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US airstrikes targeting 'IS-controlled' oil refineries killing civilians including children

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A formation of U.S. Navy F-18E Super Hornets
At least 14 Islamic State militants and five civilians have been killed in airstrikes carried out by the US-led forces overnight in northeast Syria, according to a monitoring group.

A third night of attacks targeted IS-controlled oil refineries in the east of the country, the location being the major source of income for the radical group, Rami Abdulrahman, the head of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The facilities around al Mayadin, al Hasakah, and Abu Kamal were hit, according to the US military, as quoted by Reuters.

Comment: It seems that not even the refusal of France, Germany and the UK to participate in this bloodbath will deter the psychopaths:

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Star

Good riddance! Attorney General Eric Holder announced he's stepping down

Attorney General Eric Holder, the first African-American U.S. Attorney General is expected to announce his resignation on Thursday.

NPR reported Thursday morning that Holder intends to leave the Justice Department as soon as his successor is confirmed.

Holder is the fourth longest-serving Attorney General in U.S. history and one of the President Barack Obama's most enduring cabinet appointees. He is apparently eager to leave office, concerned that "he otherwise could be locked in to stay for much of the rest of President Obama's second term," wrote NPR's Carrie Johnson.

Holder's tenure has been marked by controversy as Republicans placed political obstacles in the path of virtually every Obama administration initiative and appointee. However, it was his recent intervention in Ferguson, Missouri and appearance before protesters that is believed to have calmed tensions in the St. Louis suburb.

Comment: As Roosevelt says, nothing happens in politics by mistake. Who has the pathocracy picked for his replacement and what do they have planned?

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Light Saber

Senior OSCE executive praises Russian delivery of humanitarian aid to East Ukraine and expresses surprise at its politicization by some countries

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President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Ilkka Kanerva
Deliveries of Russian relief aid for Ukrainian war-torn eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which currently face a humanitarian catastrophe, were transparent, a senior executive at the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe (OSCE) said on Thursday.

President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Ilkka Kanerva, who is currently on a visit to Moscow, said the European organization had always supported humanitarian aid and Russia's assistance delivered by three convoys of trucks was open and understandable.

The OSCE official also said he was surprised with attempts of some countries to politicize the issue of Russian humanitarian aid deliveries to Ukraine.

Comment: Well, at least someone from a European organization can see it as it is!

Mr. Potato

Pitiful damage control: Israel claims 'highly reliable' intel that Iran tested nukes

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The base where Israel says Iran tested nuclear weapons technology 13-14 years ago.
The day before the Iranian president's address to the UN General Assembly, Israel issued a statement, again accusing the Islamic Republic of allegedly testing technology that could only be used for nuclear bombs.

Based on "highly reliable information," according to the statement from Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz, Tel Aviv has accused Tehran of using internal neutron sources such as uranium in nuclear implosion tests at the Parchin military complex.


Comment: Phew, we were worried there for a second! Thankfully, coming from Israel's intel minister, we know it can't possibly be true.


The statement claimed that the tests occurred back in 2000-2001, during the construction of what it called a "nuclear weaponization test site in Parchin."


Comment: And they just chose to release it now? The Israelis really do think the rest of us were born yesterday.


Comment: That explains it! The Israelis must've known Rouhani's speech at the UN would contain too much truth for comfort. Rather than counter facts, it's a hell of a lot easier to just make stuff up so that people won't listen facts:

Quenelle

Iran's president Rouhani tells it like it is: 'Certain intel agencies' responsible for ISIS monster

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly at United Nations Headquarters in New York, September 25, 2014
The rise of violent extremism around the world is the fault of "certain states" and "intelligence agencies" that have helped to create it and are failing to withstand it, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in an address to the UN General Assembly.

Speaking at the 69th session of the UN General Assembly on Thursday, Rouhani stressed that extremism is not a regional but a global issue, and called on states worldwide to unite against the extremists.

"Certain states have helped to create it, and are now failing to withstand it. Currently our peoples are paying the price," he said. "Certain intelligence agencies have put blades in the hand of the madmen, who now spare no one."

Rouhani also said the current anti-Western sentiment in certain parts of the world was "the offspring of yesterday's colonialism. Today's anti-Westernism is a reaction to yesterday's racism."

The Iranian president urged "all those who have played a role in founding and supporting these terror groups" to acknowledge their mistake.

Comment: You can view President Rouhani's full speech at the UN below. What is it about the U.S. and Israel's biggest 'enemies' always being so good at telling the truth?



Health

Incompetence or worse? How the U.S. 'screwed up' in the fight against Ebola

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President Obama meets with Kent Brantly and his wife, Amber, in the Oval Office on Sept. 16
It was a small victory in a grim and runaway catastrophe. In July, Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, both American medical workers in Liberia, became stricken with Ebola hemorrhagic fever after treating dozens suffering from the disease, which has a mortality rate of 50 percent to 90 percent. They were rushed doses of an experimental cocktail of Ebola antibodies called ZMapp, flown home via a Gulfstream III on separate flights on Aug. 2 and 5, and each isolated inside a special tent called an "aeromedical biological containment system." The U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) coordinated the flights, operated by Phoenix Air, a private transport company based in Georgia. Cared for in a special ward at Emory University in Atlanta, they recovered within the month and later met with President Obama. It appeared to be a win for the White House.

Mapp Biopharmaceutical, the San Diego company that developed ZMapp, is also in a way a White House project. It's supported exclusively through federal grants and contracts that go back to 2005. The antibody mixture hadn't yet passed its first phase of human clinical trials, but after the two Americans were infected with Ebola, the Food and Drug Administration granted emergency access to ZMapp.

It's too early to say whether ZMapp was vital to the Americans' survival. There were a limited number of doses available. Mapp ran out after having given doses to the two Americans, a Spanish priest, and doctors in two West African countries, although it declined to say how many. And that raised fair questions: Why hadn't the promising treatment gone through human clinical trials sooner, and why were there so few doses on hand?

Comment: At the very least, the story of ZMapp demonstrates what the authors above allege: gross incompetence and wrong priorities. However, that is not the only possibility. First, we need to know if the drug is actually effective or not. If it is, was its development deliberately obstructed?

War Whore

Traitors: Anyone who opposes or refuses to support US/CIA/NATO policies

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Ever since the post-World War II grafting of the national-security apparatus onto America's governmental structure, the assumption of the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA has been that Americans who oppose national-security state policies and practices are "subversives" or even traitors.

We experienced this phenomenon throughout the Cold War. U.S. officials were spying on Americans who believed in communism or socialism, tapping their telephones, keeping secret files on them, infiltrating their organizations, and doing whatever they could to destroy, humiliate, or ruin them.

Why were they doing such things? Because they believed that Americans who believed in communism or socialism were subversives and even traitors.

It was the same mindset during the Vietnam War, when U.S. officials secretly monitored the activities of American citizens who were protesting the war. Anyone who wasn't "supporting the troops" was considered a subversive, a bad guy, a traitor. Anyone who refused a conscription order to go fight in Vietnam was criminally prosecuted as a draft resister.

Comment: The plain truth is that the US government is controlled by a Secret Team whose plan for global domination has been in the planning stages for decades, if not longer. Anyone who dares to oppose the state mandated plan must perforce be branded a 'terrorist'. There is no room for dissent.

World War 3 in the offing? US-NATO Geo-Political policy will lead to exactly that

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Germany and France to send drones to Ukraine?

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German soldiers stand behind an unmanned Luna reconnaissance drone
German drones may soon be flying over Ukraine as part of the OSCE mission to monitor the truce between Kiev forces and militia fighters. The German Defense Ministry has sent a team to southeastern Ukraine. France is also considering sending drones.

The ministry announced its readiness to fulfill the OSCE's request in an official statement published on Bundeswehr's (Germany's armed forces) website.

Comment: Maybe this is a good idea. However, using drones to monitor the "situation" does not sound so peaceful; especially considering the fact that France and Germany are inextricably linked with the Western powers. Who is watching the watchers in this scenario?

Binoculars

Kurdish leader: ISIS has INCREASED its presence in northern Syria since US-led bombardment

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ISIS militants patrol in Fallujah, June 21, 2014
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has reinforced fighters who are battling Kurdish forces for control of a Syrian town at the border with Turkey, a redeployment triggered by US-led airstrikes on the group elsewhere, a Kurdish military official said.

Ocalan Iso, deputy leader of the Kurdish forces defending the town of Kobani at the Turkish border, said more ISIS fighters and tanks had arrived since the US-led coalition began air strikes on the group on Tuesday.

"The number of their fighters has increased, the number of their tanks has increased since the bombardment of Raqqa," Iso told Reuters by telephone. He repeated calls for the US-led coalition to expand its airstrikes to ISIS positions near Kobani, which is also known as Ayn al-Arab.


Comment: Kobani (Ayn al-Arab) is located on the Turkish border which is being used by terrorists as their main route into Syria. US/NATO and their allies planned to create a buffer zone in northern Syria for some time, which would allow terrorists to launch attacks deeper into Syria.

For an in depth analysis, see:

US-led airstrikes on Syria: Behind the smokescreen


"Kobani is in danger," he said.

The US-led airstrikes on ISIS in Syria, without the consent of Damascus, have so far targeted the provinces of Raqqa, Deir al-Zor and Hasakah.

ISIS launched a major offensive against Kobani last week, forcing nearly 140,000 Syrian Kurds to flee across the border into Turkey within days - the largest and fastest exodus of civilians since the Syrian conflict began in 2011.

Iso said ISIS fighters had advanced to within 8 km (5 miles) from the southern periphery of Kobani - closer than they have been at any stage in the latest offensive.

"We call on American forces to hit their positions. They are 8 km from Kobani. They were 25 km away before," he said.

A group of several dozen Syrian Kurds who had fled the fighting watched from a hillside on the Turkish side of the border as Kurdish fighters battled ISIS militants in a cluster of villages called Siftek. The sound of sporadic artillery and gunfire echoed around the hills.

Comment: To understand the real reason of US bombing of Syria, see:

US starts bombing Syria - Real target is Assad

Sherlock

US-led airstrikes on Syria: Behind the smokescreen

© Tim Anderson
Same front group, new name
With the recent and ongoing airstrikes launched against Syria by the United States and its "regional" and NATO allies, a number of questions have arisen from a variety of quarters who remain entirely confused as to the ongoing angles of the players involved in the Syrian crisis. Confusion, of course, is a natural state resulting from the mainstream media's attempt to conceal the fact that the United States and NATO/GCC are entirely responsible for the Syrian crisis to begin with as well as for the massive seizure of territory across Iraq and Syria by ISIS militants. These same media outlets have also played a major role in the obfuscation of the understanding of the crisis by providing false delineations and name changes bound to confuse an American population already afflicted with a short attention span.

With even the basic facts surrounding the Syrian crisis forced into obscurity by mass ignorance of their existence, the facts surrounding the recent US bombing of Syria have also given way to more questions.

For that reason, a number of points must be made regarding the recent events and those that will unfold in the future inside Syria.

Information Does Not Equal Coordination

The recent airstrikes by the United States and its allies allegedly against ISIS positions in Syria have been soundly condemned by both Iran and Russia . Both countries have accurately pointed out that the airstrikes were a violation of Syria's national sovereignty and a violation of international law. Syria, however, has refrained from outrage and has even stated that the United States informed it of the attacks before they took place.

Syria's reaction has caused many to believe one of two things: First, that the United States truly is focused on eliminating ISIS; and, second, that the United States and Syria are now working together to achieve this end.
Despite Syria's forbearance, however, the truth is far from either of these ideas. The United States is in no way interested in destroying its own proxy army nor is it interested in working with the secular Assad government. After all, Assad and the Syrian government are the ultimate target of the West to begin with.

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