HOMS: GUARDS CAPTURE TERRORISTS TRYING TO BLOW UP NATURAL GAS FACILITIES

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Al-Furuqlus (Not to be confused with Furulluq in Latakia):  Guards at the entrance to 2 Natural Gas Production Facilities here in the eastern province saw 2 rodents setting up to detonate a Hyundai truck loaded with canisters that were inconsistent with the types used at the station.  When the rodents ran from the truck, the guards warned all nearby to take shelter.  The truck exploded by remote control, but, luckily, nobody was seriously hurt.  The guards then pursued the terrorist vermin until they captured them:

‘Abdul-Kareem Farhaan Al-Khillaawi

Farhaan Hameed Al-Hajjaaj

They have been turned over to security and are warbling their lungs out.  I hope they relinquish them to Air Force Intelligence where their warblings will convert to arias.   8 people were rushed to clinics with minor injuries thanks to the alert guards.

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Al-Wa’er:  It looks more and more like the rats are starving as they consistently try to escape into the orchards or cross Al-Khuraab Avenue separating this area from the rest of peaceful and secure Homs City.  Just today, they tried it again.  The group was Kataa`ib Al-Faarooq which the SAA wiped off the face of the earth.  No names.

 

Al-Rastan:  Nusra and Faylaq Homs took it on the chin here. No details. Event took place only a few hours ago.

 

Ayn Hussayn Village:  A warehouse with ammunition destroyed.

 

Start looking for big action by the SAA at Al-Sawma’ah, Rajm Al-Qassr, Umm Sahreej, ‘Unq Al-Hawaa. Reports of large-scale troop movements here.

 

Fighting reported in Talbeesa.

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NEWS AND REPORTS:

Dr. Tarpley weighs in on the NACOSROF fiasco and the sincere Russian efforts:

http://tarpley.net/russia-proposes-new-talks-for-peace-in-syria-but-puppets-and-mercenaries-of-syrian-national-coalition-refuse-to-negotiate-while-free-syrian-army-sells-nato-weapons-to-help-caliphate-shoot-down-jordani/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss


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Shinaydeen
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It seems as if the terrorists are probing for weaknesses in SAA defences in the Palmyra/Mount Al Shaa’er area rather than attempting any serious offensive at this stage (they have been trounced twice already there in the last half-year). The latest attacks are close to the city of Palmyra and seem to be more geared to cutting the SAA supply line from Palmyra to Deir Ezzor. They are in big trouble in Deir Ezzor. They desperately need a diversion to relieve their collapsing position there. Taking the Al-Shaa’er gas and oil fields – or the surrounding hills and mountains –… Read more »
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ISIS is certainly trying to change the game in Homs, as reported earlier there is early signs of ISIS rats gathering in NE Homs close to As Shukhnar, which could mean to cut off the roads from Palmyra to Der Ez Zor or simply going after the oil field a bit doen south at Hajjar. These attempts to take on oil, gas and water facilites have the same strategy, put pressure at the ordinary Syrian. This is a very important moment on this war, ISIS has suffered some tough set backs in Kobani, Der Ez Zor and Al Shaer oil… Read more »
JackFtrolls
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Days are loaded, huh ? Everybody walks with their fingers crossed ;)))
A strange end of year… I hope for consolidation first in the next one.
Never wish for too much !

Anonymous
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Seems that militants have their hands untied to travel around the country, as they please. Authorities would be wise to impose some limitations on travel. Due to emergency taking place in the country, wouldn’t it be reasonable to “outlaw” trucks, pick-up trucks, vans, etc.?

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I’m sure there are restrictions on travel and movement in all government-held areas, what with check-points etc. As for outlawing trucks, pick-ups and vans, people have to make a living even in the midst of war. Terrorists depend on this to blend in and make themselves indistinguishable from ordinary people going about their business.

It is a tribute to the SAA that there are very few attacks recorded these days in central Damascus, compared to central Baghdad.

Anonymous
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This is exactly what I am getting at. Would you rather inconvenience people a little bit, by not allowing them to drive TRUCKS, PICK UP TRUCKS and VANS, or would you rather allow them the convenience of travelling at any time and any place they choose, so that militants can also do so, smuggle in contraband, prolong the war, death count, and all the bad things. If SAA and NDF are sacrificing so much, and doing their best to keep up string discipline and act according to plans, why shouldn’t the same be expected from the civilians? Only today, I… Read more »
teevee
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Obviously you have never been in a conflict area, There are extensive travel restrictions all over the place, that is the very first step taken when a territory is occupied of liberated. Check point of many different sizes are put up, some as small as several sand bags and one machine gun and 3 to 4 men some as big as several tanks, berms and heavy installations of armed men and equipment. At every check point cars, motorcycles even pedestrians are pulled, IDs check if their rout is straight then a code name is given to them that they can… Read more »
Canthama
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More Sha’aitat local tribes mass graves found in Der Ez Zor Province (70 bodies), those findings could play very badly for ISIS if local tribes shift side entirely to support the Syrian Government.

https://twitter.com/EjmAlrai/status/549628478812069888

Canthama
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ISIS captured a Iranian spy drone, Shaheen (hawk) over Diala Province in Iraq. Drone is quite intact.

Arklight
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Canthama: Intact, you say? If this happened more than an hour ago, that drone is on a plane headed for the reverse engineering facility in Virginia – – I never found any virgins there, by the way. Almost as disappointing as the Virgin Islands. On the other hand, Beaver Island was well stocked, at least in the summer.

Canthama
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This Iranian drone, named Mohajer, is actually one of their oldest model (first prototype is from 1981), it does not have wheels and it needs a launching system to make it fly. It is primarily used for Strategic reconnaissance, newer versions may flay higher and can have additional geeks. I think there is nothing at this drone worth looking at, since it is not a high tech one. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghods_Mohajer The video shows a Mohajer drone, most likely a Mohajer 4 due to the squared fuselage and wingtips. It shows a broken left wing and some damages to its main body… Read more »
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Wise guy 😉

Arklight
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Jack: What? What?

dudleydoright911
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Mindless terrorism – just like so many of us have talked about – that is all this is going to turn into. A protracted terror campaign. No vision, no plan, just a bunch of savages adrift with no rudder. ISIS seems to be imploding at this point – in fact they are the next domino to fall in the rolling collapse that arguably was started in earnest with the liberation of qusayer. Between making life for Syrians even more difficult, as well as these mass graves – They certainly won’t be winning any hearts and minds and moreover – it… Read more »
teevee
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well said, Syria and her allies must make this fight just too expensive for the financiers of the terrorists, otherwise as you said it will evolve to a protracted battle for hearts and minds against a shadowy group of ruthless paid terrorists with nothing to lose and are fighting for a pay check, but keep in mind that the public expects the government to provide security. The natural thing is to blame the government for any short comings, just like Malaki in Iraq. This war needs to be fought on many fronts and hearts and minds is tight up there… Read more »
Canthama
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Dudley, you got a good point, there are clear evidences of overstretching for ISIS, from their lighting advance in Syria and Iraq from late 2013 to June 2014, they seemed to have lost a bit of their mojo in the 2H14. Recent set backs in: Syria : Kobani, Der Ez Zor, Al Shaer and Hasaka Iraq : Sinjar, Diyala, Salah al din and Suleymaniah. Some more developments are : The up coming battle for Tal Afar and Mosul, which could wipe clean ISIS from NW Iraq (strong implications to Hasaka and part of Der Ez Zor). The local tribes revolt… Read more »
dudleydoright911
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Reports are that ISIS controlled areas are seeing among other things disease and general starvation. Certainly they are far from defeated but I agree that the veneer of their invincibility has worn off. I can’t help but think that more folks will join their ranks – I’m sure the franchise office of ISIS is burning the midnight oil. The one thing I am curious about is what is going to become of these new “moderate rebels” that are supposedly being excreted out the back end of Saudi Arabia 1000 at a time. p.s. The piece with Webster Tarpley about the… Read more »
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“ISIS can not rely on foreign fighters only, so they will probably accelerate the assimilations of other rat groups, I believe this is going to be “unavoidable” and the next key target for ISIS leadership.” You are probably right. Two points: 1) Assimilating other groups was fine when the momentum was with Isis. In that case, as the Borg said, ‘resistance was futile.’ The momentum has now been broken. Increasingly now, Isis cannot impose its discipline on assimilated groups and cannot rely on their loyalty. They have to buy it and they are running out of money. 2) If most… Read more »
Silber Shark110
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I sraeli
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Jimmy M.
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Good Points!

pop
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They loose and crumble and splinter
the way they loose credibility as the
Klondike for a quick career.
Getting the swiss cheese border
to Turkey under better control or
at least the transport routes from
there will strangle IS in no time.

BVBNV
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You are all far from the British intelligence . Whole the stuff including Isis is their plan for next 500 years .You are like kids watching the pupppets not the puppetees.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hv4UUeSNUOo

enjoy the traditional short film contest made bY THE SAA

dudleydoright911
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They have Wifi in Tunisian gay bars now?

teevee
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Well there are always those who feel that they have no control of anything since some unseen power has already decided the outcome, That is far from the truth, nobody makes a 500 year plan, but for sure you can resist their 5 year plan or not?

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teevee: Recommended reading: ‘Pawns in the Game’, by William Guy Carr.

teevee
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I haven’t read this book, but from your reply I’m assuming that Mr. Carr advocates that there is some sort of master plan by some sort of superior inelegance that this plan is irresistible and no matter what anyone does at the end, the plan will prevail. If that is what this book suggests then I am totally in disagreement.

Arklight
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teevee: Nope. Evil Genius, yes; inevitable conclusion, no

Ozsceptic
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British INTELLIGENCE?? LOL!
Isn’t that an oxymoron?
Pommy prick!

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So apparently the US is stockpiling gear in Kuwait… and this spring we may see some taxpayer credit cards being burned up in Iraq again.

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2014/12/22/us-stockpiling-fighting-vehicles-gear-in-kuwait-ahead-of-anti-isis-offensive

Jason
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It looks like Kerry has hired his Egyptian slave, Sisi, whom he has recently ‘rehabilitated’ internationally to help out the Russians in putting pressure on Syria to agree to a ‘political transformation’. Now there are a whole host of foreign ministers right now singing along to the Yanki script of the ‘political solution’, aka regime change lite. These foreign ministers (US envoys) decry the ‘military solution’ and the ‘madness of the continuation of violence’, yet it is plainly obvious that there comments are targeted at the Syrian army in order to stop it in its tracks against the background of… Read more »
david
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after the attack on the ruble by america, russia will do no favours for the americans and their allies . they will not risk losing their port in syria or their interests in the middle east. they are not that stupid. russia will reply with economic warfare of its own. crashing the dollar will be their main strategy. when that goes the game is over without a shot being fired. jason your personal interpretations are not necessarily correct

Silber Shark110
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RIP us$”papier toilette” , RIP Debts Empire (USA)

Ozsceptic
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Merde! C’est vrai! Ou est mon toilette?

chabraque
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Aaarg ! Plus de dollars dans mon portefeuille….
Time to print the Guardian on 10cm rolls ! Where is the front page from the WSJournal when you need it ?

Pop as Gaul
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Ou est mon toilette?
Ou est ma toilette?
Ca c’est correct!

Jason
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David there is a naval supply station which is a completely different thing to a naval facility used for military purposes. In any case most of the Russian technicians working at that supply station (i think it was 50 or 60 odd) have been withdrawn which was confirmed officially last year by the Russians themselves, who also confirmed at the same time that the facility was not of a military nature. Russia has no tools at all to take down the dollar, this is nothing more than chest thumping, Russia does have the ability to be self sufficient and powerful… Read more »
hrc
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Last numbers i saw ,,only 17% of Russian economy depends on Energy sales.. so you are only repeating the same propaganda said in the west. The economy dificulties have more to do with the coalition of US and its European colonies to sabotage Russia energy business and scare any western business in Russia. The dependence of Russia in Europe is the major flaw of all.. They should have expanded their business with Asia CHina and India and South Korea long time ago.. not now in the middle of an economic war.

teevee
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Not a mention of Putin? what’s up with that? But now it is Assad Mafia? the truth is coming out, slowly but surely. The only slave or slaves I know of, are Baghdadi his gang of paid executioners and the poor women and children they take from their homes at gun point.

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Teevee – I shall give Jason one thumbs up for writing a post without mentioning Putin!
This must be a first worth commemorating.

CHEVI789
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Bullshit, did he actually do that? wow

Jason
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What ‘truth’ would that be? That you have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about.

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Only today, I saw on Live Leak Channel three trucks full of weapons that were intercepted by NDF and SAA. My immediate thoughts were: I wonder how many get through; and why don’t the authorities forbid truck usage for everyone else but the army?

Silber Shark110
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Ozsceptic
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Silber – OR …
I llegitimate
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I nvertebrate
S cum

Canthama
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A nice article from Z Dimitrov from almasdarnews, The Silent Front: Syria’s Economy, Syria’s challenges to rebuild after the war is over. Worth reading it.

http://www.almasdarnews.com/article/silent-front-syrias-economy/

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Ozi-ozi-ozi !!!! Another one bites the dust! Go SAA! Sydney man Ahmad Mohamad al-Ghaz’zaoui (NOW THAT’S A GOOD AUSSIE NAME) was killed around Christmas Day while fighting in Syria for the Islamic State group. Syria 24, which states it is “pro-Assad” (NO, NEVER!) says Mr al-Ghaz’zaoui was killed after crossing over the Turkish border into Syria in late November (SHORT LIFE SPAN OF 4 WEEKS, LOL). Mr al-Ghaz’zaoui was originally from Bankstown in Sydney’s southwest (PICTURE SHOWS HIM ON A NIGHT OUT AT THE BANKSTOWN TROTS, LOL) He was also a Bulldogs supporter (LMOL). His ‘Australian’ family have proclaimed him… Read more »
Arklight
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Oz: Uh – – hmm – – yeah, well, you’re welcome.

CHEVI789
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Hey Oz, no neighbour of mine mate, i’m not in Sydney, but it is the place for terrorists, some are in Melbourne but not as many, and no probs for the feedback, it could be a million and one things Putin is doing what he is doing.

Canthama
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Fascinating article by Thierry Meyssan from Voltaire.org plublished by friendsofsyria. Worth reading it.

http://friendsofsyria.co/2014/12/30/the-incredible-us-peace-plan-for-syria/

Canthama
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It is always refreshing to read an article about rebuilding Syria, it gives a sense of life returning to normality, though we all know normal life will take a long way for all of Syria. Anyway, enjoy the rebuilding news from Damascus’ industrial sector. source: syria24 english “Industry Ministry: 221 industrial and production facilities established and launched in 2014 ‪#‎Damascus‬, ‪#‎SANA‬ – The Industry Ministry focused its efforts during 2014 on improving the performance of the public and private industrial sectors and on supporting stalled companies who were affected by the crisis so that they can resume activity. During the… Read more »
Arklight
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Canthama: Good article! Thanks!

Canthama
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Meanwhile, “the silent war” in Hasaka goes on with SAA, NDF, local militias and the Kurds working together, side by side as one army, Hasaka for me is a good example how different tribes, groups, religions can and should work together to face a common enemy. Yesterday this combine forces liberated ‪Tall Ahmad, this place sits between Tall Hamis and Tall Brak main road, the two strongholds for ISIS in NE Hasaka, it gives fire control over the road between them, thus creating a momentum for the Syrian and allied forces to start planning for Tall Hamis liberation, as mentioned… Read more »
Arklight
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Canthama: It’s good that SAA and NDF are co-ordinating operations with YPG/YPJ, but that must be an accommodation reached by local commanders, since Syria command still high hats the Kurds. I hope that some, at least, of captured weapons and supplies will be turned over to YPG, which has performed prodigies in this war using only stuff they captured from the enemy on their own. As to the Syrian infrastructure, a dollar to a doughnut says the US will bomb it out of existence before the Syrians can liberate it, killing a bunch of Syrian citizens in the process.
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Canthama
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The battle for the city of Sinjar, the capital of Sinjar region in Iraq, is on for few days now, it is said half of the city is on Kurd’s hands while the other half ISIS is putting all resources they have available, fierce fights daily. See video below, very nicely done in HD, with ISIS burning tires to block the airspace for jet attacks.
The delay in liberating Sinjar city is delaying the attack to Tal Afar, a must do for ISF/Peshmergas before going into Mosul.

Arklight
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PressTV article in which The Big B.O. says that Bad Vlad isn’t so smart. Personally, I don’t think a piss ant like Obama would know ‘smart’ if it bit him on the ass.
Link: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/12/29/392319/putin-not-so-smart-obama/

Canthama
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Arklight, the “not so smart” Obama and the policies his buddies defend, reminds me the “the rabbit and tortoise” moral story, in this case Putin is the tortoise and Obama the rabbit, well, we all know the end of it. Just to make the point above a bit more flowerish, see articles below, one can conclude that it is easy, for a moron like Obama, to belch his side of the story to the national public radio and trying to elude his own tax payers, I am sure history will tell whom was smarter few years from now….all the signs… Read more »
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I was watching History Channel (owners: Hearst Corporation & Disney) and saw a program that at first it seemed very good as it was the first time it suggested that behind the events in Benghazi was an operation of the CIA to smuggle weapons to terrorists Syria via Turkey, which surprised me and caught the program, but then the program was devoted to hit the US presidential figure through unfortunate acts of every president since Nixon, and there I found it odd, to end the subliminal message of the documentary was a frontal attack on presidential powers embodied in President… Read more »
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Cataro: It’s interesting that such an important issue was addressed by HC. With the exception of George Washington, every president and/or his party has been expanding the power of the executive, to the very great detriment of the Republic. Initially, any number of candidates could run for President; whomever received the most votes was elected President, with the runner up elected Vice President. The Vice Presidency has never been a civil office, but is actually a legislative post, that of President of the Senate. Since the President and Vice President were of different parties, there immediately began complaints that what… Read more »
CHEVI789
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Nice one Arklight, you just explained and showed me how corrupt things have become, for example we vote our people in parliament on what they stand for, when they get it they change their tune, i wish we had a law here that if a parliament member including the prime minister breaks their promise then they go to jail, fat chance of that ever happening, but imagine what would happen if it came into power?.

Cataro
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ArkLight thanks , as always a very informative post

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That shows that the western Neocon Elite.. is not united but divided.. 1)That Israel is highly over rated. Even thought Obama voted against the palestinian vote.. this is probably the administration that Israel have been more isolated from the world. 2)That the Wallstreet elite who controls US gov policy is much bigger than zionism. And they will not mind to sacrifice Israel if they could get break Russia in change. 3)That Obama is the lesser of the bad guys…but just by a little. I will be more worried about Hitlery Clinton in power.. it was very telling how she celebrated… Read more »
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hre: Well, Hilary has had one stroke, one can hope that she will have another, and fatal, stroke soon. Very soon. Very VERY soon.

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One for the SyrPer centrefold.
Here’s a Sydneysider dingbat rumored to have stuck his surfboard in the garage, put the Valiant up on blocks, and headed Syria-wards, to live the jihadist life. Name — Ahmad Mohamad al-Ghaz’zaoui [al-Ghazzawi]. Fingered by Oz’s cheap imitation Thatcher, Julie Bishop, as an ISIS member, he departed this mortal coil around Christmastime, and should be ankle-deep upside-down in Beelzebubb’s boiling ordure by now.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/30/sydney-man-reportedly-killed-in-syria-fighting-for-islamic-state
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What a loser. His fine kangaroo-rat profile is here —
http://i.guim.co.uk/static/w-620/h–/q-95/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/12/30/1419912828220/fffb2add-c388-4cf3-87a5-69b9cbe2e796-300×180.jpeg

Arklight
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Thylacine: Any dead rat is a good rat – – beyond that, he’ll probably at least make good fertilizer for Syrian crops.

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The Thylacine, Ref: Ahmed Mohammed al ghouli, pride of Bankstown.
He arrived in Syria (via Turkey) mid-November and passed into martydom (ho-ho-ho) mid December. We can only hope that he didn’t do too much damage to humanity in his 4 short weeks.
Hopefully, the rest of his family and friends who have proclaimed him a martyr will follow in his footsteps, soon.

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RBTH article on Russia’s thoughts on domestic and third party suppliers for military needs. I’m a little concerned that Russia is thinking of turning to China to supply electronics instead of developing electronic manufacture either domestically or with trad coalition partners.
Link: http://rbth.com/defence/2014/12/27/russian_defense_sector_eyes_change_of_focus_to_limit_effect_of_sancti_42601.html

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RT article: Czech veteran returns NATO medals. Nice to encounter a man of moral values and principals. A tip of the hat to this man.
Link: http://rt.com/news/218719-czech-veteran-nato-medals/

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RT article saying Republicans will ‘push back against net neutrality’. Too funny. With Boner as speaker of the house and Mcconnel as Senate majority leader, the push back will be limited to, ‘Please don’t hurt me, Mr. O!’

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While the terrorists in Palmyra are blowing up water facilities, the SAA in Aleppo is restoring water and electricity supplies to the people. From almasdarnews: “As a result of the Syrian Arab Army’s success in the Aleppo Governorate, water and electricity has been restored to most neighborhoods in the provincial capital for the first time since early 2014. According to a civilian source inside Aleppo City, there are still some districts that are without both water and electricity, but engineers are working to repair the flow of both to civilian homes.” That is why the Syrian government and army are… Read more »
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Shinaydeen: Syrian utilities seem to be right on top of service restoration when a liberated area is safe enough for the crews to work. Ministry of Industry is also right on top of things, getting factories and other businesses up and running as quickly as possible. A defeated country could not move forward with such vigor. Three cheers and a tiger.

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As always, Pepe Escobar has a way to say things in a unique way, another great article by Pepe.

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/World/WOR-02-231214.html

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he is good isn’t he

CHEVI789
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Brilliant piece by Pepe, thanks Canthama, happy new year to all my friends here and Ziad, you have worked tirelessly to bring us the news, and let’s not forget Fadi and especially the WP guy.

HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Jason
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LOL.

Russia threatens to halt cooperation with U.S. on Iran, Syria:

http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-russia-us-iran-syria-20141230-story.html

Crazy Harry Takbir! Takbir!
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Crazy Harry Takbir! Takbir!

LOL Islamic State – Chanson d’Allah

Read more at

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=da2_1419967342#iqka6sddoPxHHWxd.99

Jason
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It seems that even the leaders of Belarus and Kazakhstan, two countries which make up the so called ‘Customs Union’, are not bothering to apply the Russian bans on European food products entering the Customs Union. LOL. These two country’s leaders are undoubtedly well aware that the days of Putin are numbered therefore they can afford to play hardball with him, and in Lukashenka’s case this is just desserts for Putin’s role along with his oligarchic cronies and Western ‘partners’ in the attempted colour revolution against him back in 2010. What goes around comes around, and for Putin he is… Read more »
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News you don’t find in Israeli controlled media

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2014-12/31/c_133888530.htm

People attending Christmas service al-Zaitoun street Cathedral in Damascus, capital of Syria, on Dec. 30, 2014. About 1,500 Syrian Christian kids and their parents gathered at al-Zaitoun street Cathedral in Syria’s capital Damascus to take part in a Christmas celebration.

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Bogdanov just can’t leave the Syrian ambassador to Russia alone, once again he meets the ambassador to ‘discuss urgent preparations for dialogue in Moscow’, again this reveals the desperation of Putin in pressuring Syrian officials to attend and observe any possible outcomes of the regime change lite conference in Moscow. Putin needs to placate his masters in Washington in some way so as to ease the squeeze being put on his finances, he sees the best way of doing this as offering Syria up on a silver platter. The problem for Putin is that Washington wants results and concrete outcomes… Read more »
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Happy Chanukah Jason!

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Jason שבת שלום

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The newly liberated territories in Zamalke. part 3

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The true state of Russia’s armed forces. Read and weep. Of 1800 warplanes, 1200 are in dire need of repair or upgrade, of 1223 airfields today there remains only 120, of 1600 runways only 60 are left. In air defense, there are huge “hole”. No air cover the most important economic centers: Perm, Izhevsk, Vladimir, Nizhny Novgorod, Omsk, Chelyabinsk, Tula, Ulyanovsk. Only in recent years, the ship of the fleet has decreased by 60%. For six years, grouping Serdyukov shred the structure and personnel of the Armed Forces, the unique closed military schools. As a result of these gangster action… Read more »
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Jason: According to you, the crumbling, inadequate and pathetic remnants of a once mighty military force is ripe for the taking. The military defeat of Russia should be a cakewalk for NATO in 2015. If NATO has the same info as you, they may decide to just send in the Poles and Ukrainians on their own to smash this pathetic Russian rabble. It should be all over in days. Certainly no need for WW III – No wonder you sound so cocky about Russia’s impending defeat. Now, for a dash of REALITY! Take a look at some reliable (English language)… Read more »
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The chairman of the defence committee in the state duma (parliament) is a communist deputy, the information provided in the above article is from the chairman of the communist party, i think they would have a greater idea than you and your english language sources. These sources you use are often outdated and way off the mark-and deliberately so, in order to provide a pretext for greater military spending. You keep falling for the hype and propaganda of the various interested parties instead of looking for the facts.

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It could be very much as you say…but it is not. See video below of the true state of the Russian forces and where are they placing resources. It is true that by late 90’s the Russian armed forces were in dire straits, but Putin changed that after came to power, he knows he needs a powerful army and he knows the military complex could be a way to reduce Russia’s dependecy to oil and gas. He also knows and bet that by investing in in the military industry, Russia can transfer the technoloies to civilian purpuse, such as the… Read more »
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Sounds like the NATO friendly troll Jason is upset that Russia has formally identified his cohorts as a military threat. Whatever Russia needs to replace, they’re starting to do it now whole-scale. Whatever drop of truth there is to his spew will be irrelevant in a year. The Russians may have internal issues with certain traitorous financial elites, but they are never going to let their military defenses down again. Anyone take note of the recent statement by NATO/US that they have no ill will towards Russia? Sounds like Russian war preparations are not what they were hoping for, but… Read more »
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A $4,000 Pay Day on the Journey of Death http://businessweekme.com/Bloomberg/newsmid/190/newsid/344 The Syrian truck driver smiles as he regales colleagues at a rest stop in Jordan with the tale of his scrape with Islamic State [terrorists] fighters while delivering tomatoes to Iraq. The Sunni Muslim [terrorists] militants at a makeshift customs checkpoint learned his vehicle belonged to a Christian when another driver poked his head out and asked after his boss, Elias, a common Christian name. Within seconds he was surrounded by armed [terrorists] men who grabbed his papers and questioned him for more than 90 minutes before taking him away.… Read more »
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Was sharing the other day that ISIS forces were amassing forces near Jabbul in east Aleppo to open up a new front toward Safirah and its important military industrial facilities. It happened but the SAA/NDF were ready(see Leith’s article), may this event create a momentum for the SAA to push the boundaries of frontline toward Kuwereis airbase and Dayr Hafir.

http://www.almasdarnews.com/article/aleppo-syrian-army-begins-operations-combat-isis-east/

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Fadel is speaking about Mount Abu Ishtawi, I guess, which is south-east of al-Safira to the left of the Khanasir supply route. Note that Fadel is no longer discriminating between “Nusra” and “ISIS”.

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Boiler, when I first saw Leith mentioning Tal Istabal I thought about Tal Ishtawi, but then ISIS is no near it, just the gangs of IF and other rats, then went through the map and Tall Istabal is on the border of Dayr Hafir plains, half way from M4 and Jabbul (see map below). It will be interesting to see how the SAA will respond to this new threat, I would love to see a big push to liberate Kuweris airbase and liberate all Dayr Hafir plains, Aleppo’s defense would be so much in better shape with this flank protected.

http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.133993&lon=37.428360&z=12&m=b&show=/25600940/Tall-Istabl

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Got that.

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(IraqiNews.com) Anbar to be liberated in few weeks, no need for ground troops, Sen. John McCain says December 28, 2014 * Could be so.. My daily wisdom.. http://www.iraqinews.com/?s=anbar But… when MacInsane becoming friend, no further enemies need to be sent. +++ one we have still on this last day of the old year.. * Reportedly, Kurdish militia in Mosul killed 12 Turkish intelligence staff who they mistook for militants of the “Islamic State” terrorist organization. Turkish newspaper Hurriyet said Dec. 30. ++++++++++++ Ashes to ashes, rats to rats. + May always the new year’s light keep blurring the rat-hunters sight.… Read more »
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Hey pop, happy new year for you my friend, your poetry made us all better in 2014, pls keep it up.

McCain is insane, he should be in a asylum of mad dogs. Anbar is ISIS stronghold with severla local tribes supporting them, if there is a region it will take longer to get rid of ISIS it will be Anbar.

All the best to you pop.

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Hey CC aka Candy Cesar,
same to you
and for the rest
Ziad first all the best.

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Iraqi Armed Forces are on fire in Salah Al Din Province, after liberating the ISIS stronghold of Yathrib, Balad, the mega airfiled of Samarra East airbase, Al Dhuluiyah and several other villages in the last few days, blocked ISIS attempt to storm Samarra, now the battles to liberate Tikrit has started, ISF has advanced to the perimiter of the city and is fighting ISIS already. Meanwhile, in the 2nd largest city in the Province, Baiji, ISIS had stormed it again about a week ago and fights are inside the town. The events in Salah Al Din Province is significant for… Read more »
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Fascinating article on the oil market and global oil and gas implications, the moving parts are so many for several different producers around the world that one can start taking some conclusions in which direction this whole messy moment is leading us all, it ain’t pretty.

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2014/12/saudis-tell-shale-industry-will-break-plans-keep-pumping-even-20-barrel.html

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Canthama, the article seems destined to misinform and makes it seem that this whole attack on oil prices is only a Saudi initiative . Even seems to suggest that this measure is in retaliation to the US for not attacking Syria and Iran , which in contrary reading is like saying ” we should attack Syria and Iran , look what happens to us not to do so ” The arguments used to say that the US is affected too, is that companies are also engaged in Shalegas breaking , and the truth is that these bankruptcies agree to old… Read more »
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Flash-Fl;ash-Flash: Ebola and HIV confirmed in Mosul. http://www.iraqinews.com/features/urgent-two-ebola-cases-confirmed-mosul/

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I appreciate your analysis. What you call “coalition of the killing” has taken over northern Iraq in 2014 and we see now a strict division of labour between the aformentioned and “NF/ISIS” terrorists which is the reason for their spreading to nearly every part of Syria and them functioning as a ground force in Syria. So with Aleppo and Hama/Homs in the grip it is vital to cut supply routes coming from northern Iraq around Hasakah and to take especially a close look on the Damascus-Bagdad-Highway which runs through Anbar province. Anbar province must be seen as their would-be entry… Read more »
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(reply to Canthama 6:49)

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Good points Boiler, things are getting more clear now, this conflict is far from over in terms of peace and stability in all corners of Syria and Iraq, but the picture of a focused fight on provinces and villages liberations are more likely than the previous culture and customs survivial that we have seen since the start of this conflict. Order is likely to be restored in both countries one day. Happy new year.

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Happy New Year to all Syrians worldwide from Albania.I hope an pray to Allah that this ugly war will finish very soon and brave syrian people enjoy life as it was before.I think the real choosen people of God are the Syrian an not some white skin blue eye ‘izraelis” maybe this is the real reason this country of brave people are resisting so long against the world evil.I pray for you my brothers

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