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SYRIA: Faced With Massive US Escalation, How Would Russia Respond?

  • SYRIA: Faced With Massive US Escalation, How Would Russia Respond?
    by http://21stcenturywire.com/
    In the past week, the situation in Syria has not only continued to become increasingly dangerous, but thanks to the US and its allies on the ground in Syria, the threat of all-out war is actually accelerating towards us.

    Just one week ago, 21WIRE warned that the presence of American and British troops on Syrian territory near al-Tanf was extremely dangerous, and that the actions they were taking against Syrian and pro-Syrian forces – which they laughably call ‘defensive‘ – were highly provocative, including moving in HIMARS rocket systems with a range of up to 300km.

    Since then, the situation has taken a very serious turn for the worse. Not only did an American fighter jet shoot down a Syrian plane in Raqqa province – the first time such an event has happened during the conflict – but Iran also made its presence felt by firing missiles into Deir Az Zor province in Syria, in retaliation against ISIS for terrorist attacks carried out in Tehran.

    Moreover, Iranian drones are being shot down, Russia is taking less of a diplomatic stance and more of a war footing, and the US is digging in its heels.

    It would appear that the US is being deliberately provocative, hoping that the Syrian (or worse, Russian) government will respond and give the Pentagon the excuse it is looking for to escalate the war even further. The cards that Russia and Syria (and Iran) decide to play from here on will be of the utmost importance in deciding how this conflict progresses.

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June 24, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vaccinations Cause Polio Outbreak In Syria

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Long-Term US Anti-Iran Agenda Begins with Destabilizing Syria – Martin Jay

  • Published on Jun 23, 2017
    Two Russian Navy frigates and a submarine have fired six Kalibr cruise missiles on Islamic State targets in Syria, the Defense Ministry said. Militants who survived the attack were later killed in airstrikes. RT asked award-winning journalist Martin Jay about the differences between the Russian and American approaches in Syria.

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June 24, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Everything You’re Not Being Told About the US War Against ISIS in Syria

  • Everything You’re Not Being Told About the US War Against ISIS in Syria
    by , http://theantimedia.org/
    (ANTIMEDIA) It’s time to have a sane discussion regarding what is going on in Syria. Things have escalated exponentially over the past month or so, and they continue to escalate. The U.S. just shot down yet another Iranian-made drone within Syrian territory on Tuesday, even as authorities insist they “do not seek conflict with any party in Syria other than ISIS.”

    Col. Ryan Dillon, chief U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, seemed to indicate that the coalition would avoid escalating the conflict following Russia’s warning that it will now treat American aircraft as potential targets. He stated:

    “As a result of recent encounters involving pro-Syrian regime and Russian forces, we have taken prudent measures to reposition aircraft over Syria so as to continue targeting ISIS forces while ensuring the safety of our aircrews given known threats in the battlespace.”

    So what is really going on in Syria? Is the U.S. actually seeking an all-out confrontation with Syria, Iran, and Russia?


    The U.S. needs a strong ISIS presence in Deir ez-Zor to justify an offensive to retake the city, especially considering the fact that Syrian government troops are already present there. This is why the U.S. delivered airstrikes to stop government forces from repelling ISIS fighters in an air raid in September of last year that reportedly lasted well over an hour and killed over 60 government troops.

    Deir ez-Zor is immensely important because it is home to Syria’s largest oil fields. As Quartz explains, according to Landis, America’s strategy is “for the Kurdish forces to take Deir al-Zour, the major regional city and the hub for its oil fields. That way, the Kurds would be able to afford to buy airplanes from the US, rather than require Washington to give them for free.

    But there is a crucial difference between the Russian-led campaigns and the American-led campaigns within Syria: Russia was invited by the Syrian government and is not clearly not attempting to invade Syria in the traditional sense of the word, as they are relying on local troops to retake the territory that still belongs to the Syrian government. In contrast, the United States has invaded Syrian territory without authorization from Congress or the international community and has partnered with incredibly controversial militias on the ground to claim Syrian territory, further partitioning the country and over-complicating an already convoluted battle arena.

    Not to mention, Syrian Member of Parliament Ammar al-Asad reportedly just told Russian state-owned Sputnik that the Syrian army will respond to America’s provocative actions by conducting “massive strikes” on positions held by American-backed militants.

    An optimist would view the recent developments in the humanitarian disaster that is the so-called Syrian revolution with the hope that the U.S., Iran, and Russia are merely muscle-flexing inside Syria in an attempt to control as much of the country as realistically possible following the downfall of ISIS – and will eventually settle amicably on a drawing of Syria’s new boundaries.

    A pessimist might not be so hopeful, as Iran and China held naval drills in the Strait of Hormuz just days after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson admitted the U.S. is officially targeting Iran for a regime change operation.

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June 24, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Russia and US in Shootdown Showdown Over Syria – #NewWorldNextWeek

  • Published on Jun 22, 2017
    Welcome to New World Next Week — the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. In this week’s episode:


    Story #1: Saudi King Names Son New Crown Prince, Upending Royal Succession Line 
    http://reut.rs/2sznBf0
    NWNW Flashback: Saudi Arabia Plans $2 Trillion Megafund For Post-Oil Era (Apr. 7, 2016)
    http://bit.ly/1XwyKp8
    The long-term cost of Saudi succession shake-up
    http://bit.ly/2rTrWfG
    PROFILE: New Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Nayef
    http://bit.ly/2sXO20f
    Full text of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030
    http://bit.ly/2sXt9md
    Story #2: World On Precipice As Russia Threatens To Shoot Down U.S. Jets, U.S. Refuses To Back Down
    http://bit.ly/2rREHrq
    Russia is going to target any ‘flying objects’ over Syria where its air force is active
    http://read.bi/2tPZZSA
    Can the U.S. Establish a ‘Deconfliction’ With Russia in Syria? 
    http://bit.ly/2tQ0yM7
    Story #3: CRISPR Gene Editing Can Cause Hundreds Of Unintended Mutations
    http://bit.ly/2sXusRK
    CRISPR-induced mutations – what do they mean for food safety?
    http://bit.ly/2tQ0zzF
    DNA Replication Has Been Filmed For The First Time, And It’s Not What We Expected
    http://bit.ly/2rAftcK
    Scripps Scientists Publish How They Made Bird Flu More Transmissible
    http://bit.ly/2tQfk5L
    Jennifer Lopez Set To Produce NBC Bio-Terror Drama ‘C.R.I.S.P.R.’
    http://bit.ly/2rEwxOH
    #GoodNewsNextWeek: You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Repair (Homeless Beekeeping, Right To Repair, Seed Destructor)
    http://bit.ly/2skVWzS

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June 23, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics, Science & Technology, Social Trends | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

ISIS-ISIL a Useful Tool for US to Destabilize Middle East: Analyst

  • Published on Jun 22, 2017
    America’s strategy in Syria has been to utilize terrorist groups to undermine independent governments and wreck havoc in the Middle East, an American political analyst in Virginia says.
http://theantimedia.org/rand-paul-gabbard-arming-terrorists/

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  • Did Syria attack America or threaten American interests? Clearly NO! So why is America supporting terrorists to overthrow Assad? The people behind this are Illuminist-Satanists.
http://theantimedia.org/tulsi-gabbard-plan-refugee-crisis/

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https://socioecohistory.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/trevor-aaronson-inside-the-fbis-manufactured-war-on-terror/

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http://theantimedia.org/congresswoman-us-funds-isis-syria/

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https://twitter.com/DrJillStein/status/813213099427827712

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http://theantimedia.org/congresswoman-us-arming-isis/

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“For years we have been supplying anti-tank missiles and all sorts of weapons to the terrorists, to Al Nusra, sometimes to ISIS.. the entire array … Jaysh al-Islam …”
– Quote Senator Richard Black from 1:01 onwards

https://www.rt.com/usa/316558-us-training-jihadists-dick-black/

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https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/30/isis-j30.html

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http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2014/01/10/the-historical-us-support-for-al-qaeda/

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June 23, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Israel Deployed 18 Fighter Jets To Saudi Arabia To “Prevent A Coup”: Fars

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-said-to-be-working-with-saudi-arabia-on-iran-strike-plan/

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  • Israel Deployed 18 Fighter Jets To Saudi Arabia To “Prevent A Coup”: Fars
    by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com
    While according to the official narrative, the Saudi power transition on Wednesday, when King Salman bin Abdulaziz announced his decision to replace Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz with his own son, Mohammed bin Salman, went smooth and by the numbers, what took place behind the scenes is more interesting.

    Here, events were decidedly more interesting, because as Fars News reports (so take it with a grain of salt), after the decision was announced, the Israeli air force sent 18 of its fighter jets, including F16-I, F15-CD and F16-CD, along with two Gulfstream aircraft, two tanker airplanes and two C130 planes, special for electronic warfare, to Saudi Arabia at the demand of the new crown prince bin Salman to block his cousin (bin Nayef)’s possible measures.

    On the surface, such close ties between the existing Saudi regime and Israel would appear a stretch, although it is far more plausible after this week’s WSJ report that when it comes to the Saudi proxy war, Israel and Saudi Arabia had been alligned from the onset of the Syrian conflict, with Israel secretly supplying Syrian rebels near its border with cash as well as food, fuel and medical supplies for years, “a secret engagement in the enemy country’s civil war aimed at carving out a buffer zone populated by friendly forces.”

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http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2011/10/26/the-doenmeh-the-middle-easts-most-whispered-secret-part-ii.html

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http://themillenniumreport.com/2017/06/the-jewish-roots-of-the-saudi-royal-family-2/

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http://www.timesofisrael.com/saudis-said-to-mull-air-passage-for-israeli-jets-to-attack-iran/

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June 23, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

US Intervention in Syria at Crossroads

  • US Intervention in Syria at Crossroads
    by https://consortiumnews.com/
    Exclusive: The U.S. military incursion into Syria is literally at a crossroads, with U.S.-backed forces cut off at Al-Tanf where two strategic highways intersect and where President Trump may decide to escalate, says Daniel Lazare.

    By Daniel Lazare
    The U.S. has stumbled into a trap in the Syrian desert town of Al-Tanf, and the big question now is whether it will stay, leave, or try to save face by putting on a show of force. Given the crisis mentality in Washington these days, the answer is likely the last. If so, the effect will be to take a bad situation and make it much, much worse.

    Al-Tanf is strategically important because it straddles an east-west international highway as it branches off to the north, crossing into southern Syria and continuing on to Damascus and Beirut. Since the highway serves as a supply line linking Shi‘ite population centers in Iran and Iraq with those in western Syria and southern Lebanon, the U.S. thought that by severing the supply line at Al-Tanf, located just a few miles north of the Iraqi and Jordanian borders, it could check a bid by Syria’s ally Iran to open up a corridor to the Mediterranean, strengthening the so-called “Shi‘ite crescent.”

    But U.S. ambitions did not stop at dashing Iran’s strategic dreams in its regional Shi’ite-Sunni rivalry with Saudi Arabia. Beyond cutting off the road’s northern branch, the U.S. floated plans to convert the southern route into a modern U.S.-style toll road complete with service stations, rest stops, and cafés. The roadway would then be under the control of a military-linked security firm, the Reston, Virginia-based Constellis, which happens to be the owner of Academi, formerly known as Blackwater, whose heavily armed security guards were convicted of massacring 17 civilians in Nisour Square, Baghdad, in 2007.

    So, instead of a supply route linking far-flung Shi‘ite population centers, the upshot would be a U.S.-controlled highway connecting Sunni-dominated Anbar Province in western Iraq with Sunni-majority Jordan – a neat trick if the U.S. could pull it off. In the interim, the United States, which does not have permission from the Syrian government to have military forces inside Syria, sought to expand the U.S. desert garrison in Al-Tanf by unilaterally declaring a “de-confliction zone” extending 34 miles in every direction and defending it by force.

    On May 18, U.S. aircraft struck a column of pro-government fighters that had allegedly strayed over the perimeter. On June 6, the U.S. military struck other pro-government forces accused of doing the same, while on June 8, a U.S. warplane shot down an Iranian drone. With U.S. patrols ranging as far as 60 miles away, the United States was extending its sway over a larger and larger portion of southeastern Syria. Soon, no traffic would be able to enter from Iraq without express U.S. approval.

    Of course, the ultimate goal may have even been bigger: to link up the Al-Tanf garrison with U.S.-backed forces fighting to oust Islamic State militants from their self-declared capital of Raqqa, some 150 miles to the north.

    Letting ISIS Reposition
    Indeed, Sergey Surovikin, commander of Russia’s Syria forces, accused the U.S. on June 9 of allowing hundreds of Islamic State fighters to flee Raqqa for Palmyra, a hundred miles or so to the south. With Islamic State (also known as ISIS) strengthened in the central part of the country, the effect would be to block the Damascus government’s drive to the east. With the Syrian army immobilized, U.S.-backed forces would be in a position to seize more territory as ISIS resistance crumbles.


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https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/30/isis-j30.html

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June 23, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Paul Craig Roberts: Another Step Toward Devastating War

World War 3 is near?

  • Paul Craig Roberts: Another Step Toward Devastating War
    by Paul Craig Roberts, http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/
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    An idiot American pilot shot down a Syrian fighter that was attacking ISIS, thus confirming that Washington is not fighting ISIS, as Washington claims, but is protecting ISIS, its agent sent to Syria by Obama and Hillary to overthrow the Syrian government. General Michael Flynn revealed on a TV interview that Obama and Hillary had, over his objection as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, made the “willful decision” to send ISIS to Syria.


    Washington’s pretense that Washington is fighting ISIS, rather than supporting it, is the excuse for Washington’s illegal presence in the Syrian conflict. Russia and Iran are in Syria legally, invited there by an elected government. The Americans are there uninvited as war criminals. Under international law established by the Americans themselves, it is a war crime to initiate aggression against a country that has not raised a fist against you.

    So, to be in Syria, Washington has to pretend to be “fighting terrorism” rather than supporting it. The lie has been given to this claim many times, but now that an American pilot has proven that the US is in Syria to support its agent, ISIS, not even a Megyn Kelly presstitute can honestly claim to believe that Washington is fighting ISIS.

    The Russians, Syrians, and Iranians have known this from the beginning. However, these official sources are all suspect in the presstitute Western media. So with the presstitutes’ complicity, Washington’s lie has stood until the idiot American pilot blew the lie out of the sky along with the Syrian fighter and its pilot.

    Washington, of course, will lie through its teeth. It is the only thing Washington knows how to do. Washington will claim that it was a “coalition fighter,” that is, some one else was flying the US F-18. It wasn’t us. Or they will claim that the Syrian fighter was attacking women and children, or a transgendered compound or a maternity ward for women raped by Assad’s “brutal troops.” Washington will spin it in some way to make an aggressive war crime into an heroic defense of a victim group.

    One question is: Did the idiot US pilot do this on his own, a hot shot playing Top Gun, or was this a planned provocation of the military/security complex outside of channels to begin a conflict between the US and Russia that would prevent any possibility of President Trump reviving his goal of defusing the high level of tensions with Russia? A $1 trillion, 100 billion annual military/secuity budget paid by American taxpayers is at stake.

    We don’t know if the pilot acted on his own or on orders.
    What we do know is that it did not go down well with the Russians. The Russian Defense Ministry said today that it regards the decision by “the US command as an intentional violation of US obligations in the framework of the memo on avoiding incidents and the safety of aviation flights during operations in Syria signed on October 20, 2015.”

    Surprise! Surprise! The Americans broke yet another agreement Washington signed with Russia.

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June 22, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

US Policy in Syria Risks Conflict with Russia, Iran: Analyst

  • Published on Jun 21, 2017
    US President Donald Trump has only worsened the situation in Syria and has put his country on a path towards military conflict with Russia and Iran, says an American analyst.

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June 22, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘We Have No Business Being in Syria’ – Former CIA Officer

  • Published on Jun 21, 2017
    Questions are mounting over the true mission of the US in the Syrian conflict after the US shot down several Syrian planes including two Iranian-built drones. Former Pentagon official Michael Maloof and former CIA officer Ray McGovern join RT America’s Natasha Sweatte to discuss the heightened tensions in the region and the US posture there.

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June 22, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Trump Risks War with Russia and Iran in Syria

  • Published on Jun 21, 2017
    Increasing U.S. military strikes against Assad-allied forces in Syria threaten to undermine the fight against ISIS and spark direct conflict with Russia and Iran, says Ben Norton of Alternet’s Grayzone Project.

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June 22, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Some in Govt Want War with Russia ‘to Justify Gross Military Buildup’ – Professor

  • Published on Jun 21, 2017
    Tensions between US and Russia continue to escalate, from NATO encroachment on Russia’s borders to US belligerence in Syria. Daniel Kovalik, professor of international human rights, joins RT America’s Natasha Sweatte to discuss the flimsiness of “Russiagate” claims and how they originated in Clinton’s search for a scapegoat to explain her defeat. He also unpacks how the Russia probe is connected to US posturing in Syria and the likely future of US-Russia relations.

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June 22, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

If The U.S. Continues To Creep Toward World War 3, Eventually It Is Going To Happen

WW3 is near?

  • If The U.S. Continues To Creep Toward World War 3, Eventually It Is Going To Happen
    by , http://endoftheamericandream.com/
    After a bit of a lull for the past couple of months, the march toward war appears to be accelerating once again. On Monday the U.S. military shot down yet another Syrian aircraft, and it appears that President Trump’s patience with North Korea’s nuclear program may have run out. Unlike our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the situations in Syria and North Korea both have the potential of sparking a much wider conflict. If we end up in a war with Syria, it is very likely that we will ultimately be fighting the Russians and the Iranians as well. On the other side of the globe, a war with North Korea could also potentially draw in China. This happened in the first Korean War, and it could easily happen again. It is understandable that the Trump administration wants to be tough with both Syria and North Korea, but we need to be extremely careful about the use of military force because one wrong move could potentially spark World War 3.

    For the last couple of months, the Trump administration has been relying on China to put pressure on North Korea to end their nuclear weapons program. But now it appears that Trump has given up on that. On Monday, he posted the following message on his Twitter account


    While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!

    That certainly sounds quite ominous.

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June 22, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

US Not Seeking Destruction of ISIS-Daesh as It Created Terror Group

  • Published on Jun 20, 2017
    The leader of Iran’s Islamic revolution says Americans cannot be trusted as they are sitting tight for an opportunity to hit. Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. The Leader said the Americans and their followers are against the independence, identity and unity of Iraq. He added they should not be given the chance to deploy troops to Iraq on the pretext of training local forces. The leader stressed that Washington and its allies do not intend to uproot Daesh because the group has enjoyed their backing and financial support.

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June 21, 2017 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment