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Feb 27 09:59

The U.S. Is Now An Immoral War Machine: Biden Orders New Strikes On Syria

President Joe Biden drew praise from warmongering murderous hawks and accusations of hypocrisy from critics after he authorized a reprisal airstrike on Syria. Biden claimed that by bombing “Iran-backed militia” infrastructure, he is deescalating tensions. -- When did bombing others ever result in a “de-escalation?” Here’s the “new normal” we should be worried about…

Feb 27 08:12

China Mocks Biden Syria Bombing: ‘America Is Back’

China’s state-run Global Times newspaper mocked President Joe Biden on Friday, quoting his declaration, “America is back,” in a headline about his decision to bomb Syria on Thursday evening.

Biden made the remark in a speech about foreign policy in early February, in which he vowed to limit American military engagement.

“And they know when you speak, you speak for me,” Biden told diplomats at the State Department. “And so — so is the message I want the world to hear today: America is back. America is back. Diplomacy is back at the center of our foreign policy.”

On Thursday, 36 days into his presidency, Biden took unilateral action in Syria, ordering what the Pentagon dubbed a “defensive precision strike” on members of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), a legal wing of the Iraqi armed forces.

Feb 26 08:20

Lavrov: Russia Has Information that US Plans to Stay in Syria Forever, Destroy the Country

During its first month in office, the Biden administration did not reverse its predecessor's policy of keeping troops deployed in northeastern Syria to "keep the oil". On Thursday, the White House approved airstrikes against the bases of Baghdad-allied Iraqi militia groups in eastern Syria following attacks on US and coalition forces in Iraq.

Moscow has evidence of US plans to keep forces deployed in Syria indefinitely, and will ask Washington about this directly, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.

"We have recently received different information from various sources. We cannot confirm it for now, and want to ask the Americans about this directly. Supposedly, they are making the decision to never leave Syria, even to the point of destroying this country," Lavrov said, speaking to reporters at a press conference alongside Afghani Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar on Friday.

Feb 26 08:17

Wage war: Biden blasted for picking a fight in Syria, letting minimum wage slide at home

Progressives are feeling shafted by Joe Biden, after the president shied away from fighting the Senate for a minimum wage hike, but launched missiles at Syria.

The Democrats’ proposed $15 national minimum wage increase cannot be included in President Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid-19 stimulus bill, Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough ruled on Thursday. MacDonough, a Democrat who serves as a referee of sorts in the upper house, declared that the bill does not fall under budget rules, and as such cannot be passed with a simple majority, unlike the rest of the stimulus package.

Feb 26 08:15

Caitlin Johnstone: US bombs Syria and ridiculously claims self defense

On orders of President Biden, the United States has launched an airstrike on a facility in Syria. As of this writing the exact number of killed and injured is unknown, with early reports claiming “a handful” of people were killed.

Rather than doing anything remotely resembling journalism, the Western mass media have opted instead to uncritically repeat what they’ve been told about the airstrike by US officials, which is the same as just publishing Pentagon press releases.

Feb 26 08:07

One martyred, four wounded as US attacks anti-terror forces on Iraq-Syria border: Press TV

One person has lost his life and four others have been wounded in the US military’s air raid against positions of resistance forces operating against terror groups on the Iraqi-Syrian border, an informed source tells Press TV.

The casualties were caused in the early hours of Friday, as the American airstrike targeted facilities used by forces of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) — better known as Hashd al-Sha’abi — at a border point in eastern Syria, where the resistance group has been fighting remnants of the Takfiri Daesh terror group in coordination with the governments in both Arab countries.

In a statement issued after the assault, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the raid had been “deliberate” and meant to “de-escalate the overall situation in both eastern Syria and Iraq.”

Feb 26 08:06

Biden and Jen Psaki are accused of hypocrisy after old tweets slamming Trump's Middle East air strikes resurface following Syria bombing raid that 'killed 22'

Joe Biden and his press chief have been accused of hypocrisy after old tweets slamming the Trump administration's Middle East air strikes resurfaced following last night's bombing raid on Syria.

The US dropped seven 500-pound precision-guided bombs in a Biden-directed bombardment that reportedly killed 22 Iran-backed militants smuggling weapons at a border crossing with Iraq.

That ferocity of the attack has drawn accusations of double standards because Biden previously referred to Donald Trump as 'erratic' and 'impulsive' for threatening to bomb Iran, while press secretary Jen Psaki questioned the legality of attacking Syria.

Feb 26 07:39

Biden Re-Starts Obama’s War in Syria

Well, now we know why congressional Democrats want China Joe to relinquish control of the nuclear codes. – Four years of peace was just too much for Democrat voters and our corrupt news media to stand, so they did everything they could to ensure that life-long warmonger China Joe Biden was installed into the presidency. Last night, the fruits of their votes and constant propaganda operation against peacemaker Donald J. Trump paid off with the bombing of sites in Syria without any prior notice to congress or the American people, and, at least as of this writing early Friday morning, no White House or presidential statement afterwards attempting to justify this unilateral action.

None. Zip, Zero, Nada.

A Pentagon spokesman did issue a statement, but so far from our sock puppet president, bupkis.

Feb 26 07:19

Coalition Plans To Expand Giant ISIS Prison In Syria

The U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition is funding a dramatic expansion of a large detention facility in northeastern Syria, a move that may reduce the chance of breakouts but which signals that no better way is in sight to deal with captured foreign and local militants.

The effort will double in size the current facility at Hasakah, a series of three converted school buildings that holds roughly 5,000 prisoners, according to British Army Maj. Gen. Kevin Copsey, the coalition’s deputy commander for strategy.

The makeshift prisons are operated by America’s Kurdish partners, the coalition-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF. The international coalition has over the years offered funding and support to harden their security. A British Ministry of Defense spokesperson confirmed that the U.K. is funding the Hasakah effort, which Copsey called “quite a significant expansion.” Once completed, the now-crowded and crumbling facility will meet Red Cross standards, Copsey said.

Feb 25 19:12

Biden Regime Launches Air Strike in Syria - Moves to Stay in Iraq 'Forever'

The Biden regime has only been in power for one month and they're already bombing Syria.

Feb 24 07:04

60 Minutes Starting to Push War with Syria

Feb 23 08:33

Russia Says Jihadists Are Planning "Simulated" Chemical Attack In Idlib To Get Biden's Attention

In what feels like a throwback scenario to 2017 which marked the first time Trump bombed Syria over al-Qaeda's unverified claims of a government chemical attack on a "rebel"-held town in Idlib province, Russia's military is now warning that anti-Assad jihadists are planning a new "false-flag operation against civilians" involving chemical weapons in Idlib.

The allegation of a major 'provocation' in the works originated in official comments days ago from the deputy chief of the Russian de-escalation mission in Syria, Rear Admiral Vyacheslav Sytnik. The statements are being featured predominantly in Russian and Iranian state media sources, which say the incident will be blamed on Damascus, ultimately in order to gain the attention of the newly in office Biden administration.

Feb 22 11:22

Neo-Ottoman Turkey signals sweeping regional ambitions

James Dorsey analyses the significance of a recent broadcast by a Turkish TV station with close ties to President Erdogan depicting Turkey's sphere of influence in 2050 as stretching from southeastern Europe, through Libya, the Gulf and the Levant, and to the Caucasus and Central Asia.>>

Feb 21 07:21

The Greater Danger of Israeli Provocations in Syria

Continued airstrikes carried out by Israeli warplanes in Syria presents – at face value – an obvious and persistent threat to Syria. In a wider context, the threat runs much deeper and extends to Syria’s allies in Tehran.

Israel has been an eager participant in the US-led proxy war on Syria beginning in 2011. It has provided safe-haven and support for Western-backed militants along and within its borders. It has also at various junctures carried out airstrikes in Syria in a bid to impede Damascus’ ability to reestablish peace and stability within Syria’s borders.

And according to US policy papers written before and after the beginning of the 2011 proxy war against Syria – Washington had long ago slated Israel a role in undermining and aiding in the overthrow of the Syrian government – and admittedly as part of a wider strategy to isolate and eventually target Iran.

Feb 18 11:13

RUSSIA TO DEVELOP SYRIA’S HMEIMIM AIR BASE TO RECEIVE NUCLEAR BOMBERS – REPORT

Russia is developing Hmeimim Air Base on the Syrian coast so that it can receive strategic nuclear bombers, Russian Nezavisimaya Gazeta reported on February 9.

According to the Russian daily, Russia is extending Hmeimim’s runway to receive long-range strategic aircrafts capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

Once the development is complete, Russia will be able to deploy strategic bombers at the air base. From Hmeimim, the bombers will be able to attack terrorist groups in Syria and support Russian forces in the Mediterranean, Nezavisimaya Gazeta claimed.

Feb 18 10:30

THE SYRIAN ARAB ARMY BETWEEN THE HAMMER AND THE ANVIL

Feb 17 09:11

Video: ISIS-Daesh is Returning To Syria, The “Moderate Opposition” is Fighting against the Syrian Government

The further the world comes into 2021, the more it begins to resemble 2014, at least in Syria, mixed in with a bit of 2015. ISIS is returning, the US is bracing to “fight it”. The “moderate opposition” is living its renaissance fighting against the Syrian Government and its Russian support.

The 2015 bit is the fact that Russia is present, and its activity has greatly increased in the first weeks of February.

In the ten days leading up to February 14th, Russia reportedly carried out more than 700 airstrikes on ISIS cells in Central Syria. This is an impressive number, but the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights claimed that as a result only 33 ISIS terrorists had been killed. According to the same report, the Syrian Arab Army had more significant losses – 56, but it is being targeted by almost every “moderate” and “radical” party on the battlefield.

Feb 16 09:54

Nine Non-Syrians Killed in Overnight Israeli Attack on Damascus

Following up on last night’s Israeli attack on Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the incident Monday, saying it targeted arms depots, and killed at least nine pro-government forces, all identified as “non-Syrian,” though the Observatory was unsure where they were from.

The attack started after midnight, and lasted a half hour. Syrian state media reports that most of the Israeli missiles were intercepted. The Israeli government has refused to comment on the attack.

Rumors are that the slain were Afghan or Pakistani Shi’ite militia members, which is common for Israeli attacks. Israel only rarely targets Syrian troops, despite attacking Syrian territory several times per month.

Israeli media tends to spin these actions as attacks on Iran, because the targets are Shi’ites. Since Iran has relatively few people in Syria, they too are rarely directly targeted, and this is mostly just a question of spinning it.

Feb 16 08:45

Is Joe Biden Intent Upon Escalating the War against Syria?

Nearly 10 years after Obama/Biden launched aggression against nonbelligerent Syria threatening no one, Biden/Harris appear hellbent on escalating more of the same.

Last week during a Security Council session, Russian UN envoy Vassily Nebenzia highlighted the problem posed by what he called “pseudo-humanitarian organizations created by Western special services,” adding:

“Instead of pursuing their proclaimed noble goals, they are used for provocations and inciting conflicts.”

“The ‘White Helmets’ are a sad example of this.”

“They are closely linked to (US/NATO/Israeli supported) terrorists,” including ISIS, al-Qaeda and its al-Nusra and other regional offshoots.

“The(ir) financing…does not stop. Remarkably, after the defeat of ISIS in Syria, representatives of the ‘White Helmets’ were transferred to neighboring countries, with Western sponsors promising to take them along.”

Feb 16 07:30

A RUSSIAN WINTER IN SYRIA: NEARING ZERO HOUR

The further the world comes into 2021, the more it begins to resemble 2014, at least in Syria, mixed in with a bit of 2015. ISIS is returning, the US is bracing to “fight it”. The “moderate opposition” is living its renaissance fighting against the Syrian Government and its Russian support.

The 2015 bit is the fact that Russia is present, and its activity has greatly increased in the first weeks of February.

In the ten days leading up to February 14th, Russia reportedly carried out more than 700 airstrikes on ISIS cells in Central Syria. This is an impressive number, but the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights claimed that as a result only 33 ISIS terrorists had been killed. According to the same report, the Syrian Arab Army had more significant losses – 56, but it is being targeted by almost every “moderate” and “radical” party on the battlefield.

Feb 16 06:40

Repeated Israeli acts of aggression on Syria won’t help to protect terrorists: Damascus

The Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has censured the Israeli regime over its repeated attacks on the Arab country, saying such acts of aggression will not help to protect the terrorist groups, which are wreaking havoc on the nation with the support of Tel Aviv and its allies.

The ministry, in two identical letters addressed to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and rotating President of the Security Council Barbara Woodward, said Israeli forces launched a barrage of missiles at 01:18 local time on Monday from the direction of the occupied side of Syria’s Golan Height and al-Khalil (Hebron) in the occupied West Bank on some targets near the Syrian capital, Damascus.

Feb 16 06:37

Israel will face ‘toughest response’ if it crosses red lines in Syria: Iranian diplomat

Iran’s presence in Syria is upon an official request from Damascus, says a senior advisor to the Iranian foreign minister, warning that Israel will face the ‘toughest response’ if it crosses red lines in the Arab country.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Russia's Sputnik news agency on Sunday, Ali Asghar Khaji said the Iranian forces’ “presence in Syria is aimed at combating Daesh and other terrorist groups, but if Israel wants to cross the 'red lines', it will face the toughest response, which will make it regret its actions."

The Iranian official reiterated that the Islamic Republic's military presence in Syria is upon a request from the Damascus government, adding that Tehran has not received any message demanding it to leave the Arab country.

Feb 16 06:36

Syrian air defenses thwart Israeli attack on Damascus

Syria's air defenses have neutralized the latest Israeli aggression against the western outskirts of Damascus.

The Syrian forces responded to the Israeli attacks in the skies over the capital, Damascus, for several hours early Monday, the Syrian official news agency SANA reported.

The report did not give details of the possible casualties or damages caused by the aggression.

Since the start of the foreign-backed war on Syria in 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes in the country, targeting government troops and their allies.

Feb 15 08:59

Israel will ‘regret’ its actions if it crosses ‘red lines’ in Syria, senior Iranian official warns

Continued Israeli “aggression” in Syria will be met with the “toughest” response, a senior Iranian diplomat told Sputnik news agency. Damascus had earlier accused the Israel Defense Forces of conducting airstrikes on Syrian soil.

Ali Asghar Khaji, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s senior aide for special political affairs, blasted Israel for its “aggressive and hostile” policies in Syria, in an interview published by Sputnik on Sunday.

“While the Syrian government is fighting terrorists, Israel supports them,” he said.

Our presence in Syria is aimed at combating ISIS [Islamic State] and other terrorist groups, but if Israel wants to cross the ‘red lines,’ it will face the toughest response, which will make them regret their actions.

Feb 15 08:01

Syrian State Media Confirms Israeli Attacks Near Damascus

Syrian state media is reporting a new round of Israeli airstrikes near the capital city of Damascus. Video footage showed explosions near the ground, and the media say that the air defense systems activated and contested the attack.

Details are still emerging, and Israel is as usual refusing to comment at all on the matter. Syria has yet to confirm any casualties or damage, though the explosions suggest at least some damage was done.

Also unclear is what the target of this latest attack was meant to be. Israel attacks Syria very often, and its not unusual for those attacks to target Damascus, and be nominally meant to hit some Shi’ite militia.

Feb 14 08:13

Israel Will Face 'Toughest Response' If It Crosses 'Red Lines' in Syria, Iran Warns

Over the past few years, Israel has reportedly carried out a number of airstrikes on Syria, which Tel Aviv says are aimed at countering the alleged Iranian military presence in the Arab republic. Damascus condemns such attacks as violations of Syria's national sovereignty.

Ali Asghar Khaji, a senior aide to the Iranian Foreign Ministry, has warned Israel against crossing "red lines" in Syria, in an apparent reference to the Jewish state's alleged ongoing air raids on Syrian soil.

The diplomat described "the nature of the Zionist entity" as "aggressive and hostile towards the region, the Palestinians, and neighboring countries".

"While the Syrian government is fighting terrorists, Israel supports them. Our presence in Syria is aimed at combating ISIS [Daesh*] and other terrorist groups, but if Israel wants to cross the 'red lines', it will face the toughest response, which will make them regret their actions", Khaji argued.

Feb 14 07:28

US establishing airport within oilfield in Syria’s Dayr al-Zawr province: Report

The United States is establishing an airport in its military base within an oilfield in Syria's eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr, a report says.

The Hajin Military Council in the province, affiliated to the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), announced the news, Arabic-language Kuwaiti daily newspaper Al-Anba reported on Friday.

According to the report, Washington is establishing the airport in the al-Omar oilfield base, which is one of the largest military bases of the US forces in the Arab country.

The development comes on the heel of the Pentagon announcement that a US firm is exploiting Syrian oil without authorization from Damascus, and that the US troops deployed to the Arab country do not "protect" its oil reserves from Daesh attacks as previously ordered by former US president Donald Trump.

Feb 11 10:32

US Shifts Official Justification Of Its Illegal Presence In Syria From "Guarding Oil" To "Fighting ISIS"

On February 9, the Pentagon announced that its forces in Syria are no longer responsible for the protection of the oil wells.

A Pentagon spokesman, John Kirby, said that the employees and contractors of the US Department of Defense are no longer allowed to assist any private company seeking to exploit the oil resources in Syria, nor to help the employees of this company or its agents.

Kirby added that the 900 personnel stationed in the region are there to support the mission of fighting ISIS only, which is the main reason for their presence.

The announcement of the US Department to shift the formal objectives of its military presence in Syria goes contrary to the position of the administration of former President Donald Trump. President Joe Biden announced that it would fix what Trump ‘sabotaged’ in the US policies.

Feb 11 08:06

An Unintended Syria Air Clash Could Pull Biden Into Conflict Involving Russia, Israel

The conflict in Syria has seen the convergence of multiple, sometimes opposing forces in the skies over a near-decade-long civil war that today threatens to draw the United States’ foreign policy resources back into the quagmire, one in which its closest ally, Israel, and a leading rival, Russia, are among those operating in dangerous proximity.

The sudden roar of jets and missile blasts have become an all too common feature of Syria’s ongoing war, and last week’s attacks across the country’s southwest served as an explosive reminder of the war’s lingering violence. The airstrikes, which were unclaimed but widely blamed on Israel, targeted positions near the Golan Heights and Damascus International Airport, where Israel has accused Iran-linked elements of storing and transporting weapons.

Feb 09 09:32

59 Vehicles in Two Convoys Reportedly Snuck Into Syria From Iraq Carrying Equipment for US Forces

The Biden administration promised to reverse course on much of Trump’s foreign policy, freezing troop withdrawals in Iraq and Afghanistan, while hinting US willingness to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal if Tehran returned to its commitments. In Syria, however, the new president appears to be continuing on the course set by his predecessor.

Two convoys numbering a total of 59 vehicles have made its way into Syria from two separate directions, the Syrian Arab News Agency has reported, citing local sources on the ground.

One of the convoys reportedly consisted of 45 vehicles, including refrigerators, tankers and trucks carrying military vehicles, and was said to have entered the country through the Semalka border crossing between Iraqi Kurdistan and the US-backed Kurdish-controlled region of northern Syria. Damascus considers the Semalka crossing illegal since it is outside the government's control.

Feb 09 08:10

U.N. urges 57 countries to reclaim women, children from Syrian camps

U.N. rights experts urged 57 states on Monday to repatriate nearly 10,000 of their citizens - women and children associated with Islamic State fighters - held in camps in northeast Syria in “sub-human” conditions without legal process.

Under international law, these states have a duty to repatriate their citizens and, if there is evidence, to prosecute adults for war crimes or other offences at fair trials in their domestic courts, the experts said.

Some 9,462 foreign women and children are among more than 64,600 people detained at al-Hol and Roj camps, run by Syrian Kurdish authorities, where the majority of residents are Iraqi and Syrian nationals.

Feb 09 07:48

Biden Appears To Be Expanding The US Occupation Of Syria

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, some 50 vehicles in a US military convoy crossed into Syria this weekend and headed for bases in the nation’s northeast Hasakeh Province.

Details aren’t clear on why the convoy arrived, beyond delivering equipment. The Observatory noted this is the ninth such convoy to enter Syria in 2021, meaning nearly two convoys per week are showing up.

While there has been no official announcement on a policy change, this speaks to the Biden Administration’s intentions in Syria, or at least intentions to not leave Syria.

The US has very limited troop presence left in Syria, and President Trump made much of the remnant just being there to loot oil. With reports of ISIS seeking a resurgence there, it seems the US may have found itself another war, or at least a continuation of the existing war.

Feb 09 07:23

Pentagon: US Troops Not Protecting Oil Fields in Syria

Attempting to distance itself from the previous administration’s policies, the Pentagon said on Monday that US forces occupying northeast Syria are not there to protect oil fields.

When President Trump decided to stay in Syria in 2019, he said it was to “secure” the oil. In 2020, a US energy company inked a deal with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to exploit the oil fields in the region.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the estimated 900 US troops and contractors in northeast Syria are “are not authorized to provide assistance to any other private company, including its employees or agents, seeking to develop oil resources in Syria.”

Feb 09 07:23

Blinken: Control of Golan Heights Important for ‘Israel’s security’

In an interview on Monday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed President Biden’s Israel policy. When asked if the new administration will continue recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli territory Blinken questioned the legality of the recognition, but still made it clear that he favored Israeli control of the territory.

“Look, leaving aside the legalities of that question, as a practical matter, the Golan is very important to Israel’s security,” Blinken said. He said as long as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “in power” in Syria “as a practical matter, the control of the Golan in that situation I think remains of real importance to Israel’s security.”

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in 1967 and annexed the territory in 1981, a move that was not internationally recognized. In 2019, the Trump administration formally recognized the Golan Heights as Israeli territory.

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Feb 08 14:11

Russian Air Force destroys ‘secret base’ in northwestern Syria

The Russian Aerospace Forces continued their air campaign over northwestern Syria this week, hitting a “secret base” belonging to the jihadist rebels in side the Idlib Governorate.

The Russian YouTube channel, RusVesna.SU, reported this week that the Russian Aerospace Forces targeted the secret base of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) in the Idlib Governorate, resulting in their subsequent destruction after the attack.

“Aerial reconnaissance planes tracked the movement and sites of the secret base of the HTS terrorists, which was 18 km north of Idlib,” the Russian news site said.

Feb 04 11:53

Israel Attacks Southern Syria, Damages Military Post

Israel’s campaign of operations against Syria continued Wednesday night, when warplanes attacked a military base in Quineitra, damaging a site which some reports claimed was used by Iran as a storage facility.

Details are still emerging, but the Syrian state media reported that air defenses were activated during the Israeli attack. They added there was material damage to the site, but no casualties.

Israel has refused to comment on the matter, which is in keeping with a policy of not talking about attacks initially reported in foreign media. Attacks on nominally Iranian-linked targets, however, are extremely common for them.

Feb 03 08:33

LEBANON - BRITISH EMBASSY INFILTRATES MILITARY INTELLIGENCE, PROVIDES SNOOPING EQUIPMENT, INDOCTRINATES YOUNG PALESTINIANS

Keeping the Syrian border safe and secure is certainly not a British priority. Let’s not forget that it was Britain which hired various companies, led by 'former' British intelligence officers, who then organized and ran the propaganda campaigns for the Jihadi onslaught on Syria.

The same companies were hired to secretly create 'civil society’ groups in Lebanon that were then used to demonstrate for 'regime change’ and to pressure the Lebanese government. It was also Her Majesties Government which hired such intelligence cutouts to embed into and undermine Lebanon’s justice and security services.

Lebanon’s army was another target of British intelligence efforts to gain control over Lebanon’s policies.

Feb 03 07:51

US ‘Stealing, Plundering’ Syrian Oil: Mark Taliano

The United States has occupied certain parts of Syrian territory and is stealing and plundering the war-torn country’s national resources, says a political analyst.

Author and political analyst Mark Taliano told Press TV on Saturday that the US had never been invited, nor ever will be invited into Syria, and military American forces occupation and killing of the men, women and children in the country constituted a war crime.

The Canada-based analyst pointed out that the US military had absolutely no legitimacy and legal basis to justify its occupation of Syrian territory.

Taliano pointed out the US forces were “not guarding the oil. They are stealing the oil, looting, plundering. These are war crimes.”

He said that even the al-Qaeda and Daesh were both creations of the US government to push ahead with its imperialistic agenda.

Feb 02 12:43

Biden sending Troops back into Syria!

Feb 02 11:15

IRANIAN-BACKED FORCES RECEIVE NEW MISSILES AS TENSIONS GROW IN IRAQ

The second month of 2021 began with preparations by Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) for new round of hostilities.

Kata’ib Hezbollah received short and medium range rockets through Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Kata’ib Hezbollah is a key member of the PMU, actively participates in the fight against ISIS since the emergence of the group in Iraq, and is a vocal supporter of the current attempts to oust the US presence from Iraq.

At the same time, the PMU are subject to more and more frequent ISIS attacks in recent days. As the terrorists appear to be popping up all around. On January 31st, the PMU said they repelled an ISIS attack in the region of Jurf al-Sakhar in the province of Babil.

Feb 02 09:34

Biden Pick For Pentagon Mideast Desk Bragged That US "Owns" Syrian Oil Territory

President Joe Biden recently tapped Dana Stroul to lead the Pentagon’s Middle East desk, according to Axios and other reports. She'll serve as the deputy assistant secretary of Defense for the Middle East after a previous stint as a senior official on the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and as a longtime fellow at the hawkish Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

She had also previously worked on Mideast policy at the Pentagon under the Obama administration. As we noted before, this and other appointments gives more alarming context to Biden's constant message on the foreign policy front that "America is back" and is "ready to lead the world" once again.

Stroul was recently on record as touting that America "owns" one-third of Syrian territory, particularly the resource-rich northeast region. So much for the administration "distancing" itself from Trump policies... (given Trump was the first to repeatedly and bluntly state the US was there "securing" Syria's oil).

Feb 01 11:15

US 'stealing, plundering' Syrian oil: Analyst

The United States has occupied certain parts of Syrian territory and is stealing and plundering the war-torn country's national resources, says a political analyst.

Author and political analyst Mark Taliano told Press TV on Saturday that the US had never been invited, nor ever will be invited into Syria, and military American forces occupation and killing of the men, women and children in the country constituted a war crime.

The Canada-based analyst pointed out that the US military had absolutely no legitimacy and legal basis to justify its occupation of Syrian territory.

Taliano pointed out the US forces were "not guarding the oil. They are stealing the oil, looting, plundering. These are war crimes."

He said that even the al-Qaeda and Daesh were both creations of the US government to push ahead with its imperialistic agenda.

Feb 01 08:58

Withdrawing Troops from Iraq and Syria Is Biden's Best Play to Avoid War in the Middle East

For the fifth time in two weeks, Iran conducted major military drills Jan. 19, with the show of force coming two days after the U.S. flew B-52 Stratofortresses near Iranian airspace.

If the Biden administration's objectives are to avoid war in the Middle East and keep America safe, continuing to apply the thoroughly discredited "maximum pressure" campaign is the last thing the new president should do. Though it may appear counterintuitive, withdrawing all our combat troops from Iraq and Syria is Biden's best play.

Some analysts suggest that the best way for Biden to respond to Iran's actions is to continue applying pressure to Tehran. But overwhelming evidence screams that maximum pressure on Iran has been an abysmal failure.

Jan 30 08:19

Biden's pick who said US 'owns' Syrian oil territory draws flak

Corruption in the United States is the worst it has been in almost a decade with democratic institutions in “decay” and abuse of office “at the highest level,” according to an annual global report by Transparency International.

The US fell to a low of 67 out of a maximum possible score of 100 in the annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), the campaign group said in its latest report.

The report cited a broader decay in US political institutions as a major factor contributing to the rise of corruption levels in the country.

Scott Greytak, the group’s advocacy director, said public trust in US elections has been eroded by disinformation and unprecedented amounts of untraceable money in campaigns.

Jan 29 13:37

The ‘humanitarian’ left still ignores the lessons of Iraq, Libya and Syria to cheer on more war

Jonathan Cook says some leftwing "cheerleaders" have not learned the lessons of the West's catastrophic military interventions in the Arab world and are now partaking in Western belligerence towards China and Russia, to the benefit of the ruling elites in London and Washington, and arms manufacturers. >>

Jan 29 10:37

RUSSIAN ATTACK HELICOPTERS PURGE ISIS CELLS IN CENTRAL SYRIA

The Syrian Army and its allies continue active efforts to hunt down and neutralize ISIS cells in the Homs-Deir Ezzor desert.

In a recent series of raids, government forces eliminated at least 8 ISIS members that were involved in recent attacks on civilian and military columns moving between the towns of Kobajjep and al-Shoulah. Three pick-up trucks armed with machine guns were also destroyed.

The Russian Aerospace Forces also deployed attack helicopters to support security operations of the Syrian Army. The very same helicopters are involved in providing security to important columns moving along the Homs-Deir Ezzor highway. On top of this, Russian warplanes carried out a few dozens of strikes on ISIS targets across the region.

Jan 29 09:10

US establishing new military base in Hasaka: Report

The US occupation forces have begun to build a new military base in al-Yaroubia area in Hasaka, Syria, deploying logistic materials and military equipment there, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

Citing local sources on Thursday, the news agency said 10 military troop carriers were brought to al-Malikiyah city in northeast of Hasaka to be moved to al-Yaroubia area near the Iraqi border.

The United States claims its forces are there to “fight terrorism,” but Syria says Washington is plundering its oil.

Jan 25 10:44

Why doesn’t Syria retaliate to Israeli attacks? Nasrallah’s response

Interview with Hezbollah Secretary General, Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, on May 26, 2020, on the occasion of the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Liberation of South Lebanon, followed by his December 27, 2020 annual interview.

US-Israel play poker, Resistance Axis plays chess.

« The Resistance Axis is very vigilant and watchful during this period (of transition between Trump & Biden), and must scrupulously take care not to be drawn into an escalation, in the slightest point of this Axis. We must not allow ourselves to be dragged to an unmeasured (large-scale) confrontation, to a (total) war whose timing would be the one chosen by our enemies. Of course, (open) war (against the United States and Israel) will (inevitably) happen one day or another, but we are talking about this current timing (we will choose the time and place of the Great War, not them). »

Jan 25 08:45

US Convoy Reported Moving Into Syria From Iraq

According to the Syrian state news outlet SANA, a US-led military convoy of about 40 vehicles entered northeastern Syria from Iraq on Thursday. The convoy reportedly passed through the al-Waleed border crossing.

US convoys frequently transit between Iraq and Syria and are often reported by SANA. Last week, SANA reported that a US military convoy consisting of 60 vehicles entered Syria through al-Waleed.

Some reports said 200 US troops arrived in Syria’s northeastern Hasakeh province on helicopters, but nothing has been confirmed. The US has been intentionally vague about how many soldiers it has stationed in Syria. The former US envoy to Syria, Jim Jeffrey, who resigned in November, admitted in an interview that he was “always playing shell games” to hide the real number of US troops in Syria.

Jan 25 07:44

US ‘Plundering’ Syrian Oil to ‘Send to Israel’, Claims US Ex-Diplomat

Syria’s state-run media earlier reported that 200 troops had been flown to US bases in al-Shaddadi on 21 January for future deployment at Omar oil field and Koniko gas field in neighbouring Deir ez-Zor province. It was also reported that the US-led military coalition had dispatched 40 truckloads of weapons and logistical equipment to Hasakah.

The United States is plundering Syria’s natural resources to send them to other places that will benefit from American theft, claimed J. Michael Springmann, a former US diplomat in Saudi Arabia.

“The United States of America is moving soldiers from Iraq, which it is occupying, to Syria, which it continues to occupy, in order to steal Syrian oil from the Syrian people and to send the oil to somewhere else, presumably to the Apartheid entity (Israel) and other places that will benefit from American theft of Syrian oil,” the American political commentator and author was quoted as saying by Press TV on 23 January.

Jan 25 06:37

Syria: Are water supplies being weaponized by Turkey?

Around 1 million people in the Kurdish-governed region of Al-Hasakah in Syria's northeast have again had their water supply cut off — as they have around 20 times in the past 12 months.

"This is a humanitarian disaster," Sara Kayyali, a Syria researcher at Human Rights Watch, told DW. As of this Sunday, some parts of the region are experiencing the eighth straight day without water.

Problems with the supply from the nearest water station, Alouk, have been growing since Turkish forces and their Syrian rebel proxies took charge in October 2019, after the so-called Operation Peace Spring that targeted the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the region. While the water station has been under Turkish control since then, it relies on the SDF-controlled Mabrouka Electricity Station for its power. Turkey's objective behind Operation Peace Spring was to create a 30-kilometer (19-mile) wide "safe zone" under Turkish control inside Syria.

Jan 22 11:07

'Normalcy' Returns: Biden Sends Large Military Convoy Into Syria On Day Two

While National Guard troops were being kicked out the Capitol on Thursday, Joe Biden was ordering US military troops into northeastern Syria from Iraq with the controlled media in America refusing to even report on it.

Jan 22 07:11

US, UK, Canada & Netherlands somehow find $1.2 million for terrorist-friendly ‘White Helmets’ in Syria… because coronavirus

Americans, Canadians, Britons and Dutch sitting at home under harsh Covid-19 lockdowns can feel joy that their governments found time and money to help ‘Al-Qaeda’s medical service’ in Syria make masks and gowns for terrorists.

The ‘White Helmets’ are depicted in the West as the noble, selfless and brave humanitarian workers saving lives of innocent civilians in areas of Syria held by “moderate rebels” against the evil dictator Bashar Assad.

In reality, documented by independent journalists and civilians liberated from their tender mercies, they are a Western-funded PR operation that specializes in staging incidents on behalf of their militant allies, such as the Army of Islam or the much-rebranded Al-Qaeda affiliate currently known as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).

Jan 19 08:30

Lavrov: Israel should inform Moscow of Iranian threats in Syria, not bomb them

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke out against Israeli airstrikes against Iran-linked sites in Syria on Monday, saying Jerusalem should instead provide Moscow with intelligence about such threats so that it can “neutralize” them.

“If Israel is really forced to respond to threats to the Israeli security coming from the Syrian territory, we have told our Israeli colleagues many times: if you see such threats please give us the information,” Lavrov said at a press conference, according to the Kremlin’s Sputnik news site.

Jan 18 10:52

Israel's deadly raids on Syria and US support for it

In less than a week since the last wave of Israeli strikes on Syria targeted positions in the southern outskirts of Damascus and killed three pro-Iran fighters, Israeli warplanes last week carried out intense airstrikes in eastern Syria killing at least 57 fighters and wounding dozens.

The overnight airstrikes were apparently targeting positions and arms depots of Iran-backed forces as the region is on high alert, according to a Syrian opposition war monitoring group.

An official from Syria’s state news agency SANA said: “The Israeli enemy carried out an aerial assault on the town of Deir el-Zour and the Boukamal region,” adding that “the results of the aggression are currently being verified.”

“This is the largest death toll from Israeli raids in Syria,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) chief Rami Abdul Rahman.

Jan 18 09:30

GUARDIAN SMEARS SYRIA'S PRESIDENT WITH IMPLAUSIBLE LINK TO BEIRUT'S PORT BLAST

On August 4 2020 2.750 tons of ammonium nitrate, stored in a warehouse of Beirut's harbour, exploded. The blast destroyed large parts of the city.

The dangerous load had come on a defect ship which was impounded by the Lebanese authorities. It had been stored since 2013. Despite urgent warnings, the complicate Lebanese bureaucracy had never found a way to get rid of the dangerous load.

Soon conspiracy theories sprang up about the 'real' ownership and purpose of the load and of who might have had an interest in igniting it. None made much sense. The original explanation of a bureaucratic tussle and pure neglect are still the most plausible cause.

But that does not stop the British Guardian from trying to blame the Syrian government for the incident:

Jan 18 09:11

Aleppo: Industrial Capital of Syria Rises from the Ashes

Saint Simeon, on the outskirts of Aleppo, was the largest church in the world in the fifth century. After Islam arrived in Syria, the country has remained a dense mixture of cultures and faiths, living in tolerance and cooperation until 2011, when a US-NATO war for ‘regime change’ began which destroyed the country, and scattered its citizens to the far corners of the world.

According to UNESCO, Aleppo is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, and it has survived the war but faces many challenges to recover, rebuild, and bring its citizens back home.

“What’s special about this city is its living cultural heritage,” says Dima Dayoub, an Aleppan architect now working in Berlin for the Syrian Heritage Initiative. “The priority is not the churches or the mosques, it’s for people to return. We need to help people reconstruct their homes and their livelihoods.”

Jan 14 14:00

US official reveals Israel carried out attacks on eastern Syria using American intelligence

A senior US intelligence official says recent airstrikes on eastern parts of Syria near the Iraqi border were carried out by Israel with intelligence provided by the United States.

Syria's official news agency SANA said the air assaults were carried out on the city of Dayr al-Zawr and the town of al-Bukamal in the early hours of Wednesday.

SANA, citing a military source, said that Israel launched the air aggression “exactly 01:10 at dawn,” adding that officials were assessing if any damage or casualties were caused.

The US official with knowledge of the attack, who requested anonymity, told the Associated Press that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had discussed the raid with Yossi Cohen, chief of Israel’s spy agency Mossad, at a public meeting in a Washington restaurant on Monday.

Jan 14 09:48

Syria: 70 notables assassinated in YPG-controlled areas

In recent months, the areas controlled by the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the governorate of Deir ez-Zor (eastern Syria) have witnessed assassinations of notables and respected personalities on a near-daily basis.

Local sources in the governorate revealed on Wednesday that they had documented about 70 assassinations of notables in the YPG-controlled areas over the last five months.

The sources told Anadolu Agency that unknown individuals carried out assassinations on an almost daily basis, since the murder of Leader of Al-Aqeedat tribe Mutashar Al-Hafl in August 2020, taking advantage of the significant security deterioration in the YPG areas.

The sources added that last November, in the town of Al-Sijr, unidentified individuals assassinated Abdul-Razzaq Al-Muhammad and Ibrahim Al-Attiyah (nicknamed Abu Bakr Qadisiyah), a former commander of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) who was known for his strong opposition to the YPG.

Jan 13 07:25

Israel Continues to Attack Syria as Tehran Awaits Biden Administration

In the fourth series of Israeli strikes on Syrian soil in the past two weeks, warplanes hit the border region near Iraq in Deir Ezzor Province, hitting warehouses near Abu Kamal, which media claim were being used by Shi’ite militias.

Israel and the Israeli press present Shi’ite militias as Iranians, though in practice the militias in this area are almost exclusively Iraqi PMF fighters who crossed in to continue fighting against ISIS.

With Iran looking to wait out the Trump Administration, and with high hopes for a diplomacy reset with Biden, Israel is stepping up the attacks on Iran, or perceived Iranian targets, to try to stir things up at the last minute.

Jan 12 12:44

DON'T Call them "Domestic Terrorists", I'm Syrian let me tell you about terrorism!

The second amendment exists to exercise capital punishment against rogue and unruly treasonous governments.

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."

"WHEN GOVERNMENTS FEAR THE PEOPLE, IT IS LIBERTY. WHEN THE PEOPLE FEAR THE GOVERNMENT, IT IS TYRANNY."

~ Thomas Jefferson, third president of the 'United' States

Jan 09 14:07

DON'T Call them "Domestic Terrorists", I'm Syrian let me tell you about terrorism!

The second amendment exists to exercise capital punishment against rogue and unruly treasonous governments.

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."

"WHEN GOVERNMENTS FEAR THE PEOPLE, IT IS LIBERTY. WHEN THE PEOPLE FEAR THE GOVERNMENT, IT IS TYRANNY."

~ Thomas Jefferson, third president of the 'United' States

Jan 07 07:02

Turks Fear Russian Advance On Syria’s Al-Bab

The Turkish Army has been increasing its military presence in Greater Idlib despite the recent withdrawal of observation posts, which had been encircled by the Syrian Army.

Recently, the Turkish military deployed major reinforcements to Mount al-Zawiya. Turkish military convoys deployed to the area included battle tanks and BMC Kirpi armoured vehicles. Mount al-Zawiya is controlled by al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham together with its supposedly ‘moderate counterparts’ from the Turkish-created National Front for Liberation. Turkey has been reinforcing its troops in the Mount al-Zawiya region for the last two months. It has also established several permanent positions in the area.

Jan 07 06:57

Israeli Airstrikes Rock Damascus At Moment All Eyes Are On US Capitol

At a moment international media and political leaders are focused on watching the mayhem unfolding on Capitol Hill, Israel has again attacked Syria, hitting southern Damascus with a series of airstrikes Wednesday night.

This is the third such Israeli attack in three weeks, during which Syrian air defenses were active and said to have intercepted some of the inbound missiles.

State-run SANA said the strikes were launched from the direction Golan Heights region, and that many missiles were successfully intercepted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How interesting that Israel knew that things were going to get out of hand in DC!

Jan 04 07:00

The Caesar Photos and Impunity in Syria

Western media are reporting headline claims that “new evidence supports claims about Syrian state detention deaths”, saying that “a leading rights group has released new evidence that up to 7,000 Syrians who died in state detention centres were tortured, mistreated, or executed”, noting that this information is a moral wakeup call and demanding that officials being held to account should be “central to peace efforts.”

However, as is usually so, not everything is quite as it seems. So let’s take a look at the facts.

First the timing.

As has been commonplace the timing of the reports like these have almost always coincided with important diplomatic meetings or just after important UN resolutions are passed.

Dec 29 07:20

Russia says reinforcing Syrian area where Turkey-backed fighters have clashed with Kurdish forces

Russia said late on Sunday it had sent more military police to an area in northern Syria where fighters backed by Turkey have clashed with Kurdish forces near a strategic highway patrolled by Russian and Turkish troops.

The deployment comes ahead of talks in Russia on Tuesday between Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu. They are expected to focus in part on Syria, where Turkey backs rebels opposed to President Bashar al-Assad, while Russia supports Assad’s forces.

Battles between Turkish-backed fighters and Kurdish forces erupted this month near the town of Ain Issa, which sits on the M4 highway that links major Syrian cities.

Dec 28 06:50

Hundreds of Syrians flee Lebanon camp after tents torched

Hundreds of Syrian refugees fled their makeshift camp in north Lebanon after their tents were torched when fighting broke out between local youths and camp residents, aid officials said on Sunday.

At least three people were wounded in the clash on Saturday in the Miniyeh region near the coastal city of Tripoli, which was followed by youths setting the campsite on fire, Lebanon’s state-owned National News Agency said.

Lebanon has seen a rise in tensions between refugees and residents in recent years that humanitarian workers and politicians say have been fuelled by both racism and anger of Lebanese who blame refugees for taking their jobs amid a financial crisis.

Dec 28 06:49

Bread lines reflect wider crisis in Syria

Every morning, Abu Mohammed and his two eldest sons wake up for dawn prayer in Damascus, then take turns heading to the bakery.

They wait for at least three hours, barely making it to work or school on time, he said. Often, the boys miss their first few classes. Sometimes they miss the whole day.

"One day I stood for seven hours," he said in a phone interview. "The next day it was eight, then six. I saw that my work was being hit. I need to work. I need to live."

Dec 23 08:08

HAPPENING NOW: Trump Admin Sanctions Wife of Syrian President, His Family Over Civil War

President Trump and his administration imposed new sanctions on the family of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over his role in the country’s near decade-long Civil War that has led to countless deaths across the region.

“The Trump administration on Tuesday imposed sanctions on Asma Assad, the wife of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and members of her immediate family for harming efforts to reach a political solution in the nearly decade-long civil war,” reports The Hill.

Dec 21 13:37

VIDEO: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad 'Owns The Libs'

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's critique of liberalism from his latest public speech went viral Monday on social media.

Dec 18 10:12

ISRAEL IS SEARCHING FOR PRETEXT TO INVADE SOUTHERN SYRIA

The Russian military and Russian-backed Syrian forces have been increasing their presence on the border with Iraq.

Less than a week ago, the Russian Military Police established a local HQ in al-Bukamal. Recently, the 5th Corps of the Syrian Army, known for its links with the Russian military, created a network of border posts in the area. The move was apparently coordinated with Iranian-backed forces and the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces that actively operate in the border area.

Al-Bukamal is locating less than 30km from the town of al-Qaim, the stronghold of the Popular Mobilization Forces on the Iraqi side of the border.

Pro-Israeli sources claim that the increasing Russian presence in southern Deir Ezzor and along the border with Iraq may be a sign of a nearing Iranian withdrawal from the region. At the same time, there are no indications that Iranian-backed forces are going to withdraw from al-Bukamal anytime soon.

Dec 16 11:14

RUSSIAN FORCES ESTABLISH PRESENCE ON SYRIAN-IRAQI BORDER

Over the past weeks, the Syrian Army and its allies have intensified their operations against ISIS cells hiding in the Homs-Deir Ezzor desert.

According to pro-government sources, during the past few days, Syrian government forces and Iranian-backed militias carried out a series of raids to the south of the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor highway and southeast of al-Mayadin. Pro-militant media outlets clam that over 10 Syrian soldiers and 15 ISIS members died in these clashes.

The Russian Aerospace Forces also resumed their strikes on ISIS targets in the desert region. Pro-opposition sources say that the Russians delivered over 100 airstrikes. Indeed, the intensity of this campaign demonstrates that the regularly resurfacing ISIS cells, which actively exploit the state of chaos on the Syrian-Iraqi border, pose a notable security threat.

Dec 15 08:37

25 Killed as ISIS Fights Troops in Syria Desert

Over the weekend, heavy fighting was reported in the Syrian desert, with ISIS again going after troops in the area around Aleppo and Hama. The reports are that about 25 were killed, 15 from ISIS.

While there was fighting reported throughout the weekend, there was also a report of 70 Russian airstrikes in the area. This likely reflects ISIS’s growing interest in expanding out of the desert, and the focus on keeping them pinned down.

ISIS has been conducting a growing number of attacks, particularly in the deserts, as they try to inflict meaningful casualties on government forces. ISIS has been in the desert almost exclusively in recent years, and wants to reassert itself in more valuable parts of the nation.

Dec 15 08:10

Syria: Weapons Found, Including Israeli Made Ones, and a Drone Left Behind by Terrorists in Syria’s Southern Region

Syrian authorities on Sunday found a quantity of weapons and ammunition, including Israeli-made weapons as well as a drone left behind by terrorists in Syria’s southern region, SANA reporter said on Sunday, citing a source from authorities.

The source told SANA that the authorities’ cooperation with the Syrian Arab Army units in the country’s southern region resulted in finding a huge quantity of light, medium and heavy weapons and ammunition, including Israeli made ones, in addition to a drone, left behind by terrorists before their defeat in that area.

The seized weapons included automatic rifles, snipers, 23 mm and 12.7 mm machine guns, bombs, shoulder-fired missiles, RPGs in addition to Israeli-made weapons and some 300 boxes of bullets.

Cooperation between the Syrian army and the concerned authorities continues with the aim of clearing the liberated areas from explosive devices and mines left by terrorists before their defeat, the source pointed out.

Dec 15 07:32

Trump Administration Helped GOP Donors “Score a Deal for Syrian Oil”

The State Department’s special envoy for Syria at a congressional hearing on Wednesday admitted to helping Republican donors score a deal for Syrian oil.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R–S.C.) first announced in July that U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led forces had granted an American company a deal to “to modernize the oil fields” in areas of northeastern Syria guarded by U.S. troops.

Special Envoy Joel Rayburn confirmed during Wednesday’s House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing that the company is Delta Crescent Energy, a little-known firm cofounded by several people who have donated to Republican causes, including Graham’s own campaign.

Rayburn also admitted that the Trump administration had actually pushed for Delta Crescent Energy — and no other companies — to receive permission to exploit Syrian oil.

Dec 14 09:38

NEW DOCUMENTS SHOW HOW THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT SECRETLY CREATED 'REGIME CHANGE’ PROTESTS IN LEBANON

Three month ago we reported on documents obtained from of 'Her Majesties Government' in Britain which revealed the intense involvement of the UK government in organizing, financing and propagandizing 'Syrian rebels' since the start of the war on Syria. These programs were coordinated with the CIA's and the Gulf Arab's arming of the various Jihadis:

Most of the documents are detailed company responses to several solicitations from the Foreign Office for global and local campaigns in support of the 'moderate rebels' who are fighting against the Syrian government and people.

The documents lay out large scale campaigns which have on-the-ground elements in Syria, training and arming efforts in neighboring countries, command and control elements in Jordan, Turkey and Iraq, as well as global propaganda efforts. These operations were wide spread.

Dec 14 08:43

The latest evasions and cover-ups by Western governments over their funding of terrorist groups in Syria are starting to unravel

Evidence of Dutch and British funding for extremists who’ve beheaded children & carried out ethnic-cleansing grows by the day. Yet most of the mainstream media – including the BBC – still try to keep this truth silent.

Recently, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte effectively blocked a Parliamentary motion to allow an external independent investigation of Dutch government funding of terrorist groups in Syria.

Rutte initially tried to deny his involvement in the burial of the investigation but tenacious questioning from journalists forced him to admit his personal interference. According to Rutte, such an investigation could result in “tensions with our allies [...] the lives of former members of opposition groups could be put at stake.”

Dec 14 08:00

Turkey again cuts water to northeast Syria amid increased Turkish attacks on SDF positions

Turkey and Turkish-backed groups have yet again cut off drinking water to the northern Syrian city of Hasakah, a local official told Kurdistan 24 on Sunday.

Sozdar Ahmed, the co-chair of the Water Directorate of the Autonomous Administration of North East Syria (AANES), explained to Kurdistan 24 that Hasakah city has now gone 25 days without water supply.

As a result, Ahmed added, civilians are forced to buy water at elevated prices or depend on local authorities or humanitarian organizations to truck water to the city.

One civilian from Hasakah confirmed to Kurdistan 24 they have had no water supply for weeks. “Water has been cut off from our city. The water we buy is also costly for us. The water around the wells around Hasakah is also bitter and not suitable for drinking. ”

Dec 05 08:22

Turkey is preparing Syrian mercenaries to fight in Kashmir: report

Turkey, which has previously sent Syrian mercenaries to Libya and Azerbaijan, is preparing to send fighters to Kashmir to fight against India.

According to ANF News, which quoted local sources in northern Syria, Abu Emsha, the head of the Turkish-backed Suleyman Shah Brigades terrorist organization that is a part of the so-called Syrian National Army, informed his members five days ago that Ankara wanted to reinforce Kashmir.

The head of the terrorist groups, Abu Emsha, said that Turkish officers would later ask the commanders of other terrorist groups to list the names of those who want to go to Kashmir.

Abu Emsha stated that those who will go from his terrorist group will be registered in a list and they will receive $2000 in funding. Abu Emsha told the militant fighters he met that Kashmir is a mountainous region like Artsakh.

Dec 05 07:11

US encouraging separatism in Syria, hindering restoration of its unity: Russia FM

Russia has censured the illegal presence of US troops in Syria and said the deployment of the American forces there is meant to hinder the restoration of unity in the Arab country.

The US is also openly encouraging separatism in Syria by keeping its troops there, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov via a video link at the Rome 2020 Mediterranean Dialogues on Friday.

Lavrov called for the involvement of the international community in resolving the humanitarian crisis in Syria and said it was possible to "break the back" of terrorism mostly thanks to Russia’s decisive assistance to the Syrian government.

Dec 04 09:37

Russian, Syrian jets swarm central Syria in powerful attack on ISIS

The Russian and Syrian air forces have increased their aerial presence in central Syria this week, as their warplanes have launched dozens of airstrikes on the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) positions inside the Hama, Al-Raqqa and Homs governorates.

According to several reports from the field, the airstrikes were led by the Russian Air Force, who unleashed over 30 strikes on the terrorist positions in the past 72 hours.

The majority of the Russian and Syrian airstrikes were concentrated on the Al-Sa’an District of Hama, which is where the Islamic State has been trying to carve out a permanent presence since the start of 2020.

Dec 01 08:00

Reports: Airstrike Killed Iranian Commander Near Iraq-Syria Border

Iraqi sources told several Arab media outlets on Monday that an airstrike near the Iraq-Syria border killed a commander in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. The strike reportedly occurred either late Saturday or early Sunday, and some accounts say it was a drone strike.

Some of the sources identified the slain military leader as Muslim Shahdan, a senior IRGC commander. Other reports say the IRGC commander could not be identified, but all accounts say three other people were killed in the same event. The commander was reportedly struck in a vehicle that was entering Syria from Iraq.

Iran has yet to confirm or deny the report, but if it is true, the IRGC commander’s killing comes just days after prominent Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed inside Iran and would ratchet up tensions in the region even more. All indications point to Israel being responsible for Fakhrizadeh’s death.

Nov 29 08:03

Syria condemns ‘Zionist terrorist attack on science’ as Israel says it has ‘no clue’ who was behind Iranian scientist’s murder

Syria has condemned the assassination of top Iranian nuclear physicist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, calling it a chilling “terrorist attack on science”, as Israel denies involvement.

Syria’s Foreign Minister Faysal Mikdad denounced what he called a “cowardly act” in a phone call with his Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif. Offering his nation's condolences to Iran over the incident, Mikdad said that the murder was an attack against scientists and researchers the world over.

While Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was a senior Iranian nuclear physicist with alleged close connections to the defense industry, the Syrian minister praised his efforts in “advancing science and knowledge.” Earlier, Iran’s UN envoy said in a letter to the UN Secretary General that the scientist had played an “outstanding role in the development of the first indigenous Covid-19 test kit” in Iran.

Nov 25 06:07

Israel Hits Southern Damascus in Latest Syria Attack

An overnight Israeli strike hit southern Damascus against Wednesday, the second such strike this week. The attack targeted a military base where Iranian Revolutionary Guards are known to be present.

Israel is keen to attack Iran on any pretext, and Syria is no obstacle for that. This latest attack caused no casualties, however, according to officials, and only did some material damages to the base at Jabal Mane Heights.

Iran threatened retaliation over the first strike, and has not commented on the new strike, though they are clear on not wanting to start any war with US involvement until President Trump leaves office.

Nov 22 11:44

Iran vows to crush any Israeli attempt to hit its "advisory" role in Syria

Foreign Minister denies Islamic Republic have military forces in Syria and says it has sent commandos to the country as military advisers for as long as they are needed; denies Iranian deaths in latest Israeli strike on Damascus

Nov 20 07:08

Declassify America’s Dirty Secrets in Syria to Stop a Biden War

How many Syrians did you vote to kill on Election Day? Thanks to our perverse political system, the answer will be revealed over the next four years if the Biden administration drags the U.S. back into the Syrian Civil War. But there are steps that Trump can take in his final months in office to deter such follies.

Syria was not an issue in the presidential campaign and there were no foreign policy questions in the two presidential debates. That won’t stop the Biden team from claiming a mandate to spread truth and justice via bombs and bribes any place on the globe.

Nov 19 12:37

ISRAELI WINGS OVER SYRIA. TRUMP’S FAREWELL STRIKE ON IRAN

The Israeli Air Force is once again bombing targets in Syria amid growing turbulence in the Greater Middle East.

Early on November 18, the Israeli Air Force conducted a series of strikes on targets in Syria. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) claimed that the strikes hit “warehouses, command posts and military complexes, and batteries of surface-to-air missiles” belonging to the Syrian Army and the Iranian Quds Force. In total, the strikes reportedly hit 8 targets including the following:

an alleged Iranian military complex near Damascus International Airport;

some mysterious secret military barracks which act as a housing complex for senior Iranian officials as well as visiting delegations;

a command post for Division 7 of the Syrian Army which allegedly cooperates with the Quds Force;

surface-to-air missile launchers which had fired in the direction of the Israeli jets during the strikes.

Nov 18 06:45

How the British government secretly funded Syrian cartoons and comic books as anti-Assad propaganda aimed at children

Leaked documents show how the Foreign & Commonwealth Office spent millions setting up a clandestine network to churn out pro-rebel material, much of it aimed at winning the hearts and minds of kids.

A swath of internal UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) files have exposed a number of covert ways in which London sought to both propagandize Syrian children and turn them into weapons, in a vast, long-running information warfare campaign at home and abroad.

The documents are just some of the bombshell papers released by hacktivist collective Anonymous, outlining a variety of cloak-and-dagger actions undertaken by the UK government against the Syrian state over many years.

The overriding objective behind them all was to destabilize the government of Bashar Assad, convince Syrians, Western citizens, foreign governments, and international bodies that the Free Syrian Army (FSA) was a legitimate alternative, and flood media the world over with pro-opposition propaganda.

Nov 17 08:00

WaPo Propagandist Laughs That Military-Industrial Complex Lied to President Trump to Keep Troops in Syria

WaPo reporter Liz Sly laughed about the news in a couple of disgraceful Twitter posts.

“US officials have been lying to Trump – and the American people – about the true number of US troops in Syria in order to deter him from withdrawing them, according to the outgoing Syria envoy. Trump thinks it’s 200,” Sly wrote in the tweet – adding laughing while crying emojis.

Nov 16 10:33

During Russian air raids 78 Turkish supported military recruits are killed in the Syrian camp.

Russian air strikes killed at least 78 Turkish-backed recruits in a Syrian training camp and potentially injured 90 more, the UK-based Syrian Human Rights Observatory said Monday.

Russian missiles targeted an al-Sham Corps camp in the rebel-held Jabal al-Dawila region of Harem, northwest of Idlib, the agency said.

Thousands of Idlib residents took to the streets to mourn the recruits who completed their military training this week.

The al-Sham Corps is a Sunni Islamist rebel military unit supported by Turkey.

Nov 16 07:03

Outgoing Syria Envoy Admits Hiding US Troop Numbers; Praises Trump’s Mideast Record

Four years after signing the now-infamous “Never Trump” letter condemning then-presidential candidate Donald Trump as a danger to America, retiring diplomat Jim Jeffrey is recommending that the incoming Biden administration stick with Trump’s foreign policy in the Middle East.

But even as he praises the president’s support of what he describes as a successful “realpolitik” approach to the region, he acknowledges that his team routinely misled senior leaders about troop levels in Syria.

“We were always playing shell games to not make clear to our leadership how many troops we had there,” Jeffrey said in an interview. The actual number of troops in northeast Syria is “a lot more than” the roughly two hundred troops Trump initially agreed to leave there in 2019.

Nov 13 13:30

U.S. Syria Envoy Jim Jeffrey Admits Lying to President Trump to Keep War Going

"We were always playing shell games to not make clear to our leadership how many troops we had there [in northeast Syria]."

James Jeffrey, a NeverTrumper who was appointed by Mike Pompeo as special envoy for Syria in 2018, is openly bragging about lying to President Trump to preserve the endless war in Syria.

Nov 13 13:08

Trump’s anti-ISIS envoy admits he MISLED president about US troop numbers in Syria to keep them there

When President Donald Trump ordered all but a few hundred US troops withdrawn from Syria, his own diplomats hid the true number of American forces from the president, envoy Jim Jeffrey has revealed in a new interview.

“We were always playing shell games to not make clear to our leadership how many troops we had there,” Jeffrey, envoy to the global coalition against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) told Defense One on Thursday. Jeffrey added that the actual number of troops in northeastern Syria is “a lot more” than the 200-400 that Trump agreed to leave behind last year.

Nov 13 08:10

New Pentagon Top Adviser Wants US Troops Out Of Syria "Immediately"

With Esper out the door, Trump's newly in office acting Secretary of Defense is already making waves given who he's just brought on board.

The new acting Pentagon chief, Christopher Miller, has just brought on as his senior adviser Ret. Army Col. Douglas Macgregor. Crucially Macgregor is on record as wanting American troops out of Syria immediately (gasp, the horror!), and further wants a rapid draw down in Afghanistan as well as in places like the Korean Peninsula.

"President Trump's newly installed acting Pentagon chief is bringing on a senior adviser in a sign the administration wants to accelerate the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Middle East before the end of his presidency in January, three people familiar with the move told Axios," Jonathan Swan writes.

Nov 07 07:30

Reported Loss Of Two U.S. MQ-9 Reapers In Syria Raises Troubling Questions

Military Times today quotes a defense official reporting that two U.S. drones were lost over Syria following a collision on Tuesday. Unconfirmed pictures from the event indicate that at least one was an MQ-9 Reaper, an expensive, top-end drone used by the U.S. Air Force and CIA for strikes against insurgents. Military site TheDrive reports that two Reapers were lost in the incident.

Confusion surrounds the event, with some sources reporting that militants opposed to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad had shot down at least one drone with a surface-to-air missile. Military Times speculate that a damaged drone may have been shot at after the collision. However, it is unclear why forces who are in theory allied with the U.S. would shoot down an American drone, or even whether they have the capability to do so.

Nov 04 06:57

A Biden Administration Would Keep a Military Presence in Syria

According to a report from Asharq Al-Awsat, a senior Biden advisor met with a group of Syrians to go over what a Biden administration’s Syria policy would look like. The advisor said Biden would keep a US military presence in northeast Syria to counter Russia and keep reconstruction funds from the country unless “meaningful” political reform occurs.

The US has a small occupation force in northeast Syria to control oil fields, estimated to be around 600 troops. The US soldiers have had confrontations with both Syrian and Russian forces. The advisor said Biden would maintain this military presence because it “is a deterrent to Russian and regime airstrikes.”

Nov 04 06:57

Campaign Official Says Biden Would Keep Golan Heights Recognition

A senior Biden campaign official told the Jewish News Syndicate that a Biden administration would not reverse President Trump’s 2019 decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in 1967 and annexed the territory in 1981, a move that was not internationally recognized. President Trump’s decision broke with the international community.

“I don’t think a Biden administration would reverse that,” the unnamed campaign official said. “It was de facto recognized anyway. It was largely symbolic. It didn’t really change the calculus either by the United States or Israel or any of the neighboring nations.”

Nov 04 06:28

Moscow: Militants in Syria’s Idlib to stage false flag drone strike; implicate Syria, Russia

The Russian Defense Ministry has warned that foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists in Syria's Idlib are planning to carry out a drone strike in the de-escalation zone of the province, and incriminate Syrian army soldiers as well as Russian forces.

Deputy head of the ministry's Center for the Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria, Rear Admiral Alexander Grinkevich, said on Monday that his center had obtained new information that terrorists were plotting to target residential neighborhoods in Nahleyah region of the northwestern province.

Grinkevich added that the Takfiris were intending to film the alleged drone strike, and subsequently publish the video on social media networks to create the false notion that Syrian army troops and Russian Aerospace Forces were responsible for the air raid.

Nov 02 07:58

Armenia Releases Video Of Detained Syrian Mercenary Captured On Battlefield

On Sunday, the Armenian Ministry of Defense published a video clip documenting the interrogation of a person who was said to be a Syrian militant who was captured in the Karabakh region after he participated in the hostilities on the side of Azerbaijan.

The captured man who appears in the tape said that he is called, Yousef Al-Abed Al-Hajji, who is from the village of Al-Ziyadiyah, located in the countryside of Jisr Al-Shughour of the Idlib Governorate, adding that he was born in 1988 and is married with five children.

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