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z. Syria Syndrome

What are the Wahhabi Terrorists and Co. up to today?

(April 8, 2016) ISIL has reportedly executed 175 of the kidnapped workers, according to reports. The 175 victims were among 300 workers that the Wahhabi terrorist group had taken hostage from a cement factory in the town of Dumair northeast of Damascus.

(March 2, 2016) Bluff or True? Sick Saudi terrorists claim they have nuke warheads “Warning: Saudi Arabia, although a signatory to the Nuclear Weapons Non- Proliferation Treaty has just, in violation of its pledge, acquired atomic bombs from Pakistan.”

(February 17, 2016) Collapse of the Saudi Kingdom Looms. Saudi Arabia is no state at all. It’s an unstable business so corrupt to resemble a criminal organization…

(February 1, 2016) A total of 1,195 civilians were killed in Iraq in January, according to a report. About 50 percent of the victims, including dozens of women and children, were executed by the Wahhabi terrorists.

(January 23, 2016) U.S. Relies Heavily on Saudi Money to Support Syrian [terrorists.] “When President Obama secretly authorized the Central Intelligence Agency to begin arming Syria’s embattled rebels in 2013, the spy agency knew it would have a willing partner to help pay for the covert operation. It was the same partner the C.I.A. has relied on for decades for money and discretion in far-off conflicts: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“Since then, the C.I.A. and its Saudi counterpart have maintained an unusual arrangement for the rebel-training mission, which the Americans have code-named Timber Sycamore. Under the deal, current and former administration officials said, the Saudis contribute both weapons and large sums of money, and the C.I.A takes the lead in training the rebels on AK-47 assault rifles and tank-destroying missiles.”

(January 23, 2016) Iraq Prime Minister al-Abadi has accused Turkey of seeking to re-establish its Ottoman empire in the region, doubting Turkish government’s intention to fight ISIS, while calling for the withdrawal its troops from Iraq. “Turkey is telling us that it is eager to fight ISIS, but I’m telling them frankly, I’m not seeing evidence of that and I hope to see more evidence of their intention to fight ISIS,” al-Abadi said. “I think the Turks have to shift their priority from considering the Kurds as their problem, to ISIS as their major problem.”

“Turkey had extended its fight against the PKK into Iraq and hoped to do so into Syria as well.”

(January 17, 2016) Agents of Wahhabism in Syria have killed about 300 people and kidnapped at least 400 civilians in the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor on Saturday, the state-run SANA news agency and a monitoring group have said. Most of the victims of the “appalling massacre” were reportedly elderly people, women and children, who were killed for “for cooperating with the Syrian army.” The massacre took place in the village of al-Bagilya.

(January 12, 2016) Agents of Wahhabism kill 10 tourists and leave 15 others wounded in Istanbul. “Turkey’s intelligence services (!) had warned security forces twice of the possibility of attacks on foreign tourists in the last few weeks, Turkish newspaper Hürriyet said on Wednesday.”

(January 10, 2016) Saudi-backed, Wahhabi terrorists group (daesh) has executed 80 people near the Iraqi city of Mosul, according to local media. “A local source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Daesh members carried out the execution by firing squad at the Ghazlani military base near the militant-held city of Mosul, on Saturday afternoon, Arabic-language al-Sumaria satellite television network reported.”

 (January 7, 2016) Saudi Arabia-led coalition forces airdropped cluster bombs on residential neighborhoods in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, early on January 6, 2016. “The coalition’s repeated use of cluster bombs in the middle of a crowded city suggests an intent to harm civilians, which is a war crime,” said Steve Goose, arms director at Human Rights Watch. “These outrageous attacks show that the coalition seems less concerned than ever about sparing civilians from war’s horrors.”

(January 2, 2016) Turkish Military Kills Hundreds of Kurdish Fighters in Raids. Turkish armed forces killed about 300 Kurdish militants in military operation held in three districts across the Sirnak and Diyarbakir provinces in southeastern Turkey, according to the Turkish General Staff.

  • (December 28, 2015) As a result of Russian “airstrikes Daesh is changing routes of oil smuggling from Syria to Turkey. The terrorists have mapped new routes via northwestern regions of Iraq which are monitored by the US,” Russian MOD said.
  • (December 18, 2015) US military presence in Syria is violating the country’s sovereignty and not part of any anti-terrorist action, Syria’s deputy foreign minister has said. “We doubt that they [US troops] are sincere in their fight against terrorism. They do not coordinate their actions with the Syrian Army. This makes those forces illegal in Syria’s territory. One cannot say they are fighting terrorism,” said Syria’s deputy foreign minister in an interview with RIA Novosti.
  • (December 18, 2015) At least 30 Iraqi soldiers were killed and 20 others injured in a US air strike, said the head of Iraqi parliament’s Security and Defense Committee. “Thirty soldiers from the Iraqi Army’s 55 brigade were killed and 20 were injured in a US airstrike on the town of al-Naimiya in the al-Fallujah province,” according to the official statement obtained by Sputnik News.
  • World’s 2nd largest sponsor of terrorism forms “anti-terrorism” coalition (!)  Saudi Arabia has announced the creation of a 34-state majority Islamic coalition to fight what it calls international terrorism. “[We have] a duty to protect the Islamic nation [sic.] from the evils of all terrorist groups and organizations, whatever their sect and name, which wreak death and corruption on Earth and aim to terrorize the innocent,” the Saudi government said in a statement, adding that the “joint operations center” would be based in Riyadh.  The announcement was made shortly after air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition killed at least 15 civilians, and left about two dozen others wounded in two raids on the village of Bani al-Haddad, in Yemen’s northern Hajjah province, on the border with Saudi Arabia, said a report. [Notable members of the 34-nation military block, which is led by Saudi Arabia, include Turkey, Pakistan, Jordan, the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, Somalia, Qatar, Kuwait, Libya, Egypt, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria and Yemen, some of whose governments are actively sponsoring ISIL and other terrorist groups, and many others that are notorious for their human-right abuses.]
  • Turkey Refuses to Withdraw Troops From Iraq  “Our servicemen went to Iraq as instructors, their mission is limited to training,” Erdogan said at  a news conference in Ankara. “It is out of the question, at present, that Turkey will pull out its military from Iraq.”
  • Turkish troops are invaders. They are here “without a request from Iraqi government and without its permission, said Iraq’s PM, Haider al-Abadi.
  • SoCal shooting range people failed to raise the alarm  (December 8, 2015 )
    Reader’s comment: “A foreign couple, with the woman wearing Islamic hijab, covered head to toe including a “niqab, a veil that covered almost all of her face,” with only her eye showing, walk into a Southern California shooting range brandishing military style assault rifles — weapons of war — half dozen times and no one challenges them?  … Nice one FBI”
  • “Starting another round of war in the Middle East and probably in Ukraine, too?” (December 8, 2015 )
    Reader’s comment:  “It fits the big picture perfectly. The security industrial complex profits from chaos, but not from peace. Their success is ultimately based on influencing the Joe Public’s mind. Right now, we are witnessing a mini-9/11 episode played out in installments, which means there would be more tragic attacks, or at least attempted attacks, depending on how quickly the majority’s double-digit IQ can be manipulated.  With the hearts and minds ready to deploy the troops, and their hawkish president of choice “elected,” starting another round of war in the middle east and probably in Ukraine, too, would be like cakewalk!”
  • Air strikes kill 26 civilians in northeast Syria (2015-12-07)
    At least 26 civilians including seven children and four women were killed Monday in the village of al-Khan, near al-Hawl in Hasakah province, in NE Syria in strikes likely conducted by a US-led coalition.
  • Syria condemns U.S.-led airstrikes on its army positions  2015-12-07
    (Xinhua) — Syria’s Foreign Ministry on Monday condemned airstrikes Sunday by the U.S.-led coalition that targeted Syrian army positions in eastern Deir al-Zour province, state news agency SANA reported. “The aggression by the U.S.-led coalition constitutes an impediment to the counter-terror efforts and stresses again the coalition lacks credibility and seriousness in fighting terrorism effectively,” the ministry said in a statement.  The ministry said four coalition warplanes targeted a Syrian military camp in Deir al-Zour with nine missiles, killing three soldiers and wounding 13 others.
  • Weapons Companies’ Stocks Surge After Paris Attacks  (Nov. 18, 2015)
    “Shares of Lockheed Martin, known for its Hellfire missiles and its lead role in the troubled $1.5 trillion F-35 project, jumped 3.5 percent. Raytheon, manufacturer of Tomahawk missiles used in air strikes against ISIS, climbed 4.1 percent. Northrop Grumman, which in October landed a $55 billion deal to build the next stealth bomber, saw a 4.4 percent rise. Both General Dynamics, maker of F-16s, and Boeing, whose Small Diameter Bombs and Joint Direct Attack Munitions have been used in the air campaign against ISIS, ended the day with increases of 1.9 and 1.3 percent, respectively. On the first day of trading after the Paris attacks, the Dow Jones average rose slightly less than 1.5 percent.”
  • Global Disasters/ Significant Events – Nov. 30, 2013 November 30, 2013       SHAME ON YOU! An entire generation of Syrian children are becoming casualties of the Saudi-supported terrorist war in the country, with the UN refugee agency calling the situation as “a shameful milestone of conflict.” More than half of the 2.2 million Syrian refugees are children, young people aged 17 or under, as the country faces […]

8 Responses to “z. Syria Syndrome”

  1. Ted C. said

    FRANCIS BOYLE, fboyle at
    Boyle is professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law. He said today: “Any U.S. attack targeting the Syrian government or its forces would clearly violate both U.S. and international law. When Obama was in a similar position in 2013, his advisor Ben Rhodes [see below] has since commented that they turned back largely because they were afraid of impeachment. That fear is well founded. While the prospect of impeaching Trump is thrown around frequently for partisan purposes, on this issue, the constitution is clear: Initiating a war or any such attack without authorization is clearly impeachable.
    “Last year, at the National Press Club, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., claimed the authority to target the Syrian government stemmed from the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force. Gen. Dunford was totally incorrect. The AUMF passed after 9/11 has indeed been used to justify the bombing campaign purporting to target ISIS, but it cannot possibly be used to justify targeting the Syrian government.

    “Excuses of ‘humanitarian intervention’ have no basis in international law and in these circumstances are transparently hollow. Israel apparently just attacked Syria (illegal) from Lebanese airspace (also illegal). Israel itself just openly admitted that it is killing Palestinian civilian protesters — part of a decades-long brazenly illegal policy. The U.S. representative to the UN, Nikki Haley, prevented even an inquiry by the UN into the matter. There’s no evidence of any humanitarian concern here, simply a search for pretexts to pursue geopolitical goals which may well include carving up Syria.”

    Boyle’s books include Foundations of World Order (Duke University Press).

    In 2017, Ben Rhodes, Obama’s Deputy National Security Advisor, and foreign policy speechwriter, told Politico that President Obama feared impeachment if he targeted the Syrian government:

    Rhodes: “The only country in the world that was prepared to join us [in attacking the Assad government] was France. And we had no domestic legal basis. We actually had Congress warning us against taking action without congressional authorization, which we interpreted as the president could face impeachment.”

    Politico: “Really? Was the prospect of impeachment actually a factor in your conversations?”

    Rhodes: “That was a factor. Go back and read the letters from Boehner, letters from the Republican members of Congress. They laid down markers that this would not be constitutional.”

    House Speaker John Boehner wrote to Obama in 2013: “It is essential you address on what basis any use of force would be legally justified and how the justification comports with the exclusive authority of Congressional authorization under Article I of the Constitution.”


  2. G. Merrill said

    The brutal war in Yemen has intensified in recent days, with the Saudi-led coalition backed by the United States increasing its bombing campaign and blockade of ports. Meanwhile, the architect of the war, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has launched a widespread purge of the government, while using a missile launched from Yemen as a pretext to threaten war with Iran.

    Yet American lawmakers are still avoiding a vote on authorizing U.S. involvement in the conflict.

    Saudi Arabia relies heavily on the U.S. military for intelligence sharing, refueling flights for coalition warplanes, and the transfer of American-made cluster bombs, rockets, and other munitions used against targets in Yemen.

    The use of the AUMF in the Yemeni context is especially bizarre given that the resolution’s target is Al Qaeda, and the group AQAP — Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — is fighting alongside the U.S.-Saudi coalition against the Houthi rebels.

  3. Rick S. said

    Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Blasts US-Led Coalition for Trying to Protect Nusra Front in Syria

    Sergey Lavrov slammed Monday the United States for covertly protecting the Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist group that has taken part in the civil war in Syria.

    Lavrov said that the situation around the Nusra Front terrorist group (also known as Jabhat al-Nusra, banned in Russia) in Syria remains “very ambiguous,” as some members of the US-led coalition are constantly trying to protect militants from being eliminated.

    “They [the US] did not have the spirit or the courage or the ability… to dissociate Jabhat al-Nusra from those oppositionists [of Syria] with which the US side cooperated… This is absolutely unacceptable,” Lavrov said after talks with his Jordanian counterpart.

    The Nusra Front is a Salafist jihadist organization, which was formed in 2012 as an affiliate of al-Qaeda in Syria. At the time, US media praised it as the most powerful opposition group in the country. The organization gained power during the Syrian civil war, where it has been fighting against the country’s legitimate authorities.

    Since 2016 the group has been designated as a terrorist organization by the UN and the number of countries, including the US.

    The Russian military has been fighting Nusra Front militants since the start of its campaign in Syria in 2015. Earlier in September, the Russian general staff said that the ongoing operation in Syria will continue until the terrorists from the Nusra Front and Daesh are completely eliminated.

  4. Chris W said

    US-Led Strike on Syrian Forces is Blow to Fight Against Terrorism -Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

    The new US-led attack against pro-Damascus forces in Syria is a strike against the most effective counterterrorist force, the Russian foreign minister said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The latest US-led coalition attack on pro-government forces violates Syria’s sovereignty and causes concern in Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

    “Of course, this is an aggressive act that violates the sovereignty, territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic and is wittingly or unwittingly aimed against the most effective forces fighting terrorists on the ground,” Lavrov said.

    A French Air Force F-16 receives fuel from a fuel boom suspended from a US Air Force KC-10 Extender during mid-air refueling support to Operation Inherent Resolve over Iraq and Syria air space, March 15, 2017

    Fresh US-Led Coalition Strike in Syria Violates Int’l Law – Russia Deputy FM
    Speaking at a briefing alongside his Spanish counterpart, Lavrov said the airstrike in al-Tanf announced by the US Department of Defense on Tuesday “of course causes our concern.”

    Lavrov cited uncorroborated information that the pro-government forces attacked by the coalition sought to prevent terrorists from destroying two bridges connecting Syria with Iraq.

    “If this information is correct, which it apparently is, then the strikes were inflicted on forces that wanted to prevent terrorists’ intentions to destroy the communication opportunities between the two Arab countries,” he said.

  5. Kerry said

    Damascus 100% Certain That Terrorists Get Chemical Weapons Directly From Turkey

    DAMASCUS, April 21 (Sputnik) — Damascus is 100 percent certain that terrorists get chemical weapons and other financial and military support directly from Turkey, Syrian President Bashar Assad told Sputnik in an interview.

    “Directly from Turkey, and there was evidence regarding this, some of [it has] been shown on the internet a few years ago. You had many parties and parliament members in Turkey who questioned the government regarding those allegations. So, it’s not something hidden,” Assad said.

  6. T. W. said

    Syria: Media Cover Up of Crimes Committed by US Backed Al Qaeda “Rebels”

    Through selective reporting, the omission of facts and reliance on dubious sources of information, media outlets have sought to twist the facts and whitewash crimes committed by the rebels.

    This week, Syria saw one of its most deadly attacks against civilians fleeing al-Qaeda-held areas in Al-Fu’ah and Kafrayah through a government-rebel civilian swap. Rebels targeted and killed 126 people, including dozens of women and children, after a blast hit a convoy of evacuee buses Saturday.

    The evacuees, all of whom were Muslim Shiites, were scheduled to be bussed from the al-Nusra-Front-dominated Idlib Province as part of an evacuation deal between the rebels and the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

    Strangely, the fact that the victims targeted in the blast were all Muslim Shiites was either outright ignored by the media or construed as proof that they were “pro-Assad,” a term that much of the mainstream media uses as a pejorative.

    The rebels in Idlib, where the bombing took place, have been proven to be aligned entirely with the al-Nusra Front – otherwise known as al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch. This group and their associates have a specific interest in carrying out attacks against Muslim Shiites, whom they consider to be heretics along with Syria’s Christian minority and the Druze.

    This genocidal ideology, which has manifested itself repeatedly through the actions of terrorist groups and rebels active in the Syrian opposition, owes to the extreme Wahhabi leanings of these groups, which seek to unite Syria under their particular brand of extreme political ideology. Said differently, many of these extremist rebels seek to create a politically-motivated theocracy that parallels that of the Saudi Arabian government. This would only include Wahhabis and extremist Sunnis who share their ideology – supplanting Syria’s secular government, which has allowed a multiplicity of faiths to flourish without fear of state persecution.

    Despite their supposed commitment to “democracy” and self-determination in Syria, the media outlets that support the regime-change narrative promoted by foreign governments have conveniently omitted these facts from their coverage. For instance, Al Jazeera, funded by the Daesh (ISIS) and rebel-supporting Qatari government, refused to even mention the fact that the victims were Muslim Shiites, as well as omitting the fact that the attack occurred in al-Qaeda territory – even going so far as to imply that the attack was perpetrated by the Syrian government.

    Al Jazeera was by no means alone in twisting the facts. The BBC, funded by the pro-Syrian opposition British government, also insinuated that Assad’s forces were to blame for the attack, even claiming that the attack “would not be in the rebels’ interest” despite the fact that extremist Syrian rebels have been calling for the massacre of all Muslim Shiites in Syria for years and that even the U.S. government has admitted that anti-Assad groups, particularly Daesh, are committing acts of genocide against those of different faiths.

    In addition, most mainstream media coverage – from CNN to the Huffington Post – has concluded that there was “no evidence” that rebels were involved in the attack or that no one could be blamed as “no group had claimed responsibility.”

    CNN went on to dehumanize the Syrian victims fleeing al-Qaeda as Assad supporters just because they were Muslim Shiites, and described the attack as a “hiccup.”


  7. Kerry C. said

    “US Supports Terrorists Here, Just Like They Do in Syria, Iraq”

    “Speaking to Sputnik Arabic about the significance of Secretary Mattis’s visit, Muhammad Anam, senior leader of the General People’s Congress, Yemen’s main political party, said that he believed that the US would only be increasing its support for the Saudi-led coalition, and even shifting resources from its operations in Syria and Iraq to Yemen.

    The US has long been involved in the Yemeni conflict,” Anam noted. “Since March 2015, Washington has been providing military support to Saudi Arabia. It’s possible that the shelling of civilians, which have caused the deaths of many women and children, became the official reason for increased US involvement in the conflict.”

    In reality, the political leader argued, Washington’s calculations are far more sinister. “Officially, the US called for a fight against the terrorists from al-Qaeda and Daesh. However, the US supports these terrorists in Yemen, in the same way that they support them in Syria and Iraq.”

  8. D Scott said

    The media have been misleading the public on Syria

    Coverage of the Syrian war will be remembered as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of the American press. Reporting about carnage in the ancient city of Aleppo is the latest reason why.

    For three years, violent militants have run Aleppo. Their rule began with a wave of repression. They posted notices warning residents: “Don’t send your children to school. If you do, we will get the backpack and you will get the coffin.” Then they destroyed factories, hoping that unemployed workers would have no recourse other than to become fighters. They trucked looted machinery to Turkey and sold it.

    Militants, true to form, are wreaking havoc as they are pushed out of the city by Russian and Syrian Army forces. “Turkish-Saudi backed ‘moderate rebels’ showered the residential neighborhoods of Aleppo with unguided rockets and gas jars,” one Aleppo resident wrote on social media. The Beirut-based analyst Marwa Osma asked, “The Syrian Arab Army, which is led by President Bashar Assad, is the only force on the ground, along with their allies, who are fighting ISIS — so you want to weaken the only system that is fighting ISIS?”

    Washington-based reporters tell us that one potent force in Syria, al-Nusra, is made up of “rebels” or “moderates,” not that it is the local al-Qaeda franchise. Saudi Arabia is portrayed as aiding freedom fighters when in fact it is a prime sponsor of ISIS. Turkey has for years been running a “rat line” for foreign fighters wanting to join terror groups in Syria, but because the United States wants to stay on Turkey’s good side, we hear little about it. Nor are we often reminded that although we want to support the secular and battle-hardened Kurds, Turkey wants to kill them. Everything Russia and Iran do in Syria is described as negative and destabilizing, simply because it is they who are doing it — and because that is the official line in Washington.

    More at

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