Friday, October 30, 2015

Today's Links

1---Claims That Russian Airstrikes Are Not ISIL-Targeted Are Misinforming

Should we believe that militants from the Islamic State, Jabhat al-Nusra, and Jaish al-Fatah, who equally enjoy cutting the throats of their prisoners, are also 'opposition', albeit a bit less moderate? We are waiting for Mr. Stevens' reply," he went on to say.
2--Unsubstantiated US State Department claims that Russian airstrikes had struck hospitals have been rejected by Medecins Sans Frontieres and the Red Cross.

Medical staff from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) have made no claims that their hospitals were struck by Russian air strikes, the organization's head of emergency care told Sputnik on Thursday.
3--Berlin is ready to restore its relationship with Russia, clearly understanding that it would “create friction” with Washington, which, in turn, will use all its influence over Eastern European states to restrain the rapprochement of the two. But for now, Germany is only “testing the waters” before its final decision, according to Stratfor...

“Lifting sanctions against Russia could damage Germany's relationship with the United States and also force the White House to increase its economic and military cooperation with former Communist states, from Poland to Romania. This would, in turn, deepen the European Union's already serious political fragmentation

4--Russia summons US, Saudi and NATO Envoys to Explain Accusations of Russian Airstrikes against Civilians in Syria
5---U.S. Stopped Syria Air Strikes While Nusra And IS Prepared Attack On Government Supply Route
During the last days a large attack on the Syrian government supply line to Aleppo city was carried out by Jabhat al-Nusra (aka al-Qaeda in Syria) and the Islamic State seemingly in coordination with the U.S. military......

The total cessation of U.S. air attacks on east Syria allowed the Islamic State to move hundreds of fighters and heavy equipment like tanks and cannons from its stronghold in Raqqa city to the west of Syria. At the same time Jabhat al-Nusra brought hundreds of fighters from other fronts south-eastward for its part of the attack. It is difficult to believe that these were just unrelated coincidences.

My comments: 
Based on this post we can assume that
1---The US is in direct communication with al Nusra and probably ISIS
2---The US is providing strategic and logistical information to these terrorist organizations.
3--That the US probably has special forces deployed among these groups to oversee operations and to conduct the counteroffensive
4--That the US has intensified the fighting on the ground to give Kerry more leverage at the negotiations in Vienna
5--That the Vienna meetings are part of a broader calculation to regroup by implementing a temporary ceasefire that will save US jihadi mercenaries on the battlefield.
The objective remains regime change)

6--How Vladimir Putin Took Over the World

7--The mergers boom, the financial oligarchy and imperialism

8---Iranian diplomat: It is up to Syrian people to decide fate of Assad

The meeting is being attended by 19 delegations, including those from Russia, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran, the UAE, Qatar, Jordan, Germany, France, Egypt, Italy, the UK, Iraq and Lebanon.
After the first round of the meeting, a representative of Iraq's delegation, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, told reporters that "the task of looking for a political solution to the Syrian crisis is more relevant today than ever before."
"We ought to formulate a common platform for the inter-Syrian dialogue and help establish contact between the opposition and representatives of Damascus in order to present a united front in the fight against the terrorist threat," the Iraqi diplomat said.
The multi-party negotiations on Syria in Vienna are addressing a political settlement in Syria rather than the future of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, and only the people of Syria can decide on the future of their president, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said ahead of the meeting.
“It's the only thing that can be said definitely, it's probably the main thing on which all international activities aimed at searching for various options of this settlement are based," he said.

9---Iran stands with Assad in Vienna

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian stressed that Tehran’s partnership in Vienna talks would not undermine its support for the Syrian government and nation in their fight against terrorism.
“There is no change in the Islamic Republic of Iran’s supportive policy for Syria,” Amir Abdollahian said on Thursday.

He pointed to the upcoming Vienna conference on Syria, and said, “This meeting is an opportunity for helping the fight against terrorists, the political trend in Syria and the efforts made to realize the realities of the Arab country and the region.”

Amir Abdollahian reiterated that Tehran has always supported the anti-terrorism fight and the political trend in Syria and it will continue to do so.
“Those who intend to bypass Bashar Assad know well that only the Syrian people should decide about their fate within the specified political framework,” he added

Moments ago, the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division – in coordination with Hezbollah, Harakat Al-Nujaba (Iraqi paramilitary), the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Aleppo City, and Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions) – carried out a successful mission to capture the farms located between the strategic towns of Khan Touman and Qarass in southern Aleppo.

According to a field report from southern Aleppo this morning, the Syrian Armed Forces and Lebanese Resistance surprised the Islamist rebels from Harakat Noureddine Al-Zinki, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Liwaa Suqour Al-Sham, and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” with an assault at several locations after taking a brief hiatus from this offensive in order to repel the encroaching Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) fighters at Al-Safira and Ithriya

11--U.S. to Deploy Special Operations Forces in Syria: Official

The senior U.S. official said that the forces will be stationed in northern Syria and work alongside groups with a proven track record of fighting ISIS. The move will be described as a "shift" but not a "change" in U.S. strategy against ISIS, the official added.
The special operations forces could work with Kurdish and allied actors who have come together under the umbrella of the "Syrian Democratic Forces," according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement was not yet public

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