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Canadian soldiers in Syria are essentially invaders of a foreign country and therefore criminals who should be rounded up and ...

...documentation of Canada's media complicity in war crimes is essential......this corporate controlled regime presently managing Canada's territory is reaching its checkmate! The oligarchs in control must be given notice...they will be tried for their complicity! 

Hopefully as the regime weakens, no longer capable of buyouts of the youth what with their toys and corporate wages, resistance movements will arise that transcend the social democats distractions! And bring these oligarchs and their managerial elites to justice!

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NDPP wrote:
CrossTalk: Syria Lessons


"Has the conflict entered a new stage for Syria and the region? CrossTalking with Mohammed Marandi, Richard Weitz and Kevork Ahmassian..."

Iranian academician Marandi is brilliant and has an almost English sort of understatement that is quite amusing (and serious at the same time!). Considering the appalling and ongoing US efforts by the US to harm his country (notwithstanding the recent thaw), the views of an Iranian intellectual is actually pretty interesting. The American, Weitz, gets pretty badly roughed up but give him credit; he stays in there and keeps punching. This particular show came to an end far too soon. Ahmassian is a newish guest who was also good.

I think I will look for a Marandi blog.

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Marandi interviewed: Man with a country


This is a great interview -  worth reading.


Here is a fascinating and powerful remark about his experience facing US/European-provided chemical weapons to Saadam Hussein in the Iran-Iraq war:

Seyed Mohammad Marandi: "I survived two gas attacks. The first was in 1984 during the Khaybar operations and the second was during the last few days of war in 1988 in Shalamche. I also went to Halabche soon after Iraqi forces attacked the town with chemical weapons. It was a nightmare. I remember the blind cats. Iran halted its offensive [operations] against Iraqi forces to save the population. Roughly 5000 people died within minutes. Needless to say, despite the fact that within days tens of western reporters were taken to the town, there was almost no report of the attack in the western media or the so-called free world until after Saddam attacked Kuwait almost 3 years later. At the time, the U.S. government shamelessly claimed that Iran carried out the attack, even though everyone knew what had happened."

The blind cats. There's a horror of war you haven't read about before. Mother fuckers.


US 'Leverage in Syria' Thanks To Collusion With Terrorists  -  by Finian Cunningham


"There is a simple explanation why Washington refuses to proscribe the militant groups Jaysh-al-Islam and Ahrar al-Sham as terrorists. Because Washington relies on them for regime change in Syria.

Therefore, Washington and its Western and Middle East allies [including CANADA, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey etc] cannot possibly designate Jaysh al Islam and Ahrar al Sham as terrorist;

otherwise it would be a self-indicting admission that war in Syria is a foreign-sponsored terrorist assault on a sovereign country..."


Senior US Commander Secretly Visits Syria To 'Prepare Push To Raqqa'


"Earlier it was reported the SDF is preparing to launch a decisive attack on Raqqa in the coming days. The operation is supposedly going to be backed by US-led coalition forces from the air.

The Syrian government has never given permission to any US-led military campaign in the country, making its airstrikes illegal by international law."

Canada supports


Have you noticed what a hawk is Maclean’s Michael Petrou on Syria and Russia? In the latest I’ve seen (at Canadian International Council) he repeats the chemical weapons use myth and quotes some anti-Assad Syrian that blames everything on the devil Assad. Is there any hope with S. Dion? who apparently meets the Syrian “opposition” who represent almost no one.

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The Canadian chihuahua will do what the Master tells it to do. Which means what the US regime does is of great importance for Canadians interested in foreign policy. 

G. Dyer wrote a piece recently suggesting that the US State Department is talking a different tune now, agreeing with the Russians on Syria he says, but the evidence is rather sparse.


Towards the End of the Geneva Negotiations


"We are moving towards the end of the Geneva negotiations and the resumption of intra-Syrian discussions - they will include the Kurds but not the pro-Saudi faction..."


International Military Review - Syria, May 23, 2016 (and vid)


"The operations of the Syrian govt forces in Aleppo city is facing a real challenge..."


Video: Moderate Rebel Groups in Northern ALeppo Defect to Islamist Militia


"Hundreds of Free Syrian Army fighters in northern Aleppo pledged their allegiance to the 'Army of Mujahedeen,' one of the largest Islamist groups in the Aleppo governate..."



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Babblers would go a long way towards understanding events in Syria if they kept in mind that all this confusion of names is no accident. A lot of the confusion is simply deliberate. It is the same mercs and jihadists picking (or getting picked) one name or another for their latest organization.  This is not the whole truth but useful and important to keep in mind.





Al Nusra Assembles 6,000-Strong Attack Force in Aleppo


"Al Nusra Front has gathered a force of some 6,000 fighters in preparation for a major offensive in Syria's Aleppo province. Al Nusra is continuing to attack Aleppo using rocket launchers and mortars..."


Syrian Al Qaeda Linked Leader Freely Visited the US, But State Department Says it 'Didn't Know' (and vid)



Caught on Camera: US Special Forces on ISIS Frontline (and vid)


"US Special Forces operatives have been photographed fighting alongside the Kurdish militia in northern Syria in a drive against the Islamic State held city of Raqqa.

The Pentagon insists the Americans are there in an 'advise and assist' capacity only however..."

Sound familiar?


The Truth About Syria: A Manufactured War Against an Independent Country  -  by Caleb Maupin


"As US media bemoans the humanitarian crisis, somehow blaming it on the Syrian government and its president, and the US directly sends its military forces into the country, the people of the world should ask Western leaders and their allies: Why are you prolonging this war? Why can't you just leave Syria alone? Why do you continue funding and enabling the terrorists?"


US Soldier in Syria - 'Kill Them All' (and vid)


"Let me tell you something. I'm from the United States of America and I say kill 'em all!'...In short this is a tip-of-the-spear US invasion of Syria whose end-game is the physical removal of Assad. You read it here first."


US Regime Change Policy Leads Syria Talks To Failure -  Analyst Antonopoulos (and vid)


"Washington wants Assad gone at all costs even if the mythological moderate rebels are allied to Al Qaeda..."


The Kurds - Elif Sarican (podcast)


"UK-based Kurdish activist and organizer Elif Sarican on the situation of the Kurds in the midst of the war in Syria, as well as the onslaught by the Turkish government..."


Not a Hospital, Not a Russia Strike, Not Civilian...


"Propaganda fail in Syria"


The US/UK Financed 'White Helmets' Shtick


"Fake 'Child Rescued' videos"


"Propaganda fail in Syria"...

what is important may be to monitor CBC reporting on such matters...they must be outed and critiqued, their objectivity and reliability! They must be challenged and discreditted......


On The Road to Raqqa  -  by Pepe Escobar


"The road to Raqqa, capital of the phony ISIS/ISIL/Daesh 'Caliphate' will continue to be a riddle wrapped inside an enigma at least until the US Presidential elections. Let's examine why.

The lame duck Obama administration - whose Syria 'policy' hardly deviates from the 'Assad must go' mantra - is trying to convey the impression for US public opinion that it is actively fighting Daesh. Yet this is a fiction..."


There is No US War Against ISIS: Instead, Obama is Protecting His 'Assets'   -  by Glen Ford


"Two years ago, President Obama said he had no strategy to combat the Islamic State. The US is still not waging war against ISIS or 'jihadists of any brand in Syria.'

The international jihadist network is a US imperial asset. 'The general aim of the Obama administration's jihadist policy, now deeply in crisis, is to preserve the Islamic State as a fighting force for deployment under another brand name, under new top leadership.

Washington has no substitute for the jihadists, who have been a tool of US policy since the last days of President Jimmy Carter's administration..."


40 People Killed by Al Nusra Shelling in Aleppo (and vid)


"Russia wants to ramp up airstrikes on Al Nusra Front forces in northern Syria but the US is asking Moscow to postpone it..."




Kurdish Militias Retreat From Strategic Aleppo District After Jihadist Offensive (and vid)


"Kurdish militias have retreated from a strategic neighborhood in the Syrian city of Aleppo after Al Nusra and Ahram al Sham militants launched a heavy offensive across the embattled city, Russian military says.

Earlier, Russian military said that the estimated strength of the forces of Al Nusra Front and other militant groups in the area was 2,000 people.

The Russian military stressed that the offensive operation was made possible by the halt in attacks on militant positions by Russia and Syrian warplanes at the US's request, which allowed the terrorists to regroup and replenish..."

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Syria: The US is Unwilling To Settle - Russia Returns For Another Round


"The Obama administration does not want peace in Syria. The Russians finally have to admit to themselves that the US is no partner for a continuation of a cease-fire, a coordinated attack against the Islamic State and al Qaeda for peace in Syria..."


Turkish Troops, Militants Mass in Aleppo: Russian Monitor


"Quoting civilians in Aleppo, the center said armed groups, partly made up of Turkish soldiers had appeared north of the city and began an offensive against positions held by Syrian troops..."


The Dirty War on Syria - an Interview with Dr Tim Anderson [Must Watch*]


"Although every war makes ample use of lies and deception, the dirty war on Syria has been relied on a level of mass observation not seen in living memory. In his new book, Dr Tim Anderson explores the real beginnings of the conflict, the players behind it and their agenda..."


US Bombed Militants It Trained For Syria


"The US military has acknowledged bombing a Syrian militant unit it had trained and armed purportedly to fight Daesh terrorists. The incident was a serious setback for a controversial Pentagon program that is angling for new recruits after the last efforts ended in disaster..."


CrossTalk: Bullhorns In The House


"Syria and preparing for the day after..."


NATO Exposed As ISIS Springboard Into Syria


"The Foreign Minister of Turkey admits that ISIS forces - fighters, weapons and equipment are pouring out of Turkey's own territory 'bound for Raqqa', but never explains how the most notorious terrorist organization of the 21st century couuld move enough men and materiel through a NATO-member state to wage an entire war without being stopped before reaching Syria.

Also not explained is where ISIS is procuring the weapons that it is moving through Turkey. It is a reality that directly and damningly implicates Turkey and its allies* as state sponsors of terrorism..."

Canada along with Turkey are both members of the coalition led by USA supposedly fighting ISIS.


Turkish Connections: ISIS Seen and Heard From Karkamis, Border With Syria Insecure


"The Turkish military has been ordered to ignore Islamic State's activities on Turkey's border with Syria, allowing the jihadists to dig trenches and plant mines unimpeded, locals in the frontier town of Karkamis told RT..."


Know Nothing 'Diplomats' Prepare For Hillary's War on Syria


Canada supports..


Despite 400,000 Civilians Killed in Syria, US State Dept Wants Military Action Against Assad


"Dozens of US state department officials have signed an internal memo calling on Barack Obama to carry out strikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad..."


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Despite 400,000 Civilians Killed in Syria, US State Dept Wants Military Action Against Assad

"Dozens of US state department officials have signed an internal memo calling on Barack Obama to carry out strikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad..."


"This move by State Department employees mirrors a similar dissent launched at the time also by Foreign Service Officers during the Clinton Administration demanding that the US become more militarily involved in the crises stemming from the post-communist break-up of Yugoslavia.

We also know how that worked out."

US Diplomats: Kill, kill, kill, kill!


'US System Has No Credibility': Washington Sends Mixed Messages Over Fate of Assad


"You can't believe a word that is said by an American [or Canadian!] politician, when it comes to what we will and what we won't do in the Middle East,' retired US Air Force officer Karen Kwiatowsky told RT."


Russian Surprise Attack Blows Up Kerry's Delaying Tactic


"After nearly four months, Kerry still insists that the US needs more time for the requested separation of its proxy forces from al Qaeda. FM Lavrov recently expressed the Russian consternation.

'The Americans are now saying they are unable to remove the 'good' opposition members from the positions held by al Nusra Front, and that they will need another 2-3 months.

I am under the impression that there is a game here and they may want to keep al Nusra Front in some form and later use it to overthrow the [Assad] regime,' Lavrov said.

Russian warplanes hit Pentagon-backed fighters with a barrage of airstrikes earlier this week. The message to the Obama administration is clear. 'No more delays and obfuscations. You will separate your moderates NOW or all your assets in Syria will be juicy targets for the Russian Air Force..."


CrossTalk: Bullhorns Uncensored


"Know-nothing American diplomats demand regime change in Syria. Encircling Russia, NATO continues to break its word and international agreements. And now US foreign policy is a political football."

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gah. I was not impressed with Lavelle's Russian guest from the Valdai club. His English was so bad, and peppered with "umhs" and other sorts of verbal punctuation that he was very frustrating to listen to. I gave up.

Lavelle's best shows are so good that we get kinda spoiled by them and think they're all going to be outstanding. They're not.


The Slow Death of the Syrian Cease-Fire Brings a Hybrid War With Russia Closer


"A sense of the West being deceitful is exacerbated by reports of American, German [,Canadian?] and possibly Belgian special forces establishing themselves in northern Syria. All this infringement of Syrian sovereignty does not really seem temporary, but rather the opposite.

The US must have been in on this ruse..."


Cheney, Murdoch, Rothschild Unlawfully Dig For Oil in Syria


"New Jersey based Genie Energy is digging for oil in Syria..."


CrossTalk on Syria: Dissent Memo


"The Syrian showdown is looming..."


Syria's Dr Bouthaina Shaaban, GAFTA presentation, June 2016 (and vid)


"The western public has been misinformed by their media..."


Blurring Lines & Shifting Strategies in Syria  -  by Catherine Shakdam


"America wants to go to war - again!


Suwalki Gap To Syrian Skies in the New Cold War - Stephen F Cohen


"Could the Suwalki Gap be a future flashpoint between Russia and NATO?"



We announce from this place in central Golan district that it has been cleaned by the counter terrorism service and we convey the good news to the Iraqi people that the battle of Falluja is over,” Lieutenant General Abdul Wahab al-Saidi told state TV........


Rev Pesky

From Al Jazeera

Weapons for Syrian rebels


Weapons shipped into Jordan by the Central Intelligence Agency and Saudi Arabia intended for Syrian rebels have been systematically stolen by Jordanian intelligence operatives and sold to arms merchants on the black market, according to American and Jordanian officials.

Some of the stolen weapons were used in a shooting in November that killed two Americans and three others at a police training facility in Amman,

...The theft, involving millions of dollars of weapons, highlights the messy, unplanned consequences of programmes to arm and train rebels - the kind of programme the CIA and Pentagon have conducted for decades - even after the Obama administration had hoped to keep the training programme in Jordan under tight control.

...Mohammad H al-Momani, Jordan's minister of state for media affairs, said allegations that Jordanian intelligence officers had been involved in any weapons thefts were "absolutely incorrect".

"Weapons of our security institutions are concretely tracked, with the highest discipline," he said.

He called the powerful Jordanian intelligence service, known as the General Intelligence Directorate, or GID, "a world-class, reputable institution known for its professional conduct and high degree of cooperation among security agencies". In Jordan, the head of the GID is considered the second most important man after the king.

...Jordan’s decision to host the CIA-led training programme is the latest episode in a long partnership.

Beginning in the Eisenhower administration, the CIA made large payments to King Hussein, who ruled Jordan from 1952 until his death in 1999, in exchange for permission to run numerous intelligence operations on Jordanian soil.

CIA money and expertise also helped the king establish the GID and put down internal and external threats to his government.

No surprises here, of course, but it doesn't hurt to expose the perfidy every now and then.


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Exclusive: American Special Forces, SAS Captured by ISIS at al Bukamal, Syria

By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor on July 1, 2016

80 "New Syrian Army" Killed in ISIS Ambush, Americans captured while a military coverup of major proportions is underway

 Gordon Duff, Senior Editor

Two news stories today, least of which is the downing of a Syrian SU 22 by the al Islam Army, a Saudi Arabian paid force armed with American Stinger type missiles and Russian SAM 7s.  Another Syrian jet was downed in Idlib ten days ago.  The second story is an American disaster, one being kept secret, a botched operation at the Iraqi/Syrian border that represents the kind of intelligence failure easily predicted when allies like Israel, Turkey, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, who all took part in the planning, are deeply invested in an American failure.  We begin.

A combined US, British airborne special operation in remote Eastern Syria, at the confluence of the Euphrates River and the border with Iraq, went very wrong and will not be reported.  American and British “technicians” were captured along with Jordanian advisors and 20 survivors of the US trained New Syrian Army which was virtually wiped out during the botched operation.

A unit of the US trained New Syrian Army was wiped out on an attack on an ISIS controlled agricultural airstrip at al Bukamal, a short distance from the Iraqi border and the city of al Qa’im.

Our sources at the scene describe the operation which began with a two day long 200 plus mile convoy that moved up from the CIA training center at the Syrian-Jordanian border north to attack ISIS. They were joined by American and British special operations advisors, US Army Special Forces and British SAS, who parachuted in just before the attack.

The attack, at dawn June 30, began with the New Syrian Army seizing the small airport at Bukamal, an agricultural airstrip converted to an ISIS underground command center.  This was followed by an American bombing attack across a number of “targets” in the area.  Then the Americans dropped leaflets advising locals to leave the area.  ISIS did not leave, not hardly, they were waiting.

Before the New Syrian Army and their American, British and Jordanian advisors could consolidate, up to 400 ISIS fighters came out of tunnels that stretch all the way across the border to al Qa’im in Iraq and quickly mopped up the entire group taking as many prisoners as possible.

Along with the prisoners, ISIS seized the entire convoy of vehicles along with radios and weapons.  A deep suspicion is now being accepted at the Pentagon, that ISIS has been trained by US and British advisors, rumored to be with L3 Corporation, Dyncorp and others, over not weeks but years, under the guise of putting together a special operations combined force to protect the Gulf States.  American trainers were paid $350k per year to train a force seen only twice, once during the Benghazi attack and now, as the core cadres of ISIS.

There should be no surprise at the things ISIS accomplishes, considering their best were trained to US Army Special Forces standards with tens of millions spent.  As to who was politically behind this is another story.  None of the funding was American, not officially anyway.  VT knows those who worked on the project and we were not told but had so much money thrown at us that we couldn’t easily refuse.

Since the first outing for ISIS was the Benghazi attack, with clear overtones of a combined CIA op in coordination, and our sources here are impeccable, with traitorous right wing pro-Israeli American billionaires, we can now clearly see the treasonous role the CIA is playing in Syria and Iraq and better understand the current “waffling” of Erdogan and his strong desire to get as far away from this as he can.

There is a total information crackdown on this debacle, a major American failure and a huge failure for President Obama.  Everyone with information about this has been taken into custody or silenced, this is that serious.



SBS News Australia - Assad Interview - July, 2016



International Military Review - Syria, June 30, 2016


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Recent terrorists attacks in Turkey, among other events, have led the Erdogan regime in Ankara to go through what seem to be some very big changes in foreign policy. The changes may be only short term for Erdogan, who is, it is argued, an unprincipled politician interested in power alone, but nevertheless these changes may make a big difference in the short term.

Peter Lavell in his Friday show (Crosstalk) had 3 guests discuss these changes.

If there is a rapproachment between Turkey and Russia (Erdogan apology for shooting down the Russian aircraft and killing the pilot), then what seemed impossible might be possible; Turkey and Russia working together against DAESH, ISIS, etc. IN Syria.

The terrorist attacks could even be viewed as ISIS revenge for the change in policy by Turkey.

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Defiant Syria - looks like an excellent read.


I was struck, reading this, by another contrast. On top of parliamentary elections, Syrians elect their president, and the last presidential election in 2012 was open to multiple candidates. In contrast, there are no elections held in jihadist-controlled territories. The jihadists, not only ISIS and al Nusra, but many of the mislabelled “moderate rebels,” doted on by Western countries, and who are enmeshed with al-Nusra, view democracy as idolatry, and don’t favor it for the successor state they envision.

None of this has stopped the former NATO colonial powers from backing the democracy-adverse jihadists.

That's pretty interesting and useful info. Check out the hubris in the following:

British foreign secretary Philip Hammond,
with an imperial arrogance befitting an official of the empire, told the New York Times last November that if al-Qaeda accepts the West’s conditions, it should be allowed to contribute to shaping Syria’s future, but not Assad, the elected president.

"All those who oppose the Emperor ... die!"


Can we say we're now into PostBrexit era, geostrategically, as alliances breakup and realign?

from Voltairenet.org

Over the past few weeks, several member states of the International Coalition against the Syrian Arab Republic began secret negotiations with it with a view to withdrawing from the war.

These states include members of the European Union and the Commonwealth.

The following three voyages have been disclosed by theGulf News and Al-Mayadeen: 
• a trip by General Ali Mamelouk —coordinator of Syrian Secret Services — to Berlin; 
• a trip by General Mohammed Dib Zaitoun — Director General of Syrian Security — to Rome; _ • a trip by General Alberto Manenti — Director of the Agency on Intelligence and Foreign Affairs — by special plane from Rome to Damas.

The High Representative of the European Union, Federica Mogherini, is the former Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs.

All these trips follow Brexit. They are only the tip of the iceberg.

All negotiators interpret the Geneva Communique as having to lead not to regime change but to the establishment of government of national unity presided by Bachar el-Assad.

A Syrian officer is already placed in a European Capital to coordinate the fight against the jihadists.

These contacts contravene the sanctions officially decreed against Damas.


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Syrian Army Encircles Rebels in Aleppo

Aleppo, says A. Mercouris, is looking more and more like the Stalingrad of the Syrian War. And the jihadists just got encircled.

Here it is important to make some qualifications.  This is not the sort of siege that used to happen in the Middle Ages when an army would surround a town or castle whose garrison and population would then be completely cut off from the outside world.  The Syrian army does not have the manpower to besiege the rebels in Aleppo in that way.  It cannot control every inch of the territory around Aleppo and there are still plenty of ways for rebel fighters both to enter and exit the area of the city they control.

However ...

What the closure of the Castello road will however do is prevent the rebels resupplying from Turkey with heavy weapons – including sophisticated weapons like TOW anti tank missiles – and sending large reinforcements to Aleppo.  Over time in what is a battle of attrition that will steadily reduce their effectiveness as they suffer increasing losses they cannot replace.  In the end that will be decisive.  However that does not mean the fighting in Aleppo will soon be over.  On the contrary the fighting in Aleppo looks set to continue for months.

Why like Stalingrad?

I once compared the battle for Aleppo to the battle of Stalingrad.  Indeed the parallels are very strong.  The battle of Aleppo began in the summer of 2012 with an attempt by the rebels to storm the city – much as the Wehrmacht tried to storm Stalingrad in the summer of 1942.  When that failed the fighting in Aleppo settled into a grinding siege, as the rebels slowly encircled the city and sought to enlarge incrementally the area of the city they controlled.  That too repeats – though obviously over a much longer period – the pattern in Stalingrad in the autumn and early winter of 1942.  There has now been a Syrian army counter attack which has left the rebels – the former besiegers – in turn encircled and besieged.  That too of course repeats what happened in Stalingrad during the winter of 1942-1943.  Moreover for the reasons I set out in my previous article, the battle of Aleppo is likely to be at least as decisive in deciding the future course of the Syrian war as the battle of Stalingrad was in deciding the course of the Second World War.


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Slaughter in Syria: US and French air strikes butcher 140 civilians - mainly seniors, women and children. Syria appeals to the UN.

Syria is demanding the UN take action after it says French war planes killed more than 120 civilians during airstrikes on Tuesday near the Turkish-Syrian border. The deaths came just a day after US air assaults killed a further 20 people in Manbij. The Syrian Foreign Ministry sent letters to the UN secretary general and to the president of the UN Security Council, which at present is Japan.

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Slaughter in Syria: US and French air strikes butcher 140 civilians - mainly seniors, women and children. Syria appeals to the UN.

Syria is demanding the UN take action after it says French war planes killed more than 120 civilians during airstrikes on Tuesday near the Turkish-Syrian border. The deaths came just a day after US air assaults killed a further 20 people in Manbij. The Syrian Foreign Ministry sent letters to the UN secretary general and to the president of the UN Security Council, which at present is Japan.


French President: "I know nothing. Let's have a State of Emergency."

French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday he had no immediate information on whether French planes were responsible for an airstrike that killed about 56 people around the northern Syrian city of Manbij. Syria’s foreign ministry had said Tuesday’s attack, which hit the village of Toukhan north of Manbij, was carried out by French forces. “On the actions of the coalition, I have no exact information on what French planes could have done,” Hollande said, referring to a US-led military coalition fighting the militants. “We are striking in the framework of the coalition and are very careful in our strikes,” he told reporters alongside Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny. (Reuters)


I have admit I am a cyncial person but the following story put a smile on my face. 




When Valerie Taylor spotted a family of newcomers looking lost in the hustle and bustle of rush hour at Toronto's Union station on Wednesday, she offered to help them find their train. What she didn't know then was that moment would be the beginning of one her most memorable trips home ever.

Taylor was headed in the same direction and offered to take them to the right train. To their surprise, strangers began to take notice helped to carry their bags up the stairs and onto the train, some riders even making room to give the family a place to sit, Taylor said.




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Nice story. It also strengthens me to see the defiance of ordinary Syrians against the years of foreign-sponsored terrorism.


…from SouthFront

Last weekend, the Syrian Army has seized a major militant warehouse in the recently liberated Aleppo neighborhood of Bani Zeyd. Most of captured weapons were from the US and Turkey, including advanced US anti-tank missiles and launchers (BGM-71 TOW)......

...deception, the highest in the arts of war


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Chlorine gas used by US-backed "moderates" on Aleppo civilian population ...

RT wrote:
Syrian fighters from a rebel group considered ‘moderate’ by Washington are responsible for using toxic gas shells that killed seven and injured 23 in Aleppo on Tuesday, according to a statement from the Russian Ministry of Defense.

“On August 2, 2016 at 19 hours 05 minutes militants from the Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki group, considered by Washington as ‘moderate opposition’, launched poisonous materials from the Sukkari district towards the eastern part of Aleppo,” the ministry said.

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Western MSM: Bomb Syria.


Western MSM: What? They have to give a reason??

U.S. neocons call to “bomb Assad”, no reason given

A succession of essays and articles has recently appeared, produced by US think-tanks and the US media, once again calling for the US to bomb the Syrian military (“bomb Assad”). This article in The New York Times is just one of many.

What is really quite extraordinary about this article and many others like it is that whilst calling for bombing Syria it gives no coherent reason for doing it. The nearest it comes to is saying that the bombing would be “punishment” for the Syrian government’s alleged violation of the truce that was agreed in February by the US and Russia. 

That wars should never be waged to exact “punishment” but only in self-defence or with the authorisation of the UN Security Council is mentioned nowhere in the article.  Nor of course is there any recognition that waging war for such a reason is actually illegal. ...

Reading articles like this it is impossible to avoid the feeling that for some people in the US bombing Syria has now become an overwhelming obsession and an end in itself, so much so that they no longer even bother to justify or explain it in any half-ways rational way, and that they are prepared to take the most appalling risks in order to do it.

The election of HRC will ensure that such maniacal voices are given free reign. [And the other "leading" candidate is called a fascist by many.]