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Battle of Armageddon: Will it come on Obama's or Clinton's watch?

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"Russia will continue to send troops home in body bags".. - John Kirby, US State Department.
The battle of Armageddon refers to the final war between human governments and God. In the book of Revelations, in Christian scriptures, this ultimate battle of good and evil takes place on a plain beneath the Israeli town of Megiddo. Most scholars agree the reference to the town is figurative only, but Tel Megiddo is just over 80 miles from embattled Damascus, Syria. I know this is an interesting revelation for some, but geographic proximity to end days is not the only "coincidental" moment of our time.

There's a song from the 1960s that comes to mind. The melody and lyrics of the Zager and Evans super hit tune "In the Year 2525" are droning in my brain this morning, one stanza in particular: "In the year 7510 If God's a-comin' he ought to make it by then Maybe he'll look around himself and say Guess it's time for the Judgement day."

Attention

Bombshell: Pentagon paid PR firm $540mln to film terrorist propaganda


US contractor Nicholas Berg is filmed sitting in front of Zarqawi, centre, and his henchmen moments before he is murdered. Zarqawi pioneered the use of internet videos as a tool of terror - did he work for Bell Pottinger by any chance?
The Pentagon gave a controversial UK PR firm over half a billion dollars to run a top secret propaganda programme in Iraq, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism can reveal.

Bell Pottinger's output included short TV segments made in the style of Arabic news networks and fake insurgent videos which could be used to track the people who watched them, according to a former employee.

The agency's staff worked alongside high-ranking US military officers in their Baghdad Camp Victory headquarters as the insurgency raged outside.

Bell Pottinger's former chairman Lord Tim Bell confirmed to the Sunday Times, which worked with the Bureau on this story, that his firm had worked on a "covert" military operation "covered by various secrecy agreements."

Bell Pottinger reported to the Pentagon, the CIA and the National Security Council on its work in Iraq, he said.

Comment: Fast forward ten years and ask yourself: how much of the ISIS propaganda we see today is also produced by a British PR firm to "track suspected sympathizers"? How much of the "al-Qaeda material" used by Bell Pottinger in their black propaganda was produced by military/intelligence?

Remember the context: the American occupation was facing a strong strong insurgency from Iraqis fighting against the illegal invasion and occupation of their country. Covert military strategy in such a scenario should be obvious: polarize the population view white/grey/black propaganda to gain support for the puppet regime, radicalize the nutjobs, terrorize the population, and paint the patriotic insurgency as terrorists, thus delegitimizing them. Black ops are employed for the same purposes.


MIB

U.S. Special Forces officer: How the CIA armed and trained jihadists for war in Syria

The West blames Russia for the bloody mess in Syria, but U.S. Special Forces saw close up how the chaotic U.S. policy of aiding Syrian jihadists enabled Al Qaeda and ISIS to rip Syria apart, explains ex-British diplomat Alastair Crooke.

"No one on the ground believes in this mission or this effort", a former Green Beret writes of America's covert and clandestine programs to train and arm Syrian insurgents, "they know we are just training the next generation of jihadis, so they are sabotaging it by saying, 'Fuck it, who cares?'". "I don't want to be responsible for Nusra guys saying they were trained by Americans," the Green Beret added.

In a detailed report, US Special Forces Sabotage White House Policy gone Disastrously Wrong with Covert Ops in Syria, Jack Murphy, himself a former Green Beret (U.S. Special Forces), recounts a former CIA officer having told him how the "the Syria covert action program is [CIA Director John] Brennan's baby ...Brennan was the one who breathed life into the Syrian Task Force ... John Brennan loved that regime-change bullshit."

In gist, Murphy tells the story of U.S. Special Forces under one Presidential authority, arming Syrian anti-ISIS forces, whilst the CIA, obsessed with overthrowing President Bashar al-Assad, and operating under a separate Presidential authority, conducts a separate and parallel program to arm anti-Assad insurgents.

Comment: Yes, pity Syria - that has, however indirectly, and for the last how many years, bravely fought a life or death struggle against one of the most maniacal, covert and pathological forces ever to walk Earth - the CIA. And if that isn't bad enough, it has one of the most maniacal, covert and pathological forces on Earth spreading lies about the whole tragedy - the Western media.


Propaganda

U.S. propaganda failing: Even mainstream now admits that moderate rebels are al-Qaeda

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The Obama administration, and especially the CIA and the State Department, seem to be in trouble. They shout everything they can against Russia and allege that the cleansing of east-Aleppo of al-Qaeda terrorist is genocidal. Meanwhile no mention is ever made of the famine of the Houthis in Yemen which the U.S. and Saudi bombing and their blockade directly causes.

But more and more major news accounts support the Russian allegation that the "moderate rebels" the U.S. is coddling in Syria are actually in cahoots with al-Qaeda if not al-Qaeda itself.

Reuters reports (though only at the end of a longer story):
In Aleppo, rebels in the Free Syrian Army are sharing operational planning with Jaish al-Fatah, an alliance of Islamist groups that includes the former Syrian wing of al Qaeda.

Meanwhile, in nearby Hama province, FSA groups armed with U.S.-made anti-tank missiles are taking part in a major offensive with the al Qaeda-inspired Jund al-Aqsa group.

Comment: See also: SOTT News Snapshot: U.S. rages at Russia for attacking its terrorist allies in Syria


Yoda

A year of Russia fighting against Western imperialism: 5 key milestones of the Russian air campaign in Syria

Precisely a year ago Moscow joined the campaign in Syria at the request of Damascus. While killing thousands of jihadists, Russia suffered military losses, but became one of the driving forces behind attempts at the national reconciliation process.

On September 30, 2015 Russian jets conducted their first strikes against terrorist targets in Syria, hitting Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS/ISIL) positions near the cities of Homs and Hama.

By that time the US-led coalition had been already active in Syria for over a year. Yet Russia became the only state which received an official request from Syrian President Bashar Assad to conduct air strikes in the country. The Russian jets operated from the Khmeimim air base located in Syria's Latakia Governorate.

Liberation of Palmyra

During its mission, the Russian Air Force aided the Syrian army in liberating one of the country's key cities and a world heritage site - Palmyra. The ancient city had been under the control of IS since May 2015 before it was retaken by government forces backed by Russian airstrikes in March this year.

Jihadists destroyed numerous historical landmarks during the occupation, while leaving roads, houses and monuments booby trapped. Russian and Syrian sappers defused thousands of mines left by the terrorists after their retreat. Following the liberation of the ravaged city, the world-famous Russian conductor Valery Gergiev led a concert in Palmyra to support its restoration and honor the victims of the war.


Attention

Volunteers by day, terrorists by night: The double life of White Helmets

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A worker of a social canteen
Volunteers of the White Helmets civil defense organization have a double life: they are 'volunteers' by day and terrorists by night.

Photos, published online, reveal 'the second life' of volunteers of the White Helmets civil defense organization that operates throughout the Syrian territory, controlled by the 'moderate' opposition.

According to the photos, the volunteers spend one part of their lives, providing assistance to civilian population, and then transform into members of terrorist groups and shoot at the same civilians.

Comment: See also:


Bad Guys

US condemnation against phantom Syria and Russian "humanitarian crimes" - prelude to NATO-style invasion?

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The crescendo of US-led condemnations against Syria and Russia over alleged humanitarian crimes in Syria grows louder by the day. The eerie sense is that this «outcry» is being orchestrated as a prelude to a NATO-style intervention in Syria.

Such a NATO maneuver would follow the template for former Yugoslavia and Libya, leading to greater civilian deaths, territorial disintegration, a surge in regional terrorism and more international lawlessness by Western states.

The concerted, emotive appeals over the past week - bordering on hysteria - indicate a propaganda campaign coordinated between Washington and its Western allies, the mass media and the US-led NATO military alliance.

It was US ambassador the United Nations Samantha Power who led the chorus of accusations against Russia and its Syrian ally, using the Security Council emergency meeting last weekend to condemn «barbarism» of renewed violence around the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Britain and France piled in with more unsubstantiated condemnations of war crimes, as did shameless UN officials, Ban Ki-Moon, the secretary general, and Staffan de Mistura, the UN's special envoy to Syria.


Comment: Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova swiftly rebuked Samantha Power for her "barbarism" comments at the UN:

Few people would countenance war, but surely Syria has the sovereign right to defend its nation from a foreign-fueled war on its territory. In all the lachrymose lecturing from the likes of Samantha Power, the pertinent question of who started this war in the first place gets lost in rhetorical fog.

Cult

Interview with Al-Nusra commander Abu al-Ezz: "The Americans stand on our side"

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Jürgen Todenhöfer interviews rebel commander Abu al-Ezz
This interview by Jürgen Todenhöfer was first published in German on September 26 2016 by the Kölner Stadtanzeiger, the major newspaper in the Cologne region. (The interview was copied and translated to English by Bernhard for educational and academic purposes.)

Interview with al-Nusra commander "The Americans stand on our side"

By Jürgen Todenhöfer

It was the seventh trip by my son Frederic and me to the civil war country Syria. We were there for 13 days. Words can only barely describe the extent of damage and suffering on both sides.

We conducted the interview ten days ago with a commander of the al-Qaida branch "Jabhat al-Nusra". Abu al-Ezz reported quite openly about his financiers Saudi-Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait. We were able to exactly research the identity of the man and know practically everything about him.


Comment: Syria is the front line against the head-chopping Wahhabist maniacs unleashed by the US through its proxies Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Israel and Turkey have joined the game, as it suits their particular national agendas. Only Russia's timely intervention has prevented those mercenary crazies from overrunning the entire Middle East. The U.S. has sown the wind and will reap the whirlwind. Update: RT interviewed the German journalist who conducted this interview. Worth watching:


Choice quotes:

"Unfortunately, there isn't ... a peaceful, democratic opposition."

"In a certain way he [the Jabhat al-Nusra commander] is repeating what Pentagon said four years ago."

"This is a game everybody knows. It's very clear that the Americans know that their weapons will in the end be in the hands of terrorists."



USA

The presidential debate - Mother superior vs ranting schoolboy

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People wait in the hall for the presidential debate between Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The temptation is irresistible to conceptualize the Clinton Machine's strategy going into the first US presidential debate; let Donald Trump metastasize into a pretzel. Mission not impossible; in fact, accomplished.

Sniffin' and slidin', beepin' and sippin', angrily chokin', even swoopin' on the mike to choreograph a blow, "Donald" (as addressed by "Secretary Clinton") fell for every shape and size of bait thrown by a canny, relentlessly focused and rehearsed-to-death, Yale-trained, Lawyerly Mother Superior. Freud, Jung and Lacan must have shed tears of joy in their heavenly pad watching the Ego-unraveling show.

While Secretary Clinton controlled the debate, Donald could not even control his temper; but this being The Donald, it did not prevent him from launching an out of left field self-elegy to his "temperament".

The latest installment of the longest job interview on the planet, played out in a deep blue stage with white stars featuring an American eagle with an - out of place — olive branch, may have qualified as wild, wacky TV at its apex.

Yet on the Donald front it was mostly painful to watch. Stream of consciousness non-sequiturs ruled, as in, "I have a son who's 10, he's so good with computers" — running commentary on US cyber-security vulnerability.

But then, from a global public opinion point of view, there's geopolitics - something that vastly infantilized swathes of Americans consider at best a big, meaningless word. Yet Secretary Clinton herself was keen to emphasize, "words matter".

So let's see how (and if) geopolitical words made sense at the Trump/Hillary cage match.

Snakes in Suits

Blatant subversion: Syria ceasefire deal breakdown shows US under military rule

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A schism within US government has come spectacularly into the open, with the Pentagon and CIA militarists seemingly subverting the president's authority over Syria policy.

This amounts to a brazen pulling of rank by the militarist elements within the US power structure over the civilian titular head of government. This power struggle came to light dramatically - if briefly - with the US air strike last weekend on the Syrian army base near Deir ez-Zor in which over 60 troops were killed.

That massacre was no accident, as the Pentagon subsequently claimed. It was a deliberate mortal blow to the shaky ceasefire worked out the week before by US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.