Global war on "terrorism"
In 1980s, the United States and Israel created the concept of "international terrorism" to discredit the national liberation movements, accusing them of being tentacles of the Soviet beast. After the September 11 attacks, responsibility for quashing terrorism was taken away from the police and shifted to the military domain. For the Anglo-American ruling class, the "war against terrorism" had been envisaged as a means of affirming its control over trade routes (free maritime and air circulation), but it served the Bush administration and the Zionist movement to cloak their mistimed colonial adventures (Palestine, Afghanistan, Irak).
The same concept is used by the West to justify the setting up of an Orwellian surveillance society and by the Shangai Cooperation Organisation (Russia, China) to stymie the intrusion of the nomadic populations of Central Asia and to stabilise them by force.
General Wesley Clark, former Supreme Commander of NATO, told CNN that the Islamic Emirate ("Daesh") had been "created by our friends and allies to defeat Hezbollah."
General Clark thus clearly put into question the responsibility of Israel.
Since 2001, General Clark has been the spokesman for a group of senior officers opposed to Israeli influence on the foreign policy of the United States, its aggressive imperialist developments and the remodeling of the "Greater Middle East". He had (...)
The United States has made significant gains against terrorism. We’ve decimated the core al Qaeda leadership, strengthened homeland security and worked to prevent another large-scale attack like 9/11.
At the same time, the threat has evolved. The al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen actively plots against us. Since 9/11, terrorists have murdered U.S. citizens overseas, including in the attacks in Benghazi, Libya. Here in the United States, Americans have been killed at Ft. Hood and during the Boston (...)
After long hesitating, the Obama administration has adopted its new defense doctrine. For the Levant, it is no longer a question of "reshaping the broader Middle East", nor of overthrowing President Bashar Assad, but only of "reducing" the Islamic Emirate. The White House hopes to put its military machine in order and running. To do this, President Obama is trying to get the support of Congress.
“The Security Council,
“Reaffirming its primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations,
“Reaffirming that terrorism in all forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivations, whenever and by whomsoever committed,
“Reaffirming the need to combat by all means, in (...)
Whereas the terrorist organization th at has referred to itself as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and various other names (in this resolution referred to as ‘‘ ISIL’’) poses a grave threat to the people and territorial integrity of Iraq and Syria, regional stab ility, and the national security interests of the United States and its allies and partners;
Whereas ISIL holds significant territory in Iraq and Syria and has stated its intention to seize more territory and demonstrated the (...)
The town of Kobané has been almost entirely liberated by the forces of the PYG (Syrian Kurds allied with the Turkish PKK), with aviation support from the international anti-Daesh Coalition.
It seems that two thirds of all the bombing done by the Coalition were aimed at Kobané.
An early estimation numbers at least 1,200 dead on the jihadist side, and 800 on the Syrian side, but the final toll could be much heavier.
At the same time, the Syrian Arab army has completed the encirclement of (...)
Foreign Affairs: I would like to start by asking you about the war. It has now been going on for almost four years, and you know the statistics: more than 200,000 people have been killed, a million wounded, and more than three million Syrians have fled the country, according to the UN. Your forces have also suffered heavy casualties. The war cannot go on forever. How do you see the war ending?
Bashar al-Assad: All wars anywhere in the world have ended with a political solution, because war (...)
Israëli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has invited himself to give a speech, on the 11th February 2015, to the two chambers of the US governement. He will be speaking about the menace that Iran represents for the « West » and the Muslim menace following the attack against Charlie Hebdo.
Technically speaking, Mr. Netanyahu was invited by Republican John Boehner, president of the Chamber of Representatives, without the White House’s knowledge, and in violation of all institutional rules.
The French Minister of Defence, Jean-Yves Le Drian, has confirmed the information from Radio France International stating that a dozen French « ex- » soldiers are currently fighting on the side of the jihadists. He specified that such cases were extremely rare.
In this case, just as in previous cases, all the French « ex- » soldiers implicated in the jihadist forces were either (French Foreign) legionnaires or members of the DGSE - the minister could have launched an administrative enquiry (...)
The US daily McClatchy announced that the Kouachi brothers and Mohammed Mehra had been recruted by the explosives expert of Khorasan, a sub-group of Al-Qaïda.
Last year, the same newspaper had revealed the existence of French citizen David Drugeon (photo) and his rôle with al-Qaïda in Syria. It declared that the young man was a member of the French secret services. Then the Pentagon confirmed that they considered him a priority target. The French Minister for Defence firmly denied that (...)
On the 7 th January 2015, at least three armed men burst into the offices of the French satirical news weekly Charlie Hebdo, where they opened fire, shouting « Allah Akbar ! ».
At least 12 people are dead, 4 others are in critical condition, and a dozen opther people are wounded.
This attack could create a fracture in French society between Muslims and non-Muslims. In fact, French Muslims have often felt that they were being insulted by Charlie Hebdo, while the commando claimed to be (...)
The Islamic Emirate has adopted its budget for 2015. It is worth 2 billion dollars.
This budget includes the salaries for its jihadists (500 to 650 dollars per month, as compared to 300 to 600 dollars for other jihadist groups) and the social security benefits for the families of the victims of bombing by the International Coalition .
According to the spokesman for the Islamic Emirate, the budget is balanced. The organisation also disposes of 250 million dollars which it is holding in (...)
For Ali Khamenei, the Press campaign against Islam, currently reactivated after the attacks in France, is based on fiction and leads to violence. In this text – a long way from the idea people in the West may have of the Supreme Guide of the Islamic Revolution – he calls on the young people of Europe and North America not to convert, but to avoid being manipulated.
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While many French react to the attack against Charlie Hebdo denouncing Islam and demonstrating in the streets, Thierry Meyssan points out that the jihadist interpretation is impossible. While it would be tempting for him to see it as an Al Qaeda or Daesh operation, he envisages another, much more dangerous hypothesis.
The Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture practices 2001 to the end of 2009 continues to stir up reactions.
Glenn Greenwald (The Intercept) was able to identify the CIA agent, head of the Bin Laden Issue Station (a.k.a. Alec Station), who ran the CIA program . Her name is Alfreda Frances Bikowsky. She is considered both to be the top al-Qaeda expert and to have made mistake after mistake in her crusade against the Islamist organization. Question: How can one be both (...)
Paris Match: Mr. President, three years into this war, and considering how things have turned out, do you regret that you haven’t managed things differently at the beginning, with the appearance of the first signs of the revolution in March 2011? Do you feel that you are responsible for what happened?
Bashar el Assad: Even in the first days of the events, there were martyrs from the army and the police; so, since the first days of this crisis we have been facing terrorism. It is true that (...)
According to the UN, world heroin production stands at 430-450 tons, of which only 340 tons actually reach the market, the rest being seized or destroyed .
Top heroin producing countries are: Afghanistan (at least 380 tonnes), Myanmar and Laos (at least 50 tonnes).
According to John F. Sopko, the US government’s special inspector general for Afghanistan, the reconstruction efforts undertaken by Afghanistan have collapsed in the face of the continued expansion of drug cultivation drugs (...)
Turkish MP Dr. Mehmet Ali Ediboğlu] (Republican People’s Party - CHP) revealed that on 19 November 2014, a US ship had entered the port of Iskanderun carrying an illegal cargo of heavy weapons.
Riot police sealed off the port during the unloading of the cargo, which notably included missiles and heavy launchers. The material was then taken out by two convoys of twelve vehicles headed for the Al-Qaeda camp located in Osmaniye 
The Erdoğan government is actively supporting the armed (...)
Several media, especially in the United States and France have strongly disputed Thierry Meyssan’s article on the relationship between John McCain and the Islamic State ("Daesh") . They all claimed to have identified, and in some cases to know well, the person appearing in the photograph of the Senator’s meeting with the Free Syrian Army leadership in May 2013, so as to be in a position to refute that it is Caliph Ibrahim.
We will not discuss the articles published by our colleagues (...)
It happened on 8 November 2014 in Rakka, the capital of the "Islamic State." An "Islamic court" consisting of a Tunisian and a Libyan, passed "judgment" on three officers of the Syrian Arab Army.
The three men were sold to the Islamic State by a tribe who had feigned to offer them hospitality during a battle around a gas field.
They were accused of serving an Alawite president, therefore branded as heretics , and held to be co-responsible for the bombing carried out by the Syrian Arab (...)
In its issue of 7 November 2014, Newsweek published the testimony by a jihadist affiliated with the Islamic State . It attests to an agreement allowing IS fighters to cross the border. It also discloses that the IS commanders speak Turkish and communicate continuously by radio with the Turkish authorities. Finally, it highlights the fact that the Turkish military help the IS to fight the Kurds.
In the same article, a PYG official affirms that Turkey’s support doesn’t end there; it also (...)
According to the Wall Street Journal, Barack Obama sent a secret letter to the Supreme Leader of the Iranian Revolution, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The US president allegedly emphasized the importance of Iran in the fight against the Islamic State, but subjected any joint action to the Ayatollah’s approval of the negotiations conducted by President Hassan Rohani in Vienna. In addition, he reportedly pledged that he would not strike the Syrian Arab Republic or other allies of Iran.
This letter (...)
The presence of Chinese jihadists in Syria has been ascertained since October 2012 . However, it has increased dramatically in the summer of 2014, leading to the emergence of a Chinese neighborhood in Rakka, the capital of the Islamic State.
Mainly ethnic Uighurs from Western China, the fighters often go through Cambodia and Indonesia and are ultimately picked up and transported to their destination with the help of Turkish intelligence services (MIT).
In recent months, several (...)
The Syrian city of Kobane (Arabic Ain al-Arab), with a majority ethnic Kurdish population, has been under siege by militants of the Islamic State ("Daesh") since September 16, 2014. The city is located near the Turkish border and is no longer accessible from Turkey, the hinterland being occupied by Daesh.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s stance towards the Kurdish defenders of Kobane has exposed his support for the IS, leading to the political isolation of his country. Hence, last (...)
Three days of heavy fighting took place between the Lebanese army and jihadist groups in Tripoli.
The army made use of artillery weapons in the city center. Tens of thousands of people were forced to flee their homes to escape the fighting.
The clashes left 16 dead, including 11 soldiers and 154 wounded.
In the Old Town, more than 50 shops were completely burned down and over 200 others suffered severe damage.
Lebanon’s second largest city, Tripoli has a population of 200,000 (...)
Speaking on 23 October 2014 at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, US Under-Secretary of the Treasury David S. Cohen accused Turkey, Iraqi Kurdistan and Syria of illegally selling oil stolen by the Islamic Emirate (Daesh ) .
Putting aside the accusation leveled against Syria (buying the oil that Daesh steals from it) which is rooted in pure propaganda, this is the second time that Washington points the finger at its Turkish and Kurdish allies. On 2 October, during the (...)
President Barack Obama has largely developed his targeted killing program. Once a week, he oversees a meeting of his security officials in a White House basement to decide who will be his next victims, reported the New York Times .
The Nobel Peace Prize winner justified his action by claiming that all he is doing is taking out the leaders of the Al-Qaeda terrorist network .
A study by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, conducted jointly with Amnesty International, Reprieve (...)
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