Feb 27

- The Stage Is Set For The Syrian Invasion (ZeroHedge, Feb 26, 2015):

One week ago, when reporting on the latest bizarre plan presented by the Pentagon, namely providing Syrian rebels (but only the moderate ones, not the jihadists like al Nusra, or, well, ISIS) with B-1B Bomber air support in their attacks on ISIS, when we wrote that this “means in the coming weeks and months look forward to a surge in false flag “attacks” blamed on the Assad regime, aiming to give Obama validation to expand the “War against ISIS” to include Syria’s regime as well.”

We didn’t have long to wait: in an entirely unsourced Time article written today by Aryn Baker, the Middle East Bureau Chief, the stage for the second attempt at invading Assad regime is finally set. Continue reading »

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Feb 23

- ‘Flagrant aggression:’ Damascus livid after Turkey’s incursion onto Syrian soil (RT, Feb 22, 2015):

The Syrian government has said a Turkish incursion into the north of the country was an act of “flagrant aggression.” Damascus said it would hold Ankara responsible after they went into Syria to evacuate personnel and relics from a holy tomb.

Syria said the Turkish government had informed the Syrian consulate in Istanbul about its plans regarding the tomb of Suleyman Shah in northern Syria. Shah was the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire.

However, Turkey didn’t wait for permission from Damascus and mounted a rescue operation to the tomb, to salvage its relics and evacuate 40 Turkish soldiers who had been guarding it. Continue reading »

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Feb 21

- Since 9/11, The U.S. Has Been Involved In More Than 5 Wars … And They’ve All Been Disasters (Washington’s Blog, Feb 20, 2015):

Why Does America Keep “Losing” Its Wars?

Below, we demonstrate that the U.S. keeps “losing” war after war.

There are 3 potential reasons this might be happening: Continue reading »

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Feb 19

Flashback:

- Interview With US General Wesley Clark (Ret.): US Government Planned To ‘Take Out 7 Countries In 5 Years': ‘Starting With Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan And Finishing Off Iran’ (Video)

- U.S. 4 Star General Wesley Clark, Oct 3, 2007: ‘We’re Gonna Attack And Destroy The Governments In 7 Countries In 5 Years’ … ‘Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan And Iran’ (Video):

Wesley Clark , Oct 3 2007 at the commonwealth club of California.


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- General Wesley Clark: “ISIS Got Started Through Funding From Our Friends & Allies” (ZeroHedge, Feb 18, 2015):

Not that it was really a conspiracy ‘theory’ but with General Wesley Clark (ret.) now openly admitting “ISIS got started through funding from our friends and allies… to fight to the death against Hezbollah” it appears the ‘angel investors’ cat is out of the bag. Adding that “they recruited the zealots and religious fundamentalists” Clark says ‘we’ create “Frankenstein.” He is careful not to name names, but we ask (rhetorically of course), which of our (oil-bearing) allies has the biggest bone to pick with Hezbollah (apart from Israel of course)?

Clark on creating Frankenstein…

Which explains, as MiddleEastEye notes, the questions about ISIS’ rapid geopolitical expansion despite lack of enthusiasm for its cause among ordinary people…

…a puzzling matter exists. While al-Qaeda during its most violent phases won the support of many people in the region, IS is hardly popular. Even the support of Salafist jihadists here and there is diminishing. Continue reading »

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Feb 18

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- Obama To Allow “Moderate” Syrian Rebels Call In B-1B Bombers For Air Support (ZeroHedge, Feb 17, 2015):

While Obama desperately tries to stick to his now crushed “Nobel peace prize winner” image, by not succumbing to an all-out land war in the one nation where his progressive “pacifism” brought him fame (and according to some, the presidency), namely Iraq, the rest of militant, “interventionist” US foreign policy is rapidly starting to resemble that waged by the most brutally rabid, neo-con Republican leader. Case in point an absolute stunner reported minutes ago by the WSJ, according to which the White House has decided to provide pickup trucks equipped with mounted machine guns and radios for calling in U.S. airstrikes to some moderate Syrian rebels aided by American B-1B bombers!

Continue reading »

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Feb 11

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Obama May Attack ISIS In Any Country He Chooses, Deploy Ground Troops On A Whim, Delay Afghanistan Pull Out (ZeroHedge, Feb 11, 2015):

 

The Nobel peace prize-winning president has been busy today: not only did he already petition Congress earlier to declare war on the Islamic State, a non-country which technically doesn’t exist, but now he plans to expands his “war powers” to any other place in the world. From Reuters:

  • MILITARY AUTHORIZATION BILL WOULD PRESERVE PRESIDENT’S ABILITY TO ORDER OPERATIONS AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE IN COUNTRIES OTHER THAN IRAQ, SYRIA – WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN
  • WHITE HOUSE SAYS COMBAT BOOTS ON THE GROUND MAY BE USED FOR HOSTAGE RESCUE OPERATIONS
  • OBAMA NOT RULING OUT DEPLOYING COMBAT TROOPS ON GROUND TO ASSIST AIR STRIKES AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE, IF PENTAGON RECOMMENDS IT -WHITE HOUSE

And not only that: also according to Reuters, Obama is considering a request from Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to slow the pace of the withdrawal of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, a senior administration official said on Wednesday. Continue reading »

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Feb 11

- Full Circle: Obama Asks Congress For Troop Deployment In Iraq, War Authorization On Islamic State (ZeroHedge, Feb 11, 2015):

Update:

  • OBAMA ASKS CONGRESS TO AUTHORIZE WAR AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE: AP
  • OBAMA SAYS REQUEST WON’T AUTHORIZE LONG WAR LIKE IRAQ: AP

And so it begins, and this time it will be different, because Obama’s wars are… shorter.

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Several years ago, Obama impressed a handful of crusty, old people in Norway who believed the recent Illinois senator’s vision of a world without war, validated by his eagerness to end the war in Iraq and withdraw US troops to their native country. He got an award for it.

Obama_Nobel_Peace_Prize Continue reading »

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Feb 07

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- US-led coalition launches 26 air strikes against Isis in Syria and Iraq (The Guardian, Feb 7, 2015):

As US and allies continue attacks and Jordan launches its own air strikes against militants, family of American aid worker holds out hope that she is still alive

US-led forces have launched 15 air strikes against Islamic State (Isis) militants in Iraq and 11 in Syria since Friday, the US military said on Saturday, adding that nine targets in Syria centered around the border city of Kobani that was recaptured from the militants last month.

On Friday, supporters of Isis claimed that an American aid worker held hostage by the militant group had been killed in a Jordanian air strike intended to avenge the burning to death of a captured Jordanian pilot. Continue reading »

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Feb 06

Related info:

- Israel And Turkey Are Directly Supporting ISIS And Al-Qaeda Terrorists In Syria

- Israel Acts As ISIS’ Air Force … Repeatedly Bombs Syria

- US-Led Jets Bomb Grain Silos In Syria, ‘Civilians Killed’


A Royal Jordanian Air Force plane takes off from an air base to strike the Islamic state in the Syrian city of Raqqa February 5, 2015

- ‘Just the beginning’: Jordan sends dozens of fighter jets to strike ISIS in Syria (RT, Feb 6, 2015):

Jordan has promised to strike the Islamic State with “everything we have,” sending dozens of fighter jets to target the militant group’s positions in retaliation to the brutal murder of a captured Jordanian pilot.

“This is just a beginning…tens of…fighter jets have struck their hideouts,” the country’s army said in a statement.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh on Thursday told CNN that his country was “upping the ante” and going after the Islamic State (formerly ISIS / ISIL) militants “with everything that we have.”

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Feb 05

- 9/11 Conspirator Admits Saudi Royal Family Funded Al-Qaeda Attacks (ZeroHedge, Feb 4, 2015):

“Keep your friends close and your enemies closer,” appears to be the ‘do-nothing-stupid’ strategy that Washington continues to play in The Middle East. How else to explain the continuing ‘close-ally’ relationship with Saudi Arabia given that, as Reuters reports, Zacarias Moussaoui – a former al Qaeda operative imprisoned for life for his role in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks – has told lawyers for victims of the attacks that members of the Saudi royal family supported the Islamic militant group. Saudi officials were quick to denounce these statements as those of “a deranged criminal whose own lawyers presented evidence that he was mentally incompetent,” as he included some “extremely famous” Saudi officials as ‘donors’ during Osama bin Laden’s tenure. Continue reading »

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Feb 04

- Another Conspiracy Theory Becomes Fact: The Entire Oil Collapse Is All About Crushing Russian Control Over Syria (ZeroHedge, Feb 4, 2015):

While the markets are still debating whether the price of oil is more impacted by the excess pumping of crude here, or the lack of demand there, or if it is all just a mechanical squeeze by momentum-chasing HFT algos who also know to buy in the milliseconds before 2:30pm, we bring readers’ attention back to what several months ago was debunked as a deep conspiracy theory.

Back then we wrote about a certain visit by John Kerry to Saudi Arabia, on September 11 of all days, to negotiate a secret deal with the now late King Abdullah so as to get a “green light” in order “to launch its airstrikes against ISIS, or rather, parts of Iraq and Syria. And, not surprising, it is once again Assad whose fate was the bargaining chip to get the Saudis on the US’ side, because in order to launch the incursion into Syrian sovereign territory, it “took months of behind-the-scenes work by the U.S. and Arab leaders, who agreed on the need to cooperate against Islamic State, but not how or when. The process gave the Saudis leverage to extract a fresh U.S. commitment to beef up training for rebels fighting Mr. Assad, whose demise the Saudis still see as a top priority.

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We concluded: Continue reading »

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Jan 29

H/t reader squodgy:

“57 F-35’s allocated to conflict with Russia & China………DOH!!!!!

Why allocate a totally unproved & potentially incapable airplane, already questioned by Military authority, and a ridiculously expensive asset, to an arena of military superiority?”

Related info:

- The Latest Russian Fighter Jet Blows America’s F-35 Away

- AND NOW: Computer Glitch Prevents US’ Most Advanced F-35 Fighter Jet From Firing Until 2019

- $400 Billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Jet ‘10 Years Behind’ Older Jets


- US Military Budget Increase directed against Russia, China and the Middle East (Global Research, Jan 28, 2015):

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

A substantial share of the increase in the US military budget that President Barack Obama has asked for will ultimately be directed against Russia, a political commentator says.

To listen to the audio interview with Michel Chossudovsky, click here

“I should mention that the F35, the submarines, the ships and so on are ultimately directed against China and Russia,” Michel Chossudovsky, the founder and director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG) told Press TV on Wednesday.

According to a report circulated by the media, the US Defense Department was set to increase its military budget by eight percent.

Some 57 next-generation F-35 fighters, nine new ships and submarines, and construction of new long-range Air Force tankers are among the items included in the budget.

Continue reading »

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Jan 28

“Ready!!!”

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- McCain: Get Ready for U.S. Troops on the Ground in Iraq and Syria (Yahoo Finance/The Fiscal Times, Jan 27, 2015):

“In the Middle East, we have got to have boots on the ground,” McCain said over the weekend. “We have got to have training capability. We can’t train young people in Syria and send them back into Syria to be barrel-bombed by Bashar Assad. That is also immoral.”

ISIS is an operation run by the CIA and the Mossad …

McCain and his buddy, ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi:

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McCain-ISIS Continue reading »

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Jan 19

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- Islamic State Has Tripled Its Territory In Syria Since U.S. Started Airstrikes (Washington’s Blog, Jan 18, 2015):

The following Wall Street Journal graphic shows that ISIS has more than tripled the amount of territory it holds in Syria since the U.S. started bombing:

Islamic State Has Tripled Its Territory In Syria Since U.S. Started Airstrikes

Heck of a job Continue reading »

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Jan 17

Related info:

- Not Again! US Trained Syrian “Moderates” Surrender To Jihadists – Hand Over Heavy Weapons

- CIA-Armed And Trained Syrian Rebels ‘On Way To Battlefield’

- AND NOW: Syrian Rebels Receive First Shipment Of U.S. MISSILES

- ‘Military Intervention In Syria’, US Training ‘Rebels’ Since 2011 And The Complete Grand Plan – The March 2012 Leak

- U.S. Special Forces Have Been Secretly Training Syrian Al-Qaeda Terrorists Since Late last Year (Los Angeles Times)

- Americans Are Training Syria Rebels In Jordan: Spiegel

- U.S. Special Forces Train Syrian Rebels In Jordan (Le Figaro)


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- Pentagon to deploy 400-plus troops to train and equip Syrian opposition (RT, Jan 16, 2015):

The US military has announced it will send about 400 specialists and hundreds more “enabling forces” to train the rebel Syrian opposition as Washington takes its fight against the Assad government and Islamic State to a new level.

The Pentagon mission, expected to begin as early as March, envisions US specialists training Syrian opposition forces from military bases in Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar, Cmdr. Elissa Smith, a Defense Department spokeswoman, was quoted by the Army Times as saying.

In addition to the 400 military specialists, so-called “enabling forces,” which are to serve as a security detail, will also accompany the trainers, Smith said. Continue reading »

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Jan 09

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- Yet More Snow for Turkey, Jerusalem This Weekend:

Snow totals for western and central parts of Turkey and down to the city of Jerusalem

- Greek islands buried under 6½ ft (2 m) of snow – Video:

At least 8 villages isolated – Normally sun-drenched islanders lose power and water

- Up to 5 feet (1½ m) of snow to hit western New York:

SNOWFALL RATES…OVER 3 INCHES PER HOUR AT TIMES.

- Romania – Coldest morning in 50 years:

It feels like a Siberian winter in Romania.

- Winter storm bringing misery to millions of refugees: Continue reading »

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Dec 22

- How the CIA Launched the «Financial Pearl Harbor» Attacks on Russia and Venezuela (Strategic Culture Foundation, Dec 20, 2014):

Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan’s long familiarity with Saudi Arabia, owing to the time he spent there as the CIA station chief in Riyadh in the 1990s and his knowledge of Saudi oil operations, has paid off. Petroleum industry insiders claim that Brennan’s agents inside Saudi Aramco convinced the firm’s management and the Saudi Oil Ministry to begin fracking operations in order to stimulate production in Saudi Arabia’s oldest oil fields. The Saudis, who are not known for their hands-on knowledge of their nation’s own oil industry, agreed to what became an oil pricing catastrophe which would not only affect Saudi Arabia but oil producing nations around the world from Russia and Venezuela to Nigeria and Indonesia.

By pumping high-pressure salt water into older wells, some at a depth of three to six thousand feet, an inordinate amount of pressure was built up. The CIA’s oil industry implants knew what would occur when the fracking operations began. Due to the dangerously high water pressure, the Saudis were forced continuously pump oil until the pressure became equalized. That process is continuing. If the Saudis ceased pumping oil, they would permanently lose the wells to salt water contamination. In the current “pump it or lose it” situation, the Saudis are forced to pump at a rate that may take up to five years before they can slow down production rates to pre-glut levels. Continue reading »

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Dec 16

- It’s Not Just Russia: Middle East In Freefall, Biggest Plunge In 6 Years (ZeroHedge, Dec 16, 2014):

Dubai’s Financial Market General Index is now down 40% since the peak in oil prices in June this year. For now, only Qatar is clinging to gains year-to-date as the rest of the Middle Eastern equity markets give up 30-60% gains from mid-year and tumble to negative. Dubai and Abu Dhabi alone are down over 8% since Friday. Saudi Arabia is down 7.3% today – the biggest drop in 6 years.

Saudi Arabia’s worst day in 6 years

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Dec 10

- Defeat is Victory (Club Orlov, Dec 9, 2014):

On the wall of George Orwell’s Ministry of Truth from his novel 1984 there were three slogans:

WAR IS PEACE

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

It occurred to me that these apply just a little bit too well to the way the Washington, DC establishment operates.

War certainly is peace: just look at how peaceful Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya, Syria and the Ukraine have become thanks to their peacemaking efforts. The only departures from absolute peacefulness which might be taking place there have to do with the fact that there are some people still alive there. This should resolve itself on its own, especially in the Ukraine, where the people now face the prospect of surviving a cold winter without heat or electricity.

Freedom is indeed slavery: to enjoy their “freedom,” Americans spend most of their lives working off debt, be it a mortgage, medical debt incurred due to an illness, or student loans. Alternatively, they can also enjoy it by rotting in jail. They also work longer hours with less time off and worse benefits than in any other developed country, and their wages haven’t increased in two generations.

And what keeps it all happening is the fact that ignorance is indeed strength; if it wasn’t for the Americans’ overwhelming, willful ignorance of both their own affairs and the world at large, they would have rebelled by now, and the whole house of cards would have come tumbling down.

But there is a fourth slogan they need to add to the wall of Washington’s Ministry of Truth.

It is this: Continue reading »

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Dec 08

More info on ISIS/ISIL down below.


- Mossad training ISIL terrorists: Putin aide (PressTV, Dec 7, 2014):

A senior aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Israel’s spy agency, Mossad, of training ISIL terrorists operating in Iraq and Syria, Press TV reports.

Alexander Prokhanov told Press TV that Mossad is also likely to have transferred some of its spying experiences to the ISIL leadership, adding that Israel’s military advisors could be assisting the Takfiri terrorists.

Prokhanov said ISIL is a byproduct of US policies in the Middle East.

“ISIL is a tool at the hands of the United States. They tell the Europeans that if we (the Americans) do not intervene, ISIL will cause you harm,” he said, adding that Iran and Russia are the prime targets of the ISIL. Continue reading »

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