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Tory MP Andrew Mitchell blasts Royal Bank of Scotland attempt to close RT's accounts

© RT / Going Underground
Former Conservative chief whip Andrew Mitchell MP has criticized the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) for the partly state-owned bank's attempts to freeze RT's UK accounts through its NatWest subsidiary.

He told RT UK's Going Underground: "It's important that RT carries interviews, if you carry interviews like this, then you are promoting free speech, and I wouldn't want to put RT out of business."

Comment: See also: Royal Bank of Scotland Group blocks RT's UK bank accounts


Syrian Army repels ISIS attack at key oil field in east Homs

The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) conducted another large attack in the northeastern countryside of the Homs Governorate on Saturday, targeting the strategic Al-Mahr Oil Field near the Sawwanah Hill.

ISIS began their assault by targeting the checkpoints outside of the Al-Mahr Oil Field; this attack would prove successful as they reached the outskirts of this government site.

With ISIS at the doorsteps of the Al-Mahr OIl Field, the Syrian Armed Forces quickly regrouped and launched a counter-offensive to recapture the territory they lost to the terrorists.

Comment: As AMN reports, the Al-Mahr oil field is one of the most important oil fields for the Syrian Army:
The al-Mahr oil well 1 produces 400,000 cubic meters oil daily, while oil well 2, 3 and 4 produce 660,000 cubic meters oil daily when operational.

This makes it one of the most important suppliers of oil to the Syrian Government which suffers from western trade embargos and has lost most of its oil fields during the war.
Further reading: Russia Checkmates US in Syria: Expect More Terrorism, Not Nuclear War


Syrian Army resumes fighting in Aleppo as US-backed terrorists continue shelling civilians

al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda in Syria)
On October 22, heavy clashes resumed between the Syrian government forces and the Al-Nusra-led coalition of militant groups rebels in the Syrian city of Aleppo. Especially heavy clashes were reported in the southern neighborhoods of Aleppo: Amiriyah and Sheikh Saeed.

Some sources report that the Syrian army and its allies launched a fresh offensive on the positions of Al-Nusra & Co inside the city. Pro-government media outlets argue that the government forces were repelling the terrorists' attacks.

Air strikes have been reported inside and outside Aleppo since October 21. According to local sources, the Russian Aerospace Forces have been focusing on bombing al-Nusra's supply lines in the southern Aleppo countryside while the Syrian Arab Air Force have delivered unspecified number of air strikes in northern Aleppo.

Comment: Further reading:

Heart - Black

US-backed terrorists shell Aleppo exit route forcing civilians to stay

© Reuters
A general view of the bomb damaged Old City area of Aleppo, Syria
Not a single civilian has been able to flee militant-held East Aleppo as the third day of a humanitarian ceasefire initiated by Moscow and Damascus came to an end, RT's correspondent on the ground reports. Terrorists also bombed the humanitarian corridor.

"There were ambulances, buses waiting for civilians, waiting for the sick, nobody was allowed to leave,"RT's Murad Gazdiev, who is currently in Aleppo, reported on Saturday.

Instead, "rebels and Jihadists" shelled the crossings designated to allow free passage to those willing to exit the encircled part of Aleppo.

On October 18, Moscow and Damascus halted their anti-terrorist strikes on East Aleppo. Starting from October 20, a humanitarian ceasefire saw an opening of four corridors for civilians and two for militants to offer a safe way out. The UN and other aid groups were supposed to bring humanitarian aid through the respective corridors as well. On Thursday, militants opened fire on one of the routes, injuring three Russian officers at the El-Masharka government checkpoint, Moscow said.

The evacuation of civilians was "impossible" due to the poor security situation on the ground, Ingy Sedky, spokeswoman for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), was quoted as saying by Deutsche Welle.

Eye 2

Russian MoD: US airstrikes kill dozens of civilians in Iraq after striking funeral procession

© Reuters / Shawn Nicke
A formation of U.S. Navy F-18E Super Hornets
The Russian Ministry of Defense says that the US-led coalition is responsible for striking mourners in the Iraqi city of Daquq on Friday, killing dozens of civilians, including women and children.

The coalition jets apparently identified the mourning procession as Islamic State terrorists, said General Igor Konashenkov, spokesperson for the Russian Defense Ministry.

"Judging by the eyewitness accounts, the mourning procession was mistaken for terrorists by the coalition aviation. Dozens of Iraqi civilians died, including women and children,"Konashenkov said.

Comment: Since when does a funeral procession with women and children resemble terrorists? Either the US is totally incompetent, or they are lying.

"Russian reconnaissance pinpointed two jets conducting airstrikes on Daquq, located 30 kilometers to the south of Kirkuk, where, according to our data, there are no ISIS fighters," he added.

Initial reports on the attack came on Friday, with AFP citing local officials and medics as saying that 15 women were killed and 50 more injured.

Comment: While the US continues to make up lies about Russia and Syria killing civilians, here is concrete evidence of the US doing exactly that. Will anyone in the Western media point this out? It's very doubtful.

Post-It Note

Fake websites, fake polls, fake news, fake leaks and the desperate Clinton campaign

© onsist.com
Yes, Virginia, there really IS a poll fairy skewing the polls in favor of Hillary Clinton.

Yesterday, I wrote about a brand new leak that had come my way. I read through the first 5 pages, confirmed that the two entities in the document were genuine and were really in cahoots, and quickly got out the information that the polls we are seeing with Clinton in the lead are fake.

But, in full disclosure, I made a mistake. I really should have read the last 3 pages, because if I had, I wouldn't have published the document as a legitimate leak. It was full of outrageous Hollywood sci-fi "salvage options" for the campaign that included magnetized mind control and a fake alien invasion. It's interesting to note that all of those options actually do exist - DARPA experiments on things like that, and things even creepier. However, it seems far-fetched that the Clinton campaign would/could go that far, and even more so that a business that does polls and analyzes them would have experimented with the tactics.

So, I removed the post. There are enough lies and rumors going around the internet without me adding to them.

Comment: Why is Reuters tweaking its presidential poll?

War Whore

Interview with one of Killary's 'fixers' reveals coverup of multiple Clinton sexual affairs

The National Enquirer has released an in-depth interview with one of Hillary Clinton's so-called fixers on Wednesday, unveiling documents that show 24 years of collusion with the Clintons to cover-up Bill and Hillary's sexual affairs and how officials from the White House were complicit!

The fixer said that he worked with the Clintons to cover-up 12 incidents, including Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky. All 12 incidents are revealed in the documentation given to the Enquirer.

"I arranged a meeting for Hillary and a woman in an exclusive Beverly Hills hotel. She had come to the studio to see the filming of a movie in 1994," he said in a preview of the interview that the Enquirer has posted online. "While I was there, I helped her slip out of a back exit for a one-on-one session with the other woman. It was made to look casual, leaving quietly [rather] than being caught up in the melee, but really it was for something presumably more sordid."

Comment: Coverup? FBI files linking Killary to 'suicide' of White House counsel Vince Foster missing from National Archives

Star of David

Israel looks to buy three new nuke-capable subs

© Flickr/ Fishman 53
According to a report by the Israeli newspaper Maariv, the country is secretly preparing to purchase three Dolphin-class submarines from Germany at a total cost of $1.3 billion. This purchase will come in addition to its existing contract for six German submarines, the last of which is due for delivery in 2017.

"The new submarines are said to be more advanced, longer and equipped with better accessories," the newspaper report said.

The Israeli Defense Ministry refused to provide an immediate response.

While Israel pursues a policy of neither acknowledging nor denying its nuclear weapons capabilities, the Dolphin submarines are reportedly able to carry and launch missiles equipped with nuclear warheads.

Comment: : Further reading:

Snakes in Suits

With the EU leaders so wrong on Russia and Syria, it's no wonder the bloc is in crisis

© Francois Lenoir / Reuters
Russophobic rants by some European Union leaders and their willful distortion of events in Syria is a reflection of why the 28-member bloc is careering toward disaster. We are witnessing a crisis of appallingly inept leadership.

German, British and French leaders were among the most hawkish voices at the EU leaders' summit in Brussels this week, denouncing what they claimed were Russian "war crimes" in Syria and calling for additional economic sanctions on both Moscow and Damascus.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Russian-backed Syrian air strikes were "inhumane and cruel," while Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May took the "most shrill prize" with her condemnation of Moscow's "sickening atrocities."

French President Francois Hollande echoed their calls for the EU to slap more sanctions on Russia - in addition to those the bloc has implemented over the Ukraine conflict.


#Podesta15 emails reveal Clinton team conspired with media hack to invent Trump-Putin connection

Brent Budowski, liberal media hack
Newly leaked emails show that Hillary Clinton's campaign team was advised to link Russian President Vladimir Putin with Donald Trump in an apparent bid to distract voters from Clinton's strategy on Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

The exchange of emails between Clinton campaign chair John Podesta and Clinton ally and columnist Brent Budowski was among the batch of around 1,000 emails from Podesta's account released by WikiLeaks on Saturday.

In a December 21, 2015 email, Budowski slates Clinton's position on fighting ISIS before advising Podesta to draw Putin into her attacks on US presidential election rival Trump.

Comment: Brent Budowski, by the way, has made a number of appearances on PressTV and other decidedly 'un-American' outlets, positioning himself as a 'moderate American journalist'.

Maybe it's time to separate the moderate from the extremist journalists in the US?

Will we find that that too is impossible?