Putin Ups the Ante: Ceasefire Sabotage Triggers Major Offensive in Aleppo

By Mike Whitney

“Syria is the summation of all the errors
of a dysfunctional empire collapsing upon itself.”


The attack on Deir Ezzor was a flagrant act of betrayal. For the first time in the five year-long war,  US warplanes targeted an SAA military outpost killing 62 Syrian regulars. The surprise attacks — which lasted for the better part of an hour and were followed by a coordinated ground assault by members of ISIS – were intended to torpedo the fragile ceasefire agreement and send a message to Moscow that the US was prepared to achieve its strategic objectives in Syria whether it had to launch direct attacks on defenders of the regime or not. Read More

Russian Fighter Jets Intercept Israeli Fighters in Southern Syria

Is this article a fake? Initially, we thought it might well be an attempt at disinformation. It is sourced here from an Iranian site called Alalam. However, a similar story appears on Israeli Ynetnews, so the Israelis are not denying the story. The difference between the two accounts is that, in the first case, the Israeli planes are intercepted in Syria, whereas in the second case they are intercepted in Lebanon.

Russian Fighter Jets Intercept Israeli Fighters in Southern Syria
Russian Fighter Jets Intercept Israeli Fighters in Southern Syria

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A Decisive Shift In The Power Balance Has Occurred — Paul Craig Roberts

IMG_4917The world is beginning to realize that a seachange in world affairs occured on September 28 when President Putin of Russia stated in his UN speech that Russia can no longer tolerate Washington’s vicious, stupid, and failed policies that have unleashed chaos, which is engulfing the Middle East and now Europe.

Two days later, Russia took over the military situation in Syria and began the destruction of the Islamic State forces. Read More