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  • The Syrian “Rebels” and the Deep State

    05/23/2017 7:41:48 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 9 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | 23 Mar, 2017 | Baron Bodissey
    Back in February Tanya T. translated an investigative report from Bulgarian TV on the Syrian “rebels” — the so-called “moderate” opposition to the Assad regime who are otherwise indistinguishable from Al Qaeda, the Islamic State, and other jihad groups that ravage that part of the Middle East. The documentary included details about the support provided for these jihad groups by the United States, presumably via the CIA — including supplying them with TOW missiles. As is our standard procedure, I edited the translated transcript to make a subtitle file for Vlad Tepes, and he subtitled an excerpt from the video....
  • Russian paratroops move to Syrian border triangle

    05/21/2017 9:43:27 AM PDT · by PIF · 6 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | May 21, 2017, 5:07 PM (IDT) | DEBKAfile Special Report
    Military tensions on Syria’s borders with Iraq, Jordan and Syria jumped another notch Monday, May 21, on Day 2 of Donald Trump’s foreign trip, with the arrival of the first Russian ground troops in southern Syria for taking up position opposite US and coalition elite units ... Saturday, as debkafile reported, the Syrian-pro-Iranian-Hizballah force in southern Syria renewed its advance on the Iraqi border, two days after sustaining heavy casualties from a US air strike on its convoys. Syrian military sources reported the captured the Suweida region and another 60 square kilometers. This brought them closer to the strategic Al-Tanf...
  • US, UK in Massive Troops Movement Along Syria-Jordan Border

    05/19/2017 10:57:31 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 22 replies
    teleSUR TV ^ | 08 May 2017
    The United States, the United Kingdom, and Jordan are mobilizing their troops along the border between Syria and Jordan, the al Mayadeen network reported Monday. The pan-Arabist network based out of Beirut, Lebanon, released pictures showing dozens of military vehicles, reportedly in the southern border of the provinces of Suweida and Daraa. According to al Mayadeen, the images show U.S., British and Jordanian military including British battalions with "Challenger" tanks and a number of Cobra and Black Hawk helicopters. The media outlet says some 4,000 armed men are being trained in Jordan in the Al-Tanf area, along the Syrian border....
  • Russia, Syria fume over U.S. strike on Syrian troops

    05/19/2017 7:00:13 AM PDT · by blueplum · 7 replies
    CBS ^ | 19 May 2017 5:19am | staff writers
    BEIRUT -- A Syrian military official said Friday that an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition on a government military position near the border with Jordan had killed several soldiers and caused material damage. The unnamed official's comments were carried by Syrian state TV a day after the U.S.-led coalition said a U.S. airstrike had struck pro-Syrian government forces that the coalition said posed a threat to American troops and allied rebels operating near the border with Jordan....On Thursday, the U.S. sent aircraft to strike Syrian regime vehicles that violated a "deconfliction" zone set up around al-Tanf, an army base where...
  • Westerners joining the fight against ISIL are no heroes(Major hurl alert)

    05/15/2017 6:23:09 AM PDT · by Ennis85 · 6 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 14th May 2017 | Malak Chabkoun
    It would seem that Syria has enough foreign fighters occupying its lands by now, with Russia, Iran and its militias, and foreigners in the ranks of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (also known as ISIS). But that hasn't stopped westerners from flocking to Northern Syria and Iraq to fight against ISIL and getting praised for it. Although Western media loves them, it has to be made clear that US, Canadian and European citizens who go to Syria and Iraq to fight ISIL are not heroes. They are not fighting imperialism or supporting Kurdish autonomy, and...
  • European terror network sends ‘martyrs’ to Iraq

    06/19/2005 1:55:38 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 7 replies · 593+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | June 19, 2005 | Nick Fielding
    A SERIES of arrests in Spain, Germany, France and Holland has revealed a European terror network that recruits fighters and suicide bombers and sends them into Iraq.For two years recruiters have been providing fake documents, training and finance for the fighters, communicating secretly over the internet and liaising with cells based in Syria. Despite much closer links between intelligence and law enforcement agencies across Europe, experts say that the terrorists are moving between European countries to avoid detection. “The terrorists are operating internationally, even if the law enforcement agencies are a long way behind them,” said M J Gohel, chief...
  • Will US-Kurdish deal force Turkey back to PKK negotiation table?

    05/13/2017 7:41:23 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | May 12, 2017 | Pinar Tremblay
    Although the United States has signaled its increasing support for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) for the last few years, US President Donald Trump’s decision to arm the Kurdish forces in Syria for the battle against the Islamic State came as a shock to the Turkish government. Turkey considers the YPG and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) to be part of one common terror group, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been throwing tantrums over symbols of US support for the YPG. Turkey’s involvement in the Syrian conflict for the last six years has been mind-boggling. To put it in the simplest...
  • Angry Shadow Brokers release password for suspected NSA hacking tools

    04/10/2017 3:11:16 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    PC World ^ | 4/9/17 | John Rebeiro
    Annoyed with the U.S. missile strike last week on an airfield in Syria, among other things, hacker group Shadow Brokers resurfaced on Saturday and released what they said was the password to files containing suspected National Security Agency tools they had earlier tried to sell.“Is appearing you are abandoning ‘your base’, ‘the movement’, and the peoples who getting you elected,” the group wrote in broken English in a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump posted online on Saturday.The hacker group, believed by some security experts to have Russian links, released in January an arsenal of tools that appeared designed to...
  • Turkey: On second thought, we won’t bomb US Kurdish allies advancing on Raqqa

    05/12/2017 2:21:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/12/2017 | Ed Morrissey
    Yesterday, Recep Erdogan threatened to attack the YPG, the Syrian Kurd force that on which the US will rely for the advance on the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa. Today, they’re humming a somewhat different tune. The Financial Times interviewed Turkey’s prime minister, who now credits Defense Secretary James Mattis for explaining what should have been obvious all along, and who sounded the retreat: [I]n an interview with the Financial Times, Binali Yildirim, prime minister, indicated that Turkey had been reassured by James Mattis, US defence secretary, whom he met in London on Thursday.“Turkey’s concerns are understood but on the ground...
  • Erdogan: Turkey’s ‘Patience Has Ended’ With U.S. Support For Syrian Kurds

    05/12/2017 9:56:18 AM PDT · by blam · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5-12-2017 | Frances Martel
    In remarks Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asserted that he would personally demand President Donald Trump rescind his support for the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), as Turkey’s “patience has ended” with the anti-Islamic State collaboration between the two. The Pentagon announced this week it would expand military support for the YPG, considered one of the most successful militias fighting ISIS today. Turkey considers the YPG an extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a Marxist terrorist group seeking to establish an independent Kurdistan. In a report published Thursday, the Turkish state-run Anadolu News Agency describes the PKK...
  • EXCLUSIVE - We're more than bodies thrown off buildings by Isis! 'Mr Gay Syria'...(BARF ALERT)

    05/12/2017 8:50:45 AM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | May 11, 2017 | Isabel Hunter For Mailonline and Photographs By Bradley Secker In Istanbul And Malta
    FULL TITLE: EXCLUSIVE - We're more than bodies thrown off buildings by Isis! 'Mr Gay Syria' contestants wear leather hotpants in show of defiance against Islamic State as winner reveals his boyfriend was beheaded by extremists Dressed in a skin-tight mankini and Minnie Mouse ears, Wissam struts his stuff on stage as he competes to be crowned Mr Gay Syria 2016. In a brazen and defiant stand against ISIS, who have killed countless gay men by throwing them off the top of buildings in Syria, he is one of five brave men who battled to become the public face of...
  • Huge ISIS casualties in rural Raqqa as counter-offensive ends in disaster

    05/11/2017 5:14:18 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 82 replies
    AMN ^ | 5/11/2017 | Chris Tomson
    DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:50 P.M.) – Following the loss of Tabqa and three villages in northern Raqqa, the Islamic State launched a localized counter-offensive against the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) beginning on Wednesday evening.Targeting Kurdish-held territory in western Raqqa, convoys of ISIS vehicles attacked the villages of Ayed al-Kabeer, Ibad and Al-Mashirfa where SDF garrisons came under enormous pressure, forcing them to call upon US air support to repel the attack.With skirmishes persisting throughout the night and early hours of Thursday, ISIS had not been able to break through the Kurdish defensive line.Thus far, 26 ISIS militants have been...
  • President Trump, Henry Kissinger Meet In Oval Office Amid Watergate Comparisons

    05/10/2017 4:06:43 PM PDT · by rxsid · 16 replies ^ | May 10, 2017 | Cody Fenwick
    President Trump, Henry Kissinger Meet In Oval Office Amid Watergate ComparisonsIn a surprise meeting, Trump sat down with the former secretary of State and official in the Nixon and Ford White Houses.By Cody Fenwick (Patch National Staff) - May 10, 2017 5:25 pm ETWASHINGTON, DC — President Trump invited the press into the Oval Office Wednesday for photos and brief questions with a guest that shocked many of the reporters in attendance: Henry Kissinger, the controversial former secretary of State and official in the Nixon and Ford White Houses. Trump called the meeting "an honor." Earlier in the morning, Trump...
  • A Tale of Two Narratives #2 - The First Casualty

    05/10/2017 11:48:01 AM PDT · by Ultra Sonic 007
    Youtube ^ | 5/9/2017 | Sargon of Akkad (Carl Benjamin)
  • US Judge Rules Assad Helped Al-Qaeda Kill Americans

    05/10/2017 10:18:24 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 17 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | May 8, 2017 | Ryan Mauro
    A district court judge ruled the Syrian regime — and specifically its ruler, President Bashar al-Assad — are liable for the murders of three Americans by al-Qaeda because of the regime’s massive support for the terrorist group’s branch in Iraq. In addition to those three Americans, tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers, Iraqis and others have been killed or injured due to Assad’s sponsorship of al-Qaeda and other jihadists. The lawsuit was filed by the families of Laurence Michael Foley, a U.S. diplomat in Jordan assassinated by al-Qaeda in 2002; Staff Sgt. Keith Matthew Maupin, killed in Iraq in 2004...
  • To Hamas and Back - The Robert Malley Story

    11/11/2008 9:07:06 PM PST · by garetjax · 7 replies · 236+ views ^ | 11/11/2008 | Garetjax
    Today the hot topic in the conservative blogsphere is the apparent return of Robert Malley. He was Obama’s senior foreign-policy adviser who had been caught meeting regularly with Hamas which Obama had pledged never to do and was subsequently thrown under the bus back in May of this year. Two days after the election he was dispatched by Obama to meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Other reports have him leaving for the Middle East just hours after the election results. There is no confirmation from the Obama campaign on Malley but many sources are...
  • DoJ silences Obama associate Daniel S. Mahru with his freedom

    09/20/2012 4:20:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Illinois PayToPlay ^ | 9/20/12 | Ernie Souchak, Editor-in-Chief (IP2P) has learned that Daniel S. Mahru, former business partner of Antoin "Tony" Rezko, made a deal with the Department of Justice (DoJ) for his silence. IP2P is the first to report that on, October 4 2012, Daniel S. Mahru will receive probation at his sentencing hearing. IP2P has also learned that this is being done to insure Mahru will not speak of crimes, of which he has knowledge, that implicate Barack Obama, Valarie Jarrett, Allison Davis, Tony Rezko and others. (Remember Tony recently saying he committed crimes for which Fitzgerald did not charge him.) IP2P is also investigating...
  • White House approves supply of weapons to YPG in Syria: US official

    05/09/2017 12:15:41 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 17 replies
    US President Donald Trump has approved the supplying of weapons to Kurdish forces battling the Islamic State group in Syria.
  • ISIS Releases Video Showing ‘Russian Officer Beheaded in Syria’

    05/09/2017 10:27:40 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    ISIS has issued a video showing the beheading of what it described as a Russian intelligence officer captured in Syria, the US-based SITE monitoring website reported on Tuesday. The Russian Defense Ministry and the FSB security service were not immediately available for comment. The 12-minute Russian-language video, released on the day Russia celebrates the anniversary of the 1945 victory over Nazi Germany with military parades, showed the man dressed in a black jump suit kneeling in a desert scene and urging other Russian agents to surrender. "This idiot believed the promises of his state not to abandon him if he...
  • Syria says up to 5,000 Chinese Uighurs fighting in militant groups

    05/09/2017 5:57:45 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/8/2017 | Ben Blanchard
    Up to 5,000 ethnic Uighurs from China's violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang are fighting in various militant groups in Syria, the Syrian ambassador to China said on Monday, adding that Beijing should be extremely concerned about it. China is worried that Uighurs, a mostly Muslim people who speak a Turkic language, have gone to Syria and Iraq to fight for militants there, having traveled illegally via Southeast Asia and Turkey. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the killing of a Chinese hostage in 2015, highlighting China's concern about Uighurs it says are fighting in the Middle East. Hundreds of people...