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  • RUSSIA HAS WON IN SYRIA, WILL IT CHALLENGE U.S. IN LEBANON NEXT?

    05/06/2018 1:42:16 PM PDT · by mac_truck · 66 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 5/6/2018 | Tom O'Connor
    Lebanon held on Sunday its first parliamentary elections in nine years, as citizens expressed cautious optimism that the country's rigid, oft-deadlocked sectarian political system could be swayed. Behind the scenes, however, one of the world's leading powers has quietly eyed the small state as a potential ground to project its power in the Middle East and into the Mediterranean. But it won't be easy. With Syrian rebels and jihadis at bay, and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government set to further extend its comeback, Russia has pursued a cautious overture across the border into Lebanon—a $1 billion dollar arms deal, including...
  • U.S. backed forces say they regain villages seized by Syrian army

    04/29/2018 12:14:07 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 29, 2018 | Suleiman Al-Khalidi
    AMMAN (Reuters) - U.S-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said they expelled had Syrian troops that briefly took control of a string of villages in oil rich areas east of the Euphrates river near the Iraqi border on Sunday. SDF forces led by the Kurdish YPG militia said they had waged a counter-attack against Syrian troops it said were backed by Russian forces, adding they were driven “far away” from four villages they had seized earlier in the day. “Our forces regained the initiative,” they said in a statement.
  • OPCW Finds No Chemical Weapons at Syrian Facilities Bombed by US - Russian MoD

    04/25/2018 10:26:20 AM PDT · by WisconsinRep · 25 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 04/25/2018 | Sputnik News
    Last week, the fact-finding mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) visited a site in the Damascus suburb of Douma to collect samples in connection with the alleged April 7 chemical attack. Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff Col. Gen. Sergey Rudskoy has announced that the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) had confirmed that there were no chemical weapons found at the Barzeh research center in Damascus despite the US officials' claims. The official further noted that thousands of people could have died if there was any chemical...
  • Journalist Disputes Syrian Chemical Attack in British Publication

    04/19/2018 4:34:19 PM PDT · by detective · 21 replies
    The New American ^ | 18 April 2018 | Steve Byas
    Dr. Assim Rahaibani, a Syrian doctor, has told journalist Robert Fisk, writing for the British publication, The Independent, that last week’s alleged chemical gas attack by the Assad government on civilians in Douma did not happen. The alleged chemical attack was the pretext for a combined bombing raid by the United States, France, and the United Kingdom. “I was with my family in the basement of my home three hundred meters from here on the night but all the doctors know what happened,” Rahaibani told Fisk. “There was a lot of shelling [by government forces] and aircraft were always over...
  • Journalist Disputes Syrian Chemical Attack in British Publication

    04/18/2018 7:09:43 PM PDT · by WisconsinRep · 41 replies
    The New American ^ | 18 April 2018 | Steve Byas
    Dr. Assim Rahaibani, a Syrian doctor, has told journalist Robert Fisk, writing for the British publication, The Independent, that last week’s alleged chemical gas attack by the Assad government on civilians in Douma did not happen. The alleged chemical attack was the pretext for a combined bombing raid by the United States, France, and the United Kingdom. “I was with my family in the basement of my home three hundred meters from here on the night but all the doctors know what happened,” Rahaibani told Fisk. “There was a lot of shelling [by government forces] and aircraft were always over...
  • TEV-DEM co-chair: A new phase has begun in Syria

    04/18/2018 9:37:40 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    ANF News (Shehba) ^ | Wednesday, 18 Apr 2018, 00:00 | HIVDA HEBUN - ERSIN CAKSU
    “The Turkish state is playing on a few tables at the same time. There is no politics that is so solid and primal. Turkey tries to protect its interests by building relationships with one of the other depending on the day.” After the accusation made by the US, England and France against the Syrian regime which, they said, had used chemical weapons in Duma, there was a new turn in the Syrian crisis, which saw new attacks carried out by US-UK and France while the Turkish state has been siding with Russia and Iran for the last two years. Aldar...
  • Syrian Regime Accused of Carrying Out Deadly Car Bombings to Deter OPCW Probe

    04/18/2018 6:38:30 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 24 replies
    al bawaba - syndigate.info ^ | April 17th, 2018 | None listed
    At least three civilians were killed and several others wounded on Monday night when two cars expoloded in the Syrian town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, the site of a suspected chemical attack last Saturday. "Two cars exploded in Douma, which have killed three civilians and injured a number of others," local sources told al-Araby al-Jadeed The sources accused Syrian regime forces, who have now taken full control of the town, of carrying out the attack in order to delay the international investigation into the suspected use of chemical weapons by the Russian-backed Syrian regime which killed at least 49 civilians...
  • Oil and Gas Sales to Syria's Assad Are Propping Up ISIS

    04/17/2018 8:20:56 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 22 replies
    Fortune Magazine ^ | January 20, 2017 | Feliz Solomon
    Revenues from oil and gas sold to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are now the largest source of funds for the Islamic State (ISIS), as the militant group faces mounting military pressure in both Iraq and Syria. The Wall Street Journal reports that officials from the U.S. and Europe said the Assad regime, despite pronouncements that it is fighting the extremist group, is directly supporting ISIS through the purchase of energy, needed to power the Syrian capital Damascus and other parts of the country. Amos Hochstein of the U.S. State Department told the Journal that the group’s “revenue...
  • Anti-Israel Rocker Roger Waters Blasted for Citing Russian Propaganda in Defense of Assad

    04/17/2018 6:03:14 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 24 replies
    The Tower ^ | 04.16.18 | Staff
    Pink Floyd founder, Roger Waters, a vocal advocate for boycotts of Israel, came under heavy criticism for promoting “Russian propaganda” after asserting that the rescue organization, White Helmets, that operates in Syria, were “fake” and encouraged terrorists, The Jerusalem Post reported Sunday. In a video posted by a group called Hands Off Syria, Waters spoke of an audience member who wanted to come up on stage and speak about the chemical weapons that had been used by the regime of Bashar al-Assad against civilians earlier this month in the Damascus suburb of Douma. “He is one voice, I personally think...
  • Israeli chief rabbi condemns Assad regime for genocide

    04/17/2018 5:28:32 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 10 replies
    World Bulletin ^ | 09 April 2018 Monday | News Desk
    Israel's Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef on Sunday condemned a Syrian regime-suspected chemical weapons attack in Eastern Ghouta's Douma district which left at least 70 civilians dead and hundreds wounded. "I've said it before and I’ll say it again: there is a cruel genocide happening in Syria against women and children with weapons of mass destruction," Yosef said. Recalling the genocide Jews were subjected to, Yosef went on to say that it was a "moral obligation not to remain silent and to try to stop the massacre".
  • Russian reinforcements head for Syria: Warships laden with tanks, military trucks...

    04/15/2018 3:21:08 PM PDT · by McGruff · 230 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 15 April 2018 | Jessica Finn
    FULL TITLE: Russian reinforcements head for Syria: Warships laden with tanks, military trucks and armoured patrol boats sail towards the Middle East as the world awaits Putin's response to airstrikes Project 117 Alligator-class landing ship was spotted at Bosphorus, Turkey en-route to Syria on Sunday The Russian vessel was laden with tanks, ambulances and IED radar after Friday's US-led Syrian air strikes A RoRo Alexandr Tkachenko was also seen carrying high-speed patrol boats, temporary bridge and trucks US, UK and French forces backed strikes that obliterated three targets in response to chemical weapon attack Vladimir Putin warned there would be...
  • OAN Investigation Finds No Evidence Of Chemical Weapon Attack In Syria

    04/16/2018 2:14:47 PM PDT · by Trumpisourlastchance · 116 replies
    One America News Network (OAN) ^ | 4/16/18 | Pearson Sharp
    One America News’ Pearson Sharp visited the war-torn town of Douma outside the capital of Damascus, looking for evidence of a chemical attack. However, residents there deny the claims of an attack, and say it was staged to help the rebels escape.
  • MARCH 17: US training militants for false flag chemical attack as basis for airstrikes

    04/16/2018 8:30:00 AM PDT · by WisconsinRep · 44 replies
    RT / Youtube ^ | Mar 17, 2018 | RT
    Posted on Drudge Report US training Syria militants for false flag chemical attack as basis for airstrikes – Russian MoDhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmYCgK2zHCI
  • US 'backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria, blame it on Assad govt': Report

    04/16/2018 8:22:32 AM PDT · by WisconsinRep · 17 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 29 January 2013 | ANI
    London, Jan 30 (ANI): The Obama administration gave green signal to a chemical weapons attack plan in Syria that could be blamed on President Bashar al Assad's regime and in turn, spur international military action in the devastated country, leaked documents have shown. A new report, that contains an email exchange between two senior officials at British-based contractor Britam Defence, showed a scheme 'approved by Washington'. As per the scheme 'Qatar would fund rebel forces in Syria to use chemical weapons,' the Daily Mail reports. Barack Obama made it clear to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad last month that the U.S....
  • Bolton, key Trump adviser, has evolved his views on Syria

    04/15/2018 7:06:22 PM PDT · by familyop · 67 replies
    McClatchy DC Bureau ^ | 14APR18 | ANITA KUMAR, FRANCO ORDOŃEZ AND TIM JOHNSON
    When the United States — along with France and Britain — launched military strikes on sites designed to destroy Assad’s chemical weapons program in Syria on Friday, critics blamed Bolton. The liberal group People’s Action described him as “John ‘Bomb ‘em all’ Bolton” in a fundraising appeal to supporters Saturday.
  • In Defense of Christians Condemns Use of Chemical Weapons by the Assad Regime in Syria

    04/15/2018 6:15:21 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 21 replies
    PRWweb , IDC (In Defense Of Christians) ^ | April 15, 2018 | None Listed
    In Defense of Christians (IDC), the nation's leading advocacy organization for Christians and religious minorities in the Middle East, condemns the use of chemical weapons against civilians by the regime of Bashar al-Assad. On Saturday, April 6th, Syrian opposition activists, rescue workers and medics reported that more than 40 people were killed in a chemical attack on Douma, a rebel-stronghold in the Eastern Ghouta region of Damascus. "Attacking innocent civilians in Syria with chemical weapons is a gross violation of humanity and utterly immoral," stated IDC's Executive Director Philippe Nassif on April 12th. "All parties who were involved must be...
  • Russia-West 'alienation' is worrying: German president

    04/15/2018 10:16:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 15 April 2018 15:51 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Sunday voiced alarm over the growing “alienation” between Russia and the West, stressing the need for dialogue as post-Cold War tensions peak. Speaking to the Bild am Sonntag newspaper, Steinmeier said last month’s poisoning of a former Russian spy in England, which Britain and its allies blame on Moscow, was “a very serious incident”. “But we should be at least as worried about the galloping alienation between Russia and the West, the consequences of which stretch far beyond this case,” the former foreign minister said. Moscow vehemently denies involvement in the nerve agent poisoning of...
  • Haley warns US is 'locked and loaded' if Syria uses chemical weapons again

    04/14/2018 10:05:47 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 77 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 14, 2018 | Adam Shaw
    U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Saturday that the United States is “locked and loaded” if the Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime uses chemical gas again in the country. Haley made the remarks at a fiery meeting of the U.N. Security Council, in which Russia and the U.S. traded barbs over the decision of the U.S., France and the United Kingdom to launch strikes in Syria on Friday in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons last week in Douma. While the Trump administration has said the strikes are now over, with Trump declaring: “Mission Accomplished!”...
  • US Judge Rules Assad Helped Al-Qaeda Kill Americans

    04/14/2018 6:59:33 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 7 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | Monday, May 8, 2017 | Ryan Mauro
    A district court judge ruled the Syrian regime — and specifically its ruler, President Bashar al-Assad — are liable for the murders of three Americans by al-Qaeda because of the regime’s massive support for the terrorist group’s branch in Iraq. In addition to those three Americans, tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers, Iraqis and others have been killed or injured due to Assad’s sponsorship of al-Qaeda and other jihadists. The lawsuit was filed by the families of Laurence Michael Foley, a U.S. diplomat in Jordan assassinated by al-Qaeda in 2002; Staff Sgt. Keith Matthew Maupin, killed in Iraq in 2004...
  • Russian Navy Chief Threatens US Warship Near Syria With Torpedo Attack: 'We Have No Fear'

    04/14/2018 6:15:52 AM PDT · by Strategy · 47 replies
    Daily Star ^ | April 14, 2018 | By Joshua Nevett
    A US destroyer poised to strike the Syrian government with Tomahawk missiles could be sunk by torpedoes, a Russian Navy admiral has warned. A torpedo attack could cause "considerable damage" to USS Donald Cook, a guided missile destroyer operating near Syria, Vladimir Masorin, former commander-in-chief of the Russian Navy, has said. Although Russia probably won't be required to "sink" the Arleigh Burke-class warship, Masorin said the weapon would be effective nonetheless.