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Iran Blamed US in Supporting Terrorism

On August 6, the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, in Tehran during a meeting with Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis stated, the U.S.-led International coalition strikes on Syrian city of Raqqa is genocide and a blatant example of human rights violation.
The statement of Shamkhani was released in reference to the recent report of the Syrian Red Crescent about numerous victims among civilians during the coalition airstrike on hospital in Raqqa with the use of phosphorous munitions.
The Iranian Diplomat also mentioned that instead of real fight against terrorism, Washington takes odd measures, which strengthen the positions of militants and lead to insecurity in the region. At the same time, the International coalition conducts military operation in Syria without the permission of the legitimate government, and without UN mandate, added Shamkhani.
In his turn, Imad Khamis thanked the Iranian government for the support of Syrians, noticing that the only way to resolve the Syrian crisis peacefully is to change the policy of countries, which sponsor terrorism.

 

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Syria: ISIS kid becomes suicide bomber in Raqqa

ISIS-trained child suicide bomber attacked positions of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Raqqa.

According to a military source, due to the explosion that the child made, the Kurdish reporters Alaa Saadun and Redwan Bizar, who were near, almost died.

ISIS fighters recruit children from the age of five. Children participate in battles and are often used by terrorists as suicide bombers.

Besides, the source reported that ISIS fighters had conducted a counterattack in the village of Resafa, Raqqa. The allies of the Syrian Army managed to defeat the attack, having lost several units of equipment and people. Details haven’t been reported yet.

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International Coalition Once Again Killed Civilians in Raqqa

According to Inside Syria Media Center sources, this morning the jets of the U.S.-led International coalition carried out another air strike on residential area in Raqqa province, killing at least eight people, most of them were women and children and wounding many others.
Moreover, the material damage was caused to the urban infrastructure, as a number of buildings were partly destroyed. For the past 48 hours the coalition made more than 40 air raids on Raqqa, striking Al-Imam Mosque and Al-Thukneh area.
The U.S. military campaign in Syria more likes genocide of the Syrian nation and an aggression against the sovereign state rather than fighting terrorism. Only decisive steps of the world community, blaming the U.S. crimes in Syria could change situation for better.

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US-led Coalition Airstrike On Assad’s Forces Was Not Accidental

On May 18, the moving convoy of the Syrian pro-government forces consisted of militias was hit by a massive airstrike of the U.S.-led international coalition. The accident occurred at the Syrian-Jordanian border near the settlement of At-Tanfa.

As reported by the official representative of the U.S. Central command Josh Jakes, the Pentagon did not have any information about the number of casualties as a result of the airstrike.

It is worth noting that the U.S. has previously hit the pro-government forces in Syria. For example, during Obama’s presidency the Syrian army positions in Deir ez-Zor were attacked by ISIS terrorists right after the United States had launched their own airstrike. According to the US officials that attack was a mistake caused by “the human factor”.

In April the U.S. Navy has already bombed Syria’s Shayrat Air Base, in response allegedly to the Khan Shaykhun chemical attack.

So, what’s the true reason of such aggressive actions of the US-led international coalition this time? A number of Syrian military analysts believe that the U.S. Air Force main task was to hamper Syrian pro-government forces and to slow down their further advance towards Deir ez-Zor rather than to ‘protect’ U.S. ‘partners’.

Their actions are motivated by the fact that the Syrian military command is ready for a large-scale military operation to liberate the city from ISIS. Damascus sees the complete liberation of Deir ez-Zor province from the blockade as the restoration of the control over the largest oil fields. This may significantly improve the economic situation in the country.

This Syrian city is also a tasty little deal for the coalition forces. The overwhelming desire of the West to plunge the country into a state of constant chaos is the main reason for the planned seizure of oil rigs.

The Syrian city was samely a kind of dainty bit for the US-led coalition. The irresistible impulse of the West to drive the country into the permanent chaos is the primary reason for the oil derricks seizure.

Furthermore, the air strike was performed amid the ongoing Syrian talks in Geneva. A show of power like that may have targeted at making the talks even more difficult and troublesome as they are.

Apparently, the US-led coalition’s regular strikes on the pro-government troops in Syria testify that Washington intends to continue its double-standard policy towards the Syrian conflict. We remember how they supported the establishing “de-escalation” zones but now their actions indicate the opposite. It is sheer cynicism to strike against those who really fight ISIS terrorists. But this doesn’t come as a surprise either in Syria or in the world.

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Al-Jazeera & White Helmets stage fake ‘chemical attack’ – new details

According to the information confirmed by several channels on May 1, aided by Al-Jazeera’s professional crew including cameraman Samir Samarin, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham militants and the so-called ‘White Helmets’ have recently filmed a staged, fake movie of an alleged chemical attack against civilians by the Syrian Army in Saraqeb village not far from Idlib. Around 30 fire-trucks and ambulances, as well as local residents with children from an Idlib-based refugee camp were engaged in the filming of the movie.

According to FARS News, the White Helmets in Idlib are paid around 1,000 Syrian pounds per clip. For better trustworthiness, the filming crew burned tires to produce thick smoke. The shooting was conducted from two spots (near the oil factory and a TV tower) from different angles using a drone. Such filmings took place in Arihah and Jisr al-Shughour towns. The footages will be published in 15 days after a provocative shelling of the SAA positions aimed at causing retaliatory measures.

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INVESTIGATION: Route of Bulgarian Weapon Deliveries to Syrian Islamists Exposed

An Investigation has being conducted  to expose a U.S.-backed of weapon supplies to the al-Qaeda group in Syria.
The suppliers list starts with U.S. companies Chemring and its affiliate Chemring Ordinance which previous year signed a contract with the American government and received $47 million in accordance with the Non-Standard Equipment and Weapons Procurement Program. Orbital ATK, another U.S. company was granted $50 million within the program.
The Bulgarian newspaper Trud which initiated a journalistic investigation sent an official request to both companies to clarify what the received money was spent on. Chemring responded some ammunition for the U.S. and its allies’ armies was purchased from Vazovski Mashinostroitelni Zavodi (VMZ-Sopot). It included 122mm rockets for the Grad MLRS, 73mm anti-tank shells and 40mm ammo for rocket launchers. The other company, Orbital ATK, simply ignored the request.

Vazovski Mashinostroitelni Zavodi (VMZ-Sopot)

Ammo of these types is not in service in the U.S. army. The company refused to disclose which U.S. allies it was intended for referring to the confidentiality of the supply contract. To be mentioned is that earlier Inside Syria Media Group wrote a piece on military vehicle deliveries carried out by the Liberty Passion ship via the port of Aqaba in Jordan on the pretext of tackling ISIS. In this case, the Bulgarian weapon supplies to al-Qaeda are transported via the largest Saudi port of Jeddah.
First, the munitions produced by VMZ-Sopot and purchased by the U.S. are delivered to the Bulgarian port of Burgas to be loaded on the Marianne Danica contracting carrier. This carrier has already traded twice in the route from Burgas to Jeddah.

The munitions are loaded on the Marianne Danica contracting carrier. Source: Bernd Wüstneck

To be noted is that the carrier makes no calls at any ports while spending on average 8 hours in Burgas and Jeddah – a minimum time required for fueling and cargo-handling operations, according to the tracking website Marinetraffic.com.

Cargo ship’s tracking data, Source: Marinetraffic.com.

At the same time, Marianne Danica officially declares that it transports extremely dangerous cargo. According to automated Identification System (AIS) type, the cargo is Hazard A (Major) which is the class for explosives and weapons. However, this cargo is evidently not intended for Saudi Arabia as its army is equipped with the armament provided by Western states only.
Neither the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Bulgaria nor the owner of the ship H. Folmer & Co have officially provided the information on the transported cargo along the route Burgas-Jeddah and the Bulgarian weapons’ recipient country.

H. Folmer & Co-owned Marianne Danica carrier at a port. Source: Marinetraffic.com

Moreover, Amnesty International declares this company and carrier had already been involved into a scandal while carrying tear-gas and riot control weapons including arms to Egypt in 2011. Then, the US State Department spokesperson had to admit it pointing out that H. Folmer & Co had allegedly been granted a license to transport armaments.

Col. Malik al-Kurdi

The fact of Bulgarian weapons deliveries to terrorists is confirmed by the FSA deputy commander Col. Malik al-Kurdi. In an interview to the Trud newspaper, he claimed that “an HQ has been set up in Turkey and Jordan to ensure cooperation between the special services of 15 states. We warned the U.S. and the EU that the weapons delivered in this HQ gets directly in the hands of the terror organizations.

It looks like a double game. I can say with certainty that these countries’ special services arm and finance al-Qaeda, Jabhat al-Nusra, this is happening in Syria. They accuse anyone of terrorism pursuing the goals of their policies”.

As VMZ-Sopot announced its hiring and adopted continuous shift working, new American administration is up to conclude new contracts.
The recipient of the Bulgarian weapon purchased by the U.S. became evident in December 2016 when two million shells and four thousand rockets for the Grad were found at depos in the eastern districts of liberated Aleppo. The depos belonged to Jabhat al-Nusra.

Ammo for the U.S. army? Source: almasdarnews.com

In connection with this, it would be great to ask what ordinary American people, the relatives of 2,977 people killed in the 9/11 attack conducted by al-Qaeda, think about it.
In 16 years, the U.S. government has not avenged the victims nor eliminated al-Qaeda but instead keeps supplying it with the money of American tax payers.

Data related to investigation credit : Bulgarian Trud.

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ESCALATION IN SYRIA: Erdogan I – The Phantom Menace of NATO

Deputy Spokesperson of the U.S. Department of State, Mark Toner, during a regular briefing on April 25 said that the U.S. expresses serious concern over Turkey’s aggression in Syria and Iraq.
It should be mentioned that in the morning, April 25 the Turkish Air Force struck the positions of Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the Karachok mountain region in north-eastern Syria. They also attacked the positions of the Kurdish militia near the town of Sinjar. Turkish warplanes killed more than 20 fighters of Kurdish Peshmerga. Eight more soldiers were wounded. The targets hit by the Turkish Air Force in Syria also include local television and a YPG broadcasting media station. On April 27, the Turkish army continued its massacre of Kurds on the ground in the province of Aleppo.


Such active military actions on the part of the Turkish leadership against the only armed formation in the northeast of Syria that is capable to resist ISIS have been heavily criticized by the international community including Turkey’s main NATO partners.
Turkey which is well-known for its inconsistent policy carried out air strikes in northern Syria and Iraq once again without proper coordination with the U.S. and NATO. Moreover they acted without any approval of the U.S.-led coalition.
Under these circumstances concerns of the United States and other NATO member countries are understandable. The U.S. leadership has been playing the Kurdish card for a long time. The U.S. wish to use Kurdish units in their own interests is not surprising. Americans provide these groups with weapons, ammo and even air support, to say nothing of special task forces involvement.
At the moment YPG continues to advance the strategically important city of Al-Tabqa 35 miles to the south-west of Raqqa. It is considered the fourth phase of the Wrath of Euphrates operation carried out under the U.S.-led coalition command. However, Ankara’s latest stab in the back may force the Kurdish headquarters to stop their offensive towards ISIS because of the need to repulse Turkish and Syrian Free Army’s attacks in the north of the Aleppo province.
Kurds reacted immediately. According to France Press News Agency they called on the international coalition to stop Turkey’s air strikes against them. It seems that the U.S.-led coalition will be forced to respond as it is Kurd’s key partner in their fight against ISIS.
Turkey has repeatedly irritated NATO with such actions. Instead of becoming a pillar of international security in fighting terrorism the country, judging by its actions, is trying to prevent the Kurds from liberating Raqqa. Erdogan obliterates and bombs Kurds who are the only combat unit capable to resist terrorism. Military sources also reports of dozens victims on the eve of Turkish attack on Firfik settlement. American military instructors who are often engaged in the training process of military units in Syria and Iraq might have died as well because of such irresponsible actions.
The Turkish president strongly contributes to ISIS strengthening, he contradicts the NATO basic principles of fight against terrorism and do not coordinate his actions with the leadership of NATO. Turkey’s attacks on Kurds in Iraq and Syria are inherently criminal as they violate the international law.
It seems that Turkey’s attempts occupy some Syrian territories and to change the alignment of forces in the Middle East do not please the USA and other key stakeholders in the region. Apparently there is no point to keep Turkey in NATO whereas the leadership of the country is absolutely unpredictable. In a situation when the war against terrorism in Iraq and Syria is far from being over such aggressive actions definitely do not contribute to the consolidation of anti-terrorist efforts but intensify the already tense situation.

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LafargeHolcim’ CEO Can be Resigned Because of Cooperation with ISIS in Syria

The French-Swiss world’s biggest cement company LafargeHolcim Ltd., previously was accused  of being involved into financing ISIS armed groups in Syria, announce the resignation of the company’s Chief Executive Officer Eric Olsen.


Olsen is leaving on July 15, with Chairman Beat Hess named interim CEO during the search for a successor, the Jona, Switzerland-based company said in a statement Monday. Olsen called his departure a bid to appease “strong tensions” arising from the Syria case. The company doesn’t hold him responsible, saying his role and possible implication “has been a point of attention.”
The source close to company states it’s not fully agreed what are the conditions under which the head of the company Erik Olsen is to leave the office. The company does not comment on this information too.
Le Monde and Bloomberg reported earlier the leadership of one of the company’s plants located to the northeast of Syria had financed ISIS armed formations in 2012-2014 in order to ensure the safety of the company’s employees and continue its activity. The company’s management paid taxes to IS fighters who had occupied neighboring cities and roads near the enterprise.

About LafargeHolcim

LafargeHolcim is the leading global building materials and solutions company serving masons, builders, architects and engineers all over the world. Group operations produce cement, aggregates and ready-mix concrete which are used in building projects ranging from affordable housing and small, local projects to the biggest, most technically and architecturally challenging infrastructure projects. LafargeHolcim employs around 90,000 employees in more than 80 countries.

About LafargeHolcim in Syria

Due to the nature of the product and its manufacture, cement plants are located in or near the markets they serve. In some locations, this presents distinct challenges. Syria is one such place. Lafarge built a cement plant in Syria which required almost 3 years to build at a cost of approximately $680 million. It started production in May, 2010, providing cement for homes, businesses, roads and the like for various communities throughout Syria. Almost from its opening, the political situation in Syria was rapidly deteriorating and posed very difficult challenges for the security and operations of the plant and our employees. Circumstances around the plant became increasingly worse and were ultimately untenable forcing LafargeHolcim to abandon it in September, 2014.