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.

Pentagon: US Troops Will Stay In Syria “As Long As We Need To”

US forces plan to stay in Syria “as long as they need to’ support local partners and to ensure that terrorists will not return, a Pentagon official told AFP on Tuesday. The announcement comes as the Islamic State has ceased to be a reality, and as the Syrian Army is on the cusp of final victory over ISIS in remaining pockets of eastern Syria.
‘We are going to maintain our commitment on the ground as long as we need to, to support our partners and prevent the return of terrorist groups,’ Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said. ‘To ensure an enduring defeat of ISIS, the coalition must ensure it cannot regenerate, reclaim lost ground, or plot external attacks.’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 5, 2017.

What to Expect From BBC Panorama and Guardian’s Whitewash of UK Gov’t Funding Terrorists in Syria

21st Century Wire says…
The BBC will be carrying out a controlled journalistic ‘explosion’ on their Panorama programme, airing tonight in the UK. Their report, dramatically titled, ‘Jihadis You Pay For’ is about to expose UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for the funding of extremist and terrorist groups in Syria via their ‘Free Syrian Police’ project set-up in ‘rebel-held’ areas of Syria since 2014.
To referee this virtual clash of the titans, The Guardian has been drafted-in to do the honours.
‘The report, Jihadis You Pay For, will claim that Foreign Office money paid to the FSP reached people with links to the extremist group al-Nusra Front.’ ~ The Guardian
Mike Raddie of BSNEWS commented:
‘Is the Guardian’s Daniel Boffey attempting to whitewash the massive scandals of FCO and BBC funding and working with extremist groups in Syria? Why did he not ask Vanessa Beeley or Robert Stuart to explain how these UK institutions are working alongside al Qaeda / ISIS linked groups inside Syria?
Is it any wonder the Guardian has closed reader feedback on the story, less than 8 hours after it wasposted? ‘Comment is Free’ so long as you don’t mention unsayable truths such as BBC’s Panorama and Boris Johnson’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office are both working with and financing al Qaeda in direct contravention of UK anti-terror legislation.’

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on DECEMBER 4, 2017.

Did Flynn’s Plea Deal Just Disprove Election Collusion

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This whole charade with former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn reeks of desperation and makes clear that Mueller’s team has an empty hand. To summarize the plea agreement from the FBI Special Counsel’s ‘Statement of the Offense’:
On December 29, 2016, Flynn called a senior official of the Presidential Transition Team to discuss whether or not to talk to the Russians about recent U. S. sanctions imposed by Obama. Flynn got the go-ahead from someone (does not name Trump) and called the Russian Ambassador, requesting that Russia not escalate the situation – asking that they only respond to the U. S. sanctions in a reciprocal manner. On or about December 30 – the next day, Russian President Vladimir Putin released a statement indicating that Russia would not take retaliatory measures in response to U. S. sanctions. Flynn lied about this on January 24 in a voluntary interview with the FBI Flynn also lied to the FBI about calls he made to the Russian Ambassador and other countries to try and influence a UN resolution submitted by Egypt regarding Israeli settlements, stating he only asked the countries’ positions on the vote ABC news takes it a step further, reporting from an anonymous source that ‘Donald Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians, initially as a way to work together to fight ISIS in Syria.’ – though NBC News reports it was Trump’s son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner.
Observation and takeaways
The fact that Flynn spoke with the Russians in December, well after the election, has been known since February. Mueller’s ‘Statement of Offense’ establishes is that there wasn’t an existing backchannel between the Trump campaign and Russia – at least through Flynn, as it pertains to pre-election collusion. It’s perfectly reasonable to expect an incoming President to instruct his incoming National Security Advisor to establish a dialogue with a country like Russia over recent and contentious sanctions, as well as fighting ISIS in Syria. If Flynn’s contact with Russia was related to ‘collusion’ in regards to election meddling, he would be pleading guilty to an espionage conspiracy, not the ‘process crime’ of lying to the FBI.. If Flynn were to now drop some new bombshell about greater Russian collusion, he would have lied to the FBI twice.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 1, 2017.

Unbelievable: The Deep State Is Now Going After Michael Flynn And Donald Trump For Wanting To TAKE OUT ISIS Terrorists

In a move that has the entire liberal media establishment up in arms with claims that this could bring down the president, former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador.
Despite the fact that outlets such as CNN and ABC News are breathlessly reporting that the charges against Flynn have to do with Russia, it has actually been revealed that the reason for the calls to the Russians was to coordinate the FIGHT AGAINST ISIS.
CNBC reports:
ABC News reported that Flynn, the former national security adviser, would testify that he was directed to make contact with Russians during the presidential campaign in 2016. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his postelection contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the U. S.
ABC said later in an updated report that Flynn will say Trump asked him to make contact with Russia ‘initially as a way to work together to fight ISIS in Syria.’
In a statement, Flynn said he agreed to ‘cooperate with the Special Counsel’s Office reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country.’

This post was published at shtfplan on December 1st, 2017.

Michael Flynn Charged With Lying To The FBI While Deep State Obama Operative James Clapper Is Allowed to Commit ‘Brazen Perjury’ On National TV

In what the entire mainstream media is reporting as a ‘bombshell’, former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn has been charged with lying to the FBI about a series of legal conversations he had with the Russian ambassador that included talk on how better to take out ISIS.
‘The charging document states that Flynn made a false statement to the FBI when he stated that in December 2016 he did not ask Kislyak ‘to refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions that the United States had imposed against Russia that same day; and Flynn did not recall the Russian ambassador subsequently telling him that Russia had chosen to moderate its response to those sanctions as a result of his request,’ reported CNN.
In comparison, Obama and deep state operative James Clapper has committed open perjury multiple times over the years and literally nothing has happened to him. I guess being a globalist operative has its perks.

This post was published at shtfplan on December 1st, 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.

Repeat Deceit: How US Tries to Link Iran to Al Qaeda

When it comes to interpreting current events, no one does official conspiracy theories like the Unite States.
For years, Washington has tried to promulgate a propaganda campaign which tries to somehow link al Qaeda to Iran, or ISIS to Iran. For the mentally-challenged members of the right-wing media in the US, this isn’t a massive feat, as a large segment of that audience cannot even locate Iran on a global map. There is also the issue of US warhawks like Lindsey Graham and John McCain being proven pathological liars – who will say anything regardless of whether it’s based in actual fact. All of this contributes to a number of shallow, creative narratives which continuously circulate between FOX News, The Atlantic Magazine, Tel Aviv, Riyadh and the US Senate.
And just like the US and UK mainstream media’s coverage of Syria, the deep throat ‘source’ in this dossier is… al Qaeda.
This latest chapter in the US fantasy world of Iranian intrigue attempts to further the Israeli-favoured mythology, blaming Iran for all of the region’s woes. Make no mistake: the American neoconservative wing and their Israeli benefactors are determined to invent new conditions for war with Iran…

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on NOVEMBER 28, 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.

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.

Bombshell Report Confirms US Coalition Struck A Deal With ISIS

At a moment of widespread acknowledgement that the short-lived Islamic State is no longer a reality, and as ISIS is about to be defeated by the Syrian Army in its last urban holdout of Abu Kamal City in eastern Syria, the US is signalling an open-ended military presence in Syria. On Monday Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon that the US is preparing for a long term military commitment in Syria to fight ISIS “as long as they want to fight.”
Mattis indicated that even should ISIS loose all of its territory there would still be a dangerous insurgency that could morph into an “ISIS 2.0” which he said the US would seek to prevent. ‘The enemy hasn’t declared that they’re done with the area yet, so we’ll keep fighting as long as they want to fight,’ Mattis said. ‘We’re not just going to walk away right now before the Geneva process has traction.’

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

US, Russia Agree On “Iran-Free Zone” In Syria

Multiple Israeli news outlets reported Saturday that the US, Russia, and Jordan have reached a ceasefire agreement over southern Syria which proposes to expel Iran-backed militias from the border with Israel in the Golan Heights. The reports came on the same day presidents Trump and Putin issued a joint statement on Syria after meeting on the sidelines of the APEC conference in Danang, Vietnam, which reaffirmed de-confliction efforts as both countries fight ISIS and underscored willingness to keep Syria’s territorial integrity intact while pursuing the Geneva process.
Though the joint statement references the “Memorandum of Principles concluded in Amman, Jordan”, it doesn’t make explicit reference to Iran or Hezbollah, but more broadly to efforts for “the reduction, and ultimate elimination of foreign forces and foreign fighters from the area to ensure a more sustainable peace.”

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 13, 2017.

“For The Sake Of Allah”: Swedish Radio Station Hijacked To Play ISIS Recruiting Song

Earlier this year, President Trump took a beating in the mainstream media for blasting Europe’s, and more specifically Sweden’s, disastrous immigration policies…
Give the public a break – The FAKE NEWS media is trying to say that large scale immigration in Sweden is working out just beautifully. NOT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2017

Of course, since that feud erupted, the MSM has been repeatedly embarrassed by a series of violent attacks perpetrated by Muslim migrants on Swedish citizens. Here are just a few examples:
Sweden Truck Terrorist Arrested; Bomb Found Inside Truck Swedish Cop Posts Epic Facebook Rant On Immigrant Crime; Ignites Nationwide Firestorm Swedish Police “Cannot Cope” With Huge Numbers Of Rapes Since Migrants Arrived U. S. Journalist Investigating “Migrant Crime” In Sweden Has To Leave Under “Police Escort” For His Own Safety Leaked Police Report Exposes 23 Muslim-Controlled “No Go Zones” In Sweden: Plagued With Violence, Sexual Assaults, & Gun Crimes Postal Service Suspended In Swedish “No-Go” Zone Because It’s “Not Safe” Now, the latest evidence suggesting that the migrant population in Sweden might have motivations beyond their simple, peaceful relocation from the Middle East comes via a radio station in Malmo. As The Local pointed out earlier today, Malmo residents who flipped their radio dials to Mix Megapol earlier this morning were greeted with a rather alarming “ISIS recruiting” mix tape rather than the station’s normal “hits from the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s.” The terrorist recruiting mix tape was apparently played for a full 30 minutes after an “unknown offender” managed to hijack the radio station.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 10, 2017.

Swedish Radio Station Hijacked By ISIS Propaganda, Plays Terror Recruitment Song For 30 Minutes

In a startling turn of events, a Swedish radio station began playing ISIS propaganda after it was apparently hijacked by supporters of the terror group who used a pirate transmitter to broadcast over a popular morning radio show.
The station, Mix Megapol, was taken over around 8:30 A. M. CET, switching from mainstream radio to the airing of the ISIS recruitment song, ‘For the sake of Allah’ which was then blasted out to residents in the countries third largest city, Malmo.
The song encourages possible western ISIS supporters to join the fight in the Middle East.


This post was published at shtfplan on November 10th, 2017.

How Broke Is The House Of Saud?

Trying to figure out what on earth is happening in the Middle East appears to have gotten a lot harder. Perhaps (because) it’s become more dangerous too. There are so many players, and connections between players, involved now that even making one of those schematic representations would never get it right. Too many unknown unknowns.
A short and incomplete list of the actors: Sunni, Shiite, Saudi Arabia, US, Russia, Turkey, ISIS, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Kurds, Lebanon, Hezbollah, Hamas, Qatar, Israel, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Houthis, perhaps even Chechnya, Afghanistan, Pakistan. I know I know, add your favorites.
So what have we got, or what do we know we’ve got?
We seem to have the US lining up with Israel, the UAE and Saudi Arabia against Russia, Iran, Syria, Hezbollah. Broadly. But that’s just a -pun intended- crude start.
Putin has been getting closer to the Saudis because of the OPEC production cuts, trying to jack up the price of oil. Which ironically has now been achieved on the heels of the arrests of 11 princes and scores of other wealthy and powerful in the kingdom. But Putin also recently signed a $30 billion oil -infrastructure- deal with Iran. And he’s been cuddling up to Israel as well.

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

The U.S. and Saudi Arabia Are About to Make More Disastrous and Idiotic Mistakes – Part 2

I have great confidence in King Salman and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, they know exactly what they are doing….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2017

In Part 1 of this series, I detailed the recent aggressive power plays initiated by 30-something Saudi princeling Mohamed bin Salman (MBS), who is effectively the absolute leader of Saudi Arabia at this time. I also highlighted how 30-something U. S. princeling Jared Kushner, son-in-law of U. S. President Donald Trump, may have been involved in MBS’s scheming during an unannounced visit to Saudi Arabia a little over a week before the purge hammer dropped. Today’s post will focus on what I think this means for the future of the Middle East, as well as U. S. imperial ambitions.
Before I get started, I want to make something clear. I don’t think I’m Nostradamus or anything. These posts are based on the assumption that certain realities remain in place in the months and years ahead. The first is that Mohamed bin Salman’s attempt to consolidate power will prove successful, at least long enough for him to make more extremely stupid mistakes. The second assumption is that Donald Trump will continue to foolishly give this princeling a blank check when it comes to whatever insane aggressions he pursues within the region.
It’s perfectly clear that MBS views recent setbacks in Syria, where Saudi ISIS forces were routed by Russia and Assad, as unacceptable. As such, he’s looking for another place to fight a proxy war with Iran. Never mind the fact that his war in Yemen has been a total failure and humanitarian disaster, MBS doesn’t appear to be someone who lets one failure get in way of future failures. He appears to have chosen Lebanon as the place for his next chaotic adventure.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Nov 8, 2017.

UK to Maintain Reaper Drone Presence in Iraq: Perpetual War Policy in Middle East

A Ministry of Defence press conference has revealed that as the war against ISIS ends, British Reaper drones are to stay deployed in the Middle East after other UK aircraft return home . As The Times reported
‘Air Commodore Johnny Stringer, who led the British air campaign against the terrorist group until last month, said that drones and other surveillance aircraft would continue to fly over Iraq and Syria to help local forces guard against the militants returning’
RAF Typhoon and Tornado’s, currently based at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, will begin returning home ‘in the next six and probably even in the next four months or so,’ he stated.
Over the past three years, ISIS has been defending the territory it gained in a rapid armed advance in 2014. With the assistance of international coalition air strikes, the overwhelming majority of Iraqi territory has now been recovered by Iraqi forces. At some point, likely to be in the very near future, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will declare that the war is over. While ISIS will likely morph into an insurgency campaign – and there are likely to be terror attacks in Iraqi cities – there will no longer be the ‘protracted armed violence’ of a level to mark an non-international armed conflict.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on NOVEMBER 8, 2017.

Resistance Axis Victory in Syria is a Positive Development for World Peace

Niraj Srivastava
21st Century Wire
The 3rd of November marks an important turning point in the Syrian war, which has been raging for more than six years. It was on that day that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies captured the provincial capital of Deir Ezzore, most of which had been under the control of jihadi groups during the last five years. The Nusra Front controlled it for two years [from 2012 to 2014], while the Islamic State (ISIS) held it for the last three years.
However, even during the above occupation, the SAA defended a part of the city, inhabited by around 100,000 civilians, with a force of just 7000-odd soldiers. The residents of this portion were supplied by humanitarian airdrops of food and other supplies by the World Food Organisation and the Syrian Air Force. Despite considerable loss of life due to the fighting and shortage of essential supplies, the SAA managed to retain its part of Deir Ezzore for five years – a remarkable feat.
With the liberation of Deir Ezzore, the supply lines of the SAA are secured, and it is marching towards the last urban area in Syria held by ISIS – the town of Abu Kamal, near the Syrian-Iraqi border. On the other side, Iraqi government forces have captured the vital border crossing of al-Qaim, and are in the process of liberating the town itself.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on NOVEMBER 8, 2017.