Syria

“At Least She Isn’t Trump”

Watching Trump speak all I kept thinking is his lack of a foreign policy is still less George W Bush-like than Hillary Clinton. The Democrat. Who “sensible” people will vote for. Literally wants to repeat the Iraq War in Syria. Still. Even after ISIS. Still wants to overthrow the secular government. Still wants to surround Russia and place more missiles in Eastern Europe.

Stay Home America 2016

Washington To Arm Syrian Rebels With The Ability To Call In US Air Strikes

Dennis Kucinich in 2013 when interviewed about US aid to Syrian “moderate” rebels: “So what, we’re about to become Al Qaeda’s air force now?” It’s official.

The US is planning to train some 5000 Syrian fighters a year under the plan as part of an effort to strengthen the fractured rebel movement against the government of President Bashar al-Assad and extremist groups.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the initial training would focus on helping rebels hold ground and resist fighters allied with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil).

 The first training sessions are to last between six and eight weeks. The training will focus on helping the rebel forces hold territory and counter Islamic State fightersnot to take on the Syrian army.

 Four to six-man units will be equipped with rugged Toyota Hilux vehicles, GPS and radios so they can identify targets for airstrikes. “The way we envision it, it would be very similar to Kobane,” a senior military official told the newspaper.

So the ousting of Bashar al-Assad from Syria on behalf of Saudi Arabia, Israel, Qatar and their oil pipeline interests is more important than NOT aiding rebels groups allied with ISIS and Al Qeada (or Al Nusra), or aiding rebel groups that will hand over these weapons to these groups. The vetting process for these “moderate” rebels is a jokes and has been debunked multiple times.

This is treason. The butchers of New York, the planners and cheerleaders of 9/11 are now given the power to call in American B-1B bombers.

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Crash in Oil Prices Not a Result of Market Forces

Zerohedge explains how the crash in oil prices was entirely about the Saudis, Syria, an oil pipeline and Russia’s support for Assad.

back then we wrote about a certain visit by John Kerry to Saudi Arabia, on September 11 of all days, to negotiate a secret deal with the now late King Abdullah so as to get a “green light” in order “to launch its airstrikes against ISIS, or rather, parts of Iraq and Syria. And, not surprising, it is once again Assad whose fate was the bargaining chip to get the Saudis on the US’ side, because in order to launch the incursion into Syrian sovereign territory, it “took months of behind-the-scenes work by the U.S. and Arab leaders, who agreed on the need to cooperate against Islamic State, but not how or when. The process gave the Saudis leverage to extract a fresh U.S. commitment to beef up training for rebels fighting Mr. Assad, whose demise the Saudis still see as a top priority.

In comes Russia. From the NYT:

“If oil can serve to bring peace in Syria, I don’t see how Saudi Arabia would back away from trying to reach a deal,” a Saudi diplomat said. An array of diplomatic, intelligence and political officials from the United States and Middle East spoke on the condition of anonymity to adhere to protocols of diplomacy….
..Any weakening of Russian support for Mr. Assad could be one of the first signs that the recent tumult in the oil market is having an impact on global statecraft. Saudi officials have said publicly that the price of oil reflects only global supply and demand, and they have insisted that Saudi Arabia will not let geopolitics drive its economic agenda. But they believe that there could be ancillary diplomatic benefits to the country’s current strategy of allowing oil prices to stay low — including a chance to negotiate an exit for Mr. Assad….
….”Russia has been one of the Syrian president’s most steadfast supporters, selling military equipment to the government for years to bolster Mr. Assad’s forces in their battle against rebel groups, including the Islamic State, and supplying everything from spare parts and specialty fuels to sniper training and helicopter maintenance.”

The pipeline I mentioned at the start is the one proposed by the Saudis, Qataris and their ally, the US. With support from Jordan and Israel, it would pump Middle Eastern oil directly to Europe, cutting Russia out of the European energy supply game. Geopolitics at its best.

Even ISIS Understands What “Fiat Currency” Does to an Economy

SIS wants to introduce its own currency and plans to bring back solid gold and silver dinar coins, it has emerged.

The Middle East terror group apparently wants to introduce its own Islamic currency as part of its attempts to solidify its makeshift caliphate.

Militants are said to want to bring back the original dinar, which is an ancient currency from early Islam, and religious figures in Mosul and Iraq’s Nineveh province have apparently announced its return in mosques.

ISIS apparently wants to introduce its own currency and plans to bring back gold and silver dinar coins (above)

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FBI CHIEF SCAREMONGERS ABOUT THE “KHORASAN GROUP”

The head of the same government organization that missing & failed miserably on 9/11 is telling the American people to be fearful of an attack from the State Department’s new boogieman, The Khorasan Group. Although Comey believes something will happen maybe sometime on a day ending in D-A-Y, he admits that “they don’t know whether they plan to attack “tomorrow or three weeks or three months from now.”

Please make sure you arrive at your departing airports and bus stations an extra hour early.

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What Happened to the “Khorasan” Threat?

I guess the Pentagon got it’s airstrikes in Syria and now the “threat” used as pretext for them isn’t needed anymore:

“As the Obama Administration prepared to bomb Syria without congressional or U.N. authorization, it faced two problems. The first was the difficulty of sustaining public support for a new years-long war against ISIS, a group that clearly posed no imminent threat to the “homeland.” A second was the lack of legal justification for launching a new bombing campaign with no viable claim of self-defense or U.N. approval.

The solution to both problems was found in the wholesale concoction of a brand new terror threat that was branded “The Khorasan Group.” After spending weeks depicting ISIS as an unprecedented threat — too radical even for Al Qaeda! — administration officials suddenly began spoon-feeding their favorite media organizations and national security journalists tales of a secret group that was even scarier and more threatening than ISIS, one that posed a direct and immediate threat to the American Homeland. Seemingly out of nowhere, a new terror group was created in media lore.”

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Same can be said about the “Save the Yezidis” campaign that crashed and burned once it was revealed that:

1) There weren’t hundreds of thousands of Yezidis stuck on a mountain.

2) They didn’t want to leave. They lived there.

3) It wasn’t ISIS, but their Sunni neighbors that were attacking them.

None of this means the campaign didn’t do it’s job. The majority of the American people saw the headlines on CNN and that was enough to convince them (along with a beheading) that America HAD to come to the aid of the poor Yezidis. This is one of the ethnic groups which only found themselves in danger once the 2003 invasion took place and any stability in the country was aborted.

This Proposed Qatar Pipeline Has Nothing to Do with America’s Anti-Assad Stance

Zerohedge included the map below is a great article about Qatar’s hand in the US gun-running operation in Syria on behalf of those “moderate” rebels. Now what ever could Qatar’s rich oil families gain from a Assad-less Syria?

The picture above is a proposed pipeline project by the oil-rich Middle East nation of Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and most importantly, The United States and its European allies. Looking at it for a few seconds, you can see it runs through Syria. Yes, the same Syria that the United States, Europe, Israel and the Sunni monarchies in the area have been trying to destabilize for over three years now. Some say longer. Israeli policy from 1996 places the overthrowing of Assad near the top of the wish list. Right below Iraq and Libya.

The pipeline is suppose to continue north through Turkey and into Ukraine. Another conflict zone rich with natural gas and other energy resources (Coal for example).

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Following the timeline and proposed pipeline maps, it’s easy to see the battle over the control of the world’s energy resources has reached a new arch.

On one side you have the US & the West. Hoping to expand NATO eastward, politicians and the corporations that own them are positioning themselves to take control and profit from the new oil & gas routes from the tip of Qatar to as north as Sweden.

On the other side is Russia. Fighting for it’s control over the vast reserves of natural gas in Eastern Ukraine and its hold on exports of gas to Europe and North Africa. It’s military backing Syria is not a surprise, the map at the beginning of this article illustrates that. On the other side of the Middle East, it’s relationship with Iran is clearly based partly on it’s shared pipeline of natural gas and Iran’s access to the Persian Gulf.

It’s not hard people.

Al Qaeda Takes Iraq’s 2nd Largest City

Al Qaeda’s splinter group, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham took control of Mosul on Tuesday. Mosul is a northern Iraqi city on the Tigris River. ISIS has invaded much of northern Iraq over the last year, getting as close to Baghdad as Fallujah. As AP describes, Mosul is more important to the state of Iraq than Fallujah for example:

The city and surrounding Ninevah province, which is on the doorstep of Iraq’s relatively prosperous Kurdish region, are a major export route for Iraqi oil and a gateway to Syria.

 The “gateway to Syria” comment is most interesting. Al Qaeda rebels in Syria have received backing from the US in their fight against Assad. Not surprisingly, weapons and fighters from this “front” have moved freely between eastern Syria and northwestern Iraq. US intervention in the Syrian conflict has a direct effect on the success of ISIS’s fight in Iraq. Photos received by media outlets show that captured Humvees are popping up in Syria, where ISIS is also fighting.

At the same time, the US has supplied the Iraq government with arms over the last year to fight ISIS. Drones, helicopters and conventional arms have been sold so far. The same AP report stated that US black hawk helicopters sold to the Iraqi government were seized by ISIS at the Mosul airport.

 In an even more upsetting development, the Iraq central bank branch in Mosul was seized. The bank contained 500 billion Iraqi dinars, or $429 million dollars.This makes ISIS (and in essence Al Qaeda) the wealthiest terrorist group in the world. The following chart lists the (richest terror factions in the world as of 2011):

Richest Terror Factions in the World (as of 2011)

1) Taliban – $70m – $400m

2) Hezbollah $200m – $500m ($120m from Iran)

3) Farc – $80m – $350m

4) Hamas – $70m

5) Al-Shabaab – $70m – 100m

Source: Money Jihad

Below is a map from ZeroHedge showing ISIS controlled areas of Iraq:

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Militants Allied with Syrian and Yemenis Caught Planning “Major” Terror Plot on Saudi Arabia Regime

Al Arabiya is reporting that the Interior Ministry of Saudi Arabia has “dismantled” a major terror plot with links to “elements” in Syria and Yemen. These elements included having “direct” contact with the ISIS or Islamist State of Iraq and Syria.

The Interior Ministry stated that the attacks were plotted against “government facilities and foreign interests”.

According to a ministry statement, 62 suspected members of the group – among them three foreigners; a Palestinian, a Yemeni and a Pakistani – were arrested.
 
Among the Saudi detainees, there are 35 who had previously been detained on security-related allegations and released, it said.
 
Members of the organization have “links with extremist elements in Syria and Yemen,” it said, adding that authorities are still hunting down 44 others whose names have been submitted to Interpol.

 
The tribal population of Saudi Arabia and Yemen have for a long time blamed the ruling family of Saudi Arabia as much as they blame the U.S. and Israel for the occupation and exportation of the Arab World.

After a wave of deadly al-Qaeda attacks in the kingdom between 2003 and 2006, Saudi authorities cracked down on the local branch of the group founded by the late Osama bin Laden, himself Saudi-born.

Members of that group went on to merge with Yemeni militants to form al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which is based in Yemen and seen as one of the network’s most formidable affiliates.

The government that original pushed to start civil war in Syria, is now getting its newest round of blowback.

Hilary Clinton, The Warhawk Democrat Candidate

Steve Chapman over at Reason has a great piece on the “front-runner” for 2016 on the Democrat side of the ticket. Chapman breaks down Hilary’s past war-loving ways.

 Like the Iraq invasion:

 

“Unlike Obama, Clinton supported the Iraq invasion. In the months before the war, she defended Bush’s handling of Saddam Hussein in a way calculated to make her look presidential. “I know a little bit about what it’s like on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, making these difficult decisions,” she confided””.

 And the Afghanistan “Surge”:

“In Afghanistan, she favored a bigger troop surge than the one Obama eventually approved, and again, she wanted American forces to leave later rather than sooner. The earlier departure, she warned the president, “would signal we were abandoning Afghanistan,” Defense Secretary Robert Gates wrote in his memoirs.”

 Let’s not forget Libya of course:

 

“The civil war in Libya was just another chance to do that. While Gates was highlighting the dangers of getting pulled into the conflict, Clinton was dying to scratch her chronically itchy trigger finger. A big reason the president eventually agreed to bomb Libyan targets was that, as Gates pointed out, Clinton was pushing him so hard in that direction.”

 Most recently, arming Al-Qeada in Syria:

 

“When an insurgency erupted there, Time magazine’s Michael Crowley reports, “she teamed up with CIA Director David Petraeus to devise a plan to arm and train moderate rebel factions”—a plan similar to what John McCain was demanding. This time, though, Obama decided the risks were too great.”

Here is a nice article about those very rebels crucifying people in Syria.

 She also is a great proponent of “pre-emptive” strikes on Iran:

 

“Going back to 2007, she has stressed the option of launching airstrikes to keep Tehran from getting the bomb. Like most in her camp, she acts as though a pre-emptive attack would be quick and easy—instead of being the opening round of a war that would not stick to her script any more than Iraq stuck to Bush’s.”

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