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Cheerleading War


Cheerleading War


by Stephen Lendman


When America goes to war or plans one, media scoundrels march in lockstep. Might justifies right. Imperial priorities are suppressed.


Wars of aggression are called liberating ones. Bombs away is called humanitarian intervention. Nations are destroyed to free them. Plunder is called economic development. So is exploitation. 


In Rush to Strike Syria, U.S. Tried to Derail U.N. Probe

WASHINGTON, Aug 27 2013 (IPS) - After initially insisting that Syria give United Nations investigators unimpeded access to the site of an alleged nerve gas attack, the administration of President Barack Obama reversed its position on Sunday and tried unsuccessfully to get the U.N. to call off its investigation.

The administration’s reversal, which came within hours of the deal reached between Syria and the U.N., was reported by the Wall Street Journal Monday and effectively confirmed by a State Department spokesperson later that day.

Syria News - Aug 28


VIDEO: Biden: "No doubt" Assad responsible for Syria chemical weapons attack - CBS News

VIDEO: Carney: No Doubt Syria Used Chemical Weapons -

Obama orders release of report justifying Syria strike - CBS News

Syria says US is "completely wrong", challenges to "produce the evidence" that Assad regime launched chemical attack - CBS News


Scientist: A thorough scientific analysis is needed before the U.S. and its allies decide whether to take military action against Syria - Bloomberg


Evidence points to sarin, says professor - 3 News


Israeli intelligence seen as central to US case against Syria -


Assad’s Brother Seen Linked to Syria Chemical Attack - Bloomberg


North Korea tried to export gas masks to Syria, report says - AFP


UN Admits to Inner City Press its formal request to visit chemical sites made August 24, approved by the Syrian gov Aug 25 - Inner City Press


Syria: security concerns force UN chemical weapons inspectors to delay second site visit - United Nations News Centre


Were The UN Inspectors Examining A Chemical Weapon In Medmah Al Sham? - Brown Moses Blog




U.S. has forces ready to strike Syria, Hagel says; allies consulted -

U.S. warships set for cruise missile strikes on Syria - Washington Free Beacon

Tomahawk Cruise Missiles Likely in U.S. Strikes on Syria - Bloomberg

Military strikes on Syria 'as early as Thursday,' US officials say - World News

Mapped: 35 Places In Syria Likely to Get Hit With a U.S. Cruise Missile - Foreign Policy


White House on Syria: No 'regime change' -


Analysis: U.S. strike would aim to punish Assad, not turn tide of war - Reuters


33 lawmakers: Congress must approve Syria action -


Source: U.S. postpones meeting with Russia about Syria - CBS News


Syria vows to fight off raids with “surprise” defenses - AFP


Russia: Syria has defenses to prevent ‘easy victory’ - AFP


Jordan says won't be 'launchpad' for any Syria strikes - THE DAILY STAR


Israel says will respond with force to any attack from Syria - Reuters


Syria, the Saudi connection: The Prince with close ties to Washington at the heart of the push for war - The Independent


Bill would let S. Arabia be sued for funding 9/11 - Money Jihad


Egypt rejects military intervention in Syria - Ahram Online


Vatican criticizes global powers for preparing possible military action against Syria despite an ongoing UN investigation - AFP



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Syria is About Iran & Israel, Stoopid

The Broader Stakes of Syrian Crisis

August 27, 2013

Editor Note: Though some intelligence analysts still doubt that the Syrian government launched a chemical attack, the political momentum for a U.S. retaliatory strike may be unstoppable. But the broader framework of the crisis involves the Israeli-Iranian dispute and the future of regional peace.

By Ray McGovern

Amid the increased likelihood that President Barack Obama will cave in to pressure from foreign policy hawks to “Libya-ize” Syria and to accord Syrian President Bashar al-Assad the same treatment meted out to Libya’s Col. Muammar Gaddafi, the main question is WHY? Obviously, there is concern about the human rights catastrophe in Syria, but is the main target Syria’s main ally, Iran, as many suspect?

War on Syria Looms


War on Syria Looms


by Stephen Lendman


Russia's gone all out to prevent it. Best efforts aren't working. Last Wednesday's false flag explains. It's pretext for waging war.


Dmitry Rogozin is Moscow's former NATO envoy. He's currently Deputy Prime Minister.


New War Crimes in Egypt and Syria?

by Debra Sweet     The terrible situation in Egypt and Syria may make one wish to look away, but we can't. In both countries, thousands have been killed, with horrifying massacres in the last weeks, and the U.S. government is deeply implicated.

The U.S. government backed a military coup removing the elected government of President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood. The military, trained and supported under successive U.S. administrations, receiving more than $1.5B a year, killed over 1,000 Morsi supporters on August 14, including women and children.

A rush to judgment is a rush to war

blindjusticeOn Sunday and Monday, representatives of President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron claimed that it is "too late" to effectively examine the nature and source of the chemical weapons event near Damascus, Syria last Wednesday (August 21).   (Image: Tim Green)

Are these coordinated, self-serving statements by those who want to attack Syrian government without regard to the source of the chemical weapons attack?

The "too late" statements came four and five days after the attack.  The clear implication is that the limit for a chemical weapons investigation is four to five days after the event.

The first clue to believability of the "too late" claim comes from events in Damascus prior to the attack.  On August 18, a team of United Nations chemical weapons inspectors arrived in the capital of Syria to investigate three past incidents that generated accusations of chemical weapons use.

Syria News - Aug 27


Kerry Accuses Syria of Chemical Weapons Attack -

VIDEO: Secretary of State John Kerry Full Speech on the Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria - YouTube

VIDEO: White House Press Secretary on the Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria - YouTube

VIDEO: US strike against Syria ‘not imminent’, Officials says they will provide intelligence to back up their conclusions in coming days - NBC News

Russia FM: No proof Syria govt behind chemical strike, use of force without a UN sanction is a crude violation of the international law - Yahoo! News

VIDEO (English): Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's Press Conference on Syria (Part 1) - YouTube

VIDEO (English): Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's Press Conference on Syria (Part 2) - YouTube

Chemical experts can gather Syria evidence despite time lapse - UN chief Ban Ki - Reuters

'Not too late to trace nerve gas in Syria', experts say - Herald Sun


Official: UN Inspectors Find 'Valuable Evidence' in Syria - Sky News


Syria: UN chemical weapons team reaches inspection site after convoy hit with sniper fire - United Nations News Centre


Hezbollah fighters exposed to chemical agents in Syria: source - THE DAILY STAR


Syria's Assad denies use of chemical weapons -


Full Text of Bashar al-Assad interview in Izvestia - Izvestia


Syrian Kurdish leader says Assad not to blame for attack - Reuters


EU policy chief Ashton: UN support for military action in Syria is "extremely important" -


Germany backs response if it is confirmed that President Bashar Assad's troops used chemical weapons - ABC News


Israel: Syria regime used chemical weapons on ‘mass scale' - AFP


Israel Claims To Have Intercepted "Syrian Regime Chatter" Confirming Assad Behind Attack - Zero Hedge


Warplanes spotted in Cyprus in a sign of increasing preparations for a military strike against the Assad regime - The Guardian


Charges UK Aids Syria Rebels Via Cyprus -


Iraq opposes use of airspace to strike Syria - AFP


Exclusive: CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran - Foreign Policy


VIDEO: English-Subtitled Videos Show Aftermath Of Chemical Weapons Attacks - EA WorldView




Syrian opposition: No Geneva peace talks after 'chemical attack' — RT News

Syria opposition plans to create national army -


AlNusra Front Proudly Announced the Execution of Alawite cleric Badr Ghazal - SyriaNews


260 Kurdish passengers kidnapped by Jihadists in Syrian Kurdistan, 65 people missing in Afrin - ekurd


VIDEO: Al-Qaeda murders three Alawite truck drivers for not being Sunni Muslims - Jihad Watch


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Israel Poised to Attack Syria?


Israel Poised to Attack Syria?


by Stephen Lendman


Israel partners with Washington's regional wars. A separate article said America and Britain may attack Syria in days. 


Perhaps other NATO partners and Israel will be involved. Hawkish Israeli comments suggest it. On Sunday, Netanyahu said Israel's "finger is on the pulse" of what's ongoing. It need be, it'll move to the trigger.


Pentagon Preparing for War on Syria


Pentagon Preparing for War on Syria


by Stephen Lendman


Washington's rage for war won't quit. It sacrifices truth. Big Lies substitute. Syria bears no responsibility for Wednesday's incident. Convincing evidence blames insurgents.


They used chemical weapons multiple times before. They've been caught red-handed. Don't expect media scoundrels to explain. They feature biased reporting. They ignore hard facts. They do so consistently.

Selling War on Syria


Selling War on Syria


by Stephen Lendman


Waging war requires manufacturing consent. Public opinion's manipulated to do so. Big Lies substitute for full and accurate reporting.


Truth is systematically avoided. Americans get a steady diet of managed news misinformation. On August 20, Al Jazeera America (AJAM) debuted. Qatar's monarchy controls programming.


Syria News - Aug 26


Obama pressured to intervene in Syria. Most Americans say 'no,' says poll (+VIDEO) -

POLL: Despite Chemical Weapon Usage, Most Americans Oppose Any Syrian Intervention - Business Insider

Hague: Syria chemical attack evidence may have been destroyed, repeats his belief that Assad's forces were responsible - AFP

France says "no doubt" Damascus behind suspected chemical attack - AFP

Israel Ministers Urge US Response to Syria "Crime" - ABC News

Top lawmakers call for military response in Syria -


Official: US military updates options for possible strikes on Syria – Blogs


Dempsey, allied military chiefs meet in Jordan amid escalating Syrian crisis - AP


US, Britain and France already have military muscle near Syria - The Irish Times


American, Israeli And Jordanian Troops And CIA Agents Have Entered Syria, Le Figaro Reports - Zero Hedge News


Wikileaks release 84,067 sensitive emails from US intelligence contractor Stratfor – HackReafd




Syria agrees to UN probe of purported chemical attacks - Yahoo! News

U.S. official claims "very little doubt" Syria used chemical weapons, any belated move to allow the U.N. inspectors in is already too little, too late - CBS News


Russia says 'tragic mistake' to assign blame too soon for Syrian gas attack - Reuters


Iran Warns US Over Military Move Against Syria - ABC News


Report: 3,600 Syrians Treated for 'Neurotoxin' Exposure - VOA


In Syria, the dead include countless animals and birds - NY Daily 


VIDEO: Chemical attack in Syria: Shocking first independently verified pictures by ITV News - YouTube




Al-Nusra Front to target Alawite faith, Assad 'over chemical attacks'- recording - RT News

AUDIO: Statement By Jabhat Al Nusra Leader Calls For Revenge For Chemical Attacks - You Tube

Syria-based al Qaeda group issues threat to Western aid workers - CBS News

American Tells of Odyssey as Prisoner of Syrian Rebels -


Syrian army finds chemical agents in rebel hideout: State TV - Al Akhbar English


AUDIO: phone call between rebels uncovered that they used the chemical weapons in Deir Ballba in Homs countryside - YouTube


Former Jabhat al-Nusrah Member admits Chemical Weapons Use - nsnbc international


VIDEO: More Videos Emerge Of Chemical Attack Linked Mystery Munitions - Brown Moses Blog


Large arms shipment reaches Syrian rebels: opposition - Yahoo! News


Saudi Arabia stirs the Middle East pot - The Washington Post


Saudi Arabia And Qatar Fight For Influence -



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Will Obama pull a Bush WMD Scam in Syria?

A rush to judgment is a rush to war. 

obamaheadIt's put up or shut up time for President Barack Obama.

Will the president wait for the completion of an objective study to determine the source of a chemical weapons in an attack on a Damascus suburb on August?  Or, will he fix the results, declare the Syrian government guilty, and unleash some form of military attack?   If he chooses the later option, the similarities to the George W. Bush WMD lies will be too close to ignore.

Added to Obama's refusal to get Wall Street crooks prosecuted, his weak efforts on jobs, the NSA spying on all citizens coupled with his outright denial of the effort, Obama's presidency will lack even the most rudimentary form of legitimacy.

Obama has been pressured to attack Syria since the start of the rebellion against the government of Bashar al-Assad began 2011.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled the world demanding that "Assad must go." Others in the perpetual war faction have lent their voices to the chorus.

Talk Nation Radio: Jean Bricmont: Keep Humanitarian Imperialism Out of Syria

Jean Bricmont is the author of Humanitarian Imperialism, and of a recent article on CounterPunch called "The Wishful Thinking Left."  Bricmont is a member of the Division of Sciences of the Royal Academy for Sciences, Letters and Arts of Belgium.

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“Wag the Dog” – The Sequel Set in Syria

By George Galloway

Over the last couple of weeks a western-backed (and armed) military junta slaughtered many hundreds of Egyptians in broad daylight live on television. The death toll, still concealed, may have been thousands.

The west confined itself to disapproving words and calls for “restraint” on “both sides” – even though the victims were unarmed.

In Syria hundreds of people have just been slaughtered in circumstances which are entirely unclear, and the west is about to launch (in our case without parliamentary approval with the prime minister acting from a beach in Cornwall) a military attack with entirely unforseen consequences on Damascus.

There is a “Wag the Dog” element about this, and indeed the war of President Clinton’s penis satirised in that masterful award-winning movie has already proved a handy diversion from Egypt before its even started.

It is entirely implausible that the Syrian regime chose the moment of the arrival of a UN chemical weapons inspection team to launch a chemical attack on an insurgency already suffering reverse after reverse on the battlefield and steadily losing international support with each new video showing them eating the hearts of slain soldiery and sawing of the heads of Christian priests with bread knives.

In the absence of conclusive evidence one would have to believe that the Assad regime was mad as well as bad to have launched such a chemical attack at a time when it is in less danger than it has been for almost a year. I do not believe that Bashar is mad.

There is ample evidence that the Syrian rag-tag-and-bobtail insurgency, dominated by the most extreme fanatic franchises of Al Qaeda, has access to chemical weapons, indeed any weapons the rag-tag-and-bobtail coalition behind them can get to them.

The US has a long history of using such weapons – and worse – and not just in SE Asia. In the destruction of Fallujah in next door Iraq they slaughtered thousands with the same kind of cocktails.

Israel regularly shares its own chemical weapons stockpile with their neighbours in Gaza. Check the pictures of phosphorous gas raining down upon the UN schools and hospitals in Operation Cast Lead if you don’t believe me.

Britain introduced chemical weapons to the middle east in the first place, dropping gas on the “uncivilised tribes” of Iraq in the 1920s and wondering in parliament “what all the fuss was about”.

Does anyone believe that the foul dictatorships of the Gulf – like Saudi Arabia – wouldn’t give the Syrian rebels some of their chemical weapons? Especially if the purpose was to draw the big powers into the war?

Does anyone believe that a Syrian rebel army whose vile atrocities abound on YouTube wouldn’t use them, for the same purpose?

So now we wait for the summer-surprise attack on yet another Arab country by the former colonial powers. Another summer, another Muslim country under murderous bombardment by the last people on the planet whose motives are trusted by anyone in the Muslim world.

Meanwhile, the money, and the weapons, keep on flowing to the Egyptian junta. The blood of some people, as always, turning out to be of far greater consequence than the blood of others…

George Galloway MP
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An Appeal Against Attacking Syria

Mairead Maguire, Nobel peace laureate, today appealed to the Rt. Hon. William Hague, British Foreign Minister, and M. Laurent Fabius, French Foreign Minister, to stop calling for military action against Syria which, she said, will only lead the Middle East into even more violence and bloodshed for its people.

Maguire said:

Arming rebels and authorizing military action by USA/NATO forces will not solve the problem facing Syria, but indeed could lead to the death of thousands of Syrians, the breaking-up of Syria, and it falling under the control of violent fundamentalist jihadist forces. It will mean the further fleeing of Syrians into surrounding countries which will themselves  become destabilised. The entire Middle East will become unstable and violence will spiral out of control.

Lying About Syria, and the Lying Liars Who Lie About the Lying

UPDATE: Flyers you can use to oppose this war: Color PDF, Black and White PDF.

"U.S. prepares for possible retaliatory strike against Syria," announces a Los Angeles Times headline, even though Syria has not attacked the United States or any of its occupied territories or imperial forces and has no intention to do so.

Imminent US War on Syria?


Imminent US War on Syria?


by Stephen Lendman


Syria is Washington's war. It was planned years ago. It's about regime change. America wants pro-Western puppet leaders replacing independent ones.


Washington doesn't launch conflicts to quit. US-enlisted death squads are no match against Syria's military. They're being routed. 


False Flag Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack


False Flag Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack


by Stephen Lendman


False flags are an American tradition. They're an Israeli tradition. They're used strategically. They reflect Big Lies. 


Merriam-Webster calls them "deliberate gross distortion(s) of the truth used especially as a propaganda tactic."


Drumbeat for War on Syria


Drumbeat for War on Syria


by Stephen Lendman


Whenever America goes to war or plans one, media scoundrels march in lockstep. Truth is the first casualty. Managed news misinformation substitutes. 


It happens every time. It's standard practice. It's no different this time. Facts on the ground don't matter. They're systematically ignored. 


Syria: Truth v. Lies on Chemical Weapons Use


Syria: Truth v Lies on Chemical Weapons Use 


By Stephen Lendman


Churchill was right saying "(a) lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on." 


Today it circulates instantly. It does so virtually everywhere. 


Nazi Reich Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels said:

Syria/Egypt News - Aug 22


Reports of massive chemical attack near Damascus as UN observers arrive in Syria - RT News

Syria Information Minister: Reports on chemical weapons use in Ghouta untrue - SANA

White House seeks U.N. probe of alleged Syria chemical weapons attack -

VIDEO: White House seeks U.N. probe of alleged Syria chemical weapons attack - YouTube

Russia suggests Syria chemical attack was ‘planned provocation’ by rebels, homemade rocket launched from an area controlled by the opposition - RT


VIDEO: Damascus 'chemical attack' - YouTube


VIDEO: Syria Chemical Weapons Attack - YouTube


VIDEO: Raw Footage of the massacre with chemical weapons  - YouTube


VIDEO: Syria Chemical Weapons Terrible Disaster - YouTube


PHOTOS: Are These The Munitions Used In Today's Alleged Chemical Weapon Attack? - Brown Moses Blog


List of videos coming out of Eastern Ghouta claiming chemical weapons attack -


Defense expert: Destroying Syria's chemical weapons could have 'horrifying' consequences - Fox News


Dempsey opposes military action in Syria because it does not believe the rebels will support US interests - AFP


Mass Grave with charred Syrian citizens massacred by an armed terrorist group in Latakia - SyriaNews


VIDEO: Syrian Army discovers mass graves holding the victims of al-Qaeda's "Latakia offensive" -


Syrian Kurds vow to fight for oil fields -




Europe suspends export of arms, other equipment to Egypt -

Egypt PM says country can survive without US military aid - RT News

Egypt to put ex-president Mubarak under house arrest following release from prison - Fox News

Egyptian Authorities Arrest Cleric, Brotherhood Spokesman - VOA


Egypt ex-VP ElBaradei's party 'shocked' over lawsuit - Ahram Online


VIDEO: Army Snipers Shooting From The Rooftops At Protesters -


VIDEO: Egyptian military shooting at protesters -


VIDEO: Pro Morsi Gunmen in Alexandria -


VIDEO: Savage beating of unarmed Egyptian Police man -


VIDEO: Pro Morsi Protester Shooting at Police -



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The Syrian Chemical Weapons Use Canard


The Syrian Chemical Weapons Use Canard


by Stephen Lendman


Throughout months of conflict, Assad faced repeated accusations of chemical weapons use. No evidence whatever suggests it. 


Clear evidence suggests otherwise. Wrongful accusations persist. They ring hollow. They lack credibility. It doesn't matter. They repeat with disturbing regularity.


Syria/Egypt News - Aug 21


Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood leader Badie arrested, set to face trial Sunday -

Egypt’s Brotherhood says struggle will remain nonviolent, not to take up arms in response to the arrest of the group’s leader - The Washington Post

VIDEO: footage of Badie after his arrest - YouTube

VIDEO: Egypt 'anti-coup' alliance slams Brotherhood arrest, says struggle will remain nonviolent -MSN Video

US criticizes arrest of Brotherhood leader in Egypt - Ahram Online

Egypt's ElBaradei faces court for 'betrayal of trust' over his decision to quit the army-backed government in protest at its bloody crackdown - Reuters

Tamarod calls for dissolution of Muslim Brotherhood - World Bulletin


Who's Who in Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy


Arrest warrants of two policemen issued after 37 detainees died in escape attempt - Ahram Online


How some ordinary pro Morsi Egyptians became ‘malicious terrorists’ -


Egypt media 'biased' against Islamists, portraying the fight against the Muslim Brotherhood as a "war on terror" - AFP


Egypt at War Against Terrorists, Says Catholic Copt Leader -


Attacks in Egypt on Christian churches and businesses - The Washington Post


Egypt: Government must protect Christians from sectarian violence - Amnesty International


POLL: Egyptians See Life Worse Now Than Before Mubarak's Fall - Gallup




UN pushes Egypt to allow rights monitors, demands an "independent, impartial and credible" probe into the bloody crackdown by security forces - Al Jazeera

Ban Ki-moon calls for investigation into Egypt prisoner deaths -

US Weighs Pros, Cons Of Cutting Some Aid To Egypt - NPR


White House Reviews Egypt Aid Case by Case -


EU reconsiders arms sales, financial aid to Egypt -


Recent bloodshed underscores urgent need to halt arms transfers to Egypt, of the type used by Egypt’s security forces in violent dispersals and unwarranted lethal force against sit-ins and other protests - Amnesty International


U.S. Allies Thwart America in Egypt, Saudi and Israel encouraging the military to confront the Muslim Brotherhood rather than reconcile -


Israel and Egypt strengthen military ties  to confront security threats from jihadist groups in the Sinai region -


Erdoğan says Israel behind coup in Egypt, has evidence - Today's Zaman


US slams Erdogan claim on Morsi ouster - Ahram Online




Kurds to Meet Sept. 15 in First Regional Summit to Unify Stand - Businessweek

Pan-Kurdish National Conference puts self-determination at the top of its priorities - ekurd

Barzani calls on Kurdish Syrians to stay and fight - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


Iran supports PYD for immediate interests - Today's Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news


Syria Kurds, jihadists in fresh battles, "There is a war for territory, control and oil" - AFP


PYD loses control over northern Syrian town - World Bulletin


Aleppo province: The ISIS and al-Nusra detain more than 30 Syrian Kurdish civilians - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights 


Assad's forces counter rebel gains in Syria's Deir al-Zor - Reuters


Al-Qaeda’s Internal Divide Grows In Syria - Al-Monitor


Christians, other minorities in Syria fear 'ethnic cleansing' by rebel groups - Stripes


VIDEO: UN's Ghadbian: Free Syrian Army head not in control - BBC News


VIDEO: Aleppo Beheading + Shooting -



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Syria/Egypt News - Aug 20



Dozens of protest detainees killed in Egypt - Al Jazeera English

Fresh Egypt protests follow prisoner deaths, amid calls for an international probe into the deaths of 36 protesters while in police custody - Al Jazeera English

VIDEO: Fresh Egypt protests follow prisoner deaths - YouTube

VIDEO: Coup government in Egypt kill political prisoners in Abu Zaabal prison - YouTube

Egyptian security forces’ massive use of lethal force to disperse sit-ins is most serious incident of mass unlawful killings - Human Rights Watch

U.S. 'troubled' by Egypt prison killings, says Muslim Brotherhood shouldn't be banned - Haaretz

VIDEO: Minister of Defence Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi statement - YouTube


Muslim Brotherhood must be removed like Nazis, Egypt's ambassador to Britain says - Telegraph


National Salvation Front: Obama Misleading American People -


VIDEO: Military crackdown on unarmed demonstrators: Canadian Killed in Egyptian Protests -


Al-Ahram journalist shot dead at military checkpoint after curfew - Ahram Online


Canadians in Egypt reportedly arrested while asking police for directions - Yahoo! News Canada


3,500 Morsi supporters arrested since violence began: Brotherhood lawyer - Ahram Online


Vigilantes emerge as menacing force in Egypt as mosque siege ends -


Egypt draft constitution may ban religious political parties – report - RT News


Mubarak could be freed after Egypt court drops corruption case - Yahoo! News




Militants execute 25 Egyptian police in Sinai ambush -

VIDEO: Islamists execute 25 police officers in Egypt's Sinai region - YouTube


Survivor's account of an assault on a police station in which 15 police were killed - AP


Egypt crisis: After six hours looting church school Islamist mob parades nuns in Cairo as prisoners of war - Mail Online


In Egyptian village, Christian shops marked ahead of church attack (+VIDEO) -


Egypt: Pope Tawadros blasts U.S., E.U. as Islamists converts three churches into mosques - Jihad Watch




EU to ‘urgently review’ relations with Egypt, says killings of hundreds cannot be justified - The Washington Post

Obama reviewing annual US military aid to Egypt after violence - The Hill


Leaving Military Aid Intact, U.S. Takes Steps to Halt Economic Help to Egypt -


VIDEO: Hagel: U.S. ability to influence outcome in Egypt "limited" - CBS News Video


POLL: You don’t want U.S. aid dollars in Egypt - Blogs


Arabs ready to cover cuts in Egypt foreign aid: Saudi - Fox News




Syrian army recaptures all rebel positions in Latakia - FRANCE 24

Advancing army 'kills jihadist emir in Syria's Latakia' - Fox News

VIDEO: Syrian army advanced in several villages in Latakia -

Syrian Kurd refugees flee in fear of al Nusra rebel group (VIDEO) - Reuters

VIDEO: Syrian Kurds flee homelands due to jihadi threat: Al-Nusra Islamists persecuting Kurds in Syria - YouTube


Italian priest missing in Syria may be alive: monitoring group - Reuters


Details Emerge On Kidnapped Syrian Bishops - As-Safir Newspaper


Al-Qaeda tortured and killed prominent Syrian cleric – report – InSerbia News


Presence of al Qaida-linked groups in northern Syria complicates rebellion -


ICRC: Syria rebel divisions limit humanitarian access - AFP


Hezbollah commander killed near Damascus - Ahram Online


Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba said Syria is now being run not by Assad but Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah - Al Jazeera Blogs


The Brotherhood Starts Anew in Syria - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT




U.N. inspectors arrive in Damascus on chemical probe -


Ban insists on free access in Syria chemical weapons probe - FRANCE 24


A Chemical Weapon Specialist's Thoughts On The UN Visit To Syria - Brown Moses Blog


Ankara Spy Chief Discloses Smuggling of 2 Cargos of Sarin from Libya to Georgia, Bulgaria Via Turkey - Friends of Syria



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Syria/Egypt News - Aug 18



Security forces clear Cairo mosque after gun battle with anti-government protesters - The Washington Post

Egypt PM suggests dissolution of Brotherhood - Al Jazeera English

Top Brotherhood leader's son shot dead in Egypt -

General Al-Sisi: The Man Who Now Runs Egypt - Newsweek and The Daily Beast

Egyptian generals face legal action by the Muslim Brotherhood and the Shura Council - World Bulletin


Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri's younger brother arrested in Egypt, sources say - World News


Crackdown in Egypt: reports that several foreign correspondents have been harassed, beaten and detained by vigilantes and the security forces -


Threatened, harassed, killed by both sides: journalists in Egypt- DW.DE


VIDEO: 50 Unidentified Armed Civilians Surround ABC News Team Crying "They Are Spies" - ABC News


Catholic spokesman defends Egyptian army crackdown against protesters - Catholic Sentinel


Brotherhood spokesperson denies justifying church attacks - Egypt Independent


Tamarod movement calls on Egyptian government to cancel Camp David peace treaty, stop accepting US aid - JPost


VIDEO: Egyptian security forces clear Cairo mosque - FRANCE 24


VIDEO: More on the Cairo mosque cleared by security forces - BBC News




U.S. allies were near a deal for peaceful end to Egypt crisis, But the military-backed government rejected it and ordered to break up the protests - The Washington Post

Pressure by U.S. Failed to Sway Egypt’s Leaders -

EU calls emergency summit over Egypt crisis as European leaders consider sanctions - Telegraph


Ties With Egypt Army Constrain Washington -


U.S. military needs Egypt for access to critical area - usatoday


Freezing U.S. aid to Egypt would not be easy or cost-free - Reuters


Syria rebels move HQ from Egypt to Turkey -


Illegal weapons shipment heading from Libya to Egypt “seized” - Libya Herald




Rebel Gunmen kill 11 near Syrian Christian villages -

17 dead as Qaeda attacks Syria Kurd town: watchdog - Fox News

PYD prepares draft for autonomy in Syria Kurdish regions - Kurdpress News Aganecy

800 Islamic-Jihadists linked to al Qaeda died in July in clashes with Syrian Kurds: YPG - ekurd


Two Turkish intelligence (MIT) agents killed in Syria, Kurdish Jabhat al-Akrad said - ekurd


In Raqqa, Islamist Rebels Form a New Regime - Syria News


As Islamist rebels rise in Syria, liberal activists take a step back - The Washington Post


U.S. has yet to deliver arms to Syria rebels -


Iraq premier warns of weapons smuggled from Syria - Chicago Sun-Times


Lebanon arrests 3 suspects in Turks' kidnapping - The Times of Israel


VIDEO: Victims of the Syria airstrike on Aleppo building - YouTube


VIDEO: Panic in the immediate aftermath of the Syria airstrike on Aleppo building - YouTube


VIDEO: Rebels Kidnap a Belarusian and a Moldovan Woman - Friends of Syria



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Syria/Egypt News - Aug 17


Friday protests in Egypt cause over 60 more deaths - usatoday

Egypt's Brotherhood announces week of rallies to end 'coup' - Ahram Online

Govt warns Egyptians against ‘terrorist’ Brotherhood - Ahram Online

In Egypt Clashes, Civilians Oppose Protesters -

Tamarod calling for all Egyptians to form neighbourhood watches to protect their houses, mosques and churches - Daily News Egypt

Protesters, police killed as Egypt army deploys to guard govt buildings - 


Egypt: Clashes With Firearms At Azbakeya Police Station -


Egypt: Attempt to Storm a Cairo Police Station Thwarted -


Spokesman for Egypt's NSF quits group over support for 'police massacres' - Ahram Online


VIDEO: Unarmed Protesters Shot By Egypt Army -


VIDEO: More unarmed protesters shot by the Egypt military - YouTube


VIDEO: Egypt: Protesters Mowed Down By Heavy Gunfire On Camera -


VIDEO: Man trying to carry a dead body away hit by army sniper in Egypt -


VIDEO: Head shots and face shots by Egypt's security force -


VIDEO: Protesters jumping off a bridge in desperate attempt to flee violence - ITV News


VIDEO: Ramses Square mosque turned into makeshift morgue - YouTube


VIDEO: Pro Morsi protester caught on video shooting machine gun -


VIDEO: Clashes in Garden City amid fire from security forces, an armed protester is visible - YouTube


VIDEO: Egypt Police Station Burns - YouTube




VIDEO: Christian taxi driver being killed by a mob that swarmed his car as he drove down a street in Alexandria - YouTube

VIDEO: Pro Morsi protesters burning down a Church -

Witness Accounts of Sectarian Attacks of Morsi Supporters Against Christians Across Egypt (VIDEOS) -

Morsi supporters storm schools, two churches in Minya: Eyewitnesses - Ahram Online


Egypt’s Coptic Church announces support for army, police - 


Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood denies attacks on churches - NBC World News


Statement: Muslim Brotherhood Reiterates Denunciation of Attacks on Copts, Churches and Property - Ikhwanweb


As the Military Stormed Cairo Sit-Ins, Kerdasa Residents Went on a Rampage, Killing 11 Policemen, Attacking a Church -




UN Calls for 'Maximum Restraint' in Egypt - ABC News

US urges Egypt to avoid 'lethal force' - Ahram Online

US Seeks to Keep 'Leverage' by Maintaining Egypt Aid - ABC News

Germany Suspends Egypt Aid As World Continues To React To Crisis -


Saudi King Abdullah declares support for Egypt against terrorism - 


Jordan backs Egypt efforts to 'impose law' - Ahram Online


Iran calls on OIC to intervene in Egypt - Ahram Online


Hamas supporters rally against Sisi in Jerusalem - GlobalPost


Gaza jihadists call for 'jihad' against Egypt's el Sisi - The Long War Journal


Tunisian labor leader rejects parallels with Egypt - Yahoo! News




Hezbollah chief says he is ready to fight in Syria, states that preliminary investigations showed jihadists likely behind the bombing - AFP

Residents of Syria’s Raqqa celebrate the devastating car bomb that struck Hezbollah’s Beirut-stronghold (VIDEO) - AFP 

Syrian arrested over July car bombing in Beirut: minister - THE DAILY STAR


Syrian War Fueling Attacks by Al Qaeda in Iraq, Officials Say -


U.S., Iraq boost cooperation on Syria spillover - Haaretz


Iran arms to Syria down but not over: Iraq FM - AFP


CNN, Washington Post, Time Hacked By Syrian Electronic Army -


VIDEO: FSA Al-Faruq Cannibal Commander Wounded by Kurdish Militia, He ate the heart of a Syrian soldier -


VIDEO: Qaeda's ISIS military operation with night vision goggles - YouTube




PYD’s Salih Muslim: We are Awaiting an Invitation for Talks with Washington - Rudaw


Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters seize Turkish documents on Islamic-Jihadist Al Nusra rebels - ekurd


Iraqi Kurdish delegation visits Syria bordwer crossing - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


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Syria/Egypt News - Aug 16


Death toll rises to 638 in Egypt; buildings torched by Morsi supporters - usatoday

Egypt authorizes police use of deadly force after defiant Muslim Brotherhood protesters torch government buildings - Fox News

Egypt's military claims Morsi protesters were armed - The Observers

Egypt's ambassador to Britain defends assault on opposition protesters, claiming many of the dead had been shot by their own side - Telegraph

Churches torched across Egypt in anti-Coptic violence by Morsi loyalists - Ahram Online

Christians under attack since Morsi's ouster, Churches, houses, orphanages, schools and businesses belonging to Copts targeted - usatoday


Egypt court extends Morsi's detention for another 30 days - Ahram Online


ElBaradei’s resignation garners mixed reactions in Egypt, The Tamarod saying it was irresponsible - English 


VIDEO: Aerial footage shows Cairo burning after security forces stormed protest sites - BBC News


VIDEO: Morsi's supporters torch govt building in Giza after crackdown - YouTube


VIDEO: Egypt: protester shooting police -


VIDEO: Egypt's military: Morsi protesters were armed - YouTube


VIDEO: Two civilians armed with AK-47s (kalashnikovs) - YouTube


VIDEO: The same two armed civilians encouraging the looting of a police vehicle. They provide cover, while helmets, batons and anti-riot shields are offloaded - YouTube


VIDEO: One of the two armed civilians is seen setting fire to the police vehicle - YouTube


VIDEO: Group Of Morsi Supporters Attack Egyptian Soldiers -


VIDEO: Protester killing one of their own -


VIDEO: Egyptian Christians suffer Muslim Brotherhood backlash: Coptic churches set on fire across Egypt - YouTube




Obama denounces massacre by Egypt military, cancels joint military exercise - Yahoo! News

VIDEO: Obama remarks on Egypt - YouTube

TRANSCRIPT: Obama Cancels US-Egypt Exercises - The Washington Post

U.S. reviewing aid to Egypt in all forms: State Department - Yahoo! News


US-Egyptian relations on the rocks. El-Sisi wouldn’t accept Obama’s phone call - DEBKAfile


Hagel: Egypt/US military ties 'at risk' - The Hill's DEFCON Hill


Tunisia’s Islamist Leader Calls on Egyptians to Avoid Violence -


Iran's new president says Egypt's army should not 'suppress' the people - Fox News




Al-Qaida Kills 2 Shiite Teenagers - ABC News

VIDEO: Al-Qaida Kills 2 Shiite Teenagers - YouTube

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) intends to declare Raqqa an Islamic emirate by the end of August - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT


FSA Kurdish Commander: Jihadi Groups in Syria Have Hijacked FSA - Rudaw


Foreign Jihadists — Who Are Jaish al-Muhajirin wa Ansar - EA WorldView


Who are the Liwaa Asifat al-Shamal who are holding the Shiites in Syria - Syria Comment


Scores of Azeris Fighting Among Rebels in Syria and Elsewhere - Asbarez Armenian News




New Saudi-supplied missiles boost rebels in south Syria - Reuters

Syria’s War Takes Hold of Lebanon Through Bombings and Kidnappings - Yahoo! News

Jordan seeks U.S. surveillance aircraft as Syria war rages - Yahoo! News


Iraq will not become another Syria, says government, as car bombs kill 34 - Reuters


Young Kurds from Iraqi Kurdistan to go to Syria for "Jihad for Kurdistan" against al-Qaeda linked Jihadists - ekurd


Turkey not categorically against formation of autonomous Kurdish entity inside Syria -


The Post just got hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army. Here’s who they are -



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Syria/Egypt News - Aug 15


Egypt police storm protest camps; Officials say 235 civilians and 43 policemen were killed - AP

Egypt declares state of emergency - Al Jazeera English

Egypt army vows strict curfew enforcement - Ahram Online

3 Journalists Killed in Egypt Turmoil - ABC News

Egypt's VP Mohamed ElBaradei resigns in protest against crackdown -

ElBaradei sets out reasons for resignation - Ahram Online

ElBaradei Resigns Over Crackdown, but His Old Allies Now Love the Egyptian Police - FP Passport


Egyptian officials say several Muslim Brotherhood leaders detained in assault on protest camp - Fox News


Signs of a Rebellion in Egypt's Army? - Israel National News


VIDEO: Raw Video of Crack Down on Sit-Ins - YouTube


VIDEO: Deadly clashes as protests spread - YouTube


VIDEO: Live ammo on protesters fired by Nasr City police station - YouTube


VIDEO: Egyptian woman shot down during clashes -


VIDEO: Regime sniper on the roof in Egypt -


PHOTO: One of three rooms with corpses - Twitter


VIDEO: Bodies of protesters, some charred beyond recognition - YouTube




Morsi Supporters Torch Three Churches in Egypt - Naharnet

VIDEO: Egypt Morsi Supporters Attack Coptic Churches - YouTube

VIDEO: Muslim Brotherhood supporters allegedly lynched 4 police officers after raiding Kerdasa police station -

VIDEO: Policeman allegedly executed in Kerdasa by Muslim Brotherhood supporters -

VIDEO: Egypt government: Muslim Brotherhood 'fired on police' - BBC


VIDEO: Egypt: Gunmen Fire At Security Forces -


VIDEO: One Morsi supporters firing on security forces -


VIDEO: Ransacking of Police Station in Beni Suef in Northeast Egypt - YouTube


VIDEO: Egypt interim PM: Today was a difficult day - YouTube




Statement by White House: The United States strongly condemns the use of violence against protesters in Egypt -

VIDEO: White House press conference on Egypt violence, state of emergency -


VIDEO: Kerry Remarks on Egypt - YouTube


U.S. weighs calling off military exercise with Egypt - Yahoo! News


Exclusive - West warned Egypt's Sisi to the end: don't do it - Reuters




Syrian monitoring group says Qaeda jihadists in Raqqa kill Italian Jesuit priest - Reuters

Qaeda jihadists push FSA rebels out of Raqqa - NOW

VIDEO: Syrians protest against al-Raqqa's new Qaeda rulers - YouTube

VIDEO: Islamic State of Iraq and Levant opens fire against protesters in Raqqa - Al-Ayyam

VIDEO: Iraq’s Al-Qaeda affiliate expands in Syria - Fox News Video


VIDEO: Syria now safe haven for Al Qaeda linked group ISIS - CBS News Video


VIDEO: Executing Children for Supporting Assad - YouTube


VIDEO: Terrorists Beheading Syrian Officer at Menagh air base - TruTube.TV




Syria opposition proposes transition political roadmap - AFP

Plan to overhaul Syria armed rebel forces stirs dissent - AFP

Syrian National Coalition Issues Report On FSA’s Ramadan Military Victories -


Syrian Opposition Condemns Jihadists Targeting Alawites - Al-Monitor


VIDEO: Salafis celebrate the slaughter of Shias including a five year old Syrian child. - YouTube


Exclusive: Syrian National Council President Sabra Says Only ‘Hundreds’ Of Extremists In Syria - Talk Radio News Service


Lebanon offers no asylum for Syrian army defectors - AFP




Syria: Parties discuss forming Kurdish regional government - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

Kurds and Syrian National Coalition reach initial agreement to stop fight - Zawya

The Head of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) is in Turkey Seeking Transitional Administration, Not Independence - Al-Monitor


Turkey Reconsiders Support For Jabhat Al-Nusra - Al-Monitor


Turkish NGO Recruiting Muslim Albanians for War in Syria - aina


Snatching of Turkish pilots in Lebanon tied to Turkey's Syrian policy: analysts - Xinhua |


Iraq's Kurdistan MPs visit western Kurdistan, northern Syria - ekurd


Syrian Electronic Army Leader Says the Hacks Won’t Stop - The Daily Beast


New York Post and Social Flow hacked by Syrian Electronic Army- The Inquirer



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Will or Won't Obama Attack Syria?


Will or Won't Obama Attack Syria?


by Stephen Lendman


US regime change plans are longstanding. War was planned years ago. US-supported proxy fighters wage it.


Obama didn't initiate conflict to end it. At issue now is what's next. Insurgent invaders are no match for Syria's superior military. Guerrilla fighting can continue interminably. 


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