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1/10 Quand je dis l'aveuglement des européens vis à vis de #Poutine entretenu par une myriade de politiques et journalistes, les exemples ne manquent pas... Mélenchon qui partage entretien @Le_Figaro @CGalacteros future conseillère géopolitique Zemmour. Texte à vomir qui reprend Image
2/10 toute la sémantique pro #Assad. Les Casques Blancs, la défense civile, qui ont sauvé plus de 100 000 syriens des décombres sont accusés d'être des djihadistes... Ou on apprend qu'Alep-est a été prise à l'été 2012 par les djihadistes alors que c'était l'ASL.
3/10 Toute une série de mensonges/ contrevérités pour faire l'apologie de #Poutine #Assad et appeler à une collaboration étroite avec la #Russie. Les faits en images
Voilà comment des personnes d'extrêmes droite à l'extrême gauche ont travaillé à faire croire que les pires crimes ImageImage
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1/10 Sur la révolution #Iran l'engrenage qui se met en place rappelle les débuts de la révolution #Syrie. J'ai fait ce fil il y a quelques temps sur l'enchaînement des événements en 2011.
Sur les similarités d'abord il y a l'étincelle:
2/10 en Iran sept 2022 Mahsa Amini est tué après avoir été arrêtée par la police des moeurs pour le non port du voile, en Syrie c'est l'arrestation et la torture d’enfants par le cousin d'Assad. Ces actes déclenchent les 1ere manifestations, manifestations qui sont immédiatement
3/10 réprimées dans le sang et via des tirs à balles réelles. Iran après 2 mois de contestation 400 manifestants morts tués. Syrie fin mai 2011, 2 mois après les premières manifestations environ 1000 manifestants tués.
Ce qui est très similaire c'est que les premiers morts
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1/8 La Paix, prononcé par #Mélenchon ce mot prend un tout autre sens est devient nauséabond. En lien son discours au parlement il y a 3 ans après une offensive turque au nord de la #Syrie contre les positions du PKK/FDS.
2/8 D’abord il appelle à normaliser les relations avec Assad le boucher de Damas : ré-ouvrir l’ambassade et l’école française de Damas en justifiant cela par le fait qu’Assad c’est un dictateur comme un autre,
3/8 apparemment en 2019 Mélenchon ne savait pas que depuis 2011 #Assad commet les pires crimes contre l’humanité de ce siècle. Puis il fait l’éloge de Poutine et de son action en Syrie « les russes, j’ai toujours dit qu’ils étaient des partenaires et des alliés,
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The @UN's Alena Douhan (from #Belarus) just wrote a 6,500-word report on sanctions & human rights in #Syria.

She visited #Syria for 12 days -- but only spent time in #Assad-held areas.

Her conclusion?

Lift all sanctions. Finance reconstruction. Nothing was the regime's fault. Image
@UN That the @UN calls Douhan an "independent human rights expert" is staggering.

She made no effort to visit areas not controlled by #Assad's regime & goes out of her way to thank the regime for how "transparent & constructive" it was during her visit.

Yes, I bet they were. Image
@UN Throughout her 6,500-word report, the @UN's "expert" makes repeated citations to "data & reports received during my visit."

Guess what? All that "transparent" data blames #Syria's ills on foreign powers. There's a surprise.

But our "expert" doesn't question that. Of course not.
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It is clear that 2022 has seen a surge in momentum, particularly amid Western governments, on repatriations from al-Hol & al-Roj in NE #Syria.

BUT, 519 in 2022 represents just 4% of the third country women & children in the camps. And we're starting with the easy caseload first.
Increasing momentum on NE #Syria repatriations is welcome news -- but to take full advantage of it, the repatriation process needs to be made much easier.

Most cases, from start to finish, can take 12-18 months, which is far too long -- most of the obstacles are in NE #Syria.
There's also a clear need for more centralized multinational leadership on the al-Hol/Roj crisis -- the @ICRC have established a special coordinator's office & the US Govt now has a senior inter-agency working group.

But there's no international leader to better coordinate.
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As #Syria fatigue sets in & concerns over refugee flows increase, some states within the #EU have begun pushing hard for a softer stance towards #Assad's regime -- some are even engaging.

The #EU itself may not change its policy, but actions by member states could pull it apart.
Concern within & between core #EU member states has risen markedly in recent months -- it's why I wrote this @ForeignPolicy piece.

Arguing that #Ukraine will deter internal #EU division on #Syria is not just wrong -- it's being proven inaccurate almost daily in #Brussels.
@ForeignPolicy Again, the #EU is unlikely to change its long-established policy on #Syria anytime soon -- but actions taken by an increasingly long list of individual states is already beginning to undermine the credibility & practical value of the #EU's official position.

That's v. worrying.
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Deutsche Behörden finanzieren den syrischen Folterstaat. Wie? Indem sie syrische Geflüchtete zur Kooperation mit dem Assad-Regime zwingen! Deshalb gibt’s jetzt #DefundAssad. Ein THREAD🧵zum Wochenstart (1/10)
Syrer*innen in Deutschland werden von deutschen Behörden aufgefordert, syrische Reisepässe über Assads Botschaft in Berlin zu beantragen und bis zu 750€ pro Pass direkt an das Regime zu zahlen. Im Durchschnitt ca 450€, haben wir herausgefunden: (2/10)
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Das betrifft mindestens 200.000 Syrer*innen mit subsidiärem Schutz. Zuzüglich syrischer Geflüchteter mit anderen Stati sind mindestens 400.000 Syrer*innen davon betroffen. Das geht aus einer kleinen Anfrage der @dieLinke an die Regierung hervor. (3/10)
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Thread 🪡

A regular on Russian Propaganda website Greyzone is a women called Setareh Sadeghi. Max Blumenthal started the website a month after visiting Putin in Moscow. She is on Twitter as @ Leelako (as Sadeqi).

#Ukraine #NAFO #RussianPropaganda #IranianPropaganda Image
2 🪡 Sadeqi or Sadeghi’s Twitter timeline reads like that of an Iranian Regime spokeswomen

Here she is sharing a post from another regular shill, Jackson Hinkle. Remember him? Hinkle won the Assad linked Serena Shim Award?

#Ukraine #NAFO #RussianPropaganda #Fellas Image
In this tweet she is mocking the claim that Iran was capable of building drones.

The very drones being used by Russia to murder Ukrainians as part of an illegal war.

#Ukraine #Tehran #RussianPropaganda #NAFO #Fellas Image
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🪡 In July 2021, Jackson Hinkle (21), YouTuber and Pro-Russian propagandist won the Serena Shin award. Cash prize.

Hinkle neglects to mention this on his Twitter account and I was curious. Why? Who else has won it?

#Ukraine #Syria #Assad #NAFO #Putin #Midterms2022 Image
2 🪡 Aside from Hinkle other winners of the Serena Shim award are

5 Greyzone writers, Max Blumenthal, Ben Norton, Aaron Mate, Kit Klerenberg. Greyzone started a month after Blumenthal visited Putin mosaicmagazine.com/picks/israel-z…

#Ukraine #Syria #NAFO #Putin #Midterms2022 Image
3 🪡 Others winning the award are a fascinating hotch porch of anti-Western, Pro Assad, Pro Iranian, Pro Putin activists and journalists.

Max Blumenthal who received $20,000. And Caitlin Johnstone, a pro Putin left wing extremist.

#Ukraine #Syria #NAFO #Putin #Midterms2022 ImageImageImage
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#Putin’s put Gen. Sergey Surovikin in command of the whole #Ukraine campaign — he’s a brutal, calculated leader.

It was Surovikin who coordinated the unilateral violation of 3/4 of #Syria’s “de-escalation zones,” methodically crippling the opposition & sealing #Assad’s survival.
#Ukraine clearly presents a challenge of completely different proportions to #Syria — but seeing Surovikin promoted to lead in #Ukraine is yet more evidence of just how *central* #Putin’s war in #Syria has been to his wider international ambitions.

It all started with #Syria.
Surovikin’s command in #Syria also coincided with the Khan Sheikhoun Sarin nerve agent attack, which killed 90 civilians & injured 500+.

A little known fact — #Russian troops were present (within eyesight) at Shayrat Airbase as the Sarin was loaded onto Syrian aircraft.
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1/11 On est nombreux à dénoncer depuis des années les compromissions de #Mélenchon sur les questions fondamentales de rapport aux régimes autoritaires et totalitaires. Des années que des faits avérés sur les compromissions de Mélenchon sont balayés d’un revers de main
2/11 par des soutiens Insoumis « Du Mélenchon bashing » ou encore « il n’a pas dit ce que vous avez entendu »… Hier certains ont découvert que député européen Mélenchon avait voté en 2014 contre une résolution dénonçant un projet de dissolution de Mémorial par #Poutine.
3/11 Il a aussi voté contre une résolution condamnant l’annexion de la Crimée et le mauvais traitement des minorités par la Russie en considérant que le référendum organisé par Poutine était légitime et valide.
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NEW - U.S. special forces launched a helicopter-borne raid in #Assad-controlled territory ~15km south of #Qamishli in NE #Syria overnight, killing a senior #ISIS leader & capturing several others alive.

That’s the 1st op in regime-held areas since Abu Ghadiya in Oct 2008.
Some local sources claim at least 2 of those captured alive were members of a local pro-#Assad militia — but that remains unconfirmed.

Not clear if the deconfliction line with #Russia was used. #Russian aircraft & personnel are stationed at #Qamishli airport, not far away.
The #Qamishli area is an old stomping ground for #ISIS since AQI days, where #Assad’s Military Intel ran a ‘clearing house’ for AQI foreign fighters heading to #Iraq & for a time, a paramilitary training base.

From ‘03-‘08, 1,000s of AQI foreign fighters passed through the area.
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How much is #Ukraine similar to #Syria?

Back in 2016. power of Bashar Al-#Assad was on his last legs. Insurgents took over the almost entire country, leaving him with roughly 15% of land under government control.

by Slavyangrad
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All big cities were lost or heavily contested. The enemy was as close as two kilometers to the center of #Damascus.

#Syria #ukraine
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Then #Russians came. Slowly but methodically, they started to bombard insurgents, which we can call a conglomerate of various ideological and interest groups, including designated terrorists such as Jabhat Al Nusra and #ISIS.

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#Russia redeploying its 217th Airborne Regiment from #Syria to #Ukraine is part of a larger months-long drawdown of Russian forces in Syria. newsweek.com/putin-pulling-… 1/7
Moscow faces severe manpower shortages in #Ukraine and is pulling some units from #Syria to inject into the fight. This continuing drawdown is facilitating the expansion of the #Iranian presence in Syria and exacerbating the Iran-Israel escalation cycle. 2/7
#Iran likely seeks to fill the security gap caused by this #Russian drawdown to expand Iranian military influence and maintain stability. 3/7
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#Putin's call for a "partial" mobilization is the clearest sign yet that his #Ukraine invasion has been a pitiful failure.

That flights from Russia to its immediate neighbors are now selling out at 100mph tells you everything you need to know.

We *must* keep the pressure on. Image
#Putin's nuclear threat, meanwhile, should be taken even less seriously than 6 months ago -- anyone who actually says "this isn't a bluff" has already lost his/her own credibility.

Following through on the threat would kill off his few remaining friendships -- chiefly #China.
On days like this, the "we must give #Putin an off ramp ASAP" camp will speak up -- but such a gut response only benefits #Putin & repeats our mistakes of the past.

If #Putin wants an out, he has to be the one to ask (or plead) for one. It's actually happened before, in #Syria.
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1/6 Je n'ai pas l'habitude de répondre aux haineux, je bloque mais là exception. 2015 a été l'année du départ massif des syriens pourquoi? Après 4 années de massacre et l'abandon total de la rébellion par les forces occidentales surtout après le massacre chimique aout 2013
2/6 et le renoncement #Obama synonyme de l'impunité passée et future d'#Assad. Il n'y avait plus d'espoir pour les syriens, et rien ne pouvait empêcher les bombes barils d'Assad de massacrer les civils, Obama avait mis son VETO sur la livraison d'armes anti aérienne aux rebelles.
3/6 Le soutien occidental aux rebelles est incomparable au soutien à l'Ukraine, les #USA ont voté un budget de 43 milliards de $ en soutien à l'Ukraine là ou le budget pour l'opposition syrienne était de 500 millions $ même pas totalement dépensé.
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2 children on the boat have died in recent days -- and the health of others are deteriorating.

To ignore such a tragedy, just off #Malta's coast, represents an unspeakable lack of humanity.

Time for someone to step up, @MaltaGov.
@MaltaGov That Syrians are still fleeing for #Europe is no surprise, particularly those in #Lebanon where authorities are preparing to *illegally force* them back to #Syria.

5+ million #Syria refugees remain in neighboring states & polling suggests ~0.5% would consider an eventual return.
@MaltaGov Why do almost all #Syria refugees refuse to consider any future return to #Syria?

The answer is obvious when you glance across basic facts -- see this thread from last week:

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NEW -- reports of a possible #Israel airstrikes hitting #Iran-linked targets in the western edge of #Aleppo International Airport as well as a section of the runway.
Here's video filmed showing #Aleppo International Airport in the distance -- showing multiple successive explosions.



Reports now coming in of possible airstrikes in #Latakia too.
*Highly* unusual to see #Aleppo International Airport targeted, or the Neirab Airbase next-door -- it speaks volumes about #Israel's perceived need to respond to #Iran's activities in #Syria.

Note -- #Israel hit #IRGC shipments at #Damascus International Airport in June.
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6 months into #Russia’s aggression against #Ukraine, there are mostly losers.

One potential winner is #Turkey, given 2nd-order effects of the war.

Since Feb, Ankara has gained some leverage vis-a-vis both #Russia and #NATO.

An attempt at a (complicated) balance sheet🧵(1/18)
Since Feb, #Turkey has attempted a careful balancing act on #RussiaUkraineWar:
-No sanctions against #Russia
-No boycott of Russian #gas
-#Erdogan engaging #Putin frequently & visibly
-Giving #Ukraine #BayraktarTB2
-Invoking Montreux Convention

I could go on and on (2/18)
As a result of
1) Turkey successfully mediating grain exports from Ukraine ports &
2) #Russia increasingly shunning traditional mediation platforms (Geneva),
Turkey is poised to become chief intermediary on operational issues re #RussiaUkraineWar
un.org/en/black-sea-g… (3/18)
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🧵🧵Thread:

1️⃣ I go against most analyst concerning the interpretation of the latest statements from #Turkish officials on the #Syria|n issue. Here are some of the points:

➡️ I don't believe these statements are directed towards #Assad regime rather than #Russia
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➡️ #Moscow can block/ hinder #Tukiye's anticipated military op. #Putin pressured #Turkiye to contact #Assad to resolve the issue in the North

➡️ Türkiye is showing #Russia that it is trying but Assad is not committed to resolve any of the serious issues in #Syria
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➡️ #Turkiye wil tell #Russia later: either you pressure #Assad or we launch op

➡️ 🇹🇷's communication w Assad Intel ws a result of pressure from Russia. It didn't prevent 🇹🇷 though from launching military ops or targeting regime. It ws designed 2 withdraw any objection frm 🇷🇺
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1. I'm no #Assad fan. He is a brutal dictator who used chemical weapons on his own people. But we learned what happens if you destroy a nation's defense force after defeating dictators in #Germany and in #Iraq. What comes is either subjugation to a predator like the USSR or chaos
2. in the form of something like #Daesh. The #Turkish attack on the Syrian #Arab Republic forces near #Kobane is an act of an aggressor nation seeking to subjugate #Syria so it can commit genocide against #Yazidi, #Kurds and #Christians. @NATO cannot permit #Erdogan to hold
3. our collective morality and best interests hostage while he uses #Finland and #Sweden's accession as means to extort complicity in his crimes. Tell #Erdogan if he attacks Syria every member of @NATO will terminate their #Article5 obligations to #Turkey and cast the neo-
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1. I think it's important to recognize that this was likely #Putin's idea that he sold to #Erdogan in their #Sochi meeting.

"We will not reconcile" .. Night demonstrations in the liberated areas of northern Syria, in rejection of the statements of the Turkish Foreign Minister.
2. Remember, #Kadyrov was there. Could it be intended to expose the people who will never play ball so Kadyrov's crew can assassinate them? I'm not sure they are that clever but it is always worth considering. Putin is reported to be in a dream world where he fantasizes victories
3. are coming soon. It's possible Putin is that out of touch to not realize what the #Syrian opposition is really thinking. Also, #Assad has been on the rehabilitation tour and may also believe that because the corrupt #GulfState leaders are willing to forget his
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#Erdogan is under pressure to negotiate with #Assad.

You might think no way, right?

After all, he tried his best to topple Assad militarily. He harbors and supports many of al-Assad's opponents. He called al-Assad once a terrorist.

The master of u-turns could well do it. 1/3
Erdogan is incredibly pragmatic, which partly explains his long career at the helm of Turkey. Remember the downing of the Russian jet 7 years ago?

Remember his position from Egypt's Sisi and how he caved later on? His position from Saudi Arabia following Khashoggi's murder?

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3/3
I believe he's seriously considering reconciling with Assad.

Assad might be Erdogan's golden card for the next elections: a way to
- facilitate the return of Syrian refugees in Turkey
- bring the Kurdish elements opposed to Turkey (YPG) in northeast Syria under control.
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1/5 Ce qui est dramatique pour les syriens cest le manque total de perspective de fin de conflit. Aujourd'hui demain et tous les jours #Poutine peut décider de jeter ses bombes sur les 4 millions de déportés syriens dans le nord du pays. Les 12 millions d'exilés refugiés de force
2/5 n'ont aucune perspective de retour. Pendant ce temps les iraniens changent la démographie du pays en installant des populations chiites. Deir ezzor, des quartiers d’Alep et des localités dans les faubourgs de Damas sont aujourd'hui colonisés par des populations chiites.
3/5 L'Iran veut noyauter la #Syrie comme elle l'a fait avec le #Liban via le #Hezbollah et l'administration #Biden a totalement abandonné la #Syrie aux russes et iraniens. Article du Washington Post très sévère a l'encontre de #Biden. washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/…
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