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Feb 14 16:40

Saudis Say Assad Must Go, Deploy Jets to Turkey: Joint Turkish-Saudi Assault on Syria Now Imminent

Peace is off the table in Syria. The US is escalating the conflict via its client states

Feb 14 16:39

NATO’s Provocative Anti-Russian Moves

Official Washington’s demonization of Vladimir Putin and the neocon “group think” about “Russian aggression” have fueled a reckless drive to move NATO forces up to Russia’s border, thus heightening risks of nuclear war and not serving real U.S. national interests, writes Jonathan Marshall.

Feb 14 16:38

Russia, NATO, Both Start Exercises On Black Sea

Russia is conducting snap exercises around the Black Sea and southern Russia as tensions continue to rise between Russia and Turkey. Meanwhile, a contingent of four NATO naval vessels -- including two from Turkey -- is visiting Georgia for joint exercises.

Russia began the exercises on Monday which reportedly involve 8,500 troops and 50 combat ships from the Black Sea Fleet and Caspian Flotilla. These sorts of large, unnanounced exercises have become common in Russia over the last several years, but analysts saw these particular drills as sending a message to Turkey.

Feb 14 16:36

Saudi jets to fly missions in Syria from Turkish base

Saudi Arabia is to deploy military jets and personnel to Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base in the south of the country, Ankara said. The base is already used by the US Air Force for their sorties in Syria.

Feb 14 16:32

‘Terrorists facing endgame’: Are Turkey & West looking for pretext to start ground op against Assad?

As Syrian anti-Assad militants are getting desperate amid Damascus’ Russia-backed advance, world powers that want regime change in Syria are looking for ways to avert their defeat, Jim Jatras, former US diplomat and GOP Senate policy adviser told RT.

Feb 14 16:31

Damascus confirms its army targeted by Turkish shelling, complains to UN

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.

Syria’s government has condemned Turkey for shelling Syrian territory, describing the act as direct support for “terrorist” groups, Syrian state media reported on Sunday, citing the letter to the United Nations.

Damascus sent the letter after Turkey shelled areas recently captured by a Kurdish-backed alliance north of Aleppo on Saturday. It demanded that the UN Security council “take responsibility for international peace and security by putting an end to the crimes committed by the Turkish regime.”

Feb 14 16:30

Civilians reported killed in Syria as Turkey shells Kurdish position for 2nd day

At least two civilians were reportedly killed and several more injured in the village of Maryamayn in northern Syria, as the Turkish army shelled Kurdish militia positions in Aleppo province for the second day in a row on Sunday.

Feb 14 16:30

The Reality Of Saudi Arabia Going To War: “They Will Lose 50% of Their Forces In The First Engagement”

A war is brewing and perhaps within a few days or weeks, should cooler heads not prevail in the middle east, we will see the opening salvos of World War III. This time it won’t just be a proxy war between various extreme and moderate terrorist organizations. This time, as John Kerry so eloquently noted, the end result may well be war with the Russians.

As we publish, Saudi Arabian forces are readying their air force for bombing runs over Syria. According to reports they are also massing ground troops and awaiting the go-ahead from their Western coalition partners, with the final order likely coming directly from the United States.

For the moment the United States will be sitting this one out, acting indirectly as more of a support mechanism rather than putting any boots on the ground. Thus, it will be in the hands of the Turks and Saudis for now.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But it won't stay that way.

Kiss your sons and daughters goodbye; WW3 is cranking up for real!

Feb 14 16:27

Road To World War III: Turkish Army Enters Syria After Second Day Of Shelling As Saudi Warplanes Arrive

Reports indicate the Turkish army has crossed the border into Syria.

Feb 14 10:44

Assad 'will be removed by force' if peace talks fail, Saudi Foreign Minister says

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will be removed by force if the Syrian peace process fails, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister has said.

"Bashar al-Assad will leave - have no doubt about it" Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told CNN. "He will either leave by a political process or he will be removed by force."

Feb 13 21:47

Turkey at odds with Russia and now the US on Syria

February 13, 2016, Saturday/ 17:00:00/ DEN?Z ARSLAN | ANKARA

Turkey's faulty foreign policy choices in Syria since the beginning of the conflict, including supporting Sunnis in the sectarian strife, working for the removal of the Syrian regime from power, undermining the Syrian Kurds and downing a Russian jet, have dragged the country to such a point that today, it is at odds with not only Russia but its close ally the US as well.

Feb 13 20:53

Syria: Turning Over the Death Card By Jack Perry

snip: Minding our own business? Because let me ask you this: Has Bashar al-Assad said if you don’t sign up for AssadCare, he’ll ding your tax return? Has Syria raised your taxes or caused you to have to go to the food bank? In fact, is there anything whatsoever you stand to gain from Syria? Therefore, considering the hundreds of billions of dollars we’ve already squandered on this fool’s errand, why now should we risk a thermonuclear war over it? Again, if people cannot see that this is the perfect example to show us why the government is run by the insane, they must be working for the government. Just watch, the temptation of another world war will be just too great for the government to resist. The only way we’ll avoid one is if the government feels we could get into a world war faster somewhere else, or thinks the Russians are just trying to trick us into thinking we could have a world war. “Can we get a money-back guarantee on this world war?

Feb 13 19:04

Turkish FM: No decision made for anti-ISIL ground operation in Syria

BEX and a deception? Only the Russians know for sure!

“This is not an issue for Turkey or Saudi Arabia alone, we have been saying that the coalition should be doing this,” Çavu?o?lu said on Feb. 13 when asked about the reports of a possible ground operation against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) by Turkey and Saudi Arabia in Syria.

“But there is no solid decision on this, no concrete strategy,” Çavu?o?lu added. “This is not a new idea, but as of today, there is no decision regarding a ground operation.”

Feb 13 18:33

Military Analysis: The Turkish 2nd Army. Invasion Force for Syria?

It is reasonable to believe that Turkey is preparing to salvage its failed policy of supporting Islamic fundamentalist mercenaries and terrorist groups in Syria by invading and establishing a safe area for these groups along its southern border with Syria, while at the same time dealing a crushing blow to the Kurdish forces that have been successful in fighting them. Turkey is not only trying to topple the Assad government in Syrian, but is also trying to liquidate the Kurdish threat both in Iraq and Syria, as well as within its own borders.

It is most likely that elements of the Turkish Second Army are positioned along the southern border with Syria, and will form the nucleus of any invasion force. The 2nd Army is responsible for defending Southwestern Turkey. Its headquarters is based in Malatya, with approximately 100,000 troops under its command. The army is comprised of three corps, the 4th, 6th and 7th which are composed of the following units:

Feb 13 18:24

Week Eighteen of the Russian Intervention in Syria: a dramatic escalation appears imminent

This column was written for the Unz Review.

The situation in Syria has reached a watershed moment and a dramatic escalation of the war appears imminent. Let’s look again at how we reached this point.

Russia has taken the preparations needed to go to war with Turkey.

Feb 13 18:17

BEX ALERT - US calls on Turkey to halt military strikes in Syria

The Double Cross begins?

We are concerned about the situation north of Aleppo and are working to de-escalate tensions on all sides," State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement on Saturday.

"We have also seen reports of artillery fire from the Turkish side of the border and urged Turkey to cease such fires,?" he added.

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Feb 13 18:14

Medvedev Warns Against Discussing Possible Ground Operation in Syria

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned Saturday against discussing a possible ground operation in Syria, stating that this would be a wrong turn in negotiations, Sputnik reported.

"Despite all these agreements, people are starting to talk about carrying out a ground operation if something isn't done," Medvedev said at a meeting with Slovenian President Borut Pahor.

Feb 13 18:06

Russia Is Preparing the Syrian Army to Repel Any Turkish Incursion

Russia is preparing a strong Syrian military unit that will serve to repel any Turkish ground incursions, Damascus has the right to defend its borders, and will not stay silent anymore to any aerial violations of Syrian sovereignty, and is preparing for any ground offensive by the Turks with aerial bombardment and ground shelling.

The Kremlin wanted to send to Turkey a message that says any incursion by you will be met by force not diplomacy”.

Feb 13 17:49

Saudi Arabia will send fighter jets to Turkish base in preparation for anti-ISIS bombing campaign as the conflict threatens to escalate in the region

Saudi Arabia is set to move fighter jets to its base in Turkey in preparation for a possible bombing campaign against ISIS jihadists in Syria. Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu confirmed the potential plan and suggested Turkey were also considering military options against ISIS. 'If there is a strategy (against ISIS) then Turkey and Saudi Arabia could enter into a ground operation,' Mr Cavusoglu said after the Munich Security Conference.

Feb 13 17:45

Horrors of war: Aleppo before and after Syrian conflict

The Munich talks are to start amid intense battles to retake the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Feb 13 17:44

Syria Civil War: Turkey confirms military strikes against Assad regime troops

Turkish troops responded to mortar fire from Syrian government troops on a police station in Calibogazi, Hatay province, this afternoon, reported the state run Turkish Anadolu Agency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

See 42 FALSE-FLAG ATTACKS OFFICIALLY ADMITTED TO

Turkey is claiming that Syria attacked a police station with a mortar.

Look for what should be there and isn't, and what isn't there is a MOTIVE for Assad to do such a thing, knowing that Turkey has been trying to find a reason to attack for months now!

Feb 13 17:43

Pentagon: Attacks on ISIS Turkish oil tankers is the main cause of the Turkish-Russian crisis

I don't think the Dogman gives a flip about those drivers. He is pissed over all the money he and his son have lost!

Pentagon spokesman “Jeff Davis” issued a statement on his Facebook page and introduced attacks on ISIS Turkish oil ships as the main cause of the Turkish Russian crisis.

According to “AWD NEWS” news agency, in analyzing tensions between Turkey and Russia in his Facebook page,Jeff Davies officially admitted: Earlier every time we wanted to attack an ISIS oil tanker we gave them notices because we knew tanks drivers were Turks, but in their attacks the Russian have not thought of this for Turkish citizens and bombarded them without prior notice; this has led to the reckless behavior of Ankara with Russia.

Feb 13 17:36

Turkish military repeatedly shell Assad forces; Kurds confirm to RT being hit by massive attack

The Turkish army has shelled Syrian government forces in Aleppo and Latakia provinces, while also hitting Kurdish targets near the city of Azaz in northwestern Syria, including an air base recently retaken from Islamist rebels, with a massive attack.

Feb 13 17:35

Turkish Forces Shell Syrian Army Positions in Latakia - Source

Turkish armed forces shelled Syrian army positions in the northern Syrian province of Latakia, a military source told RIA Novosti early Sunday.

Feb 13 15:18

FIGHTING HAS BEGUN !!!! Turkey Shelling into Syria; Directly Attacking Syrian Arab Army and perimeter of Russian Base in Latakia

It appears that World War 3 is beginning right now. This morning, Turkish Artillery began shelling positions outside of Azzaz, Syria. Those positions are held by the Syrian Arab Army (legitimate, duly-elected government of Syria) and are NOT being aimed at ISIS terrorists! These are direct attacks by Turkey upon the lawful government forces of Syria.With their rebel pals falling to the legitimate government of Syria, Turkey has now begun shelling into Syria to aid their Rebel forces and ISIS Terrorists!

Feb 13 15:05

Turkey’s Second Army Prepares to Invade Syria

Recent public comments by the Turkish government have hinted at a possible invasion into Syrian territory to “stabilize” the situation and secure Turkey’s national security. Significant clashes between Turkish army and security forces with elements of the YPG and PKK, which have exacted a costly toll on the Kurdish civilian population have been raging in southern Turkey and northern Syria in recent months. Russian satellite surveillance and human intelligence employed by both Russian and Syria in the region have confirmed the build-up of troops and material on the border.

Feb 13 15:05

Does the US actually want WWIII!?

Considering the hundreds of billions of dollars we’ve already squandered on this fool’s errand, why now should we risk a thermonuclear war over it? Again, if people cannot see that this is the perfect example to show us why the government is run by the insane, they must be working for the government.

Feb 13 13:38

Turkey Shells Aleppo, Says "Massive Escalation" In Syria Imminent As Saudis Ready Airstrikes

Even as all sides - including the US, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and select rebel groups - pretend to be working towards a ceasefire and a diplomatic solution to the five year conflict in Syria, actions speak louder than words, and to put it as succinctly as possible, everyone is still fighting.

In fact, the fighting is more intense than ever. Russia and Hezbollah are closing in on Aleppo, the country’s largest city and a key urban center where rebels are dug in for what amounts to a last stand. If the city is liberated by the government (and yes, “liberated” is more accurate than “falls” because occupied territory belongs to the Syrian government, not to Sunni extremists), Assad will have regained control of the country’s backbone in the west.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Will Syria's government ask Russia for help?

Of course they will.

Will Russia protect Syria from Turkey and Saudi Arabia?

They will have to, or be seen as surrendering to the West's goal of Syrian regime change.

Will the US use this as an accuse to start war with Russia?

Of course!


Feb 13 13:35

Russia: New cruise missile ship leaves for Syria

One of the latest additions to Russia's Black Sea fleet, the Zeleny Dol cruise missile ship, set off for Syria's shores from the Crimean port of Sevastopol, Saturday morning.

Feb 13 13:28

Turkey began shelling Syria

The head of the organization's Rami Abdel Rahman said that the Turkish shells hit parts of Aleppo, including Minig, which recently seized power leading Syrian Kurdish parties - the Party of Democratic Unity (PYD), the company said.

Official Ankara considers PYD and its YPG armed forces branches of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which raised a rebellion in Turkey a few decades ago, but the fighting has recently intensified.

Shortly before the shelling, Turkey has taken the suburbs of Aleppo, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Ankara will, if necessary, to take military action against the PYD.

Feb 13 10:14

Russia sends new cruise missile ship Zeleny Dol to Syria: Report

The Russian Navy has dispatched a new warship equipped with cruise missiles to the Mediterranean, with reports saying that it is bound for Syria.

The Russian Defense Ministry’s head of Black Sea Fleet’s information department said on Saturday that the Zeleny Dol Buyan-M class corvette, armed with Kalibr anti-ship missiles, departed for the Mediterranean to join the country’s permanent naval task force there, Russia's Sputnik news agency reported.

“Today, the Zeleny Dol missile corvette and the Kovrovets minesweeper of the Black Sea Fleet left [the Crimean port of] Sevastopol to begin carrying out tasks as part of Russia’s permanent naval task force in the Mediterranean,” Vyacheslav Trukhachev said.

The Russian official added that the patrol ship will conduct tasks in the Mediterranean for the first time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia has warned both Turkey and Saudi Arabia that any ground incursion against Syria will result in military action against them.

As I type this, Turkey is shelling a Syrian airbase, held by Kurdish fighters.

Turkey has decided to take one hell of a gamble that Russia will not respond; in evaluating the statements made by both Medvedev and Putin, warning Turkey and Saudi Arabia not to do this, I think the Turkish government will discover, and soon, that they were dead wrong in this assessment.

This new class of Russian corvettes can - and do - hit their targets with amazing accuracy from a very long distance away from their targets.

Feb 13 09:32

Turkish Forces Begin Shelling of Airbase Held by Kurds in Syria's Aleppo

Turkish forces have started shelling an airbase and a village, recently captured by Kurds, in Syria's northern Aleppo region, Al Mayadeen television reported Saturday.
"Turkish forces started shelling People's Protection Units [YPG] positions on the territory of the Minnigh airbase," an YPG spokesperson told the channel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder on what the Vegas odds are regarding just how long Russia allows this to continue, without fighting back against Turkish forces; this is a clear escalation, and a complete violation of Syrian sovereign territory.

And unfortunately, as for that ceasefire announced only days ago; in the immortal words of the television character Tony Soprano, "fuhgettaboutit!!"

Feb 13 09:09

We Are In A New Cold War": Russia PM Delivers Stark Warning To NATO

On Saturday, Medvedev was back at it with the hyperbole (or at least we hope it’s hyperbole) in Munich where more than 60 foreign and defense ministers are gathered for the 52nd Munich Security Conference. In his speech, the PM challenged NATO’s military maneuvers in the Baltics as well as the alliance’s general approach towards relations with The Kremlin.

“The political line of NATO toward Russia remains unfriendly and closed,” he said in a speech to the conference. “It can be said more sharply: We have slid into a time of a new cold war.”

“NATO on Wednesday approved new reinforcements for eastern Europe, including stepped-up troop rotations on its eastern flanks and more naval patrols in the Baltic Sea,” Bloomberg notes. “In response, the Kremlin dismissed the alliance’s argument that the move was merely defensive.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact we are on the threshold of a "new cold war" (threatening to devolve in to a "hot" war over Syria), it is because the policies of NATO and the US government have put us there.

And NATO'S Sec-Gen Stoltenberg's assessment of Russian foreign policy has caused our very expensive bovine excrement assessment meter to shudder, and re-kit.

It is obvious to all thinking people that the US wants a major war to start ahead of the entire US economy taking a grand dump, which it appears to be about to do.

Then, politicians and heads of financial firms can blame the awful economy on the war, and not on horrific fiscal mismanagement, all to keep the money junkies happy for just a while longer.

Feb 13 08:10

The Syrian Sea of Hostility

The Syrian charade now proceeds under a vague “cessation of hostilities” – which is not a ceasefire – to be implemented within a week. Further on down the road, as this is the real world, “hostilities” will inevitably resume.

Feb 13 08:10

Saudis Say Assad Must Go, Deploy Jets to Turkey: Joint Turkish-Saudi Assault on Syria Now Imminent

Peace is off the table in Syria. The US is escalating the conflict via its client states

Feb 13 08:00

Turkey’s Erdogan warns patience will run out on Syria

Turkey’s patience may run out over the crisis in Syria and it could be forced to take action, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday, calling on the United Nations to do more to prevent what he said was “ethnic cleansing” in the country.

Erdogan accused the United Nations of insincerity in calling on Turkey to do more to help Syrian refugees instead of taking action to prevent the bloodshed in its southern neighbour. Russian war planes have been bombing around the Syrian city of Aleppo in support of a Syrian government offensive to recapture the city, sending tens of thousands of people fleeing to the Turkish border.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This guy is a good one to talk about alleged "ethnic cleansing", when his government continues its serial genocide against Turkey's ethnic Kurds!!

Feb 13 07:59

SAUDI ARABIA SENDS TROOPS AND FIGHTER JETS TO MILITARY BASE IN TURKEY AHEAD OF INTERVENTION AGAINST ISIS IN SYRIA

Saudi Arabia is sending troops and fighter jets to Turkey’s Incirlik military base ahead of a possible ground invasion of Syria. The Turkish foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, confirmed the deployment in a statement to the Yeni ?afak newspaper on Saturday, days before a temporary ceasefire is due to come into force.

Feb 13 07:58

What US Congress Researchers Reveal About Washington’s Designs on Syria

Documents prepared by US Congress researchers as early as 2005 revealed that the US government was actively weighing regime change in Syria long before the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011, challenging the view that US support for the Syrian rebels is based on allegiance to a “democratic uprising” and showing that it is simply an extension of a long-standing policy of seeking to topple the government in Damascus. Indeed, the researchers made clear that the US government’s motivation to overthrow the government of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is unrelated to democracy promotion in the Middle East.

Feb 13 07:55

US calls Assad 'deluded' to think he'll win Syrian war

Syria's Bashar al-Assad is "deluded" if he thinks his forces will retake all of the country from rebel fighters, the US said, after the president claimed in an interview that victory was just a matter of time.

Feb 13 07:54

Syrian Rebels: Ceasefire Deal Won’t Work

After yesterday’s ceasefire agreement on Syria, a lot of media outlets are expressing surprise that fighting is continuing today, and pointing to continued Russian airstrikes. The deal, however, does not take effect for another week.

The negativity toward the deal, and the effort to single out Russia actually are reflecting closely what the US-backed rebel factions are saying, as they insist the deal will “never work” and complain about the terms of the pact.

Rebels expressed particular annoyance that Russia is allowed to continue its air campaign at all, even with the deal limiting them to airstrikes against ISIS and al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front. It would’ve been unthinkable, however, for the ceasefire deal to oblige an end to attacks on ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears to me that the deal is engineered to fail.

I would suggest that we will, most probably, be seeing both Saudi and Turkish groups on the ground in Syria in the very near future; at that point, Russia will have to do what it has promised, and take those troops out with extreme prejudice.

Feb 13 07:49

It’s True – The US Already Has Boots on the Ground

The funny thing about the US is how much denial goes along with their foreign policy. After all, when America causes hundreds of thousands of deaths as in the Iraq war, it is a slightly embarrassing error at worst. It’s so awkward that former Gov. Jeb Bush can be coaxed into saying he would not have started the war his brother made. But embarrassing is not the same as war crime, or mass slaughter. Unpopular is not the same as learning a lesson, punishing the guilty, or even de-incentivizing them from making the exact same error again.

Feb 12 16:34

Liberation of Aleppo: What the Western Media is Shy about Telling You

Commenting on the situation in Syria's Aleppo, veteran French journalist and geopolitical analyst Jean-Michel Vernochet says that it took Russia's intervention in the conflict for the duplicity of the Western-Arab coalition against Daesh to come to light.

But "the truth," Vernochet noted, "is far more prosaic, because if the city of Aleppo is completely surrounded by government forces, the rebel supply corridor with Turkey will be cut. Specifically, [it is about] two roads, between Mayer-Azaz and Andan-Aleppo, through which the Salafist- Wahhabists receive reinforcements, weapons, and ammunition from the Turkish.

Feb 12 14:21

U.S. says wins Saudi air campaign commitment against Islamic State

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who has been under pressure to shore up support from Sunni Arab allies to fight the Islamic State group, on Thursday welcomed a commitment from Saudi Arabia to expand its role in air strikes against the Sunni militants.

At a gathering of more than two dozen defense ministers at NATO headquarters, Saudi Arabia, which has quietly resumed its participation in air strikes in the past few weeks, also renewed the possibility of sending forces into Syria.

"Saudi Arabia's defense minister ... indicated that the Kingdom is reinvigorating its commitment to the coalition air campaign, which is very welcome news, and contributing in other critical ways on the ground," Carter said after the talks in Brussels.

Carter, broadly praising contributions from allies, said the U.S.-led war against Islamic State would be won despite former Cold War foe Russia's role in the civil war in Syria on the side of President Bashar al-Assad's government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know what the Vegas odds are on this, but I have to wonder: when do air strikes morph into a ground invasion by either Saudi Arabia or Turkey, SecDef Carter?!?

Because at that point, Russia will follow through on what both Medvedev and Putin have promised, and attack those groups on the ground in Syria.

Turkey is a NATO MEMBER, which can invoke Article 5 of the NATO agreement, meaning NATO will have to attack Russia, and World War III is on for real.

This would be a slo-mo trainreck, which may well ultimately devastating for both the region, this country, and the world.

Feb 12 13:16

ASSAD VOWS TO RETAKE ALL OF SYRIA 'WITHOUT HESITATION'

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said his armed forces would try to retake the entire country "without hesitation", in an interview published after world powers agreed on a "cessation of hostilities". Speaking to the AFP news agency, Assad said the involvement of regional players in the conflict meant "that the solution will take a long time…

Feb 12 11:56

RUSSIAN PM WARNS US, SAUDIS AGAINST STARTING ‘PERMANENT WAR’ WITH GROUND INTERVENTION IN SYRIA

Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev told German media that sending foreign troops into Syria could unleash “yet another war on Earth.” The warning follows increasingly aggressive statements made by Saudi Arabia and Turkey amid Bashar Assad’s gains in Aleppo.

“All sides must be compelled to sit at the negotiating table, instead of unleashing yet another war on Earth,” Medvedev told Germany’s Handelsblatt newspaper. “Any kinds of land operations, as a rule, lead to a permanent war. Look at what’s happened in Afghanistan and a number of other countries. I am not even going to bring up poor Libya.”

The PM was commenting on recent statements from Saudi Arabia claiming that it was ready to send ground troops to Syria, should Washington lead the way.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The cease-fire which has been announced is both fragile, and tenuous enough to be broken at any second, particularly by those with a vested interest in regime change in Syria.

Russia has played this perfectly, and appears definitely to be the adult at the table in these negotiations.

The "wild cards" right now are Turkey, various rebel groups, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. I hope the leadership in these countries will cool their jets, let the cease-fire take place, and let a political settlement in Syria play out, if this is at all humanly possible right now.

Because a war with Russia over the future of Syria is a really, really bad idea; and particularly so for the US government and military, because they do not have the troop strength, the manufacturing, the weaponry, or the money to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

Feb 12 11:28

US to join Russia in humanitarian aid deliveries to Syria by air

A work group on the issues of the Syrian humanitarian aid will start its work on February 12, its meetings will be held on regular basis and there will be no discrimination to all parties involved in the Syrian conflict. "The group will start its regular work tomorrow," Lavrov said after talks of Syria Support Group in Germany’s Munich. "The humanitarian aid will be delivered without any discrimination whatsoever." According to the official, the United States will join Russia in humanitarian aid deliveries to Syria by air and a certain agreement has been reached on this issue.

Feb 12 11:21

Syria ceasefire deal doesn't stop Russia’s air task force operation — official

"Despite these accords, Russia will continue its counter-terror operation of the air task force because the places of the location of militants from the IS [the Islamic State terrorist organization outlawed in Russia] and the routes of their supply with ammunition, cargoes and manpower are well-known," the senator said. "As far as I understand, these accords relate only to the warring groupings in Syria but do not relate to terrorists who are staying on the territory of Syria and partially on the territory of Iraq," he added. "We’re working at the request of the Syrian president and are struggling against the terrorists who represent the IS on the territory of Syria," the parliamentarian said.

Feb 12 10:29

NATO mulls joining US-led coalition in Syria, Iraq: Carter

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says the NATO military alliance may join a coalition purportedly targeting Daesh Takfiri militants in Syria and Iraq.

Feb 12 10:13

Assad warns about risks of Saudi and Turkish intervention into Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in an exclusive interview with the AFP news agency on Friday said there was a risk of Turkish and Saudi Arabian military intervention into Syria...

Feb 12 09:36

U.S., Russia agree to Syria cease-fire plan

The U.S. and Russia struck an agreement Friday intended to offer a path to a cease-fire in Syria. The New York Times has more here: “Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergey V. Lavrov, announced that they had agreed on the delivery over the next few days of desperately needed aid to besieged Syrian cities, to be followed by a “cessation of hostilities” within a week on the way to a more formal cease-fire.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So ... Turkey and Saudi Arabia have just one week to invade and muck things up.

Feb 12 08:35

The Aleppo Pocket: Turkey Running Out of Time for Its Plans to Invade Syria

The Syrian Army has made major advances in Aleppo province, and is on the brink of surrounding the militant-held portion of the city of Aleppo, cutting off trade routes between the jihadists, Turkey and Daesh to boot. Now, Expert magazine suggests, Turkey's hints at intervention signal that the Ankara-backed militants are running out of time.

Feb 12 08:27

Russian PM warns boots on ground in Syria could spark world war

The deployment of foreign ground troops in Syria could draw nations into a world war, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has warned.

Speaking to the German newspaper Handelsblatt, the Prime Minister said "a ground operation draws everyone taking part in it into a war".

When asked about Saudi Arabia's proposal to send in ground troops, he said "the Americans and our Arab partners must consider whether or not they want a permanent war".

Feb 11 19:51

Kerry: Agreement Reached on 'Full Cessation of Hostilities' in Syria

US and Russian officials also stressed that military action against Daesh, also known as IS/Islamic State, will continue, but both Moscow and Washington agreed to more closely coordinate those actions, according to German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lavrov doesn't look like he believes Kerry for one minute.

Neither do I.

Feb 11 18:59

Syria conflict: World powers agree cessation of hostilities

World powers have agreed to seek a nationwide "cessation of hostilities" in Syria to begin in a week's time, after talks in Germany.

The halt will not apply to the battle against jihadist groups Islamic State (IS) and al-Nusra Front.

Ministers from the International Syria Support Group also agreed to accelerate and expand aid deliveries.

The announcement comes as the Syrian army, backed by Russian air strikes, advances in Aleppo province.

Feb 11 16:44

‘We won’t agree on everything’: US responds to Erdogan’s ultimatum on Kurds

Riled by a meeting between a US official and the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which controls the Syrian town of Kobani, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told Washington to choose between Turkey and, as he put it, the “terrorists.”

Feb 11 14:31

‘Let’s not underestimate tragedy of Syrian civilians’ – Russian UN envoy

The UN has released a report saying all sides in the Syrian war have systematically committed war crimes.

Feb 11 14:16

Cracks in coalition: Turkey summons US envoy over America’s refusal to call Kurds terrorists

Kurdish fighters are known to have been closely coordinating their actions with U.S. forces in the fight against ISIS – in both Iraq and Syria.

Feb 11 14:08

11.5% OF POPULATION IS KILLED IN SYRIAN CONFLICTS

The Syrian Center for Policy Research (SCPR) think tank said in a report published today that more than 1 in 10 Syrian has died and nearly half of the Arab republic’s population has been displaced as the conflict enters its fifth year. “The loss of lives due to the conflict remains the most catastrophic visible and direct impact of the ongoing crisis in Syria, that 11.5 per cent of the population inside Syria were killed or injured due to the armed-conflict,” the SCPR said in their report. The SCPR report also said that 3.11 million people fled the country as refugees and 1.17 million left as economic migrants.

Feb 11 14:03

US, Saudi Arabia Discuss Deployment of Ground Troops in Syria

US State Department spokesperson Mark Toner said that the United States is discussing with Saudi Arabia the deployment of ground troops in Syria, proposed by Riyadh.

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"It's the Saudis. It's not our war. Honest!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 11 14:01

INTERNATIONAL MILITARY REVIEW – SYRIA, FEB. 11, 2016

According to reports, some 800 fighters from Liwa Suqour al-Sahra, the pro-government Palestinian militia “Liwa al-Quds”, Fouj al-Joulan and Kata’ebat al-Ba’ath have arrived the town of Ithriyah in the Northeastern part of Hama in order to supply the efforts aimed to purge ISIS from the Tabaqa Military Airport. In a separate development, the Syrian government forces backed up by the Russian and Syrian warplanes stormed the ISIS defense lines near the town of Zahiyeh in the Raqqa province...

Feb 11 14:01

Russian PM: Foreign offensive in Syria could spark 'world war'

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned Thursday that if Arab forces entered the Syrian war, they could spark a "new world war" and urged ceasefire talks instead.

Asked about proposals by some Arab countries to enter the conflict under a US command, Medvedev said, "that would be bad because ground offensives usually lead to wars becoming permanent."

"The Americans and our Arabic partners must think hard about this: do they want a permanent war?" he was quoted as telling the German Handelsblatt business daily.

"Do they really think they would win such a war very quickly? That's impossible, especially in the Arabic world. There everyone is fighting against everyone...everything is far more complicated. It could take years or decades."

Feb 11 13:50

Kerry Calls For Peace As NATO Proxies Lose Ground In Syria

By Brandon Turbeville

The pattern is almost unmistakable for any observer with an adequate attention span – when the terrorists are gaining ground, the calls from the NATO corners are a united chorus of “Assad must go!” When the SAA is gaining ground, however, that chorus becomes united with calls for a “ceasefire.”...

Feb 11 13:42

Syria Crisis: '15 million more refugees head to Europe'... and rebels say Britain to blame

A senior rebel commander said a lack of support from the West has led to Bashar al-Assad's regime tightening its grip on Aleppo.

The US-trained rebels are losing ground daily in Syria's largest city, with more than 500 people killed in the last fortnight

And it is feared the advance by Assad's regime – backed by Russian air strikes and Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters – could make the refugee crisis worse.

Feb 11 12:50

What US Congress Researchers Reveal about Washington’s “Regime Change” Designs on Syria

Seeing the government in Damascus as too far to the left, Washington has been trying to orchestrate a regime change in Syria since at least 2003

Feb 11 10:59

Russian Intervention in Syrian War Has Sharply Reduced U.S. Options

For months now the United States has insisted there can be no military solution to the Syrian civil war, only a political accord between President Bashar al-Assad and the fractured, divided opposition groups that have been trying to topple him.

But after days of intense bombing that could soon put the critical city of Aleppo back into the hands of Mr. Assad’s forces, the Russians may be proving the United States wrong. There may be a military solution, one senior American official conceded Wednesday, “just not our solution,” but that of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

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"So, our best option is war with Russia!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Here's your rifle, Barry, and two more for your kids. Ditto the parachutes and day-glo orange jumpsuits. Watch your heads climbing into that transport plane and we'll call Putin and tell him you are on your way to whip his ass all by yourselves!

Have fun, and don't forget to write!

Feb 11 10:40

Russia makes proposals for Syria ceasefire, awaits reaction from US - Lavrov

Russia has made “specific proposals” on a ceasefire in Syria and is waiting for a reaction from the US, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.
“We made proposals on implementing a ceasefire, quite specific ones,” Lavrov said. “We are waiting for a US response before putting them before the International Syria Support Group.”

Feb 11 10:03

Russian Defense Ministry says fleeing Syria militants are disguised as Aleppo civilians

Terrorists in Syria are trying to flee to Turkey ‘blending into’ civilians of Aleppo as they know Russian warplanes don’t attack peaceful population, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Thursday. "Mass desertion is fixed among gunmen groups operating in the area of Aleppo. Terrorists intimidate local population and use force to drive people to the Turkish border," he said. Dropping their weapons, gunmen are trying to hide among these crowds as Russian warplanes and Syrian government troops never target civilians, he told reporters. Russia’s intelligence system in Syria rules out risks for civilians.

Feb 11 09:47

U.S. and Russia at odds, again, on all fronts, in Syria

The Baghdad spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) refuted Russian claims that American planes bombed Aleppo hospitals, saying the incident was an example of Russia's "indiscriminate" use of force.

The Russian Ministry of Defense rejected the pentagon's claim Wednesday that Russian aircraft hit two hospitals in Aleppo saying that it was U.S. aircraft that operated over the city Wednesday. Russian defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Thursday that Russian jets hit targets no closer than about 12 miles from Aleppo. Konashenkov said that two A-10 ground attack jets of the U.S. Air Force flew in from Turkey Wednesday and attacked Aleppo.

Feb 11 09:39

Is The US Leading Saudi Arabia Down The Kuwaiti Invasion Road?

For the first time in a long time I feel concerned and worried about the prospect of war. The reaction of Saudi Arabia to the Russian intervention in Syria has always been the wild card in the shifting geopolitical power base in the Middle East. Turkey and Israel, along with Saudi Arabia are the three countries with the most to lose because of a strong alliance between Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, and Russia.

These three traditional American allies have been accustomed to Western support in regards to their own specific regional goals and ambitions. This support has been so staunch and counterproductive to regional stability that the growing comfort and alliance between Iran and the US should be both confusing and worrisome to Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

Feb 11 09:25

SYRIA CRISIS: '15 million MORE refugees head to Europe'... and rebels say BRITAIN to blame

A senior rebel commander said a lack of support from the West has led to Bashar al-Assad's regime tightening its grip on Aleppo.

The US-trained rebels are losing ground daily in Syria's largest city, with more than 500 people killed in the last fortnight

And it is feared the advance by Assad's regime – backed by Russian air strikes and Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters – could make the refugee crisis worse.

Feb 11 09:06

Military maneuver planned in S Arabia

This article as in troop numbers and tank numbers is absolute BEX! The Saudis have lost what little minds they have! ROTFWLMFAO!

Saudi media said some 350,000 forces from the Persian Gulf Arab states and a number of other countries will take part in the Saudi-led military maneuver in the area of Hafer al-Batin in northern Saudi Arabia.

Some 2,540 warplanes, 20,000 tanks and 460 helicopters will also participate in the exercise, dubbed “North Thunder.”

In 18 days of maneuvers, the airspace over northern Saudi Arabia will be closed.

Feb 11 08:37

US A-10s bombed city of Aleppo on Wednesday, shifted blame onto Moscow – Russian military

The US Air Farce! The same outfit that LET 911 happen and the same outfit that bombs hospitals,weddings,schools and funerals. I have to believe the Russians on this one!

Two US Air Force A-10 warplanes carried out airstrikes on Aleppo Wednesday, destroying nine facilities, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported. The same day, the Pentagon accused Moscow of bombing two hospitals, despite no Russian flights over the city.

“No Russian warplanes carried out airstrikes in Aleppo city area yesterday. The nearest target engaged was over 20km away from the city,” Konashenkov stressed, adding that on the contrary, airplanes from the US-led anti-ISIS coalition were active over Aleppo, “both aircrafts and UAVs.”

The spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry drew attention to the stunning similarity of the situation with the American airstrike on the Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, and the US bombing of the positions of the Iraqi army in Fallujah.

Feb 11 04:33

Saudi invasion of Syria: The bluff that could ignite World War III

Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem gave a categorical response, saying the move would be seen as an act of aggression and that any invasion force regardless of its stated reasons for entering Syria will be sent back in “wooden coffins”.

Feb 10 12:28

The Aleppo Pocket: Turkey Running Out of Time for Its Plans to Invade Syria

The Syrian Army has made major advances in Aleppo province, and is on the brink of surrounding the militant-held portion of the city of Aleppo, cutting off trade routes between the jihadists, Turkey and Daesh to boot. Now, Expert magazine suggests, Turkey's hints at intervention signal that the Ankara-backed militants are running out of time.

Feb 10 12:23

US Policy Adapts to Russian-Backed Syrian Gains

The major developments on the Syrian battlefield in recent months have brought
a corresponding shift in the Obama administration’s Syrian policy.

Feb 10 10:20

Putin’s Aleppo Gamble Pays Off

Last week’s game-changing triumph in northern Syria has moved the Russian-led coalition to within striking distance of a decisive victory in Aleppo. After breaking a 40 month-long siege on the cities of Nubl and Zahra, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has encircled the country’s industrial hub and is gradually tightening the noose. Crucial supply-lines to the north have been cut leaving the Sunni extremists and anti-government militias stranded inside a vast, urban cauldron. It’s only a matter of time before these disparate renegades are either killed or forced to surrender. A victory in Aleppo will change the course of the war by restoring government control over the densely-populated western corridor. This is why the Obama administration is frantically searching for ways to either delay or derail the Russian-led juggernaut and avoid the impending collapse of US policy in Syria.

Feb 10 09:57

Syrian Kurds plan opening missions in US, EU

"Turkey continues warfare against its nationals, Kurds, punitive operations against civilians are carried out with extreme cruelty," Senam Mohamed said at the ceremony to unveil the mission of Syrian Kurdistan in Moscow. As an example she mentioned the developments in the Kurdish populated city of Jizra in Turkey. "Many civilians have died there, women and children among them," she said, urging reaction to the developments on the border. Syrian Kurds are planning to open missions in the United States and some European countries, Senam Mohamed said on Wednesday. "We are planning to open missions in the US, Germany, France and Sweden in the near future," she told an opening ceremony of the Moscow office.

Feb 10 09:18

Russia has offered US ‘concrete plan’ to end Syrian crisis – Lavrov

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has revealed the US is studying Moscow's “concrete” plan to end the war in Syria, while expressing concerns that rhetoric over the humanitarian issue is hindering efforts to resolve the crisis in the Arab country.

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"You take your phony-baloney 'terrorists' and you leave. War's over." -- Laugh-off

Feb 10 08:57

KERRY: DO YOU WANT ME TO GO TO WAR WITH THE RUSSIANS? (VIDEO)

The problem for the US and its regional allies is simple: if Russia and Iran wipe out the opposition on the battlefield, there’s no need for peace talks. The Assad government will have been restored and that will be that. ISIS will still be operating in the east, but that’s a problem Moscow and Tehran will solve in short order once the country’s major urban centers are secured.

Feb 10 08:46

Relentless Russia Bashing Continues

US-led Western managed news misinformation and Big Lies consistently drown out hard truths.

Russia intervened responsibly in Syria, waging real war on terrorism, polar opposite US phony war, supporting ISIS and other terrorist groups it pretends to oppose.

Moscow scrupulously observes international law. Claims about its aerial campaign killing civilians and using illegal weapons are Western-sponsored propaganda.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is part of the problem, not the solution to resolving US-orchestrated Middle East wars, Germany a reliable imperial ally.

Meeting with rogue Turkish officials in Ankara, she lied, irresponsibly blaming Russia for killing Syrian civilians, using “indiscriminate weapons,” citing no corroborating proof because there is none.

Feb 10 08:37

Saudi Arabia: We are Prepared for War on the Ground in Syria

Kerry thanked King Salman for expressing his desire to fight ISIS on the ground

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I wonder how the Saudi military feels about their government renting them out as mercenaries for the US!

Feb 10 08:26

Syria invasion plan? Turkey will defend its ‘Aleppo brothers,’ says PM Davutoglu

Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu pledged to return a “historical debt” to Turkey’s “Aleppo brothers” who helped defend the country in the early 20th century, just days after Russia warned of Ankara’s intentions to invade Syria as the rebels there falter.

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Here's your rifle, Ahmet!

Feb 09 16:09

Saudi Arabia Threatens Full Out Invasion Of Syria

Feb 09 15:57

‘Pretext to involve US’: UAE joins Gulf monarchies ready to send troops to Syria

Following in the footsteps of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, The United Arab Emirates (UAE) stated on Sunday that it was ready to ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State. Damascus earlier said it would send unwelcomed invaders back ‘in coffins.’

Feb 09 15:50

Ron Paul: Syria Invasion, Are They Flirting with WW3?

Yesterday the CNN Arabic website reported that Saudi Arabia has prepared a 150,000 strong force to invade Syria under the auspices of fighting ISIS. Such a move would pit Saudi troops against Iranian troops and the Russian military, in addition to the Syrian Army. Are they flirting with WWIII?

Feb 09 14:58

CrossTalk: Bullhorns Spin The Spin

On this edition of the program we have a look at how Western media spins its spin. Pause in Syria peace talks – who is at fault? 'Masks of the Revolution' – a French director unmasks the false Ukrainian narrative. And who is most likely to start World War III?

Feb 09 14:25

New York Times vents recriminations over Syria debacle

The offensive of Syrian government forces, backed by Russian air strikes, has cut off the main supply route for Western-backed “rebels” and is apparently poised to deal them a decisive blow in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. This situation is provoking increasingly bitter recriminations within Washington and its vast military and intelligence apparatus over the debacle of the US regime-change operation.

Feb 09 13:48

150,000 Islamic Alliance soldiers to be dispatched to Syria

The Islamic Alliance declared mobilization to carry out a ground operation in Syria. The contingent, which is to set off to the Syrian Arab Republic in the nearest future to fight the IS fighters, will consist of 150,000 military men from such countries as Kuwait, the Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Morocco, and Bahrein. According to the CNN, they will be joint later by the armies of Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei. The military Alliance of the Islamic world countries is allegedly to enter Syria from the North, that is from Turkey. Such a statement was made by the Kingdom's Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir. It should be noted that Adel Al-Jubeir came out with this statement after a meeting with the US Secretary of State John Kerry. Meanwhile, Canada announced that it withdraws from the military operation in the Syrian Arab Republic. The Prime Minister Justin Trudeau officially claimed that they stop bombing terrorists after 2 weeks.

Feb 09 13:21

Syrian forces advancing at last militant stronghold north of Aleppo

Syrian forces are attacking positions of armed groups on the approaches to the village of Tell Rifaat - the last militants’ stronghold to the north of Aleppo (360 kilometers from capital Damscus). Al Manar TV channel reported on Tuesday that Syrian forces opened artillery fire at the district of Kfar Naya located three kilometers away from Tell Rifaat. Syrian forces will get access to the border town of Azaz, where rear bases of the enemy are stationed, if they defeat the armed coalition of Islamists Jabhat al-Sham supported by Turkey. A representative of this coalition Heisam Hammo admitted that "rebels may lose their foothold in the north of Syria" adding that "this threat has become a reality." Syrian government forces regained control over the village of Kfin (five kilometers from Tell Rifaat) on Monday. With support from militias, government forces forced Jebhat al-Nusra terrorists out from the settlement.

Feb 09 13:10

The US is killing more civilians in Iraq and Syria than it acknowledges

Abdul-Aziz al Hassan is from al Gharra, his first name the same as the mountain’s. He left the village while the Islamic State was in charge, but it is because of a bomb from an American plane that he cannot go back. What happened to his family is the story of just one bomb of the 35,000 dropped so far during 10,000 missions flown in the US-led air war against the Islamic State.

Feb 09 11:45

Past American appeals to Russia haven’t stopped it from aggressively escalating its support for the Syrian regime. | AP PhotoRussians lay siege to Obama's Syria strategy

As Russian-backed troops encircle the key rebel stronghold of Aleppo in Syria — a potential turning point in the Arab state’s nearly five-year-old conflict — President Barack Obama’s diplomacy-first approach is also coming under siege.
Some opposition leaders and analysts are warning that unless Obama sends a tough message to Russian President Vladimir Putin — possibly even using military force — the Moscow-supported regime of Bashar Assad will weaken the opposition so badly that peace talks being promoted by the United States will become irrelevant.

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In the most deliciously ironic way possible, you have to love the title of this article, and how it appears to be deliberately "grooming" Americans for a war with Russia.

Thank you, Ms. Toosi, the writer of this completely disingenuous piece of codswallop, but no.

I have noticed in your bio from politico.com that you "reported" on the following:

Nahal Toosi is a foreign affairs correspondent at POLITICO. She joined POLITICO from The Associated Press, where she reported from and/or served as an editor in New York, Islamabad, Kabul and London. She was one of the first foreign correspondents to reach Abbottabad, Pakistan, after the killing of Osama bin Laden. Read more: http://www.politico.com/staff/nahal-toosi#ixzz3zhH4dbGH

However, people know that Osama bin Laden died of natural causes in the winter of 2001.

Usama bin Laden has died a peaceful death due to an untreated lung complication, the Pakistan Observer reported, citing a Taliban leader who allegedly attended the funeral of the Al Qaeda leader. "The Coalition troops are engaged in a mad search operation but they would never be able to fulfill their cherished goal of getting Usama alive or dead," the source said. Bin Laden, according to the source, was suffering from a serious lung complication and succumbed to the disease in mid-December, in the vicinity of the Tora Bora mountains. The source claimed that bin Laden was laid to rest honorably in his last abode and his grave was made as per his Wahabi belief.

Here is the narrative of the guy who got assassinated in Abbottabad, as reported at whatreallyhappened.com:

What appears to have happened is that President Obama tried to steal the Pakistanis' thunder by sending in the SEAL team to capture the body, then claim victory for the US. But as the "victory" was leaked to the press, word finally reached the White House from Abbotabad that the dead man wasn't the real Osama Bin Laden (who had died of Marfan Syndrome in December of 2001), so the body was dumped into the ocean and a flurry of hastily made (and very sloppy) fake photos leaked to the internet and members of Congress to cover up the latest monumental goof!

So, congratulations, my dear Ms. Toosi, you have just been outed as a lying whorespondent, selling the narrative of empire to a war weary and war-skeptical America.

I hope those big checks are a real salve to your professional conscience; or, perchance, have you had that surgically removed, as have so many of your colleagues?

Let me go on record saying that I do not like Basshar al Assad.

But at the end of the day, when most of the jihadis are removed, through Russian help, it is the Syrian people, and the Syrian people only, who have the right to chose their own destiny.

And I would like, as a final note, to remind you, Ms. Toosi, that during the last election in Syria, with monitors watching every voting precinct, in what was declared a free and fair election, Al-Assad won re-election in a landslide against his competition.

Feb 09 11:20

‘How can we trust you?’ Erdogan urges US to choose between him or Kurds

Riled by a meeting between a US official and the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which controls the Syrian town of Kobane, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told Washington to choose between Turkey and, as he put it, the “terrorists.”

Feb 09 10:27

Iran: Saudi Willingness to Invade Syria Reflects US Failure

Washington’s support for Riyadh’s decision to put boots on the ground in Syria indicates a failure of US policies in the West Asian region, “beyond any doubt,” a top Iranian military commander stated.

Feb 09 10:05

Trump almost says Israel is aiding ISIS


Notice the S he makes twice with his hand too

Feb 09 09:13

Syria opposition urges end to Russian anti-terror air strikes

The Saudi-backed Syrian opposition says Russia should immediately stop its anti-terror airstrikes on militant-held areas as a condition for its participation in peace talks with the Damascus government.

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The "Syrian" nudge, nudge, wink, wink, opposition sets a pre-condition to the continuation of peace talks...that Russia must stop bombing the terrorists!

Feb 09 08:46

Merkel Blames Failure of Syrian Peace Talks on Refugees and Russia

The peace talks of the Syrian settlement are being hindered by refugees. This opinion was expressed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Ankara. She stressed that what is happening with the refugees on the Syrian-Turkish border is a disaster.

Feb 09 08:34

Sources: 150,000 Saudi Mercenaries Ready to Enter Syria

Informed sources revealed that Riyadh is holding training courses for 150,000 Saudi, Sudanese, Egyptian and Jordanian forces to prepare them for war in Syria.

Feb 09 08:30

World War III Starts In The Middle East? Saudi Arabia And Turkey Consider A Ground Invasion Of Syria

Are Saudi Arabia and Turkey about to send ground troops into Syria? If so, how will Russia, Iran and the Syrian government respond? In 2016, Syria has become ground zero for a conflict that has been raging for centuries.

Feb 08 16:44

France Channel 2 Uses Russian MoD Videos to Claim Own Successes

The TV channel France 2 has illustrated the "progress of French aviation" in Syria using footage of air strikes inflicted by the aircraft of the Russian air force. The recording of a program was replicated on social networks.

The presentation of France 2, which blogger Timofey Vasiliev published on his Facebook, spoke about the large number of dead Syrian civilians because of the actions of the Russian airforce. No evidence for this was given, but the journalist said that the French aviation works more precisely.

Vasiliev wrote that in the news story, Russia was accused of using "unguided" bombs that lead to large civilian casualties, but France, working in a coalition, "successfully" destroyed terrorists of "Islamic State".

Feb 08 16:18

Reports of Israeli strikes in Qatifa near #Damascus and near Syrian army Brigade 155 in #Qalamoun

Feb 08 14:47

Days After Saudi Announcement, UAE Is Also “Prepared” To Send Ground Troops To Syria

By Brandon Turbeville

Only days after Saudi Arabia announced its foolishness to the world in a statement revealing that the feudal Gulf monarchy is prepared to send ground troops to Syria under the guise of fighting a terror group it actually supports, the United Arab Emirates made a similar announcement...

Feb 08 14:21

Threat of wider war looms as Saudi monarchy proposes Syria intervention

The Saudi Arabian monarchy Thursday declared that it is prepared to send ground troops into Syria under the pretext of prosecuting the US-declared war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Feb 08 13:45

Latest Round of Syrian Peace Talks Stumbles Out of the Blocks

Yet again the Syrian conflict has taken the front pages of the western media outlet with the announcement that another UN-sponsored Syrian peace talk is underway in Geneva. The latest round, which began last Friday in Geneva, is an attempt to bring a number of groups to the negotiating table that have nothing in common. The so called the Syrian opposition group, which is supported by the Saudis, Qataris, Turks and other regressive regimes in the region, have indicated that they intend to boycott this round of discussion as well unless their demands are met prior to negotiation despite US’s insistence that they should participate with no condition. Mike Whitney, in his latest piece in Counterpunch, used the situation in eastern Oregon to assess the rationality of these demands under the current circumstance.

Feb 08 12:05

Saudi Arabia, NATO to discuss Syria troop deployment: Reports

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Saudi Arabia are reportedly set to discuss Riyadh’s proposal for troop deployment to Syria under the pretext of fighting Takfiri Daesh terrorists.

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Another week and Assad and Putin will have finished kicking ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh/whatever out of Syria!

Feb 08 10:33

Erdogan: US Must Choose Between Turkey and Syrian Kurds

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today issued an angry condemnation after US envoy to he ISIS War Brett McGurk visited the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani, asking how he could trust the US while they associate with the “terrorists in Kobani.”

Erdogan went on to warn that the US is ultimately going to have to choose whether its partner is Turkey or the Syrian Kurds. The State Department didn’t directly address this, simply saying they view the Kurdish PKK as “a terrorist organization.”

The US has long said that of the PKK, but is overtly backing the Kurdish YPG in northern Syria. Turkey insists that the two are essentially the same group, and at times Erdogan and other top Turkish leaders have also claimed the PKK and YPG are the same as ISIS.

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By not involving the Kurds in a rational, political process inside Turkey, Edrogan may well be looking at generating a civil war inside his own country. As reported in last November's huffpo:

Would it have been better if the AKP hadn't won a majority in Turkey's elections Sunday? Based on the mood of those who don't support President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the AKP, you would think so. But the truth is, it wouldn't have made much difference. Against Erdogan's authoritarianism, only relentless persistence and a true alternative will one day prevail. The AKP won because Erdogan used two dirty weapons. One: violence against the Kurdish political movement, including the armed PKK. And two: authoritarianism. He killed civilians in the Kurdish majority Southeast during day-long curfews and "operations," bombed the PKK in Turkey and in the Qandil mountains in Iraq, jailed democratically elected mayors, didn't do anything to prevent violence against offices and rallies of the HDP (the leftist party rooted in the Kurdish movement) and increased the pressure on newspapers not yet under his control. And it worked -- he won 49 percent of the vote. Not that it has anything to do with democracy whatsoever, of course. The victory is soaked in suppression and blood. And the chance that Erdogan has had enough now is small. More media will be raided. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vowed to fight the PKK until the last man is standing, and Erdogan outright denied an agreement between the Kurds and the state reached earlier this year. The war rhetoric to gain votes didn't change to talk of peace after the majority was won back: Erdogan hurried to rant against the PKK in his first address after the polling stations closed.

What Edrogan wants to see happen to the Kurds is genocide, plain and simple.

To say that this guy is a loose cannon is like saying the Titanic hit a little ice. He appears to be getting more and more unhinged every day, and I do not believe that the Turkish Constitution has an element in it like the the 25th Amendment to the American Constitution, which provides for the removal of a President if he or she, for mental or physical reasons, is no longer able to carry out their duties.

Also, the fact that this country holds NATO status right now is more than a little scary. NATO was supposed to be a collection of democratic countries, but the anti-democratic bias of the last election in Turkey means that we have a dictatorship in this country, masquerading as a democracy.

To take the heat off of him for his domestic persecution of the Kurds, he may well haul off and attack Syria on his own (and the US may be impotent to stop him); if Russia counter attacks, he could well invoke Article 5 of the NATO Charter, which, through treaty, forces NATO members to come to each other's aid, if attacked by Russia.

That was very much how World War I started, due to treaty obligations.

IF I were John Kerry right now, understanding what a loose cannon and geopolitical liability Erdogan has become, because of the desperate situation into which he has put his country's economy, starting with shooting down a Russia fighter last year which resulted in Russian sanctions against Turkey, I would be on the phone with Edrogan right now, telling him to cool it.

Feb 08 09:44

AN EXASPERATED JOHN KERRY THROWS IN TOWEL ON SYRIA: “WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO, GO TO WAR WITH THE RUSSIANS?!”

“Russian and Syrian forces intensified their campaign on rebel-held areas around Aleppo that are still home to around 350,000 people and aid workers have said the city – Syria’s largest before the war – could soon fall.”
Can you spot what’s wrong with that quote, from a Reuters piece out today? Here’s the problem: “could soon fall” implies that Aleppo is on the verge of succumbing to enemy forces. It’s not. It’s already in enemy hands and has been for quite some time. What Reuters should have said is this: “…could soon be liberated.”

While we’ll be the first to admit that Bashar al-Assad isn’t exactly the most benevolent leader in the history of statecraft, you can bet most Syrians wish this war had never started and if you were to ask those stranded in Aleppo what their quality of life is like now, versus what it was like in 2009, we’re fairly certain you’ll discover that residents aren’t particularly enamored with life under the mishmash of rebels that now control the city.

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IF Turkey decides to invade Syria in the short term, and Russia responds militarily, Turkey could invoke Article 5 of the NATO Charter (which states that if one NATO member is attacked, it is as though all are attacked, and all must unite against the attacker). That would definitely force the US's hand, militarily.

I would like to hope and pray that the leadership in Riyadh, Ankara, and Doha understands that when Russian government officials say, if you invade Syria, this will will be an act of war against Russia as well, that they completely understand that in this circumstance, Russia is not bluffing.

Feb 08 09:38

Candid Kerry: US Won't Fight Russia -- Syrian Rebels Are Toast

US Secretary of State John Kerry told Syrian aid workers, hours after the Geneva peace talks fell apart, that the country should expect another three months of bombing that would “decimate” the opposition.

“‘He said, ‘Don’t blame me – go and blame your opposition,’” one of the aid workers, who asked to remain anonymous to protect her organisation, told Middle East Eye.

“‘What do you want me to do? Go to war with Russia? Is that what you want?’” the aid worker said Kerry told her.

Of course, it's worth pointing out that Kerry is not in charge of American military or clandestine operations in Syria. His responsibility is to find a diplomatic settlement to the conflict that is agreeable to U.S. interests -- apparently a task he sees as borderline futile.

Feb 08 09:34

'It Would Be Suicide': Iran Mocks Saudi Offer to Invade Syria

The Saudis are having a hard enough time with barefoot Houthi farmers. Do they really think they can take on Syria, Iran and Russia?

Feb 08 09:25

Kerry 'blames opposition' for continued Syria bombing

US Secretary of State John Kerry told Syrian aid workers, hours after the Geneva peace talks fell apart, that the country should expect another three months of bombing that would “decimate” the opposition.

Feb 08 09:25

Proxy wars? Will it be Saudi (U.S.) versus Russia , Assad & Nasrallah (Iran)? Daesh who?

A Russian deputy has warned Saudi Arabia that any military ground operation in Syria without the Damascus government's consent amounts to a declaration of war.
Saudi Arabia is a member of the so-called US-led coalition that has been conducting air raids against what are claimed to be the Daesh terrorists inside Syria without any authorization from the Syrian government or a UN mandate since September 2014.”

Feb 08 09:22

Assad's army in the north-west front is unstoppable

As reported by the state agency SANA, government forces have liberated the town from the terrorists El-Basura from which they were "shattered remains of the terrorist gang fled to Turkey."

Earlier, Assad's army has regained control of the village of Alia and strategically important angle 454, which is north of it.

With these two success - quite the slump border with Turkey. And it is a success that will have an impact on the whole further course of the war. At least in northwestern Syria.
These successes Syrian Army especially painful defeats suffered by Ankara because terrorist groups which are under the direct control of Turkey and its secret services.
The war in Syria, otherwise, it becomes all the fiercer and all bloody.

See the video that recorded the operators of the Syrian army after entering the town Retjan (15 kilometers north of Aleppo) in which the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda (Džebhat an-Nusra) had about 300 dead.

Feb 07 17:35

How Bamboozled the American Public Are About Syria

Responses at reddit.com to an article about Syria demonstrate that Americans have massive misconceptions about the war in Syria.

Their main falsehoods will be quoted here (from that reddit string), and then the relevant solidly established facts will be cited and linked to (so that you can check these facts for yourself):

Feb 07 17:23

Saudis provide cover for Turkey to start military operation in Syria

Danger exists that Saudi Arabia and Turkey will provide support to armed groupings fighting against the government troops of Syrian President Bashar Assad if these two countries launch a ground operation against the Islamic State terrorist organization on the territory of Syria, experts polled by TASS said on Friday.
On Thursday, a day after the Geneva talks on the Syrian settlement were suspended, Saudi Defense Minister, General Ahmed Asiri said that the armed forces of Saudi Arabia were ready for a ground operation in Syria as part of the US-led international coalition. This statement was welcomed by Pentagon Chief Ashton Carter. Saudi sources told The Guardian that thousands of special force fighters could be moved to Syria, possibly in coordination with Turkey.

Feb 07 17:13

US weapons used to target Russians in Syria: Report

New evidence strongly suggests that US-backed militants in Syria are using American weapons to target senior Russian military officials in the country, a new report says.

The so-called Free Syrian Army has recently released video footage showing a laser-guided BGM-71 TOWs anti-tank missile being fired at a rooftop where unidentified military personnel had gathered, according to the Daily Beast.

Feb 07 17:00

Not Russian op, but NATO’s incursion in Middle East to blame for Syrian crisis – Moscow

Russia’s Defense Ministry has slammed NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, labeling as ‘nonsense’ his comments that the Russian air operation in Syria is causing tensions and undermining the peace process in the country.
The NATO Secretary General made the controversial statement on Friday when he arrived at the EU defense ministers meeting in Amsterdam.

"The intense Russia air strikes, mainly targeting opposition groups in Syria, are undermining the efforts to find a political solution to the conflict… also causing increased tensions and violations of Turkish airspace,” Stoltenberg said.

Feb 07 16:50

Saudi Troops Headed to Syria? Saudi-Turkey Invasion in Support of ISIS?

Russia’s aerial campaign aiding Syrian ground forces continues unrelenting, Putin committed to combating all terrorist groups until defeating or reducing them to a shadow of their peak strength – enabling government troops to contain their remnants.

A previous article cited Russian evidence, indicating possible Turkish ground incursion preparations. Earlier Russian video evidence exposed Turkish shelling of Syria’s Latakia province – whether ahead of plans to invade its territory remains to be seen.

Does Riyadh have the same intention? Weeks earlier, it set up a military coordination body with Ankara. Saudi General Ahmed Asseri said “(t)he kingdom is ready to participate in any ground operations that the (US-led) coalition may agree to carry out in Syria” – on the phony pretext of combating ISIS.

Washington created ISIS, using its fighters as imperial foot soldiers – supported by other NATO nations, Gulf States including Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel and Jordan.

Feb 07 10:05

Saudi military intervention in Syria amounts to war: Russian deputy

"Syria has to give official consent, to invite, otherwise it will be a war. The same applies to international law," Pavel Krasheninnikov, the head of the State Duma committee, told Interfax on Friday.

Krasheninnikov said that by promising a ground operation in Syria Riyadh now "intends to send troops to the territory of a sovereign state essentially without declaring a war."

Saudi Arabia on Thursday voiced readiness to participate in any ground operations in Syria if the US-led coalition allegedly targeting terrorists decides to start such operations.

US State Department spokesman John Kirby also welcomed the Saudi decision.

Saudi Arabia is a member of the so-called US-led coalition that has been conducting air raids against what are claimed to be the Daesh terrorists inside Syria without any authorization from the Syrian government or a UN mandate since September 2014.

Feb 07 10:03

Russian Rules of Engagement in Syria

Wont be any DC sponsored terrorists to torture Donald! Go Russia!

Russia’s intervention last year changed the dynamic on the ground. It holds key trump cards, waging real war on terrorism effectively.

It determined rules of engagement - turning the tide in a protracted conflict government forces were losing, now with the upper hand.

Fort Russ quoted an unnamed senior joint operation Syria, Russia, Iran, Hezbollah command official, saying:

“Russia has established new rules of engagement on the Syrian-Turkish border, and has retained the upper hand for the Syrian air force and the Syrian army.”

“Russia also refurbished and upgraded custom made Syrian MiG29SMT (warplanes), to protect the Russian air force squadrons, with clear orders to shoot down Turkish planes that enter the Syrian air space.”

Feb 07 09:57

US Must Act More Aggressively Against Daesh in Libya - Jeb Bush

The United States must act in a more aggressive manner in the fight against the Islamic State, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, Jeb, if you really feel that way about it... Here's your rifle. Here's your parachute. We ran out of the desert camo but here's a bright da-glo orange jumpsuit from the CIA's torture centers. Watch your head climbing into that transport aircraft, and we will call whoever it is you want to invade and tell them you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

But we remember the lies about stolen incubators that tricked us into the first invasion of Iraq.

We remember your older brother's whopper about Saddam's nuclear weapons that tricked us into the second invasion of Iraq.

We remember how only a year ago Obama and Kerry tried to trick us into war with Syria with more lies about poison gas.

We remember how there weren't really torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin or a Spanish mine in Havana Harbor, but how there really WERE weapons on board the Lusitania.

In short, we remember all the lies, frauds, and deceptions used to trick us into wars of conquest, to send our young people out to die in wars created out of thin air by and for the money-junkies. I think it is time that we have a new rule in America; that those who want war are the first to the front lines. You are all splendidly brave with the lives of other peoples' children. Let's see the true measure of your courage and commitment to war.

You first!

Feb 07 00:00

Russia Is Preparing the Syrian Army to Repel Any Turkish Incursion

Looks like the Russians and Syrians are preparing to defeat the Turks in detail as they come across the border. Assad's heavy units have been held back through the whole war.It's Assads ace in the hole. Retrained and re-equipped by the Russians the last several months and blooded. The Turks are walking into a big trap!

The source comments, “Russia has red lines that it will allow no one to cross, Russia is preparing a strong Syrian military unit that will serve to repel any Turkish ground incursions, Damascus has the right to defend its borders, and will not stay silent anymore to any aerial violations of Syrian sovereignty, and is preparing for any ground offensive by the Turks with aerial bombardment and ground shelling. Russia considers any plane not operating within the US-Russia coordination agreement to be a threat and will be shot down,.......

Feb 06 16:23

Risking World War III in Syria

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter last October said in a little noticed comment that the United States was ready to take “direct action on the ground” in Syria. Vice President Joe Biden said in Istanbul last month that if peace talks in Geneva failed, the United States was prepared for a “military solution” in that country.

Feb 06 13:01

Are Saudi Arabia and Turkey about to invade Syria?

As Saudi and Turkish-backed rebels face an impending rout by Russian-backed regime forces, Riyadh and Ankara consider deploying troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Funny how they don't mention the US backed/created "rebels."

Feb 06 13:01

Saudi gambit for all-out US war in Syria

Seriously, Saudi troops going into Syria to fight Daesh? The Saudis, Turks and American CIA have weaponized Daesh. Furthermore, the Saudi army is elsewhere getting pummeled by insurgents in Yemen. The notion that the Saudis or their Persian Gulf allies are readying to send ground forces into Syria is laughable.

Feb 06 11:39

Risking World War III in Syria

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter last October said in a little noticed comment that the United States was ready to take “direct action on the ground” in Syria. Vice President Joe Biden said in Istanbul last month that if peace talks in Geneva failed, the United States was prepared for a “military solution” in that country. The peace talks collapsed on Wednesday even before they began. A day later Saudi Arabia said it is ready to invade Syria while Turkey is building up forces at its Syrian border.

Feb 06 11:13

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

As early as 2012, a Department of Intelligence Agency (DIA) document (.pdf) admitted in regards to the Syrian conflict and the rise of ISIS that:

If the situation unravels there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in eastern Syria (Hasaka and Der Zor), and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran).

Feb 06 11:01

Syria warns foreign troops would return home 'in coffins'

Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem warned Saturday that foreign ground troops entering Syria without its approval would "return home in wooden coffins."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We're Americans. We demand ALUMINUM coffins!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 06 10:51

Saudi Arabia to send ground troops to Syria

Saudi Arabia said it was ready to send ground troops to Syria to fight ISIS. “The kingdom is ready to participate in any ground operations that the coalition (against ISIS) may agree to carry out in Syria,” said Saudi military spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed al-Asiri during an interview with al-Arabiya TV news. Saudi sources added that thousands of Saudi Special Forces could be deployed, probably in coordination with Turkey.

Feb 06 10:12

No More Games in Syria: Russian Airstrikes Pulverize 'Moderate' Rebels for 36 Straight Hours

It's a bad time to be a "moderate" in Syria: Even the Washington Post is now reporting that Al-Nusra and other freedom-loving moderate groups are losing the war.

Feb 06 10:09

Syria's Enemies Seek Face Saving Escalation Measures

The Russian military said Thursday that it has "reasonable grounds" to suspect that Turkey is making intensive preparations for a military invasion of neighboring Syria.

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