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08 May 2015 @ 02:30 pm
Sitrep Aleppo, Syria January  
With Aleppo Encircled, West Seeks Wildcard to Save its Terror Hordes
23.01.2015 Author: Tony Cartalucci

The Syrian Arab Army is reportedly close to completely encircling militants that have occupied the northern city of Aleppo since they invaded it from NATO territory in 2012. Once the encirclement is complete, analysts believe the the city will be finally liberated, in a process similar to the retaking of Homs further south.

The desperation of militants facing this final phase in the Battle for Aleppo is indicated by their Western sponsors’ attempts to broker a ceasefire and arrange “aid” to reach them. Similar attempts were made in vain during the closing phases in the Battle for Homs in mid-2014 – with the city of Homs having been an epicenter of terrorist activity beginning in 2011, and now under the control of the Syrian government.  Small pockets of militants have been isolated within Homs, allowing order to be restored across the majority of the city and the surrounding region.

As the Syrian government systematically regains control of a nation up-ended by Western-backed terrorists flooding the country accompanied by a seemingly inexhaustible torrent of cash, weapons, and equipment, the desperation of these Western interests has visibly increased.

The Guardian, chief among the many propagandists distorting the conflict since it began in 2011, is now attempting to form a narrative extorting global security by claiming only by NATO establishing a no-fly-zone over Aleppo and repelling Syrian government forces, can “moderate rebels” hold on to the city and repel lingering “Islamic State” (ISIS) forces.

In a report titled, “Syrian rebels prepare to defend ruined Aleppo as troops and militias close in,” the Guardian claims:
Since then the regime’s incremental gains have been hard fought, with most inroads being pushed back by rebel fighters and locals, both still reeling from their losses of manpower in the war with Isis. Meanwhile Isis has lurked 20 miles away, taunting the Islamic Front with a radio station it has set up that regularly plays Islamic chants insulting the group’s members.
“They were strategic [losses] for us,” said the Aleppo commander of the gains by Isis. “And [yet] the Americans doubt our commitment to fighting them? When [the US] came back to Syria, we thought the least they could do is to stop Assad’s air force from flying. But they have bombed the city more than at any time before the Americans arrived. Of course we believe they have a deal with the regime. It is obvious.”

Of course the reality is that the US has merely used ISIS as a pretext to violate Syrian airspace, with the next step being to establish long-planned no-fly-zones, if possible, to thwart the Syrian Arab Army. Just as in Libya, the no-fly-zone would simply hand the rest of Syria over to ISIS and other Al Qaeda affiliates – clearly the most dominate militant force engaged in fighting the Syrian government, and clearly the recipients of the vast majority of material support supplied by NATO and their regional partners, most notably Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Israel.

It should be noted, that while the Guardian claims the remaining encircled militants in Aleppo are at odds with ISIS, the same report admits these same militants coordinate with US State Department listed foreign terrorist organization, Al Nusra. The Guardian would admit:
The fight for Zahraa, one of the few Shia enclaves in northern Syria, is being led by the al-Qaida-aligned Jabhat al-Nusra, with whom the Islamic Front have an understanding but no formal alliance. After barely holding ground for much of the past year, al-Nusra recently seized large chunks of territory near the Turkish border, reasserting itself as a power player at the expense of non-jihadist groups. The fast-changing dynamic is forcing a new reckoning with the Islamic Front, which says it has waited fruitlessly for help from Arab states that was promised but never delivered.

These same ISIS forces that are allegedly at odds with “moderate rebels” have seen thousands of so-called “moderates” defecting into their ranks recently bringing with them large sums of Western cash and weapons. That Al Qaeda – both Al Nusra and ISIS – seems to thrive along the Turkish border indicates that NATO support is not at all going to “moderate rebels,” but instead, intentionally to Al Qaeda, or to moderate groups NATO knows is working with, or soon to join Al Qaeda.

With a menace of the its own creation – perpetuated to this day and thriving along the borders of NATO, seeking safe-haven in NATO territory and receiving an uninterrupted line of supplies from NATO territory with absolute impunity – the West seeks to extort from the world through fear of ISIS’ spread, greater direct military intervention, up to and including no-fly-zones, and perhaps more muscular policies including the carving out of “safe havens” within which ISIS can stage larger and more effective military operations deeper into Syria.

As exposed in 2007 by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and veteran journalist Seymour Hersh in his New Yorker report titled, “The Redirection,” the West conspired to intentionally build up and unleash terrorist mercenaries affiliated with Al Qaeda across the Arab World to fight a proxy war against Iran and its growing arc of influence. US support was to be laundered through Saudi Arabia as to maintain a veneer of plausible deniability and operational compartmentalization. Clearly, what is unfolding in Syria today, is the verbatim manifestation of Hersh’s meticulous, 9-page report.

To confound this criminal conspiracy, Syria and its allies must ensure that the ongoing conflict is exposed as a terrorist invasion, not a “civil war,” and that any strategy formulated to combat this terrorist scourge must include the Syrian government – demonstrably the most capable force confronting Al Qaeda in the Levant since 2011. Thus, the more aid the West and its regional allies supply this terrorist front with, the greater support Syria has upon the global stage to fight it – painting Western foreign policy into a corner, and allowing Syrians to finally restore order to their besieged nation.

Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazineNew Eastern Outlook”.
First appeared: http://journal-neo.org/2015/01/23/with-aleppo-encircled-west-seeks-wildcard-to-save-its-terror-hordes/

 
 
 
clothcapclothcap on May 8th, 2015 02:14 pm (UTC)
CFR Says China Must Be Defeated And TPP Is Essential To That
Submitted by Eric Zuesse. Zero Hedge
Wall Street's Council on Foreign Relations has issued a major report, alleging that China must be defeated because it threatens to become a bigger power in the world than the U.S.
This report, which is titled “Revising U.S. Grand Strategy Toward China,” is introduced by Richard Haass, the CFR’s President, who affirms the report’s view that, "no relationship will matter more when it comes to defining the twenty-first century than the one between the United States and China.”
Haass gives this report his personal imprimatur by saying that it "deserves to become an important part of the debate about U.S. foreign policy and the pivotal U.S.-China relationship.” He acknowledges that some people won’t agree with the views it expresses.
The report itself then opens by saying: "Since its founding, the United States has consistently pursued a grand strategy focused on acquiring and maintaining preeminent power over various rivals, first on the North American continent, then in the Western hemisphere, and finally globally.” It praises "the American victory in the Cold War.” It then lavishes praise on America’s imperialistic dominance: "The Department of Defense during the George H.W. Bush administration presciently contended that its 'strategy must now refocus on precluding the emergence of any potential future global competitor'—thereby consciously pursuing the strategy of primacy that the United States successfully employed to outlast the Soviet Union.”
The rest of the report is likewise concerned with the international dominance of America’s aristocracy or the people who control this country’s international corporations, rather than with the welfare of the public or as the U.S. Constitution described the objective of the American Government: “the general welfare.”
The Preamble, or sovereignty clause, in the Constitution, presented that goal in this broader context: "in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”
The Council on Foreign Relations, as a representative of Wall Street, is concerned only with the dominance of America’s aristocracy. Their new report, about “Revising U.S. Grand Strategy Toward China,” is like a declaration of war by America’s aristocracy, against China’s aristocracy. This report has no relationship to the U.S. Constitution, though it advises that the U.S. Government pursue this “Grand Strategy Toward China” irrespective of whether doing that would even be consistent with the U.S. Constitution’s Preamble.
The report repeats in many different contexts the basic theme, that China threatens “hegemonic” dominance in Asia.
More http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-05-05/cfr-says-china-must-be-defeated-and-tpp-essential
clothcapclothcap on May 8th, 2015 02:24 pm (UTC)
More from ZH
Russia Offers Help To Greece In German War Reparations Investigation
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 05/08/2015
Just a day after German President Joachim Gauck shocked his government by remarking in an interview that Germany should at least "consider" demands by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that the nation pay billions of euros in reparations for the Nazi occupation of Greece, ekathimerini reports that none other than 'helpful' Russians are willing to provide assistance in the World War II claims investigation.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-05-07/russia-offers-help-greece-german-war-reparations-investigation

America’s Main Problem: Corruption
Submitted by George Washington on 05/07/2015
Preface: Sadly, in the month since we last posted on this topic, many new examples of corruption have arisen.
The Cop Is On the Take
Government corruption has become rampant:
Senior SEC employees spent up to 8 hours a day surfing porn sites instead of cracking down on financial crimes
Nuclear Regulatory Commission workers watch porn instead of cracking down on unsafe conditions at nuclear plants
An EPA employee who downloaded 7,000 porn files, then spent 2-6 hours each workday watching porn. He's been doing it for years ... but the EPA never fired him. Another EPA employee harassed 16 women co-workers ... and then was promoted to a higher-paying job with more responsibility, where he harassed more women
NSA spies pass around homemade sexual videos and pictures they've collected from spying on the American people
NSA employees have also been caught using their mass surveillance powers to spy on love interests, such as girlfriends, obsessions or former wives … and to eavesdrop on American soldiers’ intimate conversations with their wives back home. And see this (“routinely shared salacious or tantalizing phone calls that had been intercepted” … “‘Hey, check this out … there’s good phone sex'”)
An employee of the Transportation Security Administration admitted that TSA agents share – and laugh at – nude scans of passengers. Another TSA employee says that screeners make excuses so they can grope and fondle travelers that they're attracted to
Investigators from the Treasury’s Office of the Inspector General found that some of the regulator’s employees surfed erotic websites, hired prostitutes and accepted gifts from bank executives … instead of actually working to help the economy
More http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-05-07/america%E2%80%99s-main-problem-corruption
Endemic across the West
clothcapclothcap on May 8th, 2015 02:38 pm (UTC)
More signs of preparations for war?
May 06, 2015 Saker
As most of you already know, the Chinese Navy has sent warships into the Black Sea. They are headed for the Russian naval base at Novorossiysk. There have been several reasons given for this trip:
As part of the preparations for the visit of Xi Jinping to the May 9th celebrations
As part of a possible sale of its frigates by China to Russia
As a preparation for joint Russian-Chinese exercises in the Mediterranean
They all sound plausible to me. While some have speculated that the purchase of Chinese frigates by Russia would be a “black eye” for the Russian building industry, I disagree. If a country is preparing for war, then the quantity of defense equipment is far more important than the country of origin. Besides, it is well known that the design of Chinese Navy ships is based on Russian ships, so this is not a case of “Russia cannot do this” but rather a case of “Russian shipyards are already at full capacity, while the Chinese can deliver immediately”. As a stop-gap measure, it makes perfectly good sense to buy equipment from an ally, especially when the design of this equipment is based on yours.
Whatever may be the case, the arrival of these Chinese Navy ships is a slap in the face of the USA and the rest of NATO, who have been trying hard to show what they call “resolve” in the Black Sea, only to have China clearly indicate that it sides with Russia. The fact that the Russians and Chinese will be conducting join exercises in the Mediterranean, which NATO has always considered as mare nostrum, is even a bigger affront to the wannabe global hegemon.
In the meantime check out this video which a friend has just sent me:
More + vid http://thesaker.is/more-signs-of-preparations-for-war/
clothcapclothcap on May 8th, 2015 04:15 pm (UTC)
Re: More signs of preparations for war?
Commented
Poppadop
… while Russia has the military means to fix the situation right now – it won’t happen.
Stop using Big Brother’s history books for a second and you’ll see why open confrontation is not the right move now.
“The democratic states should not be so vain as to think this state of affairs will last forever.”
~ Adolf Hitler in response to Poland’s killing of ethnic Germans, 1939
Germany did what you’re suggesting Russia do: Respond to the Empire’s covert attacks by making the “first overt” attack. This antagonized more useful idiots than was necessary, more than Germany could handle.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qY2jHoOGQ8
If Russia takes on the full force of the banksters now, Russia will lose like Germany did or, as some people seem to forget, like Tsarist Russia did. As Sun Tzu said in “The Art of War,” “Hence, though an obstinate fight may be made by a small force, in the end it must be captured by the larger force.” That’s why weakening the Empire by weakening the people’s obedience to it is the proper course.
http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/02/10/pravda-putin-threatens-to-release-satellite-evidence-of-911/
XbNB
I will keep banging away at this,and I know some here agree.But the problems in the world could be resolved quicker ,and peacefully,if the Chinese ,together with Putin,put the dollar to the sword.This money the yanks use for war is nothing but increased debt that they have NO intention of EVER paying off.The rest of the world is trying to work honestly,the yanks continue with their BS. So… TAKE THE FREAKING DOLLAR OUT.The allies,us that is,can’t hang about trying to get value for their holdings.Time is of the essence.Chinese for time/essence is probably about 50 years.’yeh,yeh,we wok-ing on it’.
Grieved
I think you’re banging away at yourself, my friend. Everything you want to happen IS happening. It takes the time it takes. You’re just being impatient, and not understanding what a huge task this is, and also that the plan is not to “take the USD out” like some kind of special ops fictional movie. The dollar will remain as a currency in the world, just as the USA will remain as a nation.
Fortunately the planners and strategists in Russia and China DO understand the measure of the task, and the geopolitical ramifications of every tiny move in a vast web of moves. Power is gradually being transferred, with every purchase of gold that moves east. The future is in strong hands. Patience.
mikeH on May 06, 2015
I respectfully disagree that putting the dollar to the sword would end the belligerence of the US. I see the petrodollar’s collapse as the casus belli of MORE war. Currently oil and guns back the dollar but it could be switched to gun only backed rather quickly. It is not a long term strategy but the consequences of this will be tragic.
Penelope @ XbNB,
Put the dollar to the sword AFTER putting IMF to the sword. If the dollar goes down now it will only create the chaos necessary to usher in the global currency and tighten still further the IMF global system of econ control.
BRICS cannot even choose to trade in their own currencies:
http://www.globalresearch.ca/brics-and-the-fiction-of-de-dollarization/5441301
“India, South Africa and Brazil have decided not to go along with a multiple currency arrangement, which would have allowed for the development of bilateral trade and investment activities between BRICs countries, operating outside the realm of dollar denominated credit. In fact they did not have the choice of making this decision in view of the strict loan conditionalities imposed by the IMF.
Heavily indebted under the brunt of their external creditors, all three countries are faithful pupils of the IMF-World Bank. The central bank of these countries is controlled by Wall Street and the IMF. For them to enter into a “non-dollar” or an “anti-dollar” development banking arrangement with multiple currencies, would have required prior approval of the IMF.”
Even AIIB is denominated in dollars.
IMF membership prevents national economic sovereignty and development.
Re: More signs of preparations for war? - clothcap on May 8th, 2015 04:16 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: More signs of preparations for war? - clothcap on May 8th, 2015 04:16 pm (UTC) (Expand)
clothcapclothcap on May 8th, 2015 03:11 pm (UTC)
Chaos – not Victory – is Empire’s Name of the Game
May 05, 2015 By Peter Koenig "Information Clearing House" -
"Once again a country "liberated" by the West is sinking deeper and deeper into chaos.” - This could be anyone of the countries in conflict, where Washington and its Western and Middle Eastern stooges sow war – eternal chaos, misery, death – and submission.
This is precisely the point: The Washington / NATO strategy is not to 'win' a war or conflict, but to create ongoing - endless chaos. That's the way (i) to control people, nations and their resources; (ii) to assures the west a continuous need for military - troops and equipment - remember more than 50% of the US GDP depends on the military industrial complex, related industries and services; and (iii) finally, a country in disarray or chaos, is broke and needs money - money with hardship conditions, ‘austerity’ money from the notorious IMF, World Bank and other associated nefarious ‘development institutions’ and money lenders; money that equals enslavement, especially with corrupt leaders that do not care for their people.
That's the name of the game - in Yemen, in Ukraine, in Syria, in Iraq, in Sudan, in Central Africa, in Libya.... you name it. Who fights against whom is unimportant. ISIS / ISIL / IS / DAISH / DAESH / Al-Qaeda and whatever other names for the mercenary killer organizations you want to add to the list - are just tags to confuse. You might as well add Blackwater, Xe, Academi and all its other successive names chosen to escape easy recognition. They are prostitutes for the Zionist-Anglo-Saxon Empire, prostitutes of the lowest level. Then come elite prostitutes, like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and other Gulf States, plus the UK and France, of course.
President Hollande has just signed a multi-billion euro contract with Qatar for the sale of 24 Rafale fighter jets. He is now heading to Riyadh for talks with the Saudi King Salman, and to sell more Rafale planes – it’s good business and helps killing off the fabricated enemies; and also to attend a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit on 5 May. Topics of discussions at the meeting are the 'crises' of the region including in Yemen, planted by the west on behalf of Washington (and its Zionist masters) and blamed on the ‘rebels’ who are seeking merely a more just government.
The west has invented a vocabulary so sick, it’s like a virus ingrained in our brains – or what’s left of it – that we don’t even know anymore what the words really mean. We repeat them and believe them. After all, the MSM drills them into our intestines day-in and day-out. People who fight for their freedom, for survival against oppressive regimes, are ‘terrorists’, ‘rebels’. – The refugees from Africa, from the Washington inflicted conflict-stricken countries, the refugees of whom more than 4,000 have already perished this year trying to cross the Mediterranean for a ‘better life’ – they have been conveniently renamed ‘immigrants’. Often the term ‘illegal’ is added. Thus, the west’s conscience is whitewashed from guilt. Immigrants are beggars. Illegal immigrants belong jailed. They have nothing to do with unrest and chaos planted by the west in the ‘immigrants’ home countries. – Shame on you, Brussels!
Back to chaos – Mr. Hollande knows very well that his jets are being used to serve the master and spread more havoc in the region, more death, more disaster, more misery, more slavehood - more refugees drowning in the Mediterranean Sea - more everlasting chaos, people at the edge of survival, people who can no longer fight for their country, for their resources, for their freedom – as they must just fight for their sheer survival, for the survival of their kids and families. That’s empire.
Continues http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article41771.htm
clothcapclothcap on May 8th, 2015 04:20 pm (UTC)
Mr Mili, had you won, how would you have improved Israel?
clothcapclothcap on May 8th, 2015 04:45 pm (UTC)
Plane vs. Bird: Boeing 737 Suffers Crazy Damage After Bird Strike

Brittany Jones Cooper Editor, Yahoo Travel
May 7, 2015

https://www.yahoo.com/travel/plane-vs-bird-boeing-737-suffers-crazy-damage-118369140987.html
Brain dead and comedians still promote as fact aluminium tubes brought down 2 of the 3 buildings on 9/11.
clothcapclothcap on May 8th, 2015 05:05 pm (UTC)
I wish Nigel hadn't resigned. I didn't think this until I heard his resignation statement on radio.
clothcapclothcap on May 8th, 2015 05:13 pm (UTC)
Billionaire No More: Ukraine President's Fortune Fades With War
Bloomberg 11 hours ago
At the November 2013 World Economic Forum in Kiev’s Intercontinental Hotel, billionaire Petro Poroshenko predicted a European Union trade pact would kick-start Ukraine’s economy and enrich his Roshen Confectionery Corp. by dramatically increasing EU-bound chocolate exports.
Eighteen months later, Poroshenko -- now Ukraine’s president -- has seen his wealth head in the other direction.
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/billionaire-no-more-ukraine-presidents-055751391.html
NATO has deep pockets. Short arms.
clothcapclothcap on May 8th, 2015 05:18 pm (UTC)
China is being prepared to soft-land fleeing banks.
One hopes the inscrutables have staked the trap.
Fleeing banks?
Once a bank-friendly country has been prepared Glass Steagal will be restored as a vote winner.
clothcapclothcap on May 8th, 2015 05:22 pm (UTC)
Scotland turnout went past 70%.
People power.
Now it needs a focus.
clothcapclothcap on May 8th, 2015 05:31 pm (UTC)
Grafart
clothcapclothcap on May 8th, 2015 05:59 pm (UTC)
The odd man out, can it be so?
Logic says that sufficiently informed will vote out of the EU political system.
We need journos to inform us of the reality. Most mainland europeans would vote to abandon the watermelon European corporate dictatorship tomorrow. How many referendums before? 0. The UK is considered a "safe seat".
MI5?
clothcapclothcap on May 8th, 2015 06:16 pm (UTC)
If one still thinks it is only about a cold war, why is the corporate controlled US regime buying RU oil? Billions of gallons stockpiled.
clothcapclothcap on May 8th, 2015 06:20 pm (UTC)
Tweetz
Chris Sedlmair
US Financial Analyst Predicts Inevitable Collapse of US Economy http://www.mathaba.net/news/?x=634299

RT
Conservatives secure 323 seats, winning overall Commons majority in GE2015 - DETAILS: http://on.rt.com/to7aay
'No big deal': Senior Iranian commander says Tehran ready for war with US http://on.rt.com/0apldr
Gazprom, Ankara agree to start Turkish Stream gas deliveries in Dec 2016 http://rt.com/business/256509-gazprom-turkey-pipeline-launch/
RT America
Native peoples’ group seeks end to ‘US occupation’ of Alaska, Hawaii http://on.rt.com/nd086m

BritishLebanese
Ramirez
Correction, Kate Middleton is Jewish
Still cant get over Englands Royals sending Rabbi to Circumcise William & Harry
We have a Jewish Monarchy in Saudi Arabia & England.
But they like to keep it down
Maybe I should be saying Zionists but that's opinionated

English Pravda.Ru
Hollande admits arming Syrian terrorists against embargo http://english.pravda.ru/news/world/07-05-2015/130523-hollande-0/

Press TV
‘Iran only state to stand with Iraq’ http://ptv.io/1rrI

Net News Global
Reportage From the Front Lines of Ukraine`s War http://russia-insider.com/en/history/we-went-front-lines-ukraines-war/ri6589
Kiev Embarrasses US With Claim US Troops Will Train Azov Neo-Nazis http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/cracks-appearing-us-ukraine-relationship/ri6575
Stephen Cohen Warns: "A Larger War Is Coming in Ukraine" http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/stephen-cohen-were-living-through-geopolitical-transition/ri6500
The Color of Theft: Billion Dollar Bank Heist in Moldova http://russia-insider.com/en/business/someone-stole-1-billion-moldova/ri6581

Hatuxka
Saudis Behead 5 Foreigners, Hang Bodies from Helicopters For Public Display / Sputnik International http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20150508/1021848139.html

Jamila Hanan
Really awful, vid of terrible burn injuries following Saudi strike in Yemen including children, alive but in pain
Hussain Albukhaiti
Casualties of Saudi(believed to be White phosphorus bomb)that was used yest in Hajah NW Yemen
http://youtu.be/pbgQeOU0_Lg

A. Smith
Shia News
SAUDI TROOPS SUFFER MAJOR LOSSES NEAR YEMEN BORDER
http://www.shiitenews.org/index.php/shiitenews/saudi-arab/saudi-troops-suffer-major-losses-near-yemen-border

Terry Kelly
Tom Pride
How Russians are bankrolling the Tory Party (but don’t tell MI5!): http://wp.me/p1U04a-9GX
james reeves
Damning charge list of Westminster scandals Letters http://gu.com/p/475zf/stw
Martin Hume
Farmers are watering your food with fracking chemicals http://grist.org/food/farmers-watering-food-with-pretty-fracking-bad-chemicals/
clothcapclothcap on May 8th, 2015 06:31 pm (UTC)
Mr Tesco
The country is ready for their food supplies to be divided into Pro GMO and Not Pro GMO.