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Israel Launches Airstrikes on Syria Following Rocket Attacks, 'Red Line' Warning From Iran


"Israeli jets struck several targets in Syria in response to Hezbollah rocket fire into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, the IDF said. The exchange came as Iran warned Tel Aviv of crossing a 'red line' with the murder of an Iranian general in Syria.

'The IDF views the Syrian regime as responsible for what occurs in its territory and will act at any time and any way it sees fit to protect the citizens of Israel,' the IDF said..."


IDF Military Intelligence Blatantly Lies About Targeted Assassination of Iranian General (and vid)


"Last week, Israel invaded Syrian sovereignty in a targeted assassination of an Iranian Revolutionary Guard general, a senior Hezbollah commander, and the son of Imad Mugniyeh, the latter earlier murdered by a Mossad bomb. Even worse, it is now lying about the nature of the attack in order to deflect blame and pre-emptively blame Iran and Hezbollah for any retaliatory action they may take against Israel. The IDF claims it didn't know such high level targets were in the convoy attacks..."



Moscow Hosts Fractured Syria Opposition in Attempt to Break Peace Talks Deadlock (and vid)


"Thirty members of the highly fractured Syria opposition are in Moscow for talks among themselves as well as with Assad government representatives. The negotiations are almost a year after the last attempt to find a political solution to the crisis..."

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Obama Cuts Funding for Syrian Rebels Due to ‘Poor Performance’

Privately, U.S. officials concede there have been funding changes. But American intelligence sources insist this is not a reflection of any shift in CIA strategy. They talk about “individual case-by-case shutoffs” that are the consequences of brigades collapsing or failing to perform.



Islamic State Operative Confesses to Receiving Funding Through US - Report


"A man believed to be a Pakistan commander of Islamic State or Daish, Yousef al Salafi, has confessed to law enforcement agencies in Pakistan to getting funds via the US, according to a leading Pakistani newspaper citing its sources.

'During investigations, Yousaf al Salafi revealed he was getting funding - routed through America - to run the organization in Pakistan and recruit young people to fight in Syria. Al Salafi also allegedly confessed to recruiting jihadists to send them to Syria and was receiving about $600 per person..."

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Not only is Kobani free, but much of the region around it is too. I love good news out of the Middle East, it is so rare.


I agree


Syrians Welcome Hezbollah Attack (and vid)


"Syrians have welcomed Wednesday's strike against an  Israeli convoy in Lebanon's Shaba farms by the resistance movement Hezbollah.

Syrians, who have been resisting Israel for decades, believe any similar attack on Israel is a victory for all people standing with resistance. Meanwhile, Syrian-based Palestinian factions welcomed Hezbollah's attack."


US 'Easing Into' War With Syria Using ISIS Boogey-Man  -  by Tony Cartalucci


"The US is a few 'accidential' airstrikes away from total war with Syria.'


Washington Lost Legitimacy, Not Syrian President: Ex US Congressional Staffer (and vid)


"General Allen revealed his true colors when he said that Assad has lost all legitimacy to govern and that is an incredibly arrogant statement for General Allen to make on behalf of the US government,' he added.

'The US created this false Syrian opposition from foreign fighters and shipped them in there, and they created ISIL to destabilize the al Maliki government in Iraq and to destabilize the government of Bashar al Assad,' he added.


Zionists, Saudis Seek More Destruction in Syria  (and vid)


"Zionists and Saudi Arabia are seeking to create more 'destruction and war' in Syria amid efforts by Iran to establish peace in the Arab country, says an author and journalist in Toronto..."


Kerry Renews Assault on Syria


"The US, allied with various Islamists has pushed for forced regime change since the earliest days of the conflict in Syria. Instead of concentrating on the real danger in the Middle East, the lunatic Jihadists of the Islamic State and al-Nusra, the US continues its efforts to destroy the Syrian state and is thereby creating more space for the Jihadists to move into..."


The West's Criminal Culpability in Syria  -  by Peter Lee


"...Consider these numbers: 7,000...and 193,000. The first, 7,000 is the estimated death count for the Syrian unrest after the Syrian government had crushed the rebel enclave in Homs in February 2012 and shattered the domestic uprising.

The second, 193,000 is the death toll since then. Since the US, the GCC, Turkey and their enablers [Canada, a 'Friend of Syria'] began pumping money, arms, and diplomatic support into various Syria-based paramilitaries that eventually encompassed not only the hapless Free Syrian Army (FSA), but Al Qaeda, IS and their affiliates and allies.

But remember those numbers: 7,000 vs 193,000.

Here's another number to remember: 5,400. That's the quasi-official toll for the Ukraine conflict..."


US Pursuing Dangerous Agenda in Syria (and vid)


The analyst believes warmongers with the US Senate are still looking for a pretext to militarily intervene in Syria


July 17, 2012: The Day America Exited the 9/11 Era...By Entering an Alliance With Al Qaeda  -  by Peter Lee


"...Now the oppose-Iran obsession has resumed center stage, at least for the Beltway-friendly commentariat, and al Qaeda is seen as a suitable and acceptable partner, especially since the current Sunni extremist champion, ISIS, is enduring an ass-kicking at the hands and boots of the Iraq government, Shi'ite militias, and Iranian Revolutionary Guard units.

It is sobering to consider that the US has done less to un-f*ck-up the Middle East in 14 years than Iran has been able to accomplish in a few months of campaigning in eastern Iraq. Another sign, if anybody is paying attention, that Iran is the least dysfunctional polity and partial democracy in the Middle East, while Uncle Sam is trapped driving in circles in a clown-car fighting for the wheel with Saudi Arabian aristocrats and Israeli apartheidists..."


Rebranding Al Qaeda's Jabhat Al Nusra as 'Moderates'


"The CIA-backed and armed Syrian rebel group, Hazm brigade disbanded and its members have defected to Al Qaeda linked Jabhat Al Nusra (JAN) and ISIS. With no one left to arm against the Syrian state but JAN, the US State Department has attempted to rebrand JAN as a non-Al Qaeda moderate force.

The next step of the plan is to allow US proxy Qatar to openly arm JAN. Hence NATO media has been running a PR campaign for JAN's new found moderation. In an article headlined 'Accepting Al Qaeda, the Council of Foreign Affairs (CFR) advised that the US must keep 'Al Qaeda afloat to contain ISIS..."


Lavrov: US Refusal To Cooperate With Assad Against ISIS 'Counterproductive'


"The leaders of the coalition took an evidently politicized position, considering it illegal to cooperate with Syrian authorities and Syrian armed forces in the fight with ISIL.'

The Iraqi FM also spoke. 'After prices for crude oil fell, it became known that Saudi Arabia proposed a deal with Russia: Turn away from Syria so that they could cope with the authority of al Assad together with Washington. In return, Saudi allegedly promised to reduce the volume of oil production so that it would drive up prices.

But Russia didn't sell out its allies. Moscow has the reputation of a reliable ally..."


US War on ISIS A Trojan Horse


"...ISIS could not be a more effective part of America's plans to overthrow the Syrian government and destroy the Syrian state if it had an office at the Pentagon.

Don't be surprised, if the US manages to succeed, that everything in Syria is left destroyed EXCEPT for ISIS..."

US Special Forces Caught Red-Handed in Syria


"Evidence about the presence of US special forces in the Syrian town of Ayn al-Arab aka Kobani emerged. Troops are guiding US airstrikes as part of US support for the Kurdish separatist PYD and the long established plan to establish a Kurdish corridor.."


Canada Plans Dramatic Expansion of its Role in Mideast War


"The expansion of Canada's role in the conflict to Syria constitutes a new act of aggression and is a major step towards Canada's participation in an explicit war for regime change in Damascus..."


Stephen Harper on the Legality of Bombing Syria: LOL


"...In the current situation, there are serious questions to be asked about the seriousness of the NDP and Liberal approaches to this conflict - can ISIS be sufficiently subdued without bombs? - and serious issues for the government to answer about its serious commitment to war.

On this and basically every other issue put before them, all 308 members might regularly be asked to demonstrate that they are not woefully in over their heads; that Parliament is not merely a put-on..."

The Canadian Parliament is a classic illustration of The Emperor's New Clothes, the public unfortunately plays stupidly along...


UK To Send 75 Military Trainers to Help Moderate Syrian Rebels


"Britain is to send 75 military personnel to help train moderate Syrian forces fighting on two fronts, against Islamic State and President Bashar al Assad. The training in small arms, infantry tactics and basic medical skills will take place in Turkey and is part of a US-led effort aimed at helping thousands of Syrian fighters over the next 3 years.

The Syrian fighters are being screened to weed out those considered to be Islamist extremists."

LOL! the West's General Frankenstein continues to produce Takfiri troops..


*MUST READ* Assad: Anti-ISIS Coalition Doesn't Want To Get Rid Of Islamic State Completely


"The alliance of 60 countries declaring plans to finish off the Islamic State is not serious, Syrian President Bashar Assad told Russian media. Some of its members would prefer to retain the terrorist force to blackmail different countries, he said.

The rate of airstrikes conducted by the anti-ISIS coalition member states, some of which are rich and advanced, is only about 10 raids a day on the territory of both Syria and Iraq, Assad said in an interview published Friday.

'The Syrian Air Force, which is very small in comparison to their coalition, conducts in a single day many times the number of airstrikes conducted by a coalition which includes 60 countries.,' Assad said.

'This doesn't make sense. This shows the lack of seriousness,' said Syria's president. 'They don't want to get rid of ISIS completely. There is no serious effort to fight terrorism, and what is being achieved by the Syrian forces on the ground equals in one day what is being achieved by these states in weeks,' Assad said.

'An anti-terrorist coalition cannot consist of countries which are themselves supporters of terrorism.'

Moreover, he warned that the decision to send peacekeepers into Syria is unacceptable and could have dangerous consequences. If implemented, the move would mean recognizing Islamic State'.

The Syrian president said the West does not have a political solution to the crisis in Syria, claiming it is only interested in destroying the government. 'They want to turn us into puppets. I do not think the West has a political solution. It does not want one...'

'There is a connection between the Syrian crisis and what is happening in Ukraine. Firstly, because both countries are important for Russia. Secondly, because there is a goal in both cases to weaken Russia and create puppet states.."




Canadian Parliament Approves Military Mission in Syria


"Canada's parliament has approved expanding the country's current military mission in Iraq, to target Takfiri ISIL terrorists in neighboring Syria. The motion, ratified 142 to 129 votes on Monday night, also extended the Iraq mission - which was due to expire on April 7 this year - until March 30, 2016."


Press TV Photos Show Israel Treating Syria Militants (and vid)


"Press TV has managed to obtain new photographs that show the Israeli regime providing treatment for Takfiri terrorists operating in Syria. In the controversial photos indicative of Israel's support for al-Qaeda-linked militants of the al-Nusra Front, Israeli soldiers can be seen transferring a wounded terrorist in the occupied Golan Heights to a hospital.

In October, Israeli political commentator Ehud Yaari, said the Tel Aviv regime had provided medical treatment for over 1,400 wounded militants from Syria..."


Why Bombing Syria Breaks the Law  -  by James Bisset


"By bombing Islamic State targets in Syria, Canada is breaking international law and is in violation of the UN Charter, says a former Canadian ambassador..."


The Transformational Israel-Saudi Alliance  -  by Robert Parry


"...Although it's rarely acknowledged in the mainstream media - Israel is now allied with Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Persian-Guf states, which are, in turn, supporting Sunni militants including Al Qaeda and the Islamic State.

Sometimes directly, sometimes indirectly, this Israel-Saudi bloc sustains Al Qaeda and, to a somewhat lesser degree, the Islamic State.

In one of the most explicit expressions of Israel's views, its Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, then a close advisor to Netanyahu told the Jerusalem Post in 2013 that Israel favored the Sunni extremists over Assad.

'We always wanted Bashar Assad to go, we always preferred the bad guys who weren't backed by Iran to the bad guys who were backed by Iran.

Oren said Israel would even prefer a victory by the Islamic State...than the continuation of the Iranian-backed Assad in Syria.

'From Israel's perspective, if there's got to be an evil that's got to prevail, let the Sunni evil prevail,' Oren said..."


ISIS Mission: Canadian Airstrikes On Syria Could Come Within Days


"...Liberal MP Irwin Cotler...said he would abstain from the vote in part because of the government's Syrian approach. 'In October I was unable to support the government's motion, because of the PM's statement that Canada would give a veto to the criminal Assad regime,' he said in a statement.

'I remain unable to support the government in this matter because its proposed expansion of Canada's mission continues to allow Assad to assault Syrian civilians with impunity..."

Canada is now at war in Syria. The only Western nation to join US in mission beyond Iraq.


Humanitarians For War On Syria


"A massive campaign in support of foreign intervention against Syria is underway. The goal is to prepare the public for a 'No Fly Zone' enforced by the US and other military powers.

This is how the public was prepared for the US/NATO air attack on Libya..."


Is Canada's ISIS Mission Ready For Syria's Moral Maze?  -  by Brian Stewart


"In all of Canada's long military history, we've likely never known less about a territory we are about to attack than the Syria we're going to bomb from on high.

To put it squarely, there is a democratic and Western world consensus - minus only the US and Canada - that feels military attacks on Syria are far too risky for military, political, legal and, yes, even moral reasons.

The problem, however, is that it is not at all clear that Canadian attacks inside Syria won't make a chaotic situation even more deadly for innocent civilians.

Canada's airstrikes will have an impact. A half dozen CF-18 aircraft dropping packs of 500 pound bombs in successive waves will not be mere pin-pricks.

The US values Canadian expertise in modern bombing, and looks to us to step up the pace of the offensive, as we did over Kosovo, and, more recently, Libya.

But the moral dilemma is that while we use the latest precision bombs we cannot be precise about the aftermath on the ground."


And in your name, with your tax dollars, this shall be done, as it was in Libya...


Parry article was very interesting. I know you don't want to give Obama any credit, but this gives you an idea of the political/media pressure he's under vis-a-vis Iran and Syria, and that at least with respect to Iran, he deserves credit for standing up to it and seeking a rapprochement.


What we can say is that there is indeed a split among US elites on the way forward.


Humanitarians For War in Syria (Part Two) 


"We have a strange situation where 'human rights' groups are demanding foreign intervention in Syria via a 'No Fly Zone'..."


US-Israel Wage War on Iran  -  by Tony Cartalucci


"The ongoing conflict in Syria has always been a proxy conflict aimed at Iran, as well as nearby Russia, and more distant China..."


Palestinians From Other Refugee Camps Rush To Defend Yarmouk (and vid)


"...This is Jaramana Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus. Unlike the embattled Yarmuk, there are no clashes here. But its residents have become fighters, pouring in as volunteers for joining the fight in Yarmouk against ISIL terrorists, who've occupied parts of the camp for days now..."


It's Official: The US Collaborates With Al Qaeda


"The US and its allies are now in full support of violent Sunni Jihadists throughout the Middle East. Who would win should the Syrian government really lose or capitulate? The US supported 'moderate rebels' Islamists, who could not win against the Syrian government, would then take over..."


South Front Foreign Policy Diary - Syrian War (and vid)



Eight Problems With Amnesty's Report on Aleppo Syria


"Currently we see a major media campaign for a 'no fly zone' billed as a 'safe zone' in opposition controlled northern Syria. In this context, Amnesty has just issued a report...Following are signficiant problems with the report."


'Game Over' For Syria and Bashar al Assad? (and vid)


Hassan Nasrallah on Syria


Hezbollah, Syrian Army Make Fresh Gains Against Terrorists (and vid)


"Syrian troops, backed by fighters from Lebanon's resistance movement Hezbollah, have made fresh gains against foreign-backed terrorists in a border region. The terrorists are also believed to have suffered heavily in clashes in the Qalamoun area..."


CrossTalk: Syrian Nightmare (and vid)


"Is it too late for an agreed political settlement to end the Syrian civil war? CrossTalking with Richard Murphy, Jason Hirthler, Sukant Chandan..."


ISIS Kills 400 Mostly Women and Children in Palmyra


"...The terrorists have killed more than 400 people and mutilated their bodies under the pretext that they cooperated with the government and did not follow orders,' a Palmyra resisdent told Syria's state news agency.

State employees were among hundreds killed in the massacre. Among them was the head of the nursing department at the hospital and all her family."


Wounded Anti-Syria Militant Being Treated in Israel


"The 27 year old militant, whose name has not been revealed, recently sustained shrapnel wounds in the course of clashes with Syria army troops, and was taken to the Baruch Padeh Medical Center in the northern Israeli settlement of Poriya, located approximately 6 kilometers south of the coastal city of Tiberias, SANA reported Saturday citing an Israeli media source."


They Knew! US Intelligence Predicted Rise of ISIS




Bolton Says US Should Make New Sunni State Out of Iraq, Syria


"I think our objective should be a new Sunni state out of the western part of Iraq, the eastern part of Syria, run by moderates, or at least authoritarians who are not radical Islamists,' Bolton told Fox News.

Meanwhile, Iraq's ex-national security advisor, Mowaffrak al Rubaie criticized the US-led airstrikes against ISIL as ineffective. He told Press TV that most of the warplanes return to their bases without engaging terrorist targets."

Don't be surprised if you begin to hear this suggestion more and more...


Another 'Syria Express' Run


"These ships deliver vitally needed supplies to the Syrian military which would not have held out this long without them."


'Battle of Humanity': Muslim Scholars Make Desperate Call to Save Syria's Palmyra


"Before IS hammers have a chance to fall on the ruins of Palmyra, a leading Sunni Muslim body is appealing one last time for people to unite 'in a battle of humanity' and save what UNESCO calls a historic city of 'outstanding universal value.'


No One Can Bury Their Heads in the Sand: Hezbollah Leader Calls For Help Fighting ISIS in Syria


"Today we are facing a new kind of danger that is unprecedented in history and targets humanity itself,' Nasrallah said Sunday, during a televised broadcast referring to ISIS.

'This is not just a threat to the resistance in Lebanon or to the regime in Syria or the government in Iraq or a group in Yemen. This is a danger to everyone. No one should bury their heads in the sand.'

Nasrallah also expressed disappointement with the US-led coalition against Islamic State, saying it was not effective and had not stopped jihadists from moving around freely."

Maybe it was never meant to.


Sayyed Nasrallah, May 24, Hezbollah Celebrates Victory Day: Full Speech


"We call for a unifed front to face the Takfiri threat."


Washington Confesses To Backing 'Questionable Actors' in Syria  -  by Tony Cartalucci


"Now there is a US DoD document confirming without doubt that the so-called 'Syrian opposition' is Al Qaeda, including the so-called 'Islamic State', and that the opposition's supporters - the West, Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar - specifically sought to establish safe havens in Iraq and eastern Syria, precisely where ISIS is now based.

The Syrian war is not a localized conflict with limited goals. It is one leg of a much larger agenda to destroy Iran next, then move on to Russia and China. Combined with the Syrian campaign, the West has attempted to create arcs of destabilization across Eastern Europe, Central Asia and completely encircling China in Southeast Aisa.

The vile conspiracy now openly unfolding in Syria, seeing to its destruction at the hands of terrorists the US is openly backing after claiming for over a decade to be 'fighting', is a harbinger of the destruction that complaceny and failure to resist will bring all other nations caught in the path of these special interests..."


The Fall of Palmyra Upsets Geopolitical Balance in the Levant  -  by Thierry Meyssan


"We would hope that the emotion caused by the fall of Palmyra is sincere, and that the Western powers, after having massacred several million people in the region over the last decades have finally decided to halt these crimes. But we are not stupid.

This ready-to-wear emotion is aimed at justifying a military reaction against, or concerning Daesh. As we have always said, the Islamic Emirate was developed in January 2014 by a decision of the US Congress meeting in secret session. The goal was to create a Kurdistan and a Sunnistan straddling Syria and Iraq, and designed to cut the Silk Road..."


Turkey Says US Agrees To Provide Air Cover For Anti-Assad 'Rebels' in Syria


"...According to Hurriyet News, the fighters trained at Hirfanli will be tranferred to Hatay province, where they will be armed with rifles, machine guns and anti-tank weapons before being sent back across the border into Syria.

Washington and its allies are planning to train 15,000 anti-regime Syrian fighters over the next 3 years. While launched under the pretense of developing an effective force to fight ISIS, which has taken control of large swaths of Syria and Iraq, the training programs are aimed ultimately at the overthrow of Assad."


Seven Steps of Highly Effective Manipulators


"AVAAZ very actively promoted a No Fly Zone in Libya. They are now very actively promoting the same for Syria. If the campaign succeeds in a No Fly Zone in Syria, it will result in vastly increased war, mayhem and bloodshed."

No Fly Zone in Syria - coming soon, and with much the same stoopid 'progressive' support with which it came to Libya..


How US Obsession With Assad Overthrow Led to Rise of ISIL in Syria



'He Will Pay a Heavy Price': Erdogan Threatens Turkish Editor in Chief (and audio)


"The video on the Cumhuriyet news website on Friday showed Turkish gendarmerie and police officers finding weapons due for dispatch to Syria on trucks belonging to the National Intelligence Organization (MIT)



VT Exclusive: Iran Raises the Stakes on ISIS in Syria

Posted by Gordon Duff, Senior Editor on June 2, 2015

Iran says it is going in, warring on ISIS and "her sisters." The term used is "to the death."

…by  Gordon Duff and Nahed al Husaini, VT Damascus

General Qassam Suleimani

General Qassam Suleimani

Last week, General Qassam Suleimani visited Idlib, the Syrian city conquered by Turkey and Al Nusra.  Suleiman commands the Al Quds brigade and is considered the inheritor of Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap. 

If you don’t know who General Giap was, Americans know him well.  General Giap died at 102 years old in 2013.  He crushed the Japanese, the French and then the Americans.  General Suleimani is his “apprentice.”

Iran has announced it is sending special operation commando units to Syria to be used in a combat role against all organizations warring on the Damascus government.  By organizations, we may well be referring to governments as well as terrorist groups, “freedom fighters” and, if we are honest, mercenaries and adventurers.

This information is from the highest levels of the Syrian and Iranian governments directly to Veterans Today.  There will be no other announcements.  This was the public announcement today in Tehran, one too many failed to take seriously:



VT Exclusive: Playtime Over, the War Begins

Posted by Gordon Duff, Senior Editor on June 4, 2015

The real coalition goes to war, Syria, Iran, Iraq and Russia, revenge is sweet


(Gordon Duff in Damascas)


Damascus Goes into Defense Mode


"...The parallel onslaught of US, Turkey and GCC supported al-Qaeda 'moderate rebels' and Islamic State jihadists necessitates that the Syrian government concentrates its capabilities, assets and moves into a defensive stand."


Sleepwalking to Another Mideast Disaster  - by Robert Parry


"If sanity ruled US foreign policy, American diplomats would be pushing frantically for serious power-sharing negotiations between Syria's secular government and whatever rational people remain in the opposition - and then hope that the combination could turn back the military advances of the Islamic State and/or Al-Qaeda's Nusra Front.

But sanity doesn't rule. Instead the ever-influential neocons and their liberal-hawk allies can't get beyond the idea of a US military campaign to destroy President Bashar al Assad's army and force 'regime change - even if the almost certain outcome would be the black flag of Islamic nihilism flying over Damascus..."


Patriarch Gregorios Laham: Stop International War of Genocide Against Syria!


"...He dismissed what is going on in 'dear Syria' as 'an international war of genocide' calling on those sides to stop this war."

Sorry Pat, Canadian MPs are for the overthrow of Assad and the rise of the 'moderate rebels' aka Al Nusra. As for the citizenry, well...?


Syria: War on CIA Backed Extremists Continues

Posted by Gordon Duff, Senior Editor on June 15, 2015...from veterans Today

...serious gains by the Syrian army vs. ISIS/AlNusra ad nauseum?




Her War: Women Vs ISIS (doco)


RTD correspondents received an exclusive permission to spend 3 weeks in a training camp of the YPJ, the female division of the Kurdish People's Protection Units fighting ISIS.