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Feb 25 07:00

Kerry Touts Massive Arms Shipments to Kurdish Factions

Just five days after the US State Department denied that the US had supplied any weapons to any Syrian Kurdish forces, in response to complaints from the Turkish government about all their shipments, Secretary of State John Kerry is bragging about the scheme.

Though Kerry didn’t offer any split on how the arms were distributed among various Kurdish factions, he insisted 41,000 grenades and 60,000 anti-tank rounds, along with 1,000 unguided missiles, had been sent to the Kurdish forces, along with more than 150 US vehicles.

Though that would include Kurdish groups in Iraq as well as Syria, 41,000 grenades is definitely more than “no weapons,” and Kerry’s talk of a plan to send another 5 million rounds of ammunition for heavy machine guns shipped just adds to the effort.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Can the people running this country manage NOT to lie, to either the world, or the American people?!?

In short, no; not at all.

And I would like to politely remind Secretary of State Kerry that having made this statement publicly, there is no plausible deniability to the Turkish government on this, which is desperately attempting to make the US government see the Kurds as "our enemy", because they are characterised by Edrogan's government as "Turkey's enemy".

Feb 25 06:50

Syria ceasefire not binding for Turkey, Prime Minister says

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday, February 25 that Turkey would not be bound by the Syrian ceasefire plan if its security was threatened, and would take "necessary measures" against the Syrian Kurdish YPG and Islamic State if needed, Reuters reports.

Feb 25 06:47

20 countries involved in IS bomb supply chain, Turkey 'key choke point' – study

Over 50 companies from 20 countries, including Turkey, US and the Netherlands, have produced, sold or received hundreds of components, such as detonators, cables and wires, used by Islamic State terrorists to build improvised explosive devices (IEDs), a major study has found.

Feb 25 06:29

ISIS would be easy to defeat if Turkey and Saudi Arabia did not support it – Assad’s adviser to RT

Money and resources flowing to Islamic State from regional players make it more difficult to fight terrorism, an adviser to Syria’s president told RT, adding that the political dialogue has also been thwarted by opposition groups backed by foreign states.

Feb 25 06:22

THE REAL GOAL OF AMERICA AND ISRAEL: SHATTER SYRIA AND IRAQ INTO MANY SMALL PIECES

As I put it years ago:

“[T]he actual purpose was to blow the country to smithereens: to atomize it, and crush it, so that it would never rise again.

“When we invaded and occupied Iraq, we didn’t just militarily defeat Iraq’s armed forces – we dismantled their army, and their police force, along with all the other institutions that held the country together. The educational system was destroyed, and not reconstituted. The infrastructure was pulverized, and never restored. Even the physical hallmarks of a civilized society – roads, bridges, electrical plants, water facilities, museums, schools – were bombed out of existence or else left to fall into disrepair. Along with that, the spiritual and psychological infrastructure that enables a society to function – the bonds of trust, allegiance, and custom – was dissolved, leaving Iraqis to fend for themselves in a war of all against all.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember; Secretary Kerry's "Plan B" for Syria, if the cease-fire does not hold, is balkanization. And the so-called "cease fire" appears to have been engineered to fail.

However, there is one 6,000 lb gorilla regarding this scenario, draped over the Bosendorfer piano, and that...is Russia.

My sense of the current state of affairs is that Russia will do everything in its power (and that military power, right now, is pretty darned formidable)to keep Syria from balkanizing. It has long been a friend to the Syrian regime, and wants to make sure it doesn't lose its warm water port in Tartus. It will say "no" to any more US balkanization, and the follow through will be very ...muscular, militarily.

This article clarifies, very clearly, why the next President of the United States has to put the needs and concerns of Americans first, second, third, and not allow the US to continue in the role of a vassal state, constantly taking care of the needs and geopolitical ambitions of a foreign nation; that of Israel.

Feb 25 00:21

Syrian ceasefire lots of hot air

Feb 24 21:18

Now America Is Literally Fighting a Proxy War in Syria with Itself

That whole overthrowing Assad regime change plan is quickly devolving into the plot of a bad action comedy TV show. Buzzfeed is reporting that America is now openly engaged in a proxy war with itself in Syria.

Syrian rebel battalions that have been cashing not-so-covert-anymore checks from Uncle Sam are currently engaged in fighting other Syrian rebels who are also being supported with cash and weapons by the U.S. government.

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Feb 24 14:33

Regime Change in Ankara? More Likely Than You Think

Why?

Because the Turkish “military has publicly stated that it is not willing to send troops across the border without U.N. Security Council approval.” (Washington Post)

Feb 24 13:23

Army, Popular Fighters Recapture Chunk of Main Supply Line to Aleppo

The Syrian army and the National Defense Forces' (NDF) operation to reopen the Ithriya-Khanaser road ended in the liberation of the villages of Rasm al-Nafal in the Southeastern part of Aleppo province. Liberation of Rasm al-Nafal will guarantee the security of the small town of Shalaleh al-Kabireh in a long chunk of Ithriya-Khanaser road. The Syrian government forces have launched another operation to free Khanaser too.
The Syrian army repelled a large-scale attack by the ISIL terrorist group on its military positions in the Western part of Palmyra (Tadmur) city http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941205000985

Feb 24 13:04

The REAL Goal of America and Israel: Shatter Syria and Iraq Into Many Small Pieces

The hawks in the U.S. and Israel decided long ago to break up Iraq and Syria into small fragments.

Feb 24 12:42

Damascus Condemns US Kerry's "Plan B" Remarks

"Kerry's remarks are aimed at diverting the public opinion from the US responsibility for the crimes committed by the terrorists against the Syrian nation," a Syrian foreign ministry official said on Wednesday. "The US and its allies and puppets are accountable for the crisis in Syria and its continued trend since they are still supporting terrorism," the official added. According to the official, the Syrian nation and government want the end of crisis as soon as possible and are trying more than anyone else to eradicate terrorism and strengthen unity in Syria. The Syrian government on Tuesday accepted terms of the ceasefire deal as announced by the US and Russia, but the Damascus government wants the war against the ISIL to continue as planned.

Feb 24 12:09

“OK, Big Brother:” Evidence Shows ISIS Fighters Working With Turkish Military To Cross Syria Border

By Brandon Turbeville

Tempting fate and risking both prosecution and shut down, Turkey’s Cumhuriyet newspaper has recently revealed yet more evidence that Turkey is collaborating directly with ISIS terrorists and assisting them across the border into Syria...

Feb 24 11:40

INTERNATIONAL MILITARY REVIEW – SYRIA, FEB. 24, 2016

Heavy clashes are ongoing in several points along the Khanasser-Aleppo road and the Sheikh Hilal-Ithriyah road including the town of Khanasser captured by ISIS in the recent days. At the moment, the both supply roads remain closed. Despite the optimistic claims of some pro-government sources, experts estimate the supply line to Aleppo will be hardly opened earlier than the end of this week. On the other hand, Khanasser could become a big operational trap for ISIS with the SAA’ task to drag into combat as many fresh ISIS forces as possible and then to terminate them by massive air and artillery strikes with ground counter offensive. Nonetheless, all will depend on the effectivity of the pro-government forces’ actions.

Feb 24 10:58

ISIS Seizes Syria Village, Aims to Block Aleppo Supply Route

After several straight days of gains in and around Aleppo Province, the Syrian military is suffering a setback today, with ISIS forces capturing the village of Khanaser and contesting control over a key desert road being used by the military as their primary supply route into Aleppo.

Rebels have long contested the main highway from Damascus to Aleppo, and the Syrian military has used the desert road as an alternative, but with ISIS’ latest push they appear to be making that route another dangerous path into the important northern city.

The Syrian military reported that the road has been effectively closed for the past two days by the fighting, and that they are amid an ongoing offensive aimed to recover full control of the road. In the meantime, the offensive around the city itself is likely to be slowed.

Feb 24 10:34

Partial truce in Syria to start at midnight Friday

A truce among some -- but not all -- of the groups fighting inside Syria will go into effect at midnight Friday.

The cessation of hostilities is the result of talks between the United States and Russia as co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group, the two countries said in a joint statement.

The main opposition group in Syria, the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces, expressed "preliminary approval to reach a temporary truce," it said in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would love to see this work; unfortunately, with various groups still getting shot at, and others not observing the truce, I do not hold much hope for this working.

The big question is, what happens when the truce fails.

Kerry has said that the US will partition Syria, if the truce does not hold; as reported yesterday at antiwar.com:

Speaking to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today, Secretary of State John Kerry suggested the latest push for a ceasefire in Syria could amount to the last chance for one, and suggested that the US would see a partition of the country as “plan B.” Kerry didn’t offer any details on how this would work, of course, but that fact that the US is mentioning partition at all is a huge step, as the US has fiercely resisted similar considerations in neighboring Iraq, which itself is facing a near identical war with many of the same combatants. Kerry said if the ceasefire didn’t get into place, it would soon be “too late” to allow Syria to remain whole, and that the partition of the country could form an “eventual solution” to the civil war, which has raged for the past five years. Though a de facto partition has existed in Syria for months now, with fighting along the margins, it’s unfathomable that the international community could recognize it as a de jure separation so long as ISIS controls around half of the country, and al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front has its own contiguous statelet in the north.

But how in heaven's name is that going to happen with Russia the invited party by Syria to get rid of all the Jihadis, and the US being the absolutely uninvited guest at the table?!?

How does the US government do this without winding up at war with Russia?!? Frankly, I do not see a way in which it can.

Feb 24 05:45

Russians Ride Fast – Israel Shamir

If the rebels grasp the chance and enter serious negotiations for a coalition government, peace is possible.

The Russians accepted the US proposal to cease fire in Syria (or rather to end hostilities). They had made a similar proposal a few weeks ago, so this is in line with their thinking. Russians have made huge successes in Syria; they achieved an astonishing and unexpected victory with very few losses.

It was a reputational victory it was as well as a military one. Russia entered the Syrian war at a low point internationally.

Feb 24 05:33

Kerry Says If Ceasefire Fails He May Partition Syria

Because, you know, God made him the owner of Syria. He has just told Syrian jihadi-controlled rebellion that all it has to do is sabotage the upcoming ceasefire he has agreed to with Moscow and he will reward them with a mini-state carved out from Syria. What better incentive to abide by the deal and cease hostilities could he possibly give them? John Kerry, the US secretary of state, has said he will move towards a plan B that could involve a partition of Syria if a planned ceasefire due to start in the next few days does not materialize, or if a genuine shift to a transitional government does not take place in the coming months. Oh yes, you may have thought that "partition" is a bad word, but that's only true when the Russians do it. When Americans partition a foreign country (Korea, Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Serbia, Sudan) that is actually a good thing. Which presents us with a problem since Kerry is apparently willing to invite Putin to help with the partition...

Feb 24 05:13

Syrian Foreign Ministry: Groups violating ceasefire to be regarded as terrorist

Damascus will regard as terrorist ones the groups refusing to observe the ceasefire among the rival parties involved in the intra-Syrian conflict, the Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Thursday. "The armed groups refusing to observe the ceasefire in the country will be regarded [by the Syrian authorities] as terrorist," he said. Under the concluded agreements ceasefire in Syria is to take effect on February 27. It does not include the terrorist groups Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra (both groups are outlawed in Russia). The armistice proposal has been generally accepted by the authorities in Damascus and the main group of the Syrian opposition sponsored by Saudi Arabia. At the same time according to the Syrian Foreign Ministry, the Syrian army will continue the struggle against the IS and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists and other similar groups, including those linked with Al-Qaeda.

Feb 23 16:58

Saudi Arabia asks citizens to leave Lebanon

Saudi Arabia has asked all its nationals in Lebanon to leave the country amid deteriorating political ties between Riyadh and Beirut.

Feb 23 16:47

DNA evidence debunks Turkey claims over Ankara blast culprit

DNA evidence shows that the culprit behind a deadly blast in Ankara was Turkish-born, not Syrian as initially claimed by Turkish authorities, says a security official.

Feb 23 16:02

How Obama Lost the Mideast to Putin

It’s too late for Obama now, but not for the next American president to recoil from this record of failure. American leadership and strategic vision should, first and foremost, have recognized that the intervention pendulum has swung too far the other way, to pacifism. A global power vacuum, by definition, would soon be filled by another power. Enter Russia.

Feb 23 15:18

John Kerry says partition of Syria could be part of ‘plan B’ if peace talks fail

John Kerry, the US secretary of state, has said he will move towards a plan B that could involve a partition of Syria if a planned ceasefire due to start in the next few days does not materialise, or if a genuine shift to a transitional government does not take place in the coming months.

“It may be too late to keep it as a whole Syria if we wait much longer,” he told the US Senate foreign relations committee on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Our people get the part of Syria with the oil, and the Syrian people get the dirt!" -- Official White Horse Souse

(ahem)

The only people calling for the partition of Syria are the US and Israel. Syria's government and the Syrian people don't want to be partitioned. The plan for the eventual Kurdistan also means taking large chunks of Turkey and Iraq, which means the US is risking the collapse of the so-called coalition across the Middle East.

Feb 23 12:13

Elements in foreign-backed FSA militants oppose Syria truce

Elements inside the so-called Free Syrian Army, which has been designated by the United States and allies as moderate opposition in Syria, have threatened to ignore an imminent lull in the fighting agreed by warring sides in the Arab country.

Feb 23 12:13

John Kerry says US has Plan B options for Syria

US Secretary of State John Kerry says it remains to be seen if the proposed cessation of hostilities in Syria upholds and that the US has a slew of “Plan B” options in case a political transition fails to unfold in the Arab country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Still pushing the "Assad must go" agenda.

Feb 23 09:57

“Dirty Players in Geopolitics”: Letter to “Doctors Without Borders” (MSF)

Dear MSF,

A monthly donor of many years, I feel an explanation is in order for my cancellation and further refusal to participate as a MSF “Field Partner.” I am a former military special operations intelligence professional and anti-corruption investigator of many years. Based on my expertise in open source intelligence analysis and closely following several of the ongoing conflicts, including Ukraine and SYRIA, it has become clear MSF is becoming a tool for geopolitical ends. Either you’ve been penetrated by intelligence agencies for this purpose of promoting false flag information operations or your organization is being manipulated to same effect. I cannot, with clear conscious, be a party to this with further contributions.

The several NATO intelligence agencies are in full force pursuing anti-Russian propaganda operations, which likely include the recent attacks on MSF aligned Syrian clinics; purposeful and professional operations intended to smear Russia and President Putin for purposes of generating political capital for pursuit of geopolitical manipulations. Your organization immediately pointing the finger at Assad and/or the Russians, without time taken to properly investigate, is unethical.

NATO aligned intelligence agency false flag examples provided:

Feb 23 05:53

BREXIT : TORIES UNLEASH MILITARY LEADERS, RUSSIAN INVASION, ISIS, THREATS FROM US AND NATO IN FEAR CAMPAIGN

Originally, Britain signed up to the European Economic Community or EEC via a referendum in 1975 for the purposes of enhancing trade, it was in essence a trade deal, or at least that was how it was sold to the British people. What the unsuspecting people of Britain were not aware of was that in reality the origins of the EU was devised by the USA back in the 1950’s that saw the continent more as an opportunity of a puppet run super-state filled with attendant yes-men for trade and the manipulation of strategic global markets and, just as importantly a defensive buffer zone against it’s new foe – the Reds from Russia. Think TTIP, Ukraine and an ever expanding NATO alliance.

Feb 22 21:24

Paul Craig Roberts: The Neo-Cons Are Being Defeated

"America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests"
— Henry Kissinger

but the banksters and neocons interests do not coincide with ours

Feb 22 15:46

Four Star General Presents Indisputable Case for a Temporary Military Takeover of the U.S. Federal Government

These United States of America have reached a critical juncture. As a matter of historical fact, this country has committed a series of heinous war crimes through the prosecution of several unprovoked wars of aggression throughout the world. This preplanned scheme to wage unlawful and undeclared wars against innocent nations has been clearly explained by one of the highest ranking generals of the U.S. Army.

Feb 22 14:18

Washington Asks Moscow: Please Do Not Bomb American Troops Operating on the Ground in Northern Syria

The Pentagon has asked Russia to stay away from parts of northern Syria where US special operations troops are training local fighters [i.e. terrorists including the Islamic State ] to combat the Islamic State group [the opposition rebels are allies of ISIS, ISIS is supported by the US and has special forces within its ranks], military officials said Thursday. The acknowledgement is significant because the Pentagon has repeatedly stressed it is not cooperating with Moscow as the two powers lead separate air campaigns in war-ravaged Syria…. (Al Monitor, AFP Report, February 18 2016)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Do you have the permission of Syria's government to be there?" -- Pootin

Feb 22 12:36

Hit in wallet: ISIS cuts salaries, drops bonuses for fighters

Since the start of the month, the Syrian army has been making significant gains on the ground with the support of Russian air cover.

Feb 22 11:44

Turkey is screwed. And it’s all US fault.

Amid rising tensions in between Turkey and Russia over situation in Syria, one important fact got lost. It’s not Russia which caused current Turkish problems. It was USA.

The most fundamental problem modern Turkey is facing is Kurdish question. It’s chronic problem which threatens integrity of Turkey and Turkish elite perceive it as a largest security treat Turkey is facing. Turkish policies in Syria are determined by Kurdish problem more then anything else. Change of so called policy of zero problems with neighbors, which Erdogan and his government used to promote, and which came as a surprise to many, is directly related to Kurdish problem and events in Iraq after disastrous US invasion.

Feb 22 11:42

Syria ground operation by Turkey and Saudi not on agenda, FM Çavu?o?lu says

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavu?o?lu held a joint press conference in Ankara on Monday with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni. Çavu?o?lu discussed the disagreement between Turkey and the U.S. regarding the Democratic Union Party's (PYD) armed wing People's Protection Units (YPG), and said that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Çavu?o?lu that, "the YPG is not trustworthy, thus there must be more action against DAESH."

Feb 22 11:26

Would Russia Use Nukes to Defend Khmeimim?

Frankly, this situation is far from resolved. It is no coincidence that just when a ceasefire was supposed to come into effect two terrorist attacks in Turkey are oh-so-conveniently blamed on the Kurds. It sure looks like somebody is trying hard to set Turkey on a collision course with Russia, doesn’t it?

Making predictions about what the Turks and their Saudi friends will do makes no sense. We are clearly dealing with two regimes which are gradually “losing it”: they are lashing out at everybody (including their US patrons), they are terrified of their own minorities (Kurds and Shia) and their propensity for violence and terror is only matched by their inability in conventional warfare. Does that remind you of somebody else?

Feb 22 11:10

America Is In A Proxy War With Itself In Syria

American proxies are now at war with each other in Syria.
Officials with Syrian rebel battalions that receive covert backing from one arm of the U.S. government told BuzzFeed News that they recently began fighting rival rebels supported by another arm of the U.S. government.
The infighting between American proxies is the latest setback for the Obama administration’s Syria policy and lays bare its contradictions as violence in the country gets worse.
The confusion is playing out on the battlefield — with the U.S. effectively engaged in a proxy war with itself. “It’s very strange, and I cannot understand it,” said Ahmed Othman, the commander of the U.S.-backed rebel battalion Furqa al-Sultan Murad, who said he had come under attack from U.S.-backed Kurdish militants in Aleppo this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a palm-to-forehead moment, at warp speed, upon reading this.

I think we need to start immediately sending the Pentagon, State Department, White House, and Congress massive shipments of ouija boards; perhaps that might help them come up with something infinitely more coherent with these than whatever they are currently doing.

What is going on, in terms of US foreign policy in Syria, is completely, utterly insane!!

Feb 22 10:04

Saudi Arabia recommends giving surface-to-air missiles to Syrian rebels to 'change balance of power'

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister has said Syrian rebels should be armed with surface-to-air missiles to “change the balance of power” against Bashar al-Assad.

Feb 22 09:44

Syrian Hospital Strikes & the Unexpected War Criminals

Accusations and denials continue to be traded between the West’s NGO, Doctors Without Borders or officially Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and the Russian and Syrian government. Despite the gravity of the accusations by the West and MSF, which suggest “deliberate” and egregious war crimes, they have thus far produced no evidence. Not only have they produced no evidence, they openly admit that so far, they have none.
http://journal-neo.org/2016/02/21/syrian-hospital-strikes-the-unexpect...

Feb 22 08:40

Ya'alon: U.S., Russia Recognize Israel's Freedom of Action in Syria

The United States and Russia, both of which are currently active in the Syrian civil war, recognize Israel's "freedom to act and to defend our interests," Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said on Monday. 

"Israel is following one principal – defending itself," Ya'alon added, referring to recent reports of Israeli strikes in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ignoring the fact that Syria hasn't attacked Israel, of course.

Feb 22 00:24

Turkey's Ankara False Flag Blaming Syrian Kurds Clears Pathway to Turkish-Saudi Gulf State Invasion of Syria and WWIII

By Joachim Hagopian
February 22, 2016

Turkey’s been blasting away all month long shelling heavy artillery mortars from its side along the Turkish border killing Syrian National Army soldiers, Syrian Kurd forces (YPG), at least, one Russian advisor and defenseless civilians in border villages inside Syria. Widespread reportage of the ongoing daily Turkish artillery barrage into Syria was publicly confirmed by the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davuto?lu since February 13th. Though a NATO member, longtime close US ally and next to Empire and Israel among the world’s leading partners-in-crime for state-sponsored terrorism, earlier this week Turkey was asked by Washington to cease its border aggression. Yet Turkish President Recep Erdogan has elected to defy his US master and continues his daily bombardment of northern Syrian villages and Syrian militarily controlled outposts abandoned recently by decimated escaping Islamic State terrorists.

Feb 21 14:09

Saudi Arabia’s Dictator Demands Regime-Change in Syria — Otherwise WW III

As has been recently reported, many experts on international relations are saying that the danger of a nuclear war between NATO and Russia is greater now than it was during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 — in other words: greater than ever before in history. But it has just ratcheted a bit higher still:

Feb 21 11:05

MAP: MILITANTS ANOUNCE MAJOR OFFENSIVE IN QUNEITRA, SYRIA

Accroding to reports, militants have announced a massive offensive in the province of Quneitra. Maps by anti-government sources...

Feb 21 10:24

A Furious Turkey Says US Is "Acting Like An Enemy," Demands Washington Brand Kurds "Terrorists"

As you might have noticed, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is about to lose his mind with the situation in Syria.

To be sure, the effort to usurp the Bashar al-Assad government wasn’t exactly going as planned in the first place. Regime change always takes time, but the conflict in Syria was dragging into its fifth year by the time the Russians got directly involved and although it did indeed look as though the SAA was on the verge of defeat, the future of the rebellion was far from certain.

Feb 21 10:23

BBC REPORT EXPLAINS HOW US & UK WEAPONS FLOW TO AL-QAIDA & OTHER EXTREMISTS IN SYRIA

Western weapons and equipment flow freely between the so-called “moderate” rebels in Syria and their close allies from extremist groups like al-Qaida, according to an investigation from a BBC reporter.

In a Dec. 17 episode of the BBC Radio series “The Report,” investigative journalist Peter Oborne documented disturbing evidence that the United Kingdom and United States continue to support the the Syrian opposition, particularly the Free Syrian Army, despite ample evidence that they work closely with extremist groups NATO has traditionally thought of as enemies.

Feb 21 10:07

Report: Syrian Army Completes East Aleppo Cauldron; 800 ISIS Fighters Trapped

It is being reported that the Syrian Arab Army has seized the last remaining village along the Aleppo-Raqqa Highway, thus completing the encirclement of 800 ISIS members in East Aleppo and trapping them like, well, rats. It is an especially cruel and ironic twist of fate for these sad souls as a great number of them were no doubt part of the siege of the Kuweires airbase located in the same region. The Syrian Army somehow managed to hold out for 18 grueling months until Russian air power eventually broke it down in November 2015. If the encirclement is as complete as is being reported, ISIS is in for a very painful experience. There is nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. No one will be coming to help them and there is no escape. There is just the wait. Waiting under Russian jets and surrounded by an enraged army - an army so many members of which were subjected to some of the most appalling war crimes imaginable.

Feb 21 09:20

Russian intelligence report on Turkey’s current assistance to Daesh

Recruitment of foreign terrorist fighters, facilitation of their cross-border movement into Syria and the supply of weapons to the terrorist groups active there

Feb 21 09:07

Assad: "80 Countries Support the Terrorists in Syria" (VIDEO)

We never placed an embargo on any region in Syria. There’s a difference between an embargo and the army surrounding a certain area because of the militants, and that’s natural in such a security case or military case. But the problem with those areas is that the militants themselves took the food and the basic needs of those people, the people there, and gave it to their militants or sold it to the people at very high prices. As a government, we never prevented any area from having assistance, including the areas under the control of ISIS, like Raqqa in the north that’s been under their control, and before that the Al-Nusra Front [the local branch of Al Qaeda], for nearly three years now. We’ve been sending them all the salaries for the retired people, all the salaries for the employees today, and we send them vaccines for the children.

Feb 21 08:44

Turkish intervention in Syria risks Turkey-Russia war: Hollande

French President Francois Hollande on Friday said Ankara's escalating involvement in the Syrian conflict was creating a risk of war between Turkey and Russia.

Feb 21 05:20

The Empire Doesn’t Retreat or Compromise

Reading mainstream media news, analyses, and opinion pieces about this war is completely useless, as everything is either uninformed and clueless gibberish or propaganda and deception.

I wrote this text over several days and every time I sat down again to continue there came another headline to my mind. The first headline was “Nobody said, that it will be easy,” the second “Waiting for the Turkey-Russia showdown,” the third “Playing the terrorism game,” the fourth “Everything is better than war.”

In the end I settled for the header “The empire doesn’t retreat or compromise.”

This statement stands the test of time, it has been proven throughout human history, and there is only one single exemption, only one short period where retreat and compromise are a possibility. This short period is the time when the empire is in terminal decline and in the process of collapsing.

Feb 20 20:20

Syria frontline video: Army retakes last militant stronghold in Latakia province

Syrian Arab Army has completely retaken the town of Kinsabba in north-western part of the country.

Feb 20 17:34

Asssad’s adviser: Once Syria & Russia succeed vs terrorists, Turkey & S. Arabia are going crazy

Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban, political adviser to the President of Syria, discusses the situation in the country, and relations with the West.

Feb 20 14:00

Russia sends fighter jets to Armenia base near Turkey

The Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday that Moscow has deployed several fighter jets and a transport helicopter to Russia’s airbase in Armenia near the border with Turkey.

Four fourth-generation Mikoyan MiG-29 aircraft and a number of modernized MiG-29S bombers and a Mil Mi-8MT helicopter have been sent to the base.

Located at Erebuni airport outside the capital, Yerevan, the Russian base already has nine fourth-generation MiG-29 planes capable of carrying a payload of up to 4,000 kilograms of weapons. The aircraft also have larger fuel tanks.

The Armenian capital is located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Armenia's border with Turkey.

The announcement came a day after a Russian draft resolution that called for an immediate end to Turkey's shelling and military actions against Syria was turned down at the United Nations Security Council.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Turkey is crazy enough to taunt Russia further in Syria, Russia is prepared: that is the message of this deployment.

Feb 20 13:35

What’s Next With The 350,000 Soldiers, 20,000 Tanks & 2,500 Warplanes Outside of Syria

In this video Luke Rudkowski breaks down the latest news of 350,000 Soldiers, 20,000 Tanks & 2,500 Warplanes amassing near Syria threatening a full all out global war. We give you the latest news on this critically important developed, why this happened and what will most likely unfold.

Feb 20 11:39

Russian Air Campaign Repels Turkey Invasion – Syrian Democratic Forces

The Turkish army will not invade Syrian soil while Russia’s aerial campaign against Daesh terrorists in the country is ongoing, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces alliance of militias said Wednesday.

"They [Turkish troops] have not approached the border and do not dare to do so, as they would become targets for the Russian air force and the regime’s artillery should they enter Syrian territory," Talal Salu told RIA Novosti.

Feb 20 10:26

Saudi Arabia Admits it Has NUCLEAR BOMBS; Will Test Within Weeks!

In a shocking development, Saudi Arabia has now publicly admitted they possess NUCLEAR BOMBS. The bombs will protect the ground invasion of Syria by Turkey and Saudi Arabia. . . which puts the Russians in the unenviable position of having to use nuclear weapons to defend themselves and Syria.

Speaking in a television interview Dahham Al-'Anzi of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was discussing why many in the Arab world feel the need for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to be removed from power, and that a ground invasion was not only necessary, but is going to take place!

In the context of the pending invasion, Dahham Al-'Anzi outlined the missiles, planes and other war-fighting equipment the Kingdom has acquired and then revealed "We have a nuclear bomb" and asked the TV Interviewer, "Why do you think we have all these weapons?" He then answered his own question "to protect Arabs and Muslims."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Saudi Arabia funded Pakistani research into nuclear weapons, with the proviso that when their nuclear weapons were perfected, Saudi Arabia could have them.

This is, apparently, what has happened.

The arms race in the Middle East, is well and truly on.

Webmaster addition: This makes the whole "nuclear free middle east (except for Israel)" agenda that was used to justify sanctions and potential war on Iran a total joke.

Feb 20 10:11

Obama Backs Turkey Against Syrian Government, PKK in Call to Erdogan

US President Barack Obama warned the Syrian Kurdish People Protection Units (YPG) not to seize additional territory in Syria, and pledged support for Turkey against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) guerrillas in a phone call to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday, the White House said.

Obama also emphasized the unwavering commitment of the United States to Turkey’s national security as a NATO Ally, and agreed to deepen cooperation in the fight against all forms of terrorism, including the PKK and Daesh, the read out said.

"President Obama stressed that YPG forces should not seek to exploit circumstances in this area to seize additional territory, and urged Turkey to show reciprocal restraint by ceasing artillery strikes in the area," the White House read out, released on Friday, said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like the Kurds, which had been fighting against ISIL on behalf of the US, just got collectively thrown under the bus.

Feb 20 09:34

THE US DOLLAR JUST BECAME THE OFFICIAL CURRENCY OF ISIS

It was reported this week that the terrorist group, ISIS, recently mandated U.S. dollars be the legal tender in their occupied territories. From now on, the U.S. dollar will be the only form of currency ISIS accepts for tax payments, fines, and utility payments. This recent policy is vastly different from the gold and silver minted currencythat ISIS proposed over a year ago.

In 2014, the group announced they would be minting their very own Islamic dinar, but now it seems they are back to relying on American currency.

Just a few months ago, Turkish police arrested six suspected ISIS members while they were minting coins, but nothing more has been reported about the plan since.

Rumors have circulated in the media that this shift in financial strategy is due to the fact that the ISIS regime is struggling to make ends meet, and that their once plentiful supply of money is now dwindling.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love the smell of irony in the morning!!

Feb 20 04:23

ISIS is on the ropes


Everytime ISIS is losing the US wants a ceasefire. Finally the Syrians have said blow me.

Feb 19 16:39

Former UK Ambassador to Syria: U.S./UK Policy on Syria Is Doomed, Even Corrupt

Peter Ford, who was the UK’s Ambassador in Syria during 2003-2006, was asked by the BBC in their “The Big Questions” interview on February 14th, whether the current Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would have to be a part of the solution in that country after the war is over, and Ambassador Ford said:

Feb 19 14:58

US, France say Russia’s draft resolution on Syrian sovereignty has ‘no future’

A Russian draft resolution condemning any plans for foreign military intervention and warning against violations of Syrian sovereignty has been rejected by the US and French ambassadors, as having ‘no future’ ahead of a UN Security Council meeting.

Feb 19 14:29

THERE WILL BE A WAR: Obama gave full support to Erdogan 'opposition to Russian provocations "!

Presidents of the United States and Turkey, Barak Obama and Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the situation in Syria, said a representative of the White House, Josh Earnest.

According to him, the conversation was initiated by US President who expressed his condolences to Turkish counterpart on the occasion of the terrorist attacks that shook Turkey over the past few days.

"They discussed the situation in Syria," said Ernest, and stressed that "in the past year, Turkey has made serious progress and make great contribution to the international coalition" in the fight against the Islamic state.

According to him, covered with a "significant part of the border, making it possible to reduce the number of foreign fighters who come to Syria."

A representative of the White House, however, said that Ankara "must do more", including covering the remaining part of the border with Syria.

Feb 19 14:28

NATO Warns Turkey It Won’t Support Ankara in Conflict With Russia

As tensions escalate between Turkey and Russia, NATO has warned Ankara that it will not take part in a war provoked by the Turkish government.

Last November, Turkey shot down a Russian jet flying through Syrian airspace. While many feared that the incident would plunge both countries into war, conflict was avoided, though relations between Moscow and Ankara have remained chilly.

As Turkey pushes to deploy ground forces across its border to remove the legitimate government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the Turkish government is, again, threatening the world with war.

"The armed forces of the two states are both active in fierce fighting on the Turkish-Syrian border, in some cases just a few kilometers from each other," one NATO official told Der Spiegel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Frankly, I would be very sceptical about ANY statements NATO makes at this time, seeing as how keen it appears to prepare for war in Eastern Europe.

Feb 19 14:25

Russia Demands End To Turkey's Efforts To Undermine Syrian Sovereignty

Over the past several days, Turkey has been busy putting the world on the course to World War III.

On Friday, in an effort to avert an all-out global conflict, Moscow called for a UN Security Council meeting to discuss Turkey's plans to send troops into Syria. "Turkey's announced plans to put boots on the ground in northern Syria undercut efforts to launch a political settlement in the Syrian Arab Republic," Maria Zakharova said, earlier today.

The announced intentions of Ankara (as well as Riyadh and Doha) are not consistent with the will of Damascus, which has only invited Russia and Iran to the fight against "the terrorists." Everyone else - including the US, Britain, and France - are effectively trespassing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am hoping that cooler heads prevail all the way around in this mess.

But the implications of more war in the region will be even more devastating than anyone can possibly imagine.

Jeh Johnson, the US government's Director of Homeland Security, is on tap to visit Ankara on Monday, 29 February. I would suggest that he and Edrogan will be talking about preparations for the war, and that the US, behind a proxy Turkish-Saudi military, will be quietly directing their strategies, at least enough to create some degree plausible deniability.

Feb 19 14:08

Turkey Escalates War Threats after Terror Attacks

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government in Turkey has seized upon a terrorist attack carried out in the capital of Ankara as a pretext for escalating its military campaign against Kurdish-dominated regions in eastern Turkey, northern Syria and Iraq.

At the same time, Ankara is pushing ahead with plans for a ground invasion into Syria. In so doing, NATO member Turkey is deliberately stoking a conflagration in the entire region and risking a military confrontation with Russia, which could rapidly develop into all-out war between the great powers.

The threat of another major war is becoming more acute on a daily basis. Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev warned at the Munich Security Conference last weekend against the danger of a “new world war” should Western or Arab ground troops invade Syria, adding, “The Americans and our Arab partners must think it through: do they want permanent war?”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately for Medvedev and Putin, the answer to the last question, at least on the part of the United States Government, is an unequivocal "Yes".

The US economy is imploding, and when the crash comes, the US government wants to have a massive foreign war on which to blame the horrible state of the American economy.

And unfortunately, just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid, is no guarantee that the US government won't do it.

War with Russia is a really, really bad idea right now.

And I say that as someone who does want the American military to be strong.

But right now, it doesn't have the weaponry, the money, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome in a conventional military conflict against Russia.

Feb 19 13:56

Imminent Turkish Invasion of Syria? Erdogan will not Invade Syria without Washington’s Permission

Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu threaten to invade Syria. Thousands of Turkish forces are mobilized along border areas.

So far talk is just bluster. For how long remains to be seen. Everything depends on what Washington intends. Escalated war is more likely than backing off.

On Thursday, the Kurdish Hawar news agency ANHA reported dozens of Turkish military vehicles advancing about 200 meters into Aleppo province.

A trench between the towns of Sorka and Meydan Ekbis is being dug. Concrete wall construction continues. The area is mainly Kurdish.

Turkish forces continue heavy cross-border shelling, the international community doing nothing to stop it. Meaningless rhetoric substitutes for action – Erdogan permitted to attack Syrian territory, a flagrant international law breach.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Technically, the invasion has already begun, with Turkish troops having already crossed 200 meters into Syrian territory.

The question, really, is when massive military maneuvers against Syria will begin, courtesy of the Turks and Saudis.

Feb 19 13:22

Has the Russian Military Just Forced Obama to Admit Defeat in Syria?

On Wednesday, President Obama admitted that he sees no chances for victory for the Syrian opposition, supposedly because it is outclassed by the Russian military, "the second-most powerful in the world." Russian analysts wonder what to make of the president's words, and whether they signal that the war in Syria may finally be coming to an end.

Feb 19 12:30

(GRAPHIC) Carnage in Syria a Product of US Empowerment of Saudi Arabia

Vijay Prashad and Paul Jay discuss the demands Americans can make of the US government to create a cessation of hostilities.

Feb 19 11:09

Erdogan's War Against Kurds in Southeast Turkey is 'Part of Business Plan'

Ankara has unleashed a devastating war against Kurds in the southeast Turkey to "urgently nationalize" the affected structures and implement the AKP-led project of Urban Change in Diyarbakir, Istanbul-based independent scholar Dr. Can Erimtan writes, dubbing the process as "disaster capitalism à la Turca."

Feb 19 10:54

The Syrian Endgame, “A Lost War is Dangerous”. US-NATO, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, “Losers on The Rampage”

How a war is lost is a serious and dangerous business. After Henry Kissinger helped sabotage the 1968 Paris peace talks, for domestic political reasons, the War in Vietnam raged for another seven years. In the end Washington’s loss was more humiliating, and millions more lives were destroyed.

The Geneva process over Syria is in many respects different, because it is a charade. The NATO and Gulf monarchy sponsors pretend to support Syrian ‘opposition’ groups and pretend to fight the same extremist groups they created.

Yet the dangers are very real because the Saudis and Turkey might react unpredictably, faced with the failure of their five year project to carve up Syria. Both countries have threatened to invade Syria, to defend their ‘assets’ from inevitable defeat from the powerful alliance Syria has forged with Russia, Iran, Iraq and the better party of Lebanon.

Feb 19 10:53

Russia Lances the Poison in Syria

If it were not for the gravity of human suffering, the situation could be seen as almost comical, owing to the Western contortions to hide reality.

Feb 19 10:51

Experts: Invasion of Syria Could Lead to Nuclear War

The Threat of Nuclear War Is Now HIGHER Than During the Soviet Era

Turkey previously shot down a Russian jet.

Now, Turkey and Saudi Arabia are threatening to invade Syria.

How dangerous could this get, in a worst case scenario?

Robert Parry – the investigative reporter who broke the Iran-Contra story for the Associated Press and Newsweek – wrote yesterday:

A source close to Russian President Vladimir Putin told me that the Russians have warned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Moscow is prepared to use tactical nuclear weapons if necessary to save their troops in the face of a Turkish-Saudi onslaught. Since Turkey is a member of NATO, any such conflict could quickly escalate into a full-scale nuclear confrontation.

Feb 19 10:39

FLASHBACK 2012 - Clinton Says Assad's Days Are Numbered

Secretary Clinton says mounting military defections and bolder opposition attacks in Damascus are further isolating Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. She told reporters in Tokyo Sunday that it is time his government realizes "the sand is running out of the hourglass."

Clinton said, "There is no doubt that the opposition is getting more effective in their defense of themselves and in going on the offense against the Syrian military and the Syrian government's militias. So the future, to me, should be abundantly clear to those who support the Assad regime: the days are numbered."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good analysis, Hillary.

Feb 19 10:39

Soros: ‘Xenophobic’ EU countries must take on massive debt to pay for refugees

In an editorial released Wednesday, George Soros said the European Union faces “mortal danger” and must “urgently” use their “AAA credit rating” to take on massive debt so that their refugees can be provided with “formal employment opportunities, health care, and education,” lest the EU continue “coming apart at the seams.”

Feb 19 10:33

‘Are you kidding us?’: Moscow reacts to Ankara's allegations that sided Russia with ISIS

While terrorists rage in Syria and beyond, with many countries trying to unite their efforts in the fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), Ankara's blame game looks more like an untimely joke, Moscow says.

"Mr. Davutoglu [Turkish Prime Minister], are you serious or is it just the way you joke? If it's a joke, then I think at a moment like this everyone, and especially Turkey, should be busy not with irony or sarcasm, but rather with concrete actions to stand against terrorism. I think that's what Turkish people are expecting from you," Russia's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said at a Moscow briefing on Thursday.

"Statements by Turkish officials alleging that Russia secretly supports IS are absolutely unacceptable," she added.

Feb 19 10:25

Army Seizes Israel-Made Weapons in Militants' Arms Cargo South of Syria

The Syrian Army troops tracked and confiscated the militant groups' consignment of arms, including a large number of anti-personnel and anti-vehicle mines made in Israel.

Feb 19 10:05

Russia to initiate UN Security Council meeting over Turkey’s plans to send troops to northern Syria

A UN Security Council meeting is to be called at Russia's request on Friday to discuss Ankara's plans for a ground operation in Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said.

Feb 19 09:33

Turkey manufacturing reasons to invade Syrian Kurdistan: YPG spokesman

The Turkish state continues to accuse the Kurdish People’s Protection Units YPG in Syrian Kurdistan for the bomb attack in Ankara which targeted Turkish soldiers and left 28 of them dead 2 days ago.

YPG spokesperson Rêdur Khalil spoke to ANF regarding the accusations and said that the Turkish state was aiming to invade Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) and accomplish what its proxy war has failed to do.

Feb 19 08:44

Turkey Says Ground Troops Are The Only Solution To Syria Conflict

On Tuesday a Turkish official called on the United States and its allies to take part in a joint ground operation in Syria, saying it would be impossible to stop the war without a greater effort against a Moscow-backed Syrian government offensive.

Feb 19 07:21

As Russia Bombs Terrorists In Syria, NATO Members Repeat Calls For “No-Fly Zone” and War

By Brandon Turbeville

As both the rhetorical and military situation begins to heat up in Syria, Turkey and the NATO powers appear to be doing everything in their power to launch yet another direct invasion of a sovereign nation. In the shadow of U.S. airstrikes, Turkish shelling of Syrian positions, and the massing of Saudi “troops” and aircraft inside Turkey, the concept of a “No-Fly Zone” is once again being trotted out as a legitimate solution to the Syrian crisis...

Feb 19 00:08

FLASHBACK: Washington Accuses Putin. Russian Airstrikes are Targeting “Our Guys” in Syria: CIA Operatives, Military Advisers, Mercenaries, Special Forces, … Instead of ISIS Terrorists

This article was first published in October 2015. Are we gearing up for a war between US-NATO-Turkey-Saudi Arabia and Syria-Russia-Iran?

US-NATO operatives are already on the ground inside Syria. In fact they have been on ground within “opposition” militia from the very outset in March 2011.

Russian Airstrikes are Targeting “Our Guys”:

The Western media quoting US officials has reported that the Russian Air Force is not really targeting ISIS terrorists.

They are targeting CIA sponsored operatives inside Syria.

According to a US official in an interview with Fox News:

‘Putin is deliberately targeting our forces. Our guys are fighting for their lives.’

Feb 18 18:36

International community condemns Ankara blast, stands with Turkey

The international community has condemned a car bomb attack in Ankara that killed 28 people and wounded 61 others near the armed forces’ headquarters, parliament and other government buildings.

He said there could be no justification “for such horrific acts” and that “NATO allies stand shoulder to shoulder in the fight against terrorism.”
Meanwhile, the White House said it condemned the attack in Ankara and that stands in solidarity with Turkey.

“We stand together with Turkey, a NATO ally, a strong partner, and a valued member of the counter-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant coalition in the face of this attack,” said Ned Price, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel also released a statement on Feb. 17, in which she sharply condemned the “horrifying” attack.

The chancellor said she was horrified by the attack in Ankara and that her thoughts were with the families of the victims and the injured.

Feb 18 17:16

Ten Saudi Major Generals Decry Riyadh's Syria Deployment Plan

TEHRAN (FNA)- The military top brass in Saudi Arabia wrote a letter to the crown prince and interior minister, Mohammed bin Nayef, to warn him against dispatching troops to Syria, saying the plan entails dire repercussions for the Kingdom.

Ten Saudi Major Generals and marshals have signed the letter which foresees definite defeat and failure for Riyadh if the Arab monarchy sends forces to Syria following its failure in the nearly-one-year-long war on Yemen, the NTHNEWS news website reported on Thursday.

According to the report, the text of the letter has been released in different Yemeni media and gone viral on the social media.

Feb 18 16:45

Israel rocketed military checkpoints in Syria

Location is targeted with three missiles, which have caused material damage - the report said the observatory.

It is also said that "does not know whether they were members of Hezbollah within the site or not."

It is specified that the attack occurred on the road leading to the province of Dara, but does not mention the extent of the damage.

Pro Asad military source denied the report, claiming that there was no Israeli military strikes inside Syria on Wednesday, but no official response.
Hezbollah TV station A-Manar also denied the report.

Israel has previously been accused of being rocketed targets in Syria, belonging to the Syrian army and Hezbollah, Assad ally.

- If the reports are true, then it was the second attack Israel since Russia launched an air campaign in the country where a civil war is raging - said the Israeli list haArec who actually calls the Reuters report.

Feb 18 16:00

Russia Is Fed up With NATO-MSM Complex False Flag Attacks

Just imagine, Russia offers the US and NATO cooperation, even supplying mission details and targeting maps, yet in return have one of their pilots shot out of the sky and US A-10s bombing behind Russia's back only to be blamed for it all after the fact.

RMoD Press Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov delivered a brilliant run down of their ‘Western partners’ at a press briefing on their actions in Syria held on February 6, 2016. Interestingly, the culprits are starting to be called out by name.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"I never believe anything the government says!" -- George Carlin

Feb 18 15:16

Ex-Security Chief: Russia to Launch Airstrikes on Turkish, Saudi Troops in Syria

Former Head of Russia's Federal Security Service Nikolai Kovalyov warned Turkey and Saudi Arabia against sending ground troops to Syria, saying that Russian warplanes are likely to launch airstrikes on their positions if they deploy in the war-torn country.

Feb 18 15:05

Dozens of Turkish military vehicles cross Syria border, dig trenches – report

Turkish military vehicles have crossed into a Kurdistani area in Syria, Afrin, just over the border, a Kurdish news agency reported adding that the troops started to dig a trench near Meidan Ekbis, a town in Aleppo province.

Feb 18 13:22

Syria rebels arrive from Turkey to fight in Aleppo

Group of 500 opposition fighters is in border town of Azaz after arriving from Turkey through Bab al-Salama crossing to join frontlines in Aleppo province against Kurdish militia.

Feb 18 13:11

Obama’s Great ‘Moderate’ Syrian Deception

Obama knows full well that Syria's 'moderate' rebels are controlled by Al Nusra but continues the fiction of independent moderate rebels to cover his tracks. A superb article explaining: How Al Qaeda controls the entire insurgency, including non-jihadi groups. That the White House was aware of who it was backing all along. Why Obama feels he must continue the fiction of independent moderate rebels. How this complicates the prospects for an end to Syria civil war...

Feb 18 12:39

Aleppo Residents Back Assad: 'We Don’t Need Help From Turkey' (Video)

Aleppo is the biggest Syrian city, the industrial center of the country and a melting pot of ethnicities and religions. Almost 2,5 million people lived there before the war, but now there is hardly a million. The city is divided into two parts, the east and south held by governmental forces, the west and north by jihadists. Life on either side of the ragged boundary can hardly be called normal. The water system hasn’t worked for a long time, the pumping station is broken and cannot be repaired because it is located in ISIS territory. The same is true of electricity: only diesel generators operate. For the locals’ reaction to Erdogan’s promise “to come to their rescue”, watch the video.

Feb 18 11:53

It's said that "A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words" -- Take a look at this one! NATO Has a MAJOR Problem now!

In the photo below, look at the flags on the flag pole outside the ISIS terrorist tents in Latakia, Syria: The black ISIS Flag is on top; directly above the flag of . . . . . . Turkey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Feb 18 11:36

Kurds warn Turkey of ‘big war’ with Russia if invades Syria

Russia has promised to protect Kurdish fighters in Syria in case of a ground offensive by Turkey, a move that would lead to a "big war," the Syrian group's envoy to Moscow said in an interview on Wednesday.

"We take this threat very seriously because the ruling party in Turkey is a party of war," Rodi Osman, head of the Syrian Kurds' newly-opened representative office said in Kurdish via a Russian interpreter. "Russia will respond if there is an invasion. This isn't only about the Kurds, they will defend the territorial sovereignty of Syria."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact this information is true, we may be looking at an intense escalation of this war, happening in a heartbeat.

As reported in consortiumnews.com today:

When President Barack Obama took questions from reporters on Tuesday, the one that needed to be asked – but wasn’t – was whether he had forbidden Turkey and Saudi Arabia to invade Syria, because on that question could hinge whether the ugly Syrian civil war could spin off into World War III and possibly a nuclear showdown. If Turkey (with hundreds of thousands of troops massed near the Syrian border) and Saudi Arabia (with its sophisticated air force) follow through on threats and intervene militarily to save their rebel clients, who include Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front, from a powerful Russian-backed Syrian government offensive, then Russia will have to decide what to do to protect its 20,000 or so military personnel inside Syria. A source close to Russian President Vladimir Putin told me that the Russians have warned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Moscow is prepared to use tactical nuclear weapons if necessary to save their troops in the face of a Turkish-Saudi onslaught. Since Turkey is a member of NATO, any such conflict could quickly escalate into a full-scale nuclear confrontation. Given Erdogan’s megalomania or mental instability and the aggressiveness and inexperience of Saudi Prince Mohammad bin Salman (defense minister and son of King Salman), the only person who probably can stop a Turkish-Saudi invasion is President Obama. But I’m told that he has been unwilling to flatly prohibit such an intervention, though he has sought to calm Erdogan down and made clear that the U.S. military would not join the invasion..

However, Obama may not have the luxury of not participating; because Turkey is a NATO member, if it does, in fact, get attacked, the US government would have no choice but to defend it through NATO.

Let us pray that saner, cooler heads will prevail here.

Feb 18 11:26

Syrian Army Seizes Israel-Made Mines, Ammo Cargo of Militants in Sweida [PHOTOS]

Syrian army soldiers, tipped off by intelligence agents on Wednesday, ambushed a vehicle fully laden with Israeli-made mines and artillery shells on a road in the western part of Sweida province and seized its illegal cargo.

Feb 18 11:25

500 Terrorists Enter Syria via Turkey

"At least 500 militants have crossed the Bab al-Salam border crossing on their way to the town of Azaz to help other terrorists in the face of the gains made by Kurdish forces in the Northern parts of the province," Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, was quoted as saying by Lebanon Debate news website on Thursday. The monitoring base also said on Wednesday that the crossing of terrorists was carried out under the supervision of the Turkish officials. The Wednesday's crossing was the second time a large group of militants have crossed the Turkish border and entered Syria in less than a week. On Sunday, 350 heavily armed terrorists entered Syrian territories via the Atme border crossing with Turkey. A senior political analyst warned on Wednesday that Turkey will officially launch military invasion of Syria if the strategic town of Azaz in the Northern province of Aleppo is won back by the Syrian Kurds.

Feb 18 09:19

How Far Will The U.S. Go If Turkey Invades Syria?

The Government of Turkey has now put itself in a position whereby it must act rapidly and precipitously to avoid moving to an ultimately losing strategic position in the war against Syria, which could result in being forced back to fight a full-scale civil war to prevent the break-up of the State into at least two components, one being a new Kurdish state.

Turkey’s leadership, in insisting - in 2011-12 - on sponsoring a proxy war to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has already led to a refugee crisis of irreversible strategic damage to Europe, but Turkish Presisdent Reçep Tayyip Erdogan, the Saudi Arabian military-political leadership, the U.S. Barack Obama administration, and the Qatari Emir now find themselves with nowhere to go except to escalate further in the hope that the Syrian revival, backed by Russia and Iran, will collapse.

Feb 18 09:18

Hillary Clinton and the Syrian Bloodbath

In the Milwaukee debate, Hillary Clinton took pride in her role in a recent UN Security Council resolution on a Syrian ceasefire:

But I would add this. You know, the Security Council finally got around to adopting a resolution. At the core of that resolution is an agreement I negotiated in June of 2012 in Geneva, which set forth a cease-fire and moving toward a political resolution, trying to bring the parties at stake in Syria together.

This is the kind of compulsive misrepresentation that makes Clinton unfit to be President. Clinton's role in Syria has been to help instigate and prolong the Syrian bloodbath, not to bring it to a close.

Feb 18 08:53

Turkey's gamble

We are experiencing an extraordinarily dangerous moment in history. The possible illegal ground invasion of Syria by Turkey and Saudi Arabia could ignite a conflict engulfing the great powers that would be difficult to control. Can Washington manage its erratic anti-Assad coalition?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It hasn't so far!

Feb 18 08:43

West has no chance of stopping refugee influx – Turkish President Erdogan

Western countries have no chance of stopping the influx of refugees from Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. He also pledged to continue shelling Syrian Kurds and criticized the West for supporting Kurdish organizations.

Feb 18 08:40

Gang forging passports for ISIS militants busted in Moscow region, 14 suspects detained

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has arrested 14 suspects from an international criminal group involved in forging passports and other documents for Islamic extremists preparing to go to Syria, and those coming to Russia for terror missions.

A joint special FSB and Interior Ministry operation in the Moscow region has exposed an international organized crime network, which was providing forged papers for extremists from Russia and CIS countries.

The gang was busy forging documents for those “illegally heading to Syria to take part in military actions on the side of Islamic State, and also for the militants sent on a mission to Russia by ISIS leaders to conduct terrorist and extremist activities, as well as illegal migrants.”

Feb 18 07:57

Turkish PM: Syrian regime responsible for Ankara attack

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said the Ankara car bomb attack was carried out jointly by a YPG member from Syria and PKK members based in Turkey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And the Russians! The Russians are to blame as well!!! And, and, and, and, Iran was part of it as well. And Lebanon!" -- Turkee

Feb 18 07:18

Moscow warns against introduction of no-fly zone in Syria

"The statements on a no-fly zone were made by the German chancellor, but this is not her idea, the idea is not new, it was promoted by Turkey," the diplomat said. "Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov has pointed out that this proposal should be coordinated with the official Damascus. No one cancelled the country’s sovereignty. No one wants the ‘Libyan scenario’. The international community has already experienced this concept. The result is visible not only in Libya, rather, it is not seen in Libya at all. However, it is seen far beyond Libya’s borders - in Europe."

Feb 18 04:00

Syrian forces regain control over last militant stronghold north of Latakia

The Syrian army and self-defense forces have regained control over the town of Kensaba, the last stronghold of militants to the north of Latakia (320 kilometers from Damascus). A spokesman for Syrian Armed Forces told SANA news agency on Thursday that Syrian forces also regained control over the Shellef fortress where fire positions of the enemy were situated.

Feb 17 17:28

Propagandist Robert Ford Goes For Round Two With Syria Researcher Vanessa Beeley … And Loses!

By Brandon Turbeville

In early January, 2016 Syria Researcher Vanessa Beeley found herself in the midst of a Twitter debate with none other than terrorist supporter and death squad organizer Robert Ford. The former U.S. Ambassador was apparently upset with Beeley’s challenge to the official State Department narrative of “Assad’s brutality” and shortly commenced to debating her in a private message.

Beeley published that conversation in her article, “Disseminating Fake Information: Conversations With State Department Propagandist Robert S. Ford, Former U.S. Ambassador To Syria,” and it can also be viewed in my own article “Syria Researcher Destroys Former U.S. Ambassador And Terrorist Supporter Robert Ford On Twitter.”

Feb 17 16:25

Obama’s ‘Moderate’ Syrian Deception

Secretary of State John Kerry insisted at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday that the agreement with Russia on a temporary halt in the war in Syria can only be carried out if Russia stops its airstrikes against what Kerry is now calling “legitimate opposition groups.”

Feb 17 15:59

Erdogan vows retaliation after Ankara attack: presidency

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday vowed that Turkey was more determined than ever to use its right to "self-defence" after a car bomb targeting military service vehicles killed at least 28 people.

"Our determination to respond in kind to attacks taking place inside and outside our borders is getting stronger with such acts," Erdogan said in a statement. "It must be known that Turkey will not shy away from using its right to self-defence at any time, any place or any occasion."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yep, the bombing was a false-flag to give Turkey an excuse to start the war against Syria.

Feb 17 15:48

Raining Shells: Turkish army fires on Kurdish forces in Syria

Howitzers of the Turkish Army at the Akcabar Military Base shelled the positions of Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) fighters located just across the border in Syria, Monday. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmed Davutoglu said on Monday Ankara will not allow the town of Azaz in northern Syria to fall to the Kurdish YPG forces and promised the "harshest reaction," if the group attempts to re-take the city.

Feb 17 15:06

Syria's president announces amnesty for army deserters

The decree, announced by the news agency, said that the law would apply to the military deserters outside and inside Syria who violated the country’s military law before February 17, 2016 and would not apply to those who are under investigation or fled from arrest. The presidential decree has come into force after publication.

Feb 17 14:46

RUSSIA STRIKES BACK "American planes have bombed a hospital in Syria, we have evidence"

Feb 17 14:14

Merkel to Turkey: We are sharing your pain

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has sharply condemned the attack in the Turkish capital that killed at least 28 people and wounded 61 others.

The chancellor said in a statement Wednesday that she was horrified by the attack in Ankara and that her thoughts were with the families of the victims and the injured.

She said: “I’m telling the Turkish people: we as Germans are sharing your pain.”

She added: “In the battle against those responsible for these inhuman acts we are on the side of Turkey.”

Feb 17 13:25

Russia dismisses proposal for creating no-fly zone in Syria

A senior Russian diplomat rejected Wednesday a proposal by German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the establishment of a no-fly zone over Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We already have one!"

Feb 17 13:25

NATO Refuses to Comment on Turkey YPG Shelling, Denies Involvement in Syria

NATO is not willing to give any assessments of Turkey's shelling of Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria, as the military bloc itself is not involved in Syria, a NATO official told Sputnik on Wednesday.

Feb 17 13:24

Shadow CIA Warns Russian Air Power Would Stop Any Foreign Invasion of Syria

Stratfor, the US-based intelligence think tank often called the 'Shadow CIA', has released satellite photos showing a buildup of Russian air power at the Hmeymim Airbase in Latakia, northwest Syria. The think tank bluntly warns that if Turkey or Saudi Arabia were to attack Syrian forces, they would be "met with significant Russian air defenses."

Feb 17 13:24

'We have proof' Turkey backs ISIS & other terrorists – Kurdish commander

Turkey favors Syrian jihadist groups that emerged from Al-Qaeda, a top Kurdish commander has told Russian media. He claims that Ankara, along with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have been furnishing extremists with weapons and munitions.

The support the terrorist groups have been given by Turkey is confirmed by documentary evidence, Murat Karay?lan, co-founder of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), told RIA Novosti.

Karay?lan has been the acting leader of the PKK, a group considered terrorists by Turkey and the US, since its original leader Abdullah Öcalan was captured in 1999.

Feb 17 12:58

Gov Officials Admit Turkey Has REPEATEDLY Carried Out False Flag Terror

For example:

(1) The Turkish Prime Minister admitted that the Turkish government carried out the 1955 bombing on a Turkish consulate in Greece – also damaging the nearby birthplace of the founder of modern Turkey – and blamed it on Greece, for the purpose of inciting and justifying anti-Greek violence.

Feb 17 12:04

Syria: At the Gateway of A Greater War

An invasion into Syria would constitute an act of war – and beyond that – affirmation that NATO was behind the ISIS menace from the beginning. While leaks like that of the United States’ own Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in 2015 have exposed this rhetorically, a NATO invasion of Syria to save an ISIS stronghold from destruction would prove it demonstrably.

The fact that the US is attempting to distance itself politically from both Turkey and Saudi Arabia – who has also pledged to carry out ground operations in Syria amid the collapse of terrorist fronts across the country – indicates a possible attempt to produce plausible deniability ahead of a much larger provocation or intervention.

Just as US policymakers had plotted in 2009 to use an apparent “unilateral” attack by Israel upon Iran to provoke a retaliation the US could then use as a pretext to “reluctantly’ go to war, a similar strategy appears to be materializing along Syria’s borders today.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Expect the situation to escalate right after Jeh Johnson leaves Ankara from his 3 day visit there, starting on 29 February.

Most likely, he will be spelling out precisely the kind of US military aid Turkey can expect, when they invade Syria.

Feb 17 11:26

Obama’s ‘Moderate’ Syrian Deception

If the tentative agreement on a Syrian ceasefire negotiated by the United States and Russia falls apart before it can be implemented, the reason will be the Obama administration’s insistence that Russian airstrikes are targeting “legitimate opposition groups.”

That is how Secretary of State John Kerry defined the issue on Saturday, repeating a propaganda theme that began, in a different form, as soon as the Russian air offensive in Syria began in late September of 2015. The Obama administration portrayed the Russian campaign in support of Syrian operations as hitting “moderate” opposition forces, suggesting that only strikes against ISIS would be legitimate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is painfully apparent, to anyone with more than two brain cells, that this administration is pathologically incapable of stopping lying, both to the American people, and to the world, on its consistent support of ISIS, in order to get Al-Assad out of Damascus.

The Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, will be visiting Ankara on the 29th of this month; that's one week from Monday.

After his return to the US, which will probably happen during the first full week in March, expect things in Syria to escalate very quickly.

Feb 17 11:14

Turkey, Saudis Seek Backing for Syria Invasion

Having apparently gotten Saudi Arabia on board with the idea, Turkey is now seeking broader international support for the idea of a ground invasion into northern Syria, arguing that it’s necessary to stop the “brutal Russians” and to beat back the Kurds from the border.

Interestingly, when the Saudis were talking up invading last week, it was couched as a way to fight ISIS. Turkey’s own talk of a ground offensive, which President Erdogan insists is the only way to “stop the war,” is being presented wholly as about fighting the Kurds and keeping them from taking territory from ISIS.

Though Erdogan insists the Saudis and some unnamed EU nations are on board, it’s not clear to what extent that’s the case, as the Saudis and Russians are in the midst of key economic efforts, and probably don’t want to suddenly be at war with one another. Turkey’s government, by contrast, seems to be itching for a war with Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The war with Russia over Syria is something the American government would love to see happen, using the Saudi and Turkish militaries, initially, as their proxy forces.

But here's the problem; the US, Turkey, and NATO, collectively, do not have the weaponry, the troop strength, the money or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia. This is what makes a military scenario so dangerously scary.

Feb 17 10:53

Why Are Neocons So Desperate To Rescue al-Qaeda in Syria?

Reading Dennis Ross and David Ignatius is a good reminder that the neocons live in a different world than the rest of us. They do not conform their analysis to reality, but rather they conform reality to their view of the world. Where most people would be encouraged to read that Aleppo in Syria was about to be liberated from its 3.5 year occupation by al-Qaeda’s Syrian franchise, the neocons see a disaster.

Feb 17 10:47

At least 5 killed, 10 injured as blast hits military dorm in Turkish capital Ankara

At least 5 people have been killed and 10 more injured in a car explosion in Ankara, local authorities said. The blast happened in close proximity to the Turkish parliament building, reportedly hitting a military dormitory.

The scene of the explosion is located in close proximity to Turkey's parliament, the Presidency of the General Staff, and Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard commands.

The Daily Sabah reported that the explosion took place when a military vehicle was passing by.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This reeks of a false-flag to be blamed on Syria and the Kurds so that Turkey can launch the invasion.

Feb 17 10:22

WASHINGTON’S MACHIAVELLIAN GAME IN SYRIA

An ominous wire report sent a shiver down my spine when I read it. On January 28, US Army Lieutenant General Sean MacFarland, head of the US-led coalition against Daesh (ISIL) in Iraq and Syria, said that the US military was on site at the Mosul Dam to assess “the potential” for the collapse. Were it to be blown up, it would send a flood of water down the heavily populated Tigris river valley. “The likelihood of the dam collapsing is something we are trying to determine right now… all we know is when it goes, it’s going to go fast and that’s bad,” MacFarland told reporters in Baghdad. The US State Department estimates up to 500,000 people could be killed and over one million rendered homeless should Iraq’s biggest dam collapse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

An ominous wire report sent a shiver down my spine when I read it. On January 28, US Army Lieutenant General Sean MacFarland, head of the US-led coalition against Daesh (ISIL) in Iraq and Syria, said that the US military was on site at the Mosul Dam to assess “the potential” for the collapse. Were it to be blown up, it would send a flood of water down the heavily populated Tigris river valley. “The likelihood of the dam collapsing is something we are trying to determine right now… all we know is when it goes, it’s going to go fast and that’s bad,” MacFarland told reporters in Baghdad. The US State Department estimates up to 500,000 people could be killed and over one million rendered homeless should Iraq’s biggest dam collapse.

It would likely flood the large oilfields of Kirkuk on its path, rendering them inoperable. Whoever controls the Mosul Dam, the largest in Iraq, controls most of the country’s water and power resource. The dam holds back over 12 billion cubic meters of water that is crucial for irrigation in the farming areas of Iraq’s western Nineveh province. In a 2007 letter, US General David Petraeus, a key figure in the destruction of Iraq and in the creation of what became DAESH, warned Iraq’s government that “A catastrophic failure of Mosul Dam would result in flooding along the Tigris River all the way to Baghdad.”

Washington Proxy War Builds

Combine this statement by General MacFarland, head of the US-led coalition against Daesh (ISIL) in Iraq and Syria on that Mosul Dam, the Biden talks to get Turkey’s military invasion accepted by Iraq “in the war against DAESH” and the encouragement by State Secretary John Kerry of Prince Salman’s Saudi war against Yemen, as well as the recent Davos statements by Ash Carter. Add to that the fact that the Saudi and Turkish militaries just announced plans undertake joint military actions to “cooperate against common threats.”

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As reported at stratfor.com on 26 January of this year:

The Turkish and U.S. militaries are intensifying dialogue on cooperation against the Islamic State, as well as efforts to seal the Turkish-Syrian border, following U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to Turkey, Hurriyet reported Jan. 26. The commander of the U.S. Air Forces Central Command and the Combined Force Air Component, Lt. Gen. Charles Brown, is scheduled to visit Ankara and southeastern Diyarbakir on Feb. 1-2 to meet with his Turkish counterpart, Air Forces Commander Gen. Abidin Unal. The visit to Diyarbakır, home to a large Turkish air base that is not currently being used in the anti-Islamic State campaign but is available for secondary operations, is expected to facilitate discussions on future uses of the base. Unnamed sources said that additional U.S. delegations are expected to visit Turkey in the future for additional coordination on the fight against the Islamic State, particularly a joint operation to clear the so-called Mare-Jarablus line of Islamic State forces. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is expected to arrive in Turkey on Feb. 29 for a three-day visit focused on technical and infrastructural assistance to help secure Turkey’s border. The Turks are determined to clear the Islamic State from a corridor of land stretching along the Syrian side of the Turkey-Syria border.

OK, folks, 29 February is one week from next Monday.Homeland Security Secretary Johnson will be back in DC, most probably no later than the 4th of March.

And the ringer that really trips off the brazen, damned lie in this article is the reality that Turkey has not really been fighting ISIS; they have been enabling ISIS, and allowing them into cross through Turkey into Syria. As reported in journal-neo.org on 2 February of this month:

Syrian ground forces, bolstered by Hezbollah fighters and Iranian advisers, and backed by highly effective Russian airpower, have cut off terrorist supply lines leading from NATO-member Turkey’s territory. This not only includes so-called “moderate” terrorist groups affiliated with Al Qaeda and its regional affiliate, the Al Nusra Front, but also ISIS itself. The same CNN claiming Syria and Russia are responsible for the current crisis, admitted in their article, “You thought Syria couldn’t get much worse. Think again,” that (emphasis added): To the east of Aleppo, Kurdish forces are, with American support, eyeing the remaining ISIS strongholds along the Turkish border — Jarablus and Manbij. The U.S. wants ISIS out, to remove its access to resupply of materiel and fighters from Turkey. The question all of CNN’s readers should ask, and one any real journalist were there any at the media organization would have answered, is: “why if the US is stationed in Turkey, doesn’t it and its Turkish allies, NATO members since the 1950s, interdict and stop ISIS’ access to ‘resupply of materiel and fighters’ on the Turkish side of the border?” The answer is as disturbing as it is obvious – the US and Turkey created ISIS, are arming and funding it to this very day, and are using the existence and atrocities of their own proxy forces as a pretext to further compound the misery, division, destruction, and humanitarian crisis in Syria, including the subsequent refugee crisis that has in turn affected surrounding nations and even as far as Europe and North America. http://journal-neo.org/2016/02/14/turkey-is-the-source-not-solution-to-isis-and-the-syrian-crisis/

So, if Homeland Security Fuhrer Johnson is in Ankara, it will not about getting rid of Isis; he will be discussing how to further the war against Syria, and topple Al Assad, even to the point creating of an armed confrontation between Russia and the US, but using Turkey and Saudi Arabia as proxies for as long as possible to adapt a posture of plausible deniability.

Feb 17 09:23

Turkey Is About to Find Out That 'No' Means 'No'

Despite a whirlwind of statements from several Arab nations, NATO and the UN, Russia has only said two things:

1) If ground troops from any nation enter Syria without Damascus' permission, it will be a declaration of war." AND;

2) The Americans - the American President and our Arab partners - have to ask themselves if they want permanent war."

Other than those two public statements, Russia has been very quiet. The fact that the Russians have said nothing is a very revealing thing: There is no more left to say.

The time for talking is over.

Actions will determine the future.

Feb 17 09:22

Merkel repeats call for 'some kind of no fly zone' in Syria

erkel said on Wednesday that it would be good for the people in Aleppo and the area around it to create "a kind of no fly zone" up to the Turkish border, reiterating comments she made on Monday.

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Don't worry, Angela; Russia's already taken care of that!

Feb 17 09:12

Turkey Continues To Shell Kurdish Forces In Syria

Turkey continues to shell Syrian Kurdish forces in northern Syria in an attempt to stop them from claiming the town of Azaz, which is located just eight kilometers from the Turkish border.

Feb 17 09:11

This Enormous VICTORY over ISIS, is Causing Sheer PANIC for Turkey and Saudi Arabia!

Right there, in the top left corner, is what’s causing serious conniption fits in the halls of Ankara, Turkey, as Erdogan is furious at the thought of losing A’zaz. Azaz is roughly 20 miles north of Aleppo, and remains one of the last major holdouts of the area, for terrorist forces backed by Turkey/US/UK/Saudis/Israel.

As you can see, Azaz is being surrounded by Kurdish forces, currently(specifically the YPG), and if the Kurdish people are able to occupy that last outpost, held by terrorist groups, backed by Turkey….then two things will occur:

1) The Kurdish people will be able to consolidate huge territorial gains made during the war, and have a complete network stretching across northern Syria, and

2) The last remaining supply lines to Turkish/Saudi-backed terrorists in Aleppo will be completely cut!

Feb 17 09:09

ISIS retreating in Syria, missile system destroyed, 33 targets hit - Russian military

Russian warplanes have destroyed a surface-to-air missile launcher that the Islamic State terrorist group previously captured from the Syrian Army, the Russian Defense Ministry reports. The bombing campaign in Syria is forcing the jihadists to flee.

Feb 17 08:23

Israel seeks government change in Syria to undermine resistance: Nasrallah

Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, says Israel seeks government change in Syria in order to undermine the resistance front against the Zionist regime.

Feb 17 08:15

Syria: At the Gateway of Greater War

By Tony Cartalucci

Syrian forces backed by Russian airpower have made major advances across the battlefield along multiple fronts.

Around Aleppo, Syrian forces have cut supply lines from Turkey that were for years, supplying terrorists operating inside the country. Just east of a growing encirclement of the city of Aleppo, a secondary encirclement of so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS) forces is forming as the offensive to relieve Kuweris Airbase has evolved into a northern advance toward Al Bab – a critical logistical hub used by US-NATO-GCC backed terrorists during the initial invasion of Aleppo in 2012 and onward.

Deeper within the interior of Syria, Syrian forces have advanced eastward into the Al Raqqa Governorate, approaching the Tabaqa Airbase. The airbase is a crucial waypoint toward seizing back the city of Al Raqqa itself, which has become the de facto capital of ISIS...

Feb 17 08:13

Russian Diplomat Drops a Bombshell: US Expected ISIS to Seize Damascus by October

Alexander Yakovenko, Russia’s ambassador to Britain, dropped something of a bombshell on Monday, though one that has gone completely unnoticed.

In a piece in the print edition of the London Evening Standard defending Russian policy in Syria he made the following extraordinary disclosure:

“Last summer we were told by our Western partners that in October Damascus would fall to IS (ie. the Islamic State – AM).
What they were planning to do next we don’t know. Probably, they would have ended up painting the extremists white and accepting them as a Sunni state straddling Iraq and Syria”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That was the plan all along! Then the door would open for the conquest of Iran.

Feb 17 08:06

Ground troops only solution to Syria conflict: Turkey

Turkey is among the few countries insisting that the only way to stop the war in Syria is to deploy ground forces in the Arab country’s northern regions.

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Here's your rifle, Erdogan...

Feb 17 06:09

S-300 delivery, Syrian crisis top agenda of talks in Moscow

TEHRAN, Feb. 17: Visiting Moscow for talks about closer military cooperation, Dehghan said the delivery of Russia’s advanced S-300 anti-aircraft system to Iran and the Syrian crisis topped the agenda of talks during his visit to Russia.
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Dehghan underlined Iran is serious in its support for the government and people of Syria and has had decisive cooperation with Russia leading to the shift of balance and creation of a new situation in Syria.

Russia's Shoigu also said Iran and Russia face common threats in the region which needs joint cooperation to counter the challenges.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Moscow and Tehran were ready to step up their military cooperation after meeting with his Iranian counterpart on Tuesday.
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Feb 17 05:26

Syria Invasion: Obama Is About to Make the Biggest Decision of His Presidency

President Obama must decide if he will let the Syrian civil war come to an end with Russian-backed President Assad still in power or if he will escalate by supporting a Turkish-Saudi invasion, which could push the world to the brink of nuclear war, writes Joe Lauria. With the Russian-backed Syrian army encircling Aleppo, cutting off Turkish supplies to rebels and advancing on the Islamic State’s capital of Raqqa, a panicked Saudi Arabia and Turkey have set up a joint headquarters to direct an invasion of Syria that could lead to a vast escalation of the war. And there’s only one man who could stop them: President Barack Obama. It is probably the most important decision Obama will make in his eight years in office since a Turkish-Saudi invasion risks a direct showdown between Russia and NATO, since Turkey is a member of the alliance...

Feb 16 16:13

Syria Accuses Alliance of Striking Hospital

Syria's United Nations ambassador says his government has "credible information" that the U.S.-led alliance struck a hospital in northern Syria run by Doctors Without Borders and is accusing the medical aid organization of being a branch of French intelligence.

Bashar Ja'afari accused the U.S. and its allies of triggering a hostile media campaign blaming Syria and its ally Russia for the "criminal act against a hospital."

Feb 16 16:07

What Turkey & Saudi Arabia Aim to Gain with Possible Ground Invasion in Syria

Col. Larry Wilkerson says Turkish and Saudi officials may be bluffing, but the prospect nevertheless is a calamity reminiscent of pre-World War I conditions.

Feb 16 14:53

World War 3 Could Start This Month: 350,000 Soldiers In Saudi Arabia Stand Ready To Invade Syria

350,000 soldiers, 20,000 tanks, 2,450 warplanes and 460 military helicopters are massing in northern Saudi Arabia for a military exercise that is being called “Northern Thunder”. According to the official announcement, forces are being contributed by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain, Sudan, Kuwait, Morocco, Pakistan, Tunisia, Oman, Qatar, Malaysia and several other nations. This exercise will reportedly last for 18 days, and during that time the airspace over northern Saudi Arabia will be closed to air traffic. This will be the largest military exercise in the history of the region, and it comes amid rumors that Saudi Arabia and Turkey are preparing for a massive ground invasion of Syria.

Feb 16 14:16

Russian Diplomat Drops a Bombshell: US Expected ISIS to Seize Damascus by October

Alexander Yakovenko, Russia’s ambassador to Britain, dropped something of a bombshell on Monday, though one that has gone completely unnoticed. “Last summer we were told by our Western partners that in October Damascus would fall to IS (ie. the Islamic State - AM). What they were planning to do next we don’t know. Probably, they would have ended up painting the extremists white and accepting them as a Sunni state straddling Iraq and Syria”. The summer - when these conversations between the Western powers and the Russians allegedly took place - was the time when the US was in discussions with Turkey and Jordan about setting up a no-fly zone and safe havens in Syria. I discussed in this article how “no-fly zone” is today simply a euphemism for a US bombing campaign...

Feb 16 13:51

Report: FSA Asks Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar to Launch Military Operations in Syria

The Free Syrian Army (FSA) militant group asked for the military intervention of Riyadh, Ankara and Doha governments in Syria, a document released in the Arab media outlets showed.

Feb 16 13:35

US to ‘Adjust Accordingly’ After Assessing Results of Ceasefire in Syria

"We will assess the secession of hostilities and whether or not the parties have agreed to it, and we will adjust accordingly," Cook stated in a briefing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, the US is looking for an excuse to keep bombing.

Feb 16 13:13

U.N. envoy wins Syria government green light for aid convoys - U.N.

The Syrian government has approved access to seven besieged areas and U.N. convoys are expected to set off in days, the United Nations said on Tuesday after crisis talks in Damascus.

U.N. Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura, who won the green light at talks with Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem, said the world body would test the government commitment to allow access on Wednesday but gave no details

Feb 16 12:41

The Neoconservatives Are Brewing A Wider War In Syria — Paul Craig Roberts

In order to protect themselves, Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah have come to the support of Syria.
The Russians are there legally at the invitation of the Syrian government. The US is there illegally.

Russian air power in support of the Syrian Army has turned the tide against the Islamist State.
The invaders are being driven out. The neoconservatives cannot accept this defeat.

Washington is preparing a Syrian invasion by Turkey and Saudi Arabia, the purpose of which is to split Syria in half with Washington controlling the eastern part with the oil fields.

Possibly this is a bluff to get Russia to accept a Syrian settlement less favorable to Russian, Iranian, and Syrian interests. However, the Russian government cannot risk that it is only a bluff. If a US/Turkish/Saudi force were to arrive first in Raqqa and Deir Ezzor, Syria would be dismembered.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The war the US government apparentlywants with Russia is in the works; unfortunately, the war the US government and military will get will most likely be, and pardon my Serbo-Croation on this, an industrial-strength arse-whipping.

And why?!? Because right now, the US military doesn't have the weaponry, the manufacturing, the troop strength, and the money to assure a positive conclusion to a conventional war against Russia, which is what makes the military option here so scarily dangerous.

Feb 16 12:32

The Neocon Plot For WWIII -- Paul Craig Roberts

In other words, what the insane neoconservatives are doing is giving the Russian government a big incentive to introduce Russian ground troops into the conflict. Once those troops are there, you can safely bet that the insane neoconservatives will cause conflict between them and US/Turkish forces. A wider war will have begun from which neither side can back down.

Feb 16 12:01

Pakistan confirms participation in Saudi-led military drills

Pakistan has confirmed its participation in military exercises in Saudi Arabia along with other Islamic nations.

The confirmation came on Monday, a day after the Saudi Press Agency reported that the military forces from 20 countries are scheduled to begin military maneuver in Saudi Arbia.

The news agency described the maneuver, dubbed "Thunder of North," as the region's most important military drills involving ground, air and naval forces.

In response to a media question regarding joint military exercise in Saudi Arabia, the Pakistani foreign ministry said the country is participating in a multi-national exercise on counter-terrorism being held in Saudi Arabia.

"A small Pakistani defence contingent also remains stationed in Saudi Arabia under a bilateral arrangement," the foreign ministry spokesperson said late on Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question left unasked here, is will Pakistan be providing nuclear weapons to Saudi Arabia if this alleged drill "goes hot"?!?

Remember, Saudi Arabia provided a great deal of investment to Pakistan for its nuclear program, with the understanding that should the Saudi Arabian government believe it needed nuclear weapons, it could get them from Pakistan.

Feb 16 11:20

French ex-prime minister: Without Assad, neither EU nor US will be able to end Syrian crisis

Conflicting views over the Syrian crisis are stalling the fight against global terror. Under the pressure of the economic and refugee crises, European unity is too strained. Can the escalation of fighting be stopped - and what are the instruments that are needed to finally solve the problems that EU is facing for months, if not for years? To find out, we speak to a former prime minister of France. Dominique de Villepin is on Sophie&Co today.

Feb 16 11:18

Turko-Kurdish Rift Spreads to Sweden as Kurdish Man is Shot in Stockholm

Kurdish people are not only being viciously attacked in Turkey and Syria, they’re also being hunted down in other countries: an elderly Kurdish man was shot in Stockholm over the past weekend, the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reported.

A 52-year-old Kurdish man received gunshot wounds while attending a pro-Kurdish rally in the Swedish capital.

Although the attacker remains unknown, the incident might fuel a conflict between Turks and Kurds living in Sweden, said Paul Levin, a professor of Turkish Studies at Stockholm University, according to Svenska Dagbladet.

Feb 16 10:48

Damascus calls for lifting sanctions against Syria

"The unilateral sanctions against Syria imposed by the US and the European Union should be lifted," Muallem told UN special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura. The minister said the sanctions "aggravated the sufferings of Syrian people." Muallem and de Mistura also discussed deliveries of humanitarian aid to the Syrian cities sieged by the conflicting sides.

Feb 16 10:42

Syrian army advances into Raqqa in major anti-ISIS assault

Syrian army units and paramilitary forces are reportedly moving into Raqqa province, seizing strategically important areas along the Salamiyah-Raqqa road which leads directly into the Islamic State stronghold.

Feb 16 10:41

Russian lawmaker says threat of Turkish-Saudi invasion of Syria is used as leverage

"Naturally, developments in Syria are extremely disadvantageous for Ankara, since those forces Turkey is supporting in Syria, including some part of the armed opposition to Syrian President Bashar Assad, are now suffering defeat, and we are fully aware that Turkey has contacts with Islamic State gunmen who are gradually losing their positions," Pushkov said. "Saudi Arabia has similar concerns... Saudi Arabia said it is ready for a military operation but is waiting for consent from the United States. On the other hand, the Saudis have no capable army of their own, i.e. those they can deploy are mostly people who are serving for money, mercenaries. Riyadh has no troops of its own and it is difficult to say now whether its threats to launch a military invasion of Syria are real or a bluff... So far, it can be seen as an attempt to influence the situation by means of threats and political maneuvers.

Feb 16 10:38

Russia denies its warplanes hit Medecins sans Frontieres hospital in Syria

Russia has rebuffed claims that its warplanes struck a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders in northern Syria in airstrikes the previous day that killed at least nine as Syrian government forces and a predominantly Kurdish coalition made gains against rivals in the country's north.

In Moscow, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters the hospital report was another case in which those who make accusations against Russia cannot back them up.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights had said Russian warplanes targeted the hospital in Idlib province on Monday, destroying it and killing nine people.

Feb 16 08:50

Iran military advisers in Syria on Damscus demand: Zarif

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iranian military advisers are in Syria at the request of the Damascus government.

Addressing the European Union lawmakers in Brussels on Tuesday, Zarif also dismissed media allegations that Iran has sent troops to Syria to fight for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying Tehran has no “boots on the ground” but only "military advisers" at the request of the Syrian government.

Feb 16 08:21

'No incidents, just professionalism' as Russian jets shadow German Tornados in Syria – Bundeswehr

Russian fighter jets permanently monitor Luftwaffe Tornados performing reconnaissance missions in Syrian airspace, Germany’s flying operations center commander told the media. Both sides act professionally and prevent incidents, he added...

. . . The general believes the Russians want to make it clear that “unlike the international [US-led] anti-IS coalition, they operate at the invitation of the legitimate Syrian government.”

Feb 16 08:17

Merkel calls for ‘no-fly zone’ in Syria

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has backed the controversial idea of imposing a no-fly zone over northern Syria to alleviate the refugee crisis as the country plays along with Ankara’s demands for the creation of a “buffer area” along its border.

“In the current situation it would be helpful, if there could be such an area, where none of the parties are allowed to launch aerial attacks, that is to say, a kind of no-fly zone,” Merkel told the daily Stuttgarter Zeitung, when asked by the publication about opening up areas to host refugees.

Feb 16 08:09

On the brink of WWIII: Azaz hospital air raid: 'No terrorists, no fighters, just babies' Syria crisis slips ever closer to WW3

The UN says that 50 people were killed in attacks on at least three medical facilities including a children's hospital in northern Syria on Monday, with one medical charity saying it appeared they had been deliberately attacked by Russian or government jets.
Fears of an escalation of the five year civil war were further sparked as Syrian government forces and Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighters reportedly took Tel Rifaat on Monday night, a key town enroute to the city of Azaz where air strikes fell on Monday.
As Turkey shelled Syrian targets across its border for the third day in a row, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday his country would not allow Azaz to fall to Kurdish fighters. Meanwhile, Russia's defense ministry said Turkey's shelling was "open support to international terrorism" reports.

Feb 16 07:50

Turkish forces shell Kurdish camp in Syria, reportedly hit govt forces

The Turkish army has shelled Kurdish targets near the city of Azaz in northwest Syria, including an air base recently retaken from Islamist rebels, with a massive attack. It also hit Syrian forces across the border, according to media reports.
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Anatolia news agency reported that the Turkish military hit Syrian government forces on Saturday, adding that the shelling had been in response to fire inflicted on a Turkish military guard post in Turkey’s southern Hatay region.

Turkish artillery targeted Syrian forces again late on Saturday, according to a military source quoted by RIA Novosti. The attack targeted the town of Deir Jamal in the Aleppo Governorate.

Feb 16 07:42

NATO buildup in Black Sea violates Montreux Convention — Russian deputy

Russia’s former Black Sea Fleet commander Vladimir Komoyedov warned NATO on Wednesday that the 1936 Montreux Convention restricted the time of stay of foreign warships in the Black Sea.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said earlier on Wednesday that NATO would continue adapting and building up its military capabilities in the Black Sea region, including its naval forces, intelligence means and possibilities for redeploying reinforcements.

"First of all, the Black Sea is a closed theatre. It is an internal sea, in fact, which is connected to the Mediterranean Sea by straits," Komoyedov told TASS on Wednesday in response to Stoltenberg’s words.

Feb 16 07:40

Geneva Is A Deception: In Syria, Peace Will Be Won On The Battlefield

Op-Ed by Afraa Dagher

Peace talks are being held for Syria in Geneva while Syria itself is bleeding because of the so-called moderate rebels’ blasts. Unfortunately, we are used to such reactions from the terrorists since the same thing happens before every peace conference regarding Syria...

Feb 16 07:40

On the brink of WWIII: Syrian crisis “draws everyone taking part in it into a war” Russian PM warns of world war if troops sent in

The world inches ever closer to WWIII this weekend as the Syrian government has confirmed that its army positions were targeted by Turkish shelling on Saturday, which also hit the positions of the Syrian Kurdish militias in the northern Aleppo province.

Turkish shelling reportedly continued Sunday.

The Syrian government has condemned the Turkish shelling of Syrian territory and described it as direct support for “terrorist” groups, Syrian state media reported Sunday, citing a letter to the United Nations reports RT

Feb 16 07:39

World War III Approaches: Saudi Arabia And Turkey Drop Hints That An Invasion Of Syria Is Imminent

As you read this article, Turkish forces are massing along the border with Syria, and the largest “military exercises” in the history of the Middle East are being held in northern Saudi Arabia. The Saudis are publicly warning that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “will be removed by force” if a political solution cannot be found, and Turkey is claiming that it may have to establish a “safe zone” in northern Syria “for humanitarian purposes”. Saudi Arabia, Turkey and their Sunni allies have poured massive amounts of money and arms into the conflict in Syria, and now that their Sunni insurgents are on the verge of total defeat, they are trying to come up with a way to justify going in there and doing the job themselves.

For the Saudis, their focus is on trying to convince everyone that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is an extremely dangerous dictator that must be removed at all costs.

Feb 16 07:27

Saudi awaits US order for troops deployment in Syria: Jubeir

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has said that any decision for the deployment of special forces to Syria would follow the will of the US-led coalition allegedly hitting hideouts of the Takfiri Daesh militants.

"The Kingdom's readiness to provide special forces to any ground operations in Syria is linked to a decision to have a ground component to this coalition against Daesh in Syria - this US-led coalition - so the timing is not up to us," al-Jubeir told a news conference in Riyadh, adding, "With regards to timing of the mission or size of troops, this has yet to be worked out."

The top Saudi diplomat, however, refrained from elaborating further on the issue.

Feb 16 07:13

No Means No!

It's quite simple, really. Russia has said "If any foreign ground forces enter Syria without Damascus' permission, it will be a declaration of war."

Russia says what it means and means what it says; a rarity in today's world.

So the line has been clearly drawn by Russia. Now, it's up to the rest of the world to decide whether or not Russia's statements mean what they actually said?

This is a mistake that many are about to make. The Arabs, ever shifty as a matter of culture, do not realize they are dealing with an absolute. No means no.

The Arabs are acting just plain stupid in this regard. They apparently think if they come into Syria with a big enough force, and fast enough, they will simply over-run the nation.

The idea that their troops will be vaporized by tactical, battlefield, nuclear weapons, didn't even occur to them.

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