Thursday, March 22, 2018

Ghouta: Syria Retakes As Terrorists Surrender

As government buses leave from Ghouta- Reuters
Yup, it's a 4 post day today! May not be one tomorrow- But for today? We've got news & interviews. I'll relink all the days posts at the bottom

- Syrian rebels withdrew in busloads from a town in eastern Ghouta on Thursday and handed it over to the army, the first such surrender since one of the fiercest campaigns of the seven-year war began more than a month ago.

The Ahrar al-Sham group’s decision to accept the army’s terms and abandon the town of Harasta puts the government on course for its biggest victory over rebels since the battle of Aleppo in 2016.

And in another part of the same region, the controlling rebel group, Failaq al-Rahman, said a ceasefire had been agreed, to start within hours at midnight local time (2200 GMT), to allow a “final negotiating session” to take place.

After dark fell on Thursday, around 30 buses carrying rebel fighters and their families left Harasta. Syrian state media said the buses carried 1,580 people, including 413 rebel fighters given safe passage to northwestern Syria.

A military media unit run by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s ally Hezbollah said 1,500 fighters and 6,000 family members had agreed to leave.
An army officer interviewed on state television said rebels who had not yet negotiated similar deals to evacuate from other towns in eastern Ghouta must quit or die.
“Death is coming for you if you do not surrender,” he said.
The army’s assault on (terrorist filled) eastern Ghouta , the last major rebel bastion near the capital, has been one of the most intense in Syria’s seven-year-old war, killing more than 1,500 people in a relentless bombardment with warplanes, rockets and shells.
Before boarding the buses out of Harasta, a small group were shown on television in the fading light kneeling in a line for Islam’s sunset prayer - perhaps the last they would perform in their hometown. Children ran among the adults waiting to board.
Between 18,000 and 20,000 people were expected to stay in Harasta under government rule, a military source said.


The eastern Ghouta campaign has seen Syria and its Russian allies use the tactics that proved successful in other parts of the country since Moscow joined the war in 2015: lay siege to an area, bombard it, launch a ground assault and finally offer safe passage out to rebels who agree to leave with their families.
The government’s control of Harasta leaves eastern Ghouta’s rebels in control only of the town of Douma — under the control of Jaish al-Islam — and another pocket that includes the towns of Jobar, Ein Terma, Arbin and Zamalka — under the control of Failaq al-Rahman.
State television reported that more than 6,000 people (human shields held be terrorists) had fled Douma since Wednesday, crossing over into government-held territory.


On Sunday, Assad drove himself to a newly captured battlefront in eastern Ghouta, a demonstration of his seemingly unassailable position in a war that has been going his way since Russia sent its air force to help him in 2015.
Flashback to Sunday- Ghouta: Assad Visits/ Terrorists Negotiate with UN/Deadline for Terrorist Exit has Passed

The deal to surrender Harasta began on Thursday with a prisoner swap. In an interview with state television, a Syrian soldier freed by rebels wept and thanked God and the army for his release.

 The Russian Defence Ministry website showed what it said was live footage from the al-Wafideen crossing point from Douma into government areas. Over a period of several minutes, it showed dozens of people in small groups coming around a corner and trekking along the dirt road past armed soldiers.
 Some bore bundles of possessions, others carried small children or pushed prams. Douma is the most populous area in eastern Ghouta, and for more than a week it has been entirely surrounded by the government. Jaish al-Islam has said it is determined to fight on. However, the Observatory said people leaving the area were doing so under an agreement between the group and Russia.


The Syrian government and Russia accuse rebels in eastern Ghouta of preventing civilians from leaving to use them as human shields, which the rebels deny. Moscow and Damascus say their campaign is needed to end rebel shelling of the capital and other nearby areas. On Tuesday, a rocket struck a marketplace in a government-held town, killing dozens.
The Harasta rebels will be taken to Idlib province in the northwest, which has become the main sanctuary for insurgents who agree to quit territory under deals with the government. 

Enjoy the news and especially two great interviews!


John Brisson: Fixing Your Gut- The Medical Machine & Plum Island

From earlier today- An absolutely worthwhile interview. Seriously

E. Michael Jones: Sapiens, Metahistory, Metaphysics & Logos

  Heard the interview below last week and enjoyed it a great deal. Knew it had to be posted here. It's about our health and well being- And how it's slowly being destroyed.

 From The Higher Side Chats Show

"Holy Hell Higherside Chatters, health and wellness are the offerings on the THC alter today- because the long road to corporate food and oil based allopathic medicine has been paved with profits for the archon controlled capstone cabal and the lives of our loved ones along the way.
Yes, it seemed we’ve been attacked on all sides in a perfect storm of health suppression: from a plethora of chemical filled injections during our first months of life, to an engineered lack of education and the preaching of a deceptive food pyramid, to grocery stores filled with frankin-food, and a medical system structured to support the bad habits we’ve been bread for.
It’s sicker than sick and tantamount to mass murder if you ask me- with coke wielding polar bears and tony the tiger laughing all the way to our untimely graves.
It’s a real problem folks, and I’m sure we all know people we hold dear who suffer from ignorance and addition when it comes to their health. Many of us probably have family that left us too soon because those super value meals are just too tempting. Or know nice, kind people who suffer daily from conditions they could overcome with a swift change of the diet, but they’ve never heard it from a doctor.
But don’t take my word for it, because today’s guest knows these troubles all too well. His name is John Brisson and he’s the man behind the book and website and having taken charge of his own life, repaired the damage the system has done, and became a bonafide expert in all things alternative health"

Podcast: Play in new window | Download

Post from earlier today:

A Multinational Regional Remake was Impeded in Afrin

E. Michael Jones: Sapiens, Metahistory, Metaphysics & Logos

Thanks Tim Kelly from Our Interesting Times for this very, very interesting interview! Link 

Dr. E. Michael Jones returns to Our Interesting Times to discuss his article “Jewish Fables” - a critique of Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. We talk about how Harari's book is another example of an atheist evangelist using "science" to promote a cosmology that denies Logos and creates a social order based on a ruthless will to power.

A Multinational Regional Remake was Impeded in Afrin

 I'm not going to say it was stopped dead in it's tracks. Since I'm expecting the US to make yet another move. Perhaps with Israel by it's side?

 The remake the region agenda has been spoken of for years here at the blog. It’s interesting to me that the Turks and Russians both speak openly about the US plan to remake the region. Assad has also. The 5 eyes msm and alt don't mention it. Save for a handful of individuals. Why might that be?

Waybacks- November 2014: Kurd/ ISIS Symbiosis - The Impending Destruction of Turkey.
Pt.2- Kurd/ ISIS Symbiosis- The impending destruction of Turkey

Flashbacks: Really Think the US & Turkey Aren’t Fighting One Another in Syria? Think, Again!

The US was beaten in Afrin: Not the PKK
“Turkey spoiled a huge plan with the Afrin operation. It destroyed and negated a multinational scenario, a major map design and the plans to divide four countries at once. This is the first important geopolitical move of the 21st century in terms of Turkey”

“What’s most important is that the plans of those who have turned toward Turkey, who are getting ready to open the “Turkey Front,” who are making plans to move the war into Turkey, who are doing this through terrorist organizations, but who are also making total attack plans behind all this, are destroyed.

Turkey did not fight against terror in Afrin. It did not fight against a terrorist organization. It wasn’t the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) or its Syrian affiliate, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) that we were facing. We need to comprehend this truth now. We need to know that there is no longer a term as “fighting terror.” We need to know that all this is a war now, that it is a major showdown which includes many states. It wasn’t a terrorist organization fighting against us in Afrin, but the U.S. military forces. It was the U.K. mind. It was the Israeli aggression. It was the stupidity of some Arab countries”
  I’m not glossing over the conduit role Turkey played in the very early days of the Syrian destabilization- I will say that was a different time. And a different Turkish reality. Reyhanli. The coup attempt. And the refusal of the US to allow Turkey to play a role in removing ISIS altered allegiances.
"I went to Afrin on the second day: I saw a US-NATO buildup
I saw the tunnels, blockhouses, concrete barriers on the roadsides, at the road entrances. I saw the ammunition depots. I saw millions of bullets, shells and missiles. Weapons, ammunition planned entirely according to NATO standards, made with U.S. engineering are not a terror issue, I saw all this. I already knew, but I saw it with my eyes for once.
Buildup was made to attack Turkey
There was an alliance power against us, a U.S. power and a Western multinational front. These preparations were not to keep the PKK standing nor to defend Afrin. Preparations were made entirely for the attacks that would be launched against Turkey in the future.

Someone was sieging Turkey from the south, encircling us from our entire southern border from the Mediterranean to the Iranian border. Once this siege was complete, they were going to plan a new zone on Turkey’s side of the border from the Iranian border to Mersin. That is when the Turkey front was going to be opened. The war was going to be moved into Anatolia"
Turkey’s betrayal has been discussed here since 2014.  (See relinks at the top) The planning for this operation began long before that. It began in 03 when Iraq was attacked. The NATO alliance is one of convenience, save for the core 5 eyes members.

flashback: A Middle East Game Much Bigger Then Turkey

“The stakes in the Syria, especially its eventual post-war settlement, are immensely higher than the fate of ISIS, the creation (or not) of an autonomous Syrian Kurdish region in a post-war Syria, or the links between the PKK and the YPG. They revolve around two fundamental issues: the balance of power between Russia and the United States in the entire Middle East region; and the potential for war between Iran and Israel”
The fallout between Turkey and the US should be very, very obvious to everyone right about now- NATO’s alliance is faltering.

David Ignatius: The Turks have taken Afrin. Let’s not let Manbij fall next.

The United States and its SDF allies have a strong position in northeast Syria, which is useful for three reasons: to check Russia in the great-power competition in Syria; to prevent Iranian hegemony across the “land bridge” from Iran to Beirut; and to maintain leverage for the bargaining in Geneva that will eventually set the framework for a new Syrian state.

That a bigger ‘game’ is afoot has long been apparent.  Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria are to be destroyed. It’s long past time to talk about this bigger picture. Which includes impeding Russia's warm water access/denying Black Sea use/Crimea with an eye to eventually, balkanizing Russia. One cannot see the forest by gazing upon just one tree.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

US has 25 Military Facilities in NW Syria "Russia/Iran/Assad Don't Stand a Chance.."

Saved this article the other day. It featured quotations from Tony Badran a claimed “Syria expert at the Foundation for Defence of Democracies”  Headlined: "Why Russia, Assad, and Iran combined don't stand a chance against just 2,000 US troops in Syria"
  • Two thousand or so US forces remain in control of Syria’s rich eastern oil fields.
  • Iran, Syria’s government, and Russia openly oppose the US presence, but there’s not much they can do about it.
  • An expert explains why it would be a losing battle to take on the US.
“I think the cruise-missile attack in April showed, and the ongoing Israeli incursions show, the Russian position and their systems are quite vulnerable,” said Badran, referring to the US’s April 2017 strike on a Syrian airfield.
Let's refer back to today's earlier post where the April 2017 strikes on the Syrian airfield were discussed : Russian Diplomat Calls on the US to Unconditionally Abandon Plans to Attack Damascus And it was reported that Russia had brought in some new equipment. 
Noticing that Tony Badran is glossing over the fact that many, many missiles missed their target last year.
Russia has just a few dozen jets in Syria, mostly suited for ground-attack roles with some air-supremacy fighters. The US has several large bases in the area from which it can launch a variety of strike and fighter aircraft, including the world’s greatest fighter jet, the F-22.

Iran has a large inventory of rockets in and around Syria, according to Badran, but an Iranian rocket attack on US forces would be met by a much larger US retaliation.

“It’s vulnerable,” Badran said of Iran’s military presence in Syria. “It’s exposed to direct US fire, just like it’s exposed to direct Israeli fire.”

If Iran fired a single missile at US forces, “then the bases and depot and crew will be destroyed after that,” said Badran, who added that Iranian forces in Syria had poor supply lines that would make them ill-suited to fight the US, which has airpower and regional assets to move in virtually limitless supplies.
“Everybody poses this question as though the US is Luxembourg,” Badran said, comparing the US, which has the most powerful military in the world, to Luxembourg, which has a few hundred troops and only some diplomatic or economic leverage to play with while conducting foreign policy.

For now, the US has announced its intentions to stay in Syria and sit on the oil fields as a way of denying the government the funds to reconstruct the country.
That is exactly what the US has/is doing:


Erection of a new military base for U.S. militaries and Washington’s partners is underway in Syrian Deir Ez-Zor governorate.

The site is unlikely to be chosen accidentally, since the province is extremely rich in oil. The base is being built to the east from Mejadin city near the al-Omar, the largest oil field in Syria.

To be reminded is that the U.S. has set up 25 military facilities in northwest Syria.

Russian Diplomat Calls on the US to Unconditionally Abandon Plans to Attack Damascus

Diplomat calls on US to unconditionally abandon plans of attacking Damascus
MOSCOW, March 20. /TASS/.Moscow calls on Washington to unconditionally abandon plans to attack Damascus, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters on Tuesday.

"We have been warning the United States about the need to abandon these plans unconditionally," he said.

"Any illegal use of force, like the air attack on the Shayrat air base about a year ago, would be an act of aggression against a sovereign state, in accordance with the United Nations Charter," the senior Russian diplomat pointed out.

The Russian diplomat has also told TASS he doesn’t rule out further fake reports about Damascus’ using chemical weapons.

"Fake reports continued and may continue further on, especially taking into account Syrian government forces’ successes in exterminating terrorist groups in Eastern Ghouta (Damascus’ neighborhood)," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabov said.
Attack on Shayrat airbase

On April 7, 2017, US President Donald Trump ordered a strike on Syria’s Shayrat military air base located in the Homs Governorate. The attack, involving 59 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles, came as a response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Idlib Governorate on April 4. The Pentagon said that the airstrike on Idlib had been launched from the Shayrat air base.
I covered the strike at the time it occurred in Syria- albeit on April 6 due to time zone differences ( No special psychic capabilities on my part) US Launches Airstrikes Against Syria- Military Intervention Begins

At the time of the airstrikes in 2017 many of the Tomahawks didn't strike their targets;

The reasoning for stray missiles was mentioned in this post: 
 A myriad of jamming devices that Russia had at their ready were mentioned:
"Airborne forces are being re-equipped with Infauna complexes. These are installed on armoured vehicles or other military vehicles and can locate and jam enemy’s radio connection in short wave and ultra-short wave frequencies, and “put out” remotely-controlled land-bombs. They will explode but only after the Russian troops have passed by and are far enough to be safe.
Infauna has another function: the optic sensors installed on both sides of the vehicle spot flashes of discharges and command laying smokes-screen to protect convoys from fire.
The Lesochek device fulfils the same functions as Infauna but is portable and can fit into a backpack or a suitcase.  It can be useful at important talks for protection against most advanced security services interception systems.
The Borisoglebsk-2 is the core of the radio-electronic warfare of the tactical units of the Russian army. It comprises an automated command point and four types of jamming stations – they use a single algorithm to identify and jam the sources of hostile activity on the air.
The Zhitel device locates and blocks satellite and mobile phones, subscription complexes of GPS-navigation. It proved efficient during the conflict in South Ossetia by misleading Georgian drone aircraft."
Today this information comes across my desk:
Killer of electronics: Mi-8 helicopter with the Rychag-AV warfare system first seen in Syria

A photo of what looked like the Russian Mi-8MTPR-1 helicopter equipped with the radio electronic warfare system Rychag-AV in Syria has emerged on Twitter, reported by Russia’s newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
Known as one of the most effective jammers in the world, the Russian helicopter-based radio electronic warfare system Rychag-AV is capable of protecting the entire vehicle by “blinding” all enemy warplanes and missiles within several hundred kilometers.
The Rychag-AV is considered one of the world’s most powerful jammers when it comes to disrupting the electronics of combat aircraft and cruise missiles.
Russia’s newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta cited military experts as saying that the Rychag-AV jammers added significantly to reducing the effectiveness of the US air strike on Syria’s Ash Sha’irat airbase in April 2017Russian sources reported at the time that only 23 Tomahawk cruise missiles hit the targets, while the remaining 36 flew off course.
The system is typically installed on Mi-8MTPR-1 helicopters and can completely “blind” the enemy up to 400 kilometers (about 248 miles) away.
Additionally, Rychag-AV elements can be installed on ground-based mobile air defense systems. The unique development of Russian scientists can also be used in the interests of the Navy.
Speaking of the April 7/17 US airstrikes on Syria, a response to an alleged chemical attack on civilians. The airstrikes on Khan Shakoun go full circle back to Porton Down

Chemical weapons scientists at Porton Down, in the United Kingdom, have analyzed samples obtained from Khan Sheikhoun, and these have tested positive for the nerve agent sarin, or a sarin-like substance,"
Porton Down takes us back to Salisbury and the UK/Theresa May Ultimatum drama that looks to have been concocted to provide the convenient pretext for yet another attack on Syria

 - A strike on Syria- because ya know... Russia "bears responsibility" for alleged chemical weapons use

 And lookie, lookie were right back to the very beginning of this very post 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Ghouta: Assad Visits/ Terrorists Negotiate with UN/Deadline for Terrorist Exit has Passed

Today was really a Tale of Two Cities in Syria.

Covered Afrin earlier today-   Afrin: Freshly Evicted YPG/PKK Will Now Switch to Guerilla Warfare Tactics

Now to Ghouta:

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian state TV said the Syrian army had given rebels in the Harasta pocket of opposition-held eastern Ghouta till 3pm local time on Sunday to withdraw, citing its own correspondent.

In a month-long assault, pro-Syrian government forces have marched into much of eastern Ghouta, the last major insurgent bastion around Damascus. They have splintered it into three besieged zones, the smallest of which is the Harasta pocket
In a month-long offensive on Eastern Ghouta, pro-government forces are seeking to liberate the last major terrorist stronghold, squeezing insurgents and opening humanitarian corridors in order to guarantee the safety of civilians.

Bashar Assad Visited Troops in Ghouta as Terrorists Negotiated Their Exit with the UN
Syrian President Bashar Assad visited troops Sunday on the front line in the newly captured areas of eastern Ghouta, near the capital Damascus, hailing their recent advances as a part of a larger battle against global terrorism.

Standing in a neighbourhood street, Assad congratulated his troops during the visit broadcast on state-run Al-Ikhbariya TV. “We are proud of you,” he said.

He told the soldiers that they are not only fighting for the region but also to rid the world of terrorism.

“With every bullet you fire at a terrorist, you change the balance in the world,” Assad said. 
Assad stood near a tank and was surrounded by soldiers on a street in eastern Ghouta, the region near Damascus where a government offensive has been underway over the past month. The soldiers cheered and pumped fists in the air. Assad, who wore a suit with no tie, flashed smiles and stopped for chats with soldiers. Some Soldiers posed with him, taking selfies. It was not clear where in eastern Ghouta Assad was.
Assad visiting Troops in Ghouta
Assad then climbed on top of a tank and looked around, before stepping down, also surrounded by soldiers. He told them the residents of the capital, who have come under repeated fire and shelling from the rebel-held areas, appreciate the soldiers’ advances.
UN Negotiating With Terrorists to Allow Medical Aid and Evacuation

Figures close to the two main rebel groups – Failaq al-Rahman in the south and Jaish al-Islam in the north – said discussions were under way for the transfer of Failaq al-Rahman and Jaish al-Islam fighters to opposition held areas in northern and southern Syria respectively.
Earliest reports seem to be suggesting that heavy fighting is ongoing in Ghouta presently. However the reports are only coming from SOHR and need to be validated.

From earlier

Update: Putin Leading Presidential Election, Wins According to Polls

And yesterday:

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