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Critics: Little appetite at UN to press Libya

Critics: Little appetite at UN to press Libya | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Serious crimes committed by former rebels in Libya risk going unpunished because members of the U.N.'s top human rights body show little appetite to press the new government to investigate abuse committed since the fall of the Gadhafi regime,...
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REPORT by AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL LIBYA RULE OF LAW OR RULE OF MILITIA mde190122012en.pdf - Google Drive

REPORT by AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL LIBYA RULE OF LAW OR RULE OF MILITIA mde190122012en.pdf - Google Drive | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
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Amnesty removed the report from their web site ... I kept a Copy of Amnesty PDF. Pls check and see what is Amnesty hidding from you. Ask @Amnesty why they removed the report. Ask @Amnesty why they want by hidding Libya reality? How far they go on Helping Torture as a HumanRight for Libya Rebels? How Torture can become a sport with @Amnesty help. 

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Michigan Senate Passes Bill Outlawing Oral and Anal Sex — Violators Will Face 15 Years in Prison

Michigan Senate Passes Bill Outlawing Oral and Anal Sex — Violators Will Face 15 Years in Prison | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
sodomy, oral sex, anal sex, michigan to ban sodomy
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DOSSIÊ KADAFI - O FILHO DO DESERTO

Quem foi o homem que usou o maior recurso natural de seu pais e reverteu em benefícios ao povo, tirou a Líbia da miséria, trouxe água à superfície do deserto...
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'Me or terrorists?' Furious Erdogan tells US to choose between Turkey and Syrian Kurds #WEStandByKurds

'Me or terrorists?' Furious Erdogan tells US to choose between Turkey and Syrian Kurds #WEStandByKurds | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Riled by a meeting between a US official and the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which controls the Syrian town of Kobane, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told Washington to choose between Turkey and, as he put it, the “terrorists.”

A delegation featuring Brett McGurk, the United States' envoy to the coalition it leads against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), met the YPG over the last weekend in January. The YPG took full control of Kobane late last June, in what was a powerful symbol of Kurdish resistance.

"He [Brett McGurk] visits Kobane at the time of the Geneva talks and is awarded a plaque by a so-called YPG general?" Erdogan told reporters on his plane while returning from a trip to Latin America and Senegal, the Beser Haber newspaper reported.

"How can we trust [you]?" Erdogan said.

"Is it me who is your partner, or the terrorists in Kobane?" the Turkish president said, adding that both the PYD and the YPG are "terrorist organizations." Ankara considers them to be part of the PKK, banned in Turkey as a terrorist group.

According to US officials, the trip appeared to be the first of its kind to northern Syria since 2013. It took place after the YPG's political wing, Syria’s Democratic Union Party (PYD), was excluded from new peace talks in Geneva. Ankara had threatened to boycott the talks if the PYD were invited.

The conflict between the Turkish government and Kurdish insurgent groups demanding greater autonomy for the large ethnic group has been continuing for decades. With several failed ceasefires between the sides, Ankara has been blamed by a number of human rights groups for putting civilian lives at risk in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast.

In August, Ankara launched a ground operation to crack down on Kurdish fighters linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The violence ended a two-year truce with Kurdish militants fighting a guerrilla war for independence.

"Turks have a phobia of Kurds because they are scared of their Turkish Kurds, some 20 million of them living in Turkey,” Abd Salam Ali, the Kurdish Democratic Union Party's representative to Russia, told RIA Novosti, adding that “Kurds have interfered with Erdogan's plans in Turkey.”

"Islamic State has military bases in Turkey, and is using it as a corridor. Turkey currently plays a role similar to the one Pakistan played in the 1980s. When the Soviet forces were stationed in Afghanistan, jihadists arrived there through Pakistan, along with the money and arms," Abd Salam Ali noted.
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Bahrain refutes media reports of plans for ‘boots on the ground’ in Syria

Bahrain refutes media reports of plans for ‘boots on the ground’ in Syria | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
In an interview to RT Arabic, the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain, Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, has denied media reports that Manama is planning to send ground troops to Syria.

Media outlets including Reuters have cited the kingdom’s ambassador to the UK, Sheikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, who allegedly claimed his country will send troops to Syria “with the approval of Saudi Arabia.” Last week, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) stated their readiness to join the ground operation in Syria to fight Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

“The statement made by the Bahraini ambassador in London was misunderstood. Our ambassador did not say that Bahrain plans to send or is even ready to send its ground troops to Syria or any other country to fight terrorism,” Khalid Al Khalifa told RT Arabic. “Bahrain is true to its commitment to fighting terrorism, within the framework of the international coalition established in October 2014.”

However, Bahrain does not wish to be part of a ground operation in Syria:“We take great interest in the stability of the brother nation [of Syria] and the expulsion of terrorists from its land. In this regard, the international community must have full mutual understanding, and understand our position on the need to fight internationally recognized terrorists of all colors.”
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NATO ignores democratic principles in search for new members – Russian deputy FM

NATO ignores democratic principles in search for new members – Russian deputy FM | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Western nations are making “huge efforts” to prevent a NATO membership referendum in Montenegro, as pro-Alliance groups are not sure citizens would vote to join a force which bombed them a short while ago, Russia's deputy foreign minister has said.
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BBCTW: George Galloway on Paris terror attacks (19Nov15)

George Galloway talks about the Paris terrorist attacks last week, and foreign policy, and dealing with ISIS terrorists. Recorded from BBC1 HD, BBC This Week...
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Spain busts terror cell smuggling arms to ISIS disguised as humanitarian aid

Spain busts terror cell smuggling arms to ISIS disguised as humanitarian aid | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Seven suspected jihadist cell members have been arrested in Spain in a series of raids across southern provinces. The ring is being accused of funding terrorism as well as money laundering for Islamic State and Al-Nusra terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq.
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Monsanto supplied the white phosphorus used in the Gaza massacre -- Sott.net

Monsanto supplied the white phosphorus used in the Gaza massacre -- Sott.net | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Monsanto has earned the dubious reputation of being one of the most hated companies in the world. Its grand proclamations of working to feed the world and help the environment have been exposed for a sham. Their genetically modified (GM) crops...
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John Pilger: Assange paga por expor os crimes de guerra dos EUA

John Pilger: Assange paga por expor os crimes de guerra dos EUA | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Uma das aberrações jurídicas mais épicas de nossa era está sendo desmascarada.

O Grupo de Trabalho sobre Detenções Arbitrárias da ONU – o tribunal internacional que analisa e decide se os governos cumprem ou não suas obrigações em matéria de direitos humanos – julgou que Julian Assange está sendo detido ilegalmente pelo Reino Unido e a Suécia.

Após cinco anos lutando contra difamação impiedosa, Assange está mais próximo de obter justiça – e, quem sabe, liberdade – do que jamais esteve, desde que foi aprisionado em Londres sob um Mandato Europeu para Extradição, agora já desacreditado pelo próprio Parlamento britânico.

O Grupo de Trabalho da ONU baseia suas decisões na Convenção Europeia sobre Direitos Humanos e em três outros tratados de cumprimento obrigatório por seus signatários.

Tanto o Reino Unido quanto a Suécia participaram da investigação oficial da ONU, que durou 16 meses. Será um tapa na cara do direito internacional se estes países não acatarem a decisão e permitirem que Assange deixe o refúgio oferecido pelo governo equatoriano em sua embaixada de Londres.

Em casos anteriores que o Grupo de Trabalho julgou, e foi festejado internacionalmente, ambos os países apoiaram as decisões do tribunal sobre prisioneiros detidos ilegalmente.

Foi o caso de Aung Sang Suu Kyi, em Myanmar; do líder oposicionista Anwar Ibrahim, na Malásia; e do jornalista do Washington Post Jason Rezaian, no Irã.

A diferença agora é que a perseguição e confinamento de Assange acontece no coração de Londres.

O caso Assange nunca foi, primordialmente, sobre as alegações de má conduta sexual na Suécia – onde a chefe da promotoria de Estocolmo, Eva Finne, julgou a acusação improcedente, dizendo: “Eu não acredito que exista qualquer razão para suspeitar que ele tenha cometido estupro”.

Além disso, uma das mulheres envolvidas acusou a polícia de fabricar evidências e forçá-la a prestar queixa, sendo que ela “não queria acusar Julian Assange de coisa alguma”.

Foi quando um segundo promotor, misteriosamente, reabriu o caso após intervenção política.

A perseguição a Assange tem suas raízes do outro lado Atlântico, numa Washington dominada pelo Pentágono.

Sua obsessão é perseguir e acusar whistleblowers – especialmente Assange e o WikiLeaks — por terem exposto os crimes cometidos pelos EUA no Afeganistão e no Iraque: a matança desenfreada de civis e a violação da soberania dos países e da lei internacional.

De acordo com a Constituição dos EUA, nenhuma dessas revelações é ilegal. Como candidato à presidência, em 2008, Barack Obama, professor de direito constitucional, afirmou que os whistleblowers são “parte de uma democracia saudável [e] devem ser protegidos contra qualquer vingança”.
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UAE joins chorus of Arab monarchies ready to invade Syria

UAE joins chorus of Arab monarchies ready to invade Syria | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Following in the footsteps of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, The United Arab Emirates (UAE) stated on Sunday that it was ready to ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State. Damascus earlier said it would send unwelcomed invaders back ‘in coffins.’
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Blog do Alok: Chegando ao clímax na Síria

Blog do Alok: Chegando ao clímax na Síria | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
O que começou como a “Guerra da Síria” dá sinais de que poderá evoluir para uma ferida incurável, alimentada e apoiada por oitenta e três nações lideradas pela Turquia, Arábia Saudita, Qatar, Israel e OTAN, somando-se as nações pró OTAN, agora está sem dúvidas chegando ao clímax.
Genebra III está morta, como já tinham nascido mortas Genebra I e II. Desta vez, no entanto, a Síria e seus aliados estão com as cartas na mão e na realidade jogando um joguinho de gato e rato contra seus inimigos, e por que não? Afinal de contas, agora a bola está com eles e não foi fácil chegar a esta situação. É o resultado de muito sangue e sacrifício.
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Há livros que nos podem fazer mal? (Estudantes Americanos, quem mais!!?)

Há livros que nos podem fazer mal? (Estudantes Americanos, quem mais!!?) | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
 Há um movimento de estudantes universitários norte-americanos a pedir que os protejam dos conteúdos de alguns livros que consideram perigosos. Em causa estão sobretudo clássicos da literatura grega e romana. A psiquiatra Manuela Correia fala em "infantilização" da sociedade.
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Blog do Alok: Por que Kerry culpa a 'oposição' pelo continuado bombardeio na Síria

Blog do Alok: Por que Kerry culpa a 'oposição' pelo continuado bombardeio na Síria | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Segundo essa matéria de Middle East Eye, o secretário de Estado dos EUA culpou a 'oposição' pelo continuado bombardeio na Síria:

O secretário de Estado dos EUA John Kerry disse a assessores sírios, horas depois de as conversações de paz de Genebra terem fracassado, que o país deve esperar mais três meses de bombardeio, que "dizimará" a 'oposição'.

Durante conversa à margem da conferência dessa semana de doadores que sustentam a ''oposição'' síria, em Londres, fontes dizem que Kerry culpou a 'oposição' síria por abandonar as conversações e preparar o caminho para uma ofensiva conjunta de Rússia e do governo sírio contra Aleppo.

"Ele disse 'Não ponham a culpa em mim – culpem lá a oposição de vocês mesmos'" – disse a Middle East Eye uma assessora, que pediu para não ser identificada, temendo represálias contra a organização que representa.

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"[O secretário Kerry] disse, basicamente, que a oposição não quis negociar e não quis o cessar-fogo e que todos saíram da sala" – disse outra fonte ao MEE em conversa separada e também sob a condição de que seu nome não fosse divulgado.

"'Querem que eu faça o quê? Que declare guerra à Rússia? É isso que vocês querem?" – a primeira assessora disse que Kerry lhe teria perguntado.

O patético porta-voz do Departamento do Estado alegou que a matéria publicada estaria errada:

John Kirby Verified account @statedeptspox@Charles_Lister Story está errada. @JohnKerry não culpou a oposição pelo colapso das conversações, não tem comentários sobre o regime e não acenou na direção de Assad.

Mas o que se lê aqui me leva a crer que a matéria que mostra Kerry vergastando a 'oposição' está certa, pelo menos em parte:

U.S. Embassy Syria @USEmbassySyria#SecKerry sobre bombardeamento de civis na #Síria: Isso tem de parar. Mas não vai parar se as pessoas levantam-se da mesa de negociações ou não se empenham

Quer dizer: o porta-voz do Departamento de Estado nega que os EUA culpem a 'oposição'; e outra parte do Departamento de Estado culpa precisamente a 'oposição': "não vai parar se as pessoas levantam-se da mesa de negociação e não se empenham". Kerry está visivelmente incomodado por o grupo saudita de 'oposição' ter fugido das conversações da ONU em Viena. Mas a culpa é dos "aliados" que os EUA arranjaram.
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An Exasperated John Kerry Throws In Towel On Syria: ‘What Do You Want Me To Do, Go To War With The Russians?!’

An Exasperated John Kerry Throws In Towel On Syria: ‘What Do You Want Me To Do, Go To War With The Russians?!’ | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
“Russian and Syrian forces intensified their campaign on rebel-held areas around Aleppo that are still home to around 350,000 people and aid workers have said the city - Syria's largest before the war - could soon fall.”

Can you spot what’s wrong with that quote, from a Reuters piece out today? Here’s the problem: “could soon fall” implies that Aleppo is on the verge of succumbing to enemy forces. It’s not. It’s already in enemy hands and has been for quite some time. What Reuters should have said is this: “...could soon be liberated.”

While we’ll be the first to admit that Bashar al-Assad isn’t exactly the most benevolent leader in the history of statecraft, you can bet most Syrians wish this war had never started and if you were to ask those stranded in Aleppo what their quality of life is like now, versus what it was like in 2009, we’re fairly certain you’ll discover that residents aren’t particularly enamored with life under the mishmash of rebels that now control the city.

In any event, Russia and Iran have encircled Aleppo and once it “falls” (to quote Reuters) that’s pretty much it for the opposition. Or at least for the “moderate” opposition. And the Saudis and Turks know it.

So does John Kerry, who is desperate to restart stalled peace negotiations in Geneva. The problem for the US and its regional allies is simple: if Russia and Iran wipe out the opposition on the battlefield, there’s no need for peace talks. The Assad government will have been restored and that will be that. ISIS will still be operating in the east, but that’s a problem Moscow and Tehran will solve in short order once the country’s major urban centers are secured.

As we noted on Saturday, Riyadh and Ankara are extremely concerned that the five-year-old effort to oust Assad is about to collapse and indeed, the ground troop trial balloons have already been floated both in Saudi Arabia and in Turkey. For their part, the Russians and the Iranians have indicated their willingness to discuss a ceasefire but according to John Kerry himself, the opposition is now unwilling to come to the table.

“Don’t blame me – go and blame your opposition,’” an exasperated Kerry told aid workers on the sidelines of the Syria donor conference in London this week.
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'Far-left' activists smash luxury cars in Berlin police protest

'Far-left' activists smash luxury cars in Berlin police protest | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Dozens of activists claiming to be from Social Democratic People’s Bicycle Commando Germany trashed or torched nearly 50 luxury cars and storefronts in Berlin this weekend in response to growing gentrification and living costs.
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Chelsea Manning letters: ‘I’ve been stored away all this time without a voice’

Chelsea Manning letters: ‘I’ve been stored away all this time without a voice’ | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
American whistleblower and free speech advocate Chelsea Manning, who leaked 750,000 classified US military files to WikiLeaks, has spoken out about her experience of incarceration in a secure military prison.

Despite the restrictions on her freedoms, Manning has become a passionate free speech campaigner, taking opportunities to communicate from prison whenever she can.

In a tranche of letters sent to Amnesty International UK, she reveals snippets of her past, her life in prison and the perilous path that led her there. Amnesty, which has supported Manning since her arrest, has presented her account in podcast form using the voice of an actress.
Early life

Manning, who was previously known as Private Bradley Manning, was serving in the US Army in Iraq in 2009 as a military analyst. Troubled by the actions of US forces and their allies, she made a decision to leak a large amount of classified US military files.

The leak, which her supporters say was in the public interest, led to her incarceration, isolation, and the loss of decades of her freedom. She is now locked up in a secure military prison in the US serving a 35-year sentence.

Speaking to Amnesty, Manning recounted her early life in an insular town in Oklahoma as being rough. She said both of her parents were heavy drinkers and were prone to erratic and abusive behavior. Her father traveled a lot, so much of her childhood was spent with her sister and her mother.
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Terrorists' supply routes from Turkey cut off during army offensive in northern Syria

Terrorists' supply routes from Turkey cut off during army offensive in northern Syria | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The Syrian Army aided by the Russian Air Force has cut off terrorist supply routes from Turkey in and around Aleppo, one of the last bastions for the jihadists in the north of the country.
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Second member of Jihadi John’s ISIS execution team identified

Second member of Jihadi John’s ISIS execution team identified | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
A second member of the infamous Islamic State cell which tortured and executed Western hostages in Syria and posted videos of their acts online has been identified as Alexanda Kotey, 32, from London.
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Talking Syria on "Comment" with George Galloway (Feb. 4, 2016)

Eric Draitser of http://StopImperialism.org chats with George Galloway (Feb. 4, 2016) about Syria, who's repsonsible, and where it's going. Draitser discusse...
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Twice the size of Burj Khalifa: Mile-high tower proposed as centerpiece of future Tokyo (PHOTOS)

Twice the size of Burj Khalifa: Mile-high tower proposed as centerpiece of future Tokyo (PHOTOS) | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Architects want to build a mile-high skyscraper in the Japanese city of Tokyo, two times the size of the world’s current tallest building. The aptly titled “Sky Mile Tower” is proposed as part of sustainable Tokyo development plan till 2045.
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Stupidity Rocks! and this hgappen»» Spanish puppeteers detained over children’s show, charged with 'glorifying terrorism'

Stupidity Rocks! and this hgappen»» Spanish puppeteers detained over children’s show, charged with 'glorifying terrorism' | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Two Spanish puppeteers have been detained and charged with ‘glorifying terrorism’ during a children’s show staged as part of Madrid carnival celebrations on Friday.
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Obama quer frear campanha russa na Síria ‘de qualquer maneira’

Obama quer frear campanha russa na Síria ‘de qualquer maneira’ | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
As verdadeiras intenções de Washington em relação à Síria são assunto importante há algum tempo, e muitos afirmam que o governo Obama ainda está disposto a perseguir uma troca de regime no país, apesar de ter reduzido o tom do discurso “Assad deve sair”.
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French police union files complaint against Calais after RT video of general’s arrest

French police union files complaint against Calais after RT video of general’s arrest | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The French National Municipal Police Professional Union (SDPM) has filed a complaint over the actions of the Calais local authorities after the publication of an RT video showing the arrest of General Christian Piquemal during PEGIDA’s rally on Saturday.
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Corrupt US Government Accuses Putin Of Corruption By Paul Craig Roberts

Corrupt US Government Accuses Putin Of Corruption By Paul Craig Roberts | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The most corrupt government on earth, a government so utterly corrupt that it allows former executives of a handful of corrupt mega-banks to run the economic policy of the US solely in the interest of their banks, denying tens of millions of American retirees any interest income on their savings for 7 years and denying hard-pressed Social Security recipients any cost-of-living adjustments by falsifying inflation measures, a government so totally corrupt that it has destroyed seven countries and millions of Muslims solely on the basis of lies, this irredeemably corrupt government has accused the most admired political leader on earth of corruption.
http://russia-insider.com/en/putin-corrupt-proclaims-most-corrupt-govt-earth/ri12490

The entire world outside brainwashed America, its EU vassals, and Nazified Ukraine is laughing.

The United States, once admired, then feared, is now the laughing stock of the world. The CIA-controlled German media is being abandoned by the German people who have figured out that their media is nothing but a Washington propaganda operation against Russia. The backlash is so strong that the German media might not survive. http://russia-insider.com/en/germany/germans-abandon-major-news-sites-anger-over-slanted-russia-coverage/ri885

Here is Stephen Lendman’s take on Washington’s latest attempt to demonize Putin:

Phony US Claims About Putin’s Corruption

by Stephen Lendman

Relentless US Putin bashing persists, reckless accusations made – including invading Ukraine and murder, evidence backing up claims absent. None exists.

Putin is vilified for forthrightly defending Russian sovereign independence, supporting a multi-polar world, and challenging Washington’s imperial agenda – at the same time seeking world peace and stability along with mutual cooperation among all nations.

Comments by US officials reflect administration policy. Britain’s BBC is state-owned, controlled and operated. Propaganda substitutes for credible news and information.
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Peace Talks “Paused” After Putin’s Triumph in Aleppo 

Peace Talks “Paused” After Putin’s Triumph in Aleppo  | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
“This is the beginning of the end of jihadi presence in Aleppo. After 4 years of war and terror, people can finally see the end in sight.”

— Edward Dark, Twitter, Moon of Alabama

A last ditch effort to stop a Russian-led military offensive in northern Syria ended in failure on Wednesday when the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF) and heavy Russian air cover broke a 40-month siege on the villages of Nubl and al-Zahra in northwestern Aleppo province. The Obama administration had hoped that it could forestall the onslaught by cobbling together an eleventh-hour ceasefire agreement at the Geneva peace talks. But when the news that Syrian armored units had crashed through al Nusra’s defenses and forced the jihadists to retreat, UN envoy Staffan de Mistura suspended the negotiations tacitly acknowledging that the mission had failed.

“I have indicated from the first day that I won’t talk for the sake of talking,” the envoy told reporters, saying he needed immediate help from international backers led by the United States and Russia, which are supporting opposite sides of a war that has also drawn in regional powers.” (Reuters) De Mistura then announced a “temporary pause” in the stillborn negotiations which had only formally begun just hours earlier. Developments on the battlefield had convinced the Italian-Swedish diplomat that it was pointless to continue while government forces were effecting a solution through military means.
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