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14.07.2018 - 14:36 [ Elijah J. Magnier ]

US message to Assad: “We will pull out of al-Tanf and the North if Iran withdraws from Syria”

Russia played the role of postman for the exchange of the US-Assad messages. President Assad, however, informed the Americans that Iran is not interested in remaining in Syria once all terrorist Takfirees are killed and when its function is no longer required.

The bottom line is that Assad and his allies believe that the US-French-UK withdrawal from Syria would actually be an achievement. Moreover, both Iran and Hezbollah consider their withdrawal both a fact and a necessity, once Assad is no longer in need of their contribution.

13.07.2018 - 17:28 [ Newsweek.com ]

Russia, Caught Between Iran and Israel’s War in Syria, Looks for Allies on Both Sides

Velayati took the opportunity to censure a „rebellious“ President Donald Trump, who abandoned a historic nuclear deal with Iran and five major world powers in May. He also criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who met with Putin on Wednesday, just as Velayati arrived in Moscow. Velayati said on Wednesday that Netanyahu’s visit to Putin would not affect his own discussion with the Russian leader.

13.07.2018 - 17:24 [ Al-Monitor.com ]

Netanyahu, Putin talk Iran before Helsinki summit

Moscow had earlier invited the Israeli prime minister to attend the final game of the FIFA World Cup on July 15, where Netanyahu could have found himself in the stadium together with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Yet Netanyahu, who is reluctant to meet with Abbas, opted for an earlier visit, while the Palestinian leader will come for the final as originally planned.

11.07.2018 - 17:21 [ Al-Masdar News ]

Breaking: Rebels to allegedly surrender southern districts of Daraa city to Syrian Army

If these reports prove true, then the battle for Daraa city will end in a decisive victory for the Syrian Arab Army after several years of war.

Furthermore, the rebels will find themselves trapped in the western countryside of the Daraa Governorate, as the Syrian Army moves towards this region.

11.07.2018 - 17:16 [ Syrian Arab News Agency ]

Army discovers US-made weapons left behind by terrorists in Daraa eastern countryside

A field commander said that the army units on Wednesday found underneath caches for the terrorists groups in a number of the villages and towns in southeastern and northeastern countryside of Daraa, including US TOW launch pads, US-made armored vehicles, armored vehicles equipped with machineguns 14,5-57 and 30, tanks and anti-aircraft guns.

11.07.2018 - 17:14 [ Al-Masdar News ]

Assad vows to retake all of Syria, no matter who controls the area

“The president emphasized the need for “dialogue between Syrians at all levels,” which he emphasized should lead to a “pact of national accord.” Assad accused the Western powers and the US specifically of “obstructing the activation of the political process” in the war-torn country.

The seven year war in Syria has had a severe impact on the country’s economy. In May, Assad estimated that the country may need up to $400 billion and over a decade to rebuild.

09.07.2018 - 01:11 [ RINF ]

Interim OPCW Report on Alleged April 7th Gas Attack in Syria

On Friday July 6th, the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which is tasked to determine whether there was a gas or other chemical attack on April 7th in Douma Syria (and which alleged occurrence the U.S., French and British forces launched 105 missiles into Syria to punish on April 13th), issued its interim report, and this report states that no conclusive evidence has yet been concluded to confirm that such an attack occurred. Here is the complete main portion of this interim report:(source)

08.07.2018 - 10:25 [ Press TV ]

Watchdog finds no evidence of nerve agents in Syria’s Douma attack

„The results show that no organophosphorus nerve agents or their degradation products were detected in the environmental samples or in the plasma samples taken from alleged casualties. Along with explosive residues, various chlorinated organic chemicals were found in samples from two sites, for which there is full chain of custody,“ read the report.

30.06.2018 - 12:10 [ Hurriyet ]

Netanyahu warns Merkel of new refugee crisis sparked by Iran

(5.6.2018) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel Monday that Iranian meddling in the Middle East could touch off massive new refugee flows to Europe, as they clashed about the future of the nuclear deal with Tehran.

30.06.2018 - 07:46 [ teleSUR ]

French Firm Probed For Funding Jihadists In Syria For Profit

(28.Juni) The allegations against Lafarge, which merged with Swiss firm Holcim in 2015, are the most serious against a French company in years.
Lafarge was ordered to hand over US$35 million to authorities as a security deposit ahead of the trial.
Eight Lafarge executives, including former CEO Bruno Laffont, have already been charged with financing a terrorist group and/or endangering the lives of others over Lafarge’s activities in Syria between 2011 and 2015.

29.06.2018 - 06:08 [ Geographical ]

Hotspot: Golan Heights

The second aspect involves water. The highland plateau may only be about 450 square miles in area but it is a major source of water for the River Jordan. Some 30 per cent of Israel’s freshwater supplies originate from the Golan Heights. The river water is essential to enabling Israeli agriculture and settler communities in Golan. Winter rainfall and snowfall replenish the River Jordan, which then snakes its way towards the Sea of Galilee.

21.06.2018 - 19:36 [ Weißes Haus ]

Statement from the Press Secretary on the Visit of King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein and Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will welcome Their Majesties King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein and Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan to the White House on June 25, 2018. President Trump looks forward to reaffirming the strong bonds of friendship between the United States and Jordan. The leaders will discuss issues of mutual concern, including terrorism, the threat from Iran and the crisis in Syria, and working towards a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

20.06.2018 - 15:08 [ military.com ]

Op-Ed: An Assessment of the Islamic State in 2018

(11.6.2018) Joseph V. Micallef is a best-selling military history and world affairs author, and keynote speaker. Follow him on Twitter @JosephVMicallef.

By all accounts, the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is virtually over — save for a few mopping-up operations.

20.06.2018 - 15:06 [ quora.com ]

What are the small East-most Syrian pockets of ISIS control on the Institute for the Study of War maps? And why are they still there?

(März 2016) Brian Collins, PhD candidate in linguistics at U of Queensland:

They exist for multiple reasons. One is that ISIS fighters can look like civilians and slip into those regions, take over, but not take over the land between those areas and Raqqa.

ISIS fighters could also drive in large numbers, so large that no one contests them on the roads and opposition forces just hide (…….)

16.06.2018 - 08:22 [ reliefweb ]

Syrian Arab Republic: Humanitarian situation update in Afrin District and for IDPs in surrounding communities (as of 15 June 2018)

The United Nations continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the displaced population of Afrin in Tall Refaat and surrounding areas. Despite the increase in the presence of humanitarian partners in these areas, assistance and services remain insufficient, particularly for people in rural areas and in the IDP sites of Tall Refaat, Fafin and Wahshiyeh. Facilities in IDP sites are sub-standard and inadequately arranged for the dignity and the safety of women and children.

09.06.2018 - 00:53 [ Press TV ]

Lebanon FM orders to block visa for UNHCR staff amid Syria refugee row

On Thursday, Bassil said UNHCR has discouraged refugees in the Lebanese border town of Arsal from returning home by asking them questions about potential situation they may experience in Syria, including the likelihood of military conscription, security issues and poor accommodation.

„We sent a mission that verified that the UNHCR is intimidating the displaced who wish to return voluntarily,“ the Lebanese foreign minister tweeted.

However, Nadim Mounla, an aide to Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, said Bassil’s decision was „unilateral“ and „not representative of the Lebanese government’s position.“

07.06.2018 - 21:06 [ WSWS ]

US war crimes in Syria exposed

The United States committed war crimes of staggering proportions last year during its four-month-long siege of the Syrian city of Raqqa, demolishing up to 80 percent of the city with an unrelenting blitzkrieg of bombs and artillery shells that killed hundreds of civilians.

06.06.2018 - 22:46 [ Haaretz ]

How Russia Angered Iran in Syria and Had to Pull Its Troops From the Lebanese Border

There was no comment from the Russian military about the incident. Russia has faced calls from Israel to rein in Iran in Syria, where Israel has mounted numerous attacks against Hezbollah and other targets it has described as Iran-backed.

„Perhaps it was to assure the Israelis,“ said the commander, adding that the move could not be justified as part of the fight against the Nusra Front or Islamic State because Hezbollah and the Syrian army had defeated them at the Lebanese-Syrian border.

06.06.2018 - 22:44 [ eurasiafuture.com ]

Are Hezbollah and Russia on a Collision Course in Syria?

Lebanon’s recently re-appointed Parliamentary Speaker Nabih Berri of the Amal Movement, a close political ally of Hezbollah, has recently given an interview with Sputnik where he openly contradicted the desires expressed by Russian President Putin who has called for a pull out of all foreign troops from Syria so that the military phase of the conflict can transition to a negotiated political settlement.

04.06.2018 - 11:16 [ israelnationalnews.com ]

Report: Putin gives OK to Israeli strikes on Syria

(1.6.2018) The two sides agreed to “limit” Iran, keep its forces away from the south, and to allow the IDF to target „menacing bases in the deep Syrian territories,“ according to the influential London-based website.

The Kremlin confirmed that the conversation between Putin and Netanyahu focused on “some aspects of the Syrian settlement.”

03.06.2018 - 17:13 [ Haaretz ]

Israel and Russia Agree to Remove Iranian Forces From Syrian Border, Report Says

(1.6.2018) According to the paper, the understandings were reached after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the telephone, while Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman had held talks with his Russian counterpart.

24.05.2018 - 08:20 [ Haaretz / googleusercontent.com ]

Hamas in Gaza, Iranians in Syria: Israel’s F-35 Strikes Carried Message to Both Enemies and Allies

Norkin’s announcement, made at a conference in Israel for air force commanders from 20 countries, was planned for maximum exposure. It was a message to Israel’s adversaries in the region that the IAF now has “stealth” capabilities and is the first air force in the Middle East flying aircraft that are capable of evading radar systems and of operating in hostile environments, virtually undetected.

24.05.2018 - 07:55 [ Reuters ]

Syrian state media says U.S. struck army base, U.S. denies

“We have no operational reporting of a U.S.-led coalition strike against pro-Syrian regime targets or forces,” Captain Bill Urban, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, told Reuters.

Another Pentagon spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “We have no information to substantiate those reports.”

20.05.2018 - 16:33 [ Paul Craig Roberts ]

Pentagon Concludes America Not Safe Unless It Conquers The World — Paul Craig Roberts

(10.7.2015) The Pentagon has released its “National Military Strategy of the United States of America 2015,” June 2015.
The document announces a shift in focus from terrorists to “state actors” that “are challenging international norms.” It is important to understand what these words mean. Governments that challenge international norms are sovereign countries that pursue policies independently of Washington’s policies. These “revisionist states” are threats, not because they plan to attack the US, which the Pentagon admits neither Russia nor China intend, but because they are independent. In other words, the norm is dependence on Washington.

20.05.2018 - 16:29 [ GlobalResearch.ca ]

Global Warfare: “We’re Going to Take out 7 Countries in 5 Years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran..”

(14.5.2018) Originally published in March 2007.

GR Editor’s Note:

This interview serves as a reminder regarding the diabolical timeline of America’s hegemonic project.

It is worth noting that 6 out of these 7 countries (with the exception of Lebanon) identified by General Wesley Clark “to be taken out” are now the object of President Trump’s ban on Muslims’ entry to the US: Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Libya, Sudan, Iran and Yemen.

All of these countries are on the Pentagon’s drawing board. These countries have been directly or indirectly been the object of US aggression.

19.05.2018 - 16:31 [ alarabiya.net ]

Russia calls for foreign troop pullout from Syria including Iran, Hezbollah

On the heels of a meeting between Putin and the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Russian resort of Sochi on Thursday, Lavrentiev added: „This statement involves all foreign troops in Syria including the Turkish, American, Iranian and Hezbollah.“

Lavrentiev stressed that Putin’s statement on this issue represents a “political message”, but added „not to view it as the beginning of a withdrawal process of foreign troops from Syria.”

18.05.2018 - 04:53 [ South China Morning Post ]

Putin meets Assad, hailing military success’ in Syria and calling for political process to withdraw foreign forces

“With the start of the political process in its most active phase, foreign armed forces will withdraw from Syrian territory,” Putin said, without specifying which foreign forces.(…)
In a statement from the Syrian presidency, Assad added on Thursday “we have evaluated the political process” and will select candidates for a constitutional committee, a suggestion proposed in January at a summit in Sochi, that will work with the United Nations.

17.05.2018 - 14:17 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Says Informed Russia Ahead Large-scale Strike on Iranian Targets in Syria

(10.5.2018) Israel forewarned Russia of its strikes on Thursday against multiple targets in Syria, an Israeli military spokesman said.

„The Russians were informed prior to our attack by the established mechanisms that we have,“ Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus told reporters without elaborating.

16.05.2018 - 20:40 [ Prensa Latina ]

Turkish Army Completes Deployment in Syria

Officials from the three countries issued a statement Tuesday in Sochi where they reaffirmed the need of respecting sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Syria, and asked for avoiding any action that could violate and sabotage the agreements reached in Astana.

16.05.2018 - 00:56 [ SANA ]

After a seven-year hiatus, Aleppo Spring Art Exhibition 2018 kicks off

Aleppo Spring Art Exhibition 2018 kicked off at al-Assad Fine Arts hall in Aleppo city on Sunday showcasing 39 artworks. The exhibition’s comeback comes after a seven-year hiatus.

The artworks varied between portraiture, oil painting and wooden and metal sculptures depicting nature, Aleppo, women and Aleppo’s history and heritage as well as its steadfastness in the face of terrorism.

13.05.2018 - 19:34 [ Dissident Voice ]

Syria Imposes New Rules of Engagement on Israel

(12.May) The journalists and Israeli analysts also pointed out the psychological and economic repercussions of this incident, with more than 20,000 Golan settlers having had to hastily find their way back to the shelters in the middle of the night (how much will they be at the next escalation?), and the beginning of the summer period having been ushered in by a wave of hotel reservation deletions due to fears of a war between Israel and Iran.

11.05.2018 - 08:14 [ Generalsekretär der Vereinten Nationen ]

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the situation in the Middle East

The Secretary-General followed with utmost concern reports overnight of missile launches from Syria targeting Israeli positions and retaliatory strikes by the Israel Defense Forces, that followed earlier strikes in Syria on Tuesday, 8 May. He notes with relief today’s partial normalization of the situation.

The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) has maintained contact with the Syrian Arab Armed Forces and Israel Defense Forces, urging both parties to exercise maximum restraint and abide by their obligations under the Disengagement of Forces Agreement.

The Secretary-General urges for an immediate halt to all hostile acts and any provocative actions to avoid a new conflagration in the region already embroiled in terrible conflicts with immense suffering of civilians.

10.05.2018 - 15:55 [ Freedom Messenger / Youtube ]

MUST SEE: Sep 2013. Iranian regime IRGC officers coordinating Syrian soldiers. Full Movie

(14.9.2013) A spokesman for the Douad brigade told Al-Jazeera that they had obtained these videos from a camera they found during fighting in the Aleppo region. About a dozen regime soldiers were killed that day, according to the Daoud brigade, including an Iranian commander named Ismaïl Haydary, who can be seen in the videos. Iranian authorities claim this footage was faked; however, the footage has been reviewed by France 24 staff who speak Arabic and Persian, and they conclude that several details in the videos are strong evidence of their authenticity.

10.05.2018 - 15:36 [ Haaretz ]

Iranian Official Denies Tehran Behind Attack on Israel: ‚We Don’t Have Forces in Syria‘

„Iran does not have any connection to the missiles fired at Israel. If Iran did it we would have announced it immediately. When [ISIS] attacks Iranian targets in Syria we responded and made it known. Iran does not have any military presences in Syria and it was the Syrian army that fired missiles,“ the deputy head of Iran’s national security council.

09.05.2018 - 17:02 [ Times of Israel ]

Death toll from Syria strike rises to 15, including 8 Iranians — monitor

It is not the first time that Kisweh has been targeted. In December, Israel reportedly bombed military positions in the area south of Damascus, including a weapons depot.

Since the start of Syria’s civil war in 2011, Israel has repeatedly targeted positions of the Syrian army and the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group backing it inside the country.

09.05.2018 - 16:47 [ AP Archive / Twitter ]

Iranian official tells Assad that US and allies have been defeated in Syria

(30 Apr 2018) Syrian President Bashar Assad met a visiting Iranian official in Damascus on Monday who claimed what he called „the project“ of the United States and its allies in Syria had been defeated. Alaeddin Boroujerdi, who heads Iran’s parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, spoke hours after reports of a missile attack that killed dozens of Iranian fighters in northern Syria on Monday.

07.05.2018 - 20:59 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Steinitz: ‚If Assad continues allowing Iran to operate out of Syria, it will be his end‘

Asked if that meant Israel might assassinate Assad, Steinitz said, „He will have his blood on his head,“ referencing a biblical verse saying someone was responsible for their own calamity.

He also appeared to suggest that his remarks did not reflect Israeli government policy, saying, „I’m not talking about any concrete proposal.“