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Mar 01 12:00

US Attempting to Prevent Revival of Adana Agreement between Turkey, Syria

The US is attempting to block efforts to revive the Adana agreement signed between Ankara and Damascus in 1998 days after Turkey did not oppose Moscow's proposal for deployment of the Russian forces at the bordering areas between Syria and Turkey.

Mar 01 10:54

US forces responsible for humanitarian crisis at Rukban refugee camp: Syria

A Syrian official has held US military forces and their allied militants responsible for the humanitarian crisis affecting thousands of internally displaced people at a refugee camp near the Jordan-Syria border, saying American troops are preventing residents from leaving the site toward government-controlled areas.

“The responsibility for the humanitarian crisis of our people at al-Rukban camp falls solely on US occupation forces and their stooges, as they have been preventing civilians’ departure by means of force and threats. This is while safe corridors have been opened for those who are willing to leave the camp,” the unnamed official at the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates was quoted by official SANA news agency as saying on Thursday.

He stressed that the Damascus government is prepared to take responsibility for securing a safe and decent return of displaced people to their hometowns.

Mar 01 09:32

KALASHNIKOV KAMIKAZE DRONE ‘KUB-BLA’ ALREADY BATTLE-TESTED IN SYRIA

A Russian defense contractor, Kalashnikov Concern, named after one of the most famous small-arms designers of all time, is now producing kamikaze drones designed to destroy remote ground targets.

The “high-precision unmanned aerial system” KUB-BLA was for the first time showcased at the International Exhibition of Arms and Military Equipment 2019 in Abu Dhabi. The drone delivers an explosive charge on the coordinates of the target, which are set manually or can be acquired automatically by uploading image of the target into the guidance system.

The KUB-BLA has a 3-kilogram payload, a flying time of 30 minutes, and a 80-130-kilometer-per-hour speed. It measures 1210mm wide by 950mm long and 165mm high. Typically, the payload is apparently a high-explosive charge. Kalashnikov Concern says that the advantages of the system are “hidden launch, high accuracy of the shot, noiselessness and ease of handling”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are many reasons for those in the bowels of power in DC , to eschew any kind of war with Russia right now, and this is one of them.

The US weaponry community has been chronically "coming up short", because of the "pork barrel relationships" of politicians with arms makers, contributing to their campaigns, both overtly and covertly, and this translates into a "knowledge and information gap" in Congress, meaning politicians in the US not asking the hard questions about weapons deliveries; weapons capabilities; and weapons costs.

That toxic lack of candid communications between those who allocate the funds, and those who make the weapons upon which the US military relies, has put this country behind the proverbial 8-ball, relative to Russia and China; that has to stop, and right the hell now.

To those who have been reading WRH for some time, you understand that I hate war as a means with which the US frequently resolves its geopolitical differences; having said that, however,when our military needs the best, most intelligently thought out, and future-looking weapons, they should have them, and our weapons manufacturers need to be making sure that they do; otherwise, they should not be allowed to bid for any future weapons contracts, period, end of discussion.

Mar 01 09:05

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – MARCH 1, 2019: U.S. FORCES STEAL TONS OF GOLD CAPTURED BY ISIS IN SYRIA, IRAQ

US forces are reportedly transferring tons of gold from ISIS-held areas in Syria to the US.

According to Kurdish Bas News Agency, the US transferred about 50 tons of gold from areas seized from ISIS in Deir Ezzor province. The report says that the gold was withdrawn from Syria through the US military base in Ayn al-Arab. A part of it was allegedly shared with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which are the core of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Separately, the Syrian state-run SANA news agency claimed that US forces relocated large boxes containing ISIS gold treasure from al-Dashisheh region in southern Hasakah.

Mar 01 08:50

US ARMY TAKES 50 TONS OF GOLD FROM SYRIA IN ALLEGED DEAL WITH ISIS

As the remaining pockets of ISIS fighters faced imminent defeat in northeast Syria, the United States allegedly gave them an offer they couldn’t refuse: give us your massive caches of gold — or die.

According to reports by Syrian state news agency SANA, U.S. forces struck a deal with ISIS whereby the terrorist group would give up 50 tons of gold across eastern Syria’s Deir el-Zour province in exchange for safe passage.

The precious metal, worth about $2.13 billion, was plundered by the self-designated “caliphate” as its reign of terror spread across Syria and Iraq between 2015 and 2017.

Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah reports that local sources claim U.S. Army helicopters have already transferred the gold from the U.S. forces’ base in Kobani, the Kurdish-controlled city that lies close to Syria’s northern border with Syria. A portion of the gold was also distributed to the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which dominates the U.S.-allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder to what ends the remaining gold will be accountable to the people of the US.

Feb 28 13:29

Israel will continue to act against Iran in Syria, Netanyahu tells Putin in Moscow

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel told Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday that Israel will continue to act against Iran’s attempts to entrench militarily in Syria.

Netanyahu shortened his trip and planned to return Wednesday night, the day of his meeting with Putin, reportedly so he could be in Israel on Thursday, when Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit may issue decisions on several criminal investigations against the prime minister.

The prime minister had postponed his meeting with Putin from last week because of “domestic political affairs,” the Kremlin announced at the time.

Prior to the start of their meeting, Netanyahu told Putin that Israel is “determined to continue our vigorous action against the attempts by Iran, which calls for our destruction,” according to the Israeli leader’s office

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Israel will continue to attempt to provoke a response leading to a real Iranian push-back against Israel in Syria, and now that the bribery charges aren't even cold, Netanyahu has given a stunningly apocalyptic, hubristic vision of how he sees the future of countries in the Middle East with which Israel doesn't get along very well.

It's going to be straight-out, never-ending war; of course, he expects that the costs in blood and money to be paid by (who else?!?) the American government, and ultimately the American people.

Were I a Jewish voter in Israel, I would be afraid of where he thinks he wants to lead this country, post-elections; very afraid, in fact.

Feb 28 12:26

RETURNING SYRIAN REFUGEES WERE FLEEING US PROXY WAR, NOT “ASSAD”

SOURCE: NEW EASTERN OUTLOOK
A recent BBC segment titled, “The Syrians returning home after years of fleeing war,” contradicted 8 years of the British state media’s narratives regarding the war in Syria.

A synopsis of the short BBC video segment would read:

After years of people fleeing Syria and its civil war, there are now long queues to enter the country each day. Jordan opened its Jaber border crossing last October after Syrian government troops defeated rebels who had controlled the other side.

Now several thousand people pass through each day. They include small-scale merchants reviving cross-border trade and returning Syrian refugees who hope to rebuild their lives.

Huge numbers of Syrians have already returned to Syria – specifically to areas government forces have cleared of Western-armed and backed terrorists. This includes Aleppo, Homs, and Daraa.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Amazing, for an institution with so much trust by brother and sister Brits, and beyond, that we now see the BBC lying their collective heads off, 8 years on, about from what these Syrian refugees were actually fleeing.

Feb 28 12:13

US Fails to Make Assad Trade Ties With Iran for Washington Support - Report

A senior Iranian official said in an interview that the Syrian president confirmed his devotion to Iran during his visit to the Islamic Republic.

Syrian President Bashar Assad has reportedly denied a US offer to break ties with Iran in exchange for Washington's support, according to a report by Al-Masdar News.

The report quotes Hossein Amir Abdollahian, the advisor to Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani. The news comes amid Assad's first visit to Iran since the start of the Syrian Civil War.

"The Syrian President's visit to Tehran bore a hidden yet great message. The visit of Bashar al-Assad with the Leader and the president of our country at this time was carried out with several goals," he said, as quoted by the Fars News Agency.

Feb 28 11:53

US giving Daesh safe passage in east Syria under gold deal: Local sources

Reports have emerged of a deal clinched between the United States and Daesh, under which Washington has received massive amounts of gold in exchange for providing safe passage to the terror group’s members in Syria.

The deal gave the United States “tens of tons of gold that the terror organization had stolen,” the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on Tuesday, citing local sources.

In return, US forces would allow the terrorists and their ringleaders to escape their hideouts in the eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr, the agency added.

The gold has been carried away from the province’s al-Baghouz area on board helicopters.

The helicopters, according to eyewitnesses, transported large boxloads of Daesh “spoils” from the al-Dashisha area in the countryside of Hasaka in northeastern Syria.

Feb 28 11:36

RUSSIA AND SYRIA TELL U.S. FORCES TO LEAVE SYRIA - JOINT STATEMENT

Russia and Syria issued a joint statement on Wednesday calling on US forces to leave Syria and to allow people inside a refugee camp in the southeast of the country to be evacuated by Russian and Syrian forces.

The statement, released by Russia's Ministry of Defence, said Russian and Syrian forces had prepared buses to relocate refugees at the camp in the Rubkan area and would guarantee them safe passage so they could start new lives."We also call on the United States, whose military units are on Syrian territory illegally, to leave the country," the joint statement read.

Feb 28 10:19

Syrian Democratic Forces may declare victory over Islamic State in a week – commander

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces will announce a final victory over Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) in one week, SDF commander-in-chief Mazloum Kobani has said.

Feb 28 08:48

With Oil, Water and Iran as Targets, US on Brink of Recognizing Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights

A new bill recently introduced in the Senate, along with its companion bill in the House, would result in the United States government recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over Syria’s Golan Heights, which has been occupied by Israel since 1967. The territory was later annexed in 1981, but the international community — including the United States — has not recognized Israel’s claim to the Syrian territory.

In addition, the bill would also promote the U.S. conducting “joint projects” with Israel in the Golan, including “industrial research and development.” This is sure to result in joint U.S.-Israeli efforts to extract the large oil reserves recently discovered in the Golan Heights, as the rights to extract that oil were granted to the joint U.S.-Israeli venture Genie Energy soon after its discovery was made public.

Feb 27 18:20

Some 40,000 civilians have left last ISIS bastion in Syria – SDF

Around 40,000 civilians have left the last shred of territory controlled by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) in Syria, an official with the US-backed forces trying to defeat the jihadists said on Wednesday. The figure comprises people displaced from Hajin, a town on the Euphrates River that the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured in December, and adjacent Baghouz, which they have completely surrounded, Reuters quoted spokesman Mustafa Bali as saying. The SDF is waiting to complete the evacuation before storming Baghouz or forcing a surrender, but there was no sign on Wednesday of it ending imminently.

Feb 27 11:18

Putin to Hold Talks With Netanyahu in Moscow on Wednesday

Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Moscow on Wednesday, and the sides will discuss a wide range of bilateral and Middle East issues.

The visit was originally scheduled for 21 February, but was postponed at the request of the Israeli side. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Sputnik that the two leaders would, in particular, discuss the Syrian conflict resolution.

"The sides plan to discuss urgent issues of bilateral cooperation, primarily in the trade, economic and humanitarian spheres, as well as exchange views on the current situation in the Middle East, including problems of Palestinian-Israeli settlement and the situation in Syria", the Kremlin said in a statement Tuesday.

Feb 27 10:32

Iran to build 200,000 housing units in Syria

Iran has agreed to build 200,000 housing units in the Syrian capital Damascus, the Tasnim News Agency reported on Sunday.

Tehran province Vice Chairman of Mass-Housing Constructors Association Iraj Rahbar revealed the plan, noting that it was one of a number of agreements on civil construction, tourism and the agriculture industry, the news agency reported.

Al-Araby Al-Jadeed said that the building project is likely to start within the next three months, pointing out that Rahbar said the Syrian regime prefers Iranian companies and contractors to reconstruct the war-torn country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"No, dammit; Syria is supposed to use US companies to rebuild! That's why we bombed the country into rubble, so we could make a profit on the reconstruction!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 27 09:45

NETANYAHU LANDS IN MOSCOW FOR MEETING WITH PUTIN OVER SYRIA

Netanyahu will focus on Iran and Syria, while Putin likely to raise Palestinian issue; meeting is 11th since 2015, with PM meeting Putin more than any other World leader.

Feb 27 09:36

Syrian Army Seizes Tons Of Explosives Capable Of Destroying Entire Cities – PHOTOS

The Syrian authorities have seized 8 tons of highly-explosive C4 material while combing villages and towns in the southern region.

The sources confirmed that the large quantity discovered was sufficient to destroy entire cities, and were discovered near the border with Jordan and not far from the fence separating the occupied Golan.

The C4 explosives left behind by terrorists are highly explosive and one kilogram of C4 is equivalent to 10 kilograms of TNT.

Feb 27 09:35

KALASHNIKOV KAMIKAZE DRONE ‘KUB-BLA’ ALREADY BATTLE-TESTED IN SYRIA

A Russian defense contractor, Kalashnikov Concern, named after one of the most famous small-arms designers of all time, is now producing kamikaze drones designed to destroy remote ground targets.

The “high-precision unmanned aerial system” KUB-BLA was for the first time showcased at the International Exhibition of Arms and Military Equipment 2019 in Abu Dhabi. The drone delivers an explosive charge on the coordinates of the target, which are set manually or can be acquired automatically by uploading image of the target into the guidance system.

The KUB-BLA has a 3-kilogram payload, a flying time of 30 minutes, and a 80-130-kilometer-per-hour speed. It measures 1210mm wide by 950mm long and 165mm high. Typically, the payload is apparently a high-explosive charge. Kalashnikov Concern says that the advantages of the system are “hidden launch, high accuracy of the shot, noiselessness and ease of handling”.

Feb 27 08:39

Al-Qaeda Increases Control Over Syria’s Idlib Province

Late last year, Turkey-backed rebels were decisively overwhelmed by al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front in the Idlib Province, in northern Syria. While Turkey’s allies made mention of resolving this, as an attempt to prevent Syria attacking the area during a ceasefire with Turkey, al-Qaeda never left, and their control has only grown.

So while Turkey controls some of northern Aleppo Province, the Idlib Province is now almost entirely under the control of al-Qaeda, and they are ruling under an increasingly strict Islamist rule.

Feb 27 08:20

Damascus Reportedly Finds Huge Cache of US, Israeli-Made Weapons Close to Golans

Syrian militant groups have left many weapons caches behind, when they were retreating from the Syrian army, which are now being discovered during sweeping operations conducted by the country's authorities.

The Syrian army has discovered an underground militants' cache close to the border with the Israeli occupied Golan Heights to the west of Jibbat al-Khashab in Quneitra province, Syrian state news agency SANA reported. According to the media outlet, Syrian authorities discovered the cache in a dug out den during the course of a combing operation with the help of locals.

Inside it there were various types of weapons, such as anti-tank missiles, mortars, rifles and machineguns, produced in the US, Israel, and Jordan, as well as huge amounts of ammunition. Apart from the weaponry, the Syrian army found protective gear, satellite communication devices and medical equipment, which was also made in the US and Israel.

Feb 27 08:19

Israel Burying 'Nuclear Waste With Radioactive Content' in Golan - UN Report

The UN has been adopting resolutions condemning the Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights for decades; however Tel Aviv hasn't changed its policies and is continuing to exercise sovereignty over the disputed territory, including holding municipal elections.

Secretary-General of the UN Antonio Guterres has presented a report to the UN Human Rights Council based on Syrian accusations against Israel's action in the Golan Heights, saying that Israel has been burying "nuclear waste with radioactive content in 20 different areas populated by Syrian citizens" in the occupied territory. Most of the waste has allegedly been dumped in the area near Al-Sheikh Mountain.

According to the report, this puts "the lives and health of Syrians in the occupied Syrian Golan in jeopardy" and violates the 4th Geneva Convention.

Feb 27 06:00

Gold deal between United States and Daesh: Mission accomplished

Deir Ezzor, SANA – A few days after reports from local sources in the Syrian al-Jazeera area about the gold deal between the United States and Daesh (ISIS) terrorist organization were published, new information emerged to confirm these reports.

Information suggest that the US occupation forces in the Syrian al-Jazeera area made a deal with Daesh terrorists, by which Washington gets tens of tons of gold that the terror organization had stolen in exchange for providing safe passage for the terrorists and their leaders from the areas in Deir Ezzor where they are located.

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Feb 27 05:06

Russia, Syria Urge US To Withdraw Its Troops

Russia and Syria call on the US to quit the war-torn country and to allow for the evacuation of refugees in Rukban.
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"We also call on the United States, whose military units are on Syrian territory illegally, to leave the country," the joint statement issued on Wednesday read.

Peskov: Moscow follows up closely Washington’s contradicted statements on US forces’ withdrawal from Syria

Feb 26 10:08

Up to 100 ‘British’ Children Born to Islamic State Brides in Syria

There are as many as 100 children born to Islamic State brides in Syria who can claim British citizenship, according to sources speaking to The Telegraph.
The newspaper also reports that 150 women and girls left the UK to left to join the terrorist death cult in Syria, with almost all marrying jihadist fighters and giving birth.

The report comes as the British government last week stripped female Islamic State member Shamima Begum of her British citizenship — but indicated that the citizenship status of her son, born in a Syrian refugee camp to the Bangladeshi national and fathered by Dutch Muslim convert and convicted terrorist Yago Riedijk, would be unaffected.

Feb 26 09:55

Syrian forces hand 14 French Islamic State fighters to Iraq

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces on Monday handed over 14 foreign Islamic State militants to Iraq, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Iraqi website Baghdad Today, the source said that the IS fighters are of French nationality.

It was unclear if they will be deported to their country, the source added.

Feb 25 11:43

Hezbollah: US main cause of persisting crisis in Syria

A high-ranking member of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement says the United States is the main cause of the persisting crisis in Syria.

In remarks published by Hezbollah’s Media Relations Office on Sunday, Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem said the US had prolonged the presence of foreign-backed militants in the Middle Eastern country.

“The long war in Syria is because of the US, which is now hindering the settlement there,” he said, adding that Washington was also using evil schemes in an attempt to destabilize the Arab country.

However, the US “is moving from one defeat to another, but it doesn’t want to acknowledge that,” Qassem further said.

Feb 25 11:42

Erdogan warns US-planned Syria safe zone must be under Turkey’s control

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned the United States and allies operating along the Syria border that any safe zone planned for the area should be under Ankara’s control.

Erdogan said in an interview aired late on Saturday that plans by the US and European military forces to set up a safe zone along Syria’s border with Turkey should be coordinated with Ankara, reiterating that the Turkish military should have control over such initiatives.

“If there is to be a safe zone along our border then it must be under our control. Because that is my border,” Erdogan told broadcaster CNN Turk.

Feb 25 11:20

US Defeat in Syria: The Wrong End of “Might Makes Right”

With Damascus and its allies firmly in control of Syria and its future – the war having been decided on the ground rather than “politically” as envisioned by Western politicians, media, and policymakers – the US proxy war against Syria has all but failed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We invade Venezuela and the people will forget all about Syria. Simple!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 25 10:42

Syrian Kurds Vow to Fight 'to Death' in Event of New Turkish Op in Syria - SDF

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and its component, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), have promised to fight "to the death" in the event of a new Turkish operation in northeastern Syria, SDF spokeswoman Jihan Sheikh Ahmed told Sputnik on Friday.

"We will defend the north and the east of Syria to the death," Ahmed said commenting on the SDF response on a possible operation.

The spokeswoman added that the SDF would not like to see a situation similar to what happened earlier this year in Afrin, where Ankara conducted a military operation.

Later in the day, Syria's main Kurdish parties and other allied groups issued a joint statement on the issue, calling Turkish plans a "declaration of war" and calling on world powers to prevent an assault on the region.

"All the forces in the north and east Syria…are asked to agree on strategies to confront this aggression," the statement read.

Feb 25 09:48

Russian Military Confirms Syria Repulsed Israeli Missile Attack

A military source indicated that air defence systems in the country's south have successfully repelled an Israeli air attack, preventing the attackers from achieving any of their objectives.

"Our air defence systems have repelled Israel's air strike in a southern region. All missiles have been intercepted, none of them hit their targets," a Syrian military source told Sputnik on Sunday.

Later in the day, the Russian military confirmed that the Israeli Air Force had carried out an attack against Syria, saying the strikes consisted of guided missiles launched from the Mediterranean Sea by four IAF F-16 fighters at 1:32 pm Moscow time.

Speaking to journalists at the National Defence Management Centre in Moscow, a Russian military spokesman confirmed that Syrian air defences had repulsed the Israeli attack, which was aimed at the Damascus International Airport, southwest of the Syrian capital.

Feb 25 09:29

WHY THERE WILL BE NO FULL US TROOP WITHDRAWAL FROM SYRIA

A contingent of US troops will remain deployed in Syria even after the troops withdrawal declared by President Donald Trump.

On February 21, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced that “a small peacekeeping group of about 200” troops will remain in Syria for “some period of time.” By February 22, it had appeared, according to US officials quoted by mainstream media, that Sanders had underestimated the number of troops remaining. According to these reports, 200 US troops will remain in northeastern Syria and 200 others will remain in the al-Tanf base on the Syrian-Iraqi border.

Feb 25 09:16

ISRAEL: UNHRC CHARGE OF RADIOACTIVE NUCLEAR WASTE IN THE GOLAN IS NONSENSE

Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon dismissed as “utter nonsense” a United Nations charge that Israel had buried radioactive nuclear waste in the Golan Heights.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres included that allegation in a report his office prepared for the UN Human Rights Council’s 40th session, which is set to open in Geneva on Monday and run through March 22.

Feb 24 08:40

Rep. Gabbard: Assad is not an enemy of the US

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, shares her thoughts about North Korea, why she says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is not a direct U.S. foe but is not a good person. Rep. Gabbard also discusses why she's running for office in 2020.

Feb 23 09:51

Militants Keep Preventing Refugees From Leaving Rukban Camp - Russian Military

Militants are still stopping refugees and their families from leaving Syria's Rukban camp and providing them false information about true intentions of Russia and Damascus, head of the Russian Defense Ministry's Center for Syrian Reconciliation Lt. Gen. Sergei Solomatin said on Friday.

According to Solomatin, two checkpoints were opened on Tuesday to facilitate the refugees' withdrawal from the Rukban camp, which lies in the area controlled by the United States. Soldiers from the Russian Reconciliation Center in Syria and crews of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent are working at the checkpoints, and are prepared to provide assistance for those who want to leave the camp, he added.

Feb 23 09:48

ISIS’s last march: Truckloads of the final fighters and their jihadi brides – carrying designer knockoff bags – line up to leave terrorists’ last frontline after US-coalition airstrikes prompt their surrender

The final remnants of Islamic State have left the group's last pocket of territory in eastern Syria - as truckloads of fighters and their jihadi brides are seen being transported from the area.

The move came just hours after US-led coalition air strikes intended to pressure the militants targeted the area on the banks of the Euphrates River.

At least 36 trucks and two buses were seen leaving the area through a humanitarian corridor from the militants' last patch of territory in the remote village of Baghouz near the Iraqi border.

They were escorted by gun-mounted trucks belonging to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

As the convoy passed, automatic machine gun fire could be heard in the distance and coalition aircraft flew overhead.

Some 300 IS militants, along with hundreds of civilians believed to be mostly their families, have been under siege for more than a week in the tent camp in Baghouz.

Feb 23 09:19

IRAN FIGHTS TO GET AROUND US SANCTIONS IN IRAQ, TURKEY, RUSSIA AND SYRIA

“Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday that Moscow will continue all-out cooperation with Iran, including in the area of nuclear energy," Iranian media reported.

Feb 22 10:42

‘Peacekeeping group’? US to leave 200 troops in Syria for a ‘period of time’ after withdrawal

Despite President Donald Trump’s promises to withdraw American troops out of Syria, the US intends to maintain presence on the ground with a “small peacekeeping group” for an unspecified “period” of time, the White House said.

“A small peacekeeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria for a period of time,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement without elaborating.

Feb 22 10:19

Operation to end last IS Syria pocket hits evacuation snag

The operation to destroy Islamic State’s final vestige of rule in Iraq and Syria hit a temporary snag on Thursday, as an expected evacuation of the remaining civilians from its last enclave in eastern Syria did not go ahead.

Feb 22 10:18

IRAN PROVES TO AMERICANTS: We hacked you and controlled your drones (Video)

A video appeared on the internet where the Iranian army intercepted and dropped a US drone in Iraq, after which the Americans destroyed an unmanned aircraft.

The video made by the American drone MQ-9 on the territory of Iraq and Syria was published by the Iranian agency Fars News. Drone recorded the positions of Iraqi forces, but he was intercepted. After that, the drone fell in Iraq, a reporter Mohammed Mansur told a tweet.

Shortly thereafter, the US Air Force decided to destroy the drone. The moment of its destruction was also announced.

Journalist Babak Tagvai stressed on his Twitter that in 2011 Iran used the Russian system for radiolocation fight 1L222 "Avtobaza" for the descent of the American drone RQ-170. He confirmed that this time the same system was used.

Feb 22 09:24

German politician Willy Wimmer: 'US pulling us into abyss of war in Middle East'

How has the situation on the ground in Syria changed after a year of Russian military involvement? Speaking to Sputnik, veteran German politician Willy Wimmer suggested that it has demonstrated that Russia is the only major power ready to seriously fight terrorism, and to call for an end to a war which risks spreading across the region.

The US and its allies, meanwhile, have only managed to throw a wrench in the peace process, and have been unable to reach any of their own goals due to the Russian intervention, the politician argues. Wimmer is a veteran member of the Christian Democratic Union with over thirty years of experience in the Bundestag. The politician has served as State Secretary of the German Defense Ministry, and as a vice president of the OSCE; he is a close friend of former Chancellor Helmut Kohl.

Feb 22 09:17

UK admits to resettling 100 “White Helmets” members

The UK has rehomed some 100 members of the “White Helmets” terrorist group and their families who were evacuated from Syria last July, the UK Home Office confirmed, cited by the BBC.

The Israeli entity revealed last July that it carried out a covert operation during the night in which it smuggled around 800 members of the “White Helmets” and their families from southern Syria and transported them into Jordan by land, where they would be later transported to the US, Canada, France and the UK.

Feb 22 08:37

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – FEB. 21-22, 2019: IRAN TOOK CONTROL OF SEVERAL US DRONES FLYING OVER SYRIA, IRAQ

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) have finished their combing operation in the central Syrian desert, the NDF media center said in a statement.

According to the released statement, the SAA and the NDF eliminated several ISIS members and seized loads of weapons and equipment in the framework of the operation, which covered desert areas of Homs, Rif Dimashq, Deir Ezzor and Raqqa provinces. Despite this, ISIS cells still control a large chunk of the Homs-Deir Ezzor desert.

On February 21, a car bomb exploded near the Deir Rasm hospital in the center of the Turkish-occupied city of Afrin injuring up to 10 people. The attack took place a few hours after a military parade held by Turkish-backed militants in the city. Opposition activists accused YPG-linked rebels of carrying out the attack. Since early 2018, YPG-linked cells had conducted multiple IED attacks and ambushes on positions of Turkey-led forces in the region.

Feb 21 10:55

At Least 15 Killed, Dozens Injured in Terrorist Attack in Syria's Deir ez-Zor

At least 15 people were killed, and dozens were injured on Thursday as a result of an explosion of a car bomb in Deir ez-Zor province in eastern Syria, Al-Jazeera television reported, citing its own sources.

"Fifteen dead and dozens injured in a car bomb explosion in the settlement of Al-Shuhail in the province of Deir ez-Zor," Al-Jazeera said in a tweet.

The province remains a constant target of airstrikes by the US-led coalition, with over 40 people reportedly killed by its air forces since the beginning of this year alone.

Feb 21 10:53

'Dumbest F***ing Idea I've Ever Heard': Lindsey Graham Blasts Trump's Syria Plan

President Trump's announcement that the US would be withdrawing its entire contingent of 2,000 troops from Syria amid the defeat of Daesh (ISIS)* has shaken pro-war officials and lawmakers across Washington, prompting to a string of resignations of senior administration members, including (now-ex) Pentagon chief Jim Mattis.

Senior South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a long-time critic of Donald Trump's foreign policy, has lashed out at acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan on the Pentagon's Syria policy. The Washington Post detailed the harsh exchange between Graham and Shanahan at the Munich Security Conference last week, which reportedly included the senator blasting the defence secretary on the US' 30 April withdrawal deadline.

Feb 21 10:51

Russia to Press for Putting “White Helmets” on Trial for Crimes in Syria

Russia will press for putting the White Helmets on trial for crimes committed in Syria, including faked videos of chemical attacks, the director of the Foreign Ministry’s department of new challenges and threats, Ilya Rogachyov, told TASS in an interview on February 20.

“The leading Western countries have failed to place the struggle against terrorism above their own time-serving political interests. In the sphere of international counter-terrorist cooperation various selective approaches thrive. Terrorists are rated as ‘bad’ and ‘not very bad’. Countries are being forced to agree with the concept of ‘resistance to violent extremism’ and its dangerous elements that create situations for ousting ‘disfavored’ governments,” Rogachyov said. “The Western sponsors are keen to present the contractors on their payroll in a favorable light as ‘envoys of peace’ in order to use this as a cover to push ahead with political destabilization scenarios.”

Feb 21 10:46

WHY S-300 IN SYRIA NOT BEING USED AGAINST ISRAELI AIRCRAFT

There has been considerable speculation in recent months concerning reasons why the S-300 air defense systems supplied to the Syrian Arab Army by the Russian Federation have yet to fire a shot in anger at Israeli aircraft encroaching on its airspace and launching ordnance against a variety of targets on Syria’s territory. This video attempts to explore a reasonably complete range of explanations. On the one hand, the S-300 batteries in Syria operate under a handicap of operational and political restrictions. However, it would be a mistake to believe that just because missiles are not being launched, that the weapons in question are ineffective.

Feb 21 08:14

Meghan McCain calls Tulsi Gabbard an 'Assad apologist' in heated exchange on Syria

Since Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard declared she's running for president in 2020, she's been hammered in interviews over her controversial interactions with and statements on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Gabbard's Wednesday appearance on ABC's "The View" was no exception to the trend as the Hawaii Democrat got into a heated debate with host Meghan McCain.

As Gabbard discussed her foreign policy stance, McCain interrupted to address the lawmaker's stance on Assad.

"When I hear the name Tulsi Gabbard, I think of Assad apologist. I think of someone who comes back to the United States and is spouting propaganda from Syria," McCain said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And if there's going to be propaganda spouted around here, it will be AMERICAN propaganda! Got it?"

Feb 20 11:45

US Likely to Retain Control of Northeast Syria After Troop Pullout - Official

The US is likely to retain control over the Kurdish-populated areas in northeastern Syria by keeping its troops in neighbouring Iraqi Kurdistan and reserving the right to intervene if needed, Badran Jiakurd, an adviser to the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (NES), a de facto autonomous region, told Sputnik.

“The US administration seems to have understood the repercussions of a full withdrawal on the region. On this basis, we believe that the withdrawal will take a long time, and there could be a presence of the American military in the Iraqi Kurdistan near the border with northern Syria. This US military presence could be strategic to allow the US air force to intervene when necessary, so that NES would remain under the US control. In our judgment, we think that there is a plan in this direction,” Jiakurd said.

Feb 20 10:04

BBC Producer Admits Douma “Chemical Attack” Was “Staged;” Confirms Independent Media Reporting

By Brandon Turbeville

It’s almost a year after the bombing of al-Sha’aryat Airbase in Syria by the United States. Almost a year since the alleged “chemical weapons attack” on Douma, Syria which was blamed on the Syrian government and justified the subsequent American bombing. Now, after the resultant deaths of innocent people via America’s Tomahawk missile attack and the ridicule and blacklisting of alt media outlets who questioned and disproved the claims of the U.S. government regarding Douma, a BBC producer has admitted that the attack was staged...

Feb 19 12:39

U.S. pressing Gulf states to keep Syria isolated - sources

The United States is lobbying Gulf states to hold off restoring ties with Syria, including the UAE which has moved closer to Damascus to counter the influence of its rival Iran, five sources told Reuters.

The opposing approaches are an early test of whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad can gain political and diplomatic credibility after a nearly eight-year civil war turned him into an international pariah.

Many countries cut links with Syria at the start of the war.

Several Gulf states shut or downgraded their embassies, Syria was suspended from the Arab League, flights stopped and border crossings were closed. The United States and other countries imposed economic sanctions.

Washington, backed by Gulf countries Saudi Arabia and Qatar, does not want Syria welcomed back into the international community until a political process to end the war is agreed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is apparent that these alleged reporters for Reuters UK are spewing the codswallop just as hard, and as quickly, as their US/UK masters are ordering them to do.

It is painfully obvious that the US/Israel still want regime change, and are couching it in the language of they do "not want Syria welcomed back into the international community until a political process to end the war is agreed."
Regime change to a western centric government is what they want, and for what they will move heaven and earth to get, with Al-Assad given no place on the ballot.

Al Assad did not have a civil war on his hands at the outset here; various US, Israeli, and other resources, trained, funded, and armed jihadis who were spirited into the country to destabilize Damascus; the US is just expressing sour grapes that its destabilization plot could not be made to work.

Feb 19 12:28

This Is How AIPAC Really Works

One thing that should be said about Representative Ilhan Omar’s tweet about the power of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (more commonly known as AIPAC, or the “Israel lobby”) is that the hysterical reaction to it proved her main point: The power of AIPAC over members of Congress is literally awesome, although not in a good way. Has anyone ever seen so many members of Congress, of both parties, running to the microphones and sending out press releases to denounce one first-termer for criticizing the power of… a lobby?

Somehow, I don’t think the reaction would have been the same if she had tweeted that Congress still supports the ethanol subsidy because the American Farm Bureau and other components of the corn/ethanol lobby spend millions to keep this agribusiness bonanza going (which they do). Or that if she had opposed the ethanol subsidy, she would have been accused of hating farmers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What I have the most difficult time with, as an American who cares about her country, is seeing its Middle East foreign policy completely dictated by a foreign government, Israel.

Israel wanted to see Iraq broken, and incapable of actually competing with it economically; so what happens?!? The US goes in with an invasion and occupation, killing, wounding, and maiming countless numbers in the process.

Israel wanted to see Syria broken up and destroyed, with full-tilt regime change in Damascus, so what happens?!?!? The US government throws money, training, and weapons to jihadists, who were supposed to do the regime change here, but Russia intervenes and saves the day for the Al-Assad government.

Oh, and there is a little "beachhead" of sand where there are some American troops, and a very strange, flimsy, hollow statement coming from President Trump that they will be out by April, but that security necessitates a slow withdrawal.

Now Israel wants to see Iran pounded and broken up; so Mike Pence goes to Warsaw, and he and Netanyahu absolutely underwhelm their captive audience with massive lies about Iran's moves to cause destabilization and turmoil throughout the Middle East.

You see the pattern here?!?

So Mr. President, a word, please; I know that Netanyahu would love for the US military to go into Iran and bomb the beJesus out of it, just to make a point that whatever Israel and AIPAC want, they will ultimately get from the US.

But sir, I would strongly suggest caution here, because Iran hasn't given the either the US - or Israel - a reasonable excuse to attack it, short of a false flag somewhere, to blame on it.

The Russian relationship with Iran goes back centuries, and if Iran is attacked, Russia (and perhaps China)may well come in on Iran 's side.

And Mr. President, the sad truth of it is, at this point in the 21st century, the US military doesn't have the troop strength; the money; the weaponry, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome in a war over Iran, between the US, Russia, and China.

Oh yes, this government spends a great deal of money for its weapons; but the Russians and Chinese are pulling ahead with technology very quickly.

And the next time Bibi tries to "nudge" you with a phone call, that Israel needs MUCH more from its great friend, the US, which has already committed $38 billion dollars in aid to Israel over 10 years, starting in January of this year, please stand your ground, and say, "THIS time, Bubbie, I will not break up Iran for you, on top of everything else we have given you".

"You are a nuclear-armed country which refuses to sign the NNPT, and have your weapons sites inspected (which makes ANY US funding or weapons illegal, under the Symington Amendment, and the Mann Act), which Iran actually DID."

"So, please; I'm busy trying to get through the messes you've cheered for, which have been paid for at astronomical costs in American blood, and American money, under control. Iraq is a mess; Syria is a mess: Libya is a mess; save Iran for the Next President, OK?!? Gotta Go now; Shalom!!"

Yes, I know, this is only my fantasy of President Trump getting some spine about not allowing Netanyahu to dictate Middle Eastern foreign policy.

But the moment I hear that the draft is going to be resurrected in this country, is the moment when I will know, relative to a strike against Iran, that Israel has won, yet one more time.

Feb 19 10:40

STAGED CHEMICAL ATTACK VIDEOS AND OTHER TRENDS IN MODERN PROPAGANDA

The scandal regarding the fake hospital video published by the White Helmets as a proof of the Douma chemical attack has reached its peak in the media and has caused reaction on the diplomatic level.

On February 13, BBC Syria’s producer Riam Dalati came out with a statement that “After almost 6 months of investigations” he “can prove without a doubt that the Douma Hospital scene was staged” and “no fatalities had occurred in the hospital.” Dalati added that he believes that “the attack did happen” but no Sarin was used and “everything else around the attack was manufactured for maximum effect.”

Feb 19 09:25

American and Israeli-made weapons left behind by terrorists found in Damascus Countryside

In the process of continuing work to secure the liberated areas in Damascus Countryside, the authorities found large quantities of weapons and ammunition including US and Israeli-made rockets.

A source told SANA that while the engineering units were combing areas liberated from terrorism in Damascus Countryside, the authorities found American and Israeli-made rockets, in addition to large quantities of ammunition, shells and various types of medium and light weapons hidden in underground warehouses.

Feb 19 09:24

IHRC: US involved in smuggling terrorists from Syria to Africa

Commissioner of the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) in the Middle East Haitham Abu Said affirmed the US’s involvement in smuggling and transporting terrorists from Raqqa countryside and others areas in northern Syria to countries in Africa , in collaboration with the Turkish regime’s army.

Feb 18 11:00

BEX ALERT - Report: Assad has used chemical weapons 300 times since Obama 'red line'

Syrian dictator Bashar Assad has used chemical weapons in his country’s civil war more than 300 times over just the past five years, with the vast majority coming since President Obama declared in 2013 that chemical attacks constituted a “red line” that could not be crossed, a new report claims.

The report from The Global Public Policy Institute, a leading European think tank based in Berlin, examined nearly 500 claims of chemical weapons attacks dating back to 2012. The organization said it was able to “credibly” confirm 336 of those attacks, with the first on Dec. 23, 2012, and the latest in April 2018.

Feb 18 10:23

Syrian Kurds should begin dialog with Damascus: Russia

Russia says Syria’s Kurdish militants should begin dialog with the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as the United States — hitherto backing them on the ground — is preparing to withdraw from the Arab country.

“If there are no foreign troops on the ground of Syria’s northeastern part, I think that the best solution would be to start up a dialog between the Kurds and Damascus,” said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin at the Munich Security Conference on Sunday, adding, “We support this dialog between Damascus and the Kurds.”

Most of the Kurdish militants in northern Syria are members of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), a US-backed militant group that forms the backbone of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The SDF, which has been fighting against the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group, has set up what is effectively a semi-autonomous administration in northern Syria during the country’s seven-year conflict.

Feb 18 10:20

Trump demands Europe 'take back' and lock up 800 ISIS fighters captured in Syria or he warns the US will be forced to release the terrorists to 'permeate Europe'

President Trump wants America's European allies to put more than 800 ISIS fighters captured in Syria on trial.

'The United States is asking Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 ISIS fighters that we captured in Syria and put them on trial,' the president tweeted late Saturday.

'The Caliphate is ready to fall. The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them.'

Trump continued: 'The U.S. does not want to watch as these ISIS fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go.

'We do so much, and spend so much - Time for others to step up and do the job that they are so capable of doing. We are pulling back after 100% Caliphate victory!'

Feb 18 10:19

Denmark Rejects US Call to Take Back Daesh Fighters, Germany Notes Legal Issues

A day before US President Donald Trump urged EU allies to take back over 800 Daesh* fighters that had been captured in Syria and put them on trial.

According to the DPA news agency, citing representatives of Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Copenhagen won't take back Daesh fighters to stand trial in the country.

"We are talking about the most dangerous people in the world. We should not take them back", he stressed, adding that Trump's statement was premature, as the situation in Syria is far from stable.

Feb 18 10:12

As Mainstream Journalists Acknowledge Douma Attacks Were “Staged,” the “Humanitarian” Syria Regime-Change Network Tries to Save A Sinking Ship

Over the past few days, notable journalists and other figures in mainstream media have acknowledged that the alleged chemical weapons attack that occurred last April in the Damascus suburb of Douma, Syria was likely “staged” by “activist” groups such as the White Helmets. Their comments and investigations have largely vindicated the many journalists and academics who cast aspersions on the precipitous Western media campaign to blame that alleged attack on the Syrian government. Many of the dissenting voices were derided as “conspiracy theorists” or ignored entirely by mainstream sources.

Feb 18 09:55

Ahead Of Pentagon Syria Exit, Assad Tells US Proxies: Nobody Will Protect You

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad warned on Sunday that the United States would not protect those forces inside Syria currently depending on it, a clear reference to the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) which control northeastern Syria under Pentagon protection, though without naming the group. This comes after the Trump administration reportedly plans to begin full US troop withdrawal by mid-March, with a complete exit set for April, according to defense officials cited in a prior Wall Street Journal report.

“We say to those groups who are betting on the Americans, the Americans will not protect you… The Americans will put you in their pockets so you can be tools in the barter, and they have started with (it),” the Syrian President said while he was welcoming the heads of local government councils, as cited by Reuters.

Feb 18 09:46

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – FEB. 16-18, 2019: FRENCH OFFICER IS PUNISHED FOR REVEALING TRUTH ABOUT CONFLICT

Over the past few days, the military situation has notably escalated in central and western Syria.

On February 15, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) backed up by pro-government militias launched a scale combing operation in the deserts of Damascus, Deir Ezzor, Raqqa and Homs.

The operation covers the desert area between the western Deir Ezzor countryside and the Bishri mount in southern Raqqa; between the historical city of Palmyra in eastern Homs and the Ghurab mount in the Damascus desert; and the northeastern part of the Damascus desert that reaches the Syrian-Iraqi border. This effort is designed to improve the shake security and prevent large attacks by ISIS cells on government-controlled areas.

Feb 18 07:48

2013 — The Year The US Increased Arms Shipments To Terrorists In Syria

By Brandon Turbeville

Despite the repeated demonstrations of the fact that the United States and other Western nations have armed, supported, and funded terrorists in Syria from the beginning of the crisis in 2011 as well as long before that crisis had taken shape, official pronouncements admitting to funding those terrorists made by Western governments and reported by mainstream media outlets should not be dismissed simply because their actions are now common knowledge. After all, these incidents generally involve much more important revelations than those admitted to by corporate media...

Feb 18 07:36

EU Foreign Policy Chief Holds Press Conference After FAC Meeting (VIDEO)

The foreign minister of the EU member states have gathered in Brussels to discuss the upcoming presidential election in Ukraine, the developments in Syria, as well as the crisis in Venezuela.

Feb 18 04:59

President Starts a War? Congress Yawns. Threatens to End One? Condemnation!

Last week's bipartisan Senate vote to rebuke President Trump for his decision to remove troops from Syria and Afghanistan unfortunately tells us a lot about what is wrong with Washington, DC. While the two parties loudly bicker about minor issues, when it comes to matters like endless wars overseas they enthusiastically join together. With few exceptions, Republicans and Democrats lined up to admonish the president for even suggesting that it's time for US troops to come home from Afghanistan and Syria ... The president bombs far-off lands and even sends troops to fight in and occupy foreign territory and Congress doesn't say a word. But if a president dares seek to end a war suddenly the sleeping Congressional giant awakens!

Feb 17 09:52

EXCLUSIVE: Lindsey Graham Pitches Syria Safe Zone to Prevent ISIS Reemergence

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told Breitbart News that he is proposing a plan to keep a “small percentage” of U.S. troops in Syria, after the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS) caliphate is destroyed.

“The bottom line is we can reduce our presence, but there needs to be some U.S. forces — a small percentage compared to what we have today, making sure our gains are maintained,” he said in an interview Friday at the Munich Security Conference.

Graham is hoping to get allies and partners onboard with creating a stabilizing force that could maintain a safe zone in northern Syria, along its border with Turkey.

Feb 17 08:47

US Using Choppers to Transport Syrian Gold Stashed by Daesh – Reports

US President Donald Trump baffled the whole world last December by saying that the self-proclaimed caliphate, Daesh, had been defeated in Syria, going on to announce the withdrawal of all American troops from the Arab Republic.

Syrian state-run news agency SANA has cited local sources as saying that US forces have used helicopters to transfer large boxes full of the "spoils" of Daesh* terrorists from the al-Dashisha area in Hasaka province's southern countryside.

The sources claim that the boxes contained huge amounts of gold that the terrorist group had safely stored east of al-Shadadi city — an account, which, as SANA stresses, corresponds with other reports that Daesh had transported some 40 tonnes of gold bullions stolen from Mosul in Iraq and other areas in Syria to al-Dashisha.

Feb 17 08:01

Donald Trump urges Britain to 'take back' ISIS fighters or US will 'release them'

US president Donald Trump has said Britain and other European allies should "take back" more than 800 Islamic State fighters captured in Syria.

Trump warned the ISIS fighters could "permeate Europe" and called on Britain, France and Germany to "step up" and put the prisoners on trial in their countries.

US-backed fighters in Syria are poised to capture ISIS's last, tiny enclave on the Euphrates, bringing its self-declared caliphate to the brink of total defeat.

Now Trump wants European countries to help out in putting them in jail through their respective justice systems.

Feb 15 12:52

Graham: The US is looking for allies to replace it in Syria

With the U.S. due to announce the Islamic State group is destroyed and its troops withdrawing from Syria, it is looking for allies to step in and help stabilize the region, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Friday.

Speaking at the 2019 Munich Security Conference, Graham told the assembly of world leaders that the U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, “would be coming to some of you in this room, and he will be asking for a contribution of forces to stabilize the region, post destruction of the caliphate.”

Graham called for a lean, joint military presence to enforce a safe zone that would protect American-backed Kurdish forces in Syria from Turkey, watch for the reemergence of ISIS and buy time for a Syria peace process in Geneva.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think the Syrian government might have something to say about this.

Feb 15 09:56

Top US general disagrees with Trump over Syria troop pullout

The US commander who has been leading the war against ISIS told CNN Friday that he disagreed with Donald Trump's decision in December to pull troops out of Syria and warned that the terror group was far from defeated, in a stark difference of opinion with the President.

Joseph Votel, the top American general in the Middle East, also said that the US-backed forces on the ground in Syria were not ready to handle the threat of ISIS on their own.

"It would not have been my military advice at that particular time ... I would not have made that suggestion, frankly," Votel said of the troop withdrawal announcement. "(The caliphate) still has leaders, still has fighters, it still has facilitators, it still has resources, so our continued military pressure is necessary to continue to go after that network."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"I mean, seriously, if we pull out of Syria, then I'm out of a job!"

Feb 15 09:23

Russia Urges US, Militant Leaders to Stop Holding Refugees in Rukban Camp - MoD

The Russian Defence Ministry has called on the United States and leaders of militants groups to stop holding refugees, at least women and children, in the Rukban Camp.

Feb 15 09:20

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – FEB. 15, 2019: ARMY AMBUSHES ISIS TERRORISTS, SEZIES LOADS OF WEAPONS

On February 14, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) ambushed an ISIS unit in the Damascus desert killing several terrorists. SAA troops also capturing a large number of weapons and equipment, including a Konkurs anti-tank guided missile launcher, several RPG-7 launchers, several machine guns, mortars, a satellite communication system and two vehicles.

According to SAA sources the ISIS unit was likely attempting to sneak these weapons and equipment to ISIS cells operating near the area of al-Tanf.

In northern Hama and southern Idlib, the SAA repelled several infiltration attempts by the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. The both radical groups have recently expanded their influence within the Idlib demilitarized zone, which has been demilitarized only by its name so far.

Feb 15 09:00

Israel May Look to Expand Covert War Against Iran Beyond Syria

If there is one consistent fact about Israeli military policy, it is that they are always at least sort of at war with Iran. The Syrian War, and Iran’s advisory role there has made this fairly simple, as Israel just bombs Damascus a few times a month, insisting they’re hitting Iran.

But ISIS is defeated, and like everyone else, Iran is scaling back its involvement in Syria. That’s giving Israel fewer targets, and it’s a really inopportune time for that. With the Israeli election looming, officials are all keyed up to win votes with quasi-legal airstrikes.

That’s got some analysts predicting Israel will look for other Iranian targets outside of Syria. The simplest place would be Iraq, where US media outlets have spent years calling the Iraqi government’s paramilitary forces “Iran-backed militias.”

Feb 15 08:58

Russia says no signs of U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia had not noted any big changes suggesting the United States was moving to withdraw its troops from Syria, following an order from U.S. President Donald Trump.

Putin said Trump was trying to fulfil his election campaign promises by ordering the troop withdrawal, but that he was not always able to fulfil his promises because of what Putin described as internal political issues.

The top U.S. commander overseeing American forces in the Middle East said on Sunday that the United States is likely just weeks away from starting the withdrawal of ground troops from Syria.

Feb 15 08:20

BBC Producer Says Syria Douma Chemical Attack Footage “Was Staged”

Well-known BBC Syria producer Riam Dalati shocked his nearly 20,000 twitter followers by stating that after a “six-month investigation” he has concluded, “I can prove without a doubt that the Douma Hospital scene was staged.”

Feb 14 11:59

BBC Producer Says Footage of Alleged Gas Attack Victims in Syria's Douma Staged

Riam Dalati, a BBC Syria producer, has said that the footage of people being treated after an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Syrian city of Douma was staged.

Dalati wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that the issue had been investigated for six months.

The journalist pointed out that no fatalities had occurred at the hospital, adding that the attack in Douma had happened but sarin had not been used there. However, Dalati noted that the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) would look into whether chlorine was used at the scene.

Feb 14 09:43

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – FEB. 14, 2019: US SETS UP NEW BASE ON IRAQI BORDER, ISIS THREAT GROWS IN DESERT

On February 13, the Syrian Air Force conducted a series of airstrikes on ISIS hideouts in the area of Kiribat al-Hosn in the Damascus desert. The airstrikes reportedly came in response to a recent increase in the activity of ISIS cells in this area.

The Damascus desert as well as the desert areas near the US-occupied al-Tanf zone are still a safe haven for a few hundred ISIS-linked militants. Just last week, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) eliminated a group of 6 ISIS members involved in a reconnaissance operation near the administrative border of al-Suwayda province.

The situation in the desert area may deteriorate even further if the SAA and its allies do not employ the measures needed to neutralize this threat.

Feb 14 09:25

BREAKING! Russia Was RIGHT! Western Fake News Finally Admits Gas Attack in Douma Was STAGED!

Feb 13 11:58

AT LEAST 70 CIVILIANS KILLED AS US COALITION POUNDS SYRIAN VILLAGE - REPORTS

Syrian media have repeatedly reported on US-led coalition strikes, which have led to countless civilian casualties and damage to crucial infrastructure in the Arab Republic. The coalition has been bombing targets in Syria since 2014 despite never obtaining a UN mandate and not obtaining Damascus’ approval.

At least 70 civilians were killed or wounded as a result of air strikes launched by a US-led international coalition on the Syrian village of Baghuz in the south-east of the country, Syria state television reported, citing local sources.

Syrian media have continually reported on the death of civilians which were killed in US-led coalition strikes. The coalition regularly carries out airstrikes in Deir ez-Zor region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, I love my country, but abhor its current leadership. And as a Christian Pacifist Activist, never advocate for violence.

And this is why, as completely and intelligently as possible, I have to channel my upset about these policies which create these endless wars, into articles which, hopefully and peacefully, will get other people reading and thinking about this, and talking to their alleged Congressional Representatives, as to why this country is bound up in so many military conflicts on this planet?

Is it because, in the long run, it is cheaper to destroy potential economic rivals than learn to compete against them?!?

Unfortunately, Mr. President, I am afraid that this is the path that the US Deep State - and the corporations they represent - have enforced upon you.

President Trump, you are so on the wrong side of history, to still be authorizing bombing strikes in Syria, and abetting and aiding the Saudis in their genocide of Yemen, I hardly know where to begin.

And where the hell is Congress on these immoral, unstoppable wars which, according to our Constitution, can only exist if Congress approves of them, and which, in the cases of both Syria and Yemen, they did not approve of these wars.

Your campaign rhetoric bears absolutely zero relationship with your actions of the last couple of years you have been in office.

Have you been subsumed by the mechanism of the American Deep State, that you are no longer running the country, but they are, and sometimes, in direct contradiction to what you have said is happening, or will happen?

Mr. President, color me very concerned about your foreign policy trajectory,
which could lead to a world war and total devastation of this planet.

Feb 13 11:49

Jihadist rebels allegedly use chemical weapons against Syrian Army in southeast Idlib

A number of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers were hospitalized on Tuesday after the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham fired chemical substances towards their garrison in southeast Idlib.

According to the Arab language version of Sputnik News, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham fired chemical substances towards the Syrian Arab Army’s positions in the Sham Al-Hafa region.

Feb 13 11:23

Netanyahu confirms Israeli military shelled Syrian province to prevent 'Iran entrenchment'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has confirmed the Israeli army hit targets in Syria in an attempt to discourage Iran from gaining a foothold there. Israeli shells have reportedly hit a hospital and an observation post.

"We operate every day, including yesterday, against Iran and its attempts to entrench itself in the region," Netanyahu said as he was about to depart to the Middle East conference in Warsaw, Poland on Tuesday, confirming a Monday attack on Syria's southern Quneitra province.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No matter the excuse, Israel is bombing someone else's country!

Feb 13 11:12

Russia DEMANDS US pull troops from Syria as Iran issues new threats - ‘Fulfil your PLEDGE’

The US is facing increasing pressure from Russia and Iran to withdraw their troops from Syria, as tensions continue to rise in the war-torn region. Russia Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters on Monday: "We insist that the United States should fulfil its pledge and fully withdraw from Syria. Moscow's warning comes a day after Iran threatened to strike US bases if Washington fails to fully withdraw its military from Damascus.

Feb 13 10:59

70 civilians martyred or injured in new massacre by Int’l Coalition in Deir Ezzor countryside

Warplanes of the US-led “International Coalition” on Tuesday continued aggression on the Syrian territories through shelling al-Baghouz town in Deir Ezzor countryside claiming the lives of scores of civilians and injuring others, mostly women and children.

Local sources in Deir Ezzor told SANA that at least 70 civilians were martyred or injured, mostly women and children on the outskirts of al-Baghouz town in airstrikes launched by warplanes of the “International Coalition”.

The sources indicated that the coalition’s airstrikes targeted a camp that embraces hundreds of civilians who fled the shelling by the coalition and the terrorism of Daesh (ISIS), indicating that the number of martyrs is more likely to rise due to the critical conditions of some of the injured and the difficulty of hospitalizing them due to the continued shelling.

Feb 13 10:59

A group of kidnapped civilians liberated in eastern Aleppo

A group of civilians who had been kidnapped and held by the terrorist groups were liberated on Tuesday in the countryside of Aleppo.

SANA reporter in Aleppo said the abductees were liberated in Deir Qaq town in al-Bab area in the eastern countryside of Aleppo.

The abductees said that terrorists had assaulted them in their homes and looted their contents before taking them to unknown locations where they suffered various forms of torture and abuse throughout the time they were held captive.

Feb 13 10:58

'Civilians killed' as US-backed forces push to defeat ISIL

At least 16 civilians, including seven children, were killed in air attacks launched by a US-backed coalition aiming to capture ISIL's last enclave in eastern Syria.

Fighter jets fired missiles in support of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Baghouz, a village in Deir Az Zor province, as part of a fierce battle to seize Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's last sliver of territory in the region.

SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali said heavy clashes were ongoing on Tuesday after hundreds fled the battle zone overnight.

Feb 13 10:16

Syria demands international action against coalition’s continued crimes

Syria reiterated its demands for the Security Council to take action against the crimes and attacks carried out by the warplanes of the US-led international coalition, to carry out an international investigation into these attacks, and to work towards preventing them and end the hostile presence of American and other foreign forces in Syria.

This came in two letters from the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry addressed to the UN Secretary General and Chairman of the Security Council, regarding the most recent massacre committed by the warplanes of the US-led international coalition against a camp for civilians in al-Baghouz village in the countryside of Deir Ezzor.

In the letters, the Ministry said this new crime, which left more than 70 civilians dead or injured including women and children, is part of a series of war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated by the coalition against the Syrian people.

Feb 13 10:09

Netanyahu Again Confirms Syria Strike, Contrary to Position of Top Brass

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed on Tuesday evening that Israel struck Hezbollah targets in Syria the previous day. The confirmation runs contrary to the position of the Israeli defense establishment, as senior defense officials refrained from addressing the incident on the Syrian Golan Heights.

"We operate every day, including yesterday, against Iran and its attempts to entrench itself in the region," Netanyahu said as he set out to attend an international conference on the Middle East in Warsaw.

Feb 13 10:03

US-Led Strikes Kill Scores of Civilians in Eastern Syria Displaced Camp

The Kurdish YPG’s attempt to take the last of ISIS-held towns and villages in eastern Syria has focused heavily on getting civilians out of those areas, as not to worry about casualties. What happens to those civilians when they flee the village of Baghouz, however, is a problem of its own.

According to Syrian officials, the US-led coalition attacked a camp for internally displaced persons who had fled from Baghouz. Scores of civilians, including women and children, were reported slain, and many more wounded.

It is not clear why the camp was targeted, and the US has not commented on the matter. Local officials say the toll is expected to rise further, as many of the wounded are in critical condition, and have little to no access to medical care in this remote, war-torn part of Syria.

Feb 13 09:55

US Warplanes Attack Mosque in Eastern Syria

The US-led anti-ISIS coalition has confirmed on Tuesday that they deliberately attacked a mosque in the Syrian village of Baghouz. Details on casualties were not readily available. though the coalition said it was “aware” of civilian casualty reports.

Maj. Gen. Christopher Ghika says that the mosque “lost its protected status when ISIS deliberately chose to use it as a command and control center.” Officials also accused ISIS of using the mosque to plan car bombings.

While the US often rests on the legal argument that the mosque had it coming, attacking a mosque is always hugely controversial, and doubly so when civilian casualties are reported. During the course of anti-ISIS operations, the US has attacked a number of mosques.

Feb 13 09:15

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – FEB. 11-13, 2019: NEW ISRAEL STRIKES AND ‘SECRET MISSILE FACTORY’ IN TARTUS

Late on February 11, Israeli forces struck positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the province of Quneitra near the Golan Heights, according to local sources. Shells and missiles reportedly hit at least 8 buildings and positions, including the Quneitra city hospital and an observation post near the al-Shaab Mount.

Later Israeli media claimed that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) had hit positions of Lebanese Hezbollah. The IDF released no official comment on the incident.

The attack followed a series of media reports claiming that the Lebanese movement was buying US and British weapons and equipment from former members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA). These reportedly included US-made TOW anti-tank guided missiles and UK-made thermal surveillance systems. The militants reportedly hid these weapons ignoring terms and conditions of the reconciliation agreement with the Damascus government.

Feb 12 08:05

Russia condemns Israel airstrikes in Syria as ‘unlawful’

Russia has condemned Israel’s airstrikes in Syria as “unlawful,” labelling its targeting of alleged Iranian targets illegitimate.

Deputy Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Ryabkov, said yesterday that Israeli airstrikes on Syria are “unlawful” and “unfounded”, but simultaneously stressed that Israel’s security is very important to Moscow.

“For us, Israel’s security is of paramount importance, but having said this, I cannot say that Israel’s unlawful attacks on targets in Syria – including against targets linked in some way to Iran – are legitimate or justified,” Ryabkov told reporters.

Feb 12 07:56

Israelis Fire Artillery, Launch Missiles Into Southern Syria

A flurry of Israeli artillery fire and a handful of missiles fired by drone hit Syria’s Quneitra Province on Monday, destroying an observation post and striking the site of an already demolished hospital.

Details on exactly what happened is unclear, and Israel is refusing all comment on the matter. Syrian state media said the strikes did material damage to the sites hit, but that there were no casualties reported.

Though Israel has been openly attacking Syria for months now, it is generally focused on the capital city of Damascus. Hitting Quneitra, close to the Golan Heights, largely stopped after the Israeli-armed rebels in that area were defeated.

Feb 11 11:03

'Heavy clashes' as US-backed forces make final push against IS

US-backed forces were locked in fierce fighting Sunday as they pressed the battle against the last shred of the Islamic State group's "caliphate" in eastern Syria.

The jihadists overran large parts of the country and neighbouring Iraq in 2014, but various military offensives have since reduced that territory to a patch on the Iraqi border.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), supported by a US-led coalition, announced a final push to retake the jihadist pocket late Saturday, after a pause of more than a week to allow civilians to flee.

Feb 11 10:49

SDF Clearing ‘Last Daesh Village in Syria' From Terrorists – Spokesman

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are clearing the village of Baghuz, which is from their point of view the last settlement in Syria controlled by the Daesh* terror group, of the terrorists, SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali has stated.

"SDF have advanced on northern and western axis into Baghuz since 19:00 [17:00 GMT] yesterday evening, capturing 41 positions of ISIS and destroying fortifications", Bali wrote on his Twitter page.

Feb 11 09:32

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – FEB. 9-11, 2019: US-LED COALITION IS ABOUT TO REACH ANOTHER DEAL WITH ISIS?

Last week, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) uncovered a large ISIS base in the outskirt of the city of al-Mayadin in the province of Deir Ezzor. The base contained several mass graves of civilians who had been executed by the terrorist group more than two years ago, a training ground, a munitions workshop and a tunnel network to connect various positions. Army troop seized dozens of improvised rocket-assisted munition and a destroyed T-72 battle tank on the site.

This revelation once again highlighted large security problems, which still exist in the areas liberated from ISIS in eastern Syria. Al-Mayadin was liberated by the SAA in October 2017. However, government forces still release reports about newly found weapons caches and tunnels abandoned by ISIS. This is likely a result of the insufficient efforts or lack of resources to fully secure the area.

Feb 11 07:39

Capitol Hill Cowards: Why Congress Is Trying to Undermine Trump’s Troop Withdrawal Plan

Afghanistan is America’s longest war, at seventeen years and counting. It has run longer than the Mexican-American War, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, and Korean War combined. Yet Congress has conducted minimal oversight and done nothing as the executive branch’s aim devolved into pushing failure onto the next administration.

In Syria Washington chose to enter a civil war of minimal security concern to America. Syria was allied with the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Washington’s previous forays in similarly imploding Middle Eastern nations—Lebanon and Libya—turned out badly. The executive branch concocted ever more outlandish duties for American military personnel: extirpate ISIS, exclude Iran, confront Russia, pacify Turkey, protect Kurds, and pressure Damascus. Yet Congress never voted on the continual usurpation of legislative power.

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