US-led coalition aircraft strike Syrian army positions, kill 62 soldiers – military

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US-led coalition jets have bombed Syrian government forces’ positions near the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor, killing 62 troops and “paving the way” for Islamic State militants, the Syrian Army General Command told the state television.
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The bombing took place on al-Tharda Mountain in the region of Deir ez-Zor and caused casualties and destruction on the ground, Syria’s official SANA news agency reported on Saturday.

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Sixty-two Syrian soldiers were killed and over 100 injured in the airstrike by the US-led coalition, Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman, Major-General Igor Konashenkov, said, citing information received from the Syrian General Command.

The Russian Defense Ministry said that the aircraft which carried out the bombings had entered Syrian airspace from the territory of Iraq.

Four strikes against Syrian positions was performed by two F-16 jet fighters and two A-10 support aircraft, it added.

“If the airstrike was caused by the wrong coordinates of targets than it’s a direct consequence of the stubborn unwillingness of the American side to coordinate with Russia in its actions against terrorist groups in Syria,” Konashenkov stressed.

The Defense Ministry also confirmed a report by SANA that an Islamic State offensive began right after Syrian Army positions were hit from the air.

“Immediately after the airstrike by coalition planes, Islamic State militants launched their offensive. Fierce fighting with the terrorists is currently underway in the area of the airport where for a long a time humanitarian aid for civilians was parachuted,” Konashenkov said.

The Syrian General Command has called the bombing a serious and blatant aggression against Syrian forces, and said it was conclusive evidence that the US and its allies support IS militants.

According to a news release of the US Department of Defense, the coalition’s aviation performed combat missions in Deir ez-Zor on Saturday.

“We are aware of the reports and checking with Centcom and CJTF (Combined Joint Task Force),” the Pentagon told RT.

The US Central Command later has issued a statement, saying that it had no intention of targeting Syrian government forces near Deir ez-Zor.

“Syria is a complex situation with various military forces and militias in close proximity, but [the] coalition would not intentionally strike a known Syrian military unit,” the statement read.

CENTCOM promised that the strike and circumstances surrounding it will be reviewed “to see if any lesson can be learned.”

An unnamed US military official told Reuters that he was “pretty sure” that the targets hit in US-led coalition air strike on Saturday had been Syrian forces.

According to the official, the bombings in Deir ez-Zor were carried out using US intelligence, which was being gathered for days.

The US attack stopped as soon as Russia notified the American side that they had been hitting the Syrian military, he added.

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Earlier on Saturday, Russia accused the US of being reluctant to take measures to force rebels under its control to fall in line with the terms of the Syrian ceasefire.

Numerous Russian appeals to the American side remain unanswered, which “raises doubts over the US’s ability to influence opposition groups under their control and their willingness to further ensure the implementation of the Geneva agreements,” senior Russian General Staff official, Viktor Poznikhir, said.

Poznikhir also said that the truce is being used by the militants to regroup, resupply and prepare an offensive against government troops.

Last week, Moscow and Washington agreed to influence the Syrian government and the so-called moderate rebel forces respectively in order to establish a ceasefire in the country.

Since then, Russia has repeatedly complained that the US is failing to keep its part of the bargain. The US, on its part, has blamed Russia for not pressuring Damascus enough to facilitate humanitarian access to Syria.

Neither a mistaken nor a deliberate strike can be ruled out, Kamal Alam from the Royal United Service Institute, told RT when asked to comment on the incident.

There’s a possibility “that it’s a genuine mistake and the Americans in going after IS have gone after the Syrian military… because Dier ez-Zor city is under the Syrain Arab Army, but the rest of the districts are all under IS,” he said.

But it’s “a lot more dangerous” if the US had been “attacking the Syrian military to make the moderates happy,” Alam stressed, recalling recent reports of militants chasing the American Special Forces, which Washington interpreted as a signed of diminishing support from the Syrian opposition.”

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‘Crusaders! Infidels! Dogs! Get out!’ American-backed rebels force US commandos to leave Syrian town

“Five or six” US special forces troops had to withdraw from the town of al-Rai on Syria’s border with Turkey, after allies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) had driven them out, calling them “infidels” and “crusaders,” several media outlets have reported.

The Turkish military, which last month openly crossed the Syrian border to fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), has admitted that US soldiers are providing a supporting and coordinating role in the operation being carried out between the Syrian towns of Azaz and al-Rai, Reuters reports.

At least two videos circulated on Twitter on Friday evening appeared to show that they were not welcome in al-Rai.

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The footage shows a group of agitated men, gathered in the town square, shouting anti-American slogans in Arabic, as a cavalcade of vehicles passes by.

The chants include: Down with America,” “Get out you dogs,” and They are coming to Syria to occupy it. Voices in the background call the US troops pigs” and crusaders.”

“We don’t want a single American fighting in Syria alongside us,” says a man in the second video. “We are Muslims, we are not infidels. Get out!”

Reuters cited a US official and a “senior rebel commander,” who confirmed that a protest had taken place, which ended with US troops making their way back towards the Turkish border.

Later, a group of rebels purporting to be representatives of Ahrar al-Sharqiya, a militia operating in the area, circulated a video statement, saying that US support of Kurds, who are also fighting Islamic State, was behind their protest.

“We and other FSA groups fighting in and around Aleppo say that we remain a free army, and refuse to fight on the side of Americans, who support the terrorist Kurdish PKK. We are halting all military activities until US troops leave the region.”

The US State Department spokesman John Kirby said the “rhetoric” used by the rebels was “not appropriate”and acknowledged that the opposition “is not a monolith,” but still praised the overall success of Turkey’s operation inside northern Syria.

“We knew all along that the Turkish forces would be teaming up with some opposition forces, and in this they have been successful. So, let’s keep in mind the greater goal, which was to choke off that stretch of border so that [ISIS] can’t use it,” he said during a press briefing in Washington.

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“We’ve discovered this many times in Muslim world, where the US deploys its troops, whether it’s Iraq, or Afghanistan, or Syria, it is seen as the enemy, the occupier. Secondly, the incident highlights the problems the US has been having in identifying moderate Syrian rebels – despite spending billions of dollars ‘developing’ them – and the fact that this is coming from the supposed allies in the FSA isn’t actually surprising,” Max Abrahms, an associate professor of political science at Northwestern told RT.

The Pentagon says it has allocated 40 special operations forces combatants to participate in the Turkish incursion. According to CNN, the joint effort has been labeled Operation Noble Lance, and is the first time the two forces have fought side by side on Syrian soil since the start of the conflict.

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The Damascus government of Bashar Assad earlier condemned Turkey’s crossing of the border a “breach of sovereignty.”

China ‘to provide aid, enhance military training’ in Syria – top army official

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Beijing and Damascus have agreed that the Chinese military will provide humanitarian aid to Syria, a high-ranking People’s Liberation Army officer said, adding that the training of Syrian personnel by Chinese instructors has also been discussed.
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Director of the Office for International Military Cooperation of China’s Central Military Commission, Guan Youfei, arrived in Damascus on Tuesday for talks with Syrian Defense Minister Fahad Jassim al-Freij, Chinese Xinhua news agency reported.

During the negotiation, Guan noted China’s consistent diplomatic efforts to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis, adding that Beijing is now seeking closer military ties with Damascus.

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“The Chinese and Syrian militaries traditionally have a friendly relationship, and the Chinese military is willing to keep strengthening exchanges and cooperation with the Syrian military,” he said.

Guan and al-Freij discussed the enhancement of training and “reached a consensus” on the Chinese military providing humanitarian aid to Syria, Xinhua reported, without providing further details.

According to the agency, Guam also met with a Russian general during his visit to the Syrian capital.

Despite being a permanent UN Security Council member and relying on the Middle East for oil, China was previously reluctant to become involved in the Syrian conflict.

Beijing preferred to concentrate on domestic affairs and the territorial dispute with its neighbors in the South China Sea.

It praised Moscow’s anti-terrorism efforts in Syria as Russia staged a bombing campaign there in September 2015 to March 2016. Russia still has some of its forces in the country to provide humanitarian and military assistance to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government.

Last year, there were reports that China was sending dozens of military advisers to Syria to help the country fight terrorists.

READ MORE: China’s military advisers ‘heading to Syria to help fight ISIS’ – report

Syria has been engulfed in civil war since 2011, with the government fighting a number of rebel groups, in addition to terrorist groups such as Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and Al-Nusra Front.

CIA LINKS TOP HILLARY DONOR GEORGE SOROS TO TERRORIST BOMBING

Soros is a major contributor to Hillary Clinton’s campaign

Wayne Madsen – MAY 23, 2016

In an era of growing “false flag” terrorist incidents, a formerly Top Secret Central Intelligence Agency document, the National Intelligence Daily of February 4, 1987, strongly suggests a George Soros connection to a terrorist bombing in what was then Czechoslovakia.

1986 to 1987 saw the early effects of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s glasnost policies begin to take effect in eastern Europe. George Soros, whose insider currency speculation made him one of only a few Wall Street vampires to make out financially in the “crash of October 1987,” began to take advantage of the situation in eastern Europe. Two weeks after “Black Monday,” Soros shorted the U.S. dollar and his Quantum Fund ended 1987 with a 13 percent gain in value. Soros was flush with money to launder to groups in eastern Europe, funds the CIA calls “kosher cash.” Soros intended to weaken the then-ruling Communist governments. One of Soros’s first targets was Czechoslovakia.

Soros, who already had a link with the CIA through his participation in and funding of a number of CIA groups, including the Council on Foreign Relations, funneled cash, and lots of it, to “pro-democracy” pressure groups like Charter 77 in Czechoslovakia and Solidarity, both now known as nothing more than CIA fronts. In fact, the Charter 77 Foundation received a third of its funding from Soros, with a substantial amount of its remaining funding provided by CIA-linked entities like the U.S. National Endowment for Democracy (NED). Soros began his infiltration of eastern Europe in 1984 when his New York-based Soros Foundation signed an agreement with Hungary that established the Soros Foundation Budapest. Eventually, Soros Foundation Budapest merged with a Cold War CIA front in Paris, the French affiliate of the Congress for Cultural Freedom.

Soros’s championship of “themed revolutions” through “non-violent” street action has often led Soros-backed groups to commit acts of violence. This has been seen on the streets of Kiev, Tbilisi, Caracas, Cairo, Sana’a, and Damascus.

With Soros’s agents and money flooding Czechoslovakia and helping to prop up Charter 77 and leaders like Vaclav Havel and Karel Schwarzenberg, a leader of the Czech opposition based in Vienna, did Soros raise the stakes by helping to fund acts of terrorism in Czechoslovakia?

The CIA report states “the recent bombing of the Czechoslovak Communist Party’s headquarters at Ceske Budejovice and subsequent attempted attacks on the party’s buildings in other cities have alarmed authorities and led to heightened security at facilities across the country. [The source of the CIA’s information is redacted].”


Charter 77-New York organization, financed by Soros, hosts Vaclav Havel, second from left.

The CIA then reveals the Prague government pointed the finger at foreign agitators working through “youth gangs.” The major funders of youth groups agitating against the Communist government at the time were supported by Soros and the NED. The question remains: Did George Soros authorize acts of terrorism against the Czechoslovak government? If so, why is Mr. Soros not in prison for aiding and abetting acts of terrorism in Europe?

The CIA analysis of the terrorist attacks concluded that the violence may have represented the work of an “outside group.” Again, the finger pointed at Soros. An entire paragraph in the report on the Czechoslovak bombing campaign remains redacted by the CIA.

The CIA believed that the bombings were conducted in order to mobilize the “usually apathetic” Czechoslovak population. The CIA has its own sordid history of waking up apathetic populations through the use of false flag terrorist attacks.

Mr. Soros is a major contributor to Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Soros’s possible activities in 1986 and 1987 may eventually show that Mrs. Clinton’s campaign was financed by a bank roller of terrorism.

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Pope reneges on offer to take in Christian refugees…

By ISABEL HUNTER IN LESBOS, GREECE

A Christian brother and sister from Syria say they have been ‘let down’ by the Pope after he left them behind in a Lesbos refugee camp despite promises they would be given a new life in Italy. 

Roula and Malek Abo say they were two of the lucky ‘chosen 12’ refugees selected by the Vatican to be taken from the desperate camp and housed in Rome.

But what seemed like the chance of a lifetime was cruelly snatched away when they were told the following day they couldn’t go. Instead three Muslim families were taken.

Roula, 22, and her brother arrived on Lesbos on April 1 – ten days after the controversial EU deal to return all asylum seekers arriving to Greece from Turkey.

Their application for asylum is being process and they are waiting to learn if they will be sent back to Turkey.

Stuck on Lesbos, Roula told MailOnline: ‘If they can do this for 12 people they can do it for more.

‘If you have promised to take people back to Italy will something like registration papers stand in your way?’ 

Future: Roula, a Christian Syrian, and her brother were they had been selected to go to Rome with the Pope but were let down the following day and are now stuck on Lesbos

Future: Roula, a Christian Syrian, and her brother were they had been selected to go to Rome with the Pope but were let down the following day and are now stuck on Lesbos

Dreams dashed: The siblings, who fled Qamishli, Syria, were not among the chosen 12, because they arrived on Lesbos ten days after the controversial EU deal to return failed asylum seekers to Greece from Turkey

Dreams dashed: The siblings, who fled Qamishli, Syria, were not among the chosen 12, because they arrived on Lesbos ten days after the controversial EU deal to return failed asylum seekers to Greece from Turkey

Neither Community Sant’Egidio, the charity which organised the trip, or the Vatican would explain the selection process over which migrants were picked.

Spokesman Massimiliano Signifredi called the incident ‘regrettable’ – adding: ‘The problem here is the three Syrians arrived after the March 20 deadline. They arrived just after the agreement between the European Union and Turkey.

Mr Signifredi said: ‘Our staff went to Lesbos and spoke with the people who were selected. But everything was decided by the Vatican.

‘The question why the Pope took only Muslims is difficult to understand and he was suffering, I think, because he wanted to do something also for Christians as the chief of the Catholic Church. But he couldn’t because there is this international agreement [with the EU].’

The Vatican declined to comment.

Still reeling over her dream being so cruelly dashed, Roula had to watch the three fortunate families board a plane for a new life in Europe while she and her brother were left behind to face an uncertain future in Greece.

Pope Francis, the son of Italian immigrants to Argentina, said the decision to take a dozen to Italy was a gesture of goodwill to set an example to the world to extend the hand of friendship during Europe’s migrant crisis.

They are being housed in Rome by Sant’Egidio, which has brought 250 Syrians to Italy since March.

Roula, her brother, 28, and a third man, their friend Samir, also 28, from Damascus, say a day or so before the Pope arrived they were approached by three volunteers believed to be from Sant’Egidio.

She explained: ‘They said they would take us to Italy, to pack our bags and to meet them the next day.

Leading by example: The Pope took a total of 12 people back from Lesbos to Greece with him. The leader of the Catholic Church has been vocal over his disapproval of how Europe has handled the refugee crisis

Leading by example: The Pope took a total of 12 people back from Lesbos to Greece with him. The leader of the Catholic Church has been vocal over his disapproval of how Europe has handled the refugee crisis

Suspicion:  Roula, pictured with Malek and friend Amir, admits she was relieved in one way, as she feared the three who approached her could have been organ traffickers

Suspicion:  Roula, pictured with Malek and friend Amir, admits she was relieved in one way, as she feared the three who approached her could have been organ traffickers

Devastated: But Samir Hanna, a 28-year-old refugee from Damascus, had no such fears, and was left crushed when he was left behind in the camp, called Kara Tepe Square

Devastated: But Samir Hanna, a 28-year-old refugee from Damascus, had no such fears, and was left crushed when he was left behind in the camp, called Kara Tepe Square

 

Neither Community Sant’Egidio, the charity which organised the trip, or the Vatican would explain the selection process over which migrants were picked.

Spokesman Massimiliano Signifredi called the incident ‘regrettable’ – adding: ‘The problem here is the three Syrians arrived after the March 20 deadline. They arrived just after the agreement between the European Union and Turkey.

Mr Signifredi said: ‘Our staff went to Lesbos and spoke with the people who were selected. But everything was decided by the Vatican.

‘The question why the Pope took only Muslims is difficult to understand and he was suffering, I think, because he wanted to do something also for Christians as the chief of the Catholic Church. But he couldn’t because there is this international agreement [with the EU].’

The Vatican declined to comment.

Still reeling over her dream being so cruelly dashed, Roula had to watch the three fortunate families board a plane for a new life in Europe while she and her brother were left behind to face an uncertain future in Greece.

Pope Francis, the son of Italian immigrants to Argentina, said the decision to take a dozen to Italy was a gesture of goodwill to set an example to the world to extend the hand of friendship during Europe’s migrant crisis.

They are being housed in Rome by Sant’Egidio, which has brought 250 Syrians to Italy since March.

Roula, her brother, 28, and a third man, their friend Samir, also 28, from Damascus, say a day or so before the Pope arrived they were approached by three volunteers believed to be from Sant’Egidio.

She explained: ‘They said they would take us to Italy, to pack our bags and to meet them the next day.

Leading by example: The Pope took a total of 12 people back from Lesbos to Greece with him. The leader of the Catholic Church has been vocal over his disapproval of how Europe has handled the refugee crisis

Leading by example: The Pope took a total of 12 people back from Lesbos to Greece with him. The leader of the Catholic Church has been vocal over his disapproval of how Europe has handled the refugee crisis

Suspicion:  Roula, pictured with Malek and friend Amir, admits she was relieved in one way, as she feared the three who approached her could have been organ traffickers

Suspicion:  Roula, pictured with Malek and friend Amir, admits she was relieved in one way, as she feared the three who approached her could have been organ traffickers

Devastated: But Samir Hanna, a 28-year-old refugee from Damascus, had no such fears, and was left crushed when he was left behind in the camp, called Kara Tepe Square

Devastated: But Samir Hanna, a 28-year-old refugee from Damascus, had no such fears, and was left crushed when he was left behind in the camp, called Kara Tepe Square

Pope Francis flies back to Rome with twelve Syrian refugees

‘It was so secretive – they didn’t announce it to anybody and we were told to keep it a secret.

‘It seemed so unofficial – we didn’t know who they were or if they would really take us,’ Roula added.

‘I thought they might be organ traffickers – we had no idea.’

Samir had no such doubts when he was approached, however.

‘I was so excited to go to Italy – it was such a relief,’ he said. ‘They offered me my future on a plate, and then 24 hours later they took it away.

‘They had even told me that after a few months I could be reunited with my family and they would arrange for them to come from Damascus and join me in Italy.’

But the next day they received the crushing news that their places were given to another family.

The reason they were given was because they had arrived in Greece after the March 20 deadline for the EU deal.

The Pope told reporters on the plane back from Lesbos that it had been the idea of one of his aides and that he had immediately agreed.

‘I felt the spirit was talking to us,’ he said, adding that ‘everything was done according to the rules’, with documents provided by Italy, the Vatican and Greece.

Asked why they were all Muslim, he said there was something wrong with the papers of a Christian family that had originally been on the list.

All 12 migrants from three families have spoken of their delight at being set up in their own flats in Rome capital and given Italian lessons.

‘It was an amazing feeling [to be leaving the camp in Lesbos] because this was our big dream,’ said Hasan, a 31-year-old a garden designer who fled after the Syrian regime tried to make him join the army. He is now in Rome with his son Riad, two, and wife, Nour.

‘When we came here to Sant’Egidio everyone has been very helpful and kind. Now we have our own room [apartment] which is just for us.

‘We have been treated very, very well. We really feel now at last we are safe.’

Arrivals: The lucky families that were chosen to go with the Pope - Nour and Suhila were among the three families from Syria who did get to Italy

Arrivals: The lucky families that were chosen to go with the Pope – Nour and Suhila were among the three families from Syria who did get to Italy

New homes: The families all have new lives in Italy while Roula and her brother are 1,200 miles away back in Lesbos facing an uncertain future

New homes: The families all have new lives in Italy while Roula and her brother are 1,200 miles away back in Lesbos facing an uncertain future

But 1,200 miles away in the sweltering makeshift camp with the rats, snakes and rubbish of those who remain faced with the prospect of being returned to Turkey is Samir.

‘I was very disappointed,’ he said.

The siblings are trying to stay positive as they want to travel to Germany where their mother is living. But they are at a loss to explain why Sant Edigio volunteers appeared to ‘play god’ and got their hopes up only to let them down.

‘We’re happy for the families that went of course,’ said Roula, who is hoping the charity stands by its promise to fast-track their applications and come back for them, but it is no guarantee.

She went on: ‘We don’t care for one country over another – I just want to be with my mum.’

Roula and Malek left Qamishli, which is in Syria near the Turkish border, in March, in fear for their lives.

‘They killed the Christians in Raqqa we heard, so of course we had to leave,’ Roula said.

Malek added: ‘We stayed as long as possible, because it’s not easy to get the money to leave Syria. It takes you 50 years to buy a house so you don’t decide to leave it in a minute.

‘We were clinging to the hope that it will get better. We know that as soon as we leave the house people will come and take our stuff. We know we can’t go back.

Residents: Kara Tepe is the preferred camp for those trapped on Lesbos. Currently there are 900 people living here, who have all been termed 'vulnerable', and have their applications on hold

Residents: Kara Tepe is the preferred camp for those trapped on Lesbos. Currently there are 900 people living here, who have all been termed ‘vulnerable’, and have their applications on hold

Waiting: Despite it being the better option, the atmosphere in the camp is still tense

Waiting: Despite it being the better option, the atmosphere in the camp is still tense

Escape: All three families selected by the charity were taken from Kara Tepe camp to meet the Pope in Mytilene before jetting off to their new lives in Rome. Pictured: : A Syrian mother with her three children

Escape: All three families selected by the charity were taken from Kara Tepe camp to meet the Pope in Mytilene before jetting off to their new lives in Rome. Pictured: : A Syrian mother with her three children

‘We wanted to finish university – I studied law and Roula was studying to be a primary school teacher.’

The pair had hoped finishing their education would give them a better chance to start a new life in Europe, but Roula had to abandon her studies to flee.

Samir left Syria for Turkey late last year, just before Christmas, after he escaped being forced to join President Assad’s army fighting a war he doesn’t believe in and do his military service.

‘They force you to sign up and they make you kill people – if you don’t, they kill you. I had to leave,’ he told MailOnline.

Like many Syrians, he first tried to make a new life for himself in Turkey, despite having to wait for months on the Turkish-Syrian border, as Turkey has abandoned its open door policy to allow refugees fleeing the violence to safety.

‘I was in Istanbul for three months trying to find work. I tried so hard, but it was impossible. People look down on you there – they don’t want to hire Syrians,’ he said.

So he joined the thousands of his desperate countrymen and the now standard fee of €2,000 to cross to Lesbos on a rubber dinghy.

In Kara Tepe, the camp named in Turkish because it is above the black cliffs smugglers tell their newly branded captains to aim for, Samir, Roula and Malek joined 900 other refugees deemed vulnerable and have their applications on hold.

Much preferred to the feared Moria detention centre where migrants are sent upon arrival, the camp is nestled on hillside surrounded by olive trees, and is exclusively reserved for families who have vulnerable members – those who are disabled, have severe trauma and are survivors of torture or rape, or are single women, pregnant or lactating mothers.

Frustration: For many, the disappointment of getting so far, only to get stuck once more has been hard to deal with. Pictured: A Syrian man listens to music at the camp

Frustration: For many, the disappointment of getting so far, only to get stuck once more has been hard to deal with. Pictured: A Syrian man listens to music at the camp

'Like animals': Refugee women complained of snakes, and said they were being treated like sheep, forced to live in the camp on the island

‘Like animals’: Refugee women complained of snakes, and said they were being treated like sheep, forced to live in the camp on the island

Relaxed rules: Inhabitants are free to go to the supermarket, as long as they have written permission, and are served meals twice a day. Pictured: A disabled man from Afghanistan

Relaxed rules: Inhabitants are free to go to the supermarket, as long as they have written permission, and are served meals twice a day. Pictured: A disabled man from Afghanistan

Inhabitants are free to go to the supermarket, as long as they have written permission, and are served meals twice a day.

NGOs provide humanitarian assistance and volunteers help out with clothes distribution and activities for the bored children.

While the residents are free to leave, if they are caught outside the camp without written permission, they face deportation or will be moved to the Moria detention centre.

But it is miserable and the atmosphere is tense.

For many the disappointment of having made it to Greece and across the water to be told they cannot go any further is too much to bear – made worse by the conditions.

‘We get told that we are lucky to be here in this field,’ grandmother Kawther Yousef told MailOnline, ‘but what are we, sheep?’

‘This is the fifth snake the boys have killed – they’re all about this size, they’re babies – but where is the mother?’ another grandmother called Susan from Kobane added.

The group of women are all alone – their husbands have either died in the fighting or they have gone ahead to Europe and are desperate to be reunited.

All three families selected by the charity were taken from Kara Tepe camp to meet the Pope in Mytilene before jetting off to their new lives in Rome.

But for the hundreds left behind, the idea of selecting such a small number people seemingly at random is a hard pill to swallow.

THE ORGANISATION TRYING TO BUILD ‘HUMANITARIAN CORRIDORS’ FOR REFUGEES IN EUROPE

The three Syrian family brought to Italy by Pope Francis were among the first to benefit from a special mission by a Catholic organisation to help refugees reach Europe.

The Community of Sant’Egidio aims to provide a safe and legal way for the vulnerable to cross the Mediterranean and find sanctuary within the European Union.

Massimiliano Signifredi, Sant’Egidio’s spokesman, told MailOnline: ‘The Syrian families were brought to Italy as part of our work to provide a safe and legal passage [to Europe].

‘We want to provide humanitarian corridors for people fleeing war to come to Europe.

‘He have already brought almost 100 Syrian refugees to Italy from Greece and we hope to bring a further [Syrian refugees] from Lebanon next month.’

Rescue: The Community of Sant¿Egidio aims to provide a safe and legal way for the vulnerable to cross the Mediterranean and find sanctuary within the European Union Pictured: Father-of-two Osama, a printer from Damascus, with wife Wafa, and one of the Sant'Egidio officers

Rescue: The Community of Sant’Egidio aims to provide a safe and legal way for the vulnerable to cross the Mediterranean and find sanctuary within the European Union Pictured: Father-of-two Osama, a printer from Damascus, with wife Wafa, and one of the Sant’Egidio officers

One Syrian family were brought to Italy in February, 93 Syrians were brought to Italy in March and a further 150 Syrians are expected to brought from refugee camps in Lebanon in May, as part of Sant’Egidio’s mission.

Sant’Egidio Director Valeria Martano told MailOnline: ‘Refugees have the right to seek protection in Europe. We want to provide them with a way to achieve this by providing a safe passage – so many people have died – and without having to become involved with people traffickers.

‘Once they arrive in Italy we provide them with everything they need. We find them somewhere to live and give them [Italian] language lessons so they can integrate within the local community.

‘We have people living in Rome and in other cities such as Trentino in the north of Italy.

‘One old Syrian lady is living in a sheltered community because she is very frail.’

Dream: Syrian migrants Nour and her husband Hasan, 31, were rescued with their son Riad, two. Hasan told MailOnline: 'We did not know we were going to be chosen [to be taken to Italy with the Pope]'

Dream: Syrian migrants Nour and her husband Hasan, 31, were rescued with their son Riad, two. Hasan told MailOnline: ‘We did not know we were going to be chosen [to be taken to Italy with the Pope]’

Founded in Rome in 1968 the Community of Sant’Egidio is a Catholic organisation to help the most desperate and spread the word of Christ.

They set up hospices for victims of HIV/AIDs while others condemned the sufferers, they find homes for frail older people, Italian language classes for migrants and have printed a hand-book which they distribute to the homeless entitled ‘Where to Eat, Sleep and Wash in Rome’.

The organisation also runs many international missions including mediating between rival factions in civil wars in Mozambique, Algeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and in the Balkans.

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Report: Hezbollah ‘Moving’ in U.S. with Venezuelan Passports

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by EDWIN MORA

Members of Iran’s terror proxy Hezbollah “are moving freely” within the United States and Latin America, courtesy of Venezuelan passports issued by a Cuban company hired by Caracas, reports the UK-based Asharq Al-Awsat.

The report echoes various articles by Breitbart News, which, among other things, havehighlighted that Hezbollah operatives, including the right-hand man of the head of Hezbollah in Lebanon, are using passports obtained from countries in the Americas, primarily Venezuela and Cuba, to enter the United States.

In February 2015, experts at a National Defense University (NDU) conference warned that the narcoterrorist group Hezbollah, based in Lebanon, has expanded across Latin American and into the United States.

Breitbart News recently learned that the U.S. State Department is concerned about the illicit activities in the Western Hemisphere of terrorist group Hezbollah.

Using an alternate spelling for the name of the group, a State Department official acknowledged that “Hezbollah receives funding from supporters around the world who engage in a host of licit and illicit activities, some of which takes place in the Western Hemisphere.”

“Countering these activities remains a priority for the United States,” the official told Breitbart News, adding, “We continue to monitor Iranian activities in the Western Hemisphere for any destabilizing actions.”

The State Department struck a stronger tone than in 2014 when it concluded that Iranian influence in the Western Hemisphere was “waning.”

Analysts estimate that Hezbollah generates millions through drug trafficking, money laundering, and other criminal activities in the Americas.

The London-based Asharq Al-Awsat, citing Western security and intelligence sources, reports that “a number of people belonging to Iranian groups and the Lebanese Hezbollah, with suspected links to terrorism, are moving freely in the United States and Latin America using Latin passports like the Venezuelan and Ecuadoran ones.”

“According to these reports, the intelligence services in Canada and Bulgaria have recently spotted the movements of citizens of Arab origin, especially those belonging to Hezbollah as well as Iranian agents carrying original Venezuelan passports in order to move within a number of countries, especially United States, Canada, and South America,” it adds.

Anthony Dakin, the former Venezuelan Minister of Interior who currently lives in the United States, has suggested that “Venezuela has become a hub for granting passports for Iranian groups and members of Hezbollah, in order to facilitate their travel,” reports Asharq Al-Awsat.

“Antony Dakin told the media that Caracas has contracted with Cuban companies to issue mechanized and biometric passports,” continues the report.

Dakin added that Cuba gained access to data of around 80 million citizens when it signed contracts with other countries in Latin America, such as Argentina and Ecuador.

“These contracts allow Havana to issue identification papers without forgery and by using other people’s data,” notes Asharq Al-Awsat.

Misael López Soto, a Venezuelan diplomat in hiding, has accused Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro of selling visas, passports, and falsified birth certificates out of the Venezuelan embassy in Baghdad to nearly thousands of Middle East residents, including at least one confirmed Hezbollah terrorist.

A book by Spanish reporter Emili J. Blasco titled, Boomerang Chávez: The Frauds that Led to the Collapse of Venezuela, revealed that Maduro met the leader of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, in Damascus in 2007 to discuss “drug trafficking, money laundering, the distribution of arms and issuing of passports… to terrorists.”

The book cites witnesses and Venezuelan diplomatic cables as sources of the information it contains.

After Maduro met the Hezbollah chief, at least 300 Hezbollah operatives were reportedly able to secure Venezuelan passports, which made potential entry into Canada and the United States much easier, according to the book and Argentine website Infobae. 

Venezuela and its strongest ally, Cuba, have both been accused of issuing falsified Latin American passports to Middle Eastern operatives linked to Hezbollah.

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Published on Dec 22, 2015

Sub for more: http://nnn.is/the_new_media | The Russian air base in Erebuni in Armenia has received a new batch of six helicopters, the press office of Russia’s Southern Military District reported on Monday.

Turkey needs to be crushed like an irritating gnat.

fyi Isaiah 17 will go down soon, Erdogan will have to attack Demascus soon, but Russia will mow thru Turkey in counter attack