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Virginia Senator admits 'Russia is the only truly effective fighting force in Syria'

© Mikhail Voskresenskiy / Sputnik
The Russian expeditionary force has been vastly more harmful to Islamic State forces than the US coalition. The US coalition is sort of on again, off again in its effectiveness, Virginia Senator Richard Black told RT.

Washington and Moscow say they will continue working on a ceasefire in Syria after chairing a crisis meeting of the Syria Support Group in New York. But the two sides entered the talks amid hostile rhetoric as one top US general even raised the possibility of war with Russia.

Some politicians in the US have advocated on behalf of a no-fly zone over parts of Syria, but it would only apply to Russian and Syrian aircraft, not the coalition air force.

Propaganda

On Syria Analysts and "Experts" Who have never stepped foot inside the country

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Not an “expert” or “analyst”: Me (left) with my buddy Eugene on one of many visits to Maaloula
Would you be surprised to learn the think-tank and media "expert" community is often dominated by people who have never stepped foot in the countries of their expertise?

I'VE BECOME INCREASINGLY ALARMED at the number of "experts" and professional analysts occupying influential positions in the public sphere, who supposedly help interpret Syria for us, but who have little actual experience (if any at all) in Syria. Add to that the fact that many of these very "experts" don't speak Arabic (which should be the minimal requirement for being considered a Middle East expert or professional analyst), which for most respectable postgraduate Middle East studies programs is an absolute minimal qualification.

Comment: See also:


Jet2

Russian air force planning to strike positions of Ahrar al-Sham, Jeish al-Islam across Syria

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Riyabkov underlined that his country's Air Force is ready to target more terrorist's centers, including those of Ahrar al-Sham and Jeish al-Islam.

"Ending Syria's crisis through diplomacy is the first priority of Russia," Riyabkov said.

"We believe that Jeish al-Islam and Ahrar al-Sham have been merged with terrorist groups," he underlined, and added that hitting positions of Jeish al-Islam and Ahrar al-Sham by Russian warplanes can also be a choice in the country's anti-terrorism campaign in Syria.

Question

Syrian Army poised to attack 'very suspicious' formerly US-funded jihadists

© AFP 2016/ Omar haj kadour
The Syrian army may soon launch an attack on the strategic town of Maardes, which is still controlled by the notorious terrorist group Jund al-Aqsa; its possible destruction will certainly shed more light on the Syrian war, according to Russian military expert Yevgeny Krutikov.

It appears that the Syrian army is preparing for an attack on Maardes, located north of the city of Hama. It's located on the main highway linking Damascus to Aleppo, and is controlled by the terrorist group Jund al-Aqsa, the Russian newspaper Vzglyad quoted military expert Yevgeny Krutikov as saying.

In his Vzglyad article,"The Syrian Army is Close to Destroying a Very Suspicious Group," Krutikov recalled that the Salafist jihadist rebel group Jund al-Aqsa was notorious for its use of drones during the fighting and the fact that it was previously funded by Washington. Right now, the group, which is allied with the Free Syrian Army, controls several villages in the north of Hama province in western Syria, but is trying to further expand its clout, according to Krutikov.

Vader

Obama Administration in a state of confused agony - appears to have lost control of foreign policy

The latest developments in Syria are not, I believe, the result of some deliberate plan of the USA to help their "moderate terrorist" allies on the ground, but they are the symptom of something even worse: the complete loss of control of the USA over the situation in Syria and, possibly, elsewhere. Let me just re-state what just happened:

First, after days and days of intensive negotiations, Secretary Kerry and Foreign Minister Lavrov finally reached a deal on a cease-fire in Syria which had the potential to at least "freeze" the situation on the ground until the Presidential election in the USA and a change in administration (this is now the single most important event in the near future, therefore no plans of any kind can extend beyond that date).

Then the USAF, along with a few others, bombed a Syrian Army unit which was not on the move or engaged in intense operations, but which was simply holding a key sector of the front. The US strike was followed by a massive offensive of the "moderate terrorists" which was barely contained by the Syrian military and the Russian Aerospace forces. Needless to say, following such a brazen provocation the cease-fire was dead. The Russians expressed their total disgust and outrage at this attack and openly began saying that the Americans were "недоговороспособны". What that word means is literally "not-agreement-capable" or unable to make and then abide by an agreement. While polite, this expression is also extremely strong as it implies not so much a deliberate deception as the lack of the very ability to make a deal and abide by it. For example, the Russians have often said that the Kiev regime is "not-agreement-capable", and that makes sense considering that the Nazi occupied Ukraine is essentially a failed state. But to say that a nuclear world superpower is "not-agreement-capable" is a terrible and extreme diagnostic. It basically means that the Americans have gone crazy and lost the very ability to make any kind of deal. Again, a government which breaks its promises or tries to deceive but who, at least in theory, remains capable of sticking to an agreement would not be described as "not-agreement-capable". That expression is only used to describe an entity which does not even have the skillset needed to negotiate and stick to an agreement in its political toolkit. This is an absolutely devastating diagnostic.

Jet1

Calls for no-fly zone clear violation of Syrian sovereignty

© Sputnik/ Dmitriy Vinogradov
The demands to ground the Syrian aviation are a clear violation of the country's sovereignty, Damascus won't do that regardless the demands from the US and Germany, according to Mohamed Khair al-Akkam, Syrian parliamentarian and member of the Syrian Arab Republic delegation for the intra- Syrian dialogue in Geneva.

Syria won't ground its combat aviation regardless of demands from the US and Germany, which say that this will allegedly allow to the cessation of hostilities to be maintained, Mohamed Khair al-Akkam, Syrian parliamentarian and member of the Syrian Arab Republic delegation for the intra- Syrian dialogue in Geneva told Russia's Izvestia newspaper.

"It goes without saying that Syria will never agree to stop the flights and its airstrikes on the armed groups due to a very simple reason: we are being offered to stop eliminating those who, even regardless the ceasefire, continued their fighting against the Syrian army and kept killing civilians," the Syrian politician told the newspaper. "Moreover, such demands represent an evident attempt to violate Syrian sovereignty. Damascus has every right to defend its territories and its people from terrorists and this is exactly what it is doing," he further stressed.

Eagle

Turn the red warning light on now: Hillary Clinton and the US war against Russia

Hillary Clinton, on September 19th, was endorsed for President, by the most historically important, intelligent, and dangerous, Republican of modern times.

She was endorsed then by the person who in 1990 cunningly engineered the end of the Soviet Union and of its Warsaw Pact military alliance in such a way as to continue the West's war against Russia so as to conquer Russia gradually for the owners of US international corporations. The person, who kept his plan secret even from his closest advisors, until the night of 24 February 1990, when he told them that what he had previously instructed them to tell Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev as the West's future military intentions about Russia if the USSR were to end, was actually a lie.

He also told them that they were henceforth to proceed forward on the basis that the residual stump of the former Soviet Union, Russia, will instead be treated as if it still is an enemy-nation, and that the fundamental aim of the Western alliance will then remain: to conquer Russia (notwithstanding the end of the USSR, of its communism, and of its military alliances) — that the Cold War is to end only on the Russian side, not at all, really, on the Western side. (All of that is documented from the historical record, at that linked-to article.)

This person was the former Director of the US CIA, born US aristocrat, and committed champion of US conquest of the entire world, the President of the United States at the time (1990): George Herbert Walker Bush.


Comment: But alas, we can't give all the credit for the 'conquer Russia' agenda to George Bush Sr. See:

Cause of today's treacherous US-Russia conflict discovered in NY Times archives: finger points at former prez Bill Clinton

-- which makes all that follows in this article even more charged since you can be sure that Bill will have a free hand in running things in the White House should Killary get elected.


Brick Wall

2 US generals removed from positions, disciplined, investigated

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In separate cases, an Army major general described as a "rising star" and an Army National Guard general on the Joint Chiefs of Staff are both reportedly being severely disciplined and investigated.

Without elaborating, the Army announced Friday the suspension of Major General Wayne Grigsby, the top-ranking officer at Fort Riley in Kansas. He was commander of the 1st Infantry Division and previously the Combined Joint Task Force for the Horn of Africa, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal.


Comment: The underlying reasons for the build-up in Africa are clearly related to the economic and class interests of Washington and Wall Street. East and Central Africa is a vast repository of oil, natural gas and strategic minerals.


"[Grigsby] is currently the subject of an official investigation and we cannot comment further at this time," the Army said in a statement.

The Capital-Journal reports that Army undersecretary Patrick Murphy visited Fort Riley on Tuesday for a medal ceremony and met with high-ranking officers. Grigsby had three decades of experience in the armed forces and had deployed to Iraq.

In an even higher profile case, Brigadier General Michael Bobeck, an Army National Guard general on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has been fired and reassigned, USA Today wrote in an exclusive report Friday. The Joint Chiefs of Staff advises the president as well as homeland security and national security officials on military matters.

Bad Guys

More Facebook censorship: Palestinian editors' accounts disabled - no explanation given

© Quds
Quds says disabling of its editors’ accounts is part of a campaign against Palestinian pages by Facebook.
Editors at two of the most widely read Palestinian online publications have had their Facebook accounts disabled.

Administrators for the Facebook pages of Quds, which has more than five million "likes," and Shehab News Agency, which has more than six million, found they could not access their accounts on Friday.

Ezz al-Din al-Akhras, a supervisor at Quds, told The Electronic Intifada that at around 2pm, three of the publication's editors found their accounts disabled.

The same thing has happened to five editors at Shehab News Agency, a news editor for that publication told The Electronic Intifada.

Both organizations are still publishing to Facebook as some editors can still access their accounts.

Star of David

Liberal Zionist group calls for ethnic segregation to retain Jewish majority within Israel in full page NYT ad during UN assembly


Part of an advertisement an Israel lobby group ran in the New York Times on Friday.
The Daniel S. Abraham Center for Peace, a prominent liberal Zionist Israel lobbying group, purchased a full-page newspaper advertisement in Friday's edition of the New York Times, calling for the immediate separation of Israelis and Palestinians into separate countries to keep Israel as a Jewish majority state.

"Separation between Israelis and Palestinians is Essential. No separation today means a Palestinian majority by 2020," warned the public service announcement.

Israel's population is about 20 percent Palestinian, so what the ad rejects is Israel having to be responsible for millions of more Palestinians who are now living in-not-their own state. At the same time, the head of the organization, Clinton ally former Florida Congressman Robert Wexler, denies that there is something called an occupation in the West Bank. There is the not-so-subtle Trumpian suggestions that the Palestinian citizens of Israel will be living elsewhere if the two-state solution happens. Maybe they'll go willingly to live in a country now foreign to them. Maybe not. Remains to be seen. But this suggests large, (maybe coerced who knows?) transfers of people are the only way to ensure peace and order between Jews and Arabs, as the ad refers to them.

"It's Time for Separation," the advertisement explains. "Separation today means a Jewish majority, State of Israel now and for Generations ahead."

Or, as Alabama Gov. George Wallace put it: "Segregation now! Segregation tomorrow! Segregation forever!"

Comment: So much for being the pillar of democracy in the Middle East. In essence they want Palestinians to leave Israel and live somewhere else. Shades of Nazi Germany.