Russian military planes have targeted the Al-Nusra-controlled area of Syria’s Idlib province where a Su-25 jet was earlier downed by militants, the Russian Defence Ministry said.
The military conducted “a massive precision weapon strike… on areas controlled by the Al-Nusra [terrorist] group,” the ministry said in a statement.
Moscow confirmed Saturday that a Russian Su-25 jet crashed in Idlib province, probably shot down by a man-portable air-defense system (MANPAD). The pilot ejected, but was killed by militants on the ground, the ministry said. rt.com
It seems that White Helmets organization is hailed as heroes in the West, and the latter one provides millions of dollars to so-called saviors. However, Aleppo residents claim that White Helmets care only about money and saving rebels, but not the civilians. In fact, they are not autonomous, and cannot make their own decisions – these are made by other powerful people.
Donald Trump has decided to halt the CIA’s covert programme to equip and train moderate rebels fighting Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, in a move likely to be welcomed by Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
The CIA programme began in 2013 as part of Barack Obama’s support for the overthrow of Assad but met with little success, two officials told Reuters. Some armed and trained rebels defected to Islamic State and other radical groups.
One of the officials was quoted as saying the US is not making a major concession, given Assad’s continued grip on power, but “it’s a signal to Putin that the administration wants to improve ties to Russia”.
Along with Iran, Moscow has played a critical part in shoring up Assad during the the six-year civil war.
The decision was made with national security adviser HR McMaster and CIA director Mike Pompeo after they consulted with lower ranking officials, and before Trump’s 7 July meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Germany, Reuters reported. It was not part of US-Russian negotiations on a limited ceasefire in south-west Syria the two leaders agreed to at the summit, the officials said. theguardian.com
US President Donald Trump should discuss how to avoid “the likes of” the 9/11 terrorist attacks with his Saudi Arabian partners during his first official visit abroad, Iran’s foreign minister said in an opinion piece.
Tehran and Riyadh have recently engaged in a war of words, accusing each other of undermining security across the Middle East, sponsoring fundamentalist organizations, and seeking regional dominance.
Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister and an outspoken diplomat, advised Donald Trump, who is on a tour of the Middle East, to tackle the issue of fueling Islamist extremism with his interlocutors in Saudi Arabia.
According to the minister, Trump “must enter into dialogue with them about ways to prevent terrorists and takfiris [Sunni extremists] from continuing to fuel the fire in the region and repeating the likes of the September 11 incident by their sponsors in Western countries,” Zarif wrote for the London-based al-Araby al-Jadeed media outlet.
There are widespread allegations that Saudi Arabia played a role in the 2001 attacks.
In March, a lawsuit filed on behalf of the families of 850 victims alleged that nine Saudi Arabian charities, which served as proxies for Riyadh, ran terrorist training camps in Afghanistan and worked with Osama bin Laden, the former of Al-Qaeda leader believed to be the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks.
Saudi Arabia denies any complicity in the attack and dismisses allegations of supporting the 19 hijackers, most of whom were Saudi citizens. rt.com
CIA-coordinated military aid for rebels in northwest Syria has been frozen since they came under major Islamist attack last month, rebel sources said, raising doubts about foreign support key to their war against President Bashar Assad.
Rebel officials said that no official explanation had been given for the move this month following the jihadi assault, though several said they believed the main objective was to prevent arms and cash falling into Islamist militant hands. But they said they expected the aid freeze to be temporary.
The halt in assistance, which has included salaries, training, ammunition and in some cases guided anti-tank missiles, is a response to jihadi attacks and has nothing to do with U.S. President Donald Trump replacing Barack Obama in January, two U.S. officials familiar with the CIA-led program said.
The freeze reflects the troubles facing Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels in the almost six-year revolt against Assad, who now appears militarily unassailable in his core western region largely thanks to direct intervention on his side by Russia and Iran.
“The reality is that you have changes in the area, and these changes inevitably have repercussions,” said an official with one of the affected FSA rebel groups. He said no military assistance could “enter at present until matters are organized. There is a new arrangement but nothing has crystallized yet.”
The support funneled to vetted FSA factions has included contributions from Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia — states that have opposed Assad. It is one of several foreign aid channels to rebels. Others still function.
The CIA declined comment on the reported freeze in support. A Qatari official said his government had nothing to say on the matter. Turkish officials said only they could not discuss “operational details.” There was no word from Saudi Arabia. japantimes.co.jp
Was Thomas Mair driven mad by British foreign policy? In 2001 the UK was told al-Qaeda is our number one enemy on this planet, that they had attacked the world trade center, & the London Underground train network. We would stop at nothing to destroy this organization. But instead of going after al-Qaeda, we are lied into a needless war in Iraq, the instability caused has aided the rise of rogue al-Qaeda group – ISIS.
In 2011 we were lied into another war that aided the advance of al-Qaeda & ISIS: Libyan rebel commander admits his fighters have al-Qaeda links. Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, the Libyan rebel leader, has said jihadists who fought against allied troops in Iraq are on the front lines of the battle against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime. telegraph.co.uk
Then we move on to Syria, & we are told “Britain must be prepared for war” by General Sir David Richards, & ISIS ‘spreading like cancer’ among refugees, by NATO commander Philip Breedlove. To some this is interpreted as we are under a foreign invasion, that terrorists who wish to harm us are entering the country posing as refugees, those welcoming refugees into the country at these times are welcoming a foreign invasion.
Now our government is not only supporting al-Qaeda but welcoming them into the country:
Resistance to invasion is a big part of British history:
It is ingrained into us at an early stage of development that strangers are dangerous, intended to protect children from predatory elements in society.
The unvarnished truth is that what we had in Jo Cox, at the very least and to put it charitably, is someone who was so busy paving the road with good intentions that she didn’t look up to see that they were leading to Hell.
The Hell was only 11 miles from her own constituency, where white children were falling victim to a large Muslim paedophile ring – their presence in Halifax no doubt largely due to liberal and unrealistic sentiments like Jo’s, and others associated with NGOs like the White Helmets. Added to that, tens of thousands of children have gone missing in Europe because of woolly-minded liberal NGOs encouraging mass migration and open borders, according to UNICEF. And then there is the phenomenon of Taharrush, public mass gang raping of European women by Muslim men. – by Annie Dieu-Le-Veut
Thomas Mair suffered epilepsy & mental health issues, which prevented him from working & meant he was on medication for most of his life.
In some situations people have little conscious choice in how they are reacting to sensory input. Often they are not making conscious choices but are reacting to events that are being interpreted by part of their primitive reptilian brain, the amygdala, as dangerous. These thoughts seam real &; have significant impact upon their lives. This hyperactivation of the primitive survival instinct in the brainstem, resulting in easy triggering of the flight or fight response, is a normal reaction to an abnormal situation.
Is Thomas Mair a Nazi?
“Books including March Of The Titans: A History Of The White Race; publications on the German Holocaust; and SS Race Theory And Late Selection Guidelines were found at Mair’s home, the jury heard ”
Duane Louis, Mair’s mixed race half brother when asked if his brother was racist he said “no chance”.
US backed terrorists behead young Palestinian boy, for suspected ties to a pro Assad militia.
As Donald Trump was claiming victory on Wednesday, Syrian opposition leaders were wrapping up a meeting in Stockholm that was supposed to map a way out of the mire in Aleppo, but instead ended their hopes of winning the five-year civil war.
The group of political leaders and heads of militant groups had invested much hope in Hillary Clinton, who had suggested as secretary of state that robustly supporting the opposition could serve the US’s interests.
Trump, on the other hand, had spoken in support of Bashar al-Assad. And, more importantly, he had expressed admiration for Vladimir Putin, the Russian president whose support for the Syrian leader has already tipped the conflict in his favour.
“The reaction was simple,” said one of the participants at the meeting, talking of Trump’s victory speech. “One of the leaders shrugged and said ‘we are like cockroaches, nothing can kill us’, and then they moved on.”
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Beyond the bravado, there was a clear recognition among those present that Trump would endorse Putin’s policy of bombing the opposition to the negotiating table, while starving communities that support them into surrender.
Opposition political leaders expect the US president-elect to frame his Syria policy as a fight against Islamic State in its last strongholds in the country’s north-east. The position is not completely dissimilar to that of the outgoing president, Barack Obama, although his administration had also spent several years trying to organise a cohesive opposition force – providing training and limited weaponry to 70 opposition units – and consistently demanded that Assad leave and cede power to a transitional government. Trump’s own transition team is reportedly skeptical of investing anything further in the opposition.
One influential Russian foreign affairs analyst, Vladimir Frolov, on Thursday confidently declared that Trump would be unlikely to stand in Putin’s way, and would in January accept as a fait accompli whatever Russia presented him with. theguardian.com
The favourite rescue team of Western nations in Syria – the White Helmets – have been lauded with yet more praise, despite having connections to militants. While the West has long supported the group, there’s wide debate over the White Helmets’ online image and its real intentions. Some members feature in cute clips of them feeding homeless cats – but others have been spotted with militants
We spoke to researcher and journalist Vanessa Beeley, who’s recently been on a fact-finding trip in Syria. She says there are clear indications on the ground that the White Helmets are siding with terrorists.
The Syrian Arab Republic rejects to allow any humanitarian aid, especially provided by the Turkish regime, to enter Aleppo without coordination with the Syrian government and the United Nations, a source at the Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry stated on Tuesday.
“Commenting on the Turkish regime’s statements highlighting its intention to send materials disguised as humanitarian aid to Aleppo city, the Syrian Arab Republic announces its rejection to allow such materials to enter no matter who provides them, including the Turkish regime in particular, without coordination with the Syrian government and the UN,” the source added.
The source noted that any military operation carried out by the Turkish air force over the Syrian territory under the pretext of fighting the ISIS without coordination with the Syrian government and the Russian Operations Command constitutes a flagrant aggression on Syria and a breach of its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
It stressed that Syria will confront any such attack and respond to it with all suitable means within the framework of defending its national sovereignty.
“Since the very beginning of the crisis in Syria, Turkey has always provided support to the armed terrorist organizations and supplied them with money, arms, not to mention harboring terrorists, assisting them and bringing mercenaries from all over the world to murder the Syrian people and destroy their country,” the source said.
The source concluded that Turkey has no right to claim keenness on the Syrian people or combating terrorism, especially in Aleppo, because it provided unlimited support for terrorism which caused vast destruction in the city. sana.sy
The United States has asked Russia to stop conducting airstrikes against the al-Nusra Front terrorists in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says.
Fear of hitting the US-backed militants fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government prompted the American officials to make the request, Lavrov said in a televised speech on Friday.
“They are telling us not to hit it (al-Nusra), because there is ‘normal’ opposition next … to it,” Lavrov said. “But that opposition must leave terrorists’ positions, we long have agreed on that.”
The foreign minister noted that Russia and the US were closely discussing ways to secure a truce in Syria, adding that fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group and al-Nusra should be a top priority.
Despite a US-Russia mediated “cessation of hostilities” in Syria that began on February 27, fighting has continued to rage in the conflict-ridden parts of the country, particularly around the city of Aleppo.
The Syrian government accepted the truce on condition that military efforts against Daesh and al-Nusra, as well as other UN-designated terror groups which are not included in the agreement, continue.
Russia first set a deadline for the US-backed militants to pull out from areas occupied by al-Nusra, but then agreed to give them more time to withdraw. presstv.ir