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Sep 01 13:55

MIGRANTS, IMMIGRANTS OR REFUGEES? DEBUNKING DEHUMANIZING PROPAGANDA

Well guess what — it’s too late! The crisis already happened and it’s the biggest global displacement since World War II.?

United Kingdom — DISCLAIMER: I just saw a photo taken inside a recently discovered lorry that contained 71 decomposing bodies. And I am angry — very angry.

No one really knows how those people ended up in the lorry found in Austria, but police are claiming to have since arrested some of the trafficking gang. It is almost impossible to imagine what strips someone of their humanity to such a point that they knowingly load 59 men, eight women, and four children into a giant metal box with no ventilation and wire the doors shut.

The assumption so far is that many of those found dead were Syrian.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, it is the US enabled and fought wars which is causing this massive displacement.

And these people, desperate to get to some point of safety, are simply "collateral damage" to the US government.

Sep 01 09:50

U.S. Ambassador: 17,000 Syrian Refugees Waiting to Come Here

U.S. Ambassador Brett McGurk said that 17,000 Syrian refugees have applied to enter the U.S. and that the nation will likely take in “more” of them next year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, sure .. MAKE the Syrians go through the proper procedure! :)

Sep 01 09:49

'No Russian jets sent to Syria' - military source on 'expeditionary force' report

No Russian jets were deployed to Syria in order to launch attacks against Islamic State militants (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL) and Syrian rebels, a military source told RT, dismissing reports in Israeli media.

Sep 01 08:15

Russian Military Forces Arrive In Syria, Set Forward Operating Base Near Damascus

According to Western diplomats, a Russian expeditionary force has already arrived in Syria and set up camp in an Assad-controlled airbase. The base is said to be in area surrounding Damascus, and will serve, for all intents and purposes, as a Russian forward operating base. In the coming weeks thousands of Russian military personnel are set to touch down in Syria, including advisors, instructors, logistics personnel, technical personnel, members of the aerial protection division, and the pilots who will operate the aircraft.

Sep 01 08:09

Israeli Commanders Killed within Al Nusra Ranks inside Syria

The Syrian air force killed a large number of Takfiri militant commanders, including senior Israeli and Jordanian officers, in airstrikes on terrorists’ positions in the Southern province of Dara’a.

At least 42 Al-Nusra Front Takfiri terrorist commanders, including 3 Israeli and Jordanian officers, were killed in the Syrian warplanes’ air raids in Dara’a.

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Aug 31 15:11

Are Russians Sending Military Support To Syria? Potential For Conflict With NATO?

By Brandon Turbeville

If reports coming from YNet News are accurate, the Syrian crisis just became more complex and more dangerous. The report would be great news for the Assad government, however, as it suggests that, in addition to providing Syria with six new MIG 31 jets and providing satellite images with the SAA, the Russians will also be delivering an expeditionary force of Russian soldiers.

YNet claims that the Russian force will be made up of fighter pilots, attack helicopter pilots, advisors, technicians, logistics personnel, instructors, and members of the aerial protection division. The forces are to be stationed at a permanent base in Syria. Although the Russians already maintain the Port of Tartus, YNet suggests that the new base of operations will be an “Assad-controlled” location in an area surrounding Damascus...

Aug 31 13:46

Russian jets in Syrian skies

Russia has begun its military intervention in Syria, deploying an aerial contingent to a permanent Syrian base, in order to launch attacks against ISIS and Islamist rebels; US stays silent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The difference is that Russia really IS aiming at ISIS!

Aug 31 12:06

Deliberate Targeting of Water Sources Worsens Misery for Millions of Syrians

Imagine having to venture out into a conflict zone in search of water because rebel groups and government forces have targeted the pipelines. Imagine walking miles in the blazing summer heat, then waiting hours at a public tap to fill up your containers. Now imagine realizing the jugs are too heavy to carry back home.

Aug 31 10:48

ISIS Fighters Seize Part of Syrian Capital of Damascus

Battles are reportedly ongoing in the Saudi capital city of Damascus after a sudden attack by ISIS fighters has left them with possession of part of the Qadam District, the first time any rebel faction has had anything meaningful inside the capital itself.

Actually how much is held in the city is unclear, with the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claiming that ISIS only holds a couple of streets, but ISIS themselves saying they hold half of the very significant district, and showing video of their fighters advancing significantly.

ISIS’ main target in the area near Damascus has long been the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, which had been a de facto suburb of the capital before the war. Now, the fighters are pushing into the city itself, something that was once seen as unthinkable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

ISIS, a construct of the US government, is being waived at the American people as a "justification" for sending US ground troops into Syria.

And I have a short memo on the subject for the Obama Administration on this issue: what part of "HELL, no!!" are you having difficulty understanding here, please?!? I BELIEVE I am speaking the most clear and plain English I can muster. Why the difficulty in comprehension on your end, please?!?

Any thinking person understands that DC's desire for regime change in Damascus is driving this, because Syria is Iran's great friend in the region.

Aug 31 08:31

Ex-intel officials: Pentagon report proves US complicity in ISIS

According to leading American and British intelligence experts, a declassified Pentagon report confirms that the West accelerated support to extremist rebels in Syria, despite knowing full well the strategy would pave the way for the emergence of the ‘Islamic State’ (ISIS).

The experts who have spoken out include renowned government whistleblowers such as the Pentagon’s Daniel Ellsberg, the NSA’s Thomas Drake, and the FBI’s Coleen Rowley, among others.

Their remarks demonstrate the fraudulent nature of claims by two other former officials, the CIA’s Michael Morell and the NSA’s John Schindler, both of whom attempt to absolve the Obama administration of responsibility for the policy failures exposed by the DIA documents.

Aug 29 08:35

Syrian Army Uncovers Gas Masks and Weapons Left Behind by ISIS in Al-Hasakah City

The gas masks are somewhat of a concern to the Syrian Arab Army, as ISIS has reportedly used mustard gas against the Islamist rebel forces in northern Aleppo, and sarin gas against the Peshmerga forces in the Kirkurk area of northwestern Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So the US supports ISIS, which is using mustard gas. WE have become the new Nazis. I fear that fifty years from now the world will look on the Stars and Stripes with the same revulsion our generation looked on the Swastika.

Aug 27 10:48

Turkey Denies Alerting Abductors of US-Trained 'Moderate' Syrian Fighters

The Turkish government on Tuesday denied allegations it tipped off an al Qaeda-linked group that went on to capture Syrian rebels trained by the United States to battle the Islamic State.

Aug 27 08:23

Russia, Egypt support forming anti-ISIS coalition with Syria - Putin

Russia and Egypt support the creation of a broad anti-terrorist coalition, which would include Syria, to fight Islamic State militants, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a joint media conference with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel el-Sisi.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin has out-maneuvered the US and turned the US' propaganda back on them!

Aug 26 16:55

Syria Shoots Down Israeli Warplane F-16 Bomber, Using Russian S-300 Air Defense System

Yesterday, Friday, August 21, 2015 in the early hours, Damascus time, an Israeli US made F-16 fighter-bomber, flew into Syrian airspace brazenly and fired at Brigade 68 and, then, turned and flew back toward Brigade 90 in Qunaytra in order to insure a safe landing in occupied Palestine if the aircraft was struck. It was struck. An SA-9 from the Iftiraas Air Defense Base and an SA-2 near the Khalkhaala AB were fired. But, the technical wizardry was most on display when an S-300 (SA-10 “Grumble) super-air-defense missile was fired from the Republican Guard base near the Mazza AB at the foot of Qaasiyoon Mountain west of Damascus. This was done so that the F-16’s electronic countermeasures would first fix on the SA-2 and SA-9 while the S-300 plowed forward to exterminate the vermin inside the Israeli aircraft. The S-300 vaporized the Israeli bomber.

Aug 26 15:15

Water Being Used as Weapon of War in Syrian Conflict, UN Warns

The United Nations on Tuesday said it has reason to believe that groups in the Syrian conflict are using the country's scarce water supply as a weapon of war.

Aug 25 11:44

Israel Punishing Syria for Russian S300 Sale

Israel’s broad air assault on Syria has nothing to do with retaliation, no more than the massive assault on Gaza had anything to do with Hamas rocket assaults on Israeli villages, assaults confirmed only by Israeli sources.

There is a real purpose to the timing of this Israeli attack and that is the promise of Russia to deliver a fully upgraded S300 system to Iran, one that totally nullifies Israel’s air advantage and even Israel’s ability to hit Iran with nuclear armed ICBMs.

The recent attack on Syria is, in actuality, an attempt on Israel’s part to discredit President Putin and Foreign Minister Lavrov. What few if any in the west understand is how thoroughly Putin has humiliated Netanyahu, a man whose mental stability has long been in question.

Netanyahu sees his bombing attacks on Syria and his open support for ISIS and her sister organizations as daring Russia to move against the US-Israel alliance.

Aug 25 06:53

The Russian army is beginning to engage in Syria

A profound and significant change has just occurred in the Levant – the Russian army has begun to engage against terrorism in Syria. Although Russia has been absent from the international scene since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and although it is moving with care, it has just created a Russo-Syrian Commission, has begun supplying weapons, sharing intelligence, and sending advisors. All of this is more or less coordinated with the White House.

Aug 24 18:21

Western Propaganda Method: Claim Dead Terrorists As Dead Civilians

By Brandon Turbeville

By now, the propaganda coming from the US State Department and the United Nations as well as their media mouthpieces should be familiar. According to these institutions, the Assad government is evil, illegitimate, and it intentionally massacres civilians. These claims are easily proven false and have been proven false in the past. Indeed, I have discussed these types of claims at length in my own articles and exposed them for being nothing more than weak attempts to convince Western peoples that Assad is a butcher and the terrorists are democracy-loving freedom fighters.

Such can be seen in the recent attempt to portray the Syrian Air Force as wantonly murdering civilians with “barrel bombs” in places like Douma...

Aug 24 15:00

US Shows its Real Face in Choosing Turkey over the Kurds

In its choice of allies in the battle against IS, the U.S. is showing that defeating the jihadists might in fact not be its number one priority.

When waging war, picking the right allies is a careful business. You must make concessions, without giving in too much. You need to rely on someone else, without becoming too dependent. You need to stand firm, and be flexible at the same time. War-time allies can turn into bitter enemies after victory has been declared, and your worst enemy might in fact prove to be your best friend after all.

Aug 24 14:15

Thousands of Syrian refugees trek through Macedonia en route to Hungary, an EU member state

Thousands of migrants, mostly Syrian refugees, travelled through Macedonia and Serbia on Sunday towards the EU.

More than 7,000 men, women and children crossed into southern Serbia from Macedonia overnight Saturday to Sunday alone, the UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) said, with many more still expected to arrive.

Aug 24 13:28

US Trained and Funded Syrian Rebel Force Division 30

Jenan Moussa of Al-Aan TV is the first journalist to get an interview with the lieutenant in charge of Division 30, the 54 fighter force trained and funded by the United States with the ‘stated’ objective of fighting ISIS.

A lot of ridicule has surrounded the formation of this group. In September 2014, congress approved a budget of $500 million to train & equip a force of 5000 “moderate” Syrian rebels . To the amusement of everyone it took 10 months to train a mere 54 rebels. It proved very difficult for the Americans to find them because the majority of the anti-government rebels on the ground in Syria are Salafists and Takfiris whose priority is to remove Assad rather than fight ISIS. This difficulty was also due to the fact that most “moderate” Syrians actually supported the president.

Aug 24 07:33

Lebanon’s Future is on the Line, and It Directly Affects Syria

Protests about the lack of proper city sanitation services have quickly escalated into full-blown calls for regime change.

Lebanese protesters demonstrated in Beirut this weekend as part of the "You Stink" movement, which was organized by citizens fed up with the garbage that had been piling up in their streets for weeks.

What began as an expression of legitimate grievances, however, quickly spiraled into the world’s latest Color Revolution attempt.

Aug 24 07:33

Syrians despair amid filth as way to north blocked

After a brief respite aboard a Greek passenger ship, Syrian refugee Mohamed has found himself stranded on a filthy, chaotic strip at the Macedonian border, his way to the relative security of northern Europe blocked by razor wire and riot police.

The 20-year-old geology student, like thousands of others stuck at the Greek frontier village of Idomeni, has made an arduous and often dangerous journey to escape the horrors of the Syrian civil war.

What he has found at Idomeni has brought him close to despair and now he simply wants to go anywhere in Europe that is safe. "We just want to survive," he told Reuters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Your tax dollars at work in Syria, folks; doesn't it make you feel proud?!?

Aug 24 03:09

Erdogan’s Dirty Dangerous ISIS Games

Turkey is a beautiful land, rich in resources, with many highly intelligent and warm people. It also happens to have a President who seems intent on destroying his once-proud nation. More and more details are coming to light revealing that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, variously known as ISIS, IS or Daesh, is being fed and kept alive by Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, the Turkish President and by his Turkish intelligence service, including MIT, the Turkish CIA. Turkey, as a result of Erdo?an’s pursuit of what some call a Neo-Ottoman Empire fantasies that stretch all the way to China, Syria and Iraq, threatens not only to destroy Turkey but much of the Middle East if he continues on his present path.

Aug 23 15:09

Two Years Ago: How the Syrian Chemical Weapons Videos Were Staged

August 2013 – In the wake of the Syrian chemical weapons attack, shocking footage of the victims of that attack were widely circulated in an effort to raise the ire of the public and spur support for military intervention.

Now, a new report on that footage finds troubling inconsistencies and manipulation with the video that calls the official narrative of the attack and its victims into question.

Aug 23 14:50

The Douma Market Attack: a Fabricated Pretext for Intervention?

The August 16, 2015 attack on a market in the Syrian town of Douma, just outside the capital Damascus, has caused international outrage. Condemnations of the Syrian government have poured in from seemingly all corners of the globe as President Assad and the Syrian military have been declared responsible for the attack, convicted in the court of media opinion. Interestingly, such declarations have come well before any investigation has been conducted, and without any tangible evidence other than the assertions of the rebel spokespersons and anti-government sources. Indeed, there has been an embarrassing dearth of investigative questions asked as corporate media, who have been far from objective these last four and half years, have rushed to fit the facts to their long-standing narrative of “Assad the Butcher.”

Aug 23 10:45

Best Friends Forever? Terrorist Groups Benefiting From Clinton Support

While democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton vows to continue the US' longstanding "war on terrorism," it is Rodham Clinton who has undisputedly worked for the benefit of international terrorism, US analyst Caleb Maupin claims.

Aug 23 09:43

Israel Fires Rockets Into Syria, Claims Targets Were ‘Iran-Backed’. Are They Playing With Fire?

Recently, 21WIRE published an article about the potential of Israeli ground operations in Syria. Less than a day after that article entitled, ‘Israel Planning Ground Operations in Syria? US-NATO-Israel Plans to Balkanize Syria,’ we find that NBC News then reports the following:

“Four rockets were fired into Israel from Syria Thursday and the Israeli government accused an Iranian-backed group as being responsible.”

“Israeli military responded by launching airstrikes and artillery attacks against 14 targets in the Syrian Golan Heights. Israel said the rocket attack was launched by a group calling itself Islamic Jihad, which it said was an Iranian proxy force commanded by Saed Izadi, an Iranian. “For us this is a clear act of aggression and was meant by the Iranians to use the chaos inside Syria to escalate tensions in the region,” an Israeli security source said.”

Aug 23 08:56

Will Jordan agree to set up a 'safe zone' on Syrian border?

Jordan is weighing the risks and benefits of setting up a safe zone along its borders with Syria and is watching Turkey’s attempts to create a buffer or safe corridor in the north of the war-torn country, according to a source close to the Jordanian government who recently met with a senior government official. The source, who requested anonymity, told Al-Monitor that officials in Amman expressed interest in establishing a “safe zone and not a buffer zone with a depth of 60 kilometers [37 miles] into southern Syria,” but for this to happen, Jordan would need an international mandate. The source said that legal, logistical and political problems have put such plans on hold, and it is unlikely that a decision will be made unilaterally over this anytime soon.

Aug 23 08:17

Israel Set on Eliminating Syria, Iran for Regional Dominance?

On Friday, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that Israeli warplanes bombed a military post near Quneitra in Syrian controlled Golan killing one soldier and injuring eight others.

Aug 22 11:18

Israeli Military Jet Shot Down Over Syria

The Syrian air defense shot down an Israeli warplane violating the Arab country's air space, an Iranian news agency reported.

Aug 22 09:19

Israeli War Jet Shot Down Over Syria - Media

The Syrian air defense shot down an Israeli warplane violating the Arab country's air space, an Iranian news agency reported.

Israel Responds to Syrian Shelling by Artillery Fire - Reports
The Israeli fighter jet was targeted over the city of Al-Quneitra on Friday, Iran’s Fars news agency reported on Saturday.

Israel regularly violates the Syrian airspace and launches missile attacks against the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Get ready for the Congress to ask you all to pay for a new jet for poor suffering always-the-fucking-victim Israel!

Aug 22 09:07

Second Round of US-Trained Syria Rebels to Deploy in ‘Weeks’

After a solid year of hyping the Pentagon-trained rebel forces for Syria, what happened has become an embarrassment of epic proportions. The group, dubbed either “Division 30? or the “New Syria Forces,” consisted of 54 men, who were quickly routed by al-Qaeda, before later making a deal with them, praising them as “holy warriors” and talking up jihad against the Assad government.

They were created to fight ISIS, but have thus far never even gotten close to ISIS territory. Now, diplomats say the second round of US-trained rebels will be deploying to Syria in a matter of weeks to join what is left of the first group.

There is a notable lack of detail on this new deployment, and the Pentagon does not seem to be trying to draw attention to it like they were initially. In particular, there is no indication what the size of this second group will be. If they are as small as that last force, however, it seems hardly worth the bother.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One of the most classic definitions of insanity is doing the same precise thing in the same precise manner, but expecting a different outcome; it appears that the US Pentagon is having this problem right now with their "vetted jihadis".

I frankly do not expect the outcome for this 2nd batch of fighters to be any better than the outcome for the first batch of fighters, which can only be charitably defined as a classic "epic fail".

Aug 22 09:00

At Least Six Killed as Israel Continues Attacks on Syria

Despite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisting Israel doesn’t intend to “ratchet up” strikes against Syria, his nation continued to attack targets inside Syria today, killing at least six people and wounding seven others in airstrikes.

The airstrike hit a car killing five within, and also killed a sixth bystander. The identities of the five targets are still in dispute, with the Israeli military claiming they were “Islamic Jihad” fighters, and Syrian state media insisting that those in the car were civilians.

The latest string of incidents began yesterday, when stray rocket fire from inside Syria hit an empty field in Israeli-occupied territory. There were no casualties. Israel initially blamed Islamic Jihad, then later said Iran was responsible, then finally declared Syria to be totally responsible, and confirmed “widespread” strikes against Syrian military targets yesterday evening.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is Israel attempting to "soften up" forces loyal to Al-Assad before either a solitary Israeli (or joint US/Israeli campaign) is dispatched to get Al-Assad out in a decapitation strike?!?

At the moment, were I a betting person, I would not bet against this potential scenario.

Aug 22 02:48

Syria: Is Israel Planing To Escalate?

Yesterday four rockets or mortars fired from the Syrian side of the Golan heights landed on Israel occupied parts of the Syrian Golan without causing any damage. A recent report cited the Israeli defense expert Tzvi Yechezkieli:

He noticed that all terrorist activity directed at Israel on the Golan Heights is the work of Hezbollah and not of Jabhat al-Nusra, the Al Qaeda affiliate that is in control of the border with Israel.

If al Qaeda is in control of the Golan border how would Hizbullah fire small, short ranged missiles over it?

Aug 21 15:57

Israel launches 2nd round of air strikes in Syria, killing 6

DAMASCUS, Syria — Israeli air strikes in southern Syria killed six people and wounded seven, Syrian state TV reported Friday, in retaliation for a rocket attack on Israel that Jerusalem blamed on militants backed by Iran.

Aug 21 13:19

The Bully of the Middle East, Israel Bombs Syria

On Friday, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported Israeli warplanes bombed a military post near Quneitra in Syrian controlled Golan killing one soldier, wounding eight others.

Aug 21 09:21

Israel Bombs Syria. Is This A Prelude towards a Full Scale War?

Israel said the IDF “targeted 14 Syrian military posts in the Syrian Golan Heights” – without further explanation. Israeli media reported artillery batteries, army outposts and communications antennae struck.

The attack was perhaps the largest one since the 1967 Six Day War. Is it a possible prelude to US/Israeli/Turkish full-scale war on Assad? Things have been heading toward it for many months.

Israel has multiple objectives – eliminating Syria as a rival regional state, balkanizing the country for easier control, blocking the Iran nuclear deal, blaming nonexistent Tehran-orchestrated rocket fire on northern Israel to influence Congress, and ultimately replace Islamic State sovereignty with pro-Western governance.

Hawkish Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon claimed Thursday’s incident was a “coming attraction” of more to come – from “a richer and more murderous Iran” aided by sanctions relief.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that one of the things both Israel and the US government need to consider, if they are looking at a larger attack to oust Assad, is the following question; what will Russia do, in response to such an action?!?

Putin's response will most probably be asymmetric, but nonetheless effective.

He has shown himself to be a masterful politician, very aware of every nuance any actions Russia may take in this matter.

Aug 21 09:08

Israel Confirms ‘Widespread’ Strikes Against Syria

The Israeli military is confirming that is it launching “widespread” artillery and air strikes against Syrian military targets across the Golan frontier, saying the attacks are meant to send a “strong message” about cross-border fire that landed in an empty field in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

They seem to have settled on blaming the Syrian government, for convenience if nothing else, as it gives them a bunch of easy-to-hit military targets all over the frontier. Since Israel attacks Syria on a fairly regular basis, and often without even this much pretext, it was likely just the simplest course of action for them.

The timing is interesting, as Israeli media reports have talked up the possibility of launching an outright invasion of Syria in recent days, and are presenting the latest incident as the first time fire from Syria has landed inside Israeli territory in over 40 years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported today at arutzsheva.com:

A senior IDF officer said on Thursday evening that Iran was behind the rocket attack, noting that the directive to fire the rockets was personally given out by the head of the Palestinian department in Iran’s Al-Quds force. The senior officer’s comments regarding Iran’s involvement in the attack are in line with a report from April, when Iranian officials reportedly told the Syrian regime to strike Israel and open a war front on the Golan. Israeli security sources said the rockets were fired by the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization, which is funded and directed by Iran, but the group denied the accusations.

IF there was a Pulitzer for sloppy, non-fact based "journalism", it is possible that Israel's Arutz Sheva would be an incredible contender. Notice that there is absolutely no attribution as to who said what, just allegations.

As to whether Israel's military will carry further raids against Syria is unclear; however, this Israeli strike on Syria cannot be premised on anything that could possibly be construed as fact.

Aug 21 08:36

ISRAEL BLAMES 3 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES FOR IMPOTENT ROCKET STRIKE IN OCCUPIED PALESTINE - JOINS ISIS IN BOMBING BELEAGUERED SYRIA ANYWAY

The incidents follows a visit earlier this week to Israel’s northern border by the Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and defence minister Moshe Ya’alon and anonymous briefings to Israeli military correspondents that appeared to suggest Israel might be preparing a contingency plan to strike back in Syria in the event of an escalation.?
Northern Israel has been hit by four rockets fired from Syrian territory, amid contradictory claims from Israeli defence spokesmen over who was responsible.

Aug 21 07:45

Israel Strikes Syria in Response to Rocket Fire in the North

Attack on Israeli territory results in no damage; one person killed, seven wounded in Israeli strike, Syrian report says.

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Aug 21 06:57

Five dead in new Israeli raid on Syria: state TV

A new Israeli raid on Syrian-controlled territory in the Golan Heights killed at least five people Friday, Syrian state television said, describing the dead as unarmed civilians.

An Israeli military source said the strikes targeted militants who fired rockets into Israel Thursday.

"Aircraft of the Israeli enemy targeted a civilian car in the village of Al-Kom, killing five unarmed civilians," Syrian state television said.

A reporter for state television in the Qunaitra province where the raids took place said they occurred at 10:30 a.m. (0730 GMT) and were carried out by a drone.

Aug 21 06:43

Israel Bombs Syria

By Stephen Lendman

On Friday, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported Israeli warplanes bombed a military post near Quneitra in Syrian controlled Golan killing one soldier, wounding eight others.

The pro-Western London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported two deaths – possible military officials close to Assad. It indicated raids struck other targets outside Damascus, including a weapons depot.

Israel said the IDF “targeted 14 Syrian military posts in the Syrian Golan Heights” – without further explanation. Israeli media reported artillery batteries, army outposts and communications antennae struck.

The attack was perhaps the largest one since the 1967 Six Day War. Is it possible prelude to US/Israeli/Turkish full-scale war on Assad?...

Aug 20 20:24

Israel strikes Damascus’ military targets in retaliation for rocket fire by ‘Iran-funded militants’

Israel has pounded with artillery and launched airstrikes against 14 Syrian military positions in Golan Heights, holding Damascus responsible for failing to prevent a rocket attack on Israeli territory which the IDF pinned on an “Iran funded Islamic Jihad” group.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Iran funded." When Israel lays on the bullshit, they go for extra layers!

Aug 20 12:01

Israel Strikes Syria in Response to Rocket Fire in the North

The Israeli army responded with artillery fire after rockets fired from Syria exploded in Israel's north on Thursday, while the Israel Air Force also struck Syria in response.

At least four rockets were fired at the northern Galilee and Golan Heights on Thursday afternoon, the Israel Defense Forces said. The rocket attack, which the IDF characterized as "deliberate and orchestrated," resulted in no casualties.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And JUST when Israel was training for a Syrian ground invasion! What an amazing coincidence. and, of course, anyone who doesn't think it is a coincidence is a Jew-hating anti-Semite who wants Hitler to come back and gas Jewish babies in the ovens!

Anyone here stupid enough to believe that Syria would invite an Israeli invasion by firing rockets into Israel ... then not aim those rockets at anything important? Because if you are that stupid, I have some of Saddam's nuclear weapons to sell you!

Aug 20 10:25

Report: Turkey Sends Trucks Loaded with Weapons, Ammo to Syria

A number of trucks have crossed Iskenderun and al-Salib border crossings over the last two nights into Lattakia and Idlib provinces, the Arabic-language Al-Watan newspaper said citing the Turkish opposition media reports.

It wrote that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also ordered blackouts in the border towns to facilitate the smuggling of the weapons into Syria.

Turkey is a key backer of the terrorists who fight against the Syrian people and the government of President Assad.

Aug 20 09:57

Israeli Military Admits to Supporting Al Qaeda and ISIS in Syria Part of channel(s): Syria (current event)

The alternative press has noted for months that Israel is supporting jihadis in Syria. But Israel has consistently denied these allegations ... until now.

The Times of Israel reported 3 weeks ago:

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said Monday that Israel has been providing aid to Syrian rebels, thus keeping the Druze in Syria out of immediate danger. Israeli officials have previously balked at confirming on the record that the country has been helping forces that are fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad.

"We've assisted them under two conditions", Ya'alon said of the Israeli medical aid to the Syrian rebels, some of whom are presumably fighting with al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra Front to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad. "That they don't get too close to the border, and that they don't touch the Druze."

Al Nusra is Al Qaeda, and closely affiliated with ISIS. And remember, there have never been any "moderate Syrian rebels" ... only Islamic Sunni jihadis.

Aug 20 09:36

Israeli Army: 4 Rockets From Syria Hit Israel; No Injuries

Israel's military says four rockets fired from Syria have hit northern Israel but caused no injuries.

The military would not elaborate on the Thursday afternoon attack. In northern Galilee, sirens wailed in warning of the incoming attack.

Israeli media said the rockets landed in an open field and broadcast footage showing small fires reportedly sparked by the rockets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Anyone here stupid enough to believe that Syria would invite an Israeli invasion by firing rockets into Israel ... then not aim those rockets at anything important? Because if you are that stupid, I have some of Saddam's nuclear weapons to sell you!

Aug 20 09:33

IDF: At Least Four Rockets Fired at Northern Israel, Likely From Syria

At least four rockets were fired at the northern Galilee on Thursday afternoon, the Israel Defense Forces said. An unconfirmed number of the projectiles exploded in the north after sirens sounded in several towns on the Israel-Lebanon border.

The IDF said that the rockets were likely fired from Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And JUST when Israel was training for a Syrian ground invasion! What an amazing coincidence. and, of course, anyone who doesn't think it is a coincidence is a Jew-hating anti-Semite who wants Hitler to come back and gas Jewish babies in the ovens!

Aug 19 13:05

Syrian archaeologist killed in Palmyra by Islamic State militants

Islamic State (IS) terrorist organizations killed Khaled Asaad, a famous archaeologist who looked after ancient ruins of Palmyra in Syria, the country’s director of antiquities Maamoun Abdulkirim said on Wednesday.

Fighters of the illegal Islamic State murdered an 82-year-old head of antiquities at the ruins of Palmyra - http://english.pravda.ru/news/hotspots/19-08-2015/131679-palmyra-0/

Aug 19 12:53

Israel "Drills" Ground Incursion In Syria; Pretext Fighting Terror Israel Helped Create

According to reports coming from both Israel and Europe, the Israeli Defense Forces appear to be preparing for a ground incursion of Syrian territory in the Golan Heights area.

Whatever the plans of the IDF, the Israeli military clearly engaged in wide-scale maneuvers on the border with Syria on Sunday which simulated an incursion into Syrian territory and the evacuation of Israelis currently residing in border towns.

Aug 19 11:33

Coalition ISIS 'successes' show no signs of halting terrorist group

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Because they are not intended to!

Aug 19 11:30

'Desperate situation': UN confirms typhoid at Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus

Typhoid has broken out at a Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital, with at least 6 cases confirmed, according to the UN. The body is concerned that these cases are just “the tip of the iceberg," warning of "massive" risks of other diseases.

The cases confirmed by the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) come from blockaded Yarmouk refugee camp in the south of Damascus, which houses displaced Palestinian refugees and Syrian civilians. Over 200 medical consultations have been carried out.

"Our concern is that these typhoid cases only represent the tip of the iceberg, because the erosion of health services and appalling public health standards create a massive, massive risk of diseases breaking out," UNWRA spokesman Chris Gunness told Reuters, adding that the “situation is desperate.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Biological warfare attack?

Aug 19 10:28

To Fight ISIS, Obama Risks Empowering Iran's Favorite Terror Group

More than $1 billion in U.S. military equipment quietly began flowing to the Lebanese military over the last year.

Saudi Arabia is paying for much of it: powerful missiles, advanced aircraft. But Washington is also making its contribution. Lebanon, a country one-third the size of Maryland that is nestled between Syria and Israel, has today become the fifth-largest recipient of U.S. military aid.

The flood of money indicates how worried the U.S., Saudi Arabia and other power players have become about the extremist threat that Islamic State militants and the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria pose to Lebanon.

Aug 19 06:43

Israel “drills” for ground incursion in Syria; Fighting terror Israel helped create

Not one shred of evidence has yet been provided to back up Israel’s claims regarding the Iranian involvement.

Aug 19 01:41

Scorecard on U.S. Interventionism

Since 9/11, the United States has flailed away and attacked or invaded at least seven Muslim countries. (I say "at least" because, in contravention of the U.S. Constitution, American presidents now run secret overseas conflicts, including the latest drone wars, without public knowledge or the consent of their representatives in Congress.) Since U.S. (non-Muslim) military presence or intervention in Muslim countries was the original motivator for the 9/11 attacks, doubling down on a failed policy seemed a poor bet among many expert analysts, even during the period of hysteria after the attacks on the Pentagon and Twin Towers.

Aug 18 08:15

What the Latest Currency ‘War’ is All About

When the US embarks on perennial quantitative easing, that’s OK. When the EU does QE as well, that’s OK. But when the Bank of China decides it’s in the best interest of the nation to let the yuan go down a bit instead of infinitely up, that’s Armageddon.

An internationalized yuan established as a global reserve currency implies a "market-determined" exchange rate policy.

It took the Bank of China to devaluate the yuan on two consecutive days — moving within the 2 percent band that it’s allowed to — for the proverbial global financial banshees to go completely bonkers.

Forget the hysteria. The heart of the matter is that Beijing has stepped on the gas in a quite complex long game; to liberalize the yuan exchange rate; allow it to free float against the US dollar; and establish the yuan as a global reserve currency.

Aug 18 08:11

The Social Costs of Capitalism

The public subsidies provided to miners, loggers, and ranchers are as extravagant and as harmful to the public interest as the subsidies that the Federal Reserve and Treasury provide to the "banks too big to fail."

Few, if any, corporations absorb the full cost of their operations. Corporations shove many of their costs onto the environment, the public sector, and distant third parties.

Economists call these costs “external costs” or “social costs.” The mine made its profits by creating pollutants, the cost of which is borne by those who had no share in the profits.

Aug 18 08:07

British petition calls for Netanyahu to be arrested for war crimes

The petition, filed on the U.K. parliament petition website, was apparently inspired by an upcoming visit to London by Netanyahu for meetings with the government.

Thousands of U.K. residents have signed a petitiondemanding the arrest of Israeli Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu for his war crimes against Gaza during last summer’s brutal offensive.

Given the large scale of support and attention, the U.K. government may be forced to publicly respond in the near future.

Aug 18 08:02

Israel “Drills” Ground Incursion In Syria; Pretext Fighting Terror Israel Helped Create

By Brandon Turbeville

According to reports coming from both Israel and Europe, the Israeli Defense Forces appear to be preparing for a ground incursion of Syrian territory in the Golan Heights area.

Whatever the plans of the IDF, the Israeli military clearly engaged in wide-scale maneuvers on the border with Syria on Sunday which simulated an incursion into Syrian territory and the evacuation of Israelis currently residing in border towns...

Aug 18 07:25

Pentagon trains “moderate” Syrian rebel army. $500 million to train 60 rebels. Where did the money go?

“I can look out at your faces and see you had the same reaction I do, which is that that’s an awfully small number.” (60 Trainees) So said American Defense Secretary Ash Carter in testimony before an incredulous Senate Armed Services Committee on July 7, explaining that the $500 million American project, announced over a year ago, to train and arm a new Syrian rebel army to bring the Islamic State to its knees and force a political settlement on the Syrian regime simultaneously has, to date, trained just 60 fighters.

Aug 17 10:21

Israel plans a Provocation to Justify Invading Syria- Ground Invasion, that is!

The IDF has already prepared plans to attack Syria in light of a recent military assessment that Iran has opened a new front against Israel on the Golan Heights.

Military exercises in the area over the last two weeks have focused primarily on a scenario of offensive operations inside Syrian territory in response to possible action from the Syrian border such as the infiltration of dozens of terrorists armed with anti-tank weapons, machine guns, grenades and light weapons into one of the communities along the border.

The exercises included possible IDF responses to such infiltrations with troops firing at fixed points on the Syrian side of the border. Simultaneously, officials expect a barrage of mortar bombs to be fired at communities in the Golan Heights during such a scenario.

Let me repeat that:

Aug 17 10:04

Russia Sends MiG-31 Jets to Syria

Russia reportedly supplied Syria with supersonic MiG-31 fighter/interceptors, partly fulfilling the bilateral contract of 2007, BGNNews.com reported.

In 2007, Russia and Syria signed two agreements worth 1 billion dollars for the supply of MiG-29M and MiG-31. The deliveries of the MiG-29M’s are underway, but those of the MiG-31’s were reportedly delayed because of pressure from Israel.

An Ilyushin Il-78 Midas air force tanker and Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-31 Foxhound fighter-interceptors
Russian MiG-31s Perform Unique Non-Stop Flight With Three Aerial Refuelings

In 2009, Russia confirmed its intention to fulfill the deal and deliver 8 MiG-31 fighters to Damascus.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The western media will denounce this as a provocation by Putin.

Aug 17 09:46

Syria - the rhetoric and the truth

For the last two weeks, the international Press has been full of rumours announcing the beginning of a US military operation against Syria. Thierry Meyssan, who has already denounced a manipulation by General John Allen and his friends, whose aim is to sabotage the USA/Iran agreements, revisists the absurdity of this charge. He explains why the strategic support offered by Russia and China to a secular Syria is not negotiable.

Aug 17 09:15

As Turkey Bombed Anti-ISIS Fighters, It Hired Lobbying Firm Tied to 2016 Candidates

On July 24, Turkey launched a massive military campaign that included sweeping attacks against Kurdish forces as well as minor strikes on Islamic State positions south of Turkey’s border. Just five days later, the Turkish government inked a contract to hire a team of prominent lobbyists to add to its already formidable army of influence-peddlers in Washington.

The contract, revealed Wednesday in a filing with the Justice Department, shows that the law and lobbying firm Squire Patton Boggs was retained on July 29 on a $32,000 a month retainer — as a subcontractor to Gephardt Government Affairs, acting for Turkey on its own 10-month, $1.7 million contract.

Aug 17 09:03

Israel on verge of sending troops into Syria over increased threat of terrorist attack

The Israeli Defence Force (IDF) is believed to be preparing for a possible ground operation in Syria.

Local news channel, Channel 2, reported a large scale drill by military forces along the border on Sunday which simulated a possible incursion into Syrian territory and the evacuation of Israeli citizens from nearby border towns.

According to another channel, Channel 10, the drill also prepared for a sophisticated attack by Isis on Israeli troops.

Aug 17 07:16

US spends $500M to train 60 Syrian rebel fighters

For $8.33M I'd be happy to prove it was money wasted

Aug 16 06:40

The Buried Canadian State Connection to ISIS

Brandon Martinez of Non-Aligned Media revisits a March 2015 scandal which exposed the direct connection between the pro-Zionist Harper regime in Ottawa and ISIS, and how the mainstream media refused to follow up on it.

Aug 16 04:23

Is Putin Planning to Sell-Out Assad?

Moscow’s geostrategic objectives in Syria are the polar opposite of Washington’s. Grasping this simple fact is the easiest way to get a fix on what’s really going on in the war-torn country.

Aug 15 11:34

The Buried Canadian State Connection to ISIS

Brandon Martinez of Non-Aligned Media revisits a March 2015 scandal which exposed the direct connection between the pro-Zionist Harper regime in Ottawa and ISIS, and how the mainstream media refused to follow up on it.

He shines the spotlight on a curious incident which happened in Turkey and Canadian Government & Intelligence collaboration with ISIS.

Aug 15 10:47

‘Deal or war’: Is doomed dollar really behind Obama’s Iran warning?

This is not just about Iran. It is about other major world economies moving away from holding the US dollar as a means of doing business.

In his drastic prediction of war, one might assume that Obama is referring to Israel launching a preemptive military strike on Iran with the backing of US Republicans. Or that he is insinuating that Iran will walk from self-imposed restraints on its nuclear program to build a bomb, thus triggering a war.

But what could really be behind Obama’s dire warning of “deal or war” is another scenario – the collapse of the US dollar, and with that the implosion of the US economy.

That scenario was hinted at this week by US Secretary of State John Kerry. Speaking in New York on August 11, Kerry made the candid admission that failure to seal the nuclear deal could result in the US dollar losing its status as the top international reserve currency.

Aug 14 15:36

Is Putin Planning to Sell-Out Assad?

snip: Washington wants war. Washington cannot achieve its goal of breaking up Syria and redrawing the map of the Middle East if peacemaker Putin prevails. Let’s put it this way: If Putin gets Saudi Arabia on board, then a good portion of the funding for jihadi groups will dry up, the Syrian Army, assisted by Iraqi and Kurdish forces, will have greater success on the battlefield, and ISIS will be annihilated.

Aug 14 10:27

Former US Intelligence Chief Admits Obama Took “Willful Decision” to Support ISIS

If one was only to read mainstream news in the West, you would probably be inculcated with the myth that Islamic State (ISIS) appeared almost out of thin air and many governments in the Western world have been completely shocked by the rise of this terror group. Perhaps you would correctly blame the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq as a major reason why such extreme groups gained power in the region, in addition to blaming certain governments for supposedly marginalizing Sunni’s.

But what most mainstream readers will be miserably ignorant of is the fact that one of the main opposition groups fighting the Bashar al-Assad government in Syria has been ISIS itself, a group that has been trained, funded, aided and armed by NATO countries in collusion with Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Israel (to name a few). This reality has been completely omitted in numerous corporate media publications, once again demonstrating the inept and deceptive nature of mainstream news.

Aug 14 09:06

Did the U.S. Just Kill 5 Kids in Syria?

A Syrian monitor group says planes from the U.S.-led coalition killed civilians, including five children, in an airstrike near Aleppo this week.
According to a Syrian monitor group, warplanes believed to be part of the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition bombed and killed 18 people in the Idlib province town of Atmeh on Tuesday night, close to the Turkish border.

Eight of the alleged fatalities were civilians, including women and children—among them, five young sisters and a three-person family of internally displaced persons. The remaining 10 were said to be fighters belonging to the independent Free Syrian Army brigade known as Jaysh al-Sunnah. One of the brigade’s main bases was apparently destroyed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One of the classic definitions of insanity is doing the same thing, precisely the same way, yet expecting a different outcome.

These air strikes are absolutely not working, and innocents are getting killed.

In the last Syrian election, which had international observers present, President Bashir Al Assad was, legitimately re-elected.

Of course, the US government wants him out, because it believes it will give it more bargaining room with Iran, as Iran and Syria are close allies.

But at what costs, in terms of blood and money spent?!?

There are some moral questions here to which this administration appears to be consistently allergic.

Aug 14 08:08

Meet the ‘Moderates’ the U.S. Is Supporting in Syria: They’re al-Qaeda

Increasing evidence is coming in that the groups the U.S. is trying to install into power in Syria are actually contending groups of Sunni Islamic jihadists who seem to agree on only one thing: they want to replace the secular government of the Shiite Bashar al-Assad, who is supported by Russia and by Shiite Iran. They want to replace it with a Sunni Islamic government. Some of these groups have perpetrated terrorist attacks (some including beheadings) against Americans, and one such group is even al-Qaeda, the Sunni Islamic organization that, of course, perpetrated the 9/11, 2001, attacks and others.

Aug 14 05:25

Jimmy Carter Has Cancer

“In ‘A Full Life,’ Jimmy Carter at 90 remains a wise truth teller”.

His announcement was candid and truthful.

The cancer first identified in his liver, has “spread to other parts of his body”. He expects to hang around for a while; his travel schedule is only cut back, not canceled. How long will a “while” last? We will just have to wait and see.

The pending freedom of both Israelis and Palestinians from the bondage of conflict, owes a great deal to this man.

Aug 14 05:17

Syrian opposition and Moscow didn't discuss alternative to Bashar al-Assad — NCSROF chief

Representatives of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces have not discussed with the Russian side an alternative to Bashar al-Assad, NCSROF chief Khaled Khoja said in response to a question about who might replace Bashar Assad.
"In Syria, 23 million people had to leave the country," he said. "Thus, we are ready to undertake responsibility and power in the country for the transition stage," he said, adding the Russian side had demonstrated "certain confusion about what scenarios NCROF had for Syria’s future."
"They [the Russian side] feared Syria may become another Iraq, may have a crisis of power institutions," he said. "We want to keep the power institutions, the very power and its approaches."
"This approach was supported by the Russian leaders," he said.

Aug 13 18:05

UN Says “Too Soon For Syria Peace Conference” So Long As ISIS Gains Ground

By Brandon Turbeville

In late July, as ISIS’ gains across Syria were televised all over Western media, the United Nations publicly announced that it was too soon for another Syrian peace conference.

The UN position was no doubt confusing to many half-cognizant observers since the United Nations is typically the loudest voice calling for peace talks (oftentimes half-heartedly) in any given confrontation. This time, however, the UN has thrown up its hands and essentially declared “it’s no use!”...

Aug 13 08:41

Syrian opposition coalition agrees with need of preserving Syrian statehood

National Coalition for Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces agrees with the need for preserving government institutions of the Syrian republic and settling the conflict on the basis of the Geneva communique, NCSROF chief Khaled Khoja said at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Thursday.
"We fully agree that the Syrian statehood and government institutions must be preserved," Khoja said. "We also agreed that the transitional period must agree all principles of the Geneva Accords, including those concerning the establishment of a governing body enjoying absolute powers."
Khoja said the rise of extremism had brought about a fundamentally new situation in the country.
Khoja voiced the hope for preserving friendly ties between Russia and Syria for the sake of settling the country and restoring the situation in the country to normal.

Aug 12 21:56

Syria – Ukraine: Sinister Connection

Shaun Walker, a British journalist, visited Ukraine in July to highlight the situation in the east of the country. He shared his impression in his article published by The Guardian.

Actually, Walker did not say anything new about Muslim battalions fighting alongside the forces of Ukraine’s regime; he just confirmed again the fact that there is a close link between Ukrainian nationalists and Islamists united in the fight against their common enemy – Russia.

Aug 12 13:47

FLASHBACK - Syria: Assad officials defiant as Damascus residents brace for US missile attack

Damascus residents, already accustomed to incessant warfare within the Syrian capital, were making final preparations this weekend for an attack from outside, attempting to anticipate where American missiles might strike.

Aug 12 11:13

Why Syria is winning

Syria is winning. Despite ongoing bloodshed and serious economic pressure, Syria is advancing steadily towards a military and strategic victory that will transform the Middle East. There is clear evidence that Washington's plans - whether for 'regime change', for rendering the state dysfunctional or for dismembering the country on sectarian lines - have failed.

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