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Sunday, 4 October 2015

The Western Media Is Dying and Here's Why

September 28, 2015 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Seymour Hersh has risked much over his decades of journalism. He is a true journalist who has been attacked, slandered, and shunned by all sides simply because he seems to resist taking any side.

When he reported on US atrocities in Vietnam, he was first attacked and denounced as a traitor or worse. In time, both the truth and Hersh were vindicated and the importance of what he did as a journalist to both inform the public and serve as a check and balance against the special interests of ruling power were recognized with a Pultizer Prize. 

In 2007, when he exposed the then Bush-administration's plans to use the Muslim Brotherhood and militant groups linked to Al Qaeda to overthrow the government of Syria - the result of which is unfolding today - the New Yorker gladly welcomed his work as a message they perceived would resonate well with liberal audiences. 

But then in 2013, when Hersh brought forward information contradicting the West's official narrative regarding a chemical attack on the outskirts of Damascus, the New Yorker decided not to publish it. His report, "Whose Sarin?" instead found itself published in the London Review of Books. 

The story of Hersh bringing this information forward to the public and how the Western media attempted to first discourage it, then bury it, before attempting to discredit both the report and Hersh himself is a microcosm of the dying Western media. 

The Final Nail 

Hersh's  report went on in detail covering the manner in which Western leaders intentionally manipulated or even outright fabricated intelligence to justify military intervention in Syria - eerily similar to the lies told to justify the invasion and occupation of Iraq, and the escalation of the war in Vietnam after the Gulf of Tonkin incident 

And not only did the report punch holes through the official narrative, it helped hobble what little momentum was left for Western military aggression against Syria based on the lies told by the US and its allies regarding the chemical attack.

In Hersh's follow up report, "
The Red Line and the Rat Line," also published by the London Review of Books, he revealed information not only further exposing the lies told by the US and its allies, but suggested NATO member Turkey and close US-ally Saudi Arabia may have played a role in supplying those responsible for the attack with the chemical weapons.

Should Hersh's reports reach wider audiences and the idea of a West capable of conceiving, carrying out, then trying to exploit a crime against humanity to justify expanded, unjust war, Western foreign policy would irrevocably be disfigured and perhaps begin to unravel.

Outsourcing Trust 

The methods of augmenting an increasingly discredited and distrusted Western media have become very creative. With the advent of the Internet and social media, attempts to produce viral content and seemingly outside sources to help guide the public back who are turning away from the mainstream media in droves was actually the subject of an entire policy paper by former Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Cass Sunstein. The paper was covered in a Salon article titled, "Obama confidant’s spine-chilling proposal," which stated (emphasis added):
Sunstein advocates that the Government’s stealth infiltration should be accomplished by sending covert agents into “chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups.”He also proposes that the Government make secret payments to so-called “independent” credible voices to bolster the Government’s messaging (on the ground that those who don’t believe government sources will be more inclined to listen to those who appear independent while secretly acting on behalf of the Government).
It would be these - what are essentially government-paid liars - who the West would turn to in an attempt to bury Hersh and the remnants of real Western journalism with him. 

The "Independent Credible Voices" 

UK-based unemployed government worker Eliot Higgins began and maintained a popular blog amalgamating online photos and videos from the Syrian conflict. Journalists and analysts from all sides used his resource as a sort of "wartime encyclopedia." While Higgins possessed no qualifications or background in warfare, geopolitics, or weapons specifically, what he did possess was a great amount of time. In this time he was able to accurately look up and catalog the media on his blog. 

However, it wasn't long before the Western media approached him to fulfill the role of "independent credible voice." Whether Eliot Higgins was the recipient of "secret payments" at that time or not, it is clear now that he was both approached by and sought those willing to pay him for his services and that his work from then on was decidedly both biased and dishonest. 

Higgins was furnished with his own "weapons expert," Dan Kaszeta, who either owns or is an associate of multiple dubious "consulting" firms. Together from the beginning Higgins and Kaszeta bolstered the West's narrative that the Syrian government was responsible for using munitions filled with nerve agents right in front of UN inspectors in Damascus.

Using what they collectively called "open source intelligence" - watching YouTube videos and looking at Google Earth - they claimed the type of rocket and nerve agent used could only have been deployed by the Syrian government.

Hersh contested these claims in both of his reports and in additional interviews pointing out that the rockets were crude and could just as easily be homemade, while the production of nerve agents - certainly the work of a state actor - could have been done in either Turkey or Saudi Arabia or with either nations' assistance, then deployed by militants in Syria. 

To this day, the UN's official conclusion is that there was "clear and convincing evidence" that rockets containing nerve agents were launched at Damascus suburbs - assigning no blame, nor indicating from where either the rockets or the nerve agents originated. 

Higgins and Kaszeta, featured in the London Guardian and Foreign Policy Magazine, would directly attack Hersh's claims citing YouTube videos and UN reports as evidence that the Syrian government possessed the type of rockets used in the attack and the type of nerve agent contained in the rockets - omitting one very important question - what if the attack was meant to look like the work of the Syrian government?

In reality, all Higgins and Kaszeta proved was that whoever carried out the attack - designed solely to grant the US and its allies justification for direct military intervention - spent a lot of time and effort to make the attack appear as if the Syrian government carried it out. They predicate their entire argument upon claiming the West would not - for some reason - fabricate an attack to justify a war they sought to wage but lacked any justification to do so.

Along side Higgins and Kaszeta's rebuttal was a scathing indictment of not only Hersh, but traditional journalism in general. The London Gaurdian's Brian Whitaker would pen a piece titled, "Investigating chemical weapons in Syria - Seymour Hersh and Brown Moses go head to head,"claiming (emphasis added):
While seeking to re-ignite the "whodunnit" debate about chemical weapons, Hersh's article unwittingly revealed a lot about the changing nature of investigative journalism. Hersh is old-school. He operates in a world of hush-hush contacts – often-anonymous well-placed sources passing snippets of information around which he constructs an article that challenges received wisdom. 
The Hersh style of journalism certainly has a place, but in the age of the internet it's a diminishing one – as the web-based work of Higgins and others continually shows.
It is a talking point that Higgins himself would again make in the space afforded to him by Foreign Policy magazine - that traditional journalism with real sources is out, and Cass Sunstein's army of paid "independent credible voices" are in.  


A Russian-brokered deal that saw the entirety of Syria's chemical weapon stockpiles removed from the country under the supervision of the United Nations means that there are neither chemical weapons for the Syrian government to use (or be blamed for using), nor chemical weapons left for terrorists fighting the Syrian government to pilfer and use. 

Yet now along Turkey's border - the nation Hersh has suggested was behind the 2013 gas attack - terrorists from the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS) are allegedly deploying chemical weapons. 

Initial reports indicate the use of mustard gas - a blistering agent. Like nerve agents, the production and deployment of these weapons requires state resources.

The Western media, in a bid to explain how ISIS has acquired these weapons, has begun spinning theories that Syria's weapons on their way out of Syria somehow ended up in ISIS' hands. The presence of chemical weapons in northern Syria and Iraq indicates that just as Hersh suggested, chemical weapons are being passed on to terrorists operating in Syria from either Turkey or Saudi Arabia, or both. 

With this recent development, literally years of Higgins and Kaszeta's lies have been exposed, vindicating award-winning veteran journalist Seymour Hersh and the traditional methods of journalism he employed to draw his conclusions. It also exposes Sunstein's army of "independent credible voices" as just another facet in the echo chamber of discredited, now widely distrusted lies of the Western media. 

In an attempt to get Higgin's and Kaszeta's opinion on who they believed were supplying ISIS with chemical weapons, Kaszeta replied by saying, "lizard men." Higgins refused to comment. When asked if either would like to extend an apology to Hersh, Kasezta would inexplicably reply, "Hersh owes me an apology, now get lost you useless sack of sh*t."

One might expect a higher degree of professionalism and civilized debate from "experts" regularly deferred to by the Western media not only in regards to the Syrian conflict but also in Ukraine, where Eliot Higgins is now offering his "independent credible voice" to the MH17 disaster. However, admittedly employed by Western think tanks and consultancy agencies, Higgins no longer possess an "independent" voice, and considering his intentional and unrepentant deceit regarding Syria, he no longer possess a "credible' voice either. 

Sunstein's Failed Experiment 

Using chemical weapons has never been an effective means of fighting war. Beyond their psychological effects, conventional weapons have proven a vastly superior means of waging and winning war.  

During the deadly 8 year war between Iraq and Iran, chemical weapons were used including nerve agents. Yet a document produced by the US Marine Corps, titled, "Lessons Learned: The Iran-Iraq War" under "Appendix B: Chemical Weapons," revealed less than 2-3% of all casualties were the result of chemical warfare.

The report concluded that even large scale use of chemical weapons offered little advantage to either side and suggests that attacks carried out with such weapons required almost perfect weather and geographical conditions to be of even limited benefit. On a smaller scale, the use of chemical weapons would be tactically and strategically useless - unless of course used as a means of implicating your enemy and justifying wider war. 

Likewise, shooting down a civilian airliner over Ukraine offers no benefit to a warring party unless of course they did it to implicate their enemies and justify wider war.

Discerning this is a product of critical thinking - which is what drove people away from the Western media in the first place. Sunstein's mistaken belief that somehow those drifting away from the Western media were as easily fooled as those still watching it is why people like Higgins have ended up chased out of the independent media and back, deeply within the system that co-opted and used him in the first place. 

For Hersh, he proves that dedication to the truth when it is unpopular is a small price to pay to keep one's dignity. The ridicule and accusations of those without dignity fades, but the truth is everlasting. When the truth Hersh has pointed out beneath the lies finally surfaced for all to see, vindication exposed people like Higgins and Kaszeta for all to see. 

With the veils of legitimacy and professionalism yanked from them, they are reduced to vulgar, miniature versions of the rotting system that created them. Without realizing their very creation as "consultants" lies in the decline of those who sought them out, not because of their talent, but because of their willingness to do what those with dignity refuse to do, they will likely go on with their ignoble work. But like the media houses that desperately needed their "independent credible voices" to begin with, fewer will be listening and reading. 

Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazineNew Eastern Outlook”.   

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Obama Accuses Russia of Going After America’s “Good Guy Terrorists”

Global Research, October 01, 2015

Amply documented but rarely mentioned in news reports, the ISIS is a creation of US intelligence, recruited, trained and financed by the US and its allies including Britain, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Israel and Jordan.  
Until recently, the ISIS was known as Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). In 2014, it was renamed the Islamic State (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).
Russia is Now Involved in the War on Terrorism
A major turning point in the dynamics of the Syria-Iraq war is unfolding. Russia is now directly involved in the counter-terrorism campaign in coordination with the Syrian and Iraqi governments.
While Washington has acknowledged Moscow’s resolve, Obama is now complaining that the Russians are targeting the “good guy terrorists” who are supported by Washington.
From the Horse’s Mouth
According to the Wall Street Journal:
Russian Airstrike in Syria Targeted CIA-Backed Rebels, U.S. Officials Say
One area hit was location primarily held by rebels receiving funding, arms, training from CIA and allies

One important piece of unspoken information conveyed in this WSJ report is that the CIA is supporting terrorists as a means to triggering “regime change” in Syria, implying the conduct of covert intelligence operations within Syrian territory:
“The U.S. spy agency has been arming and training rebels in Syria since 2013 to fight the Assad regime  (WSJ, September 30, 2015 emphasis added, author’s note: covert support to the terrorists was provided from the outset of the war in March 2011)
The above statement is something which is known and documented but which has barely been acknowledged by the mainstream media.
Al Nusra: “Good Guy Terrorists”
While the Pentagon now candidly acknowledges that the CIA is supporting Al Qaeda affiliated groups inside Syria, including Al Nusra, it nonetheless deplores the fact that Russia is allegedly targeting the “good guy terrorists”, who are supported by Washington:
One of the [Russian] airstrikes hit an area primarily held by rebels backed by the Central Intelligence Agency and allied spy services, U.S. officials said, …
Among seven areas that Syrian state media listed as targets of Russian strikes, only one—an area east of the town of Salamiyah in Hama province—has a known presence of Islamic State fighters. The other areas listed are largely dominated by moderate rebel factions or Islamist groups such as Ahrar al-Sham and the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front.  (WSJ, September 30, 2015 emphasis added)
Affiliated to Al Qaeda, Al Nusra is a US sponsored  ”jihadist” terrorist organization which has been responsible for countless atrocities. Since 2012, AQI and Al Nusra — both supported by US intelligence– have been working hand in glove in various terrorist undertakings within Syria.
In recent developments, the Syrian government has identified its own priority areas for the Russian counter-terrorism air campaign, which consists essentially in targeting Al Nusra.  Al Nusra is described as the terrorist arm of the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
While Washington has categorized Al Nusra as a terrorist organization (early 2012), it nonetheless provides support to both Al Nusra and it’s so-called “moderate rebels” in the form of weapons, training, logistical support, recruitment, etc. This support is channeled by America’s Persian Gulf allies, including Qatar and Saudi Arabia as well as through Turkey and Israel.
Ironically, The UN Security Council in a May 2012 decision “blacklisted Syria’s al-Nusra Front as an alias of al-Qaeda in Iraq”, namely the ISIL:
a decision that will subject the group to sanctions including an arms embargo, travel ban and assets freeze, diplomats said.
The US mission to the United Nations said none of the 15 council members objected to adding al-Nusra as an alias of al-Qaeda in Iraq on Thursday.
Al-Nusra, one of the most effective forces fighting President Bashar al-Assad, last month pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri. (Al Jazeera, May 2012)
And now Russia is being blamed for targeting a terrorist entity which is not only on the UN Security Council blacklist but which has ties to the Islamic State (ISIS).
What is the significance of these accusations?
While the media narrative acknowledges that Russia has endorsed the counter-terrorism campaign, in practice Russia is (indirectly) fighting the US-NATO coalition  by supporting the Syrian government against the terrorists, who happen to be the foot soldiers of the Western military alliance, with Western mercenaries and military advisers within their ranks. In practice, what Russia is doing is fighting terrorists who are supported by the US.
The forbidden truth is that by providing military aid to both Syria and Iraq, Russia is (indirectly) confronting America. 
Moscow will be supporting both countries in their proxy war against the ISIL which is supported by the US and its allies.

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We are the rightful owners and the owners of a just cause

Friday, 02 October 2015 19:34

DAMASCUS, (ST)_ On the 42nd  Anniversary of October Liberation War, the Syria Times is honored to publish the historic speech of the late President Hafez Al-Assad on this occasion:
Brotherly citizens,
Our brave soldiers and army officers,
Our  great people,
I salute each and every one of you. I address in you, today, the true Arabian spirit, the spirit of courage and heroism, the spirit of sacrifice and giving.
I address in you, your love to the homeland, and your faith in the cause you have decided to defend. For more than a week, the enemy has been mobilizing  and premeditating its forces, thinking it will deal a treacherous blow to us. But we were vigilant enough to monitor its movements and cantonments, and to repel its new potential aggression.  We did not allow the enemy to take us by surprise. So, our armed forces respond appropriately  to it  . Our brothers in Egypt did  not allow  the aggression  to take them by surprise. The great army of Egypt rushed to defend the dignity of Egypt and the dignity of the Arab Nation. Greetings to our army and  to our people, and a tribute to the army of Egypt and the great Arab people of Egypt.
I must at these  crucial moments pay  another tribute  from the heart to the  brave military forces ,  who came to our  country from our  Arab brotherly country of Morocco to take part in the  battle of pride and dignity and to sacrifice their blood generously ,  shoulder to shoulder with their brothers in Syria and Egypt . Thereby, they embody the unity of the nation, the common destiny and the  sanctity of the goal.
Today , we are fighting the battle of honor and pride, in defense of our precious land, for our glorious history , and of the heritage of our forefathers. We fight  the  battle, equipped  with faith in God and in ourselves; and with the solid  and compelling determination  that victory will be on our side.
Israel is stubborn  and is  hit  by vanity,  and arrogance filled the heads of its officials. They continued their crime  and aggression. Their hearts  are filled with black hatred  against our people and against humanity. They are fret with thirst for bloodshed. Their footsteps disregard the principles and ideals of humanitarian principles and sublime morals and the international laws and resolutions.
Such persons are, the same, like their predecessors, among  the advocates of war,  do not confine themselves  to a limit, nor get deterred , unless they are deterred  by people who believe in their own  right, and fight for their freedom and own  existence.
 While we do our duty to defend our land and the honor of our nation, we are ready to make every sacrifice and accept all challenges in order to win the right and win principles, so that  just peace would prevail.
Brotherly citizens,
Adversity is the touchstone for the nature of peoples, and a test for their authenticity. The more severe the crisis is, the more the pure  metal revealed and the entrenched originality confirmed .
You are the sons of a nation, which has been known throughout history for stances of manhood and pride, of heroism and redemption.  You are the sons of the nation that had carried the message of light and faith into all the corners of the earth, and  the  entire world was a witness to its  highest traits and noblest morals.
You are the  descendants of Abu Bakr, Omar, Othman, Ali, God bless them.  You are the  grandchildren  of Khalid, Abu Obeida, and Amre, and Saad, and Salah al-Din.  The conscience of our nation calls on us, and the souls of our martyrs ignite us as to abide by the teachings  reflected in  Yarmouk, Qadisiya, Hittin, and  Ein Jallout. The  eyes and hearts  of the masses of our nation from  the Atlantic to the Gulf are now clinging   to our great steadfastness .These masses  are all hope and  confidence  that we are proceeding towards  ultimate victory.
Dear brave soldiers and army officers,
We are the rightful  owners and the owners of a just cause, and God grant victory to the one who is  rightful defending his right. You are defending today the honor of the Arab nation, preserving its  dignity and existence, and  rendering sacrifices , so that the future generations  are to live satisfied and secure.
 By accident , it  is the  will of the Almighty God that your Jihad  is in  one of the days of  the holy month, the month of Ramadan, the month of jihad. The month of the Battle of Badr, the month of victory. A bright chapter in the history of our armed forces  to be added   to the many chapters of  heroism and sacrifice, testified by the blood of our martyrs  throughout the history of our country and   Arab nation .
Our ancestors have won victory through faith , sacrifice and  through their racing  to win martyrdom in defense of our divine religion and the rightful message . Today, through your courage  and heroism , you have revived  these  spirits alongside the  glorious  Arab tradition.
Your weapon is  but a deposit  in your hands , that you have  to use properly. The honor of the Arab soldier is your responsibility  and the future of our peoples is in your hand,  for the sake of which you  have to fight relentlessly.
Our  people whose sons  survive great  enthusiasm stand, one line,  behind you, protecting your back lines , and supporting your struggle by all means .  The masses of our Arab nation stand  behind our people. This position by the Arab nation is dedicated by national duty  in this crucial phase.  Behind our people, there also many friends in the world who stand in support of our cause and struggle.
We are not amateurs of killing and destruction, but we are repulsing murder and destruction from ourselves.
We are not the aggressors and never were   aggressors; but we were and are still defending ourselves, repulsing the aggression.
We do not want death to anyone, but we repulse death off our people.
We love freedom and we want it for ourselves and for others. We are  struggling  today ,  so that our people will  enjoy  their freedom.
We are advocates of peace, and  we work for peace for the sake of  our people and for all the peoples of the world. And we struggle  today in order to live in peace .
Proceed with God's blessing, when Allah render you victory, no one would defeat you.
Peace be upon you
Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim
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Saturday, 3 October 2015

Bouthaina Shaaban : Russian Vision Carries Deep Understanding of What is Happening in Syria and the Region


1 October، 2015
Damascus, SANA
President Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian state’s request of support from Federal Russia in combating terrorism flowing from all countries in the world, was logical and logical in its timing, since the US has been talking about an alliance against terrorism for months ago, but the US-led alliance had proven to be ineffective on the ground, Presidential Political and Media Advisor Bouthaina Shaaban affirmed.
In an interview with Russia Today TV Channel on Wednesday, Shaaban added that the Russian vision carries a deep understanding of what is happening in Syria and the region, and that the terror poses a threat against the whole world, calling on everyone to listen to what Russian President Vladimir Putin is saying about Syria and the region.
She said if the West joins Russia’s awareness, it will recognize that fighting terrorism in Syria is a need for the region and the world.. But the problem is in the West’s late understanding of what is happening in Syria.
She described field situation in Syria as excellent, because the Syria Arab army has attained many achievements on the ground, mainly on the southern front, which they claimed that it was about to fall, or in Aleppo, al-Zabadani and al-Qalamoun areas, therefore we should consider the huge finance amount{provided to terrorists} and the intensive flow of terrorists, Then it is normal to ask for the Russian assistance.
Syria relies on the Syrian army which has been fighting terrorism for the last five years, the Russian support and on its {Syrian} people, who acknowledge that terrorism is the enemy of every Syrian citizen, the Syrian State, institutions and Future, Shaaban elaborated.
Hailing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s call for political engagement in Syria, Shaaban criticized the western double standard policy, which talks about the political action and at the same time embraces terrorism.
Shaaban pointed out that the Syrian government understands that the political action is an inter-Syrian dialogue that might be internationally sponsored; therefore there is no problem in discussing any ideas that lead to a political solution.
Syria has confirmed in Geneva Conference in 2014 the necessity of giving priority for fighting terrorism, because we cannot conduct a real political solution while terrorism is hitting large parts of our country, Shaaban said, noting that the West has been convinced by what Syria and Russia were saying at that time.
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Saudi-US Warships Fail to Approach Bab al-Mandeb, more Soldiers Hunted in Jizan

Yemen: Bab al-Mandeb StraitA large number of Saudi officers and soldiers have been killed in the Yemeni army's operations in Jizan and Najran regions, well-informed military sources announced on Friday.

"Several Saudi military men were killed in the Yemeni army and Popular Committees' operations in the city of Najran," the sources close to the Committees said.

Meantime, reports from Jizan told that several Saudi soldiers and officers were also killed in heavy clashes in the place.

Also on Friday, the Yemeni military foiled attempts by US-Saudi aggression warships to approach the Yemeni shores in the Bab al-Mandeb Strait area under heavy hostile aerial bombardment and shelling.

The Yemeni army and Popular Committees units stationed in the Strait clashed with the attacking forces by appropriate weapons and forced them to retreat.

A source from the Yemeni military said the army and the Committees are deployed at fixed points in the Straits and its environs, and that the fire will be on the lookout for any new aggressive attempts toward the Bab al-Mandab.

"Aggressors will be a heavy price," he said.

Earlier on Thursday, a military source said that at least 55 troops of the Saudi-led coalition were killed or wounded in the Yemeni army's operations in the province of Marib.

The military source said that, in addition to the killing and wounding of nearly 55 soldiers of the Saudi army and its allies by the Yemeni army, over eight military and 5 armored vehicles of the Saudi-led coalition were destroyed in the vicinity Al-Balaq, That Al-Ra’ and Marbat Al-Dam in Ma'rib during the past few hours.

On Monday, Yemen's Ansarullah fighters conducted retaliatory attacks on Saudi positions in the region of Jizan.

The Yemeni forces fired a barrage of rockets at a military base in the Saudi region of Jizan.

Three Saudi armored vehicles were also destroyed in another attack in Jizan.

Meanwhile, reports said that the Yemeni national military had killed and injured dozens of pro-Saudi militants, and destroyed ten vehicles belonging to them in the province of Marib.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 191 days now to restore power to fugitive President Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 6,433 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.

Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

Source: Al-Manar Website
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Russian warplanes, Syrian air forces hit terrorist targets in Aleppo, Idleb, Hama, Raqqa

 Friday, 02 October 2015 17:44
PROVINCES,(ST)_Russian warplanes in cooperation with Syrian air forces have inflicted heavy losses upon terrorist organizations in Aleppo, Idleb and Hama, as Syrian army units continue to target terrorist organizations in Homs and Quneitra countryside.
According to a military source, Russian air forces in cooperation with Syrian ones carried out air strikes against ISIS targets in Dar Ezzeh area in Aleppo countryside and in Kafer Zetta town, about 35 km north of Hama city.
Two command centers plus dozens of vehicles belonging to ISIS terrorists were destroyed in the airstrikes, the source confirmed, adding that several depots of arms and fuel plus training camp for the same terrorist organization [ISIS, also known as Islamic State or ISIL or Daesh] were destroyed during air strikes in Maaret al-Noaman and al-Hbit areas in Idleb countryside.
The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement released today that by RT that Russian warplanes have conducted over the past 24 hours 18 air strikes against 12 terrorist targets in Raqqa, Hama and Idleb.
"Russian warplanes stationed in Syria attacked a terrorist training camp and a command center, taking it out with a precision strike launched form an altitude of over 5,000 meters," He added.
18 sorties
The airstrike was one of a dozen conducted by Russia in Syria on Thursday during 18 sorties, Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov, the ministry spokesman, told journalists. Advanced Sukhoi Su-25 and Su-34s were used for strikes.
“The targeting systems of those planes allows for hitting ground targets with absolute precision, which was proven yesterday during combat missions targeting ISIS infrastructure," he said. "We can use this type of aircraft to deliver strikes anywhere in Syria."
Terrorists convey weapons out of Idleb cities
In this context, the Beirut-based al-Mayadeen Television channel reported that ISIS started to convey the families of its foreign fighters from the Syrian Raqqa province to Iraq in the wake of Russian air strikes.
It added that the Jiash al-Fateh [Army of the conquest] and the 'Islamic Turkistan Party' evacuated their headquarters in Idleb province after the airstrikes.  
"Large numbers of trucks started to convey munitions out of the big cities of Idleb," al-Mayadeen said.
It quoted the Russian Duma as saying that the Russian airstrikes will continue for four months.
On the other hand, Al-Mayadeen Channel indicated that Syrian army warded off ISIS terrorists' attacks on the outskirt of Der Ezzour airbase and on military posts in quarters of al-Rosafeh, al-Rashedeyeh, al-Ommal and al-Sena'a.
Convoys of armored cars for terrorists destroyed
In another development, Syrian warplanes destroyed two convoys of armored cars belonging to al-Nusra Front terrorists in al-Bab area in Aleppo province and killed many terrorist there.
The area of al-Bab is a supply route for terrorists coming from the Turkish territories.
The same province witnessed military operations against terrorist organizations in the southeastern countryside and in the eastern countryside as well as on the outskirts of the Air Forces Academy and in some quarters of Aleppo city.
There were also other operations carried out by army units against ISIS terrorists in and outside Palmyra and in the northern countryside of Homs where many terrorists were killed and injured.
Moving towards the south of the country, army units killed many terrorists in al-Hamedeyeh, Ofania and Abo Shatta towns in Quneitra countryside.

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