American snipers are officially at war in the Donbass

DONi Press

24 Feb, 2016

US citizens are officially to take part in the fighting in Donbass as members of Ukrainian units. According to The Politnavigator, it was announced by Maumuka Mamulashvili presented as the commander of the “Georgian National Legion” at a press conference in Kiev.

‘According to my information, this is the first precedent when a US citizen is involved in the fighting and will represent one of the Ukrainian battalions in the Georgian Legion. We expect more volunteers from the US to join us. The first group will consist of 10 people. They will take a direct part in the fighting in the east of Ukraine. Previously, they were instructors but now they will take part in the hostilities themselves,’ he said.

At the press conference there was present another US citizen – Brian Christopher Boyandzher, a sniper from the “Georgian National Legion”. Talking about his motivation to come to fight in Donbass, he said, ‘Ukraine is a US partner that participated in peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan’. Boyandzher did not precise where exactly he had served earlier, saying only that he was a sniper.

Last year he was in Ukraine for five months, teaching the Ukrainian military to be snipers. The American sharpshooter said he was not afraid of persecution in the United States for his participation in the fighting on the territory of another country because, according to him, in his home country it is not prohibited by law. Mamulashvili explained that the “Georgian National Legion” is an informal name of the unit which is a part of the battalion “Kievan Rus”. He said that in his unit there is a French citizen who, however, asked not to be named, as well as representatives of some other European countries.

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Veuves de guerre du Donbass, aux portes du malheur

DONi Press

24 Feb, 2016

Nous sommes dans un petit village du Donbass, entre Gorlovka et Jdanovka, l’endroit est sinistre, les routes sont défoncées, une lada s’approche traînant une remorque dont les deux roues sont crevées et font un bruit mou et étrange car il n’y a aucun chemin bitumé dans le village. Le temps qui se réchauffe a transformé le lieu en un cloaque, de petites maisons pauvres et biscornues sont alignées, c’est là pourtant aussi le Donbass, entre la riche capitale de Donetsk, avec ses monuments, ses théâtres et ses universités et puis ici ce village qui est comme agrippé sur un flanc de colline. Seul le soleil d’une fin de journée froide vient atténuer cette impression.

Natalia ouvre la porte de son logis, il est très modeste. Elle peut avoir 35 ans, une femme simple. Elle était serveuse dans le café de son mari dans la ville voisine de Jdanovka. Un établissement construit après un dur labeur, une vie tranquille, un petit garçon de sept ans, c’était il y a deux ans bientôt. Et puis le Maïdan est arrivé, Natalia raconte : « je n’y prêtais pas attention, nous étions au travail, mais j’étais inquiète et mon mari qui avait 40 ans était de plus en plus en colère sur ce qui se passait en Ukraine. Il a été l’un des premiers à participer en dehors de son travail aux meetings contre le Maïdan, c’était en février 2014 et puis étape après étape il a été de plus en plus actif. J’avais peur et je lui disais que je pensais que c’était dangereux, qu’il était papa, mais il pensait que la chose la plus importante était de défendre notre terre, nos libertés. Je ne peux pas dire qu’il n’avait pas raison, mais j’avais peur pour nous et pour lui et je sentais que quelque chose de terrible allait se passer».

Elle continue son histoire, je sens son émotion et aussi ses difficultés à s’exprimer, elle n’ose pas me regarder et fixe Evguéni, membre du syndicat qui s’occupe des soldats blessés, des veuves de guerre, des familles des soldats. Son mari s’engage parmi les premiers dans les rangs des insurgés, ils n’ont au départ aucune arme. Evguéni raconte : « nous n’avions aucune arme, mais en face de nous, nous savions qu’il y avait des conscrits de l’Armée ukrainienne, des tout jeunes pas motivés et qui ne savaient pas du tout ce qu’ils faisaient ici, alors il n’a pas été difficile d’en désarmer un grand nombre, de s’emparer de leurs armes, de rassembler tout ce que nous pouvions trouver dans notre entourage et c’est ainsi que nous avons commencé à nous défendre, nous n’avions rien mais nous avions la foi en notre juste cause et nous n’avions pas peur, nous aurions peut-être dû mais quand vous savez que ce que vous faites est juste vous ne pensez pas au danger ».

Le mari de Natalia avec les insurgés de la région participe à la bataille de Jdanovka, les forces ukrainiennes s’enfoncent alors partout dans le Donbass, les bataillons spéciaux de néonazis ne tardent pas à les renforcer et les combats deviennent de jour en jour plus durs. La ville est prise par les Ukrainiens, lui et ses camarades creusent alors des tranchées et construisent des positions de fortunes aux alentours, ils reprendront bientôt la ville. Il est tué un jour du mois de juillet, emporté par un obus d’artillerie, laissant donc une veuve et un orphelin. Evguéni poursuit : « tant de mes camarades sont morts, et maintenant je me dois d’aider leurs familles, j’ai dû aller leur annoncer la mort de leur fils ou de leur mari ou père, j’ai vu les pleurs et je vis désormais avec cette question : pourquoi pas moi aussi ? J’espère que je ne survivrai pas moi-même à cette guerre, car toute ma vie je vais devoir faire face à ces femmes et ces familles et dans les regards je sentirai toujours cette question, pourquoi je n’y suis pas resté avec eux ? ». Cette déclaration est terrible, je ne sais que répondre à cet homme courageux, un ancien entrepreneur en bâtiment, je lis dans son regard bleu la douleur et aussi les convictions, car il reste bien entendu convaincu qu’ils devaient défendre leur liberté.

Natalia ne s’éloigne pas sans que je lui confie un peu d’argent, il s’agit de 10 000 roubles, de l’argent que les Français de mon réseau m’ont confié avant de partir et que mois après mois je distribue là où je sens qu’il est nécessaire. Natalia ne perçoit aucune aide, son mari a été tué alors qu’il n’y avait aucune structure militaire, il n’est pas jusqu’à présent considéré comme « mort au champ d’honneur », une des très nombreuses victimes anonymes de la guerre, un oublié. Les démarches sont en cours, mais l’affaire est longue, il faut des témoins, des certificats, des documents et la plupart sont morts dans son unité de volontaires. Elle ne rentre dans aucune catégorie, reçoit toutefois de l’aide précieuse de la Fédération de Russie, un tout petit peu d’autres fonds mais ce sont les voisins et des gens comme Evguéni qui l’aident le plus. Sans revenu, avec un enfant, sans travail, elle survit dans cet endroit oublié de Dieu. Evguéni m’indique alors qu’il y en a d’autres dans le Donbass… je frémis à cette idée, combien sont-elles ?

Lorsque j’annonce la somme, Natalia s’effondre, elle pleure, Evguéni me racontera qu’il ne l’aura vu pleurer que deux fois, le jour où il fut obligé de lui annoncer la mort de son mari, et en ce jour. Ce n’est pas tant l’argent, mais surtout la situation désespérée où elle se débat avec son enfant, il est d’ailleurs malade et elle refusera de nous laisser l’approcher, du moins pour le moment, je comprends d’ailleurs très bien sa gêne. Nous quittons l’endroit, je n’ai pas de mots rassurants à lui dire, alors quand je lui tends les bras, nous nous serrons, je n’ai aucune autre réaction, nous n’aurons que quelques mots pour se dire au revoir, comment pourrais-je atténuer sa douleur, comment pourrais-je lui souhaiter du bonheur. Sur le chemin du retour nous nous arrêtons. C’est la tombe d’un autre volontaire, non loin du village de Rozovka. Encore un insurgé tué, ses camarades de combat lui ont offert un monument, non loin des tranchées où il a péri. Dans le village, il y a une autre tombe. Le soldat repose en plein milieu du village, sur la place centrale, une couronne fraîche orne sa tombe, il n’y a qu’une croix, même pas une stèle ou une butte de terre. C’est aussi cela l’agression ukrainienne, des hommes venus apporter le malheur et la mort à des gens qui voulaient et qui veulent être libres.

Laurent Brayard pour DONi.Press

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Donbass: war widows at the gates of sorrow, sorrow caused by American officials and tax dollars

From Fort Russ

 

Laurent BRAYARD, in DONiPRESS, February 24, 2016

Translated from French by Tom Winter

Donbass war widows, one of them Natalia, agreed to meet the team SaveDonbassPeople and received from Laurent Brayard’s Donors Group a sum of 10 000 rubles to mitigate somewhat the suffering of her hellish situation. They came from Ukraine to kill them, they defended themselves to be free, they died in battle for a just cause, they leave widows and orphans — Brown Ukraine that kills, has killed, and whose hands are dripping with blood. Thank you to those French people who helped assist this young woman who is left without work and without resources with a 9 year old child.
We are in a small village of Donbass, between Gorlovka and Jdanovka. The place is grim, the roads are potholed, a Lada comes up dragging a trailer with two punctured wheels. They make a soft, strange noise because there isn’t an asphalt road in the village. The temperature is warming up and has transformed the place into a cesspool. The small houses, poor and quirky, are in a line. For all that, this is also the Donbass of the rich capital of Donetsk, with its monuments, theaters and universities — and then here this village clinging to a hillside. Only the sun of a late cold day mitigates this impression.
Natalia opens the door of her house. It is very modest. She might be 35, a simple woman. She was a waitress in her husband’s cafe in the nearby town of Jdanovka. A shop built after some hard work, a quiet life, a little boy of seven, but that was two years ago. And then the Maidan happened. Natalia said:
“I did not pay attention, we were at work, but I was nervous and my husband, who was 40 years old, was increasingly angry about what was happening in Ukraine. On top of his work, he was one of the first to participate in rallies against the Maidan. That was in February 2014 and then step by step he became increasingly active. I was scared and I told him I thought it was dangerous, he was a daddy, but he thought the most important thing was to defend our land, our freedoms. I can not say that he wasn’t right, but I was afraid for us and for him and I felt that something terrible was going to happen. “
She continues her story, I feel her emotion and also her difficulty in talking, she does not dare look at me and looks toward Yevgeny, member of the syndicate that takes care of wounded soldiers, war widows, and families of soldiers. Her husband signed up among the first in the ranks of the insurgents. Initially they had no weapons. Yevgeny says,
“We had no weapons, but in front of us, we knew that there were conscripts of the Ukrainian Army, all young, unmotivated and with no idea at all what they were doing here. Then it was not difficult to disarm many, to seize their weapons, gather everything we could find around us and this is how we started to defend ourselves. We had nothing but we had faith in our just cause and we were not afraid, we might have been, but when you know that what you are doing is just, you do not think about the danger. “
Natalia’s husband participated in the battle of Jdanovka with the local insurgents. Ukrainian forces then were settling in everywhere in the Donbass, and special battalions of neo-Nazis had no hesitation about coming in as reinforcements and the fighting became tougher day by day. The village was taken by the Ukrainians, he and his comrades then dug trenches and built up positions, they will soon retake the town.
He was killed one day in July, carried away by an artillery shell, thus leaving a widow and an orphan. Yevgeny continues, “so many of my comrades are dead, and now I have to help their families, I’ve had to tell them about the death of their son or husband or father, I saw the tears and I see now with this question: why not me too? I hope I myself will not survive this war, because all my life I will have to deal with these women and families and I always feel in their glances this question, why did I not stay with them?”
This statement is terrible, I do not know how to respond to this brave man, a former building contractor, I read in his blue eyes the pain and the convictions, for he is of course convinced that they had to defend their liberty.
We don’t part without leaving Natalia a bit of cash. It comes to 10 thousand rubles, money that the French people in my network entrusted to me before I left, telling me month after month that I deliver it where I feel it is needful. Natalia has not been receiving any aid, as her husband was killed when there was no military structure, and is not until now considered “killed on the field of honor,” one of the many unnamed victims war, a forgotten. The process is underway, but the case is long, you need witnesses, certificates, documents, and most in his volunteer unit have died.
She does not fit into any category, however, she receives precious help from the Russian Federation, a very small bit from other funds, but it is the neighbors and people like Yevgeny who help the most. Without income, with a child, without work, she survives in this place forgotten by God. Yevgeny then tells me that there are others in the Donbass … I shudder at the thought, how many are there?
When I announced the sum, Natalia collapses in tears. Yevgeny tells me that he has seen her cry twice, the day he was forced to announce the death of her husband, and today. It was not so much the money, but above all the desperate situation in which she struggles with her child, who is also ill and she refuses to let us approach him, at least for now.
I understand full well her embarrassment. As we take our leave, I have no reassuring words to say to her, so when I hold out my arms, we hug, I have no other reaction, we have but a few words for saying goodbye. How could I alleviate her pain, how could I wish her happiness. On the way back we stop. This is the grave of another volunteer, near the village of Rozovka. Another insurgent killed; his comrades made him a memorial, near the trenches where he perished.
 In the village, there is another grave. The soldier rests in the middle of the village, in the central square, a fresh wreath adorns his grave, there is only a cross, not even a stone or a mound of earth. This is then, the Ukrainian assault, the men who came to bring misfortune and death to people who wanted and want to be free.

Руками путчистов США готовят на Украине условия для эпидемий

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Руками путчистов США готовят на Украине условия для эпидемий

Правительство путчистской Украины упразднило санитарные нормы времен СССР, которые были приняты до 1991 года, признав их утратившими силу и такими, что не применяются на территории Украины.

Как пояснил и. о. главы Государственной санитарно-эпидемиологической службы Украины Святослав Протас, согласно тексту документа, признаны утратившими силу санитарные, санитарно-гигиенические, санитарно-противоэпидемические, санитарно-эпидемиологические, противоэпидемические, гигиенические правила и нормы, государственные санитарно-эпидемиологические нормативы и санитарные регламенты.

Распоряжение вступает в силу с 1 января 2017 года.

Напомним, США разместили на территории Украины две свои военные лаборатории, в которых ведутся секретные исследования в области бактериологического оружия.

Architects of U.S coup in Ukraine prepare conditions for epidemics

From Fort Russ

Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
24th February, 2016
 
The government of Ukraine has abolished the sanitary standards of Soviet times that had been in effect since 1991, declaring them null and void, and not applicable to the territory of Ukraine.
As was explained by the acting head of the State sanitary-epidemiological service of Ukraine Svyatoslav Protas, the document abrogates the effect of sanitary, sanitary-hygienic, sanitary-anti-epidemic, sanitary-hygienic, anti-epidemic, hygiene rules and regulations, the state sanitary-epidemiologic regulations and sanitary standards.
The decree comes into force from 1st January 2017.
Recall that the United States had placed two military laboratories in the territory of Ukraine, which conducted secret research in the field of bacteriological weapons.

To understand why Russians love Putin, you should look back to his first term — a businessman’s tale

From Fort Russ

Feb 24th
PREFACE by Tatzhit
I translated three short stories that capture very well what Russians think about Putin. To put them in context, I have included my thoughts on the subject in the small “postscriptum” section below. Read my ramblings, or draw your own conclusions.

The first story is written from a first-person perspective, and describes how Russia was before Putin, what he changed, and what people learned from it. Essentially, it explains why even profit-minded businessmen, suffering from economic problems and unimpressed with Russia’s foreign policy, continue to support the current government because of the hard lessons of the 90s.

The other two pieces are from a satirical author, one written about the time when Putin took power, and the other about him later, as the “Tsar”. These two are quite over the top, but I think there is a big grain of truth in them as well – if not about the real Putin, then about the popular view of him.

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#1: A Businessman’s Story
I remember Perestroika well. Marlboro cigs for 1.50 appeared at our supermarket, and we smoked them enthusiastically, sitting in the gazebo at the neighboring playground. The taste of them was magical – far, far better than the Soviet “Kosmos” for 0.70. The future as adults was no longer certain, but also seemed magical through the smoke, like in an American movie. It took me many years to realize why we thought that…

And then everybody was suddenly into politics. Intellectuals all started hating on long-dead Stalin, the Communists refused to compromise, popular newspapers constantly published this or that “historic discovery”. When I returned from the army and saw people standing in lines for some crap cigs from Bulgaria, which were rationed to boot, I first found myself feeling [as a character in a bad comedy, and not Hollywood movie]. But even then, I still did not understand.

That happened later – I stepped into adult life, and understood how politics works.

At one point, watching dumb mugs on TV struggle under the weight of arrogance and inability to form coherent sentences became unbearable. How can those “democrats” run the country, if they can’t even organize their own thoughts? By the time Yeltsin’s tanks shelled their Parliament, I already wasn’t interested – politics turned into a murky sideshow which only occasionally had some effect in real life.

Meanwhile, real life went into full “rat race” mode, chasing money above all, with brief breaks to celebrate small “victories”, ridiculous by today’s standards.

Strolling across flea markets, filled with brand-name clothes all of a sudden. Flashing across night-time roads on my first “beamer”. Endless ruins moving past the train windows, [the country’s factories and infrastructure – sold to murky investors for pennies on the dollar, and immediately scrapped for a quick buck] stretching all the way from Moscow to St. Pete.

It would be wrong to say that we weren’t [celebrating freedom]. After all, freedom is when rules and restrictions disappear, right? There was even a children’s book like this – “A holiday of Disobedience”, [about children who were left to do as they please by their parents, and how short-lived their euphoria was]. That’s exactly what happened – after the official dismantling of the state, it slowly disappeared from people’s heads. Nobody was left to establish order, and the rules were set by those who have managed to steal something big, or bribe their way into government positions.
The whole country played Cowboys and Indians. There was no law enforcement – except those men in blue uniforms who existed solely to collect bribes on highways, and pass almost all of their loot higher up the ladder. Everyone lied and stole. Some guys were dodging the draft, some were stealing from their jobs, nobody I knew paid any taxes.

Yes, a lot of it started back when USSR went off track. But in Soviet times, people still obeyed most laws. They went to official jobs, had apartments they legally owned, etc. Yes, even back then some people bought stuff on the black market and could pay a bribe for a driver’s license exam, but those who did that were a tiny minority. Slightly more people nicked stuff from work, but in general they took something insignificant. Most people could honestly think of themselves as good, upstanding citizens. Plus the “real men” of the WWII generation were still around.

And then, in a few years, the whole country and all its inhabitants became lawless and illegitimate. Getting a fake stamp in your Social Security or visa paperwork became a common thing. You could pay off anyone – the judge, the fire department, the EPA. Businesses completely ignored the government and produced fake financial statements with unbelievable numbers, which worked because the tax collectors knew everything, and were overlooking it for a small sum. “Business raiders” – those who made money by illegally taking over and looting businesses – were heroes on TV. Kids in kindergartens didn’t play Cops vs Robbers – just Robbers vs Robbers [1].

And I was an integral part of this lawlessness. I fudged our accounting books and didn’t think anything of it. I paid wages under the table and casually handed out bribes when I needed to register our semi trucks or buy off a tax inspector. I was kicking out contractors that used my shops to sell their own goods. I smuggled in everything, without a second thought – importing legally did not make sense, we would not be able to compete. I even drove around a car that was imported illegally, and simply bought it back for $100 each time it was impounded. I laundered money via fictional companies, and created legal entities using the identities of hobos from the street. Put forged stamps on forged invoices. I moved cash by the trash bag, and even bought an illegal handgun just in case. I was friends with the mafia guys who were protecting my business, and tagged along when they had “matters to discuss” with rivals.

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Kiev in trouble– sniper groups seen in the capital

From Fort Russ

Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
21st February, 2016
 
In Ukraine, people are actively discussing the information on the unknown sniper groups who arrived in the center of Kiev.
On the Ukrainian social networks there were photos of unknown snipers taken by witnesses in the center of Kiev.
The photos were published on Sunday morning outside the walls of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. There were men dressed in strange uniforms.
The people of Kiev, with a disturbing sense of humor, asked each other, not “musicians” again? Since the riots on the Maidan, they are sometimes called snipers because of the similarity between the cases of the rifles and the protective cases of musical instruments.
“These musicians like to play at the funeral of a new ‘heavenly thousand'”, — said opponents of the Maidan.
As a reminder, “a Third Maidan”, organized by the so-called Revolutionary right-wing forces (RPS), is ongoing in the centre of the Ukrainian capital.

Kherson “Self-Defense” openly calls for introduction of Nazism in Ukraine

From Fort Russ

Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
23rd February, 2016
 
The terrorist organization “self-defense”, established by the government junta, operates in every city of Ukraine; they are also in Kherson.
The ideological leader and the “voice” of the Kherson branch is a certain Inna Usachova.
A very scandalous person, who at each mass event held in the Kherson region makes hysterical claims, this time completely screwed up.
Material that openly called for the introduction in Ukraine of Nazism was posted on the official page of the organization on Facebook.
Some Kherson websites even dared to talk about this outrageous fact.
Then “self-defense” deleted the post from their account, but screenshots of the material were taken, confirming the existence of fascism.
Alexander Podolsky
We were late for 20 years with our nationalism.
Now we will be saved only by Nazism.
Nationalism – Jews in embroidered shirts, and the Ukrainians in coffins.
Nazism – Ukrainians in black shirts, and Jews in coffins.
Choose…
It’s too late, dear, “to love” only what is yours.
It’s time to begin also “to hate” what is others.
These others who destroy us day in and day out.” – it said on the official community page on Facebook.
Among other things, the same Inna Usachova is famous for the fact that she wrote the statement for the SBU about whom they consider “enemies of Ukraine”. In 1937, people like Usachova exterminated the blossom of the Ukrainian nation. And in the wagons for the Gulags were the “clients” of the same type as Usachova – “conscious” bastards who were ready to put in jail all those who don’t appease them.

 

New U.S. Syria strategy aims to con Russia

Global Research, February 21, 2016

Months of Russian air power and rejuvenated Syrian ground forces making significant gains against ISIS and other terrorist groups got Washington to change strategy.

Wanting to avoid direct confrontation with Russia, it relies on deception – conning Moscow to cease bombing terrorist infested northern Syrian areas where US special forces are deployed, claiming  they’re supporting are “moderates.”

On the phony pretext of modestly increasing military-to-military communication and cooperation beyond last October’s “memorandum of understanding,” relating to safety protocols for Russian and US warplanes operating in Syrian airspace, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s spokesman Peter Cook said:

[The Pentagon] “provided a geographical area that we asked (Moscow) to stay out of because of the risk to US forces” on the ground – to protect their safety “in a dangerous situation.”

So far, Russia “honored this request,” he explained. It’s a thinly veiled con, a ruse,  Moscow will see through and reject.

Washington wants to give terrorist elements it supports (falsely called “moderates”) breathing space, a chance to rearm, regroup and add new fighters to their ranks.

Turkey provides them safe haven, aids their movement cross-border into Syria while continuing to shell northern Syrian-based anti-terrorist Kurdish YPG forces, OK’d by Washington.

Fact: US policymakers pretend to want peace. They intend endless war to accomplish their objective – eliminating sovereign Syria, replacing it with US-controlled puppet governance.

Fact: Diplomatically negotiating with Washington assures disaster. Terms agreed on are systematically breached, negotiating partners irresponsibly blamed.

Fact: US imperial aims are pure evil, wanting all independent governments eliminated, especially Russia and China.

Fact: Its aim for dominion over planet earth depends on it.

Fact: Its strategy relies on endless wars, raping and destroying one country after another – Syria in the eye of the storm.

If Putin goes along with the Pentagon’s request to cease bombing areas infested with US-supported terrorists, everything

Russian air power and Syrian ground forces accomplished so far will be jeopardized.

Washington will be in a stronger position to turn things around in its favor – perhaps able to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Establishing a safe zone in northern Syria will become a platform for US-supported continued war while talking peace – strengthening terrorist forces, aiding their advance into other areas.

The most fundamental rule to follow in dealing with Washington is knowing it can’t be trusted – not ever. Hegemons yield nothing.

They want things entirely their way, letting nothing interfere with their imperial aims.

Hopefully Putin and other Russian officials are too smart to fall for America’s ruse. Continuing their anti-terrorism campaign nationwide is vital to have any hope for eventually liberating Syria.

Washington doesn’t negotiate. It demands. Hoping bilateral or multi-lateral talks will gain important concessions is a major mistake. A military solution alone can save Syria.

US rhetorical support for cessation of hostilities and resumption of peace talks is pure subterfuge – aiming solely to undermine Russia’s effective war on terrorism, essential to continue unobstructed.

Michel Chossudovsky explained Washington’s strategy, saying it’s “to protect remaining US sponsored terrorist positions in Northern Syria including those of the ISIS from Russian airstrikes.”

He cited a “Secret Pentagon document. (T)he ultimate objective ‘was’ (and likely remains) to create an Islamic State Caliphate (Salafist Principality) in Northern Syria.”

Defeating America’s objective depends on Russian air power and Syrian ground forces maintaining unrelenting pressure, continuing their effective campaign, rejecting the Pentagon’s thinly veiled scheme to undermine it.

Preserving Syrian sovereignty depends on it – along with foiling Washington’s Middle East agenda, part of its grand plan to rule the world unchallenged.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.

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The Syrian endgame. US-NATO, Saudi Arabia, Turkey — ‘losers on the rampage’

Global Research, February 14, 2016
How a war is lost is a serious and dangerous business. After Henry Kissinger helped sabotage the 1968 Paris peace talks, for domestic political reasons, the War in Vietnam raged for another seven years. In the end Washington’s loss was more humiliating, and millions more lives were destroyed.

The Geneva process over Syria is in many respects different, because it is a charade. The NATO and Gulf monarchy sponsors pretend to support Syrian ‘opposition’ groups and pretend to fight the same extremist groups they created.

Yet the dangers are very real because the Saudis and Turkey might react unpredictably, faced with the failure of their five year project to carve up Syria. Both countries have threatened to invade Syria, to defend their ‘assets’ from inevitable defeat from the powerful alliance Syria has forged with Russia, Iran, Iraq and the better party of Lebanon.

It should be clear by now that every single anti-government armed group in Syria has been created by Washington and its allies. Several senior US officials have admitted the fact. Regime change has always been the goal. Nevertheless, the charade of a ‘War on ISIS’ goes on, with a compliant western media unwilling to point out that ‘the emperor has no clothes’.

Geneva 3 has actually brought some results. First, none of the NATO-backed ‘opposition’ groups managed to show a credible face. Second, and more importantly, the US and Russia kept talking and actually developed another de-escalation plan. It is not conclusive but it is encouraging.

The ‘moderate rebel’ masks are down, we now know who they are: the internationally proscribed terrorist group Jabhat al Nusra (al Qaeda in Syria) and its long term Salafist allies Jaysh al Islam (the Army of Islam) and Ahrar as Sham. The latter two are the remnants of the Syrian Salafist groups. In northern Syria they are also welded together by Turkey and the Saudis into the very non-moderate-sounding Jaysh al Fatah (the Army of Conquest).

These extremist groups represent very few in Syria, as MINT Press journalist Mnar Muhawesh pointed out in her editorial piece ‘The Syrian Opposition’s NATO Sponsored Apocalyptic Vision For Syria’: In ideology they are no different to ISIS.

(See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvq0JmzqR_8).

It may be stating the obvious to say that al Qaeda groups have poor negotiating skills. In any event, they proved it in Geneva. Losing on the battlefield they demanded capitulation in Geneva, then stormed out.

Foreign backed terrorists aside, who are the real Syrian opposition?

Firstly, they are the groups that created the 2005 Damascus Declaration but who sided with the state and the army in early 2011, when the Salafist insurrection hijacked the reform demonstrations.

Some of them like Haytham Manna and former minister Qadri Jamil appeared in Geneva. Others like the powerful Syrian Social National Party (SSNP) backed Bashar al Assad’s government, back in 2011.

Still others sat on the sidelines, frustrated at the Muslim Brotherhood’s violent hijacking of the reform movement. Sharmine Narwani’s piece at RT ‘Will Geneva talks lead right back to Assad’s 2011 reforms?’ illustrates this very well. As the Damascus Declaration made plain, most of the Syrian opposition rejected both foreign sponsorship and violent attacks on the state.

Second are the Syrian Kurds, who were open to foreign assistance but rejected attacks on the Syrian Army and state. They have received most of their arms from Damascus. Prefering to side with the Syrian Army than the Salafists, their presence in Geneva was not tolerated by Erdogan or his clients.

That left Russia and the USA to discuss their supposed common goals (destroying terrorists) while Erdogan and the Saudis seethed. The aims of the two big powers are worlds apart. Hat difference is seen in the loss of Washington’s proxies in Syria in face of the rise of the 4+1 (Russia, Syria, Iran, Iraq and Hezbollah).

That shift, in turn, threatens to derail the Bush plan for a ‘New Middle East’. The US wanted to control the entire region, now it faces losing it all.

Russia for its part has pursued its own interests in the region, backing its allies in accordance with international law. Its use of air power in Syria followed the Syria-Iran-Iraq-Hezbollah accord on ground power forces. That is the force currently prevailing on Syrian soil.

The good news is that, despite these widely differing aims, Washington and Moscow have kept talking and managed a provisional agreement at Geneva, with three heads.

The first agreement is over humanitarian aid, which faces serious obstacles due to the series of sieges taking place. Some of these are al Qaeda groups’ sieges, such as that on Foua and Kafraya in the north; but increasingly they are becoming Syrian Army sieges on al Qaeda fighters who hole up in towns and cities, such as Madaya and Eastern Aleppo. Most ground aid is going in through the Government-supervised Syria Arab Red Crescent, but air drops are being organised for Deir eZorr, and some other places.

Second, there is a political process which (it has been agreed) must be exclusively between Syrians, unconditional and inclusive. Contrary to many outside reports, there is not yet any framework for this, nor plans for early elections. The Syrian position, backed by Russia, is that the Syrian constitution (and the legally mandated schedule of elections) prevails until the Syrian people vote to change it.

Finally the agreement on ‘cessation of hostilities’, due almost immediately, has a task force to oversee the details. This ceasefire does not apply to any group identified by the UN Security Council as a terrorist group. That immediately rules out ISIS or Jabhat al Nusra. The major obstacle here is that Russia wants Jaysh al Islam and Ahrar as Sham (which have both collaborated with al Nusra for many years) added to the UNSC list. If Washington agrees to this, they will virtually abandon their ‘moderate rebel’ option. There is no other force of substance on the ground. The Saudis and Erdogan would be furious.

How will the US manage these tensions? The Obama administration has always approached the Syrian conflict in an arms-length way, reminiscent of the CIA’s ‘plausible deniability’ over its death squads in Latin America. But credibility problems have grown and Washington does seem more concerned at finding a way out rather than risking a new desperate gambit. That would certainly lead to serious escalation, and without any guarantee of success.

Would Washington allow Erdogan and the Saudis to initiate a major escalation, without US approval? I think not. Obama resisted Saudi and Israeli provocations, when the Iran deal was imminent. Even Bush could not be provoked into a confrontation with Russia, when invited by Georgia’s Mikheil Saakashvili.

For its part, Russia is well prepared for a provocation across the Turkish border. Logic suggests that the losers must lose. But this is a dangerous time.