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October 23, 2016

Renewed Jihadi Attack On Aleppo Supported By "Western" Propaganda Fakes

The three days of unilateral ceasefire Syrian and Russia had announced and kept for the besieged east-Aleppo expired today. No evacuations took place, no civilians or fighters left and no aid was delivered as "rebels" inside the besieged area shelled all possible crossings.

The U.S. supported al-Qaeda aligned Jihadis have used the pause to prepare for another attack on the government held parts of Aleppo city with the aim of opening a passage into the besieged eastern areas. They received enormous amounts of new weapons and munitions from the U.S. and their other supporters. The child beheaders of the U.S. supported radical Zinki group warned civilians in west-Aleppo city to stay away from military positions. That is impossible as the refugee filled, densely populated areas are in the immediate neighborhood of the front lines.

The renewed attack is expected in the south-west of government held west-Aleppo near the Ramoush-area and the Artillery Academy where the first attempted breach battle also took place. A second attack is expected in the north-west near the Castello road. It is possible that Turkish supported forces, who battle Kurdish troops to the north-east of Aleppo-city, will also try an attack on the city. The fight against the Kurds is a Turkish attempt to keep its logistic lines of communications to the Islamic State open. Turkey has supported, like Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the Islamic State for years. An attack on Aleppo by directly Turkish supported forces would be a serious breach of the Turkish-Russian agreements and lead to a further serious escalation and internationalization of the war. Turkey will not dare such a move without full U.S. support.

We have maintained here for some time that the Turkish President Erdogan has designs for Aleppo as well as Mosul. He wants to incorporate both cities and all areas north of and between them into Turkey. Erdogan now publicly announced these aims:

Speaking during an opening ceremony for an educational institution in Bursa on Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan compared the way that Syrians and Iraqis have been driven away from homes because of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; ISIS/ISIL), to how Turkish people were once forced out from the same cities.

Erdogan added that the cities of Mosul and Aleppo belong to the Turkish people.

This is a serious misinterpretation of teh areas population history and of Turkey's international agreements and borders as delineated after the first world war.

Erdogan also lamented that Turkeys national leaders were born outside of Turkey's current borders. Something he implied he will strive to correct. The Greek will not be happy to hear that. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey, was born in Thessaloniki.

The U.S. and its machinations against Syria and Iraq have set fire to a combustive area. It created an Islamist "revolution" in Syria that had no genuine base within the country. The Obama administration is now again fanning the flames. It supports Turkish moves on Mosul which the Iraqi government strongly rejects. Instead of calming down the war in Syria it again and again supports with new arms, money and propaganda the advances of al-Qaeda with its expansive designs in the area and beyond. An explosion, involving Russian forces and war with and within Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon is longer impossible. This is a very shortsighted playing of the great game. Serious consequences for countries of important U.S. interests, Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, will then become inevitable.

But the U.S. induced pro-Jihad propaganda is endless. Consider this tweet by the president of the Eurasia Group, a "political risk consultancy". Bremmer has 200,000 Twitter followers:

ian bremmer @ianbremmer

Statue of Liberty made from bombed rubble of Aleppo, by Syrian artist Tammam Azzam. Devastating.


8:36 AM - 22 Oct 2016

When I saw it first it had some 1,200 retweets.

It took me two minutes to find out that this picture was photoshopped (which is obvious) and published first in February 2013 by an Italian news-site. The artist lives and works in Dubai, not Aleppo. I responded:

Moon of Alabama @MoonofA

Pic first published in February 2013 - http://www.italnews.info/2013/02/12/tammam-azzam-larte-per-ricostruire-la-siria/ …
Artist lives+works in Dubai not Aleppo
@ianbremmer is a propagandist

9:57 AM - 22 Oct 2016

My tweet was retweeted some 90 times. But it found an echo in an Al Arabia interview with the artist and at the Independent's Indy100 site:

[D]uring an interview with Al Arabiya.net, Azzam said he was ‘surprised’ by what he said was the ‘wrong interpretation’ the picture had recently received, compared to the more positive reactions it received in 2012.
...
The Syrian artist explained: “The Statue of Liberty in New York does not represent US politics and I used it only as the symbol of freedom.”

“The piece at the time was carrying a message of optimism despite all of the destruction in Syria,” he added “but that was a long time ago.”

Meanwhile Bremmer's propaganda has been retweeted some 13,000 times with just as many "likes". He didn't retract it despite being called out and the multiple proven lies it contains. Why should he? The propaganda effect, with its implied call for military U.S. war intervention, is obviously great and such propaganda is what he gets paid for. His group is consulting on "political risk" it seem to actively help to create.

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@Lozion | Oct 25, 2016 12:41:02 AM | 100

Further, Mediterranean sea will be congested with warships, aircraft carriers and submarines from both sides.. and the bad guys have more.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-10-19/russia-deploying-largest-naval-force-cold-war-syria-nato-diplomat

Posted by: Jack Smith | Oct 25 2016 5:51 utc | 101

@Robert Beal | Oct 24, 2016 3:27:35 PM | 76
After re-checking the dictionary definitions of propaganda I'll stick to my guns on it being pollution. I fully agree with your second sentence though.

@those wondering about rebel "re-supply":

The US Army Special Forces Unconventional Warfare manual 2010(available online) has an entire section about special forces caching:

Appendix D Special Forces Caching
Caching is the process of hiding equipment or materials in a secure storage place with
the intent of recovering the items for future operational use.

Posted by: D. Barnes | Oct 25 2016 8:06 utc | 102

@100 Lozion
Kuznetsov (probably) due west of Lisbon
Tracking link in this article:
http://theweek.com/articles/657184/why-russias-only-aircraft-carrier-swaggered-through-english-channel

Posted by: Curtains | Oct 25 2016 9:13 utc | 103

Any Belgians or Dutch/Francophone blog readers care to give the blog any insight into Belgian actions in Syria...?

NATO plot fails miserably - Nuremberg 2.0 awaits?
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0eEaZKPOVE

Posted by: MadMax2 | Oct 25 2016 11:10 utc | 106

Russia, Turkey, Israel and a New Balance of Pow

This seems to be what’s unfolding now. If true, it is one of the shrewdest geopolitical chess moves by Russia we have seen. Far from an anti-Russian move by Erdogan to buy Israeli gas and push Gazprom out, Russia, Israel and Turkey are now in talks to combine forces to focus on the huge EU gas market. By feeding both Israeli gas and Russian gas through Turkey, Erdogan gets his Turkish gas hub dream, independent of his felt need to steal it from Syria or Iraq. DEBKAfile carried an earlier report, since removed, that part of the deal between Putin and Erdogan would also include cessation of Turkish covert aid to DAESH in Syria.

http://journal-neo.org/2016/10/25/russia-turkey-israel-and-a-new-balance-of-power/

Posted by: From The Hague | Oct 25 2016 11:53 utc | 107

Re: Posted by: From The Hague | Oct 25, 2016 7:53:03 AM | 110

Very interesting. And watch for Erdogan to unleash another 2-3 million refugees on the EU early in the New Year to swing the Dutch, French & German Elections away from the incumbents - unless they do what he wants before then.

Visa free travel to the EU being the first demand is it not?

Posted by: Julian | Oct 25 2016 12:21 utc | 108

@Julian #111

Engdahl's opinion on the EU politicians:


Silence of the Lambs-Refugees, EU and Syrian Energy Wars

One of the most bizarre phenomena in a very bizarre situation over the past year or longer is the refusal of any leading European Union political figure to openly discuss the reality behind the catastrophic social disruption being caused by the crisis from the influx of more than one million war refugees from Syria and other war-torn countries of the Middle East and North Africa. The EU debate on refugees, because of this silence, or refusal to talk about real causes and possible remedies, is leading to completely absurd statements by political veterans who know far better. It’s also feeding energy wars around the world, a good development not...

The refugees are a consequence of war. The war is a consequence of the decision by certain oil and military interests in NATO to retake or take new control of the world energy markets in oil and now, natural gas. As well, the war is a consequence of the reactions of other nations, including China and Russia and Iran, to the attempt by the United States and other Western countries to control global energy flows. Additionally and related, there is the reaction of extremist neo-Nazi elements in Ukraine, following a US-backed coup in 2014, to join that energy war with EU support, on completely fabricated grounds.

As a result of EU leaders’ silence, a tragic drama is unfolding that brings eerie echoes of the Thomas Harris novel, The Silence of the Lambs.

Inbreeding Danger?

A prime example of the idiocy having to be invented by serious politicians to justify their silence on the real issue at hand is a recent comment by German CDU Finance Minister, Wolfgang Schäuble.

Wolfgang Schäuble is a European politician who has endured more than most, and clearly thought more deeply than most on many issues of life. In many areas he is clearly not a shallow thinker. He guided Chancellor Helmut Kohl through the contentious and dangerous German reunification in 1990, a time when covert assassins’ acts eliminated two key German unification figures in the process, Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen and Treuhand head, Detlev Rohwedder, and clearly crippled Schäuble as well, though it was officially declared a “lone gunman.”

So what says Schäuble today regarding the most serious social crisis and disruption since the end of World War II in Germany?

In an interview with the German Zeit newspaper, opposing the idea that Europe can isolate itself from the flow of refugees from North Africa and the Arab Middle East, Schäuble declared, “That isolation is actually what would break us, would lead us into the degeneration of inbreeding. For us, Muslims in Germany enrich our openness, our diversity.” Then he added the following strange comment: “Just look at the third generation of Turks, precisely the women! This is indeed an enormous innovation potential!”

The last and,1 so far as I know, the only German politician to even point to the financial truth of who is behind creating the Islamic State or DAESH Said the truth and was promptly silenced. German Development Minister, Gerd Mueller, in a ZDF German national TV interview in August 2014, accused Qatar of financing Islamic State militants: “You have to ask who is arming, who is financing ISIS troops. The keyword there is Qatar – and how do we deal with these people and states politically?” Mueller was silenced by the Merkel coalition afterwards.


http://williamengdahl.com/englishNEO10Oct2016.php

Posted by: From The Hague | Oct 25 2016 14:08 utc | 111

@Julian #111

Engdahl's opinion on how the EU politicians treat the refugee crisis:


Silence of the Lambs-Refugees, EU and Syrian Energy Wars

One of the most bizarre phenomena in a very bizarre situation over the past year or longer is the refusal of any leading European Union political figure to openly discuss the reality behind the catastrophic social disruption being caused by the crisis from the influx of more than one million war refugees from Syria and other war-torn countries of the Middle East and North Africa. The EU debate on refugees, because of this silence, or refusal to talk about real causes and possible remedies, is leading to completely absurd statements by political veterans who know far better. It’s also feeding energy wars around the world, a good development not...
The refugees are a consequence of war. The war is a consequence of the decision by certain oil and military interests in NATO to retake or take new control of the world energy markets in oil and now, natural gas. As well, the war is a consequence of the reactions of other nations, including China and Russia and Iran, to the attempt by the United States and other Western countries to control global energy flows. Additionally and related, there is the reaction of extremist neo-Nazi elements in Ukraine, following a US-backed coup in 2014, to join that energy war with EU support, on completely fabricated grounds.

As a result of EU leaders’ silence, a tragic drama is unfolding that brings eerie echoes of the Thomas Harris novel, The Silence of the Lambs.

Inbreeding Danger?

A prime example of the idiocy having to be invented by serious politicians to justify their silence on the real issue at hand is a recent comment by German CDU Finance Minister, Wolfgang Schäuble.

Wolfgang Schäuble is a European politician who has endured more than most, and clearly thought more deeply than most on many issues of life. In many areas he is clearly not a shallow thinker. He guided Chancellor Helmut Kohl through the contentious and dangerous German reunification in 1990, a time when covert assassins’ acts eliminated two key German unification figures in the process, Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen and Treuhand head, Detlev Rohwedder, and clearly crippled Schäuble as well, though it was officially declared a “lone gunman.”

So what says Schäuble today regarding the most serious social crisis and disruption since the end of World War II in Germany?

In an interview with the German Zeit newspaper, opposing the idea that Europe can isolate itself from the flow of refugees from North Africa and the Arab Middle East, Schäuble declared, “That isolation is actually what would break us, would lead us into the degeneration of inbreeding. For us, Muslims in Germany enrich our openness, our diversity.” Then he added the following strange comment: “Just look at the third generation of Turks, precisely the women! This is indeed an enormous innovation potential!”

The last and,1 so far as I know, the only German politician to even point to the financial truth of who is behind creating the Islamic State or DAESH Said the truth and was promptly silenced. German Development Minister, Gerd Mueller, in a ZDF German national TV interview in August 2014, accused Qatar of financing Islamic State militants: “You have to ask who is arming, who is financing ISIS troops. The keyword there is Qatar – and how do we deal with these people and states politically?” Mueller was silenced by the Merkel coalition afterwards.


http://journal-neo.org/2016/10/10/silence-of-the-lambs-refugees-eu-and-syrian-energy-wars/

Posted by: From The Hague | Oct 25 2016 14:54 utc | 112

Turkey could carry out ground operations against PKK in Iraq - foreign minister

He accused Iraq's central government in Baghdad of "tying itself to a terrorist organisation" and said Turkey would take whatever steps necessary to protect its soldiers stationed at the Bashiqa military camp, near the northern city of Mosul.

"If there is a threat to Turkey from Iraq, we will use all our resources and rights, including a ground operation," Cavusoglu said in an interview with the Kanal 24 TV station.

. . .

Turkey says it has a responsibility to protect ethnic Turkmens and Sunni Arabs in the area around Mosul, once part of the Ottoman empire. It fears both PKK militants and Shi'ite militias, which the Iraqi army has relied on in the past, will be used in the campaign and stoke ethnic bloodletting.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Oct 25 2016 15:13 utc | 113

According to Urban dictionary: Amerika: A word used to describe the worst sense of the United States, i. e. imperialism, corruption, and the global exportation of American culture. Thanks will change. :-)
Posted by: Jack Smith | Oct 25, 2016 12:03:44 AM | 99

KKK in AmeriKKKa reflects the outrageously brutal White Christian racism which is an integral part of the DNA of the country which spawned the Klu Klux Klan = anonymous, cowardly, abusive White Folks doing God's Work. The Perfidious Albion and its Christian Colonial Eurotrash competitors are just as racist as Yankees when 'abroad'.

However, what distinguishes AmeriKKKa, Ysrael & South Africa from the rest of the world's violent racist supremacist nations is that the latter 3, far from checking their racism at home, hone and fine tune it at home. Home is where blood and misery are always on display.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Oct 25 2016 15:42 utc | 114

RE TURKEY AND CIA: http://www.voltairenet.org/article193819.html

Posted by: mike keleher | Oct 25 2016 15:47 utc | 115

@RudyM 91, Oh my. You link indirectly to Mother Jones? They either sold out or were infiltrated long ago. Strictly Republocrat, vetted BS.

As far as the article by Scott Creighton itself, which embedded the quote from MJ, it's much more interesting and nuanced. Scott makes a good case that Assange has deep roots working with law enforcement and was mentored by Gavin MacFadyen of the Centre for Investigative Journalism. I believe CIJ was the outfit that selectively leaked documents from Panama purporting to show the corruption of Putin but miraculously missing any documents about Western bigwigs using the same schemes. It could well be that Wikileaks is indeed the honeypot Scott claims it is. The early endorsement by Cass Sunstein does seem to cast doubt on Wikileaks' claim to be an authentic anti-establishment collector/distributor of leaks. On the other hand, there's also no doubt that Cass Sunstein would know that his own endorsement would be a red flag amongst anti-establishment people. It's also possibile that Assange used the CIA to get started, always intending to leak stuff they didn't want along with what they did. And of course Scott could be right that Wikileaks is a tool, whether witting or unwitting, of a faction within the intelligence community that now supports Trump, hates Clinton, is trying to prevent war between Russia and the US, or simply entered government service out of idealistic motives, believes in democracy and sees it as their duty to oppose oligarchy and State Crimes Against Democracy. William Binney suggested something similar earlier this year when he pointed out that the NSA had the content of all DNC emails and that many at the NSA are not happy with Clinton's cavalier handling of classified information.

But in the final analysis, it's all meaningless. Ad hominem "logic" regarding Assange's roots, whether or not he is a honeypot, etc has no bearing on the truth or falsity of what he is revealing, any more than whether or not Russia is somehow involved in the leaks. So far, nobody has challenged the veracity of the Podesta leaks, but the corporate media is refusing to pick them up.

But setting aside all this infighting amongst those with their fingers on the levers of power, what we all need to decide is this: Do we want faction A of the establishment, faction B of the establishment or do we want something else entirely? If we don't want an establishment candidate to win the Presidency, then we really have only two choices in this election, and they will become viable as soon as people decide they don't want the establishment to win: jill2016.com or johnsonweld.com. Personally, I endorse Jill Stein.

Posted by: William Rood | Oct 25 2016 18:22 utc | 116

Sorry. Looks like my post went for the wrong thread. Should have been yesterday's.

Posted by: William Rood | Oct 25 2016 18:25 utc | 117

Uh, no. Right thread. It just should have referenced 93, not 91

Posted by: William Rood | Oct 25 2016 18:27 utc | 118

@105, @106, @108. Thank you gents. According to the signal app provided in one of the links it looks like ETA to Tartous for the fleet is to be November 2nd. Interesting timing..

Posted by: Lozion | Oct 26 2016 4:18 utc | 119

@From The Hague | 107
When the Israel-Turkey agreement was first publlished a few months back my immediate thought was that RF was involved - simply because RF's diplomatic efforts in the ME have been full on for a while now especially on the two fronts of energy and Syria. However what dampened my enthusiasm then was a string of articles casting serious doubt over the seriousness of the agreement - some going so far as to say that it was a front being used by both governments to re-engage diplomatically and re-kindle relations.
Will be very interesting to see what happens.
There seems also to be a lpt more RF - KSA cooperation on the table now as well ...

Posted by: AtaBrit | Oct 26 2016 10:40 utc | 120

The rethoric heats up.. Under pressure from NATO Spain declines the Russian fleet stopover:
https://www.rt.com/news/364140-russia-aircraft-carrier-spain-nato/

Posted by: Lozion | Oct 26 2016 16:50 utc | 121

Another corollary of the Russian fleet being deployed to the Eastern Med is the possible access via the Suez Canal (see recent joint Russian/Egyptian maneuvers) to the Yemen coastline..

Posted by: Lozion | Oct 26 2016 20:22 utc | 122

Somehow the "renewed jihadi attack on Aleppo" did not materialize yet. Perhaps they are brining in more fighters and weapons, and the pattern of repeating attacks grinding SAA defenses can still repeat. However, SAA and allies are bringing in more fighters too, and today there was a news item that Russians are bringing choppers to Aleppo airport.

Aleppo is too far to use helicopters from Latakia. OTOH, Russians are risk-averse to some degree, so this means that manpads do not present as big a danger as some thought, and that there is some deal about an offensive increasing the perimeter around Aleppo airport which at one end is about half a mile from rebel positions. So far, attacks at East Aleppo rebels were from the north and west, not south-east.

Longer preparation of positions should give more advantage to SAA and allies.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Oct 27 2016 17:16 utc | 123

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