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The Return of 'Syria Danny'?, Actor Danny Dayem (agitator) turns up in latest Rami Jarah fictional short

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Has Danny Abdul Dayem been resurrected?

In Rami Jarrah's recent Ana Press academy award winner, "ISIS wherefore art thou ISIS" [Edited title] we saw a surprise guest appearance, either from Danny Abdul Dayem's doppelganger or Danny himself has been brought out of retirement by Soros backed ANA Press.

Comment: Who is Danny?
Truth about Western media's favourite Syrian 'activist' Danny Dayem

Who are the White Helmets?

Syria's White Helmets: War by way of deception - Part 1 (with comment from the article):
Comment: In this article, author Beeley outlines why NGOs, in particular the White Helmets - one of the largest NGOs operating in Syria - are merely instruments used by Anglo-American warmongers to further their agendas. Considering that American and English taxpayers (unknowingly) fund these particular NGOs posing to be 'independent' and 'humanitarian', this article is one not to be missed.



Bad Guys

French lawmaker estimates 2 million more refugees to enter EU in summer of 2016

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The situation with the refugee influx in Europe can reach catastrophic levels in the summer, as some two million people could claim asylum in the continent this year, a French lawmaker said Monday.

The European Union is currently struggling to manage a massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of people leaving conflict-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa for Europe.

"This year my forecast is 1.5-2 million [refugees]. I am afraid it will come true," Thierry Mariani told the Ogoniok magazine.

Comment: Further reading:
It's really very simple: if you keep bombing their homes - directly from the air or indirectly through proxy forces - then you keep sending more refugees Europe's way.

Western media tears for Daesh as Syrian-Russian alliance frees besieged towns, cuts off Turkish terrorist supply routes



Star of David

Ten facts explaining why Netanyahu is a criminal and that Israel is a "rogue state"

1. Netanyahu heads the only undeclared nuclear weapons entity on the planet yet still ludicrously alleges that non­ nuclear Iran is trying to exterminate the state of Israel with its 100s of warheads in its Dimona secret arsenal, (all of which are outside the inspection of the IAEA), in an abortive effort to damage the agreed Iran peace deal, painstakingly negotiated by the UN Security Council members and the EU. His convoluted political machinations, in Washington and Europe, have resulted in ignominious failure as Iran rejoins the international community.

2. His government also refuses to be a party to both the Chemical and Biological Weapons Conventions (CWC / BWC) to which all EU members and most other UN states are signatories

3. His right­wing, extremist government supports the continued illegal occupation and settlement of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights in violation of international law, in addition to continuing a blockade of essential materials to 1.8 million in Gaza that has received global condemnation.

Comment: See also: 10 Facts about Israel that everyone should know


Mr. Potato

US-led forces target Daesh in Iraq, Syria with a pathetic 14 airstrikes

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This handout picture released on February 4, 2016 and taken on February 1 by the French Defense Audiovisual Communication and Production Unit (ECPAD) shows a Rafale fighter jet taxiing on an undisclosed base for a raid against ISIL as part of US-led forces.
The American military has announced new bombardments of more Daesh (ISIL) militant targets in Iraq and Syria.

The United States and its allies targeted ISIL militants in Iraq with 14 strikes on Friday and two strikes in Syria, the US military said on Saturday.

Five of the strikes in Iraq were near Mosul, hitting four ISIL tactical units and command and control nodes. The strikes in Syria were near Ayn Isa, hitting a militant vehicle and four buildings, according to Reuters.

Since September 2014, the US along with some of its allies has been conducting air raids against what are said to be the Daesh terrorists inside Syria without any authorization from Damascus or the United Nations.

The air assaults in Syria are an extension of the US-led aerial campaign against purported Daesh positions in Iraq, which started in August 2014. The terror group seized swathes of land in Iraq a couple of years ago after ravaging Syria.

This is while many critics including Iraqi officials have time and time again questioned the efficacy of these airstrikes.

Reports say US-led attacks have killed scores of civilians in Syria ever since. Washington itself has admitted to some.

Syria has been grappling with a foreign-backed militancy since the early 2011. The violence has claimed over 260,000 lives and driven millions of Syrians into neighboring states from where many have been trying to reach Europe.

Pistol

300 executed by Daesh Takfiris in Mosul

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Daesh terrorists amputate the hand of a young man in Raqqah, Syria.
Daesh Takfiris have executed 300 people in Iraq's embattled northern province of Nineveh. "Daesh terrorists executed 300 people by firing squad in Mosul," said Mahmoud al-Sourji, a spokesman for Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces, on Sunday, adding that all of them were "Iraqi police personnel, army troopers and civilian activists," Arabic-language al-Sumaria satellite television network reported. Sourji further said that Daesh lives in a state of tension in Mosul and the mass execution confirmed the group's fear of people's rising in the militant-held city.

On Saturday, the terrorists publicly amputated the right hands of three teenagers accused of theft. The incident, reportedly, sparked the outrage of citizens, as the three boys were underage and the penalty was handed down by the group's so-called Sharia Court without investigation.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi forces managed to slay a Daesh military commander, called Abu Leil, along with four of his companions in Garma district, east of the city of Fallujah in Anbar province. A day earlier, another terrorist commander, called Shobaib Abu Majd al-Kanani, was also killed along with eight other Daesh commanders in an airstrike in Nineveh. Wreaking havoc in Iraq since June 2014, the terror group has recently been losing ground to the country's army forces.

Comment: Not a day goes by that there aren't more and more horrible acts of inhumanity, aimed to create suffering, death, complete destruction...and this sickness is spreading.


War Whore

Finest fighting force in the history of the world? The U.S. military bombs in the 21st century

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Here's my twenty-first-century rule of thumb about this country: if you have to say it over and over, it probably ain't so. Which is why I'd think twice every time we're told how "exceptional" or "indispensable" the United States is. For someone like me who can still remember a moment when Americans assumed that was so, but no sitting president, presidential candidate, or politician felt you had to say the obvious, such lines reverberate with defensiveness. They seem to incorporate other voices you can almost hear whispering that we're ever less exceptional, more dispensable, no longer (to quote the greatest of them all by his own estimate) "the greatest." In this vein, consider a commonplace line running around Washington (as it has for years): the U.S. military is "the finest fighting force in the history of the world." Uh, folks, if that's so, then why the hell can't it win a damn thing 14-plus years later?

If you don't mind a little what-if history lesson, it's just possible that events might have turned out differently and, instead of repeating that "finest fighting force" stuff endlessly, our leaders might actually believe it.After all, in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, it took the Bush administration only a month to let the CIA, special forces advisers, and the U.S. Air Force loose against the Taliban and Osama bin Laden's supporters in Afghanistan. The results were crushing. The first moments of what that administration would grandiloquently (and ominously) bill as a "global war on terror" were, destructively speaking, glorious.

If you want to get a sense of just how crushing those forces and their Afghan proxies were, read journalist Anand Gopal's No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes, the best book yet written on how (and how quickly) that war on terror went desperately, disastrously awry. One of the Afghans Gopal spent time with was a Taliban military commander nicknamed -- for his whip of choice -- Mullah Cable, who offered a riveting account of just how decisive the U.S. air assault on that movement was. In recalling his days on the front lines of what, until then, had been an Afghan civil war, he described his first look at what American bombs could do:
"He drove into the basin and turned the corner and then stepped out of the vehicle. Oh my God, he thought. There were headless torsos and torso-less arms, cooked slivers of scalp and flayed skin. The stones were crimson, the sand ocher from all the blood. Coal-black lumps of melted steel and plastic marked the remains of his friends' vehicles.

"Closing his eyes, he steadied himself. In the five years of fighting he had seen his share of death, but never lives disposed of so easily, so completely, so mercilessly, in mere seconds."
The next day, he addressed his men. "Go home," he said. "Get yourselves away from here. Don't contact each other."

"Not a soul," writes Gopal, "protested."

Comment: See also: Mantra for 9/11: 14 years later, how we got here and the hell it has created


Windsock

300+ al-Nusra terrorists killed by Syrian forces

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Syrian Government forces positioned near a tank located some three kilometers from the villages of Nabbul and Zahra in Syria's northern Aleppo province.
Syrian government troops have killed over 300 members of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front group during clashes in the northwestern Aleppo province. The Takfiri terrorists were killed near the village of Ratian, during the Syrian forces' latest offensive in the province, the al-Mayadeen television network reported on Sunday. Al-Nusra has confirmed the deaths stating that they occurred over the last few days during heavy fighting in the region.

Syrian forces backed by Russian air support are currently engaged in one of their most significant campaigns since Moscow joined the battle against Daesh Takfiri terrorists September 30, 2015. According to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Sunday, thousands of terrorists are on the run as Syrian forces head towards the town of Tal Rifaat, close to the Turkish border.

Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman noted that recapturing the area would stem the flow of militants and arms entering Syria via Turkey. The strategic town is considered the last militant stronghold in the volatile border region. Syria's Arabic-language newspaper al-Watan has said that the recapture of Tal Rifaat would be a major blow to the militants. "If it falls, the army will be able to progress and seize control of all of the northern part of Aleppo province," al-Watan reported.

The foreign-backed conflict in Syria, which began in March 2011, has reportedly claimed the lives of more than 260,000 people and displaced almost half of the country's population.

Comment: If the Turks are still thinking about invading Syria, grabbing some land and bolstering NATO terrorist proxies, they may be a bit too late. Thanks to Russia and an invigorated Syrian military, that plan may never happen.


Light Saber

US General Campbell testifies 'I do not have authority' to offensively attack Taliban

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US General John Campbell
The U.S. military, since President Obama declared that American troops had ceased their combat mission at the end of 2014, has only been able to attack the Taliban from a defensive position, the top commander of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan told lawmakers. "I have the authority to protect our coalition members against any insurgency — Haqqani [Network], Taliban, al Qaeda — if they're posing as a threat to our coalition forces," testified the commander, Gen. John Campbell, before the House Armed Services Committee.

The general's comments came in response to Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) asking if he had the authority to attack the Taliban, which has stepped up attacks since the end of 2014 and has been linked to the deteriorating security conditions in the Afghanistan.

"If the Taliban are attacking coalition forces, then I have everything I need to do that," responded Gen. Campbell, who is expected to retire soon. "To attack the Taliban just because they're Taliban, I do not have that authority."

"It is astonishing that we have an authority to go after the Taliban and the president is preventing us from doing that," proclaimed Bridenstine. The Oklahoma Republican argued that the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) 2001, passed by Congress and signed into law by the U.S. president at the time, grants the top commander the authority to use the necessary force against the Taliban.


USA

An exasperated John Kerry: 'What do you want me to do, go to war with the Russians?!'

"Russian and Syrian forces intensified their campaign on rebel-held areas around Aleppo that are still home to around 350,000 people and aid workers have said the city - Syria's largest before the war - could soon fall."
Can you spot what's wrong with that quote, from a Reuters piece out today? Here's the problem: "could soon fall" implies that Aleppo is on the verge of succumbing to enemy forces. It's not. It's already in enemy hands and has been for quite some time. What Reuters should have said is this: "...could soon be liberated."

While we'll be the first to admit that Bashar al-Assad isn't exactly the most benevolent leader in the history of statecraft, you can bet most Syrians wish this war had never started and if you were to ask those stranded in Aleppo what their quality of life is like now, versus what it was like in 2009, we're fairly certain you'll discover that residents aren't particularly enamored with life under the mishmash of rebels that now control the city.

Propaganda

Western media tears for Daesh as Syrian-Russian alliance frees besieged towns, cuts off Turkish terrorist supply routes

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A man waves a Syrian national flag as residents of Nubul and al-Zahraa, along with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, celebrate after the siege of their towns was broken, northern Aleppo countryside, Syria, in this handout picture provided by SANA on February 4, 2016.
The Syrian Arab Army, with Russian air support, recently broke the 'rebel' siege on some towns in northern Aleppo province in Syria, thus cutting the terrorists' supply lines to Turkey. The U.S. was hoping that a ceasefire would protect their terrorist assets from this very scenario. No such luck. Just like it was in Ukraine before both Minsk agreements, the West only wants peace when its hired killers (and rapists and torturers) risk getting their asses handed to them on a platter by the populations they've been savaging.

The Western media response has been predictably shrill, and completely at odds with the reality of the situation. Here are some of the more odious examples. Get your sick bags ready!

First up is the Guardian's Natalie Nougayrède. One cannot help but be moved at her heartfelt sympathy for head-chopping jihadists...