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What War on Terror? Obama Admin Doesn’t Want Russia to Bomb Al-Nusra aka Al-Qaeda’s Affiliate in Syria

The headline from ABC News over the weekend said it all: “US Asks Russia to Not Hit Nusra Front in Syria, Moscow Says“. Even with the caveat ‘Moscow says’, the absurdity of the United States government claiming to be waging a forever ‘war on terror’ against Al-Qaeda the organization that supposedly masterminded the 9/11 terrorist attacks while insisting that Russia not bomb AQ’s franchise in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra, is now evident to the entire sentient world. So too, is the fundamentally fraudulent nature of the ‘war on terror’, which will enter its fifteenth year this September 11th and which features young men who were toddlers when the World Trade Center towers were hit enlisting in the Marines or the U.S. Army to potentially fight in Afghanistan or ‘Syraq’.

Washington to Moscow: Pleeeeease Don’t Bomb Our Al-Qaeda Boys in Syria

As the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity’s Daniel McAdams writes:


The Associated Press is reporting this afternoon that the Obama Administration has requested that the Russians cease and desist from bombing al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front in Syria because Washington’s “moderate” rebels are fighting together with al-Qaeda in Syria and any attack on al-Qaeda could kill Washington’s “moderates.”

The Obama Administration thus continues with the fiction that there are completely separate, vetted, moderate rebels who are dedicated to creating an inclusive, multi-cultural and multi-confessional, secular, and democratic Syria as soon as both ISIS and the Assad government are defeated.

The fiction is repeated constantly, in the manner of all state propaganda, by straight-faced US White House and State Department spokespersons. “Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?” is the order of the day.

Washington admits that its moderates are training with, integrated with, sharing weapons with, and fighting alongside affiliates of those who attacked the US on 9/11 and no one had better dare to attack al-Qaeda lest they harm these moderates.

Hosting Terrorist Spokesmen: Washington’s Soft Spot for Ahrar-al-Sham


The Russians are unlikely to heed the State Department’s pleas not to bomb Jabhat al-Nusra lest Moscow’s ordinance kill and destroy other terror groups that have allied with JaN on the Syrian battlefield including Ahrar-al-Sham. RogueMoney readers recall that two weeks ago McClatchy reported, and we commented on, the visit by a spokesman for the Qatari-funded terror group to Washington D.C. Speaking on the Alex Jones show, veteran independent investigative journalist and former Navy/NSA analyst Wayne Madsen highlighted the visit as an example of Washington’s hypocrisy and tacit if not stated support for jihadist terrorism.

According to Madsen, the U.S. State Department and Homeland Security wouldn’t admit Muslim British musician Cat Stevens to the U.S. after 9/11, but Labib al Nahhas, a spokesman for a terror group that fights shoulder to shoulder with Al-Qaeda and provides them materiel support under any definition of the USA Patriot Act, was hosted in November by Washington by Turkish/GCC funded think tanks. Though neither we nor McClatchy have confirmed the precise think tanks Mr. Nahhas spoke to last year, we strongly suspect these included the the (Turkey/GCC funded) Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the pro-NATO Atlantic Council, and possibly the fanatically pro-Sunni sectarian Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

According to the al-Monitor newspaper, Moscow’s patience with the ceasefire that the Turkish and Saudi backed terrorists have used to re-arm and re-organize for offensives is exhausted. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in particular has had enough of his counterpart, Secretary of State John F. Kerry, using the co-mingling excuse for why the Russians shouldn’t bomb Al-Qaeda in Syria. A fact which interestingly enough, was also admitted by State Department spokesman John Kirby and Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren, especially when the latter said in late April that Jabhat-al-Nusra made up the majority of the rebel fighters in the part of Aleppo that pro-Assad forces don’t control.

Caught Red-Handed: The UN Report That Revealed Extensive Israeli Military Cross Border Fire Support for Jabhat-al-Nusra aka Al-Qaeda Terrorists Fighting the SAA

Meanwhile, as cabinet members for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (or as the Guerrilla affectionately refers to him as, ‘Nuts & Yahoo’) resign one after another, the scandal of Israeli support for Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate is widening. The remarks by now resigned Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon made in recent months that he would rather have Daesh on Israel’s border than Iranian troops only served to highlight ‘old news’ about direct assistance Israeli forces have rendered to IS’ spiritual blood brothers in JaN. Not surprisingly as the battle for Aleppo heats up between JaN and Russian/Iranian backed Syrian loyalists, University of Oklahoma academic Joshua Landis tweeted out this ‘oldie but goodie’ from 2015:


What neocons and Israel-firsters had dismissed as a conspiracy theory or merely medical aid for injured Nusra fighters provided for humanitarian reasons was in fact IDF/IAF aid to Osama bin Laden’s avowed heirs in Syria:

QUNEITRA, Syria — Since the start of the Syrian crisis, the Syrian regime has routinely accused Israel of playing a hidden role, from Qusair in the Homs countryside in May 2013 to the emergence and advances of the southern front in September 2014. UN reports published in December appear to vindicate the regime’s arguments that Israel is involved with the southern rebels.

According to a UN report covering the period from March to May 2014, the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) detected contact between rebels and the Israeli army across the Golan cease-fire line, particularly during fierce clashes between the Syrian army and the rebels. The report also confirmed that the UN forces spotted rebels transporting 89 wounded across the cease-fire line into the Israeli occupied zone, where they were handed over 19 people who had received medical treatment in addition to two dead. The UN forces also noted that the Israeli army delivered two boxes to rebels on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.

Communications increased between rebels and the Israeli army before the eruption of the southern front in Daraa and Quneitra in September, according to Quneitra opposition activist Mohammad Qasim, a pseudonym due to the sensitivity of the subject.

Qasim, who was active in a support capacity to the rebels during the September offensive, told Al-Monitor via Skype, “The battle to capture Quneitra on Sept. 27 was preceded by coordination and communications between Abu Dardaa, a leader of Jabhat al-Nusra, and the Israeli army to pave the way for the attack. And according to an FSA commander who partly participated in this battle, the Israeli army provided Abu Dardaa with maps of the border area and the Syrian army’s strategic posts in the southern area.”

The rebels’ battle, led by al-Qaeda’s affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, to control the Quneitra crossing took place in coordination with the Israeli army through Abu Dardaa, according to Qasim. He added, “During the clashes, the Israelis heavily bombarded many of the regime’s posts, shot down a warplane that was trying to impede the progress of the fighters and targeted other aircraft.”

The media reported that on Sept. 23, Israel downed a MiG-21 Syrian military aircraft over the occupied Golan Heights during the intensification of fighting between rebel fighters led by Jabhat al-Nusra and the Syrian army.

Not only does this example and the ‘better ISIS than Iranians’ statement of Mr. Ya’alon undermine the Jewish State’s longstanding arguments that its a loyal and reliable U.S. ally in the ‘war on terror’, but it also proves when it comes to violating international law and borders (especially those of Syria and Lebanon) Israel takes the cake. The United States after all has spent the last two years accusing Russia of doing in Ukraine precisely what the Israelis have done in Syria, firing across the border at loyalist units and sending masses of weapons and fighters across the frontier. Meanwhile, the Obama Administration has supported its petro-dollar ally Saudi Arabia with intelligence, tanker refueling and a seemingly inexhaustible flow of arms to facilitate Riyadh’s brutal aggression against the poorest country in the Arab world, Yemen.

Who in Washington Doesn’t Want Daesh and Al-Nusra to Be Defeated Too Soon?

Turkey of course has repeatedly committed acts of proxy war aggression and direct artillery fire against the SAA in northern Syria, to little condemnation from the so-called ‘international community’ led by the U.S., even after the Turks ambushed a Russian jet flying inside Syrian air space that may have only veered into Turkey for seconds. Despite the recent anniversary of the MV Mavi Marmara incident, in which activists sponsored by the Muslim Brotherhood aligned Turkish government attacked Israeli naval commandos raiding the vessel off the coast of Gaza in 2010, Jerusalem’s relations with Ankara appear to be on the upswing.

Having failed to topple Assad through five years of hybrid war, Tel Aviv is now turning to the idea of pumping natural gas from its offshore Leviathian field to Europe along the Mediterranean coast via Turkey, bypassing the Russian-held portion of Syrian Latakia. Such plans along with doubling down on support for Nusra to keep the SAA, the Russians and Iranians bogged down in a forever war may continue indefinitely — unless the anti-Netanyahu faction in Israel that includes former Mossad chief Meir Degan can muster enough votes in the Knesset to oust Bibi. Or at least slow down his pro-Sunni jihadist, support any terrorist SOB (including covertly, Daesh) against Iran policy. Which happens to be counterproductive to Israel’s aspirations to participate in the New Silk Road and maintain cordial ties with Moscow.

For now what’s clear is that Jabhat-al-Nusra is attempting an offensive in Aleppo, which just happens to be drawing precious manpower away from the SAA’s Russian-aided march on Raqqa province — the heart of the so-called Daesh Caliphate in Syria. While last week we wrote optimistically that what Bix Weir and the Guerrilla call ‘the good guys’ might be prevailing inside the Pentagon over the neocon Saudi-firsters and phoney-war on Daesh wagers in the White House, we may have written that part a tad too soon. We balanced our assessment that Daesh was in serious trouble and facing the prospect of being cut-off from its vital Turkish supply lines via the SDF/YPG Kurd advance on Manbij with Pepe “Empire of Chaos” Escobar’s skepticism that the U.S. JSOC offensive represents anything more than a PR move to help Hillary pretend Obama has been ‘tough on ISIS’.


Nonetheless, it would be hard for U.S. Special Special Forces now embedded with the YPG Kurds to merely play patty cake with the Daeshbags and retain the respect of their Kurdish comrades in arms. Later or we think sooner, the charade of bombing empty desert and barely hitting ISIS at all has to end, if only because the Russians via the SAA are making their move for Raqqa.


Russia’s Patience With Washington’s Foot Dragging and Efforts to Exhaust it in Syria is Finished: Multiple Reports Indicate Moscow is Sending More Troops/Jets to the Fight

According to the same Al-Monitor newspaper, Moscow is still in constant contact with Washington about Syria but has grown tired of being humored. If Washington won’t do anything to have Turkey and Saudi Arabia reign in Nusra which is terrorizing civilians in the government-held portion of Aleppo, killing scores and wounding hundreds in the last two weeks with artillery and gas canister bomb rockets, then Moscow will take the gloves (and the cluster munitions) off.

Without stirring a buzz similar to that of their first military intervention in Syria, the Russians this week disembarked ground forces and paratroopers in the port of Tartus to support more than 3,000 Russian volunteers dispatched to the region in the past few weeks, in a bid to revive coordination with the Syrian army.

This represents yet another additional indication that a wide-ranging operation is being prepared. This [operation] may include Raqqa, where the Russians want to have a presence on the ground to rival that of the Americans and Kurds. This may also include the countryside of Aleppo, where the Iranians are pushing for a major operation aimed to cut supply routes open to the east and retake the village of Khan Tuman, where [Iran] suffered a major setback.

In that regard, Syrian sources stated that the Russian joint command staff, which coordinated aerial support operations last fall, had returned to the Hmeimim military base in Latakia province to begin preparations for new operations.



So far there are indications that TU-142 long range ‘Bear’ bombers, Tupolev electronic surveillance aircraft, and TU-22 ‘Backfires’ are returning to the skies over Syria. The RuAF contigent of SU-34s is also pummeling the jihadists in the south Aleppo countryside, particularly at night. Finally, the Russians are providing air support for a risky gambit, involving the Syrian Arab Army making an armored ‘thunder run’ push toward Raqqa. An offensive on this narrow of an axis is a gamble, because Daesh is certain to attack the highway and supply lines to the advancing SAA troops rather than directly confront their armored spearhead led by ATGM-resistant T-90 MBTs.


According to the pro-Assad al-Masdar News as well as the anti-Assad Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (one guy living in Coventry, UK who hasn’t been to Syria in many years cited by Reuters and other MSM), the SAA’s Desert Hawks brigade is inside Raqqa province, headed for a key air base southwest of Raqqa. Naturally, such an advance would not be possible by the short-handed SAA without serious Russian air support provided by Moscow’s forward air controllers embedded with the Desert Hawks, just as the YPG would not be marching on Manjib without American Green Berets and F/18s from the USS Harry S. Truman dropping bombs.



Nonetheless, if the SAA can secure the strategic al-Taqba air base and more importantly, defend it against Daesh rocket fire and counterattacks on the logistical chain to the base, then Russia’s Mi-24 ‘Alligator’ gunships will soon be appearing in the skies near the Caliphate’s capital. Which together with the fall of Fallujah to Iranian-aided Iraqi troops and the lifting of the siege at Deirezzor, will seal of the doom of the Islamic State s in Syraq. This is the logic of Moscow’s sudden pivot towards ISIS country even as its Iranian ally and the SAA’s elite Tiger Forces counterattack against the Nusra onslaught on Aleppo this week. Even so, as we wrote last week, Damascus’ war on Al-Nusra and the other Saudi and Turkish backed terrorists will grind on into autumn and winter.

The stark reality though for Washington and its ‘allies’ in the Mideast is that the rapid advance by combined Russian/SAA forces into Daesh’ heartland is yet another major fail for the Empire of Chaos. For who could believe that the world’s most powerful military couldn’t defeat the dread jihadi pirates of Daesh, whereas those evil Ukraine-occupying and hopelessly backward Rooskies could? Thus along with the ‘Russia doesn’t fight ISIS but only pretends to’ Narrative that died alongside the Daeshbag defenders of Palmyra, yet another series of lies told by Exceptionalistan’s idiotic spokesmen and neocon ‘journo’ hacks is about to die a horrible death.


7 thoughts on “What War on Terror? Obama Admin Doesn’t Want Russia to Bomb Al-Nusra aka Al-Qaeda’s Affiliate in Syria Leave a comment

  1. Many followers to SouthFront’s channel have been ridiculing Russia for agreeing to ceasefires with the two faced entity that is Washington DC over these ‘moderate beheaders’. Knowing that Putin is a master chess player I myself didn’t say anything, but it seems as of this time the ceasefire may have been a strategic mistake that allowed the US to gain a foothold as well as allow the regrouping of terrorists, but again Putin knows a lot more things that we don’t, so who knows.
    Most of the complaints had a deeper underlying frustration that the war was going too slowly to have a decisive resolution and in some cases there were see-sawing battles.


    • SOF: I understand the frustration people feel over the slow pace of defeating the terrorists especially Daesh and Al-Nusra. However I’m convinced there were threats made behind the scenes and semi-overtly of direct Turkish intervention. Certainly nobody took the Saudis threats to send troops into Syria seriously, but that wasn’t the point. The KSA threat was a proxy for the real threat that the Turkish Army would come down to establish a ‘humanitarian corridor’ that would just happen to block the YPG Kurds from linking up Afrin and the eastern canton of their planned ‘Rojava’ homeland inside Syria. Erdogan has threatened something like that on multiple occasions, and the ‘hoorah patriots’ or just ordinary frustrated people tend to forget the tremendous logistical challenges the Turks blocking the Straits to Russian shipping with the neocons and NATO’s hawks egging them on would present for Moscow to keep the ‘Syrian Express’ going via the Med (Gibraltar via the Norwegian or Baltic seas from Murmansk and Vyborg respectively) and Iraq/Iran. Amateurs discuss tactics, as the saying goes, while professionals and war-winners discuss logistics.
      So in addition to rotating out tired pilots and crews as well as planned down maintenance for the SU24s/34s, Putin also withdrew the SU25s which strike targets at lower altitudes which were vulnerable to the MANPADs the Saudis were boasting of sending to their jihadis. The RuAF also deployed its newer Mi-28 and Kamov 52 attack choppers with IR jamming.


      • So as I wrote in the previous Syria post, Putin needed time to solidify U.S. support for the YPG Kurds and ensure that Washington could not hang them out to dry so easily to pave the way for a Turkish invasion to present Russia with a choice: either you and him fight which would suit the neocons just fine (to fight the Russians, Assad and Iranians ‘to the last Turk’) or back down in humiliating fashion and accept a Turkish partition of Syria.
        Putin the chess player so far has avoided both options and taken advantage of the NWO faction that favors carving up Syria, Iran and Turkey alike over the long haul for a united Kurdistan that almost stretches from the Med to the Caspian. Of course Iran is not happy with Putin’s support for the YPD Kurds but accepts it as the lesser of two evils, the other being actually having to fight the Turkish Army on the ground in Syria as opposed to Ankara and Riyadh’s proxies.
        This is the aspect of the conflict that I’m not sure those who denounced the ceasefire including many a Persian hothead are seeing, though the senior Iranian commanders and clerics understand that this will not be a short war and the combat performance of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and Iranian active duty army soldiers has left something to be desired (and that’s not even discussing the poorly equipped and trained Afghan Hazara mercenaries, who make the Iraqi Hashid al Shabi Shi’a militias fighting alongside Baghdad’s army look like Rambos in comparison).
        I also think Putin is well aware of the tug of war within the Pentagon between neocon Saudi/Sunni firsters and those who simply want to get on with the job of killing ISIS and let the Iraqis worry about the Sunni/Shi’a politics later. The Daily Beast and Michael D. Weiss represents the former faction, which is itself a legacy of Dick Cheney and Douglas Feith infesting the State and Defense Depts with neocons that Obama did little to nothing to reverse (see Victoria Nuland) in part due to his ‘deal’ with Hillary to make her SecState. A deal I’m sure he regrets now to the extent Big Zero ever thinks about the Democratic Party and anything other than himself at all.


      • Evidently logistics is important because it is the electric cable to power the war machine. Its laying that cable in a secure way so that it doesn’t get cut by the opposing force that becomes the source of migraine.
        KSA threats was just more of what bloggers would call ‘internet drama’ and a distraction for something else especially with their well-documented disaster in West Yemen.
        In this case it seems the alternative supply route around Gibraltar from the Baltics is a route too long. Its also too convenient that this route goes near the coastlines of countries that NATO now happens to be doing exercises that some in the independent media are comparing to the pre-Operation Barbarossa days.
        Air routes might be the answer but the aircraft will have to drop altitude sharply as the enemy and friendly territory are relatively close in terms of threats from the MANPAD range.
        Something like what commercial aircraft had to do when approaching Baghdad Airport during the most violent insurgent phase of the American occupation by dropping 9,000 meters in a spiral-down above Baghdad Airport’s airspace. Or they will have to paradrop far from the front lines and then let SAA handle the logistics. And not all equipment can be shipped by plane.


      • SOF — this is part of the significance of the Iraqis taking back Fallujah. As anybody who looks at the map and understands military logistics knows, the war against ISIS is a riverine war. The Euphrates is the spine of the IS ‘war machine’ such as it is just as the Mekong was the highway for the VC and NVA (the Ho Chih Minh Trail was for the heavy equipment and the NVA, the Mekong was for the men and small arms/grenades flow of the VC). If the Iraqis and especially the Iranian backed Shi’a militias take back Fallujah and then besiege Mosul, not only will that put the Turkish tripwire forces outside the city at risk of being rocketed or attacked by the Shi’as who view them as Sunni occupiers of Iraq, it will also make it much more difficult for British special forces backed ‘FSA’ groups to hold the border crossings between Syria and Iraq. Meaning the friendly Shi’a forces can push the Brits and Jordanians’ ‘FSA’ aside, and link up overland across the eastern Syraq desert with the SAA. But the combined Russian/Syrian/Hezbollah forces have to lift the siege of Deirezzor first.
        So far they’ve advanced several kilometers east of Palmyra while beating off Daesh counterattacks, but haven’t liberated Arak yet. Getting that town and setting up a firebase there for refueling choppers would be the next step to get the RuAF/SyAF roaming up and down the highway and most importantly launching Iranian and Russian drones with longer loiter times to ID Daeshbag infiltrators and IED planters along the highway. Basically the SAA are still 1/8th of the distance they need after taking Arak to get to Deirezzor and lift the Daesh siege. I’m starting to think therefore any relief to the Syrian garrison there will have to come from the east before it comes from the West, with the Iraqi Shi’a’s breaking through the Daeshbag lines. Of course it’s open desert and a long way and the U.S. won’t support the Iraqis helping the SAA even if they bring along their Humvees and US-made 50 cals.
        So for now the only way to effectively resupply the besieged SAA at Deirezzor is via air, and that means using the kind of corkscrew manuaver you described to ensure the paradropped supplies don’t just drift to Daesh lines. It takes pilots with balls of steel and a certain willingness to dare the possibility of Daesh having MANPADs and certainly anti-aircraft guns that can shoot about a mile up to paradrop in a pass, which is why I suspect the RuAF IL-76s would do the paradrop of ammo, food and medical supplies at night.


      • Great analysis. It seems the SAA at Deir Ezzor will have to hold out a little longer, a prospect they do not want to hear. You have to be a tough MF’er to be in that for a couple of years stopping one Daeshbag attack after another and not lose one’s mind especially with the knowledge of what the Daeshbags do to POWs of besieged bases that fell in the bad old days of 2014.
        From what you said in the comment of the Syrian Express and how nations might quietly pitch in, the Eurasian Alliance has fortune and the moral high ground on their side. However they are picking over carefully as a deminer personnel would to avoid carelessly losing their favor and support from nations that are afraid to be seen overtly going against the Petrodollar.


      • SOF:
        "In this case it seems the alternative supply route around Gibraltar from the Baltics is a route too long. Its also too convenient that this route goes near the coastlines of countries that NATO now happens to be doing exercises that some in the independent media are comparing to the pre-Operation Barbarossa days." I disagree, I strongly suspect a great deal of the idle merchant men ships in Europe and especially some Greek Cypriot registered ones could be enlisted in short order for the Syria Express, but you’re correct that the length of the journey would ensure more vessels would be required to ensure the same steady flow of supplies that the much shorter and more convenient Bosporus route can provide now. I do not think that NATO is capable of fully strangling the Russian supply lines because A) blockade is an act of war, technically, and the U.S. only attempted it once during the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis — mining the Nicaragua and Haiphong harbors wasn’t exactly a full blockade of the Sandanistas and NVA/VC B) it isn’t certain to me that certain countries that heretofore have been quietly shifting into the Russians/Chinese camp wouldn’t pitch in. For example Egypt has tons of Soviet and Russian made small arms and artillery/GRAD ammunition it’s bought over many years. In case of a Bosporus blockade, I strongly suspect the Russians would simply start buying Egyptian Army ‘surplus’, paying off Sisi’s generals with Chinese cash, and having the Syria Express roll from Alexandria to Tartus. Only the US Navy or Israelis could effectively interdict, the Turks don’t have the stomach for it even if they have the capabilities and the French and other NATO navies wouldn’t try it.
        The best that NATO could do to support a Turkish cutting of the Bosporus would probably be demanding ‘safety inspections’ of Russian ships carrying ammunition and weapons passing through the English Channel, which has a special status under international maritime law as I understand it considering that France and England on both sides. That would delay the shipments but ultimately wouldn’t stop them, including around the Gibraltar side where Moscow is not only using the Spanish North African port of Cueta, but also has good relations with Algeria which is slowly replacing France with Russia as its no. 1 arms supplier. So the Vyborg/Murmansk-to-Tartus express could stop and refuel in Algiers if necessary. NATO can’t do a full blockade without starting a war and even the Turks haven’t had the stones to block the Bosporus just yet.


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