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Israel bombs Syrian army positions on the eve of peace talks in Geneva

 Feb. 22, 2017

Syria peace talks are expected to begin this week in Geneva. And what are the Israelis doing? Bombing Syrian Arab Army positions near the Lebanese border.

Because as we all know, the Israelis are really good at these “ceasefire” things. Especially when they have no business interfering in any way in a conflict:

Minutes ago, an Israeli warplane conducted an airstrike over the western countryside of Damascus, targeting the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in the Qalamoun Mountains near the Lebanese border.

A Syrian Army source told Al-Masdar this morning that the Israeli warplane had crossed into Syria after flying over Lebanon’s ‘Arsal Barrens, where both Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (ISIS) are headquartered in the eastern Beqa’a Governorate. The Syrian Army source added that the specific location of the attack was in the Jard Nalhleh area of the Qalamoun Mountains.

Oh, isn’t that interesting? The Israelis flew over ISIS and al-Qaeda positions — but saved their bombs for the Syrians. Quite telling.

If Israel admits that it did indeed bomb a sovereign state unprovoked (which is unlikely to happen), it will probably claim that it was targeting “terrorists” such Hezbollah. The problem is that Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has made it clear that Russia thinks Hezbollah has played an important role in defeating ISIS in Syria.

U.S. authorities warn of “al Qaeda” threat to election

U.S. Police Routinely Travel to Israel to Learn Methods of Brutality and Repression “Officers who take part “come back and they are Zionists”

“The public should expect to continue to observe an increased law enforcement and security presence across communities in public places,” the official told Reuters.

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Federal officials have warned authorities in New York City, Texas and Virginia about an unspecific threat of attacks by al Qaeda militants around Election Day, putting local law enforcement on alert days before the vote, officials said on Friday.

A U.S. government source in Washington said some federal agencies sent bulletins to local and state officials flagging the information but that the threat was relatively low level.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates airports, tunnels and bridges around New York City, continues high levels of patrol it has had in place, spokesman Steve Coleman said.

Coleman declined to offer details on the warning, but the New York City Police Department said the threat report lacked specifics and was still being assessed.

“We are aware of the information,” the department said in a statement, adding that it was working with intelligence agencies and the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Although some of the attention of U.S. authorities has shifted to Islamic State-inspired attacks, the al Qaeda network has shown resilience more than 15 years after it was responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and the Pentagon.

Last month, the United States carried out strikes in Afghanistan targeting two of al Qaeda’s senior leaders there, and al Qaeda’s Yemen branch has posed a risk to merchant ships in waterways nearby.

U.S. intelligence agencies still view al Qaeda and its affiliates as a top counter terrorism priority.

The White House said it was aware of the reported al Qaeda threats and mindful of increased risk of attacks during events such as Election Day.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in a statement his office was monitoring the situation and urged Texans to remain vigilant. In Virginia, Brian Coy, a spokesman for Governor Terry McAuliffe, said: “We are doing everything we can to keep Virginians safe, and we’re confident they are going to be able to vote safely on Election Day.”

The task force issued a notice identifying the three states as possible targets of an al Qaeda plot, a New York law enforcement official said on condition of anonymity. The official said the type of threat was common but authorities were giving it more attention because of Tuesday’s election.

CBS News first reported the threat of attacks, which it said were possible on Monday.

Authorities were assessing whether there was a plot and whether the states named were real targets or misdirection. “Another possibility is that this is just an attempt to inspire someone here to mount an attack,” the official said.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security did not confirm the reports or comment on details.
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imageedit_65_7641131795In Washington, a Homeland Security official said authorities remained concerned that so-called “homegrown” militants could be inspired to attack within the United States.

“The public should expect to continue to observe an increased law enforcement and security presence across communities in public places,” the official told Reuters.

The potential for violence related to the election has already darkened a rancorous presidential race between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, on top of the threat of computer hacking and fears that Russia or other state actors could spread political misinformation online or tamper with voting.

While federal and state authorities are beefing up cyber defenses against electronic threats to voting systems, others are taking additional steps to guard against possible civil unrest or violence.

(Additional reporting by Mark Hosenball, John Walcott, Doina Chiacu, Ian Simpson and Roberta Rampton in Washington and Nate Raymond in New York; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Grant McCool)

What did we buy with the $5 Trillion that the Iraq & Afghanistan Wars have cost us?

 

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By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

A Boston U. political scientist estimates that as of 2016, The Iraq and Afghanistan Wars have cost the American taxpayers $5 trillion. That number isn’t important when we consider the human cost– Some 7,000 US troops dead, 52,000 wounded in action; hundreds of thousands of Iraqis dead who wouldn’t otherwise be, 4 million displaced and made homeless, etc.

Just to put that $5 trillion in perspective. Let’s say you chose five individuals. Each of the five will spend $10 million a day. That’s the cost of Heidi Klum’s mansion. They’d be buying the equivalent of five of those each day.

They’ll do that every day of their lives. All five of them. And then each of them will be succeeded by one their children, who will spend $10 million dollars a day, and one of their grandchildren, and one of their great-grandchildren, until 270 years have passed and it is the year 2286. That’s the equivalent of a stardate for Captain Picard of the Enterprise.

Neta Crawford, a professor of Political Science at Brown University published the study for Brown University’s Watson Institute.

Professor Crawford writes:

“As of August 2016, the US has already appropriated, spent , or taken on obligations to spend more than $ 3 . 6 trillion in current dollars on the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria and o n Homeland Security ( 2001 through fiscal year 2016 ) .

To t his total should be added the approximately $6 5 billion in dedicated war spending the Department of Defense and State Department have requested for the next fiscal year, 2017 , along with an additional nearly $3 2 billion requested for the Department of Homeland Security in 2017, and estimated spending on veterans in future years . When those are included , the total US budgetary cost of the wars reach es $4.79 trillion.”

The US has spent $1.7 trillion for combat and reconstruction. I have a sinking feeling that first they spent half of it on destroying things and then they spent the other half on rebuilding them.

Through 2053, the US government owes the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans $1 trillion in medical and disability payments along with the money to administer all that.

Crawford adds,

“Interest costs for overseas contingency operations spending alone are projected to add more than $1 trillion dollars to the national debt by 2023. By 2053 , interest costs will be at least $7.9 trillion unless the US changes the way it pays for the wars.”

Of 2.7 million military personnel who served in those two theaters, 2 million have now left the military and have entered the Veterans Administration system. Some 52,000 of them were wounded in action and many need care.

Because the Bush administration borrowed money to pay for the wars, we’ve paid half a trillion dollars in interest alone.

At least al-Qaeda had been based in Afghanistan. Iraq had had nothing to do with September 11. It was Bush’s invasion that brought al-Qaeda there, which later morphed into ISIL.

We were lied into that war, and it has weakened our economy. If anyone can tell me what benefit that war brought the average American, I’d like to hear it.

The Iraq War was a government-led Ponzi scheme and as usual the little people are the ones who took a bath.

In one day, the US attacks six countries: it is a coincidence that they all happen to be Muslim-majority countries

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While Americans savored the last moments of summer this Labor Day weekend, the U.S. military was busy overseas as warplanes conducted strikes in six countries in a flurry of attacks. The bombing runs across Asia, Africa and the Middle East spotlighted the diffuse terrorist threats that have persisted into the final days of the Obama presidency — conflicts that the next president is now certain to inherit.

In Iraq and Syria, between Saturday and Monday, the United States conducted about 45 strikes against Islamic State targets. On the other side of the Mediterranean, in the Libyan city of Sirte, U.S. forces also hit fighters with the militant group. On Sunday in Yemen, a U.S. drone strike killed six suspected members of ­al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

The following day, just across the Gulf of Aden in Somalia, the Pentagon targeted al-Shabab, another group aligned with ­al-Qaeda. The military also conducted several counterterrorism strikes over the weekend in Afghanistan, where the Taliban and the Islamic State are on the offensive.”

 

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Israel just happens to be in the business of weapons sales and demonstrations of these weapons in the enclosed Gaza ghetto using live human beings. Nothing is so easily debunked as their pretend decoy Hamas.

“What is interesting about the current narrative, is that is taking place despite the day-by-day and hour-by-hour debunking of the Internet.

The people in charge of modern false narratives don’t seem to have much in the way of solutions when it comes to counteracting ‘Net debunking of disinformation.

One can venture two possibilities as a result. One is that those who disseminate false narratives in the US – and throughout the West- don’t care about the debunkery.

The second is that they do care but have no solutions other than to shut down the Internet itself, or at least the alternative news media. This is currently very difficult to do, certainly in the US, which has strong constitutional anchors.”

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Hillary is NOT ok

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Hillary is NOT ok

Hillary Helps US Mainstream Narrative Disintegrate, but Why?

Hillary Clinton abruptly left the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony in New York City Sunday morning after feeling “overheated,” according to a campaign statement. “During the ceremony, she felt overheated so departed to go to her daughter’s apartment, and is feeling much better.” – CBS

Sometimes a confluence of events acts as a metaphor for what has gone wrong with a country or culture, and the recent collapse of Hillary Clinton presents just that. It also gives rise to a further question that we present at the end of this article.

Let’s start with the ceremony that Hillary attended yesterday. It was a remembrance of the attack on the World Trade Center. But the official story leaves much to be desired.
In reality, as we reported yesterday, the public Commission examining the attack was lied to by the US government.

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The lying was so ornate and flagrant that John Farmer, leader of the Commission and now the Dean of Rutgers School of Law, wrote a book detailing how the Commission’s voluminous report has little resemblance to whatever actually occurred.

One can speculate that Farmer wrote his book to defend himself from critics of the report. But no matter the reason, those politicians who gathered at “ground zero” yesterday were implicitly or explicitly endorsing the narrative of 9&11 as presented by the Commission.

Certainly, none of those politicians seem to have taken a strong position against the current narrative despite the questions of critics, as follows:

  • It seems impossible that a large jetliner could have flown low enough and long enough to smash into the Pentagon.
  • Pilots have also said that the maneuvers necessary to cause a collision between additional passenger jets and the World Trade Towers were likely physically and aerodynamically impossible.
  • The hijacked plane that supposedly crashed in Pennsylvania on its way to the White House left little behind in the way of wreckage and a fairly inconsequential depression in the ground. Critics have regularly questioned whether anything the size of a large plane crashed there.
  • Reports of calls between passengers and family members using mobile phones have reportedly been debunked. Mobile phones of the day did not function at that altitude. The planes in questions were not equipped with “plane” phones either. The FBI has indicated it cannot explain the calls.
  • Many of the so-called hijackers of the planes were later found alive and well in the Middle East. The FBI has explained these occurrences as the result of mis-identification.
  • The collapse of a third tower, Building 7, looks like a controlled demolition. Additionally, its destruction was reported by the BBC long before it actually occurred.
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The Hearst-owned Popular Mechanics targeted the 9/11 Truth …used distortion and falsehoods to counter serious claims.

There are plenty of other anomalies regarding 9&11, just as there are regarding the reconstruction of the Twin Towers site itself. Insurance payments to the owner of the towers remain controversial, along with the construction of the new tower, which reportedly began long before the Twin Towers were destroyed.

If anything was true about 9/11, the war on terror, evil Islam etc. why would they use fakery to make their case?

Finally, there is the question of Hillary’s health itself. She has continually claimed that her health is not an issue but obviously it is. In fact, the explanation for her recent bout of ill-health is that she is suffering from pneumonia. But this explanation makes little sense.

It doesn’t seem possible that her handlers would have sent her to a 90-plus-minute ceremony in dark clothing and already suffering from pneumonia. At the very least, they would have insisted that she make a short appearance and then withdraw.

Probably Hillary has something other then pneumonia. Her fits of coughing have been ascribed to allergies, but people usually get allergies from springtime pollen, not from something in the fall.

The above points summarize the faux narrative that was presented to the American people before and after Hillary’s collapse. Of course, we do not intend to present the idea that the failing US mainstream narrative is anything new. We can track misinformed reporting all the way back to the Constitution itself, which was forced through by Alexander Hamilton.

In fact, the real problems of the US from a constitutional standpoint commenced after the Civil War put the Northern banking structure firmly in charge of the country.

What is interesting about the current narrative, however, is that is taking place despite the day-by-day and hour-by-hour debunking of the Internet.

The people in charge of modern false narratives don’t seem to have much in the way of solutions when it comes to counteracting ‘Net debunking of disinformation.

One can venture two possibilities as a result. One is that those who disseminate false narratives in the US – and throughout the West- don’t care about the debunkery.

The second is that they do care but have no solutions other than to shut down the Internet itself, or at least the alternative news media. This is currently very difficult to do, certainly in the US, which has strong constitutional anchors.

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Even the holocaust narrative has collapsed yet the best they can do is put people in prison for speaking about it!

And so the spectacle of this disintegrating mainstream narrative continues to be presented. It cannot last forever, and probably cannot last much longer. What comes next is unclear, but what seems obvious is that the lies surrounding Hillary (and the larger narrative) are further discrediting the entire mainstream media, which has a disapproval rating near Congress’s single-digit lows.

Conclusion: Here is the lingering question: Is Hillary acting as unwitting agent of destruction or are those standing in the shadows behind her actively promoting what’s taking place? “Order out of chaos” … etc. Certainly her candidacy is doing real damage.

The man who shot me now works for the CIA

Assad did it. Also ISIS did it. The solution is to send in 5000 dudes to create a democracy in Syria.

Assad did it. Also ISIS did it. The solution is to send in 5000 guys to create a democracy in Syria.

New ally in fight against Isis is Syrian kidnapper who called Times journalists spies

ISIS = Islamic State of Israel & Saudi

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The man who shot me now works for the CIA ~ report from The Times:

It was with some surprise watching a video of a victorious band of western-backed rebels that I noticed the face of America’s newest ally in the war against Isis in Syria.

It was the face of a man I last saw in May 2014 when he leant forward to shoot me twice in the left ankle at almost point-blank range while my hands were tied.
It was punishment for having attempted to escape his gang of kidnappers in northern Syria who had hoped to sell me on.

He shot me in the middle of a crowd of onlookers, after a savage preliminary beating, denouncing me as “a CIA spy”.
Now, it seems, he works with them.
Hakim Abu Jamal is now part of a CIA-backed Syrian rebel group

The grainy footage of the video — posted last month on Facebook — showed Hakim Abu Jamal waving his Kalashnikov in the air to proclaim a small victory, courtesy of US air power, on a dusty street in the border town of al-Rai.

I remember him well from across the years. Now, Hakim, forage cap on his head, was standing in the middle of a group of ten other Syrian rebel fighters all belonging to a CIA-vetted group.

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The reason Obama and Kerry are trying so hard to sell a fabricated thesis for war, is because the real culprits and criminals in Syria are the armed rebels who are allied with, and armed by Washington, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. In addition to this, Washington’s chief ally Israel has played a role in this deception, in order to have the US wipe out the air force and air defenses of its only military rival in its immediate vicinity.

Hakim Abu Jamal, who also goes by the names Abdel Hakim al-Yaseen and Hakim Anza, was among the hundreds of other Syrian rebels who crossed from Turkey into Syria two weeks ago to purge Isis.

Such men are the latest of the West’s allies against Isis in Syria. The rules which allow them American air support, money, weapons and ammunition have relaxed since early US attempts to train and equip rebel groups in the country became log- jammed with impossibly complex vetting procedures. They collapsed almost entirely last year.

Consequently, the new generation of coalition-backed rebel groups inside Syria, some 70 in all, may look a little more rough and ready than some of their supporters would choose, with shoddy human rights records to match.

Even so, I was surprised to see how Hakim, celebrating a short-lived victory in al-Rai on August 17, passed even the most rudimentary vetting by US or Turkish intelligence officers.
Anthony Loyd was beaten and shot twice by Hakim

In May 2014 I was kidnapped along with Jack Hill, a Times photographer, and two Syrian staff while driving between the Syrian town of Tal Rafat and the Turkish border after a week inside Aleppo.

Though aware that the area around Tal Rafat was renowned for its kidnap threat, at first we had no idea that Hakim, whom we had known for two years and who had hosted us the evening before, was behind our abduction.

But then, during a desperate and violent escape we found ourselves pursued by a gang of kidnappers led by the man whom only hours before we had assumed to be our friend: Hakim Anza.

Though our Syrian staff escaped, Jack and I were recaptured and beaten before I was shot twice in punishment. At the time he had boasted that he wanted us as kidnap bounty to fund the buying of anti-aircraft weapons.

His file is held by at least three separate intelligence agencies, including MIT, of Turkey, and MI6. His extremist links are well documented. Two of his brothers joined the al-Qaeda affiliate the Nusra Front.

One of them spoke on record about his loyalty to al-Qaeda to The Times. Meanwhile The New York Times ran a story about a war crime committed by Hakim Anza in 2012.

Hakim Anza’s activities were brought to the attention of John Kerry, the US secretary of state, who spoke publicly of his concern for our ordeal. “We are keeping up a very focused effort to try to secure their release,” he said.

In his own words: Anthony Loyd recalls his abduction in Syria at the hands of Hakim

Last month, however, video surfaced of Hakim Anza proving that he was not only free, but was also serving in a CIA-vetted Syrian rebel group, First Regiment (al-Fawj al-Awwal), which was receiving US weaponry, including Tow missiles, as well as air strikes in support of their operations.

In between times he appears to be based in southern Turkey, where he takes orders from the Hawar Kilis Operations room.

Four US hostages were murdered in Syria in 2014. Two British hostages were also beheaded there. The memories of Britain and America must be short, for yesterday sources in the Free Syrian Army and US confirmed Hakim Anza’s membership of the CIA-backed group, in which he is sub-commander.

Centom, the US Central Command, did not respond to Times requests over three days this week to explain how such a well-known hostage taker with family connections to extremists could have passed US vetting procedures.

However, a Pentagon official, who preferred not to be named, described repeated US air support for a recent mission conducted by vetted Syrian rebel groups, where Hakim Anza was filmed with his men on August 17.

He has apparently transformed effortlessly from criminal pariah to a worthy foot soldier allied to Operation Inherent Resolve, the 60-nation coalition, motto “One Mission, Many Nations”, in the Middle East to fight Isis.

“The coalition executed multiple airstrikes in the vicinity of al-Rai from August 13 to 19 in support of vetted Syrian opposition forces and counter-Isil operations,” the US officer said.

Some Syrian activists familiar with Hakim Anza’s history were furious to see him on Facebook and Twitter, bragging of his exploits. “It’s amazing,” said one, speaking on condition of anony-mity, who knew Hakim and confirmed his identity in the video, “how a man like Hakim, with such a well-known criminal past, gets held up by America now as some kind of new hero, getting money and receiving airstrike support, while all the honest people from Tal Rafat live as refugees without any outside help in Turkey.”

Amnesty International finds it less surprising. Their briefing published in July this year on abductions, torture and summary killings by rebel groups in northern Syria — as well as the shelling of civilian areas by opposition forces — noted that at least two of the groups responsible for the worst offences in Aleppo and Idlib, including the al-Shamia Front with whom Hakim Abu Jamal recently served, were US backed.

Another group, the Nour al-Dine Zinki Movement, received US Tow missiles while part of an American-backed rebel alliance until last year, when its rights abuses, including likely involvement in the kidnapping of two Italians, cost the group western backing.

It most recently came to prominence in July this year, when one of its fighters was filmed cutting the head off a sick boy in a killing described by Amnesty as having “truly plumbed the depths of depravity”.

Nevertheless, members of Nour al-Dine Zinki were part of the operation backed by Turkish and American airpower to capture Jarabulus on August 24.

Vetting procedures have changed since America’s first cautious steps to train and equip selected Syrian rebel groups began in 2013. Then, coalition sources insist, each rebel candidate had to be vetted for any previous connection with radical groups, as part of a process that took up to three months.

The result of such tentativeness was disastrous. Coalition cash, as well as lethal and non-lethal support, came in a trickle, and before the programme gained momentum some of the first US-trained groups had been routed.

Parallel to this failure, however, a more strident co-ordination body was established in Turkey by the US and its allies with which to support selected groups.

The Northern Operation Command, Musterek Operasyon Merkerzi, is usually referred to by its Turkish acronym, MOM, and appears to be primarily responsible for vetting armed groups and co-ordinating the supply of lethal and non-lethal equipment, such as ammunition and fighters’ salaries.

Yet Syrian insiders say that vetting was the first casualty of the need to speed up support of coalition-backed armed groups. Individual vetting by coalition officers was eschewed for generalised assurances from commanders.

“There should be a human rights component to the vetting,” said Diana Semaan, Amnesty Syria researcher. “Eligibility [for support] should not just be a matter of who is ready to fight against Islamic State or Jabhat al- Nusra [the Nusra Front].”

This summer Amnesty has made recommendations to foreign powers, including Britain and the US, giving military backing to Syrian rebel groups, suggesting that they halt the flow of weaponry and money to groups responsible for human rights abuses. The US has yet to make a response.

The conflict between Turkey and the Kurds further entangled vetting procedures. Turkey considers the Kurdish YPG, America’s prime ally in Syria, as a terrorist threat and as much of an enemy to Turkish interests as Isis. Consequently, Turkey sees the US as having sided with one terrorist group, the YPG, to fight another one, Isis.

The recent Jarabulus operation was a case in point. Turkey was said to have used 1,800 Syrian rebels as infantry forces: rebels whose names had simply been reported as “cleared” by the Turks to the Americans. Hakim’s small group, whose affiliates often fought Kurds, was most likely among them after appearing earlier in al-Rai.

“The fact that someone like Hakim Anza has been able to slip through the cracks is certainly a means for concern,” said Charles Lister, senior fellow at the Middle East Institute and author of The Syrian Jihad: Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State and the Evolution of an Insurgency.

“But there’s equally a possibility that Turkey may have pushed to have him personally involved from the start. Inevitably, anyone that a government ‘wants’ to have involved in a certain operation or to successfully pass through the vetting process, will do so with minimal obstruction.”

Recalling that day in 2014, I remember saying to Hakim as he drew the gun: “I thought you were my friend.” He replied: “No friends,” and squeezed the trigger. America would do well to consider Hakim’s past betrayal as it embraces its newfound ally.

It was with some surprise watching a video of a victorious band of Western-backed rebels, that I came upon the face of America’s newest ally in the war against Isis in Syria. For the face I came…
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