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Afghanistan: a general admission of abject failure – again

By TONY SEED

U.S. General Scott Miller, who took over command of the U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan on September 2, admitted in an exclusive interview with NBC News on Tuesday, October 30, that the war in Afghanistan “is not going to be won militarily.”

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New US ambassador to Lebanon: I came to paralyze Hezbollah

By SABAH AYYOUB (Al-Akhbar Newspaper)

This Hezbollah soldier says that she paralyzed them indeed with laughter.

This Hezbollah soldier says that she paralyzed them indeed with laughter.

Elizabeth Richard, 65, seems interested to operate in Lebanon, where she commenced her missions last week. And she, according to the video introducing her at the US embassy, is “interested to get introduced to Lebanon’s natural and cultural heritage (in the video’s background, there are scenes showing the cedars, the Bay Rock and women stuffing vine leaves, edited in a bad and unrefined manner.) Continue reading

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US delivers 3,000 tons of weapons and ammo to Al-Qaeda & Co in Syria

Syria.Made-in-USAThe United States via its Central Intelligence Agency is still delivering thousands of tons of additional weapons to al-Qaeda and others in Syria.

The British military information service Janes found the transport solicitation for the shipment on the U.S. government website FedBizOps.gov. Janes writes: Continue reading

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Ceasefire in Syria: A who’s who of the terrorist factions

2014.10.25.CourtenayComoxValleyPeaceGroupAction-01crAs of February 27 a cessation of hostilities began in Syria. The agreement applies to the parties to the Syrian conflict that indicate their commitment to and acceptance of its terms. It does not however apply to “Daesh,” “Jabhat al-Nusra,” or “other terrorist organizations designated by the UN Security Council,” which is part of the reason it is referred to as a cessation of hostilities rather than a ceasefire. The terms were submitted to the UN Security Council for approval by Russia and the U.S. in their capacity as co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG). Continue reading

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Syria: Robert Fisk reports from the front lines

A poster in Nubl featuring Vladimir Putin, Bashar al-Assad and the Hezbollah leader Sayed Hassan Nasrallah (Nelofer Pazira)

A poster in Nubl featuring Vladimir Putin, Bashar al-Assad and the Hezbollah leader Sayed Hassan Nasrallah (Nelofer Pazira)

The following reports from the front lines of the war against Syria appeared online at the end of last month. Written by the veteran English journalist and author ROBERT FISK of the London Independent, they stand out from the media chorus orchestrating the disinformation of Obama and the Trudeau Liberals, who are claiming to support a “moderate opposition” in a “civil war” to justify their own intervention and warmongering against the Syrian Arab Republic and its allies. They are hysterically blaming the Syrian and Russian forces for “besieging” Aleppo, the economic and industrial heartland of Syria, and other Syrian cities and towns forcibly held hostage by terrorist forces cobbled together primarily by Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Jordan, instigated by the secret services of the United States, France, Britain, Qatar and others, including Canada. The Molotov cocktail of terrorist gangs is their creation. Under the cover of  “talks” and humanitarian gestures, they are frenziedly escalating the delivery of arms, deploying new forces for “training” and reorganizing their broken proxy forces.

Canadians are denied essential information about the real nature of this five-year-old conflict, which has caused so many lives. The number of Canadian journalists who have actually visited Syria during this period can be counted on one hand. I know of but five, three of whom are independent including this writer, and who travelled on the basis of their own resources. As a result, Canadians do not even know what they do not know.

This weblog is circulating the reports of Robert Fisk as part of our ongoing series of information updates to assist our readers as well as the anti-war forces to maintain their orientation against the massive disinformation coming from the monopoly media, including the CBC and CTV. In contrast, although Fisk refers to an elected secular government as “regime” and replicates some of the sectarian viewpoints characterizing the conflict as religious in nature, he brings out some features of the real forces in combat and portrays a “human face” and the resistance of the valiant people of Syria, their soldiers and allies against a barbarous aggression that as caused enormous tragedy.

The use of force to solve political issues and justify foreign intervention is unjustifiable. We reiterate our categorical opposition to a U.S. attack against Syria, or by any other country. Collusion by Canada under the pretext of “democracy,” “peacekeeping” and “saving refugees” is unacceptable and cannot be conciliated with. – TS (Note: Some photos have been added.)

The ‘untold story’ of devastating siege and resistance of the two villages of Nubbul and Zahraa 

Syrian volunteers aged 50 to 70 in the northern towns of Nubl and Zahra are fighting against forces opposing the Syrian government

Syrian volunteers aged 50 to 70 in the northern towns of Nubl and Zahra are fighting against forces opposing the Syrian government

Robert Fisk, talks about the suffering of the two liberated towns of Nubbul and Zahraa in Syria’s Aleppo besieged by Takfiri terrorists for about three years. Villages that remained loyal to the Syrian government have paid a steep price. Continue reading

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Boston Globe: The media is misleading the public on Syria

The role of the monopoly media to disinform

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Finally, an American journalist blasts the US media coverage of Syria. “Coverage of the Syrian war will be remembered as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of the American press. Reporting about carnage in the ancient city of Aleppo is the latest reason why.” STEPHENKINZER* details features of how the monopoly media falsifies and negates the reality of the forces in combat in Syria, prettifies terrorists as “moderates” and “freedom fighters,” and portrays a war on Syria as a religious, sectarian or “civil war.” Continue reading

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Word. Britain and France have neither the will nor vision to defeat terrorism: Bashar al-Assad

Photo courtesy of SANA

Photo courtesy of SANA

Full text of interview of President Bashar al-Assad of the Syrian Arab Republic by The Sunday Times. Britain and France, he states, have neither the will nor the vision on how to defeat terrorism. Their airstrikes against ISIS will yield no results, but will rather be illegal and harmful in that they will help in spreading terrorism. (Courtesy of SANA)
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US stopped Syria air strikes while Nusra and ISIS prepared attack on government supply route

moonofalabama.org (October 30 ) – During the last days a large attack on the Syrian government supply line to Aleppo city was carried out by Jabhat al-Nusra (aka al-Qaeda in Syria) and the Islamic State seemingly in coordination with the U.S. military. Continue reading

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Word. Interview with President Assad of Syria

Bashar al-Assad speaking during an interview in Damascus broadcast by Khabar TV

Bashar al-Assad speaking during an interview in Damascus broadcast by Khabar TV

Question 1: In the name of God, the most compassionate, the most merciful. Mr. President, thank you very much for accepting the invitation of the Television of the Islamic Republic of Iran to give this interview. Thank you very much.

There are many issues which need to be raised; and in this interview, I’ll raise a number of them. I hope that I’ll get candid and transparent answers from your Excellency. For about five years now, Syria has been suffering from a war waged by armed terrorist groups that inflicted tremendous damage on the Syrian people. According to available statistics, these damages are estimated at more than USD 200 billion to the infrastructure, about 250,000 casualties and about six to seven million displaced Syrian individuals. All this was the result of Western states’ insistence on overthrowing the Syrian regime. They haven’t succeeded in doing so. Now we can see a change in positions regarding the situation in Syria. The states which used to call for overthrowing the regime have started to declare that they accept President Assad’s participation in an interim government. What’s your reading of this change in positions, and why has it happened? Continue reading

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Word. ‘West crying for refugees with one eye, aiming gun with the other’ – President Assad of Syria

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad © SANA / Reuters

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad © SANA / Reuters

In a rare interview with Russian media outlets on September 18, 2015, RT among them, Syrian leader Bashar Assad spoke about global and domestic terrorism threats, the need for a united front against jihadism, Western propaganda about the refugee crisis and ways to bring peace to his war-torn nation.

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The Guardian joins the ‘moderate Al Qaeda’ disinformation campaign

Media-Culpa“Who asked the Guardian to write such a dreck admiring piece of these Jihadist? Who gave them direct access to these terrorists? Under what conditions and to what purpose?” 

Anglo-American and Israeli strategists have begun proposing using jihadists in the struggle against the jihadists of ISIS, which has become much too powerful. According to a March 9 article of the Foreign Affairs journal of the US Council on Foreign Relations, the al Qaeda should not be allowed to be further weakened. It must be allowed to continue to exist to keep its supporters from defecting to ISIS. Thus the terrorist organization should be kept “afloat and [Aiman az-] Zawahiri alive” (Barak Mendelsohn, Accepting Al Qaeda). Jihadists are only being fought, if they become too powerful – as in the case of ISIS – or if they begin to attack western targets. Otherwise, their destructive potential is considered a western secret asset in its war on common enemies. – TS

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(June 11) – This long read in the Guardian is the next attempt to beautify AlQaeda as the “moderate” Islamists that deserve our support. Meanwhile the Wall Street Journal suggests to “reach out” to AlQaeda in Syria and that it should be “wooed rather than bombed.” Continue reading

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Lebanon: Nasrallah warns of impending battle against terrorists

Hezbollah resistance fighter greeting the morning sunrise on the day of victory in Yabroud in the the hotly-contested Qalamoun Mountain region, March, 2014. That's what liberation looks like. (Click to enlarge)

Hezbollah resistance fighter greeting the morning sunrise on the day of victory in Yabroud in the hotly-contested Qalamoun Mountain region, March, 2014. That’s what liberation looks like. (Click to enlarge)

By JEAN AZIZ

BEIRUT — The speech that Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah delivered May 16 not only announced advances made by his fighters in Qalamoun — located between Lebanon and Syria — but also clearly indicated where the next battle against terrorists will take place. Political and military developments on the ground following the speech seemed to point to the same confrontation site — the barren lands of Arsal — that Nasrallah mentioned.
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Lebanon-Syria: The battle at Qalamoun

Hezbollah and the Syrian rRepublic Army have been fighting US and NATO-Backed terrorists for control of the Qalamoun area near the border. JEAN AZIZ*

Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are seen at al-Sakhra village in Qalamoun Mountains, northeast of Damascus, after taking control of the village from terorists April 14, 2014. Syrian soldiers backed by Hezbollah fighters recaptured the town of Maaloula, north of Damascus, on May 11, military sources and state television said, further squeezing rebels' supply routes through the Qalamoun mountains into Lebanon |  REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri

Forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad are seen at al-Sakhra village in Qalamoun Mountains, northeast of Damascus, after taking control of the village from terorists April 14, 2014. Syrian soldiers backed by Hezbollah fighters recaptured the town of Maaloula, north of Damascus, on May 11, military sources and state television said, further squeezing rebels’ supply routes through the Qalamoun mountains into Lebanon | REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri

BEIRUT (May 11) — Clashes have been raging along the Lebanese-Syrian border since May 6 between Hezbollah militants and the Syrian army, on the one hand, and the militants of the Islamic State (IS) and Jabhat al-Nusra, on the other. These clashes are highly significant and might have various outcomes and dimensions for what has become known as the Qalamoun battle. To understand the situation, some factors should be put into perspective. Continue reading

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More revelations on the subversive operations of the Turkish intelligence agency MIT against Syria

Erdogan-ISIS Turkey detains soldiers and intelligence agents over seizure of Syria-bound arms shipments. “Is this evidence of a highly organized fifth column within the Turkish military and state apparatus?” The Harper government is involved | TONY SEED

No war on Syria(Revised and updated May 23) – Turkish authorities have arrested dozens of military and security personnel from the National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) in an ongoing investigation of weapons shipments from the NATO bloc country to terrorists in Syria. The sensational development reported by Middle East Eye and regional news agencies (see below) reveals a fierce struggle within the Turkish power structure.

A subsequent Reuters report – Exclusive: Turkish intelligence helped ship arms to Syrian Islamist rebel areas – confirms the MEE report:

Testimony from gendarmerie officers in court documents reviewed by Reuters allege that rocket parts, ammunition and semi-finished mortar shells were carried in trucks accompanied by state intelligence agency (MIT) officials more than a year ago to parts of Syria under Islamist control.

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Clashes between Israel and Hezbollah and the ‘Iran-led Resistance Bloc’

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In a startling attack, Hezbollah, the Lebanese national resistance organization, punished Israeli occupying forces in the Shebba Farms on Jan. 28 for its assassination of six of its members and an Iranian general inside Syria on Jan. 18. The number of Israeli casualties was 15 according to a report by Al Mayadeen TV.

By MAHDI DARIUS NAZEMROAYA*

The strategic equation in the Middle East is about to see major changes. It strongly appears that the Iranian-led Resistance Bloc or Axis of Resistance — comprised of Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, and a cross-section of Palestinian and Iraqi groups — is about to become more powerful than ever before. Continue reading

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Are Israel, Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists coordinating on attacks in Syria?

Israel’s hidden role in backing terrorism and subversion. Syrian opposition activists in southern Syria say Israel has played a vital role in Jabhat al-Nusra’s recent gains in Quneitra and Daraa. KHALED ATALLAH*

Reuters photo shows Israeli soldiers observing the Syrian side of the Quneitra border crossing between the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights and Syria, Aug. 29, 2014 | Ronen Zvulun

QUNEITRA, Syria (Jan. 14) — Since the start of the Syrian crisis, the Syrian regime has routinely accused Israel of playing a hidden role, from Qusair in the Homs countryside in May 2013 to the emergence and advances of the southern front in September 2014. UN reports published in December appear to vindicate the regime’s arguments that Israel is involved with the southern rebels.

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Is Washington training an insurgent army to ‘occupy’ Syria?

Is the US planning the occupation of Syria by training an unconventional insurgent invasion force? MAHDI DARIUS NAZEMROAYA*

2013.09.09.USDCSyriaAntiWar-CherylLaBash-01cropTHINK regime change in Syria is off the drawing board? Think again. The bombing of the ISIL or ISIS in Syria is part of a brinkmanship campaign leading up to a potential non-conventional invasion, parallel to the re-introduction of the US military to Iraq.

The ISIL and the other anti-government forces in Iraq and Syria are not the only ones to disregard the Iraqi-Syrian border drawn by the British and French by Sykes-Picot in 1916. The US also disregarded the border and international law when it began to illegally bomb Syria. Continue reading

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Harper government’s subservience to Senator McCain and US interests (1)

McCain! War criminals are not welcome in Canada!

The chain of command: American general inspects his troops in the battlefield, from Libya to Halifax

By TONY SEED

One of the notorious war criminals attending the sixth annual Halifax International Security Forum (HISF) is U.S. Senator John McCain (R). McCain has a long-standing involvement with all manner of U.S. covert operations, dirty wars, aggression and war.

McCain is a former presidential candidate in 2008, the top Republican on the powerful U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, chairman of the board of the International Republican Institute (IRI, an arm of the National Endowment for Democracy of the U.S. government) since 1993, and the leading American champion of aggression, intervention and war throughout the world. Wherever this warmonger goes, violence, anarchy and chaos follow in his wake to the detriment of the people and the cause of peace.

Posted below are some of McCain’s recent misdeeds, to give an indication of the calibre of depravity of some of those attending this year’s HISF.

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Growth of ISIL – a planned decision: Syrian perspective

Those who have never been to Syria may find it hard to imagine that three years ago extremist groups, such as Al Qaeda and ISIL had no presence there. The idea of public beheadings on Syrian streets was unthinkable. MIMI AL LAHAM*
From the Jasmine city of Damascus (Dimashq) today (Click to nlarge)

From the Jasmine city of Damascus (Dimashq) today (Click to enlarge)

It is easier still to forget, that only four years ago, Libya had the highest Human Development Index of any country in Africa, that there was no Al Qaeda or ISIL in Iraq a decade ago, and that Afghanistan was a secular modern developed country with a capital that three decades ago was named “the jewel of Asia.”

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What a surprise, ISIS has US weapons

How did terrorists receive American weapons? See the evidence from guided missile that exploded near Syrian front line. ROBERT FISK

Exclusive from The Independent: Soldiers near Mediterranean coast tell of daily missile attacks

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How the UN treats terrorism in Syria

There is moral problem with how the UN Secretariat is dealing with terrorism in Syria. The irony of ironies is that the US voted for 2170 at the UNSC, yet it did not lift a finger to sanction Turkey, Israel, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, who are the main backers and benefactors of the ISIS/al-Nusra terror war against Syria.

Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, Syria’s Permanent representative to the United Nations

Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, Syria’s Permanent representative to the United Nations

New York, SANA (Nov. 1) – Syria’s Permanent representative to the United Nations Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari said that there is a moral problem regarding the way in which the United Nations Secretariat is dealing with terrorism in Syria. Continue reading

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Turkish delight: humanitarian aid

Turkish ambulance in Morek, Syria

Turkish ambulance in Morek, Syria | Al-Masdar News

Upon the capture of the strategic city of Morek last Wednesday, Oct. 22, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) discovered an ambulance that possessed Turkish license plates; it was stockpiled with weapons and ammunition. Continue reading

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Africa: Remember this war?

The fighting in Mali is yesterday’s passing news for much of the monopoly media. The Royal Canadian Air Force together with the US Air Force, which now has forces in over 30 African countries – Germany too was involved – has been continuously flying military supplies and other equipment to support the French military intervention.

That mission, although not officially wrapped up, has disappeared from view, reports the Ottawa Citizen’s military reporter, David Pugliese.

Not for the French though. Its forces bombed positions in northern Mali on the weekend, the BBC reported. Continue reading

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