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How Bamboozled the American Public Are About Syria

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Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Responses at reddit.com to an article about Syria demonstrate that Americans have massive misconceptions about the war in Syria.  Their main falsehoods will be quoted here (from that reddit string), and then the relevant solidly ...

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Video: Syrian talks paused ‘in part’ because of Russia, US State Dept claims

Washington has accused Russia of being “in part” a reason for the temporary halting of the Syrian peace talks, muddling the official UN statement in order to … Via Youtube

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Video: ‘Dam is going to burst’: Jordan seeks help to handle 1.3 mln Syrian refugees

Turkey claims the two million refugees that it currently accommodates is too much for the country. But there’s another nation in the region also struggling under … Via Youtube

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Video: Turkey might be gearing up for invasion of Syria – Russian Defense Ministry

Developments on the Turkish-Syrian border give serious grounds to suspect that Ankara is planning a military invasion in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry … Via Youtube

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Video: UK considers sending 1,000 troops to Libya against ISIS

Britain is apparently considering sending a thousand more troops to Libya to boost forces fighting Islamic State. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube

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Video: Pentagon lists Russia as top global threat, seeks fourfold boost in defense budget

The Pentagon chief Ashton Carter has announced a four-fold increase in the US’s defence budget for Europe – citing Russian aggression as the main reason. Via Youtube

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Video: Combat footage: Syrian Army breaks 3-year siege of 2 Shia villages in Aleppo

Syrian Amy units have broken a siege imposed by terrorist organizations in the towns of Nubbul and al-Zahraa, local media report. The siege is said to have … Via Youtube

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Video: What is more awesome than husky dogs? Huskies training with Russia’s Northern fleet!

The Russian Ministry of Defense has released footage showing the Arctic Motorized Brigade of the Northern Fleet training with reindeer and huskies near a … Via Youtube

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Video: ‘Operation Winter Storm’: Drone buzzes over reenactment of iconic WW2 battle

The battle between Soviet & German troops known as ‘Operation Winter Storm’ was reenacted near the Russian city of Volgograd, marking its 73rd anniversary. Via Youtube

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How Corruption Cripples America’s Military

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Eric Zuesse America’s military budget is roughly 7.2 times that of Russia ($610 billion compared to $84.5 billion), but even Western news-accounts are saying that the weaponry produced in Russia is superior overall to the weaponry produced in the United ...

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Video: Combat Cam: Russian Air Force targets militants’ command center, oil depots

Russian Air Forces carried out numerous attacks on ISIS militants’ strong point and command center with developed infrastructure in mountainous area in … Via Youtube

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Video: Turkey moves border into Syrian area, builds bulwarks, local Kurds claim

The Kurdish minority in northern Syria say Turkey is attempting to extend its border into Syrian territory. They sent us video which, they claim, shows Turkish … Via Youtube

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Video: Palestine unveils its first homemade tank ‘prepared for day of confrontation’

Militants of political group Hamas which governs Gaza have presented first Palestinian own-made tank. The tank was shown at the memorial service for … Via Youtube

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Video: Heavy Rain Training: Chinese snipers show off firing skills

Chinese snipers receive hard training in heavy rain RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube

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Video: A traitor? Israeli woman punished for refusing to ‘serve occupation’

Israel is seeing a strong and divided reaction to the release of a woman who refused to serve in the army, as she protested against the government’s policy of … Via Youtube

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Video: ‘Mixed signals’: US may re-launch military action in Libya

The US congress is considering a resolution allowing Obama to use all means necessary in the Libyan conflict. However, the strategy is still unclear. Via Youtube

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Video: ‘Rebels still want Assad out’: Key Syrian opposition committee won’t attend Geneva

Top world diplomats hope to make progress on a Syria peace plan at a meeting in Geneva. The talks are due to start today – though the key Saudi – backed … Via Youtube

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Video: ‘West can’t live without enemies’: Swedish general warns of ‘upcoming war’

In a few years Sweden may be engaged in a war with a “qualified opponent” after two centuries of peace, a senior Swedish commander has told soldiers in an … Via Youtube

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An American Big Lie About ‘Terrorism’

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Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Micah Zenko is a blogger who posts on a main site of America’s foreign-policy establishment, the Council on Foreign Relations, and he posted there on January 6th, “How Many Bombs Did the United States ...

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Video: CrossTalk on Syria: US – Russia standoff

We are told the Syrian peace talks will proceed as scheduled. At the same time, Vice President Joe Biden says U.S. is ready to impose a military solution in Syria … Via Youtube

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U.S. & Allies Make bin Laden Admirer a Negotiator in Syria Peace Talks

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Eric Zuesse On January 25th, which was the date when peace talks on Syria were to start, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry insisted that the organization founded by Osama bin Laden admirer, Zahran Alloush, represent the anti-Assad forces in the upcoming ...

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Video: ‘Military Solution’: If peace process in Syria fails US ‘ready’ for intervention

The US vice-president has said that Washington is ready for a military solution in Syria – if the peace process falls through. Read More: http://on.rt.com/72ka RT … Via Youtube

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Video: Ruins & Rubble: Hazy prospects for rebuilding Homs, Syria

With no end in sight for the war in Syria, pictures of total devastation can be seen throughout the country. We can show you exclusive drone footage from the … Via Youtube

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Video: Sales Skyrocket: UK missile exports to Saudis hit 11,000% amid Yemen campaign

The UK’s arms supplies to Saudi Arabia have been surging to unprecedented levels. In recent months, missile sales alone have skyrocketed by an … Via Youtube

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Video: US reportedly rebuilds airbase in Syria without Damascus ‘yes’

Russia may soon no longer be the only foreign force operating from a base inside Syria. According to some media reports, it’s claimed US specialists are … Via Youtube

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Video: Army repressing Palestinians – Israeli girl refuses to enlist, gains widespread support

A 19-yo Israeli girl has refused compulsory military service after working for a year with Palestinian children from Gaza. Her decision cost her 20 days in prison … Via Youtube

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Video: Combat cam: Russian Air Force kills 60 militants in Deir ez-Zor

The Russian Air Force in Syria has eliminated 60 Islamic State militants in eastern Deir ez-Zor province, the Defense Ministry reported. Several days ago mass … Via Youtube

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Video: Live Fire: China holds sweeping military drills across the country

Thousands of soldiers from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) maneuvered across seven provinces with various types of combat equipment to conduct … Via Youtube

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A Balanced View of the Obama Presidency

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Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Barack Obama’s Presidency turns out to have been what neither his supporters nor his opponents expected. A balanced historical view of his performance in office will take a long time to develop, but enough ...

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Video: Turkey detains 12 academics for petition against anti-Kurdish military campaign

Turkey has arrested 12 academics for signing a declaration denouncing Ankara’s military operations against Kurdish militants. The move comes after more than … Via Youtube

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Obama-Appointed Head of Ukraine Seems to Have Been Ousted

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Eric Zuesse Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the banker whom, on 4 February 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama’s Assistant Secretary of State for European & Eurasian Affairs instructed the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine to lead Ukraine after the planned coup would be over (which occurred 18 days later), ...

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Video: Syria aid drop: 1st Russian air force humanitarian mission

Russian jets deliver humanitarian aid to Syria near Deir ez-Zor using Russian parachute systems. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube

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Video: Power Struggle: Infighting makes it difficult to stop ISIS in Libya

As Islamic State loses ground in Syria and Iraq, it’s intensifying efforts in Libya. The jihadists’ growing presence there has sparked concerns among U.S. … Via Youtube

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Video: First Footage: Moment of US sailors detained by Iran

A video released by Iran shows the moment 10 US sailors were taken into custody as their boats crossed into the country’s waters on Tuesday, and their … Via Youtube

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Video: UK govt accused of selling weapons to Saudis, admits helping choose targets in Yemen

The British government has admitted that its military is helping choose targets for the Saudi-led coalition’s air strikes in Yemen. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air … Via Youtube

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Video: ‘Breach of sovereignty’: US apologizes for intrusion into Iran waters

Tehran has reportedly released 10 US sailors seized after straying into Iranian waters in the Persian Gulf. RT’s Paula Slier has more. For more insight into this, … Via Youtube

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Video: Snowy Combat: Chinese marines conduct ‘confrontational’ drills

Chinese Navy marines conduct ‘confrontation’ drill in Xinjiang RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube

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Video: Starving Syrians: Aid trucks to enter besieged Madaya (EXCLUSIVE)

The first humanitarian convoys, carrying water, rice and flour, have reportedly reached the besieged town of Madaya in southern Syria, where people are dying … Via Youtube

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Video: RAW: First footage from starving Madaya, civilians flee besieged Syrian town

The first humanitarian convoys, carrying water, rice and flour, have reportedly reached the besieged town of Madaya in southern Syria, where people are dying … Via Youtube

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Video: RAW: Iranian vessels fire rockets in Strait of Hormuz — US Navy

The US Navy has released a video showing Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels fire rockets in the Strait of Hormuz in response to a Freedom of Information Act … Via Youtube

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America’s Subservience to the Saud Family

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Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The Saud royal family are by far the world’s largest buyers of U.S. weapons. The King of Saudi Arabia is by far the world’s richest person, with a net worth well over a trillion ...

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Video: Gunmen open fire at hotel in Egyptian resort of Hurghada

Three armed men have reportedly stormed a hotel in the Red Sea city of Hurghada, one of Egypt’s most popular tourist resorts. Read More: http://on.rt.com/71bm … Via Youtube

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How America’s Corrupt Press Are Destroying the Country

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Eric Zuesse Even the best of America’s major mainstream and alternative-news media understate enormously the degree to which America’s government is corrupt; and, as a result, the public end up voting for corrupt politicians such as George W. Bush and ...

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The Sauds’ Impunity

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Eric Zuesse No matter how bad the fundamentalist Sunni-Islamic Saud royal family are, America’s government still supports them and condemns the countries that the Sauds hate: those are the Shia-led nations of Iran and of Syria. All jihadist terrorism is ...

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Video: Air Defense: Military conducts drills in northwest China

An artillery regiment of the 21st Group Army under the People’s Liberation Army Lanzhou Military Area Command conducted an air defense drill in northwest … Via Youtube

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America’s Now-Aggressive War Against Russia

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Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org America’s aristocracy is determined to take over Russia. Ever since the end of the Soviet Union and of its communism, the Cold War has become replaced by an increasingly hot war in which the U.S. ...

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Video: Putin’s New Year Address 2016: Grateful to all those defending Russia

President Putin has addressed the Russian nation, congratulating the people on a hard but fruitful year. Grateful for all those servicemen and women for … Via Youtube

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Video: Drone Strikes: Iraqi military targets ISIS hideouts

Iraq’s Ministry of Defense (MOD) released footage, which it said showed drone airstrikes carried out against Islamic State group militants and their hideouts. Via Youtube

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Video: Kurdish cooperation against ISIS vital: Iraqi PM visits retaken Ramadi

Iraq Deputy PM said that taking on ISIL in Mosul will demand full commitment from all sides, but will be impossible without the involvement of Kurdish forces. Via Youtube

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Video: Kurdish Crackdown: Thousands protest against Turkey curfews

Turkish police have dispersed thousands of Kurdish protesters in Diyarbakir, Turkey’s biggest Kurdish town, who demanded an end to curfews imposed less … Via Youtube

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The Origin of Jihadism

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Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The origin of jihadism is prohibited from being reported truthfully – this truth is prohibited by all of the Establishment ‘press,’ including almost all ‘alternative news’ sites – in the West, because it challenges ...

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Video: RAW: Syrian army regains control of key city of Daraa

Syrian army forces managed to enter the city off Daraa, taking it back from Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra front militants. COURTESY: RT’s RUPTLY video agency, … Via Youtube

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Video: Situation Uncertain: US aid money to flow into Iraq after Ramadi liberated

The Iraqi army has recaptured the city of Ramadi from Islamic State – after a week-long operation. Soldiers raised the national flag in the city center. Washington … Via Youtube

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Video: ‘A game of cards’: Seymour Hersh nails Obama & Kerry’s take on Assad

RT Correspondent Anya Parampil talks with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh about his latest bombshell piece in the London Review of Books. Via Youtube

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Video: RAW: Iraqi forces clearing ISIS fallen stronghold Ramadi

Iraqi forces have seized the government complex in the center of Ramadi — Islamic State’s last stronghold in the western city, a military spokesman told Reuters. Via Youtube

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Video: Christmas in Damascus: Christians, Muslims join to celebrate

Syria has endured another year of devastating civil war and strife. However, thousands of civilians in Damascus have been trying to live as normal a life as … Via Youtube

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Russia Counts 12,000 Turkey-Bound Oil Trucks from Iraq & Syria

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Requests U.S. Assistance to Bomb Them; U.S. Again Says No. How the Public Get Suckered by ‘News’ Media Ignoring Reality Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org According to Russian Television on December 25th, Russian intelligence has counted “up to 12,000” tanker ...

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Video: India to buy Russian S-400 & warships in $7bn deal

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two-day visit to Moscow, has announced a large-scale development program for the country’s armed forces, … Via Youtube

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Video: Ruins & Underground tunnels: Exclusive footage from destroyed Jobar, Damascus

The Jobar neighborhood of Damascus is the epicenter of some of the fiercest fighting in Syria with Islamist rebels refusing to give up their only stronghold. Via Youtube

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Video: Amnesty’s report on Russian ops in Syria groundless, written ‘remotely’ – MoD

Russia’s Defence Ministry has slammed a damning Amnesty International report, calling it “groundless”. The human rights group claims Russia’s bombing … Via Youtube

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Video: ISIS unveils ‘Islamic police’: Masked gunmen patrol streets, direct traffic in Libyan Sirte

ISIS has released a video reportedly showing the presence of its own police force in Libya. It shows the so-called “Islamic Police” dressed in uniforms and … Via Youtube

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Video: Taliban launches offensive, regains control of key points in biggest Afghan province

The Afghan government has suffered a major setback, after Taliban fighters took control of key locations in the South of the country. That’s amid reports the UK … Via Youtube

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Video: US Navy accused of covering up abuse, tortures of Afghan detainees

Though several US soldiers accused a SEAL team of beating and waterboarding Afghan men detained after a checkpoint bombing, their commanding officer … Via Youtube

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Video: RAW: Iraqi army launches offensive to recapture Ramadi from ISIS

The Iraqi Army launched an assault to recapture the city of Ramadi from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). Tanks, artillery and mortars were deployed as part … Via Youtube

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“Support the Troops” = Support Sexual Assaults

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Chris Ernesto (RINF) – The epidemic of rape and sexual assault in the military was highlighted in the 2012 Oscar nominated documentary, The Invisible War. In the film, victims recounted their stories of abuse (by superiors and fellow enlisted personnel) ...

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Is the EU Breaking Up? Sanctions Against Russia Are Extended.

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Eric Zuesse Not only is there dissension within the European Union on account of the Polish President of the European Commission’s having rammed through on December 21st an extension of economic sanctions against Russia, but on the same day, the ...

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Video: ‘ISIS stole sarin gas from Libya stores & already used it’ – Gaddafi’s cousin

Islamic State in Libya has apparently obtained the nerve agent, sarin – which is a weapon of mass destruction. Akhmed Gaddafi al-Dam, the cousin of the late … Via Youtube

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Video: Western media use Russian strikes footage to show US bombings in Syria – MoD

Western media often use videos from Russia’s anti-terror campaign in Syria to depict airstrikes by the US-led coalition. This is due to the coalition’s reluctance to … Via Youtube

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Video: Russia shows its flagship cruiser, S400 missile system in Syria to foreign media

The Russian Defense Ministry invited journalists to the guided missile cruiser Moskva deployed to Syria’s port of Latakia and demonstrated the advanced S-400 … Via Youtube

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Video: Taliban lifts head in Afghanistan while Kerry promises positive change

Afghanistan’s security deteriorated in the second half of 2015, with an increasing number of Taliban attacks and higher casualties among Afghan forces, … Via Youtube

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Video: First shots of Syrian airbase retaken by govt military from rebel groups

The Syrian military recaptured the Marj al-Sultan airbase close to Damascus from rebel groups that controlled it since November 2012. The footage shows … Via Youtube

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U.S. Ends Its Opposition to Democracy in Syria

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Eric Zuesse For the first time today (December 15th), the United States has publicly and officially accepted the position that Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon have consistently held on the Syrian situation: that only a ...

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Video: RAW: Dogs go through parachute training for Colombia military

Colombia military are training dogs for search and rescue work. The dogs go through parachute training and combat training along with search and rescue … Via Youtube

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Video: FSA Support: Russia launches 40 airstrikes daily to aide Syrian opposition fighting terrorism

Warplanes of the Russian task force in Syria deliver 30 to 40 airstrikes daily in support of the Free Syrian Army, the General Staff reports. Some 5000 FSA troops … Via Youtube

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Video: ‘US doesn’t understand what it’s doing in Syria’ — CIA Veteran

The skies above Syria are crowded with military planes from various nations. However, the non-stop bombardment of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) seems … Via Youtube

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Merkel Under Pressure: EU Countries Resisting Russia Sanctions

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http://deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten.de/2015/12/14/merkel-unter-druck-eu-staaten-leisten-widerstand-gegen-russland-sanktionen/ Merkel Under Pressure: EU Countries Resisting Russia Sanctions German Economic News, translation by Eric Zuesse  |  Published:14:12:15 13:15 Clock The EU is in the surprising situation of needing to deal, at its upcoming summit meeting at the end of this week, with ...

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U.S. May Be Salvaging Victory for Jihadists: How & Why

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Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org According to Britain’s Telegraph, in a recent report, the U.S. Tow antitank missiles that U.S. President Barack Obama sent in October to the Islamic Sunni fighters in Syria to use against the forces of the ...

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Russia Losing Its Battle Against Jihadists in Syria

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Eric Zuesse According to Russia’s Defense Minister on Friday December 11th, Russia had underestimated the jihadist forces in Syria when it entered the war against them on September 30th. Whereas at that time the estimated number of jihadists fighting there was 30,000, ...

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Video: Future of Okinawa: US base, Disneyland or something else instead?

The Japanese island of Okinawa seeks to turn a key American airbase into Disneyland, in an attempt to end a row over the US military’s presence. 70% of US … Via Youtube

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Video: ‘No American boots in Syria’ failed: US go on sending troops to Iraq & Syria

US is preparing to send more troops to help the fight against ISIS. But dozens of US troops have been already sent to Syria. Thousands are already in Iraq. Via Youtube

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Video: Syrian rebels leave Homs following truce deal

Hundreds of Syrian civilians and anti-Assad rebels have begun leaving the last district they control in the city of Homs, under a ceasefire deal recently reached … Via Youtube

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Video: CrossTalk: Syrian chessboard

Recent claims that the US bombed a Syrian military installation may be a telling example of how Washington and its allies intend to escalate their war on the … Via Youtube

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Video: Hopefully, no nukes needed in fight against ISIS — Putin

The downing of a Russian Sukhoi bomber by the Turkish Air Force was sufficient reason to start a war, but Moscow chose not to respond symmetrically, says … Via Youtube

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Video: Unidentified jets attacked Syrian army, US-led coalition suspected – Russia MoD

Four Western coalition warplanes were spotted over the Deir az-Zor area in Syria on December 6, when a Syrian Army camp came under attack. No Russian … Via Youtube

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Video: ISIS Oil Empire: ‘It’s not smugglers with donkeys, it’s huge business with Turkey main conduit’

Amid a discord in relations over a serious violation of Iraq’s sovereignty by Turkey’s deployment of ground troops, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi accused … Via Youtube

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Video: Syria Strikes: US-led coalition bombing allegedly kills 26 civilians

Another suspected US-led coalition air-strike in Syria is feared to have killed 26 civilians including children. The unconfirmed reports come from a monitoring … Via Youtube

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Video: Amnesty slams US & allies for weapons falling into ISIS’ hands

Islamic State’s campaign of terror in Iraq and Syria is being aided by the weapons indirectly supplied by the very countries trying to fight them, with the US-led … Via Youtube

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Video: Helping you to #QuestionMore: How RT predicted where Syrian crisis would go

As RT continues to look back at the major events of the last decade, we help you to #QuestionMore by looking at the Syrian crisis and the West’s failure to pick … Via Youtube

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Video: ‘Turkey gets impunity for whatever it does’: Turkish troops deployed in N. Iraq

The Arab League has condemned deployment of Turkish troops in northern Iraq, saying it amounts to “an intervention.” Iraq has demanded that Ankara … Via Youtube

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Ukraine’s Nazi Government Tries to Sell Stolen Art

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Eric Zuesse On December 7th, the Netherlands Times headlined “Ukrainian Secret Service Accused of Trading in Stolen Dutch Paintings,” and Janene Pieters reported that, “Members of the Ukrainian secret service SBU played a role in trying to trade the paintings stolen from the ...

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Video: War Game: China holds military drill at Gulf of Aden

Chinese navy engages in military drill at Gulf of Aden. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube

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Official of U.S.-Backed Syrian ‘Moderates’ Calls for ‘Exterminating’ Shiites

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Eric Zuesse Yemen’s independent Al Masdar News headlines on Monday December 7th, “U.S. Backed Syrian Opposition Official Calls for the Extermination of Alawites,” and Leith Fadel reports that: A prominent official from the U.S. backed Syrian Opposition has called for the extermination of Alawite [Syrian ...

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Video: US deploys special forces to boost fight against ISIS in Iraq, Syria

The US is set to deploy an expeditionary target force to help Iraq put additional pressure on Islamic State, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said. The special forces … Via Youtube

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Imprisoned Al Qaeda Fighters Freed by U.S. Allies to Rejoin Fight Against Assad

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Eric Zuesse Some of the world’s top Al Qaeda operatives were freed from a Lebanese prison on Tuesday December 1st, to rejoin the U.S.-led war against Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. America’s anti-Assad ally, Qatar, the chief financiers of the Muslim Brotherhood, negotiated with ...

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Thankfully, Russian Leaders are Rational

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Chris Ernesto (RINF) – Can you imagine what the United States would do if Turkey – a country that has supported ISIS – shot down an American fighter jet and then executed a U.S. soldier? And then the president of ...

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Video: Russian S-400 defense missile system deployed in Syria

The Russian Air Force base in Latakia will be reinforced with S-400 SAM system. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube

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Video: ‘Nord Body’: Armored vest specially designed for dogs

A St. Petersburg-based Scientific Production Association of Special Materials (NPO) released an armored jacket specially designed for dogs. The canine … Via Youtube

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Video: ‘How did it happen in real life?’ Russian pilot’s first interview after surviving Su-24 crash

No warnings from Turkish jets before attack, missile hit unexpectedly in the tail of the bomber, says Russian Su-24 rescued pilot, who gave first interview at … Via Youtube

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America’s Awesome Corruption – Especially in the Military

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Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org On November 16th, the great journalist on international strategic and military issues, F. William Engdahl, headlined at journal-neo, “Do We Really Want a New World War With Russia?” and he documented that, with military expenditures one-tenth ...

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Video: UK, France, Canada hunt ‘Russian sub’ off Scotland, no trace yet

Britain has once again been forced to call in foreign help after it says it spotted a Russian submarine off the west coast of Scotland. Despite the presence of … Via Youtube

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