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US Admitting Syrian Militants Use Chemical Weapons 'Welcome' Overdue Corrective
"The US government finally started to acknowledge that groups it had supported had employed chemical weapons in Syria where the Trump and Obama administrations had sought to blame the Damascus government for such attacks, University of Illinois Professor of Law Francis Boyle told Sputnik.
These policies were part of a wider US strategy to topple the Damascus government that was clearly illegal under international law, Boyle pointed out. US policymakers could have had no doubt that the terror groups they were financing, helping to organize and arming had been using chemical weapons, Boyle observed."
Russian MoD: West Wants To Cover Traces of 'Barbaric' Bombings in Raqqa
"Barbaric bombing of the US and the Coalition aircraft have buried thousands of civilians liberated from IS under the ruins of Raqqa..."
"Ex-Qatari PM Confesses Syria Faced Down A Massive Foreign Conspiracy [Including Canada!] Overseen By The US And Aimed At Regime-Change."
"A 2014 Hillary Clinton email confirmed Qatar as a state sponsor of ISIS during the same time period. Qatar's 2022 World Cup Committee donated $500,000 to the Clinton campaign in 2014..."
US-Led Coalition Celebrates Raqqa 'Liberation' Over The Bodies Of Their Victims - Damascus (and vid)
"The US-led coalition has cruelly destroyed civilian infrastructure and has occupied the city of Raqqa it captured from ISIS, Syria's Foreign Ministry has said, accusing the 'illegitimate alliance' of misleading the international community. about its true intentions..."
"Compare Aleppo After It Was Liberated By Russia and Syria VS Raqqa After It Was 'Liberated' by US and SDF/YPG. "
"Nothing but silence."
Military Situation in Syria and Iraq On Nov. 1, 2017
Also: reports indicate Syrian government forces have nearly completed libertion of Deir Ezzor
Syria Summary - ISIS Loses Control Of Its Last Urban Refuge
"Today the Syrian Arab Army liberated the city of Deir Ezzor from ISIS."
Israel Ready To Go Into Syria To 'Protect Druze Village'
"The Israeli military, which has been launching airstrikes against Syria, could be preparing to cross into its territory now..."
ISIS Defeated In Syria And Iraq - Main Street Media Ignores it - by Pepe Escobar
"This is History in the making...So History in the making must be silenced."
Syria UN Envoy: UN Vote Shows Israel Presence In Golan Illegal
"Jaafari stressed that the sweeping [UN] vote reiterates member states' rejection of the Tel Aviv regime's occupation of the Golan Heights..."
US Rescue of ISIS In Raqqa Exposed
Syria Summary: The Idlib Battle Comes Into Sight
"US Secretary of Defense General Mattis has announced that he wants to stay in Syria. It is wishful thinking. Preparations have already been made to fight the US troops in Syria should they not move out on their own. With all surrounding countries against a US stay, Mattis announcement is clearly of an unsustainable endeavor..."
'Fictitious Probe, Baseless Accusations': New Extension of Syria Chemical Inquiry
"Russian UN envoy Vassily Nebenzia committed after the vote, 'Any extension of the JIM mandate is only possible for us if the fundamental flaws in its work are rectified..."
US-Led Coalition Has Not Given Up The Double-Dealing With Terrorists In Syria - Russian Diplomat
Syrian War: Al Bukamal Is Liberated. What Now? (and vid)
Russia In Syria - Military 'Failure' Sets Off Intense Diplomacy
"In September, 2015 the 'west' prepared for an open military aggression on Syria. The purported aim was to fight ISIS and to stop the migrant flow into Europe. The real aim was 'regime change'. Russia stepped in by sending its cavalry to Syria..."
Joint Statement By Presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey
"...Establishing peace and stability in Syria."
Joint Statement By Presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey
"...Establishing peace and stability in Syria."
Who's representing the Sunni Arabs?
'US Goal in Syria Was To Weaken or Destroy It'
"Tim Anderson, an academic expert in economics and international politics from the Univesity of Sydney, pondered the US role in the standoff in Syria..."
CrossTalk: Ending Syria's Proxy War (and vid)
"The years-long catastrophe in Syria is drawn to a close. Foreign opposition backing is waning and terrorist forces are in retreat and face eradication. But the struggle is far from over. The war is essentially won, though winning a lasting peace will be no easy task."
Syrian-Iraq War Report - November 24, 2017: US Forces To Remain in Syria To Oppose Iran, Assad (vid)
A 'Peace Train' is Rolling Through Syria
"A Peace Train is rolling through Syria, but Canada and its terrorist-supporting allies are not on it..."
At least Canada has supported Syrians by taking in refugees from Syria's civil war. Unfortunately many Sunni Muslims from Syria still need help desperately.
Moderate Rebels - The Sordid History of US Proxy War in Syria, with Gareth Porter (and podcast)
"Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton interview Gareth Porter, an award-winning investigative journalist who has done extensive reporting in the US proxy war in Syria, and how the CIA program arming and training rebels strengthened al-Qaeda, ISIS and other extremist Salafi groups. We discuss the military-industrial comple and how the billionaire-backed think tanks funded by arms manufacturers and fossil fuel corporations fuel the permanent war state."
The Atlantic Council, which heavily influences Canada's foreign policies, is also discussed.
CrossTalk Bullhorns: Double Cross
"Double-crossed? You would think so if you are a Kurd. Also, just how many US troops are in Syria anyway...?"
Leave Syria Or Else! Iranian General To the US
"Well informed sources have said the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, Brigadier General Haj Qassem Soleimani sent a verbal letter, via Russia to the head of the US Forces Commander in Syria, advising him to pull out all US forces to the last soldier, 'or the doors of hell will open up."
US Made Secret Deal With ISIS To Let Thousands of Fighters Flee Raqqa To Battle Assad in Syria
"An agreement was reached for the terrorists to leave, about 4,000 people, them and their families,' [Brigadier-General Talal] Silo told Reuters Friday, claiming that all but about 500 who fled were ISIS fighters..."
The West's jihadi proxy force is an imperial asset for a project not to be let go of easily...
Syrian Army's Idlib Offensive: Endgame in Sight? (and podcast)
"John Wight is joined by author and academic Tim Anderson, to discuss the Syrian army's latest under-reported Idlib offensive..."
Russia Charges Pentagon With Training Ex-ISIS Fighters
"US special operations troops are secretly harboring and training former fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) at the remote American base, in Al Tanf, Syria near the strategic nexus of the country's borders with Iraq and Jordan, according to a report issued by the Russian military command..."
With JTF2 assisting perhaps?
Free Syrian Army Commanders Visit Washington - Reports
"The FSA is ready to fight Iran in Syria with support from the USA..."
Julien Rochedy's documentary about women in Syria
Syria Reports Israeli Attack On Military Outposts Near Capital
"Israel has launched three attacks on military targets in Syria, using jets and ground-to-ground missiles, the Syrian Army has reported. Damascus also claims that it has shot down one Israeli jet and one missile. The Syrian statement said Israel's attacks were aimed at supporting terrorist forces after advances of the Syrian army."
Turkey Vows To 'Eliminate Any Threat' After US Announces Border Force in Syria (and vid)
"What the US is trying to do there is to establish some influence on the eventual settlement for Syria and to do that they want to control some territories and to do that they need to keep their allies supported and trained.' The plan to establish the unit has also been condemned by Russian officials, who claimed Washington is pursuing shadowy goals in the region..."
Russian Journalists Blow Lid Off Alleged US Terrorist Training Network in Syria
"US instructors training ex-Daesh militants at Al Janf, southern Syria."
What Is 'Syria Border Force'?
"Meet the new US proxy army.."
Syria - US Traps Itself
"Commits to occupation..."
Syria - Tillerson Announces Occupation Goals - Erdogan Makes Empty Threats
"For a few days now Turkey has threatened to invade Afrin, a Kurdish held canton in the north-west of Syria..."
CrossTalk: Obstructing Syria (and vid)
"With IS and its allies defeated or facing defeat in Syria, many questions arise. What justification exists for the US to maintain military forces there? Does Washington want Syria partitioned and if so, why? CrossTalking with Afshin Shahi, Mohammed Cherkaoui, and Jonathan Steele."
Breaking: Turkish Field Op Against Afrin Kurds 'De Facto Underway' - Erdogan
"Ankara has 'de facto' begun its operation against Kurdish forces in Syria's Afrin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after the army called the military strike 'legitimate self-defense'..."
'US Managed To Betry Both Turks and Kurds' (and vid)
"...Glazebrook noted it is amazing that the US in the past week has managed to 'completely betray both its rival allies in this conflict. First, betrayal of Turkey - announcing this Border Security Force, made up primarily of Kurds, without any consultation with Turkey. And then, as sooon as Turkey makes an issue of it, immediately drop the Kurds altogether, saying 'we have nothing to do with them, and basically give Turkey a free hand to slaughter them. Betrayals left, right and center', he added.
'I hope that the rest of the world is paying attention that there is nothing to be gained from offering yourself up to carry out the bidding of empire, as Turkey is learning the very hard way right now, and so are the Kurds, actually,' Glazebrook pointed out."
Syria: Turks Attack Afrin, US Strategy Fails, Kurds Again Chose The Losing Side
"...Just a few months ago the Kurdish project in Iraq failed miserably. The Iraqi government took back all gains the Kurds had made over a decade and the US did nothing to help the Kurdish 'allies'. Why did the Kurds in Syria believe that their immense overreach will have a different outcome?"
Why Erdogan Invaded Afrin?
"Geopolitical analysis with Professor Jamal Wakim, University of Beirut."
Turkey's Operation Olive Branch
"Turkey's Operation Olive Branch against Kurdish YPG/YPJ forces in Syria's Afrin entered the third day. Pro-Kurdish sources claimed YPG members destroyed 2 more Turkish battle tanks..."
US Escalates War For Annexation of Syria
"The US plans to permanently occupy parts of Syria, impose a client regime of its own choosing and deny the influence of its rivals..."
Syrian Kurds Seek Damascus' Protection As Turkey's Erdogan Vows To Return Afrin To Owners
"Kurdish officials in Afrin have urged Damascus to send troops to protect Syria's sovereignty from the 'Turkish occupier'. Ankara insists it will return the enclave to its 'original owner' after its 'liberation' from 'terrorists'. The self-administered, Kurdish-held enclave in northern Syria issued a plea for help to the Syrian government on Thursday, reiterating its commitment to the integrity of the country..."
'Who Lost Turkey'
"The US-Kurdish project endangers NATO..."
Turkish Invasion Pits Neocons Against Traditional Imperialists - by Mike Whitney
"US foreign policy in the Middle East is not merely adrift, it is in a state of severe crisis. Even as Turkish tanks and war planes continue to pound US allies in northwestern Syria (The Kurds), power-brokers in the White House and the Pentagon are unable to settle on a way forward. The present disaster that is unfolding in the Afrin canton in Syria's northwest corner could have been avoided had the Trump administration abstained from announcing that it planned a permanent military presence in east Syria, which implied its tacit support for an independent Kurdish state. This, in fact, was the trigger for the current crisis, the provocation that set the dominoes in motion..."
The Syrian Madhouse Gets Even Crazier - by Eric Margolis
"...All this is a huge, dangerous mess. US and Russian forces are now a rifle's shot from one another while their warplanes buzz the skies overhead. Iranian and US forces are nearing a confrontation, something that would delight the Trump White House. US and Turkish forces are nearing confrontation. Today's intervention is part of Israel's plan to fragment Syria and gobble up its water and fertile land resources.
Were it not for the steady hand of Russia's leader Vladimir Putin, a US-Russia clash might have already occurred. While this dangerous game of chicken goes on, US and NATO forces are busy probing Russia's border in the Baltic, Eastern Europe and the Black Sea. The hunger for war grows..."
Five Reasons To Be Absolutely Certain That the Establishment is Lying About Syria (and vid)
"Whenever you see UN Ambassador Nikki Haley on video she's trying to start World War Three..."
On the Syrian Occupation And The New Face of Imperialism
"US forces have attacked the Syrian military, reporting over a hundred deaths. The Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is calling the air strike a massacre, a war crime, and a crime against humanity..."
Syria Shoots Down Israeli F-16 Jet, Pilots Eject
"The Syrian military has hit at least one intruding Israeli F-16 warplane that attacked positions inside Syrian territory, sending it down in flames and smoke. The Israeli military confirmed that one F-16 had gone down in northern Israel, and that its two pilots had ejected and had been located and transferred to hospital..."
Syria - Is War With Israel Imminent? (Updated)
"This is a developing story that will be updated below as new information comes in..."
Going Underground: Ep 573
"In this episode, we speak to Professor Mohammad Marandi from the University of Tehran ahead of the Iran-Turkey-Russia trilateral in Istanbul..."
CrossTalk Bullhorns: The Truth Will Out (and vid)
"While Washington's political elites chatter endlessly about memos, the US continues to deepen its role in the Syrian proxy war. Of course there is no public debate about this..."
US Has No Evidence of Syrian Use of Sarin Gas, Mattis Says
"The US has no evidence to confirm reports from aid groups and others that the Syrian government has used the deadly chemical sarin on its citizens, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday..."
Tip-Off Received on Al Nusra, White Helmets Plotting Chemical Weapons Provocation in Syria - Moscow
"Russia's Center for Reconciliation in Syria says it's been warned that Jabhat Al Nusra terrorists brought in chlorine containers to a local village; where they aimed to work with White Helmets to stage 'a provocation'..."
Veteran Journalist Elijah Magnier on Latest Developments in Syria
"Veteran journalist Elijah Magnier on latest developments." Interviewed by Eva Bartlett who used to appear on Rabble...
Syria On Fire (and vid)
"The stakes couldn't be higher. And it is happening in Syria. The goal of destroying IS is largely complete. Now the Syrian war is entering a new stage. Who are the players and what are their aims? And what does winning mean?"
Syria: The Guardian Journalist Who Takes 'Afternoon Tea' With ISIS And Survives
"...As a senior British intelligence official noted of the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan - 'It is always helpful for governments who want to get the Guardian readers of the world on board to have a humanitarian angle.' I will look at the roles of individual journalists and The Guardian as a whole in gatekeeping truth and protecting power during the almost 7 year conflict that has raged inside Syria..."
Video: A Breakdown Of the Coming Battle For East Ghouta
"The Battle for East Ghouta will be a defining one for this 7 year long war in Syria. It will be a long painful affair, but we can expect western mainstream media outlets like CNN, The Guardian, NBC, WaPo and NYT to be cheering for al Qaeda terrorists embedded there..."
Feb 21, 2018 - Syrian War Report (and vid)
"Government forces enter Afrin."
Russia Calls For UNSC Meeting Over Situation in Syria's East Ghouta
"The Russian military has announced that armed groups in Syria's militant-held Eastern Ghouta are preventing civilians from exiting the conflict zone. 'Calls by the Russian ceasefire monitoring center for illegal armed rebel groups in Eastern Ghouta to cease resistance, lay down their weapons and regularize their status has produced no result,' said the statement.
'A critical humanitarian and socioeconomic situation is developing in Eastern Ghouta,' it added. Meanwhile, Russia has called for a UN Security Council meeting to be held on the situation in Eastern Ghouta. Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia added that the Western appeals to halt the violence in E Ghouta were one-sided and paid no attention to the Syrian government's position. 'There are terrorists there who the Syrian army is fighting and the terrorists are shelling Damascus,' he said, adding 'that is being neglected."
UNSC Adopts Document On 30-Day Ceasefire Across Syria
"World powers have approved a 30-day humanitarian ceasefire for Syria. A resolution was passed in a unamimous vote at the UN Security Council in New York."
The UNSC Mandated Ceasefire Will Not Hold
"The huge propaganda campaign about east-Ghouta is certainly not over humanitarian concern or over adherence to some legal rules of war. Last year the US destroyed Raqqa with more than 31,000 artillery rounds and a large air campaign and killed more than 3200 civilians. It even destroyed the water-pipeline to Raqqa that supplied the inhabitants of the city - a clear warcrime.
Back then the UN requested a ceasefire to evacuate civilians. The US rejected that out of hand. It later let the remaining Islamic State fighters escape from Raqqa and is now retraining them for further attacks on the Syrian state..."
Israel Arms At Least Seven Syrian Rebel Groups
"Israel's mounting interest in Syria's war, and in particular in picking fights with the Assad government, Iran, and any other Shi'ite factions in the country, have included reports by analysts of a growing amount of Israeli arms and ammunition flowing across the border for rebels."
Arab Daily: British Diplomatic Cable Unveils US Plans to Disintegrate Syria
Western strategy in Syria. The 'Small Western Group on Syria'.
Syria Addresses the UN Security Council Following Ceasefire Vote
Russia Dismisses 'Bogus' Reports of Chemical Attack in Syria's Eastern Ghouta
"Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has dismissed as 'bogus stories' the recent reports of an alleged chemical attack on the militant-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta near Syria's capital city of Damascus, stressing that government forces have attacked foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists there. The Russian Defense Ministry had earlier warned that militant groups in Eastern Ghouta were preparing a false flag attack in a bid to blame the Damascus government for using chemical weapons against civilians..."
"Bolivian filmmaker, actor and political activist, Carla Ortiz, interviews the founder of Syriana Analysis to deconstruct the different layers of the Syrian war, with the focus on the recent developments in Eastern Ghouta and Afrin."
Militants Shell Humanitarian Corridor in E Ghouta, Syria
"Civilians could not leave eastern Ghouta on Tuesday as humanitarian corridors have been shelled...
Syria Sitrep - Afrin, Idlib and East Ghouta
'We've Got to DO Something About Syria!'
"Uh, No You Don't. Please Don't."
'Kindly let me help you or you will drown,' said the monkey putting the fish safely up a tree." - Alan Watts
Analysts Alarmed Over Pentagon's 60.000 - Strong Syrian Rebel Force (and vid)
"Analysts have warned that US-supported groups in Syria often defect to extremists with their weapons. That's after it was revealed the Pentagon plans to spend around $300 million to train and equip a 60,000 strong army in Syria. Another expert said an armed formation will help Washington tighten its grip over rebel-controlled parts of Syria, while stressing that the US 'hostile military presence in Syria' has no legal basis..."
Unarmed Militants Leave Eastern Ghouta Through Humanitarian Corridors
"A group of unarmed militants has left the besieged enclave of eastern Ghouta in Syria, through humanitarian corridors."
Media Deception in Syria with MIT Prof Theodore Postol & Norman Solomon (and vid)
"We speak to MIT professor and weapons expert Theodore Postol about why the media is jumping to conclusions when reporting on chemical attacks in Syria..."
Is the US Ramping Up Its Military Presence in Syria and Preparing To Attack Iran for Israel? (and vid)
"...[Avigdor] Lieberman exemplifies where Israel is headed - toward a massive confrontation with the various powers arrayed against it, a confrontation that will suck America in, perhaps terminate the experiment that is Israel and do irreparable damage to the empire that America has become. Nowhere does my concern about such a war focus more acutely at the moment than in Syria..."