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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Russian Journalists Blow Lid Off Alleged US Terrorist Training Network in Syria

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Two Russian journalists in Syria put together a damning firsthand report on the true purpose of the secret US military mission at al-Tanf in southern Syria. Late last month, fresh allegations from the Russian General Staff that US instructors were providing training assistance for some 350 ex-Daesh (ISIS) militants at the US Army’s al-Tanf garrison in Homs Governorate in southern Syria forced the Pentagon to go into full public relations mode. Chief of Staff General Valery Gerasimov accused Washington of intending to use the militants to create a so-called “New Syrian Army”, a military formation aimed at further destabilising the war-torn country after the defeat of Daesh. A Pentagon spokesperson soon responded, telling Sputnik that Moscow’s allegations were “false and absurd”, and stressing that the USA and its allies engage in capturing and killing Daesh, not training them

  • Editor: If such is so, why do they have an illegal secret base that they refuse to remove even though the legitimate Syrian government demanded that they leave? Lying Anglo sacks o’ shit. They truly expect to get away with their chicanery and aggression.

In a special investigative report for Russia’s Federal News Agency, correspondents Igor Petrashevich and Roman Martynovich made their way south to try to figure out what was really going on in the US-occupied area with their own eyes. Al-Tanf, a settlement situated near Syria’s border with Iraq and Jordan, is one of three official border crossings between Syria and Iraq, and the main border checkpoint along the Damascus-Baghdad Highway. Intense fighting for the area took place in the spring and summer of 2017, as US-allied militants attempted to solidify their foothold in southern Syria. However, a Syrian Army counteroffensive backed by Russian air power stopped the militant advance, prompting them and their US-led coalition allies to secure a patch of territory running about 55 kilometres (34 miles) deep into Syria.

In late December, General Gerasimov pointed to al-Tanf as being one of two staging areas for the continuation of an armed struggle against the Syrian government by the jihadists, with the other at Shaddadi camp, under the control of Kurdish forces operating in northern Syria. Gerasimov stated that the US Special Forces had brought the al-Tanf militants, many former members of Daesh, into the area from Deir ez-Zor Governorate, where Daesh had suffered total defeat. According to Petrashevich and Martynovich, the presence of these former Daesh fighters made local residents wary of helping them to make their way into the US-occupied enclave, noting:

A young man named Marshod warned our correspondents about this and said that two of his own attempts to make his way to a nearby village beyond the line of demarcation led to threats against his life from militants guarding the enclave’s inner perimeter.

Undeterred, the journalists continued their investigation via interviews with eyewitnesses and Syrian troops stationed in the region.

There May Be Close to Four Times as Many Militants as Previously Estimated

Although Russian military sources conservatively estimate the presence of roughly 350 Daesh militants at al-Tanf, Syrian military sources speaking to Patrashevich and Martynovich explained that there, in fact, might be upwards of 1,200 fighters, some 200 of them Daesh jihadis brought to the area by US Special Forces, mostly from Deir ez-Zor Governorate. Other forces include the so-called “New Syrian Army”, the Forces of Martyr Ahmad al-Abdo (formally part of the Free Syrian Army), and the Martyrs of Islam Brigade (an Islamist group). According to the Syrian military, these forces have large-calibre mortars, ATGMs, tanks, and other heavy weaponry. Reportedly, the New Syrian Army, commanded by one Mekhenda Talla, has a strained relationship with the other formations, who cooperate with his forces only on a for-cash basis. Patrashevich and Martynovich wrote:

In general, the relationship between the militants from the individual groups is quite tense, as civilian testimony makes clear. One local, a man named Amjad Sahim, who managed to escape US-controlled territory to neighbouring Damascus Governate, told us that he and his brothers witnessed clashes between the NSA forces moving toward the border and former Daesh fighters attempting to leave the area into Jordanian territory. Because of the clashes, the US-backed militants completely wiped out the small group of Daesh terrorists.

Furthermore, the journalists’ Syrian Army source said that other members of the US-led coalition were in the area, with about 400 mercenaries, intelligence operatives, and Special Forces troops of the UK, France, Jordan, and possibly other countries, operating in the region. Their arsenal includes HIMARS MLRSs and anti-aircraft artillery tasked with defending the US base.

“Passive Reserve” of 5,000 More Jihadists

Local freelance journalists told Patrashevich and Martynovich that in addition to the so-called “active reserve of militants, the USA and its allies also have a passive backup reservee, saying:

Whilst the main jihadists are at the US base and receive a monthly allowance, another 5,000 Islamists reside at the Rukban refugee camp, some still armed and in contact with their field commanders. Last November, militants voiced their dissatisfaction with a noticeable decline in US funding. As a result, the al-Tanf base’s command, fearing military insurrection, decided to disburse a severance payment of several thousand dollars to each fighter and gave them the right to remain inside the enclave in the tent camp zone.

According to a Syrian Army source near the front line, the duties of the New Syrian Army includes guarding checkpoints along the makeshift border and defence of the al-Tanf base perimeter and the Rukban camp. Talla’s troops maintain discipline over the other units via payments for the performance of various duties.

Life in Region a Living Hell for Civilians

Locals told Patrashevich and Martynovich that the jihadists’ presence in the region had a severe impact on civilian life. In the town of Al-Qaryatayn, the correspondents met with Farah Alhamsih, a young woman who had lived outside al-Tanf before managing to escape the area once it fell under US and jihadist control. She said:

Whilst some militants engaged in building homes or engaged in shooting practice, most of them, left almost without means, robbed local houses or trucks passing along the Damascus-Baghdad highway.

Eyewitnesses said that US forces first tried to exert pressure on the radicals or even evict them from the Rukban camp, but they eventually gave up, closing their eyes to criminal activities.

Last fall, a group of some 300 Daesh militants launched an offensive toward al-Qaryatayn, avoiding Syrian Army outposts using intel that Moscow and Damascus said came from US aerial reconnaissance. Although the Syrian forces stopped the offensive, they fear that new attacks may be in the offing. Furthermore, US and jihadist occupation of the area put important roads, including the Homs-Deir ez-Zor and Damascus-Palmyra Highways, as well as strategically important oil and gas fields, under threat.

Russian officials also voiced concerns about the state of the Rukban refugee camp, the Russian Centre for Reconciliation describing the situation there as being close to “catastrophic”, with the US military closing access to the camp to the UN and other humanitarian organisations. Thus far, Patrashevich and Martynovich pointed up:

Airstrikes by the US coalition countered any attempts by Syrian government convoys or pro-Russian forces to come close to the enclave. This included incidents in May and June 2017.

Sahim, a local man now living in Damascus Governate, confirmed to the journalists that the humanitarian situation in the US-occupied territory is approaching desperation, with basic foodstuffs and other necessities unavailable, whilst militants have seized local wells, selling water to locals at marked up prices:

When I was very thirsty, I had to spend a fortune. The terrorists sold a bottle of water that earlier sold for 50 lira for 500 lira. People had to buy it. What else could they do? Many parents tried to save their children. I know several local families who gave away their girls for marriage just to get them out of the area. When locals tried to organise to get the attention of the US military command about arranging the supply of necessities, [the Americans] ignored their requests.

This, combined with the lack of any effort to rein in the militants, gave rise to anti-American sentiments, as well as hopes for aid from the Syrian government and the Russian military. The Russian Centre for Reconciliation offered to assist refugees from the Rukban camp. Last month, despite the absence of any security guarantees from the US side, and the presence of roaming jihadist militants in the region, Centre representatives aided the evacuation of a small group of refugees from the camp. The reporters captured the evacuation on video. For now, Patrashevich and Martynovich noted that the fate of the US-occupied Syrian enclave is in American hands. So long as the illegal US occupation of the border area continues, Damascus won’t be able to rest easy with regard to the security of its southern territories.

14 January 2018

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201801141060746468-us-occupation-cooperation-with-terrorists-southern-syria/

Editor:

The legitimate Syrian government denied the American forces permission to operate within their borders. Ergo, the present US operation is a war crime under the definitions used to prosecute Nazis after World War II… that means that Obama, Clinton, Carey, Trump, and Tillerson are major war criminals under those standards for having planned and waged aggressive war. That’s how depraved the USA has become… it’s an out-of-control rouge-state that fancies itself free of any normal restraint or consequence for its actions. America’s behaviour since 1991 can mean only one thing… the USSR was the innocent party in the Cold War. It also means that lacking the deterrence that the USSR gave to its aggressive and juvenile actions, the USA will always act in a brutal and vicious fashion. Today, China, Russia, and Iran huddle together in an alliance against American terrorism. As long as the American threat persists, this alliance will be solid. Sad to say, the USA shows no sign of abandoning its violent and hubristic course… this alliance will last. Terrorism? One of its main architects was Hillary Clinton… a person I’d name the evilest individual of the second-half of the 20th-century and the beginning of the 21st. None dare call her diabolic…

BMD

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Moscow Condemned Murder of Serbian Politician in Kosovo

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Editor:

I’d bet that the Americans had a hand in this. They’re “making America great again”… please, do spare me…

BMD

On Tuesday, the MID RF said:

We resolutely condemn this cowardly act. Attempts to settle political scores using such methods are fraught with exacerbation of atmosphere of terror and recurrence of the interethnic conflict in the region. We call on all international missions in Kosovo to use their mandates to take exhaustive measures to prevent possible incidents in the region. We hope that corresponding structures will conduct a thorough investigation of what happened to expose those responsible and duly punish them.

On Tuesday, Oliver Ivanović, 64, the leader of the Kosovo Serb party Freedom, Democracy, and Justice, was shot dead as he entered his party’s headquarters in Kosovska Mitrovica. A fellow party member said no one heard any sounds of shooting and a neighbour who was returning from shopping found the wounded politician. Police later found a burnt car without an identification number, which the killers allegedly used. Ivanović was taken to hospital with five gunshot wounds to his chest. Doctors tried to save his life but to no avail.

Earlier, Ivanović served as the State Secretary of the Ministry for Kosovo and Metohija in the Serb government. In January 2016, he was sentenced to nine years in jail for alleged war crimes against Albanians in 1999. In February 2017, the first-instance court’s verdict was overturned and a new trial began. Ivanović was under house arrest and in April 2017, he was allowed to defend himself in court at liberty.

16 January 2018

TASS

http://tass.com/politics/985331

See also:

Serbian president calls murder of top Kosovo Serb politician “‘terrorist attack”

Leading Kosovo Serb politician killed in drive-by shooting, prosecutor says

Belgrade suspends dialogue with Kosovo in EU due to Serbian politician’s murder

Serbian party leader killed in Kosovo: reports

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

16 January 2018. MLK on the “Measure of a Man”

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By this standard, the men of the DNR and the LNR in the Donbass are men indeed. They stood up when the situation required it. There are also many patriots in American-occupied Banderstan who resist the Uniate criminal junta, either as partisans or in many more passive (but still important) ways. The Americans are trying to prop up a minority… a feral and vicious minority that has a history of servile collaboration with foreign occupiers and brutal opposition to healthy national forces. The men of the Donbass show by their courage that they have “the measure of a man” per MLK’s statement. Our world is better for such people…

BMD

Monday, 15 January 2018

Trump, Golstein, and “The Saker”: Three Stooges Plus One

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Truth can’t emerge from bullshit, and the truth is the truth, whether you like it or not. The truth doesn’t care whether you like it or not, and neither do I.

Russell “Texas” Bentley

I read a couple of articles about Trump in the last few days, from so-called “alternative media”. Specifically, Vladimir Golstein’s Trump is Liberating Us from the Empire’s Lies, and “The Saker’s” The Good News about the Trump Presidency: Stupid Can Be Good. Well, if “The Saker” is correct, both of these articles can be very, very good. Unfortunately, the premise of both articles is very, very stupid… so stupid I had to re-read them both and ask myself if they could be satire. Indeed, they are. However, the idiots (and liars) who wrote them and the many fools who read and applauded them don’t realise it. Nevertheless, these are more than stupid satires. They’re fucking lies.

I first want to say that anyone who “still believes in Trump” is as worthy of ridicule as any adult who seriously says they still believe in Santa Claus bringing presents down the chimney on Christmas Eve. Yes, Trump is (perhaps a little) better than Clinton, and yes, the depth of stupidity of anyone who would even for a second consider “President Oprah” is beyond measure and beneath contempt, but for some reason, there are still people who believe in Santa. I mean Trump. That’s stupid and stupid isn’t good…

Why? How can this be? How can people still be so stupid as to overlook the countless crimes and lies of Trump in just his first year? Probably due in large part to the scribblings of dudes like Golstein and “The Saker”, who claim the mantle of alt-progressive “intellectuals” while still towing the party line of the Establishment, and who actually still support Trump with drivel like Trump the Liberator and Stupid Can Be Good. How stupid do you have to be to believe (or write) either of these propositions? I don’t intend to deconstruct these articles line by line, just the ideas and messages behind them. However, suffice to say, every line in both is a joke. Either you get it or you don’t. Remember, not just a joke, a fucking lie. Moreover, lies aren’t funny.

If “Stupid can be good”, exactly how stupid do you have to be to be “good”? Stupid enough to overlook the reality of Trump’s continuation and escalation of the criminal wars in Syria and the Donbass, his insane attempt to reignite war in Korea, and his new nuclear doctrine… first use and smaller “easier to use” bombs. All of these can lead directly to a Third World War, literally the end of Humanity. For starters. However, as Trump the smarmy huckster himself might say, “But wait, there’s more!” His criminal tax break to the oligarchs and corporations, his escalation of arms sales, his appointment of malignant scum like Nicky Haley, Steve Mnuchin, and Jeff Sessions to positions where they can and will do immeasurable harm. His decision to “recognise” Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, contravening history and justice, and outraging world opinion. What’s “good” about a dangerous and loud-mouthed buffoon whose stupidity offends the world and shames every decent American with his every utterance and tweet?

As for “Trump the Liberator” liberating us from lies, I wonder if Golstein is talking about the same Trump I am. Because I’m talking about the Trump whose every single campaign promise was a lie, the same Trump who lied when he recently took credit for defeating ISIS in Syria and defeating the German Nazis in the Second World War, raping history and the truth with his despicable bullshit, trying to rob Russia of the rightful honours they earned with their blood, courage, and sacrifice. Every move Trump has made, his every tweet and utterance, has been a débâcle and a disgrace, and the exact opposite of the truth. You can forgive a person for voting against Hillary Clinton, but anyone who says they “still believe in” Trump is either an idiot or a liar… or both. I say Trump, “The Saker”, and Vladimir Golstein are both. Idiots and liars.

All three are the controlled-opposition professional bullshit artists of the lowest order, fake rebels, phoney populists, who sucker those who are of good hearts but simple minds. They’re the political and moral equivalent of the pimps who haunt the bus stations in New York and LA, waiting to “help and guide” innocent naïfs who are seeking direction in a scary and confusing world. They’re the Orwellian opposite of what they pretend to be. Literally… what’s the difference between “Stupid Can Be Good” and “War is Peace” or “Freedom is Slavery?” Isn’t the meaning of the phrase “Stupid Can Be Good” exactly the same as “Ignorance is Strength?”  Isn’t it?! ISN’T IT?! Nevertheless, the impact isn’t exactly the same. It’s worse, as stupidity is worse than ignorance, and “The Saker” posts his vile motto as a political fact. It’s the opposite of the truth in real life, not in a book. Yet, real idiots believe it. As for Golstein’s “Trump the Liberator”, it reminds me of the portraits the German Nazis brought with them to Russia, Belarus, and the Ukraine in the Great Patriotic War…

Pseudo-alternative pseudo-intellectuals like Golstein and “The Saker” and phoney populists like Trump perform a very important function for the fascist oligarchy that owns and controls them. They perpetuate the lie that there’s any difference in who is elected in the USA, that elections in the USA make any difference at all, that the USA still has anything to do with “democracy”. Only an idiot could believe these lies, but too many idiots do as it’s easier, safer and more comfortable (for the moment) to do so. Only an idiot can fail to see the decline the USA has been in for the past fifty years and can believe they’d ever change it by voting for a Trump or Oprah to “liberate” us. Only an idiot can fail to see where this road to perdition will finally lead.

As Emma Goldman said, “If voting changed anything, they wouldn’t let us do it”. Einstein defined insanity as, “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”. Only idiots and self-deluded cowards vote in the USA anymore. It doesn’t change shit. The primaries are rigged, the machines are rigged, and the count is rigged. If by chance the vote was so overwhelmingly against Clinton in the last election that the people who rule the USA weren’t able to appoint their chosen minion as President, you can be sure they’d not let it happen again. They’ve shown that they have complete control over the eunuch buffoon in the White House, so what’s the difference anyway? Voting in the USA is political masturbation, an exercise in self-deception and futility. As for the stooges who tell you that Trump is a liberator or that stupid is good, they’re liars, and only perpetuate the deception and futility, and confuse and misdirect those who sincerely seek the truth. If you believe Trump, Golstein, or “The Saker”, you might as well believe what you see on FOX News or CNN… or believe in Santa Claus.

PS

As long as I’m winning friends and influencing people with my tact, diplomacy, and charm, I might as well mention one more “Comrade”, an alleged “Donbass war journalist and humanitarian”, George “G.H.” Eliason. I first became aware of Eliason back in the Summer of 2015. He was doing a fundraiser on Indie Go Go for $4,500, to buy a camera and open a bakery in Lugansk. It was clear he’d actually been in the LNR in 2014, but I found no evidence or sign other than his fund-raiser that he was still here. I contacted him via social media and asked to meet. Either he could come to Donetsk or I could go to Lugansk. He replied that he couldn’t come to Donetsk because it was “too difficult to cross the checkpoints” (between LNR and DNR, not the Republics and Ukraine.) This seemed odd, but I offered to come to Lugansk and meet, and he told me he was too busy. When I asked for proof he was still in Donbass, he sent me photos of him here in 2014. When I pointed out that the photos showed people in winter clothing and it was July, that offended him and he cut off communication.

I checked all his social media – his VKhis FBhis Twitter and his Quora.  He’s still active on all, but I could find no evidence that he’s still in the Donbass or was even here when he ran his fundraiser more than 2 years ago, or has been here since. However, according to his recent article Tale of 2 Ukraines posted a couple of weeks ago, he’s still here. I’m not saying he’s a liar, but I’m saying I’d like to see some proof.

He got over $2,500 from his fund-raiser for the camera and bakery, but I know he never opened or sponsored a bakery in Lugansk or anywhere else in Donbass. He wrote in his final update on Indie Go Go that “The camera is in hand, set up properly, and ready to go”. However, I’ve been unable to find a single video or even photo he’s posted from the Donbass that I can verify as his. I have friends (more than one) in Lugansk, and specifically in Prizrak, and they and everyone they’ve asked there has never heard of George Eliason or an American “war journalist and humanitarian” living there. I can tell you from my own personal experience that Americans are quite rare in the Donbass, and tend to be noticed wherever they go here. Does this seem strange to anyone besides me?

I don’t care if Eliason kept the money for the camera and bakery two years ago, that’s between him and his donors, and I didn’t give. However, if he says he’s a war correspondent and humanitarian living in the Donbass and he’s actually not here, then he’s not a war correspondent or a humanitarian, either. He’s a fucking liar. I AM a war correspondent and humanitarian living in Donbass, and I can damn well prove it. Therefore, I’m asking Eliason to do the same. Prove it… because if he can’t, then, he’s not here, and he IS a fucking liar, and he discredits me, all real correspondents and humanitarians in the Donbass Republics and all the supposedly progressive and credulous sites (including “The Saker”) that post his writings. Because if he’s not here, what he writes is bullshit, and a LOT of sites have posted it.

Of course, I could be wrong about Eliason. It’s not likely, but it’s possible. I encourage him or anyone else to publish proof he’s in the Donbass, and I’ll eat my words and publicly apologise to him and anyone else I’ve offended by questioning his veracity. However, if I were a gambling man, I wouldn’t bet on me being wrong. In fact, I AM a gambling man. I’m taking quite a risk, of looking like a real asshole and fool if I’m wrong. Yet, I’m willing to take that risk, because speaking truth to phoney “comrades” is just as important (and almost as risky) as speaking truth to power. Speaking truth is what I do; it’s my job. So prove me wrong, or face the truth, even if you don’t like it, or me, because the truth is the truth, whether you like it or not.

13 January 2018

Russell “Texas” Bentley

http://www.russelltexasbentley.com/2018/01/trump-golstein-and-saker-three-stooges.html

Editor:

Texas Bentley is a stand-up guy who’s put his ass on the line and he’s had the Ukrops shooting at him. He’s the real deal. There are many phonies out there… I don’t trust much of what I see on the web about the Donbass unless it comes from the Peoples Republics. As Mr Bentley puts it so well, bullshit is afoot and pro-oligarch bullshit artists sling it… don’t forget… “The Saker” boasts of being one of the Affluent Effluent… that’s why I don’t trust him at all.

You can have a Texas Bentley who’s been out on the firing line or you can have bullshit artists purveying pseudo-alternative pabulum. The choice is yours… choose wisely…

BMD

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