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Ignore international law and replicate Dresden in the Middle East


An article published in the New York Times on Tuesday argues the only way to eliminate the Islamic State is to take out the government of Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.
“There is probably no solution to ISIS until there is a solution to Assad,” J. M. Berger told the establishment’s newspaper of record.
Berger is a scholar at the Brookings Institution, a think tank funded by the Ford Foundation, the Rockefellers, the United Nations, banks and the military industrial complex.
“Assad is not a sideshow,” said Emile Hokayem, a senior fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. “He is at the center of this massive dilemma.”

The International Institute for Strategic Studies was established with funds “generously provided by the Ford Foundation” and the “interests represented include finance and investment, international banking, insurance” and a variety of other transnational corporations. The Ford Foundation works in tandem with the CIA, the same folks who engineered al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.
“The answer is simple: To beat ISIS, you need the enlistment of the Sunni forces that won’t happen as long as Assad remains in power in Damascus,” said Ehud Yaari, an Israel-based fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “The shortest and most effective way to deal with ISIS is for the United States and Russia to come to an agreement about the removal of Assad, and they will get support from others. Then the Sunni forces, the rebels, can deal with ISIS on the ground.”
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy is a pro-Israel think tank that has a crossover neocon membership. Board members include Henry Kissinger, Joe Lieberman, Richard Perle, Condoleezza Rice, George Shutlz and other deep insiders. Current and former members served in senior positions in the Obama, Bush and Clinton administrations.
The Times argues for “establishing an alliance to carry out an intensified war” against the Islamic State and “prioritiz[ing] the removal of Mr. Assad.”
According to Shabtai Shavit, a former chief of Mossad, international law and the Geneva Conventions must be discarded.
“With this enemy, we have to push aside arguments on law, morality and comparisons of security and the rights of the individual. That means to do what they did in World War II to Dresden. They wiped it off the map. That is what has to be done to all the territorial enclaves that ISIS is holding.”
Left out of the argument is the fact there wasn’t a “civil war” in Syria until the United States and its NGO partners—NED, NDI, IRI, Freedom House and others—engineered the so-called Arab Spring. This was admitted by the very same newspaper of record now suggesting the Arab Middle East should suffer the same fate as a firebombed Dresden.
Also excluded is the fact the Islamic State is the bastard child of the United States and its medieval partners in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar. Turkey and Jordan have also played an instrumental role.
Prior to Bush’s invasion—supported by the above mentioned organizations—al-Qaeda did not have a presence in Iraq and the creation of ISIS and the subsequently the Islamic State would not have occurred. 9/11 would not have happened if the Carter and Reagan administrations had not pumped billions into Afghanistan in the late 1970s and 1980s and created the Afghan mujahideen that would later become al-Qaeda and the Taliban.
Also ignored is the fact what is happening in Syria and elsewhere is precisely what the United States desires, as revealed in Defense Intelligence Agency documents.
These political realities are strictly forbidden in any discussion on the current dilemma in the Middle East, a dilemma created by the global elite and their partners. Instead, the only option available, according to The New York Times and much of the corporate media, is to increase the suffering and misery of innocents and move forward with policies responsible for the current situation.

Combat report: Over 1,600 terror targets destroyed in 1 month of Russia’s Syria op

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The Russian Air Force has conducted some 1,400 sorties in Syria since the start of Moscow’s anti-terror operation. They have eliminated more than 1,600 terrorist targets in one month, Russia’s military said.

Among the destroyed targets are 249 command posts, 51 militants’ training camps, 131 ammunition and fuel depots and 786 field bases, Colonel General Andrey Kartapolov of Russia’s General Staff said on Friday.

Twenty-eight of the “most odious” terrorist leaders have been eliminated, the military report said. With the help of Russian airstrikes, the Syrian army managed to free over 50 towns and villages in such provinces as Aleppo, Latakia, Idlib, Homs and Damascus, the General Staff official said, adding that the freed territories make up to around 350 square kilometers (350,000 hectares).

Despite Islamic State’s “considerable losses and mass walkout,” it’s too early to talk about “complete victory” over the terrorists in Syria, Kartapolov stressed, adding the militants are continuing their stand against Syrian government troops in a number of regions. But “all their [terrorists’] efforts of counter attacks have been timely suppressed by the Syrian Army,” the Russian military official said.

In some regions, it is more difficult to defeat the jihadists. Over the years they have turned the areas into powerful organized tactical localities, with a wide network of underground passages and hideouts, Kartapolov said.

Commanders from several militant groups that were part of Al-Nusra Front, have decided to join the ranks of the so-called “moderate opposition,” the General Staff said, adding that in this way they hope “to receive political and financial support from abroad.”

READ MORE: Putin: No need to distinguish between ‘moderate’ & other terrorists

Trying to stop the decreasing number of fighters, Islamic State is redeploying forces into Syria from Iraq and other neighboring countries, Kartapolov said, adding that this move is now being widely observed in the Aleppo province. To prevent their fighters from deserting, Islamic State also publicly executes the militants who try to flee, the Russian military said.

Kartapolov said that Russia’s Defense Ministry was ready to cooperate with all Syrian forces fighting Islamic State and Al-Nusra Front, including opposition forces such as the Free Syrian Army. “We are ready to interact with patriotic opposition in any format, also within a joint information center in Baghdad,” Kartapolov said, adding “all patriotic forces in Syria should act as a united front” in the face of the international terror threat. “Unfortunately, this [unity] hasn’t happened yet,” he said.

READ MORE: Russia offers US ‘broader cooperation’ in Syria, but Washington not ready – Defense Ministry

Over the month of Moscow’s struggle against Islamic State, its efforts have been a target in themselves, with western mainstream media as well as a number of officials attacking Moscow, bombing it with allegations and unconfirmed reports.

Despite the fact that the General Staff immediately and mostly fully informs the public on the actions of the Russian Air Force in Syria, new forgeries appear in the western media almost daily,” Kartapolov said, adding that based on the reports it looks like Russian airstrikes have allegedly destroyed more civilian structures than terrorist-inhabited areas. Such reports lack any proof, the military official added.

READ MORE: Moscow demands US-led coalition in Syria ‘prove or deny’ allegations Russia is ‘bombing civilians’

He showed the media a picture of the mosque in Idlib province that was allegedly bombed by Russian aviation, according to some media reports. The photographs taken after the reports had been published, show that the mosque appeared intact.

The Russian Air Force began carrying out airstrikes against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) targets in Syria on September 30, “in accordance with the decision of the Supreme Commander of the Russian Armed Forces, Vladimir Putin.” The Ministry of Defense has been providing regular combat reports on the mission, the deadline of which is classified.

Due to the increased amount of confirmed intelligence information on IS facilities, the number of Russian fighter jets sorties has considerably risen since the launch of the mission, with more jihadists’ targets hit and destroyed.

A week into the anti-terror mission, Russian Navy joined Russia’s Air Force in the operation, with four Russian warships having launchedmissiles against Islamic State in Syria. The attacks came from Russia’s fleet in the Caspian Sea, which borders Russia, Iran and three other littoral countries; the precision weapons hit all intended targets.

With warplanes of the Russian Air Space Forces having destroyed units of military equipment, communication centers, arms and fuel depots belonging to IS terrorists, as well as plants producing explosives, field camps and bases, militants have lostmost” of their ammunition, heavy vehicles and equipment, the Defense Ministry said. Growing numbers of jihadists appeared to have become discontent with their command and reportedly deserted IS ranks.

READ MORE: Demoralized ISIS militants deserting en masse amid Russian airstrikes – Defense Ministry

During the ongoing operation in Syria, with the Russian military providing air support to Syrian Army troops, Syrian President Bashar Assad visited Moscow and held talks with Vladimir Putin. Before Moscow launched its operation in the Middle Eastern country, Syrian government had asked for Russia’s help, which became the legal ground for sending troops to Syria.

Combat report: Russia fighter jets hit 285 terror targets in Syria in past 3 days

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In three days of operations, the Russian aviation group in Syria has hit 258 targets belonging to the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terror groups, the Defense Ministry said.

Over the past three days, the warplanes of the Russian air group have carried out 164 sorties, hitting 285 targets,” Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense, said Monday.

In the past 24 hours, 59 sorties were carried out, targeting 94 terrorist sites in the provinces of Hama, Idlib, Latakia, Damascus, Aleppo and Deir ez-Zor.

Konashenkov said a large ammunition dump belonging to the Jabhat al-Nusra terror group has been destroyed in Syria’s Damascus province. The two metallic hangars were razed to the ground as munitions inside them detonated following a direct hit by a Russian bomber.

Su-25 attack jets have destroyed three fortified points of Islamic State terrorists near the village of Salma in the province of Latakia,” Konashenkov said. “The sites were equipped with bunkers, pillboxes and mortar positions.”

In Aleppo, the Russian planes bombed an Islamic State command center used by the terrorists to coordinate their actions against the Syrian Army units near the Quaires airport, the spokesman added. In the same region, an Islamic State base equipped with anti-aircraft guns, mortars and heavy machine guns was destroyed in an airstrike.

A video posted on the ministry’s official YouTube channel also showed an airstrike in Hama.

The Defense Ministry also denied a report by Human Rights Watch about suspected casualties among Syrian civilians allegedly caused by a Russian airstrike on a hospital.

Konashenkov said that such claims were nothing but “stovepiping,” but are still “carefully monitored and analyzed” by the ministry.

Such anonymous, unverified information is released especially for the purpose of being picked up by the Western media, he declared.

READ MORE: Kremlin dismisses HRW accusations that Russian strikes killed civilians in Syria

Russia launched airstrikes targeting Islamic State and other terror groups in Syria on September 30, following a formal request from President Bashar Assad.

Combat report: Russian Air Force carries out 53 sorties, strikes 72 terrorist targets in Syria

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Seventy-two terrorist targets have been hit in six Syrian provinces over the past 24 hours, Russia’s Defense Ministry reports.

During over 50 sorties, the Russian Air Force attacked militants’ locations in such Syrian provinces as Hama, Idlib, Latakia, Aleppo, Damascus and Deir ez-Zor, Major General Igor Konashenkov said in an interview with Rossiya 24 channel.

Leaders of IS are moving more forces into western Syria from neighboring regions and even countries, the ministry spokesman said, adding that Russian drones have registered terrorist troop movements into the area from northern Raqqa province and from Iraq.

Reporting on its activities in Syria against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) jihadists and other terrorists, Russia’s Defense Ministry denied US allegations that cluster bombs had been used during the operation in areas with civilian population.

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The Russian military has provided an opportunity for foreign journalists to observe the work of its air force in Syria, the official said. International reporters were let to the Khmeimim Airbase, where the Russian Air Force is based, he added.

On Wednesday, speaking on the advances of the Russian operation in Syria, the MoD also mentioned that a new challenge had been observed by its intelligence. IS commanders have been in talks with members of other terrorist groups, including Al-Nusra Front, to unite their forces against Syrian government troops, Konashenkov said.

ISIS negotiating with Al-Nusra Front to join forces against Syrian Army – Russian military

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The Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday its intelligence had overheard Islamic State commanders talking to Al-Nusra Front about uniting forces against the Syrian Army.

The Russian Air Force eliminated 83 militant targets in 46 sorties in the last 24 hours, bombing terrorist groups in five Syrian provinces, destroying camps, warehouses, vehicles and workshops, the MoD’s spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov, said in a briefing on Wednesday.

The airstrikes hit targets of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and Al-Nusra Front in the provinces of Aleppo, Damascus, Deir al-Zor, Hama, Idlib and Latakia.

An airstrike by a Sukhoi Su-25SM ground-support fighter jet group eliminated a large compound of Al-Nusra Front [Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria] near the city of Khan-Shaykhun, together with all infrastructure, arms depots and vehicles,” he said.

The spokesman said that another Al-Nusra Front installation, a workshop producing radio-controlled improvised explosive devices and explosives storage site, was destroyed near the city of Aleppo.

Following a precision airstrike conducted with guided bombs, the explosives stored in the installation detonated, eliminating the installation along with two trucks loaded with tens of tons of explosive materials,” Konashenkov added.

Konashenkov also told journalists that IS militants are in talks with members of other terrorist groups, including Al-Nusra Front, to unite their forces against Syrian government troops.

“Communications eavesdropping has intercepted information about the beginning of the talks between commanders of large battalions of Al-Nusra Front and warlords of Islamic State to form an allied force to counter offensive conducted by the Syrian government forces,” Konashenkov said

Al-Nusra Front and IS have been at loggerheads since February 2014, when the terrorist groups started infighting that resulted in bloody clashes.

The MoD spokesman reported that direct airstrike eliminated a number of militant leaders holding a meeting in the vicinity of the town of Sarmin in Idlib province.

“Last night the drones registered nine SUVs with mounted machine-guns arriving at the scene. A Sukhoi Su-34 bomber attacked the installation with a guided KAB-500 air bomb, which wiped the target out with everything that was inside,”Konashenkov said.

A command-and-observation post of IS positioned atop of a mountain was eliminated by a Sukhoi Su-24M bomber in Idlib province.

Also in Idlib province, another Su-24M eliminated a concealed arms depot near the town of Jisr al-Shugur.

Konashenkov stressed that all aircrafts of the Russian task force in Syria have successfully returned to Khmeimim Airbase in Latakia having completed their combat assignment.

Konashenkov also said that retreating jihadist groups have turned to tactics of massive mine-laying. The militants actively rig with explosives abandoned dwelling houses and objects of civilian infrastructure, equipping bombs with remote detonation units.

Many of such thoroughly-hidden explosive devices have countdown timers, set to blow up in a certain period of time, which in some case could be several weeks,” he noted, explaining that in such a way the jihadists hope to stage terror acts after the civilian population return to their homes and recovery works begin.

Since the beginning of the anti-terror operation in Syria on September 30, Russian warplanes have eliminated well over 830 terrorist targets.


Drone footage: Ongoing Syrian army offensive against rebel stronghold in Damascus

Published on Oct 20, 2015

Footage of the operation was filmed by RussiaWorks. Syrian President Bashar Assad requested substantial help from Putin in fighting militant groups in September 2015. Russia soon began targeting ISIS strongholds with extensive airstrikes on Syria. The West and Arab countries have been critical on the operation. While Iran and Iraq support Russian strikes.

Terrorists not rebels.

Terrorist stronghold……DIE!!!