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Militants Burst From Tunnels, Hit Weak Points in Raqqa Fight


"Now in its seventh week, the assault to recapture the northern city of Raqqa from IS militants has ground down into a bloody battle of attrition from street to street..."


'We're Bad Day Away From Russia Asking, 'Why Are You Still in Syria?' - Top US Commander (and vid)


"A US special operations commander has admitted that an extended US stay in Syria runs counter to international law and that Russia would be entirely justified in questioning its presence there..."

Canada too. But who notices here?


CrossTalk Bullhorns: Little Russia


"Trump's decision to end CIA operations in Syria..."


NDPP wrote:

Who Killed Whom in Syria?

Maybe nobody would have been killed if the Assads had run proper governments?


JKR wrote:

NDPP wrote:

Who Killed Whom in Syria?

Maybe nobody would have been killed if the Assads had run proper governments?

What a fucking ludicrous statement. Try reading some history you ignoramus.  The depth of your ignorance seems to know no bounds.


kropotkin1951 wrote:

JKR wrote:

NDPP wrote:

Who Killed Whom in Syria?

Maybe nobody would have been killed if the Assads had run proper governments?

What a fucking ludicrous statement. Try reading some history you ignoramus.  The depth of your ignorance seems to know no bounds.

My apologies to Bashar Hafez al-Assad and his father Hafez al-Assad.


Gen Wesley Clark: Wars Were Planned - '7 Countries in 5 Years'


Nothing to do with Assad. Syria was on 'the menu' is all. 


BAR: Trump Faces Down the CIA and Co-Opts the Pentagon on Syria (for the time being)


"The crazed, racist, stupid, boorish man in the White House this summer defied the War Party and its corporate mouthpieces, negotiating a cease-fire with the Russians in several regions of Syria and possibly even the CIA's not-so-covert role as Grandmaster of Islamic Jihad.  Which makes him less dangerous to the human species than Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton..."


Slain Journalist's Last Report For RT: Raqqa Refugees Blame Coalition For Bombing Schools, Hospitals (and vid)


"The Coalition [Canada is a member] bombed schools and civilians. Many civilians were hurt as it hit both schools and hospitals.' On Sunday, the journalist was killed in a rocket attack by IS militants in Homs province.

Last week, while demanding that the American-led coalition strikes stop, Damascus told the UN that it wants the US and its allies to pay for the destruction of Syrian infrastructure and to bear legal responsibility for 'illegitimately' bombing civilian targets."


Operation IMPACT


"Operation IMPACT is the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) support to the Global Coalition against Daesh in Iraq and Syria."


When Syria War Ends, Woe to the Kurds   -    by Robert Fisk



"...What makes 'a solution to the Cyprus conflict' so urgent is that full control of both Cyprus and Turkey is absolutely necessary for the task of encircling and neutralizing the Russian forces in Syria. And for Western imperialism in general and neocons in particular there is no more urgent need than encircling and neutralizing Russian forces in Syria..."

The UN's Antonio Guterres: An Agent of the Neocons



Dozens of Civilians Killed in US-Led Raids on Raqqa


Sorry, keep forgetting babblers only react to Russian or Syrian bombing casualties, and only when MSM does. 


Syria Summary: Towards the End of the Caliphate



Syria - Rebels Trained Children To Perform 'Chemical Attack' Video


"Serious evidence that so-called 'Syrian rebels' systematically trained children to play Sarin gas 'chemical attack' videos...."


The ISIS jihadis will fight until death.  They believe that way they'll get to the Islam heaven.  Life after 25 years of Western bombing and sanctions isn't their first choice.  We see them only as evil, vicious killers of innocent victims.



Hiding Behind Fighting Terrorism, US Intends to Seize Syria's Oil


"Considering the US and the Coalition [Canada is a member] have illegally invaded Syria's territory, there is only one way for Washington to remain in Syria - to establish full control over Deir Ezzor. In this case the US are helped by the Kurds, who are also interested in seizing oil fields..."


President Bashar al Assad: The Utter Corruption of the West (and vid)


"For the West, this conflict is a valuable opportunity to settle its accounts with many countries that have rebelled against its hegemony..."



The Reasons For Netanyahu's Panic


"Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is pushing the panic button over the collapse of Saudi-Israeli jihadist proxies in Syria and is now threatening to launch a major air war, as ex British diplomat Alastair Crooke describes..."


US Bailing Out ISIS Bigwigs?



400,000 Deaths in Syria Civil War Directly Attributed To US & Allies



Raqqa: A Hellhole Created By The Regime Changers of the West



Hezbollah: Hundreds of Civilians in ISIS Buses Will Die If US-Led Coalition Does Not Let Them Move


"On Saturday, Hezbollah released an official statement saying that hundreds of ISIS family members are still trapped in the Syrian desert because of US-led coalition warplanes. Moreover, US-led coalition war planes bomb anyone approaching the buses.

Hezbollah warned that the civilians will end up dying if they are not allowed to move or at least offered humanitarian help..."


Journalist Fired For Exposing How CIA Ran Weapons To Terrorists


"Bulgarian investigative journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva says she was fired after reporting how the CIA ran weapons to Al Nusra terrorists."


350 Diplomatic Flights Carrying Weapons for Terrorists


"Azerbaijan's Silk Way Airlines transports weapons with diplomatic clearance for Syria, Iraq..."

CIA weapons delivery service - nifty


Terror Incognita: 'Demistifying' the Fog of War


"...Dick Cheney, Rupert Murdoch, LARRY SUMMERS*, Jacob Rothschild and James Woolsey are just a few of the familiar names who sit on the board of Genie Energy, a company intent on drilling for oil and gas in the Golan Heights, internationally recognized as Syrian territory..."

*Taking Summers' Advice Defies Logic



Syria - The Liberation of Deir Ezzor


"The Syrian Army just broke the Islamic State siege on the city of Deir Ezzor and its military garrison. The siege had been held up since mid 2014..."

Oh, and just in case you may have forgotten what Canada is up to in the region....

Security of Israel is Key in Canada's Fight Against ISIL, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland Says


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The West might hardly believe it, but it now seems the Syrian war is ending – and Assad is the victor - Robert Fisk


The Brits already seem to have got the message. They slyly withdrew their military trainers last week – the men intended to prepare David Cameron’s mythical “70,000 rebels” who were supposedly going to overthrow the Assad government. Even the UN’s report that the regime killed more than 80 civilians in a gas attack this summer got little play from the European politicians who used to play up war crimes in Syria and supported Donald Trump’s pointless Cruise missile attack on a Syrian airbase.

And what of Israel? Here is a nation which truly counted on the end of Assad, going so far as to bomb his forces and those of his Hezbollah and Iranian allies while giving medical help to Islamist fighters from Syria in Israeli cities. No wonder Benjamin Netanyahu was so “agitated” and “emotional” – Russian descriptions – when he met Vladimir Putin in Sochi. Iran was Russia’s “strategic ally” in the region, Putin said. Israel was an “important partner” of Russia. Which was not quite the same – and not what Netanyahu wanted to hear.

The repeated victories of the Syrians mean that the Syrian army is among the most “battle-hardened” in the region, its soldiers used to fighting for their lives and now trained in coordinating troops and intelligence from a single command headquarters. As former St Antony’s College associate scholar Sharmine Narwani put it this week, this alliance now has political cover from two permanent UN Security Council members, Russia and China.

So what will Israel do? Netanyahu has been so obsessed with Iran’s nuclear programme that he clearly never imagined – in company with Obama, Hillary Clinton, Trump, Cameron, May, Hollande and other members of the political elites in the West – that Assad might win, and that a more powerful Iraqi army might also emerge from the rubble of Mosul.



The Conflict in Syria Was Always Israel's War


"It comes as no surprise that, faced with a winding-down of the Syrian conflict, it is now moving sharply against that development..."


UN Enablers of 'Aggressive War'  -  by Robert Parry


"UN investigative reports, like a new one condemning Syria for alleged sarin use, are received as impartial and credible, but are often just more war propaganda from compromised bureaucrats, reports Robert Parry."


11,000+ Blank Syrian Passports In The Hands of ISIS - Media Citing Secret Docs


"In total, 18,002 blank Syrian passports were stolen from the Syrian government, Bild am Sonntag reported. According to the documents seen by Bild, at least 8,625 passports checked by German migration authorities in 2016 turned out to be counterfeits. The Bild report comes days after Der Spiegel magazine, citing sources within Germany's security services, reported that several dozen Syrian extremists linked to the Al Nusra Front and IS terrorist groups who committed 'numerous massacres' of civilians and captives, have sought asylum in Germany."


US on Collision Course With Syrian Forces in 'Race For Deir Ezzor Oil Fields'


"It's going to be a race because you've got the Syrian army with Russian assistance coming in from the West and you have the US coming in from the north and the East."


As ISIS Shrinks, Al Qaeda Expands


"Bad news for ISIS is good news from HTS and A/Q. Al Qaeda is creating its most powerful stronghold ever in north-west Syria at a time when world attention is amost entirely focused on the impending defeat of ISIS in the east of the country..."

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There's an interesting article up at The Intercept about the close relationship between the Assad regime and the white nationalists of Europe and the U.S. Here's the lede:

Mariam Elba wrote:

IT SHOULDN’T BE surprising that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has become an idol among white nationalists in the United States.

During the white nationalist “Unite the Right” rally several weeks ago in Charlottesville, Virginia, Baked Alaska, an infamous far-right YouTuber, livestreamed an encounter with a demonstrator wearing a T-shirt that read “Bashar’s Barrel Delivery Co.” The shirt alluded to the Assad regime’s frequent, horrific use of barrel bombs — weapons employed to indiscriminately target rebel-held areas of Syria.

That rally-goer shouted, “Support the Syrian Arab Army!” and “Assad did nothing wrong!” They gloated over how Assad can “solve this whole ISIS problem” with just two chemical bombs. James Fields, the 20-year-old white supremacist who allegedly rammed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing Heather Heyer, posted a portrait of Assad, in military regalia and aviator sunglasses to Facebook. A superimposed caption read: “UNDEFEATED.”


From the article above:

"In spite of the Assad regime’s track record of being the primary perpetrators of escalating Syria’s civil war — which has likely left half a million dead and spurred a massive exodus of refugees — the United Nations, the United States, and certainly Russia are all looking for solutions to the Syrian crisis that keep Assad in power."

It is highly debatable that Assad is primarily responsible for escalating the cival war, and I think simply not true that the US is looking for solutions that keep Assad in power.   Perhaps they are now, but that would be a very recent development.

The ideological support between Assad and white nationalists is interesting and makes a certain amount of sense, but in general this article is a little disquieting.   The nested assumptions and assignment of guilt or blame to everyone but us/US makes me question everything else in it.


CrossTalk Bullhorns: Media As PR (and vid)


"It would seem the corporate media can't get enough of war..."


Pentagon Falsifying Paperwork To Send Arms Worth $2Bn To Syria


"The Pentagon continues to ship billions of dollars of weapons to Syria, according to a damning report by two monitoring groups that also reveals the US is falsifying documents to cover its tracks..."


Were We Deceived About The Alleged Sarin Attack in Syria?   -   by Gareth Porter


"The official narrative on Khan Sheikoun doesn't hold up under scrutiny..."



Pentagon Was Informed About Area of Russia's Op in Deir ez Zor in Advance - Moscow


"The Russian Defense Ministry has denied Pentagon allegations that it bombed US-backed Syrian Defense Forces near Deir ez Zor..."


Map of Syrian Oil Fields


"Why the US is so desperate to get hold of oil fields in Deir Ezzor, Syria."




US-Backed Kurds Won't Let Syrian Forces Cross Euphrates River


"Assad govt vows to fight all rival forces to reunite country..."


Syrian Army Readies Its Forces in the Golan Heights Amid Jihadist Build-Up, Israeli Threats



Showdown in Syria: The Reason Russia (Not China) is the Target of Washington's Wrath



US Security Services Behind Al Nusra Offensive in Syria's Idlib - Russian MoD


"The Russian Defense Ministry says that according to their data, an offensive launched by Al Nusra terrorists and their allies in Syria was orchestrated by the US security services, aimed at derailing the Syrian Army operation near Deir ez Zor..."


Russia Warns US It Will Strike Back If Kurdish-Led Militia Attacks in Syria Don't End


"Moscow has warned the US that if militias it supports in northeast Syria again attack positions of pro-government forces backed by Russia, the Russian military will use all its force to retaliate. 'Fire from positions in regions [controlled by the SDF] will be suppressed by all means necessary..."


The Intercept's Attack on the Oppressed Is Why I Write    -    by Danny Haiphong


"The Intercept's article in littered with problems..."


Breaking: Israeli Airforce Struck the International Damascus Airport



Russian Special Forces Repel A US-Planned Attack in Syria, Denounce the USA and Issue a Stark Warning



Uncle Sam vs Russia in Eastern Syria: The Nightmare Scenario 


"This is the nightmare scenario that everyone wanted to avoid..."


"Let's not pretend anymore that 'Kurds are fighting ISIS.' This is a US invasion of oil rich Deir Ezzor."



The Road To Raqqa (Doco)


"The battle rages in the suburbs of the Syrian city."


US Special Ops Forces & Hardware Spotted At ISIS Positions North of Deir Ez Zor - Russia MOD


"The Russian Ministry of Defense has released aerial images which they say show US Army special forces equipment north of the town of Deir Ez Zor, where ISIS militants are deployed. US Army special units provide free passage for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) through the battle formations of Islamic State (IS) terrorists, the ministry said in a statement..."


Syria - US CentCom Declares War on Russia


"Yesterday three high-ranking Russian officers were killed in an 'ISIS attack' in eastern Syria. It is likely that they were killed by US special forces or insurgents under US special forces control. The incident will be understood as a declaration of war..."


from the Saker.......

The bigger picture is also one which gives me a great deal of concern. The Syrians, with Iranian, Hezbollah and Russian help, have freed Deir ez-Zor and have crossed the Euphrates river and are moving further East. In plain English, this means that the US and Daesh have lost the war and that the last region of Syrian from which the Anglo-Zionists can hope to partition the country (their current “plan B”) and establish a permanent US military presence is now threatened by the Syrian advance. The distance between the US forces currently deployed in northeastern Syria and Syrian, Iranian, Hezbollah and Russian forces is becoming shorter and shorter each day. I can just imagine how, say, Iranian or Hezbollah forces which are already “smelling” the nearby presence of US forces are drooling with hunger for the moment they will finally be able to get their hands on their old and most hated foe. I feel sincerely sorry for the first US unit to make contact with the Iranians or Hezbollah forces.

Right now the Americans are hiding behind the Kurds, but sooner or later the Iranians or Hezbollah will find them. As for the Kurds, their situation in Syria is precarious, to put it mildly: they are surrounded on all sides by the Turks, the Syrians and the Iranians and their only more or less stable zone of control is in Iraq. The Americans understand that perfectly, hence their desperate attempts to stop the Syrians.

This is a very dangerous situation: even though CENTCOM and NATO are by far the “biggest guys on the block”, in Syria the Americans are cornered, their corner is shrinking fast and it remains entirely unclear how this process can be stopped. Hence the attack on the de-confliction zone we just witnessed.

I hope that eventually the Americans will do what they did in al-Taif and simply pack, declare victory and leave. That would be the only rational thing to do. But after listening to Trump at the UN I don’t get the feeling that being rational is at the top of the US priority list. That’s all rather frightening.


Washington's Iron Curtain on the Euphrates  -   by Mike Whitney


"The actions of the SDF confirm that the US-backed militia can no longer be seen as a Syrian ally assisting in the fight against ISIS. The SDF is yet another hostile, insurgent group that is implementing Washington's imperial agenda. In short, US-backed proxies and Russian-backed coalition members are going to clash militarily becauses Washington has eliminated any other option..."


Damascus Urges UN To Stop US-Led Coalition 'War Crimes' & To Expel Alliance From Syria


"The UN Security Council should take 'urgent measures' to stop the atrocities and human rights violations committed in Syria by the US-led coalition, the Syrian foreign ministry has said, denouncing the coalition and its unwelcome presence as 'illegal.'

Damascus has demanded a halt in the 'systematic' US-led airstrikes which the government believes only aids the terrorists while at the same time claiming endless civilian lives and destroying homes and vital infrastructure in Syria, SANA reported..."

Canada is of course a part of the 'US-led' coalition despite the official public indifference to it.


Syria - Russia Issues Third Warning Against US Cooperation With Terrorists


"It seems that the US military is again cooperating with terrorist groups in Syria..."


ISIS Carries Out Attacks From US-Controlled 'Black Hole' Area Near Al Tanf Base - Russian MoD


"There were no reports of a single US operation against IS during the six months of its existence..."


Israel Sees Assad Winning Syria War, Urges More US Involvement


"Israel's defense minister urges the US to weigh in..."


Syria - Turkey Violates Astana Agreement - Renews Alliance With Al Qaeda


"Turkey has proven again that it is not trustworthy..."


Sputnik 197: Syria (and vid)


"An entire 'fake news' industry emerged over the past 5 years in relation to Syria:' George Galloway and Vanessa Beeley discuss.


Syria, Iraq - Why the Kurdish Independence Project Failed


"The dream of Kurdish independence in Iraq and Syria is, for now, dead. This a a positive development for both countries..."


Saudi Money Invades Raqqa - Sowing the Seeds of ISIS 2.0


There is dangerous news evolving from Raqqa Syra while ISIS is largely defeated. Seems government sows for its reappearance. On Monday, the US coordinator for the fight against ISIS, Brent McGurk, brought an unwelcome visitor to Syria..."


Syrian Democratic Forces: Raqqa Will Be Part Of 'Federal Syria'


"Previously, the Raqqa Civilian Council was criticized by Syrian opposition activists for including many Kurdish members from the Kurdish Democratic Party (PYD) that got no say whatsoever [from] among Arabs in Raqqa governate. Especially [given] that Kurds are a small minority. Moreover, opposition activists said that the majority of the Raqqa Domestic Security Forces' commanders are in fact members of the Kurdish  People's Protection Units (YPG). The YPG is a military wing of the PYD.

Thus, in reality, Raqqa city will stay under the direct control of the SDF and PYD which may lead to problems inside the city in the future."


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