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Mar 26 11:20

US backs Israel’s ‘sovereignty’ over Golan Heights, proving sovereignty is not something it respects

The US’s “recognition” of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory is brazen – but it’s no surprise. Washington itself violates the sovereignty of other countries with such regularity that it barely even raises eyebrows anymore.

US President Donald Trump signed a declaration on Monday recognizing Israeli “sovereignty” over the disputed, strategically important and (surprise!) resource-rich region. In a joint press conference with Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the declaration “historic justice.”

Back in reality, the Golan Heights is recognized as Syrian territory in international law, having been seized by Israel in a land grab during the Six-Day War in 1967 and later officially annexed in a 1981 Israeli law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are you surprised? Look at all the nations whose sovereignty is being violated with US' wars and regime change!

Mar 26 11:18

Trump’s Golan Heights recognition is a ‘move towards further isolation’ for the US

The US move to recognize the Israeli claim to the occupied Golan Heights will unlikely result in legal repercussions for Washington, but will further set it apart from the rest of the international community, analysts told RT.

US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the territory of the Golan Heights, seized by Israel from Syria during the Six-Day War of 1967 and formally annexed by the Jewish state in 1981, has drawn condemnation from the UN, the Arab League, Russia and Turkey.

Mar 26 09:47

Saudi Arabia denounces US recognition of Golan Heights as Israeli territory

Saudi Arabia denounced US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Israel’s 1981 annexation of the Golan Heights, a statement released by the Saudi Press Agency said early on Tuesday, Reuters reports.

“Attempts to impose fait accompli do not change the facts,” the statement said. It said the Golan Heights was an “occupied Syrian Arab land in accordance with the relevant international resolutions”.

“It will have significant negative effects on the peace process in the Middle East and the security and stability of the region,” it said.

Mar 26 09:03

Gulf states reject Washington’s decision on Golan Heights

Four Gulf Arab states – all regional allies of Washington that host American troops – on Tuesday rejected a US decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait criticized the move by President Donald Trump to recognize Israel’s 1981 annexation, and said the territory was occupied Arab land. The decision “will have significant negative effects on the peace process in the Middle East and the security and stability of the region,” a statement released by Saudi Arabia’s state news agency SPA said.

Mar 26 09:01

SHAMEFUL PHOTO AND VIDEO OF THE DAY

Aside from what the photo represents, in the last few days Trump (YOUR TAX DOLLARS) paid for every bomb dropped on Gaza.

Could we call this meddling in the upcoming Israeli election?

Mar 26 08:33

Trump’s Golan green light paves way to Israel’s annexation of West Bank

Jonathan Cooke says US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the stolen Syrian Golan Heights “will prove a boon for the Israeli right, which has been clamouring to annex vast areas of the West Bank and thereby drive a final nail into the coffin of the two-state solution”.>>

Mar 26 07:55

NEW: Cheney w/ Trump on annexation of Golan Heights, why?

Mar 25 11:38

Russian planes 'carrying troops' arrive in Venezuela

Two Russian Air Force reportedly planes landed in Venezuela's main airport on Saturday carrying a Russian defence official and around 100 troops.

One flight tracking website shows two aircraft left a Russian military base for the Venezuelan capital Caracas on Friday, with a further jet leaving on Sunday.

The arrival of the military jets was confirmed by Javier Mayorca, an independent journalist, who said an Antonov-124 cargo plane and a smaller jet touched down late on Saturday.

He said approximately 100 soldiers – led by General Vasily Tonkoshkurov, who is head of the Mobilization Directorate of Russia's armed forces – was also seen, as well as 35 tons of equipment.

Mar 25 11:36

Syria Vows to Recover Golan Heights; Russia: Trump's Recognition Violates UN Resolutions

Erdogan says Trump's statement that it's time to recognize Israeli sovereignty over Golan has brought region to edge of new crisis ? Iran calls declaration 'illegal and unacceptable'

Mar 25 11:34

US Has a Plan for Eastern Syria, and It Relies on ISIS

SDF, a force comprised of Kurdish and Arab units that is considered the closest ally of the US in the fight against ISIS in Syria, managed to overcome ISIS defenses with the support of the US-led International Coalition. The clashes resulted in severe casualties on both sides, while hundreds of terrorists as well as their wives and children surrendered to SDF.

The terrorists in SDF custody were presented a deal which involves fighting against the Syrian government forces in oil-rich desert area in eastern Syria, informed sources reported.

Mar 25 10:59

US-Backed Kurds Declare ISIS ‘Defeated’ in Syria

Following repeated false claims of victory, the US-backed Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on Saturday that they are formally declaring ISIS to be “100% territorially defeated,” with the final capture of Baghouz, in Syria’s far east.

This comes after several years of fighting against ISIS, and nearly three months of fighting just over the tiny village of Baghouz. SDF officials are talking about the victory, but at the same time concede that there may be, and most likely are, ISIS remnant fighters in the desert.

ISIS spokesman Abu Hassan al-Muhajir has issued an audio recording anticipating the fall of Baghouz, insisting that the “caliphate” is not finished, despite having lost all of their territory. Some US officials are estimated 15,000 to 20,000 armed ISIS fighters could remain in the region.

Mar 25 10:58

Trump's Golan remarks only bolster resistance against Israel, supporters: Iran official

US President Donald Trump has only made the resistance front more resolute against the Israeli regime and its supporters following his remarks in recognition of Israel's "sovereignty" over the occupied Golan Heights, says a senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

Ali Akbar Velayati, who is also secretary general of the World Assembly of Islamic Awakening, made the remarks in a Sunday statement in response to Trump's announcement.

He emphasized that the recognition of the “tyrannical occupation of the Golan Heights … which is aimed at making that regime feel secure, will undoubtedly add to regional problems and make the resistance front more resolute in fighting the Zionist regime and its supporters.”

Mar 25 10:50

‘Attack on sovereignty & territorial integrity’ – Syria reacts to Trump’s Golan Heights move

Calling the decision a "flagrant attack" on Syrian territorial sovereignty, an official from Syria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned Donald Trump’s recognition of Israel’s claim to the occupied Golan Heights.

The decision embodies Washington’s support for “Zionist occupation,” the Foreign Ministry told Syrian state media in a statement. It also stressed that Trump’s decision shows extreme contempt for international law, and is a “slap in the face” for the international community which has condemned the occupation of the Golan Heights in the United Nations.

Trump does not have the right or legal capacity to legitimize the occupation of other’s territory, and America’s aggressive policy will leave the region and the world vulnerable to danger.

Mar 25 10:18

Israeli Army Braces for Violence in Golan Heights in Wake of Trump's Move

This comes a day after the Syrian Foreign Ministry condemned US President Trump’s recent comments on the Golan Heights as “irresponsible”, adding that the Syrian people plan to recover the area through “all available means”.

The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) and police are bracing themselves for possible violent protests near the Israeli-Syrian border following US President Donald Trump’s move to recognise the Jewish state’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

“We are preparing for the possibility of tension in the northern Golan Heights,” the IDF said in a statement without elaborating.

Mar 25 10:18

Trump Signs Proclamation Recognising Israel's Sovereignty Over Golan Heights

On 24 March, Israel's Minister of Foreign Affairs Yisrael Katz said that Donald Trump would sign a decree recognising Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights on Monday.

US President Donald Trump has signed a proclamation on Monday recognising Israel's sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The signing ceremony took place after Trump issued joint remarks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House.

Mar 25 10:12

'Iran deal does not block Iran’s path to nuclear weapons'

Israel’s Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, spoke on Sunday at the AIPAC Policy Conference.

He began by thanking President Donald Trump for recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

“It’s so significant in historical terms because 52 years ago we acquired that territory in a defensive war. But it’s one thing to achieve a military victory and it’s another thing to achieve a diplomatic victory,” said Dermer, who added that America's recognition of the Golan Heights will be made official on Monday.

Asked by i24NEWS anchor Michelle Makori what Israel is looking to achieve in Syria, the Ambassador replied, “We want Iran out.”

Mar 25 10:08

Pollak: AIPAC’s Last Resort Is to Support Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) begins its annual policy conference Sunday in unusual circumstances.
First, the organization has been the target of antisemitic attacks by a member of Congress, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). Second, it is being boycotted by left-wing groups that are claiming credit for persuading Democratic presidential candidates to avoid the conference (though few attend in non-election years anyway).

Saikat Chakrabarti, the chief of staff and political strategist for “phenom” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), put the two together late last week and congratulated Omar, effectively, for using antisemitic rhetoric to accomplish the boycott. The fact that Democrats celebrate such tactics, rather than punishing them, is a new and dangerous watershed in American politics. And it is a sign that AIPAC’s traditional façade of bipartisanship is badly damaged.

Mar 25 10:05

Trump’s Stance on the Golan will allow Israel to Operate with Impunity Elsewhere

When President Donald Trump moved the US embassy to occupied Jerusalem last year, effectively sabotaging any hope of establishing a viable Palestinian state, he tore up the international rulebook.

Last week, he trampled all over its remaining tattered pages. He did so, of course, via Twitter.

Referring to a large piece of territory Israel seized from Syria in 1967, Mr Trump wrote: “After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability.”

Israel expelled 130,000 Syrians from the Golan Heights in 1967, under cover of the Six Day War, and then annexed the territory 14 years later – in violation of international law. A small population of Syrian Druze are the only survivors of that ethnic cleansing operation.

Mar 25 09:23

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – MARCH 25, 2019: US DECLARED 15TH VICTORY OVER ISIS SINCE DECEMBER

On March 23, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) released a statement stressing that ISIS had been fully defeated in Syria, including the area of the Euphrates Valley. The SDF operation against ISIS in the Euphrates Valley lasted for over six months. In the course of the battle, thousands of ISIS fighters were killed or surrendered to US-backed forces.

At the same time, according to the SDF, about 11,000 of its members had been killed since the start of its campaign against ISIS a few years ago. The SDF said that during the same period it captured 52,000km2 and rescued nearly “5,000,000 people”.

Additionally, the US-backed group once again demanded the Damascus government to recognize its authority over the captured part of northeastern Syria. This signals that the SDF-Damascus negotiations have not led to notable progress so far.

Mar 25 08:51

Syrian state media says rebels shell village with gas, injuring 21

Syrian state media on Saturday cited a hospital in government-held Hama as saying 21 people suffered choking symptoms from poison gas after rebels shelled a village.

A war monitor, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, also said 21 people were hospitalized with choking symptoms, but it was not known if this was from chemicals or smoke and dust raised by the shelling.

State news agency SANA cited the head of the Saqilbia National Hospital as saying the attack took place in the village of al-Rasif and it published images and footage of people lying in hospital beds wearing oxygen masks.

Mar 25 08:50

Erdogan says Turkey will take issue of Golan Heights to U.N.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Turkey will take the issue of the Golan Heights to the United Nations.

In an interview with broadcaster TGRT Haber, Erdogan said U.S. President Donald Trump’s statement on Golan Heights was a “gift” to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of elections there.

Trump moved on Thursday to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the territory seized in war, marking a dramatic shift in U.S. policy.

In a speech at a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Friday, Erdogan said the legitimisation of the occupation of the Golan Heights cannot be allowed.

Mar 24 09:45

Golan Druze march against Trump recognition

Druze Residents of the Golan Heights town of Majdal Shams, at the foot of Mt. Hermon, staged a protest march against the US recognition of the Golan as Israeli territory.

Mar 24 09:45

US Recognizing Israel’s Golan Claim is ‘Election Gift’ from Trump to Netanyahu

On Thursday, US President Donald Trump announced he would recognize Israel’s claim to sovereignty over the Golan Heights. For 52 years, no US leader has gone against United Nations resolutions regarding Israel’s occupation to be illegal. A peace activist told Sputnik Friday it was a cynical political ploy by Washington.

The declaration shocked both friends and enemies alike, as despite the close US-Israeli friendship, Washington has never challenged the United Nations' resolutions denouncing Israeli occupation of the region, which sits north of the Sea of Galilee and was taken from Syria by force in 1967. Thursday, it became the first country to recognize Israel's claim.

Mar 24 09:33

US Completely Invalidates All Of Its Own Arguments About Crimea

Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via Medium.com,

Well the worst Putin Puppet of all time is at it again, this time tweeting that the US must recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israel despite the fact that the Israeli occupation of that Syrian land is illegal under international law.

“After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!”, Trump’s tweetreads.

Russian parliament member Oleg Morozov made a statement in response to Trump’s proclamation, saying that “Russia will never agree to recognize Israeli sovereignty in the Golan. Trump is damaging the international community and the Arab world”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia never "annexed Crimea"

What happened was the following.

President Obama admitted that the US had been part of the movement to regime change Crimea, with the throwing under the proverbial bus its duly elected leader, Yanukovich, under the bus, in favor of Poroshenko. President Obama confesses, in an interview on CNN, that the US was behind the Ukrainian coup deal, installing President Poroshenko

At that point, leadership in Crimea understood that there was no legitimate government in Kiev, and did two things at that point.

First, they held a referendum for the Crimean people, asking if they wanted to stay with Ukraine, post-putch, or petition the Russian federation for membership.

Overwhelmingly, the Crimean people, in a very clean vote, observed by local and foreign representatives, to leave Ukraine, and petition the Russian Federation for membership. The Russian Federation accepting Crimea's membership, and all was well.

That is, except for the US huffing and puffing that the Crimean people had no right to peaceful self determination, as stated in the UN Charter, to which the US is I(allegedly) a signatory. The US cannot have it both ways; if they cannot commit to supporting the UN charter, it might as well withdraw its membership to the organization.

There was zero annexation here, but a real-world expression of that freedom for self-determiniation by the Crimean people.

On the other hand, the Golan Heights was seized by Israel, with the citizens of the Golan given no right to any representation whatsoever, except under Israeli edict.

This is an occupation, and an annexation, which is the polar opposite of what happened in Crimea, after the Western-orchestrated Putch put Poroshenko in power in Kiev.

Mar 24 09:25

Trump’s Golan Heights Move Broadly Condemned Worldwide

President Trump’s recognition of the 1981 Israeli annexation of the Golan Heights has been cheered by Israel’s government, which sees it as a big political win. Everywhere else, however, the reactions are just condemnations of the illegality or the ill-considered implications of the move.

Russia and France were both very clear that the US move amounts to a violation of international law, since Golan is sitll recognized internationally as part of Syria. Britain confirmed that Golan is occupied, and only said that they have no intention of following the US lead. EU officials also say the union-wide stance will not change.

The Druze minority that lives in occupied Golan was critical of the move, saying that even with Israel, and now the US, considering the Golan Heights to be part of Israel, would still be considered to have “Syrian” blood under Israeli law.

Mar 24 09:15

EU holds position on Golan Heights despite Trump - Tusk

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday the EU was holding its line on the Golan Heights despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s move to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the territory seized in war.

“The EU’s position is well known and has not changed,” Tusk told a news conference when asked to comment on Trump’s comments. The European Union does not recognise Israeli sovereignty over the area.

Mar 24 09:14

France says Trump's Golan Heights move would violate international law

France sought to make clear on Friday that it does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights and that President Trump’s intention to do so would violate international law.

“The Golan is a territory occupied by Israel since 1967. France does not recognize the Israeli annexation of 1981,” the French Foreign Ministry said in a daily briefing, according to Reuters.

“The recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan, occupied territory, would be contrary to international law, in particular the obligation for states not to recognize an illegal situation.”

Mar 24 09:10

VIDEO – Remember That Israel’s Defense Minister Openly Sympathizes With ISIS

“No one is more upset that #ISIS is defeated in #Syria than Israel. They were hoping for an ISIS victory.” – Mimi al-Laham

Mar 23 19:03

The Truth about Syria's #GolanHeights and #GenieEnergy

The Truth about Syria's #GolanHeights and #GenieEnergy
- The link Trump, Kushner, the Golan and Genie energy oil
- The history of the Golan
- The history of Israel - The link between Israel and ISIS

Mar 23 10:09

ARMOURED BEASTS: BATTLE TANK MODIFICATIONS OF SYRIAN ARMY

Since the start of the Syrian war and until September 2015, when the Russians officially joined the conflict, the Syrian Army and its allies were suffering from a wide range of issues related to maintenance of their military equipment. The lack of spare parts, destruction of infrastructure and a wide-scale economic blockade established by the US-led block were among the key reasons behind this situation. Iran contributed significant efforts to ease the pressure faced by Syria, but it lacked the necessary resources to introduce and implement a system, which would allow the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to restore its exhausted capabilities.

Mar 23 10:06

US-backed Syrian force declares victory over Daesh

U.S.-backed forces declared military victory over Daesh (ISIS) Saturday after liberating the last pocket of territory held by the militants in the country's east, marking the end of the brutal self-styled caliphate the group carved out in large parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014.

After weeks of heavy fighting, the tent camp where the militants made their final stand in the village of Baghouz was bombed to shreds. All that remains is a field pitted by abandoned trenches and bomb craters, littered with scorched tents and the twisted metal carcasses of vehicles. Half buried in the dirt was a tattered shred of Daesh's notorious black flag.

"Baghouz is free and the military victory against Daesh has been achieved," tweeted Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.

Mar 23 10:06

Trump’s Golan Move Could ‘Lead to NATO’s Collapse' in the Long Run, PhD Claims

This week, President Trump announced that the time had come for the US to recognise Tel Aviv's claim to the Golan Heights following over 50 years of illegal occupation of the Syrian region by Israel following the 1967 Six Day War. Sputnik spoke with American writer Dr. E. Michael Jones to get a sense of what drove Trump to make his decision.

Mar 23 09:58

World countries blast US on Golan, Syria vows to liberate Israeli occupied territory

The Arab League, Russia, Iran, Turkey and Iraq have strongly warned the US after President Donald Trump declared Thursday that he will recognize Syria's Golan Heights as Israeli territory.

The strategic highlands have been under the Israeli occupation since 1967, but Trump's abrupt declaration on Friday, a day after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to Israel, brings the dispute to a boiling point.

Iraq became the latest country to condemn Trump's statement, with the Iraqi foreign ministry saying on Twitter on Saturday that the US plan "contravenes international law."

Syria, which declared last month that it was ready to go to another war with Israel for the Golan, condemned Trump's pledge in a statement issued by its Foreign Ministry on Friday.

"The American position towards Syria's occupied Golan Heights clearly reflects the United States' contempt for international legitimacy and its flagrant violation of international law," it said.

Mar 23 09:10

Syrian Envoy Urges UN to Condemn Trump’s Statement on Golan Heights

The UN Security Council should condemn US President Donald Trump’s statement calling for the recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari said in a statement on Friday.

Trump said via Twitter on Thursday that the time has come for the United States to fully recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

“We call the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Security Council and the General Assembly to condemn President Trump’s statement and to take all the necessary steps to ensure the implementation of the relevant resolutions in order to maintain peace, security and stability in the world,” Jaafari told reporters.

Jaafari said that he expects France’s Ambassador to the United Nations Francois Delattre, who is now presiding over the UN Security Council, to take “firm steps” in condemning Trump’s statement.

Mar 23 09:10

Egypt sees Golan Heights as occupied Syrian land – Cairo

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday that Cairo considers the Golan Heights as occupied Syrian land. The statement rejects a call by US President Donald Trump to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the territory captured in the 1967 Middle East war. The Egyptian ministry cited UN Security Council resolution 497 of 1981 which rejected Israel’s annexation of the territory.

Mar 23 09:09

Reaching for political heights? Trump's statement on Golan sparks int'l uproar

US President Donald Trump’s idea to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights has sent shock waves throughout the world as nations in the Middle East and beyond slammed it as contrary to international law.

Trump has once again rocked the world with yet another demonstratively pro-Israeli stunt as he said it was time for the US to officially recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights. While Tel Aviv rejoiced at the news, the international community was definitely not amused as nations around the world, including America’s close allies, rushed to condemn the idea.

Mar 23 09:05

WATCH Russian Su-35S Use Flares to Avoid 'Enemy Fire' in Syria

A number of Mi-8 military transport helicopters also took part in the exercise along with the warplanes.

Several Russian Sukhoi Su-35 supermaneuverable fighter aircraft took off from the Hmeymim airbase in Syria to take part in a military exercise which involved dealing with various dangerous situations that may arise during the pilots’ mission in the war-torn country.

A video uploaded on YouTube by the Russian Defense Ministry’s TV Zvezda channel shows the deadly birds soar through the air and deploy flares while attempting to avoid simulated enemy fire.

Mar 22 14:37

UN Reiterates Golan Heights Status Remains Same After Trump's Call

After Thursday's tweet by US President Donald Trump, in which he called to recognise the disputed territory of the Golan Heights, numerous European and Middle East countries voiced their strong opposition to the move.

The United Nations has reiterated its position on the sovereignty of the Golan Heights, insisting that the status of the area has not changed after US Donald Trump's call to recognise it as Israeli territory.

In particular, the UN does not recognise the annexation of the territory that has been occupied by Israel since the 1967 Six-Day War and formally annexed in 1981.

Mar 22 10:12

Turkish FM slams US decision on Golan Heights

Turkey’s foreign minister on Thursday slammed US President Donald Trump’s tweet on the occupied Golan Heights, Anadolu reports.

“The territorial integrity of states is the most fundamental principle of international law,” said Mevlut Cavusoglu in a tweet.

Attempts by the US to legitimize Israel’s actions against international law will only lead to more violence and pain in the region. Turkey supports Syria’s territorial integrity,

Mar 22 10:09

Whatever Israel wants, Israel gets

On 4 March, the newly formed Israeli Blue and White party’s leaders, Gabi Ashkenazi, Yair Lapid, Benny Gantz and Moshe Ya’alon, declared that Israel will not pull out from the occupied Golan Heights. Gantz, the party head, said they would increase settlements and double the population. Their reason; they will not hand the area over to Bashar Al-Assad, a brutal dictator who massacre his own people.

The West Bank and Golan Heights are, on paper, occupied territories, but on the ground the status quo has long been change with US approval and EU silence, contrary to UN resolutions.

Mar 22 10:05

Golan Heights: Trump aims to 'shore up' support for Netanyahu ahead of Israeli vote

Statement makes 'mockery of international law' to help Netanyahu in forthcoming Israeli elections, analysts say

Mar 22 10:04

The Golan Heights: Why it matters

The Golan Heights has officially been recognised as part of Syria since the country acquired independence in 1944. Despite numerous wars, claims and counter-claims, the international community continues to regard the scenic, resource-rich region as part of Syria.

However on Thursday US President Donald Trump attempted to change that, by tweeting that Washington should "fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights".

Formally recognising Israel's annexation of the Golan would mark a break in decades of US foreign policy and fly in the face of international consensus.

Mar 22 10:00

Might Makes Right: Trump Endorses Israeli Annexation of Golan Heights

Trump tweeted that the US should recognize Israel’s annexation of Syria’s Golan Heights, which Israel has been occupying for 52 years. TRNN’s Shir Hever explores what this means for the region

Mar 22 09:27

Oil profits grease Trump administration’s move to recognize Israeli annexation of Golan

Washington last week gave another sign that the Trump administration is moving towards declaring the Golan Heights to be Israeli sovereign territory. At the heart of the move are huge anticipated US-Israeli oil profits.
In an annual human rights report, the State Department referred to the Golan Heights as “Israeli-controlled,” dropping the international norm of citing the contested area as “Israeli-occupied.” The change in wording is significant.

The Golan Plateau is considered to be Syrian territory under international law, according to UN resolutions. Israel has occupied the strategically important area overlooking the Jordan Valley since the 1967 Six Day War. In 1981, Israel formally annexed the land, but the self-declared claim has never been recognized internationally.

Hence, the normative term “Israeli-occupied Golan” in UN terminology, not “Israeli-controlled.”

Mar 22 09:19

Eight Years of Corrosive Lies about Syria

But, then I come across another story about Syria in the Wall Street Journal, suggesting that the United States may leave 1,000 troops in that country after all. The president, if you’ll remember, announced a complete withdrawal of troops from Syria months ago. Then, weeks later the White House announced that a small force of 200 would stay behind. Now, the Journal was reporting that it would actually be 1,000. A few hours later the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff said the original plan remained unchanged.

I realized that I no longer knew what to believe.

Mar 22 09:05

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – MARCH 22, 2019: RUSSIAN ATTACK HELICOPTERS PURGE MILITANTS IN NORTHERN HAMA

The Russian Aerospace Forces have continued their strikes on terrorist infrastructure in the Idlib de-escalation zone, according to reports appearing from the ground.

On March 21, alleged Russian warplanes delivered strikes on militant targets near the city of Jisr al-Shughur and the town of Frikeh in northwestern Idlib and the towns of Sheikh Mustafa, Kafr Rumah, Maar Tahroma, al-Hamidiah, Hish, Bsida, Faqie, Qasabiyeh and Tal’as in the southern part of the governorate.

Separately, two Mi-24P attack helicopters of the Russian Aerospace Forces stuck several militant positions near the town of al-Lataminah in northern Hama.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Russians do the work and Trump tries to take credit.

Mar 22 08:46

France Responds to Trump: Israeli Sovereignty Over Golans Against Int'l Law

Earlier, US President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter that now was the time for the US to recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israel. According to him, the time has come to take such a step in the interests of the security of Israel and the region as a whole.

"The Golan is a territory occupied by Israel since 1967. France does not recognise the Israeli annexation of 1981," the Fench Foreign Ministry said in a daily briefing, adding that UN Security Council resolutions had recognised the annexation as illegal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"I am above the law!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 22 08:45

Syria 'Determined' to Recover Israeli-Occupied Golan Heights, Lambasts Trump

On Thursday, US President Donald Trump tweeted that 52 years on, it is time for his country “to fully recognise Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights”.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry has condemned US President Trump’s comments on the Golan Heights as “irresponsible”, adding that the Syrian people are determined to recover the area through “all available means”, Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reports.

The Ministry pointed out that Trump's statement "confirms the US’s blind commitment to Israel and support for its aggressive behaviour".

"It became clear to the international community that the United States and their reckless policies, which are dominated by arrogance and hegemonic ambitions, are a major factor in exacerbating the situation in the global arena and threaten peace and stability," the Ministry underscored.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So much for "regional stability" Donald.

Mar 22 08:44

How US' Stance on Golans Has Changed Over Years Before Trump's Final Say

On 22 March 2019, President Donald Trump announced that the US would recognise Israel's sovereignty over occupied territories in the Golan Heights in a sharp foreign policy U-turn. Sputnik has taken a look at how Washington's attitude towards the disputed Golan Heights, annexed by Israel as a result of 1967 Six Day War, has changed over time.

"After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognise Israel's Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability," the US president tweeted.

Mar 22 06:59

'The edge of a new crisis': Syria vows to use 'every possible means' to 'liberate' the Golan Heights as Trump sparks fury in the Middle East by pledging to recognise Israel's sovereignty over highlands

Syria and its allies have condemned Donald Trump's declaration that America should recognise Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

The Foreign Ministry in Damascus vowed it would use 'every possible means' to 'liberate' the region and described the US President's statement as a threat to international peace and stability.

It said his comments on Twitter confirm 'the blind bias of the United States to the Zionist entity,' referring to Israel, and added that the statement won't change 'the fact that the Golan was and will remain Arab and Syrian.'

It comes as Russia branded the move 'irresponsible' and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the declaration has brought the region 'to the brink of a new crisis and new tensions.'

Mar 21 13:57

Operation Cyclone never ended: The history of the West’s support for Islamist extremists

Iain Davis argues that contrary to official narratives, the Western military-industrial-intelligence complex has been working with, arming, equipping, training and deploying Islamist extremist terrorist organisations for at least half a century.>>

Mar 21 11:12

Trump Pulls Out Map of Syria, Declares ISIS Defeated 'By Tonight'

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters said they were still searching territory captured from Islamic State at its final enclave in eastern Syria on Thursday and denied a report the jihadists had been finally defeated

Mar 21 10:35

Turkish intervention could trigger Syria's 'second great war'

After a bloody and protracted five-year war, the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the US-led coalition are on the verge of declaring victory against the Islamic State after the fall of its last crumbs of territory in Baghuz. With Islamic State cells continuing to operate to deadly effect in Syria and neighboring Iraq, it's too early to say "mission accomplished," cautioned Mazlum Kobane, the commander in chief of the SDF, in an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor March 10 at a heavily guarded complex near al-Omar oil field in eastern Syria. The charismatic 50-year-old Syrian Kurd, whom coalition officials address as “general,” is seen as one of the chief architects of the battle against the jihadis.

Mar 21 10:21

President Trump announces US will recognize Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights

President Donald Trump on Thursday changed decades of Middle East policy with a tweet, announcing that "After 52 years, it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israeli's Sovereignty over the Golan Heights."

Trump said the Golan "is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, this will make the region even more unstable. This is Trump helping Netanyahu win his re-election as well as flipping the bird at Assad. But in the long run, any illusion that the US is any kind of objective arbiter in the Middle East has been erased.

Mar 21 09:42

In Tight Election, Netanyahu Seeks US Endorsement of Golan Annexation

Nobody, in the world, recognizes the Golan Heights as part of Israel, despite the 1981 Israeli annexation. The US has continually accepted it as an Israeli-occupied piece of Syria. But the Trump Administration clearly sees major interests in keeping a far-right coalition government in power in Israel.

So with Israel’s very tight election just weeks away, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made a visit to Jerusalem, giving the incumbent PM Benjamin Netanyahu all the photo-ops and talk of mutual hostility toward Iran he could ask for.

While this is already unseemly US meddling into the election, it’s also given Netanyahu a chance to lay out the idea that the US should just flat out endorse the conquest of Golan, in the name of making sure Iran can’t put troops there. Israel’s oil development plans in Golan, naturally, were not mentioned.

Mar 21 09:14

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – MARCH 21, 2019: ISIS INFLUENCE IS STILL STRONG IN US-CONTROLLED PART OF SYRIA

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the US-led coalition have broken through the ISIS defense near al-Baghuz village and eliminated a major part of the ISIS-held pocket in the area. A small group of ISIS members still holds a part of the Euphrates River bank. The rest of the ISIS members and their relatives were captured or killed.

According to the SDF, the number of ISIS members and their relatives in the pocket prior to the final storm was up to 5,000. Additionally, the SDF claimed that more than 66,000 people, mostly civilians, had quit the ISIS-held area since January 9. They include 37,000 civilians, 5,000 terrorists and around 24,000 of their relatives. 520 ISIS members were captured in military actions in the same period.

Mar 21 08:56

Netanyahu Calls on Pompeo to Recognise Israel's Sovereignty Over Golan Heights

The development comes just days after US Senator Lindsey Graham told Benjamin Netanyahu that he would push the United States to formally recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which were seized from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War.

During a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jerusalem on Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took a moment to call on the international community to recognise the Golan Heights as part of Israel.

Mar 21 08:53

US Duplicity over Golan Demolishes Posturing on Crimea

In a controversial snub to international law, the United States signaled last week that it is moving to officially recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israeli territory. If the US does so, then it forfeits any moral authority to sanction Russia over allegations of “annexing Crimea”.

In its annual US State Department report, the section dealing with the Golan Heights reportedly refers to the contested area as “Israeli-controlled”, not “Israeli-occupied”. The change in wording deviates from United Nations resolutions and international norm which use the term “Israeli-occupied” to designate the land Israel annexed from Syria following the 1967 Six Day War.

Mar 21 07:39

Turkey announces joint raids with Iran against Kurdish rebels

Turkey and Iran have launched a joint military operation against Kurdish rebels along Turkey's eastern border, according to an official.

Suleyman Soylu, Turkey's interior minister, said the offensive on Monday targeted the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

"As of 8:00 this morning, we started an operation with Iran aimed at the PKK on our eastern border," he told a crowd in the Mediterranean city of Antalya. "We will announce the outcome [later]."

Mar 20 11:32

Was UK paying White Helmets to produce Syria ‘chemical weapon’ PR as cover for Jaish Al Islam?

As controversy rages over the alleged April 2018 Douma “chemical weapon attacks” that signaled the end of Jaish Al Islam’s occupation, life in the Syrian city gradually returns to peace and stability.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ (OPCW) interim report and final report have thrown the Western media community into disarray. Already scrambling to salvage their loss of face after the “no sarin” conclusions were drawn by the OPCW in July 2018, they are now trying to convert an inconclusive OPCW report into a definitive claim regarding chlorine use, in order to reassert their declining narrative supremacy.

A “chemical weapon” narrative that has effectively sustained the criminalization of the Syrian government and thus the continued unlawful aggression, direct and through Takfiri proxies, by the US coalition against Syria.

Mar 20 08:29

Helping Netanyahu: Why Lindsey Graham declared occupied Golan as Israeli

The Israeli prime minister has picked a good moment to pitch his bid 'to keep Golan as part of Israel' and keep himself in office for another term

US Senator Lindsey Graham, a close ally of President Donald Trump, has a theatrical turn of phrase and a ham actor’s sense of timing. He enjoys rhetorical outbursts and dramatic flourishes and is always on the hunt for an appropriate stage.

What better one to reaffirm his undying support for Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu than the occupied Golan Heights?

Mar 20 08:17

US Duplicity over Golan Demolishes Posturing on Crimea

In a controversial snub to international law, the United States signaled last week that it is moving to officially recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israeli territory. If the US does so, then it forfeits any moral authority to sanction Russia over allegations of “annexing Crimea”.

Mar 20 08:13

Syria, Russia: Washington gives millions to White Helmets terrorists while preventing aid from reaching al-Rukban camp

The Syrian and Russian coordination committees for the return of displaced Syrians said that while the United States is forcefully detaining displaced Syrians in al-Rukban camp in disastrous conditions, it allocated millions of dollars to support the White Helmets organization.

In a joint statement on Tuesday, the committees said the United States allocated “aid” during the recent conference in Brussels which will not go to the Syrian people; rather they will be given to the White Helmets terrorists to fund their acts of fabricating incidents involving toxic chemicals.

The US State Department announced on March 14 that it will give USD 5 million to the White Helmets which is affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra terror organization, while Qatar gave the organization USD 2 million on February 3.

Mar 20 07:47

Over 170,000 Syrian refugees have returned from Lebanon since Dec. 2017: General Security

General Security announced Wednesday that over 170,000 Syrian refugees have returned to their country from Lebanon since December 2017.

Mar 20 07:38

Oil profits grease Trump administration’s move to recognize Israeli annexation of Golan

Washington last week gave another sign that the Trump administration is moving towards declaring the Golan Heights to be Israeli sovereign territory. At the heart of the move are huge anticipated US-Israeli oil profits.

In an annual human rights report, the State Department referred to the Golan Heights as “Israeli-controlled,” dropping the international norm of citing the contested area as “Israeli-occupied.” The change in wording is significant.

The Golan Plateau is considered to be Syrian territory under international law, according to UN resolutions. Israel has occupied the strategically important area overlooking the Jordan Valley since the 1967 Six Day War. In 1981, Israel formally annexed the land, but the self-declared claim has never been recognized internationally.

Hence, the normative term “Israeli-occupied Golan” in UN terminology, not “Israeli-controlled.”

Mar 19 15:43

Top US General Denies Plans to Leave 1,000 Troops in Syria

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford issued a statement Monday denying weekend media reports that the US plans to leave around 1,000 troops in Syria, saying the reports are “factually incorrect.”

Dunford presented the current planned “residual force” as 200, saying that this hadn’t changed since February. The US announced 200 would stay on February 21, but on February 22 officially increased that number to 400.

It’s not clear from Dunford’s statement where the “incorrect” aspect of the new report, which came out of a Wall Street Journal, exists. That report suggested that the 1,000 figure was not yet finalized, but was being discussed. Dunford’s comments didn’t include any details on what is actually being discussed, but just that nothing was finalized.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think the multiple troop numbers being given, are simply a way of creating confusion about how many US troops the US does have in Syria.

Mar 19 09:08

Attempt to prosecute Assad at ICC is aimed at undermining Syrian peace process

Historian John Laughland explains why the International Criminal Court's attempt to indict President Assad of Syria reveals its dictatorial and warmongering tendencies.

The announcement that “a group of Syrian refugees and their London lawyers” have found “a neat legal trick” to press for an indictment against Syrian President Bashar Assad by the International Criminal Court demonstrates, yet again, the dangerous corruption of international justice, against which I have been warning for over a decade.

Mar 18 11:43

US denies report it is leaving up to 1,000 troops in Syria

The United States strongly denied Sunday a report that it intended to leave almost 1,000 troops in Syria, adding plans for a residual force of around 200 troops had not changed.

The Wall Street Journal had reported Sunday that as talks with Turkey, US-backed Kurdish forces and European allies have failed to produce a deal on a "safe zone" in northeastern Syria, the US now intended to keep working with Kurdish fighters in the country.

It quoted US officials as saying the plan could see up to 1,000 US forces spread across the country.

"A claim reported this evening by a major U.S. newspaper that the U.S. military is developing plans to keep nearly 1,000 U.S. troops in Syria is factually incorrect," General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a statement.

Mar 18 11:40

Damascus Accuses US and Its Allies of War Crimes in Syria

The Syrian Foreign Ministry responded to the statement issued by the US-led coalition partners that refused to take part in the reconstruction of Syria noting that these states are not invited to contribute to the reconstruction after those war crimes committed against the Syrian people.

"These countries that killed and destroyed have never been interested in the reconstruction [of Syria] and they are not invited to contribute to the reconstruction. These states should only pay compensations for the killing and destruction committed as a result of their heinous crimes and stop their blatant interference in internal affairs", the statement obtained by Sputnik read.

The ministry noted that counterterrorism methods of the US-led coalition constitute war crimes and violations of the international law.

Mar 18 10:17

US Military Now Planning To Keep 1,000 Troops On The Ground In Syria

President Trump ordered complete US withdrawal in December; in February he said 200 would remain; and now...

The US military is now making plans to keep almost 1,000 troops in Syria, officials said, a shift that comes three months after President Donald Trump ordered a complete withdrawal, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing unidentified US officials.

Talks with Turkey, European allies and US-backed Kurdish fighters have so far failed to secure an agreement to create a safe zone in northeastern Syria, part of Trump’s plan for leaving Syria, the Journal said.

The US now plans to keep working with Kurdish fighters in Syria despite Turkish threats to cross the border and attack the Kurds, the US officials said. The proposal may keep as many as 1,000 American forces, spread from the north of Syria to the south, they said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More proof, if anyone needed it, that President Trump is not at all in charge of US foreign policy when it comes to Syria.

Mar 18 08:03

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – MARCH 18, 2019: RUSSIA DEPLOYS SU-25 ATTACK AIRCRAFT TO CONTAIN IDLIB MILITANTS

Government forces and the Russian Military Police have kicked off a joint security operation in the Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus. In particular, the operation targeted Jisreen, Mohammedia, al-Aftaris, al-Nashabiyah and Marj al-Sultan where a notable number of weapons and equipment was abandoned by militants after the defeat suffered from the Syrian Army in 2018.

According to reports, locals, many of them former members of militant groups, who opted to reconcile with the Damascus government, are assisting the operation with information about possible locations of hidden weapon caches.

Mar 17 10:08

US-backed forces admit to 'difficulties' beating IS in Syria

U.S.-backers forces fighting to take back the last Islamic State group outpost in Syria say they are facing difficulties defeating the group.

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(*There must be one nation somewher on this planet that can see the lucrative benefit of joining the Republic's coalition !)

Mar 16 09:20

The Trump Regime Considers the West Bank, Gaza, and Syria’s Golan Israeli Territory

The West Bank and Gaza are illegally occupied Palestinian territories. There’s nothing “disputed” about them.

Expanding Israeli settlements on stolen Palestinian land flagrantly violate Fourth Geneva’s Article 49, stating:

“Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive.”

“The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.”

The International Committee of the Red Cross affirmed Fourth Geneva, saying “international humanitarian law prohibits the establishment of settlements, as these are a form of population transfer into occupied territory.”

Mar 15 11:14

US announces more support for ‘heroic’ White Helmets in Syria

The Trump administration is doubling down on backing the White Helmets, the self-proclaimed civil defense group with often controversial activity in militant-held areas of Syria, pledging a $5 million donation at a conference.

The contribution was announced by ambassador James Jeffrey, US special envoy to the anti-Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS) coalition, at the third Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, held in Brussels.

The $5 million will fund both the “vital, life-saving operations” by the White Helmets and the work of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM), a UN body created in late 2016 to investigate – but not prosecute – alleged atrocities in Syria after 2011.

Mar 15 10:17

US ANNOUNCES MORE SUPPORT FOR ‘HEROIC’ WHITE HELMETS IN SYRIA

The Trump administration is doubling down on backing the White Helmets, the self-proclaimed civil defense group with often controversial activity in militant-held areas of Syria, pledging a $5 million donation at a conference.
The contribution was announced by ambassador James Jeffrey, US special envoy to the anti-Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS) coalition, at the third Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, held in Brussels.

The $5 million will fund both the “vital, life-saving operations” by the White Helmets and the work of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM), a UN body created in late 2016 to investigate – but not prosecute – alleged atrocities in Syria after 2011.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but has President Trump just completely lost his mind, or was he just "not privy" to this decision?!? The world knows that this is a terror organisation, funded and supplied by the US and UK. The evidence here, is clear, incontrovertible, and compelling.

Syrian government lambasts evacuation of White Helmets as 'criminal'

Are the White Helmets terrorists?

White Helmets are Terrorist Auxiliaries

Further extensive of direct collusion between the White Helmets, and Islamic Terrorist Groups

Are White Helmets Terroists?

videos: the White Helmets are terrorists

James Jeffrey and Robert Paladino, do you seriously believe that thinking Americans can neither read, or reason?!? Gentlemen, what the hell is going on here?!?

I am utterly disgusted with both of you, aS this is a continuation of the narrative which has broken down a zillion times, in evaluating the actions of this group.

There is a very solid reason why President Trump has not pulled completely out of Syria, as he told the American people he would; and I do not know under what guise, or cover, he is working, and why they are still there, but they are.

So one has to wonder; are us troops going to be the "sacrificial lambs" for a phoney "false flag" (possibly executed by the White Helmets) which to blame on Hezbollah, or Iran, as the "excuse/justification" for going into Syria, and potentially, Iran, with a full force militarily decap strike?!?

Mar 15 09:12

Ashrawi: US Human Rights Report Meant to Whitewash Israeli Occupation

The US Human Right Report is intended to whitewash the Israeli occupation and excuse human rights violations against the Palestinian people, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said today.

“After the release of the so-called Human Rights Report, by the US State Department, it is now abundantly clear that the Trump administration is gearing all branches of the government to whitewash the Israeli occupation and its pervasive violations of human rights,” said Ashrawi in a statement. “The ‘report’ also decontextualizes the reality by omitting the inescapable fact of Israeli occupation of Palestine, reflecting this administration’s infatuation with an alternative yet fallacious version of reality and legality.”

Mar 15 08:59

RUSSIA REINFORCES ITS AIR GROUP IN SYRIA WITH SU-25 WARPLANES

The Su-25 Grach is a single-seat, twin-engine, close air support warplane developed in the USSR by Sukhoi. The warplane’s latest upgrade, the Su-25sm3, is equipped with the advanced tactical EW suite Vitebsk-25, the SOLT-25 day\night electro-optical targeting system, a new encrypted communications system and an updated navigation system.

This type of warplanes was deployed the Hmeimim airbase several times since 2015 to provide the SAA with close air support during its battles against ISIS and other radical groups throughout Syria.

The redeployment of the Su-25 suggests that the Russian Aerospace Forces are about to step up their operations in Syria, likely against the remaining militants in the governorate of Idlib.

Mar 15 08:55

BEX CONFIRMED - Syria Notifies Israel It Will Attack If IDF Doesn't Leave Golan Heights

In a surprising and provocative ultimatum, Syria has notified Israel through United Nations diplomatic channels that it is prepared to go to war if Israel does not leave the Golan Heights.

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad reportedly sent the message through the head of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), Christine Lund, this past week, according to a World Israel News report and later picked up other major Israeli sources, including The Jerusalem Post. “Syria will attack Israel if it does not leave the Golan Heights,” Mikdad told the UN representative.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WRH has it from a senior United Nations official that this did not happen. Assad made no such provocative statement.

Mar 15 08:38

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – MARCH 15, 2019: RUSSIAN WARPLANES RAIN HELL ON IDLIB

On March 13, warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces delivered a series of airstrikes on infrastructure of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in the city of Idlib and in its southeastern countryisde. According to reports, at least 16 strikes hit weapon depots, HQs and a jail belonging to the terrorist group.

Opposition sources said that hundreds of prisoners, including dozens persons allegedly linked with the Syrian and Russian intelligence managed to escape the prison after the airstrike. Hayat Tahir al-Sham responded with a wide-scale security operation to trace and capture these people. This operation is still ongoing with varying results.

The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed the strikes in Idlib and said that they were coordinated with Turkey. According to the Russian side, the strikes hit depots in which the terrorist group was storing armed unnamed aerial vehicles. The eliminated UAVs were reportedly prepared for an attack on Russia’s Hmeimim airbase.

Mar 15 08:15

French Colonel: US Forces in Syria Allow Arab Proxies to Kill, Destroy

An article that, until recently, appeared in the online version of the February 2019 edition of France's Revue Defense Nationale, takes a very critical look at how the United States forces in Syria executed their battle strategy against the remaining ISIS forces in Syria and the final success of the battle.

Mar 14 13:37

Mysterious pro-gov’t group allegedly attacks US military convoy in Raqqa

A mysterious pro-government group calling themselves the “Popular Resistance of Raqqa” announced on Wednesday that they carried out an attack on a U.S.-SDF military convoy inside of Raqqa city.

According to the group’s statement, they detonated an IED as a U.S.-SDF military convoy was passing through Al-Haramiyah Street around 9 P.M. (local time) last night.

Mar 14 11:57

The Assad Regime Won Syria's Civil War. Can It Survive an Israeli Attack?

Syria’s descent into the living hell of civil war has had mixed ramifications for Israel.

Syria’s armed forces, the primary threat against which the IDF was built and trained for decades, have been devastated and, with the partial exception of its air defenses, no longer constitute a major military challenge to Israel.

With Egypt and Jordan having long ratified peace and the demise of the "eastern front" following the second Gulf War, Israel no longer faces any neighboring state with the capability and desire to wage war against it, a dramatic improvement in its strategic position.

Mar 14 10:00

BEX ALERT - Israel claims uncovered Hezbollah cell in Golan

The Israeli occupation army yesterday claimed that it had uncovered a secret Hezbollah cell which was preparing to strike it from the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, a statement reported by Israeli media said.

It added that Hezbollah kept the cell, known as the Golan File, secret from Syrian regime President Bashar Al-Assad, stating that the cell is being run by Hezbollah commanders in Beirut.

Hezbollah’s operatives mixed with local residents and started patrolling the borders from the Syrian side in order to monitor the movement of Israeli troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here comes the grab of the Golan!

Mar 14 09:57

Pentagon allocates $300m to support Syria Democratic Forces

The Pentagon announced yesterday that it has allocated $300 million to support US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighting Daesh as well as $250 million to secure the borders of Syria’s neighbours.

The funding is part of the 2020 budget.

The administration of US President Donald Trump asked Congress to allocate a total budget of $718.3 billion to the Pentagon.

Mar 14 09:52

BEX ALERT - Israeli Firm Dumps Alleged Satellite IMAGES of 'Iranian Missile Plant' in Syria

Earlier, Israeli media claimed that Iran, the Syrian government and Hezbollah were building a secret "precision missile factory" in western Syria.

Israeli satellite intelligence firm ImageSat International has released satellite images of what it says are "probably" indications of a missile production facility outside Safita, a Syrian town in southeast Tartous about 100 km from the Lebanese border.

According to the company, an analysis of "the construction patterns, the compound location and the activity" at the site signal "the probability that this is a missiles manufacturing site."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Read the caption on the image itself. It says there does not appear to be any manufacturing at the site, nor can it be confirmed it is Iranian.

Mar 14 09:25

ISRAELI DEFENSE FIRM RELEASED VIDEO SHOWING DESTRUCTION OF S-400 RADAR

One of the videos is dedicated to the Mini Harpy tactical loitering munition. The weapon is said to be combining capabilities from IAI’s two previous flagship loitering munitions, the Harop and Harpy that have both the ability to lock on to radiation-emitting threats like radar with man-in-the-loop electro-optical guidance. According to IAI, the weapon is electrically powered, weights 45 kg and carries a shaped charge weighing about 8 kg. However, one of the most interesting things is that the Mini Harpy promo includes an animation showing how the weapon destroys an apparent Russian all-altitude surveillance radar 96L6, which can be used in both S-300 and S-400 air defense systems, something what has never happened in reality.

Mar 14 09:13

Hariri requests $2.9B for Syrian refugee returns

Prime Minister Saad Hariri Thursday requested almost $3 billion in funding from the international community to support long-term projects to facilitate the return of Syrian refugees to their home country.

Mar 13 09:34

Chief French Artillery Colonel in Syria Slams US for Cowardly Civilian-Killing Tactics, Prolonging the War vs ISIS

A senior French officer faces punishment after publicly condemning the US-led coalition’s military tactics against Daesh in the east of Syria, accusing Washington of prolonging the conflict and disregarding a growing civilian death toll, the army said on Saturday.

Colonel Francois-Regis Legrier – who has been in charge of directing French artillery supporting Kurdish-led groups in Syria since October – said the coalition’s focus had been on limiting its own risks and this had greatly increased the death toll among civilians, as well as raised the level of destruction.

Mar 13 08:44

U.S. drops reference to "Israeli-occupied" Golan Heights in annual rights report

The U.S. State Department changed its usual description of the Golan Heights from "Israeli-occupied" to "Israeli-controlled" in an annual global human rights report released Wednesday.

A separate section on the West Bank and Gaza Strip, areas that Israel captured along with the Golan Heights in a 1967 Middle East war, also did not refer to those territories as being "occupied" or under "occupation."

Mar 12 10:57

SYRIA READY FOR WAR TO REGAIN OIL-RICH GOLAN HEIGHTS

There is, however, a more practical and less ideological reason for annexing the Golan Heights—oil.

In early 2013, Israel granted the American corporation Genie Oil and Gas a permit to explore for oil and gas on a 153-square mile radius in the southern part of the Golan Heights. Genie Energy is advised by Dick Cheney and its shareholders include Jacob Rothschild and Rupert Murdoch.

Bestselling author and strategic risk consultant F. William Engdahl writes in Golan Heights, Israel, Oil and Trump:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF true, (and it concerns me that this story goes to a single source as reference, World Israeli News), the Middle East is about to get into another bloody conflict, over the Golan oil and reserves here.

I have not read any confirmation in any Syrian news in English, that this was actually what Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister said.

This could well be Israeli propaganda, to give Netanyahu time to do something to make him look like " a leader" to his people, ahead of the 9 April elections in Israel.

The Middle Eastern Leadership knows that Netanyahu's hanging on to power by a very fine thread, and with a 56 page indictment against him, may well not win the next election.

I would expect things to get very nasty, if Netanyahu's internal pols don't show him winning the race for Prime Minister; cornered animals, and cornered politicians are at their most dangerous; and right now, Netanyahu is cornered, geopolitically, so it is difficult to foresee what he is willing to do at this point.

Mar 12 10:09

US-led airstrikes claim dozens of civilian lives in Syria’s Dayr al-Zawr

Dozens of civilians, including women and children, have been killed after the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the terrorist Takfiri Daesh group carried out a series of aerial assaults in Syria’s troubled eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.

Local sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Syria’s official news agency SANA that 50 people were killed and scores of others injured on Monday when US-led warplanes targeted families fleeing the last vestiges of Daesh's territorial rule in the besieged village of Baghouz near the Iraqi border.

The sources added that the death toll was expected to rise as some of the wounded were in critical condition.

The development came a few days after US-led coalition warplanes dropped white phosphorus bombs on Baghouz, leaving a number of citizens, mostly women and children, dead.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The use of white phosphorus for anything other than a smoke screen is a war crime.

Mar 12 09:37

OPCW Report Contradicts Western Gov’t/MSM Claims Of Douma “Chemical Weapons Attack”

By Brandon Turbeville

After the lowest moment of Trump’s presidency to date — the bombing of Syria despite the risk of a third world war — the OPCW released a statement re-affirming that the United States, France, and the UK were wrong about their assertion that the Syrian government used chemical weapons in Douma in April, 2018...

Mar 12 09:29

US senator vows to push US to recognise Israel’s sovereignty over Golan Heights

US Senator Lindsey Graham yesterday pledged to push Washington to recognise Israel’s sovereignty over Syria’s Golan Heights, the New York Times reported.

During a tour near the Syrian area, which was occupied by Israel in 1967, Graham said he would work hard to change the Golan’s status from an occupied territory to be part of Israel.

While touring the area along with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Graham said: “The Golan is not disputed. It is in the hands of Israel and will always remain in the hands of Israel.”

He added: “My goal is to try to explain this to the administration.”

Mar 12 08:21

Lindsey Graham: Giving Up Golan Heights Would Be Israeli Strategic Nightmare

Senator Lindsey Graham, on a visit to Israel’s north with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said Israel must keep the Golan Heights or face a “strategic nightmare,” and vowed that he would work to get U.S. recognition of the area as part of sovereign Israel.

“I come here as an American. I come here to try to figure out what’s best for America. What’s best for America is a safe, secure and prosperous Israel,” Graham said, adding that he intends to “start an effort to recognize the Golan as part of the State of Israel, now and forever.”

“Why? Common values, common enemies. And from a military point of view, the best friend the United States can possibly ever have in a troubled region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Lindsey ...

Mar 12 05:28

Video: On Contact: The Lobby - USA

The four-part Al Jazeera documentary about how the government and intelligence agencies of Israel work with US Jewish groups to spy on, smear, and attack critics, was blocked due to heavy Israeli pressure.

It was blocked from Broadcast, not from the web.

The Lobby – USA, episode 1 – The Covert War

The Lobby – USA, episode 2 – Managing Elites

The Lobby - USA, episode 3

The Lobby - USA, episode 4

Mar 11 16:38

Ex Mossad Head Admits Israel-Al-Qaeda Allegiance

Click title above to jump to the time. Ex head of Mossad reveals to the world on international television Israeli allegiance with Al-Qaeda;

Mar 11 14:01

SYRIA READY FOR WAR TO REGAIN OIL-RICH GOLAN HEIGHTS

Resolutions introduced by staunchly pro-Israel advocates in the US Senate follow a pattern. Venezuela, with the largest reserves of oil in the world, and Iran, with oil reserves coming in third behind Venezuela and Saudi Arabia, are now suffering under US-imposed economic sanctions.The Trump administration argues Venezuela is a brutal socialist dictatorship and Iran is secretly building nuclear weapons and testing missiles that will be used against Israel.

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