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The United Nations Accuses Syria of 'Crimes Against Humanity'


"The standard of proof is one of 'reasonable suspicion..."


Losing the War, Blame Russia  -  by Finian Cunningham


"Western politicans, media and the Turkish regime are full of it. The latest wave of refugees on the Syria-Turkish border, are, we are told, terrified civilians fleeing Russian airstrikes.

As ever distorting reality, the Western news media are transmitting a classic psychological operation in their coverage of the latest stage in what is actually the foreign-backed war of aggression on Syria.

Incredibly, Russia and the Syrian Arab Army are painted as the 'bad guys' and in turn this narrative is used to build a pretext for 'reponsibility to protect' - the faux humanitarian cover to allow for unwarranted foreign intervention.

This intervention could be either in the form of a US-led military invasion into Syrian territory, or in the form of political, legalistic pressure on Russia and Syria to stop their very effective offensive against illegally armed groups..."


Communist Youth of Syria: 'We Will Never Give Up!'


"We try to continue our struggle despite the war and never give up...Syria will not kneel.


Will Geneva Talks Lead Right Back To Assad's 2011 Reforms?  - by Sharmine Narwani


"Already, western sponsors of the talks have as much as conceded that Syrian President Bashar al Assad will continue to play a role in any future government - a slap in the face of the foreign-backed Syrian opposition that have demanded his exit. The shaping of post-conflict political landscapes invariably falls to the victor - not the vanquished. And right now Geneva tooks to be the place where this may happen...

So here's a quesition: As the military landscape inside Syria continues to move in the government's favor, will a final deal look very much different than the 2011 reforms package offered by Syrian President Bashar al Assad?"


Breaking: Syria Crisis Plan: Cessation of Hostilities, Humanitarian Airdrop, Peace Talks Laid Out in Munich


"An ambitious plan to end hostilities in Syria with verifiable results within a week, revive the Geneva-3 peace talks and immediately begin delivering humanitarian aid to civilians has been unveiled in Munich Germany after talks including the US, Russia and the UN.

Hostilities in Syria could come to a halt within a week after confirmation by the government of President Bashar Assad and the opposition, according to an official communique from the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting.

A press conference is being held after the meeting of the so-called Syria Support Group, with the participation of Russian Foreign Minister Sergy Lavrov, US Secretary of State John Kerry, and UN Special Envoy on Syria, Staffen de Mistura.

Russia is counting on the US and other ISSG countries to put pressure on the Syrian opposition to cooperate with the UN, Lavrov said."


In Syria, If You Can't Find Moderates, Dress Up Some Extremists  -  by Tony Cartalucci


"Upon reading the increasingly desperate headlines pumped out by the Western media as Washington-backed terrorist forces begin to fold under an effective joint Syrian-Russian offensive to take the country back, readers will notice that though the term 'moderate rebels' or 'moderate opposition' is used often, the Western media is seemingly incapable of naming a single faction or leader among them.

The reason for this is because there are no moderates and there never were. Since 2007, the US has conspired to arm and fund extremists affiliated with Al Qaeda to overthrow the government of Syria and destabilize Iran's influence across the entire Middle East."

This still seems to be a difficult concept to assimilate for  many 'progressive' Westerners, who continue to buy US proxies as 'freedom fighters'. As we saw with Ukraine and Libya, this blindness can be fatal.


'Loyalists Advance' : International Military Review - Syria, Feb 11, 2016 (and vid)


South Front with another detailed explantion of the latest changes on Syria's battlefield



Syrians Celebrate Liberation of Aleppo Towns



Syrian War Death Toll At 470,000

"The Syrian Center for Policy Research reported that 400,000 Syrians have been killed since the outbreak of the crisis as opposed to the latest UN toll of 260,000. The report added that another 70,000 people have perished due to the lack of adequate health services, food, clean water, sanitation and proper housing, especially for those displaced within conflict areas.

Moreover, 6.36 million people have been displaced internally and more than four million others have fled the country since the beginning of the conflict. That accounts for 45% of the country's population, which has shrunk by 21%.

About 13.8 million Syrians have also lost their source of income. Poverty increased by 85%. In 2015 alone consumer prices rose 53% last year. Additionally, Syria's infrastructure and institutions have been almost obliterated by the catastrophic impact of the military and the overall economic losses are estimated at $255 billion.

'Despite the fact that Syrians have been suffering for five years, global attention to human rights and dignity for them only intensified when the crisis had a direct impact on the societies of developed countries,' the report argued."



RF Military Spokesman, General Igor Konashenkov, Briefing on Syrian Ops, Feb 9, 2016


Very interesting. Especially the tactics of the American 'partners'...about 4:00 in


From Speech of Amar Bakdash, Syrian CP, at the Anti-Imperialist Meeting, Athens


"We Syrian communists, have defined our position regarding any political force, person or regime in relation to their position toward US imperialism. For us, the most dangerous enemy the people face is US imperialism, the frontline of global imperialism..."

They are right. And Canada collaborates.


Statement of the International Syria Support Group


"The ISSG members unanimously committed to immediately facilitate the full implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 2254, adopted unanimously December 18, 2015. The ISSG reaffirmed their readiness to carry out all commitments set forth in the resolution, including to: ensure a Syrian-led and Syrian-owned political transition based on the Geneva Communique..."


Ceasefire Doesn't Extend To Terror Groups


"The ceasefire in Syria will not extend to organizations which the UN Security Council designates as terrorist, according to Russian FM Sergey Lavrov. 'Therefor our Aerospace Forces will continue to operate against those organizations,' Lavrov emphasized."


The Race to Raqqa Is On - To Keep Its Unity Syria Must Win


"The race to Raqqa is on. Syria and its allies are competing with the US and its allies to snatch east Syria from the Islamic State. For Syria and its allies the upholding of the unity of Syria is a major objective. To leave Raqqa and the eastern oil fields to the US, would be a devastating loss. Syria and its allies have to beat the US and its allies in the race to Raqqa and the larger east Syria..."


Munich Wrap Up: Syria Peace Plan in 2 Minutes


"An ambitious plan to end hostilities in Syria with verifiable results within a week, revive the Geneva-3 peace talks, and immediately begin delivering humanitarian aid to civilians, has been unveiled in Munich."


Munich: Lavrov, Kerry and de Mistura Speak on Syrian Crisis


"News conference yesterday of the International Syrian Support Group (ISSG) ahead of the Munich Security Conference; 'To implement a nation-wide cessation of hostilities...'



Liberation of Aleppo: What the Western Media is Shy About Showing


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


"Creating Buffer Zone? Turkey Sets Up Refugee Camps Inside Syria


Turkey has begun constructing refugee camps not far from the Turkish-Syrian border, but actually ON Syrian territory. 'Kurds are forbidden entry, the camps are administered by Turkey and under the control of Al Nusra takfiri groups, with the collaboration of ISIS.


AFP - Assad Interview: On Syria and Regional Developments


"The question is: for how many years will Turkey and Saudi Arabia continue to support terrorism? That is the question. And when will the West put pressure on these countries to stop supporting terrorism?"

Canada supports


UAE Special Forces To Deploy in Syria as Russia Warns of World War


"US confirms Emirates will send troops to train and enable locals to defeat Islamic State, but Moscow says foreign boots on the ground will spark 'permanent war'.


What Medvedev Never Said: Reuters Misquotes Russia PM on 'New World War'


"A Reuters article quoted Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev as 'raising the specter of a world war' in an interview with a German newspaper. The problem is - he didn't say such words. The misquotation is the second in February including a senior world official on the Syrian conflict. Earlier, the Financial Times claimed that UN Sec-Gen Bank ki-moon blamed Russia for the collapse of the Syrian peace talks..."

Where Russophobia comes from.


We have a confirmation that Saudi Arabia is moving lanes to the American nuclear base in Turkey.  This week US planes bombed civilians in Aleppo from this same base.  Word from Saudi Arabia and Russia is that they expect a full scale Turkish invasion in response to Kurdish YPG consolidation, with American help, of new positions which would block Turkey’s access to its ISIS partners in Syria.

Both high level Russian and Syrian sources contacted this morning have confirmed that a much broader war is imminent.

Turkey has officially announced that they are ready to move into Syria against the US backed YPG who they deem as a terrorist group.  Turkey has yet to attack ISIS and is only fighting Kurds with the exception of the Erbil regional group in Iraq.  There is conclusive evidence that both Erbil and Ankara are fully behind ISIS....from Gordon Duff ...veteranstoday

...so is the game of chicken about to reach its climax? where will Canada stand? given its full support of the Erbil regime backing ISIS?

Basement Dweller

Maybe a UN peacekeeping zone around the Azaz bordercrossing, but they'd be within reach of ISIS.

Before that, KSA needs to be told by everyone else to get the hell out of there. They are a monarchy stuck in the Middle Ages. They are no position to comment on the validity of any other government.


Turkey & Saudi Arabia Ready To Launch Ground Operations in Syria


"Saudi Arabia is ready to send troops and fighter jets to a Turkish military base and for a possible incursion into Syria.


Saudi Jets To Fly Missions in Syria From Turkish Base (and vid)


"Saudi Arabia is to deploy military jets and personnel to Turkey's Incirlik Air Base in the south of the country, Ankara said. The base is already used by the US Air Force for their sorties in Syria. The deployment is part of the US-led effort to defeat the Islamic State terrorist group, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

'At every coalition meeting, we have always emphasized the need for an extensive result-oriented strategy in the fight against the Daesh terrorist group. If we have such a strategy, then Turkey and Saudi Arabia may launch a ground operation,' he added, fueling concerns that a foreign troops invasion may further complicate the already turbulent situation in the war-torn country.

Russia, which supports the government of Bashar Assad, seeing it as the only regional force capable of defeating IS on the ground, has warned against a ground intervention, which Moscow believes would only serve to prolong the war in Syria."


The 'Race to Raqqa' is Quickly Intensifying (and vid)


"This is a look at the larger picture of forces devolving around Syria. Several foreign armies are aggregating at the Syrian borders with the intent to invade Syria and occupy its eastern part.

Near Azaz the US ally Turkey... is currently shelling the US ally YPG... which is fighting the CIA supported FSA...

A much bigger clusterfuck is currently in the making in and around Syria."


Deploying Ground Troops: Washington's Plan B For Syria: Analyst (and vid)

"The US and its allies are going to implement their 'Plan B' in Syria by deploying ground troops in the war-torn country, after their attempts to overthrow President Bashar Assad have failed, says an American analyst."


Syrian Conflict Enters New Unpredictable Phase: Analyst (and vid)

"The five-year old Syrian conflict -- essentially a proxy war between the East and the West -- has entered a new unpredictable phase, Prof Dennis Etler says.

'The war is being fought on military, political, economic, socio-cultural, ideological, and diplomatic fronts. Syria is a very important theatre in this war as the major contending forces converge there.'


...Been reading innumerable reports on the ground that the shelling of YPG positions within Syria in Northern Aleppo, by Saudi Arabia and Turkish foces have begun...in preparation for imminent ground invasion!

And with the Russian airforce on alert throughout their reach...and the Iranian, Hizbollah and Syrian forces in preparation? Tomorrow could be the start of horrific conflict utilizing Israeli made tactical nuclear weapons!

I wish I wasn´t being overdramatic here...but this could be the start of global warfare...and what with the desperation in global economic and financial circles, with no! solutions left!

Canada definitely will side with Barzani and the Turks, not to mention our close ally Saudi Arabia...the USA who knows!


iyraste1313 wrote:

...Been reading innumerable reports on the ground that the shelling of YPG positions within Syria in Northern Aleppo, by Saudi Arabia and Turkish foces have begun...in preparation for imminent ground invasion!

And with the Russian airforce on alert throughout their reach...and the Iranian, Hizbollah and Syrian forces in preparation? Tomorrow could be the start of horrific conflict utilizing Israeli made tactical nuclear weapons!

I wish I wasn´t being overdramatic here...but this could be the start of global warfare...and what with the desperation in global economic and financial circles, with no! solutions left!

Canada definitely will side with Barzani and the Turks, not to mention our close ally Saudi Arabia...the USA who knows!


I hear the Canadian Forces are at DEFCON Bravo-5A Plus. Your aren't being overdramtic.


Turkish Military Reportedly Shelling Assad Forces; Kurds Confirm Being Hit By Massive Attack (and vid)


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

Anatolia news agency reported that the Turkish military hit Syrian government forces on Saturday, adding that the shelling hd been in response to fire inflicted on a Turkish military guard post in Turkey's Hatay region.

Turkish artillery targeted Syrian forces again late on Saturday, according to a military source quoted by RIA Novosti. The attack targeted the town of Deir Jamal in the Aleppo Governate.

The agency also filed details of an earlier attack on Syrian government army positions in northwestern Latakia."


Syria Special: The Siege of Aleppo & Munich Cessation (and vid)


"Afshin Rattansi goes underground on the Munich ceasefire and the siege of the largest city in Syria - Aleppo. Alastair Crooke, former MI6 agent, discusses what's behind the ceasefire in Munich."


The US 'Plan B' For Syria and The Threat of World War


"...'Plan B' would consist of a sharp escalation of the US military intervention in Syria, carried out under the cover of combating ISIS, but directed at toppling the Assad government.

Responding to the ominous indications of such an escalation, Russia's PM Dmitry Medvedev told the German daily Handelsblatt Thursday, 'The Americans and our Arab partners must think hard about this - do they want a permanent war? All sides must be forced to the negotiating table instead of sparking a new world war.'

Medvedev's choice of words was not mere hyperbole. A military intervention to rescue the 'rebels' which amounts to a war to save Al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, the Al Nusra Front, the leading force on the ground in Aleppo province, could quickly bring the US and its allies into contact with Russia, and an armed confrontation between the world's two major nuclear powers.

Turkey, Washington's NATO ally, is meanwhile blocking its border to Syrian refugees in order to create the maximum crisis possible so that it can pursue its own strategic aims, which include not regime change in Damascus, but also the bloody suppression of the Kurdish minority on both sides of the frontier.

The Obama administration has issued no warning to the American people that it is embarking on a policy in Syria that could pit the US against Russian military. The Obama administration has inflicted upon Syria, a war that is every bit as criminal and lethal as the war carried out by the Bush administration against Iraq...."


War on Syria - Updates

"Syrian army gears up to push into Raqqa."


5 Reasons To Believe Turkey Wants No Peace


"The Turkish army's latest shelling of Kurdish and Syrian army positions came just days after a meeting of world powers in Munich settled on a plan to bring peace to Syria. Here are 5 reasons why the artillery attack was no coincidence."


A Syrian Breakthrough


"The Russians and their Syrian allies have cut the main supply line of the rebels to the north of Aleppo, the Azaz corridor. At the last Lavrov-Kerry meeting, the American State Secretary six times implored his Russian counterpart to keep hands off the Azaz corridor.

The Americans do not want to see a Russian victory; besides, the Turks threaten to invade Syria if the corridor is blocked. Now the deed is done..."


Week 18 of the Russian Intervention in Syria: A Dramatic Escalation Appears Imminent


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

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..excellent video.

The Empire Files: Examining the Syrian War Chessboard

Having gone far beyond an internal political struggle, the war is marked by a complex array of forces that the U.S. Empire hopes to command. Abby Martin interviews Vijay Prashad, professor of International Studies at Trinity College and author of Arab Spring, Libyan Winter

Basement Dweller

I wonder if the Kurds (YPG/J/SDF) can work out a truce with the more moderate rebels around Azaz. They've fought with the FSA rebels before and probably still do.

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It's a few days old now, but reviewing Peter Lavelle's recent Crosstalk show (on the dreaded RT for those still unable to watch Russian media) might serve a useful purpose. I really like the contributions of the author of Islamic State: The Digital Taliban (Abdel Bari Atwan) and encourage babblers to watch the show carefully. This guy even follows Saudi domestic media and, for example, notes Saudi political boasts that they "beat" the Russians in Afghanistan and, therefore, can do so again in Syria.

1. The pounding by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), with the support of the Russian AF, of the foreign-sponsored jihadists is not a big change. It is an earthquake. We see in the last few days the truth of that claim. If, as it appears very close, the SAA can reach the Turkish Syrian border, then the armed Syrian opposition is finished. [So it makes sense, from a sick point of view,  that their sponsors would now make direct threats and attacks.**]

2. The political question in the USA bears noting. Can the neo cons, who dominate US foreign policy (whether "liberal" Democrats or "conservative" Republicans makes zero difference) accept a victory involving the Russian AF - or will they explode in apoplectic rage and do their utmost to start World War III? For what we are talking about here is an abysmal, head kicked-in, failure of US policy. And those who, in the main, determine US policy, share the unquestioned view that the USA shall rule the world as globocop.

3. There have already been plenty of claims of the Russian AF killing civilians in large numbers. No evidence, mind you, just claims that aren't backed up by shit. Hell, the Russian MoD (or their equivalent) even noted that the US AF bombed the city that the US propagandists claimed was hit by Russian strikes on 9 - count 'em - 9 hospitals. A crock of shit, but fine, if they're going to make the claims then let's see the evidence. Or STFU. AS one Russian MoD commentator noted, the US bombs hospitals and then blames Russia. What else is new?

4. It's pretty clear that despite the change in the talk of the US [not insisting on the overthrow of Bashar al Assad as a precondition to fighting and defeating the jihadists] , nothing in their aims has changed. The Americans don't even insist that their clients - the Saudis and the Turkish regime - get on the same page. In fact, it rather looks like the tail wagging the American dog here.


5. ** One point worth underlining. Why didn't the Saudis and the Turkish regime, if they "really" want to defeat the jihadists, not wait until the present before making their (alleged) goals clear? If they wanted to defeat Daesh then why not threaten to attack them in Syria over the last four years?

And it becomes crystal clear. It's only when the jihadists are losing that the Saudis and Gollum in Ankara think it's a good idea to intervene. They had no interest in seeing the jihadists lose in all that time.

Anyway, it's easy enough to find the program if you're interested. You can even listen on Soundcloud just for the debate and skip the video part altogether.


'Terrorists Facing Endgame': Are Turkey & West Looking For Pretext To Start Group Op Against Assad? (and vid)


"As Syrian anti-Assad militants are getting desperate amid Damascus' Russia-backed advance, world powers that want regime-change in Syria are looking for ways to avert their defeat.."


The 'Gates of Hell' Will Open in the Coming Months in Syria


"The war is still far from being over..."


Senior Israeli Officials Urge Sectarian Partition of Syria

Officials with the Israeli regime, which is widely accused of supplying Takfiri militants wreaking havoc in Syria, have called for the partition of the Arab country along sectarian lines.

Ram Ben-Barak, the director general of Israel's Intelligence Ministry, said the proposed breakup was 'the only possible situation' to the conflict in Syria. 'I think that ultimately Syria should be turned into regions under the control of whoever is there - the Alawites where they are, the Sunnis where they are,' Ben Barak told Israeli Army Radio on Sunday.

Israel's Minister of Military Affairs Moshe Ya'alon, who was in Munich to meet with European counterparts and Jordan's King Abdullah also echoed Ban Barak's remarks..."

LOL Both 'friends' of Canada, of course.


Syrian Army Advances Into Raqqa In Major Anti-ISIS Assault


"On Sunday, Syrian government forces and Palestinian armed miltia captured the strategically important Tal Masbah hilltop, the last entrenched Islamic State position. The fortified position guarded approaches to the Salamiyah-Raqqa highway, leading to the terror-group's stronghold in the city of Raqqa, Al Masdar News reported, citing a military source.."


20 Countries Prepare For Military Maneuvers in Saudi Arabia


"Military forces from 20 countries will arrive in the next few hours in Saudi Arabia for a military maneuver, reported Saudi Press Agency Sunday. The news agency described the maneuvers, dubbed 'Thunder of the North', as the region's most important military exercise involving ground, air and naval forces.

It is also the largest in terms of numbers of participating nations and the mount of weaponry ever used in the Arabian Gulf. The maneuvers intend to highlight that Riyadh and its allies are united against regional challenges. The maneuver comes as Saudi considers participating in land operations in cooperation with its international allies to fight the Islamic State militant group in Syria."


International Military Review - Syria, Feb 15, 2016


Loyalists advance on Raqqa, rebel supply lines


Turkey "Won't Let' Azaz, Syria Fall to Kurdish Militia, Shells YPG Targets for 3rd Day (and vid)


"Turkish PM Ahmed Davutoglu said on Monday Ankara will not allow the town of Azaz in northern Syria to fall to the Kurdish YPG forces and promised the 'harshest reaction' if the group attempts to re-take the city..."


The 'Race to Raqqa' - A Syrian Campaign Plan


"There is today a lot of indignation in 'western' media over the Russian air campaign in Syria. One, two, three hospitals were bombed. And schools! And the rebels lost more villages! Barrel bombs! Cluster bombs!

One must ask how many of these 'hospitals' were really hospitals and not just quarters for Jihadi 'rebels'. From the videos that were published I could identify only one destroyed building that might have been a real hospital. But even there no medical equipment was visible in the debris.

Could this probably arranged media assault be the preparation for some new false flag stunt or some other planned escalation?

The Turkish Prime Minister Davutoglu is visiting Ukraine with a large delegation. Is there some coordination ongoing? A diversion in Ukraine to keep the Russians busy in Ukraine while a Turkish/Gulf Arab attack is launched on Syria...?"




Syrian Kurds Begin Major Operation Against Jihadists in Key Town of Azaz


"The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began a major operation to take the town of Azaz, which had been a transit point for Turkish military aid to Syrian rebels in Aleppo until access was cut off over the past week by Russian and Syrian forces..."


Erdogan Uses ISIS to Suppress Kurds, West Stays Silent


"Erdogan uses ISIS against the Kurds. He can't send the Turkish Army directly to Syrian Kurdistan but he can use ISIS as an instrument against the Kurds. He has a greater Ottoman Empire in his mind, that's his dream, while ISIS is one of the instruments to achieve it,' Selma Irmak, a Turkish MP from the Peace and Democratic Party told RIA Novosti.

'Wounded militants are given medical treatment in Turkey for ISIS, Turkey is a very important supply channel. They are allowed to pass through the Turkish border, being given IDs [and other documents],' she added.

ISIS oil is sold via Turkey. All of ISIS' external trade operations are being carried out via Turkey and involve not only oil. Part of the terrorists group's criminal business is trafficking hostages as well as female slaves of Yazidi and Assyrian minorities.' According to Irmak, Ankara feels free to take on the Kurds because the West is unwilling to harm its interests in the region and beyond.

'Unfortunately, the international community is indifferent towards these events (but not anti-Russian allegations). Turkey has taken Europe prisoner by using Middle Eastern refugees as instruments of blackmail. The US [and Canada] keeps silent too, having common interests with Turkey [NATO!]...and the Turkish Army is emboldened by such impunity."


Syria Hospital & School Attacks Kill Dozens, 'Cast Shadow' on Peace Commitment - UN (and vid)


"Russian Health Minister Veronka Skvortsova, as well as the Syrian ambassador to Russia refuted the unsubstantiated claims. 'Concerning the hospital which was destroyed, in actual fact it was destroyed by the American Air Force. The Russian Air Force had nothing to do with it,' Ambassador Riad Haddad told Rossiya 24 television.

The ambassador added that there is 'intelligence information' that proves the warplanes of the US coalition struck the hospital. Meanwhile, Skvortsova stressed that Russian warplanes working in the area only target jihadist infrastructure. 'We are confident that there is no way it could be done by our defence forces."


Turkey Shelling Syria To Be Brought Before UN Security Council


"The UN Security Council is to hold a meeting over Turkey's recurrent artillery bombardment of Kurdish positions on Syrian soil..."


NATO Sends A Flotilla To Repulse Refugees in the Agean Sea


"At their meeting on Thursday morning, NATO defence ministers agreed to the immediate deployment of a flotilla to the Agean Sea to support the European Union in deterring refugees by military force. Since NATO reconnaissance aircraft will also be deployed to monitor the Turkish-Syrian border, a direct NATO intervention in the civil war in Syria looks increasingly likely, with unforeseeable consequences.

Currently, the naval force consists of three ships: The German combat support vessel Bonn, THE CANADIAN FRIGATE HMCS FREDERICTON, and the Turkish frigate TCG Barbaros are to follow...The primary purpose of the NATO flotilla is to ensure that the escape routes to Europe via Turkey are completely blocked..."


In Aleppo the Besiegers are now the Besieged


"...Again and again I was asked: Why is [Canada and] Britain supporting the terrorists? Western media rightly emphasizes Assad's atrocities. But the Aleppans I spoke to regularly pointed out that under Assad's regime women can walk alone down the street and pursue a career; That a broadly liberal curriculum is taught in their schools; That Christians can worship at their churches and Muslims in their Mosques.

These Aleppans have lived under siege from groups hellbent on the imposition of a mutant version of Wahhabi Islam. They know that many of their fighters are foreigners whose ambition encouraged by Turkish and Saudi sponsors, is to extinguish Aleppo's tolerant culture and drive every last Christian out of the city.

These Aleppans have a point. When the history of the Syrian civil war is finally written, historians will indeed have to answer the question: why has it been British government policy to turn the ancient city of Aleppo into present day Kandahar?"


CrossTalk on Media: 'Bullhorns Gotta Bullhorn'


Spin on Turkey, Russia-bashing, US electioneering etc.


And now we know the real reason behind the 'Hospitals Hit' stories pinned on Russia...

Merkel Urges 'Kind of No Fly Zone' in Syria


Basement Dweller

As I suspected, the Kurds are now taking rebel towns without a fight. The locals prefer this to the SAA and sectarian militias.


Russian Diplomat Drops a Bombshell: US Expected ISIS To Seize Damascus by October


"In an article in a British newspaper Russia's ambassador to the UK revealed the Russians were told by the Western powers that after the US proclaimed a no-fly zone, ISIS would capture Damascus.

'Last summer we were told by our Western partners that in October Damascus would fall to IS. What they were planning to do next we don't know. Probably they would have ended up painting the extremists white and accepting them as a Sunni state straddling Iraq and Syria.'

The summer when these conversations between the Western powers and the Russians allegedly took place was the time of the US discussions with Turkey and Jordan about setting up a no-fly zone. What Yakovenko is therefore in effect saying is that the US was planning in the summer to start a bombing campaign to overthrow the government of Syria in the knowledge that this would result by October in the victory of Islamic State and its capture of Damascus..."


International Review - Syria, Feb 16, 2016


More advances against western-backed takfiri terrorists. YPG Kurdish operations continue, SAA secures Aleppo powerplant.


Syria: The Final Act Begins  -  by John Wight


"In Ankara and Riyadh a decent night's sleep must be hard to come by nowadays, what with the prospect of a Sunni state they envisaged being established across a huge swathe of Syria slipping away in the face of an offensive by Syrian government forces that is sweeping all before it north of Aleppo.

It bears emphasizing: the only 'moderates' fighting in Syria are the troops of the Syrian Arab Army, made up of Sunni, Shia, Alawite, Druze and Christians. They and their allies comprise the forces of non-sectarianism in the country and the region, engaged in a pitiless conflict against the most reactionary and retrograde current of extremism the world has seen since Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge were rampaging across Cambodia.

The success being enjoyed by government forces and its allies on the ground is a testament to their remarkable morale and tenacity despite the battering they have endured over five years of unremitting conflict..."


Kurds capture Syrian town of Tel Rifaat despite Ankara's threats
DEBKAfile February 16, 2016, 3:41 PM (IDT)

Fighters from the Kurdish YPG militia on Tuesday captured the town of Tel Rifaat, one of the largest rebel strongholds after Aleppo, in Syria's Idlib province near the Turkish border. The move came despite threats from Ankara that it would launch a military operation within Syria if the Kurds continue to advance.
DEBKAfile's military sources: Turkey is making empty threats and has no intention to launch such an operation. It also has no intention to establish a ground force consisting of troops from Islamic countries to depose Syrian President Bashar Assad, which it has proposed, or to invade Syria.  



Trudeau speaking out of both sides of his mouth:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-isis-wherry-1.3450660



UN Security Council Urges Turkey To 'Comply With International Law' in Syria After Russia Requests Meeting


"Following a briefing requested by Russia, the UN Security Council has urged Ankara to comply with international law in Syria. The closed-door meeting was called to discuss recent Turkish shelling of Kurdish YPG militia targets in Syria's north.

'UN Security Council members are concerned with the Turkish attacks on a number of Syrian regions,' Venezuelan Ambassador Rafael Ramirez, who now chairs the UNSC, said after the meeting, as cited by Tass. 'All members of the Security Council...agreed to ask for Turkey to comply with international law,' he added.

When asked if the UNSC discussed the shelling of hospitals and schools in Northern Syria on Monday which left close to 50 people dead, Ramirez said the Council indeed discussed the issue, but reached 'no agreement' or 'consensus' because of 'different sources' of information on the incidents.

'Everybody is concerned about airstrikes over humanitarian installations,' said Ramirez, stressing that the UNSC is trying to get 'more information.' The UNSC president [also] highlighted the need to have Kurds represented in the Syrian peace process, and for Ankara not to escalate the situation even further."


Refugees, Radicals & Regime Change: 'Merkel Supports No-Fly Zone in Syria Due to Turkish Interests


Q: Why do you think Merkel has voiced support for a 'no fly zone' in Syria?

MO: "First of all, it is not only Angela Merkel; [the destruction and dismemberment of Syria utilizing Takfiri terrorists was a collective Western/GCC/NATO project of which Canada is a part. Hence Trudeau's 'two-sided' waffling above]. She is supported by Foreign Minister Steinmeier, the West German Intelligence Service and other high-ranking government forces.

So why do they do this? Because of two or three reasons. Number one, they are to a large extent pressured by the [NATO] Turkish regime's interest due to the refugee crisis. Number two, the open agenda for Germany is regime change by all means in Syria.

And since the Syrian government, supported by Russia, Iran and Hezbollah - is making big advances and seriously fighting terrorists, they are getting very nervous. So, they are not interested in peace, but they want to stop this kind of advance by the forces on the ground.

It is a very big and very dirty game."


Epidemic Of Cynicism: US ANSWER Anti-War Coalition's Brian Becker on Syria


On the duplicity and mendacity of Barack Obama and the West's failing Syrian project

Trudeau's schizophrenic waffling above is related to his Washington master Barack Obama's similar obfuscations here. Canadians need to ask why ISIS grew in strenght and territory during the more than a year and a half of US-led coalition bombing, and so rapidly collapsed after a much smaller air campaign by Russia. If Canada had a strong anti-war movement instead of a strong pro-imperialist movement, we might also hear speakers like this.


Annisa Naouai Grills Russian FM Spokeswoman Over Alleged Bombings in Syria & Media Propaganda (and vid)


"The host of RT's InTheNow show asked the Russian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman some tough questions during a 26 minute interview."


Syria: Russian MoD Press Briefing, Feb 16, 2016


Near Aleppo, terrorists evacuating into Turkey. Ankara launches aggressive global media campaign against Russia after losing control in border regions. All strikes on terrorist objects only carried out after multiple checks of information to exclude risks to civilians.


Syrian Kurds Backed Up By Russian Air Force Liberate Strategic Aleppo City of Tel Rifat


"The People's Protection Units (YPG) who enjoyed Russian Air backup, prevailed against terrorists' positions from the Western direction and shook hands with other Kurdish troops who entered the town from the North. The Kurdish fighters, backed up by Russian fighter jets, Syrian Army artillery units and popular forces launched the assault against terrorists in Tel Rifat on two fronts."


Turkey Wants 'Secure Line' Created 10 Km Within Syria Including Azaz


"Turkey wants to create a secure zone 10 km within Syria, which would include the town of Azaz, Deputy PM Yalcin Akdogan stated, as cited by Reuters. The move comes after Ankara's shelling of Syrian Kurds for 4 successive days. However, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan mentioned on Wednesday that Ankara does not intend to stop shelling Syrian Kurdish YPG militia.

He also called on the US to choose whether it wanted to back Turkey or the Syrian Kurds. A Turkish official said on Tuesday that Ankara would ask its coalition parties, including the US , to take part in a joint ground operation in Syria.

'We want a ground operation. If this is a consensus, Turkey will take part. Without ground operations, it is impossible to stop this war."


Russia Dismisses Proposal For Creating No-Fly Zone in Syria

A senior Russian diplomat rejected Wednesday, a proposal by German leader Angela Merkel for the establishment of a no-fly zone in Syria...


CrossTalk: Turkey's Gamble MUST WATCH


"We are experiencing an extraordinarily dangerous moment in history. The possible illegal ground invasion of Syria by Turkey and Saudi Arabia could ignite a conflict engulfing the great powers that would be difficult to control.

Can Washington manage its erratic anti-Assad coalition?


Today's Attack in Ankara Could Be False Flag


"If this is not a Turkish stage-managed false flag attack, it is more likely an Islamic State terror attack than one by the PKK. Let me assume we will soon witness a serious escalation by Turkey and its allies against Syria and its allies."


Turkey Pushes For Ground Invasion of Syria


"Less than a week after the US, Russia and the other 15 members of the International Syria Support Group agreed in Munich on a 'cessation of hostilities', by the end of this week, the five year old conflict appears to be closer than ever to erupting into a regional and potentially global conflict.

Syrian President Assad issued a warning to this effect on Monday, saying that any ground invasion of Syria would have 'global repercussions,' and that Turkish and Saudi forces would find such an adventure would be no 'picnic'.

Assad's statement follows similar warnings by Russian PM Dmitri Medvedev, who said last week that such an intervention would pose the danger of 'sparking a new world war.'

The hysteria being whipped up over the 50 civilian casualties reported on Monday is an indication that the threat of a wider war is steadily growing. The French and British governments followed Turkey in alleging that the Syrian and Russian governments were guilty of 'war crimes.'

More substantively, German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced her support for a 'no fly zone', a long-time demand of the Turkish government, which wants to carve out a cordon of Syrian territory, as a means of better organizing the war for regime-change, and quelling the Kurds, and containing the flow of refugees.

Russia denies responsibility for the attacks on the schools and hospitals, insisting that it had no forces capable of firing the missiles that were said to have him them. The worst of the attacks took place in Azaz, where PM Davutoglu vowed Turkey would 'mount a severe response' to the Kurdish offensive.

The Syrian ambassador to Moscow, Riad Haddad, charged that one of the hospitals had been the target of a US air strike. The furor over alleged Russian and Syrian government 'war-crimes' stands in stark contrast to the utter silence of Western governments and media over the deaths of civilians resulting from air strikes by the US-led coalition, which have killed roughly 1,000 since they began in August 2014.

Amid the growing international tensions, it was announced in Syria that Hashem al Sheikh, also known as Abu Jaber, has been named the new commander of the so-called 'rebels' resisting the Syrian government advance on the city of Aleppo. He was until last September, the leader of Ahrar al Sham, a hardline Salafist jihadi militia founded by Al Qaeda veterans from Afghanistan.

It has fought in close alliance with Al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, the al Nusra Front, as well as Chechen Islamist fighters. These are the elements that Washington and its allies routinely refer to as the 'moderate opposition.'


Syrian Crisis Moving Slowly Into Turkey: Commentator (and vid)


"Press TV has interviewed Naseer al Omari, a writer and political commentator in New York to discuss a deadly explosion in the Turkish capital, Ankara, whcih claimed the lives of 28 people and wounded over 60 others.

'Well, this is a very dangerous escalation. The convoy that was targeted is military, which means there is planning. It happened near government offices, so this is very dangerous and I believe there will be a response to this and I am afraid the Syrian crisis is moving into Turkey and probably beyond, unless something is done about this ongoing Syria catastrophe.

I believe that we will see probably military action in northern Syria and probably with the Syrian regime itself and Russia. This is a crisis that is unfolding and I believe everybody is going about solving it the wrong way."


Erdogan Has Lost Footing in Syria - Analyst (and vid)

"Press TV has conducted an interview with Catherine Shakdam, program director at the Shafqna Insitute of Middle East studies in London, and Michael Lane, founder of the American Institute for Foreign Policy, in Washington, to discuss Turkey's proposal for a no-fly zone in Syria.

Shakdam says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has lost his 'footing' in Syria and is trying to 'salvage' a policy that has backfired against him. She also asserts that a no-fly zone would make things worse as it would allow Daesh Takfiri terrorists to regain control of territories liberated by the Syrian Armed Forces.

Lane for his part believes the imposition of a no-fly zone in Syria would be a very 'successful humanitarian' effort, but it would serve Turkey's current objectives."


Turkey Blames Syrian Kurds For Ankara Blast, They Deny Responsibility, Point to ISIS


"Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu has accused forces linked with the Syrian Kurdistan YPG militia of the terrorist attack in Ankara on Wednesday. 'In light of information we have obtained, it has been clearly indicated that this attack was carried out by members of a terrorist organization inside Turkey, together with a YPG member who had crossed from Syria,' Davutoglu said.

Kurdish self defence forces did not organize the attack in Ankara, Kurdish Democratic Union (PYD) chief Salih Muslim Muhammad told RIA Novosti. 'This is absolutely not true. Kurds have nothing to do with what happened in Ankara. What happened there is related to Turkey's fight with Islamic State, whose members live in Turkey.

I can assure you that not even one bullet is fired by the YPG into Turkey. They don't consider Turkey as an enemy.'

Davutoglu claimed Ankara had evidence revealing where the militants came from and how they organized themselves, and that this information would soon be shared with other countries. He also warned other nations against throwing their weight behind 'an enemy of Turkey.'"


Russia, Iran Condemn Turkey Blast


"Iran has condemned a deadly explosion in the Turkish capital Ankara, which claimed the lives of 28 people and wounded over 60 others. The car-bomb blast occurred near the armed forces' headquarters in central Ankara on Wednesday.

Russia on Thursday expressed its deep condolences to the people of Turkey over the deadly explosion in Ankara. It said the terrorist act underline the need for all countries to unite to fight international terrorism."


Turkey Signals Escalating Syria Attack (and vid)


"PM Ahmet Davutoglu accuses the Syrian government of being directly responsible for a bombing in Ankara, saying Turkey will continue to shell Kurdish positions inside the Arab country.

Davutoglu on Thursday said a member of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia working with PKK militants was behind the Ankara bombing attack. The leader of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party denied the accusation, saying Ankara was making the allegation in order to escalate the conflict in Syria.

On Thursday, a bomb detonated by remote control, killed 7 Turkish security force members travelling in a military vehicle in southeast Turkey. The blast hit the armed vehicle on the highway linking Diyarbakir, the largest city in the mainly Kurdish southeast, in the district of Lice.





......a must read!!!

So is this what´s going on in the Middle East...a power play using oil price to concentrate wealth and control...of government, military, police?

First crash the price to elimiate the juniors and intermediates, crash the industries of Canada, USA, Russia, Venezuela?

The model to be used is Kuwait/Iraq? First the CIA convinces the Kuwaitis to steal Iraqi oil, assuring that they can restrain Iraq from retaliation...meanwhile the State department egging Hussein on, to invade to compensate...then of course the invasion to rid the planet of the evil imperialist Hussein, to take control of their oil.....

So in Syria...the CIA, responsible to finance and train, utilizing their own war and terror manual, the ISILs...then using the terror to egg Russia into the fray, while encouraging Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Canada et al to invade Syria...then watch the Middle East blow up? 

Maybe global winter from the fumes of the exploding oil and gas fields...so what...don´t they have free energy generators artificial suns, until the Earth replenishes itself? Is this too fanciful? The oil catastrophe in the Gulf? Fukushima destroying the ecosystems of the Pacific?

Just wait it out...while the price of oil skyrockets and the oligarchs controlling the oil majors clean up?

So the destruction of the oil infrastructure of Syria, Iraq, Turkey will be the catalyst to spark jump the oil price!

So does this explain the detente in Iran? Will the ensuing civil war in Saudi Arabia give control of those oil wells to the shiites following the model of the Barzani Kurdistan, totally dependant on the oil majors for survival?

So is this just all wild speculation? Watch the oil majors stock prices! This will be the clue!

So what! millions die, millions left homeless, 100s of thousands of refugees fleeing for safe havens, global winter for a few generations? Maybe less!

What vicious sickness and perversion! And we still maintain our loyalties to these monsters, through their media, their electronic gadgets, their control of the drug trade! Their government puppets?


Syria: The Media is Lying To You (audio)


Ontario journalist, rabble.ca contributor Eva Bartlett, just returned from Syria to highlight the media lies...


The Kurds: Fighting ISIS


"Michelle Allison, women's representative of the Kurdish National Congress tells us about Kurdish militants aided by American and Russian airplane will defeat ISIS/Daesh in Syria."

Basement Dweller

Turkey has officially invaded Syria/Rojava. They are also shelling Kurdish villages there.



Dozens of Turkish Military Vehicles Cross Syrian Border, Dig Trenches


"Dozens of Turkish military vehicles advanced 200 meters into the Syria-Kurdish region in Aleppo province on Thursday, ANHA news agency reported, adding that the troops started to dig a trench near Meidan Ekbis..."


An Invasion of Syria: At the Gateway of Greater War  -  by Tony Cartalucci


"...It should be noted that in all western media stories, it is never precisely mentioned who the Kurds are fighting in Azaz - because it it is ISIS. Considering this, Turkey would be quite literally intervening to save ISIS and other hardcore terrorist groups sharing the city with it.

An invasion into Syria would constitute an act of war - and beyond that - affirmation that NATO was behind the ISIS menace from the beginning. While leaks like that of the US' own Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in 2015 have exposed this rhetorically, a NATO invasion of Syria to save an ISIS stronghold from destruction would prove it demonstrably.

The fact that the US is attempting to distance itself politically from both Turkey and Saudi Arabia - who has also pledged to carry out ground operations in Syria amid the collapse of terrorist fronts across the country - indicates a possible attempt to produce plausible deniability ahead of a much larger provocation or intervention..."


'Russian Operation in Syria is Our Salvation' - Top Syrian Catholic Bishop To RT (and vid)


"The majority of Syrian people support Moscow's anti-terror campaign, the top Catholic bishop in Syria said in an interview with RT, adding that it's not only military assistance, but the promotion of a peace process by Russia that they pin their hopes on.

'The majority of Syrian people,' of all backgrounds and faiths, 'regard the Russian military campaign as a salvation, a way out of the state we've been enduring for five years,' the Catholic bishop said, adding that 'Syrians are very positive about it..."


Syria and Munich 2016  -  by Michael Carley Jabara


"...You don't understand the change of attitude of the US deal with Syria? This is normal because there is no relation between what they do and what they say.

In Munich, Washington - which has continued to arm groups fighting against Syria - comes to promote the principle of a ceasefire.

Indeed, we must save the soldier Daesh that the Russians and Syrian army are about to defeat...[hence the sudden cries of 'Russian war crimes' from the collaborationist liberal-left!]

'Many media sources say that 'the West' largely represented by the US and its British amanuensis, are in a panic because Russian military assistance to Syria has turned the tide of battle in the proxy, not civil war against the Syrian government in Damascus. Kerry is in a hurry to stave off disaster and a remarkable Russian 'victory.'


Assad Advisor: 'Once Syria & Russia Succeed vs Terrorists, Turkey & S Arabia Are Going Crazy'


Dr Bouthaina Shabbas, political adviser to the President of Syria discusses the situation in Syria and relations with the West.


International Military Review: Feb 19, 2016,


"Turkish vehicles crossed border with Syria.."


Did Russia Just Threaten Turkey With Nuclear Weapons?


"The US investigative reporter Robert Parry as made an astonishing claim - one that has gone completely unnoticed. He is reporting that the Russian government has warned Erdogan that Russia is prepared to use tactical nuclear weapons to defend its Syrian strike force from Turkish attack.."



Obama Buckles Under to Erdogan Blackmail, World War Nears

By GPD on February 20, 2016

Turkish intelligence supplying sarin gas, bioweapons to ISIS prior to upcoming invasions of Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) shakes hands with US President Barak Obama © Ozan Kose Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) shakes hands with US President Barak Obama © Ozan Kose / AFP 1.1K3 The US president has sided with Turkey and warned the Syrian Kurdish militia not to seize more territory in Syria to avoid upsetting Ankara or the so-called “moderate” opposition. Obama voiced support for Erdogan against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party.

In a long phone conversation that lasted an hour and twenty minutes, Obamatold his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the US has an“unwavering commitment” to Turkey’s national security.