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I mean, he could be Syrian though, could he not? Nevermind the actual video, but check out Syriangirl on youtube,

 

 

If I didn't know any better, I'd think she could pass as a European. Also, I often find it hard to tell others apart, for example, I've seen Lebanese that look wholly European, Jews that look European, and Iranians that also look European, some even with blonde hair and blue eyes. 



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I'll just leave it here:

 

 
MOSCOW, September 12. /TASS/. Terrorist insurgents have singled out 22 children and their parents along with a group of orphans who were kidnapped from refugee camps to ‘star’ in a video-recorded staged chemical attack op, the Russian Reconciliation Center for the Opposing Sides in Syria (part of the Russian Defense Ministry) reported on Wednesday.
 
"Militants have selected 22 children with their parents from the communities of Zitan, Zerbeh and Birnah in the Aleppo Governorate for participation in staged chemical attacks. One more group of orphans abducted from refugee camps and intended for the filming of lethal scenes is being kept in a cell in the al-Iqab prison controlled by the terror group Jabhat al-Nusra (outlawed in Russia - TASS)," the Center reported.
 
"Irrefutable information at our disposal says that yesterday, on September 11, the camera crews of a number of Middle East based TV channels and a regional affiliation of a US channel filmed nine sham scenes alleging the use of chemical warfare agents by Syrian troops against civilians," the Russian military said, adding that the filming of the episodes had taken place in Jisr Al-Shughour, in the Idlib Governorate.

 

Poor children, not only they are doomed to die, but their death will also serve as excuse to attack their country... and someone here asked "but seriosly, why do you dislike us?" You, guys, are indeed "unique and exceptional" civilization.



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U.N. documents further Syrian government use of banned chemical weapons

 

https://www.reuters....s-idUSKCN1LS1JH

 

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GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. investigators said on Wednesday that they had documented three further uses of banned chlorine weapons by Syrian government forces that constituted war crimes, and urged major powers to help avert a “massacre” in the final battle for Idlib.

 

The attacks caused injuries in the Damascus suburb of Douma and in Idlib in the northwest in January and early February, they said in their latest report.

 

They said they were still investigating a suspected chemical attack in Douma on April 7 that killed at least 49 people and wounded up to 650.

 

The United Nations has warned of a potential humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib, the last major rebel stronghold, if an expected offensive is carried out by the Syrian government and its allied Russian forces.

 

“The Commission of Inquiry demands that all parties to the conflict and those states who support them do everything in their power to prevent a massacre in Idlib,” the war crimes investigators said in a statement read out by panel chairman Paulo Pinheiro to a news conference.

 



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National evaluation - Clandestine Syrian chemical weapons programme

 

https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/IMG/pdf/170425_-_evaluation_nationale_-_anglais_-_final_1_cle8ca411.pdf

 

Introduction:

 

This document is based on declassified intelligence from France’s own sources.

 

On 4 April 2017, air strikes against civilians in the city of Khan Sheikhoun killed more than 80 people. According to our experts, the symptoms observed immediately afterwards (pupil contraction, suffocation, bluing of lips, white foam on faces, convulsions), the high number of deaths, and the fact that certain responders and medical staff suffered secondary contamination are consistent with the use of a highly lethal neurotoxic agent. This has now been confirmed scientifically.

 

These strikes come in the context of continuous use since 2013 of chemical weapons or chemical agents in Syria, particularly during air strikes, including after the Syrian regime committed to dismantling its chemical weapons arsenal on 25 October 2013. France has collected biomedical and environmental samples and munitions and pieces of munitions in Syria on several occasions, and has been able to confirm the use of chlorine and sarin several times. The attached table lists France’s evaluations.

 

1. – Technical analysis of the chemical attack on 4 April

 

a) France has deployed the required resources to obtain its own samples from the alleged sarin attack on 4 April 2017 in Idlib Governorate.

 

b) The analyses carried out by French experts on the environmental samples collected at one of the impact points of the chemical attack at Khan Sheikhoun on 4 April 2017 reveal the presence of sarin, of a specific secondary product (diisopropyl methylphosphonate – DIMP) formed during synthesis of sarin from isopropanol and DF (methylphosphonyl difluoride), and hexamine. Analysis of biomedical samples also shows that a victim of the Khan Sheikhoun attack, a sample of whose blood was taken in Syria on the very day of the attack, was exposed to sarin.


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UN: Syria faces 'unprecedented' levels of internal displacement

 

https://www.aljazeer...2115109060.html

 

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(Al Jazeera ) Syria has witnessed unprecedented levels of internal displacement not seen throughout the seven-year conflict with more than one million forced to flee, a UN report said on Wednesday.

 

The 24-page report by the UN Commission of Inquiry - to be presented at the 39th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on September 17 - detailed the ordeal many Syrians have faced in the last six months.

 

"As pro-government forces moved to recapture large swaths of territory from armed groups and terrorist organisations, over one million Syrian men, women, and children were displaced with most now living in dire conditions," said the report.

 

"No one is acting according to their responsibilities, human rights wise or otherwise," commissioner Karen Abuzayed told Al Jazeera.

 

It noted combatants on the ground failed to take any action to protect civilians.

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Newly displaced Syrian children react after their arrival in a camp in Idlib province on Tuesday

[Khalil Ashawi/Reuters]


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Russia pre-empts Idlib offensive with smear campaign

 

https://www.thenatio...mpaign-1.769694

 

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(The National) 

Moscow is falsely claiming that US journalists are staging fake chemical attacks in Syria...

 

The Kremlin’s disinformation campaign is ramping up ahead of the planned Russian and Syrian government operation in Idlib, billed as the last major battle of the Syrian war.

 

Never mind that independent UN investigators have previously proved that the Syrian regime, backed by Moscow’s political and military machine, have carried out chemical attacks that have killed hundreds of civilians around the country.

 

The repeated denials of such chemical weapons use by the regime of Bashar Al Assad and his Russian sponsors – in the face of all evidence – are being reinforced by Russian counterclaims aimed at obfuscating the issue.

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A child wears an improvised gas masks in Syria's rebel-held northern Idlib province.

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How the Syrian civil war has mutated again

 

https://www.newstate...s-mutated-again

 

Introduction:  (New Statesman) Here we go once more. Bashar al-Assad is turning his attention towards Syria’s last significant pocket of anti-regime resistance, located in the northern province of Idlib, close to the Turkish border. He is approaching this campaign buoyed by a series of decisive victories in the south that brought the Quneitra and Daraa governorates back under regime control – the latter being the province that triggered the original uprising in 2011. Having already re-established control elsewhere, such as in Aleppo in December 2016, and Homs almost a year before that, Assad has been slowly reasserting himself over Syria’s most important and strategic areas.

 

As the battle now moves to Idlib province, the last important redoubt for the armed opposition, the stage is set for one of the fiercest confrontations of the war so far. Over the last 24 months, whenever Assad reclaimed various parts of the country, rebels and activists who resisted peace deals were moved to Idlib in brokered agreements. Convoys of lime-green buses have become an infamous endnote to these revanchist campaigns, ferrying beleaguered rebels and their families up to Idlib.

 

 

Conclusion: 

 

…The war has become a zero-sum game for both the rebels and jihadists who find themselves confined to Idlib. They are among the most committed of Assad’s opponents, having already refused to surrender or negotiate elsewhere in the country. There are also thousands of foreign fighters in Idlib province, among them many Britons and other Europeans.

 

 

Each side is already accusing the other of preparing to use chemical weapons in a foreshadowing of the propaganda war that will follow should these weapons be used in Idlib, as they have been elsewhere. For the thousands of ordinary Syrians who fled to Idlib in search of safety, this new offensive will produce yet another wave of gruesome human suffering.

 

 

Some policymakers are tempted to see the Syrian conflict as drawing to an end, particularly as the campaign to recapture Idlib gets ever closer. Although the intensity of the war is certainly paring, as rebels find themselves displaced into the protected northern Aleppo enclave, there is in truth no sense of an ending to the misery and suffering. 

 

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A man shelters in an underground cave in Idlib.

KHALIL ASHAWI/REUTERS


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I swear, the hawks on both sides are going to drag us into a war yet.

 

The US is ready to send in F-35s into combat if tensions with Russia and Syria boil over

 

https://www.business...oil-over-2018-9

 

Introduction:

 

(Business Insider) The US has a small aircraft carrier hosting F-35B stealth fighter jets in the Middle East as Russia threatens US forces in Syria — and if fighting breaks out the US will have no choice but to send in the advanced fighters.

 

Russia and its ally, Syria, have launched a massive offensive against Idlib, the last rebel-held area in the country, and appeared to predict chemical weapons use in the process.

Syria's government has been linked to 33 cases of chemical weapons use against its own people during the 7 year-long civil war, and along with Russia stands accused of war crimes such as the indiscriminate bombing of hospitals and schools.

 

Russian media has accused terrorists and groups with US-backing of plotting to stage, and to actually carry out, a chemical weapons attack on children and families in Idlib to justify attacking the Syrian regime.

 

But Russia has made these claims before, and it hasn't stopped the US from striking Syria in the past. This time, as Syria and Russia eye a bloody victory over the last remaining rebels, Russia has telegraphed that it would counter-attack the US if US missiles hit Syrian targets over chemical weapons use.

 

This is why I didn't think Hillary was any more dangerous the Trump. Push comes to shove, and Trump is probably going to side with the hard liners. I hope I am wrong on that. 

 

 

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Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) transits the Gulf of Aden during a vertical replenishment while on a regularly scheduled deployment of Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).

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I swear, the hawks on both sides are going to drag us into a war yet.

 

The US is ready to send in F-35s into combat if tensions with Russia and Syria boil over

 

Idlib operation was clearly delayed, because of disagreements with Turkey. The second round of Russian-Turkish negotiations will happen at 17 september. So, we have another few days of guaranteed peace. And then... yes, anything can happen. As I told many times, i'm a bit of fatalist: "do your best and let happens what happens".

 

PS by "do your best" i mean Russia MUST retaliate if USA will dare to attack us in Syria. If necessary, send this beautiful warship from previous post to the sea bottom.



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Good or bad, but Idlib operation was officially cancelled. Instead, Putin and Erdogan agreed to create the "demilitarized zone", whatever it means...



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^ ^ ^ But this didn't save Syria from missile attack, which started few minutes ago. I suspect this is exactly the attack that was planned as "punitive strike" after the "use of chemical weapon" (which didn't happen, but who cares?). Right now, Syrian and Russian air defence trying to repel the attack...

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Russia blames Israel after Syria shoots down reconnaissance plane

 

http://www.latimes.c...0918-story.html

 

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A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was brought down by a Syrian missile over the Mediterranean, killing all 15 people on board, the Russian defense ministry said Tuesday. It blamed Israel for the crash, saying the plane was caught in the crossfire as four Israeli fighters attacked targets in northwestern Syria.

 

The Russian military said the Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft was hit late Monday as it was returning to its home base.

 

"The Israeli pilots were using the Russian aircraft as a shield and pushed it into the line of fire of the Syrian defense," ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.

 

Russian state television quoted a defense ministry statement as saying that Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Lieberman, that Israel is "fully to blame" for the deaths.

 

The military said Israel did not warn it of its operation over Latakia province until one minute before the strike, which did not give the Russian plane enough time to escape.

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Russia said contact with the plane was lost as it flew over the Mediterranean Sea about 35km from the Syrian coast.

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