Syria Daily: Turkey’s “Circle of Peace” with Russia

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PHOTO: Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin (Osman Orsal/Reuters)


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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has declared that reconciliation with Russia, including over Syria’s crisis, will be part of an expanding “circle of peace” in the region.

In a message on Monday marking the end of Ramadan, Erdoğan also spoke of restored ties with Israel, following years of tension over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:

We will make it through this process of global transformation and end up much stronger. We are improving our relations with Israel and Russia … We are mending the strained relations again and overcoming crises triggered by the Syrian issue, terror and artificial tensions.

Turkey and Russia have been on opposite sides throughout Syria’s civil war, with Ankara backing the opposition and rebels and Moscow providing essential assistance to prop up the Assad regime. Last November, relations were close to breaking point after Turkish jets shot down a Russian warplane near the Turkish-Syrian border.

But last week Erdoğan apologized in a note to Russian President Vladimir Putin for the incident, following up with a phone call. The two countries began restoring trade and tourism. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, and an Erdoğan-Putin meeting was promised in the near-future.

Erdoğan said on Tuesday:

We are removing the barriers in our path one by one. While leaving behind crises in international relations and the war on terror, we are at the same time finalizing mega-projects that will carry Turkey to the future.

The President put emphasis on “terrorism”, a line that would help the reconciliation with Moscow through a focus in Syria on the Islamic State, which has carried out bombings killing scores of people in Turkey:

At this time when the Muslim world is celebrating Eid, there are also brothers and sisters who are experiencing various troubles in different regions ranging from Afghanistan to Syria. In our country as well, unfortunately the joy of Eid has been overshadowed by terror attacks.<'blockquote>

Erdoğan also pointed to an accommodation by focusing on a political resolution rather than his long-held declaration that President Assad must be removed from power:

We have done and are doing anything we can by supporting efforts aimed at bringing a just solution to the crisis in Syria, and by lending a helping hand to our brothers and sisters who have fled Iraq and Syria and taken shelter in our country.

Normalization in Syria Possible

Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım echoed Erdoğan’s message after Monday’s Cabinet meeting:

We are expanding the circle of friendship, strengthening the circle of peace around us in order to raise Turkey’s credibility.

We are resolute about further developing our realistic, friendly and peaceful relationships – from Russia to Israel, Egypt to Syria, Iraq to Iran, and EU countries to the United States. We will continue to do so.

Yıldırım said the situation in Syria was “unsustainable”: “The normalization of Syria is possible but everybody should make sacrifices for this. Our strategic partners and coalition partners should heal the bleeding wound in Syria and take more responsibility.”

However, the Prime Minister went beyond Erdoğan in maintaining the call for President Assad’s departure. He said there would be no immediate meeting with regime official:

The oppression should first end. The dictatorial regime should end. What will you agree on with a regime that has killed more than a half million of its people without blinking an eye? Everybody already agrees on this.

Turkey Denies Russia Will Use Incirlik Airbase

Russian State media went as far on Tuesday as to declare that Ankara will allow Russian warplanes to use Incirlik airbase, in southern Turkey, for bombing of the Islamic State in Syria. According to TASS, Foreign Minister Cavusoglu said:

We’ll cooperate with all who is fighting against the Islamic State. We have opened the Incirlik base for all who want to join the active fight. Why not cooperate with Russia in this way?

However, Cavusoglu denied he made the offer: “We said that we could cooperate with Russia in the period ahead in the fight against Daesh [Islamic State]….I did not make any comment referring to Russian planes coming to the Incirlik Air Base.”

The Kremlin also stepped back from the report, with spokesman Dmitri Peskov saying that there had been no official talks.


Battlefield Situation North of Aleppo Still Unclear

The situation on the frontline north of Aleppo city is still unclear, more than four days after the launch of the latest assault by the Syrian military and allied foreign militia.

The Syrian Army has not issued an update since its claim early Monday that it has taken the northern area of the al-Mallah Farms and part of the southern section. Pro-regime accounts continue to declare that “65%” of the Farms have been taken, although the pro-Assad offensive, including the elite Tiger Forces, was unable to hold territory in the south and have faced a rebel counter-offensive.

Pro-opposition outlets say that pro-Assad forces initially gained ground as rebels retreated under Russian airstrikes; however, they assert that the rebels soon counter-attacked, re-establishing their control over the disputed areas.

The Syrian military and its allies, enabled by Russian bombing, have tried for months to close off the last main route into opposition-held areas of Aleppo, but have been repeatedly pushed back. Before the latest offensive, several attempts to advance into al-Mallah and near Handarat were foiled in June.

See See Syria Daily, July 4: Syrian Military Claims — But Does Not Confirm — Advance North of Aleppo

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  1. Latakia :

    Regime forces raid houses and shops near #Augarit square in the city arresting dozens of young men.–Christian Turner.

    .With massive casualties and young folks trying to avoid the front, the regime appears desperate for manpower. So here’s a good question: How effective can such unwilling manpower be in combat. Rebels, motivated by genocide against civilians, have a huge edge in will to fight.
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    World on Alert tweets: #Latakia: #Syria|n rebels advancing and fighting pro-#Assad forces near #Touma village, just 4 kilometers away from #Salma town.

    • civilians not who fled to loyalist areas are at risk of being tortured if assad win the war, children five years uenced ace to take refuge camps now are not so young, they have nothing to lose. There the hand of rebel

  2. What does this mean, these Russian and Turkish statements ? Well, some background is needed but bear with me till the end..
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    From the Turkish side, Turkey has received instructions from Washington to make friends again with Russia, following the “misunderstanding” between Kerry and Lavrov at the St Petersburg summit in June, where Kerry told the Russians “we are running out of patience with Russia”, meaning, the Russians were brought to Syria to do a job – the dirty work of killing innocents in order to force the rebels to the surrender table, which has patently failed and not even managed to bring any progress towards the surrender solution, and this is Russia’s failure, not that they never had a chance against the real men of Syria.
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    But Lavrov was upset at Kerry’s words, to the point of tears nearly, and Putin duly humbled himself when he said “the US is the only superpower”, but the Russians are having second thoughts about their role in Syria, in particular the following aspect: The Russians are under the illusion that the US considers them partners – whereas the real view of the US towards Russia was stated plainly by Obama at the nuclear summit earlier this year, that Russia is regarded as being on the same level as North Korea. And as such, the Russians are expected to do their job in Syria like a slave is expected to do his job – there was no lifting of sanctions at the G7 summit, no movement on Ukraine and Crimea, no end to the hostility between the EU and Russia – just be grateful that you were even asked.
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    This is beginning to dawn on Russia, though any normal person with sense would have understood it from the beginning, but this is Russia, so normal and sense doesn’t apply. Still, as it does dawn on them and they start having doubts, they have been pushing for recognition for their role and for a status alongside America as a reassurance that they are not merely slaves, or only have the status of dogs beside their master.
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    Hence the so called Russian-American military cooperation the US proposed, which is just another trick, because it’s far from an equal status but rather it’s continuation of the role assigned to Russia in the first place, as the one to do the dirty work, while the US can claim it’s the friend of Syrians and hope to trick the opposition into accepting it’s political transition plan. .
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    Russia has refused this attempt to “give a dog a bone”, and this leads back to the point of Turkey’s statements, which is that the US has assented to give Russia – temporarily – equal status with another of it’s servants, Turkey – although temporarily, and not equal status but a kind of guest account status. The Turks themselves were obviously not aware in the beginning of the limits of equality that Russia was allowed, having to roll back on statements about Incirlik (one angry call from the State Department no doubt). It may be enough to satisfy Russia, it may not be, but US problems with Syria now are far deeper than anything to do with Russia.

  3. Syrian Kurds declare Qamishli as capital for the new federal system
    https://www.reddit.com/r/syriancivilwar/comments/4rc7py/syrian_kurds_declare_qamishli_as_capital_for_the/d4zvnx9 7/5/2016

    openDemocracy
    https://www.opendemocracy.net/ 6/8/2016
    Kurds in Bakûr/Southeastern Turkey meanwhile also expressed their will to establish municipal structures in several declarations for “Democratic Autonomy”. The latest, carrying the title “Declaration of the Political Solution”, was issued in an extraordinary general assembly of the DTK, Democratic Society Congress, in Amed/Diyarbakir on December 27, 2015 – at a point of time when Turkish state aggression against Kurdish civilians had reached yet another peak.
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    Based on principles of self-governance, multiculturalism and confederalism, the statement proposed the formation of democratic autonomous regions throughout the whole country, aiming to build federal and genuinely democratic structures in highly centralized Turkey – similar to the democratic transformations that took place in post-Franco Spain.
    https://www.opendemocracy.net/arab-awakening/rosa-burc/confederal-kurdistan-commune-of-communes

    Ecology or Catastrophe
    http://www.biehlonbookchin.com/ 2/20/2016
    The DTK’s Updated Democratic Autonomy Proposal
    http://www.biehlonbookchin.com/dtks-autonomy-proposal/

  4. Just so I could understand the importance of Mallah farms I took a look at wikimapia. I drew a route on the map showing the last rebel supply route into Eastern Aleppo. It goes along the Castillo road until it passes the Youth Housing complex in Sheikh Maqsoud. From there is takes a smaller road north to bypass regime held western Aleppo. The reason Mallah is so important is that it is an open rural battlefield that protects the small road just south of the Mallah farms area.

    http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.268221&lon=37.132502&z=14&m=b&gz=0;370758533;362490494;973320;0;858306;56065;621414;86518;601673;150881;408554;148805;398254;97592;193977;74752;221443;42222;37765;42222;0;42914&search=Aleppo

    What this means to me is this:

    1. The rebels have held on in Mallah in an open battlefield against massive Russian airstrikes and massive ground assaults. This is not just impressive but almost unbelievable to me.

    2. The regime are concentrating so much on Mallah that it may mean the regime don’t think they can break the siege from Handarat to reach Castillo road or from further west where the areas are most built up.

    3. Even if the regime do impose a siege which looks like they are close to doing (but it’s been close for a long time now). The rebels don’t necessarily have to restore the current supply route. They could launch an offensive in Layramoun district to reclaim the Castillo highway. They would need to secure this stretch of the Castillo highway.

    http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.244758&lon=37.122974&z=14&m=b&gz=0;370838356;362356890;493526;195205;317573;0;257492;33229;0;49844&search=aleppo

  5. IS ASSAD BEING PUSHED TO CLIFF’S EDGE ONCE AGAIN & HOW MANY TIMES WILL OTHERS INTERVENE TO SAVE HIM, GIVING RISING COSTS & LOUSY RESULTS?
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    #1: A commander of Iraqi Harakat al-Nujaba says Hezbollah is asking it for reinforcements in Aleppo, amid heavy losses: http://www.alquds.co.uk/?p=555840 –Michael Young

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    #2: S. Aleppo : Opposition put a heavy bombardment on the Regime held #Al_Hader in what is believed to be the start of the battle to capture it.–Christian Turner. Amirhi 18333 asks Qalaat Al Mudiq: “if they take al-hyder and surrounding villages,that will be end of regime in aleppo.m i right?”
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    This war is beginning to look like Vietnam, where LBJ keeps throwing in additonal men and promising that each new influx will bring victory, only to be repeatedly disappointed as rebels. instead of giving up, score more victories. Key difference has a big downside for those responsible for genocide strategy: Unlike Vietnam, Syria is physically much closer to Russia or its puppet states in Central Asia who are loaded with the equivalent of Vietnamese. Had Assad fallen in 2011 or 2012 the consequnces for Russia would not be nearly as bad as they are likely to become now. The same applies to Nasrallah and Iran, who, gambled on winning and breaking the will of Sunnis and found the latter became more determined instead.
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    What were Putin’s Backfire moves? A. His original advocacy of Chechna strategy in Syria; B) Undermining moderate rebels by rebels by shipping extremists south early on while Assad released extremist from his jails and nourished ISIS. These battle hardened extremists will return to Russia and its southern borders once Assad falls. C) Russia’s open participation in genocide, targeting markets, hospitals, civil defense workers, doctors, women and children etc. and boldly using banned weapons like white phosphorus, cluster bombs, etc..
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    When the blowback comes, those involved are likely to copy Putin’s mercilous ways and apply them in Russia and Central Asia. It’s a natural reaction to the methods he and his allies employed.
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    #3: A martyrdom operation was carried out in #Khaldiya against Regime forces that killed 20 of their members and wounded dozens.–Christian Turner. Every extra bit of attrition contributes to the downfall of a manpower short regime and to its Genocide Allies.
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    #4: Free Syrian Radio is gloating over Hezbollah’s mounting losses in Aleppo. Nasrallah is losing men at a record pace, far from the easy victory he anticpated originally and hundreds of miles from that mosque that provided his original excuse for intervention. What did he get Lebanon into? The backfire potential is similar to what Putin risks. Both counted on breaking rebel will via mass atrocities. Early on the Bad Guys aided the extremists, counting on the latter to eliminate moderate rebels and make this a war between extremists and Assad exclusively. What they “succeeded” a instead was creating tens of thousands of far more ferocious and uncompromising enemies than they’d have faced otherwise. For that reason, even if Putin agreed to Assad’s ouster at this point, the blowback can’t be avoided, the blowback for Russia, Lebanon and Iran can’t be avoided. All three will rue the day they went to endless lengths to save Assad and fellow thugs.

    Psychologically, this war has become an emotional roller coaster for the regime and allies, mirroring the battlefield pattern in which new hopes arise briefly only to be dashed again and again and again. If only Assad had stepped down and allowed democratization in 2011. Now that option may be off the table. With no hope of military victory and every prospect of quagmire, the Bad Guys find that eliminating the rebels has left them with too few moderate rebels to negotiate with. Deeply motivated. radicalized rebels can and will wage guerilla war forever if need be, blending guerilla tactics with surprise offensives all over the map. Short on manpower, too dependent on foreign allies and having little domestic support, the regime can’t employ the same effective strategy on its side. All it can do is bomb civilians and dig itself into a deeper hole.

    • DESPERATION IN BEIRUT

      Lebanon NOW has an excellent report on Hezbollah’s mounting losses near Aleppo. Hezbollah is blaming the Russians (lack of air support). Rebels have no air support and maul Hezbollah in ground only matchups.
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      https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/commentaryanalysis/567167-hezbollahs-mounting-losses-in-aleppo

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      Hezbollah losses are likely to increase. Qalaad Al Mudiq, answering a question above, says al-Haider’s downfall won’t mean the regime’s end but would be a serious loss, especially for Hezbollah and Iraqi invaders who are abundant and very much at risk there. Regime supply line in that area is overstretched, he notes.
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      DESPERATION IN DEIR EZZO
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      Deir Ezzor civilians pressed into Hezbollah’s new militia: activists. Young men are being arrested and conscripted into the Zayn al-Abidin Brigade.
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      https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/NewsReports/567166-deir-ezzor-civilians-pressed-into-hezbollahs-new-militia-activists
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      Arrested? Forced to fight for the hated Assad regime? How motivated can they be? Maybe they’ll frag an officer or two.
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      https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/NewsReports/567166-deir-ezzor-civilians-pressed-into-hezbollahs-new-militia-activists
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      From the Economist: ALEPPO BATTLE RAGES ON & RESISTANCE IS FAR FROM BROKEN
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      Excerpts:
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      …after fighting for four years without resolution, the alliances appear less firm. Aleppo’s Sunni rebels have suggested a tactical deal with the Kurds that would give them safe passage through Sheikh Maqsoud in exchange for safe passage for Kurds between their enclaves, Afrin and Rojava, along the Turkish border. And though Hezbollah’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, publicly vowed to send reinforcements after rebels killed 26 of his men in Aleppo last month, his men reportedly sound sceptical. “We’d need 100,000 fighters to win the battle,” an Italian news agency quoted one as saying.
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      Russia, too, seems fearful of overcommitting. President Vladimir Putin still bombs Aleppo despite an undertaking last March to withdraw his troops. But Russia’s tentative rapprochement with Turkey after its president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, apologised for downing a Russian plane, adds a further restraint. When Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, promised in parliament to fight for every inch of his country, Russia’s ambassador to Damascus publicly cautioned against “any offensive in Aleppo”.
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      Mr Assad would be hard-pressed to fight on without full backing. Recent army gains against a few villages held by Islamic State were widely celebrated on state media, only to be quickly reversed. Desperate for manpower, he is offering to release prisoners who sign up for battle. “Privately, the Russians have a low and very realistic opinion of Mr Assad’s forces,” says a diplomat who meets Russia’s military advisers. “They used their best troops against Daraya, a Damascus suburb, and starved it to death and still failed to take it. How the hell are they going to take Aleppo?”
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      http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21701678-syrias-second-city-split-two-and-peace-nowhere-sight-aleppos-battle?fsrc=rss&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
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      LATAKIA

      #Latakia: #Assad regime Brigadier General Mohammad Sayweh killed by #Syria|n rebels. For his photo see: https://twitter.com/worldonalert/status/750363535348211712

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      Ah, attrition, attrition, attrition. Enjoying far more popular support, the rebels can replace losses far more easily than the Genocidal Regime and its unpopular allies who are rightly seen as invaders on whom Assad has become totally dependent.

    • When the blowback comes, those involved are likely to copy Putin’s mercilous ways and apply them in Russia and Central Asia. It’s a natural reaction to the methods he and his allies employed.

      “When blowback comes”? When is that going to be? So far we’ve had attacks in Paris, Brussels, all over Turkey, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia and Baghdad. None in Russia. Are these attacks all blown and RT?

      When are you going to admit you have been 100% wrong?

      • You are 100 percent wrong. Anyone can be right when you set up a strong man and attack a dumb position I’ve never taken.
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        As the article says, the blowback will FOLLOW Assad’s downfall. Russian simply because until then most Central Asian followers where Putin encouraged them to go: In Syria.. I say that clearly and it’s a point I’ve made a thousand times.
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        I’d expect some blowback earlier mainly by folks on site–a minority that never left for Syria under regime encouragement. Until then, Russia–a police state–won’t experience nearly the blowback of open and democratic countries because the threat remains easier to control until The Big Return.

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        The attacks you are seeing now in the West come mainly from lone wolves radicalized online. Those are not the kind of attacks I expect in Russia…for now at least.

      • Oh you mean except for that Russian airliner that ISIS took down? Guess that just conveniently slipped your mind.

  6. Update:
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    #Aleppo: 1) Start of a campaign to al-Hader? “Opposition put a heavy bombardment on the Regime held #Al_Hader in what is believed to be the start of the battle to capture it.” – CombatChris1
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    2) YPG announce their arrival at Manbij by instigating ethnically cleansing of it’s populace? “Kurds are firing 12.7mm machine guns at civilian homes inside the city that are behind the defense lines to force them to leave.” – CombatChris1

  7. Scott’s title today reminds me of a gay old joke:
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    Q. Why is Erdoğan so amiable with Russia?
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    A. He’s always looking to widen the circle of his friends.

  8. Missouri Muslims Fear For Their Safety After Candidate for Governor Sells Fake ‘ISIS Hunting Permits’
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    Bumper stickers emblazoned with the words “ISIS HUNTING PERMIT 2016” and featuring an expiration date that ends when “we defeat this evil.” Greitens is reportedly selling the stickers for $10 each, although buyers who donate $100 can receive a tag signed by former Navy SEAL Rob O’Neill, who has claimed he killed international terrorist Osama bin Laden…
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    “When [people] get a bumper sticker saying ‘Here’s your permit to attack ISIS,’ and they see a young Muslim lady at Wal-Mart, and they’re like, ‘This is ISIS, I’m going to attack them,’ that’s when the real trouble begins,” Faizen Syed, spokesperson for the Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told FOX 2 news.

    Shades of Donald Trump! The GOP is increasingly dominated by crazies.
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    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2016/07/05/3795460/missouri-isis-hunting-permit/

  9. Armed only with a Gurkha knife, SAS soldier takes out 3 ISIS fighters in Falluhjah
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    Ambushed along with Iraqi comrades, the soldier ran out of ammunition. The ISIS fighters then charged him in hopes of taking him prisoner. Unsheathing the knife… “He decapitated the first gunman, slit the throat of second and killed another with a third blow. He then sliced away at three others. The IS gunmen fled in panic allowing the SAS soldier to carry the injured men to safety.”
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    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/sas-hero-takes-out-3-isis-jihadists-armed-only-gurkha-knife-fallujah-1568888?utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=rss&utm_content=/rss/yahoous/news&yptr=yahoo

  10. Business Insider: Russia will likely exhaust its Reserve Fund by next year to pay its budget deficit
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    http://www.businessinsider.com/r-exclusive-russia-to-exhaust-reserve-fund-in-2017-finance-ministry-proposal-2016-7
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    Told you so! This report raises serious questions like:

    1) How will Russia finance its budget the following years?
    2) How will Putin finance his military rebuilding program that he instituted when oil was selling at over $100 a gallon?
    3) How long can he afford his quest for old-fashioned force based empires and related quagmires? Assad should worry. Such empires are expensive to build and expensive to maintain.
    4) How can he get out of sanctions with Hillary coming along soon (assuming Putin’s puppet Trump doesn’t somehow pull off a miracle?)
    5) Even if Russia manages to survive with the fund exhausted, won’t it have to rebuid the fund?
    6) How are pensioners and government employees going to react to any cuts?

    • Business Insider: Russia will likely exhaust its Reserve Fund by next year to pay its budget deficit

      Headline is misleading. It says ONE of TWO funds will likely be exhausted, while omitting that there is still plenty of money tied up in long term investments.

  11. Breaking! Urgent! New ISIS strategy
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    ISIS MAY BE DESTROYING THE SHAER GAS FIELDS TO AVOID ANY FUTURE BACK AND FORTH
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    Media Watcher tweets: “He who destroys a thing – controls a thing” (Dune). No more back & forth. Game over. RIP #Shaer gas fie”ld in #Homs. He encloses a video of the event and predicts gas prices in Latakia will rise 40 percent.
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    https://twitter.com/MediaWatcher_/status/750403768412438528
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    RUSSIANS ARE EAGER TO EMBRACE TURKEY AGAIN \
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    Though Russian nationalists aren’t so pleased.
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    http://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-07-05/russians-are-eager-to-embrace-turkey-again
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    • ISIS MAY BE DESTROYING THE SHAER GAS FIELDS TO AVOID ANY FUTURE BACK AND FORTH

      Desperation on the part of ISIS who are clearly facing collapse. Gas plants can easily be rebuilt. The can blow up the plants, but the gas remains in the ground.

  12. The greater the hardship inflicted on the community, the more local support for militants grew.
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    US learned from Iraq … (did it? really? ) Russia and Iran will learn soon…..
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    But Russia uses military force with hopes for a kind of political deal with a constitution similar to Lebanon + Iraq (Hezbollah keeping weapons , Kurds keeping weapons and having local autonomy) IMO not a chance to work because Sunni will have A nusra , A fsa , A daesh…… and yes, you understood , the name is not important ….. but it will be .

  13. PUTIN OUTSMARTS HIMSELF (maybe, depending on the Dim Bulb in the White House)

    Even as desperate Putin pleads for better relations with the USA he discredits his latest deal with Obama by proving himself a super liar who can never be trusted.
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    It’s just as everyone safely predicted–the world’s safest bet.
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    While the Syrian regime claims that its airstrikes are carried out against Jabhat al-Nusra’s military positions, the reality on the ground shows that it is targeting residential neighborhoods. –pro regime source Al Monitor.
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    http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/07/regime-claims-shelling-jabhat-al-nusra-residential-aleppo.html
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    Will gullible Obama, the perfect mark, ever wake up? Putin is hoping to con this turkey–an easy task– before realist Hillary takes office which he’ll have no chance.. Next to Trump, who is virtually in Putin’s pocket, Obama remains Putin’s second best hope.
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    Meanwhile Obama has sent a pleading July 4th message to Obama begging for a better relationship. Forget it! Putin can never be trusted. Obama has as much trouble learning as Angela has in reading skills.
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    http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/07/regime-claims-shelling-jabhat-al-nusra-residential-aleppo.html

      • CORRECTION: Putin sent the pleading July 4th message even while continuing to avoid attacks on JAN in favor of attacks on civilians in rebel areas. With Putin, genocide always comes first.

        You’re head appears to be exploding over the possibility of cooperation between Russia and Turkey. You’re talking incoherent nonsense a always and reading your own agenda into headlines. Kerry has been begging Russia to stop bombing JAN because it could harm the so called moderates.

    • While the Syrian regime claims that its airstrikes are carried out against Jabhat al-Nusra’s military positions, the reality on the ground shows that it is targeting residential neighborhoods. –pro regime source Al Monitor.

      blah blah blah blah.

      Washington has admitted that the so called “opposition” is inseparable from JAN, so when regime held areas are bombed, JAN is being bombed.

      • So what Andre ..When will you stop supporting Afghani jihadis doing their jihad for dear Assad.. thousands of Afghanis sent by Iran and your still cheering for them even though they are jihadis, but you cry a river for JAN everyday in your posts.

        • So what Andre ..When will you stop supporting Afghani jihadis doing their jihad for dear Assad..

          What Afghani jihadis doing their jihad for dear Assad? Have you not heard that they are doing for the money and not Allah?

          • Afghanis, you have been cheering this whole time, are sent for Assad with the story they are fighting a holy war. They wear badges of the supreme leader of Iran and yell shia slogans as their war call before they run onto the battle field to be killed or captured..

            Do you think Iran tries to get the captured ones back. I hear they just leave them theur and give their families back in Iran no response. They could negotiate for them, but the Iranians you support have no humanity.

            • I never cheered the Afghanis. In fact I challenge you to link to any comment I have ever made about the Afghanis, let alone any mention of fighting a holy war. There is nothing holy about this war.

              They wear badges of the supreme leader of Iran and yell shia slogans as their war call before they run onto the battle field to be killed or captured..

              Yes, I heard that BS claim before, like the BS claim about plastic keys to paradise.

              I hear they just leave them theur and give their families back in Iran no response.

              Probably. Like the US does with it’s paid military contractors. I guess they have no humanity either.

              • LOL.. Every post you have related to Aleppo, has been cheering for anything Iran does.. one of those things is sending in Afghanis to retake lost areas or help with the encirclement of the city..
                -Do you deny you cheered for the Iranian push to encircle Aleppo and retake lost areas..? Because all those involved the Afghanis jihadis your backtracking from now?

  14. Update:
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    #Homs: “The self sufficiency agriculture promoted in besieged al Waer”
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    https://yallasouriya.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/syriahomsthe-self-sufficiency-agriculture-promoted-in-besieged-al-waer/
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    Am surprised that such practices are not more widespread, if Assad’s Iranian allies are serious about besieging Aleppo (and any other major rebel held urban areas) then rebels should start conscripting labourers to grew food so as to prepare the people enough that a Daraya-type starvation method by regime can not work on the Sunnis of Aleppo or Damascus. In fact all rebel held areas should practice such types of agriculture (perhaps using techniques from hydroponics?) and if they in doubt over why they should do this then I suggest they take alook at what Hezbollah is doing to Madaya and then ask themselves should whether such horrors should be allowed to be inflicted in their areas?
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydroponics
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    Such crops would be attacked and burned by Russian jets and Assad’s helicopters you say? Using modern hydroponics techniques you can use artificial lights to grow such crops in underground bunkers/cellars and then could be transported across a city/town using tunnels.

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