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U.S. Rescues ISIS Field Commanders in Syria. “The Terrorists R Us”


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The new evidence regarding the U.S.-led international coalition interested in pursuing political interests in Syria instead of fighting ISIS continue to be reported. There are a lot of facts proving the assistance of the U.S. special services to high-ranking ISIS field commanders.

Against the background of the successful steps of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) towards Deir Ezzor and the defeat of ISIS, Washington has started to evacuate its agents for further use in other areas.

On August 26, the United States Air Force helicopters evacuated two European ISIS commanders along with their families from the settlement of Al-Treif, which is located to the north-west of Deir Ezzor.

In addition, on August 28, the international coalition aviation relocated more than 20 ISIS commanders from Albu Leil village to a military airbase in northern Syria.

It’s not the first when the U.S. intelligence agencies ‘rescue’ field commanders in Syria. In May 2017, the U.S. helicopters picked up dozens of ISIS leaders and foreign mercenaries from the settlement of Al-Kasrah. Let us remind you, that the similar operations were carried out near Raqqa in June/July 2017.

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US-led coalition’s downing of Syrian plane ‘act of aggression’ & ‘support for terrorists’ – Moscow


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Moscow views the US-led coalition’s attack on the Syrian government military jet as an act of aggression and assistance for the terrorists that the US is fighting against, according to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov.

“What is it then, if not an act of aggression, an act directly in breach of international law,” Ryabkov told journalists in Moscow.

“If you want, it’s actually help for the terrorists the US is fighting, declaring that they are conducting a counterterrorism policy,” the official added.

Ryabkov added that he believed the strike “should be first of all regarded as the continuation of the US agenda of neglecting the norms of international law. Regardless of who has power in Washington, people there are used to the fact that there are circumstances allowing them to arrogantly look down on – and in some situations, to openly ignore – the basics of international relations.”

A Syrian SU-22 warplane was shot down by a US F/A-18E Super Hornet on Sunday while it was on a mission in the countryside around Raqqa.

Damascus stated that the plane was carrying out operations against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists when it was downed.

Washington says that the Syrian warplane “dropped bombs near SDF fighters south of Tabqah” and was shot down in accordance with “rules of engagement” of Coalition partnered forces.

Earlier, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov urged US forces in Syria and those of any other country to refrain from unilateral, uncoordinated action.

“We call on the US and all others who have their forces or advisers on the ground in Syria to ensure the coordination of our work,” he said.

De-escalation zones are one of the possible options to move forward jointly, he said.

“We call on everyone to avoid unilateral moves, respect Syrian sovereignty and join our common work, which is agreed with the Syrian government,” Lavrov said.

He also called on everyone on the ground to “respect Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

In June, the US deployed HIMARS long-range rocket launchers from Jordan to its base in At Tanf in southern Syria. The move may be intended to cut off Syrian government troops from allies in Iraq, since there are no Islamic State militants in the region to target with the weapons, Lavrov said following the deployment.

In April, US President Donald Trump ordered a Tomahawk missile strike on Syria’s Shayrat Airbase, claiming this was in response to alleged chemical weapons use by President Bashar Assad’s forces, before anyone had the chance to verify this via an investigation.

Last September, a coalition airstrike on Syrian government forces’ positions near the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor left more than 60 Syrian soldiers dead.

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Russian military halts Syria sky incident prevention interactions with US as of June 19 – Moscow

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Trump Administration Approves New Plan to Arm Kurdish Forces in Syria ‘Video’


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The administration of US President Donald Trump has approved a plan to directly arm Kurdish forces operating in Syria, the Pentagon said. Spokeswoman Dana W. White said the president made the decision Monday, describing the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as “the only force on the ground that can successfully seize Raqqa in the near future.”

The mainstream media and US officials have repeatedly argued that the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are a “multi-ethnic and multi-religious alliance” fighting against ISIS. However, since the formation of the SDF, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Kurdish Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) have remained the core of the organization. The upcoming advance on the ISIS-held city of Raqqa has pushed Washington to accept the reality publicly and to make a decision to army YPG and YPJ on an official level.

Meanwhile, Ankara argues that YPG and YPJ are terrorist groups affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The decision to arm Kurdish militias in Syria will further damage the already shaky US-Turkish relations.

Meanwhile, the SDF, backed up by US-led coalition forces, is still fighting against ISIS militants inside the town of Tabqa west of Raqqa. In late April and in early May, pro-SDF sources repeatedly spread reports that the town and the nearby dam were almost under the full control of the SDF. However, videos and photos appearing from the ground contested these reports.

Now, the number of ISIS militants operating in Tabqa and the Tabqa dam is estimated between 100 and 200 fighters and they are in very bad tactical situation. It’s expected that the town and the dam will be fully secured by the SDF this month.

Western backed militants have been trying to counter-attack Syrian army troops advancing in the desert southeast of Damascus. However, government forces were able to defend their gains in the area. Earlier this month, government troops have captured more than 70 square kilometers east of  the al-Seen Military Airbase, setting control over Beir al-Siba, the Mount Sabahiyat and the Rishi, Tal Shahab, al-Sabab Biyar and the Zaza Checkpoint. In case of further advances, the Syrian army will attempt to reach areas controlled by the 5th Assault Corps south of Palmyra.

In northern Hama, sporadic clashes continued in the area of Zaqilyat. However, the situation remained relatively calm as no sides were launching large attempts in order to change the current status quo.

In eastern Damascus, militants and their families have been evacuating from the area of Qaboun under a fresh deal with the government. The evacuation will include few stages and then the area will be transferred under the control of government forces. So far, about 1,000 have officially left the area to Idlib.

Reports are circulating in various sources that the government advance with a strategic goal to reach the city of Deir Ezzor will be launched soon. This operation will be possible only if the safe zones agreement signed in Astana and implementing a ceasefire in a number of areas in Syria will be kept by all the sides.

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Comparing Assad With Hitler Casts Doubt on Washington’s Sanity


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Konstantin Kosachev, the chair of the Russian upper house of parliament Foreign Affairs Committee, on Wednesday questioned the sanity of the US administration after White House Press Secretary Zionist Sean Spicer’s* comparison of the Syrian president to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — During Tuesday’s briefing, Spicer tried to explain President Donald Trump’s outrage over Syrian President Bashar Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons by claiming that even Hitler had not used chemical weapons on his own people. The spokesman then acknowledged that Nazis did use gas at “Holocaust centers” when challenged on the claim.

“When Washington says that ‘Hitler did not even sink to using chemical weapons’ or offers Russia G7 membership in exchange for giving up support for Assad, doubts about the sanity of those running the United States start to increase in a geometric progression,” Kosachev said on his Facebook page.

The senator expressed regret that people running the US administration have the world’s largest military force at their disposal.

“I will not draw an analogy to a certain animal [ape] with a grenade, but it is difficult not to be terrified when reading about how Trump sent an armada to the shores of North Korea, a nuclear power,” he said, adding that even Europe now realizes that Trump’s tenure across the Atlantic will be a “headache.”

On April 4, the Syrian National Coalition of Revolutionary and Opposition Forces reported a chemical weapon attack in Syria’s Idlib province. According to recent data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), 84 people, including 27 children died in the suspected chemical attack.

The Syrian foreign minister denied the government’s involvement in the Idlib incident, saying it had never nor would it ever use chemical weapons on either civilians or terrorists operating in the country.The Russian Defense Ministry said on April 5 that the airstrike near Khan Shaykhun by the Syrian air force hit a terrorist warehouse that stored chemical weapons slated for delivery to Iraq, and called on the UN Security Council to launch a proper investigation into the incident.

Late on April 6, the United States carried out a cruise missile attack on the Syrian military airfield in Ash Sha’irat, located in the vicinity of the Homs city. US President Donald Trump said the attack was a response to the reported chemical weapon use in Idlib, for which Washington put the blame on the Syrian government.

 

* Sean Spicer is the son of Jewish Kathryn (née Grossman)

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Washington ‘Unable to Maintain Military Presence’ in Syria for Long


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The United States has recently deployed hundreds of troops to Syria in an apparent bid to assist the looming operation aimed at liberating Raqqa, but Washington will not be able to maintain a permanent military presence in the war-torn country, defense analyst Omar Maaribuni told RIA Novosti.

“Speaking about prospects, I don’t think that Turkey or the United States will be able to maintain their dominance [in northern Syria]. This is due to many factors. The main reason is the resistance which could emerge if American and Turkish forces refuse to withdraw from the region after the war is over,” he said.

In Maaribuni’s opinion, the other reason has to do with Washington’s plans to create a Kurdish canton spanning from the city of Afrin to the Mediterranean. The analyst said that it is impossible to carry out such a project in Syria due to demography and ethnic distribution, which prevent the Kurds from creating a “stable and self-contained” autonomous region on the border with Turkey.

“I think that America’s military presence near Manbij and other cities is temporary. The United States will have to withdraw sooner or later since there are no grounds for them to be there,” the analyst said. “Washington is trying to claim some of the achievement [in the fight against terrorism] as its own at the moment and improve its standing following a series of setbacks that the US has suffered.”

The Obama administration pledged to refrain from sending American boots on the ground in Syria, but later reversed its decision once it became apparent that the US-led coalition was struggling to destroy Daesh. The US has deployed hundreds of special operations troops to the war-torn country to ostensibly train and assist its local allies in their counterterrorism campaigns.

Maaribuni further commented on multilateral efforts aimed at liberating Raqqa, the so-called capital of Daesh’s caliphate. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are the primary force engaged in the operation aimed at pushing the militants out of the city, but the analyst suggested that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) could also make a move towards the brutal group’s key stronghold.

“If the SAA moves towards the city of al-Thawrah after the military operation in Maskanah is over, Damascus-led forces will be able to secure three of its air bases, namely Kuweires, Kashish and al-Thawrah. They will need them for air cover largely provided by attack helicopters. These tactics have been used in the eastern Aleppo province and around Palmyra,” he explained.

Maaribuni suggested that the SAA “could find itself on the verge of the battle for Raqqa” if it has enough aerial support and uses artillery wisely.

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‘We are compelled to take own action’ if UN fails in Syria – US envoy


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The UN Security Council convened on Wednesday to discuss a draft resolution proposed by the US, the UK and France, which would condemn Damascus for the reported use of chemical weapons in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province on Tuesday.

Russia criticized the draft resolution for being unbalanced and jumping to conclusions. It said the document would have to include several amendments, such as calling on the rebels controlling the area to provide full access to UN investigators and setting an unbiased and comprehensive probe into the incident as the primary goal of the resolution.

“This draft was penned in haste and adopting it would have been irresponsible,” the Russian deputy acting envoy to the UN, Vladimir Safronkov, said.

He also blamed Western members of the UNSC for unwillingness to investigate previous cases of alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria, where rebel groups were accused of using toxin agents.

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, delivered an emotional speech that included images of children to argue in favor of swift action. The pictures were used in reporting of the alleged chemical weapons attack.

She claimed the incident carried “all hallmarks” of an attack by Damascus, adding that the toxin used in the alleged assault was “more deadly” than in previous cases attributed to the Syrian military by Washington.

US envoy to UN also accused Russia of failing to ensure that there were no chemical weapons in the possession of the Syrian government.

“The truth is that Russia, Iran and [Syrian President] Assad have no interest in peace,” Haley claimed.

The US has hinted at taking its own action in Syria unless the UN Security Council moves to prevent the use of chemical weapons in the war-torn country.

“When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action,” the US ambassador to the UN said.

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Trump Invades Syria


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Although the Syrian army, with its ally Russia, has made significant gains against ISIS over the past week or so, the Washington Post is reporting tonight that President Trump has for the first time sent regular US military personnel into that country in combat positions.

This is an unprecedented escalation of US involvement in the Syrian war and it comes without Congressional authorization, without UN authorization, and without the authorization of the government of Syria. In short it is three ways illegal.

According to the Post, US Marines have departed their ships in the Mediterranean and have established an outpost on Syrian soil from where they will fire artillery toward the ISIS “headquarters” of Raqqa. The Post continues

The Marines on the ground include part of an artillery battery that can fire powerful 155-millimeter shells from M777 Howitzers, two officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the deployment. The expeditionary unit’s ground force, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, will man the guns and deliver fire support for U.S.-backed local forces who are preparing an assault on the city. Additional infantrymen from the unit are likely to provide security.

On March 5th, RT ran footage of a US military convoy entering Syria near Manbij. The US mainstream media initially blacked out the story, but the Post today confirmed that the troops were from the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment in Stryker vehicles.

What is important to understand about this sudden escalation of US involvement is that if this “race to Raqqa” is won by the US military rather than by Syrian government forces, the chance that the US will hand the territory back to the Assad government is virtually nil. In other words, this is an operation far less about wiping ISIS out from eastern Syria and much more about the United States carving out eastern Syria as a permanent outpost from where it can, for example, continue the original neocon/Israeli/Saudi plan for “regime change” in Syria.

The United States is making a military bid for a very large chunk of sovereign Syrian territory. Something even Obama with his extraordinarily reckless Middle East policy would not dare to do.

How will the Russians react to this development?

How will the Russians react if increased US military activity on the ground in Syria begins to threaten Russian military forces operating in Syria (with the consent of that country’s legal government)?  With President Trump’s “get along with Russia” policy lying in the tatters of a Nikki Haley at the UN and a Fiona Hill at NSC Staff, how differently might the Russians see US actions in Syria than they might have only a month or so ago?

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US Ambassador to UN Zionist Nikki Haley: We Must Sanction Assad Over Chemical Weapons!


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US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley: We Must Sanction Assad Over Chemical Weapons!

By Daniel McAdams

Recently, we had a look at the ways President Trump’s Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, is making her predecessor, “humanitarian bomber” Samantha Power, look like a model diplomat by comparison. It turns out Haley’s ghastly performance at the UN thus far is no fluke. Each time she opens her mouth she spews not the kind of foreign policy that President Trump campaigned on, but rather the boot-in-the-face know-nothingness that we have grown accustomed to in recent years.

In the latest “Haley Alert,” the Ambassador is furious over a Russia-threatened veto of a UN Security Council resolution offered by the US, UK, and France to impose new sanctions on the Syrian government over unproven allegations that Syria used chemical weapons against its own population.

Yes, under Ambassador Haley we have entered a time machine back to 2013, where the US is ready to deploy its entire diplomatic (and perhaps military) arsenal against the one government in the Middle East actually fighting President Trump’s sworn enemies: ISIS and al-Qaeda.

President Trump, in one of his first interviews after the November election, starkly contrasted his position with those both of the outgoing Obama Administration and his defeated opponent, Hillary Clinton:

I’ve had an opposite view of many people regarding Syria. … My attitude was you’re fighting Syria, Syria is fighting ISIS, and you have to get rid of ISIS. Russia is now totally aligned with Syria, and now you have Iran, which is becoming powerful, because of us, is aligned with Syria… Now we’re backing rebels against Syria, and we have no idea who these people are.

His employee, the US Ambassador to the UN, clearly does not share her boss’s “opposite view” on Syria. And she is not afraid to contradict her boss’s position on a regular basis. Today the US Mission to the UN released Ambassador Haley’s remarks condemning the threatened Russian veto of new sanctions against Syria, and her comments do not in any way suggest a diplomat remotely well-informed about the complex matters at hand:

I think what we saw in there was pretty amazing, because you had unity in the fact that we needed to be concerned about chemical weapons being used in Syria. You had an overwhelming vote to say we need an investigative mechanism that would prove that these chemical weapons were being done by the Syrian regime. Now you’ve got the results that have come out, and people don’t like what the results are. It is ridiculous. How much longer is Russia going to continue to babysit and make excuses for the Syrian regime? People have died by being suffocated to death. That’s barbaric.

So what we’re going to do is – we were given all these reasons on why we shouldn’t propose the resolution. We were given all these reasons on why the timing was wrong. That is exactly why the timing is right. That is exactly why this resolution needs to happen. Whether people are going to veto it or not, you are either for chemical weapons or you’re against it. People died because of this, and the United States isn’t going to be quiet. Thank you.

Let’s unpack this head-scratcher of a statement. First off, “we need an investigative mechanism that would prove that these chemical weapons were being done by the Syrian regime.” So she is stating that there must be an investigation to prove what she has pre-determined to be true before the investigation took place? Does that sound like “innocent until proven guilty”? Or does it sound like Hoxha-era revolutionary justice? “We must have a trial to prove comrade X guilty so we can execute him!”

And this from Haley: “How much longer is Russia going to continue to babysit and make excuses for the Syrian regime?”

Ms. Ambassador: Do you mean the regime that just liberated Aleppo from its murderous occupation by al-Qaeda? You know, those guys who attacked the US on 9/11?

If Assad is using chemical weapons against his own people (Why? Presumably for fun?) then why once Aleppo was cleansed of the al-Qaeda occupiers have former residents flocked to return to an Aleppo under Assad’s control? Do they enjoy being gassed?

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley is an absolute train wreck. She embodies the worst traits of her predecessors with a much lower level of understanding of foreign affairs or diplomacy. Will President Trump recognize his mistake in appointing her to represent the US at the UN and replace her with someone who will actually carry out his foreign policy? Or was he simply lying when he said he had an “opposite view” from the conventional Washington wisdom on Syria (and Russia as well)?

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The Media is Ignoring Leaked US-Government Documents on Syria


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Discussing western reporting of the Syrian war, veteran Middle East correspondent Patrick Cockburn recently noted ”fabricated news and one-sided reporting have taken over the news agenda to a degree probably not seen since the First World War”.

Professor Piers Robinson, Chair in Politics, Society and Political Journalism at the University of Sheffield, concurs, arguing

“We must now seriously entertain the possibility that the war in Syria has involved similar, if not greater, levels of manipulation and propaganda than that which occurred in the case of the 2003 Iraq War”.

An incredibly complex and confusing conflict with hundreds of opposition groups and multiple external actors often keen to hide many of their actions, how can journalists and the public get an accurate understanding of what is happening in Syria?

As governments routinely use their public statements to deceive the public, traditionally leaked government documents have been seen as the gold standard of journalistic sources – a unique opportunity to see what those in power are really thinking and doing behind closed doors.

“Policy-makers are usually frank about their real goals in the secret record”, notes British historian Mark Curtis in his book Unpeople: Britain’s Secret Human Rights Abuses.

When it comes to Syria there have been a number of US government documents leaked about US policy in the region. However, though these disclosures were reported by the media at the time, they have been quickly forgotten and have not contributed to the dominant narrative that has built up about the conflict.

As Professor Peter Kuznick noted about the American history he highlighted in The Untold History of the United States documentary series he co-wrote with director Oliver Stone, “the truth is that many of our ‘secrets’ have been hidden on the front page of The New York Times.”

For example, liberal journalists and commentators have repeatedly stated the US has, as Paul Mason wrote in the Guardian last year, “stood aloof from the Syrian conflict”. The leaked audio recording of a meeting between President Obama’s second Secretary of State John Kerry, and Syrian opposition figures last year shows the opposite to be true.

Challenged about the level of US support to the insurgency, Kerry turns to his aide and says: “I think we’ve been putting an extraordinary amount of arms in, haven’t we?” The aide agrees, noting “the armed groups in Syria get a lot of support”.

Amazingly, before noting the US had sent an “extraordinary amount of arms” to the rebels, Kerry tells the activists “we can always throw a lot of weapons in but I don’t think they are going to be good for you” because “everyone ups the ante” leading to “you all [getting] destroyed”.

This explanation of the logic of escalation is repeated later in the meeting by Kerry’s aide, who notes “when you pump more weapons into a situation like Syria it doesn’t end well for Syrians because there is always somebody else willing to pump more weapons in for the other side”.

A classified 2012 Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) report, published by the right-wing watchdog Judicial Watch, provides important context to Kerry’s remarks. In the heavily redacted document the DIA – the intelligence arm of the US Department of Defense – notes “the Salafist, the Muslim Brotherhood, and AQI (al-Qaida in Iraq) are the major forces driving the insurgency in Syria” and “The West, Gulf countries and Turkey support the opposition”.

Speaking at a 2013 Jewish United Fund Advance & Major Gifts Dinner – the transcript of which was published by Wikileaks – former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confirmed that US ally Saudi Arabia “and others are shipping large amounts of weapons – and pretty indiscriminately – not at all targeted toward the people that we think would be the more moderate, least likely, to cause problems in the future”.

It gets worse. Discussing the crisis, the DIA report notes “There is the possibility of [the opposition] establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist Principality in Eastern Syria… and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime.”

This appalling revelation was seemingly confirmed by General Michael T Flynn, the Director of the DIA from 2012-14 (and now National Security Advisor to President Trump), in a 2015 interview with Al-Jazeera’s Mehdi Hasan – and also, it seems, by Kerry when he told the Syrian activists:

“The reason Russia came in [to the conflict] is because ISIL [the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant] was getting stronger. Daesh [another name for ISIL] was threatening the possibility of going to Damascus and so forth… And we know that this was growing. We were watching. We saw that Daesh was growing in strength. And we thought Assad was threatened. We thought, however, we could probably manage – you know, that Assad might then negotiate, but instead of negotiating he got Putin to support him.”

In summary, the leaked information wholly contradicts the popular picture of western benevolent intentions let down by President Obama’s ineffective leadership and inaction.

Instead the evidence shows the US has been sending an “extraordinary amount” of weapons to the armed insurgents in Syria in the full knowledge that Salafists, the Muslim Brotherhood, and al-Qaeda in Iraq were the “major forces” driving the insurgency. They did this understanding that sending in weapons would escalate the fighting and not “end well for Syrians”.

Furthermore, the US has long known that its regional ally Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states have been supporting extremists in Syria. And, most shocking of all if true, both Kerry and the DIA report seem to show the US allowed forerunners to IS to expand and threaten the Syrian government as this corresponded with the US’s geo-strategic objectives.

More broadly, by highlighting how the US welcomed the growth of IS in Syria, the leaks fatally undermine the entire rationale of the “War on Terror” the West has supposedly been fighting since 2001. These are, in short, bombshells that should be front page news, with lengthy investigative follow ups and hundreds of op-eds outraged at the lies and hypocrisy of western governments.

Instead, the disclosures have disappeared down the memory hole, with the huge gap between the importance of the revelations and the lack of coverage indicating a frighteningly efficient propaganda system.

It is worth noting however, that as an observer and newsreader – rather than seasoned expert – there may well be important context or information of which I am unaware, which provides a different take on the leaked material. This would lessen its importance and, therefore, justify the media having largely ignored it.

Of course, the best way of confirming the accuracy and importance of the leaks is for the media to do its job and thoroughly investigate the disclosures, to devote significant resources and manpower to the story, and to ask awkward and searching questions of established power.

I’m not holding my breath.

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Syria: HELP SIGN A PETITION IN SUPPORT OF TULSI GABBARD’S BILL IN D.C.


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HOMS: SYRIAN ARMY HAS LIBERATED BAYDHA VILLAGES WEST AND EAST

Hayyaan Gas Field: The SAAF swooped down on a grouping of ISIS rats here east of Palmyra killing and wounding scores of them.

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The action was in the farthest reaches of eastern Damascus Province at Tal Dakwa where the SAAF, once again, flew multiple sorties over a grouping of ISIS savages destroying or disabling 11 pickup trucks with 23mm cannons and 2 transport trucks. No aerial assessment of casualties could be made under the circumstances.

President Assad has extended the Amnesty Law until June 30, 2017. The program has been extremely successful and there was much enthusiasm about giving the traitors and cowards some extra amount of time to turn in their weapons and return to a normal life.

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The constant influx of terrorists into Idlib Province has had some effect on the criminal organizations there. With open warfare about to explode between the various and numerous groups over territory or lucre, some of them have begun to coalesce around larger flocks of vultures. The names of these groups can sometimes make you laugh as I will show you shortly.

First of all, it is evident from their declarations that any terrorist group which attended the Astana Conference is labeled “blasphemous”. (Yawn) Here are the gangs which have established the new “Committee for the Liberation of Syria” or (Hay`at Tahreer Al-Shaam):

1. Jabhat Al-Nusra (Alqaeda)

2. Harakat Nooreddeen Al-Zangi

3. Liwaa` Al-Haqq (Brigade of Truth)

4. Jabhat Ansaar Al-Deen (The Front of Supporters of Religion)

5. Jaysh Al-Sunna (The Army of Sunnism)

Here are the groups which form Harakat Ahraar Al-Shaam:

1. Liwaa` Al-Khattaab (Brigade of Khattaab. The name could be reference to the Second Rightly Guided Caliph, ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab or a town in Homs called “Khattaab”. The Caliph has the epithet “Al-Faarooq, i.e. he who distinguishes truth from falsehood.)

2. Liwaa` Al-Furqaan (Battalion of the Qur’aan/Koran)

3. Liwaa` Jund Al-Sunna (Battalion of the soldiers of Sunnism)

4. Jaysh Al-Eemaan (Army of Faith)

5. Ahraar Al-Jabal Al-Wustaani (Free Men of the Middle Mountain Range?)

6. LIwaa` Al-Mujaahideen Al-Ansaar (Brigade of the Supporters, a reference to early Muslims helping the Messenger, Muhammad. It does not refer to an athletic supporter.)

7. Liwaa` Al-‘Abbaas (A frequent theme in many terrorist names is the dynasty called the Abbassids who ruled after the Umayyads. This particular Caliph was Abu Al-‘Abbaas ‘Abdullah bin Muhammad and also known as “The Butcher of Bani Umayya” (Al-Saffaah) because he set out to exterminate the previous dynasty which ruled from Damascus. An alternative interpretation would have to do with Muhammad’s uncle, ‘Abbaas.

8. Liwaa` Al-‘Aadiyaat (There is a short chapter in the Qur`aan called the ‘Aadiyaat, or steeds, Sura 100.)

9. Qitaa’ Al-Saahil (The Coastal Sector. Only in imbecile would appropriate this name)

10. Liwaa` Al-Hudood (The Brigade of the Borders. Another meaningless title.)

11. Al-Jinaah Al-Kurdi (The Kurdish Wing. No, it does not refer to the wings of chickens, although, it might as well.)

12. Liwaa` Umm Al-Faarooq (Who knows where this came from. It could be a reference to the Caliph ‘Umar’s mother or some lady by the name of Umm Al-Faarooq. I was told this group has about 5 members, all of whom are pedophiles.)

Groups which joined the Committee for the Liberation of Syria:

1. Almost all rodents belonging to Liwaa` Al-Tamkeen (Brigade of Enablement)

2. Kataa`ib Al-Sahaabaa (Brigades of the Prophet’s Companions)

3. Sariyyat Al-Aqsaa (The Raiding Party of the Aqsaa Mosque)

4. Kateebat Al-Rasheed (Brigade of the Abbassid Caliph, Haaroon Al-Rasheed. This Caliph is famed for his role in Arabian folktales. He has whipped the irreverent poet Abu Nuwaas on numerous occasions for his blasphemous lines.

5. Kateebat Suqoor Al-‘Izz (Brigade of the Falcons of Glory. I’m going to vomit.)

6. Kateebat Qawaafil Al-Shuhadaa` (Brigade of the Caravan of the Martyrs)

7. ‘Asheerat Al-Bu-Sa’ab – Al-Busha’baan Branch (The Tribe/Clan of Al-Bu-Sa’ab. The style of the name suggests origins in Mesopotamia)

8. Kateebat Usood Al-Rahmaan (The Brigade of the Lions of Allah, the Merciful. Yeah, sure.)

9. Jamaa’at Fursaan Al-Sunna (The Group of Knights of the Sunna)

10. Kateebat Taalibaan (The Brigade of Those Who Seek Knowledge. The Afghan terrorists took the same name)

11. Jamaa’at Aasaad Al-Khilaafa (The Group of the Caliphate’s Lions)

12. Kateebat Fursaan Al-Shaam (Brigade of Syria’s Knights)

13. Kateebat Hudhayfa Ibn Al-Yamaan (This is the name of a close Companion of the Messenger Muhammad who fought in all battles with him)

14. Kateebat Muhamamd Al-‘Asfoora (It means, literally, the Brigade of Muhammad the Little Bird. There might be a person by that name.)

15. Kateebat Riyaah Al-Janna (The Brigade of Heaven’s Winds)

16. Liwaa` Al-Qaadisiyya (The Battalion of the Battle of Qaadisiyya (636 AD). It was a battle that sealed the fate of Sassanian Persia leading to its subjugation and Islamization. The Arab army was led by Sa’ad Ibn Abi Waqqaas.)

17. Mujaahidoow Yaaqid Al-‘Adas (The Warriors of the Town of Yaaqid Al-‘Adas in Aleppo)

18. Mujaahideen Huraytaan

19. Kateebat Mujaahidiy Al-Shamaal (Brigade of the Warriors of the North. It was located once in Hayyaan and ‘Anjaara)

20. Kateebat al-Tawheed wa Al-Jihaad (Brigade of Monotheism and Jihad)

21. Kateebat Al-Muhajiroon (sic) Al-Uzbek (Brigade of Uzbeki Emigres. Mostly Uzbeki nincompoops with a force of about 30)

22. Kateebat Ahfaad Bani Umayya (Brigade of the Umayyad Heirs. Let’s hope their end is as black as the Umayyads’)

23. Kateebat Ansaar Banyaas (Brigade of the City of Banyaas’ Supporters)

24. Kateebat Raayaat Al-Islam (Brigade of the Banners of Islam)

25. Kateebat Al-Shaheed ‘Abdul-Salaam (Some dufus name ‘Abdul-Salaam gave his name to this sorry group of degenerates)

26. Kateebat Mujaahideen Ashiddaa` (Brigade of Warriors – Stouthearted)

27. Kateebat ‘Abdullah Ibn Al-‘Abbaas (A scholarly relative of Muhammad and son of Al-‘Abbaas Ibn ‘Abdul-Muttalib, Muhammad’s uncle)

28. Kateebat Al-Miqdaad Ibn ‘Amr (Brigade of the Islamic warrior, Al-Miqdaad Ibn Al-Aswad, a/k/a Al-Miqdaad Ibn ‘Amr. He “unadopted” himself after the Qur’aan abrogated the tradition of adoption)

29. Kateebat Al-Shilka (You got it. Brigade of the Shilka Anti-Aircraft Cannon)

30. Kateebat Aasaad Al-Tawheed (Brigade of the Lions of Monotheism)

31. Kateebat Abu Jaasim (Abu Jaasim was, apparently, an ice cream salesman who dallied with kinky objects from Europe)

32. Tajammu’ Ahfaad ‘Ali (The Association/Grouping of ‘Ali’s Descendants. An attempt to get Shi’I support.)

33. Tajammu’ Al-Hussayn (The Association/Grouping of Al-Hussayn. Another attempt to get Shi’I support)

34. Kateebat Al-Shaheed (bi-Idhnillaah) Firaas Abu Ayman (Brigade of the martyr (by the will of God) Firaas Abu Ayman?)

35. Kateebat Al-Shaheed (bi-Idhnillaah) Muhammad Yaaseen Najjaar

36. Kateebat Shuhadaa1 Al-Wustaani (Brigade of the Martyrs of the Middle. That’s what it means, folks)

37. Liwaa` Ahraar Al-Jabal Al-Wustaani (Battalion of the Free Men of the Middle Mountain Range)

38. Sariyyat Al-Hamza (Al-Hamza’s detachment)

39. Sariyyat Usaamaa Ibn Zayd (the son of the adopted son of Muhammad. Much beloved) which is linked to the Military Bureau of Qitaa` Al-Saahil (The Coastal Sector)

40. Kateebat Ahraar Hayyaan (You can tell from the place names that this gang came from Aleppo on green buses)

41. Kateebat Usood Al-Jabal (Brigade of the Lions of the Mountain)

Groups which joined Ahraar Al-Shaam:

1. Alwiyat Suqoor Al-Shaam (Battalions of the Falcons of Syria)

2. Jaysh Al-Mujaahideen (Army of the Warriors. Clever?)

3. Jaysh Al-Islam – Northern Branch

4. Tajammu’ Fastaqim Kamaa Umirt (Association of `Be right as you have been ordered to be’)

5. Kataa`ib Thuwwaar Al-Shaam (Brigades of the Revolutionaries of Syria)

6. Kataa’ib Mujaahidiy Ibn Taymiyya (Brigades of the Warriors of Ibn Taymiyya. This theologian was a nobody in his time. He has become the godfather of beheading, burning and all other kinds of Wahhabist outrages.)

7. Liwaa` Al-Miqdaad Ibn ‘Amr (See above)

8. Al-Jabhat Al-Shaamiyya (The Syrian Front)

9. Liwaa` ‘Umar (You know, Umar. The kid with the tattoo on his forehead.)

10. Liwaa` Al-Beetaar (A beetaar is a sword used to slice up Mortadella)

11. Liwaa` Ahraar Al-Janoob (Battalion of the Free Men of the South. Many green buses were used.)

12. Kateebat Shuhadaa` Al-Jabal (The Brigade of the Martyrs of the Mountain)

13. Kateebat Usood Al-Sunna (Brigade of the Lions of Sunnism)

14. Kateebat Bayaariq Al-Jabal (Brigade of the Banners of the Mountain)

15. Kateebat Al-Naasser Salaahuddeen (Brigade of the Victor Saladdin)

16. Kateebat Al-Mu’tassim Billaah (Another Abbassid Caliph and of the legendary Haaroon Al-Rasheed)

17. Kateebat Al-Walaa` wa Al-Baraa` (Brigade of Allegiance and Innocence. Why, you’d think they were a band of angels)

18. Kataa`ib Al-Faarooq (See above)

 

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