- President Trump is shutting down the CIA’s program to arm and train rebels fighting the Syrian government
- Declassified doc: The rise of ISIS had been predicated by both the CIA and DIA, as far back as 2012.
- Purposely created by the Obama Administration in part to isolate the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad
- U.S. intelligence agencies were fully aware that weapons were being shipped from Benghazi to Syrian ports
- roughly 60% of the rebel fighters in Syria are sympathetic to ISIS’ .
- Syrian rebels gave “at least a quarter of their United States-provided equipment, including six pickup trucks and a portion of their ammunition, to the Qaeda affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front.”
Via The Hill:
President Trump is shutting down the CIA’s program to arm and train rebels fighting the Syrian government, The Washington Post reported Wednesday, a victory for Russia, which has called for the move for years.
Officials told the Post that shutting down the program, begun by the Obama administration in 2013, is a sign of Trump’s attempts to work with Russia, which has viewed the U.S. attempts to force out Syrian President Bashar Assad during that country’s civil war as an attack on its own interests.
The shuttering of the CIA program does not mark the end of U.S. involvement in Syria — Trump signed off in May on a plan to arm the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish rebel group, using Department of Defense funds.
The Post reports that Trump decided to shut down the CIA program last month after meeting with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and national security adviser H.R. McMaster.
Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin struck a deal for a partial cease-fire during their meeting at the Group of 20 summit earlier this month, set for a region of Syria where rebels supported by the CIA are stationed.
( USHerald) Thanks in part to the declassification of Defense Intelligence documents, connecting those missing dots seems to have finally reveled what most Middle East observers have suspected all along, that the rise of the terrorist group ISIS and the likelihood of establishing a terror state (a caliphate), had been predicated by both the CIA and DIA, as far back as 2012.
And purposely created by the Obama Administration in part to isolate the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad. The documents also predicted that the support given by the West, Turkey and the Persian Gulf Arab states to the Takfiri militants would eventually lead to the establishment of a Salafist Principality in Eastern Syria.
According to investigative reporter Nafeez Ahmed, the “leaked document reveals that in coordination with the Gulf states and Turkey, the West intentionally sponsored violent Islamist groups to destabilize Assad, despite anticipating that doing so could lead to the emergence of an ‘Islamic State’ in Iraq and Syria.”
Obviously Obama’s dismissal of ISIS being nothing more than a “JV” team and his apparent miscalculations in not keeping a residual force in place in Iraq, seems to be (as the documents indicate), considerably more sinister than first assumed, in that not leaving a contingency force behind was viewed by most Middle Eastern experts to have been a simple yet costly a tactical error.
However the documents are also shedding light on details referencing weapons operations inside Libya before the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi.
And the report leaves no doubt that U.S. intelligence agencies were fully aware that weapons were being shipped from Benghazi to Syrian ports.
Here is a link to the Judicial Watch press release detailing the released documents.
Here are the released documents themselves.
According to the think tank linked to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, roughly 60% of the rebel fighters in Syria are sympathetic to ISIS’ political and religious beliefs and practices. While there may be personal disputes between ISIS and the other rebels, most find little problem with ISIS’ ideology and governing style.
These findings stand in considerable contrast to earlier claims made by the Obama Administration, about which groups constituted the Syrian rebels. President Obama had, at one point, pushed to train a so-called moderate rebel force in Syria and spent $500 million to do so. After the failures of the program became evident, Obama switched his position and labeled the belief in the moderate rebels as a viable force to take on ISIS and Assad as a “fantasy.”
The program was ultimately suspended in October of this year when it was discovered that not only were the rebels not fighting jihadists, they gave “at least a quarter of their United States-provided equipment, including six pickup trucks and a portion of their ammunition, to the Qaeda affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front.”
BREAKING: Confirmed Israeli strikes overnight hit store of weapons near Damascus Airport belonging to Hezbollah terror group.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:35 A.M.) – Preliminary reports have emerged that an Israeli air raid has targeted Damascus International Airport or its perimeters.
This cannot be independently verified by Al-Masdar News at this moment however.
Photos have emerged of burning fuel or gas at the international airport.
The reports say that there were five airstrikes against the airport or its vicinity.
It has not been revealed yet the nature of the damage to the airport, but the strikes occurred at around 03:25 A.M. local time.
The Damascus International Airport is still used for civilian flights, including routes to Qamishli in Syria’s northeast, Tehran in Iran and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
WOW! SYRIANS THANK TRUMP FOR SYRIAN ATTACK THEY CHANGE THEIR TWITTER PROFILES TO PHOTOS OF HIM: “WE LOVE YOU!”
Syrians are changing their profile pictures to a photo of Donald Trump, along with the caption: ‘We love you.’
The unprecedented outpouring of Syrians’ support for the US president comes after he authorised the launch of 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian government airbase.
The target, Shayrat airbase, is believed to be the source of a devastating Sarin gas attack in Idlib province, which killed around 100 people.
According to Syrian state media, on top of the military deaths in Shayrat nine civilians, including four children, died as a result of the US airstrikes.
Speaking from Air Force One, Trump said: ‘Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched.
‘It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.’
He also referred to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as a ‘dictator’.
The new avatars were first noticed by Syrian Twitter user Mostafa Mahamed.
TRUMP ATTACKS SYRIA WITH 59 TOMAHAWK CRUISE MISSILES DAYS AFTER ASSAD LAUNCHED CHEMICAL ATTACK AGAINST HIS OWN PEOPLE
- ‘No child of God should ever suffer such horror’: US military fires 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles on Trump’s orders at Homs airfield where Syrian dictator Assad launched chemical attack
( Daily Mail ) President Donald Trump launched a deadly US airstrike against a Syrian air base after a horrific nerve gas attack which killed more than 80 of his own citizens.
The US military fired 59 tomahawk missiles at the Bashar al-Assad controlled al-Shayrat military airfield near Homs at 8.45pm (EDT) on Thursday, killing at least five and injuring many more.
President Trump, speaking from his Mar-a-Lago estate where he is hosting the Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng as part of a two day summit, said the US had to act after the Syrian dictator launched the ‘horrible chemical weapons attack’ on innocent civilians.
‘Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack,’ he said. ‘It was a slow and brutal death for so many.’
TRUMP MUSLIM IMMIGRATION EXECUTIVE ORDER: BAN MUSLIM IMMIGRANTS UNTIL VETTING PROCESS MORE RIGOROUS…NOT ISLAMOPHOBIA, JUST PURE COMMON SENSE!
- ban on admissions from all countries until the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security can make the vetting process more rigorous
( Reuters ) U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sign several executive orders on Wednesday restricting immigration from Syria and six other Middle Eastern or African countries, according to several congressional aides and immigration experts briefed on the matter.
In addition to Syria, Trump’s orders are expected to temporarily restrict access to the United States for most refugees. Another order will block visas from being issued to those from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, said the aides and experts, who asked not to be identified.
The restrictions on refugees are likely to include a multi-month ban on admissions from all countries until the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security can make the vetting process more rigorous.
Stephen Legomsky, a former chief counsel at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Obama administration, said the president has the authority to limit refugee admissions and the issuance of visas to specific countries if it is determined to be in the public’s interest.
ISIS VIDEO SHOWS TODDLER SHOOTING PRISONER TIED TO A FENCE…ISLAM: THE MORE RADICAL, THE MORE DANGEROUS AND DEADLY!
( Daily Mail ) A sickening video appearing to show a toddler shooting a prisoner dead in a ball pit in Syria has been published online by Islamic State.
In the video, the child is seen walking across a ball pit, full of broken plastic balls, towards a prisoner who is tied to a fence by his wrists.
A man then hands the toddler a gun, and he is seen aiming the gun before seemingly pulling the trigger.
Biblical storm ‘sent by God’. A massive storm cloud of dust and rain on the border of Israel-Syria occured at 8 AM on December 1, and “sat like a barrier between ISIS (Islamic State) and Israel,” Israel News Online, which posted the video, said. The storm did not enter Israel’s Golan Heights region but just sat there on the border like a barrier.
A video of the storm was posted on Facebook with the caption: “This strange storm of what appears to be dust, cloud and rain did NOT cross the border fence into Israel.
“It sat like a barrier between ISIS and Israel.”
Some suggested the storm was a “sign from God”, with Orlando Houston writing: “God protecting his chosen people yet again.”
It comes weeks after ISIS opened fire on Israeli soldiers stationed at the Golan Heights.
Israeli troops responded by opening fire on the truck and sending fighter jets to the scene and destroying the vehicle, killing four ISIS members inside.