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Why Are Syrian 'Moderates' Wearing Al-Qaeda and Taliban Clothing?

Thanks to PartisanGirl on Twitter for pointing out that a recent profile of the "moderate" Free Syria Army on the website of the Atlantic Monthly, lamenting the diappearance of "Syria’s non-violent activists" from social media, included a picture of featured "moderate" Syrian oppositionists dressed in al-Qaeda t-shirts and Taliban-style outfit.

So even the vaunted "moderates"  to whom the US Congress just voted in secret to once again begin supplying weapons  are dressed like Taliban and al-Qaeda. Are they just emulating their heroes or are they actually members of these groups? Is no one expected to notice? Is not the State Department and intelligence community paid in the billions to notice such things? Or are they lying to us too, as is the media?
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A Tale of Two Cities: Fallujah and Aleppo

Iraqi army forces intensified their shelling of Fallujah over the past couple of days in attempt to dislodge control from an al-Qaeda affiliate that last month overran the city and most of the Anbar region in which it lies.

US Secretary of State John Kerry pledged support to Iraq in its efforts to expel al-Qaeda from Fallujah and Anbar, promising the US would do "everything that is possible" to help the Maliki government take on al-Qaeda in Iraq. The US has already sent at least 75 "Hellfire" missiles and promised to send in drones as well.
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War Machine Again Gearing Up to Bomb Syria

The warmongers clearly have been seeding the press and politics in order to get their war against Syria. This began by planting a propaganda report that Syria was not complying with the timetable for removing chemical weapons. Then it went on to planting a report with renewed accusations of Syrian torture.
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Hillary’s Hasty Rush to War on Syria

Hillary Clinton backed Obama’s call for military strikes (i.e., war) against Syria. She was sure, based on the U.S. intelligence and interpretations, that Assad had ordered chemical weapons attacks several weeks earlier on August 21, 2013. To this day, that assertion has not been established or proven. In fact, “New analysis of rocket used in Syria chemical attack undercuts U.S. claims.”
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Iran, Syria and the Tragicomedy of U.S. Foreign Policy

As the Joint Plan of Action and Geneva II diplomatic initiatives, dealing with Iran and Syria, respectively, RPI academic advisor Hillary Mann Leverett speaks with Scott Horton for Pacifica Radio with words of caution to those who think the new Senate bill imposing more sanctions on Iran is dead and buried.
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How Dare They Invite Iran to The Syria Peace Conference!

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon had the temerity Monday to invite Iran to participate in the "Geneva II" conference on the ongoing crisis in Syria. Though one might believe Iran has a legitimate interest in a conflict right in its neighborhood, the US refused to allow Iran to participate unless its leadership agreed to the pre-condition that Assad must be driven from power. For the US, the result of the conference must be decided before the conference commences. It is Queen of Hearts diplomacy: sentence first, verdict afterward!

Mexico was invited to participate, but Iran, whose border with Syria is some 100 miles away, was forbidden by the US from attending.

So Monday's unexpected invitation from Ban Ki Moon to Iran sent shockwaves through Foggy Bottom.
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Kerry's Geneva II Delusions

Secretary of State John Kerry is in a bind. The US claims that the purpose of its two-plus year covert and overt support for rebels in Syria is to establish democracy in that country. But to get there the US has backed an artificially cemented together gaggle of expatriate oppositionists who are less supported in Syria than was US-backed Ahmad Chalabi and his Iraqi National Congress in Iraq. On the ground in Syria the "moderate" rebels the US has supported have turned out to be allied with -- and in some cases a PR front for -- Islamic fundamentalists of the al-Qaeda variety.

To get to "democracy" in Syria, the US has allied with the most undemocratic forces in a "we must destroy the village to save the village" strategy.
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Israel Attacks Syria -- Again!

Just as the mainstream press is reporting -- in astonishment -- that the Syrian government has actually abided by its unilaterally agreed upon pledge to submit its strategic chemical weapon deterrent to destruction by the international community, the international media is reporting that the Israeli military has once again launched a military attack against Syrian territory.

This marks at least the fifth time in 2013 that the Israeli military has, in clear violation of international law, launched military attacks against neighboring Syria. In violation of Lebanese airspace as well, it was reported that Israeli bombers flew over Lebanon to strike a Syrian military base near Latakia.
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