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One of a kind: Jaish al-Islam, FSA and al-Nusra terrorists routinely support one another.
Al-Nusra and the so called "moderate" rebel opposition in Syria have no intention of calling off their alliance with which they intend to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad. In the same vein, the US, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, who sponsor these "moderates", have no intention of ending their alliance, which has the same objective. Russian intervention has turned the tide and ensured there will be no regime change. The US has responded with Plan B, ominously presented as a plan to "counter Russia" and which may lead to the partition of Syria.

Sputnik News reported that on Wednesday, 5 May, Vitaly Churkin, Russia's representative to the United Nations, told the UN Security Council that "Western-backed opposition forces in Syria have not broken off ties to the al-Nusra Front group despite their promises to do so."

Al-Nusra was a leading member of a coalition of Islamist groups called Ansar al Sharia, formed in 2015 for the purpose of capturing government-held regions of Aleppo. This followed its membership in the formation of Jaish al-Fatah ("Army of Conquest") in the Idlib province earlier in the year. Besides Al-Nusra, these alliances include hard-line Islamist groups such as Ahrar ash-Sham, Jund al-Aqsa, Liwa al-Haqq, Ansar al-Din, Jaysh al-Sunna, Ajnad al-Sham, and Faylaq al-Sham. Jaish al-Fatah has fought together in Aleppo, Latakia, Hama, and Idlib Governorates. Through this alliance Al-Nusra has gained easy access to weapons such as the US anti-tank TOW missile. On 6 May Jaish Al-Fatah launched an offensive in south west Aleppo by a suicide bomb attack in the town of Khan Tuman.

These groups are heavily invested in their effort to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad on behalf of the USA. Claims that these alliances do not exist, or that al-Nusra is not largely in control of rebel held areas of Aleppo are scurrilous. The groups are integrated and trying to use this deception to protect al-Nusra and launch deadly attacks in Aleppo, violating a shaky ceasefire.

The natural evolution of large inflows of foreign sponsored Islamist proxies is the formation of alliances, and this is what has happened in Syria. It is futile to attempt to distinguish rebels from Jihadists or "moderates". Al-Nusra has joined with groups such as Jund al-Aqsa, Ahrar ash-Sham and the Jaish al-Fatah coalition, bolstering numbers and military capability in their quest to overthrow the Assad government. This is exactly how the US, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Israel want it: a coalition of Islamists, armed and trained to be ruthless killing machines in the service of imperialism. The US has made feeble attempts to attack ISIS, as it views it as an asset in the greater goal of regime change; at least until its own trained proxy forces are capable of seizing Raqqa. Turkey has supported ISIS with an oil-for-weapons deal and open passage of fighters across its borders. ISIS and al-Nusra are lethal terrorist forces, strategic US assets which are used without any attention paid to their Salafist ideology.

The integration of al-Nusra with "moderates" offers them protection under the ceasefire. It enables the US, Turkey and Saudi Arabia to arm and finance them under the pretense of financing and arming "moderates". It provides them diplomatic, military and political support and is designed to thwart Syria and Russia's determined efforts to eradicate terrorist groups from Syria in keeping with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254.

The Syrian and Russian governments however are not fooled. They have carefully identified which groups should be classified as terrorists, recognising there are no moderates of any significance in the war, something US political leaders begrudgingly admit as well. The Syrian government has launched an offensive to liberate Aleppo after four years of destruction, targeting al-Nusra and groups which choose to partner with it, and will not let deceitful allegations of deliberately bombing civilians stop it.

The Sinister Infiltration of Psyops

As well as having to contend with an al-Nusra-led military alliance, the Syrian government-led alliance is contending with a sophisticated psyops propaganda campaign which obfuscates the lead role of a
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Western media reported this hospital was damaged recently by a Syrian airstrike. Russian satellite imagery shows ‘al Quds hospital’ in the al Sukkari district had the same damage back in October 2015.
l-Nusra, ignores or downplays atrocities committed by it and its allies, while making unsubstantiated accusations of barrel bombing atrocities by the Syrian forces against hospitals and residential areas. These accusations are picked up uncritically by the Western mainstream media and Western leaders, eager to seize on information which supports its narrative of a barbaric regime killing its own people.

A key player in the psyops operation, Médecins Sans Frontières, despite any claims they make of an independent status, are a Western intelligence asset, indispensable in the psyops war which seeks to demonise the Assad government. Tony Cartalucci details MSF funding as coming from the likes of Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, Google and Microsoft, the very same giant banks and corporations heavily invested in US foreign policy.

MSF set up hospitals in terrorist-held territory such as al-Quds hospital in Aleppo, which was hit allegedly by an airstrike on 27th April. Yet it is mysteriously absent in the majority Syrian government-held areas, where it could be of tremendous benefit in treating the victims of indiscriminate bombing from hell cannons by al-Nusra and its allies. The al-Quds hospital was set up in an unmarked building, a makeshift hospital, which according to Dr Nabil Antaki, an eminent physician based in Aleppo, did not exist prior to the start of the war.

The al-Quds hospital is staffed by the White Helmets, another shady UK- and US-funded 5th columnist organisation that is embedded with al-Nusra, heavily invested in regime change and a key player in the information campaign for a no fly zone to be imposed.

The public relations and social media campaign entitled #AleppoIsBurning is a slick George Soros-funded operation designed to tug at the emotions of Western audiences ready to play keyboard humanitarians and throw their collective weight behind what they believe is a campaign to save Syrian lives by establishing a no fly zone and an end to bombing in Aleppo. The real aims of the campaign are to stop Syria and Russia dealing definitively with al-Nusra and its terrorist allies, allowing these groups to reinforce, rearm and launch counter offensives with new weapons supplied to them by the US, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Just as Islamists are proxies for the US, so too groups like MSF and The White Helmets are of vital importance in the psyops campaign designed to provoke the western public to demand their governments take decisive action, lending legitimacy and a humanitarian façade to pre-planned agendas. These groups have an emerging profile - boosted through well-financed, slick social media campaigns - are respected and admired for their so-called bravery, dedication and humanitarian values, and have quite frankly duped western opinion into believing they are independent and not instruments of regime change. They are uncritically embraced by Western mainstream media, thus sustaining the push for regime change and minimising principled opposition to carnage and imperial conquest in western societies.

In Bed with the Islamists

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"God is on your side": Carter’s National Security Advisor Brzezinzki with Bin Laden in Afghanistan
The Obama administration has no misgivings about aligning itself with Islamist Jihadis. Those who doubt this claim need only look at the historical US nurturing and support of the Mujahideen in Afghanistan, Islamists in Bosnia during the Yugoslav civil war and terror squads which became Al-Qaeda in Iraq. Its dalliances with extremists has continued through to the embrace of neo-Nazis in Ukraine, propping up the haemorrhaging Saudi monarchy and unwavering support for Israel's apartheid, condoned with a recent pledge to increase military aid to $40 billion over 10 years.

The Obama administration implemented the no fly zone in Libya, purportedly to stop a Qaddafi genocide against his fellow Libyans, but in reality to bomb parts of Libya into submission and overthrow the elected Libyan government. This 'strategy' then escalated to military support for al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militias who were visibly supported and encouraged in their murderous rampage through Libya by the arch warmonger John McCain.

The pattern has continued into Syria, with the Obama administration giving the Jihadists its blessing to invade and make it the next destination to sow chaos and destroy a secular society.

The US and its regional allies know from experience that the "moderates" have no hope of seizing power in any partitioned area of Syria, let alone establishing central control. The arming of moderate forces has quickly seen them hand over weapons to al-Nusra and its affiliates. They have faced a sobering choice: capitulate to al-Nusra control or be killed. They have chosen the former. Al-Nusra has regularly harvested weapons supplied to the "moderates" either willingly or by force, seen here and here.

Journalist Nafeez Ahmed provides clear evidence of the billions of dollars funneled to the extreme Islamists and the direct links between "moderates" and ISIS extremists.

The leading players in the supposed anti-ISIS coalition, many of which are Muslim regimes considered to be staunch allies of the west, have provided billions of dollars of funding and military support to the most extreme Islamist militants in Syria.

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, Kuwait and Turkey have all played lead roles in funneling support to groups affiliated with al-Qaeda, including the ISIS precursors al-Qaeda in Iraq and al-Qaeda in Syria (Jabhat al-Nusra), in their western-backed bid to oust Bashar al-Assad.

The Surge in Syria

An escalation of the number of weapons and fighters under cover of the ceasefire is apparent. Janes Defence Weekly published details of 3,000 tons of weapons shipped to Syria via Eastern Europe, Turkey, Jordan and from there to Syria. The larger shipment of 2,000 tons, last recorded on its way to Aqaba in Jordan on April 4th, should have arrived in recent days, significantly bolstering ceasefire-breaching firepower of rebel groups. If past history is anything to go by, al-Nusra stand to gain a huge cache of weapons, compliments of the USA.

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Turkish opposition MP Eren Erdem has confirmed that Turkey allows Daesh free use of the border, and has released the documents proving it.
In recent days, thousands of fighters (terrorists) have crossed the border from Turkey into Syria according to FARS News Agency.

Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi stated last Tuesday that thousands of terrorists have crossed the border into his country in the last few days. "Around 6,000 terrorists have entered Syrian territories in recent days," the Arabic-language media outlets quoted al-Zoubi as saying.

Late in April, Syrian Prime Minister Wael Nader al-Halqi also warned that more than 5,000 fresh militants crossed the border into the Northwestern provinces of Aleppo and Idlib from Turkey, stressing that the ceasefire agreement was being violated by certain parties. "In the end we see that Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Qatar, as well as Western countries such as Great Britain and France have no real desire to move the process of the political settlement in Syria forward," al-Halqi said.

Coordinated with the surge in mercenaries and jihadists, Washington announced the deployment of an additional 250 US special forces to Syria. Washington is sticking to the line that they are there to support rebels fighting ISIS, however a more credible explanation is offered by Professor Michel Chossudovsky.

The influx of jihadists coupled with the deployment of US and allied special forces was carefully coordinated. The US special forces will integrate the ranks of the newly deployed al-Qaeda brigades in Northern Syria which will replace those which were defeated by SAA forces and their allies.

It is crucial to understand these alliances to know why the US is supposedly struggling to separate moderates from al-Nusra in Aleppo, or indeed why the US State Department embarrassed itself with the laughable claim that al-Nusra is not the dominant rebel force in Aleppo, when just days previously the spokesman for the US-led coalition, Colonel Steve Warren, honestly stated that al-Nusra largely controls rebel-held areas of Aleppo. Warren was, obviously, forced to retract this statement two days later. Yet Warren's candid statements reflected the opinion of Russia's military spokesman, Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi, who earlier in April said that 8,000 al-Nusra militants were amassing around Aleppo and preparing to cut off the city's main road to Syria's capital, Damascus.

The logical conclusion is that the US is supporting al-Nusra and seeking to protect it from attacks by Syrian-led forces, which are fully justified by the terms of the ceasefire and al-Nusra's designation as a terrorist organisation. Such an assault by Syria, backed by Russian air power, could fully liberate Aleppo and end four years of suffering and torment of its inhabitants. Does anyone really believe Warren, as spokesman for the US coalition, would make such a glaring mistake, which had to be hastily corrected? It would appear State Department Spokesman Mark Toner and Secretary of State John Kerry concur with Warren. The lead role al-Nusra plays in the Jaish al-Fatah alliance, its long military experience, fighting skill, fanaticism, ability to attract recruits, considerable financial support, alliances with other large rebel groups and capacity to absorb smaller rebel factions and their weapons suggest it is folly to pretend they don't have a heavy presence in Aleppo. Such claims are politically motivated, based on an understanding of its vital role in the fulfillment of Plan B, the partition of Syria.

The US, Saudi Arabia and Turkey would be sorely disappointed if they were in some way forced to support local rebel forces. This would entail supporting Syrians struggling for a more just, equal society. This is anathema to the US and its authoritarian Arab regime allies. Absorption of local forces into foreign-sponsored Islamist militant groups under the control of the USA ensures any aspirations of nationalism and enhanced democracy are suppressed.

When is a Ceasefire not a Good Idea? When it Protects Al Nusra

Pushing for a ceasefire in areas held by al-Nusra is ipso facto contravening UNSC 2254, which calls for:
Member States to prevent and suppress terrorist acts committed specifically by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as Da'esh), Al-Nusra Front (ANF), and all other individuals, groups, undertakings, and entities associated with Al Qaeda or ISIL...
Peace talks should not involve, nor make any concessions to al-Nusra, nor any other designated terrorist group. Why then was U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Geneva to renegotiate a cessation of hostilities between Syrian government forces and foreign-supported rebels in Aleppo, without including Syrian or Russian representatives in the discussion? Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar all support groups firmly in alliances with al-Nusra. How then did Kerry hope to achieve an outcome which excludes al-Nusra?

The USA, perhaps still not used to the fact it can no longer treat Russia like a doormat, had the temerity to try to include al-Nusra in an Aleppo ceasefire. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was typically diplomatic, when he said:
During the negotiations, our US partners actually tried to draw the borders of this 'zone of silence' to include a significant number of positions occupied by the al-Nusra Front. We managed to exclude this as it is absolutely unacceptable.

This indicates that someone wants to use the Americans. I do not believe that it is in their interest to shield the al-Nusra Front. But someone wants to use the Americans to shield the al-Nusra Front from strikes.
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Saudi-backed HNC members Asaad Al-Zoubi, Mohamed Alloush of the Jaish al Islam, and George Sabra after a meeeting with U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura in Geneva, Switzerland, March 22, 2016.
The Saudi/Turkey-backed High Negotiations Committee sabotaged the Geneva peace talks in April, complaining of what it called a siege of rebel-held areas and rocket attacks by Syrian armed forces, as well as continuing its demand of an Assad departure, despite its much weakened position. This insistence runs counter to the principle of decision making by the citizens of Syria, and comes from a position of demanding surrender, not negotiating a sustainable resolution to the five-year war.

Simultaneously, al-Nusra, Ahrar ash-Sham and other rebel forces launched an assault in Latakia and conducted shelling in residential areas of Aleppo and Damascus.

The HNC, which on Turkey's insistence excluded the Kurds from the peace talks, were dissatisfied that al-Nusra were quite rightly excluded from the peace talks. This sheds some light on the true nature of their claims of "sieging" and shelling "moderate" rebel-held areas.

The USA and the Syrian opposition is nothing if not persistent, pushing for al-Nusra not to be bombed back in February. According to Moon of Alabama:
They (the US) no longer want a ceasefire but only a "cessation of hostilities". ... The US now demands, contrary to the UNSC resolution, that the terrorist group al-Qaeda in Syria should no longer be fought.
Resolution 2254 explicitly calls for continued attacking of al-Nusra, yet the USA now wants bombing of al-Nusra to stop.

The cessation of hostilities is being exploited by Western powers and regional states to reinforce and rearm terrorist proxies, preparing them for a renewed offensive to reverse the gains made by the Russian-backed Syrian armed forces. Subsequently, the terrorist groups have mounted a relentless assault, using hell cannons to terrorize civilians in Western Aleppo, hitting hospitals, mosques, universities and residential areas, secure in the knowledge these barbaric acts will be largely suppressed by the Western media, NGO's and US-led coalition political leaders.

Simultaneously, attacks on terrorist-held areas are bemoaned and receive saturation coverage, with unsubstantiated claims of bombing hospitals and killing civilians. The plan is to weaken and drain the resistance of the Syrian government until it capitulates. The more likely scenario, however, is a prolonged, bloody war, with Russia ensuring there will be no regime change, upholding international law and seeking peace in the region. A partitioned Syria, with the non-Assad-controlled regions being US vassals may be the best Washington can hope for.