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  • Royal Air Force Pilots Ordered To Shoot Down "Hostile" Russian Jets Over Syria

    10/13/2016 9:28:51 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 76 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Oct 13, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    As the US officially enters the Yemen military campaign, the UK appears ready and willing to precipitate a catalytic event from which there is no going back. With relations between Russia and the West at post-Cold War lows and deteriorating fast, Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots have been given the go-ahead to shoot down Russian military jets when flying missions over Syria and Iraq, if they are endangered by them.
  • Kerry calls for war crimes probe against Russia, Syria

    10/07/2016 9:58:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 7, 2016 | Joel Gehrke
    Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russia and Syrian dictator Bashar Assad of committing war crimes in their assault on rebel-held territory, including hospitals and aid workers, and called for an investigation. "Russia and the regime owe the world more than an explanation about why they keep hitting hospitals, medical facilities, children and women," Kerry said before a meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault. "These are acts that beg for an appropriate investigation of war crimes and those that commit these would and should be held accountable for these actions. They're beyond the accidental now, way beyond, years beyond...

    10/11/2016 6:24:29 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/11/16 | Jeffrey A. Friedberg
    Could psycho elites start WWIII? Whats going on here, in Syria? It all seems to be maybe heavily screened and minimized by the Google Machine, but as far as I can see, Vladimir Putins Russia is assisting the President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, as he battles rebels who are trying to take him down and out and probably kill him.
  • 8 Alarming Warning Signs That Indicate War With Russia Could Be Imminent

    10/07/2016 8:41:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies ^ | October 6, 2016 | Daisy Luther
    How many more indicators do we need to see to realize that a major confrontation between Russia and the West is approaching rapidly? Is World War III upon us? Because its certainly starting to look that way, and I am far from the only person saying it. The most alarming thing about it is that WWIII is most likely to involve nuclear weapons, which brings the destruction to a level that threatens the very existence of humanity. Steve Rosenberg, Russia correspondent for the BBC tweets constantly about the situation in Russia. To quote him: When 1 Russian paper talks about...
  • Russia Warns US Not to Intervene in Syria, Threatens to Shoot Down Any Airstrike Attempts

    10/06/2016 12:39:36 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 62 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/6 | Pat Revell
    Russia has warned the United States not to intervene militarily in Syria against forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, threatening that it may shoot down any aircraft attempting to launch strikes. In a bluntly worded statement, a spokesman for Russias defense ministry warned that Russia and the Syrian government had deployed sufficient air defenses to block any potential attacks.
  • Turkey sends 1,000 special forces on secretive mission to secure security zone across border

    10/05/2016 11:16:39 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 7 replies
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  • Syria conflict: Russia sends missile system to Tartus base

    10/04/2016 3:52:44 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 35 replies
    BBC ^ | October 4, 2016 | Staff
    Russia has confirmed it has sent an S-300 air defence missile system to its naval base in Syria's port of Tartus. Defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said the purpose of the system was to guarantee the security of the base from the air. The move comes amid growing tension with the West. On Monday, the US halted talks with Russia on trying to co-ordinate air strikes against jihadists.
  • LaRouchePAC Videos : How Americans Are Being Lied To (Virginia State Senator Richard Black Debunks

    10/03/2016 3:29:28 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 17 replies
    LaRouchePAC Videos You Tube via Southfront ^ | Published on September 29, 2016 | LaRouchePAC Videos You Tube via Southfront
    How Americans Are Being Lied To: Virginia State Senator Richard Black Debunks MSM Lie about Battle for Aleppo (Republican former USMC) Republican Senator Black (ex-USMC officer) bravely provides complete disclosure that Obama is conducting an unlawful war and intentionally continues to support Al-Queda and related ISIS rebel terrorists that threaten the middle east, Europe and the US. Video Interview: Virginia State Senator Richard Black speaks about the reality on the ground in Syrias Aleppo and debunks the lies in the main stream media.
  • The State Department just cut off its bilateral channels with Russia over Syria

    10/03/2016 2:36:21 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 50 replies ^ | 10/3/16 | Natasha Bertrand
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  • Shia fighters join Assad's troops to prepare for final assault on Aleppo <***Graphic Photos

    10/01/2016 12:48:18 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 60 replies ^ | October 1, 2016 | Raf Sanchez, Middle East
    Graphic Photos *********************************************** A wounded Syrian child looks on from inside a vehicle following a reported airstrike on Kafr Batna in the outskirts of the capital Damascus Credit: AMER ALMOHIBANY/AFP ****************************************Syrian rebels and civilians in the besieged eastern half of Aleppo are bracing for an onslaught ground assault by Syrian regime forces and their Shia fighter allies which could once and for all end the oppositions resistance in the city.US officials said they were seeing signs that thousands of troops from across the Shia world - including Syrian regime soldiers, Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Hizbollah fighters, Iraqi militiamen and Afghan mercenaries...
  • Russia sends more warplanes to Syria amid world anger at 'barbarous' strikes

    09/30/2016 11:13:33 AM PDT · by keat · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri September 30, 2016 1:38 pm EDT | Dmitry Solovyov, Ellen Francis and the White House
    Russia is sending more warplanes to Syria to ramp up its campaign of air strikes, a Russian newspaper reported on Friday, as Moscow defied global censure over an escalation that Western countries say has torpedoed diplomacy. U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel described the Russian and Syrian bombing of the city of Aleppo as "barbarous", the White House said after the two leaders spoke by telephone. Fighting intensified a week into a new Russian-backed government offensive to capture all of Syria's largest city and crush the last remaining urban stronghold of the rebellion. Moscow and its ally,...
  • Kerry threatens Russia with end to joint Syria diplomacy

    09/28/2016 1:49:48 PM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    AP ^ | September 28, 2016 | Bradley Klapper
    Secretary of State John Kerry threatened on Wednesday to end all cooperation between the United States and Russia to stop Syria's civil war, unless Russian and Syrian government attacks on Aleppo end. More than 250 people are believed to have been killed in the besieged city in the last week. Kerry's warning came in a telephone call Wednesday to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, the State Department said, describing the latest U.S. ultimatum in Syria's 5-year conflict. Many have gone unfulfilled, including President Barack Obama's declaration that the U.S. would take military action if Syrian President Bashar Assad crossed the...
  • Deadly airstrikes pound Aleppo as UN meets about Syria

    09/25/2016 10:46:09 AM PDT · by Mariner · 8 replies
    AFP ^ | September 25th, 2016 | Unattributed
    At least 23 civilians were killed in renewed government airstrikes on the contested city of Aleppo, Syrian activists said Sunday, as the United Nations Security Council convened an emergency meeting on the spiraling violence in Syria. At the start of that meeting the U.N.'s top envoy to Syria accused the government of unleashing "unprecedented military violence" against civilians in Aleppo. Staffan de Mistura said Syria's declaration of a military offensive to retake rebel-held eastern Aleppo has led to one of the worst weeks of the 5 1/2-year war with dozens of airstrikes against residential areas and buildings causing scores of...
  • U.S. slams Russian 'barbarism' in Syria, Moscow says peace almost impossible

    09/25/2016 11:05:43 AM PDT · by Mariner · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 25th, 2016 | By Michelle Nichols and Yara Bayoumy
    The United States on Sunday called Russia's action in Syria "barbarism" not counter-terrorism while Moscow's U.N. envoy said ending the war "is almost an impossible task now" as Syrian government forces, backed by Moscow, bombed the city of Aleppo. The United Nations Security Council met on Sunday at the request of the United States, Britain and France to discuss the escalation of fighting in Aleppo following the announcement on Thursday of an offensive by the Syrian army to retake the city. "What Russia is sponsoring and doing is not counter-terrorism, it is barbarism," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha...
  • Russia: Peace in Syria almost impossible now

    09/25/2016 11:26:15 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/9/16
    ussia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, told the Security Council on Sunday that peace in Syria was "almost an impossible task now," according to Reuters. Russia and the United States, who back opposing sides in the Syrian civil war, have been trying to salvage a ceasefire deal that effectively collapsed ...
  • US: Russia's action in Syria is barbarism

    09/25/2016 11:31:06 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/9/16
    Samantha Power, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, told the UN Security Council on Sunday that Russia's action in Syria was barbarism, not counter-terrorism, according to Reuters. The ambassadors of Britain and France said war crimes have been committed there. .....
  • As Syria cease-fire fails, Obama may leave successor 'problem from hell'

    09/25/2016 12:07:41 PM PDT · by Mariner · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 23rd, 2016 | By Jonathan Landay and Matt Spetalnick
    The United States was relegated to the sidelines of the Syrian war on Friday as an all-out assault by Syrian government and Russian forces on opposition-held Aleppo threatened to unleash a new refugee wave and drive U.S.-backed rebels into the ranks of al Qaedas Syrian branch, U.S. officials and experts said. Moscows direct participation in the offensive left fading hope for U.S.-Russian peace efforts, raising the likelihood that U.S. President Barack Obamas successor will inherit a worsening conflict. Entering its sixth year, the Syrian civil war already has left some 250,000 people dead, uprooted more than 11 million and provided...
  • Russia Issues New R.O.E. in Syria: Any Aircraft Threatening the Syrian Army WILL BE SHOT DOWN

    09/23/2016 2:25:54 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 104 replies ^ | 21SEP2016 | Staff Writer
    After the United States and "Coalition" aircraft attacked Syrian Army positions "by mistake" which killed 62 and injured over 100 Syrian Soldiers Russia says the next mistake will be the pilot's last, as new Rules of Engagement are now in effect. Two days ago, on 17 September, US-led coalition jets bombed Syrian government forces positions near the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor, killing 62 troops and "paving the way" for Islamic State militants, the Syrian Army General Command told the state television. The bombing took place on al-Tharda Mountain in the region of Deir ez-Zor and caused casualties...
  • Top US commander warns Russia, Syria

    08/21/2016 1:37:11 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 33 replies ^ | August 21, 2016 | Barbara Starr
    In the most direct public warning to Moscow and Damascus to date, the new US commander of American troops in Iraq and Syria is vowing to defend US special operations forces in northern Syria if regime warplanes and artillery again attack in areas where troops are located.
  • Hillary Clinton will reset Syria policy against 'murderous' Assad regime

    07/29/2016 1:46:59 PM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 44 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 29 July, 2016 | Ruth Sherlock
    Hillary Clinton will order a "full review" of the United States' strategy on Syria as a "first key task" of her presidency, resetting the policy to emphasise the "murderous" nature of the Assad regime, foreign policy adviser with her campaign has said. <-SNIP-> Speaking on the sidelines of the Democratic National Convention, Mr Bash, who is advising the party's presidential nominee, said a Clinton administration would seek to bring "moral clarity" to the US strategy on the Syrian crises. <-SNIP-> Mr Bash describes a foreign policy more hawkish than that of the current administration. He said there were a "lot...
  • Russia Bombed Base in Syria Used by U.S

    07/25/2016 1:36:02 PM PDT · by keat · 25 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 21, 2016 | Adam Entous
    An outpost near the Jordanian border that is used by U.S. and British special forces was hit by the airstrikes last month. When Russian aircraft bombed a remote garrison in southeastern Syria last month, alarm bells sounded at the Pentagon and the Ministry of Defense in London. The Russians werent bombarding a run-of-the-mill rebel outpost, according to U.S. officials. Their target was a secret base of operations for elite American and British forces. In fact, a contingent of about 20 British special forces had pulled out of the garrison 24 hours earlier. British officials declined to comment. U.S. military and...
  • Vladimir Putin to send Russias largest warship to Syria to destroy ISIS once and for all

    07/03/2016 1:37:08 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 45 replies
    The U.K. Sun ^ | July 3 2016 | The Sun
    President authorises navy ship to transport 30 fighter jets & attack choppers to the Med in bid to rid the world of death cult
  • Russia planes pound Aleppo as Syria army closes in

    06/26/2016 4:07:31 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 14 replies ^ | June 25, 2016 | AFP
    Aleppo (Syria) (AFP) - Russian and Syrian warplanes pounded rebel-held areas of divided second city Aleppo on Saturday as government forces closed in on the rebels' sole remaining supply line, a monitoring group said. An AFP correspondent in the rebel-held east of the city said the air strikes lasted throughout the night into the morning. Aleppo, which was Syria's commercial and manufacturing hub before civil war broke out in 2011, has been a key battleground ever since rebels seized eastern neighbourhoods of the city the following year. A two-day truce brokered by Moscow and Washington earlier this month in a...
  • Is The Syrian War About To Experience A Major Escalation?

    06/22/2016 11:14:01 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 6/22/16 | tyler durden
    Were going to war either hybrid in nature to break the Russian state back to its 1990s subordination, or a hot war (which will destroy our country). Our citizens should know this, but they dont because our media is dumbed down in its Pravda-like support for our respectable, highly aggressive government. We are being led, as C. Wright Mills said in the 1950s, by a government full of crackpot realists: in the name of realism theyve constructed a paranoid reality all their own. Our media has credited Hillary Clinton with wonderful foreign policy experience, unlike Trump, without really noting...
  • U.S. and Russian Jets Clash Over Syria

    06/19/2016 7:33:05 PM PDT · by traumer · 189 replies
    American and Russian fighter jets had a tense showdown in the skies above Syria as the Russians dropped bombs on U.S.-backed rebels. U.S. and Russian fighter jets bloodlessly tangled in the air over Syria on June 16 as the American pilots tried and failed to stop the Russians from bombing U.S.-backed rebels in southern Syria near the border with Jordan. The aerial close encounter underscores just how chaotic Syrias skies have become as Russia and the U.S.-led coalition work at cross-purposes, each dropping bombs in support of separate factions in the five-year-old civil war. The near-clash also highlights the escalating...
  • Russian warplanes bomb elite British-backed Syrian rebels

    06/17/2016 3:59:17 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 30 replies
    Russian warplanes bombed an elite force of US-trained Syrian rebels on Thursday in an attack apparently aimed at weakening the groups ability to fight Isil. The New Syrian Army (NSA), which receives training and direction from British, American and Jordanian special forces, said their base had been struck with cluster bombs. The strike left two people dead and another 18 injured, appearing to incapacitate at least half of the force and drawing a furious reaction from Washington. "Russia's latest actions raise serious concern about Russian intentions," a US official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. "We will seek an...
  • Giant bomb falls on Sheikh Shoaib mosque by #Russia airstrikes

    05/28/2016 9:29:07 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 59 replies ^ | 11:04 AM - 10 May 2016 | moonnor27
    #Binnish today. Giant bomb falls on Sheikh Shoaib mosque by #Russia airstrikes #Warcrimes #Idlib #Syria— #IRAQ شمرية العراق (@moonnor27) May 10, 2016
  • #Russia resumes its airstrikes vs #AlQaeda in #Syria, near #Turkey border

    05/28/2016 9:39:28 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 5 replies ^ | 8:15 AM - 27 May 2016 | @moscow_ghost
    #Russia resumes its airstrikes vs #AlQaeda in #Syria, near #Turkey border#WarOnTerror— маяковский (@moscow_ghost) May 27, 2016
  • Syria conflict: IS 'destroyed helicopters' at Russian base

    05/24/2016 11:47:18 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 16 replies ^ | May 24, 2016 | BBC
    New satellite imagery appears to reveal extensive damage to a strategically significant airbase in central Syria used by Russian forces after an attack by so-called Islamic State (IS). Four helicopters and 20 lorries were destroyed in a series of fires inside the T4 base last week, the images from intelligence company Stratfor suggest.
  • US rejects Russian proposal for joint air strikes on Syria

    05/20/2016 7:37:16 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 29 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 20, 2016 | Gabrielle Ttrault-Farber
    Moscow on Friday proposed that Russia and United States, which have been flying separate bombing campaigns in Syria, launch joint air strikes against jihadists from next week, a proposal the Pentagon swiftly rejected. "We are proposing to the US, as the head of the International Syria Support Group, to take part as of May 25 in joint operations between the Russian air force and the air force of the coalition," Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu said in televised comments. Shoigu said that the proposal included strikes against Jabhat al-Nusra and other illegal armed groups that do not support a frail...
  • Russia in first raids on Syria's Aleppo since truce: monitor

    05/22/2016 10:32:05 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 3 replies
    Yahoo News (AFP) ^ | May 22, 2016 | Staff
    Russian warplanes hit a key rebel supply route to Aleppo on Sunday in Moscow's first strikes on Syria's battleground second city since a February ceasefire, a monitoring group said. "The Russian and Syrian warplanes together carried out at least 40 air strikes on the Castello road," Syrian Observatory for Human Rights chief Rami Abdel Rahman said. "They are the heaviest air strikes there since February, and they are also the first confirmed Russian strikes since the truce began," Abdel Rahman said.(Snip)The Castello road is a key supply route for rebels leading north out of Aleppo.
  • Kerry meets Saudi king to discuss Syria before Vienna talks

    05/15/2016 12:28:59 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 14 replies
    reuters ^ | 5/15/16
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Saudi Arabia's King Salman in Jeddah on Sunday to discuss the fragile truce in Syria, before broader talks with Russia, Iran and other countries in Vienna on Tuesday. Kerry has said he hopes to strengthen a "cessation of hostilities" agreement between Syrian government forces and rebels, which has been undermined by fighting in some areas, and to increase humanitarian aid deliveries to besieged areas. On Friday, he said the meetings with the king and the Saudi interior and defense ministers - the two most senior princes - would try "to make sure that...
  • Russia: US deployment violates Syria's sovereignty

    04/30/2016 6:07:05 AM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 12 replies ^ | 4/29/16
    A Russian official has criticized Washington's lack of authorization from Syria to deploy troops. The UN warned Damascus and Moscow of increased violence against civilians after a hospital was bombed, leaving 30 dead. Moscow sees the deployment of an additional 250 US military personnel in Syria as an affront to Damascus' territorial sovereignty, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Russia's state-owned TASS news agency on Friday. "If we are talking from the position of the foreign minister, we - of course - cannot not be concerned over the fact that the US carries out such actions without coordination with...
  • Syria Hospital Hit in Airstrike Blamed on Russia

    04/28/2016 8:30:02 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 11 replies ^ | April 28, 2016 10:01 a.m. ET | SAM DAGHER
    BEIRUTRescuers in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo were working Thursday to pull the dead and wounded from the rubble of a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders after the facility was hit by what opposition activists said were Russian airstrikes. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based opposition monitoring group, said its activists had counted at least 27 dead, including the three doctors. Neither the Observatory nor the international medical aid group said who had carried out the airstrikes, but two antigovernment groupsthe Syria Revolution Network and the Local Coordination Committeesblamed Russia. In Moscow, the Russian Foreign Ministry...
  • Russia restarts bombings targeting Syrian opposition, US officer says

    04/26/2016 2:35:40 PM PDT · by JPX2011 · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 26, 2016 | Lucas Tomlinson
    Russia has resumed bombing moderate opposition fighters in Syria, a U.S. military officer from Baghdad told reporters at the Pentagon Tuesday. "We have seen them begin operations again in that region," Air Force Maj. Gen. Peter Gersten, the U.S.-led coalition's deputy commander for operations and intelligence, told Fox News. President Obama called Russian President Vladimir Putin last week asking him to help "press" Syria to end its airstrikes, according to a White House statement. The strikes appeared to violate the ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia in February. "The two leaders committed to intensify their efforts to shore...
  • Vladimir Putin orders Russian forces to begin withdrawal from Syria

    03/14/2016 11:03:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 123 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | March 14, 2016 | Patrick Wintour
    The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has declared that he is withdrawing the majority of Russian troops from Syria, saying the intervention had largely achieved its objective. The news, relayed to the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, personally, followed a meeting in the Kremlin with Putins defence and foreign ministers. He said the pullout, reducing an intervention that began at the end of September, is due to start from Tuesday.
  • 'Disturbing evidence' that Kurds are coordinating with Syrian regime and Russia

    02/24/2016 7:32:14 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 43 replies ^ | 7:52PM GMT 23 Feb 2016 | Louisa Loveluck
    Hammond: 'Disturbing evidence' that Kurds are coordinating with Syrian regime and Russia Foreign Secretary says UK "uneasy" about Kurdish role in Syria, as YPG forces take advantage of northern offensive to take territory from US-backed rebels By Louisa Loveluck 7:52PM GMT 23 Feb 2016 Britain has seen "disturbing evidence" that Kurdish forces are coordinating with the Syrian regime and the Russian air force, the Foreign Secretary has said. The Kurdish YPG, which has become the West’s main ground force against Isil, has taken advantage of a massive regime offensive in north Syria to seize territory of its own from US-backed...
  • Turkey Is Asking The United States To Take Part In A Ground Invasion Of Syria

    02/21/2016 11:45:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    EAD ^ | 02/21/2016 | Michael Snyder
    Reuters is reporting that Turkey is asking the United States and other western allies to participate in a massive ground invasion of Syria. But of course the Turks are not exactly sitting around and waiting for their western allies to get on board. Turkey shelled northern Syria for a fourth consecutive day on Tuesday, even though the Obama administration has been asking them to stop. The targets were Kurdish and Syrian military positions, and the goal appears to be to slow down their advance toward the Turkish border. The Sunni militants that Turkey has been supporting for five years are...
  • Russia Warns Assad on Vow to Retake All of Syria

    02/19/2016 9:39:29 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Friday, 19 February 2016
    Russia's envoy to the U.N. on Friday warned long-term ally President Bashar al-Assad over his vow to retake all of Syria, saying he faced dire consequences if he did not comply with Moscow over the peace process. 'Russia has invested very seriously in this crisis, politically, diplomatically and now also militarily,' Vitaly Churkin told Kommersant newspaper, referring to an international agreement to cease hostilities sealed in Munich last week. 'Therefore we would like Assad also to respond to this,' he said, adding that the Syrian leader's stance 'is not in accord with the diplomatic efforts that Russia is making.'
  • Putin proves Obama wrong with his ugly military solution in Syria

    02/13/2016 9:26:40 PM PST · by Mariner · 35 replies
    The New York Post ^ | February 13th, 2016 | By Post Editorial Board
    <p>President Obama declared last year that “There is no military solution in Syria.” Sadly, Russia’s Vladimir Putin has now proved him wrong by imposing one.</p> <p>Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and the last rebel stronghold, is about to fall, thanks to withering Russian air bombardment backing government and Iranian troops. That effectively secures Bashar al-Assad’s hold on power in at least a large rump of Syria.</p>
  • Mounting Evidence Putin Will Ignite WWIII

    02/12/2016 8:46:51 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 47 replies
    Observer ^ | 02/11/16 | John R. Schindler
    Mounting Evidence Putin Will Ignite WWIII By letting Putin get away with whatever he likes in Syria, Obama has created a deeply dangerous situation By John R. Schindler 02/11/16 10:51am Relations between Russia and Turkey have been dismal since late November, when a Turkish fighter jet shot down a Russian bomber on the border with Syria, killing its pilot. That began a war of words between Moscow and Ankara that ought to concern everyone, since the former has several thousand nuclear weapons and the latter is a member of NATO. Kremlin propaganda against Ankara has increased of late, setting the...
  • Russian Intervention in Syrian War Has Sharply Reduced U.S. Options

    02/11/2016 2:49:13 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 26 replies ^ | FEB. 10, 2016 | DAVID E. SANGER
    At the core of the American strategic dilemma is that the Russian military adventure, which Mr. Obama dismissed last year as ill-thought-out muscle flexing, has been surprising effective... Testifying on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, the director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper, offered a sobering picture of Russia’s success, even if it proves a temporary one. “Putin is the first leader since Stalin to expand Russia’s territory,” he told a Senate committee. In Russia’s first major overseas military effort since its humiliation in Afghanistan 35 years ago, he said, “Its interventions demonstrate the improvements in Russian military capabilities and the...
  • Russia warns of 'new world war' starting in Syria

    02/11/2016 7:24:36 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 57 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11 Feb 2016 | Richard Spencer
    Foreign and defence ministers of the leading international states are meeting in Munich and Brussels following the collapse of the latest round of peace talks Russia warned of “a new world war" starting in Syria on Thursday after a dramatic day in which Gulf states threatened to send in ground forces. Foreign and defence ministers of the leading international states backing different factions in the war-torn country met in separate meetings in Munich and Brussels following the collapse of the latest round of peace talks. Both Russia and the United States demanded ceasefires in the long-running civil war so that...
  • Bahrain's king hands 'sword of victory' to Putin after Syria talks

    02/10/2016 12:17:50 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 15 replies ^ | Tuesday 9 February 2016 17:20 UTC | MEE staff
    Bahrain's king hands 'sword of victory' to Putin after Syria talks MEE staff Tuesday 9 February 2016 15:40 UTC Last update: Tuesday 9 February 2016 17:20 UTC King Hamad expresses hope for 'imminent victory' after presenting Russian president with sword made of Damascus steel Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa presented Russian President Vladimir Putin with a "sword of victory” made from Damascus steel during a visit to Russia that included talks with his host about the crisis in Syria. King Hamad and Putin exchanged gifts during a meeting at the Russian leader's residence in Sochi on the Black Sea...
  • Russia and Assad may have just delivered a decisive blow to Turkey in Syria "Supplies lines cut"

    02/03/2016 9:57:46 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 18 replies ^ | 2/03/2016 | Natasha Bertrand
    'Weakest position in years': Russia and Assad may have just delivered a decisive blow to Turkey in Syria Natasha Bertrand 3m 1 Pro-government forces in Syria have reportedly broken a rebel siege of two villages northwest of Aleppo, effectively cutting off Turkey's supply line to opposition groups operating in and around Syria's largest city.
  • Lavrov: Russia won't stop Syria strikes until 'terrorists' defeated

    02/03/2016 9:54:09 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 5 replies ^ | Wed Feb 3, 2016 4:18am EST | Fatima Al Arimi; Writing by Sylvia Westall; Editing by Louise Ireland
    Wed Feb 3, 2016 4:18am EST Lavrov: Russia won't stop Syria strikes until 'terrorists' defeated Russia will not stop its air strikes on Syria until armed groups, such as al Qaeda's wing there, are defeated, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday. On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that Russia should stop bombing opposition forces in Syria now that U.N.-led peace talks have started. "Russian strikes will not cease until we really defeat terrorist organisations like Jabhat al-Nusra. And I don't see why these air strikes should be stopped," he said at a news conference in...
  • Erdoğan says Turkey will not allow Russia to settle north of Syria

    01/22/2016 7:45:42 AM PST · by McGruff · 25 replies
    Daily Sabah ^ | January 22, 2016
    President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Friday that Turkey will not allow Russia to build a base in northern Syria. President Erdoğan was asked by reporters after the Friday prayer of what he thinks about claims that Russia will build a base in Northern Syria. Erdoğan said that Turkey is aware that there are around 100 Russian soldiers deployed in northern Syria. Erdoğan said that the PYD terror organization, which is known to be supported by Russia, is no different than the Daesh terror organization. "There is no difference between them. We will also talk with Mr. Biden about this...
  • The secret pact between Russia and Syria that gives Moscow carte blanche

    01/15/2016 12:48:29 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 10 replies ^ | January 15 at 11:25 AM | Michael Birnbaum
    That’s what the Kremlin did with Syria in August, according to an unusual document posted this week on a Russian government website that details the terms of its aerial support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Among other revelations in the seven-page contract dated Aug. 26, 2015, the Kremlin has made an open-ended time commitment to its military deployment in Syria, and either side can terminate it with a year’s notice. Russian military personnel and shipments can pass in and out of Syria at will and aren’t subject to controls by Syrian authorities, the document says. Syrians can’t enter Russian bases...
  • Obama and Joint Chiefs At Odds Over ISIS

    12/24/2015 1:04:14 PM PST · by American Faith Today · 24 replies
    Free Thought Project ^ | December 24, 2015 | Jay Syrmopoulos
    Joint Chiefs of Staff Official – US Military Gave Intel to Assad, While CIA Funded & Armed ISIS By Jay Syrmopoulos on December 22, 2015 Joint-Chiefs-of-Staff-Official---US-Military-Provided-Intel-to-Assad,-While-CIA-Funded-and-Armed-ISIS Washington, DC – The Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) have been indirectly providing intelligence on the Islamic State to the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, in direct contrast to the Obama administration’s agenda of regime change, in an effort to stop Syria from becoming another failed state from which terrorists can operate. A recent investigation by renowned journalist Seymour Hersh provides clear evidence of a massive disconnect between President Obama’s White House...
  • Syria rebels begin leaving Homs under truce deal (Russia broke them)

    12/09/2015 9:51:36 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 19 replies ^ | 12/09/2015 | Maher Al Mounes
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