Puppet Masters


No choice: Russia, US work on agreement to coordinate air operations in Syria

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Russian pilots ready a Su-30 fighter for a raid at Hmeimim aerodrome in Syria.
The Russian Defense Ministry and the Pentagon are working on an agreement to coordinate military flights in Syria, according to Russia's Defense Ministry.

"The Russian Defense Ministry has responded to the Pentagon's request and promptly considered the American proposal on coordination of actions in the framework of the fight against the terror group ISIS," Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said, as quoted by TASS.

He added that "in general, these proposals could be accepted for implementation."

The General Staff "in principle" supports the agreement proposed by US colleagues, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said on Tuesday.

"Unfortunately, the US is reducing our coordination only to its technical aspects - that is between our pilots during their missions," he said, following a meeting with Defense press attachés from several countries including the US.

Comment: Russia is inviting the US to work together on fighting ISIL but it seems the US is trying to dictate the rules of engagement. The US has no choice right now but to work with Russia on their terms.


Russian colonel says it plainly: ISIS is a division of the CIA

ISIS/Al-Qaeda leader Omar Al-Shishani of Chechnya has vowed to lead the fight against Russia once winning in Syria.
Alexander Zhilin, Colonel in the army and military expert of the Russian Federation, explains in layman's terms Russia's national interests in supporting Assad.

A number of Russians, and Westerners as well, have some misunderstandings about Russia's involvement.

Zhilin explains why this is not an optional fight for Russia. In the event that Syria fell, it would free up ISIS fighters for a renewed campaign in Chechnya, Dagestan and east of the Caspian as well, pushing north from Afghanistan into former Soviet central Asia.

Recall that ISIS is a re-branding and broadening of the same Saudi (et al) backed network of 'foreign legionary' soldiers which previously was called Al Qaeda and the Maktab al-Khidamat network which preceded it.


Kicking a** and taking names: How Putin will win in Syria

The reason Putin will succeed where the US failed in its war on ISIS, is because the Russian air-strikes are going to be accompanied by a formidable mop-up operation that will overpower the jihadi groups on the ground. This is already happening as we speak. The Russian Air Force has been pounding terrorist targets across the Idlib Governorate for the last few days as well as ISIS strongholds in the East at Raffa. On Sunday, according to a report filed by South Front, roughly 700 militants surrendered to members of the 147th Syrian tank brigade shortly after bombers had attacked nearly cities of Mardeij, Ma'arat Al-Nu'man, Jisr Al-Shughour, Saraqib and Sarmeen. This is the pattern we expect to see in the weeks ahead. Russian bombers will soften targets on the frontlines, ground troops will move into position, and untold numbers of jihadis will either flee, surrender or get cut down where they stand. Bottom line: Syria is not going to be a quagmire as the media has predicted. To the contrary, Putin is going to cut through these guys like crap through a goose.

According to South Front: "Lieutenant General Andrey Kartapolov, head of the Main Operation Directorate of the General Staff of Russia's armed forces, said the strikes have significantly reduced the terrorists' combat capabilities." In other words, the Russian offensive is already producing positive results. This is no small matter. By most accounts, the conflict had deteriorated into a stalemate. Now, with Russia in the picture, that's changed. Now the table is clearly tilted in Syria's favor.

Also, according to an earlier report: "The positioning of Russian aircraft in Syria gives the Kremlin the ability to shape and control the battle-space in both Syria and Iraq out of all proportion to the size of the Russian force." ("International Military Review - Syria, Oct 5, 2015", South Front)

The Russian air-base at Latakia is perfectly situated for providing air cover or bombing terrorist targets across the country. The Russian airforce will also make every effort to cut off supply lines and escape routes so that as many jihadis as possible are liquidated within Syria's borders. This is why ISIS positions along the main highway to Iraq were destroyed on Sunday. The jihadi thugs will be given every chance to die in battle as they wish, but getting out alive is not going to be so easy.


ISIL hiding weapons near mosques and civilian population

Russian jets hit 12 Islamic State targets in the course of nearly 20 combat flights carried out in Syria on Tuesday, the Defense Ministry said. Command centers and training camps were destroyed in the attacks which threw the extremists into panic.

"Su-34, Su-24M and Su-25 have launched air strikes on 12 objects of logistic infrastructure, command posts, training camps and facilities of militants belonging to terrorist groups allied with Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL]," Igor Konashenkov, Russia's Defense Ministry spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Russian jets destroyed an Islamic State army munitions plant outside Damascus as well as two command centers in Deir ez-Zor, according to the ministry's statement. In the Idlib Governorate, a training camp for IS militants was eliminated, while several IS strongholds came under attack where ammunition depots were blown up.

Heart - Black

That awkward realization when one Nobel Peace Prize winner bombs another Nobel Peace Prize winner


US/NATO planes bombed a hospital operated by Doctors Without Borders in Afghanistan on Saturday. The attack lasted an hour, and continued even after medics "frantically phoned NATO and Washington" to tell them what they were bombing.

It was no use. The attackers already knew full well what their target was. Doctors Without Borders had long ago provided them with the GPS coordinates of their facilities. And the US-installed Afghan government, which had raided that very same hospital in July of this year, had requested the strike, claiming the hospital was being used by insurgents.

Comment: Oh, Henry - what a deflection! As if to say, "don't look at me -- Obama's war crimes are even worse than my war crimes." Well here's some news for you buddy: you still committed war crimes!!

And it is no consolation to hear that some ex Nobel Peace Prize committee members now regret their decision to award Obama with the prize. The man is, after all, an articulate and educated savage, ie. "Turns out I'm really good at killing people".

At this point all they could possibly do to redeem themselves of this gross error is to revoke the award from Obama and present him with something like a Savage War Prize. Instead of a medallion he'd be put on an island with the rest of his neocon ilk to tough it out 'Lord of the Flies' style. But, really, how can one even assess what the application of true justice would mean in the case of such an arch criminal?


"Grand chessboard" Brzezinski checkmated by Putin says Obama should retaliate if Russia doesn't stop attacking U.S. assets

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The United States should threaten to retaliate if Russia does not stop attacking U.S. assets in Syria, former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote in a Financial Times op-ed published Sunday, urging "strategic boldness," with American credibility in the Middle East and the region itself at stake.

Moscow's apparent decision to strike non-Islamic State targets and those of Syrian rebels backed by the Central Intelligence Agency "at best" reflects "Russian military incompetence," and worst, "evidence of a dangerous desire to highlight American political impotence," wrote Brzezinski, the national security adviser for former President Jimmy Carter and a strong supporter of current President Barack Obama.

Comment: Brzezinski and his ilk have painted themselves into a corner and are now grasping at straws. For more information about Brzezinski and his policy towards Russia read:

Magic Wand

U.S. bombing of Afghan Hospital covered up by media manipulation

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A New York Times headline corrected
When Russia denies killing civilians in its airstrikes on Syria, US media are suddenly skeptical and thorough; yet when the US government makes the same claims, journalists just recycle its press releases.

A US-led NATO military coalition bombed a hospital run by international humanitarian aid organization Doctors Without Borders (known internationally as Medecins Sans Frontières, MSF) in Afghanistan, killing at least 22 people—12 staff members and 10 patients, including three children—and wounding 37 more.

AFP, the first network to report the story, in the early hours of October 3, quoted NATO saying, "US forces conducted an air strike in Kunduz city.... The strike may have resulted in collateral damage to a nearby medical facility."

MSF promptly issued a statement (10/3/15), revealing that it had been "hit several times during sustained bombing and was very badly damaged." In an update hours later, MSF said it "condemns in the strongest possible terms the horrific bombing of its hospital in Kunduz, which was full of staff and patients."

Comment: More U.S. war crimes to be quietly buried - the death of truth is just 'regrettable collateral damage'.


US General admits US forces called air strike on hospital, a war crime says MSF


The Kunduz hospital that was (deliberately?) bombed by US forces, killing 12 doctors and 10 patients, among them 3 children, all burned alive in their hospital beds.
US special operations forces - not their Afghan allies - called in the deadly airstrike on the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, the US commander has conceded.

Shortly before General John Campbell, the commander of the US and Nato war in Afghanistan, testified to a Senate panel, the president of Doctors Without Borders - also known as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) - said the US and Afghanistan had made an "admission of a war crime".

Comment: Well, it certainly makes a change from denying war crimes!

Comment: This is but the latest US war crime in Afghanistan, and not even close to the worst.

In 2009 the US air force carried out an aerial attack on the village of Azizazad, methodically destroying 8 homes and killing around 92 civilians.

Also in 2009, the US military dropped bombs on the village of Granai, which was the site of a firefight between the US and Taliban forces. As many as 147 civilians were killed, most of them women and children.

Does anyone need any more evidence that these psychopaths do not care at all about civilian deaths? They realize, of course, that they must "condemn" such deaths, but that is merely for public consumption, to reassure the ignorant masses that they are not ruled by a cabal of conscienceless predators.

Bad Guys

Inside Saudi Arabia: Butchery, brutality, slavery and history of revolt

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Meet the new head of the United Nations panel on Human Rights: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Abby Martin takes us inside the brutal reality of this police-state monarchy, and tells the untold people's history of resistance to it. With a major, catastrophic war in Yemen and looming high-profile executions of activists, The Empire Files exposes true nature of the U.S.-Saudi love affair.

Comment: Avarice. Slavery. Butchery. Massacre. Destruction; that is Saudi Arabia. And strong political and financial bonds with its Western counterpart, the United States - which have now enabled it, as the head of the UN's Human Rights Council, to drop inquiries into the atrocities it itself is committing in Yemen. You don't know whether to laugh or cry.

See also: 'The world is failing Yemen': Saudi Arabia desperate to escalate war as Yemeni rebels refuse to buckle


Netanyahu thinks Putin was born yesterday: Israel to provide Russia with intelligence about Syrian opposition, for a price


Despite stating otherwise, the Russian airstrikes so far has targetted non-Daesh targets, including several bases of anit-regime rebel groups [file photo of a member of the Aleppo Es Samiyye Front]
Israel will provide Russia with intelligence information about opposition sites in Syria to facilitate Moscow's military operations, Channel 2TV has reported. The Israeli network said that a senior delegation of Russian army officials will arrive in Israel on Tuesday to coordinate the military cooperation.

Comment: Very interesting development, considering the fact that Israel's continuous illegal violation of Syrian airspace was outmanoeuvred and neutralized by Putin in brilliant strategic move. Not to mention, the incident, where four Israeli F-15 fighters had to retreat with their tails between their legs, after being chased away by six Russian Sukhoi Su-30s.

The delegation will be led by First Deputy Chief of General Staff General Nikolai Bogdanovsky, who will meet his Israeli counterpart, Major-General Yair Golan as well as senior officials in Israeli military intelligence, the air force and the Mossad. Channel 2 noted that the visit follows the meeting between Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow three weeks ago.

According to the media report, Israel will submit more requests to the Russians in exchange for "attractive" offers to facilitate the Russian army's military operations in Syria. It also revealed that Netanyahu and Putin have agreed on several issue in principle, including a Russian pledge to stop the flow of weapons from Syria to Hezbollah, as well as to allow the Israeli air force to carry out operations freely in Syria, even in areas where the Russian army is stationed on the Syrian coast.

Comment: So now the picture becomes more clear. Israeli media wants us to believe that Netanyahu has the upper hand in the upcoming negotiations. And that he is willing to share vital intelligence information for a price, which Russians are willing to pay. Yeah, right. We bet they were similarly optimistic right before Netanyahu's visit with Putin, and we all know how that turned out. Putin isn't a fool, and not a psychopath like Netanyahu, either. We shall see how negotiations will turn out.

Comment: It appears that even the war criminal, Tzipi Livni, realizes that in light of recent developments Israel should drop the usual "Iran and Hezbollah are mortal enemies" rhetoric. Would Netanyahu play ball? We doubt that, considering his recent 45-second 'death stare' at the UN.