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Trump says PKK is more of a terror threat than ISIS
Trump says PKK is more of a terror threat than ISIS
Washington's Sum of All Fears: Kurdish Militants Cut A Deal With Damascus
"Last night Kurdish officials in northeastern Syria issued a statement that an agreement has been reached with the government in Damascus allowing the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to takeover key strategic positions along Syria's northern border with Turkey. Not surprisingly, cheers can be heard from Damascus to Moscow, and Tehran too, while leaving Washington's foreign policy blog visibly moaning in agony..."
WATCH: What's Really Going On in Syria? (and vid)
"The US armed and funded extremists in Syria to overthrow the Syrian government and the media cheered. These same extremists then attacked the Kurds on Turkey's behalf to the horror of the same media. Now what?
Laith Marouf on Recent Events in Syria (and vid)
"In Damascus, I have an informal conversation with geopolitical analyst, and media-policy and law consultant Laith Marouf about recent events in Syria..."
Trump letter to Erdogan
The lofty heights of American diplomacy. US hegemony is not long for this life...
Turkey To Halt Military Operations Against Kurds in N. Syria, Ceasefire Will Last 120 Hours - US VP Pence (and vid)
"Turkey has agreed to temporarily halt its military operations against Syria's Kurdish-led militias, allowing them to withdraw from the country's border, US Vice President Mike Pence said during a visit to Ankara. 'Today the United States and Turkey have agreed to a ceasefire in Syria,' Pence announced during a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo..."
US Military Unlikely To Withdraw From Syria's Key Oilfields: Report
"The US Armed Forces are not withdrawing from the eastern Euphrates River Valley region of Deir Ezzor or its plethora of oil fields, a military source in Damascus told Al-Masdar News...."
The US Has Backed 21 of the 28 'Crazy' Militias Leading Turkey's Brutal Invasion of Northern Syria
"New data from Turkey reveals that almost all of these militias were armed and trained in the past by the CIA and Pentagon.
'In other words virtually the entire apparatus of anti-Assad insurgents armed and equipped under the Obama administration has been repurposed by the Turkish military to serve as the spearhead of its brutal invasion of northern Syria. The 'sickening horror' this collection of extremists is carrying out against Kurds is, in fact, the same one it imposed on Syrians across the country for the past seven years..."
Supported by Canada
'A Pretty Good Idea' To Create Al Qaeda' - Hillary Clinton (and vid)
"Hillary Clinton: It was 'a pretty good idea' to create Al Qaeda. Then she helped bring mass destruction and death to Libya and Syria by arming, funding and training these very same terrorists."
Turkey's Border Security: Interview with Ibrahim Kalin
"Interview with Turkish Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin on Operation Peace Spring and Turkey-US agreement."
Everything You Need To Know About NE Syria, the Kurds & Turkish Invasion
"Kevork Almassian of Syriana Analysis addresses the recent security developments in North-Eastern Syria, particularly the Turkish invasion to create the so-called safe zone. Erdogan-Pense agreement and the Kurdish question."
Pepe Escobar: The Road to Damascus: How the Syria War Was Won
"What is happening in Syria, following yet another Russian-brokered deal, is a massive political game changer. I've tried to summarize it in a single paragraph this way: It's a quadruple win. The US performs a face saving withdrawal, which Trump can sell as avoiding a conflict with NATO ally Turkey. Turkey has the guarantee - by the Russians - that the Syrian Army will be in control of the Turkish-Syrian border. Russia prevents a war escalating and keeps the Russia-Iran-Turkey peace process alive. And Syria will eventually regain control of the entire northeast. Syria might be the biggest defeat for the CIA since Vietnam..."
Syria's Oil, Gas & Water - The Immiscible Solution to the War in Syria
"The roots of the Syrian civil war can be traced to the conflicts over control of Syria's energy supplies. Achieving a final conclusion to that war will also depend heavily on concluding arrangements for the distribution of Syrian oil and gas, onshore and offshore, and ensuring adequate supplies of water in a continuously dehydrating climate..."
The Democrats Helped Cultivate the Barbarism of ISIS
"There is something profoundly deceitful in the way the Democratic Party and the corporate media are framing Donald Trump's decision to pull troops out of Syria. What of the supposed concerns of Pelosi and the Democratic Party under whose watch the barbarism in Syria took place...?"
Fisk: Trump and the Retreat of the American Empire
"...The American retreat from Syria, its army's greatest disgrace only ghosted over by its new role as Saudi Arabia's mercenaries - for the new US military arrival in the Kingdom is to be paid for by the regime which butchered Jamal Khashoggi - has dark echoes in antiquity..."
Ankara Says 'No Need To Start New Syria Offensive' After Erdogan-Putin Talks
"Turkey will not be launching a new offensive against Kurdish militias in northern Syria, following a five-day pause in hostilities and high level talks in Moscow, Ankara's Defense Ministry said. Following lengthy talks on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed that Russian military police and Syrian servicemen will be deployed to northeastern Syria which was targeted by Turks in their 'Operation Peace Spring'.
The Turkish Defense Ministry then said in a statement that there was 'no need to carry out a new operation at this stage,' adding that the creation of a 'peace corridor' in the border area would ensure the safe return of millions of displaced Syrians..."
Germany, US Threaten War Amid Russia-Turkey Summit on Syria
"...Imperialist circles in America and Europe are outraged at the military and financial advantages that could accrue to Russia, Iran and China from their defeat in Syria. One recent essay from the US Brookings Institution think-tank complained: 'The prospect of lucrative reconstruction deals has triggered a deluge of investment from governments and firms looking to profit from Syria's devastation. The regime's closest allies, Russia and Iran, have been the most prominent beneficiaries of the Syrian reconstruction gold rush with China not far behind.'
As trade war escalates between Washington and the EU, with threats of billons of dollars in trade war tariffs on both sides, US-EU geostrategic divisons are also widening..."
US Troops Are Staying in Syria to 'Keep the Oil'...
"Trump and US govt now seemingly admit that as many long suspected, US troops are and never were in Syria as US claimed to protect the Kurds or fight IS, but to 'secure Syria's oilfields' for the benefit of US govt rather than the govt and people of Syria."
Military Update on Syria: October 26, 2019 (Map Updated)
"The US is looting Syrian oil fields to fund mercenaries and intelligence operations; The US military started moving additional troops and equipment to the Omar oil fields area; They Syrian Arab Army began deploying troops west of Quamishli city."
Syria: The Kurds Want to Play on Both Sides
"...The US envoys lied to them and Trump betrayed them. But they still believe that they can make deals on both sides of the Syria conflict. The Syrian government and the Russian military must tell the PKK-Kurds that they cannot play on both sides of the game. No Syrian or Russian soldier will risk their life to secure and defend the Kurdish majority areas against a Turkish invasion while the Kurds help the US to occupy and steal Syrian oil fields..."
Trump Shifts From Ending 'Forever Wars' to Sending Tanks into Syria's Oil Fields
"...According to NBC news, the US president was convinced to change his decision after a briefing by Jack Keane, a right-wing retired general who served as an adviser in the US 'surge' in Iraq under President George W Bush and has since become a multimillionaire as the chairman of the company that manufactures Humvee military vehicles as well as by sitting on the boards of other arms corporations. Keane is also paid commentator on Fox News. Keane was one of those who denounced Trump's withdrawal order as a 'betrayal' of the Kurds and a 'strategic blunder'.
The principal concern is that it would weaken the offensive against Iran and Russia, the powers that constitute the main impediment to the unfettered control over the oil-rich and strategically vital Middle East, sought by Washington through successive wars since 1991. The purpose of the US deployment is to deny these resources to the Syrian government and stymie any attempt to reunify and reconstruct the war-torn country..."
'Something Very Big Has Just Happened!': Trump Posts Cryptic Tweet Amid Reports ISIS Leader Al Baghdadi is Killed in US Raid
"Rumors have been swirling that the president is going to announce the killing of Islamic State mastermind - Abu Bakr al Baghdadi by the US military in a special operations raid in Syria's northern Idlib province...'
Because dead men tell no tales.
Trump thanks Russia profusely. And why not. They've bailed him out financially and helped him win an election. They received a secret briefing beforehand while the Speaker of the U.S. House did not.
Inventory of Traces (pt 1,2) w Louis Allday (podcast)
Why we think the way we do about Syria, the Middle East and imperialism.
Russian MoD Doubts Trump's Announcement of Killing ISIS Chief al-Baghdadi, Rejects Claims it Assisted US Forces in Op
"...But the Russian Defense Ministry insisted that 'there were legitimate questions and doubts about the very fact of the US operation and especially its success. Moscow pointed out that it recorded no US coalition airstrikes in the Idlib area. The ministry questioned the very possibility of Al Baghdadi's presence in Idlib as the area is held by Al Qaeda offshoot Jabhat-al-Nusra* who have always been mortal enemies of Islamic State. [*renamed Jabhat Fatah al-Sham]
Moscow noted that IS was crushed in Syria in early 2018 in a joint effort by the government in Damascus and Russian forces, meaning yet another report of al Baghdadi's demise 'bears no effect on the operational situation or the actions of the remaining terrorists in Idlib..."
A US president lying/bragging about military accomplishments? Surely not! A Canadian PM supporting this? No surprise at all...
"The death of al Baghdadi, is a major step in the fight against Daesh. Canada will continue to work with our partners to ensure the enduring defeat of Daesh, including through the [US-led] Global Coalition, Operation IMPACT and the NATO training mission in Iraq."
If Canadians only knew the depths of depravity the collaboration in the Syrian dismemberment/regime change project truly represents. Perhaps the indifference of the liberal/left is a defence mechanism designed to insulate them from responsiblity for their awful cheerleading? 'White Helmets for Nobel Prize!'
OPCW Losing Credibility As Even More Revelations Surface on Douma
"...It rather suggested there was no chemical gas attack because in the buildings where the people allegedly died there was no extra chlorinated organic chemicals than in the normal streets."
The Murder of Baghdadi and Washington's Crisis in the Middle East
"As with the 2011 targeted killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, it is likely that the account given of Baghdadi's death will over time prove to be largely fabricated. His death [reported 6 times already] came about not because he was suddenly discovered in his hideout in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, the last redoubt of the former Al Qaeda-led forces of the CIA-funded 'Free Syrian Army.' Rather it was because previous protection was withdrawn. Once whatever elements within the CIA or military intelligence were convinced that Baghdadi was no longer more useful alive than dead, his fate was sealed.
The timing of Baghdadi's death was entirely political. There is little evidence that the killing of Baghdadi will have even the extremely limited impact on popular consciousness provided by the assassination of bin Laden. As for the Democrats, all of their congressional leaders described the killing as a major victory, while using it to argue for continuing the US wars in the Middle East. Bernie Sanders, the supposedly left candidate for the party's presidential nomination, tweeted his approval of the assassination of the 'murderer and terrorist', while hailing the 'brave efforts of the Kurds and other US allies..."
'Thanks Russia!' Kurdish Military Chief Welcomes Russian Peacekeeping Patrols
"...Speaking with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, SDF chief Mazloum Abdi thanked Moscow for securing a deal with Turkey and said the Kurdish militia will support Syrian and Russian military police patroling the border. The SDF chief also expressed gratitude to Russia and President Vladimir Putin 'for ensuring the safety of the Kurdish people..."
Trump Is Continuing the Withdrawal (of oil) from Syria.
Syriana Analysis (and vid)
"After 9 years of promoting the 'Free Syrian Army' as 'moderate rebels' by the msm, the NY Times admits that the Turkish-backed FSA that is now taking over North Syria are extremists, criminals and thugs."
The FSA-'moderate rebels' propaganda narrative and Al Qaeda associated White Helmets mythology are still widely subscribed to here.
ISIS Leader Killed on Turkey's Doorstep
"Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a US operation three miles from Turkey. People are asking questions..."
"By protecting Idlib the US created a safe haven for Baghdadi and ISIS. Dan Cohen explains how the US government and corporate media pundits defeated al Qaeda-controlled Idlib, Syria, turning it into a safe zone for extremists."
Turkish-Backed Militants Gain Ground in Northeast Syria As They Push Deeper into Al Hasakah
"Turkish backed militias continued their assault on the Syrian Arab Army's (SAA) positions in northeastern Syria today."
Syrian Govt Calls on SDF to Join Syrian Army in the Fight Against Turkish Aggression
"The SDF has yet to respond to the Syrian Ministry of Defense's statement."
"H.E. Bashar Jaafari Statement - Security Council Meeting, 24-10-2019"
President Al Assad Interview: 31 Oct, 2019
There are a thousand reasons why the Baghdadi killing is fake, but top of the list is this one, there are no ISIS fighters, no facilities, no groups friendly to ISIS within hundreds of miles from where he was allegedly chased down by a dog.
The entire idea is absurd according to Major General Igor Konashenkov of Russia’s Defense Ministry, who initially reported the that the alleged raid was not seen by Russia’s S400 radars, which everyone knows see everything, even the smallest drone a few feet off the ground.
That report was scrubbed by Google and Facebook but exists still on Tass.
“Russia’s defense ministry has no reliable information about an operation by US forces in the Turkey-controlled part of the Idlib de-escalation zone aimed at another extermination of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” he said.
“We know nothing about any assistance to the flight of US aircraft to the Idlib de-escalation zone’s airspace in the course of this operation,” Konashenkov said.
Americans and others in the West won’t have this information, Google and Facebook delisted it and any publications that carried this language, but it exists just the same.
Yet another report about the extermination of al-Baghdadi can hardly influence the situation in Syria, Konashenkov said.
“After Islamic State was ultimately defeated by the Syrian government army with support of the Russia aerospace forces in early 2018, yet another ‘death’ of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi will have no impact either on the situation in Syria or on the actions of terrorists staying in Idlib,” he said.
“No airstrikes by either US air forces of the so-called international coalition have been registered in the Idlib de-escalation zone on Saturday and over the recent days,” Konashenkov said.
Apart from that the Russian defense ministry said it doubted that al-Baghdadi could be hiding on a territory controlled by Jabhat al-Nusra (outlawed in Russia as a terrorist organization) in Idlib.
“This organization has always unhesitatingly killed Islamic State fighters on the spot as key rivals for power in Syria. Bearing this in mind, the US or other participants in the operation should at least provide direct evidence that the former Islamic State leader had been safely staying on a territory controlled by the ‘Syrian Al Qaeda (also outlawed in Russia),” he added.
'I Like Oil'. Trump Reaffirms Predatory Intentions in Syria...(and vid)
Trump's Syrian oil truth-bomb.
[NATO] Turkey May Have Stepped Into Its Own 'Endless War' in Syria
"In 2012, Erdogan asked Al Assad to put Muslim Brothers into his Cabinet. When al Assad refused, the former minister said, Erdogan made clear that he would back all efforts to remove the president and replace him with Islamists..."
Vanessa Beeley: US Increases Funding To White Helmets Who Are Persecuting Syrian Christians in Idlib
"US President Donald Trump has not only reversed his 'withdrawal from Syria' policy, he has attempted to revive the flagging credibility of the terrorist-affiliated White Helmets with a $4.5 million cash injection..."