The United States is manipulating humanitarian concern in an effort to protect its proxy militias and its imperial regime-change project in Syria.
The media and intellectual classes are dutifully falling in line, promoting a narrative of military aggression under the cover of “protecting civilians.” These same “responsibility to protect” arguments led to the invasions of Iraq and Libya, exponentially increasing the massacres, chaos, and proliferation of violent extremism within those countries. They are hypocritical, designed to further interests of conquest and domination, and will lead to more death and destruction in Syria as well. Continue reading »
Mike Robinson and Vanessa Beeley discuss the latest news from Syria, including a critique of continuing mainstream media coverage, witness testimony from Aleppo and the disruption of water supplied to five million people in Damascus.
The Channel 4 Jon Snow interview mentioned in the programme can be seen here: https://www.channel4.com/news/aleppo-…
H/t reader I.G.
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Source: Mint Press News
ALEPPO, Syria — Russian military forces have discovered mass graves in eastern parts of the Syrian city of Aleppo, with many of the bodies reportedly showing signs of torture.
Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, a spokesperson for the Russian defense ministry, announced the horrifying discovery on Monday. “Many of the corpses were found with missing body parts, and most had gunshot wounds to the head,” he said, according to RT, a Russian state-owned news network.
Full article here:
Interview with Syrian MP
Huge stockpiles of weaponry and ammunition, many with NATO markings, were discovered in East Aleppo when the Al-Nusra militants, a local branch of Al Qaida, were pushed out of the city by Syrian forces.
The previous reports that NATO personnel were captured are now retracted, as they were allowed to leave with the militants on the buses provided according to the agreement, to spare NATO the embarrassment. FWM interviews the Syrian MP Fares Shehabi, an Aleppo resident himself. He calls the discoveries “SyriaGate”. Continue reading »
21st Century Wire says…
Reports coming out of the Russian Defense Ministry indicate that dozens of bodies dumped in mass graves in newly liberated eastern Aleppo have been discovered. Many of the victims were mutilated, missing body parts and summarily executed by gun shot to the head at close range.
Is this the type of “moderate” behavior that hawks such as John McCain and Lindsey Graham have been backing with arms and cash since the conflict in Syria began? Not only was there the grim discovery of the victims of the western backed “moderate” terrorists but there were large amounts of weapons and supplies found in their former strongholds including enough weapons to arm several squadrons of soldiers, rocket systems, tanks and missile launchers.
Mass graves with dozens of bodies of civilians subjected to brutal torture have been discovered in Aleppo neighborhoods left by militants, the Russian Defense Ministry said Monday. Continue reading »
For all his faults, Bashar Assad has always protected minority groups in Syria.
Hundreds of residents gathered at Al Azizieh Square in western Aleppo on Tuesday, to watch the Christmas tree lights being turned on, in an attempt to establish some sense of normality in a city that has been a focal point of the Syrian conflict.
H/t reader kevin a.
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While the United States has harped for over five years about the “humanitarian crisis” and manufactured Syrian government “crimes against humanity,” the recent hysteria over “civilians” trapped in East Aleppo has really taken the cake. Now, however, after hearing about how Assad has “barrel bombed,” “tortured,” “burned alive,” and otherwise maimed civilians in East Aleppo (who are themselves committing mass suicide to evade Syrian government forces according to mainstream outlets), the real reason for the increase in hysteria has finally come to light. Continue reading »
Readers who have been following the crisis in Aleppo have seen media reports of videos and photos allegedly originating from innocent children victims, pleading against the advance of the Assad forces. And while there have been various accusations that these clips, like the infamous “chemical attack” YouTube clip from 2013, were staged, such reports were promptly slammed by the mainstream media as “fake news” and roundly ignored. However, if one ever needed a reason to be skeptical of claims, photographs, and/or videos coming out of the region, and the MSM’s appeals to readers emotions based on fabricated facts, Egyptian authorities have just provided it.
Egyptian police arrested five people in Port Said, Egypt for making staged “wounded children” photos, which they were planning to use to misrepresent on social media as photos of destruction and injured people in Syria’s Aleppo, the Egyptian Interior Ministry said on Monday. The group also made fake videos that purport to show the wreckage of air strikes in Aleppo. Continue reading »
DAMASCUS – According to two reports coming out of Aleppo today, at least 14 US Coalition military officers were captured this morning in an East Aleppo bunker by Syrian Special Forces.
This story was quietly leaked by Voltaire.net, who announced, “The Security Council is sitting in private on Friday, December 16, 2016, at 17:00 GMT, while NATO officers were arrested this morning by the Syrian Special Forces in a bunker in East Aleppo.”
Fares Shehabi MP, a prominent Syrian Parliamentarian and head of Aleppo’s Chamber of Commerce published the names of the Coalition officers on his Facebook page on the 15th December (emphasis added):
Mutaz Kanoğlu – Turkey
David Scott Winer – USA
David Shlomo Aram – Israel
Muhamad Tamimi – Qatar
Muhamad Ahmad Assabian – Saudi
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— Walid (@walid970721) December 16, 2016
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Tweet by Fares Shehabi (Member of the Syrian parliament for Aleppo , Chairman of the Syrian Federation of Industry):
Remember him? To NATO media, he was a “rebel” also before he was the #1 terrorist in the world! When will they tell the truth about Aleppo? pic.twitter.com/aOaUuXM6wW
— Fares Shehabi (@ShehabiFares) December 16, 2016
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For months as terrorists backed by the United States, Turkey, and their Persian Gulf allies lost significant ground to the Syrian Arab Army in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, the battle was characterized by the Western media and Western politicians as a brutal assault on the city’s residents – the extinguishing of a 6-year-long uprising.
However, in reality, that was never the case. And this reality is something careful readers will note even if they read the latest from one of the most prominent sources of pro-terrorist propaganda, the Washington Post.
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The Syrian war is on the verge of the biggest shift in the balance of power since 2011, with the Assad regime – with support from Russian forces – having retaken Aleppo. And, as Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin notes, an arrangement has been reached for militants to leave the besieged areas of eastern Aleppo “within hours”, confirming earlier media reports that Assad is about to have full reign of the hotly contested city – a symbolic center of the anti-Assad insurgency.
Brian Gerrish and Mike Robinson are joined by Mark Anderson for today’s news, including:START: Mark Anderson attends the Global Warming: An Inconvenient Lie Conference10:00: The fake news agenda leads to legislation in the US23:50 Italian referendum result and comments on the Brexit supreme court hearing25:20 Europol and the EU’s Most Wanted campaign30:00 Another area of Aleppo falls to Syrian forces, remaining terrorists begin to negotiate31:37 Jens Stoltenberg kicks off the NATO foreign ministers meeting …35.25 … Boris Johnson lies about it37:00 Local Authority asset stripping of pensioners in full force48:00 Government releases lates National Infrastructure Pipeline
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H/t reader squodgy:
I watched a BBC interview with an anti Assad plant claiming the Assad Gov were killing ordinary folk in Syria and Russians were also murdering ordinary Syrian citizens.
It’s good we’re awake now and question everything we’re told.
Nothing is as it first appears.”
These images and videos will never see the light of day in the corporate media editing rooms because they expose their almost six year narrative on Syria as one of the most criminal propaganda projects ever deployed against a sovereign nation,its people, its state and its national army.
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The battle for one of the most contested Syrian cities in the nation’s long-running civil war, Aleppo, is approaching its climax. According to Reuters, the Syrian army and its allies announced the capture of a large swath of eastern Aleppo from rebels on Monday – by some estimates as much as 40% of the militant held part – in an accelerating attack that threatens to crush the opposition in its most important urban stronghold.
In a major breakthrough in the government’s push to retake the whole city, regime forces captured six rebel-held districts of eastern Aleppo over the weekend, including Masaken Hanano, the biggest of those. On Sunday, the 13th day of the operation, they also took control of the adjacent neighborhoods of Jabal Badra and Baadeeen and captured three others. Continue reading »
Having travelled for the past three weeks from its base in Severomorsk, the Russian naval group in the Mediterranean, headed by the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, dubbed by Reuters the “Largest Naval Force Since The Cold War” has arrived in Syria, and as RT reports, is preparing an offensive against militants on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria, according to reports citing a source in the Defense Ministry.
The strikes will be launched “in the nearest hours” and will target the distant outskirts of Aleppo, the source said, adding that there are no civilian-populated areas nearby. Continue reading »
Why do we hear only of the “humanitarian crisis in Aleppo” and not of the humanitarian crisis everywhere else in Syria where the evil that rules in Washington has unleashed its ISIL mercenaries to slaughter the Syrian people? Why do we not hear about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen where the US and its Saudi Arabian vassal are slaughtering Yemeni women and children? Why don’t we hear about the humanitarian crisis in Libya where Washington destroyed a country leaving chaos in its place? Why don’t we hear about the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, ongoing now for 13 years, or the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan now 15 years old?
The answer is that the crisis in Aleppo is the crisis of Washington losing its ISIL mercenaries to the Syrian army and Russian air force. The jihadists sent by Obama and the killer bitch Hillary (“We came, we saw, he died”) to destroy Syria are being themselves destroyed. The Obama regime and the Western presstitutes are trying to save the jihadists by covering them in the blanket of “humanitarian crisis.” Continue reading »
While relations between the Kremlin and Oval Office have never been worse in the post-cold war era, a new conflict has been reignited between Vladimir Putin and the man many have accused of being the mastermind behind the European refugee crisis: billionaire George Soros, who is also one of the more prominent supporters of Hillary Clinton.
After Russia previously banned the operation of Soros’ Open Society Foundation in Russia last November saying it was a “threat to the foundations of Russia’s Constitutional order and national security“, Soros took the opportunity to respond by writing a rare post on his website, in which he condemned Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria, accusing President Putin of exploiting the chaos and power void in the White House ahead of the upcoming U.S. presidential elections. Relying on an analysis by the NYT, Soros suggested that “Putin calculates that the departing President Obama will be unlikely to intervene in the escalating Syrian conflict and a new American president who might consider a tougher policy will not yet be in office…The next American president will face a new reality and will be forced to accept it.” Continue reading »
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H/t reader squodgy:
“Here we go again, staged actors…. we just can’t believe anything anymore can we?”
A boy, seemingly wounded, sits quietly in a brand new, very well equipped ambulance. At a point he touches what looks like a wound on his left temple. He shows no reaction to that touch.
The two minute video (also here), from which the pic is taken, shows the boy being handed from the dark above to some person in a rescue jacket and carried into the ambulance. There he sits quietly, unattended, while several people take videos and pictures of him. One other kids, not obviously wounded, is then carried to the ambulance.
Harrowing images of an ash-covered boy who survived an air strike in Syria has quickly spread across the internet, shocking and disturbing social media users.
This boy Pulled from under the rubble (hush-hush; after a Russian airstrike) on Qaterji district in Aleppo todaypic.twitter.com/cl6DOoNQ6J
— Mannfred Nyttingnes (@MannfredNikolai) August 17, 2016
While there are many horrifying images from Syria, this, like the image of drowned Syrian refugee Aylan Kurdi, managed to capture the world’s attention. Continue reading »
The skies above the Syrian city of Aleppo filled with smoke earlier this week as children burned tires to create a makeshift no-fly zone in a last-ditch effort to protect their homes. This heartbreaking act of desperation directly followed recent air raids, which killed at least 42 civilians and left dozens more wounded. Syrian and Russian government forces have been pummeling what was once known as “the jewel of Syria” with heavy fire for more than 80 consecutive days.
In that time span alone, at least two hospitals have been hit, and more than 6,000 people have been killed or injured — mostly civilians. Although rebels have been fighting back, the combined power and resources of the Syrian and Russian governments are thus far impossible for the rebels to match. Meanwhile, U.S.-backed rebels fighting against Assad in Syria recently beheaded a young boy on camera and have been suspected of a recent chlorine gas attack that killed five civilians, among other atrocities. Continue reading »
According to a Kurdish source, French forces stationed in northern Syria have begun constructing a military base near the city of Kobani in Aleppo province.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – French forces stationed in northern Syria have begun constructing a military base near the city of Kobani in Aleppo province, a Kurdish source told Sputnik on Friday.”The French have begun constructing a military base similar to the US military bases… French experts and military advisers working in the region will be stationed there,” the source said.
According to the source, French, UK and US experts are stationed in the city of Manbij in the same province to consult the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces militias.
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Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Russia will provide “the most active” air support for Syrian ground troops in and around the city of Aleppo to prevent terrorists from seizing it.
“We will decide on how our air forces should act, depending on the situation,” Lavrov said in a media conference following talks with his Finnish counterpart. “This will not be a surprise for the Americans.”
Al-Nusra Front, an al Qaeda offshoot in Syria, went on an offensive in Aleppo last week. The Russian military blamed the US for stalling Russian airstrikes against the terrorist group’s forces in the region. The US said moderate rebel groups mingled with the terrorists in some areas and that Russia should use caution and not strike those groups by mistake. Continue reading »
The Iranian Army’s elite 65th Airborne Brigade (NOHED) reportedly arrived to the southern Aleppo town of Al-Hadher on Tuesday after the recent announcement of their deployment to Syria in order to advise the Syrian Armed Forces.
The official page of the pro-government militia “Liwaa Al-Baqir” was the first to report their arrival; however, there has been no official confirmation from the Iranian Ministry of Defense. Continue reading »
What could possibly go wrong?
Update: At least two sources confirm that Turkey also fired on the Syrian army on Saturday, an exceptionally provocative move.
Update: Washington has now weighed in and is asking the Turks to please stop shelling the soldiers the Pentagon is arming.
#BREAKING US urges Turkey to halt artillery fire on Kurd, regime forces in Syria
— AFP news agency (@AFP) February 13, 2016
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Even as all sides – including the US, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and select rebel groups – pretend to be working towards a ceasefire and a diplomatic solution to the five year conflict in Syria, actions speak louder than words, and to put it as succinctly as possible, everyone is still fighting.
In fact, the fighting is more intense than ever. Russia and Hezbollah are closing in on Aleppo, the country’s largest city and a key urban center where rebels are dug in for what amounts to a last stand. If the city is liberated by the government (and yes, “liberated” is more accurate than “falls” because occupied territory belongs to the Syrian government, not to Sunni extremists), Assad will have regained control of the country’s backbone in the west. Continue reading »
Now that the Syrian army, with help from Russia, is taking back Syria, “Syrian refugees” are fleeing to Europe?
– Turkey fears new influx of up to 600,000 Syrian refugees (The Times of Israel):
Ankara says current objective is to keep wave of people on other side of its borders, provide needed aid there
NKARA, Turkey — The Turkish government fears that fierce fighting in Syria’s Aleppo province will spark the arrival of up to 600,000 refugees at its border in a “worst case scenario”, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said Monday.
“The worst-case scenario that could happen in this region in the short term would be a new influx of 600,000 refugees at the Turkish frontier,” Kurtulmus told journalists following a cabinet meeting.The clashes in the north of Aleppo province — sparked by a week-long government assault with Russian air support — have displaced tens of thousands of people.
Back in May, ISIS seized the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, a UNESCO world heritage site.
The world immediately began to panic at the prospect of the city’s destruction at the hands of Islamic State. Since then, there have been various reports which indicate ISIS has in fact decimated a few treasures of antiquity and indeed, some of that destruction reportedly involved tying prisoners to ancient columns and then subsequently blowing them up (that “intelligence” comes from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights so one should take it with a grain of salt).
(an image purporting to show the destruction of ancient ruins)
Palmyra is but one key city the Assad regime and its Russian and Iranian allies are attempting to retake. Others include Aleppo, where Hezbollah and IRGC forces are fighting under cover of Moscow’s warplanes to wrest control from a hodgepodge of rebels and militants. Continue reading »