Syria – ISIS Is Defeated – The U.S. Is Next In Line

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Syria – ISIS Is Defeated – The U. S. Is Next In Line
Washington has already lost the Syrian war once. Now it is about to lose it a second time.
A few days ago the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, declared a ‘complete victory’ in Syria:
‘Two hours ago, the (Russian) defense minister reported to me that the operations on the eastern and western banks of the Euphrates have been completed with the total rout of the terrorists.’
The Iranian commander of the forces which support the Syrian and Iraqi governments sent a note to the U. S. to let Washington know that any remaining U. S. forces in Syria will be fought down:
‘The commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corp Brigadier General Haj Qassem Soleimani sent a verbal letter, via Russia, to the head of the US forces commander in Syria, advising him to pull out all US forces to the last soldier ‘or the doors of hell will open up.’’
‘My message to the US military command: when the battle against ISIS (the Islamic State group) will end, no American soldier will be tolerated in Syria. I advise you to leave by your own will or you will be forced to it.’

This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on December 11, 2017.

Iraqi Militia Says Trump’s Recognition Of Jerusalem Is A “Legitimate Reason” To Attack Americans

In the latest sign that Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s true capital has put American lives at risk, Russia Today is reporting that Shia paramilitary group Harakat Hezbollah al Nujaba has declared that the US’s violation of the holy land status quo is a ‘legitimate reason’ to attack American troops in Iraq.
‘Trump’s stupid decision… will be the big spark for removing this entity [Israel] from the body of the Islamic nation, and a legitimate reason to target American forces,’ said Akram al-Kaabi, the Iraqi organization’s leader, as cited by Reuters.
Of course, militia leaders aren’t the only ones speaking out against Trump’s decision. Heads of state and other senior officials in the governments of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and – of course – the Palestinian territories have denounced the declaration. Meanwhile, the embassy’s impending move to Jerusalem will probably only further infuriate much of the Muslim world. One Palestinian official said Trump’s declaration has effectively precluded the possibility of a two-state solution.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 8, 2017.

Russia Announces The Complete Destruction Of ISIS In Syria

In a historic moment, ignored by much of Western media, Russian military officials have announced the complete and utter defeat of ISIS in Syria. The Russian General Staff issued a statement Wednesday declaring that all territories previously under terrorist control were liberated in a final push by the Syrian Army this week, and with the support of Russian forces.
‘All terrorist units of ISIS on Syrian soil have been destroyed, and the territory is liberated,’ Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Valery Gerasimov said in comments translated and published by RT. “Therefore, as of today, there’s no territory controlled by ISIS in Syria,’ he added. The announcement came during an annual briefing for foreign military attaches, and incidentally on the same day President Trump gave an extremely controversial televised address wherein he gave official US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, thus it could mean that the demise of one problem could give rise to another in an increasingly volatile and explosive Middle East environment.
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The rapid collapse of ISIS – which once controlled an area the size of Britain stretching from the edges of Aleppo to Mosul in Iraq, and down to Ramadi and Fallujah – began in earnest in early September when the Syrian Army breached ISIS lines around Deir Ezzor city, after which the city was fully liberated by early November. As ISIS retreated in the Deir Ezzor countryside, it lost its previous Syrian capital of Raqqa in mid-October to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which also struck a deal to allow the quick exit of ISIS terrorists to other parts of Syria and region, according to a report by the BBC.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 6, 2017.

Caught On Video: ISIS-Driven “Jihadimobile” Explodes In Massive Fireball

Editor’s note: The confrontation depicted in the video below is 100% authentic.
In a showdown that demonstrated the destructive power of ISIS-aligned suicide bombers, a tank manned by Iraqi Shia fighters appeared to trigger a massive explosion when it pointed its muzzle at a rickety pickup truck packed to the brim with explosives. First, militia soldiers try to stop the truck with small-arms fire. Then the truck, presumably driven by ISIS fighters, advances toward the tank.
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Then suddenly, there’s a massive explosion.
Debris flies everywhere, hitting the tank and a combat infantry vehicle, and narrowly missing a group of fighters on the ground.
Combat experience in Iraq and Syria prove that light vehicles including trucks can be converted into dangerous weapons capable of inflicting hundreds of casualties if detonated in a densely packed area.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 28, 2017.

Is ‘Geopolitical Risk’ Behind Rising Oil Prices?

Toward the end of October, Brent crude prices crossed $60 per barrel for the first time in two years. They continued their ascent, peaking at around $64. Experts explained the spike with vague references to ‘geopolitical risk,’ without really detailing what those risks entailed. Such explanations are not wrong, but they are careless. A proper geopolitical risk assessment necessitates that we go beyond equivocal wording and develop an understanding of the relevant economic, political, and military factors.
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Threats to Supply For weeks, developments in Saudi Arabia have been cited in commentary on oil markets. It all comes down to the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran – a rivalry that plays out throughout the region, in Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere.

This post was published at Mauldin Economics on NOVEMBER 27, 2017.

Saudi Coalition Crumbles In Yemen: Sudanese Mercenaries On Front Lines, Foreign Officers, Proxies In Revolt

Most Americans might be forgiven for having no clue what the war in Yemen actually looks like, especially as Western media has spent at least the first two years of the conflict completely ignoring the mass atrocities taking place while white-washing the Saudi coalition’s crimes. Unlike wars in Iraq, Libya, and Syria, which received near daily coverage as they were at their most intense, and in which many Americans could at least visualize the battlefield and the actors involved through endless photographs and video from on the ground, Yemen’s war has largely been a faceless and nameless conflict as far as major media is concerned.
Aside from mainstream media endlessly demonstrating its collective ignorance of Middle East dynamics, it is also no secret that the oil and gas monarchies allied to the West are rarely subject to media scrutiny or criticism, something lately demonstrated on an obscene and frighteningly absurd level with Thomas Friedman’s fawning and hagiographic interview with Saudi crown prince MBS published in the New York Times.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 26, 2017.

Pentagon To Admit To 2,000 Troops In Syria; Number Likely Far Higher

General Had Previously Said US Had 4,000 Troops There…
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US officials said on Friday that the Pentagon is expected to concern confirm that there are ‘about 2,000’ US ground troops in Syria, a major increase from the roughly 500 that they officially claim is the case.
An accounting system, known as the Force Management Level (FML), was introduced in Iraq and Syria under the Obama administration as a way to exert control over the military.
But the numbers do not reflect the extent of the US commitment on the ground, since commanders often find ways to work around the limits, sometimes bringing in forces temporarily or hiring more contractors.
Current FML figures are officially 5,262 in Iraq and 503 in Syria, but officials have privately acknowledged that the real number for each country is more.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 26, 2017.

Militants Who Killed Over 300 At Egypt Mosque Brandished ISIS Flags

Yesterday, Egypt suffered its worst mass killing since at least 2013 – a massacre that was ironically carried out by the country’s security forces – when five armed gunmen stormed a mosque in northern Sinai and killed more than 300 people, including at least two dozen children.
And while no group has stepped up to take responsibility for the murderous rampage, Reuters reported that the attackers brandished an Islamic State flag, according to witness accounts. Prosecutors are already investigating the group.
Egyptian forces are battling a stubborn Islamic State affiliate in the region, one of the surviving branches of the militant group after it suffered defeats by US-backed forces in Iraq and Syria.
The assault on the mosque has stunned Egyptians, prompting President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s government to tighten security at places of worship and key buildings, and call three days of mourning for the bloodiest attack in Egypt’s modern history. The official death toll rose to 305 Saturday, including 27 children, and 128 people were injured.
Egypt’s public prosecutor’s office, citing interviews with wounded survivors as part of its investigation, linked Islamic State militants, also known as Daesh, to the attack on the Al Rawdah mosque in Bir al-Abed, west of El-Arish city.
‘The worshippers were taken by surprise by these elements,’ the prosecutor said in a statement.
‘They numbered between 25 and 30, carrying the Daesh flag and took up positions in front of the mosque door and its 12 windows with automatic rifles.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 25, 2017.

The Saudi System And Why Its Change May Fail

Via Moon Of Alabama blog,
The Saudi clown prince Mohammad Bin Salman is an impulsive tyrant. But what accounts for his urge to purge the country of any potential competing power center? Why does he run a such an activist foreign policy? The answer might be Iran. Not Iran the country, but Iran the system.
Since the U. S. war on Iraq the sclerotic Saudi Arabia continuously lost standing in its region. The Iranian model gained ground. A decade later the authoritarian Arab systems were challenged by the so called “Arab spring”. While the movements in the various countries -as far as they were genuine- have failed, they were a warning sign for things to come.
Saudi Arabia reacted to the challenges by moving away from a sedate, consensual run family business towards a centrally controlled, supercharged tyranny. The move allows for more flexible and faster reactions to any future challenge. But it also increases the chance of making mistakes. To understand why this endeavor is likely to fail one needs look at the traditional economic and social system that is the fabric of the country. The fate of the Hariri dynasty is an example for it.
Since Salman climbed the throne he has moved to eliminate all competition to his rule. The religious establishment was purged of any opposition. Its police arm was reigned in. First crown prince Murqrin was removed and then crown prince Nayef. They were replaced with Salman’s inexperienced son. Economic and military powers were concentrated in his hands. During the recent night of the long knives powerful family members and business people were detained. The Wall Street Journal reports of a second arrest wave. More higher ups have been incarcerated. This round includes senior military commanders and very wealthy business people.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 22, 2017.

SYRIA: The Emerging ‘Peace’ Bloc Challenges the Weakened ‘War’ Bloc

21st Century Wire says…
The Taylor Report speaks to Vanessa Beeley, associate editor at 21st Century Wire.
‘Peace Bloc’ vs. ‘War Bloc’ emerging in Middle East
Even though the ISIS ‘caliphate’ has been defeated in Iraq and Eastern Syria, Beeley points out that the war in Syria is not yet over. There are still pockets of terrorists in several places inside Syria, including a concentration of Al Qaeda inside Idlib province and ISIS along the Israeli border adjacent to the Golan Heights, occupied illegally by Israel since 1967.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on NOVEMBER 22, 2017.

Faux Outrage: Reuters Says Tillerson Violating “Child Soldier Laws”; Ignores Same Policies Under Clinton-Obama

Late last night, Reuters published an “exclusive” report which was undoubtedly intended to be a “gotcha” hit piece on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, courtesy of some disgruntled Obama/Clinton holdovers at the State Department. The report from Reuters came after they got their hands on a confidential “dissent” memo, signed by ” a dozen U. S. State Department officials” accusing Tillerson of violating the “Child Soldiers Prevention Act.” Here’s a summary from Reuters:
A group of about a dozen U. S. State Department officials have taken the unusual step of formally accusing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of violating a federal law designed to stop foreign militaries from enlisting child soldiers, according to internal government documents reviewed by Reuters.
A confidential State Department ‘dissent’ memo not previously reported said Tillerson breached the Child Soldiers Prevention Act when he decided in June to exclude Iraq, Myanmar, and Afghanistan from a U. S. list of offenders in the use of child soldiers. This was despite the department publicly acknowledging that children were being conscripted in those countries.
Keeping the countries off the annual list makes it easier to provide them with U. S. military assistance. Iraq and Afghanistan are close allies in the fight against Islamist militants, while Myanmar is an emerging ally to offset China’s influence in Southeast Asia.
Documents reviewed by Reuters also show Tillerson’s decision was at odds with a unanimous recommendation by the heads of the State Department’s regional bureaus overseeing embassies in the Middle East and Asia, the U. S. envoy on Afghanistan and Pakistan, the department’s human rights office and its own in-house lawyers.
‘Beyond contravening U. S. law, this decision risks marring the credibility of a broad range of State Department reports and analyses and has weakened one of the U. S. government’s primary diplomatic tools to deter governmental armed forces and government-supported armed groups from recruiting and using children in combat and support roles around the world,’ said the July 28 memo.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 21, 2017.

20/11/17: Tallying the Costs: U.S. Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan & Pakistan

The folks at Brown University have carried out the most detailed assessment of the disastrous costs of the U. S. wars fought since 9/11. The details can be found here: These are a must read! While Russia stands accused by the U. S. of triggering the humanitarian crisis through its intervention in Syria (the civil war that started with the U. S. support and blessing), here is Brown University’s conclusion about the real refugees crisis:
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Not to say that one wrong (U. S.) makes another wrong right (Russia), but 10.1 million estimated refugees caused by the U. S. wars? This got to stand out, folks.
The U. S. has spent estimated USD5.6 trillion from 9/11 through fiscal year 2018 according to the study.

This post was published at True Economics on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.

History Lesson: America’s Renegade Warfare

Nicolas J S Davies
Consortium News
Seventy-seven million people in North and South Korea find themselves directly in the line of fire from the threat of a Second Korean War. The rest of the world is recoiling in horror from the scale of civilian casualties such a war would cause and the unthinkable prospect that either side might actually use nuclear weapons.
Since the first Korean War killed at least 20 percent of North Korea’s population and left the country in ruins, the U. S. has repeatedly failed to follow through on diplomacy to establish a lasting peace in Korea and has instead kept reverting to illegal and terrifying threats of war. Most significantly, the U. S. has waged a relentless propaganda campaign to discount North Korea’s legitimate defense concerns as it confronts the threat of a U. S. war machine that has only grown more dangerous since the last time it destroyed North Korea.
The North has lived under this threat for 65 years and has watched Iraq and Libya destroyed after they gave up their nuclear weapons programs. When North Korea discovered a U. S. plan for a Second Korean War on South Korea’s military computer network in September 2016, its leaders quite rationally concluded that a viable nuclear deterrent is the only way to guarantee their country’s safety.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on NOVEMBER 17, 2017.

Manic Tories Trump Monty Python

Authored by Raul Ilargi Meijer via The Automatic Earth blog,
There can be little doubt that the British, in general, have a sense of humor. And that’s perhaps the lens through which we should view the country these days. After all, what other options do we have? A comment yesterday to a Guardian article sums up the situation quite perfectly in just a few words (note: Dignitas has something to do with assisted dying):
Brexit is rapidly becoming like someone who booked a trip to Dignitas when they were told they were dying and has now been told there’s a cure. But they’re going to Switzerland anyway, because they can’t face dealing with Ryanair’s customer service team.
There are two main British political parties, Tories and Labour, which fight each other whenever and wherever they can. Moreover, each party has several camps that fight each other even more, if at all possible. The George W.- friendly Tony Blair Orchestra in the Labour Party seems to have lost out to the actually left-wing Jeremy Corbynistas for now, but they won’t give up without a fight (power is their only hobby). Blair is still commenting from the sidelines on Corbyn’s perceived follies while his faithful lament about how their Tone was misled by 43 into bombing Iraq.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 14, 2017.

Millions Face Starvation in Yemen Due to Saudi Arabia’s Blockade

Two years ago, German intelligence warned the world of the unique risks Saudi Arabia posed to the region. I covered it at the time in the post, German Intelligence Warns – Saudi Arabia to Play ‘Destabilizing Role’ in the Middle East. Here’s an excerpt:
Saudi Arabia is at risk of becoming a major destabilizing influence in the Arab world, German intelligence has warned.
Internal power struggles and the desire to emerge as the leading Arab power threaten to make the key Western ally a source of instability, according to the BND intelligence service.
‘The current cautious diplomatic stance of senior members of the Saudi royal family will be replaced by an impulsive intervention policy,’ a BND memo widely distributed to the German press reads.
Saudi Arabia has previously been accused of supplying arms and funding to jihadist groups fighting in Syria, including Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil).
At the core of this intelligence warning was none other than crown prince Mohamed bin Salman, or MBS. I’ve been warning about the specific dangers presented by his brazen and sociopathic personality for years, and the recent purge finally threw it all into the spotlight for everyone to see.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Nov 13, 2017.

The Earth Shook As Two Massive Earthquakes Strike: ‘There Are Still People Under The Rubble’

A large 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck just off the coast of Jac, Costa Rica last night, only hours after a 7.3 Magnitude Quake struck the Iran/Iraq border killing at least 348 people.
Jac is southwest of Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose, and is part of the region of Puntarenas, on the Pacific Coast. The earthquake caused at least one building in Jac to be evacuated due to apparent damage and there were reports of walls collapsing and objects falling in other parts of the country, but there were no reports of any further injuries, the statement said. All hospitals seem to be running smoothly and normally too, according to CNN. But that all pales in comparison to the other major earthquake last night.
A large 7.3 magnitude quake struck the Iraq/Iran border tumbling buildings and killing 335 people. Iran’s state-run Irna news agency raised the death toll to 341 on Monday and said 5,953 people were injured after the quake that struck the country’s western provinces at 9.20 pm local time on Sunday. The quake also killed 7 people in Iraq bringing the total number of deaths to 348. The quake also injured 535 people in neighboring Iraq and, all in the country’s northern, semi-autonomous Kurdish region, the interior ministry said.

This post was published at shtfplan on November 13th, 2017.

Over 61 Dead, 300 Injured After Huge Quake Strikes Iran-Iraq Border

Update: AP reports that Iranian officials raise death toll to at least 61, more than 300 injured during earthquake on Iran-Iraq border region.
Iranian state TV said Iraqi officials had reported six deaths and 200 injuries inside Iraq, though there was no official comment from Iraq’s government.
The U. S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered 19 miles (31 kilometers) outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja.
The Islamic Republic of Iran News Network quoted the head of the country’s emergency medical services, Pirhossein Koulivand, as saying at least 61 had been killed and 300 injured on Iran’s side of the border.
Iranian state TV also said Iraqi officials reported at least six people dead inside Iraq, along with more than 50 people injured in Sulaymaniyah province and about 150 in Khanaquin city. No reports were immediately available from Iraq’s government.


This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 12, 2017.

Episode #210 – ‘High Anxiety in Arabia’ guests Eisa Ali, Dean Henderson

Episode #210 of SUNDAY WIRE SHOW resumes on Nov 12th 2017 as host Patrick Henningsen brings you this week’s LIVE broadcast on the Alternate Current Radio Network (ACR) – covering all the top news stories worldwide…
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This week the SUNDAY WIRE is broadcasting LIVE as host Patrick Henningsen is joined by in-studio guest host Mike Robinson from UK Column covering this week’s stories from the US, UK and internationally. This week, palace intrigue and The Great Saudi Purge of 2017 continues as the region’s trillionaire oil haven and feudal theocratic dictatorship continues to clean house at behest of Washington, London and Tel Aviv – in order to prepare for what looks like the next big war. To discuss what this crisis means in relation to Middle East neighbors Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Iran, we’ll connect with international correspondent Eisa Ali live from Iraq. Afterwards, we’ll take a deeper dive behind the scenes with Saudi’s insider oil and financial ties, its US holdings, and future of the US dollar with Dean Henderson, author of Big Oil & Their Bankers and editor at his blog Left Hook. Later in the show, host Patrick also delivers another blow to the ‘Resistance’ exposing the Shakespearean tragedy of the ‘Russia Hacking’ hoax and explains why Hillary Rodham Clinton might have very well been one of the worse presidential candidates in US history – as well as why it’s wrong for US federal government to brand RT America as a ‘foreign agent.’ Enjoy the show…
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This post was published at 21st Century Wire on NOVEMBER 12, 2017.

UK Prosecutors Admit Destroying Emails In Julian Assange Case

Next month will mark seven years since Julian Assange first sought asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Even though Sweden dropped a sex crimes investigation into Assange back in May, he has been forced to remain confined to a cramped room, where he has no access to the outdoors, since AG Jeff Sessions reaffirmed that the DOJ intends to prosecute Assange for his role in leaking the Iraq war logs, State Department cables and DNC emails.
And with a Freedom of Information case brought by a journalist for the Italian newspaper La Repubblicaset to be decided in London next week, surprising details published by the Guardian Friday suggest a representative for the UK government intentionally discouraged Swedish investigators from meeting with Assange in person – something that investigators say could’ve led the country’s government to drop its charges against the Wikileaks founder years ago. The report also shows that the Crown Prosecution Service, the branch of UK law enforcement responsible for criminal prosecutions, deleted emails pertaining to Assange’s extradition case after the lawyer in charge of it – the same lawyer who advised Swedish investigators not to interview Assange in London – retired.
The Crown Prosecution Service is facing embarrassment after admitting it destroyed key emails relating to the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy fighting extradition. Email exchanges between the CPS and its Swedish counterparts over the high-profile case were deleted after the lawyer at the UK end retired in 2014.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 11, 2017.