Monday, December 28, 2015

Ukraine is preparing a military operation in the Donbass, in Europe this is understood

Ukraine is preparing a military operation in the Donbass, in Europe this is understood

Lavrov: European leaders are aware that Kiev is preparing a military operation in the Donbass, said Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in an interview to "Interfax".

"There are many in Europe understand what is happening, including the fact that a new attempt of the Kiev authorities to resort to military force — and these plans are hatched, — have grave and tragic consequences, particularly for the Ukrainian people," he said.

US special forces instructor, left, trains Ukrainian soldiers at the military training ground in Ukraine's Khmelnitsk region Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015

The implementation of the Minsk peace agreements on Ukraine is progressing very poorly, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed a member of the country's Security Council, Boris Gryzlov, as Moscow's envoy to the Contact Group on Ukrainian reconciliation.
"This means that Russia, raising the level once again, strengthening its representation in the Contact Group, underlines the importance it attaches to the implementation of the Minsk peace agreements, despite the fact that the implementation of these documents is progressing very poorly," Peskov told reporters, commenting on Gryzlov's appointment.
Peskov added he did not rule out that Ukrainian, Russian, German and French leaders could hold phone talks on the matter before the year-end. "This possibility is being explored," he said.
Following his appointment on Saturday, the new Russian envoy to the Ukraine peace talks emphasized that the Minsk deal, agreed on in February, was the only opportunity to stop the war in southeastern Ukraine.
Key points of the Minsk accord are a ceasefire, a weapons pullout from the line of contact between Kiev forces and Donbass independence supporters, the implementation of constitutional reforms, including a decentralization of power in the country, and the granting of special status to the eastern Donbass region.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

"Syria weekly review: The results of the first phase of the war. "

"Syria weekly review: The results of the first phase of the war. "

by Yurasumy

In Syria there is one very important event. Rather is still an event. I really hope that soon these messages will cease to be an event and become commonplace. A country tired of war and this is already obvious to everyone.

Who's "moderate" climbs as well.

In southern Damascus, another large group of opponents of the government chose to negotiate.
That catches the eye.
The firstis that in Damascus there is virtually no separate sectors, where it is possible to separate ISIS from neigel. From 4 500 fighters, less than half turned out to be irreconcilable (LIH and "al-Nusra), and most of those "opposition" that the war is already tired ... and they don't want to leave the land of their ancestors and want to receive Amnesty.

Possible to have different attitudes to this event. But killed 2 500 of "opposition" the Syrian people have chosen peace and nobody an unknown number of soldiers of the army of Assad is a shutout.

This is a very important point that I keep repeating to September 30. The most important part of anti-terrorist operation in Syria is not military, but political. It is very important to divide people into those who are willing to live peacefully in a new Syria and those who have to separate and ... environment.
Second. Obviously don't get out of the followers of ISIS from Damascus those 2 500 people did not lay down the weapon. The example of HOMS a few weeks ago showed that reconciliation is possible, and the delamination of the militants in the group. Damascus showed that HOMS was no accident, but regularity. It is obvious that this operation will be conducted in other parts of the city and the country.
Thus, the government solves a lot of problems. It cleans up the rear. Not only from militants, but from the part of the "peaceful" population, which at any moment can hit you in the back. Moreover, it infiltrates the urban fabric, where to wage war a lot harder and pushes terrorists into the desert under the blows of the army and the aviation of the Russian Federation.
Having finished, thus, the sweep of the rear, the army will be able to regroup and start the second stage of the war: the destruction of ISIL. Apparently, by February there is a chance to hope that the bulk of operations "in the rear" end.
By this time, I expect major changes in the North. In Idlib, Latakia and Aleppo in February the main part of the opposition or somehow "agree" with the government or they will be defeated.

The UN security Council resolution No. 2254

The second important event of last week (it happened a little earlier, but the last review was not examined in detail) is the adoption of UN security Council resolution on Syria.
Resolution No. 2254 on Syria in General I estimate it positively. First, it is striking that no obligation regarding the departure of Bashar al-Assad in it is not spelled out. It simply States that it is necessary to adopt a new Constitution and hold elections not later than 18 months (in summer 2017).
It is obvious that the full settlement of the Syrian crisis in the current campaign do not wait. Although I'm sure that the defeat of ISIL and other terrorists will be done in the 2015-2016 campaign. Also resolution 2254 does not involve the creation of supra-national contingents and agencies that will decide for the Syrian people. That is 18 months it is the government of Bashar al-Assad will decide who and on what basis is fighting in Syria. And this was signed by all permanent members of the UN ST: Russia, USA, China, UK, France. This diplomatic victory, have consolidated the military gains of recent months and narrowed the space for maneuver as the U.S. and Turkey.

The Bluff Of Saudi Arabia.

The third interesting event (or news) is a Pro-Saudi coalition, which the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) announced on December 15. Many countries that in the media-it was signed, expressed surprise about it that suggests this event is an attempt to wishful thinking. Indonesia and Pakistan (and some smaller countries) has officially announced that the coalition has not yet happened.Moreover, the formal conversation is not about the Pro-Saudi coalition against Iran or Russia for war anywhere, and the coalition against terrorism.

And that's a calico. In fact, the widely publicized before the UN security Council meeting on Syria a coalition of the far bluff. However recently due to meet the king of KSA and the President of Turkey. Not hard to guess what will go on our topic.

The results of the year.

The adoption of the resolution 2254 on Syria, surrender of militants in the Damascus area and other markers suggests that the first stage of the struggle for Syria is strategically ended in victory prosalovskaya coalition. She seized the initiative, forced the enemy your war plan, achieved notable results and fixed them at the international level. And on that positive note I want to end my last year in this review on Syria. I wish the people of Syria, to the coming 2016. was the first year of peace. Even at the very end.

US Empire of Destruction has murdered 27 million innocent people, that’s certainly nothing to be proud of.

It’s Time to Stop “Supporting Our Troops”: Thirty Million People Killed by U.S. Since the End of World War II

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With the 115 year old tradition of the annual Army-Navy football classicon Saturday, the so called “America’s game” and “rivalry for the ages” is now once again upon us. This occasion never fails to pay reverent homage to America’s so called “cream of the crop” elitist military academies and always from the president to celebrities Americans give tribute to our armed forces. At this time we hear that familiar patriotic mantra “support our troops” mindlessly repeated. So it seems appropriate now to take a cold hard look to examine what it actually means to “support our troops.”
As both a West Point graduate and critic of the American Empire, to me the “support our troops” sentiment has long outworn its propagandized welcome. US Empire has been using that contrite expression to brainwash Americans and justify its wars and violence for far too long. It sprang up during this last decade’s protracted war losses in Iraq and Afghanistan. Never was it ever heard during the Vietnam War when our combat veterans returned home feeling defeated and suffering from untreated PTSD symptoms, shunned by a nation that had bitterly turned against them and their war, particularly by their own peer group. Fast forward to four decades and three war defeats later, and our government is still sending Americans off to fight and die in Afghanistan (9800 currently) and Iraq (3500 with another 100 on the way), and now in Syria (50 just proposed with more on the way while war-hawk Bobbsy twins McCain and Graham are calling for 20,000 more troops in Syria). But this century’s wars we keep hearing red, white and blue, flag waving Americans urging us to “support our troops.”
Over the long haul, supporting our troops has resulted in the United States being the most warring, aggressive nation on earth, bar none. As we’re about to enter 2016, our ultra violent country will be killing other human beings somewhere on this planet for 223 out of the last 240 total years the US has been in existence. That’s 93% of our time as a nation-turned-Empire we’ve been destroying human life. That’s certainly nothing to be proud of. Yet it’s “our troops” who’ve been the murdering culprit. No compassionate, rational person could possibly place blindly obedient support behind such rampantly wanton disregard and contempt for fellow human life.
Another fact that Americans can’t be proud of is knowing that the most warring nation on earth just since World War II alone has murdered up to 30 million people around the globe with an estimated 90% of them being civilians. Having initiated 201 out of the total of 240 armed conflicts from the end of WWII to 2001, it then follows that between those years the US Empire of Chaos and Destruction has murdered 27 million innocent people whose lives have tragically been cut short through no fault of their own for simply living in the wrong place at the wrong time belonging to the wrong ethnic nationality targeted by America’s full spectrum dominance and global superpower hegemony. And that was before the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
And what does it take to be targeted as a US foreign enemy? Any country whose leaders choose to support their own citizens’ well-being, independence and quality of life over US Empire’s fascist transnational corporate interests is attacked economically through sanctions and embargos, politically through propaganda lies and threats, or militarily though unnatural disasters/weather warfare, occupied invasions involving long term bloody conflict or acts of terrorism, coups and assassinations. Just ask Cuba, Venezuela, Haiti, Panama, Iran, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Congo North Korea, Donbas, Palestine or Russia just to name more than a dozen.
People around the world have been victimized for well over a century by American Empire’s willful rape and pillage of their lands in the name of stolen natural resources and inhumane forced slave labor, and those are the nations whose puppet dictators willingly succumbed and acquiesced to US demands and pressures. In fact in the tradition of the British Empire, North America’s entire domestic and foreign history has been made of genocidal killing, enslaving, stealing and subjugating other darker-skinned races into death and submission. Given this context with the bigger picture perspective, “supporting our troops” is really supporting mass murder around the world. So bearing that sobering, grim reality in mind, it’s time for Americans to cease and desist with their jingoistic rah-rah that only adds insult to injury to the rest of the victimized world.
In 2008 the US spent more money every 5 seconds to wage an immoral, unlawful war in Iraq than the average working American earned all year long. 80% of America’s taxes are earmarked towards funding the annual Pentagon budget to wage war around the world. When that kind of war investment misappropriating US citizenry’s hard-earned tax dollars places such lopsided priority over the well-being of its own people, with over a decade of wearing down an overextended military forced into fighting three, four and even five consecutive combat tours on two simultaneous war-fronts, it also overburdened and decimated America’s middle class. And now for the first time in nearly a half century, the US middle class is no longer a majority in the United States. A large chunk of it died when sinking into an expanding lower class of impoverished, poverty-stricken Americans barely making ends meet.
But considering the costs of war to victim nations where since 2003 the US has killed over a million people in Iraq alone, this figure released from a study earlier this year is admittedly a conservative estimate. The study concludes that up to two million in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan have been killed by America’s wars. These colossal crimes against humanity constitute supporting the US federal government as well as its military troops a moral crime. America’s complete and utter destruction of the world’s second and third largest oil producers in Iraq and Libya, turning them into failed states because their one time US allied leaders moved away from the US petrodollar is unconscionable, yet that’s the tragic outcome of blindly supporting our troops. More than any other single country, the US today is responsible for allowing ISIS to make billions in profit from stolen oil from Iraq and Syria financing the biggest terrorist group on the planet. And US partners-in-crime Turkey and Israel are the two biggest buyers of terrorist oil. So in effect supporting our troops is also supporting both crimes against humanity as well as worldwide terrorism.
Supporting our troops has contributed to the world becoming far more armed and dangerous today than at any prior time in our recorded human history. Our nation is also responsible for spearheading the biggest arms race in history where it’s not just the US Empire spending so many billions on weapons of mass destruction but due to Empire aggression it has forced Russia and China to answer by also significantly increasing their military spending. A dozen years ago the US defense budget nearly equaled the rest of the world combined. But during this century’s two protracted US wars plus smaller secret ones around the world, America’s military expenditures have soared to $682 billion in 2012 from $417.4 in 2003.
The exponential rise of American aggression likewise has pressured the unilaterally declared US enemies Russia and China to significantly increase their military spending as well. The US has gone from spending near half (46%) of the world’s military amount in 2003 to just 35% in 2014 due to Russia and China dramatically expanding their military budgets. In fact following America’s lead, both the world’s annual arms sales as well as its military budgets have exponentially skyrocketed amongst dozens of countries all seemingly gearing up for “the big one.” Not surprisingly, at 31% the US is also the biggest arms dealer on the planet followed by Russia’s 27% with China accounting for 5% during the period from 2010-2014 that totaled a 16% increase from arms sold from 2005-2009.
Events and developments have escalated tensions and confrontations between the US and Russia and China in recent weeks. With the US backing NATO member Turkey recklessly shooting down a Russian fighter jet resulting in a Russian rescue helicopter also brought down last month, in addition to the probable ISIS bomb taking down the Russian airliner killing all 224 onboard a month and a half ago, the US Navy destroyer skirting inside the twelve nautical mile range of built up Chinese islands in the South China Sea, the United States and the West appear to be baiting Putin and the East into World War III. And with nuclear powers going directly head-to-head in Syria, Ukraine and Asia, self-annihilation of the human race becomes a very real and grave risk culminating after a quarter century of US Empire belligerently operating as the sole global superpower and “global village” bully.
Out of nearly 200 countries no other nation on earth has more than a few military bases outside its own country except the United States. In contrast to the rest of the world, the US sends 1.5 million military occupiers on active duty to over a thousand military installations on every continent throughout the globe. Just this week the Pentagon announced a worldwide expansion of military bases without specifying a total number under the auspices of secrecy. West Africa, East Africa and Afghanistan are slotted for full scale bases. Meanwhile US Special Forces that covertly operate by stealth surprise often at night in guerilla-type, fast strike operations are busily secretly committing acts of terror in over 135 nations globally, that’s about 75% of the all world’s nations.
Let’s look at the way our federal government supports our troops. After sending over 6800 US soldiers (along with 7000 civilian contractors) to their early graves fighting in America’s two longest running wars in the nation’s history, leaving one million wounded personnel filing VA claims ranging from life threatening physical injuries to emotionally crippling PTSD traumas and scars, the feds have betrayed our patriots serving our country by treasonously targeting all returning combat veterans as the biggest enemy threat on American soil. Indeed veterans, gun owners and dissidents are deemed to pose a greater danger than even the feds’ own created terrorist monster ISIS that Obama’s open border policy facilitates easy access to establishing terrorist cells inside America.
Those veterans seeking help are customarily snowed under by lethal Big Pharma poison, fast becoming addicted and even more unstable. Many are haplessly waiting and dying on lists for medical services that often don’t come soon enough. Exposing forty veterans who died awaiting services on invisible lists at the Phoenix VA hospital alone triggered a major scandal last year. For several years running on average twenty-two veterans have been killing themselves each and every day in the United States. The overloaded Veterans Administration has been caught grossly ill-prepared to adequately deal with the sheer enormity of the problem with so many severely damaged ex-soldiers in dire need of long term assistance and care. One study predicts that up to nearly a half million veterans will end up with criminal cases in the court system.
With nearly half (44%) of Congress millionaires and so few (19%) ever serving in uniform now, the DC warmongers are ever-at-the-ready to send young men and women from America’s lower class into harm’s way fighting Obama’s dirty little secret wars in multiple combat zones around the world that the public never even hears about. Yet you’ll see next to none of their own sons or daughters fighting in some far off war. The way our own government has used, abused and not supported our troops is despicable.
And then a sizeable percentage of those Americans who are so vocal in their claims of “supporting our troops,” are too frequently disingenuous. Often hypocrites merely mouth the same banal platitudes year after year from their ivory-towered, pretend world, living so far removed and disaffected from actual war conditions or even knowing anyone who wears a military uniform. Never fathoming the tragic insanity or bloody lifelong consequences that US wars ravage on millions worldwide, permanently damaging all involved, Americans who haven’t a clue will glibly pay lip service, “We owe so much to our soldiers who fight to keep us safe and free.” What bubble, planet or century are they living on or in?
Since the inside coup of 9/11 was perpetrated, US citizens have become the murderous neocons’ war on terror victims as well, terrorized by their own international crime cabal government and militarized police state that’s effectively stolen their freedom and civil liberties while the guilty treasonously continue violating sworn oaths to uphold and protect both the Constitution and American people. Yet too many brainwashed, dumbed down and clueless in America don’t seem to get it. Maybe it’s because they’re bombarded 24/7 by MSM lies and disinformation that never expose the ugliness of war as it really is. The ruling elite controls all aspects of mass media, engaging in widespread censorship of films, television and video games where violence and war are only glorified. Military, CIA and FBI liaisons control every aspect of what comes out of Hollywood these days.
But over four decades of a volunteer army comprised of less than half of one percent of the total US population also contributes greatly to the widening disconnect between the 99+% civilian population and the less than 1% Americans in uniform. The atrocities and horror that the imperialistic Empire’s killing machine has inflicted on Third World nations half a world away may as well be billions of miles away on another planet or galaxy. Out of sight, out of mind goes many civilians’ insulated, tunnel version reality.
Those currently in uniform need to be reminded that they have a sworn duty to protect America from domestic and foreign enemies. As citizens who no longer live in a democratic republic but now a totalitarian police state, they need to recognize that their federal government has a diabolical agenda to enslave and eliminate fellow Americans. Instead of criminalizing dissent, the real domestic enemy has become the federal government and all Americans need to accept this tragic development. Therefore, both those already in uniform as well as those ready to sign up and allow themselves to become their crime cabal’s latest cannon fodder in the elite’s wars need to stand up and be counted as patriots loyal to their nation and fellow citizens rather than adhere to blind obedience to their psychopathic masters. It’s no longer okay to support the troops when they’re misdirected into committing treason against their own citizenry. Military personnel need to take responsibility for their actions and do what’s right by both their Constitution as well as humanity.
2015 has been a tumultuous year when by globalist design terrorism has expanded to all corners of the earth, spreading death, war and destruction in its wake. Meanwhile, feeling its economic prowess slipping away in the face of the emerging power of Eastern rivals China and Russia, the United States government has already conceded losing its war to retain the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency.
So this late in the power elite’s endgame when we’re still hearing “support the troops,” in actuality it’s time to fight for our lives in support of humanity’s struggle for survival and good ultimately triumphing over evil.
Joachim Hagopian is a West Point graduate and former US Army officer. He has written a manuscript based on his unique military experience entitled “Don’t Let The Bastards Getcha Down.” It examines and focuses on US international relations, leadership and national security issues. After the military, Joachim earned a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and worked as a licensed therapist in the mental health field for more than a quarter century. He now concentrates on his writing and has a blog site at

Gallup: the popularity of Poroshenko is lower than that of Yanukovych before Maidan

Gallup: the popularity of Poroshenko is lower than that of Yanukovych before Maidan

The Ukrainian people are disappointed in their President — the popularity of Petro Poroshenko in 2015, lower than his predecessor, Viktor Yanukovych, before dismissal, to the data of poll spent by company Gallup International.
According to the survey, at this moment Poroshenko approve only 17% of Ukrainians, while after his election as Ukrainian President was supported by 47% of the population.
"The low approval rating of Poroshenko largely reflects the frustration of Ukrainians in governance, which, in the opinion of the people, has been unable to meet the requirements of the people voiced at the protests two years ago. After Maidan, Ukraine's economy was almost destroyed, the Crimea was annexed to Russia, and fighting between Ukrainian troops and separatists in the East has claimed more than 9000 lives, the report says. – Poroshenko unpopular in all regions of Ukraine. The least amount of followers he has in the South of the country and among the Russian-speaking population".
In addition, fewer Ukrainians began to trust the national government, which has been criticized for the slow pace of reform. Only 8% of respondents expressed approval of the government, compared to 24% in 2014. This is the lowest level of confidence Gallup recorded since 2006. Almost nine out of ten Ukrainians (88%) believe that the government is still widespread corruption, 65 percent say the country's leadership is leading them in the wrong direction compared to the times of the "Maidan".
The article notes that the recent scandal in the Verkhovna Rada when the deputies came to blows during the meeting, also had an impact on opinion of Ukrainians the government.
"Given the ballot for a vote of no confidence to the government of Ukraine, many Ukrainians have lost faith in the leadership, and this incident will likely undermine their confidence even more. For many residents of Ukraine it may resemble all too familiar situation – Yanukovych was also popular at the beginning of the presidency, and then was removed due to unrealistic expectations", — stated in the material.
In 2014 took place the inauguration of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. Ukraine's new President won the election in one round, for it gave the votes of almost 55% of voters. During the election campaign and in the first months after coming to power, Poroshenko has promised to quickly end the military conflict in the Donbass and to bring that region back under control of Kiev. Also the newly elected President promised to improve the lives of Ukrainians and to achieve the prospect of full membership in the European Union.

Saturday, December 26, 2015



"Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, director of the DIA between 2012 and 2014, confirmed that his agency had sent a constant stream of classified warnings to the civilian leadership about the dire consequences of toppling Assad. The jihadists, he said, were in control of the opposition. 

Turkey wasn’t doing enough to stop the smuggling of foreign fighters and weapons across the border. ‘If the American public saw the intelligence we were producing daily, at the most sensitive level, they would go ballistic,’ Flynn told me. 

‘We understood Isis’s long-term strategy and its campaign plans, and we also discussed the fact that Turkey was looking the other way when it came to the growth of the Islamic State inside Syria.’ The DIA’s reporting, he said, ‘got enormous pushback’ from the Obama administration. ‘I felt that they did not want to hear the ‪#‎truth‬.’"

Cliff Kincaid for Accuracy in Media: "Moscow’s Five-Star Treatment of a Three-Star Army General"…/moscows-five-star-treatment-of-a-thre…/
Seymour M. Hersh in LRB: "Military to Military: US intelligence sharing in the Syrian war"…/n01/seymour-m-h…/military-to-military

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Taliban project is essentially Washington’s brainchild, just like al-Qaeda, ISIS is a US creation too

ISIL in Afghanistan on cue with US plans


Author: Martin Berger

The increase in the level of terrorist activities of ISIL in Afghanistan has recently been the topic of various reports being published in the international media. Along with the massacre of the local population which seems to be a trademark of this Islamist group it has recently entered in a direct confrontation with the Taliban. It’s now safe to assume that there’s well over two thousand ISIL militants operating in Afghanistan.

A significant number of reports suggests that ISIL militants that infiltrated Afghanistan are engaged in recruiting locals, spreading radical propaganda, and establishing training camps. Additionally, some articles suggest that former members of the Taliban are pledging their allegiance to ISIL in the southern provinces of the country.

Thus, The Independent quotes the statement of the Afghan army General Qadam Shah Shahima that said that ISIL managed to overshadow ISIL in the Afghan province of Helmand.

In turn, The Times states that the ISIL has launched a major offensives to the south of Jalalabad – the capital of the Afghan province of Nangarhar. Around 1,600 ISIL militants established control over four districts, while using particularly ruthless methods of demanding obedience, like the do in Iraq and Syria, which led to a massive exodus of the local population. The Afghan army units are engaging them daily to prevent ISIL from advancing any further. According to this newspaper, Afghan security forces are losing up to 500 soldiers monthly in different parts of the country due to terrorist activities.

Western experts are convinced that ISIL is pursuing the goal of creating a new province of the “caliphate” on the border with Pakistan, and that their success is the direct result of the departure of US and British troops from Afghanistan and the split within the Taliban ranks. It is often noted that former supporters of the Taliban and other groups are deflecting to ISIL.

The West is using such reports to present the situation in Afghanistan in the grimmest colors one could imagine to persuade the general public to support the expansion of the US military presence in the country. We are being told that Washington, which is allegedly the ardent fighter of ISIL, won’t be able to do anything once the US military forces leave the country. Western media sources argue that Afghan troops are not strong enough, so should the US get through the door, we are going to witness a sharp aggravation of the internal political situation.

However, back in November NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that the members states are generally satisfied with the situation in Afghanistan. What’s even more curious is that a senior Italian diplomat at the recent meeting of NATO has even labeled Afghanistan a “NATO’s success story”.

To properly asses the situation on the ground in Afghanistan we must recall what has been happening there all along.

Back in 2014 one could start noticing initial reports on ISIL making attempts to extend its activities to Afghanistan, when the so-called “masked men” started appearing in the province of Kunar. At that time nobody could have thought those were actual supporters of ISIL, since they were mistaken for Pakistani secret service officers that used to train the Taliban fighters.

But it didn’t take long before the the activities of armed men under the black flag to become more vicious and apparent. In 2015 a spokesman for ISIL’s leader Abu Muhammad Al Adnani released a video message that was announcing the creation of the province of Khorasan of the Islamic State, that should have absorbed Afghanistan, Pakistan and certain areas of India, Iran, and China. It has also been announced in the video that Hafiz Saeed Khan has been appointed the governor of this province to be, and his deputy – Mullah Abdul Rauf Khadem, a former Guantanamo prisoner.

Experts argue that the Taliban project, which essentially is nothing more than Washington’s brainchild, just like al-Qaeda, has outlived its days and will be brought down. It will be replaced by a new project – the so-called Islamic State, that is a US creation too. Taliban’s ideology is pretty close to the one pursued by ISIL, and those two groups have similar goals and methods they would use to achieve them. The Taliban has been demolishing historical monuments just like ISIL, they harbored jihadi supporters and carried out public executions. The Taliban has forced thousands of people from their homes and massacred those who would show any form of resistance. This tactics, designed to spread panics and fear, has now been adopted by ISIL. It’s not a coincidence that Afghan experts are calling the Taliban and ISIL “two sides of the same coin.”

One shouldn’t downplay the fact that the current leader of ISIL Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi received training in the Mujahideen camps in Afghanistan back in the eighties. A former Pakistani intelligence chief Hamid Gul claimed in an interview with the news agency Antalya that he personally saw al-Baghdadi in those camps in 1988. It’s also noteworthy that Osama bin Laden, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and al-Baghdadi himself maintained close, friendly relations with the leaders of the Mujahideen, and worked closely with them. According to reports in the Afghan media, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at one time was entrusted with the mission of maintaining the security of Herat province, and in a short while he was running a Taliban training camp near the town of Islam Qala that could simultaneously prepare up to two thousand fighters.

Under these conditions, instead of saying that ISIL is expanding its influence in Afghanistan, as the Western media tries to convince us, we can speak about the United States using its creation to destabilize Afghanistan once again, which will allow it to get closer to its geopolitical rivals – Russia and China, by using the methods that have already been tested in Iraq, Syria and across the Middle East.

Martin Berger is a Czech-based freelance journalist and analyst, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Press TV has interviewed Jim W. Dean to discuss Syrian President’s remarks regarding complicity of the US

West supporting terrorism behind the scenes

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… Jim W. Dean, … with Press TV, Tehran
– First published  …  December 2, 2015 –
Press TV has interviewed Jim W. Dean, managing editor of Veterans Today in Atlanta, to discuss the remarks made by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad about fighting terrorism.
The following is a rough transcription of the interview.
No one every expected the former dentist to still be standing
No one every expected the former dentist to still be standing
Press TV: What do you think about the Syrian President’s remarks regarding the complicity of the United States and its allies in the rise of terrorists? Can the US and its allies under any doctrine and international law support rebels?
DeanWell they have been doing it, using terrorism for controlling things on the ground. This has been going on five years now.
Over the last couple of years new stories started coming out of the behind the scenes support that the western allies have been giving these various terrorist groups and in the last year there has been a tremendous amount of publicity on it.
But there has been no real political push back in any of the countries, not here in the US other than alternative media. There is no marching in the streets, the veterans are not marching, the academic associations are doing nothing.
There is none of the Vietnam War peace movement, the anti-Vietnam war thing going on here whatsoever. And none of the political candidates are making it an issue. They are all anti-Russia. They are all on board the military industrial complex thing here.
So it is a little scary what we are seeing. We did not expect this Russian offensives and teaming up with the Syrian army, and Iranians helping. Nobody really saw this coming. So it was a good surprise to all of us and we now have to do what we can politically to try to see that those who have been supporting the terrorists, using that as a tool, have to pay a political price for that.
Press TV: Well how much do you think the propaganda machine of the West has a role in all of this – Russia being seen as a boogeyman and a force to be reckoned with?
DeanWell Erdogan unfortunately is bleeding now. He has been exposed but he is kind of prepared for this because he has been eliminating his opposition very methodically over the last couple of years.
The Turkish army had always been the guardian of its secular constitution to make sure one group would not take over and of course Erdogan basically wants to build a Muslim caliphate. He figures that is really the game he wants to play, the great Muslim leader.
He does not want a secular government, so he has weeded those former generals out. He has basically muzzled the press. It is a type of situation people using religion twisted in a way where they feel they can get power from it.
But the sanctions now are going to be hurting and I think the Russians are going to be dropping more bombs in terms of what they know about Mr. Erdogan and his family and also more about how western governments are involved in supporting the terrorists.
I think they are just dropping a little bit at a time to let them know that we have our own intelligence, we have our own intercept capability, and we know a lot about what you people have been doing.