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Jul 23 13:06

ISRAEL POURS FUEL ON NORTHERN SYRIA’S FIRE

Jul 23 06:06

Israel Hit Northern Lebanon Villages During Overnight Attack on Syria

Overnight, Israeli warplanes carried out an attack against Syria’s al-Qusayr, and as is so often the case, they attacked Syria from Lebanese airspace. Lebanon is planning to lodge an official complaint about that to the UN.

Beyond that, Israel appears to have hit several villages in northern Lebanon as well, with locals reporting blasts in several areas during the night. One of the biggest hit the village of Lehfed, creating a 15 meter crater.

The locals in Lehfed reported it was lucky that the rocket hit the rocks, noting it wasn’t far from a residential area and could’ve caused substantially more damage and casualties. As it is, the blast caused only broken windows.

Another rocket was reported to have fallen on the village of Mejdel. Blasts were reported elsewhere along the border between Syria and northern Lebanon. It’s not clear which of these were intended targets of Israel, and as usual Israel is not commenting.

Jul 23 05:29

Russian-made air defense systems shot down ALL Israeli missiles targeting Syria’s Homs – military

All four missiles fired by Israeli warplanes at Syria’s Homs province early on Thursday were shot down by the Syrian Army using Russian-made ‘Buk’ air defense systems, the Russian military has revealed.

Two Israeli F-16 jets fired the guided missiles from Lebanese airspace, around 01:11 local time on Thursday.

“All four missiles were destroyed by on-duty Syrian air defense units, using Russian-made Buk-M2E systems,” the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria said in a statement.

Jul 23 05:26

Will China rebuild war-ravaged Syria? Here’s why Beijing is doubling down on its newly minted partnership with Assad

The recent visit of China’s foreign minister to Damascus as the first foreign guest since President Bashar Assad was sworn in for a second seven-year term is significant – and signals a shift that will annoy Washington and London.

Over the weekend the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Syria during a trip to the Middle East and met with President Bashar Assad. Yang is known for his highly proactive diplomacy, often dashing across multiple regions of the world to meet his counterparts, but this particular visit was particularly notable for a number of reasons.

Jul 22 09:05

Syria shot 7 of 8 Israeli missiles, Russian military says

Syria's air defense forces shot down seven out of eight missiles launched by Israeli warplanes during a raid that targeted the Syrian province of Aleppo, the Russian military said Tuesday.

Rear Adm. Vadim Kulit, the head of the Russian military's Reconciliation Center in Syria, said that four Israeli F-16 fighter jets targeted facilities southeast of Aleppo in Monday's strike.

Kulit said seven of eight missiles launched by the Israeli fighter jets were downed by Syrian air defense units that used Russia-supplied air defense systems Pantsyr-S and Buk-M2. One missile damaged the building of a scientific research center in Safira, he said.

Jul 22 06:26

Israeli Planes Strike Syrian Town in Second Attack of the Week

Still assessing the damage from Israel’s Monday night attack on Aleppo, Syria is facing Israeli missile fire again, this time targeting the town of al-Qusayr, near Homs. Early reports again are that air defenses intercepted most of the missiles.

Something was hit in the strikes, with locals reporting explosions. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said they believed Israel was targeting Hezbollah sites. Qusayr is not far from the Lebanon border, and might have a Hezbollah presence.

The Israeli warplanes fired into the area from north of Beirut. It is common for Israel to use Lebanese airspace to target Syria. Israel attacks targets in Syria extremely often, though generally does not comment on why.

This was true again this evening, with Israel citing a policy of not commenting on attacks which were initially reported in foreign media outlets.

Jul 21 08:01

WEAPONIZING “HUMANITARIAN AID” TO SYRIA:

On Friday July 9 the UN Security Council unanimously agreed to a conditional one-year extension of the Turkey/Syria border crossing at Bab al Hawa. As part of the agreement, the UN Secretary General needs to report regularly on what is happening with the aid going into the Al Qaeda dominated zone. Evidently Russia and China thought the time was not right to insist on principle.

A few weeks ago a friend had sent me a link to a Foreign Policy magazine news story about the Bab al-Hawa crossing, and asked, “Is this accurate?” What could be wrong with humanitarian aid?

There have been many such stories, both short and long. The essence of them all in Western media is that Bab al-Hawa must be kept open for humanitarian reasons. Many of the articles castigate Russia or any other country, such as China, that were contemplating blocking a renewal of the UN authorization of the border crossing.

Jul 21 07:40

Israeli Missile Strikes in Northern Syria Kill Five

Details are emerging on Israel’s overnight missile strikes against Syria’s north. The strikes reportedly killed five people, two Syrians and three non-Syrians, and destroyed a military base near Aleppo.

Syrian state media confirmed the attacks, and said that their defense systems intercepted most of the incoming missiles. They added that overall damage done in the strikes is still being assessed.

The Syrian military said the missiles were aimed at several locations in the area. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed those included a weapons depot which they accused of being “pro-Iranian.”

This area near Aleppo is along the frontier between Syrian government territory and an enclave occupied by Turkish-backed rebels. Though Israel attacks Syrian military sites regularly, it is unusual for them to do so this far north.

Jul 16 06:33

Bomber Joe Biden Strikes Iraq and Syria: Retaliation Breeds More Incidents

In less than six months in office President Joe Biden has already developed a national security policy that appears to lean strongly towards proactive use of military force in questionable circumstances, as if war is the answer to every problem. Biden should nevertheless be applauded for his persistence in withdrawing from Afghanistan after twenty years of ill-considered nation building, but even the departure from that country appears to be characterized by a lack of coordination, rather reminiscent of helicopters taking off from the embassy roof in Saigon in 1975.

Jul 15 06:33

US troops in Syria come under 'indirect fire attack'

U.S. forces in eastern Syria came under indirect fire on Saturday, though no injuries or casualties have been reported, according to Reuters.

A U.S. defense official told Reuters that that the attack occurred in Conoco, Syria. Though no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, it is believed to have been part of a campaign carried out by Iranian-backed militias.

The news services notes that this is the most recent in a spate of attacks on U.S. personnel in Syria and Iraq.

Jul 15 06:30

48 US occupation vehicles loaded with weapons, ammunition enter Hasaka countryside

A new convoy of the US occupation vehicles loaded with weapons, ammunition and logistic equipment has entered the Syrian territory through al-Walid illegitimate crossing coming from the Iraqi territory to support the occupation’s military bases in Hasaka countryside.

Local sources in Tal Hamis countryside told SANA reporter that a convoy that consists of 37 trucks loaded with weapons and ammunition and others loaded with logistic equipment, in addition to three trailers carrying new armored military vehicles and eight other trailers loaded with huge camouflaged boxes came from Iraq and headed for Tal Hamis township and from it to a number of the occupation’s bases in Hasaka countryside.

The sources added that three armored military vehicles for the US occupation and three four-wheeled cars equipped with various machineguns affiliated with the US-backed QSD militia accompanied the convoy since it entered the Syrian territory.

Jul 14 07:25

Daesh merged from US backed opposition and Al Qaeda in Iraq and Syria

The United States envoy to the US led anti Daesh coalition has warned of the possible resurgence of the Takfiri terrorists in Iraq and Syria due to worsening poverty and inequity in the countries. But what is the root cause of the instability and poverty afflicting Baghdad and Damascus?

Two years after the 911 incident, the US invaded Iraq, opening a second major front in its so called War on Terror, having already invaded Afghanistan.

The invasion, Operation Iraqi Freedom, toppled Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, but was followed by instability as well as deadly violence that took the lives of over a million Iraqis and displaced a further 9 million.

Consequently, the chaos resulting from the US invasion eventually gave birth to the Daesh terror group in 2014. Three years later the Takfiri group had captured nearly 1/3 of Iraq's territory.

Jul 13 08:30

Refreshing Exception: Resistance Prevented Obama From Starting Another Presidential War

In 2013, the American people came perilously close to being dragged into a full-scale war in Syria. True, Barack Obama’s administration had been meddling in that country’s civil strife for more than a year in an effort to help insurgents oust President Bashar al-Assad, and once ISIS made a bid to establish its "caliphate," Washington would deploy U.S. Special Forces in Syria – a presence that still continues under a different, vague pretext. However, Obama had a much larger military initiative in mind, and if he had succeeded, America’s Syria entanglement might have rivaled the Iraq War in both size and disastrous consequences. The convergence of various, somewhat unusual, factors prevented that ugly outcome.

Jul 09 08:31

Russia, Iran, and Turkey blast Israel for violating international law with Syria airstrikes

In a joint statement, Russia, Iran, and Turkey have condemned Israel for its “military attacks in Syria, which violate international law,” as the nations resume discussions at the 16th round of Astana Process talks.

In a statement released on Thursday, the trio condemned Israel for continuing to carry out airstrikes in Syria, despite the actions endangering stability and security within the region.

We condemn Israel’s continuous military attacks in Syria, which violate international law, international humanitarian law, the sovereignty of Syria, and neighboring countries.

Jul 09 07:37

Turkey to Transport Syrian Mercenaries to Afghanistan — Syrian Opposition Report

SOHR activists have reported a deal reached between the Turkish intelligence and leaders of its Syrian factions leasers either in Afrin or other areas under the control of the Turkish forces in Syria to move them to Afghanistan in Kabul, likewise similar transferring process to Libya and Nagorno.

However, the process would be different this time as the Turkish intelligence will recruit those mercenaries via Turkish security companies with official contracts. It is worth noting that the process would start in September under the supervision of the Turkish intelligence because the Syrian faction’s members don’t trust their leaders. The main task of those mercenaries will be protecting Kabul airport, governmental institutions and headquarters and the international forces.

Jul 07 10:02

US Forces Are Under Constant Rain Of Fire In Both Syria And Iraq

The United States seems to have stepped in a wasp’s nest after their most recent strikes on ‘resistance’ positions along the Syrian-Iraqi border. The US strike took place on June 27th. The response from the resistance came on the very next day.

The largest American base in Syria – at the al-Omar Oil Field came under fire by at least 8 rockets, which resulted in no casualties but significant material damage. Exactly a week later, reports surfaced of another rocket attack on al-Omar, this time the rumors were first spread by a US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman.

The reports of an attack were subsequently denied by both the US and the SDF. Other reports, however, said the blasts were caused as a result of “training” activity taking place among foreign forces there.

Alongside all of this, US convoys in Iraq are subject to daily IED attacks, with the most recent one taking place on July 5th, in the Baghdad governorate.

Jul 06 08:52

Jimmy Dore Truth Bombs TYT About Syria!

Jul 06 08:47

Biden’s Airstrikes in Syria and Iraq Are a Sign of His Weakness and Ignorance of the Region

It has always baffled western news pundits how peace talks are carried out in the Middle East, where both sides increase their military capability against one another while drinking sweet tea and discussing peace with your enemy.

It’s hard to fathom Joe Biden’s strategy in the Middle East, when his recent actions show at best egregious ignorance of the region or at worse a lack of finesse. Perhaps he simply isn’t listening to his advisors who know the region and the myriad of complicated games which are at play. But the recent air strikes he ordered against Iranian-backed militias both in Iraq and Syria is as curious if not bewildering as his own administration’s crackdown on Iranian media outlets – many which are even staunch enemies of the regime in Tehran.

Jul 06 05:49

Rockets Are Hitting US Bases in Syria and Iraq. Bombed Iraqi Militia Is Taking Credit

The US regularly attributes attacks by ISIS or by unknown attackers on its bases in Iraq to Iraqi government militias even when they expressly deny responsibility, and then uses it as “justification” to bomb them in Syria, and in Iraq (without Baghdad’s permission).

That makes the next story that much more interesting. Iraqi militias claim that on July 4 they struck a US military base in Syria with rocket artillery in retaliation for a US bombing attack, but the US denies anything like that took place and that the explosion sounds were from live-fire training.

Jul 06 05:48

Syria: US Stealing Grain and Oil, Building Up Military Bases – Turkey Guilty of War Crimes

In the latest of what have become regular reports on the subject, the Syrian Arab News Agency provides a detailed account of the American military forces illegally occupying part of the country continuing to loot grain and oil from the nation.

(Spelling of the relevant locations is that of the Syrian agency.)

It was reported that 45 U.S. vehicles departed the town of Rmelan in the northeast province of Hasaka (the al-Hasakah Governorate) loaded with stolen wheat and oil, “in parallel with bringing equipment and logistical material to support their bases in the province.” The amount of vehicles bringing arms and supplies to the military base was reported to be 27.

Jul 06 05:43

US ‘Airstrike Diplomacy’ Continues in Syria-Iraq

On June 27, 2021 the US carried out additional strikes against targets along the Syrian-Iraqi border. The attacks were condemned by both the Syrian and Iraqi governments and represent not only a dangerous escalation by American military aggression in the region, but the continuation of US aggression in the Middle East spanning two decades regardless of who occupies the White House or Congress.

A US Department of Defense statement dated June 27, 2021 regarding the US strikes would claim:

At President Biden’s direction, US military forces earlier this evening conducted defensive precision airstrikes against facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups in the Iraq-Syria border region. he targets were selected because these facilities are utilized by Iran-backed militias that are engaged in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attacks against U.S. personnel and facilities in Iraq.

The statement would also claim:

Jul 06 05:31

Pressed for answers on Syria cover-up, OPCW chief offers new lies and excuses

In the two years since the censorship of a Syria chemical weapons investigation was exposed, the head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Fernando Arias, has vigorously resisted accountability.

Arias has refused to investigate or explain the extensive manipulation of the OPCW’s probe of an alleged April 2018 chlorine attack in Douma. Rather than answer calls to meet with the veteran inspectors who protested the deception, Arias has disparaged them. The OPCW Director General (DG) has even resorted to feigning ignorance about the scandal, recently claiming that “I don’t know why” the organization’s final report on Douma “was contested.”

Facing growing pressure to address the cover-up – most prominently in a “Statement of Concern” from 28 notable signatories, including five former senior OPCW officials – Arias came before the United Nations Security Council on June 3rd to answer questions in open session for the first time.

Jul 05 08:36

Are the recent airstrikes in Iraq and Syria really as ‘defensive’ as the Pentagon claims?

For the past two administrations, U.S. military officials have described airstrikes against Iranian-backed militia groups in Iraq and Syria as “defensive” — an odd word to describe bombing targets in another country.

It certainly fits within the vocabulary of American military-speak. After World War II, the Department of War was reorganized into the Department of Defense, which occasionally conducts offensive military operations, such as launching airstrikes against enemy targets.

Most recently, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby described the U.S. military’s attacks on Iranian-backed groups in both Iraq and Syria as “defensive precision airstrikes” following drone attacks on U.S. troops.

“As a matter of international law, the United States acted pursuant to its right of self-defense,” Kirby said in a June 27 statement. “The strikes were both necessary to address the threat and appropriately limited in scope.”

Jul 05 08:35

Biden’s Empire Moment

It’s a maneuver that’s become as routine as slipping into athleisure and dialing into Zoom.

Early this week, we read again of airstrikes in the Middle East, the latest in a tit-for-tat with agents of Iran. “At President Biden’s direction, U.S. military forces earlier this evening conducted defensive precision airstrikes against facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups in the Iraq-Syria border region,” senior Pentagon spox John F. Kirby said in a statement.

“The strikes were both necessary to address the threat and appropriately limited in scope. As a matter of domestic law, the President took this action pursuant to his Article II authority to protect U.S. personnel in Iraq,” Kirby continued. Those with a sense of deja vu could be excused.

Jun 29 10:27

US sends truckloads of military, logistic reinforcements to Syria’s Hasaka after air raids

The United States has dispatched two convoys of trucks carrying arms and logistics supplies to Syria’s oil-rich province of Hasakah, following its deadly airstrikes on Iraqi resistance groups on the Iraq-Syria border, which triggered warnings of revenge.

Syria’s official news agency SANA, citing local sources, reported on Monday that a US military convoy of 40 vehicles, including refrigerator trucks and tankers, entered the Jazira region of Hasakah through the al-Walid border crossing earlier in the day

The sources said the convoy, which had come from Iraq, headed toward military bases run by US forces in Rmelan town.

Another US military convoy of 20 vehicles, loaded with logistic reinforcement, arrived in Rmelan hours later.

Jun 29 08:39

Rocket Missiles Hit US Military Base in Deir ez-Zor, Syria

At least eight rockets hit a US military base at the Al-Omar oil field in Deir ez-Zor, Syria, the Iraqi Saberin News channel reported.

According to the Saberin News channel, columns of smoke and fire have risen from the base.

No casualties have been reported from the rocket attack.

The US military and its affiliated terrorist elements have been present illegally in northern and eastern Syria for a long time, and in addition to looting the country's oil and grain resources, they are taking action against Syrian residents and forces in those regions.

Jun 29 07:39

US fuels Syrian war with new arms supplies to Al Qaeda terrorists

The Pentagon is buying $2.8 billion worth of weapons for conflict zones around the world. Most of the weapons are destined for Syria.

A number of propaganda videos published by Hayat Tahrir Al Sham (formerly known as Al Nusra Front – the Al Qaeda branch in Syria) show the terrorists already being supplied with sophisticated American TOW anti-tank missiles.

Jun 29 07:21

Syria's Largest US-Occupied Oil Field Comes Under Missile & Mortar Attack

A US military base at Syria's occupied Omar oil field in Deir Ezzor province has come under attack by unknown groups following last night's Biden-ordered airstrike on militia bases along the Syria-Iraq border. Western sources are reporting it as "revenge" by "Iran-backed militias" for the Sunday night US military action against pro-Iranian encampments along Syria's eastern border, which left multiple militia members dead.

Syrian state news agency SANA has confirmed that US forces at the oil field have come under attack by "unknown" militants, further as Kurdistan media source Rudaw News has cited US-backed SDF sources which have also confirmed a mortar attack. The US coalition later indicated no casualties resulted.

Jun 29 07:09

US Strike Killed Child, Wounded Three Civilians at Iraq-Syria Border

Details are emerging on the overnight US attacks against the border area of Iraq and Syria. One of the strikes killed a child, and wounded three civilians when it hit a residential area.

That missile strike hit an area in al-Bukamal, the main border crossing city in Syria leading to Iraq. There is no indication why the US thought this residential area was a military target, though US officials maintain that the strikes were valid as “self-defense.”

The US strikes were meant to target an Iraqi Shi’ite militia, Ketaib Hezbollah, under the pretense that the group is an “Iranian-backed militia.” The militia, and other allied Iraqi militias, are now threatening “open war” in retaliation.

The Pentagon’s statement on the US attack claimed the two strikes in Syria hit “weapons storage facilities.” This is clearly not the case if that missile is any indication, as it hit a civilian home in a relatively small city.

Jun 29 06:50

US Troops Under Attack in Syria; Iraq Militia Declares ‘Open War’

US strikes in Iraq and Syria overnight didn’t take long to provoke a reaction, despite claims that the strikes were a “deterrent.” US troops in Syria were under rocket attacks within a matter of hours.

Details are still emerging, though the US says that there are no casualties so far. This is just the start of the problem though, with the targeted militia vowing “open war with the American occupation.”

US troops reportedly came under rocket fire in northeastern Syria, and US troops responded with artillery fire. Secretary of State Tony Blinken said that the US is ready to act further.

Iraq’s umbrella militia Hashd al-Shaabi says four Iraqis were killed in the US attacks, and promised to “wreak vengeance on the perpetrators of this heinous crime.” In the attack on Syria, the US killed at least one civilian child.

Jun 29 06:47

Biden's Lawless Bombing of Iraq and Syria Only Serves the Weapons Industry Funding Both Parties

For the second time in the five months since he was inaugurated, President Joe Biden on Sunday ordered a U.S. bombing raid on Syria, and for the first time, he also bombed Iraq. The rationale offered was the same as Biden's first air attack in February: the U.S., in the words of Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, “conducted defensive precision airstrikes against facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups in the Iraq-Syria border region.” He added that “the United States acted pursuant to its right of self-defense.”

Jun 29 06:17

Video: Rockets Hit US Military Base in Eastern Syria Day After US Airstrike on Militia

Hundreds of US troops have remained in Syria long after the territorial defeat of Daesh, officially claiming to be supporting Kurdish militias fighting scattered Daesh elements. However, in 2019, then-US President Donald Trump admitted US forces were in Syria "only for oil," which has been spotted being shipped out in overnight truck convoys.

The day after US Air Force airstrikes targeted a militia group on both sides of the Iraq-Syria border, a rocket attack has been reported against a US base in eastern Syria.

According to local reports, the base under attack is adjacent to al-Omar oil field in Deir-ez-Zor Governorate, Syria's largest oil field, and at least eight rockets fell on the base. The identity of the attacking force is unknown.

Jun 29 06:14

The US has bombed Syria and Iraq again, apparently just because it can, giving little or no thought to the consequences

The timing and nature of the US airstrikes against Iraqi militia forces operating inside Syria and Iraq begs the question of what, if anything, the US hoped to accomplish.

Sometimes one must wonder if those who plan military strikes at the Pentagon have any situational awareness about the geopolitical realities in the regions they attack, or if their actions are guided by ignorance-laced hubris that shields them from any connection to the real world.

This disconnect with reality was on full display on June 27, 2021, when US military aircraft launched strikes against three targets affiliated with the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), a state-sanctioned umbrella organization of primarily Iranian-backed Shi’a militias formed in 2014 to fight the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS).

Jun 29 05:29

BREAKING NEWS: Joe Biden says Iran will 'never' get a nuclear weapon on his watch – as multiple rockets hit a US base in Syria less than 24 hours after he launched airstrikes against Iranian-backed militia sites

President Joe Biden said Monday Iran would 'never' acquire a nuclear weapon on his watch, following repots that U.S. forces in Syria came under attack a day after the U.S. launched strikes on Iranian proxies.

'What I can say to you Iran will never get a nuclear weapon on my watch as they say,' Biden said in the Oval Office while meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.

Biden told Rivlin the U.S. commitment to Israel's security was 'ironclad.'

Jun 29 01:16

Biden Regime Bombed Syria And Iraq In 'Self-Defense,' Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby Says

America has the right to "defend" itself by bombing alleged "Iran-backed militias" in Syria and Iraq, so said Pentagon spokesman John Kirby on Sunday.

Jun 28 12:21

Rockets Hit US Military Base in Eastern Syria Day After US Airstrike on Militia - Reports

The day after US Air Force airstrikes targeted a militia group on both sides of the Iraq-Syria border, a rocket attack has bene reported against a US base in eastern Syria.

According to local reports, the base under attack is adjacent to al-Omar oil field in Deir-ez-Zor Governorate, Syria's largest oil field, and at least eight rockets fell on the base.

Video and photos circulating on social media purport to have captured the bombardment from afar.

Jun 28 11:43

Biden's Lawless Bombing of Iraq and Syria Only Serves the Weapons Industry Funding Both Parties

For the second time in the five months since he was inaugurated, President Joe Biden on Sunday ordered a U.S. bombing raid on Syria, and for the first time, he also bombed Iraq. The rationale offered was the same as Biden's first air attack in February: the U.S., in the words of Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, “conducted defensive precision airstrikes against facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups in the Iraq-Syria border region.” He added that “the United States acted pursuant to its right of self-defense.”

Jun 28 06:32

White House Responds To Report Saying Biden To Reverse Trump's Golan Heights Policy

On Thursday the Washington Free Beacon published a story with the headline: "Biden Admin Walks Back US Recognition of Golan Heights as Israeli Territory." This set off a wave of rumors and follow-up reports, culminating in an official Biden administration response on Friday.

The initial report had stated: "The Biden administration is walking back the United States' historic recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the contested Golan Heights region along Israel's northern border, a significant blow to the Jewish state and one of the Trump administration's signature foreign policy decisions." But the State Department's Near Eastern Affairs Department tweeted in response as the claim began to spread: "US policy regarding the Golan has not changed, and reports to the contrary are false."

Jun 28 05:45

US Attacks Ketaib Hezbollah Targets Along Iraq-Syria Border

The Pentagon has issued a statement Sunday reporting that they have carried out a round of airstrikes against the border area between Iraq and Syria. The attacks targeted the Iraqi Shi’ite militia Ketaib Hezbollah.

This is not the first time the US has attacked this militia. Indeed, the US regularly hits them, and provokes retaliation from the militia. The statement said this attack was meant to retaliate for recent militia drone strikes against US targets.

The Ketaib Hezbollah militia has established itself around this border area to resist ISIS and to support the Syrian government in its own fights against ISIS on the other side of the border. In both cases, the US is hostile, and in both cases, the US has tried to brand the group as “pro-Iran.”

The US statement reported two sites were targeted inside Syria, and one site inside Iraq. It is not clear what damage was done in these attacks, and similarly did not address the possibility of casualties in the attacks.

Jun 28 05:32

Biden Orders Airstrikes On Iran-backed Militias' Weapon Storage Facilities

President Joe Biden on Sunday directed U.S. military forces to carry out three airstrikes on weapons storage facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups.

In a release from the Department of Defense, President Biden had ordered U.S. military forces to conduct defensive precision airstrikes on facilities in Iraq and Syria. The facilities were targeted after several unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) launched attacks on Iraqi bases housing U.S. personnel.

“As demonstrated by this evening's strikes, President Biden has been clear that he will act to protect U.S. personnel. Given the ongoing series of attacks by Iran-backed groups targeting U.S. interests in Iraq, the President directed further military action to disrupt and deter such attacks,” the Defense Department’s news release read.

Jun 26 06:14

Biden Administration Warns Allies Against Restoring Ties With Syria’s Assad

After supporting efforts to oust him, some of Washington’s Gulf allies have accepted that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is here to stay and are working on restoring ties with Damascus. On Friday, a US official warned US allies against getting friendly with Assad and threatened sanctions.

Joey Hood, the acting assistant secretary of state for Near East affairs, said the US does “not intend to normalize” relations with Assad unless there is a “major change in behavior.” He said others that are “considering making moves” should think “very carefully” about it.

Hood’s comments come amid reports that Syria and Saudi Arabia are working towards normalizing relations. The UAE has already restored ties with Assad and reopened its embassy in Syria in 2018.

Hood brought up the Caesar Act, which enables the US to impose sanctions on anyone who is doing business with the Syrian government, and suggested Washington’s Arab allies could be targeted.

Jun 22 05:45

Russian forces block US military patrol in northeast Syria

Russian forces have blocked an American military convoy, comprising four armored vehicles, in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah province.

Russia’s RT television network reported on Monday that Russian personnel had stopped the US military patrol along the M4 highway, some 10 kilometers west of the town of Tall Tamr.

Informed sources said the US convoy was forced to return because it had violated security protocols between Moscow and Washington.

Russia said the US had not given prior notice regarding its troops’ movements in Hasakah.

Hasakah is occupied by American soldiers and the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed anti-Damascus alliance of mainly Kurdish militants. Turkey also controls areas in the province and elsewhere following military operations in northern Syria.

Jun 14 08:29

A Day Of Reckoning In Syria's Idlib

After frequent ceasefire violations by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and other terrorist groups of the so-called “moderate opposition”, the cup seems to be spilling over. On June 10th, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Russian support began a heavy shelling operation on various HTS positions throughout Greater Idlib.Significantly, a pinpoint strike claimed the lives of HTS’ military spokesman, Abu Khalid al-Shami, media coordinator, Abu Musab al-Homsi, and Mu’ataz al-Nasir, commander of the group’s internal security forces.

Four other, unnamed militants were also killed.

Footage was released from a Russian drone which was tracking the three commanders. They were reportedly located with advanced electronic intelligence systems.

The HTS officials were likely targeted with a Russian 2K25 Krasnopol laser-guided artillery shell, with their vehicle being laser painted with an UAV prior to that.

Jun 14 06:49

Iraqi Anti-Terror Group Says ‘Fully Prepared’ to Liberate Israeli-Occupied Golan Heights

The official spokesman for Iraq’s Al-Nujaba Movement said his group is fully prepared to liberate the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, emphasizing that all indications attest to the fact that the Tel Aviv is nearing its end.

Nasr Al-Shammari told Lebanon-based Al-Ahed news website that his movement formed the Golan Liberation Brigade in 2017, and the force is particularly working with Syrian resistance fighters to take back the strategic territory.

“Despite the fact that Al-Nujaba Movement is actively involved in the fight against Takfiri terrorist groups in Syria, this brigade is dedicated to confronting the usurping Zionist regime and will remain so. This brigade includes elite fighters, who have received excellent training for such wars, and have the necessary weapons for such battles. They can strike targets deep inside the Israeli-occupied lands and not just the Golan Heights,” Shammari said.

Jun 11 03:45

How Washington Is Positioning Al-Qaeda's Founder As Its Rebranded 'Asset

Authored by Ben Norton & Max Blumenthal via TheGrayZone.com,

March 2021 marked the 10th anniversary of the Western regime-change war on Syria. And after a decade of grueling conflict, Washington is still maneuvering to extend its longstanding relationship with the Salafi-jihadist militants fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

With the northeastern province of Idlib under the control of a self-proclaimed "Syrian Salvation Government" led by the rebranded version of Syria’s al-Qaeda franchise, and protected under the military aegis of NATO member state Turkey, powerful elements from Brussels to Washington have been working to legitimize its leader.

This June, PBS Frontline aired a special, "The Jihadist," featuring a sit-down interview with Abu Mohammad al-Jolani, de facto president of the "Syrian Salvation Government" and founder of the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda originally called Jabhat al-Nusra, today re-branded as Hay-at Tahrir al-Sham, or HTS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

PBS is, most simply put, just another element in US government psy-ops, period, end of discussion.

And BTW, when was the last time you saw a PBS program critical, in any way, of US governmental agenda?!?

The short answer, is... NEVER.

Jun 10 12:53

Syria Rejects US Declaration on Occupied Golan Heights

Syria considers that it has legitimate rights over the Golan region illegally occupied by Israel since 1967.

Syria on Wednesday rejected statements by U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken regarding the Syrian Golan which is occupied by Israel, and reiterated that this is and will continue to be its territory.

According to the Syrian Foreign Ministry, Blinken's pronouncements are part of Washington's continued and unlimited support for the occupying entity and its criminal aggressions.

Jun 10 08:33

ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES STRIKE SYRIA, AS NETANYAHU STRUGGLES TO REMAIN

Israel’s political situation is proving quite precarious for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

As a result, he’s struggling to prove that he’s required at the lead, since Tel Aviv’s enemies will allegedly flourish if Netanyahu is not there.

Late on June 8th, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) struck various targets in southern and central Syria. According to Syrian media, air defense systems managed to shoot down some Israeli missiles which were fired from the direction of Lebanon.

Not all missiles were shot down and some caused damage. The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights claimed that violent explosions were felt in Damascus and around the city, followed by Israeli strikes on military positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). It also claimed that 10 pro-government fighters were killed in the strikes.

Air strikes also took place in the south of Homs province and in the border zone between Homs and Tartus.

Jun 10 07:22

Israel Defense Forces Strike Syria, As Netanyahu Struggles To Remain

By South Front,

Israel’s political situation is proving quite precarious for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. As a result, he’s struggling to prove that he’s required at the lead, since Tel Aviv’s enemies will allegedly flourish if Netanyahu is not there.

ate on June 8th, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) struck various targets in southern and central Syria. According to Syrian media, air defense systems managed to shoot down some Israeli missiles which were fired from the direction of Lebanon.

Not all missiles were shot down and some caused damage. The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights claimed that violent explosions were felt in Damascus and around the city, followed by Israeli strikes on military positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). It also claimed that 10 pro-government fighters were killed in the strikes.

Air strikes also took place in the south of Homs province and in the border zone between Homs and Tartus.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This continued Israeli shelling of Syria, is an attempt at distracting the Israeli people from the very precarious state in which Netanyahu has left the country of Israel.

I hope and pray that he is officially out of office before he can do greater damage (like a massive strike against Iran, for which he will probably give utterly no warning to the US.)but this remains to be seen.

Without the power of the Prime Minister position behind him, he will not be able to excape those corruption charges which have been dogging him for years, so he will fight tooth and nail to prevent this from happening, even though he may well not be able to prevail.

Jun 10 06:26

How Washington is positioning Syrian Al-Qaeda’s founder as its ‘asset’

March 2021 marked the 10th anniversary of the Western regime-change war on Syria. And after a decade of grueling conflict, Washington is still maneuvering to extend its longstanding relationship with the Salafi-jihadist militants fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

With the northeastern province of Idlib under the control of a self-proclaimed “Syrian Salvation Government” led by the rebranded version of Syria’s al-Qaeda franchise, and protected under the military aegis of NATO member state Turkey, powerful elements from Brussels to Washington have been working to legitimize its leader.

This June, PBS Frontline aired a special, “The Jihadist,” featuring a sit-down interview with Abu Mohammad al-Jolani, de facto president of the “Syrian Salvation Government” and founder of the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda originally called Jabhat al-Nusra, today re-branded as Hay-at Tahrir al-Sham, or HTS.

Jun 09 08:39

Israeli Airstrikes Hit Several Targets Across Syria

Syrian state media reported a flurry of airstrikes overnight Tuesday. The strikes came from Lebanese airspace, and appear to have been an Israeli attack, which hit and damaged several sites in southern and central Syria.

The Syrian military reported moving to intercept the incoming missiles, and that they had shot some down. Others hit, with media reporting large explosions. Details on what was hit aren’t clear, but Homs Province was apparently among the sites where explosions happened.

Interceptions aside, the fact that multiple targets were hit means we should expect casualties, potentially substantial ones. Despite this, Syrian state media has reported no casualties so far, instead saying that the strikes only caused material damage.

Jun 09 06:30

Explosions over Damascus: Syrian air defenses light up sky in response to ‘Israeli aggression’ – state media

Syrian air defenses have been activated against missiles allegedly launched from Lebanese airspace by Israel, state news agency SANA has reported. The attack is said to be targeting Damascus and Homs.
The attack began shortly before midnight local time on Tuesday, according to the agency.

A “very loud” explosion shook Damascus, local residents reportedly posted on Facebook. There have been unconfirmed reports of material damage from the strikes, but no casualties so far.

Jun 03 07:54

A Decade On: West’s War on Syria Continues

By Brian Berletic

As Syrian elections approached, the US, France, and Germany worked together to undermine them. This was not because they truly believed the elections weren’t “free and fair,” but simply because there is no possibility for their client regime of choice to come to power.

This is despite these same Western nations – hand-in-hand – lecturing the world about “democracy,” and using its alleged “lacking” as a pretext to interfere in the affairs of nations worldwide.

The true irony is – even as the UN condemns pressure placed on Syrian voters by factions in Lebanon – the UN appears reluctant to condemn similar pressure or outright restrictions the West is placing on Syrians to likewise inhibit their ability to vote...

Jun 02 07:33

War monitor: Half a million Syrians killed in past ten years

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said nearly half a million Syrians have been killed since the war erupted in 2011.

The rights body said in a new report marking the tenth anniversary of Syria's war, that it has documented the killing of 494,438 people since March 2011 when Syrian regime forces cracked down on peaceful protesters demanding political reform.

SOHR Director, Rami Abdel Rahman, told AFP that the recent unprecedented lull in the conflict has "provided us with a window to document tens of thousands of cases for which we lacked evidence", adding that "an overwhelming majority of these deaths occurred between the end of 2012 and November 2015".

The latest death toll includes 159,774 civilians, including more than 25,000 children who were killed as a result of military attacks by Syrian regime forces and their affiliated groups.

Jun 02 07:30

Israel Attacks, Destroys Syrian Army Post in Golan

The Israeli Army has attacked and destroyed a Syrian observation post in the Golan Heights. Israel presented this as a sovereignty violation by Syria, accusing them of having the post west of the line dividing Golan between Syrian territory and Israeli occupied and annexed territory.

Almost no nation recognizes Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights, though President Trump said in 2019 that the United States does, making them the only nation offering such recognition.

Despite near-weekly attacks on Syria, this is a rare case for Israel, both in that their officials confirmed the attack and that Israel presented it as an attack on Syria, instead of it somehow being about attacking Iran or some other nation.

This time, Israel was just attacking Syria, and even if they view it as a sovereignty violation, virtually nobody in the world recognizes Israel’s territorial claims in this case.

Jun 01 06:40

Turkey Prepares A Syrian Diversion For Its Internal Strife

By South Front,

A Turkish operation in northeastern Syria may be brewing, if recent developments are an indication. On May 28th, the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) announced that it had eliminated the mastermind behind ISIS assassinations in the region, in a joint operation with the “Free Syrian Police.”

As a result of these revelations, Turkey’s leadership is feeling a sense of urgency. There were allegations of high-level phone tapping and more, alongside the illicit weapon and drug trade. As such, the focus needs to be shifted quickly outside of Turkey and what better way than to organize a sort of crisis in the north of Syria?

May 30 06:19

Iran's Top Military Commander to Assad: Iran Ready to Boost Syria's Defense Capabilities

Tehran earlier congratulated Assad on his victory in the second presidential election since the devastating civil war broke out in Syria in the wake of Arab Spring uprisings. Damascus has succeeded in regaining control over most of the country's territory, but militants still remain in the north of the Arab Republic.

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri has pledged Tehran's readiness to help Syria boost its defense power, provide assistance in the process of reconstruction and tackle other issues resulting from the fight against terrorists, Tasnim News reported.

In a message to Syrian President Bashar Assad on Saturday, Baqeri congratulated him on the recent victory in the presidential election. Assad earlier thanked the Syrian people for re-electing him, while also stressing that the next day would be the start of a new era of building Syria the way it should be.

May 29 06:23

Syria’s Victory Stuns NATO Enemies

Syria’s presidential elections this week were a resounding success against a backdrop of 10 years of brutal, relentless war imposed on the Arab country by the United States and its NATO partners.

After a decade-long torment from terrorist mercenaries deployed covertly by the Western powers, as well as overt aggression from NATO military forces illegally attacking the country and from cruel economic sanctions warfare, the people of Syria remain defiant and independent.

President Bashar al-Assad was re-elected for a fourth seven-year term after winning 95 percent of votes cast. The achievement is stunning. It completely refutes – indeed makes a mockery of – the Western narrative depicting Assad as a “tyrant”.

Despite all the grueling hardships, the Syrian people turned out in droves to vote on Thursday. The turnout was over 78 percent with more than 14 million votes cast out of an eligible 18 million electorate.

May 29 06:14

Assad Elected Through 2028 After Predictable Landslide Syria Election, Denounced By West

This week war-torn Syria took to the voting polls and as expected the result was a landslide victory for Syrian President Bashar Assad, ushering in a fourth seven-year term after he came to power in the year 2000 after the death of his father Hafez, who had been the Syrian Arab Republic's first strongman Baath ruler going back to 1971.

The results were announced from Damascus early Thursday (local time), making it official that Assad is to rule Syria through at least 2028 - having received 95% of the vote in an election widely denounced as a sham and 'illegitimate' by Western leaders, as well the anti-Assad jihadist groups in control of Idlib.

May 28 05:40

Biden Won’t Extend Trump Waiver for US Oil Company in Northeast Syria

According to a report from The Associated Press, the Biden administration has decided it will not renew a Trump-era waiver that allowed a US oil company to do business in northeast Syria, where the US has troops deployed.

In 2019, President Trump reversed his decision to pull out of Syria to “keep the oil.” Last year, the US company Delta Crescent Energy inked a deal with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to exploit the oil resources of northeast Syria.

Delta Crescent Energy was issued a waiver to do business in Syria by the Trump Administration in April 2020. An unnamed US official told AP that the Biden administration will not extend the waiver because the White House wants to distance itself from the idea that the US is in Syria only for the oil.

May 28 04:18

Assad Elected Through 2028 After Predictable Landslide Syria Election, Denounced By West

This week war-torn Syria took to the voting polls and as expected the result was a landslide victory for Syrian President Bashar Assad, ushering in a fourth seven-year term after he came to power in the year 2000 after the death of his father Hafez, who had been the Syrian Arab Republic's first strongman Baath ruler going back to 1971.

The results were announced from Damascus early Thursday (local time), making it official that Assad is to rule Syria through at least 2028 - having received 95% of the vote in an election widely denounced as a sham and 'illegitimate' by Western leaders, as well the anti-Assad jihadist groups in control of Idlib.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The results here were as predictable as was the Western demonization of it.

May 27 09:24

Right On Cue, Russian Tu-22M3 Bombers Now Flying From Syria Brandish Anti-Ship Missiles

The Russian Ministry of Defense has released new video and photos showing the current deployment of three Tu-22M3 Backfire-C swing-wing bombers to Khmeimim airbase in Syria, the story of which we were first to report on Monday and followed up on a day later with additional details. Now, as we expected, one of the jets has appeared toting a single example of the enormous Kh-22 series standoff missile. Known in the West as the AS-4 Kitchen, the weapon is now primarily used for anti-shipping strike, in keeping with the maritime mission that Moscow has said the Backfires will undertake while in Syria.

May 26 08:22

Syrians vote in election set to extend al-Assad’s grip on power

Voters in government-held parts of Syria are heading to the polls to cast ballots in an election that is set to cement a fourth term for Bashar al-Assad – but is dismissed by the opposition and Western powers as a farce.

Wednesday’s presidential vote is the second since the beginning of Syria’s uprising-turned-war a decade ago, a conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands of people and forced millions to leave the country. In 2014, al-Assad won nearly 89 percent of the vote.

May 24 06:49

Syria Elections: Always Disparaged by the Meddling Imperial West

The election for Syria’s President begins for ex-pats tomorrow and in Syria on the 26th of May.

The US, UK and other western countries will no doubt dismiss the election results because:

1) most surely current President Dr. Bashar al-Assad will win, and

2) because the US has no puppet candidates in the race.

Also, the “great champions of freedom and democracy” – the governments of the US, UK and Germany – are forbidding Syrians in their countries from voting.

The US et al will NOT condemn any elections for leader in their great ally, best weapons buying customer, and the current killers of Yemen – Saudi Arabia – you know why?

May 17 07:52

US, Kurdish Allies Reportedly Smuggle Another Convoy of Stolen Syrian Oil and Wheat Out of Country

The United States has been in Syria since 2016, justifying its presence in the country by the alleged threat of a resurgent Daesh (ISIS)*, which was routed in 2017. The Syrian government has repeatedly demanded that US troops vacate the country.

‘US occupation forces’ and their Syrian Democratic Forces militia allies have smuggled another 38 trucks and tankers’ worth of wheat and oil out of Syria via the al-Walid border crossing, the Syrian Arab News Agency reports, citing local sources.

The agency’s sources said the supplies were taken from the US and Kurdish-occupied Jazira region of al-Hasakah governorate. SDF militia are alleged to have accompanied the convoy on its way toward the al-Walid crossing, which the Syrian government considers illegal because it's outside Damascus’s control.

May 14 13:43

Rockets launched from Syria amid Palestinian solidarity riots on borders

Three rockets were launched from Syria in the direction of Israel on Friday evening, according to IDF Spokesperson.

One of the rockets failed to launch, falling on the Syrian side of the border. The other two rockets fell in an open space, leading to only open air sirens to be sounded. No injuries were recorded.

May 14 12:48

Russia Turns Back U.S. Military Convoy in Syria Confrontation

Russia's military stopped and turned back a U.S. convoy in Syria as friction grows between Washington, D.C., and Moscow over each other's roles in de-escalating conflict in the country.

The Russian Defense Ministry's Syria reconciliation center said on Thursday that six American MRAP-type armored vehicles had taken an "uncoordinated route and without prior notice" in the Kurdish-held Syrian province of Hasakah.

Rear admiral Alexander Karpov, the reconciliation center's deputy head, said in the statement that Russia's military police patrol had stopped the U.S. convoy as it traveled west along the M-4 highway and told it to head back in the opposite direction.

Karpov described the incident, also reported by news agencies, as "another case of violation of the deconfliction protocols by the units of the U.S. armed forces illegally located in Syria."

May 14 12:11

Russia Turns Back U.S. Military Convoy in Syria Confrontation

Russia's military stopped and turned back a U.S. convoy in Syria as friction grows between Washington, D.C., and Moscow over each other's roles in de-escalating conflict in the country.

The Russian Defense Ministry's Syria reconciliation center said on Thursday that six American MRAP-type armored vehicles had taken an "uncoordinated route and without prior notice" in the Kurdish-held Syrian province of Hasakah.

Rear admiral Alexander Karpov, the reconciliation center's deputy head, said in the statement that Russia's military police patrol had stopped the U.S. convoy as it traveled west along the M-4 highway and told it to head back in the opposite direction.

Karpov described the incident, also reported by news agencies, as "another case of violation of the deconfliction protocols by the units of the U.S. armed forces illegally located in Syria."

May 13 05:43

Zarif in Syria to discuss bilateral, regional issues, including Palestine

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is leading a delegation on a visit to Syria to discuss bilateral and regional issues as well as the latest developments in the Israeli-occupied territories and the Tel Aviv regime’s recent aggression against the sanctities of Muslims.

Speaking to reporters following his Wednesday morning arrival in Damascus, Zarif pointed to the “escalation of criminal actions by the Zionist regime since the International Quds Day” on Friday and “the rare incidents taking place in the al-Aqsa Mosque and occupied territories and the bombing of Gaza.”

He said he planned to discuss the current situation in the occupied Palestine with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mekdad and “other Syrian and Palestinian friends.”

May 12 06:45

US, Turkey Continue Depredations in Syria

Over the past twenty-four hours the Syrian press is replete with accounts of ongoing American, Turkish and associated attacks on the country both military and economic.

One news story is of a meeting between the ministers of water resources of Syria and Iraq, Tammam Ra’ad and Mehdi Rashid al-Hamdani, respectively, discussing Turkey’s diverting or outright pilfering water from the Euphrates ad Tigris Rivers. For several weeks the Syrian hydroelectric and agricultural sectors have suffered substantial damage from the theft.

In their video conversation the Iraqi minister lamented the effect the Turkish actions has had on the citizens of his country. His Syrian counterpart spoke of measures taken by his nation to work with friendly governments and international organizations to address and redress their concerns.

May 11 06:48

Israeli helicopter attacks Quneitra in southwestern Syria, one civilian injured

The Israeli military has carried out an airstrike against a residential area in Syria’s southwestern province of Quneitra, in what would be the second such attack in less than a week.

Syria’s official news agency SANA, citing local sources, reported that an Israeli helicopter targeted a house in Ain al-Tinah village, which lies west of Hader town, on Monday afternoon, wounding a civilian.

The report added that the injured Syrian was taken to Quneitra Hospital to receive medical treatment.

May 11 05:53

Israel Helicopter Hits Syrian Border Town in Rare Daytime Attack

Last week, Israel attacked Syrian territory at least three separate times. The Israeli government declined all comment. They’ll have a harder time maintaining ambiguity Monday, after a broad daylight attack by Israeli military helicopters on a Syrian border town.

The Israeli helicopter crossed into the Syrian Golan Heights and bombed a house in the town of Khader, wounding one person. Opposition figures claimed the wounded man worked for Hezbollah, which likely is just another way of saying he was a Shi’ite.

Israel’s policy is to not comment on attacks reported in foreign press, but this is easier to avoid when it is under the cover of night. With near daily attacks lately, the daytime strike, and close-up photos of an Israeli helicopter, seemingly step up the seriousness even further.

May 11 05:18

Internal emails reveal that the Dutch government suppressed White Helmets’ financial fraud – what else are they hiding?

The epic establishment clean-up operation launched in the wake of James Le Mesurier’s apparent suicide was effective in the short term, but determined digging by critical journalists means the scandal definitely isn’t over yet.

A Dutch newspaper, De Volkskrant, has published a stunning exclusive based on internal government emails, exposing how officials conspired to prevent a minister publicly raising concerns about fraudulent activity at Mayday Rescue, the now-defunct “humanitarian” organization behind Syria’s highly controversial White Helmets.

The internal communications show that, following the ever-mysterious demise of Helmets and Mayday founder James Le Mesurier in November 2019 in Istanbul, Sigrid Kaag, the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, planned to formally caution parliament about financial impropriety on Le Mesurier’s part. Several draft statements were produced over the ensuing Christmas period, in which Mayday was openly named.

May 10 07:08

US Troops Accused Of Pillaging Syrian Grain Silos As Russia Warns Of Increased Occupation

Syrian and Russian state sources are reporting late this week that Russia's Defense Ministry is expressing anger over what it described as noticeably increased American military activity in Syria's northeast region, particularly an uptick in military equipment and troop deployments to the al-Jazeera area.

The Russian Coordination Center in Hmeimim cited the increased air and land transport of American military hardware as part of the continuing violation of Syria's sovereignty intended to block the Syrian population from its own vital resources, including wheat and energy.

May 10 05:50

Another 'Mystery Explosion' Has Hit An Oil Tanker Off Syria's Coast

An oil tanker off Syria's Mediterranean port of Banias has been hit with an explosion Sunday, resulting in a fire on board which was reportedly extinguished soon after.

There were reportedly no casualties, but subsequent photographs showed large plumes of black smoke rising above the tanker, which may have been engaged in offloading its cargo. The 'mystery' blast comes after a series of alleged Israeli covert attacks against both Iranian and Syrian ships believed engaged in "sanctions-busting" activity related to Washington-led anti-Assad measures.

May 09 05:08

US Troops Accused Of Pillaging Syrian Grain Silos As Russia Warns Of Increased Occupation

Syrian and Russian state sources are reporting late this week that Russia's Defense Ministry is expressing anger over what it described as noticeably increased American military activity in Syria's northeast region, particularly an uptick in military equipment and troop deployments to the al-Jazeera area.

The Russian Coordination Center in Hmeimim cited the increased air and land transport of American military hardware as part of the continuing violation of Syria's sovereignty intended to block the Syrian population from its own vital resources, including wheat and energy.

May 08 07:09

White Helmets corruption scandal deepens: Dutch gov’t investigated parent org for fraud, but covered it up

The decade-long dirty war on Syria proved to be a cash cow for some of the most prominent US and UK regime-change operatives. Western government contractors got hundreds of millions of dollars to run schemes to destabilize Damascus –– and some of them took a cut for themselves, profiting off of the pillage.

One of the main players in the cottage industry of contractors that helped run the Western regime-change war on Syria, and which was eventually implicated in a massive corruption scandal, was the Mayday Rescue Foundation.

Mayday served as the fiscal sponsor of Syria Civil Defense, known popularly as the White Helmets, a deceptive humanitarian interventionist operation that became a key propaganda weapon in the dirty war on Damascus.

May 07 06:28

Israel Attacks Syria for Second Straight Night

Israel went nearly two weeks between attacking Syria, and is now hitting for a second night in a row, with an attack helicopter raid into the Syrian Golan Heights. As with Wednesday night, Israel refused to comment on the attacks.

This makes it tough to determine what happened, as Israeli media tends to exaggerate and Syrian state media tends to downplay what happened. Officially, there are no confirmed casualties of the Thursday attack, and only one civilian killed Wednesday.

The attacks were on opposite sides of the country, with Wednesday’s hit near Latakia in the northwest, and Thursday’s in Quneitra, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. In neither case was it clear what was being attacked, though Wednesday’s missiles hit a plastic factory.

May 07 03:53

NATO's Southeastern Spearhead: Turkey's Military Aggression In Iraq, Syria, Yemen, & Caucasus Signals Proxy Conflict With Iran

Authored by Rick Rozoff via Anti-Bellum,

The past week has witnessed reports of increased Turkish military activity in Iraq and Syria as well as its intruding itself deeper into the war in Yemen. In all three cases Ankara has pitted itself against forces that are or can be seen to be pro-Iranian: Shiite parties in northern Iraq, the government of Syria and the Houthi-led government in Yemen.

Direct tensions between Turkey and Iran have been increasing since last year over the above three nations as well as the Turkish-directed attack on Nagorno-Karabakh by Azerbaijan (Turkey and Azerbaijan identify themselves as “one nation, two states’) and its aftermath.

May 06 10:24

Frustrated Israelis Says Russian Navy Protecting Iranian Tankers to Syria

Amid confused reports of a drone attack on an Iranian ship in the Mediterranean on its way to Syria, Iran appears to have moved its weapons shipments to Syria and Lebanon from the land — where Israel has regularly tracked and destroyed them — to ships that may be receiving protection from Russian vessels in the Mediterranean.

At the same time, defense sources here say Israel has intensified its aerial attacks on targets in Syria once the weapons are delivered by sea. The last such attack was on April 22.

Israeli defense sources here say the Iranian ships sail from the Red Sea, transit the Suez Canal and arrive in the Mediterranean. The defense sources say the ships documents claim they carry only oil, but there are indications that “oil is not the only cargo.” [Israel would of course say that.]

Israel finds itself in a situation where little can be done to stop this new route from Iran to Syria.

May 05 05:37

Saudi Arabia Poised To Mend Relations With Assad In Major First Since War Began

Multiple international reports on Tuesday revealed that Saudi Arabia's powerful intelligence chief traveled to Damascus Monday to meet with his Syrian counterpart in what's being seen as a major step toward detente. The two broke off relations since near the start of the war in 2011, especially as it became clear the Saudis were a key part of the Western allied push for regime change, through covert support to anti-Assad insurgents and jihadists which included regular weapons shipments.

Gen Khalid Humaidan, the head of Saudi Arabia's General Intelligence Directorate, led a delegation where they were received by Syrian government officials in Damascus. According to The Guardian, Riyadh is currently preparing for a "normalization of relations" - expected to come immediately after the Muslim holiday of Ramadan next week.

May 05 05:04

RAF’s ‘Dambusters’ squadron set to begin Iraq and Syria bombing mission

The Royal Air Force (RAF) is set to deploy its 617 squadron – known as the “Dambusters” – allegedly against Daesh targets in Iraq and Syria.

The Ministry of Defense says F35B stealth fighter jets will join so-called Operation Shader from the Carrier Strike Group centered on the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier.

Eight RAF and 10 US Marine Corps F35Bs are based on HMS Queen Elizabeth, and these assets are joined by an additional six Royal Navy ships, a submarine, 14 naval helicopters and a company of Royal Marines.

Trying to justify the latest deployment, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, claimed that he was in no doubt that “violent extremism and the toxic ideology underpinning it is still rooted” in the West Asia region.

May 04 07:14

Damascus And Moscow Prepare For Spring Cleaning In Central Syria

At the beginning of May, the time of spring cleaning in central Syria may have arrived.

The Russian Aerospace Forces carried out a series of airstrikes on ISIS hideouts in the region, and specifically the Jebel Bishri region located along the administrative border between Raqqa and Deir Ezzor, the Hama-Aleppo-Raqqa triangle and other parts of the region.

These strikes took place in anticipation of a large-scale operation that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) will carry out with Russian support.

Several units from the SAA 5th Corps, 11th Division and the 25th Special Forces Division, known as the Tiger Forces, will take part in the operation. Syrian troops will move from Hama and Raqqa simultaneously.

ISIS has ramped up its activities in the last several weeks. The Amaq News Agency even shared footage of terrorists going about their daily chores in Homs. Likely to show that being a terrorist isn’t so bad and there’s some sort of normality to the entire scenario.

May 04 05:24

‘Just like pirates’: Syrian minister says US controls most crude reserves in northeast, loots oil to strangle country’s economy

Syria’s petroleum minister has condemned US forces for acting “like pirates” as Washington continues to plunder most of the oil wealth from the country’s resource-rich northeast, where the Pentagon backs Kurdish militia groups.

“Americans and their allies are targeting the Syrian oil wealth and its tankers just like pirates,” Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Bassam Tomeh told state TV this week, adding that the move is designed to cripple Syria’s economy, which depends on oil revenues.

“What has happened all through [the] Syria war has not happened in any country, in terms of preventing us from tapping our wealth resources and at the same time stopping basic commodities from reaching our country.”

Apr 30 07:59

Suicide cases among Syrian children rising sharply, says Save the Children

The number of children attempting or committing suicide in northwest Syria has risen sharply over the past year, with almost one in five of all recorded suicide cases involving adolescents, Save the Children said on Thursday.

Deaths by suicide increased by 86 percent in the last three months of 2020 in comparison to the first three months of that year, the charity reported.

It added that a total of 246 people died by suicide during that period, while another 1,748 suicide attempts were recorded.

"After ten years of conflict, we are now seeing children resorting to taking their own lives," said Sonia Khush, Save the Children's Syria Response Director.

Apr 29 08:27

Frustrated Israelis Says Russian Navy Protecting Iranian Tankers to Syria

Amid confused reports of a drone attack on an Iranian ship in the Mediterranean on its way to Syria, Iran appears to have moved its weapons shipments to Syria and Lebanon from the land — where Israel has regularly tracked and destroyed them — to ships that may be receiving protection from Russian vessels in the Mediterranean.

At the same time, defense sources here say Israel has intensified its aerial attacks on targets in Syria once the weapons are delivered by sea. The last such attack was on April 22.

Israeli defense sources here say the Iranian ships sail from the Red Sea, transit the Suez Canal and arrive in the Mediterranean. The defense sources say the ships documents claim they carry only oil, but there are indications that “oil is not the only cargo.” [Israel would of course say that.]

Israel finds itself in a situation where little can be done to stop this new route from Iran to Syria.

Apr 28 06:45

ANOTHER LEAKED AUDIO: John Kerry’s 2016 Meeting with Syrian “Revolutionaries” Pushing for US Bomb Attacks on Syria (AUDIO)

As reported on Monday — In a recently leaked audio, Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said then-Secretary of State John Kerry informed him about Israel’s covert operations in Syria.

John Kerry served as Barack Obama’s Secretary of State from 2013 – 2017 and currently serves as Biden’s special climate envoy.

Zarif said he was shocked by John Kerry’s revelation that Israel had attacked Iranian targets in Syria over 200 times.

The leaked audio was obtained by The New York Times and other outlets and the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh effectively confirmed the leaked tape’s authenticity.

Apr 27 11:51

Republicans Pressure John Kerry To Resign After NYT Leaked Iran Audio – What We Know So Far

John Kerry, the special envoy for climate change under President Biden, is facing multiple calls to resign following reports alleging that he provided intelligence to Iran’s foreign minister.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif claimed, in a leaked recording obtained by the New York Times, that Kerry informed him about over 200 covert Israeli attacks on Iranian interests in Syria.

“Former Secretary of State John Kerry informed him that Israel had attacked Iranian interests in Syria at least 200 times, to his astonishment, Mr. Zarif said,” according to the Times.

The Democrat, who has a seat on the National Security Council, vehemently denied the allegations and called the story “unequivocally false.”

“This never happened,” he tweeted, “either when I was Secretary of State or since.”

Apr 27 07:45

Iran Foreign Minister claims John Kerry told him about Israeli attacks in Syria

Apr 26 07:13

Three Killed in Attack on Iranian Tanker Off Syria’s Coast

On Saturday, an Iranian fuel tanker was attacked off the coast of Syria, the first such attack in years. Three Iranians, including two crew members, were reported slain.

Details are still emerging, but suspicion immediately shot to Israel, who attacks Iranian targets in and around Syria all the time. A previous report had suggested that the Israelis had targeted a few vessels carrying Iranian fuel in the past.

This fuel tanker was close to port, and it is believed to have been attacked by a drone or a missile fired from Lebanese airspace. This again points to an Israeli attack, as Israel tends to use Lebanese airspace with impunity.

Before the war, Syria was self-sufficient on oil and fuel, but production and transport has struggled, and now they are heavily reliant on imports to run the economy. With the US trying to keep Syria from buying anything, and trying to keep Iran from selling anything, it’s only natural this would be a key trading partner for them.

Apr 25 04:17

DRONE STRIKE TARGETS IRANIAN TANKER ANCHORED OFF SYRIA’S MAIN OIL TERMINAL (PHOTOS)

On April 24 afternoon, an unidentified drone targeted a tanker anchored off Syria’s main oil terminal in the town of Banias.

In an official statement, the Ministry of Oil and Natural Resources said that the hostile drone came from the direction of Lebanon’s waters. The ministry also said that a fire caused by the strike was put down by the tanker’s crew.

“Firefighters controlled by the fire which erupted in one of the oil tanker’s sections off the oil terminal in Banias,” the statement reads.

The France-Press Agency, AFP, reported that the targeted tanker is Iranian, without providing any additional information on the incident.

Apr 25 03:59

Oil Tanker In Flames Off Syrian Coast After Suspected Drone Attack

The Times of Israel reports a fire broke out on an oil tanker moored off the port of Banyas, located in northwestern Syria.

The source of the fire is unknown at the moment, but Syria's oil ministry reports "an apparent drone attack coming from Lebanese territory" is responsible for the incident.

The ministry didn't provide any information about the ship's name, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the vessel was Iranian.

Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) allegedly shows the vessel with a plume of black smoke rising in front of the bridge.

Apr 24 07:35

Anonymous NatSec Officials: The Cuban Ray Guns Are in Syria Now, Just Trust Us on This

Here we go again with the anonymously sourced claims Russia is trying to fry the innards of U.S. government personnel abroad, using energy guns secretly manufactured using updated Soviet blueprints.

According to Politico, anonymous officials said the Pentagon has briefed members of Congress on “intelligence surrounding suspected directed-energy attacks against U.S. troops,” with the outlet citing at least four national security officials “directly involved in the probe.” In one of the incidents, several troops in Syria (where hundreds of U.S. soldiers are stationed in another forever war) “developed flu-like symptoms.” Politico also wrote that said officials attribute these directed-energy beams to being sourced from nefarious Russian operatives. “Two former national security officials involved” in the inquiry, quite possibly ones that departed office along with Donald Trump, claimed the incidents drew extreme concern across the Department of Defense:

Apr 23 07:11

Latest Skirmish with Syria Shows Israel Is Much Weaker Than It Looks

For years Israel’s Arab neighbors have grown accustomed to routine unprovoked attacks on their infrastructure, soldiers and civilians by the Jewish state.

While Syria’s air defense has been increasing its success rate in quashing Israeli raids, the latest exchange between the two countries has opened up the possibility to strike back.

Yesterday, a missile bypassed Israel’s Patriot, Iron Dome and David’s Sling missile defense systems and landed close to the delicate Dimona nuclear reactor in its Southern desert, triggering panic in the city when its alarm went off. The Dimona nuclear facility is highly secretive as it is used to produce the Israel’s illegal nuclear weapons.

Apr 23 06:12

(video) Ask An Israeli: Do you believe that gentiles (non Jews) will be slaves for the Jews?

NO!
We will not be bought!
We will not be sold!
I am not your slave!

Quoting sanitized Wikipedia "Jewish Views on Slavery" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_views_on_slavery

The Torah and the Talmud contain various rules about how to treat slaves. Biblical rules for treatment of Jewish slaves were more lenient than for non-Jewish slaves and the Talmud insisted that Jewish slaves should be granted similar food, drink, lodging, and bedding, to that which their master would grant to himself.

Apr 23 05:49

SYRIA TO PAY FOR “PLANNED EXPLOSION” IN ISRAELI WEAPON FACTORY

On April 20 a large explosion took place in central Israel, at the facility of Tomer, a government-owned defense contractor.

As per the contractor, there were neither damages nor casualties, and the massive mushroom cloud that was seen was a “controlled test.”

The company, Tomer, produces a variety of propulsion systems for various missiles used by Israel.

Videos of the blast were widely shared on social media, prompting speculation that it was the result of a malfunction or sabotage, especially in light of ongoing tension between Israel and Iran. And Tehran’s state media had reports focused on the facility, which led to speculation that it was some form retaliatory attack after the blast in the Natanz facility.

The contractor still maintained that it was all planned, but there were none of the customary warnings in advance of the explosion and no confirmation by either the Ministry of Defense or the company after the fact.

Apr 22 07:59

Canada Reveals It Paid White Helmets $4 Million Annually After It Cuts Ties

In another stunning revelation concerning the self-styled "independent" Syrian rescue and aid organization the White Helmets, Canada this week revealed that it has ended all funding for the controversial group yet without detailing why.

A bombshell new report in The Globe and Mail says only that the government of Canada, dubbed "one of the staunchest backers of the White Helmets", ended support "shortly after the death of the group’s British co-founder, James Le Mesurier, who committed suicide in November, 2019."

Le Mesurier had been mired in scandal and was subject of an in investigation over possible mishandling of donations which poured in from various Western governments and humanitarian groups. His suicide took place in murky circumstances: he was found dead reportedly from a fall on the street below the upstairs window of his apartment in Istanbul's Beyoglu district on November 11, 2019.

Apr 22 07:58

Syrian Missile Comes Close To Striking Israeli Nuclear Reactor, Israel Retaliates In Huge Escalation

It was an apparent Syrian response to a prior Israeli attack that targeted the Damascus suburbs. Israel says that it responded to the apparent retaliatory missile attack out of Syria.

At the same time the Jerusalem Post has this overnight (local time) urgent headline: "Missile launched toward Israel from Syria, IDF responds with airstrikes."

Apr 22 06:42

Alarms go off near Israel’s nuclear reactor amid reports of explosions & missile defense system being activated

Sirens have pierced the air in Israel’s southern Negev province near the secretive Dimona nuclear facility, with reports of multiple blasts heard far away from the site and anti-missile systems responding.

The sirens were heard in Abu Qrenat – a village some 13 miles (21km) northwest of The Shimon Peres Negev Nuclear Research Center in the Negev desert – following reports of explosions from the vicinity of the nuclear facility on Thursday morning, according to the Jerusalem Post. A military spokesperson said the incident resulted in no casualties.

Unconfirmed footage has circulated on social media, in which a siren can be heard blaring in the distance. The location the video was captured is unclear. Another clip purporting to show the moment a missile was intercepted by Israel’s defense systems has also made the rounds.

Apr 22 05:50

As chemical weapons watchdog’s credibility crumbles, OPCW member states strip Syria’s voting rights

Syria has been stripped of most of its rights at the global chemical weapons watchdog for alleged breaches. The OPCW stands accused of suppressing facts reported by its own inspectors in Syria for political purposes.

The vote to penalize Syria took place on Wednesday at the conference of the states that are parties to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague. Syria was punished for allegedly violating the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), of which the OCPW is the guardian, based on reports by the special Investigation and Identification Team (IIT).

Apr 22 05:43

Israeli Sirens Sound Off Near Dimona Nuclear Site as Syrian Missile Reportedly Overshoots Target

Rocket sirens were activated in Abu Karinat, an Israeli village located in the Negev desert, early Thursday after a surface-to-air missile was launched from Syrian territory, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have revealed.

Incidentally, the sirens sounded off in an area near Dimona, where Israel's Shimon Peres Negev Nuclear Research Center is situated.

The IDF told Sputnik that the Nuclear Research Center had not been damaged by the missile attack.

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