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The Syrian victory over terrorists in Deir ez-Zor is horrifying Israel.

Syrian political commentator Afraa Dagher offers her first reaction to Israel’s illegal strike on Syria.

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Israeli TV recently reported concerns about the advances of the Syrian Army in the east of Syria, particularly in relation to the breaking of the ISIS sign on Deir ez-Zor ,an ISIS stronghold for around four years. Israeli analysts were shown watching reports on the victory of President Assad and the Syrian Army in Deir ez-Zor as they broke the siege and starting liberating more territory from ISIS.

The Syrian Army and their allies finally met with the  17th Republic Guard Brigade and the Airport Defenders in Deir ez-Zor who spent three years under terrorists siege. The US led coalition bombed Al-Thardeh mountain in Deir ez-Zor to keep the siege on the military airport and this airstrikes killed one tenth of the Syrian soldiers which in turn paved the way to the terrorists to advance into the city.Simultaneously Israeli targeted military positions on the southern front of Syria, all in September of 2016.

Over the last two years, Israel’s geo-strategic goal has shifted from seeking the destruction of the Syrian government to the goal of partitioning Syria in order to drive a geographical wedge between the growing alliance between Iran, Iraq, Syria, Southern Lebanon and parts of Palestine.

Deir ez-Zor was the last stand for Israel and its ally the United States, to break the resistance line from Teheran to Damascus and beyond this, Hezbollah Their dream of making Deir ez-Zor another Berlin and separate Syria into east and west and break the connection between the resistance axis turned into a nightmare after the great advance of the Syrian Army in Deir ez-Zor. Since then, the Army has  regained most of the city and has been welcomed by the besieged Syrian civilians of the city..

The Israelis openly admit this strategy on their local television programs.

As relayed on Al-Myadeen TV, one Israeli stated,

“I can’t sleep after this victory of the Syrian Army, Iran and Hezbollah in the East of Syria. II cannot find a way to be optimistic about this. Assad is winning”.

Earlier this morning at 02.43 on Thursday the 7 of September 2017, Israeli warplanes violated Lebanese airspace and aggressively fired missiles on a Syrian military position in the Masyaf  countryside, in the western part of Hama Governorate. The illegal Israeli strikes killed  two of the brave Syrian Army soldiers who defend the whole world against terrorists. Additionally, the aggressive Israeli action and caused material damage to the site.

The Israeli media has taken a cowardly and shameful attitude when faced with the fact that it has lost in Syria. Israeli media has stated that its aggressive act was the bombing of a chemical plant in Syria, even though Syria relinquish its chemical weapons in 2014, having never previously used them.

This is the bizarre and factually inaccurate pretext tgat both the U.S. and Israel use as a justification for illegal aggression against Syria, whenever the Syrian Army scores a major victory against western backed terrorists, including the so-called ISIS. A martyr fro my extended family who was in Deir ez-zor, a slain man called Karma, updated his followers on social media about how every time the Syrian Army advanced towards a terrorist position, they were targeted by US aircraft.

Our Russian comrades lost martyrs in Deir ez-Zor as well as in Palmyra, helping to defend Syria against terrorism. In this sense, while Russia maintains normal relations with Israel, the Russian military has helped to contain Israel’s ambitions to destroy Syria by covertly partnering with terrorist groups. Even Hamas has taken Israel’s side against the secular government in Damascus and furthermore Israel continues to open up its hospitals to wounded terrorists while using its American made fighter-jets to target the forces in Syria who are fighting the terrorists.

We the Syrian people have a dream to see these aggressive Zionist warplanes being shot down. Their presence violates international law and their actions aid the terrorists we Syrians are fighting.

Enough is enough.

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Just for the helicopter view for whomever needs it: east of Syria has oil… And Israel is illegally tapping from it – they call this area “Israeli side of Golan heights”.

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charlie
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charlie

Farewell Isra hell

mlnw
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mlnw

I’m just waiting to read about the Israeli ‘adviser’ bodycount in DeIr-ez-Zor.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

Me too 🙂

Neil
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Neil

I really think we’ll see some change for the better soon. Netanyasshole has pushed too far for total destruction of Palestine. He would have done better if he’d gone for the two state solution. US and Saudi are circling the drain. The whole world wants to see a Palestinian state at UN.

SFC Steven M Barry USA RET
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SFC Steven M Barry USA RET

They were recently extracted by the US.

permopin
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permopin

Syrians need to look for inspiration in North Korea.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

They’ve got Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah.

Seán Murphy
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Seán Murphy

Why aren’t Russian and Iranian missiles shooting down these Israeli terrorist planes?

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

They were in Lebanon airspace, and Russia has no arrangement with them. Unlike the U.S. and Israel, Russia is not a rogue nation totally disrespectful of international law.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

First of all it is for the Government of Syria to decide what if any retaliation is made and Russia respects its sovereignty in this regard.

Here is an explanation of why Syria has not immediately struck back:
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-09-08/israel-launches-air-strikes-syria-and-assads-waiting-game

Kaput
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Kaput

I would bet on Pakistan…………. or even China………

Guy
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Guy

Where are the S-400s when you need them ?

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

Not in Lebanon. Russia doesn’t have an agreement to supply or use them there. Besides, the Russians and Syrians are waiting past the probes to inflict a crushing defeat on a really serious attack.

Abi Shah
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Abi Shah

I do believe the only deterrent left for most sovereign nations such as the free Syrian state is to arm itself to the teeth with the aid of nuclear arsenal helped along by the only other muslim nuclear powerhouse Pakistan. North Korea understood this and have shown a relentless steadfast attitude towards any type of aggression towards its borders by the zionist agenda namely THE uNITES STATES OF ISRAEL. The Plan to fragment and destabilise all the muslim nations surrounding the zionist apartheid state of Israel may have come to fruition if not for the intervention by the might of… Read more »

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

You were doing real well until you reached the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion”, a known plagiarized forgery.

Seán Murphy
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Seán Murphy

For a forgery, it’s remarkable how accurate it has been.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

So you think the forger knew what he was talking about?

Mike from Ramsbottom
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Mike from Ramsbottom

We do.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

Study the Rothschild and their syndicate.

Ray Comeau
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Ray Comeau

That is a brilliant suggestion.

Penrose
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Penrose

In which case poetic license created by a master. Makes Nostradamus look like a piker.

Beto
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Beto

It is not. Some people want us to believe that. If you search on Wikipedia you will find you The protocols of the Elders of Zion with the word forgery all over it. If it is really a forgery why are some people so invested on pushing this type of message?. It makes me doubt their real purpose.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

Different people have different reasons. When Zionists push it, it is for the purpose of ritual defamation of critics of Zionist conduct.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

You’re right about the Zionists have compromised the reliability of Wikipedia. But for them that is only another dark crimes of their commission that leaves them unbothered.

Wikipedia editing courses launched by Zionist groups
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/aug/18/wikipedia-editing-zionist-groups

Abi Shah
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Abi Shah

I beg to differ on your short rebuttal…if you really read between the lines and the points raised in the book everything which has transpired since their new pearl harbor event(911 attacks+inside job )there are clear indications of a huge surge by the jewish zionist state to bring about a NEW WORLD ORDER by destroying the Islamic world through a proxy entity known as the Israeli secret intelligence service(ISIS)their leader Al-Baghdadi aka a jewish mossad operative posing as a muslim jihadi pictured clearly along side Sen John Mc cain. Do you deny this fact? Also the protocols is not a… Read more »

Ray Comeau
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Ray Comeau

I like your post without the reference to the’ Protocol of the Elders of Zion’ . We already know what the Zionists are capable of.

seby
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seby

The conflict in Syria was always israel’s war. Because israel had staked first its survival and ultimately its growth into a dominant regional power on the disunity of its neighbouring nations i.e. the Yinon Plan. It comes as no surprise that, faced with a winding-down of the Syrian conflict, it is now moving sharply against that development. Hopefully with the push by BRICS for a genuinely multipolar world, unity will be generated now also in the Middle East marking an end to the period of israel/America’s militaristic terrorism that was imposed on the world since the same time the racist… Read more »

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

We are in a race with climate change and the 6th great extinction, and the Zionist entity is but one of the many heads of the hydra obstructing us.

Ray Comeau
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Ray Comeau

Let us hope so.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

“We the Syrian people have a dream to see these aggressive Zionist warplanes being shot down.”

Millions of the worlds citizens wish the same. Frankly ,if there had never been Jews on this earth , I would feel no loss.

It is important though in any conflict not to be drawn into diversions that the enemy (Israel) seeks to create. There will be a time for confronting Israel but it is not today or tomorrow.

Seán Murphy
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Seán Murphy

What a peaceful world we would live in if there were no joos.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

And also the gangs of roving thieves called Gypsy’s and Travellers who seem to increase every year in Europe whilst the police deal with ‘far more important’ things like ‘hurting a trans gender freaks feelings’.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

it was a real bad idea wrecking their homelands, wasn’t it?

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

I never realised that Southern Ireland had been destroyed 🙂

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

So the Irish are your problem?

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

The feral ones that come here in caravans and illegally trespass on other peoples land that they cover with waste and filth whilst they plunder the area and intimidate the residents before moving on to their next victims for extortion, theft, violence and general mayhem.
Its akin to a plague of rats that devour and desecrate all they scurry to.

These roving bands of thieves increase every year and cost hundreds of millions in clean up costs + more importantly the fear and disruption of law abiding citizens.

Ithamer
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Ithamer

The jews have contributed well beyond their numbers to the well being of the todays World,
The problem is the jews occupation of Palestine , they should be moved because their fate is less secure today than it was at this time last year….

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

Not possible until we hang all the banksters and their co-conspirators.

Ray Comeau
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Ray Comeau

Imprison, not hang !

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

Right! That’s where American cops do their hangings.

ruca
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ruca

Hang or castrate.

Kaput
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Kaput

then your only hope is to destroy the vatican and the gentleman in black living next door.

Kaput
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Kaput

dnt know of any ethnicity called Jew……only Hebrews that speak Hebrew lol …….. and it seems that the Saudis are in fact ” jews “……….. now work that out……….. if you can…… joos or saudis or other schmuck is no problem, I say………. Pharisee, nhau being a very well known, as was Ben Gurion , the butcher of Shbitla and so on………

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

Depends which Jews didn’t exist.
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TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

Meanwhile, beware the sayanim. Sayanim Israeli Operatives in the U.S. By Jeff Gates July 20, 2010 “Veterans Today” — Americans know that something fundamental is amiss. They sense—rightly—that they are being misled no matter which political party does the leading. A long misinformed public lacks the tools to grasp how they are being deceived. Without those tools, Americans will continue to be frustrated at being played for the fool. When the “con” is clearly seen, “the mark” (that’s us) will see that all roads lead to the same duplicitous source: Israel and its operatives. The secret to Israel’s force-multiplier in… Read more »

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

I would agree with all of that but without a thirst for knowledge, particularly the study of all historical opinions and events, the self love of so many in the West is allowing Zionist criminals to control their lives.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

More like the brainwashing and propaganda.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

Yep. Hollywood at its jingoistic best. Captain America never lose 🙂

Ray Comeau
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Ray Comeau

all 3 things self love,brainwashing, and propaganda + perhaps
‘fear’ !

Kaput
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Kaput

the roths and rocks, are mere puppets…………. the roths + beth, bought/stole palestine and gave it to the hebrews. Lawrence of Arabia lol another false flag……………….. these guys must go back to the desert, live in tents and be kicked out of every nation………… something like the Roma, lol who wants them ??

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

Send them all to live in California 🙂 and build a bloody big wall around the whole area. + minefields.

Ray Comeau
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Ray Comeau

Neo Cons. I now see the two definitions of the word cons: Neo Conservatives and con men. But both the Democrats and Republicans are the same. They both represent the Deep State, and they are full of Neo Conservatives who con the people/voters. Tommy Douglas, a renouned Canadian Politician who gave Canada our Health System, had a story equating the Liberal and Conservative parties to a white cat and a black cat, and the people as mice. And at election time the mice would at first vote for the white cat and of course they would be decimated, so the… Read more »

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

You got it!

Voltaire
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Voltaire

Good analysis

The Israelis have conquered Washington using the neoocons….virtually all of whom are Jewish….

http://www.hugequestions.com/Eric/TFC/FromOthers/list-of-neocons-for-Iraq-war.htm

The neocons, along with AIPAC, control US foreign policy and have done so since Bill Clinton opened the doors to them

They are responsible for the numerous wars crimes committed by the US throuyghout the Middle East for 30 year now…torture, illegal aggression, rendition, murder, atrocities…alml well documented..starting with Paul Wolfowitz….the creator of the mayhem and mass murder in Iraq and the Middle East….which continues to this day…

tjoes
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tjoes

Check out the signatories on this for a start:

OPEN LETTER ON DONALD TRUMP FROM GOP NATIONAL SECURITY LEADERS

http://WARONTHEROCKS.COM/2016/03/OPEN-LETTER-ON-DONALD-TRUMP-FROM-GOP-NATIONAL-SECURITY-LEADERS/

Wolfowitz not on it, but most of his cult is.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

You’re talking about the most infamous ones. That cult and syndicate has a lot more members, the number of which I can’t even begin to guess. They don’t publish membership lists, except for front organizations with a lot of useful idiots mixed in.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

As if our ruling elite needed help being evil to other people before the Rothschild syndicate took over in December 1913. I guess you’re familiar with what Benjamin Freedman had to say about Woodrow Wilson.

santiago
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santiago

Wouldn’t even consider using “vetrans today” as a source of information, they have made up to many stories and that much has been admitted and FLAUNTED by some of the sites creators.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

I understand. Thinking for yourself is something you never do. You have no ability to see bullshit or check things out. I bet you love the Sulzberger’s NYT and Bezos’ Post. You think that Jeff Gates deserves ritual defamation.

Mistaron
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Mistaron

He’s right. VT does come up with some questionable stuff, but it also posts some quite informative info too.

S’ok as long as you have yer BS filter turned on.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

I think they use the clown stuff to provide fiber for the spooks. It’s called poisoning the well.

Kaput
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Kaput

lets not forget the Jesuits………… namely the black Pope. …. these are the very real anti-christ……….. Babylon ( Irak )……. they worship the Sun……….. etc etc…….. Sumeria, long story pal………… probably a knot Jes & jos …….. the same breed.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

I agree. All to many religious cults encourage mindless violence for the benefit of the very few.

Ray Comeau
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Ray Comeau

I do not believe it is all Jews. I suggest it is the Zionist Jews and their USA supporters.

FlorianGeyer
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FlorianGeyer

Yes

cap960
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cap960

It is called greed!

hestroy
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hestroy

Most of those joos think they are superior race.

Ray Comeau
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Ray Comeau

The UN should stop the USA and Israel from these dastardly deeds.

Kaput
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Kaput

the un is being run by a portuguese jesuit, an ex pm……….. lol howcome you go up the ladder so easily >>>>>>>>> Jesuits are above anything and everything, they murdered Kennedy, Kennedys son, Onassis son, and so on……….. lol they even created the mafiosi.

Shahna
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“We the Syrian people have a dream to see these aggressive Zionist warplanes being shot down.”
—————-
We dream with you Honey.
Hang in there – they WILL be leaving. They and their American allies and terrorists.

Kaput
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Kaput

my dear, your dream is too feeble……. the beast 666 must get the final blow.

bluewater
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bluewater

Jordan Maxwell The Queen of England Exposed

NWO, Middle East Wars

CIA,Knights Of Malta,Vatican…Banking,Oil,Drug Cartels

Jordan Maxwell starting at 9:35…Israel..good expose of the Controllers and the Bankers…Jim Marrs
at 34 minutes VERY IMPORTANT..Your Social Security

https://youtu.be/Jej0njmkd8k

Kaput
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Kaput

beth is a descendent of ancient rulers of Babylon, the woman is not even brits. her husband has 3 different European monarchy blood lines. The Supreme of the church of England, what a joke. These beasts all intermarried ( since BC ) so they all family, all royal houses have blood ” connection “, so they may keep it pure and evil.

bluewater
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bluewater

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Saxe-Coburg-Gotha then changed to House of Windsor, and Bush’s are the Hapsburgs that ruled Austria for 800 years..
Barbara Bush married George H. Bush related to Queen lizzy and Prince Charles is cousin to George W. bush…ALL SATANISTS

johnplatinumgoss
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johnplatinumgoss

My heart goes out to the people of Syria fighting to keep hold of what is theirs, while the aggressive Israelis continue to fight to try and take what is not theirs.

michael houston
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michael houston

israel is clever but not wise……the clock is ticking….keep doing what you are doing and see where it ends up…..everyday brings you closer….you need….in a hurry to learn how to exist with others….how to treat others…..but i know you can’t and i know you won’t even try…..keep listening to your rabbi’s…..worship the talmud…..and we’ll watch you die…..watch you parish…..in another of your self inflicted holocausts…..and i know you don’t have a clue as to what is that i am talking about…..so go ahead down that path…..see where it leads…..everything has a beginning……and it also has the inevitable “end”…..so go ahead….keep… Read more »

tapatio
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tapatio

True. But there are two factors that must be considered………

1) The Zionist/Talmudic doomsday plan – their Samson Option, which MUST be destroyed long before these creatures comprehend that their god, Rothschild, will never own the world.

2) The Gentile quislings in Washington and elsewhere who are hanging on the coat-tails of the Zionist-Talmudic Disease and could use their own WMDs to support IsraHELL.

The Zionists and their minions can easily be defeated in a conventional war or economic war. In a nuclear war, everybody loses.

seby
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seby

Boy, The Duran comments pages are getting as weird as those at ZeroHedge. One does feel the agent provocateurs working out of or on subsidy from tel aviv are busy.

Here’s some real history about the US empire military army base / arms factory called israel that has been a bane to the whole world, not just directly to the Middle East.

The Myth of the U.N. Creation of Israel https://www.jeremyrhammond.com/2010/10/26/the-myth-of-the-u-n-creation-of-israel/

cap960
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cap960

ISIS States of America and their ISrael friends lost big time. The sore losers are in panic mode one evacuates their citizens out of Deir ez-zor by helicopter the other bombs SAA. Shame has no meaning for our sore losers.

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

God bless Russia, And history will remember Assad did not run away, even when defeat looked imminent

pogohere
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US set to quit Al Tanf. Pro-Iranian force moves in DEBKAfile Special Report September 8, 2017, 8:29 AM (IDT) While Israeli jets were bombing the Syrian CERS chemical facility at Masyaf, 38km west of the central Syrian town of Hama, early Thursday, Sept 7, control of the Syrian-Iraqi border to the east was quietly changing hands. http://www.debka.com/dynmedia/photos/2017/09/08/src/IraqiPopularMilitia480ENG.jpg . . . Thursday night, Israel’s Defense Mnister Avigdor Lieberman, while ducking confirmation of the Israeli air strike in Masyaf, affirmed instead: “We shall not allow the formation of a Shiite corridor from Iran to Lebanon.” He was followed by Israeli Military Intelligence… Read more »

Rafat Merchant
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Rafat Merchant

Israel and American aim is to destroy Syria, Iraq and then Iran to form Greater Israel, Gulf Monarchs toed Israel and America, Gulf monarchs are being as puppet dogs, later on these dogs will be killed and Greater Israel will be formed. God knows what is truth.comment image comment image comment image comment image comment image

tony
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tony

Get back the golan heights now.

Amyah Labrèche-Docq
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Amyah Labrèche-Docq

Israel is furious because their creation toy ~ ISIS ~ is now broken? Poor muffins!

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Moscow continues to be patient in what appears to be an ever more lopsided, intentional stonewalling situation provoked by the Americans.

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TASS reported on March 17th that despite Russian readiness to discuss the present problem of strategic weapons deployments and disarmament with its counterparts in the United States, the Americans have not offered Russia any proposals to conduct such talks.

The Kremlin has not yet received any particular proposals on the talks over issues of strategic stability and disarmament from Washington, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told TASS on Sunday when commenting on the statement made by US National Security Adviser John Bolton who did not rule out that such talks could be held with Russia and China.

“No intelligible proposals has been received [from the US] so far,” Peskov said.

Earlier Bolton said in an interview with radio host John Catsimatidis aired on Sunday that he considers it reasonable to include China in the negotiation on those issues with Russia as well.

“China is building up its nuclear capacity now. It’s one of the reasons why we’re looking at strengthening our national missile defense system here in the United States. And it’s one reason why, if we’re going to have another arms control negotiation, for example, with the Russians, it may make sense to include China in that discussion as well,” he said.

Mr. Bolton’s sense about this particular aspect of any arms discussions is correct, as China was not formerly a player in geopolitical affairs the way it is now. The now all-but-scrapped Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF, was a treaty concluded by the US and the USSR leaders Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, back in 1987. However, for in succeeding decades, most notably since the fall of the Soviet Union, the US has been gradually building up weaponry in what appears to be an attempt to create a ring around the Russian Federation, a situation which is understandably increasingly untenable to the Russian government.

Both sides have accused one another of violating this treaty, and the mutual violations and recriminations on top of a host of other (largely fabricated) allegations against the Russian government’s activities led US President Donald Trump to announce his nation’s withdrawal from the treaty, formally suspending it on 1 February. Russian President Vladimir Putin followed suit by suspending it the very next day.

The INF eliminated all of both nations’ land based ballistic and cruise missiles that had a range between 500 and 1000 kilometers (310-620 miles) and also those that had ranges between 1000 and 5500 km (620-3420 miles) and their launchers.

This meant that basically all the missiles on both sides were withdrawn from Europe’s eastern regions – in fact, much, if not most, of Europe was missile-free as the result of this treaty. That is no longer the case today, and both nations’ accusations have provoked re-development of much more advanced systems than ever before, especially true considering the Russian progress into hypersonic and nuclear powered weapons that offer unlimited range.

This situation generates great concern in Europe, such that the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called on both Moscow and Washington to salvage the INF and extend the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms, or the New START as it is known.

“I call on the parties to the INF Treaty to use the time remaining to engage in sincere dialogue on the various issues that have been raised. It is very important that this treaty is preserved,” Guterres said at a session of the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Monday.

He stressed that the demise of that accord would make the world more insecure and unstable, which “will be keenly felt in Europe.” “We simply cannot afford to return to the unrestrained nuclear competition of the darkest days of the Cold War,” he said.

Guterres also urged the US and Russia to extend the START Treaty, which expires in 2021, and explore the possibility of further reducing their nuclear arsenals. “I also call on the United States and the Russian Federation to extend the so-called New START Treaty before it expires in 2021,” he said.

The UN chief recalled that the treaty “is the only international legal instrument limiting the size of the world’s two largest nuclear arsenals” and that its inspection provisions “represent important confidence-building measures that benefit the entire world.”

Guterres recalled that the bilateral arms control process between Russia and the US “has been one of the hallmarks of international security for fifty years.”

“Thanks to their efforts, global stockpiles of nuclear weapons are now less than one-sixth of what they were in 1985,” the UN secretary-general pointed out.

The Treaty between the United States of America and the Russian Federation on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (the New START Treaty) entered into force on February 5, 2011. The document stipulates that seven years after its entry into effect each party should have no more than a total of 700 deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) and strategic bombers, as well as no more than 1,550 warheads on deployed ICBMs, deployed SLBMs and strategic bombers, and a total of 800 deployed and non-deployed ICBM launchers, SLBM launchers and strategic bombers. The new START Treaty obliges the parties to exchange information on the number of warheads and carriers twice a year.

The new START Treaty will remain in force during 10 years until 2021, unless superseded by a subsequent agreement. It may be extended for a period of no more than five years (that is, until 2026) upon the parties’ mutual consent. Moscow has repeatedly called on Washington not to delay the issue of extending the Treaty.

 

 

 

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss documents released which show that Christopher Steele admitted to using posts by ‘random individuals’ on the CNN community website ‘iReport’ in order to back up his fabricated Trump dossier.

President Trump took note of Steele’s use of CNN citizen journalist posts, in a twitter tirade that blasted the British ex-spy for running with unverified community generated content from a now now-defunct ‘iReports’ website as part of his research.

Trump the proceeded to rip into late neocon Arizona Senator John McCain, tweeting that it was “just proven in court papers” that “last in his class” McCain sent the Steele’s dossier to media outlets in the hopes that they would print it prior to the 2016 US election.

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A federal court unsealed 43 pages Thursday of a deposition that former British spy Christopher Steele gave as part of a lawsuit over his infamous anti-Trump dossier.

To the disappointment of many observers, the full deposition was not unsealed in Thursday’s motion. Instead, portions of Steele’s interview, which he gave in London on July 13, 2018, were unsealed in separate court filings submitted in the lawsuit.

Steele’s full deposition totaled 145 pages. The portions published Thursday focus mainly on questions about the dossier’s claims about Aleksej Gubarev, a tech executive who Steele alleges took part in the hacking of Democrats’ computer systems.

Gubarev has vehemently denied the claim and sued Steele and BuzzFeed News, which published the dossier on Jan. 10, 2017.

U.S. District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro, who handled the lawsuit, ordered a slew of previously sealed documents to be made public Thursday. Ungaro dismissed the lawsuit on Dec. 19 but did not weigh in on whether the dossier’s claims about Gubarev were accurate.

It is unclear whether Steele’s entire deposition will be released. A source familiar with Steele’s interview tempered expectations of any bombshells in the document, saying that Steele avoided going into detail about his efforts to create the dossier and his sources.

A deposition given by former State Department official David Kramer was perhaps the most enlightening document contained in the dump.

Kramer, a longtime associate of late Arizona Sen. John McCain, was BuzzFeed’s source for the dossier. Kramer shared the dossier with at least 11 other reporters, including CNN’s Carl Bernstein. (RELATED: John McCain Associate Gave Dossier To A Dozen Reporters)

Kramer obtained the dossier in late November 2016 after visiting Steele in London. Steele acknowledged that Kramer and McCain were picked as conduits to pass the dossier to then-FBI Director James Comey. McCain met with Comey on Dec. 9, 2016 and provided all of the dossier’s memos that had been written up to that point.

“I think they felt a senior Republican was better to be the recipient of this rather than a Democrat because if it were a Democrat, I think that the view was that it would have been dismissed as a political attack,” Kramer said in the deposition when asked why Steele and his business partners at Fusion GPS wanted McCain to meet with Comey.

Via Washington Examiner

Former British spy Christopher Steele admitted that he relied on an unverified report on a CNN website for part of the “Trump dossier,” which was used as a basis for the FBI’s investigation into Trump.

According to deposition transcripts released this week, Steele said last year he used a 2009 report he found on CNN’s iReport website and said he wasn’t aware that submissions to that site are posted by members of the public and are not checked for accuracy.

web archive from July 29, 2009 shows that CNN described the site in this manner: “iReport.com is a user-generated site. That means the stories submitted by users are not edited, fact-checked, or screened before they post.”

In the dossier, Steele, a Cambridge-educated former MI6 officer, wrote about extensive allegations against Donald Trump, associates of his campaign, various Russians and other foreign nationals, and a variety of companies — including one called Webzilla. Those allegations would become part of an FBI investigation and would be used to apply for warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

During his deposition, Steele was pressed on the methods he used to verify allegations made about Webzilla, which was thought to be used by Russia to hack into Democratic emails.

When asked if he discovered “anything of relevance concerning Webzilla” during the verification process, Steele replied: “We did. It was an article I have got here which was posted on July 28, 2009, on something called CNN iReport.”

“I do not have any particular knowledge of that,” Steele said when asked what was his understanding of how the iReport website worked.

When asked if he understood that content on the site was not generated by CNN reporters, he said, “I do not.” He was then asked: “Do you understand that they have no connection to any CNN reporters?” Steele replied, “I do not.”

He was pressed on this further: “Do you understand that CNN iReports are or were nothing more than any random individuals’ assertions on the Internet?” Steele replied: “No, I obviously presume that if it is on a CNN site that it may has some kind of CNN status. Albeit that it may be an independent person posting on the site.”

When asked about his methodology for searching for this information, Steele described it as “what we could call an open source search,” which he defined as “where you go into the Internet and you access material that is available on the Internet that is of relevance or reference to the issue at hand or the person under consideration.”

Steele said his dossier contained “raw intelligence” that he admitted could contain untrue or even “deliberately false information.”

Steele was hired by the opposition research firm Fusion GPS to investigate then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016. Fusion GPS was receiving funding at the time from the Clinton campaign and the DNC through the Perkins Coie law firm.

The series of memos that Steele would eventually compile became known as the “Trump Dossier.” The dossier was used in FISA applications to surveil Trump campaign associate Carter Page.

When asked whether he warned Fusion GPS that the information in the dossier might be “Russian disinformation,” Steele admitted that “a general understanding existed between us and Fusion … that all material contained this risk.”

Steele also described his interactions with Sen. John McCain’s aide, David Kramer, whose own deposition showed that he provided BuzzFeed with a copy of the dossier and had spoken with more than a dozen journalists about it.

“I provided copies of the December memo to Fusion GPS for onward passage to David Kramer at the request of Sen. John McCain,” Steele said. “Sen. McCain nominated him as the intermediary. I did not choose him as the intermediary.”

When asked if he told Kramer that he couldn’t “vouch for everything that was produced in the memos,” Steele replied, “Yes, with an emphasis on ‘everything.'”

When asked why he believed it was so important to provide the dossier to Sen. McCain, Steele said: “Because I judged it had national security implications for the United States and the West as a whole.”

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In a scathing letter to Trudeau, Wernick said that “recent events” led him to conclude he couldn’t hold his post during the election campaign this fall.

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Since it was exposed by a report in Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper earlier this month, the scandal that’s become known as the SNC-Lavalin affair has already led to the firing of several of Trudeau’s close advisors and raised serious questions about whether the prime minister was complicit in pressuring the attorney general to offer a deferred prosecution agreement with a large, Quebec-based engineering firm.

And according to the first round of polls released since the affair exploded into public view…

…it could cost Trudeau his position as prime minister and return control to the conservatives, according to the CBC.

Campaign Research showed the Conservatives ahead with 37% to 32% for the Liberals, while both Ipsos and Léger put the margin at 36% to 34% in the Conservatives’ favour.Since December, when both polling firms were last in the field, the Liberals have lost one point in Campaign Research’s polling and four percentage points in the Ipsos poll, while the party is down five points since November in the Léger poll.

Meanwhile, as the noose tightens around Trudeau, on Monday another of the key Canadian government officials at the center of the SNC-Lavalin scandal has quit his post.

Michael Wernick, clerk of the privy council, the highest-ranking position in Canada’s civil service and a key aide to Justin Trudeau, announced his retirement Monday. Trudeau named Ian Shugart, currently deputy minister of foreign affairs, to replace him.

In a scathing letter to Trudeau, Wernick said that “recent events” led him to conclude he couldn’t hold his post during the election campaign this fall.

“It is now apparent that there is no path for me to have a relationship of mutual trust and respect with the leaders of the opposition parties,” he said, citing the need for impartiality on the issue of potential foreign interference. According to Bloomberg, the exact date of his departure is unclear.

As we reported in February, Canada’s former justice minister and attorney general, Jody Wilson-Raybould, quit following allegations that several key Trudeau government figures pressured her to intervene to end a criminal prosecution against Montreal-based construction giant SNC. Wernick was among those she named in saying the prime minister’s office wanted her to pursue a negotiated settlement.

Wernick has since twice spoken to a committee of lawmakers investigating the case, and during that testimony both defended his actions on the SNC file and warned about the risk of foreign election interference, as “blame Putin” has become traditional Plan B plan for most politicians seeing their careers go up in flames.

“I’m deeply concerned about my country right now, its politics and where it’s headed. I worry about foreign interference in the upcoming election,” he said in his first appearance before the House of Commons justice committee, before repeating the warning a second time this month. “If that was seen as alarmist, so be it. I was pulling the alarm. We need a public debate about foreign interference.”

Because somehow foreign interference has something to do with Wenick’s alleged corruption.

Incidentally, as we wonder what the real reason is behind Wernick’s swift departure, we are confident we will know soon enough.

Anyway, back to the now former clerk, who is meant to be non-partisan in service of the government of the day, also criticized comments by a Conservative senator and praised one of Trudeau’s cabinet ministers.

Wernick’s testimony was criticized as overly cozy with the ruling Liberals. Murray Rankin, a New Democratic Party lawmaker, asked the clerk how lawmakers could “do anything but conclude that you have in fact crossed the line into partisan activity?” Green Party Leader Elizabeth May said he seemed “willing to interfere in partisan fashion for whoever is in power.”

Whatever Wernick’s true motives, he is the latest but not last in what will be a long line of cabinet departures as the SNC scandal exposes even more corruption in Trudeau’s cabinet (some have ironically pointed out that Canada’s “beloved” prime minister could be gone for actual corruption long before Trump). Trudeau had already lost a top political aide, Gerald Butts, to the scandal. A second minister, Jane Philpott, followed Wilson-Raybould in quitting cabinet.

Separately, on Monday, Trudeau appointed a former deputy prime minister in a Liberal government, Anne McLellan, as a special adviser to investigate some of the legal questions raised by the controversy. They include how governments should interact with the attorney general and whether that role should continue to be held by the justice minister.

As Bloomberg notes, the increasingly shaky Liberal government hasn’t ruled out helping SNC by ordering a deferred prosecution agreement in the corruption and bribery case, which centers around the company’s work in Moammar Qaddafi’s Libya. Doing so would allow the company to pay a fine and avoid any ban on receiving government contracts. That decision is up to the current attorney general, David Lametti; of course, such an action would only raise tensions amid speculation that the government is pushing for a specific political, and favorable for Trudeau, outcome.

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