Turkey Kills Over 50 Syrian Troops, Russian Warplanes Intervene to Halt Offensive

A reminder that there are other things than the corona virus outbreak going on in the world.

Conflict in Syria’s embattled Idlib Province, the last stronghold of the ISIS uprising which once threatened to overrun both Syria and Iraq and establish a new Islamic Caliphate in the region once known as the Levant,  has escalated substantially during the past week, with Turkish government forces attacking the Syrian army and claiming to have killed over 50 soldiers loyal to President Assad.  Russia, the main Syrian ally in the conflict which is basically a showdown between Alawite (Shia) and Salafist (Sunni) muslim sects, took the pressure off Assad and sent a clear message to Turkey’s President Erdogan by sending in warplanes to halt to Turkish assault, and warning the regime in Ankara away from continued action.

Turkish officials tried to justify the incursion into Syrian territiry by claiming Syrioan forces had killed two Turkish soldiers who were in Idlib to “establish peace” and that the attack was only retaliation for that act of war. President Erdogan has threatened strikes anywhere in response to attacks on and injuries to Turkish soldiers. That he can make such a threat when Turkish military forces have no right to be in Syrian territory demonstrates the shambolic state of politics in the eastern Mediterranean region.

Turkish-backed rebels supported by Turkish heavy artillery launched the attacks on Syrian forces trying to oust ISIS rebels from Idlib, an area close to Syria’s border with Turkey.  Syria responded but with their military weakened by the years of conflict with the ISIS rebels were ultimately forced to request Russian help, and airstrikes were launched by Russian Su-24 fighter jets against attacking forces. Russia also contacted Turkey and told them to stop shelling.

While this particular flare-up appears to be over, fighting looks set to intensify as Erdogan, a leader whose sanity is at best questionable, seems determined to pick a fight with Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Putin called the situation a “worst case scenario,” and has demanded that Turkey stop backing terrorist groups in Idlib. Turkey has vowed they will not leave Idlib to Syria, and reiterated demands that Syria unconditionally cede the province to the mostly al-Qaeda-led rebels therein. Erdogan also has stated his intention to seize and annexe territory in Kurdistan currently under Syrian and Iraqui rule but designated an autonomous region by United Nations treaty.

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Minority Report on Douma attack exposes ‘compromised reporting & analysis’ by OPCW – MIT professor
The OPCW failed to include evidence on the Douma in its final report, so the resulting document is inherently compromised, an MIT professor said. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) claimed that gas was dropped from the sky on the Damascus suburb. It did not directly blame on the Syrian government, however.

Germany Rejects Yazidi Asylum Seekers Fleeing Persecution By Islamic Extremists
The EU’s largest nation and most powerful economy, which righteously lecturs other EU member states on the need to take refugees and asylum seekers, is taking in fewer Yazidi refugees, according to a German newspaper report. The religious minority was terrorized by the “Islamic State” during the militant group’s campaign in Iraq and Syria and hundreds, possibly thousands of Yazidi women were raped and used as sex slaves by IsIS terrorists.

Have They Learned Nothing From Iraq?
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As madness grips most members of NATO, with our own British Prime Minister Theresa May trying to out – Trump Trump in her displays of gung ho egomania, two nations at least are taking a more rational view. Italy and Germany have said they will not be involved in, or even support airstrikes on Syria.
Understandable, especially in the case of Germany which is right in the firing line if Putin decides to take out a few US East Coast townships …

Trump Threatens Putin, Assad Over Alleged Syrian “Chemical Attack”; Russia Warns Of “Grave” Response If US Launches Strike

It’s looks like deja vu all over again. Remember when the US Defence Secretary admitted the Syrian “Rebels” funded and armed by the USA have used chemical weapons
against government forces in Syria?

Or when earlier this year, now former Secretary of State Tillerson blamed Russia for an Alleged Syrian chemical attack despite admitting he doesn’t know who actually did it?
Or when the US finally admitted there was “no evidence” Assad used sarin gas?
Or just last week, when Trump said that the US is finally pulling out of Syria as a result of the defeat of ISIS (much to the Pantagon’s fury and open-ended timetable for extracting Syrian resources)?

Pro-war trolls resort to smears as their ‘rebels’ lose miserably in Syria
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Reports Of USA Preparing Military Attack On Syria To Depose Assad.
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Don’t Believe Mainstream Media: Russia Didn’t Attack US Troops in Syria
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‘US aid ends up with extremists’: Analysts alarmed over Pentagon’s 60,000-strong Syrian rebel force
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EU Borders at Breaking Point as Migrants Shipped to Frontier

This blog has always tried to point out to the lefties who screech about “open borders” that the European Union commitment to free movement of Labour only applies to citizens of EU member states moving withing the Union. They are closed minded and bigoted on the subject of course, “open borders” facilitating the movement of hundreds of millions of uneducated third world peasants to the developed nations is one of the sacred cows of their ideologically driven agenda and practical considerations like how do nations cope with the burden of feeding, housing and providing social benefits the extra, mostly unemployable people when its population is increased by 50% in a short time while the economy remains stagnant?

from Breitbart Europe

Tensions on Europe’s borders with Turkey are rising as thousands of migrants are brought to the frontier on unmarked buses and state-owned railways.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country’s borders to Europe were open for migrants some days ago, ostensibly because his country could not cope with an increased flow of refugees from Idlib, Syria.

Yet the move follows years of threats made by Erdogan to punish Europe for not furnishing his Islamist government with money and political support by opening Turkey’s borders — behind which are 3.5 million or more migrants waiting to travel to the West.

Erdogan has repeatedly expressed frustration with Europe’s failure to fully back his military operations in the Syria to carve out a Turkish zone of control and prop up rebels linked to al-Qaeda, which has resulted in deadly clashes between his forces and the Russian-backed Syrian government and its Iranian and Iran-linked allies.

There are now thousands of migrants packed into the so-called no man’s land on the Greco-Turkish border, with the Greek authorities struggling to repel the reportedly mostly male migrants seeking to breach the European Union’s common external border.

Despite Erdogan’s suggestions that the migrants are recent refugees from Idlib, this does not appear to be the case, with the migrants coming from all over Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia.  Continue reading

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Leaked email: Senior OPCW Official Orders “Delete All Traces” Of Dissent On Douma Gas Attack Narrative

We have reported here previously that the alleged use of Chemical weapons by forces controlled by Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad against his own people, investigated by the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons  was not unanimously found by investigators to be the work of the Assad regime. The official narrative was designed to justify full scale military intervention by US and NATO forces in Syria’s civil war, but western leaders were dissuaded for this course of action by Russia’s Putin and China’s President Xi.

Later, while the bulk of the investigative panel stick to the script, it was revealed that a minority report actually considered the facts, which pointed to the gas attack on Douma being a false flag attack carried out by forces attached to terrorist group Al Nusra.

Now documents released by Wikileaks expose corruption in the OPCW whose senior officers are exposed as having tried to prevent to minority report going public.

from AlMasdarNews.com,

Wikileaks has released their fourth set of leaks from the OPCW’s Douma investigation, revealing new details about the alleged deletion of important information regarding the fact-finding mission.

“One of the documents is an e-mail exchange dated 27 and 28 February between members of the fact finding mission (FFM) deployed to Douma and the senior officials of the OPCW. It includes an e-mail from Sebastien Braha, Chief of Cabinet at the OPCW, where he instructs that an engineering report from Ian Henderson should be removed from the secure registry of the organisation,” WikiLeaks writes. Included in the email is the following directive:

Please get this document out of DRA [Documents Registry Archive]… And please remove all traces, if any, of its delivery/storage/whatever in DRA.’”

According to Wikileaks, the main finding of Henderson, who inspected the sites in Douma, was that two of the cylinders were most likely manually placed at the site, rather than dropped. Eye witness reports exposed news video of the rescue operation as having been faked.

“The main finding of Henderson, who inspected the sites in Douma and two cylinders that were found on the site of the alleged attack, was that they were more likely manually placed there than dropped from a plane or helicopter from considerable heights. His findings were omitted from the official final OPCW report on the Douma incident,” the Wikileaks report said.

It must be remembered that the U.S. launched an attack on Damascus, Syria on April 14, 2018 over alleged chemical weapons usage by pro-Assad forces at Douma.
AP file image.

Another document released Friday is minutes from a meeting on 6 June 2018 where four staff members of the OPCW had discussions with “three Toxicologists/Clinical pharmacologists, one bioanalytical and toxicological chemist” (all specialists in chemical weapons, according to the minutes).

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New OPCW Leak Further Vindicates Skeptics Of Establishment Syria Narrative

This will demonstrate that your Boggart Bloggers are not the only “crazy conspiracy theorists” to have questioned the official narrative that Syria’s Assad regime used chemical weapons against their own people. And as usual proof has emerged that the “crazy conspiracy theorists” were telling the truth all the time.


Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via Medium.com,

On the sixth of July last year, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) released its interim report on its findings regarding an alleged poison gas attack in Douma, Syria in April 2018. The incident, which resulted in dozens of civilian casualties, was blamed on the Syrian government by the US, UK and France, who launched retaliatory airstrikes on multiple targets in that nation.

The interim report claimed that “various chlorinated organic chemicals were found” in different locations on the scene, but strangely said nothing about the levels at which those chemicals were found. The Moon of Alabama blog highlighted this suspicious exclusion on the day the report came out, noting that levels are absolutely essential in determining chemical weapons use when you’re talking about compounds which are found virtually everywhere at some level in any industrialized region.

“The preliminary OPCW report says nothing about the concentrations in which these substances were found,” MoA observed.

“Without knowing the concentrations, which may be extremely low, one can not come to further conclusion.”

“The ‘various chlorinated organic chemicals’ are unsurprising,” MoA wrote.

“Chlorine is widely used for water purification and cleaning and ‘chlorinated organic chemicals’ will be found in any household.”

new addition to the body of leaks which have been hemorrhaging from the OPCW shows that such skepticism was indeed entirely warranted. A leaked email sent shortly before the interim report was published reveals that the chlorinated organic chemicals which OPCW investigators found on the scene were as low as one or two parts-per-billion, meaning, just as Moon of Alabama speculated last year, that they were found at trace quantities you’d expect to find in any industrialized area.

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EU should fear the jihadists it’s backing in Syria, not refugees – Assad

from RT

In an exclusive interview with RT’s Afshin Rattansi, Syrian President Bashar Assad said it’s hypocrisy for European nations to fear that Ankara will send refugees to Europe, but continue to sponsor terrorism in Syria.

The Syrian leader argued that the primary concern for Europe should not be the Syrian refugees which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan now threatens to release to Europe, but the “hundreds of thousands” of jihadists Europe allied itself with.

How can you fear those few millions, the majority of them are moderates and they have few terrorists, while you support those terrorists directly in tens of thousands at least and maybe hundreds of thousands in Syria and you don’t fear that they’re going to go back to your country?

Assad told Afshin Rattansi that while there might be some extremists among those who fled the war-torn country, the majority of the refugees do not pose any acute threat, as opposed to hardened jihadists who may turn on their patrons …

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UK establishment – echo site Bellingcat attacks US anti – war candidate Gabbard for doubting Syria chemical attacks

 

For some in the USA congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is the stand out figure in a crowded but uninspiring field of Democrat Party politicians hoping to win the right to challenge Donald Trump for the presidency in 2020. Running as an anti-war candidate, Gabbard has expressed opposition to US military interventions in their world nations and has gone on record for casting doubt on the establishment narrative that President Assad of Syria has on several occasions ordered his troops to use chemical weapons against civilians in that country’s long civil war.

The congresswoman from Hawaii is not out on a limb in doubting the official line, while mainstream media, fearing reprisals maybe, has dutifully toed the esatblishment line that the raping, sex slave taking, journalist baking, head amputating ISIS, Al Nusra and Al Qaeda rebels are the good guys in Syria. Respected veteran journalists including John Pilger and Seymour Hersch have also pointed out that it would have been ridiculous of Assad to use illegal weapons at times when the war was going his way. However it has been revealed that the Saudis, the USA (more so under the Obama administration than Trump,), and the EU all gave material support to the rebels, while Assad, who is supported by a majority of his people, has been demonized because he has stood in the way of US / NATO regional ally and oil reservoir Saudi – Arabia and their ambitions to build an oil and gas pipeline from the gulf to the Mediterranean.

Opposing military interventions and regime change was in the US is like painting a target on your own back. Traditionally it has been The Republicans that took the role of the war party, but since Obama pledged US support for any bunch of dark skinned fanatics trying to oust and equally dark skinned dictator, rooting for foreign interventions has become part of the Democrat platform too. But not for Tulsi Gabbard whose published criticisms of American military meddling in the domestic politics of smaller nations includes a lengthy piece on chemical attacks in Syria.

In spite of the outraged reaction from both ends of the US political spectrum,, she does have a point. In February 2018, commenting on the publication of an OPCW (Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons report on one poison gas incident which stated inspectors found no evidence that the Assad regime was involved, I wrote:

“Experienced chemical weapons experts and independent U.N. investigators such as Hans Blix, Scott Ritter, Gareth Porter and Theodore Postol have all cast doubt on “official” American narratives claiming that President Assad employing Sarin.
Now the US government’s military boss has said on the record that there was no evidence to support this conclusion. In so doing, Mattis tacitly impugned the interventionists who were responsible for pushing the “Assad is guilty” narrative twice without sufficient supporting evidence, in order to justify escalation of US / NATO involvement in the conflict.”

On another chemical weapon event American scientist Theodore A Postol conducted his own investigation because he found the official report unbeliveable. His daming report, sent to Washington, included, along with much more evidence deconstructing the official version of events, this paragraph:

“When the OPCW document [the leaked report from a dissenting OPCW scientist claiming that the chemical weapons attack was staged] indicating staging of the chlorine cylinder attacks in the alleged attacks in Douma on April 7, 2018 was released, I was traveling and in Washington with little time to look more deeply into the matter. I have finally had a chance to evaluate sections of the Douma report S/1731/2019 more comprehensively, including critical observed data and calculations included in the report. The attached PDF file contains my findings in detail.

My review of the conclusions in the UN OPCW Fact-Finding Mission Report (FFM) S/1731/2019 shows that the science-based analysis used in the report and the observed data collected by the FFM bear no relationship to each other.”

So Tulsi Gabbard is in good company when she questions the official narrative on Assad;s chemical weapons atrocities.

Gabbard became the most-googled candidate immediately after the second Democratic Party presidential primary debate, but her success in routing the establishment candidates triggered a renewed surge of personal attacks, character assassination and smears from left leaning mainstream media against her anti-war agenda. Gabbard has been branded a ‘Russian’ spoiler for whichever candidate is eventually picked, Putin’s puppet, an anti American extremist and an apologist for the brutal regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

But the attacks did not stay in the US even though the only election the candidate is involved in is purely an American affair. On Sunday Elliot Higgins, the founder of the UK-based ‘citizen investigation’ outlet Bellingcat, wrote a wlong winded hit piece attacking Gabbard’s negative attitude toward regime change wars. (Now let’s be honest here, none of the regime change wars this century could be said to have succeeded so we should be very sceptical about talk of “a negative attitude towards regime change wars,” in my opinion anyone who unequivocally opposes regime change wars has a very positive attitude towards them.) Higgins took particular exception to her skepticism over alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria which she dicusses at length on her website.

The attacks were used by the Obama administration to justify missile strikes against the country’s legitimate government and the continued and illegal US military presence in Syria.

While Western governments were quick (too quick in fact,) to lay the blame for Syrian chemical weapons events on the government forces Damascus and Moscow have insisted the attacks mentioned by Gabbard and Higgins were false-flag operations by Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants. One would not normally take the word of either at face value but in this case their denials are backed by the independent OPCW investigators.

Particularly infamous was the one in Douma on April 7, 2018, in which the Oscar-winning ‘White Helmets’ doused unsuspecting children with cold water on camera, so as to fake the treatment of the alleged “victims.” They might not have expected for witnesses to later come forward and speak on the record at the Hague, denouncing the whole affair as staged, a view confirmed by the fact that video posted online showed aid workers in ordinary street clothes working on alleged victims of Sarin gas, a material for which full haz – mat suits are required.

A final point in conclusion, it is ironic that Bellingcat has seen fit to spend some of the US taxpayer money, which it receives through one of its sponsors, the National Endowment for Democracy – on meddling in American election processes ahead of the 2020 presidential campaign. Most of us innocen Brits though meddling in American elections was a task reserved for Russians.

Amnesty International: “US & allies war of annihilation” in Raqqa, Syria had devastating toll on civilians.

Note: The direct link to the Amnesty report contained in this post is at the time of writing blocked by the EU and hidden by search engine filters elsewhere. People who think internet censorship is a conspiracy theory please take that on board.

The four-month military operation carried out by the US-led Coalition to oust the Islamic State from Raqqa (Syria), killed hundreds of civilians, injured many more and destroyed much of the city. This report from human rights group Amnesty International documents the experiences of four families whose cases are emblematic of wider patterns. Eight months on, the Coalition remains in denial about the human tragedy resulting from its military campaign.

Amnesty International is urging Coalition members to promptly and impartially investigate allegations of international law violations and civilian casualties, and to provide reparation to the victims and adequate assistance for the desperately needed demining and reconstruction work.

DOWNLOAD & READ the Full Report IN eNGLISH (pdf)