Friday 30th of July 2021

bomber biden is worse than obama...

revival

During its first month in office, the Biden administration did not reverse its predecessor's policy of keeping troops deployed in northeastern Syria to "keep the oil". On Thursday, the White House approved airstrikes against the bases of Baghdad-allied Iraqi militia groups in eastern Syria following attacks on US and coalition forces in Iraq.

Moscow has evidence of US plans to keep forces deployed in Syria indefinitely, and will ask Washington about this directly, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.

"We have recently received different information from various sources. We cannot confirm it for now, and want to ask the Americans about this directly. Supposedly, they are making the decision to never leave Syria, even to the point of destroying this country," Lavrov said, speaking to reporters at a press conference alongside Afghani Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar on Friday.

Commenting on Thursday night's US airstrikes against "Iranian-backed" militia bases in eastern Syria, the foreign minister said that the US side only provided the Russian military a few minutes' warning before carrying out the attacks.

"Our military was warned four or five minutes ahead of time. Of course, even if we are talking about deconfliction, as is customary in ties between Russian and US military personnel, this is nothing. This was a kind of notification when the strike was already being carried out," Lavrov said.

Military concerns aside, the Russian diplomat also suggested that it's impossible to consider the strikes separately "from the fact that the US are present on Syrian territory illegally, in violation of all norms of international law, including Security Council Resolutions on reconciliation in the Syrian Arab Republic."

 

Lavrov went on to blast Washington over its efforts to pressure other countries to prevent the delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria, and efforts to obstruct reconstruction efforts.

"They continue to play the separatism card. They continue to block, using their levers of pressure on other states, any supply even of humanitarian aid, not to mention equipment and materials necessary to restoring the economy in the territories controlled by the government, and in every way possible force their allies to invest in territories outside Damascus's control," he said. "At the same time, they illegally exploit Syria's hydrocarbon resources."

The historical Na’oura market in the city of Homs is currently being restored. Souk Na’oura consists of 504 shops. Of these, 134 have been restored and 100 more will now undergo restoration. 

Work is also underway to restore its lighting, sidewalks, water and electricity. pic.twitter.com/XG4cvfVoxu

— Rebuilding Syria (@SyriaRebuilt) February 22, 2021

The foreign minister stressed that aside from the military-to-military deconfliction channel, Moscow considers it "very important" to resume Russia-US contacts on Syria at the political-diplomatic level. "We hope that the new administration will soon create its teams for this purpose," he said.

Syria Attack

The Biden administration carried out its first airstrikes against Syrian territory on Thursday night, claiming that the attacks targeted "Iranian-backed" militia forces Washington blames for a spate of attacks against US-led forces in neighbouring Iraq, including the 15 February rocket attack on a US air base in Erbil, Iraq.

US warplanes are said to have struck multiple facilities used by Shia militia groups, including Kata'ib Hezbollah (not to be confused with the Lebanese militia force) and Kata'ib Sayyid al-Shuhada, with the Pentagon estimating that a "handful of people" were killed.

Kata'ib Hezbollah denied any involvement in the Erbil attack, with a little-known group known as Saraya Awliya al-Dam claiming responsibility. Thursday's strikes are reminiscent of the Trump administration's late 2019 attacks against Kata'ib Hezbollah targets in eastern Syria and western Iraq, ostensibly also 'in response' to rocket attacks on a US base in northern Iraq by the militia group. A month after those attacks, Iraqi military and intelligence revealed that it was likely jihadist remnants, not Kata'ib Hezbollah, which attacked the US base.

Kata'ib Hezbollah is one of dozens of Iraqi militia groups formed in 2014 to assist Baghdad and its US allies in doing the legwork to push out and crush the Daesh (ISIS)* 'caliphate'.

US Foothold

The US established a foothold in southern Syria in 2016, and US troops joined their Kurdish allies in pushing Daesh back in the country's east between 2016 and 2017. After establishing control over the territories, Washington did not allow for them to be relinquished to the Syrian government, instead helping Kurdish forces establish an autonomous quasi-state in the northeast.

Northeast Syria is home to most of the country's oil and gas resources. While modest compared to some of its Persian Gulf shiekdom neighbours, these resources were enough to ensure the country's energy self-sufficiency and earn a modest income from exports before the start of the war in 2011. During his term as president, Donald Trump stated repeatedly to the horror of the mainstream media that US forces remaining in Syria were in the country to "take the oil." The Biden administration walked backed from making such comments, but has continued to shuttle US troops and equipment into and out of northeastern Syria, and to assist the smuggling of Syrian oil out of the country. Russian military intelligence estimates that the US military, the CIA, US oil companies and Washington's Kurdish allies earn about $30 million a month on these operations.

As Barack Obama's vice president, Joe Biden helped coordinate the launch of operation Timber Sycamore, a covert CIA-run weapons and training programme started in 2012 to ship thousands of tonnes of weaponry and billions of dollars in aid to 'moderate Syrian rebels' which US media investigations later revealed had allied themselves with Daesh and al-Qaeda.*

 

Read more:

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/202102261082197048-lavrov-russia-has-information-that-us-plans-to-stay-in-syria-forever-destroy-the-country/

an anniversary in biden's delusional bullshit...

 

Anniversary of Russia’s Illegal Invasion of Ukraine

by Joseph R. Biden Jr.


Seven years ago today, Russia violated international law, the norms by which modern countries engage one another, and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbor Ukraine when it invaded Crimea.

The United States continues to stand with Ukraine and its allies and partners today, as it has from the beginning of this conflict. On this somber anniversary, we reaffirm a simple truth: Crimea is Ukraine.

The United States does not and will never recognize Russia’s purported annexation of the peninsula, and we will stand with Ukraine against Russia’s aggressive acts. We will continue to work to hold Russia accountable for its abuses and aggression in Ukraine. We will also continue to honor the courage and hope of the Revolution of Dignity, in which the Ukrainian people faced down sniper fire and enforcers in riot gear on the Maidan and demanded a new beginning for their country. The United States still believes in the promise of Ukraine and we support all those working towards a peaceful, democratic, and prosperous future for their country.

Joseph R. Biden Jr
Read more:https://www.voltairenet.org/article212344.html

"setting a tone" with bombs...

 

By Tara Reade, author, poet, actor and former Senate aide, author of Left Out: When the Truth Doesn't Fit In. Follow her on Twitter @readealexandra


The Biden administration’s decision to bomb Syria is not surprising, nor is the complete reversal of media tone compared to when Trump did it. It’s all a reflection of the bigotry eating away at the country from the inside.

From my time as a volunteer at a raptor rescue, I know doves and pigeons sometimes manage to fight back against hawks. When it happens the dove usually makes little cuts in the hawk’s underbelly, only visible if the bird is turned over. But eventually, the hawk spirals to the ground, dead.

If you have ever done any falconry, then you know the power in the bird’s grip. In fact, special gloves are required to withstand the claws of hawks or falcons, as they could cut you to the bone just by squeezing.

I imagine both allies and foes wish they had these special gloves while doing diplomacy with America.

I believe America, like that hawk, has little cuts of greed and corruption slicing away at any semblance of Democracy. And it is in a spiral.

I was writing a piece about the corruption in the Democratic party as American military hawks did more than squawk and dropped bombs on Syria in an airstrike unsanctioned and not discussed with the American citizens. The main media outlets trotted out the Biden administration talking points and immediately excused it as “defensive.” After all, we should be appreciative at airstrikes spreading Democracy and “only killing a handful of people” because as one pundit put it, we are “setting a tone”.

The convoluted reasoning behind the attack heaped further confusion even on the pundits stuttering away to justify it. We had to bomb Syria because of Iraq and Iran? One pundit added it was a message to Saudi Arabia. Wait, what?

I will tell you now most Americans watching got lost at Syria. Most Americans do not know where Iraq is on a map, certainly not Iran. Americans would not even know where Russia is if it wasn’t so vast and always painted an alarming red on school maps.

This is all a distraction from the real fact that America is a failing state rotting from the inside. Thus, children freezing to death in Texas and citizens not having power for days. The media outlets will spin out on justifying the airstrikes in a 48-hour news cycle and then move on to justify the next action, probably torment Russia some more, then get back to the business of not providing vaccines or assistance to American citizens.

 

Read more:

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/516690-tara-reade-us-bombs-syria/

 

 

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