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Dec 05 07:08

Explosions Reportedly Heard Inside US Military Base in Eastern Homs, Syria

Damascus previously called the base "a sanctuary for the terrorists in the region", saying that the anti-government militants are getting their weapons there.

Multiple blasts could be heard inside the US military base in the At-Tanf area, located in Homs Province, near the Iraqi border, Syrian state TV reported on Sunday. At the same time, the broadcaster Al-Arabiya reported that several stikes targeting the base were carried out in the area.

The American military has not commented on the reports so far.

Last month, the NYT reported that the base was targeted by "suicide drones" in October, alleging that the attack was coordinated by Tehran.

Dec 03 14:15

UN General Assembly demands Israeli occupation full withdraw from occupied Syrian Golan

The United Nations General Assembly has renewed the adoption of a resolution by a majority of member states calling on the Israeli occupation entity to fully withdraw from the occupied Syrian Golan to the line of June 4, 1967, in implementation of the relevant Security Council resolutions.

94 countries voted in favor of the resolution, while the occupation entity and 7 countries voted against it, and 69 countries abstained from voting.

The General Assembly resolution states that the decision of “Israel” on December 14, 1981 to impose its laws and jurisdiction on the occupied Syrian Golan is null and void and has no legitimacy whatsoever, as confirmed by the Security Council in its resolution No. 497 of 1981 and demands “Israel” to cancel it and to fully withdraw from the occupied Syrian Golan till the line of June 4, 1967, in implementation of the relevant Security Council resolutions.

Nov 30 07:20

Pentagon Chief Orders New Inquiry Into U.S. Airstrike That Killed Dozens in Syria

Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III on Monday ordered a new high-level investigation into a U.S. airstrike in Syria in 2019 that killed dozens of women and children, according to a senior Defense Department official.

The investigation by Gen. Michael X. Garrett, the four-star head of the Army’s Forces Command, will examine the strike, which was carried out by a shadowy, classified Special Operations unit called Task Force 9, as well as the handling of the task force’s investigation by higher military headquarters and the Defense Department’s inspector general, the official said.

Nov 30 06:55

The Pentagon Doesn’t Care About Civilian Casualties

In August 2019, thousands of refugees, prisoners, and families of ISIS fighters crowded into an encampment in the border town of Baghuz in eastern Syria, one of the last territories controlled by the so-called Islamic State. The United States, supported on the ground by an allied Kurdish and Arab militia, launched a massive air assault on the enclave.

As The New York Times reported on November 13, 2021, a U.S. attack jet unleashed its payload on the civilian encampment. “As the smoke cleared,” the article noted, “a few people stumbled away in search of cover. Then, a jet tracking them dropped one 2,000-pound bomb, then another, killing most of the survivors.” At least seventy civilians died.

A Pentagon legal officer reported internally that this was a possible war crime, but, “at nearly every step, the military made moves that concealed the catastrophic strike,” according to the Times. The death toll was downplayed, and reports were delayed, sanitized, and classified.

Nov 29 07:15

US occupation brings in 100 vehicles to its base in Remailan, Hasaka countryside

The US occupation forces brought in one hundred trucks and tankers carrying logistic materials from Iraqi territories to reinforce their military bases in Hasaka countryside.

Local sources from al-Yaroubiya countryside told SANA reporter that a convoy consists of 100 tanker loaded with containers, refrigerated tankers and trucks entered from the Iraqi territories via the illegitimate al-Waleed crossing in two batches, the first batch includes 60 vehicles and the second includes 40 ones.

The batches are accompanied by military armored vehicles which headed from Suwaydiya station to the town of Remailan, about 68 KM to the east of Qamishli city.

Last Thursday, the US occupation forces brought in 48 refrigerated tankers carrying logistical materials through the same crossing to support their bases in the Hasaka countryside.

Nov 27 09:12

Video: State of Chaos in Northern Syria

Turkey is preoccupied with what is going on within its borders, but the general stat of chaos in northern and central Syria refuses to subside.

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continuing to target militants violating the ceasefire in the northwestern region of Greater Idlib.

On November 24th, at least 40 rockets and artillery shells were targeted at militant positions around the towns of Kafr Taal and Tadil in the western Aleppo countryside.

The attacks killed a member of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the ruler of Greater Idlib.

Nov 24 11:02

NYT Report On Syrians Killed By US Airstrikes Tip Of The Iceberg

On March 18, 2019, the ‘New York Times’ revealed that a special ground operations unit, called ‘Ground Force 9’, ordered strikes in Baghouz, Syria, which killed anywhere between 50 to 80 people. The special operations unit reportedly did not need the usual authorization to launch the strikes they did, which came from F-15E fighter jets. The first airstrike that was launched dropped a 500 pound bomb on a group of primarily women and children. Shortly after, they fired a second. They then fired a third 2,000 pound bomb that was dropped on the crowd ensuring the deaths of the survivors.

Nov 23 08:05

CORRUPTING SCIENCE: IN SYRIA PROBE, OPCW ERASED EXPERTS' INCONVENIENT FINDINGS

Early in the OPCW's Douma probe, expert toxicologists ruled out chlorine gas as the victims' cause of death. Top OPCW officials censored this finding, and then targeted the inspector who raised alarm.

Originally published by The Grayzone.

In the early days of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons' investigation of an alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria, expert toxicologists ruled out chlorine gas as the cause of death for the more than 40 civilians reported at the scene. Instead of publishing this finding, senior OPCW officials concealed it, and then launched an investigation of a veteran inspector who questioned the censorship.

Nov 18 07:54

Israel Fires Missiles on Damascus Suburb

On Wednesday night, Israel fired missiles which struck just south of the capital city of Damascus. Syrian media confirmed the attack. Israel has, as so often the case, declined official comment.

Most attacks go after Shi’ite targets, though this one was aimed at any empty house. No casualties were reported. Syrian missile defense reportedly intercepted one of the missiles.

Israel attacks Syria several times a month, usually nominally to attack Iran. Syrian air defenses try to limit the damage, with some success, and Syria’s threats to retaliate tend not to amount to much.

Nov 17 06:46

US military apologizes for misidentifying the bombs that may have killed dozens of civilians in Syria

After reportedly spending more than two years trying to keep the American public ignorant of an airstrike in Syria that may have killed as many as 64 civilians, the U.S. military has issued an apology – but not for accidentally killing innocent people.

A spokesman for U.S. Central Command issued an apology for misidentifying the type of ordnance dropped on a cluster of civilians in a March 2019 airstrike in Baghouz, Syria.

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"Honest! We feel really bad about it!" -- The Peptagon

Nov 16 08:40

Syria's My Lai? US Massacred 70 Civilians And Covered It Up

The New York Times has exposed one of the US military's worst massacres and cover-up scandals since My Lai in Vietnam.

On March 18, 2019, amid a battle with Islamic State fighters, the US Air Force bombed a crowd of civilians taking shelter near the town of Baghuz, Syria, killing a reported 70 people. The attacks occurred within a 5-minute span: an initial strike, and then another with heavier bombs as survivors fled. The Times' Dave Philipps and Eric Schmitt report:

Without warning, an American F-15E attack jet… dropped a 500-pound bomb on the crowd, swallowing it in a shuddering blast. As the smoke cleared, a few people stumbled away in search of cover. Then a jet tracking them dropped one 2,000-pound bomb, then another, killing most of the survivors.

Nov 16 08:11

US COVERUP OF SYRIA MASSACRE SHOWS THE DANGER OF THE ASSANGE PRECEDENT

The New York Times has published a very solid investigative report on a US military coverup of a 2019 massacre in Baghuz, Syria which killed scores of civilians. This would be the second investigative report on civilian-slaughtering US airstrikes by The New York Times in a matter of weeks, and if I were a more conspiracy-minded person I’d say the paper of record appears to have been infiltrated by journalists.

Nov 16 08:10

HOW THE U.S. HID AN AIRSTRIKE THAT KILLED DOZENS OF CIVILIANS IN SYRIA

In the last days of the battle against the Islamic State group in Syria, when members of the once-fierce caliphate were cornered in a dirt field next to a town called Baghuz, a U.S. military drone circled high overhead, hunting for military targets. But it saw only a large crowd of women and children huddled against a river bank.

Without warning, a U.S. F-15E attack jet streaked across the drone’s high-definition field of vision and dropped a 500-pound bomb on the crowd. Then a jet dropped one 2,000-pound bomb, then another.

It was March 18, 2019. At the U.S. military’s busy Combined Air Operations Center at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, uniformed personnel watching the live drone footage looked on in stunned disbelief.

“Who dropped that?” a confused analyst typed on a secure chat system being used by those monitoring the drone. Another responded, “We just dropped on 50 women and children.”

Nov 14 11:39

“Infuriating” Report Reveals “Breathtaking Cover-Up” of US Airstrike That Killed Syrian Civilians

By Jessica Corbett

“Devastating.” “Disturbing.” “Horrific.” “Shameful.”

Advocacy groups, human rights defenders, fellow reporters, and other readers of The New York Times were outraged Saturday after journalists Dave Philipps and Eric Schmitt published their investigation into a deadly 2019 U.S. airstrike in Syria and all that followed.

“This NYT report on the cover-up of U.S. war crimes in Syria should make your blood boil,” Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the anti-war group CodePink, tweeted Sunday. “The U.S. wantonly kills civilians, covers it up, and then tells other countries how ‘democracy’ works. Infuriating.”

Evan Hill, a journalist on the Times‘ visual investigations team, said that “this is a long, complicated story, but it’s one that touches on nearly every problem with the global U.S. air war. At every attempt, the military tried to cover it up.”...

Nov 14 08:17

US Acknowledges 2019 Airstrikes in Syria After NYT Report Reveals Dozens of Civilians Were Killed

A new report in the New York Times provides an in-depth look at two back-to-back, US-led airstrikes that occurred in Syria on March 18, 2019, that killed at least 80 people, including up to 64 women and children. It is now known that the unreported incident was at the time flagged by a legal officer as a possible war crime.

For the first time, US Central Command (USCENTCOM), the unified combatant command which oversaw US air operations in Syria, has officially acknowledged the series of strikes against targets near Baghuz, Syria, on March 18, 2019.

Responding to the New York Times report, USCENTCOM detailed in a Saturday statement that American forces had confirmed 16 Daesh fighters and four civilians were among the 80 killed.

Nov 10 09:33

Syria can re-enter Arab League if certain steps are met, says Egypt's foreign minister

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Syria could regain its status in the Arab League and fully normalise relations if it is able to play its "traditional role" in supporting Arab regional security.

Speaking at the Wilson Center on Tuesday, during the foreign secretary's two-day visit to Washington for the Egypt strategic dialogue with the Biden administration, Shoukry said "??Syria is a very important component of Arab national security".

Shoukry said the Syrian government needs to demonstrate "a willingness to once again play its traditional role in support of Arab national security" and also show it can deal with the aftermath of the decade-long conflict in the country, including "the humanitarian dimension as well as the refugee problem".

Nov 09 07:53

Israeli Airstrikes Hit Syria Near Homs, Tartus

Israel has launched a new round of attacks on Syria, hitting the outskirts of the central city of Homs, and the coastal city of Tartus. Syria reported many missiles were intercepted.

Still, damage was caused and two Syria soldiers wounded. It’s not clear what the intended target was, and predictably Israel is not commenting at all. The guess is the target was Shi’ites of some sort.

Homs is hit semi-regularly, but the real news here is Tartus, which is historically a no-go area, on account of the Russian naval base hosted there. Russia has previously warned Israel away from the coast.

Russia will almost certainly react, as it would look bad if they let an Israeli strike go by without comment. That’s likely to lead to new talks on deconfliction in the area.

Nov 08 07:43

Turkish press condemns “Russian attacks on Syria’s Idlib”

From today’s Daily Sabah. The Kremlin’s strategic partner and “special and good” friend Turkey is poised to launch a major military offensive in the area even as it arms the regime in Kiev with combat drones to replicate last year’s slaughter in Nagorno-Karabakh in the Donbass and incite a Kosovo-style “humanitarian” war in Crimea.

Nov 05 06:44

75 Years & Counting: A History of Western Regime Change in Syria Part I

Washington and London’s latest war against Syria was incubated in CIA and MI6 offices long before the manufactured “uprising” erupted in 2011.

This was not the first time that the US neocolonialist alliance had attempted regime change in Syria. Historian Stephen Gowans writes about Washington’s Long War on Syria in his comprehensive book on the US-led interference in Syrian state affairs for decades.

Gowans describes American opposition to the “fiercely independent” Arab nationalist movement that came to power in Syria in 1963. In 1971 Hafez Al Assad was elected President, the father of Bashar Al Assad both of whom uphold the principles of Arab unity and independence.

Nov 05 06:14

Israel attacks Syria in broad daylight. We shouldn't actively ignore it

Israel is on an attacking spree in Syria. Surface to surface missiles were launched from inside the Palestinian occupied territories twice in the space of four days. Israel is violating international law with criminal regularity.
On Saturday, October 30, Israel changed strategy and attacked Syria in broad daylight. The attacks usually come in the early hours of the morning under cover of darkness, but this time Israel launched at 11.15am. The target was the Syrian air defense base to the West of Damascus. The base is shared with a racehorse training facility and racetrack. If Israel had attacked an hour earlier, there would have been horses on the track with their jockeys, trainers watching from the side lines, and people in the seats having a traditional breakfast picnic. There would have been chaos and, possibly, carnage.

Nov 03 06:37

Israel Strikes Damascus Outskirts in Overnight Attack

Overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, Israel carried out a series of airstrikes against the outskirts of Damascus. As is so often the case, Israel has not commented on the matter.

Syria’s state media reported that air defenses were activated during the attack, and many of the missiles were intercepted. It’s not clear what was being attacked, but there are reports of material damage, while as yet no casualties have been confirmed.

Previous Israeli strikes around Damascus were reportedly aimed at weapons convoys. Often, Israeli strikes target Shi’ite groups. Generally, Israeli media spins this as targeting Iran, though in practice it usually means Iraqis or Lebanese.

That no casualties were reported immediately does not mean none happened, as often we don’t get such figures for a day or two. Details on intended targets will likely emerge in time too.

Nov 02 09:51

5 Canadian Soldiers KILLED, 4 Wounded during Taliban Attack in Syria

At least five (5) Canadian soldiers were killed and four (4) other Canadian soldiers were wounded in an attack launched by the Taliban inside Syria overnight.

The Canadian soldiers are part of a United Nations force inside Syria.

A source in a position to know the details, indicates that the Taliban has become emboldened and is acting on its own, without help from insurgents, ISIS, HAMAS, or even the Muslim Brotherhood.

Specific details about the attack are being withheld to protect the identity of the source, but we can report the attack took place in/around Damascus last night.

The dead Canadian soldiers have not been identified pending notification of next of kin.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Nov 02 07:34

Will the US Ever Get Out of Syria?

Recently, the Biden administration announced that they had no plans to withdraw US troops from Syria. Given the backlash Joe Biden received from the military establishment after the withdrawal from Afghanistan, this was not unexpected. Despite Trump’s multiple attempts to do so during his administration, he ultimately yielded to the Israel lobby, Saudi businessmen, and arms manufacturers who are always behind these kinds of wars. With Biden’s history of solidly being a pro-war, establishment Democrat, any near-future withdrawal from Syria was a lost cause from the start. All of this will be at the cost of millions of Syrians who will be killed, injured, impoverished, starved, or otherwise subjugated by the belligerents in the now 10-year-old Syrian civil war.

Nov 01 07:10

Israeli Missile Strike Kills Five in Damascus Suburbs

An Israeli missile strike targeted a convoy in metro Damascus on Saturday, killing five militia members and wounding two Syrian soldiers. The strike was also claimed to have destroyed a number of weapons and ammunition believed to be transported.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed it was a Hezbollah and Iranian convoy carrying weapons, and was heading toward Lebanon at the time of the attack.

Syrian state media reportedly intercepted some of the missiles, described as surface-to-surface. The day-time strike also caused some material damage in the neighborhood.

As usual, Israel offered no statement on the attack. They hit Syria routinely, however, and there is no real question that this was just the latest in that process.

Nov 01 06:05

Biden: US Will Retaliate Against Iran's Actions, Be It 'Drone Strikes or Anything Else'

Earlier this week, the US Treasury stated that fresh sanctions had been imposed against Iran's unmanned aerial vehicle program and its chief executive.

Speaking at the press conference on the results of the G20 in Rome, US President Joe Biden said that Washington will retaliate to any actions Iran may undertake "against the interests of the US."

"With regard to the issue on how we are going to respond on actions taken by them against the interests of the US whether there are drone strikes or anything else, is that we are going to continue to respond," Biden told reporters on Sunday.

The statement comes after a drone attack was carried out against the at-Tanf military base in Syria last week, for which no country or group have taken responsibility.

Oct 31 06:35

Syrian Air Defense Destroy 2 Missiles Fired By Israel Using Russian-Made Buk-M2E Systems

Syrian air defense forces destroyed two missiles launched by the Israeli Air Force towards targets in the country using Russian-made Buk-M2E systems, Rear Admiral Vadim Kulit, deputy head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties in Syria said on Saturday.

Syria's air defense systems were reportedly repelling an attack from the approximate vicinity of the Golan Heights earlier in the day, according to Syrian state-run media. According to the report, the targets were located in the area of the Syrian capital, Damascus.

According to Kulit, four F-16 aircraft of the Israeli Air Force launched eight Delilah guided missiles from the Golan Heights at a Damascus suburb, striking Syrian air defense facilities.

"The Syrian air defense on duty destroyed two missiles from the Russian-made Buk-M2E systems," Kulit told a briefing.

The attack resulted in minor damage to infrastructure, the deputy head said, adding that two Syrian soldiers were injured.

Oct 28 22:05

Report: Putin Negotiating With Israeli PM to Get U.S. to Lift Sanctions on Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin is negotiating with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to get the United States to lift sanctions on Syria "in order to allow Russian companies to take part in the reconstruction of the country," Axios reports.

Oct 28 06:39

Turkish Parliament Extends Syria, Iraq Missions by Two Years

On Tuesday, Turkey’s parliament voted to extend their military mandate for cross-border operations in Iraq and Syria. This authorized two more years of operations.

Turkey has been operating in Iraq for decades, and in Syria throughout the Syrian War. In both cases, the operations center almost exclusively on attacking Kurdish groups, who they label “terrorists.”

Syria’s YPG has been expecting another Turkish incursion on them in the lead-up to this vote. Turkey’s President Erdogan is again talking up these operations, saying there is “no patience left” for the YPG, who he labeled “a source of terror attacks.”

Oct 27 06:18

Russia prepares the curtain call

The implementation of the conclusions of the US-Russia summit in Geneva (known as "Yalta II"), held on June 16, 2021, continues. It seems that the concessions made by Washington to Moscow are much more significant than previously thought. President Vladimir Putin continues to put the world back in order not only in the wider Middle East, but also in Africa and Asia. Substantial changes are already observable in four months. In the Russian tradition, nothing is announced, but everything will be revealed en bloc when things have become irreversible.

Oct 27 05:40

Biden Officials Say US Military Not Leaving Syria Any Time Soon

Since the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, there has been speculation that the US might also leave Syria, but the Biden administration has been quick to dispel such rumors. In the latest comments, Biden officials told Al Jazeera that a Syria withdrawal wouldn’t be happening any time soon.

An assistant to a senior Middle East official on Biden’s National Security Council said the administration had given “assurances” to the US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria that the US would not be leaving. Earlier in October, a Syrian Kurdish official traveled to Washington and met with Biden officials who promised the US would continue its military presence in Syria.

Oct 25 12:35

Israel Launches Missiles On Southern Syria Amid Reports Hezbollah Entrenched Along Golan Border

Just days after the Friday meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Israel has once again launched major strikes on southern Syria, which reportedly struck Hezbollah-linked targets near the border between the two countries.

Damascus says it has a right to respond after the Monday morning attack, describing in a foreign ministry statement: "The Israeli forces this morning showed another aggression in the southern region. This is taking place as part of a series of aggression against Syria's sovereignty."

Syrian media confirmed multiple Israeli missile strikes on Madinat al-Baath on the Syrian side of the Golan border - an attack which was preceded by Israeli forces dropping leaflets over the area warning people there not to cooperate with Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shia group backed by Iran.

Israeli media is reporting that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) used helicopters in the attack:

Oct 25 12:34

IDF drops leaflets outing Syrian Arab Army officers as working for HezbollahThe pamphlets were dropped shortly after Israel was accused of striking targets on the Syrian side of the Golan.

The Israeli military dropped leaflets accusing the Syrian Arab Army of cooperating with Hezbollah and explicitly named operatives working for the terrorist group on the Golan Heights, just hours after it carried out airstrikes in the area.

The pamphlets were dropped shortly after Israel was accused by opposition sources of striking targets belonging to Hezbollah’s so-called “Golan File” near al-Ba’ath and al-Krum in the southern Syrian province of Quneitra.

Syria’s SANA news agency later confirmed the strikes, saying: “Zionist occupation forces committed a new aggression in the southern region at dawn today, as part of their repeated aggression against the sanctity and sovereignty of the Syrian territories.”

Oct 22 07:00

Erdogan Warns Turkey Could Deploy Heavy Weaponry Against Syrian Army

Damascus has repeatedly condemned Turkey's illegal deployments in its northern territories, and has demanded that all foreign militaries and militias not explicitly invited into the war-torn country by its internationally recognised government leave immediately.
Turkey will deploy heavy weaponry in Syria against the Syrian army if necessary, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned.

"At the moment, our operations are continuing in the critically important points of the region, there are absolutely no compromises. We are continuing this process in Syria. Right now I don't know what position the regime [of internationally-recognised Syrian President Bashar Asssad -ed.] will take, but we continue to do everything necessary, especially against this approach in Idlib, and we will continue to respond with all our heavy weaponry. We will not leave this situation as it is," the Turkish leader told reporters on Thursday.

Oct 22 06:43

Israel Frets Disbanding of Syrian Militia Based Along Golan Border

Israeli media are playing up government concerns about the disbanding of Syria’s Eighth Brigade, a militia that has been working with the Syrian military in the ongoing war, and was bankrolled and armed by Russia.

The Eighth Brigade had about 10,000 fighters, mostly former rebels looking to take a Russian paycheck. The faction was involved in fighting against other rebel groups in south Syria, not far from the Israeli-occupied Golan.

Israel has made no bones about its problems with all pro-Syria factions, but is now concerned that the Eighth Brigade being disbanded opens the door for Iran to replace them in the area. This is in spite of there being no evidence this will happen.

Indeed, the whole reason Russia is disbanding the brigade is because they brokered a peace deal in the south, so the fighters aren’t needed. It is unlikely these fighters will be replaced at all.

Oct 21 05:49

Syria war: Refugees returning home risk persecution, torture and death, report warns

Refugees returning to Syria face serious risks including torture, extrajudicial killings and kidnapping at the hands of Syrian government forces and their militias, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) published on Wednesday.

The report comes days after the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi met with Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad and Minister of Local Administration and Environment Hussein Makhlouf. On Sunday, the trio discussed issues relating to the return of refugees to the country nearly 11 years since the war began.

Oct 18 10:26

Syria accuses Israel of assassinating intel officer near Golan border

Syria has accused Israel of being behind the assassination of a high-ranking government official near the border of occupied Syrian Golan Heights yesterday.

Midhat Al-Saleh, 54, an intelligence officer, was the head of Syria's Golan Affairs Office and a former lawmaker. According to the state-run SANA news agency, Saleh was shot outside his home near the village of Ain Eltineh, situated opposite the Druze town of Majdal Shams.

AlJazeera reported that he was killed by an Israeli sniper, although the Israeli military has not confirmed or denied the incident in line with a longstanding policy.

"The cabinet stressed, in a statement, that those terrorist acts will only increase the determination of the Syrian Arab people to continue resisting the occupier and liberating the occupied Syrian Golan," SANA reported. The Syrian cabinet also condemned the "cowardly criminal act".

Oct 14 07:20

Blinken: US Policy Is to ‘Oppose the Reconstruction of Syria’

On Wednesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US position on Syria is to “oppose” the country’s reconstruction and not support any attempts at normalization with the government of Bashar al-Assad.

At a joint press conference with his Israeli and UAE counterparts, Blinken said the US has not “changed our position to oppose the reconstruction of Syria until there is irreversible progress toward a political solution.”

More and more Arab countries are accepting that Assad isn’t going anywhere and have taken steps to normalize, including Jordan, which opened its border with Syria in September. Blinken said the US does not intend to “express any support for efforts to normalize relations or rehabilitate Mr. Assad” or lift a “single sanction” unless there is regime change in Damascus.

Oct 12 07:25

Erdogan Says Turkey 'Sick and Tired' of 'Terrorist Attacks' in Syria, Will 'Eliminate the Threats'

Ankara previously dispatched troops to the northern part of Syria and conducted joint operations with local militants against Kurdish forces in the region.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed the situation in Syria on Monday, warning that his country will retaliate following reports that two Turkish police officers were killed in a shootout with Kurdish fighters.

"We have run out of patience", he said, as cited by Daily Sabah. "Turkey is determined to eliminate threats arising from northern Syria, either together with forces active there, or with our own means".

Oct 11 10:08

Israel Fires Missiles at Syria Airbase, Killing Two

Following up on a Friday airstrike near Palmyra, Israel carried out a weekend attack against against the T4 airbase in Syria, firing a flurry of missiles against the site, and killing two soldiers.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes were believed to be targeted at the drone depot at the airport. State media reported Syrian air defenses intercepted most of the missiles.

Israel did not directly comment on the attack, which is not unusual. In general, Israel does not address its strikes on Syria outside of very rare successes officials want to brag about.

Israel has been attacking targets in Syria at a growing rate, and it is not unusual for them to carry out several attacks in any given week.

Oct 10 07:55

Israel Launches Airstrikes in Syria, Wounding Six

Israeli warplanes bombed Syria on Friday night, wounding six Syrian soldiers, Syrian media reported. The strikes targeted an airbase outside of the Syrian city of Palmyra.

Syria’s SANA quoted a military source who said the airstrikes were launched from the direction of al-Tanf, a US military base in southeast Syria near the borders of Iraq and Jordan. The source said most of the missiles were intercepted by air defenses.

Israel generally doesn’t comment on its airstrikes in Syria. Occasionally, Israeli military officials discuss their frequent airstrikes in Syria and frame them as part of a campaign against Iran. But like Friday’s strikes, they typically kill Syrian soldiers or members of Iraq’s Shia militias.

Oct 03 07:52

US Says It Has No Plans to Normalize Relations With Syria

The State Department told Reuters on Wednesday that the US has no plans to normalize or upgrade relations with Syria and would not encourage others to do so. The comments came as Jordan fully reopened its border with Syria.

“The United States will not normalize or upgrade our diplomatic relations with the Assad regime nor do we encourage others to do so,” a State Department spokesperson said. “Assad has regained no legitimacy in our eyes, and there is no question of the US normalizing relations with his government at this time.”

The US maintains crushing economic sanctions on Syria that specifically target the construction and energy sectors to make it difficult for the country to rebuild. Sanctions imposed under the Caesar Act in 2020 can target any individual, company, or government that is doing business with Syria regardless of nationality, meaning Jordan could be targeted.

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That is because the very first thing Syria would demand is US forces OUT of Syria!

Sep 28 11:47

Russian Military: Militants Launched Drone Toward Hmeimim Airbase, Pantsir-S Shot It Down

The Russian Defense Ministry said Monday it had intercepted a drone launched at a key Russian military installation in western Syria.

According to Rear Adm. Vadim Kulit, deputy head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties in Syria, the drone was launched from the de-escalation zone in Idlib Governorate toward Hmeimim Air Base in Latakia Governorate, a province to the southwest near the Mediterranean coast. However, the drone was intercepted by a Pantsir-S mobile air defense system (NATO reporting name SA-22 Greyhound).

Sep 28 11:37

With militarised media as a weapon of mass deception, what is the plan?

Fernando Guevara argues that mainstream media, the police and other "civilian institutions", have become militarised. "Even on the internet, algorithms are re-set to catch what suits Zionists/Israel, while a lot of what sheds light on their terror is simply removed/de-platformed.">>

Sep 27 11:30

The U.S. May Have Lost the Military War in Syria, But Has Won the Propaganda War at Home By Portraying its Murderous Invasion as a Moral Crusade

In 1991, famed MIT linguist Noam Chomsky published a political pamphlet called Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda, which provided an examination of U.S. war propaganda and its success from Woodrow Wilson’s World War I Creel Commission to Bush Sr.’s war on Iraq.

According to Chomsky, “Propaganda is to democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.” It lulls the masses into acquiescence while preserving the illusion of an open society.

U.S. propaganda had been especially effective because it is subtly designed to arouse moral outrage against the government’s targets by playing up their human rights abuses—real or imagined.

Sep 27 06:28

Video: US-led Coalition Denies Responsibility for Drone Strikes against Syria

The U.S.-led international coalition denied responsibility for a drone attack that allegedly targeted al-Qaeda affiliated Horas al-Din commanders. Sources in Greater Idlib said that the target of the drone strike was either sheikh Abu al-Bar’a al-Tunisi, a leader of al-Qaeda-linked Horas al-Din, or the terrorist group’s military commander Abu Hamzah al-Yamani.

In its turn, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby claimed the U.S. strike was a success, referring to the data of the Central Command of the US Armed Forces, which recognized responsibility for the strike.

Once again Washington proved its unwillingness to defer to its allies.

Sep 21 07:55

US Launches Airstrike Near Idlib, Syria

The US on Monday carried out an airstrike near Idlib in northwest Syria, according to US Central Command (CENTCOM).

While President Biden has bombed Syria, this appears to be the first US airstrike in northwest Syria since he’s assumed office. CENTCOM claims the strike targeted a “senior al-Qaeda leader” and that “initial indications” show the US hit the individual it was targeting.

According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the strike hit a vehicle carrying a militant from one of the radical groups in the region and killed at least one person. The Observatory didn’t name the group but said it was affiliated with al-Qaeda.

Starting in 2019, the US has carried out several drone strikes in northwest Syria against Hurras al-Din, an al-Qaeda-affiliated militia. Hurras al-Din is an offshoot and rival of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), another al-Qaeda affiliate that is the dominant faction in Idlib.

Sep 20 10:17

Syrian tribes vow to help army fight foreign troops, separatists

Leaders of various Syrian tribes have held a gathering in the capital Damascus, pledging to work with the army to expel foreign troops and return occupied territories to the state control.

Tribal leaders and elders categorically rejected Friday attempts by foreign forces and their Takfiri mercenaries to partition Syria, stressing that they will join forces with Syrian army troops to confront separatist plots.

They called on foreign occupation forces and their mercenaries to leave Syria, saying the Syrian nation suffers from harsh economic and social difficulties as a result of their presence and arbitrary measures.

Sep 19 05:33

The so-called ‘cradle of the revolution’ against Assad has been liberated – the West’s campaign to topple him is all but over

After three years of a fragile ceasefire and a campaign of assassinations of Syrian government ‘loyalists’ by embedded fundamentalist armed groups, the Syrian flag has once more been raised in Daraa Al Balad.

Western media persists in portraying the emergence of extremist armed groups in Daraa, south of Damascus, as the “cradle of the revolution” to overthrow the Syrian government. The reality is that Daraa was the touchpaper lit by hardline Libyan mercenaries imported into the city prior to 2011.

From Daraa, the “revolutionary” flames fanned by the US, UK and Israeli-led coalition headquartered in Jordan, funded by Gulf-state blood money, would engulf Syria for ten long years. In Daraa, the CIA/MI6-backed Muslim Brotherhood extremist gangs fronted the orchestrated uprising, power multiplied by Libyan arms and terrorist factions and given credibility by the colonial media complex spearheaded by the BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera.

Sep 19 05:09

Attack on gas line leaves Syrian capital with no electricity

Syria's electricity minister said an attack on one of the gas lines at Deir Ali station led to an electricity outage that affected the capital Damascus, its outskirts and other areas, and that repair work is ongoing, the state news agency (SANA) reported on Friday.
The Minister also told state TV that electricity is expected to return in Damascus city within an hour and then successively to other affected areas.
There were no further details on the nature of the attack.

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Sep 16 06:37

Scores of US Vessels With ‘Stolen Syrian Oil’ Leave Arab Republic for Iraq, Report Says

Earlier this year, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby argued that the US military presence in north-eastern Syria is aimed at ensuring the “enduring defeat” of Daesh* terrorists, and that Washington is not involved in exploiting the region’s oil resources.

A convoy of 70 US vehicles, including tankers loaded with “stolen Syrian oil”, have made their way out of north-eastern Syria into Iraq via the al-Waleed border crossing, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) has reported.

The Syrian government does not have any control over the al-Waleed border crossing and therefore deems it illegal.

Sep 15 05:01

Drones, Likely Israeli, Attack Militia Sites on Iraq-Syria Border

A fleet of drones of as-yet-unidentified origin have carried out attacks on Shi’ite militia targets along the Syria-Iraq border. The early reports from Iraq were that the casualties were only on the Syrian side.

The militias in question are holdovers from the ISIS war, anti-ISIS forces that fought on both sides of the border. The US is hostile to the militia, but was quick to deny involvement in the attack. Israel has commonly launched attacks in this area, and there is ample speculation that they are the culprit.

Media reports, particularly Israeli reports, try to spin these militias as Iranian, even though in practice they are nearly all based in Iraq. Apart from increasingly rare engagements against ISIS, the groups are mostly targeted by Israel and/or the US.

Sep 13 08:19

America's forever foreign policy debate: Groupthink recipe for perpetual disasters

Lawrence Davidson argues that the confinement of debate over the course of Washington's foreign policy to insiders dooms the US to repeat its foreign fiascos and renders such policy "the product of the desires of dominant lobbies pursuing parochial interests".

Sep 10 06:53

BBC Admits Syria Chemical Attack Documentary Had "Serious Flaws"

The BBC’s Executive Complaints Unit (ECU) has admitted there were “serious flaws” in a Radio 4 documentary by journalist Chloe Hadjimatheou on the alleged 2018 chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma.

On 2 September, the UK national broadcaster issued a statement which read:

“The ECU found that, although they were limited to one aspect of an investigation into a complex and hotly contested subject, these points represented a failure to meet the standard of accuracy appropriate to a program of this kind.”

The ECU statement came in response to an official complaint by Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens following last November’s broadcast of “Mayday: The Canister On The Bed.”

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Sep 08 09:58

Arab States Edge Closer to Reconciliation With Syria

It has been ten long years since the US and its regional allies launched their proxy war on Syria, a war that caused immeasurable human tragedy and, with Syria’s diminished political role, a dangerous regional imbalance. And yet, the Gulf States and Jordan are only just waking up to the perils of leaving Syria out in the cold.

Historically, since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Damascus has maintained a high level of diplomatic proficiency and influence, even compelling the US to communicate through Damascus as a means of contact between regional powers.

Modern Syria has effectively been a bridge between the Arab states of the Persian Gulf and Tehran, a bulwark against Turkish expansionist efforts in the Arab world, and a key political factor in securing a minimum level of stability in the region.

Sep 06 07:14

BBC ADMITS PROPAGANDA REPORT SMEARING OPCW SYRIA 'GAS ATTACK' WHISTLEBLOWER WAS FILLED WITH LIES

A BBC propaganda report from journalist Chloe Hadjimatheou that smeared an OPCW whistleblower, Wikileaks and columnist Peter Hitchens for questioning the alleged April 2018 "gas attack" in Douma was loaded with lies and disinformation, the BBC has admitted.

Sep 06 06:19

BBC Admits Propaganda Report Smearing OPCW Syria 'Gas Attack' Whistleblower Was Filled With Lies

A BBC propaganda report from journalist Chloe Hadjimatheou that smeared an OPCW whistleblower, Wikileaks and columnist Peter Hitchens for questioning the alleged April 2018 "gas attack" in Douma was loaded with lies and disinformation, the BBC has admitted.

Sep 06 05:54

BBC admits Syria gas attack report had serious flaws in 'victory for truth' after complaint by Peter Hitchens

The BBC has admitted that a Radio 4 documentary on an alleged chemical weapon attack in Syria contained serious inaccuracies.

The Corporation's Executive Complaints Unit (ECU) upheld a protest from Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens following last November's broadcast of Mayday: The Canister On The Bed.

Adjudicators agreed that the programme by BBC investigative journalist Chloe Hadjimatheou failed to meet the Corporation's editorial standards for accuracy by reporting false claims.

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Sep 03 05:04

Syrian air defences fire on Israeli missiles over Damascus - state news

Syrian air defences shot down missiles fired by Israel in the skies over the capital Damascus, Syria's state news agency said early on Friday.

"The Israeli enemy carried out an air aggression from the direction southeast of Beirut, targeting some points in the vicinity of the city of Damascus," a Syrian military source was quoted as saying in a statement published on state television.

Syrian TV showed scenes of air defences shooting at targets over the city.

"Our air defence confronted the aggressor's missiles and shot down most of them, and the losses were limited to materiel," the statement said.

The Israeli military declined comment on the reported strike in Syria.

Aug 31 05:53

Drying Euphrates sounds alarm bells in Syria

Aid groups and engineers have warned of a looming humanitarian disaster in northeastern Syria amid a drop in water levels of the country’s longest river, the Euphrates.

In the village of Rumayleh in Alepp Province, Khaled al-Khamees, a 50-year-old farmer, said, "It's as if we were in the desert."

"We're thinking of leaving because there's no water left to drink or irrigate the trees," AFP cited Khamees as saying on Monday.

Aid groups and engineers say that five million Syrians are at risk of water and power cutoffs amid declining water levels at hydroelectric dams since January.

The waning river flow adds to the woes of the people there after a decade of foreign-backed militancy and amid a coronavirus pandemic.

Aug 30 09:27

The world is experiencing a massive, "Globalist" red pill awakening.

After 20 years, 10 Trillion Dollars, thousands of American deaths, loss of limbs, chronic PTSD, depression, military families torn apart and multiple daily suicides...we are now worse off than before 9.11.

The criminal Globalists, from George Bush to Barack Obama and everyone in between (to include the current occupant in the White House), have shown the world they abandon our allies and befriend our enemies all while getting rich off our blood and endangering our security while creating the world's first Islamic Super State in Afghanistan. Additionally, they're airlifting in countless "refugees" (terrorists) to conduct more 9/11s on our soil.

AWAKE YET? Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.

Aug 30 06:31

Thousands of Syrians protest against US occupation forces in Deir Ezzor

Thousands of Syrians staged a protest against US occupation forces in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor to condemn the arrest of 300 anti-terrorist fighters from the Al-Shaitat tribe.

Demonstrators called for the immediate release of the tribesmen who have been instrumental in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, and who were allegedly imprisoned without charges. For their part, the US and the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) maintain the tribesmen were arrested for “collaborating” with the Syrian government.

Protesters also said that if the prisoners are not released, the protest would spread across all of Deir Ezzor.

The leaders of the Al-Shaitat clan told reporters that villagers are outraged by the actions of US occupation forces, who have been consistently kidnapping their countrymen on charges of working with Russia and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

Aug 27 13:00

Report: Israel to call on US not to withdraw forces from Iraq, Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will today call on the US President Joe Biden not to withdraw American forces from Iraq and Syria, Israeli media reported.

Bennett was scheduled to meet with Biden yesterday on his first visit to the White House as prime minister, but the meeting was postponed after an explosion at Kabul airport, Afghanistan, killed ten US service members.

An official source told the Hebrew website Wallah that Bennett believes that an American withdrawal from Syria and Iraq "could serve Iran and enhance its presence in the region."

Pressure increased in recent weeks on the Iraqi government, both from Iran and from the forces loyal to the Islamic Republic, to expel US forces in the country. Iraq's parliament had voted for the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country following the January 2020 assassination of Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani in a US drone strike near the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Aug 24 06:30

US F-15 Jet Shot Down Iranian Drone After Getting 'Too Close' To US Bases In Syria

On Sunday a US military spokesman announced that an enemy drone had been shot down over eastern Syria as it flew near the vicinity of American troops. The incident happened Saturday, but with details slow to emerge by the next day which included a US F-15 fighter jet engaging the drone in the air.

US Army Colonel Wayne Marotto said, "Coalition aircraft successfully engaged and defeated a UAS through air-to-air engagement in the vicinity of Mission Support Site Green Village," while a Fox News journalist separately alleged it was an Iranian UAV based on US defense sources.

Aug 23 08:20

Russian Military Hails Syria’s Successful Intercepts Of 22 Of 24 Missiles In Latest Israeli Attack

Following Thursday’s night’s largescale airstrikes by Israeli fighter jets on areas in and around Damascus and in Homs province, Russia’s military leadership in Syria told international news agencies that six total Israeli jets conducted the aggression using Lebanon’s airspace.

Rear Adm. Vadim Kulit, head of the Russian military’s Reconciliation Center in Syria, further detailed that Syrian anti-air defenses successfully shot down a total of 22 out of 24 of the inbound missiles launched by the Israeli warplanes.

Aug 21 07:10

Syria Shot Down 22 Israeli Missiles, Russian Military Claims

Syria’s air defense forces have shot down 22 missiles launched by Israeli warplanes during an airstrike against targets in Syria, the Russian military said Friday.

Rear Adm. Vadim Kulit, head of the Russian military’s Reconciliation Center in Syria, said six Israeli fighter jets targeted facilities in the provinces of Damascus and Homs from Lebanon’s airspace late Thursday.

Kulit said Syrian air defense units downed 22 of the 24 missiles launched by the Israeli warplanes with Russia-supplied air defense systems Pantsyr-S and Buk-M2.

There was no immediate reaction from Israel, which rarely comments on its military operations in Syria.

Aug 21 06:04

Biden Falsely Claims The US Doesn't Have A Military Presence In Syria

President Biden falsely claimed that the US does not have a military presence in Syria when defending his decision to pull out of Afghanistan. In an interview with ABC on Wednesday night, Biden pointed to the so-called "threats in Syria and Africa.

"There’s a significantly greater threat to the United States from Syria. There’s a significantly greater threat from East Africa. There’s significant greater threat to other places in the world than it is from the mountains of Afghanistan." he said. "We don’t have military in Syria to make sure that we’re gonna be protected."

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Aug 20 06:36

Lebanon complains to UN after Israel allegedly uses country’s airspace to strike Syria again

Lebanon has complained to the UN after claiming Israeli jets “blatantly violated” its airspace to carry out strikes at Syrian territory on Thursday. The incursion reportedly forced two civilian flights to divert from their route.

Late on Thursday, Syrian air defenses “repelled an Israel missile aggression,” downing most of the incoming projectiles, Syria’s state-run SANA news agency reported, citing military sources. The strikes allegedly came from the southeast side of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, and targeted areas outside the Syrian cities of Damascus and Homs, according to the agency.

Israel, which is concerned about the presence of the Iranian military and Lebanese armed group Hezbollah in Syria, usually remains silent on its strikes against the neighboring country. The reported attack was condemned by the Lebanese authorities, with Defense Minister Zeina Akar claiming that Israeli warplanes have “blatantly violated Lebanon’s airspace.”

Aug 20 06:05

Large-Scale Israeli Attack Rocks Damascus, Multiple Impact Sites Burning

Extensive Israeli airstrikes targeting Syria are underway in the overnight hours local time, with major strikes unleashed in and around Damascus, as well as reports of attacks near Homs, according to Syrian media.

Residents in the capital are reporting the ground and windows shaking, in what by many accounts is looking like the the most large-scale attack in many months.

Syrian anti-air defense systems are reported active over Damascus, with social media footage appearing to show some initial intercepts of inbound missiles.

Arabic media reports a strike range extending from the Qalamoun Mountain region, which links Lebanon and Syria, with reports of attacks near Damascus International Airport as well as Mezzeh military airpot, according to regional Al-Masdar News.

Aug 20 05:54

Biden Falsely Claims the US Doesn’t Have a Military Presence in Syria

President Biden falsely claimed that the US does not have a military presence in Syria when defending his decision to pull out of Afghanistan. In an interview with ABC on Wednesday night, Biden pointed to the so-called “threats” in Syria and Africa.

“There’s a significantly greater threat to the United States from Syria. There’s a significantly greater threat from East Africa. There’s significant greater threat to other places in the world than it is from the mountains of Afghanistan.” he said. “We don’t have military in Syria to make sure that we’re gonna be protected.”

There has been a presence of US troops in Syria since the Obama administration. There are currently about 900 US soldiers in the country’s northeast. On paper, the US presence is about supporting the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) against ISIS. But the occu

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Aug 20 05:34

Video: Syria confronts hostile Israeli targets over Damascus, Homs

Syrian air defenses confront Israeli attacks against the capital Damascus and the western city of Homs, intercepting most of the missiles fired during the airstrikes.

The attacks were reported early Friday, with Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen television network saying the Israeli regime fired missiles during the aggression against the Syrian capital’s western countryside and Homs’ southern suburbs.

News sources said explosions rang out across Damascus after the Syrian defenses struck the Israeli projectiles midair.

Israeli media outlets confirmed the attacks that took place against Damascus.

The Syrian Defense Ministry said the attacks originated from the Lebanese capital of Beirut’s southeastern area, saying Damascus was “investigating the results of this aggression.”

Aug 19 11:00

Israel Drops Flyers During Syria Strike Threatening Troops

During last night’s Israeli attacks in Quineitra, Israel dropped threatening leaflets into Syrian bases, ordering them to stop cooperating with Hezbollah and warning that doing so has “brought you destruction.”

While propaganda leaflets aren’t unheard of for Israel, this one is noteworthy because it explicitly claims credit for previous strikes which the Israeli government had not commented on. Israel largely doesn’t confirm its attacks on Syria.

Ironically, Israel has refused to comment on the leaflets themselves, though they don’t appear to be in any real question. The leaflets contain the symbol of the Israeli military’s 210th Division, which is active in the occupied Golan Heights.

Aug 18 05:55

Israel Strikes Syria for First Time in Nearly a Month

For most of the year, Israel had been attacking targets in Syria several times a week. After reports last month that Russia planned to take measures to curb the strikes, the number of strikes greatly decreased.

Indeed, the last Israeli strike on Syrian soil was almost a month ago (27 days). Tuesday, Syrian media reported Israeli strikes against the southern Quineitra Province. As usual, Israeli officials have so far refused comment.

Locals in that part of Syria reported hearing blasts, and there was video of a missile exploding in mid-air, potentially an interception. It is not clear what was exactly targeted, however, and what damage may have been caused.

Most Israeli strikes into Syria are aimed at Shi’ite militia targets, or warehouses the Israelis think might be storing weapons for Hezbollah or other such groups. Quineitra, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, is a bit different, and Israeli strikes there historically go after Syrian military posts.

Aug 16 06:29

End the Illegal US Military Presence in Syria

While testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a top Biden administration Pentagon official confirmed today that the illegal US military presence in Syria would continue:

The Biden administration is committed to retaining US military presence in northeast Syria.

Aug 10 06:03

US has NO mandate to keep troops in Syria & America’s interpretation of international law is ‘ridiculous,’ says Russian ambassador

Washington has no legal mandate to keep its armed forces in Syria, and the presence of American soldiers in the country contradicts the 2015 UN Security Council resolution that called for a ceasefire and a political settlement.

That’s according to the Russian embassy in Washington, which responded to a tweet by Wayne Marotto, the official military spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, the American campaign in the Middle East to defeat ISIS.

Writing on social media, Marotto said that the US has a “clear mandate under international law” to keep boots on the ground in Syria.

On Monday night, the Russian Embassy publicly disagreed.

Aug 06 05:41

US Military Report Warns ISIS Will Operate "Indefinitely"

The US military published a quarterly report on ISIS to Congress on Tuesday that said the group is a "low-level" threat but warned it could operate "indefinitely" in the remote deserts of Syria.

The US presence in Iraq and Syria is under the umbrella of the US-led anti-ISIS coalitions. Washington does not want to give up its occupation of either country, so even though ISIS no longer holds significant territory, the US military has an interest in inflating the threat from the group.

"Coalition partners in Iraq and Syria continued to rely on Coalition support to conduct operations, and ISIS remained entrenched as a low-level insurgency," the Pentagon’s inspector general wrote in an introduction to the report.

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Aug 05 06:23

What Message do Repeatedly Downed Israeli Missiles in Syria Send to Tel-Aviv and Washington?

Three consequent announcements made on 20, 22, and 25 July by the Russian Ministry of Defence about the successful interception of Israeli missiles in Syrian air space have prompted a heated debate among Mideast and Western observers. Why have the briefings of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation produced so much fuss?

On 29 July, The Times of Israel commented on the downing of Israeli missiles in Syria, suggesting that "Russia might be testing" Naftali Bennett's new Israeli government which came to power on 13 June, and adding that there's "no reason for panic."

However, Israel Hayom warned that Moscow may very soon "clip Israel's wings" in the Arab Republic. The media outlet pinned the blame for the supposed shift on the new Bennett government, arguing that it "is seen as weak, inexperienced, and lacking in intellectual depth" in contrast to the preceding administration of Benjamin Netanyahu.

Aug 04 05:20

The US has no right to lecture Russia over Crimea while it wholeheartedly backs Israel’s illegal occupation of Syria’s territory

If all are equal before international law, it’s clear some are more equal than others. That much is plain from the fact Washington is driving condemnation of Russia’s reabsorption of Crimea, while defending Israel’s occupations.

The US and its allies have led the charge in the UN to condemn Moscow for the 2014 move that saw it reassert its historic control over the disputed peninsula. A measure that clearly had the support of an overwhelming majority of locals, which has been proven by subsequent American and German polling.

At the same time, though, it has turned a deaf ear towards that same body’s criticism of Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights, internationally recognized as Syrian territory. One gets sanctions, the other gets support.

Aug 03 11:41

Russian army says killed 'up to 200 militants' in Syria bombing

Russia's defence ministry said Monday that it had killed "up to 200 fighters" in Syria during an air strike on a "terrorist" base northeast of Palmyra.

"After confirming data through multiple channels on the location of terrorist facilities, Russian Aerospace Forces aircraft carried out airstrikes," the ministry said in a statement, adding that they "eliminated two hideouts" and "up to 200 militants".

Aug 02 07:06

Russia Closes Syrian Skies for Israel

For a long time, Russia and Israel avoided clashes in Syria, where their interests overlap. After Moscow introduced its forces into Syrian territory in 2015, it took into account Israeli interests related to the security of the Jewish state. Israel appreciated Russia’s position and tried to make the best of the situation by avoiding clashes of Russian-Israeli interests in Syria. Moreover, Israel used Russia’s military intervention in Syria to reach military and political understanding with Moscow, knowing full well that Russia will play an influential role in the region only if it can find a balance between the interests of its allies on the one hand and Israel as a regional power on the other.

Aug 01 05:56

Russian-made air defense systems shot down ALL Israeli missiles targeting Syria’s Homs – military

All four missiles fired by Israeli warplanes at Syria’s Homs province early on Thursday were shot down by the Syrian Army using Russian-made ‘Buk’ air defense systems, the Russian military has revealed.

Two Israeli F-16 jets fired the guided missiles from Lebanese airspace, around 01:11 local time on Thursday.

“All four missiles were destroyed by on-duty Syrian air defense units, using Russian-made Buk-M2E systems,” the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria said in a statement.

Jul 31 07:03

President Biden ending the US combat role in Iraq is meaningless – America still needs to be there to keep up its role in Syria

Biden’s announcement that the US combat mission in Iraq will come to an end by the end of the year hides the reality that their presence in Iraq shields a broader combat mission in Syria and Iran. It’s not ending anytime soon.

Joe Biden recently announced that the US combat mission in Iraq will conclude by the end of the year. This announcement reflects the reality on the ground more than a major shift in US policy, and as such operates more as an exercise in semantics than a portent of any withdrawal of US forces from the region. According to the president, the US military will transition away from a hands-on combat role to one which focuses on training, advising and intelligence-sharing with supported Iraqi forces. “Our shared fight against ISIS is critical for the stability of the region and our counterterrorism operation will continue, even as we shift to this new phase we’re going to be talking about,” Biden said. There are currently some 2,500 US troops in Iraq.

Jul 30 06:09

Biden Administration Plans To Keep Troops In Syria Indefinitely

As the US is pulling troops out of Afghanistan and changing its mission in Iraq, a Biden administration official made it clear in comments to Politico that there are no plans to pull troops out of Syria.

"I don’t anticipate any changes right now to the mission or the footprint in Syria," the official said, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. There are currently about 900 US troops in northeast Syria.

"In Syria, we’re supporting Syrian Democratic Forces in their fight against ISIS. That’s been quite successful, and that’s something that we’ll continue," the official continued.

While the US claims its presence in Syria is to help fight ISIS, the region where US troops are deployed is where most of the country’s oil fields are. The occupation keeps the vital resource out of the hands of the Syrian government, which is part of Washington’s economic warfare against the country.

Jul 29 08:57

ISRAEL-RUSSIA RISING TENSIONS! Russian Air Defense Systems To SHOOT DOWN Israeli Jets

Jul 29 05:35

Biden Administration Has No Plans to Pull Troops Out of Syria

As the US is pulling troops out of Afghanistan and changing its mission in Iraq, a Biden administration official made it clear in comments to Politico that there are no plans to pull troops out of Syria.

“I don’t anticipate any changes right now to the mission or the footprint in Syria,” the official said, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. There are currently about 900 US troops in northeast Syria.

“In Syria, we’re supporting Syrian Democratic Forces in their fight against ISIS. That’s been quite successful, and that’s something that we’ll continue,” the official said.

While the US claims its presence in Syria is to help fight ISIS, the region where US troops are deployed is where most of the country’s oil fields are. The occupation keeps the vital resource out of the hands of the Syrian government, which is part of Washington’s economic warfare against the country.

Jul 27 06:26

Russia Moving To Curtail Israeli Airstrikes On Syria

With several Israeli airstrikes against Syria seemingly every week, it has come to feel like the new normal. There are rarely serious engagements in Syria’s own war anymore, but airstrikes are consistent, and generally without Israel wanting to comment.

It’s a tired problem for the region, and Syria’s close ally, Russia, appears to have had enough, and intends to take actions to limit ongoing Israeli raids. This is going to be done largely by way of upgrading Syria’s missile defenses.

Jul 27 06:01

THE U.S. EXPLOITS CHAOS TO EXPAND ITS FOOTPRINT IN SYRIA

Jul 26 10:16

Israel Launched Airstrikes Attacking Syria Two Nights In A Row & Allegedly Aided Al-Qaeda

or two consecutive nights, Israeli airstrikes pounded Syria unprovoked and even coincided with attacks from Syria’s al-Qaeda offshoot on one of the days. The only story which received adequate coverage, in between however, was rocket fire from Lebanon, demonstrating a clear media double standard.

This Tuesday night, Israeli fighter jets struck the Aleppo countryside area of al-Safirah. The airstrikes reportedly caused material damage, as Syria’s State media reported that most of the missiles were downed by air defenses. The Syrian government then issued a warning to Israel that it would bear “full responsibility” for its actions, which they noted coincided with a renewed attack from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorists on Syrian government-held areas of Hama.

Jul 26 10:03

The bombs rain down as I visit the Idlib frontlines, and witness the atrocities committed against civilians by NATO-backed terror

Children are being killed, homes are being shelled, and fields scorched, often by Al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists armed with US-made weapons or by Turkish artillery. Where’s the outcry in the West against these war crimes?

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres celebrated the extension of a “humanitarian” border crossing at Bab Al Hawa on July 10 as a “lifeline for millions of people” – many Syrians would rather describe it as a “lifeline” for Al-Qaeda.

On July 15, I visited Jurin, a village to the north of the Hama governorate and only 5km from the Syrian-allied military frontlines with the Al-Qaeda-dominated armed groups controlling Idlib in northwest Syria. We arrived at around 9a.m. to the boom of mortar and rocket fire from the Jabal az Zawiya mountain that is under the control of Turkish-backed armed groups. Jurin is in the Al Ghab plains at the foot of two mountain ranges, and is an easy target for the elevated terrorist positions on Jabal az Zawiya.

Jul 26 08:12

Breaking! Russia Attacks, Ceasefire Broken in Syria! U.S, Turkey, and Israel on the Alarm!

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Jul 26 05:58

Israeli, Turkish And Terrorist Attacks Across Syria

Syria is currently a powder keg ready to explode. The calm days of status-quo are apparently over, and fresh attacks are springing up in many locations. After 10 years of war, and a shattered economy, the Syrian people were hoping to get back to rebuilding their broken lives and homes. Experts are warning of new battlefields opening up which may bring stability and the end of occupation, or could dissolve into a greater international quagmire.

The US and Turkey illegally occupy areas in Syria with no plans to withdraw. Israel conducts frequent unprovoked airstrikes all over Syria with impunity. Russia is fighting Al Qaeda terrorists, and assisting the Syrian Arab Army to establish safe areas for civilians to return home to. While the west continues to support Radical Islamic terrorists in Idlib, who hold about 2 million persons under an oppressive regime. Syria is the only secular country in the Middle East and its people have fought 10 years to remain so.

Jul 26 05:30

Syrian air defense units intercept Israeli missiles near Damascus, thwarting THIRD raid in a week – Russian Defense Ministry

The Syrian military intercepted two missiles fired by Israeli fighter jets at the Damascus suburb of Set Zaynab over the weekend, thwarting the third airstrike in just a week, using Russian-made air defense systems.

The airstrike was conducted from outside Syrian airspace at around 5:40am Sunday morning, when two Israeli F-16 jets fired two guided missiles targeting unspecified facilities in the town of Set (Sayyidah) Zaynab 10km south of Damascus.

Syrian air defense units equipped with Russian-made Buk-M2E systems successfully intercepted both of them, the head of the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria, Rear Admiral Vadim Kulit, said in a daily briefing.

Jul 25 07:13

Russia "Exasperated" With Ongoing Israel Attacks Against Syria

Russia has “run out of patience” with Israel in Syria and is shifting its policies toward Israeli sorties over the country, according to an unconfirmed report on Saturday.

The London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat cited an unnamed “well-informed” Russian source as saying that following talks with Washington, Moscow had got the impression that “Washington does not welcome the continuous Israeli raids,” and thus believes it has the freedom to act more aggressively to thwart them.

In light of this, the Russians were now supplying Syrian forces with more advanced anti-missile systems and know-how, making them more capable of shooting down Israeli armaments, the report said.

It claimed the effect of this was already being seen, with Syrian air defenses shooting down seven of eight Israeli missiles during a July 19 Israeli raid.

There was no outside confirmation of the Arab newspaper’s report.

Jul 23 13:06

ISRAEL POURS FUEL ON NORTHERN SYRIA’S FIRE

Jul 23 06:06

Israel Hit Northern Lebanon Villages During Overnight Attack on Syria

Overnight, Israeli warplanes carried out an attack against Syria’s al-Qusayr, and as is so often the case, they attacked Syria from Lebanese airspace. Lebanon is planning to lodge an official complaint about that to the UN.

Beyond that, Israel appears to have hit several villages in northern Lebanon as well, with locals reporting blasts in several areas during the night. One of the biggest hit the village of Lehfed, creating a 15 meter crater.

The locals in Lehfed reported it was lucky that the rocket hit the rocks, noting it wasn’t far from a residential area and could’ve caused substantially more damage and casualties. As it is, the blast caused only broken windows.

Another rocket was reported to have fallen on the village of Mejdel. Blasts were reported elsewhere along the border between Syria and northern Lebanon. It’s not clear which of these were intended targets of Israel, and as usual Israel is not commenting.

Jul 23 05:29

Russian-made air defense systems shot down ALL Israeli missiles targeting Syria’s Homs – military

All four missiles fired by Israeli warplanes at Syria’s Homs province early on Thursday were shot down by the Syrian Army using Russian-made ‘Buk’ air defense systems, the Russian military has revealed.

Two Israeli F-16 jets fired the guided missiles from Lebanese airspace, around 01:11 local time on Thursday.

“All four missiles were destroyed by on-duty Syrian air defense units, using Russian-made Buk-M2E systems,” the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria said in a statement.

Jul 23 05:26

Will China rebuild war-ravaged Syria? Here’s why Beijing is doubling down on its newly minted partnership with Assad

The recent visit of China’s foreign minister to Damascus as the first foreign guest since President Bashar Assad was sworn in for a second seven-year term is significant – and signals a shift that will annoy Washington and London.

Over the weekend the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Syria during a trip to the Middle East and met with President Bashar Assad. Yang is known for his highly proactive diplomacy, often dashing across multiple regions of the world to meet his counterparts, but this particular visit was particularly notable for a number of reasons.

Jul 22 09:05

Syria shot 7 of 8 Israeli missiles, Russian military says

Syria's air defense forces shot down seven out of eight missiles launched by Israeli warplanes during a raid that targeted the Syrian province of Aleppo, the Russian military said Tuesday.

Rear Adm. Vadim Kulit, the head of the Russian military's Reconciliation Center in Syria, said that four Israeli F-16 fighter jets targeted facilities southeast of Aleppo in Monday's strike.

Kulit said seven of eight missiles launched by the Israeli fighter jets were downed by Syrian air defense units that used Russia-supplied air defense systems Pantsyr-S and Buk-M2. One missile damaged the building of a scientific research center in Safira, he said.

Jul 22 06:26

Israeli Planes Strike Syrian Town in Second Attack of the Week

Still assessing the damage from Israel’s Monday night attack on Aleppo, Syria is facing Israeli missile fire again, this time targeting the town of al-Qusayr, near Homs. Early reports again are that air defenses intercepted most of the missiles.

Something was hit in the strikes, with locals reporting explosions. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said they believed Israel was targeting Hezbollah sites. Qusayr is not far from the Lebanon border, and might have a Hezbollah presence.

The Israeli warplanes fired into the area from north of Beirut. It is common for Israel to use Lebanese airspace to target Syria. Israel attacks targets in Syria extremely often, though generally does not comment on why.

This was true again this evening, with Israel citing a policy of not commenting on attacks which were initially reported in foreign media outlets.

Jul 21 08:01

WEAPONIZING “HUMANITARIAN AID” TO SYRIA:

On Friday July 9 the UN Security Council unanimously agreed to a conditional one-year extension of the Turkey/Syria border crossing at Bab al Hawa. As part of the agreement, the UN Secretary General needs to report regularly on what is happening with the aid going into the Al Qaeda dominated zone. Evidently Russia and China thought the time was not right to insist on principle.

A few weeks ago a friend had sent me a link to a Foreign Policy magazine news story about the Bab al-Hawa crossing, and asked, “Is this accurate?” What could be wrong with humanitarian aid?

There have been many such stories, both short and long. The essence of them all in Western media is that Bab al-Hawa must be kept open for humanitarian reasons. Many of the articles castigate Russia or any other country, such as China, that were contemplating blocking a renewal of the UN authorization of the border crossing.

Jul 21 07:40

Israeli Missile Strikes in Northern Syria Kill Five

Details are emerging on Israel’s overnight missile strikes against Syria’s north. The strikes reportedly killed five people, two Syrians and three non-Syrians, and destroyed a military base near Aleppo.

Syrian state media confirmed the attacks, and said that their defense systems intercepted most of the incoming missiles. They added that overall damage done in the strikes is still being assessed.

The Syrian military said the missiles were aimed at several locations in the area. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed those included a weapons depot which they accused of being “pro-Iranian.”

This area near Aleppo is along the frontier between Syrian government territory and an enclave occupied by Turkish-backed rebels. Though Israel attacks Syrian military sites regularly, it is unusual for them to do so this far north.

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