In Syria in those areas free of terrorists life returns to normal

Syria Today – Part III My Family (the other half of it)

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Today I’m going to tell you about my sister’s family. If you missed my last post, about my brother’s family, you can find it here: Syria Today – Part II My Family (well, half of it). You can also read about my first days in Syria here: Syria Today.

This is my sister, Julia, the one in the middle. She has five children, three girls and two boys. Her daughters married and moved away years ago but her two sons are sticking around (so far).

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Julia, with the heart of gold.

My dad says, “qalba dihab” (heart of gold), when he talks about Julia, and it’s true. She is such a sweetheart. She’s an exemplary Syrian mother, cooking and cleaning, anticipating the needs of her family, and working for the good of her family with a smile on her face. She loves her husband, children, and grandchildren and it shows! It’s clear they love her too, if their phone calls and visits are any indication. Her daughters call every day or so, keeping her up to date on their lives. Her oldest son, Antoun, lives down the street with his wife and three kids, and her youngest son, (and the baby of the family), Eddy, lives at home with his mom and dad. He’s engaged to be married – more on that later.

fullsizeoutput_4c2Julia and I spent a lot of time together in the village and in Homs. We like to sit and talk together or just be together. She is a great cook (I’m so lucky, everyone who cooks for me in Syria is a great cook!) and we had some pretty great meals while I was there. Additionally, she sent me home with her homemade za’atar blend, dibs ramaan (pomegranate molasses), and hand-dried sumac. She also sent a bottle of arak (anisette liquor) for my husband – she knows the way to her brother-in-law’s heart! She loves that I do yoga and is always telling her friends about it.

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Bashur

Her husband, Bashur, is a kind and gentle man. He loves Syria fiercely. The war has been very hard on him because of this. He ran his own laundry in Homs. The front, corner bedroom was converted to the business years ago. He did the laundry in the back of the house and outside in a shed on the back patio, then pressed clothes, hung them, and met with customers in the front room. In the village, there is no business, so he is retired.

I have never met anyone in Syria who knows as much about history as Bashur. You can ask him anything and he knows the answer. Not just about Syria, but the Middle East as well. His dedication and love for his country is something I admire so much about him.

My nephew, Antoun, is a driver. He takes people all over the valley and to Homs. He also drove me to Tartous and Baniyas while I was there. When I went to Baniyas, I went with him, his wife, and their three kids, as well as Eddy, and Eddy’s fiancée, Merna (whom I love, love, love!).

Antoun works hard and takes whatever work there is. Sometimes that means he works long hours and sometimes it means he works seven days a week. He is a very reasonable person, and when he talks about serious things, you feel that you trust his judgement because he is so sensible. He is also fiercely dedicated to his family.

 

Antoun’s wife, Amal, is literally one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever known (see for yourself). She’s that way on the inside too! She’s fun to hang out with and loves to have a good time. She’s a great mom and wife too. I’ll write about my trip to Baniyas another time and show you lots of pictures, so stay tuned.

 

Then, there are their kids, Edward (Edoody, 9 years old), Andrew (Andoora, 6 years old), and Naya (4 years old). Edoody acts very grown up for a 9-year old. He is pretty serious. He hates having his picture taken and I’m not sure I have a picture of him. He’s also too addicted to his cell phone games. I just want to say, Syrians have the same problems as Americans when it comes to cell phones! This is a totally universal problem.

 

Andoora is a ham! He is so much fun to play with and goof around with. We argue over the right way to pronounce words because his mother is from the Big City (Homs), and my Arabic is “Amar” Arabic with a distinctive accent. “Shoy.” “No, shai,” (rhymes with chai). Shoy. Shai. Shoy. Shai. Also, I taught him and Naya the slap game. You know, when you put your hands on top of someone else’s and they try to slap the top of your hands. They were ridiculously easy to beat. One of the many reasons I love hanging out with kids – I almost always win!

 

Naya is a little sweetheart who’s super sassy! She was really excited to start school in the fall and gave me a little fashion show of her school clothes and showed me her new backpack. It’s great to see kids excited about school!

So, about Eddy and Merna. Merna is Eddy’s fiancée and I’m so happy for them. I think they are just perfect for each other! Eddy is a painter. That is, he’s a house painter. There’s lots of work in the area now. There is a lot of rebuilding going on, but also just a lot of building in general.

 

Many people have moved into this area since the beginning of the war. It is free of terrorists and fighting. Of course, now, most of the country is, but the valley was cleared of terrorists back in 2015 or so, while there was still active fighting in other parts of Syria. So, of course, people left areas where there was fighting, and many came to our area. Especially Christians.

We live in an area called “Wadi Al Nasara” (Valley of the Christians).” There are many Muslims in the area as well, but with a large Christian population, many Christians from all over the country came here to escape opposition-held areas where they instituted strict shari’a law and threatened and harassed Christians. So anyway, the point is, there’s a lot of work for builders, painters, tile setters, etc. This is great for Eddy!

 

I love Eddy because he is a tough guy on the outside, but full of deep love for the people he loves. He’s quiet, smart, and really, really funny in a clever way. Merna is his equal, which is really important. Eddy is so strong, he needs a strong woman. Hopefully, they are getting married next summer. We all love Eddy so much that my son and daughter and I are absolutely determined to go back for the wedding. I’m so grateful for all the nights I got to spend hanging out with Eddy and Merna and their friends this year.

Wow! It takes a lot of words to tell you about my family. And think, that’s just the family I have living in Syria! Next time, I’ll tell you all about Homs.

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Putin-Erdogan understanding paves the way for a military action تفاهم بوتين أردوغان يمهّد للعمل العسكري ولا يلغيه

Putin-Erdogan understanding paves the way for a military action

سبتمبر 25, 2018

Written by Nasser Kandil,

Anyone who reads the items of the announced understanding after the summit that brought together the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Turkish President Recep Erdogan can ask two questions: First, is it possible to imagine a better scenario for getting rid of Al Nusra front and collecting the weapons of the armed groups within a formula that resembles the settlements which were applied in many areas without shedding one drop of blood? In other words, in a bloody battle that neither Syria nor Russia nor the allies can bear its consequences and that does not grant the West especially Washington the opportunity of escalation against Syria and the allies? Second, is it possible to achieve that ideal scenario?  In other words, will Turkey be able to achieve the content of the understandings after it was granted by Russia one moth to end Al Nusra front and three months to collect the heavy and medium-weapons from the province of Idlib after it announced its abidance by that understanding? Will that be achieved by depending only on the security and political pressure or on the military force too? Will the Turkish military force be involved directly in the battle? Or this will be entrusted to its affiliated groups? Will these groups be able to achieve a mission in which they failed in its achievement repeatedly due to the overlapping between them and Al Nusra? Will this be possible in the confrontation without the involvement of the Syrian army and its allies and without the support of the Syrian Air Defense?

After reading the course of the war on Syria, it can be said that the military knot of Idlib is that it includes ten thousands of militants, including thousands from Turkestan and Uyghurs whom the political solution is not possible with. Therefore, the talk about a reconciliation solution that ends Al Nusra front is fantasy, while the collection of the armed groups’ medium and heavy- weapons is the only possible thing that can be done by Turkey. The war which is completed by achieving the Turkish commitment requires an unimagined human confrontation and firepower depending on armed groups affiliated to Turkey, that their history revealed their division upon the first clash with Al Nusra into those who would join Al Nusra and those who escape from the battle. It is impossible to imagine the availability of sufficient firepower for this battle without the Russian Air Force’s partnership. When the armed groups run by Turkey become incapable and the human needed cost is not borne internally by the Turkish army then the Syrian army and the allies will have an unavoidable field role. This is the only possible realistic scenario for achieving the Russian – Turkish understanding within deadlines without any Turkish deception or coup due to the Russian air control and the political surrounding relationship between Turkey and all its former partners in the war on Syria at their forefront Washington.

The question about the reason of this understanding will become legitimate if the course of events imposes the battle of Idlib in which the Syrian army and the allies will be involved. The answer is that Russia grants Turkey the opportunity to keep its role in the political solution in Syria but at a clear high cost. In return, Turkey gives this opportunity to its armed groups including Al Nusra front to put them before a similar clear high- cost equation. Therefore, the result will be a military political dynamic relationship between Turkey and the armed groups on one hand, and between Turkey and the armed groups with Al Nusra, Turkestan, Uighur, and others on the other hand, that will make the Syrian –Russian military choice along with the allies a bitter alternative, that its avoidance is high and its acceptance is the bitterest. Therefore, Russia has frustrated the western campaign against it, Iran, and Syria, it has programmed the achievement of  its objectives in a gradual clever way, and has proposed an attainable political solution if Turkey and those who are with it succeed in achieving the goals.

The Israeli aggression on the Syrian coast alone expresses the anxiety of Washington and Tel Aviv.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

 

تفاهم بوتين أردوغان يمهّد للعمل العسكري ولا يلغيه

سبتمبر 18, 2018

ناصر قنديل

– لا يملك مَن يقرأ تفاصيل بنود التفاهم المعلن بعد قمة الرئيسين الروسي فلاديمير بوتين والتركي رجب أردوغان إلا طرح سؤالين، الأول هل يمكن تخيّل سيناريو أفضل لإنهاء جبهة النصرة وجمع سلاح الجماعات المسلحة ضمن صيغة تشبه التسويات التي تمّت في مناطق سابقة، حتى يكاد يكون السيناريو مثالياً بتخيل تحقيق جملة أهداف دفعة واحدة من دون أن تسيل قطرة دم واحدة، أو على الأقل بأقل بعد دموي ممكن، أو بمعنى أفضل سياسي بمعركة دموية لا تتحمّل سورية وروسيا والحلفاء تبعاتها ولا تمنح الغرب وعلى رأسه واشنطن فرصة التصعيد ضد سورية والحلفاء؟ والسؤال الثاني هو: هل سيكون ممكناً واقعياً تحقق هذا السيناريو المثالي؟ بمعنى أوضح هل ستكون تركيا قادرة على تحقيق مضمون التفاهمات بعدما منحتها روسيا مهلة شهر لإنهاء جبهة النصرة وثلاثة شهور لجمع السلاح الثقيل والمتوسط من محافظة إدلب؟ وأعلنت التزامها بصورة احتفالية بذلك؟ وهل سيتحقق ذلك بالاعتماد على الضغط الأمني والسياسي فقط، أم بالقوة العسكرية أيضاً؟ وهل القوة العسكرية التركية ستكون مباشرة في المعركة أم ستعهد للجماعات التابعة لها بذلك؟ وهل ستقدر هذه الجماعات على التماسك في تحقيق مهمة أخفقت فيها مراراً وتكراراً بسبب التماثل والتداخل بينها وبين النصرة؟ وهل سيكون ممكناً في حال المواجهة فعل ذلك دون تدخل الجيش السوري وحلفائه، ومساندة سلاح الجو السوري؟

– قراءة مسار الحرب في سورية وعليها يكفي للاستنتاج أن عقدة إدلب العسكرية تضم عشرات آلاف المسلحين منهم آلاف من التركستان والإيغور الذين لا حلّ سياسي معهم، وأن الحديث عن حل رضائي ينهي جبهة النصرة ضرب من الخيال، بينما السيطرة على قرار الجماعات المسلحة لنزع سلاحها الثقيل والمتوسط فهو الوحيد الذي يقع ضمن نطاق الممكن بالنسبة لتركيا، وبالمقابل فالحرب التي يستدعيها تحقيق الالتزام التركي تستدعي مواجهة بشرية وقدرة نارية يستحيل تخيّلها بالاعتماد على جماعات مسلحة تابعة للأتراك يقول تاريخها إنها عند أول تصادم مع النصرة ستتشظى بين مَن ينضم للنصرة ومن يهرب من المعركة، كما يستحيل تخيل توفير قدرة نارية كافية لهذه المعركة دون شراكة سلاح الجو الروسي. وعندما تعجز الجماعات المسلحة التي تديرها تركيا، ويصير المطلوب كلفة بشرية لا يتحملها الجيش التركي داخلياً سيكون للجيش السوري والحلفاء دور ميداني لا يمكن تفاديه، وهذا هو السيناريو الواقعي الوحيد الممكن لتحقيق التفاهم الروسي التركي ضمن المهل الزمنية التي لا تتيح مجالاً مع الرقابة الروسية الجوية والدوريات المعلن عنها لمخاوف من خداع أو انقلاب تركي، لا تتيحه بالأصل المناخات السياسية المحيطة بعلاقة تركيا بكل شركائها السابقين في الحرب على سورية وفي طليعتهم واشنطن.

– يصير السؤال مشروعاً عن سبب هذا التفاهم، إذا كان السياق سيفرض حكماً معركة في إدلب يخوضها الجيش السوري والحلفاء، والجواب أن روسيا تقدّم لتركيا الفرصة للحفاظ على دور في الحل السياسي في سورية بكلفة واضحة وواضح أنها مرتفعة. وبالمقابل تحمل تركيا هذه الفرصة لجماعاتها المسلحة، ومنهم جبهة النصرة لتضعهم أمام معادلة مشابهة كلفة واضحة وواضح أنها مرتفعة تعادل الانتحار. وبذلك تكون النتيجة دينامية سياسية عسكرية في علاقة تركيا بالجماعات المسلحة من جهة، وعلاقتها هي والجماعات المسلحة بالنصرة والتركستان والإيغور وسواهم، ستتيح جعل الخيار العسكري السوري الروسي مع الحلفاء بديلاً مراً ثمن تفاديه مرتفع والذهاب لقبوله آخر المرارات. وبالحصيلة تكون روسيا قد أجهضت الحملة الغربية عليها وعلى إيران وعلى سورية، وبرمجت بلوغ الأهداف بطريقة ذكية ومتدرجة، ووضعت الحل السياسي كواجهة عملية قابلة للفوز، إذا نجحت تركيا ومَن معها بتحقيق الأهداف، وتنقل تركيا ومن معها إلى ضفة روسيا وسورية والحلفاء إذا عجزت تركيا ومَن معها.

– العدوان الإسرائيلي على الساحل السوري وحده يقول إن ما تمّ يجلب القلق لواشنطن وتل أبيب.

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America and israel (apartheid state) can never be trusted. Countless examples prove it

Trustworthiness Not a US or Israeli Attribute

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

America and Israel can never be trusted. Countless examples prove it – notably US hostility toward Russia, risking direct confrontation between the world’s dominant nuclear powers.

Israel flagrantly breached its 2015 agreements with Moscow, aimed at preventing clashes between their aerial operations in Syria.

Russia’s are legal at the behest of Damascus, involved in combating the scourge of US-supported terrorism.

Israel, Washington and their imperial allies operate in Syria illegally, supporting ISIS and other terrorists, aiming to topple Bashar al-Assad, naked aggression their strategy.

The Netanyahu regime’s responsibility for the Russian IL-20 downing incident showed Israel is either more foe than friend of Russia or unacceptably taking advantage of Vladimir Putin. 

Allies don’t put aerial operations of partnered countries in harm’s way, permitting a downing incident like what happened on September 17, the lives of 15 IL-20 crew members lost.

It was criminal negligence, according to Russia’s Defense Ministry, not “a chain of tragic accidental circumstances,” how Putin described it, trying to put a brave face on Israeli deception and betrayal.

The fog of war indeed causes friendly fire mistakes. That’s not what happened on September 17.

Based on radar readings, Russia’s Defense Ministry tracked precisely what happened, proving Israeli responsibility. When caught red-handed, the IDF willfully tried deceiving Russia, a foolish tactic, a failed one.

A breach of trust now exists between both countries. How it will affect future relations remains to be seen.

Despite countless US acts of hostility toward Moscow, Putin persists in wanting improved bilateral relations. 

They’re unattainable because bipartisan hardliners in Washington want adversarial ones maintained – Russia the key nation standing in the way of unchallenged US global dominance, especially allied with China.

A so-called special relationship defined Washington’s alliance with Israel from inception. Harry Truman was the first world leader to recognize the Jewish state – moments after it was declared on May 14, 1948.

Even the June 8, 1967 Israeli attack on the USS Liberty, killing 34 crew members, another 171 wounded, the vessel severely damaged and nearly sunk, didn’t shake the unshakable relationship.

Russia treats Washington the same way, no matter how grievously it’s abused – notably since the February 2014 Obama regime coup in Ukraine.

Moscow was falsely accused of “aggression” in the country straightaway – for supporting the right of Donbass to live free from fascist tyranny, and accepting the overwhelming sentiment of Crimeans to rejoin Russia, going along with wanting a historic mistake corrected.

Israel’s responsibility for downing Russia’s IL-20 aircraft will test their bilateral relationship. No matter how hard the Netanyahu regime tries shifting blame to Syria, reality won’t change.

Based on how Russia reacts to US hostility, what happened on September 17 won’t likely affect bilateral relations with Israel adversely.

Expect Russia’s Defense Ministry to strengthen protection of its ground and aerial forces in Syria, hopefully aiding Damascus to do the same.

Will aggressive Israeli aerial operations be impeded? The jury remains out on this important issue.

The Netanyahu regime will surely test Russia’s resolve. If past is prologue, it may get away with it.

A Final Comment

According to RT and Sputnik News, Russia will supply Syria with S-300 air defense systems within two weeks in response to the IL-20 downing incident – what was bought and paid for earlier but not delivered.

They’re able to intercept “air threats at a range of more than 250 kilometers,” capable of “hitting several aerial targets” simultaneously, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu explained.

During a 2013 meeting with Putin in Moscow, Netanyahu suggested he’d destroy S-300s in Syria if installed and become operational – a threat he may not follow through on given what happened last week, especially if Russian and Syrian personnel jointly operate them.

Moscow will also supply Damascus with better control systems, integrating their military assets, enabling Syrian forces to identify Russian aircraft to avoid another IL-20 incident, steps that should have been taken much earlier.

Russia’s Defense Ministry will install electronic countermeasures along Syria’s coastline. According to Shoigu, they’ll jam “satellite navigation, onboard radar systems and communications of warplanes attacking targets on Syrian territory.”

Steps Russia is taking aim to “cool down ‘hotheads’ and prevent misjudged actions posing a risk to our service members,” Shoigu added, perhaps referring to US-led aerial operations as well as Israeli ones.

If steps Russia is taking aren’t enough, “we will have to respond in line with the current situation,” Shoigu stressed. 

They’re a significant development in the conflict, now in its 8th year. At best, they may only be able to diminish the effectiveness of aggressive aerial attacks on Syria, not stop them. 

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US-Backed ISIS Terrorists Arrest Over 1,000 Civilians under Forced Recruitment Plan in Northeastern Syria

US-Backed ISIS Terrorists Arrest Over 1,000 Civilians under Forced Recruitment Plan in Northeastern Syria

US-Backed Militants Arrest Over 1,000 Civilians under Forced Recruitment Plan in Northeastern Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in an unprecedentedly vast arrest operation in Hasaka and Raqqa province on Sunday, captured a sum of 1,200 young men under a forced recruitment plan.

The SDF carried out their largest arrest operation across Hasaka and Raqqa provinces.

A local source said that the SDF has detained a sum of 800 young men in Hassan Darwish base, and sent 400 more to another base in Tal Abyadh.

The source went on to say that the SDF men are on alert as its measure has enraged civilians in Northeastern Syria.

On Saturday, the SDF opened fire at people in the village of al-Khalediyah near the town of Tal Abyadh in Northern Raqqa, killing a villager.

The clashes in al-Khalediyah came after the SDF arrested young men under a forced recruitment plan.

In the meantime, the SDF arrested several young men in the town of Tabaqa in Western Raqqa to force them to join the militias.

A number of people in al-Savameh square in Raqqa city were arrested by the SDF for an alleged attack on the militias’ base.

Also, a gunmen of the SDF was killed in a bomb blast in the small town of al-Karamah in Eastern Raqqa, field sources said, adding that the body of an SDF militia has also been discovered in Raqqa city amid intensified attacks by unknown raiders on the group.

#Skripal Poisoning Update – The Alleged Russian Poisoners and the UK Government’s Lies

Skripal Poisoning Update – The Alleged Russian Poisoners and the UK Government’s Lies

by Ian Shilling

Overview
We 100% know the UK government are telling massive lies about the Skripal poisonings and the official narrative is full of massive holes.

The UK government is lying to ramp up conflict with Russia and demonize Putin.

The Skripal’s were NOT poisoned by “military grade” Novichok nerve agent “smeared on their front door handle”.
Organo-Phosphate nerve agents kill within 2 or 3 minutes if inhaled and within 20 minutes maximum if absorbed through the skin.
Novichok is reported to be 5 to 10 times more deadly than VX nerve agent and only a tiny amount would be enough to kill someone.

Yet the Skripals wandered around Salisbury for over 3 hours unharmed, after the alleged poisoning took place.
And then despite having different metabolic rates, both the Skripals collapsed at exactly the same time on the park bench just after 4pm.
There wasn’t even enough time for one of them to call the Emergency Services for help, before the second one collapsed.

The above official scenario is impossible.
Whatever happened to the Skripals, happened at or near the park bench where they were found collapsed at just after 4pm.

The Alleged Russian Poisoners
The latest allegations against the two Russians are just red herrings.
According to the Police’s own account the Russians caught a train back to London around 2pm on Sunday, so they could not have poisoned the Skripals at or near the park bench around 4pm.

The Russians made no attempt to hide their movements, in fact they did the exact opposite.

They flew directly from and to Moscow, instead of taking a more circuitous route via a third country – e.g. via one of the Baltic States or via Switzerland, or catching a ferry from France or Belgium where customs and passport checks would have been less rigorous.
If I was a “trained GRU agent” on an assassination mission, I would have driven across the border to say Estonia, caught a plane to say Brussels or Paris and taken the ferry or Eurostar train to England.
I would then have picked up a nondescript car provided for me by other Russian agents who were already in the UK.
I would have traveled on false passports from an EU country – and definitely not used Russian ones.
Why didn’t “highly disciplined trained GRU assassins” do something like this?
If these guys were spies or assassins, they are the worst spies and assassins in history.

They ensured that their faces were plastered all over multiple CCTV cameras by using public transport.
They stood in front of railway timetable boards – why not look at the board from a distance to the side behind some cover, or access the latest train information from a throwaway pay as you go mobile phone?

They walked right past a Shell petrol station entrance on Wilton Road. Why didn’t they avoid its CCTV camera by simply crossing over to the other side of the road?
They were on the wrong side of the road to get to the Skripal’s house – why didn’t they cross over beforehand?

The Russians wandered around Salisbury for an hour after they are alleged to have smeared “military grade Novichok” on Sergei Skripal’s “front door handle” in broad daylight and in plain sight of multiple suburban neighbors at just after noon.

Why didn’t the Russians get the hell out of Dodge and catch the first train out of Salisbury?

Why did they walk right past the train station to allegedly dump the alleged perfume bottle in Queen Elizabeth Gardens, instead of dumping it down a nearby drain or in the river?

Why did the two Russians ensure they were caught on even more CCTV cameras by going window shopping in Salisbury after committing the alleged poisoning?

These are not the actions or behavior of “trained GRU assassins”.

And seriously, why are “highly trained Russian assassins” relying on the notoriously inefficient UK’s Sunday rail service, which could also have been affected by the recent bad snowstorms, to carry out a highly secret mission intended to carry out a murder?

If these guys were really trained Russian government assassins why didn’t they smear the poison on Sergei Skripal’s front door handle during Saturday night, when they’d be far less likely to be seen?
Or smear it on his car door handle?
Or just knife him and make it look like a mugging?
Or make him die of a heart attack?
Or a hundred other ways that wouldn’t enable the UK government to point the finger so easily at Russia?
(N.B. I don’t believe the Skripal’s were poisoned with Novichok at all, because otherwise they would both be dead.)

The only thing that actually connects these two Russians with the Skripal poisonings is the Novichok allegedly found on swabs taken from their hotel room on May 4th.
But this Novichok finding could not be repeated when the Police went back to do a more thorough search a short time later.
The Novichok could have been planted in the hotel room at any time between March 4th and May 4th.
Alternatively the samples taken from the hotel room could have been doctored, or there could have been cross contamination (only trace amounts were claimed to have been found), or something nefarious could have been done by whoever tested the samples.

Any competent lawyer would get this “evidence” thrown out of court.
But the UK government does not expect the weak circumstantial case against these two Russians to ever see the light of day in a trial.
In fact they are 100% relying on their ridiculous allegations and obviously false claims about the whole Skripal affair not being debunked, which would definitely be the case if they were ever subjected to adversarial questioning in open court.

The claims of the two Russians that they went to Salisbury merely for Tourism are not believable either.
If they wanted to see Salisbury Cathedral or Stonehenge why didn’t they go in the summer or late Spring and not in the middle of a snowstorm?
Any traveler will check the weather forecast beforehand, if only to see what clothes they should wear or pack and the “Beast from the East” was forecast some days before it hit England.

If they wanted to see Salisbury Cathedral why did they walk in the opposite direction, away from the Touristy areas, along Wilton Road?

The Russians won’t say how they make their living. They have only volunteered they are in the “Fitness Industry”. So they don’t have regular jobs with a regular company (or they would have presumably said so to improve their alibi).
If they were up to some overtly criminal activity they would have done a better job of hiding their movements.

So the best conclusion I can draw is that the Russians were up to some kind of dubious or dodgy or embarrassing activity, which they don’t want to tell people about.
Selling dodgy “Health supplements”, Steroids or other Body Building drugs would fit the bill, but is pure speculation without further evidence.

The Russians are also ideal candidates to be set up as patsies by MI6 or whoever actually poisoned the Skripals.

The Nina Ricci Operation – A Conspirator’s View
ahtribune.com/world/europe/uk/skirpal/2485-operation-nina.html

The Motive 

The Skripal poisoning is an obvious set up.

Why would Russian government assassins want to murder Sergei Skripal at the worst possible time for Russia – just before Russian elections and risk damaging the upcoming prestigious World Cup which Russia and Putin wanted to be a resounding success?
Why would the Russian government risk a Western boycott or postponement or transfer of the World Cup, which Boris Johnson actually pushed for, but didn’t get any traction?

Why would Russian government assassins want to murder Sergei Skripal at the most opportune time for Theresa May’s UK government?
When Theresa May is well down in the opinion polls and there are local elections coming up.
When Theresa May is embroiled in extremely bad publicity for her disastrous Brexit “negotiations” which she set out to sabotage from the very beginning?
When Theresa May and the Neocons are trying to cause trouble any which way they can for Putin and Russia, just before Russian elections and the upcoming prestigious World Cup in the summer?

Why would the Russian government want to murder a nondescript former spy who they had already released in a spy swap years ago, when Theresa May would undoubtedly use it for a rabid propaganda campaign against Russia?
Which would be played up to the max in the the UK’s sycophantic, lapdog, unquestioning War Propaganda mainstream media? (See Iraq’s non-existent WMDs and the push for war in 2002.)
Which they would use to smear her domestic opponents who were not rabid Neocon warmongers, as being “soft on Russia” or “Kremlin puppets” and further exacerbate the split between the Neocon Warmongering Blairites and Jeremy Corbyn supporters within the Labour Party?
When the Russian government is trying to cultivate opinion within the EU for better relations with Russia and for the EU to oppose Russian sanctions?
When the Neocons and the War Industry in the US are trying to prevent Trump from fulfilling his campaign promise of improving relations with Russia?

The UK government is claiming that Putin tried to murder the Skripals to “send a message” to his political opponents.
If that were true, why didn’t Putin murder someone in Russia?
Or if he was trying to send a message to crooked ex-pat Russian Oligarchs not to launder cash abroad or not to oppose him from abroad, why didn’t Putin murder one of these crooked money laundering / tax evading anti Putin Oligarchs (or one of their senior henchmen), or simply charge them with a crime?
If Putin wanted to “send a message” why did he send his message at the most inconvenient time for him in a way that was guaranteed to provoke the worst possible backlash?

Previous Major Flaws in the UK Government’s Official Narrative

As above, the UK government is claiming that the Skripals were poisoned with “military grade” Novichok nerve agent “smeared on their front door handle” but then wandered around Salisbury for 3 plus hours unharmed before collapsing at exactly the same time on the park bench.
This story is nonsensical on its face.

The Skripals were initially treated for Fentanyl poisoning for at least the first 24 hours by the medical staff in Salisbury, yet both survived being poisoned by the “most lethal Nerve Agent” yet known to man.

NHS Consultant for Emergency Medicine at Salisbury District Hospital, Stephen Davies, reported that no patients were treated for Nerve Agent poisoning.
Three people (presumably Sergei Skripal, Yulia Skripal and Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey) were treated for other poisoning.

The Skripals switched their mobile phone GPS trackers off between approximately 9am and 1pm the day they were allegedly poisoned.
No explanation has been offered as to why they did this, what they did during this time or who they met.
The Police must have asked the Skripals about this, as the Skripals are both still alive, but yet the Police refuse to reveal anything they know about this huge gap in the timeline.
Why?????

 

Link to the London Times article
www.thetimes.co.uk/article/skripal-turned-off-phone-gps-during-missing-four-hours-xsnb07qbs

In her pre-scripted statement for Reuters, Yulia Skripal said she was looking forward to returning home to Russia.
Why would she want to return to Russia if she thought that Putin had poisoned her or her father?
Answer: She wouldn’t.

Yulia Skripal’s statement sounds like it was written by a native English speaker with strong Establishment overtones.
It contains phrases that no native Russian speaker would say.
Someone from MI5/MI6 or Whitehall probably wrote it and asked Yulia to read it.

Also in this pre-scripted edited video tape from Reuters recorded around May 20th, Yulia Skripal looks like she’s spent a month at a health spa, rather than spent weeks in a coma in a near death experience.
Why isn’t Novichok the new number one selling Cosmetic rejuvenation cream if this is what it does to your looks?

Nothing has been heard of from Yulia Skripal in the last 4 months and she is presumably still being held incommunicado at a secret location by the UK government.
Yulia hasn’t contacted her cousin Viktoria or her grandmother to talk about how or why she was allegedly poisoned and nearly murdered.
Yulia also reportedly has a boyfriend or fiance in Russia.
Yet neither Yulia nor Sergei have contacted any of their relatives or friends in Russia to assure them they are ok.
Why????

Nothing at all has been heard from Sergei Skripal since he was allegedly poisoned on March 4th.
Why hasn’t he given any press interviews?
What is the UK government trying to hide?

If Sergei Skripal believed that Putin or someone from the Russian government tried to poison him (or even if he didn’t believe it but was willing to say it), the UK government would have wheeled him out in front of the TV cameras before you could say “Jack Shit”.
The fact that this hasn’t happened even several months after his release from hospital, means that Sergei Skripal doesn’t believe the Russian government did it.

There are numerous witness reports of the Skripals feeding the ducks shortly after parking their car in the Maltings at 1:40pm.
There are also reports of them giving some of their bread to some young boys and one of them eating some of it.
If the Skripals had just been poisoned by deadly Novichok on their hands, why are there no dead ducks and no dead young boys?
Feeding the ducks is totally missing from the official Police timeline.
Why????

Rob Slane from The Blog Mire has an excellent report on this and other enormous holes in the official plot line – please take the time to read it and his other related articles
www.theblogmire.com/the-10-main-holes-in-the-official-narrative-on-the-salisbury-poisonings-5-the-feeding-of-the-ducks/

Sergei Skripal’s BMW car was seen on CCTV at 9:15am on London Road and Wilton Road.
But it is not at all clear whether the Skripals were going out or returning home at this time.
The Police haven’t issued any statements to clarify this, but must know.

There is no evidence to show that the Skripals returned home between the hours of 9:15am and when they parked their car in the Maltings at 1:40pm.
N.B. Devizes Road where Sergei Skripal’s car was seen on CCTV at 1:30pm is the A360 on the above map.

In order for the Skripals to have been poisoned by the Russians, they must either have been home at the time of the poisoning or returned home after the poisoning which allegedly occurred at, or soon after, 12:10pm.

If the Skripals were already home before 12:10pm why did they still have their mobile phones switched off?
Would the Russians have really attempted to smear poison on the front door handle, if Sergei’s car was in the driveway and he had an office looking straight down the street of Christie Miller Road?
The risk of Sergei Skripal seeing the Russians and calling the Police, or his MI6 handler Pablo Miller, or his Special Branch assigned shadow, would have been enormous.

If the Skripal’s returned home at some point between 12:10pm and 1:30pm why haven’t the Police got witness reports to that effect from some of the neighbors? They must have done a door-to-door.

The Police must have asked the Skripals about their movements that morning, so if the Skripals returned home between approximately 12:10pm and 1:30pm, why isn’t this in the official Police timeline?

The mysterious Red Bag
A couple with a Red Bag were pictured on CCTV at 3:47pm walking in the Maltings, shortly before the Skripals collapsed, and were reported by the Police as persons they wanted to interview.
A similar red bag was reported on the ground at the park bench where the Skripals had collapsed.
Have this mysterious couple been ruled out of Police enquiries?
Did the red bag contain whatever caused the Skripals to fall ill at the park bench?
www.theblogmire.com/the-salisbury-poisonings-how-the-ducks-led-down-a-rabbit-trail-then-to-some-potentially-crucial-information/

Note the police who came to examine the scene around the park bench on Sunday evening were not wearing any protective clothing and none of them became ill as a result of examining the scene.
Neither were the paramedics who arrived in the ambulance to treat the Skripals wearing any special protective clothing.
Neither did any members of the public who were reported helping the Skripals after they collapsed at the park bench become ill.

The police assigned to guard Sergei Skripal’s house were not worried about being poisoned by Novichok – see picture from March 7th.
This is before the UK government’s official narrative said the source of the poison was Sergei Skripal’s front door and not something else like Sergei’s car, Yulia’s luggage or a Russian cereal packet.

The subsequent scenes of people wearing full Hazmat suits was purely for theatrical purposes only.
The UK authorities were not worried about anyone being poisoned by Novichok, hence the advice to Salisbury residents to put their clothes in the washer and wipe down their phones with baby wipes!

Charlie Rowley, Dawn Sturgess and the mysterious Nina Ricci perfume bottle
Charlie Rowley’s narrative of events of how he and Dawn Sturgess became ill is a complete load of Bullshit.
Charlie Rowley said:-
He spilt some of the contents of the bottle on his hands when he was inserting the nozzle – in which case he’d almost immediately be dead if it it contained Novichok, through breathing the vapor and from getting it on his skin.
He gave the perfume bottle to Dawn Sturgess, even though the contents were oily and “didn’t smell of perfume”. Why would you give a dodgy perfume bottle to your girlfriend if the contents didn’t smell of perfume?
Who opens a bottle of perfume before giving it to their girlfriend? Part of the pleasure of receiving  a gift like this is unwrapping the original packaging.
Dawn Sturgess liberally sprayed the contents on her wrists in which case she would almost immediately be dead inside the front room of the house and not falling ill in the bathroom and dying days later.
Charlie Rowley would also be dead (for a second time) inside the house from inhaling the vapors when Dawn Sturgess sprayed the contents of the bottle on her wrists.

Charlie Rowley said that the perfume bottle “shattered in his hands”. So how come it was found by the police on the kitchen top, one day AFTER they had searched the contents of his bins?

If your girlfriend had just collapsed after spraying the contents of a thrown away perfume bottle on her wrists and you had got some of the stuff on you, would you not want to be checked by medical staff in case you were also in danger?
Would you not bother going to the hospital with her?
Would you call up your mate instead and go and get something to eat in town and pick up your latest methadone prescription from the local pharmacy?

What is not mentioned in the mainstream media is that Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess were both drug addicts.
The likely cause of them both becoming ill, is a drugs overdose – possibly from Fentanyl spiked heroin.

Thread on Charlie Rowley’s ITV interview (including the interview)

Charlie Rowley looks remarkably well, like he’s just been for a 2 week holiday in the Mediterranean, he doesn’t look like he’s just suffered a near death experience and been in a coma for weeks.

Possible sequence of events surrounding the Amesbury poisoning. This version of events (or something similar) is credible. We know Charlie Rowley’s version of events in his ITV interview is completely impossible.
N.B. I don’t believe any Novichok was involved. The most likely cause of Dawn Sturgess’s death and Charlie Rowley falling ill, is Fentanyl laced heroin.

Warnings were issued by doctors in local papers about Fentanyl laced heroin being a problem in Wiltshire – see this from January.


Suspects for the Skripal Poisoning

Note, if Theresa May or MI5/MI6 did not poison the Skripal’s they are covering up who did, or the whole thing is a hoax.

The principal suspects for the Skripal poisoning remain:-
1. Theresa May & MI5/MI6
2. CIA
3. Cronies of Christopher Steele covering up the provenance of his Fake Dossier.
Sergei Skripal might have been involved in some way with producing the Fake Dossier, through his contacts with his MI6 handler Pablo Miller who worked for Chris Steele’s Orbis Intelligence.
4. Russian Mafia (Skripal may have been involved in investigating Russian criminal gangs, or may have been involved in criminal activity with Russians).
5. Crooked Russian Oligarch making trouble for Putin
6. Ukraine government

Previous Evidence:-

The Fentanyl Cover Up in the Skripal Poisoning Case 
ian56.blogspot.com/2018/04/the-fentanyl-cover-up-in-skripal.html

Thanks to the U.S. & Nato Half a million children face `immediate danger` in Libyan capital: UNICEF

Half a million children face `immediate danger` in Libyan capital: UNICEF

A fighter loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) fires during renewed clashes in the south of the Libyan capital Tripoli on September 22, 2018. (Photo by AFP)A fighter loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) fires during renewed clashes in the south of the Libyan capital Tripoli on September 22, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

The UN children’s agency (UNICEF) says intensified fighting in the Libyan capital Tripoli has put the lives of half a million children in “immediate danger,” warning that more than 2.6 million children are living in dire conditions across the conflict-ridden North African country.

Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF regional director for the Middle East and North Africa, made the remarks in a statement published on Monday.

Citing Libya’s Health Ministry, local media said clashes that broke out last month between armed groups in Tripoli and those from another city over control of the capital had killed at least 115 people and wounded nearly 400 by Saturday night.

Clashes between the Seventh Brigade from Tarhouna, a town southeast of Tripoli where the Government of National Accord (GNA) is based, and the Tripoli Revolutionaries’ Brigades (TRB) have escalated since late August and the two rival groups have been vying to take control of the Libyan capital despite a truce declared earlier this month.

“Over 1,200 families have been displaced in the past 48 hours alone as clashes intensified in southern Tripoli, bringing the total number of displaced to over 25,000. UNICEF estimates half are children. Half a million children in immediate danger in Tripoli. More than 2.6 million children in need across the country,” Cappelaere said.

The shortage of food, water and electricity is among the daily challenges that children and families in Libya face, according to the UNICEF official.

“The country is facing an outbreak of measles, with over 500 cases reported – most of which are among children. A growing lack of fully functioning health services will only result in more cases of measles,” Cappelaere said.

The regional director also noted that schools are increasingly being used to shelter displaced families, which is likely to delay the start of the academic year planned for October 3.

“Hundreds of detained refugees and migrants, including children, were forced to move because of violence. Others are stranded in centers in dire conditions,” Cappelaere said.

“UNICEF calls on all parties to the conflict in Libya to protect children at all times,” the official added. “The way out of the recent fighting and the crisis in Libya is not through violence but through diplomacy and a political agreement, with the interest of children at the very center.”

Armed forces loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) patrol a street during renewed clashes in the south of the Libyan capital Tripoli on September 22, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

Libya plunged into chaos in 2011, when the country’s long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi was ousted in a NATO-backed uprising.

The North African country is currently split between two rival governments in the east and west, each backed by an array of rival militias.

The Tripoli-based GNA is recognized by the UN as the official government. The other government, known as the House of Representatives, is based in the eastern city of Tobruk and has the support of forces loyal to military strongman General Khalifa Haftar

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