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Jan 21 10:46

SYRIAN SOLDIERS INTERCEPTED US-LED COALITION CONVOY ESCORTED BY TWO HELICOPTERS IN AL-HASAKAH (VIDEO)

On January 17, another convoy of the US-led coalition was intercepted by Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers in the northern countryside of Syria’s al-Hasakah.

The soldiers stopped the coalition’s convoy, which consisted of five armored vehicles, at a checkpoint located near the town of Tell al-Dahab. The convoy was reportedly escorted by two helicopters.

The Syrian state TV shared footage of the encounter which ended with the withdrawal of the coalition’s convoy from Tell al-Dahab.

Jan 21 06:40

Syria: Turkey warns 'heavy cost' if YPG acts against Ankara from Cyprus

Turkey on Thursday blasted Cyprus for hosting an office belonging to the Syrian Kurdish militant group YPG, saying that Ankara will make Nicosia pay a heavy cost if any attack threats come from the Greek controlled areas to Turkey or Northern Cyprus.

“[They are] playing with fire by allowing terror groups to open offices, or hosting them,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said during televised comments.

Jan 21 06:11

US nearly wiped out tens of thousands of civilians with dam strike in Syria – NYT

In 2017, the US bombed a piece of strategic infrastructure in Syria, the Tabqa Dam on the Euphrates River, despite it being on a no-strike list, the New York Times reported.

A B-52 bomber dropped some of the heaviest weapons in the US Air Force arsenal on the target, including at least one BLU-109 bunker buster, which is designed to destroy fortified concrete targets. This bomb pierced through five stories in one of the dam’s towers, but didn’t explode.

If the Soviet-designed earth-and-concrete structure had failed, tens of thousands of people living in a valley below would likely have died.

Jan 20 14:43

American forces smuggle stolen Syrian oil to their bases in Iraq

The US military has brought a convoy of vehicles loaded with military equipment and tanker trucks carrying stolen oil from Syria to its bases in northern Iraq.

Syria’s official news agency SANA reported on Monday that the convoy was made up of 111 vehicles, adding that it crossed into Iraq via al-Waleed, an illegal border crossing in the countryside of Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah.

Local sources said the convoy was escorted by six armored vehicles, SANA reported.

According to the report, the oil was smuggled out of the area of al-Jazeera in northeastern Syria.

Earlier this month, a US convoy of 128 vehicles transferred military equipment and Syrian oil into northern Iraq.

Jan 18 14:54

UN Envoy says Syria does not need regime change, country is safe under Assad

The United Nations' Special Envoy to Syria has dismissed the need for regime change in Syria and said that the country is stable under President Bashar Al-Assad, seeming to confirm fears by many that the UN is in favour of cooperating with Assad.

Geir Pedersen made the comments in a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, yesterday during his visit to Iran, in which the two discussed the ongoing situation in Syria and the path towards a political solution.

According to the Tehran Times newspaper, the UN Envoy told Abdollahian that Syria is currently stable and that no party is discussing or considering regime change in the country. He also insisted on the necessity of maintaining Syria's national sovereignty, political stability and its territorial integrity.

Jan 18 13:46

Syrian Media Reports US Theft of Additional Oil Supplies, Relocation of Military Equipment to Iraq

Large swathes of oil and food-rich northeast Syria are occupied by US forces and their Syrian Kurdish allies. Their presence has been little reported on in US media over the past year, with the Biden White House insisting the troops are there to fight Daesh (ISIS).* Donald Trump, by contrast, openly said US forces were in Syria “only for the oil.”

A convoy of 111 vehicles, including 60 trucks loaded with military equipment and dozens of tankers carrying stolen oil, have left Syria and crossed into Iraq, the Syrian Arab News Agency has reported, citing local sources in the Al-Hasakah countryside.

Sources told the outlet that the convoy included a six-vehicle armoured vehicle escort, and that it left Syria for Iraq through the Al Waleed border crossing – which Damascus considers an illegal border point because it remains outside the Syrian government’s control.

Jan 18 13:16

Syria, Crimea to develop trade exchange through Crimean ports

Permanent Representative of the Republic of Crimea under the President of Russia, Georgy Muradov, said that the Crimean ports could become the main southern sea gateways for Russia, as part of developing trade and economic relations with Syria.

“The Crimean ports are ready to become the main southern sea gateways for Russia to help developing trade and economic relations with Syria, and they are open to importing the marketable products to and from Syria without fear of any sanctions”, Muradov told Sputnik News Agency.

The representatives of other Russian regions can trade with Syria through Crimea, noting that a joint commercial center has already been established between Crimea and Syria, while we are working to increase the volume of trade exchange, Muradov added.

Jan 15 08:26

This one-two punch from China and Russia marks the end of American adventurism

Damascus officially joined China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) on Wednesday, which will provide a massive lifeline to the country that has been torn to shreds after more than a decade of war and Western sanctions. But more than this, this development has set a precedent that will fundamentally change the geopolitical landscape.

This is because the decade-spanning Syrian conflict has hosted several proxy conflicts, which has invariably left the United States and its Western allies the losers.

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For starters, while the conflict itself was, at least initially, part of the Arab Spring in the early 2010s, numerous sources (including U.S. government sources published by WikiLeaks) suggest that the United States had been seeking regime change in Syria long before then. There are also countless reports by very good journalists, including on RT, that have dug up these connections.

Jan 14 07:12

Russian Strikes in Syria Kill 11 IS Fighters: Monitor

Russian air strikes in desert areas of eastern Syria have killed 11 suspected members of the Islamic State group, a war monitor reported Thursday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors casualties of the decade-old conflict, said the overnight strikes focused on an area between Palmyra and Al-Sukhna.

“The jihadist organisation’s members hide in caves in this area,” Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.

The strikes killed 11 IS fighters and wounded around 20 others, some of them seriously, he said.

Abdel Rahman said he had counted a total of 229 Russian air strikes against targets in the Syrian desert already this year.

Jan 10 12:00

US Reportedly Calls in Reinforcements, Hunkers Down Near Syrian Oil Field Amid Spate of Attacks

The US and its allies – the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces militia, maintain control over much of northeastern Syria – including up to 90 percent of the war-torn country’s oil-producing regions and much of its breadbasket.

The Pentagon has reportedly beefed up its presence near one of Syria’s largest oil fields following mortar attacks targeting a major US base in the area.

“American forces based in Iraq sent military reinforcements consisting of 30 trucks carrying armoured vehicles, tanks and bulldozers,” sources said to be familiar with the situation told Turkey’s Anadolu news agency.

Jan 10 07:45

US sets up refinery in Syria’s Hasakah to increase country's oil theft

US occupation forces have set up an oil refinery in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakah, as US military trucks continue to smuggle crude oil from the energy-rich region to Iraqi territory.

Syria’s official news agency SANA, citing local sources, reported on Sunday that US forces and the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have installed the oil refinery in the oilfields of Rmelan town.

The SDF, a US-backed alliance of Kurdish militants operating against Damascus, currently controls areas in northern and eastern Syria.

A source at Directorate of Rmelan fields told SANA that the oil refinery has a capacity to refine 3,000 barrels per day, adding that there will be a large increase in stealing and looting the Syrian oil from the area by American troops and the SDF militants following the installation of the oil refinery.

Jan 10 07:24

Paratrooper charged in Syria shootout acquitted of all charges

Sgt. 1st Class Robert Nicoson, the paratrooper who was accused of leading a patrol into an unnecessary gunfight in Syria before ordering troops to delete videos of the incident, was acquitted of all charges Friday evening after a court-martial at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

The soldier’s civilian defense attorney, Phillip Stackhouse, argued that the patrol had briefed leaders that it would go to the checkpoint and the alleged threats Nicoson made were intended to deter an attack. Accusations that Nicoson tried to cover up the incident ultimately lost traction, as well.

Jan 10 07:09

Four year old child loses leg in suspected Turkish attack

A four-year-old child lost his leg in a suspected Turkish attack on the Kurdish town of Kobane in northern Syria on Saturday.

The attack targeted around 15 villages in the countryside of Kobane, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), killing one and wounding twelve others, including women and children.

A photo of the four year old Abdou Mustafa Hanifi, who lost a leg in the attack on the village of Qarmog, broke the internet on Saturday with the Kurdish led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) media head Farhad Shami calling out Turkey as responsible.

Jan 07 07:28

UK accused of reviving 'targeted killing' policy against Islamic State in Syria

The UK has been accused of reviving a “targeted killing” policy after its air force killed an arms dealer linked to the Islamic State group (IS) in a drone strike in Syria at the end of October.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website more than a month after the attack that the crew of the Royal Air Force's Reaper drone had “tracked a known terrorist in northern Syria”.

"And at a safe moment, when the individual was alone in a field, carried out a successful attack,” it added in a statement.

According to a report by the Syrians for Truth and Justice (STJ) group, the arms dealer was a man known as Abu Hamza al-Shuhail.

Jan 07 06:11

As Israel Plots Endgame in Occupied Golan, Bennett Must Remember Lessons of the Past

With Syria still embroiled in its own war, Israel has been actively rewriting the rule book regarding its conduct in this Arab country. Gone are the days of a potential return of the illegally occupied Golan Heights to Syrian sovereignty in exchange for peace, per the language of yesteryears. Now, Israel is set to double its illegal Jewish settler population in the Golan, while Israeli bombs continue to drop with a much higher frequency on various Syrian targets.

Indeed, a one-sided war is underway, casually reported as if a routine, everyday event. In the last decade, many "mysterious" attacks on Syria were attributed to Israel. The latter neither confirmed nor denied. With the blanket support given to Israel by the Donald Trump administration, which recognized Israel’s illegal annexation of the Syrian Golan Heights of 1981, Israeli reluctance to take credit for the frequent and increasingly destructive and bloody air raids has dissipated.

Jan 06 13:50

Israeli Army Tanks Shell Syrian Province of Quneitra - Reports

Israeli army tanks shelled the Syrian province of Quneitra, Syrian news agency SANA reported.

It said Israeli helicopters and reconnaissance aircraft are flying over the area intensively.
On Tuesday, the US-led Coalition carried out a strike against rocket sites in Syria that posed a threat to its forces, Reuters reported citing a Coalition official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Monday marked the second anniversary of the assassination of Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force, who was killed in a US airstrike on the outskirts of Baghdad.

Jan 06 06:56

Israeli Tanks Fire Warning Shots Along Syrian Frontier, Israeli Military Says

Israeli tanks fired warning shots along the frontier with Syria in the Golan Heights after several suspicious figures were spotted near an Israeli force operating in the area, the Israeli military said.

Syria's state news agency SANA said explosions were heard in the Quneitra region late on Wednesday after the shells fell in a Syrian village. The report gave no details of any casualties or damage.

In a statement, the Israeli military said the tanks "fired shells aimed at chasing away the suspects", who then fled into Syrian territory.

It said the suspicious figures had been manning "military posts", but did not elaborate, and that the Israeli force had been operating within Israeli lines.

Jan 05 14:50

US Bases In Both Iraq & Syria Under Fresh Rocket Attacks

During the week of the Jan.3rd second anniversary of the 2020 killing by US drone strike of IRGC commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani, there's been a spate of attacks on bases where American troops are stationed in Iraq and Syria. On Wednesday there's been three consecutive attacks so far.

As ABC News details, "Iraqi military bases hosting U.S. troops in Iraq's western Anbar province and the capital of Baghdad were hit by Katyusha rockets Wednesday while in Syria, eight rounds of indirect fire landed inside a base with members of the U.S.-led coalition, the Iraqi and U.S. militaries said."

Jan 05 07:41

US Launches Preemptive Strike On "Rocket Sites" Near Occupied Syrian Oil Fields

Late in the day Tuesday (local time) the US military carried out what's being described as a "preemptive strike" against rocket sites in eastern Syria that "posed a threat" - according to a US coalition official statement.

"The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the coalition saw several launch sites near the Green Village in Syria," Reuters reports, referencing an American base in Deir Ezzor province. "The official did not specify from which country the coalition carried out the strike."

The base that was being "threatened" is in Syria oil-rich eastern region, which for years American forces have occupied in support of Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). In the same area lies the country's largest oil facility, al-Omar oil field, as well as Conoco gas field - both under US-SDF control, something Damascus and Moscow have long condemned as an illegal occupation presence intent on blocking Syria from its own vital energy resources.

Dec 31 07:09

Russian official suggests stationing hypersonic missile at Syrian naval base

A Russian defence official suggested on Monday that Russia could station its new Zircon hypersonic missiles in the Syrian port of Tartus, where, they said, it could hit any target in the Mediterranean Sea.

The chairman of the State Duma Defence Committee, Andrei Kartapolov, said in an interview with Russian media that “Zircon missiles can dock [in the port of Tartus], which will cover the entire sea.”

Russia leased the Tartus naval base from Syria in 2017, for a period of 49 years. The site is Russia’s only base in the Mediterranean, and is mostly used to deliver supplies to its mission in Syria and to repair its warships.

Dec 30 06:47

Iran defends Syria's sovereignty, rejects Israeli push to assert control over occupied Golan

Iran strongly condemns the Israeli regime’s recent push to bring Syria’s Golan Heights to the fore of Tel Aviv’s occupation schemes.

Speaking on Wednesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh denounced the regime’s earlier “cabinet meeting” in the Syrian plateau that came after the regime announced a blueprint that foresees construction of some 7,300 additional settler units on the strategic territory.

The spokesman described the meeting as “aggressive” and “provocative.”

Verifying Iran’s position of robust support for the Syrian Arab Republic’s sovereignty over Golan, Khatibzadeh noted that the United Nations Security Council and General Assembly likewise consider the territory to be a part of Syria.

The Golan Heights is an “indivisible” part of Syria, noted the spokesman, asserting that increasing the number of the illegal settlers would not be able to change this “undeniable” fact.

Dec 30 06:35

Syrian Air Defenses Didn't Engage in Combat With IDF Jets, as Russian Plane Was Landing at Hmeimim

Two Israeli fighters F-16 launched a missile attack on facilities in the Syrian port of Latakia last night, the damage to the port infrastructure is negligible, Rear Adm. Oleg Zhuravlev, deputy head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties in Syria, said on Tuesday.

"From 04:21 to 04:26, two F-16 tactical fighters of the Israeli Air Force from the Mediterranean Sea, without crossing the border, struck with four guided missiles at facilities in the port of Latakia. As a result of the Israeli strike, minor material damage to the port infrastructure was inflicted," Zhuravlev said at a briefing.

The Syrian air defense forces did not engage in combat with Israeli F-16 fighters, which attacked the port, as at that time a Russian Aerospace Forces plane was landing at the Hmeimim airfield in the vicinity of this city, he added.

Dec 29 08:05

Salafis Throwing Bombs: How American and British Planners Partnered With Al-Qaeda Affiliated Groups At the Start of the Syrian Civil War

In the mainstream view, al-Qaeda did not play a role in the Syria conflict until Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi dispatched his deputy, Abu Muhammad al-Jolani, to Syria in August 2011 to establish a wing of the group there, called Jabhat al-Nusra, or the Nusra Front. Additionally, al-Qaeda allegedly did not carry out any military operations until December 2011 and did not announce its establishment until January 2012.

However, there is evidence that al-Qaeda affiliated militants were involved in the Syrian conflict much earlier. Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan, former Syrian Vice President Abd al-Halim Khaddam, and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri all played key roles in dispatching al-Qaeda affiliated militants to Syria in the early stages of the conflict. They did so at the direction of U.S. and UK planners, who hoped to spark a sectarian civil war that would lead to regime change in Damascus.

Dec 28 07:35

Syrian air defenses respond to ‘Israeli aggression’ targeting port city – state media

Syrian air defences were activated after the country’s principal port city of Latakia came under missile attack, sparking a major fire and resulting in significant damage to the port, Syria’s state media reported.

The attack took place at 3:21am local time (01:21 GMT) on Tuesday, with rockets being launched from the “depth of the Mediterranean”, the SANA news agency reported.

Footage posted online shows a series of blasts rocking what appears to be the port.

Dec 28 07:35

Israel said to strike key Syrian port of Latakia, causing ‘massive’ damage

Videos posted to social media show huge explosions and fires raging across the port, likely from secondary explosions of Iranian munitions, in second attack on facility this month

Israeli warplanes fired a number of missiles at the port of the coastal city of Latakia early Tuesday morning, causing large explosions and fires, in the second alleged Israeli strike in a month on the key facility.

For years, Israel avoided conducting strikes against the Latakia port due to the large presence of Russian forces nearby, despite Iran allegedly using the terminal to transport advanced munitions through it to its proxies in the region, notably the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group.

Dec 20 06:30

Israel Attacks Damascus Airport, Damages Runway

On Thursday, Israel attacked the Damascus International Airport, firing eight cruise missiles in the area. Casualty details are still unclear, but the airport runway has a big hole in it.

The Syrian Observatory, strangely, was quoted as denying any attacks on the airport or vicinity. How they explain the big hole is not certain, but the narrative apparently is not of an airport being attacked.

Israel hasn’t commented on the attack at all, and why they’d be going after the airport is very uncertain. Israel has long maintained neutrality in the Syrian War, but directly attacking a civilian airport in the capital really undercuts that claim.

In the past, attacks near the airport have targeted storage alleged to have weapons. Attacking that and attacking the runway of an airport are wildly different, however, and Israel risks a backlash with this targeting.

Dec 17 10:55

Israel's F-16s Strike 8 Missiles at ??Damascus Airport, 1 Person Killed - Russian Military21 hours ago

The Israeli Air Force's F-16 fighters struck with eight cruise missiles near Damascus airport, damaged a warehouse, killed a person, Rear Adm. Vadim Kulit, deputy head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties in Syria, said on Thursday.

"On December 16, from 1:51 to 1:59, four Israeli Air Force F-16 tactical fighters from the airspace over the Golan Heights struck with eight cruise missiles at targets near the Damascus International Airport," Kulit said at a briefing.

He added that the Syrian air defense forces destroyed from the Pantsir-S systems seven of the eight missiles fired by Israeli fighters.

"As a result of the airstrike, a warehouse was damaged, one person was killed," Kulit said.

Dec 13 08:08

Israel Develops Further Golan Settlement Expansion Plans

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is presenting a plan to expand settlement in the occupied Syrian Golan, including two new settlements and the creation of a “Special Committee” aimed at increasing settler presence in the area until 2025.

The plan is part of a larger framework being developed by Israeli Authorities in hopes of “encouraging steady demographic growth” soon to be submitted to Israel’s government. If approved, the plan will include the two new settlements, comprised of 12,000 units or more. The new settlements, temporarily named “Asif” and “Matar”, would join the current settlement “Kitzren” where thousands of new units are also slated to be built. The plan includes also agricultural projects and operating areas, construction work and projects related to solar energy.

Dec 13 07:52

Top secret US military unit called Talon Anvil was behind 'outsize' number of innocent civilian deaths during war on ISIS Daily demands of overseeing strike after strike 'eroded operators' perspective and frayed their humanity'

A small, classified American strike cell that launched tens of thousands of bombs and missiles against Islamic State targets in Syria, regularly disregarded safeguard procedures to function at the 'speed of war,' and obscured the countless number of civilians they wounded and killed with deceptive tactics.

Known as Talon Anvil, the cell worked around the clock in three shifts out of nondescript offices in Syria and Iraq between 2014 and 2019 - but according to a bombshell report published on Sunday by the New York Times, they 'never existed' in military records.

Multiple current and former military and intelligence officials told the Times that the group alarmed cooperating military agencies, 'killing people who had no role in the conflict: farmers trying to harvest, children in the street, families fleeing fighting, and villagers sheltering in buildings.'

Dec 13 07:03

Civilian Deaths Mounted as Secret Unit Pounded ISIS

A single top secret American strike cell launched tens of thousands of bombs and missiles against the Islamic State in Syria, but in the process of hammering a vicious enemy, the shadowy force sidestepped safeguards and repeatedly killed civilians, according to multiple current and former military and intelligence officials.

The unit was called Talon Anvil, and it worked in three shifts around the clock between 2014 and 2019, pinpointing targets for the United States’ formidable air power to hit: convoys, car bombs, command centers and squads of enemy fighters.

But people who worked with the strike cell say in the rush to destroy enemies, it circumvented rules imposed to protect noncombatants, and alarmed its partners in the military and the C.I.A. by killing people who had no role in the conflict: farmers trying to harvest, children in the street, families fleeing fighting, and villagers sheltering in buildings.

Dec 09 07:11

'Pool of blood': US drone strike hits Syria family

Ahmad Qassum was driving home with his family when a US drone targeting an Al-Qaeda-linked militant in Syria struck and left all six of them wounded.

"We came across a motorbike that was driving in front of us, and when I tried to overtake it, I felt a strike hit us," the 52-year-old displaced Syrian told AFP from his wife's family home in Idlib province.

Shrapnel from the attack, he said, turned his vehicle into a "pool of blood".

It wounded his wife and four children, including his nine-year-old son Mahmud who is still in intensive care for a serious head injury.

"I didn't know who to save first," Qassum said, recalling the moments immediately after the attack.

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Dec 08 08:26

Israel Launches Rare Airstrikes On Syrian Port Close To Russian Airbase

Shortly after 1am local time Israeli warplanes mounted a large-scale missile strike on Syria's key port of Latakia, igniting large fires as shipping containers were engulfed.

International reports underscored that "It was a rare attack on the city's port, a vital facility where much of Syria's imports are brought into the war-torn country." Indeed it was the first such known attack on Latakia's main port throughout the conflict which began over a decade ago.

Syrian state TV said at least five explosions were heard, with circulating social media videos from the site showing high-reaching flames.

The Israeli government didn't comment in the immediate aftermath, but its media is calling the attack a "gamechanger" in terms of drastically shifting the rules of engagement towards civilian ports. Over the course of prior years, Damascus International Airport has been struck several times. Typically the Israelis claim to be acting against Iranian weapons shipments.

Dec 07 08:26

‘Israeli airstrikes’ target Syrian port – state media

A port near the city of Latakia, Syria was targeted in an Israeli air raid overnight, Syrian state media reported, with unconfirmed photos of the scene purporting to show a sizable fire erupting just off the Mediterranean coast.

Bombs fell on the country’s chief port city, Latakia, in the early hours of Tuesday morning, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), which added that blasts had been heard in the vicinity of the port. It dubbed the strikes “Israeli air aggression.”

“The Israeli enemy carried out an air aggression, with several missiles from the direction of the Mediterranean, southwest of Latakia, targeting the container yard in the commercial port of Latakia,” an unnamed military source told SANA.

Dec 05 07:08

Explosions Reportedly Heard Inside US Military Base in Eastern Homs, Syria

Damascus previously called the base "a sanctuary for the terrorists in the region", saying that the anti-government militants are getting their weapons there.

Multiple blasts could be heard inside the US military base in the At-Tanf area, located in Homs Province, near the Iraqi border, Syrian state TV reported on Sunday. At the same time, the broadcaster Al-Arabiya reported that several stikes targeting the base were carried out in the area.

The American military has not commented on the reports so far.

Last month, the NYT reported that the base was targeted by "suicide drones" in October, alleging that the attack was coordinated by Tehran.

Dec 03 14:15

UN General Assembly demands Israeli occupation full withdraw from occupied Syrian Golan

The United Nations General Assembly has renewed the adoption of a resolution by a majority of member states calling on the Israeli occupation entity to fully withdraw from the occupied Syrian Golan to the line of June 4, 1967, in implementation of the relevant Security Council resolutions.

94 countries voted in favor of the resolution, while the occupation entity and 7 countries voted against it, and 69 countries abstained from voting.

The General Assembly resolution states that the decision of “Israel” on December 14, 1981 to impose its laws and jurisdiction on the occupied Syrian Golan is null and void and has no legitimacy whatsoever, as confirmed by the Security Council in its resolution No. 497 of 1981 and demands “Israel” to cancel it and to fully withdraw from the occupied Syrian Golan till the line of June 4, 1967, in implementation of the relevant Security Council resolutions.

Nov 30 07:20

Pentagon Chief Orders New Inquiry Into U.S. Airstrike That Killed Dozens in Syria

Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III on Monday ordered a new high-level investigation into a U.S. airstrike in Syria in 2019 that killed dozens of women and children, according to a senior Defense Department official.

The investigation by Gen. Michael X. Garrett, the four-star head of the Army’s Forces Command, will examine the strike, which was carried out by a shadowy, classified Special Operations unit called Task Force 9, as well as the handling of the task force’s investigation by higher military headquarters and the Defense Department’s inspector general, the official said.

Nov 30 06:55

The Pentagon Doesn’t Care About Civilian Casualties

In August 2019, thousands of refugees, prisoners, and families of ISIS fighters crowded into an encampment in the border town of Baghuz in eastern Syria, one of the last territories controlled by the so-called Islamic State. The United States, supported on the ground by an allied Kurdish and Arab militia, launched a massive air assault on the enclave.

As The New York Times reported on November 13, 2021, a U.S. attack jet unleashed its payload on the civilian encampment. “As the smoke cleared,” the article noted, “a few people stumbled away in search of cover. Then, a jet tracking them dropped one 2,000-pound bomb, then another, killing most of the survivors.” At least seventy civilians died.

A Pentagon legal officer reported internally that this was a possible war crime, but, “at nearly every step, the military made moves that concealed the catastrophic strike,” according to the Times. The death toll was downplayed, and reports were delayed, sanitized, and classified.

Nov 29 07:15

US occupation brings in 100 vehicles to its base in Remailan, Hasaka countryside

The US occupation forces brought in one hundred trucks and tankers carrying logistic materials from Iraqi territories to reinforce their military bases in Hasaka countryside.

Local sources from al-Yaroubiya countryside told SANA reporter that a convoy consists of 100 tanker loaded with containers, refrigerated tankers and trucks entered from the Iraqi territories via the illegitimate al-Waleed crossing in two batches, the first batch includes 60 vehicles and the second includes 40 ones.

The batches are accompanied by military armored vehicles which headed from Suwaydiya station to the town of Remailan, about 68 KM to the east of Qamishli city.

Last Thursday, the US occupation forces brought in 48 refrigerated tankers carrying logistical materials through the same crossing to support their bases in the Hasaka countryside.

Nov 27 09:12

Video: State of Chaos in Northern Syria

Turkey is preoccupied with what is going on within its borders, but the general stat of chaos in northern and central Syria refuses to subside.

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continuing to target militants violating the ceasefire in the northwestern region of Greater Idlib.

On November 24th, at least 40 rockets and artillery shells were targeted at militant positions around the towns of Kafr Taal and Tadil in the western Aleppo countryside.

The attacks killed a member of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the ruler of Greater Idlib.

Nov 24 11:02

NYT Report On Syrians Killed By US Airstrikes Tip Of The Iceberg

On March 18, 2019, the ‘New York Times’ revealed that a special ground operations unit, called ‘Ground Force 9’, ordered strikes in Baghouz, Syria, which killed anywhere between 50 to 80 people. The special operations unit reportedly did not need the usual authorization to launch the strikes they did, which came from F-15E fighter jets. The first airstrike that was launched dropped a 500 pound bomb on a group of primarily women and children. Shortly after, they fired a second. They then fired a third 2,000 pound bomb that was dropped on the crowd ensuring the deaths of the survivors.

Nov 23 08:05

CORRUPTING SCIENCE: IN SYRIA PROBE, OPCW ERASED EXPERTS' INCONVENIENT FINDINGS

Early in the OPCW's Douma probe, expert toxicologists ruled out chlorine gas as the victims' cause of death. Top OPCW officials censored this finding, and then targeted the inspector who raised alarm.

Originally published by The Grayzone.

In the early days of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons' investigation of an alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria, expert toxicologists ruled out chlorine gas as the cause of death for the more than 40 civilians reported at the scene. Instead of publishing this finding, senior OPCW officials concealed it, and then launched an investigation of a veteran inspector who questioned the censorship.

Nov 18 07:54

Israel Fires Missiles on Damascus Suburb

On Wednesday night, Israel fired missiles which struck just south of the capital city of Damascus. Syrian media confirmed the attack. Israel has, as so often the case, declined official comment.

Most attacks go after Shi’ite targets, though this one was aimed at any empty house. No casualties were reported. Syrian missile defense reportedly intercepted one of the missiles.

Israel attacks Syria several times a month, usually nominally to attack Iran. Syrian air defenses try to limit the damage, with some success, and Syria’s threats to retaliate tend not to amount to much.

Nov 17 06:46

US military apologizes for misidentifying the bombs that may have killed dozens of civilians in Syria

After reportedly spending more than two years trying to keep the American public ignorant of an airstrike in Syria that may have killed as many as 64 civilians, the U.S. military has issued an apology – but not for accidentally killing innocent people.

A spokesman for U.S. Central Command issued an apology for misidentifying the type of ordnance dropped on a cluster of civilians in a March 2019 airstrike in Baghouz, Syria.

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Nov 16 08:40

Syria's My Lai? US Massacred 70 Civilians And Covered It Up

The New York Times has exposed one of the US military's worst massacres and cover-up scandals since My Lai in Vietnam.

On March 18, 2019, amid a battle with Islamic State fighters, the US Air Force bombed a crowd of civilians taking shelter near the town of Baghuz, Syria, killing a reported 70 people. The attacks occurred within a 5-minute span: an initial strike, and then another with heavier bombs as survivors fled. The Times' Dave Philipps and Eric Schmitt report:

Without warning, an American F-15E attack jet… dropped a 500-pound bomb on the crowd, swallowing it in a shuddering blast. As the smoke cleared, a few people stumbled away in search of cover. Then a jet tracking them dropped one 2,000-pound bomb, then another, killing most of the survivors.

Nov 16 08:11

US COVERUP OF SYRIA MASSACRE SHOWS THE DANGER OF THE ASSANGE PRECEDENT

The New York Times has published a very solid investigative report on a US military coverup of a 2019 massacre in Baghuz, Syria which killed scores of civilians. This would be the second investigative report on civilian-slaughtering US airstrikes by The New York Times in a matter of weeks, and if I were a more conspiracy-minded person I’d say the paper of record appears to have been infiltrated by journalists.

Nov 16 08:10

HOW THE U.S. HID AN AIRSTRIKE THAT KILLED DOZENS OF CIVILIANS IN SYRIA

In the last days of the battle against the Islamic State group in Syria, when members of the once-fierce caliphate were cornered in a dirt field next to a town called Baghuz, a U.S. military drone circled high overhead, hunting for military targets. But it saw only a large crowd of women and children huddled against a river bank.

Without warning, a U.S. F-15E attack jet streaked across the drone’s high-definition field of vision and dropped a 500-pound bomb on the crowd. Then a jet dropped one 2,000-pound bomb, then another.

It was March 18, 2019. At the U.S. military’s busy Combined Air Operations Center at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, uniformed personnel watching the live drone footage looked on in stunned disbelief.

“Who dropped that?” a confused analyst typed on a secure chat system being used by those monitoring the drone. Another responded, “We just dropped on 50 women and children.”

Nov 14 11:39

“Infuriating” Report Reveals “Breathtaking Cover-Up” of US Airstrike That Killed Syrian Civilians

By Jessica Corbett

“Devastating.” “Disturbing.” “Horrific.” “Shameful.”

Advocacy groups, human rights defenders, fellow reporters, and other readers of The New York Times were outraged Saturday after journalists Dave Philipps and Eric Schmitt published their investigation into a deadly 2019 U.S. airstrike in Syria and all that followed.

“This NYT report on the cover-up of U.S. war crimes in Syria should make your blood boil,” Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the anti-war group CodePink, tweeted Sunday. “The U.S. wantonly kills civilians, covers it up, and then tells other countries how ‘democracy’ works. Infuriating.”

Evan Hill, a journalist on the Times‘ visual investigations team, said that “this is a long, complicated story, but it’s one that touches on nearly every problem with the global U.S. air war. At every attempt, the military tried to cover it up.”...

Nov 14 08:17

US Acknowledges 2019 Airstrikes in Syria After NYT Report Reveals Dozens of Civilians Were Killed

A new report in the New York Times provides an in-depth look at two back-to-back, US-led airstrikes that occurred in Syria on March 18, 2019, that killed at least 80 people, including up to 64 women and children. It is now known that the unreported incident was at the time flagged by a legal officer as a possible war crime.

For the first time, US Central Command (USCENTCOM), the unified combatant command which oversaw US air operations in Syria, has officially acknowledged the series of strikes against targets near Baghuz, Syria, on March 18, 2019.

Responding to the New York Times report, USCENTCOM detailed in a Saturday statement that American forces had confirmed 16 Daesh fighters and four civilians were among the 80 killed.

Nov 10 09:33

Syria can re-enter Arab League if certain steps are met, says Egypt's foreign minister

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Syria could regain its status in the Arab League and fully normalise relations if it is able to play its "traditional role" in supporting Arab regional security.

Speaking at the Wilson Center on Tuesday, during the foreign secretary's two-day visit to Washington for the Egypt strategic dialogue with the Biden administration, Shoukry said "??Syria is a very important component of Arab national security".

Shoukry said the Syrian government needs to demonstrate "a willingness to once again play its traditional role in support of Arab national security" and also show it can deal with the aftermath of the decade-long conflict in the country, including "the humanitarian dimension as well as the refugee problem".

Nov 09 07:53

Israeli Airstrikes Hit Syria Near Homs, Tartus

Israel has launched a new round of attacks on Syria, hitting the outskirts of the central city of Homs, and the coastal city of Tartus. Syria reported many missiles were intercepted.

Still, damage was caused and two Syria soldiers wounded. It’s not clear what the intended target was, and predictably Israel is not commenting at all. The guess is the target was Shi’ites of some sort.

Homs is hit semi-regularly, but the real news here is Tartus, which is historically a no-go area, on account of the Russian naval base hosted there. Russia has previously warned Israel away from the coast.

Russia will almost certainly react, as it would look bad if they let an Israeli strike go by without comment. That’s likely to lead to new talks on deconfliction in the area.

Nov 08 07:43

Turkish press condemns “Russian attacks on Syria’s Idlib”

From today’s Daily Sabah. The Kremlin’s strategic partner and “special and good” friend Turkey is poised to launch a major military offensive in the area even as it arms the regime in Kiev with combat drones to replicate last year’s slaughter in Nagorno-Karabakh in the Donbass and incite a Kosovo-style “humanitarian” war in Crimea.

Nov 05 06:44

75 Years & Counting: A History of Western Regime Change in Syria Part I

Washington and London’s latest war against Syria was incubated in CIA and MI6 offices long before the manufactured “uprising” erupted in 2011.

This was not the first time that the US neocolonialist alliance had attempted regime change in Syria. Historian Stephen Gowans writes about Washington’s Long War on Syria in his comprehensive book on the US-led interference in Syrian state affairs for decades.

Gowans describes American opposition to the “fiercely independent” Arab nationalist movement that came to power in Syria in 1963. In 1971 Hafez Al Assad was elected President, the father of Bashar Al Assad both of whom uphold the principles of Arab unity and independence.

Nov 05 06:14

Israel attacks Syria in broad daylight. We shouldn't actively ignore it

Israel is on an attacking spree in Syria. Surface to surface missiles were launched from inside the Palestinian occupied territories twice in the space of four days. Israel is violating international law with criminal regularity.
On Saturday, October 30, Israel changed strategy and attacked Syria in broad daylight. The attacks usually come in the early hours of the morning under cover of darkness, but this time Israel launched at 11.15am. The target was the Syrian air defense base to the West of Damascus. The base is shared with a racehorse training facility and racetrack. If Israel had attacked an hour earlier, there would have been horses on the track with their jockeys, trainers watching from the side lines, and people in the seats having a traditional breakfast picnic. There would have been chaos and, possibly, carnage.

Nov 03 06:37

Israel Strikes Damascus Outskirts in Overnight Attack

Overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, Israel carried out a series of airstrikes against the outskirts of Damascus. As is so often the case, Israel has not commented on the matter.

Syria’s state media reported that air defenses were activated during the attack, and many of the missiles were intercepted. It’s not clear what was being attacked, but there are reports of material damage, while as yet no casualties have been confirmed.

Previous Israeli strikes around Damascus were reportedly aimed at weapons convoys. Often, Israeli strikes target Shi’ite groups. Generally, Israeli media spins this as targeting Iran, though in practice it usually means Iraqis or Lebanese.

That no casualties were reported immediately does not mean none happened, as often we don’t get such figures for a day or two. Details on intended targets will likely emerge in time too.

Nov 02 09:51

5 Canadian Soldiers KILLED, 4 Wounded during Taliban Attack in Syria

At least five (5) Canadian soldiers were killed and four (4) other Canadian soldiers were wounded in an attack launched by the Taliban inside Syria overnight.

The Canadian soldiers are part of a United Nations force inside Syria.

A source in a position to know the details, indicates that the Taliban has become emboldened and is acting on its own, without help from insurgents, ISIS, HAMAS, or even the Muslim Brotherhood.

Specific details about the attack are being withheld to protect the identity of the source, but we can report the attack took place in/around Damascus last night.

The dead Canadian soldiers have not been identified pending notification of next of kin.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Nov 02 07:34

Will the US Ever Get Out of Syria?

Recently, the Biden administration announced that they had no plans to withdraw US troops from Syria. Given the backlash Joe Biden received from the military establishment after the withdrawal from Afghanistan, this was not unexpected. Despite Trump’s multiple attempts to do so during his administration, he ultimately yielded to the Israel lobby, Saudi businessmen, and arms manufacturers who are always behind these kinds of wars. With Biden’s history of solidly being a pro-war, establishment Democrat, any near-future withdrawal from Syria was a lost cause from the start. All of this will be at the cost of millions of Syrians who will be killed, injured, impoverished, starved, or otherwise subjugated by the belligerents in the now 10-year-old Syrian civil war.

Nov 01 07:10

Israeli Missile Strike Kills Five in Damascus Suburbs

An Israeli missile strike targeted a convoy in metro Damascus on Saturday, killing five militia members and wounding two Syrian soldiers. The strike was also claimed to have destroyed a number of weapons and ammunition believed to be transported.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed it was a Hezbollah and Iranian convoy carrying weapons, and was heading toward Lebanon at the time of the attack.

Syrian state media reportedly intercepted some of the missiles, described as surface-to-surface. The day-time strike also caused some material damage in the neighborhood.

As usual, Israel offered no statement on the attack. They hit Syria routinely, however, and there is no real question that this was just the latest in that process.

Nov 01 06:05

Biden: US Will Retaliate Against Iran's Actions, Be It 'Drone Strikes or Anything Else'

Earlier this week, the US Treasury stated that fresh sanctions had been imposed against Iran's unmanned aerial vehicle program and its chief executive.

Speaking at the press conference on the results of the G20 in Rome, US President Joe Biden said that Washington will retaliate to any actions Iran may undertake "against the interests of the US."

"With regard to the issue on how we are going to respond on actions taken by them against the interests of the US whether there are drone strikes or anything else, is that we are going to continue to respond," Biden told reporters on Sunday.

The statement comes after a drone attack was carried out against the at-Tanf military base in Syria last week, for which no country or group have taken responsibility.

Oct 31 06:35

Syrian Air Defense Destroy 2 Missiles Fired By Israel Using Russian-Made Buk-M2E Systems

Syrian air defense forces destroyed two missiles launched by the Israeli Air Force towards targets in the country using Russian-made Buk-M2E systems, Rear Admiral Vadim Kulit, deputy head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties in Syria said on Saturday.

Syria's air defense systems were reportedly repelling an attack from the approximate vicinity of the Golan Heights earlier in the day, according to Syrian state-run media. According to the report, the targets were located in the area of the Syrian capital, Damascus.

According to Kulit, four F-16 aircraft of the Israeli Air Force launched eight Delilah guided missiles from the Golan Heights at a Damascus suburb, striking Syrian air defense facilities.

"The Syrian air defense on duty destroyed two missiles from the Russian-made Buk-M2E systems," Kulit told a briefing.

The attack resulted in minor damage to infrastructure, the deputy head said, adding that two Syrian soldiers were injured.

Oct 28 22:05

Report: Putin Negotiating With Israeli PM to Get U.S. to Lift Sanctions on Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin is negotiating with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to get the United States to lift sanctions on Syria "in order to allow Russian companies to take part in the reconstruction of the country," Axios reports.

Oct 28 06:39

Turkish Parliament Extends Syria, Iraq Missions by Two Years

On Tuesday, Turkey’s parliament voted to extend their military mandate for cross-border operations in Iraq and Syria. This authorized two more years of operations.

Turkey has been operating in Iraq for decades, and in Syria throughout the Syrian War. In both cases, the operations center almost exclusively on attacking Kurdish groups, who they label “terrorists.”

Syria’s YPG has been expecting another Turkish incursion on them in the lead-up to this vote. Turkey’s President Erdogan is again talking up these operations, saying there is “no patience left” for the YPG, who he labeled “a source of terror attacks.”

Oct 27 06:18

Russia prepares the curtain call

The implementation of the conclusions of the US-Russia summit in Geneva (known as "Yalta II"), held on June 16, 2021, continues. It seems that the concessions made by Washington to Moscow are much more significant than previously thought. President Vladimir Putin continues to put the world back in order not only in the wider Middle East, but also in Africa and Asia. Substantial changes are already observable in four months. In the Russian tradition, nothing is announced, but everything will be revealed en bloc when things have become irreversible.

Oct 27 05:40

Biden Officials Say US Military Not Leaving Syria Any Time Soon

Since the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, there has been speculation that the US might also leave Syria, but the Biden administration has been quick to dispel such rumors. In the latest comments, Biden officials told Al Jazeera that a Syria withdrawal wouldn’t be happening any time soon.

An assistant to a senior Middle East official on Biden’s National Security Council said the administration had given “assurances” to the US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria that the US would not be leaving. Earlier in October, a Syrian Kurdish official traveled to Washington and met with Biden officials who promised the US would continue its military presence in Syria.

Oct 25 12:35

Israel Launches Missiles On Southern Syria Amid Reports Hezbollah Entrenched Along Golan Border

Just days after the Friday meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Israel has once again launched major strikes on southern Syria, which reportedly struck Hezbollah-linked targets near the border between the two countries.

Damascus says it has a right to respond after the Monday morning attack, describing in a foreign ministry statement: "The Israeli forces this morning showed another aggression in the southern region. This is taking place as part of a series of aggression against Syria's sovereignty."

Syrian media confirmed multiple Israeli missile strikes on Madinat al-Baath on the Syrian side of the Golan border - an attack which was preceded by Israeli forces dropping leaflets over the area warning people there not to cooperate with Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shia group backed by Iran.

Israeli media is reporting that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) used helicopters in the attack:

Oct 25 12:34

IDF drops leaflets outing Syrian Arab Army officers as working for HezbollahThe pamphlets were dropped shortly after Israel was accused of striking targets on the Syrian side of the Golan.

The Israeli military dropped leaflets accusing the Syrian Arab Army of cooperating with Hezbollah and explicitly named operatives working for the terrorist group on the Golan Heights, just hours after it carried out airstrikes in the area.

The pamphlets were dropped shortly after Israel was accused by opposition sources of striking targets belonging to Hezbollah’s so-called “Golan File” near al-Ba’ath and al-Krum in the southern Syrian province of Quneitra.

Syria’s SANA news agency later confirmed the strikes, saying: “Zionist occupation forces committed a new aggression in the southern region at dawn today, as part of their repeated aggression against the sanctity and sovereignty of the Syrian territories.”

Oct 22 07:00

Erdogan Warns Turkey Could Deploy Heavy Weaponry Against Syrian Army

Damascus has repeatedly condemned Turkey's illegal deployments in its northern territories, and has demanded that all foreign militaries and militias not explicitly invited into the war-torn country by its internationally recognised government leave immediately.
Turkey will deploy heavy weaponry in Syria against the Syrian army if necessary, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned.

"At the moment, our operations are continuing in the critically important points of the region, there are absolutely no compromises. We are continuing this process in Syria. Right now I don't know what position the regime [of internationally-recognised Syrian President Bashar Asssad -ed.] will take, but we continue to do everything necessary, especially against this approach in Idlib, and we will continue to respond with all our heavy weaponry. We will not leave this situation as it is," the Turkish leader told reporters on Thursday.

Oct 22 06:43

Israel Frets Disbanding of Syrian Militia Based Along Golan Border

Israeli media are playing up government concerns about the disbanding of Syria’s Eighth Brigade, a militia that has been working with the Syrian military in the ongoing war, and was bankrolled and armed by Russia.

The Eighth Brigade had about 10,000 fighters, mostly former rebels looking to take a Russian paycheck. The faction was involved in fighting against other rebel groups in south Syria, not far from the Israeli-occupied Golan.

Israel has made no bones about its problems with all pro-Syria factions, but is now concerned that the Eighth Brigade being disbanded opens the door for Iran to replace them in the area. This is in spite of there being no evidence this will happen.

Indeed, the whole reason Russia is disbanding the brigade is because they brokered a peace deal in the south, so the fighters aren’t needed. It is unlikely these fighters will be replaced at all.

Oct 21 05:49

Syria war: Refugees returning home risk persecution, torture and death, report warns

Refugees returning to Syria face serious risks including torture, extrajudicial killings and kidnapping at the hands of Syrian government forces and their militias, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) published on Wednesday.

The report comes days after the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi met with Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad and Minister of Local Administration and Environment Hussein Makhlouf. On Sunday, the trio discussed issues relating to the return of refugees to the country nearly 11 years since the war began.

Oct 18 10:26

Syria accuses Israel of assassinating intel officer near Golan border

Syria has accused Israel of being behind the assassination of a high-ranking government official near the border of occupied Syrian Golan Heights yesterday.

Midhat Al-Saleh, 54, an intelligence officer, was the head of Syria's Golan Affairs Office and a former lawmaker. According to the state-run SANA news agency, Saleh was shot outside his home near the village of Ain Eltineh, situated opposite the Druze town of Majdal Shams.

AlJazeera reported that he was killed by an Israeli sniper, although the Israeli military has not confirmed or denied the incident in line with a longstanding policy.

"The cabinet stressed, in a statement, that those terrorist acts will only increase the determination of the Syrian Arab people to continue resisting the occupier and liberating the occupied Syrian Golan," SANA reported. The Syrian cabinet also condemned the "cowardly criminal act".

Oct 14 07:20

Blinken: US Policy Is to ‘Oppose the Reconstruction of Syria’

On Wednesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US position on Syria is to “oppose” the country’s reconstruction and not support any attempts at normalization with the government of Bashar al-Assad.

At a joint press conference with his Israeli and UAE counterparts, Blinken said the US has not “changed our position to oppose the reconstruction of Syria until there is irreversible progress toward a political solution.”

More and more Arab countries are accepting that Assad isn’t going anywhere and have taken steps to normalize, including Jordan, which opened its border with Syria in September. Blinken said the US does not intend to “express any support for efforts to normalize relations or rehabilitate Mr. Assad” or lift a “single sanction” unless there is regime change in Damascus.

Oct 12 07:25

Erdogan Says Turkey 'Sick and Tired' of 'Terrorist Attacks' in Syria, Will 'Eliminate the Threats'

Ankara previously dispatched troops to the northern part of Syria and conducted joint operations with local militants against Kurdish forces in the region.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed the situation in Syria on Monday, warning that his country will retaliate following reports that two Turkish police officers were killed in a shootout with Kurdish fighters.

"We have run out of patience", he said, as cited by Daily Sabah. "Turkey is determined to eliminate threats arising from northern Syria, either together with forces active there, or with our own means".

Oct 11 10:08

Israel Fires Missiles at Syria Airbase, Killing Two

Following up on a Friday airstrike near Palmyra, Israel carried out a weekend attack against against the T4 airbase in Syria, firing a flurry of missiles against the site, and killing two soldiers.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes were believed to be targeted at the drone depot at the airport. State media reported Syrian air defenses intercepted most of the missiles.

Israel did not directly comment on the attack, which is not unusual. In general, Israel does not address its strikes on Syria outside of very rare successes officials want to brag about.

Israel has been attacking targets in Syria at a growing rate, and it is not unusual for them to carry out several attacks in any given week.

Oct 10 07:55

Israel Launches Airstrikes in Syria, Wounding Six

Israeli warplanes bombed Syria on Friday night, wounding six Syrian soldiers, Syrian media reported. The strikes targeted an airbase outside of the Syrian city of Palmyra.

Syria’s SANA quoted a military source who said the airstrikes were launched from the direction of al-Tanf, a US military base in southeast Syria near the borders of Iraq and Jordan. The source said most of the missiles were intercepted by air defenses.

Israel generally doesn’t comment on its airstrikes in Syria. Occasionally, Israeli military officials discuss their frequent airstrikes in Syria and frame them as part of a campaign against Iran. But like Friday’s strikes, they typically kill Syrian soldiers or members of Iraq’s Shia militias.

Oct 03 07:52

US Says It Has No Plans to Normalize Relations With Syria

The State Department told Reuters on Wednesday that the US has no plans to normalize or upgrade relations with Syria and would not encourage others to do so. The comments came as Jordan fully reopened its border with Syria.

“The United States will not normalize or upgrade our diplomatic relations with the Assad regime nor do we encourage others to do so,” a State Department spokesperson said. “Assad has regained no legitimacy in our eyes, and there is no question of the US normalizing relations with his government at this time.”

The US maintains crushing economic sanctions on Syria that specifically target the construction and energy sectors to make it difficult for the country to rebuild. Sanctions imposed under the Caesar Act in 2020 can target any individual, company, or government that is doing business with Syria regardless of nationality, meaning Jordan could be targeted.

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That is because the very first thing Syria would demand is US forces OUT of Syria!

Sep 28 11:47

Russian Military: Militants Launched Drone Toward Hmeimim Airbase, Pantsir-S Shot It Down

The Russian Defense Ministry said Monday it had intercepted a drone launched at a key Russian military installation in western Syria.

According to Rear Adm. Vadim Kulit, deputy head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties in Syria, the drone was launched from the de-escalation zone in Idlib Governorate toward Hmeimim Air Base in Latakia Governorate, a province to the southwest near the Mediterranean coast. However, the drone was intercepted by a Pantsir-S mobile air defense system (NATO reporting name SA-22 Greyhound).

Sep 28 11:37

With militarised media as a weapon of mass deception, what is the plan?

Fernando Guevara argues that mainstream media, the police and other "civilian institutions", have become militarised. "Even on the internet, algorithms are re-set to catch what suits Zionists/Israel, while a lot of what sheds light on their terror is simply removed/de-platformed.">>

Sep 27 11:30

The U.S. May Have Lost the Military War in Syria, But Has Won the Propaganda War at Home By Portraying its Murderous Invasion as a Moral Crusade

In 1991, famed MIT linguist Noam Chomsky published a political pamphlet called Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda, which provided an examination of U.S. war propaganda and its success from Woodrow Wilson’s World War I Creel Commission to Bush Sr.’s war on Iraq.

According to Chomsky, “Propaganda is to democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.” It lulls the masses into acquiescence while preserving the illusion of an open society.

U.S. propaganda had been especially effective because it is subtly designed to arouse moral outrage against the government’s targets by playing up their human rights abuses—real or imagined.

Sep 27 06:28

Video: US-led Coalition Denies Responsibility for Drone Strikes against Syria

The U.S.-led international coalition denied responsibility for a drone attack that allegedly targeted al-Qaeda affiliated Horas al-Din commanders. Sources in Greater Idlib said that the target of the drone strike was either sheikh Abu al-Bar’a al-Tunisi, a leader of al-Qaeda-linked Horas al-Din, or the terrorist group’s military commander Abu Hamzah al-Yamani.

In its turn, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby claimed the U.S. strike was a success, referring to the data of the Central Command of the US Armed Forces, which recognized responsibility for the strike.

Once again Washington proved its unwillingness to defer to its allies.

Sep 21 07:55

US Launches Airstrike Near Idlib, Syria

The US on Monday carried out an airstrike near Idlib in northwest Syria, according to US Central Command (CENTCOM).

While President Biden has bombed Syria, this appears to be the first US airstrike in northwest Syria since he’s assumed office. CENTCOM claims the strike targeted a “senior al-Qaeda leader” and that “initial indications” show the US hit the individual it was targeting.

According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the strike hit a vehicle carrying a militant from one of the radical groups in the region and killed at least one person. The Observatory didn’t name the group but said it was affiliated with al-Qaeda.

Starting in 2019, the US has carried out several drone strikes in northwest Syria against Hurras al-Din, an al-Qaeda-affiliated militia. Hurras al-Din is an offshoot and rival of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), another al-Qaeda affiliate that is the dominant faction in Idlib.

Sep 20 10:17

Syrian tribes vow to help army fight foreign troops, separatists

Leaders of various Syrian tribes have held a gathering in the capital Damascus, pledging to work with the army to expel foreign troops and return occupied territories to the state control.

Tribal leaders and elders categorically rejected Friday attempts by foreign forces and their Takfiri mercenaries to partition Syria, stressing that they will join forces with Syrian army troops to confront separatist plots.

They called on foreign occupation forces and their mercenaries to leave Syria, saying the Syrian nation suffers from harsh economic and social difficulties as a result of their presence and arbitrary measures.

Sep 19 05:33

The so-called ‘cradle of the revolution’ against Assad has been liberated – the West’s campaign to topple him is all but over

After three years of a fragile ceasefire and a campaign of assassinations of Syrian government ‘loyalists’ by embedded fundamentalist armed groups, the Syrian flag has once more been raised in Daraa Al Balad.

Western media persists in portraying the emergence of extremist armed groups in Daraa, south of Damascus, as the “cradle of the revolution” to overthrow the Syrian government. The reality is that Daraa was the touchpaper lit by hardline Libyan mercenaries imported into the city prior to 2011.

From Daraa, the “revolutionary” flames fanned by the US, UK and Israeli-led coalition headquartered in Jordan, funded by Gulf-state blood money, would engulf Syria for ten long years. In Daraa, the CIA/MI6-backed Muslim Brotherhood extremist gangs fronted the orchestrated uprising, power multiplied by Libyan arms and terrorist factions and given credibility by the colonial media complex spearheaded by the BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera.

Sep 19 05:09

Attack on gas line leaves Syrian capital with no electricity

Syria's electricity minister said an attack on one of the gas lines at Deir Ali station led to an electricity outage that affected the capital Damascus, its outskirts and other areas, and that repair work is ongoing, the state news agency (SANA) reported on Friday.
The Minister also told state TV that electricity is expected to return in Damascus city within an hour and then successively to other affected areas.
There were no further details on the nature of the attack.

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Now who would do a thing like that!

Sep 16 06:37

Scores of US Vessels With ‘Stolen Syrian Oil’ Leave Arab Republic for Iraq, Report Says

Earlier this year, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby argued that the US military presence in north-eastern Syria is aimed at ensuring the “enduring defeat” of Daesh* terrorists, and that Washington is not involved in exploiting the region’s oil resources.

A convoy of 70 US vehicles, including tankers loaded with “stolen Syrian oil”, have made their way out of north-eastern Syria into Iraq via the al-Waleed border crossing, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) has reported.

The Syrian government does not have any control over the al-Waleed border crossing and therefore deems it illegal.

Sep 15 05:01

Drones, Likely Israeli, Attack Militia Sites on Iraq-Syria Border

A fleet of drones of as-yet-unidentified origin have carried out attacks on Shi’ite militia targets along the Syria-Iraq border. The early reports from Iraq were that the casualties were only on the Syrian side.

The militias in question are holdovers from the ISIS war, anti-ISIS forces that fought on both sides of the border. The US is hostile to the militia, but was quick to deny involvement in the attack. Israel has commonly launched attacks in this area, and there is ample speculation that they are the culprit.

Media reports, particularly Israeli reports, try to spin these militias as Iranian, even though in practice they are nearly all based in Iraq. Apart from increasingly rare engagements against ISIS, the groups are mostly targeted by Israel and/or the US.

Sep 13 08:19

America's forever foreign policy debate: Groupthink recipe for perpetual disasters

Lawrence Davidson argues that the confinement of debate over the course of Washington's foreign policy to insiders dooms the US to repeat its foreign fiascos and renders such policy "the product of the desires of dominant lobbies pursuing parochial interests".

Sep 10 06:53

BBC Admits Syria Chemical Attack Documentary Had "Serious Flaws"

The BBC’s Executive Complaints Unit (ECU) has admitted there were “serious flaws” in a Radio 4 documentary by journalist Chloe Hadjimatheou on the alleged 2018 chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma.

On 2 September, the UK national broadcaster issued a statement which read:

“The ECU found that, although they were limited to one aspect of an investigation into a complex and hotly contested subject, these points represented a failure to meet the standard of accuracy appropriate to a program of this kind.”

The ECU statement came in response to an official complaint by Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens following last November’s broadcast of “Mayday: The Canister On The Bed.”

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Sep 08 09:58

Arab States Edge Closer to Reconciliation With Syria

It has been ten long years since the US and its regional allies launched their proxy war on Syria, a war that caused immeasurable human tragedy and, with Syria’s diminished political role, a dangerous regional imbalance. And yet, the Gulf States and Jordan are only just waking up to the perils of leaving Syria out in the cold.

Historically, since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Damascus has maintained a high level of diplomatic proficiency and influence, even compelling the US to communicate through Damascus as a means of contact between regional powers.

Modern Syria has effectively been a bridge between the Arab states of the Persian Gulf and Tehran, a bulwark against Turkish expansionist efforts in the Arab world, and a key political factor in securing a minimum level of stability in the region.

Sep 06 07:14

BBC ADMITS PROPAGANDA REPORT SMEARING OPCW SYRIA 'GAS ATTACK' WHISTLEBLOWER WAS FILLED WITH LIES

A BBC propaganda report from journalist Chloe Hadjimatheou that smeared an OPCW whistleblower, Wikileaks and columnist Peter Hitchens for questioning the alleged April 2018 "gas attack" in Douma was loaded with lies and disinformation, the BBC has admitted.

Sep 06 06:19

BBC Admits Propaganda Report Smearing OPCW Syria 'Gas Attack' Whistleblower Was Filled With Lies

A BBC propaganda report from journalist Chloe Hadjimatheou that smeared an OPCW whistleblower, Wikileaks and columnist Peter Hitchens for questioning the alleged April 2018 "gas attack" in Douma was loaded with lies and disinformation, the BBC has admitted.

Sep 06 05:54

BBC admits Syria gas attack report had serious flaws in 'victory for truth' after complaint by Peter Hitchens

The BBC has admitted that a Radio 4 documentary on an alleged chemical weapon attack in Syria contained serious inaccuracies.

The Corporation's Executive Complaints Unit (ECU) upheld a protest from Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens following last November's broadcast of Mayday: The Canister On The Bed.

Adjudicators agreed that the programme by BBC investigative journalist Chloe Hadjimatheou failed to meet the Corporation's editorial standards for accuracy by reporting false claims.

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Short version; they lied again!

Sep 03 05:04

Syrian air defences fire on Israeli missiles over Damascus - state news

Syrian air defences shot down missiles fired by Israel in the skies over the capital Damascus, Syria's state news agency said early on Friday.

"The Israeli enemy carried out an air aggression from the direction southeast of Beirut, targeting some points in the vicinity of the city of Damascus," a Syrian military source was quoted as saying in a statement published on state television.

Syrian TV showed scenes of air defences shooting at targets over the city.

"Our air defence confronted the aggressor's missiles and shot down most of them, and the losses were limited to materiel," the statement said.

The Israeli military declined comment on the reported strike in Syria.

Aug 31 05:53

Drying Euphrates sounds alarm bells in Syria

Aid groups and engineers have warned of a looming humanitarian disaster in northeastern Syria amid a drop in water levels of the country’s longest river, the Euphrates.

In the village of Rumayleh in Alepp Province, Khaled al-Khamees, a 50-year-old farmer, said, "It's as if we were in the desert."

"We're thinking of leaving because there's no water left to drink or irrigate the trees," AFP cited Khamees as saying on Monday.

Aid groups and engineers say that five million Syrians are at risk of water and power cutoffs amid declining water levels at hydroelectric dams since January.

The waning river flow adds to the woes of the people there after a decade of foreign-backed militancy and amid a coronavirus pandemic.

Aug 30 09:27

The world is experiencing a massive, "Globalist" red pill awakening.

After 20 years, 10 Trillion Dollars, thousands of American deaths, loss of limbs, chronic PTSD, depression, military families torn apart and multiple daily suicides...we are now worse off than before 9.11.

The criminal Globalists, from George Bush to Barack Obama and everyone in between (to include the current occupant in the White House), have shown the world they abandon our allies and befriend our enemies all while getting rich off our blood and endangering our security while creating the world's first Islamic Super State in Afghanistan. Additionally, they're airlifting in countless "refugees" (terrorists) to conduct more 9/11s on our soil.

AWAKE YET? Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.

Aug 30 06:31

Thousands of Syrians protest against US occupation forces in Deir Ezzor

Thousands of Syrians staged a protest against US occupation forces in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor to condemn the arrest of 300 anti-terrorist fighters from the Al-Shaitat tribe.

Demonstrators called for the immediate release of the tribesmen who have been instrumental in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, and who were allegedly imprisoned without charges. For their part, the US and the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) maintain the tribesmen were arrested for “collaborating” with the Syrian government.

Protesters also said that if the prisoners are not released, the protest would spread across all of Deir Ezzor.

The leaders of the Al-Shaitat clan told reporters that villagers are outraged by the actions of US occupation forces, who have been consistently kidnapping their countrymen on charges of working with Russia and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

Aug 27 13:00

Report: Israel to call on US not to withdraw forces from Iraq, Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will today call on the US President Joe Biden not to withdraw American forces from Iraq and Syria, Israeli media reported.

Bennett was scheduled to meet with Biden yesterday on his first visit to the White House as prime minister, but the meeting was postponed after an explosion at Kabul airport, Afghanistan, killed ten US service members.

An official source told the Hebrew website Wallah that Bennett believes that an American withdrawal from Syria and Iraq "could serve Iran and enhance its presence in the region."

Pressure increased in recent weeks on the Iraqi government, both from Iran and from the forces loyal to the Islamic Republic, to expel US forces in the country. Iraq's parliament had voted for the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country following the January 2020 assassination of Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani in a US drone strike near the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Aug 24 06:30

US F-15 Jet Shot Down Iranian Drone After Getting 'Too Close' To US Bases In Syria

On Sunday a US military spokesman announced that an enemy drone had been shot down over eastern Syria as it flew near the vicinity of American troops. The incident happened Saturday, but with details slow to emerge by the next day which included a US F-15 fighter jet engaging the drone in the air.

US Army Colonel Wayne Marotto said, "Coalition aircraft successfully engaged and defeated a UAS through air-to-air engagement in the vicinity of Mission Support Site Green Village," while a Fox News journalist separately alleged it was an Iranian UAV based on US defense sources.

Aug 23 08:20

Russian Military Hails Syria’s Successful Intercepts Of 22 Of 24 Missiles In Latest Israeli Attack

Following Thursday’s night’s largescale airstrikes by Israeli fighter jets on areas in and around Damascus and in Homs province, Russia’s military leadership in Syria told international news agencies that six total Israeli jets conducted the aggression using Lebanon’s airspace.

Rear Adm. Vadim Kulit, head of the Russian military’s Reconciliation Center in Syria, further detailed that Syrian anti-air defenses successfully shot down a total of 22 out of 24 of the inbound missiles launched by the Israeli warplanes.

Aug 21 07:10

Syria Shot Down 22 Israeli Missiles, Russian Military Claims

Syria’s air defense forces have shot down 22 missiles launched by Israeli warplanes during an airstrike against targets in Syria, the Russian military said Friday.

Rear Adm. Vadim Kulit, head of the Russian military’s Reconciliation Center in Syria, said six Israeli fighter jets targeted facilities in the provinces of Damascus and Homs from Lebanon’s airspace late Thursday.

Kulit said Syrian air defense units downed 22 of the 24 missiles launched by the Israeli warplanes with Russia-supplied air defense systems Pantsyr-S and Buk-M2.

There was no immediate reaction from Israel, which rarely comments on its military operations in Syria.

Aug 21 06:04

Biden Falsely Claims The US Doesn't Have A Military Presence In Syria

President Biden falsely claimed that the US does not have a military presence in Syria when defending his decision to pull out of Afghanistan. In an interview with ABC on Wednesday night, Biden pointed to the so-called "threats in Syria and Africa.

"There’s a significantly greater threat to the United States from Syria. There’s a significantly greater threat from East Africa. There’s significant greater threat to other places in the world than it is from the mountains of Afghanistan." he said. "We don’t have military in Syria to make sure that we’re gonna be protected."

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