The Ugly Truth, 28 March 2016 - The liberation of Palmyra on March 27th 2016 occurred because of the great courage and sacrifices of the Syrian Arab Army, the master wing in this war against terror, and the support of the allies.
By Rev. Andrew Ashdown, 21st Century News, 26 Feb 2016 - I was sitting in an old Damascene house – the home of a Syrian Christian woman, situated within the walls of the Old City of Damascus. A teacher, who has for years taught in a Muslim school, with Sunni, Shia, Christian, Druze children all learning together, talks passionately and emotionally, as she laments the situation in Syria.
By Finian Cunningham, ICH, 24 Feb 2016 -The assertion that Washington is expending diplomacy to end violence in Syria is the jarring term. Washington embarking on a diplomatic effort to end the five-year-old conflict? That’s just out-right fabricated nonsense.
By Sharmine Narwani Khameini.Ir 23 Noveber 2015 - Considering the fact that “Armed moderates” are practically non-existent in Syria, France announced in 2012 that it was delivering “lethal weapons” to Syrian rebels. French Arms deals were also with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar; states at the forefront of supporting Salafi networks.
Sputnik News 18 November 2015 - Almost everyone now recognises that Russia’s military intervention in Syria to defeat the so-called Islamic State terror group was the right call to make. Russian President Vladimir Putin isn’t crowing about it. He doesn’t have to.
Moon of Alabama, 19 October 2015 - A military source told SANA that warplanes of the Washington alliance violated Syrian airspace and attacked civilian infrastructure in Mare’a, Tal Sha’er, and al-Bab in Aleppo countryside on Sunday.The source added that the warplanes attacked the biggest electric power plant that feeds Aleppo city
Syria Solidarity Movement 3 Sep 2015 - The Syria Solidarity Movement is in solidarity with millions of displaced persons in Syria, Yemen, Palestine, the Middle East, Africa and other conflict zones. It is only appropriate that many of these people now seek refuge in western nations, because the US and Europe and their allies are principally responsible for their dispossession.
Fr Dave Smith & Dr Tim Anderson 28 August 2015 - Our visit to war-torn Syria, last month, reinforced our belief that the Syrian people need our friendship and direct person-to-person contact, rather than any contribution to the further violence through participation in a ‘regime change’ operation.
HOS 16 August 2015 - What follows is a report from a resident of Aleppo whose identity is not revealed for reasons of security. Their reports delve deep into the terrorist underworld and expose many of the NGO and media narratives, as propaganda and hypocrisy. We are thankful to these brave, courageous people who bring us the truth from inside Syria [Edited by Vanessa Beeley].
By Tony Cartalucci, NEO, 26 June 2015 -Unbeknownst to the general public, their elected politicians do not create the policy that binds their national destiny domestically or within the arena of geopolitics. Instead, corporate-financier funded think tanks do – teams of unelected policymakers which transcend elections, and which produce papers that then become the foundation of legislation rubber stamped by “legislators,” as well as the enumerated talking points repeated ad naseum by the corporate-media.
Deconstructed Globe 31 May 2015 - Recently the Pentagon admitted to killing two Syrian children in a drone attack last fall when they bombed a group of al Qaeda fighters in the suburbs of the Syrian city of Aleppo. Someone from the press asked me if I thought this was a sign of increasing transparency. A few of my remarks were quoted in the ensuing article, which I have linked at the end of this one. What follows is my full response.
By Eric Draitzer, Hands Off Syria, 18 May 2015 - There is another Nakba, another catastrophe, that is ongoing today that even many pro-Palestinian voices fail (or choose not) to see – the war on Syria, Iraq, and indeed much of the region. For while 1948 saw the destruction of whole villages, extermination of families, displacement of millions, and the stealing of land throughout Palestine, so too have the last few years seen a similar phenomenon in Syria and Iraq.
By Brendan Turbeville 11 May 2015 - With the recent attempts by the Western press and drumming up support for some type of military action against Syria, one could scarcely blame the casual observer for believing the narrative that Syria has lied about its chemical weapons stockpile and has been deploying the remnants of that stockpile on unsuspecting civilians.
By Dr Tim Anderson 10 May 2015 - One of the success stories of the big powers in their dirty war against Syria has been the co-option of many western liberal and left groups, which might otherwise have been anti-war. The idea that proxy wars have been ‘revolutions’ and their local agents ‘activists’, has found fertile ground in imperial culture.
Father Dave Smith 29 April 2015 - I thought it might prove difficult to get to Yarmouk. My God, it’s hard enough to get into Syria at the moment! At first I thought we weren’t even going to make it out of Sydney! As soon as the airport authorities saw the word ‘Syria’ on our exit visas we were handed over to the counter-terrorism unit!
Counterpunch by Rick Sterling 20 April 2015 - It has been confirmed that TV journalist Richard Engel’s kidnapping/rescue in northern Syria in late 2012 was a hoax. NBC management knew the story was probably false but proceeded to broadcast it anyway.
By Tim Anderson 13 April 2015 - The invasion by ISIS of the Palestinian settlement of Yarmouk, in the southern suburbs of Damascus, has exposed serious divisions within the Palestinian leadership. An apparent agreement to confront the new crisis, with the Syrian Government, was rapidly disowned by the PLO leadership in Ramallah.
RT 27 March 2015 - The alliance of 60 countries declaring plans to finish off the Islamic State is not serious, Syrian President Bashar Assad told Russian media. Some of its members would prefer to retain the terrorist force to blackmail different countries, he said.
RT by Eva Bartlett 15 March 2015 - While the Western-led, anti-Assad bloc mind-blowingly speaks of arming non-existent “moderates” to fight in Syria, they also continue to demonize and silence the very voices that offer a true means of bringing peace and stability back to the region.
Information Clearing House By Finian Cunningham 11 March 2015 - Is the defence of world heritage sites in Iraq the new «responsibility to protect» doctrine to justify Western intervention in the geo-strategically important region? The timing coincides with renewed admonitions from the United States and Saudi Arabia for a coalition of ground forces to defeat the Islamic State network in Iraq and Syria – and just when Iraqi and
Syrian forces appear to be decisively pushing back the extremists in both countries.
Pravda by Tim Anderson 10 March 2015 - Reports that US and British aircraft carrying arms to ISIS have been shot down by Iraqi forces have been met with shock and denial in western countries. Few in the Middle East doubt that Washington is playing a 'double game' with its proxy armies in Syria, but some key myths remain important amongst the significantly more ignorant western audiences.
By Eva Bartlett 5 March 2015 - From February 24-26, 2015, I joined a US delegation of 6 anti-war activists—including, notably, former Attorney General, Ramsey Clark, as well as former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and long-time anti-war advocate Sara Flounders, of the International Action Center—in a solidarity visit to Damascus.
Wordpress 4 March 2015 - Correspondence with the BBC over allegations that the Panorama documentary 'Saving Syria's Children' broadcast on 30 September 2013 included staged sequences purporting to show the aftermath of an alleged incendiary bomb attack on an Aleppo school on 26 August 2013
Why Turkey should disengage from the regime-change game in Syria?
Ali Shukri February 2015 - In this essay, I will be examining Turkey’s involvement in the current regime-change war in Syria, analysing it in light of the knowledge acquired from the Challenges in Global Affairs MOOC specialization course; in particular, the modules related to IR theories, conflict resolution and global (geo)political economy.
The Arab Source by Heba Delacres 25 February 2015 - Lt Col Hussein al-Harmoush was the most senior defector from the Syrian Arab Army early in the Syria conflict. He fled to Turkey in June 2011 where he proceeded to set up a so-called Free Officers Movement to overthrow the Syrian government. His ambitions were short-lived. He disappeared from Hatay Altınözü camp in 29 August. Two weeks later Harmoush was on Syrian TV, confessing to his crimes and to Turkey’s complicity.
RT by Eric Draitser 12 February 2015 - The news that President Obama has formally asked US Congress to authorize military force against ISIS is not surprising. What may come as a shock to Americans oblivious to these developments is that the administration has de facto declared war on Syria.
By Eva Bartlett 2 February 2015 - The UN has pulled endless stunts on Syria’s Ambassador, Dr Bashar al-Jafaari, with the obvious intent of distorting reality and prolonging the proxy war on Syria. Ambassador al-Ja’afari maintains that he is routinely assigned the worst translators, to convolute his message. “Every time I speak at the Security Council (SC), they choose a bad interpreter who is not able to fully interpret what I am saying.”
Global Research by Tim Anderson 20 January 2015 - In these times of ‘colour revolutions’ language has been turned on its head. Banks have become the guardians of the natural environment, sectarian fanatics are now ‘activists’ and the Empire protects the world from great crimes, rather than delivering them.
NEO by Tony Cartalucci 16 January 2015 - Some 3,000 so-called “moderate rebels” of the “Free Syrian Army” had defected to the “Islamic State” (ISIS). While not the first time so-called “moderates” have crossed over openly to Al Qaeda or ISIS, it is one of the largest crossovers that has occurred.
Sputnik International by Andrew Korybko 13 January 2015 - Once heralded by the EU as some kind of emancipation from regional ‘dictators', the so-called ‘Arab Spring' events have turned into a brutal terrorist enslavement throughout all of Libya and parts of Syria.
Land Destroyer by Tony Cartalucci 19 November 2014 - The United States has attempted to claim that the only way to stop the so-called "Islamic State" in Syria and Iraq is to first remove the government in Syria.
Global Research by Michel Chussodovsky 19 Nov 2014 - Going after “Islamic terrorists”, carrying out a worldwide pre-emptive war to “Protect the American Homeland” are used to justify a military agenda. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is a creation of US intelligence. Washington’s “Counter-terrorism Agenda” in Iraq and Syria consists in Supporting the Terrorists.
Global Research by Brandon turbeville 10 October 2014 - A buffer zone, of course, has been part of the NATO agenda against Syria since the beginning of the Western-controlled crisis in the country. Remember, it was under the guise of a humanitarian corridor or buffer zone in Libya that NATO bombing took place which ultimately led to the destruction of the Libyan government.
NEO by Eric Draitser 10 October 2014 - The responsibility for what happens in Kobani must be laid at the feet of the real perpetrators: ISIS and its patrons and sponsors in Ankara, Riyadh, Doha, and Washington. Those who posture as if there is simply no solution to the situation other than more American bombs would do well to actually investigate the causes of this cancer in the region...
CounterPunch by Ajamu Baraka 10 October 2014 - The U.S. is conducting a curious humanitarian war against ISIS in Syria. While Kobani, the largely Kurdish district that straddles the border with Turkey is being attacked by ISIS forces and facing the very real possibility of mass civilian killings if it falls...
RT by Sharmine Narwani 7 October 2014 - Who is to blame for the proliferation of extremist groups in Syria? The West often points a finger at Assad and his allies, but two secret US documents tell a different story.
Pravda by Tim Anderson 30 September 2014 - The sudden reversion of Washington to a 'war on terror' pretext for intervention in Syria has confused western audiences. For three years they watched 'humanitarian intervention' stories, which poured contempt on the Syrian President's assertion that he was fighting foreign backed terrorists. Now the US claims to be leading the fight against those same terrorists.
TND Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya 30 September 2014 - The United Nations Security Council held a high-level meeting on terrorism on September 24, 2014. UN Security Council Resolution 2178, which underscored the need to prevent the travel and funding of foreign terrorists, was unanimously approved and passed by its five permanent and veto-holding members
nsnbc by Tony Cartalucci 29 September 2014 - Russia - threatened explicitly by ISIS terrorists - and China are both demonstrably facing sectarian extremists within their own borders – many of whom are directly linked to Al Qaeda. Both could easily make a case for assisting the Syrian government in eliminating the “ISIS threat.”
Strategic Culture Foundation by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya 26 September 2014 - The ISIL or IS threat is a smokescreen. The strength of the ISIL has deliberately been inflated to get public support for the Pentagon and to justify the illegal bombing of Syria. It has also been used to justify the mobilization of what is looking more and more like a large-scale US-led military buildup in the Middle East.
Al Ahed News by Mohammad Kesserwani 24 Sep 2014 - "The funding of ISIL is circulating among banks," a senior Arab diplomatic source told al-Ahed. "All the funds the organization has received, whether from Arab or western countries, came via various European and Turkish banks."
Seemorerocks by Brandon Turbeville 23 September 2014 - According to USA Today, Rear Admiral John Kirby stated that “I can confirm that U.S. military and partner nation forces are undertaking military action against ISIL terrorists in Syria using a mix of fighter, bomber and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles. Given that these operations are ongoing, we are not in a position to provide additional details at this time."
Counterpunch by Garikai Chenku 19 September 2014 - Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region.
The fact that the United States has a long and torrid history of backing terrorist groups will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore history.
Al Arabiya Friday 12 September 2014 - Startling details have surfaced of British female jihadists forcing captured Iraqi women into sexual slavery at brothels run by militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), British media reported Thursday.
CounterPunch by Rick Sterling 3 September 2014 - As NATO begins to deliberate whether and how to escalate aggression against Syria, let’s review some recent and long standing myths and lies about the Syrian conflict.
Al-Akhbar by Sharmine Narwani Sat 30 August 2014 - It has now become clear that the new Mideast "direction" is guided primarily by the “security threat" posed by the proliferation of extremist, sectarian, Islamist fighters in numbers unseen even in Afghanistan or Iraq.
Prayers for Syria Father David Smith 29 August 2014 - Mr Foley’s murder was horrible and tragic but the death of two thousand people in Gaza was two thousand times more tragic, the deaths of two hundred thousand in Syria is two hundred thousand times more tragic, and the death of a million Iraqis has been a million times more tragic.
RT John Wight Thu 28 August 2014 - In a world in which something called morality plays a part, the US and its allies would be approaching the Syrian government and people on bended knee to beg forgiveness for the suffering they have supported, funded, and prolonged over the past three years.
Syrian Girl Thursday 28 August 2014 - The moment the James Foley beheading video was released, Twitter had begun to ban accounts for posting it. This would be the first time Twitter Ban the dissemination of a beheading video, after years of allowing videos of Syrians and Iraqis being beheaded.
By Stephen Gowan 24 August 2014 - To justify the possibility of an air-war in Syria, US officials employ nebulous language about safeguarding US “security interests,” but neglect to spell out what those interests are or how they’re threatened.
RT by Eric Dreitser 15 August 2014 - The danger of ISIS and the necessity to eradicate it is directly correlative to US interests. Put another way, the IS is a useful tool in Syria and southern Lebanon where it creates chaos to the detriment of Assad and Hezbollah respectively, while in Iraq, the IS is dangerous...
In Gaza by Eva Bartlett 3 July 2014 - “We were sleeping and at 4 am they started striking us, from Turkey. At 6 am, men from our area came and took us to a village called Nab’ain, beyond the reach of the armed groups,” Suzy Mentazi, taking refuge in Latakia’s Armenian Orthodox Church, said in April, 2014.
Middle East Briefing 27 June 2014 - The Obama Administration has been pursuing a policy of covert support for the Muslim Brotherhood and other insurgent movements in the Middle East since 2010. MEB has obtained a just-released U.S. State Department document through a Freedom of Information Act
Asia Times Online by Pepe Escobar 27 June 2014 - That little fiction known as Jordan - run by King Playstation, aka Abdullah - will be ripe for the taking as soon as hardcore Salafis from Zarqa (Zarqawi's hometown) totally align with ISIS. Add that piece of real estate to the embryo Levantine Caliphate and we'll be talking major business - oil refineries possibly included.
Lapidomedia by Irfan al-Alawi 24 June 2014 - IT SEEMS the Western media remains confused about who ISIS are. They are still being labeled a ‘Sunni’ outfit, but it is certain they are Salafi/Deobandi jihadists fighting against both Shias and Sunnis.
nsnbc by Christof Lehmann 22 June 2014 -The green light for the use of ISIS brigades to carve up Iraq, widen the Syria conflict into a greater Middle East war and to throw Iran off-balance was given behind closed doors at the Atlantic Council meeting in Turkey...
Asia Times Online by Pepe Escobar 20 June 2014 - For the Empire of Chaos, ISIS is the agent provocateur that fell from (Allah's?) Heaven; the perfect ski mask-clad tool to keep the Global War on Terror (GWOT) in Enduring Freedom Forever mode.
counterPunch by Judy Bello 18 June 2014 - When I heard that Lilly had a house in the town of Kassab that had been destroyed during the recent period of occupation by ‘rebel’ forces (actually, al Nusra Front I think) , I wanted to know more.
By Vladimir Suchan 15 June 2014 - The "few" thousand people under ISIS is a lie propagated by the West that tried to minimize and conceal the strength of al Qaeda in Syria and Iraq. One does not control millions of people and so much territory with 6-7 thousand armed men. Not even al Qaeda.
New Eastern Outlook (NEO) by Tony Cartalucci 13 June 2014 - In actuality, ISIS is the product of a joint NATO-GCC conspiracy stretching back as far as 2007 where US-Saudi policymakers sought to ignite a region-wide sectarian war to purge the Middle East of Iran’s arch of influence stretching from its borders, across Syria and Iraq, and as far west as Lebanon and the coast of the Mediterranean.
RT by Andrew Korybko 7 June 2014 - The results of Syria’s first presidential election in nearly half a century have finally come in and the Syrian people have overwhelmingly given Assad a clear mandate to continue going forward with his anti-terrorist and civil reconciliation policies.
By Wayne Sonter 5 June 2014 - Given the Syrian presidential elections had just been held and Syria has been in the spotlight quite a bit over the last few years, I thought I’d turn on my radio (fairly) early this morning and see if I could catch the results. I thought I would tune into the Australian Broadcasting Commission – “Australia's most trusted, independent source of news”
Land Destroyer By Tony Cartalucci 5 June 2014 - It is hard for even the West to deny that the recent election was a huge success for the government in Damascus, stamping out the illusion of a divided Syria.
Oriental Review By Ajamu Baraka 4 June 2014 - Defying threats of violence, tens of thousands of ordinary Syrians went to the polls to cast a vote that was more about Syrian dignity and self-determination than any of the candidates on the ballot.
Press TV 3 June 2014 - The rebels have already been voting, early and often…with hot steel ballots. Shelling has continued on the outside of the city all day, mostly the morning wakeup call kind to remind people that they are still there, and then again at twilight...
Al Monitor 2 June 2014 - The official paused momentarily, as if giving exceptional importance to what he was going to say, continuing: "Do you know that this is what actually happened on the sidelines of the Geneva II meetings?
Crescent International By Eva Bartlett 1 June 2014 - Leading figures in Syria such as the Mufti of Syria who lost his own son to a terrorist attack, want to extinguish the fires of hatred. The overwhelming majority of Syrians agree, isolating the foreign-backed mercenaries inside and outside Syria.
The Guardian The Workers' Weekly By Wayne Sonter 16 April 2014 - “If these extremists take over the country,” Ms Saadat said, “what will become of women of Syria? What will become of their rights? What will be the status of a woman in Syria?”
NEO By Tony Cartalucci 11 April 2014 - Aid as Trojan Horse: It was confirmed in leaked e-mails exposed by the Syrian Electronic Army that first established the use of Western “aid” ships to ferry militants to and from battlefields in both Libya and Syria.
Syria’s rich history and antiquities the latest casualty of war
By Chris Ray 21 February 2014 - The buried Bronze Age city of Mari on the Euphrates River in eastern Syria has been giving up its secrets to French and Syrian archaeologists since its discovery in 1933.
Al-Akhbar 21 Dec. 2013. ME analysis by Sharmine Narwani. The Middle East is undergoing yet another seismic shift - that the Russian-brokered destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, a US-Iranian rapprochement, the diminished strategic value of Saudi Arabia and Israel
An Awkward Silence - Burying the Hersh Revelations
Media Lens By David Cromwell 17 December 2013 - An article in the current edition of London Review of Books by Seymour Hersh makes a strong case that US President Obama misled the world over the infamous chemical weapons attack near Damascus on August 21 this year.