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#1 grog

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Posted 28 August 2017 - 02:36 PM

US Continues To Evacuate ISIS From Eastern Syria
 
 
 
August 27, 2017
 
 
 
US forces continued their airlifting operation to evacuate ISIS commanders from Deir Ezzur where Syrian troops have been closing in on the terrorists according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
 
The SOHR said on Sunday that a US-led coalition helicopter landed in the al-Tabni region in Western Deir Ezzur yesterday and took away a number of European members of the ISIS to unknown destinations.
 
They also reported that two US helicopters had conducted an operation on Thursday morning, taking four ISIS members and a civilian from a house that had been used as an arms depot.
 
Fars News Agency reports:
 
It pointed to intensifying US heliborne operations in Deir Ezzur province and said that Washington might be taking away the agents it once entered in the ISIL structure or the terrorist group's commanders have possibly called on the US to evacuate them from the region.
 
The Arabic-language al-Hadath news reported on Saturday that the US-led coalition forces carried out another heliborne operation in Badiyeh (desert) of the town of Albu Leil in the Southeastern territories of Deir Ezzur, evacuating six families of the ISIL terrorists.
 
Al-Hadath further said that the family members of the commander of ISIL's Hasaba (security-monitoring forces) Abu Khazimeh Maqrebi were among the evacuated families.
 
Al-Hadath pointed out that it was the US forces' second heliborne operation in the last 48 hours in Albu Leil Badiyeh to take away terrorists.
 
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Posted 28 August 2017 - 03:47 PM

 
 
 
 
Taxpayers' money gone to Terrorists - December 23, 2016
 
 
 
NATO Auditor Who Discovered US Funds ISIS Found Murdered
 
 
Chief Nato auditor who discovered that the U.S. funds ISIS found murdered in Belgium
 
A NATO auditor who had uncovered evidence that ISIS was being funded by Western government, was found murdered in Belgium. 
 
Yves Chandelon, the Chief Auditor for NATO, was found dead in the city of Andenne in the Belgian Ardennes. He was found with a gun in his right hand, in an apparent suicide attempt.
 
However, family members are urging authorities to investigate for murder, saying that Yves had been complaining of threatening phone calls in the week leading up to his death, and point out that he was left-handed and so would not have used his right hand to fire the weapon.
 
According to police reports, the gun used to kill Yves was unregistered, despite the fact that he had three registered guns in his name.
 
Pravdareport.com reports:
 
The body was detected 140km away off his work and 100km away off the city of Lens, where he lived.
 
Three units of weapons were registered in the name of the 60-y.o. killed official. However, an unregistered one was found near the body.
 
Chandelon was dealing in particular with issues on countering terrorism funding.
 
According to the media, he was talking recently about strange phone calls he received. The investigation is being continued.
 
As Pravda.Ru reported, NATO's budgets have been growing lately. The latest increase was by 26bln dollars up to 918bln dollars. And the US media wonders what for NATO needs this for.

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Posted 28 August 2017 - 03:52 PM

Rashidin Massacre: Trump's "Moderate" Terrorists Bomb A Bus Full of Refugees and "babies… BABIES!"
 
TERRORISTS, TERRORISM, RASHIDIN, ATTACKS, TWITTER, REFUGEES, TRUMP'S, DONALD, RETWEETS, VIDEO, WAR, CHILDREN, BOMBER, CIVILIANS, BUS, PRESIDENT, SYRIA, TERROR, KILLED, BOMBING, TRUMP, ALEPPO,
 
 
 
April 16, 2017
 
 
 
As the complicit apologist mainstream media drones on and on about "North Korea" (the Peoples Democratic Republic of Korea) and their phantom "failed missile launch" story (made up by the South Korean war-mongers) the people of Syria are picking up the pieces after yet another "moderate" terrorist attack on civilians.
 
Meanwhile Trump is at his luxurious estate stuffing his face with "beautiful" cake.
 
For all his pre-election protestations about the futility of Obama's regime change operation via "moderate" terrorists in Syria, as president, Donald Trump has taken ownership of that seemingly pointless operation as well as all those "moderate" terrorists he once publicly demeaned.
 
He has done this in a number of subtle ways and one glaringly overt one. That was when he took the images and statements from al-Qaeda, al-Nusra and "ISIS" and turned them into a plan of action bombing an airstrip used by the Syrian air force in their fight against these monsters in Hama. From that moment forward and from when he submitted a 4-page "declassified" explanation of his actions which clearly based all of his decisions on material produced by those same "moderate" terrorists, President Donald Trump took ownership of Obama's terrorist destabilization campaign in Syria. The Duke of Orange now owns it and as we all know, in business, ownership implies liability.
 
On April 2nd of this year, Trump's "moderate" terrorists were being routed in Idlib in the western Hama region. As they retreated to their stronghold in Khan Sheikhoun they kidnapped over 100 hostages from a neighboring village to the south. It was those pro-Syrian civilians who ended up being the victims in their April 4th false flag event which motivated President Trump to declare Basar al-Assad an "animal" and to attack the air strip in order to help protect the very same murderous thugs and terrorists who kidnapped and killed the people in the video.
 
In the following week, Trump's "moderate" terrorists have launched a number of attacks on soft targets, civilian targets, throughout Syria. There have been an endless stream of attacks, some reportedly using chlorine gas. As one might expect, the coverage of these now routine atrocities from these animals has been minimal at best.
 
Saturday another attack took place, this one was truly horrific in it's design.
 
And once again, it was conducted by Trump's "moderate" terrorists with the purpose of thwarting yet another peace deal… just like the one on April 4th… and the attack on the UN aid convoy in east Aleppo back when they were Obama's "moderate" terrorists.
 
"A suicide car bomber has killed and injured at least 100 people and fractured a complex deal to evacuate four besieged towns in Syria, leaving thousands of people trapped in limbo.
 
The bomber targeted buses full of evacuees from government-held towns as they waited in a rebel-held area on the outskirts of Aleppo. He drove his explosives up to their vehicles in a van meant to carry aid supplies." The Guardian
 
The bombing took place in the Rashidin district of Aleppo and witnesses say the "aid" van was driving down the street tossing out bags of potato chips to children as it went, baiting kids into following it. They parked. Gathered as many children as possible near the truck. And they blew it up. These are unconfirmed reports as of yet, but there are many witnesses who said the same thing.
 
(Videos and photos of the aftermath are below the break. This is not a staged White Helmets psyop complete with phony baby washing tricks or some guy riding in a car with two of someone else's children in his arms. This was a real terror event conducted by Trump's terrorists in Syria. The images and videos are difficult to view. Consider this your warning)
 
 
 
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Another account that says that the children were lured to the car distributing potato chips when it exploded #fuah_kafraya_massacre #Syria
 
 
 
10:41 AM - 16 Apr 2017
 
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The scene was horrific. Bodies lay strewn about the road while family members sat next to them and wept.
 
Image result for bus bombing in aleppo
 
Trump's moderate terrorists were still hanging around. Everyone knew who did it but they didn't care. The civilian refugees aren't armed… and Trump's 1,000+ soldiers essentially work for the terrorists. So they had no fear of reprisal as they waded through the bloodbath inspecting their work.
 
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Besides, everyone was in shock. There was supposed to be a peace deal in process. A trade of territory for captured moderate terrorists. Who would have thought something like this would take place.
 
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The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned the bombing carried out by Trump's moderate terrorists. The Pope said the slaughter on the eve of Easter was "ignoble"
 
To my knowledge the White House has not issued a statement on the horrors committed by their moderates in Aleppo.
 
Trump is eating his beautiful cake in Florida while Pence is busy telling soldiers in South Korea about how Jesus was "amazed" by a Roman soldier he met once. Pence said it was the only time he knew of in the Bible that Jesus said he was 'amazed" by anyone… and it was a soldier. That was supposed to make them feel good about themselves I supposed. Given that, it's understandable that Pence failed to mention the Roman soldier who stabbed Christ on the cross with a spear.
 
The scale of brutality involved in this attack is breathtaking. But it's just par for the course for Trump's new acquisition.
 
 
 
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#Syria. Western backed #alQaeda in #Idlib bombs civilians in betrayal of 'civilians for gunmen' agreement. https://www.rt.com/n...s-convoy-syria/
 
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To put it into perspective, here is a video of the scene just prior to the attack. This is what they targeted. These are the people President Trump is ignoring while eating his beautiful cake.
 
 
 
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Footage taken near the site of the explosion that killed 100 people at the moment the bomb went off #fuah_kafraya_massacre #Syria
 
10:30 AM - 16 Apr 2017
 
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And this is how it ended.
 
 
 
Donald Trump owns this now. It is his. And though he has publicly stated he has turned over control of the military to a proven war-criminal who used chemical weapons against the civilians in Fallujah in 2004, he still owns it. He is commander in chief and though he may shirk his responsibility.. it is still, by law, his responsibility.
 
How far back do we have to go to find a U.S. president that wasn't a war criminal? FDR? I don't know. Maybe he was as well.
 
But this is different. This is not war. This is terrorism. State sponsored terrorism and there is no other way to look at it.
 
The blood these terrorists spilled yesterday is on Donald Trump's hands and can never be washed off. Just like that which stained ObamaGod and W before him. The endless War on Terror is an endless war OF terror and you have to be in a coma to not understand that simple fact.
 
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Posted 28 August 2017 - 04:20 PM

US Trying To Save The Terrorists In Syria's Aleppo- Analyst
 
 
 
13 October 2016.
 
 
 
 
The United States is doing its level best to save the terrorist groups in Aleppo in order to maintain leverage for its ultimate goal of regime change in Syria, according to James Jatras, a former US Senate foreign policy analyst.
 
Jatras also pointed out that there are no moderate groups in Syria, which is the reason why the US says it can't separate them from the terrorists. moderate rebels
 
Press TV reports:
 
What the Americans are really doing is protecting terrorists but they do not want to admit it, he added.
 
Jatras further stated these terrorist groups use the Syrian people as "human shields" and "propaganda tools" to hold up for atrocity claims.
 
"They have every incentive themselves to either put these people in the line of fire or even to launch weapons against them themselves and say look what the Syrian government is doing, look what the Russians are doing. These people do not care about the people of Syria. All they care about is their ideological goals," he said.
 
The analyst further expressed hope that the Obama administration does not go too far in escalating violence in Syria.
 
He is also of the opinion that the United States would prefer not to have a "direct confrontation" with Russia, adding that it wants to keep things simmering until Hillary Clinton is elected president.
 
He further argued that if the Russians believe their forces are being targeted by American forces, they have the will to "react forcefully."
 
Relations between the US and Russia have deteriorated over a number of issues, including the war in Syria.
 
A brief ceasefire in Syria that was brokered by Russia and the US collapsed last month.
 
The truce aimed to allow humanitarian access and joint attacks against militant groups, which were not covered by the agreement, including Daesh and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham.
 
Russia criticized the US for not doing enough to rein in militants in Syria to protect the truce deal.
 
 

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Posted 28 August 2017 - 04:25 PM

The Real Reason the USA Can't Separate Moderates from Al Qaeda in Syria
 
 
 
 
06 October 2016.
 
 
 
 
 
US has attempted to direct attention away from the fact supposed "moderate rebels" it has been supporting are now openly aligned to designated foreign terrorist organizations including Al Qaeda, Jubhat Al Nusra, and the self-proclaimed "Islamic State" (ISIS) by focusing instead on the alleged "humanitarian crisis" unfolding amid final operations to restore security to the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.
 
Syria Already Controls the Vast Majority of Aleppo
 
The operation however, headed by Syrian forces and supported by its allies including Russia, aims to bring the last remaining districts of  the city under government control. Already, the vast majority of Aleppo's remaining 2 million residents live in government controlled territory, with less than a quarter of a million trapped in terrorist held sections of the city.
 
The Syrian Ambassador to the UN, Bashar Jaafari, during a recent interview reiterated the fact that not only do 1.75 million of Aleppo's 2 million residents live in government controlled sections of the city, but militant groups held up in districts awaiting liberation are not even entirely made up of Syrians - but rather foreigners who have entered the country.
 
This entirely undermines the West's narrative that Syria is undergoing a "civil war" rather than a foreign orchestrated invasion by proxy, and that security operations to secure Aleppo's remaining districts represents somehow, an unprecedented "humanitarian disaster."
 
And as the US-Russian brokered ceasefire collapses, Russia has cited the United States' inability and unwillingness to clearly delineate between what Washington alleges are "moderate rebels" and designated terrorist organizations the US itself admits are operating alongside militants they are backing.
 
Reuters in an article titled, "Russia urges U.S. to deliver on promise to separate Syria's moderates from 'terrorists'," would admit:
 
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday to make good on U.S. pledges to separate Washington-oriented units of Syrian opposition from "terrorist groups", Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
 
In response, Washington has incoherently and dishonestly blamed Russia for what it calls the driving of moderates into the arms of terrorist organizations.
 
A BBC article titled, "Syria conflict: US says Russia driving rebels into extremists' camp," would claim that:
 
Russia's increasing military action in Syria is forcing moderates within the opposition into the hands of extremists, the US has said.
 
However, in reality, a long-standing truth entirely negates America's current rhetoric - so thoroughly that this reality lays the blame for the last five years of regional catastrophe entirely at Washington's feet.
 
Washington's War on Syria Began in 2007 Led by Policymakers, Not 2011 by "Protesters"
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh in a now prophetic 2007 article titled, "The Redirection: Is the Administration's new policy benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism?," laid out years before the Syrian conflict began not only who and how the war would be triggered and then subsequently waged, but the very sort of humanitarian and sectarian catastrophe that would unfold, and how those the US claimed were "villains" would play a pivotal role in protecting religious and ethnic minorities across the region as it burned in foreign-fueled conflict.
 
The article began by stating explicitly (emphasis added):
 
To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia's government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.
 
This statement is underpinned by a further 9 pages of interviews with American, Lebanese, and Saudi intelligence sources, as well as revelations that monetary and political support was already being funneled at the time into Syria to lay the groundwork for the coming conflict.
 
The US Can't Separate "Moderates" from Terrorists, Because There Are No Moderates 
 
The 2007 report clearly explains why the US cannot "separate" its alleged "moderate rebels" from Al Qaeda and its various affiliates - precisely because there were never any "moderate rebels" to begin with. In fact, it is clear now that the notion of "moderate rebels" was merely cover for the West's intentional support provided to terrorists since  before the conflict even began.
 
Thus, it's not that Syria and Russia are suddenly "driving rebels into the extremists' camp," it is instead that America's attempts to cover up the fact that it has armed and supported extremists since as early as 2007 are no longer tenable.
 
Hersh's article would also admit (emphasis added):
 
Nasr went on, "The Saudis have considerable financial means, and have deep relations with the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis"-Sunni extremists who view Shiites as apostates. "The last time Iran was a threat, the Saudis were able to mobilize the worst kinds of Islamic radicals. Once you get them out of the box, you can't put them back."
 
He would continue by stating (emphasis added):
 
This time, the U.S. government consultant told me, Bandar and other Saudis have assured the White House that "they will keep a very close eye on the religious fundamentalists. Their message to us was 'We've created this movement, and we can control it.' It's not that we don't want the Salafis to throw bombs; it's who they throw them at-Hezbollah, Moqtada al-Sadr, Iran, and at the Syrians, if they continue to work with Hezbollah and Iran."
 
Yet despite this realization, even back in 2007, the US continued in earnest, with the conspiracy transcending the Bush administration and being carried forward under US President Barack Obama's administration.
 
Predicting the coming sectarian conflict that would unfold in the region, Hersh's article would note:
 
Robert Baer, a former longtime C.I.A. agent in Lebanon, has been a severe critic of Hezbollah and has warned of its links to Iranian-sponsored terrorism. But now, he told me, "we've got Sunni Arabs preparing for cataclysmic conflict, and we will need somebody to protect the Christians in Lebanon. It used to be the French and the United States who would do it, and now it's going to be Nasrallah and the Shiites.
 
Indeed, it was stated then, and evident now that Syria's government, its military, and their allies constitute the only force capable of protecting the region's many minorities from a US-Saudi backed horde of sectarian extremists.
 
Thus, even as the US feigns urgent concern for what it attempts to portray as an unprecedented humanitarian crisis in Aleppo, it is itself guilty of intentionally engineering the entire conflict in the first place - knowing precisely the nature and degree of barbarity that would unfold and the extent to which it would reach. By attempting to shield its terrorist proxies remaining in Aleppo and throughout the rest of Syria, it is attempting to prolong, not end the humanitarian crisis, and tip Syria further toward what would be a catastrophic collapse making Libya's recent US-induced division and destruction pale in comparison.
 
US spokespeople, before their various podiums and amid their various press conferences, are struggling to explain what the United States is doing in Syria and toward what end besides repeating the devastating destruction that it has unleashed in Libya, Yemen, Iraq, and Afghanistan. They struggle not because the "truth" is difficult to convey to the public, but because the truth is difficult to deny any further.
 
 

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Posted 28 August 2017 - 04:32 PM

Russia: U.S. controlling an "international terrorist alliance"
 
 
 
 
30 September 2016.
 
 
 
 
The correspondent who sent us a Paul Craig Roberts piece noted that it was a "rather depressing article" on events in Syria. We are not posting it however, because since it first appeared nearly a week ago events have overtaken it.
 
In particular Russia's position over Syria vis-à-vis America has undergone something of a sea-change.
 
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova described recent U.S. State Dept. announcements as tantamount to calls for the use of terror against Russia. Click to enlarge
 
First a U.S. air strike near Deir- ez-Zor, which killed over 80 Syrian troops, was described by President Assad "definitely intentional". His accusation was underlined by disclosures that the Syrian Army had intercepted radio communications between ISIS and the U.S. military shortly before the U.S.-led Coalition air strikes took place.
 
Now Moscow has accused the U.S. of effectively supporting terror and even encouraging terrorists to attack Russia. According to Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov:
 
"We cannot interpret this as anything else apart from the current US administration's de facto support for terrorism," he told Russian agencies.
 
"These poorly veiled invitations to use terrorism as a weapon against Russia shows the political depths the current US administration has stooped to in its approach to the Middle East and Syria," Mr Ryabkov said.
 
Echoing Sergei Ryabkov, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova described U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby's warning of a collapse in cooperation over Syria as tantamount to a call for terror against Russia.
 
While Russia's envoy to the UN, Vitaly Churkin accused the U.S. and its allies of supplying Al Qaeda linked Al-Nusra Front with "tanks and heavy weapons".
 
In other words Russia is now confronting the fact that the U.S. and its allies are behind most "terrorism". What will happen next is an open question but the days when Russia compliantly played along with Washington's "War on Terror" charade may soon be over.
 
Instead of cooperating with the West in its supposed anti-terror campaign Russia and its allies could soon turn defiant and even confrontational.
 
The U.S. is already covertly at war through its proxies (Islamic State otherwise known as ISIS or ISIL, and various supposed 'moderate' opposition groups) in Syria. That could soon change as the fundamental duplicity behind the "War on Terror" is exposed.
 
So the "War on Terror" could soon develop into a wider confrontation between those that sponsor and covertly promote terror - the U.S. and its allies - and those that oppose it - Russia, Iran, Syria and maybe China too. Ed.
 
Russia: U.S. controlling an "international terrorist alliance"
 
CBS News - Sept 29, 2016
 
Russian warships in the Caspian Sea launch cruise missiles on targets in Syria. Click to enlarge
 
Actually fighting terror: Russian warships in the Caspian Sea launch cruise missiles on targets in Syria. Click to enlarge
 
Russian officials accused the U.S. on Thursday of siding with "terrorists" in Syria, in a sign of escalating tensions between Moscow and Washington amid the battle for the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.
 
U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby's warning that the collapse of U.S.-Russian cooperation in Syria could lead to a rise in extremism and potential attacks against Russia drew Moscow's anger.
 
The Russian Foreign and Defense Ministries both cast it as U.S. encouragement of terror attacks on Russia.
 
"We can't assess those statements as anything else but a call, a directive for action," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing.
 
Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Kirby's statement amounted to "the most frank confession by the U.S. side so far that the whole 'opposition' ostensibly fighting a 'civil war' in Syria is a U.S.-controlled international terrorist alliance."
 
"What makes Kirby's statement particularly shocking is that the scale of direct U.S. influence on terrorists' activity is global and reaches as far as Russia," he said.
 
The remarks by Russian officials have shown a degree of mistrust and strain between Moscow and Washington after the collapse of the U.S.-Russia-brokered truce and the Syrian army onslaught on Aleppo backed by Russian warplanes. The growing friction makes it increasingly unlikely that the cease-fire could be revived.
 
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that Washington is "on the verge" of ending Syria talks with Moscow because of days of deadly bombings of Aleppo by Russian and Syrian planes.
 
Kirby, asked Wednesday what the consequences would be for Russia if cooperation with the U.S. in Syria collapsed, said "that extremists and extremists groups will continue to exploit the vacuums that are there … which will include, no question, attacks against Russian interests, perhaps even Russian cities, and Russia will continue to send troops home in body bags."
 
Konashenkov interpreted Kirby's statement as a direct threat to the Russian military in Syria. He said Russia remains open for dialogue with Washington on 
 
Syria, but added that the U.S. needs to "exclude even a hint at threatening our military and Russian citizens."
 
Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Thursday that Moscow still wants to cooperate with Washington on the Syrian crisis, but blamed the U.S. for a failure to deliver on its pledge under the Sept. 9 agreement to encourage moderate opposition to sever ties with al-Qaida's branch in Syria.
 
"Our colleagues from Washington have tried to cover up their inability to fulfill their own obligations with verbal attacks on Russia," he said.
 
Russia on Friday is marking the one year since it launched its air campaign in Syria in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad. In light of that, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a warning to Russians abroad about possible "provocations," urging them to exercise caution.
 
The diplomatic tension follows Kerry's warning that the U.S. will stop coordinating with Moscow? unless Russian and Syrian attacks on Aleppo end.
 
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying of the U.S. that "a certain emotional breakdown occurred."
 
He also reiterated Russia's stance that a seven-day pause in the Aleppo offensive would give militant groups time to regroup.
 
 

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Posted 28 August 2017 - 04:54 PM

Putin Rejects US Request To Stop Bombing ISIS
 
 
 
29 September 2016.
 
 
 
Putin rejects US calls to stop bombing ISIS militants
 
Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed to continue bombing ISIS strongholds in Syria, despite US demands that he stop. 
 
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed on Thursday that the Russian air force would continue its support of the Syrian armed forces in rebel-held eastern Aleppo.
 
BBC News reports:
 
He also urged Washington to deliver on a pledge to separate moderate Syrian opposition fighters from "terrorists".
 
US Secretary of State John Kerry warned the US was "on the verge" of suspending talks with Russia over Syria.
 
"It's irrational, in the context of the kind of bombing taking place, to be sitting there, trying to take things seriously," he told a conference in Washington.
 
"There is no notion or indication of seriousness of purpose with what is taking place right now."
 
The US and Russia have been negotiating for months to try to secure a cessation of hostilities but the latest truce collapsed last week after only a few days and attacks on eastern Aleppo have since intensified.
 
The US warned on Wednesday it would end talks on military co-operation unless Moscow stopped the bombing.
 
The recent cessation deal was meant to lead to joint Russian-US air strikes on so-called Islamic State and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly known as al-Nusra Front).
 
However Russia has complained the US has not done enough to separate the more moderate rebel groups, which it backs, from Jabhat Fateh al-Sham. Many of these groups have formed a strategic alliance with the more powerful Jabhat Fateh al-Sham and fight alongside it.
 
Despite growing tensions between the two nations, Mr Peskov said Russia remains interested in pursuing talks with the US in an effort to resolve the crisis in Syria.
 
His comments echo a statement from Moscow, which insisted it would send diplomats to Geneva to discuss ways of normalising the situation with the US.
 
US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday that national security agencies were reviewing all options to try to end the Syrian civil war.
 
He said President Barack Obama had asked "all of the agencies to put forward options, some familiar, some new, that we are very actively reviewing".
 
"When we are able to work through these in the days ahead we'll have an opportunity to come back and talk about them in detail," he said.
 
Meanwhile Turkey has said it will work with Russia on putting in place another ceasefire after the previous agreement collapsed.
 
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Ankara "we are more than ready" but emphasised that nations have to try harder to find a political resolution in order for an agreement to be effective.
 
Aleppo has come under heavy aerial bombardment since the partial truce deal disintegrated a week ago.
 
Some 250,000 people are trapped in the east in appalling conditions, under siege from Russian-backed Syrian forces.
 
UN aid chief Stephen O'Brien has warned that Aleppo is facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis.
 
Mr O'Brien, the under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, told the UN Security Council Aleppo had descended into a "merciless abyss of humanitarian catastrophe unlike any we have witnessed in Syria".
 
The US has accused Russia of taking part in strikes on civilian targets and possibly committing war crimes - charges Russia has strongly denied.
 
 

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Posted 28 August 2017 - 05:01 PM

'Americans are on our side': Al-Nusra commander says US arming jihadists via 3rd countries
 
 
 
28 September 2016.
 
 
 
US weapons are being delivered to Jabhat Al-Nusra by governments that Washington supports, a militant commander told the German media, adding that American instructors were in Syria to teach how to use the new equipment.
 
"Yes, the US supports the opposition [in Syria], but not directly. They support the countries that support us. But we are not yet satisfied with this support," Jabhat al-Nusra unit commander Abu Al Ezz said in an interview with Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger newspaper from the devastated Syrian city of Aleppo.
 
According to the commander, the militants should be receiving more "sophisticated weapons" from their backers to succeed against the Syrian government.
 
"The fight is difficult. The regime is strong and gets support from Russia," he explained.
 
Al Ezz said that Jabhat Al-Nusra "won battles thanks to TOW rockets. Due to these rockets, we reached a balance with the regime. Our tanks came from Libya via Turkey, joined by the [BM-21] multiple rocket launchers," he said.
 
The government forces have an advantage because of aircraft and missile launchers, but "we have the American-made TOW missiles, and the situation in some areas is under control," Al Ezz added.
 
When asked if the TOW missiles were initially intended for Jabhat Al-Nusra or if the group obtained them from the moderate Free Syrian Army, the jihadist clarified: "No, the missiles were given to us directly."
 
He also said that when Jabhat Al-Nusra was "besieged, we had officers from Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Israel and America here… Experts in the use of satellites, rockets, reconnaissance and thermal security cameras."
 
The journalist asked specifically if the US instructors were really present among the jihadists' ranks and Al Ezz replied: "The Americans are on our side."
 
He also said that Jabhat Al-Nusra has been paid for achieving specific military goals during the Syrian conflict.
 
"We got 500 million Syrian pounds (around $2.3 million) from Saudi Arabia. To capture the Infantry School in Al Muslimiya years ago we received 1.5 million Kuwaiti dinars (around $500,000) and Saudi Arabia's $5 million," Al Ezz said.
 
The money came from the "governments" of those states, not private individuals, he said.
 
"Israel is now giving us support because Israel is at war with Syria and with Hezbollah," Al Ezz said.
 
The West also "paved the way" for jihadists coming to Syria, saying that "we have many fighters from Germany, France, Britain, America, from all the Western countries," the commander said.
 
'Al-Nusra using ceasefire to regroup, prepare for new attacks'
 
In the interview, he confirmed claims made by Moscow and the Syrian government that the militants were using the Syrian ceasefire, agreed by Russia and US on September 9, to prepare for a new offensive.
 
"We do not recognize the ceasefire. We will regroup our groups. We will carry out the next overwhelming attack against the regime in a few days. We have regrouped our forces in all provinces, including Homs, Aleppo, Idlib and Hama," Al Ezz said.
 
He said that Jabhat Al-Nusa would not let trucks with humanitarian aid enter Aleppo "as long as the regime [forces] are along the Castello Road, in Al Malah and in the northern regions."
 
"The regime must withdraw from all the territories, and we will let the trucks in. If a truck is going in anyway, we will detain the driver," he said.
 
The idea of a transitional government in Syria is also not supported by Jabhat Al-Nusra, the commander said.
 
"We accept no one from the Assad regime or of the Free Syrian Army, which is described as moderate. Our goal is to overthrow the regime, and establish an Islamic state in accordance with the Islamic Sharia," he said.
 
As for the people who represent the Syrian opposition at the Geneva talks, Al Ezz said that "these people are weak, they've got a lot of money. They've sold themselves."
 
"There are mercenaries in Syria, Alloush fights with Al Nusra-Front," he said talking about Mohammed Alloush, a leader in the Jaysh al-Islam group, part of the Syrian opposition's High Negotiations Committee (HNC) in the peace talks. "The group that was housed in Turkey and which was turned into the Free Syrian Army, used to be part of Al Nusra-Front."
 
The commander openly confirmed that Jabhat Al-Nusra "are part of Al Qaeda," the terrorist network responsible for the 9/11 attacks.
 
"Actually, we were inside one group together with the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). But the Islamic State has been used in accordance with the interests and political purposes of the big powers like America, and the group has drifted away from our principles. Most of the IS leaders are working with intelligence services, and it's now clear for us. We, the Jabhat Al-Nusra, have our own way," Al Ezz said.
 
The interview with Jabhat al-Nusra's commander was taken at a stone quarry in Aleppo on September 17 by Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger journalist Jurgen Todenhofer on his seventh trip to war-torn Syria.
 
 

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