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Dec 10 14:15

US Sets Up 8 New Military Bases Near Iraq's Borders with Syria

A commander of Iraq's Hashd al-Shaabi (popular forces) revealed that the US forces have established 8 military bases in Western Iraq, near the border with Syria, warning of Washington's plots to gain control over the strategic and oil-rich region.

The Arabic-language Baghdad al-Youm news website quoted Qassem Mosleh as saying on Monday that recently the US forces have set up bases in al-Qa'em, the international road, area between al-Rotba and region 160, the area between al-Walid and al-Rotba and 4 bases in al-Rotba in al-Anbar province in Western Iraq.

He added that the Americans will take control of Western and Southern al-Rotba, which has not yet been cleansed, once it is through with setting up these bases.

He accused the US military of cooperating with the ISIL, saying that the terrorists will move more and more easily in the region if the US forces stand in control of the region.

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Dec 10 11:05

US-Supported Terrorists Use Toxic Chlorine against Civilians in Aleppo City. Analysis

On November 24, US-supported terrorists fired Western-supplied shells containing toxic chlorine at al-Khalidyia, al-Neel, and Jamayat al-Zahra Aleppo City neighborhoods.

Unless quickly treated, toxic chlorine inhalation can cause asphyxiation and other severe respiratory problems. According to area hospital sources, 107 civilians were admitted, suffering from what was believed to be chlorine gas inhalation, acute cases treated in intensive care.

The US, UK, France, Israel, the Saudis and Turkey are involved directly or indirectly in delivering sarin, chlorine, and other toxins to jihadists in Syria they support.

Russia’s Defense Ministry has what it called “irrefutable evidence of the use of munitions filled with toxic agents against the civilian population on November 24, 2018 in Aleppo.”

Trump regime imperial partners delivered toxic chemicals to White Helmets jihadists, masquerading as civil defense workers.

Dec 10 11:02

NETANYAHU: STRIKE IN GAZA POSSIBLE REGARDLESS OF NORTHERN SHIELD

With Israel focusing on decreasing Iran’s presence in Syria and neutralizing Hezbollah’s precision-guided missiles and terrorism tunnels from Lebanon, it has no interest in an escalation now with the Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.

At the same time, Netanyahu said at the regular meeting of Likud minister that precedes the weekly cabinet meeting, “If there is no choice, we are today in a situation to do much more in a military campaign in Gaza if needed, because we are taking advantage of the time to prepare. The security cabinet has already received an initial briefing.”

Dec 10 09:41

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – DEC. 10, 2018: U.S. OFFICIALLY ACCUSES ASSAD, RUSSIA OF STAGING CHEMICAL ATTACK IN ALEPPO

On December 7, the US State Department finally released an official statement on the November 24 chemical attack, which hit the government-controlled city of Aleppo injuring over 100 people. However, instead of condemning terrorist groups, which used chemical weapons, the State Department accused the Assad government and the Russians of gassing Aleppo residents to undermine the ceasefire in the Idlib de-escalation zone.

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Dec 10 04:07

Post-Soviet security bloc ready to organize humanitarian mission in Syria – Lavrov

The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) is ready to organize a humanitarian mission in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Kazakhstan’s Khabar news agency on Sunday. “As far as I’m concerned, it is an objective fact that some of our allies, including Kazakhstan and Armenia, are taking part both in peacekeeping missions that are not sanctioned by the United Nations (say, in Afghanistan) and in full-fleged United Nations missions (for instance in Kosovo), but take no part in the efforts towards stabilizing the situation in Syria,” he said. “In Afghanistan, it is a NATO operation. In Syria, we are ready to organize a CSTO humanitarian mission. The first steps in this direction are being made.” “Not long ago, we worked out a joint operation with our Armenian colleagues to deliver Armenian humanitarian assistance to Syria using Russian planes.

Dec 10 04:01

Reports of air attack on Damascus airport false

There was no attack on the Damascus international airport, the airport continues to function normally, the SANA news agency informed on Monday, citing sources in the airport. "There has been no attack on the airport. It is functioning normally," the agency’s source said. Earlier, Arab media reported of Syrian air defense forces repelling an air attack in the area of the Damascus international airport. No other details were provided. The SANA news agency was the first to report the attack, however, it later deleted the message. Pro-government Syrian media provided no comment on this information.

Dec 08 10:08

UK Backs US' Claims on November Chlorine Attack in Aleppo

The UK Foreign Office’s spokesperson supported the US claims that the Syrian government forces were involved in the toxic chemicals attack in the city of Aleppo in November.

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A lie sworn to a million times remains a lie!

Dec 08 09:48

Charities warned that sending aid to Syria's Idlib could be a 'terror offence'

British charities sending aid into Idlib could be at risk of committing terrorism offences if they use the Bab al-Hawa border crossing from Turkey into the Syrian opposition-held enclave, the UK's charity regulator has warned.

In an alert to charities, the Charity Commission said that Bab al-Hawa, the main supply route into Idlib, was reportedly under the control of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a proscribed terrorist organisation in the UK, which "could incur financial benefit" from any deliveries of aid through the crossing.

Middle East Eye understands that, prior to issuing the alert, the commission wrote to a number of charities to raise concerns that they were using Bab al-Hawa.

Dec 07 09:58

US Unlikely to Cede Control of Syrian Territories While Iran Stays - Ex-UK Envoy

The United States regards its presence in Syria as a strategic tool and will maintain it unless Iran withdraws its forces from the country, which is a highly unlikely scenario, former UK Ambassador to Syria Peter Ford told Sputnik.

"The United States regards this territory as pawns in a chess game. It will not surrender any of these pawns except in return for, principally, withdrawal of Iranian forces from Syria," Ford said.

Dec 07 08:50

US needs 35-40k local fighters in Syria, only 20% there now – General Dunford

To "provide stability" in Syria, the US needs to train and equip around 40,000 local fighters, but is only 20 percent of the way to that number right now, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford said.

“The presence we have in Syria right now is sustainable and can be adjusted based on conditions,” Dunford added, during the “Transformers:Defense” event hosted by the Washington Post on Thursday.

Dec 07 08:25

NETANYAHU THREATENS LEBANON WITH INVASION. SYRIAN, RUSSIAN FORCES RESCUE CIVILIANS IN EUPHRATES VALLEY

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that there is a “reasonable possibility” that the Israeli military may have to conduct operations inside Lebanon territory. This move will go in the framework of the ongoing Operation Northern Shield, which is aimed at discovering and neutralizing Hezbollah cross-border tunnels.

Netanyahu also revealed that Israel will call for a U.N. Security Council meeting soon to demand a condemnation of the alleged Hezbollah actions.

“Israel expects an unequivocal condemnation of Hezbollah, the imposition of additional sanctions on Iran, a condemnation from the Lebanese government and a demand that it stops giving its approval for the use of its territory for these attacks against Israel,” Netanyahu said.

So far, Operation Northern Shield has been carried out on the Israeli side of the contact line only. However, Hezbollah already put its forces on high alert and warned Israel that it’s ready to respond to any aggression.

Dec 06 12:17

Operation Northern Shield: Israel’s new wars

Israel announced yesterday morning a military and engineering operation, which it dubbed “Operation Northern Shield”, aimed at destroying what it alleges are offensive tunnels belonging to the Lebanese resistance group, Hezbollah, on the border with Lebanon. This operation represents Israel’s new approach to war, which has been Israel’s favourite in recent years. It calls this approach “the War Between Wars” (WBW) which involves fighting battles with limited goals and avoids direct confrontation, instead relying on intelligence. It focuses on air force and special forces operations in a manner in line with the army’s 2015 strategic document. Why WBW and why “Operation Northern Shield”?

Dec 06 12:16

Syria is a launching pad for US perpetual war in the Middle East

In the grand geopolitical framing that informs most Western analysis of the Syrian conflict, the United States has effectively ceded Syria to Russia and Iran. The US military campaign was regularly criticised for its limited scope in only targeting Islamic State group (IS) while not engaging regime military targets, except in a few incidents - so far.

These battlefield strategies paralleled feeble political efforts to shore up the United Nations-led Geneva peace process. This is taken by many, especially hawkish advocates of military intervention, as a serious abdication of US responsibility and a sign of decreasing US power.

But such assumptions that there are geopolitical winners and losers betray the trajectory of both US and Russian policy as well as the compatibility of both countries' strategies toward Syria.

Dec 06 10:54

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – DEC. 6, 2018: GOVT FORCES ELIMINATED OVER 23,000 MILITANTS SINCE 2018

In 2018, Syrian government troops eliminated 23,000 militants and liberated 387 settlements in Syria, Chief of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasimov said during a briefing for foreign military attaches on December 5. He recalled the successful operations in Eastern Ghouta, Homs and southern Syria and added that more than 40,000 members of “moderate” opposition armed groups had surrendered and joined government forces. These fighters reportedly surrendered 650 units of weapons and military equipment to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

The chief of the general staff also praised the role of the Russian Center for reconciliation of the warring parties, which carries out humanitarian operations across the country. According to General Gerasimov, over 230,000 people were evacuated via humanitarian corridors during the aforementioned operations.

He also addressed the situation in the US-controlled zone in northeastern Syria by saying that the situation there is getting worse.

Dec 06 09:57

SYRIAN, RUSSIAN FORCES EVACUATE HUNDREDS OF CIVILIANS FROM TERRORIST-HELD AREAS IN EUPHRATES VALLEY, IDLIB DE-ESCALATION ZONE

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) evacuated hundreds of civilians, mostly women and children, from the ISIS-held pocket in the middle Euphrates River Valley on November 30 in coordination with Russian forces, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) revealed on December 6.

The humanitarian operation was reportedly carried out through the al-Salihiyah crossing on the Euphrates River.

On the same day, the SAA and Russian forces evacuated hundreds of women and children from the of Idlib through a crossing near the town of Abu al-Duhur. The northern governorate is controlled by the former branch of al-Qaeda in Syria, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).

“The authorities welcomed the displaced civilians and provided them with food supplies and medical care then transferred them to their villages and town,” the SANA’s reporter said.

Dec 05 14:32

NEW OFFENSIVE: Syrian Army ELIMINATES More Than 270 ISIS Terrorists

The Syrian army has wiped out more than 270 fighters ISIS terrorist fighters in southern As-Suwayda province, said the representative of the Russian troops in Syria, Oleg Makarevich.

He said the offensive took place under difficult weather conditions and on very rugged terrain, with deep canyons, caves and vertical slopes.

“The enemy created a multilevel defense, well prepared, full of anti-tank and sniper traps, minefields, and pathways for maneuvers. Throughout the area, the enemy had warehouses with weapons and food,” said Makarevich .

Dec 05 12:16

Ambitious Goals Have US Set for Another Long War, This Time in Syria

President Trump came into office harshly critical of endless wars in the Middle East, but seems to be staring down the barrel of another such conflict in Syria. This reflects the Pentagon’s determination to stay in the country, and the administration’s ambitious goals not being really attainable.

The US wants an “enduring defeat of ISIS,” as ever, but has also tacked onto that a full withdrawal of all Iran-backed forces from the “entirety of Syria,” along with an irreversible political process that officials have maintained can’t involve Assad or other top Syrian officials.

So in addition to wanting ISIS defeated, the US wants to ensure they never come back. Meanwhile, they want not only Iran ousted, but all Shi’ite militias in Syria. On top of that, they also want regime change, even though the rebels are all but wiped out.

Dec 05 12:16

US Envoy: Russia-Led Syria Peace Talks Must End

With the US seemingly gearing up for an open-ended military involvement in Syria, US envoy James Jeffrey looks to be trying to undercut any peace efforts, demanding that the world “pull the plug” on the Russia-led Astana talks.

The Astana talks involve Russia, Turkey, and Iran, and Jeffrey says the US opposes the “rather strange initiative” and wants it scrapped in favor of a new UN effort, presumably one which the US would be given a priority position in.

The US never supported the Astana process in the first place, and has demanded that the end of the Syrian War involve unconditional regime change. Russia has said they want the end state to be settled with a free election, which would include the possibility of existing officials running for office. The US says that can never be allowed.

Dec 05 12:12

Syrian Military Deploys Troops, Battle Tanks Near Idlib

On November 30th, Khalid al-Mahamid, a prominent figure of the Syrian opposition, revealed that there is “an international agreement” to eliminate Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in Idlib. Al-Mahamid is known as the godfather of the reconciliation process which took place in southern Syria in 2018. The UAE-based businessman reportedly persuaded thousands of former FSA fighters in the governorates of Daraa and al-Quneitra to join the ranks of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) 5th Assault Corps.

On the same day, a military source told SF that units of the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) 4th Armored Division were redeployed from the northern al-Suwayda countryside to frontlines in the northern Lattakia countryside and the northwestern Hama countryside.

Dec 05 11:40

Activation of Russian S-400s in Syria Increases Threat to US Troops

The possible activation of Russian S-400 missile defen?e systems in Syria would pose an increased threat to American troops and US-led coalition forces, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, nominee to head US Central Command (CENTCOM), said during his confirmation hearing in the US Senate on Tuesday.

"The S-400, once activated, will increase the threat to our forces and our coalition partners flying over Syria," he said. "We are still working out on how it is going to be executed."

Dec 04 11:55

Russia expands air defense network in Syria to US dismay: Report

Russia has reportedly completed an advanced anti-access/area denial network in Syria, posing a challenge to US military presence in the Arab country and the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.

The Washington-based Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said in new report that in 2015, Russia began to establish a partial independent air defense network in Syria to protect its military assets at the Hmeimim Airbase and Tartus Naval Facility on the Mediterranean Coast.

Since then, the report said, Moscow has deployed S-300 and S-400 missile defense systems as well as four unique electronic warfare systems to Syria.

It also stationed at least one advanced 1L122-1E targeting radar and Barnaul-T mobile command-and-control system for short-range air defense systems in the war-torn state, the report added.

Dec 04 11:52

Shocking Satellite Images Show Russia Deploying S-400 Air Defence System Amid Tension With Ukraine

Shocking Satellite Images Show Russia Deploying S-400 Air Defence System Amid Tension With Ukraine

Satellite images from Sunday confirm

Dec 04 11:52

Syrian War Report – Dec. 4, 2018:

270 Syrian Army Eliminated 270 ISIS Members In Al-Suwayda Province

Dec 04 08:35

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – DEC. 4, 2018: 270 SYRIAN ARMY ELIMINATED 270 ISIS MEMBERS IN AL-SUWAYDA PROVINCE

Government forces have eliminated more than 270 ISIS members as well as seized a large amount of weapons and munition, including 12 TOW anti-tank guided missiles, in the province of al-Suwayda since middle November, Oleg Makarevich, a spokesman for the command of the Russian task force in Syria, announced on December 3.

“The terrorists had been there for a long time, flocking to the area for several months. Among them were militants who were able to leave Yarmouk and Damascus in advance and also arrived from al-Tanf. Another difficulty was that tanks and heavy artillery have very limited maneuverability there, while the militants had many grenade launchers, anti-tank missiles and 82mm mortars,” the spokesman stated.

Dec 03 09:52

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – DEC. 3, 2018: SYRIAN MILITARY DEPLOYS TROOPS, BATTLE TANKS NEAR IDLIB

On November 30th, Khalid al-Mahamid, a prominent figure of the Syrian opposition, revealed that there is “an international agreement” to eliminate Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in Idlib. Al-Mahamid is known as the godfather of the reconciliation process which took place in southern Syria in 2018. The UAE-based businessman reportedly persuaded thousands of former FSA fighters in the governorates of Daraa and al-Quneitra to join the ranks of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) 5th Assault Corps.

On the same day, a military source told SF that units of the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) 4th Armored Division were redeployed from the northern al-Suwayda countryside to frontlines in the northern Lattakia countryside and the northwestern Hama countryside.

Dec 02 12:27

A World Declaration of Liberation from Criminal Israel!

The Temporal Court of the World Public is now in session, the more or less honorable, Judge Visible presiding! Be seated.

“Peoples of the world, I have reviewed your petition and I find the following to be righteous and true that a criminal banking and extortion empire was created in a land, formerly known as Palestine and now, illegally known as Israel. I have studied all of the documents and briefs pertaining to the historical record of actions, events and incidents that led to the illegal and immoral founding of this parasite, crime syndicate upon the previously named territory of Palestine. I find all arguments for legitimacy and continuance of the illegal state of Israel to be untenable and declare all of them null and void.

Dec 02 08:29

UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY URGES ISRAEL TO COMPLETELY WITHDRAW FROM GOLAN HEIGHTS

The vote followed US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley's announcement that Washington plans to reject a UN General Assembly resolution on the Golan Heights region given the document's "anti-Israel bias".

A resolution urging Israel to withdraw from the entirety of the Golan Heights has been adopted by the majority of the countries represented in the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

The Syrian Golan resolution was approved by a vote of 99 in favor, 10 against and 66 abstentions during the UNGA's Friday session.

The document declared that Israel's decision to extend its legislation on the Golan Heights is null and void and that the Jewish state should withdraw from the strategically-important territory.

Munzer Munzer, acting charge d’affaires of Syria’s permanent delegation to the UN, accused Israel of continuing to occupy “a precious part of our land” as Syrian people there “continue to suffer because of this occupation.

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Unless Israel is forced, militarily, to get out of the Golan, such a "give back" of this territory will only happen... when pigs discover they are aerodynamic.

Dec 01 19:45

UN calls on Israel to withdraw from occupied Golan Heights, after 51 years of illegal Occupation

UN General Assembly Urges Israel to Completely Withdraw From Syrias Golan Heights after 51 years of illegal Occupation. You heard that correctly, the whole world agrees.

Dec 01 10:22

Iran: Diplomacy Only Solution to Syrian Crisis

Special Assistant to Iran's Foreign Minister in Political Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari renewed Tehran's support for a political solution to the Syrian crisis, and said that the West should bring to a halt its support for the terrorist groups.

"Iran has been staunch supporter of reaching a peaceful and political solution to the crisis in Syria," Jaberi Ansari said.

The remarks by the special assistant to Iran's foreign minister in political affairs came after his meetings and talks with Syrian and Russian representatives to Astana peace talks on November 28-29 in the Kazakh capital.

Senior officials from Iran, Russia and Turkey met at the 11th round of the Astana peace talks in the Kazakh capital as part of efforts to find a permanent political solution to settle the Syrian crisis.

Nov 30 18:59

Israel and Syria Exchange Missiles; IDF Denies Missiles Fired, Netanyahu And Other Officials Recommended Indicted As UN Passes Anti-Israel Resolutions

By Aaron Kesel

Tensions are rising again between Israel and Syria as the two countries have exchanged missile fire over the past 24 hours.

According to The Jerusalem Post, an IDF Spokesperson confirmed that Israel’s air defense system identified a single Syrian surface-to-air missile that fell into Golan Heights after the Syrian regime stated it had downed “hostile targets” over the southern part of the country.

However, the spokesperson denied that Israel had struck an Iranian base in Syria despite several reports indicating an attack had taken place against Iranian militia...

Nov 30 15:51

UN calls on Israel to withdraw from occupied Golan Heights

For the second time this month, the United Nations held a vote on the Golan Heights region, which is currently occupied by Israel.

The General Assembly held a vote on Friday reiterating the UN’s demand that Israel withdraw from the Golan Heights.

According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the majority of the UN General Assembly agreed that Israel should withdraw from the Golan Heights and adhere to borders drawn up in Resolution 242.

Nov 30 11:44

SYRIAN FORCES ELIMINATE UNIDENTIFIED AERIAL OBJECTS NEAR DAMACUS. ISRAEL DENIES REPORTS ON ITS WARPLANE SHOOTDOWN

Last night, the Syrian Air Defense Forces (SADF) shot down several unidentified aerial objects over the district of al-Kiswah south of Damascus, according to the state-run media.

Local sources told SouthFront that the SADF had also engaged targets over Damascus and Quneitra. The recently supplied S-300 air defense system was not employed.

Pro-Israeli and pro-militant sources claimed that the Israeli Air Force had successfully destroyed multiple “Iranian” targets near Damascus.

The Israeli military has not commented on the incident itself, but said that reports regarding an Israeli aircraft or an airborne Israeli target having been hit by the SADF are false.

Nov 30 08:13

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – NOV. 30, 2018: 15,000 AL-QAEDA-LINKED TERRORISTS REMAIN IN IDLIB PROVINCE

There are about 15,000 Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) terrorists in the province of Idlib and Russia is ready to provide the Syrian government with help to eliminate them, Alexander Lavrentiev, Russian presidential envoy for Syria, announced during a press conference on the sidelines of the Astana talks on November 29.

Meanwhile, reports are appearing that radical militants have been amassing forces and deploying missiles as part of the preparation for a confrontation with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the demilitarized zone.

On November 29, there was another notable armed confrontation between the SAA and the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL) in northern Hama. NFL units attacked SAA positions near Karnaz but were forced to withdraw under intense artillery fire. The area near the Christian town of Mahardah is also point of constant clashes between the SAA and various militant groups.

Nov 30 07:56

The Double Standards of US Foreign Policy

It’s easy for many Americans to perceive the effects of war as short-lived, this is in part due to mainstream media’s lack of coverage; the aftermath and hypocrisy of war are rarely presented. While the news might show the public a glimpse of the initial bombings raining down on the "US enemy," this is stealthily unveiled through the eyes of the military industrial complex, romanticizing the attacks while fascinating over the American firepower strength.

"I am guided by the beauty of our weapon," Brian Williams said cheerfully on MSNBC as he watched the Pentagon-provided footage of the US missile strike in Syria, quoting Leonard Cohen’s song "First We Take Manhattan."

Nov 30 07:55

Is the Trump Administration Pivoting the Fight in Syria Toward a War with Iran?

The largest American military base in Syria covers more than five hundred acres, but it can’t be seen from the road. When I visited in mid-October, on the condition that I not reveal the exact location, I thought my taxi-driver had brought me to the wrong place. All I saw were a few Kurdish soldiers standing around a barricade. But, past the checkpoint and up a hill, a vast encampment spread out before us. The perimeter was constructed of dirt berms, sod-filled gabions, and razor wire. The runway was more than a mile long, and sunk below grade, so that planes would seem to disappear as they landed. There were hastily constructed wood buildings, huge clamshell tents, stacks of shipping containers, rows of white trucks and sport-utility vehicles, prefabricated trailers housing showers and latrines, and a dusty athletic field where soldiers were jogging around a track in the desert twilight.

Nov 30 07:17

"MYSTERIOUS HELICOPTERS" RESCUING ISIS AND AL-QAEDA - A BRIEF TIMELINE

Although the United States government routinely denies that it in any way cooperates with ISIS, reports continue to manifest themselves demonstrating exactly the opposite, particularly in Syria. Over the course of the war and ever since the emergence of the terrorist organization on the world scene, there have been a number of “mysterious helicopters” that extract ISIS fighters from battlefields in which they are facing imminent defeat either by the legitimate government of the countries in which they are fighting, pro-government militias, or even ahead of “anti-ISIS” strikes by the alleged “anti-ISIS coalition.”

While not attempting to go in to a detailed explanation or analysis of each incident, below are a number of reports of such “airlifts of evil” that have surfaced over the last two years. The Pentagon, as mentioned above, has repeatedly denied these reports.

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Color me completely unsurprised at these events.

Nov 29 15:23

Videos of the Syrian air defense confronting enemy targets above Damascus

Nov 29 15:05

BIG SURPRISE - Israel denies report its jet was downed during Syria raid as ‘bogus’

The Israeli military has described reports that one of its jets was brought down while carrying out airstrikes in Syria as “bogus,” amid reports that the country’s air defense systems engaged and downed several “hostile targets”.

Israeli Defense Forces have refused to comment on the country’s alleged role in the attack, with a spokesperson saying that they’re not commenting on reports in foreign media. Yet the IDF has denied a particular report that it had lost a warplane during the raid on Syria.

A Syrian security source earlier told RIA Novosti that an Israeli jet was among the targets downed by the air defense. “Our air defense have downed an Israeli jet and four rockets before they could reach their targets,” the source said.

Nov 29 13:54

Syrian Air Defences Down 'Hostile Targets' Over Country's South - Reports

Syrian air defences have downed several "hostile targets" over the country's southern region, Syrian news agency SANA reported. A Syrian security source reported that the air defences downed an Israeli combat plane and four missiles.

Nov 29 13:44

Syria says shoots down ‘enemy targets’ near Damascus

The Syrian military has shot down “enemy targets” over the country’s southern parts, according to reports by state media.

The Syrian Air Force activated its air defenses on Thursday night to repel an apparent attack in Kiswah town, south of capital Damascus, early reports suggested.

Syrian state media cited a military source but did not specify what the target was or where it came from.

Unofficial sources stated on social media that the attack was carried out by Israeli fighter jets and targeted what was described as “Iranian communication bases.”

Nov 29 13:40

Syrian air defence down several 'enemy targets' in southern Syria – reports

"Our air defense systems repelled an attack by several enemy targets over the al-Kiswah area in the south of the country and shot them down," a Syrian military source said, as quoted by Ikhbariya television.

Nov 29 13:37

Developing: Syrian air defense attempts to intercept possible Israeli missiles in southwest damascus

Minutes ago, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) attempted to intercept unknown objects that were spotted over the skies of southern Syria.

According to a military source in Damascus, the unknown objects may be enemy missiles; however, it is still too early to tell.

Nov 29 13:32

Syria: Air Force Shot Down 'Hostile Target' Over Country's South

The Syrian air force shot down a "hostile target" that was flying over the town of Kiswah, south of the capital Damascus, state media said.

State media quoted a military source but did not specify what the target was or where it came from. Syrian opposition sources on the ground said the area was close to where the Iranian-backed Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah has a powerful presence with several bases.

Meanwhile, Saudi-owned TV station Al-Arabiya reported that Israeli planes attacked Iranian targets in the country's south.

Nov 29 12:04

Coupled With S-300 and S-400, Su-57s Sent Clear Message to US, Israel – Analysts

Despite the Russian Defence Ministry's clarifications, Western media are still racking their brain over the Su-57 fifth-generation jets' mission in Syria. Speaking to Sputnik, political observers of Syrian origin shed light on the message the Russian-made Su-57, S-300 and S-400 have sent to the US and Israel in the Arab Republic.

The Russian Su-57 fifth-generation stealth fighters have once again become the focus of special attention following the release of unique footage of the aircraft's mission in Syria and Zvezda TV channel's new video featuring a pair of Sukhoi Su-57 performing a synchronized landing.

Nov 29 11:58

Arab Tribes in Northeastern Syria Declare Strong Opposition to Forced Recruitment by US-Backed Militia

Arab tribes, in a statement on Wednesday, declared their opposition to continued forced recruitment by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Manbij region in Northeastern Syria.
The Arab tribes issued a statement and firmly condemned the SDF's forced conscription of young men, saying that they will not allow their sons to join the militia.

The tribes also demanded a general strike to grow more united against the SDF.

A fresh wave of anger has covered the Arab tribes in the region as the SDF casualties in battle with ISIL includes 98 percent Arab fighters and only 2 percent Kurdish gunmen.

The Arab tribes' opposition rose after the SDF announced that young men between the ages of 18-30 have to join the militia, or will be legally prosecuted.

Nov 29 10:40

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – NOV. 29, 2018: US IS ESTABLISHING ‘OBSERVATION POSTS’ ON SYRIAN-TURKISH BORDER

On November 28, Russian air-defense forces deployed intercepted and destroyed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) near the Russian Hmeimim airbase in the province of Lattakia, according to local sources.

The intercepted UAV was probably an armed UAV launched by militants in a fresh attempt to attack Russian personnel and aircraft deployed at Hmeimim. The resumption of UAV attacks on Russian facilities in Syria is another sign of the wanng influence of the de-militarization agreement on Idlib province. It’s highly unlikely that radical militants are going to abandon their hostile approach anytime soon if a military operation to punish them is not launched.

Cells of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) continue their successful attacks on Turkey-led forces in the area of Afrin. On November 26, 4 members of the Hamza Division militant group were killed and 2 others were injured in an explosion of a YPG-planted IED on the road between the city of Afrin and the town of Basuta.

Nov 29 10:22

ISIS Producing Chemical Weapons And Is Planning Attack In Syria

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, militants of the terrorist group Daesh [ISIS] are planning an attack on the US-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to provoke an air strike by the international coalition against the Syrian Army.

“The manufactured chemical ammunition is for use against positions of the Kurdish Army, which is conducting, with the support of the United States, military operations against terrorists in the Hajin area, in the province of Deir ez-Zor,” said the Russian Defense Ministry.

Russia also believes that terrorists plan to use chemical weapons against Kurdish troops by firing close positions at Syrian government forces so they can blame Damascus and provoke a massive US air strike against Syrian troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess we are going to find out just how good those S-300s really are!

Nov 29 10:21

15,000 Al-Qaeda Terrorists Remain In Idlib

About 15,000 terrorists from the Al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front remain in the Syrian province of Idlib, Russian President’s special envoy to Syria Alexander Lavrentyev’s said on Wednesday.

“In the Idlib area there are still a significant number of terrorists, more than 15,000 Al-Nusra Front. We hope that the armed opposition formations can face the situation in this problematic area and restore order with their own strength,” Lavréntiev said.

At the same time, he emphasized that “it is necessary, of course, that Russia stands ready to provide all possible assistance, including with the participation of units of Syrian government forces.”

Nov 29 07:34

“Mysterious Helicopters” Rescuing ISIS And al-Qaeda – A Brief Timeline

By Brandon Turbeville

Although the United States government routinely denies that it in any way cooperates with ISIS, reports continue to manifest themselves demonstrating exactly the opposite, particularly in Syria. Over the course of the war and ever since the emergence of the terrorist organization on the world scene, there have been a number of “mysterious helicopters” that extract ISIS fighters from battlefields in which they are facing imminent defeat either by the legitimate government of the countries in which they are fighting, pro-government militias, or even ahead of “anti-ISIS” strikes by the alleged “anti-ISIS coalition.”

While not attempting to go in to a detailed explanation or analysis of each incident, below are a number of reports of such “airlifts of evil” that have surfaced over the last two years. The Pentagon, as mentioned above, has repeatedly denied these reports...

Nov 29 03:49

Syria blames Turkey for chemical weapons attack on Aleppo. Syria regards Turkey’s actions in Syria as aggression

Aleppo was shelled by chemical projectiles with the support of foreign forces, primarily Turkey, Head of the Syrian delegation at the Astana talks, Syria’s Permanent Representative at the UN Bashar Jaafari said on Thursday. "Terror groups couldn't have used chemical weapons, unless they had been given the green light by those who control these organizations," he emphasized. "We know who supplied the chemical weapons to them," Jaafari said. "We mean the Turks, first and foremost," the envoy stressed.

Nov 28 16:01

ISIS to launch false flag chemical attack on Syrian Kurds – and Russian military is watching closely

Islamic State terrorists are plotting to shell Kurdish-led militia with chemical-filled munitions in Deir ez-Zor, Syria, Russian military said. The terrorists want to frame Damascus for the attack to trigger new US-led airstrikes.

Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) has launched production of toxin-filled mortar shells in the east of the Deir ez-Zor province, Russian military said on Wednesday. The shells are filled with chemicals by a crew of 11 terrorists, who received foreign training and came to Syria specifically to carry out the false-flag attack.

Nov 28 10:44

US Military Says It Can’t Take Out Remaining ISIS Fighters Because They’re Hiding In Tunnels

As 2018 draws to a close, it is unclear if U.S. troops and their Arab-Kurdish allies have made a dent in ISIS’ last stronghold in Syria.

A spokesman for U.S. military operations in Iraq and Syria estimated in December 2017 that fewer than 3,000 ISIS fighters remained in both countries. Since then, defense officials have said consistently that roughly 2,000 ISIS fighters are trapped in Syria’s Middle Euphrates River Valley.

Army Col. Sean Ryan, a spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, repeated the 2,000 figure when briefing reporters on Tuesday. However, it is difficult to determine exactly how many ISIS fighters remain in their last enclave in Syria because they are dug in deeply and the terrain is difficult for combat operations, he said.

“The numbers game is difficult to count because ISIS is underground – they’re in tunnels; they’re hiding,” Ryan said. “So it’s not like we watch them walk into to a building and we’re counting as they go in. They’re spread apart.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This response, is Orwellian double-speak, writ large.

IF the US military knows where these tunnels are, why do they not then blow them up?!?

Perhaps because they want to "save and groom" these US-funded and equipped forces to fight another day?!?

Nov 28 05:29

Trump Admin Mum on Syria “Rebel” Chemical Attack in Aleppo

On Saturday evening, a barrage of mortars filled with chemical weapons was launched into Syrian government-controlled territory in the Aleppo province by “rebels” linked to al Qaeda in the nearby Idlib province.

The attack – which was confirmed by both pro-government and pro-opposition sources – left over 100 civilians hospitalized after the gas released by the mortars caused “difficulty breathing, eye inflammation, shivering and fainting,” according to the head of the Aleppo Doctors Syndicate, Zaher Batal, as cited by Reuters. Batal and other Aleppo doctors suspect that chlorine gas was the substance responsible for the symptoms of those affected.

Despite the fact that chemical weapons were used by al Qaeda-linked militants in Idlib, the U.S. government and its allies have thus far been silent about the recent attack, even though the incident was covered by mainstream Western outlets such as CNN and Reuters. Instead, the U.S. announced a UN Security Council meeting — not to denounce the chemical-weapons attacks launched against civilians by an internationally recognized terror group but to address the recent hostilities between Russia and Ukraine over Crimea.

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(*No Brainer: CNN & Reuters made the whole thing up , to continue the world renouned tradition of MADE IN THE U.S.A. Fake NEWS )

Lavrov: Washington doesn’t seek objective investigation on use of chemical weapons in Syria

Nov 27 12:06

US Envoy: US, Russian Forces Have Clashed a Dozen Times in Syria

Speaking to Russian reporters, US Ambassador James Jeffrey, the special representative for the Syrian War, was asked to comment on incidents in which US troops killed large numbers of Russian military contractors working for the Syrian government. Jeffrey refused to offer details of that incident, but revealed that US and Russian forces have gotten into around a dozen clashes inside Syria over the course of the war, sometimes with direct exchanges of gunfire. Jeffrey further insisted that all the US troops in Syria are “legitimately” there to fight against ISIS, and that all the fighting against Russia was in keeping with the US “right of self-defense.” Russia has not commented on the engagements. Perhaps the most curious aspect of all of this is that, other than the incident in which the US killed all of the Russian contractors, these direct confrontations have largely gone unreported.

Nov 27 03:46

US Sets Up Observation Posts Along Syria-Turkey Border

The US has set up at least five observation posts alongside Turkey's border with Syria despite strong opposition by Ankara, a Kurdish commander said Monday. The Arabic-language Sharq al-Awsat quoted an unnamed Kurdish military commander as saying that the US forces started the operations to set up observation posts in regions under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces along Syria-Turkey border. "The US forces have set up three observation posts in Tal Abyaz region in Northern Raqqa and two others in Kobani in Northeastern Aleppo," the Kurdish commander said. He noted that the move by the US comes as Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar had previously voiced displeasure over the US plan to set up observation posts along borders with Syria, and said the US measure will make the situation more complicated.

Nov 27 03:44

More Civilians Killed in US Airstrikes in Deir Ezzur

Airstrikes by the US-led coalition warplanes killed many more civilians in the Eastern part of Deir Ezzur, informed sources said on Monday. "The US-led coalition warplanes struck the homes of civilians in the town of al-Shaafa in Eastern Deir Ezzur, killing at least 14 civilians from a family most of them children and women," battlefield sources in Eastern Deir Ezzur said. The sources noted that many other civilians were also injured in the US airstrikes on the residential areas. "A large number of houses were destroyed and the region's infrastructure was extensively damaged in the US warplanes' raids," the sources added. Meantime, the Orient Base affiliated to militant groups reported that the US-led coalition fighter jets also targeted and pounded the village of Abu al-Hassan on the outskirts of the city of Hajin in Eastern Deir Ezzur, leaving at least 21 civilians dead and many others wounded.

Nov 27 03:37

Tahrir Al-Sham's Chlorine Attack on Aleppo Shows Turkey's Lack of Control

The Arabic-language Al-Watan newspaper quoted sources close to Nureddin al-Zinki terrorist group as saying that Tahrir al-Sham terrorists were responsible for the chlorine gas attack on residential areas in Aleppo. "The attacks on Aleppo's residential areas were done by rockets and shells that had been chemically armed by White Helmets," the sources said. The sources noted that Tahrir al-Sham's chemical attacks were launched from the demilitarized zone specified under the Sochi agreement. The attacks from the demilitarized zone display that Ankara has no control over the terrorist groups operating in zone, and has thus failed to hold up its end of the bargain. In a relevant development on Sunday, Syrian Foreign Ministry said that the Aleppo chlorine shelling was made possible because Western countries had been supplying weapons to militants so that they staged chemical attacks.

Nov 26 12:14

Russian Jets Hit Targets at Militants' Staging Ground for Aleppo Chemical Attack

Syrian media reported on Saturday that militants based north of Aleppo bombarded the city with chlorine-filled shells, causing over a hundred people to be delivered to hospitals with symptoms typical for poisoning such as suffocation.

Russia's Defence Ministry confirmed that Russian jets hit the targets of terorrists who had reportedly shelled Aleppo with deadly chlorine gas on Saturday.

According to the ministry, intelligence services identified in the Idlib de-escalation zone the fire weapons that were used in the Aleppo gas attack. They also found that the terrorists were preparing for another poisonous shelling. All the targets were destroyed; Turkey was warned about the strikes in advance via a hotline.

The statement further noted that terrorists from the al-Nusra* group used hand-made 120-mm mines with poisonous substances to shell Aleppo.

Nov 26 11:50

US Training 30,000 Syrian Kurdish Fighters to ‘Contain Iran’

Following Defense Secretary James Mattis’ announcement that the US is building observation posts on the Syria-Turkey border, officials are also starting a training program for the Kurdish YPG’s Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The plan is to train 30,000 more SDF fighters, which are being presented as a plan to both combat what ISIS fighters remain and to “contain Iran.” If the training plan is successful, it would bring the SDF to 90,000 fighters.

There are reasons to be skeptical, however, as the US has had several training schemes for groups in Syria in the past, and has tended to produce but tiny fractions of their intended numbers. Even then, those newly-trained fighters have proved to be of limited effectiveness and questionable loyalty.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But, if these fighters do wind up "defeating both Syrian and Iranian operatives, what happens then?!?

Has Sec Def Mattis promised them a permanent "homeland", by telling them that it will let them occupy certain sections of Syria, permanently?!?

And have Presidents Putin; and Al Assad;and Edrogan gotten the memo yet on this move?!?

Nov 26 11:03

Russian Warplanes Strike Syrian Rebels After Poison Gas Attacks

In response to a Syrian rebel attack that sickened scores of civilians with exposure to chlorine gas released in shells, Russian warplanes carried out airstrikes against parts of rebel-held northern Syria.

Russian military officials say that the targeted areas were rebel positions belonging to the group behind the poison gas attacks on Aleppo. This included al-Qaeda-linked Horas al-Din and Ansar al-Din Front.

The rebels targeted were meant to have been part of the Turkey-Russia truce deal, but had refused to cooperate with the deal, saying it was a conspiracy to undermine them. The chemical attack seems to have provided Russia with a justification to pound their territory.

Nov 26 10:56

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – NOV. 26, 2018: OVER 100 CIVILIANS SUFFERED FROM MILITANT CHEMICAL ATTACK ON ALEPPO CITY

In the late hours of November 24th militants launched several rockets containing chlorine gas at residential areas in the northern part of Aleppo city, according to Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA). 107 civilians reportedly suffered asphyxiation, including many women and children.

These attacks came a few days after SANA reported that French militants arrived in Idlib to equip shells and rockets of local groups with toxic gas. They entered the country through the border with Turkey.

In its first response to the chemical attack, the SAA shelled several positions of the militants in the western Aleppo countryside and the southeastern Idlib countryside. It is possible that the chemical attack may become the tipping point which, would force the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to kick off a military operation in the area.

Nov 25 09:41

Dozens hospitalized in Syria's Aleppo after militants shell city with poison gas – reports

#Syria #Aleppo Dozens of people, including children, have been hospitalised -

Nov 23 12:04

US Has Established 17 Illegal Military Bases in Syria: State Senator Richard H. Black

Virginia State senator Richard H. Black has made it clear that the United States makes trade between Iran and Syria more difficult by occupying the north of the Euphrates River in accordance with ‘Plan B’ announced several years ago by Secretary of State John Kerry.

He told the Syria Times e-newspaper that The U.S. has attempted to block routes between the countries wherever possible and it has established 17 bases in Syria without the slightest lawful justification for doing so.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Unhinged, Surveilled state of Amerika, has become the leading practitioner
of war crimes on this planet.

Nov 23 11:59

Syria, A Frozen Conflict: The Final Push for Idlib Will Come Soon

The current truce is a strategic pause that has all the appearance of what has happened in the past in the provinces of Homs and Aleppo. The need to free Idlib from terrorists goes hand in hand with the promise of Assad and the government of Damascus to liberate every inch of Syria from terrorists. The diplomatic efforts of Moscow serve to prepare the ground for what will happen in the coming months, with the SAA set to advance on Idlib. In this sense, the deployment of advanced systems in Syria serves as a deterrent against possible responses from countries like Israel and the United States, anxious to defend their jihadists, but continuing to have minimal influence on the ground.

Nov 21 11:35

Russia offered Israel deal to remove Iran from Syria in return for US sanctions relief

Russian President Vladimir Putin offered Israel a deal which would see Iranian-backed forces removed from Syria in return for relief from recently re-imposed US sanctions on Iran.

The deal was revealed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a closed hearing of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee on Monday and exposed by Axios yesterday.

It is thought that Putin made the offer during a brief meeting with Netanyahu in Paris on the sidelines of a First World War commemoration on 11 November. At the time, Netanyahu described the meeting as “good and practical,” adding: “I would even describe it as very important”. Neither party revealed details of the discussion.

Nov 21 06:32

US Military Footprints Found again in Terrorists' Former Positions in Syria's Homs

The Syrian Army on Wednesday continued cleansing operation in regions in Northern Homs that were once occupied by the terrorist groups, and discovered a large volume of arms and ammunition, including US-made weapons.
The army's engineering units found a large volume of weapons, ammunition and military hardware in farms and residential areas that were once under terrorists' occupation in Northern Homs.

A field source, meantime, reported that the units managed to discover a number of American M-16 rifles.

The source further said that a number of cannons, mortar launchers, sniper rifles, shoulder launcher missiles, machineguns and a large volume of different ammunition were in the depot.

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Nov 20 13:51

US Coalition Massacres Over 40 People In Deir Ezzor Countryside

Aftermath of US-led international coalition air strikes on Hajin and Susa towns in Deir Ezzor countryside.

At least 40 civilians were butchered by the coalition warplanes (including women and children), and scores of families displaced after their houses were destroyed.

Nov 20 13:29

Syrian Army denies reports of Israeli airstrikes over west Damascus

A source from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) denied social media claims of an Israeli warplane striking western Damascus last night.

According to the military source, no foreign warplanes were seen flying over western Syria last night, nor were there any explosions in this part of the country.

Nov 20 10:56

Syrian Army seizes US and Israeli-made weapons in Daraa

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) recently uncovered a large-cache of weapons that were left behind by the rebel forces in the Daraa province.

According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the military discovered this weapons cache while combing through the town of Yadoudah near the provincial capital of Daraa.

Nov 20 10:37

TURKEY ATTACKS OWN PROXIES IN SYRIA, NETANYAHU NAMES HIMSELF DEFENSE MINISTER

From November 18 to November 20, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) carried out a military operation against their own proxies in the region of Afrin. The TAF attacked and partially disarmed a group of about 200 members of the al-Sharqiyah Martyrs Gathering and its allied groups. The Hamza Division, the Sultan Murad Division, the al-Sham Corps and the 3rd Corps participated in the operation on the side of the TAF. At least 25 militants were reportedly killed in the clashes.

The formal explanation of the move is that members of the al-Sharqiyah Martyrs Gathering have been involved in looting and other crimes. However, this is not something uncommon for Turkish-backed groups, which participated in Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations.

Local sources say that the al-Sharqiyah Martyrs Gathering has just become too independent in its decisions and Ankara has decided to punish it for this.

Nov 20 10:18

Pentagon Denies Killing Civilians in Eastern Syrian Airstrikes

After over a week of daily reports from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reporting US airstrikes killing Syrian civilians in the area near the Iraqi border, the Pentagon has finally addressed the matter, denying all blame.

To be clear, the Pentagon confirmed that they carried out airstrikes against the towns and villages where all these civilians were killed at the same time all the civilians were killed within in airstrikes. They suggested those facts were unrelated.

Rather, the Pentagon insisted all their strikes were against “legitimate military targets,’ and that there were no civilians in those spots. By way of an attempt to explain all the dead civilians, they claimed somebody else carried out simultaneous airstrikes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, really?!?

US Airstrikes kill at least 40 - mostly civilians in Eastern Syria

The Syrian Observatory said it was unclear if any of the men killed in the attacks were actually militants, but that 17 children and 12 women were confirmed among the slain. In general, these attacks have targeted residential areas, not militants.

We know when the Pentagon is lying... they're either speaking, or inputting to their computers... and words come out, which have utterly no basis in reality.

Nov 20 09:57

US promises to ‘disrupt’ oil shipments to Syria, sanctions Russian & Iranian companies

The US has introduced sanctions against what it called a network of petroleum shipments to Syria, including Russian and Iranian companies and individuals. Washington says it wants to disrupt shipments to Syrian-owned ports.
Six individuals have been sanctioned over oil shipments to Syria, the US Treasury Department has said. Three institutions have also been sanctioned.

In addition to the fresh measures, the US Coast Guard has issued an advisory warning of “significant sanctions risks” on petroleum shipments to Syria. The US has promised that it will “disrupt” any attempted shipments to government-owned ports in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"How DARE you do business with each other! How Dare you, to dare, to DARE!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Nov 20 09:15

US AIRSTRIKES KILL AT LEAST 40, MOSTLY CIVILIANS, IN EASTERN SYRIA

Continuing weeks of near-daily civilian death tolls from the US air war in Eastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported that Saturday’s US attacks killed 40 more people, overwhelmingly civilians. The victims were described as mostly women and children.

Saturday’s attacks were against the village of Abu al-Hassan, along the Iraq border. It is adjacent to the ISIS-held towns that the US has been mostly attacking in recent weeks, and which Kurdish ground troops are attempting to invade.

The Syrian Observatory said it was unclear if any of the men killed in the attacks were actually militants, but that 17 children and 12 women were confirmed among the slain. In general, these attacks have targeted residential areas, not militants.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please; the collective assassination of innocents is a war crime, sir.

Nov 20 09:00

THE ONLY REGIME CHANGE THAT IS NEEDED IS IN WASHINGTON

But my vote for the most magnificent nut in an Administration that is overflowing with such talent would be the esteemed United States Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Jeffrey. The accolade is in part due to the fact that Jeffrey started out relatively sane as a career diplomat with the State Department, holding ambassadorships in Iraq, Turkey, and Albania. He had to work hard to become as demented as he now is but was helped along the way by signing on as a visiting fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), which is a spin-off of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears to me, that my brother and sister Americans are back to a status quo ante, a status of feudal vassals, as we were before the American revolution.

And why do I say this?

Although this can be expressed as a grasp of the in-your-face obvious,the cold, hard reality that the government is only responsive to the already monied, to and certain foreign governments, Israel being among the worst offenders, in terms of having very effectively hijacked American foreign policy to their own ends.

What is great for Israel, is not at all necessarily good for We the People.

Yes, there are moments when a common good for both countries align; but in the world of the 21st century, those moments are consistently fewer and farther between, particularly when comes to the Zionist vision of "Eretz Israel", which means carving off hunks of adjacent countries to perfect and achieve that vision.

The maps tell the story:

Current map of Israel

Map: Eretz Israel

Notice the hunks of Iraq, Syria, Saudia Arabia, Jordan,Lebanon, Egypt and Iraq which will have to be conquered by Israel in order for this "vision" of Eretz Israel to be achieved?!?

It is no accident that Israel cheered for the US invasion and occupation of Iraq; it is no accident that they have cheered the illegal and unwanted US military actions against Syria, including funding and arming the jihadists against the government; it is no accident that they have started the "political rapprochement" process with Saudi Arabia, which they are hoping to use as a proxy force against Iran, working with the US military, as they have been doing in Yemen; and it is no accident that Israel fully expects the US to go to war against Iran for it.

But as always with Israel, these "wins" are only to be purchased primarily at the cost of American blood, and American money.

I look at the media buys the military has been doing lately, with a lot of saturation ads, to encourage our young men and women to join; but the US military is in one horrifically awful dilemma right now.

They don't have the troop strength; the weaponry; the manufacturing (outsourced in the 80s, to make way for the alleged "service economy")or the money to insure a successful outcome to a conventional war against Russia and/or China.

With the mid-terms over, before there is a war against Russia, China, and/or Iran, I would not bet against the re-institution of the draft, coupled with continuing demonization of Russia, China, and Iran.

Please remember the following reality, as stated on Google:

"Virtually all male U.S. citizens, regardless of where they live, and male immigrants, whether documented or undocumented, residing in the United States, who are 18 through 25, are required to register with Selective Service. The law says men must register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday."

Nov 19 12:11

U.N. Report Confirms ISIS Given "Breathing Space" In US-Occupied Areas Of Syria

A recent report from the UN Security Council’s Sanctions Monitoring Team has found that many of the places in Syria where the terror group Daesh (ISIS) continues to operate, recuperate and extract oil for profit are in areas of the country occupied by the United States.

According to the report’s executive summary:

Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), having been defeated militarily in Iraq and most of the Syrian Arab Republic during 2017, rallied in early 2018 [owing to] a loss of momentum by forces fighting it in the east of the Syrian Arab Republic, which prolonged access by ISIL to resources and gave it breathing space to prepare for the next phase of its evolution into a global covert network.”

Nov 19 11:48

US Airstrikes Kill at Least 40, Mostly Civilians, in Eastern Syria

Continuing weeks of near-daily civilian death tolls from the US air war in Eastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported that Saturday’s US attacks killed 40 more people, overwhelmingly civilians. The victims were described as mostly women and children.

Nov 19 10:44

Aid must reach the starving in Rukban

Douma, Aleppo, Idlib ? to the catalogue of place names that will be forever stained by the Syrian war must now be added another. So far, Rukban has claimed few headlines around the world. But the fate of this informal desert refugee camp, in a no-man’s land near the Jordanian border, and that of the 50,000 desperate individuals trapped there, is a microcosm of the greater Syrian tragedy. Situated on the borders of Syria, Jordan and Iraq, the camp is a product of the all-but-forgotten fighting in the east of the country. It has grown up over the past three years, as tens of thousands of people have fled ISIS and the Russian- and US-led air strikes against the terror group in central and eastern Syria.

Nov 19 10:28

Major Syrian Army Assault On Southeast Idlib As Sochi Deal Unravels

The Syrian Army unleashed a major assault across the southeastern part of Idlib province on Saturday, a military source told Middle East news site Al-Masdar in a breaking report. According to the source, government forces pounded jihadist defenses across the southeast Idlib axis with a plethora of artillery shells and surface-to-surface missiles.

This latest exchange between the Syrian military and jihadist rebels comes as the Sochi Agreement falls apart in northwestern Syria, and in response to a Friday attack by jihadists which killed 22 Syrian soldiers near a planned buffer zone around the country’s last major anti-Assad and al-Qaeda held region. The jihadist strikes resulted in the highest number of casualties for the army since the Sochi Agreement was established on September 17th.

Though the Syrian war has grown cold in terms of international spotlight and media interest since September, it is likely again going to ramp up dramatically over the next few months.

Nov 19 10:26

Raqqa after Isis: Mass grave reveals horror of city’s final battle

he gravediggers lift the shrouded body delicately from the trench, just as they have done hundreds of times before. The routine is familiar by now, and yet a sombre mood falls over them as they pull back the cloth.

“You can tell the fighters by their clothes,” says forensic assistant Abd Arawf Al Ahmed, breaking the silence. “This is not a fighter.”

The examination doesn’t last long. In under two minutes, Ahmed is able to determine that the deceased was a woman, in her late 20s, and that she was likely brought here from the hospital. The cause of death is unknown.

Nov 19 09:23

RUSSIA’S ‘SUBMARINE KILLERS’ NOW OFF SYRIAN SHORE – NATO HAS NO EFFECTIVE RESPONSE

Russia is now in the position to eliminate NATO’s use of submarines in the eastern Mediterranean. They will be able to destroy NATO submarines with relative ease, and NATO will be relatively unable to give a response.

Here’s the background:

Russia has increasingly upped the ante in terms of its mission in Syria. It is clear now that the Russian navy has the ability to shut down various parts of the Mediterranean, based out of their naval base in Tartus. Also of note is their ability to cross through the Bosporus Strait, their sole-claim to naval hegemony in the Black Sea. Then we must add to this, their arrangement with Spain – much to the chagrin of NATO – to pass into the Mediterranean through Gibraltar. After the downing of the IL-20, Russia announced and enforced a temporary naval blockade and no-fly zone.

Nov 19 09:19

‘Golan Heights forever ours!’ Israel praises US for its vote against UN anti-occupation resolution

Israel said its sovereignty over the Golan Heights is permanent, after the US for the first time rejected a symbolic UN resolution that calls on the Jewish state to end its occupation of the Syrian territory it captured in 1967.
“Israel will remain forever on the Golan Heights, and the Golan Heights will forever remain in our hands,” Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, thanking the US leadership for voting against calls at the United Nations on Friday for the return of the Golan to Syria.

Nov 19 09:01

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – NOV. 19, 2018: GOVERNMENT FORCES CRUSHED ISIS-HELD POCKET IN SOUTHERN SYRIA

On November 17th, the Syrian Army (SAA) and its allies regained control of al-Safa after the collapse of ISIS defense in the area. An SAA source told SouthFront that heavy rain had destroyed most of the fortifications and hideouts of the terrorist group during the last few days. The remaining terrorists fled towards the eastern Homs desert. The state news agency SANA confirmed that the SAA had made significant gains and that the highest positions in the are under army control.

On the same day, heavy clashes between ISIS militants and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) broke out around the strategic town of Hajin in the middle of the Euphrates valley. The SDF said that it had killed 20 ISIS terrorists during the attack.

Nov 18 13:48

Lest we forget: Bygone lights shining on our dark present

"Nostalgia, a hybrid of nostos, the Greek words for "return", and algos, which means "suffering”, is often based on myths and false memories and, as such, is rarely a helpful illuminator on the present or guide to the future.

"But occasionally one stumbles on hard evidence of days long forgotten in the Arab world, or blurred and distorted by dysfunctional, primitive traditions and/or the venomous ideas of malicious forces among us, which shine a light on the darkness in which we currently live. 

"The photographs below are snippets of the Arab world as it was once upon a time. 

Nov 17 10:11

IN FIRST, US ENDORSES ISRAELI OCCUPATION OF GOLAN, VOTES AGAINST 9 ANTI-ISRAEL RESOLUTIONS

The US has, for the first time, endorsed the Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights by voting against an annual UN resolution that condemned the occupation and was unanimously approved along with several other resolutions against Tel Aviv.

The resolution titled “The occupied Syrian Golan,” adopted on Friday with 151 votes in favor, two against (Israel and the US), and 14 abstentions, condemns Israel for “repressive measures” against Syrian citizens in the Golan Heights.

The resolution, which was adopted during the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly’s Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee), expresses deep concern that the Syrian Golan, occupied since 1967, has been under continued Israeli military occupation.

The non-binding annual resolution takes issue with the “illegality of the decision” taken by Israel “to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the occupied Syrian Golan,” which is illegal under international law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why is it, that no matter which political party in this country wins or loses any election, Israel is always the winner?!?

Nov 16 15:52

Iran to Be Declared in Breach of Chemical Weapons Bans

The declaration comes in the aftermath of a flurry of activity by both the White House and State Department highlighting Iran's malign activities across the globe. A bevy of economic sanctions on Iran were reimposed earlier this month, and the chemical weapons action is likely to further tighten the noose on the Iranian regime as part of what the administration has called a "maximum pressure" campaign on Tehran.

Nov 16 10:37

Moscow Says Situation in Syrian Rukban Camp Reminds of WWII Death Camps

The United States is responsible for the catastrophic humanitarian situation in the Rukban refugee camp in Syria, as it has illegally occupied this territory, Yury Tarasov, the representative of the Russian Defense Ministry in taskforces on ceasefire and humanitarian issues in Geneva, said on Friday.

"The whole responsibility for the outrageous situation in Rukban rests with the United States, as it occupies the territory illegally and it uses the humanitarian problems of the refugee camp to legitimize its military presence in the south of Syria. We believe that the elimination of a 55-kilometer [34 mile] zone around At-Tanf [where a US military base is located] will result in the closure of the Rukban camp," Tarasov said at a conference of the Russian and Syrian centers for refugees return.

Nov 16 10:13

What Washington is hiding in southern Syria, is this the most appalling secret of the Syrian War (MAPA)

- All responsibility for the terrible conditions at Camp Rukban is to the United States because they illegally occupied this territory using humanitarian problems in the refugee camp as an excuse for occupation and their presence in this part of Syria. We believe that the abolition of 55 kilometers of the zone around the Al Tanf base will result in the closure of the Rukban camp - said the representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, Juri Tarasov, at a gathering in Geneva.
- The burning problem is an extremely difficult humanitarian situation in the Rukban refugee camp. The total number of displaced people there is 50,000, of which 6,000 are terrorists from the terrorist group Maghavir Al Tavra controlled by the US - said Tarasov.

Nov 16 10:02

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – NOV. 16, 2018: U.S. EXPOSES ASSAD’S ‘EVIL PLAN’ TO HURL MIDDLE EAST INTO CHAOS

On November 15, US Ambassador to Syria James Jeffrey exposed an evil plan of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to create ISIS and to hurl the Middle East, particularly Syria and Iraq, into chaos.

“We also think that you cannot have an enduring defeat of ISIS until you have fundamental change in the Syrian regime and fundamental change in Iran’s role in Syria, which contributed greatly to the rise of ISIS in the first place in 2013, 2014,” Jeffery said during a press briefing.

“The Syrian regime produced ISIS,” the diplomat added saying that the actions of the Damascus government created an opportunity for ISIS to grow.

Nov 16 09:18

‘Russia has made clear’ that status quo of Syria strikes is ‘gone’ – Israeli media

This week, multiple media reports alleged that the Israeli military was training to destroy Russian-made air defence systems, including the S-300s recently delivered to Syria. The reports followed an expression of hope by the US that Russia would allow Tel Aviv to resume its airstrikes against so-called “Iranian targets” in the Arab Republic.

Moscow’s warnings against renewed Israeli attacks in Syria, as well as an increased Russian interest in events in Lebanon, are worrying developments and there’ a “real danger” of closing the Israel Defence Forces’ “operational window of opportunity” in these countries, Haaretz defence contributor Amos Harel wrote.

Nov 16 07:29

No more 'moderates'? Al Nusra terrorists unite ALL Idlib militants under single anti-Assad command

The notorious Al Nusra terrorist group has announced it has united all the rebel factions in Idlib under a single command, eroding whatever thin line ever existed between the so-called 'moderate' militants and hardcore jihadists.

Nov 16 05:07

Russia: US Resumes Strikes East of Euphrates, Including Use of Phosphorus Bombs

The US-led Coalition has resumed airstrikes East of the Euphrates River in Syria, and are using white phosphorous munitions, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

"The Americans have resumed intensive airstrikes against terrorist-controlled settlements along the Eastern bank of Euphrates, including, according to local residents, the use of white phosphorus munitions," Zakharova stated, speaking at a press briefing in Moscow on Thursday, Sputnik reported.

(*According to my sliderule; Two Years Into Trumps First Term is still close enough to tag it OBAMA'S FAULT !)

Nov 15 10:03

Tens of Civilians Killed in US Air Raid on ISIL Prison in Deir Ezzur

US-led coalition fighter jets bombed an ISIL-run prison in residential areas in Southeastern Deir Ezzur on Tuesday afternoon, and killed scores of civilians who had been jailed by the terrorist group, a militant-affiliated news website reported on Wednesday.

Arabic-language website, Orient, quoted local sources as reporting that the warplanes targeted an ISIL-run jail in the town of Hajin in Southeastern Deir Ezzur, destroying several residential units.

It further said that scores of civlian inmates who had been round up and jailed by the ISIL were killed in the air attack.

There is yet no report on the precise number of casualties, but a large death toll is expected as large groups of people had been locked up in the prison by the ISIL.

Nov 15 08:44

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – NOVEMBER 15, 2018: ISRAELI DEFENSE MINISTER RESIGNS AMID SETBACKS IN GAZA, SYRIA

On November 14, Avigdor Lieberman announced his resignation describing the Egyptian-mediated ceasefire with Hamas in the Gaza Strip as “a capitulation to terror”. Lieberman added that he fiercely objected to Israel’s allowing Qatar to deliver $15m in aid to Gaza last week.

Hamas called Lieberman’s resignation a “political victory for Gaza.” Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri said that this development marked “recognition of defeat and failure to confront the Palestinian resistance”, adding that “Gaza’s steadfastness sent a political shockwave” through Israel.

Nov 14 10:02

WATCH Syrians Carry Assad on Their Shoulders, Thanking Him for Liberation

Residents of the Syrian province of Suwayda, grateful for their liberation from the captivity of Daesh* terrorists, lifted Syrian President Bashar Assad onto their shoulders during an official reception.

President Bashar Assad met with the liberated Syrians and their families on Tuesday.

In a video clip published by the media outlet Al-Watan, several men lift Assad into the air, with one of them putting the nation's president on his shoulders. Assad's head even grazes the chandelier hanging in the room.

Then they are seen chanting slogans in support of Assad and Syria.

Nov 14 09:26

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – NOVEMBER 14, 2018: TURKISH-PKK CONFLICT ESCALATES AMID FRESH PKK ATTACKS

The People’s Defense Forces (HPG), a military wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), claimed that it had attacked 6 military bases in the southern Turkish provinces of Hakkari and Sirnak on November 9 and November 10. The HPG stated that 17 Turkish soldiers were killed and 32 others were wounded as a result of the attack. 8 soldiers are also missing, according to the HPG.

It should be noted that early on November 10 that the PKK also carried out an attack on several targets inside and south of the capital of Sirnak province with seven armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). According to Turkish sources, the UAVs failed to reach their targets due to technical failures and possible jamming by the Turkish military.

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