Monday, September 26, 2016

Interview With Al-Nusra Commander "The Americans stand on our side" by Jürgen Todenhöfer

Todenhöfer: Interview With Al-Nusra Commander "The Americans stand on our side"

This interview by Jürgen Todenhöfer was first published in German on September 26 2016 by the Kölner Stadtanzeiger, the major newspaper in the Cologne region. (The interview was copied and translated to English by Bernhard for educational and academic purposes.)
Interview with al-Nusra commander "The Americans stand on our side"
By Jürgen Todenhöfer
It was the seventh trip by my son Frederic and me to the civil war country Syria. We were there for 13 days. Words can only barely describe the extend of damage and suffering on both sides.
We conducted the interview ten days ago with a commander of the al-Qaida branch "Jabhat al-Nusra". Abu al-Ezz reported quite openly about his financiers Saudi-Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait. We were able to exactly research the identity of the man and know practically everything about him.
Interview in the stone quarry in Aleppo
The interview was arranged by a rebel from Aleppo. I have had contacts to Syrian rebels for years. It was conducted outside of Aleppo in a quarry in direct sight- and shooting-distance of Jabhat al-Nusra and could only be reached safely by a member of al-Nusra.
His fighters were partially not masked, i.e. easily identifiable. Part of his statements were nearly verbally confirmed shortly thereafter by a mufti in Aleppo. Other assertions about the lack of interest of rebels towards a ceasefire and an international aid-convoy also bore out. Just like his predictions about planned military activities in several cities of Syria.
Abu al-Ezz, commander, says about Jabhat al-Nusra (al-Qaeda): "We are one part of al-Qaeda. Our principles are: Fighting vice, pureness and security. Our affairs and our way have changed. Israel, for example, is now supporting us, because Israel is at war with Syria and with Hizbullah.
America also changed its opinion about us. Originally "IS" and us were one group. But "IS" was used in the interests of big states like America, for political reasons, and was steered away from our principles. It became clear to us that most of their leaders work with secret security services. We, Jabhat al-Nusra, have our own way. In the past they with us, they were our supporters.
Our aim is the downfall of the dictatorial regime, the tyrannical regime, the regime of the apostate. Our aim is the conduct of conquests, like [the great Arab general] Khaled ibn al-Walid made them. First in the Arab world and then in Europe.
Part 2 - The Interview by Jürgen Todenhöfer with the rebel commander Abu al-Ezz
Jürgen Todenhöfer: How is the relation between you and the United States? Does the U.S. support the rebels?
Abu al-Ezz: Yes, the U.S. support the opposition, but not directly. They support the countries which support us. But we are not yet satisfied with this support. They should support us with highly developed weapons. We have won battles thanks to the "TOW" missiles. We reached a balance with the regime through these missiles. We received the tanks from Libya through Turkey. Also the "BMs" - multiple rocket launchers. The regime excels us only with their fighter jets, missiles and missile launchers. We captured a share of its missile launchers and a large share came from abroad. But it is through the American "TOW" that we have the situation in some regions under control.
To whom did the U.S. hand those missiles before they were brought to you? Were those missiles first given to the Free Syrian Army by the U.S. and from there to you?
No, the missiles were give directly to us. They were delivered to a certain group. When the "road" was closed and we were besieged we had officers here from Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United States.
What did those officers do?
Experts! Experts for the use of satellites, missiles, reconnaissance work, thermal surveillance cameras ...
Were there also American experts?
Yes, experts from several countries.
Including Americans?
Yes. The Americans are on our side, but not as it should be. For example we were told: We must capture and conquer "Battalion 47". Saudi Arabia gave us 500 million Syrian pounds. For taking the "al-Muslimiya" infantry school years ago we received from Kuwait 1.5 million Kuwaiti dinar and from Saudi Arabia 5 million U.S. dollars.
From the governments or from private persons?
From the governments.
The fight is difficult, the regime is strong and it has support from Russia ...?
We will fight until the downfall of the regime. We will fight Russia and the West because the West does not stand on our side. The West only sends us mujahedin, it facilitates the way of those fighters. Why doesn't the West support us properly? We have many fighters from Germany, France, Great Britain, America, from all western countries.
You have many fighters from Europe in Aleppo with the "al-Nusra front"?
Many, many, many!
How many?
Many.
What do you think about the ceasefire?
We do not recognize the ceasefire. We will reposition our groups. We will undertake in the next, in a few days an overwhelming attack against the regime. We have rearranged all our armed forces in all provinces, in Homs, Aleppo, Idlib and Hama.
You do not want those 40 trucks with aid supplies to bring those into the eastern part of Aleppo?
We have demands. As longs as the regime is positioned along Castello road, in al-Malah and in the northern areas we will not let those trucks pass. The regime must retreat from all areas in order for us to let the trucks pass. If a truck come in despite that we will arrest the driver.
Why did a few of your groups pull back a kilometer or 500 meters from the Castello road?
The regime used highly developed weapons against us. We received a backlash. That is why we silently retreated, to recover and to attack the regime anew. But this attack must lead to the downfall of the regime.
So that was a trick, a military tactic?
Yes, it was a military tactic.
Was the aim of this tactic to receive food or the reallocation of fighters?
We did not agree to the ceasefire.
Does that hold only for the al-Nusra Front or for all other groups, the rest of your allies?
The applies to all our integrated groups, who are our allies.
Islamic Front, Islamic Army?
They are all with us. We are all the al-Nusra Front. A groups is created and calls itself "Islamic Army", or "Fateh al-Sham". Each group has its own name but their believe is homogeneous. The general name is al-Nusra Front. One person has, for example, 2,000 fighters. Then het creates from these a new group and calls it "Ahrar al-Sham". Brothers, who's believe, thoughts and aims are identical to those of al-Nusra Front.
Is that your own opinion or also the opinion of higher management levels?
That is the general opinion. But if someone comes to you and makes you a 'moderate fighter' and offers you to eat and to drink, will you accept that or not?
450,000 people were killed in this war. I have been to Aleppo and Homs. Many parts are destroyed. If the war continues the whole country will be destroyed. Millions will die. ... In Germany we once had the 'Thirty Years' War' ...
We are now only 5 years at war, that is comparatively short!
Would you accept someone from the Assad-regime within a transitional government?
We accept no one from the Assad-regime or from the Free Syrian Army, which is called moderate. Our aim is the downfall of the regime and the founding of an Islamic state according to the Islamic sharia.
The people of Aloush, who traveled to Geneva for negotiations, accepted a transitional government.
There are Syrian mercenaries. Aloush fights with the al-Nusra Front. The groups Turkey houses and from which the Free Syrian Army was created have earlier been with al-Nusra Front. These people are weak people, they received a lot of money, they sold themselves. They must follow the orders of their sponsors.
The "Islamic Army and the "ISlamic Front" negotiate in Geneva
Because their leaders were produced in the West. They are counseled and paid by western secret services and the secret services of the Gulf states to fulfill the aims of those countries.
We are here at the most forward observation point of the Sheik Said area. This are is under our control. Behind those houses and al-Majbal are regime soldiers. Our armed forces are 200 meters from here.
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You can read the original German version of the interview at the Kölner Stadtanzeiger
Posted by b on September 26, 2016 at 07:33 AM | Permalink
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Also published today - an interview by ZEYNEP YÜNCÜLER for the Turkish Birgun Daily with an Islamic State member in Istanbul:
An ISIL member in İstanbul
A tradesman in İstanbul Al Mohammed Al Kurdi is an ISIL member who has recently returned from Syria, where he had got wounded. El Kurdi shares striking claims with BirGün. 
Al Kurdi also adds the following comments about their reason to withdraw from Jarabulus: “Be it in Jarabulus or Al-Rai, ISIL and Turkish merchants, along with merchants coming from Iran, are having a bargaining over the oil there. It would have been sold to Turkish merchants: so, we did not want this border to go into the hands of YPG. It has been deemed better for the border to be handled by FSA and Turkey. Since we already knew that Turkey was to fight against YPG, it was not difficult for us to withdraw from there.”
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Posted by: b | Sep 26, 2016 7:43:38 AM | 1
How telling. If this article has no impact on Germans, nothing will do.
Posted by: Jean | Sep 26, 2016 8:27:04 AM | 2
In a translation of Magnier's recent Er Rai article
"Kaynaklara göre Rusya, ABD'nin istediği "Suriye uçakları uçmasın" talebini reddetti ..." - According to sources, Russia refused US demands that "Syrian planes not fly".
http://www.sol.org.tr/dunya/rusya-suriyenin-bolunmesini-kabullenecek-mi-170269
This ties in very neatly with the interviewees claim that "The regime excels us only with their fighter jets"
The US still trying to aid Al Nusrah.
Posted by: AtaBrit | Sep 26, 2016 8:37:27 AM | 3
BREAKING: Syrian Intelligence Has Audio of Daesh Terrorists Talks With US Military Prior to Coalition Strike on Deir ez-Zor
https://m.sputniknews.com/middleeast/20160926/1045706456/us-airstrike-daesh-army.html
Posted by: xLemming | Sep 26, 2016 8:47:22 AM | 4
Jean@2 - "...If this article has no impact on Germans, nothing will do..."
I have no special insight on German's thinking, but I can't believe the average German thinks about this much different than the average American.
Remember the Syrian Arab Rec Cross convoy attack picture of some cardboard boxes of aid in a warehouse (supposedly) hit by a bomb? That was boxes of little bottles of lice shampoo.
The average German, like the average American, will not fully understand the extent of the chaos and suffering the U.S. has created in Syria and the Middle East until the day they are lined up at a German (or American) Red Cross aid center begging for bottles of lice shampoo for their own families. How high is real, actual unemployment in Germany among the twenty-something year olds? Homelessness isn't nearly as bad as in America - yet. That will change. How many refugees from U.S. wars has Germany taken in now - a million? So unemployed Germans are somehow magically creating tax dollars for aid to refugees that are taking the poorest-paying jobs away from them? Yeah - that's not going to go well. Deutsch Bank won't be bailed out by the Germans because it's impossible (Merkel isn't leading here - she's stating the obvious). This isn't a slam on the Germans. America will beat them to the bottom ('cause we're exceptional).
It will take decent, hard working formerly middle-class Germans and Americans lining up for lice shampoo from their government overlords before they 'get it'. It will, of course, be far too late by then.
Posted by: PavewayIV | Sep 26, 2016 9:13:13 AM | 5
@AtaBrit - latest English translation of a Elijah Magnier piece is here:
The mistrust between Washington and Moscow portends a long war
Posted by: b | Sep 26, 2016 9:14:43 AM | 6
@all - Note: I tried to keep the translation very close to the German original. If there are typos, errors or wrongly used phrases please leave a comment.
Posted by: b | Sep 26, 2016 9:21:10 AM | 7
This is not really a surprise, b, but it is startling to see it all so matter-of-factly stated and printed in black and white. This is certainly the kind of information that US/UK are trying so desperately to overshadow with their now unrelenting demonization of the Syrians and Russians and their frenzied 2-minute hates.
I don't think they'll be able to touch this, or to be heard even, in its aftermath.
Posted by: jfl | Sep 26, 2016 9:24:28 AM | 8
I am sorry for reposting my long comment from the previous thread, but this is directly related to the alleged "officers from Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United States" supporting al-Nusra Front in the battle for Aleppo.
Dan asks at 80:
Anybody here find any confirmation of the rather scattered reports of a Russian missile attack on a control centre in Allepo?
Yes, on August 19th the Russian MoD announced that they had fired three Kalibr missiles from ships in the Eastern Mediterranean. Theirvideo shows a direct hit on a command centre and a terrorist base in Syria. Also hit was a plant manufacturing mortar munitions. BothSputnik and RT published stories on the strike, Sputnik titles theirs as Russian Warships Launch Cruise Missiles on al-Nusra Front Targets in Syria. According to Sputnik the terrorist command center was in Dar-Taaza (also transliterated as Dar Ezza of Daaret ‘Izza).
As to why Western intelligence agents would set up their terrorist command center in Darat Izza near Mount Simon, read this long commentby PavewayIV.
I think it started as a Sputnik article and then got picked up by Fars and a few others.
Yes, Sputnik Arabic published this on September 20th:
صواريخ "كاليبر" استهدفت قيادات عسكرية أجنبية في ديرة عزة بمحافظة حلب
According to the source [in the] field in the province of Aleppo, that the three rockets from Caliber kind launched by the Russian ships thatrecently targeted operations room for terrorists in Dera Izzat west of Aleppo in the Mount Simon, which is famous for the harsh nature of the mountainous and contains ancient caves area.
The source for "Sputnik", the operations room with 30 leading officers of the Turkish and the US and Saudi Arabia and Qatar and the British army and the Mossad, running terrorist operations in Aleppo and Idlib. (via Google translate)

It is quite likely that Western or GCC terrorist handlers were killed in this operation, or at least wounded. I have no idea how many and from what country.
Note, that Sputnik does not say the attack happened on the week of September 20th. August 19th is still "recently", especially considering how slowly rumors of secret operations are spread: someone heard that someone heard that...
They claimed over 30 Western intelligence agents were killed, and yet not a whisper in MSM.
Publishing the story now may be revenge for the U.S. attack on the SAA in Deir Ezzor. At least it helps save face in the Arab world.
Stories like this are a total taboo in the Western and English language media. In October 2015 I noticed that Facebook was "soft censoring" some of the videos the Russian MoD had posted on YouTube. Most notably a video titled "Su-24M bomber hits an ammunition depot in the mountain area in the district of Jisr al-Shughur". My conclusion was that an American citizen had died in this strike. The censorship was the US' silent confirmation and warning to Russia.
Posted by: Petri Krohn | Sep 26, 2016 9:34:21 AM | 9
To put it simply there are two coalitions in Syria.
The US-led coalition (the US, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Israel, NATO, AIPAC, ISIS, Al Qaeda, FSA) that wants to completely destroy and divide this country.
The Russian-led coalition (Russia, Iran, Hezbollah, Palestinians, Syrian government and SAA) that wants to protect this country and preserve its territorial integrity.
Posted by: hmmm | Sep 26, 2016 9:43:49 AM | 10
Posted by: PavewayIV | Sep 26, 2016 9:13:13 AM | 5
It does not really work this way. German demographics mean that there is hardly any youth unemployment and very low unemployment generally. German has become the export champion of the world (which is madness), where I live you meet loads of Indian computer specialists who definitively are not refugees. This on top of outsourcing engineering whereever it is possible.
The refugees need bureaucracy, housing, education, social work, if Germany is serious to integrate them (and they are), lots of businesses will thrive on this before refugees find jobs themselves.
Posted by: somebody | Sep 26, 2016 9:43:49 AM | 11
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What is The Donald's position on the IL-KSA-QT-KW oil war in Syria? He wants to send 10,000 more US troops into The Sandbox and 'Destroy ISIS'.
What is The Hag's position on the IL-KSA-QT-KW oil war in Syria? She facilitates it.
This issue will not be discussed in the Monday debate. Instead, both sides will conflate the increase in gun deaths as 'domestic terrorism', as a need for their $T DoD-NSA-DHS National Police Superstate and massive IDIQNB prison program. They dashboard the stats daily. They mensurate the inexorable bleedout of Americans. They create the cognitive dissonance and stress positioning needed to perpetuate the One Party: Mil.Gov.Fed.Biz.
A mob of ravens. A mob of ravens. Vote Red, vote Blue, you vote the mob of ravens.
Posted by: TheRealDonald | Sep 26, 2016 9:45:22 AM | 12
" Our aim is the conduct of conquests, like [the great Arab general] Khaled ibn al-Walid made them. First in the Arab world and then in Europe." (emphasis mine)

Oh, the US war mongers must be so proud of themselves, to have such allies! I hope Trump calls out these deals with the Devil(s), on his debates with Clinton. She of the tremendous "foreign policy experience."
Posted by: metamars | Sep 26, 2016 9:49:20 AM | 13
Part 1. 'Our principles are: Fighting vice, pureness and security.' These Arab Muslims of al Qaeda, al Nusra ... fighting and killing other Arabs and Muslims, and taking funds, weapons, guidance, and foreign fighters from the US and Israel to do so. Unbelievable. You can't realize it - dole out living breathing reality to it, watch it walk and talk - until an interview like this.
Posted by: jfl | Sep 26, 2016 9:59:03 AM | 14
@ b | 1
The BirGūn article is excellent. It illustrates again that a) Turkey's borders are as porous as ever to all but refugees, and b) Turkey's actions in Syria are far from independent. (Also, gives the lie to the 'Biden snub' show.)
Posted by: AtaBrit | Sep 26, 2016 9:59:39 AM | 15
Todenhöfer was certainly fed something
It is not necessarily the truth. Todenhöfer does not speak Arabic. He is in no position to fact check.
Todenhöfer used to be a German right-winger talking to Pinochet, the Taliban and now ISIS and Al Nusra. He has argued for reconciliation in Iraq with the Baath party. He also did an interview with Assad - in English.
Posted by: somebody | Sep 26, 2016 10:09:55 AM | 16
Thanks for spending the time necessary to translate to English, b. There's no need to lose any sleep over the quality. The substance of the impression it leaves on anyone reading it is crystal-clear.
The most interesting aspect of Todenhöfer's contribution to the debate is the extreme unlikelihood that it contains any info at all which is new to Russia/Syria; which in turn explains the recently-expressed Russian view that Victory for Syria won't be quick (which, imo, means what Russia, not AmeriKKKa, wants it to mean).
It remains to be seen how much longer the Yankees will persist in believing their own, and Bibi's, delusions about Syria.
Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Sep 26, 2016 10:11:01 AM | 17
re 9 and Petri's post on the Kalibr cruise missiles on Darat 'Izza. I think I already mentioned it, but there may be a somewhat more innocent explanation of what happened, though it was obviously a target of importance.
The problem is of course that Kalibr cruise missiles are very expensive, even if highly accurate, and wouldn't be used on a minor target. There may have been some "upgrading" of the target in the media.
Why? Well, Darat 'Izza is very close to Qal'at Sam'an. QS is the site of the remains of the celebrated pilgrimage church round the column of St Simeon Stylites, the saint who sat on the column in the 5th century. Very highly esteemed in the Orthodox world. Putin is religious. I'm sure some metropolitan got at him and demanded that Russia use its most accurate weaponry, to avoid damaging the holy site. Or he thought of it himself. I could easily imagine it happening.
I sort of had confirmation this morning, in one of my other feeds, an article from Iszvestia, announcing a Russian archaeological expedition to check damage to monuments, including particularly Qal'at Sam'an! Note that QS is not in the hands of the Russians/Syrians, but of Nusra. So quite how this mission is going to take place before the fall of Aleppo, I don't quite know. But it shows a particular concern on the part of the Russians.
Posted by: Laguerre | Sep 26, 2016 10:18:24 AM | 18
re 16

Todenhöfer was certainly fed something. It is not necessarily the truth.
Sounded OK to me. I couldn't see anything improbable; it's how a Nusra leader would talk, isn't it?
Posted by: Laguerre | Sep 26, 2016 10:26:19 AM | 19
@ b | 6
Cheers b.
Posted by: AtaBrit | Sep 26, 2016 10:26:34 AM | 20
12;Well,as IsUS claims the west as its enemy,why would the Donald be wrong in eliminating,or at least diminishing them?
He can do a hell of a lot by just informing the Saudis and GS that the jig is up,stop the BS.
The Hell Bitch has no such intentions,as she is Israels bitch.
And yes,this stuff hopefully will be brought up be Trump,and hopefully he'll shine a light on the Turk killing Americans,as the MSM certainly has no intention.No terror connection,says the poohbahs.Sheesh.
The only mention was in the Graun.
Posted by: dahoit | Sep 26, 2016 10:32:04 AM | 21
the worst of islam
Posted by: brian | Sep 26, 2016 10:35:38 AM | 22
Abu al-Ezz is he syrian?
Posted by: brian | Sep 26, 2016 10:36:42 AM | 23
'Our aim is the downfall of the dictatorial regime, the tyrannical regime, the regime of the apostate. Our aim is the conduct of conquests, like [the great Arab general] Khaled ibn al-Walid made them. First in the Arab world and then in Europe.;'
and what is the islamic state if not a dictatorial regime, the tyrannical regime
Posted by: brian | Sep 26, 2016 10:37:43 AM | 24
b,
Excellent piece.
Not that dun believes you. If I pass on what you wrote here to an average person on the streets they will think I'm a mad old man. If I told this to a fren, acquaintance or someone who regularly watch the evening news or surf the web, again they will think I'm really, really mad. It's conspiracy theory.
Who will believe our government really conspired behind our back, using freedom of speech, democracy and human rights for regime change? End results hundred of thousands deaths, and millions displaced refugees from all parts of the world not only from Syria. Shaking head disbelieve??
Posted by: Jack Smith | Sep 26, 2016 10:39:12 AM | 25
I'm sorry, I guess, for repeating myself but maybe I wouldn't do that if Russia didn't keep repeating itself?
There's really nothing is new in this report, right? It's been clear pretty much from the beginning of the Syria war that the US was directly and indirectly supporting the terrorists. Calling terrorists "moderates" means no more today than calling them "freedom fighters" meant in the eighties, but it seems American political memories are short.
Calling the war in Syria a civil war is pretty much a total lie. It is a proxy war. Proxy wars have been the bread and butter of US foreign policy for decades. Are there local factions involved? Of course there are. Every country has local factions. Imagine what would happen in America, let's say, if some of the right wing militia were given plentiful moneys, supplies, weapons, media support and diplomatic cover by a coalition of countries much more powerful than the US. How long would it take for America to have a 'civil war'? Not long I think.
So once again, right in the middle of the Syrian army's key offensive of the war possibly, the Aleppo offensive, Russia appears to be making a new peace deal with the US - this time with enhanced sharing of Russian flight information - or so I read!!! Is it not more and more and more clear that Russia is playing both sides in this war? Can you believe that they want to share flight information with the folks who are supporting and advising the terrorists that Russia is supposedly fighting?! That's crazy. Or is it crazy like a fox?
Maybe Putin isn't playing 12th dimensional chess, as his apologists seem to think. Maybe he's playing thug checkers. He wants to be in on the final carve-up - maybe even to preside over it. What better way to do that? The Russian hand on Assad's back must be feeling less and less friendly.
But no, you folks are right. I should go over to Saker and open my mind to his hypnotic apologetics, right? Anything else would be, horrors, conspiracy theory!!
Well, like I said, I'll stop repeating myself when Russia stops repeating itself. Ok?
Posted by: paul | Sep 26, 2016 10:54:12 AM | 26
More....
You will never find what you wrote here on the on the web, unless you know where to find it. Every MSM just stenography and relay exactly the opposite from Guardian, Reuters, BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, PBS, Yahoo, Google....Not even TRNN!
I watch RT live 7/24 from my laptops, if I deviate and searches the web, exactly the opposite what you wrote.
It's Putin, Assad's regime the bad guys.
Posted by: Jack Smith | Sep 26, 2016 10:55:31 AM | 27
Posted by: Laguerre | Sep 26, 2016 10:26:19 AM | 19
You and me knowing loads of Nusra leaders :-))
I am just thinking that if I was a Nusra leader who used to get his stuff via Turkey and read this AP text of the cease fire deal agreeing to separate Nusra/ISIS from rebels and finishing them off in coordination with Russia I would fear my members might think it a good idea to give up fighting and start talking to Assad's troops. So I would let it known that the US have my back whatever they might tell to Russia.
Posted by: somebody | Sep 26, 2016 10:59:54 AM | 28
The most interesting part of the interview (to me at least) is the fact that it was published in a major newspaper.
Honestly though, I think it's late in the game for something like this. Russia has declared 'no more unilateral ceasefires' and Syria vows to give up 'not one inch of territory'. We're seeing the result of this playing out now in Aleppo.
Russia has succeeded in drawing out the lies and complicity of the US as much as is possible, much like bringing a boil to a head. Nothing to be gained by letting it fester even more. Time to lance it.
Posted by: woogs | Sep 26, 2016 11:04:49 AM | 29
Posted by: woogs | Sep 26, 2016 11:04:49 AM | 29
Todenhöfer has loads of political and media contacts in Germany, and he writes bestselling books. He was born in 1940 ie. lived the war as a kid, his pacifism is genuine. He gets his spectacular interviews by accepting what people say.
Whereever Nusra got their weapons and advisers from, fact seems to be that US allies are fighting NATO with US supplied weapons.
Posted by: somebody | Sep 26, 2016 11:11:34 AM | 30
@jfl #88 ["Syria - Conflicting Reports" thread]:
I'm late to the Power piece because the UN version was flash, and I am no longer equipped to use flash.
The Duran has a new article with that Power's presentation on YouTube:
Watch Samantha Power defend Al Qaeda and ISIS in Syria during her Security Council speech
Her speech is certainly consistent with the hypothesis that the US can only fight this conflict defensively on the propaganda front now, now that Russia has shifted to resolving the conflict by military means in a decisive manner. That the US doesn't even hide that it is engaged in a propaganda war is revealed by the explicit reference to RT (!) by Powers:
You cannot carry out a massive military offensive and say you are for peace. That might work on Russia Today. But it doesn’t work when the world has reams of evidence proving what Russia is doing.
It's hard to know what audience Powers is trying to reach in that speech. Other diplomats at the UN? US elites? The Western public? My guess is that this is just a feel-good measure by the Obama administration: we have to do something.
Posted by: Demian | Sep 26, 2016 11:17:13 AM | 31

@paul | Sep 26, 2016 10:54:12 AM | 26
Please go to Saka no one stopping you. Saka a religious manic daily freaking god. His sites are pro bono Donations for himself, the wife and kids take a break, vacation for his "hard" works.
Saka was one of my earliest supporters - from Ukraine debacles. Turn me off completely when he repeatedly used the bible, quoting chapters, verses and etc. to justify his logic reasons. Than, asked for donations. Anyone who happens to disagrees is a religion hater!
Posted by: Jack Smith | Sep 26, 2016 11:20:39 AM | 32

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