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November 14, 2013

Syria: Insurgency Infighting, CIA analysis, Hizbullah Involvement

1. The Al Qaeda affiliate ISIS is making more friends in Syria. Two of its folks found a wounded man in his hospital bed and under anesthesia. He was babbling something that the ISIS folks understood to be some Shia religious slogans. They beheaded him and publicly showed off his head (video).

Fighters from the Syrian Sunni-Islamist gang Ahrar ash-Shams, which like ISIS fights against the Syrian government, recognized the chopped off head as having once belonged to one of their fighters, Mohhamad Fares Marroush. They were not amused. How were they supposed to bury him and send him to heaven without the head?

An ISIS sheik admitted that the killing was a mistake but that it should not be punished because the killers had shown good intentions. The Ahrar ash-Sham folks disagree and put out a wanted poster to find and punish the killers.

This will surely boost moral for the next fight both these two groups will be involved in.

2. In other Syria news former VIA agent Philip Giraldi reports that some CIA agents and analysts had threatened to resign over the Sarin use accusations against the Syrian government:

In a scenario unfortunately reminiscent of the lead up to Iraq, the National Security Council tasked the various intelligence agencies to beat the bushes and come up with more corroborative information. Israel obligingly provided what was reported to be interceptions of telephone conversations implicating the Syrian army in the attack, but it was widely believed that the information might have been fabricated by Tel Aviv, meaning that bad intelligence was being used to confirm other suspect information, a phenomenon known to analysts as “circular reporting.” Other intelligence cited in passing by the White House on the trajectories and telemetry of rockets that may have been used in the attack was also somewhat conjectural and involved weapons that were not, in fact, in the Syrian arsenal, suggesting that they were actually fired by the rebels. Also, traces of Sarin were not found in most of the areas being investigated, nor on one of the two rockets identified. Whether the victims of the attack suffered symptoms of Sarin was also disputed, and no autopsies were performed to confirm the presence of the chemical.

We had called the "Sarin attack" on August 21 a false-flag attack immediately after it happened. We also pointed out that the reports of the rocket trajectories and Sarin traces were inconsistent with the conclusions Human Rights Watch and the NYT drew from them. It is somewhat nice to know that the CIA analysts came to the same conclusion.

3. In a speech yesterday Hizbullah chief Nasrallah promised that his forces would keep on fighting in Syria against the Takfiri fighters who kill Shia, Christians and Sunni people alike. As there are little reports over burials of Hizbullah fighters in Lebanon I assume that the numbers involved are rather small but could be increased should the need arise. They will be a welcome addition to the Syrian army's numbers and capabilities.

Posted by b on November 14, 2013 at 10:30 AM | Permalink

Comments

I note that blogger Brown Moses has gone pretty silent over the Sarin attack issue. Nobody is insisting any more that it had to be Asad.

Posted by: alexno | Nov 14, 2013 10:56:09 AM | 1

Nobody, Alexno, except Obama, who is still on record as having told the UN that the evidence that Assad was to blame was overwhelming.
Obama's eagerness to regurgitate fabricated and "stovepiped" propaganda greatly exceeds W's. Bush after all was just a crude dilettante just as happy setting cats afire or torturing squirrels. Obama strikes me as being a total professional spook, born and bred CIA. A true believer in death squads and torture.

Posted by: bevin | Nov 14, 2013 11:58:25 AM | 2

Another item worth mentioning is the announcement of a Kurdish government in northeast Syria:

The main Kurdish militia, run by the Democratic Union Party, known by its Kurdish-language abbreviation, P.Y.D., declared Tuesday that it was setting up provisional self-rule centered on the provincial capital of Qamishli, near the Turkish border.

For months, fighting in the area has been less a contest between the government and rebels than a struggle for power and territory between Kurdish fighters and insurgent groups dominated by Sunni Arab Islamists, who have clashed in deadly battles.

Posted by: Mike Maloney | Nov 14, 2013 12:04:48 PM | 3

I have a bad feeling about Giraldi, or not perhaps about him personally but about the whole system of 'ex' CIA dudes who somehow keep getting desirable (and predictable) inside gen from their ex honchos.

Thinking back I remember that when AntiWar.com were suppressing the stories about western support for the Syrian rebels, Giraldi tried to get them to cover it, but he didn't try very hard. The only person of any consequence in our dear little blogosphere who made a fuss about it was Sibel Edmonds, who received in response an absolutely hilarious series of tweets from Antiwar.com news manager Angela Keaton, accusing her of being an anti-Semite.

Posted by: Rowan Berkeley | Nov 14, 2013 12:19:12 PM | 5

2) Bevin is right on - According to Wayne Madsen, Obama is most likely a 3rd generation Spook. Yikes. Born & bread to be CIA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvJ3lRElnEo

Posted by: hilmi Hakim | Nov 14, 2013 12:26:56 PM | 6

5) Rowan - I guess you have to walk a fine line when you are X-CIA. Thats understandable.

Posted by: hilmi Hakim | Nov 14, 2013 12:29:42 PM | 7

re 2 Nobody, Alexno, except Obama, who is still on record as having told the UN that the evidence that Assad was to blame was overwhelming.

I was talking about the way things have been going recently, not whether the big O. is still on record.

Posted by: alexno | Nov 14, 2013 12:30:10 PM | 8

According to Wayne Madsen

words to chill the very soul of any intelligent person

Might as well say

"According to this very probable CIA Disinformation conduit

Mr Madsen occasionally gets things right so that some people will continue to listen to him. That way he can continue feed you more bullshit

I'm not disputing anything said about Obomber being a 3-G spook, but using WM as a source is at best misguided. At best.

Posted by: foff | Nov 14, 2013 12:48:26 PM | 9

I guess Mr foff has inside info on who is and who is not a cia disinfo agent.
What is exactly the logic behind Wayne Madsen exposing Obama as a 3-G Spook when he is himself a disinfo agent?

Posted by: hilmi Hakim | Nov 14, 2013 1:03:44 PM | 10

"Mr Madsen occasionally gets things right so that some people will continue to listen to him. That way he can continue feed you more bullshit..."

That's the logic. One interesting "fact" from Madsen's revelation was that Obama's grandfather's infantry unit was posted to France in 1942.
It must have had very good camouflage.

Posted by: bevin | Nov 14, 2013 1:57:07 PM | 11

Wayne Madsen has one very substantial problem from my point of view, which is that his stories go out on his own private, commercial newsletter, so only those who pay for them are permitted to read them. The result, in general, is that his most sensational claims get repeated on public websites without any context. The whole system of private newsletters and restricted reproduction means that it is impossible to assess his stories in an objective way. One might even say that subscribers, having paid the money, have a vested interest in believing every word he writes.

Madsen wrote this particular story three years ago, and it went into the public domain immediately, on a rather obscure blog called Opinion Maker, which probably lifted it from his newsletter and published it without authorisation. It appeared in three parts: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. If it's more convenient, I have it here, all in one piece: Obama's CIA Parents. I described it at the time as "fairly tight by Madsen standards," which is not an unmixed compliment. Frequently I complain that his stories are merely webs of suggestive coincidences, without any evidence of substance.

Posted by: Rowan Berkeley | Nov 14, 2013 2:01:56 PM | 12

I guess Mr foff has inside info on who is and who is not a cia disinfo agent.
What is exactly the logic behind Wayne Madsen exposing Obama as a 3-G Spook when he is himself a disinfo agent?

Posted by: hilmi Hakim | Nov 14, 2013 1:03:44 PM | 10

OK, I'll repeat the logic for you a 2nd time because you seem to have some problems following it despite it being clearly stated in plain english.

Here it is once more, ready now: "Mr Madsen occasionally gets things right so that some people will continue to listen to him. That way he can continue feed you more bullshit"

BTW: I don't need "inside info" to label "Ex"-Spook Wayne Madsen as a Dis-Info agent. I have merely observed his behavior over the past 10 yrs or so since I first heard of the man, and concluded the obvious.

There is no "ex" in "Spook"

Posted by: foff | Nov 14, 2013 2:39:46 PM | 13

As there are little reports over burials of Hizbullah fighters in Lebanon I assume that the numbers involved are rather small but could be increased should the need arise.

There is alternative proposition - it's always seemed to me that Hezbollah learn the lessons of their fighting quickly - perhaps the reason there are few Hezbollah burials is that they have successfully "cracked" urban fighting so few of their number are dying while killing more of the opposition. As a result, Hezbollah and probably the Syrian Army as well are building up cadres of highly skilled fighters while the opposition are having to rely increasingly on inexperienced new recruits, and with the growing hostility between the various rebel factions, things will only get worse. Furthermore, there was an urgency about the fighting in Qusair that might have resulted in higher Hezbollah casualties. Now that the Syrian government is in a stronger position, Hezbollah can afford to take more time to invest enemy held towns and then reduce them.

Posted by: blowback | Nov 14, 2013 3:10:17 PM | 14

', but it was widely believed that the information might have been fabricated by Tel Aviv,

now why would the Chosen People do a thing like that?

Posted by: brian | Nov 14, 2013 4:01:59 PM | 15

@1
IF MOSES SUPPOSES HIS TOESES ARE ROSES, then Moses supposes erroneously

Posted by: brian | Nov 14, 2013 4:03:15 PM | 16

Posted by: bevin | Nov 14, 2013 11:58:25 AM | 2

No Obama is just a tool...not always as pliant as the tool makers would wish, hence the outrage in Tel Aviv

Posted by: brian | Nov 14, 2013 4:04:46 PM | 17

accusing her of being an anti-Semite.

Posted by: Rowan Berkeley | Nov 14, 2013 12:19:12 PM | 5


its hard for an honest person to be a pro-semite, these days

Posted by: brian | Nov 14, 2013 4:08:55 PM | 18

Posted by: foff | Nov 14, 2013 2:39:46 PM | 13


a commentator with no name just a nom-de-keyboard calls Madsen a spook with an attitude of 'Trust me'

whacko! if theres any spook it could just as well be foff

Posted by: brian | Nov 14, 2013 4:10:59 PM | 19

'words to chill the very soul of any intelligent person

@9

is it just that foff is not very intelligent but plenty rancorous/suspicious, or is he a spook sowing discord?

Posted by: brian | Nov 14, 2013 4:12:56 PM | 20

Calm down brian.

Madsen is an "ex"-spook, brian. Navy intel and NSA apparently.

And clearly brian, according to you, anyone that dares point out that simple fact is obviously a spook.

Brilliant deduction, brian

Posted by: foff | Nov 14, 2013 5:06:00 PM | 21

Posted by: foff | Nov 14, 2013 5:06:00 PM | 21

Madsen once worked for what was then the Naval Security Group, the signals intelligence branch of the U.S. Navy, which was under the operational control of NSA.

I was once an officer in the Naval Security Group myself. I know I no longer work for the Navy or NSA, nor am I under their control in any sense. I'm sure NSA thoroughly disapproves of a lot that I post on the Internet.

John Newman, author of Oswald and the CIA, is a retired officer of Army Intelligence. I doubt if they approve of what he writes. Dogulas Horne, author of Inside the Assassination Records Review Board, is a retired Navy officer. I doubt if the Pentagon or the intelligence community approves of what he writes.

There must be many other examples.

Since I know your "There's no such thing as an ex-spook" doesn't apply to me, why should I believe it applies to Madsen?

Posted by: lysias | Nov 14, 2013 5:59:26 PM | 22

Believe what you like

Posted by: foff | Nov 14, 2013 6:51:30 PM | 23

Btw re 22

I neither know nor care who any of those people are.

Madsen's work/output i DO know. Wayne Madsen is about as reliable as Jayson Blair, or cj chivers

Posted by: foff | Nov 14, 2013 6:56:23 PM | 24

@23
i think it is fine to believe what you like.. i think it's a problem when one tries to convince others to believe a particular way.. folks come to their position on their own, any number of ways..

Posted by: james | Nov 14, 2013 9:13:19 PM | 25

Posted by: foff | Nov 14, 2013 5:06:00 PM | 21

your attack on Madsen is what id expect form a real spook

what you wrote:
Mr Madsen occasionally gets things right so that some people will continue to listen to him. That way he can continue feed you more bullshit

I'm not disputing anything said about Obomber being a 3-G spook, but using WM as a source is at best misguided. At best.

Posted by: foff | Nov 14, 2013 12:48:26 PM | 9

===================

foff is off to a bad start by getting it wrong with Madsen, then acting as if he did nothing wrong. Character assassination based on an opinion of a man you dont like is not promising for your career in investigative journalism

Posted by: brian | Nov 14, 2013 9:15:57 PM | 26

Madsen's work/output i DO know. Wayne Madsen is about as reliable as Jayson Blair, or cj chivers

Posted by: foff | Nov 14, 2013 6:56:23 PM | 24

Madsen has proven more reliable than Blair CJ or foff combined

Posted by: brian | Nov 14, 2013 9:16:55 PM | 27

Believe what you like

Posted by: foff | Nov 14, 2013 6:51:30 PM | 23

you do

Posted by: brian | Nov 14, 2013 9:17:20 PM | 28

Youre an idiot

Posted by: foff | Nov 14, 2013 9:23:00 PM | 29

It is somewhat nice to know that the CIA analysts came to the same conclusion.

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Don't forget Mint Press and Ray McGovern's plagiarism of Yossef Bodansky. Those were authoritative voices as well.

Posted by: Louis Proyect | Nov 14, 2013 10:42:06 PM | 30

@alexno (1)
A week ago Brown Moses posted about the gas attacks, a guest post to claim that the Sarin was most likely produced by the government. However, imo, it was roundly rebutted by the whoghouta blog.

Posted by: a swedish kind of death | Nov 15, 2013 4:31:26 AM | 31

Posted by: Louis Proyect | Nov 14, 2013 10:42:06 PM | 30

the devil himself has arrived ....Louis prefers straight forward lies in the service of USaudiraels war on secular syria to plagiarising....Marx must be turning in his grave!

Posted by: brian | Nov 15, 2013 4:32:29 AM | 32

Louis must be monitoring this site...not for information, but to see how far it deviates from imperial propaganda on syria

Posted by: brian | Nov 15, 2013 4:34:16 AM | 33

Don't forget Mint Press and Ray McGovern's plagiarism of Yossef Bodansky. Those were authoritative voices as well. Posted by: Louis Proyect | Nov 14, 2013 10:42:06 PM | 30
On Nov 2, the Whoghouta collective produced what seems to be an authoritative summary of evidence that the Ghouta attack was rebel sourced. In their section, "Refuted Supporting Evidence," they deal with the MintPress story as follows:
( Claim:) Local activists admitted that the poisoning was a result of an accident involving chemicals brought from Saudi Arabia. (Refutation:) A close reading of the text indicates the locals are most likely referring to another accident and the reporter heavily edited their quotes to make it seem related.
This is sad for Dale Gavlak and Yahya Ababneh, who this would imply, ruined their careers for nothing. But there it is. Now turning to Yossef Bodansky's stories, here and here, I find him a very interesting contradiction. Yossef Bodansky is a USraeli who served as Director of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare of the US House of Representatives from 1988 to 2004. He is well-known as one of the few hard-core zionist operatives in the USraeli intelligence world who insists that AQ and the Iranians are in cahoots. Unlike the Israeli elite in general, Bodansky cannot bear the idea of an AQ-ruled Middle East. So he is breaking ranks here. But the general drift of his stories and also on the Whoghouta group is that, rather than Bandar Bush suddenly parachuting in with ready-made sarin, we're looking at a laborious domestic process using materials smuggled in from Turkey (and this chemicals smuggling is still going on, by the way).

Posted by: Rowan Berkeley | Nov 15, 2013 5:12:35 AM | 34

@34
'A close reading of the text indicates the locals are most likely referring to another accident and the reporter heavily edited their quotes to make it seem related.'

dodgeball: 'A close reading of the text' how is this supposed to be a refutation?


so who is the 'collective'? attacks on the Mintpress story tell us it evoked outrage on the part of those most concerned Assad be blamed.

another eg of damage control

Posted by: brian | Nov 15, 2013 8:48:03 AM | 35

Excellent report exposing the BBC propaganda documentary in which a faked video was used!! Two facts to add to it;

1) Dr Roula's father is a SNC member! The BBC chose NOT to reveal her connection to the opposition, so the evident conflict of interests does not undermine its propaganda report!

2) The BBC reporter responsible for this fabricated "Napalm" report was awarded for his extraordinary anti Syrian govt propaganda with an Emmy award!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvyG7-jnmL0&feature=share

Posted by: brian | Nov 15, 2013 9:02:08 AM | 36

"Their Arabic was nonexistent; their English fractured. They consulted with one another in Albanian." “I’ve seen Chechens, Norwegians, Belgians and even a guy who said he was Somali but who spoke in a thick Birmingham accent. These fighters are coming from everywhere.”
http://world.time.com/2013/11/14/jihad-for-beginners-westerners-fighting-with-al-qaeda-in-syria/

Posted by: brian | Nov 15, 2013 9:13:20 AM | 37

@37 It sounds like the KLA, which would tie in with the kidney harvesting stories. Much more convenient for Israel's dealers in body parts to get the goods fresh from just over the border.

Posted by: bevin | Nov 15, 2013 9:37:15 AM | 38

@34

If you follow the links from teh summary you get the following:

Who Attacked Ghouta?: Evidence Contradicting a Regime Attack

The Mint Press Story This story, which received wide attention, contains excerpts from interviews with three rebel sources and claims the Ghouta poisoning was a result of an accidental explosion that released chemical agents brought from Saudi Arabia.

Even if we ignore the mini-scandal surrounding its publication, this report raises some serious doubts:
  1. The quotes seem to indicate aggressive cherry picking, with very short excerpts followed by extensive commentary.
  2. When read alone, the quotes only tell the story of unidentified munitions received from Saudi Arabia which were handled improperly and exploded.
  3. The first quote implying chemical weapons mentions the weapons as containing: "a huge gas bottle". This is not indicative of a chemical weapon. Gas containers are specifically known to be used as regular explosive charges.
  4. The second (and last) quote implying chemical weapons is “We didn’t know they were chemical weapons. We never imagined they were chemical weapons”. This is mentioned in a context that implies that the weapons were later revealed to be chemical, but when examined by itself there is no indication that this was indeed the original context.
  5. The only location information given is 'Ghouta', which includes areas very far from the chemical attack in Zamalka.
  6. Eyewitnesses consistently report multiple rockets hitting the area immediately before the poisoning, which does not match the single explosion story.
A likely explanation is that some explosives accident occurred some time before the chemical attack, possibly not even near Zamalka, and the reporter heavily edited interviews relating to the incident to seem indicative of a chemical weapons accident.

So until other evidence emerges it seems like this story does not provide any evidence contradicting a regime attack.

Posted by: a swedish kind of death | Nov 15, 2013 10:35:15 AM | 39

CNN is reporting the mistaken decapitation story off of its front page Link to CNN^

Looks like the embargo on rebel atrocity stories is now officially over.

Posted by: ToivoS | Nov 15, 2013 2:35:53 PM | 40

@39

Add to that that one of the named reporters almost immediately disowned the story and the other, when people went hunting for him, was found to have been most recently busying himself as a paid Pro-Israel media-propagandist.

The whole mint press debacle stinks to high heaven. Perhaps mint press merely got conned by the use of Dale Gavlaks name in the byline but it doesn't seem likely, considering that they refused to remove her name despite being requested to do so. Perhaps Gavlak herself was the one trying to pull a fast one on mint press? Certainly hard to tell on the few facts available.

One suspicion is that it was what is known in "conspiracy" circles as a "limited hang out", useful for keeping other (state)entity's names OUT of the news.

Posted by: foff | Nov 15, 2013 7:00:47 PM | 41

Not that I expect the local numero uno mint press fanboi to admit that he got conned by that story.

I suspect he got conned so easily becasue his well-deserved hatred for the Saudi's blinded him to the fact the he had ceased to apply any critical thinking

Posted by: foff | Nov 15, 2013 7:16:41 PM | 42

http://eng.news.kremlin.ru/news/6277/print

Telephone conversation with President of Syria Bashar al-Assad

14 November 2013, 17:00

At Russian initiative President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the Syrian Arab Republic Bashar al-Assad.

Vladimir Putin devoted special attention to the efforts Russia and its partners have made to prepare for the Geneva II international conference. He also endorsed Bashar al-Assad’s readiness to send a Syrian government delegation to the event. The hope was expressed that Syria’s main opposition groups will adopt a constructive approach to the conference and participate in it.

The two leaders also talked about work by international inspectors to oversee the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons. The President of Russia expressed his satisfaction with the way Syrian authorities have been cooperating with the UN-OPCW [Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons] mission.

A great deal of attention was paid to the humanitarian situation in Syria. Vladimir Putin expressed his concern about reports of extremists targeting Christian and other religious minorities for persecution. He also expressed his hope that the government of the Syrian Arab Republic will do everything it can to alleviate the suffering of the civilian population and restore interfaith peace.

Bashar al-Assad thanked the Russian government for its assistance and support to the Syrian people.

Parties confirmed their mutual interest in further developing bilateral relations.


and, another "revelation" by imperial press:

EXCLUSIVE - Assad allies profit from Syria's lucrative food trade
http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/11/15/syria-food-idINDEE9AE06T20131115

all of the sudden the Reuters is in anti-coruption business. The founder of the house is rolling in its grave. Out of curiosity, who supposed to be importer/dealmaker of the foodstuff in Syria, Cargil or the like companies from the west? Funny.

Posted by: neretva'43 | Nov 15, 2013 7:54:05 PM | 43

Shamtimes.net- The Syrian Arab Army have killed some members and arrested the remainder of the terrorist gang responsible for the brutal murder of Walaa Yousef and her family. Walaa, a community volunteer, was murdered along with her father, mother and two of her sisters- both university students, when their house in Northern Damascus was stormed by members of the FSA. Her 5 year-old brother was able to escape.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151845578328884&set=a.426261888883.217436.512573883&type=1&theater

Posted by: brian | Nov 15, 2013 9:46:49 PM | 44

@43 Great article, if only as a specimen of cynical US propaganda "journalism". Only Reuters could bizarrely try to reduce the efforts of a besieged country to feed its people as "the regime's efforts to defeat the armed opposition".

As for the importers making $3 million dollars off of 100,000 tons of wheat (if we can believe Reuters "unidentified sources" which I seriously doubt, and assuming that some of that money doesn't go towards the actual shipping or other costs), that's about 10% mark up at $300 a ton... so let's see:

If 100,000 tons of wheat = 3,200,000,000 lbs of flour, and 20.4 oz of flour = 2 lb loaf of bread, thats 156,862,745 loaves of bread. Let's forget about how much that might cost you for a second. That 28 lbs of bread for every Syrian in one shipment - assuming my math landed somewhere in the solar system, thats probably enough bread to last a person month...if all you eat is bread. Can we assume that 1/3 of an average Syrian's diet might be bread? That's 4 shipments a year. $12 million in profit (again, if we can believe a word that drips out of these known liars).

So $12 million in a year is "Big Returns"? I mean, I'm no defender of profit margins during wartime (hell, anytime), but even if we can believe this $12 million in a year, I mean that's fucking pocket *lint* compared to the $500 gallons of gas or the untold billions in mercenary contracts the US war profiteers were making in Afghanistan and Iraq, huh?

Though we might debate wether Syria may have opened the door to some of its current problems had it not gone in for a bout of neoliberal austerity in the mid-2000s, this seems like a fitting place to note that, even if some money is being made on the shipments, the people are spared at least some of the cost for the bread due to the wartime Syrian food subsidies. Daily Star.

So I wonder how much a subsidy a US soldier got for a Big Mac™ at Camp Liberty(™?)? Probably not much, but still probably less screwed than the US tax payer got done by all those (Dante-worthy) levels of sub-contracting that went on during the wars.

The blind stupidity of American journalism really just knows no bounds.

US war profiteering:
http://www.alternet.org/story/41083/the_10_most_brazen_war_profiteers
http://original.antiwar.com/vlahos/2013/01/07/war-profiteers-still-finishing-first/

All kinds of stuff about bread and wheat:
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Converting_pounds_of_flour_into_pounds_of_bread
http://www.indexmundi.com/commodities/?commodity=wheat
http://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=144788

Posted by: guest77 | Nov 15, 2013 10:07:25 PM | 45

oops. 100,000 tons of wheat = 3,200,000,000 oz of flour

The math isn't wrong, just the unit.

And forgot to close the tag. Poor showing.

Posted by: guest77 | Nov 15, 2013 10:10:00 PM | 46

Getting the Chechens directly involved in Syria was probably the best way to be sure the Russians would NEVER drop Asad! Poor Gulf idiots. Hopeless.

http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/syrian-rebels-pounded-regime-offensive-aleppo-homs-damascus-salah-salameh-leaders-largest-aleppo-militia-wounded/

Posted by: Mina | Nov 16, 2013 3:45:46 AM | 47

@guest77

No idea why are converting all this, particularly in an ounces. Either you work for the UNHCR they give a people food on ounces and grams, or you are in a gold business.

Posted by: neretva'43 | Nov 16, 2013 10:37:06 AM | 48

@ 48

yeah I wondered about that too - especially when one considers that it's actually METRIC Tonnes, which is simply 1000 kilograms, which makes the mathematics real easy, for most people anyhoo. Having once worked for a grain merchant I remember that wheat/flour conversion is approx 0.75.

So one would get approx 750 grams of flour for every Kilo of wheat.

His mathematics is definitely wrong.

good thing he's not working on something important like a Space Shuttle. :-D

Maybe he didn't want to use Metric cos The NAZI's Used Metric !!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: foff | Nov 16, 2013 11:34:00 AM | 49

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