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July 14, 2016

East-Aleppo Has Three Months Stockpiles - Two Days Later It's Running Out?

One of the stories below does not fit the others. How can that be?

Reuters, July 11:

Aleppo rebels brace for long Syrian government siege

Rebel areas of Aleppo have stockpiled enough basic supplies to survive months of siege by Syrian pro-government forces that cut off their half of the city last week, even though some goods are running out, an opposition official said.

LA Times, July 11:

Doctors travel a dangerous road to help ease the horrors of war-torn Aleppo, Syria

Anticipating a siege, local authorities stocked food for three months and medical supplies for three to six months, [Dr. Zaher] Sahloul said.

Wall Street Journal, July 13:

Syria’s Aleppo Running Out of Food, Medicine After Regime Forces Advance

Food and medicine have begun to dwindle in the city of Aleppo after an advance by Syrian regime forces effectively cut off the only road into the rebel-held side of the divided city, residents and opposition leaders said Wednesday.

Posted by b on July 14, 2016 at 12:26 UTC | Permalink


Red Herring

Posted by: Alex Cushing | Jul 14 2016 12:38 utc | 1

Fortunately for us and unfortunately for the rats and their minions hiding in Eastern Aleppo, they're lied so much to the point where nobody listens to them anymore.

The "lets bomb Syria" crowd in the West are shrinking by the day. Nobody gives a f*ck what they think/say anymore. It's summer time and people have better things to do than sob about some f*cking Al-Nusra rats getting their collective asses handed to them.

This war must wrap up by end of this year. As for the Syrian hotel opposition, they should do us all a favor by finding the nearest trash can and toss themselves in. They're done serving their usefulness!!!

Posted by: Zico | Jul 14 2016 12:38 utc | 2

It is must more 'sexy' for Wall Street journal and other desperate newspapers to report imminent starvation (soon accompanied with stock photos of children starved) than wait for 3 months..

Posted by: virgile | Jul 14 2016 13:06 utc | 3

Simple answer.
If it's about Syria, Russia, Putin
And it's in the WMSM
It's a lie.
But, they don't always coordinate their lies.

Posted by: Patrick Armstrong | Jul 14 2016 13:19 utc | 4

One of the ironies of years of dehumanizing Arabs, Muslims and Palestinians is that now it is very hard for them to play the humanitarian card. Even if the worst accusations against Russia are true (and they are absolutely false) nobody in the audience would care.

Posted by: Lysander | Jul 14 2016 13:34 utc | 5

yeah, looks like a last ditch effort to use the old R2P card?

there's no end to US treachery.

Posted by: john | Jul 14 2016 13:44 utc | 6

OBL - (n) CIA asset peddled to the masses as Al-Queda.
ABAB -(n) CIA asset peddled to the masses as Al-Nusra.
DJT - Goldman asset peddled to the masses as Al-Maga.

Dey des. Rey des. Now dis American Tealiban, dey be callin' fuh Sarahia Law. Dunno bout dat, she crackah.
Cut yeye she'ia, an do'an vote, mon. Dey nuh odda way.

Posted by: Cho Nyawinh | Jul 14 2016 13:55 utc | 7

I know it is anathema to link to RT on this site. It brings out almost as much bile as referring to the Saker. However, there is some truth in this article:

AND it helps to explain why the MSM are sometimes at odds over details ... they don't really matter as much as Russia baiting. Once someone said: 'It's the economy, stupid.' In the west economy = militarism/capitalism ... . Nothing else matters.

Posted by: rg the lg | Jul 14 2016 15:29 utc | 8

45 minute Dr. Assad interview ...

Posted by: ALberto | Jul 14 2016 15:49 utc | 9

The prestige press reporting from theaters of conflict where the U.S. has a direct stake -- Syria, Yemen, Ukraine, Libya, Somalia -- has become nonexistent or almost indecipherable. It is a little better when it comes to Iraq and Afghanistan. But not much. It is still tainted with the "U.S. are the good guys on a righteous mission" hokum. The NYT's reporting on Syria the last couple months has boiled down to "Kerry is to meet with Lavrov again." On the upside, there has been a lot more news about Turkey.

Posted by: Mike Maloney | Jul 14 2016 15:52 utc | 10

Je suis avec vous, frères et sœurs

Paris at War ...

Posted by: ALberto | Jul 14 2016 16:08 utc | 11

SPUTNIK REPORTS, With the backing of tanks, Israeli military bulldozers have entered the demilitarized zone that divides Israel and the Syrian Golan areas, constructing a set of anti-tank trenches and fortifications 300-500 meters inside the DMZ.

Posted by: ALberto | Jul 14 2016 16:15 utc | 12

The text of a story is written by reporters, but the headline is generally written by an editor. Tales of arguments between the two groups over appropriate titling are legion.

The text says supplies are 'dwindling' which is sort of true in that if you can't resupply and you stay alive the supplies will indeed dwindle.
The title was obviously crafted to be more politically alarmist but could also have a little 'truthiness' - maybe they are running out of fresh milk and tampons!

Posted by: sillybill | Jul 14 2016 16:31 utc | 13

ZATO always trots out a humanitarian crisis as a last resort when they're losing and they want to freeze the conflict to invade or resupply.

They would rather Assad would just leave and the Syrian government fall, but that's not going to happen. So now they'll start emphasizing the humanitarian crisis is rebel-held parts of Aleppo and whine about a ceasefire.

What they would love is some sort of permanent rebel enclave agreed to as part of a truce. An eternal thorn in the side of Assad and a convenient base for ZATO spying and Gulf-state funded attacks.

The problem that seems to escape Kerry is that the U.S. LOST the Syrian coup attempt. We are in the process of abandoning everyone that isn't of use to us. In true land-theft fashion, the only people we're still interested in are the ones that will die to hold land for us. Kerry still believes there is some clever way to block the Iranian-Iraqi-Syrian pipelines, and still build Qatari's Saudi-Syria-Turkish gas line. It's never going to happen, but they still cling to that fantasy.

What the U.S. and it's stooge partners are afraid of is where moderate head-choppers and their al Nusra and ISIS pals will end up in six months. They are being eradicated from Iraq and were trying to get to Syria (but were destroyed). They can't leave Syria for Iraq. They are either going to flee to Turkey or to Jordan. If they go to Jordan, then Jordan will fall without massive U.S., U.K., Israeli and Saudi Intervention.

These are desperate times for collapsing sado-neocon U.S. policy. They need a reason to freeze the conflict in Syria to keep the patchwork of stolen lands intact, and all those reasons are unworkable or just weak. And then there's that head-chopper emigration crisis they have to deal with.

The neocon's genocidal failures are already epic as it stands - Syria will be one for the books.

Posted by: PavewayIV | Jul 14 2016 17:10 utc | 14

"Lost the coup attempt". That matters not. The aim is to rubblelize, this became clear after Lybia. Every $ spent by an oil exporter is a $ less that flows into the coffers of the empire (unless it is spent on US exports = weapons) and in the days when the US wasn't so debt laden this wouldn't have mattered much there was more to go around now, many oil exporters have economies in ruins when they should be the richest. SA is an exception because of the deal put in place with them after the oil shocks caused by the US running out of gold in 1971 meaning that the US dollar became backed by oil and necessary military might to enforce it. The low price of oil is not specifically to target Russia and Venezuala etc that's a consequence, I think it's more a desperate attempt to stave off the demise of the US $. A low oil price increases the value of the $

Posted by: Nobody | Jul 14 2016 18:17 utc | 15

Nobody @15

"I think it's more a desperate attempt to stave off the demise of the US $. A low oil price increases the value of the $"

It is my belief that if automobile fuel co$t reached $5.00 a gallon to the consumer there would occur a violent rebellion of citizens.

Just my opinion

Posted by: ALberto | Jul 14 2016 18:27 utc | 16

Is Saudi Arabia threatening to turn Turkey into the next Syria?

"The Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, Adel al-Jubeir, said that Turkey knows very well that it is incapable of betraying the Syrian opposition with such ease, questioning the sudden and unexpected shift of attitude adopted recently by the Turkish Prime Minister.

“He [Turkish PM] is aware that Turkey is vulnerable to be divided by the Kurds; making such a fatal mistake will probably lead Turkey to collapse”.

Al-Jubeir’s remarks came as he held, yesterday, bilateral meetings with US Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Advisor Susan Rice.

“Under the current circumstances, Turkey cannot afford being attacked by the Turkish opposition forces. Unlike the Syrian armed opposition which is capable of overthrowing Syria’s Assad and standing against the Turks”, he added.

Posted by: Dean | Jul 14 2016 19:18 utc | 17

thanks b... @14 paveway sums it up well from my own perspective..

@15 nobody.. interesting conjecture that makes sense. i do believe world financial dynamics are so central to all this. thanks.

@17 dean.. sa is holding a losing hand, and don't know how to fold which makes it worse for them..

Posted by: james | Jul 14 2016 19:32 utc | 18

The establishment is not happy with the new British government's possible shift on Syria. The new foreign secretary Boris Johnson has stated in the past the desire to work with Russia and Syria against ISIS.

Posted by: Les | Jul 14 2016 19:41 utc | 19

Time magazine making a plea for the administration to help Nusra Front, not mentioned as the article as the rebels holding out in Aleppo

Posted by: Les | Jul 14 2016 19:51 utc | 20

matt lee at the end of this state dept daily briefing nails it..

Posted by: james | Jul 14 2016 19:57 utc | 21

They can make up another lie and say that the medicine supplies were bombed by the evil Russians and Assad.

The thing with lies is there is no limit of telling one lie to cover up another lie. Just depends on how pathetic and stupid the lies are and the weather how many actually believe.

The more lies the media tell the more they're complicit in war crimes.
When I'm president of the united nations of the universe, one of my first acts will be to indict media war criminals

Posted by: tom | Jul 14 2016 20:27 utc | 22

Interesting how well the Good Guy-USA/Bad Guy-Anybody else narrative works on allegedly intelligent people in the USA. Retired Lawyers, Doctors, and other educated people.

Posted by: fast freddy | Jul 14 2016 21:09 utc | 23

Time Magazine is one of America's oldest, continuously running CIA propaganda shops.

Posted by: fast freddy | Jul 14 2016 21:15 utc | 24

Just it is true that we are all dying, it's true that occupied Aleppo is running out of food and medicine. The headline just doesn't say how fast they will run out. It's all in how you phrase it, I guess, the sly dogs!

Posted by: WorldBLee | Jul 14 2016 22:04 utc | 25

More blowback or idiotback for france

Posted by: bbbb | Jul 14 2016 23:02 utc | 27

Curious if there was any type of "drill" planned today? #Nice

Posted by: Lozion | Jul 15 2016 0:37 utc | 29

Lol: "Police have told the media that identification documents have been found in the truck. Earlier reports said the attacker was of Tunisian origin."

Posted by: Lozion | Jul 15 2016 2:41 utc | 30

By one report there are a number of police officers among the dead in Nice. Security was high and even officers who were not usually armed were authorized to carry holstered weapons. Guardian:

Two weeks ago before the Nice attack, the authorities in France had announced that they were beefing up security measures for the holiday season by deploying armed police patrols on the beaches.

Officers belonging to the CRS riot police force, who have previously been equipped with batons and handcuffs, were allowed to wear special holsters carrying weapons for the first time. Bulletproof vests were also to be put at their disposal.

The move came two weeks after an unarmed French police chief and his partner were killed in a stabbing in front of their house outside Paris. Isis claimed responsibility for the attack, which has sparked a debate in France about whether the forces should carry weapons outside working hours. France remains in a state of emergency following November’s deadly attacks, which left 130 dead.

There was a large annual jazz festival due to start tomorrow with a concert by Rhianna -- both now cancelled.

Posted by: Susan Sunflower | Jul 15 2016 2:44 utc | 31

""French President Francois Hollande has vowed to strengthen his country's role in the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria after a deadly attack on Nice, which has not been claimed by any group.

"Nothing will make us yield in our will to fight terrorism. We will further strengthen our actions in Iraq and in Syria. We will continue striking those who attack us on our own soil," he said, in reference to the Islamic State group.

He also said he had called on reservists to boost the ranks of police and gendarmes. France's "operational reservists" include French citizens with or without military experience as well as former soldiers. Mr Hollande said they would in particular be used to boost "border controls".""

Posted by: Susan Sunflower | Jul 15 2016 2:59 utc | 32

What to think of ISIS's recent attacks in light of Kerry's 'last ditch' diplomacy and the ultimatum to Iran (to accept/join the effort for Assad's removal by August 1st)?

A cynic that has:

> explored the question of who/what ISIS is;

> asked, cui bono?;

> and who is not brainwashed by the MSM narrative of crazed, 'internet-radicalized' attackers;

might well think: pretext for intervention.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jul 15 2016 3:55 utc | 33

#Je suis Nice
#Je suis Nice et Légal
#Très très Légal en Bruxelles

Are we mourning Nice, or are we being stress-positioned to accept daily murder-hate-kill?
76 people killed by pharmaceutical opiods, *every day*, and countless more by CIA heroin.
It all depends on which way the Media Eye of Mordor chooses to direct your attention to.
Meanwhile, World Bank's upgrading all the East Ukraine roads to military attack capacity,
as $50 billion that was SS retirement fund is winging its way to the Junta Coup in Kiev.

Oh, look, a Pokemon Squirrel!

Posted by: Roitan | Jul 15 2016 5:30 utc | 34

virgile @ 3 Way to go, virgile! You nailed it. People starving in three months doesn't sell news today. What a pack of whores.

Posted by: Macon Richardson | Jul 15 2016 5:35 utc | 35

@14 pw, And then there's that head-chopper emigration crisis they have to deal with. '

Onesy twosy they'll move to the Eu, France and Belgium are favorite targets. They're trying 'the Malaysian archipelago', if you can believe the 'defense' wonks in Singapore.

Kerry and Obama and the neo-cons don't care where they go, as long as they keep up their end of the GWOT. So the US mic can keep up its end, and so there are fewer and fewer countries able even to stand up, let alone stand up to the US and its global Wehrmacht.

The spotlight's on Jill Stein now and she's in a win-win situation. She needs to add 'give peace a chance' to her invitations. She'll poll tens of millions of votes this time. I might write her in.

What's that go to do with the Murdoch's spin on starving East-Aleppo? The USA is the reason people are suffering in East-Aleppo, starving or not. The USA could end all these wars it started : stop arming, training, funding, covering for the 'usual' terrorists.

Posted by: jfl | Jul 15 2016 9:20 utc | 36

@Les 19
If Boris Johnson shows some cop on, backs his own publicly stated support of Russian/Syrian solution (Dec '15), that would indicate some early strong leadership. Much like the Italian secret service who have opened dialogue with their Syrian counterparts in regards to info on jihadist foreign nationals, a public vote of support from UK foreign secretary for the Russian/Syrian partnership should be seen as an admission from the west as to the reality of the Syrian crisis.

Does Boris back himself...or crumble under the party line...? Interesting choice by May too.

Posted by: MadMax2 | Jul 15 2016 10:37 utc | 37
Road Sector Development Project

Posted by: okie farmer | Jul 15 2016 11:57 utc | 38

Odd that the "terrorists" didn't bother to drive 8 miles up the coast road to Monaco, where they would have found a bounty of elites to run down.

Strange how they prefer to attack working stiffs over millionaires and billionaires.

And why no incursions into Israel? It's in the neighborhood.

Posted by: fast freddy | Jul 15 2016 12:18 utc | 39

Regarding the horrible murder of 84 people on Bastille Day (yesterday at around 11.00pm local time) along Nice's beachfront, I just posted the following at ZeroHedge:

{QUOTE} Tunisia is the only democracy in the Arab World.[15] It has a high human development index.[13] It has an association agreement with the European Union and is a member of La Francophonie, the Union for the Mediterranean, the Arab Maghreb Union, the Arab League, the OIC, the Greater Arab Free Trade Area, the Community of Sahel-Saharan States, the African Union, the Non-Aligned Movement, the Group of 77 and obtained the status of major non-NATO ally. In addition, Tunisia is also a state party [to] the principal world's institutions such as the United Nations or the International Criminal Court. Close relations with Europe – in particular with France[16] and with Italy[17][18] – have been forged through economic cooperation, privatisation and industrial modernization. {UNQUOTE} --

Word is this guy had both French and Tunisian citizenship. He was presumably some individual with significant, but not the most obvious, violent criminal tendencies. He probably was a severely sociopathic minor criminal who developed some additional issues.

It is important to pay attention to the facts, since this could happen in other contexts. It's an awful tragedy.

(Syria is arguably also an Arab democracy. Or at least as democratic as the great U.S.)

Posted by: blues | Jul 15 2016 12:46 utc | 40

It's a simple calculation.. You arm Wahhabi retards in the hope that they overthrow a government you don't like. Of course, these Wahhabi/Salafi retards eventually develop a mind of their own and bite the very hand that feeds them - it's called blowback!

I think Western citizens must really take their leaders to task for their stupid policies that end up hurting themselves.

While this tragedy is happening, there're still "policy makers"(aka highest paid wankers working for special interest groups) who're still pushing for sending more weapons to Wahhabi/Salafi retards. Mind you, these guys have been trained, by the West, on how to make explosives(rdx etc etc) and all sorts of shit. They're now roaming Europe, freely!!!

May the souls of the victims find peace.

Posted by: Zico | Jul 15 2016 13:43 utc | 41

Zico @41: it's called blowback!

It might be 'blowback' if we lived in a Democracy. In the undemocratic West, it is collateral damage for a policy that was made by and for political elites and their sponsors.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jul 15 2016 13:53 utc | 42

The ‘truth’ is probably in between … in any case the MSM spout ignorant, pol-oriented rubbish and don’t know the ground. On the topic of Syria it is a free for all, any BS can fly.

During a siege, the crucial points are, I could make a long list, see relevant in this case: handling attacks from the air (info channel by radio, etc.), and distribution of water, food, very basic med care (which includes removal of bodies..), plus the anticipation and organisation of possible evacuation.

From my lessons in the Civil Protection services, at age 15, 22, then again at 35. That implies of course a plan, a distribution of roles, a hiearchy that is respected, with Civil Protection taking on authority when direct orders of other kinds are AWOL.

Posted by: Noirette | Jul 15 2016 14:55 utc | 43

I suspect the jihadi's announcement of food sufficient for 3 months applied to them only, not the population at large...

Posted by: Marshalldoc | Jul 15 2016 16:39 utc | 44

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