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LATAKIA: RUSSIA ENGAGES THE TERRORISTS

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LATAKIA:

Humaymaat Airbase area:  The Russian air base expanded for accommodating the Antonov super transport planes was the target of an attack by ISIS, of all groups, here just south of Latakia near the sister city of Jabla.

You cannot see the new airbase on the map provided here.  However, it has, along with the Baasil Al-Assad International Airport, accepted over 28 supply runs from Russia to Syria.  According to our reports, satellite intelligence revealed the movement of about 8 rodents toward the Russian base at Humaymeem.  The terrorists were carrying a rocket launcher ostensibly to destroy the runway there or to strike at a resting Antonov transport.  Russian Speznaz commandos were immediately transported by the Syrian Army to a position where an ambush was set.  Once the trap was sprung, 3 rodents were killed and 3 surrendered with the rest heading for the proverbial hills.  The 3 captured vermin confessed to being members of ISIS which was suprising since everyone expected them to be members of either J.N. or Ahraar Al-Shaam.

Al-‘Utayra Village Military Base near Al-Rubay’ah:  We can confirm the deaths of 33 rodents belonging to Alqaeda/Nusra who were traveling in 7 trucks coming out of Turkey.  Good Intel gave the SAA an advantage in that the army was able to set an ambush for the moving rats and slay them all.

Al-Sawda Village:  54 rats killed or wounded by a combination of SAA and SAAF.  Details still murky.

Zaahiya and Al-Shahroora Villages:  On September 21, 2015, 24 Nusra rodents killed by the Popular Defense Committees.

Al-Hayaat Village:  In the direction of Al-Rubay’ah, the SAA continues to tighten the noose around the necks of Alqaeda while cutting off all supply lines to them.  Yesterday, in a uniquely well-planned operation, SAA-SF assaulted the rats here killing 11 and wounding scores.  The rats have no medicine to treat their wounded litter-mates.

Zaahiya Village:  Yesterday, 20 rats, 15 of whom were Chechens were killed in a sudden assault by SAA and PDC.

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REPORTS AND COMMENT:

Vasili sends us this documenting the Russian air build-up in Syria:

http://spioenkop.blogspot.mk/2015/09/further-russian-air-force.html

Terrorists burn the Palestinian flag in Aleppo: (Thanks, Vasili)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQH84jWSzk8

Warning to all Englishmen:  Cameron is a depraved maniac:

http://www.infowars.com/report-british-pm-david-cameron-stuck-genitals-in-dead-pigs-mouth/?fb_ref=Default&fb_source=message

See the jets Russia has sent to Syria, including the Flankers:

http://su-27flanker.com/2015/09/20/russia-sent-four-sukhoi-su-30sm-fighter-jets-to-syria-satellite-photo-of-the-air-base-latakia/#

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UK – MEET JEREMY CORBYN SHADOW MENTAL HEALTH SECRETARY

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THE JEWISH CHRONICLE – Britain’s youngest Jewish MP has explained her decision to take a role in Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet despite his links to antisemites and Holocaust deniers.

Luciana Berger said she had a “full and frank discussion” with the new Labour leader before agreeing to become Shadow Mental Health Secretary.

She said the decision to work with Mr Corbyn was “not easy – I cannot honestly say I agree with everything the new leader has said over the years”.

In a statement Ms Berger said she believed Mr Corbyn was “willing to listen and engage”.

She said: “I am delighted that mental health has been given the recognition it has long needed and is now a Shadow Cabinet responsibility. This newly-created role is an opportunity to achieve the cross-departmental working on mental health that is vitally needed. The overwhelmingly positive response to the creation of the position highlights the strength of feeling across the country on this issue.

“This role plays to my own passionately-held beliefs that mental health must be given top priority, and that cuts to services harm vulnerable people. Over the past two years I have been campaigning for improved services and have worked hard to hold the government to account over their broken promises.”

Ms Berger served as shadow public health minister under Ed Miliband’s leadership in the past five years.

She had not been expected to take up a role in Mr Corbyn’s shadow cabinet after the controversy in the past month about his links to extremists, Shoah deniers and others who have in the past expressed antisemitic rhetoric.

Ms Berger said: “I had a full and frank discussion with Jeremy Corbyn about a number of topics before I accepted the position. I felt he was willing to listen and engage. I respect those colleagues who have decided to work from the backbenches for a Labour victory in 2020.”

She said she would campaign in parliament and around the country to raise mental health issues.

“I want to hold ministers to account, not only in the Department of Health, but also in work and pensions, education, defence and other relevant departments. I want the Prime Minister to understand the scale of the crisis and the need for action.

“We need fresh thinking on how to tackle the challenge of mental health in our society. We must achieve a cultural shift so that we end stigma and prejudice.”

Last year Ms Berger was targeted by a neo-Nazi group which bombarded her with antisemitic abuse on social media sites.

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USA: License to Kill

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by LUCIANA BOHNE

 

Let’s face it: the United States feels entitled to a license to kill.

On 23 September, Samantha Power, US Ambassador to the United Nations, insisted that the Russian veto power in the Security Council was endangering its legitimacy. Russia had vetoed four Security Council resolutions on Syria. Understandably, the US rabid dogs of war are straining at the chain to which international law constrains them. How dare Russia oppose US plans for regime change in Syria and impede a further blood bath to achieve it?

An indefatigable humanitarian warmonger, Power resents Russia’s opposition to a resolution to bomb the hell out of “atrocities” in Syria, without specifying that the main “atrocity” in her government’s eyes is President Assad.

No, no—it’s her humanitarian concern over the 250,000 Syrian already dead [she means to add more by bombing in their names]; it’s the refugees’ flight she means to stem [by blocking their path with bombs].

Russia is preventing all this humanitarianism: “It’s a Darwinian universe here,” she tells The Guardian. “If a particular body reveals itself to be dysfunctional, then people are going to go elsewhere, and if that happened for more than Syria and Ukraine and you started to see across the board paralysis … it would certainly jeopardise the security council’s status and credibility and its function as a go-to international security arbiter. It would definitely jeopardise that over time.”

She’s right to say, “It’s a Darwinian universe,” but it’s one for which the US is solely responsible, set on insuring the survival of its species along a path of death, destruction, and chaos, shredding international law as it goes. Soberly (how alien feels the voice of reason compared to the screeching tantrums of American functionaries), Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s UN Ambassador, responded to Power’s allegations by pointing out the obvious:

Some countries were trying to involve the Security Council in regime change operations in Syria and we were telling them that it’s not the business of the Security Council to go into regime change mode. This is a fundamental difference and it’s not the fault of the Security Council that this difference is there.

It certainly isn’t. The task of the United Nations, as per its Charter, is “to prevent the scourge of war”; the task of the Security Council is to resolve disputes, authorizing war only after all other options for peace fail. This awesome responsibility is subject to veto. The veto is a restraining mechanism for members too fond of wars. Besides, nowhere in the Charter does it say that a single member should take it upon itself to go on humanitarian crusades for unilaterally perceived and selectively declared atrocities or genocides, but this option is what the US is beginning to argue for—an option that would permit the removal of the veto in cases of Right to Protect (R2P), the US policy which materialized out of the NATO assault on Yugoslavia. You kill a nation in order to protect it. And Russia is crazy enough to oppose this humanitarian medicine. Legalistic perverts.

Stalin was prescient at Yalta. He accepted to participate in the United Nations only if each of the five permanent members of the Security Council would be allowed veto power. His great concern was prevention of war, which, he argued, could only be achieved through unity and unanimity among the Big Three. Samantha Power’s teleprompters work her up in a lather, conveniently forgetting to tell her that the UN Charter is a treaty signed by the US in the name of the people of the United States and is, therefore, the law of the land, as per the US Constitution. Arbitrarily removing Russia from its veto rights in the Security Council violates the UN Charter and, thus, it’s unconstitutional.

But what does this lot of inept, ignorant, amoral, public-relations careerist frauds care about the Constitution—or about truth and justice and a harmonious world? They are drunk with the wine of desolation. Lies and injustice are for them signs of superior intelligence—a joke on the credulous mob. Injustice is a source of strength and happiness, and the privilege of the strong. As the Empire crumbles, only might makes right.

In Plato’s Republic, this was the view of Thrasymachus, who voiced the cynicism of a morally and politically deteriorating Athenian state and empire. Socrates counter posed the idea of justice as the bedrock of a harmonious social order, monitored by reason to keep the appetites in check. But the Empire is insatiable—it knows only appetite: more oil, more forests, water, and gas, more copper, iron, gold. As the appetite grows, reason wanes, and the result is a war against humanity and the planet, waged by moral midgets the likes of Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama and the minions who descend like locusts to serve them. “The sleep of reason breeds monsters,” said Goya. These’RThem—our “public” servants outsourced to Appetite, Inc., the devouring breed.

How refreshing to think of a sensual, passionate quotation by D.H. Lawrence, embracing truth and justice, in contrast to the appetitive society’s lust for pleasure in power, a cold and death-embracing passion—a “waste of shame”:

The profoundest of all sensualities is the sense of truth and the next deepest sensual experience is the sense of justice.

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MI5 Paying British Muslims ‘Decent Money’ to Spy on Mosques

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Britain’s intelligence agency is paying Muslims to spy on people living in their own community to try and avert terrorist attacks from homegrown Islamist extremists, the Guardian has revealed.

An anonymous source told the newspaper that MI5 is employing people across the UK in Muslim communities on temporary contracts to gather intelligence on specific targets attending the same mosque. The source also stated that they knew of one Muslim informant who had been paid £2,000 by the security services to spy on a specific mosque for six weeks.

“It’s been driven by the [intelligence] agencies, it’s a network of human resources across the country engaged to effectively spy on specific targets. It’s decent money.”

But MI5’s method of paying money to Muslims to spy on people in their own communities has come under criticism. Salman Farsi, spokesman for the UK’s largest mosque in East London suggested that the offer of money could corrupt the intelligence:

“If there’s money on the table, where’s the scrutiny or the oversight to ensure whether someone has not just come up with some fabricated information? Money can corrupt.”

Following the terror attack in London in 2007, the government spent millions on its ‘Prevent’ program to counter ra-dicalization — but eight years later it has been accused of failing to prevent terrorism and ra-dicalization, instead alienating Muslim communities in the UK further.

According to the Islamic Human Rights Commission: “The Prevent regime of attempting to stop young Muslims from being ra-dicalized is not working and is simply alienating Muslims in Britain by serving as a cover for intelligence gathering on the community.”

But with around 650 young men, women and children who have fled the UK to join ISIL militants in Iraq and Syria and 3,000 ra-dicalized terrorists being monitored by the MI5 — it appears that the British government’s approach to preventing terror isn’t working — and could be the reason behind this new push for for more powers.

The UK government and intelligence agency MI5, however, appear to agree on one thing — big Internet and social media companies should do more to help the authorities by reporting suspect users and sharing swathes of encrypted data with intelligence officers.

In what seems to be another round in the public relations exercise pushing for more support for the government’s Communications Data Bill or Snooper’s Charter, as it is also known, the head of the MI5 told British media that Internet and social media companies should inform the authorities if any users are a cause for concern.

“Some of the social media companies operate arrangements for their own purposes under their codes of practice which cause them to close accounts.”

Andrew Parker also wants the companies to pass on those account details to the intelligence agencies.

The Snooper’s Charter, would grant police and intelligence services more power to intercept and monitor almost every channel of terrorist communication online and offline. It could also force Internet companies to hand over users’ private data.

UK Home Secretary Theresa May is seeking support from Internet and telecoms companies for the controversial surveillance bill, whilst the head of MI5 publicly calls for more powers to monitor potential threats amid revelations his officers are paying Muslim informants ‘decent money’ to spy on their own mosques.

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The Alliance between Nazi and Zio-Wahhabi

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By: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

Saudi Zio-Wahhabi family claims to be one of the leaders of the Arab and Muslim world prevent it from recognizing the Nazi regime right to exist within its current borders, while Tel-Aviv in its turn rejects the plan for Middle East Regulation (MER) proposed by Riyadh involving a reversion to the pre-1967 status quo. As a result of various domestic and international factors neither side will change their diametrically opposite positions and maintain official contacts.

However, the absence of diplomatic relations does not prevent unofficial contact between the Nazi regime and Saudi Zio-Wahhabi family. Recently there have been frequent media reports on meetings between representatives of the two and there have even been claims that the Zio-Wahhabi are ready to provide the Nazi regime with an air corridor and air bases for rescue helicopters, tanker aircraft and drones (unmanned aircraft systems – UAS) in case the Nazi regime decides to bomb Iranian nuclear facilities. Some of these reports have been denied by officials but others have nevertheless been confirmed.

In particular, according to information of a Jerusalem Post correspondent citing diplomatic sources of both countries, since the beginning of 2014 there have been as many as five secret meetings between the Zio-Wahhabi family and the Nazi regime, in India, Italy and the Czech Republic. Reports appeared in the Arab press that senior members of the Nazi security forces, including the head of Gestapo Mossad, secretly visited Riyadh and held discussions there with their Zio-Wahhabi family equivalents. Apparently there were even negotiations between the then director general of the Zio-Wahhabi Intelligence Agency, C.I.A puppet Bandar bin Sultan, with senior officials of the Nazi secret services in Geneva.

On June 5, 2015 Director-General of the Nazi Foreign Ministry Dore Gold met Zio-Wahhabi met with Mossad puppet Anwar Majed Eshki at a conference in Washington, when the latter presented his strategic MER plan. Key highlights of this document are devoted to establishing cooperation between Zio-Wahhabi and Nazi regime and the need for joint efforts to isolate the Iranian regime.

King Shalom commissioned C.I.A puppet and media magnate Al-Waleed bin Talal to start a dialogue with the Nazi intellectual community with the aim of re-establishing contact with the neighbouring country. Zionist Talal called on all inhabitants of the Middle East, which were torn apart by war, to end their hatred of the Jewish people. He also declared that his visit to Jerusalem signifies the beginning of ‘peace and brotherliness’ between Nazi regime and its Arab neighbours. Arab media reported that Zio-Wahhabi Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Al-Naimi confirmed that his country is ready to export ‘black gold’ to any place in the world, including the Nazi state.

Zio-Wahhabi Minister pointed out that the majority of the Arab world does not see any obstacles to trade relations. In August 2014 the head of the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi Foreign Ministry Prince Saud Al Faisal declared at the world assembly of Islamic scholars in Jeddah: “We must reject planting hatred towards Israel and we should normalize relations with the Jewish state.” Dore Gold, mentioned above, told the news agency Bloomberg: “Our standing today on this stage does not mean we have resolved all the differences that our countries shared over the years. But our hope is we will be able to address them fully in the years ahead and Riyadh can become a strategic partner of the Jewish state”.

It should be noted that this mobilization of contacts between representatives of Saudi Zio-Wahhabi and the Nazi regime has been taking place on the eve of and after the signing of the agreement between international mediators and Iran on the latter’s nuclear program. Tel-Aviv called the agreement ‘a historical mistake’ and Riyadh perceived it as a direct threat to its national interests. It is no coincidence that the Zio-Wahhabi King and some of his direct counterparts in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) decided not to participate in the summit of this regional organization on May 14, 2015 in Camp David (in the US). Soon after, on June 18, 2015 at the St Petersburg Economic Forum, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Zio-Wahhabi Defence Minister and son of Zio-Wahhabi King Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud. The King himself is expected to come to Russia on an official visit before the end of this year. In other words, Riyadh made it clear to Washington that the deal with Iran is forcing Zio-Wahhabi leadership to look for new allies. Time will tell whether these steps are more to do with a genuine desire of the Zio-Wahhabi to diversify their foreign relations, or they are simply a lever to put pressure on the US administration.

The US had to react quickly to the aggressive declarations and actions of its strategic allies and regional partners. Washington assured both Riyadh and Tel-Aviv that the IAEA and American special services will keep a tight watch on Teheran implementing all the conditions of the agreement signed in Vienna and that the sanctions on Iran will only be lifted gradually. The GCC countries were promised to receive supplies of new modern weaponry in increasing amounts and on preferential terms.

In the very near future the question of creating a common anti-missile system for the GCC as a whole will be resolved. This system will cover the Arab Peninsula with a ‘reliable shield’ from a possible attack by Teheran. The US also supported Zio-Wahhabi family in its bombing of Yemen. In order to support the air operation of the coalition led by Riyadh the US fueled the Zio-Wahhabi fighter aircraft and provided intelligence and equipment. It was even reported that Nazi regime, at the request of Washington, also provided its intelligence data on Yemen to the Zio-Wahhabi’s .

In order to calm the Nazi regime following the deal with Iran, Washington promised to increase its annual financial aid to I$raHell for the entire 10-year duration of the implementation of the ‘Vienna Pact’ – by around one and a half billion US dollars. The US additionally accepted responsibility to finance the further development of the Iron Dome anti-missile system and to increase Nazi missile supplies, which were depleted following last year military operation in Gaza.

Nazi air force will also get a squadron of the latest F-35 fighter-bombers on favourable terms. At the same time, in the near future joint exercises will be held with the Nazi air forces of , the US and several European countries for the first time in six years. These exercises will include perfecting ‘missile attacks and bombing raids on targets located in far-off countries’.

This way, the agreement between the international mediators and Iran over its nuclear program apparently encouraged sworn enemies to look for compromises and common ground to counter the threat they both face from Iran. Neither the Nazi regime nor Zio-Wahhabi leadership believe that the Vienna agreement will help to restrict further Iranian expansion in the region. Tel-Aviv is worried that Teheran will nevertheless end up possessing nuclear weapons and will break Nazi hegemony in the Middle East. Moreover, Nazi regime expect Iran to start actively aiding anti-Nazi radical half-military half-political groupings (Hamas, Hezbollah and others). Riyadh, in its turn, is sure that with the lifting of restrictive sanctions the Islamic Republic of Iran will make significant progress in scientific, technical, trade, economic, and other areas, and will improve its combat readiness and the fighting capacity of its armed forces.

In this case, Teheran’s ability to support Iraq, the government of Bashar Assad in Syria and communities in countries of the Persian Gulf, Lebanon and Yemen will significantly grow. A real threat will emerge to the ruling Zio-Wahhabi groups in the Gulf countries, especially in Bahrain, where two-thirds of the population is Shiite, in Yemen and in Saudi Arabia itself (its eastern province), and in other countries of the region. The Gulf monarchs are clearly not ready to share power, natural resources or finances with representatives of their large Shiite communities.

The apparent Nazi-Zio-Wahhabi alliance, even though hidden from the masses for now, matches the interests of the US in the Middle East and Western Asia. Washington hopes that this will weaken anti-Nazi feelings in the Arab and Muslim world, create a reliable counterweight in the region to a possible strengthening of Iran.

The US, it would seem, is happy to see several centers of power at once (I$raHell, Turkey, Egypt, the Gulf monarchies and Iran) jostling or in competition with each other but dependent on Washington, with Riyadh together with Tel-Aviv assigned the role of regional gendarme. The Zio-Wahhabi counterinsurgency operations in Bahrain and Yemen and the support for opposition fighters in Syria confirm this thesis.

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Anti-war Jeremy Corbyn attacked for defending white peace poppy

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Opponents of newly-elected Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn have attacked the Stop the War coalition chairman’s defense of the white peace poppy and lukewarm commitment to attend the annual Remembrance Day commemoration in November.

Corbyn made the remarks on Monday at the first Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) meeting since his triumph with an overwhelming 60 percent of the vote for the leadership on Saturday.

He refused to rule out wearing a white poppy during the ceremony held each year at the Cenotaph on Whitehall. His office has since insisted he will wear a traditional red poppy.

According to Politics Home, sources said Labour MPs present at the meeting were “shocked” by his comments.

“He was asked about the white poppy and offered a defense of it,” one MP said.

“He then said he attended memorial events in his own constituency and he wasn’t sure what would happen this year,” they added. ‘Hope Corbyn knows where to draw line’

Another MP claimed the public would be “appalled” if Corbyn stood at the Cenotaph wearing a white poppy.

“They will not understand it – they will think he is on a different planet. It is deeply offensive to our armed forces, who have given their lives for the democracy and freedoms he enjoys,” Labour MP Simon Danczuk said.

“I hope Jeremy will know where to draw the line on pushing a particular political agenda. The Cenotaph is no place to fight political battles.”

‘White poppies worn to oppose war’

Asked whether he would wear a red poppy, Corbyn said: “I don’t know what is going to happen this year.

“People wear white poppies because of their deep opposition to war.”

The Labour Party leader said he respects Remembrance Day regardless of what poppy he wears.

A spokeswoman later confirmed Corbyn, who attended the Battle of Britain commemorations on Tuesday, would wear a red poppy on Remembrance Sunday.

Just like the traditional red poppy, the white one is worn to remember those who died while emphasizing a lasting commitment to peace.

According to Stop the War, wearing a white poppy is a “respectful way to put peace at the heart of remembering those who died in war.”

However, opponents of the white poppy argue the red poppy already encompasses the sentiments claimed for the white poppy, such as “remembering all the victims of war.”

When the white poppy was first established in the 1930s, a number of women lost their jobs for wearing them, as it was believed the statement undermined those who had died in service.

In 2006, Channel 4 News anchor Jon Snow sparked controversy after refusing to wear a red poppy on air, saying demands for him to wear the traditional flower was “poppy fascism.”

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IS defectors ‘disillusioned with killing Muslims’

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A growing number of “disillusioned” Islamic State fighters are defecting from the jihadist group and could be used by governments to deter potential recruits, a report published Monday said.

At least 58 people have left the group and publicly spoken about their defection since January 2014, according to the report by the International Centre for the Study of Ra-dicalisation and Political Violence (ISCR) at King’s College London.

The study said that 17 fighters were reported to have defected in June, July and August alone, adding that they represent only a “small fraction” of former fighters, with many too scared to come forward.

The ISCR called on governments to make it easier for defectors to speak out, without the threat of prosecution, as a deterrent to others.

Those who told their stories overwhelmingly said they were disaffected by the killing of fellow Sunni Muslims, including innocent civilians, and the group’s failure to confront the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad.

“The defectors’ voices are strong and clear: ‘IS is not protecting Muslims. It is killing them,'” the report said.

One defector, identified as Ebrahim B., from Germany, claimed to speak for two dozen of his comrades who travelled to Syria to fight Assad only to be disappointed by the reality on the ground.

“Muslims are fighting Muslims. Assad’s forgotten about. The whole jihad was turned upside down,” the report cited him as saying.

IS leaders consider the Free Syrian Army, Ahrar al-Sham, and al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra as enemies and have engaged in “vicious battles” with all of them, according to the report.

But many defectors argued that fighting other Sunni groups was “wrong, counter productive and religiously illegitimate”, it said, adding that this “was not the kind of jihad they had come to Syria and Iraq to fight.”

The defectors mentioned in the report were permanent residents of 17 countries, including nine from Western Europe and Australia.

Dozens of defectors have fled to Turkey while others have reportedly been executed as “spies” or “traitors” by IS, which considers defection as apostasy.

Leaving the group is “complex and dangerous”, the report said, with many forced to go into hiding, fearing prosecution.

“Many are still trapped inside Syria or Iraq –- unable to escape an organization that they no longer feel any allegiance for,” the report added.

The ISCR is calling on governments to “recognize the value and credibility of defector narratives” and to ensure the safety of those who speak out, as well as remove the “legal disincentives”.

While acknowledging that some defectors are “likely to have committed crimes”, it believes their testimonies could deter others from joining IS.

The report also shed light on reasons why people join the group, the most common being the ”atrocities committed by Assad’s government” in Syria.

It said many also believed IS represented a “perfect Islamic State”.

Some were lured by promises of food, luxury goods, cars and having their debts paid off — promises which rarely came to fruition.

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Was Turkey Behind Syria Sarin Attack?

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By Robert Parry

In late August 2013, the Obama administration lurched to the brink of invading Syria after blaming a Sarin gas attack outside Damascus on President Bashar al-Assad’s government, but evidence – reported by investigative journalist Seymour M. Hersh – implicates Turkish intelligence and extremist Syrian rebels instead.

The significance of Hersh’s report is twofold: first, it shows how Official Washington’s hawks and neocons almost stampeded the United States into another Mideast war under false pretenses, and second, the story’s publication in the London Review of Booksreveals how hostile the mainstream U.S. media remains toward information that doesn’t comport with its neocon-dominated conventional wisdom.

In other words, it appears that Official Washington and its mainstream press have absorbed few lessons from the disastrous Iraq War, which was launched in 2003 under the false claim that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was planning to share hidden stockpiles of WMD with al-Qaeda, when there was no WMD nor any association between Hussein and al-Qaeda.

A decade later in August and September 2013, as a new war hysteria broke out over Assad allegedly crossing President Barack Obama’s “red line” against using chemical weapons, it fell to a few Internet sites, including our own Consortiumnews.com, to raise questions about the administration’s allegations that pinned the Aug. 21 attack on the Syrian government.

Not only did the U.S. government fail to provide a single piece of verifiable evidence to support its claims, a much-touted “vector analysis” by Human Rights Watch and The New York Times – supposedly tracing the flight paths of two rockets back to a Syrian military base northwest of Damascus – collapsed when it became clear that only one rocket carried Sarin and its range was less than one-third the distance between the army base and the point of impact. That meant the rocket carrying the Sarin appeared to have originated in rebel territory.

There were other reasons to doubt the Obama administration’s casus belli, including the irrationality of Assad ordering a chemical weapons strike outside Damascus just as United Nations inspectors were unpacking at a local hotel with plans to investigate an earlier attack that the Syrian government blamed on the rebels.

Assad would have known that a chemical attack would have diverted the inspectors (as it did) and would force President Obama to declare that his “red line” had been crossed, possibly prompting a massive U.S. retaliatory strike (as it almost did).

Plans for War

Hersh’s article describes how devastating the U.S. aerial bombardment was supposed to be, seeking to destroy Assad’s military capability, which, in turn, could have cleared the way to victory for the Syrian rebels, whose fortunes had been declining.

Hersh wrote: “Under White House pressure, the US attack plan evolved into ‘a monster strike’: two wings of B-52 bombers were shifted to airbases close to Syria, and navy submarines and ships equipped with Tomahawk missiles were deployed.

“‘Every day the target list was getting longer,’ the former intelligence official told me. ‘The Pentagon planners said we can’t use only Tomahawks to strike at Syria’s missile sites because their warheads are buried too far below ground, so the two B-52 air wings with two-thousand pound bombs were assigned to the mission. Then we’ll need standby search-and-rescue teams to recover downed pilots and drones for target selection. It became huge.’

“The new target list was meant to ‘completely eradicate any military capabilities Assad had’, the former intelligence official said. The core targets included electric power grids, oil and gas depots, all known logistic and weapons depots, all known command and control facilities, and all known military and intelligence buildings.”

According to Hersh, the administration’s war plans were disrupted by U.S. and British intelligence analysts who uncovered evidence that the Sarin was likely not released by the Assad government and indications that Turkey’s intelligence services may have collaborated with radical rebels to deploy the Sarin as a false-flag operation.

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan sided with the Syrian opposition early in the civil conflict and provided a vital supply line to the al-Nusra Front, a violent group of Sunni extremists with ties to al-Qaeda and increasingly the dominant rebel fighting force. By 2012, however, internecine conflicts among rebel factions had contributed to Assad’s forces gaining the upper hand.

The role of Islamic radicals – and the fear that advanced U.S. weapons might end up in the hands of al-Qaeda terrorists – unnerved President Obama who pulled back on U.S. covert support for the rebels. That frustrated Erdoğan who pressed Obama to expand U.S. involvement, according to Hersh’s account.

Hersh wrote: “By the end of 2012, it was believed throughout the American intelligence community that the rebels were losing the war. ‘Erdoğan was pissed,’ the former intelligence official said, ‘and felt he was left hanging on the vine. It was his money and the [U.S] cut-off was seen as a betrayal.’”

‘Red Line’ Worries

Recognizing Obama’s political sensitivity over his “red line” pledge, the Turkish government and Syrian rebels saw chemical weapons as the way to force the President’s hand, Hersh reported, writing: “In spring 2013 US intelligence learned that the Turkish government – through elements of the MIT, its national intelligence agency, and the Gendarmerie, a militarised law-enforcement organisation – was working directly with al-Nusra and its allies to develop a chemical warfare capability.

“‘The MIT was running the political liaison with the rebels, and the Gendarmerie handled military logistics, on-the-scene advice and training – including training in chemical warfare,’ the former intelligence official said. ‘Stepping up Turkey’s role in spring 2013 was seen as the key to its problems there. Erdoğan knew that if he stopped his support of the jihadists it would be all over. The Saudis could not support the war because of logistics – the distances involved and the difficulty of moving weapons and supplies. Erdoğan’s hope was to instigate an event that would force the US to cross the red line. But Obama didn’t respond [to small chemical weapons attacks] in March and April.’”

The dispute between Erdoğan and Obama came to a head at a White House meeting on May 16, 2013, when Erdoğan unsuccessfully lobbied for a broader U.S. military commitment to the rebels, Hersh reported.

Three months later, in the early hours of Aug. 21, 2013, a mysterious missile delivered a lethal load of Sarin into a suburb east of Damascus. The Obama administration and the mainstream U.S. press corps immediately jumped to the conclusion that the Syrian government had launched the attack, which the U.S. government claimed killed at least “1,429” people although the number of victims cited by doctors and other witnesses on the scene was much lower.

Yet, with the media stampede underway, anyone who questioned the U.S. government’s case was trampled under charges of being an “Assad apologist.” But we few skeptics continued to point out the lack of evidence to support the rush to war. Obama also encountered political resistance in both the British Parliament and U.S. Congress, but hawks in the U.S. State Department were itching for a new war.

Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a bellicose speech on Aug. 30, 2013, amid expectations that the U.S. bombs would start flying within days. But Obama hesitated, first referring the war issue to Congress and later accepting a compromise brokered by Russian President Vladimir Putin to have Assad surrender all of his chemical weapons even as Assad continued denying any role in the Aug. 21 attacks.

Obama took the deal but continued asserting publicly that Assad was guilty and disparaging anyone who thought otherwise. In a formal address to the UN General Assembly on Sept. 24, 2013, Obama declared, “It’s an insult to human reason and to the legitimacy of this institution to suggest that anyone other than the regime carried out this attack.”

Suspicions of Turkey

However, by autumn 2013, U.S. intelligence analysts were among those who had joined in the “insult to human reason” as their doubts about Assad’s guilt grew. Hersh cited an ex-intelligence official saying: “the US intelligence analysts who kept working on the events of 21 August ‘sensed that Syria had not done the gas attack. But the 500 pound gorilla was, how did it happen? The immediate suspect was the Turks, because they had all the pieces to make it happen.’

“As intercepts and other data related to the 21 August attacks were gathered, the intelligence community saw evidence to support its suspicions‘We now know it was a covert action planned by Erdoğan’s people to push Obama over the red line,’ the former intelligence official said. ‘They had to escalate to a gas attack in or near Damascus when the UN inspectors’ – who arrived in Damascus on 18 August to investigate the earlier use of gas – ‘were there. The deal was to do something spectacular.

“‘Our senior military officers have been told by the DIA and other intelligence assets that the sarin was supplied through Turkey – that it could only have gotten there with Turkish support. The Turks also provided the training in producing the sarin and handling it.’

“Much of the support for that assessment came from the Turks themselves, via intercepted conversations in the immediate aftermath of the attack. ‘Principal evidence came from the Turkish post-attack joy and back-slapping in numerous intercepts. Operations are always so super-secret in the planning but that all flies out the window when it comes to crowing afterwards. There is no greater vulnerability than in the perpetrators claiming credit for success.’”

According to the thinking of Turkish intelligence, Hersh reported, “Erdoğan’s problems in Syria would soon be over: ‘Off goes the gas and Obama will say red line and America is going to attack Syria, or at least that was the idea. But it did not work out that way.’”

Hersh added that the U.S. intelligence community has been reluctant to pass on to Obama the information contradicting the Assad-did-it scenario. Hersh wrote:

“The post-attack intelligence on Turkey did not make its way to the White House. ‘Nobody wants to talk about all this,’ the former intelligence official told me. ‘There is great reluctance to contradict the president, although no all-source intelligence community analysis supported his leap to convict. There has not been one single piece of additional evidence of Syrian involvement in the sarin attack produced by the White House since the bombing raid was called off. My government can’t say anything because we have acted so irresponsibly. And since we blamed Assad, we can’t go back and blame Erdoğan.’”

Like the bloody U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, the near U.S. air war against Syria in 2013 is a cautionary tale for Americans regarding the dangers that result when the U.S. government and mainstream media dance off hand in hand, leaping to conclusions and laughing at doubters.

The key difference between the war in Iraq and the averted war on Syria was that President Obama was not as eager as his predecessor, George W. Bush, to dress himself up as a “war president.” Another factor was that Obama had the timely assistance of Russian President Putin to chart a course that skirted the abyss.

Given how close the U.S. neocons came to maneuvering a reluctant Obama into another “regime change” war on a Mideast adversary of Israel, you can understand why they are so angry with Putin and why they were so eager to hit back at him in Ukraine. [SeeConsortiumnews.com’s What Neocons Want from Ukraine Crisis.”]

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Wahhabism on trial? How Islam is challenging Al Yahhod custodianship of Mecca

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By: Catherine Shakdam
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Following Mecca’s crane accident, clerics called for an end to Al Saud’s custodianship over Islam’s holy sites. Beyond simply managing Mecca and Medina, it is the kingdom’s romance with Wahhabism that dominates this global Islamic conversation.

The absolute rulers of Saudi Arabia have long claimed to hold a monopoly over Islam’s divine attributes on account of geography. The kingdom is home to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. However, the House of Yahhod could soon see its“custodianship” and self-proclaimed legitimacy over the Muslim world stripped away.

Mecca’s twin tragedies this September (a crane toppled on unsuspecting pilgrims and a fire devastated one of the city’s uber-luxury hotels), reignited a debate on Al Saud’s legitimate authority over not just Islam’s holy sites, but the Islamic community as a whole. Wahhabism, which holds sway in the kingdom, has served more as a divider of people than as a catalyst for dialogue and collaboration.

Needless to say, Al Saud’s support of radicalism, its princes’ play for political control through financial patronage and its clergy’s insistence on institutionalizing sectarianism, have only added fuel to the fire of dissent, inspiring millions to reject the kingdom’s overbearing footprint on Islam.

The House of Saud continues to imagine itself almighty and all-powerful, the leaders of a religious community whose only purpose seems to be to command absolute obedience to their diktat. Muslims have grown tired of such absolutism, especially since it has been tainted by sectarianism and ethnic profiling.

The Koran confirms all men and women stand equal before God, regardless of the color of their skin, social status or economic circumstances. However, Al Saud’s elitist policies vis-à-vis pilgrims and faith in general have spoken a different truth, one that no longer reflects Islam’s tenets. The heirs and guardians of Wahhabism, a religious fabrication, the House of Saud has gone so far down the religious rabbit hole that most Muslims can no longer recognize their faith in the authority ruling over them. Moreover, its legitimacy was imposed and not bestowed.

A construction crane which crashed in the Grand Mosque is pictured in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia September 12, 2015. © Mohamed Al Hwaity

A construction crane which crashed in the Grand Mosque is pictured in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia September 12, 2015. © Mohamed Al Hwaity / Reuters

In 1986, King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz claimed the title of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, a title that had traditionally been held by the Ottomans since the 16th century as a mean to assert and consolidate their political hegemony over an otherwise fragmented empire.

A man of ambitions, King Abdul Aziz understood that for his legacy to become lasting, Al Saud’s monarchy would have to root itself deep within Islam (a faith which today claims over 1.6 billion followers), by appropriating custodianship of Islam’s most cherished and symbolic monuments. For whoever controls Mecca and Medina can pretend to hold Islam’s destiny in the palm of their hands, if not spiritually, at least politically. Al Saud royals have done just that.

Ever since its kings declared themselves the sole guardians of Islam, their power over the global Muslim community has reached dizzying heights – so much so that even before the plundering of Islam’s historical heritage few dared to utter more than a whisper of criticism.

The architectural transformation, or rather, devolution of Mecca stands testimony to Al Sauds’ capitalistic custodianship.

Under the impetus of Nejd bedouins, Mecca has become a hub for venture capitalists and real estate tycoons. Like much of the Islamic faith, both Mecca and Medina have found themselves besieged, their memories defiled by those whose understanding of spirituality is limited to financial projections.

Muslims have looked on aghast as their heritage has been trampled under a construction mania backed by hardline clerics who preach against the preservation of their own traditions. Mecca, once a place where the Prophet Muhammad insisted all Muslims would be equal, has become a playground for the rich, where naked capitalism has usurped spirituality as the city’s sole raison d’être – a perfect reflection of its masters’ ambitions.

Al Saud’s fortune continues to increase by dint of lucrative business deals and powerful political friendships, but the kingdom’s religious legitimacy is standing on quicksand. And if silence has defined the past decades, clerics have now joined together with those whom Wahhabis have labeled apostates – Shia Muslims, to reclaim Islam’s holy sites for the collective.

Calls against Al Saud’s rule over Mecca and Medina have now grown both in strength and tenacity, with Muslims increasingly disillusioned before Saudi Arabia’s unfair diktat and management of those cities, which were originally meant to be shining symbols of tolerance and equality.

The accidents in September came to epitomize the rot eating away at the system. From Al Saud’s drastic pilgrim quotas and the shunning of certain nationalities based on political upsets, Muslims have just about had enough of Saudi Arabia’s tantrums.

Only this year, Yemenis were barred from the Hajj. Those sites which God stamped holy, Al Saud has claimed ownership over – as if the divine was yet another commodity to squeeze a profit out of, to be belittled and forced into submission.

Earlier this September, Sheikh Salman Mohammad, adviser to Egypt’s Ministry of Endowment, broke his office’s tacit rule of silence by challenging King Salman’s religious legitimacy. He said“Many mistakes have been made during the Hajj ceremony in recent decades and the bloody incident on Friday was not the first case and will not be the last either; therefore, unless a revolution doesn’t take place in the administration and management of the Hajj ceremony in Saudi Arabia, we will witness such incidents in future, too.”

Professor Ashraf Fahmi of Egypt’s Al-Azhar University, which is associated with the influential Al-Azhar Mosque, an institution kept under the financial and ideological thumb of Wahhabi Saudi Arabia, also broke with tradition when he aligned his criticism to that of Grand Ayatollah Ja’far Sobhani, a prominent Shia cleric based in Qom (Iran). Fahmi demanded that Saudi Arabia “admit its mistakes” in managing the Hajj pilgrimage.

For the first time in centuries – actually since Wahhabism rose its ugly radical head, both Shia and Sunni clerics have come to agree that Al Saud’s claim over Islam’s holy cities can no longer be tolerated, not when it implies the disappearance of Islam’s heritage and spirit.

Could this new tentative alliance, or at least common anger, mature into a full frontal attack on Wahhabism and become a real mobilization against the evil of our modern days – radicalism?

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Does Herpes Cause Late-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease?

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“A new review of more than 200 studies appears to show that herpes may be a cause of late-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. And that would mean the dangerous haredi circumcision practice metzitzah b’peh (MBP), in which haredi mohels use direct oral-to-bleeding-penis suction on babies after cutting off the foreskin, may  therefore doom haredi babies who survive initial herpes infections transmitted to them through MBP to suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease in later life. Studies done last year already showed that having herpes doubles the risk of getting Alzheimer’s. Despite these and many other dangers caused by MBP, including the deaths of babies, haredi rabbis refuse to stop the practice.”

 

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Tracing The Triggers Of Late-Onset Alzheimer’s

Journal of Oral Microbiology

In a sprawling review of more than 200 articles examining the suggested link between infections of the mouth and Alzheimer’s disease (AD), two researchers — one, an original mapper of the oral microbiome; the other, a scientist who has worked considerably on the connection between oral infection and AD – have surveyed the current body of research, and point to potential oral microbial culprits.

Physicians and researchers the world over are eager to discover a biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease, a condition that plagues nearly 44 million people worldwide. Having spent decades studying how oral microorganisms invade local tissue, wrecking havoc systemically, University of Oslo Professor Ingar Olsen was compelled to draw upon his studies, applying them to AD research. His first step: reaching out to a foremost expert on the topic — Sim K. Singhrao, a senior research fellow at the University of Central Lancashire’s Oral & Dental Sciences Research Group, UK.

Their review, titled Can oral infection be a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease?, was published today in the international peer reviewed Journal of Oral Microbiology. The paper addresses the “plausible aetiology of late-onset AD being an oral infection.”

Inflammation of the brain is a characteristic feature of AD; in recent years, scientists have been searching for potential root causes – many zeroing in on “peripheral infections”, such as those that originate in the oral cavity.

Researchers have well established that many bacteria in the mouth, particularly in people with gum disease, find their way into the host bloodstream; if they pass the blood brain barrier – any number of them, claims Olsen, could be implicated in the Alzheimer’s enigma.

In poring over the research for the review, Olsen – who has spent decades identifying the hundreds of bacteria species that comprise the oral microbiome – was struck by one particular observation. “I was amazed that so much of the research to date has been focused on a couple of groups of bacteria – namely spirochetes and Porphyromonas gingivalis,” said Olsen, “when there are well over 900 different bacteria in the oral cavity.

“I thought — this can’t be the entire story!”

“Even oral Candida and herpes virus could possibly cause the inflammation in the brain that we see in Alzheimer’s patients,” said Olsen. Candida, a typically harmless fungus found in the mouths of half the world’s human population, can become treacherous and lead to infection if it enters the bloodstream. And herpes simplex virus is present in more than 70 percent of the population after 50 years of age. It persists latently in the peripheral nervous system and is periodically reactivated in the brain.

Of Candida, Olsen and Singhrao wrote in the paper: “With a growing population of elderly, severe systemic fungal infections have increased dramatically in this age group during the last 30 years. Oral yeasts can be found in periodontal pockets, in root canals, on the mucosae and underneath dentures (denture stomatitis) (140-142). … Fungal molecules including proteins and polysaccharides [(1,3)-β-glucan] were detected in peripheral blood serum, and fungal proteins and DNA were demonstrated by PCR in brain tissue of AD patients.”

This extensive review paper launches a collaboration between Singhrao and Olsen, the latter of whom says he is eager to explore these new potential culprits.

Can oral infection be a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease? is free to access online at the Journal of Oral Microbiology.

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