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The Debate – US nuclear weapons policy


Does anyone else get the idea that he really doesn’t have a real grasp of all this stuff, and is just faking it?

These are the somewhat air-dropped, outdated big tactical nukes

[ Note: The shadow boxing on allowed weapons systems, including nuclear, their testing and deployment, has been with us for a long time. All kinds of games are being played to block those who don’t have them from getting any, so that those who have the weapons can “encourage” others to follow a certain geopolitical and economic program preferred by the exceptional “uni-polar” superpower.

This ended up being the policy that Obama got his affirmation action Nobel Peace Prize for when he had done nothing to earn it, and had a pretty poor record while in office, other than bringing in an extremely difficult Iran nuclear deal. VT supported him all the way on that.

I never hear a guest on any of these programs mention how important the US first-strike policy is brought in under Clinton, with the NeoCon crew, as the driving force behind it. All of these nuclear experts seem to know nothing about use of mini-nukes, despite our volume of articles on the topics.

Those getting paid via government-funded contracts usually have “no go” areas, if they want to keep their jobs. When you bring up these red-line areas, they act like their earplug went dead, and they did not hear you. I have never had one contact me after a show to ask for any our of past material. 

Are they part of the fake news establishment? I would have to say so, because the biggest security threat in the pipeline is a US with its first-strike policy armed with hypersonic cruise missiles with mini-nuke warheads that have a variety of deployment vehicles, from subs to B-2s, to F-16s and Aegis destroyers, or even disguised platforms, which I will not mention.

They are the perfect decapitation strike weapon to attempt knocking out someone’s retaliatory strike capability, which means that quick decisions would be have to made to launch what you had, before it was all destroyed. This is an illogical “defense” policy, as any advantage one has will encourage potential targets to deploy an equivalent version as soon as they canJD ]

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The Debate – US nuclear weapons policy – Video Dailymotion

In this edition of The Debate, Press TV has conducted an interview with Jim W. Dean, the managing editor of Veterans Today, from Atlanta, and Jim Walsh with MIT’s Security Studies Program, from Boston, to discuss US President Donald Trump’s policy on nuclear weapons.

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RT caught regurgitating Nazi regime lies and propaganda

RT caught regurgitating Israeli lies and propaganda
[Editor’s note: We have been saying so for quite some time, but now we feel we have to really hammer the point home – Russia Today has been utterly and fatally infiltrated and compromised by foreign assets who do not work for Russia and do not have Russia’s best interests in mind.

The huge lump of misinformation contained in this article, like a particularly unpleasant Zionist turd in the punchbowl is the notion that Assad of Syria attacked Israel first and therefore gave Israel justifiable reason to carry out its airstrikes on Syria.

This is utter nonsense, a complete and total fabrication and worst of all, by allowing it to be published by their state-funded media, Russia is hurting its own interests.

The article below is perhaps the clearest case in point yet seen, it could hardly be clearer that the author of this article, Martin Jay, wrote it on behalf of Israel with the intention of smearing Russia. VT has noted the role of Jay in planting bogus stories elsewhere in the past; back in 2011 he penned this article about Syria that positively stinks of bovine faecal matter, exposing his status as an asset of intelligence agencies, a paid author of the most hateful, disgusting and fraudulent hit pieces. Take the following extract as an example of the man’s hateful diatribes:

“Syrians are extraordinary in that their arrogance is only outweighed by their delusion. They consider themselves to be the Big Brother of the region as culturally they gave the Arab world great poets and writers. The senior civil servant class is made up of appalling snobs who look at the rest of the Arab world as inferior and a bit pathetic. They are deluded, internationally, and out of touch. But history has given them a complex that they struggle to shake off. And they are as likely to accept advice from Brussels or Washington as I am from a man with no teeth who wishes to council me on dental hygiene.”

When Jay writes passages like that, he is making it clear that he is not only a hater of Syrians, but working to an agenda to demonise the Syrian government of President Assad. No doubt Jay was well paid by Tel-Aviv for penning this piece of crap, we are sure he has been paid by the intelligence agencies of other nations to write similarly hateful propaganda on other topics – he is a professional writer of propaganda and lies who should never be allowed anywhere near RT or any other media outlet with designs of being a reputable, trusted source.

The Kremlin needs to wake up and smell the kosher coffee, allowing the state-funded RT to put out these Israeli lies is doing a lot of damage to Russia and it is high time Putin acted and kicked all of the foreign assets, be they working for Israel, the US or anyone else, to the kerb.

Putin likes to give the impression he is a strong man, something his domestic audience nigh-on demands from their leader – many still recall Stalin fondly, as he was the ultimate ‘strong man’. Putin should take a leaf out of Stalin’s book in dealing with these foreign agents, they would have found themselves in the bowels of the Lubyanka, the information they held extracted, a confession duly signed and the problem dealt with decisively.

Another lesson that Putin should learn from Stalin is that Stalin allowed no-one within the Soviet Union to harbour even the slightest sympathy for a foreign power, if you were even suspected of such, you found yourself in the courtyard of the Lubyanka with the muzzle of a Makarov at the base of the neck. If Putin is to truly become the great statesman of our time then he needs to have a few purges of his own to get rid of the coterie of dubious characters of dubious loyalty that orbit him.

RT is far from the only compromised media outlet that is being allowed to operate in Russia, but it is perhaps the most damaging to Russia as it has the highest international profile and largest audience. Another example VT has outed in the past is The Moscow Times, run by CIA sockpuppet organisation Booz-Allen Hamilton, we could name others too.

The Kremlin needs to realise that the international media is another battleground in the war it is fighting and that victories in the physical realm, hard won by Russian pilots and ground forces are badly undermined by continual defeats in the media realm. Ian]

Russia Today
Putin’s red line in Syria is not an invitation for Israel to play Russian roulette with Assad

…by Martin Jay

What is Israel’s real role in the war in Syria? Can we really believe that it doesn’t want to get involved in the conflict? And how much longer can Israel be Washington’s strong arm in the region while sustaining good relations with Russia?

A minor incident took place last week in Syria which few in Washington and London even noticed, but which drew the attention of geopolitical nerds who observe the daily developments in Damascus. Israel conducted an air attack on what it claims was a movement of Hezbollah missiles. In itself, it was hardly remarkable and has happened in the past. In fact, Israel’s attacks have generally been on Hezbollah commanders or the transportation of ordinance.

What made this attack remarkable was the response of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Not only did he launch a ballistic missile into Israel, but quickly stated to the media that no more such attacks would be tolerated. The last time, in fact, that Assad issued such stern warnings to Israel was over the Golan Heights in 2013, when he threatened the Israelis with the use of Russian weapons.

But now the threat is wider and throws into question both how far Russia will go in supporting Assad, but also to what extent Israel is prepared to risk ruining its own relations with Moscow.

This time, the Syrian president is speaking with a new gusto, almost as though he has the full military support of Russia behind him. Indeed, although he also hinted in reports that he wanted Moscow to support any return fire in the future, the rhetoric corresponds entirely with what Russian President Vladimir Putin had warned regional foes in 2015, when Russia entered Syria with its own forces.

Israel’s return threat via the media from Foreign Minister Lieberman to entirely wipe out Syria’s anti-aircraft arsenal slightly shook the cordial working relationship they enjoy with Moscow. This immediately resulted in the Israeli ambassador in Moscow being summoned to explain himself, since a 2015 deal was struck, whereby Israel would stay out of the way of Assad and his allies in the conflict.

The incident has added more momentum to the much talked-of quandary that Israel is currently in – with the new US administration settling in and a new dynamic in the war unfolding, many are asking how long Israel can continue to straddle two opposing geopolitical agendas.

“No matter how good the coordination mechanism between the two sides,” writes Michael Koplow of the Israel Policy Forum, “the fundamental conflict at the heart of Israeli-Russian views on Syria is that Israel’s redline is the establishment of a permanent Iranian presence in Syria and Russia’s redline is the elimination of a permanent Iranian presence in Syria.”

In other words, ‘something’s got to give.’

It’s as though Israel, Syria, and Russia are all now entering a new phase of both recalibrating their relations and roles with one another, but also testing the water to see who backs down when the heat gets turned up. Russia has not officially said it will back Assad if he were to start firing at Israeli jets, but the Syrian president clearly thinks it will. But that is not the most poignant question, but more whether Assad’s strained resources on the battlefield could continue to hold the ground in Syria if it were to engage in a new campaign against Israel.

Netanyahu is banking on Assad not being so stupid as to lay himself vulnerable to hardcore Sunni extremist groups taking advantage of his troops being preoccupied with Israel, who will likely take back key ground.

And yet, Israel is also pushing its luck in threatening to attack Assad for two reasons: firstly, it would be stretching its military resources, and the temptation from Hezbollah in neighboring Lebanon to strike it might be too much to contain; secondly, Israel simply cannot afford to anger Russia and become its enemy.

It needs a Russian air campaign against its fighters as much as it needs a hole in the head.

I would argue, though, that Putin may well test how far he can go with Israel, who is not really in a position to fight either Russia or its allies Hezbollah, or Iran. He may well use the Syrian Israeli border as a new red line, as was recently suggested by Dan Shapiro, the former US ambassador to Israel under President Barack Obama.

If we are to believe the Syrian ambassador to the UN, who recently warned that his government’s response to the Israeli strikes marks a new phase of the conflict, where Israeli attacks would merit further responses, then the current diplomatic apparatus is balancing on a knife edge.

Equally, if we are also to believe one of Lebanon’s leading academics, Dr. Jamal Wakim, who claims that Israel is preparing for a war with Hezbollah in Lebanon, then Russia telling Israel that it no longer has ‘free reign’ in Syrian airspace is a milestone which all sides should observe as a lucid warning. If Syria can move the latest generation surface-to-air rockets across the country into Lebanon without fear of an Israeli airstrike, then Russia is settling doubts once and for all about how committed it is to Syria and its allies in any regional dispute.

But Israel often punches above its weight in regional clashes, and the bravado chest-beating of some of its supporters is breath taking. “Israel reserves the right to respond” argued US academic Dan Arbell, on RT’s ‘CrossTalk’ show.

Yet, this argument lacks gravitas when put into context, and loses its edge when followed by the standard response from Israeli apologists who struggle to justify its military actions all in the name of “defending” its sovereignty: “Israel is the only country in the region which is a democracy.” This was then matched by claims that Israel is not involved in the war and sides with no particular group, despite scores of accounts from media of Israeli hospitals taking care of extremists from cabals of Al-Qaeda as well as Free Syrian Army soldiers. Indeed, even Israeli media itself admits that its own country “was indeed knowingly treating members of al-Nusra” in hospitals close to the Syrian border, with an average medical bill of $15,000 for each fighter. Not quite “not involved.”

Twice before in Lebanon, Israel failed in its military objectives and, in particular, in 2006 massively underestimated the dynamics of Hezbollah, which is at the heart of this wrangle. And being the “only democracy” doesn’t really stand up when you see how poorer, more backward countries in the region rely on stirring up nationalism just for leaders to win elections – in Israel’s case preparing for a third war with Hezbollah in Lebanon – which we can expect from Prime Minister Netanyahu. If, that is, he is still in office when he calls an early election to dampen negative publicity over looming corruption charges – one of which includes bribing a media outlet to give him positive coverage.

And so, Israel may well have fighting talk, but many of its arguments can’t always be taken seriously, and when they can, shouldn’t be taken too seriously.

Israel should see the warning signs and not stir the Russian bear. If it can keep its end of the ‘don’t get in my way’ deal that Israel struck in 2015 with Russia (in Syria), then perhaps that same principle can apply when Israel attacks Lebanon, without interference from Russia.

For the moment, Israel has been given a clear warning from Russia and Assad in Syria about the air strikes – one which it will probably heed, as a provocation of a war now with Assad might be hard to ignore, but will be well worth the effort to.

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Syrian War Report – March 27, 2017: SDF Crashing ISIS In Tabqa Area


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Last weekend, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), mostly consisting of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), entered the Tabqa Airbase and took control of some nearby villages, including Ayed Kebir, from ISIS terrorists in the province of Raqqah. With this advance the SDF deployed in a striking distance from the ISIS-held town of Tabqa. If the town of Tabqa, the Tabqa Airbase and the Tabqa dam fully captured, the US-backed force will obtain an important base of operations southwest of the ISIS self-proclaimed capital of Raqqah that will allow the group to continue its operation to isolate this city.

The ISIS-linked media outlet “Amaq” reported that the Tabqa dam north of Raqqa is on the verge collapse after a number of US airstrikes had hit the facility. The dam reportedly went out of service and all of the dam’s gates shut automatically. The water level is increasing. A source among the dam workers informed Al-Mayadeen Channel that the dam was closed because of damage suffered from airstrikes. The US-led coalition said in a statement that the dam had not been structurally damaged, arguing that the coalition does not target the dam with strikes.

The SDF, backed up by the US Special Forces and the US Air Force, is now in control of the northern part of the facility. Clashes are ongoing in the area.

In the province of Aleppo, government forces liberated the villages of Rasm Jays, Abu Maqbara, Abu Maqbara Saghirah from ISIS. The Syrian army also entered the village Rasm Khamis Gharbi but it still has to be secured. Thus, government troops are now in less than 3km from the important crossroad town of Mahurah controlled by ISIS.

The Syrian army and its allies have once repelled a Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham-led attack on the town of Qamhana which is an important government defense site in northern Hama. Besides this clashes continued in the areas of Breidij, al-Mugheer, Kafr Nabbudah front, al-Bana and Tal al-Sakura. The situation remains very tense for government forces. However, deployed artillery units and Russian and Syrian warplanes allowed them to stabilize the situation in the area.

In eastern Damascus, government forces have got a full control over the industrial area separating Jobar and the Qalamun pocket. Fighting is continuing in the vicinity of the Qalamoun pocket.

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Nazi regime Demonising Lebanon & Hezbollah as Prelude to War?


Israel Demonising Lebanon & Hezbollah as Prelude to War?

[Editor’s note: This is just the latest in a series of fraudulent news stories emanating from Israel with the intent of demonising both the nation of Lebanon and the Hezbollah movement that is based there.

The source of this story – DEBKA, has long been known as an Israeli disinfo op, guilty of such egregious crimes against honesty and purveyor of such ludicrous propaganda that we have considered it little more than a comedy site.

Of course, ISIS is not moving to Lebanon, there is not one shred of truth in this entire story, it is pure, unadulterated Israeli bullshit.

We have to ask why all the fake news attacking both Lebanon and Hezbollah and the answer is to be found in Israeli domestic political affairs; Bibi Netanyahu finds himself beset by police investigations into very serious allegations of corruption and other crimes, there is a very real possibility that he will be indicted and removed from office.

In order to save his own ass, Bibi appears to be preparing to launch a third Lebanon-Israel war and this stream of anti-Lebanon, anti-Hezbollah propaganda is an attempt to lay down a foundation of justification to underpin the military assault Bibi is planning. Ian]

Israeli-American Intelligence: ISIS is turning toward Lebanon to take control over Tripoli and Sidon!

Some Israeli-American experts estimated that while the American, Russian and Syrian forces are moving to the east of Syria to attack ISIS organization, the latter is heading west toward Lebanon.

The experts also mentioned that the military helicopters of the American Air force moved on Thursday and Friday Arab-Kurdish forces to Euphrates River, who occupied five towns while it worked on pushing ISIS fighters in Northwestern of Syria away from Raqqa which is considered the Capital of the Organization.

In this scope, the experts explained that, Abou Bakr Al Baghdadi, ISIS leader and the military leaders of the organization, notified the fighters who were fighting within various units in Syria and Iraq last week, that in case they didn’t succeed in controlling their sites and they had to withdraw, they will have to stop moving toward eastern Syria and western Iraq, and turn west toward northern Lebanon.

ISIS taking control over Lebanon

“Debka” The Israeli website claimed last week that the U.S. Intelligence agency sent warning letters to the Lebanese President Michel Aoun, comprising details over the plan of ISIS to try to take control on some regions in Lebanon.

It also explained that some of the reasons that push ISIS organization to move toward Lebanon is their weak government and army, in addition to the disputes between the Shia and the Sunna. The experts also noted that two regions that ISIS is planning to control are Tripoli and Sidon since the two have a sea port which help ISIS forces to communicate with one another through the sea.

The Israeli website ended its report by saying that ISIS estimates that the Russian or American forces will arrive to their strongholds in Syria and Iraq therefore they will be moving to Lebanon due to the fact that no one will resist them there due to the military and political situation, and that no foreign army will invade Lebanon to fight them.

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Conjugating the Controlled Opposition


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By Gordon Duff, Senior EditorThe video above isn’t worth watching.  It seems like a hit piece on Amy Goodman, staunch supporter of, by my estimation, whatever Israel wants her to support.  Even idiots at VT periodically peddle her poison, the careless and inane and I spank them for it when I find the time.What this video is, above all, is a demonstration of the vacuous nature of the paid alternative media.  What you are seeing, and I am telling you to not bother, is a media where paid off controlled opposition fights among themselves over not being paid off enough.

Worse still is the amateur who inserted himself into this sad media piece as self aggrandizement.

The tired hacks featured in the film remind me of what is so wrong with America.

As is so often the case for controlled opposition, the bad guy is always “George Soros and the Jews.”  There is a point to this, of course.  There is a long history within the white supremacist and alt-right communities of funding from hidden sources that are invariably tied to the Israel lobby.

The greatest single enemy in Washington of the Israel lobby is George Soros, the “real deal” anti-Zionist and enemy of Israeli expansionism.  Funding attacks on Soros that places him 180 degrees from his real positions is a big win for Israel.

What we have learned over the years isn’t that the enemy is Amy Goodman who avoids talking about Israel but rather those who drone uselessly against Israel as real controlled opposition, burying any real criticism under their flood of inanity.

It has worked well for them thus far and we can expect CounterPunch and GlobalResearch and so many others to keep up the good work.

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Jabhat Fateh al-Sham: A Breakaway Faction of Islamic State


 By Nauman Sadiq for Veterans Today

Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in August 2011 to April 2013, Islamic State and al-Nusra Front (currently Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, JFS) were a single organization that chose the banner of “Jabhat al-Nusra.” Although the current al-Nusra Front is led by Abu Mohammad al-Julani but he was appointed as the emir of al-Nusra Front by Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State, in January 2012. Thus, the current al-Nusra Front is only a splinter group of Islamic State which split away from its parent organization in April 2013 over a dispute between the leaders of the two organizations.

In March 2011, protests began in Syria against the government of Bashar al-Assad. In the following months, violence between demonstrators and security forces led to a gradual militarization of the conflict. In August 2011, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was based in Iraq, began sending Syrian and Iraqi jihadists experienced in guerilla warfare across the border into Syria to establish an organization inside the country.

 Led by a Syrian known as Abu Mohammad al-Julani, the group began to recruit fighters and establish cells throughout the country. On 23 January 2012, the group announced its formation as Jabhat al-Nusra. Al-Nusra Front rapidly expanded into a capable fighting force with a level of popular support among opposition supporters in Syria.

 In April 2013, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi released an audio statement in which he announced that al-Nusra Front had been established, financed and supported by the Islamic State of Iraq. Al-Baghdadi declared that the two groups were merging under the name “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.” The leader of al-Nusra Front, Abu Muhammad al-Julani, issued a statement denying the merger and complaining that neither he nor anyone else in al-Nusra’s leadership had been consulted about it.

 Al-Qaeda Central’s leader, Ayman al Zawahiri, tried to mediate the dispute between al-Baghdadi and al-Julani but eventually, in October 2013, he endorsed al-Nusra Front as the official franchise of al-Qaeda Central in Syria. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, however, defied the nominal authority of al-Qaeda Central and declared himself as the caliph of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

 Keeping this background in mind, it becomes amply clear that a single militant organization operated in Syria and Iraq under the leadership of al-Baghdadi until April 2013, which chose the banner of al-Nusra Front, and that the current emir of the subsequent breakaway faction of al-Nusra Front, al-Julani, was actually al-Baghdadi’s deputy in Syria.

Thus, the Islamic State operated in Syria since August 2011 under the designation of al-Nusra Front and it subsequently changed its name to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in April 2013, after which it overran al-Raqqa in the summer of 2013, then it captured parts of Deir el-Zor and fought battles against the alliance of Kurds and the Syrian regime in al-Hasakah. And in January 2014 it overran Fallujah and parts of Ramadi in Iraq and reached the zenith of its power when it captured Mosul in June 2014.

Moreover, many biased political commentators of the mainstream media deliberately try to muddle the reality in order to link the emergence of Islamic State to the ill-conceived invasion of Iraq by the Bush Administration in 2003. Their motive behind this chicanery is to absolve the Obama Administration’s policy of nurturing militants against the Syrian regime, since the beginning of the Syrian civil war until June 2014, when the Islamic State overran Mosul and the Obama Administration made a volte-face on its previous policy of indiscriminate support to Syrian opposition and declared a war against a faction of Syrian opposition: that is, the Islamic State.

Additionally, such Syria “experts” also try to find the roots of Islamic State in al-Qaeda in Iraq; however, the insurgency in Iraq died down after “the Iraq surge” of 2007. Al-Qaeda in Iraq became an impotent organization after the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in June 2006, and the subsequent surge of troops in Iraq by the Bush Administration.

The re-eruption of insurgency in Iraq has been the spillover effect of nurturing militants in Syria against the Assad regime, when the Islamic State overran Fallujah and parts of Ramadi in January 2014 and subsequently captured Mosul in June 2014. The borders between Syria and Iraq are quite porous and it’s impossible to contain the flow of militants and arms between the two countries. The Obama Administration’s policy of providing money, arms and training to Syrian militants in the training camps located in the border regions of Turkey and Jordan was bound to backfire sooner or later.

 Regarding the rebranding of al-Julani’s Nusra Front to “Jabhat Fateh al-Sham” in July 2016 and supposed severing of ties with al-Qaeda Central, it’s only a nominal difference because al-Nusra Front never had any organizational and operational ties with al-Qaeda Central and even their ideologies are poles apart.

 Al-Qaeda Central is basically a transnational terrorist organization, while al-Nusra Front mostly has regional ambitions limited only to fighting the Assad regime in Syria and its ideology is anti-Shi’a and sectarian. In fact, al-Nusra Front has not only received medical aid and material support from Israel, but some of its operations against the Shi’a-dominated Assad regime in southern Syria were fully coordinated with Israel’s air force.

The purpose behind the rebranding of al-Nusra Front to Jabhat Fateh al-Sham and supposed severing of ties with al-Qaeda Central was to legitimize itself and to make it easier for its patrons to send money and arms. The US blacklisted al-Nusra Front in December 2012 and pressurized Saudi Arabia and Turkey to ban it too. Although al-Nusra Front’s name has been in the list of proscribed organizations of Saudi Arabia and Turkey since 2014, but it kept receiving money and arms from the Gulf Arab States.

Notwithstanding, excluding the western Mediterranean coast and the adjacent major urban centers controlled by the Syrian regime and the Kurdish-controlled northeastern Syria, I would divide the Syrian theater of proxy wars into three separate and distinct zones of influence:

 Firstly, the northern and northwestern zone along the Syria-Turkey border, in and around Aleppo and Idlib, which is under the influence of Turkey and Qatar. Both these countries share the ideology of Muslim Brotherhood and they provide money, training and arms to Sunni Arab jihadist organizations, such as al-Tawhid Brigade, Nour al-Din Zenki Brigade and Ahrar al-Sham, in the training camps located in the border regions of Turkey in collaboration with CIA’s MOM (a Turkish acronym for military operations center).

Secondly, the southern zone of influence along the Syria-Jordan border, in Daraa and Quneitra and as far away as Homs and Damascus. It is controlled by the Saudi-Jordanian camp and they provide money, weapons and training to the Salafist militant groups, such as al-Nusra Front and the Southern Front of the so-called “moderate” Free Syria Army (FSA) in Daraa and Quneitra, and Jaysh al-Islam in the suburbs of Damascus.

Their military strategy is directed by a Military Operations Center (MOC) and training camps located in the border regions of Jordan. Here, let me clarify that this distinction is quite overlapping and heuristic, at best, because al-Nusra’s jihadists have taken part in battles as far away as Idlib and Aleppo.

 And finally, the eastern zone of influence along the Syria-Iraq border, in al-Raqqa and Deir al-Zor, which has been controlled by a relatively maverick Iraq-based jihadist outfit, the Islamic State, though it had received funding and weapons from Turkey and the Gulf Arab States before it turned rogue and overran Mosul and Anbar in Iraq.

Thus, leaving the Mediterranean coast and Syria’s border with Lebanon, the Baathist and Shi’a-dominated Syrian regime has been surrounded from all three sides by hostile Sunni forces: Turkey and Muslim Brotherhood in the north, Jordan and the Salafists of the Gulf Arab States in the south and the Sunni Arab-majority regions of Mosul and Anbar in Iraq in the east.

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Lavrov: No force on earth can compete with NATO and US’ drug trafficking business in Afghanistan


“In country after country, from Mexico and Honduras to Panama and Peru, the CIA helped set up or consolidate intelligence agencies that became forces of repression, and whose intelligence connections to other countries greased the way for illicit drug shipments.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has done it again. He has recently grabbed the New World Order establishment by the horn and cut them to pieces with a chainsaw when he said that the establishment has done covert and illegal operations in places like Afghanistan. Lavrov did not mince words:

The US operation against the Taliban and al-Qaeda was supported by all countries. It’s another matter that after receiving the international approval, the United States and its NATO allies, which took over in Afghanistan, started acting rather inconsistently, to put it mildly.

“During their operation in Afghanistan, the terrorist threat has not been rooted out, while the drug threat has increased many times over. The drug industry prospered. There is factual evidence that some of the NATO contingents in Afghanistan turned a blind eye to the illegal drug trafficking, even if they were not directly involved in these criminal schemes.

“Afghanistan is a separate case, although the current developments there, which are a result of the NATO operation’s failure, despite the carte blanche the bloc received from the international community, can be considered an unintended cause of managed chaos. In Iraq, Syria and Libya, this chaos was created intentionally.”

Lavrov is right in line with the scholarly world. Peter Dale Scott of the University of California writes:

“In country after country, from Mexico and Honduras to Panama and Peru, the CIA helped set up or consolidate intelligence agencies that became forces of repression, and whose intelligence connections to other countries greased the way for illicit drug shipments.”[1]

Noted historian Alfred W. McCoy of the University of Wisconsin has reported the same thing.[2] McCoy began to work on this issue while he was a Ph.D. candidate in Southeast Asian history at Yale back in 1972. He accused American officials of condoning and even cooperating with corrupt elements in Southeast Asia’s illegal drug trade out of political and military considerations.” McCoy’s

“major charges was that South Vietnam’s President Nguyễn Văn Thiệu, Vice President Nguyễn Cao Kỳ, and Prime Minister Trần Thiện Khiêm led a narcotics ring with ties to the Corsican mafia, the Trafficante crime family in Florida, and other high level military officials in South Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand. Those implicated by McCoy included Laotian Generals Ouane Rattikone and Vang Pao and South Vietnamese Generals Đăng Văn Quang and Ngô Dzu.”

McCoy produced enough evidence which indicated that the CIA used “tribal mercenaries” in places like Laos in order to maintain their criminal and drug trafficking business.

In short, Lavrov was essentially deconstructing the CIA when he said that they have been spreading corruption throughout the world for decades. Whenever they take a break from spreading opium, they start perpetuating wars and creating false flags in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and now in Syria.

The CIA is certainly not happy about what Lavrov has said. This is one reason why they hate Russia and all that it represents.

[1] Peter Dale Scott and Jonathan Marshall, Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America (Berkley: The University of California Press, 1998), vii-viii. See also American War Machine: Deep Politics, the CIA Global Drug Connection, and the Road to Afghanistan (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2010 and 2014); Peter Dale Scott, Drugs, Oil, and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2003).

[2] Alfred W. McCoy, The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade (Chicago: Lawrence Hill Books, 2003).

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