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Sep 07 11:51

Marine Corps F-35Bs Have Arrived Off the Coast of Africa For The Very First Time

For the first time ever, U.S. Marine Corps F-35Bs Joint Strike Fighters are on an operational deployment in the Gulf of Aden, bringing them the closest they've ever been to conflict zones in Iraq and Syria, Yemen, and Somalia. The stealthy jets and their pilots set to join thousands of other U.S. Navy sailors and Marines for a two-week training exercise while they're in the region, but there's still no indication they are headed for actual combat, at least not yet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love that last sentence.

Translation; these US troops are being pre-positioned for potential strikes against Yemen, Syria, and Iraq.

A great deal can happen in two weeks; unfortunately, the White House has made a declaration that US troops will be on Syrian soil "indefinitely.

Sep 07 11:41

U.S. targets Syria oil delivery networks with new sanctions

The U.S. Treasury Department said on Thursday it was imposing sanctions on four people and five entities it said facilitated petroleum shipments and financing to the Syrian government.

It said in a statement the sanctions targeted Muhammad al-Qatirji and his trucking company, which it said facilitated fuel trade between the Syrian government and Islamic State militants.

Qatirji has close relations with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government and has worked directly with Islamic State, which has been driven out of much of the Syrian territory it once controlled, to provide it oil products, the statement said.

Also targeted by sanctions was a fuel-procurement network that operates in Syria, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates to secure deliveries to Syria, the statement said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...murderous Assad regime.."?!?!?

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, a word, sir: please prove this, irrefutably, with verifiable facts.

Because otherwise, all I hear from you, when you make, or publish, such a statement, is the battle cry before the invasion of Iraq, which claimed to the American people, and the world, that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, which, of course, proved to be a baldfaced lie, to get the American people to sign on to the invasion/occupation of Iraq, to control its oil.

And we have seen just how well that has gone of late; a completely Anti-US Prime Minister has just been elected, Muktada Al Sadr, and we have Shiite militias shooting up the green zone.

On top of that, in terms of Syria, the US presence is perilously close to where Russian officials claim that there will be campaigns to rid Idlib of terrorists.

Secretary Mnuchin, can you honestly sit there with a straight face, and tell the American people that the US is really ready to go to war with Russia over Syria, when you know, or should know, that our Military doesn't have the money, the troop strength, the weaponry or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war with Russia?!?

I challenge you to say that out loud, Mr. Secretary, for all the American people to hear.

After all, it won't be your kids or grandkids, killed or maimed for life, in order for the US government to control Syria's oil, right?!?

Sep 07 11:11

Russia Warns US That Syria Offensives Are Planned Near US Positions. US 'postured to respond' militarily to any 'challenge'

While most of the Syrian War is centered at this point around the Idlib Province, the last major rebel bastion, there is also interest in mopping up some of the smaller rebel positions along the Jordan border, especially where ISIS and al-Qaeda are concerned.

This is a raising a dangerous risk of a confrontation between the US and Russia, because Russia and Syria are very keen to chase some of the Islamists off the border in the near future, and Russia has informed them some of these Islamists are relatively close to US military positions in the area.

The US has long been fine with Islamists on the Jordan border, and is warning Russia against taking any action against them, saying the US would view it as a “challenge” and that they would not hesitate to respond militarily if there is any move into the area.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would love to see both some sanity and some clarity in the US government's position on Syria; unfortunately, what I see unfolding here, is the prelude to an all-out war between Russia, Syria, and Iranians in Syria against the US, and potentially inviting the curse of another world war.

Just because something would be the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing for the US Government to do, is absolutely and utterly no guarantee that it will not do it.

Sep 07 10:04

DRIVING OUT MILITANTS FROM IDLIB NOW TOP PRIORITY IN SYRIA – PUTIN

Driving the extremists out of Syria’s Idlib province should be the primary goal at this stage of the Syrian peace process, Russian President Vladimir Putin said following a meeting with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts.
The Russian leader once again said that Moscow has “irrefutable” evidence that terrorist groups entrenched in the militant-controlled province are seeking to stage false flag attacks using chemical weapons.

“Our common absolute priority lies in the total elimination of terrorists in Syria,” Putin said, adding that Russian forces had recently helped to liberate the southwestern part of the war-torn country and confirming that Idlib province has become the primary target now. “The presence [of militants] poses a direct threat to the … civilians in the whole region,” the president warned.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The big problem here, is that the US government won't let this happen as naturally and gracefully as it should, as President Trump has made the statement that the US military is going to be in Syria...indefinitely:

DONALD TRUMP BACKS PERMANENT U.S. MILITARY PRESENCE IN SYRIA BECAUSE HE DOESN’T TRUST RUSSIA’S INFLUENCE THERE, REPORTS CLAIMS

US Commits to Indefinite military presence in Syria

IF, in fact, these reports are true, one has to wonder just how soon the US, Russia, Syria, and Iran, will be drawn into a nasty military confrontation here in Syria; I don't know what kinds of odds Vegas bookies are putting on this happening, but my sense is soon, and most probably right before the midterms, in order to "energize President Trump's base about going to the polls and voting the Republicans back into control of the government.

Sep 07 09:26

US Treasury Sanctions Target Syrian Government's Petroleum Procurement Network

The US Treasury Department has announced new sanctions against four people and five entities who, according to the department facilitated petroleum shipments and financing to the Syrian government, accusing one of the companies of facilitating fuel trade between the Syrian government and Daesh terrorists.

The US Treasury Department has imposed new sanctions on Thursday on individuals and entities in Lebanon and Syria. The department sanctioned four people and five entities who it said facilitated financial transactions, fuel and weapons shipments shipments for the Syrian government.

Sep 07 09:15

Pompeo Appointee Claims Trump 'On Board' With Staying in Syria, Assad Preparing Chemical Attack

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's US Special Representative for Syria Engagement Jim Jeffrey, who was appointed just weeks ago on August 17, is making the rounds claiming he's "confident" that President Trump's "on board" with staying in Syria and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is about to carry out a chemical weapons attack in Idlib.

Sep 07 09:05

Israel Evacuated Islamist Commanders From Syria Alongside White Helmets

A new report gets dirty on the details of Israeli funding and weapons shipments to 12 anti-government extremist groups in Syria. Buried in the end of the piece is the revelation that Israel helped evacuate so-called “rebel commanders” as they also flew out members of the self-proclaimed “impartial” White Helmets organization.

On August 22, Israel evacuated some 800 members of the White Helmets, a group funded by the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and other Western countries, that claims to be an impartial civil defense organization but has been accused by Syria and Russia of terrorism. Its members have been caught on video grinning wildly as a child nearby was being beheaded in addition to other atrocities, while a high-budget film about the group won the 2017 Academy Award for best documentary.

Sep 07 08:56

Idlib final push: Damascus has the high ground, terrorists to surrender or be destroyed – analyst

Syria’s terror-infested Idlib province is a thorn that needs removing, a military expert told RT, adding that the Syrian Army is capable of both freeing the area from terrorists and keeping civilians safe.

The Idlib de-escalation zone has “served its purpose and has to be cleared out as soon as possible”, as it’s become a “source of destabilization and threats” that impedes further peace process in Syria, Mikhail Khodarenok, a retired colonel, who worked at the main operational directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, told RT.

‘Thorn that needs to be removed’

Sep 07 08:55

PROTECTING SYRIA? Russian Bombers Prowling The Mediterranean

A statement from the Russian Defense Ministry released on Wednesday revealed that two strategic Tu-160 bombers conducted military exercises in the Mediterranean Sea.

“Two strategic Tu-160 bombers that left the Engels airfield successfully completed their tasks in the large-scale exercise plan of the Russian Naval and Aerospace Forces in the Mediterranean,” the statement said.

“The plane made a 10-hour flight on low-level terrain under difficult weather conditions and successfully simulated the launch of cruise missiles on ground targets in a specific area,” the document said.

Su-30 and Su-33 jets that left the Khmeimim air base in Syria followed the Tu-160 bombers.

Sep 07 08:41

Russia warns US of pending attack in Syrian area with US troops

Russia has warned the US military twice in the last week that its forces, along with Syrian regime units, are prepared to attack in an area where dozens of US troops are located, according to several US defense officials.

Russia claims that there are militants in the area protected by US troops.

Sep 07 08:40

Israel Armed, Funded 12 Different Syrian Rebel Groups

New reports on Israel’s arming and funding of Syrian rebel groups reveals that no less than 12 rebel factions, all in southern Syria, were on the receiving end of Israeli aid. This included weapons, ammunition, money, and even some armored vehicles.

The story about arming Syrian rebels actually broke Wednesday with the Jerusalem Post, though Israeli military censors shut this down quickly. Once the foreign-based Foreign Policy came out with its own version Thursday, Israeli media were quick to follow, suggesting the censors gave up on trying to keep this secret.

Foreign Policy interviewed rebels from the Syrian groups, and suggested that they “feel betrayed” because they had assumed Israel would intervene militarily to save them from the Syrian offensive, and that never happened.

Sep 07 08:36

Envoy Says US May Recognize Israeli Annexation of Golan Heights - Reports

With the Syrian Army poised to flush out militants active in the Golan Heights area, Damascus is close to wrapping up its campaign to free southern Syria.

The US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman believes that Washington could recognize the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights as part of the Jewish state, the Israeli newspaper Hayom reported.

In an interview with the Hebrew language daily, Friedman said that he expects the Golan Heights could remain under Israeli control “forever.”

“I cannot honestly imagine a situation in which the Golan Heights is not part of Israel forever,” Friedman said.

Sep 07 08:21

Trump Does 180 Shift On Syria: Regime Change Back On The Table

Will the war in Syria never end? Will the international proxy war and stand-off between Russia, the United States, Iran, and Israel simply continue to drift on, fueling Syria's fires for yet more years to come? It appears so according to an exclusive Washington Post report which says that President Trump has expressed a desire for complete 180 policy shift on Syria.

Only months ago the president expressed a desire "to get out" and pull the over 2,000 publicly acknowledged American military personnel from the country; but now, the new report finds, Trump has approved "an indefinite military and diplomatic effort in Syria".

Sep 07 08:16

Austrian FM Kneissl urges EU to launch dialogue with Russia, US on Syria

The European Union should launch dialogue with Russia and the US on the Syrian settlement, Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl said on Thursday. Talks between the top US and Russian diplomats and the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly’s session in New York later this month could yield progress on the Syrian issue, the Austrian Foreign Ministry quoted Kneissl as saying after talks with Mogherini in Brussels.

Sep 07 08:11

IDF Flexes Muscles to Remove Jerusalem Post Story on Supplying Syria's 'Rebels'

The removal of a Jerusalem Post article that clearly noted the Israeli military had supplied Islamist rebels in Syria with weapons and funds is just "the tip of the iceberg," journalist and filmmaker Dan Cohen told Sputnik.

Although it hasn't exactly been a secret that Israel dabbled in arming and offering its general support to groups wanting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad, Israeli military officials actually confirmed on Tuesday that Operation Good Neighbor was something of a front to arm opposition groups, according to a Jerusalem Post article that ultimately had its online lifespan cut extremely short.

Archived snapshots of the report note that the Israeli military provided military equipment and munitions to rebel groups, in addition to tons upon tons of food, clothing, fuel, electric generators, medical equipment and medicine through Operation Good Neighbor, which saw its beginnings in 2016 as a humanitarian aid mission.

Sep 07 07:52

Russia Challenges The US To Highlight Where There Are Chemical Weapons In Syria – US Remains SILENT

The United States should release the list of facilities in Syria where chemical weapons are allegedly being stored and allow the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to inspect these sites, Russian ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia told the UN Security Council on Thursday.

“We have a specific proposal for our American colleagues. Could you announce the list of targets, as it is being said, that the Pentagon pointed out to be attacked by the Troika?” Nebenzia said. “If in your opinion they are related to the stockpiling and use of chemical weapons, then show respect for the UN Charter and request an OPCW inspection.”

Sep 07 07:51

ISIS commander alleges that he was trained by US in southern Syria

A recently captured Islamic State commander confessed to the Syrian Army this week that he was trained by the US forces in southern Syria.

According to this Islamic State commander’s confession, he was previously leading his forces in the southern districts of Damascus before their defeat earlier this year.

Following their defeat to the Syrian Army, the Islamic State commander and his forces were transported to the Badiya Al-Sham region of southern Syria, where they remained until his capture earlier this month.

The Islamic State commander said that he was trained by the US forces at the Rukban Refugee Camp in southern Syria and that he joined the terrorist group for monetary purposes.

Sep 07 07:50

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – SEPTEMBER 7, 2018: ISRAEL CENSORS NEWS ON ITS SUPPORT TO MILITANTS IN SYRIA

The Israeli military is censoring news reports on Israel providing weapons and supplies to militant groups in Syria. The Jerusalem Post was told by the military censor to remove its story “IDF Confirms: Israel Provided Light-Weapons To Syrian Rebels”. However, the report providing details on the transfer of significant amounts of cash, weapons and ammunition to militants in southern Syria is still available via Google cache.

The support received by militants were provided by Tel Aviv in the framework of its Operation Good Neighbor, which Israel portrayed as a humanitarian mission focused on providing Syrians with “food, clothes and fuel.”

This incident once again demonstrates that all claims of Tel Aviv that it is not involved in the ongoing conflict in Syria are false.

France’s Chief of the Defense Staff Francois Lecointre stated on September 6 that French forces are ready to strike Syria once again if chemical weapons are used during the upcoming battle of Idlib.

Sep 07 04:40

A Murder Is Announced? US narrative on Idlib resembles Agatha Christie novel, Russia’s UN envoy says

US and its allies’ speculation that the Syrian government is going to use chemical weapons in Idlib resembles Agatha Christie’s novel, where the crime scene is publicly announced in advance, Moscow's UN envoy believes.

“The alleged intention of the Syrian government to use poisonous substances in Idlib is presented as a fait accompli,” Russian representative at the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, said during a UN Security Council meeting on Thursday. The diplomat was referring to repeated US and its allies’ warnings about what they believe are Damascus’ preparations to unleash a chemical attack. However, the exact proof to back up the claims has been kept in the dark.

“Agatha Christie's ‘A Murder is Announced’ novel comes to mind, when the impendending crime was reported in a newspaper, including is time and place,” Nebenzia went on.

Sep 06 13:52

MEGA PUKE FACTOR 9 BEX ALERT - Syrian kids' last hope against Assad - gas masks made out of PAPER CUPS

A colourful paper cup filled with cotton and charcoal is all this boy has to protect himself from a chemical attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That was the shark!

Sep 06 11:30

BEX ALERT - Pentagon has ‘zero intelligence’ on Syrian militants’ chemical weapons capabilities – Mattis

Despite having a “fairly good penetration” of the Syrian opposition groups, the US has not seen any evidence suggesting that the militants in Idlib are capable of staging a chemical attack, the US defense secretary claimed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From the degree to which Mattis and Haley are trying to shore up the sagging chemical attack narrative, it looks like the US is going to gas a bunch of people, blame Assad, and launch a major war risking direct conflict with Russia.

Sep 06 10:38

Russia: US ordered Israel air strikes on Syria

Israel has launched air strikes on Syria in response to requests from the US, the First Deputy Chairman of Russia’s State Duma Defence Committee, Alexander Sherin, has said.

“Israel acts on orders from the United States. Washington will never fight us, it will do it using third parties in Syria. It will use Israel or Daesh,” Sherin said.

“The Israeli army is built with US funds. The Americans provide tens of billions of dollars to arm, equip and train the Israeli army,” he added.

Sep 06 10:35

Russian jets hit solely Nusra targets in Syria’s Idlib – MoD

Moscow, for its part, has repeatedly warned that the area is the last stronghold for the terrorists, where militants, among others, have their weapons stockpiled. A particular point of concern, Russia said, were plans by terrorists to stage a fake chemical attack with the aim of framing Damascus. Especially worrying was that militants also received their weapons from “forces from abroad.”

Sep 06 10:35

Trump warns Syria not to 'recklessly attack' Idlib province

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies Iran and Russia not to “recklessly attack” Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province, warning that hundreds of thousands of people could be killed.

“The Russians and Iranians would be making a grave humanitarian mistake to take part in this potential human tragedy. Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed. Don’t let that happen!” Trump wrote in a tweet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder where Trump's concern for killing people was when US strikes pounded Raqqa into rubble ... causing thousands of civilian deaths.

Sep 06 10:10

“Idlib Operation Would Be A Big Risk” – Turkey Desperately Trying To Save Jihadists In Syria

Damascus’ plan to launch a military operation in Idlib province, the last major terrorist bastion in Syria, pose great risks, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

“The regime has decided to attack Idlib… We agree with the exit of the terrorists, but the operation would aim to occupy Idlib province and this entails great risks,” Cavusoglu told a joint news conference with his German counterpart Heiko Maas.

Turkey’s foreign minister said he hopes to examine the situation at the tripartite summit of Russia, Turkey and Iran scheduled for September 7 in Tehran.

Sep 06 09:45

US, Turkey Agree 'Any' Syrian Offensive in Idlib 'Unacceptable' - US State Dept

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke on Tuesday over the phone with his Turkish counterpart, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, about the situation in Idlib, Syria.

The statement on the call, attributable to State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert, takes a stronger position against than the one taken by US President Donald Trump the day prior.

In this image from video provided by the U.S. Navy, the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) launches a tomahawk land attack missile in the Mediterranean Sea, Friday, April 7, 2017.
© AFP 2018 / FORD WILLIAMS/U.S. NAVY
US Media ‘Conditioning’ Public For Bombing Raids on Syria
"President Bashar al-Assad of Syria must not recklessly attack Idlib Province. The Russians and Iranians would be making a grave humanitarian mistake to take part in this potential human tragedy," Trump tweeted on Monday. "Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed. Don’t let that happen!"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is, in my viewpoint, "the other shoe" which is about to fall, and we have to wonder; just how are the US and Turkey going to respond to the next military pounding of Idlib by Syrian, Russian, and Iranian military, go in and invade?!?

And here is a companion piece, by Aljazeera.com:
The Scenarios for the Battle of Idlib

I am hoping - and praying - that the US government and military don't do something so ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid, that it paves the way for yet more war in a region so desperately in need of peace.

Sep 06 09:16

A YEAR AFTER CALLING IDLIB “AL QAEDA'S LARGEST SAFE HAVEN SINCE 9/11,” THE US GOVT IS TRYING TO SAVE IT

As the Syrian government and its allies prepare to begin a military offensive against the last rebel-held province in the country, top U.S. government officials and even U.S. President Donald Trump have recently urged Syria to refrain from “recklessly” attacking the Idlib province, warning that it could result in a high civilian death toll. These recent statements of U.S. government officials have sought to portray Idlib as chiefly populated by civilians and benign opposition “rebels.”

Yet, just last year, one of the U.S. government’s top counterterrorism officials involved in the country’s Syria and Iraq policy stated on video that, in contrast to current government statements, Idlib is dominated by none other than the Al Qaeda terrorist group and that the province should be a major focus of U.S. counterterrorism policy given the threat that Idlib represents to global efforts to fight terrorism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the US government doesn't want the combined forces of Russia, Syria, and Iran, to gut Idlib of terrorists, because it is the US government which is funding, arming, and supporting those terrorists as a "base" from which the US can reach out, and destroy more of Syria, even when time and logic have proved this a thankless task in all the years in which Syria has been at war, a war essentially designed and operated by US-funded interests.

The way the term "chemical attack" is being bandied about by our UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, is a clear telegraphing of what US interests, most probably the White Helmets, and their ilk are going to do so, by creating such a false image of a chemical attack, most probably against children, staged as the "justification" for US troops going into Syria to attack it.

Sep 06 09:04

Psychic Nikki Haley: If There Is A Future Chemical Weapons Attack, Assad Did It

UN Ambassador and Clairvoyant Prognosticator of the Transmundane Nikki Haley has foreseen that, if there are any future chemical weapons attacks in the Syrian province of Idlib, it will most definitely be the Syrian government that is responsible and not the multiple terrorist factions in the area.

“If they want to continue to go the route of taking over Syria, they can do that,” said Nikki Haley at a UN press conference today, without explaining how a nation’s only recognized government can ‘take over’ the country it governs. “But they cannot do it with chemical weapons. They can’t do it assaulting their people. And we’re not gonna fall for it. If there are chemical weapons that are used, we know exactly who’s gonna use them.”

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Sep 06 08:36

Psychic Haley knows ‘exactly’ who’s responsible for the next chemical attack in Syria

Nikki Haley has stated that she knows “exactly” who is going to use chemical weapons in Syria’s Idlib. The prophecy comes amid warnings that the terrorists are preparing a false flag attack to trigger a US-coalition intervention.

Revealing her extraordinary psychic abilities in addition to notorious diplomatic skills, the US envoy to the United Nations said that the sovereign government of Syria could “continue to go the route of taking over Syria” if it wants, but “if there are chemical weapons that are used [in Idlib], we know exactly who is going to use them.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Haley isn't psychic. She's just seen the pay stubs!

Sep 06 08:23

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – SEPTEMBER 6, 2018: RUSSIAN WARPLANES WIPE OUT ARMED UAV WORKSHOP IN IDLIB

Su-34 and Su-35S warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces have destroyed a warehouse of portable anti-aircraft missiles and a workshop where Idlib militants were making armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and kept explosives in store, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov announced on September 5. According to him, the strikes were delivered on September 4, away from populated areas. Konashenkov noted that over the past month 47 UAVs launched by militants have been eliminated near Russia’s Khmeimim Air Base.

Sep 06 08:13

France ‘ready to strike’ Syria if chemical weapons used during Idlib offensive – army chief

France’s top military chief has said Paris is ready to bomb Syria if chemical weapons are used during the Syrian government’s retaking of Idlib province. It comes a week after Russia warned the US of a pending false flag attack.

“We are ready to strike if chemical weapons were used again,” Armed Forces Chief Francois Lecointre told a small group of reporters Thursday.

“They can be carried out at national level but it’s in our interest to do it with as many partners as possible,” he added.

Sep 06 08:11

US ambassador expects Golan Heights to be ‘part of Israel forever’

The US ambassador to Israel said in remarks published on Thursday that he expects Israel to keep the Golan Heights in perpetuity, Reuters reports. Foreign governments, including the US, do not recognize Israel’s claim of sovereignty over the strategic plateau captured from Syria in the 1967 war. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser has said Washington’s policy is unchanged. However, US Ambassador David Friedman suggested Israel is there to stay and said it is possible the US would consider recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights in the future. “I personally cannot imagine a situation in which the Golan Heights will be returned to Syria. I frankly cannot imagine a situation in which the Golan Heights is not part of Israel forever,” he told the right-wing Israel Hayom newspaper. Friedman added that there is “no one more undeserving of this prize” – control of the Golan Heights – than Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Sep 05 13:40

Israel Promises to Keep Hitting Syria, Will Consider Any International Deals 'Irrelevant'

Speaking on Thursday during a visit to the border with Lebanon, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman declared that Israel will not be bound by any international deals reached on post-war Syria, and will not honor any such agreements.

Sep 05 12:52

Russia Is Covering the Upcoming Syrian Final Offensive With Far More Than Just 25 Warships

Evidently, Russia takes this US threat seriously (it has deployed 20 naval vessels into the E. Mediterranean, off Syria). And Iran evidently takes the threat seriously, too. The Iranian Defence Minister on Sunday made a rapid unscheduled visit to Damascus in order to agree a tri-partite (Russia, Syria Iran) response to any US attack on Syria.

Sep 05 11:46

Syrian Intelligence Forces Operating Behind Terrorists' Frontline in Idlib

The Syrian army has sent its intelligence forces to the depth of key regions in Idlib which are under occupation by the terrorist groups, days before it starts its long-awaited military operation to capture the last major territory held by militants.

The Arabic-language al-Moraseloun news website reported on Wednesday that a large number of Syrian intelligence forces have been stationed in several cities and towns held by Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) and other terrorist groups in Idlib and other occupied areas in Aleppo.

It added that several images and footages have been released by these forces which show the terrorists' strongholds, checkpoints and security zones near Idlib, noting that the intel wired to the Damascus army by these operatives could deal a heavy blow to the terrorist front in the upcoming military operations in the province.

Sep 05 11:45

US Blocking Syrian Refugees' Return to Army-Held Regions

The US-led coalition forces stationed in Syria's al-Tanf region are preventing the refugees at al-Rukban camp from returning to the army-held areas, dissident-affiliated news websites said Wednesday.

The Arabic-language Smart News website affiliated to the militants quoted Spokesman of Ahmad al-Abdou terrorist group Saeed Saif as saying on Wednesday that the US forces detained a delegation of al-Rukban elderly people who wanted to negotiate with the Syrian army, near the al-Tanf military base at the Syria-Jordan borders.

He added that the delegation planned to hold talks with Damascus officials to pave the ground for the return of al-Rukban settlers to the army-liberated regions, warning that the conditions of the refugees at the camp are critical.

Saif underlined that the refugees testify that they have never seen any serious move against the terrorists by the US troops in al-Tanf region in the past 3 years.

Sep 05 11:45

US-Made Missiles Found in Terrorists' Base in Quneitra

The Syrian army discovered a large number of weapons and ammunition, including US-made missiles and Israeli weapons in one of the terrorists' strongholds in Quneitra which was retaken recently.

The army troops found an arms and ammunition cache of the terrorists during the purging operations in the two towns of al-Rafid and al-Bariqah in Quneitra province on Wednesday.

The large amount of weapons included different types of missiles like the US-made TOW missiles and Israeli-made grenades.

In a relevant development late August, the Syrian army discovered a depot of arms and ammunition that contained American missiles during a clean-up operation in a region in Northwestern Hama once under terrorists' occupation.

The army's engineering units found a depot of arms and ammunition in terrorists' positions in Toloul al-Hamr in Northwestern Hama.

Sep 05 11:34

Report on IDF funding Syrian rebels pulled on request of ‘army's censor' - Jerusalem Post to RT

IDF has forced the Jerusalem Post to remove its explosive report on the Israeli military giving weapons to the Syrian rebels, the newspaper’s managing editor confirmed to RT.

“We were told by the army’s military censor to remove that part of the story,” David Brinn, the managing editor of the Jerusalem Post told RT as he replied to a request for comment. The report, ‘IDF confirms: Israel provided light-weapons to Syrian rebels,’ which claimed that the Israeli military acknowledged for the first time that it had provided money, weapons and ammunition to the Syrian militants, was removed just hours after being published without any explanation.

Sep 05 09:33

Ron Paul: Americans should be outraged that Pompeo and Bolton are defending al-Qaeda in Idlib

. It’s time for the neocons to admit they lost. It is time to give Syria back to the Syrians

Sep 05 09:02

Tehran summit expected to seal fate of Syria's Idlib

The presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey meet Friday in Tehran for a summit expected to shape the future of Idlib province, home to Syria's last major rebel bastion.

The summit comes as Syrian forces look poised to launch a major assault that is raising fears of a humanitarian catastrophe on a scale not yet seen in the seven-year-old conflict.

Damascus and its main backer Moscow have vowed to root out the jihadist groups that dominate Idlib province but the outcome of Friday's meeting could determine the scope and the timing of an offensive.

"We know that the Syrian armed forces are getting ready to solve this problem," President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.

Sep 05 09:01

Syria Should Be Left Alone - Ron Paul

Remember Aleppo, where the U.S. claimed Assad was planning mass slaughter once he regained control? As usual the neocons and the media were completely wrong. Even the UN has admitted that with Aleppo back in the hands of the Syrian government hundreds of thousands of Syrians have actually moved back. We are supposed to believe they willingly returned so that Assad could kill them?

Sep 05 09:01

Syria says IAF jets launched strikes in Hama

In strike that RT reports killed 2 people and wounded at least 5, state news agency says air defenses 'downed a number of rockets fired by the Israeli enemy', claiming Iranian targets were the objective; report comes shortly after Israeli military official claims IDF attacked approximately 200 targets in Syria over the last year-and-a-half.

Sep 05 08:55

Why Is a Russian Naval Fleet Gathering Near Syria?

The size of the naval force – more than a dozen vessels including destroyers, frigates and submarines, some armed with Kalibr cruise missiles – also demonstrates that this “deployment is mainly, but not only for military drills,” said Kerim Has, a Moscow-based analyst on Russian and Turkish affairs.

Has said Russia needs more time to establish supporting infrastructure to sustain “a permanent presence of such a huge flotilla there” since its efforts to expand its naval depot in Syria’s Tartus port “is still an ongoing process.”

The deployment’s other purpose is to deter U.S. attacks on regime forces.

Sep 05 08:54

Russia launches deadly airstrikes in Syria, defying Trump’s warning

Sep 05 08:53

Iran’s Zarif Says Trump Must ‘Stand Aside’ on Syria

President Donald Trump needs to take a side seat when it comes to Syria, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.

“Mr. Trump needs to stand aside and allow those who battled terrorism in Syria to do their work,” Zarif told reporters according to state-run Mehr news agency. “The U.S. doesn’t have a good track record confronting radicalism and terrorism.”

Sep 05 08:51

Syria: Iran Gets No Respect

Russia has moved 25 warships to the Syrian coast, apparently in support of the Syrian offensive against Idlib, the last rebel held province. The naval force includes submarines, destroyers, frigates, smaller warships an several support ships. This is the largest number of warships Russia has ever deployed to the Syrian coast and this is officially an effort to deter the U.S. Navy from attacking the Syrian forces (which the U.S. said it would do if the Syrians used chemical weapons in Idlib). Russia has also moved more warplanes to Syria and has some heavy bombers ready to fly from southern Russia to launch cruise missiles at targets in Idlib.

Sep 05 08:50

Assad Readies Last Major Showdown of Syria War

Syrian troops are readying an offensive against the last remaining opposition bastion, an assault that could draw in the U.S., displace hundreds of thousands of civilians and cement President Bashar al-Assad’s hold over the country if his forces prevail.

The attack on the northwest province of Idlib is expected soon, weeks after government troops -- whose march from possible defeat to near victory after seven years of war has been propelled by Russian and Iranian allies -- retook the southern provinces of Suwaida and Daraa, the cradle of the 2011 revolt against the Syrian president.

Sep 05 07:45

IDF CONFIRMS: ISRAEL PROVIDED LIGHT-WEAPONS TO SYRIAN REBELS

The Israeli army has admitted, for the first time, that it provided large amounts of cash, weapons and ammunition to Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights.

While the IDF maintains that it was not intervening in Syria’s civil war, on Monday it confirmed that as part of Operation Good Neighbor Israel had been regularly supplying Syrian rebels near its border with light weapons and ammunition in order to defend themselves from attacks and a substantial amount of cash to buy additional arms.

Through Operation Good Neighbor, which was launched in 2016 the Israeli military had provided over 1524 tons of food, 250 tons of clothes, 947,520 liters of fuel, 21 generators, 24,900 palettes of medical equipment and medicine.

Sep 05 07:42

Did IDF admit giving weapons to Islamists in Syria? Explosive Israeli news report vanishes

The IDF has confirmed that it provided weapons to Islamist rebels in Syria’s Golan Heights, the Jerusalem Post reported. However, the article was removed without explanation hours after being published.

The report, ‘IDF confirms: Israel provided light-weapons to Syrian rebels,’ claimed that the Israeli military acknowledged for the first time that it had provided money, weapons and ammunition to militants operating near the border with Israel.

The article was removed shortly after being published, but a version of the article can still be read using Google cache. The IDF told RT that it would not comment on the story, and the Jerusalem Post has not responded to an inquiry asking why the article was pulled.

Sep 05 07:28

Pompeo Agrees With Russia That Terrorists Exist In Idlib

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters on Tuesday that Washington supposedly shares Moscow’s concerns over the presence of terrorists in Syria’s jihadist-held Idlib province and is ready to work on solving this issue.

Pompeo did acknowledge that Russia’s statement that terrorists are based in Idlib is true.

“That is a true statement. We share their concern about terrorism emanating from northern, northwest Syria. We absolutely agree with them [Russia] there are terrorists in those locations and they need to be taken care of such that they don’t export terror around the world,” he said.

Sep 05 07:27

Syrian General Unveils Hidden Target Of Russian Maneuvers In The Mediterranean

Russia has just started the biggest maneuvers of its navy in the Mediterranean that will run until September 8. Syrian military specialist and retired army general Ali Maqsud said that the exercises will help Syria to defend itself against the aggression of its enemies.

Nowadays, a war is being waged against both Syria and international forces, said the analyst. So, he says, at the moment the Syrian Army is actively conducting an offensive against the terrorists in the south of the country and preparing for a major battle in the province of Idlib. Eventually, this is not pleasing to the jihadist militants and their sponsors, so they intend to do everything possible to stop the onslaught of Assad’s troops, explains Maqsud.

Sep 05 07:27

Chemical Attacks in Syria Lost Int'l Public Opinion Credibility - Journalist

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said that British special services assisted terrorists of the al-Nusra Front group by smuggling chemical weapons to several areas of Idlib - currently under control of the so-called White Helmet volunteer organization.

Sep 05 06:49

Tramp also sent the third atomic submarine to Syria, in April 2017, demanding Assad be killed

AMERICALLY strike atomic submarine class "Los Angeles", armed with cruise missiles "Tomahavk" passed Gibraltar and headed towards Syria.
In the aquatorium of the Mediterranean Sea, it is already the enemy of the United States.
In the eastern Mediterranean there are already rocket launchers "Karni" and "Ros", which also carry "tomahawks".
According to Syria sailor and destroyer "Winston Churchill". And he's carrying conductive missiles.
In the United States, a book of well-known journalist Bob Woodworth appeared, titled "Fear. Tramp in the White House ", which claims that the president of the United States has already ordered the destruction of Bashar Assad.
The Washington Post "from this book also publishes this copy:
"After the Syrian leader in April 2017 organized a chemical attack on civilians, Tramp telephoned (Pentagon chief) Matisu and told him he wanted the" dictator to be killed ".

Sep 05 06:43

U.S. Is Defending al-Qaeda in Idlib

Assad was supposed to be gone already. President Obama thought it would be just another “regime change” operation and perhaps Assad would end up like Saddam Hussein or Yanukovych. Or maybe even Gaddafi. But he was supposed to be gone. The US spent billions to get rid of him and even provided weapons and training to the kinds of radicals that attacked the United States on 9/11.

But with the help of his allies, Assad has nearly defeated this foreign-sponsored insurgency.

The US fought him every step of the way. Each time the Syrian military approached another occupied city or province, Washington and its obedient allies issued the usual warnings that Assad was not liberating territory but was actually seeking to kill more of his own people.

Sep 05 06:43

False-flag Failure… US Cuts to the Chase to Defend its Terrorists in Syria

So, alleged chemical weapons are no longer part of the US rationale. It's basically: don't make any military move. The American president added that "hundreds of thousands of lives" could be lost if Syria and its allies move to rid the province of an estimated 10,000 militants among a civilian population of three million.

Trump's apparent "humanitarian" concern seems alarmist, if not cynical. When did he articulate similar misgivings when US air forces were pounding Raqqa to bits last year, causing thousands of civilian deaths?

This week, Russian and Iranian officials are working with Syria to set up humanitarian corridors in Idlib to remove civilians from harm.

Sep 05 06:27

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – SEPTEMBER 5, 2018: ISRAEL CARRIES OUT NEW STRIKE AS IDLIB BATTLE LOOMS

On September 4, Israel carried out a strike on targets in the provinces of Tartus and Hama, according to the Syrian state media. The Syrian Air Defense Forces intercepted at least five missiles. However, the rest of them hit a target in the area of Masyaf in the Hama countryside.

Pro-Israeli sources described the target as an Iranian weapons depot. However, no visual confirmation to confirm this claim was provided. According to the news agency SANA, at least one person was killed and 12 others were injured as a result of the attack. No further details were revealed.

Meanwhile, the Israeli military announced that it has carried out over 200 strikes on Iranian targets in Syria over the past year.

Sep 04 14:00

Syrian General Unveils Hidden Target Of Russian Maneuvers In The Mediterranean

Russia has just started the biggest maneuvers of its navy in the Mediterranean that will run until September 8. Syrian military specialist and retired army general Ali Maqsud said that the exercises will help Syria to defend itself against the aggression of its enemies.

Nowadays, a war is being waged against both Syria and international forces, said the analyst. So, he says, at the moment the Syrian Army is actively conducting an offensive against the terrorists in the south of the country and preparing for a major battle in the province of Idlib. Eventually, this is not pleasing to the jihadist militants and their sponsors, so they intend to do everything possible to stop the onslaught of Assad’s troops, explains Maqsud.

Sep 04 13:49

Trump Wanted to Assassinate Syria's Assad Following Chemical Attack, Woodward Writes

Woodward writes that Trump called U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis and said 'let’s fucking kill him! Let’s go in. Let’s kill the fucking lot of them'

Sep 04 13:48

US, Turkey Agree Syrian 'Any' Offensive in Idlib 'Unacceptable' - US State Dept

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke on Tuesday over the phone with his Turkish counterpart, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, about the situation in Idlib, Syria.

The statement on the call, attributable to State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert, takes a stronger position against than the one taken by US President Donald Trump the day prior.

"President Bashar al-Assad of Syria must not recklessly attack Idlib Province. The Russians and Iranians would be making a grave humanitarian mistake to take part in this potential human tragedy," Trump tweeted on Monday. "Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed. Don’t let that happen!"

Now, it appears that the State Department and the White House aren't exactly on the same page. While Trump cautioned against a "reckless attack," the State Department, in conjunction with the Turkish Foreign Ministry, is calling "any Assad military offensive" in Idlib "unacceptable."

Sep 04 13:28

SYRIAN AIR DEFENSE FORCES INTERCEPT FIVE ISRAELI MISSILES OVER HAMA, TARTUS PROVINCES

On September 4, the Syrian Air Defense Forces (SADF) intercepted at least five Israeli missiles over the provinces of Hama and Tartus, to the Syrian state-media reported. According to reports, the SADF also engaged Israeli jets but no hits were achieved.

The Israeli strike caused a notable explosion in the area of Masyaf in the Hama countryside. The country’s news agency SANA sources says that at least one person were killed and 12 others were injured in the attack. The SANA did not reveal identity of the killed and injured persons.

Sep 04 12:05

US Vows to Respond to 'Swiftly and Appropriately' if Assad Uses Chemical Weapons

The White House stated Tuesday that Washington, together with its allies, was ready to respond to a possible chemical attack carried out by the Syrian government forces. Prior to that, the Russian Defense Ministry warned that Syrian militants were preparing to stage fake attacks to blame them on the Syrian army.

"Let us be clear, it remains our firm stance that if President Bashar al-Assad chooses to again use chemical weapons, the United States and its Allies will respond swiftly and appropriately," the White House said in a press release on Tuesday.

Sep 04 11:29

Russian, Syrian Warplanes Start Pounding Terrorists' Positions in Idlib, Hama

The Russian and Syrian fighter jets carried out massive bombing raids on terrorists' positions in Northwestern Hama and Western Idlib on Tuesday, inflicting major losses on the terrorists.

The Arabic-language Moraseloun news website reported that the fighter jets conducted a heavy bombing on terrorists' positions in a large region stretching from Southern Idlib to the al-Ghaab Plain in an introduction to the upcoming ground assault.

In the meantime, the warplanes stuck terrorists' strongholds in Jisr al-Shughour, Jabal al-Zawiyeh, Marowaj, al-Shaqar, Harash Basnaqoul, Anab, al-Janoudiyeh, Qani, al-Sarmaniyeh and Zeizoun, inflicting major casualties on the terrorists.

Earlier reports said that the army sent twenty tanks and BMP vehicles, floating bridges and tens of personnel carriers to the battlefields in Northwestern Syria.

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Sep 04 11:10

Breaking: Russian Air Force begins largest bombing campaign of the year in Idlib

The Russian Air Force has begun their largest bombing campaign of the year in the Idlib Governorate, a military source told Al-Masdar News this afternoon.

According to the source, at least ten Russian Sukhoi jets launched dozens of airstrikes over the southern and western parts of the Idlib Governorate.

The source said the Russian Air Force specifically targeted the Jisr Al-Shughour District, including the towns of Al-Shughour, Mahambel, Basnqoul, Zayzooun, Ziyarah, Jadariyah, Kafrdeen, Al-Sahn, Saraseef, and dozen others.

The source added that the Russian airstrikes numbered over 50 thus far.

With the large Russian bombardment, the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) long-awaited offensive is bound to start in the next few days.

Sep 04 10:45

Saving Private Al-Qaeda - US Threatens to Respond to ANY Idlib Offensive, Even Without 'Chemical Attack' - War Propaganda Heats Up

The propaganda is heating up over Syria ahead of Idlib offensive! US is still trying to protect terrorists in Syria. Heather has some interesting comments to make about Syria at recent press conferences on the 28th and 29th of August. State Department joins the fray in threatening Russia/Syria/Iran, expressing concern over potential upcoming chemical attacks carried out by the SAA under Assad, and rejecting Russia's claims that the terrorists are planning such attacks to create a pretext for more US intervention in Syria, calling these claims "false flag reporting." #HandsOffSyria!

Full State Department Press Briefing 8/28: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2CIuKWJnZU

Full State Department Press Briefing 8/29: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqnFxwBh

Proof that the US has been supporting terrorists in Syria all along.

Sep 04 10:07

Russia Warns its Citizens of Direct Confrontation

The Syrian military begin offensive to retake Idlib while Russia prepares their military

Sep 04 10:00

Breaking: Israel reportedly bombs strategic Syrian town

Minutes ago, a military source in western Syria told Al-Masdar that several explosions rocked the strategic town of Masyaf in western Hama.

According to the source, an Israeli warplane was spotted flying along the Syrian-Lebanon border before crossing into the Homs Governorate.

The source added that five missiles struck the Wadi Al-‘Ayoun area.

No further details were released at this time.

Sep 04 09:55

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – SEPTEMBER 4, 2018: TRUMP WARNS SYRIA AGAINST COMBATING TERRORISTS IN IDLIB

The Turkish military has boosted its naval group in the Eastern Mediterranean as the battle of Idlib is looming in Syria, Turkey’s pro-government daily Yeni Safak reported on September 2. According to the daily, “Turkey, which previously had 10 warships in the region, dispatched several more naval vessels to the region, the exact number of which is unknown.”

The daily also recalled multiple remarks by the Turkish authorities claiming that the Idlib offensive by the Syrian Army will be disaster and lead to a humanitarian catastrophe.

The report comes amid the ongoing Russian naval drills in the same area, which started on September 1 and will continue until September 8.

It should be noted that on August 31 Turkey finally designated Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, a new brad of Jabhat al-Nusra – the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, as a terrorist group. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham is the most powerful group in the militant stronghold of Idlib in northwestern Syria.

Sep 04 09:01

Israeli Officials Signal Escalation of Attacks in Syria

With Russia providing substantial defenses for their allies in Syria, repeated Israeli strikes have been limited in certain ways. Though the details were never totally clear, Israel and Russia made certain deals on what was and wasn’t off limits.

But top Israeli officials are telling the press that they intend to escalate their strikes against Syria, particularly against Iranian-linked targets, in the days to come, and that they intend to do so even if they violate deals with Russia in some cases.

Sep 04 08:56

Trump Warns Syria Against Attacking Idlib Rebels

In a new tweet on Monday, President Trump warned Syria against attacking the rebels in Idlib Province. He also warned Iran and Russia against participating in any such attack if it happens.

Sep 04 07:36

A Costly (For Both Sides) US-Russian Naval Clash a Real Possibility If Trump Falls for Another Fake Syria Gas Attack

“The Russian Defense Ministry stated earlier that the US-led coalition was "building up a group of cruise missile carriers in the Middle East region," in preparation for a possible strike, while French President Emmanuel Macron declared that France was also ready to launch new strikes against Syria in case of a chemical weapons attack there.

The US military is laying the groundwork to close the airspace over northern Syria, according to the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet. US military freighters are reported to have transported radar systems to the city of Kobanî, controlled by the Kurdish militia, and the US military base in Al-Shaddadah in southern al-Hasakah.

The outlet claims that the US plans to use these complexes to establish a no-fly zone over the territory between Manbij in Aleppo and Deir ez-Zor.

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Sep 03 09:04

‘Assad has won the war’: French foreign minister makes Syria admission

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has admitted Bashar Assad has won the war in Syria. However, he was quick to hit out at the Syrian leader, accusing him of failing to “win the peace” in the war-torn country.

“Assad won the war. But he hasn’t won the peace,” Le Drian said, speaking to France-Inter radio on Sunday. France’s top diplomat stressed that Paris is currently “looking for a solution [to the Syrian crisis] with Russia and Turkey.”

Sep 03 08:56

UK: Syrian Terrorists Can't Possibly Be Planning Chemical Weapons False Flag, Because Russia Said They Are

In a recent meeting with the press, British ambassador to the United Nations Karen Pierce told reporters that it is absolutely unthinkable that the terrorist factions in the terrorist-held Syrian province of Idlib could possibly be planning a terrorist attack using chemical weapons with the intention of blaming it on the Syrian government.

Her reasoning?

Since the Russian government has been warning of this possibility, the exact opposite must necessarily therefore be true.

Yes, really...

Sep 03 08:47

Russian Anti-Submarine Aircraft Arrive In Syria To Participate In Massive Naval Drills

On September 1, two Tu-142MK maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircrafts of the Russian Naval Aviation arrived in the Hmeimim airbase in western Syria, according to SouthFront, citing Syrian pro-government activists. The two aircrafts were reportedly escorted by Su-35 warplanes.

Sep 03 08:46

Hezbollah: US proposal for Syria ‘meaningless’

Hezbollah and Iran must leave Syria for a lasting solution to the conflict to be reached, the US has said according to the deputy secretary-general of Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

Describing the conditions as “meaningless”, Naim Qassem said it must be the “victors” who place conditions, the US has been defeated in Syria and so cannot set conditions, he added.

Hezbollah and Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad are now in the stage of “successive victories for Syria and its axis. We have lifted this black cloud, victories will continue, and we will achieve more,” he continued.

Qassem called on “all factions counting on America” to “reconsider” their relationship with the “Great Satan” that is not loyal to its friends.

Sep 03 07:55

Syria's war: Damascus airbase blasts 'caused by electrical fault'

A series of loud explosions from an airbase outside the Syrian capital, Damascus, was caused by an electrical fault, state media said, denying reports Israeli raids were behind the blasts.

The explosions, which occurred early on Sunday at the al-Mezzeh airbase on Damascus' western outskirts, were heard across the city and were initially thought to be the result of an Israeli attack.

However, the Syrian state news agency SANA cited an unnamed military source who said there was no "Israeli aggression".

"The explosions heard in Damascus were due to the explosion of an ammunition depot near the airport, which was caused by a short-circuit," SANA reported.

Sep 03 07:14

SYRIAN-IRAQI WAR REPORT – SEPTEMBER 3, 2018: MSM CLAIMS IRAN MOVES MISSILES TO IRAQ

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has repelled an attack by the Lions of the East Army militant group on the ancient city of Palmyra from the direction of the US-occupied area of al-Tanf, the Russian Centre for the Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria said on September 1. According to the Center, two militants were killed and two others were detained.

“The militants’ objective was to conduct a series of terrorist attacks in the vicinity of the city of Palmyra and to ensure the passage of the main forces of about 300 militants to capture the city within the next week,” the Center said.

On September 2, pro-US sources claimed that US-backed forces had repelled an SAA attack on al-Tanf. However, no further details were provided.

Sep 02 10:26

How to stanch Syria’s bloody final showdown

“Right now, our job is to help create quagmires [for Russia and the Syrian regime] until we get what we want,” says one administration official, explaining the effort to resist an Idlib onslaught. This approach involves reassuring the three key U.S. allies on Syria’s border — Israel, Turkey and Jordan — of continued American involvement.

Sep 02 09:51

Multiple Blasts Heard at Airbase in Damascus Suburbs - Reports

Repeated blasts were heard from the direction of Syria's Mazzeh Military airbase near Damascus on Sunday, Reuters reported.

According to a source in the Syrian intelligence services, the unannounced airstrike hit an ammunition storage facility at the Mazzeh military airbase, however, the military airfield itself was not affected.

Sep 02 09:34

US Strategy In Syria: "Create Quagmires Until We Get What We Want"

In 2013, top Obama Administration officials described their policy in the Syrian War as one of keeping the war going. The administration wanted a big seat at the table for a political settlement, which officials clarified meant ensuring that the war kept going so that there was never a clear victor.

The Trump Administration seems to be slipping into that same destructive set of priorities in Syria. The Washington Post this week quoted an unnamed Administration official as saying that “right now, our job is to help create quagmires [for Russia and the Syrian regime] until we get what we want.”

Sep 02 09:26

US Syria rep. to visit Turkey, Jordan, Israel & address Moscow’s tip on false-flag chemical attack

During their trip, the US diplomats will reassure Israel of America's support and “underscore that the United States will respond to any chemical weapons attack perpetrated by the Syrian regime.”

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Sep 01 10:06

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – AUGUST 31, 2018: RUSSIAN NAVY TO HOLD LARGE DRILLS NEAR SYRIA

The Russian Navy will hold drills in the Mediterranean Sea, near Syria, in the period from September 1 to September 8, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on August 30. The drills will involve 25 warships led by the Marshal Ustinov missile cruiser and 30 aircraft, including the strategic Tu-160 missile-carrying bombers, the Tu-142MK and Il-38 anti-submarine warfare planes, Su-33 fighter jets and Su-30SM aircraft of naval aviation. The defense ministry said that “the grouping will practice a set of tasks of air defense, anti-submarine and anti-sabotage warfare and also mine counter-measures support”.

According to Syrian experts, these drills are a response to the growing threat of a new round of US missile strikes on government facilities in Syria.

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Sep 01 10:05

Iraq blocks Russian warplane from using its airspace

The Russian Aerospace Forces were redirected from Iraq’s airspace on Friday and forced to reroute over Iran, air traffic observers reported this afternoon.

According to the reports, a Russian Tu-154M was traveling from Moscow to the Syrian coastal province of Latakia, when the Iraqi government made the decision to block the warplane’s flight over their airspace.

No reason was cited by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense for blocking this Russian warplane.

Sep 01 09:58

John Kerry In Leaked Audio Admits U.S. Allowed Rise Of ISIS To Force Assad Out Of Power

Sep 01 09:26

US-trained militants planned to carry out terrorist attacks in Palmyra – Russian MoD

US specialists were training militants in Syria who were set to carry out a terrorist attacks in Palmyra, the Russian Defense Ministry has said. It received the information from fighters captured by the Syrian Army.

The captured militants said that they were from the Lions of the East Army group, which is affiliated with the Free Syrian Army, according to the ministry. Some 500 fighters were based at the militants’ camp, which was located near the US-led international coalition’s Al-Tanf military base.

The militants were to carry out “a series of terrorist attacks in Palmyra area” and ensure the passage of around 300 fighters to capture the city within the next week, the ministry said. One of the captured militants said that they were trained by US instructors, and that the group was receiving weapons and ammunition from the US base.

Sep 01 09:26

Russian MoD: Militants Plotted Attacks in Palmyra, Say They Were Trained by US

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the militants, captured by Syrian government forces, claimed that they had been trained and armed by American instructors in a camp near the US military base in al-Tanf.

The information follows reports of clashes between Syrian troops and terrorists southeast of the city of Palmyra.

Sep 01 09:15

Russia Increases Presence In The Mediterranean To Protect Syria, Says NATO

The Russian navy is increasing its presence in the Mediterranean Sea in the face of growing tensions related to the war in Syria, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) said on Wednesday.

The Russian Federation provided military support considered essential for Syrian government forces, who are expected to intensify the offensive in northern Idlib province, the country’s last major rebel stronghold.

“We will not speculate on the intention of the Russian fleet, but it is important that all actors in the region exercise restraint and refrain from worsening an already disastrous humanitarian situation in Syria,” NATO’s chief spokeswoman, Oana Lungescu, said Wednesday.

Sep 01 09:14

Syrian CHECKMATE: Americans Will HAVE TO LEAVE, Idlib Lockdown Means Russia Drives U.S To DEAD END

The US will exert every effort to provoke the situation in Idlib, since the destruction of the last bulwark of terrorists will deprive them of their reason for being in Syria. This was stated by political scientist Igor Shatrov. According to the expert, the situation around Syrian Idlib, the last major concentration zone of militants opposing Damascus, means that the United States and its allies are really preparing a large-scale provocation.

The reason for this, the political scientist notes, is the risk for the US to finally lose control over what is happening in the SAR. “We need to understand why the probability of an aggravation of the conflict in Syria is greater than ever, because while Trump was engaged in the struggle with Russia or his establishment on other fronts, the situation in Syria has begun to come to normal. By and large, except Idlib, there are no more terrorists anywhere.

Aug 31 09:40

FM: Syria Ready to ‘Go All the Way’ in Attack on Rebel-Held Idlib

Speaking in Moscw after a visit with his Russian counterpart, Syrian FM Walid al-Muallem declared the Syrian military to be ready to “go all the way” in an offensive against rebel held Idlib, saying that the goal is to wipe out terrorist groups that persist in the deescalation zone in the area.

Idlib and the surrounding area is the last major rebel-held territory in Syria, and Muallem indicated that the presence of a large al-Qaeda affiliate in the region is viewed as a particular problem. Clearly, the Syrian government wants to reclaim the entire region, but Muallem indicated that ensuring al-Qaeda can’t just operate out of the deescalation zone is of particular importance.

Tens of thousands of rebels from different factions are operating in Idlib and neighboring Aleppo. The forces are mostly centered on a pair of coalitions, one led by al-Qaeda and the other dominated by the Turkish government’s proxy forces.

Aug 31 09:31

Russian ambassador warns Washington against another act of aggression in Syria

During a meeting with US diplomats earlier this week, Russia’s ambassador to the United States warned the US government against a yet another unjustified and illegal act of aggression against Syria, the Russian embassy has said.

"We warned the United States against a yet another unjustified and illegal act of aggression in Syria. Escalation of tensions in Syria is not in anyone’s national interests," the Russian embassy said in a statement, published on Wednesday. "We urged Washington to immediately provide facts that may support this attempt to once again propagate the issue of chemical weapons use by Damascus."

"We have expressed most serious concern about the US side’s signals indicating that new strikes on Syria are being prepared under the pretext of possible use of ‘chemical weapons’ by Syrians. We conveyed our serious concern about those developments," ambassador Anatoly Antonov was quoted as saying in the statement.

Aug 31 09:29

Israel says not bound by post-war Syria deals

Israel will not adhere to any arrangement that the international community might agree upon in Syria after the years-long war waged by foreign-backed terrorists in the Arab country comes to an end, Israel's minister of military affairs says.

Speaking to reporters during a visit to the border with Lebanon, Avigdor Lieberman said as Syria was preparing to retake Idlib -- the last major stronghold of terrorists in Syria -- political efforts by Iran, Turkey, Russia and the international community in general to "redesign" Syria were increasing.

“We see various gatherings here and there; in Ankara, in Tehran, in Geneva, in other places too. They are talking about redesigning Syria after the battle for Idlib,” Lieberman said.

“From Israel’s perspective, with all due respect and appreciation for all the agreements and the understandings -- we are not bound by them,” Lieberman said on Thursday.

Aug 31 09:23

DISTRIBUTE WIDELY: WHITE HELMETS KIDNAPPED 44 CHILDREN FOR FALSE FLAG CHEMICAL ATTACK IN IDLIB

It is officially confirmed by the Syrian Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Walid Muallem who stated that the Al-Qaeda and ISIS subsidiary, known as the White Helmets, have kidnapped 44 children in Idlib to use in a staged chemical weapons attack in the terrorist-held part of this Syrian province. This major announcement came following talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov. In particular, as FRN reported before, special mention is made of the British MI6 and their role in sponsoring and leading the White Helmets.

One of the more gruesome things the White Helmets did was freeze bodies of dead children, and use them at the scene of various ‘regime bombing’ mock-ups.

Aug 30 19:44

Caught On Video: Syrian Convoy Heads For Idlib "Final Battle"

This clip comes as Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov warned/asked the West not to intervene:

"I hope our Western partners will not give in to (rebel) provocations and will not obstruct an anti-terror operation" in Idlib, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference with his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir in Moscow.

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