Syria Daily: Heavy Fighting as Pro-Assad Forces Attack North of Aleppo

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PHOTO: Troops of the Syrian military’s 4th Mechanized Division before the latest offensive north and west of Aleppo


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Heavy fighting was reported north of Aleppo on Sunday, as another pro-Assad offensive attacked near the last major route to opposition-held parts of Syria’s largest city.

Supported by Russian bombing and by artillery, the Syrian military, a Syrian Palestinian brigade, and foreign militias attacked the al-Mallah Farms. Pro-regime outlets, claiming information from troops on the ground, said part of the area was captured. Pro-opposition accounts acknowledged the advance, but said that rebels were fighting to retake the territory.

Mallah is near the village of Handarat and the key road into eastern Aleppo city. Pro-Assad forces have tried for months to close off the route.

The offensive appeared to be close to success after Russian-backed gains in the autumn. However, after a short-lived February 27 cessation of hostilities agreement, rebels and Jabhat al-Nusra held out against renewed operations.

Meanwhile, rebel-Nusra forces regained territory south of Aleppo city, inflicting a series of defeated on Iranian units and Iranian-led Iraqi and Afghan militia.


Reports: Rebel Counter-Attack in Latakia Province

Rebels launched a counter-attack on Monday in Latakia Province in western Syria.

Pro-rebel accounts say the attack has taken ground in the mountains of Jabal Turkmen and Jabal al-Akrad, capturing the villages of al-Qarmeel, Nahshabah, Mazghalah, and the Rasha hilltop.

Pro-regime accounts, including the embedded reporter Eyad al-Hossein, say the attacks have been repelled.

Enabled by intense Russian airstrikes, a regime offensive took much of northern Latakia Province last autumn, including the key town of Salma, and moved into the town of Kinsibba in February.

However, since a now-dormant February 27 cessation of hostilities, rebels have held onto their remaining positions, including the town of Kabani, and launched some attacks.


Jordanian Authorities Block Food to 70,000 Refugees Near Border

Jordanian authorities are continuing to block food assistance to up to 70,000 refugees trapped just inside Syria.

Security measures were tightened near the Ruqban camp after seven Jordanian border guards were killed last Tuesday by a suicide vehicle bomber, believed to be an Islamic State fighter. The area was declared a closed military zone.

Aid workers said that, since the attack, food convoys have been held up in Ruwaished, the closest town to Ruqban. Water was finally allowed through lasts Friday.

“Access continues to be denied and we are concerned because these trapped people have basic needs,” said Red Cross spokesperson Hala Shamlawi.

The few supplies coming into the area are from smuggler rings inside Syria. “We know the food rations will run out soon, probably in a few days’ time….This is a matter of concern,” said Dina El Kassaby, regional spokesperson of the World Food Program.

The refugees have been held in the camp, known as “The Berm” because of sand barriers, since Jordan closed the border last year.


Turkey’s Erdoğan Apologizes for Downing of Russian Warplane

The Kremlin says that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has apologized to Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over November’s downing of a MiG-24 warplane, killing the pilot.

The Russian jet fighter was shot down when, according to Ankara, it crossed into Turkish airspace near the Syrian border. The MiG-24 crashed just inside Syria in Latakia Province. The pilot was reportedly shot as he parachuted to the ground. His navigator was rescued by Syrian commandos.

Now see Syria Feature: Turkey’s Erdoğan Apologizes for Downing of Russian Warplane


Regime Warplane Shot Down by Rebels in Qalamoun Region

The rebel faction Jaish al-Islam says that it downed a regime MiG-29 warplane in the Qalamoun region on Monday. The crew has been killed, the rebels said.

The jet fighter was hit near the al-Seen military airbase in eastern Damascus Province. Opposition outlet Orient News said, citing “special sources”, that it was targeted with a thermal missile as it carried out attacks on residential areas.

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The incident came 16 hours after a hovering regime helicopter was shot down by Jaish al-Islam in East Ghouta near Damascus. The rebels reportedly used a short-range Osa missile.


5 Killed in Suicide Bombings in Lebanon Near Syrian Border

A group of suicide bombers killed five people and wounded at least 15 in a northeastern Lebanese village a few hundred meters from the Syrian border on Monday, according to a Lebanese military official and paramedics.

The explosions by four bombers were in the predominantly Christian village of Qaa, about 150 meters from a customs border point. No group immediately claimed responsibility.

The suicide attacker blew himself up in front of a home after civilian security guards became suspicous. The three other attackers followed as people gathered in the area.


Video: 1,159 Affected in 2nd Food Poisoning in Opposition-Held Area Near Damascus

Pro-opposition Orient News reported on a second mass outbreak of food poisoning in two weeks in the East Ghouta area near Damascus:

The outlet said 1,159 people had been treated for symptoms after eating food supplied by the Charity Kitchen.

In an earlier outbreak, 265 people, including 128 children, were admitted to a clinic with stomach pain, vomiting, fever, hypotension, and diarrhea.

Syria Direct reached out to more than 10 citizen journalists in East Ghouta, all of whom refused to identify the charity allegedly responsible for distributing the spoiled food.

A local journalist said the food was handed out by, Sa’ad, a charity administered by the leading rebel faction Jaish al-Islam. However, he said reporters were afraid to speak out because of fear of detention.

A doctor said the food had been cooked in the morning but then left in hot conditions until sunset, awaiting the Iftar dinner breaking the Ramadan fast.


US: Arms for Syrian Rebels Stolen by Jordanian Intelligence and Sold on Black Market

US- and Saudi-supplied arms for Syria’s rebels have been systematically stolen by Jordanian intelligence operatives and sold to arms merchants on the black market, according to American and Jordanian officials.

FBI officials believe some of the stolen weapons were used in a shooting in November that killed five people, including two Americans, at a police training facility in Amman.

The stolen arms included Kalashnikov assault rifles, mortars, and rocket-propelled grenades. Jordanian officials said the intelligence operatives used money from the black-market sales to buy SUVs, iPhones, and other luxury items.

Mohammad H. al-Momani, Jordan’s Minister of State for media affairs, said allegations that Jordanian intelligence officers had been involved in any arms theft were “absolutely incorrect”: “Weapons of our security institutions are concretely tracked, with the highest discipline.”

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  1. Perhaps the best piece in the last six months:

    A DEVASTATING NEW MILITARY ANALYSIS FROM ONYXBLOG
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    TITLE: “No end in sight: Failed Tabqa offensive reveals underlying shortcomings of regime forces”
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    LINK: http://spioenkop.blogspot.com/2016/06/no-end-in-sight-failed-tabqa-offensive.html
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    CONTENT: Folks here often argue about how rebels are divided and might benefit from consolidation. True enough. What many fail to recognize is that the same is true of regime forces in many ways but Onyx looks at other factors killing the SAA. The core of the article is a thorough analysis of the regime’s catastrophic defeat near Tabqa with lots of maps and photos. He also looks at the Regime’s much vaunted success near Palmyra and explains why is wanting and militarily insignificant.
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    WARNING (for those conditioned by one minute TV blurbs): This analysis is lengthy with lots of related photos and maps. The excerpt below, which appears near the end, will give you an idea why it is worth your time to read the whole thing.
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    EXCERPT:
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    The catastrophic outcome of the regime’s attempt at directly challenging the Islamic State’s heartland must have not only amazed those following the offensive, but also the regime’s military itself. Once thought to be amongst the most powerful armies of the Middle East, the biggest enemy of the Syrian Arab Army didn’t prove to be Israel or Ba’athist Iraq, but the Syrian regime itself. The sectarianism, corruption and complete denial of reality so deeply embedded in its way of governing not only contributed to dragging Syria into an endless Civil War, but also completely debilitated the Syrian Armed Forces as an effective fighting force. In the past five years of conflict the regime’s military has so far proven to be entirely incapable of adapting to the type of warfare necessary to operate in the Syrian Civil War. As the core issues of the Syrian Arab Republic have only worsened over the past five years, it appears unlikely that the Syrian Arab Army will ever manage to present itself as a properly functioning military as long as the Ba’ath Party remains in power.
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    The failure at Tabqa plunged the Syrian Arab Army into an all time low, not only because it was made painfully clear that President Bashar al-Assad’s vision of bringing back ‘Every Inch of Syria’ under its control is currently a completely absurd notion, but also because it increased hostilities between the various forces participating in the offensive. With the regime’s military proven to be an unreliable partner for Russia, and with Syria’s role as a weapons depot and supply line for Hizbullah well secured for Iran and Hizbullah, it is not unlikely that the regime’s inability to conquer and secure more territory will lead to increased calls and pressure to allow for self-governing of certain parts of Syria. In any case, the needless waste of manpower, equipment and perhaps most of all morale shines a poignant light on the fact that there’s still no end in sight for Syria’s devastating war.

  2. Trump’s candidacy and Brexit gave short lived hope to the fascist regimes of Assad, Putin and Khamenei. Now the wheels are falling off in both cases. With blowbacks fostering panic in Britain and likely to do so for some time, right wing anti-Eu parties are more likely to get hurt than helped. Ditto for Trump, who has already been booed for his glee over Brexit. It make him look foolish and clueless.
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    Trump’s behavior reminds me of how my sister’s ex-husband responded some years ago upon reading that a factory had gone under in a nearby rural town. He immediately began talking of how he could pick up some houses on the cheap. Recall too how Trump also praised the housing market crash in 2008 (other people’s bad fortune) as a money making opportunity for himself. This guy empathizes with no one, including his followers who he would sell out in a heartbeat if he saw potential benefits.
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    EXHIBIT #!:
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    Leader of Neo-Nazi group involved in Sacramento stabbings is a Trump supporter who assaulted a black woman at rally. See photo and mini-video here. Note related photos, including the huge Trump fan wearing a yellow Hezbollah shirt.
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    https://twitter.com/Delo_Taylor/status/747192460393201666
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    Copying Hitler’s tactics, Trump who will do anything to win targets scapegoats. If you are a Klan type or a white separatist, is there any doubt about which candidate is YOUR GUY? Ditto if you admire any of the three dictators.
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    EXHIBIT #2:
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    There’s more to a poll giving Hillary a double-digit lead. The report below includes some amazing sub-poll results. For example Hillary has caught up with Trump among (hold your hats, please): white men. She also appears to be attracting many Sanders voters. It appears that the Democrats are uniting while the GOP continues to disunite. One more thing: If these same pollsters, using the same methods, had show Hillary with a reasonable big lead (say 8%) a month ago, the results wouldn’t be so impressive. However, their previous poll had shown a near tie (Hillary leading by two percent). Now think about that.
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    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/in-new-poll-support-for-trump-has-plunged-giving-clinton-a-double-digit-lead/ar-AAhDLP3
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    EXHIBIT #3:
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    Liar! Liar! Pants on Fire! Brexit Leaders Are Already Walking Back Some of Their Biggest (Trump-like) Promises.
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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/06/26/brexit-leaders-are-walking-back-some-of-their-biggest-promises/?postshare=2331466972403877&tid=ss_tw
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    EXHIBIT #4:
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    Brexit Voters Had the Wrong Idea About Immigration and Unemployment
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    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/06/26/brexit-voters-had-the-wrong-idea-about-immigration-and-unemployment.html?via=mobile&source=twitter

    • Cannot understand what makes you so insecure about Trump.Both contestants are similar in basic characters like lack of conscience,greed,having amassed wealth without doing a single days hard work in their life,both can lie through their teeth without blinking. Dont think he will get elected,but even if he does he can be booked.

      • Insecure about Trump? Where gives you that idea? Show me where?
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        I’m reasonable confident hel’ll be beaten BUT that defeat must be made certain and as humiliating as possible. Thus I’d continue exposing him (his frauds, his alliance with Putin and Assad, his racism, etc., his bad judgement, his vulgarity) even if the odds against him rose to 10 to 1.
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        Why? Because a Trump victory, however improbable, would be a disaster in every way possible. The effect on the USA and world would be hundred times worse than Brexit and worse than electing Sarah Palin. He’s that bad. No wonder many delegates want to be released to vote their conscience. Yet Priebus and the GOP national committee remain allied with him against any rule change. Are those delegates “insecure?” How about George Wil, Romney and the Bushes who have been frightened off. If the RNC continues to back him, the whole GOP deserves to go down in House and Senate.
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        So never take it for granted. Never let up less some anti-miracle occurs. When Trump is already down but still has a pulse, push him further down. Finish him off. As Bernie continues to tell his followers the same thing: Trump must be defeated. Take nothing for granted. I can’t understand idiots like Susan Sarandon or the Ralph Nadir fans who gave the 2000 election to Bush with Brexit-like stupidity.
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        Similarly, Russian aggression against Syrian civilians and against neighboring states must be thwarted by making things as complicated for Russia as possible, by supplying Ukranians and rebels with whatever they need and by keeping sanctions on as long as it takes. If Putin steps it up further or invades the Balkans our first move should be to cut Russian banks off from the world banking system which we definitely can do.

        • CORRECTION: I meant invades “the Baltics” obviously. I do that sort of thing when thinking fast.
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          MUST READ: “How bad will Brexit get? Here’s what top economists are saying”
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          http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/how-bad-will-brexit-get-heres-what-top-economists-are-saying/ar-AAhAxkX?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=ASUDHP
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          Picture worldwide political, military and market reactions is Sarah Palin (ignorant, dumb) were elected president. Thinking about Brexit, imagine the thousand fold worse reaction if Trump were to win. He may be brighter in terms of IQ but is so narrow and screwed up otherwise. Hitler and Stalin were unquestionably brighter than Palin as well. Hitler, like Trump, was anti-establishment. Therefore how does the latter recommend him? People need to think that out, like the Brits failed to think out Brexit and dismissed all warnings only to find themselves in chaos.
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          Yes they made a mistake, a huge one but compared to the USA electing Trump and subsequent worldwide reverberations is like comparing a mosquito bite to burning to death slowly. Trump is that bad. It would set off a worldwide Great Depression that would make the one in the thirties look tame. Muslims would see it as a virtual declaration of war against them. ISIS and Al Queda would jump for joy at recruitment prospects. And NATO? Instead of falling, this fire bell in the night might do the opposite. As for Putin, his online trolls have been aiding and abetting Putin and I wouldn’t doubt the Russian dictator has been funneling cash to Trump’s campaign covertly. We know he has done so for right wing parties in Europe.

    • Liar! Liar! Pants on Fire! Brexit Leaders Are Already Walking Back Some of Their Biggest (Trump-like) Promises.

      Lame! Lame! Lame! None of those who voted did so based on any so called promises from anhy so called “Brexit Leaders”.

    • While a Trump victory would send Red into short term epileptic seizures and provide some entertainment.True happiness will be watching Hillary win,then watch as Hillary does not follow every super educated demand that is made of her by the Winnebago Warrior.For sweet salty buckets of tears over the long run,and some terror threats thrown in with those tears,it must be Hillary for the win.

    • EXHIBIT #7: LABOR PARTY LEADERS ARE ABANDONING CORBYN’S SHIP AFTER BREXIT
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      Check out this letter of resignation to Jerry Corbyn, head of Britain’s Labor Party, from a member of his shadow cabinet. Corbyn and Tory leader Boris Johnson have both been discredited by Brexit and their related lies. Corbyn continues his Trump-like “never apologize” attitude and says he’ll stick around. Johnson, trying to retreat from disaster, is making noises about how Britain needs good relations with Europe. Who believes that’s his position?
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      https://twitter.com/Keir_Starmer/status/747435929942560768
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      Britain’s two top parties offer the worst of successors two discredited politicos) to replace Cameron at a very difficult time. That won’t add to public confidence.
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      • Andre, I said it on first day after Brexit. The day when UK is out of European Community as a full member,Scotland will be in with full rights. And Ireland + N.Ireland “united” are supposed to have a similar road. Nobody will block them.
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        And yes, if the vote in UK would happen with today’s people “minds” Brexit 100% fails.
        The UK politicians supporting “out” try to answer today what’s next….. ,and they fail one after another.
        The vote will be considered on the history of UK as the “one-eyed Thursday”

  3. EXHIBIT #6: Voters in one fading port town wonder whether they were misled on Brexit
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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/voters-in-one-fading-port-town-wonder-if-they-were-misled-on-brexit/2016/06/26/fb0971de-3a42-11e6-af02-1df55f0c77ff_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_brittown-4pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory
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    Brexit has created a political crisis for Britain as well as an economic one, meaning the country is left without effective leadership at the worst possible time. Neither the top Labor candidate nor the leading Tory candidate (a Brexit advocate) looks capable of getting Britain out of this self-created problem.
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    For argument’s sake, let’s assume that, at least temporarily, right wing EU parties manage to promote and win similar referendums within the next 90 day period and before the full consequences for England have become apparent. A few more such exits, could make the economic crisis worse and even splinter countries like Spain. Even Putin may be alarmed because a stepped up economic crisis or severe recession would naturally reduce demand for oil and thus market prices for same. Russia can hardly afford that given its current economic problems.

  4. Rebels in ghouta have activated an OSA AA system. One helicopter downed yesterday a Mig 29 fulcrum today. See the difference between shitty manpads and proper AA systems. Even if pretty dated.

      • YES; but there is one the problem. And it is an old discussion. The rebels are supposed to have only ONE operational “OSA” and no munition. We will hear some Russian reactions on the subject.
        But considering how is killing Assad the civilians in Ghouta…… IMO, who gave the rebels manpads did a great job.

        • Maybe someone supplied the ammo. Probably not Obama who lacks common sense in what is needed.
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          For Sunnis nearby, threatened by the Russian Orthodox-Hezbollah–IRI genocide campaign and quest for Shia dominance and an Iranian Islamist Empire, aiding the rebels isn’t optional. They see it as essential so long as the threat continues and grows. There is no other option but to step up aid to rebels. Fight forever. Whatever it takes to prevent the unthinkable: a Genocide Alliance victory and empire.The big advantage is that the Syrian people, except for the small ruling minoritity, are on the right side.
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          Let’s hope news of the downed planes has serious impact, including giving Putin second thoughts. Reading about this and the Onyx report on the Syrian army could make him hesitate before being such further into a no winner. Toss in the high probability of Hillary prevailing over Putin’s puppet, Trump. Obama has only a little over a half year in office to screw up further, as in rejecting recent advice from State Department members in favor of his own ‘instincts” and his ear-monopolizing Rasputin, Ben Rhodes.
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          The man could not have so much influence unless Obama (who knew nothing more about foreign policy that what he read from Noam Chomsky prior to taking office) were already inclined that way. Obama has a dogmatic, inflexible personality.

          • Running efficiently an OSA system aint easy. Its not like picking up a randon RPG and trying to shoot something with it. You need a crew of 2/3. You need to know how to use it especially its radar locking system etc etc. Ammo not difficult to find but i am more surprised to see two of them and fully operational. I dont think there is any foreign hand in this. Just probably rebels beeing assisted by former SAA with OSA knowledge.

            • That’s interesting Caligola.What are your thoughts about Rasputin-Ben Rhodes-Noam Chomsky-Obama-Russian Orthodox-Genocide Alliance-Putins puppet Trump etc?You know,the important stuff regarding the possible shooting down of these aircraft.Can’t wait 2 check out this *Onyx* bloke thats been mentioned for the last 2 days.Maybe he knows something about it.

              • If it happened. I guess there is no much suspense on who was it. Rebels had at least one system. Russians claimed they destroyed one at the very begining of their operations. Guessing it was random russian lies they have one for sure. Two? Interesting. But considering the besiged areas in which it was claimed to operate i doubt it was supplied by third party. Probably they fixed it, managed to have personell trained to use it and somewhat had another piece hidden. As for why it was used yesterday appart the latter maybe “politically” for JAL it was the right time to fire. Really its all open to speculation. But i dont see under it any bigger picture.

  5. Pro-Putin, Pro-Assad King of Fraud Isn’t the GOP’s only problem in a nightmare year.

    REPUBLICANS MAY SUFFER ANOHER BLOWS NEXT WEEK AS TOP COURT ISSUES 3 BIG DECISIONS
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    Another 4-4 court tie on any of these three decisions could wake up even the most die-hard of Bernie supporters: the Susan Sarandon types who prefer to limit the GOP’s well deserved defeat in November by pulling a Ralph Nadir. A 4-4 tie on even one issue will draw unwanted attention at a really bad time to GOP obstinacy on so many issues, including the new precedent the GOP proposes by preventing a standing president from of another party from nominating a Supreme Court justice of his choice during his last year in office. This despite the fact that Scalia died back in February!
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    It’s this kind of stubbornness, including “never compromise “loyalty pledges” to Grover Nordquist, extreme gerrymandering and talk of RINOs (Republican in Name Only) for any Republicans who do compromise which has created the statemate that has made Congress so unpopular. If the GOP can’t win the public, it must find other ways to cheat.
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    Adding to GOP unpopularity in a country with 30 percent (and growing) minority are the GOP’s patent attempts to rig elections and hamper minorities via POLITICAL MOTIVATED voter ID laws and reducing election days. No one is fooled! The GOP has also blocked nominations to district courts at a record pace, tying up cases for years because of a shortage of federal judges. The GOP has become infamous for dirty, procedural tricks to thwart the voter’s expressed will. No wonder the Democrats are likely to renew their sit in when Congress resumes. It along with any Supreme Court ties will continue to embarrass the GOP. They’ve pushed fed up Democrats to the wall and the latter and now responding in new ways of their own. They have no choice.
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    What’s next? If a Democrat wins and if ailing judges die will wee see a four or five member court as the GOP filibusters to prevent nominees from taking office? I suppose only GOP members should be able to make nominees of their choice, like the late Judge Scalia. Suppose a super conservative justice like Clarence Thomas were to die prior to November? How will the GOP look if it attempts to block that appointment as well?
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    Reaching new levels of high handedness, the GOP won’t even let the Senate vote on the nominations just as they won’t let gun control bills out of committee in the House. In that instance, the fear isn’t that the bill will pass (given a deeply gerrymandered house) but that Republicans don’t want to be publically embarrassed by voting for unpopular and unreasonable NRA positions that, following Orlando, are highly unpopular in recent polls.
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    https://gma.yahoo.com/abortion-corruption-gun-ownership-still-decided-supreme-court-160624848–abc-news-topstories.html?nhp=1

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    IN IRAN-TYPE MOVE, RUSSIA HAS BEGUN HARASSING US DIPLOMATS ALL OVER EUROPE AS OBAMA DOES NOTHING BUT PROTEST
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    …many of the recent acts of intimidation by Russian security services have crossed the line into apparent criminality. In a series of secret memos sent back to Washington, described to me by several current and former U.S. officials who have written or read them, diplomats reported that Russian intruders had broken into their homes late at night, only to rearrange the furniture or turn on all the lights and televisions, and then leave. One diplomat reported that an intruder had defecated on his living room carpet.

    In Moscow, where the harassment is most pervasive, diplomats reported slashed tires and regular harassment by traffic police. Former ambassador Michael McFaul was hounded by government-paid protesters, and intelligence personnel followed his children to school. The harassment is not new; in the first term of the Obama administration, Russian intelligence personnel broke into the house of the U.S. defense attache in Moscow and killed his dog, according to multiple former officials who read the intelligence reports…
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    Leading members of Congress who are involved in diplomacy with Europe see the lack of a more robust U.S. response as part of an effort by the Obama administration to project a veneer of positive U.S.-Russian relations that doesn’t really exist.
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    “The problem is there have been no consequences for Russia,” said Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio), who serves as president of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. “The administration continues to pursue a false narrative that Russia can be our partner. They clearly don’t want to be our partner, they’ve identified us as an adversary, and we need to prepare for that type of relationship.”
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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/russia-is-harassing-us-diplomats-all-over-europe/2016/06/26/968d1a5a-3bdf-11e6-84e8-1580c7db5275_story.html

    RedT. comments:

    This behavior is typical of Putin’s outlaw style and recalls the Iranian invasions of the US Embassy and (much later) the British embassy. It also recalls Putin’s Chechnya strategy of seeking victory by mass killing of civilians which has backfired so badly. It fits quite well with his flybys of American planes and ships and of the coasts of Sweden, Finland, Britain and the USA.. To do nothing is to encourage it. There are three ways to respond to such actions:

    1. Do nothing except protest (typical of Obama). Let them get away with it otherwise.
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    2. Apologize and try to appease the Hitler type, asking “what did we do wrong.”

    3. Embarrass him and make him pay.

    Why not a temporary closure of the US embassy in Moscow and the withdrawal of our ambassador until we get an apology and the behavior stops. This would draw public scrutiny to what Donald Trump’s favorite dictator is doing. It would also rouse US patriotism (a potent force) against Russia. The latter is a game that two can play. Putin lies about the West all the time to distract his public. In this case, we wouldn’t be lying and the US action would get strong approval at home. Putin could hardly complain over such a US response though no doubt he’d continue to deny such behavior in a manner similar to the way the GOP denies using legislation to prevent minorities from voting or to make minority voting take hours of standing in line. No one would take denials seriously in either case, especially the targeted parties.

    If Hillary or Reagan were president, would either allow Putin pull this shit and do their best to keep it quiet so the public doesn’t get ticked off?

    • IMO. the relations between US and Russia are good. Usually closing embassies means last step before a war. Not the case . The withdrawal of the Ambassador for 1-3 months is still possible.
      On the other side,all the Foreign Intelligence services from European countries are looking for Russian spies and pro-Russia paid media propaganda related . They are sent home one by one.
      (Even in Germany whose F.M. is the best lobbyist of Russia in Europe,the secret services work)

      • I had in mind a temporary but very public closing of the embassy, not a permanent one. It should be accompanied by videos of apartment break- defecation and by testimony from diplomatic staff regarding harassment.

        When should it end? Until at least three months have gone by with no further efforts at intimidation. A Putin apology or promise to behave, given publicly or privately, should not suffice by itself, given Putin’s tendency to lie and deny repeatedly. This has clearly been a planned campaign with his approval.

      • CHARLES LISTER (Usually reliable) ON BIG NEW LATAKIA OFFENSIVE BY REBELS
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        Nusra, TIP & Ahrar lead force. Faylaq al-Sham, 1st Coastal Div & Jaish al-Nasr rear-guard…Read this push in Latakia as an extension of Jaish al-Fateh ops, drawing in local FSA groups & their TOWs like #Idlib in 2015.–Lister
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        RT thoughts: ISIS would be nuts not to take advantage. Where is the best opportunity? Deir Ezzor? The supply line to Aleppo? It would be nice if Obama and Jordan were to allow Southern Rebels to attack at this time, given Russia’s attack on American-trained rebels there and given Assad’s recent attack on Jordanian forces.
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        Regime is being forced to play whack-a-mole once again. Rebels can keep this up forever, having nothing to lose and life under Assad as the sole alternative. Putin and Alawites have far more to lose. And if there aren’t enough moderate rebels anymore, whose doing is that except those whose decisions, betrayals or genocal actions (i.e. Chechnya strategy) motivated and radicalized so many. That radicalizing process will continue so long as the Assad regime exists and Putin and Khamenei aid and abet its survival, which can’t last indefinitely.

  7. YO-YO TIME FOR GENOCIDE ALLIANCE FORCES AGAIN IN SYRIA?

    The regime is claiming to have captured the eastern Mallah farms area but, as in the past could find it difficult to hold as rebels or ISIS threaten in too many places, forcing the Really Bad Guys to shift forces to counter. There are several reports of a planned rebel offensive south of Aleppo. ISIS could strike the regime’s supply route south of Khanasir or finish off Deir Ezzor. Lost aircraft suggest trouble elsewhere.

    Rebels are using what seems to be a US M72 LAW north of Aleppo. See link below. John Hinsley notes that Turkey manufactures the LAW and that rebels recently captured several from ISIS.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyhKWyXlsnY

    • #1:BREAKING DEVELOPS IN NORTH ALEPPO & LATAKIA
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      Rebels managed to contain pro-Regime forces on the 2nd day of offensive (after initial gains) backed by intense bombing in northern Aleppo. Rebels have started a battle to sieze Jebal Turkman in Latakia.–Qalaad Al Mudiq.
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      Umarkin asks: “First South Aleppo and now Latakia all what Russian intervention delivered in Syria getting over turned. What was it for ?”
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      #2: BRUSSELS REJECTS BORIS JOHNSON “PIPE DREAM” OF SINGLE MARKET ACCESS
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      Diplomats dismiss idea UK could stay in single market without obeying the rules, and German BDI also pushes back at claims
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      “You cannot have your cake and eat it,” said an EU diplomat, echoing a phrase the former mayor of London used during the campaign and which looks set to come back to haunt him.
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      http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jun/27/brussels-rejects-boris-johnson-pipe-dream-over-single-market-access?CMP=share_btn_tw
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      #3: PUTIN SACRIFICES RUSSIA’S SELF-INTERESTS TO SAVE AN ASSAD HE DOESN’T EVEN LIKE
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      Sacrificing its own future and making unneeded enemies of neighbors, the West and America, It appears Russia continues to focus exclusively on preserving the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, even if that means drawing out the conflict, or even allowing terrorism to flourish. Someone needs to tell Putin you have to include 150 billions in losses caused by continued sanctions as part of the cost. To count direct costs and ignore much higher indirect costs is bad math. I think his financing of right wing parties in Europe will also count against him the next time a sanctions vote comes up.
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      http://www.rferl.org/content/russia-unhelpful-game-in-syria/27820208.html
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      4: WISDOM FROM GARY KASPAROV
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      “If you insist the only choice is between brutal dictators like Gadafi/Saddam/Assad & Al Qaeda/ISIS you are helping the dictators.”

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      5. TODAY IN BRITAIN: Sterling falls and bank, airline and property shares tumble
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      http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36636853
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      • #3: PUTIN SACRIFICES RUSSIA’S SELF-INTERESTS TO SAVE AN ASSAD HE DOESN’T EVEN LIKE

        For decades the US has been sacrificing self interest to support Saudi Arabia and Israel. Unlike Russia, the US does not even gave concerns about countries on it’s borders

        4: WISDOM FROM GARY KASPAROV

        More like tone deaf idiocy given that the US is siding with Al Qaeda.

        5. TODAY IN BRITAIN: Sterling falls and bank, airline and property shares tumble

        Dow slammed again on ‘Brexit Blues,’ drops 260 points

  8. .
    SC THROWS OUT HARSH TEXAS ANTI-ABORTION LAW. HOW COULD THAT BE BAD NEWS FOR ASSAD AND PUTIN?
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    Anything that reminds airheads like Susan Sarandon of what’s at stake should they sit this one out is good because it could undermine Trump further by reminding such types of what’s at stake should Trump somehow prevail Trump is a front man for Assad and Putin. If you love the guy who harasses out diplomats (see other post above) and buzzes our planes. this decision is a blow for the reason stated.
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    At least half the court is close to 80. Several are ailing and one (superconservative Clarence Thomas) is also obese as well. Whoever is president in the next four years could appoint as many as four or five justices in their forties. Do Bernie’s followers really want four or five Scalia types dominating for years? Imagine the effect on women’s issues (most voters are pro-choice), on gun control (polls show most Americans wanted it), Citizens United (detested by most voters) and GOP schemes to prevent minorities from voting and undermine the Voting Rights Act. Why vote for a man who would punish women who had abortions (33% of women) by putting them in jail? It’s sounds like the sort of thing Putin’s puppet patriarch would do.
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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/supreme-court-strikes-down-texas-abortion-clinic-restrictions/2016/06/27/ba55d526-3c70-11e6-a66f-aa6c1883b6b1_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-banner-high_court-1014a-lede%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

    • The Shaykh gives the regime glad tidings of 300 storm troopers from Jaysh Al-Fath who will surprise attack the regime on different positions and advises them to already prepare their media excuses for the losses that are about to come.
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      Gave me a chuckle.

      • Pretty cocky sounding guy isn’t he.With the crew he rolls with,guess he can be.Is there any suggestion the reporter almost killed,and the Sheikhs event are the same incidents?

    • No, the photos are very different: Muheiseini’s jeep [one Tweet previous to that linked] looks like it was hit by a few pidgeons, whereas Bilal’s car was literally turned inside out by a missile direct hit. There was no way he was in it at the time and survived, regardless of any flak jacket.
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      Hence there’s no reason to think they were at or near the same location.

  9. Update:
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    #Latakia: 1) The rebels have been giving the regime in this province a pasting and it’s by using the following such tactics that they’ve achieved this result “Opposition kill several Regime force members in an ambush at the poultry farm in #Qarmeed on #Kurds_Mountain.” – CombatChris1
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    Followed by.
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    2) “Opposition liberate the village of #Ard_Wata on #Kurds_Mountain and seized small arms and ammunition.” – CombatChris1
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    So what effect is this having?
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    #Observation: “Jaish Al-Fateh & Allies are leading a Blitzkrieg by seizing at least 6 locations/hills since the start in N. #Latakia…Rebels have almost completely surrounded Kinsabba’s stronghold they lost 4 months ago, N. #Latakia” – QalaatAlMudiq
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    If Haider falls by this weekend or next the rebels have completly reversed all regime gains since the Russian intervention.

    • I seriously doubt Hader is going to fall. At least in the short term. Different thing if JAF decides to flood Hader with S/Vbieds….Isis style. Dont think they have that capacity and Hader is very well defended.

  10. About the news :US: Arms for Syrian Rebels Stolen by Jordanian Intelligence and Sold on Black Market
    Such news must be analyzed:who published (who is behind + sources) and what is the purpose (OK. the purpose is to discredit Jordan and MOC to everybody(Russia.CIA,KSA,rebels, public). Possible a good reason for changing “MOC” structure of command. But the full “Story” , IMO may be taken so:
    A)KSA(+ MOC) preparing of a delivery or it already delivered TOWs to Southern front + N.Syrian Army
    B)16/06 Ru jets attacks during the delivery (clear mission to destroy,zero “influenced” by JAF patrol.
    C)21/06 ,smb. attacking Jordan Patrol at border and Jordan “sealed” the border.It got the 2nd warning?
    D)23-24/06 Southern Front attacks multiple targets the regime(including TOWs against tanks.
    E)25-26/06 Shameful (political??)statement by Southern Front “counting” the barrel bombs dropped against Daraya,with very bad reactions from activists followed by a second statement of the same S.F., this time with a direct menace … “”standstill will not keep if the regime goes on.
    F)26-27/06 a helicopter and one of Assad planes go down. G)27/06 the article COINCIDENCES?LOL!

  11. Update:
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    #International: This is interesting and dangerous development also “Sisi government meets PKK”
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    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/sisi-government-met-pkk-three-times-turkish-intelligence-report.aspx?pageID=238&nID=100968&NewsCatID=352
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    Excerpt: “In the last meeting, it was agreed that the PKK would gather intelligence on members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Turkey and would commit actions against its members if necessary, according to the report. The sides also allegedly agreed to continue the meetings and that Egypt would give weapons and monetary aid to the PKK.”
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    If I were the Turkish navy I send an aircraft carrier just off the Egyptian coast.

    • Doubt the Egyptian navy would stand down.. and doubt Turkey has the balls to pick a fight like that..
      Egypt just returning the favor to Erdogan for meddling with Egypt during and after the Brotherhood era.

      Eventually he will apologize just like he did to stupid Putin today. Official apology for downing the Russian jet. Dumb move on Erdogan part. Would have much better served him to send in antiaircraft MANPADS and had the Syrians do it then do it himself and pick the fight he had to apologize for.

    • Purpose of such meeting ?
      -political support ?
      -money ?
      -weapons ?
      -exchange of intelligence?
      Russia supporting YPG ” consulate” alone difficult; and so it suggested other friends.
      But to obtain something from SISI it means to have money …. and it is not the case.

    • First the Turk Navy would need to actually possess an Aircraft Carrier to send.They plan to have one in the 2020s.Probs be ready to sail in around 10 more years.

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