Putin: Russian cruise missile-armed ships to remain in Syrian waters to prevent terrorist comeback

Russia’s standing naval task force, which includes warships equipped with Kalibr-class cruise missiles, will remain off Syrian shores on permanent deployment “given the persistent threat of terrorist incursions” in the country, Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.

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Russia’s naval presence in the Mediterranean has become a game-changer in combatting terrorism in Syria, Putin said, adding that “missile strikes as well as efficient action by our naval aircraft inflicted serious damage to terrorists.”

During its campaign against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), Russian surface ships and submarines carried out several massive cruise missile strikes on various terrorist targets. They destroyed numerous ammunition depots, command centers, and heavy armor used by Islamist groups, according to the Russian military.

The president also praised the navy for building its capability to project power overseas, saying that a maritime force was crucial to ensure Russia’s economic security and safeguard its national interests.

Russia maintains a 15-strong naval task force in the eastern Mediterranean consisting of guided-missile frigates, diesel-electric submarines, minesweepers, as well as replenishment ships and auxiliary vessels.

Moscow also maintains two Syrian bases, with both compounds being used for the ongoing counter-terrorism operation.

Khmeimim airbase, located near Latakia, and the naval site in the port city of Tartus have both been handed over to Russia for 49 years lease-free, with a condition of automatic extension unless either country chooses to terminate the deal.

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Going Underground heads to Syria to get to the bottom of UK missile strike

The GU crew also spoke to playwright and food bank volunteer Tara Osman, to ask why nearly one and a half million food bank packages were needed last year to keep British people from going hungry – especially when the UK government can afford Storm Shadow missiles at $1 million (£1.4 million) a pop.

Plus, we review this week’s news with former Liberal Democrat politician Lembit Opik.

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North Korea says it’s suspending nuclear and missile tests

The announcement said the suspension will continue so long as there are no nuclear threats against North Korea and contained no indication that the country would give up its nuclear weapons.

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Syria, chemicals weapons and missile strikes: FAKE NEWS theater at its finest… you are being subjected to an elaborate psyop

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(Natural News) By now, you are aware that President Trump ordered a “precision strike” against Syria’s so-called “chemical weapon sites” run by Assad. The strike was deployed in response to an utterly false, absurd narrative that claims Assad gassed children with chemical weapons.

Beware of any news about an event that reportedly involves the deaths of children. In nearly every major false flag event — from the USA to the Middle East — children are used as props to generate “emotional terrorism” outrage as a form of social manipulation in order to achieve a political purpose. This doesn’t mean real children didn’t die, by the way. As I’ve explained numerous times, a “false flag” event involves real deaths wrapped around a fake narrative. Real children died in Syria, just as they did in the Oklahoma City bombing. But the official stories we’re told about why those children died are complete hogwash.

Remember when we were told that David Koresh burned his entire family alive?

We’ve seen this countless times in recent history, including going all the way back to the federal government’s murderous assault on the David Koresh compound in Waco, Texas, in 1993. The assault was nothing less than a murderous rampage by rogue government agents who murdered women and children in cold blood, yet the “official” story was that David Koresh set fire to his own buildings and murdered his entire family by burning them alive. (Seriously. That’s what the media still wants you to believe.)

The explanation that Assad gassed his own citizen children with chemical weapons is similarly absurd. You’d have to be a complete stooge to believe it. In an article entitled, “Ten Days Before The End Of The World,” written on April 12th, Paul Craig Roberts writes:

The criminally insane governments of the US, UK, and France are sending a flotilla of missile ships, submarines, and an aircraft carrier to attack Syria in the face of Russian warnings. What is the likely outcome of this outrageous act of aggression based entirely on an orchestrated and transparent lie, an act of reckless aggression that is more irresponsible and more dangerous than anything done by the demonized Nazi regime in Germany?

…we are left with the dangerous situation that some elements in the US and UK governments were able to orchestrate two events—the alleged Skripal poisoning and the alleged Assad chemical attack—and use the events to leverage unsupported accusations against Russia and Syria as justifications for an illegal military attack on a sovereign country. That such an outrageous orchestration is possible proves that there is no democracy or constraint on government in the US and UK.

When the entire corporate-run media gets behind the “official” narrative, you know it’s fake news

The fact that the entire legacy media is parroting the same pro-war explanation — including Fox News, Sean Hannity and CNN, in unison — is further proof that it’s all a huge lie. Somebody gassed children in Syria, but it wasn’t Assad. He’s the scapegoat, of course, and the pure bulls##t we’re hearing from the media right now sounds almost exactly like the “yellow cake” nuclear fuel hoax that former President Bush used to justify an invasion of Iraq (which was really all about controlling oil fields and had nothing to do with 9/11 or “yellow cake” nuclear fuel). Remember Weapons of Mass Destruction? It was all an intelligence hoax. The evidence was fabricated out of thin air, yet dutifully reported as “fact” by the entire media.

It’s entirely possible that President Trump is not part of this conspiracy and he’s just being fed deliberately false intelligence as a way of manipulating him into these pro-war actions. That’s the specialty of the intelligence community: Manipulating “evidence” to justify whatever insane globalist actions they wish to pursue next. We don’t yet know whether Trump is in the loop on this. He may be the target of deception efforts from the intelligence community (i.e. the deep state).

The gullible public believes almost anything they’re told by the media, of course, as most people have completely lost any ability to think critically about any issue at all. So the public rallies behind the lie, weeping for the deaths of children that were obviously staged for emotional manipulation purposes, thinking they’re “humanitarian” in supporting escalating acts of war that may lead us all straight to Hell via World War III.

These narratives are scripted to deliberately bypass rational thought and invoke irrational, emotional reactions

This is how the deep state engineers the scripts of history and manipulates public perception to support outrageous acts of aggression and war against their targeted enemies.

“Fake news theater at its finest,” as I say. Because when globalists want to carry out some heinous act of war and aggression, some children are going to have to die first so that the proper narrative can be marketed to the public for the express purpose of generating the appropriate emotional reaction.

Always remember: When children start dying, you are being manipulated into supporting something that your rational mind would otherwise question. The use of dead children — whether in Syria or U.S. school shootings — is a deliberate element of problem-reaction-solution manipulation to make sure that no rational thinking can interfere with the desired “mob rule” reaction.

In essence, the best way to understand all this is that the use of dead children nullifies logic and reason, and that’s precisely the point. If people think rationally about the risks associated with escalating a Syrian conflict toward World War III with the Russians, it makes no sense at all. Only irrational, emotionally manipulated people would be dumbfounded enough to support such a deranged act.

I repeat the words of Paul Craig Roberts:

The criminally insane governments of the US, UK, and France are sending a flotilla of missile ships, submarines, and an aircraft carrier to attack Syria in the face of Russian warnings. What is the likely outcome of this outrageous act of aggression based entirely on an orchestrated and transparent lie, an act of reckless aggression that is more irresponsible and more dangerous than anything done by the demonized Nazi regime in Germany?

Stay informed and get prepared. Everything changes from this point forward. Read NewsTarget.com for daily coverage of geopolitics, war and survival.


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Another Overnight Missile Attack on Syrian Military Bases

Another Overnight Missile Attack on Syrian Military Bases

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

An earlier article said US-led overnight Friday aggression on Syrian targets wasn’t the end of it.

It was likely prelude for further aggression to come, maybe all-out war ahead, risking confrontation between Russia and Washington.

For America, Israel and their imperial allies, any pretext for escalating conflict will do or none at all. War against the Syrian Arab Republic continues raging with no end of it in sight.

Syria is a hugely dangerous flashpoint. With Israel itching for escalated aggression, along with lunatic fringe Bolton and Pompeo hardening Trump’s war cabinet, anything ahead is possible – nothing positive.

Overnight Monday, Syria’s military reportedly intercepted six air-to-surface missiles targeting its Shayrat airbase, another three launched at its Dumair base.

The Pentagon denied involvement. Israel almost never comments on these type attacks.

The IDF was likely responsible for the overnight incident – attacking Syrian targets often from Lebanese airspace. Russian military personnel are reportedly at Dumair.

Syria’s military initially said unidentified warplanes launched the attack, later blaming Israel for the incident – either from Lebanese airspace or at high altitude overflying Syria.

No damage or casualties were reported, all missiles apparently intercepted or failing to hit intended targets.

The incident is the second in the last 72 hours, more like it almost certain to come.

Following US-led overnight Friday aggression on Syria, Sergey Lavrov said it won’t go unanswered. “There will be consequences. (T)he last remnants of trust (with the US, UK and France have been) los(t),” adding:

“Several years ago, we decided not to supply S-300 systems to Syria at (the) request (of these countries). Now we will consider options to ensure the Syrian state’s security after this outrageous act of aggression from the United States, France and Great Britain.

Russia should expedite delivery of these air defense systems to Syria, what should have been done years ago, vital to do now as quickly as possible, an important deterrent to US, UK, French and Israeli aggression.

These systems should target their warplanes along with further missiles fired at Syrian targets – making them pay a price for naked aggression.

Lavrov said Russia is ready to aid Syria curb further incidents. Shipping S-300s to its military should be expedited.

Two acts of aggression on Syria’s military surely indicates much more to come, Russian personnel on the ground endangered.

Self-defense is a universal right. Damascus needs help in defending its sovereign territory from aerial, land and offshore attacks.

Lavrov explained the logic of Theresa May’s “highly likely” Syrian use of CWs accusation.

He quoted from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland’s description of a trial, the king saying:

“Let’s ask the jury and the Queen shouted: ‘No jury! Sentence first! Verdict afterwards!'” – what Lavrov called “the logic of ‘highly likely.’ “

It’s “highly likely” and then some that further aggression is coming.

Will Russia continue acting passively, relying on diplomacy having achieved nothing, or will it challenge Washington, Israel and their imperial allies more forcefully?

Much rides on what Putin decides to do.

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SOTT FOCUS: BREAKING: Trump announces US, UK and France launched missile strikes against Syria – UPDATES

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US President Donald Trump has approved military strikes in Syria in retaliation for the alleged chemical attack by the Assad government in Douma, near Damascus, last week. The UK and France joined the operation.

“A short time ago, I ordered the United States Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad,” Trump said in a televised address from the White House. He added that a combined military operation by the US, the UK and France is already underway in Syria.

The US-led intervention in Syria comes just hours before the UN’s Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) experts were scheduled to visit the Damascus suburb of Douma on Saturday to determine whether chemical weapons had been used there last week.

Shortly after Trump’s announcement, a statement from UK Prime Minister Theresa May said she had authorized British forces to conduct “coordinated and targeted strikes to degrade the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons capability.”

French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed that he ordered French forces to carry out a military action against Syria in coalition with the US and France. “The facts and the responsibility of the Syrian regime are beyond doubt,” he said in a statement issued by his office, accusing Damascus of crossing “a red line” set by France in May of last year.

Macron said that France’s response was “limited” and solely aimed at “the capabilities of the Syrian regime for the production and use of chemical weapons.”

According to Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford, the US did not notify Russian forces in Syria ahead of the strikes. “We did not do any coordination with the Russians on the strikes, nor did we pre-notify them.” The Pentagon said the strikes were a “one time shot” to send a strong message to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The combined decision by the US and its allies to strike Syria comes just after Russian defense ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov presented evidence claiming that last Saturday’s alleged chemical attack in Douma was orchestrated. The general also noted that London was “directly involved in the provocation.”

The UK defense ministry stated that the strike was executed by four Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s, that launched Storm Shadow missiles at what the UK military claims was a former missile base, some 15 miles west of Homs. The ministry claimed that the Syrian government keeps a stockpile of chemical weapons precursors at the site, thus violating the Chemical Weapons Convention, of which it is a party.

Trump had a special message for Russia and Iran, who he said were “most responsible for supporting, equipping and financing” the Syrian government.

“What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murderer of innocent men, women and children? The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep. No nation can succeed, in the long run, by promoting rogue states, brutal tyrants, and murderous dictators,” Trump said.

He also blamed “Russia’s failure” to keep the 2013 promise that Syria would get rid of its chemical weapons, which was negotiated in good faith with the US. Syria’s compliance with the promise was certified by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in 2014. The only remaining chemical weapons caches in Syria were in territories held by the Western-backed militants, such as Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam), who controlled Douma until their surrender on Monday.

Weeks ago, Russia warned that the militants in the east Ghouta enclave might stage a chemical weapons attack to win over Western public opinion. The Russian Foreign Ministry called the reports of Saturday’s chemical attack “fake news,” while the Russian military investigating the area found no traces of chlorine or nerve agents, any eyewitnesses who could confirm their use or anyone who might have been affected.

An OPCW investigative mission was supposed to arrive in Douma on Saturday. It is unclear what will happen to the probe, in light of the US, UK and French bombing.

US DoD: US, UK, French Strikes Aimed At ‘Chemical Research Infrastructure’ – Sputnik



The operation, which started at 9 p.m. EST, was “specifically associated” with chemical research facilities and chemical storage sites, US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joe Dunford said Friday. The “one-time strike” has ended, the head of the Pentagon said.

Three main chemical sites were targeted, as well as one command center, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 120 missiles were launched, about two times as many as last year when 59 Tomahawk missiles targeted the Shayrat air field.

The operations are now complete. Continued barrages will not take place, unless Assad uses chemical weapons again, Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said.

These targets were made with the goal of minimizing any impact on Russian forces, according to JCS.

The deconfliction line with Russia was “active” this week, and the US followed normal use of deconfliction lines with Russia, as is protocol for clearing the airspace, JCS said.

Comment: In other words, Russia knew about the coming strikes for a number of days and so did Syria. This shows the United States is boxed into a corner making YUGE claims, backed by meaningless strikes. It’s all theater.

“This wave of strikes is over,” Dunford said. When asked how many missiles were intercepted, Dunford said simply, “I don’t know,” before stating that US Central Command would have more details over the weekend.

Syrian Interceptors Take Off Against Incoming Missile Before Loud Boom – Sputnik

New video reportedly taken from Syria shows air-defense interceptors taking flight after US President Donald Trump announced that the US, UK and France would strike Syria.

“God bless you, God bless you,” a man can be heard saying, shortly after the interceptor seemed to collide with a missile, making a large boom sound.

“F*ck those American bastards,” the man from the video says.

The Syrian Army reports shooting down 20 US, UK and French missiles. When asked about the missiles, the Pentagon during a briefing that it could not comment on the reports.

US Violates All Int’l Norms, Russia Views This as Act of Aggression – Sputnik

By conducting strikes on Syria, the US is violating all international norms, and Russia views this as an act of aggression, says Alexander Sherin, first deputy chairman of the State Duma Defense Committee, who compared US President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler.

“The US President Donald Trump is not just a criminal for the whole world, he is Adolf Hitler number two,” Sherin told Russian media.

Earlier this day Trump announced he ordered military strikes on Syria.

“[Trump] is a criminal – but that’s not enough. One can call him Adolf Hitler of today, because look – he even chose the time, just like when Hitler attacked the USSR,” Sherin told reporters.

“This is the second ‘Belgrade,’ this is a turning point, the Russian Federation has received an act of aggression because, according to all international norms, this is a violation of all international rights. This is a declaration of war against a sovereign state, towards which a nuclear power is fulfilling its obligations of help and security,” Sherin said.

“Everything we’ve done, all the effort put into this, they try to multiply it all by zero and simply put Russia on its knees,” he added.

The strike on Syria is a ill-thought and provocational step by the US that can lead to unpredictable consequences, said his colleague, Yuri Shvytkin a deputy chairman of the State Duma Defense Committee.

I think this is an ill-thought, half-baked, let’s say, provocational, short-sighted, provocational step from US authorities’ side that can lead to unpredictable consequences,” he told reporters.

The actions of France, UK and the US in Syria do not benefit building constructive relations with Moscow, he added.

Shvytkin said that an emergency session of UN General Assembly is required in order to condemn the actions of the US and its allies.

The US seeks to conduct a strike in Syria in order to disavow the victory of Russia and its partners, said Alexei Chepa, deputy chairman of State Duma Committee on International Relations.

The actions by the US and its allies will not go without consequences. All responsibility lies upon Washington, London and Paris, Russian Ambassador to US Anatoly Antonov said, commenting on the strike.

“The worst apprehensions have come true. Our warnings have been left unheard. A pre-designed scenario is being implemented. Again, we are being threatened. We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences,” Antonov said on Friday. “All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris.”

The Western nations have conducted a strike on a capital of a sovereign state that strives to survive in among terror aggression, Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

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Russia says it test-fired a new missile amid tension over spy poisoning

Russia’s Defense Ministry published a video purporting to show the test-firing of a new intercontinental ballistic missile of the type trumpeted earlier this month by President Vladimir Putin on Friday.

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