Moon of Alabama Brecht quote
April 08, 2016

U.S. Delivers 3,000 Tons Of Weapons And Ammo To Al-Qaeda & Co in Syria

The United States via its Central Intelligence Agency is still delivering thousands of tons of additional weapons to al-Qaeda and others in Syria.

The British military information service Janes found the transport solicitation for the shipment on the U.S. government website Janes writes:

The FBO has released two solicitations in recent months looking for shipping companies to transport explosive material from Eastern Europe to the Jordanian port of Aqaba on behalf of the US Navy's Military Sealift Command.

Released on 3 November 2015, the first solicitation sought a contractor to ship 81 containers of cargo that included explosive material from Constanta in Bulgaria to Aqaba.
The cargo listed in the document included AK-47 rifles, PKM general-purpose machine guns, DShK heavy machine guns, RPG-7 rocket launchers, and 9K111M Faktoria anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) systems. The Faktoria is an improved version of the 9K111 Fagot ATGW, the primary difference being that its missile has a tandem warhead for defeating explosive reactive armour (ERA) fitted to some tanks.

The Janes author tweeted the full article (copy here).

One ship with nearly one thousand tons of weapons and ammo left Constanta in Romania on December 5. The weapons are from Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania. It sailed to Agalar in Turkey which is a military pier and then to Aqaba in Jordan. Another ship with more than two-thousand tons of weapons and ammo left in late March, followed the same route and was last recorded on its way to Aqaba on April 4.

We already knew that the "rebels" in Syria received plenty of weapons during the official ceasefire. We also know that these "rebels" regularly deliver half of their weapon hauls from Turkey and Jordan to al-Qaeda in Syria (aka Jabhat al-Nusra):

Hard-core Islamists in the Nusra Front have long outgunned the more secular, nationalist, Western-supported rebels. According to FSA officers, Nusra routinely harvests up to half the weapons supplied by the Friends of Syria, a collection of countries opposed to Assad, ..

U.S. and Turkey supported "rebels" took part in the recent attack on Tal al-Eis against Syrian government forces which was launched with three suicide bombs by al-Qaeda in Syria. This was an indisputable breaking of the ceasefire agreement negotiated between Russia and the U.S. It is very likely that some of the weapons and ammunition the U.S. delivered in December were used in this attack.

Millions of rifle, machine-gun and mortar shots, thousands of new light and heavy weapons and hundreds of new anti-tank missiles were delivered by the U.S.. Neither Turkey nor Jordan use such weapons of Soviet provenience. These weapons are going to Syria where, as has been reported for years by multiple independent sources, half of them go directly to al-Qaeda.

From historic experience we can be sure that the consequence of this weaponizing of takfiris will be not only be the death of "brown people" in the Middle East, but also attacks on "western" people and interests.

Skyscrapers falling in New York and hundreds of random people getting killed in Paris, Brussels, London and (likely soon) Berlin seem not enough to deter the politicians and "experts" that actively support this criminal war on Syria and its people.

Posted by b on April 8, 2016 at 17:35 UTC | Permalink


Nice find, b!

I wonder what the dwarf king will have to say about this. Let's get this info out there fast. Shooting down these sick plots quickly takes a lot of the propaganda steam out of them. Gentlemen and Ladies... to the Twitter and Blog machines!

Posted by: kafkananda | Apr 8 2016 18:03 utc | 1


Posted by: L Bean | Apr 8 2016 18:25 utc | 2

MoA, a candle in the darkness.

Posted by: bee | Apr 8 2016 18:39 utc | 3

all about the shekels, peeps, all about the filthy $$$$

ka-ching !!!

ring up the sales !!! at usa tax payer expense, natch

Posted by: amerikan war machine | Apr 8 2016 19:00 utc | 4

thanks b... confirms everyone's worst viewpoint on the usa... what does kerry say to larvov when he visits with him? 'oh by the way, we will continue to provide the 'moderates' with weaponry until assad is gone'? looks like it... meanwhile needless people are being murdered or displaced... or they are having to fend off this foreign meddling from so many different angles - all because assad is such a monster... these freaks never look in the mirror as it would hit that bank account and for that, it won't happen...

Posted by: james | Apr 8 2016 19:10 utc | 5

Well the goal (end game) is the breakup and the total submission of Russia to the Western Unipolar world domination...

Posted by: Citizen7 | Apr 8 2016 19:16 utc | 6

@6 - that's true, but worth repeating..

Posted by: james | Apr 8 2016 19:30 utc | 7

Western politicians have murderous contempt for their own people, so there is no "deterrent" when white people get killed by terrorists, there's only exploitation; of more war crimes, more racism, and more terrorism. As per the plan.

Posted by: tom | Apr 8 2016 19:53 utc | 8

tom @8

Yes. It's not 'blowback' when those who are harmed are not those making the faulty decisions.

Perversely, what some call 'blowback' has benefited those making faulty decisions via greater control and cronyism.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Apr 8 2016 20:22 utc | 9

@6 and @7 - The submission of Russia is part of the endgame but not the whole picture. Let's not forget keeping any Eurasian integration from happening, desperately ensuring the continued dominance of the petrodollar, subverting China's growth and influence, and instituting color regime change across the rest of the BRICS countries and any independently aligned countries such as Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Argentina, etc.

Posted by: WorldBLee | Apr 8 2016 20:23 utc | 10

U.S. Delivers 3,000 Tons Of Weapons And Ammo To Al-Qaeda & Co in Syria

well, what the fuck! America's a rich country! jesus fucking christ, between 1964 and 1973, the United States dropped around 2.5 million tons of bombs on Laos. that's the equivalent of a planeload of bombs every eight minutes for nine years, or a ton of bombs for every person in the country.

i mean, you wanna talk numerical datum?

Posted by: john | Apr 8 2016 20:29 utc | 11

Constanta is in Romania, not Bulgaria, so who knows how reliable this is.

Posted by: Gert | Apr 8 2016 20:30 utc | 12

Great story, b!
More of that Good ol' Yankee Forgetfulness.
They seem to have forgotten, again, that if fire-power won real wars they'd already be living the Masters Of The Universe daydream.
I'm really beginning to enjoy the Full Spectrum Dumbinence of Wankers R US.
Bring on the Empty Horses!!

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Apr 8 2016 20:44 utc | 13

- Obama wants peace in the Middle East but he isn't able to impose his will on the US military & the US arms manufacturers.

Posted by: Willy2 | Apr 8 2016 20:46 utc | 14

Why am I not surprised?
Why do I default to knowing when the US lies, it is because I can see lips moving?
Will Bernie change anything? Hillary will only make it worse ... like the non-Trump in the race. Why bother using the man's name ... advertise him as the non-Trump. It won't happen.
I am still hoping NOBODY wins the election. A four way race ... Clinton as democratic party; Trump as independent; the non-Trump as republicans; and Bernie joins the Greens?
BUT, no matter who wins the election: Will anything change?
I'm a frayed knot ...

Or maybe just sad.


Posted by: rg the lg | Apr 8 2016 20:59 utc | 15

Think these weapons helped al-CIAduh here ... ?

International Military Review – Syria, Apr. 8, 2016

The Hawar Kilis Operations Room – a coalition of U.S. and Turkey backed militant groups, including Sultan Murad Division, Faylaq al-Sham, and the Al-Moutasem Brigade – seized the ISIS-held town of Al-Rai in Northern Aleppo on April 7. Al-Rai serves as an important logistic hub for illegal cross-border smuggling of foreign fighters and supplies to Syria. This advance is a part of the ongoing offensive along the Syrian–Turkish border that reportedly seized some sixteen villages from ISIS since March 31. Turkey has intensified its provision of weapons, cross-border artillery fire, and other forms of support to militants in a likely attempt to preclude further gains along the border by the Syrian Kurdish YPG.

There is no confirmed information about role of Al-Nusra-affiliated units in this advance. Nonetheless, it’s widely known that the so-called “moderate opposition” in Northern Aleppo often operates in serried ranks with Al Nusra militants.

Map: Military Situation in North Aleppo on April 8

The map depicts the situation on the North Aleppo frontline after the recent gains of Turkish-backed militant groups against ISIS. They have seized al-Ra‘, the village of Mulla Ya’qub and the neraby border-crossing. Al-Rai is an important logistic hub for illegal cross-border smuggling of foreign fighters and supplies to Syria

Al-CIAduh units are 'driving ISIS out' of Erdogan's buffer zone along the Turkish border, with the help of these weapons and Turkish artillery ... and the full support of the Turkish military coming and going across the border, no doubt.

Think the plan is to hand over control of a strip of some depth in northere syria to al-CIAduh after their 'victory' over ISIS? and then morph al-CIAduh into 'moderate rebels', reinstate the 'cessation of hostilities' and recognize them as a fact on the ground?

I ocr'd the picture of jane's report, html, pdf

Posted by: jfl | Apr 8 2016 21:02 utc | 16

Very interesting for a number of reasons:

1. “The United States via its Central Intelligence Service . . .” Any relation to the Central Intelligence Agency? I don’t see any mention of “Central Intelligence Service” or “Central Intelligence Agency” in the Janes article this post is based on. Is it the US military or the CIA that are now in charge of the Syrian rebel cluster-fuck? The Janes article says “US Navy’s Military Sealift Command.” Does that sound like CIA?

2. The second paragraph of the Janes quote is wrong. It does not say “Constanta in Bulgaria” it says “Constant in Romania” and the reason it says Romania is because that’s where Constanta is.

3. The Janes article also did not say “It sailed to Agalar in Turkey which has a military pier . . .” My GoogleEarth doesn’t show any town named Agalar, Turkey. The Janes article says the town of Tasucu on the Med coast, which, apparently, has a pier named Agalar. Although from GE you can see it ain’t much of a pier. Tasucu is a tourist town in Mersin province, north of Cyprus.

4. “9K111 Fagots” Uh, boy . . . count on Putin to use the n-word equivalent of “gays” to piss off the queers.

5. Looks like about 18,000 AK-47s, according to the Janes link. WTF? Aren’t M-16s good enough for these jihadis? I mean, that’s one thing you see in all of the vids coming out of Syria – about half of the Da’esh and rebel pricks are carrying M-16s. Why is the “CIA” now sending them AK-47s?

6. The cargo ship Geysir, identified by Janes as carrying the first lot of goodies, is US flagged, which doesn’t sound like the way the CIA operates.

This whole thing makes zero sense. The US is sending Kalashnikovs from Romania first to Turkey and then to a Red Sea Jordanian port that is hundreds of miles away from any Syrian border but right next door to Yisrael.

Putting aside for the moment the question of why they would sail to Tasucu, the crazier question is why would they then float from Tasucu, through the Suez, into Aqaba, which is where Egypt, Israel, and Jordan merge and is hundreds of miles away from Syria when they could just land at a deep-water port like Iskenderun, Turkey, which is practically right on the Syrian border and unload there? If they unloaded at Iskenderum or one of the other Turkish ports north of Latakia, the trip to Syria would be 25 miles. But from Tasucu to Aqaba, the trip is more like 1200 miles.

My understanding of Hersh’s Rat Line is that weapons running to the Syrian “rebels” through Jordan were coming in from Libya. And now Janes tells us the Rat Line and tons of goodies for Muslim terrorists goes through Aqaba, which is – literally – only a mile from Eilat, Israel?? And the whole deal is advertised on the USG version of Craigslist? Wonder if Mossad got the word.

Clearly, this Janes story is missing something. It reads like a left-over April fool’s spoof. Count me as real freakin’ skeptical.

Posted by: Denis | Apr 8 2016 21:06 utc | 17

@17 or just a real freak

Posted by: jfl | Apr 8 2016 21:21 utc | 18

@Denis #17

Your "Point #2 . The second paragraph of the Janes quote is wrong. It does not say “Constanta in Bulgaria” it says “Constant in Romania” and the reason it says Romania is because that’s where Constanta is.

And directly from Janes Article (the public part) in paragraph 3:

"Released on 3 November 2015, the first solicitation sought a contractor to ship 81 containers of cargo that included explosive material from Constanta in Bulgaria to Aqaba."

Your point #3 3. The Janes article also did not say “It sailed to Agalar in Turkey which has a military pier . . .” My GoogleEarth doesn’t show any town named Agalar, Turkey.

The Janes article says in paragraph 4 the public version:

"The solicitation was subsequently updated with a detailed packing list that showed the cargo had a total weight of 994 tonnes, a little under half of which was to be unloaded at Agalar, a military pier near the Turkish town of Tasucu, the other half at Aqaba."

Also available by the actual Janes reporter's snapshot of entire article in his twitter feed here

Your supposed point #4 4. “9K111 Fagots” U I don't find in Moon's writing nor in the Janes article, short or full article.

Your point # 5 "5. Looks like about 18,000 AK-47s"


As for your opinions, I have no critique all I have to say is that your criticisms in 1-4 don't look like they are about Moon's article or Janes.

Maybe if people just took your word for it and didn't bother to check the actual articles...

So if anyone wants to read the excerpt from Janes (partial view you have to be subscriber to see all) go here:

And to see the whole article visit the Janes writer's twitter for screenshot here:

Posted by: Laura Roslin | Apr 8 2016 21:28 utc | 19

@Laura Roslin | Apr 8, 2016 5:28:30 PM | 19

Laura, sorry for your confusion. I’ll respond to your criticisms of my points.

Re: my Point #2

I was quoting the original Janes Apr08|16 article by Binnie & Gibson, which b links to as a jpg:

That article says precisely as I claimed: “..81 containers of cargo that included explosive material from Consanta in Romania to Aqaba”

Yes, you’re right, that Janes summary dated Apr07 says “Constanta in Bulgaria” but the full article has it right, Constanta in Romaina. I believe it was the second shipment of deadly toys that shipped from Bulgaria.

As for Agalar, you don’t seem to see my point. b’s post misquotes that line in the Binnie/Gibson article as saying “It sailed to Agalar in Turkey which has a military pier. . .” That’s not what the Janes article said. As you note and as I noted, the Janes article said the boat sailed to Tasucu, which has a pier named Agalar. I was pointing out the difference between sailing to Agalar and sailing to a town that has a pier named Agalar. The only place in Turkey I could find named Agalar is in the mountains.

You said: “ ‘9K111 Fagots’ U I don't find in Moon's writing nor in the Janes article, short or full article. “

b’s post above says: “The Faktoria is an improved version of the 9K111 Fagot ATGW”

You said: “As for your opinions, I have no critique all I have to say is that your criticisms in 1-4 don't look like they are about Moon's article or Janes.”

As you can now see, those comments were about both b’s post and the full Janes article. I don’t know what was on Twitter, don’t care. I was relying on the Binnie & Gibson full article that b linked to. Have a look at it and I think you’ll see what I was saying. Thanks for taking the time to clear this up.

Posted by: Denis | Apr 8 2016 22:46 utc | 20

So... Someone wants us to believe the US (CIA or DIA?) is still sending weapons to ISIS in Syria? But not US made weapons? Hmmmm. Is someone concerned US and RUS may be working in concert? Regarding Syria? Behind the scenes? Who might be concerned about that? Hmmmm.

Posted by: 4H | Apr 8 2016 23:39 utc | 21

Bomb their harbors,sink their ships,Russia.You must know by now there s just no avoiding this fight...

Posted by: Carlos Manuel Pineda | Apr 9 2016 1:51 utc | 22

I am hopeful that the funding for war becomes unavailable. Countries need to stop buying US dollars and buy other countries money.

Its all about money. Stop the flow of money and you stop the flow of war.

War needs to be waged on the owners of global private finance that fund killing focused on other than themselves.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Apr 9 2016 2:15 utc | 23

This information together with the recent attacks by the 'rebels' in Aleppo will give the Russians, Iranians the greenlight to put the maximum support to the Syrian army to systematically eradicate any fighters, moderates or not who is attacking the Syrian army.
Terrorists ( ISIS and Al Nusra) are the only one who are not bound from attacking the Syrian army. Therefore any fighters attacking the Syrian army is a terrorist and will be dealt with.
The Syrian coalition that includes Hezbollah,Iran, Russia and the Kurds are now ready for the large and decisive battle for Aleppo.
Hopefully the liberation of Aleppo will confirm the defeat of the rebels and their sponsors. The opposition would have lost the little leverage it had in the negotiation.

Posted by: virgile | Apr 9 2016 2:17 utc | 24

if any legitimate news media outlet corroborated the assertion of this article, which would lead to all media outlets similarly report it, then i might believe it. if it's a wild conspiracy theory on some obscure website like this one then not so much.

Posted by: nubwaxer | Apr 9 2016 2:21 utc | 25

We have seen the rug pulled out from under Kerry on number ours occasions. Why is this and who is responsible?

Looking back at the Ukraine it was Biden who was pulling the strings from behind the scenes to start the war and prevent peace. Biden is the MIC neoconpoint man inside the Obama administration. I think Obama has proven himself to be feckless. Ill bet it's Biden who is behind this too.

I'm not sure about Kerry. He is a total insider but there is a chance that he represents the realist faction against the war faction. The Russians have time for him but will not meet with Biden.

I think it represents a schism within the deep state between the the realists and the crazies. Obama is not really a player, except of golf.

Posted by: Secret Agent | Apr 9 2016 2:39 utc | 26

"Skyscrapers falling in New York and hundreds of random people getting killed in Paris, Brussels, London and (likely soon) Berlin seem not be enough to deter the politicians and "experts" that actively support this criminal war on Syria and its people."
EXACTLY! These "experts" are a CONTINUING threat to our security. The recklessness of encouraging jihad and financing and shipping guns and Korans to militants to support and instigate violent acts was criminal. A criminal U.S. policy experts recklessly devised and implemented to "stir-up" Muslims!

In the summer of 1979, the U.S. State Department produced a memo making it clear how the U.S. government saw the stakes, no matter how modern-minded Taraki might be or how feudal his enemies, the mujahideen later to be joined by bin Laden: "The United States' larger interest ... would be served by the demise of the Taraki-Amin regime, despite whatever setbacks this might mean for future social and economic reforms in Afghanistan. The overthrow of the DRA (Democratic Republic of Afghanistan) would show the rest of the world, particularly the Third World, that the Soviets' view of the socialist course of history being inevitable is not accurate."

Girls were going to school in Afghanistan, there was land reform and other social progress BUT the CIA undermined all of that with their secret operation. BEFORE the Soviet troops were in Afghanistan (The former United States National Security Advisor admitted this), the CIA thought it would be a good idea to SUPPORT Islamic militants!

President Jimmy Carter's National Security Adviser  Zbigniew Brzezinski admits the actions were done BEFORE the Soviets attacked Afghanistan: Question: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs ["From the Shadows"], that American intelligence services began to aid the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan 6 months before the Soviet intervention. In this period you were the national security adviser to President Carter. You therefore played a role in this affair. Is that correct?

Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.

Q: Despite this risk, you were an advocate of this covert action. But perhaps you yourself desired this Soviet entry into war and looked to provoke it?

B: It isn't quite that. We didn't push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would.

Q: When the Soviets justified their intervention by asserting that they intended to fight against a secret involvement of the United States in Afghanistan, people didn't believe them. However, there was a basis of truth. You don't regret anything today?

B: Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter. We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war. Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire.

Q: And neither do you regret having supported the Islamic fundamentalism, having given arms and advice to future terrorists?

B: What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?

Q: Some stirred-up Moslems? But it has been said and repeated Islamic fundamentalism represents a world menace today.

B: Nonsense! It is said that the West had a global policy in regard to Islam. That is stupid. There isn't a global Islam. Look at Islam in a rational manner and without demagoguery or emotion. It is the leading religion of the world with 1.5 billion followers. But what is there in common among Saudi Arabian fundamentalism, moderate Morocco, Pakistan militarism, Egyptian pro-Western or Central Asian secularism? Nothing more than what unites the Christian countries. - Translated from the French by Bill Blum

After 9/11, did anyone ask Brzezinski if he still thought the secret operation to "stir-up Muslims" was "an excellent idea?"

Posted by: Tom Murphy | Apr 9 2016 4:07 utc | 27


I understand that building a multinational movement to change the playing field may seem a bit daunting. What I have been challenged to do by other commenters is to make the idea slick, simple and easy. At this point I only have the simple part, the ending of private finance and neutering of inheritance. I haven't figured out how to explain, w/o a leap of "faith", that doing so will change all the economic and social incentives and thus society itself.

The "easy" part is getting all to do my free breath exercise which will turn us all into fearless warriors for a better world.......grin

As someone who has healed themselves from PTSD, I feel anything is possible now and laugh at the odds.......but, you understand my screen name, right?

So I will continue to encourage folks to view our situation within the only context that I believe will save our species.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Apr 9 2016 4:13 utc | 28

@Laura Roslin:

I just made that last comment up to prove my point, sorry.

We all need a little laugh every now and then....

Posted by: Denis | Apr 9 2016 5:39 utc | 29

Certain communications are so potent that there is a problem in selecting a messenger who can not only be trusted to relay accurately such a message, but also same messenger must be convey full credibility to be the true relayer of the message from a POTUS; particularly when electronic communications are vulnerable.

Who else could discreetly yet effectively speak for the Potus but Biden and, in another instance, his son?

The US Vice-President has access and is fully identifiable, to any foreign leader, as being who he represents himself to be, particularly with US media contemporaneously asserting the fact of his visit. And ditto for his son's being fully credible as relayer of the Potus.

The unequivocal confirmation/agreement to start a joint putsch or other war-like acts requires especial communications perhaps beyond the trustworthiness of a mere SecOfState or official of some 3-letter Agency. And beyond coded electromagnetic emanations, too. Only face-to-face will do, albeit with a couple translators.

Access, identification, credibility and certainty about the truth of the message must be beyond doubt.

Posted by: chu-teh | Apr 9 2016 6:55 utc | 30

A global initiative to have everybody moves their money into public banks, and if public banks are not available, community minded and usually smaller ethical banks and building unions will do. There is only one language our current powers that be understand - money.

Having our money collectively work for us on a local level will starve the beast. It's movements like this that change political agenda.

We must vote with our wallet and be responsible for every dollar we lay down.

Every person must ask themselves: Are you responsible...?

Posted by: MadMax2 | Apr 9 2016 11:50 utc | 31

@all - deleted a bunch of one-liner comments by "Forest" and "Sinner".

They had no valuable content but some nonsense snark about other commentators.

Posted by: b | Apr 9 2016 12:53 utc | 32

@all - Denis is just a troll - not even a capable one though
@nubwaxer "if any legitimate news media outlet corroborated the assertion of this article"

haha - Janes is about the most legitimate media in that area that one could think of.

It was founded 1898 and is since seen as THE authoritative source of open-source military information. It will e difficult to find any military staff officer in the world who doesn't have one of Janes periodicals on his desk.

Besides: The sources of the above are openly given in the Janes article.

Reasons that other media do not reprint the claim may be:
- they got scooped by Janes and don't just want to cite it
- they (the U.S. + "western" media) have an agenda and try to do as if Obama has done nothing on Syria while they well known that the U.S. fueled the flames all along

Posted by: b | Apr 9 2016 13:21 utc | 33

The bankers and Israel have ordained that Assad will be removed and their will be done. Regardless of how many Syrians get murdered, that doesn't concern these Masters of the World, only the end result.

Posted by: Greg Bacon | Apr 9 2016 13:23 utc | 34

about the BRICS, anyone notice the little problems of Brazil, Russia and China these days?
and all the usual suspects were in Panama (not in Delaware or Guernesey of course)

Posted by: Mina | Apr 9 2016 13:37 utc | 35

constanta harbour is in romania not in bulgaria.

Posted by: no name | Apr 9 2016 14:02 utc | 36

b says:

-they (the U.S. + "western" media) have an agenda and try to do as if Obama has done nothing on Syria while they well known that the U.S. fueled the flames all along

the force denial is with them!

it's “as if they were following an order.”

Posted by: john | Apr 9 2016 14:22 utc | 37

@ Denis | Apr 9, 2016 1:39:18 AM | 29

Comment #29 was put up by a jerk-off name-spoofer. They are all over this blog so you never really know who is putting up what comments.

b should cross check the Email addresses, confirm the present comment, and take down comment #29.

Posted by: Denis | Apr 9 2016 14:35 utc | 38

Conspiracy Theories/Theorist was a meme put forth by the CIA in order to discredit and disparage those who disbelieved the incredible JFK single bullet story and the Warren Commission Report. The single bullet, BTW was found in pristine condition on a hospital gurney.

Yes, it's true. Conspiracy Theorists are completely off base and absolute nut cases.

Posted by: fastfreddy | Apr 9 2016 14:47 utc | 39

Tom Murphy @ 27: Good post, thanks for the reminders on how this " Radical Muslim" thing was born, aided and abetted by the good ole' U$A. Christ, what I wouldn't give to hear one of our candidates spell that out, on the campaign trail.

Posted by: ben | Apr 9 2016 14:53 utc | 40

Zero about the US.

Posted by: okie farmer | Apr 9 2016 14:55 utc | 41

Constanta is in Romania not Bulgaria. In the article it is written correctly.

Posted by: John | Apr 9 2016 15:56 utc | 42

I read on Sputnik news that the 'rebels' were now being given MANPADS by someone, probably American related. Is this true?

Posted by: Mischi | Apr 9 2016 17:08 utc | 43

All part of The Oded Yinon Plan

remember that little Iraq war, yeah - how the evidence was fabricated? "Who" was doing that?

Posted by: Mike K | Apr 9 2016 17:36 utc | 44

Look. Am first to admit the duplicitous USG, since being taken over by NEO-CLOWN ZWO psychopaths, is capable of ANY bloodthirsty barbarous act. But my FEELS say Nahhh. Not this time. Spidey-senses tell me that lots of alphabet foot-soldiers are tired of the games they've been told to play. And those folks are waking-up too. Perhaps not entirely due to a sense of MORAL OUTRAGE. Self-preservation and saving their families from the backlash they KNOW is coming should not be dismissed. Brennan was in Moscow recently. Kerry is meeting with Lavrov all the time. This "delivery" makes the US appear as the EVIL empire. Yet again. And it benefits certain elements of ZWO DEEP STATE and Israel. They are the guys who love to sow tares into the wheat. To create mistrust and division. Same ole shit. Wouldn't surprise if some of these DEEP STATE traitors are dual-citizen CIA-DIA-MOSSAD. They're the "dead enders" (to borrow a phrase from an ole NEO-CLOWN warhorse). If muppets like me can see thru this shit. Have no fear. VVPutin and his team of actual diplomats and military strategists are hip to it.

P.S. So tired of being envious of Russia. Can we please stop being such morons?It's gawddamn embarrassing. Seriously.

Posted by: 4H | Apr 9 2016 18:25 utc | 45

Picked up at

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Apr 9 2016 18:38 utc | 46

Here is an interesting link from the History Channel on the Red Mafia (I don't know when it was made). At about 5:54 minutes in, undercover agents are talking to some gun runners that show them a catalog from a Bulgarian company that specializes in Soviet era arms. LOL. Are the CIA and the Red Mafia doing deals?

Posted by: Dean | Apr 9 2016 19:42 utc | 47

@43 mischi... from what i've read it's true...

Posted by: james | Apr 9 2016 20:25 utc | 48

Right. Everybody knows that Obama is hellbent on regime change.

Posted by: Louis Proyect | Apr 9 2016 22:13 utc | 49

@49 yuk yuk.. obama just wants to bring peace and democracy to the rest of the world, lol..

Posted by: james | Apr 10 2016 3:00 utc | 50

or in yemen where obama is showing his loving benevolence..
"US military officials have said they bear no responsibility for civilian casualties in Yemen, where Washington is providing support to a Saudi-led coalition carrying out military strikes. Human Rights groups say the United States ultimately bears responsibility for strikes on Yemen on 15 March that killed 97 civilians, among them 25 children and infants, because the strikes were conducted with US-supplied weapons."

Posted by: james | Apr 10 2016 3:03 utc | 51

#49 What a stupid point. The incoherence of Obama's Syrian policy has been obvious to any sentient observer. b has written about the battle between the Pentagon backed militias and the CIA backed militias in just the past few months. Are you just learning about this now!?

Posted by: ToivoS | Apr 10 2016 4:09 utc | 52

Denis @17: The cargo ship Geysir, identified by Janes as carrying the first lot of goodies, is US flagged, which doesn’t sound like the way the CIA operates.

This whole thing makes zero sense. The US is sending Kalashnikovs from Romania first to Turkey and then to a Red Sea Jordanian port that is hundreds of miles away from any Syrian border but right next door to Yisrael.


I think "this whole thing" makes some sense, not exactly zero. The destination is presumably "South Front" which is "more moderate", the shipment was planned before the ceasefire. It is far more customary to send such stuff as "humanitarian aid" or "parts for agricultural equipment". Apparently, from time to time CIA sends "fully legit" shipments. So this "scoop" was a feature, not a bug.

Perhaps the chief principle of this Administration is to reduce the amount of bother it suffers by giving sop to various lobbies, and for that it is good to show such a scoop to Congressmen worried that the Administration does not do enough for the cause of Freedom and keeping Sharia away from the bathrooms of the middle schools in Nebraska (or was it Kansas and lesbians? I am loosing track in the catalog of threats that our political system is adressing.)

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Apr 10 2016 4:42 utc | 53

At some point in time, we must all realize that the Empire (USA) is working overtime to destabilize countries around the world. There are many different and varied reasons for this, depending on the region in question, but destroying the stability of countries empowers the Empire. It is all about control and dominance.

Why would CIA overthrow the first legally elected president of Iran in 1954? We all know why, it was to install a puppet that would do as the Empire told him to do.

Posted by: Mark Stoval | Apr 10 2016 10:45 utc | 54

39;Single bullet theory came from Arlen Specter(or in collusion w others),future Senator from PA,I believe.

Posted by: dahoit | Apr 10 2016 14:24 utc | 55

Obama says defeating Daesh 'my No. 1 job'

“My No. 1 job is to protect the American people. My No. 1 priority right now is defeating ISIL,” Obama said in a wide-ranging interview on Fox News Sunday.

“There isn’t a president who’s taken more terrorists off the field than me, over the last seven-and-a-half years,” the president said.

“I’m the guy who calls the families, or meets with them, or hugs them, or tries to comfort a mom, or a dad, or a husband, or a kid, after a terrorist attack. So let’s be very clear about how much I prioritize this: This is my No. 1 job.”

I'm the guy who sends 3,000 tons of arms to Daesh/al-CIAduh in Turkey/Syria.

Posted by: jfl | Apr 10 2016 19:49 utc | 56

Very interesting item, b.

It seems odd that military aid of this type and scale should be advertised, even to the extent of including a packing list in the case of the first (Romanian) shipment. I suppose that this would be one way of applying political pressure to both the Syrian regime and its military benefactors. It's certainly not a method of covert arms supply.

Assuming that such arms were in fact transferred, the question remains of to whom. It's perfectly plausible that, per Jane's, half were dropped at a Turkish military port, presumably for rebels in the north of Syria, and half dropped at Aqaba, for distribution to the Free Syrian Army in the south, via Jordan's border.

But the Jane's article mentions funny business with the location transponder of both ships, which seems to rule out technical malfunction and to strongly suggest (either unavoidably or deliberately) an attempt to conceal the true destination of the arms. I find it curious that the second ship, for example, turned its transponder on while visiting the scheduled stops, but subsequently turned it off to disappear from tracking, after transiting the Suez Canal (presumably for the second time, if the Jane's description is accurate).

I also find it curious that mention should be made of taking onboard a security detail in the Suez area (exactly when in this strange journey?). Wouldn't such a shipment already have a security team aboard? Who was really being picked up? As for Aqaba, surely the Jordanians would provide port security.

I can't help notice that Sudan is right next door.

The former vice-president of South Sudan has been attempting to overthrow its government. South Sudan, as of 2012, had the largest military spending as a percentage of GDP of any country on Earth. The country is widely regarded as a creation of the United States, but things change swiftly in Sudan, and so it seems do U.S. foreign policy alignments there.

The New York Times carried a 2014 article containing statements by a U.S. State Department spokesman, on record, which could be construed as support for the South Sudanese rebel, Riek Machar:

“We’ve not seen any evidence that this was a coup attempt, but it certainly was the result of a huge political rift between Riek Machar and the president,” Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the assistant secretary of state for Africa, told a Senate committee in Washington on Thursday.

Mr. Machar has said that the 11 senior politicians held as suspected plotters have to be released before there can be a cease-fire. Mr. Kiir has said they must be tried for their conspiracy to overthrow the government and cannot be freed summarily.

“The United States strongly believes that the political prisoners currently being held in Juba must be released,” Ms. Thomas-Greenfield said.

* * *

Perhaps a fairly overt but fake supply of arms to the Syrian rebels could cover for actual but covert aid to South Sudanese rebels seeking to overthrow the government of South Sudan?

Posted by: Emil Pulsifer | Apr 12 2016 2:00 utc | 57

Rocket fire from Syria strikes Turkish border-town

Rockets from Syria have landed inside Turkey’s southeastern border town of Kilis, injuring several people, security sources and privately owned Dogan News agency said on Monday.

It was not immediately clear whether the rockets came from ISIL-controlled Syria. Kilis, which is home to large numbers of Syrian refugees, has suffered repeatedly from cross-border shelling.

Is this Turkish deployed 'rebels' - either 'moderate' or ISIS - providing an excuse for more cross-border aggression by Turkey?

Turkey aiding al-Nusra ahead of major Aleppo strike: Russia

“Despite progress achieved in securing a ceasefire, Turkey continues to funnel men and arms to al-Nusra Front,” said Lieutenant General Sergey Rudskoy, the head of the Main Operative Department of the Russian General Staff, on Monday.

“Al-Nusra’s men and materiel are being allowed to pass through areas that the US has designated as being controlled by the opposition,” he added while noting that Russia has on multiple occasions called on the US to aid in limiting al-Nusra’s operations.

“It is reliably known that the militants are planning a large-scale offensive with the aim of cutting off communication between Aleppo and Damascus,” he said. “If they are not stopped, we could see a blockade of the northern parts of Syria.”

"The number of settlements that have joined the reconciliation process and signed relevant agreements with the Syrian authorities has risen to 61. A total of 47 statements of intention on cessation of hostilities have been signed with the leaders of armed groups of moderate opposition," Rudskoy added.

The Russians need to be careful what they wish for - 'Russia has on multiple occasions called on the US to aid in limiting al-Nusra’s operations' - they might get it ...

US deploys B-52s for bombing in Syria, Iraq

The US Air Force sent B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf Saturday and plans to use them for bombing raids on targets in Iraq and Syria, according to the Pentagon and the US Central Command, which oversees US military operations in the Middle East. An undisclosed number of bombers will be stationed at Al Udeid air base in Qatar.

This marks the first deployment of B-52s in the Middle East since the 1991 Persian Gulf War, when the huge planes delivered more than 40 percent of the bomb tonnage dropped on Iraqi military forces, incinerating hundreds of thousands of soldiers and destroying entrenched armored units.

The B-52 is the archetypal weapon for saturation bombing ...

... sets the stage for more 'oops, we missed' in 'the fog of war' vein when they bomb the Syrian Arab Army and civilians in Syria.

Rebel defenses collapse in northern Aleppo as ISIS seizes 13 villages in 48 hours

According to ISIS’ official media wing “Al-‘Amaq”, the terrorist group captured the villages of Al-Rai, Tal Safeer, Tal Ahmar, Raghbiyah, Shabaniyah, Tathumus, Quntarah, Qarah Kuz, Qazil Mazrah, Al-Bal, Sheikh Rih, Tilal Hussein, and Fayraziyah after a violent battle with the extremist rebel forces.

The most important site that ISIS recaptured on Monday was Al-Rai; this aforementioned village is imperative because of its location along the Turkish border.

As of now, the terrorist group is attempting to advance to the rebel strongholds of ‘Azaz and Mare’; if they are successful, the Free Syrian Army led forces will have to retreat across the border.

Is the plan to allow 'moderate', non-Daesh al-CIAduh to capture the towns of northern Syria, hand them over to Daesh, and then 'retreat across the border' to Turkey?

Posted by: jfl | Apr 12 2016 3:27 utc | 58

Obama at CIA headquarters to discuss US war on Daesh

The US president also bragged about how effective the coalition has been in its fight with the Takfiris, who were originally trained by the CIA in Jordan back in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government.

"In the days and weeks ahead we intend to take out more (leaders.) Every day, ISIL leaders wake up and understand it could be their last," Obama said.

"Their ranks of fighters are estimated to be at the lowest levels in two years and more and more are realizing that their cause is lost," he said, adding, "So we continue to work for a diplomatic end to this awful conflict."

Obama at the homeplace with Uncle John Brennan and the crime family. No crime too heinous, no lie too great ... "I'm really good at killing people." The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate ... 282 more days of death, devastation, destruction, and deceit.

Posted by: jfl | Apr 14 2016 5:24 utc | 59

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