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Pentagon Chief Says He Thinks IS Leader Baghdadi is Alive


If true, this will be a source of extreme embarrassment for Russia. Russia touted his death as a de facto testament to their ‘lethality’ and ‘superiority’. </end editorial> U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he believes that the leader of the extremist Islamic State (IS) group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is still alive. “I think Baghdadi’s… Continue reading Pentagon Chief Says He Thinks IS Leader Baghdadi is Alive

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Russia: US sent ‘invitation’ for terrorists to stage gas attack in Syria


Update: Apologies, I initially launched with incomplete information and the author subsequently corrected me.  I suggested the word “invitation” was an inflation of the correct verbiage.  The US picked up intelligence that Syria was about to launch another chemical attack on its civilians.  The US said “no, no, no, don’t do that.”   The author,… Continue reading Russia: US sent ‘invitation’ for terrorists to stage gas attack in Syria

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Kennan Cable No.23 – Putin’s Middle East Triangle


I do not necessarily agree with the author’s comments or conclusions, but it is a perspective worth considering.  I post this primarily to offer a more strategic perspective of what is happening in the Middle East, primarily concerning Syria.  Again, it is “a” perspective, not “the” perspective. </end editorial>   Kennan Cable No.23 – Putin’s… Continue reading Kennan Cable No.23 – Putin’s Middle East Triangle

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US shoots down Syrian Air Force fighter


Yes, this is significant, but what will Russia do or say?  This is a serious escalation in the war.  Russia will talk tough, they will launch a tirade in the news, both Putin and Lavrov. The Russian Ambassador to the UN may even take off his shoe and pound it on the table. Russia, however,… Continue reading US shoots down Syrian Air Force fighter

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US F-15E Shoots Down ‘Hostile’ Predator-Sized Drone in Syria


This escalation speaks volumes.  It is a direct attack on the United States. Please note, the country owning and operating the drone is not identified, although it is surely known. Strategically, a verbal, written, and actionable response must be considered.   This is also an upgrade in drone capabilities, outside the US.   Please note,… Continue reading US F-15E Shoots Down ‘Hostile’ Predator-Sized Drone in Syria

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State Department: Assad’s Regime Built Crematorium to Burn Bodies of Executed Prisoners


The Sputnik response was fairly civil.  US Releases New Declassified Info on Damascus’ Alleged Actions Against Civilians </end editorial> by ABIGAIL WILLIAMS WASHINGTON — The Syrian regime has built a crematorium 45 minutes outside of Damascus where the U.S. government believes they are burning the bodies of the thousands of prisoners executed inside the walls… Continue reading State Department: Assad’s Regime Built Crematorium to Burn Bodies of Executed Prisoners

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Russia Undermines Iran’s Case Blaming Al Jazeera For Syrian Chemical Attack.


FARS, one of the official news agencies in Iran, appears to be going all-in, making the case against Al Jazeera for staging the chemical attack in Syria. More Secrets Exposed about Fake Video of Chemical Incident in Syria’s Idlib FARS cites history, names, and weaves an intricate web of facts not normally seen in Iranian news of any… Continue reading Russia Undermines Iran’s Case Blaming Al Jazeera For Syrian Chemical Attack.