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.

BREAKING: Putin in Syria – Announces Withdrawal of Russian Troops

Russian President warns that should the terrorists try to ‘rear their heads’ in Syria again, he will strike them as ‘they have never seen before.’
RT International reports…
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria. He gave the command during a surprise visit to Khmeimim Airbase in Syria’s Latakia province on Monday morning.
The Russian president was met by his Syrian counterpart, Bashar Assad, and Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu at the airbase, which houses Russian forces assisting Syria in the battle against Islamic State terrorists (IS, formerly ISIS).

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on DECEMBER 11, 2017.

Russian Defense Ministry Reports “Incident” With US F-22 Above Syria

A Russian interceptor was scrambled to stop a “rogue” US fighter jet from actively interfering with an anti-terrorist operation, the Russian Defense Ministry said, describing the latest close encounter between the US and Russian air force. It also accused the US of provoking close encounters with Russian jets in Syria.
According to Russia Today, a US F-22 fighter was preventing two Russian Su-25 strike aircraft from bombing an ISIS base to the west of the Euphrates river on Nov. 23, according to the ministry. The ministry’s spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov described the episode as yet another example of the US air force attempting to prevent Russian forces from carrying out strikes against Islamic State.
“An American F-22 fighter actively prevented the Russian pair of Su-25 attack aircraft from carrying out a combat mission to destroy the Daesh stronghold in the suburbs of the city of Mayadin in the airspace over the western bank of the Euphrates River on November 23. The F-22 aircraft fired off heat flares and released brake shields with permanent maneuvering, imitating an air battle,” Konashenkov said on Saturday.
“The F-22 launched decoy flares and used airbrakes while constantly maneuvering [near the Russian strike jets], imitating an air fight,’ Konashenkov added that the US jet backed down only after a Russian Su-35S fighter jet joined the two Su-25s.
The major general went on to say that ‘most close-midair encounters between Russian and US jets in the area around the Euphrates River have been linked to the attempts of US aircraft to get in the way [of the Russian warplanes] striking against Islamic State terrorists.’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 9, 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.

White Helmets, ‘Local Councils’ – Is the UK FCO Financing Terrorism in Syria with Taxpayer Funds?

The UK regime is a primary player in the ostensibly US-led coalition whose objective for the last seven years, has been the removal of Syria’s President Assad and the inevitable imposition of a so called ‘moderate’ Islamic State upon the people of Syria. This campaign has led to the destabilization of Syria and destruction of infrastructure across much of its territory. Not to mention, the wholesale suffering endured by the Syrian people under attack from NATO member state sponsored terrorism and punishing economic sanctions. It is therefore ironic that the UK Government funds the Syrian ‘opposition’ via its Conflict Stability and Security Fund (CSSF):
‘The Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) provides development and security support to countries which are at risk of conflict or instability. It’s the only government fund which uses both Defence spend and Official Development Assistance (ODA) to deliver and support security, defence, peacekeeping, peace-building and stability activity.’
Previously under the heading ‘Conflict Pool’, the CSSF is a 1bn-plus slush fund dedicated to providing ‘development and security’, according to the UK Government overview.
‘The CSSF has been allocated 1.163 billion for 2017 to 2018. It includes over 300 million mandatory contributions to peacekeeping operations.’ ~ CSSF An Overview
From the outset, CSSF spending has been shrouded in secrecy, particularly with regards to Syria.
Following a recent Parliamentary Question from Baroness Caroline Cox, it has been confirmed that the UK FCO has financed the Syrian ‘opposition’ for three years through the CSSF:
‘The value of the CSSF for Syria is 69 million in the current financial year, was 64 million in 2016-17, and 66 million in 2015-16.’ – Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, FCO

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on DECEMBER 2, 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.

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.

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.

Green Beret Was Killed After Discovering Navy SEALs’ Illicit Cash Scheme

It sounds like something out of the plot of a mob movie: Two corrupt government employees offer a third party who discovers one of their schemes a cut of the profits. When he refuses to accept their dirty money, he is promptly ‘taken care of.”
Unfortunately, that fictitious trope is suspiciously close to reality in the strangulation death of Sgt. Logan Melgar, a green beret who was found dead back in June while he was participating in a special forces mission in Mali, where a cohort of US military ‘advisers’ have been assisting French and local forces in rooting out terrorist groups affiliated with the Islamic State and Al Qaeda.
According to the Daily Beast, military investigators now suspect that two of Melgar’s colleagues who were members of the elite Navy SEAL team six murdered him after he discovered they were illegally skimming money from a fund used to pay informants. The SEALS offered to cut him in, but Melgar declined, according to the Daily Beast’s sources.
A few days later, he was found dead.
Nobody knows – or at least nobody would tell the DB – what specifically started the June 4 altercation at 5 am. But the fight quickly escalated and ended with Melgar losing consciousness. He also stopped breathing. The SEALs attempted to open an airway in Melgar’s throat, officials said. It is unknown whether Melgar died immediately. The SEALs and another Green Beret, according to former AFRICOM officials, drove to a nearby French clinic seeking help. Melgar was dead when he arrived at the clinic, the official said. Asphyxiation was the cause of death. While his death was initially ruled an accident, NCIS investigators now suspect that he was strangled to death. Melgar had been working directly with the SEALs during the intelligence mission in Mali.

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

They Now Want to Criminally Charge Le Pen to Remove Her from Politics

To assist the European Parliament, the French National Assembly has lifted the immunity of the head of the National Front, Marine Le Pen. The Paris parliamentary administration claims it is simply responding to a request of the judiciary, which under French law, prosecutes crimes. The trumped-up charges against Le Pen stem for publishing on Twitter the atrocities of victims of the jihadist militia Islamic State (IS). Le Pen faces several years in prison and this is obviously a political prosecution.
Le Pen responded to the press (AFP): ‘The freedom of opinion and the prosecution of grievances that are fundamental to a deputy is dead with this politically motivated decision.’

This post was published at Armstrong Economics on Nov 12, 2017.

Iraq & Hunt for Taxes from American Contractors

Iraq has been accused of employing strong-arm tactics to make American military contractors operating in Iraq to pay exorbitant income taxes. They are running to Trump complaining that this is hampering the fight against Islamic State extremists – of course.

This post was published at Armstrong Economics on Nov 11, 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.

Iraq Reclaims its Sovereignty with Victory Against ISIS & US Colonialisation

Elijah J Magnier
Iraqi forces advance towards al-Qaem, the last ‘Islamic State’ (ISIS) stronghold in Iraq, to put the last stone over the terrorist group’s grave and on the ‘Islamic State Caliphate’ that so much occupied the world’s headlines over the last few years and indeed, large parts of Iraqi and Syrian territories.
ISIS is aware that al-Qaem will fall very soon, the city won’t be able to hold for very long. Therefore, many of the group leaders and militants have fled to the numerous refuges organised in the last years – according to intelligence reports – in the Iraqi Anbar desert and the Syrian al-badiya where ISIS can hide in the tens of thousands of kilometres along the Syrian-Iraqi borders.
ISIS is expected to lick its wounds to try and re-organise its group following the defeat inflected upon it as indicated by its shrinking territory (which it has occupied since 2014), and also its shrinking numbers. Many foreign fighters were either killed or mostly left the group, which has been incapable of recruiting new forces. Moreover, ISIS resources have dried up: no more oil and gas fields under its control, no more taxes to be imposed, no more arts and crafts to steal and sell, and no more ‘donations’ from the Arab world.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on NOVEMBER 5, 2017.

Islamic State Collapses As Syrian Army Fully Liberates Deir Ezzor City

That the regime has been able to keep its garrison in Deir Ezzor is indeed quite a miracle. Fair is fair. — Hassan Hassan (@hxhassan) November 3, 2017

After two months of intense fighting, Syria’s last major ISIS stronghold of Deir Ezzor city has been fully liberated by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), and this comes just as the terror group is losing its final stronghold across the border in Iraq as the Iraqi army and paramilitary units liberate the city of al-Qaem.
The final fledgling terror resistance ended overnight as the SAA’s elite Tiger Forces and the Republican Guard yesterday liberated the city’s Jubaliyah neighborhood, the central park area, the school of law and education area and the southern part of the sprawling Hamidiyah neighborhood. The week witnessed rapid army victory as it pushed deep into the last remnants of ISIS presence in the city, with the group losing 40% of the area that it had been controlling in the northern part of the city in a matter of a mere few days.
Backed by Russian airstrikes, the Syrian army’s victory in Deir Ezzor has even anti-Assad pundits expressing shock and surprise that government forces could come back against such impossible odds. For much of the past year the city’s key military airport was besieged by ISIS while over 5000 civilians along with Syrian army and Hezbollah fighters were trapped inside the base with no food or supplies. According to various reports from correspondents on the ground, it was defended from near daily terror attacks by starving base residents, and supplied from government air drops. Many lost their lives just attempting to access some of the hard to reach airdrops on which the base’s survival depended, however, it was the SAA liberation of this key airport in early September that proved to be the final turning point of the breakdown of the ISIS stranglehold on the city.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 3, 2017.

All Of Iraq About To Be Liberated As ISIS Enters The Dustbin Of History

Submitted by Elijah Magnier, Middle East based chief international war correspondent for Al Rai Media
Iraqi forces continue to advance on al-Qaem, the last “Islamic State” (ISIS) stronghold in Iraq, which will put the last stone over the terrorist group’s grave and on the so-called ‘Islamic State Caliphate’ that so much occupied the world’s headlines over the last few years and indeed, large parts of Iraqi and Syrian territories.
ISIS is aware that al-Qaem will fall very soon – the city won’t be able to hold for very long. Therefore, many of the group’s leaders and militants have fled to the numerous refugee camps which have emerged in the last years – according to intelligence reports – in the Iraqi Anbar desert and the Syrian al-Badiya where ISIS can hide along the tens of thousands of kilometers of sprawling Syrian-Iraqi border areas among refugees.
ISIS is expected to lick its wounds to try and re-organize its group following the defeat inflicted upon it as indicated by its shrinking territory (which it has occupied since 2014), as well as its shrinking numbers. Many foreign fighters were either killed or mostly left the group, which has remained largely incapable of recruiting new forces. Moreover, ISIS resources have dried up: no more oil and gas fields under its control, no more taxes to be imposed, no more arts and crafts to steal and sell, and no more ‘donations’ from the Arab world.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 2, 2017.

Trump Demands “Death Penalty” For NYC Truck Terrorist, Calls US Justice System “Laughingstock”

NYC terrorist was happy as he asked to hang ISIS flag in his hospital room. He killed 8 people, badly injured 12. SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 2, 2017

After an angry overnight tweet…
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The portion of Trump’s tweet about the Islamic State in Iraq & Syria (ISIS) flag is a reference to the complaint filed against Saipov that claims the suspect asked to place the terror group’s flag in his hospital room.
President Trump earlier in the day on Wednesday said he would “certainly consider” sending the suspect, Sayfullo Saipov, to the U. S. military prison in Guantnamo Bay, Cuba.
‘I would certainly consider that, yes,” Trump said when asked by a reporter at the White House. “Send him to Gitmo.’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 2, 2017.

Chilling Image Of ISIS Flag Was Taken At Exact Spot Where NYC Terror Attack Began

Investigators from the FBI and NYPD probing the background of 29-year-old suspected terrorist Sayfullo Saipov – who was taken into custody alive after yesterday’s grisly Halloween attack in Lower Manhattan – say that he planned the attack weeks ahead of time, the Washington Post reported.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the attacker was influenced by the Islamic State and its violent tactics after arriving in this country from Uzbekistan. Officials say the suspected attacker, Sayfullo Saipov, left a note declaring his allegiance to the group. Authorities have found no direct connection between Saipov and ISIS, and the group typically doesn’t take credit for attacks when the attacker is captured alive.
However, in a chilling revelation that suggest Saipov might’ve left clues about his intentions for authorities, the Daily Mail reported that an image showing an individual, who isn’t pictured, holding a photo of the ISIS flag at the exact spot where Saipov allegedly mounted the barrier onto the West Side Highway bike path, emerged online some two months ago.
More details about the attack were released Wednesday afternoon during a press conference with NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio, Cuomo and NYPD Police Chief Jim O’Neil. Cuomo and DeBlasio also discussed previously undisclosed details during an appearance on CNN.

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

Clinton, Assange, And The War On Truth

Authored by John Pilger via Counterpunch.org,
On 16 October, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation aired an interview with Hillary Clinton: one of many to promote her score-settling book about why she was not elected President of the United States.
Wading through the Clinton book, What Happened, is an unpleasant experience, like a stomach upset. Smears and tears. Threats and enemies. ‘They’ (voters) were brainwashed and herded against her by the odious Donald Trump in cahoots with sinister Slavs sent from the great darkness known as Russia, assisted by an Australian ‘nihilist’, Julian Assange.
In The New York Times, there was a striking photograph of a female reporter consoling Clinton, having just interviewed her. The lost leader was, above all, ‘absolutely a feminist’. The thousands of women’s lives this ‘feminist’ destroyed while in government – Libya, Syria, Honduras – were of no interest.
In New York magazine, Rebecca Traister wrote that Clinton was finally ‘expressing some righteous anger’. It was even hard for her to smile: ‘so hard that the muscles in her face ache’. Surely, she concluded, ‘if we allowed women’s resentments the same bearing we allow men’s grudges, America would be forced to reckon with the fact that all these angry women might just have a point’.
Drivel such as this, trivialising women’s struggles, marks the media hagiographies of Hillary Clinton. Her political extremism and warmongering are of no consequence. Her problem, wrote Traister, was a ‘damaging infatuation with the email story’. The truth, in other words.
The leaked emails of Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta, revealed a direct connection between Clinton and the foundation and funding of organised jihadism in the Middle East and Islamic State (IS). The ultimate source of most Islamic terrorism, Saudi Arabia, was central to her career.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 23, 2017.

In A Dramatic Pivot, Shia Militia Leader Tells US: “Get Ready To Leave Iraq”

The Baghdad government and its paramilitary forces increasingly see American troop presence as the actual foreign menace.
A prominent Iraqi militia leader with close ties to Iran has told the United States to go home while also accusing US forces of not actually being interested in fighting ISIS: ‘Your forces should get ready to get out of our country once the excuse of Daesh’s presence is over,” said Sheikh Qais al-Khazali, the commander of the Shiite PMU group Asaib (Popular Mobilization Unit), through the group’s TV channel on Monday. The threatening statement was issued the same day Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi publicly rejected Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s earlier suggestion that Iraqi paramilitary units who have for years fought Islamic State terrorists are actually “Iranian” and not Iraqi nationals.
On Sunday Tillerson controversially asserted that Iranian “militias” need to leave Iraq as the fight against Islamic State militants was coming to an end while in Riyadh where he engaged in rare high level talks with Abadi and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman. ‘Certainly Iranian militias that are in Iraq, now that the fighting against (the Islamic State group) is coming to a close, those militias need to go home,’ Tillerson said during a press conference in Riyadh, just before boarding a plane for Baghdad. “All foreign fighters need to go home,’ he added.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 23, 2017.

Tillerson Demands Iran “Militias” Leave Iraq As Fighting Against ISIS “Comes To A Close”

One week after we reported that the head of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard (which two weeks ago was designated by the US as a terrorist organization), Qassem Soleimani, was observed in Erbil last Sunday where he met with Kurdistan regional president Barzani to “discuss” the growing crisis – the latest indication of Iran’s surging influence in the region – and just days before Iraq sent in troops assisted by Iranian militia into Iraq’s Kurdish region, which promptly regained control over the oil-rich Kirkuk region, on Sunday Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Iranian “militias” need to leave Iraq as the fight against Islamic State militants was coming to an end.
‘Certainly Iranian militias that are in Iraq, now that the fighting against (the Islamic State group) is coming to a close, those militias need to go home,’ Tillerson said during a press conference in Riyadh, where the U. S. diplomat is holding talks with top Gulf officials. “All foreign fighters need to go home,’ he added hopefully, quoted by NRT.
Tillerson’s Gulf visit came as part of concerted efforts to curb Iran’s rapidly expanding influence in the region, including boosting the clout of Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia in Shiite-majority Iraq, where Iran backs Shia militias fighting in the north – part of a wider regional battle for influence that extends from Syria to Yemen – even as there was scant hope of a breakthrough in attempts to reconcile Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

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