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Aug 07 05:51

Israel bombs Arab Syrian Army

During the night of 23-24 June, Israel carried out air strikes against the Syrian Arab Army.

The Israeli bombers approached the occupied Syrian Golan Heights to hit Soueida and flew over Jordan to reach Deir Ez-zor, the largest city in eastern Syria.

For the past three years, Israel has only bombed Iranian-related targets inside Syrian territory, but never the Syrian Arab Army itself.

Aug 06 07:37

Little-known U.S. firm secures deal for Syrian oil

An American company has inked a contract with Kurdish authorities in northeastern Syria to develop and export the region’s crude oil under a secretive deal approved by the U.S. government months after President Donald Trump announced he was leaving U.S. troops to “secure the oil,” multiple people familiar with the project told POLITICO.

The agreement reached by a little-known firm helmed by politically connected former military and diplomatic officials has already angered the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, which does not recognize the Kurdish authorities as autonomous. The Syrian Foreign Minister called the deal illegal and said it is aimed at “stealing” Syria’s crude.

Aug 04 04:18

Syrian Air Force jets destroy major militant weapons cache in northern Idlib

Syrian Air Force fighter jets have reportedly targeted and completely destroyed a major cache containing various types of munitions belonging to foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists during an operation in the country's northwestern province of Idlib.

The Arabic service of Russia’s Sputnik news agency, citing local sources, reported that the military aircraft struck the arms depot of Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) terrorist group on the outskirts of Binnish city, located just north of Idlib city, on Monday.

The report added that the airstrikes resulted in successive explosions, and totally ruined the weapons warehouse.

Aug 04 04:10

Israel strikes Syrian military targets near Damascus, IDF calls it ‘response’ to failed border attack

Israeli jets bombed several Syrian military sites south of Damascus late on Monday, the IDF has confirmed, saying that the attack had been launched in response to the attempted planting of a bomb in the Golan Heights.
The airstrike took place in the countryside southwest of Damascus, SANA news agency reported, describing explosions being heard in the city.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) then said in a statement the attack was a response to an attempted provocation on the Syrian-Israeli border, targeting a fence in the occupied Golan Heights.

The IDF said the strike targeted Syrian army’s observation posts, intelligence-gathering equipment, anti-aircraft cannons and command-and-control infrastructure.

Aug 04 04:07

Syrian Air Defenses Intercept ‘Hostile' Targets Over Damascus, IDF Confirms Multiple Strikes

Syrian air defenses intercepted "hostile" targets late Monday over the capital city of Damascus following airstrikes by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), according to state media reports from the Syrian Arab News Agency.

According to the IDF, the strikes were in response to an attempted attack along Israel's border with Syria. The IDF targeted Syrian army observation posts, intelligence-gathering equipment, anti-aircraft cannons and command-and-control infrastructure.

Aug 03 07:54

Israel Thwarts 'Terrorist' Attempt to Place Explosives on Syria-Israeli Border, IDF Says

The Israeli Defence Forces noted that it "considers [the] Syrian regime responsible for any action taken in its territory", adding that "it will not allow" any violation of the sovereignty of the state of Israel.

The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) announced it had thwarted an attempt by "four terrorists" to place explosives on the border between Israel and Syria, noting that troops successfully attacked the "terrorists" without any casualties to the IDF.

"Recently, an IDF force thwarted an attempt to place explosives on the Syrian border. A special force that ambushed the southern Golan Heights, near a military post, identified a squad of several terrorists placing explosives near the border fence. Simultaneous firing on the squad that numbered four terrorists hit them. No casualties to our forces", the IDF said in a statement.

Aug 02 14:22

TURKEY’S ERDOGAN – FROM HAGIA SOPHIA TO THE SHORES OF TRIPOLI AND BEYOND

In recent weeks the Erdogan government has made aggressive moves on multiple fronts that have led many to question their overall aims. In Libya Turkey’s Erdogan has boldly made moves to give arms, soldiers and other support to the embattled Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli of Fayez Mustafa al-Sarraj.

Jul 31 07:46

Syrian army forces find human organs intended for trafficking inside ex-militant redoubt

Syrian military forces have discovered a large number of human body organs persevered in chloroform and intended for trafficking while conducting clean-up operations in the country’s northwestern province of Idlib.

A local source, requesting anonymity, told Syria’s official news agency SANA that a doctor affiliated to foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants had transformed a house in the village of al-Ghadfa into a medical laboratory, where many packages of human organs, including eyes, hearts, lungs, livers and kidneys, were being kept in chloroform solution.

The report added that the packages were marked with male and female names, while there were records inside the house containing the names of people with descriptions of their general health conditions.

Jul 28 06:33

More Explosive Leaks From OPCW Show Trump Bombed Syria On False Grounds

As the ongoing increased sanctions regimen on Syria demonstrates, Washington's pursuit of regime change against Assad is not over, despite Damascus clearly having won the war, and with the US having wisely ditched talk of some kind of overt major Iraq-style military intervention (as was the case under Obama in August 2013).

While mainstream media has largely "moved on" from coverage of Syria (so much for feigned humanitarian "concern" for millions of Syrians suffering under severe American-led sanctions!), some analysts like independent journalist Aaron Maté have been detailing damning leaks from the chemical weapons watchdog Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

"A series of leaked documents from the OPCW raise the possibility that the Trump administration bombed Syria on false grounds and pressured officials at the world’s top chemical weapons watchdog to cover it up," Maté's latest report in The Nation begins.

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Color me unsurprised at these revelations; President Trump has been a profound disappointment to me, both domestically, and internationally.

And yet I look at the possibility of a Biden presidency with just as much sang foid as I do for Trump getting another 4 years in office and have to ask; why are our choices for President of this country so horrendously awful, no matter for whom we vote?!?

And no matter who wins, the war party always wins the in US, period, end of discussion.

Jul 28 06:15

Watch: Israel Reinforces Troops Near Golan Heights Fearing Hezbollah Retaliation To Strikes On Syria

Submitted by South Front,

The Middle East is rapidly moving towards a new round of confrontation between the US-Israeli bloc and Iranian-led Shiite forces...

On July 26, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) deployed M109 Doher howitzers near the separation line with Lebanon. The deployment of howitzers became the latest in a series of broad measures employed by the IDF near Lebanon recently. Earlier, the 13th “Gideon” Infantry Battalion of the IDF’s elite 1st “Golani” Brigade reinforced troops near the border. The number Israeli Hermes 450 drone reconnaissance flights also significantly increased over southern Lebanon. Additional IDF units were also deployed in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights. On top of this, the IDF announced that it will hold the Lebanese government responsible “for all actions emanating from Lebanon”.

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With the election-year turmoil here in the US, coupled with the broader issues of Covid 19 and riots in major metropolitan areas of the US, Netanyahu feels he can "get away with" major provocations in Syria and Lebanon, and that President Trump will do utterly nothing to stop him; the world is in for a profoundly dangerous set of moments which may well not resolve themselves until far after the US elections in November.

Jul 27 09:28

Did Trump Bomb Syria on False Grounds?

Yet there were early grounds for skepticism. The Syrian government was on the verge of retaking the last Douma holdouts of Jaysh-al-Islam, a Saudi-backed militia that was relentlessly shelling the Syrian capital. To suddenly deploy chemical weapons would mean that Syrian forces knowingly crossed the “red line” that would trigger US military intervention. Subsequent reporting from British journalists Robert Fisk of The Independent, BBC producer Riam Dalati, and James Harkin’s investigation for The Intercept found evidence that the civilians filmed in the hospital were not exposed to toxic gas.

Jul 27 08:07

Lebanese Hezbollah fighters carry out op against Israel in response to Syria aggression

Israeli military says it has ordered residents along Lebanese border to remain indoors after explosions and exchange of fire were reported between Israeli soldiers and Lebanese forces along Lebanon’s southern border.

The Israeli army is also closing major roads and has asked residents to avoid unnecessary trips, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in Jerusalem al-Quds that the Tel Aviv regime is “in the midst of a complicated event.”

Jul 27 07:24

Militants Continue Shelling Settlements in Syria's North, Russian Military Says

The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham* terrorist group shelled settlements in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo and Idlib, the head of the Russian centre for Syrian reconciliation, Alexander Shcherbitsky, said at a daily briefing on Sunday.

"We have registered one shelling of the Tell Mardikh settlement, one shelling of the Ikko settlement in the Latakia province, and one shelling of the Arbikh settlement, one shelling of the Bsakla settlement, one shelling of the Melajja settlement and one shelling of the Khan Tuman in the Idlib province — coming from positions of the Nusra* terrorists", Shcherbitsky said.
As per the 2019 Russian-Turkish memorandum, forces of the two countries have conducted joint patrolling in the Hasakah province.

Jul 27 05:20

Militants Continue Shelling Settlements in Syria's North, Russian Military Says

The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham* terrorist group shelled settlements in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo and Idlib, the head of the Russian centre for Syrian reconciliation, Alexander Shcherbitsky, said at a daily briefing on Sunday.

"We have registered one shelling of the Tell Mardikh settlement, one shelling of the Ikko settlement in the Latakia province, and one shelling of the Arbikh settlement, one shelling of the Bsakla settlement, one shelling of the Melajja settlement and one shelling of the Khan Tuman in the Idlib province — coming from positions of the Nusra* terrorists", Shcherbitsky said.
As per the 2019 Russian-Turkish memorandum, forces of the two countries have conducted joint patrolling in the Hasakah province.

Jul 24 03:56

Turkey Will Send More Troops To Libya If Egyptian Forces Breach Border

The Turkey-based Zaman newspaper quoted informed sources in the Turkish government as saying that a military and diplomatic plan has been prepared to deal with the Egyptian parliament’s decision to send troops to Libya.

According to their sources, the Turkish newspaper said that Ankara “is closely watching the consequences of the Egyptian parliament’s decision.”

Their sources stressed that if “Egypt sends military forces to Libya, Turkey has a plan to increase its forces and military equipment in Libya to stand up to the Egyptian forces.”

Jul 23 04:24

Erdogan: Turkish Invasion of Syria Will End When ‘People Are Free’

Islamist Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reverted to a years-old explanation for his military’s invasion of Syria on Tuesday, insisting that Turkish forces will be in the country “until the people are free.”

Throughout the past four years of Turkish military activity in Syria, Erdogan has gone back and forth between claiming that Turkish troops are in the country to fight terrorism and asserting that they are there to overthrow dictator Bashar al-Assad. Erdogan has also repeatedly called Assad a “terrorist,” making unclear if his insistence on fighting terrorism is limited to opposition to groups like the U.S.-allied Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG/YPJ), which Turkey considers a terrorist organization, or to the complete overthrow of the current Syrian government.

Jul 21 12:05

ISRAEL RESPONDS WITH FORCE TO IRANIAN PLANS TO DEPLOY AIR DEFENSE SYSTEMS IN SYRIA

Late on July 20, the Israeli Air Force carried out a new wave of airstrikes on the southern countryside of the Syrian capital of Damascus. According to Syria’s state-run news agency SANA, Israeli warplanes launched missiles from the airspace over the Golan Heights at 21.48 local time. It claimed that a large portion of the missiles were shot down by the Syrian Air Defense Forces, but several hit their targets. At least 7 Syrian personnel were reportedly injured in the attack.

A day earlier, on July 19, Israeli warplanes and reconnaissance drones conducted extensive flights in Lebanese airspace, near the Syrian border. Apparently, these flights were conducted in the framework of the preparations for the July 20 attack.

Jul 21 06:37

Israeli Missiles Hit Several Sites in Damascus, Wounding Seven

At least six missiles were reported to have hit targets in the southern part of Syria’s capital city of Damascus, according to state media. The strikes targeted Shi’ite militia facilities, wounding at least seven people.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that the strikes targeted “pro-Iranian” sites, as is generally the case when Israel attacks Syria. Unlike most cases, Syria did not appear to claim substantial interceptions.

Though Israeli officials rarely comment on specific strikes, they have presented attacks on Iranian targets in Syria as trying to chase Iran out of the country. In attacking Iran, Israel avoids this being specifically about them attacking Syria.

In recent weeks, reports are that Israel’s attacks on Iran are being done specifically to try to start a war before the November US election. The expectation is that Iran will eventually retaliate and that this will be a pretext to further escalate the situation into open warfare.

Jul 21 06:18

Drone Wars Open New Phase Of Conflict In Syria

Early on July 20, positions of the Syrian Army came under shelling by militants in the villages of Furu, Bahsa and Beit Hassno in the southern part of the Idlib de-escalation zone. In response, government forces struck positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sam near Kansafra and surrounding areas.

Local tensions increased just a few days after a key infrastructure object of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in Idlib became the target of a drone attack. On July 18, three suicide drones hit facilities of the Watad Petroleum Company in the town of Saramada. This company is controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and has a monopoly on the fuel market in Greater Idlib. It is deeply involved in oil trafficking with nearby Turkish-occupied areas in northern Aleppo and responsible for the illegal import of fuel from Turkey. A notable part of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’s revenue is generated by Watad.

Jul 15 11:05

Captured Syrian militants tell media they are US-trained, sent to spy on Russian, Iranian & Syrian facilities

Three gunmen caught by the Syrian Army have told Russian media they were part of a US-backed militant group and had been sent on a spying mission in the Raqqa governorate.

The detainees were shown to journalists near the city of Palmyra, where they were delivered by the Syrian army.The three men claimed they belonged to the Revolutionary Commando Army, a militia group based around the US base in Al-Tanf in southeastern Syria.

According to the detainees, they left Al-Tanf on motorcycles and rode north for a reconnaissance mission in the Mansoura subdistrict of the Raqqa governorate. Upon reaching their destination they were supposed to look for Syrian, Russian and Iranian facilities.

Jul 15 11:01

Russian UN envoy slams exploitation of aid delivery mechanism for Syria

Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia has condemned the exploitation of a cross-border mechanism for aid deliveries to Syria by some members of the UN Security Council, and their disregard for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the war-ravaged Arab country.

“Terrorist organizations positioned in Idlib use the humanitarian aid as a tool to exert pressure on civilian residents, and gain advantages. There is direct and indirect evidence for that,” Syria’s official news agency SANA quoted Nebenzia as saying in a Monday statement carried by Russian RIA Novosti news agency.

He added, “Moreover, some foreign parties exploit the mechanism of the cross-border aid deliveries to Syria in a way that threatens secession of a number of areas from the rest of the country.”

Jul 14 05:04

US sanctions are part of a multi-front war on Syria, and its long-suffering civilians are the main target

The US is waging multiple fronts of war against Syria, including brutal sanctions, while claiming concern over the wellbeing of Syrian civilians – the vast majority of whom are suffering as a direct result of US policies.

On June 17, the US implemented the Caesar Act, America’s latest round of draconian sanctions against the Syrian people, to “protect” them, America claims. This, after years of bombing civilians and providing support to anti-government militants, leading to the proliferation of terrorists who kidnap, imprison, torture, maim, and murder the same Syrian civilians.

Just weeks after these barbaric sanctions were enforced, cue American crocodile tears about Syrian suffering, and claims that Moscow and Damascus are allegedly preventing the delivery of humanitarian aid. More hot air from American hypocritical talking heads who don’t actually care about Syrians’ wellbeing.

Jul 13 05:11

UN: 700 Die In Syrian Camp For ISIS Families - "Explosive" Situation For Renewed Terrorism

ISIS has long been out of international media headlines, but sprawling refugee camps full of what are said to be Islamic State families and sympathizers remain in eastern Syria.

Days ago the United Nations issued an alarming report detailing that the some 70,000 mostly women, children, and elderly connected to ISIS at the al-Hol and Roj camps remain in "very dire conditions".

The UN counterterrorism chief Vladimir Voronkov announced late last week that 700 people "recently" died in the two camps, according to information his office had received.

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One has to wonder; is this article "telegraphing" the return of ISIS, which was trained, funded, and armed by none other than the good old USA?!?

Jul 10 04:55

Syrian president: Iran-Syria military accord rooted in years of anti-terror cooperationThursday, 09 July 2020 4:48 PM  [ Last Update: Thursday, 09 July 2020 5:22 PM 

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad says the recent military agreement signed by Damascus and Tehran is the result of years of cooperation in fighting against terrorism in the Arab country.

The Syrian president made the remarks in a meeting with the visiting Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri in capital Damascus on Thursday, a statement by Syrian presidential office said.

“This agreement reflects the strategic level of relations between Iran and Syria and is the outcome of years of common measures and cooperation in the fight against terrorism in Syria,” Assad said.

Baqeri, for his part, underlined “the importance of Iran’s continued efforts aimed at boosting bilateral ties between the two friendly and brotherly nations in all fields.”

Jul 09 07:53

UN So-called Committee of Inquiry (COI) Casually Blames Bashar Al-Assad for US-Sponsored High Crimes Committed by Terrorist Proxies Against the People of Syria

Formed in September 2011, the so-called Committee of Inquiry on Syria (COI) is an instrument of pro-Western imperial propaganda.

Its reports largely blame Syria’s Bashar al-Assad government for high crimes of war and against humanity committed by US and so-called coalition partners, as well as ISIS and other jihadists used as imperial proxies.

Syria’s UN envoy Bashar al-Jaafari earlier slammed its biased reports, saying the following:

They deliberately “blow things out of proportion…fully disregarding or downplaying core issues,” adding:

“There are blood-curdling scenes that flagrantly contravene the Syrians’ dignity and human rights regarding the crimes of the armed terrorist groups…”

Jul 08 07:19

Russia to Submit UNSC Draft to Keep 1 Cross-Border Point in Syria for 6 Months - Mission

Russia will introduce a UN Security Council resolution to extend the cross-border aid deliveries mechanism in Syria for six months through one checkpoint at Bab al-Hawa, the Russian Mission said in a statement.

Earlier on Tuesday, Russia and China vetoed a draft submitted by Belgium and Germany that would have extended humanitarian deliveries into Syria from Turkey for a year through two checkpoints.

"We fully understand the need to provide humanitarian needs of all Syrians. Guided by this, we will introduce our own draft, which extends the work of CBM for another 6 months and limits the number of crossing points to one, namely to Bab Al-Hawa", the statement said on Tuesday.

Jul 08 05:18

Dozens killed in Daesh, government clashes in Syria

Clashes between the Syrian army and the Daesh group have killed more than 40 fighters on the two sides in just 48 hours, a Britain-based war monitor said Saturday.

Fighting in the central desert province of Homs since late Thursday has taken the lives of 18 pro-government fighters and 26 extremists, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Jul 08 05:17

US builds new air base in Syria

The United States has built a new military base, including an airport for military aircraft, for its occupying forces in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah.

Local sources told Syria’s state news agency SANA on Wednesday that the new base and its airport had been established in Jazira Region, located between Um Kahif Village and Tal Alu silos.

The sources said the American forces, along with the US-sponsored so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), brought in equipment and logistic materials and set up buildings there. Furthermore, they constructed an asphalt road leading to the silos.

According to the report, the SDF, which is mainly composed of Kurdish militants, is tightly guarding the area surrounding the silos.

Jul 07 06:38

Thirst threatening 1 million people in Syria’s Hasakah due to cutting water by Turkish forces

Intense thirst threatens the lives of about one million people living in and around Syria’s northeastern city of Hasakah, as Turkish troops and allied militants continue cutting off drinking water supplies to the region by stopping a major border pumping station, a report says.

Syria’s official news agency SANA on Monday briefly but bitterly recounted the suffering of these people, who are in desperate need of drinking water in hot summer days in the northeastern province of the same name.

A day earlier, Director General of Hasakah Water Company Mahmoud al-Ukla said Turkish soldiers and militants backed by the government in Ankara had stopped Alouk Water Station on Saturday evening and that they had barred workers of the station from entering the facility.

Jul 03 07:17

US Amb to UN Claims Russia's Position on Syria Cross-Border Aid Program Will Lead to 'Mass Graves'

A UN resolution adopted in January envisaged a reduction of border crossings under a program of cross-border humanitarian aid to Syria, from four to two, as the Assad government regained control over the country's territory and made possible aid delivery from inside Syria.

The US ambassador to the United Nations, Kelly Craft, asserted that a failure to extend a cross-border aid program in Syria will result in "mass graves" in the country, and claimed that the lack of border crossings would restrict access to Syrians in need of humanitarian supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“What we’re really focused on in the Council is the outcome, and that is saving lives, that’s reaching over 4 million Syrians. And if we don’t, the COVID outbreak is going to… I hate to say this... it’s going to be mass graves of very innocent people,” Craft said in an interview with Fox News.

Jul 02 12:26

SYRIA PREPARES FOR MILITARY CONFRONTATION WITH TURKEY IN NORTHEAST

The Syrian Army and the National Defense Forces have put their forces on high alert in response to the new round of aggressive actions by the Turkish Army and its proxies in northeastern Syria.

Several convoys of government forces, including several T-62M battle tanks and a number of trucks equipped with heavy machine guns, deployed to the countryside of Ayn Issa after intense Turkish artillery strikes on positions of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and the army near al-Nuyhat in northern al-Hasakah and Hushanah in northern Raqqah. Another group of government troops deployed near the town of Tell Tamr.

Jun 30 08:02

Netanyahu Warns Assad Not to Ally With Iran’s Ayatollahs, Hints Israeli Ops in Syria Will Continue

The Israeli Air Force has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria in recent years, justifying air and missile attacks by accusing Iran of trying to establish a proxy presence in the Arab Republic. Damascus has denied these claims, and accused Tel Aviv of blatant aggression.

Israel will continue its military operations against Iran in Syria to prevent its entrenchment in that country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced.

“We are absolutely resolved to prevent Iran from entrenching itself militarily in our immediate vicinity,” Netanyahu said, speaking to reporters at the start of a meeting with US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook on Tuesday.

“I say this to the ayatollahs in Tehran: Israel will continue to take the actions necessary to prevent you from creating another terror and military front against Israel. And I say to Bashar al-Assad: You’re risking the future of your country and your regime,” Netanyahu added.

Jun 30 05:53

Aid Organization: Millions on ‘Brink of Starvation’ in Syria

The head of the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) said on Monday that millions of Syrians are facing food shortages, and half of the country’s population goes to bed hungry. WFP chief David Beasley said people in both opposition-controlled areas and government-controlled areas are in urgent need.

The shortages are due to many factors, including the nine-year war, US sanctions on Syria, and the coronavirus pandemic. “We’ve got people on the brink of starvation now, and they can’t wait. People will die, and people are dying as we speak,” Beasley said.

Jun 29 07:49

Washington hinders delivery of humanitarian aid to detainees in Rukban camp

Syrian and Russian Coordination bodies on the return of Syrian Refugees have renewed that the US continues to impede the delivery of humanitarian aid to displaced Syrians in al-Rukban camp, which is occupied by the US occupation forces, amid the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The two bodies, in a joint statement on Friday, demanded guaranteeing a safe and unconditional exit for those who wish to leave the camp to their permanent places of residence and ending the occupation of at-Tanf area.

The statement noted that the only obstacle to dismantling al-Rukban camp and the return of displaced persons to their areas of residence is the false US position that alleges commitment to internationally recognized human values and public freedoms, but at the same time does nothing to respect them.

Jun 29 07:12

15 ‘Iranian-backed’ Fighters Killed in Weekend Israel Strikes on Syria

Israeli airstrikes in Syria are becoming increasingly common, with two over the weekend killing at least 15 people. They were described as “Iran-backed” fighters, though indications are that they were overwhelmingly Iraqis, not Iranians.

Saturday’s attack in Sweida killed six people, four of them Syrians. The nationality of the other two weren’t disclosed, but they were called Iranians in most media reports. Less than 24 hours later, Israel attacked a base in Abu Kamal.

The base in Abu Kamal gets attacked fairly regularly. At the main Syria-Iraq border crossing, this base is overwhelmingly manned by Iraqi Shi’ite militia members, who helped Syria expel ISIS from the border region. The nine killed in this strike are believed to all be Iraqis, even though press reports call them Iranians as well.

Jun 24 04:23

MASSIVE explosions after ‘Israeli jets’ strike army bases in central Syria

Several military bases in central and southern Syria have been targeted by air attacks that Damascus has blamed on Israel, Syrian state media have reported. Videos on social media show massive explosions illuminating the night.
Israel targeted several locations in Salamiyah and Saburah just before 1 am on Wednesday, the Syrian army said, adding that its air defenses shot down “a large number” of hostile missiles but that some struck their targets and inflicted “limited material damage.”

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One has to wonder just how long Russia's Putin is going to put up with this nonsense.

Jun 22 08:51

Destroying Syria: Congress Declares “I’m from Washington and I’m Here To Impoverish You”

Another round of sanctions, the ironically named Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, has taken effect in Syria. Through the magic of secondary sanctions, Washington will forbid everyone on earth from dealing with the Syrian regime. Even before the penalties took effect, noted the Washington Post: "they have already contributed to the collapse of Syria’s long-troubled economy."

Thus, the law will further impoverish the Syrian people and hurt them more than their government. However, no one in Washington appears to care that national reconstruction will be further impeded. All that matters is claiming to care.

Sanctions have become the U.S. government’s "go to" policy. Whatever the problem, Washington seems to respond by launching or intensifying economic war. And American policymakers are determined to conscript the entire world in their favorite crusades, using secondary and financial penalties to dissuade others from dealing with Uncle Sam’s enemy du jour.

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Apparently, unwilling to face Russia on the battlefield (and Russia, as you might recall, was invited by the Syrian government to get rid of the US trained/funded/armed jihadis), the US government in its infinite (absence of) wisdom, has decided to sanction the hell out of the country, and prevent any other country from doing business with it.

One has to wonder just how long Russia's Putin is going to put up with this nonsense.

Jun 16 09:59

Crushing US Sanctions To Take Effect on Syria This Week

New US sanctions on Syria are set to take effect Wednesday as the Arab nation is already struggling to rebuild from the nine-year civil war that shattered the country. US sanctions are already impeding the reconstruction effort, and some fear the new measures will only make a bad situation worse for Syrian civilians.

US and EU sanctions on Syria have already frozen the assets of the state and hundreds of companies and individuals. The sanctions also prohibit Americans from exporting anything to Syria and bar US citizens from investing in the country. The new sanctions will give the US the power to freeze the assets of any individual, regardless of nationality, for doing business in Syria.

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It is only through the most rank and vile exercise of blazing hypocrisy, coupled with a nearly impossible level of ironic tone-deafness, that this law could have ever been titled the "Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act", when our legislators know full well, that it will have the absolutely polar opposite effect from "Protection" for Syrian civilians!!

Jun 13 04:45

Video: Hearing Is Not Like Seeing: NATO’s Terrorists Burning Syrian Wheat Crops

A video clip shared by local farmers from Ras Al-Ayn showing an inferno burning their livelihood before their eyes, hundreds of acres of wheat on fire just as the crop is due to harvest.

We’ve been reporting about these fires in areas of operation of the NATO’s Turkish (Orwellian-named) ‘Spring of Peace’ military operation in northern, and especially in northeastern Syria regions as well as in areas where remnants and sleeper cells of NATO-sponsored terrorists of ISIS and its affiliates are active in the south of the country.

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There is a companion story at globalresearch.ca, with the following headline:

The US Admits They Are to Blame for Hunger in Syria

The article goes on to state: "United States Special Envoy to Syria, James Jeffrey, announced on Sunday that Washington had offered Syria a proposal to end the US sanctions. The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry in Damascus said that the statements by James Jeffrey constitute a clear admission by the Trump administration of it being directly responsible for the suffering of Syrians. The Syrians see the increasing sanctions as economic-warfare after the US failure to bring about ‘regime change’, by using terrorists supported by the CIA. Damascus declares the sanctions violate human rights and international law as they affect the Syrian population.

President Trump inherited the Syrian war from its creator, former President Obama. In 2016, Trump campaigned with a promise to stop US support of the war in Syria; however, he has since invaded and occupied several areas in Syria and has declared he is there to keep the oil from being used by Syria. Russia entered Syria in 2015 at the request of Damascus to assist in the fight against Al Qaeda and ISIS terrorists.

The newest sanctions have a 5-year life-span, and can be dismissed if seven criteria are met; however, the first two points are designed specifically to prevent fighting the Al Qaeda terrorists who control Idlib and are holding about 3 million persons as human shields. Both Syria and Russia, its ally in Syria, have said defeating terrorism are strategic goals."

War crimes abroad.... domestic violence directed against citizens at home; but hell, it's... the Good old USA, right?!? The Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, right?!?!?

Jun 02 07:33

Syrian Kids Hurl Stones at US Military Convoy Trying to Enter Damascus-Held Area - Videos, Photos

US forces remain in Syria despite having no legal basis such an invitation from the government or UN Security Council mandate to carry out operations there. Washington continues to ignore demands by Damascus and members of the international community to withdraw its troops illegally stationed there.

Four armoured US military vehicles were stopped by Syrian Army forces while attempting to cross a checkpoint on the M4 highway in the province of Al-Hasakah near the suburbs of Tall Tamer. The American military convoy was travelling towards the village of Derdara as it tried to cross a sliver of territory in the country's northeast controlled by the Syrian Army, and was forced to turn back.

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Can someone logically please tell me what the hell the US troops are still doing in Syria?!?

May 22 09:04

“The United States And Israel Have Created An Unbreakable Alliance Between Syria, Iran, And Hezbollah.”

20 years after Israel’s unconditional departure from Lebanon, what has been achieved?

Following its defeat in the Second Lebanon War, Israel discovered that the only way to suppress Hezbollah would be to close the supply line between Lebanon and Syria.

This could only be achieved by removing President Bashar al-Assad from power, altering the “Axis of Resistance” stretching from Tehran to Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut and Gaza. But Israel and the United States, supported by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the Emirates, Turkey, Europe, and many other countries, have failed to achieve the goal of making Syria a failed state.

May 19 06:13

US sanctions against Syria amid pandemic amount to medical terrorism: Ambassador

Syria’s Ambassador to Russia Riad Haddad has condemned as “medical terrorism” the US sanctions against Damascus that hamper medical supplies amid the country’s battle against the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“The United States’ sanctions against Syria are actions running counter to international law. It happens at a time when all the nations have mobilized to combat the coronavirus infection. So, such actions are inhumane,” he told a virtual conference on Monday.

“Syria needs medicines and medical goods besides other means to combat the virus. Being deprived of such assistance, we see a new type of terrorism — medical terrorism — against people because the lack of medicines causes human deaths,” he added.

May 17 05:21

US-Backed Forces Seize Syrian Commercial Bank In Oil-Rich Northeast Province

Via AlMasdarNews.com,

U.S.-backed forces have seized a Syrian Commercial Bank branch in the Al-Hasakah Governorate, as they expelled all the employees inside the building and established full control over the site. The Syrian Commercial Bank is the largest commercial bank in Syria and is state-owned, headquartered in Damascus. Since 2011 it's been under US and EU sanctions.

According to a field report, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), alongside the U.S. Coalition, attacked the main building of the Syrian Commercial Bank branch of the government located within the gathering of official departments in the southern section of Ghuweiran District, at the entrance of Al-Zohour neighborhood in Hasakah city.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder at what point Putin will put an end to this US occupation of sections of Syria; very obviously, with this move, the US is attempting to put an economic stranglehold on the country.

May 14 06:16

IRAQ: US Aircraft Continue Transfer Of ISIS Terrorists From Syria To Iraq

A leader in Iraq’s Badr Organization said US forces have transferred Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terrorists from Syria into Iraq amid Washington’s attempts to reinforce the American presence in the Arab country.

May 13 17:31

US anti-ISIS chief says his goal in Syria is to create a ‘quagmire’ for Russia, not battle terrorism

James Jeffrey, the US special envoy for Syria and defeating the Islamic State, has made quite a frank confession of how he sees his job and that of US troops there: to create a new Vietnam or Afghanistan for Moscow.

"Our military presence, while small, is important for overall calculations. So we urge the Congress, the American people, the president to keep these forces on, but again this isn’t Afghanistan, this isn’t Vietnam, this isn’t a quagmire," Jeffrey said on Tuesday, during a video event hosted by the Hudson Institute.

My job is to make it a quagmire for the Russians.

May 11 14:45

US sets up new military base in Syria’s oil-rich Dayr al-Zawr: Report

The United States has reportedly established a new military base in Syria’s oil-rich eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr after bringing in reinforcements to the war-torn Arab country.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) quoted reliable sources as saying on Friday that the new US base is located in Day al-Zawr’s al-Jazrat area.

The US-based monitoring group reported that more than 300 trucks, carrying ammunition, weapons, military and logistical supplies, had entered Syria over the past few days and that most of those trucks headed to al-Jazrat.

It further said the US forces are expanding their base in the al-Omar oil field in the eastern countryside of Dayr Al -Zawr.

Recently, it added, American soldiers and other US-led coalition troops had arrived at the base.

Washington runs several military bases in Syria, mainly in northern and eastern regions where the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are operating.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact these reports are true, one has to wonder just how long Russia's Putin will allow this nonsense to continue before something dramatic happens here, and US troops are "cheek to jowl" with Russian troops on the ground in Syria.

And please remember; Russia has weapons and munitions which actually do work as advertised.

May 11 07:01

Northwest Syria clashes reportedly kill dozens in biggest toll since March truce

An attack by militant rebel forces in northwest Syria sparked clashes that left 48 people dead, the highest toll since the start of a two-month-old ceasefire, an activist group has said.

Fighting had largely ground to a standstill following a 6 March truce in Idlib, the last major opposition stronghold.

The ceasefire came after a fierce month-long Russian-backed government assault that killed hundreds of civilians and forced almost a million to flee.

Before dawn on Sunday, opposition forces mounted an assault on pro-government troops in the Sahl al-Ghab area, killing 35 while losing 13, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

May 07 12:26

Turkish troops, allied militants cut drinking water supply to northeastern Syria

Turkish military forces and allied Takfiri militants have cut off drinking water from a pumping station to thousands of people in Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah, amid the novel coronavirus outbreak in the war-torn country.

The director general of Hasakah Water Company, Mahmoud al-Ukla, told Syria’s official news agency SANA that Turkish troops and their allies forced the Allouk water station to stop work on Thursday, leaving the provincial capital city of Hasakah and areas in the western environs of the province without water.

May 04 03:08

Israel Behind Air Strikes in Syria Directed against Hezbollah. “Greater Israel” in the Making?

Tensions have worsened in the Middle East. Apparently, the Israeli government is promoting an escalation of violence in Syria with the aim of expelling any trace of Iranian presence from the country, leading to the collapse of relations between Tehran and Tel Aviv. On April 28, Israel’s Defense Minister, Naftali Bennet, made a public statement in which he suggested that he was behind an air strike against pro-Iranian forces in Syria. Still, Naftali made it clear in his speech that there is a focus by the Israeli armed forces to completely destroy the Iranian presence in Syria, not stopping the attacks until the objective is achieved.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Even now, the Iranian regime and its proxies are working in an effort to harm the State of Israel and its citizens”.

Defense Minister Bennet, can you actually explain precisely what you mean by that last statement?!? Can you please quantify what you mean when you say that "The Iranian regime and its proxies are working in an effort to harm the State of Israel, and its citizens?!?

Because, sir, I will tell you, and I have observed the Iranian government since the fall of the US-imposed Shah of Iran, and that is, that the Iranian leadership may be many things, but stupid is not one of them.

Iranians do not want war with Israel; but Israel has decided to invade the sovereign country of Syria, and what the Iranians are doing here, has to do with supporting Syria's sovereignty.

And I would further politely suggest, sir, that Iran is not an "existential threat" to Israel; the threat, sir, and we both know this to be the case, is economic in nature, rather than existential.

Netanyahu could get on a plane to Tehran tomorrow, and do something amazing; create a peace and economic development plan with Iran, which would include all kinds of economic cooperation, and military peace between the two countries, but he won't.

And why is that?!?

Because he, just as does the President and his advisors, want their people afraid, of whoever the "enemy du jour" is. Fear is debilitating, and clouds the ability to think rationally, so that any nonsense fed to fearful people, will be believed, without question.

I, frankly, prefer to think, and be both reasonable and logical, rather than be fearful: and so do a great number of your brother and sister Israelis, sir.

You need to remember that, in future statements of this nature.

May 01 07:07

Israeli Helicopters Carry Out Attacks in Southern Syria - Syrian Media

The attack comes just days after Syrian media reported what it described as "Israeli aggression from Lebanese airspace", in which at least three civilians were killed.

Israeli helicopters have fired several missiles from the occupied Golan Heights on targets in southern Syria, SANA news agency reported on Friday. According to SANA, the attack made "limited material damage" only, with no casualties.

May 01 03:55

‘Israeli helicopters’ fire missiles at Syrian military sites – state media

Israeli helicopters attacked a number of military positions in southern Syria with missiles, Syrian state media reported, noting the strikes inflicted “limited material damage."

The aircraft bombed sites in the Quneitra and Daraa provinces early on Friday morning after approaching from the occupied Golan Heights, firing some five missiles, according to the Jerusalem Post. A number of unconfirmed reports said the targets included militias allied to Damascus, such as Hezbollah, in addition to the Syrian military.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just how long Russia's Putin is willing to put up with this Israeli nonsense, before he cuts loose with an industrial-strength "NYET!!", and backs it up with military action.

Apr 29 06:35

Oil Spikes After Bomb-Laden Tanker Truck Detonates In Northern Syria, Killing At Least 34

A massive blast has ripped through a crowded commercial hub in the Northern Syrian city of Afrin along the Turkish border.

Turkish state media initially reported at least ten civilians killed after a bomb-laden fuel tanker truck exploded. Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency called it a "terror attack" carried out by unknown assailants. Subsequent updated reports said there are at least 34 dead, with the death toll expected to rise as emergency responders battle the resulting blaze.

Apr 26 06:18

Discontent & Partisan Warfare Against Illegal US Occupation of East Syria Will Increase – US Veteran

On 22 April, the foreign ministers of Russia, Iran, and Turkey held a trilateral video-conference on the situation in Syria within the framework of the Astana format. International observers have explained why the group has succeeded in maintaining the balance of interests in the region and what is behind the growing divisions within jihadi ranks.

The Astana group, a trilateral format comprising Russia, Turkey and Iran created in 2017 to tackle the Syrian crisis, acknowledged on Wednesday that the 5 March 2020 ceasefire deal had facilitated the de-escalation of the situation in Idlib, following Turco-Syrian clashes earlier this year, despite Hayat Tahrir al-Sham's* attempts to obstruct it.

Apr 24 09:55

Syria: Liberating Golan Heights is a priority

Syria’s representative to the UN, Dr Bashar Al-Jaafari, has reiterated the Arab Republic’s right to reclaim the occupied-Golan Heights, adding that regaining it up to the 4 June 1967 line is guaranteed by international law and remains a priority for the Syrian government. The territory was seized from Syria towards the end of the Six Day War and later officially annexed it in 1981.

“The UN, under pressure by some permanent members at Security Council, continues to fail to put its resolutions, relevant to ending the Israeli occupation of the Arab lands, into effect, particularly resolutions No. /242, 338 and 497/,” Al-Jaafari added in a speech to the UN Security Council on the situation in the Middle East via video.

Apr 22 03:28

Israel Kills Nine in Attack Near Syria’s Historic Palmyra

At least nine people were killed Tuesday in Israeli attacks on a Syrian military base near the historic city of Palmyra. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the death toll, saying six of the slain were “not Syrian,” but were believed to be Lebanese.

Israeli attacks in Syria are common enough, and often target foreign Shi’ites, who irrespective of their country of origin will be labeled “Iranian” by Israeli officials. The Syrian government confirmed the attack, saying they’d intercepted several Israeli missiles.

Palmyra is not a major site of combat lately, so it’s not clear why Israel would attack it in the first place. Palmyra is an important historical site, and after years of complaining of damage ISIS might do there, its likely there will be a backlash if Israel damages anything as well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just how long Russia's President Putin will allow these Israeli targeted assassinations to continue; I would like to hope, not much longer.

Apr 21 06:51

Watch: Russian Fighter Buzzes US Spy Plane Near Syria For 2nd Time In Four Days

For the second time in four days a Russian jet has intercepted a US plane over the Mediterranean, bringing tensions between the two countries to boiling point at a moment Moscow is appearing to flex in defense of its ally Syria.

The Pentagon confirmed the latest "unsafe and unprofessional" intercept incident in international airspace Sunday, after an incident the prior Wednesday involving a US P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft, which was similarly "buzzed" by an aggressive Russian SU-35, which reportedly performed a high-speed, inverted maneuver.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am still gob-smacked by President Trump's invasion of Syria (which makes utterly no sense from where I sit, dealing with the reality that Syria is still a sovereign nation, according to global rule of law), and that his administration seems to be hell-bent on engaging the Russia military here.

The Russians were asked to come to the Syrian government's defense against US -purchased forces, the majority of which have turned themselves in to the Syrian military, and confessed that part of their US training was how to destroy Syrian oil wells.

Surrendered US-backed Rebels Admit to Receiving Training to Destroy Syrian Oil Sites

I would, therefore, strongly and politely suggest to President Trump that the US government gets the hell out of Syria, and focuses on his own illness-impacted and economically-impacted country, weary for healing and closure.

Apr 21 05:02

Assad ?urse Strikes Again: Dutch Official Embarrassed

"President Assad of Syria should be put on trial at the International Criminal Court", Dutch minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders publicly stated in 2016. He now may face charges from ICC himself, since it's been revealed he supported terrorists in Syria.

Apr 17 06:59

Militants Surrendered to Syrian Army Say Were Trained on US Military Base - Russian Military

The once great green berets training terrorists. This has been known for quite awhile.

The surrendered militants said that US instructors had been preparing them for terrorist acts and sabotage at oil and gas and transport facilities, according to the information provided by the Russian military's centre for the Syrian reconciliation.

A group of 27 militants who surrendered to the Syrian army said they had been trained at the US military base, Rear Adm. Oleg Zhuravlev, the head of the Russian Defence Ministry's centre for the Syrian reconciliation, said during a briefing on Wednesday.

The US also provided them with weapons and vehicles, he added.

Apr 16 03:47

"Major Blow To US": Large Group Of US-Backed Fighters 'Defect' To Assad Forces

The brutal proxy war in Syria, which has had the deep involvement of American intelligence and the Pentagon, has been wrapping up after grinding on for nine years. With the coronavirus pandemic now completely taking over the news cycle, and as Washington struggles to contain both the virus and devastating economic fallout, Syria has taken a far back seat in Western media despite the continued presence of American forces on the ground.

It seems Damascus is ready to take advantage of the situation, rolling back US influence and presence in the country. Syrian media as well as local sources say a large group of US-backed and trained fighters from al-Tanf camp, where American special forces have maintained a presence for years, have defected to the Syrian Army.

Apr 16 03:34

Syrian militants ‘trained at US base for sabotage & terrorism’ try to surrender & get ambushed by OTHER US-backed extremists

A US-backed militant group has intercepted a convoy of ‘defectors’ seeking to lay down their arms and surrender to Damascus. The survivors told the Syrian Army that American instructors trained them for sabotage and terrorism.
After giving themselves up to the Syrian Army, the 27 militants said they had been trained and provided with weapons at an American facility, Rear Admiral Oleg Zhuravlev, the head of the Russian Defense Ministry's Center for Syrian Reconciliation, said at a briefing on Wednesday.

American instructors trained them to carry out sabotage at oil and transport infrastructure, as well as for terrorist acts in the Syrian government-controlled territories.

Apr 15 04:30

Turkey dispatches another military convoy to Syria’s Idlib: Group

A monitoring group says Turkey has dispatched a new military convoy to Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, despite a recent ceasefire deal that Ankara has signed with Moscow to halt the escalation of violence there.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), citing what it said were activists requesting anonymity, said on Tuesday that a Turkish convoy of some 35 military vehicles entered Syrian territory through the Kafr Lusin border crossing and headed toward Turkish positions.

The group added that the number of Turkish military units that had entered the Idlib de-escalation zone ever since the ceasefire came into effect in the area last month had increased dramatically to more than 5,950.

Apr 15 04:25

Keep Calm and Steal Oil? US Continues Operations in Crude-Rich Syrian Regions as Coronavirus Rages

American forces were supposed to withdraw from the Arab Republic back in September-October 2019 according to Trump's orders, but several hundred servicemen stayed in order to "guard" the oil fields in the country's east.

Even as the coronavirus has affected most of the world, including some countries' militaries, US servicemen in the Middle East are apparently carrying on with their regular duties regardless.

According to a recent report by the broadcaster Syria TV, citing local sources, a group of at least 35 US military vehicles travelled from Syria's north-eastern Al Hasakah province to the south - purportedly to the city of Al Shaddadah. The Syrian broadcaster said that the US forces would be finalising the construction of a military base there.

Apr 15 03:46

US Flexes Military Might Near Russian Forces In Provocative F-35 Flight Over Syria

The U.S. military flew their new F-35 stealth jet over Syria’s skies this past week, as they display their strength in front of the Russian Armed Forces who are only a few kilometers away from the American troops in the eastern Euphrates region.

In a tweet on Monday, the Special Ops Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) in Syria and Iraq released three photos showing the F-35 above Syria, likely in the Al-Hasakah or Deir Ezzor governorates.

Apr 15 03:33

Meanwhile, WW3 May Be Brewing While We're Distracted

Authored by Brandon Tourbeville via The Organic Prepper blog,

Those who are paying close attention to the pandemic may have missed that another potential killer is brewing across the ocean. In Syria today, there is the real and looming threat of a third world war. Not only is Syria fighting Western-backed terrorists on its territory, there are many more players involved on Syrian soil – from the Russians and Iranians to the Americans, Turks, and Israelis and, with the recent Turkish actions, all of those players could very well come to blows.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would strongly hope that Russia's Putin can disabuse Trump of the notion that a war right now would be "good for business", and get him another cycle in the White House; the possibilities for an accidentally started, major fire fight in Syria grows exponentially stronger by the day.

Apr 15 03:28

US Flexes Military Might Near Russian Forces In Provocative F-35 Flight Over Syria

Via AlMasdarNews.com,

The U.S. military flew their new F-35 stealth jet over Syria’s skies this past week, as they display their strength in front of the Russian Armed Forces who are only a few kilometers away from the American troops in the eastern Euphrates region.

In a tweet on Monday, the Special Ops Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) in Syria and Iraq released three photos showing the F-35 above Syria, likely in the Al-Hasakah or Deir Ezzor governorates.

“A USAF F-35A Lightning II fighter jet flies near the ATG in Syria, April 10, 2020. Coalition and partner forces continue to strike at extremist organizations in Syria despite COVID-19, reflecting the world-wide unity to see an enduring defeat delivered against Daesh,” the U.S. military account posted.

The three photos showed up close and far away shots of the F-35A as it flew over the skies of eastern Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are there still Foggy Bottomites who sincerely believe that a war with Russia over Syria, is a "good thing" with which to "misdirect" the attention of the American people, between Covid 19 and the economic collapse of this country?!?!?

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!!!!

Apr 14 04:40

The US Seeks to Set New Military Base in Syria Amid Pandemic

President Donald Trump administration on Friday deployed a military convoy in Syria to establish a new base in this Arab nation.

A caravan of 35 trucks loaded with vehicles and warfare and logistics materials headed for the city of Shadadi, in the southern Hasakeh province, 866 kilometers northeast of Damascus, as reported by outlet Ikhbariya TV.

Local activists reported on the convoy as it was traveling on the road between Deir Ezzor and Hasakeh provinces. They also mentioned that it was guarded by two helicopters and armed forces from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia.

The U.S. maintains several bases in the Syrian oil and gas fields. Washington sponsors the SDF separatist militia, which controls large areas of the Aljazeera region.

Apr 10 12:47

SYRIAN ARMY KICKS OFF LARGE-SCALE SECURITY OPERATION AGAINST ISIS IN HOMS DESERT

Fierce clashes between the Syrian Army and ISIS terrorists erupted near the villages of al-Sukhnah and Wadi al-Waer in the province of Homs on April 9 evening.

According to pro-government sources, the army and local militias backed up by the Russian Aerospace Forces kicked off a wide-scale security operation to crack down on the terrorists hiding in the desert area. Its goal is to put an end to the recently observed increase of actions of the terrorist group against pro-government forces on the western bank of the Euphrates.

Supporters of the so-called ‘moderate Syrian opposition’ immediately claimed that government forces suffered heavy casualties in this operation. They insist that over 20 soldiers were killed. Pro-government sources claim that up to 30 ISIS members were neutralized.

Apr 10 05:31

Hard Times for U.S. Forces in Northeast Syria. Army Prepares for Idlib Escalation

The Syrian Army and local self-defense forces have carried out an operation against ISIS cells hiding in the desert area on the administrative border of Raqqah and Deir Ezzor provinces. According to pro-government sources, Syrian forces eliminated up to 10 ISIS members and destroyed their hideouts.

The security operation came in response to the recently increased IED attacks and ambushes conducted by ISIS cells near Deir Ezzor city and the town of Mayadin. At least 5 Syrian service members and 8 civilians were killed during the past 2 weeks alone.

The Afrin Liberation Forces, affiliated with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, conducted a new series of attacks on Turkish proxies in the region of Afrin. The attacks took place in Kafr Hashir and on the road between Chima and Deir Survan. A vehicle was destroyed and several Turkish proxies were killed.

Apr 09 21:01

Russian warplanes enter battle in eastern Syria after ISIS launches heavy attack

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – Russian warplanes reportedly took off from the Hmeimim Airbase in southwestern Latakia on Thursday after the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) carried out attacks on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in eastern Syria.

Apr 09 14:01

‘False and fabricated’: Syria slams OPCW report blaming it for 2017 chemical weapons attacks

The Syrian government has slammed a new report by the OPCW which directly accuses it of using chemical weapons on civilians. The conclusions of the chemical weapons watchdog are “misleading” and “false and fabricated,” it says.

In the report released on Wednesday, the OPCW claims that the Syrian Arab Air Force was behind a series of sarin and chlorine bomb attacks in Ltamenah in 2017, concluding that no other "plausible explanation" could be found.

Syria’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs responded on Thursday, saying that the “so-called” OPCW investigative team had relied on questionable sources from the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front and the controversial White Helmets aid organization, which has been repeatedly linked to the jihadist group despite earning wide acclaim from Western media.

Apr 08 12:00

People of Hamo and Kherbet al-Asa’ad villages and army personnel intercept US occupation convoy in Hasaka

The people of Hamo village in the countryside of Qamishli and members of the Syrian Arab Army intercepted a US occupation forces convoy that had attempted to pass through the village, forcing it to retreat.

Local sources at the village told SANA’s reporter said a convoy of 5 US occupation vehicles was heading to Hamo village, but it was forced to retreat when locals gathered at a Syrian Arab Army checkpoint near the village and prevented the convoy from passing with the help of the army personnel.

The people of Kherbet al-Asa’ad village and members of the Syrian Arab Army intercepted another US occupation forces convoy which was consisted of 3 US occupation armored vehicles and a number of cares affiliated to the Militias of “Qasd,” and forced them to retreat.

Apr 08 05:34

U.S. officer killed in ambush in eastern Syria: SANA

A U.S. officer, along with two Kurdish fighters, was killed on Monday in an ambush in Syria's eastern province of Deir al-Zour, state news agency SANA reported.

The ambush, carried out by an unknown group, targeted vehicles of the U.S.-led coalition and fighters of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in the village of Sur in Deir al-Zour's countryside.

The slain U.S. officer was transported to the Shaddadi base, which is run by the U.S. forces, in the southern countryside of the northeastern province of Hasakah, SANA said, providing no further details.

The U.S. forces and Kurdish-led fighters control areas in Deir al-Zour and Hasakah after dislodging Islamic State (IS) militants in battles in 2018.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am, frankly, very deeply concerned that the US military is in Syria at all, period, end of discussion....

Apr 07 06:08

American Officer, Two Members of SDF Killed in Ambush in Syria's Deir ez-Zor - Syrian State Media

Earlier, Kurdish media reported that Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the US-sponsored international coalition had redeployed their troops to the Syrian cities of Al-Hasakah, Qamishli, Al-Malikiyah and Deir ez-Zor to "protect oil fields and fight sleeper cells" said to belong to Daesh*.

An American officer and two SDF members were killed in the town of Al-Sur in the Deir ez-Zor countryside after an ambush was carried out by unknown persons, according to state-run news agency SANA. The attack was organised against a joint patrol of "American occupation forces" and the SDF group near the village of Wasiah, according to SANA.

Apr 07 06:05

US military dispatches 35 trucks to oil-rich northeastern Syria: SANA

Syrian media say the United States has dispatched truckloads of military and logistical equipment to the country's northeastern province of Hasakah as Washington and some of its regional allies keep vying with one another to seize oil reserves and plunder natural resources in the war-battered country.

Local sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Syria’s official news agency SANA that a convoy of 35 trucks crossed the Waleed border crossing on Monday and headed toward US positions in the Jazira region of the province.

The sources added that the majority of the equipment was sent to a base that American troops have set up at Kharab al-Jeer Airport in al-Malikiyah district.

Apr 06 05:40

US-led coalition airdrops military equipment to Syria's biggest oil field: Report

he so-called US-led military coalition purportedly formed to fight the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group has reportedly airdropped military and logistical equipment to oil-rich areas it has occupied in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr, as Washington and some of its regional allies vie to seize oil reserves and plunder natural resources in the war-battered country.

The Arabic-language Enab Baladi weekly newspaper, citing a video published by the local North Press news agency, reported that a military transport aircraft offloaded its cargo near al-Omar oil field in the eastern countryside of Dayr al-Zawr.

The report noted that the operation took place late on Saturday.

Apr 02 04:41

Which target after Syria?

Events in the "Broader Middle East" since 2001 have followed a relentless logic. The current question is whether the time has come for a new war in Turkey or Saudi Arabia. The answer depends in particular on the resumption of hostilities in Libya. It is in this context that the Additional Protocol negotiated by Presidents Erdo?an and Putin to resolve the Idleb crisis must be interpreted.

Apr 01 13:47

Syria air defences down Israeli missiles over Homs: state media

Syrian air defences intercepted several Israeli missiles fired at targets in the centre of the war-torn country late on Tuesday, according to Syrian state media.

"The air defences shot down a number of missiles before they reached their targets," official news agency SANA reported on Tuesday, without identifying the targets in Homs province.

Apr 01 04:22

America, We Have To End the Wars Now

Can anyone think what our society might have spent six and a half trillion dollars on instead of 20 years of war in the Middle East for nothing? How about the trillion dollars per year we keep spending on the military on top of that?

Invading, dominating and remaking the Arab world to serve the interests of the American empire and the state of Greater Israel sounds downright quaint at this point. Iraq War II, as Senator Bernie Sanders said in the debate a few weeks ago, while letting Joe Biden, one of its primary proponents, off the hook for it, was “a long time ago.” Actually, Senator, we still have troops there fighting Iraq War III 1/2 against what’s left of the ISIS insurgency, and our current government continues to threaten the launch of Iraq War IV against the very parties we fought the last two wars for. This would almost certainly then lead to war with Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Doing things in precisely the same way, over and over and over again, yet expecting a different outcome, is one of the classic definitions of insanity.

Mar 31 05:54

SYRIA AND TURKEY RAMP UP PREPARATIONS FOR NEW MILITARY CONFRONTATION

The Syrian Army and Iranian-backed militias deployed a new batch of reinforcements to the frontline in southern Idlib and western Aleppo. According to local sources, fresh troops reinforced by armoured vehicles and battle tanks were placed near Saraqib, Kafranbel, and Urma as-Sughra. These areas were the hottest points of the conflict between Syrian troops and Turkish-led forces during the previous round of escalations in Greater Idlib. Turkey and its proxies are also preparing for a new round of confrontations.

During the past week, at least four Turkish military convoys, with battle tanks and even MIM-23 Hawk medium-range air-defense systems, entered Idlib, allegedly to secure the ceasefire regime and contain the terrorist threat. How Turkish troops are planning to use air defense systems against al-Qaeda terrorists that do not have aircraft remains a mystery.

Mar 30 05:06

US Plans to Transfer Cargo to Syrian Militants Disguised as Aid for Refugees - Russian Military

he Rukban camp, which houses up to 25,000 refugees is located in the US-controlled zone around its unauthorised military base at Al-Tanf, making it almost impossible for humanitarian workers to access the area.

"The American side cynically seeks to take advantage of the situation concerning the spread of the coronavirus and is putting pressure on the UN leadership to bring 'humanitarian aid' to the Rukban refugee camp under the guise of diagnostic tools to feed controlled militants", the interagency coordinating headquarters of Russia and Syria said in a joint statement on Saturday.

The military stressed that the disastrous situation in the camp is a result of the illegal occupation of the area by American forces, noting that the refugees should be returned to their homes in the territory under the control of the Syrian government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would very much like to ask some Foggy Bottomites, very quietly and logically, what the hell we are doing in Syria, when we cannot save our own people from Covid 19?!?

In what collective, twisted minds in the Bowels of Power in this country, does this even make sense?!?

Let me tell you; it makes sense to all those corporations comprising the US military industrial complex, who overtly and covertly contribute to the campaign coffers of those who allegedly represent the interests of the American people.

Mar 29 05:59

Video: Mighty “Moderate Rebels” Pressure Turkish Army in Idlib. US-led Coalition Is Crumbling

The notorious “moderate rebels” have blown up a bridge on the M4 highway in southern Idlib as part of their effort to sabotage the creation of a security zone in the area. The Kafr bridge is located near the town of Jisr al-Shughr, near positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and the Turkistan Islamic Party, both of which are linked to al-Qaeda. Surprisingly, pro-opposition sources publicly admit that the bridge was destroyed to hinder Russian-Turkish plans to conduct joint patrols along the M4. After previous acts of sabotage against the deal, supporters of the Idlib “moderates” opted to blame “Russian barbarians”, “sectarian Iranian militias” or the “puppet Assad regime”. But such claims did not hold water because the rough actions of the Idlib militants were too obvious.

Mar 28 05:58

White Helmets use Covid-19 crisis to further US Coalition regime change agenda in Syria

The White Helmet ‘coronavirus campaign’ is a cynical exploitation of the pandemic to weaponize it against the Syrian government. To really help the Syrians they should demand a lift of Western sanctions, not support them.

Five cases of coronavirus have now been reported by the health ministry in Syria. The country is subject to a curfew from 6pm to 6am as of March 25. Syria braces itself for a potential medical crisis.

The Syrian healthcare sector has been crippled under a “maximum pressure” economic sanctions campaign that has collectively punished the Syrian people for the duration of a war waged against them by the same governments inflicting the catastrophic economic damage. Hospitals and medical care centers have been targeted and occupied by the extremist armed groups throughout Syria, further reducing the Syrian state-ability to deal with the looming threat of an apparently rapacious pandemic.

Mar 25 11:21

UNFORTUNATE ADVENTURES OF TURKISH ARMY IN IDLIB

Two Turkish soldiers were injured and two vehicles damaged in Syria’s southern Idlib on March 24. Their military convoy was targeted by a roadside bomb explosion near the village of Sfuhun. Turkish troops based at the al-Barah observation post were conducting a patrol along the contact line between the Syrian Army and Idlib armed groups.

This became the second attack on Turkish forces in Greater Idlib in less than 7 days. On March 19, two Turkish soldiers were killed and several others injured, when an IED exploded near their convoy near the village of Muhamabal.

Mar 24 07:06

Air Defence System Intercepts Drone Near Hmeimim Air Base - Syrian State Media

On 19 February, Syrian state media reported that the nation's air defences had repelled an attack by "hostile objects" on the suburbs of the city of Jableh, located on the Mediterranean coast in the vicinity of the Hmeimim air base, where the Russian Aerospace Forces are stationed.

The Syrian air defence system on Monday intercepted a drone in the vicinity of Jableh city in the Lattakia countryside near the Hmeimim base where Russian Aerospace Forces are stationed, according to the Syrian state news outlet Sana.

According to the report, the attacking drone, which approached the area late on Monday night, was destroyed before harming the military facility. A large explosion was heard in Latakia, according to local media.

Mar 23 03:48

Video: ISIS Threat Revives in Eastern Syria. Idlib Militants Kill Each Other Over Security Zone Deal Contradictions

ISIS cells are once again active in eastern Syria. Late on March 17, the Syrian Army and the National Defense Forces repelled an ISIS attack in the area between the town of al-Sukhna and the T3 station. The attack involved over two dozen ISIS members supported by at least 6 vehicles equipped with heavy weapons. Pro-opposition sources claim that at least 20 Syrian soldiers were killed in the clashes. Pro-government sources deny casualties and say that terrorists were forced to retreat after they had been targeted by artillery and mortar fire.

The ISIS presence in the desert area of eastern Syria had been slowly decreasing over the past year. Additionally, government forces carried out several security operations cracking down on the remaining ISIS cells in southeastern Deir Ezzor and eastern Homs. However, the terrorist threat was not removed. Syria and Russia say that ISIS members use the US-controlled zone of al-Tanf as a safe haven to hide from Syrian Army operations.

Mar 22 04:05

US Demands Russia ‘Immediately Ground Warplanes’ Over Syria

The situation in the northwestern Syrian renegade province of Idlib escalated again on Thursday after Syrian forces responding to a Nusra Front assault accidentally struck Turkish positions, killing 33 troops and injuring dozens more. The attack prompted the UN Security Council to call an emergency meeting on the situation in Syria.

Mar 21 03:58

Irritated by Russia-Turkey Idlib Deal, US Ready to Undermine Syrian Settlement - Moscow

On 5 March, Moscow and Ankara clinched a ceasefire deal to stop an ongoing escalation between Turkish and Syrian forces in Idlib Province, and to establish joint military patrols in the area.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters on Friday that the US, which is frustrated over the Moscow-Ankara accord on the Idlib settlement, uses any pretext to promote anti-Russian hysteria.

She said that the Ministry has paid attention to “the intensification of contacts between American politicians and the quasi-humanitarian organisation White Helmets operating in Syria”.

“Such contacts usually end up with big problems in the region in the form of provocations and provocative actions. On 17 March, US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun met the White Helmets leader despite restrictions on contacts with foreigners introduced by the State Department in connection with the spread of the coronavirus", Zakharova said.

Mar 19 03:24

Pompeo Says Russia Behind Airstrike That Killed 34 Turkish Troops In Idlib

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that he believed that the Russian military was behind the killing of dozens of Turkish soldiers during an attack in Idlib earlier this month.

Mar 18 09:48

U.S. FORCES WITHDRAW FROM KEY BASE NEAR SYRIAN BORDER. MORE ROCKET ATTACKS ON US TARGETS IN IRAQ

Late on March 17, at least three rockets struck the area near the US embassy in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone. This was the fourth such attack in the span of a week. A day earlier, a pair of rockets struck the Besmaya base south of Baghdad. This military facility is the second largest military base operated by the US-led coalition in Iraq after Camp Taji.

The threat of rocket attacks already forced the US military to announce that it is evacuating some of its bases in the country. The al-Qaim base, near the Syrian-Iraqi border, is among them. The al-Qaim facility has been an important logistical and operational hub employed by US forces for operations in western Iraq and eastern Syria. Its presence there, as well as in Syria’s al-Tanf, has allowed the US to project its power along the Syrian-Iraqi border more effectively and to support Israeli military actions against Iranian-backed forces in the area.

Mar 17 08:54

As Coronvirus Grips the US, Americans Get a Taste of Life Under Sanctions

The crippling shortages, inability to move and the likely overwhelming of medical services will give Americans a taste of what it is like to live under sanctions that it imposes on a number of countries worldwide. U.S. sanctions on Venezuela, declared illegal and a “crime against humanity” by the United Nations, are conservatively estimated to have killed more than 40,000 people between 2017 and 2018 alone. Diabetics, for example, have been unable to get insulin because of the embargo, leading to mass deaths. The Cuban government estimates that the American embargo has cost it over $750 billion. Meanwhile, Iran, wracked by the virus that has caused more than 850 confirmed deaths, has been decimated by Trump’s increased sanctions.

Mar 13 08:53

MAJOR: Syrian Army Uncovers Terrorist Chemical Weapons Workshop In Western Aleppo

Syrian government forces have discovered a workshop in the western countryside of the country’s embattled northwestern province of Aleppo, where foreign-backed terrorists used to manufacture toxic chemical weapons for their attacks against army troops and civilians in government-controlled areas.

Syrian forces have found more than solid evidence of the manufacture and use of chemical weapons by the foreign-backed terrorist groups. Use of chemical weapons is strongly encouraged by terrorists’ foreign backers (primarily NATO and Wahhabi monarchies), as it serves two purposes:

Mar 12 20:48

Assad has won the war but has no legitimacy: ex-CIA director

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 P.M.) – In article penned on OZY, ex-CIA director John McLaughlin argues that Syria is reaching its end game after nine years of conflict between multiple parties, including the government and opposition factions.

According to the author, “Syria’s Assad has won — at least military,” pointing to the fact that the Syrian Armed Forces have managed to retake most of the country.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcWs4TFSjrY

Mar 12 05:50

US now openly admits its goal in Syria is to make it 'difficult' for Moscow and Damascus to defeat terrorists

The State Department’s special envoy for Syria has just admitted that the US aims to defend jihadist militants in Idlib against ‘Russian aggression,’ proving once again that the swamp in Foggy Bottom is alive and well.
Russia and the Syrian government “are out to get a military victory in all of Syria,” Ambassador James Jeffrey told reporters on a conference call out of Brussels on Tuesday.

Our goal is to make it very difficult for them to do that by a variety of diplomatic, military, and other actions.

To illustrate these methods, Jeffrey cited the US threat to respond “in a very savage military way” against any chemical attacks, which he described as “a favorite tactic of the Syrian regime in making advances.” This is factually untrue, since the alleged attacks always happen after Syrian Army victories, as a pretext for US intervention.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hearing the consistent hissings of US government lying is enough to make me physically ill; but Jeffries is near the competitive "gold" for describing the reality that the US hires, trains, arms, and funds terrorists, to keep the Russians and Syrian government from winning this war.

I would like to politely remind him, that payback for this kind of public lying, and the actions it can attempt to justify, can be a real bear.

Mar 12 05:02

US-Israel Predictably Behind Turkish Aggression in Syria

Turkey’s ongoing fighting in northern Syria’s Idlib governorate was – from the beginning of recent escalations – clearly a continuation of Washington’s wider now 9 year-long proxy war against Damascus.

Whatever gains Turkey had made in terms of reducing its role in Washington’s proxy war and repairing ties with Syria’s allies Russia and Iran – were clearly less important to Ankara amid these recent weeks of renewed aggression than whatever Washington has either promised Anakara or threatened it with.

And precisely because Turkey’s aggression in Idlib is merely one part of the much wider proxy war Washington continues to wage against Damascus – it was predicted that others involved in the proxy war would coordinate with Turkey elsewhere in Syria.

Mar 12 04:45

Russia Rejects Turkey’s Proposal To Jointly Steal Syria’s Oil, Erdogan Threatens Turning To US Instead

Turkey’s President said he has proposed to his Russian counterpart that the two countries “jointly operate” the eastern Syrian oilfields, adding he could make the same offer to the United States, which is already implicated in stealing the Syrian crude.

Mar 12 04:39

1983 CIA Document Reveals Plan to Destroy Syria, Foreshadows Current Crisis

As the Syrian crisis enters its ninth year, the Donald Trump administration is looking more and more like the Obama administration every day. With the Trump regime refusing to open useful dialogue with Russia regarding Syria, it’s obvious anti-Iran and pro-Israel positioning, and support for a very questionable “safe zone” plan for Syria, the odds of a rational U.S. policy in regards to Syria has lower and lower odds of existence as time progresses.

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Yet, despite the fact that the Trump administration is apparently poised to continue the Obama regime’s proxy war of aggression against the people of Syria, an example of seamless transition, it should also be remembered that the plan to destroy Syria did not begin with Obama but with the Bush administration.

Mar 12 04:36

US Urges NATO Allies to Provide Turkey Military Aid in Syria

US special envoy for Syria James Jeffrey says the US is in talks with various NATO allies for providing more direct military aid to Turkey for the sake of the war in Syria. The US wants other nations to do more in the Syria conflict.

Jeffrey says “everything is on the table,” but it does not seem like the US will be offering much direct aid beyond ammunition. The US is conditioning Patriot missiles for the Syria War on Turkey not activating its S-400 air defenses.

Jeffrey also ruled out the use of US troops in Idlib if the ceasefire collapses. With the ceasefire still holding, the US calls for NATO involvement are likely not being viewed as high priority, but reflective of the US not liking the ceasefire.

Mar 12 04:33

US Nukes Reportedly Delivered To Poland

In order to prevent the conflict in the region to be nuclear, USA decided to take the nukes out of Turkey. The fact of taking the ammunition out of the country was widely discussed in Turkish media.

The media informed that five C-17A Globemasters III arrived to Incerlik AB from Ramstein Air Base and took the whole bulk of nukes out to Germany, Poland and one of the Baltic States.

An official in the Air Mobility Command who wished to remain anonymous said that the nuclear ammunition had already been delivered to Powidz, Poland in early March 2020.

In this way the tensions are to rise in Europe: the biggest US maneuvers in Europe, more nukes– that can provoke reactions from Russia.

Moscow has already warned that Russian government would take responsive measures to an upcoming, massive U.S. military deployment and U.S.-led exercises across multiple European states bordering Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, just because something is the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing the US government could ever do, is no guarantee that it will not do just that, which is one of the most frightening aspects of US foreign policy; and right now, looking at the Turkish and Russian positions in Syria, this could potentially devolve into all-out war, as both Turkey and the US are sister NATO countries, and the US (and Israel) want Al Assad's government crushed to smithereens in Damascus.

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