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About to Have His Day in Court, This ISI Journalist Wants to Know If He’s on the US ‘Kill List’

About to Have His Day in Court, This American Journalist Wants to Know If He’s on the US ‘Kill List’

Award-winning war reporter Bilal Abdul Kareem, who says he has been the target of numerous U.S.-led airstrikes, was also wounded by Syrian tank fire while covering the country’s civil war.

by: Brett Wilkins,

Bilal Abdul Kareem, an American journalist, believes he may be on the U.S. government's "kill list." (Photo: Bilal Abdul Kareem/Twitter)

American  journalist Bilal Abdul Kareem wants to know if he is on the U.S. “kill list.” (Photo: Bilal Abdul Kareeem/Twitter)

An American journalist who alleges he has been targeted for assassination for his reporting on Syria’s civil war will challenge his apparent inclusion on the U.S. “kill list” in federal court next week.

Bilal Abdul Kareem, a Peabody Award-winning war reporter from Westchester County, New York who has worked for major international media outlets including CNNSky News, and the BBCwill ask a federal court in Washington, D.C. on Monday whether U.S. intelligence marked him for death because of his coverage of the nine-year conflict in Syria. As part of his work, Kareem conducted interviews with members of various armed groups, including militants targeted as the enemy by the U.S.-led coalition that invaded Syria in 2014. 

“I have always believed part of being an American meant if you were accused of doing something, you would be given the opportunity to plead your case in court.”
—Bilal Abdul Kareem, journalist

Kareem narrowly escaped being killed in five separate U.S. airstrikes in 2016, including an attack on his office and two strikes on vehicles in which he was traveling. Kareem was also wounded when he and his crew came under fire from a Syrian army tank while reporting for Sky News in Idlib last year. 

A lower court initially upheld Kareem’s right to bring the case, however it dismissed it after the government claimed the proceedings would require disclosure of “state secrets.” Now on appeal, the central question before the court is whether the government can secretly authorize the assassination of American citizens without judicial review.

“I have always believed part of being an American meant if you were accused of doing something, you would be given the opportunity to plead your case in court,” said Kareem. “But now, here I am, standing at the courthouse doors and the U.S. government is trying to deny me that opportunity. In Syria, in one of the most violent wars the world has seen, I try to champion the American ideals of justice, transparency, and accountability.”

“I hope the court will see fit to uphold those same rights—my rights—here at home,” he said. 


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PRESS RELEASE: Bilal Abdul Kareem – award-winning African American journalist – will challenge the US government in court on Monday after narrowly escaping 5 US drone strikes in Syria in 2016.

Jennifer Gibson, an attorney who works on cases involving extrajudicial assassination for the U.K.-based international human rights advocacy group Reprieve and who is representing Kareem, accused the Trump administration of “asking the courts to jettison the right to due process, a value which sets America apart from dictatorships.”

“The executive should not be allowed to act as judge, jury, and executioner unchecked,” Gibson asserted. “In a country founded on the rule of law, Americans must have a right to challenge a secret death sentence.” 

Clive Stafford Smith, a lawyer who also represents Kareem, said that “this case presents one of the most profound issues of human rights in our lifetime.”

“Even George Orwell could not have imagined a lawyer from the ‘Department of Justice’ standing up in court to say the U.S. president may order the CIA to execute an American journalist in total secrecy, without any judicial oversight,” he added.

In 2018, journalist Matt Taibbi, then working for Rolling Stone, offered this profile of Kareem, including a look at the possibility he was placed on the U.S. government’s targeted assassination list:

Although Kareem projects a sense of humor—”Most of my drama revolves around having a big mouth; I got it from my mother,” he said in a recent interview—he has no illusions about the forces he is up against.

“You take a Black guy who’s a Muslim and he’s on a kill list he’s trying to get himself off. What are the chances of that? I don’t really have a lot of optimism,” he told Syria Direct in July. “At the end of the day, it would be a long and messy court battle for them to have to prove anything. But why should they even go through all of that when they can just cross state secrets and finish me?”

“You take a Black guy who’s a Muslim and he’s on a kill list he’s trying to get himself off. What are the chances of that? I don’t really have a lot of optimism.”
—Kareem

In May 2012, the New York Times revealed the existence of a secret Obama administration “kill list”—formally known as the disposition matrix—that included an unspecified number of U.S. citizens deemed mortal enemies in the so-called War on Terror. One of the men on the list, U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, was assassinated in a joint CIA and military drone strike in Yemen in September 2011. His son, 16-year-old Colorado native Abdulrahman al-Awkal, was killed in a similar strike the following month.

When pressed on why an innocent American teenager had been killed, a senior Obama adviser said the boy should have “had a more responsible father.” 

“Turns out I’m really good at killing people,” Obama once boasted, according to the 2013 Mark Halperin and John Heilemann book Double Down. “Didn’t know that was gonna be a strong suit of mine.” 

President Donald Trump has his own assassination list, as the January 2020 drone strike that killed top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani reminded the world. In the first major atrocity of his administration, U.S. and UAE special forces raided the village of Yakla in Yemen in January 2017— killing 23 civilians including 10 children, among them Anwar al-Awlaki’s daughter (and Abdulrahman’s little sister), 8-year-old Nawar al-Awlaki, who died slowly and painfully after being shot through the neck.

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Emirati Aid Convoy to Damascus to Fight Trump Sanctions

By VT Editors 

Under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler’s Representative in the Al Dhafra Region, Chairman of the Emirates Red Crescent Authority, a land aid convoy carrying 22 tons of medicines and medical materials arrived in the Syrian capital, Damascus, which the authority had arranged in coordination with the Syrian Red Crescent Society. The aid to curb the outbreak of the new Coronavirus (Covid-19) on the Syrian arena comes as part of the UAE’s global response to address the pandemic, strengthening preventive and precautionary measures, and supporting the Syrian medical sector to face the challenges in this regard.

Thousands of health care workers in Syria benefit from this aid. The Secretary-General of the Emirates Red Crescent, Dr. Muhammad Ateeq Al Falahi, said that this convoy of aid comes within the framework of the initiatives undertaken by the UAE to support international efforts to combat the global spread of the Corona virus, indicating the interest of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in the aid it provides In this regard, the authority has a direct impact on limiting the spread of the pandemic in a number of countries, and strengthening the capacity of medical personnel, who represent the first line of defense in these exceptional health conditions, in the field of prevention and protection.

He stressed that the UAE is making great efforts to help brotherly and friendly countries overcome the current health conditions, stand by them, and enhance their health capabilities to face the repercussions of the pandemic.

He said that the Emirates Red Crescent Authority had facilitated this shipment of medical aid in coordination with the Syrian Red Crescent Society, within the framework of joint humanitarian cooperation between the two national societies, and the authority’s keenness to support the capabilities of the Syrian National Society, and to support its efforts in the health field on its local arena. Al-Falahi indicated that the medical aid includes basic materials used to strengthen preventive and precautionary measures to address the Corona pandemic, help medical personnel to perform their role, and support their efforts to contain the spread of the virus in Syria.

He added, “This aid comes as part of the global response to the spread of the (Covid-19) pandemic, and this is the fourth shipment of medical aid to Syria, as three previous shipments arrived by air to the capital, Damascus.”

https://alkhaleejtoday.co/international/5312416/The-arrival-of-an-Emirati-aid-convoy-to-Damascus-to-curb.html

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Damascus: Sanctions, Crop burning, Oil theft, Syria will miss Trump, Not so much

By VT Editors

Exclusive Tom Duggan, VT

I am going to try and put the suffering of the Syrian people into a simple prospective.

Today the price of an egg in 2020 equals the price of 60 eggs prior to the war in 2011.
Wages remain the same, as 2011 average middle management earns around 50,000 to 60.000 Syrian pounds per month equal to around 50 USD.

Average rent in the suburbs of Damascus now costs 150.000 Syrian pounds for a livable apartment in Jaramana. I spoke to a doctor who works in a government hospital as a cardiac specialist with a government salary of 35.000 Syrian pounds per month.

After he finishes his work at the hospital, he drives a taxi. He makes 3 times his government salary per month. He spent 6 years at medical school and a further 5 years as an intern before gaining his qualification in cardiac medicine, that’s 11 years of his life to become a recognized doctor.

Pharmaceutical Production:

At the beginning of the war the Majority of Pharmaceutical factory’s were based in Aleppo all stolen and then destroyed all of the production equipment shipped to Turkey.

What remained were only a handful of factorys based around government cities in 2016.

It took me three days to find a pharmacist who had antibiotic medicine. Most medicines come from third world countries of a low standard, imported via the back door, often with strange side effects, not tested to EU or international standards, due to sanctions.

We can’t get quality medication to EU standard. During the Covid 19 outbreak, people still went to work. They had to. The Syrian Government is unable to offer any financial benefit,  such as financial support. They tried a lock down for a few weeks, strictly enforced, but it was damaging the already damaged economy.

The Syrian people are being slowly strangled by sanctions. Every day the grip from the USA and other western democracies tighten around the throat of the average man, woman, and child; a slow malingering death said one woman. In war we faced shelling and bullets and death, but that was quick. This is slow and painful and without mercy.

I have watched children at school lunch time ask a fast food takeaway how much for a sandwich, and the look they give as they find they don’t have enough money, and then turn around and leave the takeaway [vehicle].

Prices rise daily. Petrol is expensive, so taxi drivers are increasing the price of journeys. To purchase petrol is an 8 hour wait in queues, and that’s a day’s work lost.

Syrian people cook on bottled gas, they have no piped network. Bottled gas is in short supply, most heating for stoves and central heating is diesel, that’s become very expensive.

It’s difficult to understand a country like Syria, an oil producing country with its own gas fields and great natural resources that can’t produce its own fuel.

You have to look back to the war. Syria’s processing factorys were deliberately targeted and destroyed. ISIS and other terrorist groups captured Syrian oil fields and sold oil to Turkey. The Kurds did the same and sold to the USA.

Trump said no more boots on the ground and said the USA would withdraw from Syria. But, instead he sent the US army to the oil fields in Dier Ezzor and liberated the oil fields for the USA.

If Syria was a woman you would consider her a victim of gang rape. This is the history of Syrian petroleum and gas systematically stolen by various outside powers in occupied Golan Israeli state oil, Genie Oil, is illegally selling off drilling rights to foreign business including the USA, against UN charter and international law.

Genie Oil is one of the companies that stands to profit from Syria’s downfall and freedom of movement in the Golan Heights. Genie Energy Advisory Board: Former chair of the US Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Mary Landrieu, Former CIA Director James Woolsey, Former V-P Dick Cheney, Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch, Lord [of Darkness] Jacob Rothschild, Former New Mexico Gov. and former Energy Secr. Bill Richardson, Former engineer of the Glass-Steagall Act Larry Summers, Hedge fund speculator Michael Steinhart

Summing up on petroleum, the money that should be going into the coffers of the Syrian state are now going to foreign oil companies; entailing a massive loss of revenue for the Syrian people.

On a daily basis, staple goods like fruit and vegetables have increased in price some 10 fold, meat is out of people’s reach. The cost of lamb and chicken is greater than most citizens’ budget.

One woman I spoke with told me for breakfast her four children have a one egg omelet and bread, split between 4 children, and that’s a luxury for them, a treat.

Bread Queues at government bakery can be as long as 8 to 9 hours, which is another working day lost.

Due to the scorched earth campaign in the last few months carried out by both terrorists and foreign powers, wheat citrus and olive trees have been all destroyed. Millions of trees burnt to the ground. Food that is normally abundant is in short supply.

Also Turkey stole and transported hundreds of olive trees and transported them to Turkey. Drones were used to start fires, as well as by clandestine operators on the ground.

I estimate that over half the cereal production of Syria was lost. The result is no food for chickens or livestock, so meat becomes expensive. Veterinarians are not able to obtain vaccines for livestock, and there are over 90 cattle diseases that can pass from cattle to humans; but we can’t get the medication needed for animals, as well as for humans.

Restaurants and cafes are having to buy gas on the black market at inflated prices.

In order to do so, price rises or smaller portions of fast food take place to allow for inflation. I bought a large French Fries sandwich yesterday; it was 1000 Syrian pounds, the small size was 800 Syrian pounds.

It was basically salad with a few French fries, the old price in the last two years was 250 to 500 Syrian pounds packed with French fries and a little salad to garnish.

Electricity rationing has always been in place since my arrival in Syria in 2012. In my area this was due to theft of power stations. I have witnessed power stations being dismantled by Turkish engineers disguised as terrorists in Douma. An average group of terrorists could not dismantle a power station and transport it to Turkey. You need technicians to do that; and factory production lines and power stations in Aleppo suffered the same fate.

I produced a documentary on this in 2016, which was placed on Youtube, and which was deleted by Youtube, https://youtu.be/tcrHA72kX-Q, but friends have saved it on other youtube type Sites.

Summing up on sanctions imposed by the West,

  • shortage of food,
  • shortage of energy,
  • shortage of medicines,
  • high inflation will result in high mortality rate in both the old and infants, not to mention those who have underlying illnesses.

On an average day when I travel locally, I am asked by people begging in the street, usually old or with serious injuries or limbs missing, for money, not to feed themselves but for medication, they hold in their hands empty boxes of medical drugs. In one hour, 10 such people approached me in Bagdad Street, a main road in Damascus.

It is soul destroying, I am not a soft man. I have seen action in every engagement inside Syria. I have seen children die, and I have held them in my arms. Had people killed or torn apart next to me.

But this Hate crime of SANCTIONS really affects me, worse than war. I can see people slowly dying in front of me, little by little, but still the Syrian people carry on, still they try to survive each day and place food on the table and keep a roof over their heads; send their children to school sometimes without food.

Increase in child mortality and an increase in crime.

Sanctions have the same results as medieval siege tactics, which starve people into submission, and that is what the West is doing. For the rich and elite in Syria, sanctions don’t affect them. They still buy the latest Mercedes or the latest iPhone; still eat in the best restaurants and hotels.

It’s the poor that sanctions hurt. Sanctions will not destroy the Syrian government but will destroy the poor and vulnerable.

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Syrian jihadis and White Helmets planning new Idlib gas attack

First published … October –13, 2020 –

One would think that with their track record they would stay away from the staged gas attacks

By Jim W. Dean, Managing Editor 

Syrian Militants delivered Chlorine Barrels to stage provocation in Idlib – Russian Military

…from Sputnik News, Moscow

[ Editor’s Note: Here we go again with another White Helmets attempted chlorine attack to stir things up against the Assad regime. One would think that with their track record they would stay away from the staged gas attacks.

But then on the other hand, when you have built in support from the US, Turkey, and maybe NATO, what’s to lose? The jihadis have never been punished for the one in the past, which VT has chronicled over the years.

And god help us if the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons is brought in, given their horrible record going along with whatever Western intel wants to pull their strings.

Could this be Israelis pulling a string to do a favor by giving Trump one more shot at bombing Syria before the election to show what a tough guy he is?

It would not be the first time. But General Miley might not go along with a pre-election charade.

I feared that with much of Idlib remaining in Jihadi and Turkey’s hands it would become the festering wound it has, with Russia not wanting to get into a major military move at this time. Hence the militants are wanting to get the spotlight… Jim W. Dean ]

According to Russian military officials in Syria, Islamic militants in Idlib Governorate have delivered several barrels of chlorine to the White Helmets in preparation for a new provocation.

On Tuesday, Rear Adm. Alexander Grinkevich, deputy head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Center for Syrian Reconciliation, reported in a daily briefing that the center had evidence Islamist rebels in Idlib were preparing a new provocation using chlorine in Sfuhon, a village in southern Idlib Governorate.

“The Russian Reconciliation Center has received information about the preparation by militants of illegal armed groups of another attempt to organize a provocation using poisonous substances in the southern part of the Idlib de-escalation zone to accuse the Syrian government forces of using chemical weapons against civilians,” Grinkevich said.

He added that the White Helmets, a group with known links to al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups fighting against the Syrian government, had also arrived in Sfuhon.

Tuesday’s report is just the latest incident of rebels in Idlib attempting to stage such an incident. Supposed use of chemical weapons in the civil war by Damascus has repeatedly been used by Western powers as an excuse to attack the Syrian government, either through international pressure or airstrikes.

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Russia saved not only Syria from Western backed jihadi terrorists

The Trump regime will not accept that its unipolar strategy was destined not to enhance America power, but actually decrease it, a huge diplomatic failureBy Jim W. Dean, Managing Editor -October 5, 20204360

How Russia’s five-year long involvement in Syria war changed balance of power in Mid East & beyond

…from Sputnik News, Moscow

[ Editor’s Note: VT has had to do most of our work at long distance, due to budgetary and time constraints, plus the physical wear and tear of road trips, which can include having to get through Homeland Security when coming back.

As an example, the Stew Webb attempt to set us up with being searched on one return trip blew up in their faces when the “leak” that Gordon had traveled to Syria to train ISIS snipers and that he was running guns into Afghanistan, presumably to the Taliban, when it was widely known that they already had plenty of guns.

VT at Syrian Counter-Terrorism Court during the Damascus Counter-Terrorism Conference, December 2015 – Jim Dean Archives

DHS siezed Gordon’s cell phone photos that showed a treasure trove haul of Gordon and his old school buddy Mike Chester on a whirlwind tour of Germany to see Gordon’s relatives, with hundreds of date and time stamped photos and videos detailing their travels. DHS had been scammed by Webb.

After midnight meeting, Syrian Justice Minister Dr. Nagym with VT – Jim Dean archives

His punishment for that was the DHS gave up his name, under the long time rule that a source that provides bogus information loses his confidentiality as a result.

We have traveled overseas when there was a critical need and when it was feasible, like my first trip to Syria as an election monitor in 2014, or the Damascus Counter-Terrorism Conference in the summer of 2015 where Gordon gave the signature address, and then a rushed trip back in the fall a month before the Russians came in.

At the time we could not discuss the details of the last trip but did have a few photos in the archives. Getting to meet the Grand Mufti, our last stop on the last day, was a memorable treat. He was a true blue Syrian patriot, and highly respected by all, except for the Jihadis and the US for some reason.

Meeting the Grand Mufti was a treat, as he was the real deal. Mattlingly is in the center

The US of course would never accept the blame for the Russians being in Syria, for what appears to be not only the next 50 years, but maybe 50 more if they renew their basing options.

The Trump regime will not accept that its unipolar strategy was destined not to enhance America power, but actually decrease it, a huge diplomatic failure.

And by that I am not using military hardware as the key measurement, but the US loss of credibily in terms of purity of motive, and its becoming viewed more as a threat to peace than a guardian.

Americans have a lot of work to do as their lack of resistance has put their defacto approval on most of what has happened. Will Biden turn back the clock to make America the once respected friend it used to be? Or would the Israeli Lobby have him dancing the jig for them like Trump has done?

We will have to wait and see. But if he does, VT will go into opposition, because that’s what we do. We don’t sit back and lap it up, as we watch so many do… Jim W. Dean ]

Author with the Syria election commission just befor the 2014 vote – Jim Dean Archives

– First published … October 05,2020 –

Five years ago Russia became involved in the Syrian civil war, prompting an abrupt U-turn in the situation on the ground and ending the spread of Islamist terrorism in the country. Middle East expert Ghassan Kadi and Syrian journalist Basma Qaddour have taken a look at the Russo-Syrian strategic partnership’s achievements and plans.

On 30 September 2015, Russia started an air operation against Daesh* in Syria in response to a request for military help from the Arab Republic’s legitimate government headed by President Bashar al-Assad.

“We all know that thousands of people from European countries, Russia, and the post-Soviet region have joined the ranks of the so-called Islamic State, a terrorist organisation that – I want to stress again – has nothing to do with genuine Islam”, President Vladimir Putin told a special summit of government members on that day.

“There is no need to be an expert to realise that if they succeed in Syria, they will inevitably return to their own countries, and this includes Russia.”

Russia’s Involvement Became a Game Changer

The Russian involvement became a turning point for Syria, which has been engulfed by civil war since 2011. As a declassified document compiled by the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in 2012 indicated, the major forces driving the insurgency in the Arab Republic were the Salafists, the Muslim Brotherhood*, and al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI)* that “supported the Syrian opposition from the beginning, both ideologically and through media”. At that time the US and EU signalled their sympathy with the so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels and urged Assad to step down.

In September 2014, the US intervened in Syria under the pretext of the war against Daesh (ISIS/ISIL)*, a terrorist organisation that emerged out of AQI. The US military led a coalition of several regional and external players – including forces from the UK, France, Jordan, Turkey, Canada, Australia – and provided support to the Syrian rebels and the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on the ground.

Apart from the invasion by the US-led coalition, tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of fighters poured into Syria from Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq, recalls Ghassan Kadi, a Middle East expert and political analyst of Syrian descent.

“They were heavily armed and trained”, he stresses. “Without the use of targeted air power, eliminating such forces would have been a very difficult task to perform on the ground.”

There was a considerable likelihood that the terrorists were going to win, the Middle East expert continues. If the jihadists prevailed, the political, constitutional and demographic nature of Syria would have changed “from that of tolerance, secularism and inclusivity, to that of a Wahhabi Sunni fundamentalist, one that does not even tolerate Sunnis who don’t adhere to this tradition”, according to Kadi.

By September 2015, jihadi groups had moved very close to the Syrian capital, Damascus, which was nearly two-three weeks away from falling to foreign-backed terrorist groups, echoes Basma Qaddour, a Syrian journalist and head of the news department at The Syria Times.

Moscow’s military move of 30 September 2015 came as a “huge turning point”, according to the observers.

“The biggest role that Russia played militarily was in the use of its air power and expertise on how to fight in a dense urban environment”, notes Ghassan Kadi. “This tipped the balance of power against the invaders and in favour of the Syrian Army.”

Russian Air Force's long-range aircraft hit ISIS targets in Syria

What Goals Have the Russo-Syrian Alliance Achieved?

By December 2017, the Russo-Syrian coalition eliminated 60,318 jihadists, including 819 terrorist leaders, and liberated 1,024 settlements, most notably the strategic cities of Aleppo, Palmyra, Akerbat, Deir ez-Zor, Meyadin and Abu Kemal.

Backed by the Russian Aerospace Forces, the Syrian Arab Army eliminated Daesh’s major strongholds, with Idlib remaining the only jihadi hotbed in the country. Thus the Russian military presence on the ground and successful anti-terrorist aerial campaign made any prospective full-scale NATO offensive irrelevant, according to Ghassan Kadi.

After the deployment of the military police in the Arab Republic to monitor a cease-fire in new de-escalation zones in July and agreeing with Damascus on the formation of a permanent grouping at the Tartus naval facility and the Hmeimim airbase, President Vladimir Putin announced the withdrawal of the Russian troops to their permanent bases in December 2017. However, Moscow continued to provide support to Syria: in general, the Russo-Syrian coalition has liquidated more than 133,000 jihadi militants.

In parallel with its military effort, Russia, together with Iran and Turkey, arranged peace talks between the Syrian government delegation and opposition forces in Astana in late December 2016.

In subsequent years, the Astana format of negotiations led by Moscow, Tehran and Ankara helped to lower the intensity of the clashes on the ground by concluding ceasefire deals and founding four de-escalation zones in the war-torn country.

“Here we can point out to the fact that the Astana peace talks aimed at a post-war Syrian order as an effective alternative to similar efforts within the United Nations”, Basma Qaddour underscores, referring to the Geneva peace talks on Syria held since June 2012 under the auspices of the UN.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep TayyipErdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a joint press conference after the 5th Trilateral Summit in Astana format on the Syrian crisis

Obstacles in the Path to Restore Peace & Order

Still, the reconciliation process is largely hampered by the US and Turkish military presence in the region, argues Qaddour, stressing that these foreign players must pull out of the Arab Republic. Touching upon the issue of the US-SDF military bases in the region, the journalist suggests that the Syrian popular resistance is likely to squeeze them out from these areas. In August 2020, Syrian tribal leaders in Deir ez-Zor and Aleppo called upon the US and their Kurdish proxies to leave the region.

“The problem is that US-backed ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) militia in eastern Syria are currently in control of approximately 70% of Syria’s national oil resources and a number of valuable gas facilities. The eastern Euphrates is under the control of US occupation forces and SDF militia,” says Qaddour.

In addition to this, Idlib is still controlled by terrorist groups, she points out, stressing that as many as 85% of terrorists in Idlib are affiliated with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS)*. Kadi echoes the journalist’s concerns:

“Apart from non-Syrian fighters who were either killed or fled, the remaining actual Syrian fighters are all in the Idlib region, hence any reconciliation talks will have to wait until the region is fully back under the control of the Syrian Government”, he notes.

Turkey, which supervises the Idlib de-escalation zone, has vowed to separate the moderate opposition from terrorists, liberate the M4 highway and form a security corridor around this highway. According to Moscow and Ankara, these agreements are being gradually implemented.

Russia to Help Syria Revive Post-War Economy

However, at the present moment, reconciliation seems to have taken a step back from centre court, as the major issue to deal with at the moment is the economy, Kadi points out, citing the Syrian oil issue and Washington’s Caesar Act strangulating the country.

“The Western-centric order has made it almost impossible for nations to trade and interact without reliance on the greenback, the Internet and the SWIFT banking system”, the Middle Eastern expert says. “Any nation that finds itself under Western sanctions risks being isolated and falling under the mercy of even further sanctions such as the Caesar Act.”

Under these circumstances, Damascus is expanding business ties with Russia to facilitate economic recovery. During the Russian delegation’s September visit to Syria, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told the press that Moscow had presented a package of economic proposals to the Arab Republic in July in order to tackle the post-war crisis and US sanctions. It is expected that these proposals will be sealed in December 2020.

The economic difficulties and the pressure exerted by the West have prompted regional players, most notably Syria and Iran, to form new alliances and economic partnerships, notes Kadi.

According to him, the US sanctions policy is doomed as “the West is no longer the centre of manufacturing even of advanced commodities”. The political analyst suggests that in the foreseeable future nations such as Russia, China, Iran, Syria, in theory, will be “capable of supplying each other with all of their basic needs without having to resort to Western imports”.

The Syrian civil war and subsequent events on the ground have once again proven that the days of the post-Cold war Western-centric world order are over, echoes Basma Qaddour.

“The US pushes an anti-world agenda in order not to face the difficult reality that it is no longer the world’s only superpower and it has to adapt to an increasingly multipolar world”, she concludes.

*Al-Qaeda, Daesh (ISIS/ISIL), the Muslim Brotherhood, and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) are terrorist groups banned in Russia. 

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US Sends M2A2 Bradley IFVs to Challenge Russian Forces in Northern Syria

By South Front 

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…from SouthFront.org

The US military has reinforced its troops, supposedly mostly withdrawn from Syria, with a new batch of military equipment, this time M2A2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles.

In an official comment released on September 18, the US-led coalition said that mechanized infantry assets, including Bradley IFVs, were positioned to Syria in order to “ensure the enduring defeat of ISIS”, “ensure the protection of Coalition forces” and “provide the rapid flexibility needed to protect critical petroleum resources”.

The M2A2 Bradley is armed with a 25 mm chain gun, a 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun and a dual TOW anti-tank guided missile launcher. This makes the IFV the heaviest weapon deployed by the US on the ground in Syria.

As of September 21, the newly deployed armoured vehicles were already spotted during a coalition patrol in al-Hasakah province, where the US has a network of fortified positions and military bases. US forces regularly conduct patrols in the area. Another area of US interest in Syria’s northeast are the Omar oil fields on the eastern bank of the Euphrates. Washington reinforced its troops deployed there with M2A2 Bradley IFVs in October 2019.

The main difference is that, according to local sources, the vehicles deployed in al-Hasakah province will most likely be involved in patrols in the area and thus regular confrontations with the Russian Military Police and the Syrian Army.

Just a few days ago, Russian attack helicopters chased US Apaches after they had tried to harass a Russian Military Police patrol. Earlier, the US military claimed that US troops sustained “mild injures”, when a Russian vehicle rammed a US MRAP in the al-Hasakah countryside.

The US-led coalition regularly tries to limit the freedom of movement of Russian and Syrian forces in the northeast of the country and faces an asymmetric response. Now, US forces will have an additional argument in securing what they see as their sphere of influence.

Syrian government forces have suffered even more casualties from ISIS attacks in the provinces of Homs and Deir Ezzor. On September 19, at least five members of Liwa al-Quds, a pro-government Palestinian militia, died in an explosion of an improvised explosive device near the town of al-Shumaytiyah. On September 20, an explosion hit a vehicle of the Syrian Army near al-Mayadin reportedly injuring several soldiers. Also, a field commander of the National Defense Forces was killed in clashes with ISIS terrorists west of Deir Ezzor.

As of September 21, the Syrian Army, Liwa al-Quds and their allies continue a combing operation to clear the Homs-Deir Ezzor desert from ISIS cells. However, the strong ISIS presence is still a notable threat for the security situation in the central Syrian desert.

In Greater Idlib, the Russian Aerospace Forces continue their air campaign targeting training camps, weapon depots, HQs and fortified positions of Turkish-backed terrorist groups. The interesting fact is that with the resumption of active Russian strikes on targets across Idlib, terrorists have decreased the number of attacks on the Syrian Army and civilian targets along the contact line. It would appear that the airstrike diplomacy has all chances to become an integral part of the Idlib ceasefire.

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It isn’t Assad that’s a ‘Monster,’ Docs expose propaganda scheme against Syria…a real democracy

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Western government-funded intelligence cutouts trained Syrian opposition leaders, planted stories in media outlets from BBC to Al Jazeera, and ran a cadre of journalists. A trove of leaked documents exposes the propaganda network.By VT Editors -September 24, 20200961

…by Ben Norton

Leaked documents show how UK government contractors developed an advanced infrastructure of propaganda to stimulate support in the West for Syria’s political and armed opposition.

Virtually every aspect of the Syrian opposition was cultivated and marketed by Western government-backed public relations firms, from their political narratives to their branding, from what they said to where they said it.


هادي نصرالله@HadiNasrallahThe US media war on Syria continues. After Hollywood awarded Al Qaeda’s “White Helmets” propaganda in Syria with Oscar and BAFTA nominations, now @TIME listed “For Sama” producer Waad Al-Kateab as one of the 100 “most influential people” of 2020. Waad’s husband is Al Qaeda!

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The leaked files reveal how Western intelligence cutouts played the media like a fiddle, carefully crafting English- and Arabic-language media coverage of the war on Syria to churn out a constant stream of pro-opposition coverage.

US and European contractors trained and advised Syrian opposition leaders at all levels, from young media activists to the heads of the parallel government-in-exile. These firms also organized interviews for Syrian opposition leaders on mainstream outlets such as BBC and the UK’s Channel 4.


Tim Hayward@Tim_Hayward_The Novichoks story: chemical weapons programme or canary trap? By Paul McKeigue, Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and MediaThe Novichoks story: chemical weapons programme or canary trap?Paul McKeigue 16 September 2020 1 Summary 2 Introduction 3 Mirzayanov’s story from 1991 to 1995 3.1 Relevance of binary formulations 4 The official Russian position 4.1 Lazarchuk’s story: the unoff…syriapropagandamedia.org7:36 AM · Sep 17, 202010881 people are Tweeting about this

More than half of the stringers used by Al Jazeera in Syria were trained in a joint US-UK government program called Basma, which produced hundreds of Syrian opposition media activists.

Western government PR firms not only influenced the way the media covered Syria, but as the leaked documents reveal, they produced their own propagandistic pseudo-news for broadcast on major TV networks in the Middle East, including BBC Arabic, Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya, and Orient TV.

These UK-funded firms functioned as full-time PR flacks for the extremist-dominated Syrian armed opposition. One contractor, called InCoStrat, said it was in constant contact with a network of more than 1,600 international journalists and “influencers,” and used them to push pro-opposition talking points.


AaronNiswander@aaron_niswander#Iraq, #Libya, #Syria, #Lebanon, #Iran They have been planning this for YEARS. They are continuing along with their misinformation campaign. You are being fed bullshit, war-driven propaganda. Wake from your slumber, folks. #GreaterIsrael#PNAC#NewPearlHarbor#nineeleven#WMD

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Another Western government contractor, ARK, crafted a strategy to “re-brand” Syria’s Salafi-jihadist armed opposition by “softening its image.” ARK boasted that it provided opposition propaganda that “aired almost every day on” major Arabic-language TV networks.


Ben Norton@BenjaminNortonQatari state media Al Jazeera bent over backward spreading nonstop regime-change propaganda against Libya & Syria; it was a key disinformation weapon in the US-led imperialist wars on these countries. And the US still took action against AJ. The Empire has no allies, only tools

Max Blumenthal@MaxBlumenthalTrump’s DOJ has just demanded @ajplus register as a foreign agent of Qatar. Over two years ago I pointed out the sad irony of AJ+ personalities opportunistically jumping on the Russiagate bandwagon. https://motherjones.com/politics/2020/09/trump-doj-al-jazeera-fara-uae-qatar/… https://twitter.com/MaxBlumenthal/status/966710506915598336…12:53 AM · Sep 16, 2020

Virtually every major Western corporate media outlet was influenced by the UK government-funded disinformation campaign exposed in the trove of leaked documents, from the New York Times to the Washington Post, CNN to The Guardian, the BBC to Buzzfeed.


Goetz Six@GoetzSix·Sep 24Turkey, Qatar and others supported this for many years, Turkey still does. Their role in Syria is completely omitted. Furthermore MbS is just as much a mass murderer then Assad but he’s not beeing called out for it because he’s an ally of the West. Hypocrisy and propaganda.

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Syria leaks UK contractors war opposition media

The files confirm reporting by journalists including The Grayzone’s Max Blumenthal on the role of ARK, the US-UK government contractor, in popularizing the White Helmets in Western media. ARK ran the social media accounts of the White Helmets, and helped turn the Western-funded group into a key propaganda weapon of the Syrian opposition.

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Leaked docs expose massive Syria propaganda operation waged by Western govt contractors and media

Western government-funded intelligence cutouts trained Syrian opposition leaders, planted stories in media outlets from BBC to Al Jazeera, and ran a cadre of journalists. A trove of leaked documents exposes the propaganda network. By Ben Norton Leaked documents show how UK government contractors developed an advanced infrastructure of propaganda to stimulate support in the West for Syria’s political and armed opposition. Virtually every aspect of the Syrian opposition was cultivated and marketed by Western government-backed public relations firms, from their … Continue readingLeaked docs expose massive Syria propaganda operation waged by Western govt contractors and mediaThe Grayzone


Addendum I

The Novichoks story: chemical weapons programme or canary trap?

Paul McKeigue

16 September 2020

1 Summary

The poisoning incidents in Salisbury, England in 2018 with an unusual organophosphate compound designated A-234 gave rise to wide coverage of the story that a novel class of nerve agents named “Novichoks” had been discovered in the Soviet Union in the 1980s and that development of these agents as weapons had continued in Russia in violation of bilateral agreements with the US signed in 1989 and 1990.

This story, originating with the dissident Russian chemist Vil Mirzayanov, has been accepted by many scientists and officials involved with chemical arms control. Russian officials however have denied that any studies under the name “Novichok” were ever conducted in the USSR or the Russian Federation

Official Russian statements have been supplemented with an unofficial explanation that the Novichoks story originated as a Russian counter-intelligence operation (“canary trap”) to identify Mirzayanov as a leaker, and that he was used (unwittingly) to channel disinformation after he had been identified. This article examines evidence in the public domain that is relevant to evaluating which of these two alternative explanations – chemical weapons programme or canary trap – is correct, based on primary sources.

Mirzayanov reported in 1992 that a new class of binary nerve agents named “Novichoks” had been developed during the 1980s at the GosNIIOKhT laboratories in Moscow, that field tests had shown one of these binary nerve agents to be several times more more effective than VX, and that three of these binary agents had been stockpiled in quantities of several tons from 1989 onwards.

To assist Mirzayanov in preparing his defence against prosecution during 1993, he was provided with what were purportedly top secret documents confirming this story, before charges were dropped in 1994.

The only other account from a chemist inside the Soviet chemical weapons programme was provided by Vladimir Uglev, who stated that the compounds alleged to have been developed in binary form as Novichoks during the 1980s had been synthesized in unitary form in the 1970s in quantities of no more than a few kilogrammes, and that no binary formulations had ever been developed.

Other information in the public domain rebuts or casts doubt on other key points in Mirzayanov’s story: that these compounds had structures similar to those published in the open Soviet literature as possible pesticides, that their precursors were widely available industrial chemicals, and that standard therapies for nerve agent poisoning were not effective against them.

Mirzayanov’s credibility as an independent whistleblower is undermined by his role in a US government-sponsored operation to encourage Tatar separatism, coinciding with the publication of his book in 2008 which gave structures for the compounds allegedly developed as fourth generation nerve agents into the early 1990s.

From information in the public domain it is possible to deduce that the US military knew the phosphylated amidine structures designated as A-232 and A-234 by early 1997 and that by 1998 they had synthesized these compounds, studied their toxicity in vivo, and reported the results publicly.

The results of these studies were subsequently removed from public databases, and the toxicity studies remain classified. From in silico predictions and clinical histories it is possible to infer that the low volatility and slow percutaneous absorption of these compounds would have limited their usefulness as chemical weapons.

The evidence that is publicly available thus supports the explanation that the Novichoks story originated as a counter-intelligence operation rather than a real chemical weapons programme. If this was the case, the operation has backfired by creating a situation in which incidents in which these “fourth generation agents” are detected are blamed on Russia. The success of efforts to eliminate the stockpiling of chemical weapons, together with establishment of international mechanisms to detect and report on any use of such weapons, may have had the unintended consequence of facilitating operations that attribute the possession or use of chemical weapons to an adversary.

2 Introduction

The poisoning incidents in Salisbury, England in 2018 gave rise to wide coverage of a story originating with the Russian chemist Vil Mirzayanov in 1992 that a novel class of nerve agents named “Novichoks” had been discovered in the Soviet Union in the 1980s and that development of these agents as chemical weapons had continued after Russia had negotiated the Chemical Weapons Convention and signed the Wyoming Agreement in 1990. This story has been accepted by many commentators on chemical weapons and chemical arms control.

In contrast, Russian officials have denied that any studies under the name “Novichok” were ever conducted in the USSR or the Russian Federation, and have stated that all chemical weapons programmes were stopped in 1991-92, but have not denied that the chemical compounds purported to be Novichoks were studied at bench scale in Russia. The official Russian version has been supplemented with an unofficial explanation that the Novichoks story originated as a Russian counter-intelligence operation to identify Mirzayanov as a leaker.

For reasons explained below, the possible explanations of the Novichoks story can be reduced to these two alternatives: a chemical weapons programme or a counter-intelligence operation. This article examines evidence in the public domain that is relevant to evaluating which of these alternatives is true. In contrast to other commentaries on the Novichok story that have relied on secondary sources, this review is based strictly on primary sources in the public domain.

3 Mirzayanov’s story from 1991 to 1995

Descriptions of a secret “Novichok” programme were published in the press before Mirzayanov was arrested and charged with revealing state secrets on 22 October 1992. Russian language articles were published on 10 October 1991 in Kuranty, on 16 September 1992 (co-authored with Lev Fedorov) in Moscow News, on 20 October 1992 in Moskovsiye Novosti, and on 22 October 1992 in Novoye Vremya.

English-language articles in the Baltimore Sun were published on 16 September 1992 and 18 October 1992. The Baltimore Sun however quoted a sceptical opinion from Lora Lumpe, an arms control researcher at the Federation of American Scientists. The most detailed first-hand version of Mirzayanov’s story was given in an article published in 1995 after he had settled in the US.

Mirzayanov alleged that:

  • The Soviet Union had “intensified the development and testing of the most modern class of chemical weapons during the final stages of the CWC’s negotiations”, in violation of two bilateral agreements with the US: the 1989 Wyoming Memorandum of Understanding on bilateral exchanges of information about chemical weapon stockpiles, and the 1990 Moscow Bilateral Destruction agreement. President Gorbachev had been aware of this programme and had secretly awarded decorations to the two officials in charge of it.
  • New unitary (that is, not formulated as binary) agents, designated A-230 and A-232 had been developed by GosNIIOKhT (State Union Scientific Research Institute for Organic Chemistry and Technology) in Shikhany, Saratov in a continuation of the programme in which Russian VX (aso known as Substance 33 or VR) was developed.
  • A-230 had been tested in 1988, adopted as a chemical weapon in 1990 and produced in “tens of tons”. “A few tons” of A-232 had also been produced. Mirzayanov did not use the term “Novichok” for these unitary agents, and did not mention a compound designated A-234 at this stage.
  • A new secret program under the codename “Foliant” began at GosNIIOKhT in Moscow in 1982, leading to the development of a new binary agent named Novichok-5 produced in 1987 and tested in 1989. These tests showed that it “under optimal conditions exceeds the effectiveness of VX by five to eight times”. It was produced in quantities of “a few tons”. Novichok-5 was described by Mirzayanov as a binary version of A-232, or (in apparent contradiction) as “based on A-232” with A-232 as “a Novichok precursor”. Mirzayanov did not mention any field tests of A-232, only of its supposed binary version designated Novichok-5.
  • Another binary agent designated Novichok-7 was developed by GosNIIOKhT in Moscow and tested in 1993. It was found to be “approximately ten times more effective than soman” and to have similar volatility. It was produced in “tens of tons”. The information about tests in 1993 must have reached Mirzayanov after he had been charged with revealing state secrets in October 1992.
  • “The chemical components or precursors of A-232 and its binary version Novichok-5 are ordinary organophosphates that can be made at commercial chemical companies that manufacture such products as fertilizers and pesticides.”
  • Poisoning with Novichok-5 is difficult to treat and causes long-term disability. “If someone is affected by it, even if it only gets on the skin, it is practically impossible to effect a cure. I know people who were subjected in the past to the effects of this toxin. They were all left invalids.”

This last statement would have suggested, to anyone familiar with the toxicology of organophosphates, that the Novichok agents were “delayed neuropathic agents” which bind to the enzyme neuropathy target esterase (NTE) with onset of irreversible paralysis a few weeks after exposure. Although some organophosphates formerly used as pesticides have off-target effects on NTE causing delayed neuropathy, there has been no evidence (other than this element of the Novichok story) of a deliberate attempt to develop such compounds for military use.

In December 2008, some 13 years after he had emigrated to the US, Mirzayanov published an autobiography in which he gave structures for five phosphylated amidines containing P-N=C-N bonds designated A-230, A-232, A-234, A-242 and A-262. A-234 differed from A-232 by the substitution of an ethyl for a methyl group. A synthetic pathway for A-232 was given, in which acetonitrile was a precursor.

Mirzayanov’s story in this book differed from what he had written during 1992 to 1995.

  • the term Novichoks was used to to denote the unitary agents discovered in the 1970s, rather than the binary agents supposedly developed in the 1980s.
  • it was the unitary agent A-230, rather than the binary version of A-232 designated Novichok-5, that was described was “5 to 8 times more lethal” than VX under field conditions.
  • A-232 was described as having “the same toxicity” as Russian VX but was “much more volatile”. Field tests of A-232 were “just as successful” as those for A-230. A programme to develop a binary formulation is mentioned briefly, but no further details are given. The designation Novichok-5 appeared only in the copies of purportedly top secret documents made available to Mirzayanov during 1992-93 to prepare his defence.

3.1 Relevance of binary formulations

Up to the 1980s both the US and the USSR held their stockpiles of chemical weapons in unitary form. Binary formulations, in which precursors were to be combined in a final synthesis step shortly before or after launch, had two advantages: first, the precursors were less toxic than the final agent, making the munitions safer to produce and to handle; second, binary formulations could be used to weaponize compounds that were too unstable for long-term storage.

This was especially relevant to the “intermediate volatility agent” studied by the US at Edgewood Arsenal since 1970 under the name EA 5365, and later designated “GV” by the Czech chemists Ivan Masek and Jiri Matousek.

This phosphoroamidofluoridate compound was sufficiently volatile to cause an inhalation hazard and had percutaneous toxicity similar to that of the V agents, but its storage stability was too poor for it to be stockpiled as a weapon in unitary form. It might have beoome an important threat agent if a binary formulation had been successfully developed.

A story that Russia had succeeded where the US had not in developing a binary agent more effective than VX, and that this agent was resistant to treatment and caused irreversible paralysis, would have evoked serious concern among US chemical defence planners. However it would not have made sense for GosNIIOKhT to attempt development of a binary formulation without testing the unitary agent first, as it is unlikely that a binary formulation would be more effective than its unitary equivalent.

4 The official Russian position

The Russian envoy to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya stated on 15 March 2018 that

No research, development or manufacturing of projects codenamed Novichok has ever been carried out in Russia, all CW programmes were stopped back in 1991-92._

In a television interview the Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova gave a still more comprehensive denial:-

Never on the territory of the USSR in Soviet times or in the times of the Russian Federation on its territory have there been studies conducted under the code name Novichok. It was neither patented, nor used as a symbol or a code. Once more, as this is the key thing: the word Novichok has never been used in the USSR or in Russia as something related to chemical weapons research.

At a briefing by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 21 March 2018, Viktor Kholstov, Director of the Centre for Analytical Research on Chemical and Biological Weapon Conventions under the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade stated that:

Vil Mirzayanov did not have these formulas in the early 2000s. Trying to earn a living and to improve his finances, Mirzayanov published a new book, probably in cooperation with the Edgewood Arsenal, titled “State secrets: an insider’s chronicle of the Russian chemical weapons programme.” This book included some formulas.

An Aide memoire on enhancement of the Chemical Weapons Convention submitted by the Russian delegation to the Executive Council of the OPCW on 18 April 2018 reiterated that Mirzayanov had not known the chemical structures that he published in his book in 2008 until they were provided to him by the Edgewood Arsenal, and argued that the publication of the structures in Mirzayanov’s book was “indirect transfer of chemical weapons” in violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

4.1 Lazarchuk’s story: the unofficial Russian explanation?

In March 2018, the Russian writer Andrey Lazarchuk wrote a post on social media based on an undisclosed source, translated elsewhere to English. He reported that:

  • The Soviet army withdrew their chemical weapon stocks to long-term storage in 1983-84.
  • Mirzayanov never worked on theoretical developments or practical synthesis.
  • In the second half of the 1980s, the KGB undertook a counter-intelligence operation intended both to disinform the other side and to identify channels through which information was being leaked. For this purpose, stories about non-existent projects to develop “a new chemical super-weapon” were composed, and the version with Novichoks was passed to Mirzayanov.
  • Mirzayanov was identified immediately as a channel of leakage, removed from all real work in 1990, and allowed to continue (unwittingly) as a channel of disinformation.

The terms “blue dye operation”, “barium meal” or “canary trap” have been used for this type of counter-intelligence operation in which suspects are passed different versions of a story so as to identify which of them is passing information to adversaries.

A passage in Mirzayanov’s 1995 article appears to corroborate Lazarchuk’s story that information about possibly non-existent projects was deliberately passed to him:

More than fifty top secret documents, many of which had not previously been in my possession, somehow appeared among my files at work. For example, though I had never officially had access to the project that developed and tested the Novichok-5 agent, one document detailed my technical assignment to this program

After Mirzayanov had been arrested and charged, additional documents that appeared to confirm his story and were marked top secret were made available to him to prepare his defence, before the case was dropped by the prosecutor on 11 March 1994. In his 1995 article Mirzayanov noted that:

What became clear was that those prosecuting me were less concerned with protecting state secrets than with making an example of me. To wit, as I prepared my defense, I was legally allowed to copy numerous top secret documents – many of which I had never seen before – and distribute them to my attorney, the press and others abroad who were denouncing my persecution.

Four of these documents were reproduced in English translation in Mirzayanov’s autobiography published in 2008. Copies of the Russian originals dating from 1993 exist in the Sussex Harvard Information Bank and for at least one of these there is an contemporary English translation that agrees closely with that given later by Mirzayanov. Excerpts from the versions in Mirzayanov’s book are given below:

  1. Annex 5 (25 September 1992, marked top secret): Resolution of the Permanent Technical Commission at GosNIIOKhT, chaired by Y I Baranov

Referring to Mirzayanov’s story that a new toxic agent more effective than VX and resistant to treatment had been developed, the document stated:

This information is true. GOSNIIOKhT (currently, GRNIIOKhT) did synthesize, studied, and tested a number of new chemical compounds of different classes that are considerably more potent than the VX gas (the substance that the U.S. is armed with) by a complex of combat characteristics, including difficulties of treatment. According to available information, the armies of the countries that possess chemical weapons are not armed with an equivalent of the above-mentioned agent. Equipping chemical ammunition with such compounds considerably increases its effectiveness.

Referring to Mirzayanov’s story that a binary version had been developed, the document stated:

This is also true. GRNIIOKhT developed its own binary weapons based on the new chemical agent and these weapons are currently being tested.

  1. Annex 30 (24 February 1993, marked secret): Transcript of the Inspection:

The Inspection established: Case N 73-3, inventory number 6291, in one volume, on 260 numbered pages in the dark-blue cardboard folder. In this case there is a document on pages 160-165 with the title “Technical order for a part of the experimental and design work of “Agent A-232” based on the system of components” and the cipher “Novichok-5,” stamp “Top Secret,” number 2187 ss/khf. The document contains 9 clauses. (Further, all the clauses are enumerated.) [At the bottom of the last page of the original document there is a signature and the date 20 April 1990, in blue ink.] During the inspection, Kuznetsov explained that Agent A-232 mentioned in the technical order was the new chemical agent in its binary version, created at GRNIIOKhT.

  1. Annex 31: (dated 16 May 1990, marked top secret): Technical order for the compound part of the experimental and design work of “Agent A-232” based on the system of components. (document referred to in Annex 30):

The code “Novichok-5” – The development, manufacture and delivery of bodies of special products (models) of the explosion mode of operation for testing the system of components “A-232”

The development, manufacture and delivery of bodies of the special products (models) of the Explosion Operation Mode for Field Tests of the System of components of the substance “A-232” is being carried out following the resolution of the Authority No 844-186, adopted on 6 October 1989.

Mirzayanov explained that “the Authority” meant the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, implying a resolution signed by President Gorbachev as General Secretary.

  1. Annex 34 (16 March 1993, marked top secret: Commission of Experts headed by Y M Karmishin, [Experts’ Report]”:

In GosNIIOKhT a new chemical compound has really been synthesized, studied and tested that significantly surpasses the agent VX by a complex of battle characteristics including difficulties in curing.

the armies of the countries that possess chemical weapons are not armed with any compounds analogous to the above-mentioned compound

GoSNIIOKht has developed experimental batches of binary weapons based on the new chemical agents, which were successfully tested at the test site.

These documents purportedly contained top secret information that confirmed Mirzayanov’s story. If they were true, Mirzayanov’s story was largely true. If they were conveying false information, the only possible explanation is that Mirzyanov was being used to channel disinformation after he had been identified as a leaker. The possible explanations for the Novichoks story can thus be reduced to these two alternatives. A possible motive for passing false information to the US could have been to deter US military adventures with a story of a new super-weapon at a time when Russia’s military capability was weak. The story that between 1966 and 1969 US counter-intelligence mounted a deception operation that misled the Soviet Union into believing that the US had developed a new and highly effective nerve agent may have been a precedent for such a counter-deception operation.

5 Uglev’s story: corroboration or rebuttal?

Vladimir Uglev, who worked from 1975 onwards at the Saratov branch of GosNIIOKhT has been widely quoted as corroborating Mirzayanov’s story. Uglev gave an interview in in February 1993 to Novoye Vremya, in which he was asked about Mirzayanov’s story. Some 25 years later on 20 March 2018, Uglev was interviewed by The Bell, a pro-opposition news outlet. Another article quoting Uglev as a source was published in The Project in September 2018.

Uglev stated that he had worked in a research group led by Pyotr Kirpichev “who in 1973 for the first time was able to obtain a fundamentally new phosphoric toxic agent with a paralytic action on the nerves that subsequently received the name”Novichok.“. In the 1993 interview he stated that five of these compounds went through development to the stage of field testing, and that he had discovered three of them. In the March 2018 interview he gave the code names of four (rather than five) compounds as A-1972, B-1976, C-1976, and D-1980. He stated that he had developed the second and third of these, and added that one of these compounds was used in the Kivelidi poisoning. In the September 2018 article, apparently sourced from Uglev, these four compounds are respectively designated A-230, A-232, A-234 and A-242. Uglev had stated in 1993 that several kilogrammes of”the new substance” were produced, and in 2018 “20 grammes to a few kilos”. Uglev’s story is consistent with Mirzayanov’s in that he states that new unitary agents were discovered in Saratov during the period 1972-1980 and that these agents were not designated Novichoks. He states that the quantities synthesized at this time were no more than a few kilogrammes. If, as Mirzayanov alleged, binary versions of these compounds had been developed in Moscow during the 1980s, tested in Uzbekistan and stockpiled in quantities of several tons, Uglev in Saratov would not necessarily have had first-hand knowledge of these developments.

Prompted in the 1993 interview to confirm Mirzayanov’s story that tests had shown “the new substance” to be 5-8 times more effective than VX, Uglev answered in words that indicated his information was not based on first-hand knowledge: “The military people have whispered to me that it is a minimum of 5-10 times”. Uglev stated that binary agents had been developed but again indicated that this was not based on observation at first-hand:-

  • Of the three new toxic substances that Uglev discovered, one was “a basic component of a binary that, according to my information, has gone through successful testing on the range”.
  • I have information on the existence in Russia of a minimum of one kind of binary weapon made on the basis of the so-called Novocheboksarskiy product [Russian VX]”
  • I know about production as well: a certain quantity of components of a binary weapon is now being kept at a secret storage depot”.

In the 2018 interview, Uglev contradicted his own and Mirzayanov’s earlier statements about binary formulations, stating unequivocally that:

No one ever had any binary weapons. I think that several of my colleagues, just like I did, tried to work on this idea, but I don’t know a single binary weapon, not for VX, not for other types of chemical weapons. At least for the period up until 1994.

6 Fake corroboration: the 2003 Amazon book review

On 16 March 2004 an amateur chemist in Baltimore posted on a science forum an edited copy of a book review that had been posted on Amazon on 16 November 2003, but is no longer on that site. This had been posted under the name Anatoly Kuntsevich as a review of the Handbook of Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents by D Hank Ellison. The review contained obviously false information, stating that Ken Alibek (a former Soviet biological warfare expert) was an alias for Vil Mirzayanov. Anatoly Kuntsevich, who had been deputy commander of Soviet chemical forces, had died in 2002.

The review stated that Novichoks belonged to “the class of organophosphate structues containing a dihaloformaldoxime group”, and that the binding of these compounds to their target was resistant to reactivation by oximes such as 2-PAM. These dihaloformaldoxime structures had P-O-N=C-X.Y bonds, where X and Y are halogens. The review included a brief but apparently accurate description of papers on the possible use of dihaloformaldoxime compounds as pesticides, published in the open Soviet literature during the late 1960s and early 1970s, apparently corroborating Mirzayanov’s story that Novichoks had structures similar to those published as possible pesticides.

This posting on the sciencemadness.org forum in 2004 was the basis (Hoenig, personal communication 2019) for a discussion of the posited structures of Novichok agents in a new edition, published in November 2006, of the Compendium of Chemical Warfare Agents by Steven Hoenig, a forensic chemist who has served as chemical defence specialist with the National Guard in the US. Hoenig emphasized that “these compounds have been subjected to some debate, but very little is known about them in detail”. The discussion in Hoenig’s book was in turn the basis for two more publications that were widely quoted as sources for Novichok structures: the second edition of D Hank Ellison’s Handbook of Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents, published in August 2007, and a patent entitled “Method of treating organophosphorous poisoning”, for which a continuation-in-part was submitted by the University of Maryland and the US Army on 27 August 2008. It appears that the Amazon book review was the primary source for all other publications giving dihaloformaldoxime structures for Novichoks.

7 US studies of the phosphylated amidine compounds identified as Novichoks

A German newspaper reported in May 2018 that the German intelligence service had acquired a sample of what was purported to be a Novichok compound from a scientist in Russia in the 1990s, that this sample was sent to Sweden for analysis, and that the result was shared with US and UK intelligence services. Based on information from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down, the BBC journalist Mark Urban confirmed this story, reporting that the compound had been identified as A-232 and that Porton Down had analysed it by 1998. If, as this story indicates, obtaining a sample of a purported Novichok agent was a key objective for western defence intelligence agencies in the mid-1990s, this implies that at this time they did not know the structures of these compounds. Urban’s source has thus (perhaps unwittingly) corroborated the statement by Russian officials that Mirzayanov did not know the structures of these compounds when he left Russia.

1997 newspaper article with the title “Russia dodges chemical arms ban” quoted a secret report in the Military Intelligence Digest of 24 January 1997 as follows: “By using chemicals not specified in the CWC schedules, the Russians can produce A-232 and its ethyl analog A-234, in unitary and binary forms within several chemical complexes”. One binary formulation was said to use acetonitrile and an organic phosphate compound “that can be disguised as a pesticide precursor”. The mention of A-234 as the ethyl analogue of A-232, and the mention of acetonitrile as a precursor indicates that the structures with these designations that appeared in Mirzayanov’s book in 2008 were known to the US military by early 1997. The article identified the author of the report as James Poarch, then serving as a chemical engineer to the US National Ground Intelligence Center. At this time US Senators were divided on whether to support ratification of the Chemical Weapons Convention. The article quoted an anonymous Pentagon official as commenting that the intelligence report “clearly shows the Russians are circumventing the treaty”.

The head of the Russian chemical weapon detection laboratory revealed on a Russian television programme (at 1:11:53 in the recording) that Edgewood Arsenal had submitted a mass spectrometry profile for a compound named N-(O-ethyl-fluorophosphoryl)-N’N’-diethylacetamidine (corresponding to the structure designated A-234 in Mirzayanov’s book) to the public mass spectrometry database NIST98. The entry in NIST98 cross-referenced an entry in the database RTECS (Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances), implying that toxicity results had also been submitted. This is consistent with allusions to in vivo toxicity studies in the Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) guide on Fourth Generation Agents issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services in January 2019. On further enquiry, an official of the Department of Health and Human Services has stated (personal communication) that these studies were undertaken by the US Department of Defense “for defense purposes, toward developing countermeasures”.

NIST98 was current from 1998 to 2001. The entry for A-234 in NIST98 was not present in subsequent versions of the NIST mass spectrometry database, and no entry for this compound now exists in RTECS. This establishes that the US Department of Defense was studying these compounds and their toxicity around 1997, and that at some time after this it was decided to remove this information from the public domain.

8 Mirzayanov’s role as a Tatar separatist in 2008-09

A post on the Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Tatar language website Radio Azatliq on 27 October 2008 had announced that Mirzayanov had been elected the previous day to the “Praesidium of the Milli Mejlis [national parliament]” apparently consisting of ten people including Mirzayanov, whose book was published seven weeks later on 18 December. On 20 December at another meeting of the Milli Mejlis two days after the publication of his book, Mirzayanov signed a Declaration of Independence of Tatarstan, proclaiming himself head of state of a Tatar government in exile. The support of the US government for Mirzayanov’s role in Tatar separatism may explain why subsequent discussions of his book by delegates to OPCW and the Australia Group were closely monitored and discouraged by the US State Department. A Russian view of this attempt to sponsor a Tatar separatist movement was given in an article in Nevismaya Gazeta dated 9 December 2009, translated for a private intelligence report (item 20):

As though in confirmation, the so called “government of Tatarstan in exile” was formed in the United States in December 2008. It is headed by US citizen Vil Mirzayanov, a Russian scientist granted political asylum in the United States. Along with Mirzayanov himself, the alleged government includes two Germans and a Turk. This self-proclaimed government already appealed to the UN to recognize independence of Tatarstan in the manner sovereignty of Kosovo, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia had been. The US-Tatar affair then developed in the following manner. An impressive delegation of US Department of State functionaries visited Tatarstan in March. This visit got scant media coverage. The diplomats meanwhile toured the republic and met with religious celebrities, leaders of national movements, and officials of the republican administration. Before that, the American-Tatar relations had been limited to sporadic contacts with officials of the US Embassy that sponsored all sorts of humanitarian and educational programs (like Tolerant Tatarstan) in the republic. US President Barack Obama mentioned Kazan in his speech before the student body and faculty of the Russian School of Economics this July. Clinton made a visit to Kazan in October. She became the first US state secretary to venture out of Moscow or St.Petersburg while in Russia.

As Tatarstan is in the mid-Volga region far from the Russian borders, Tatar independence would have been possible only in the context of a Yugoslavia-style breakup of the Russian heartland. Tatars have been integrated into the Russian elite, especially the military, since the 18th century. The timing of the publication of Mirzayanov’s book to coincide with a US-government sponsored operation in which he was declared leader of a Tatar government-in-exile strongly suggests that the book itself was part of this operation.

9 Cases of poisoning with A-234

9.1 Moscow 1995: two fatal cases, other non-fatal cases

The deaths of the banker Ivan Kivelidi on 4 August 1995 and his secretary Zara Ismailova the previous day were initially attributed to poisoning with a heavy metal. Only limited information on the clinical histories is available from news reports at the time, but it appears that they both survived long enough to reach hospital and at least for one day more. It was reported that other individuals, including Kivelidi’s bodyguard, cleaners and eight police officers had been affected after visiting Kivelidi’s office. Reports in Novaya Gazeta on 22 March 2018 and 2 April 2018 included copies of material from the investigation including a mass spectrometry profile of the sample recovered from a telephone handset in Kivelidi’s office, acquired on 24 August 1995. This profile matches that submitted by Edgewood to the NIST98 mass spectrometry database for the compound subsequently designated A-234 in Mirzayanov’s 2008 book. The investigation had confirmed that the compound had been synthesized in the GRNIIOKhT laboratory in Saratov and sold to a criminal group.

9.2 Salisbury 2018: five cases

Though neither the UK nor OPCW have officially confirmed the identity of the agent used in the Salisbury poisonings, the compound was named as A-234 by Russian diplomats based on what they were told by the UK Foreign Secretary on 12 March 2018 and by the Russian Foreign Minister on 14 April based on quoting a report from the Swiss Federal Institute for Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Protection. The identity of the compound was confirmed by Mark Urban in October 2018. On 14 January 2019 the OPCW Executive Council recommended adding two families of compounds to Schedule 1 of the Annex on Chemicals to the Chemical Weapons Convention. The statement by the envoy from The Netherlands indicated that the agent used in Salisbury belonged to one of these families, but did not name it. After negotiations, agreement to add generic chemical structures to the Chemical Weapons Convention was reached at the Conference of States Parties on 27 November 2019: an Addendum published on 20 May 2020 lists these structures, one of which is A-234 named as ethyl (1-(diethylamino)ethylidene)phosphoramidofluoridate (CAS registry number 2387496-06-0).

10 Chemical and toxicological properties of A-234 and other A-series compounds

10.1 Physical and chemical properties

From in silico predictions, A-234 is expected to have very low vapour pressure. This is confirmed by the NIH reference guide to fourth generation agents which states that the vapour pressure of these agents is “5 to 10 times lower than VX”. An experimental study from the US Army Combat Capabilities and Development Command Chemical Biological Center reported in 2020 that the rate of hydrolysis at 25oC was 77-fold lower for A-234 than for VX. Ian Boyd, the chief scientific adviser at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, was reported to have stated: “The chemical does not degrade quickly. You can assume it is not much different now from the day it was distributed”.

10.2 In vivo studies of toxicity

The Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) guide on Fourth Generation Agents issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services in January 2019 mentions that bronchoconstriction and seizure activity were observed in animal studies, but does not give any other information about these in vivo studies. An official of the Department of Health and Human Services has stated (personal communication) that results of these in vivo toxicity studies are classified by the Department of Defense, and that no further information from them will be released. Guidelines emphasize that the results of experiments on animals should be reported in full so as to prevent unnecessary animal use in the future.

10.3 In silico studies of toxicity

Carlsen (2018) reported in silico predictions of toxicity using several publicly available packages. In comparison with predictions for VX, A-234 was predicted to have a higher LD50 for oral administration and lower skin permeability. An in silico study by Bhakhoa et al (2019) reported that “The current theoretical work could not authenticate the claim made by Mirzayanov on A234 being more potent than VX”.

10.4 Clinical experience of toxicity

The CHEMM guide states that

In general, the latent period between dermal exposure and symptom onset may be longer for [Fourth Generation Agents] than for VX and can be up to 3 days. Inhalational, ingestion, or large dermal exposures will have shorter latent periods.

In contrast a briefing for the NHS prepared by Gent and Winter dated September 2018 stated that “Patients with Novichok poisoning present within hours of exposure, typically less than 6 hours”. Treatment with the oxime AChE reactivator 2-PAM is recommended. There is no suggestion that oximes are less effective against these agents than against other nerve agents. The list of toxic effects does not mention delayed neuropathy, and this has not been reported in the four cases in the UK who survived to leave hospital.

The combination of very low volatility (indexed by the vapour pressure) and very slow absorption through the skin implies that these fourth generation agents would be less effective than VX for military use. This is consistent with the low case fatality rate in Salisbury. This undermines another key element of Mirzayanov’s original story: that Novichoks were more effective than VX in field tests.

11 Discussion

It is not disputed that the compounds A-232 and A-234 were studied during the 1970s in Saratov, but there is no evidence to support Mirzayanov’s story that binary formulations of these compounds were developed in Moscow during the 1980s, designated “Novichoks”, found to be more effective than existing agents, and stockpiled in quantities of several tons in violation of bilateral agreements with the US.

This review has shown that all the key points in Mirzayanov’s story are rebutted by other accounts or by information now in the public domain.

  • A scientist widely quoted as corroborating the story has stated that the compounds were not designated Novichoks, the quantities produced were no more than a few kilogrammes, and that no binary versions were developed.
  • As the compounds appear to be highly stable, binary formulations would not have been necessary for them to be developed as weapons. By 2008 Mirzayanov’s story had substantially changed: the term Novichok was used for the compounds themselves, not the supposed binary formulations.
  • The structures of these compounds (phosphylated amidines) are not similar to structures published in the open Soviet literature as possible pesticides.
  • The battlefield effectiveness of the compounds designated A-232 and A-234 would have been limited by their low volatility and slow absorption through the skin (inferred from the delayed onset of symptoms in known human cases of exposure and supported by in silico predictions).
  • The story that Western chemical defence agencies first learned the structure of these compounds from a sample provided in the mid-1990s is corroborated by records indicating that chemical and toxicological studies of these compounds were undertaken around this time by the US Department of Defense. This in turn corroborates the statements by Russian officials that Mirzayanov did not know the structures of these compounds when he left Russia (as otherwise he would have revealed these structures when he was debriefed), and thus that the US government provided him with the structures that he published in 2008.
  • The publication of this book, timed to coincide with Mirzayanov’s role in a US government-sponsored Tatar separatist movement, indicates that by this time the Novichok story was being exploited for foreign policy objectives.
  • As the US proceeded to ratify the Chemical Weapons Convention in April 1997, it appears that by this time the US government no longer had any serious concerns about an alleged secret Russian programme.

It is clear that both the US and Russian governments are withholding information about their own studies of these compounds. The US Department of Defense has removed public records that these compounds were studied at Edgewood Arsenal in the mid-1990s, and refuses to reveal the results of in vivo toxicity studies. Russian officials have not denied that these compounds were studied at bench scale, but have not provided any explanation of the purportedly top secret documents made available to Mirzayanov in 1993.

The publication of the structures of A-232 and A-234 in 2008 would have laid the basis for them to be used to lay a trail pointing to Russia, whoever was the perpetrator. If the Novichoks story was originally a disinformation operation, it has backfired some 25 years later to cause serious damage to Russia’s relations with western countries. For Russia to counter this, a first step would be to publish a complete account of Russian research on these compounds, including any in vivo toxicity studies.

12 Acknowledgements

I am grateful to the late Julian Perry Robinson for making available material from the Sussex Harvard Information Bank and for detailed comments on an earlier draft of this article. I thank Steven Hoenig for discussions on the sources of published Novichok structures. All other source information used in this article is publicly available. Responsibility for this article is the author’s alone.

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The strange case of Trump’s new ‘Socialist Republic of Northern Syria’

Can there ever be a secular or even Bolshevik state encompassing much of the Middle East.

by Gordon Duff, VT Sr. Editor, …with New Eastern Outlook, Moscow, …and the Institute of Oriental Studies (1816) of the Russian Academy of Sciences, a research institution for the study of the countries and cultures of Asia and North Africa.

[ Editor’s Note: The Balkanization of Syria might have seemed to have met its peak after the US coalition defeat, precipitated by the Russian intervention just thirty days after a VT team was in Damascus getting a hands on appraisal of the conflict.

It was not pretty. People were packing their bags and telling neighbors who would get what of their furniture. The Syrian Army was pinned down in defensive battles holding the populated areas, while the US coalition gained the upper hand by choking off critical supply lines.

Regardless of how things looked, the Syrian government was ready to fight with everything it had. When the Russians did come in, they took some time getting their air campaign rolling, normal for any military not used to running live combat missions continuously. 

Gradually the Russian planes began hitting their ISIS targets in close air support missions for the Syrian Army, which led to turning the whole battle around. Eventually Russia was to cycle all of its pilots through Syria, so that 100% of them were current combat veterans.

I remember my surprise when a reporter asked Putin during a press conference how much money their Syrian operation was costing Moscow. Putin quickly responded, “Nothing really, as we are just taking it out of the training budget.”

The air campaign not only made Russia’s pilots combat veterans, it also uncovered equipment fixes and tactics that needed to be refined. After helicopter losses began climbing, the missions were curtailed until better tactics could be implemented, which resulted in a lot more night time missions interdicting supply chains and hitting ammo dumps.

The photo below was taken by Gordon at around 1am in the Syrian Justice Minister’s office. I am behind Mike Harris, off screen in the upper right trying to see what was on his screen, but alas it was in Arabic. 

They had ISIS’ complete order of battle for its officer corps, down to which girlfriends got them on what nights, showing that Damascus had maintained undercover observers inside areas taken over by the jihadis…very dangerous work.

Will it ever be over? Has it ever been over in the Mideast? My bet would be no, because so few dead Americans come back in body bags, and the American public will never tire of it. And now Americans are distracted with endless domestic issues.

As long as powerful people can make lots of money out of war, I cannot see it stopping until there is a lead epidemic among those making the money… Jim W. Dean ]

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– First published … September 24, 2020 –

Can there ever be a secular or even Bolshevik state encompassing much of the Middle East? Who is doing it? Is it the real NATO or the new US and Israeli dominated version, the ‘Arab NATO’ that Secretary Pompeo talks about?

What is happening is the formation of a new nation inside Syria and Iraq, one based not on Wahhabist beliefs as its first incarnation, the ISIS caliphate, but rather Kurdish socialism, long pointed out by Erdogan as a terrorist threat.

Few are aware of the shared roots of the Israeli state and key Kurdish separatist movements.

During Israel’s earliest days, the hardcore Bolsheviks among the Irgun and Stern Gang held sway over the multi-generational ‘embeds’ among not just Arab communities throughout the region but among the Kurds as well.

Kurds have always been politically drawn to Israel, the socialist state that has managed to gain incredible support from the United States while still maintaining extremely cordial relations with the Soviet Union and Russian Federation.

At heart, the Israeli Bolsheviks of the early days and their inheritors, the Likudists under Netanyahu, have worked hand in hand with the PKK inside Turkey, there recognized as a terrorist organization, and inside Iraq as well.

In Iraq, the PKK was the opponent of Saddam, where a tacit agreement was in place allowing the Turkish Army to enter Iraq at any time to destroy Kurdish-PKK capabilities. That agreement continued under US occupation of Iraq and, to a lesser extent, to this day.

However, Turkey’s capability to operate against what they see as the Kurdish domestic threat is coming to an end.

Erdogan’s huge error here was to believe that Israel and Saudi Arabia would be reliable allies against Syria and Iraq. He should remember the 2016 coup attempt, something he seems never to have gained a full understanding of.

A New Nation…of Sorts

The US, aided by Israel and Saudi Arabia, with funding from the UAE and Bahrain, is establishing a new Arab/Kurdish state along the entirety of the Turkish-Syrian-Iraqi border.

Driving this state economically is the ‘breadbasket’ of Syria along with Syria’s entire water supply and the vast untapped oil resources of Deir Ezzor province.

Across the border, in Iraq and its semi-independent Kurdish region, the new state will spread south to the Saudi border and extent eastward, not just to Iran but east and south into the Kirkuk oil fields as well.

Since 2017, the US has been building bases across Eastern Syria and now maintains a force of about 12,000, with half contractors and a few hundred Saudi and Israeli ‘nation builders.’

Replacing the old ISIS (banned in Russia) infrastructure, Saudi Arabia is acquiring oil trucks to replace those the Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed, with the first 30 arriving a week ago, delivering the first truckloads of oil to Turkey and returning for more.

Background

The defeat of ISIS, 90% the result of the Syrian Arab Army, Shiite militias in Iraq, Hezbollah and Russian Aerospace Forces, was a major setback for those who would keep the Middle East divided and enslaved.

ISIS was a ‘perfect storm’ of religious ‘phooery’ and cheap street theatre.

Famed CIA ‘fall guy,’ al Qaeda (banned in Russia) was and is much the same, false flag terrorism on demand, with fake terrorist threats delivered ‘on demand’ to any region that is deemed to require military intervention to preserve needed political control.

The West was able to protect ISIS through a ‘rope-a-dope’ bombing campaign while, in actuality, fully supporting ISIS, initially at least, then saving its leadership to be redeployed under a new guise wherever needed.

That new guise is here, wrapped in ‘socialism.’

How it is Being Done

The US began earlier this year by assassinating Arab tribal leaders and their entire families throughout Northern Syria and Deir Ezzor province. Then, one by one, regional sects, both Christian and Muslim, were approached with a ‘Hobbs End’ choice, either ‘join with the Devil’ or see your entire people executed and thrown into mass graves.

Do remember, the people of that region watched thousands of oil trucks empty the oil fields of not just Syria but the Kirkuk field of Iraq, for years. These trucks moved openly, under US air cover, for years, with daily convoys many miles long heading right through the city of Erbil, then to Mosul and from there, through Turkish occupied Iraq.

Those living under occupation inside Syria today have experienced years of duplicity by the US and its “coalition” allies, open support of terrorists which has included not just logistical support but direct military intervention, time and time again, to protect terrorist forces.

Until Russian Aerospace Forces obliterated this obscenity, the oil convoys of ‘ISIS’ were the single largest manmade feature seen on Earth from space, up to 12,000 trucks at a time moving 4 abreast.

What is also seen is the US military presence behind the new ISIS-like oil thievery. When the US announced it was bringing a shipload of Bradley Fighting Vehicles to escort oil trucks into Turkey, the message became clear.

The unique threat to the region comes from various directions. First of all, it should be accepted that the ‘social adhesion’ used to create this new society is gangsterism, bribery, threats of violence and fomenting a feeling of hopelessness among the subject populations of the region.

To accomplish this, the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia have employed the same basic tools that made Britain the colonial power it became during the 18th century, they play ‘The Great Game,’ and they do it well.

Mix in the Mumbo Jumbo

VT’s Mike Harris at the Temple of Bacchus, at the Baalbek Roman ruins in Lebanon – Photo Jim W. Dean, 2015

It seems every player in the region has pulled out their superstition card. For Israel, we have both the imaginary “biblical Israel,” that covered from the Nile to the Euphrates with its temples, Jerusalem, Aleppo, Palmyra, Baalbek and others, “yet to be announced.”

In order to put this plan in motion, Israel has alternatively partnered with the UAE and Bahrain, with Turkey and the Muslim Brotherhood and has convinced, we are told, the Saudi royal family that they are secretly Jews.

Similarly, Israel has convinced millions of American Christian Evangelists that until Israel controls the entire Middle East and the temples are built, there will be no Armageddon and ‘rapture.’

So, to millions of Americans, among them the majority of Trump’s supporters, until Israel crushes Islam and unites those of the Middle East allowed to survive, the world can’t be destroyed allowing select Christians to bodily rise into heaven, based on heretical mistranslations of pari-Christian doctrine.

Thus, if American military are, as accused, burning wheat fields in Syria or cutting off water to villages, if these actions were eventually to bring about the “end of the world,” they would be following Pentagon doctrine as interpreted by many.

One of the Pentagon’s top leaders has been General Jerry Boykin. His take on what we are describing is outlined here from a 2013 Mother Jones article:

“Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, a top executive at the influential Family Research Council, has joined the chorus of religious conservatives touting the Syrian conflict as a prelude to Armageddon. On Wednesday, Boykin appeared on Prophetic Perspectives on Current Events, a talk show hosted by dominionist preacher Rick Joyner (see the video above). The pair discussed a passage in Isaiah 17, which predicts Damascus will be reduced to ‘a ruinous heap.’

‘One of the scriptures that has never been fulfilled and has to be fulfilled before this age can end is that Damascus will be destroyed, never inhabited again,’ Joyner explained.

‘What in the world could cause a city to be destroyed and never inhabited again?’ Boykin didn’t hesitate. ‘One of the ways Damascus could be destroyed, never to be re-occupied, would be through a chemical attack,’ he replied. ‘

So let’s just take a scenario: The Free Syrian Army takes Damascus and Bashar al-Assad is in a desperate mode now….What would be his final act? Well it may very well be to unload all his chemical weapons on the population center there in Damascus. Destroy the city and destroy it in a way that he just kills maybe millions of people. But the byproduct is that he has residue there that could make Damascus uninhabitable and for a very long time.’

This is not the first time Boykin has embraced the notion that war would obliterate the Syrian capital, paving the way for Jesus’s return. He recently wrote an endorsement for Damascus Countdown, a fictionalized account of the looming biblical conflict by best-selling author Joel Rosenberg. And he has spoken at several of Rosenberg’s annual Epicenter Conferences, which plumb the Middle East’s role in biblical prophesy.”

Conclusion

Bringing about General Boykin’s world as he sees it, views shared by many of the Pentagon’s top officers, will require, for awhile at least, a Kurdish nation state as an Israeli puppet or a Saudi puppet or an American puppet.

In truth, no one knows who is pulling the strings, or if Israel or Saudi Arabia or the United States still exist as nation state entities, though every sign indicates that government functions in each are non-existent.

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Syria: 16 ISIS members killed in clashes in rural Al-Raqqah

16 ISIS members were also killed in the clashes and bombardment on the area.

Squadron of Russian jets executing several airstrikes on ISIS positions in Jabal Al-Beshri in the Syrian desert, near the administrative border between Deir Ezzor and Al-Raqqah.

It is worth noting that Russian jets executed dozens of airstrikes in the past few days.

Also four civilians working in gas fields, 11 shepherds and four other people were killed in the same period, from late March 2019 until today. They were killed in attacks by ISIS cells. While 358 ISIS members were also killed in attacks and bombardment in the same period.

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Syria: Engineering teams dismantle IED, planted in car

Engineering teams detonated an IED in Al-Taybah village in Daraa countryside. It is worth noting that ED the Ihad been planted by unknown individuals in the car of a judge.

Yesterday, engineering teams dismantled a homemade IED placed earlier in Panorama park in Daraa city.

Since the beginning of security chaos in Daraa in early June 2019, we have documented more than 676 attacks and assassination attempts by gunfire and detonations of IEDs, motorcycle-bombs and car-bombs. These attacks and assassinations claimed the lives of 449 persons, and they are as follows:

  • 122 civilians, including 12 women and 15 children
  • 209 Soldiers, and security services
  • 79 fighters of the faction who struck “reconciliation and settlements” deals with the government and became in the ranks of the government security branches, including former commanders
  • 23 Syrian militiamen affiliated to the Lebanese Hezbollah and Iranian forces
  • 22 members of the 5th Corps which was established by Russia.

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