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#BREAKING - #Syria
Reports indicate a strike (possibly Israeli Air Force) targeting Damascus Int'l Airport following the arrival of a shipment delivered by a plane from #Iran.

The plane has reportedly returned yet the shipment is the intended target.
Unidentified planes are said to be again targeting #Damascus International Airport and its surroundings in southern #Syria.
#BREAKING
Syrian Army Air Force IL-76 YK-ATB returning from Tehran to Damascus this afternoon with Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force EP-BHC tailing.
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Ok so let's start analyzing a bit what could happen tomorrow. All the docs, images and videos are previously published by #GiletsJaunes protesters in #France (#Paris, #Nice and other cities).
One of the first things I noticed is that many #GiletsJaunes will be in #Paris tomorrow to protest #Macron's presidency.
People here have different political opinions and sometimes they started arguing on Telegram channels. Sometimes they even threaten each other.
Despite small quarrels between few members, #GiletsJaunes' admins are pretty organized (or at least they look so). Some useful maps and schemes are shared with members.
1st pic: how to avoid policemen and why a militant must not talk with them.
2nd pic: metro stations in #Paris.
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#Breakingnews:

#Hezbollah on full alert in #Lebanon and #Syria, calling its forces to be ready for war if #Israel initiate an aggression on Lebanon.

This measure came following Israel launching “Operation Northern Shield” to "destroy Hezbollah tunnels on the Israeli border."
#Hezbollah believes war is not imminent but mobilised its Special Forces already present in the south of #Lebanon.

#Israel said its ops is expected to last weeks, declared Northern Israel a military zone and sent its Israeli special forces.

I don't think @netanyahu, unwilling to continue a war with #Hamas, will engage in a foolish adventure against #Hezbollah in #Lebnon.

#Israel real message behind it? Could be to divert the attention since its PM is facing legal procedures.

We wait & see

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#GilletJaunes protesters kicking a riot police officer today in #Paris. Police are firing rubber bullets. Protesters are throwing rocks. Looks messy.
Footage of what is believed to be a police sniper on the roof of the #ChampsElysees in #Paris a few hours ago.
Looks like some pretty big fires were set also.
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Following the suspected Israeli strikes in #Syria, Hezbollah released a rare video threatening to retaliate against any Israeli attack in #Lebanon
The video depicts a series of targets, including several air bases, the Kirya (Israeli Military HQ in Tel Aviv) refineries in Haifa. #Israel #Lebanon
This is nothing new, and it's clear that Hezbollah's effort to build up its precision-guided missile arsenal is meant to try and overwhelm #Israel's air defense systems, and hit key infrastructure
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#BREAKING
Israeli missile raid impacts near Hadar in Qunaitra province in western Syria bordering the Golan Heights, reports indicate.
The area is close to where #Iran-backed Lebanese Hezbollah has several bases.
#BREAKING
Israeli jets launched a new airstrike targeting positions of #Iranj-backed proxy militias in southern Syria
#BREAKING
Syrian air force claims to have shot down a “hostile target” flying over the town of Kiswah, south of the capital Damascus, as reported by state media.
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This is @wendyrsherman, a leading member of the Obama/Kerry administration, trying to be funny.
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A reminder to @wendyrsherman about how Obama betrayed the people of Ukraine by being weak on Putin:
politico.eu/article/barack…
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A reminder to @wendyrsherman about how Obama betrayed the people of #Syria by allowing #Iran to literally take over Assad's regime & begin to control the massacre in that country.
unitedagainstnucleariran.com/assad-syria
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Thread that will try & explain how & why Syrian citizens joined the opposition and rose against a State known for its heavy handed security system. What are the possible explanations that caused the public to discard the fear factor that has supposedly been in the DNA of Syrians?
2-Syrian state itself must have assumed that its security agencies were loyal and would not hesitate to use violence (remember #Hama 1982). The likely high cost for protestors therefore ought to have acted as an implicit deterrence. Protestors, however, made a different calculus
3-The protestors seemed to first extrapolate what happened in Tunisia & Egypt (security did not fully support the Presidents) and assumed that #Syria will not be any different. With hindsight, these were faulty analogies but they did change the implied probabilities of success
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Thread-> Assassinated Media Man Raed al-Fares: “This uprising was a Media Uprising in the beginning”

Raed was direct recipient of State Dept. funding for his Radio station & other media activity. Important to remember this U.S. initiative started almost immediately after Sep 11
2-This "Freedom Agenda" intended to ‘broaden’ the US approach to ME reform by addressing issues like ‘freedom from fear’.It was situated at State’s Bureau of Near East Affairs (NEA), it was sesigned to be a flexible enjoying a high degree of independence from bureaucratic control
3-To fund these programs, MEPI (main vehicle) originally (2002) relied on emergency supplemental appropriations from Congress which combined into a total of $119 million, but by FY2008 the program received a cumulative funding of $497.7 m (Obama would add another $355 m by 2015)
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Hezbollah in Lebanon: US hegemony is over ejmagnier.com/2018/11/21/hez…
#Uk and #Germany have held secret meetings with #Hezbollah leaders during the visits of their official delegations to Beirut.

ejmagnier.com/2018/11/21/hez…
In #Iraq, #ISIS grew under the watchful and complaisant eyes of the #US establishment that considered ISIS a strategic asset, oblivious to how this unscrupulous policy would backfire against its interests in the Middle East.

ejmagnier.com/2018/11/21/hez… … …
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1.#Trump was involved with #SaudiArabia early on, since at least the 1990´s,
In 1991 #Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal purchased #Trump’s yacht, #Trump Princess

#Trump #SaudiArabia #BinLaden #Russia

buzzfeednews.com/article/andrew…
2.#Trump was forced to either surrender it to creditors or sell it because he was roughly $900 million in debt

#Trump #SaudiArabia #BinLaden #Russia

nytimes.com/1991/12/31/bus…
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If you read only one book on #Syria , make sure it is this one 👇An outstanding compilation of 12 chapters written by different contributors and later edited by the two brilliant researchers and economists Linda Matar and Ali Kadri
Above book highlights wide income & wealth disparities following the neoliberal reform process. Here is an article I wrote in 2007 on the subject following trip I made to #Syria . See the part on the Prada shoes I observed in one of the stores in Damascus joshualandis.com/blog/five-unde…
Having read the book, I am ready to issue my own Mea Culpa. While pointing out the income disparities over nearly a decade, I thought culprit was the "slow pace" of the reforms. On further thought & reflection, it now seems that the "type of reforms" were the culprit instead
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In a week where the North East got yet another military commander, we got a better look at overburdened infrastructure.

Elsewhere, as MTN gears up to enter the banks’ turf, concern over Nigeria's food import practices conjures a picture of a recently painted but creaking house.
The @MTNGroup's announcement is a positive for #Nigeria's economy as it substantiates previous comments by MTN that it has no plans to exit Nigeria despite its spat with @cenbank over alleged illegal fund repatriation.
The announcement ties into @MTNGroup’s strategy to become the biggest provider of mobile financial services in #Africa.

The telecoms-led drive to provide mobile money services will introduce a new interesting chapter in #Nigeria’s financial services sector.
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There has never been a civil war in Syria. What happened in Syria was an invasion by US-led coalition

#SyriaNotCivilWar #SiriaNotRevolution #SyriaInvasion #USLedCoalitionTerrorists #USLiars #SyriaTruth
The Revolutionary Distemper in Syria That Wasn’t gowans.wordpress.com/2016/10/22/the… via @GowansStephen
See this theater written by Stephen Gowans to which I have added information I have collected from other sources
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It is worth noting that the lobbyist for Russian oligarch Deripaska went to the Ecuadorian embassy 10 times last year and the 6 visits from P. Anderson @CarrollQuigley1 @BenKTallmadge @almostjingo
2) 6 visits from Pamela Anderson
dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4…
3) 10/15/16 Pamela Anderson visit Ecuadorian Embassy 01
10/16/16 John Kerry & Boris meet RE pet terrorists in Syria
10/16/16 3:08 PM pre-commitment 1: John Kerry
10/16/16 3:23 PM pre-commitment 2: Ecuador
10/16/163:25 PM pre-commitment 3: UK FCO
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#BREAKING
US Special Representative for Syria Engagement, Ambassador James Jeffrey:

Our objective in #Syria includes the departure of all #Iran-backed forces.

Syria only controls half of the country & most of the int'l community considers the regime as a pariah.
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US Special Rep. for Syria Engagement, Ambassador James Jeffrey:

You cannot have a defeat of ISIS without a significant change and end in Iran's influence in this country.
Iran significantly facilitated the rise of ISIS.
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US Special Rep. for Syria Engagement, Ambassador James Jeffrey:

The (Iran-backed) Syrian regime is toxic to its own people & neighboring countries.
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One failed #IDF covert ops in #Gaza caused:
- The return of the "Axis of the resistance" stronger than ever, recovering losses caused by the war in #Syria
- The embarrassment to Arab states rushing towards #Israel
- A positive push to the Arab population
- the fall of Lieberman
The #US and #SaudiArabia plan to "sell the Palestinians" failed by a failed #IDF covert ops in #Gaza. @realDonaldTrump is tasting his first defeat in #Palestine.

The performance of #Gaza showed that #Israel is not ready for war against #Lebanon too.
#Israel should have limited itself to talk about its power rather than use it and fail.

Now we hear: #israel Iron Dome is not hermetic.

400 rockets launched and only 120 intercepted. How about 150,000 rockets and missiles launched by #Hezbollah?

#Lebanon can be tranquil.
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#Israel showed its limitation in comparison to what #Palestinians can do:
1. No logo on al-Alam IED flag indication a unification of Palestinian groups against #Israel
2. Revealed possession of Guided anti-tank missile Kornet: Israel's nightmare in Lebanon 2006
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3. #Palestinians fired 400 rockets knowing how difficult is to smuggle these into #Gaza. A #Hezbollah exchange of experience, using a small part of its capability and wait for development
4. Palestinians used a new rocket revealing more capability

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5. The cause of #Palestine is back on its track. #ISIS kidnapped the world attention for 5 years and #Hamas lost its main cause during the world attempt - but failed - to change the regime in #Syria.

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After seeing @tparsi tweeting this about a new so-called UN report, I obviously became suspicious and knew I had to take a good look.
ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/…
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I won’t get into the criteria of this so-called report as I have already debunked the author before in another thread after two #Iran apologists/lobbyists, @AliVaez & @tparsi, tweeted about a previous report of his.
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#Iran's regime has destroyed the country's economy for 39 years & counting.
Over 80% of the populace is under poverty, according to Deutsche Welle Persian.

And this was published in March, before Trump pulled out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
dw.com/fa-ir/%DB%B8%D…
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Thread: Olive Oil as victim of #Syria’s War Economy

In spite of very favorable crop for olives that is usually grown in Kurdish areas around Afrin & North, #Aleppo residents are having to pay exorbitant retail prices for Syrian Olive oil as it gets shipped to #Turkey instead =>
2-Healthy harvest usually drives retail prices of Olive oil down. On the street of Afrin, a container of 16.5 Kg of olive oil currently sells for as little as SYP 13,000. #Aleppo (40 km away) residents however, are having to pay SYP 30,000 for the very same Container. Why? ==>
3-Armed groups in control of #Afrin are sending the finished Ollive oil to Turkey first. If any of the olive oil were to make to the residents of #Aleppo , the countless checkpoints along the 40km road collect enough fees to send prices of each container up by nearly
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1) BREAKING: US Ends Refueling of Coalition Aircraft in Yemen @almostjingo
@BasedBasterd @BenKTallmadge @wynterklaus @CarrollQuigley1

dw.com/en/us-to-stop-…
2) This is good news and a milestone. The narrative that the decision is in response to "pressure from Congress" is a joke.
independent.ie/world-news/us-…
3) Don't pat yourself on the back so fast @HouseIntelComm @HouseGOP @HouseDemocrats

H.R.608 - Stop Arming Terrorists Act @TulsiGabbard ➡️Should pass overwhelmingly right?
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#SAA General Staff come to the conclusion that the current Syrian contingent in #AlSafa front against #ISIS/#Daesh militants won't be decided by the present forces & sent reinforcements to the area
At first,only 1 #SAA armored division & 1st Commando Division fought there #Syria
Now almost all of #SAA combat units are concentrated on #AlSafa
1 Armored Division Corps
3 Armored Division Corps
Mechanized Infantry Division
4 Armored Division with Golan rocket launchers
Armored Division
Commando Division
Armored Infantry Corps
Al-Quds Brigade
Elnimer Force
Pic of #Russia/n soldiers participating in #SAA #AlSafa offensive on #ISIS/#Daesh militants #Syria
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Thread 👇triggered many questions:

1-How can Syrian leadership resume relations with #Saudi after its support of the Opp?

2-What about #Iran and will Tehran feel betrayed?

3-What about #Russia and how might this potential shift impact Turkish/Russian relations?

Answers ==>
2-On #Saudi : No question that Riyadh/Damascus rapprochement is difficult to foresee. Note that this shift is being led #UAE and not Saudi. Riyadh is expected to follow and yes, reluctantly. Damascus is just as easy about this given Saudi’s early support of the Opp. BUT ==>
3-When discussing Riyadh/Damascus, it’s critical to think about Qatari/Saudi schism. If forced to choose, who should Damascus side with? Answer: #Saudi . Why? #Qatar is ardent supporter of the Moslem Brotherhood (enemy of both Damascus & Riyadh). Doha is also still supporting Opp
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