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Feb 07 10:05

Saudi military intervention in Syria amounts to war: Russian deputy

"Syria has to give official consent, to invite, otherwise it will be a war. The same applies to international law," Pavel Krasheninnikov, the head of the State Duma committee, told Interfax on Friday.

Krasheninnikov said that by promising a ground operation in Syria Riyadh now "intends to send troops to the territory of a sovereign state essentially without declaring a war."

Saudi Arabia on Thursday voiced readiness to participate in any ground operations in Syria if the US-led coalition allegedly targeting terrorists decides to start such operations.

US State Department spokesman John Kirby also welcomed the Saudi decision.

Saudi Arabia is a member of the so-called US-led coalition that has been conducting air raids against what are claimed to be the Daesh terrorists inside Syria without any authorization from the Syrian government or a UN mandate since September 2014.

Feb 07 10:03

Russian Rules of Engagement in Syria

Wont be any DC sponsored terrorists to torture Donald! Go Russia!

Russia’s intervention last year changed the dynamic on the ground. It holds key trump cards, waging real war on terrorism effectively.

It determined rules of engagement - turning the tide in a protracted conflict government forces were losing, now with the upper hand.

Fort Russ quoted an unnamed senior joint operation Syria, Russia, Iran, Hezbollah command official, saying:

“Russia has established new rules of engagement on the Syrian-Turkish border, and has retained the upper hand for the Syrian air force and the Syrian army.”

“Russia also refurbished and upgraded custom made Syrian MiG29SMT (warplanes), to protect the Russian air force squadrons, with clear orders to shoot down Turkish planes that enter the Syrian air space.”

Feb 07 09:57

US Must Act More Aggressively Against Daesh in Libya - Jeb Bush

The United States must act in a more aggressive manner in the fight against the Islamic State, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, Jeb, if you really feel that way about it... Here's your rifle. Here's your parachute. We ran out of the desert camo but here's a bright da-glo orange jumpsuit from the CIA's torture centers. Watch your head climbing into that transport aircraft, and we will call whoever it is you want to invade and tell them you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

But we remember the lies about stolen incubators that tricked us into the first invasion of Iraq.

We remember your older brother's whopper about Saddam's nuclear weapons that tricked us into the second invasion of Iraq.

We remember how only a year ago Obama and Kerry tried to trick us into war with Syria with more lies about poison gas.

We remember how there weren't really torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin or a Spanish mine in Havana Harbor, but how there really WERE weapons on board the Lusitania.

In short, we remember all the lies, frauds, and deceptions used to trick us into wars of conquest, to send our young people out to die in wars created out of thin air by and for the money-junkies. I think it is time that we have a new rule in America; that those who want war are the first to the front lines. You are all splendidly brave with the lives of other peoples' children. Let's see the true measure of your courage and commitment to war.

You first!

Feb 07 00:00

Russia Is Preparing the Syrian Army to Repel Any Turkish Incursion

Looks like the Russians and Syrians are preparing to defeat the Turks in detail as they come across the border. Assad's heavy units have been held back through the whole war.It's Assads ace in the hole. Retrained and re-equipped by the Russians the last several months and blooded. The Turks are walking into a big trap!

The source comments, “Russia has red lines that it will allow no one to cross, Russia is preparing a strong Syrian military unit that will serve to repel any Turkish ground incursions, Damascus has the right to defend its borders, and will not stay silent anymore to any aerial violations of Syrian sovereignty, and is preparing for any ground offensive by the Turks with aerial bombardment and ground shelling. Russia considers any plane not operating within the US-Russia coordination agreement to be a threat and will be shot down,.......

Feb 06 16:23

Risking World War III in Syria

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter last October said in a little noticed comment that the United States was ready to take “direct action on the ground” in Syria. Vice President Joe Biden said in Istanbul last month that if peace talks in Geneva failed, the United States was prepared for a “military solution” in that country.

Feb 06 13:01

Are Saudi Arabia and Turkey about to invade Syria?

As Saudi and Turkish-backed rebels face an impending rout by Russian-backed regime forces, Riyadh and Ankara consider deploying troops.

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Funny how they don't mention the US backed/created "rebels."

Feb 06 13:01

Saudi gambit for all-out US war in Syria

Seriously, Saudi troops going into Syria to fight Daesh? The Saudis, Turks and American CIA have weaponized Daesh. Furthermore, the Saudi army is elsewhere getting pummeled by insurgents in Yemen. The notion that the Saudis or their Persian Gulf allies are readying to send ground forces into Syria is laughable.

Feb 06 11:39

Risking World War III in Syria

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter last October said in a little noticed comment that the United States was ready to take “direct action on the ground” in Syria. Vice President Joe Biden said in Istanbul last month that if peace talks in Geneva failed, the United States was prepared for a “military solution” in that country. The peace talks collapsed on Wednesday even before they began. A day later Saudi Arabia said it is ready to invade Syria while Turkey is building up forces at its Syrian border.

Feb 06 11:13

Syria: NATO's Last Desperate Options in Lost Proxy War

As early as 2012, a Department of Intelligence Agency (DIA) document (.pdf) admitted in regards to the Syrian conflict and the rise of ISIS that:

If the situation unravels there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in eastern Syria (Hasaka and Der Zor), and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran).

Feb 06 11:01

Syria warns foreign troops would return home 'in coffins'

Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem warned Saturday that foreign ground troops entering Syria without its approval would "return home in wooden coffins."

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"We're Americans. We demand ALUMINUM coffins!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 06 10:51

Saudi Arabia to send ground troops to Syria

Saudi Arabia said it was ready to send ground troops to Syria to fight ISIS. “The kingdom is ready to participate in any ground operations that the coalition (against ISIS) may agree to carry out in Syria,” said Saudi military spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed al-Asiri during an interview with al-Arabiya TV news. Saudi sources added that thousands of Saudi Special Forces could be deployed, probably in coordination with Turkey.

Feb 06 10:12

No More Games in Syria: Russian Airstrikes Pulverize 'Moderate' Rebels for 36 Straight Hours

It's a bad time to be a "moderate" in Syria: Even the Washington Post is now reporting that Al-Nusra and other freedom-loving moderate groups are losing the war.

Feb 06 10:09

Syria's Enemies Seek Face Saving Escalation Measures

The Russian military said Thursday that it has "reasonable grounds" to suspect that Turkey is making intensive preparations for a military invasion of neighboring Syria.

Feb 06 09:26

Video: Syrian Army Pounds ISIS

The Syrian army troops backed by popular committees have inflicted heavy losses upon ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists during a series of concentrated operations that were carried out against their dens and gatherings in Aleppo and Deir Ezzor provinces.

Feb 06 09:12

Syrian official says foreign troops entering Syria will ‘return in coffins’

Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem warned Saturday that foreign ground troops entering Syria would “return home in wooden coffins.”

His comments came after Saudi Arabia said earlier this week it would be willing to send troops as part of a U.S.-led military campaign against Islamic State extremists. The group controls large parts of Syria and Iraq.

Al-Moallem said conventional wisdom and logic would suggest the idea of Saudi troops in Syria is far-fetched, but that “with the crazy Saudi leadership nothing is far-fetched.”

“Any ground intervention in Syria, without the consent of the Syrian government, will be considered an aggression that should be resisted by every Syrian citizen,” he told a news conference in Damascus. “I regret to say that they will return home in wooden coffins.”

Feb 06 08:59

Why the ‘Sultan of Chaos’ is freaking out

Picture sleepless nights at ‘Sultan’ Erdogan’s palace in Ankara. Imagine him livid when he learns the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Russian air power, started a preemptive Battle of Aleppo – through the Bayirbucak region - cutting off Ankara’s top weaponizing corridor and Jihadi highway.

Who controls this corridor will control the final outcome of the war in Syria.

Feb 06 01:05

Why the ‘Sultan of Chaos’ is freaking out

Picture sleepless nights at ‘Sultan’ Erdogan’s palace in Ankara. Imagine him livid when he learns the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Russian air power, started a preemptive Battle of Aleppo – through the Bayirbucak region - cutting off Ankara’s top weaponizing corridor and Jihadi highway.

Feb 05 23:55

Week Sixteen of the Russian Intervention in Syria: a US Invasion of Syria Next?

This week was marked by major successes for the Syria military the Sheikh Miskeen region of the Daraa Province in the south of the country. In the meantime in the north, the Syrian Army continues its offensive north of the strategic Kuweires air base. But these military successes were eclipsed by rumors that the US was setting up and air base in northern Syria, possibly near Rmeilan, a town in the al-Hasakah Governorate in the northeast of Syria, and that this might be the preparation for a US ground intervention

Feb 05 18:35

'We Expect A Military Escalation in Syria': Turkey’s True Motives

As Turkey shows increasing signs of invading Syria, Turkish journalist Erman Cete and Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Institute speak to Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear to discuss the meaning for relations between Russia and NATO.

Feb 05 18:35

Peace Talks “Paused” After Putin’s Triumph in Aleppo

This is the beginning of the end of jihadi presence in Aleppo. After 4 years of war and terror, people can finally see the end in sight.”

Feb 05 18:34

Saudi military intervention in Syria amounts to war: Russian deputy

A Russian deputy has warned Saudi Arabia that any military ground operation in Syria without the Damascus government's consent amounts to a declaration of war.

Feb 05 14:17

BREAKING: State Dept Spokesman John Kirby Violates Russian Airspace

Social media and other unnamed sources are reporting that US State Dept spokesman John Kirby has openly violated Russian airspace, in an obvious act of aggression against the Russian people.

Witnesses say that Kirby took off from an undisclosed location in Unkraine, flying his vintage single engine Cessna 172 Skyhawk aircraft, with a premeditated plan to invade Russia.

Reports said that Kirby was wearing a brown leather bomber jacket, a long wool scarf, his big boy deep sea diver mask, and a vintage WW1 leather flying helmet.

Kirby was seen loading a duffel bag full of hand grenades into the aircraft cockpit before taking off, and when questioned about his flight plan, Kirby stated his only mission was "to kill as many Ruskies as possible, because God told him to".

Note this report is not an accusation, it’s a fact.

Don't ask for proof of this report. We don't need proof.

We have stated that it occurred, and so the report is obviously the gospel truth.

Feb 05 13:39

Russian MP says Syria should appeal to UN in case of Saudi’s land operation

Damascus will have to appeal to the United Nations in case Saudi Arabia stages a land operation in Syria, a Russian lawmaker said on Friday.

Feb 05 12:29

Seriously? Now They Expect Us to Believe ISIS Leader Is Running Online Suicide Bombing Classes

So we are to believe the [Western intelligence asset] leader of ISIS is regularly participating in scheduled online classes with groups of people via Skype on how to blow one's self up in a public area.

And yet... we are told no one can seem to catch him.

In a world where the NSA can literally hack entire countries and we've been told everything everyone can do online can be monitored 24/7 in real-time... we are told no one has any idea where this guy could possibly be.

How can anyone possibly believe this line of bs?

So what's next for the enterprising young terrorists? Is ISIS going to open up a chain of terrorist community colleges and courses by mail, bombs included?

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Feb 05 09:43

US claims Russia is ‘in part’ to blame for Syrian talks’ halt, misquotes UN as proof

Kirby appears to have played loosely with the official statement here.

“He [de Mistura] did cite the difficulties that the military activities by Russia and the regime are having in terms of demonstrating a good faith effort by the regime to have negotiations and talks, but I’m not privy to every issue that they’ve raised – the opposition has raised with Mr. de Mistura,” Kirby told Lee.

This comment came soon after the UN mediator suspended the peace talks just two days in, citing differences between the Syrian government and opposition delegations on the priority of humanitarian issues.

When asked if the recent military escalation by the Syrian government troops and the Russian airstrikes “basically bombed your talks,” de Mistura replied: “I’m not referring to military activities.”

Feb 05 09:37

Grabbing a Slice: Neighbors Rush In To Get Their Share of the ‘Syrian Pie’

The steady success of the Syrian government forces with the support of the Russian Aerospace Forces have forced Syria's neighbors to rush in, in fear of missing their chance to grab a piece of the “Syrian pie”, according to military analyst Andrei Koshkin.

Feb 05 09:36

Saudi Arabia May Deploy Thousands of Troops to Syria

The Guardian said on Thursday citing unnamed Saudi sources that Saudi Arabia could deploy "thousands of special forces," "probably in coordination with Turkey."

Feb 05 09:35

Syrian Army Cuts Al-Nusra Militants' Supply Line Between Aleppo and Turkey

Several key supply routes of the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front have reportedly been destroyed by the Syrian Army in an area of Aleppo Province which borders Turkey.

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Feb 05 09:05

Peace Talks “Paused” After Putin’s Triumph in Aleppo 

A last ditch effort to stop a Russian-led military offensive in northern Syria ended in failure on Wednesday when the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF) and heavy Russian air cover broke a 40-month siege on the villages of Nubl and al-Zahra in northwestern Aleppo province. The Obama administration had hoped that it could forestall the onslaught by cobbling together an eleventh-hour ceasefire agreement at the Geneva peace talks. But when the news that Syrian armored units had crashed through al Nusra’s defenses and forced the jihadists to retreat, UN envoy Staffan de Mistura suspended the negotiations tacitly acknowledging that the mission had failed.

Feb 05 09:02

Why the ‘Sultan of Chaos’ is freaking out

Picture sleepless nights at ‘Sultan’ Erdogan’s palace in Ankara. Imagine him livid when he learns the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Russian air power, started a preemptive Battle of Aleppo – through the Bayirbucak region - cutting off Ankara’s top weaponizing corridor and Jihadi highway.

Who controls this corridor will control the final outcome of the war in Syria.

Meanwhile, in Geneva, the remote-controlled Syrian opposition, a.k.a. High Negotiations Committee, graphically demonstrated they never wanted to meet with the Damascus delegation in the first place – “proximity” talks or otherwise, even after Washington and Moscow roughly agreed on a two-year transition plan leading to a theoretically secular, nonsectarian Syria.

The Saudi front wanted no less than Ahrar al-Sham, Jaysh al-Islam and all Jabhat al-Nusra, a.k.a. al-Qaeda in Syria, collaborators at the table in Geneva. So the Geneva charade, quicker than one can say “Road to Aleppo!” was exposed for what it is.

Feb 05 08:57

Saudi Arabia Declares Its Ground Forces Ready to Invade Syria

A Saudi military spokesman has confirmed that Riyadh is prepared to join any US-led ground operations to fight Daesh, also known as IS/Islamic State, in Syria, if such operations are approved by the coalition.

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The big question is, how will Washington DC convince the American people that Syria needs to be invaded?

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Feb 05 08:56

U.S., Russia “Base Wars” In Syria As Turkey Allegedly Prepares For Invasion

By Brandon Turbeville

The chess pieces are continuing to be set by the world’s two superpowers in Syria in steps that are slowly leading to the possibility of a direct military confrontation between them. That is, if the United States and NATO do not abandon their pipe dreams of world hegemony and the destruction of the secular government of Bashar al-Assad.

The latest chess pieces being moved around on the board come in the form of air bases now being set up and expanded by both the United States and Russia inside Syrian territory...

Feb 05 08:54

War Warning: Serious Grounds to Believe Turkey Planning Military Invasion of Syria

Russian Major General Igor Konashenkov has announced that Russia now has ‘serious grounds’ to believe Turkey is preparing an illegal ground invasion of Syria:

“We have serious grounds to suspect intensive preparations by Turkey for a military invasion on the territory of the sovereign state of Syria,”

“We are recording more and more signs of concealed preparations by the Turkish military,”

“We are surprised that the talkative representatives of the Pentagon, NATO and numerous organizations allegedly protecting human rights in Syria, despite our call to respond to these actions, still remain silent,”

“Such steps carried out by a country, which is a NATO member state, in no way contribute to the strengthening of trust and security in Europe.”

Feb 05 08:53

END OF ISIS? Russian Jets Hit 900 Targets in Last Three Days, Jihadists Fleeing

Russia’s intervention in Syria has produced many astounding results since it began late last year, and they seem to be continuing into the new year too.

Major General Igor Konashenkov is reporting that the Russian airstrikes have hit almost 900 targets from 1-4 February in Aleppo, Latakia, Homs, Hama and Deir ez-Zor, which have caused the terrorists to sustain heavy losses:

“In order to retain at least some semblance of a fighting capacity, the militants’ forces in the Syria’s northern regions continue abandoning their positions and falling back to the Turkish border.”

Feb 05 07:30

Syrian rebels are losing Aleppo and perhaps also the war

Syrian rebels battled for their survival in and around Syria’s northern city of Aleppo on Thursday after a blitz of Russian airstrikes helped government loyalists sever a vital supply route and sent a new surge of refugees fleeing toward the border with Turkey.

The Russian-backed onslaught against rebel positions in Aleppo coincided with the failure of peace talks in Geneva, and helped reinforce opposition suspicions that Russia and its Syrian government allies are more interested in securing a military victory over the rebels than negotiating a settlement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Someone tell those @#$% Russians to stop getting in the way of our conquering the world, dammit!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 04 22:26

US Regime Change Talks on Syria hit blind alley

The real danger, however, is that Washington and its allies might now attempt a direct military intervention in Syria out of desperation.

Feb 04 16:02

Saudi Arabia "Ready To Send Ground Troops To Syria"

Last month, when Saudi Arabia announced it would be heading (that's heading, not beheading) a 34-nation "anti-terror coalition", everyone who knows anything at all about the Mid-East and about the sectarian divide laughed hysterically.

Why? Because Saudi Arabia is without question the world's number one state sponsor of terror. Riyadh would vehemently deny that charge but when your state religion is Wahhabism it's a bit difficult to explain how it is that you're not contributing to the rise of groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS.

Fortunately for the Saudis, they've got all the oil, which means the world looks the other way while the government racks up an abysmal human rights record and sticks to policies that look like they walked right out of the seventh century.

Feb 04 15:34

Kerry demands Russia halt bombing campaign in Syria

US Secretary of State John Kerry has demanded that Russia halt its bombing campaign in Syria, implicitly blaming Moscow for the collapse in the UN-sponsored peace talks.

Speaking ahead of a Syrian donor conference in London, Kerry said he had called his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, for a “robust” discussion on the issue, AFP reported on Thursday.

Feb 04 14:54

Syrian war negotiations collapse after two days

A United Nations arbitrator suspended international negotiations over the war in Syria on Wednesday. New talks have been scheduled to begin in three weeks.

According to UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura, the cancellation of the talks was immediately prompted by the advance of Russian-backed Syrian government forces into key areas surrounding the city of Aleppo, breaking a three-year-old “rebel” siege of two Shia villages and cutting a supply line for the US-backed Islamist militias from Turkey.

Feb 04 14:11

CrossTalk: Syrian Quagmire

The talks have started, but where will they go? Ending Syria’s civil war is a daunting endeavor. There are too many parties with conflicting agendas.

Feb 04 13:29

'It's you who created Daesh!’ shouts woman at John Kerry as press conference winds up.

US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Italy was disrupted by a cry of protest at his joint press conference with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, when a woman in the audience shouted, “it’s you who created Daesh!”

The press conference was coming to an end, when the woman stood up from the public, her head covered up by a black veil.

“It’s you who created Daesh!” she shouted at the two ministers, using another name for the terror group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), reported the Italian state-owned television channel RAI.

Feb 04 13:20

Kerry says Russians must stop airstrikes in Syria

Speaking to reporters before attending a Syria humanitarian effort conference on Thursday, US Secretary of State John Kerry blamed Russia for the collapse of the UN-sponsored peace talks and said they must end their bombing campaign in the embattled country, according to AFP

Feb 04 12:41

Syrian militants training teenage suicide bombers — Russian Defense Ministry

Representatives of the Syrian opposition have reported that terrorists from the Jabhat al-Nusra and Harakat Ahrar ash-Sham groups are training teenage suicide bombers for terrorist attacks in the governorates of Damascus, Homs and Latakia, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Thursday. Konashenkov said the youngest of the suicide bombers is 14 years old and the eldest is 16.

Feb 04 12:15

WORLD PLEDGES $10B FOR SYRIANS, BUT PEACE PROSPECTS BLEAK

World leaders pledged more than $10 billion Thursday to help fund schools, shelter and jobs for refugees from Syria's civil war, money that British Prime Minister David Cameron said "will save lives, will give hope, will give people the chance of a future."

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But no mention made of the US attempt to overthrow Assad which made all these people refugees in the first place!

Feb 04 12:12

Syrian Army Troops Block Al-Nusra Supply Routes at Turkish Borders with Aleppo

The Syrian army managed to cut off supply routes to the al-Nusra Front terrorists in the town of Mayer, North of Aleppo, at the bordering areas with Turkey on Thursday.

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Now you know why Turkey is shelling the Syrian troops!

Feb 04 11:36

Turkey preparing for military action in Syria: Russia

The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman says Moscow has serious grounds to suspect Turkey of preparing for a military incursion into Syria.

“The Russian Defense Ministry registers a growing number of signs of hidden preparation of the Turkish Armed Forces for active actions on the territory of Syria,” Igor Konashenkov said on Thursday.

“We are recording more and more signs of concealed preparations by the Turkish military,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Further evidence of these preparations can be found in today's http://tass.ru/en/defense/854610:

Many checkpoints on the Turkish-Syrian border can be used for preparing infrastructure for a military intrusion into Syria, Konashenkov went on to say. Konashenkov showed the photos of one of the border checkpoints, where grounds protected by security guards were being expanded. "In wartime, such methods are used for preparing the transport infrastructure ahead of a military intrusion. Such grounds are usually used for ensuring quick movement of military convoys with weapons and ammunition as well as for prompt transportation and evacuation of personnel. There are plenty of such examples, in which troops and military hardware are involved, on the Syrian-Turkish border," the Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson said. Russia’s Defense Ministry earlier provided convincing video evidence to the world public that Turkish self-propelled artillery systems were shelling Syrian populated areas in north Latakia. "We’re surprised that talkative representatives of the Pentagon and NATO and numerous so-called organizations for the protection of human rights in Syria have kept silent so far, despite our call for reacting to these actions," the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said. Russia’s Defense Ministry has intensified all kinds of reconnaissance in the Middle East, the spokesman said. "That is why, if someone in Ankara thinks that the cancellation of the Russian inspectors’ observance flight over Turkey will help conceal something, then this looks unprofessional," Konashenkov said. More: http://tass.ru/en/defense/854610

IF, in fact, these Russia reports are true (and I see no reason to doubt them), the following scenario is very plausible.

Turkey attacks Syria; Russia counter-attacks Turkish forces (or there is a false flag making it appear that this was the case), and Turkey invokes Article 5 of the NATO Treaty.

This means that all of NATO's military are, by treaty obligation, constrained to protect Turkey from any attacker, as though they all had been attacked by Russia.

Welcome to World War III, ladies and gentlemen.

Feb 04 11:29

Why the ‘Sultan of Chaos’ is freaking out

Picture sleepless nights at ‘Sultan’ Erdogan’s palace in Ankara. Imagine him livid when he learns the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Russian air power, started a preemptive Battle of Aleppo – through the Bayirbucak region - cutting off Ankara’s top weaponizing corridor and Jihadi highway.

Who controls this corridor will control the final outcome of the war in Syria.

Notorious Saudi intel mastermind Prince Turki, a former mentor of one Osama bin Laden, has been to Paris on a PR offensive; all he could muster was an avalanche of non-denial denials - and blaming the whole Syria tragedy on Bashar al-Assad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It would be terrific if military intervention would just shatter before the US and Turkey get their way in the region, thanks to Russia's invited intervention in Syria; unfortunately, however, there are troubling Russian reports of Turkey preparing for an all-out invasion of Syria.

And THAT could well lead to World War III.

Feb 04 11:21

Combat footage: Syrian Army breaks 3-year siege of 2 Shia villages in Aleppo

Syrian Amy units have broken a siege imposed by terrorist organizations in the towns of Nubbul and al-Zahraa, local media report.

Feb 04 11:15

US-Led Coalition Continues Bombing Syria, Telling Russia to Stop

The US-led international coalition continued bombing targets across Syria, Russia's military said, while demanding that Russia stops its own campaign as part of a ceasefire deal.

Aircraft of the international coalition inflicted 12 powerful strikes in five provinces of Syria between Monday and Wednesday, Russia's Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov noted that Russia has been accused of targeting areas which "never had terrorist groups" amid a tentative preparation for talks, an allegation he called absurd. Konashenkov countered allegations previously voiced by US Secretary of State John Kerry, noting that the US-led coalition has continued its strikes while condemning Russia's.

"This is especially true of targets engaged outside Raqqa, where aviation of the so-called anti-ISIL coalition supposedly does not fly and does not bomb," Konashenkov told reporters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Russians are being effective, in tandem with their Syrian military counterparts, so much so that they are very close to taking the city of Aleppo.

Kerry's hypocrisy is showing big-time, because if Syria and Russia are able to control the Western part of the country, they will have far more leverage as to what happens with the rest of Syria, and that is the polar opposite of what the US and Turkey want to see happen here.

Feb 04 10:51

Russia redeployed advanced Su-35S fighter jets to Syria — defense ministry

Russia’s advanced Sukhoi Su-35S fighter jets started accomplishing combat missions in Syria last week, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Monday. Some media outlets earlier reported about the redeployment of these fighter jets to Syria.

Feb 04 10:35

Closing In: Russia, Iran, Assad "Encircle" Syria's Largest City As Peace Talks Collapse In Geneva

As we noted four months ago, if Russia and Hezbollah manage to recapture the city, it would effectively restore the Assad government in Syria even if the east of the country is still controlled by Islamic State.

Fast forward four months and it appears that after a protracted fight, Russia and Hezbollah are indeed poised to recapture the city where militants are now surrounded. Critically, Russia and Iran have now cut off supply lines from Turkey.

In any event, the urgency expressed by the US, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey shouldn't be mistaken for some kind of benevolent regard for the lives are lost each and every day the war drags on. Rather, Washington, Riyadh, and Ankara know that if Aleppo falls, that's it for the "moderate" opposition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The big question, then, is what are DC and Istanbul prepared to actually do to prevent this from happening, and what will they do if they cannot?!?

Feb 04 09:55

Backed By Russian Jets, Syrian Army Closes In On Aleppo

A Syrian army source said the city of Aleppo would soon be encircled by government forces as rebels pounded by Russian air strikes expressed hope that the failure of Geneva peace talks would encourage their foreign backers to send better weapons.

Turkey, a major sponsor of the insurgency against President Bashar al-Assad, said there was no point to peace talks while Russia carried out attacks in Syria. Moscow confirmed a Russian military trainer was killed in Syria this week, but denied that Russian servicemen were fighting on the ground.

The United Nations on Wednesday suspended the first peace talks in two years, halting an effort that seemed doomed from the start as the war raged unabated on the ground and government forces severed a major rebel supply route into strategically-important Aleppo, Syria's biggest city before the war began.

Feb 04 09:21

General Says Israel ‘Effectively’ Part of Anti-ISIS Coalition

Israeli Major General Nitzan Alon today told reporters that Israel considers ISIS “an enemy” and that it shares so much intelligence with the members of the US anti-ISIS coalition that it is “effectively” a part of that coalition itself.

This seems to be a significant shift from what other Israeli officials have said, with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon only weeks ago insisting that Israel “prefers ISIS” to take over Syria rather than the Assad government, an ally of Iran, remaining in power.

Feb 04 09:20

Germany and the UNO against Syria

The neo-conservatives and liberal hawks who have been preparing the war against Syria since 2001 have been relying on several states from the UNO and the Gulf Co-operation Council. While we know about the role played by General David Petraeus in launching and pursuing the war until today, two personalities - Jeffrey Feltman (number 2 at the UNO) and Volker Perthes (Director of the main German think tank) - have remained in the shadows. Together, with the support of Berlin, they have been using and are still manipulating the United Nations in order to destroy Syria.

Feb 04 09:09

Despite Territorial Loses, the ISIS Global Position Is Secure

Only the Russian Federation has shown a willingness to truly resist the spread of ISIS

Feb 04 09:04

Carter Slams 'So-Called' Partners for Not Doing More in Daesh Fight

In recent statements by US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, the US-led coalition against Daesh (Islamic State/ISIL) is less a coalition and more a disparate group following their own interests, suggesting that allies are not pulling their fair share of the weight in the ongoing and costly war.

Feb 04 08:19

Syrian rebels losing grip on Aleppo

Opposition forces in northern Syria say they are losing their grip on Aleppo as Russian bombardment and advances by pro-Assad militias come close to cutting their supply lines and besieging the city.

After a week of the most intensive bombardment of the five-year war, forces loyal to the Syrian leader are in control of most of the countryside immediately to the north.

Feb 04 08:09

Grounds to believe Turkey planning military invasion in Syria - Russian military

Developments on the Turkish-Syrian border give serious grounds to suspect that Ankara is planning a military invasion in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

“We have serious grounds to suspect intensive preparations by Turkey for a military invasion on the territory of the sovereign state of Syria,” Major General Igor Konashenkov, Defense Ministry spokesman, told journalists.

“We are recording more and more signs of concealed preparations by the Turkish military,” he added.

Feb 04 08:09

Kerry warns about Syria's continued airstrikes

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement released late Wednesday that attacks by Syrian forces supported by Russian airstrikes against opposition-held areas have signaled that Syria intends to seek a military solution rather than a political one.

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Given that the opposition is supported by the US, and given how other nations subject to regime change by the US have suffered afterwards, I don't blame the Syrians for wanting to take back control of their own country. If Mexico were found to have sent in agitators to topple our government, would we not fight back to keep control of our country?

Feb 04 07:45

So who is the new Hitler? Western tradition: The West can, but Russia can not

Syria peace talks at UN headquarters in Geneva started with new accusations against Russia. It was said that Russia strengthens the Islamic State and grows a new Hitler in the face of Bashar Al-Assad. The psychoemotional war is designed to force Russia to make concessions, and Russia must clearly explain its position once again. The Hitler remarks were voiced by spokesman for the Higher Committee for Syrian Talks, Salem al-Mislet. "Unfortunately, Syrian citizens are killed by government forces. By helping the regime, Russia will create a new Hitler," he said. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond continued developing the idea...

Feb 04 07:42

Syria's lost generation

Four million Syrian children have no means of getting to a school in safety because of the actions of marauding gangs of terrorists firing at the personnel of the Syrian Arab Army, police, ambulance and fire services. The United Nations Organization is trying to coordinate an initiative called No Lost Generation, aiming to prioritize the education of Syria's children before an entire generation has its schooling interrupted, losing important parts of the curriculum. UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and Africa, Peter Salama, states: "The scale of the crisis for children is growing all the time, which is why there are now such fears that Syria is losing a whole generation of its youth"...

Feb 04 05:05

Terrorist rocket kills 17 civilians in Daraa, Syria

17 people have been killed and up to 101 injured when rockets launched by terrorist groups stuck neighbourhoods across the southern city of Dara’a. Abdul Wadood al-Homsi, the Head of the Health Directorate in Dara’a claimed that most of the victims were women and children who were in critical condition. This was perpetrated by those that in the West call ‘moderate opposition.’ The mythology of moderate rebels has mostly been debunked. In Harasta in northeast Damascus, a rocket attack by Jaysh al-Islam has injured 3 civlians.

Feb 04 05:01

What are Russian troops doing in Syrian Kurdistan? Is it true that American servicemen have also landed in Syrian Kurdistan?

There are three big areas that are under control of the Kurdish Democratic Autonomous Government. They are Al-Jazeera (the Al-Hasakah Governorate), Kobani and Afrin (the Aleppo Governorate). The Syrian government forces are partially located in Al-Jazeera; their military is present in the Al-Qamishli airport, in other parts of the city and there are neighborhoods that are controlled by the Asayish Kurdish security forces that are loyal to the government. The Kurdish population in Syria is divided between supporters of Abdullah Öcalan (the founder of the Kurdish Workers' Party) and supporters of Massoud Barzani, President of Iraqi Kurdistan. They oppose the Syrian regime, but do not have any problems co-existing with it, if Assad does not interfere with Kurdistan's affairs. Kurds are not fighting in the Syrian Army. They also have no reason to fight the regime. However, they do have some problems – on national grounds – with the Asayish Kurdish special forces.

Feb 03 20:42

Drone video of Homs, Syria shows a city destroyed by war

Making the rounds online this week: this footage shot by a camera-equipped drone of the Syrian city of Homs. After 5 years of civil war, the city is largely reduced to abandoned rubble.

Feb 03 14:49

‘Irrefutable proof’: Turkey shells Syrian territory – Russian military

The Russian Defense Ministry has presented video evidence it says shows Turkish military shelling Syrian territory using heavy artillery positioned close to the border.

Feb 03 14:23

Geneva talks begin as US-backed war in Syria expands

Talks opened in Geneva, Switzerland Monday on the four-year-old war that has killed over 260,000 Syrians and turned millions more into refugees. There is no reason to believe that this United Nations-mediated process will bring any end to the carnage.

Feb 03 12:54

Syrian Civil War: Could Turkey be Gambling on an Invasion?

A month before Turkey shot down a Russian bomber which it accused of entering its airspace, Russian military intelligence had warned President Vladimir Putin that this was the Turkish plan. Diplomats familiar with the events say that Putin dismissed the warning, probably because he did not believe that Turkey would risk provoking Russia into deeper military engagement in the Syrian war.

In the event, on 24 November last year a Turkish F-16 shot down a Russian bomber, killing one of the pilots, in an attack that had every sign of being a well-prepared ambush. Turkey claimed that it was responding to the Russian plane entering its airspace for 17 seconds, but the Turkish fighters made every effort to conceal themselves by flying at low altitude, and they appear to have been on a special mission to destroy the Russian aircraft.

Feb 03 11:07

Major brands exploiting Syria refugee kids: Charity

The report comes a day after the EU police agency Europol said more than 10,000 unaccompanied refugee children have gone missing after arriving in Europe over the past 18-24 months amid concerns that many might have fallen into the hands of sex trafficking rings or the slave trade.

Feb 03 08:57

Lavrov: Ultimatums by Syrian opposition are short-sighted stance

"The way I see it, some members of the opposition, formed according to a list in Riyadh, are too pampered by some sponsors, in particular, Turkey, who blocked the emergence of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party," he said. "We agreed from the outset that the International Syria Support Group will be influencing the opposition and the government to ensure the negotiations proceed without any preconditions and be inclusive," Lavrov said. "Therefore, relying on foreign sponsors in that they will do the negotiations for you and putting forward ultimatums is an absolutely short-sighted stance having no prospects to succeed." "What I am saying fully applies to the Lausanne group of the opposition. There are some capricious people there, too. They put preconditions that have nothing to do with the Geneva communique and the UN Security Council’s resolution 2254," he said.

Feb 03 08:41

Time to Welcome Russia as Partner in War to Destroy Daesh - Donald Trump

The United States should welcome Russia as a full partner in the struggle to destroy the Islamic State, Republican preisdential candidate and billionaire businessman Donald Trump told a rally in Milford, New Hampshire.

Feb 03 08:28

Talks on Syrian settlement in Geneva ‘back to zero’

The contradictions of sides related to terrorism and humanitarian issues have become clearer in the delegations’ statements. Their positions have been unchanged since the third attempt began to launch the peaceful settlement in the country torn by the five-year civil war.
Part of Syrian opposition boycotting Geneva talks as Kurds are not involved in the talks: More than 20 representatives of the Syrian opposition among the supporters of co-chairman of the opposition Syrian Democratic Council Haytham Manna are boycotting the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva due to failure to include Kurds in the talks. Currently, two delegations of the Syrian opposition are represented at the talks in Geneva. One of them was formed after a meeting in Riyadh, and the other - following meetings in Cairo and Moscow. http://tass.ru/en/world/854143

Feb 03 07:37

Syrian Army, Allies Entering Strategic Town Northeast of Aleppo's Al-Zahra

The Syrian Army announced minutes ago that its soldiers and their popular allies have reached to the gates of Ma'arasta al-Khan, a small town in the Northwestern part of the newly-liberated Hardatnin and on the main road to al-Zahra and Nubl.
The Syrian Army and the National Defense Forces (NDF) pushed the militant groups back from their positions near a main road in the Northern part of Homs province on Wednesday and seized full control over the militants' line of supply http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941114001186
The Russian fighter jets carried out several combat flights over the defense lines of the militant groups North of Aleppo and targeted them heavily in a move to provide aerial coverage for the massive operation of the government forces' near Nubl and al-Zahra http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941114000750

Feb 03 07:32

Terrorists Fleeing Battlefields in Groups North of Aleppo

Reports from Aleppo province said on Wednesday that militant groups are evacuating all villages and areas near the towns of Nubl and al-Zahra as the Syrian army, Hezbollah and popular forces continue to gain ground in nearby areas.
The ISIL terrorist group has executed 43 of its own militants on charges of leaving the battlefields and escaping war against the Syrian army, local sources reported http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941114000471
A notorious commander of the al-Nusra Front terrorist group was killed in the Syrian army's artillery attacks North of Aleppo province on Wednesday http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941114001280
Two more senior commanders of the al-Nusra Front-affiliated terrorist group of Nouriddeen al-Zinki were killed in the Syrian government forces' offensives in the Northwestern part of Aleppo on Wednesday http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941114001124

Feb 02 19:14

Geneva talks begin as US-backed war in Syria expands

Talks opened in Geneva, Switzerland Monday on the four-year-old war that has killed over 260,000 Syrians and turned millions more into refugees. There is no reason to believe that this United Nations-mediated process will bring any end to the carnage.

The peace talks are starting a full week after their scheduled opening because of bitter divisions over who was to represent so-called rebels and other political forces opposed to the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Feb 02 15:49

Turkey moves border into Syrian area, builds bulwarks, local Kurds claim

The Kurdish minority in northern Syria say Turkey is attempting to extend its border into Syrian territory.

Feb 02 15:45

Russia Comments on NATO's Alleged Evidence of Turkish Airspace Violation

The Russian Defense Ministry, commenting on the statement of a NATO representative regarding the ‘classified images’ of the so-called violation of the Syrian-Turkish border by a Russian jet, said that such allegations were expected from NATO as they are trying to withhold information from the public and media.

Earlier, a NATO spokesman said that all images of Russians jet violating the Syrian-Turkish border were secret.

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BULL BISCUITS!

Feb 02 12:46

Close-Fisted Wealthy Nations Are ‘Failing the People of Syria’: Oxfam

Wealthy countries are still falling short of their obligations to help Syrians, five years into the crisis, according to a new analysis by the international aid group Oxfam, released Monday.

Feb 02 12:09

Terrorists Fleeing to Turkey as Army Advances in Aleppo Province

Hundreds of Takfiri terrorists are trying to cross the border to Turkey after losing vast grounds and dozens of their friends in the Syrian army's massive operations in Northern Aleppo province.

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Turkey is shelling the Syrian forces as they advance ... inside Syria.

Feb 02 10:40

London to host Syria fund raising

The capital of Britain, London is set to host world leaders who will come together to try to raise $9 for the millions of Syrians hit by the country’s conflict and a refugee crisis spanning Europe and the Middle East.

Feb 02 09:58

Syrian children found in Turkish garment factories making British high street brands

H&M and Next, two of Europe’s biggest garment retailers, have found Syrian refugee children working in their supplier factories in Turkey, according to a report by a company ethics watchdog.

Of the 28 major brands questioned by the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRCC) about conditions at their supplier factories in Turkey and the potential exploitation of undocumented Syrian children and adults, only H&M and Next confessed to finding children working in the factories.

Feb 02 09:05

‘Only strengthening ISIS’: UK top diplomat accuses Putin over Syria bombing

Britain’s Foreign minister has lashed out at Russia and President Putin, saying the country’s actions in Syria are undermining the international peace effort.

Feb 02 08:39

Western criticism of Russian operations in Syria is groundless - Moscow

Moscow is used to “unsubstantiated claims” coming from Western capitals, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said in a strong response to his British counterpart’s statement that Russia is undermining international peace efforts in Syria.

“Concerning the statements from London and other Western capitals claiming that our Air Force operations in Syria are not contributing to the resolution of the conflict – we are used to such statements. They are completely groundless,” Lavrov said following a meeting with United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Tuesday.

Such statements “reflect the anxiety of our Western partners that our Air Force is operating effectively in Syrian airspace,” he added.

Feb 02 08:25

Su-35S at Its Finest: Advanced Fighter Which Started Its Mission in Syria

Russia has sent its advanced, super-maneuverable Su-35S multirole fighters to Syria to test the brand-new aircraft in a combat environment for the first time ever; aviation experts explain what makes the warplanes so unique.

Feb 02 00:19

The Rise of ISIS and Other Extremist Groups: the role of the West and Regional Powers

by Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban (Political and Media Advisor at the Syrian Presidency).

This essay examines the role of Western and regional players (i.e. Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar) in inflaming the conflict and the growth of terrorism in Syria.

It examines the attempts to break up Syria’s civilian and military institutions, the delegitimization of the Syrian government, the attempts to procure a UN mandate for a military intervention in Syria, the imposition of suffocating economic sanctions on Syria, and most importantly the support that Western and regional powers gave to a plethora of armed groups, including al-Qaeda and ISIS, to fight the Syrian government.

Feb 01 17:12

Here’s How This Bus Driver Handled a Young Refugee Punk: “Kept Beating Him Senseless”

Despite what official government mouthpieces may be spouting, the people are not going to put up with violent behavior and assault from any so-called refugees – from a Muslim country or anywhere else!

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Feb 01 16:43

Syrian opposition says government must implement goodwill measures within days

A Syrian opposition official said on Monday the government must within a few days state its readiness to implement goodwill measures on the ground, accusing the U.N. peace envoy of overstepping the mark by declaring the start of peace talks.

The Syrian opposition has travelled to Geneva, where peace talks to end the country's five year old conflict began on Friday, but has repeatedly said it will not enter negotiations without humanitarian measures, such as the lifting of sieges, being implemented first.

Monzer Makhous, an official from the Syrian opposition's High Negotiations Committee, told Arabic news channel Al Arabiya: "The Syrian regime must state directly, frankly and without ambiguity that it is ready to implement (United Nations) Articles 12 and 13 immediately, and it must not take more than a few days."

"If not, the High Negotiations Committee will not take part in any other process," Monzer said.

Feb 01 14:43

Turkish artillery shells Syrian territory – Russian military presents video proof

The Russian Defense Ministry has presented video evidence it says shows Turkish military shelling Syrian territory using heavy artillery positioned close to the border.

Syria’s General Staff has provided its Russian counterparts with video footage of deployment of self-propelled large caliber artillery vehicles at a Turkish frontier post, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said at media briefing on Monday.

Syrian opposition groups have also provided video evidence of the Turkish military shelling Syrian territory, he added.

Feb 01 13:36

INTERNATIONAL MILITARY REVIEW – SYRIA-IRAQ BATTLESPACE – FEB. 1, 2016

Last weekend, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued to pressure ISIS militants in in the Aleppo province capturing the villages of Tanouza and Afesh. The offensive operation was also conducted in the area of newly liberated Wadiah. The clashes were observed a few miles from Deir Hafer and Al-Bab. However, the main direction of the SAA’s efforts is a push from the Kuweiris Airbase towards the city of Aleppo...

Feb 01 13:19

Full Interview with President Bashar al-Assad by Czech TV

Feb 01 11:39

REALLY BAD IDEA: Oregon Musician Going to Syria to Stop ISIS with “Peace Concert”

And in other news, this is happening today.

A singer from Portland, Oregon named James Twyman is heading on over to an ISIS-controlled, war-torn Syrian village to quote “serenade ISIS with songs of peace in a bid to defeat their savage regime” in a plan he has referred to as an “unprecedented spiritual experiment” but what may also be referred to as “suicidal” and/or “the worst idea anyone has ever had ever”.

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Feb 01 11:24

Russian deputy foreign minister says Syrian opposition delegation to be lame without Kurds

"We have always insisted that the Syrian opposition delegation should include Kurdish representatives. We believe that the absence of the Kurds at the negotiating table is damaging," Bogdanov said. At the same time, Bogdanov noted that UN Special Envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov, who is representing Russia at the Syria Peace Talks, maintained contacts with the Kurds this way or another. "This way or another, the Kurds are involved in these contacts. Their opinion should be taken into account. They are a real force both at the political stage and on the ground. They should participate in all the agreements on humanitarian issues and problems linked to fight against terrorism," Bogdanov explained.

Feb 01 11:22

Syria’s opposition says ready to pool efforts with Russia against Islamic State

but insists that Russia stop its air operation, Salem al-Muslad, a spokesman for the delegation of Syria’s opposition Higher Negotiations Council (HNC), told TASS on Monday. "If we see that Russia is taking serious efforts against terrorism, we will pool efforts with it to fight against terrorism in Syria. We will fight together against Daesh [an Arabic acronym standing for Islamic State]," he said. Mohammed Alloush, a representative of the Jaish al-Islam terrorist group, will be the chief negotiator of the Syrian opposition delegation at the Syria peace talks in Geneva, Salem al-Muslad added. "He remains our chief negotiator. He is going to join us today," he said.

Feb 01 10:23

Russia military censures Turkey over ‘premeditated provocation’

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman says the recent claim by Turkey that a Russian warplane had violated the NATO member state's airspace lacks any factual basis, describing the allegation as a "premeditated provocation."

"The hysteria launched by the Turkish side, that we define as unsubstantiated propaganda, looks pretty much like a premeditated provocation," Major General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement on Monday.

In the statement Konashenkov said Russia's military, instead, had in possession a video which showed "a Turkish artillery battery shelling a Syrian frontier village".

Feb 01 09:46

intriguing Footage from inside the Latakia 'refugee camp' at the Turkish border that was bombed 2day. Any civilians there?

FSA rebels posing as refugees. Aid convoy brings them....weapons. And you ask why Russia bombs them? youtube removes this (i wonder why, hehehe :))

Feb 01 09:34

Pentagon insists Russia violated Turkish airspace, calls for calm on both sides

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement Saturday that Ankara’s allegations are “proof-less propaganda,” explaining that Turkish airspace controlling radar stations can only determine the altitude, flight line, and speed of an aerial vehicle, but not its type or state affiliation.

To determine the national identity of a warplane (flying combat missions with its transponder turned off) requires the establishment of visual contact from another aircraft, Konashenkov stressed, adding that no visual contact with the Su-34 had been reported. Neither Russia’s air defense systems in Syria, nor Syria’s airspace controlling radar stations, had recorded any violations of the air border between Syria and Turkey, Konashenkov emphasized.

Feb 01 08:02

Ukraine Mulling Military Deployment to Syria – Reports

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry is considering sending troops to fight Daesh militants in Syria at the request from President Petro Poroshenko, a UK newspaper cited its source in the Ukrainian government as saying Sunday.

Feb 01 07:18

WASHINGTON’S SECRET WAR IN SYRIA UNCOVERED

The CIA and the intelligence agencies of several US allies in the Middle Eastern conflicts have recently been uncovered by the New York Times. The newspaper cites a number of unnamed White House officials that point out that Saudi Arabia has been keeping the role that Washington played in different conflicts throughout the region a secret. Moreover, Saudi officials have been heavily sponsoring US regional engagement, financing operations carried out by American special forces units.

Feb 01 01:39

Jaish al-Islam terrorist group to join peace Syria talks in Geneva — opposition

Mohammed Alloush, a representative of the Jaish al-Islam group will soon arrive in Geneva to join the negotiating process, a representative of the Syrian opposition told TASS on Sunday. "He will arrive soon," Omar Kush said. "And he will take part in the talks." Sources say Alloush may arrive in Switzerland in the coming night or by Monday evening. The Jaish al-Islam group is recognized as terrorist in Russia, that is why Moscow is against its participation in the Geneva talks on Syrian settlement. The opposition representative noted that Riyad Hijab, the coordinator of Syria’s opposition Higher Negotiations Council (HNC) and former Prime Minister, will arrive in Geneva in 48 hours, but Asaad al-Zoubi to remain as opposition delegation leader.

Jan 31 14:03

WEEK SIXTEEN OF THE RUSSIAN INTERVENTION IN SYRIA: A US INVASION OF SYRIA NEXT?

The Americans have announced that they are planning a two pronged offensive, one towards Mosul and another towards Raqqa. Considering that the US already has airbases in Turkey and Iraq, the only thing which this rather primitive airstrip (used for “agricultural purposes” in the past, i.e. crop dusting) would give them is a convenient place to bring specialized personnel in and out of the region, but hardly the hub for a major invasion force. Besides, it is still unclear whether the elements from the 101st will be deployed only in Iraq or also in Syria. At least one US magazineseems to think that rather than a combat force, the Rmeilan air base in Syria will be used by various type of US special forces including combat controllers, pararescue jumpers, special operations weathermen and other JSOC personnel. If so, then we are talking about a small and specialized force, not a ground invasion of any kind.

Jan 31 13:47

HEZBOLLAH, IRAQI FORCES PREPARE FOR LARGE-SCALE OFFENSIVE IN EAST ALEPPO

According to a senior officer from the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division, Hezbollah and Harakat Al-Nujaba (Iraqi paramilitary) forces have flooded the Sheikh Najjar Industrial District inside Aleppo City’s northeastern sector these last two weeks in order to prepare for the large-scale offensive to cutoff ISIS between the Al-Safira Plains, the Deir Hafer Plains and the Al-Bab Plateau. The goal of this large-scale offensive will be to link the Sheikh Najjar Industrial District with the Aleppo Thermal Power Plant that the Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” are attempting to seize from the ISIS terrorists along the strategic Aleppo-Raqqa (M-4 Highway) in the Aleppo Governorate’s eastern countryside.

Jan 31 13:11

Syria’s opposition sets no preconditions for talks — de Mistura’s spokesperson

Spokesperson Khawla Mattar said the opposition group backed by Riyadh has not informed the UN envoy's office that it may leave Geneva in case its demands were not met. A spokesman for the delegation of the HNC, Salem al-Muslad, said on Saturday the Syrian opposition was ready to begin the negotiations in Geneva without any preconditions According to him, the delegation will demand providing humanitarian access to Syrian cities, releasing prisoners and rendering humanitarian assistance. He noted though that those "were not preconditions." "These are not our preconditions. We have come here, and we are ready to begin these talks, but are also here to make sure that Resolution 2254 of the UN Security Council is implemented," al-Muslad said."We are ready to negotiate," he said. "We came here to make the process a success".

Jan 31 13:09

IS group claims responsibility for twin explosions near Damascus

At least 30 people were killed in twin terrorist attacks carried out by the Islamic State (IS) gunmen in the southern suburb of Syria’s capital Damascus on Sunday, the country’s Interior Ministry has said. The ministry said "30 people died and 40 were injured." Two explosions went off on Sunday morning in the predominantly Shiite Damasus suburb of Sayyida Zeinab. Syria’s police say according to preliminary data the blasts were carried out by suicide bombers near a shrine with a tomb of Zeinab, the granddaughter of Prophet Muhammad.

Jan 31 07:40

Syrian Army Winning Battle against Militants in Lattakia Regardless of Turkish Artillery Shelling

The Syrian Army and its popular allies are making a rapid march on terrorists' positions at Lattakia province's border with Turkey, battlefield source said, adding that even the Turkish Army's artillery shelling of Syrian government forces has failed to slow them down.

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So Turkey has basically started a war with Syria.

Jan 31 05:45

War in Syria: Russia’s ‘rustbucket’ military delivers a hi-tech shock to West and Israel

Their army’s equipment and strategy was “outmoded”; their air force’s bombs and missiles were “more dumb than smart”; their navy was “more rust than ready”. For decades, this was Western military leaders’ view, steeped in condescension, of their Russian counterparts. What they have seen in Syria and Ukraine has come as a shock.

Jan 30 18:19

Syrian Army outflanks ISIS fighters in eastern Aleppo – Map update

Pretty soon they will have ISIS in a Cauldron and they will be rolled up and destroyed Like G.A. Custer at the Little Big Horn,which is why Erdogan is screaming bloody murder!

Earlier today, Tiger Forces captured the village of Tanouza as government troops continue to defeat ISIS fighters in eastern Aleppo. Just yesterday, the Syrian Arab Army captured Afesh village while also advancing from newly liberated Wadiah. The main government push seems to be west from Kuweiris Airbase towards the city of Aleppo; meanwhile, sporadic clashes continue relentlessly a few miles from Deir Hafer and Al-Bab.

Regrettably from an Islamist perspective, local ISIS fighters witness themselves desperately trying to predict the next advance by Tiger Forces. Meanwhile, government troops find themselves in high morale as they continue to seize momentum while gradually passing through a collapsing Islamic State line of defence.

Jan 30 07:15

US welcomes Syrian opposition at Geneva talks

he talks led by the UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura, began Friday but without Syrian opposition group High Negotiations Committee (HNC).

The HNC had cited a lack of assurances from the UN about ending airstrikes by Syrian and Russian forces, and the lifting of sieges on towns as reasons for its lack of participation.

The group had stressed that it would not attend if those "preconditions" were not fulfilled.

Jan 30 06:49

WORLD WAR III - THE NEW AXIS OF EVIL

The alliances and proxies of the Syrian Front explained.
The concept that humanity is teetering on the edge of third world war is no longer the domain of the lunatic fringe.

Those of you who have been paying attention know that in reality, the war is already underway. In this video we're going examine the profiles of the key players and the alliances they've formed, expose their motives, and present evidence of crimes that they've already committed. All of our sources will be linked below.

Clearly it is not in the interest of the anti-Assad axis to eliminate ISIS. The United States and France are keen to make a show of airstrikes and special forces, but what they really want is the ability to operate in Syria militarily. This is the only way they'll have any chance of influencing the outcome.

Jan 30 06:24

UN Peace Talks in Syria Remain Stalled

Vijay Prashad says the government in Damascus has made significant gains inside Syria with the help of its allies, and this has changed the tenor of the Western response to Russia

Jan 30 03:50

IS JORDAN JOINING THE RUSSIA-LED COALITION ?

Syria borders Jordan along its southern and south-eastern border. It is believed that anti-Assad militants receive reinforcements from across the border with Jordan. There is currently heavy fighting in the Daraa province were the SAA is slowly advancing. Two days ago, there were reports of an ISIS offensive along the eastern slope of Kalamon mountains, only a few kilometers from the border with Lebanon. The militants relative success in that sector was due in part to the fact SAA’s main forces are operating in the Kuraitan area, a large city in the south-eastern part of Homs province. Given all that, one cannot help but turn one’s attention to Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu’s two meetings in Moscow, which occurred one after another on the same day, January 28. The first was with Syria’s Defense Minister Fahd Jassem al-Freij, and the second with Jordan’s chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Mashaal Mukhammed al-Zaben. No details of these meetings were disclosed...

Jan 29 15:55

US Govt Admits to Killing Innocent Civilians During Failed Drone Assassination Attempt of British Hacker

By Matt Agorist

“With nearly 10,000 air strikes, we’re taking out their leadership, their oil, their training camps, their weapons,” Obama stated during his farewell State of the Union address earlier this month. Conveniently, in those 10,000 air strikes, he failed to include the bombings of hospitals, weddings, tribal council meetings, and, at least, eight U.S. citizens, with no concern for due process or a constitutionally mandated fair trial...

Jan 29 15:36

Carter Thanks The Netherlands Following Announcement of Expanded Air Campaign

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“I also appreciate the announcement of additional funding to support moderate armed Syrian opposition groups with civilian means and medical assistance, consideration of additional support to the Iraqi security forces and the Peshmerga, and additional funding for the restoration of damaged hospitals, schools and other infrastructure,” Carter said.

Jan 29 14:27

US Ambassador Tells the Truth About al-Qaeda's Syrian Allies

Robert Ford was US Ambassador to Syria when the revolt against Syrian president Assad was launched. He not only was a chief architect of regime change in Syria, but actively worked with rebels to aid their overthrow of the Syrian government... Ford finally admitted early last year that most of the moderates he backed were fighting alongside ISIS and al-Qaeda. Witness this incredible Twitter exchange with then-ex Ambassador Ford...

Jan 29 14:07

You have now landed in Geneva, Syria

Let’s start with last summer, when Iranian Quds Force superstar commander Qasem Soleimani laid down the law, in person, in Moscow, establishing without a doubt the grim situation across the Syrian theater of war.

Essentially Soleimani told the Kremlin and Russian intelligence that Aleppo might be about to fall; that Jabhat al-Nusra was at the doors of southern Damascus; that Idlib had fallen; and Latakia – home to Russia’s naval base at Tartus – would be next.

One can imagine the effect of this jolt of realpolitik on President Putin’s mind. That clinched his resolution to stop the fall of Syria, and prevent it from becoming a Libyan remix.

It’s easy to pinpoint who’s livid with all the Russian action: Saudi Arabia, Turkey and – last but not least – the ‘Empire of Chaos’, all at the table in Geneva.

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This is about to get very nasty very quickly, until we have some adults in the room ratcheting the tensions down here.

Turkey is a NATO member, and if attacked by Russia, may well - as is its privilege as a NATO member - invoke Article 5 of the NATO CHARTER, which states that when one member is attacked, it is as though all NATO members are attacked, and must come to the aid of the attacked party.

This potentially places NATO against Russia, in a military military conflict which will have intense international repercussions.

Let's say, we are looking at the fuse well and truly lit for World War III for real.

Jan 29 12:16

Pentagon Seeks ‘Hundreds More’ US Troops in Iraq and Syria

Last week, Pentagon officials were talking up a few hundred additional “trainers” for the ISIS war in Iraq and Syria. This appears to have just been the start, as reports now suggest that over the last several weeks, the Pentagon has sought another 800 US troops for the war.

800 would be a big deployment for a war in which the “no boots on the ground” mantra has continued to be repeated by the administration, so the plan is to split this up over several deployments. Over the past 18 months, the US has brought some 3,700 troops into Iraq, over a large number of small escalations.

Absent from the Pentagon push for ever more troops is the question of if the Iraqi government will go along with it. Several times in the past they’ve expressed annoyance at the US announcing escalations before asking them, and several Shi’ite militias in Iraq have complained that the US presence is already far too large.

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It appears that the White House, Pentagon, and State Department are, collectively, suffering from SMD (Selective Memory Disorder), and I can demonstrate very clearly why.

Fact: Iraq doesn't want more US military troops.

And does anyone beside me happen to remember the Shiite Cleric, Muqtada Al Sadr?!?

Does anyone else beside me in Foggy Bottom, any adults in the room there remember the Mahdi militia he used to lead?!?

Does anyone beside me in DC remember that he threatened, if US troops did not leave PRECISELY on the date stipulated in the SOFA Agreement with Iraq, that our military would be "fair game" for his militia?!?

How happy is this guy going to be with more American deployments coming to his country?

And the question which SHOULD be keeping Sec Def Carter awake at nights is, how long would it take for this man to "get the band back together", i.e., how long would it take him to reconstitute the Mahdi militia?!?

Unfortunately, should he choose to do so, the logical short answer is, not long at all.

So let's turn our attention to Syria.

ISIS, US government trained and funded, was established to create regime change in this country.

Basshar Al-Assad, Syria's president, invited Russia to get rid of all the jihadists in his country, including ISIS.

The escalation of an American military presence will GUARANTEE, at some point or another, a military confrontation with Russia, which is a really, really bad idea.

The US military does not have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia, and that is what makes the military option so scarily dangerous.

I have become singularly disenchanted with a Federal Government which sees war as the only way to get what it wants, rather than good faith, hard-won negotiations, and appears to be hell-bent on preserving and enhancing the wealth of the 1%, even at the cost of sheer misery for most of the rest of us, in doing so.

All I can tell you, is that something wicked this way comes; and unfortunately, the US Federal Government will be both morally practically responsible for generating Big Mistake # III.

Jan 29 11:57

Russia supports Syrian Kurds’ participation in the intra-Syrian talks — diplomat

"Those [oppositionists] who met in Moscow and Cairo agreed to stand together. This Moscow-Cairo group demands representatives of the Syrian Kurds be invited to the talks. We support this idea since it looks impossible to discuss the agenda without Syrian Kurds. Some regional powers insist on excluding the Kurds. We believe we should not yield to this blackmail." According to the diplomat, the meeting between UN Special Envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura with the Damascus official delegation is the main result of the first day of the Geneva talks. "The arrival of the Syrian government delegation and its meeting with de Mistura is the main result of the first day of talks. It signals that the [Syrian] government has taken a constructive approach and will be constructive in seeking the achievement of positive results in the interests of the Syrian people," the diplomat said.

Jan 29 11:41

UN Peace Talks on Syria Remain Stalled

Vijay Prashad says the government in Damascus has made significant gains inside Syria with the help of its allies, and this has changed the tenor of the Western response to Russia

Jan 29 10:02

Geneva talks participants to make third attempt to start Syrian peace process

The meeting will start against the background of the total confusion over the talks participants, which, apparently, is not big surprise to the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura. From the very start he did not say that the negotiations will be easy and so he did his best not to announce a successful outcome in advance. Despite the fact that de Mistura had sent invitations to the potential participants in the peace conference on January 22, it is still unclear who exactly will arrive in Geneva on Friday. So, there is still intrigue regarding the participation in the talks of the opposition Supreme Negotiating Committee supported by Riyadh. The committee members have not yet decided whether to fly to Switzerland or not...

Jan 29 10:02

Isis in Syria: Kurdish militants plan massive attack against Daesh to secure Turkish border

The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and its allies in Syria are understood to have made plans to seize a stretch of the Syrian-Turkish border currently held by Islamic State (Isis) fighters. The offensive will deprive Daesh (IS) of a pivotal logistical route for supplies and foreign recruits, but may also have the potential to offend Turkish authorities.

Jan 28 16:45

Hillary Clinton: Least fit of all

Even considering that no one is fit to be president — in that no one should be able to command a state, which rules by threatening and committing violence against innocents — Hillary Clinton is especially unfit. No one who has done what she has done as a government official should be rewarded with power.

Many things in her career could impose this special disqualification. Her vote for George W. Bush’s criminal and lie-based Iraq war, for example, would be more than enough to rule her out. That political ambition now prompts her to express regret for her vote should count for nothing, especially in light of what is to be discussed below. When she says she learned her lesson, she lies.

Likewise, her declaration of open-season on Syrian President Assad gave a boost to the Islamic State and al-Qaeda affiliates.

Jan 28 13:58

Syrian opposition council will not go to Geneva tmw: opposition leader George Sabra to Al-Hadith TV

The Syrian opposition will not attend peace talks in Geneva Friday, a senior member said.

U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura had been planning to launch indirect peace talks in Geneva Friday.

Jan 28 12:28

Trouble Brewing in Syria: Is US-Led Coalition Preparing for Advance?

US Vice President Joe Biden's recent visit to Turkey indicates that Washington is not inclined to pressure Ankara into halting its anti-Kurdish crackdown nor its military deployments near the rich Iraqi oilfields of Mosul, F. William Engdahl notes.

On January 24 US Vice President Joseph Biden held intensive meetings with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

F. William Engdahl, American-German researcher, historian and strategic risk consultant, believes that the Obama administration manipulates both the ambitious Turkish President Erdogan and the impulsive Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, indulging their militarism and greed.

"The Washington game seems to be to give the Saudi-Turkish duo enough rope to hang themselves in a mad power grab of Syrian and Iraqi oil riches and perhaps, if they are really mad enough, of Iran's oilfields too," the researcher remarks in his article for New Eastern Outlook.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this report and analysis are true (and I have a great deal of respect for the work of Bill Engdahl), heaven help this planet.

There is going to be a point past which Russia cannot NOT respond militarily in Syria, and it almost appears that Turkey and Saudi Arabia have been tasked with "playing picador" here in a proxy war against Russia.

Turkey, a NATO member, may well be goaded by the US and NATO into making some kind of military aggression against Russia, then will invoke Article 5 of the NATO AGREEMENT, which states:

Highlights Collective defence means that an attack against one Ally is considered as an attack against all Allies. The principle of collective defence is enshrined in Article 5 of the Washington Treaty. NATO invoked Article 5 for the first time in its history after the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States. NATO has taken collective defence measures on several occasions, for instance in response to the situation in Syria and in the wake of the Ukraine crisis. NATO has standing forces on active duty that contribute to the Alliance’s collective defence efforts on a permanent basis. This principle is enshrined in Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, which states that an attack on one Ally shall be considered an attack on all Allies.

There is only two minor problems with declaring war against Russia, somewhat akin to twin 6,000 lb gorillas, snoozing on the Boesendorfer; neither the US, nor NATO, have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

The second problem is that of the difference in the ethics, and performance, of weapons manufacturers, between Russia, the US, and the West.

When weapons developers in Russia deliver, their products work as advertised, and then some, upon first deployment.

With Western (and particularly US) weapons manufacturers, products are delivered late, flawed, and hopelessly over budget. If you want a glaring example of this, just look at what has happened to the US's F-35.

Jan 28 10:24

Holland to discuss joining Syria air strikes ‘within days’

The Dutch cabinet will discuss a U.S. request to join coalition air strikes against jihadists in Syria within “the coming days”, Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said, amid speculation a decision may come as early as Friday.

“The cabinet will now decide. We’ll discuss it in the coming days,” Koenders told Dutch news programme Nieuwsuur late Tuesday night.

Late last year the Dutch government received a request from its allies the United States and France to broaden its campaign of air support against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group from Iraq into Syria.

After weeks of dallying, the junior partner in the ruling coalition, the Labour Party (PvdA), Tuesday finally agreed to back an extension of air strikes into Syria, apparently ensuring there is now a parliamentary majority in favor of such a move.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...political process...", MY ASTROLABE!!!

And Koenders is making this statement 48 hours before the Syrian peace talks are due to begin?!?

I sense very strongly that these talks are being engineered to fail, to open the way for a multi-country attack on the sovereign nation of Syria.

I have learned that in geopolitics, there is no such thing as 'coincidence'.

But the biggest question which needs to be asked under these circumstances, is, just how will Russia respond, should this happen?!?

Remember: Russia was invited by the Syrian government to get rid of ALL jihadists (including those trained and equipped by the US government).

I don't know what odds the bookies in Vegas are making on an explosive, world war generated by the West's and US's actions in Syria, but I would almost be willing to bet they are not terribly badly stacked against this happening.

Jan 28 08:57

Syria conflict: Russian air force and local militia hunt for Turkish nationalist suspected of killing pilot

A Turkish ultra-nationalist who allegedly killed a Russian pilot is being hunted by the Kremlin’s forces in Syria.

Jan 28 06:39

Germany and the UNO against Syria

The neo-conservatives and liberal hawks who have been preparing the war against Syria since 2001 have been relying on several states from the UNO and the Gulf Co-operation Council. While we know about the role played by General David Petraeus in launching and pursuing the war until today, two personalities - Jeffrey Feltman (number 2 at the UNO) and Volker Perthes (Director of the main German think tank) - have remained in the shadows. Together, with the support of Berlin, they have been using and are still manipulating the United Nations in order to destroy Syria.

Jan 27 15:00

Syrian gang rape victim who fled to Germany after her ordeal is stabbed to death 'in honour killing ordered by her own mother because she was seen as unclean after her sex assault'

A woman whose family branded her 'unclean' after she was gang-raped in her Syrian homeland has been found murdered in Germany – allegedly on the orders of her own mother.

Police believe the victim, named only as Rokstan M, 20, was stabbed to death by her father and brothers in the twisted logic that she had brought disgrace on her family through the sex attack.

Shortly before she was found dead in an allotment garden in the eastern German city of Dessau, she apparently had a premonition of her fate.

Jan 27 14:13

"To the Last Drop of Blood" - Female Battalions Defending their Country in Damascus

In the ranks of the Syrian troops are brave women fighting. The militants in the occupied territories are extremely harsh towards the female population: they are either taken as a slave, or killed. That's why the arrival of young girls volunteers in Bashar's army is continual (uninterrupted). There is not any favouritism...

Jan 27 13:06

ISIS attack in Homs: 22 dead, over 100 wounded in double bombing in Syria

At least 22 people have been killed and over a hundred wounded in two terrorist blasts in a residential area of the Syrian city of Homs, state TV reported.

Jan 27 13:03

Windbag Joe Biden May Have Been Sending a Trial Balloon With Syria 'Military Solution' Boast

Guy is a moron but he's also Obama's Vice President - ocassionally his words may be worth paying attention to

Jan 27 12:28

Life Terms for Turkish Journalists who Reported Shipping Arms to Syria Militants

Turkish prosecutors demanded life sentences for two top journalists who reported that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government tried to ship arms to insurgents in Syria.

Prosecutors asked the Istanbul court to sentence Cumhuriyet newspaper’s
editor-in-chief Can Dundar and Ankara bureau chief Erdem Gul each to one aggravated life sentence, one ordinary life sentence and 30 years in jail, the Dogan news agency reported, quoting the indictment.

Jan 27 09:17

US-Russia Standoff?

We are told the Syrian peace talks will proceed as scheduled. At the same time, Vice President Joe Biden says the US is ready to impose a military solution in Syria. According to this American official, a political settlement is not essential. With this kind of loose rhetoric, a US-Russia conflict in Syria just became more likely.

Jan 27 08:43

Moscow Snowbound, Litvinenko Poisoned, and the Syrian War - by Israel Shamir

I was contacted by Israeli Army Radio, as a Hebrew-speaking journalist in Moscow. What do I think about British justice accusing Vladimir Putin personally of Litvinenko’s murder? What do people of Moscow think of their President being a murderer? READ MORE

Jan 27 08:27

US-backed rebels lose a key town in Syria, thanks to Russian airstrikes

Western-backed Syrian rebels have suffered one of the most significant defeats yet since Russia’s military intervention in Syria turned the tide of the war in favour of President Bashar Assad, further complicating prospects for a negotiated settlement at peace talks scheduled later this week in Geneva.

After a month-long offensive backed by Russian warplanes, government forces and allied militias on Tuesday reclaimed control of the town of Sheik Miskeen, strategically located at a crossroads commanding a supply route in southern Syria between the Jordanian border and the capital, Damascus.

Jan 27 07:12

Badr Brigade Head: US Airstrikes Against ISIS Failing

Influential Iraqi MP and Badr Brigade leader Hadi Amiri today declared US airstrikes against ISIS to have been a failure, saying they’d killed some ISIS figures but that the group remains large, flush with cash, and in a state of high morale.

“Today, ISIS is a state, it has command centers, their locations are known, their logistics are known,” Amiri said, saying the US is not attacking known ISIS sites and is subsequently not doing major harm to ISIS’ continued control of much of Iraq and Syria.

Amiri also faulted US arming schemes for “moderate” Syrian rebels, saying this was a big source of weapons for ISIS and that what few moderate factions even exist in Syria are so weak that ISIS is just taking the arms away from them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the US government really wanted to degrade the capabilities of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, they could; however, they are really reluctant to do so, because the presence of these forces (which the US government has trained, funded, and supplied) means that "selling" the concept of balkanizing both countries would be much easier, and these countries, once balkanized, could again become an alleged "existential threat" to Israel.

Jan 27 02:23

CBC, Peter Mansbridge: Cut the crap, tell the truth or shut up.

http://letterstothebeast.com/2016/01/22/cbc-peter-mansbridge-cut-the-c...

...And however mistaken you may believe regarding my interpretation of your reporting is, I would like to remind you of two very important facts: In 1990 and 1991, Mr. Mansbridge, you told me that Iraqi soldiers were removing babies from incubators in Kuwaiti hospitals, throwing them on the floor, stealing the incubators and taking them back to Iraq. And in 2003, you told me Saddam Hussein had “weapons of mass destruction.”

Jan 26 16:16

The Empire Files: Examining the Syria War Chessboard

The war in Syria is an unparalleled crisis. Having gone far beyond an internal political struggle, the war is marked by a complex array of forces that the U.S. Empire hopes to command: Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kurdistan, Iran, Lebanon, Iraq and more.

Jan 26 15:00

Robert Ford’s Shameful Support Of Terrorism In Syria And The “Moderate Rebel” Myth

By Brandon Turbeville

Former U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford has long been a cheerleader of the “moderate cannibals” raping and beheading their way across Syria under the guise of being “moderate rebels” and other various semantical terms that would attempt to portray the jihadists as anything other than what they are. Indeed, Ford was one of the men most instrumental in helping to organize the death squad fighters on the ground in Syria until the Syrian government could no longer stand his treachery and booted him from the country.

He was, as death squad expert John Negroponte once described him, a man who was not afraid to get his hands dirty...

Jan 26 10:52

Spoils of War: US Worried Anti-Daesh War Will End Without Their 'Help'

On Friday, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced that elements of the 101st Airborne Division would deploy to Iraq and Syria to help crush Daesh. For their part, Russian military experts are convinced that the US operation is merely an attempt to get in on the action before the war ends, so that Washington can share in the spoils of victory.

Jan 26 10:52

U.S. & Allies Make bin Laden Admirer a Negotiator in Syria Peace Talks

On January 25th, which was the date when peace talks on Syria were to start, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry insisted that the organization founded by Osama bin Laden admirer, Zahran Alloush, represent the anti-Assad forces in the upcoming Syrian peace talks, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov very reluctantly accepted.

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