part of the country.

Syrian Kurdish militia People's Protection Units (YPG) does not recognize the Turkish "invasion" to the north of Syria and will "liberate" that part of the country, YPG Commander Sipan Hemo said Friday.

"We don’t accept the Turkish state’s presence or invasion in this region in any form. I want to stress that we don’t recognize their alliances either. Our goal and struggle to liberate the Azaz-Jarablus area will continue," Hemo said, as quoted by the Firat new agency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Have Syria's Al-Assad and Russia's Putin received the memo, that this is where the YPG intends to establish an independent Kurdistan?!?

Jul 01 14:58

U.S. War As Foreign Policy

Trump has authorized his war generals to bomb whomever , whenever , and however they please>>>

Jul 01 09:31

Ex-Weapons Inspector: Trump’s Sarin Claims Built on ‘Lie’

Human Rights Watch (HRW), drawing upon analysis of images brought to them by the volunteer rescue organization White Helmets, of fragments allegedly recovered from the scene of the attack, has claimed that the material cause of the Khan Sheikhun event is a Soviet-made KhAB-250 chemical bomb, purpose-built to deliver Sarin nerve agent. There are several issues with the HRW assessment. First and foremost, there is no independent verification that the objects in question are what HRW claims, or that they were even physically present at Khan Sheikhun, let alone deposited there as a result of an air attack by the Syrian government. Moreover, the KhAB-250 bomb was never exported by either the Soviet or Russian governments, thereby making the provenance of any such ordinance in the Syrian inventory highly suspect.

Jul 01 09:04

Syria: One of Largest Oilfields in Deir Ezzur Destroyed in US-Led Coalition Air Raid

The al-Hadath news reported that the coalition fighter jets led by the US targeted one of the largest oilfields in Deir Ezzur known as al-Ward.

In the meantime, eight civilians, including a child, have been killed in the warplanes' air raid in the town of al-Sowar in the Eastern province.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Under the guise of fighting ISIS, Syria's infrastructure is under attack by Coalition forces and thousands of civilians have been killed so far. The word used for that by military is "Collateral Damage."

Jul 01 09:00

Russia Deploys More Modern Weapons Systems in Syria as US Raises Rhetoric

Photos and images of the recent visit of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to the Russia-administered Humeimim airbase in Lattakia province show that the Russian Air Force has deployed more modern warplanes and missiles in Syria recently.

Jul 01 08:59

US is 'Seeking an Excuse' to Strike the Syrian Air Base

Commenting on the recent CNN report that US ships and aircraft have been moved into position and are ready to strike Syria's Shayrat airbase if the Syrian government makes "any further moves toward a chemical weapons attack," Lt. Gen. Evgeny Buzhinsky told Sputnik that the US is simply looking for an excuse to strike the airbase.

Jul 01 08:58

Russia to Send More Fighter Jets to Syria War

A protocol to reinvigorate the Russian Air Force in Syria was presented to President Vladimir Putin for approval after the recent US threats against the Damascus government.

Jul 01 08:56

Homs Syrian Army Discovers Israeli-Made Weapons in Al-Wa'er

Homs Syrian Army Discovers Israeli-Made Weapons in Al-Wa'er. Photos below.

Jul 01 08:56

Iran has conquered Syria

Iran has emerged the victor in the Syrian civil war. And that bodes ill for the rest of us.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, the attempt to conquer Syria (by the US) has failed. But Israel is already pushing the anti-Iran propaganda!

Jul 01 08:54

UNHCR: 500,000 Syrians back home

The United Nations refugee agency announced on Friday that some half a million of Syrian refugees have returned to their homes in the first six months of the current year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These are the areas where the Syrian army have cleared out the US-backed terrorists

Jun 30 17:23

MSM Distorts OPCW Non-confirmed Report that Assad Used Sarin in Chemical Attack

By Brandon Turbeville

CNN and other corporate media outlets are once again alight with “proof” that Assad used chemical weapons against civilians in Khan Sheikhoun. So what, exactly, is their proof? Well, they don’t have any. That shouldn’t be surprising in and of itself but it is at least entertaining the lengths to which corporate media outlets and Western governments will go to blame their own crimes against humanity on the Syrian government in order to justify new Western crimes against humanity...

Jun 30 11:57

Israeli Jets Attack Syrian Troops in Golan Heights for the 4th Time in a Week

The Israeli Air Forces attacked the Syrian government forces for the foruth time in a week after Syrian projectiles fell on the Israeli-controlled part of the Golan Heights, IDF wrote on Twitter.

Jun 30 10:03

Is the US Really Ready for 'Unprecedented Actions' in Syria?

Commenting on the above report, Alexander Gusev, a political analyst and director of the Institute for Strategic Planning noted to Sputnik Radio that the US broadcaster has previously discredited itself more than once, however this time the information might be truthful.

He pointed out that CNN reported on the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush, along with two destroyers and two cruisers being deployed in the eastern Mediterranean Sea for routine patrol positions.

"The destroyers and cruisers could fire Tomahawk missiles without putting pilots in manned aircraft at risk. In addition, dozens of aircraft already in the Middle East for operations against ISIS (Daesh) in Syria and Iraq could be used in a potential strike," the broadcaster said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Everything I am seeing points to only one conclusion: war with Russia over Syria and Iran.

Jun 30 09:57

Kelly McParland: Nothing less than hard power will remove a brutal dictator like Bashar Assad

The UN Security Council will never do anything to remove Bashar Assad. It takes muscle, and a willingness to use it, to displace a tyrant as oblivious to suffering as him

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, Kelly, if you really feel that strongly about it..

Here's your rifle

Here's your parachute.

We ran out of the desert camo, but here is a bright day-glo orange jumpsuit left over from Gitmo.

Watch your head climbing into that transport plane.

And we'll call whoever it is you are telling us needs to be invaded this week and tell them you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

But given the very long history of the United States government and the corporate media lying and tricking us into wars, you will forgive We The People if we sit this one out and keep our children safe at home.

Jun 30 09:31

Israeli aircraft bombs Syrian army positions in occupied Golan

An Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle has reportedly targeted Syrian army positions in Golan Heights after a projectile allegedly fired from Syria landed in the occupied territory.

Lebanon-based Arabic-language al-Manar television network reported on Friday that the drone struck a Syrian battle tank as well as a 105mm cannon in Syria’s strategic southwestern region of Quneitra near the border with Israeli-controlled Palestinian territories.

Earlier, the Israeli army had announced in a statement that “an errant projectile fired from Syria had hit an open area in the northern Golan Heights,” noting that the round was “a result of internal fighting in Syria.”

It is the fourth time in a week that projectiles from Syria have hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder just how long before the Syrian army strikes back at Israel; unfortunately, however, it would be just the "justification" Israel needs to provide public "cover" for attacking Syria further into its interior, and away from the Golan Heights.

Jun 30 08:47

Terrorists in Syria Plan Chemical Weapons Provocation in Dara'a Province

"Terrorists will blow up multiple ammunition filled with poisoning materials in near future in one of the regions in Dara'a province. The provocation will be carried out on analogy with the situation in Idlib in the beginning of 2017," the source told Sputnik.

The information about the plans was reportedly obtained from authorized sources in the political and military leadership of Syria. The recent statements by the White House concerning a potential chemical attack and a warning that if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad conducted another chemical attack on civilians, both "he and his military" would pay a heavy price, has become an essential motivation for the terrorists, the source added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... which will be blamed on Assad, of course!

Jun 30 08:42

Israeli Air Force targets Syrian military positions in response to ‘errant projectile’

Israel's air force has targeted a Syrian military position with an airstrike, after a projectile launched towards Israel landed in the Golan Heights, the Israel Defense Forces announced.

The announcement of the Israeli strike came just 45 minutes after the IDF said that an “errant projectile from internal fighting in Syria” had hit an open area in the Golan Heights, and that no injuries had been reported.

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