SAA Chief of Staff Raises Syrian Flag over As-Sukhnah

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SAA Chief of Staff Raises Syrian Arab Republic Flag over As-Sukhnah

As-Sukhnah town in Homs eastern countryside was a main base for the US sponsored ISIS terrorist group to launch attacks against Tadmor, Palmyra to the south of it, served as a main defense post for the terrorists besieging Der Ezzor, and the link between ISIS and US ‘contractors’ in neighboring Iraq and the terrorists group in Syria.

After intensive fights and with unmatched morale and determination by the Syrian Arab Army and allies, the city is cleaned and the terrorists are pushed further back to their posts in Der Ezzor and Raqqa.

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As-Sukhnah Homs Countryside North of Palmyra and South of Der Ezzor

General Ali Abdullah Ayyoub Chief of the General Staff of the Syrian Arab Army and the Armed Forces raises the Syrian flag in As-Sukhna town after the SAA and allies liberated it on their march to clean Der Ezzor from the ISIS terrorists.

Under the guidance of President Bashar al-Assad, Commander-in-Chief of the Syrian Arab Army and the Armed Forces, General Ali Abdullah Ayoub, Chief of the General Staff of the Army and the Armed Forces, accompanied by a number of officers of the General Command, toured our units operating in the city of As-Sukhna and its environs in Homs eastern countryside.

General Ayyoub conveyed to fighters the love of President Bashar al-Assad and his pride in their heroism and sacrifices and victories that they achieve in the face of the ISIS terrorist organization.

General Ayyoub listened to the field commanders for a detailed explanation of the nature of the tasks carried out and the and the circumstances of the combat battles that our forces have engaged in this direction to liberate the city of As-Sukhnah.

General Ayyoub praised the great efforts made by our brave fighters in cooperation with the allied forces (NDF and regional tribal forces), and the support of friends and allies (Hezbollah, Iran and Russia and others). General Ayyoub examined the future operations plans, provided his directives, and inspected the readiness of the forces and their readiness to carry out the following tasks.

General Ayyoub also toured the city of As-Sukhnah and was briefed on the extent of the destruction caused by the ISIS terrorist organization in public and private property and he raised the flag of the Syrian Arab Republic in the public arena.

General Ayyoub met the fighters in their positions and praised their courage, heroism and efforts to liberate the city of As-Sukhnah and praised the high morale they enjoy, stressing that this great achievement is an important basis for the elimination of the remaining terrorist hotspots in the region and a starting point to advance the march towards Der Ezzor.

image-General Ayyoub Inspects the Commanders and fighters of the SAA in As Sukhnah
General Ayyoub Inspects the Commanders and fighters of the SAA in As-Sukhnah

The commanders and fighters emphasized their determination and willingness to continue to carry out their national duty to eliminate terrorism and restore security and stability to all the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic.

Der Ezzor city is under a tight siege by large numbers of ISIS terrorists who came from Iraq through the deserts and under the watchful and caring eyes of the US Army. The same US Army that bombed the Syrian base in Thardeh Mountain last September 2016 killing 84 Syrian soldiers to allow ISIS overtake the base and pose a further threat to the city of Der Ezzor where 120,000 citizens are protected by the Syrian Arab Army and receive their supplies by the SyAF from the air.

The march towards Der Ezzor is now easier and hopefully, very soon the advancing SAA units and allies will reach the defending units in the city and break the siege sending ISIS terrorists to their mother lands in Turkey after Iraqi’s PMU forces vowed to not allow them to return to Iraq.

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Britons should be advised to leave Korea amid ‘real risk’ of nuclear war – ex-Navy chief

Admiral Lord West of Spithead said there is a “real risk” of conflict between the two countries, which could have “catastrophic” repercussions for the region.

“It is extremely worrying. I think that there is a real risk – by miscalculation, probably, more than anything else – of something happening that no one intends,” he told BBC Radio 4.

“The results would be catastrophic. It would be hundreds of thousands if not millions, dying and, yes, we would be pulled into finally.”

The former Royal Navy chief said an official caution could serve as a wake-up call for the international community to intervene in order to prevent a nuclear war.

Arguing the threat of conflict is now at its highest since the 1952 Korean War, West said: “When you start giving certain advice to your nationals people start taking notice and maybe China and others will say ‘Goodness me, this is really serious.’

“I would set out a certain number of parameters, that if in terms of tension if things change, and say ‘You should now think about getting out and about other people you should think about not going there,’” he said.

The US and North Korea have been exchanging military threats since last week after American intelligence found that Kim Jong-un’s regime has managed to develop an arsenal of nuclear weapons small enough to fit on a ballistic missile that could reach the US mainland.

In response to the intelligence, US President Donald Trump told North Korea it can expect a rain of “fire and fury” if it threatens America.

Pyongyang said it would test missiles near the US Pacific Island territory of Guam, which hosts US strategic bombers.

Trump warned on Friday that military solutions are “locked and loaded” should North Korea “act unwisely.”

Tensions over North Korea’s nuclear program escalated after Pyongyang tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July, prompting the UN to impose a fresh round of sanctions.

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Facebook in bed with the DNC, hires Hillary Clinton’s chief strategist

Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg has publicly claimed many times that he is not preparing to run for president.  But then why on earth would he hire Hillary Clinton’s former chief strategist?

Remeber, Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump in November of 2016. Hiring her chief campaign strategist may not be the best “strategy.” Politico reported that Zuckerberg has secured the services of Democratic pollster Joel Benenson, one of Barack Obama’s chief advisers and chief strategist to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s disastrously failed 2016 campaign. But Zuckerberg probably just wants to compile in-depth statistics on the party affiliations and political views of people across the nation for completely normal, regular person reasons.

Zuckerberg has hired other people for average and regular dude purposes too. They include former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine’s communications adviser Amy Dudley and 2008 Obama campaign manager David Plouffe. It’s becoming clear that Zuckerberg thinks the best people to examine whatever it is he hired them for, are closely affiliated with the elitist Democratic political establishment that was ruinously discredited last year and in desperate need of better ideas.

Benenson’s company, Benenson Strategy Group, will be conducting research for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the couple’s philanthropy. Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have vowed to give away 99 percent of their Facebook shares, worth an estimated $45 billion, to charity. The organization (whose mission statement, according to its website, is “advancing human potential and promoting equality”) is endowed with the couple’s Facebook fortune. But the timing of this hire is leading to speculations that the Facebook czar will be running for president in 2020 and this has little to do with philanthropy and more to do with a political future.

Bringing on Benenson is the latest sign that Chan and Zuckerberg are pushing their philanthropic work more heavily into the political and policy world.  Oh goody, just what we all need.  More policy and laws and regulations from rich elitist leftists.

Via The Daily Sheeple 

Featured Image: Ludovic Toinel/Flickr

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Trump’s new White House chief of staff sworn in

The general is expected to bring order to the West Wing after last week’s staff shakeup. Trump announced his appointment on Friday afternoon, after accepting the resignation of Reince Preibus, former GOP chairman who served as the White House chief of staff since the inauguration in January.

Kelly will do a “spectacular” job, Trump told reporters after the swearing-in on Monday.

“What he’s done in terms of Homeland Security is record-shattering,” he added. “I want to congratulate you on having done a fantastic job, general, and we look forward to – if it’s possible – an even better job as chief of staff.”

“That’s right, sir,” Kelly responded.

He described the retired general on Friday as “a true star of my administration.”

The chief of staff’s departure came a week after Sean Spicer resigned as White House press secretary. He was replaced by his deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, while financier Anthony Scaramucci was brought on as the new communications director.

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Generalissimo White House Chief of Staff

Generalissimo White House Chief of Staff

by Stephen Lendman ( – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Former Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus is out, Trump tweeting the news. 

His 6-month tenure was the shortest ever for a White House chief of staff during the early months of a new administration.

Retired four-star Marine Corps General/current DHS Secretary John Kelly replaces him, reportedly given assurance by Trump that everything and everyone in the White House goes through him.

An unnamed senior administration official called him “the new alpha dog.” His presence in the West Wing puts the Pentagon closer to the seat of power than already.

During his first six months in office, Trump replaced his chief of staff, deputy chief of staff, communications director, press secretary, national security advisor and deputy national security advisor.

Is his attorney general next, maybe his secretary of state and others to follow?

As chief of staff, Kelly will serve as assistant to the president and White House gatekeeper. 

He’ll manage Trump’s schedule, decide who sees him, select and supervise White House staff, manage information for the president, protect his interests, advise him on various issues, along with dealing with Congress and other executive branch members.

In 1946, the position of assistant to the president was established. In 1953, Dwight Eisenhower appointed former congressman/New Hampshire governor Sherman Adams as White House Chief of Staff.

Jack Kennedy eschewed the designation, relying instead on a special assistant/appointments secretary. Lyndon Johnson operated the same way.

Earlier well-known chiefs of staff included Nixon’s Bob Haldeman and Alexander Haig (later Reagan’s defense secretary) Gerald Ford’s Dick Cheney (later GW Bush’s vice president), Ford’s Donald Rumsfeld (later GW Bush’s defense secretary), Bill Clinton’s John Podesta (later Hillary’s campaign chairman), GW Bush’s Andrew Card, and Obama’s Rahm Emanuel (current Chicago mayor).

Before becoming DHS secretary, Kelly was US Southern Command head. Earlier he was commanding general in charge of the Multi-National Force – West in Iraq.

He’s a 40-year Marine Corps veteran, serving from 1970 to 2016. Trump calls him one of “my generals…a true star of my administration,” reportedly appointed chief of staff to impose discipline in the White House.

As DHS head, he waged war on undocumented (largely Latino) immigrants. They’ve been hunted down, rounded up, held in detention under deplorable conditions and deported, dividing families, harming communities, enforcing tougher policies than Obama’s ruthless ones.

According to America’s Voice director Frank Sharry, Kelly “turned out to be an expert at throwing sand in the faces of Congress and the public, good at defending his undisciplined agents, and excellent at advancing Trump’s mass deportation strategy.”

Earlier responding to congressional critics of Trump’s immigration enforcement policy, Kelly said “(i)f lawmakers do not like the laws they’ve passed and we are charged to enforce, then they should have the courage and skill to change the laws.”

“Otherwise they should shut up and support the men and women on the front lines.”

Critics justifiably say DHS is heavy-handed, brutal and extrajudicial against individuals guilty only of being undocumented. No human being is illegal.

Kelly may have a hard time as White House chief of staff, dealing with West Wing officials with minds of their own,  congressional critics of Trump’s agenda, and media scoundrels relentlessly hounding him.

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CIA chief: China tops Russia & Iran as biggest long-term threat to US

Speaking to the Washington Free Beacon, Pompeo marked terrorism and North Korea as the biggest short-term threats to US security interests, but selected China, Russia and Iran as mid-to-long-term concerns.

“It’s hard to pick between China, Russia and Iran to be honest with you. I guess if I had to pick one with a nose above the others, I’d probably pick China,” he told Bill Gertz, the Beacon’s senior editor and national security reporter.

“They have a real economy that they have built, unlike Russia that lives and dies on how many barrels of oil they can pluck out of the ground. And Iran that is similarly very single sector derivative and not to the scale of China population-wise,” he explained.

Pompeo added that Beijing’s defense strategy is based on confronting the US and its capabilities.

“They are probably trying either to steal our stuff or make sure they can defeat it. And most often both,” he said. “I think it’s very clear when they think about their place in the world, they measure their success in placing themselves in the world where they want to be vis-à-vis the United States and not as against anyone else.”

The US and China, while remaining major trade and investment partners, have several points of contention. Arguably the most acute involves Beijing’s territorial claims over a large part of the South China Sea, through which a major part of its maritime transport goes. The claims conflict with those of other nations, including close US allies, South Korea and the Philippines.

The US supports neither nation and believes that the sea should be neutral waters. To back its position, it regularly sends its warships and military aircraft through what China sees as part of its territory. Beijing protests those “freedom of navigation” missions and deploys its own military assets to counter the US projection of power.

The two nations are also at odds over how to handle the North Korean nuclear issue, with the administration of President Donald Trump trying to pressure Beijing into being more aggressive toward its neighbor. China, which opposes Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs, believes that overexerting pressure on North Korea may lead to a major crisis, which would hurt all nations in the region and beyond.

Washington and Beijing have also quarrelled about China’s alleged currency manipulation, production of counterfeit brand products in China, alleged theft of intellectual property and state secrets by Chinese actors, and other issues. The two powers also have competing regional integration projects, with the US seeking to counteract China’s growing influence on its neighbors.

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BLM leader quits post as ‘chief human capital officer’ for Baltimore schools

Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson is quitting his day job as a Baltimore city schools administrator to focus full time on agitating.

“For the past year, I’ve been the Chief Human Capital Officer for @BaltCitySchools,” Mckesson posted to Twitter last week. “I’m leaving this month. It’s been an incredible year.”

Baltimore city schools CEO Sonja Santelises hired Mckesson as an interim chief human capital officer last year, prompting criticism from some and praise from others. Mckesson previously worked as a school administrator in Minneapolis schools before leaving the profession to protest against alleged police brutality against blacks in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, according to the Baltimore Sun.

He also ran unsuccessfully for the mayor of Baltimore last year, coming in sixth in the Democratic primary. The Baltimore native is popular on Twitter with about 856,000 followers, and his focus on police brutality and racial tensions have made him the darling of liberal elites like President Obama and Hillary Clinton, “who dubbed Mckesson a ‘social media emperor.’”

The 32-year-old initially made himself famous by chronicling Black Lives Matter protests on social media and he continued that work while employed in the $165,000-a-year position in Baltimore schools. Shortly after taking the job, Mckesson was arrested at a protest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and was forced to defend his actions to the school board.

Throughout his time in Baltimore schools, Santelises continuously defended Mckesson, whom she tasked with overseeing a $4 million budget and 56 employees.

She continued to heap praise on the social justice warrior when she announced that Mckesson will be leaving the district by the month’s end.

“There is no way we would have made it through this first year without DeRay’s leadership,” she told the Sun. “I say that unapologetically and with great assuredness. He is leaving us in such a better position. He is one of the rare people who can talk about equity and then is not afraid to put boots to the ground and do the hard work that yields equity.”

Mckesson – best known for wearing a blue, puffy Patagonia vest to protests – also patted himself on the back.

“We placed the vast majority of principals by July 1 this year and last year,” he told the Sun. “I managed the implementation of the layoffs in a way that allowed as few people to be laid off as possible. We originally announced 1,000 layoffs, and we laid off less than 150 people.”

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