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Aletho News - 2020-02-29 - Original post - cached version
By Ahmed Abdulkareem | MintPress News | February 28, 2020

AL-MAHRAH, YEMEN — Saudi Arabia’s continued efforts to occupy Yemen’s province of al-Mahrah, which lies on the country’s border with Oman, appear only to have emboldened al-Mahrah tribes, who have resorted to...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-02-28 - Original post - cached version

“War has rules. Mud wrestling has rules. Politics has no rules.” ~ Ross Perot

The knives have been sharpened for weeks and the Prime Minister contenders have finally brought them out as we go into the March 12th election countdown. Benny Gantz of the...

21 Century Wire - 2020-02-28 - Original post - cached version

Dr Can Erimtan
21st Century Wire

Turkey and Russia have enjoyed a good relationship over the past years. The Islamist President of the Republic, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (aka the Prez), and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (aka the Czar) have enjoyed very cordial connections in...

Aletho News - 2020-02-28 - Original post - cached version
By Elijah J. Magnier – 24/02/2020

Notwithstanding the increase in power of the “Axis of the Resistance”, with its precision missiles and unrivalled accumulated warfare experience, the possibility of war is still on the table. The “Axis of the Resistance” is increasing...

Strategic Culture - 2020-02-28 - Original post - cached version

NATO member Turkey was recently caught out providing artillery support for terror groups in Syria’s Idlib province; now leader of the NATO alliance, the United States, is hinting at Russia and Syria holding dialogue with the terrorists to curb the upsurge in conflict.

As Syria’s...

Land Destroyer - 2020-02-28 - Original post - cached version
February 28, 2020 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Turkey has allegedly lost another 33 troops in Syria this week amid its refusal to withdraw from Syrian territory amid Syrian government gains in the northern governorate of Idlib. 

The BBC in its article, "Syria war: 33 Turkish troops killed in...

Penny for your thoughts - 2020-02-28 - Original post - cached version

   Disinfohedge (Zero Hedge) and other "alt media" sites are pushing the insinuation about rebels firing on Russian planes- I'm reminded of Winston Churchill's words >>>

Disnfo Hedge- always a body guard to lies in service of liars/warmongers and regional reshapers.


New Eastern Outlook - 2020-02-27 - Original post - cached version

From the very beginning, USA’s battle against Daesh (a terrorist group banned in Russia) looked strange to say the least. Having put together a coalition of more than 60 countries and conducted thousands of combat missions, the “valiant” U.S. Army actually allowed militants from the...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-02-26 - Original post - cached version

If Turkey’s Erdogan had some ‘neo-Ottoman’ dreams, they seem to have been almost fully shattered by the fast-pace Russia-Syria offensive in norther Syria and recovery of the territory hitherto being controlled by the so-called ‘rebel’ forces, including those being funded by Turkey ever...

21 Century Wire - 2020-02-26 - Original post - cached version

Khaled Iskef
21st Century Wire

On Sunday evening, the Syrian army launched new military operations targeting militants-controlled areas in the countryside of Idlib governorate, focusing its progress towards the strategic Jabal Zawiya, which governs a wide geographical area from...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-02-25 - Original post - cached version

One of these days a tourist visiting the Holy Land will probably get popped in between the eyes by a designated Israeli Defense Forces shooter. News of a new AI technology the Israelis are working on, it echoes of the “Terminator” films. Very soon Israeli citizens will be living inside a...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-02-25 - Original post - cached version

Recently, Ankara has crossed the line by transforming its supposed anti-terrorist operation in Syria into a full-fledged invasion. Essentially, it wouldn’t stop in spite of Moscow’s repeated attempts to talk some sense into its partner and the repeated warnings voiced by Damascus. In...

Aletho News - 2020-02-25 - Original post - cached version
By M. K. BHADRAKUMAR | Indian Punchline | February 24, 2020

Iran’s parliamentary election on Friday took place in extraordinary circumstances. The pandemic fear over coronavirus significantly impacted the voter turnout, which is estimated to be around 42% (as compared...

Strategic Culture - 2020-02-25 - Original post - cached version

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan should call German Chancellor Angela Merkel some point soon to compare notes on how it feels to be trapped between the U.S. and Russia.

Germany’s political center is collapsing under the weight of Merkel’s desperate attempts to hold onto power as her...

Strategic Culture - 2020-02-24 - Original post - cached version

Nineteen years after September 11, 2001 and 17 years after launching its war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, the U.S. seems ready to cut a deal with the Taliban in order to freeze out its Eurasian rivals.

The central government in Kabul has in recent years granted a leading role to...

Strategic Culture - 2020-02-24 - Original post - cached version

If your country is friendly toward Russia, China, or Iran, then today’s American Government is probably applying subversion, economic sanctions, or maybe even planning a coup, or (if none of those will succeed) probably is war-gaming now for a possible military invasion and permanent military...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-02-24 - Original post - cached version

The United States lost the Vietnam War forty five years ago. By carrying out air strikes against the North and deploying US troops in the South, Washington hoped to weaken North Vietnam’s economy. The war saw some of the most intense aerial bombardment in the history of humankind. From...

Strategic Culture - 2020-02-23 - Original post - cached version

Who would have thought than an open debate about the merits of capitalism versus socialism would predominate in the otherwise neoliberal Democrat Party? The February 19th Democrat primary debate in Las Vegas saw a candidate-wide consensus that Mike Bloomberg is an unwelcome intruder into the...

Aletho News - 2020-02-22 - Original post - cached version

By Julia Kassem | American Herald Tribune | February 18, 2020

Nine years ago, on February 14 of 2011 to the date, massive anti-government protests swept Bahrain.

Yet the common narrative of Bahrain’s uprising as on the backburner of the failed Egyptian...

Penny for your thoughts - 2020-02-22 - Original post - cached version

 If you prefer irrationality, (the quality of being illogical or unreasonable) which is bizarre (strange or unusual), this is not the oped for you.  So much of the information in the oped has been covered here for many years. Including Turkey's cooperation with Syria and Russia to clear Aleppo...

Strategic Culture - 2020-02-22 - Original post - cached version

Trump is full of surprises and no one in the punditry was expecting anything like his “Deal of the Century”. It promises to solve the Israel/Palestine situation in a way that is fair to both sides and end a political crisis that has gone on for generations with a few pen swipes. Bold...

21 Century Wire - 2020-02-22 - Original post - cached version

Turkish-backed extremist militants occupying Afrin City in northern Syria (Image Source: AMN)

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – The Turkish-backed militants suffered a devastating defeat on Thursday when their forces attempted to retake the key town of Nayrab in eastern Idlib.


Strategic Culture - 2020-02-21 - Original post - cached version

Eric ZUESSE for The Saker Blog

A reliable and exceptionally knowledgeable source, who doesn’t wish to be publicly identified, has confidentially informed me that an agreement has been reached in which U.S. troops will remain permanently in Iraq but under exclusively NATO command, no...

Strategic Culture - 2020-02-21 - Original post - cached version

Western news media are once again distorting the conflict in Syria with lopsided coverage this week, claiming to focus their concern on a humanitarian crisis in the northwest of the country.

Outlets such as the New York Times and the BBC, among others, claimed that 900,000 civilians are...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-02-21 - Original post - cached version

Despite every effort to mediate over the increase in violence in Idlib, it has become clear that Turkey’s root intentions are to retain, or attempt to retain, Syrian territory it has long coveted.

To do this, Turkey, as the other Sochi Agreement partners, Iran and Russia, see it,...

Penny for your thoughts - 2020-02-21 - Original post - cached version

 It's not at all clear if fighting has really intensified, since fighting has been consistent in Idlib for years now. How would the intensity be quantified?  It can't be and that's why the 'chicken little' approach to covering Idlib has been avoided here.
  Much more likely is that media...

Dissident Voice - 2020-02-20 - Original post - cached version

They say we’ve been down this road before.  The “last time” creakily hinged upon a hysterically hyped WMD threat from Iraq that overwhelmingly forced the W. Bush regime and its bipartisan cheerleaders to preemptively invade Iraq in order to eliminate the imminent threat that Saddam Hussein’s non...

Strategic Culture - 2020-02-19 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. has declared “revolutions” on its own terms, and its own image, writes As`ad AbuKhalil. 


It is rather amusing to see Western media hailing, as of late, the advent of what they refer to as “Arab revolutions.” Western media never hail revolutions. Instead...

Land Destroyer - 2020-02-19 - Original post - cached version
February 19, 2020 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - A deal that is entirely unacceptable to one of its principal parties isn't a deal at all. In the case of the US-proposed "Middle East peace plan" - unsurprisingly endorsed by the US and Israel and few others - everything about it is designed to sabotage...
New Eastern Outlook - 2020-02-18 - Original post - cached version

A deal that is entirely unacceptable to one of its principal parties isn’t a deal at all. In the case of the US-proposed “Middle East peace plan” – unsurprisingly endorsed by the US and Israel and few others – everything about it is designed to sabotage peace and perpetuate conflict –...

Strategic Culture - 2020-02-18 - Original post - cached version

British ambassador’s weird manners could cost Britain lives as hundreds of expats in Marrakesh claim they have been abandoned before an imminent terrorist attack. But it could also cost a billion pounds in lost arms deals after Reilly’s Gibraltar gaffe and “insult” to Moroccan king.


New Eastern Outlook - 2020-02-18 - Original post - cached version

US President Donald Trump is not loosening his chokehold grip in his attempts to strangle the Iranian people.  It all started with America’s completely unjustified withdrawal from the so-called Iran nuclear deal, which had been signed by the permanent members of the UN Security Council...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-02-17 - Original post - cached version

So far Turkey, militarily the second mightiest NATO country, has been able to get away with virtually anything it has chosen to brew in the Middle East.

The reason why, is simple: to confront Turkey’s bullying and expansionism militarily would be like confronting the United States...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-02-17 - Original post - cached version

Discord and back-and-forth criticism have noticeably intensified between Paris and Ankara recently. While, earlier, disagreements between the two countries primarily concerned the issues of Turkey joining the European Union; refugee and asylum policies; human rights abuses in Turkey, and...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-02-17 - Original post - cached version

Analysts apply theories to interpret events, to forecast, to influence and even to warn.  Behind this is determinism, the theory that all events are inexorable, the result of causations independent of human foible.

Determinists rule our century, we bask in their hubris and...

Strategic Culture - 2020-02-17 - Original post - cached version

Take Jordan (or Lebanon) as an example: Both have a broken economic model. One, (Lebanon), has had its huge deficits financed by expatriate remittances; and the other (Jordan), has had its budget deficits (6% of GDP), until now covered by annual stipends provided by Gulf States and the US (the...

Aletho News - 2020-02-16 - Original post - cached version

By Mohammad Salami – Al-Manar – February 16, 2020 Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah stressed Sunday that the United States of America has recently committed two major crimes, the assassination of the head of IRGC’s Al-Quds Force general Qasem Suleimani as well as the deputy...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-02-15 - Original post - cached version

In recent days, we’ve been witnessing a noticeable deterioration of the security situation in Syria. Hostilities are being reported both the in Idlib and Aleppo governorates, where radical militants are desperately trying to regain control of sections of the M5 highway they had to...

21 Century Wire - 2020-02-15 - Original post - cached version

This week, Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, threatened Syria’s government led by President Bashar al-Assad, promising direct military action if any Turkish troops are killed or injured by the fighting which is escalating in the last major remaining terrorist stronghold in the Idlib...

Aletho News - 2020-02-14 - Original post - cached version

Press TV – February 14, 2020 A high-ranking Israeli delegation from an umbrella US Jewish group has visited Saudi Arabia this week, a sign of increasing warmness between Tel Aviv and Riyadh as the two sides look to forge closer informal ties and expedite normalization efforts. Israel’s English-...

Aletho News - 2020-02-14 - Original post - cached version

Press TV – February 14, 2020 The Israeli military has set up a new “Iran command” amid Tel Aviv’s anti-Tehran confrontational rhetoric, according to Israeli media. According to The Jerusalem Post, the multiyear “momentum plan” was presented by Israeli chief of staff lieutenant general Aviv...

Aletho News - 2020-02-14 - Original post - cached version

Press TV – February 14, 2020 Washington ordered the assassination of top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani to sabotage de-escalation talks between Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates following a report by Israel’s Mossad spy agency, according to the New York Times. The paper reported...

Penny for your thoughts - 2020-02-14 - Original post - cached version

The claim of "blow to Turkey" is being made in regard to the securing the two highways.  Though, it's completely out of touch with reality to my mind. You may ask- Why do you say that?  Why is this situation being viewed so differently here then elsewhere?

Let me explain.


Strategic Culture - 2020-02-14 - Original post - cached version

Maj. Danny SJURSEN

My Spotify workout playlist is a time warp. Growing up in a blue-collar neighborhood of New York City in the 1990s and early 2000s, listening to popular East Coast hip-hop was practically required. So on a recent morning in which I had planned to write a column about...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-02-14 - Original post - cached version

“Efforts have been made in recent weeks by members of Al Islah in Yemen (a political unbrella for various tribes and Islamic outfits, such as the Muslim Brotherhood) to organize an alliance of convenience with the Houthis to weaken Saudi Arabia’s influence in the Arabian Peninsula,”...

21 Century Wire - 2020-02-14 - Original post - cached version

(MOSCOW) TASS – A 14-year-old boy was killed in the Syrian region of Al-Hasakah in a clash of US troops with local civilians, while another civilian was wounded, Major General Yuri Borenkov, the chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Parties in Syria, said on...

21 Century Wire - 2020-02-13 - Original post - cached version

Once again, Turkey has upped the war rhetoric – this time threatening the Syrian military directly, and  Russia by extension. As Damascus continues its advances toward liberating terrorist-occupied Idlib province, Turkey’s President Erdogan’s game of geopolitical backgammon in Syria will become...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-02-13 - Original post - cached version

Whereas the mainstream western and Arab media have been claiming a ‘serious rift’ between Russia and Turkey over the death of Turkish soldiers in a Syrian offensive in Idlib, this is far from the case. While there is no gainsaying that Russian and Syrian interests do not always converge...

Aletho News - 2020-02-12 - Original post - cached version

By Ramzy Baroud | Palestine Chronicle | February 12, 2020 A negotiated solution to the ‘Palestinian-Israeli conflict’, at least the way envisaged by successive US administrations, has failed. Now, Palestinians and their allies would have to explore a whole new path of liberation that does not go...


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