7:46 [Steve Pieczenik/YouTube] (E)
Pompeo is a smarty But he is a poser and a tool. He needs to go now.
7:45 [Zero Hedge] (E)
Russia has condemned what`s being called the largest Israeli attack in over nine months.
20:30 [Zero Hedge] (E)
Two years, three years, five years’ maximum from now, you will not recognize the same Middle East”, says the former Egyptian FM, Arab League Secretary General and Presidential Candidate, Amr Moussa, in an interview with Al-Monitor.
8:50 [Zero Hedge] (E)
Called it a severe blow to peace after Pompeo announced, “The Trump administration is reversing the Obama administration’s approach towards Israeli settlements.”
22:33 [youtube/RT] (E)
In this exclusive interview with RT, President of Syria Bashar al-Assad talks to Going Underground`s Afshin Rattansi in a ground-breaking interview. In the interview he discusses why he hasn`t given an interview in over a year, accusations of the US stealing Syria`s oil, the White Helmets which he calls an offshoot of the Al-Nusra Front, Erdogan`s involvement in the Syrian Civil War and his invasion of Northern Syria, the West`s support for terrorists in Syria and how this is no different from previous episodes of Western foreign policy and relations between Damascus and the Kurds (including the US-backed SDF).
7:26 [Mint Press News] (E)
There are strong indications that Israel is planning to launch airstrikes against Yemen under the pretext of preventing an Iranian military presence from taking hold, much as it did in Syria and Iraq. As the war in Yemen nears the end of its fifth year, the situation in the country seems to be escalating. There are strong indications that Israel is planning to launch airstrikes against the country under the pretext of preventing an Iranian military presence from taking hold, a move that is likely to open the door for further escalation.
7:12 [Common Dreams] (E)
"If the threats of annexation by Israeli leaders could spark bold commitments to condition U.S. funding to Israel, certainly extrajudicial killings and flagrant attacks on civilians ought to as well." JVP condemns the latest Israeli airstrikes on Gaza. We see this escalation as yet another example of Israel’s illegal and unconscionable attacks on Palestinians, which put the lives of all who live in the region at risk.
15:30 [Elija J. Magnier] (E)
When the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says “The Iraqi and Lebanese people want their country back. They are discovering that the Iranian regime’s top export is corruption”, he is directly accusing the respective governments in Iraq and Lebanon of being pro-Iranian and therefore supporting the revolution. The US involvement in the Iraqi and Lebanese streets and its wish to see governments removed has not gone unnoticed by the highest Shia authority in the world, the Iranian Najaf-based Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, who enjoys significant influence in Iraq and the rest of the Islamic world.
16:16 [Elija J. Magnier] (E)
For the first time since Lebanese independence in 1945, protestors in Lebanon have hit the streets to protest against the corruption of all political leaders currently in power. However, they were not alone: many of the over one and a half million Syrian refugees and seven hundred thousand Palestinian refugees in the country also participated. They all demanded reforms, and expressed anger over the corruption of Lebanese politicians, poor public services, and the mismanagement of economic resources.
21:43 [ISM] (E)
Beginning with invasive night raids multiple villages, and ending with 7 structures demolished, 4 families made homeless, 2 Palestinians arrested, 1 beaten and hospitalized, 1 car confiscated, and 1 major access road severely damaged, Israeli Occupation Forces continue their ongoing assault on local communities in Masafer Yatta. Masafer Yatta is a collection of over 20 villages near Hebron, deep in the south of the West Bank.
21:28 [+972 Magazine] (E)
As Othman Hiles began climbing the Gaza fence, an Israeli soldier opened fire and killed the unarmed 14-year-old. The soldier’s sentence? Community service. Two women and a teenage boy stand close to the fence separating Gaza from Israel, waving Palestinian flags. Four other teenagers approach. One of them, 14-year-old Othman Hiles, is wearing a white shirt and dark pants. He goes up to the fence, touches it, walks along it for a few yards, and touches it again. He puts his foot on the fence and starts to climb. As his second foot reaches the fence, a shot is fired. Hiles is hit in the chest and falls.
9:51 [Elija J. Magnier] (E)
In 1975, Lebanon went through 15 years of violent and destructive civil war. The circumstances before the beginning of the war were aimed at destroying and removing the Palestinian Liberation organisation (PLO) led by Yasser Arafat. Palestinians were drawn into a civil war in Lebanon, paving the way for an Israeli invasion in 1982 that finally led to the departure of the PLO from Lebanon (and the “Islamic Resistance” that became years later known as Hezbollah). Today, in Lebanon, Hezbollah believes the same scenario could be repeated if dragged onto the street to face protestors. This is why the leadership is exerting patience and restraint, and will continue to do so, to keep control of its men, off the streets.
23:14 [Antiwar.com] (E)
by Conn Hallinan - As Saudi Arabia slowly backpedals, we could see an end to the Yemen war, an easing of Iran’s isolation, and a reduced role for the U.S. The fallout from the September attack on Saudi Arabia’s Aramco oil facilities is continuing to reverberate throughout the Middle East, sidelining old enmities – sometimes for new ones – and redrawing traditional alliances. While Turkey’s recent invasion of northern Syria is grabbing the headlines, the bigger story may be that major regional players are contemplating some historic realignments.
17:33 [Fort Russ] (E)
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) took back control of a key oil field in the Province of Hasaka in the northeastern part of the country. The Arabic-language Radio Sham FM reported on Tuesday night that the Syrian Arab Army has continued to advance in northeastern Syria and entered the al-Ramilan region in Hasaka to take control of its oil field. According to the report, the army soldiers have already gained back control of the Molla Abbas oil field which is a part of the giant al-Ramilan oil field. The report added that the Syrian Army troops were deployed in northern Qamishli near the borders with Turkey on Tuesday.
13:49 [Elija J. Magnier] (E)
The United States of America, Israel and Saudi Arabia are fed up with Iran and its allies in the Middle East. But despite waging war against Syria and Hezbollah in Lebanon, by inviting the Iraqi government to dilute al-Hashd al-Shaabi, by attempting to submit Gaza and to curb the Houthis in Yemen, it was not possible to break the strong alliances of Iran spread throughout the Middle East. Moreover, through democratic elections, Iran’s allies in Lebanon and Iraq managed to be part of the Parliament and have ministers in the cabinets of their respective countries.
22:46 [Press TV] (E)
Israel’s deputy foreign minister has admitted aiding Kurdish militants in Syria amid a Turkish incursion into the Arab country.
8:58 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
And here we are once more, Israel cannot safely ‘live’ in a region containing a militant Hezbollah. Not surprisingly, the Russian Ambassador in Beirut, Alexander Zasypkin, quickly recognized this all too familiar pattern: Speaking with al-Akhbar on 9 October in Beirut (more than a week before the protests in Beirut erupted), the Ambassador dismissed the prospect of any easing of regional tensions; but rather identified the economic crisis that has been building for years in Lebanon as the ‘peg’ on which the US and its allies might sow chaos in Lebanon (and in Iraq’s parallel economic calamity), to strike at Hezbollah and the Hash’d A-Sha’abi — Israel’s and America’s adversaries in the region.
14:04 [youtube/The Last American Vagabond] (E)
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9:33 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
There seems to be no limit to Qataris tossing around their wealth. This tiny kingdom with 2.6 million inhabitants is full of ridiculously lavish gold-plated palaces, most of them built with terrible taste. It is overflowing with Lamborghini racing cars and Rolls Royce limousines, and now, even with ludicrously wasteful air-conditioned sidewalks (cold air blows from below, into the 35C heat). Ruled by the House of Thani, the State of Qatar is truly a strange place: according to the latest count conducted in early 2017, its total population was 2.6 million, of which 313,000 were Qatari citizens and 2.3 million ‘expatriates’, both the low-wage migrant workers, and the lavishly remunerated Western professionals.
7:00 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
Matthew Ehret - With the transformation of the rules of the “Great Game” in the Middle East emerging out of President Trump’s recent Syrian surprise pullout and Putin’s brilliant manoeuvres since 2015, a sweeping set of development/reconstruction programs led by China now have a chance to become hegemonic across the formerly hopeless, terrorist-infested region.
17:28 [Strategic Cultures] (E)
The agreement signed between Russia and Turkey for a new security plan in northeast Syria was certainly historic and a much welcome potential path towards stability and peace.
11:27 [Newsweek] (E)
Russia`s foreign ministry spokesperson has accused the U.S. of "criminal activity" with regards to President Donald Trump`s plan to deploy troops to guard oil fields in eastern Syria. Maria Zakharova said Friday that the Trump administration was engaging in illegal smuggling, and estimated Washington stands to make tens of millions of dollars every month from the oil extracted in the region.
7:55 [Zero Hedge] (E)
“All American presidents commit crimes and end up taking the Nobel Prize and appear as a defender of human rights... Trump speaks with the transparency to say ‘We want the oil’.”
7:39 [Global Research] (E)
At first glance, it would appear to be a businessman’s plan to plunder the profits of Syria, and he has quoted profits expected and even ear-marked the profits to support the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) who are a Syrian Kurdish militia who had been on the US payroll as mercenaries in the past fight against ISIS.
7:38 [antiwar] (E)
An Israeli soldier was convicted for the death of a 15-year-old Palestinian boy during the Great March of Return protests last year at the border fence that separates the Gaza Strip from Israel.
22:53 [Indian Punchline] (E)
No one would have thought that out of the US president Donald Trump’s decision three weeks ago to withdraw all American troops from Syria, a US military re-engagement with renewed vigour in that country would ensue. The US troops were first sent across to Iraq, but only to return to Syria with heavy armour and weaponry. Plans are afoot now to reinforce the deployments.
10:07 [Press TV] (E)
Turkey has accused France and Israel of seeking to establish “a terrorist state” within Syria, after Paris and Tel Aviv both sided with Syrian Kurds in the face of Ankara`s hostility towards them.
9:54 [Voltaire Network] (E)
We can’t resist publishing Thierry Meyssan’s editorial in al-Watan, Syria’s leading daily newspaper. He describes the United States/Russia agreement for the Levant. Over the past century, the United Kingdom and then the United States have successively courted all states and faith groups in the Middle East. They have fuelled confessional conflicts in such a way as to make themselves indispensable, according to the old principle of "Divide and conquer". President Trump was elected three years ago with the plan to end the US Empire and bring his country’s forces back to the service of his fellow citizens. According to the analysis of his ephemeral security adviser, General Michael Flynn, withdrawing his troops from the wider Middle East while bringing peace to it means ending religious conflicts and therefore giving priority to sectarian states.
19:40 [Press TV] (E)
The secretary general of the Lebanese resistance movement says fighters from his groups are determined to clear Lebanon’s airspace of the presence of any Israeli military aircraft, emphasizing that they will not hesitate to target any intruding machine capable of flying.
17:30 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
Today the Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri resigned after -at times- violent protests. In Iraq the gadfly cleric Moqtada Sadr joined protesters after previous protests in Iraq also led to violence. In both countries at least some protesters demand the resignation of their governments. While the demonstrations in both countries are about local economic and political issues there are foreign actors involved who want to use them to achieve their own goals.
23:52 [Zero Hedge] (E)
After twelve days of massive anti-corruption protests essentially bringing life in Lebanon to a standstill, with banks and schools shuttered and major roads blocked, Lebanon`s Prime Minister Saad Hariri says he is ready to submit his resignation. In an address to the nation at 4pm Tuesday afternoon (local time), Hariri confirmed he`s submitting his government`s resignation to President Michel Aoun after rumors of his stepping down swirled all day. Hariri said he had "reached a dead end" amid the protests which have reportedly involved one million people, or up to 25% of Lebanon`s total population, and further called on "all Lebanese to protect civil peace".
22:43 [FRN] (E)
Russia has redeployed nearly 300 more military police from the Chechen Republic to Syria. According to the memorandum signed by Moscow and Ankara, they’ll be patrolling a 30-kilometer (18.6 mile) zone near the Turkish border. As the Ministry of Defense says, over twenty Tigr and Typhoon armored vehicles have been delivered by aircraft. Chechen Spetsnaz and Military Police units have been instrumental in providing security in areas liberated from terrorists, especially in Idlib and Aleppo provinces.
22:41 [Fort Russ] (E)
By Paul Antonopoulos - The Russian Ministry of Defense published satellite images on Saturday proving US smuggling of Syrian oil through tankers. The photographs prove that Syrian oil was sent overseas under US military guard before and after the defeat of Daesh [ISIS], said Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. General Igor Konashenkov. “Space intelligence images showed that the oil was actively extracted and massively exported for processing outside Syria, under the reliable protection of US troops, before and after the defeat of the Daesh terrorists.”
22:41 [South Front] (E)
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on October 27 that their troops are withdrawing from the border with Turkey in accordance with the Russian-Turkish agreement reached earlier in October. In an official statement, the Kurdish-led group said that border guards of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) will be deployed along the border line.
15:34 [Press TV] (E)
“I have reached a dead end today. I will head to the Baabda Palace to submit the government`s resignation to President Michel Aoun,” Hariri said as he addressed the Lebanese nation in a televised speech on Tuesday evening.
12:28 [Press TV] (E)
Iraqi officials have dismissed reports of fatalities during Monday’s anti-government protests in the holy city of Karbala, saying certain media outlets have been fabricating news.
10:07 [Elija J. Magnier] (E)
After less than two weeks of generalized, impulsive and unorganised protests on the streets of Lebanon, a huge amount of money has been invested – by undeclared donors – in recent days to provide protestors with food, drinks and necessities so that they will stay in the street until “the fall of the political regime, the government and the rule of bankers- in particular the Central Bank”.
17:59 [youtube/The Last American Vagabond] (E)
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17:39 [Voltairenet] (E)
As in the case of Lebanon since 1943, Iraq since 2005 has a constitution which distributes power according to religious affiliation. This system was designed by the colonizers to maintain these countries in a state of dependency despite their official independence.
9:49 [The Saker] (E)
By Pepe Escobar - Russia-Turkey deal establishes ‘safe zone’ along Turkish border and there will be joint Russia-Turkey military patrols. The negotiations in Sochi were long – over six hours – tense and tough. Two leaders in a room with their interpreters and several senior Turkish ministers close by if advice was needed. The stakes were immense: a road map to pacify northeast Syria, finally. The press conference afterwards was somewhat awkward – riffing on generalities. But there’s no question that in the end Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan managed the near impossible.
9:32 [WRMEA] (E)
By GIDEON LEVY, ALEX LEVAC - WHAT COULD BE MORE IDYLLIC than the sight of a natural bubbling spring amid craggy boulders, welling up from the hills, its crystalline waters flowing silently into a small pool where people are cavorting in delight?...In these apartheid springs, stolen waters shall not be sweetened. Palestinian owners of these lands can only look on despairingly from the windows of their homes at their neglected olive groves, which they were forced to abandon to the insatiable greed of the lords of the land, and at the gushing springs nearby that were also stolen from them. The groves are gone, the springs are gone, justice is gone. And all, of course, under the aegis of the state and its institutions.
9:55 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
Tires are burning, smoke is rising towards the sky. It is October, the 18th day of the month, the capital city of Lebanon, in the past known as the “Paris of the East”, is covered in smoke. For years I was warning that the country governed by corrupt, indifferent elites, could not hold together, indefinitely. For all those five years when I was calling Beirut home, things were going down the drain. Nothing was improving: almost no public transportation, electricity shortages, contaminated and erratic water supply. Periodically, garbage has been piling up along the streets and suburban roads. Once an airplane lands and the doors open, the terrible stench of garbage welcomes us, residents of Beirut, back home. Almost everyone knew that all this could not continue like this, forever.
8:56 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
President Donald Trump says he wants to “end endless wars.” But the counter-Iran, counter-Russia hawks on his national security team are planning to sneak in a long-term U.S. military presence in southeast Syria. And their plans may have been in the works for a while. With U.S. forces opening the gates for Turkey to take over northeast Syria, Trump administration officials are now drawing up plans to keep several hundred U.S. troops alongside Arab rebel groups in the country’s oil-rich southeast. Trump has said, “we have secured the oil.” And Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) diplomats have said they’re willing to work with such a plan.
21:38 [Press TV] (E)
Yemeni army soldiers and fighters from allied Popular Committees have killed at least seven Saudi soldiers during separate attacks in the kingdom’s southwestern border regions as part of their retaliatory raids against the Riyadh regime’s atrocious military campaign against their crisis-hit country.
22:00 [Zero Hedge] (E)
Update (1315ET): Turkey`s Erdogan says deal reached with Russia for Kurdish fighters to move out of Syrian border area within 150 hours establishing a "safe zone" inside Syria. As Haaretz reports, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that talks with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan had yielded what he called momentous results for Syria.
18:31 [SANA] (E)
President Bashar al-Assad on Monday visited Syrian Arab Army units operating on the frontlines in Idleb’s southern countryside and Hama’s northern countryside.
13:02 [Press TV] (E)
Lebanon`s President Michel Aoun has expressed solidarity with protesters, saying their recent agitation showed "people`s pain".
10:59 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
When the US president tweeted about withdrawing from Syria and letting Turkey move its forces in to take control of areas hitherto under Kurdish control, Donald Trump was probably thinking of Turkey as more of a ‘NATO-ally’ allowing him to fulfil his promise of ending America’s “useless wars” in the Middle East. Little did he seem to know, as the turn of events have proven, that his withdrawal decision would actually turn the tables on the US and give a virtual blow to critical US interests in the region—interests that included, among other things, a plan to break Iran’s ‘axis of resistance’ and disrupt China’s Belt & Road Initiative so as to limit to its global reach and its economic influence in a region that continues to be the centre of global energy production. Kurds’ deal with Russia and Syria means that the US has lost its only ground ally in the region and that it no longer has any means to influence ground situation.
6:54 [Press TV] (E)
A senior leader of the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement says the Israeli regime’s Judaization plans in Jerusalem al-Quds will never succeed.
4:09 [Xinhua] (E)
U.S. President Donald Trump said last week that the U.S. troops leaving Syria will remain in the Middle East region to "monitor the situation."
20:35 [youtube/The Last American Vagabond] (E)
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19:11 [Syriana Analysis] (E)
Kevork Almassian of Syriana Analysis addresses the recent security developments in North-Eastern #Syria, particularly the Turkish invasion to create the so-called safe zone, #Erdogan-Pense agreement and the #Kurdish question.
19:05 [IMEMC News] (E)
Several illegal Israeli colonialist settlers attacked, Saturday, Palestinian villagers and international solidarity activists, while picking olive trees in Palestinian orchards in the al-Jab’a village, southwest of the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Tha Maan News agency qouted Ziad Salah, the coordinator of the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Society, stating that the colonists hurled stones at the Palestinians and the solidarity activists, in addition to attacking homes and cars in the village, causing property damage. Salah said that the attack took place during a nonviolent activity for aiding the Palestinians in picking their olive trees, dubbed as “We Are With You,” and meant to help the villagers, subject to frequent assaults and violations by both the illegal colonists and the soldiers.
19:00 [MEMO] (E)
The Union of Temple Mount Organisation called for its fans to increase their raids of Al-Aqsa Mosque during the Jewish holidays. For the third consecutive day, around 2,473 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque and performed Talmudic rituals during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, Arab48.com reported on Friday.
18:59 [IMEMC News] (E)
Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, and injured several protesters, in addition to abducting an international peace activist. The Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Kufur Qaddoum, said the soldiers assaulted the protesters, and ambushed some of them. It added that the soldiers fired gas bombs, causing many protesters to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, before abducting a solidarity activist from Spain, in addition to wounding another international activist and one Palestinian, while chasing them.
18:40 [youtube/TruNews] (E)
Geopolitical analyst Maram Susli, AKA "Syrian Girl", joins TruNews correspondent Edward Szall to discuss the multinational mess in Syria, as the Turkish invasion draws international condemnation, as well as the physical deployment of the Syrian Army to the North to secure national sovereignty.
2:14 [Eva Bartlett] (E)
Finally made it to Qasioun mountain, a fantastic view of Damascus.
10:04 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
The Syrian and Russian operations in the northeast of Syria are going well. Russian troops prevented attempts by Turkish supported Jihadis to attack Manbij. Russian and Syrian units have now also entered Ayn al-Arab/Kobani. Syrian government troops took control of the electricity producing dam in Tabqah and some units set up posts in Raqqa. Other units entered the Conoco and Al-Umar oil fields north of Abu Kahmal and east of Deir Ezzor. Some local tribe which profited from the oil explorations there held a small protest against the return of government control.
22:30 [Consortium News] (E)
Washington has never gotten over the fact that Syria for over half a century has never bowed to U.S. or Israeli hegemony in the region, and has all along been a strong supporter of Syria’s secular —yes secular —Arab nationalism. The U.S. has therefore shown great willingness to “fight to the last Syrian” if necessary to achieve its ends.
22:15 [Indian Punchline] (E)
Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring in Northern Syria has reportedly advanced to a 1000 square kilometers area. The scenario agreed on behind the curtains through months of confidential exchanges, often one-on-one, between the Russian and Turkish leaders regarding north-eastern Syria is entering a critical phase of implementation on the ground with the agreement between the Kurds and the Assad regime.
20:38 [RT] (E)
Turkey has agreed to temporarily halt its military operation against Syria’s Kurdish-led militias, allowing them to withdraw from the country’s border, US Vice President Mike Pence said during a visit to Ankara.
18:43 [ISW News] (E)
ISWNews Analysis Group: According to local sources, SDF forces with the support of the Syrian Army succeeded in liberating al-Manajeer and its surrounding villages from the Turkey-backed militants.
17:08 [Press TV] (E)
Syrian army troops have established full control over Manbij, a city in the northern province of Aleppo, and its nearby settlements, amid Turkey’s cross-border invasion in northeastern Syria and an abrupt US retreat of its forces from the city.
15:50 [Elija J. Magnier] (E)
By deciding to pull out 1,000 men from NES, Trump is reshuffling the cards, moving the burden away from his administration and dropping it into the hands of Russia, Turkey and Syria (and their allies). There is a serious need for Russia to move fast and bring concerned players around the table to organise a situation that could turn more chaotic and lead to even more confrontation.
8:32 [Oriental Review] (E)
At the end of August, the Lebanese organisation Hezbollah fired two rockets at an Israeli armoured personnel carrier at the border. Several Israeli soldiers were injured. In response, Israeli troops fired on Lebanese territory adjacent to the border. The shells fell on bare ground, without causing harm to people or nearby buildings. Hezbollah chalked up yet another victory that was warmly received not just in Lebanon, but also in other countries. Israel did not launch new attacks, but responded by withdrawing its armed forces seven kilometres inland from the country’s border. Hezbollah sources confirmed that their intelligence services even visited abandoned Israeli military bases and roadblocks.
18:35 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
“This is total chaos,” a senior administration official said at midday, speaking on the condition of anonymity about the confusing situation in Syria. Although “the Turks gave guarantees to us” that U.S. forces would not be harmed, the official said, Syrian militias allied with them “are running up and down roads, ambushing and attacking vehicles,” putting American forces — as well as civilians — in danger even as they withdraw. The militias, known as the Free Syrian Army, “are crazy and not reliable.” Ahhhh. The "Free Syrian Army", which the U.S. built and supplied with an immense amount of weapons to fight the Syrian government, is "crazy and not reliable". How come that all the think tankers and `journalists` who for years lauded that `army` never noticed that?
18:27 [Asia Times] (E)
The predominant Western narrative credits the Syrian Democratic Forces, mostly Kurdish, for fighting and defeating Islamic State, also known as Daesh. The SDF is essentially a collection of mercenaries working for the Pentagon against Damascus. But many Syrian citizens argue that ISIS was in fact defeated by the Syrian Arab Army, Russian aerial and technical expertise plus advisers and special forces from Iran and Hezbollah.
17:58 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
Eight days ago U.S. President Donald Trump gave a green light for another Turkish invasion of Syria. We explained why that move made it inevitable for the Kurds to submit to Damascus and to let the Syrian Arab Army back into northeast Syria:....After Trump had spoken with the Turkish president Erdogan, the U.S. military removed a few of its forces from some areas near the Turkish border. The Pentagon was still under the false impression that Turkey would limit its invasion to some 5 kilometer in depth.
7:34 [Global Research] (E)
The only way Israelis can be made to sit up and take note of the disaster unfolding next door in Gaza, it seems, is when they fear the fallout may spill out of the tiny coastal enclave and engulf them too. Environmental experts from two Israeli universities issued a report in June warning that the imminent collapse of Gaza’s water, sewage and electricity infrastructure would soon rebound on Israel. Gideon Bromberg, the Israeli director of EcoPeace Middle East, which commissioned the report, told journalists: “Without urgent, vigorous action, plagues and infections will break out that could cost a great many lives, both in Israel and in Gaza, and no fence or Iron Dome [Israel’s missile interception system] can thwart them.”
20:28 [Sic Semper Tyrannis] (E)
Damascus is on her way in achieving her ultimate goal of regaining control over all her territory and achieving peace thanks to VV Putin and the welcome and necessary assistance of DJ Trump. There’s no other way to put it.
10:52 [Counterpunch] (E)
Recent events have shone a spotlight not only on how Israel is intensifying its abuse of Palestinians under its rule, but the utterly depraved complicity of western governments in its actions. The arrival of Donald Trump in the White House two-and-a-half years ago has emboldened Israel as never before, leaving it free to unleash new waves of brutality in the occupied territories. Western states have not only turned a blind eye to these outrages, but are actively assisting in silencing anyone who dares to speak out.
23:15 [ZeroHedge] (E)
update2: A top Turkish official warns of bigger escalation now that Syrian Army units appear to be heading to besieged Kurdish towns along the border with Turkey. Erdogan aide Yasin Aktay has said "conflict between the two armies" is likely if pro-Assad forces enter the northeast region which has now been abandoned by US troops. * * * update: It`s official, after what appears a major deal between the Kurdish-led SDF and Damascus was struck in the wake of a US exit from the region: "Syrian military forces will be deployed on the border with Turkey by tomorrow morning in certain areas," reports Danny Makki, a well-known war correspondent in Damascus. This as multiple videos have spread online showing pro-Damascus forces entering Manbij:
23:08 [Xinhua] (E)
Syrian army`s move came after reaching an alleged deal with the Kurdish forces on entering the cities of Manbij and Ayn al-Arab, in order to strip Turkey of the pretext to attack Kurish-controlled areas in northern Syria.
18:40 [Fars News Agency] (E)
The US army is evacuating around 1,000 troops from Northern Syria "as safely and quickly as possible", Defense Secretary Mark Esper stated, days after President Donald Trump opened the door for Ankara`s cross-border attack on regions held by Kurdish militias whom Washington called an ally.
10:14 [Al Waght] (E)
Turkey-backed Syrian opposition militias have reportedly seized Ras Al Ain town in northeast Syria as the Turkish operation against the Syrian Kurdish groups entered its fourth day.
9:32 [Fort Russ] (E)
Head of Yemen’s Supreme Revolutionary Committee Mohammad Ali al-Houthi called on the US to “learn from Vietnam” after Washington announced plans to deploy about 2,000 additional troops to Saudi Arabia. An “increase in numbers does not mean victory”, al-Houthi warned in a series of tweets, adding the US should also learn from its “useless wars” in countries such as Yemen and Iraq, PressTV reported. The official vowed that the Yemeni nation would continue its resistance against Saudi Arabia and other countries which are supported by the US in their war on the impoverished nation.
9:27 [Indian Punchline] (E)
There has been widespread criticism in the Beltway that the US is jeopardising its Kurdish partners on the ground and unleashing unpredictable consequences for Syria — and, above all, badly damaged US credibility. Some forewarn that Syrian conflict is intensifying just when the embers were cooling. Some of this criticism may be true. Because, Turkey is vengeful. It has long wanted to move across the border into northern Syria, where it sees the Syrian Kurdish forces or YPG as joined at the hips with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party or PKK, separatists that Turkey considers a terrorist group that has waged an insurgency for decades, and has long put Turkey on edge.
9:05 [Press TV] (E)
Iran`s foreign minister has offered to bring together Syrian Kurds, the Damascus government and Turkey in an effort to establish security along the Turkish-Syrian border.
21:56 [Press TV] (E)
A US military position in northern Syria has come under Turkish artillery fire, almost hitting the outpost where American troops were based in.
9:23 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
Pentagon just announced the deployment of two more fighter squadrons, one air expeditionary wing, two Patriot batteries and one THAAD unit to Saudi Arabia just now, moments before briefing with senior officials. None of which is able to defend Saudi Arabia against another drone or cruise-missile attack.
23:55 [Press TV] (E)
Syria has censured Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s latest remarks concerning his keenness to protect Syrian people and their rights as far from reality, emphasizing that the Damascus government will respond to Turkey’s offensive into the northeastern part of the country through all available legal means.
23:29 [Stalker Zone] (E)
What is going on in Northeast Syria? Has Turkey “invaded” this territory? What is the stance of Russia and the US? Who is to blame for the Kurds’ woes? The text below tackles these questions, and more.
20:19 [Zero Hedge] (E)
Lebanese Arabic news broadcaster Al-Mayadeen is reporting that Russia has begun organizing "reconciliation talks" between Syria and Turkey, in what would be an unprecedented development, given President Erdogan`s position has long been that Turkey won`t negotiate with Damascus so long as Assad is in power.
20:11 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is opening up to the world. It used to be absolutely impossible to get a visa to enter, unless you were a religious pilgrim (therefore officially a Muslim), NATO military personnel, or a businessman or woman, invited by a local company or by the Saudi government. Even if you secured approval, visas were outrageously expensive, costing several hundreds of dollars. The only loophole was a “transit visa” for those who were going to drive from Oman or Bahrain, to Jordan. Tourism was not recognized as a reason to visit the KSA. There were simply no tourist visas issued. Full stop.
19:50 [Press TV] (E)
Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement has offered the Saudi-backed former government a new deal for exchange of prisoners over a week after the popular movement unilaterally released hundreds of detainees.
18:25 [Press TV] (E)
Turkish warplanes and artillery hit northeast Syria on the third day of an incursion that has forced tens of thousands to flee.
18:00 [Iran Info 24] (E)
An Iranian-owned oil tanker was struck by two missiles off the Saudi port of Jeddah on Friday, Iranian state television reported, quoting the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) which owns the vessel. The tanker was set ablaze and suffered heavy damage and was leaking crude about 60 miles (96 km) from Jeddah, according to Iranian media.
13:31 [Zero Hedge] (E)
update3: In his first full statement since the start of Turkish military operations Wednesday morning, which has now witnessed ground forces cross into northeast Syria supported by Turkish F-16 fighter jets, President Trump has slammed the operation as a "bad idea" — but stopped short of calling for a halt to the incursion.
10:07 [Press TV] (E)
9:05 [Indian Punchline] (E)
The US president Donald Trump is not known to practise judo. A few judo techniques he may have got to know from his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, who is a Black Belt. But what Trump has just done to Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan is straight out of a Physics concept in judo. Taking advantage of the opponent’s momentum is a smart judo technique. If he charges at you and you just stood there, he’ll knock you over. But the velocity he’s gaining can be simply used against him by pulling him over, which will cause him to throw himself. You can save yourself a lot of time and energy if you can take advantage of your opponent’s momentum.
20:38 [American Herald Tribune] (E)
On Saturday, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that preparations have been made for a unilateral cross border air and land military operation in the next day or two, in northern Syria, east of the Euphrates River. Erdogan expressed his frustration with Washington’s lack of adherence to a September 30th deadline to establish a thirty-kilometer-deep safe zone on Syria’s northern border.
19:59 [Syria News] (E)
Syrian Economy is one of the targets of the War of Terror waged by the US and company against the Syrian people, did it survive? Western Pentagon propagandists aka Mainstream Media pundits effortlessly try to imply that the US-led War of Terror against the Syrian people, the Syrian state and the Syrian Armed Forces, as a public uprising against dictatorship, couldn’t be any further from the truth. Throughout the past years, we have debunked each statement trying to conceal the heinous role carried out by the USA and its European lackeys, its Gulfies servants, and its regional criminals, under an intensive unprecedented synchronized systematic propaganda, diplomatic, political, and on the streets campaigns.
13:17 [Press TV] (E)
Russia has called for dialogue between the Syrian government and Kurdish forces controlling the country`s northern region amid Washington’s greenlight for Ankara’s upcoming military operation against its Kurdish allies.
13:12 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
This morning U.S. President Donald Trump has a little surprise for the Kurds in Syria: Today, President Donald J. Trump spoke with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey by telephone. Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria. The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial “Caliphate,” will no longer be in the immediate area.
6:49 [Zero Hedge] (E)
As we predicted in the wake of the White House`s late Sunday announcement that “Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria” and that American troops will withdraw from the "immediate area" — this will ensure that the United States` Kurdish proxies in Syria, now in Erdogan`s cross hairs, will quickly do a deal with "the devil we know" — that is, come under the protection of Assad and the Syrian Army. On Monday the commander of the US trained and armed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Mazlum Abdi, indicated just that in a bombshell statement. “We are considering a partnership with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, with the aim of fighting Turkish forces,” he said.
17:47 [Press TV] (E)
A top Kurdish official says the Kurdish forces controlling northern Syria may open talks with Damascus and Russia, after the United States announced it was withdrawing troops from the area in the wake of Ankara’s looming military operation against Kurdish militants from the People`s Protection Units (YPG).
6:59 [Press TV] (E)
Turkey`s foreign minister has assured his Iranian counterpart that Ankara`s military operation in northern Syria, which began on Monday night, is a temporary one.
22:33 [Sic Semper Tyrannis] (E)
The Rojava Kurds should have seen this coming. The US has a long standing tradition of abandoning Kurds. The abandonment is not the worst part of this policy decision. It is the decision to turn over the jihadis captured by US, YPG and SDF forces over the last few years to Turkey... just in time for Erdogan`s announced invasion of northeast Syria.
21:55 [Zero Hedge] (E)
Update 3: A US State Department official told the press that the US is "reviewing" its military position in Syria and that the military won`t do anything to stop the Turks if they follow through with plans of an incursion. Though the US affirms that it retains control over the airspace above northeastern Turkey. Meanwhile, President Trump has chimed in with more tweets, insisting that "Russia & China...loved seeing us bogged down, watching over a quagmire, & spending big dollars to do so." It`s time to "get out of these ridiculous endless wars" and stop spending money on "people who don`t even like the USA. "Just like Trump promised during the campaign, "the endless and ridiculous wars are ENDING!" he insisted. "We will be focused on the big picture...knowing we can always go back & BLAST!"
21:49 [Zero Hedge] (E)
The last four days have shown that the ongoing US-Iran war is acutely affecting the whole region. This is now evident in Iraq where more than 105 people have been killed and thousands wounded in the course of demonstrations that engulfed the capital Baghdad and southern Shia cities including Amara, Nasririyeh, Basrah, Najaf and Karbalaa. Similar demonstrations could erupt in Beirut and other Lebanese cities due to the similarity of economic conditions in the two countries. The critical economic situation in the Middle East offers fertile ground for uprisings that lead to general chaos.
21:17 [SANA] (E)
He added that the US is an occupation frivolous power, and depending on it to guarantee security is useless.
19:43 [Press TV] (E)
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the United States is an "irrelevant occupier in Syria," stressing that peace will be achieved in the war-ravaged country only through respect for its territorial integrity and people.
18:25 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
Syria, uncomfortably and vulnerably, finds itself sandwiched between the Ottoman hammer to the North and the Israeli anvil to the South. Both power houses are, hostile, expansionist and occupy Syrian territory. When one thinks of a ‘safe zone’ along the Syrian-Turkish border on the Syrian side, one is reminded of the American-Mexican border. Both borders face a similar security situation: one state faces security threats emanating from the neighboring state.
9:26 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
BC stands for NEO’s Banned Classic. This article was originally published by our journal on 10.03.15. For some reason, this article is missing from Google search results. Since this article remains pretty relevant to those geopolitical events that are taking place on the geopolitical stage today, we deem it possible to present it to our readers once again. Should it go missing again, you may be confident that you will see it republished by NEO once more, should it still remain relevant by that time.
12:52 [Press TV] (E)
Saudi Arabia says it views the truce announced by Yemen’s Houthis positively, claiming the proposal is something the kingdom has always been seeking.
21:29 [Elija J. Magnier] (E)
Over the years, researchers have copied and parroted inaccurate declassified US intelligence reports on Hezbollah’s sources of income around the world. These documents claim Hezbollah lives off selling smuggled cigarettes and illegally copied CDs or on income generated by selling drugs in Latin America and around the world. The US also accuses Hezbollah of profiting from commercial or business projects abroad and of having bank accounts worldwide. These claims were pretexts for the US to impose sanctions on the group and confiscate foreign accounts that, in reality, did not belong to Hezbollah. When all attempts to curb Hezbollah’s finances failed, a few options remained to the US government.
0:29 [The National Interest] (E)
Saudi authorities have been silent about the Houthi claims of a cross-border raid, but worrying reports are leaking out of the country.
12:34 [Middle East Eye] (E)
The disappearance of Saud al-Qahtani, an important aide of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and a man reportedly involved in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul 11 months ago, is still a mystery. Since Qahtani was sacked following the murder, he is yet to appear in public or post on social media, as he once always did. On 28 August, Oslo-based Palestinian exile and critic of the Saudi regime, Iyad al-Baghdadi, tweeted that he "received news that Saud Al Qahtani (SQ) had been poisoned to death by Mohammed bin Salman. The source is well placed and has been consistently reliable for nearly a year. I cannot publicly reveal anything else about this source".
10:05 [Fort Russ] (E)
Something does not appear right in Saudi Arabia. Although the Wahhabi Kingdom has a technological, demographical and economical advantage over Yemen, it has completely failed to break the Yemeni resistance, headed by the Houthi-led Ansarullah Movement. The Ansarullah Movement has not just been on the defensive against Saudi Arabia’s advancements, but has also taken the fight directly to them despite the Kingdom controlling the seas and the high skies.
23:09 [Syria News] (E)
Kurds in Syria never listened to the advice from all parties, and only submitted to the US and Israel demands, now they’re slowly awakening to the fact that they’ve been used and time to throw them, not even the US will risk a confrontation in the region to defend their dreams. Hailing from the Qandil Mountains, empowered by the US sanctions and later invasion of Iraq, the Kurds first got their no-fly zone over the areas they occupied and later declared their 2nd Israel semi-state when the conditions were favorable.
15:00 [American Herald Tribune] (E)
The most important news coming out of occupied Palestine in the past week was not the blow delivered to Benyamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu or Gantz, it will be business as usual, now that the elections are over: more attacks on Gaza, possibly a large-scale war on Gaza, possibly a war on Lebanon, or Iran, who would know, as Israel always has a profusion of targets. No, the most important news was not the elections but the killing of a Palestinian woman on the west bank, only a few days after a 10-year-old boy, Abd al Rahman Yassir Shtewi, had been shot in the head by a soldier near the northern West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum during a demonstration over the closure of an access road.
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