Tag Archives: Aleppo

Why the US Wants 30,000 Troops on Syria’s Border With Turkey

By Darius Shahtahmasebi. Published 1-18-2018 by The Anti-Media

On Saturday, the Defense Post reported that the U.S.-led coalition in Syria was building a 30,000-member “border force,” made up predominantly of Kurdish and Arab Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), as well as some unspecified new recruits.

“The Coalition is working jointly with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to establish and train the new Syrian Border Security Force (BSF). Currently, there are approximately 230 individuals training in the BSF’s inaugural class, with the goal of a final force size of approximately 30,000,” CJTF-OIR Public Affairs Officer Colonel Thomas F. Veale told Defense Post. Continue reading


US Military Bombs Syrian Mosque During Evening Prayers, Killing Dozens

While rescuers continue to search rubble for civilian victims, attack widely condemned as war crime

By Lauren McCauley, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 3-17-2017

Civil defense team members and people try to rescue people who were trapped under the debris of a Mosque after an aerial attack on a mosque during prayer in the Cina village of Etarib district of Aleppo, Syria on March 16, 2017. (Photo: İbrahim Ebu Leys/ Anadolu Agency )

U.S. military officials have confirmed that a U.S. aircraft struck a mosque outside of Aleppo, Syria during evening prayers on Thursday, killing dozens of civilians, in an attack that many are calling a war crime.

Airwars’ Samuel Oakford reported that U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) confirmed that a raid “took place in the vicinity of al-Jinah village, which is located in western Aleppo governorate, just a few kilometers from the border with Idlib. CENTCOM spokesperson Maj. Josh Jacques said the target was ‘assessed to be a meeting place for al Qaeda, and we took the strike.'”

Jacques added that the target “happened to be across the street from where there is a mosque.” Continue reading


End of the US Empire: Russian Warships Just Arrived in the Philippines

By Darius Shahtahmasebi. Published 1-6-2017 by The Anti-Media

The Russian Navy destroyer Kulakov. Photo: Brian Burnell via Wikimedia Commons

Notable American foreign policy critic and linguist, Professor Noam Chomsky, has stated numerous times that the United States’ power has steadily been declining since the end of World War II. As Chomsky notes, in 1945, the United States had “literally half the world’s wealth, incredible security, controlled the entire Western Hemisphere, both oceans, [and[ the opposite sides of both oceans.”

In that context – and in the context of the United States waging war in multiple countries across the globe with the most advanced military technology in the world – it is hard to understand how this has happened. But Chomsky is not wrong. Continue reading


Unbelievable: Media Cited Terrorist Leader to Claim No Terrorists Are in Aleppo

By Darius Shahtahmasebi. Published 10-21-2016 by The Anti-Media

Photo: @IngeZondag/Twitter

Photo: Inge Zondag/Twitter

On Wednesday, the Guardian released an article titled “U.S. and U.K. reject Russian offer of ‘pause’ in airstrikes on Syria.” Aside from the fact it’s riddled with the outlet’s usual pro-U.S.-U.K. and anti-Russian propaganda, the article sank to the lowest of possible lows in an attempt to present the Russian military as an aggressor in Aleppo in which there are allegedly no terrorist groups — only moderate fighting forces.

How? By citing the leader of a terrorist group. Continue reading


The War in Syria: Who Is Actually to Blame?

By Darius Shahtahmasebi. Published 10-602016 by The Anti-Media

Aftermath of coalition air strike. Photo: Twitter

Aftermath of coalition air strike. Photo: Twitter

Depending on which news outlets you follow, your understanding of what is going on in Syria is likely coming from one of two main camps — Western media or Eastern media. Western media, in tandem with the Arab Gulf states, has almost completely pinned the blame for the crisis in Syria on the current president, Bashar al-Assad. Any residual blame left for the taking is delivered to Russia and Iran.

Those of us who inform ourselves daily from an eclectic range of media sources tend to have a broader understanding of the conflict in Syria. The more critical one becomes of both ends of the media spectrum, the more one can evaluate the veracity of the respective outlets (for example, the peddling of statistics from a T-shirt shop in England versus the use of satellite imagery). Continue reading


Outrageous Targeting’ as MSF-Supported Hospital in Syria Bombed

‘Where is the outrage among those with the power and obligation to stop this carnage?’

By Andrea Germanos, staff writer for Common Dreams. Published 4-28-2016

In this image made from video and posted online from Validated UGC, a man carries a child after airstrikes hit Aleppo, Syria, Thursday, April 28, 2016. (Validated UGC via AP video)

In this image made from video and posted online from Validated UGC, a man carries a child after airstrikes hit Aleppo, Syria, Thursday, April 28, 2016. (Validated UGC via AP video)

Doctors Without Borders said Thursday that a hospital it supported in the Syrian city of Aleppo was bombed, destroying the key pediatric facility and killing at least 14 people.

The medical humanitarian aid group, also known by its French acronym, MSF, said in a statement that two doctors were among the casualties, including one of last pediatricians in Aleppo, and that other medical structures in the city had also been attacked this week.

Witnesses said the Al Quds hospital was hit by a missile from a fighter jet Wednesday, according to CNN. Continue reading


Searching for Sense Amidst Terror

This photo provided by the anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center (AMC), shows a damaged school that was hit by a Syrian government air strike in Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (Photo via Twitter/Aleppo Media Center AMC)

This photo provided by the anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center (AMC), shows a damaged school that was hit by a Syrian government air strike in Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. (Photo via Twitter/Aleppo Media Center AMC)

As President Bashar al-Assad prepares to run for his third term as Syria’s leader, the civilians of the war-torn country have little reprieve in their struggle for survival. A recent escalation of chemical weapon attacks in the northern regions and the area surrounding Damascus leaves  the government and the opposition forces pointing fingers at each other. Witnesses state that, without question, most all the attacks are carried out by the government, using their aircraft to drop the crude barrels of deadly chemicals on the helpless populations below.

Syria’s government missed a Dec. 31 deadline to remove the most dangerous chemicals in its stockpile and a Feb. 5 deadline to give up its entire stockpile of chemical weapons. Assad’s government cited security concerns and the lack of some equipment, but has repeated that it remains fully committed to the process.

“In Kfar Zeita, a rebel-held village in Hama province some 125 miles north of Damascus, a mid-April chemical attack remains unclear and likely won’t be known for some time. State-run Syrian television blamed members of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front rebel group for the attack, saying they used chlorine gas to kill two people and injure more than 100. It did not say how it confirmed chlorine was used. The TV report also claimed the Nusra Front is preparing for another chemical attack against the Wadi Deif area in the northern province of Idlib, as well as another area in Hama. The government station did not explain how it knew the Nusra Front’s plans,” reports from Associated Press state.

But on April 29, the government again attacked the innocent.

Children in Syria’s largest city found art to be a way to help them process the horrors they have witnessed as they struggle to make sense of life amidst civil war. Sharing these reflections with the community around them was seen as a step toward giving them normalcy and compassionate understanding. On Wednesday, they arranged their artwork for exhibition.

Their school was hit in a government airstrike in the opposition-held district of Aleppo, killing at least 19 people, including 10 children, activists have reported. The attack hit the Ein Jalout school in the eastern part of Aleppo. In an activist video the bodies of 10 of the 25 children killed were laid on the ground of a local hospital wrapped in sheets.

In a previous attack on August 30, 2013, “A playground full of children in northern Syria has been bombed by a fighter jet with a napalm-like substance, according to disturbing new footage captured by the BBC Panorama program. Eye witnesses described how a jet had passed the school in Aleppo numerous times, as if it searching for a target, before it dropped the bomb. At least 10 children were killed and many more were injured, according to the report from Ian Pannell and cameraman Darren Conway.

A large number of those who survived had burns to more than 50 per cent of their bodies, meaning that they were more likely than not to die as well. Both adults and children were filmed arriving at a basic hospital, with their clothes burned from their bodies and their skin coated in a white substance which the BBC said suggested the bomb contained something like napalm or thermite.

Though he refused to be identified in the report, the school’s headmaster spoke out about the terrible scenes. He said: “This was the most horrific thing. We have seen images on TV, we have heard many stories, but we have never seen anything like this before. The worst thing in life is watching someone die right in front of you and you can’t do anything. There were dead people, people burning and people running away, but where to? Where would they go? It is not safe anywhere. That is the fate of the Syrian people.”

Kremlin.ru [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Kremlin.ru [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Currently, the United States supplies the Syrian people with $1.8 billion in humanitarian aid, and $500 million in non-lethal military aid (computers, food, etc.) to the rebel forces. And, as the CIA is in charge of lethal military aid to the rebels (weapons and training are the extent that they’ll publicly admit to), we don’t have any estimate as to how much the U.S. is actually spending in direct military aid.

The Russians, on the other hand, have sold an estimated $1.6 billion in arms to the Assad regime; 10% of the total of Russian arms sales on the global market. With this kind of money and aid pouring in, what incentive does Assad have to end this conflict?

Occupy World Writes calls on the international community to recognize that the continued pummeling of Syria by the country’s government can be seen as nothing but acts of terrorism. Targeting children, women, elderly and innocent civilians to exert an atmosphere of terror is the definition, and Assad clearly has crossed that line.

The US State Department has clearly stated “The United States does not negotiate with terrorists.” Any questions?