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Christoph Hörstel to the Syrian People: We want to apologize!

Christoph Hörstel, Federal Chairman of the new political force in Germany: The “German Center” offers his respectful greetings to President Bashar al-Assad, the legitimate president of the Syrian Arabic Republic and to the dear Syrian people.  He expresses feelings of friendship, peace, and hope towards the Syrian people.
Hörstel offers friendly help, together with friends in Russia and Iran, to promote peace in Syria and in the region as a whole, to pave the way for the reconstruction of Syria to help millions of refugees to return home in safety, security, well-being, and dignity


U.S. Crimes in Syria Can Only be Stopped by Fear of Responsibility

by Anna Jaunger, for The International Reporter: 

At the background of the previous incidents, the development of the current situation in Syria has taken a different turn. The U.S. is extremely concerned about the decisive steps of the Syria’s allies regarding the criminal actions of the Western coalition

Considering Russia’s decision to suspend cooperation with the U.S. within the framework of a memorandum on preventing air incidents in Syria, Washington redeployed its aircraft to the northeast of Syria. Besides, basing on the data from the latest reports, it becomes obvious that the Coalition Air Force doesn’t cross the line (west of the Euphrates River) beyond which its aircraft will become the targets for the Russian land and air anti-aircraft defense.

It also will be appropriate to remind about Australia, whose Ministry of Defense on Tuesday suspended its air strikes against ISIS targets in Syria.

According to Micah Zenko, a senior fellow with the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations, nowadays, the Coalition Command is more than ever afraid of responsibility for its actions. In his article published in The New York Times, Zenko stressed that the Pentagon was in a political impasse.

Such mention is also shared by Nation Interest. Particularly, the journal reports that if the current U.S. administration continues to conduct its foreign policy towards Syria, Washington will be foredoomed to failure.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has also acknowledged the fact that the Coalition Command was extremely concerned about the current situation in Syria. According to Reuters, May called on all parties, fighting terrorism in the country, to coordinate their actions in order to “reduce the level of tensions.”

In this regard, a natural question arises: why the U.S.-led Coalition didn’t think about coordinating its actions in Syria before? It also should be mentioned about numerous civilian casualties. According to Airwars monitoring organization, 4,000 civilians have been killed since the beginning of the ‘counter-terrorist’ operation in Syria and Iraq

Nowadays, Washington faces a dilemma – to refuse its aggressive policy towards Syria and the Middle East, or continue to risk the lives of the Coalition’s servicemen, who are fighting for the vested interests of politicians.


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New Chemical Attack In Syria Crosses “Red Line”

by Brandon Turberville, Activist Post: 

Throughout 2017, the United States has continued its race to become the most hypocritical nation on the face of the earth by continuing not only to violate basic principles of respect for human life and international law but also its own “red lines.” Despite Obama’s grandstanding over “red lines” and chemical weapons and Trump’s bloviating and subsequent war crimes surrounding “chemical weapons” and “beautiful babies,” the United States has committed what amounts to its own chemical attack on the Syrian and Iraqi people.

Although not specifically considered a “chemical weapon” in the traditional sense, white phosphorous is, in effect, a chemical agent. It is used largely for its smoke screening purposes but there is also a psychological element since contact with white phosphorous results in excruciatingly painful deep first, second, and third degree burns.

The use of white phosphorous over heavily populated civilian areas is prohibited under international law. In fact, white phosphorous is only allowed if the agent is being used for the purposes of masking or camouflage. If being used as a weapon, it is banned as a chemical weapon under the Chemical Weapons Convention. International law, however, has never gotten in the way of America’s goals and, for that reason, the U.S. has used the chemical repeatedly in both Iraq and Syria for some time.

But while little evidence has been produced demonstrating any harm to civilians from use of the chemical by the U.S., it is important to point out that the city of Mosul, Iraq is indeed a densely populated area and also one in which the U.S. has used white phosphorous. Indeed, Western media reports have also stated that Raqqa, despite being controlled by ISIS, is heavily populated with civilians who were not allowed to leave by Western-backed terrorists.

For the record, a New Zealand coalition general has finally admitted to the use of the chemical munitions in Iraq and Syria, marking the first time the potential war crime has been openly acknowledged.

As Meeran Karim of Slate reported,

A New Zealand army general on Wednesday confirmed that coalition forces fighting ISIS have used the controversial chemical white phosphorus in the Iraqi city of Mosul. The revelation comes after the Human Rights Watch issued a news release this week criticizing the U.S.-led coalition for deploying the incendiary in populated areas of Syria and Iraq.*

“White phosphorus fragments can exacerbate wounds even after treatment and can enter the bloodstream and cause multiple organ failure. Already dressed wounds can reignite when dressings are removed and they are re-exposed to oxygen,” the release states.

HRW’s arms director Steve Goose said Wednesday, “Horrific civilian harm from previous use of white phosphorus has generated public outrage and this latest use of white phosphorus underscores the urgent need for states to strengthen international law relating to incendiary weapons.” In spite of these allegations, HRW was not able to independently verify that the use of the incendiary chemical has resulted in any civilian casualties on the ground in Syria or Iraq.

The chemical is not banned under international law, and its permitted use in war is tied to conditions that limits its risks to harm civilians. It is worth noting that Mosul is a relatively densely populated area, making it an area where casualties from chemical burns could be catastrophic.

Shortly after HRW’s statements, New Zealand Brig. Gen. Hugh McAslan told NPR on Wednesday that the chemical was used to create a smokescreen that helped civilians safely evacuate volatile areas in Mosul earlier this year. This is the first time that any member of the coalition acknowledged the use of white phosphorus in Iraq or Syria. McAslan estimated that 28,000 civilians have managed to make the dangerous crossing out of Islamic State territory in the past few days alone.

Online videos surfaced on Thursday showing bursts of white phosphorous munitions at night over the Syrian city of Raqqa, where coalition forces are fighting ISIS militants. The source of the footage is a group called Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently; the content of the footage has not yet been independently verified. Amnesty International says that while it is not able to vouch for the video’s credibility, the use of white phosphorous in Raqqa could potentially be a war crime.

What is surprising is not the fact that the U.S. would commit a war crime or even that it would admit to doing so but that the mainstream media would actually cover the crime, and the discredited Human Rights Watch organization that has supported terrorists and heavily promoted war for at least the last six years would dare criticize it.

Anne Barnard of the New York Times added,

It has not been determined whether the shells that appeared to contain white phosphorus landed in populated areas, but tens of thousands of civilians are believed to still be in Raqqa, even as many Islamic State leaders have fled south to Mayadeen in Deir al-Zour Province. Unicef, the United Nations Children’s Fund, warned that 40,000 children are believed to be trapped in the city.

Residents said that most of the Islamic State fighters left in Raqqa were local recruits, along with some foreign fighters, and that the most experienced commanders and fighters having decamped.

Funny enough, when the Syrian or Russian military bombs areas near Raqqa, the United States and its harpies in the NGO and media communities can’t shout loud enough that the target areas are heavily populated with civilians.

Regardless, it is clear to just about everyone that the United States has once again committed a crime against humanity by prosecuting its illegal war in Syria in support of terrorist forces in order to overthrow the Syrian government. In the process, it has actually managed to cross its own much-publicized “red line” in Syria.

Brandon Turbeville – article archive here – is the author of seven books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 andvolume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President, and Resisting The Empire: The Plan To Destroy Syria And How The Future Of The World Depends On The Outcome. Turbeville has published over 1000 articles on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s radio show Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST atUCYTV. His website is BrandonTurbeville.com He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.

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