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July 19, 2016

CIA Rebels Behead Kid And Other U.S. Successes in Syria

The U.S. "regime change" operation in Syria recently tallied up some major successes.

The Syrian Democratic Force, a U.S. sponsored group of mostly Syrian Kurds, is besieging the Islamic State held eastern city of Manbij. According to the UN's Human Rights commissioner 70,000 civilians in Manbij are cut off from all supplies. We have yet to hear calls for an immediate breaking of the siege or for enforced air drops of supplies to these people. Where are all the R2P fans in the Obama administration and all the well paid Syrian opposition propaganda groups on this? That the U.S. has managed to avoid any questions about this siege is surely a success.

Instead of delivering food the U.S. did some different air drops on Marjib:

At least 56 civilians were killed on Tuesday in air strikes north of the besieged Islamic State-held city of Manbij in northern Syria, and residents said they believed the attack was carried out by U.S.-led warplanes, a monitoring group said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the dead included 11 children, and that dozens more people were wounded.

The CIA finances a long list of proxies in Syria to fight the Syrian government and the millions of people its protects. It has delivered high powered TOW anti-tank weapons to many of these groups:

The groups that the CIA currently allows munitions to be shared with are: ... Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement, (Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki)...

According to the BBC Foreign News producer Riam Dalati it is a group of these Nour al-Din al-Zenki "moderate rebels" who yesterday captured a Palestinian boy of some 8. 10, maybe 12 years, taunted him and accused him of fighting on the Syrian government's side. The boy had no uniform on and had medical infusion tubes in his right arm.

The CIA supported "moderate rebels" then behead the boy with a knife right on the back of that red pickup truck. There are photos and videos of the child alive as well as video of the beheading. The Zinki group, like its CIA supporters, was already known for torturing people.

This shows again that the Obama administration has "done nothing", or at least not enough, to help these democratic forces in Syria. If these moderate people would have received more weapons, they could have used something better than a rusty knife to slaughter the boy (/sarcasm). Indeed the group blames the "international community" for such behavior of its members.

The Obama administration has done its best to shield not only the above "moderates but also al-Qaeda in Syria, aka Jabhat al Nusra, from attacks by the Syrian and Russian forces. U.S. supported "moderate rebels", like the friendly folks above, mixed with al-Qaeda fighters and the U.S. insisted that thereby both are under its ceasefire agreement with Russian forces. Obviously the U.S. has long considered al-Qaeda in Syria to be some local problem that could be used to further "regime change" but would never become a danger for the U.S. itself or its interests. The Russians insist that the group is a legitimate target and rejected new disguised U.S. attempts to shield it.

Something happened though that suddenly let the Obama administration -here Secretary of State Kerry- change tact:

"The fact is that Nusrah is plotting against countries in the world. What happened in Nice last night could just as well have come from Nusrah or wherever it came from as any other entity, because that’s what they do."

The fact that the Nice attack followed a script published in an al-Qaeda pamphlet might have helped to finally stop the nefarious schemes of those administration circles who nurtured the group. But again this only happened after some messy incident. Not once has the administration refrained from supporting the most brutal radicals, in Afghanistan, in Libya ,in Syria and elsewhere, until these came back to bite. It seems to have taken a "success" of 80+ killed people in Nice to move the U.S. away from supporting al-Qaeda.

Without al-Qaeda's ruthless fighters the CIA supported  "moderate rebels" have no chance to win the war against the Syrian government. The U.S. is starting to follow the Russian script and will attack al-Qaeda and other like groups in Syria. The "regime change by force" project is thereby, for now, practically dead. Turkey is moving away from its nefarious role in Syria and is making friends again with the Syrian allies Russia and Iran. This will give additional impetus to the administration's silent retreat from its "regime change" project.

Posted by b on July 19, 2016 at 16:14 UTC | Permalink


Nothing linked to shows any actual beheading?

Posted by: Obsydia | Jul 19 2016 16:23 utc | 1

Until november or jan 2017, then..

Posted by: Lozion | Jul 19 2016 16:24 utc | 2

So brave. So moderate.

Posted by: chuckvw | Jul 19 2016 16:36 utc | 3

What a difference a day makes.

Turkey is moving away from its nefarious role in Syria and is making friends again with the Syrian allies Russia and Iran.
That's optimistic.

Yesterday: Despite Erdogan's current success hubris will take its toll and Erdogan's triumph will soon be followed by a deep fall.
That's pessimistic.

Posted by: From The Hague | Jul 19 2016 16:51 utc | 4

"It seems to have taken a "success" of 80+ killed people in Nice to move the U.S. away from supporting al-Qaeda."

80+ Sacrifices does nothing have to do with politics here. It's just that Erdogan succeeded in inflicting a huge blow to CIA (CIA asset Gulen and US in general) in Turkey through the coup and the ongoing purges. Al Nusra is a terror group heavily supported by Turkey and since animosity is increasing between US and Turkey there are these Kerry statements. US will probably increase support for Syran Kurds so it can expand it's territory in Syria and possibly also in Turkey. Turkey has been an unreliable partner for the US for years and Incerlik which can't probably be used will become obsolete to the US once the US air bases on Syrian Kurdish territory are fully operational.

divide and rule

Posted by: 80plus | Jul 19 2016 17:08 utc | 5

The statement by BBC/MI6 Foreign News producer Riam Dalati implies a shift in politics (or is it a warning to Turkey?) for the UK in regard to the terrorists and Turkey...

Posted by: 80plus | Jul 19 2016 17:13 utc | 6

Here is a report from more civilized circles, the debate in the House of Commons on funding the new improved sets of nuclear weapons for the United Kingdom. The motion was debated, with some pointed question to the Prime Minister with an untimely surname "May" (should't they have a PM for every month?) "The only time May came off autopilot was when the SNP’s George Kerevan asked her if she would be happy to launch a nuclear strike and annihilate a million innocent civilians. “Hell, yeah,” she screamed, with rather too much enthusiasm."

At least, according to @JohnJCrace (The Guardian)
Monday 18 July 2016 15.50 EDT Last modified on Tuesday 19 July 2016 07.44 EDT

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jul 19 2016 17:50 utc | 7

Turkey leaves Iraq post coup and the US moves in Barzanistan to build bases while El Sadr says US soldiers should be targeted.. I hope Russia sees a counter move to US bases so close to the Caucasus..

Posted by: Lozion | Jul 19 2016 18:05 utc | 8

Obsydia@1 - SouthFront has the entire video with the most gruesome parts blurred out (but it is still far too gruesome for most). Sadly, it does seem to show what is purported to have happened.

Posted by: PavewayIV | Jul 19 2016 18:22 utc | 9


The CIA finances a long of proxy -- should read
---- The CIA finances a long list of proxy

The Russians kept insisting that the group is to strike and rejected new disguised U.S. attempts to shield it. -- should read

The Russians the group is a legitimate target and rejected new disguised U.S. attempts to shield it.

-- change tact: -- should read
change tack

Posted by: Ronald | Jul 19 2016 18:27 utc | 10

b. Thank you for the brilliant work you have done, especially on Syria but elsewhere too. During the Turkey coup you stayed up all night to give us information. And yet you continue without a day's rest...

Posted by: Lochearn | Jul 19 2016 18:28 utc | 11

I see I made my own typo;

The Russians kept insisting that the group is to strike and rejected new disguised U.S. attempts to shield it. -- should read

The Russians kept insisting that the group is a legitimate target and rejected new disguised U.S. attempts to shield it.

Posted by: Ronald | Jul 19 2016 18:37 utc | 12

I went to the NYTimes for just for yucks once again. Seriously, are the propagandists at the NYTimes reading MofA to craft their counter responses. Take this article:

The title is: "Activists: Airstrikes on IS-Held Villages in Syria Kill 56."

In previous articles I have read about the savage Russian bombings, I have never read any reference what group was controlling the area bombed. Or when there are breathless articles of victims trapped in war zones and the Russians are ruthlessly attacking them. Which matters as IS is known not to allow people to flee battle zones. Also, this title re-enforces the idea that the US is attacking IS, while the Russians/Syrians are not.

The Times in good fashion warns that readers should suspect information about the bombings:

Conflicting numbers in the aftermath of attacks are not uncommon in Syria. There were also conflicting reports on where the civilians were killed, with some groups reporting that a school housing refugees was hit and others saying that people were struck as they fled the violence.

Ever see this in articles about the Russians or SAA? At least some of the articles I read, reports of Russian bombing savagery are always take to be absolutely true as reported regardless who reports it. If the reader didn't get the point the first time, the article repeats the same doubts again later in the article.

The reports and the disparate casualty tolls could not be independently confirmed because the area is inaccessible to independent media. There was no immediate comment from Washington.

Of course the bombing is a "mistake", while Russian bombs are deliberately aimed at children, hospitals, and new born kittens.

This is not to make light of the horrible incident, but to point out the pap a major, media outlet feeds to Americans in supporting a pro-war agenda (by maybe the most recognized media outlet in the United States.) And not just a pro-war agenda pushed by Democrats, but as we saw with Judy Miller, a pro-war agenda pushed by republicans.

Posted by: Erelis | Jul 19 2016 18:52 utc | 13

@1 - my mistake - i botched the link - corrected

Posted by: b | Jul 19 2016 18:53 utc | 14

@From The Hague

those statements of mine are not opposed to each other - I see the deep fall more in Turkish interior policy - Erdogan's rating is sky high now, if the economy goes into deeper trouble ...

Posted by: b | Jul 19 2016 18:59 utc | 15

However, the empire of chaos is getting very, very, angry and desperate. In Kazakhstan, Islamists have clashed with the police. The country has the "Red Alert" proclaimed. In Armenia armed men occupied a police station and killed a Major. The Kremlin is alarmed and feared a destabilization of the Russian border areas.

Posted by: Nick | Jul 19 2016 19:18 utc | 16

The BBC reports the case of the boy now - it is thereby "official" and the usual excuses will be found and applied.

Posted by: b | Jul 19 2016 19:32 utc | 17

Thanks PavewayIV & B. Too many unconfirmed stories and outright lies -- it seems somewhat barbarous but lately I need to see more proof of some of the stories I am receiving, regardless of the savagery.

Posted by: Obsydia | Jul 19 2016 20:18 utc | 18

I looked at the video in the desperate hope that i could pick up some telltale signs of photoshopping thereby keeping what little hope i had left for humanity. Despite my strong disinclination towards violence I had an overpowering urge to wanna kill those men. When i was about his age I was myself in a war zone - a vicious neighbor against neighbor civil war. Even then, no one has ever heard of a 12 year old getting executed further, beheading was unheard of.

A war zone is no place for kids. I remember cowering under some flimsy shelter while the Grad 21 rockets (the most feared weapon for civilians at the time folks called them 'whistlers") were flying over head. The smell of burning flesh mixed with gunpowder is something you don't forget - some two decades and some moons later i can still recall the smell on command. But, for me, the worst aspect of living in an active war zone was the blood curdling shrieks of woman - usually holding a dead or dying loved one. Oh those shrieks are awful. My mental picture of one woman desperately trying to put intestines back into a little boy will never leave me.

Imagine - just imagine how less violent this world would be without Neocons in power in the USA. Calling the beheaders of kids "moderate" must be one of the cruelest jokes I have heard lately.

Posted by: Jaalleman | Jul 19 2016 22:54 utc | 19

If you want to watch it here is the link i advise not too

Posted by: Lonleygirl | Jul 19 2016 23:15 utc | 20

b, 'It seems to have taken a "success" of 80+ killed people in Nice to move the U.S. away from supporting al-Qaeda.'

What sign is there - other than more fetid wind escaping from John Kerry's body - that the US has moved away from supporting al-CIAduh?

@19 Jaallernan, 'Imagine - just imagine how less violent this world would be without Neocons in power in the USA.'

That's the bottom line for me. No matter how bestial the individual killings of these monsters are, they are there and in action only because of the 'neo-cons in power in the USA'. That's were the buck stops. Those are the people responsible for at least - 2 million deaths - since the turn of the millennium. And for, in addition to the deaths, the devastation and destruction of ... Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Syria, Ukraine ... at least 7 nations.

Yes, the 'terrorists' are monsters, but at least they do their killing in person and take personal responsibility for it. The US does it all at arm's length, and that allows ordinary Americans - the only ones on earth who can bring down the monstrous American neo-cons - to shrug it off, to stay on the couch and do nothing. The real inhumanity of killing is the exclusive preserve of those who hire others to do it for them, of those gameboys who kill by drone, of those who profit from these monstrous crimes.

A vote for either of the monstrous candidates of the US War Party is a vote for more of the same. As is not voting for someone else - anyone else - as an alternative to these 15 years of war crimes. Americans need look no further than the mirror to discover the murderer of this boy - and of all the other Palestinian, Afghani, Iraqi, Yemeni, Syrian, Libyan, Ukrainian ..., children murdered by 'our' government in this 'New American Century'.

Posted by: jfl | Jul 20 2016 2:00 utc | 21

Regarding Nice, see this video.
At the back of the truck strange things are goin on.

We are all played.

Posted by: Obiwan | Jul 20 2016 10:10 utc | 22

US May Consider ‘Pause’ in Support of Syrian Rebels Beheaded 11yo Palestinian Boy

“If we [the United States] can prove indeed what happened and this group [al-Zenki] was involved in it… it would give us pause about any assistance or frankly any further involvement,” Deputy Spokesperson for the State Department, Mark Toner, said at a daily briefing on Tuesday.

“It's a PR problem. But if we can develop 'plausible deniability' about what happened or about al-CIAduh's involvement, or better - about both, we'll be able to keep the money and arms flowing seamlessly, no problem. (In fact, the taps will stay open even if we're forced to officially 'stand down'. Anything to keep kash flowing to the American MIC's bottom line, to keep delivering death, devastation, and destruction - chaos - flowing to any and all potential competitor countries wherever they are on the face of the earth, and deceit flowing to all.)”

The choice for all of us Americans on 7 November is ... are we with 'em or against 'em.

Not to vote is to stand with 'em.

Each of us needs to vote for whomever we like - but against the unadulterated evil of Trump/Clinton and the neo-con New American Century.

Posted by: jfl | Jul 20 2016 11:59 utc | 23

US, French raids kill 140 civilians in Syria

The Syrian Foreign Ministry said French warplanes targeted the village of Tukhan al-Kubra in the northern suburb of the city of Manbij in the Aleppo Province, killing 120 civilians.

Scores of other civilians remain unaccounted for following the attack, it added. According to the ministry, the fatalities came a day after a US airstrike killed 20 civilians in Manbij.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the biggest terrorist of all?

If this is 'in payment' for Nice, I guess the French are 'ahead'. I suppose they'll say that it's only 'terrorism' if you use a truck. If you use certified and approved war gear, it's war, and war's OK. Next hit in France ought to be really something.

The French people, too, ought to consider ... are we with 'em or against 'em. The US neo-cons that is. Their president and prime minister certainly are.

If we all can't do what's right ... and we've pretty well proven over the course of the past 15 years that we can't ... we ought at least to stop doing what hurts everyone so badly.

Posted by: jfl | Jul 20 2016 12:43 utc | 24

Don't you people read The USA and Russia are like totally on the same page now.

Posted by: Louis Proyect | Jul 20 2016 13:58 utc | 25


The link is Iran condemns as 'unacceptable' French raids on Syria village

Posted by: jfl | Jul 21 2016 1:52 utc | 26

"The USA and Russia are like totally on the same page now."

Until somewhere around November, Or so I would guess. Obama knows that Putin knows; and Putin knows that he knows.

To believe any different would imply that there's anyone left to take the U.S. government's solemn promises, or signatures, seriously.

And this latest cruel and personal killing of a child, by another proxy army of the neocolonial Death's Head, is sickening and revolting.

Posted by: Copeland | Jul 21 2016 3:12 utc | 27

jfl | Jul 20, 2016 8:43:28 AM | 24

It is said: "War is terrorism with a bigger budget."
So, I guess that qualifies the U.S. as the Grand Inquisitor of Terrorism on the Planet Earth.

Posted by: V. Arnold | Jul 21 2016 9:38 utc | 28

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