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The Syrian army just closed the Jihadi corridor to eastern Aleppo

Syrian government scores succession of important victories in south western Aleppo and near Damascus, in Aleppo recapturing ‘artillery base’ and closing rebel corridor, near Damascus regaining control of more of the countryside near the city.

Alexander Mercouris




In a piece I wrote for The Duran on 8th August 2016 I said that Syrian Jihadi gains in south west Aleppo would prove ephemeral and so it has proved.

Though it is unwise to be categorical about information coming from the battlefront in Aleppo where the fog of war lies particularly heavy, it seems that on Sunday 4th September 2016 the Syrian military finally regained possession of the cluster of military schools in south west Aleppo that some sections of the media call “the Aleppo military base”.

It was this cluster of military schools whose capture in the first week of August by a Jihadi force led by Jabhat Al-Nusra enabled the Jihadis to punch a hole into the government lines encircling the Jihadi held districts of eastern Aleppo.

The Jihadi capture of the military schools in early August led to a flood of triumphant headlines in the Western media about how the government’s siege of the Jihadi held districts of eastern Aleppo had supposedly been broken, and how the Syrian rebels would soon be in a position to capture the whole of Aleppo.

Neither allegation was remotely true.  To the extent that the capture of the military schools was the basis for them, their recapture by the Syrian military has anyway now buried them.  The narrow and hotly contested corridor the Jihadis briefly punched through the government lines into Jihadi held eastern Aleppo has now once more been closed. 

In passing I note that the Western media that trumpeted the “rebel victory” and the “lifting of the siege of Aleppo” in early August when the military schools were captured, is now failing to report that the Syrian military has recaptured them or that the corridor has been closed.

The Syrian military’s recapture of the military schools in south western Aleppo comes on top of a series of Syrian government victories in the Damascus countryside, of which the most spectacular was the the Syrian military’s recapture of the town of Darayya.  Whilst the Jihadis still control stretches of territory close to Damascus, the Syrian government is steadily regaining control in this area.  Altogether the government victories near Damascus and in south west Aleppo bring the government closer to securing full control of Syria’s two biggest cities.

So far the Jihadi counter offensive against south west Aleppo has achieved little in military terms except to cause the Jihadis heavy losses in men and equipment as they became concentrated, exposing themselves to heavy attack by the Russian air force. 

Whilst the precise number of Jihadi fighters killed in the fighting is unknown, with numbers claimed by the government and its Iranian allies to be treated with caution, that the losses are severe is shown by the large number of Jihadi commanders who are known to have been killed in the fighting. 

Though no one is saying it, it is possible that the notorious ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammed al-Adnani, who the Russians claim to have killed in an air strike on Maaratat-Um-Haush in Aleppo province, was one of these.  The ISIS statement confirming al-Adnani’s death claims that he was

“martyred while surveying the operations to repeal the military campaigns against Aleppo”.

That would appear to suggest that al-Adnani was fulfilling some sort of role in the battle for Aleppo, possibly directing supplies there through the Jihadi controlled supply corridors in Syria’s north east. 

The location the Russians give for where he was killed might support that interpretation.  However any statement made by ISIS must be treated with the utmost caution, and it is just as likely al-Adnani was killed in an air strike whilst engaged in fighting the Kurdish YPG.

Regardless of whether or not al-Adnani was killed in the course of the battle for Aleppo, there is no doubt many other Jihadi commanders were. 

There is a finite supply of these men, and replacing them will be difficult.  The loss of dozens of experienced and dedicated Jihadi commanders will be a much bigger blow to the Jihadis then the loss of hundreds or even thousands of fighters, some of whom have allegedly been thrown into the fighting with just 3 weeks training.

The Syrian government’s victories in south west Aleppo and in the countryside near Damascus do not mean that the end of the war is near. 

It remains highly possible that the Jihadis will regroup and counter-attack against Aleppo, especially now that they have  safe zone in the north east of Syria that the Turkish military is busy creating for them. 

However the heavy losses they have suffered makes that less likely.  Though reports from Iranian sources should be treated with caution, they claim that the heavy losses the Jihadis have experienced in ‘the Great Battle of Aleppo’ have led to an outbreak of recriminations amongst the various Jihadi groups.

With several groups rebelling against Jabhat Al-Nusra’s leadership, quitting the battle and retreating into the safe zone in north east Syria the Turkish military is creating for them.  That is by no means implausible.  After all it is what happened in July during the fighting for the Castello road.

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Russia’s economy continues to outperform as gold takes center stage (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 118.

Alex Christoforou



The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris examine how US and EU sanctions have continued to provide a huge boost to Russia’s economy. Russia’s food sovereignty has practically been achieved, as the Russian central bank continues to buy gold and lower its exposure to western financial markets.

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Outside pressure in the form of sanctions has become an incentive to resolve various issues of Russia’s economy, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev stated in an interview with the Izvestiya daily.

He noted that through introducing sanctions against Russia, “the West aims to destabilize Russia’s economy and to create social and political tensions in society.”

“But during the difficult times, Russians have always stuck together and mobilized their resources in order to ensure the country’s sovereignty. This is what is happening now – the outside pressure has become an incentive to resolve many problems in Russia’s economy,” he said.

“Before the sanctions, it seemed that we would never be able to feed ourselves and that we are doomed to be dependent on Western import. However, right now, Russia’s food sovereignty in crucial sectors has practically been achieved, and in some areas, Russia has become the leading exporter,” Patrushev noted.

Those who apply the sanctions “can see that they (the sanctions – TASS) are ineffective and often achieve the opposite goal,” the Russian security chief concluded.

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US Neocon Foreign Policy and the War Waged Against Serbia

The Serbian assault began first by a ‘financial war’; by sanctions and finished off by an aggressive unprovoked incessant NATO bombing campaign.

Richard Galustian



The ‘witch-hunt’ against President Trump over Russian collusion has officially ended, following the submission of the Mueller Report, enabling us to now focus on the real problems of America that effects the whole world.

In the hope of a waining of the Russophobia in America, let’s look at the US’s recent war history by starting with the 20th anniversary this month of the NATO war on Serbia in 1999 which amounted to almost 100 days of bombing of historic cities and infrastructure.

Firstly, these problems are, in the main caused by the Neocons, or Deep State, whatever you wish to call them, and the continuing promotion, by the US Military-Security Industrial Complex, of wars and regime change and secondly, Trump’s unreserved support for Israel, regardless of war crimes they may continue to commit against the Palestinians.

Incredibly after that one sided unjust and illegal war that NATO executed, NATO has the audacity to invite Serbia to join it! Something that will never happen. What do they smoke in DC, in the Pentagon and Brussels based NATO?

To compound these overall problems, the US Military and Israeli Defence Forces collaborate on these US regime change policies on all continents evidenced most recently by the arrival of crack Israeli troops last month in Brazil, prepared to support an attack potentially by Brazil and Columbia on Venezuela.

As, has now come to be expected, America pursues its Venezuelan regime change with full main stream media (MSM) cooperation, using well proven sophisticated propaganda techniques along with a variety of pretexts.

From Serbia to Iraq to Libya, where does it end? Observe that Trump is now seeking a ‘NATO alliance’ offering NATO status, to President Bolsonaro of Brazil to back the invasion of Venezuela.

So it is important to remember, as an example, that after a long war of economic and financial destabilization ended with the bombing of Serbia.

Serbia was previously a part of Yugoslavia, a country which had successfully evolved after 1945 to solve the old rivalries of the 19th and early 20th Century Balkan ethnic animosities which was, prior to the advent of power of President Tito, its past history.

The United Nations, instead of supporting, in effect, so called ‘humanitarian wars’ and ‘regime change wars’ by the US, using NATO, helped and relentlessly driven home by MSM outlets like CNN and FOX NEWS into people’s heads, must finally take a stand.

So too, Yugoslavia, once the envy of many in the world, given its then ‘non-aligned’ status under President Tito, was destroyed and broken up; ‘Balkanized’ in the early 1990s.

The Serbian assault began first by a ‘financial war’; by sanctions and finished off by an aggressive unprovoked incessant NATO bombing campaign. That’s what we can expect in Venezuela next.

This ‘Balkanization’ strategy similarly applies to Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria et al. It serves US Neocon interests to dismember States in the world and create smaller more ‘manageable’ countries.

‘Regime change’ runs against the intent, the very words contained in the US Constitution. No one in MSM ever reminds us of that fact. Nevertheless America’s ambition to overthrow other States continues, which they arrogantly now make no secret of. The next States will probably be Nicaragua then Iran to name but two.

A very noteworthy most recent outrageous unilateral declaration was made by President Trump, not yet formally agreed by US institutions, ‘giving’ something he has no authority to give; Syrian territory, the Golan Heights to be precise, to Israel. Something that one day could trigger a full scale Arab-Israeli War.

This is of extreme importance yet no real outcry comes from world leaders; well not so far.

The main reason for that decision given by senior US Administration figures is that “God anointed Trump to save the Jews”.

Not forgetting Trump’s need (which we the people don’t understand exactly why) to support Prime Minister Netanyahu in his difficult upcoming elections in Israel – in part because both countries failed to ‘regime change’ Syria – but more importantly to help the ‘financial terrorists’ who formed a company jointly that has already started drilling for oil in the Golan Heights. You might like to know who owns such oil drilling company which should answer a plethora of questions in one go that you must be asking yourselves.

The shareholder’s names tells us everything; Dick Cheney; Baron Rothschild and Rupert Murdoch. The titular heads of neocons, bankers and media on the planet.

In ending there is no more evidence required for us, the people of the world, to rise up against the globalist dark forces wherever they exist, be it in Brussels, London, France or Washington. We must demand democratic elections or start revolutions, the latter has already begun in France in the form of ‘the yellow vests’. And Brexit, by definition, is a rejection by the British people of globalism and American Hegemony.

The pattern of US destabilization and destruction of States to loot them of their sovereign resources is the unseen history of the last 100 years, not taught in any university, anywhere in the West.

As far as Ukraine is concerned, its government was taken down by the CIA and replaced by an ultra fascist regime that has full backing from America. This is no secret. But the MSM simple don’t report it.

US led NATO is ‘the transnational war machine’ of the world, devouring almost all free countries wealth. It can extort to terrorize all into conformity to the global ‘carcinogenic’ US Neocon imperialistic strategy.

A total estimated 20m people around the world have died since the end of WW11 at the hands of US Forces. Think about that for a moment.

One of the most famous sayings attributed to America’s great President Abraham Lincoln is about deception: “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

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‘Dark day for internet freedom’: EU approves controversial copyright reform

Julia Reda, a German MEP with the Pirate Party, described it as a “dark day for internet freedom.”





Via RT

The European Parliament has voted to adopt the highly controversial Article 13 provision which would govern the production and distribution of content online under the auspices of increasing copyright protections.

Tuesday’s move will update the EU’s 20-year-old copyright rules and will govern everything from audiovisual content to memes, much to the dismay of many social media users who have already begun outpouring their grief online.

MEPs passed the legislation by 348 votes to 274 Tuesday. Opponents had hoped for last-minute amendments to be made but their efforts were in vain.

Julia Reda, a German MEP with the Pirate Party, described it as a “dark day for internet freedom.”

Article 13 or ‘The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market’ makes all platforms legally responsible for the content hosted and shared on their platforms.

The process of updating the bloc’s copyright laws began in the European Commission two years ago, ostensibly to protect Europe’s publishers, broadcasters and artists and guarantee fair compensation from big tech companies.

By essentially forcing companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter to pay artists and publishers for the reproduction of their work online, include in meme format, the EU is effectively clamping down on online memery.

The onus will now be on tech companies to clamp down on content-sharing on their platforms, which will likely ensure yet more draconian policing of speech and content.

EU member states now have two years to pass their own laws putting Article 13 into effect.

Tens of thousands marched in protest across Germany ahead of the vote, decrying what they viewed as severe online censorship.

Tech giant Google said that while the directive is “improved” it will still lead to legal uncertainty and will damage Europe’s creative and digital economies.

Critics have argued that the only way for Article 13 to be effectively enforced would be through the use of upload filters which automatically check content to see if it’s copyrighted or not, at least in theory. However, the exact mechanics of such a system have yet to be fully debated and the potential for abuse is immediately clear.

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