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"Follow the money back, cut it off . . ."

Investigative journalist and former United States Foreign Service employee, Peter van Buren, suggests we should: "Leave the Middle East alone. Stop creating more failed states. Stop throwing away our freedoms at home on falsehoods. Stop disenfranchising the Muslims who live with us. Understand the war, such as it is, is against a set of ideas — religious, anti-western, anti-imperialist — and you cannot bomb an idea."

Islamic State militants.

Why is Washington Turning Blind Eye to ISIL's Gulf Funding Sources?

Why hasn't the United States yet cut off ISIL's funding sources, Peter Van Buren wonders, adding that by halting the flow of money to the Islamic State Washington could have long ago dealt a lethal blow to the terrorist organization. War is a brutal and expensive business that requires hundreds of millions of dollars; the existence of the notorious Islamic State is dependent on a perpetual money flow from different sources.

"Follow the money back, cut it off, and you strike a blow much more devastating than an airstrike," Peter Van Buren, an author and a 24-year veteran of the State Department, recommends, posing a question: "Why isn't the United States going after Islamic State's funding sources as a way of lessening or eliminating their strength at making war?"

In his blog WeMeantWell.com Peter Van Buren calls attention to the fact that the US State Department has long been aware that Gulf monarchies, longstanding America's allies, are funding numerous Sunni extremist groups. It has never been a secret to Washington's policymakers. In a leaked 2009 action request cable Deputy Assistant Secretary Douglas C. Hengel pointed out the necessity to cut off "terrorist fundraising in the Gulf by al-Qaeda, the Taliban, LeT, and other Af/Pak-based violent extremist groups, all of which undermine the security of the entire international community."

"Direct links are difficult to prove, particularly if the United States chooses not to prove them," Van Buren noted.


Read more at: http://sputniknews.com/politics/20151119/1030406241/washington-gulf-saudi-funding-isil.html

Posted by another_liberal | Thu Nov 19, 2015, 02:02 PM (38 replies)

Now for some good Syrian news . . .

Perhaps it's too early to start celebrating the Syrian civil war's approaching end, still this is undeniably very good news. The ancient nation of Syria may not, after all, be doomed to become yet another failed state.

Syrians carry their belongings as they cross back into Syria (Reuters)

1mn Syrians return home since launch of Russian anti-ISIS ops - Syria UN ambassador

Around 1 million Syrians have returned to their home cities liberated by the Syrian military with Russian air support, Syria’s UN ambassador said Monday, adding that Damascus is determined to work with any state that takes combatting terrorism seriously.

Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations, Bashar Jaafari, said that “this is precisely what happens when it comes to Syrian-Russian collaborative military action against terrorists and exchange of intelligence between Syria, Iraq, Iran and Russia. This has practically resulted in terrorist groups’ retreat from [their positions in] many areas, which allowed 1 million internally displaced persons to return safely to their homes.”

The Syrian ambassador, who took part in a UN Security Council meeting on Monday, confirmed that the Syrian government was ready to cooperate “with any state which has a serious approach to combatting terrorism,” TASS reported. Jaafari also said that the anti-ISIS campaign by the Syrian military has had a positive impact on security worldwide and in Europe.

He believes that Syria's war against terrorism “is in the entire world’s interests” because “every time the Syrian army engages a foreign terrorist, it saves dozens of innocent lives who might be threatened whenever [the foreign terrorist] returns home.” Jaafari also said that those carrying out terror attacks on cities around the world such as Paris “were among thousands of Europeans who came to Syria to wage jihad.”


Read more at: https://www.rt.com/news/322401-syria-refugees-return-isis/

Posted by another_liberal | Tue Nov 17, 2015, 07:01 AM (0 replies)

Video of alley behind Bataclan seconds after the attack began.

Note the young woman hanging from the ledge of the theater building's third story window. (This video contains some very graphic images. It is not for everyone to view, so be forewarned):

Posted by another_liberal | Sun Nov 15, 2015, 06:25 AM (6 replies)

Amazing Syrian combat footage.

This video consists of several short clips of recent Syrian Arab Army ground actions to lift the two-year-long Islamic State siege of Kweires airbase near Aleppo. It is some truly stunning front line combat filming:

Posted by another_liberal | Thu Nov 12, 2015, 06:06 AM (2 replies)

Will our troops in Syria be acting as human shields?

Investigative journalist, Finian Cunningham, has suggested a frightening possibility in regard to the actual rationale behind our Pentagon's eagerness to deploy American military personnel on the ground in Syria. If his theory is correct, and it well may be, we could now be only one unlucky Russian bomb away from a crisis that would make all of our current ones seem mild by comparison.

Ground combat in Syria (Reuters)

US Special Forces deployed as ‘human shields’ to salvage terror assets in Syria.

Obama’s decision to send Special Forces into Syria is being widely viewed as a US military escalation in the country. The troop dispatch also signals that the US trying to forestall Russian successes in wiping out Washington’s regime-change assets in Syria. In short, the US Special Forces are being used as “human shields” to curb Russian air strikes against anti-government mercenaries, many of whom are instrumental in Washington’s regime-change objective in Syria.

First of all, we need to view a host of developments, including the hastily convened “peace talks” in Vienna, as a response by the US and its allies to the game-changing military intervention by Russia. That intervention, beginning on September 30, has not only dealt massive blows to militants, it has completely changed the balance of forces to give the Assad government the upper hand in the war against foreign-backed extremists. That, in turn, has sent the US-led powers trying to topple Damascus into disarray.

Recall the scattered reactions from Washington and its allies, including Britain, France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. At first, Washington tried to rubbish Vladimir Putin’s order to aid his Syrian ally with airstrikes as “doomed to fail”. Then there were overblown, unverified, claims of civilian casualties from Russian strikes, plus there were American claims that Russian cruise missiles had gone wildly astray, hitting Iran. There was also much angst over Russia striking “moderate rebels” instead of the Islamic State terror network. All such accusations, encouraged with Western media amplification, were designed to undermine Russia’s military operation.


But here is perhaps the significant part of the story. “The move could potentially put the American troops in the cross hairs of Russia,” reports the New York Times. Significantly, too, the Pentagon will not be informing the Russian military of the exact whereabouts of its ground personnel. That suggests that the real purpose for Obama sending in the troops is to restrict Russian offensive operations by introducing the risk of bombing American forces. In effect, the US Special Forces are being used as human shields to protect American regime-change assets on the ground.


Read more at: https://www.rt.com/op-edge/320356-syria-us-troops-shields/

Posted by another_liberal | Sun Nov 1, 2015, 08:33 AM (2 replies)
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