Wednesday, October 17, 2018

How Failed Peace Talks in Syria Help Al Qaeda

If the West can’t deliver for Syria's mainstream rebels, maybe al Qaeda will. It didn’t take long for the breakdown in cease-fire talks between the United States and Russia to affect the situation on the ground in Syria. Early Friday, Damascus heavily bombarded rebel-held neighborhoods in eastern Aleppo in a...

Journey To Aleppo: Exposing The Truth Buried Under NATO Propaganda

ALEPPO, Syria — Aleppo has become synonymous with destruction and “Syrian state-generated” violence among those whose perception of the situation in the war-torn nation is contained within the prism of mainstream media narratives. The NATO-aligned media maintains a tight grip on information coming out of this beleaguered city, ensuring that...
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AP interview with Syrian President Assad

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Associated Press sat down with Syrian President Bashar Assad at a palace in downtown Damascus. Here's a full transcript of the interview: Q: I will start by talking about the cease-fire in Syria. Russia, the U.S., and several countries say a cease-fire could be revived...

In Kerry’s Own Words: Syria Prohibited from Attacking al-Qaeda

No wonder the United States insisted that its Syria ceasefire deal with Russia remain secret! It turns out that one of the US demands was that the Syrian air force must be prohibited from attacking al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda in Syria). Crazy conspiracy theory? Listen to John Kerry's own words...

Top U.S. general: Unwise to share intelligence with Russia on Syria

The top U.S. general told Congress on Thursday it would be unwise to share intelligence with Russia and stressed that would not be one of the military's missions if Washington and Moscow were to ever work together against Islamist militants in Syria. The United States and Russia clinched a ceasefire...

Are Ankara, Washington on collision course in Syria?

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's supporters were awed once again by his performance at the UN General Assembly meeting in New York. He spoke at the summit about Syrian refugees and touched upon nearly every issue on in his agenda, as if he was addressing an admiring domestic audience in...

Russia and Syria deny striking UN aid convoy in Aleppo

UN halts all aid deliveries after attack destroys 18 trucks in rebel-held northern Aleppo and kills at least 20 people. Neither Russian nor Syrian aircraft bombed an aid convoy in Syria's Aleppo, Moscow said on Tuesday, as outrage mounted over an attack that some called a war crime. The Red Cross...

Pentagon: US watched armed group in Syria for 2 days before airstrike that may...

WASHINGTON – The U.S. military watched an armed group in eastern Syria for at least two days before launching an airstrike on Saturday that was halted after Russia reported the attack hit Syrian regime forces, a U.S. Central Command spokesman said Tuesday. The Pentagon has launched a formal investigation into...

America’s Worldwide Impunity

After several years of arming and supporting Syrian rebel groups that often collaborated with Al Qaeda’s Nusra terror affiliate, the United States launched an illegal invasion of Syria two years ago with airstrikes supposedly aimed at Al Qaeda’s Islamic State spin-off, but on Saturday that air war killed scores of...

The US and Russia Have Less Influence in Syria Than They Think

At about 5pm on Saturday, two US F-16 fighter bombers and two A-10 specialised ground attack aircraft bombed what they believed was a concentration of Isis fighters besieging pro-government forces in the city of Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria. Whoever it was in the US Air Force who had misidentified...

Instead of ISIS, US-Led Bombing Kills Nearly 100 Syrian Soldiers Fighting Them

Deadly airstrikes on key unit battling Islamic State militants described as perhaps "single biggest blunder of the entire U.S. war in Syria". An emergency U.N. Security Council meeting was called and an already tenuous cease-fire agreement is under further strain after U.S.-led coalition bombers on Saturday killed nearly one hundred...

US-led air strikes in Syria kill at least 60 Assad soldiers

US military says strikes were halted after Russia said they hit Syrian army; UN Security Council meeting called. Air strikes blamed by Moscow and Damascus on the US-led coalition hit a Syrian army position in the east of the country on Saturday, killing more than 60 soldiers, the Russian army...

US Bombs Syrian Army Base in Deir Ezzor, Killing 83 Troops

ISIS Overruns Area, Threatens Key Airport After US Blunder. In what could prove to be the single biggest blunder of the entire US war in Syria, US warplanes today attacked a Syrian army base in the Jebel Tharda area on Deir Ezzor Province, in the ISIS-dominated eastern portion of the...

U.S. Commandos Enter, Leave, and Return to Syrian Town, With Some Help From Friendly...

Who says the United States got nothing for the star-crossed, $500 million train-and-equip program for Syrian rebels that fell apart last year? It apparently bought enough goodwill with one rebel group that they escorted U.S. special forces troops back into the northern Syrian town of Rai on Friday, just...

Syrian military begins to withdraw from vital Aleppo road

BEIRUT — Syria's military began withdrawing from a major artery to Aleppo late Thursday as the U.N. envoy accused President Bashar Assad’s government of obstructing aid access to the contested city. A monitoring group reported three civilian fatalities, the first since the U.S.-Russian-brokered cease-fire took effect three days ago. Meanwhile, Russia...

Can Rouhani reel in the IRGC’s financial empire?

For months, Iran’s hardliners have used the term “JCPOA” — the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — to undermine the credibility of President Hassan Rouhani's administration. Over the past couple of weeks, they have adopted the term “FATF” — the Financial Action Task Force — which according to the Iranian hardliners represents a “capitulation” of Iranian...

Turkey demands role in Mosul battle, but coalition unconvinced

With US-led operations against the Islamic State’s strongholds of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq looming, Ankara and Washington are engaged in intense talks to determine Turkey's involvement in them. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has indicated that Turkey wants in on both operations, declaring that US President Barack Obama called for...

Assad’s Death Warrant

Secret cables and reports by the U.S., Saudi and Israeli intelligence agencies indicate that the moment Assad rejected the Qatari pipeline, military and intelligence planners quickly arrived at the consensus that fomenting a Sunni uprising in Syria to overthrow the uncooperative Bashar Assad was a feasible path to achieving...

UN says armed Syrian groups blocking Aleppo aid for political gain

The UN has accused armed groups in Syria of blocking the delivery of aid to the besieged city of Aleppo for “political gain” - including rebel factions inside Aleppo itself who say they will reject aid that comes through regime territory. Two days after the Syria ceasefire agreement went into...

Syrian government accused of blocking UN aid delivery to Aleppo

Aid trucks carrying food and flour blocked from entering east Aleppo and remain in limbo on Turkish border. Two convoys of aid which crossed the Turkish border destined for the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo were waiting in no-man's land on Wednesday, as disagreements between warring sides and fears about...

US Special Forces sabotage White House policy gone disastrously wrong with covert ops in...

President Barack Obama is engaged in Felonious conduct, mis-using the US Military to provide training, equipment and logistical support to ISIS, Al-Qaida and other Terrorists in Syria, in violation of Title 18, United States Code 2339A and 2339B. These are “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” under American law and are...

Details of Syria Pact Widen Rift Between John Kerry and Pentagon

WASHINGTON — The agreement that Secretary of State John Kerry announced with Russia to reduce the killing in Syria has widened an increasingly public divide between Mr. Kerry and Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter, who has deep reservations about the plan for American and Russian forces to jointly target...

United States Announces $38 Billion Israel Military Aid Package

Israeli, American officials to sign the 'largest pledge of bilateral military assistance in U.S. history' on Wednesday. The United States announced on Tuesday that an agreement has been reached with Israel on a $38 billion 10-year military aid package for 2019 through 2028. Senior officials from both sides will sign the...

Syrian cease-fire reflects US, Russian interests

A Syrian cease-fire brokered over the weekend by the United States and Russia went into effect Sept. 12, though it remains to be seen whether it holds. Pessimism over the agreement’s prospects for success followed soon after it was announced Sept. 10 in Geneva by US Secretary of State John...

Facebook Is Collaborating With the Israeli Government to Determine What Should Be Censored

Last week, a major censorship controversy erupted when Facebook began deleting all posts containing the iconic photograph of the Vietnamese “Napalm Girl” on the ground that it violated the company’s ban on “child nudity.” Facebook even deleted a post from the prime minister of Norway, who posted the photograph in protest of the censorship. As outrage...

ISIS fighter reveals group’s plan to spread even after defeat in Iraq and Syria...

Patrick Cockburn interviews an Isis militant who claims the movement will rise again in North Africa, that Turkey turned a blind eye to shipments of weapons across the border and that Isis fighters are still present in Jarabulus. Isis will flourish and survive even if it is defeated in the...

Turkey reaches critical crossroads in Syria

Now that control of the Turkey-Syria border has been wrested from the Islamic State (IS) between al-Rai and Jarablus, what will Ankara's next target be: IS in al-Bab or the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Manbij? On Sept. 4, 12 days into Operation Euphrates Shield, Free Syrian Army (FSA) elements...

About 450 More US Troops Arrive in Iraq to Back Mosul Drive

About 450 more U.S. troops have arrived in Iraq in the past week to support the imminent offensive to drive ISIS from Mosul, the chief U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad said Thursday. Air Force Col. John Dorrian, spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, declined to give a time...

Hezbollah to move into south Syria, just across Israel border

IDF says it’s watching and ‘prepared for any scenario’ as the Shiite terror group sets up shop next door. Hezbollah fighters are preparing to move into southern Syria, a stone’s throw from the border with Israel's Golan Heights, Iranian state media reported Monday. “Hezbollah has deployed a large number of its...

Aid groups suspend cooperation with UN in Syria because of Assad influence

Coalition withdraws from information-sharing programme, saying regime is manipulating relief effort. More than 70 aid groups have suspended cooperation with the UN in Syria and have demanded an immediate and transparent investigation into its operations in the country because of concerns the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, has gained “significant and...

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