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US Iraq Asset Killed In Idlib

by Oui Sun Oct 27th, 2019 at 09:34:52 AM EST

Baghdadi became a leader while imprisoned during US occupation of Iraq.

His jihadist militia were part of a four-pronged attack on the sovereign state of Syria under cover of the so-called insurgency started in Daraa in 2011, just north of the border from Jordan on the road to Damascus. The southern city of Daraa was called the "Cradle of the Revolution".

Turkey allowed foreign fighters to cross its border at Jisr al-Shughur into Syria, supplied by weapons transported from the Libyan tragedy and funded by ally nation Qatar of the Muslim Brotherhood. This crossing was an important trade route into the Euphrates valley.

Sunni fighters from Lebanon crossed into Syria from the West, indoctrinated by Wahhabism from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for decades. Hariri the son and the Elder were Saudi citizens and proxies for the Sunni cause in a fractured Lebanon.

King Hussein of Jordan joined the cause of Saddam Hussein in 1990 and Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. The control of all of the Hashemite's kingdom was his ambition. Jordan wasn't in a position to make such a miscalculation again and Abdullah II permitted the US and British special forces to set up jihadist trainings camps in Northern Jordan. Once Hama and Daraa would fall into the hands of the insurgents, a foothold will make expansion easier.

Once the foreign insurgency was well underway, US and Turkey's NATO partners chipped in with political and military aid from all sides: intelligence, weapons, training, and especially weaponized propaganda.

More below the fold ...

Ally Israel would do all possible in the marge of covert action and by giving medical aid to Al Nusra fighters along the border on the Golan Heights, now dubbed Trump Heights in new settlements.

And thus it succeeded as planned for many years by the neocons ...

    A river flows out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it divides and becomes four branches.
    The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one that flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;
    and the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there.
    The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one that flows around the whole land of Cush.
    The name of the third river is Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

Fast forward to October 27th 2019, the Trump man in the White House gave the order to take out former "CIA/Saudi asset" Al Baghdadi in a raid inside the Idlib area, the last resort of Islamist fighters corralled by Syrian Army, Iranian military officers and Russian military might. Western media just recently urged the Syrians and Russian military to stay out of Idlib for humanitarian reasons. Which nations have got eggs on their faces?

Hopefully the Syrian nightmare created by Western powers and Neocon design will end soon! First of all, the Syrian population have suffered greatly during this sectarian and civil war for eight long years. Hopefully under influence change from the United States to the Russian Federation, there is a renewed chance for peace in the Middle East. The Western media won't like it, CNN already is spinning this breaking news story as "Turkey has a lot of `plaining to do, similar to Pakistan for keeping Osama bin Laden hidden on its territory". The BS continues ... not fake news?

Related articles in blog archives here @EuroTrib and @BooMan - now renamed "Progress Pond" ...

Translation of al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri's letter to the leaders of the two Jihadi groups in Syria (the Levant) - June 2013

Syria Expendable In Joint US-Israel ME Power Schemes   @EuroTrib on Dec. 28, 2013

In the first decade of the 21st century, Israel and the US were focused on breaking Syrian influence over Lebanon. The Lebanon civil war and a decade of Israeli occupation left parts of Lebanon in shambles. Syria was asked by the UN to step in and provide security. The Syrian regime and Hezbollah became natural allies and the Saudis tried by subversion to put their hold on the Sunni minority groups in both Lebanon and Syria. The Hariri assassination in 2005 became a rallying call to oust Syria from Lebanon. It didn't stop there. At first the EU and the US (John Kerry) tried to persuade Bashar Assad to reform his authoritarian regime to allow opposition voices be heard and put in place steps for building democracy. The EU offered economic partnerships [cached] dependent on political reform. Under President George Bush and Secretary Condoleeza Rice, diplomatic steps were not an option and Syria became an enemy of the US, being an ally of Iran the next target of Israel and US war plans.

In early 2011, the so-called Arab Spring and the revolt in Homs, Syria, became an opportunity for regime change and getting rid of the inherent evil dictator Bashar Assad. Taking great pride in the "successes" of Tunisia, Libya and Egypt, the Western colonial powers and the US united with Turkey, Jordan and the Gulf states to overthrow Assad. The miscalculation would result in a pro-longed civil/sectarian war with over 125,000 persons killed and millions of Syrians uprooted, displaced or crossing borders as refugees. The military stalemate has been reached and the devastation and destruction of Syria is unimaginable.

The security for the state of Israel has certainly not improved and may make any peace settlement with the Palestinian people more difficult. Of course, opinion makers in Israel just look forward without remorse to the making of a catastrophe Israel was part of. Even Netanyahu has admitted in secret talks with the Assad regime, Israel was close to a deal for a peaceful settlement and return of (part of) the Golan Heights.

The Destabilization of Syria and the Broader Middle East War

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky - June 2011

What is unfolding in Syria is an armed insurrection supported covertly by foreign powers including the United States, Turkey and Israel.

Armed insurgents belonging to Islamist organizations have crossed the border from Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. The U.S. State Department has confirmed that it is supporting the insurgency.

    The United States is to expand contacts with Syrians who are counting on a regime change in the country.

    This was stated by U.S. State Department official Victoria Nuland. "We started to expand contacts with the Syrians, those who are calling for change, both inside and outside the country," she said.

    Nuland also repeated that Barack Obama had previously called on Syrian President Bashar Assad to initiate reforms or to step down from power." (Voice of Russia, June 17, 2011)

The destabilization of Syria and Lebanon as sovereign countries has been on the drawing board of the US-NATO-Israel military alliance for at least ten years.

Action against Syria is part of a "military roadmap", a sequencing of military operations. According to former NATO Commander General Wesley Clark -- the Pentagon had clearly identified Iraq, Libya, Syria and Lebanon as target countries of a US-NATO intervention.

The US, Turkey, Israel "Triple Alliance" - June 2006

Clinton's 21st Century Statecraft and the Land of the Two Rivers   @BooMan on Aug. 08, 2014

    This information, especially the social media reaction to Secretary Clinton's brainwave of the ThinkAgain_DOS warfare on the Internet, confirms ISIS has its roots in the March 2003 invasion of Iraq and the hurt this caused Muslims in Iraq, the region and across the globe with 1.4 billion Muslims. This was all too predictable! Ms Clinton is so 20th century with her abrasive tactics on the political scene and in a position of power. I'm glad a young senator from Illinois, Barack Obama, beat her to the job in the White House. An overview of the damage caused ...

The Generals v the Commander-In-Chief @EuroTrib on Dec. 21, 2018

US troops, armored vehicles going to Syria oil fields: Esper | Hürriyet Daily News - Turkey |
Putin wins in Syria, but he is not the only one | Ynet News Opinion |
Jordanian illusion: Naharayim park and "Island of Peace" shuttered after 25 years


I thought I'd seen all the horrors possible here in Idlib - until now | The Guardian - Oct. 8, 2019 |
By Raed al Salah - White Helmets inside rebel held territory

Syria's White Helmets call on UN to save trapped volunteers in rebels move from Deraa to Idlib | The Guardian - July 2018 |

    "We want the UN or any international agency to remove the White Helmet volunteers from Deraa to Idlib so we can continue to work in the north of Syria", said Majd Khalaf, one of the founders of the White Helmets.

by Oui on Sun Oct 27th, 2019 at 12:39:09 PM EST
Suspected Turkish raid on al-Qaeda group in Idlib

(Zaman Al Wasl)- A suspected Turkish force has made an overnight air drop in Idlib countryside, tracking Hurras al-Din group, the new al-Qaeda branch in Syria, local reporter said.

The helicopter-borne raid has been chasing a convoy for Hurras al-Din fighters near the village of Barisha (About 3 miles from the Turkish border).

Another report says the operation is carried out by the US Army targetting Daesh (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his family.

On Sept. 16, Daesh's media network issued a 30-minute audio message purporting to come from Baghdadi, in which he said operations were taking place daily and called on supporters to free women jailed in camps in Iraq and Syria over their alleged links to his group.

Baghdadi 'killing': Anadolu Agency shoots video of area
Al Qaeda-linked operations room counterattacks as bombs fall in northern Syria | LWJ - May 2019 |

by Oui on Sun Oct 27th, 2019 at 01:22:07 PM EST
IS terror chief Baghdadi believed killed in major US raid in Syria | Times of Israel |

US special forces reportedly carried out a high-level raid in Syria targeting elusive Islamic State terror leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who may have been killed in the operation, according to US-based news outlets early Sunday.


Two Iranian officials told the Reuters news agency that Tehran was informed by Syrian sources that Baghdadi had been killed.

Baghdadi may have killed himself with a suicide vest as US special operations forces descended, media said citing multiple government sources.

The report came amid unconfirmed accounts of heavy fighting, including helicopter gunships and bombings, in the Barisha area of Idlib in northwest Syria late Saturday and early Sunday.

Idlib is the last major rebel stronghold in the country.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Syria war monitor, reported an attack carried out by a squadron of eight helicopters accompanied by a warplane belonging to the international coalition on positions of the Hurras al-Deen (al-Qaeda affiliated group - Guardians of the Jihad) and where IS operatives are believed to be hiding in the Barisha area north of Idlib city, after midnight on Saturday-Sunday.

It said the helicopters targeted IS positions with heavy strikes for about 120 minutes, during which jihadists targeted the helicopters with heavy weapons.

Iraqi state television on Sunday broadcast footage of what it said was the site of the raid, with a crater and blood-stained clothing on the ground, Reuters reported. The broadcaster also quoted an terror expert who said Iraqi intelligence agencies had helped to locate Baghdadi.  

Al Qaeda-linked operations room counterattacks as bombs fall in northern Syria | LWJ - May 2019 |

by Oui on Sun Oct 27th, 2019 at 01:29:13 PM EST
CNN's State of the Union with a number of guests incl. James Clapper, Bill Kristol and Congressional leaders all agreed this US raid would not have been possible without the Kurds on the ground. What a lot of bull! Complete nonsense, this is an Jihadist hot spot in Northwest Syria along the border with Turkey. No Kurds around. On Al Jazeera the local reporter on the ground on the spot where the homes were leveled to the ground mentioned three children were led away by neighbours and the US Special Forces took a prisoner away.

Esper: Al-Baghdadi's death is a `devastating blow' to ISIS

The origin of the Islamic State was founded in 2003, evolved from Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) thru ISIL and ISIS.

by Oui on Sun Oct 27th, 2019 at 02:59:53 PM EST
ISIS, Terror and the Moral Hypocrisy of the West | Tikun Olam - Oct. 2014 |

Over the past months, ISIS, which had been fighting the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, changed tactics and swept east from Syria and conquered vast swaths of largely-Sunni territory in western Iraq.  In the process, it massacred thousands of Shiites, Kurds, Yazidis and other minorities in its path.


But there has been a strange transformation in the western attitude toward the Islamist group: when it was slaughtering Arabs and sweeping across hundreds of miles of Iraqi desert, we paid little heed.  Yes, there were expressions of concern and security officials debated about the failure of the U.S. strategy to prop up a dysfunctional Iraqi government whose army wilted in the face of ISIS.  But there were no calls to arms.  No vast mobilization of international will to address the threat.


Less than a year before, in the midst of the Syrian civil war, foreign powers were falling all over themselves to fund and arm ISIS, the Nusra Front and Al-Qaeda offshoots.  The Gulf States led the charge.  Saudi power-prince Bandar ibn Sultan, who was its intelligence chief at the time, provided the radical Sunni fighters with hundreds of millions, if not billions, as Yossi Melman notes:

    ...Myopia...afflicted Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates - all allies of the United States, driven by hatred for...The governments of these countries either turned a blind eye to the burgeoning Al-Qaida branches, or even encouraged charity organizations and influential sheikhs to fund or provide religious support for the anti-Shi'ite struggle by Al-Qaida.

    ...The Saudi architect of this policy was Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the former ambassador to the US and until a few years ago chief of Saudi intelligence and its national security adviser. Approximately one year ago, when the Saudi royal family realized that it had helped create this uncontrolled monster, Prince Bandar was forced to step down - though his deteriorating health was given as the official reason for his resignation.

At one point, Bandar even secretly visited Israel to coordinate Saudi intelligence operations in Syria, Iran and elsewhere with his Israeli intelligence counterparts.

In other words, we helped make ISIS the monster it is.  But once it escaped the bonds we created and began wreaking havoc like a golem, then we forget it was us who created it.

How ISIS Got Oxygen In Syria and Matured in Iraq - Aug. 2014
Leading Fighters in Syria are Al-Qaeda Linked Al-Nusra Front - Jan. 2016

by Oui on Sun Oct 27th, 2019 at 11:53:09 PM EST
by Oui on Mon Oct 28th, 2019 at 07:12:22 AM EST
NoNotTrump! His tweet about dog hero in death of al-Baghdadi doesn't rhyme with description of military dogs trained for these missions with Special Operations Commandos.

Afghanistan: Dogs of War

[Credit: NY Post - Zero bark thirty]

Other sources claim the hero dog for this mission confronting al-Baghdadi in a tunnel was a Belgian Malinois shephard.

Military Working Dogs (MWD's) in training for Special Operations

by Oui on Tue Oct 29th, 2019 at 07:44:53 PM EST
Saudi proxy Saad Hariri has once again resigned - stepped down - which will lead to the fall of his cabinet. Don't be surprised for Hariri to take a leave of absence to visit Crown Prince Salman in Saudi Arabia.

'No one is bigger than his country,' says Hariri as he resigns | The National - UAE |

Related reading ...

Money Talks ... The Arab World
Lebanon's Choice: Pro Colonial West or Shia Terror

by Oui on Tue Oct 29th, 2019 at 08:14:36 PM EST
by Oui on Tue Oct 29th, 2019 at 08:42:48 PM EST
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Lebanese prime minister quits amid anti-government protests | Star Tribune |

Lebanon's prime minister resigned Tuesday, bowing to one of the central demands of anti-government demonstrators shortly after baton-wielding Hezbollah supporters rampaged through the main protest camp in Beirut, torching tents, smashing plastic chairs and chasing away protesters.

The demonstrators later returned to the camp in time to hear the news that Prime Minister Saad Hariri said he was stepping down after hitting a "dead end" in trying to resolve the crisis, which has paralyzed the country for nearly two weeks. The protesters erupted in cheers at the news.

The resignation plunges Lebanon deeper into turmoil and uncertainty as it grapples with a severe economic and financial crisis that has led to a scarcity of hard currency and the local currency losing value for the first time in more than two decades. Lebanon is facing a deep-running fiscal crisis as it staggers under one of the highest debt ratios in the world -- $86 billion, or more than 150% of the country's gross domestic product.

The rampage by supporters of Hezbollah and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri's Shiite Amal movement marked a violent turning point in the protests, which have called for the resignation of the government and the overthrow of the political class that has dominated the country since the 1975-1990 civil war and is blamed for the current economic crisis. The government is dominated by factions allied with Hezbollah, the most powerful armed group in the country.

Hezbollah supporters break up Beirut protest camp, burning and dismantling tents | Times of Israel |

Reporting from the scene, FRANCE 24's Beirut correspondent Leila Molana-Allen said people's reactions to the announcement have been "huge".

    "Cheers, screams erupted across the streets. People were letting off red flares, the colours of the Lebanese flag, drumming began, they started shouting 'revolution' and then they all together, without any music, sang the Lebanese national anthem. People were hugging, they were crying," she said.

History of Lebanon - Cedar Revolution
Lebanon's Rave Revolution - 2019

by Oui on Tue Oct 29th, 2019 at 09:04:06 PM EST
by Oui on Wed Oct 30th, 2019 at 10:05:55 PM EST
Been reading about Special Forces hero dog flushing out al-Baghdadi in the tunnel ... POTUS unmasked his identity, it's Conan. [warning: merchandising clip!]

Dog that tracked ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi trained in the Netherlands

    The army dog that played an important role in the hunt for IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was briefly trained in Best. Marco van Hoof from Dog Advice Center the Netherlands immediately recognized the five-year-old male when he saw him being honored as a hero in news programs on TV. "We brought this one to Best at the age of one."

D.A.C.H. Police and Military working dogs - The Netherlands

Marco van Hoof, the owner of D.A.C.H. police and military working dogs is responsible for a good product and service. His way to make the world a little bit safer is his love for dogs, dedication to train and teach people how to improve their knowledge about dogs for police and military usage.

Malinois, German Shepherds, Labs and other requested races can be arranged by D.A.C.H. Our selected dogs are tested or trained by our team of experienced trainers. Single or Dual purpose is possible.

by Oui on Thu Oct 31st, 2019 at 02:21:42 PM EST
Can Lebanon Survive the Syrian Crisis? | Carnegie - Dec. 2012 |

Lebanon has been intertwined with Syria since 1976, and the alignments for and against the Assad regime have defined Lebanese politics since 2005. The assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri in February 2005 led to a Lebanese uprising against the Assad regime's presence in Lebanon. An anti-Syrian coalition in Lebanon, the so-called March 14 coalition made up of Sunni, Christian, and Druze parties, emerged as a result, and Syrian troops withdrew from Lebanon. March 14 was backed by the Bush administration, France, and Saudi Arabia, among others. Some within the coalition hoped that the U.S. administration might take steps to dramatically weaken, or even overthrow, the Assad regime in Damascus, as happened with Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Meanwhile, Syria's allies in Lebanon, led by Hezbollah, formed the March 8 coalition including the Shia Amal movement and other Sunni, Christian, and Druze parties, which openly supported the Assad regime and was backed by Iran (and Syria).

Given this history, when the Syrian uprising broke out in March 2011 and deepened in the following months, it is not surprising that most observers inside and outside Lebanon feared that the country would be inexorably dragged into the conflict and might even be torn apart by it. Lebanon's political alignments dangerously mirrored the pro- and anti-Assad battle lines inside Syria. The increasingly sectarian nature of the conflict in Syria directly inflamed already-high sectarian tensions in Lebanon. And Sunnis in Lebanon gravitated to support the rebels while Hezbollah stood by the Assad regime

And indeed, there has been considerable spillover into Lebanon. This has come in the form of sectarian conflict in the cities of Tripoli, Sidon, and the capital Beirut, increasing Sunni radicalization, a spiral of kidnappings, clashes along parts of the Lebanese-Syrian border, a growing Syrian refugee crisis, and targeted assassinations. The spillover has led to a deterioration of security and stability in Lebanon, rising political tension, and a slowdown in the economy. Surprisingly, despite its many vulnerabilities, Lebanon has managed to avoid a major breakdown. But the country is dangerously close to the brink. Sectarian tensions (particularly between Sunni and Shia communities) are close to an all-time high. The government's legitimacy is disputed by a wide swath of the population, and security is deteriorating in the face of increasing communal mobilization and a growing Syrian refugee population.

Related reading ...

Hadley asked Italy/Turkey/France for Regime Change in Syria (2005)
Beirut Bombing Iranian Embassy - The Hand of Saudi Prince Bandar?   by Oui @EuroTrib on Nov. 19, 2013

Tackling Sunni Radicalization in Lebanon | Carnegie - Dec. 2014 |
Lebanon at the Crossroads | Al Jazeera - July 2015 |

The Sociopolitical Undercurrent of Lebanon's Salafi Militancy | Carnegie - March 2018 |

    "Lebanon has recently witnessed an exponential rise in Salafi militancy. While the spillover of the Syrian war and sectarian tensions in the Middle East are often mentioned as factors, the growth of Salafi violence is more a symptom of the grievances of Lebanese Sunnis. The current state of relative political stability offers a unique window of opportunity for policymakers of all stripes to unite and enact the reforms needed to address these local root causes."

From the archives ...

More on la Repubblica's Niger scoop by de Gondi @EuroTrib on Oct. 25, 2005

    "The most important contacts in those months were elsewhere. Through Gianni Castellaneta together with Rice, and through Ledeen with Wolflowitz  and Feith's Office of Special Plans. It was Castellaneta who fixed the rendezvous with the NSC offices in the White House.

    ... In Rome it's hard to obtain flight plans. Better luck in Washington. A functionary of the Administration told la Repubblica: "I can confirm that it was September 8th, 2002. General Nicolò Pollari met Stephen Hadley..."

by Oui on Thu Oct 31st, 2019 at 11:06:09 PM EST

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