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New Eastern Outlook - 2020-03-27 - Original post - cached version

Nine years have already passed since the first anti-government protests of Syria’s civil uprising, the so-called “Arab Spring”, organized from overseas by those pulling the strings in the Middle East and North Africa and broken up by the police. This civil uprising phase is said to have...

Land Destroyer - 2020-03-26 - Original post - cached version
March 26, 2020 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - When is a terrorist group not a terrorist group? Apparently when US foreign policy requires it not to be. This is precisely the case regarding Al Qaeda's Syrian branch - Hayat Tahrir al Sham (HTS) - the most recent rebrand of Jabhat Al Nusra - which...
New Eastern Outlook - 2020-03-26 - Original post - cached version

When is a terrorist group not a terrorist group? Apparently when US foreign policy requires it not to be. This is precisely the case regarding Al Qaeda’s Syrian branch – Hayat Tahrir al Sham (HTS) – the most recent rebrand of Jabhat Al Nusra – which currently occupies the northern Syrian...

The Saker - 2020-03-25 - Original post - cached version

https://southfront.org/unfortunate-adventures-of-turkish-army-in-idlib/ Two Turkish soldiers were injured and two vehicles damaged in Syria’s southern Idlib on March 24. Their military convoy was targeted by a roadside bomb explosion near the village

The Saker - 2020-03-25 - Original post - cached version

https://southfront.org/sdf-releases-dozens-of-isis-members-in-eastern-sy... On March 23, Russian and Turkish forces carried out a second limited joint patrol in southern Idlib. The patrol involved six armoured vehicles and took place along a short

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-24 - Original post - cached version

What exactly are we witnessing on the Turkish Greek border with Syrian refugees arriving there? A failure in EU immigration and asylum policy coupled to another 20 year disaster, that of Turkey-EU relations? Or simply the relationship between the blackmailer and his victim coming to a head?...

MintPress - 2020-03-24 - Original post - cached version

The UK’s involvement in the U.S.-led air war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria has slowly and quietly wound down over the last few months. Official figures show that the UK hasn’t dropped a single bomb as part of this campaign since September last year.

However, where those bombs have caused...

Aletho News - 2020-03-20 - Original post - cached version
By Gareth Porter | The Grayzone | March 20, 2020

Though it narrowly averted war with Iran this January, the Trump administration is still pushing for all-out military conflict. The architects of the drive to war, Mike Pompeo and Benjamin Netanyahu, have relied on a...

Penny for your thoughts - 2020-03-20 - Original post - cached version

Well thank goodness for that!
Flexibility rather then hostilities.Is that a bad thing? 
Anyone in a long term relationship understands reasonable flexibility is better then endless fighting.

Oped below ties nicely in with the earlier post from today

 Earlier Today- Maria...
Penny for your thoughts - 2020-03-20 - Original post - cached version

Why yes, indeed, it does. As has been stated repeatedly here.
Of course her statements will be highlighted.
TASS

MOSCOW, March 19. /TASS/. The United States finds annoying the Russian-Turkish agreements on Syria’s Idlib and looks ready to use...
Penny for your thoughts - 2020-03-20 - Original post - cached version

Read very carefully. 
Don't Make Assumptions Based on the Headline.
Journal NEO Salman Rafi Sheikh

"In any other sort of circumstances, the NATO countries from Europe and North America would have rushed to help Turkey fight the “Russian invaders” in...
MintPress - 2020-03-19 - Original post - cached version

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced in a surprising move on February 29 that he would be reopening his country’s border to Europe, allowing tens of thousands of mostly Syrian refugees into Greece and other European countries.

Expectedly, over 100,000 people rushed to the...

Aletho News - 2020-03-19 - Original post - cached version
South Front | March 18, 2020

Late on March 17, at least three rockets struck the area near the US embassy in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone. This was the fourth such attack in the span of a week. A day earlier, a pair of rockets struck the Besmaya base south of Baghdad...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-18 - Original post - cached version

In a surprising move, Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, announced on February 29 that he will be re-opening his country’s border to Europe, thus allowing tens of thousands of mostly Syrian refugees into Greece and other European countries.

Expectedly, over 100,000 people rushed to...

MintPress - 2020-03-18 - Original post - cached version

As Western nations descend into a panic over the coronavirus pandemic, Americans are getting a taste of what it’s like for the millions who have been living under U.S. sanctions and warfare.

Iran has been hit hard by the pandemic with 850 confirmed deaths to date. It’s Rial lost 80...

Eva Bartlett - 2020-03-18 - Original post - cached version

Long, productive, rewarding, and also sad, day in Aleppo. The sad–tragic–part was meeting a man, Abdel Aziz, who was held in the terrorists’ underground prison in the Eye/Children’s Hospital complex, occupied by terrorist factions until liberation of eastern Aleppo areas in late 2016.

...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-03-18 - Original post - cached version

The troubled Middle Eastern region is in the throes of war and chaos yet again with blood being spilt, mounting casualties and millions of refugees. This time around, the target happens to be Syria. Its people have been suffering for many years now at the hands of terrorists, generously...

Vanessa Beeley - 2020-03-18 - Original post - cached version

The statement is remarkable as much for its omissions as for what it does say. Not a word about secularism or protection for minorities. That the jihadi groups are totally airbrushed out of the picture, except obliquely in a prohibition on using terrorism as a justification for use of armed...

Penny for your thoughts - 2020-03-18 - Original post - cached version

As has been stated and restated here, there are geo political players in the Syrian arena that would benefit from having Turkey and Russia at each other’s throats. In Idlib as well as elsewhere. So far Russia and Turkey have continued to cooperate, but, there looks to be some  more recent...

Aletho News - 2020-03-17 - Original post - cached version
By Salman Rafi Sheikh – New Eastern Outlook – 17.03.2020

In any other sort of circumstances, the NATO countries from Europe and North America would have rushed to help Turkey fight the “Russian invaders” in Syria and accomplish their avowed mission. This, however, did...

MintPress - 2020-03-17 - Original post - cached version

Welcome to MintCast, the official weekly MintPress News podcast hosted by Mnar Muhawesh and Whitney Webb. MintCast is an interview podcast featuring dissenting voices, independent researchers and journalists who the establishment would rather silence.

In this episode, we are joined by...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-16 - Original post - cached version

Frankly and in summary: recently The United States of America has crossed several lines, committing atrocities, in many parts of the world. In the past, no country could get away with this; such situations would inevitably lead to war.

Presently, war is “avoided” only because the world is...

Penny for your thoughts - 2020-03-15 - Original post - cached version

Al Jazeera citing the Turkish Ministry of Defence (which is a primary source for information)

Patrol Image

Turkey and Russia have completed their first joint military patrol along a strategic highway in Syria's northwestern region, the Turkish defence ministry...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-15 - Original post - cached version

How much longer can the troubled OPCW organisation continue to operate with any credibility after the doctoring of its investigations to suit a western narrative in Syria continues to be exposed and shows it is far from an independent chemical weapons watchdog?

Readers may remember that...

Aletho News - 2020-03-14 - Original post - cached version

By Philip Giraldi | American Herald Tribune | March 14, 2020

The spread of the coronavirus has meant that much of the other news about developments around the world has disappeared from the normal news cycle. The situation in Syria, which involves not only the...

Penny for your thoughts - 2020-03-14 - Original post - cached version

Following up on the previous report :

Breaking: US "Retaliatory" Airstrikes Underway in Iraq- Birth Pangs

For the 1st time since 2012, U.S. has 2 Naval carriers in the Gulf due to recent tit-for-tat attacks

 Recent "tit for tat" attacks?

Iraqi security forces on Friday...
Grayzone Project - 2020-03-12 - Original post - cached version

A fourth OPCW whistleblower has emerged to defend the two veteran inspectors who challenged a cover-up of the chemical weapons…

The post Exclusive: New OPCW whistleblower slams ‘abhorrent mistreatment’ of Douma investigators appeared first on The Grayzone.

Vanessa Beeley - 2020-03-12 - Original post - cached version

The evidence of fraud in the published report of the Douma investigation means that all other published reports from FFM Team Alpha, including the FFM reports on the alleged chlorine attacks in 2015 and the alleged sarin attack in Khan Sheikhoun in 2017, must also be disregarded as unreliable...

Aletho News - 2020-03-12 - Original post - cached version
Press TV – March 12, 2020

A senior adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hails “constant coordination” between Damascus and its allies in the fight against terrorism, saying the Arab nation will stand by the resistance front to help drive the US out of not only...

Penny for your thoughts - 2020-03-12 - Original post - cached version

Interesting read from Simon Watkins @  OilPrice.com

"Iran is positioning itself to benefit from the fallout from Saudi Arabia’s latest disastrous handling of the global oil markets. The Kingdom’s ability to metaphorically shoot itself in the foot has been...
New Eastern Outlook - 2020-03-12 - Original post - cached version

According to the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria (officially known as the Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides and Refugee Migration Monitoring in the Syrian Arab Republic), on 3 March, during a counter-attack by Syrian government forces against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-03-11 - Original post - cached version

Whereas the almost 6 hours long meeting between Erdogan and Putin did produce a ceasefire and resumed joint Russia-Turkey patrols of the M-4 highway, there is little gainsaying that Erdogan’s push for a meeting in Moscow resulted from a growing realisation with regards to the increasing...

Penny for your thoughts - 2020-03-11 - Original post - cached version

Is this really a "new mission" for American forces?  What rubbish! What is being stated in this 4 minute audio piece is exactly what readers here have been informed of for quite some time!

Yup, it's yet another "no shit sherlock" oh so obvious , exactly as  planned happening.
Last...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-11 - Original post - cached version

Conn M. HALLINAN

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s latest gamble in Syria’s civil war appears to have come up snake eyes. Instead of halting the Damascus government’s siege of the last rebel held province, Idlib, Turkey has backed off, and Ankara’s Syrian adventure is fueling...

The Duran - 2020-03-11 - Original post - cached version

Authored by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org:

“Fortress Europe is an illusion.”

So declares the Financial Times in the closing line of its Saturday editorial: “Europe Cannot Ignore Syrian Migrant Crisis.”

The FT undertakes to instruct the Old Continent on what its...

Aletho News - 2020-03-11 - Original post - cached version
By Nebojsa Malic | RT | March 10, 2020

The State Department’s special envoy for Syria has just admitted that the US aims to defend jihadist militants in Idlib against ‘Russian aggression,’ proving once again that the swamp in Foggy Bottom is alive and well.

...

Penny for your thoughts - 2020-03-11 - Original post - cached version

The ceasefire looks to be holding, but, I've some concerns about statements made by US Special Representative of Syria James Jeffrey
  It appears to me the US might have some ideas about interfering with this arrangement. 

Pay particular attention to Jeffrey's statements-...

Land Destroyer - 2020-03-11 - Original post - cached version
March 11, 2020 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Turkey's ongoing fighting in northern Syria's Idlib governorate was - from the beginning of recent escalations - clearly a continuation of Washington's wider now 9 year-long proxy war against Damascus.

Whatever gains Turkey had made in terms of reducing...

Aletho News - 2020-03-10 - Original post - cached version
RT | March 10, 2020

Veteran chickenhawk Lindsey Graham once again beat his over-used war drum, this time because he wants NATO to get involved in Idlib, Syria to stop “Syrian aggression.” Yes, when will Syria stop intervening in its own country?

The South...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-03-10 - Original post - cached version

Turkey’s ongoing fighting in northern Syria’s Idlib governorate was – from the beginning of recent escalations – clearly a continuation of Washington’s wider now 9 year-long proxy war against Damascus.

Whatever gains Turkey had made in terms of reducing its role in Washington’s...

MintPress - 2020-03-10 - Original post - cached version

There was a celebration in Syria when Russia announced a ceasefire agreement with Turkey on March 3 following a six-hour meeting between Presidents Erdogan and Putin in Moscow. Under the agreement, Erdogan agreed to pull back Turkish forces and not to contest territory that Syria had recently...

The Saker - 2020-03-09 - Original post - cached version

https://southfront.org/new-idlib-ceasefire-is-already-crumbling-and-nobo... On March 6, the Syrian region of Greater Idlib entered another ceasefire phase with al-Qaeda-linked groups breathing a sigh of relief thanks to Turkish sacrifices in the battle against

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-09 - Original post - cached version

The End of an Era. When the first World War came to its end, intimations of an end to the European Era were already evident in symptoms: aching diplomatic joints, straitened perceptual political vision and the general financial health of the patient about to turn acute, as the constipated...

Penny for your thoughts - 2020-03-09 - Original post - cached version

The ceasefire agreement was general- based on previous agreements made.
Now comes the fine tuning. Conducted through a series of meetings. The first will take place tomorrow:

Russian delegation to visit Turkey for talks on Syria's Idlib

A Russian military...

The Duran - 2020-03-09 - Original post - cached version


Eric Zuesse

On March 7th, Al Qaeda’s now largest branch, which is its Syrian organization that used to be called Al Nusra, praised Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan because his Government stands up for Al Qaeda, and for other jihadist organizations which...

Aletho News - 2020-03-09 - Original post - cached version

British SAS or SBS soldier in action in Syria
Press TV – March 8, 2020

There is mounting concern in the region about the nature and scale of British Special Forces deployment to southern Syria.

The concern comes in the wake of an exclusive report by the...

Aletho News - 2020-03-08 - Original post - cached version
By James Bovard | Future of Freedom Foundation | March 6, 2020

Turkey is ratcheting up its invasion of Syria and trying to drag NATO into Erdogan’s personal rehabilitation scheme. Threats and counter-threats are flying as thickly as the bombs and bullets. It remains to...

Aletho News - 2020-03-08 - Original post - cached version
By Nat South | The Saker Blog | March 8, 2020

Photo op of US State Department delegation putting a foot into Idlib. Kelly Craft & James Jeffrey met with the White Helmets at the Turkish /Syrian border.

2. France News 24 (02/03)

3. U.S. Intel sources indicate...

Strategic Culture - 2020-03-08 - Original post - cached version

Once again it was Russia that just prevented the threatened ‘Muslim invasion’ of Europe advertised by Erdogan

Pepe ESCOBAR

At the start of their discussion marathon in Moscow on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with...

Penny for your thoughts - 2020-03-08 - Original post - cached version

 In 2018 I'd posted a series of reports that explained how it was, hopefully, Idlib, would be returned to Syria.  Perhaps not entirely, initially, but most of it will be retaken by Damascus.  As explained by Firas Tlass, coming to fruition in the Idlib agreement of 2018. 
 This required the...

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