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Another sad day in Syria with a heavy civilian death toll.

 

 

Syrian civilians killed by 'deliberate' strikes on hospitals, school
Russian-backed government troops continue bloody push towards rebel stronghold of Aleppo
 

 

U.N. Says 50 Were Killed in Strikes on Four Syria Hospitals

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Are they just deploying or are they going to go in to save Aleppo? If the latter, time is running out. If the former, then nice gesture. Not needed. Any idiot can fly to Incrilik with GPS

 

UAE to deploy special forces, jets in anti-Daesh campaign

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An Emirati Chinook military helicopter lands at a military base near Saffer, Yemen, in this Sept. 14, 2015 file photo. (AP)
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BRUSSELS: The UAE wants to deploy commandos to help train forces fighting Daesh terrorists and will resume its contribution to the US-led air campaign, Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said Friday.
 
Carter met top UAE officials in Brussels following a landmark summit of anti-Daesh coalition members to discuss ways to step up the 18-month fight against Daesh in Iraq and Syria.
 
“They indicated to me their willingness to do more, which is important, specifically to re-start their participation in the air campaign, secondly to work with us on the ground,” Carter said.
 
UAE special operations forces would help train and advise — as well as arm — anti-Daesh forces in Syria and local partners in Iraq, including Sunni groups and the Kurdish Peshmerga. Carter did not say how big the force would be.
 
“What is needed in the Sunni parts of Iraq is capacity among moderate Sunnis to re-occupy and govern that territory and keep a multi-sectarian Iraq together,” Carter said. “The Emiratis can be an important part of that.”
 
Saudi Arabia too has promised to step up its anti-Daesh efforts. Like the UAE, it took part in early strikes after the campaign began in mid-2014.
 
The continued fight against Daesh comes as world powers met in Munich on Friday and agreed an ambitious plan to cease hostilities in war-racked Syria.
 
But the Munich accord will not apply to Daesh and Al-Qaeda’s local branch. “There is no cease-fire in the war against Daesh,” Carter said. “Be clear about that.”
 

 



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An excellent documentary on the Russian bombings in Syria by a Danish-Afghan journalist.

 

 

 

Syria: Under Russia's fist
We investigate the horrifying consequences for civilians under Russian air strikes in Syria.
25 Feb 2016 09:11 GMT | ISIS, War & Conflict, Middle East, Syria, Russia

 

http://www.aljazeera...5053929748.html



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Most news on Syria is heart wrenching. The match for the mess was lit long before Assad turned on his people. It's now a free for all between pro and anti Assad and the jhadists with the ordinary Syrians suffering unspeakable, and frankly, unwatchable atrocities from all sides. While their once relatively prosperous and stable country is systematically destroyed, it's people are drowning on the way to Europe or freezing in migrant camps at borders.

I honestly can't see how this mess ends. I initially thought Assad leaving was key, but the moment it became sectarian, it wasn't going to end well. Him leaving won't change much on the ground. It'll be like Lebanon in the 80s but on a significantly larger and bloodier scale.

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Al Jazeera - Qatari propaganda bullhorn!

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Al Jazeera - Qatari propaganda bullhorn!

 

Care to elaborate on what part of that documentary is propaganda? Or do you only believe what Putin shows on RT?


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The Russians are destroying alleppo, just as the Americans did fallujah, twice, during the occupation. They'll do the same again to Mosul and the Saudis won't be left behind in Yemen. In summary, no one gives a **** about how much misery and chaos they spread or how many innocents are murdered as long as they achieve their aims yet all will gladly champion human rights.


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Care to elaborate on what part of that documentary is propaganda? Or do you only believe what Putin shows on RT?

So long as entities act on the basis of sectarian ideologies, whose foundations are based on cultural or ethnic grounds. Such entities shall remain flawed in their actions and judgement, socially and politically.

You have asked me to elaborate on my comment, where I call Al-Jazeera, a Qatari propaganda bullhorn.

I would like to respond by going to the root of issue. Al-Jazeera News is a state funded News Network. As with most, if not all state funded news networks. The network predominately adheres to the state narrative on matters closer to home.

Some of the journalists who have worked with and/or for Al-Jazeera News, have stated the duality of this news channel. The likes of Oren Kessler, Gregg Carlstrom, David Kirkpatrick, Najat Fawzy Al-Saied are to name a few. They have written about the bias of Al-Jazeera. That the news network promotes and propagates the Qatari foreign policy in the Middle East.

http://www.independe...l-a7362071.html

http://www.meforum.org/3147/al-jazeera

http://mobile.nytime....wikipedia.org/

http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/4941

In the links above, are various articles by fore mentioned journalists who have worked with or for, Al-Jazeer News.

What is happening in Syria, is atrocious, is inhumane and evil. Qatari and Saudi involvement is both shameful and deplorable. It gives further creedance to what I said earlier, that entities who base their policies on the basis of ethnic, nationalistic or sectarian ideologies, are inherently flawed and are ill-equipped to play a decisive role in any major political or strategic matter.

As for the Russians, well if we have the likes of Qataris and Saudis pandering to the Western foreign policies. Then it is not only the Russians, but also the Qataris, Saudis, Iranians and Americans who ought to be publicly denounced and there should be a unilateral withdrawal.

A matter of importance, that is most of the time over looked, is that Syrian Crisis took the shape of armed struggle for freedom in 2011. Where defectors were joining the Free Syrian Army and there was a glimmer of hope that a true indigenous rebellion would unite the majority of the Syrian people against the oppression of a tyrant. At the time, Russians didn't involve themselves in the Syrian matter and considered it internal.

However, when the western countries began their warships into the Mediterranean Sea. When it became apparent to the Russians that another Libya was on the cards. They intervened and displayed sound diplomacy. The evidence of which was in the surrender and the subsequent destruction of the Syrian regime's chemical weapons.

But it seems as though a peaceful freedom of the Syrian people was not possible. Qatar and Saudi Arabia made sure of it. By politically supporting, initially funding and subsequently arming ISIS, as has now been revealed by the Wikileaks data dump.

The Qatari/Saudi regimes have a target fixation, it's called Iran. Yet another country (Iran) whose basis of foreign policy, hinges on ethnic, cultural and sectarian ideology. None of the parties involved have the interests of the Syrian people at heart. None seem to understand that methods of diplomatic resolution, are powerful tools with which desired peace can be achieved.

I do not personally support any of the parties involved. My heart is with the plight of the Syrian people. And I pray, that it is the intellectual minds, with sound judgement, are the ones who prevail in attaining freedom for the Syrian people, peacefully.

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Netanyahu to Putin: Israeli airstrikes in Syria will continue

https://www.rt.com/n...etanyahu-putin/




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