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Prof. Anthony F. Shaker – Erdogan’s Strikes in the Dark and Russia’s Thousand Stings

http://www.globalresearch.ca/erdogans-strikes-in-the-dark-and-russias-thousand-stings/5495678 Russia knows well why Turkey shot down one of its warplanes in hot pursuit. Like Saudi Arabia, the emirate minions and Israel, Turkey of course has been losing its most prized pieces inside Syria–an assortment of the most violent jihadi and ultranationalist elements. The process may be systematic and limited for now, but the losses for the Wahhabi terroists …

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Robert Parry – Blocking Democracy as Syria’s Solution

The solution to the crisis in Syria could be democracy – letting the people of Syria decide who they want as their leaders – but it is the Obama administration and its regional Sunni “allies,” including U.S.-armed militants and jihadists, that don’t want to risk a democratic solution because it might not achieve the long-held goal of “regime change.” Some …

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Russell Webster – The US’ Language of Terror and a History of Preemptive Aggression

Following the recent horrific and brutal San Bernardino slaying, President Obama took to the Oval Office and reminded Americans, “our nation has been at war with terrorists since al Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 Americans on 9/11.” He also reminded us “we have no evidence that the killers were directed by a terrorist organization overseas, or that they were part of …

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Pentagon Insiders: ISIS War Plan is ‘Not Working’

It’s not just Obama’s critics in Congress who think he can’t defeat the Islamic State. Defense officials also say his plan will fail. The Obama administration’s strategy against the self-proclaimed Islamic State is facing increasing skepticism, not only on Capitol Hill, but also in the halls of the Pentagon. From Iraq to Washington, there are quiet murmurs within from those in uniform that …

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Eric Zuesse – The Saud Family to Select West’s ‘Moderate’ Jihadists Who Will Take Over Syria

The Saud family, Saudi Arabia’s royals, have called together a meeting on December 15th in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, of their fellow fundamentalist Sunnis who are fighting against the secular Assad government to take over Syria, and the Sauds will announce after the conference which groups will have the West’s blessings. The only armed group that has thus far been announced to have …

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Eric Zuesse – Imprisoned Al Qaeda Fighters Freed by U.S. Allies to Rejoin Fight Against Assad

Some of the world’s top Al Qaeda operatives were freed from a Lebanese prison on Tuesday December 1st, to rejoin the U.S.-led war against Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. America’s anti-Assad ally, Qatar, the chief financiers of the Muslim Brotherhood, negotiated with the neutralist Lebanese government, to swap the 26 imprisoned Al Qaeda jihadists for 16 Lebanese soldiers who had been captured by Al …

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Alastair Crooke – Lost on the ‘Dark Side’ in Syria

When, in early August, the Pentagon’s former highest ranking intelligence official, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, said that it had been a “willful decision” by the “West” to back the establishment of “a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in Eastern Syria” in order to bring pressure on the Syrian government, and then went on to confirm that the recently declassified 2012 U.S. Defense Intelligence …

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Michael Weiss – Inside ISIS’ Torture Brigades

Talking to girls. Fibbing in court. Drinking a beer. A thousand things will get you tortured in the Islamic State. Unless you’re a suspected CIA spy. Then you lose your head. For all the attention paid to ISIS, relatively little is known about its inner workings. But a man claiming to be a member of the so-called Islamic State’s security …

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Leid Stories – 10.15.15

The Information Business: CNN Hit A Jackpot with ‘Debate’ in Las Vegas

Ex-Army General Explains the U.S. Military Objective in Syria

The CNN/Facebook-hosted Q&A session with Democratic presidential candidates Oct. 13 was great for business. Leid Stories reveals the money motive behind this and other such “debates.”

The situation in war-torn Syria, already catastrophic, in recent weeks has seen yet another element added to the lethal mix. President Bashar Hafez al-Assad’s two–pronged battle to quash a rebel-led civil war and beat back advancing ISIS troops, now faces ramped up conflicting military interventions by Russia and the United States. Russia’s help was asked for and welcomed; the United States’ was not.

Gen. Wesley Clark (ret.), former supreme allied commander of NATO, explains the U.S.’s military objective in Syria.

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THOMAS S. HARRINGTON – US Caught Faking It in Syria

The great danger of faking your ability to do something in the public square is that someone with an actual desire to the job you are pretending to do might come along and show you up. This is what has just happened to the US in Syria with the entrance of Russia into the fight against ISIL. And as is generally …