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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Clinton: A Brain-damaged US President with Finger on the Nuclear Button

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Author: F. William Engdahl 

345345345Hillary Rodham Clinton seems to surround herself with more scandals than you can shake a stick at, as we said when I was growing up in Texas. We had the Mena, Arkansas scandals when her husband, Bubba, otherwise known as William Jefferson Clinton, was Attorney General and then Governor. Ambrose Evans Pritchard, the British Telegraph investigative journalist did a masterful documentation of that in his The Secret Life of Bill Clinton, when Bill was President facing impeachment in the 1990’s. Then there are the Clinton Foundation scandals documented in the 2015 Peter Schweitzer book, Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, detailing how Hillary abused her office as Secretary of State to steer huge Saudi and other “donations” to the Clinton Foundation on whose board she sat as soon as leaving office as Secretary of State. There are of course the national security e-mail server scandals which a corrupted Attorney General and a corrupt FBI director swept under the rug. This latest scandal puts all others in the background. It’s her refusal to release all medical records detailing her medications and true state of health following a brain concussion in 2012. The Democratic candidate is likely medically suffering from irreversible dementia.
On August 8, a New Jersey radio host and blogger released what he claimed were leaked copies of Hillary Clinton’s 2014 medical records from her doctor, Lisa Bardack M.D. of the Mt. Kisco Medical Group in upstate New York. According to the documents, Dr. Bardack wrote that Clinton had “early-onset Subcortical Vascular Dementia” following a serious brain concussion she suffered from a fall when she was Secretary of State, on December 7, 2012. After that fall, she spent six months in constant hospital care according to Bill Clinton, who told ABC News in 2014 that her injury “required six months of very serious work to get over.” On February 1, 2013 Secretary of State and future Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, abruptly resigned as Secretary of State with no link to her health mentioned.
ABCNews in May, 2014 cited the following quote from her doctors, one of whom was Dr. Lisa Bardack: “In the course of a routine follow-up MRI on Sunday, the scan revealed…a clot in the vein that is situated in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear. It did not result in a stroke, or neurological damage. To help dissolve this clot, her medical team began treating the Secretary with blood thinners…” – Dr. Lisa Bardack, Mt. Kisco Medical Group, and Dr. Gigi El-Bayoumi, George Washington University.
According to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, Subcortical Vascular Dementia “is a progressive disease; there is no cure.” Symptoms include forgetfulness, changes in speech, an unsteady gait, clumsiness or frequent falls, changes in personality or mood. Candidate Clinton has been filmed by the media in recent weeks frequently stumbling and falling for no apparent reason. She often appears on the podium with a man whose function appears to be there in case she loses balance. The copy of Dr. Bardack’s 5 February 2014 follow-up examination, if genuine, states that Mrs. Clinton reported to her that the “blacking out, uncontrollable twitching and memory loss have become worse…The patient scored significantly lower on today’s test than when tested in 2013…The patient is also showing signs of having more frequent complex seizures.”
The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, an internationally renowned center for research on Altzheimers and other brain illnesses, defines “Subcortical Vascular Dementia” as follows: Subcortical vascular dementia, also called Binswanger’s disease, is caused by widespread, microscopic areas of damage to the brain resulting from the thickening and narrowing (atherosclerosis) of arteries that supply blood to the subcortical areas of the brain.
Now on August 17, the Clinton campaign headquarters released a statement purporting to be from Dr. Bardack and provided to FactCheck.org. In the statement Dr Bardack is quoted stating that the leaked health documents were not authentic, declaring they were “false, were not written by me and are not based on any medical facts.
Given the highest issues of the true health situation of a candidate quite possibly becoming the next US President, however, it is not satisfactory that the statement is released by Clinton’s campaign to FactCheck.org and is not made directly by Dr. Bardack herself to lay rumors to rest. She herself refuses to reply to press queries. So the quoted denial is not at all sufficient, given the very high stakes for the nation and world. Whatever the truth of the alleged leaked medical report of Dr. Bardack, it is a matter of undeniable record that Clinton has repeatedly been filmed during the campaign stumbling and falling. Poor balance is typically associated with strokes or head injuries. Did she suffer a stroke in December, 2012 that caused her to fall and suffer a concussion, or did the brain concussion cause the stroke? Are her frequent severe coughing attacks a result of anti-seizure medication? If so, which?
Relevant also is a report run in the online site, Infowars, by Paul Joseph Watson, reporting on information provided to his associate at the recent Republican National Convention in Cleveland by a Secret Service “whistleblower,” who reportedly stated, based on direct observation of other Secret Service agents detailed to the Clinton campaign that:
“– Hillary has a very serious neurological degeneration which could be Parkinson’s disease;
– Around half a million dollars has been spent to specially adapt three SUVs in which Hillary travels to provide lowered floors and disabled access to prevent Hillary from tripping.
– Hillary’s staff is so intent on keeping reporters away from Clinton because she is at risk of petit mal seizures that can be triggered by camera flashes;
– Hillary has major problems with balance, difficulties with walking and keeps falling down;
– Hillary’s campaign will be forced into making a big announcement soon regarding her medical condition.”
That was reported at the Infowars website on 15 August. Two days later, not Dr. Bardack but the Clinton Campaign via FactCheck.org releases a purported denial of the authenticity of the leaked health documents. Was this the major announcement expected? If so, it appears a poor job.
What then do the true records of Dr Bardack reveal? What do the medical records of Hillary Rodham Clinton when she underwent the six months of very intensive treatment reportedly in New York City’s Columbia University Medical Center reveal about her condition? What, if any, medication is she on today? Is she on blood-thinners? If so, which and what doses so that competent medical experts can comment on the risks. Anti-depressant drugs? Aspirin?
A candidate for public office, especially the highest office in the nation is no longer an ordinary private person. They have a responsibility to be open about their true medical condition. So far, Hillary Clinton has refused. Not only is it irresponsible, it is alarming, truly scary. The mainstream liberal USA media is not touching the issues in any serious way. We have a right to access to a complete and unbiased analysis of her health and medical treatment. She is a candidate for US President, the one with the finger on the nuclear button. She is not running for City Council of Mt. Kisco or president of the local Parent-Teachers’ Association. If her own husband states to the media in 2014 that she had “a terrible concussion that required six months of very serious work to get over,” this is no minor event.
F. William Engdahl is strategic risk consultant and lecturer, he holds a degree in politics from Princeton University and is a best-selling author on oil and geopolitics, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”

Erdogan’s Terrorist Capture Jarablus without fighting, in other words Turkis Backed -Terrorists just changed their Uniform




Following the capture of three villages west of the key town of Jarablus, Turkish-backed rebels advanced on the last ISIS-held border crossing with the support of Turkish artillery, coalition airstrikes, and Turkish Special Forces.
Notably, the city was captured by the Islamist rebels with no firefights reported. Earlier reports suggesting Islamic State militants abandoned the city several weeks ago are now of confirmed merit as intelligence increasingly suggests a massive IS withdrawal in northern Syria in favor of creating a new line of defense around Al-Bab, ISIS’s current administrative capital in Aleppo.
It is clear that the huge grouping of rebels along the Turkish border aims at seizing a corridor that stretches from Jarablus to Azaz thereby creating a buffer zone between Turkey, ISIS, and the YPG whom it alleges to contain elements of the PKK terror group.
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Turkish Tanks Roll into Jarablus, Syria Denounces Flagrant Violation of Sovereignty

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A dozen Turkish tanks rolled across the Syrian border as part of a military operation backed by jets and US-led coalition warplanes after heavy Turkish shelling of an area held by Daesh [Arabic acronym for “ISIS” / “ISIL”].
Turkish tanks in Syria
Military sources told Turkish media 70 targets in the Jarablus area had been destroyed by artillery and rocket strikes, and 12 by air strikes.
Turkish Special Forces entered Syria earlier as part of the offensive.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the operation was aimed against both Daesh and Kurdish fighters.
Turkey shelled Syrian Kurdish forces in the region this week, determined not to let them fill the vacuum if Daesh leaves.
The concern in Ankara is that the Kurds could create an autonomous area close to the border which might foster Kurdish separatism within Turkey itself.
The tanks were followed by pick-up trucks believed to be carrying Turkish-backed Syrian militants from the so-called “Free Syrian Army”.
“At 04:00 [01:00 GMT] our forces began an operation against the Daesh and PYD [Kurdish Democratic Union Party] terror groups,” President Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara.
The offensive is aimed at “putting an end” to problems on the border, he said.
The Turkish town of Karkamis – just across the border from Jarablus – was evacuated as a precaution following earlier Daesh mortar attacks.
Turkey has vowed to “completely cleanse” Daesh from its border region, blaming the group for a bomb attack on a wedding that killed at least 54 people in Gaziantep on Saturday.
A source at the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates denounced this military intervention by Turkey on Syrian territory.
“The Syrian Arab Republic reaffirms that the fight against terrorism on Syrian soil by any party must be conducted in coordination with the Syrian government and the Syrian Arab army, which has been engaged in these battles for more than five years,” he was quoted by SANA as saying.
He went on to say that the Syrian government
“condemns this violation of sovereignty and stresses that the fight against terrorism is not in the expulsion of Daesh and replacing them with other terrorist organizations backed by Turkey.”
The same source pointed out that
“What is happening in Jarablos now is not a fight against terrorism as claimed by Turkey, but a replacement of a terrorist by another.”
Accordingly, “Syria demands an end to this aggression and calls upon the United Nations for the implementation of related resolutions, in particular, respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the ministry source said.
The source demanded that
“Turkey and the US-led coalition respect international resolutions, particularly those related to the closure of the border and the eradication of terrorism.”
In another development, US Vice-President Joe Biden arrived in Turkey on Wednesday in the highest-ranking visit by a Western official since the failed coup on 15 July.
This is Turkey’s first known ground incursion into Syria since a brief operation to relocate the tomb of Suleyman Shah, a revered Ottoman figure, in February of last year.
The air strikes are Turkey’s first inside Syria since the downing of a Russian jet in November. Moscow and Ankara only mended ties in June after punitive Russian sanctions.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team 

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France Behind Ghouta Gas Attack: Syria

Syria said that a chemical attack that killed hundreds of civilians in August 2013 was orchestrated by French intelligence agencies.
Appearing during a heated session of the UN Security Council on Tuesday, Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari hit out at several members of the US-led coalition.
Bashar JaafariDiscussing the sarin gas attack that killed hundreds of people in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta on 21 August 2013, he inferred the atrocity was part of a plot to divert UN weapons inspectors from another incident blamed on rebels.
“The use of chemical weapons in the Damascus area was meant to prevent from Dr Åke Sellström from going to Aleppo because [France] knew who had used chemical weapons in Aleppo,” al-Jaafari said.
“They wanted to prevent Dr Sellström from reaching Aleppo by any means and therefore they used chemical weapons in Damascus with the involvement of French intelligence.”
For his part, France’s representative to the Security Council, François Delattre, described the allegations as “absurd”.
“I’m not going to revisit all the derisory and grotesque things voiced by the representative of Syria,” he said.
On August 21, 2013, hundreds of people were killed in a Sarin gas attack in Ghouta, a massacre that UN inspectors call “the most significant confirmed use of chemical weapons against civilians since Saddam Hussein used them” in Halabja in 1988.
Syrian opposition groups and their western allies claim the nerve gas attacks were launched by the Syrian government. Damascus rejects the allegation, saying the attack was carried out by militants operating inside the country to draw in foreign intervention. Subsequent investigations by the UN and Russia backed Syria’s assertions.
Source: Agencies
24-08-2016 – 12:24 Last updated 24-08-2016 – 12:24 |
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We Will Resist

Via The Saker
August 23, 2016
In memory of the 290 innocent Iranians murdered by the crew of the USS Vincennes on 3 July 1988.
Following the massacre, the USA refused to apologize, the entire crew received  Combat Action Ribbons “for completion of their tours in a combat zone”.
The air-warfare coordinator on duty received the Navy Commendation Medal, while the Vincennes’ captain,  William C. Rogers III, was awarded the Legion of Merit
for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service as commanding officer … from April 1987 to May 1989.” (source)
Three years after the incident, Admiral William J. Crowe admitted on American television show Nightline that the USS Vincennes was inside Iranian territorial waters when it launched the missiles (source).

Turmoil in the Middle East: Regional Dimensions Beyond Religion

Given the current Middle Eastern scenario, one may reasonably hold the argument that the on-going turmoil in the Middle East owes its burden equally to the Machiavellian Anglo-American policies in the region and the harrowing failure of the Muslim governments/leaderships in the Middle East to rationally respond to those challenges. But are there any dimensions beyond religion?

Nationalism and Turmoil

The region of West Asia (known as the Middle East) and North Africa has been home for tension and conflict since the end of the 19th century. The tensions were accentuated by the division of North Africa between European powers during the period of colonial expansion and the Sykes-Picot Agreement between the British and the French in 1916 during the First World War.
Showing no regard to the demographic distribution of ethnicities, religions, languages and other cultural dimensions, borders of nation-states were drawn and mandatory colonial imperialism was established until the mid of the 20th century.
While the western role in the region was fluctuating between supportive and subversive of dictatorships, stability and security remained constant measures when meddling in the region.
Entangled by these complex processes of independence after the Second World War, newly emergent nation-states were neither capable nor willing to establish well-functioning political, economic and social systems. Democratization processes, procedural and cultural, were postponed. There were actually many other pressing matters to attend to other than democratization. The Egyptian writer and winner of Nobel Prize for Literature, Naguib Mahfouz, notes correctly that in Egypt “most people are concerned with getting bread to eat. Only some of the educated understand how democracy works.”
Nationalism came up to define individual subjects, who lived within the borders of nation-states as, for instance, Syrian, Iraqi, and Egyptian etc. Two paradoxes developed concerning nationalist sentiments in the region: The first one is that the concept of nationalism was interchangeably used to refer to Pan-Arabism, which excluded significant segments of these societies such as for instance, the Berber in North African countries and the Kurds in Syria and Iraq.
The newly drawn borders not only created frontiers among majorities, but also among religious minorities. The Druze divided between Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Israel (formerly Palestine), the Kurds between Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Iran and the Armenians between rather more national states are a few cases in point.
Even the official names of the newly authoritarian nation-states were controversial: Arab Republic of Egypt, Syrian Arab Republic, The Arab Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the Libyan Arab Republic etc. Nation-states failed to recognize the diversity within their borders, as colonial powers did before them.
IN THE WORDS OF LIBYA’S FORMER LEADER MUAMMAR AL-GADDAFI: “THE TIMES OF ARAB NATIONALISM AND UNITY ARE GONE FOREVER. THESE IDEAS, WHICH MOBILIZED THE MASSES, ARE ONLY A WORTHLESS CURRENCY.”
The second one is that nation-states offered very little to serve the cultural sphere in the region but much to serve doctrinal forms of thought. While nation-states were, and unfortunately still are, lacking vision, participation and serious contributions to their citizens, rapid demographic inflation in the region crippled the already struggling economic and political institutions. In 2014, the region was home for approximately two per cent of the global population.
Focusing on nationalist notions, while unable to respond to real life contradictions paved the way for Islamist ideologies to blossom. In other words, deficient and inadequate response to peoples’ needs increased rigid frameworks of ideological perception, in which Islamism counterposed to nationalism were racing to reach power. Nationalist criticism of Islamist ideologies was, we might risk saying, itself ideological and vice versa. Ironically, the distinctions between nationalism and Islamism have blurred recently, so one might detect nationalist Islamists and Islamist nationalists.

Identity Crisis

The region of the Mashreq, an Arabic word means the place of the sunrise, is considered the cradle of ancient human civilizations and the birthplace of the three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Yet, its recent contributions to human development can be, with confidence, considered minimal in comparison to the western ones since the Age of Enlightenment.
This is a time-dimension of identity crisis.
The region of West Asia and North Africa experienced the period of Cold War at its best. While some regimes tended to ally themselves, although sometimes sporadically, with the US, some others tended to ally themselves with the Soviet Union. Postcolonial period of oil extraction remarkably characterized the geopolitical calculations in the region. Securing the flow of oil and gas without interruption and at acceptable prices to the United States and its allies is still a main policy pillar of foreign intervention in the region. The Mashreq, in other words, suffers from several political conflicts and is significantly dominated by foreign powers. Not only is the region linguistically, ethnically and religiously fractionalized, but also ideologically: Nationalism, Baathism, socialism, communism, liberalism and Islamism. This is a philosophical dimension of identity crisis.
A crisis arises if there is a conflict when defining multiple layers of identity that should concur between the understanding of the self and actual reality. For instance feeling proud of being an Egyptian or Syrian national collides with a harsh reality that neither the Egyptian nor the Syrian national passports rank decently compared with other travel documents of almost the whole world. This is a psychological dimension of identity crisis.
Individuals in the region of West Asia and North Africa still face several problematics to determine, especially to answer two crucial questions: Who are they as a collective or individual and where are they in the world today?
Serious contemplation about these issues has the potential to achieve two crucial results: The decrease of rigid ideological forms of thought and the increase of self-consciousness.

Ideologies With Islamic Flavour

During the 1970s, Islamist movements, rigid ideological movements with an Islamic flavour, were augmented by the recapitulated military defeats of nationalist regimes before Israel. These movements emerged to defy the western secular model of governance and modernization on one hand, and to go back to Islamic references – “governing by what Allah has revealed in the Quran” – on the other. While this is another psychological dimension of identity crisis, it is a modernization process itself. The success of the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979 under the leadership of Ayatollah Khomeini represented a political and ideological support to other Islamist movements in the region, such as the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria, Egypt, Jordan and other countries, and later to more radical groups such as Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Following the collapse and disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991, the US increased its military capacities in the Arabian Peninsula during the 1990-91 Gulf War. This has led to the increase of anti-Americanism sentiments in the region, which was a perfect condition for radical Islamists, including Al-Qaeda affiliates, to gain ground among the weary populations.
To sum up, there are several reasons behind the persistence of turmoil in the region of West Asia and North Africa. Some of which are based on external interventionism, some others lie in the heart of the region. New narratives and collective memory creation should be intensively and extensively operationalized in order to reach a stable level of pacification among all conflicting actors.

ARTILLERY COLLEGE LIBERATED! SYRIAN AIR FORCE AND RUSSIA’S DRY UP TERRORIST SUPPLIES AS BRITISH MURDERERS HASTEN PREPS FOR THE FALL OF THEIR MALIGNANT RODENTS


Some of our astute readers might have noticed that, during the last 2 months of combat, the Syrian Air Force and its Russian sister have been particularly keen on striking terrorist infrastructure and logistics.   While this might seem obvious to anyone with military know-how, it is still a relatively new phenomenon in this war.  What changed the game was Russia’s heavy investment in the unity of Syria which required several quid-pro-quos which the Damascus government was anxious to embrace.  Syria has now given Russia a lease for both the Tartous port facility and the Humaymeem Airbase atJabla near Latakia, in perpetuity.  In exchange for that, the Russian government is forbearing on any debts owed by Damascus to Moscow.  Syria has become the diadem on the head of Russia’s eagle.
Both Syrian and Russian planners have adopted a slow-go strategy of shrinking terrorist capabilities.  Putin did this by cajoling Erdoghan into lessening support for the terrorists he so badly wanted to rule in Syria.  Erdoghan now has few options after the latest coup attempt.  Fearing for his life is one thing.  Fearing the rise of a Kurdish rump state stretching into Anatolia, is something else.  It’s a Hobson’s Choice for the malodorous Turk autocrat.  He has been left with almost no place to go.  Syria too has its own trump card:  Does the SAA cooperate with the PKK or does it back down to encourage Erdoghan to close the entryways into Syria.
The so-called terrorist opposition is itself now terrified.  No matter how many staged atrocities they clumsily present, the most recent being the non-existent ‘Umraan Daqneesh,  they can’t get any traction out of any relationship other than Saudi Arabia and Qatar.  Turkey is inexorably moving away from tensions with neighbors and appears more concerned about Kurdish revanchism.  Saudi Arabia is drowning in its own stupidity in Yemen; and Qatar is but a furlong from its own demise once the Shi’is of Bahrain decide they’ve had enough, a passion which will become metastatic.   Their plans have blown up in their faces.  The opposition has thus thrown itself at the mercy of the pitiless British automatons at Whitehall who, themselves dreading Saudi disengagement from banks on the Isle of Man, are lobbying for their lives in Washington, trying to move the amoral rodent at the White House to risk WWIII because, ultimately, it’s what the Zionist caretaker really wants.

ALEPPO:  The Syrian Air Force flew 46 sorties yesterday with both bombers and fixed wing aircraft hitting at supply lines and warehouses serving the interests ofNusra/Alqaeda and Jaysh Al-Fath.

Armaments and Logistics College:  As of this Monday, August 22, 2016, at 3:30 a.m. Damascus time, the Artillery College has been liberated completely.  This is the area the rodents are losing with the same speed they gained it.  The SAA and SAAF destroyed 4 Toyota pickups armed with Croatian manufactured Doschkas at the military college.  They destroyed another 3 pickups at the Armaments & Logistics College and the 1070 Apartment Project.  There were reports of additional equipment destruction atTallat Al-Mushrifa.

   (Archival Photo from Southfront)
Saraaqib-Aleppo Axis:  A long convoy of trucks carrying rodents, arms and medical supplies was waylaid and blasted into oblivion as it headed for Aleppo to provide relief to the trapped vermin inside the southern pockets of Aleppo’s underbelly.   Intelligence concerning this convoy was received by the SAA-MI from loyal Syrian citizens who, doubtlessly, rejoiced after hearing that their work bore such fiery fruit.

Dayr Haafir:  An ISIS IED factory was turned into a plume of soot by the SAAF and RuAF.  Whenever out forces strike factories like this, you can expect massive explosions.  It’s the nature of the beast.

Scores of vultures were reportedly killed or wounded in airstrikes here:  Hameema, Rasm Al-Kimaa, Rasm Hirmil, Tal Bayjaan.

Tallat Al-Sanawbar, Al-Qaraassi, Al-Mansoora: The SAAF used helicopter gunships to exterminate rodents and their equipment at warehouses located here.  The rats are scrambling to find alternative sources as the fun has stopped at the Turk border.

Terrorist websites proudly proclaimed the departure of this child-molesting hyena yesterday:
“Abu Faysal Al-Halabi” (Id pending.  He was a field commander in Kateebat Al-Shaykh ‘Ali, an offshoot of Nusra/Alqaeda)
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IDLIB:  Delighted to report the utter vaporization of a convoy of 13 trucks belongingJaysh Al-Fath at the entry to the town of Armanaaz.  No other details.

Hazaanu Village:  The SAAF struck down three trucks loaded with rats heading for Aleppo.  Their trip was cut short by the intervention of Hell.
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HAMA: 
South Al-Lataamina:  2 pickups belonging to Jaysh Al-Fath were melted down into useless iron by the SAAF.

Kafr Zaytaa, Lahaayaa, North Al-Lataamina:  The SAAF and RuAF destroyed 4 pickups with 23mm cannons.  The weapon of choice here was the Sukhoi 24-M2.
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HOMS:
Tayr Ma’la Village:  A warehouse for fuel went up in flames.

Talbeesa:  A warehouse for ammo and a mortar launcher were destroyed by the SAA and PDC.

Al-Za’faraana:  2 vehicles and a fuel warehouse were set aflame.

Al-Ghantu:  A warehouse with weapons and ammunition was sabotaged by SAA rangers.

Hawsh Al-Zhawaahira:  A Nusra/Alqaeda warehouse was destroyed.  Evidently, over 10 rats were inside and went to Hell with their merchandise.

Al-Shaa’er Mountain area:  ISIS lost some rodents here and some more east of Palmyra.
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Syrian Air Force Strikes Terrorists in Various Provinces

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Syrian Air ForceThe Syrian army air force carried out 100 sorties on the gatherings, positions and convoys of terrorist organizations in the countryside of Aleppo, Hama, Homs and Idleb during the past 24 hours, a military source told SANA on Monday.
The sorties, according to the source, resulted in destroying a meetings center for the leaders of the terrorist organizations in al-Ksaibiyeh in Aleppo.
Scores of ISIL vehicles east of Homs, in the vicinity of al-Shaer oil field and in Arak in Homs eastern countryside were also destroyed.
Meanwhile, the terrorist organizations acknowledged on their pages on the social networking websites that a number of their members were killed including one of the leaders of al-Nusra terrorist Abu Mohammad Turkestan and the injury of the military leader of ” Ahrar al-Sham Movement  terrorist Abu Salah.
The source said that the army air force targeted the gatherings of the terrorist organizations in Tier Ma’aleh and al-Ghanto in Homs northern countryside, destroying two command centers for the terrorists.
Hama
An army unit, backed by the popular defense groups, foiled attempts of the so-called Ahrar al-Sham Movement, Ajnad al-Sham and Jund al-Aqsa terrorists to attack military posts in Maan village and its surroundings in the northern countryside of Hama province.
A military source told SANA Monday that the army unit killed more than 50 terrorists, injured scores others, destroyed a machinegun-equipped car, a rocket launcher pad and damaged 4 vehicles, one of them is armored.
Daraa
Units of the army and armed forces carried out precise operations against two gatherings of the terrorist organizations in Daraa al-Balad and al-Mahtta in the southern Daraa province.
A military source told SANA that most members of the two terrorist groups were killed in the operations in the neighborhoods of al-Karak and to the south of Bosra square and others were injured as their arms and ammunition were destroyed.
Source: Agencies
22-08-2016 – 17:57 Last updated 22-08-2016 – 17:57
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Syrian Army Steps up Operations against Terrorists in Aleppo, Other Provinces

Syrian ArmyA number of heavy vehicles for terrorist organizations have been destroyed, including tanks and armored vehicles in Aleppo, as the Syrian army continued its operations, SANA reported.
Aleppo
The Syrian Air Force targeted gatherings of terrorists and movement axes southwest of the military  academies in the southern countryside of province.
Many terrorists were killed and a number of armored vehicles and cars equipped with machine guns were destroyed in the air strikes, a military source old SANA Wednesday.
In the same context, SANA reporter said an army unit fought fierce clashes with Jaish al-Fatah terrorists in the  surroundings of the strategic Um al-Qarae hill during the past hours, killing and injuring a number of them and  destroying 3 tanks and 5 vehicles equipped with machineguns and loaded with ammunition.
The reporter added that other army units operating in the southern countryside of Aleppo fired artillery and rocket  shells on the withdrawal routes of the terrorists, inflicting heavy losses upon them.
Meanwhile, the terrorist organizations acknowledged on their social media pages the death of the “leader of mortar  battalion” within Jaish al-Fatah, Hussein al-Safrani and the “military official” within the organization Zaki al- Taqiqa.
Daraa
The army units targeted a command center for Israeli-linked terrorist organizations in the vicinity of the Post building in Daraa al-Balad area in Daraa city.
The center was destroyed and all the terrorists inside it were killed or injured.
Sweida
An army unit directed concentrated strikes on ISIL movements and gatherings in the eastern countryside of the southern Sweida province.
During the strikes, a gathering of ISIL oil tankers in the area of al-Rashida oil fields to the east of Sweida city was destroyed, many of ISIL terrorists were killed and  others were injured.
Hama
The army units destroyed a number of vehicles and mortar positions and kill and injure more than 15 terrorists in operations in the northern countryside of Hama province.
SANA reporter told SANA that an army unit destroyed an SUV car and a mortar position belonging to “Jund al-Aqsa” terrorists south of Mourek town, some 35 km north of Hama city.
The source added that at least 11 terrorists were killed or injured when its position in the area was hit.
Other army units targeted terrorists’ hideouts in al-Lahaya village, leaving one terrorist dead and 3 others injured and destroying a mortar position.
Another army unit carried out a military operation to secure the road in the northern countryside of Hama during which it targeted a terrorist group south of Tallet al-Sayyad, north of Kafr Zeita town, 38 km northwest of Hama city. Two cars, one of which equipped with a machine gun and the other transporting terrorists, were destroyed.
Quneitra
An army unit carried out a special operation targeting a gathering of vehicles for al-Nusra terrorists in Um Batina village, southeast of al-Baath city in Quneitra province, SANA reporter said.
The operation resulted in the death of many terrorists and the destruction of three vehicles transporting terrorists, weapons and ammunition.
Source: Agencies
24-08-2016 – 15:14 Last updated 24-08-2016 – 15:14
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Election pantomime: Voting For The Best-Fit Hat For The Master

2016-election-candidates
OK! It is the ‘Election’ year, again – Your opportunity to ‘Vote’ and ‘Elect’ your next ‘President’. You are excited, bursting with the hope that your new ‘Al Presidante’ will fulfill his/her promises and work ceaselessly to glorify the nation ‘again’, bring back the jobs and prosperity, and, above all, bomb our ‘enemies’ to the smithereens.
And, the great news is that you have a battalion of the very best and deserving of the candidates to chose from!
But, wait a minute, haven’t we been voting for the last couple of hundreds of years? Are not we electing and sending our own representatives to run our government for us? So, why in the name of the Sumatran Orangutan are we in such a mess? Why our tomorrow has been looking bleaker than our yesterday?
While the wealth of the billionaires has been growing steadily – without even one hick-up, for the last two centuries, the voters are being asked to toughen up and learn to adopt to survive on less and less. While the controlling billionaires’ fronts, their big banks and investment institutions, were being bailed out to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars – the money that your coming generations will have to pay for, your homes were being foreclosed as you were unable to pay the mortgage.
More than 34 Trillion Dollars were created – drastically diluting the worth of your savings and retirement accounts, to “Bailout” the same banks and institutions that kept on foreclosing your homes, while only $11 trillion could have paid off all the existing mortgages on the residential real estate, thus, freeing up billions of dollars a month for the consumer spending that, in turn, could have reinvigorated every sector of the economy. Your elected government, instead, opted to feed the Fat Cats – leaving you in “Hope” of the “Change” to come.
You have , in fact, zero rights – Your governments, from Democrats to Republicans, and back from Republicans to Democrats, keep on enacting the laws to further curb your rights and freedom. Instead of serving you, they govern you and rule you. Were not our elected representatives suppose to listen to us and obey our instructions?
Doesn’t it seem to be some thing very rotten here?
May it be that we have been sold an illusion, – a dream – The American Dream? Do you realize that dreams are just the dreams – not the reality? Dreams remain the dreams – that is why they are dreams.
You have been brain washed from the childhood to have faith in the system. You have been told all your life to obey and follow the system – Don’t like the present administration, just wait for the next election, and you will have the opportunity to elect the government of your own choice – The System works!
But, the question one needs to ask, works for whom?
Back in the 1980, The villain was President Carter and the Democratic Party. Iranian mullahs had taken the US embassy staff hostage, and the rescue operation had ended up in disaster. On top of that, the interest rates had crossed the 20% mark, causing the economy to take a nose dive.
So, the voters elected Ronald Reagan, the actor ‘Gubernator’ of California, to run the front for Bush Sr. who paved the way for whatever we are going through now.
After getting done with the behind the scene work, he needed to take the front stage. So, Bush Sr. was elected the next President. It was him who was behind the Iran-Contra scandal and the Savings and Loan scandal. His son and buddies siphoned off over $500,000,000,000 – Those were the times when the “billions” used to be the real “Big Billions” – not the present day billions, pulverized by the trillions of dollars flushed into the coffers of the Fat Cats via the QE .
It was during his era that, utilizing his family’s connections with the likes of Carlyle Group and Petro-Kings and Sheikhs, the country was put on course to perpetual and never ending wars.
Had the voters authorized any of his adventures?
Once he was done with his job, the voter elected his protégé, Bill Clinton – A smooth transition from the Republicans to Democrats, as usual. Clinton, beside screwing Monica Lewinsky, ended up screwing the nation – It was under him that The Act on Patriots was compiled and made ready for the Bush Jr. to promulgate.
Clinton done with the task, the voter elected George Jr. – since Clinton had sabotagedthe voters’ other choice, Al Gore, George Jr. had no problem. George Jr., using the gates opened by Bill Clinton, facilitated the Big Loots and Big Swindles by the Fat Cats . It was under him that the Mother of all False Flags was carried out to further the wars started by his father.
Then, the voters hopped on the wagon of Hope and Change. And, the result is all in front of our eyes.
Now, Obama is the villain. He is the cause of all of our miseries. He has screwed all of us real bad. The real economy is in the gutter. Middle class has been decimated. Education and home ownership both are beyond the reach of the so called middle class. Students are coming out from schools burdened with an average debt of $100,000. With no prospects of a decent job, most of them are destined for the slavery – prospects of which may not be far off the chart.
But, the hope is still there. Just a few more months, and we will have the opportunity toelect our Republican president – most probably, Donald Trump the Billionaire, who will fix every thing that has gone wrong under Obama.
This cycle has been going on for generations, from the Republicans to Democrats, and back to the Republican. The same game is being played for centuries. With every swap, billionaires’ billions keep on growing, and you keep on plunging deeper and deeper in a state of despair and destitute.
Did it ever occur to you that you – the voter, have been duped into the role of a dedicated butler? You have been asked to pick up the two hats that are pointed to you, and your job is to make a judgment call, and, very ceremoniously, put one of the hats on your master’s head – The choice is your. That is a privilege, and an honor granted to you in recognition of your loyalty and service to your masters. A great honor to be proud of, indeed!
So, the big question that is going to have a profound effect on your life is; which hat are you going to chose to grace your master’s head the next time?