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US investigating possible Assad chemical attack in Syria
State department says it will respond ‘quickly and appropriately’ if claims proven
Syrian Government Documents Show Widespread Abuses, Rights Center Says
Syrian antigovernment protesters demonstrating after Friday prayers in Damascus in 2011. Syrians have reported widespread government abuses in the years of civil war since.CreditMuzaffar Salman/Associated Press
Syrian antigovernment protesters demonstrating after Friday prayers in Damascus in 2011. Syrians have reported widespread government abuses in the years of civil war since.CreditCreditMuzaffar Salman/Associated Press
More reactionary and discredited ICM nonsense from Mr Mainstream, The Guardian and NYT above...
"US State Department retails unconfirmed Al Qaeda militants' claims of chlorine gas use by Assad state. [Neo] Liberal newspapers and BBC immediately report it."
"The US State Department is inviting Al Qaeda to Idlib to use chemical weapons again, so they can have an excuse to attack the Syrian army and save Al Qaeda. Remember, Syria doesn't have chemical weapons anymore."
"Douma 'Chemical Attack' was not only staged but also the victims who were used in the theatre might have been killed in an inhuman way by The White Helmets. [Like the Waffen SS Galizien Ukrainians before them, the W/H were 'resettled' in Canada]. Watch our discussion with Prof David Miller, University of Bristol."
Idlib-Based Uighur Terrorists Threatened Russian Forces in Syria
"The so-called 'Turkistan Islamic Party, the Syrian branch of the Uighur-led terrorist group previously known as the 'East Turkistan Islamic Movement', threatened to deal Russia a defeat akin to the one its predecessor experienced in Afghanistan, demonstrating the transnational danger this group has become and consquently explaining why Turkey needs to take decisive action against these terrorists operating in its Syrian 'sphere of influence.'"
'Wheat Is A Weapon': US gov-funded, Democrat-linked think tank proposes starving Syrian civilians to weaken Assad."
RE: Post 252 -- good media lens article posted recently about the previous chemical attacks:
"A defining feature of the propaganda system is that facts supporting the agenda of Western power are pushed to the forefront of the 'mainstream' media, while inconvenient facts are buried. A prime example is the shameful media silence in response to a devastating document leaked from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), discussed in a recent media alert. The document, an engineering assessment of two chlorine cylinders found at two separate locations after an attack on the Damascus suburb of Douma on April 7, 2018, casts serious doubt on the official narrative that Syrian government forces had dropped them from helicopters. The claim that Assad had used chemical weapons 'against his own civilians' was used by the US, UK and France to 'justify' missile strikes on 'chemical weapons facilities' on April 14, 2018."
Vanessa Beeley: Back in Syria Reporting From Idlib Borders
"...I visited Qalaat Al Madiq citadel, recently liberated from Nusra Front occupation by the Syrian Arab Army and I saw with my own eyes the usual shared complex with the White Helmets and Al Qaeda side by side committing the crimes against Humanity paid for by their handlers in the West, in particular the UK..."
WATCH: 'Moderate Rebels' Rape & Stone Armenian Women to Death
60 yr old Armenian teacher who stayed behind in her village in Idlib. But don't worry, they're on our side...
US Private Military Companies Plunder Syrian Oil Facilities
"US private military companies numbering over 3,500 personnel are plundering Syrian oil facilities under the cover of the international anti-terror coalition. A considerable part of resources from the hydrocarbon smuggling is spent on maintaining illegal armed formations, bribing sheikhs of tribal unions and instigating anti-government sentiments, according to the Russian general staff..."
US Confirms Training Large Numbers of Rebels in Southern Syria
Does the US Army Really Intend to Leave Syria?
"Thus, it becomes obvious that the words of Donald Trump about his readiness to let Syria alone are just empty promises that do not reflect the true intentions of the White House. As a result, there is no doubt that the US will continue its illegal presence in Syria. The Pentagon does not intend to abandon its plans..."
The Daily Brief: 2019-08-03
Breaking: Jihadists Refuse to Withdraw From Demilitarized Zone; Turkish Army Attacks Kurdish Forces in Northeastern Syria..."
Get the UN involved.
WATCH: Everything You Need To Know About The Battle of Idlib
"The battle for Idlib is still raging between the Syrian Army and the (NATO) Turkey-backed terrorists, particularly Al Qaeda..."
Erdogan Wants 'Neo-Ottoman' Empire - Former Pentagon Official
"Former Pentagon official Michael Maloof discusses the fraught politics of Idlib, Syria, where Syrian airstrikes targeted a Turkish convoy believed to be carrying guns and armaments to rebels on Monday..."
On Contact: Max Blumenthal on International Jihadism (and vid)
"Chris Hedges talks to author and journalist Max Blumenthal about the misguided support the US gives to international Jihadism..."
'They Can No Longer Win': US, Turkey Uninterested in Ending Syrian 'Three-Way Mexican Standoff' (and podcast)
As Syrian forces mount a major offensive against Turkish-backed al Qaeda militias near Idlib, Ankara finds itself in its stickiest political situation in years. Neither Turkey nor the US can win the war any longer, but neither seems willing to surrender control of their occupied territories to Damascus. As a result [NATO] Turkey finds itself effectively at war with Russia, a country with which it otherwise has good relations. 'Russia is the only one trying to come to some type of realistic political agreement in Syria, basically because the US and Turkey aren't interested in peace,' Sleboda said. ' They and their respective proxies in Syria can no longer win the war. They can't take over Damascus; they can't shape Syria's future.'
'However, they can play spoilers and leave Syria perhaps permanently divided, with different parts of the country essentially permanently occupied in frozen conflicts and destabilized,' he said, noting that's 'a plan B or a plan C, but that is where they're at now.' Sleboda continued that US protection for Syrian Kurds from Turkey won't last forever, and that their only hope for long-term security was a negotiation for autonomy with Damascus, helped along by Moscow, that would protect them from both Turkey and US-backed terrorist groups in Syria...
"Latest in NW Syrian Campaign: The black flag is that of Al Qaeda affiliate Uyghur jihadist org Turkish Islamic Party..."
"Western war propaganda channels cannot bear to show Syrian celebrations, as they defeat each stage of this Washington driven dirty war."
Canada supports. Canadians ignore.
Israeli Missiles Flying Over Damascus Dealt With 'Efficiently': Syria's SANA
"An Israeli military spokesman confirmed the regime was behind the attacks, saying they had been meant to reach 'Iranian' targets in Syria. Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus claimed that the Israeli attacks had managed to inflict significant damage in Damascus. Israel has launched recurrent attacks on Syria in defiance of all international laws and regulations . The Israeli attacks come as Syrian military forces are taking back control of more territories..."
Just imagine the reaction if it was Jerusalem under attack by Syria, or Iran...?
Al - Jaafari: Attempts of Supporters of Terrorism To 'Recycle Organizations' Will Not Affect Syria's Determination to Fight Terrorism
"Syria's permanent representative to the UN, Dr Bashar al Jaafari said on Thursday that the attempts of some countries that support terrorist organizations to 'recycle them' and present them as 'moderate armed opposition' will not affect Syria's stance in defending its citizens and fighting terrorism...'The Israeli participation in the terrorist engineering was represented by the latest aggressions on Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. Those attacks were supported by Washington as an expression of the US-Israeli partnership with the aim of destabilizing the situation in the region,' al Jaafari affirmed.
'To have the efforts of the United Nations envoy succeed, it is required to end the foreign illegitimate presence in Syria and committing to Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity and supporting efforts to combatting terrorism.' He called for lifting the economic, coercive measures imposed on Syria that represent a terrorist economy and an act of low extortion."
Canada supports the terrorists and the sanctions.
US Missile Strike on 'Al Qaeda Leaders' in Syria
"When Syria or Russia attack the extremists who control Idlib, US-UK govts and media like to suggest they are targeting 'moderates' or civilians. But when US now attacks the same extremists in Idlib, US-UK media report it as an attack on al Qaeda militants."
Actually the rare US strike was designed to destroy the evidence of western collaboration with their jihadi proxy headchoppers, facing the fait accompli of an impending Syrian re-occupation of their national territory.
Are US Buying Weapons For ISIS?
"Millions of weapons made in Serbia have reportedly 'fallen' into the hands of Islamic State fighters in Yemen and Syria - after they were bought by the US and its allies."
Leaked Documents: US 'Task Force Smoking Gun' Smuggles Weapons To Syria
"US government contractor: 'Remove our name from the labels'...
Max Blumenthal Reporting From Damascus (and vid)
"Some words from the old city of Damascus on September 11 on my visit to a nearby area formerly controlled by the [Western-backed] Saudi backed Wahhabi militia, Jaish al Islam and to Maaloula, a historic Christian town invaded by Al Qaeda's local affiliate in 2013."
Russia Prevents Israeli Airstrikes in Syria
"Reports that Netanyahu's visit to Moscow was a failure and that Russia has moved to block Israeli attacks on Syrian air defences..."
Turkish Troops & Armored Vehicles Amass At Syrian Border After Erdogan Announces IMMINENT Incursion (and vid)
[NATO] Turkey is deploying reinforcements to the Syrian border following President Erdogan's announcement of a looming military operation against US-backed Kurdish militants, videos, social media and national TV show..."
The Kurdish are really great people.
Trump sells out the Kurds.
US Will Not Support Turkey's Invasion of Northern Syria
"The United States will not support Turkey in its operation in Northern Syria, the White House announced after phone talks between US President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan..."
WATCH: Shame on Canada For Revoking the Status of Syria's Honorary Consul
"We usually criticize the US for its destructive policies in the Middle East, but its northern neighbor Canada hadn't had better policies during the terrorist war on Syria..."
Galloway: Between Washington's Rocks & Ankara's Hard Place, Kurds Had Better Choose Damascus
"...The Kurdish people should have never placed their fate in the hands of a far off and thoroughly unreliable US 'ally' which has picked them up only to put them back on the shelf so many times before. Syrian Kurds belong to Syria and it is with their Syrian neighbors and government that the SDF should have been in alliance. But if the US has no business in Syria, neither does Turkey. Least of all killing Kurds.
The US - and its allies [including CANADA] - made a disastrous, unforgiveable decision to ally with the alphabet soup of Islamist fanatics seeking the destruction of the secular Arab Republic. On no geo-political level did it make sense for anyone - including Israel - to risk the black flags of Islamic State and Al Qaeda fluttering over Damascus. Yet but for the bravery of the Syrian Arab Army and the steadfastness of its more than half-century alliance with Russia that is precisely what would have happened. An Islamic State base? On the Med? Next door to Israel? What could possibly go wrong?!
Turkey - a NATO member - and candidate member of the EU will cause terminal damage to its cause throughout the world if it now advances guns-blazing on the Kurdish population in northern Syria..."
Syria - Trump Gives A Green Light For Another Turkish Invasion
"...A saying goes 'The Kurds have no friends but the mountains.' But there are no mountains in Syria's north-east. While the YPG might want to fight off a Turkish invasion they have little chance to succeed. The land is flat and the YPG forces only have light arms. There is only one solution for them. They will have to call up the Syrian government and ask it to come back into the northeast. That would remove the Turkish concerns and would likely prevent further Turkish moves..."
Russian Special Forces Open New Euphrates Crossing Between SDF, SAA Lines (photos)
"According to reports, the Russian Special Forces opened the crossing between the lines of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the Deir Ezzor Governate..."
A very interesting development suggesting Russia/Syria may save Kurds from US/Turkish designs...
Turkey Starts Syrian Operation By Striking Kurdish Militant Positions (and vid)
"Turkish jets pounded northeastern Syria as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the start of a long-awaited operation against Kurdish fighters. Details of the operation were not revealed however officials hinted that the length will be same 480 km and some 30km in depth, which is the depth of the safe-zone that Turkey intends to establish to help the safe return of Syrian refugees [and Turkish jihadi proxies]..."
Syrian Kurds 'Positive' About Dialogue With Damascus
"Kurdish communities in northern Syria have welcomed an offer of dialogue with the Syrian government made by Russia amid Turkey's operation against Kurds in the region..."
Live Updates: Turkey-Backed Syrian Opposition Troops Join 'Operation Peace Spring' - Reports
"Earlier in the day, the Turkish Defence Ministry announced that the country's forces had seized designated targets and the military operation is continuing successfully as planned. The Turkey-backed Syrian National Army, previously knows as the Free Syrian Army, has entered the territories east of Euphrates to support Ankara's offensive. Earlier in the day, an official from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said that heavy clashes continued in the Syrian villages that the Turkish forces are trying to enter..."
'Hey EU, Wake Up': Erdogan Threatens To Send Millions of Refugees To Europe if EU Labels Turkish Ops in Syria is an Invasion
"Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Europe against criticizing his country's newly-launched incursion into Syria, claiming he could allow millions of refugees to pour into the EU if he so chooses. In a speech to lawmakers from his AK party, Erdogan warned that there would be repercussions if Europe viewed Turkey's operation in Syria as an invasion.
US forces withdrew from the region earlier this week, prompting accusations that the US President Donald Trump had betrayed Washington's Kurdish allies. As a result, leaders of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have signaled that they might turn to Damascus and Moscow to repel the Turkish incursion..."
"It is important to remember with all of this historical revisionism taking place with Syria that the invasion by NATO ally Turkey would never have happened if the US under the Obama administration would not have initiated the war against the people of Syria."
'Confused About Turkey and 'The Kurds'?
"We can help. Read our analysis by Dr Cam Erimtan to better know what political and religious forces are driving Erdogan's latest forey into Syria."
'How the US Occupied the 30% of Syria Containing Most Of Its Oil, Water and Gas'
"Tulsi is correct, the Trump isn't doing a complete pull out. US soldiers will still be occupying Syrian oil fields and preventing Kurds from reconciling with the Syrian government, their only saviours..."
CN Live!: Ep 13 (and vid)
"The Turkish invasion of Syria and the history and present of the anti-war movement with: Brian Becker, Margaret Flowers, Kevin Zeese, As'ad Abu Khalil, Mark Sleboda and Georgio Cafiero."
Trump Brings Troops Back Home To Saudi Arabia
"Pentagon: Since May, US forces have increased in Middle East by 14,000. There are currently more than 60,000 US troops deployed to various countries and aboard warships..."
As matters stand now, there are no signs of an imminent Kurdish collapse in the early stages of the Turkish thrust into northeast Syria. They are well prepared for war with the Turkish army and, armed with good stocks of US-supplied weapons, are pursuing the correct tactics for meeting the current threat.......
....and preventing Kurds from reconciling with the Syrian government, their only saviours..."...from NDPP
...from my readings, the Kurds now are in negotiation with the Syrian Government
For those unaware of the background to present events in Syria this may be helpful:
CIA in Syria - Operation 'Timber Sycamore': Prof Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University (2018)
In a rare lapse of attention to narrative control, the US propaganda outlet MSNBC, allows an expert to reveal a clear and honest synopsis of the origins of the Syrian 'civil war'.
'Another Battlefield Execution By Turkish Mercenaries
"Except that it's not at all shocking. The Turkish proxy 'Syrian National Army' are just a consolidation and rebrand of the very same jihadi 'moderate rebels' that the US was illegally arming, training and salarying for regime change for years under Obama. They did this all over Syria."
"To put this into proper context, most armed fighters today against the Kurdish YPG under the banner of Turkey in NE Syria, were the same groups fighting the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) for 9 years and they were receiving lethal and non-lethal support from the US, EU, Israel, [Canada?] and the rest."
'White Helmets Now Effectively An Arm of Turkish Hard Power'
"Anyone remember how the Nobel Prize-nominated White Helmets returned to Afrin last year as mercenaries of Turkey's ethnic cleansing machine? Weird how this was swept under the rug."
Syria Must Be Free of Foreign Military Presence, Russia Should Also Leave if Damascus No Longer Needs Its Help - Putin (and vid)
"...Unlike the Russian military, which arrived in the country at an invitation of the government in Damascus, US forces have been in Syria illegally since 2016. The Syrian government has repeatedly blasted the American presence as a violation of its sovereignty..."
Celebrations Erupt in Al Hasakah Province After Syrian Army - SDF Agreement: Videos
"Celebrations erupted in the Al-Hasakah province last night following the announcement of a new agreement between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Syrian Arab Army (SAA). The border city of Al Qamishli was one of the first to experience these celebrations as people took to the streets to greet the Syrian Arab Army in several neighborhoods..."
US Troops Allegedly Prevent Syrian Army From Entering Kobani
"US troops are reportedly preventing Syrian Army (SAA) units from entering the town of Kobani (Ayn-al-Arab) in the area controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) according to pro-Kurdish sources, US troops blocked the Qaraqozak bridge that could be used by the Syrian Army to enter the town. It seems that the Trump administration prefers the forces of Mr Recep Erdogan in the area rather than the 'bloody Assad regime."
Westerners Who Propped Up Islamist 'Moderate Rebels' Suddenly Realize They're Terrorists As They Launch 'Genocide' of Kurds
"Spearheading the Turkish invasion are the very 'Free Syrian Army' and other 'moderate' militants that the mainstream Western outlets have promoted for years..."
“Russia said on Tuesday that its military units were patrolling territory in northern Syria between Syrian and Turkish forces after the American withdrawal from the area,
“Russia said on Tuesday that its military units were patrolling territory in northern Syria between Syrian and Turkish forces after the American withdrawal from the area,
And supported by Canada.
"Anyone seen or heard anything from the pseudo-humanitarian group the White Helmets since Turkey invaded Northern Syria? I mean the Kurdish Red Crescent forces on the ground are struggling to deal with rising casualties...I wonder where they could be?"
Saved by Chrystia Freeland and Bibi Netanyahu and 'resettled' in Canada.
CrossTalk: Demystifying Syria
"On this edition of CrossTalk we demystify Syria's Kurds. Almost all of the criticism against Trump's Syria policy is not rooted in facts. Actually that criticism is driven by false narratives and the inability to admit the international proxy war to overthrow the Damascus government has failed."
CrossTalk Bullhorns: NATO vs NATO
"NATO versus NATO - Washington and Ankara at cross purposes in Syria. What's next for the alliance...?"
On Target: USA Has A History of Selling Out The Kurds
"...Now that Trump has abandoned the Syrian Kurds such an example of Canada's naivete in affairs of the middle east seems even more embarrassing in retrospect."
Communist Party of Turkey: 'Hands Off Syria!'
TKP Statement: "AKP and USA are partners in crime in Syria..."
Just Your Daily Reminder
"These three guys right here are collectively responsible for the murder and displacement of millions of human beings..."