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Supporting terrorists by proxy: Another CIA-backed group gives its weapons to al-Qaeda

© REUTERS/ Khalil Ashawi
Syria's Idleb province is held by Jabhat al-Nusra, aka al-Qaeda in Syria, and Ahrar al Sham with a sprinkling of "moderates" added to the mix. While Nusra and Ahrar have support from Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the "moderates" are supported by the CIA which provides them with anti-tank weapons.

When in 2013 these groups stormed government held positions in Idleb, Nusra, Ahrar and Islamic State Jihadis were leading the fighting and employed suicide bombers. Their attacks were supported by electronic warfare measures from Turkey which disabled the Syrian Army's communication. The CIA "moderates" were integrated as anti-tank teams using their U.S. supplied weapons in support of the Jihadi offense.

The U.S.-supported groups in Idleb are currently grouped under the moniker "Division 13" or "Brigade 13". The cessation of hostilities in Syria means that all these "moderates" in Idleb province have time to discuss their ideological differences. Jenan Moussa (@JenanMoussa) is the "Roving reporter Arabic Al Aan TV. Based in Dubai but roams around MidEast". She reports on Syria from a mostly pro-opposition standpoint and has long favored "moderate" as well as "not-so-moderate" Jihadis.

Comment: According to the AFP, Nusra also kidnapped many Division 13 members. Division 13 also released a video "showing apparent widows of FSA men killed in the conflict protesting against al-Nusra Front at a graveyard."


Георгиевская ленточка

Serbian president praises Russian op in Syria - prevented ISIS from forming Kosovo-style state

© Ivan Sekretarev / Reuters
Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic
Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic has in an interview with RT drawn parallels between the case of the recognition of Kosovo's independence and Islamic State's attempts at establishing itself as a legitimate state.

Speaking to host Oksana Boiko on the Worlds Apart program, Nikolic hailed Russia's role in trying to resolve the Syrian crisis, slamming as biased claims that Russia started its operation in the Syrian conflict with malicious intent.

"If the United States intervened in Iraq, Libya and Syria with good intentions, why is it suggesting Russia has malicious intentions, especially since it has been shown that the Russian intervention in Syria against Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL] directly stopped the formation of a state in the way that was used earlier in Kosovo, and thank God we have our friends and protectors in the UN Security Council, particularly Russia, who will never allow that to be formalized in the UN," Nikolic said.

Comment: Indeed the partitioning of Yugoslavia and the subsequent slaughter was a wake-up call to the Russians of what NATO was capable of. Heading off a similar tactic with respect to ISIS/ISIL was a top priority for Russia.


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SOTT Exclusive: Syrian ceasefire bulletin: Israel's collusion with the moderate terrorists exposed, increase in ceasefire violations

© AFP 2016/ STRINGER
Yesterday, two more Syrian towns joined the ceasefire agreement, making for a total of 44 who have signed on. The number of armed groups who have signed the truce remains 42, but active negotiations are being held with three more. Consultations have been ongoing with Syrian opposition political parties, religious leaders, and public representatives in business and industry.

The Russian monitoring group registered 10 ceasefire violations, including attacks on the Syrian army in Damascus and on Kurdish militias by the so-called moderate Free Syrian Army. It was an average day. However, today saw a threefold increase in violations, with 29 registered, mostly in Latakia, using large-caliber machine guns and mortars. Turkey continues to shell Syrian territory. The Russian Center for Reconciliation, which was set up in Aleppo yesterday, also went into operation, monitoring the ceasefire and humanitarian situation there.

Arrow Down

Obama scared of CIA and NSA says former senior CIA analyst

© Russia Insider
The "Commander-in-Chief". Make one wrong move...
This interview of former senior CIA analyst Ray McGovern is not only interesting but inspiring as well. McGovern, in addition to routinely presenting the President with his morning intelligence briefings during his 27 years with the CIA, chaired the National Intelligence Estimates.

So he was by no means inconsequential.

After retiring, the Agency awarded him its Intelligence Commendation Medal. But as a measure of McGovern's character, he explains in this interview why he felt he had to return that medal.

McGovern instils hope that there are good people such as him in such organizations, in spite of these organizations seeming to have become drunk on their power.

In fact, so out of control have they become, McGovern suggests, that Obama is likely afraid of the CIA and the NSA and so won't rein them in, Obama explaining to close supporters some years back that he was afraid of having what happened to Martin Luther King happen to him.


No Entry

Former NATO commander wants partition of Syria, Russia nixes Washington's federalization plans

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Tri-partition, federalization, Plan B, whole and new country...what is to become of Syria? Not as simple as it looks.
While media rumors claim that Moscow sees a post-crisis Syria as a federalized state, Russia denies holding such an opinion. At the same time, a 'plan B' mentioned by John Kerry to break up the Arab country has gained backing from an ex-NATO commander.

Reuters reported on Thursday that Russia was engaged in talks with other global powers on the possibility of turning Syria into a federal state. "While insisting on retaining the territorial integrity of Syria, so continuing to keep it as a single country, of course there are all sorts of different models of a federal structure that would, in some models, have a very, very loose center and a lot of autonomy for different regions," a diplomatic source at the UN Security Council told the agency

However, the Kremlin responded by saying that no such talks were on the table - a message that was emphasized by Russia's Foreign Ministry on Saturday. "That is total nonsense. We are not voicing such ideas; they must come from the Syrians themselves - it is up to them to discuss and agree on such things," deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov said, as cited by TASS. Bogdanov added that, from Russia's point of view, it is better to maintain Syria's territorial integrity and keep its people intact.

Comment: At the end of the day, it is up to the Syrian people to decide the future of their country. There should be no other self-serving plans or agendas on the table.


Gold Seal

Washington Institute for Near East Policy: All America's wars begin with false-flag attacks

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This D.C. think tank jerk-off blatantly admitted all of America's wars have traditionally begun with false-flag events, and they know they will need another one to get the war with Iran started that they've been working on for so long.

This video is a few years old now, but it's more relevant today with what's going on in the Middle East than ever. They don't teach you this in school, kids, but whatever happens over there, just realize how absolutely manufactured all of it is.


Comment: We're already in 'WWIII' - it's the 'perpetual war' the Pentagon launched after 9/11, another false-flag.

For now at least, the Western powers have taken a different tack with respect to Iran.

It's also worth noting that the interventions in Libya, Syria and Yemen were undertaken using proxy forces that relied simply on the manipulation of information (lies) rather than false-flag attacks.

Since 9/11, we've been in a kind of 'permanent state of false-flag' in the form of 'Islamic' terrorism that is controlled by the Western powers.


Георгиевская ленточка

'An apology to the great Russian people': Turkish poet apologizes for his government's crimes against Russia

© Sergei Lazovsky/TASS
Turkish poet Hüseyin Haydar has written an apology to Russians for a Russian military aircraft downed by his country's military and the death of a Russian pilot.

In his verse entitled "An apology to the great Russian people", Haydar wrote that "fraternal bonds were severed right in front of our eyes".

The Turkish Air Force's F-16 fighter on November 24, 2015 shot down a Russian Sukhoi Su-24M bomber, involved in Russia's antiterrorism operation in Syria, that Ankara claimed violated the country's airspace on the border with Syria.

Russia's Defense Ministry said the Su-24M was above Syrian territory and "there was no violation of Turkey's airspace."

Stop

President of European Commission Juncker damns Obama's plan for Ukraine

Jean-Claude Juncker, the most powerful person in Europe, the chief of the European Commission and therefore Europe's closest equivalent to America's President, said, in a little-noticed comment on March 3rd, «Ukraine will definitely not be able to become a member of the EU in the next 20-25 years, and not of NATO either».

The article reporting this, at europeonline-magazine, also observed that, «The commission, the EU's executive, plays a leading role in accession negotiations between the bloc and aspiring members».

Comment: No one in their right mind in the EU wants war with Russia - which is exactly what the US is trying bring about by any means possible. In the coming months we'll see how steadfast Juncker and others are in maintaining this position because, as we've seen before, the US will put the screws to anyone and anything that gets in its way of world hegemony.


Snakes in Suits

'It's not a threat!' Trump says he'll order supporters to disrupt Sanders' rallies

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'Be careful Bernie,' warns Republican frontrunner

'Bernie Sanders is lying when he says his disruptors aren't told to go to my events. Be careful Bernie, or my supporters will go to yours!'

Donald Trump on Sunday morning went after potential general election rival Bernie Sanders by calling him a liar and indicated he might soon instruct his own supporters to attend Sanders' rallies in order to foment disruption and discord among his progressive (aka "super-liberal") base.

In a tweet, Trump declared:


Star of David

Israel ignores international law (again), will begin drilling in illegally occupied Golan Heights, steal Syrian oil with help of Al Qaida affiliate

© Juda S. Engelmayer
Afek chairperson Effie Eitam has ordered fatal beating of Palestinians and has expressed his desire for them to be killed.
Israel is moving forward with plans to drill for oil in the occupied Golan Heights, despite warnings that the move violates international law.

For the last year, Afek, an Israeli subsidiary of the US firm Genie Energy, has undertaken exploratory drilling in the Golan. Afek believes there is a vast reservoir of oil under Syria's Golan that could supply all of Israel's energy needs.

In September 2015, Afek announced it had discovered its first oil reservoir at one of the sites where it had been drilling. Last month, the company was granted the go-ahead to conduct more drilling in the Golan by the Israeli authorities.

In response, Palestinian legal rights group Adalah and Al-Marsad, the Arab Human Rights Center in the Golan Heights, wrote to Yuval Steinitz, Israel's infrastructure minister, demanding that the drilling permits be withdrawn.In the letter, attorneys Suhad Bishara and Karama Abu Saleh reminded Steinitz that international law requires that residents of the Golan be able to control and benefit from the land's resources.