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Syrian War Report – December 11, 2017: Putin Orders Withdrawal Of Russian Forces From Syria

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-december-11-2017-putin-orders-withdrawal-of-russian-forces-from-syria/ On December 10, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hezbollah launched a military operation in order to clear the desert area in eastern Syria from ISIS. According to pro-government sources, the SAA and Hezbollah liberated about 2,000 km in the area between the T2 pumping station and the city of al-Mayadin during the first day of the operation. The US-led coalition believes that about 3,000 ISIS members remains in

Iran’s 1979 revolution picked up the People’s torch first lit in 1917 Russia

[Note by the Saker: I am posting this article with great reservations since I believe that, will all due respect, my friend Ramin fundamentally misunderstand the nature of the Bolshevik ideology and the reality of the motives behind the Bolshevik policies following their seizure of power in 1917.  I also believe that Ramin has a completely wrong understanding of the Christian view of power and I therefore, with Ramin’s authorization,

Proof that the Saker is a Kremlin Troll!

Defending the Kremlin: Hawks, Falcons and Owls in Service by Iliia Pitalev for Sputnik News It is unbelievable, but true: birds help defend the Kremlin. Kremlin officials use hawks, falcons and even owls to scare off crows that spoil the building’s golden domes in the heart of Moscow. Moreover, crows hunt singing birds at the Kremlin and even damage the uniforms of the Kremlin guards. So it’s no surprise that

Moveable Feast Cafe 2017/12/09 … Open Thread

2017/12/09 05:00:01Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of the issues of the day. The ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’ will have two new open threads each week. The Saker stated moderation policy will apply eg ‘no caps’, no obscenity … etc to all post. The Cafe is now open for

Palestine-Syria War Report – December 8, 2017: Jerusalem Standoff

https://southfront.org/palestine-syria-war-report-december-8-2017-jerusalem-standoff/ On December 7, the Palestinian al-Nasser Salah al-Deen Brigades fired several rockets at the Israeli settlements of Hof Ashkelon and Sha’ar HaNegev north of the Gaza Strip. The group said in a statement that this was only the first response to the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and said that more actions will follow. The Israeli Defense Forces said that a battle tank and a warplane

Kosovo will be liberated (UPDATED)

(This column was written for the Unz Review) General Ratko Mladic, now 75, was sentenced last week to life in prison by the NATO kangaroo court known as the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). It is worth mentioning here that, just like Bosnian-Serb President Radovan Karadzic and Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, Mladic was attested and handed over to this NATO tormentors by the Serbian authorities. That tells

The New Great Game moves from Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) Is the world’s center of gravity shifting to the heart of the Indo-Pacific – a new pivot to Asia? In the context of the New Great Game in Eurasia, the New Silk Roads, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), integrates all of China’s instruments of national power – political, economic, diplomatic, financial, intellectual and

Russia and the IOC – a commentary by Ruslan Ostashko

This is another video from the series “5 Minutes of Common Sense” by the Russian political analysis Ruslan Ostashko. In this video, Ruslan is expressing his views on the ban imposed by the IOC on the participation of the Russian team in the winter Olympic games in the South Korea and on the steps Russia could have taken. Commentary by Eugenia who translated and subtitled this video (thanks Eugenia!!): I

Syrian War Report – December 7, 2017: Iran-Lebanon Land Route

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-december-7-2017-iran-lebanon-land-route/ On December 6, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces, Hezbollah and Iranian-backed militias liberated al-Alwai, Sayyal, Ghabrah, Tall Madkok, Hawi al-Ghabrah, al-Ashayir and Bissisat from ISIS and established a full control over the highway between the cities of Deir Ezzor and al-Bukamal in eastern Syria. The rest of ISIS members had reportedly withdrawn from the Euphrates Valley to Syria’s Homs desert or the desert area in western

France’s Lafarge Co. ‘going through a tough time’ after proof they worked with terrorists in Syria

by Ramin Mazaheri That headline leaves out the biggest bombshell: Per court testimony leaked in September, France’s Foreign Ministry knew all about Lafarge’s collaboration with terrorists in Syria and repeatedly encouraged them to do so. Many are assuming that future court inquiries will discover that the France’s Foreign Ministry and national spy services provided more than just moral support. Since the story broke in June 2016 the story just gets

The death of Kissinger’s Shuttle Diplomacy: the Jerusalem factor

by Ghassan Kadi for the Saker Blog No man has possibly served the American Empire as much as Henry Kissinger did, and with all the literature, including screenplays, that have been written about him and his “shuttle diplomacy”, none probably described his biggest ever performance than Patrick Seale in his book “Asad”. After all, even though Kissinger is always remembered as the diplomat who has negotiated terms of settlement with

The unintended consequences of Israeli indifference

This comment was chosen by moderator HM from the post “Syrian War Report – December 4, 2017: Israeli-Iranian Tensions Gain Momentum”. The moderator felt the comment was a thoughtful and a very good summation. Comment by B.F.   This provocation by Israel, bombing a sovereign country without declaration of war, has nothing to do with any possible Iranian “aggression” against Israel, but plenty with geopolitics. ISIS has almost been defeated

Syrian War Report – December 6, 2017: Tiger Forces Reached Al-Bukamal

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-december-6-2017-tiger-forces-reached-al-bukamal/ If you’re able, and if you like our content and approach, please support the project. Our work wouldn’t be possible without your help: PayPal: southfront@list.ru or via: http://southfront.org/donate/ or via: https://www.patreon.com/southfront On December 5, Syrian government forces liberated the villages of Jalaa, Ramadi and Buq in the province of Deir Ezzor. On the same day, six Russian Tu-22M3 strategic bombers carried out a massive strike on ISIS positions near al-Sayyal destroying weapons depots, strong points

“Shortener” volunteer sought for a Saker video report with South Front (SOLVED)

Dear friends, My friends at South Front want to make a high quality video on the basis of this article of mine: https://thesaker.is/the-end-of-the-wars-on-the-cheap-for-the-united-states/ However, the current total length of this article is too long for a script of that video.   I simply don’t have the material time to do the script so what I need is a “shortener”, i.e. a person who would be willing to sit down and “squeeze”

A commentary on the expulsion of Russia from the Olympics

So finally, the suspense is over and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has suspended the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) from 2018 Olympics, ruling that “clean” Russian athletes can only compete under a neutral flag in South Korea in February.  Since I am going to be asked about this I might as well give you my reaction to this latest development. First, I really don’t care about sports or the Olympics. 

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