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May 07 06:28

Israel Attacks Syria for Second Straight Night

Israel went nearly two weeks between attacking Syria, and is now hitting for a second night in a row, with an attack helicopter raid into the Syrian Golan Heights. As with Wednesday night, Israel refused to comment on the attacks.

This makes it tough to determine what happened, as Israeli media tends to exaggerate and Syrian state media tends to downplay what happened. Officially, there are no confirmed casualties of the Thursday attack, and only one civilian killed Wednesday.

The attacks were on opposite sides of the country, with Wednesday’s hit near Latakia in the northwest, and Thursday’s in Quneitra, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. In neither case was it clear what was being attacked, though Wednesday’s missiles hit a plastic factory.

May 07 03:53

NATO's Southeastern Spearhead: Turkey's Military Aggression In Iraq, Syria, Yemen, & Caucasus Signals Proxy Conflict With Iran

Authored by Rick Rozoff via Anti-Bellum,

The past week has witnessed reports of increased Turkish military activity in Iraq and Syria as well as its intruding itself deeper into the war in Yemen. In all three cases Ankara has pitted itself against forces that are or can be seen to be pro-Iranian: Shiite parties in northern Iraq, the government of Syria and the Houthi-led government in Yemen.

Direct tensions between Turkey and Iran have been increasing since last year over the above three nations as well as the Turkish-directed attack on Nagorno-Karabakh by Azerbaijan (Turkey and Azerbaijan identify themselves as “one nation, two states’) and its aftermath.

May 06 10:24

Frustrated Israelis Says Russian Navy Protecting Iranian Tankers to Syria

Amid confused reports of a drone attack on an Iranian ship in the Mediterranean on its way to Syria, Iran appears to have moved its weapons shipments to Syria and Lebanon from the land — where Israel has regularly tracked and destroyed them — to ships that may be receiving protection from Russian vessels in the Mediterranean.

At the same time, defense sources here say Israel has intensified its aerial attacks on targets in Syria once the weapons are delivered by sea. The last such attack was on April 22.

Israeli defense sources here say the Iranian ships sail from the Red Sea, transit the Suez Canal and arrive in the Mediterranean. The defense sources say the ships documents claim they carry only oil, but there are indications that “oil is not the only cargo.” [Israel would of course say that.]

Israel finds itself in a situation where little can be done to stop this new route from Iran to Syria.

May 05 05:37

Saudi Arabia Poised To Mend Relations With Assad In Major First Since War Began

Multiple international reports on Tuesday revealed that Saudi Arabia's powerful intelligence chief traveled to Damascus Monday to meet with his Syrian counterpart in what's being seen as a major step toward detente. The two broke off relations since near the start of the war in 2011, especially as it became clear the Saudis were a key part of the Western allied push for regime change, through covert support to anti-Assad insurgents and jihadists which included regular weapons shipments.

Gen Khalid Humaidan, the head of Saudi Arabia's General Intelligence Directorate, led a delegation where they were received by Syrian government officials in Damascus. According to The Guardian, Riyadh is currently preparing for a "normalization of relations" - expected to come immediately after the Muslim holiday of Ramadan next week.

May 05 05:04

RAF’s ‘Dambusters’ squadron set to begin Iraq and Syria bombing mission

The Royal Air Force (RAF) is set to deploy its 617 squadron – known as the “Dambusters” – allegedly against Daesh targets in Iraq and Syria.

The Ministry of Defense says F35B stealth fighter jets will join so-called Operation Shader from the Carrier Strike Group centered on the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier.

Eight RAF and 10 US Marine Corps F35Bs are based on HMS Queen Elizabeth, and these assets are joined by an additional six Royal Navy ships, a submarine, 14 naval helicopters and a company of Royal Marines.

Trying to justify the latest deployment, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, claimed that he was in no doubt that “violent extremism and the toxic ideology underpinning it is still rooted” in the West Asia region.

May 04 07:14

Damascus And Moscow Prepare For Spring Cleaning In Central Syria

At the beginning of May, the time of spring cleaning in central Syria may have arrived.

The Russian Aerospace Forces carried out a series of airstrikes on ISIS hideouts in the region, and specifically the Jebel Bishri region located along the administrative border between Raqqa and Deir Ezzor, the Hama-Aleppo-Raqqa triangle and other parts of the region.

These strikes took place in anticipation of a large-scale operation that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) will carry out with Russian support.

Several units from the SAA 5th Corps, 11th Division and the 25th Special Forces Division, known as the Tiger Forces, will take part in the operation. Syrian troops will move from Hama and Raqqa simultaneously.

ISIS has ramped up its activities in the last several weeks. The Amaq News Agency even shared footage of terrorists going about their daily chores in Homs. Likely to show that being a terrorist isn’t so bad and there’s some sort of normality to the entire scenario.

May 04 05:24

‘Just like pirates’: Syrian minister says US controls most crude reserves in northeast, loots oil to strangle country’s economy

Syria’s petroleum minister has condemned US forces for acting “like pirates” as Washington continues to plunder most of the oil wealth from the country’s resource-rich northeast, where the Pentagon backs Kurdish militia groups.

“Americans and their allies are targeting the Syrian oil wealth and its tankers just like pirates,” Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Bassam Tomeh told state TV this week, adding that the move is designed to cripple Syria’s economy, which depends on oil revenues.

“What has happened all through [the] Syria war has not happened in any country, in terms of preventing us from tapping our wealth resources and at the same time stopping basic commodities from reaching our country.”

Apr 30 07:59

Suicide cases among Syrian children rising sharply, says Save the Children

The number of children attempting or committing suicide in northwest Syria has risen sharply over the past year, with almost one in five of all recorded suicide cases involving adolescents, Save the Children said on Thursday.

Deaths by suicide increased by 86 percent in the last three months of 2020 in comparison to the first three months of that year, the charity reported.

It added that a total of 246 people died by suicide during that period, while another 1,748 suicide attempts were recorded.

"After ten years of conflict, we are now seeing children resorting to taking their own lives," said Sonia Khush, Save the Children's Syria Response Director.

Apr 29 08:27

Frustrated Israelis Says Russian Navy Protecting Iranian Tankers to Syria

Amid confused reports of a drone attack on an Iranian ship in the Mediterranean on its way to Syria, Iran appears to have moved its weapons shipments to Syria and Lebanon from the land — where Israel has regularly tracked and destroyed them — to ships that may be receiving protection from Russian vessels in the Mediterranean.

At the same time, defense sources here say Israel has intensified its aerial attacks on targets in Syria once the weapons are delivered by sea. The last such attack was on April 22.

Israeli defense sources here say the Iranian ships sail from the Red Sea, transit the Suez Canal and arrive in the Mediterranean. The defense sources say the ships documents claim they carry only oil, but there are indications that “oil is not the only cargo.” [Israel would of course say that.]

Israel finds itself in a situation where little can be done to stop this new route from Iran to Syria.

Apr 28 06:45

ANOTHER LEAKED AUDIO: John Kerry’s 2016 Meeting with Syrian “Revolutionaries” Pushing for US Bomb Attacks on Syria (AUDIO)

As reported on Monday — In a recently leaked audio, Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said then-Secretary of State John Kerry informed him about Israel’s covert operations in Syria.

John Kerry served as Barack Obama’s Secretary of State from 2013 – 2017 and currently serves as Biden’s special climate envoy.

Zarif said he was shocked by John Kerry’s revelation that Israel had attacked Iranian targets in Syria over 200 times.

The leaked audio was obtained by The New York Times and other outlets and the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh effectively confirmed the leaked tape’s authenticity.

Apr 27 11:51

Republicans Pressure John Kerry To Resign After NYT Leaked Iran Audio – What We Know So Far

John Kerry, the special envoy for climate change under President Biden, is facing multiple calls to resign following reports alleging that he provided intelligence to Iran’s foreign minister.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif claimed, in a leaked recording obtained by the New York Times, that Kerry informed him about over 200 covert Israeli attacks on Iranian interests in Syria.

“Former Secretary of State John Kerry informed him that Israel had attacked Iranian interests in Syria at least 200 times, to his astonishment, Mr. Zarif said,” according to the Times.

The Democrat, who has a seat on the National Security Council, vehemently denied the allegations and called the story “unequivocally false.”

“This never happened,” he tweeted, “either when I was Secretary of State or since.”

Apr 27 07:45

Iran Foreign Minister claims John Kerry told him about Israeli attacks in Syria

Apr 26 07:13

Three Killed in Attack on Iranian Tanker Off Syria’s Coast

On Saturday, an Iranian fuel tanker was attacked off the coast of Syria, the first such attack in years. Three Iranians, including two crew members, were reported slain.

Details are still emerging, but suspicion immediately shot to Israel, who attacks Iranian targets in and around Syria all the time. A previous report had suggested that the Israelis had targeted a few vessels carrying Iranian fuel in the past.

This fuel tanker was close to port, and it is believed to have been attacked by a drone or a missile fired from Lebanese airspace. This again points to an Israeli attack, as Israel tends to use Lebanese airspace with impunity.

Before the war, Syria was self-sufficient on oil and fuel, but production and transport has struggled, and now they are heavily reliant on imports to run the economy. With the US trying to keep Syria from buying anything, and trying to keep Iran from selling anything, it’s only natural this would be a key trading partner for them.

Apr 25 04:17

DRONE STRIKE TARGETS IRANIAN TANKER ANCHORED OFF SYRIA’S MAIN OIL TERMINAL (PHOTOS)

On April 24 afternoon, an unidentified drone targeted a tanker anchored off Syria’s main oil terminal in the town of Banias.

In an official statement, the Ministry of Oil and Natural Resources said that the hostile drone came from the direction of Lebanon’s waters. The ministry also said that a fire caused by the strike was put down by the tanker’s crew.

“Firefighters controlled by the fire which erupted in one of the oil tanker’s sections off the oil terminal in Banias,” the statement reads.

The France-Press Agency, AFP, reported that the targeted tanker is Iranian, without providing any additional information on the incident.

Apr 25 03:59

Oil Tanker In Flames Off Syrian Coast After Suspected Drone Attack

The Times of Israel reports a fire broke out on an oil tanker moored off the port of Banyas, located in northwestern Syria.

The source of the fire is unknown at the moment, but Syria's oil ministry reports "an apparent drone attack coming from Lebanese territory" is responsible for the incident.

The ministry didn't provide any information about the ship's name, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the vessel was Iranian.

Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) allegedly shows the vessel with a plume of black smoke rising in front of the bridge.

Apr 24 07:35

Anonymous NatSec Officials: The Cuban Ray Guns Are in Syria Now, Just Trust Us on This

Here we go again with the anonymously sourced claims Russia is trying to fry the innards of U.S. government personnel abroad, using energy guns secretly manufactured using updated Soviet blueprints.

According to Politico, anonymous officials said the Pentagon has briefed members of Congress on “intelligence surrounding suspected directed-energy attacks against U.S. troops,” with the outlet citing at least four national security officials “directly involved in the probe.” In one of the incidents, several troops in Syria (where hundreds of U.S. soldiers are stationed in another forever war) “developed flu-like symptoms.” Politico also wrote that said officials attribute these directed-energy beams to being sourced from nefarious Russian operatives. “Two former national security officials involved” in the inquiry, quite possibly ones that departed office along with Donald Trump, claimed the incidents drew extreme concern across the Department of Defense:

Apr 23 07:11

Latest Skirmish with Syria Shows Israel Is Much Weaker Than It Looks

For years Israel’s Arab neighbors have grown accustomed to routine unprovoked attacks on their infrastructure, soldiers and civilians by the Jewish state.

While Syria’s air defense has been increasing its success rate in quashing Israeli raids, the latest exchange between the two countries has opened up the possibility to strike back.

Yesterday, a missile bypassed Israel’s Patriot, Iron Dome and David’s Sling missile defense systems and landed close to the delicate Dimona nuclear reactor in its Southern desert, triggering panic in the city when its alarm went off. The Dimona nuclear facility is highly secretive as it is used to produce the Israel’s illegal nuclear weapons.

Apr 23 06:12

(video) Ask An Israeli: Do you believe that gentiles (non Jews) will be slaves for the Jews?

NO!
We will not be bought!
We will not be sold!
I am not your slave!

Quoting sanitized Wikipedia "Jewish Views on Slavery" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_views_on_slavery

The Torah and the Talmud contain various rules about how to treat slaves. Biblical rules for treatment of Jewish slaves were more lenient than for non-Jewish slaves and the Talmud insisted that Jewish slaves should be granted similar food, drink, lodging, and bedding, to that which their master would grant to himself.

Apr 23 05:49

SYRIA TO PAY FOR “PLANNED EXPLOSION” IN ISRAELI WEAPON FACTORY

On April 20 a large explosion took place in central Israel, at the facility of Tomer, a government-owned defense contractor.

As per the contractor, there were neither damages nor casualties, and the massive mushroom cloud that was seen was a “controlled test.”

The company, Tomer, produces a variety of propulsion systems for various missiles used by Israel.

Videos of the blast were widely shared on social media, prompting speculation that it was the result of a malfunction or sabotage, especially in light of ongoing tension between Israel and Iran. And Tehran’s state media had reports focused on the facility, which led to speculation that it was some form retaliatory attack after the blast in the Natanz facility.

The contractor still maintained that it was all planned, but there were none of the customary warnings in advance of the explosion and no confirmation by either the Ministry of Defense or the company after the fact.

Apr 22 07:59

Canada Reveals It Paid White Helmets $4 Million Annually After It Cuts Ties

In another stunning revelation concerning the self-styled "independent" Syrian rescue and aid organization the White Helmets, Canada this week revealed that it has ended all funding for the controversial group yet without detailing why.

A bombshell new report in The Globe and Mail says only that the government of Canada, dubbed "one of the staunchest backers of the White Helmets", ended support "shortly after the death of the group’s British co-founder, James Le Mesurier, who committed suicide in November, 2019."

Le Mesurier had been mired in scandal and was subject of an in investigation over possible mishandling of donations which poured in from various Western governments and humanitarian groups. His suicide took place in murky circumstances: he was found dead reportedly from a fall on the street below the upstairs window of his apartment in Istanbul's Beyoglu district on November 11, 2019.

Apr 22 07:58

Syrian Missile Comes Close To Striking Israeli Nuclear Reactor, Israel Retaliates In Huge Escalation

It was an apparent Syrian response to a prior Israeli attack that targeted the Damascus suburbs. Israel says that it responded to the apparent retaliatory missile attack out of Syria.

At the same time the Jerusalem Post has this overnight (local time) urgent headline: "Missile launched toward Israel from Syria, IDF responds with airstrikes."

Apr 22 06:42

Alarms go off near Israel’s nuclear reactor amid reports of explosions & missile defense system being activated

Sirens have pierced the air in Israel’s southern Negev province near the secretive Dimona nuclear facility, with reports of multiple blasts heard far away from the site and anti-missile systems responding.

The sirens were heard in Abu Qrenat – a village some 13 miles (21km) northwest of The Shimon Peres Negev Nuclear Research Center in the Negev desert – following reports of explosions from the vicinity of the nuclear facility on Thursday morning, according to the Jerusalem Post. A military spokesperson said the incident resulted in no casualties.

Unconfirmed footage has circulated on social media, in which a siren can be heard blaring in the distance. The location the video was captured is unclear. Another clip purporting to show the moment a missile was intercepted by Israel’s defense systems has also made the rounds.

Apr 22 05:50

As chemical weapons watchdog’s credibility crumbles, OPCW member states strip Syria’s voting rights

Syria has been stripped of most of its rights at the global chemical weapons watchdog for alleged breaches. The OPCW stands accused of suppressing facts reported by its own inspectors in Syria for political purposes.

The vote to penalize Syria took place on Wednesday at the conference of the states that are parties to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague. Syria was punished for allegedly violating the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), of which the OCPW is the guardian, based on reports by the special Investigation and Identification Team (IIT).

Apr 22 05:43

Israeli Sirens Sound Off Near Dimona Nuclear Site as Syrian Missile Reportedly Overshoots Target

Rocket sirens were activated in Abu Karinat, an Israeli village located in the Negev desert, early Thursday after a surface-to-air missile was launched from Syrian territory, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have revealed.

Incidentally, the sirens sounded off in an area near Dimona, where Israel's Shimon Peres Negev Nuclear Research Center is situated.

The IDF told Sputnik that the Nuclear Research Center had not been damaged by the missile attack.

Apr 22 05:37

'Syria missile' lands near Israeli military nuclear facility Dimona

The Israeli military says a Syrian missile fired towards an Israeli warplane has overflown its target, landing near the occupying regime’s top-secret military nuclear facility Dimona.

An Israeli military spokesman cited by Reuters said the projectile had come down in the early hours of Thursday in the Dimona area in the Negev desert inside the occupying territories, where the regime operates the hugely controversial installation.

The spokesman identified the missile as “an SA-5” -- a long-range projectile handled by Syria’s Russian S-200 missile systems.

The missile, however, “did not hit the reactor, landing some 30 kilometers (19 miles) away,” the agency cited the spokesman as saying.

According to the Israeli military, missile sirens went off in the area, and a Reuters correspondent, who was about 90 kilometers (56 miles) north of Dimona, reported hearing the sound of an explosion minutes before the military tweeted that the alarms had gone off.

Apr 20 13:08

Russian Jets Pound Anti-Assad Militant Base In Syria, Killing Up To 200

Militants created a camouflaged base northeast of Syria’s Palmyra, where groups were formed for terrorist attacks and explosive devices were made. Russian Aerospace Forces planes have hit these targets, Rear Adm. Alexander Karpov, deputy head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Warring Parties in Syria, said on Monday.

"As a result... two shelters, up to 200 militants, 24 pickup trucks with heavy machine guns, as well as about 500 kilograms of ammunition and components for making improvised explosive devices were destroyed," Karpov said.

Apr 18 07:37

RUSSIAN NAVY TO GUARD IRANIAN OIL SUPPLIES TO SYRIA UNDER STRATEGIC AGREEMENT – REPORT

Russia, Iran and Syria have established a joint operation room that would work to guarantee the security and stability of oil and wheat supplies to Syrian ports through the Mediterranean Sea, Sputnik reported on April 17.

According to the agency, a series of intensive meetings between Russian, Iranian and Syrian officials was held recently with the aim of breaking the siege imposed by the US and European Union on Syria.

“The room’s work is to provide multi-sided coordination to secure the arrival of oil supplies, in the first place, to Syrian ports,” Sputnik quoted sources familiar with the matter as saying.

Syria has been facing an unprecedented economic crisis as a result the sanctions imposed by the US and the EU. The country’s natural resources in the northeastern region are also under control of US proxies. Furthermore, ships heading to Syrian ports face sanctions as well as the threat of direct attacks on some occasions.

Apr 17 05:08

EU Parliament session gets chaotic as MEP accused of 'fake news' for daring to question OPCW on whistleblower scandal (VIDEO)

Despite whistleblower leaks casting doubts on the OPCW’s findings, the EU Parliament is determined to enforce the organization’s anti-Assad line on Syria. MEP Mick Wallace was accused of spreading “fake news” when he spoke out.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has taken an intense interest in Syria’s civil war, and has accused President Bashar Assad of deploying chemical weapons against his own people on several occasions. Its conclusions have twice been used to justify US military action against Syria, and a new OPCW report on Monday found “reasonable grounds” to suspect that a Syrian Army helicopter dropped chemical weapons on the town of Saraqib in 2018.

The OPCW’s reports are good news for Western interventionists, but the organization is not without its critics.

Apr 16 13:41

Politicians Concerned about Violence Should Start by Ending Their Wars and Their Police State

It looks like the next EOs Biden aims at mandating are related to the topic of gun control: “Gun violence in this country is an epidemic. Let me say it again. Gun violence in this country is an epidemic.” This is ironic coming from the former vice president of the Obama administration, which started regime change wars in countries like Yemen, Libya, and Syria which in large part included supplying certain “moderate” rebel groups like al-Nusra and ISIS with weapons, cash, and intelligence support that was ultimately used to slaughter innocent men, women, and children.

Apr 14 06:48

Caitlin Johnstone: Meditations on US forces firing a howitzer into the empty desert ‘just to say we’re here’

I saw a line in a recent New Yorker article about America’s endless wars, and it’s been rattling around in my head ever since.

“In Syria, McKenzie visited the Green Village, a community of decrepit apartment blocks near a bombed-out oil facility that served as the operational headquarters for the final push to erase the caliphate, in 2019. These days, the only military action there is from US forces firing a 155-millimetre howitzer twice a week into the surrounding desert, at no specific target, ‘just to say we’re here,’ one officer told me.”

US forces firing a 155-millimetre howitzer twice a week into the surrounding desert, at no specific target, “just to say we’re here.”

Apr 14 06:10

Syria Demands US Compensate It for Seven Years of War and Plundering

The Syrian Arab News Agency reported the nation’s foreign ministry issuing a statement that brands Washington responsible for what the government calls a terrorist war against Syria and its people.

It condemns both military and economic aggression against the country and attributes both to the designs of the U.S. and its allies to establish permanent military presence, and supremacy, in the region, with the U.S. and Israel also looting the country’s resources. Turkey could be added to the list. The allies referred to also include Washington’s fellow NATO members Britain and France, which have participated in the war against Syrian and its people as well.

Specifically the indictment states this:

Apr 13 10:55

US Forces Transported Over 40 Tankers of Syrian Oil Into Iraq, State Media Report

The US forces have transported 41 tankers of oil stolen from the Hasaka province in northern Syria into Iraq, the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported, citing local sources.

The convoy also included several covered trucks. The agency reported that the oil was smuggled into the Iraqi territory via the "illegal" al-Waleed border crossing, which is also referred to as at-Tanf.

This is not the first time that such news has been reported by SANA, with a similar story being published last December reporting that US forces looted oil from the Hasaka countryside and transported it over the border to US bases in Iraq.

Apr 10 05:44

Lebanon says Israel’s use of its airspace to attack Syria clear breach of international law

Lebanon has condemned “in the strongest terms” Israel’s use of its airspace to carry out a missile attack near the Syrian capital, Damascus.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Lebanese Foreign Ministry expressed its "condemnation, in the strongest terms, of the air attack carried out by the Israeli enemy,” Lebanese National News Agency reported.

"While denouncing any attack on the sovereignty of brotherly Syria, and refusing to use the Lebanese airspace to target it, the Ministry expresses its full solidarity with Syria in the face of the repeated attacks carried out by the Israeli enemy."

The ministry called for international action to end the repeated Israeli attacks on Lebanon’s sovereignty which “constitutes a clear violation of international law, the Charter of the United Nations, and resolutions of international legitimacy."

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Apr 09 05:52

ISIS Seizes Syria Police Station, Captures Dozens of Hostages

ISIS fighters stormed the desert town of al-Saan, in Hama Province, seizing the police station and capturing dozens of people, including both civilians and police. Eight soldiers are also being held.

ISIS has been trying to raid areas near the desert that they operate within. Al-Saan was a former stronghold of theirs. The civilians they captured are accused of being informers for the Assad government.

Syrian state media reported that the civilians were out picking truffles at the time of the raid, and ISIS made their way to the police station, capturing 13 police, the alleged informers, and the eight soldiers.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights head noted that abducted soldiers are usually killed, and that ISIS has also killed civilians they believe are in league with the government.

Apr 08 06:32

Israel Bombing the Outskirts of Damascus from Over Lebanon, Again

Israel carried out a new aggression against the Syrian capital Damascus shortly after midnight, the bombing targeted a Syrian Army post in the outskirt of Damascus.

A Syrian military spokesperson stated: ‘At about 12:56 a.m. local time today, April 8, the Israeli enemy carried out an air assault with bursts of rockets from the direction of Lebanese territory targeting some points in the vicinity of the city of Damascus, and our air defense media intercepted the aggression’s missiles and dropped most of them.’

Four Syrian army soldiers were injured in the bombing which also left some material damage, the military spokesperson added.

Syrian air defenses have shot down a number of illicit missiles, and Al Manar has just announced that one of Syria’s air defense missiles chased an enemy warplane to the border, at which point a very loud explosion was heard throughout southern Lebanon.

Apr 08 05:48

Israeli Warplanes Attack Syrian Capital, Wounding Four Soldiers

Syrian state media is reporting that Israeli warplanes operating in Lebanon attacked the capital city of Damascus overnight, with at least four Syrian soldiers reported wounded.

Syrian air defenses were quick to activate during the attack, and Syria reported that they were able to shoot down most of the missiles before anything was hit. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the attacks were aimed at a military post.

Lebanon’s al-Manar TV reported that air defense missiles were heard exploding near the border. The Syrian government has a large array of Russia-provided defenses meant to limit the ability of Israel to attack.

Despite all of that air defense capability, however, Israel continues to regularly attack targets in Syria, nominally on the pretext of targeting Iranian assets. There was no sign that this attack hit or even targeted anything Iran-related, but as usual Israel is not officially talking about it.

Apr 06 13:01

Biden Regime Forces Loot More Wheat from Syrian Silos

Biden regime forces continue to loot Syria of its essential grains, necessary to keep Syria’s people from the starvation over which the various factions of western savior types continue to wail rivers of crocodile tears, especially when there is a 501(c) charity involvement. The Biden American occupation forces just did another round trip from Iraq into the in al Yaarubiya area of al Hasaka — which is in Syria, which is not in the United States — with a 12-truck convoy that continued the looting of of precious Syrian grain, from the silos of Tal Alo.

Starvation via military invasion and looting is a war crime.

Though the Biden forces dismantled their illicit military base at the silos, in February, the criminal American troops have returned several times, to empty the grain, so many times that it might be convenient to create a template and just fill in the dates. Between mid- and late March, the American war criminals pillaged 112 truckloads of Syria’s wheat from this facility.

Apr 06 05:56

Why US Troops Will Never Be Pulled Out Of Syria

A friend recently asked: "Surely, the American Army is not staying in Syria forever and sooner or later they will leave, no?" To his surprise, my answer was: "No, I don’t think they would leave. Why would they? It costs very little and they incur hardly any casualties."

Moreover of all past military interventions in the region, the US presence in Syria is unique in a number of ways. It is relatively small in scope, yet it does achieve a seemingly broad set of objectives both geopolitically and even domestically.

Remember that the initial [ostensible] objective for entering Syria was to fight ISIS. Following the group's attack on Mosul in June 2014, it only took only 8 weeks for the US to to begin air strikes against them in Iraq. A month later, these strikes were expanded into Syria.

Apr 01 08:26

“American Style”: US-backed Fighters Seize US-made Missiles Heading to Other US-backed Fighters in Syria

In an unusual turn of events in Syria, militants once backed by the US have seized a shipment of US-made missiles that was heading to fighters currently backed by the US.

The missiles, US-made TOWs, were seized on March 28 by the Syrian Task Force, a joint force of the Turkish Police, Counterterrorism Unit and the National Syrian Army (SNA), near the Turkish-occupied town of Azaz in the northern Aleppo countryside.

According to the Turkish Ministry of Interior, the smugglers confessed that that they had been trying to transfer weapons to the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the town of Manbij in the northeastern countryside of Aleppo.

Beside two TOW anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), the weapons shipment included 24 AK-type assault rifles, a designated marksman rifle, two gun tubes and ammunition.

Mar 31 06:40

New Report Reaffirms US Recognition of Golan Heights as Israeli Territory

On Tuesday, the State Department released its annual report on global human rights practices, known as the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. In the first such report of the Biden administration, the US reaffirmed the recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights and the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The Israel section of the report reads: “The United States recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in 2017 and Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights in 2019.”

It’s been obvious that President Biden has no intention of reversing the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. But when it comes to the Golan Heights, which was captured from Syria in 1967, the Biden administration has not been clear how it views the territory.

When asked about the Golan Heights in February, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, “Leaving aside the legalities of that question, as a practical matter, the Golan is very important to Israel’s security.”

Mar 31 06:37

Biden and His Aides Pushed America Into Syria’s Civil War a Decade Ago

The United States tore itself apart with extraordinary violence 160 years ago. Around 750,000 Americans died in the Civil War, which would be about eight million dead today. It is an experience no American should want to go through again.

Yet U.S. policymakers seem drawn to foreign conflicts like moths to light. Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton unaccountably made brutal battles in Lebanon, Somalia, and the Balkans Washington’s own. George W. Bush turned Iraq into a civil war and joined Afghanistan’s long-running conflict. Barack Obama escalated in Afghanistan, returned to Iraq after leaving, and racked up involvement in three additional bitter conflicts: Libya, Syria, and Yemen. Donald Trump kept the US fighting in all of them, though he launched a last-minute bid to withdraw from the longest one, Afghanistan.

Mar 31 06:09

PROPAGANDA BY OMISSION: LIBYA, SYRIA, VENEZUELA AND THE UK

We live in a war-like society; one that supports, and is in league with, the world’s number one terrorist threat: the United States of America. Corporate media propaganda plays a key role in keeping things that way.

Ten years ago this month, the US, UK and France attacked oil-rich Libya under the fictitious cover of ‘humanitarian intervention’. The bombing was ‘justified’ by Barack Obama, David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy by the supposed imminent massacre of civilians in Benghazi by forces under Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. As we have documented previously, the propaganda claims were fraudulent.

Mar 31 01:20

Hypocrisy at its finest: US announces millions in aid for Syria crisis, caused largely by its regime-change policy and sanctions

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken emerging as a humanitarian hero from the UN Security Council’s briefing on aid delivery to Syria represents a damning indictment on Western hypocrisy.
“How is it possible that we can’t find in our hearts the common humanity to actually take meaningful action?” Blinken said on Monday, calling for the reopening of aid corridors and an increase in aid for war-torn Syria.

Mar 30 04:41

Work of 3 Checkpoints in Syria Suspended From Tuesday Amid Escalation, Russian Military Says

The work of checkpoints Seraqab and Miznaz in Idlib, as well as Abu Zeidin in Aleppo, will be suspended from Tuesday amid escalation until the situation stabilizes, Rear Adm. Alexander Karpov, deputy head of the Russian Centre for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties in Syria, said on Monday

"The situation continues to deteriorate in the areas adjacent to the Seraqab and Miznaz checkpoints in Idlib province and Abu Zeidin in Aleppo province, opened with the assistance of the Russian Centre for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties," Karpov said.

Terrorist organisations that have intensified their activities in the territory of Syria controlled by the Turkish armed forces are carrying out provocative shelling and blocking the movement of citizens and vehicles in these corridors, he said.

Mar 28 00:48

BBC, Times smear UK professor skeptical of Syria regime change drive as would-be traitor after his rival’s sting op

A UK professor investigating a Western-funded group gathering evidence against Syrian officials was contacted by his target’s staff posing as a Russian agent. The communications were framed as potentially traitorous by the media.

The BBC wrote a lengthy piece blasting Edinburgh University Professor Paul McKeigue, a member of a group of academics called the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media (WGSPM). The group seeks to expose Western efforts to shield from public scrutiny a long-term campaign to destabilize and topple the Syrian government.

Mar 27 07:31

BBC, Times smear UK professor skeptical of Syria regime change drive as would-be traitor after his rival’s sting op

A UK professor investigating a Western-funded group gathering evidence against Syrian officials was contacted by his target’s staff posing as a Russian agent. The communications were framed as potentially traitorous by the media.

The BBC wrote a lengthy piece blasting Edinburgh University Professor Paul McKeigue, a member of a group of academics called the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media (WGSPM). The group seeks to expose Western efforts to shield from public scrutiny a long-term campaign to destabilize and topple the Syrian government.

Mar 27 06:33

House Panel Advances Bill to Repeal 2002 Iraq AUMF

On Thursday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee advanced a bill that would repeal the 2002 authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) that was used for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The bill will now advance to the House floor.

The panel approved the legislation that was led by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) in a vote of 28 to 19 that fell along party lines. Two Republicans joined the Democrats in supporting the bill, Reps. Ken Buck (R-CO) and Peter Meijer (R-MI).

“Iraq is a security partner of the United States. Saddam Hussein is long gone. No current operations depend on 2002 AUMF,” said Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY).

Mar 27 06:25

US to demand 'unhindered' aid deliveries to Syria at UN Security Council

The US plans to address border issues that have hindered the transfer of food, medicine and other aid into Syria at the next Security Council meeting, the State Department has announced.

State Department spokesperson Ned Price, in a statement on Friday, said Secretary of State Antony Blinken would push Russia and other UN Security Council members to allow more aid to enter Syria from Turkey.

Aid had been entering the war-torn country via Turkey through four border crossings that were approved by the 15-member council in 2014. Last July, however, the authorisations keeping the crossings open expired. Following several Russian and Chinese vetoes, all but the Bab al-Hawa crossing were closed indefinitely.

Mar 25 05:21

The US Continues To Smuggle Oil While Turkey Complains To Russia It Can't

The intensity of the conflict in Syria’s northeast refuses to die down, as more and more strikes are carried out targeting each involved party’s interests. For its part, MSM reports on all of these, but many of them are presented in a light, much different from reality.

On March 23rd, a video emerged showing the Damascus government forces conduct a strike on Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).

The shelling targeted the terrorist fortifications and depots. MSM, in conjunction with various Western-backed organizations such as the “International Rescue Committee”, shifted the story and claimed that a civilian hospital had been struck.

As such, the narrative is this – the “Bloody Assad Regime” is back at it, targeting civilians and killing its own people. As might be expected this media campaign is part of the attempts by the US to rebrand HTS as a “former terrorist” and now reformed organization, in order to have another ally, in a different part of Syria.

Mar 24 03:47

US Forces Come Under Attack in Syria

Mar 23 12:01

Biden Calls For Disarming Americans After Mass Shooting by Muslim Immigrant Ahmad al-Aliwi al-Issa

The Biden regime is moving to ensure Americans are made even more defenseless after a Syrian Muslim immigrant was identified as the suspect accused of carrying out a deadly mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado.

Mar 23 08:45

In Syria, The War Of Hunger Is Taking Over From The War Of Guns

US sanctions have brought the number of Syrians who are close to starvation to 12.4 million, or 60% of the country...

Mar 23 05:55

In Syria, The War Of Hunger Is Taking Over From The War Of Guns

Great dollops of hypocrisy invariably accompany expressions of concern by outside powers for the wellbeing of the Syrian people. But even by these low standards, a new record for self-serving dishonesty is being set by the Caesar Civilian Protection Act, the new US law imposing the harshest sanctions in the world on Syria and bringing millions of Syrians to the brink of famine.

Supposedly aimed at safeguarding ordinary Syrians from violent repression by President Bashar al-Assad, the law is given a humanitarian garnish by naming it after the Syrian military photographer who filmed and smuggled out of the country pictures of thousands of Syrians killed by the government. But instead of protecting Syrians, as it claims, the Caesar Act is a measure of collective punishment that is impoverishing people in government and opposition-held areas alike.

Mar 22 07:24

US controls 90% of Syria oil

Syrian Oil Minister Bassam Toma'a has revealed that around 90 per cent of Syrian oil is under the control of US forces, Aram News Network reported on Friday.

"The Americans and their followers are acting like pirates as they are targeting the Syrian oil wealth and oil supplies," the Syrian regime minister asserted.

The minister added: "There is a promising future for the oil industry in the [Syrian] waters. We need tranquillity and stable logistic circumstances."

He stated that the total direct and indirect losses of the Syrian oil sector had exceeded $92 billion, noting that what happened in Syria has never previously occurred regarding the exploitation of wealth and supplies.

It is worth noting that the oil ministry of the Bashar Al-Assad regime has signed contracts with the Russian oil firm Capital to explore oil off Tartus governorate's coasts with an area of 2,250 km2.

Mar 22 07:24

WikiLeaks Reveals How the US Aggressively Pursued Regime Change in Syria, Igniting a Bloodbath

In 2010, WikiLeaks became a household name by releasing 251,287 classified State Department cables. Now, a new book collects in-depth analyses of what these cables tell us about the foreign policy of the United States, from authors including Truthout staff reporter Dahr Jamail and our regular contributors Gareth Porter, Robert Naiman, Phyllis Bennis and Stephen Zunes. “The essays that make up The WikiLeaks Files shed critical light on a once secret history,” says Edward Snowden.

The following is Chapter 10 of The WikiLeaks Files:

Mar 22 05:52

"Russian Rambo" Sacrificed Himself to Save Palmyra, $yria

Mar 21 08:37

The 2017 Raqqa Exodus: The US Coalition’s “Secret Deal” to Allow ISIS-Daesh Terrorists to Escape…

Ten years ago. March 18-19, 2011; This week we commemorate the beginning of the US-NATO led war on Syria. Our thoughts are with the people of Syria.

The US has no intention of going after the terrorists in Syria. The Al Qaeda affiliated terrorists continue to be supported by Washington.

This article recounts the 2017 Raqqa Exodus first published in November 2017.

Mar 21 07:43

Turkish warplane bombs positions held by US-backed SDF militants in Syria’s Raqqah: SOHR

A so-called war monitor says a Turkish fighter jet has carried out airstrikes against an area held by US-sponsored SDF militants in Syria’s northern province of Raqqah.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said the military aircraft had struck SDF positions in Saida village of the Ayn Issa district, which caused loud explosions.

The airstrike, it said, was the first of its kind in the past 17 months, when the Turkish army and allied militants launched a military operation across the border in northeast Syria.

Mar 20 06:35

Permanent Warfare and the “War On Terror”

The “War on Terror” is a fraud. Washington supports the very same terrorists that it claims to be fighting. Washington’s wars are anti-humanitarian and anti-democratic, and they are all based on criminal war lies and public deceptions. This needs to end.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard described the war on Syria in these words:

“There are two things you need to address in Syria. One is a regime change war that was first launched by the United States in 2011, covertly led by the CIA. That is a regime change war that has continued over the years, that has increased the suffering of the Syrian people and strengthened terrorist groups like al Qaeda and ISIS because the CIA was using American taxpayer dollars to provide arms and training equipment to these terrorist groups to get them to overthrow the government.

So that is a regime change war that we should not have been waging.” (1)

Mar 20 00:55

Syrian Oil Minister Reveals US Has 'Pirated' $92 Billion In Crude

The Syrian Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources, Bassam Tohme, said on Thursday, that the total losses in the direct and indirect oil sector in Syria have exceeded $92 billion (USD).

The Syrian minister said in statements to the state-owned Al-Ikhbariya TV channel (and subsequently translated in Iranian state media), that the areas under the control of the US and their allied forces contain more than 90% of the oil reserves of Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And it only cost us, what? $1.3 trillion in war costs?

Mar 19 08:10

US won't recognize Syria presidency vote unless UN involved

The United States warned Syrian President Bashar Assad on Thursday that the Biden administration will not recognize the result of its upcoming presidential election unless the voting is free, fair, supervised by the United Nation and represents all of Syrian society.

The acting U.S. deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Jeffrey DeLaurentis, said that “it’s clear that the regime will leverage the upcoming presidential elections in May to unfairly claim Assad’s legitimacy.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

LOOK WHO'S TALKING!!!

Mar 19 07:10

International reports: Hundreds of thousands of terrorists were sent to Syria by the West

Western countries, led by the US and its regional allies, were have not stooped at supporting, financing, and arming terrorism that targeted Syria, but they also removed and sent hundreds of thousands of terrorists to the country to join terrorist organizations in here and participate in killing Syrians and destroying their capabilities.

German Firil Center published a study in 2015 that revealed the volume of the role that Western and regional countries have played in targeting Syria by sending hundreds of thousands of terrorists to it, saying that the number of the terrorists since April 2011 until the end of 2015 reached to 360 thousand terrorists.

According to the confessions of Western officials themselves, the regime of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has turned Turkey into a haven for the gathering of those terrorists and a corridor for their removal to Syria.

Mar 19 06:45

Afghanistan: How Long Must This Go On?

The United States military and mercenary forces need to leave Afghanistan now.
Note: Does anyone remember why we are there in the first place!
The Cactus Moon is crying!

Mar 17 07:29

US, Allies Oppose Syria Elections, Blame Assad for 10 Years of War

Top diplomats of the United States, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom in a joint statement challenged the legitimacy of this year's proposed presidential election in Syria and said that it should not lead to any international normalisation with the country's authorities.

The statement from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio and UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab marks the 10th anniversary of the world’s bloodiest ongoing conflict.

"The proposed Syrian Presidential election this year will neither be free nor fair, nor should it lead to any measure of international normalisation with the Syrian regime," the top diplomats said on Monday.

Mar 17 07:23

Syrian air defenses respond to ‘Israeli aggression,’ intercept ‘multiple missiles’ over Damascus – state TV

Syria’s air defenses were activated in response to an alleged ‘Israeli airstrike’ in the Damascus countryside in the south of the country, state media reported, claiming that several ‘hostile projectiles’ were shot down.

The attacks came around 10:30pm local time on Tuesday near the capital, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency, citing a military source, who said the strikes came “from the direction of the occupied Syrian Golan.”

Video footage purporting to show air defense systems intercepting some of the missiles has circulated online, some obtained by SANA.

Mar 17 06:59

Israeli Airstrikes Hit Near Damascus Airport, Syria Says Others Intercepted

Syrian state media confirmed an Israeli attack near the Damascus airport on Tuesday, saying they’d intercepted “most of them.” They said there were no casualties, but there was damage to material.

As with many previous attacks, the strikes appear to have targeted warehouses near the airport used to store ammunition. Israel has in the past accused these warehouses of being used by Iranian militias.

Not that Israel made such accusations this time, or anything else for that matter. In keeping with policy of not commenting on attacks first reported in foreign media, Israel is not commenting at all on what happened.

Mar 16 08:10

Russia Alarmed by Transfer of Turkish Army's Equipment in Syria's Raqqa, Military Says

Russia is alarmed by the transfer of equipment of the Turkish Armed Forces and the ongoing fortification works in the Syrian province of Raqqa, Rear Adm. Alexander Karpov, the deputy head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties in Syria, said at a briefing.

"The Russian side is extremely alarmed by the transfer of military equipment of the Turkish Armed Forces and the construction of fortifications at strong points in the area of ??the settlement of Ayn Issa, Raqqa province. These actions violate the status quo established by the memorandum of understanding and undermine the efforts of both sides in resolving the Syrian conflict," Karpov said.

Over the past 24 hours no shelling by Turkey-controlled illegal armed formations was registered, he added.

Mar 16 08:05

It’s 10 years since the war in Syria began, and Western media & pundits are still eager to keep it going

After many wars built on lies over the decades, people might have developed a good BS radar. Instead, in March 2011, when media and human rights groups pushed propaganda about Syria, the public once again fell for it.

Front page, round-the-clock headlines were pumped out, and transparently hollow Western pundits tut-tutted Syria’s president and claimed the Syrian government was cracking down on “peaceful protesters.”

But this is March 2021, and while Western lies and fake concern have dominated news on Syria, Syrians deserve to have the reality – their suffering under some of the most heinous terrorism the world has known – highlighted instead.

In reality, March 2011 in Syria saw well-armed thugs attacking not only government buildings, but killing soldiers and civilians too.

Mar 16 08:04

Ten years on, the US still promotes failed regime-change policy in Syria

The US has only one objective in Syria—regime change. The fact that it has been unable to achieve this after ten years of trying does not appear to deter the Biden administration from embracing failure.

Back in 2001, former General Wesley Clark described a memorandum issued by then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld which outlined a plan, as General Clark described it, on “how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.”

Mar 16 08:01

Syria survived major onslaughts in decade of foreign-backed war: Journalist tells Press TV

Syria has survived and overcome three kinds of major onslaughts against it by terrorist forces and their supporting countries over the past ten years of war, a Lebanese analyst says.

Nasser Qandil, a well-known journalist and editor with the Lebanese newspaper Al-Binaa, made the remarks in an exclusive interview with Press TV on Sunday, in which he described Washington’s multiple scenarios against Damascus since the beginning of crisis in the country.

Qandil pointed to Syria’s unparalleled resistance and said the Arab country suffered three types of aggression.

Mar 16 07:59

US, Israel barring cargo ships, oil tankers from entering Syria: Analyst

The United States and Israel are trying to prevent cargo ships and oil tankers from entering Syrian waters as part of the economic siege against the Arab country and its reconstruction process following the bloody civil war, a political analyst says.

Saleh Abu Izzah, a senior expert in West Asia affairs, told Press TV that the US is using the economic blockade to achieve what it failed to accomplish in the battlefield of the full-scale war.

He said the US has started its regular attacks against Syria since 2011, and later, along with its allies, imposed a cruel and horrible blockade against the government, ruling system, and people of Syria by passing the Caesar Act in 2020.

Abu Izzah referred to the siege as a mechanism used by Washington, Riyadh, and Tel Aviv to undermine the Astana Peace Process, an initiative launched by Iran, Russia, and Turkey to find a political settlement to the Syria crisis.

Mar 16 07:04

Ten Years Since Beginning Of Failed Regime Change Operation Against Syria

On this exact day ten years ago, NATO, the Gulf Cooperation Council, Turkey and Israel began a coordinated campaign of regime change against President Bashar al-Assad and the destruction of Syria. This has led to the death of over 500,000 people, millions of refugees, destroyed infrastructure and an economy in crisis. Despite numerous political maneuvers, this alliance against Syria catastrophically failed and could not achieve regime change. Not only did Assad survive the onslaught, but the geopolitical situation dramatically changed as a result.

Mar 16 06:04

Erdogan Calls on West to Throw Full Support Behind Turkey in Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Western powers to throw their support behind Turkey in Syria in an op-ed published in Bloomberg on Monday.

Erdogan presented Turkey as a stabilizing force in Syria despite the fact that Ankara played a crucial role in fueling the war in its early stages in 2011 by training and sheltering the opposition group known as the Free Syrian Army. Throughout the war, Turkey has backed various groups in Syria, including militias aligned with al-Qaeda affiliates.

In 2020, Turkey sent thousands of fighters into Idlib province to halt a Syrian government offensive to retake the territory. Idlib is currently controlled mostly by Hayat Tahir al-Sham (HTS), an al-Qaeda affiliate formerly known as al-Nusra Front.

Mar 15 10:11

ASSAD AGAINST NORTHERN SYRIA’S “DEMOCRATIC” OIL SMUGGLING BUSINESS

A relaxing, profitable and, quite frankly, secure job has turned into a nightmare. It is now dangerous, difficult, and simply stressful. And it is all due to the actions of the “cowardly Assad regime” and its Russian backers.

Indeed, this relates to being an oil trafficker in Northern Syria. In the past be it the ISIS oil fields, or those in the Syrian Democratic Forces-controlled areas, “exporting” oil to Turkey was an easy and simple business. This has all changed.

On March 14th, a large-scale strike with missiles and heavy rockets hit oil traffickers in the Turkish-occupied areas. The were two targets. The first was the al-Himran crossing, which is located near the town of Jarabulus on the border with Turkey. The second was the village of Tarhin north of the town of al-Bab, featuring a network of makeshift refineries and oil storage facilites. Videos and photographs showed an apocalyptic sight, with massive fires and nothing but destruction.

Mar 12 07:30

US occupation forces loot a new quantity of wheat from Tal Alou silos

The US occupation forces continued to steal Syrian wheat crops from al-Jazeera area as part of their ongoing aggression against the Syrians.

The US occupation on Tuesday brought out 12 trucks loaded with wheat from silos of Tal Alou village in the town of Yarubiyah in Hasaka eastern countryside.

Local sources told SANA that a convoy consisting of 21 trucks loaded with wheat left the silos of Tal Alo at 2:15 p.m. and headed for illegal al-Waleed crossing.

Mar 12 06:41

Israel Has Been Attacking Iranian Ships Carrying Oil to Syria With Divers and Mines

Israel has ta rgeted at least a dozen vessels bound for Syria and mostly carrying Iranian oil out of concern that petroleum profits are funding extremism in the Middle East, U.S. and regional officials say, in a new front in the conflict between Israel and Iran.

Since late 2019, Israel has used weaponry including water mines to strike Iranian vessels or those carrying Iranian cargo as they navigate toward Syria in the Red Sea and in other areas of the region. Iran has continued its oil trade with Syria, shipping millions of barrels and contravening U.S. sanctions against Iran and international sanctions against Syria.

Some of the naval attacks also have targeted Iranian efforts to move other cargo including weaponry through the region, according to U.S. officials.

The attacks on the tankers carrying Iranian oil haven’t been previously disclosed. Iranian officials have reported some of the attacks earlier and have said they suspect Israeli involvement.

Mar 11 09:07

The Power to Make War

Congress needs to prohibit absolutely the unauthorized presidential expenditure of money and deployment of armed personnel on any nondefensive violent actions. I say “personnel” rather than “military” because modern presidents have often used the CIA to fight wars and argued that because those wars did not involve the military, no congressional approval or notification was needed. -- Congress should criminalize such presidential violence and the expenditures of resources to support it, as it is a crime to kill without lawful authority. And Congress should call nondefensive killings — by the government or anyone — by their legal name: Murder.

Mar 10 11:38

U.S. AIRCRAFT CARRIER DEPLOYS IN MEDITERRANEAN AS DAMASCUS PREPARES TO PUSH ON THE NORTHWEST

The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier and its Carrier Strike Group have entered the Mediterranean Sea.

This makes it, currently, the closest aircraft carrier to the Middle East. It has been quite a while since the US hasn’t had one of its super warships deployed in or near the Persian Gulf.

Starting in the spring of 2019, the U.S. Navy has been publicly ordered to keep a near-constant presence in the region, as if this were something new.

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced that a global posture review is taking place, and it would be reconsidered whether a carrier was even needed in the region. Still, the Mediterranean Sea is quite nearby, and the removal of the Carrier Strike Group (CSG) from the Persian Gulf was a political move.

It’s Lloyd Austin’s dream to have a CSG in every hotspot in the world, but resources don’t allow for that.

Mar 09 14:01

Russia Obliterates Oil Storage Facilities in Syria Used for Oil Stolen by US, Israel & Turkey

The Syrian Arab Army and Russian forces inside that country, fired Tochka Ballistic missiles at Oil Storage Tank Facilities being occupied by and used by the United States, Turkey and Israel, inside Syria. Giant explosions levelled most of the storage tank farms, rendering it impossible for the US, Turkey or Israel to continue STEALING Syrian Oil; something that has been going on for years while the US was allegedly "fighting ISIS."

Video from the attacks as they began, is slowly filtering out of Syria. In the short video clip below, after the first missile blew up some storage tanks, a second missile hits with spectacular effect, lighting the night sky for miles as the oil blew up:

Mar 09 13:30

20 Turkish UAVs attack one Russian Pantsir-C1 in Syria's Idlib

According to the publication, as many as 20 Turkish attack drones at a time took part in the attack against the air defense missile system. They fired several dozens of missiles at the Pantsir-C1 system deployed in the Syrian province of Idlib, but failed to destroy it.

One of the shells exploded near the air defense missile system and slightly damaged it, but the Russian military could soon repair the system.

Turkish military expert Enes Kai, who was quoted by Soha, said that the Syrians made a number of mistakes in repelling the attack.

According to him, Pantsir operators could have destroyed the Turkish drones before they approached the distance, from which they were able to launch missiles at Syrian targets.

It was not specified when exactly the Turkish military carried out the attack on the positions of the Syrian army.

Mar 08 15:09

HAS DAMASCUS’ TIME TO RECAPTURE NORTHERN SYRIA FINALLY ARRIVED?

Chaos is brewing in the Aleppo countryside, as the Syrian Arab Army reportedly prepares for a decisive push on the Turkish-occupied areas.

All eyes are set on the town of Al-Bab and the surrounding area.

On March 7th, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) shelled the outskirts of the Turkish-occupied town of al-Bab. According to sources from the “moderate opposition”, at least ten mortar rounds fired by the SAA landed in the towns of Bratah and al-Dana near al-Bab.

There was one reported casualty, and one injury. The previous day saw shelling from the SAA on the same location, without any casualties and damage being reported.

These developments followed the incident on March 5 when, the Syrian military used ballistic missiles and rockets to pound Turkish-affiliated smugglers in the areas of al-Himran and Tarhin. According to reports, over 40 criminals were injured and more than 200 oil trucks and storage facilities were destroyed.

Mar 08 14:14

MILITARY SITUATION IN SYRIA ON MARCH 8, 2021 (MAP UPDATE)

On March 7, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 30 times: 19 – in Idlib province, 7 – in Latakia province, 3 – in Hama province, 1 – in Aleppo province

On March 7, ISIS attacked SDF position in the al-Ezbet area near the Conico gas plant. One SDF member was killed

On March 7, clashes between SDF and Turkish-backed forces were reported north of Tal Tamar

On March 8, at least 18 civilians were killed and several injured when their vehicles hit a landline while hunting for truffles near Salamiyah

On March 7, Musa al-Marai, an Ahrar al-Sham commander was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Jarablus

Mar 08 08:30

Tulsi Gabbard calls out the US dirty war on Syria

Watch Biden and some of his most senior aides admitting to the horrific realities of the US dirty war on Syria

While Joe Biden has faced some mild Congressional pushback for bombing the Iraq-Syria border, Tulsi Gabbard says her former colleagues are ignoring the larger issue: the ongoing US dirty war on Syria. After a decade of proxy warfare that empowered Al Qaeda and ISIS, the US is now occupying one-third of Syria and imposing crippling sanctions that are crushing Syria's economy and preventing reconstruction.

Mar 08 07:23

Putin & Assad's Revenge: Ballistic Missiles Pummel "Stolen" Syrian Oil Convoy & Refinery

Multiple major missile strikes reportedly on a convoy of oil tanker trucks and a refinery in northern Syria lit up the night sky on Friday. Initially there was confusion as to who was behind the devastating attack which obliterated multiple dozens of oil tanker trucks.

Stunning video of massive fireballs near the towns of al-Bab and Jarablus, close to the Turkish border, circulated widely on social media with contradictory accounts of just who launched the attack. However, sources seem to be in agreement that the initial explosions were so large it had to be the result of ballistic missile strikes.

This led to accusations that either the Russian military or the Syrian government was behind it in retaliation to halt convoys of "stolen oil" taken from Syrian national territory.

Damascus and Russia have long condemned a Turkish "land grab" along the northern border, as well as US occupation of the country's oil and gas rich northeast Deir Ezzor and al-Hasakah regions.

Mar 07 06:47

RUSSIA & SYRIA BOMB OIL STORAGE FACILITIES BEING USED BY U.S., TURKEY & ISRAEL INSIDE SYRIA!!!! Giant escalation in Syria; could lead to immediate war

The Syrian Arab Army and Russian forces inside that country, fired Tochka Ballistic missiles at Oil Storage Tank Facilities being occupied by and used by the United States, Turkey and Israel, inside Syria. Giant explosions levelled most of the storage tank farms, rendering it impossible for the US, Turkey or Israel to continue STEALING Syrian Oil; something that has been going on for years while the US was allegedly "fighting ISIS."

Video from the attacks as they began, is slowly filtering out of Syria. In the short video clip below, after the first missile blew up some storage tanks, a second missile hits with spectacular effect, lighting the night sky for miles as the oil blew up:

Mar 05 09:42

Continued Israeli airstrikes on Syria are testing Moscow’s patience, Jerusalem would do well not to poke the Russian bear

How Russia responds to Israel's attacks on Iranian targets inside Syria could make all the difference as to whether the region boils over into full-scale war or continues to simmer at its current, already dangerous, level.

In an official statement last week, the special envoy of the president of Russia to Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, indicated that Moscow was rapidly losing patience with Israel over airstrikes against alleged Iranian targets on Syria soil. “Sooner or later, the cup of patience, including the Syrian government, may be overflowing, and a retaliatory strike will follow, which will accordingly lead to a new round of tension. These attacks must be stopped, they are counterproductive. We hope that the Israeli side will hear our concerns, including concerns about the possible escalation of violence in Syria.”

Mar 04 07:11

Continued Israeli airstrikes on Syria are testing Moscow’s patience, Jerusalem would do well not to poke the Russian bear

How Russia responds to Israel's attacks on Iranian targets inside Syria could make all the difference as to whether the region boils over into full-scale war or continues to simmer at its current, already dangerous, level.

In an official statement last week, the special envoy of the president of Russia to Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, indicated that Moscow was rapidly losing patience with Israel over airstrikes against alleged Iranian targets on Syria soil. “Sooner or later, the cup of patience, including the Syrian government, may be overflowing, and a retaliatory strike will follow, which will accordingly lead to a new round of tension. These attacks must be stopped, they are counterproductive. We hope that the Israeli side will hear our concerns, including concerns about the possible escalation of violence in Syria.”

Mar 02 10:19

Democrats criticize Biden’s decision to launch airstrikes in Syria without consulting Congress

Some Senate Democrats on Friday criticized President Joe Biden’s decision to launch an airstrike Thursday night in Syria without conferring with all of Congress.

The Pentagon briefed congressional leadership before the action, according to a National Security Council spokesman. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s staff was notified before the strike, according to a Democratic aide.

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., on Friday requested a briefing from the Biden administration on the decision-making behind the airstrikes.

“The American people deserve to hear the Administration’s rationale for these strikes and its legal justification for acting without coming to Congress. Offensive military action without congressional approval is not constitutional absent extraordinary circumstances,” a statement from Kaine’s office read. Kaine is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Mar 02 10:18

Iran condemns U.S. strikes in Syria, denies attacks in Iraq

Iran on Saturday condemned U.S. air strikes against Iran-backed militias in Syria, and denied responsibility for rocket attacks on U.S. targets in Iraq that prompted Friday’s strikes.

Washington said its strikes on positions of the Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah paramilitary group along the Iraq border were in response to the rocket attacks on U.S. targets in Iraq.

Western officials and some Iraqi officials have blamed those attacks on Iran-backed groups.

However, Tehran has denied any involvement.

Mar 02 10:17

Illegal US bases train terrorists in Syria: Iran Foreign Ministry

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman has condemned recent attacks on areas east of Syria by US troops, saying the illegal bases run by American forces in the country are used to train terrorists for later use against the government in Damascus.

“Illegal American bases on the Syrian soil are training terrorists and using them as a means [against the Damascus government],” Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Sunday.

Recent military activities under the new US administration blatantly violate Syria’s territorial integrity and international law, which would intensify clashes and fuel instability in the region, the Iranian official said.

“These attacks, which were in the continuation of the Zionist regime’s constant acts of aggression against the Syrian territory, have been carried out after American forces illegally entered Syria over the past few years and occupied parts of its soil and plundered its natural resources, including oil, which is an absolute right of the Syrian people.”

Mar 02 07:22

Syria intercepts Israeli missiles over Damascus: State media

Syrian air defences intercepted Israeli missiles over Damascus on Sunday, Syrian state news agency SANA said.

Since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011, Israel has routinely carried out raids in Syria, mostly targeting Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah forces as well as government troops.

"At 10:16 this evening (2016 GMT) the Israeli enemy carried out an aerial attack from the direction of the occupied Syrian Golan on some targets in the Damascus area," SANA reported a military source as saying.

"Our air defence confronted the missiles and downed most of them," the source added.

There was no immediate report of casualties.

Feb 28 09:24

Healing bombs? CNN’s love affair with airstrikes continues, as network gushes over Biden attack on Syria

Joe Biden’s Syrian airstrikes were hailed by CNN as a masterstroke of diplomacy, delivered with “a scalpel instead of a sledgehammer.” Strangely enough, it sang the same song when Donald Trump launched his own strikes.

Delivered on Thursday by two F-15 fighter jets, Biden’s airstrikes knocked out several facilities the Pentagon says were used by Iranian-backed militias in Syria. The Pentagon described the strikes as “defensive” in nature, and as a response to rocket attacks on US and coalition troops in Iraq. A militia spokesman said one fighter was killed and several wounded.

Feb 28 09:23

Tara Reade: As the American hawk bombs overseas, the rot of corruption and bigotry plucks at its underbelly at home

The Biden administration’s decision to bomb Syria is not surprising, nor is the complete reversal of media tone compared to when Trump did it. It’s all a reflection of the bigotry eating away at the country from the inside.

From my time as a volunteer at a raptor rescue, I know doves and pigeons sometimes manage to fight back against hawks. When it happens the dove usually makes little cuts in the hawk’s underbelly, only visible if the bird is turned over. But eventually, the hawk spirals to the ground, dead.

If you have ever done any falconry, then you know the power in the bird’s grip. In fact, special gloves are required to withstand the claws of hawks or falcons, as they could cut you to the bone just by squeezing.

I imagine both allies and foes wish they had these special gloves while doing diplomacy with America.

I believe America, like that hawk, has little cuts of greed and corruption slicing away at any semblance of Democracy. And it is in a spiral.

Feb 28 09:13

Biden's Syria strike unmasks US' two-faced policy, promises no fundamental change

Syria is a sovereign country, said at least one current member of Joe Biden's administration when former US President Donald Trump authorized attacks against Syria in 2017, a country that has neither attacked the United States’ territory nor its regional positions.

The remarks, made in a tweet on April 7, 2017, were those of Jen Psaki, who currently serves as the White House press secretary.

“Also what is the legal authority for strikes?” Psaki asked in that tweet, which came after the US launched a barrage of 59 Tomahawk missiles against Syria for a suspected chemical attack on the town of Khan Shaykhun in Syria’s Idlib Province, which Washington blamed on Damascus.

Feb 28 08:44

Biden Bombs Syria: A New World Record?

Biden coming out of the gate with bombs blazing should be of little surprise to those who have watched his early foreign policy appointments. For example, he tapped noted neocon and aggressive interventionist Dana Stroul to head his Middle East Desk at the Pentagon and no doubt this airstrike at least indirectly reflects her influence and that of many others like her who have taken up positions in the Biden Administration.

Feb 28 07:59

Israel said very pleased with US strikes in Syria: ‘Biden is not Obama’

Israel is highly pleased with Thursday night’s US airstrikes against an Iranian-backed militia base on the Syrian-Iraqi border, Israeli officials told Walla News Friday.

Officials told Walla they see the strikes as a positive signal about the new administration’s posture toward Iran, and believe it will send a message to Tehran that it must restrain itself and its proxies in the region.
They said they had been concerned by growing Iranian provocations in the region, often through its proxies, and had shared this concern with the Americans.

Feb 28 07:07

“WHERE THE F**K ARE THE CHECKS? THEY WENT TO RAYTHEON SO THEY CAN BOMB MY COUNTRY”

British-Syrian journalist Richard Medhurst responded to Joe Biden’s missile strike on Syria by demanding to know, “Where the f**k are the checks? They went to Raytheon so they can bomb my country.”

Biden ordered the attack yesterday, claiming it targeted Iranian-backed militias in eastern Syria while the Pentagon spun the move as a “defensive precision strike.”

Many observers pointed to the bombing as yet another sign that despite the administration’s obsession with flaunting its “diversity” and supposedly progressive virtues, the military-industrial complex is still in control.

“People that are starving who can’t pay their rent, you’ve got millions of Americans that are uninsured, they got no health care, they lost their jobs, where the fuck are the checks? Oh I know, they went to Raytheon so they can bomb my country,” said Medhurst.

Feb 28 07:07

Iraqi Government Denies Involvement in US Airstrikes in Syria

Iraq’s government denied any involvement in Thursday’s US airstrikes in eastern Syria that targeted Iraqi militias. US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said Iraq helped develop intelligence for the bombing, but Iraq’s Ministry of Defense denied that claim.

In a statement, Iraq’s Ministry of Defense said it was “surprised by the statements of the US Secretary of Defense about the participation of Iraqi intelligence regarding an exchange of intelligence information with Iraq to target Syrian territories.”

The Pentagon said it targeted Kataib Hezbollah and Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada in Thursday’s bombing, two Shia militias that fall under the umbrella of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF). The PMF was formed in 2014 to fight ISIS and is sponsored by the Iraqi government, so it would make no sense for Baghdad to collaborate with the US in targeting them.

Feb 28 07:05

Russia says U.S. gave only a few minutes’ warning before strike in Syria

Russia was given about four to five minutes warning of the Biden administration’s first military action when it struck Iranian-backed militias in eastern Syria early Friday, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. But he said the warning came too late to reduce the risk of a potential clash between the two country’s forces.

U.S. officials believe the attack killed a number of alleged Iranian-linked fighters, signaling the administration’s intent to use targeted military action to push back against violence tied to Tehran.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Friday that 22 Iranian-backed fighters were killed when the strike at 1 a.m. local time Friday (6 p.m. Thursday in Washington) hit three truckloads of weapons crossing a border point from Iraq to Syria. It added that the death toll could rise.

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