Assad Regime Intentions in the Southwest De-escalation Zone

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The United States is concerned by reports of an impending Assad regime operation in southwest Syria within the boundaries of the de-escalation zone negotiated between the United States, Jordan, and the Russian Federation last year and reaffirmed between Presidents Trump and Putin in Da Nang, Vietnam in November.  The United States remains committed to maintaining the stability of the southwest de-escalation zone and to the ceasefire underpinning it.  We also caution the Syrian regime against any actions that risk broadening the conflict or jeopardize the ceasefire.  As a guarantor of this de-escalation area with Russia and Jordan, the United States will take firm and appropriate measures in response to Assad regime violations.

The Presidents of the United States and Russia agreed in Da Nang to de-escalate the conflict.  This agreement must be enforced and respected.  Russia has declared to the world and to the UNSC that it will “guarantee” ceasefires in its self-declared de-escalation zones.  Unfortunately, the Assad regime, with the support of Russia and Iran, has repeatedly violated these de-escalation zones, most recently in its brutal assault on East Ghouta.  The Assad regime and its allies continue to prolong the conflict by ignoring their own de-escalation agreements and stonewalling the Geneva process.

Russia is duly responsible as a permanent member of the UN Security Council to use its diplomatic and military advantage over the Assad regime to stop attacks and compel the Assad regime to cease further military offensives.  Russia has blocked UN Security Council actions that would have held Assad accountable for the use of chemical weapons and possibly saved innocent lives in Syria 11 times so far in this conflict.  Six of those vetoes related to the use of chemical weapons, and others were providing humanitarian access and aid, and ceasing attacks against civilians.  Russia should live up to its self-professed commitments in accordance with UNSCR 2254 and the southwest ceasefire, embodied in the Da Nang Statement issued by Presidents Trump and Putin

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Trump Regime Wants a North Korean Vassal State Bordering China

Trump Regime Wants a North Korean Vassal State Bordering China

by Stephen Lendman ( – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Time and again, Washington proved it can never be trusted, consistently breaching promises made, spurning its treaty obligations – operating solely by its own rules, aiming for global hegemony by whatever it takes to achieve its aims.

Negotiating with Washington is an exercise in futility, Trump’s JCPOA pullout the latest example, duplicity well understood by Pyongyang – betrayed before by US administrations, wanting a repeat episode avoided.

What does Kim Jong-un hope to accomplish? He clearly wants war avoided as do his South Korean and Chinese counterparts.

He and his government want to survive. Nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities are his most important deterrents against feared US aggression, a major threat to his country.

Why would he sacrifice them in return for US promises sure to be broken? He’s most likely willing to compromise, short of yielding entirely to US demands – not good enough for Washington.

China earlier promised to intervene on behalf of the DPRK if it’s preemptively attacked. Mao did in the early 1950s, Xi perhaps willing as well to prevent a potentially hostile US vassal state on its border.

Sovereign independent nations have no ally in Washington, the Trump regime a major threat to North Korea and world peace.

Weeks earlier, John Bolton said  “denuclearization” means the DPRK “pledging to give up any aspect of nuclear weapons and to give up uranium enrichment and plutonium reprocessing. (W)e got other things to talk about as well – ballistic missiles, chemical and biological weapons,” adding: 

“We have very much in mind the Libya model from 2003, 2004. There are obviously differences. The Libyan program was much smaller, but that was basically the agreement that we made.”

In 2011, US-led aggression raped and destroyed Libya, Gaddafi sodomized to death, a fate Kim understands, wanting a similar outcome for himself from future US aggression avoided.

In his Monday anti-Iran address, Mike Pompeo threatened toughness on North Korea if its leadership fails to bow to US demands, saying Washington intends “resolv(ing) this challenge (on the Korean peninsula) forever.”

Mike Pence warned Pyongyang, saying June summit talks will be cancelled if Trump feels he’s being “played,” adding the military option remains on the table.

He lied claiming Pyongyang broke earlier promises made to the Clinton and Bush/Cheney administrations. It was the other way around, Washington betraying North Korea.

Given longstanding US duplicity, the same outcome is likely ahead. Washington deplores peace and stability.

It needs enemies to justify unjustifiable amounts of military spending – with all categories involved, including countless tens of billions of dollars in black budgets, it’s around what the rest of the world spends in total, maintaining its global empire of bases, its special forces deployed in most countries, waging endless wars of aggression against invented enemies.

Pence repeated Bolton’s threat, saying “there was some talk of the Libyan model (earlier). (A)s (Trump) made clear, this will only end like the Libyan model ended if Kim Jong-un doesn’t make a deal” – if he’s unwilling to accept US demands, notably relinquishing his more important deterrent against possible US aggression.

A state of war has existed between the US and North Korea since adoption of the uneasy 1953 armistice on the peninsula.

America is nuclear armed and dangerous. It wants nations targeted for regime change as weak and defenseless as possible.

US treachery is longstanding, negotiating with its regimes a very hazardous undertaking, most often turning out badly for nations mistakenly trusting Washington.

It wants unchallenged global dominance, imperial trophies replacing sovereign independent states, North Korea no exception.

It’s hard seeing anything positive from Kim/Trump talks if they happen as scheduled – even if they’re portrayed favorably.

It’s highly unlikely that Kim will accept US pledges at face value, risking his country’s security if he dares go this way.

Hopes were high following adoption of the JCPOA, unanimously approved by the Security Council.

Obama breached the deal straightaway. Trump abandoned it. Pompeo threatened the toughest sanctions ever if Iran fails to obey outrageous US demands – presented to be rejected, not accepted.

Will Kim/Trump talks end the same way? Given longstanding US duplicity and rage for global hegemony, it’s highly likely.

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Leaked Doc Reveals White House Planning “Regime Change” In Iran

It appears Rudy Giuliani wasn’t joking.

Just a few days after the former NYC mayor and latest member of President Trump’s unexpectedly let it slip that “we got a president who is tough, who does not listen to the people who are naysayers, and a president who is committed to regime change [in Iran]”, the Washington Free Beacon has obtained a three-page white paper being circulated among National Security Council officials with drafted plans to spark regime change in Iran, following the US exit from the Obama-era nuclear deal and the re-imposition of tough sanctions aimed at toppling the Iranian regime.

The plan, authored by the Security Studies Group, or SSG, a national security think-tank that has close ties to senior White House national security officials, including – who else – National Security Adviser John Bolton, seeks to reshape longstanding American foreign policy toward Iran by emphasizing an explicit policy of regime change, something the Obama administration opposed when popular protests gripped Iran in 2009, writes the Free Beacon, which obtained a leaked copy of the circulating plans.

The regime change plan seeks to fundamentally shift U.S. policy towards Iran and has found a receptive audience in the Trump administration, which has been moving in this direction since Bolton—a longtime and vocal supporter of regime change—entered the White House.

It deemphasizes U.S military intervention, instead focusing on a series of moves to embolden an Iranian population that has increasingly grown angry at the ruling regime for its heavy investments in military adventurism across the region. –Free Beacon

The ordinary people of Iran are suffering under economic stagnation, while the regime ships its wealth abroad to fight its expansionist wars and to pad the bank accounts of the Mullahs and the IRGC command,” SSG writes in the paper. “This has provoked noteworthy protests across the country in recent months” it further claims as an argument to push a “regime change” policy.

For now – at least – overthrowing the Iran government, with its extensive and close ties to the Kremlin, is not official US policy; SSG president Jim Hanson told the Free Beacon that the Trump administration does not want to engage in direct military intervention in Iran – and is instead focusing on other methods of ridding Iran of its “hardline ruling regime.” 

The Trump administration has no desire to roll tanks in an effort to directly topple the Iranian regime,” Hanson said. “But they would be much happier dealing with a post-Mullah government. That is the most likely path to a nuclear weapons-free and less dangerous Iran.”

That will likely change, however.

One source close to the White House who has previewed the plan told the Free Beacon that the nuclear deal, also known as the JCPOA, solidified the Iranian regime’s grip on power and intentionally prevented the United States from fomenting regime change

The JCPOA purposefully destroyed the carefully created global consensus against the Islamic Republic,” said the source, who would only speak to the Free Beacon on background about the sensitive issue. “Prior to that, everyone understood the dangers of playing footsie with the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism. It’s now Trump, Bolton, and [Mike] Pompeo’s job to put this consensus back in place.”

The source tells the Beacon that Bolton is “acutely aware of the danger the Iranian regime poses to the region.”

John is someone who understands the danger of Iran viscerally, and knows that you’re never going to fundamentally change its behavior—and the threats against Israel and the Saudis especially—until that revolutionary regime is gone,” the source said, adding that “nothing’s off the table right now if Israel is attacked.

That said, Bolton is confident that an Iranian regime change will occur in the next six months:

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Let the national government be entrusted with the defense of the nation, and its foreign and federal relations; the State governments with the civil rights, law, police, and administration of what concerns the State generally; the counties with the local concerns of the counties, and each ward direct the interests within itself.

It is by dividing and subdividing these republics from the great national one down through all its subordinations, until it ends in the administration of every man’s farm by himself; by placing under every one what his own eye may superintend, that all will be done for the best.

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Syria Surprises Turkish Regime in Afrin

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SAA-allied popular forces enter Afrin to fortify the defense of the city in the face of Erdogan forces incursion

The Syrian Kurds’ political and militia leaders are to be blamed for any and all bloodshed in northern Syria after the USA persuaded them to work as its agents in dividing Syria – Iraqi style.

Kurds in Syria and Syrian Kurds didn’t learn the lesson not to trust the US from what happened to their brethren in Kurdistan Iraq when the US and its Gulfies allies pushed for a referendum on separation from Iraq and ended up in losing more ground and lots of the gains they collected when the US-sponsored ISIS invaded the country.

Trying to establish their state over the land they grabbed from the people who hosted them and provided them with shelter and refuge across north of Syria, Israeli-styled Kurdish militias thought it’s easy to replicate Israel and Iraqi Kurdistan in Syria taking advantage of Syrian Arab Army’s engagement with terrorist groups all over the country and Israeli and Turkish repeated attacks and threats from the north and south, emboldened by the presence of few thousand US soldiers and few thousands of terrorists remnants, yet failing to learn from history, even the most recent history, the Kurds did their major sin.

The Syrian government might be busy fighting US-sponsored ISIS, Nusra Front, al-Qaeda other branches, the FSA, Israel and other terrorist organizations, had never left any doubt that it would fight to protect its people and the sovereignty of the country, even against all odds.

With very little and shy help from its assumed allies Iran and Russia, especially when it comes to countering Turkish and Israeli threats, the Syrian state took its decision to stop the hypocrite humanitarian bastards and defend its people. The Syrian state extended a reconciling arm, actually both arms, to the separatist Kurds in northwest Afrin after New-Ottoman Erdogan sent his troops to attack the region. It did reconcile terrorists who fought the SAA before, the Kurds have only betrayed once in military earlier this month near Der Ezzor, but not confronted the SAA directly, reconciliation with them would be much easier for the Syrian population majority to digest; yet to their own doomed wrong moves, the Kurdish politicians and militia groups refused the offer and instead wanted the Syrian Arab Army to protect their enclave and not to interfere in their illegal self-proclaimed self-governance of the Afrin region.

The Syrian state’s position was firm: Syrian Arab Army and Armed Forces will protect all Syrians in all regions from all threats and will establish its sovereign duties over all of its territories.

Kurds rejected again, Russian observators withdrew when Erdogan forces and mercenaries started their attack and Kurds thought they can repel NATO’s second largest army augmented with terrorists from Nusra Front. Upon failing and when they started realizing the huge mistake they’ve committed, the Kurds asked for help again on the conditions the Syrian state have set.

Russia and Iran were said to have negotiated with the New-Ottomans to halt the operation as about 4000 Syrian Arab Army troops will be deployed in the Afrin Region. Erdogan first agreed then the hypocrite and backstabber he is demanded further conditions while his forces intensified their bombing of Syrian territories in Afrin and its surrounding. Syria couldn’t stand idle and instead of sending the SAA, SAA-allied forces were dispatched and the first wave of battle-hardened heavily armed fighters arrived at Afrin under the eyes of a consortium of international media outlets and live on air.

Video uploaded by activists showing the vanguard of SAA-allied popular forces enter Afrin:

(Video also available on BitChute:

To his dismay, Erdogan ordered his forces and the mercenaries to attack the vanguards of the SAA-allied popular forces, which they tried to target but instead their shelling came closer to the media outlets and the SAA-allied popular forces outmaneuvered the Turks and managed to deploy in their given positions fortifying the defenses of the city of Afrin and its surrounding towns.

Another dispatch of the popular forces the SAA-allied militias will follow suit, and Erdogan forces will have to confront those who defeated tens of thousands of anti-Islamic Wahhabi Suicide terrorists and drove them out of the territories in each battle they fought and won over the soldiers of Satan. Despite ISIS, Nusra Front, FSA, and other al-Qaeda terrorists were enjoying billions of dollars of finance from the US taxpayers, Gulfies and other donors, state of the art weapons from all NATO produced and Eastern Bloc, like Ukraine, origins, and logistics using NSA satellites, CIA stations, prime time mainstream media coverage in their support, and above all of that full time Western and stooges political and diplomatic pressure.

Will Erdogan forces known for their cowardice risk a war with the fighters who have defeated tens of thousands of suicide bombers? That’s what Erdogan would love to see but his generals might not agree to.

If, however, Erdogan and his general would think the US would support them in their adventure, they’d be no smarter than the separatist Kurds.

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Operation Olive Branch should be carried out by the Syrian Armed Forces chasing terrorist groups inside Erdoganstan (Turkey), Jordan, Lebanon, Occupied Palestine and Iraq, not the other way around, had logic been used.

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