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Confirmed: US To “Use” Al Qaeda To Take Syria

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By: Tony Cartalucci, Land Destroyer |

What has been reported on since 2007 is now confirmed by senior US military leadership. The US created and now plans to openly use Al Qaeda to overthrow the nation of Syria.

The Daily Beast’s article, “Petraeus: Use Al Qaeda Fighters to Beat ISIS,” reveals the final piece to the “safe haven” or “buffer zone” puzzle, providing the world a complete picture of how the United States and its regional allies, including Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, and others, plan to finally overthrow the government in Damascus, and eliminate Syria as a functioning nation state through the use of listed terrorist organizations responsible for over a decade of devastating global war.

September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people would die in attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and  a downed plane over Pennsylvania. The attack was attributed to Al Qaeda by the United States government tipping off over a decade of global war against "terrorism" that would leave entire nations destroyed and millions of lives ruined.

September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people would die in attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and a downed plane over Pennsylvania. The attack was attributed to Al Qaeda by the United States government tipping off over a decade of global war against “terrorism” that would leave entire nations destroyed and millions of lives ruined.

The Daily Beast reports:

Members of al Qaeda’s branch in Syria have a surprising advocate in the corridors of American power: retired Army general and former CIA Director David Petraeus. 

The former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan has been quietly urging U.S. officials to consider using so-called moderate members of al Qaeda’s Nusra Front to fight ISIS in Syria, four sources familiar with the conversations, including one person who spoke to Petraeus directly, told The Daily Beast. 

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In addition to Petraeus’ alleged plans, the Daily Beast reports former US Ambassador to Syria  Robert Ford also advocated supporting terrorists linked directly to Al Qaeda, including the Ahrar al Sham faction. However this “proposed” advocacy is an afterthought – a matter of public perception management – as terrorist organizations like Ahrar al Sham and the Al Nusra Front already are receiving significant US backing either directly or laundered through one of America’s many regional collaborators. Ahrar al Sham’s extensive video documentation online shows the group even employing US anti-tank TOW missiles.

Furthermore, US corporate-financier funded policy think tanks like the Brookings Institution have already enumerated precisely this plan. In a recent publication on Brookings’ “Order From Chaos” blog titled, “Should the United States negotiate with terrorists?,” it is stated:

Ultimately, negotiation and amnesty programs with extremist groups must enter the U.S. counterterrorism repertoire if reluctance to military deployment continues.

Brookings describes almost verbatim the proposal put forth by Petraeus and Ford, indicating this plan is more deeply rooted as a matter of policy than indicated by the Daily Beast.

This Was the Plan All Along 

Indeed, the Daily Beast’s shocking admission is not the entire truth. In reality, the United States had already conspired since as early as 2007 to use the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda and other hard-line sectarian militant groups to violently overthrow Syria in a bid to wage proxy, then eventually, direct war on Iran.

Terrorists fighting under the banners of Al Qaeda and Ahrar al Sham whom former US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford seeks to arm and back in America's bid to overthrow the sovereign government of Syria.

Terrorists fighting under the banners of Al Qaeda and Ahrar al Sham whom former US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford seeks to arm and back in America’s bid to overthrow the sovereign government of Syria.

In Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh’s 2007 New Yorker article, “The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?” it is explicitly stated (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.

Additionally, Judicial Watch, a US-based foundation seeking “transparency” in government, released a 7 page document dated 2012, detailing the background and status of the Syrian conflict. It admits that the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda form the basis of the “opposition.” It then admits that (emphasis added):

Development of the current events into proxy war: with support from Russia, China, and Iran, the regime is controlling the areas of influence along coastal territories (Tartus and Latakia), and is fiercely defending Homs, which is considered the primary transportation route in Syria. On the other hand, opposition forces are trying to control the eastern areas (Hasaka and Der Zor), adjacent to the western Iraqi provinces (Mosul and Anbar), in addition to neighboring Turkish borders. Western countries, the Gulf States and Turkey are supporting these efforts.  

It also admits that terrorists are entering Syria from Iraq, hardly what one could call a “civil war,” and clearly instead an invasion.

More importantly, the document also admits that (emphasis added):

The opposition forces will try to use the Iraqi territory as a safe haven for its forces taking advantage of the sympathy of the Iraqi border population, meanwhile trying to recruit fighters and train them on the Iraqi side, in addition to harboring refugees (Syria).         

If the situation unravels there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in eastern Syria (Hasaka and Der Zor), and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered t he strategic depth of the Shia Expansion (Iraq and Iran).

This reveals that not only did the US and its allies seek to use Al Qaeda as a proxy in fighting Syria and Iran, it also sought the creation of a “Salafist principality,” and specifically in eastern Syria – precisely where the “Islamic State” exists today.

With the Daily Beast’s article serving as the most recent affirmation of this documented conspiracy, there should be little doubt remaining that the creation and use of Al Qaeda and the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS) was a premeditated strategy to overthrow the Syrian state with irregular asymmetrical warfare where direct Western military intervention could not succeed.

Giving ISIS an Air Force 

Readers of the Daily Beast might be tempted to believe that the US plans to either begin arming these extremists groups – ignorant of the fact that they have already been armed by the West and its allies for years – or will increase existing support. However both assumptions would be wrong. Every dollar, every weapon, and every foreign fighter on Earth the US and its collaborators could find and feed into the Syrian conflict has already been sourced and sent to Syria. It simply has not been enough.

 US Senator John McCain posing with Al Qaeda's LIFG leader Hakimabdullah Belhaj, now head of ISIS' Libya franchise. The US along with other NATO and Persian Gulf states, provided Belhaj's terrorists air cover, weapons, cash, and special forces in their bid to overthrow the government of Libya in 2011.

US Senator John McCain posing with Al Qaeda’s LIFG leader Hakimabdullah Belhaj, now head of ISIS’ Libya franchise. The US along with other NATO and Persian Gulf states, provided Belhaj’s terrorists air cover, weapons, cash, and special forces in their bid to overthrow the government of Libya in 2011.

And like in Libya where NATO’s ground forces – essentially the US listed foreign terrorist group the “Libyan Islamic Fighting Group” (LIFG) – failed to take the country on their own with covert support alone, the only other option when proxy ground forces fail to produce results is to provide them with direct military support including air cover, special forces operations, naval support, and signal and intelligence assets.

In Libya, the use of NATO airpower tipped the balance in the conflict decidedly in favor of Al Qaeda’s LIFG faction, eventually overturning the government in Tripoli, and leaving the North African nation in the hands of these extremists ever since.

Libya would serve as a springboard for US-NATO aggression elsewhere throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, including Syria itself.

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Northern Syria. Syrian forces and Kurdish militias have all but sealed off Syria’s border with NATO-member Turkey. What is left the US and Turkey have attempted to turn into a “safe haven” protected by Western military forces. In reality, this aims at keeping Al Qaeda and ISIS supply lines open and provides a springboard toward establishing “no-fly-zones” across wider swaths of Syrian territory.

With the West’s ground proxies in Syria at the limit of their operational capacity and still unable to achieve the ultimate objective of overthrowing the Syrian government, it is apparent that the West is now preparing to intervene more directly. Already a so-called “safe haven” or “buffer zone” has been designated in northern Syria in the last remaining logistical corridor feeding ISIS and Al Qaeda forces fighting inside Syria.  While the West claims this zone will be used to provide sanctuary for refugees and “moderate” fighters, it is clear by the Daily Beast and Brookings report that no such “moderates” exist. Instead, the “safe havens” will be used as the final refuge of Al Qaeda/ISIS, protected by US, NATO, and Persian Gulf airpower and special forces.

From there, what would be essentially a no-fly-zone would be extended southward providing these terrorist forces protection as they operated more effectively and deeper into Syrian territory with the ultimate goal being a Libyan-style finale to the now  years long conflict.

In essence, the United States and their allies are preparing to provide Al Qaeda/ISIS an air force to tip the balance of the conflict in their favor.

ISIS Propaganda Aims to Endear World to Al Qaeda

While Al Qaeda was initially conceived by the US and its Saudi allies in the 1980’s to fight the West’s proxy wars for them, first in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union, the last decade of using this terrorist organization as a pretext for global military conflict instead of as a direct proxy has taken its toll on the public’s perception. To recast Al Qaeda as once again “freedom fighters,” ISIS appears to have intentionally waged a propaganda campaign designed to portray itself as the most extreme, barbaric terror organization to ever walk the Earth.

This included well-funded, professionally executed productions showing ever more creative yet horrifying atrocities committed against ISIS’ captives. This also included the systematic and tragic destruction of Syria’s historical sites, including Roman temples as well as the execution of respected historians charged with their study and care.

ISIS has gone out of its way to intentionally provoke the world against it, and in the process, help recast Al Qaeda as relative “moderates” in comparison. In tandem with ISIS’ obvious propaganda campaign, the Western media has attempted to help to. The above mentioned Brookings report would go as far as claiming:

At the strategic level, the United States remains staunchly in the macho mantra of “We’ll never negotiate with terrorists!” During the heyday of the Global War on Terrorism, ripe with venom after the fall of the twin towers on 9/11, this position seemed noble and just. But 14 years later, the al-Qaida that perpetrated the atrocities of September 11 hardly exists aside from Ayman al-Zawahiri and a few remaining disciples. The dwindling number of al-Qaida affiliates show fewer ties back to the original perpetrators of these attacks.

Nearly 3,000 were killed on September 11, 2001 on US soil. In the wars that would later be predicated on this attack and the “threat” of Al Qaeda, some 1 million Iraqis would die, tens of thousands of Afghans perished, as would over 4,000 US and other coalition soldiers in over a decade of global war. The creation of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and its increasingly pervasive/invasive security measures imposed upon the American public are likewise predicated on the threat of Al Qaeda.

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Across America, the fruits of this global war is endemic paranoia, the broken bodies and minds of neglected war veterans, and a nation whose people and resources have been pillaged to fight what is apparently a non-existent threat so benign, the US is now prepared to build it up into a functioning, standing army and assist it in seizing one nation after another across the MENA region.

Over a decade of global atrocities committed against both nations abroad and against the American people themselves has finally come full circle. A conspiracy to create a regional front from the very enemies the US was at the time citing as justification for the “War on Terror” is now being implemented in full. It is a conspiracy that has transcended two presidential administrations – evidence that US foreign policy is driven not by the aspirations of the American people through their elected representatives, but by unelected special interests who pen policy papers that are simply spun around whichever political narrative is prevailing at any given time.

During the Bush administration, that narrative was the “War on Terror.” During the Obama administration that narrative was the “Humanitarian War.” In reality, it was a singular, continuous agenda that has seamlessly moved forward to where it stands at present, with the US media attempting to convince the American public and the world’s population in general on the eve of yet another 9/11 anniversary, that Al Qaeda are the “good guys” and now is the time to hand them the nation of Syria.

Fabricated Pentagon Reports On ISIS

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Official US claims about wanting to degrade and defeat ISIS are a complete fabrication. Washington actively recruits their fighters along with other takfiri elements – as foot soldiers for endless wars of aggression against nations targeted for regime change.

Ongoing US terror bombing in Syria and Iraq supports their ground operations – polar opposite official claims about wanting them defeated.

After thousands of airstrikes in both countries, ISIS forces are stronger than ever, controlling more territory. In June, Obama lied saying “I’m confident…that we are going to be successful (in) defeat(ing)” ISIS.

In July, he turned truth on its head saying “(w)e’ve taken out thousands of fighting positions, tanks, vehicles, bomb factories, and training camps.  We’ve eliminated thousands of fighters, including senior ISIL commanders.  And over the past year, we’ve seen that when we have an effective partner on the ground, ISIL can be pushed back.”

Satellite imagery and other intelligence clearly identify their positions – easily visible in open areas, especially when fighters are on the move. Yet bombing systematically avoids striking them – concentrating on Syrian and Iraqi infrastructure targets, killing hundreds of civilians in harm’s way.

America’s “war on terror” is a complete hoax. It’s a war OF terror on humanity – responsible for millions of deaths, vast destruction and appalling human misery post-9/11 alone. Ronald Reagan waged phony war on “international terrorism.”

In 1984, Secretary of State George Shultz said days before the presidential election “(w)e must reach a consensus in this country that our responses should go beyond passive defense to consider means of active prevention, pre-emption and retaliation.”

“We…need the flexibility to respond to terrorist attacks in a variety of ways, at times and places of our own choosing…There will be no time for renewed national debate after every terrorist attack. Fighting terrorism will not be a clean and pleasant contest…There is no room for guilt or self-doubt about our right to defend a way of life that offers all nations hope for peace, progress and human dignity.”

Reagan’s war on unternational terror was a shadow of what’s ongoing today – far more deadly and destructive against one country after another, endless wars in multiple theaters with no end in sight, recklessly heading for possible nuclear war with Russia, unthinkable if launched.

Deception dominates US domestic and foreign policy. Administration and congressional officials systematically lie to the public. On August 25, The New York Times surprisingly headlined “Inquiry Weighs Whether ISIS Analysis Was Distorted,” saying:

“The Pentagon’s inspector general is investigating allegations that military officials have skewed intelligence assessments about the United States-led campaign in Iraq against the Islamic State to provide a more optimistic account of progress, according to several officials familiar with the inquiry.”

Investigation followed an unnamed civilian defense intelligence agency analyst citing evidence of willfully distorting intelligence assessment conclusions.

Rosy scenarios substituted for hard facts. “The prospect of skewed intelligence raises new questions about the direction of the government’s war with the Islamic State, and could help explain why pronouncements about the progress of the campaign have varied widely,” said The Times.

Why is America (the world’s most powerful military) not easily defeating ISIS fighters? Don’t expect candid and forthright inquiry conclusions. Expect coverup and deception like always.

The Times said “(s)ome senior American officials in recent weeks have provided largely positive public assessments about the progress of the military campaign against the Islamic State…”

Information about arming, funding, training and directing its fighters as US foot soldiers against independent governments is systematically suppressed – especially by major media sources like The Times – perpetuating the myth about alleged war on universally acknowledged terrorists Washington supports.

Not a word about about America’s war on humanity – ravaging and destroying one country after another, wanting puppet regimes replacing all legitimate independent governments, seeking unchallenged global dominance through endless conflicts, including against poor people of color in US communities.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Are Russians Sending Military Support To Syria? Potential For Conflict With NATO?

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By: Brandon Turbeville, Activist Post |

If reports coming from YNet News are accurate, the Syrian crisis just became more complex and more dangerous. The report would be great news for the Assad government, however, as it suggests that, in addition to providing Syria with six new MIG 31 jets and providing satellite images with the SAA, the Russians will also be delivering an expeditionary force of Russian soldiers.

YNet claims that the Russian force will be made up of fighter pilots, attack helicopter pilots, advisors, technicians, logistics personnel, instructors, and members of the aerial protection division. The forces are to be stationed at a permanent base in Syria. Although the Russians already maintain the Port of Tartus, YNet suggests that the new base of operations will be an “Assad-controlled” location in an area surrounding Damascus.

YNet refers to the alleged Russian base as “Forward-Operating Base” and has estimated the number of Russian personnel scheduled to enter Syria as being in the “thousands.”

What A Russian Force Would Mean For Assad

If we are able to work on the assumption that the YNet report is accurate, a Russian “expeditionary force” would be a major shot in the arm for the Assad government, even if this force is only operating on the periphery of the conflict. The provision of the MIG-31 jet aircraft was extremely important in terms of technical capabilities for the Syrian government’s necessity to bomb ISIS-held territory while avoiding relatively sophisticated anti-aircraft weapons provided to the terrorists by the West. It was also because of what it meant in terms of international relations and the stance of the Russian government in the context of the Syrian crisis. Essentially, it was a clear statement that “Russia stands with Syria.”

Even more important was the agreement to share satellite imagery taken from Russian satellites with the Syrian government so that terrorist movements could be seen with pinpoint accuracy.

Still, an actual Russian force – complete with equipment and personnel – would be a major development in the fight against ISIS. The technical knowledge, the military capability, and the political support would provide Assad with an invaluable resource in locating and eliminating the terrorists.

In addition, the presence of Russian military personnel on the ground in Syria and Russian aircraft in Syria’s skies might also serve to provide both a warning and a reason to exercise more caution on the part of the NATO “coalition” and the United States that are currently bombing Syria.

YNet reports that the Obama administration is fully aware of the Russian plans but that it has yet to announce its reaction to those plans.

What A Russian Force Might Mean For The World

While a Russian military presence in the Syrian capital will undoubtedly provide an important boost to the Syrian military’s battle against ISIS and other Western-backed terrorists, it will also provide the world with the potential for direct military confrontation between the two major world powers, both of them armed with nuclear weapons.

If YNet is correct in its report and Russian pilots will be flying Russian planes in combat missions against ISIS in Syria, there is the very real potential that rogue nations like the United States and its “coalition” aircraft may find themselves in direct confrontation with Russian air forces.

Considering the aggressive manner in which NATO powers have engaged in military provocations in places like Ukraine, an “accidental” brush with Russian fighter jets could not be ruled out in Syria, as dangerous and potentially destructive as such an act might be.

With the United States engaging in airstrikes all across Syria, there exists the real possibility that lines of communications may become crossed – intentionally or unintentionally – between the United States and Russian forces, resulting in the downing of one or the other’s jets. If that happens, the level of tensions between the two powers will be increased to unprecedented levels, leaving open the question of whether or not the “victim” of the incident will opt to show restraint or engage in retaliatory measures.

Likewise with the Israeli forces that continually launch bombing missions in Syria, and act as air cover for death squad fighters operating on the ground. The Israelis are notoriously provocative in their military adventures, encouraged by the fact that they have the United States military to back them up whenever they find themselves in trouble. Both destabilizing and unpredictable, the Israelis always stand as a potential trigger for dragging the United States into a war. While the Russians are fully supportive of an Israeli (Zionist) settler state, by supporting the Syrians against the Israeli-supported terrorists on the ground, the Russians run the risk of an “accidental” (or otherwise) confrontation with Israeli aircraft.

The Turks too have proven themselves erratic and irrational in regards to their bombing campaigns. It could not be ruled out that the Turks might be able to be convinced to take the lead in provoking the Russians who, if they respond, would be launching an attack on NATO forces. After all, the Turks have already begun creating a “Muslim Brigade” in Ukraine using ISIS terrorists to fight against Russia in a number of locations.

All of these situations could potentially lead to a catastrophic war.

Conclusion

At this point, there has been no confirmation of the report coming from YNet News and the Israeli news agency is the only outlet reporting the story. If the report is accurate, it represents a dramatic new step by Russia in support of the Assad government and a major step forward for human rights in Syria. However, it is also a move that could potentially result in the direct confrontation between two nuclear powers.

If such a confrontation does result, it is important to remember that it is not the Syrian government nor is it the Russia government who is ultimately responsible. The United States, Israel, Turkey, and NATO have all trained, directed, armed, and supported ISIS/”rebels” since the very beginning of the Syrian crisis and, because of this, it is they who bear the responsibility for the fallout from the terrorist actions and the attempt to support them through military force.

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Brandon Turbevillearticle archive here – is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Francis Marion University and is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, and The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria. Turbeville has published over 500 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.

US/Israeli Attempted Color Revolution In Lebanon?

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Longstanding US/Israeli plans call for redrawing the Middle East map, replacing independent governments with pro-Western puppet regimes, balkanizing Iraq, Syria, Iran and other regional countries for easier control, looting their resources, and exploiting their people.

Analyst Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya says plans call for “creating an arc of instability, chaos, and violence extending from Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria to Iraq, the Persian Gulf, Iran, and the borders of NATO-garrisoned Afghanistan” – by color revolutions or wars.

Violent protests rock Beirut – ongoing for days, a so-called “You Stink” campaign over uncollected rubbish, people demanding “corrupt” government officials resign for letting it pile up.

Lebanon has been without a president for over a year. Obama’s war on Syria created an enormous burden. More than 1.2 million refugees flooded into a nation of 4.5 million people on top of half a million displaced Palestinians – the equivalent of around 130 million in a nation the size of America or about 500 million for China.

Other issues affect Lebanon like in most other countries – mainly governance serving monied interests at the expense of most others.

Yet violent street protests haven’t erupted globally. Just cause exists in many countries remaining quiet.

Crisis began after Beirut’s Naameh landfill closed on July 17. New sites or alternative arrangements weren’t chosen. Trash began piling up everywhere.

Since August 22, violent protests gripped the capital. Prime Minister Tammam Salam warned “(w)e’re heading towards collapse if things continue as they are.”

Tuesday’s cabinet meeting failed to resolve things. Protest organizer Marwan Maalouf said “(i)n the beginning, this was a battle over the trash issue…But now there is a general battle against the political class.”

Protesters openly call for regime change. Are Israeli and US dirty hands manipulating things covertly? Is another imperial color revolution attempt ongoing?

Is uncollected garbage a pretext to topple another regional government? People elsewhere facing much greater problems don’t protest violently for days.

These type incidents are manipulated. Several thousand protesters don’t reflect the sentiment of most Beirut residents.

If Lebanon’s government falls, Washington and Israel gain at the expense of Syria and Iran. They’ll achieve another triumph toward redrawing the Middle East map – adversely affecting ordinary people across the region and beyond.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Horrific Mistreatment Of Migrant Refugees

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Refugees fleeing war zones, persecution, or poverty and unemployment are the world’s least welcome people. America bears full responsibility for millions leaving Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Donbass and elsewhere – seeking safe havens in Europe or countries bordering their own.

Hungary deployed thousands of police to its border with Serbia. It’s “under attack (by) increasingly aggressive migrants,” according to Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff. Around 130,000 arrived this year so far – triple 2014’s number.

Over 160,000 arrived in Greece – about 50,000 in the last month alone. Welcome mats don’t greet them. Conditions are deplorable. Families sleep outside because of overcrowding.

Sanitation is lacking. Little medical care or nutritious food is available. Babies are given sugar water instead of milk.

A UNHCR report said 60 million people were forcibly displaced by end of 2014. Globally one in every 122 people are asylum seekers, refugees or internally displaced persons. More than half the world’s refugees are children.

Last month, Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said Greece’s Dodecanese Islands reception center is on the verge of collapse.

Thousands of migrants sleep outside or in abandoned buildings for lack of accommodations. They haven’t enough food, clean water, medical care, and basic sanitation.

In Kos, hundreds sleep on floors “amidst rubble and shattered glass in an overcrowded, dilapidated building.” MSF teams do their best “treating conditions linked to unhygienic living conditions, including scabies and skin infections.”

Desperately needed humanitarian aid isn’t available in amounts needed. MSF’s Stathis Kyroussis called the situation “a violation of Greece’s and the EU’s obligations toward asylum seekers and migrants…”

Given Athens’ struggling economy, it can’t cope on its own. Help from EU member states is needed. MSF’s Lesvos emergency coordinator said “(l)eaving people to fend for themselves in a field full of garbage or in an abandoned building where there is hardly any water or latrines is simply unacceptable and is putting people’s health at risk.”

Growing thousands needing shelter, toilets, organized food distribution, access to medical treatment and other essentials aren’t getting it.

Despite urgent calls for help, there’s been little or no improvement. Migrants are increasingly on their own to survive. Thousands perish at sea from drowning, starvation, thirst or weather conditions en route to safe havens. Arrivals don’t find it.

A July Amnesty International report said “migrants heading for Europe fac(e) abuse and extortion in the Balkans…at the hands of the authorities and criminal gangs…”

They’re abandoned by EU policymakers – left “trapped without protection Serbia and Macedonia…” Deplorable conditions await them wherever they arrive. According to AI’s Europe and Central Asia deputy director Gauri van Gulik:

“Refugees fleeing war and persecution make this journey across the Balkans in the hope of finding safety in Europe only to find themselves victims of abuse and exploitation and at the mercy of failing asylum systems.”

“Serbia and Macedonia have become a sink for the overflow of refugees and migrants that nobody in the EU seems willing to receive.”

Both countries “have to do much more to respect migrants and refugees’ rights. But it is impossible to separate the human rights violations there, from the broader pressures of the flow of migrants and refugees into and through the EU, and a failed EU migration system.”

“As increasing numbers of vulnerable refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants become trapped in a Balkan no-man’s land, the pressures on Serbia and Macedonia are mounting.”

“These stresses, like those on Italy and Greece, can only be resolved by a much broader rethink of EU migration and asylum policies.”

Migrants come from the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey after arriving by sea, then to Greece followed by land travel to Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary and other EU destinations.

They endure nightmarish conditions along the way and after arriving – including beatings, financial extortion and other abuses.

A previous article discussed Britain’s appalling centers for refugees and asylum seekers. They’re locked up indefinitely like criminals with no concern for their welfare or right of appeal. They endure torture and other forms of abuse.

Conditions are so bad, some migrants attempt suicide. Detainees are left to rot. Some give up in despair.

A separate article discussed Syria’s refugee crisis – the gravest since WW II, nearly half the nation’s population internally or externally displaced, fleeing Obama’s war to hellhole refugee camps, largely on their own with minimal lifeline help.

RT International interviewed Dr. David Isaacs. He faces possible prison for exposing Australia’s horrific mistreatment of migrants on Nauru island 3,300km northeast of Brisbane, he explained.

“I am breaking the law by talking to you about this, and I could even go to prison for doing this,” he said. “Anyone who works there – doctors, teachers, nurses – could go to prison for two years for telling the truth about what is happening.”

Things are so bad, he felt he had no choice. One young girl “tr(ied) to hang herself,” he said. Many children developed PTSD. Migrants endure “mental torture.” Conditions are hellish.

Letters written by children said they live in dirty tents, flooded during rainstorms. Officers “treat (them) like animals.”

Isaacs compared Nauru  detention centers to “prisons.” A former employee responsible for security speaking on condition of anonymity said waterboarding and other forms of torture are used.

A May Australian parliamentary inquiry found rampant child abuse. Many detainees complained of sexual assault. No one was held accountable. No changes in deplorable conditions were made.

Refugees and asylum seekers increasingly are unwanted – especially as their numbers grow exponentially from mostly US-devastated war-torn countries and others where they’re abused. The end of their long anguished nightmare is nowhere in sight.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Israel Planning Ground Operations In Syria?

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Israel partnered with Obama’s war on Syria since conflict began in March 2011. It supports ISIS and other takfiri terrorists – providing arms, treating wounded fighters in Israeli hospitals.

It conducted half a dozen or more terror bombings on Syrian targets as well as several cross-border attacks.

It’s kept a relatively low profile in partnering with Obama’s war to topple Bashar al-Assad, eliminate a regional rival and isolate Iran ahead of likely greater destabilization and possible war on the Islamic Republic based on fabricated threats – the same scheme used to ravage other regional countries.

On Sunday, Israeli media reported IDF preparations for possible Golan Heights ground operations on Syria’s side of the border if alleged terror attacks occur against Israel – likely false flags it can use as justification for aggression.

Israeli media reported state propaganda about threatening Islamists along Israel’s border. The IDF on high alert in response conducted a large-scale drill last week simulating three scenarios: countering a claimed terrorist attack on Israeli forces, a ground incursion into Syria, and repelling an alleged Iranian directed Hezbollah attack.

Fact: No evidence suggests Islamic State or other terrorist elements in Syria turning on their sources of support.

They haven’t attacked Israel or its military any time throughout nearly four and a half years of conflict. Nor has Iran or Hezbollah – neither indicating any intention to do so.

Israeli claims about earlier Iranian and Hezbollah attacks on its territory from Syrian Golan positions or Lebanon are a complete fabrication – used as pretext for possible aggression.

On Sunday, an IDF source lied claiming “(i)t’s clear that Iran is behind all of the (Golan area) terror attacks…in the past two years. The Iranians are using the border –  they establish units – whether it’s (Jihad) Mughniyeh (a Hezbollah member Israel killed), (Samir) Kuntar (a Palestine Liberation Front operative), and more – to carry out” attacks.

These and similar reports are part of Israel’s propaganda war (at times turning hot) against Iran, Syria and Hezbollah.

Longstanding US/Israeli plans call for balkanizing Syria – part of their scheme to redraw the Middle East map, first by likely establishing a buffer and no-fly zone with Ankara in northern Syria.

US warplanes have been bombing Syrian infrastructure targets for nearly a year on the pretext of targeting ISIS. Turkey is involved attacking Kurdish forces in Syria.

Perhaps Israel now plans joining them more directly by sending troops cross-border into southern Syria – against Assad, not nonexistent terrorist threats. Will Libya 2.0 follow?


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ISIS Using Chemical Weapons Against Kurds

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Washington and Turkey are allied against sovereign Syria and regional Kurds on the pretext of fighting ISIS.

They’re imported terrorists from scores of countries serving US imperial interests – using chemical weapons against Syrian civilians. Germany’s Defense Ministry says they’re used against Kurdish forces in northern Iraq – maybe supplied by Turkey or Washington.

A spokesman said “a chemical weapons attack” occurred southwest of Abril – delivered with mortar or artillery shells. ISIS and other imported terrorists used chlorine gas, sarin and other toxic agents in Syria and Iraq numerous times earlier.

In late June, Syria’s Rajm al-Tfihi village in northeastern Al-Hasakah governorate was targeted. An undetermined poison gas was used. Victims experienced vomiting, breathing difficulties, eyes, nose and throat burning, severe headaches, muscle pain, as well as impaired concentration and mobility.

Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) issued a statement saying chemical attacks were likely. Militia fighters captured industrial grade gas masks from ISIS – “confirming that they are prepared and equipped for chemical warfare along this sector of the front.”

Northern Iraq Kurdish authorities cited evidence of ISIS terrorists using chlorine gas in a January car bomb attack.

In July, the Conflict Armament Research group and Sahan Research reported ISIS targeted Kurdish peshmerga fighters with one or more projectiles containing an unknown toxic chemical agent weeks earlier.

Clinical effects observed were “consistent with a chlorine chemical agent,” both groups reported. Projectiles released a yellow gas “with a strong smell of rotten onions.”

Imported terrorists are responsible for all chemical weapons attacks – not the Assad government wrongfully blamed. No evidence against it exists. Yet false accusations persist.

Last December, Iraqi News.com reported “ISIL terrorists bombarded Baghdadi district of western Anbar province with mortar shells loaded with chlorine gas,” – citing an unnamed security official.

“Baghdadi district suffers from lack of food, medical supplies and milk for children which caused death for four children,” he said. Water is in short supply.

Last fall, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) reported the near-total destruction of Syrian chemical weapons. Yet baseless accusations of Assad using them persist.

Last weekend, Sergey Lavrov said “(s)ometimes there are publications that (say) undeclared (chemical weapons) could remain in Syria. They are all being checked. In regard to this matter, it is necessary to avoid any unfounded accusations, and to present only the facts that confirm (alleged) fears.”

“I guarantee that all these facts will be rechecked, and we have every reason to believe that the Syrian government will continue to work closely with us.”

Last week, the Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution to identify parties responsible for using chemical weapons in Syria – so perpetrators can be held accountable.

Ban Ki-moon and OPCW authorities will establish a “joint investigative mechanism” – a panel of experts to “identify to the greatest extent feasible individuals, entities, groups or governments who were perpetrators, organizers, sponsors or otherwise involved in the use of chemicals as weapons.”

Work will continue for a year or longer. Syria and other parties involved in the conflict are required to cooperate. It’s laughable to expect cooperation from terrorists entirely responsible for these incidents.

When they persist, expect Washington and rogue partners to wrongfully blame Assad every time. Obama’s war to topple Syria’s government is in its fifth year. Nothing in prospect suggests resolution.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Obama Heads For Full-Scale War On Syria

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It’s been coming for a long time – facilitated by repeated Big Lies about Bashar al-Assad, ignoring his overwhelming public support, especially for defending Syria responsibly against imported Islamic State and other takfiri terrorists, enlisted by Washington as foot soldiers to topple his government.

Obama upped the stakes a year ago by authorizing the bombing of Syrian infrastructure targets, a bandit diktat without Security Council or congressional authorization – on the phony pretext of fighting IS.

Now in collaboration with Turkey, plans are to establish illegal buffer and no-fly zones in northern Syria bordering southeastern Turkey.

Its airbases are being used to bomb Syrian sites – again on the phony pretext of fighting IS. Belligerent comments from Washington suggest full-scale war may be imminent.

Deputy State Department spokesman Mark Toner lied saying Washington seeks a political solution to Obama’s war. It “cannot include President Assad,” he added. A litany of Big Lies followed:

Toner: “The Assad regime has carried out brutal attacks on the civilian population of Syria.”

Fact: Syrian military forces defend the civilian population against US enlisted death squad invaders.

Toner: Assad “had been instrumental in creating the kind of lawless area to the north where ISIL has been able to” get control.

Fact: Blaming victims is longstanding US policy. Washington, rogue NATO partners, Israel and other regional allies bear full responsibility for nearly four-and-a-half years of conflict in Syria.

Toner: “(W)e’re trying to dislodge (IS), destroy it, defeat it.”

Fact: IS is a US creation – a proxy death squad force to do Washington’s killing for it on the ground wherever it’s deployed.

Toner: Iran is excluded from efforts to resolve Syria’s conflict diplomatically as “long as it supports Assad.”

Fact: Tehran supports his legitimate right of self-defense. UN/Arab League envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura believes Iran’s involvement is essential to have any hope for resolution.

Toner: “The Assad regime, frankly, is the root of all evil here. It has created conditions in which we find ourselves.”

Fact: Truth is polar opposite. This comment and numerous others like it show Obama’s war will continue until Assad is toppled, assuring Syria will be more greatly ravaged and destroyed than already.

All signs point to Obama intending to use US warplanes extrajudicially (with no Security Council or congressional authorization) against Syria’s military, strategic sites, as well as perhaps Damascus and other cities – putting civilians more in harm’s way than already.

Libya 2.0 may be imminent – maybe launched while Congress is on summer break, political focus is on the 2016 presidential race, and many Americans are enjoying summer activities.

Reports indicate Turkish military forces are deployed near Syria’s border. Washington warned Assad against attacking so-called moderate rebels or face a direct US response.

No moderate elements exist. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said “(f)or us…there is no moderate opposition and immoderate opposition. Whoever carries weapons against the state is a terrorist.”

All other countries operate by the same standard. They’d act no differently from Syria in defending their territory against foreign invaders. It’s a fundamental obligation.

Assad responsibly defending Syria and its population from US enlisted IS and other terrorists may now become pretext for Obama initiating full-scale war – perhaps jointly with Turkey and other NATO partners.

Another Libya-type conflict looms – perhaps planned all along because imported terrorists can’t topple Assad on their own. They’re no match against Syria’s superior military in head-to-head fighting.

With full-scale US war perhaps imminent, the fate of another regional country hangs in the balance.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

US Airstrikes Kill Hundreds Of Civilians In Syria And Iraq

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US warplanes began bombing Iraqi targets in June 2014. Last September, US Syrian airstrikes followed. Washington falsely claims it’s waging war on the Islamic State (IS) – with pinpoint accuracy against positions and fighters targeted. It’s just the opposite.

Bombing aims to destabilize Iraq and Syria more than already. Infrastructure sites are struck – not IS fighters as claimed. America is its de facto air force.

US Central Command (CENTCOM) in charge of the air campaign falsely claims few civilian deaths at most – saying pinpoint targeting avoids them, one of the many Big Lies proliferated in all US wars.

Civilians are considered legitimate US targets. Hundreds of thousands were willfully slaughtered since Operation Desert Storm aggression against Saddam Hussein in January 1991 alone.

In his book titled “A Little Matter of Genocide: Holocaust and Denial in the Americas 1492 to the Present,” Ward Churchill explained:

After four centuries of systematic slaughter from 1492 – 1892, “the US Census Bureau concluded that there were fewer than a quarter-million indigenous people surviving,” in America, reduced to at most 3% of their original numbers.

Millions were “hacked apart with axes and swords, burned alive and trampled under horses, hunted as game and fed to dogs, shot, beaten, stabbed, scalped for bounty, hanged on meathooks and thrown over the sides of ships at sea, worked to death as slave laborers, intentionally starved and frozen to death during a multitude of forced marches and internments, and, in an unknown number of instances, deliberately infected with epidemic diseases,” Churchill explained.

Shockingly, “every one of these practices (continues in new forms). The American holocaust was and remains unparalleled, in terms of its scope, ferocity and continuance over time,” – systematically erased from the historical record, suppressed by denial or silence.

Chris Woods is an investigative journalist specializing in conflicts and national security issues. He heads the “Airwars project – aimed…at tracking and archiving the (US-led) air war (falsely claimed) against (the) Islamic State, in both Iraq and Syria.”

His data “draw heavily from US and allied militaries” – as well as reporting on “credible allegations of civilian casualties” from eyewitness and other sources.

Take all Pentagon and allied military reports with a grain of salt. They have no credibility whatever. This article focuses solely on Airwars.org reported civilian deaths.

It tracks CENTCOM-led Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) in Iraq since 2006 –  estimating up to 1,250 civilians killed, likely many more not included in its count.

After less than one year of largely US airstrikes in Syria, it estimates over 400 civilians killed – citing 57 incidents with documented evidence of noncombatant casualties, suggesting many more unknown ones.

It lists 5,866 airstrikes to date – 3,591 against Iraq, another 2,275 targeting Syria. It neglects to explain premeditated aggression in both cases – despite the US-controlled Iraqi regime allegedly approving the campaign. It continues without Syrian authorization.

Given this number of airstrikes if accurately counted, far greater numbers of civilians were likely killed plus many more wounded.

At the same time, the report states “(d)espite claims by the US-led coalition that its airstrikes in Iraq and Syria are ‘the most precise and disciplined in the history of aerial warfare,’ there are clear indications from the field that many hundreds of non-combatants have been killed.”

Given longstanding US practice of considering civilians legitimate targets in all its wars, the report likely way undercounts noncombatant casualties in Syria and Iraq.

Likely many thousands were killed or wounded – numbers increasing daily. The Air Wars report cites one strike in December 2014 killing 58 noncombatants in Al Bab, Syria.

Another in February 2015 killed farmer Ibrahim al-Mussul and his two daughters near Shadadi, Syria. An eyewitness said “(t)heir bodies were shredded. We found Ibrahim’s hand next to the house, and we were still collecting bits of flesh and body parts into the early hours of the following morning.”

Air Wars Syria researcher Kinda Haddad said “(c)ivilians are dying in unacceptable numbers as a  result of military action by so many different actors in both Syria and Iraq.”

Washington bears full responsibility for waging multiple regional wars of aggression – ongoing for the past generation with no letup.

Millions died from war related casualties, post-combat violence, illegal Iraqi sanctions, starvation, untreated wounds and diseases, exposure to the elements and overall deprivation.

In total, among history’s greatest crimes – genocide against multiple populations to further America’s hegemonic madness, criminality on an unprecedented global scale, continuing with no letup with perhaps the worst to come if Washington dares confront Russia and/or China militarily.

Previous articles discussed lunatics running the Washington asylum. They may destroy planet earth in their maniacal crusade to own it.


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UK Special Forces Fighting Assad In Syria

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On August 2, Britain’s Sunday Express newspaper headlined “SAS dress as ISIS fighters in undercover war on jihadis,” saying:

“More than 120 members belonging to the elite regiment are currently in the war-torn country” covertly “dressed in black and flying ISIS flags,” engaged in what’s called Operation Shader – attacking Syrian targets on the pretext of combatting ISIS.

Maybe covert US special forces and CIA elements are involved the same way. During Obama’s war on Libya, Britain deployed hundreds of Special Forces Support Group (SFSG) paratroopers – drawn from SAS (Special Air Service) and SBS (Special Boat Service) personnel.

Around 800 Royal Marines and 4,000 US counterparts were on standby to intervene on short notice if ordered.

The latest revelation comes two weeks after learning Prime Minister David Cameron last year approved British warplanes joining US ones in bombing Syria despite parliamentary rejection in August 2013.

At least part of its current covert ground operation is under US command – so-called “smash” units traveling in pickup trucks able to launch mini-UAVs to scan terrain for targets to attack.

Over 250 UK (and perhaps US) specialists are involved to provide communications support, the Sunday Express explained.

British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said “(o)ur actions and surveillance capabilities are freeing up other countries to strike in Syria.”

UK SAS forces are in Saudi Arabia training anti-Assad terrorists along with US operatives doing the same thing – including in Turkey, Jordan, Qatar and perhaps Israel.

US and UK claims about training so-called “moderate” rebels reflect smoke-screen cover for working directly with ISIS terrorists – trained, armed and funded abroad, funneled cross-border into Syria to fight Assad, now with US/UK and Canadian air support along with covert commandos on the ground.

The Express cited former British Army General David Richards saying “tanks will roll” as part of UK operations in Syria.

A separate article discussed US airstrikes defending ISIS terrorists serving as US foot soldiers against Assad.

The Wall Street Journal reported what appears ominously like prelude to Libya 2.0 – falsely claiming Obama authorized airstrikes against Syrian forces if they attack (nonexistent) US-supported “moderate” rebels.

Separately, Turkish media reported President Recep Tayyip Erdogan saying Putin may have softened on Assad. (H)e may give up on” him.

Obama said he was “encouraged by the fact that Mr. Putin called him (in late June) and initiated the call to talk about Syria.”

“I think they get a sense that the Assad regime is losing a grip over greater and greater swaths of territory inside of Syria and that the prospects for a (jihadist) takeover or rout of the Syrian regime is not imminent but becomes a greater and greater threat by the day. That offers us an opportunity to have a serious conversation with them.”

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said both leaders discussed combatting terrorism – especially the Islamic State.

“The Russian view is well-known,” he explained. “(I)t was reiterated by (Putin) during (his) conversation” with Obama. It hasn’t changed.

Putin opposes outside interference by any nations in the internal affairs of others. He supports the sovereign right of Syrians and other people to choose their own leaders and legislators.

Putin aide Yury Ushakov said “the current leadership of Syria is one of the real and effective forces confronting the Islamic State.”

Nothing indicates less Russian support for Assad. His liberating struggle is overwhelming backed by Syrians.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Obama Orders Airstrikes To Defend ISIS In Syria

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Previous articles explained what Western officials and media scoundrels suppress. ISIS or ISIL or IS are US recruited, trained, armed, funded and directed Pentagon proxy foot soldiers doing Obama’s dirty work – to destabilize and/or topple governments where they’re deployed.

Using them is part of Washington’s imperial strategy for unchallenged global dominance. They’re likely to show up almost anywhere. Mass slaughter, destruction, brutal atrocities and human misery follow – notably in Syria and Iraq.

On August 2, the Wall Street Journal headlined “US to Defend New Syria Force From Assad Regime.” The so-called “new” force is the old one. They’re not Syrian rebels or others supporting the rights of its people.

They’re US enlisted death squads – cutthroat killers, trained in the art of committing the most brutal acts of murder, torture and other atrocities, including use of chemical and other illegal weapons.

The Journal said Obama “authorized using air power to defend a new US-backed fighting force in Syria if it is attacked by Syrian government forces or other groups, raising the risk of the American military coming into direct conflict with the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.”

What’s planned appears prelude to Libya 2.0 – airstrikes on Syrian military targets, likely others not yet struck, escalated war to topple Assad, lawless butchery, a US specialty.

According to the Journal, “US military officials played down the chances of a direct confrontation (with Syrian forces), at least in the near term.” The strategy appears designed to create a pretext to attack them directly – in other words, be IS’ air force, the same strategy used in Libya against Gaddafi.

White House National Security Council spokesman Alistair Baskey was deliberately vague, saying the administration will “take the steps necessary to ensure (its proxy foot soldiers can) successfully carry out their mission” – with no further explanation other than adding “defensive fires support (will) protect them.”

The latest escalation follows Obama/Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussions to let US warplanes use Ankara’s Incirlik and Diyarbakir air bases to bomb Syrian targets, as well as establish illegal buffer and no-fly zones in northern Syria bordering Turkey – seizing a portion of its territory ahead of aiming to grab it all.

Pentagon claims about recruiting so-called “rebels” to fight IS forces is part of Obama’s grand deception – no different from Big Lies proliferated in all US wars of aggression.

Defense Secretary Aston Carter’s claims about US efforts to turn the tide against IS is polar opposite US strategy. So is the Wall Street Journal reporting “Pentagon-backed force(s) explicitly directed not to conduct offensive operations against” Assad.

But they’re free to conduct any called “defensive” – code language for offensive on the pretext of defense – the same bogus argument Israel uses to attack Palestinian civilians.

New Pentagon rules of engagement don’t explicitly name Assad, said the Journal. At the same time, they permit strikes on any elements attacking so-called “rebels.”

Current plans have been in the works for months, the Journal explained – delayed because of administration “reluctance to spell out the conditions under which the US might find itself in a fight with” Assad forces.

Events suggest it’s coming – perhaps following a US-instigated false flag, blaming Assad for attacking so-called “rebels, letting Pentagon warplanes begin bombing Syrian targets the way US-led NATO’s aggression against Libya was waged.

A repeat of that scenario looks increasingly likely. Chances for peaceful conflict resolution are nil. Washington won’t tolerate it. Regime change in Syria remains official US policy.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

U.S. Will Send Air Force To Defend Anti-Assad Rebels In Syria

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(The Real Agenda) The United States has authorized to use air power to defend new rebel fighters in Syria, even if the Assad regime opposes it. In fact, the US will fire against members of the Syrian army should they become an interference against the American plan to train and arm more rebels, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The decision, according to the WSJ was directly authorized by President Barack Obama. Experts warn that there is now a risk that the US military engage into direct conflict with Syrian troops. US officials consulted by the newspaper believe that the Government of Bashar al-Assad will not respond to American attacks.

Obama, according to the Journal, authorized the use of air power to defend the members of the new fighting force backed by the United States in Syria if attacked by government forces or other groups.

That decision, according to sources of the newspaper, ended a debate on the role that the US military should play in supporting their “allies” in the battlefield in Syria.

The WSJ says the new force recently created by the United States is committed to fighting the Islamic State as well as the Syrian regime.

Adds that Alistair Baskey, a spokesman for the National Security Council at the White House, declined to discuss the details of the new rules of engagement but said that the US government has made it clear that it will “take the necessary steps to ensure that these forces perform their mission successfully.”

Likewise, the spokesman said the United States will support the forces trained by the Pentagon even if they have to “fire defense shots” to protect them.

According to the newspaper, the Ministry of Defense has struggled to recruit rebels for new training and equipping the force that it launched last year, partly because it asks its members to fight against the Islamic state rather than against the regime of Assad.

Most rebels see the Assad government as their main enemy, he adds. US military officials, according to the Journal, say less than 60 rebels have completed the training program that the Pentagon began, which calls the effort into question.


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Syria’s Refugee Crisis Just Got Worse

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US wars on humanity caused the gravest refugee crisis since WW II – millions displaced, mostly victims of imperial conflicts and chaos, suffering hugely, many perishing from deprivation, an appalling high crime too horrific to ignore.

How do displaced people cope with limited access to nutritious food, at times any, inadequate or no medical care, lack of education for children and other essentials?

How do they survive? How can anyone not experiencing their suffering imagine life in hellhole refugee camps or displacement on their own without minimal lifelines?

Nearly half of Syria’s 23 million people are imperial war victims – displaced by violence (internally or abroad), fleeing for their lives to unknown destinies. Many perhaps running out of time, minimal resources, energy and will to go on.

It bears repeating what other articles stressed. There’s nothing civil about war in Syria. Obama planned and launched it to topple its government, destroy its sovereignty, and install pro-Western stooges – using proxy Islamic State and other takfiri terrorists to do his dirty work, supplemented by US bombing Syria’s infrastructure on the phony pretext of waging war on IS.

Millions of adversely affected Syrians are considered a small price to pay – including hundreds of thousands killed, many more wounded, an entire population traumatized by US state terror. Imperial arrogance has no limits.

In early July, the World Food Program (WFP) announced major cuts in food assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan because of inadequate funding.

“Just when we thought things couldn’t get worse, we are forced yet again to make yet more cuts,” Muhannad Hadi, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe explained.

“Refugees were already struggling to cope with what little we could provide.” Now they’ll get much less – around half what they got before.

In Lebanon, food vouchers were cut to $13.50 per person monthly – less than 50 cents a day to survive, not enough for single bare bones meal in pre-war Syria.

WFP said without enough funding in August, it’ll suspend all aid to around 440,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan living outside camps.

Its regional refugee operations are currently over 80% underfunded. An immediate $139 million is needed to continue feeding desperate refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt through September alone.

Inadequate resources forced major cutbacks in aid afforded around 1.6 million Syrian refugees in five countries.

“We are extremely concerned about the impact these cuts will have on refugees and the countries that host them,” Hadi stressed.

“Families are taking extreme measures to cope such as pulling their children out of school, skipping meals and getting into debt to survive. The long-term effects of this could be devastating.”

Contributions from governments and other sources don’t keep pace with growing needs. WFP tries providing aid for around 80 million people in 75 countries.

In June, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said wars and persecution “forced more people than at any other time since records began to flee their homes and seek refuge and safety elsewhere” – around 60 million at yearend 2014, numbers increasing daily, overall about a 50% increase since 2005.

In July 2015, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre estimated nearly 1.3 million internally displaced Yemenis. Many more fled abroad.

UNHCR called displacement unprecedented, the highest level ever recorded. One in every 122 people is either a refugee, internally displaced or seeking asylum.

If they comprised the population of one country, it would be the world’s 24th largest. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said:

“We are witnessing a paradigm change, an unchecked slide into an era in which the scale of global forced displacement as well as the response required is now clearly dwarfing anything seen before.”

UNHCR said war in Syria is currently “the world’s single largest driver of (internal and external) displacement. An astonishing 42,500 people became refugees, internally displaced or asylum seekers daily on average last year – a four-fold increase since 2011.

“It is terrifying that on the one hand there is more and more impunity for those starting conflicts, and on the other there is seeming utter inability of the international community to work together to stop wars and build and preserve peace,” Guterres explained.

One of the most visible consequences of imperial wars is the dramatic increase in refugees risking life and limb to reach safe havens in Western countries, mainly European ones. Other cross borders to neighboring nations.

Half are children, many too young to understand the turmoil affecting them. Numbers of desperate people grow while aid provided declines. The world’s most needy people are increasingly abandoned.

Washington and rogue allies responsible for global conflicts and chaos don’t give a damn if they perish from starvation, untreated diseases or overall deprivation.

The price of imperial arrogance is horrendous human suffering, deprivation and death – millions of nameless, faceless people affected.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

The Plan To Balkanize Syria

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Longstanding US/Israeli plans call for redrawing the Middle East map – including balkanizing Iraq and Syria along with installing regional puppets serving Western/Zionist interests.

The ugly scheme involves endless wars – killing millions through violence and deprivation. Imperialism works this way – causing unspeakable human misery for power, resource control and profit.

America, key NATO allies, Israel and rogue Arab states like Saudi Arabia are allied in potentially embroiling the entire region and beyond in endless conflicts – wanting regime change in Iran, Syria and elsewhere.

Washington wants all independent governments replaced by pro-Western puppet regimes. Israel wants all its regional rivals eliminated – Iran, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Assad in Syria.

Former US Political Advisor for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, current Consul General to Jerusalem Michael Ratney was just appointed US Special Envoy for Syria.

It comes when Turkey joined America’s war on the Syrian Arab Republic directly – by attacking Syrian Kurds on the pretext of fighting Islamic State terrorists it actively supports – providing them safe haven in its territory, training them and funneling them cross-border to wage war on Syria as US proxy foot soldiers.

Last week, Obama and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed on letting US warplanes use Ankara’s Incirlik and Diyarbakir air bases to bomb Syrian targets – along with the first step toward balkanizing its territory by establishing a buffer and no-fly zone in northern Syria bordering Southeastern Turkey.

At Monday’s daily State Department press briefing, AP’s Matt Lee asked spokesman Admiral John Kirby “what’s going on with the Turks? (I)t seems like a really bizarre situation has unfolded over the course of the past week with them (claiming to join) the air strikes against ISIS, but at the same time bombing PKK positions” in Syria and Iraq.

“So what exactly is going on here, and doesn’t this just make an even bigger mess out of the situation than” earlier?

Kirby ducked the question saying “(w)e are grateful for Turkey’s cooperation against ISIL (America’s ally, not enemy) to include now use of some of their bases for coalition (US/Britain/Israel and now Turkey) aircraft to go against targets – ISIL targets, particularly in Syria.”

Fact: Washington provides air support for IS proxy foot soldiers. Syrian infrastructure is targeted. Easily visible columns of IS elements (via satellite imagery) move free of US attacks.

They could easily be destroyed if Washington wanted them eliminated. Just the opposite. Kirby and other US officials claiming America is at war with IS is polar opposite truth.

Matt Lee pressed Kirby on attacking PKK fighters in Iraq and YPG Kurds in Syria – “perhaps the most effective (ones) on the ground against ISIS/ISIL,” he said. “You don’t have a problem with that,” he asked?

Kirby disagreed on Kurdish effectiveness, called the PKK “a foreign terrorist organization” because Washington say so, and added “Turkey has a right to self-defense” – the same rationale as Israel’s phony claim about a Palestinian threat.

Lee pressed further asking “(i)s the US telling Turkey not to go after the PKK if the PKK in Syria are going after ISIL – yes or no?”

Kirby seemed nonplussed – interrupted by another reporter asking “(s)o you don’t know (about Kurdish elements) fighting inside Syria?”

Kirby lied saying “I have no specific information.”

Question: “Who is shooting at whom at this point?”

Kirby ducked the question – without explaining sophisticated US satellite imagery he understands well as a retired navy admiral, able to follow ground activity wherever the Pentagon wishes.

An unnamed US official said Washington and Ankara are cooperating to create “an ISIL-free zone and ensure greater security and stability along Turkey’s border with Syria.”

Fact: The last thing Washington wants is stability anywhere in Syria or other targeted countries – regionally or elsewhere. It defeats US imperial aims. Endless wars serve them.

On Tuesday, all 28 NATO ambassadors are meeting in Brussels (at Turkey’s request) to discuss Ankara’s intervention in Syria and Iraq along with US/Turkish plans for Syrian buffer and no-fly zones – escalating Obama’s war to oust Assad and perhaps enlisting greater NATO involvement even if not announced.

An Alliance statement said member states “follow developments very closely and stand in solidarity with Turkey.” Whether it suggests direct NATO involvement in Syria and/or Iraq (including ground forces) remains to be seen.

On Monday, Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Ankara will press ahead with military action against PKK forces – claiming it’s part of its “war on terror” even though the secular PKK is bitterly opposed to IS extremists, engaged in combat against them.

A Syrian Kurdish People’s Defense Units (YPG) spokesman accused Turkey of attacking its positions. Ankara claimed unidentified elements fired cross-border from Syrian territory.

US officials said they’re unaware of any such attack but support Ankara’s right to self-defense – even if its forces committed naked aggression.

Meanwhile, US/Turkish plans call for a 60-mile-long buffer and no-fly zone around 30 miles into Syrian territory, according to various reports.

If established, it’ll constitute a blatant violation of international law without Security Council authorization, besides breaching Syrian sovereignty – along with a first step toward balkanizing the country, destroying it by dismemberment.

At the same time, a shaky 2013 established Turkish/PKK truce was breached. A group spokesman said “(i)t seems Erdogan wants to drag us back into war.”

“When things reach this level and when all of our areas are bombed, I think by then the ceasefire has no meaning anymore.”

White House deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes expressed support for Turkey’s “right to take action related to terrorist targets.”

So did EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Germany’s Angela Merkel – “expressing solidarity and support in the fight against terrorism.”

The region already is boiling. Turkey’s intervention ups the stakes.


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Obama Approves Airstrikes On Syrian Troops (VIDEO)

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Two years ago this month Western intelligence and military attempted regime change of the Assad regime via a staged poison gas attack allegedly carried out by Syrian forces against their citizenry that was later proven false. After the CIA-backed ISIS was introduced as a ploy, the Obama administration is now similarly suggesting that the US will uphold “R2P” principles, by openly confronting the Syrian army “to help defend” the Syria people.

As RT reports today.

“For offensive operations, it’s ISIS only. But if attacked, we’ll defend them against anyone who’s attacking them,” a senior military official told the Wall Street Journal on Sunday. “We’re not looking to engage the regime, but we’ve made a commitment to help defend these people.”

Neither the Pentagon nor the White House officially commented on the decision about the new broader rules of engagement, Reuters reports. So far the US has been avoiding direct confrontation with the forces of President Bashar Assad.

“We won’t get into the specifics of our rules of engagement, but have said all along that we would take the steps necessary to ensure that these forces could successfully carry out their mission,” said White House National Security Council spokesman Alistair Baskey, stressing that so far only US-trained forces have being provided with a wide range of support, including “defensive fires support to protect them.”

The Kremlin said that US airstrikes against Syrian troops would further destabilize the situation.

Moscow has “repeatedly underlined that help to the Syrian opposition, moreover financial and technical assistance, leads to further destabilization of the situation in the country,” Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said, adding that IS terrorists may take advantage of this situation.

What appears obvious at this point is that the Obama administration with the assistance of Israel and Saudi Arabia has sought all along to destabilize Syria with low intensity conflict in order to remove the Assad regime and replace it with a barbaric one along the lines of what has presided in Libya since 2011. Six years after the George W. Bush regime and his pro-Israeli foreign policy maniacs vacated office, the fraudulent and destructive “war on terror” agenda remains firmly in place, even to the extent that Iran has been diplomatically appeased to ensure the plan’s continuation.


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New ‘Safety Zone’ Will Be A Launchpad For Terrorism In Syria

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose regime has been aiding ISIS forces in their attempt to destroy Syria.

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose regime has been aiding ISIS forces in their attempt to destroy Syria.

NATO wants to place war refugees in a so-called safety zone from which anti-government forces, armed and funded by Turkey, NATO and the US, will attack civilians in Syria. Should Assad respond to those attacks launched from the safety zone, he will be accused of bombing the refugees, which will in turn build support for an open military intervention in the country.

The Syrian National Coalition, the main opposition to the Syrian political alliance, urged NATO to impose a “security zone” in northern Syria, as proposed by Turkey.

That area would be “an important first step to ensure the protection of civilians throughout the country,” said the president of the coalition, Khalid Joya..

In his view, the security zone would contribute to “protect civilians from terror of the Islamic State and the indiscriminate bombing by the regime of Bashar al-Assad, the greatest murderer of Syrian civilians”.

He also suggested that NATO consider a new mechanism for a comprehensive approach that addresses both ISIS and the regime in Damascus.

The Syrian opposition leader, whose organization is based in Istanbul, also praised “the initiative from Turkey to address directly the danger presented by ISIS and the root of extremism.”

The North Atlantic Council, the main organ of decision of NATO, held a special meeting in Brussels at the request of Turkey. The meeting concluded that the alliance is indivisible and showed its ‘solidarity’ with Ankara after the recent terrorist attacks.

The Council also stressed that terrorism is “a direct threat to the security of NATO countries and that it threatens international stability and prosperity.”

At dawn on Friday, Turkey began an air offensive against alleged ISIS positions in northern Syria, which extended to the next day expanded to bomb positions of the Workers Party of Kurdistan (PKK) in northern Iraq.

However, activists and kurdo-Syrian sources reported yesterday that Turkish artillery had targeted objectives of the People’s Protection Units, kurdo-Syrian militias in the province of Aleppo.

The US newspaper The Washington Post reported yesterday that Washington and Ankara had agreed on the details for creating a “safety zone” that would be free from ISIS fighters on the border between Turkey and Syria’s northwest.

In theory, the intention of both states is to build an area of ​​more than 100 kilometers along the border and 65 kilometers into Syria, whose control would be given to opposing Assad regime military forces.

Reality is stranger than fiction

The case of ISIS in Northern Africa and the Middle East is part of the Problem, Reaction, Solution strategy, whereby western powers create a threat, observe the reaction of those affected by it and then offer a ‘solution’ to that threat.

Despite all claims about Assad and all the colorful descriptions made about ISIS, we now know that it has been the United States and Turkey the ones responsible for training and supplying ISIS fighters with weapons. In fact, a report by Business Insider tells how Turkey is undoubtedly linked to ISIS, which confirms earlier reports about how the Erdogan regime transported weapons and ISIS fighters into Syria to help destabilize the country.

It is not a surprise that the request made by Turkey and the Syrian Coalition has been immediately supported by NATO, mainly the United States and Turkey who have already announced the creation of a “safety zone” in northern Syria under the excuse that it is intended to keep war refugees safe, when in reality the plan is to give ISIS fighters a launching pad to continue attacking Syria.

United Nations issues warning on “safety zone”

The UN official for humanitarian affairs, Stephen O’Brien, has urged caution when talking about the creation of a “safety zone” in Syria and stressed that it should be done only when the safety of civilians who arrive there can be guaranteed .

“What we do not want is to call something a safety zone, to have people flee there, but then find out it does not have enough protection,” O’Brien said.

Mr. O’Brien is way to naive to understand the western-backed strategy. What the western imperialists supported by NATO want to do, is to place war refugees in a so-called safety zone from which anti-government forces armed and funded by Turkey, NATO and the US will attack civilians in Syria. Should Assad respond to those attacks launched from the so-called safety zone, he will be accused of bombing the refugees, which will in turn build support for an open military intervention in the country.

The Turkish government has announced it intends to establish, in cooperation with the United States, a “safety zone” in northwest Syria, which Erdogan says will help moderate opposition to the regime of Bashar al-Assad and to expel the jihadists of the Islamic State.

O’Brien, speaking to reporters, said his office is in permanent contact with all parties on these new proposals.

“Since our main objective is the protection of civilians, we need to be sure that there will be protection,” he said. O’Brien appeared before the Security Council of the UN, where he said the violence in Syria has continued to increase in recent weeks, with “indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks by all parties.”


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Turkey Trains And Supports Terrorists In Syria

What the US and its allies are establishing are new effective “direct channels” for increasing their support to their Al Qaeda foot soldiers.

What the US and its allies are establishing are new effective “direct channels” for increasing their support to their Al Qaeda foot soldiers.

(The Real Agenda) The Syrian government accused Turkey today of supporting terrorism and criticized the neighboring country by describing himself as a victim of terrorists, according to the official Syrian news agency Sana.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry sent two letters today to the Secretary General of the United Nations and the Security Council, in which he said that Turkey has not stopped conspiring against Syria in four years of war.

According to the government of Damascus, Ankara has lent his support to terrorists from over 100 countries who have crossed into Syria through its territory to join groups like the Islamic State and Al Nusra Front, the Syrian branch of Al Qaeda.

Therefore, “Syria rejects the Turkish regime’s attempts to portray itself as a victim who is defending itself, when everyone knows what this regime has done everything to provide all kinds of support to terrorist organizations,” the letters explained.

Syrian authorities put as an example the fact that ISIS is stealing oil, grains, cotton and antiquities from Syria and is selling them in Turkey, with the knowledge of the Turkish Government.

They added that Turkey trained terrorists of the Al Nusra Front and other groups affiliated with Al Qaeda, acting under the name of “Army of Al Fatah”, in addition to providing them artillery ammunition when they entered the province of Idleb, in northern Syria.

In doing so, Turkey helped the coalition formed by the Al Nusra Front and other armed factions in Idleb, to snatch the territory of the province from Syrian army forces.

Regarding the Turkish offensive against ISIS in northern Syria, the Damascus government said that “it is better late than never,” but questioned the honesty of Turkey’s intentions as it warned that it may be a pretext to attack Kurds in Syria and Iraq, or that Turkey is carrying out the attacks to respond to national policy objectives.

Friday morning, Ankara allegedly launched an air offensive against ISIS targets in northern Syria. One day later the bombings were extended to targets from the Workers Party of Kurdistan (PKK) in northern Iraq.

Proposes new United Nations approach to conflict

While Syria is attacked by terrorist groups, the UN proposed today a new process of negotiation to end the war in Syria on the basis of the Geneva Communique, the document agreed three years ago to promote a ceasefire and a political transition.

After consulting for months with the parties, the United Nations mediator, Staffan de Mistura, plans to launch a series of “parallel, simultaneous and thematic discussions” that through “working groups” formed by the different Syrian factions, address the “key aspects of the Geneva Accord”.

“Amid the huge gaps, there are points on which consensus can be built and under which a credible political process can have a chance,” said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, when he presented this new initiative before the Security Council.

As we reported yesterday, the only two other options taken into consideration at this moment are continuing the war being waged against Syria by western-backed forces and establishing a so-called safety zone, which will then be strengthened with a no-fly zone.

Western powers intend to use this buffer zone to establish a launchpad for terrorist guerrillas that will attack other areas of Syria.


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