Syria

Where the “War on Terror” has transformed into a war of terror funded and supported by the West against Syria’s President Assad

Air strike against Isis near Kobani. Click to enlarge

Syria air strikes: Why can’t the US-led coalition stop the march of Isis?

Stupid question really. But just in case you’ve forgotten we post a little reminder

German police used water cannon during clashes in Hamburg between Kurdush portesters and IS supporters. Click to enlarge

Now ISIS clashes spread across Europe

Riot police separate hundreds of Kurds and Islamist supporters in Germany after at least nine are killed in protests in Turkey

Hezbollah and their supportersd carry the coffins of fallen comrades through Baalbek. Click to enlarge

Lebanon faces Isis and Nusra incursions – and an influx of refugees

Casualty figures moved between 14 jihadis and three Hezbollah dead, and 16 jihadis with eight Hezbollah dead. But the figures are less important than the implications

Top US general says he’s ‘fearful’ ISIS will seize Syrian border town of Kobane

While massed Turkish troops and armour watch, often no more that a few hundred metres away, without intervening

Turkish tanks near the border with Syria. Click to enlarge

Islamic State gains ground in besieged Kurdish town despite US air strike

Islamic militants continue a relentless advance to which the U.S. responds with a SINGLE overnight air strike while neighbouring Turkey watches

Turkey demands US target Assad as price of co-operation

Self interest and subterfuge help Islamic militants gain ground in their advance, while Turkey demands that the U.S. removes Assad as a precondition to their fighting the militants

Cameron talked the talk at conference. But after the bombing, what then?

What happens if our Kurdish allies and non-existent “moderate” Syrian fighters – described by Vice-President Joe Biden last week as largely “shopkeepers” – don’t overthrow the monstrous “Islamic State”?

Those who favour this action claim to care about massacres and persecution. But in fact they want to be seen to care, writes Hitchens. Click to enlarge

Dragged into a war by clowns who can’t even run a railway

Wars cause far more atrocities than they prevent. In fact, wars make atrocities normal and easy. If you don’t like atrocities, don’t start wars. It is a simple rule

Biden’s remarks on Syria about allies are ‘disingenuous’: Rickard

Part of the problem, says the former U.S. intelligence official Scott Rickard, is that “the US public is completely misled by their politicians and their news media”

Islamic State beheads British hostage Henning in new video

The timing alone should rouse suspicion. Just as Britain contemplates striking terrorists in Syria, they post a video of their beheading the charity worker. Almost goading a strike

John's father, Paul Cantlie reads his appeal from his hospital bed. Click to enlarge

John Cantlie: Father of British Isis hostage appeals for his release

It may sound like a contradiction but we explain why this appeal could be an example of heartless cynicism.

Turkish soldiers face Islamic State positions near Kobani. Click to enlarge

Turkey approves military incursions against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq

Opening the way for NATO’s ‘intervention’ in both nations

U.S. Considers a No-Fly Zone to Protect Civilians From Airstrikes by Syria

The U.S. is pondering imposing a no-fly zone over Syria, just like it once did over Libya and Iraq. Although this time it would be to “protect civilians”

Congressman Adam Kinzinger

US Congressman Calls For No-Fly Zone Over Syria

Despite the ‘humanitarian’ pretext we shouldn’t forget that recent western military ‘interventions’ have all been preceded by the imposition of no-fly zones

US targets Syria infrastructure rather than militants: Sabrosky

US Army War College graduate and Marine Corp veteran, Alan Sabrosky says Western air strikes targeting Syrian infrastructure not militants

Former commander of British ground forces, General Lord Richards

Striking ISIS is futile, says top British general

Former head of British military warns that air strikes alone will not defeat ISIS. To effectively deal with the militants troops will have to be deployed on the ground

It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis, so why don’t we do it and save some lives?

In this part of the world exchanging captives goes back to the time of the Crusades. So what’s stopping the West?

Erdogan: Turkish troops could be used to establish secure zone in Syria

In other words a NATO member could militarily seize parts of Syria on “humanitarian” grounds. If that happens expect the current crisis to escalate into a region-wide conflict

CNN's Amanpour interviews President Rouhani. Click to enlarge

Iran’s President calls airstrikes on ISIS ‘theater,’ says broader campaign needed

Underlining Iran’s deep mistrust of its old adversary, Iran’s President Rouhani suggests that US campaign is little more than “theater”

Villepinte gathering for regime change in Tehran 27 June 2014. Click to enlarge

The March to War: Fighting ISIL is a Smokescreen for US Mobilization against Syria, Iran

The fight against ISIS is part of a long agenda to effect regime change in Tehran and the Middle East