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Jan 26 10:06

22 Dead, over 100 Wounded in ISIL Double Bombing in Homs, Syria

The ISIL terrorist organization has claimed responsibility for the two explosions which took place minutes apart from each other in the residential areas of Al-Zahra. According to provincial Governor Talal al-Barazi, first explosion happened when a car, stuffed with explosives and parked in a densely populated quarter, was blown up, then almost on the same spot a suicide bomber blew himself up. "The aim of the terrorists was the checkpoint of the Syrian security forces," he said, and added, "Among the dead there were several on duty policemen at the checkpoint, but most of the victims are civilians."

Jan 26 10:00

US LAUNCHES AIRBASE IN SYRIA

U.S. special operations troops have reportedly taken over an airfield in northeastern Syria, potentially clearing the way to flow more American military support to friendly militias fighting the Islamic State group.

A small team of U.S. troops is setting up a base camp at Rmeilan Air Base in the Syrian Kurdish region near Syria’s Iraqi and Turkish borders, according to local reports.

American helicopters operated at the base over the past couple of weeks as local workers expanded the runway, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Rmeilan is near some of Syria’s major oil production facilities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would not put any stock in any claim from the alleged "Syrian Observatory for Human Rights", which is run by one propagandist out of the UK from his home.

However, this story emerged at globalresearch.ca and zerohedge.com last week, and appears to be a very real development.

And let us remember; Russia was invited by the Syrian government to get rid of the bad guys; neither the US nor Turkey have been invited to this dance.

So the operative question is, what will Russia do now, with US boots on the ground in Syria?!?s

Jan 26 09:34

Erdogan Says 'Won't Tolerate' 2nd Russian Airbase in Kurdish Syria

Erdogan will oppose everything that makes Kurds more secure. Question is what can he do about it?

Jan 26 08:58

We Can Secure Syria’s Borders, But How Do We Eliminate The Ideology Of Terrorism?

Op-Ed by Afraa Dagher

This morning, on January 26, 2016, two suicide bombings hit Homs, a province in Syria.

Perhaps the bomber was a “moderate” terrorist, or maybe he was one of those who were part of the “conciliation,” a newly placated person who has been assimilated back to Syrian society!

The terrorist parked his car bomb on the side of the road in Zahraa suburb. He then detonated the bomb by remote control. As usual, people rushed and gathered to watch this bombing. But, the terrorist had other plans for them. He blew himself up amidst the people staring at the car bomb. He was wearing an explosive belt...

Jan 26 08:54

U.S. & Allies Make bin Laden Admirer a Negotiator in Syria Peace Talks

On January 25th, which was the date when peace talks on Syria were to start, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry insisted that the organization founded by Osama bin Laden admirer, Zahran Alloush, represent the anti-Assad forces in the upcoming Syrian peace talks, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov very reluctantly accepted.

Jan 25 17:03

Why is the Syrian civil war is at a decisive point

Talks in Geneva may produce little of substance, but winners and losers are starting to emerge

Jan 25 15:20

Biden: US Ready to Impose Military Solution in Syria

Speaking at a news conference today in Turkey, Vice President Joe Biden sought to downplay the remote chances of any sort of political settlement coming out of this week’s planned Geneva peace talks, saying the US and Turkey are fully prepared to bypass the process and impose a “military solution” on Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Joe!

Jan 25 15:16

On Eve of Syria “Peace Talks,” Washington Threatens Escalation across Region

With Syria “peace talks” ostensibly set to begin in Geneva today, Washington has ratcheted up threats of US military escalation throughout the region. In the past few days, top US civilian and military officials have declared that they are prepared to seek a “military solution” in Syria, put “boots on the ground” in Iraq and launch another US-NATO war in Libya.

The talks themselves, which are being convened under the auspices of the United Nations, are not expected to begin as scheduled because of continuing sharp differences over what forces will be invited to attend and how the proposed agenda for a “political transition” will affect the future of Syrian President Bashir al-Assad.

Jan 25 14:30

CONFLICT IN SYRIA ESCALATES AS RUSSIA AND US ESTABLISH AIR BASES ALONG TURKISH BORDER

Russia and Turkey are preparing for a military confrontation along Syria’s border with Turkey.

According to intelligence sources in the United States, Russia has dispatched engineers to the northeastern city of Qamishli on the border. In late October, according to Syria Direct, the Qamishli International Airport was closed to civilian air traffic and turned over to the Syrian military.

Jan 25 10:51

Syria talks to seek ceasefire, excluding ISIL and Nusra

UN envoy postpones Syria peace talks until Friday, saying a push for ceasefire won't include ISIL or al-Nusra Front.

Jan 25 08:50

Saudis Bankroll CIA Backing of Syrian Rebels

While it’s no secret that the CIA has had a “covert” program supplying weapons to Syrian rebels for years, and it’s likewise no secret that Saudi Arabia has been throwing large sums of money and arms at rebel factions, it’s only now being understood how closely linked those two schemes were.

Jan 25 07:43

Direct talks between Damascus & opposition to start January 29 - UN Syria envoy

Direct talks between Damascus and the Syrian opposition will begin on January 29, the UN's Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura has announced. The peace talks will focus on a broad ceasefire, stopping Islamic State militants and increasing aid, he added.

Jan 24 11:41

US & Turkey eyeing military operation in Syria against ISIS if peace talks fail

US Vice President Joe Biden says the US and Turkey are prepared for military solutions in Syria if a political settlement cannot be found. He added that Washington recognizes the Kurdistan Workers’ Party is as much of a threat to Ankara as Islamic State.

Jan 24 11:40

Biden warns of US "military intervention" in Syria

Jan 24 11:40

US to sabotage any peace talks on Syria: Analyst

Press TV has interviewed James Jatras, a former US Senate foreign policy analyst in Washington, to discuss the remarks made by US Vice President Joe Biden announcing America’s readiness for military intervention in Syria in case there is no ‘political solution’ there.

Jan 24 10:27

America and Turkey begin Ground Invasion of Syria. How Will Russia Respond?

Russia Insider writes, that Turkey has seized the ISIS-controlled town of Jarabulus, but faced no resistance, according to reports:

“Eyewitnesses to the incursion reported that the Turkish forces have not encountered any resistance from ISIS fighters in the area. These reports once again raise the question of possible collaboration between Turkey and ISIS aimed at halting the advance of the Kurdish militias in north Syria.”

The Turkish operation is “officially” aimed at combating Daesh (ISIS) militants, who have fortified Jarablus. But sources tell Sputnik that Ankara may be more interested in preventing the YPG from gaining a foothold in a region of strategic importance. Various reports indicate that Ankara could soon (if it has not already) launch a ground operation in neighboring Syria, confirms Sputnik on Thursday.

Jan 23 22:18

Islamic State Coming to the End of the Road

The Islamic State(also known as Daesh) is the bastard child of the US’s drive to achieve regime change in Syria.To that end the US and its allies instigated an armed insurrection against the Syrian government.

Jan 23 16:32

U.S. says prepared for military solution against Islamic State in Syria

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Saturday that the United States and Turkey were prepared for a military solution against Islamic State in Syria should the Syrian government and rebels fail to reach a political settlement.

The latest round of Syria peace talks are planned to begin on Monday in Geneva but were at risk of being delayed partly because of a dispute over who will comprise the opposition delegation.

Syrian armed rebel groups said on Saturday they held the Syrian government and Russia responsible for any failure of peace talks to end the country's civil war, even before negotiations were due to start.

Jan 23 10:02

U.S. Relies Heavily on Saudi Money to Support Syrian Rebels

When President Obama secretly authorized the Central Intelligence Agency to begin arming Syria’s embattled rebels in 2013, the spy agency knew it would have a willing partner to help pay for the covert operation. It was the same partner the C.I.A. has relied on for decades for money and discretion in far-off conflicts: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Since then, the C.I.A. and its Saudi counterpart have maintained an unusual arrangement for the rebel-training mission, which the Americans have code-named Timber Sycamore. Under the deal, current and former administration officials said, the Saudis contribute both weapons and large sums of money, and the C.I.A takes the lead in training the rebels on AK-47 assault rifles and tank-destroying missiles.

Jan 23 09:34

US forces expanding military presence in Syria: Report

New evidence reveals the United States has increased its military presence in Syria and is currently expanding an airbase in the country’s Kurdish-dominated areas.

Jan 23 09:33

Jeb Bush Calls for Regime Change in Syria, Because Why Not

In his latest act of hapless desperation, Jeb Bush called for more “regime change” in the Middle East—specifically Syria—during a speech at a country club in Keene, New Hampshire, on Wednesday night.

Bush’s position, which appears to represent a hawkish shift on his part, doesn’t make him an extreme outlier in the presidential race. Hillary Clinton, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, and John Kasich have all called for a “no-fly zone” to counteract President Bashar al-Assad—a precursor to “regime change,” without the years-long commitment the latter term implies. But Bush has apparently calculated that a full-throated conceptual defense of “regime change” is what the Republican electorate hungers for at this juncture.

Jan 23 08:47

Here is our letter to the New York Times concerning the failure of the newspaper to report the Israeli Defense Minister’s preference for the ISIS terrorist organization

s there a reason why the Times has not reported the January 19 statement of Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon that he prefers that ISIS take over Syria, if it is a choice between ISIS and Iranian forces?

As you know, if ISIS were to conquer Syria, the Christian and Alawaite populations in that country would be nearly exterminated.

Jan 23 08:43

Netanyahu at Davos: Syria "best case scenario benign balkanization"

Is there such a thing as "Benign Balkanization"
Benign; not causing death or serious injury: not causing harm or damage
Let's think of the violence inflicted on Palestinians by Jewish terror groups before and after the UN decided to benignly balkanize Palestine?

Jan 23 08:35

Red lines and dollar signs: the business of the Syrian War

A damning report on the conflict of interests in the Syrian Crisis debate identified numerous corporate and defense industry ties of experts and think tanks who commented on potential military intervention. Much of the debate over Syria got underway in 2013, when not only were the conflicts-of-interest and military-industrial complex ties of these “consultants” and “experts” rarely disclosed, but the ideas they expressed were mere permutations of an ideologically narrow spectrum of U.S. and Western neo-conservative interventionism.

Jan 22 13:30

Syrian government forces launch offensive in 10 directions due to Russian operation

Out of 15 directions, offensives are launched in 10, preparations for launching an offensive are underway in 3 directions, and 2 directions are on the defense, Russia's Chief of General Staff says. However, militants continue receiving supplies of weapons and ammunition from other countries, he added noting that terrorists’ finances considerably shrank as Russian jets continue bombing convoys of fuel trucks and oil extraction facilities. "In general, if we describe the dynamic of military actions on the Syrian territory, I would say that government forces hold strategic initiative and initiative in most directions, that is they are conducting active military actions. Sooner or later ISIL will be defeated". http://tass.ru/en/world/851615

Jan 22 10:36

Pentagon Frantic on How to Counter Successful Russian/Syrian Campaigns Against ISIS

they need to keep their mercenary proxy army from being wiped out in their entirety

Jan 22 05:05

Syria Lies Dept: 60 Minutes declares the Russian intervention a flop

Taking no chances, CBS 60 Minutes program also manages to denigrate the brave Syrian Arab Army, just about one of the most heroic forces fighting ISIL and other brutal terrorists in the Middle East.

Jan 21 20:21

To the Rescue of ISIS: Turkey Prepares Ground Invasion of Syria

A ISIS field training camp including the militants’ command post and barracks in the vicinity of the village of Mreya in Deir ez Zor province was also destroyed. Separately, the Russian jets hit the terrorists near Jabal al-Akrad as they fled Latakia being attacked by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

Jan 21 15:47

US reportedly rebuilds airbase in Syria without Damascus ‘yes’

Russia may soon no longer be the only foreign force operating from a base inside Syria. According to some media reports, it's claimed US specialists are working to rebuild an abandoned airfield in the North-East of the country.

Jan 21 15:05

UN: Talks on Syria can be put off for several days out of practical considerations

The start of inter-Syrian talks in Geneva scheduled for January 25 may be put off for several days out of practical considerations, Farhan Haq, a Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary General told reporters on Thursday. He indicated along with it, however, the final decision on the issue had not been taken yet and the UN officials continued looking to that date.

Jan 21 13:19

US Vice President Joe Biden Admits That US Allies Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar Finance, Support and Supply ISIS

Video speaks for itself. Speech given at the Kennedy School. The US knows full well its allies Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey are the head of the ISIS hydra and are behind the terrorists that have killed innocent EU, Russian and supposedly US citizens. You Tube has tried to block this video. Download and share. Recently the US and UK appointed Saudi Arabia the head of the UN Human Rights Council. This action should speak volumes about US and UK complicity in the crimes of ISIS. The Saudi UN Human Rights Commissioner is now wrongly accusing Russia and the Syrian government for killing civilians in cities held by the Saudis ISIS terrorist army. The hypocrisy is astounding.

Jan 21 13:14

U.S. Takes Over Rmeilan Airbase In Syria, Violates International Law

By Brandon Turbeville

Whether it was the carrot of the promise of their own Syrian Kurdistan or the stick of the threat to work with Turkey to start bombing and killing the YPG forces if they did not cooperate with NATO, the United States has apparently brought the YPG around to its way of thinking.

According to reports from a number of media outlets, most notably Al Jazeera and Foreign Policy, the United States has now taken control over the Rmeilan Airbase in Northeastern Syria, in the Hasakah Province...

Jan 21 09:57

Russia’s Air Assault in Syria Forces US, Turkey to Scale Back Ambitions

Russia’s aerial onslaught against militants in Syria has entirely changed the dynamics in the region, giving boost to Assad’s army and forcing the US and Turkey to scale back their ambitions: the US has softened its demands for Assad’s departure and Turkey has reduced its support for anti-government fighters, according to Middle East experts.

Jan 21 09:18

Report: Turkish Troops Enter Syria to Stop Kurdish Advance

According to Turkish media reports, a “large number” of Turkish troops have crossed the border into neighboring Syria, moving into ISIS-held Jarabulus uncontested by ISIS forces, and were said to be preparing to fight against Kurdish YPG forces advancing against the town.

The report comes just a day after Turkish forces bombed a YPG headquarters in Tel Abyad, and Turkish officials have repeatedly vowed to prevent the Kurds from crossing the Euphrates River at Jarabulus at all costs.

The report, however, suggests they moved right into ISIS territory without any skirmishes, and if confirmed are likely to raise more speculation that the Turkish government is secretly working with Islamist factions against the Kurds.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If in fact these reports are true, it appears that Turkey is goading and daring Russia to do something against this incursion.

If, in fact, Russia responds militarily, look very much for Turkey to invoke Article 5 of the NATO Charter, and we will well and truly be in a war against Russia in Syria.

Jan 21 08:58

Seymour Hersh says US Military Officials Have Great Respect for Russian Achievements in Syria

In an interview with German media, the renowned investigative journalist also claimed that former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey urged support for Assad against ISIS

Jan 21 08:43

The CIA’s Syria Program and the Perils of Proxies

Almost every aspect of the Obama administration’s policy toward Syria has been scrutinized, lambasted or praised in recent months, but one of the most significant facets, the CIA’s covert aid program to Syrian rebels, has largely slipped below the radar.

It is time that we start paying attention, since this initiative is benefiting the very jihadist groups the U.S. has been fighting for the past 15 years.

Jan 21 08:40

FLASHBACK - 2012 Defense Intelligence Agency document: West will facilitate rise of Islamic State “in order to isolate the Syrian regime”

Astoundingly, the newly declassified report states that for “THE WEST, GULF COUNTRIES, AND TURKEY [WHO] SUPPORT THE [SYRIAN] OPPOSITION… 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…”.

The DIA report, formerly classified “SECRET//NOFORN” and dated August 12, 2012, was circulated widely among various government agencies, including CENTCOM, the CIA, FBI, DHS, NGA, State Dept., and many others.

The document shows that as early as 2012, U.S. intelligence predicted the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), but instead of clearly delineating the group as an enemy, the report envisions the terror group as a U.S. strategic asset.

Jan 21 06:05

Every false flag in the making is detected ahead of time by somebody’s intelligence services

Every false flag in the making is detected ahead of time by somebody’s intelligence services—usually more than one country—because spying today is so effective and so universal. Officials in possession of this secret information often pass it on to the country that’s targeted, in the sincere belief that a heads-up will be appreciated.

But often the information isn’t welcomed—-because the fix is already in. Treasonous assets within the targeted country’s chain of command, who are prepared for the possibility of a leak, take measures to block the information from reaching those who might act on it in a meaningful way.

Jan 20 23:08

RUSSIA DEPLOYS AUTOMATED ROBOTS TO WAR-FIGHTING IN SYRIA!

In a terrifying development for all mankind, fully autonomous, armored ROBOTS have been deployed by Russia to do battle inside Syria; and the robots are winning!

Jan 20 18:19

ISIS massacres 280 civilians for ‘cooperation with the Syrian army’

Islamic State jihadists have reportedly slaughtered up to 280 people in the Deir ez-Zor province, killing “whole families” for alleged cooperation with the Syrian troops. The killings are said to have taken place a day after Russian humanitarian aid was air dropped in the region.

Jan 20 13:10

‘We’ll fight ISIS until its complete annihilation’ – Russian FM Lavrov after Kerry talks

Islamic State and the Nusra Front won’t be part of the proposed Syrian ceasefire as the fight against the jihadists will go on until their complete annihilation, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov and his US counterpart, John Kerry, agreed during talks in Zurich.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: The US doesn't get its puppet regime in Syria after all!

Jan 20 12:50

Squeezed Out of Syria, Daesh's Next Target Could Be the House of Saud

With Daesh's self-proclaimed Islamic caliphate slowly crumbling under the pressure of attacks from all sides in Syria and Iraq, the terrorist group may eventually call it quits in Mesopotamia and the Levant and move on to attack the Saudi monarchy, warns geopolitical analyst Schuyler Moore.

Jan 20 12:27

U.S. Throws Kurds To The Wolves, Launches Program To Roll Back Kurdish, Not ISIS, Advances In Syria

By Brandon Turbeville

It has been said by RPI advisor John Laughland that “it is better to be an enemy of the Americans than their friend. If you are their enemy, they might try to buy you; but if you are their friend, they will definitely sell you.”

Regardless of whether or not one can apply such logic to every interaction with the United States, it is a lesson that the YPG Kurds are learning in Syria...

Jan 20 07:47

THE 21st CENTURY: AN ERA OF FRAUD

In the last years of the 20th century fraud entered US foreign policy in a new way. On false pretenses Washington dismantled Yugoslavia and Serbia in order to advance an undeclared agenda. In the 21st century this fraud multiplied many times. Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, and Libya were destroyed, and Iran and Syria would also have been destroyed if the President of Russia had not prevented it.

Jan 19 23:37

Week Fifteen of the Russian Intervention in Syria: when no news is good news

The Russians are steadily degrading Daesh on many levels: they are hitting their command posts, their ammo dumps, their logistics and supply routes, their training bases, etc. Since a lot of those targets have now been destroyed, the Russians are also proving more and more close air support, that is to say that they are now flying sorties in direct support of Syrian army operations. There is also mounting evidence that Russian officers are now working closely with the frontline Syrian units.

Jan 19 23:29

Offensive propaganda or new propaganda offensives?

Obama administration announced new online initiatives to bolster its foreign policy narratives and as a means to counter others, for example, this network, RT.

Maybe a better course of action would be for the US State Department to ask itself why fewer and fewer people trust and believe it?

CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Don DeBar and James Carden.

Also see: Uncle Sam Got a Shiny New Propaganda Bullhorn for Christmas

Jan 19 23:25

Russian Red Scare No Longer Works

The EU has no-one else to blame for its present stresses and strains but itself, owing to its craven subservience to Washington's reckless policies.

The American and British governments are launching yet another media campaign to demonize Russia, with tall claims that the Kremlin is infiltrating European political parties and news media. The dastardly Russian aim, we are told, is to destroy the European Union.

Twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Washington and its trusty sidekick in London are desperately seeking to turn back the clock to the “good old days” when they could control their public through scare stories.

Jan 19 12:39

Analyst: Geneva Conference on Syria Likely to Postpone

A prominent Syrian analyst said the Geneva Conference on Syria is most likely to postpone to a future date due to deep rifts among the opposition and Damascus and Moscow's strong stance against the terrorist groups' partnership in the talks. "The Geneva conference will likely be postponed until a later day given the deep gap among the Syrian dissidents and due to the US administration's insistence on supporting those who attended the Riyadh conference and were named as representatives of all Syrian dissidents while the internal dissidents were ignored," Nai'm Aqbiq told FNA on Tuesday. He said Russia underlines the necessity for the presence of representatives of internal dissident groups and sees the group that was formed in Riyadh as an unacceptable party to the talks as it believes that the Riyadh group are not representing the Syrian opposition. "This is while the Syrian government has the winning card after the army's major advances in the battlefield," Aqbiq said.

Jan 19 12:37

Terrorists Prevent Humanitarian Team from Entering Syria's Kafraya, Fuaa Despite Deal

The Takfiri terrorist groups prevented a joint team of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) from entering the towns of Fuaa and Kefraya besieged by Jeish al-Fatah militants.

Jan 19 12:36

Russian, Syrian Fighter Jets Raid ISIL Centers Southeast of Homs Province

The Russian and Syrian warplanes, in at least 15 joint combat sorties, targeted the ISIL strongholds in the Southeastern territories of Homs province, inflicting major losses on the militant group, army announced minutes ago.
The Syrian Army announced on Tuesday that its soldiers engaged in heavy clashes with the militant groups in at least five neighborhoods of the Northern city of Aleppo and inflicted major losses on the terrorists. http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941029000974
Gov't Forces Advancing across Damascus Province http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941029000437
A senior commander of the militant groups alongside 24 of his comrades were killed in the Syrian Army's ambush Southwest of Hama province, army said Tuesday. http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941029000672

Jan 19 11:12

A World of Their Own - US State Dept Creates Its Own Facts

The US and European governments fund and promote their own 'sources' on Syria which tell them exactly what they want to hear...

Jan 19 08:51

Putin, Qatari Emir agree to intensify efforts to search for Syrian conflict settlement

The leaders of both countries share the opinion that a delay in settling the Syrian crisis would lead to further deterioration of the situation and an escalation of the inter-religious confrontation

Jan 18 22:45

And here’s the top 10 terrorist list: Escobar

Pepe Ecobar shows that it's all as clear as mud
"But Vienna, we got a problem. Many, if not the majority of these outfits, are striking “non-hostility pacts” with ISIS/ISIL/Daesh. Daesh will lead the terrorist list. In fact it may be THE terrorist list itself; Jabhat al-Nusra, a.k.a. al-Qaeda in Syria, are regarded as “moderate rebels” by Washington. What gives?

Meanwhile, as reported by Lebanon’s Al Mayadeen, US military advisors are already training “moderate rebels” near Salma, in Latakia province, very close to Russia’s air base.

For his part Muhammad Bazarbashi, the leader of the Army of Damascus outfit (3,000 fighters north of Aleppo), told the Anatolian News Agency they are ready to help Ankara fight PKK/PYD Kurds in Syria. Compare it with the fact PKK/PYD are side-by-side with the Americans in the fight to liberate Sinjar in Iraq."

Jan 18 20:22

Syrians Have No Food, NATO/MSM Have No Shame: Madaya Starvation Photos Faked For Propaganda

But the truth is that Assad is not starving the people of Madaya. The people of Madaya are suffering because their village is overrun with the savages supported by NATO, the GCC, and Israel. Unfortunately,the Western media that insists upon calling them “rebels” and “activists” instead of what they are.

Jan 18 13:32

Will Damascus's Enemies Use Their Proxies to Disrupt Syrian Peace Talks?

With the winds of fortune blowing in Damascus's favor for a change, and government forces launching a series of offensives to liberate the country from jihadist militants, Syria's regional enemies may attempt to frustrate the Geneva III talks on Syrian peace, Russian political analyst Gevorg Mirzayan warns.

Jan 18 13:25

Russia to deploy Ka-52 attack helicopters to Syria to protect Latakia air base

The “Hokum-B” combat helicopters will be used to protect the Russian contingent at Hmeymim airbase.

Jan 18 13:12

Syria Crisis: Peace Talks Loom, But the Warmongers Won’t be at the Table

It has been a week of bombings across the world, most of them carried out by Islamic State (Isis). Some were highly publicised because they took place in the centre of large cities and involved foreigners, such as the suicide bombing on 12 January close to the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia in Istanbul which killed 10 people, nine of them German tourists. Two days later gunmen and bombers claiming allegiance to Isis killed two people in Jakarta in an attack that topped the international news agenda because it appeared to show that Isis has a frightening global reach. Furthermore, it took place in a city of 10 million people which is a media hub, ensuring that there were plenty of television cameras to record events.

Jan 18 09:09

Syria Under Siege And The Real Story Of Madaya

Op-Ed by Afraa Dagher

In the midst of all the useless, distracting noise generated by the Zionist mainstream media – the sole purpose of which is to hypnotize the masses in such a way that works to Israel’s benefit – is the fact that the whole of Syria is under siege and all the Syrian people are starving in some manner. And not just starving for a few days, weeks, or months, but rather for years, since the beginning of the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ that brought with it Western-created revolutions that have midwifed the diabolical children of destruction, poverty, destitution, violence, terrorism, and civil war...

Jan 17 22:58

Russia Deploys Electronic Warfare System as Syrian Army Prepares for Major Offensive

But with backing from Russian airstrikes and foreign fighters, Syria's armed forces are slowly advancing south and southeast of the city.

"This will be the biggest military operation in Syria since the beginning of the war," one commander with pro-government forces told AFP.

Jan 17 21:35

ISIS commits massacre in village in Deir Ezzor, claiming the lives of 300 civilians

Daesh (the so called ISIS, ISIL) mercenary-terrorists committed a massacre in al-Bghailiye village (in Deir Ezzor’s western countryside), claiming the lives of around 300 civilians, most of them women, children, and elderly people, local sources said to SANA reporters.

Jan 17 14:48

FINAL COUNTDOWN FOR lSlS IN SYRIA?

Jan 17 12:56

Obama’s Invasion Plan of Syria Was Drawn Up by Kim Roosevelt in 1957

The same person, Teddy Roosevelt’s grandson, who planned and headed the CIA coup to overthrow Iran’s progressive secular democratic anti-communist President Mohammed Mossadegh in 1953, and to replace him with the brutal dictator Shah Reza Pahlevi, so as to continue Western oil companies’ control over Iran’s oil and gas, went on to plan four years later, in 1957, the invasion of Syria by the U.S., along with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey; and it’s virtually exactly the plan that U.S. President Barack Obama has been placing into action ever since Obama first stepped into the White House.

Jan 17 11:49

This land is our land: American democracy, at a theater near you

Democracy has been projected on to a fictitious screen of good guy and bad guys. The people watch as impotent spectators, no longer even aware of the real story out there.

Ever since armed white ranchers took over federal property in Oregon the unfolding drama has resembled a parody of a Hollywood Western. Trouble is, no-one is quite sure who’s wearing the white hats as opposed to the black ones.

Jan 17 10:13

Erdogan accuses Iran and Russia of fueling tensions in region

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Russia and Iran of fueling tensions in the region -- Moscow by continuing to back the regime in Syria and Tehran with its growing confrontation with Riyadh.

"The dangerous course that Russia is now on constitutes a very big problem, not only for itself and the region but also for the world," Erdogan said on Tuesday in a speech to Turkish ambassadors gathered for a conference in Ankara.

"Russia's operations in Syria, the real purpose of which is to keep the al-Assad regime in power, are making regional problems deeper," the Hurriyet Daily News quoted him as saying.

Both Iran and Russia directly back the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad which Turkey opposes. Iran funds the regime and has sent militias in to fight on its behalf.

Russia directly intervened militarily last September and has been bombing forces opposed to Assad ever since.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

REALLY, Recep?!?!?

And Turkey's bombing of a Russian fighter jet has just calmed things down enormously, right?!?

(AHEM). It is time for the adults in the room to collectively cool their jets, and think about how tensions can and should be calmed in the region.

Saudi Arabia's execution of the noted cleric, whose only crime was his criticism of the Saudi government, was a provocation, to which Iran didn't respond. It wasn't the government of Iran which caused the burning of the Saudi consulate in Tehran; it was a mob of angry people, some of whom have been arrested by the Iranian government.

It appears that Erdogan is wanting to provoke both Iran and Russia toward a global confrontation.

And that will do no one any good right now.

Jan 17 09:47

US, Britain and France Intend Undermining Syrian Peace Talks

If you don't want civilians to die: stop forming, funding, arming and supporting terrorists - and stop the endless wars!

The 'humanitarian' kinetic bombardment from the air and murder in Libya clearly shows what would happen in Syria if these creatures get their way.

Jan 16 16:26

Fluid Alliances: War on Terror, Yesterday and Today

This is all quite shamelessly a far cry from when the ‘War on Terror’ was declared in 2001 and who knows what the future holds with respect to alliances in the war on the Syrian state. Perchance to say, if ISIS bides its time, it too, in several years will be heralded by the British and American governments as not only “moderate rebels” but “super-moderate rebels.”

Jan 16 10:55

“Sunnistan”: US and Allied “Safe Zone” Plan to Grab Territorial Booty in Northern Syria

Remember when the Obama Administration told the world how it hoped to identify 5,000 reliable non-jihadist ‘moderate’ rebels hanging out in Turkey and Jordan, who might want to fight for Washington in Syria? After all the drama over its infamous ‘train and equip’ program to create their own Arab army in Syria, they want to give it another try.

This week, Pentagon officials announced their new plan to train up to 7,000 more ‘moderate’ fighters, but this time the project would take place inside Syria (and to hell with international law).

We’re told that this was requested by Ankara, and with all NATO allies singing the same hymn – claiming that this new effort will help in securing Turkey’s porous border with Syria, or so the story goes. Washington’s political cover for this is fashioned from the popular post-Paris theme: to protect civilized Europe from invading hordes and the terrorists who hide among them, as stated in the Wall Street Journal:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

Jan 16 09:48

Hagel: US 'Paralyzed' in Syria by Assad Focus

The US has backed itself into a corner by insisting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad be removed from power before the Obama administration will work with Russia and Iran to fight the Islamic State group, former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said.

“We have allowed ourselves to get caught and paralyzed on our Syrian policy by the statement that ‘Assad must go,’” Hagel said at a Wednesday event hosted by the Atlantic Council.

Russia and Iran have said they are willing to join with the US in fighting ISIS, but not at the expense of Assad, a longtime regional ally for both nations. The US continues to insist that no serious discussions on working with those two nations can occur until Assad is removed.

Jan 16 08:24

Wesley Clark: "Our friends and allies funded ISIS to destroy Hezbollah" [VIDEO]

“ISIS got started through funding from our friends and allies. People will tell you in the region that if you want somebody who will fight to the death against Hezbollah, you don’t put out a recruiting poster saying ‘sign up for us we’re gonna make a better world.’ You go after zealots and you go after these religious fundamentalists. That’s who fights Hezbollah. It’s like a Frankenstein.”

Jan 15 15:33

German Economic News Interviews Seymour Hersh on Obama’s Syria Policy

On January 14th, German Economic News interviewed the investigative reporter Seymour Hersh regarding Obama’s war against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad:

German Economic News: You recently issued a highly acclaimed essay in the London Review of Books in which you demonstrate that the US military was against the US invasion of Syria, but Obama didn’t listen to their advice. Why?

Jan 15 10:08

Syria Pact Puts No Time Limit on Russia Campaign, Document Shows

Russia’s military is operating in Syria without a time limit under an accord between the two governments, which also agreed to a one-year notice period for either side to terminate the pact, according to the text of the deal dated Aug. 26 and published Thursday.

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Underscoring the fact that the government in Syria has NOT invited the US to come in and bomb the place to rubble to get ISIS (nudge nudge wink wink say no more).

Jan 15 09:01

German Economic News Interviews Seymour Hersh on Obama’s Syria Policy

On January 14th, German Economic News interviewed the investigative reporter Seymour Hersh regarding Obama’s war against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad:

Jan 15 08:37

Russia has threatened the United States that will begin to reveal to the world what in Syria the coalition planes are up to

• Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Igor Konashenkov: If our (Western) colleagues are silent about the results of their bombing in Syria - we will have to inform the public about the consequences of their impact. If someone has not yet realized this - in vain mind that it will not do

• The Chief of the General Directorate of Operations RF Sergei RUDSKOJ: Our air force is in Syria so far had 5,662 combat flight, including 145 flights of strategic bombers. Our air campaign lasts a hundred days, during which time the Syrian government forces liberated 217 cities, towns and regain control over more than 1,000 square kilometers of national territory

Spokesperson of the Ministry of Defense of Russia - Igor Konashenkov general - said that Moscow is ready to inform the world public about air strikes in Syria Western coalition led by the US.

It is immediately pointed out: that Moscow will do so in order to "avoid different forgeries". So to clarify:

Jan 15 08:26

Erdogan accuses Iran and Russia of fueling tensions in region

- Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Russia and Iran of fueling tensions in the region -- Moscow by continuing to back the regime in Syria and Tehran with its growing confrontation with Riyadh.

"The dangerous course that Russia is now on constitutes a very big problem, not only for itself and the region but also for the world," Erdogan said on Tuesday in a speech to Turkish ambassadors gathered for a conference in Ankara.

"Russia's operations in Syria, the real purpose of which is to keep the al-Assad regime in power, are making regional problems deeper," the Hurriyet Daily News quoted him as saying.

Both Iran and Russia directly back the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad which Turkey opposes. Iran funds the regime and has sent militias in to fight on its behalf.

Russia directly intervened militarily last September and has been bombing forces opposed to Assad ever since.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No matter how intensely the US-government enabled Edrogan pushes for Russia to leave Syria, that will only happen when pigs fly.

And unfortunately, every day, we get closer to a potential military confrontation between the US troops and Russian troops in Syria.

Jan 15 08:13

Starvation in Syria 'a war crime,' U.N. chief says

Workers for UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, met him in a makeshift hospital in the Syrian city of Madaya. The city is controlled by rebels and under siege by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That means every US politician that supported those rebels against Assad and created this mess is now guilty of war crimes and needs to stand trial. That includes the President of the United States and especially the Secretary of State who smuggled Libyan weapons into rebel hands in Syria.

BOOK 'EM, DAN-O!!!!!!!!

Jan 15 07:59

Russian General Staff: Syrian opposition actively helped in freeing one of IS strongholds

One of the main strongholds of Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization in Syria - Salma in the province of Latakia - has been freed with active help from the opposition, Lieutenant General Sergey Rudskoy, chief of the main operations department of the Russian General Staff, told reporters on Friday. Syrian government forces also took ten settlements in the province of Hama, he added. "Twenty-four armed militants who fought with terrorists have voluntarily surrendered to the government forces in combat near the settlement of Jarjis. Government forces and militias took seven settlements near the Kweires airbase," Rudskoy said. IS lost control over 217 settlements in 100 days of Syria operation.

Jan 14 16:05

Elections held in rebel-held Ghouta, Syria for local council, armed opposition reps lose, civilian opposition wins

Jan 14 10:55

SPOOF OF THE WEEK ~~ ‘THE STATELESS UNION ADDRESS’

Jan 14 10:38

US Plans for ISIS War in 2016: Attacking Mosul, Raqqa

Carter bragged about how well the ISIS campaign is going, claiming his statement today was the completion of a “military plan” to retake Mosul and Raqqa, saying Kurdish forces in both Iraq and Syria would encircle those cities.

Carter insisted he has “big arrows” pointing at those cities, but also talked up other plans, including widespread assassinations of ISIS leaders, and a significant escalation of the US drone wars against Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan, with drone strikes in those countries extending “beyond declared battlefields.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...beyond declared battlefields." ?!?!?

What is Carter really saying?!? That even without Congressional authorization of a war against ISIS, he believes that he has carte blanche to assassinate alleged ISIS members, wherever they might be?!?

I don't know about you, folks, but this is making the hair at the back of my head start to break dance in very strange convulsions of movement, and that is always a bad sign.

Jan 14 10:29

Defense Secretary, in Speech to Deploying Troops, Lauds Push Against

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter provided an upbeat assessment on Wednesday of the Obama administration’s efforts to defeat the Islamic State and said that missions now underway by a new deployment of Special Operations forces are “generating a virtuous cycle of action” against the extremist group.

The administration is aware that many Americans are skeptical of its approach to the Islamic State. Republican presidential candidates have said that Mr. Obama was too slow to react to the group when it first seized wide swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, and that his current ISIS strategy has been a failure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US "training" of Iraqi troops hasn't worked since it began; Iraq has not invited the US into the country to contain ISIS; neither has Syria invited the US into the country to contain ISIS there.

And what the heck does this man mean when he uses the phrase "generating a virtuous cycle of action"?!?

That the US government, here , is the "good guy", for killing the same people it supported and trained to destabilise the Al-Assad government, which Russia is doing quite nicely, thank you very much?!?

Jan 14 10:23

Turkey seals border with Kurdish enclave in Syria surrounded by ISIS

The clampdown on Kurds isn't limited to south-east Turkey. Kurdish people, living in an enclave surrounded by ISIS across the border in Syria, are also being blockaded - as RT’s Murad Gazdiev's been finding out.

Jan 13 23:56

Anti-immigrant 'Soldiers of Odin' raise concern in Finland

Oh! My Gosh! Viking Supremacist Militias are forming in Finland(WTF Finns are Turkic not Norse!) to combat the illegal immigrant problem. Can't you see it? A bunch of "Vikings" whacked out on Amanita Muscaria Mushrooms and Mead going toe to toe with the illegals.

Wearing black jackets adorned with a symbol of a Viking and the Finnish flag, the "Soldiers of Odin" have surfaced as self-proclaimed patriots patrolling the streets to protect native Finns from immigrants, worrying the government and police.

Jan 13 12:43

EXCLUSIVE: Syrian Army, Popular Forces Liberate 300 sq/km of Lands in Lattakia

Gov't Forces Win New Battle against Terrorists South of Syria's Hama http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941023001189
Syrian Army Completes Control over New Territories East of Aleppo http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941023001076
Syrian Army Gains Upper Hand against Militants West of Aleppo City http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941023001226

Jan 13 12:20

Book Review: "History of Syria - XX Century" by Elza Pir-Budagova

The Book "History Of Syria - XX century", by Elza Pir-Budagova, is most relevant today, when the very existence of the SAP (Syrian Arab Republic -ed) in the form in which it was known for over a century, is in question. Throughout the twentieth century, the political rhetoric of the Syrian leadership was full of desire for pan-Arab unity: firstly, through attempts to preserve the unity of Lebanon in the time of the conclusion of the Sykes–Picot agreement, then after the integration process with Egypt and Iraq. Now we actually are witnessing in Syria the reverse process, and many players on the world stage are seriously discussing the question of the disintegration of the country. Today, the Syrian conflict actually addresses the issue of how to balance Sunni and Shiite power in the Middle East in the twenty-first century. The most probable division of the Republic is along ethnic lines.

Jan 13 12:15

Libya/Syria – Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

Last month, before the parliamentary vote on whether to bomb Syria, British Chancellor George Osborne publicly stated that the cost of extending air strikes against Islamic State into Syria would run in the “low tens of millions of pounds”.

Jan 13 11:19

Obama calls on US Congress to authorize use of military force against Islamic State

"If this Congress is serious about winning this war, and wants to send a message to our troops and the world, you should finally authorize the use of military force against ISIL," he says.

US Congress should authorize the use of military force against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization [banned in Russia], US President Barack Obama said at his last State of the Nation address on Wednesday. "If this Congress is serious about winning this war, and wants to send a message to our troops and the world, you should finally authorize the use of military force against ISIL [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant — formed name of IS]. Take a vote," Obama said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Congress: please do not do this.

If such legislation is passed, it will give President Obama a "blank check" with which to invade any country he feels like invading, with no Congressional oversite.

Obama's Executive Office overreach has already been given enough of a free hand by Congress already, thank you very much.

Jan 13 08:48

Syrians? What Syrians!?

...we must absolutely not ignore the fact that majority of the people who carrying “Syrian” passports and have entered Europe by boats in the last five months, are not even Syrians. Rather, they are Islamic extremists from Middle East, Asia and Europe, some of whom even brought even entire families with them (Uyghurs are a good example) and have been waging jihad in Syria against its army and its citizens. Because the Syrian army is constantly having gains and victories, the terrorists sooner or later had to flee Syria to Turkey, from where the majority of them also entered Syria. As we all know the terrorists in Syria (both, foreign and domestic) are supervised by the Turkish authorities. But now let's ask ourselves the very important question: how do we define the Syrian passport?

Jan 13 05:21

'Frankly, We Are Losing': Why the US 'Fixation' on Daesh Will Fail

"Americans are technical rationalists, and our devotion to this philosophical outlook is part of the reason why we continue to move towards military failure and not success," Ben Zweibelson writes for the military commentary website. As defined by Zweibelson, technical rationalism refers to military strategies that can be "objectively and analytically measured and controlled within universal principles and techniques." Namely, that any conflict can be solved by simple technological superiority over an enemy. This viewpoint, according to the pundit, is severely limiting, especially given that much of the Pentagon’s strategy is designed for traditional warfare against rival nation states. But relying on traditional strategies in dealing with modern militant groups with online savvy, like Daesh, have proven remarkably ineffective.

Jan 13 03:04

What the Media Isn't Telling You About Syria Starvation

Between the bare-faced lies and the half-truths and omissions the story the western media is presenting on starvation-stricken towns has only a tenous connection to the truth. Here's an important fact: jihadis are using residents of captured towns as human shields and shooting them if they try to leave. Those aren't civilians starved by Syria army - they're captives of the anti-Assad fighters...
Besieged Syrian Town Has Food — But 'Moderate Rebels' Won't Distribute It (VIDEO): The Syrian town of Madaya is controlled by 'moderate' rebels who are hoarding food for themselves http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/besieged-syrian-town-has-food-mo...

Jan 13 00:21

Latest Syrian war update on the "South Front".

Jan 12 18:36

Syrians Have No Food, NATO/MSM Have No Shame: Madaya Starvation Photos Faked For Propaganda

By Brandon Turbeville

It seems the propaganda machine of the West just won’t quit when it comes to Syria. Whether it is claims that Assad is “butchering his own people” that overwhelmingly support him, “using chemical weapons” on civilians at questionably convenient times that defy all logic, or buying oil from ISIS, the Western propaganda against the legitimate secular government of Syria seems to become more and more absurd with each passing attempt.

The latest attempt at portraying Assad as the new Hitler without a shred of real evidence? Claims that he is starving the residents of Madaya for some undefined purpose that would allegedly benefit his “grip” on power...

Jan 12 14:15

Who is happy to see Russian pilots in Syria?

“We have many issues with Assad,” says history teacher Gadir Uassuf. “But they all pale in comparison with the danger presented by ISIS and al-Nusra Front. All throughout the years of the crisis, the Syrian opposition has not been able to offer an alternative to Bashar (al-Assad). We do not see peaceful areas ‘liberated’ by them where they have established a normal life ‘without Bashar.’ This is why the Syrian president himself has turned from a politician who had his strengths and weaknesses into a symbol of resistance to foreign terrorists, who have come here from all over the world. What needs to be done now is to banish them and then we shall start rebuilding normal life and criticizing Assad.”

Jan 12 13:59

Syrian Government Will Not Talk to Terrorists at Geneva Peace Talks

The Syrian government is ready to attend peace talks with opposition groups in Geneva, but has requested prior information on who will be there in order to ensure terrorist groups are excluded, geopolitical analyst Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya told Sputnik.

Jan 12 13:48

Syrian Army Captures Strategic Town of Salma in Lattakia

The Syrian Army announced minutes ago that it has won full control over the strategic town of Salma Northeast of Lattakia province in yet another landmark victory over the foreign-backed terrorists.
Salma Town fully liberated by Russian & Syrian Army http://fortruss.blogspot.ru/2016/01/salma-town-fully-liberated-by-russ...
The Syrian army intensified its offensives against the Takfiri terrorists in Eastern Ghouta in Damascus countryside, and seized back two strategic factories from Jeish al-Islam (Army of Islam) militants. http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941022001257
The Syrian army won back two villages from the terrorists in the highly strategic and volatile suburban Damascus region of Eastern Ghouta on Tuesday. http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941022001170

Jan 12 12:54

RT visits Madaya (VIDEO)

Jan 12 12:21

Hundreds of volunteers in Syrian Latakia join the army daily — training center

Hundreds of volunteers in the Syrian city of Latakia are daily joining the people’s army to protect the lands liberated from terrorists, the head of the local training center, Husam Naser, told reporters on Tuesday. "Training at the center takes two weeks. We have about 500 people here, earlier this number was up to 1,000, but the number of students has declined because of the shortage of places," Naser said, noting that people in Syrian cities were willing to help the army. "This is important for the army, for Syria. People are ready to defend their land. They want to defeat terrorists".
Assad: Syrian war brings stronger relations with Iran http://tass.ru/en/world/848918

Jan 12 11:47

Syria’s UN envoy: Accusations against Damascus aimed at disrupting talks

Reports on starvation in Syria’s Madaya and claims that Damascus blocks the delivery of humanitarian assistance there are fabricated and are set to undermine the peace talks in Geneva due on January 25, Syria's UN Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari has said. "The fact raises eyebrows that every time when a step forward is made towards political settlement in Syria, information about certain incidents is fabricated to belie the Syrian government and to negatively affect the political process," Ja'afari told reporters. As Syrians prepare for the meeting in Geneva, certain regional and international players supporting terrorism in Syria are dissatisfied with how positively Damascus cooperates as part of a political process and try to "demonize" the Assad regime thus "torpedoing" peace talks. The Syrian diplomat said the gunmen loot some aid and then sell the goods to the citizens at an inflated price.

Jan 12 11:44

400 people need urgent evacuation from Syria’s Madaya — UN

About 400 people in Madaya, a Syrian town where humanitarian aid was delivered on Monday for the first time since October, need to be urgently evacuated, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O'Brien has told reporters. After a closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council, O'Brien said the UN officials who reached Madaya, to the west of Syria's capital Damascus, have confirmed that the town has faced a critical situation. Both sides of the conflict — the gunmen controlling Madaya and also the government forces besieging the town — bear the responsibility for the lives of citizens, who need treatment for medical conditions, malnourishment and starvation, he said.

Jan 12 11:42

UN Security Council holds emergency meeting on humanitarian situation in Syria

UN Security Council on Monday held an emergency meeting on the humanitarian situation in the besieged regions of Syria. The meeting was convened upon requests from Spain and New Zealand, both of them nonpermanent members of the UN at the moment, and was held behind closed doors. The New Zealand ambassador to the UN, Gerard van Bohemen said a decision to convene the session had been taken in the wake of reports on deaths from starvation in the cities blocked by Syrian government troops and armed groupings likewise. Reports said earlier on Monday a relief convoy organized by the UN and the Syrian Red Crescent Society had arrived in the city of Madaya, the Rif Dimashq governorate, sieged by government forces. A consignment of medicines and housewares also reached two Shiite villages, al-Foua and Kefraya located in the Idlib governorate.

Jan 12 11:02

Syria air strikes: David Cameron admits 'there aren’t enough' moderate fighters on the ground and some are 'hardline'

PM jokes that some of the 70,000 fighters are not the 'sort of people you bump into at Liberal Democrat party conference'

Jan 12 09:50

Prince Mohammed Bin Salman: Naive, Arrogant Saudi Prince Is Playing with Fire

At the end of last year the BND, the German intelligence agency, published a remarkable one-and-a-half-page memo saying that Saudi Arabia had adopted “an impulsive policy of intervention”. It portrayed Saudi defence minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – the powerful 29-year-old favourite son of the ageing King Salman, who is suffering from dementia – as a political gambler who is destabilising the Arab world through proxy wars in Yemen and Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to whoever might be advising Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, both geopolitically and militarily: a war against Iran would be a lousy choice at this time.

And I will explain, very simply, and succinctly why; a war with Iran will mean a war with Russia, whose politicians and military officials have said, time after time, that should Iran be attacked, Russia will come to its aid.

You have seen what the Russian military has been able to do in Syria.

And yes, the US government would most probably come to your aid against Iran (in spite of your country's human rights record, which can only be described as abominable); however, the US military doesn't have the money, the troop strength, or the manufacturing at this point to insure a positive outcome in a conventional war against Russia.

The Saudi economy is in a mess, from the diminution of oil revenues; austerity is around the corner, and you have a number of young men, capable of working, but very much unemployed.

Even your selling off shares in Aramco is looked up with cynicism, because with no transparency in the company's record keeping, it is very hard to get a clear valuation of what the company is worth.

It is the recipe for absolute disaster, and a potential coup against the Royal House of Saud may well be in the cards, if the patronage you have provided, in terms of food and energy subsidies get yanked from the people who most need them.

So what would I suggest you counsel Prince bin-Salman to do?!?

First, exit from Yemen, and tell the US government that if it wants to go to war with Yemen, be your guest, and go in alone. The cost of this military operation is staggering, and the country of Saudi Arabia needs to put it to the good use of its citizens.

Second, get completely out of training, aiding, and abetting jihadis in Syria; if you have operatives there right now, there is every good chance that they will be pummeled by Russian military aircraft. Again, war against Russia is a lousy idea.

And lastly, please remind Prince bin-Salman that his people depend on him for true, disciplined leadership, which moves the country forward into the future, and does not leave it shackled to the past.

Please inspire him to be the education Prince; the ecology prince; the "building geopolitical bridges" prince; because the last thing this 21st century needs is yet one more "warrior prince", who hubristically believes he can demonstrate that might makes right.

Jan 12 09:00

US Weighs Permanent Naval Deployment in Mediterranean

The US Navy is looking into a permanent deployment in the Mediterranean to assist European nations with the migrant crisis and in response to increased Russian naval capabilities, a senior US Navy official told Sputnik.
"What is on tap for the near future, is the continuing use of those four DDGs [guided missile destroyers] based out of Rota [Spain], an increase in that loitering presence, and then the long-term possibility of dedicated deployments to the Mediterranean," the official said.
Asked if the deployment was the result of US concerns over Russia, the official noted, "You could say it’s because of the migrant issue and the tax that that has put on European navies, and then certainly because of the increased Russian naval presence and capability."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia's only warm water ports, where it has full privileges, are those of Tartus, in Syria, on the Mediterranean, as well as ports in Cyprus, where military ships can dock and refuel.

If the US military does deploy a permanent group of battle ships in the Mediterranean, it will be raising the tensions in the region by an order of magnitude which will be significant.

Jan 12 08:50

BBC Caught Recycling Old Footage to Create More Humanitarian Mythology for Madaya, Syria

Since the story of the Madaya “starvation” story broke seemingly hours after the Saudi lawless and brutal execution of inspirational opposition speaker and cleric Sheikh Nimr al Nimr, we have been presented with a ceaseless array of fake images many of which have been corrected or withdrawn by the offending mainstream media outlets but then relentlessly and brazenly recycled, regardless, by the social media propaganda rings.

Jan 12 08:48

Russian general: New militants regularly arrive to Syria’s Latakia province from Turkey

New recruits are regularly arriving to the north-eastern part of the Syrian province of Latakia from Turkey, Lieutenant General Sergey Rudskoy, chief of the main operations department of the Russian General Staff, told journalists on Monday.

Rudskoy said that Syrian government forces are making progress while militants are suffering losses and forces to leave their positions. "However, despite efforts of the international community directed at stopping any support to terrorists, new recruits regularly arrive to the north-eastern part of Latakia province from the Turkish territory," he added. The Russian Defense Ministry said in early December that new recruits arrive to Syria from Turkey. The Defense Ministry said that militants are supplied with weapons and equipment from the Turkish territory. US President Barack Obama called for ensuring control over Turkey’s border with Syria where militants and cargoes for them continue to move freely.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And it appears that Turkey will do absolutely nothing about this, due to the huge profits its leadership is making from the brisk trade in illegal ISIL oil!!

Jan 12 08:41

Connection between Turkish officers and ISIS confirmed in report for Norvegian Foreign Office

«Russian Spring» continues its investigation on connections between the Turkish officials and ISIS* terror group. Last year Turkey Prosecution Office has investigated the case of six Turkish citizens gone missing, their relatives assumed they may have joined ISIS.

Jan 12 08:21

MADAYA: Letter of Complaint to Canadian Broadcast Ombudsman

The following is a letter written to the CBC ombdusman by an informed member of the public in Canada, enraged by the blatant anti-Syrian stance in the CBC reporting of the Madaya “starvation” situation.

Jan 12 08:11

Turkey says Syrian suicide bomber carried out Istanbul attack

Whereas the Turkish President has claimed that the bomber is a young Syrian, Turkish newspaper Today's Zaman said the bomber had been identified as Saudi-Arabian born Nabil Fadl?, quoting the Dogan news agency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Turkey is ginning up an excuse to invade Syria.

Jan 12 07:57

Madaya hunger reports aim to demonize government: Syria

Syria’s ambassador to the UN says media reports of starving civilians in the southwestern town of Madaya have been fabricated in an attempt to defame the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Jan 12 07:52

West’s airstrikes cost ‘billions’ to Syria economy – Damascus’ UN envoy

Bombing raids in Syria by the US-led coalition target civilian and industrial infrastructure worth billions of dollars, while Western airstrikes aim to exhaust the “capacities of the people” and halt post-war reconstruction, Syria’s envoy to the UN says.

Jan 12 07:41

Foreign Policy FUBAR

For those not aware, Michael Weiss' outfit, Interpreter Magazine, has been merged with an official U.S government asset - Radio Free Europe:

...

We can already see from the title that it is an attempt to tell Russia what they are and are not bombing. The first issue we have is why is there an American NGO office in the Takfiri stronghold of Idlib?

Jan 11 16:22

Russian air force provides support for 7,000 Syrian rebels advancing on ISIS – General Staff

The Russians are now flying air support for the Anti-Assad pro Syrian FSA against ISIS and their capital Raaqa! This is big. The days of Obama's terrorist army are about over!

Russia’s air force has hit 1,100 jihadist targets in Syria since the start of the year, enabling “patriotic” Syrian rebels to mount an offensive against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) strongholds in Raqqa and Palmyra.

“Russian aviation is providing support for all the patriotic forces fighting against international terrorists on Syria’s territory. Today, we are attacking targets on behalf of 11 democratic opposition militias, numbering over 7,000 in total,” Lieutenant General Sergey Rudskoy, chief of the main operations department of the Russian General Staff, said during a televised press briefing in Moscow.

Jan 11 15:35

Sweden Covered-Up Systematic Rape During Festival Because Migrants “Awkward to Write About”

The right of women to be unmolested has been sold in favor of politically-correct reporting on migrants – even when they are guilty of system rape, groping and harassment.

Hordes of young men pressed against young girls, fondled and tried to cop a feel over and under skirts, pants and shirts.

“She was very interested and listened until I told her that all the boys and men that were apprehended were young asylants (unaccompanied is the terminology used by Swedish authorities) from Afghanistan and Syria.

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Jan 11 15:30

ISIS members unwilling to fight in Deir Ezzor and civilians concerned about imposing compulsory military service

After facing military setbacks in its self-declared caliphate in both Iraq and Syria, some ISIS members in Deir Ezzor have recently appeared unwilling to fight. It has also coincided with a manpower shortage, which ISIS attempts to solve with several means.

Jan 11 12:35

Avaaz: The Online Pro-War Propagandist And Color Revolution NGO

By Brandon Turbeville

It’s considered one of the globe’s largest NGOs, yet the odds are most Americans have never heard of it. Avaaz, (whose name means “voice” in many languages), is a massive “online activist organization” that claims to promote freedom and democracy all across the world in a variety of different means and for a variety of different causes...

Jan 11 11:56

Cheney, Rothschild, and Fox News’ Murdoch to Drill for Oil in Syria, Violating International Law

By Justin Gardner

While Syria is torn apart by the warring of U.S. imperialists and Islamic fundamentalists—leaving its children to die of starvation—another country plans to take advantage of the chaos by stealing resources from Syria’s southern region. The theft will be carried out by the most notorious pushers of military hegemony, and they don’t care that it violates international law...

Jan 11 11:49

Syria: BBC Fabricates Again, Uses Recycled Photos. Madaya Residents used as Human Shields by US-NATO Backed Terrorists

More fabricated photos (see info-graphic) have been used by al Qaeda groups and western media in the dirty war on Syria, the residents of the town of Madaya have been used as human shields by NATO backed terrorists

Those same gangs used recycled photos to blame the Syrian Army and Hezbollah of starving civilians these photos are from from other years and other places

Jan 11 11:41

Russian general: New militants regularly arrive to Syria’s Latakia province from Turkey

Rudskoy said that Syrian government forces are making progress while militants are suffering losses and forces to leave their positions. "However, despite efforts of the international community directed at stopping any support to terrorists, new recruits regularly arrive to the north-eastern part of Latakia province from the Turkish territory," he added.
Russia has delivered over 1,000 airstrikes in Syria since start of year — general http://tass.ru/en/defense/848749

Jan 11 09:14

Gov't Forces Drive ISIL Back From More Lands North of Syria's Aleppo

The Syrian Army and its popular allies continued to advance against the ISIL terrorists in the Northern part of Aleppo province, and restored security to two more villages after hours of battle, military sources announced Sunday.
The Syrian army seized control over strategic valleys and heights in the Northern parts of Lattakia province on Sunday. http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941020001481
Syrian Army Seizes Large Volumes of Militants' Munitions in Tartous Province http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941020000727
The Syrian army inflicted heavy losses on the militants in the Southern province of Dara'a by destroying their military positions and gathering centers on Saturday. http://en.farsnews.com/player.aspx?nn=13941020001164

Jan 11 09:08

Heritage for sale: Ancient treasures stolen from Syria by ISIS turn up in Lebanon

Soon after Islamic State first swept through Syria, thousands of antiquities, including Christian artefacts, were looted and sold illegally in other countries.

Jan 11 09:03

US Plotting to Create Autonomous Kurdistan Region in Syria

A Syrian news and analysis website revealed Washington's plot to establish an autonomous Kurdistan region in Syria with the help of the Head of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party Salih Muslim and people loyal to President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani. Al-Majhar website quoted informed sources in Iraq's Erbil and Syria's Kobani as saying that following the implementation of a plan to form the Kurdistan corps by training the Kurdish forces, the US will embark on necessary measures to form offices to create an autonomous Kurdistan in Northern Syria. Based on the report, the Syrian Kurds believe that the US support will lead to the establishment of a Kurdish government in Syria...

Jan 11 08:19

Assad's army in 40 days with the support of the Russian aviation freed 150 cities and towns

More than 150 cities and other settlements liberated the Syrian army from the beginning of December, thanks to the support of our aviation - said General Sergei Rudskoj.

The Chief of the General Directorate of Operations of the Armed saga RF without specified:

"In December, members of terrorist groups driven out of the 134 town and village, and the first days of January - from another 19. The greatest successes were achieved in the provinces of Aleppo, Latakia, Hama, Homs and Cancer".

General Rudskoj also revealed that the Russian air force in Syria since the New Year beaten nearly 1,100 facilities terrorists in the provinces of Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia, Hama, Homs, Damascus, Deir-ez-Zor, Hasek, Deraa and cancer. Were targeted and installation under the control ID, and processing of oil.

Jan 10 11:21

Wagenknecht: Erdogan has to end his covert support of terrorists

There are now 15 countries fighting in Syria, sometimes together, sometimes side by side, sometimes against each other. There is no joint strategy. There is not even agreement on whether the most important goal is the fight against the "Islamic state." Turkey certainly has other priorities. Germany is stepping into a war that nobody has a handle on.

Jan 10 10:21

Anti-Assad Propaganda Exposed: ‘Starving Syrian Child’ Revealed as Healthy Lebanese Girl

Filed under 'Saddam's incubator babies'. A viral photo depicting a "malnourished Syrian child" being "starved" by the "evil Syrian army" is a bona fide fraud. The details, via Lebanon's Daily Star ('Starving Syria child' revealed as south Lebanon girl)...

Jan 10 09:50

CORPORATE MEDIA TURNS STARVATION OF SYRIANS INTO WAR PROPAGANDA

The International Committee of the Red Cross has issued a statement saying it cannot confirm the images posted on social media of starving children in Madaya and other cities. Despite this lack of confirmation, the media in the West continues to report the Syrian Army and Hezbollah are responsible. Sources tell al-Manar the Islamists are responsible for starvation in the city, not the Syrian Army. Al-Manar is a Lebanese satellite television station affiliated with Hezbollah.

The same sources noted that according to [the] Zabadani agreement [a UN mediated ceasefire], scores of trucks that hold humanitarian aids are scheduled to be sent to the town in January and that dozens of trucks that convey medical and food stuffs, which match the locals’ needs for months, were sent to Madaya, adding that the terrorist groups confiscated them and sold them to the inhabitants.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More corporate demonisation of Al-Assad, I see.

Jan 10 09:22

Beginning of the End? Nusra Turns on FSA Allies in Token Syrian Town

Members of the al-Nusra Front shut down a radio station affiliated with the Free Syrian Army and kidnapped its two iconic spokesmen in the Syrian town of Kafr Nabl, according to social media accounts affiliated with the rebels. The FSA and al-Nusra Front share control of large swaths of Syria's Idlib province. The Al-Nusra Front, internationally recognized as a terrorist organization affiliate with al-Qaeda, is not allowed to take part in upcoming peace talks, meaning that it would have to cede control of the areas for a ceasefire to take effect. Station spokesman Hadi al-Abdallah was later released, according to some reports, while his partner Raed Fares was kept kidnapped in an unknown location. Fares was apparently pressured by al-Nusra in the past...

Jan 09 14:50

Daesh builds surface-to-air missiles to down planes

Scientists and military experts from Daesh terrorist organization, aka the Islamic State, have learned to build makeshift thermal batteries that can be used for launching surface-to-air missiles. Daesh militants will thus be able to use old decommissioned Western missiles to pose a real threat to all passenger airliners and military aircraft that fly over terrorist-controlled territories. The guidance accuracy of such missiles is almost 100 percent. Daesh militants have carried out a series of tests of their missiles, and all their tests ended successfully.

Jan 09 13:18

Syria Update: Madaya Starving From Blockade by Syrian Rebels

A Ukrainian citizen, a native of Donbass with callsign Timur reports the latest information on the situation in Syria to "Russian Spring", currently fighting for the Kurdish resistance and in charge of coordinating with the Syrian army.
Update from Timur: Supply route of the terrorists cut off in Darayya boiler, Madaya residents suffer from famine because of the militants...

Jan 09 10:04

Syrian government to take part in talks with opposition in Geneva - foreign minister

The Syrian government is "ready to take part in consultations in Geneva within a fixed timeframe," Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said on Saturday. Muallem earlier held a meeting with UN special envoy for Syrian Staffan de Mistura where they discussed preparations for intra-Syrian talks planned for January 25. The Syrian foreign minister reminded that Damascus is waiting for the United Nations Organization to provide "a list of delegation members from the opposition and a list of terrorist organizations." "The success of political settlement in Syria depends on honesty in implementing UN Security Council resolutions that deal with fighting against terrorism," Muallem stressed. "The countries that sponsor armed groups should strictly adhere to their commitments to stop supporting terrorirsts," he said.

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