Posts Tagged ‘Syria’

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Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country

“Saudi Arabia has created a Frankenstein’s monster over which it is rapidly losing control. The same is true of its allies such as Turkey which has been a vital back-base for Isis and Jabhat al-Nusra by keeping the 510-mile-long Turkish-Syrian border open. As Kurdish-held border crossings fall to Isis, Turkey will find it has a new neighbour of extraordinary violence, and one deeply ungrateful for past favours from the Turkish intelligence service.”

Article doesn’t provide much new reporting. It does, however, nicely tie Hillary Clinton, then Secretary of State, to Treason, covering up Saudi state support for Al Qaeda:

“Saudi sympathy for anti-Shia “militancy” is identified in leaked US official documents. The then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote in December 2009 in a cable released by Wikileaks that “Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qa’ida, the Taliban, LeT [Lashkar-e-Taiba in Pakistan] and other terrorist groups.” She said that, in so far as Saudi Arabia did act against al-Qa’ida, it was as a domestic threat and not because of its activities abroad. This policy may now be changing with the dismissal of Prince Bandar as head of intelligence this year. But the change is very recent, still ambivalent and may be too late: it was only last week that a Saudi prince said he would no longer fund a satellite television station notorious for its anti-Shia bias based in Egypt.”

Prince Bandar is a central figure in this ISIS movement to wage a war of annihilation against the Shia and to create a caliphate across Asia. The US sees this as wonderful, as the main Shia stronghold is, of course, Iran.

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Turkey’s role has been different but no less significant than Saudi Arabia’s in aiding Isis and other jihadi groups. Its most important action has been to keep open its 510-mile border with Syria. This gave Isis, al-Nusra and other opposition groups a safe rear base from which to bring in men and weapons. The border crossing points have been the most contested places during the rebels’ ‘civil war within the civil war’. Most foreign jihadis have crossed Turkey on their way to Syria and Iraq. Precise figures are difficult to come by, but Morocco’s Interior Ministry said recently that 1122 Moroccan jihadists have entered Syria, including nine hundred who went in 2013, two hundred of whom were killed. Iraqi security suspects that Turkish military intelligence may have been heavily involved in aiding Isis when it was reconstituting itself in 2011. Reports from the Turkish border say Isis is no longer welcome, but with weapons taken from the Iraqi army and the seizure of Syrian oil and gasfields, it no longer needs so much outside help.

 Of course I would disagree with the title of this article, by Patrick Cockburn:

The rise of Isis is the ultimate disaster for the US, Britain and their allies who invaded Iraq

Ultimate disaster for the US? Bullshit. This has been their outright strategy since 2006:

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It’s a disaster for the little people who live there, not for the US or Britain who were kicked out of Iraq by the Iran-friendly Maliki regime. Now they are destroying Maliki, and the “Caliphate” seeks to destroy Iran and Shia generally. This sort of hyperbolic gibberish, from Patrick Cockburn, makes me doubt his sincerity sometimes.

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The Fall of Iraq – What You Aren’t Being Told

 

Previously:

 

The Syrian War You’re Not Being Told

 

Refugees Fleeing ISIS Offensive Pour Into Kurdistan

 

US proxy wars, financed and armed by extremist Persian Gulf regimes and “friends” have taken Iraq from the 20th century back to the 8th century. Heckuva job, Barry and Shrub.

If anyone thinks the ghouls in Washington DC give a slightest fuck about the lives of any foreign civilians, anywhere, ever, they are completely deluded.

ISIS was aided and abetted by US allies — for years — in order to attack Syria. Now they are aided and abetted.

Genital mutilation of 4 million Iraq women ordered by militants, UN says

 

 UPDATE:

Some reporters are calling it a hoax, but a UN spokesperson says there are “current reports.”

 

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As Iraq Burns, US Plans $500 Million to Terrorists in Syria

 

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ISIS: The unsurprising surprise that is sweeping Iraq

The brilliant battlefield maneuvers trace back to an ethnic CHECHEN who served in the US puppet GEORGIAN regime military. Article waits until the very last paragraph:

While there are clear indications that Iraq’s security forces simply buckled under pressure from ISIS, closer examination reveals that Iraqi security forces were also significantly out-strategized. Indeed, ISIS’ military commander in Iraq was trained by the United States. Umar al-Shishani—an ethnic Chechen from the “Kist” sub-group who grew up in Georgia and later served in its US-funded Army—is commander of ISIS’ northern sector, which is now leading ISIS forces in northern Iraq. According to Hahn, the north Caucasus jihadi expert, Shishani’s military background includes training in the US-sponsored Georgian Train and Equip Program (GTEP), an effort aimed at enhancing Georgia’s “counter-terrorism capabilities and [addressing] the situation in the Pankisi Gorge” area of that country. Because he was trained by the United States, Hahn says, Shishani “probably has a good understanding of the Iraqi Army’s strategy.”

 

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US-Sponsored Terrorism in Iraq and “Constructive Chaos” in the Middle East

Some will argue that US foreign policy in the Middle East is a “failure”, that policymakers are “stupid”. It’s not a failure and they’re not stupid. That’s what they want you to think because they think you’re stupid.

 

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From the “no shit” department…

 

Sunni caliphate has been bankrolled by Saudi Arabia

From Aleppo in northern Syria almost to the Iraqi-Iranian border, the jihadists of Isis and sundry other groupuscules paid by the Saudi Wahhabis – and by Kuwaiti oligarchs – now rule thousands of square miles.

Now a little reality check.

For many years little old me has been writing on the US deals with the devils, from the Saudis to dictators all around the earth. The debacle in Syria, next door to Iraq, has been one of the most glaring and despicable events in modern history.

Under Bush the “redirection” decided to partner up with Sunni regimes in the Middle East in order to finish off the allies of Russia and Iran and to some degree China as well. Empire games. Grand chessboard.  Death squads.

Libya was bombed. Arms and money poured in to rile up the so-called “Arab Spring” and to guide it in directions that the US and its partners preferred (main partner with the deep pockets being Saudi). That meant anyone who would go kill or blow themselves up near America’s targeted enemies was no longer considered a “terrorist,” and that the long-hyped “war on terror” was a fraud, a gimmick, a sham for the uninformed.

In Libya America became “Al Qaeda’s Air Force” according to Representative Kucinich, and the Al Qaeda flag wound up flying over the court house in Benghazi.

Syria would be many times worse than the carnage in Libya. America’s allies: Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and many others, had Syria surrounded on all sides. They trained, armed, funded, coordinated thousands upon thousands in terrorist militias to take over the Syrian countryside, and to create fake pretexts for sending in even more direct military aid.  The Syrian terror brigades had their own public relations arm, known to the western media world as “activists,” but in reality these were the propagandists of that illegal war, a foreign-sponsored war and “Jihad.”

Thousands of civilians were killed in order to take pictures of their bodies and to claim that Assad had done it, when in reality it was the terrorists themselves.  The criminal complicity of western media, repeating bald lies with flimsy evidence, actually ENCOURAGED more war crimes, massacres of children with nerve gas, etc.

The western media could be relied upon to spin just one story: everything bad was Assad’s fault, no matter what the facts were.

But you know, it’s pointless trying to tell you people the truth.  You don’t give a flying fuck. No one is blowing up your neighborhoods, and you have the morality of an insect nest.

Heck of a job there in Iraq.  Let’s all cry patriotic tears staring at the national rag…

 

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To the entire political and media class: Fuck you.

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Washington is supplying some Syrian rebels with both “lethal and non-lethal” aid, according to National Security Adviser Susan Rice…

Three years and 160,000 dead later Obama decides to start dumping BILLIONS in more weapons on the Syrian insurgents.  The great peacemaker is just getting ramped up.  His Jihadi allies, armed through Saudi, Qatar Turkey and Libya have failed  (good), and so the US has thrown the pretense of law and treaties straight out the window.

“The US is “the single largest contributor of humanitarian assistance, providing over $1.7 billion” in assistance, Rice told CNN.”

Humanitarian.  Right. Like those humanitarian nerve gas bombs Al Nusra was using in its false flag attacks last year.  We’re all about humanitarianism while ramping up a bloody civil war so that Washington gets its way and topples a Russian ally on the Mediterranean.

US admits sending ‘lethal aid’ to Syrian rebels

Sorry Americans, you can’t be that fucking deluded and gullible.  The war is funded and armed from outside Syria.  It is an imperial project, a meat grinder allied with extremist Al Qaeda fanatics, who are conveniently ready to die fighting on America’s side this time.  Do the fucking math.

All Members shall settle their international disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security, and justice, are not endangered.
-Charter of the United Nations, the “supreme law of the land

 

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Water War? Turkey Cuts Water Supply to Syria – Euphrates Shut Down

In another glaring act of war, the Euphrates river has been blocked and Aleppo’s 7 million residents wait desperately for the water to run out.

NATO member and US partner Turkey has hosted Jihadist terrorist brigades on its territory since 2011.  It has been accused of providing chemical weapons to the Al Nusrah brigades, and its president was exposed for concocting a false flag attack against the Syrians.

This latest act of war will lead to even more dire consequences, as the jackals continue to rip at what is left of Syria.  All concepts of the laws of war and the fight against terrorism have been thrown out the window in order to further western interests in the Middle East.

 

US support for Syrian terrorists, insurgents, “activists” and whatever the hell you want to label them spans back to 2006/7.  But PBS finally did some investigating, and so that’s something.  Previously the Wall Street Journal exposed a CIA training program in Jordan.  The US supports terrorism with impunity and directs it against its strategic enemies.  This is the favored method of warmaking as it is cheaper with disposable shock troops who aren’t US citizens.

The complete destruction of Syria continues

Syrian Rebels Describe U.S.-Backed Training in Qatar

…training in the use of sophisticated weapons and fighting techniques, including, one rebel said, “how to finish off soldiers still alive after an ambush.”

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(Look like fine upstanding chaps, nothing terrory about that lot.)

Hillary’s State Department Refused to Brand Boko Haram as Terrorists

The group has connections to Al Qaeda in Syria — you know that magical place where the US government likes Al Qaeda.

Is the U.S. Government Funding Boko Haram? #BringBackOurGirls

 

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By Bill Blum

Arseniy Yatsenuk, it should be noted, has something called the Arseniy Yatsenuk Foundation. If you go to the foundation’s website you will see the logos of the foundation’s “partners”.  Among these partners we find NATO, the National Endowment for Democracy, the US State Department, Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs in the UK), the German Marshall Fund (a think tank founded by the German government in honor of the US Marshall Plan), as well as a couple of international banks. Is any comment needed?”

“The Russians are coming … again … and they’re still ten feet tall!”

So, what do we have here? In Libya, in Syria, and elsewhere the United States has been on the same side as the al-Qaeda types. But not in Ukraine. That’s the good news. The bad news is that in Ukraine the United States is on the same side as the neo-Nazi types, who – taking time off from parading around with their swastika-like symbols and calling for the death of Jews, Russians and Communists – on May 2 burned down a trade-union building in Odessa, killing scores of people and sending hundreds to hospital; many of the victims were beaten or shot when they tried to flee the flames and smoke; ambulances were blocked from reaching the wounded. Try and find an American mainstream media entity that has made a serious attempt to capture the horror.

And how did this latest example of American foreign-policy exceptionalism come to be? One starting point that can be considered is what former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Robert Gates says in his recently published memoir: “When the Soviet Union was collapsing in late 1991, [Defense Secretary Dick Cheney] wanted to see the dismemberment not only of the Soviet Union and the Russian empire but of Russia itself, so it could never again be a threat to the rest of the world.”  That can serve as an early marker for the new cold war while the corpse of the old one was still warm. Soon thereafter, NATO began to surround Russia with military bases, missile sites, and NATO members, while yearning for perhaps the most important part needed to complete the circle – Ukraine.

In February of this year, US State Department officials, undiplomatically, joined anti-government protesters in the capital city of Kiev, handing out encouragement and food, from which emanated the infamous leaked audio tape between the US ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, and the State Department’s Victoria Nuland, former US ambassador to NATO and former State Department spokesperson for Hillary Clinton. Their conversation dealt with who should be running the new Ukraine government after the government of Viktor Yanukovich was overthrown; their most favored for this position being one Arseniy Yatsenuk.

My dear, and recently departed, Washington friend, John Judge, liked to say that if you want to call him a “conspiracy theorist” you have to call others “coincidence theorists”. Thus it was by the most remarkable of coincidences that Arseniy Yatsenuk did indeed become the new prime minister. He could very soon be found in private meetings and public press conferences with the president of the United States and the Secretary-General of NATO, as well as meeting with the soon-to-be new owners of Ukraine, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, preparing to impose their standard financial shock therapy. The current protestors in Ukraine don’t need PHDs in economics to know what this portends. They know about the impoverishment of Greece, Spain, et al. They also despise the new regime for its overthrow of their democratically-elected government, whatever its shortcomings. But the American media obscures these motivations by almost always referring to them simply as “pro-Russian”.

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