Friday, June 23, 2017

Let's Talk About the Death/Displacement Toll on the Civilians of Raqqa, Syria

Since I'm in a fightin' mood- Here's another aspect of the Syrian situation that seems to be mostly ignored by the 5 eyes main stream and so called alt media. I've mentioned the de facto no fly zone. Twice this week.

flashback:   June 14th/17- Pacifying Raqqa: ‘Staggering loss of civilian life’ during US-backed siege of Raqqa – UN

Link
 “The U.S. and U.S.-backed forces are using tactics that are virtually guaranteed to raise enormous levels of casualties,” in the war in Syria, IPS Middle East expert Phyllis Bennis told The Real News Network.

In an effort to drive out ISIS from the heavily-populated—somewhere up to 200,000 civilians—city of Raqqa, the U.S. is resorting to tactics that will make what the UN  already called a  “staggering loss of life” worse"

Especially adding to the toll is the use of white phosphorus within the area
White phosphorus use, mentioned in previous post 
"There has been a lack of press coverage dedicated to U.S. use of chemical weapons, including white phosphorous—especially serious when considering the international outcry months ago when Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was accused of using chemical weapons in Aleppo."
 There is also a lack of press focus on the escalating civilian casualties caused by U.S. airstrikes in and around Raqqa."
 “This is one of those classic examples that the deaths of innocents are far more important to cover in the mainstream U.S. press when those responsible for the deaths of innocents are our so-called enemies, rather than ourselves or our so-called friends,” Bennis said.
I got to admit the lack of alleged authority challenging alt media coverage has me flummoxed!
 
The Telegraph : US-led coalition kills nearly 500 civilians in one month in Syria in record high 

500 civilians is being admitted to. You all know it's higher.
 


Syrian residents of the rebel-held town of Douma, on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, break their fast with the "iftar" meal on a heavily damaged street on June 18, 2017, Credit: AFP 
 

 Amazing these people! Trying to have some semblence of normality in all this mayhem- Surely a necessity for their souls. For their mental health. My goodness...
Some 470 civilians, including 137 children, died in air strikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil)-held cities of Raqqa and Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria between May 23 and June 23.  
Observers claim the number is higher than those killed by Russian strikes, Isil and President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in the same period. 
Human rights and monitoring groups have warned for months of the rising human cost of the coalition’s air war, particularly as the battle for Isil’s so-called capital of Raqqa intensifies.
The US, UK and other coalition members have provided air support for allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on the ground.
The coalition insists it takes every measure to avoid hitting civilians, but residents say they are increasingly becoming collateral damage.  
The coalition of the killing always denies their killing ways...
“We note in particular that the intensification of airstrikes, which have paved the ground for an SDF advance in Raqqa, has resulted not only in staggering loss of civilian life, but has also led to 160,000 civilians fleeing their homes and becoming internally displaced,” Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, chairman of the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, said earlier this month.   
In March, more than 200 mostly women and children were reported to have been killed while they seeking refuge in a school building in the village of Mansoura.
Alarmingly high civilian tolls are also being reported in the Iraqi city of Mosul, where the battle to dislodge the jihadists is in the final throes.
In one, now notorious incident, more than 150 civilians were killed on Match 17 when a 500lb bomb was dropped on a house to kill two Isil snipers on its roof. 

I excluded the bullshit blaming Trump, because that spin was addressed here some time ago.

Did Trump Really Pull The Trigger on Obama’s Raqqa Plan?

 Linking back to an earlier post still

It's doubtful there were any restrictions on troop numbers and it's certain that there were ZERO restrictions on civilian casualties put in place by Obama-  Zero. None. Zip. Zilch. Don't believe me? Let's recall this post from September 30 2014?  White House- Kill Syrian/Iraqi Civilians- Exemption for airstrikes

 Not that the US was ever very careful when it came to civilians deaths however they at least talked as if they cared. Even that  pretense will not apply for Syria and Iraq
The White House has acknowledged for the first time that strict standards President Obama imposed last year to prevent civilian deaths from U.S. drone strikes (not just drones) will not apply to U.S. military operations in Syria and Iraq.
 A White House statement to Yahoo News confirming the looser policy came in response to questions about reports that as many as a dozen civilians, including women and young children, were killed when a Tomahawk missile struck the village of Kafr Daryan in Syria's Idlib province on the morning of Sept. 23.

 

The US/Coalition Policy is the same under Trump as under Obama- Kill and displace as many civilians as possible- That's how you remake a region. And weaponize refugee flows.

From earlier today:

Syria: Second SAA Jet Deterred by US Over An Obvious No Fly Zone

Syria: Second SAA Jet Deterred by US Over An Obvious No Fly Zone

If it looks, walks, talks and acts like a NO Fly Zone.. It surely has to be one. 
I don't give a hoot about the lack of official recognition. The US isn't even supposed to be "officially" waging war on Syria. Against it's people and their elected leadership but it is!
So, I don't need no stinkin' official proclamation! There is a no fly zone over annexed Syrian territory!
The 5 eyes media is dancing around this for obvious reasons, but, where are the anti imperialists/anti war sites regarding this question?

As I asked the other day...Did the US, Again, Enforce a No Fly Zone over Annexed Syrian Territory?

The latest from CNN:

A US official told CNN that another Syrian Su-22 fighter made an approach in what the military assessed as a possible bombing run on US backed-Syrian Democratic Forces near Tabqa, Syria, on Tuesday. The official said that coalition aircraft made a show of force and conducted a warning maneuver, and the Syrian fighter jet then aborted its trajectory and left the area.

Do the readers here recall the name below from past postings here?

“The chief of staff of the Air Force, Gen. David Goldfein, told the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday that the de-confliction line "remains open."

June 17/2016: US General: We Are Ready To Create a No-Fly Zone in Syria


     “The U.S. Air Force is ready to create a no-fly zone in Syria, as stated by General David Goldfein, Rosbalt reported”
Gen. David Goldfein, a battle-tested command pilot who flew combat missions in the Gulf War, the Afghanistan War, and in NATO's 1999 air war to force the president of the former Yugoslavia to end his campaign of ethnic cleansing in Kosovo"
Yes, the US established de-facto no-fly zones in Syria?

The New Arab: Has the US established de-facto no-fly zones in Syria?

Paul Iddon suggests not only do they have no fly zones, but, they have no drive zones too. Paul Iddon’s work has been featured here previously!

The US has this month twice shot down aircraft over areas in Syria, north and south, where it has forces and allied militias fighting the Islamic State group. This may indicate that Washington is bidding to establish de-facto no-fly zones in these areas.

On June 18, a US F/A-18 Super Hornet shot down a Syrian Air Force Su-22 bomber after it dropped bombs near the northern Syrian town of Tabqa, close to a US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces position.

Ten days earlier, June 8, a US Air Force F-15E shot down an Iranian-made Shahed 129 drone, which is roughly the same size as the iconic American Predator, after it dropped bombs near a position held by US-backed Jaysh Maghawir al-Thawra anti-IS fighters in Al-Tanf, on Syria's southern border with Jordan.

"We do not seek conflict with any party in Syria other than ISIS, but we will not hesitate to defend ourselves or our partners if threatened," Pentagon Spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said after the June 18 incident.

Despite this, the mid-air conflicts indicate that the US is willing to confront Damascus and its allied militia forces if it perceives them to threaten its allies or their anti-IS campaign. In Al-Tanf, US aircraft bombed pro-regime forces approaching al-Thawra positions twice - on June 6 and May 18.

Similar "no-drive zones" against regime ground forces approaching SDF positions around Raqqa may be enforced if they threaten the SDF. The Syrian Army recently made advances into the western countryside of Raqqa.
The irony of the on line commenters cheering on Syria, yet cheering for PKK/YPG as they ethnically cleansed whole areas of territory, annexing it for their own. Cognitive dissonance, I guess?
A refusal to see what was occurring in plain site? Or perhaps for some an intentional obfuscation, I don't know? 
The SDF issued a statement shortly after the June 18 incident charging Damascus with carrying out "large-scale attacks using aircraft, artillery and tanks" against their forces and warning if it "continues its attacks on our positions in the province of Raqqa, we will be forced to reciprocate and use our legitimate right to defend our forces".

How long the US will maintain these de-facto no-fly/no-drive zones in these two areas is unclear. It's also unclear if they will become like the formalised no-fly zones the US imposed over Iraqi Kurdistan and southern Iraq following the 1991 Gulf War, where no Iraqi military aircraft were allowed without being intercepted and shot down by US-led coalition jets.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Woman Who Said The Germanwings Pilot Crashed The Plane On Purpose Actually Made Up That Story

Isn't this interesting? She lied. All these years later. 
Just another example of how your perception is managed and how narratives are contrived to serve agendas. How much of this vile woman's testimony factored into the demonization of the Germanwings pilot? All of it, I'll bet.  Trial by media, as usual! 
Keep this in mind as we follow the USS Fitzgerald incident

Link- June 21/2017

"Maria W." told a German newspaper she was the lover of Andreas Lubitz, who copiloted the Germanwings flight that killed 150 people in 2015. 

Days after the crash, the German newspaper Bild published an interview with a woman who claimed that she was Lubitz's lover. Her story lined up perfectly with the emerging narrative of an unstable and destructive pilot.

Like a gift to the liars in charge!
"Maria W." told Bild she was a flight attendant who traveled through Europe with Lubitz. She said he had told her that one day he planned to "do something that will change the whole system, and only then will everyone know and remember my name."
Liar! I recall this fabrication being everywhere at the time of the crash.


Die Zeit first reported doubts around her account in March. Prosecutor Christoph Kumpa described Maria's account as a "hoax," but Bild stood by its story. BuzzFeed News is the first news organization to confirm that it is false.
Maria claimed to have secretly spent nights with Lubitz in hotels all over Europe, but a logbook of his flights for the year preceding the crash, provided to authorities by the pilot's family, shows he spent the night outside Germany only once, in Budapest. That flight had no cabin crew, as it was to transport spare parts, not passengers.
"We can absolutely confirm that Maria W.'s story is purely fictional. During a fourth meeting in December 2015, she explicitly admitted to it," RTL spokesman Matthias Bolhöfer told BuzzFeed News.
"At first, she didn't want to tell us her real name and she exclusively wanted to meet up in a neutral environment, in a bar in Frankfurt, and only with a woman," RTL manager Thorsten Wimber said. "So we sent a female colleague. Her impression was: 'Maria W. is trustworthy.'"
But when RTL requested evidence to confirm her identity, Maria failed to provide it. When RTL confronted her with doubts about her story, Maria presented email and chat records between her and Lubitz, but wasn't able to provide a witness who could confirm their relationship.
Email and chat records- LOL
The broadcaster eventually got in touch with the Düsseldorf public prosecutor's office, which discouraged them from running an interview with Maria W.
Wimber says Maria also apologized at her final meeting with RTL, when she admitted she'd made up the story. "She told us she was surprised how much effort we put into our research," he told BuzzFeed News. The editor also told Maria that if she shopped her story to another media outlet, he would go public "because this was clearly fraud."
Bild's press office told BuzzFeed News "that we generally don't make statements with regard to sources and editorial procedures," but the editorial staff is concerned about the attempt "to challenge the coverage of Mr. Lubitz's mass murder of 149 human beings with the aid of alleged speculations of third parties."

The paper said that since the Düsseldorf prosecutor hasn't accused Bild of fabricating the story, "we don't feel a correction is necessary. Instead, we will hold on to the reporting on the gruesome killing spree of Mr. Lubitz."
Since the prosecutor has not or will not accept that Bild LIED they aren't changing a dam thing!

But nobody is claiming that Bild made up the story — it simply appears to have been duped by Maria. Prosecutor Kumpa said that he "has substantial doubts and must conjecture that the woman has fabricated the story."

The revelation that Maria's story is false comes as Lubitz's family is aiming to clear his name. They've threatened to sue German authorities over what they say are wrongful claims.

Documents and investigation files seen by BuzzFeed News also show that Andreas Lubitz apparently wasn't diagnosed with depression before the deadly plane flight and didn't have a history of inpatient treatment. The Lubitz family also alleges that the official investigation didn't meet international standards. The responsible authority in Germany, the Bundesstelle für Flugunfalluntersuchung (BFU), rejected all accusations and told BuzzFeed News that the new Lubitz report will not change its official conclusions.

"Andreas Lubitz apparently wasn't diagnosed with depression"
The key witness lied and lied and lied.


I sincerely hope the family can get some justice for their much maligned son- What a disgrace!

Here's one of the many media reports from 2015- Lies, lies and more lies

Maria now understands Lubitz's eerie prediction that "one day everyone will know my name." 
“I never knew what he meant, but now it makes sense.”

One lying whore can do so much damage- Not calling her a whore cause of her alleged womanliness- calling her a whore cause that's what she is "today a whore can be a person that compromises him/herself in any kind of way for monetary or other gain"  : compromise oneself for money or other gains

An accurate descriptor of this person

Saudi Arabia’s New Crown Prince is Good for US and Israel- Bad for Qatar

Haaretz- Saudi Arabia's New Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Is Good News for Israel and U.S.
Saudi crown prince Bin Salman agrees with U.S. on Russia, Assad, Iran and ISIS and according to some reports, he's also met with top Israeli officials
This consolidation of power in Saudi Arabia bodes badly for the region
Nayeff was ousted- The divisions in Saudi Arabia have been mentioned several times here
Al Jazeera
The series of decrees also amended Article V of the kingdom's statute of ruling, stipulating that, from now on, only the sons and grandsons of the founding King Faisal Al Saud can be kings and crown princes.
The decision by King Salman to promote his son and consolidate his power was endorsed by 31 out of 34 members of the Allegiance Council, the decree said.
The council is made up of senior members of the ruling Al Saud family.
The Saudi king called for a public pledging of allegiance to the new crown prince early on Wednesday, the channel said.
Mohammed bin Nayef promptly vowed loyalty to his successor after the decree.

Restructuring power

Mohammed bin Salman has risen to power under his father's reign. He had previously been in charge of his father's royal court when Salman was the crown prince.
Over the weekend, the king had issued a decree restructuring Saudi Arabia's system for prosecutions that stripped Mohammed bin Nayef of long-standing powers overseeing criminal investigations.


Link

Prince Bandar bin Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz was appointed Assistant Head of General Intelligence. King Salman also ordered the appointment of the Prince as an advisor to the Royal Court.
Prince Abdullah bin Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz was appointed Advisor to the Royal Court, Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdul Aziz as Advisor to the Royal Court with the rank of Minister and Abdul Rahman Al Rabian as Advisor to the Royal Court.
The royal order included the following, Chapter 2 of Article 5 of the Basic Law of Government shall be amended to read as follows: “Rule passes to the sons of the founding King, Abd al-Aziz Bin Abd al-Rahman al-Faysal Al Saud, and to their children's children. The most upright among them is to receive allegiance in accordance with the principles of the Holy Quran and the Tradition of the Venerable Prophet.”

USS Fitzgerald Collision Update- Commander Bryce Benson Released from Hospital

Since interested parties are working so very hard to manage our perceptions... I'm making available  some additional info regarding the Fitzgerald Incident.
 Below is today's screen shot, from the official US Navy blog.

You can clearly see the date is June 21/2017 and the US Navy still has the 2:30 am (local time)
as the time of the incident

http://navylive.dodlive.mil/2017/06/17/uss-fitzgerald/




 Despite pushing an altered time line on the ACX Crystal's owners for public consumption

Big Lie Damage Control: Altering Timelines/Saving Face for US Navy & the Fitzgerald


I am also making note of the fact the Commander of the Fitzgerald had already been released from hospital-  Literally the day after the incident occurred.  Clearly not seriously injured at all.

 USS Fitzgerald’s captain, Cmdr. Bryce Benson, WI native, released from the hospital

 He was released from the hospital Sunday, June 18th, officials with the 7th Fleet said on Twitter.
 The USS Fitzgerald’s captain, Cmdr. Bryce Benson, who was injured in the ship’s deadly collision with a commercial vessel, took command of the guided-missile destroyer last month.
 The 10,000-ton destroyer and the ACX Crystal, a 29,000-ton container ship flagged in the Philippines, collided early Saturday local time off Japan’s Izu Peninsula,

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Did the US, Again, Enforce a No Fly Zone over Annexed Syrian Territory?

Not sure why it is this question isn't being asked?
It's clear that the US has the means to do so what with all the bases they've built with the assistance of PKK/YPG in annexed Syrian territory.
Then there is another question that needs asking, this one regarding the Russian response.
Why just west of the Euphrates, Russian leadership, if the territorial integrity of Syria is sacrosanct?

The US downed a Syrian jet that was targeting "SDF forces aka PKK/YPG

Super Hornets

 "A US coalition warplane downed on Sunday evening a Syrian regime army jet as a response to attacks targeting a group of Kurdish fighters.
The coalition announced in a statement that a Syrian SU-22 jet dropped bombs near Syrian Democratic Forces positions in southern Tabqa.
“In accordance with its right to defend itself or its partnered force, the Syrian jet was immediately shot down by a US F/A-18 Super Hornet,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, the Syrian regime said in a statement that the pilot of the downed jet was missing.
The regime statement also claimed that its jet was downed while on a mission against ISIS militants"
 I have no problem with the Syrian government calling the PKK/YPG, ISIS. That symbiosis has been demonstrated abundantly here.  What concerns me is it appears the US is enforcing a no fly zone for Syrian forces over their own territory- In a replay of Iraq. I've mentioned this as a probable reality a number of times and here it is actually occurring! No one else is talking about this?

flashback:  August 23/2016: A Defacto No Fly Zone Has Indeed Been Created in Syria!
Defacto: being such in effect though not formally recognized: exercising power as if legally constituted......If it walks, and talks like a duck, it’s a duck. And for all intents and purposes a no fly zone has been instituted over Syria as the US and company openly assist the Kurds in their land grabbing, annexation and ethnic cleansing.
When the US chased Syrian jets away from Hasakah- You know Syrian territory that the US has been aiding the kurds in annexation and ethnic cleansing....

Of course at the time the US denied they had created a defacto no fly zone- Yet, then as now, it looks as if they have-

Before we get to Russia...

YPG/PKK say they will retaliate against Syrian Forces if they attack again
General Talal Silo released a statement regarding the Syrian regime forces' attack on SDF positions near Tabqa. The statement said the following:
“After the heroic resistance demonstrated by our troops and the allied forces against terrorism within the Wrath of Euphrates campaign launched by SDF that aims for isolating Raqqa city, and mainly after the Great Battle was started to liberate Raqqa city which is the alleged capital of terrorism and terrorists- during which our forces excellently progressed and liberated many neighborhoods already- the Baathist regime launched a deliberate and expansive attack on the areas liberated by SDF, using warplanes, artillery and tanks June 17, 2017. The attack targeted a territory liberated by SDF three months ago as part of the campaign to liberate the Tabqa town and the Euphrates Dam.
 Syria want's their Dams back and pardon the pun, they have dam good reasons for wanting their water/electricity supply and rich farmland back! 

"We confirm that if the regime forces continue their attacks on our sites in Raqqa governorate, it will oblige us to use our right to legitimate defense and retaliate.”
 Those sites are Syria's territory- They don't belong to a pack of terrorists the US threw their big guns behind-

Onto Russia's threat:

Link- Any aircraft operating west of the Euphrates will be tracked by anti-aircraft forces...

The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement:
“Any aircraft, including planes and drones belonging to the international coalition operating west of the Euphrates river, will be tracked by Russian anti-aircraft forces in the sky and on the ground and treated as targets.”
According to the Financial Times, Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters:
“What is this other than an act of aggression in violation of the norms of international law? This, if you like, is help for the terrorists that the US are fighting under what they call their anti-terrorism policy.”
This is being ballyhooed as some big threat! I don't see it. It's not even a response to the attack made against the Syrian plane in my opinion.

 It's what's happening east of the Euphrates that should concern Russia if the territorial integrity of Syria was really the priority.

We should be able to look at a map and understand that water control is the aim of Israel 2.0 aka Greater Kurdistan.  Much like Israel the 1st- As Israel 2.0 is formed taking in the Tigris and the Euphrates...

I noticed Mr Doğu Perinçek , over in Turkey was using the Israel 2.0 title recently...
Getting harder to deny now... Read that and have it bookmarked- when I find that item it will be here.....

 
From earlier today:

Big Lie Damage Control: Altering Timelines/Saving Face for US Navy & the Fitzgerald

Big Lie Damage Control: Altering Timelines/Saving Face for US Navy & the Fitzgerald


You all knew it was going to happen.  The US was going to manipulate this situation,  muddy the waters, in order to hide their own malfeasance. The US has the upper hand thanks to a  treaty between the US and Japan that not only gives the US all the milk, it gives them all the cows too!

The Fitzgerald/Crystal Incident- US Has the Upper Hand in Crash Investigation

 I noticed on Sunday, two days after irresponsible members of the USS Fitzgerald crew gave us all a perfect example of  foolishness, arrogance and hubris, resulting in the loss of life and incapacitating damage to the ship that there were claims the Japanese Coast Guard got the accident time wrong- It had been reported for days the accident occurred at approximately 2:30 am local time

Seven US Navy Sailors Unaccounted for in Crash off Japanese Coast

The post relinked above went up at approximately 1:32 EST- Read the news prior to that on RT
 7 US crew members missing. URGENT: The USS Fitzgerald, a 505-foot destroyer that carries the motto "Protect Your People," struck a merchant vessel at approximately 2:30 a.m. local time on June 17. about 56 miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, on Friday.
Here’s where we get to the perception managing deal the US is pushing on Japan.

According to the US, the Japanese Coast Guard got the time wrong not because the Coast Guard got the time wrong, but, because the ACX Crystal DIDN’T NOTIFY the coast guard until a whole hour later- Since you can’t prove something didn’t happen, because it didn’t happen, the US has to force an altered time line onto reality and wielding the upper hand given to it by the treaty, the Japanese firm that owns the container ship has agreed to the altered time line.

It was a given the US was going to engage in exactly this type of behaviour and they did not disappoint- No Sireee!!!

hattip Gordon McPhail- did you realize you handed me the necessary piece of the puzzle Gordon?
" the Japan-based transportation company operating the merchant ship, agreed to the revised timeframe"
And now a call that didn’t happen, that could never be proven, (because if it hasn't occurred it can't be proven in the real world) has now been maneuvered into an altered time line- Right before all of our eyes.  

To avoid job loss or some type of retribution some crew members of the ACX Crystal will lie about the time the accident occurred & claim the should have called it in, but, didn't... and the US has muddied the waters enough to take some of the heat off the Fitzgerald crew and captain


We are getting right into creating yet another fictitious reality in order to serve a specific agenda. Don’t you love how the real world is manipulated to serve those that hold the power? In this case the US Navy having the upper hand and an overwhelming amount of clout thanks to their prior treaty with Japan to coerce this situation.
: to use or change (numbers, information, etc.) in a skillful way or for a particular purpose
This alteration of the time line is a perfect example of deceptive changes for a particular purpose. Now the US can spread the blame around and distract from the criminality of the US Fitzgerald’s actions.

The ACX Crystal owners already took one for team America - Go Navy!

Related: USS Fitzgerald/ACX Crystal Collision- Missing Sailors Presumed Dead

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Fitzgerald/Crystal Incident- US Has the Upper Hand in Crash Investigation

Obviously the US has the upper hand and desperately needs to maintain a certain perception of their naval might  therefore we can expect this story to be carefully managed. By carefully managed, yes, I do mean obfuscated, in a manner that serves the US military

A number of commenters suggested the Crystal had intentionally and maliciously rammed the Fitzgerald.   This is absurd. It makes no logical sense what so ever!
Why would the container ship crew and captain do this? For what gain?
To possibly be blown out of the water?
Having the wrath of the US Navy come down on this cumbersome, slow moving, ship?
Risk millions of dollars in cargo? I’m sure the insurance companies would just love that! (Facetious)
The claim of the Crystal acting malicious is a huge fail! It just doesn’t make sense.

Based on available information via the media I've read so far.......

I lean towards the Fitzgerald crew harassing the container ship or playing chicken with the lumbering slow moving behemoth and miscalculating their own  maneuvering-


Given the free reign the US Navy has in the Japanese seas, along with a technologically superior ship, the captain was willing to play a dangerous game. And he lost!
WSJ- Treaty Gives US, Not Japan, Upper Hand in Probe
"Clouding the investigations into Navy ship collision is a bilateral treaty on the status of American forces in Japan. The treaty gives the US jurisdiction over “offenses arising out of any act or omission done in the performance of official duty”
The Fitzgerald

Knowing the US has the upper hand. Knowing the US has every reason to whitewash this incident.Covering up their negligence, incompetence or criminality. We should not expect the truth or anything close to it regarding what took place when the Fitzgerald and the Crystal collided.

The US needs to maintain the concept of their power and superiority. The belief in this is half of what makes them the dominant global force today- Giving them every reason to spin this incident.


As mentioned in previous post comment section:

The US grabbed the responsible Captain, probably his immediate subordinates, and have pretty much detained them for an unspecified amount of time. Though there isn’t really any mention of the captain, in particular, being injured. I have my doubts that he was.

Maritime Executive

"Cmdr. Bryce Benson, Fitzgerald's commanding officer, was transferred to U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka by a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) helicopter. All three medevac’d sailors are awake and will remain under observation at the hospital until further notice"

No mention of injuries, unlike the injured parties mentioned in the paragraph below- just “remain under observation at hospital until further notice’ I’ll say these three have been incarcerated/silenced for all intents and purposes
"Two additional personnel have been medevac’d from Fitzgerald to USNH-Yokosuka by Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 12 (HSC-12) for lacerations and bruises. Other injured are being assessed aboard the ship"

Let’s talk rules of the Sea?

 "The Fitzgerald often sails in the West Pacific, including in the coastal waters of China. Certain rules need to be followed to avoid collisions on the sea. It is an unspoken rule that the smaller ship should give way to the bigger one. At about 29,000 tons displacement, the Philippine container ship is more than three times the size of the 8,315-ton Fitzgerald. In the face of such a larger vessel, the Fitzgerald obviously did not show due prudence"

The Fitzgerald often sails in the West Pacific- Which means it’s crew is very, very, very well aware of the traffic in the area. (Another fail for the apologists)

“It is an unspoken rule that the smaller ship should give way to the bigger one.”
The Fitzgerald failed to give right of way

“ the Fitzgerald obviously did not show due prudence”

Obviously the Fitzgerald crew failed to show prudence!
“Cargo ships often have lights on during night navigation so as to be identified from a long distance while the Fitzgerald is a small-sized destroyer which employs stealth technology. Under normal circumstances, it should have spotted the Philippine container ship first. From this perspective, the US side should bear more responsibility”

The Fitzgerald employing all manner of technology alongside a 300 plus crew should have been able to spot the lit up container ship, visually (a container ship  does not have the advantage of top line technology, because, it’s a container ship not a war ship)

Another Fitzgerald fail


“Given US' influence, no countries in the Asia-Pacific region want their vessels to get into trouble with US warships. This may have led to the US sailors' carelessness’

Given US dominance and arrogance on the seas the US sailors may have been careless or worse criminal.  Go back to the treaty mentioned at the beginning of the post

Another Fitzgerald fail

Reuters

Aucoin was asked if damage on the starboard side indicated the U.S. ship could have been at fault, but he declined to speculate on the cause of the collision. Maritime rules suggest vessels are supposed to give way to ships on their starboard.

Maritime rules suggest vessels are supposed to give way to ships on their starboard, we’ve already addressed that maritime rules suggests vessels are supposed to give way to larger vessels

Yet another Fitzgerald fail!


It is believed the commander of the Fitzgerald and people found liable will be punished. We hope all US warships in the West Pacific should draw a lesson from the incident, not only for their own safety, but also for the peace of the sea passages in the region.

Damage to the Crystal
 If your unfamiliar with this saga?

1 -Seven US Navy Sailors Unaccounted for in Crash off Japanese Coast

2- USS Fitzgerald/ACX Crystal Collision- Missing Sailors Presumed Dead

Saturday, June 17, 2017

USS Fitzgerald/ACX Crystal Collision- Missing Sailors Presumed Dead

I expected to see this curious accident, Seven US Navy Sailors Unaccounted for in Crash off Japanese Coast , top of the news heap this morning. Instead, I had to search for it.
(Hubby told me as I was finishing up this has now made it to google news as one of the top stories- Most likely because it's been all over social media since yesterday when I put up the first post)

The missing sailors are presumed dead. The US is tight lipped on what happened. 
It seems sensible to me that it is already known, with enough certainty, how this occurred,
The Phillipino crew is awaiting questioning. Or debriefing aka getting your story straight?
The US is going to want to manage the narrative around this incident in a specific self serving manner. There is no way the US wants the Navy looking inept, incompetent or grossly negligent. Especially when one considers the loss of life.
 In a statement released on social media, US Navy operations chief Adm John Richardson said: "As more information is learnt we will be sure to share it with the Fitzgerald families and when appropriate the public. [...]


Below is the ACX Crystal- and the damage to it caused by the collision with the Fitzgerald

I cannot comprehend how it is that these two ships made this type of contact or any physical contact- Carelessness. Playing 'chicken'. US arrogance. Over dependence on technology.
I don't know!


The Japanese coastguard said the ACX Crystal weighed just under 30,000 tonnes, about three times that of the USS Fitzgerald.
It sustained lighter damage to its port bow, and has now reached Tokyo.
The Associated Press agency said there were no injuries reported among the 20 Filipino crew members on board the container ship.

BBC
The area where the collision took place is extremely busy, with shipping heading in and out of Tokyo bay.
However, the USS Fitzgerald is one of the most advanced warships in the world - with highly sophisticated radars systems.
At the moment the focus is on the search for the missing sailors. Later will come the investigation into how one of the world's most sophisticated warships failed to avoid colliding with a 30,000-tonne cargo ship on a calm, clear night.
The USS Fitzgerald crew should have been able to see this ship, visually, without technological assistance and maneuver away- Why didn't that happen?

Marine Route of the ACX Crystal
I think the routing map is pretty useless, but, I'm putting it here. It's like a news story with no context.
Where was the Fitzgerald? What was it's route? We don't get to know at this time.

hattip Gordon McPhail :)

Hi Penny
This is the detail travel graph for the ACX Crystal
http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:722169/mmsi:548789000/imo:9360611/vessel:ACX_CRYSTAL
Here is the ACX Crystal as well.

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/06/16/collision-at-sea-u-s-s-fitzgerald-collides-with-cargo-container-ship-acx-crystal-off-coast-of-japan/
Penny There is something very wrong with the accident damage profile. ACX Crystal damage on Port Side front Bow
Damage to Fitzgerald on STARBOARD side well behind the Bow in fact near the Bridge. The ships traveling towards each other would have the damage on the SAME side. Ships traveling in the smae direction would have the damage on opposite sides, however the damage pattern would be pushed FORWARD on the Destroyer, yet it looks to be pushed back. This I am having trouble explaining to myself. (I am an ex seaman from the '60's) Perhaps someone is able to explain it to me so I am able to understand how it is possible to happen. Cheers Penny
Link 

ACX Crystal is owned by Japan's Dainichi- Invest Corporation 

I've been trying to figure out how this occurred and can't- So if anyone can help that would be great! 

There is now a third post on this subject
 

The Fitzgerald/Crystal Incident- US Has the Upper Hand in Crash Investigation

Friday, June 16, 2017

Seven US Navy Sailors Unaccounted for in Crash off Japanese Coast

Sputnik

Japanese news outlet NHK reports that seven US Navy ship members have not been accounted for, citing the Japanese Coast Guard, following a crash between the USS Fitzgerald and a massive 29,000 ton-Philippine merchant ship.

A crash between the US Navy destroyer and the ACX Cyrstal container vessel caused the warship to start taking on water.
The ship just underwent $21 million in repairs and upgrades in February, according to Stars and Stripes. The Fitzgerald was part of the USS Ronald Reagan Strike Group that has been engaged in training drills with the USS Carl Vinson First Carrier Strike Group ​near the Korean Peninsula along with crews from Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force. 
  One has to ask how it was the US Navy destroyer, which is vastly more maneuverable, having all manner of radar type equipment  would not be able to avoid a collision with a container ship. And I've yet to see an image of the container ship... Should anyone notice one leave a link?
The ship just underwent $21 million in repairs and upgrades in February, according to Stars and Stripes. The Fitzgerald was part of the USS Ronald Reagan Strike Group that has been engaged in training drills with the USS Carl Vinson First Carrier Strike Group ​near the Korean Peninsula along with crews from Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force.

The ship is listing according to CNN 


Published on Jun 16, 2017
UPDATE: 7 US crew members missing. URGENT: The USS Fitzgerald, a 505-foot destroyer that carries the motto "Protect Your People," struck a merchant vessel at approximately 2:30 a.m. local time on June 17. about 56 miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, on Friday.

Toronto Star

 The U.S. military says a Navy destroyer collided with a merchant ship off the coast of Japan and says there have been injuries.
In a brief written statement, U.S. Pacific Fleet in Hawaii said the Navy has requested assistance from the Japanese Coast Guard.
Video taken by Japanese news outlet NHK showed the ship listing, with damage visible above the waterline.
It said Friday that the USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant ship 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan. A U.S. defence official said there is flooding in three compartments of the Fitzgerald and there were injuries.
Pacific Fleet said the extent of injuries and damage to the Fitzgerald are “being determined,” and the incident is under investigation.

 

Russia : We Might Have Killed Baghdadi

USNews

Russia is claiming on Friday that it may have killed Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-declared "caliph," in an airstrike.

The defense ministry said on Friday it's investigating reports the leader was killed in a airstrike in Syria on May 28; the Russians carried out a series airstrikes against the violent extremist group, including on a meeting of high-ranking militants.
The US is investigating Russia's claims? I would think the US should have no doubt that Russia didn't kill Baghdadi because the US has already killed him several times.

The meeting had been called because the Islamic State group's de-facto capital of Raqqa, Syria, is increasingly besieged. The group was seeking to establish "routes for the exit of militants from Raqqa through the so-called 'southern corridor.'" The airstrike in question was carried out near Raqqa.
"According to information, which is being checked through various channels… al-Baghdadi was also present at the meeting and was killed as a result of the strike," the ministry said.
Russia said it has consulted with the United States on the matter, giving the Americans time and place of the airstrike.
"High-ranking commanders of the terrorist group, who were part of the so-called military council of Isis, as well as about 30 mid-level field commanders and up to 300 fighters in charge of their personal protection, were killed," the ministry said.

The U.S. had not commented on the claim by publication time Friday morning. But some Western analysts quickly cast aspersions on it.
"Intel suggest much of ISIS leadership moved away from Raqqa area months previously," tweeted Paul Cruickshank, editor of the United States Military Academy's CTC Sentinel, using the near-ubiquitous acronym for the group.est "Idea of over 300 ISIS fighters being killed in one strike struggles to pass the smell test. No credible reports I've seen of such strike… ISIS has been totally silent. There has not been any ISIS internal chatter about leader being killed picked up by U.S., as far as we know."
 All of ISIS undoubtedly followed the leadership evacuating Raqqa- As mentioned repeatedly: Free pass via US/Kurds
300 ISIS fighters being killed in one strike fails the smell test?- But not when the US makes such claims.

I think Russia is putting pressure on the US. (Two can play the psyop game)
Challenging the five eyes perception management narrative promoted via the media, alt and main stream

flashback 2014:  Mythopoeia- Abu Bakr al Baghdadi
 The US, of course, wants you to believe it is real. While the video may be a real video. My stance on this is there is NO Abu Bakr al BaghdadiNot a living human being. Not one individual. He is a composite. . He moves like the wind through the branches.  You hear the branches, but, not al Baghdadi. He is everywhere. He is nowhere.  He is whoever he is needed to be.
No information has come along to change my mind on what al Baghdadi is. An actor in the war theatre.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

US Moves HIMAR from Jordan into Syria- Taking the War to the Persian Gulf

 As the US continuously expands it's war making in the region- 3 airbases in stolen northern Syrian territory - Rocket launchers from Jordan to Syria- Training terrorists right in Syrian territory. North and South. 


As mentioned  in the comments yesterday:

The U.S. has deployed a truck-mounted missile system into Syria, an official said Wednesday, to a forward operating group of rebels and U.S. military advisers that have repeatedly clashed with government forces.

The deployment raises the stakes in eastern Syria, where Iranian-sponsored pro-government forces have outflanked U.S. advisers and rebels holding the Tanf border crossing to establish their own link to Iraq for the first time in years.

They are now waiting for pro-Iranian forces to link up with them on the Iraqi side of the border, while preparing to march on Islamic State positions to the north, in the Euphrates River Valley.

Shifting the HIMARS missile system into eastern Syria from Jordan will give the U.S. a precise, long-range weapon to protect its advisers and allies in Tanf, and to attack Islamic State militants further downfield. It has a range of 300 kilometers (186 miles).

The deployment also insures that the military can protect itself from attacks in the area when weather would limit the ability of strike aircraft to reach there in time.
Is the war in Syria nearly over?
Or is it expanding

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_SYRIA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-06-14-16-01-14

As mentioned repeatedly here- US and their Kurdish allies giving ISIS a free pass: And civilians being the actual target in Raqqa.

Read:  Pacifying Raqqa: ‘Staggering loss of civilian life’ during US-backed siege of Raqqa – UN

 Heritage Foundation

"Considering the reported ease of gains so far in taking back the caliphate’s capital, ISIS could’ve decided to make its last stand somewhere else in Syria beyond Raqqa, prolonging its existence by trading space for time"

Oh, like maybe in Palmyra? 

Russia media acknowledging the US movement of  HIMAR Rocket Launchers from Jordan into Syria 

The United States has moved the HIMARS multiple rocket launchers from Jordan to Syria, Russian news agencies cited Russia's Defence Ministry as saying on Thursday. The HIMARS, which stands for High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, could be used against Syrian government forces, the ministry said.

 The HIMARS is a truck-mounted system which can fire missiles as far as 300km and will heavily boost US military power in southern Syria.

  
 Expanding the war into the Persian Gulf Region:

Interesting oped:
http://www.yenisafak.com/en/columns/ibrahimkaragul/the-war-shifted-to-the-gulf-the-plan-is-the-mecca-wars-2038461
 The war shifted to the Gulf: The plan is the Mecca wars

 Last few paragraphs:
The West set the game through sectarian identity and both states, overwhelmed by their ambitions, surrendered to their weaknesses and fell into this trap. We are going to consider these wars as the Shiite-Sunni wars and take sides accordingly, yet by the time we find out it is actually a plan for the destruction plan of the region, it is going to be too late. Unless we come to our senses, we are going to be the ones destroyed, all of us. There will be no Iran left, nor Saudi Arabia. While their plan to destroy every country, including Turkey, is obvious, are we going to remain silent to these developments?
The war shifted to the Gulf, the goal is the Mecca wars
The Qatar crisis might be alleviated. But it has paved the way for one thing: The war has started to shift from Syria to the Persian Gulf. Even though the crisis may be alleviated for the time being, Pandora’s Box has been opened and the signal flare has been set. Now, the crisis will not leave the Gulf. The things that can happen within two years are: Through Iran and Saudi Arabia, they are going to divide the entire region into two enemy fronts. They are going to start endless sectarian wars. This war is going to have the capacity to lead all the way to Mecca wars and the tanks are going to be able to reach the doors of the Kaaba.
The West’s aim is to not only destroy countries, destroy the region, but to make the religion of Islam and sects lose value and turn them into symbols of enmity. I guess this is the biggest plan. The Mecca wars project is the product of such an atrocious plan.
That is of course, if we don’t get back on our feet and ruin this game.
 While I may quibble with the details the author is correct in asserting the plan is to shift the war to the Persian Gulf in an effort to smash multiple nations, destroy the region and then re order it. Remaking the region- is the agenda.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Pacifying Raqqa: ‘Staggering loss of civilian life’ during US-backed siege of Raqqa – UN

Hell's Fire Reigns Down From the Skies

 I think of Dresden and Tokyo and know there is nothing new in burning living persons in their beds,  or as they huddle in fear in the believed safety of their homes

Pacifying Raqqa

“Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings”  Words, their use and the affect of that use on the consumer of employed language. This is a topic previously discussed here. You may ask why? To which I will reply because it is of the utmost importance in understanding how your perception is managed. One word can convey so very much. And this concept has to be understood by everyone.

 Pacifying is one of those  kind of words malleable would be a way to describe it- based on the word Pax- meaning peace, the difference in the meaning of pacify comes from the way in which pacification is achieved.

Pacifiying : pacified; pacifying

    transitive verb

    1  a :  to allay the anger or agitation of :  soothe pacify a crying childb :  appease, propitiate tried to pacify the enemy with compromises

    2 a :  to restore to a tranquil state :  settle made an attempt to pacify the commotion b :  to reduce to a submissive state :  subdue forces moved in to pacify the country


Pacifying Raqqa is subduing Raqqa : to conquer and render silent

That’s what occured in Fallujah, Iraq. Subjugation. Oppression, The bringing under control  of a populace/area with  massive physical oppressionThis is what was always going to occur in Raqqa.
Large city. Largely Arab populace. Rejecting of the subjugation/occupation by the US backed Kurdish forces.

On June 6th/2017 I wrote:

“The US backed Kurdish annexation move threatens as many as 200,000 civilians.
Ethnic Cleansing will be horrendous- I notice there have been some ‘hit pieces’ on the Kurds in preparation for this murderous move-  There will be blood and lots of it, but, it will all be a mistake and blow back- BULLSHIT! I’m tired of these lies”

I am tired of the lies. And the liars. One liar/deceiver was published immediately preceding the pacification of Raqqa, in the NYT’s -Kyle W. Orton is a Middle East analyst and research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society.( Pro anglo zionist globalist mouthpiece)


Why am I calling him a deceiver? Not because of the information in the NYT’s hit piece. That information is quite accurate.

“LONDON — The United States recently committed itself to arming the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, known as the Y.P.G., to help evict the Islamic State from its Syrian stronghold, Raqqa. This decision is likely to prove deeply troublesome”

‘The Y.P.G. denies that it is, in effect, a wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or P.K.K., but the evidence is clear. The P.K.K., a Marxist-leaning Kurdish nationalist organization, was founded in Turkey in 1978, and took up arms against the Turkish state in 1984

In 2003, the P.K.K. began creating branches in Syria, Iraq and Iran that did not have the burden of the P.K.K. name, to better integrate with local Kurdish populations and to avoid legal problems.....

“The Y.P.G. does not disguise its ideological affinity for Mr. Ocalan, but denies an organizational link to the P.K.K. The reality is that power is wielded behind the scenes in Y.P.G.-held areas by senior P.K.K. operatives, according to a regional intelligence officer who spoke to me on condition of anonymity. Even the visible leadership of the Y.P.G. is overwhelmingly composed of longstanding P.K.K. members.

The information is correct and jibes perfectly with all the information I have posted here and all the information/knowledge  accumulated over the years of covering the regional remake-
Which is why it galls me that anyone spins YPG as anything but a terror group, subsidiary of the PKK. That’s all they are. The fictional narrative created by the liars in the 5 eyes msm and alt media is the casting of spells through word play.

So, ok Penny, Kyle Norton is telling the truth and you're still calling him a deceiver?? Yes, I am!
This story and others I had seen were timed to prep for  the blow back narrative. The contrived hand wringing to keep the lid on the overall deception. Arming the PKK/YPG was planned. Was intentional. Was chosen. To further the chaos. 

 When the inevitable bloodbath was nearing in Raqqa, the globalists needed a prepatory narrative in order to play the blowback card- They are intentionally deceptive, you & I being their intended dupes!  They want  us to be the deceived.  To accept the unreal, as real.  
I refuse their treachery.

This was so easy to predict that one cannot, one should not, willfully turn a blind eye to the massive killing spree the US and their Kurdish proxies are undertaking in Raqqa as I type this post!

Today: ‘Staggering loss of civilian life’ during US-backed siege of Raqqa – UN

 The ongoing siege by Syrian Kurdish militia supported by airstrikes of the US-led coalition on terrorist stronghold Raqqa is marred by many civilian casualties and displacement of some 160,000 people, a UN commission says.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a group of militias dominated by ethnic Kurds, launched their offensive on Raqqa last week amid weapons and military hardware supplies from the US. The effort is taking a serious toll on civilian residents

“We note in particular that the intensification of airstrikes, which have paved the ground for an SDF advance in Raqqa, has resulted not only in staggering loss of civilian life, but has also led to 160,000 civilians fleeing their homes and becoming internally displaced,” Paulo Sergio Pinheiro told the UN Human Rights Council, Reuters reports.

As I said June 06/2017- There will be blood and lots of it, but, it will be presented as unforseeen, a mistake and blow back- It is NOT. There is blood and ethnic cleansing galore. It was predictable. All parties intimately involved in this action were fully aware that this mass culling displacement was necessary for the Kurds to subjugate the Arab residents

The Pentagon calls the deployment, which is done with no UN Security Council mandate or invitation from the Syrian government, a limited-scale operation.

Also on Wednesday the Human Rights Watch (HRW) expressed its concern over the toll the Raqqa offensive operation is taking on civilians. The group criticized the US troops for allegedly using white phosphorous munitions as part of the offensive, saying the chemical may cause serious injuries and trigger fires when used in residential areas.

That’s right folks the US has been burning civilians alive with white phosphorus in Raqqa-

I’d saved this 5 days ago, but, just didn’t have time to post knowing an information packed post was utterly necessary for the Raqqa operation

US backed mass killers- PKK/YPG rebranded SDF
“BEIRUT - Phosphorous bombs were dropped on the ISIS stronghold of Al-Raqqa in northern Syria on Thursday night, local activists have said.

The sources have published video footage and photographs of the bombs exploding over the city that is under attack on three sides by Kurdish forces supported by the US-led international anti-ISIS coalition. The airstrikes are reported to have targeted the Mashlab district east of the old city, where the Kurdish forces are advancing. The US-led coalition has been heavily bombing Al-Raqqa for several days...”Several hundred thousand civilians still live in the city.

 Several days is actually weeks- Going so far as to allow ISIS to leave Raqqa before the shit really hit the fan- so to speak. I'll relink older posts where I covered that free pass thanks to the US and PKK/YPG

More then 40,000 children are at risk

From June 09/2017 again, as the US was showering civilians with White phosphorus- News that is being barely mentioned on the 5 eyes msm/alt media outlets


"In the name of fighting IS, the US-backed international coalition is dropping white phosphorous all across East and West Raqqa," the media collective said.

"White phosphorous is an incendiary weapon which can melt the flesh off a human to the bone," it added.
White phosphorus burns at extremely high temperatures upon exposure to air, posing a deadly risk to civilians.

Video footage available here

The US confirmed using White Phosphorus but only to light the skies- What a disgusting lie!





Regarding the US and Kurds allowing ISIS to leave Raqqa ahead of their  civilian slaughter..

I covered that free pass in three posts- all accessible here

What I’d like you all to read are these words from a Russian general regarding the US/Kurdish militias allowing, encouraging, aiding and abetting the free passage of so called ISIS from Raqqa

bhadrakumar
Diplomats dissimulate, journalists exaggerate, politicians waffle, but an army general has no reason to obfuscate the stark ground reality. Therefore, the rare remarks by the commander of Russian forces in Syria, General Sergey Surovikin, merit great attention.Excerpts are reproduced below:

    "The US-led coalition lets militants of the Islamic State terrorist group leave Raqqa instead of killing them… The US-led coalition enters into collusion with ringleaders of the ISIS, who give up their settlements without fighting and head to the provinces where the Syrian government forces are active… The Russian force in Syria sees in the Raqqa area militants leaving the city and its suburbs unhindered. In early June, ISIS terrorists left the populated localities 19 kilometers southwest of Raqqa offering no resistance and headed toward Palmyra.

    The Americans are using ISIS to robustly block the movement of government troops… The aviation of the US-led coalition is impeding the struggle of Syrian government forces against terrorists… They have blocked the way of government forces, who are eliminating ISIS militants and setting up border posts along the border with Iraq to the north-east of Al-Tanf"

If you want excuses and justifications for why the US and their Kurdish partners allowed ISIS a free pass, go read elsewhere. I'm not making or giving any excuses to obfuscate their collusion!

 The US and their Kurdish minions allowed their partner in all manner of crimes ISIS to leave freely- they helped them pass to safety before the US rained hellfire on the civilians of Raqqa.

I repeat that which has been said an untold number of times here, by me. ISIS/Kurds are on the same team. They fulfill different roles. But their end game is the same as the one the US and company have- Remaking the entire region.

Finally:

Syria's Displaced Arabs Join Forces To Retake Lands from PKK/YPG

 YPG/PKK to Move on Raqqa- Tribulation for Civilians to Follow

Anger and disgust are with me today