Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Tag: No-Fly Zone

What is Turkey up to in northern Syria?

The Oct. 25 bombing by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces supporting the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) against the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA), which is leading Operation Euphrates Shield, is symptomatic of the struggle currently taking place in northern Syria on the al-Bab/Manbij axis. It also underlines the geopolitical conflict pitting...

Do We Really Want A War With Russia?

Because we're in danger of getting exactly that. I wish I could say things were improving between the US and Russia but they aren't. They're rapidly worsening. There’s so much happening right now, I can only provide a summary of a few of the more interesting and worrying developments. This report builds...

Slouching Toward War With Russia in Syria?

The proposed Obama-Putin cooperation was killed by its enemies in Washington, with dire implications. Nation Contributing Editor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. The focus is on the Obama administration’s termination of months-long negotiations with Moscow for a joint US-Russian campaign...

The Dreadful Chronology of Gaddafi’s Murder

Jean-Paul Pougala’s April 14, 2011 piece in Pambazuka News titled “The Lies Behind the West’s War on Libya” describes how Africa first developed its own transcontinental communications system by purchasing a telecommunications satellite on December 26, 2007: the African Development Bank ponied up $50 million toward the nearly $400...

Russia sends S-300 advanced missile system to Syria, U.S. runs out of options

As US struggles to respond to Syrian army advances, reports circulate of Russia deploying advanced S-300 VM Antey-2500 anti-aircraft missiles to Syria. Shortly before the US announcement of its decision to suspend talks with Russia on the ‘cessation of hostilities’ agreement reached by US Secretary State Kerry and Russian Foreign...

Inside the Shadowy PR Firm That’s Lobbying for Regime Change in Syria

Posing as a non-political solidarity organization, the Syria Campaign leverages local partners and media contacts to push the U.S. into toppling another Middle Eastern government. On September 30, demonstrators gathered in city squares across the West for a "weekend of action” to “stop the bombs” raining down from Syrian government...

The Obama Administration’s Suspension of Syria Talks With Russia Is the Most Dangerous Development

The collapse of talks takes the United States one step closer to an unnecessarily deadly “military solution” to the Syria crisis. This afternoon the State Department announced that the Obama administration is suspending bilateral talks with Russia regarding the war in Syria. The statement by State Department spokesman John Kirby...

How the White Helmets Became International Heroes While Pushing U.S. Military Intervention and Regime...

Created by Western governments and popularized by a top PR firm, the White Helmets are saving civilians while lobbying for airstrikes. The following is Part 2 of a two part investigation into the forces cultivating Western public support for regime change in Syria. Read Part 1 here. It is rare for...
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Top US general warns Syrian no-fly zone means war with Russia

The enforcement of a "no-fly" zone in Syria would mean a US war with both Syria and Russia, the top US uniformed commander told the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spelled out the grave implications of the policy...

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...

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...

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...

UK Parliament report details how NATO’s 2011 war in Libya was based on lies

British investigation: Gaddafi was not going to massacre civilians; Western bombing made Islamist extremism worse. A new report by the British Parliament shows that the 2011 NATO war in Libya was based on an array of lies. “Libya: Examination of intervention and collapse and the UK's future policy options,” an investigation...

Kurds claim control of Hasakah in setback for Assad’s forces

Ceasefire announced in northeastern city following warnings by US it would defend anti-Islamic State forces in city against Syrian air strikes. The pro-Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) was on Tuesday reported to be in control of the "majority" of the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakah, following clashes with pro-government forces. According...

US Think Tank Admits US Carving Out Safe Havens in Syria

Since the onset of the war in Syria, corporate-financier funded think tanks engineering American and European foreign policy made it clear that establishing no-fly zones and “safe havens” in Syria would be an incremental step toward achieving regime change and rendering the nation divided and destroyed as US policymakers...

Erdogan: Washington’s Closest Allies in Fight Against Islamic State Are Just as Bad as...

The Turkish president maintains that the Kurdish militants receiving arms from the U.S. are terrorists — and that the West is wrong to see them any differently. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan came to Washington to repair a widening rift with the White House over the future of the U.S.-led...

Turkey threatens fragile Syria peace accord

Turkish military attacks on US-aligned Syrian Kurdish groups and the possibility of Turkish and Saudi ground troops entering Syria could upend the fragile peace accord worked out by the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) last week. The introduction of Turkish and Saudi ground forces would further risk a major...

Syria: NATO’s Last Desperate Options in Lost Proxy War

As Syrian forces and their allies complete the encirclement of Syria's largest city, Aleppo, the United States and its regional allies have signaled a sudden increased interest in ground operations in Syria, including US airpower backing Turkish-Saudi ground forces. While it is obvious the US and its allies are responding...

Is Turkey The Real ISIS?

The Syrian crisis has just seen a drastic escalation in the potential for what could essentially turn into World War 3 with the Turkish military’s downing of a Russian jet over Syria under the guise of protecting Turkish airspace. The Turks have argued that the Russian jet violated Turkish airspace,...

Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S. Response

The rise of the insurgent terrorist group known as the Islamic State (IS, aka the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or ISIL/ISIS) and Russia’s military intervention on behalf of the Syrian government have reshaped debates over U.S. policy toward the ongoing civil conflict in Syria, now in...

White Helmets: New Breed of Mercenaries and Propagandists, Disguised as Humanitarians in Syria

After four and half years of relentless propaganda being flung around western mainstream media by propagandists, NGOs and Empire serving mouthpieces, one wonders how this stream of effluent still manages to stick to the consciences of the public it serves to deceive. Yesterday, a Facebook post caught our attention. A...

2012 DIA document: West will facilitate rise of Islamic State in order to isolate...

On Monday, May 18, the conservative government watchdog group Judicial Watch published a selection of formerly classified documents obtained from the U.S. Department of Defense and State Department through a federal lawsuit. While initial mainstream media reporting is focused on the White House’s handling of the Benghazi consulate attack, a...

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey are getting serious about Syria – and that should...

On the eve of a meeting between Arab leaders and President Obama to discuss Middle East security, developments in Syria could bolster the opposition's campaign to topple the regime there. Driving the opposition push in Syria is a new working relationship between Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, the key backers...

Seven Steps of Highly Effective Manipulators

You might think that after seeing the consequences of their campaign for “freedom and democracy” in Libya, journalists like Nicholas Kristof and “humanitarian campaigners” like Avaaz would have some qualms. Unfortunately they have learned nothing. They have generally not been held to account, with a few nice exceptions such as...

Avaaz: Pro-Democracy Group Or Facade For American Imperialism In The Middle East?

Avaaz's support for NATO intervention in Libya shows how the “democratic” movement really supports a war-like, imperialist agenda. Avaaz's petitions have by now become a worldwide phenomenon. The organization calls itself “a global web movement to bring people-powered politics to decision-making everywhere” and claims “a simple democratic mission.” Recent history...

Syrian Opposition Willing to Trade Golan Claims for Israeli Military Support

Top opposition official tells Al Arab newspaper militant groups want Israel to enforce a no-fly zone. The Syrian opposition is willing to give up claims to the Golan Heights in return for cash and Israeli military aid against President Bashar Assad, a top opposition official told Al Arab newspaper, according...

CIA Said to Aid in Steering Arms to Syrian Opposition

WASHINGTON — A small number of CIA officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey, helping allies decide which Syrian opposition fighters across the border will receive arms to fight the Syrian government, according to American officials and Arab intelligence officers. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some...

In a pure coincidence, Gaddafi impeded U.S. oil interests before the war

When the war in Libya began, the U.S. government convinced a large number of war supporters that we were there to achieve the very limited goal of creating a no-fly zone in Benghazi to protect civilians from air attacks, while President Obama specifically vowed that “broadening our military mission...

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